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A Most Modest Flower: Day 27

February 27th, 2016

(from “Acceptance” by Paul Levitz and Francis Portela in Legion of Super-Heroes v6 #6, December 2010)

“It’s nice our relationship doesn’t have to be coyly hinted at anymore, but it would have been nicer if they managed to do it while anyone still cared about the Legion.”

Ah, the “Rip Van Winkle” reboot of the Legion, where DC decided that the best way to reinvigorate the ailing franchise was to pretend that everything from the “Five Years Later” relaunch onward didn’t happen. They even brought Paul Levitz back to pick up plot threads that had been left dangling since my junior year of high school. (I will turn 44 in two weeks.)

Honestly? It wasn’t bad, but it did feel really off considering how much water had flowed under the bridge — not just in terms of the Legion’s convoluted history, but also in light of how much the narrative language of the medium and genre had changed since 1989. In attempting to split the difference between bringing back longtime fans and attracting new readers, DC ended up with something with little appeal for either camp.

2 Responses to “A Most Modest Flower: Day 27”

  1. CG

    This run also featured what were, hands-down, the absolute ugliest pack of costumes in the Legion’s history. That is no small feat.

  2. Matty.s

    Being a British reader of your blog, I am really surprised that so many u.s comics were able to keep readers interested and in no way confused by the way they could just forget plot points or characters for months or years.
    I think this may of course be due to the weekly anthology nature of u.k comics where each serial was generally written by one person as a kind of short story building it’s own universe over time,compared to the u.s model of multiple titles per month with constantly changing creative teams.
    In the eighties though I would never have been able to follow some plots of American comics as living in a semi rural town where imported comics were only available in some newsagents and were also more expensive than their British counterparts, so selection of what to read was usual based on character or cover with young Matty generally picking up marvel two in one or marvel team up and later The Nth man and the Nam.
    Complete collections and omnibus edition s are now allowing me to see the best and worst of comics I only read patchly 30 years ago.

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