Posts Tagged ‘X-Men Legacy’

X-Men Legacy #5

X-Men Legacy #5

Review: X-Men Legacy #5

Just because a title is about a person with Dissociative Identity Disorder doesn’t mean it has to be schizophrenic.

That being said, issue #5 of X-Men Legacy is much more grounded and balanced than previous issues. The story isn’t all over the place and even through three things are going on at once it’s all very well laid out. Blindfold’s background is rather interesting and I admit I did not see that coming with her brother. At the same time though, it is one big trope with very little originality in it, just one of the issue’s faults.

Continued is the constant belittling of the X-Men. It’s gone from a legitimate point of view to just down right blog worthy trolling (well, he does have the hair for it). Okay, we get it, he doesn’t like the X-Men because they have done some stupid things in the past, let’s move on. Blindfold’s scene in an earlier issue where she says “I think I am meant to be your nemesis” totally has the wind taken out of its sail by blotchy dialogue from David.

This comic isn’t really bad, not like Uncanny Avengers #3 was really bad, but it’s just not good either. It’s still worth keeping on the pull list, there is places this could go that would make it a rather spectacular title… I just hope it gets there.

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X-Men Legacy #4

X-Men Legacy #4

Review: X-Men Legacy #4

While here we have something a bit more solid in both the story structure and development, I can’t help but think that the writers are suffering from a classic failure of fan fics: don’t drag others down just to build up your character.

It seems to me that the writer is going out of his way to make the X-Men who go after David be the stupidest and most belligerent as possible inside their character… just so David can snark at them, call them out, and be the ‘good guy here’.

What I really want to know though… is why Blindfold? Why does she have a special something-something with his brain patterns, snuck in, shut him down, but then later got ganked?

A lot of this is not making a whole lot of sense… but some of the one-liners are pretty good zingers… so it’s hard to tell where to stand in this title… for now.

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X-Men Legacy #3

X-Men Legacy #3

Review: X-Men Legacy #3

This issue of Legacy is a bit strange. You have two story lines going at once: one is your typical (cliché even) events happening to other people are mimics of what I’m dealing with and the second is something akin to a Three Stooges skit.

For the most part, this kinda works. It’s different, a little twisted, not too confusing, and generally is amusing. The skit does take away from the cliché part which is a good thing cause it is cliché.

But then everything in the skit is wrapped up and you’re left with a rather blank back-end which is completely devoid of any originality either in story or dialogue.

To give it the benefit of the doubt though, Legion hasn’t really done much recently that I know of so the character is being reintroduced and does need a certain level of ‘breaking in’ that other characters wouldn’t. Like X-Treme X-Men which didn’t really start getting good till the fourth issue, and also had an underused character that kinda came out of the blue, I’m giving this one a chance to also pull itself together.

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X-Men Legacy #2

X-Men Legacy #2

Review: X-Men Legacy #2

Issue 2 of the new X-Men Legacy run is still establishing Legion’s character, showing how he is reacting to the death of his father and the fact his mind is a mess of egos.

It’s really kinda blah.

This other mutant is different in that he’s a very racist mutant, interesting to see the story go there, and he manipulated Legion rather easily. But then he’s gone putting whatever plans he had into motion. It’s a plot point we’ll hopefully see more of otherwise it’s a disappointment.

I’m kinda annoyed at all the cursing that’s done in this book. Now, I’m not one to shy away from cursing, I get very creative while driving in traffic, but pointless cursing bugs me. Cursing for the sake of cursing, which is exactly what’s going on here only replaced with funny symbols since they can’t actually write those words on paper, shows a lack of finesse in both story telling and dialogue. It’s a false crutch to create some kind of emotional drama.

Blah.

Let’s hope once they get out of the character creation stage and into the meat of the story they won’t waste so much speech bubble on it.

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X-Men Legacy #1

X-Men Legacy #1

Review: X-Men Legacy #1

X-Men Legacy as a team book with Rogue in charge was cancelled for better things and reissued as a story centering around Legion, quiet possibly the most powerful mutant to ever exist (and Xavier’s son). I thought this might be a good read because Legion is a very interesting study in Dissociative Identity Disorder which plays a rather big role in XMFFS.

The first issue of X-Men Legacy is pretty basic, doesn’t do much but set up Legion’s character, reminding everyone of his particular issues, etc. In that sense it does a great job.

However, nothing really happens. And worse, a hole bunch of people die for no real reason.

That being said, it is just the first issue and it did what it needed to do and didn’t try to be anything else so… that’s something. Definitely see what the next few issues look like on this and who else is going to be spotlighted and how.

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X-Men Legacy #275

X-Men Legacy #275

Review: X-Men Legacy #275

With the new Marvel NOW! initiative, X-Men Legacy got the axe to be replaced by a new series with Legion as the lead. So Legacy #275 is the finale comic of this mostly Rogue led title. As finale’s go… it’s just kind of there.

Basically, because all of the other characters are off doing their own thing now, Rogue and Mimic are the only ones in this formally team-title. And they are thrown together into a minor (by X-Men standards) fight where Rogue is allowed to give a whole bunch of speeches as she dictates about how she has changed over the past few years.

On its face that’s not necessarily a bad thing, I mean, she has changed and this is a big moment for her, dumping Mags, going off Avenging, becoming something more than herself… but did we really need a whole comic of speech bubbles?

So over all, a lackluster ending, but hey, could be worse… could have been a clip-episode.

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X-Men Legacy #274

X-Men Legacy #274

X-Men Legacy #274

The moment that every ROMY has been waiting for has finally arrived. Marvel teased us about Mag’s ‘big question’ for Rogue and while I was sure it wasn’t going to be a marriage proposal, I prepared myself for the worst. So while I’m glad that it turned out he only wanted them to get back together and in a roundabout way ‘move in together’, I’m kinda annoyed at Rogue’s response.

Basically, she gives him the same brush off as she gave Gambit.

X-Men # 224
Rogue: But Remy– Ah’m not ready yet to talk about us. Ah don’t know how Ah feel right now. About you, or about me, even.

Annoying for ROMY fans but okay, fair enough, she just learned how to control her powers, this isn’t some forced surpression or random event. She needs time to process this.

Of course in that process she decides she wants to hook up with Magneto.

X-Men # 274
Rogue: Ah know mahself. Ah know as long as Ah’m with someone like you–who takes the lead instinctively, who likes it… who Ah care for… Ah’ll let ’em. […] Ah think Ah figured things out. But ah ain’t gonna know for sure until Ah’ve stood on mah own two feet for a while.

Again she’s telling her boyfriend that she needs to process her life and figure things out. I suppose in many ways this is a very realistic take on a Rogue’s personality. We all know a person like this who can’t committ to relationships, etc, because they really have no idea how to and/or are secrectly afraid. Considering Rogue’s mutation and background, the girl kinda missed that phase in our lives (usually around highschool) where we go through all this and is a majorly late bloomer in this respect.

So while kudos for a realistic approach to the situation and providing actual character growth opportunities… bollocks I say and major /headdesk

I swear… Rogue/Gambit is as bad as Ross/Rachel… but we love it so…

Oh, p.s., I do kinda feel a little bad for Mags in this, but he’s also still a bit of an arrogant prick so…

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X-Men Legacy #273

X-Men Legacy #273

X-Men Legacy #273

Rogue is still stuck on another world in another dimension thanks to Phoenix!Illana. She’s just kicking around, helping them solve a global crisis of mass slaughter with nothing but a lot of exposition. Seriously, there isn’t much to write about this comic except for the fact that it could be the author’s attempt at a discourse on the state of our global ecology… or just a tired old trope. Honestly, can’t tell.

There are only two good things about this issue, one is a wonderful reference to Kurt, the second is the tease that in the next issue we get to wonder just how badly Romy is going to be damaged (though I’m hoping we’ll get some good news).

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