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X-Men: Legacy #223

Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009
By: Steven M. Bari

Mike Carey
Scot Eaton (p), Andrew Hennessy (i), Brian Reber (colors)
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: X-Men: Legacy #223 arrives in stores tomorrow, April 15.

Plot: Trapped inside the crippled mind of Danger, the personification of the X-Men's Danger Room, Professor X risks his own life to confront more sins of his past. Meanwhile, Rogue takes a look in the mirror and ends up sucker punching herself.

Comments: There is little to complain about Carey and Eaton's X-Men: Legacy. It's a thematically strong narrative of redemption and forgiveness that satiates any X-fan's desire for nostalgia. Similarly, Eaton's art is a superb expression of the story with his figures' softness and vibrancy. Yet, as I read this issue, I wonder how well new readers would approach this title.

Carey does amazing job coalescing longstanding plot threads into psychological exploration and serious character development. Rogue has always grappled with the isolation created by her absorption powers. Here, she traverses the mind of Danger and comes face to face with the ghosts of her past: the development of her character over the years, Carol Danvers (whose powers and memories she stole), her mother Mystique, and her former love Magneto. Carey plays up Rogue's inner strength, as she willingly confronts these actualized memories, which--because this is a comic--are resolved with some good old-fashioned fisticuffs.

Although I enjoyed this issue, especially Eaton's design of Rogue's new costume, it is not very neophyte friendly. One may not need to know who the Shi'ar are or what connection Rogue has to Magneto (ah, the romance!) to enjoy this issue, but if you don't know, there is little to lead you out of the dark.

So X-fans have another great issue on their hands, and one that will leave them drooling for more. Yet those of you who never picked up an X-book (and I know you do exist!) should look into the many other X-titles like the First Class series and Marvel Essentials for acclamation. Otherwise, expect to be lost.

Final Word: Oh the Nostalgia!

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