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Legion Lost #5

A comic review article by: Ray Tate

What started as a simple chase evolves into a mind-blowing foundation of the Legion's future. The Legion are "lost" because they pursued a time traveling villain into the past. Ironically, it's that very chase that stopped the Legion from returning to their own time zone in the first place. Their future depends upon the villain's actions. His exposure of a mutagen virus to the populace. Thus, Legion Lost also acts as a time travel catch-22 as well as a hyperkinetic variation on The Fugitive. Nicieza and artistic company handle each half with extraordinary deftness.

Dawnstar Patrol

Dawnstar's forte is precision flying. She doesn't just fly. She calculates how to fly while she's flying. She's like a peregrine falcon; combining instinctive skill, unparalleled maneuverability and speed. While Dawnstar distracts, Tellus must find a way to reach the future villain, and as the scene progresses, you feel the torture the telepath feels as he attempts to avoid the obvious solution. When he has the epiphany, it's not just a triumphant moment in Nicieza's writing but also in Pete Wood's symbolism. This is something special.

Tree to the Future

While this goes on, Nicieza strengthens the bonds between the characters with a superb demonstration of Wildfire's devotion to Dawnstar. Nicieza also in the moment characterizes Dawnstar as the ultimate multi-tasker. Such is her power, that she incorporates probability of outside actions into her calculations of flight and rescue. Nicieza seriously amps this character and does so with insight.

The splash page introduction of the Black Razors last issue struck me as a hilarious moment of nineties badass nostalgia. In this issue, Nicieza shows you how much he likes that old cutting edge paradigm. The Black Razors are far from badass when facing a true champion. More like flatulence dealt with in one panel.

She Blinded Me With Sonics

Just when you think that the focus will neglect Timber Wolf, the creative team save his encounter with an old Legion guest star for last, and the return of another Legionnaire leaves the book on the highest note. Fantastic. 

 


 

Ray Tate's first online work appeared in 1994 for Knotted. He has had a short story, "Spider Without a Web," published in 1995 for the magazine evernight and earned a degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1995, Ray self-published The Pick of the Brown Bag on various usenet groups, where he reviewed comic books, Doctor Who novels, movies and occasionally music. Circa 2000, he contributed his reviews to Silver Bullet Comic Books (later Comics Bulletin) and became its senior reviewer. Ray Tate would like to think that he's young at heart. Of course, we all know better.

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