X-Men: Legends #1

Writer: Fabian Nicieza Artist: Brett Booth Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 17, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 26
7.2Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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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 fan-favorite runs! Fabian Nicieza kicks off the series with a special saga of CYCLOPS and HAVOK, as the SHI'AR return to Earth in search of the FORSAKEN ONE! But what secret will the Summers brothers uncover, and how will its revelation change what you thought you knew about the X-Men?
Get ready for a story decades in the making! And come back each month as we dive d more

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Feb 17, 2021

    X-Men Legends takes us back in time and explores a great story featuring a theme of family. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Feb 15, 2021

    If you were reading X-MEN in the 90s or even loved the animated series, X-MEN LEGENDS #1 is for you. If youre an avid fan thats wanted Fabian Niciezas Adam-X storyline ironed out, look no further than this series. And lastly, if your new to X-MEN and want that semi-nostalgic, 90s comic feel, you cant do any better than Nicieza and Booth. X-MEN LEGENDS #1 is sharp, familiar, action-packed, and is wisely pulling a Peter David by resurrecting a past idea, story, or character and building on that premise. Davids MAESTRO was smashingly fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Comicbook Dispatch - acnbat Feb 15, 2021

    Whether you're a long-time X-men fan or a new reader this book is for you! It's easily accessible to newer readers even if you don't have access to the 90's issues! I'm really happy I gave this book a chance and look forward to the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Feb 21, 2021

    While I can't say this sort of story is my cup of tea, I imagine that fans of Booth and Nicieza will eat it up, as will fans of the 1990's X-Men books and cartoons. Despite that, this is a serviceable comic and the idea of a retro X-Men anthology is a solid one on its own. This issue is also worth grabbing if you're a fan of Cyclops and the Summers family, for reasons I dare not define. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Feb 21, 2021

    X-Men Legends #1 is a great trip down memory lane. Fabian Nicieza has still got it, and hes still making great books. The pencils, inks and colors are all top notch and make this title so much better. X-Men Legends is a book for anyone who loves classic 90s storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Lia Galanis Feb 15, 2021

    Reading X-Men Legends#1 has a nostalgic feel to it despite its 2021 publication date, with the characters and setting feeling reminiscent to greeting an old friend you've lost contact with. It's a trip down memory lane in its own right. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Feb 17, 2021

    Overall this was an exciting nostalgiatrip. An explosive action packed issue with a big reveal at the end. This book got me to ask a lot of questions, but also has me intrigued for more of the story. If you love classic '90s X-Men then you should check this one out. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Feb 17, 2021

    X-Men Legends #1 does exactly what it sets out to do: lure old readers back with a promise of some old school fun, while delicately balancing that fun in a way that appeals to modern readers. And while it falls victim to some of the era-specific storytelling approaches and art styles that it's deliberately invoking, nonetheless it's hard to read it with anything less than a smile on the face. It isn't perfect, but it isn't trying to be. And sometimes that's enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Feb 15, 2021

    X-Men: Legends #1 is a flashback to a simpler time, and although the art is lacking the story is a solid attempt at untangling one of the few knots in the X-Men's canon. Longtime X-Men fans, particularly those who grew up in the '90s, will hopefully enjoy it, and the issue ends on a shocking cliffhanger that makes me want to pick up the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 16, 2021

    This isn't the first time that Marvel have looked back; at one point John Byrne had a similar book a few years back. As a means to give old school fans a chance to get back into their favourite team, especially if they feel disenfranchised with the current books. For my personal taste, I would have preferred to start somewhere else other than with the Shi'ar. I am sure that Nicieza and Booth have even more familiar beats to hit. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Feb 18, 2021

    X-Men Legends #1 is a faithful piece of X-Men history, but it doesn't offer much for those who weren't invested in the '90s. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Feb 22, 2021

    As far as nostalgia trips go, X-Men Legends is a decent experience. There is nothing here that pushes the boundaries of the medium, or the characters. However, as a breezy, enjoyable X-Men adventure, it does the trick. With that said, this book needs to deliver more for this to be a regular addition to anyones pull list. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Feb 17, 2021

    You don't need Cerebro to keep track of all the new X-Men comics, graphic novels, and collections coming in 2021 and beyond. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jeremy Estes Feb 22, 2021

    The setting of this story isn't a particularly interesting period of X-Men history, but the nostalgic conceit of this series has the potential to be a lot of fun given the right story and the right creative team. Is Art Thibert busy? Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Feb 17, 2021

    It isn't even hard to imagine revisiting those original comics and inserting X-Men: Legends #1 into the reading order to see if and how it all holds together. However, for anyone but the most dedicated fans of that bygone era, X-Men Legends #1 is little more than a baffling contradiction, a new thing made to be old that it may provide shelter to those who live in the past. Read Full Review

  • 10
    cincyfan Feb 28, 2021

    I have been rereading the x-men run from 1991 and just read 38-41 last week so this couldn't be the med better for me. This era X-Men books were the first comics I started reading so they mean the world to me and it's such a treat for marvel to do this. Both the writing and artwork are fantastic this is a must read for X-Men fans like me

  • 10
    VenomizedTank Feb 20, 2021

    A trip down memory lane and the art is amazing.

  • 10
    SenpaifenixJäger Feb 17, 2021

    This number brought me so much longing, maybe I'm overvaluing it maybe because of that trip back in time when it reminded me of the classics.

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Mar 21, 2021

    I haven't read the stories from the 90's that this book is meant to be a follow-up to, and I didn't feel out of place at all. Strong writing, and, surprisingly, the art really fitted the story. Cannot wait to read the next issue.

  • 8.0
    the_comic_book_club Feb 20, 2021

    X-Men Legends
    Issue: 1
    “The Burning Blood, Part 1: Shattered Crystal, Scattered Dreams”

    Publisher: Marvel @marvel
    Writer: Fabian Nicieza
    Artist: Brett Booth @brettbooth_comicart & Adelso Corona @adelsocorona
    Colors: Guru-eFX
    Letters: Joe Caramagna @joecaramagna
    Covers: Brett Booth & Adelso Corona; Patrick Gleason @patrickgleasonstudio

    Set after the events of X-Men: 39 (1991), the grandparents of Cyclops and Havok have been kidnapped by Erik the Red and his Shi’ar cultists. Desiring the aid of the Shi’ar/human mutant hybrid, Adam X, the two brothers find Adam engaged in conflict with members of their father’s pirate crew, the Starjammers! Attempting to escape, Cyclops and Hav more

  • 7.5
    allenquanobi Feb 17, 2021

    Decent start. It drops you right into the middle of the story, so it definitely isn't new reader friendly. You have to be familiar with 90s X-Men history to understand who these characters are and what is happening. The art from Booth also works a lot better here vs his art in the ongoing Hickman book. The colors work a lot better here than in that book. I'll keep reading for the nostalgia, but nothing major or insane for those looking for that

  • 7.5
    Merlyn Feb 17, 2021

    I loved the art but the story needed some more context, it felt like we were thrown into a story that only those that read the previous work that Nicieza continued here have the full image of. But yeah, this is some old X-Men shit and most of it works.

  • 7.0
    Psycamorean Feb 20, 2021

    This is so 90s. But it's not bad. It's just... Dated.

  • 5.0
    CrazyforRAMU May 29, 2021

    Knowledge of the existence of Adam-X brings a bunch of fighty Shi'ar to Earth. It also leads to a Summers family reunion but not, so far, a happy one. The art's the best part of this issue for me; it deploys retro strengths without too many retro weaknesses. I can't say the same of the script. It has people acting randomly and spouting cliched one-liners, and it leaves you staggering from one expository info-dump to another to figure out the plot. That's (one of the many reasons why) reading 90s comics is a trial for me, and resurrecting that uniquely clunky kind of writing in 2021 does the opposite of thrill me.

  • 4.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 5, 2021

    I do not enjoy this style.

  • 10
    ChrisClaremontForever Feb 19, 2021

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    Logan X Feb 17, 2021

  • 9.0
    dbservo Mar 7, 2021

  • 9.0
    Bananaknight Feb 20, 2021

  • 9.0
    Captain Krakoa Feb 17, 2021

  • 9.0
    TaiwanMarvel Feb 17, 2021

  • 8.5
    Radar Feb 20, 2021

  • 8.0
    jmprados Mar 15, 2021

  • 7.0
    TheHyruleElf Feb 21, 2021

  • 7.0
    Adsun22 Feb 18, 2021

  • 7.0
    maelstron Feb 18, 2021

  • 6.5
    roland Mar 11, 2021

  • 6.0
    Fmernamz0 Aug 9, 2021

  • 6.0

  • 5.0
    tonpas1989 Feb 18, 2021

  • 5.0
    Nicetrylaoche Feb 17, 2021

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