With this whole “Regenesis” non-event-event going on in the X-Men family of titles, I’ve dipped my toes into the X-Men pool and found the water surprisingly refreshing. Sure, there are things I’ve missed since I last regularly read any X-Men titles, but “X-Men Legacy” doesn’t waste time lingering on what has happened, choosing instead to move forward. Well, except for the whole “reflecting on the non-break-up of Rogue and Magneto” bit.
Rachel Grey (when did we stop calling her “Marvel Girl” and “Phoenix”?) insists on breaking down Rogue’s choice to move back to Westchester in a cutesy sitcom kind of way. Christos Gage shines at these character moments. This issue would be rather anti-climatic if that was all that happened though. Luckily, remaining true to the cover, Exodus drops in on campus to rile the faculty.
The battle is exciting and filled with moments that help define the characters and their powers for readers, but those scenes stop at moments. Rogue gets the most time in the spotlight and casually tries to absorb the powers of Exodus and Kid Gladiator. Granted, I’ve been away from the adventures of Rogue for a bit, but this seemed wildly out of character and rather odd in the lack of effect her powers had on the characters she borrowed from. Complicating matters, the resolution to the conflict is anticlimactic and unfulfilling.
David Baldeon’s work is still finding its level in this title, but for the most part conveys the energy of the battle, the power of the Jean Grey faculty and the excitement of the story. Some of the characters are flat at points, standing on scenes rather than in them. Some of the faces are wildly angular, too. In both of those cases, however, the energy of Baldeon’s work still shines through. I like that energy, and if Baldeon can impose more consistency in his work throughout an issue, this book will definitely benefit.
Sonia Oback’s coloring goes from comfortable to excessive and back again throughout the course of the issue. One of my daughter’s was reading this over my shoulder and innocently asked, “Does that girl (Rogue) have a cold? Her nose is awfully pink.” Not only are there points where the skintones pop and slide, but Frenzy seems to be the wrong color too. Unless I really missed something, Frenzy is an African American character, right?
Following my initial reunion with other parts of the X-Men family, this issue is a bit of a letdown. The collection of characters here — Rachel Grey, Cannonball, Beast, Wolverine, Rogue and Iceman — appeal to me most of the casts from the other books I’ve picked up. If my criteria were simply characters and potential, I’d be on board with this book going forward. At the very least, I’ll be back for more next issue.