By Larry Hama, Billy Tan and Chris Sotomayor
I’m a kid who grew up reading comics in the 1990’s. In fact, the first comic I ever bought was X-Men #1, and I loved it so much, that i collected X-Men primarily for a lot of my life. Now, present day, Marvel rolls out X-Men Legends, which builds on the story lines from the 90’s and gets some of the original writers to pen these stories. The 90’s kid in me is jumping for joy. This week we have Larry Hama telling a Wolverine story. If you love 90’s Wolverine, and who doesn’t, you’re in for a treat with this issue.
One of the coolest things Larry Hama does in this issue is utilize Yurei and show off what she can truly do. Yurei is a force to be reckoned with and can be very dangerous whenever she wants. Hama also tries to build heavily on the relationship between Logan and Jubilee. Hama is successful in showing what Logan will do for his little understudy. We’re also treated to some classic Wolverine villains in this issue. Lady Deathstrike and Omega Red are both featured in this issue and each character gets their moment to show how dangerous they really are. Hama does a nice job of building on some loose ends from Logan’s past in this issue, but we’ll have to wait until next month to see how things fully play out.
The pencils this issue are handled by Billy Tan with colors by Chris Sotomayor. I’ve been a hug Billy Tan fan since his days on Uncanny X-Men, and it’s good to see him taking on some of these characters again. The action sequences look great, like Lady Deathstrike pouncing on Logan, as Tan is a master on the page. There is an awesome page in this issue where Wolverine and Lady deathstrike are attacking one another. Tan draws their hands going after each other with multiple images of their hands and claws attacking. It’s a good panel and just a testament to how amazing Tan can be as an artist. The colors by Chris Sotomayor stand out in this issue too. His work in the industry is always some of the best, and any time I see his name on a book, I know it will have good coloring. The vibrant lights from Jubilee’s mutant power stand out as Sotomayor allows them to be eye catching every time they are used. The art in this issue is very good and makes this issue an enjoyable read.
X-Men Legends #8 is a dream come true for Wolverine fans. Larry Hama gives us two classic Logan villains in this issue that deal a lot of damage and put our hero in a tough spot. The pencils and colors this issue look great and give us amazing visuals on every page. X-Men Legends feels like the 90’s never ended, and that’s a good thing.