After 5 issues, really on board with X-Men Legacy (Marvel NOW!)

#1 Posted by emperium (63 posts) - - Show Bio

(No Spoilers, post intended to raise awareness.)

For me, reading X-Men Legacy (Vol 2) felt like the biggest risk into the unknown I have ever done when talking about comics I read. I knew this book was going to star Legion and my knowledge of him goes as far back as pre-Age of Apocalypse in the mid 1990s, then his return in X-Men Legacy (Vol 1) around the Age of X storyline. He seems like a cool character enough to learn more about so I decided to give it a shot.

The first couple of issues I was really second guessing myself, the story seemed a bit incomprehensible, the art was decent. It felt like I wanted to get off a bad roller coaster ride, but instead I stuck with it.

And damn I'm glad I did! I guess what I really wasn't getting was how Spurrier tackles on writing a book like this. At issue 5, things just started to click together. A fantastic read that made previous issues that I've read feel a bit better. Now I see great potential in X-Men Legacy (Vol 2) and can finally say I would recommend it to those who are not new readers. I know that being renumbered was suppose to let new readers start Legacy, but I just don't think it would be as good of a read as someone that has a bit more context on the characters in this book.

For those weary about this book only focusing on Legion (in case he just isn't your cup of tea), there definitely is a supporting cast. From an interview Spurrier mentioned interest in not only involving Blindfold but Pixie, Armor and Marrow. Issue 5 gave a real shocking look into Blindfold's origin. From a lot of comments I've seen online about the new volume, many agree that this is one of the most underrated Marvel NOW! titles and now I'm starting to see why.

There is also a bit of a behind the scenes site for those interested in learning more about Legacy at http://xmenlegacy.tumblr.com/.

For those on the fence I say give this book a chance if you can manage to read up to around issue 5, it's a bit of a rocky and slow start but definitely worth it.

#2 Posted by AgeofHurricane (7268 posts) - - Show Bio

Took the words right outta my mouth. This has finally proven itself to be one of the best. Although it was the Blindfold story that sold me more than the overall plot, but everything just managed to sweetly intertwine i couldn't help but love the happenings between Legion and the mystical twins, and this book actually has some humor in it. I love it.

Seriously hope it at least makes it to, like, 25 issues, give or take.

#3 Posted by TDK_1997 (14489 posts) - - Show Bio

I also love it.I started getting into Legion in the past few months and I feel like with this series I will become a big fan of him.

#4 Posted by Binski (645 posts) - - Show Bio

I agree I was going to drop it after the first couple issues because I'm new to x-men comics and had no idea what was going on but it got much better and made more sense and is now on my pull list.

#5 Posted by dangallant984 (1282 posts) - - Show Bio

I have been more and more intrigued by what I've heard about this book..

I usually don't do this, but since it's already on issue 5, should I just wait for the trade and start up with issue 7? how long do these things normally take?

#6 Posted by RawrImADragon (206 posts) - - Show Bio

@dangallant984 said:

I have been more and more intrigued by what I've heard about this book..

I usually don't do this, but since it's already on issue 5, should I just wait for the trade and start up with issue 7? how long do these things normally take?

I would say jump in for the next arc definitely and maybe pick up the trade. Like other people have mentioned, the story and the art, especially the art, doesn't really pick up until issue 4 so i can only mildly recommend the first 3 issues. But, yeah hop on board as soon as possible. The covers alone are fantastic, the best cover art I've seen in a while!

#7 Posted by dangallant984 (1282 posts) - - Show Bio

@RawrImADragon: hey, thanks! yeah, I've noticed the covers, and they do look pretty sick..

so you don't think I'll miss much if I skip to issue 4? because that would definitely be a thing I could do..

#8 Posted by lykopis (10756 posts) - - Show Bio

Loved this series from the very beginning -- really hope more people jump on.

#9 Posted by John Valentine (16307 posts) - - Show Bio

Not a massive fan. Pretty indifferent.

#10 Posted by tomchu (522 posts) - - Show Bio

Has some AWESOME covers.

Hated Issue 1 and 2 because it was so damn chaotic, but I got used to the chaotic-ness Issue 3 onwards, and actually began to embrace it. Plus, the whole idea of Legion having any power he wants is pretty awesome, but also the idea that he's unstable and not run around like a demi-god gives him room to grow and reminds me of the original X-Men Legacy with Rogue.

#11 Posted by tomchu (522 posts) - - Show Bio

Is Tan Eng Huat coming back for art? I honestly don't want him to. Or is Jorge Molina staying on? (which would be brilliant.)

#12 Posted by RawrImADragon (206 posts) - - Show Bio

@dangallant984 said:

@RawrImADragon: hey, thanks! yeah, I've noticed the covers, and they do look pretty sick..

so you don't think I'll miss much if I skip to issue 4? because that would definitely be a thing I could do..

to be honest, i don't think you'll miss that much if you are already familiar with legion. the first issue takes place right around Professor X's death and just sets up what the character has been up to and how his powers/brain works. second sets up the villain who isn't even really explored till the latest issue, which is 5 (at the time of writing this). third I would say is the jumping on point since it introduces the twins who are somewhat pivotal to the arc. plus in that issue there's a recap in the beginning. but the real x-men action and feel doesn't start till 4. you'd be fine jumping in on 4 since that's where things finally heat up, but 3 gives you a more whole picture.

so in short: first two totally skippable, 3 is a good jumping on point, and the last two issues, 4 and 5, have just been great. hope that helps!

#13 Posted by RawrImADragon (206 posts) - - Show Bio

@tomchu said:

Is Tan Eng Huat coming back for art? I honestly don't want him to. Or is Jorge Molina staying on? (which would be brilliant.)

the issue coming out next week is still molina, thank god, but according to solicits... huat is back for 7 and 8 ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh

#14 Posted by emperium (63 posts) - - Show Bio

@tomchu said:

Is Tan Eng Huat coming back for art? I honestly don't want him to. Or is Jorge Molina staying on? (which would be brilliant.)

I think there is a bit of instability when it comes to the artists of legacy. 7-9 is Tan Eng Haut. Then 10-11 is either Paul Davidson (based on May solicitations) or Matteo Scalera (based on Marvel.com).

I personally do not find Tan Eng Haut's art a turn off but would be nice to have a stable artist.

#15 Posted by chasereis (794 posts) - - Show Bio

It's pretty good but honestly the more I read the more I just want to read it in a TPB format. The stories are good but I am just struggling with the art.

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