- Title: The Legion of Nothing: Rebirth
- Series: The Legion of Nothing, #1
- Author: Jim Zoetewey
- Genre: Young-Adult, Superhero,
- Publisher: 1889 Labs
- Pages: 374
“You may kill somebody today. We won’t think anything less of you for it.”
Nick Klein’s grandfather was the Rocket.
For three decades, the Rocket and his team were the Heroes League—a team of superheroes who fought criminals in the years after World War II. But Nick and his friends have inherited more than their grandparents’ costumes and underground headquarters… they’ve inherited the League’s enemies and unfinished business.
In the 1960’s, Red Lightening betrayed everyone, creating an army of supervillains and years of chaos. The League never found out why. Now, Nick and the New Heroes League will have no choice but to confront their past.
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“I’m going out on patrol,” Cassie said.
We—and by we, I meant Daniel, Cassie, and I—were in the headquarters of the Heroes League, the 1950’s and 60’s premiere superhero team. Our grandparents had used it as a secret bunker against evil forces. We were using it to play Rock Band on the PlayStation. Every video game is better on a twenty foot screen.
Except for the musty smell, concrete walls and olive green carpet, it was an impressive place.
Daniel paused the PlayStation, silencing the middle riffs of ‘Enter Sandman’. Cassie was standing on the threshold of the bathroom, chin lifted in defiance.
She wore a costume that was an exact match for her father’s—light blue with the red, white and blue of the US flag covering her chest. I recognized the material: my grandfather had designed it for her father. It was resistant to bullets and most physical attacks, but nowhere near as effective as the Rocket suit—my grandfather’s powered armor. Captain Commando had preferred mobility over protection. You can do that when you regenerate.
Cap’s costume had also been skintight, but I’d never thought about it.
I noticed one other thing. She’d cut off her hair. It was a short, blond brush cut instead of shoulder length.
“Your hair?” I asked.
“Oh,” she said, “it wasn’t comfortable under the mask and it moved around a lot. So I cut it off back in August.”
“You had hair five minutes ago.”
She pulled a blond wig out of her duffel bag.
“Now that we’ve got the important stuff out of the way,” she said, “why don’t we get back to the original point. I’m going out on patrol. Anyone want to go with me?”
Daniel nodded like he’d expected her to say that. He probably had. His grandfather, the Mentalist, was the best known telepath to come out of World War II. His father, Mindstryke was just as well known.
He put down the guitar and stood up. When we were standing, he was half a head taller than me. He was also better looking—literally tall, dark, and handsome. Think black hair, skin a little darker than tan, and a face that reminded me a little of Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic.
Seriously, girls swooned.
With an easy grin, he said, “Sure. I’ll go get into costume. It’s in my car.”
“You guys go,” I said. “I’ll be here.”
“Why?” Cassie said. Whether her tone had an accusatory edge to it or not, I believed I heard one.
I tried to think of a reason. I couldn’t put it into words. Grandpa had taught me everything he could about how the Rocket suit worked, how all of his inventions worked. He’d arranged for a friend to teach me how to fight. I’d learned a lot from both of them, but how was I supposed to live up to what he’d done?
I do love first person narration and The Legion of Nothing moved right away! The first chapter pretty much had me hooked. Nick didn’t exactly want to be a super hero and with what they go through in this, I can totally understand why. I think he gets the fact that it’s not all fun and games. Especially after he puts his grandfather’s suit on. He was trained and even that training couldn’t prepare him for some of the sleazebags out in the world! Sad, but so true. But he knows this and still carries on, very admirable. He’s a strong, smart guy that just wants to do things right.
My favorite character is definitely Larry. He is fantastic as the comic relief as well as the mentor to Nick. This made the story much more fun for me. It is the first of a series so it closes the big challenge they faced but you can tell it has a sequel coming along. Downside, this really isn’t my normal genre so although the book is a fast read I was kinda of kept outside of the super hero world. Totally not Jim Zoeteway’s writing though, it was me Jim, all me! I’m not a super hero kind of gal but honestly these kids might turn me into one. It was interesting watching them go through some of the fights and sometimes get some stuff wrong, just like people do, even super heroes! I know, I know. That’s near to blasphemy. But seriously, this was fun, just not my normal style so I’m still at arm’s length with it but I think it’s rubbing on me.
This book is perfect for a stressful day, sit back and enjoy some good entertainment with a good plot and great characters. I don’t want to finish a book and feel like I just ran a marathon. This book did the exact opposite, it was fun, quirky and fast. Definitely a good, easy read. I say if you want to read about some great pretty level headed teenagers that just also happen to be super heroes, well this book is for you!
About the Author:
Jim Zoetewey grew up in Holland, Michigan, near where L Frank Baum wrote The Wizard of Oz and other books in that series. Admittedly, Baum moved away more than sixty years before Jim was even born, but it’s still kind of cool. He’s a web developer, a religion and sociology major, and the author of the superhero series The Legion of Nothing. He’s also not sure why he’s writing this in the third person, but he’s never seen an author bio written in first person and doesn’t want to rock the boat.
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