Writer: Larry Hama
Art: Billy Tan
Colors: Chris Sotomayor
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Release Date: 9/22/2021
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The X-Men of the ’90s is superior to every other era. There, I said it. Reading X-Men Legends #7 by Larry Hama was an in-your-face reminder as to how glorious those days were. In this issue, we are peeking into a hidden chapter in Wolverine and Jubilee’s lies. Let’s look, shall we?
The setting is what makes solid comic books. Certain stories get extra brownie points when the character fits the setting. I have no clue what it is, but Wolverine stories that take place in Japan are golden. He gives me this David Caradine “Kung-Fu” vibes every time he is going toe to toe with ninjas etc. This issue delivers non only the ninjas, but the gangsters and the typical plot of a good X-Story: kidnapped mutants.
Wolverine x Jubilee:
Most writers of Wolverine love to pair him with a younger heroine. He serves as their grizzled older brother/father-like figure. In X-Men Legends #7, this heroine is Jubilee. For those of us who read the Outback era of the X-Men, will remember how Jubilee and Logan met. In my opinion, Jubilee serves as the Shadowcat replacement for Logan. This bond works in some stories but fails in most. In this story, it works.
Fans of the classic animated series will remember Jubilee as being the annoying junior member of the team always into something. Now, whereas we may never know if a mall baby likes chili fries, the Jubilee in comics is a bit more different. If anything, Jubilee is seemingly everywhere. Now, in this issue, Jubilee was way more watered down. She seemed to almost blend in as a background character. Granted, most people in a Wolverine comic fade to the back, but Jubilee could have had been much more.
X-Men Legends #7 by Larry Hama arrives at a unique time in X-History. The Krakoan status quo is about to reach a fiery inferno, the mutants are coming into the MCU, and of course…the Wolverine Game. Maybe it is a coincidence, but X-Men Legends #7 is a reminder of who is the mega-star of the series. Everything is thrown at the reader from the Hand to Lady Deathstrike, and gangsters. Whereas it can be a bit much, it’s an X-Comic! If you are a fan of Wolverine, this issue is a no-brainer. If you are more so a “meh” fan of him and ninjas, skip this issue and the next. Happy reading!