Uncanny X-Men #320
Marvel (January, 1995)
“Legion Quest” part 1: “The Sun Rises In the East”
PLOT: Scott Lobdell
DIALOGUE: Mark Waid
PENCILER: Roger Cruz
INKER: Tim Townsend
COLORIST: Steve Buccellato
LETTERER: Bill Oakley
EDITOR: Bob Harras
David Haller, no longer the schizophrenic Legion, has created a dome around himself in the Negev, and the Israeli army hasn’t been able to break through. Even the PLO is working with them. David’s mother has called in the X-Men in the hopes of reaching her son before they’re forced to destroy him. Once they pierce the dome they find David charging up for a trip through time, believing he can help his father (Professor X) and his dream of mutant/human coexistence by altering the past. The X-Men (Storm, Iceman, Bishop, Psylocke, and Jean Grey making up the “gold team”) try to stop him but all except Jean are thrust into the past. On the Shi-Ar homeworld Llandra is visited by the protector of the M’kraan crystal who warns that the end of all things is near.
What they got right: I love seeing Gladiator get smashed through a wall and knocked out. The issue sets up a story arc that leads to the “Age Of Apocalypse” storyline and if you know who Legion is (I barely do) it might be good set-up for what is to come.
What they got wrong: If you’re like me and you don’t, sucks to be us. I only know who David is thanks to the internet, and even then all I know is that he’s Charles’ illegitimate son who has super psychic powers. The book does add that he used to have multiple personalities, each with his own power, but now a coma has forced those personas together. But what I want to know is who is leaving David’s mother, an ambassador no less, in charge of dealing with her son? Of course she doesn’t want to kill him! And considering he’s about to re-write all of time for the worse they probably should. Also the writing keeps going back and forth in the story through Storm flashing back to what happened maybe an hour ago tops. That takes you out of the story just enough to be a problem. You never want the readers to remember they’re reading a story until they put the book down or are otherwise interrupted by what’s going on around them, not by the story itself.
Recommendation: I don’t know what the response was to this storyline but for a 90s X-Men comic I’ve easily read worse. “Age Of Apocalypse”, which “Legion Quest” leads to, is one of the big moments in the history of the X-titles, which is why it gets referenced a whole lot. For its historical significance at least it’s worth picking up if you’re interested in the X-books.