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X-Men Legacy: Emplate

(X-Men Legacy (2008) (Collected Editions) #4)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  330 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Emplate is back and he's out for blood. More specifically, for mutant bone marrow. And with the X-Men still reeling from Utopia, he may have picked the perfect time to come calling.

Collecting: X-Men: Legacy 228-230, Annual 1
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published February 24th 2010 by Marvel Comics
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Paul E. Morph
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this volume the X-Men face down one of their most chilling foes (and one I have a soft spot for, having been a huge fan of Generation X) in defence of their new island home and I absolutely loved it.

Emplate is a proper horror movie villain and deserves more recognition. He sends serious chills down my spine, particularly as he preys on the youngest X-students. I can actually hear his raspy, saliva-filled breath echoing out of his respirator-like face mask... Brrr...

The artwork in this one was
In this reader's opinion, it seems that Mike Carey could do no wrong when it came to the X-Men and he made an important change here, making Rogue the lead character for his branch of the X-Men franchise and it would stay that way for the next four years. Still, nothing could remove the fact that this was probably his weakest arc, well it was for this reader who was in the process reading the Carey.

Emplate was a Generation X villain and this was the first time he tangled with main X-Men and did
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. With majority of the mutants losing their powers because of M-day, Emplate is searching for any mutant he can find so he can feed. He snatches up Bling and escapes to another dimension. Now it’s up to the X-men to find a way to get her back. So far this was my favorite book in this X-men Legacy run. This on had the most action, coolest story and the most excitement.
May 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Acuna's art? Totally amateurish - broad strokes, flat texture, looks like Saturday morning cartoons.

But on second read, a few months since last time? The tale itself is satisfying, and Carey actually had a sense of humour buried somewhere in that serious head of his. wish he'd let it come out to play more.

Better than all the "tribute to mutants past" drivel that Carey's been around in the last few collections, but not exactly one for the ages.
Sep 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Just when I thought I had figured everything out that preceded the events of Second Coming, this comic totally confused me. There was a girl in it named Hope, that just looked like Hope Summers who was supposed to be in the time-stream with Cable. After I finished the comic I found out that her complete name was Hope Abbott and that she's of course another person. Why can't people with the same name at least look different? I really hate stories that confuse me like this. ...more
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Generation X villain Emplate is back, idk if he ever fought the X-Men, but being old and decrepit and his overall look makes him an annoying villain for me, and gives the X-Men a lot of trouble for not even being a major villain. Either way The story was great and very well written, the art was great and I just got lost in the story.
Rogue is steadily becoming my favourite character. She fills the void left by Phoenix very well. Oh, and she can really pack a hard punch, Emplate had to find out the hard way.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'd only read the first part of the story before, and was glad to finally read it. The story (another attack on Utopia, this time by Emplate and Rogue's rescue of a mutant he kidnaps) is pretty good. I guess the big caveat here (beyond the fact that it's an X-book, which will make it inpenetrable to some merely on principle) is Daniel Acuna's artwork. His style is one most people will either lover or hate, and even if you do like it it only works for certain stories. Mercifully, this is one of t ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was pretty mediocre, which makes me a bit sad since I've been enjoying X-Men Legacy until now. I'll press on, since I know there is the promise of more Magneto in the future. ;)

Basically, Monet St. Croix's evil brother, Emplate, has been freed and wants to glut himself on mutants. Apparently that is the way he survives. So he abducts Bling!, which is seriously one of the dumbest mutant names I've seen in quite some time (it always ends with the !, which is just downright annoying), on
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
This book stands out for the art, which is done by Daniel Acuna. It's a lot different from the other artists on the X-books, but I like the clean, thick lines. This artist's biggest flaw is that he leaves out a lot of detail in big spaces and mkaes up for this with nice, textured colors. The story is OK, at least it focuses on characters that don't usually get a lot of dialogue. The antagonist is as bland and pointless as can be. Emplate was only ever cool because Chris Bachalo originally drew h ...more
David Edmonds
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2010, x-men
A return of an old X-Men foe, Emplate. Rogue figures out that her role with the X-Men has changed, again. And that's about all that really happens in this volume. Honestly, what's going on over in Uncanny is so much better than what is happening in Legacy right now. It's not bad, there's just lots of room for improvement. ...more
Alex Meeres
May 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic-books
I liked the one or two pages about the X-men establishing non-combat roles on Utopia, with Rogue finding a way to be integrated into the team once more. But the other 99% of the book, which focused on D-list characters fighting an extra-dimensional space-vampire and his ridiculous side kick? I'll pass on that, thanks. ...more
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Super fun read! Goes into new territory and with a "classic" feel. Daniel Acuna's excellent painted art supports Mike Carey's excellent writing, and as a really superb match for each other too! In other words, it seemed like the art went perfectly with the writing. ...more
Sep 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, marvel
I think that Mike Carey can do better than write just another needless story about fighting a ridiculous opponent popping up from the past. But maybe he doesn't. His entire X-men run is rather disappointing. ...more
Christian Smith
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
ive been reading a lot of comic story arcs like secret invasion and siege. so its good to get back to the basics of fighting a villian and he is defeated by the end of the story. i loved the art it was so real and amazing. plus i great story.
Shannon Appelcline
I wasn't that enthused the first time I read this, but on a second read I discovered that it's a nice setup for Rogue in her new role as teacher and a good callback to the first arc of Generation X.
Matt Brakensiek
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Focuses on characters that are usually in the background and/or forgotten. Wonderful artwork and great character work.
Adam Stone
I found myself quickly bored in this storyarc. Emplate isn't an interesting villain here, and making his plan be the same plans he always had in Generation X, but this time centered on a different person amde of diamonds seems unoriginal.

I'm not sure if it's a coloring issue but I just don't enjoy the way Acuna draws people. I love his backgrounds and the mutants with more inhuman bodies, but the way he draws Cyclops, Rogue, Gambit, Warpath, the Cuckoos, Trance, and the science club just looked
Judah Radd
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel-comics
Solidly enjoyable.

Not a WHOOOLE lot going on, but that’s ok. The villain, Emplate, is an awesome, horrific nightmare monster. Watching Roxy and Rogue kick ass was a blast.

The art was very good work from Acuña. It captured the scariness of this conflict. Dr Nemesis was entertaining, as always.

I’m curious about what’s going on with Gambit. Some of the visual hints lead one to believe it may be rather... Sinister...

All in all, Legacy written by Carey remains a pretty badass title that I look forwa
Kyle Booth
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this arc probably more than I should have and it mostly has to do with the villain Emplate, who is extremely dark and seems right out of a horror comic, and his lacky henchman D.O.A., a superbly creepy and hilarious presence in the book.
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I quite enjoyed this volume. I don't think Emplate makes any sense, but he's very creepy and odd, and makes for a nice horror-y story. ...more
Mercedes McLean-Wheeler
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this quite a lot. Rogue was pretty awesome, and I got some needed background about Bling and Emplate.
This is one of those cases where I can see what the story's trying to do, and even if it doesn't quite make it, I can respect the attempt. Essentially, it dusts off the Generation X villain Emplate, whose powers are to parasitically feed off of other mutants; he comes to the X-Men's de facto headquarters Utopia in search of his old feeding creature Penance, and winds up capturing X-Men trainee Bling! and taking her to his other dimensional headquarters. Rogue ventures there to attempt a rescue.

Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jumping back in time a bit, this focuses on the X-Men shortly after Rogue's return, while they are still relatively intact, but after they have created their own isolated community. In this story, we see Emplate return, and Rogue using her newly under control power to keep others out of danger and save the day. It's a short volume, and features a turning point for Rogue where she decides to help others learn to control their powers and use them in ways they hadn't thought of before from her many ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I've been trying to get into the X-Men for ages, and there have been more misses than hits for me. There is so much background story with this group that things can be overly complex and confusing. This volume has lots of "who the hell are these people moments" for me, and one character, the sidekick of the villain, was just downright irritating. The art is nice and the overall plot easy enough to follow, but I guess the lack of context threw me off enough to keep me from really enjoying it. ...more
When I first read that this story was about a rescue attempt to save a mutant named Bling! I thought, Let the cunt die. It's bad enough being named Bling but to actually include an apostrophe in your name so that, when people write it, they have to write Bling! For that alone you deserve to die.

This is a monster-of-the-week about Immortan Joe coming to vampire suck one of the least vital X-Men. Rogue swings in and saves the day like the bad bitch she is. Good fun.
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel-comics
I find it interesting, and enjoyable, that all the X-books of this era (after Avengers/X-Men UtopiaX and going at least until Nechrosha maybe even until Schism, we'll see) don't really follow a "team" but more weave a story about the lives of all the mutants and how they interact from all different perspectives. So, yeah. I like. ...more
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Christa Seeley
I like Rogue and I love Bling so this comic should have been a slam dunk for me. But I just couldn't get interested in it at all. ...more
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I know about Utopia, but don't know much about what happened with Rogue, or Gambit's Apocalypse issues. All in all I thought this was interesting. ...more
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Mike Carey was born in Liverpool in 1959. He worked as a teacher for fifteen years, before starting to write comics. When he started to receive regular commissions from DC Comics, he gave up the day job.

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