By Philip Schweier
July 17, 2012 - 05:59
Legion Lost features seven member of the Legion of Super-Heroes – Timber Wolf, Wildfire, Tyroc, Dawnstar, Tellus, Gates and Chameleon Girl – sent back in time from the 31st century on a mission from which there is seemingly no return. Trapped in present day, they are attacked and captured by the Ravagers, a team of young metahumans in the service of the super-villain Harvest.
In his Antarctic stronghold, Harvest conducts the Culling, a gladiator-style competition among young metahumans designed to elevate the strongest and most powerful into his personal army, supposedly to save the future in some warped fashion.
The four-part storyline then crossed into Superboy #9, as the Boy of Steel goes toe-to-toe with Warblade, Harvest’s favored Ravager. Meanwhile the idealistic Red Robin of the Teen Titans leads the others in a fight for freedom until the arrival of hisownself, Harvest. The battle continues in Legion Lost #9, where the cryptic master villain drops clues suggesting that he was instrumental in the Legionnaires being brought to the past in the first place, and that he has first-hand knowledge of some of their secrets, as well as a possible means home for them. The story is concluded in Teen Titans #9, as Titans, Legionnaires and Ravagers alike
By not over-emphasizing the more dramatic moments, such as death, revelations and redemption, the story can at first seem to be little more than a four-chapter fight scene. Perhaps in the hands of lesser writers, that’s all it would be. But industry veterans Scott Lobdell and Tom DeFalco have crafted a seamless escalation from capture to defiance to hostile conflict to eventual escape, packed with action, even it does fall back on the aforementioned team-up cliché of having the two group battle each other before taking on the bigger threat. But even that is handled in such a way it seems natural and justified.
Some might feel The Culling to be derivitive of The Hunger Games. I’m not in a position to judge, not being familiar with the movie, or the book upon which it is based. But The Culling is a strong chapter that I’m sure will be pivotal for both teams of young heroes – and the Ravagers.