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Review: Legion #1

David Haller, the son of Professor Charles Xavier, has always had trouble containing the multiple personalities in his mind. And with each personality, comes a wild and dangerous mutant power. But now, a terrifying new personality is threatening to absorb these powers and take  over David’s mind and body.  In a desperate attempt to save himself, David seeks out the help of renowned young psychotherapist Hannah Jones to delve into his fractured mind and fight back this dark personality. But unknown to Legion….Dr Jones brings her own demons with her…

David Haller, aka Legion, is a character that’s never quite clicked for me beyond small doses. He’s had a few runs in the spotlight, and while there’s been some good, it generally isn’t memorable. With the succession of the FX Legion television show, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Marvel has launched a miniseries focused on the character.

Writer Peter Milligan takes the reigns in a story that… well I’m not quite sure where it’s going. David’s having a breakdown and there’s a villain, which may be one of his personalities stalking him. Why? Not quite sure. The issue is a lot of set up and while there’s some interesting aspects it never quite grabs me. It’s a bland journey by David to his destination while his personalities battle him and we attempt to figure out the “why” of it all. We’ve seen this what feels like many times before and none of it is really exciting.

Part of that is the art by Wilfredo Torres with color by Dan Brown. FX’s Legion stands out partially for it’s impressive visuals. There’s moments in the comic that makes you pause, but it never quite breaks out into what I’d expect. The page layouts are pretty standard and there isn’t any challenging perspective. While there’s a slight tease as to what’s real and what’s not it’s simple things like something coming “alive.” It’s weird but never really exciting or interesting. While there’s similar look to Mike and Laura Allred, both of them have embraced the weird and non-standard in their work. We’ve seen trippier elsewhere.

The story, the art, it all feels rather conservative in a way and falls short of the challenging and groundbreaking work we’ve seen in live action. This is a case where the spin-off adaptation is better than the original. While this series may improve as it moves along this first issue doesn’t quite have a hook to get me excited to see what comes next. For those checking this out due to the television show, I don’t see what would get them to stick around. There was a lot of potential in a new series, unfortunately that’s not tapped here at all.

Story: Peter Milligan Art: Wilfredo Torres Cover Art: Javier Rodriguez
Color: Dan Brown Lettering: VC’s Travis Lanham
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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