Comic Review: X-Men Legacy #12
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artists: Paul Davidson and Jay Leisten
Colourist: Cris Peter
Letterer: Virtual Calligraphy’s Cory Petit
Previously, in X-Men Legacy: Having made a deal with the Evil Xavier personality inside his head, David looks into the future and sees only two possible outcomes – either he becomes a horrible mutated monster and destroys the planet, or Blindfold, his on-again off-again girlfriend, kills him. David resolves to stop this from ever happening, by removing his mutant powers for good.
David visits a clinic claiming to have the ability to remove his powers – by lobotomizing him. David agrees, even when he discovers that the clinic is being run by the Red Skull, the man who has stolen Professor Xavier’s brain and grafted it into his own head. Back at the Jean Grey School, Blindfold discovers what David is planning, and assembles a team of Chamber, Pixie, and Frenzy to try and rescue him before he goes through with the procedure.
This issue sees Invasive Exotic, our second proper arc come to a close, and it’s interesting to see just how far David has come as a character in the past twelve issues. From a directionless, out of control wanderer in the first issue to a confident, strong willed hero by the end of this one, David has certainly come a long way. This arc concludes with a lot of the plotlines from the earlier issues tied up nicely, such as where David and Ruth stand on their relationship, the fate of the golden Xavier personality, and David’s status quo going forward. There’s plenty of room for growth in the future, but we’ve already come so far with David on his journey, it’s surprising to see that it’s only been two arcs.
The motto for this series should be ‘expect the unexpected’, because whenever you think you know how the story is going to turn out, there’s a complete flip-twist and you don’t know which way is up anymore. It does stick to the idea that not all battles need to be won by fighting the supervillain, even if there is the Red Skull and a team of marauding X-Men involved, but the main bulk of the problem is solved through David’s advanced planning and some unexpected developments too.
David’s well-thought-out plan is obviously a side-effect of writer Simon Spurrier’s cleverly plotted storylines. This issue sees something from a potentially throwaway issue coming back and being the crux of the resolution of the problem, which just adds to the ‘expect the unexpected’ theme we’ve got going on. Everything falls into place like a well-placed line of dominoes, and it’s flawlessly executed to the point where you’ll be grinning as the Red Skull’s plan unravels around his ears and his rage is almost oozing off the pages.
The artwork in this issue isn’t quite as tight as previously, perhaps due to the division of labour between Paul Davidson and Jay Leisten, as opposed to just Davidson, but it’s never detrimental to the flow of the story. It’s much more reserved at the beginning and end of the issue, whilst the ‘fight’ scenes in the middle are much more frenzied and wildly coloured – I’m not sure if this is intentional, or just accidental, but either way it does work in the story’s favour for the most part.
With twelve issues under its belt, X-Men Legacy has easily cemented itself as my favourite X-Book, and one that I look forward to reading all month. There’s so much to praise here that I often don’t even know where to start, and this issue is no exception to that either – there are plotlines resolving themselves, others being opened up, character development abound, and an art style that is almost perfectly suited to the action. It may not have what would be considered an all-star creative team, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most continually impressive books on the stands.
GO Rating: 4/5