This fall, Marvel is launching Legacy, a massive event that promises to affect its entire universe and restore long-running series to their original "legacy" numbering, something longtime fans are excited about in the age of near-constant first issue relaunches. The initiative will span the entire Marvel Universe, but the publisher is, of course, promising to make it easy for new readers with clearly indicated jumping on points for even the longest-running titles. It's an ambitious project that ranges from Marvel's very distant past all the way to the present, and promises to point the way to the future for readers old and new.
If all that sounds a little vague, that's because it is ... for now. Marvel hasn't yet revealed any major plot details for any of the titles spinning out of this initiative, and they've still got several months to do that. What we do know, though, is that it all kicks off with a single comic: Marvel Legacy #1. This 50-page one-shot from the amazing creative team of writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic (who previously teamed for Thor: God of Thunder) promises to set the stage for everything going forward by showing us the very, very distant past of the Marvel Universe with what basically amounts to a prehistoric Avengers team.
In a press release Friday, Marvel announced that the book will take us to the year 1,000,000 BC, and will star the team of Odin, Iron Fist, Star Brand, Ghost Rider, Phoenix, Agamotto, and Black Panther.
“Marvel Legacy #1 isn’t simply a history lesson,” Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said. “Rather, it’s the starting gun to a bevy of mysteries and secrets and revelations that will reverberate across the Marvel Universe in the weeks and months to come! No character, no franchise will be untouched by the game-changing events that play out across its pages. Jason and Esad pulled out all the stops to fat-pack this colossal issue with as much intrigue, action, surprise, mystery, shock and adventure as possible!”
So, with this one-shot Marvel is establishing that its characters are part of a legacy hundreds of thousands of years in the making, introducing us to the original Immortal Weapon, the first Sorcerer Supreme, and more. Legacy is something Marvel's always struggled a little bit with (the DC Universe used to be the place for legacy heroes), but in recent years they've hit their stride with characters like Miles Morales, Kamala Khan, Jane Foster and Sam Wilson having successful runs while taking up a mantle that wasn't originally theirs. Now the publisher has drafted Aaron -- who's already successfully played with thousands of years of Marvel history in his Thor run and through the Original Sin event -- to lay out the details of Marvel heroes past in what is hopefully a game-changing way. Weaving new history into decades of complex mythology without just doing a hard reboot is always a tricky thing, but if anyone can stick the landing, Aaron can.
Marvel Legacy #1 arrives in September. What do you think of the team the book's establishing?