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Review: X-Men Legacy #240

Now, this is more like it...

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The newly-returned Children of the Vault shanghai most of the X-Men to their nightmarish dimension; leaving Paras nothing to do but resolve his wedding obligations.

The Good

The moment where Luz plays her card, effectively popping the bubble of all the stuffy manners we've been embedded in so far... that moment really made this book for me. I won't spoil the surprise, but it's seriously a hoot.  The juxtaposition of the Indian wedding and Rogue's brutal punishment gave a lot more gravitas to both threads. I was initially rolling my eyes about having to deal with Paras' family drama, but the twist put on it here made it a bit virtuoso, actually.

The Bad

It's probably more of "adjective-less" X-Men's bag to feature the mutants you know and love, but I couldn't help but feel the absence of the more established X-Men in this. I've been out of the loop with this book for a while now, so I'm sure characters like Anole and Paras are firmly established in the cannon, now... but I still can't help but say I would've preferred seeing more mainstays like Gambit or even Husk in this.

The Verdict - 4/5

I was a little cool on the last issue, but I'm digging this title a lot more now that a better balance has been struck between the soap opera and the high-concept superheroics I'm always looking for in an X-Men book. I haven't encountered the Children of the Vault prior to this, but they already seem like villains worthy of inclusion in this decades-deep rogue's gallery. I especially liked how they had a cold, fanatical agenda that really had nothing to do with mutantkind's agenda, nor humankind's -- a villainy totally alien to X-Men's usual theme.