Well, it’s a new year. Welcome to Random Thoughts: the place where anything (..okay, not “anything”) will talked about. For this month, I have decided once again to jump into my bins and open the drawers to find some X-Men comics to talk about. This week’s pick is a pretty recent storyline that literally spun out of the major X-Men crossover Messiah Complex. It’s X-Men Legacy #208-210. I do have to admit that I never got this crossover. I thought about getting it when it hit the trades, but I never did. I did keep up with it through the message boards and I may read it one day. Well, let’s start this month off good!
X-Men: Legacy #208-210
Writer: Mike Carey
Artists: Scott Eaton, John Romita Jr., Billy Tan, and Greg Land
We start out with a flashback where Charles Xavier is trying to recruit Moria McTaggert into helping him research the mutant phenomenon. This flashback turns out to be more than a simple memory when Charles sees Bishop and we experience the last couple of pages of the major crossover where Bishop shot Charles…oh yeah, did I say how much I HATE what they did to Bishop? He’s the only black X-Man and now you make him a bad guy! Anyway, we get an interesting page where Charles is reliving certain parts of his life. We actually find out that Exodus and his Acolytes are trying to save Charles from his bullet wound. The team mostly consists of Amelia Voght (former lover of Charles), Cargill (an Acolyte), and an advanced Sentinel named Karima.
This team argues amongst themselves and we get recapped on what happened in the crossover. We also find out that this team took Xavier’s body from the site without anyone realizing it. We then find out Exodus has erased Xavier’s mind in order to save him from his wounds. While he’s healing from his physical wounds, Exodus will add them back in. We see some memories of Charles’. We see him training the X-Men, arguing with Moria about the ethics of having a super-powered team of teenagers, and talking to Scott (Cyclops) about himself. Apparently, Xavier doesn’t like what he’s seeing, so he is not accepting the memories. This makes Exodus do the unthinkable: call Erik Lensherr aka Magneto and the original leader of the Acolytes…WUHHHHH?????
We start out with Erik viewing Charles’ brain-dead body and wondering how they are not powerhouses anymore. At this time, Magneto had lost his powers because of M-Day (aka “Decimation” and “Marvel Editorial Ran out of Ideas”). He spots Karima spying on them and they wonder what’s going on his Charles’ head. In Charles’ mind, he remembers his times fighting Magneto especially that time where he straight-up lobotomized him. Outside, Karima wonders who was right on their ideals: Charles or Erik.
Elsewhere, the other Acolytes argue about Magneto being depowered and that’s pretty much it. Back with Erik and Karima, Karima tries to use her tech to revive Xavier. We’re then treated to another flashback where the X-Men first face the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants…well, I guess they would be evil. They got Toad and Mastermind for Pete’s sake! It’s through this memory and Erik’s words that Xavier is able to come out of his coma…then I get interrupted by a dang four-page ad for Secret Invasion.
Xavier comes to as Cargill shows up ready kill him. She attacks Erik and does a little damage to him. She and Karima got at it for a bit before Cargill knocks her out. She almost gets Charles when Erik lays down the hurt…Ow. That has to hurt.
Erik then posits the question on whose ideals were better. Charles really doesn’t give a definite answer, but he does say that their ideals have pretty much become irrelevant…I guess that works. Exodus then shows up to see what the heck’s going on. Exodus tries to attack Erik in retaliation, but Charles stops him. The issue ends as they mentally battle each other.
The issue starts out as Xavier and Exodus is in a mental battle. Erik tries to help but gets put down by “the power of Exodus.” I just had to put that in quotes. In the battle, Exodus tries to use all of Xavier’s failings and fumbles to win. We see a lot of stuff. We got the events of another miniseries Deadly Genesis, the destruction of Genosha, and the deaths of Thunderbird, Colossus, Jean Grey, and Doug Ramsey. Xavier is almost beat, but he finds his second wind and kicks Exodus’s butt which ends the battle. During all of this, Emma Frost feels Xavier’s presences and realizes that he’s alive.
After this battle, Exodus tells Xavier why he saved his life: he wants Xavier to lead the Acolytes. Of course, Xavier scoffs at the idea and leaves with Karima and Erik. We find out that Charles only has a few memories and that’s it. He rarely recognizes Amelia. He says his goodbyes to Erik and Karima as he sets off to regain his memories and possibly fix some broken relationships. We end this storyline as we see Rogue on the road traveling and see Kevin Bac…Sebastian Shaw doing something nefarious.
And that’s the end of this storyline. Is it any good? I believe so. It’s a story trying to do something different with a character who at this time wasn’t around in the comics much. This book in general became Xavier’s, Rogue’s, and Gambit’s book for a while. The story does feel thin because it mostly consists of flashbacks. I liked Magneto’s inclusion in the story. He doesn’t do much, but it’s cool to see him in a non-villainous role for once. It was also cool to go down memory lane with Xavier.
The artwork is also pretty decent. It’s not my favorite, but it is still good. Eaton does well with his artwork. The other guest artists were pretty good too. Even Greg Land’s traces look decent! Though there is one panel of his that…well, let’s just it’s a little much. She either is in pain or in pleasure. Either works with the image. Also, those are some pretty awesome covers by David Finch. Anyway, it’s a pretty decent story with pretty decent art.
Well, it’s that time. Next week will be something older and definitely better.
NEXT TIME: WOLVERINE – IS HE TRULY THE BEST AT WHAT HE DOES????