Marvel’s popular origin series X-Men: Legacy will be brought to a close with issue #255. The series launched in February 2008 and focused on mutant mentor Professor Charles Xavier. It charted his journey to reclaim his memories after the events of Messiah CompleX.
Speaking to Marvel’s official news blog, writer Mike Carey and artist Philippe Briones had this to say about the series:
“We always planned Xavier’s quest as a sort of parabolic arc, which would take him a long way away from the current situation in the other X-books and then eventually deliver him right back into it – but from a different trajectory, as a man who’s now faced down his demons and come to an accommodation with his past,” recounts Carey. “It seemed like a story that had to be told, and we had a rough sense when we set out of the size and shape of the window within which it would be able to tell it.”
“It would be possible to carry on exploring Xavier’s past: there are other things that would have weighed on his mind in the course of this year, other people he would owe debts to, some of them very significant,” says Carey. “But it was never just a case of washing all the Professor’s dirty laundry in public. It was a story about atonement, and it reaches its logical conclusion when Xavier goes back to Exodus [as] a very different man, in some ways, from the one who left the Acolytes’ HQ a year ago, and tells him what he’s learned.”
X-Men: Legacy #255 hits shelves on 17 June.