Saturday, July 28, 2012

X-Men Legacy #270

Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: David Baldeon

Rogue comes to her senses in this AvX tie-in at the cost of Ms. Marvel's soul. After being imprisoned by Magik, the high-flying Avenger is tortured by creatures of her own making. Gage shows he did his homework by integrating demonic versions of Carol's past enemies in Illyana's Limbo such as the Brood, Marcus, and Deathbird; this is an enjoyable part of the story for long time followers. Also compelling is the moment when Rogue finally opens her eyes; that combination of rage and lost hope is priceless. "We'd won," such a simple statement that says what no one wants to admit, yet it clearly marks the path for what the southern belle needs to do next. The rest of the issue is an exciting roller coaster of self-discoveries, fire, and brimstone. The artwork, however, does not rise to meet the caliber of the story, falling a bit short; nonetheless, it is a fun issue.

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