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Legion Lost #4

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Legion Lost #4

Four issues into this series and the latest issue is every bit as accessible as the first. Fabian Nicieza continues to separate these time-lost Legionnaires from the rest of the Legion of Super-Heroes by giving them the opportunity to establish themselves in an area not known for superheroics, regardless of the fact that these heroes find themselves in a time that is rife with metahumans.

Much of the action of this issue occurs in Fargo, North Dakota and Duluth, Minnesota. Those spots aren’t known for their metahuman activity in any era, and that shines through in the way Nicieza portrays the locals who are shocked and awed by the appearance of the handful of otherworldly (literally) beings that throw down in the Great Mall of Fargo.

Nicieza picks up the pace on this story, giving all of the Legionnaires things to do and chances to shine. Opening the story with Dawnstar as the narrator of this issue, Nicieza builds her character up, allowing the reader a chance to learn more about this fan favorite character. Dawnstar gets to narrate the story, but she is also positioned to showcase her powers and abilities.

The story is about time-tossed heroes trying to reign in a renegade who has unleashed a plague upon the modern-day DC Universe. That plague is turning normal people into extraterrestrial freaks, hybrids built upon the DNA of the myriad of alien races from the Legionnaires’ time. Fighting on two fronts while trying to conceal their own existence in our time, the Legionnaires have their work cut out for them.

Pete Woods also has his work cut out for him. Not only is he tasked with drawing Dawnstar, Tellus, Timber Wolf, Tyroc, and Wildfire, but he also has to draw a mall, a squad of cops, a university, and a combination of all of the above. He also provides the visual debut of the Black Razors, but for whatever reason deems it necessary to outfit those characters with the über-trendy spiderlike facemask. It’s a goofy look that has made a pretty strong sweep through comics lately, and although Woods draws it lights out, I wouldn’t be heartbroken if I never saw it again.

Woods art is clean and crisp, his characters are graceful and strong. I’ve always found Dawnstar to be a visually compelling character, but under Woods’ pencil she’s simply stunning. Wildfire is equally fascinating. Woods doesn’t stop there. Everything he draws in this issue is splendid. With Brad Anderson’s heroic colors splashed overtop Woods’ art, this book is a treat to look at. It’s almost a bonus that we get an entertaining story to boot.

Nicieza may not be long for this series, but the work he’s done to this point is the type of fun and adventure that I want to find in my comics. “Legion Lost” has certainly found its way onto my must-read list.