Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Art: Dan Jurgens, Scott Hanna, Alex Sinclair, and VC’s Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: January 12th, 2022
Many extraordinary minds that have cultivated mutantkind are collected by Mr. Sinister in order to examine the evolution of “Homo Superior”. However, we all know Sinister always has something devious up his sleeve! Come join Fabian Nicieza and Dan Jurgens as they return to Nicieza’s X-MEN run with an all-new X-traordinary tale established to amaze and make you rethink everything you knew about Sinister’s stratagems! Let’s dive into X-MEN LEGENDS #10 and find out who will survive the Eighth Circle!
This week’s throwback to X-MEN #34 from 1991 was a fabulous trip down memory lane to a time that really hooked this reviewer the most. Right around this time, X-MEN THE ANIMATED SERIES was on the horizon and my love for comic books was really hitting its stride. Seeing the synopsis for this issue of X-MEN LEGENDS, I felt an obligation to dive in and take a look. And by doing so, here is what I discovered.
Fabian Nicieza and Dan Jurgens hit the mark perfectly. Their intention of landing the plane in the early 90s was a true success. From overly stereotypical dialogue to almost an art over story mantra, the 90s were filled with smooth, overly muscular heroes that were bright and practically over the top and excessively characterized on every page.
Looking back, the oddity alone in the design and depiction of the characters from the 90s was almost absurd, yet I loved every minute of it! Heck, look no further than Jurgen’s depiction of Beast to see the range jetting forth throughout X-MEN LEGENDS #10. His transformation fits well within the context of the issue. Plus, it showcases the dynamic nature of the story. Furthermore, Nicieza’s overdramatized depiction of Hank McCoy, as well as the other cast of characters, help tie a bow around this ultra 90s expose.
Moreover, Nicieza provides readers with an outstanding one-shot story that’s self-contained, easy to understand, and sparked by vibrantly clever twists that make X-MEN LEGENDS #10 resemble an episode of the Twilight Zone. Additionally, this story is timely considering the events and characters involved within the current Hickman Era of X-MEN. This depiction helps new readers see the characters in a different light while also providing that extra spark to take a deep dive into older X-MEN and X-FACTOR issues from the 90s that captured this older generation’s attention.
X-MEN LEGENDS #10 is a story every X-MEN fan from any era can easily digest and find tons of fun. Moreover, it’s M. Night Shyamalan-esque ending, along with its heavy conclusion, will certainly cause fans to think a bit deeper about the mutant-human relationship that’s plagued the comic landscape for decades. Did Sinister really find an answer to it all? I guess we’ll never know. Check out X-MEN LEGENDS #10, let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!