Thursday, January 20, 2011

Comics addendum! The ongoing Legion!

Just a quick note here to sing the praises of the new Legion of Super-Heroes monthly comic written by the great Paul Levitz and drawn by Yildiray Cinar (who is, apparently, one of the High Elves of Eregion - which at least means we'll be seeing his work for a long time!). Issue #9 of the comic features the 'iconic' covers that are running throughout all DC comics this month - a wonderful gimmick that underscores the fact that many of DC's 'intellectual properties' are quite venerable and have been followed by fans through many decades.

No fans more dedicated - nor many titles through more decades - than the Legion! And yet, despite that rich, convoluted history (or maybe the history made it inevitable), the Legion's publication history has been plagued regularly with .... well, crap. Crappy writers. Crappy re-boots. Crappy artists - oh sweet lordie, the crappy artists ....

So it's always a relief when a really good reboot or arc comes along. We got just such a really good spell with industry (and real life) giant Jim Shooter's recent truncated run on the book, and we're getting one again with veteran Legion writer Paul Levitz doing what he does so well: unfolding several plots simultaneously without ever dropping the ball on any one of them. And he's got good artwork serving his words - this High Elf really knows what he's doing, and his inking by Wayne Faucher (presumably human) supplies just the level of control and refinement I suspect he needs.

The combination of that artwork and Levitz at the writing helm is almost reconciling me to the whole idea of following the adventures of an adult Legion. The more I think about the concept, the more I realize that it was the only one that would really work to keep such an old franchise vital, but Legion fans accept change only grudgingly. Levitz's presence certainly helps - and some gigantic, epic story of the type that's always worked so well with the Legion ... well, that would help too, if the powers that be at DC could arrange it.


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