The new X-Men Legacy is more appropriately titled than the last. The main star of the series is Legion, Xavier’s son. For those who don’t know, Legion has multiple personalities – around 1000 or so. Every single one of those personalities has a different superpower. In terms of sheer mutant power, he is second only to Franklin Richards – if that. In the past, that’s usually been all there is to his personality. We finally get a series that can flesh him out, but is the first issue any good?
For the most part, this is a good comic. Simon Spurrier is already making efforts at exploring Legion more. He’s exploring the character’s insecurities, and even giving him a more Scottish personality. Considering he sort-of grew up in Scotland (according to this issue), that makes perfect sense. It updates us readers on how he’s dealing with his extra personalities at the time, and it feels like a natural continuation from when we last saw him in X-Men Legacy.
This issue isn’t perfect though. This comic does a poor job at explaining who Legion is to new readers. For all they know, Legion might just have access to some alternate prison dimension where he’s imprisoned lots of super villains, and draining their powers has rendered him insane. If I didn’t know anything about Legion, that would have been one of my theories. The continuity feels a bit off as well. This issue ends shortly after Xavier dies, yet Iceman is at the Jean Grey School at the time (he was in the final battle of AVX, not at the school). Also, this issue isn’t overly clear on where this series will go from here, but the cliff-hanger promises some intense insanity next issue.
The art is fairly simple, yet good. The various effects from Legion’s powers are fun to look at. The prison inside Legion’s mind looks interesting as well, and has an atmospheric feel to it. It doesn’t hurt that this is a very colourful book.
This series has a lot of potential, but it hasn’t lived up to it yet. While it gives Legion more personality than he usually has, it’s held back by its poor explanation of Legion’s powers and minor continuity problems. Hopefully the next issue will show us what a book starring Legion is truly capable of. As it is, I won’t quite recommend this, but I’ll recommend that X-Men fans at least read this issue, and pay attention to this series for the near future.