Hey, everyone, jrpbsp here… My third and final review for the week is ‘X-Men: Legacy’. Hope you enjoy it.
X-Men: Legacy #230 (preview)
Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Daniel Acuna & Mirco Pierfederici
NOTE: Wolverine does NOT appear in this issue.
RECAP: The issue opens with Scott learning that Hope will be awake soon and conferring with Nemesis to make sure the dimensional dragnet is ready and able to be deployed at a moment’s notice.
Back in Emplate’s house, DOA attacks Roxy while Marius feeds off of Rogue. But touching her allows Marie to gain Emplate’s power and she starts to feed on him as well. Marius pulls back unwilling to engage again and feel his own power. He knows he can out wait Rogue but his time is up very soon as his light house crashes into a barrier. It breaks off a big piece of his island and cracks the wall holding in the worst monsters.
Rogue comes back to herself but the damage is done. Emplate has no choice but to allow his residence to continue its trip and appear on Utopia. As soon as it arrives, the Science Team anchors it in this dimension causing the whole island to crash to the ground.
Several X-Men led by Warpath charge Marius as he emerges from the wreckage but Rogue holds them back telling them this is Roxy’s fight. Emplate attempts to feed on the girl once more but she musters her strength and blasts him with diamond shards. Rogue gives the word and the rest charge in to keep him down.
The field begins to overload so Scott orders Marius to be spit back to his own dimension rather then risk any more damage to Utopia. He lands deep inside the monster prison and as he curses the X-Men the creatures move in to attack him.
After it is all over Roxy is back with the young X-Men. She admits to being scared but seems like she will be okay with some help from her friends. Rogue agrees to Scott’s offer to become the kids’ guardian and they head to Logan’s room for a toast. And Gambit tries to figure out exactly what he has become as he changes from normal to Death and begins the confront the darkness in him.
MY TAKE: This is a good wrap up issue with some strong characterizations and a fine story. There are no real surprises here but even though you can predict everything that happens, the writing is still effective. It makes for a well-written introduction to the new status quo and gives a nice and believable reason for Rogue to become the kids’ protector.
Marie is definitely the strongest part of the story and she holds up very well under the pressure of headlining the comic. She has had her own books before but they never really gave her a chance to shine as she does here. While I was a bit skeptical at first, I think taking away Ms. Marvel’s powers has really allowed Rogue to make some giant leaps forward. This is fast becoming a must read based on Marie alone.
But the other characters, even those without much of a personality of their own, are also given some good development. Roxy is the most obvious one and she has gone from being a one-dimensional stereotype to being a fleshed-out character in these few issues. And even Marius, a badly overdone horror movie villain, has some real personality and conflict here. It is nice to see some of his motivations and influences.
As I said the plot is simplistic and very predictable with a happy ending and the bad guy escaping to fight another day. But even though you knew what was coming, the story was strong enough to still be entertaining. I do have a minor issue with building the dimensional anchor rather then a tracking system though. It felt like Scott knew exactly what was coming in this issue even though he has no way to do so within the narrative.
In the end though, the comic succeeds on the strength of the writing and the plot. While I was a bit concerned when I saw the setup as well as the main players, the whole thing worked much better then I could have guessed. Even though most of them are B and C list characters, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and I am really looking forward to the Necrosha arc. The last event tie-in was extremely good and I expect the same from this one.
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.