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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby Juan Cena » Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:41 pm

guitargod694 wrote:
Electric blue Superman disagrees.
And while it ended up working out fine, JLI was a pretty big deal, too. Since it took away almost all of the usual suspects for a Justice League roster.

Perhaps not reboots... but 'fuck with's to be sure.

Also, like you said, Legion has been published almost continuously for 40 years.
Other than you not liking what they do with it... what's your effing point?
If DC was trying to kill it off by ruining it... they could just do it.

"Comic book steadily loses readership over last 20 years despite efforts to re-invigorate the franchise" is hardly a headline unique to Legion....


Superman Blue was a storyline. A storyline that lasted a little too long, but a storyline no less.

If this was just me complaining about a book selling 50K-70K a month, that would be one thing. I might disagree with the direction, but it obviously was popular. But Legion is sold 16,460 or so copies for the latest figures. So something's obviously going wrong. Otherwise, they wouldn't be screwing with it the way it is.
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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby Juan Cena » Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:51 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:I don't think the LOSH has moved away from its "core concepts" so much as the rest of the entire world has, and in the larger world of science fiction as well. People no longer extrapolate the same naive visions of the distant future as they did in the LOSH's pulp prime. It's an anachronism, losing relevancy more and more each day outside of a nostalgic few.




If there's problem with the Legion's future, it's that Levitz dosen't seem to have any grasp how to tell a modern SF story. The book still feels like an 80's vision of the future instead of a 21st century vision of the future.

I don't think Legion has an irrelevant vision of the future. I felt that last Star Trek film was able to present a modern SF story, yet stayed true to it's optimistic roots.
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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby Juan Cena » Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:57 pm

S.F. Jude Terror wrote:I keep reading this thread title as saying Rich has a lesion and a tumor, and I become momentarily concerned for him.


Appropriate, since a lot of people think of Uncle Rich as a cancer on the industry.
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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:57 pm

The problem with the Legion of Superheroes is the same problem that most of DC's other failing properties have. There's no draw to the book.

In order for a comic book to succeed in today's market, it either needs A-list talent (or B-list talent on the rise) or A-list characters. The Legion is neither of those.

Under Mark Waid, a prolific writer writing what's arguably the best book on the stands, the Legion was a 30-40k title. Once Waid left, sales quickly tanked.

Until Levitz is gone from Legion and replaced by talent that today's market cares about, it will never exceed the 20k mark. It doesn't matter what the premise of the story is, it doesn't matter what iteration of characters the book is using, it doesn't matter how bright or dark the setting is. The Legion of Superheroes no longer has the draw to support a series without the help of topnotch talent.
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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby Juan Cena » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:02 pm

dairydead wrote:
Ok. That has absolutely nothing to do with what i said. :smt102


So if a book's sales start tumbling following a major reboot then that doesn't mean the readers rejected the changes made?
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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:07 pm

BlueMole wrote:The problem with the Legion of Superheroes is the same problem that most of DC's other failing properties have. There's no draw to the book.

In order for a comic book to succeed in today's market, it either needs A-list talent (or B-list talent on the rise) or A-list characters. The Legion is neither of those.

Under Mark Waid, a prolific writer writing what's arguably the best book on the stands, the Legion was a 30-40k title. Once Waid left, sales quickly tanked.

Until Levitz is gone from Legion and replaced by talent that today's market cares about, it will never exceed the 20k mark. It doesn't matter what the premise of the story is, it doesn't matter what iteration of characters the book is using, it doesn't matter how bright or dark the setting is. The Legion of Superheroes no longer has the draw to support a series without the help of topnotch talent.


I think we need to wait for Jeph Loeb and Greg Land to leave Marvel. Only they can save the Legion.
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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby Juan Cena » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:08 pm

BlueMole wrote:The problem with the Legion of Superheroes is the same problem that most of DC's other failing properties have. There's no draw to the book.

In order for a comic book to succeed in today's market, it either needs A-list talent (or B-list talent on the rise) or A-list characters. The Legion is neither of those.

Under Mark Waid, a prolific writer writing what's arguably the best book on the stands, the Legion was a 30-40k title. Once Waid left, sales quickly tanked.

Until Levitz is gone from Legion and replaced by talent that today's market cares about, it will never exceed the 20k mark. It doesn't matter what the premise of the story is, it doesn't matter what iteration of characters the book is using, it doesn't matter how bright or dark the setting is. The Legion of Superheroes no longer has the draw to support a series without the help of topnotch talent.


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.
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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby Juan Cena » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:10 pm

S.F. Jude Terror wrote:
I think we need to wait for Jeph Loeb and Greg Land to leave Marvel. Only they can save the Legion.


Hey, Loeb > Levitz right now.
Besides, despite all the crap at Marvel, Loeb still did a pretty good Superman.
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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby dairydead » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:27 pm

Juan Cena wrote:
So if a book's sales start tumbling following a major reboot then that doesn't mean the readers rejected the changes made?

not categorically, no . not even close. That's still a huge assumption on your part.
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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby Juan Cena » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:39 pm

dairydead wrote:not categorically, no . not even close. That's still a huge assumption on your part.


It holds more water than your "you're assuming that the Legion ever "worked" comment."

Why don't you go do some actual research on Legion history, then come back.
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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby IvCNuB4 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:56 pm

Jude should run a report and see how much server space we could reclaim if we shut down all these boooorriinnng endlessly repetitive go-nowhere Legion bitch-fest threads :lol:

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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby Arion » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:51 pm

Juan Cena wrote:


If there's problem with the Legion's future, it's that Levitz dosen't seem to have any grasp how to tell a modern SF story. The book still feels like an 80's vision of the future instead of a 21st century vision of the future.

I don't think Legion has an irrelevant vision of the future. I felt that last Star Trek film was able to present a modern SF story, yet stayed true to it's optimistic roots.


Or even before the 80s...

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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby Juan Cena » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:11 am

Arion wrote:
Or even before the 80s...


Perhaps. But either way, Levitz's 30th century seems barren of any of the kinds of SF concepts that have developed since the mid-80's. And he doesn't have a grasp of what's going on in the world of modern science and tech. And while he might be able to exploit the Legion's continuity, he's average at world building at best.
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Strict31 wrote:I'm not sure that combining the nigh-uncontrollable power of LOLtron with the Nacireman is a good idea. Some years from now, when mankind is on the verge of extinction, we'll be able to look back and remember this moment, and say, "DANG."


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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby Zero » Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:13 pm

IvCNuB4 wrote:Jude should run a report and see how much server space we could reclaim if we shut down all these boooorriinnng endlessly repetitive go-nowhere Legion bitch-fest threads :lol:


The mods should just merge them all on sight. Then threadkick Nac.

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Re: Uncle Rich has a Legion rumor.

Postby bkthomson » Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:35 pm

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The mods should just merge them all on sight. Then threadkick Nac.


Nah, easer to tell people just do not go in the thread to bitch about a person thread.
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