Ah, here's an interesting one... I have the entire X-Men → X-Men Legacy run through like issue 230-something, when I just couldn't take Mike Carey's writing anymore. I know people like to rag on Chuck Austen as one of, if not the worst X-writer ever(and for good reason!), but personally? Mike Carey gets the nod as my least favorite X-writer ever. Back when I was buying EVERYTHING Marvel was publishing, X-Men Legacy was so bad I dropped it. It was one of the very first comic books I actually hated so much I just couldn't stomach reading it anymore. So I've actually been waiting years now to put this series back on my pull list, because I knew whoever ended up taking the reins here would be better than Carey by default. As luck would have it, Christos Gage ended up getting this series, which is awesome since he was my favorite writer of 2011. Now, I KNOW Gage will do a good job on this series, the question is, will he be able to do AS good a job here as he does on Avengers Academy?
X-Men Legacy #260.1:
What Happened: This issue opens with the N'Garai portal near X-Mansion cracking open and a mess of N'Garai slipping out, intent on world domination or other evil, demonic plans. Rachel Grey and Rogue(who had borrowed Rachel's powers) telepathically sense the demons as they approach, and send the students inside to have class as normal, since the job of Rogue's team was to allow the students to have the most normal lives possible. Gambit, Rogue, Frenzy and Rachel(Cannonball offers his assistance but Rogue sends him back inside so as to not alarm the students) wind up defeating the N'Garai, and Rachel and Frenzy do their best to block the portal up until Dr. Strange or some other magic type could come by to seal the portal off for good. With that taken care of, Gambit and Frenzy head out to get some drinks, and after some flirting, the two embrace in a passionate kiss.
Thoughts: Ooo, there was A LOT of good in this one!! First off, Cannonball and Husk actually mentioned poor, dead Jay! Jay's death, probably more than any of the Academy X kids bugged me the most for two reasons... The first was because of how asinine his death was explained... His healing factor was in his wings... GTFO!! Secondly, Jay had major connections in the X-books being a Guthrie and all. Sam and Paige have BOTH served on the X-Men, as well as being members of the New Mutants, X-Force, X-Corp, Generation X, and probably others. In other words, fairly or unfairly, Jay's death should have been WAY bigger than it ended up being. Basically everybody, including Sam and Paige, just shrugged their shoulders and continued on with whatever X-business they had on their plates at the time. So it's nice to FINALLY see SOMEBODY show that Jay's death DID hurt the Guthrie clan, as we saw in the scene between Sam and Paige here. Leave it to Christos Gage to, in his first issue on an X-book, bring up something that should have been brought up years ago! Besides my obvious love for the Guthrie clan, this entire issues was well done! I've never been a big fan of Rogue, and never brought her as a leader, but here? Her leadership abilities just seemed right. She had an air of leadership around her that I'd never picked up on before. Another character I've always been down on was Rachel Grey/Summers, mainly due to Chris Claremont and his bizarre fixation on her. But even SHE was written well here! She wasn't at the center of every page(as she often was when Claremont used her), and she wasn't as whiny/annoying as I've seen her written before. It's not all roses and sunshine though, as I don't get why Frenzy is in this book. She's one character I've never liked, from her early days as an X-Factor villain through her time as an Acolyte. She's a villain. If anything she belongs with Lord Summers and the rest of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Her addition here is perplexing. I guess Gage is going to use her as a love interest for Gambit, but I don't know, if he wanted to keep Rogue and Gambit apart, I'd have preferred using any number of other mutants. Whew, I sure had lots to say about this one, but I couldn't help it, I'm excited! I mean THIS comic pretty much gave me everything that I complained Wolverine and the X-Men WASN'T giving me! This was a great first issue for Gage, and if he can keep it up, I'd expect this to become my favorite X-title in a few month's time.
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.It's about time SOMEBODY explored the Cannonball/Husk/Guthrie aspect of the X-books since Jay's idiotic death...