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.
With the approximately 225 different X-books Marvel is putting out, it’s often amazing to me that so many of them feel exactly the same. This desire to keep repackaging the same thing with slight variations would be infuriating if the success of those books didn’t also support a book as good as X-Men Legacy.
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.
After a prophetic vision of the future in which the world crumbles under his psychic powers gone berserk, David Haller has decided to take a cure that will change him from mutant to powerless human. Meanwhile, Blindfold is recruiting some fan favourite X-men to stop him, and the man behind the mutant cure is not at all what he seems. Consistently fresh and innovative, X-MEN LEGACY continues to challenge and reward readers with big moral questions and intelligent ideas, and even if this issue feels a bit like set-up for bigger things to come, the creative team still produces something very special.
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