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THE LEGION OF NOTHING

On the slopes of Krakatoa

By Scintor, author of Taurian Invasion

Feb 6, 2015: This is a very fun superhero tale. The characters are interesting and the story arcs are compelling. The character morality is fully compatible with the late, lamented comic code. I have read all the archives and am looking forward to future installments. Many other reviewers have talked about why this is a good story, and I agree with them. Unfortunately there is one aspect of this story that makes it hard to enjoy: The looming tragedy that is going to kill everyone! This tragedy is in the back story. The reason that there are superpowers is that the most powerful creatures in the universe want to kill everyone because . . . BECAUSE! Apparently ultimate power causes people to become genocidal jerks whose only purpose in life is to wipe out civilizations with a wave of their hands. Because they are too lazy to do this themselves for the most part, they leave caches of technology laying around that give people super powers so that they will destroy themselves instead. Its like watching a wonderful drama set on the slopes of Krakatoa in 1880. No matter how good it is, it’s not fun because you know that everyone is going to be blown to kingdom come by an uncaring volcano in a few years.

Seriously! get rid of the background grimdark elements and this is a great story.

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THE LEGION OF NOTHING

Going on seven years of solid storytelling

By Farmerbob1, author of Set In Stone

Jun 5, 2014: Nick starts out as a nerdy teenager, who has issues with jocks. That was, ah, quite a few years ago, real time. Now Nick is a nerdy teenager who has recently started college and left his girlfriend Haley back home.

Nick also happens to be the grandson of the original Rocket, and Haley is the granddaughter of the original Night Wolf. There are lots of other characters, major and minor, most of whom are teenagers. There are just enough middle age and elderly heroes (and villains) around to spice things up a bit and add some adult perspectives to the story, but it’s mostly based around teenage superheroes. How they perceive the world, how they interact with each other, and how they learn to fit in with the rest of the superhero community.

Even though the story has been going on since 2007, Nick still feels like a teenager. A nerdy teenager with a fascination with machines and electronics (Which makes a whole lot of sense, since he builds and repairs his own mechanical and electronic equipment), and a real need to learn to lead. He’s still growing up, and so is everyone around him. Unlike most superheroes in the comic books, He does grow commensurate with his age and experience. The old Nick is the same Nick from 2007, but he’s learned a lot, done a lot. He’s growing up, ever so slowly, and the readers get to see it.

Oh, did I mention aliens? Oh, and a god-like being that likes teaching people how to fight and play guitar? Better yet, these things fit.

Jim is writing something here that feels, to me, to be a good representation of teenage super teams in the silver/bronze age of comics.

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THE LEGION OF NOTHING

Dive straight in!

By Lingy, member

Dec 19, 2013: I’ve been reading this regularly for about 2 years now, eagerly waiting for the next installment, and Jim Zoetewey has never let me down with his story telling. This is superhero fiction with grit & teenage angst. Amoral immortals battle alongside teenage geniuses, while our hero is worried about how the school bullies will treat him. This story is a real treat, grab a coffee and dive in!

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