THE DNnU Take 2: PAUL LEVITZ & the Future of the DC Universe
THE DNnU Take 2: PAUL LEVITZ
One of the exceptions is Paul Levitz, the former president of DC Comics who has revived his writing career by returning to the Legion of Super-Heroes, a team he helped define during his legendary run more than 20 years ago.
Now he gets to launch the team again, working with artist Francis Portella. But this time around, the changes are more tonal than anything else, and the characters who populate the futuristic team will be younger.
"This will be a little bit different tone than we've had recently, and this is a different mix of characters," Levitz explained to Newsarama when the new #1 was first announced.
To make up for their absence, Levitz is adding a few new characters, some of whom were seen in his Legion Academy stories last year. And that change will give the comic a younger bent.
"We're going to try to have, with the Academy kids and the mix of characters that we show, a little more of the classic 'Legionnaires as young people' theme," Levitz said. "We'll have a little less emphasis on the characters whose lives have gone on to more complicated, older stages. That doesn't mean we won't see them again, but we'll move the spotlight a little.
Levitz is also launching a new mini-series in October, Legion: Secret Origin, that will tell secrets about the Legion's past.
As part of our continuing "DCnU Take 2" series of interviews, where we follow-up with writers to find out more about their new series, we talked with Levitz about his new take on the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Paul Levitz: Now that fans have seen how beautiful Francis' work is, and how obviously hard he's working on the series, I can reassure them that we're staying on schedule with some carefully picked and planned guest artist issue--starting with Walt Simonson on #5.
Nrama: Now that you've seen the reaction from fans to the news about your comic, what are the top three things you want to clarify about it?
Levitz: That this is simultaneously a continuation of what existed before in the Legion, and a genuine new 52 title, reflecting the changes in overall DC continuity, and also in ways we're still developing, clarifying Legion history without throwing it out.
Levitz: I think the most fun surprises have been the visuals that Francis has been developing -- his visions of future tech, and of alien beings.
Nrama: What character in your comic do you expect to become beloved by fans? And why?
Nrama: Most important thing you want readers to remember about your comic?
Levitz: That it's the future of the DCU.Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!