Writer: Larry Hama
Art: Billy Tan, Chris Sotomayor, and VC’s Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 3rd, 2021
WOLVERINE and Jubilee head to Japan in order to investigate the mysterious disappearance of mutant children. However, after coming across a variety of Yakuza factions, WOLVERINE and Jubilee find themselves in the midst of the Hand and one Lady Deathstrike. Alas, a battle perpetuates, Jubilee gets captured, and now Logan finds himself on the hunt for Jubilee as well. Let’s dive into X-MEN LEGENDS #8 by Larry Hama as we uncover this all-new hidden chapter in Hama’s WOLVERINE tale decades in the making.
This week’s X-MEN LEGENDS by Larry Hama dives in right after WOLVERINE #69 from way back in 1988. Long story short, WOLVERINE and Jubilee are chasing down some missing kids while Logan fights off two different demons from his past with more on the horizon. Ultimately, it’s a who’s who of WOLVERINE villains by Hama this week. The action is almost relentless and the dialogue from the “ol’ Canucklehead” is most certainly dated to fit the timeframe of the story. Truthfully, it was a bit too heavy-handed with the dated dialogue at times. However, I’m sure that’s what Hama was going for in order for the story to fit.
Yet, as dated and almost silly as aspects of X-MEN LEGENDS were this week, I couldn’t help but reminisce as to how much I miss this version of Jubilee. Sure, WOLVERINE is different now than he was in 1988. However, many aspects of the character are still the same just updated. That’s not the case with Jubilee. Granted, I know the character has been through a ton. Nevertheless, she’s totally different even down to her mannerisms and dialogue. This is the Jubilee I remember and loved. For anyone interested in a good throwback tale involving a rock-solid team up with WOLVERINE and Jubilee, this would be it.
Lastly, the action was pretty intense from almost the beginning of the issue through to the end. However, that can be directly related to Billy Tan who absolutely nails the time period, as well as the dynamically fierce melee of the issue. Ultimately, Tan takes the lead in this week’s story setting the stage for the brutality that ensues throughout this issue of X-MEN LEGENDS. From the first page on. I don’t think WOLVERINE stops stabbing for more than two back-to-back panels! Plus, Tan emphasizes the power and classic comic book style with the gargantuan size of Omega Red, the insanely muscular Logan in his yellow suit, and the movement from each action sequence literally across each panel. Tan leads the charge in this week’s X-MEN LEGENDS providing exactly what this series was meant to do.
As X-MEN LEGENDS #8 takes off, readers searching for a continuation of a nostalgic WOLVERINE team-up story will be pleased. Hama and Tan give readers just enough information to start with that make the narrative easy to jump into while providing just enough late 80s WOLVERINE flare to remind fans of the definitive elements that made WOLVERINE the character he is today. However, the biggest takeaway from this issue of X-MEN LEGENDS was how much I missed that version of Jubilee. Jubilee fans may want to snag this issue and give it a look! Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!