X-Men Legacy #5: Blindfold

Legion had a weird run-in with the X-student Blindfold, and now we get her story. And her tragedy.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

One of the biggest problems I have trying to get into X-Men comics lately is not knowing who the hell all the new X-kids are. Sure, I know Quentin Quire – everybody loves to use that guy as 'shitty asshole kid that's either so asshole he's awesome or he's just asshole – but when Blindfold showed up last issue in X-Men Legacy, I wasn't really sure who I was dealing with. In X-Men Legacy #5, it's all her backstory, and it's extremely helpful, since that's going to play a huge role in her present with David Haller, who would rather you not call him Legion.

The X-Men proper have just forcibly taken a pair of mutant Japanese twins out of David's care and back to the school, leaving him struggling to get the courage to call his mother. So instead, he psychically travels to X-land to try and figure out what the deal is with Blindfold, who was able to calm the tempest of his raucous mind… and who "hit me with a subconscious snog." The trouble with this story right now is that I have no clue how old Blindfold is supposed to be, and that's the one thing not made clear here, either. Therefore, I have no clue as to whether or not whatever Simon Spurrier is trying to build between David and young Ruth Aldine is creepy or not. She's an X-student, so that makes me think 'teenager,' and even with Marvel time, there's no way that David isn't at least 18 by now, if not late 20s or so. It may not actually be a 'lurve thang,' but just some weird psychic connection, since Ruth apparently thinks she and David are meant to be nemeses.

Anyway, Ruth is comatose and David gleans her history from her mind, which is that of being born without eyes, a mutant from birth, which drove her father away and led her brother Luca to become a psychotic anti-mutant bigot, blaming his sister for driving him away. Thus, as a teenage cultist, he tried to kill his sister with a chainsaw and wound up killing his mother instead. Trouble is, when he was slated for execution, his ghost came out to be a holy terror – likely implying that he was a mutant himself, who siphoned off some of Ruth's powers and left her kinda fractured – likely a bonding point between she and David down the line. Ain't nobody more fractured than David Haller.

The big twist now is that Luca's back. Possessing one of those Japanese twins, with all intentions of finishing the job with Ruth. That ain't ethics, kid.

Spurrier's done what I might've thought impossible – made me interested in the character of Legion. The imaginative set-up as to how he's dealing with all of his myriad personalities, as well as his outsider-looking-in-and-finding-in-wanting-despite-wanting-to-be-in perspective, makes X-Men Legacy a pretty compelling read. Jorge Molina's artwork does the job well – it's not my favorite, but there's a lot of weirdness tasked to him that he delivers, as well as bringing across the proper mood, and that's all you can ask of an artist.

This is one of those books that's likely going to need a lot of support to keep going. Sure, it's got X-Men in the title, but its central character is a really weird one, and we as comic fans tend to like weird characters well enough to enjoy their existence, but we tend not to gravitate toward their books, sadly. Let David Haller be one of the ones to defy that rule.