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In the Midst of Mayhem

July 31, 2009

     At long last, Rogue rejoins the X-Men in the pages of the X-Men: Legacy tie-in to Utopia.  She, Gambit, and Danger arrive in San Francisco, and Cyclops briefs them on the situation.  However, Cyclops reminds her that she’s not exactly the most trusted of X-Men, considering the fact that she disappeared completely after Messiah Complex and is traveling with two former enemies of the team.  However, he needs every extra hand, so he sends the trio out to do crowd control.  They rescue Trance, Dragoness, and Toad before handing them off to Onyxx and alien mutant Ariel.  Rogue finds out that Indra has been fighting the good fight on his own before Moonstone Ms. Marvel comes to confront her.  Moonstone is far stronger, however, so Rogue has to make a hasty retreat.  Gambit bumps into Avalanche (who is a lot buffer than I remember him) and Erg before Ares shows up, and Rogue absorbs some of Ares’ power.  She can’t let go, though, and Danger and Gambit have to pull them apart, figuratively speaking.  Now super strong, Rogue procuers a tank as transport, and the trio heads off to go rescue Trance, who never made it back to Greymalkin Industries.

     Mike Carey may love Rogue, but it’s clear from the last arc and this one that he’s not so good at writing her.  In fact, of the issues of this series that I’ve read so far, the best ones were the Professor Xavier-centric ones.  And the inclusion of Danger, the only bad character Joss Whedon came up with from Astonishing X-Men, hurts it even more.  There are also numerous plot problems with this issue.  For one, Ariel is an alien mutant.  I know she’s on Earth, but that really should be addressed.  Second, why would Rogue be able to absorb Ares’ powers?  It’s a little silly to think that a mutant could absorb the powers of a god.  As an extension of that, why wasn’t Ares’ power loss reflected in Dark Avengers?  Lastly, why did Avalanche get so much bigger and more vocal about mutant rights?  Did what happened here suddenly make him more silent in time for his debut in Utopia proper?  Add to that the bad battle dialogue and unreliable art of Dustin Weaver (see the fight with Moonstone Ms. Marvel for both of those), and this is a wholly uninteresting issue.  I’m ending my subscription to this series after next issue, since I need to save money, and this is on the lower end of the quality of titles that I read.  If I really want to see future Rogue and younger X-Men developments, I might just pick up the trade paperbacks.  But if this and the last arc were any indication (as well as, coincidentally, all the stupid plot points of Carey’s run on the series back when it was just X-Men), Carey and Rogue don’t mix.

Plot: 5.3      Art: 6.7      Dialogue: 4.9      Overall: 5.3

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