Writer: Christos Gage
Penciler: David Baldeon
Inker: Jordi Tarragona
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: Cory Petit
Publisher: Marvel Comics (Dan Buckley)
Release Date: October 31st, 2012
The cover of this issue boasts that it is the final issue but I think that is a bit of a misdirection considering the new #1 comes out in November. Oh well, I enjoy legacy for the most part and I really hope that when it starts following Legion it will be as good.
As for this issue, it felt to me as if it were the final moment of growth for Rogue. She goes on a mission with Mimic and shows him how it is possible to control powers like theirs. She absorbs many people and still keeps her mind together. She quickly balances the new abilities and becomes a powerhouse with control that you wouldn't expect of the Rogue we met many years ago. She is actually an inspiration for Mimic to become a better hero.
There is a lot of talk about getting to the point that you are happy and in control. Rogue claims that she hasn't gotten there because she doesn't think there is a "there". It is fitting that she is a teacher at Wolverine's school. I actually like her final little speech: "You're always learning about yourself. Always getting better. Working not to make new mistakes or slip back into old ones. It's called life."
I think that last bit sums up a lot of things for Rogue, for mutants and for all of us. It does feel like a good place to take the focus off of Rogue and move it on to another mutant who doesn't have their stuff together quite as well. I applaud Christos Gage's "ending" to this title. It is time for a new beginning, it is time for Legion.