Charles Xavier’s disastrous visit to see his son Legion in the Altar proves that he will keep his “Marvel’s Worst Father” award in 2023.
Warning: Contains spoilers for Legion of X #9The X-Men’s founder Charles Xavier is many things, but a great father does not count among them, and a recent interaction between the professor and his son Legion in Legion of X #9 proves that Charles will continue to win the “Marvel’s Worst Father” in 2023. Charles Xavier is a complex, nuanced leader who started out as a respected and beloved teacher and mutant mentor. However, starting with the massive retcon in Deadly Genesis that revealed Xavier had sacrificed a secret young team of mutants early in his career, the father-figure to many of X-Men’s greats has been on a steady decline. Since he became a founder and co-leader of Krakoa back in 2019, Xavier’s massively inflated ego has continued to increase, leading to the father taking his son David for granted more than he ever has before.
Legion of X #8 sees David’s longtime love interest, the precognitive mutant Ruth also known as Blindfold, accosting Charles in his home, calling him out for his historically terrible treatment of his son David, and telling him that David will forgive his fathers many sins if he would just go talk to him and take accountability. Finally, in Legion of X #9 – written by Si Spurrier with art by Netho Diaz and Sean Parsons – Xavier ends up visiting his son Legion in the Altar, and to absolutely no one’s surprise, almost immediately betrays him, at a time when all of Krakoa is being threatened by outside forces.
Xavier Can’t Help But Betray His Only Son
To be fair to Charles, Legion is an incredibly complex person himself, and has acted as a major enemy of the X-Men on many occasions, often due to the unstable mental health he experiences due to his Omega-level reality warping abilities. However, Legion has been on a path to redemption since his arc in 2017’s X-Men Legacy: Legion, and in the Krakoan Age the young, powerful mutant has stepped up even farther, creating an amazing astral space called the Altar for mutants to heal and find community.
Recently the anti-mutant group Orchis has orchestrated a multi-pronged attack against Krakoa, using Nightcrawler’s sorceress mother Margali Szardos and an attack by the Technarchy to distract the Legionaires while Nimrod secretly hacks into Krakoa and takes control of the island. When Charles visits Legion in the Altar he asks David why a father can’t visit his son without an ulterior motive. At the same time he immediately places a psychic trigger in David, betraying his son before he even attempts to have a peaceful conversation with him. As Legion brings Xavier around the Altar, showing him all the amazing places of healing and growth he has created for the mutants of Krakoa, Charles quickly realizes how wrong he is, and that David really has grown and healed. Xavier finally tells his son, “I’m proud of you,” before apologizing for what he has done. Before Legion can respond his mind is attacked by Xavier’s psychic assault. Xavier admits that he assumed Ruth coming to him and inviting him to the Altar was a trap, and that Legion planned on attacking him, proving just how little Xavier knows about his son, or the man he has become. As soon as Xavier’s psychic assault on David – which seemingly drains him of power and strength – takes effect, the astral Technarchy attacks Krakoa. It is Xavier’s incapacitation of his son that prevents a key defense of Krakoa from fighting back against Nimrod and Orchis.
Charles Xavier‘s continued disrespect and denial of his son Legion’s humanity, growth, and inherent goodness not only proves that he remains Marvel’s worst father, but his preemptive and unnecessary psychic attack on his son also leads to a serious attack on Krakoa and the X-Men that is yet to be resolved.
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Legion of X #9 from Marvel Comics is available now in stores.
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