X-Men Legends is a fun, unique little series that finally gives room to explore sections of X-Men history outside of the Krakoa-sphere. Because of all the changes in recent years to X-lore, this title feels like a charming blast from the past, coming out at exactly the right time. Readers can enjoy the new and wait for this era to wrap up while still having a taste of something familiar — and what better arc to start this project on than finally addressing Adam X?
Everything from the title font to Nicieza’s writing and the editor’s notes are the kind of sweet nostalgia this title needed. It definitely feels like a ’90s comic in many ways, with all the editor’s notes to connect to previous issues that you just don’t see nowadays (even if it is desperately needed at times). Therein lies X-Men Legends #2’s charm, which gives old readers a refreshing, new look at stories they grew up with. It’s cute to see a comic embody the ’90s like this, because it’s nothing like what you’d find on shelves today, but that is exactly why this story works.
Adam X’s lineage is revealed and, to no one’s shock, he’s related to Katherine Summers and D’Ken. There’s even a really cute line where Scott brings up how Sinister spoke about Scott having brothers and Corsair goes “There’s more?” It’s an obvious hint to Gabriel Summers, who the family has no idea exists yet. It’s these lighthearted moments where the comic really shines and gets its charm from.
The art is still rather noisy, but Nicieza’s writing is the real star here. The way he weaves the plot lines together and even comes up with a reason why neither Scott, Alex, Adam, nor Corsair can remember who Adam X really is is fascinating. Even the last page with Mr. Sinister just feels like it came right out of his X-Men run in the ’90s. It’ll be interesting to see where X-Men books take this plot moving forward, since Scott and Alex will have to discover once again they have another brother in Adam — and House of X‘s Sinister Secrets page did hint at “more” Summers siblings. Gabriel will have to have his first real meeting with Adam as well if current X books pick up this plot, which, needless to say, will be fascinating to see.
All in all, X-Men Legends #2 is a fun, lighthearted adventure that clears up a long-running question in the team’s complicated history.
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