Nightcrawler must deal with a missing Arakki god and a skinjacker who is causing chaos. Can he and his Legionnaires keep peace with Krakoa? Find out in Legion of X #2 by Marvel Comics!
LEGION OF X #2
Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: Jan Bazaldua
Colorist: Federico Blee
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Editor: Sarah Brunstad
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 8th, 2022
Previously in Legion of X: Nightcrawler has built a new faith for the mutants of Krakoa, and he created an HQ called the Altar that exists within the dreaming psyche of Legion. However, Nightcrawler has been called to Arakko by Ora Serrata to work with Zsen to track down a missing god. Meanwhile, a shapeshifting person has been moving around Krakoa, and Legion has been offered a deal by Mother Righteous.
FIND THE CULPRIT
Legion of X #2 begins with the mysterious Mother Righteous talking to Legion and trying to negotiate a deal. Meanwhile, Nightcrawler and Weaponless Zsen talk to Sage about the Skinjacker and missing deity at the Green Lagoon Bar. Banshee shows up and causes a slight ruckus which strikes Zsen the wrong way. Zsen sneaks into X-Force base and fights Beast. However, Nightcrawler breaks up the fight, and Zsen reveals that Banshee is actually the Skinjacker. Nightcrawler’s legionnaires move to take down Banshee, but the Skinjacker ends up taking over the body of Juggernaut. This shape changer is so powerful that they were even able to resist Pixie’s soul dagger and escape.
As everyone recovers from the fight, Mother Righteous offers Banshee a deal.
A LOT GOING ON
I admit that I was a little confused when I first read Legion of X #2. There are a lot of characters’ plots moving around with Zsen, Nightcrawler, Legion, Juggernaut, Banshee, and Blindfold. On top of that, this new Mother Righteous character offers a sense of mystery and intrigue. This is typical for an X-Men comic to balance many storylines. However, this comic struggles with focus. I’m unsure what is the primary plot that holds everything together. The Skinjacker, deity hunting, and Mother Righteous storyline are of equal value to me. But for the comic to have a little more weight, I need one to take precedence over another.
I still liked the comic since it presents a lot of innovative ideas. The art and character design are solid, and I enjoyed the color palette of the dream world compared to Krakoa. Great work here by the creative team.
BOTTOM LINE: A LITTLE EVERYWHERE
I feel Legion of X #2 would read a little better in a trade paperback. Because of the complexity of the storyline, I needed the first issue fresher in my mind. 3.5 out of 5 stars for Legion of X #2.
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Legion of X #2
Legion of X #2 has a tone of unique ideas that lacks the focus to keep everything cohesive.