This past Saturday, at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Marvel Comics announced that there were big changes coming this Fall by way of a new initiative called Marvel Legacy. So that’s great and all, but what does it mean?
The Marvel Legacy event will kick-off with a lengthy, 50-page one-shot comic book, Marvel Legacy #1, the last page of which, as promised by current Marvel Editor-in-Chief, Axel Alonso, will ‘break the internet.’ In addition to this one-shot, Marvel is renumbering their comic series in an effort to reflect their longevity. So, comics like Captain America: Steve Rogers will revert back to the original numbering, and we’ll have upcoming issues nearing #700. And despite this new renumbering, Marvel is planning on featuring what they’re calling “clean-entry points” for each series. Marvel will also focus on their long history and their most popular characters.
While I am on board with the Marvel Legacy initiative, the idea is far from original. It is clear that Marvel is hoping to duplicate the success that DC Comics is experiencing thanks to its Rebirth.
It seems as though Marvel is yet again making big changes to appeal to their fans, this time around, at least, it appears as though they are attempting to appeal to the long-time readers of their comics, not the newer, Marvel-movie-lovers.
This new Marvel Legacy initiative sounds good, and, looks even better on paper, but I am still leery. Regardless of my thoughts on Marvel’s motivations, you can bet that I, and the folks here at The Brazen Bull, will continue to weigh in on comics throughout these exciting times.