Insanity Is…(X-Men Legacy #3, #4, and #5)

Seriously, guys, how can you not fall in love with these covers? Every single one, I think I spent a few minutes just staring at the cover. They’re amazing!

X-Men Legacy 3

X-Men Legacy #3 – Legion goes to rescue the twins who were in trouble, but rather quickly runs into problems. Turns out, those kids weren’t tied up or being held prisoner…not exactly anyway. They actually trapped Legion (thinking he was coming to destroy them), after some lengthy exchanges between their caretakers and Legion, attempt to get into his mind. He manages to free himself in the end, and convinces the kids to come with him. They’re just about ready to head into the sunset, when through the roof bursts the X-Men, ready to save the kids from Legion…

This was a decent story. I like Legion as a character, which is probably a good thing since this series centers around him! I loved the chase scenes through his mind as he tried to wrangle another personality/power for him to use, only to fall short over and over. I also loved the realization he had that he didn’t have to try and be his father. It was a very sentimental story in that way, and I am a sucker for things like that…

Now, of course, how do we convince the X-Men, who are already convinced he is trying to hurt the kids, that Legion is really just trying to help them?

X-Men Legacy 4

X-Men Legacy #4 – For all the talking going on in this one, since some of the X-Men were trying to be reasonable here, there was a lot of little things to get out of this issue, which I enjoyed! The X-Men show up and try to take away the two kids that Legion has rescued, but he’s not about to give them up. They shouldn’t be forced to fight, and that’s what he’s afraid will happen to them if they go with the other X-Men. So there is a fight mixed in with all of the talking about who is right and who is wrong here. Blindfold eventually tries to step in and stop it, but gets thwarted (and possibly put into a coma?) by one of the creatures in Legion’s head (more on this in a bit…) and it all ends with Chamber throwing a fireball into an amunitions warehouse, the warehouse blowing up, but Legion manages to fold the explosion out of current space-time, and fold the kids back over to the X-Men, who take them back to the school.

One silly note: Putting Wolverine to sleep seems to be some sort of tradition…first it happens in All New X-Men when Jean has heard enough…now Legion does the same thing. Is that really the best way to react to Wolverine? 😛

Also, there’s been this creature running around Legion’s head that I’ve been meaning to talk about, but keep forgetting to. It looks a little like Golum and, from the few comments around it’s appearances, I don’t think it’s supposed to be there. It first made an appearance at the end of Issue #1, after Legion had destroyed his mind prison. It then showed up again, hiding out above Legion at the end of Issue #2, and indicated that its something that Legion doesn’t know about. And now it jumps in, takes a swipe at Blindfold, and the girl is basically in a coma. I’m not sure what this creature is, but whatever it is, it can’t be good. It was born out of the crazy that came after Xavier’s death, at least from what was alluded to in the first issue, but what it is, that’s a mystery.

There was also the appearance of two characters that I’ve never heard of before in this issue, and we really didn’t get much story on them either…they were just kind of there: Chamber and Frenzy – I looked them both up on Wikipedia just to get something of a background on them. Does every single character have such a huge backstory? Really…these people should be a lot older than they seem if this much has already happened to them!

X-Men Legacy 5

X-Men Legacy #5 –  NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT WANT SPOILERS, STOP READING NOW (and again, I don’t know why you’re reading my stuff if you don’t want spoilers…I tend to throw them in everywhere…)

This issue focuses on Blindfold, specifically on her past. Legion creates a diversion for the other X-Men, then sends himself out telepathically to find her and try and help her, but also learn more about her. Most of the issue is a trip through her awful past and focuses on her abusive over brother who, in the end, tried to cut her up with a chainsaw, but ended up killing their mother instead. Then, when he is being given the death sentence, his ghost somehow comes out, attacks her, and takes away part of her power. At this point, Legion is dragged away from Blindfold, but not before catching a glimpse of Sojobo walking into the infirmary and knocking out the doctor, knife held in one hand. We come back to Legion’s actual body, where a knife has been drawn on him too, but this time by Karasu, Sojobo’s twin sister. She says Sojobo has not been asking like himself ever since they got here, but since they are family, she will do what he wants. And he asked her to deliver a letter and keep Legion away. The letter is what makes everything come into place. Sojobo has been taken over…by Creepy Eyeball Guy…who is Blindfold’s Brother’s Ghost…who has stolen part of Blindfold’s powers. AAAAAAHHHHH!

This was obviously a set up issue for whatever is going to happen in the next issue…but it was a story that kept you interested enough that you barely noticed – you wanted to know more about Blindfold, you wanted to know if things got better. And you wanted to know what the heck Sojobo was doing! It was more than enough to keep making me press forward!

I am really enjoying this series so far, and I can’t wait to read the next issue!!

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