By Todd Allen
What is it about the Legion of Super-Heroes that pulls in ex-Marvel editor-in-chiefs. Roy Thomas wrote it. Gerry Conway wrote it. Jim Shooter came back for another run. Now Tom DeFalco is taking over Legion Lost with issue #7. Writing changes announced on Superman, Green Arrow and Legion Lost before the 4th issues hit the stands? You can’t say DC is averse to change.
Over at The Source, Brian Cunningham explains the departure of Fabian Nicieza as:
His schedule just couldn’t keep up with a monthly series right now. It’s a bummer because Fabian and I had discussed some really cool ideas for the series, but I understood his reasons, and we parted on a positive note with hopes that someday we can reteam on something else down the road.
In all honesty, Legion Lost wasn’t very well received and Nicieza may not have been a good fit for the property. Where Nicieza might be considered old school, DeFalco is older school and when you add Legion Lost to an issue of Superman Beyond, I think we can now officially call this DeFalco’s return to DC. Return? Yes, while his career has been primarily at Marvel, DeFalco did a string of stories, primarily in Superman Family, for DC back in the late ’70s.
What’s on tap for Legion Lost?
A crossover with TEEN TITANS involving the organization known as N.O.W.H.E.R.E. — with a revelation that will change the entire course of LEGION LOST!
For a clean reboot, the New 52 sure does seem to have crossover on the brain. Then again, there was a time when Teen Titans and Legion were DC’s flagship titles, so at least there’s some symbolism here.
In the meantime, we await Nicieza’s next series and note that there’s another ex-Marvel EIC at DC in Bob Harras. When will he write a Legion comic?
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.