Starting with a 2-issue miniseries, DC Millennium, which walks the reader through 1,000 years, ending at the Legion's doorstep. Millennium is by Brian Bendis and a variety of artists (one for each time period), and the Legion proper will by by Bendis and Ryan Sook. There's an interview with Bendis about his plans on Comicbook.com.
It was interesting to see all those DC futures tied together somehow. It didn't seem possible for Tommy Tomorrow and Kamandi to be in the same timeline -- both occurring between "now" and the Legion's time. (And I think one story somewhere, somewhen, tried to establish that Kamandi and Tommy were the same character, only in different timelines.)
But, while Rose/Thorn being the through character is a real surprise, it's not necessarily a good surprise. Being a powerless superhero is implausible enough, but to be one who is mentally unbalanced seems like a ticket to an early death. So I never liked Rose & Thorn, mostly because she's so implausible.
But yeah, also the whinging, So much whinging.
Cap: The story you're trying to remember was The History of the DC Universe that followed the original Crisis On Infinite Earths. With now only one plane of existence (at the time), the baby was still found in Command D, but instead of becoming Jack Kirby's Kamandi; he was adopted and grew up to be Tommy Tomorrow.
Thanks, Lee! I'd never have found that in a million years.
Mainly because if I lived long enough I'd keep getting interrupted by OMAC, Kamandi, the Legion of Super-Heroes, Hercules Unbound, Space Ranger, Ultra the Multi-Alien, Atomic Knights, Tommy Tomorrow, Batman Beyond, the Time Trapper, Booster Gold, Justice League 3000, Glorith, Rip Hunter, Star Rovers, Knights of the Galaxy, Star Hawkins, Space Cabbie ...
Yeah Cap, those were the days. sigh
The Kamandi/Tommy point in History took only one panel to cover. A pivotal change of the moment, but nothing more than a footnote in the overall story.
And why Tommy was chosen instead of a Kirby creation?
Your guess is as good as mine.
Were there any other Kirby creations at that (general) point in the timeline? I'm sure there were, but I'm not thinking of any.
Imagine the lack of foresight involved in deciding Tommy Tomorrow was a better fit with the future of the DCU than Kamandi...and a more bankable star for future comics. Not that Kamandi flies off the shelves, but he's been brought back again and again and again for guest appearances (including last week!), while Tommy has mostly collected dust (except for two weeks ago).
BTW, if anyone's thinking of buying any Legion in the Comixology sale, today's its last day.
What's amazing to me about Kamandi is the he was the last boy on Earth, and that the short-lived Anthro was billed as the first boy on Earth. I even read those Anthro books, and didn't remember that blurb. But Grant Morrison did, and bookended his Batman time-travel story with the first and last boys on Earth.
That's the amazing bit. Wow.
The first issue of Legion of Super-Heroes is finally out, and oh, man, I’m so excited! The only thing I want is More, Right Away.
I’m glad we opened up with some Legion action right away, before getting to the welcome scenes…and it’s interesting that they start out with Mordru. If this *is* Mordru, he’ll take some getting used to…. but it could very well be that he’s at a starting point, too, and is not at the height of his powers yet.
Also interesting is the possibility that Jo (Ultra Boy) isn’t a Legion member yet. His status is vague — to me he seems more like a Legion ally than a member. And yet he says he lives in the headquarters… but because it’s so vast, I imagine he’s one of MANY people who live there without being Legionnaires.
I’m looking forward to more Legionnaires in speaking roles, and to see the whole group in action next issue. And then, hopefully, we’ll get to focus a little more on smaller groups of the team, before building up to the next all-hands-on-deck event. I can’t wait to learn more!
(Also, now that the book itself is here, I edited the name of the thread to reflect it.)
Trivia: The "Frichtman Tags" -- informational blurbs that float behind people in the 31st century that people can see -- are named after Matt Fraction (his real name), because Bendis liked how Fraction used that style of captioning so much during his run on the X-Books.
Why is it Frichtman tags instead of Fraction tags?
Given that Legion HQ is as large as it is, and Saturn Girl's reference to how many Legionnaires there are, I'm wondering if there is an actual legion in the Legion, but maybe the ones we know from previous iterations will just be the operatives or soldiers of the Legion, and the zillions of others do other things, like communications and garbage collection and whatnot. Like an aircraft carrier, where the actual warriors -- the pilots -- are few in number, but have a city-size population at their backs supporting what they do. I'm game for that, because at some level it always irked me that this "Legion" had only 30-odd members.
Another thought: Once again, it looks like Ultra Boy is going to be a star, while the more powerful Mon-El (and Element Lad) are short-changed. You really had to look in the first issue, but Mon-El was there -- in the background, doing nothing. I don't recall if E-Lad was there or not, because I don't really know what he looks like now.
Chameleon Lad has a really alien look, which I can only assume means he's not a Durlan now. (Why would a Durlan bother to affect such an odd look? He would either default to his normal shape, or go human to fit in.) I guess there could be a story behind it, and he still is a Durlan. Time will tell.
Has anybody seen Princess Projectra? Curious to see if she's a giant snake this go-round. (Hated that idea, btw.)
Oh, I see I wasn't clear. Frichtman is Matt Fraction's real name. So they're named after him that way.
In an interview, Bendis has said his two favorite Legionnaires are Wildfire and Timber Wolf, but as he's been writing the first bunch of issues, he was surprised at how much Ultra Boy spoke to him. He hadn't expected to like Ultra Boy so much.
Also, I think he likes Mon-El a lot, but was surprised to see so much online hate for him. Which he figures is largely due to his portrayal on Supergirl.
I don't know if Cham's look is all that much odder than his original look was supposed to be. We're just used to seeing weirder things now, so the envelope gets pushed a little more toward weird than it was in the 50s. (No word on whether that's a Durlan's natural shape in this version or not, but I'm willing to bet he's a Durlan still.)
I think we've seen Jeckie in promo art (she's not a snake), but I can't remember if we see her in issue 1.
Legion of Super-Heroes is one of only two of last week’s comics I’ve read so far. (The other was Blackstars #1.) So far so good. I’m on board until Bendis writes a line a dialogue that makes my ears hurt. It’s not my Legion, but I hadn’t realized how much I missed the team. It’s most like the version which substituted Supergirl instead of Superboy, but this version substitutes Jonathan Kent instead of Clark Kent.
I thought the first issue, while not bad, felt like a FCBD issue, about eight pages of intro stuff. I realize it was the normal length of a comic book (and I'm sure Ryan Sook would take issue, understandably!), but it didn't feel like we really got anything out of it.
The Legion sure does seem to hang around in one giant clump so far, so I'm trusting we'll get to see them spread out a little bit in future issues.
This definitely wasn't bad at all, but I'm looking forward to reading the first handful of issues together.