That's part of the problem, it shouldn't start to pick up steam after a number of issues. When you read these old 80s Legion comics a lot of things happen in a single issue, whereas today it seems that Levitz, like many others, are just writing for the trade, and not in a good way.
Oh Steve Lightle, I feel like when I was 12 or 13 reading the Legion for the first time.
Not sure if you understood me. I meant the 2010 relaunch which was 2 years ago--not the current run which is much, much slower. Part of the problem for the 2010 relaunch was that Levitz got saddled with Earth-Man (one of THE worst characters ever created) and had to spend way too much time untangling that Gordian knot. The whole GL subplot was a waste of time which only dragged the story out more.
Then Levitz had to cut 2 pages from every issue when DC drew the line at $2.99, cutting pages from his Durlan storyline thus dragging that story out an extra issue or two.
My point? Levitz made his mistakes, but he got cockblocked by multiple obstacles thrown into his path as a result of others' decisions. And I loved the blue-skinned villain. I was dying to see where Levitz would go with that and what his big LSH event was that he wanted to do in 2011--which, yet again, got derailed by a story (Flashpoint) intruding on his plans for LSH.
The Earth-Man subplot left over from L3W. Pages cut from his book right in the middle of an arc. Then Flashpoint forcing him to kill plans and build-up to the first big LSH event in years. Let's be fair: Levitz's attempt to exploit the large new audience rolling over from L3W got cut off at the knees and left him pretty much screwed.