When Simon Spurrier stated in early interviews that X-Men Legacy would not be a conventional comic series, he certainly wasn’t kidding. The only thing you can really expect in this series is the unexpected; it’s incredibly weird, and so far it’s a lot of fun.
This is probably the most dramatic issue in the series so far, not that there isn’t weirdness involved. David Haller is seriously considering curing himself of his mutant powers because he believes that not doing so will cost billions of lives in the near future. What follows is an issue-long investigation since Legion wants to make sure everything is as it seems. It’s a very intriguing sequence of events, with a twist that’s somehow both surprising and not. Meanwhile, there’s the side-plot involving his sort-of girlfriend Blindfold and her efforts to save him. These scenes are more entertaining than Legion’s, and there are a couple amusing lines, including a forth wall breaking joke regarding Doop.
The art is simple, yet it works very well. Facial expressions in particular are very well handled. Both legion and the lead doctor have an incredible range as they converse about the mutant problem. It’s impressive that you feel as though you know what Blindfold is thinking, despite her total lack of eyes. The scene where another mutant cures himself is kind of hilarious in his gleeful yet empty expression. Besides the facial expressions, the art does a good job at adding to the storytelling through flashbacks and mental images. Establishing shots do a good job at expanding on the environment as well.
This series certainly isn’t for everyone as it’s very weird at times. The unconventional storytelling may be a turnoff for some. Then again, why would you expect a series starring an ultra-powerful mutant with too many personalities floating around his head to be normal? That said, it’s entertaining, clever and funny when it tries to be. This isn’t the best issue in the series, but it’s still an easy recommendation for those who have been enjoying it so far, or those who are curious to check it out.
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Best thing about this issue, as far as I’m concerned: Blindfold’s team with Chamber, Pixie and Frenzy. Chamber! Yay! I love Chamber. I’m glad to see him being used. And Pixie’s always cool. And Frenzy’s good. But Chamber!
I’ve never read all that much about Chamber, but he does seem like an interesting character. Fully agreed with Pixie though, at least when she’s written well.
I remember Chamber from Generation X. So he holds a spot in my heart.
easily the best most original marvel series on the market. Legion has been one of my top 5 marvel characters for a long time. Glad theyre finally doing him justice with his own story line. love how theyre tying in all the xmen series. great story line just wish they would get rid of tan eng huat on the art and just stick with paul davidson
It’s nice that Legion is finally getting his own characterization beyond the whole “very powerful mutant with multiple personalities” thing.