While preparing that page, one of the books I tried to locate was Legion Unleashed by (at the time) Raven Entertainment. I remembered buying the two issues at the time for a dollar each but couldn't recall if that was a temporary special price, if I'd bought from creator/writer Richard Evans, and so on.
To some surprise, I found the first issue on Comixology under a publisher called "Round Two Comics". The name was entirely unfamiliar to me so, as I seem to do frequently nowadays, I asked Evans about it on Twitter. He confirmed that it was indeed a return to the comics medium (Evans had announced last year that he was no longer producing comics) and that the second issue would be added soon.
Evans then dangled a bit of news in front of me that I totally misunderstood. Here's how it was worded:
TOP SECRET: I plan on doing my first Kickstarter soon, reinventing a Canadian icon. :)Because we were specifically talking about Legion, I believed his intention was to create a fundraising campaign to complete that series. His plan is actually a new take on Johnny Canuck.
Art by Emilio Martinez Epigmenio
There's an aspect to that character that Evans rejects. Here's a portion of an entry on his own blog that provides a simple explanation.
“Johnny Canuck is linked to a tradition of stalwart, honest, upstanding Canadian heroes.”Fair enough, and not at all surprising considering the source. My favourite character in the Legion series is beyond the shadow of a doubt Black Flag, who is the very type that Evans describes.
See this is where me and the old ways have to part ways. Why do Canadians have to be one-dimensional?? Why can’t we have a badass, scary hero who takes no prisoners??
While Evans' blog posts about Johnny debate whether to proceed with the Kickstarter campaign, it sounds like he ultimately will go ahead with it. To be frank, I'm worn out on Indiegogo and Kickstarter, but this is one I look forward to supporting.