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X-Men Legacy #273

Story by Christos Gage

Art by Rafa Sandoval

Review by Mara Whiteside

 

If you’ve been keeping up with my previous reviews of X-Men Legacy, you’re aware that I am not a fan of this particular arc. Traveling to different dimensions/worlds always induce eye rolls and sighs from me, especially when there’s something big going on in the heroes own world. Sending them off to a whole new conflict conveys to me that there is no need for this particular character in a universe-altering battle everyone else is invested in.

In Rogue’s case, her diversion from the battle with the X-Men and Avengers really just tells us she’s not important to the conflict. That or the writers didn’t know what to do with her after her role in helping Ms Marvel rescue her teammates. That’s what really gets me: prior to be teleported, Rogue was doing real work and helping the conflict. She was needed, she had a role. Now, after leaving and coming back, I’m not sure what role she has.

Sure, issue #273 highlights Rogue’s problem-solving skills. After spending time with both the Vray and the Swarm, she has gained the trust of select individuals. She uses that trust, as well as some good ole fashioned mind snooping, to uncover the truth behind the never-ending battle. Convincing and trust ends the battles. Just like that. Basically, Rogue learns that sharing the truth and communication can solve any major conflict.

Needless to say, Rogue carries this lesson back to earth with her. She’s counting on an individual or two on each team that trust her and will listen to her plea for peace. Uh, honey, I don’t think it’s going to be that easy. This is bigger than just opening the communications channel.

THE VERDICT

Skip. It’s not the most riveting issue out there this week, but at least the arc is over. Hopefully, the next issue will be great. It features Magneto, one of the most complex X-Men in the Marvel universe.

About The Author

Columnist and Talking Comics Co-Host

Mara Wood holds a Ph. D. in School Psychology. Currently, she works for a public school system assessing students for educational placement. Her research focus is comic books and how they can be used in therapy and educational settings. She tends to spend most of her day reading comic books, writing about them, and thinking about comic books (kind of a one-track mind…). Mara’s other hobbies include reading manga and Star Wars novels, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. She co-hosts Talking Comics and Talking Shojo, and you can find her on twitter (@megamaramon) or on her blog, marawoodblog.com.

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3 Responses

  1. Yorke

    I quite enjoyed this arc. I’m new to Marvel and this was my first foray with Rogue. I had only really been exposed to her through the movies, and was never much of a fan. I’m not reading AvX (picked up the first 3 and was bored to tears), so the fact that it doesn’t tie in is a plus.
    While the story arc itself may not be the most compelling, it has showcased who Rogue is and has sold me on Rogue as a solid character that I can like, and will enjoy reading in the future.

    • Mara Whiteside

      I hope you keep reading Legacy. I loved the issues before this arc, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love the issues after it. Rogue is my favorite Marvel character, and the fact that she leads a team and is featured in a series is amazing.

      Just out of curiosity, do you read her dialogue in Anna Pacquin’s accent? Or do you go with the 90s X-Men cartoon voice? :-]

      • Yorke

        Honestly, I don’t read it in either of those voices. Just a woman with that Mississippian Southern accent, but something different than the animated and the movies.

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