Monday, November 28, 2016

Relaunches, Reboots, and Rebirths

David Harper over at the late lamented SKTCHD blog has a great article about the comics industry's current obsession with "recency", and does an excellent job of dissecting fandom's love/hate relationship with the whole thing.

It's nice to see someone finally give voice to why I no longer follow Legion of Superheroes. It's been rebooted and relaunched so many times that it long ago became unreadable. To my credit I actually stuck with it through the "threeboot" years where the title was split between Legion of Superheroes and Legionnaires, but the team got lost during the run-up to The New 52 and then scrambled with a metaphorical Kitchen-Aid mixer afterwards. Not the smartest trajectory for a team with such a rich history and a massive cast of characters. Like most annoying things in comics it's probably John Byrne's fault for trying to retcon Superboy out of existence during his Superman reboot.
And this only covers through the Kieth Griffen Years.

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