X’s Legacy a $ too far
I’m not familiar with Legion apart from knowing he’s Professor X’s son, apparently the most powerful mutant on Earth (haven’t we got a few of those?) and that he’s crackers. Having read the staff review mention this isn’t a great jumping on point for new readers, albeit it’s an issue #1, I decided to give it a go anyway.
The issue tries to highlight both Legion’s dark side as well as his more comedic personality... and boy does this guy have personalities! The first two pages are downright awful. Yes they make sense later on but when I was actually reading them I just didn’t care. They were boring and confusingly drawn. The story picks up when we finally get to see Legion. The writer does a good job of trying to tell Legion’s origin but it’s still not enough to make you relate to the character. The art is somewhat cartoonish and that makes it a good fit for the lighter moments. However this means during the more “evil” scenes the art feels out of place and doesn’t convey the events appropriately.
I can’t say how existing fans of Legion will react to this issue but I think the majority of new readers will be left thinking “meh”! That’s not really acceptable for a book that costs $3.99… but we’ll get to that later. The last few pages are a much needed improvement and do create somewhat of an intrigue for future issues. People shouldn’t buy this thinking it’s an X-Men book because so far it isn’t. The series does have potential if handled well but I think this may be the first Marvel Now title to get cancelled. I give it 5-6 months.
Finally we come to the price tag. I find it difficult to understand how Marvel can justify pricing this at $3.99/£2.85. That’s the same as Amazing Spider-Man, Uncanny Avengers, All-New X-Men and Thor: God of Thunder. Spidey, Avengers and X-Men are obviously premium books and let’s not forget Thor has now been in two successful movies with a third due for release. Legion is neither a premium character nor a well known one. If you view the AR content on this issue, there’s a clip where other Marvel editor’s are struggling to define him themselves! Slapping an X on the title should not be reason enough to charge the extra dollar. I thought long before deciding to buy this issue and unfortunately I made the wrong decision.