This month’s X-Men Legends takes the merry mutants back to the ’90s, specifically Peter David’s stint on X-Factor, providing a nostalgic tale that answers a non-pressing question. It’s still fun to read, though.
One of the highlights of David’s X-Factor run is the team synergy, and X-Men Legends #5 reminds everyone just what made this iteration of the team so fun to read. One of the most fun bits about this story is that because it takes place in the past, Pietro Maximoff still is considered a mutant. It’s great to live in a world where the AXIS retcon doesn’t exist, even if only for 23 pages.
The X-Factor team was always dysfunctional in the best sort of way and this issue proves why, providing a fun, dynamic adventure for the classic team. The “unanswered question” this issue solves is hardly a pressing concern, unlike the Adam X reveal from earlier issues, but it’s so fun that you won’t find yourself really caring. In X-Men Legends #5, it’s just fun to have this story exist, getting extra content from a run that was enjoyable.
Todd Nauck’s art has really only gotten better with age and his work on X-Men Legends #5 is another piece of hard evidence to prove that point. The pencils in this issue are among his best work, providing artwork that’s both fun to look at and expressive.
If old school X-Men is your jam, X-Men Legends #5 is another strong entry in the series, giving readers an enjoyable blast from the past that isn’t too earth-shattering to turn heads but provides an enjoyable read.
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