Membership: Absorbing Man (Carl
Creel), Grey Gargoyle (Paul Duval), Grim Reaper (Eric Williams),
Purpose: To commit criminal acts and discredit
Norman Osborn and his Avengers
Affiliations: Livingston, Tillis
Enemies: Norman Osborn's Avengers (Ares,
Captain Marvel/Noh-Varr, Hawkeye/Bullseye, Iron Patriot/Norman Osborn,
Ms. Marvel/Moonstone/Karla Sofen, Sentry/Bob Reynolds, Spider-Man/Ai
Apaiec, Wolverine/Daken Akihiro), H.A.M.M.E.R.
Base of Operations: New York City, New York,
First Appearance: Dark Reign: Lethal Legion#1
History: (Dark Reign: Lethal Legion I#3 (fb) – BTS) – After Norman Osborn gained power, becoming the head of H.A.M.M.E.R. and leader of his own hand-picked Avengers as Iron Patriot, he realized he needed a team of villains to fight against and take down. He approached Grim Reaper, convincing the villain to form a new Lethal Legion.
(Dark Reign: Lethal Legion I#1 (fb)) – Grim Reaper assembled a new Lethal Legion including Nekra, Grey Gargoyle, Tiger Shark, Mr. Hyde and Absorbing Man in order to get "revenge" on Norman Osborn. They all joined for their own reasons. They enjoyed a crime spree but then Grim Reaper added Wonder Man as their final member.
(Dark Reign: Lethal Legion I#2 (fb)) – Furious at Osborn's new power and recently humiliated in the public for his views, Wonder Man proposed the team tone down the violence and focus on kidnapping Osborn. The villains were upset and Absorbing Man quit the team but later rejoined. The heroes attacked Avengers Tower and Osborn's Avengers fought back.
(Dark Reign: Lethal Legion I#1 (fb)) – The Lethal Legion went to war with Osborn's Avengers.
(Dark Reign: Lethal Legion I#2 (fb)) – The Lethal Legion attacked Avengers Tower, with Absorbing Man defeating Sentry so they could swiftly kidnap Norman Osborn.
(Dark Reign: Lethal Legion I#3 (fb)) – Hyde fought with his teammates and assaulted the kidnapped Osborn, displeasing Grim Reaper, who was also angry over Hyde and Nekra's former relationship. Grey Gargoyle snuck away to try to join with Osborn's Avengers but he was apprehended by H.A.M.M.E.R. instead. As the others stood by, Wonder Man and Grim Reaper beat Hyde and Osborn escaped just as his Avengers arrived to attack. The Lethal Legion were soon apprehended and placed in the Raft.
(Dark Reign: Lethal Legion I#1) – Attorney Livingston arrived on the Raft to question the former members of the Lethal Legion. He saw Grim Reaper get stabbed by another prisoner in the name of Norman Osborn. Livingston then questioned Tiger Shark.
(Dark Reign: Lethal Legion I#2) – Livingston
Wonder Man and Absorbing Man. Guard Mr. Tillis delivered the news that
(Dark Reign: Lethal Legion I#3) – Livingston interviewed Mr. Hyde then Nekra and Grey Gargoyle, who claimed he knew the true villainous identities of Osborn's Avengers. Osborn arrived, revealing Livingston as one of his own agents, but he killed Livingston with Grim Reaper's scythe, reviving Reaper.
Comments: Created by Frank Tieri and Mateus Santoluoco.
Profile by Chadman.
Lethal Legion has no known connections to:
, Grim Reaper's first group @ Avengers I#78
, led by Count Nefaria @ Avengers I#164
random assembly of villains @ Marvel Age Annual I#1
, led by Hangman @ Avengers West Coast I#98
of Earth-Mutant X @ Mutant X Annual 2001
Lethal Legion, Grim Reaper's second group @ West Coast Avengers II#2
images: (without ads)
Dark Reign: Lethal Legion I#1, cover (main)
Dark Reign: Lethal Legion I#1, p9, pan1 (vs Dark Avengers)
Dark Reign: Lethal Legion I#1-3 (August-November, 2009) – Frank Tieri (writer), Mateus Santoluoco (artist), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
First Posted: 08/14/2018
Last updated: 08/14/2018
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