Legion Lost nemesis Alastor has a new power – body-hopping. He spends this issue bouncing from member to member, stealing their knowledge, revealing their secrets and generally messing with their heads. Physically and mentally, he sets member against member. And when he’s not possessing Legionnaires he’s inhabiting members of the Meta-Marines, the enhanced humans sicced on the team by the US government. But there’s one member he can’t possess, and they’re key to getting rid of the man who released the Hypertaxis virus on 21st-century Earth.
If you can’t guess who that Legionnaire is, turn in your flight ring at once – after you finish this terrific issue. Sure, writer Tom DeFalco still has Tellus doing Yoda impersonations, and the scene transitions remain bonkers (‘Five blocks south and seventeen east’), but he skilfully wrangles seven Legionnaires, a bunch of US super-soldiers and one out and out villain. What’s more, nearly everyone gets a good moment.
The finest scene of all belongs to dimension-hopping space-Marxist Gates (click to enlarge).
How could you not love the little guy?
The best thing about this issue is that it wraps up the Alastor plotline (I know, I’ve said that previously) and his spitting out the members’ recently tacked-on secrets implies these strands will come to a head too. Let’s hope so, as hidden agendas simply aren’t Legion.
Pete Woods does another tremendous job with the art, rendering the Legionnaires with due care and attention for their powers and personalities. One thing he’s especially good at is coming up with scary monster forms for Chameleon Girl Yera – boy, that woman can be scary. All this, and great storytelling.
The colours of Brad Anderson deserve applause too, being bright but not brash, pulling our eyes to where they need to be in the panel.
While I’m still hoping this book gets cancelled and replaced by a second 31st-century set Legion book, or a bi-weekly version of Legion of Super-Heroes, I have to say that this is the most entertaining issue in ages. I could actually feel that good old Legion spirit. And that’s something I’ll pay good money for.