Fan of FXs Legion This Comic is For You

first_imgStay on target Legion premiered last night on FX to rave reviews. Created by Noah Hawley, of FX’s other critically acclaimed darling Fargo, Legion is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Starring Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, and Aubrey Plaza, the series follows David Haller, a man in a mental institution for what the world believes to just be a mental illness when it is, in reality, being exacerbated by an uncontrolled manifestation of his mutant powers. If you enjoyed the pilot episode, don’t know anything about the character, or are just looking for new reading material, then I am here to recommend the highly underappreciated X-Men Legacy. It’s written by Simon Spurrier with art from Tan Eng Huat, Jorge Molina, Paul Davidson, and Khoi Pam.While it’s still not certain if Legion is its own continuity the creators could learn a lesson ot two from X-Men Legacy. Legion aiming to be its own thing, separate from any connection to the X-Men so far it still follows David Haller as he struggles with his mental illness and the thousands of super-powered personalities inside his mind. However, in the comics, David Haller is the estranged son of the late Charles Xavier, aka Professor X. David was hidden from his father for years, and by the time that they did meet, David’s million personalities were bubbling to the surface. These volatile personalities made David a massive threat not only himself but to the world. To save both he’s brought to the X-Men.The Marvel Now series finds our lead after his father’s death (at the hands of a power-mad Cyclops…it’s complicated), as David is practicing meditation in an effort to get himself under control. Learning that his father has passed away, he embarks on a journey across the world to find inner peace, making lots of friends…and enemies along the way. He meets Blindfold, a member of the X-Men who makes up for her lack of vision with an ability to see into the future. Davis has a rotating cast of allies, who will help him fight against the future.Legion premiered with a disorienting but intriguing, first episode, which is something it has in common with this comic. Spurrier’s story takes David all over the world, making it feel disjointed for a casual reader, but Spurrier pulls it off without overwhelming you. A wacky superhero comic dealing with a son’s ability to grieve, fall in love, and still manage to have some normalcy, Legacy never manages to let you down on excitement.The art is split up between several great names over the series, sometimes feeling inconsistent, but it fits with the concept. My favorite of the artists is Tan Eng Huat, who’s sketchy line work and eccentric character designs compliment everything about the world that’s created.While the Legion may just be getting off point, and it seems to be taking its own path. X-Men Legacy is spectacular and a great introduction to the character. David’s journey for inner peace leads to love, loss, and a lot of emotions over the course of the series’ 24 issues (four collected trade paperbacks). The entire series has been collected in print or can be read online . It is currently on sale too from our friends at Comixology! Don’t Hold Your Breath For Noah Hawley’s ‘Doctor Doom&…How ‘Legion’ Uses Superpowers to Explore Mental Illness last_img

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