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X-Men Legacy #242

Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010
By: Robert Tacopina

Mike Carey
Paul Davidson, Brian Reber (c), VC’s Cory Petit (l)
Marvel Comics
“Fables of the Reconstruction” (part 1)

This latest issue of Legacy kicks off a new storyline. Writer Mike Carey incorporates an interview style technique of storytelling to the book which takes the reader from the present to the past in a story that sees two characters struggle with their individuality.

The premise is that Cyclops sends a team of X-Men into the city for public relations reasons to help with the reconstruction of some damaged properties in the aftermath of their battle with Bastion. In doing so we see Hellion and his continued struggles coming to terms with the loss of his hands. In fact, Hellion produces the best line of the book where he states that the team is constantly bringing people back from the dead but they can’t bring back his hands. His frustrations play out over the entirety of this issue as well as do the problems that Karima is having with her Omega Sentinel interface. Both of these are the key driving forces of the issue and are detailed in the interviews with various characters from the book. Yet is the ambiguity into just who the characters are referring to that will leave you guessing along until next issue at least.

Where Mike Carey excels here is when using the X-Men to their strengths whether it is Magneto taking charge of the reconstruction or the simplicity of some of the students partaking in a little old fashioned game of baseball in true X-Men style. I like how he uses Hope in the context of the story and her interactions with a little girl are sweet and endearing.

Paul Davidson delivers a solid outing here even if it does appear a bit unsteady at times. There are quite a few panels where it looks like he rushed it instead of taking his time and it results in a lack of polish on the overall product. However, when he really reigns it in he is capable of churning out some really great work. My biggest gripe is one of the general variety and most likely will have to be shouldered by editorial but just when did Dr. Rao become such a looker? Way back in Astonishing X-Men #1 she was depicted as a much older and weathered woman but in the X-books as of late she has really been taking care of herself and has a much younger and sexier appearance.

Overall though this was a nice departure in terms of storytelling style and it appears that Carey has chiseled out another interesting predicament for the X-Men to be placed in, at least judging by this opening chapter.



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