This is a bit of an odd mini-series. The 1st and 7th issue work together as a 2-part lead in to Wolverines, and every other issue is a one-shot starring a character who is affected by Wolverine’s death one way or another. Every issue I read between 2 and 6 was great, and while I didn’t read Daken’s issue (because I don’t really care for Daken), I’ve heard his issue is also good. Logan Legacy 1 on the other hand revealed very little, had kind of terrible art and kept interrupting itself with obvious plugs for the rest of the mini-series that interrupted the comic’s flow. Does Logan Legacy 7 fare any better? A little but, but it’s plagued by a different problem.
This one flows much better than that and even introduces a potential threat in the form of Syphon, who seems to live off of sucking mutant powers. The action is good and the setup for Wolverines works, making this a good comic for the most part. Unfortunately, it kills off one of the New X-men kids after pulling him out of a several year-long limbo, Elixir. By no means was Elixir my favourite New X-Men character, but if you were going to kill him off, you should have at least given him a little more time first. He barely has any lines and then he’s offed; the end. I’m still kind of excited for Wolverines, but Elixir’s death makes me a bit worried.
On the other hand I’ve seen plenty of comments upset that X-23 didn’t jump in to save Elixir despite their pasts together on New X-Men and X-Force, but I’ll actually defend this writing decision. It’s true that X-23 has usually been portrayed as a selfless character, but it’s also true that she’s a very tactical thinker and that she also tried in vain to convince the others to help her friend out. In front of her is a monster who obviously has super strength, super speed and is unaffected by Elixir’s deadly black skin. For all she knows, Syphon is invincible and no matter what she does, Elixir is as good as dead. X-23 may be brave but she’s not immune to fear. She later helps Daken break free from Syphon, allowing her selfless nature to overtake her tactical thinking and fear to save her brother/niece (their relationship is confusing that way); the one person on the Wolverines team she could potentially get along with. When you really break it down, it still feels in character. This by no means defends killing off Elixir unceremoniously, but it defends X-23’s lack of immediate action.
The art by Peter Nguyen is much better than Logan Legacy 1, but it’s still not great. The environmental detail on page 1 is pretty good, and there are some neat effects added to the characters in the flashback. The panel where a command word is used on Sabertooth is hilarious, and Syphon appears intimidating. On the downside, characters are inconsistently drawn. Sabertooth’s head seems to change shape every few pages, X-23 seems to change ethnicity a few times and her pose when she slashes Syphon is just awkward. The art is good overall, but these flaws hold it back.
My though process is that this mini-series should have been done differently. The Logan Legacy should have just been 5 issues, with each being the character oneshots. Those alone have been fantastic, and the framing device for issues 1 and 7 should have either been a part of the Weapon X Program mini-series, or part of the Wolverines series as either the first few issues or some sort of flashback within the first month. This is still worth reading if you’re looking forward to Wolverines, but read it before you buy it if you can.