X-Men Legacy 261:
After a decent but somewhat mediocre first issue for Christopher Gage’s X-Men Legacy run, the book begins its first multi-issue story arc. Rogue’s team of X-Men faces off against Exodus, a longtime and very powerful villain. His goal is to re-unite the X-men after they split as he believes that mutantkind will die if they’re split in two.
This issue was good overall, but it still had problems. Rogue didn’t borrow any powers without permission in this issue, but none of the other characters had significant panel time. I understand that this book has been mostly about Rogue for a while, but I was hoping for the other characters to have a bigger role. So far, it looks like it’s even more centric on Rogue, but it’s not too late for that to change.
Gambit’s little scene with Frenzy felt out of character; he feels like a shy high school student. Gage recently commented on twitter that Gambit isn’t the chatty type, so I doubt he really understands the X-Men’s ultimate ladies man. Also, Exodus disappeared for a while for some soul searching, and he returns here exactly the same as before. My last complaint, while minor, is that this book already feels formulaic two issues into Gage’s run. The bad guy(s) shows up, Rogue’s team hold him/them back while she borrows students’ powers, and she ends the fight with the students’ powers. There’s only so many ways you can tell that story.
Other than that, this was a good issue. The action was decent, the artwork was simple yet strong, and it promises that the next issue will be more intense. It’s too early to say whether Gage is good for this book, but it’s too early to rule him out as well.
So who is Exodus? Honestly, I haven’t read many comics that feature him. Rather than trying to explain a villain I don’t fully understand myself, I’ll refer you to this link. Everything else you need to know is explained on the recap page.
The other comics I read this week were FF 14, Flash 5 and Justice League 5.
FF 14 ties directly into Fantastic Four 602 and while the artwork holds it back, it’s otherwise just as good. It’s better to read Fantastic Four 602 first, but this is also an easy recommendation.
Flash 5 was interesting, but I’ve decided this series isn’t for me. It’s good, but as a college student I have to cut back somewhere.
I’m not sure what I think about Justice League 5 yet. It was good, but as this is my first time seeing Darkseid in action, I’m a little confused as to what his powers actually are. I’ve seen nothing but praise for this issue though, so I’d imagine it’s true to the old DC Universe version of Darkseid. I don’t know what else to say here.