Another title being relaunched as part of the Marvel NOW! initiative is X-Men Legacy with writer Simon Spurrier (X-Men: Curse of the Mutants – Smoke and Blood) and artist Tan Eng Huat (Punisher) will be the creative team on the series. This series will focus on Xavier’s son Legion rather than Rogue who it has made its central character for years. Check out some excerpts below discussing the direction the book will take.
On the titles new direction:
I’d go so far as to say the title’s historically had a second constant too: a certain focusing of perspective; an earnestness and personality-led truth which comes from experiencing things through the eyes of a single character rather than bouncing between all the members of a team. It’s a more direct narrative POV, essentially. In the past the title has been principally preoccupied with Xavier, then Magneto, then Rogue… Now it’s David’s turn. The whole point of doing things this way is that we get a really unique perspective on the Marvel Universe in general and its mutanty side in particular. I tend to think things take on a richer, more truthful flavour when they’re being processed through a character’s direct filter, and it opens the door (or in David’s case, ha, doors) to a lot of interesting new stories. As for the vibe you identifed – the (literal) legacy of the x-verse – yeah, that’s still hugely important. We’re going to be bumping into a lot of surprising but familiar faces and concepts along the way. Part of my original pitch was to treat one half of David’s tale as if it were a homage to Claremont-era X-Men, then juxtapose and strike sparks off it with the other half. Which I can’t really talk about at all.
Will we see the character teaming up with other X-Men:
Actually, no – sod it – I think I’m probably allowed to say: this isn’t a “team book”. At least, not in the conventional sense — and to start with not at all. Whiiiiiich isn’t to say we won’t have appearances by big, recognisable characters in every episode, because we will. David’s story is very much a part of the X-Universe’s own developing yarn – it’s simply that he’s not going to be wearing a brightly coloured supersuit and having team-up banter. In fact, he’s very aware from the ge tgo that in a certain light the X-Men are kinda obliged to regard him as a villain.
On how Spurrier intends to make a character like Legion a leading character in a title:
I’ve made a few other stylistic choices too, because all too often David’s been treated as a Walking Plot Point rather than a fleshed-out character – it’s vital to reverse that trend. People tend to forget he grew up on Muir Island, so I’m instilling him with a faintly British – even slightly Scottish – accent. It lends itself well to sarcastic sniping, and I’m finding that as I get to know David he’s kinda characterised by a rich vein of black gallows humour. He’s seen so much tragedy and trauma, but he’s witty and sharp and able to force a sad smile in any situation. One snarky sod, basically – although underneath it all he’s the same frightened kid, scared of himself, as ever. Above all he’s a good guy. He wants to help – to matter – to make the world a better place. It’s just that he’s completely conflicted, not to mention constantly facing violent opposition, whenever he tries to figure out how to go about it.