Covering Issues #1-6
I’ll first start off with stating that I don’t know much about Haller and his powers aside from what I’ve researched, but the character is highly disturbed in all the wrong places. Being able to have the powers of dozens of seemingly homicidal personalities, Haller spends nearly the entire time trying to keep his darker sides in check while he deals with the aftermath of his father’s legacy coming undone around him. What really stands out the most about him is that he really want to do good in the world, to be a more proactive voice for mutant kind than even Xavier was, and to not be such a reactionary force that he deems the X-Men to be; he wants to go out and change the world into a better place, though without resorting to the kind of situations that the Utopian X-Men did when they held the Phoenix Force. For all of his faults, Haller just wants to live in peace; too bad the rest of his mind doesn’t.
Much of the writing is centered on what goes on in Haller’s head, and, given that he’s the central character of the series, I can see why his mental issues are a plot point. Sometimes, I just can’t make out what goes on in the guy’s mind. The vast amount of personalities that he has inside of him has certainly created a lot of problems for him and others, but I would have thought that the way those personalities were portrayed would have been a bit more . . . layered. Most of the personalities that have been shown and interacted with so far seem to be of a singular aspect of violence, with no nuance of cunning or plotting; personalities aren’t just one thing (not like the planets in the Star Wars galaxy), so it is disappointing to see them just built into a single aspect.
Going forward for the series, I would like to see just what Haller plans to do for his proactive stance and how he hopes to survive if he does it by himself. Granted, he’s a powerful mutant, but he’s also mentally unbalanced; not exactly a good combination in someone who wants to change the world around him. I also want to see just how he treats his legacy in regards to his father; he certainly has a lot to live up to, and the creative team has a lot to do to keep this comic of interest.