For over 50 years, X-Men comics have been a long running soap opera. One writer creates a plot thread, only to have it forgotten about and dropped by the next. If you’ve been a fan for decades, it can be kind of frustrating. Now, the folks at Marvel Comics are finding a creative solution to that problem with their new ongoing series X-Men: Legends. The new series will bring back past creative teams for yesteryear, in an effort to tell in-continuity stories that will tie up loose plot ends that have been nagging fans for years.
You can read the official synopsis for the series down below:
“Break out the yellows and blues, fire up the Danger Room and snap on your pouches as legendary X-writers return to classic eras of the mutant super heroes in all-new, in-continuity stories set during their groundbreaking runs! Featuring greats like Chris Claremont, Louise Simonson, Fabian Nicieza, Larry Hama, Peter David, and more, X-Men: Legends will deliver startling tales month after month that dive into the rich history of the X-Men to tie up loose ends, resolve long-standing plot danglers, and reveal shocking truths that will change the past and future of the X-Men!”
The first arc comes from writer Fabian Nicieza, who steered the X-Men titles in their ’90s heyday. He plans to begin this series with a special saga of Cyclops and his brother Havok, one that will solve one of the greatest X-Men mysteries of all time. Finally explaining just who Adam-X is, as well as what his startling connection to the Summers bloodline is. The first story arc will be illustrated by fan favorite artist Brett Booth.
Of course, this has our mutant-obsessed minds spinning with other long-standing X-Men plotlines that could now be resolved. Here are but a few we’d like to see:
The Mystery of the X-Men’s Outback HQ
Back in the late ’80s, the X-Men had a whole Aussie phase. They faked their own deaths, and instead of residing in Xavier’s School, they live in an abandoned high tech base in the Australian Outback. Before the X-Men arrived there, the evil cybernetic Reavers use it as an HQ. The strong suggestion here however is that they didn’t build it themselves. So who built the X-Men’s version of the Bat-cave? Maybe Chris Claremont can finally give us all answers.
Rogue’s Real Last Name and Lineage
Rogue’s background has always been a mystery, ever since her introduction by Chris Claremont back in the early ’80s. For years, she refused to give her fellow X-Men her birth name, or say anything about her birth family. A mutant runaway from Mississippi, Rogue is then adopted by the mutants Mystique and Destiny as a teenager. She eventually reveals her birth name as Anna Marie (a nod to the X-Men movies), but no last name was ever given. It has always felt like there was more to the story of who her family was. Maybe now we’ll find out.
Will Colossus Discover He Has a Son?
When the X-Men’s lovable metallic bruiser Colossus was on a mission in the primordial world of the Savage Land, he became romantically involved with a native woman there named Nereel. His relationship with Nereel was brief however. After Colossus left the Savage land, they didn’t see each other for a very long time. But readers would later find out that first romantic liaison produced a son. Although he met the boy, Petey never put two and two together. So is Peter Rasputin ever going to find out he’s a dad?
Cyclops’ Terrible Behavior
Maybe this doesn’t really need explaining, but it does to us. After the death of Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix, Scott Summers went into a deep depression. He eventually snapped out of it and married a Jean lookalike named Madelyne Pryor (who later turns out to be Jean’s clone. Comics, ya’ll). They married and had a baby named Nathan, who would later become the gun toting Cable.
Then, Jean suddenly came back to life, and Scott abandoned his wife and newborn soon to hook back up with his ex girlfriend. Maddy Pryor later went off the deep end and became the villainous Goblin Queen. But wouldn’t you if you were treated like that by your husband? Cyclops’ decision needs to be better explained, otherwise he’s forever going to be a deadbeat husband and father to us.
X-Men: Legends #1 arrives at your local comic shop in February of 2021.
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