As if having one X-book mired in hallucinatory visions this week (“X-Factor” #214) wasn’t enough, this issue of “X-Men Legacy” stars none other than Blindfold, the cryptic, sightless one from the New/Young X-Men teams. Oh good.
As it is, the story makes a tad more sense than its sister book manages. Blindfold might be cryptic, but at least those around her are lucid -- normally in the wrong way -- managing to incorrectly interpret or dismiss her odd sense of premonition, but lucid nonetheless. Once again, Rogue plays a large part in the story, while the younger characters rally around her.
The issue simultaneously deals with the fallout from Emplate’s recent attack on Utopia, while suggesting that Blindfold might have been worried about something else entirely. The team ends up fighting a giant squid that has squeezed its way through from Emplate’s world, all the while missing the fact that some bigger threat might be on its way.
Carey’s work is, as ever, quite character focused. While Blindfold’s tour of Utopia uncovers several threats and conflicts, the majority seem to come from within. The mystery of the missing X-Men hints at something bigger at work but, typically, with the squid defeated, most characters seem to think the immediate threat has been wiped out.
Gambit fans will be interested to see Carey following up on his “death” persona, however briefly. It’s an aspect of the character that, in all honestly, seemed like a poor fit, but since it exists it’s good to see a writer suggest that he might finally get around to dealing with it.
The artist for this issue is Harvey Tolibao, recently seen on the “Psylocke” mini-series. His work is flashy and energetic, recalling some of the better aspects of 90s comic art. It’s a good fit for the X-Men, though not necessarily for Carey’s writing, which often asks for a subtler approach to body language and facial expressions. Tolibao is good with environments and action, but not so hot on the other elements.
Next issue plunges us headfirst into “Age of X,” and while the last couple of downtime issues like this one have been welcome, it’s hard not to be more excited for the impending alternate-universe action. Let’s hope Blindfold’s visions are as dangerous and interesting as they sound!