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THE LEGION OF NOTHING

I had a blast

By Whyknotzoidberg, author of Hotfoot

Nov 11, 2015: This serial is fantastic. It brought back memories of great shows like Avengers Assemble, or Justice League Unlimited. Like them, it knows how to have fun, but it still have some mature themes and solid action. It also was reminiscent of the Marvel movies of recent years, but still had its own distinct feel to it.

Anyways, lets start with the pros: The characters are great. The story has a wide cast of memorable, fun, and compelling characters, and does a great job at keeping everyone in the spotlight, and not putting older characters on the sidelines when new ones show up. The fight scenes are pretty good as well. They are usually intense, and some of the best ones really give you a "back against the wall" feeling. One of the strongest parts of this serial however, is the narration itself. Nick, the protagonist, is snarky, and genre-savvy which really really ads to my enjoyment of the other strengths of the serial. I don’t laugh out loud when I’m reading often, but this series of novels has managed it multiple times a chapter.

Now, for the cons. At a certain point, I felt that the silly level had skyrocketed and it annoyed me. I felt the main character wasn’t taking life or death situations as seriously as his teammates, and I began to lose interest in him. Thankfully this changes, but still there is a significant portion of the book where I wanted to slap Nick as hard as I could. Also, like the marvel movies I previously mentioned, the story struggles with villains. You don’t really get a chance to know them, and they get replaced so quickly that you just stop and go, Why should I care about Baddie of the Month? He’s only got a few chapters left in his lifespan anyway. There are some exceptions, but they are few and far between Honestly, I only really like a few villains and I constantly finding myself hoping they DONT get killed or stopped just so the story can have better quality enemies.

Now, those complaints were very minor, and didn’t really keep me from devouring updates nonstop for a few weeks until I was caught up. They also dont keep me from eagerly awaiting each Tuesday and Thursday, and falling into a deep melancholy when I know that I have to wait five days for the next update at the end of the week. In short, read if you like your superheroes fun yet human, your fight scenes stylish and intense, and your dialogue snarky, The Legion is for you.

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