X-Men Legacy 1: Prodigal

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 9/10
Art: 8/10

Interesting writing and characters

Art is good but not great

Comic Info

Comic Name:  X-Men Legacy (2)

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Simon Spurrier

Artist:  Tan En Huat/Jorge Molina

# of Issues:  6

Release Date:  2013


X-Men: Legacy (2) #3

Reprints X-Men Legacy (2) #1-6 (January 2013-April 2013).  David Haller is one of the most powerful mutants on the planet…unfortunately, he’s also crazy.  When his training fails, and David finds himself not able to access his powers correctly, he encounters a strange being that sends him on a quest to help two captive children named Sojobo and Karasu.  His dangerous rampage captures the attention of the X-Men and leaves Legion in a conflict with his father’s former students.

Written by Simon Spurrier and illustrated by Tan En Huat (X-Men:  Legacy (2) #1-3) and Jorge Molina (X-Men:  Legacy (2) #4-6), X-Men Legacy Volume 1:  Prodigal is the relaunch of the X-Men:  Legacy title as part of the Marvel Now! line (sometimes shown as X-Men Legacy other times as X-Men:  Legacy).  The series received praise from critics for its writing style and became a bit of a sleeper hit.

I’ve found X-Men in the dumps for a long time now.  I haven’t really enjoyed many of their adventures since their ill-fated trip to San Francisco and the establishment of Utopia a number of years ago now.  I will say however that I did love the New Mutants and the first appearances of Legion were part of the reason I ended up reading comics…therefore, I was willing to give X-Men Legacy a chance.


X-Men: Legacy (2) #6

The story of X-Men Legacy is a tricky one.  Where the story begins doesn’t give you any clue where it will end.  It becomes obvious that the creature met by David in the story is going to play a bigger role in the story but you don’t know what role until later in the story…which can be tricky for comics.

I like it when comics start to give bigger back stories to minor characters.  Blindfold had been around a bit but this thoroughly explored her origin and gave her a bit of tie to Legion who also has a shattered mind.  I hope she does come back in the series because the two make an interesting pair.

I am glad I decided to read X-Men Legacy.  It was a fun comic with some interesting concepts.  The writing is better than the art but the art is good as well.  If you are a New Mutant fan from back in the day, X-Men Legacy should be a must.  X-Men Legacy 1:  Prodigal is followed by X-Men Legacy 2:  Invasive Exotics.

Related Links:

X-Men Legacy 2:  Invasive Exotics

X-Men Legacy 3:  Revenants

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