One’s a metaphor for being an outsider in a world you never made.  One’s a look into the world of the future, with the level of hopefulness moving back and forth from “Shiny Bright Future” to “Crapsack” as the decades vacillate.  But what they both have in common is a massive cast with decades of backstory that are often used to explain why new readers aren’t jumping on board.  The question of ‘Legion or X-Men?” can be tough; each team has a feral animal dude, a metal person and powerful telepaths, and for every new Legion universal reboot, there’s a confusing offshoot team like X-Force, X-Factor, X-Statix and the like.  Heck, every comic nerd worth their salt knows that Wolverine owes Timber Wolf the bulk of his visual presentation, leading to today’s X vs. Y query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) actually wants them crossing over, as I’d love to hear Psylocke explain to Wildifre how being a mind-reading scorching-hot ninja makes her feel separate from humanity, asking: If you had to choose ONE sprawling, massive retcon-filled team of cute kids in tights, would it be Legion or X-Men?


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  1. Tough call.

    About 15 – 20 years ago, it would have been X-Men hands down with no hesitation. It was nothing against the Legion, I just was pretty fanatical about the X-Men in my younger days (from about age 8 to about 25 or so). Now, though, I think I lean a little more toward Legion.

    Although if the question were which one I would join, I would probably have the easiest time applying for the X-Men, and I would probably die less than three issues later. But since nobody stays dead forever in comics, I’m not too worried about that.

  2. I found the legion because of this website. I had no clue who they were. I then went out and bought an onmibus of their early tales. I love the legion….but that 90s X-Men theme song pumps through me. X-Men has to be my pick.

  3. Gotta choose X-Men. Mostly because Marvel comics were available a lot more in Finland when I was a kid in the 80’s. DC was literally Superman & Batman plus maybe a JLA as a second series while Marvel had dozen monthly books. If I was a kid in the 60’s then it would have been reverse.

  4. Loved the Legion from the Darkness saga days…and always have soft spot for them. As much as I love the old school (not so much the 90s onward) X-men, I am going to go with the Legion.

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