Saturday, March 15, 2014

Uncanny X-Periment # 174: Five Miles South of the Universe

X-Men Legacy # 250 – 258

Reality maybe restored, but not everything is status quo for the X-Men.  First, there’s Revenant, who turns out to be a psychic projection of Rachel Summers, and was trying to reach out the X-Men for help.  She fades back into her body after a few days.  But there’s also trouble in the form of Legion’s missing personalities, four of which have gone to Europe.  Professor X, Magneto, Frenzy, Rogue, Gambit, and Legion go after them.  Three are absorbed back into Legion, but the final and most deadly – Styx – resists.  Rogue eventually helps David by absorbing his powers and they reabsorb Styx.  Rogue, armed with these new powers, uses them to teleport the group (except for David and his father) to Rachel and the others.

Deep in Shi’ar space, the X-Men find themselves caught at the top of a massive space station that is slowly being pulled into the sun.  Here, Havok, Polaris, and Korvus are being mind-controlled by a former slave named ‘Friendless.’  He is leading his fellow slaves into a revolt against the Shi’ar as punishment for both of them ruining his life.  The X-Men and the Shi’ar salvage crew from before get stuck in the middle. Friendless is eventually defeated and Rogue (using knowledge absorbed earlier) is able to form a wormhole, taking the station to Earth and eventually getting her fellow X-Men and former Starjammers home.

I thought both of these stories were okay, but man, they dragged on and on.  I liked that they wrapped things up, but there was a lot of unnecessary padding.  We didn’t need all of those other personalities to fight Legion.  We didn’t need the salvage crew on board that station (what happened with that station anyways?)

But hey, the wayward X-Men are home and Charles and David are closer than ever.  Not bad.  Just not good.