Legion Content This Week:
The first story is the Adult Legion that's appeared in Action before, but with more detail. The second one is, presumably, a story of the teenage years of that Legion.
Except, speaking as a demented fanboy, it's all a mess. The adult Legion is based on the Earth-247 Legion: Shadow Lass is "Umbra," Sensor is a giant snake with robot arms, and Chameleon Boy is just "Chameleon."
But the teen Legion in the second story are based on the original Leigon. It's "Colossal Boy" instead of "Leviathan," Chameleon is Chameleon Boy, and Chuck Taine is Bouncing Boy.
Yet the two storylines are obviously linked -- these are clearly supposed to be the same Legion at different points in time.
Needless to say, this Legion is incompatible with the New52 Legion that Paul Levitz has been writing about.
I'm calling this a legitimate alternate version, which I'm designating "Morrison New52" until a better name turns up.
I understand that creative teams need their freedom, and that there are many versions of the Legion to pick and choose from. But people, this is exactly why readers complain that the Legion is too complicated. A new reader who's been following the New52 Legion faithfully suddenly runs into an incompatible version..."Umbra, I thought her name was Shadow Lass?" "Sensor...is that the same person as Sensor Girl? Why is she disguised as a giant snake?"
Me, I don't care. Another alternate version of the Legion is fine with me. I've been reading the Legion for nearly 50 years, and am an obsessive fanboy. But wasn't the point of this whole New 52 thing to attract new readers?