In the last issue, Legion’s mind was fractured the moment he realized Xavier died. The resulting explosion killed the entire village he was hiding in, and set him on a rampage of multiple personality chaos. Can he possibly get himself under control? For that matter, is the second issue of Simon Spurrier’s X-Men Legacy worth reading?
First, it’s time for some backstory. David Haller/Legion is Charles Xavier’s son with thousands of personalities in his head. Every single one of those personalities has a different superpower. For a while before Avengers vs. X-Men, the two of them were working together to bring Legion’s head under control. The fact that X-Men Legacy is about Legion after Xavier’s death makes the title much more appropriate here than the last volume of X-Men Legacy.
As for this issue, it’s starting to feel like an acquired taste. It certainly doesn’t follow the normal writing style or story structure that most comics follow. It’s becoming more evident that the only thing you can expect in this series is the unexpected. David Haller is given much more personality in this issue than normal (he’s usually little more than a plot device).
This issue is split between the real world, where authorities and the X-Men are both chasing after Legion, and inside his head, where he hides from the onslaught of the evil personalities that have escaped from their brain prison cells. This issue is just as chaotic as it sounds, although it’s never hard to follow. It’s also nice to see Blindfold in action with Wolverine’s team – she’s a very interesting X-Men precog who doesn’t have enough appearances.
On the downside, Legion is portrayed as Scottish. As Xmenxpert has informed me, Legion hasn’t spent much time in Scotland. His mother was Israeli, and he spent a good chunk of his childhood in Paris. While he did spend time in Scotland, most of that time was spent unconscious. It’s worth noting that Legion was Scottish in the X-Men Evolutions TV show however, and it can be easy to get comics and the related TV shows confused. Apart from that, I can’t think of any real complaints about this issue.
The art is simple, but it works. Visually, the inside of Legion’s mind is generally more interesting than the real world, with hundreds of personalities fighting each other as Legion tries to escape them. Legion’s nameless acquaintance looks interesting too though – he’s … hard to describe.
This comic won’t be for everyone. It’s as chaotic as a “solo” title can possibly get, and Legion’s Scottish accent might turn off some. It certainly can’t be described as boring however. For those who are interested in an X-Men comic that is like no other though, this is worth checking out. It’s obvious that Spurrier is enthusiastic about this series if you read this interview. I’ll be giving this at least a few more issues to win me over.