Some might call X-Men Legacy #266 a “Battle of the B-Listers.” But with the action, drama and suspense of this part of the “Avengers vs. X-Men” crossover, one thing is clear: Cyclops and Captain America have a definite rival for best leader in Rogue.
If writer Christos Gage has done anything in this title, it has been to remind us of what Chris Claremont taught us long ago: Rogue’s life since that one date and single kiss has been a battle for control. In X-Men Legacy, that has been especially the case as the character has been allowed to grow and to show sides of herself even Gambit never saw.
Now, in this battle, the jade gloves are off. Rogue has come into her own.
And so has this book. From a shocker of an opener to the conclusion, the mutants show the Assemblers that they are heroes, powerful heroes who have been perhaps holding back because they realize that anything they do reflects on their “race” as a whole; not so the Avengers.
Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona amaze me with art that keeps up with the story well. It is not the best renditions of many of my favorite Marvel heroes, but it does serve the purpose of telling the story in an exciting way. Those panel layouts are cool.
It is great for the readers following the “event” to see this turn from peace to war, and it is nice to see what some might term lesser characters get the spotlight and one shining so brightly. We seldom see that in Mutant-ville.
I am not at all sold on this crossover as a hold, but X-Men Legacy #266 is certainly a strong entry and an entertaining comic, if for the powerful opener alone!