Another great 2-part story by Jim Shooter begins in Adventure 365 (Feb 68), as Curt Swan returns to the art. Shadow Lass gets her formal debut, after appearing as a white-skinned Shadow Woman statue in the Adult Legion story.
The peaceful world of Talok VIII abruptly becomes war-crazed, and cuts off all contact with the United Planets. Tasmia Mallor, the hero of that world, known as Shadow Lass, was off-planet during the change, and joins the Legion as they go to investigate.
Talok VIII is largely a desert world, and the team lands far from civilization, approaching the city in the guise of the Yakka-Mahor, desert dwellers who are looked down on as barbarians by the city folk. This sharp divide in Talokian culture, while not made much of in this story, would be expanded on in later tales.
As it turns out, the disguises didn’t help at all, and each of the Legionnaires, as well as Shadow Lass, are teleported into deadly traps designed specifically for them. They each break out, but that turns out to be part of the plan as well.
The energy they expelled in escaping is channelled into freeing the Fatal Five from the dimension they have been trapped since the end of the Sun-Eater story. Tharok masterminded this entire scheme, including the transformation of Talok VIII in order to lure the Legion there.
The Fatal Five leave Talok by rocket, as the army converges on the Legionnaires.
The story concludes next issue.