Well, at least it didn't fade out to white, like other Legions have done when they've been cancelled.
But even Jim Shooter was (apparently) so disappointed with how the ending turned out - his story arc truncated by four issues - that he pulled a Steve Apollo. Notice (as I didn't the first time) that the writer for this one is credited to "Justin Thyme". And yes, the storyline felt rushed, for good reason. Or maybe Shooter didn't write this at all.
Ironically, this was supposed to have been the month that "Legion of Three Worlds" ended, along with LSH v5. We were supposed to get a wrapup of v5 (or "L3") so that we could see how everyone gets called to the big meeting. Instead, we get a rush job (don't put the blame all on Shooter, he wasn't the one who decided to pull the plug) with some hugely dangling plot lines (Cosmic Boy, Projectra) and no expectations of seeing a satisfying conclusion.
And the next big thing, apparently, is a spot in a possibly rotating anthology?
Here's what was promised:
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #50
Written by Jim Shooter
Art and cover by Francis Manapul & Livesay
It’s the final issue! The climactic conclusion of the Universal Annihilation War is here and every Legionnaire, every reservist and even the United Planets’ Young Heroes battle to save existence. Also featuring the return of Cosmic Boy, the death of a longtime Legionaire and a gorgeous wraparound cover!
FINAL ISSUE On sale January 28 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Here's what we got:
Not that. Presumably Projectra was supposed to die. But we did get the really cool wraparound cover.
Greg McElhatton at CBR gave it 0.5 out of 5 stars.
There's a right way and a wrong way to end a comic book series, and "Legion of Super-Heroes" #50 is definitely the wrong way...
With cancellation of the title, Shooter had said in interviews that his current storyline was supposed to end with #54, but that he would try and wrap up as much as possible with #50. But what we actually got with #50? Well, despite the solicitations promising Shooter and Manapul, instead we got the pseudonym of "Justin Thyme" for the writer, and Ramon Bachs pinch-hitting on pencils. And unsurprisingly, it's not very good. The big storyline, with Princess Projectra being the real enemy that the Legion had to worry about? It's completely gone. Instead the Legion fights an army of rogue planets in a virtual reality environment, which is just rather dull, and everything else from the previous issues are ignored.
Great cover, though. But the insides - what a mess.