|And now we have reached....the end.|
Dave-El here and welcome to I'm So Glad My Suffering Amuses You. Well, it may not be suffering in the truest sense of the world but I am pretty much bummed out.
The Legion of Super Heroes has reached the end of the road.
The Legion has been down before. After headlining Adventure Comics for several years, the Legion was relegated to the back ups in Action Comics. Eventually, the Legion found itself in Superboy's own book and much as they did with Superboy's solo adventures in Adventure Comics, the Legion began to dominate the Superboy title as well. The small print indicia still said the title was Superboy but the covers proclaimed it Superboy and the Legion of Super Heroes. Eventually that became the title for real and by 1979, Superboy is sent flying out of the title that used to be his and his alone and, for the first time, Legion of Super Heroes was in it's own book of brand new adventures.*
*There was a Legion of Super Heroes title in the early 1970's but it was a reprint book.
The Legion continued to spin a vast tapestry of super heroic mythology against the tableau of Earth 1,000 years in the future and the myriad planets that spun in their orbits out in the infinite universe. The Legion of Super Heroes was a title filled with outrageous powers, amazing feats, astonishing wonders and, above all, a delightfully tangled web of human drama. The Legion is a concept of near limitless possibilities.
Now this limitless concept comes to an end. And right now, there's nothing to indicate any reprieve or return or reboot or re-anything is out on the horizon.
I noted my reaction to the news that Legion of Super Heroes was cancelled in this blog post. I've also shared stories of how the Legion of Super Heroes lead me to marvelous heights of excitement only to have that excitement crash to the ground. The very quick rise and equally fast fall of Pulsar Stargrave can be found the following links connecting to parts One Two and Three. And I've shared my encounter with Jim Starlin and the Legion and that story's subsequent disappointing resolution.
But I stuck by the Legion because at it's core was something that resonated deeply with me: a sense of belonging. A wide range of characters of varying talents and levels of power but they all had one thing in common, a strong bond that held them together: they were Legionnaires. It was a strength of unity and spirit that made the Legion more than just a collection of Super Heroes. It was an extended family.
On Twitter, someone asked the question, "Who was your favorite Legionnaire?"
I had to give that some thought as I considered any number of Legion members to be a favorite at one time or another.