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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Is Marvel Comics's Legacy Too Little, Too Late Or Will It Be Their Rebirth?


In September, Marvel Comics is launching its next big event - Legacy.

This begins with an eponymous one-shot, then spreads out through 53 titles (because they had to one-up DC's iconic 52!) and is supposed to restore the Marvel Universe to a more fan-friendly status quo.

This project also includes, in the case of long-running titles (such as Amazing Spider-Man), a reversion to Marvel's old numbering.

Not good enough, Marvel,
not good enough!
You can see this numbering for the start of the Legacy event in the graphic below, along with the name of the first storyline in each title to embrace this new worldview.

Other initiatives for this upcoming era apparently include heroes fighting villains (not each other), clearly identified jumping-on points, bringing back the old FOOM! fan-magazine and the return of  Marvel Value Stamps.

Pop over to Calvin's Canadian Cave Of Cool to see some of the spiffy animated cover GIFs that show the new covers and those that inspired them.

Frustratingly, a lot are inspired by Fantastic Four covers but there isn't an actual Fantastic Four title in the mix (there is Marvel Two-In-One which teams up The Thing and Human Torch, though).

I'll pick up the one-shot, and my usual titles (Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker, Iron Fist, Doctor Strange) but there's nothing really there that tickles my fancy, except Spirits Of Vengeance.

And I'm guessing these will all be $3.99 (at least) titles, so that limits my interest as well, especially as my pull-list fills up with the alternative superhero universes of Valiant, Graphic India, and other independent publishers.

8 comments:

  1. do Not like DC's "52" take on the Joker...
    A great week to you and yours, good Sir... and Hello from Marshville...

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  2. DC has moved on from the New 52 to its hugely successful "Rebirth" era.

    Happy Fourth of July to you, sir!

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    1. And a happy Day to you from "across the Pond"...
      Hope to see a few fireworks later...

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    2. What is their "Rebirth" of the character of the Joker?? (after the face removal and really bad hair... more of an "insult"... he did do the same to the "Bat" Heroes... )
      have not gotten to read these newer ones... (many years since we have even gotten to buy a comic book)
      Thank you, good Sir for telling us of this DC "Rebirth"...

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    3. Three Jokers...???
      we found an informative "IGN-based" site that goes into details about it ... Thank you again... we did Not know of the DC Rebirth story... if not for you saying in your post, would not have know to look up "New" Joker... Thank you.

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    4. The Joker has been absent for a while, but has recently returned for DC's big METAL event.

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  3. It's never too late, but without the Fantastic Four it will always be too little. Marvel need to get over their hissy fit and bring them back with the best creative team they can hire. FF should be THE flagship title of Marvel, regardless of what's happening in the world of movies.

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    1. I'm digging my heels in on the whole FF debacle. They were my first true introduction to superhero comics, and they are "Marvel's First Family".

      It's an insult to the characters and their creators that, because of some corporate hissy fit, they've been condemned to the back issue bin!

      Perhaps if I hadn't recently discovered the wonderful world of Valiant I'd be more inclined to cut this relaunch some slack, but the fact is I don't need new Marvel Comics on my pull-list right now. Especially when their film and TV branches are producing such quality fare anyway ;-)

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