Scott and Alex Summers are hoping to save their grandparents by finding Adam-X, their long-lost brother. Unfortunately, Adam is shot in the head by Corsair! Find out more in X-Men Legends #2 by Marvel Comics!
X-MEN LEGENDS #2
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Brett Booth and Adelso Corona
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Editor: Mark Basso
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 31st, 2021
Previously in X-Men Legends: Fabian Nicieza returns to the 1990s run of X-Men and tells a brand-new story! Adam-X is a genetic experiment from D’Ken, the mad emperor of the Shi’ar! Erik the Red has kidnapped Philip and Deborah summers to coerce the X-Men to return Adam to them. However, the Starjammers are also here to also try and collect the bounty! This leads to Corsair reuniting with Cyclops and Havok right before he shoots Adam in the head!
THE LONG LOST BROTHER
Unsurprisingly, Adam-X is not dead. His vital organs are scrambled all over the place and a shot to the head isn’t deadly to him. Corsair reveals that Cyclops and Havok’s mother’s DNA was used in a Shi’ar eugenics program to help advance the Shi’ar race, thus making Adam a sort of half-brother. The Summers family then decides to work together to defeat Erik the Red. After faking a prisoner exchange, the Summer’s family battle Eric and his Crystal Claws. Adam-X becomes the thing he hates the most and unleashes his full fighting abilities. After mopping the floor, the Summers family heads to Chandilar to make a request. Majestrix Lilandra hears Adam’s pleas and allows the Summers family and anyone who knows of Alex’s existence to be mind-wiped so that no one will hunt Adam ever again. Adam-X thus returns back to Iowa to have a simple life as a farmer.
Man, I was all for how this story was working out up until the mindwipe. We got two issues to hear this story and suddenly it was back to trying to repair continuity to what it needs to be. Which I understand is needed but I would have rather had a “What if” situation rather than resorting to mindwipe.
With that being said, the story is very good if a little rushed. The story beats are there, and we see a lot of characterizations from all the characters. I regret not having a good 6 issue run of this plotline because I think there is enough here to justify it. But the narrative structure and how the characters handled the situations feels masterfully done with a writer who understands the characters well. Additionally, I enjoy this art style, and everything felt very dynamic. The characters popped off the page, but you still had plenty of detail in the background. I love this older art style because it is what I grew up with when I first read comics. Great work here!
BOTTOM LINE: SOLID BOOK
I really enjoy X-Men Legends #2 and I loved the Fabian Nicieza run of X-Men. I think if you are interested in the learning more about the Summers family than this is a must pick up. If you are interested in the X-Men universe, I would still recommend you pick this up. If the theme of family is important to you and your literature, then pick up issue 1 and 2. This is great storytelling and great art. The only downside is that we did not get a full six issue run for this story point. 4.5 out of 5 stars for X-Men Legends #2.
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X-Men Legends #2
The Summer's family tree gets much more complicated when Scott and Alex Summers finds another long-lost sibling!