Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Legion Lost #0 Review

What Happened That You Have to Know About:

We learn the new version of Timber Wolf's origin: one of the lords of Zuun forced Brin Londo's dad to create a superserum for him; as part of fighting back against this, Brin was injected with the serum, and grew up as a superpowered vigilante on the streets. Note that the door is open a crack for Brin's dad to have survived all this. And of course Lord Vykor, the villain, is still alive at the end.


This was actually pretty okay. Timber Wolf's origin is all the better for some streamlining, which is what we got here. We lose some things from the original story, like Karth Arn and Brin believing that he was a robot, but those things are... well, a good writer could make some use of them, but there's no obvious way to do it.

I appreciate how DeFalco didn't play up Brin's animalistic side. There was a little of it, but nothing that can't be easily deemphasized. Not a big fan of the regeneration superpower, but I guess there's no getting away from it now. Uh... there was also some of the cliched "if I kill him I'll be as bad as he is" thing, but not too bad.

"Please tell me the irony of that statement doesn't escape you." Does that really sound to you like the Brin Londo we saw in every other panel of this issue?

So, not an inspired comic book, but a perfectly good one; I approve. And what better way to follow it up with the return of Harvest next issue?

Art: 100 panels/20 pages = 5 panels/page. 1 splash page.

That's the most panels I remember in a 20-page comic... well, in quite a while, anyway. Woods continues to do good work; his young Brin looks just right.

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Blogger RicG said...

The 5YG touched on an interesting look at Brin as some one used as a lab-rat by an emotionally abusive parent which is a much better use of his origin and far more interesting springboard than the by-the-numbers dead-parent/vengeance retcon this was.

Unfortunately I got the impression that this story did the heavy lifting for the witness-protection time travel arc DeFalco wants to introduce so have no doubt we're going to see the charismaless robot-ear Vikhor, Tor and Captain Adym again.

The main thing that puzzled me in the story was it's use of time passing. We are very specifically told three weeks in the lab have passed but the story after that was incredibly reluctant to show a timeline. How old was he when his mother was shot, 5? 10? 12? Was he on the streets for five years? Ten? Two?
Does that mean that Tor is a teenager?42 tlystgi

3:19 AM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

It's been a while since I've read that 5YL story, but that take on Dr. Londo isn't much more attractive to me than this one.

7:12 PM  

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