X-Men Legends #1 arrives in your local shops on February 17th, 2021. Let’s check out the amazing preview brought to you by Marvel Comics and The Comic Book Dispatch.
Synopsis: Break out the yellows and blues, fire up the Danger Room and snap on your pouches as legendary X-writers return to classic eras of the mutant superheroes in ALL-NEW, in-continuity stories set during their fan-favorite runs! Fabian Nicieza kicks off the series with a special saga of CYCLOPS and HAVOK, as the SHI’AR return to Earth in search of the FORSAKEN ONE! But what secret will the Summers brothers uncover, and how will its revelation change what you thought you knew about the X-Men? Get ready for a story decades in the making! And come back each month as we dive deeper to expand the X-MEN mythos! Welcome back, legends: Hope you survive the experience.
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Art: Brett Booth, Adelso Corona, and GURU-eFX
Publisher: MARVEL COMICS
Release Date: February 17th, 2021
In a world of short attention spans, is Marvel’s model of continuing stories started, or at least hinted at almost thirty years even remotely a good idea? What about readers who didn’t read the 90’s X books? Would this actual premise turn fans away, rather than attract them? Let’s tackle these questions and many more as we take a look at X-men Legends #1!
Well, first things first. Fabian Nicieza does a fantastic job of dropping us right back into 1990’s X-men continuity. I love editor’s notes, and we get one on page one that will direct readers to exactly what they will need from 1994 to get the background on this story. This is a story about the Summers family. Anyone even remotely familiar with the Summers family knows that their family tree is a convoluted mess. So, there’s that aspect to consider too. Nicieza does a great job of introducing our main characters and their powers for newer(ish) readers.
And while the Summers have a confusing family tree, it’s still the Summers family. And this issue shows some of the unexpected twists and turns that all families have. Nicieza planted a particular seed way back in the ’90s. That seed took on a life of its own and he wasn’t allowed to tell the story he wanted. He’s able to do that now. That fact in itself is pretty darn cool. I was extremely apprehensive of reading this book because I don’t consider my self an X-men expert by any means. I didn’t think I’d have the slightest clue to what was going on, as I’m in 1988 in my X-men read through and haven’t even gotten to Nicieza’s source material yet! Thus, my love of the editor’s note allowed me to read the needed books. It all falls comfortably back in line and I wouldn’t have the slightest ideas these stories were written almost thirty years apart!!
Being a number “one” and all that goes with that we also get some awesome variants
My personal favorite and one of my favorites in quite a while is by Patrick Gleason, seen below.
Luckily for X-men fans everywhere, especially those of this particular run, we’ll get another issue finishing up this story. Being in continuity is the icing on the cake for this reviewer!
Whether you’re a long-time X-men fan or a new reader this book is for you! It’s easily accessible to newer readers even if you don’t have access to the 90’s issues! I’m really happy I gave this book a chance and look forward to the next issue!
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