Apr 11, 2018

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 1141: X-Men: Phoenix - Legacy of Fire #3, September 2003


But, in the end, was it, y'know, good?

Well, no. It wasn't. It's thinly-veiled soft porn exploiting the name of the X-Men for publicity.

I tried, I really did, to look past the scantily-clad lead characters, to see if the story was an interesting one. Anyone familiar with the anime Kill La Kill will understand what I'm getting at. That show has a similar kind of fan-service-y aesthetic, but eventually you loose sight of that for the amazing story they're telling. Does the same thing hold true for Legacy of Fire? It kind of does, but I think whatever we might have pulled out of this story of two sisters and their family legacy gets lost in...well...the costumes.

Par example, a page from issue #2:


Let me say this, though: Ryan Kinnaird's art is beautiful and kinetic and colourful, and his world design is gorgeous. The villain of the piece is excellent, and the action sequences are wonderful.

But, and I'm sure my 16 year old self can't believe I'm saying this, it's just too naked. It just doesn't need to be this naked. Or naked at all!

My recommendation: search this out. There's a place to grab scans here. (I have no idea if you have to pay or anything.) It's got to be one of the strangest things Marvel's published.

More to come...

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