X-Men Legacy #258 wraps up the "Five Miles South of the Universe" arc, in which Rogue, Gambit, Magneto, and Frenzy have traveled into space to track down their missing teammates, Havok, Polaris and Rachel Grey. Since leaving Earth, they've found themselves in the middle of an intergalactic civil war between the Shi'ar and a race known as the Grad Nan Holt. They soon discover that the whole war was actually orchestrated by one member of the Grad Nan Holt, a telepath called "Friendless," who wants to make everyone fall into a sun. Also, there's space pirates and an anti-matter weapon.
It's a convoluted and over-packed storyline that, at the end, feels a bit like too many threads to connect into a cohesive whole. It's difficult to follow at times, and while at its core it has the makings of what could've have been an enjoyable X-Men in Space adventure, it gets bogged down in the layers of escalating threat. By this issue, the conclusion of the arc, there's too much to be successfully brought to a close, and we're left with a contrived, quick fix that leaves the story feeling unresolved. The comic itself makes a nod to the fact that a lot is left dangling, as Magneto mentions the billions of displaced citizens that result from the actions Rogue takes to save them all and the fact Friendless could very well still be around, to which Rogue replies, "Sometimes you just have to win the fight you're in, and leave it at that." So the fight is (technically) won, and well, an ending is an ending whether it makes a lot of sense or not.
It is, however, good to see Polaris, Havok, and Rachel return since, as the book itself reminds us, they haven't been around since before the X-Men moved to San Francisco. It should be interesting to see how they fall into the Regenesis storyline, especially considering Rachel and Havok's connections to Cyclops. If the point of this arc was to bring the missing X-Men home, then it did succeed in doing just that.
Sara McDonald started reading comics in the third grade, and now puts her English degree to good use talking about them on the Internet. She currently resides in Western Massachusetts with a roommate, three cats, and an action figure collection and spends the time she isn’t reading comics working for a non-profit. You can visit her blog at Ms. Snarky’s Awesometastic Comics Blog.