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I’m surprised that was so controversial; of course, I don’t read the Legion now, but when Abnett and Lanning was writing it (and even back to the Waid/Peyer days, I believe) they had set Shady up as a warrior-woman of sorts who wasn’t especially pleased to be leaving her world and gallivanting around the cosmos with the LSH. Maybe Waid (the second time around) and Shooter haven’t been writing her that way, I wouldn’t know.

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malakim2099 said on April 15th, 2008 at 10:26 am

I think a tea party with Hob Gadling would be a fun one-off issue.

Vandal slurps the tea, though, so you shouldn’t invite him. :)

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The only problem with futuristic storylines that utilize modern day, supposedly immortal or long living characters like this is that the futuristic story runs the risk of nullifying any exceptionally dramatic storyline that the modern storylines write about him (eg a totally badass self-sacrifice or a complete psychological and philosophical defeat). If the character survives for a hundred or a thousand years and is still doing the same shtick over and over again, then we know that any dramatic life-changing storyline that occurs to the long-living character, in the modern time, can never really be viewed as canon.

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Robinson already established that the Shade survives to work with the Legion during his Starman run. Of course then he tells Jack how to make it so that event doesn’t happen. And I think the Legion’s had at least one full reboot since then. Argh. DC time travel is head achey…

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Zen, there’s a reason I’m using the Shade here, rather than, say, the Martian Manhunter (who can arguably live just as long). The Shade is a fairly minor character. (His last appearance was in JSA, and that was, what, four years ago now?)

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That would so totally kickass. Shade is by far one of the coolest DCU (and thankfully under-utilized) characters.

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CandidGamera said on April 15th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

I want Vandal Savage versus the Legion. So much better than Ra’s.

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Endless Nights should’ve had a Hob story. Y’know, as the most lovable Sandman character. Perhaps he’d date Barbie or Rose.

I haven’t read enough Legion or Starman to have much of an opinion on this post, but thanks for the link of Projectra snapping Nemesis Kid’s neck. Making Shadow Lass do something completely antithetical to her character is interesting.

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Talok VIII, surely.

I have a visceral rejection of the Shade only because I dislike James Robinson’s work in the DC universe so very much. (The JSA’s reaction to Rag Doll’s threats presage the JLA’s hysterical panic in Identity Crisis, for example.)

That being said, in other hands, the Shade could certainly be an interesting character. And I am on Superheroic Destiny like intellectual dishonesty on a creationist. So, really, this sounds pretty darned cool.

Heh. Even makes sense, of a sort, of the Tas/Lar relationship. An immortal barbarian champion destined to die in battle at the end of the universe? Even among the Legionnaires, who is a more worthy peer than the single most powerful mortal being in local space?

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While I can see the thematic necessity of using the Shade (and I think it’s both a wonderful and fairly self-explanatory idea), the irony is that Hob Gadling, of all the immortals in the DC universe, would be the best for talking a fellow immortal out of suicide. This is because Hob Gadling has never succumbed to ennui, despair, or nihilism. He’s like some patron saint of optimism; he understands, at the core of his being, that it’s always worth being alive to see what tomorrow brings. Despite being immortal, he’s never stopped being just this dude, who thinks the universe is really awesome and wonderful and keeps chugging along.

Either him or Destruction. But Destruction can cheer anybody up.

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Stacy Dooks said on April 15th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

NEXT TIME: The biggest badass in the Legion.

Superboy?

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I would read this issue.
In fact, I would buy the variant cover of this issue.
I would buy the trade that collected this story. In hardback.
HEAR ME, DC??

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My thought when reading the scene where Shady killed an adversary was, “Wait, do we know whether the Waid/Kitson Legion even has a constitution, let alone one with a ‘no killing’ clause?” I honestly couldn’t remember whether they do or not, so I just kind of shrugged it off.

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Andrew W. said on April 15th, 2008 at 6:51 pm

I guess I’d have to go read the issue, but I have trouble grasping getting up in arms about killing something you’d call an alien monster without any qualifiers about its intelligence, sentience, sapience, and all that. I could get it (I wouldn’t agree with it, but I could get it) if everyone was upset because she’d killed some kind of intelligent, reptile species with a culture and all of that jazz, but it kind of makes it sound like she just killed something that was essentially a wild animal.

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socraticsilence said on April 15th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

NEXT TIME: The biggest badass in the Legion.

I gotta be honest here if this isn’t Brainy I’m gonna be real suprised.

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MGK: I understand the use of a minor character in this case (and I couldn’t tell you about the last time Shade popped up since the last DC series I collected was Lobo). However, Screaming Mimi was a third string Marvel character for nearly 15 years until Thunderbolts made her an A-lister as Songbird.

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Would the legacy of Mikkal Tomas still be in play, like in Starman #50?

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vonDread said on April 16th, 2008 at 2:44 am

Here’s a question… what’s with that conspicuous bulge in Shadow Lass’s hot pants?

Never been a fan of the Legion personally, but I’d buy every single issue if MGK was writing it. And I hate buying single issues.

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Mad Scientist said on April 16th, 2008 at 12:22 pm

It’s not like she’s human, vonDread. Quit projecting your humanocentric ideals onto alien babes….

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slappy the happy robot said on May 6th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

biggest badass = star boy, aka “i-am-a-black-hole lad.”

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Oh, Jesus, am I late to the game, but I would personally hire you *just for this plotline alone*. Cannot … cope … with the awesome …

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