Membership: Black Talon (Samuel Barone), Goliath (Erik Josten), Grim Reaper (Eric Williams), Man-Ape (M'Baku), Nekra (Nekra Sinclair), Ultron-12

Purpose: To fight the Avengers and animate the corpse of Brady Kent

Aliases: None

Affiliations: Brady Kent, zombies

Enemies: Avengers (Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Mockingbird/Bobbi Barton, Tigra/Greer Nelson, Wonder Man/Simon Williams), Hank Pym, Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), Vision ("Victor Shade")

Base of Operations: Los Angeles, California, USA

First Appearance: West Coast Avengers II#1 (October, 1985)

History: (West Coast Avengers II#2 (fb) – BTS) – Grim Reaper formed a new Lethal Legion consisting of Ultron-12, Black Talon, his girlfriend Nekra and Man-Ape, with plans to add Goliath to the roster. Grim Reaper, grief stricken over the loss of his brother Simon Williams, put together a complicated plot to restore his brother to life. Not believing that Wonder Man was actually Simon yet also knowing that the Vision had the same brain patterns as Simon, Reaper grew determined to record the brains of both men and delete any information that was contained in both. He would filter them through the computers of Ultron-12 then upload them into a corpse (that of Brady Kent) that would be reanimated by Black Talon.

(West Coast Avengers II#1) – Grim Reaper sent Ultron-12 and Man-Ape to attack the west coast Avengers at their headquarters in order to free Goliath and capture Wonder Man. Ultron-12 initially lured the Avengers into a trap by sending robots against them. The villains freed Goliath and departed with the captives Wonder Man and Hank Pym (who Ultron-12 decided to capture for personal reasons).

(Vision and the Scarlet Witch II#1) – Black Talon attacked Vision and the Scarlet Witch with a pack of zombies. While Scarlet Witch was briefly captured, Black Talon raised more zombies to aid in the attack. Grim Reaper joined Black Talon and Nekra and was furious that Vision hadn't been captured. When the escaped Vision and Scarlet Witch attacked, they fought the villains but Grim Reaper ordered the Lethal Legion to retreat when Vision threatened the body of Brady Kent.

(West Coast Avengers II#2) – The Lethal Legion held Hank Pym and Wonder Man captive and Grim Reaper revealed his complicated plan. Furious with Black Talon for his failure, Grim Reaper emphasized that they needed the Vision for the plan to work. As Man-Ape and Black Talon began to balk at Grim Reaper's leadership due to his racism, Ultron-12 and his robots attacked the west coast Avengers, Scarlet Witch and Vision.

(Vision and Scarlet Witch II#2) – Ultron successfully captured Vision, Scarlet Witch and the west coast Avengers. The Lethal Legion prepared to animate Brady Kent but Mockingbird arrived and freed the heroes. Man-Ape, Black Talon and his zombie horde abandoned the team, angry with Grim Reaper's racism. The Avengers and allies battled the Lethal Legion. In the end, all of the villains escaped except for Goliath, who was arrested, and Grim Reaper, who fell to his death trying to run. 

(Vision and the Scarlet Witch II#12 (fb) – BTS) – Following the battle with the Lethal Legion, the Avengers went looking for Grim Reaper's body but Nekra had hidden him away.

Comments: Created by Steve Englehart, Allen Milgrom and Joe Sinnott.

Profile by Chadman.

Lethal Legion has no known connections to:

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West Coast Avengers II#2, cover (main)
West Coast Avengers II#2, p4, pan1 (from back)
Vision and Scarlet Witch II#2, p9, pan4 (with Avengers captives)

West Coast Avengers II#1 (October, 1985) – Steve Englehart (writer), Allen Milgrom (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Vision and the Scarlet Witch II#1 (October, 1985) – Steve Englehart (writer), Richard Howell (penciler), Andy Musyynsky (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
West Coast Avengers II#2 (November, 1985) – Steve Englehart (writer), Allen Milgrom (penciler). Kim DeMulder (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Vision and Scarlet Witch II#2 (November, 1985) – Steve Englehart (writer), Richard Howell (penciler), Andy Mushynsky (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Vision and Scarlet Witch II#12 (September, 1986) – Steve Englehart (writer), Richard Howell (penciler), Frank Springer (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)

First Posted: 08/18/2018
Last updated: 08/18/2018

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