BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Last week saw the premiere of Legion, a new FX TV series based on the Marvel character created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. The series follows David Haller, a mutant currently being treated for schizophrenia as a patient in a psychiatric hospital. Haller is one of the few…

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LEGION: New trailers go for funny, underwhelm with ableism

LEGION: New trailers go for funny, underwhelm with ableism

Legion, an FX TV series following Charles Xavier’s son, dropped two teaser trailers this past weekend.  Both trailers clock in at under 20 seconds, and both attempt to add some lightheartedness to the hype for the series. Unfortunately, that humor comes at the cost of the dignity of mentally ill people.  The first trailer, below, titled ‘WTF,’ shows a catatonic man drooling.  David Haller and another character stare at the character in apparent disbelief.  Considering…

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