If I had to sum up this issue of X-Men Legacy with one word, that word would be transformative. It’s always been clear that Si Spurrier has been taking David Haller on a specific journey with this series, and with this issue we see at least some of the journey pay off, and Spurrier crafts an issue that is typically satisfying for this book.
X-MEN LEGACY #15 reunites David Haller with his estranged mother, and serves as a stream-lined primer for the title character’s ridiculously convoluted back story. Of course, Spurrier, Huat and company give us far more than a simple continuity clean-up; this is a thrilling exploration of the superhero genre’s worst aspects – the escapism, the juvenile misogyny and the often trite and brutal attempts at tragedy.
X-MEN LEGACY #14 is a sincere and thrilling look at what it means to be a nation – the terrifying and morally complicated question of modernity, that of having independent thought and still being a part of something bigger. It’s also a look at superhero trends, a very introspective and self-referential title that against all odds avoids indulgence in it’s relentless cleverness.
X-MEN LEGACY #13 is such a perfect representation of what a Marvel comic book should read like in the year 2013 that, in describing it, I fear I will sound little more than a lovesick teenager. Spurrier fearlessly explores multiple complex contemporary issues, from an apolitical generation of voters to the moral struggle of rebuilding an economy.
Written By: Simon Spurrier Art By: Tan Eng Huat/ Colors By: Jose Villarrubia / Inks By: Craig Yeung / Letters By: Cory Petit Price: $2.99 X-MEN LEGACY continues to dissect genre convention, while also telling a very important story about personal redemption and finding love. In the newest issue, Spurrier explores the superhero comic tradition … Continue reading