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Brian Michael Bendis's Legion Of Superheroes is the latest Continuity Reboot for DC Comics' 31st century based superhero team.

From the pages of Brian Michael Bendis' Superman, a new Legion of Super-Heroes seeks out the membership of Superman's very own son Jon Kent, due to his involvement in the establishment of the United Planets. What follows is a series of events circulating around Aquaman's trident and the President of the United Planets being less than okay with super-powered teenagers just bending time and space without even a shred of conscious thought at the possible ramifications.

The Legion's two issue miniseries for DC Future State was recently revealed to be the new status quo for the actual Legion ongoing.


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The 2020 Legion contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • General Nah is a domineering, violent blowhard of a leader and a father.
    • Imra's parents on Titan appear to be somewhat emotionally abusive and it's implied she was banished from Titan's hivemind for wanting to join the Legion.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Mon-El is a Kryptonian rather than a Daxamite.
  • Adaptational Dumbass:
    • Blok, normally interpreted as being intellectual despite his outward appearance, has a much more simplistic form of speaking here.
    • Saturn Girl apparently has such little control over her abilities outside of Titan's hivemind she thinks she accidentally brainwashed the entire Legion into believing they needed Jon as a member. While in past Legion continuities Imra sometimes had a couple of issues with her mental powers at a younger age (like Reboot!Imra being unaware she was subconsciously controlling a comatose Cosmic Boy), they were never this bad.
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  • Adaptational Heroism: As a result of being combined with the Danielle Foccart version, this Legion's Computo has so far avoided turning into a destructive force of villainy.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Mon-El is rather haughty and seems to dislike Jon Kent because they're both Kryptonians.
    • R.J. Brande was an affable nice billionaire who helped fund the Legion out of gratitude to Garth, Rokk, and Imra for saving his life and because he realized the galaxy needed heroes. President Brande, on the other hand, is a two-faced beaurucrat whose opinion on the Legion flip-flops depending on what's useful to her at the time. Not helping matters is that Chameleon Boy loathes her, whereas in the continuities where Cham is R.J. Brande's son they get along seemingly well.
    • The Legion suffers from this due to being Innocently Insensitive, as they expect far too much of Jon Kent's capabilities as a hero based on what he'll eventually do and not what he's currently done. The impetus for recruiting him as a Legionnaire was because he suggested forming the United Planets even though he didn't actually do anything to help create or lead the United Planets beyond that. It stands out a lot from how the original and Retroboot Legions were fans of Clark Kent as Superboy, merely went back and offered him a place in the Legion because they wanted to thank him for being an inspiration and then eventually helped him grow into his role as a hero.
  • Adaptational Name Change:
    • Mon-El has Mon-El as his real name, rather than Lar Gand.
    • White Witch's real name is Xola Aq rather than Mysa Nal.
  • The Ageless: Rose (and her split personality Thorn), as established in the Millennium prelude. She breezes through the worlds of President Supergirl, Batman Beyond, and Kamandi without looking a day older.
    • The same cannot be said for Zod, when he shows up in chapter 10.
  • All There in the Script: The first trade paperback collection identifies the nameless skeleton Legionnaire as "X-Ray Girl," and identifies two other Legionnaires, Entropy Kid and Radius Lad, who only appeared once in a crowd shot in #9.
  • Always Someone Better: Mon-El is implied to genuinely resent Superboy's presence because, even though they're both Kryptonians (in this continuity), Superboy's treated like the greatest thing since sliced bread making Mon come across as rather inadequate by comparison. His nasty personality isn't doing Mon much credit.
  • Antagonistic Offspring:
    • Chameleon Boy cannot stand his mother, calling President Brande an unconscionable coward.
    • White Witch absolutely loathes her father Mordru, and has kept her relationship to him a secret from the other Legionnaires. She will, however, reveal their connection if she feels she needs to.
  • Arc Welding: Millennium welds many of DC's possible futures into a single timeline - President Supergirl, Batman Beyond, Kamandi, Tommy Tomorrow, Booster Gold, OMAC and finally this incarnation of the Legion.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: About half the Legion joined because they believe in the idea of the United Planets, while the other half joined because they hate the people representing the United Planets and want to stop them from abusing their power. None of the Legionnaires are said to be wrong.
  • Buffy Speak: The Legionnaires have this in spades. All of them. The bulk of the dialog consists of them sort of rambling on and on using future slang like "qrot."
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Except for the goggles, the Triplicate Girl here is more similar to the animated version than those from the previous comics. One is pink, the other yellow, and the third blue.
  • Composite Character:
    • Computo is a combination of the original version of the character and Danielle Foccart, who was briefly possessed by Computo's essence before taking the name for herself as a Legionnaire.
    • President Brande is largely based on R.J. Brande and his time as Earthgov president, but the elements of Brande being a female president and her more shameless, underhanded actions are strongly reminiscent of Jeanne Chu from the Reboot Legion.
  • Continuity Reboot: The first one for the Legion since the retroboot from 2007 to 2013. Also the first version of the Legion to have a Doctor Fate on the roster.
  • Continuity Snarl: The editing on this series leaves something to be desired with numerous inconsistencies throughout each issue.
    • In the eighth issue, Ayla appears as Lightning Lass while fighting against Crav Nah. While the origin issue showed she had lightning abilities alongside Garth back before the Legion was created, every scene featuring her among the Legionnaires showed and identified her as Light Lass with no indication of any electrical abilities. The most glaring detail of this discrepancy is her costume had a visible feather on her chest, while in the eighth issue it's been replaced by two lightning bolts.
    • White Witch was previously identified as Mysa Nal. In the ninth issue she's now named Xola Aq.
    • Mon-El was originally identified as Lar Gand of Daxam, but later issues then stated his name's solely Mon-El and he's from New Krypton.
    • When Invisible Kid was first revealed, he was stated to be from Earth. In issue nine he mentions being from the planet Kit-Son.
      • Also, when the character was first mentioned they were identified as Lyle in Millennium #2. By issue #3 of the ongoing series, Invisible Kid was now Jacques Foccart. This was fixed in the trade collection where the name "Lyle" is removed.
    • It was earlier mentioned that Mon-El's dating Phantom Girl. A later issue mentions Shadow Lass is Mon's girlfriend, but the following issue has it back to Phantom Girl.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: #11 ends with Superboy and Saturn Girl discovering Rogol Zaar beat the shit out of nearly all the Legionnaires and is still standing.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: Subverted with Monster Boy. Monster Boy can alter his form like Chameleon Boy. However, Monster Boy claims his powers aren't the same. Truly, while Monster Boy can only appear to turn into different types of monsters the only difference between him and Chameleon Boy is his powers appear far more limited.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: After being named the new leader of Rimbor, Ultra Boy decides that his savage civilization needs to be more civilized and after announcing his intention to change things he proceeds to beat up anyone who argues against it. That Dawnstar, a noted descendant of Earth's Native Americans, announces her attraction after watching Ultra Boy beat up people, is very disconcerting.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Doctor Fate apparently explodes in the eleventh issue.
  • Epic Fail: According to DC Future State, the Legion only lasted for a hundred days, or barely three months, before it fell apart due to whatever Element Lad did.
  • Faux Action Girl: Blok believes Shadow Lass is one, with an Interlac note in the eighth issue mentioning he's noticed she never does anything.
  • Gender Flip: R.J. Brande is now Chameleon Boy's mother instead of father.
  • Has Two Mommies: Garth and Ayla now have two mothers while every previous continuity showed them with a mom and dad.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Gold Lantern is implied to be blind due to the fact that his mask doesn't have any eye holes. Most of the time.
  • It's All About Me: The Legionnaires as a whole sort of have this mindset in regards to Superboy. They absolutely feel they need him as a member to show them the way to act as a team, when Jon honestly hasn't done much at that point in his life to warrant such a reputation. That they're putting so much pressure on him even after he spent five years getting traumatized thanks to his grandfather makes the team come across as rather selfish and nearsighted.
  • Jerkass: Mon-El is nasty to nearly everyone, to the point Colossal Boy sincerely hopes he quits the Legion because Mon-El's so draining to be around.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Imra's dismissive parents may have been right to not want her to leave Titan if she somehow ended up brainwashing the Legion into recruiting Jon Kent by accident.
  • Lack of Empathy: None of the Legionnaires seem to give a shit about Damian Wayne being Jon's friend, and are barely perturbed when Jon calls them out on wiping Damian's memory. They also don't seem to care that he hasn't had much room to breathe after the years he lost thanks to Jor-El and the Crime Syndicate.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Just about every issue has every Legionnaire in them.
  • Loving a Shadow: The Legionnaires as a whole have this sort of vibe regarding Jon, considering him as a great leader and inspiration and bringing him to their time because they genuinely believe his influence is necessary for them to survive. It's clear they're more interested in the influence of his legend instead of anything Jon's actually done at his current age.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: White Witch was initially happy with how powerful she was as a sorceress because she thought it came from all her hard work. Then she learned magic is in her blood because her dad is Mordru. She wasn't pleased.
  • Manipulative Bastard: President Brande is clearly using the Legion for her own ends, and will either praise them or decry them if it suits her overall goals.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Ultra Boy eventually believes his home planet of Rimbor is too chaotic and destructive, so after becoming leader he announces they must act more civilized. And then proceeds to beat up those who disagree with him.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Colossal Boy mentions his ability isn't to grow big, but to shrink from his already gigantic size, which was the character's backstory in the Threeboot Legion.
    • White Witch goes by the name Xola Aq, which was an alias she had when she was turned into the Hag during the Silver Age. She's also Mordru's daughter like she was in the Reboot Legion.
    • Mike Grell apparently refused to draw any of the new costumes when he worked on the ninth issue. Not only does he put Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy in the infamous bikini and corset costumes from the 1970s, he draws Dawnstar both with her original costume and physical wings instead of energy wings like she's had in the previous issues.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Dawnstar's given the last name Gr'ell as a nod to her co-creator Mike Grell.
  • Noodle Incident: The Legionnaires are somewhat dismissive of Damian Wayne due to something he apparently does when he's older, something so bad Chameleon Boy calls him "Baby Hitler." It's not mentioned what Damian did, but Brainiac 5 states they're trying to avoid that timeline from coming true.
  • Off-Model: In the video of Dawnstar's recruitment her wings are made of feathers like they appeared in previous continuities, whereas her redesign gave her energy wings that disappear when she's not flying.
  • Only Sane Woman: Rose serves as one for the Legion, who raises questions about their actions like, say, bringing someone from the 21st century into the 31st century without giving the proper authorities a heads-up.
    Rose: This whole thing looks like you didn't ask permission to abuse the time stream because everyone who isn't a legionnaire can, really, go to hell! [...] My big point here is: if you do stupid, childish #$@#$, don't be shocked when "they" react accordingly. And it's doubly frustrating because [Saturn Girl] can read people's minds. So I don't see the excuse for stupid, childish #$@#$ other than you just want to.
  • Race Lift:
    • The Ranzz twins Garth and Ayla (aka Lightning Lad and Light Lass) who in prior continuities are usually depicted as white are now black.
    • In previous continuities Karate Kid was of at least some Japanese descent, usually on his mother's side. Here, Ryan Sook's redesign gives Val a Manchu queue braid implying Val's now of Chinese descent.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In this continuity, Mon-El's now a distant descendant of Superman and Superboy (and his name's no longer Lar Gand).
  • Running Gag: One with the Legionnaires insisting that Superboy watch the orientation video they prepared for him.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Ranzz Twins in this continuity fit this trope, where Ayla's a hot blooded revolutionary while Garth is the more subdued, levelheaded twin.
  • Shout-Out: Monster Boy's got the ability to transform into different monsters, as in actual, preexisting monster characters such as Frankenstein's Monster and the Martians from Mars Attacks!.
  • Show, Don't Tell:
    • Triplicate Girl is only ever seen in her three different components, and at no point does she ever merge back into a single person making it vague if she does have to power to split into three people or if she's really three girls who share a mind. It's finally averted in the twelfth issue, when the three components of Triplicate Girl are shown splitting off into more triplicates.
    • Gold Lantern's backstory is supposedly amazing, but for the first nine issues nothing's been revealed of it, just that everyone tends to speak highly of him.
    • The Horraz are considered the greatest threat to the galaxy and the United Planets, but as of right now nothing about them makes them seem deserving of such a label when at best they come across as a nuisance.
  • Time Skip: The Future State miniseries jumps ahead several years to show the United Planets has apparently fallen apart, the galaxy is something of a mess, the Legion's fractured, and Element Lad is apparently a President Evil and was responsible for a horrific event that ruined everything to begin with.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: It's noted that due to the shenanigans of the multiverse courtesy of Dr. Manhattan (among other troublemakers), the current 31st century is not exactly in a stable position...
  • Vagueness Is Coming: In the ninth issue, Dream Girl warns everyone that a "Great Darkness" is coming.
  • Villain Decay: Mordru the Merciless was considered one of the most dangerous magic users in the present day DCU and previous Legion continuities, on par with both the Time Trapper and Glorith. Here, while Mordru is still considered dangerous, he's not as feared or powerful as he used to be.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Superboy isn't cool with Saturn Girl mind-wiping his best friend Damian Wayne (aka, the current Robin)'s mind to believe he's having a dream.
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