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David Charles Haller (better known by his nickname Legion) is a fictional character appearing in the X-Men series from Marvel Comics. Legion is the mutant son of Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Holocaust survivor, Gabrielle Haller. Legion takes the role of an antihero and has a severe mental illness, DID or Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously known as MPD, Multiple Personalities Disorder), with each of his personas (over 50) controlling one of his many, and sometimes dangerous, superpowers. His ability to absorb a person's psyche, allows Legion to create alternate personalities, and manifest their superhuman abilities when they are dominant including: telepathy, telekinesis, pyrokinesis, time travel, and reality warping.
The television network, FX, has developed a TV series with writer Noah Hawley (Fargo, Before the Fall) surronding the complex life (or lives) of Legion. Dan Stevens stars as David Haller; Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, and Bill Irwin are also set to star. Hawley wanted to show Haller as an "unreliable narrator", including mixing 1960s design with modern-day elements, and filming the series through the title character's distorted view of reality.¹ Legion premiered at the Pacific Design Center on January 26, 2017, ahead of its FX debut on February 8. It is set to run over eight episodes for its first season. This is the first television series to take on the X-Men franchise. Check out the trailer for Legion below the book recommendations.
Like Legion? Check out these other book and movie titles, some involving superheroes, and some involving pyschological disorders. *note: Because Legion is considered an adult TV series, all of these are adult titles. Not all Marvel movies we have in our catalog are listed. To see more X-Men comics for adults, go here.
Deadpool (2016), starring Ryan Reynolds (R)
Based upon Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, the film tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. (catalog summary)
Doctor Strange: Volume 2 by Stan Lee
The Master of the Mystic Arts is back, brought to you by the mind-blowing occult imaginings of Lee, Ditko, Everett, Severin, O'Neil and Adkins. With a roll call of classic creators like that, this book's anything but cursed. With galaxy-sized threats of Dormammu and Eternity—then, Dr. Strange goes head-to-head with Nebulos, Lord of the Planets Perilous. (catalog summary)
Guardians of the Galaxy: Prelude by Dan Abnett
Who is Nebula? What tragic events forged her unbreakable allegiance to her dark lord? And how does Korath the Pursuer fit in? Then, as Gamora begins her quest for the Orb, see firsthand why she is the considered the most dangerous woman in the universe! Plus, relive the Guardians' individual debuts as Gamora and Star-Lord burst onto the scene, Drax and Iron Man take on Thanos, Rocket Raccoon meets the Hulk. . .and Groot tries to enslave the earth! (catalog summary)
Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and A Sun God From Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human by Grant Morrison
Morrison draws on history, art, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this alternate universe as a comic book writer to provide the first true chronicle of the superhero. (catalog summary)
Switching Time: A Doctor's Harrowing Story of Treating A Woman With 17 Personalities by Richard K. Baer
One afternoon in 1989, Karen Overhill walks into psychiatrist Richard Baer's office complaining of vague physical pains and depression. Odder still, she reveals that she's suffering from a persistent memory problem. Routinely, she "loses" parts of her day, finding herself in places she doesn't remember going to or being told about conversations she doesn't remember having. Her problems are so pervasive that she often feels like an impersonator in her own life; she doesn't recognize the people who call themselves her friends, and she can't even remember being intimate with her own husband. Baer recognizes that Karen is on the verge of suicide and, while using various medications to keep her alive, tries to discover the root cause of her strange complaints. It's the work of months, and then years, to gain Karen's trust and learn the true extent of the trauma buried in her past. What she eventually reveals is nearly beyond belief, a narrative of a childhood spent grappling with unimaginable horror. How has Karen survived with even a tenuous grasp on sanity? Then, Baer receives an envelope in the mail. It's marked with Karen's return address but contains a letter from a little girl who writes that she's seven years old and lives inside of Karen. Soon Baer receives letters from others claiming to be parts of Karen. Under hypnosis, these alternate Karen personalities reveal themselves in shocking variety and with undeniable traits—both physical and psychological.
Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan
Sybil. The 1973 nonfiction blockbuster and the TV movie based on it became both a pop phenomenon and a revolutionary force in the psychotherapy industry. The book rocketed multiple personality disorder into public consciousness. Nathan presents proof that the allegedly true story was largely fabricated. What really powered the legend was a trio of women: the willing patient, her ambitious shrink, and the imaginative journalist who spun their story into bestseller gold. (catalog summary)
Watchmen by Alan Moore
This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin. (catalog summary)
X-Men (2000), starring Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart (PG-13)
Because of unique genetic mutations, children with extraordinary and dangerous powers are born into a world filled with prejudice. Under the tutelage of Professior Xavier, these and other outcasts learn to harness their powers for the good of mankind.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), starring Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy (PG-13)
After the re-emergence of the world's first mutant, world-destroyer Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.
X-men: Days of Future Past (2014), starring Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy (PG-13)
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past; to save our future. (catalog summary)
X-Men, First Class: The Wonder Years by Jeff Parker
For millions of years, mankind's place on Earth was unchallenged—until five young people paved the way for a new kind of human While students at the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast and Iceman taught the world what it meant to be X-Men. (catalog summary)