Within the depths of the secret NOWHERE headquarters, a half man, half robot behemoth called Psykill is gearing up for a mission. Joining him in on this mission is Rose, the white haired warrior from the first part of The Culling, seen in Superboy issue 8. They’re attempting to capture the Legionnaires from the future stuck in our time at the request of Harvest.
Timberwolf, one of the Legionnaires, has been seen attacking gangs and thugs, stealing money from them so his team can have some currency to use. These sightings have tipped off NOWHERE and they’re ready for the take down. Timberwolf’s actions have caused a split among his team – Tyroc, literally fires a beam of energy at him as a way of blowing off some steam. He isn’t a big fan of Timberwolf’s methods, but a few of the other members are quick to agree that they did need the money, and there aren’t too many people out there worse than the ones Timberwolf attacked they could have stolen it from. I like the way this argument is handled in the comic, while everyone is definitely angry, no one is beyond reasoning. Even though Timberwolf storms off, he’s doing it because he doesn’t want to fight with his teammates and knows the sort of volatile personality he has. So often I see comics where teams are always at a boiling point, but it’s a little different in this issue. The members are split, no doubt, but their difference of opinion won’t break up the team and that’s a bond I like seeing. I guess being stuck 1,000 years in the past might do a lot to create a very tight bond between this team.
As Timberwolf is outside, he meets up with a friend of his and is attacked by Psykill and Rose. Inside, Tyroc decides he should go apologize to Timberwolf, another memeber of the team decides to go after him, but she’s soon met by someone that shouldn’t even be there – an ex-boyfriend from the future. As it turns out, another agent of NOWHERE, on Rose’s team, is going after some of the Legionnaires inside the apartment building they’ve been staying in. Her name is Misbelief and she can probe deep into a person’s mind and conjure up hard light illusions, as her lucky foe soon discovers when her ex from the future gives her a very solid punch. More goons break into the apartment and soon enough it’s a free for all as everyone is trying desperately to get away free. Outside, Timberwolf realizes his teammates are being attacked and attempts to head to the rescue but before he can, Psykill sets off a telekinetic wave of energy that knocks out anyone not wearing some sort of shield within a one mile radius – basically anyone who isn’t on his team. The issue ends as the Legionnaires are hauled away, unconscious.
Legion Lost was one of the first comics that I picked up when the whole New 52 thing started and I stuck with it for about three issues. The series gave me the impression that it wasn’t going anywhere too grand as far as story is concerned, it played as more of a character interaction title. This issue doesn’t do much to change my views on that particular aspect, despite a member of the team mentioning to themselves that they’re the only one that knows why they were really sent back to that past. I think I might give it another shot. I do love the interactions between the team members and that they all seem pretty level headed even though they might let their anger get the best of them at times. There’s a very low-key element at play here, which I guess is partnered well alongside heroes who are pretty much just trying to survive and stay out of the limelight.
The art in this issue, and really the series from what I can remember it, remains nice to look at. There isn’t anything high concept or experimental going on, everything looks rather standard but that works sometimes. Given the nature of this title, I think the fairly normal look it has plays out quite nicely for itself. I don’t know why, but I was sort of reminded of the art in an X-Men issue I read a long, long time ago. Even though it isn’t as interesting as art in other titles, there is still something very appealing about what shows up here. Art being a key element to comic books, it’s odd to see someone playing it safe, but I think that might just be Aaron Kuder’s style. Like, it might sound as if I’m knocking the work he does, but I’m really not. I enjoy the level nature he brings to the title, and looking at some of his other stuff makes me think I might like that as well.
Now, as far as The Culling goes? This issue doesn’t add a whole lot. Basically another set of metahumans are rounded up by Harvest and…that’s about it. I would say it’s forgiveable since this technically is a “prelude” to the main event – you need to have all of the players in place first. There’s one more issue of prelude coming up in Teen Titans 8, though that’s a title able to handle a lot of action and surprisingly decent story pacing.