X-Men: Legacy #226 Review: Danger in San Francisco

Hey, everyone, jrpbsp here…Here’s my third and final review for the week. Last but not least is ‘X-Men: Legacy’.  Hope you enjoy it.

X-Men Legacy #226 cover X-Men: Legacy #226 (preview)
Writer: Mike Carey
Penciler: Dustin Weaver
Inkers: Ed Tadeo

NOTE: Wolverine does not appear in this issue.

SPOILERS BELOW…

RECAP: This issue opens with Rogue, Gambit and Danger rushing to San Francisco to help the X-Men with the riots. Cyclops decides they are not going to arrive fast enough and sends Pixie to teleport them directly to his location.

Scott is justifiably skeptical about the group but he needs all the help he can get and he sends them off to locate a couple of the missing kids from the team, namely Indra and Trance.

On the way Danger saves a child and blasts a H.A.M.M.E.R. vehicle that his causing the people to panic.

Trance is with the Dragoness and Toad and they are being chased by H.A.M.M.E.R. goons. Toad is already hurt and the Dragoness runs out of charge and is taken down. Trance tries to use her power but is hit with a taser and is stuck half in and half out of her body.

Gambit arrives and takes down the soldiers and goes to call for help to save Trance but before he even makes contact, Ariel teleports in and takes the girl with her, supposedly on Cyclops’ orders.

Rogue is on Indra’s trail and finds an unconscious H.A.M.M.E.R. agent. Using her powers, she sees that he was knocked out by Paras but she can not find out where he went after that.

She is interrupted by Moonstone, the new Ms. Marvel. Without her old powers, Moonstone is beating her badly. Rogue grabs a gun and shoots out the skylight and then runs through Ms. Marvel when she phases out. Rogue then jumps out a window and makes her rather bloody and painful escape.

Gambit runs into Avalanche and a few other mutants in a mob facing off against H.A.M.M.E.R. forces. Gambit tries to stop them from attacking but before he can make much of an impact, Ares shows up and attacks the mob.

Avalanche fights back but is quickly defeated. Gambit steps and and drops a building on the god but it has little effect. Seeing the explosion, Danger and Rogue rush to the rescue. Rogue manages to grab hold of Ares and drain some of his power but it is too much for her. To break the connection, Danger pulls up a manhole cover and has Gambit charge it. The explosion is enough to hurt the weakened god and separate the two.

Rogue uses her borrowed power to brush away the remaining H.A.M.M.E.R. agents and steal one of their vehicles just as they receive word that Trance never made it back to base and might be near their location. Rogue vows to find her no matter what.

MY TAKE: This was a good if somewhat superfluous issue. The writing is done well and the characterizations are top notch but the plot seems pretty pointless. Just another unneeded tie-in to a big event that will probably either forgotten or never mentioned once it is over.

Still there is plenty to like about the issue. Rogue is really coming into her own and becoming a very enjoyable character now that her powers are under control. I also like how she is having to use her brains now that she is no longer super strong and almost invulnerable. Gambit is portrayed pretty much as he always is and even though he is not my favorite character, he is used well here. I am still on the fence about Danger, but I think she will end up being very interesting and unique as things progress. She just does not really have a personality so far.

The plot is a simple rescue mission which is really just an excuse for a couple of well-done fight sequences. I still think the Avengers are being given way too much power and respect and it was nice to see them being taken down a notch. Still nothing else really happens which makes the whole thing feel like a throwaway issue.

Carey continues to impress me with his knowledge of little-known characters and their inclusion. We have not seen Ariel in so long I could barely remember who she was. I am very glad he takes a least a few panels each issue to address either a dangling plot thread or a long in Limbo character, though it would be nice if he gave a little explanation for those we have not seen in twenty years.

In the end this is a well-written but mostly forgettable comic. The tie-in to the Utopia event seemed forced and mostly unneeded. And yet it was still an enjoyable read I just would have preferred to see an original story and a better plot for the characters.

Thanks for reading my review for Wolverine Files. I will be keeping to this format for the most part but please keep the comments coming and I will see everyone again next time.

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