Juan Cena wrote:
Bingo. The Legion's concept isn't wrong. Levitz just isn't the right creator for the job anymore.
The same thing happened when Waid left. DC gave the book over to Shooter, which failed because his writing skills aren't what they were. Readers started going elsewhere, or turned to the abortion Johns was cooking up with his "classic Legion" knockoff.
What Blue is saying is that the concept is irrelevant. It doesn't matter what anyone does with the book, it just won't sell based on the concept alone.
What is relevant is the writer. Waid had people on board on name alone. Shooter quickly sank the book, and Levitz isn't doing much better; modern readers just don't care about them. Throw a major talent at the book and people would be on board. Even Johns, whom you loathe so much, would turn sales around, as he has done in the past with other marginal properties.
The thing is, I don't see any reason for DC to do that unless an established writer asks for the book. They're not going to assign top talent to a book that can only garner marginal sales when they could reap more sales by putting such talent on a better property. Johns is a good example. Compare his Justice League numbers to his Aquaman numbers. If you could only put him on one book, which would it be?
The bottom line is that the concept isn't strong enough to sell books on its own anymore. It needs a big name writer or artist on board to keep it alive, and DC does not have any incentive to assign such talent to the book. Heck, the only reason it's likely around at this point is because Didio and Johns have a soft spot for the concept. Expect to see the concept reworked again and again to attract sales until it is inevitably granted the mercy of cancellation.