Editor's Note: X-Men: Legacy #210 arrives in stores tomorrow, April 30.
Plot: Xavier and Exodus duke it out on the psychic plane while everyone else stands around (mostly), and two new plot lines are introduced.
Commentary: It's hard to write a review for an issue you were utterly unenthused about. I was so unenthused about this issue that I had to force myself to sit down and write some kind of review because it's my assignment for "True Believer Tuesday." Echoing my thoughts from last issue this book just is not what I expected it to be. It's my least favorite of all the relaunch-es from the end of "Messiah Complex." What's wrong with it? We still don't know why none of the X-Men were the least bit concerned about Xavier's disappearance from right under their noses at the close of "Messiah Complex." No one has even been concerned enough to find the body and give him a decent burial. At this point this really needs an explanation. It's a nagging hole in the story. Emma Frost senses the battle between Xavier and Exodus from "somewhere" thousands of miles away. San Francisco? Then why are Scott and Emma dressed in evening going-out-to-dinner wear? In the Uncanny X-Men they are on the West Coast but thrown back to the 60's. That's another problem with Legacy. It just doesn't seem to fit with current X-continuity. It is like it is in its own little bubble universe. I get the feeling Marvel really does not know where they want to go with Magneto or Xavier. Indeed, they part ways this issue and what purpose did Magneto really serve? It could have been any of Charles' old antagonists that "showed up" on Exodus' doorstep to babysit Charles. Magneto does little more than stand around talking to Omega Sentinel (still a god-awful name for a character) and conducting a half hearted attempt to help Charles.
Magnus was once one of the greatest villains in the Marvel Universe. It's hard to tell who or what he is anymore. Speaking of half-hearted, Greg Land provides the flashback scenery this issue, and it is not his best work; neither was John Romita Jr's in chapter one. It's as if Marvel said, "Hey guys, the story is not that hot so we need some A-list art talent to contribute to the book. It doesn't have to be your A-Game, but we're sure it'll bring readership." What's contained herein is the least impressive visuals I've ever seen from Land. He's a "poser" artist but what he does he usually does extremely well. What's turned in here seems on the fly and without care. That's how the whole book feels. There are a lot of characters standing around not doing much of anything while the rest of us wait for something earth shaking to happen. What happens? Well, Exodus pulls the old, "Wait! I didn't really want to kill you, Charles! I wanted you to lead the Acolytes!" This should have been a dramatic moment, but we received no hint of this motivation in previous issues and everything else is executed and paced so poorly we really don't care. Once again, the flashback scenes bring nothing new or insightful to Xavier's character. They are just rehashes of X-Men history gone before. About the most interesting thing in this issue is the fact that Charles can remember some things, but he doesn't have any emotional resonance or attachment to those memories. Kind of like the feelings you don't get from reading pages of X-Men rerun without anything fresh about it. The book closes with not one but two epilogues which are prologues to upcoming plotlines just thrown into the mix without warning. One regards Rogue who is now in the Australian outback and another regards Sebastian Shaw, the Hellfire Club and an escaped deadly something or other. X-Men: Legacy is turning into a jumbled mess where a lot seemingly happens, but in the process we get nowhere. With this in mind maybe Xavier should have stayed brain dead.
Final Word: You will not miss anything important to current X-continuity by passing this one up until something meaningful starts to happen.
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