Lord Simian wrote:
No. What you're missing is, nobody has cared about the Legion, ever. Maybe for s VERY short period in the 70's or early 80's, but consistent enough to use the phrase "what made them work in the first place"?
First off if that were true the Legion would have gone 30 or 40 fracking years ago. Instead, it's managed almost to be a monthly comic in some form or another for pretty much 40 years (not counting it's Adventure and Action runs). It was popular enough that it ran Superboy out of his own book.
Second, it was popular enough that it was one of the books picked (along with New Teen Titans) to go to the Baxter format experiment (which ultimately screwed up sales on both books).
What you're deliberately ignoring in your zeal to rant about how the Legion is fucked by DC, is that ALL of those reworkings you claim broke the franchise? They wouldn't have HAPPENED if anyone gave a shit about the legion. If people had been buying the book, it wouldn't have needed fixing. It sucked then. The fact that it sucked AFTER the reboot doesn't change that. Polish a turd all you like, it's still shit.
No, what happened was that DC's constant rebooting and f**king around with the book eventually caused readers to drop it.
As for it sucking, go try to find a copy of The Great Darkness Saga (preferably the newer HC version with the bonus material). Or go looks for some of the books from the 70's when Bates and Shooter were writing, and Grell was artist, and then tell me it sucked.
They're going to keep trying to find a formula that makes money. Nothing's going to change that. And nothing they do with the legion is ever going to make you happy, cause they will not publish your fanfiction legion, where the team is made up of young guys and girls all named Ryan, from the planet Magary, fighting against the Frightful Pu$$ies.
This is obviously wrong. I liked Waid's stuff with the Threeboot. I saw a few signs of life with Levitz before Flashpoint, which sadly didn't continue with Nu-52.