After honoring its legacy heroes this summer with "Generations," Marvel Comics will launch a new initiative that showcases its most popular characters in new storylines, returns the publisher's long-running titles to their original numbering, and revives fan-favorite elements.
Announced this afternoon at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, Marvel Legacy kicks off this fall with the appropriately titled "Marvel Legacy" #1, a 50-page one-shot written by Jason Aaron ("Doctor Strange," "Star Wars") and illustrated by Esad Ribic ("Gamora," "Secret Wars") that promises to "set the stage for the next chapter of the Marvel Universe with hope, heroism, heart and the Earth-shattering return of a beloved Marvel mainstay."
Sporting a four-panel foldout cover by Joe Quesada, the special issue is billed as "a perfect entry point for all readers." Following its release, the Legacy banner will unfurl with new and continuing series starring such characters as the Avengers, Squirrel Girl, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, America Chavez, Deadpool, the X-Men, Ironheart, The Punisher, Ms. Marvel, Captain America, Moon Knight, the Champions, Luke Cage, Odinson, the Hulk, Iron Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
“The Marvel Legacy initiative is a celebration of everything that makes Marvel the best in fiction, and it’s a signifier of a new era for Marvel Comics,” Quesada, Marvel's chief creative officer, said in a statement.. “It’s a loving look at the heart of Marvel as we embrace our roots and move enthusiastically forward with all the Marvel characters you know and love starring in the biggest, boldest, best Marvel stories. All of which kicks off with the giant 'Marvel Legacy' special.”
The titles that resume their original numbering will be marked with special trade dress and cover treatments.