ElijahSnowFan wrote:Hey, I understand what you guys are saying, and I'm certainly not saying that you're wrong -- I'm not saying that at all. There are certainly valid points to your points of view, and they are clear and obvious.
But to me...I think the Legion was at its peak when characters were aging, retiring. This forced new characters, new concepts. It meant that characters could grow.
Polar Boy graduated from the Subs to become Legion Leader. Tellus and Quislet were introduced as the Legion became truly representative of the very large universe they were there to protect.
You could have mentoring. True legacy characters -- I was always amazed at how Paul Levitz never followed up on the Rock of Eternity/Captain Marvel-type thread he started, then abandoned.
There was SO MUCH they could've done. So much. They wound up not doing any of it.
I get that some people liked that. But for me, the book lost a lot of the fun it used to have back in the day, when you'd see team members hanging out, doing on dates to the 3-D drive-in in flying cars, playing D&D holographic programs, going to Galaxy Land (or whatever that floating amusement park above the Grand Canyon was). It gave the 31st century more of a "future wonderland" aspect in which the Legionnaires shared how cool it was with the readers. The older team has really lost those kind of moments since the return. Especially when they never seem to leave the HQ except for missions.
And "forced" would be a good definition of how the addition of this newer batch of team members feels. It's more like adults supervising kids at school youth group at times. (Brainy even referred to them as "children" recently.) People like the "generational" fell of the JSA, but that doesn't work quite well with the Legion, IMHO.
If anything, the Legion should be more "fraternal" instead of "generational," with the old guard acting more like older siblings or upper classmen than teachers or parents.