X-Men Legacy 1 review

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.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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5 Responses to X-Men Legacy 1 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    It’s a good issue, and it looks like it’ll be interesting. But Spurrier is simply wrong about Legion “growing up” in Scotland. He was a teenager when he was sent to Muir Island, and was highly autistic during his time there. And he’s never used Scottish slang in any of his previous appearances. I have to wonder if maybe Spurrier mixed him up just a bit with Proteus. Either way, the slang is going to bother me.

    Still, it looks like it’ll be pretty decent. A middling series, but an enjoyable one.

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  3. healed1337 says:

    I’ll have to take your word for it, considering the only Legion I’ve read before was Legion Quest, New Mutants: Return of Legion, Fall of the New Mutants and whatever the X-Men Legacy story was that took place after Age of X.

    It’s possible he confused comic Legion with X-Men Evolutions Legion, who did have a Scottish accent.

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    • xmenxpert says:

      Ah, that makes sense. I never watched Evolution. And Legion was first introduced in the comics living on Muir Island. So it’s a somewhat reasonable mistake. But it’s still a pretty big research failure. And it’s going to keep bothering me.

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