If you haven’t watched Legion on FX yet, you are really missing out. The show is a cinematic masterpiece from beginning to end. It is easy to binge because their are only 3 seasons (but man I wish there were more). Besides the fact that it is a great take on one of my favorite comic book characters, the show as a whole is amazing. In the show David Haller takes on his arch rival, the Shadow King. And what ensues is a wild journey through time. Let me suggest 5 Legion comics you shoudl read to prepare yourself.
If you don’t know much about David Haller, AKA Legion, let me peak your interest. First of all, he is the son of Professor Charles Xavier, and an insanely powerful mutant. Perhaps the most powerful. He also insane. If you want to learn more about him (and why wouldn’t you), these 5 comics are a great place to start.
X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Prelude
Legion, the supremely powerful son of Charles Xavier, wants to change the world – and he’s traveled back in time to kill Magneto to do it! Can the X-Men stop him, or will the world as we know it cease to exist? Featuring the last day of Cable’s life; Gambit vs. Sabretooth; the beginning of Archangel and Psylocke’s relationship; and Mystique, bent on revenge! Witness the final moments in the lives of the X-Men before their world changes forever! Purchase.
X-Men: Legion – Shadow King Rising
David Haller is no ordinary mutant. Son of Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men, David’s incredible mental powers fractured his mind – and now, each of his personalities controls a different ability! And they’re not all friendly, as Xavier and the New Mutants find out the hard way!
But as Legion struggles to control the chaos in his head, he attracts the attention of one of Xavier’s oldest and most malevolent foes…Amahl Farouk, the Shadow King, who has been secretly stalking and manipulating the X-Men and their allies for some time. When the Shadow King sinks his hooks deep into David’s mind, will two teams of X-Men be enough to defeat him – or will David be the key to the villain’s ultimate victory? Purchase.
Legion: Son of X Vol. 1: Prodigal
Legion is the most powerful and unstable mutant in the world, and son to Professor Charles Xavier. Now, following Professor X’s tragic death, Legion will finally attempt to tame his fractured mind, conquer his inner demons and embrace his father’s legacy! First, Legion tries to help newly manifested mutant twins, exploited by a criminal cartel in Japan. But the twins have plans of their own, as do Legion’s inner demons! Then, two new villains have begun plotting Legion’s demise.
But little does he know one of them is lurking within his own psyche, and the other is hiding among the X-Men themselves! Legion infiltrates the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning – but when he learns the demon in his brain has a horrifyingly familiar face, can he and the X-Men help one another overcome it? Purchase.
The epic story that ushered in the Age of Apocalypse! Legion’s once-shattered psyche is finally united, with a singular purpose – to make up for all the misery he has visited on his father, Charles Xavier. And to do it, he plans to make Xavier’s dream a reality – by travelling back in time to kill its greatest obstacle, Magneto! The X-Men scramble to stop him from altering history – but, lost in the past, can they thwart Legion’s misguided mission before the entire Marvel Universe is wiped away? Plus: Mystique seeks revenge against Legion, even as her shocking connection to Nightcrawler is revealed! And Storm returns to Cairo to face her past…but will she join the all-new Hellfire Club? Purchase.
A mind-bending X-Men tale from the brains of Peter Milligan (X-STATIX, Shade the Changing Man) and Wilfredo Torres (MOON KNIGHT, BLACK PANTHER)! David Haller, the son of Professor Charles Xavier, has always had trouble containing the multiple personalities in his mind. And with each personality, comes a wild and dangerous mutant power.
But now, a terrifying new personality is threatening to absorb these powers and take over David’s mind and body. In a desperate attempt to save himself, David seeks out the help of renowned young psychotherapist Hannah Jones to delve into his fractured mind and fight back this dark personality. But unknown to Legion…Dr. Jones brings her own demons with her… Purchase.