The super heroes of the 31stCentury are travelling back in time to avert a catastrophe that is about to be released on 21stCentury Earth. Unfortunately, The Legion of Super-Heroes did not make it in time. In Legion Lost #1 part of the new DC Comics 52 by Fabian Nicieza and Pete Woods the Legion cannot stop the release of a pathogen into the atmosphere that will change life on Earth forever.
Alastor, the villain of the future, has travelled back in time to get revenge on the human race for something that happened in the future. Alastor has come back and released a pathogen into the atmosphere. Seven members of the Legion of Super-Heroes arrive shortly after him but the devastating affects have already been begun. When the Legion tries to return to the future they find their technology has broken. Now these heroes are stuck in their distant past and faced with trying to figure out what to do next.
Fabian Nicieza does a good job of setting up who the heroes are. We are introduced to each member slowly and learn a little of their personality through the dialogue. Nicieza describes Timber Wolf and his impulsive nature when Wildfire says, “He was called Lone Wolf once” after Timber Wolf runs off on his own. By introducing who the characters are through small bits of dialogue, Nicieza manages to skip past the expository dialogue and caption boxes that bog down the flow of the story. Each piece fits into the ongoing narrative and feels natural. There is much to learn about the characters and Nicieza is slowly feeding it to us.
The art of Pete Woods is energetic with strong clean lines of art. The characters are anatomically sound but have an exaggerated look to make them stand out as larger than life characters. The expressions and body language of the characters convey the mood of the story. With their technology failing and the fact that they are trapped in the past, Woods shows the weight of the situation on each character’s face and by how they stand in the story, it adds gravity and a sense of peril to the situation the Legion find themselves in. Woods’ art is paired with the colors of Brad Anderson. Anderson introduces a lot of strong colors that really makes the art pop on the pages.
The decision: Nicieza and Woods have a good premise they are working with “They came back in time to save the Earth. They failed.” The failure is that the world has been polluted by a pathogen of the future. Now the members of the Legion are stranded in the past and need to figure out how to deal with the pathogen and save the Earth from more harm and try to find a way to get home.
Find Legion Lost #1 at your local Los Angeles comic shop by clicking here. If you can’t find this issue at your local comic shop it is available in a digital version from Comixology.
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