I'll admit, I'm severely biased against picking up a Marvel comic as of late. Every I pass the money over the counter or buy a comic online from Marvel I hear a voice in my head: "Do you really want to do this?" It usually only takes a couple of pages for that voice to say: "I told you so."
Marvel has been making promises allot over the past year. "We're listening," and "We're bringing back what you like," and "We're going back to the roots of what made our comics great." That is what Legacy was supposed to be. When it comes to the X-Men Universe, it means bringing back the 90's in some fashion and selling our youth back took us.... And that will work for a while. But you still need good stories, and if we don't get them, well....
But this is a review, no?
Mutants seem to be just slowly fading out of view from Cerebra's vision. All these mutants are disappearing from on tropical island location that is set up as a couples retreat. Kitty Pryde needs a couple with a long dating history to pose as participants to investigate what's really going on, and sense she is not volunteering herself and Colossus, Gambit and Rogue get play the part of quarreling couple. That allows us readers to get panels like this:
That's really all there is to this first issue. It's a set up, and a rather humorous one at that. I enjoyed the Gen X romantic spats between these two iconic mutants. That speaks to the strength of the characters as much as it does for the writing of Kelly Thompson. Their relationship would be cliche if it we all didn't know couples like Remmy and Anna Marie: whose chemistry is volatile. But, it's that same volatility that makes them drawn to each other. The spend equal amounts of time bickering and flirting. We all know that this relationship will end... and end badly... but we enjoy the ride.
If I found Kelly Thompson's writing charming, then I feel as though Pere Perez's art is it's perfect compliment. Perez has clean lines, expressive faces, and beautiful backgrounds. He brings allot of detail to our heroes surroundings, which is good when the action sequences are few and far between.
In the end, and this feels weird, I'm going to recommend buying a Marvel comic. Now this is a short series (only five issues) so the buy in for a full story won't be that bad. Maybe it's just nostalgia for the X-Men of my youth, or maybe it's genuinely a good story: either way we kinda hope Gambit and Rogue will work it out... just as long as none of us have to go on a double date with them.
Rating: 8.5/10 Deadpool Makeout Sessions