If there is one X-man that I cannot get enough of, it’s Rogue. If there is one single X-men title worth following, it’s X-men Legacy. Even though Legacy took a bit of a dive for me around #250, the art by David Baldeon being the main reason, and the lackluster, week-by-week stories being the other. I can say, since the AvX tie in on Legacy starting at #266, Legacy has regained it’s splendor.
After the events of X-men Legacy #270, the final Legacy/AvX tie in where Magik sends Rogue to an alternate dimension on another planet is where we find ourselves. That is truly where things started getting interesting. Legacy, at the beginning was about Xavier, then the focus shifted more towards Rogue. Between #250 and #266 the focus on Rogue was lost to some of the characters at the Jean Grey School. That’s fair, seeing as the series isn’t called Rogue. Maybe the loss of focus was important, so we could bring back focus onto Rogue for the conclusion and reboot of her story.
Either way, the story arc is fresh and original. Christos Gage really writes a good Rogue, and he also scripts the war between two alien races well, too. It was all too important to Rogue’s character that something be done to pull her out of the norm, shake things up a little bit. Going to another world in another dimension, although very X-men-esque, did the trick here. Rogue is a very compelling female character with many issues she is still dealing with, who needs to stay relevant.
In the last issue we were introduced to the alien race called the Vray, who are at war with an insect race with a hive-mind. The Vray discovered Rogue first, who had just come off of borrowing some of Miss Marvel’s power, and made a scene on the battle field of the planet she was just warped to. The Vray wanted to use her to fight their battles, not knowing that her special powers were wearing out. Rogue just wants to get back to Earth, and vows to help as best she can.
Right off the bat, Legacy #272 shows us that Rogue has been captured by the swarm, who intend to induct her into the hive-mind, but it turns out her special set of abilities makes it very hard for them to do so. A fight breaks out, and she finds herself joining with a very unlikely companion. The final page leaves us in suspense for the next issue, where we will ultimately find out whether she can calm the storm on this foreign planet and make it home, or die trying.
Rafa Sandoval draws a perfect Rogue. Out of all previous renditions of her character, Sandoval’s is my favorite. He also pencils a mean alien planet, races included. Rachelle Rosenberg brings the colors of the planet to life, andJordi Tarragona does some mean inking. Overall, Legacy has always been a good looking comic, but this team is top notch, the best so far in my opinion.
I’m in suspense over what will happen to Rogue, and how all of this craziness will tie in to Marvel NOW! A good, refreshing read that pulls away from the pack.
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