The old king is dead, long live the new king. And so it goes, as we enter into the brand new X-Men Legacy. Now I was never a reader of Legacy, and as I’ve said before that I’ve rarely been a reader of X-Men, but I’ve got to admit that this is veeeery interesting. I have to wonder if the interest of David Haller, the new king in town now that his father Xavier is good and dead for the time being, will continue or if the concept is too broad to survive through the months, but Simon Spurrier has got things off to a good start. The story of the mind prison built with help by a mystic at the “commune for neuronauts” had its charm. For as crazy as it sounded, and admittedly felt in execution, it was still approachable from my perspective as a new reader, and I have to admire that. That is one of the things I’ve enjoyed since starting to review books for the Silver Snail -- the chance to read books that I haven’t before, even as a voracious comic book reader. I had my habits, ya see. But yes, I enjoyed the commune setting. Enough so that I wish he could have stayed there more, and cared for the character of Merzah the Mystic (old-assed spymaster and quaffer of beer), who seemed to have such potential. I won’t go much further into that direction though, cause ya know, spoilers. It remains to be said, though, that this issue has interested me in the second issue; it’s earned that much! Interesting ideas and a surprising sense of humor alleviate having a series lead who is admittedly insane.
And Tang Eng Haut’s art, though nothing ground-breaking, is quality comic book art and just gritty enough to be well suited to the direction I feel this series is headed. A win in my books, Freddy.
I could make this a very short review.
I did not like this book.
That's not fair to the readers or the creators, though, so I'll expand. The art did absolutely nothing for me. It looked like doodles with splashes of colour. It didn't make me care about the characters or the story. The story itself felt like a retelling of most telekinetic character's origins. At some point or another, they have to create some intricate mental blocks or scenarios to properly control their powers. David Haller, or Legion, is the son of Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller, and is a creation of Chris Claremont's in the 90's that has rarely made an appearance since. Well, at least not a notable one. The concept itself for the character isn't terrible, but this storyline doesn't really do much to further my interest in him. It may have been the art influencing my enjoyment of the story (I'm not able to separate the two enough to really like the art if the story is bad, or vice versa), but it really looked and felt like a return to the late 80's/early 90's of comics. Not the prime years for storytelling or art by any stretch.
Spurrier does have a knack for dialogue and the interaction between David and his mentor, Merzah the Mystic, felt familiar enough that you could tell there was a bond between the two. There were even some funny moments. But again, for whatever reason, it didn't make me care about the character or his predicament. Even though he's an omega level threat on the mutant scale, there was no real sense of danger or urgency for him. And knocking off the only person he has any sort of relationship with in this first issue? Bit cliche and doesn't establish David as a strong enough solo character to carry the next issues.
Alright, I could go on but it'd really be nitpicking and I feel dreadful already critiquing someone's work to this level. But hey, Russel enjoyed it so perhaps you will, too!