MARVEL LEGACY #1
Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Esad Ribic, Steve McNiven, Chris Samnee, Russell Dauterman, Alex Maleev, Ed McGuinness, Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, Pepe Larraz, Jim Cheung, Daniel Acuña, Greg Land, Jay Leisten, Mike Deodato, Jr., David Marquez, Matthew Wilson, Cory Petit
Published by: Marvel Comics
What it’s all about…
EVERYTHING STARTS HERE! It begins at the dawn of the human race, and ends with a child’s prayer! In between, empires fall, mysteries brew, secrets are revealed, quests are undertaken and legends are forged! All leading up to the dramatic return you’ve been waiting for – and one you’ve been dreading! Jason Aaron (MIGHTY THOR) and Esad Ribic (SECRET WARS) usher in a new dawn – one whose rays will touch every corner of the Marvel Universe in the days to come! MARVEL LEGACY: It’s everything you’ve been longing for – and more!
What I thought about it…
When I went into my local comic shop this past weekend, I had no plans to buy Marvel Legacy #1. Especially since MArvel once again spoiled a comic a day before it hit shelves. However, it turned out the store was having a promotion where if I bought a copy, then all back issues would be 25% off. That was too good to pass up, so I grabbed a copy of Marvel Legacy with the foldout cover.
As pissed off as I was over Marvel spoiling parts of this book, I will say that everyone will find something to like in Marvel Legacy #1. But I have to say that for a single issue, Marvel Legacy has a ton of stuff in it, too much in fact. Some of the story is great, while other parts of the story made me wonder why it was in the book in the first place.
Marvel promoted this comic as the first step to everything that is coming up. But Marvel Legacy #1 reads more like a sampler issue than anything else. There are about two to three pages devoted to each character, and while there are some interesting ideas here, there just isn’t enough for me to say “I want to pick this title up.”
Jason Aaron is one of the best writers in the business, but I think he had an almost impossible task by having to introduce a ton of stuff he won’t be a part of. Not surprisingly, the strongest stuff in Marvel Legacy are the pages including Thor, a character Aaron knows inside and out.
On the art front, I’m usually not a fan of comics with multiple artists. I’ve seen too many bad ones over they years, and yes I’m talking about Daredevil #375, but I digress. Marvel Legacy #1 features over a dozen artists, but you know what? The art was fantastic in this comic. Probably because there isn’t as single bad artist among them.
No doubt comparisons will be made to last year’s DC’s Rebirth one-shot, but to me Marvel Legacy #1 is very different, and not nearly as impactful. That’s not to say Legacy is bad, it’s not. But considering what this issue is supposed to lead to, it could have been better.
At the end of the day though, Marvel Legacy #1 is an okay issue with a couple of interesting ideas, but I wouldn’t call it a must buy.
Marvel Legacy #1 final score: C+