X-Men Legacy 2: Invasive Exotics

x-men legacy volume 2 invasive exotics cover trade paperback mike del mundo
8.5 Overall Score
Story: 9/10
Art: 8/10

Clever writing and great cover art

Interior art is good but doesn't match the great covers, sometimes overly confusing

Comic Info

Comic Name:  X-Men Legacy (Volume 2)

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Simon Spurrier

Artist:  Tan Eng Huat/Paul Davidson

# of Issues:  6

Release Date:  2013


X-Men Legacy (2) #9

Reprints X-Men Legacy (2) #7-12 (May 2013-August 2013).  Legion might just have a new girlfriend in Blindfold…even if she considers him an enemy.  When Legion gets a glimpse of the future in which he could destroy the Earth, David must find a way to stop his powers…and it might mean seeking out an anti-mutant group promising a dangerous cure.

Written by Simon Spurrier, X-Men Legacy 2:  Invasive Exotics follows X-Men Legacy 1:  Prodigal.  The Marvel NOW! series continued to undersell, but garnered praise from critics and fans.  The second half of the collection is made up of the three part storyline “Invasive Exotics”.

I haven’t read much of the X-Men since they landed in San Francisco.  The stories were dull, garbled, and lacked the fun that made early “new” X-Men fun.  Much like the dark and odd Grant Morrison run on New X-Men, X-Men Legacy has some of the fun returned to it.

If anything, X-Men Legacy suffers from being too complex.  Many comics can’t find that balance between talk and action and X-Men Legacy leans toward heavy dialogue.  The story is often heavily complex and I’ll be honest, I don’t always get the mental battle going on inside of David’s head, but it is often incidental to the storytelling.


X-Men Legacy (2) #10

I like that this volume decided to use a non-traditional X-Men enemy.  Despite being an Avengers/Captain America villain, the Red Skull also makes perfect sense in the X-Men.  The white supremacist Nazi aspect of the character is a natural for wanting to eliminate genetic oddities like the X-Men (or in other stories I could see him seeing them as the next step).

On a side note, I will say that though X-Men Legacy’s art is strong, the covers for the series are fantastic.  If you could judge a book by the cover, this would be one of them.  Mike Del Mundo is a great artist and really adds fun to the title just in his covers.  While the comic artists are good, Del Mundo is fantastic.

X-Men Legacy is a fun comic that is doomed in its creativity.  Though it might have a small, rabid fan base, the comic probably has no hope of surviving just on this.  I would like Marvel to give titles like this a bit more of a chance, but I know that isn’t possible.  X-Men Legacy 2:  Invasive Exotics is followed by X-Men Legacy 3:  Revenants.

Related Links:

X-Men Legacy 1:  Prodigal

X-Men Legacy 3:  Revenants

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