Thanks to some good detective work by my commenters, there's an interesting chain of "evidence" which strongly (though not conclusively) suggests that Jim Shooter will indeed be returing to the Legion in time for its 50th anniversary.
1. Francis Manapul is announced as the new Legion artist starting with issue
38 37. His blog is over here, and the 8/13 entry is the pencil art to the double-cover for issue 37 or 38 we saw at Newsarama and Wizard (though curiously, CBR still hasn't said anything about it). His official home page (which was last updated in late May) is at, surprisingly, francismanapul.com.
The articles don't say who the writer or inker are, but the news of the writer is apparently a Really Big Deal.
2. On the ComicBloc forums, Manapul says:
I'm so stoked to finally have this announced! I'm really excited about this project, although I'm still very new to the Legion universe, I have much respect for its legacy. I tried my best to combine some of the old elements of the characters with the new, and hopefully it will start to grow on you guys! It's quite obvious that the costumes are an homage to Dave Cockrum and his inspiring run on the book, during my research into the characters his was what struck me the most so I decided to try and see if I can tweak it a bit to "modernize" it. Again I'm focusing on simplifying rather than making them look too overly complicated. Anyways I hope you all join us during our run next year!
A few posts later, inker John Livesay adds:
I'll be on the book as well, hope everyone likes it!!
To which Manapul replies:
thanks guys! also Livesays doing some amazing inks over my stuff!
if anyone is interested in checking out the pencils to the cover, I just put it up on my blog. thanks again!
3. In something I wish I could take credit for finding, Livesay's listing for the June 2007 Toronto Comicon contains this as the last sentence in his bio:
Currently, he’s involved with several top secret Superman projects at DC and inking a new project with collaborator and legend Jim Shooter
Now, it's not clear that this new project with Shooter is at DC. It's also not clear (to me) whether Livesay is exclusive to DC or not, and I'm not familiar enough with him to know how many books per month he regularly does. But let's suppose for the sake of argument that Livesay does one book per month. If that's true, then if he's inking Manapul on the Legion, that means that Shooter's there too. Quod erat demonstratum, ex post facto, cogito ergo sum, habeus corpus, i.e., e.g., Ibid., there you go.
Of course, if Livesay is doing more than one book and he's not exclusive to DC, then please disregard the above. "Jim" could be Salicrup, Krueger, Robinson, Lee, Ottaviani, Valentino, Starlin, Hudnall, or even Steranko.