Sunday, July 20, 2014

Smile And The World Smiles With You

Not to beat the dead horse, but...

We could really use these guys back.

As we approach one year since the last Legion Of Super-Heroes book was published (which, by the way, disbanded the Legion and revealed that they were from the future of Earth-2, because Earth-1 can't have nice things)...(and don't forget that DC has left the members of Legion Lost stranded in the present for over a year and half now without even a mention, which means they rank below Voodoo and Grifter in DC's priorities list)...

...let's not forget that, in almost every group shot, the Legion is smiling, something quite rare for the nu52.

Hell, even Gary Frank, who still hasn't learned how to draw a human smile that doesn't look more like a grimace of pain, drew them "smiling."

And yes, I know the Legion is supposedly making a comeback in Justice League United, but the solicit says "the 31st century has been destroyed!" So yay?!?

Given JLU's track record, they'll find a way to chop of Lightning Lad's other arm, and other gritty stuff, and we'll get nary a smile.

But goddammit, the Legion is a bunch of teenagers with super powers!! They should be freakin' smiling!

Even when they did grim future in the 5 Years Later storyline...

...they still found time to smile (mostly).

Now maybe, just maybe, DC is ready to lighten up a little bit, as the "new" direction for Batgirl might indicate (although I will withhold judgement, because if you think about it for 2 seconds, turning Batgirl into a waify teenager who takes selfies in club bathroom mirrors doesn't seem all that empowering to me, and might be more a dumbing down than a lightening up)...

...but good gosh, look at Futures End, Worlds End, Earth-2. DC still prefers dystopian futures to bright ones, angst to joy, villains to heroes, and dismemberment to character development.

So come on, nu52...
...can we at least crack a smile once in awhile?

4 comments:

Max said...

The absence of the Legion does sting, and it seems so WRONG to have a DCU without them, but, I gotta say, given what they've done to most everyone else in the New 52, I'd kind of rather have them gone. That said, I actually really like the Justice League 3000 book. It's not the Legion at all, but it has turned into a really cool series with some nicely developing character arcs.

SallyP said...

Heavens, Joy and Comics just don't go together! We need more dismemberments, death and dismembered deaths!

Oculus Orbus said...

That last image... not only does everyone have the same face (including the women,) but they all appear to be suffering from acromegaly. Yecccch!

Any idea who drew that mess?

snell said...

That was a piece of fan art...