Isn't it crazy how young kids are when they get power armor these days?

The Legion of Nothing Volume One: Rebirth

A few years ago, it was kids getting tossed into a world of magic and somehow saving the whole thing. After that came the vampires, the werewolves, and all sorts of shades of gray. Are super heroes the next step? Jim Zoetewey seems to think so, and after reading The Legion of Nothing Volume One: Rebirth, I’m inclined to agree. The Legion of Nothing has been an online presence in the world of serial fiction since 2007, but it’s only just made the jump to book format.

Nick Klein is your average teen genius with access to his superhero grandfather’s laboratory and base of operations, and he does with it what any of us would have done. Pizza and video games. Then he and his friends, the grandkids of his grandfather’s old team, decide that it’s time to take up the family business. They do so with gusto.

In what feels like no time at all, they’re taking on other superheroes and government corruption at a believable level: the mayor, a telepath and all-around shady character, has been mind-wiping people to get his way and controlling other superheroes to work as his body guards.

Those superhero fights are great. As I read them, I could see them playing out in comic book format. I could see Nick in his inherited armor doing battle under the guise of the Rocket. When his teammate Haley through a truck at an enemy in a giant mech suit, I flashed back over dozens of examples of other heroes using nearby automobiles as projectile weaponry. The Legion of Nothing applies a lot of the tropes you might expect to find in a story about superheroes, but it does so in a way that certainly doesn’t feel old or contrived.

I think my favorite part of the story is the realistic way in which the teens were handled. They were heroes, sure, but they still got grounded if they missed curfew. They made fun of their little siblings, rebelled against their parents, ate pizza, and lacked any sort of self-censoring. Y’know: teenagers. The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of is their one-dimensionality. It’s not unusual in a superhero story, but it is a little disappointing when Nick/Rocket acts one way and one way only. The characters had some great flaws, but that’s the only flaw with their characters.

I’m not sure I entirely bought the kids’ reasons for becoming superheroes. By which I mean, I don’t really know what motivated them other than the legacy their grandparents left behind. The book opens on Cassie, another member of the team, going out on patrol, but other than the generic “fight for justice, mom and pop, and apple pie,” I don’t know why. Not knowing doesn’t get in the way of the story, but it would have been an interesting thing to know.

The story itself is great, and very entertaining. At no point did I find myself putting it down and thinking about my life, but I don’t think that’s the point. It was fun, it was engaging, and it left me wanting to read more. No small feat when you’ve got as short an attention span as I do. There’s a whole world evident in The Legion of Nothing, and I want to explore the whole thing. Lucky for me and you, volume one isn’t the end.

If you’re interested in the series, you can find it here. Check it out, read the first few chapters, and if you enjoy it I highly encourage you to go out and pick up The Legion of Nothing Volume One: Rebirth. You can find it on Amazon or through Zoetewey’s blog.

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