The Lethal Legion is a team of super-villains in the Marvel: The New 52.


After the timestream was changed, William Stryker set out to create a new version of the old government team, The Invaders. He had his people kidnap 37 criminals on death row from Ryker's Island, and then put them through severe training. They were also implanted with micro-bombs in order to insure their obedience. On what they thought was their first mission, the seven surviving members of the Lethal Legion were captured and tortured for information regarding their team and their employer. Of the seven, only Mr. Hyde broke. After determining that the remaining six wouldn't talk, William Stryker revealed that the torture was all just another test, and that those six remaining would officially form the Lethal Legion.

They are then deployed in a sports stadium and learn that their objective is to retrieve a package from a woman. They soon learn that all of the people in the stadium have been infected with a virus that turns them into mindless creatures who can only destroy and kill each other. The place was shut down by the national guard and the team members are joined by Cyclone. The team is then attacked by a group of the infected, but they manage to successfully fight them off. After a bit of fighting, they manage to find their way through to the target and they are surprised to discover that the target is pregnant. After fighting that target, who is just as mindless as the rest of the infected, they take the baby from the womb, because it is revealed that the baby is immune to the infection and thus, the only thing that "is worth saving". Cyclone is then shot by Bullseye, killing him instantly and left in the stadium to blame for the events that have trespassed. Unfortunately for the team, there isn't enough cover for extraction and so they have to escape and 'lay low' for some time. Bullseye reminds Stryker of the bombs they have implanted within their heads, but Stryker states that they still have 3 hours to live.

Then, the team tries to 'lay low' for a bit, but eventually come under fire of a bounty hunter named Rabidd. Before they dealt with Rabidd, they were trying to lay low and buy food and fit into regular clothes. Hobgoblin then tries to kill Bullseye, but is interrupted by a call from Stryker. Madcap also sees that in the news, Cyclone is already being blamed for the murder of all of the people in the stadium. When they finally meet Rabidd, they deal with him, but not before Tarantula is injured. Madcap tries to save him, but is unable to carry him due to exhaustion. Hobgoblin offers to help, with the condition that none of them mention that he ever helped Tarantula. When they get to the evacuation drop, Tarantula gets medical attention, they have their bombs reset and two new members are added to the crew: The Deacon and Man-Ape.

The six starting members of the Lethal Legion:

  • Bullseye
  • Hobgoblin
  • Madcap
  • Chimera
  • Cyclone
  • Tarantula

Other members of the Lethal Legion:

  • Mr. Hyde
  • Man-Ape
  • The Deacon
  • The Wrecker
  • Thunderball
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