By Fabian Nicieza, Brett Booth, Adelso Corona and GURU-eFX
Confession time for me, I love the 90’s X-Men books. I know, I know, there are some people who hate the 90’s stuff, but I’m a huge fan. When Marvel announced they were doing X-Men Legends, a series tying up some of those loose ends from the 90’s. I became instantly excited. To see that the first story arc was going to heavily feature the Summers family made me even more excited. The stars seem to align in place for this book as they got Fabian Nicieza to write and Brett Booth on pencils. If you have a 90’s itch, this is definitely the book to pick up.
Fabian Nicieza is one of my favorite X-Men writers of all time. He can take a character that I don’t necessarily love, and make me actually care about them. His work on the Phalanx Covenant is still some of my favorite characterization to this day. Having Nicieza get another chance to write Cyclops and Havok means a lot. This issue Nacieza starts us off by showing us who the threat is, Eric the red, as he kidnaps an elderly couple in a diner. Nicieza shifts us over to the summers boys. He shows us how well Scott and Alex fight together, and how powerful they are as individuals. They take out at least 20 Shi’ar minions. The banter between the brothers shows how comfortable they are around each other, as well as their contrasting personalities; Alex is making jokes while Scott focuses on the mission. Nicieza gives new readers a little background on a minor 90’s character called Adam-X. We see where Adam is now and how he’s living. Nicieza takes the time to at least get the reader to like who this character is, and show off what he can do as trouble comes looking for him. This issue reads well, much like a 90’s book. It features good characters and an interesting story so far. If you loved the 90’s books, this should be a no brainer.
The pencils this issue are handled by Brett Booth with inks by Adelso Corona and colors by Guru-eFX. I was gushing about the art work on X-Men #17, which featured Booth and Corona, so this issue has great pencils and inks too. Booth has a style that fits right in with the 90’s. Booth’s cable looks similar to something Rob Liefeld would draw, except it doesn’t have disproportionate body parts. That’s no jab at Liefeld, I like his stuff too, but sometimes he had some rough panels. Booth kills it in panels where Cyclops and Havok unleash their powers. The inks by Corona smooth out some of the rough edges and blend in so well with the pencils by Booth. The colors by GURU-eFX are amazing as always. The colors are so bright and vibrant. In early pages with Eric the red, your eye just stays glued to him as the red on his costume just sticks out so much on the page.
X-Men Legends #1 is a great trip down memory lane. Fabian Nicieza has still got it, and he’s still making great books. The pencils, inks and colors are all top notch and make this title so much better. X-Men Legends is a book for anyone who loves classic 90’s storytelling.