Page by Page: A Review/Reaction to Marvel Legacy #1

Join Randy as he takes us on a page-by-page journey – sharing his thoughts along the way – through the momentous comic that is Marvel Legacy #1.

Secret Empire is finally over and Marvel Legacy #1 is here to give us the state of the Marvel Universe. Join me as I read through and react page by page to this momentous comic.

Marvel Legacy #1 coverTitle: Marvel Legacy #1
Price: $5.99
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Story: Jason Aaron
Art Team: Steve McNiven, Esad Ribic
Editor: Tom Brevoort
On Comic Racks: September, 2017

Solicitation: 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!

Review: Marvel Legacy #1

Cover: The cover is great. I throwback to the comics of the 90’s with its expensive, collector feel. It has a shine to it that give the appearance of the art moving from black and white to color. But, looking at the gate-fold picture, I can’t help but want more X-Men representation other than Storm.

Pg 1: Interesting hook right off the bat with Mjolnir alone on the ground one million years ago. I wonder who the narrator is. My guess is Cap.

Pg 2-3: We see a super-team of the past, Odin and the Phoenix. Odin appears to be having trouble controlling the hammer and we hear talk of a great monster that fell from the sky. It’s funny, the Phoenix has a thing for redheads.

Marvel Legacy #1 detailPg 4-5: We now run into the rest of this super team that appears to have a Panther, Hulk like creature with the power of Starbrand, a sorcerer supreme, an Iron Fist, and a Ghost Rider who has just lost his fiery Mastodon. They assemble in front of the fallen Celestial.

Pg 6-7: Awesome splash panel! The narrator is talking about legacy, and what the heroes mean to the Earth they protect.

Pg 8-9: Fast forward to now and the return of Robbie Reyes to the comic scene. I last saw his character in an issue of Gwenpool of all places. He has apparently sleep driven his car from L.A. to South Africa and has had dreams of his earlier counterpart.

Pg 10-11: Ghost Rider runs into Starbrand. I know next to nothing about the character but they let us know that it is “the Earth’s inherent defense mechanism;” simple enough. He intends to stop the Ghost Rider from searching out what is buried.

Pg 12-13: Jotunheim, realm of the giants. Loki is plotting with some giants in name only. I love that concept, that there are runts of the litter in giant society that are the size of regular people. Anyway, Loki sends them out to fetch something for him from SHIELD.

Pg 14-15: We now learn that because of Secret Empire, SHIELD is shutting down. The frost “runts” attack and heroes arrive.

Marvel Legacy #1 detailPg 16-17: Those heroes are Cap (Sam Wilson) and Thor (Jane Foster). This is the last outing for Sam as Captain America now that the real Steve is back. Ironheart arrives to help and in one panel we get a lot of information on what’s happening in the world: There is a nationwide manhunt for Deadpool, Wilson Fisk is in the running for Mayor of New York, and people are wondering where Captain America (Steve) is.

Pg 18-19: Those looking for Steve are wondering how he will answer for what has been done in his name and that is a good question, you can’t just sweep this under the rug. Also, I find it hilarious that there is a “Roxx News” in the Marvel U. Also, my earlier guess of the narrator is wrong because they comment on Steve. Over at Asgardia, we see the Odinson drowning his sorrows in mead. An Asgardian vizier who foresees the future is standing on the Bifrost and says “Mangog is Coming,” then jumps to his death. Who or what is Mangog?

Pg 20-21: At a Stark facility in New Jersey, Tony Stark’s comatose body has gone missing and we go back to the Starbrand and Ghost Rider fight.

Pg 22-23: Starbrand talks about protecting the world from themselves, the heroes and we go to an archaeological dig in South Africa. Two SHIELD agents are playing out their last day on the job when the site explodes.

Pg 24-25: It was actually Starbrand crashing into the site and he kills the two agents with a wave of his hand, remarking on how he is being drawn to the site. The archaeologist decides to keep digging. We next find Deadpool confessing his sins in a bathroom stall and then being shot by cops for the murder of Phil Coulson. I’m still a believer that Coulson Lives!

Marvel Legacy #1 detailPg 26-27: Dr. Strange and Iron Fist talk about their shared prehistoric dream and we learn that Norman Osborn tried to break into the Sanctum Sanctorum to secure a source of power for himself. At Avenger’s Mansion, Jarvis remarks to Nadia Pym that he feels this existential pull that something is off, but can’t place his finger on it. But reader, if you look closely at the founding Avengers statue in the background, you can see a change to the lineup. A new person, Voyager, stands with the team. But, what does this mean for the history of the Avengers and how did it change?

Pg 28-29: Is this the start of a new incarnation of the Avengers? Falcon, Thor, and Ironheart? I can dig it, they have a good rapport with one another. Plus, it’s hilarious how Riri messed up her chance to say Avengers Assemble.

Pg 30-31: The ice runt gets away with Loki’s mystery package and I have no idea what is inside. Overlooking the city, the last two members of the Fantastic Four remark on if they are even remembered and if they are needed anymore. Thing reassures Johnny that they are needed then fires a 4 signal flare into the sky signaling some awesome nostalgia for the old days of marvel Comics.

Pg 32-33: And what may be the craziest thing so far in the comics, we see that Wakanda now has its own throneworld and intergalactic empire in another star system? This is actually a throwback to Hickman’s Secret Wars #12 when T’challa sent Wakandans to space to “drag mankind to the stars on the back of Wakandan science.” Such a cool throwback to that. Speaking of space, at an Alpha Flight deep space monitoring station, a signal comes in from Sakaar (Planet Hulk) for the Hulk to return because they need his help!

Pg 34-35: Ghost Rider takes down Starbrand with a penance stare. And I mean takes down! He blew him up! But, before he did, he mentioned the Final Host, I wonder if he is talking about the Celestials. In the past, many hosts of them have come to earth to judge mankind.

Marvel Legacy #1 detailPg 36-37: Our archaeologist friends have found the fallen Celestial, this does not bode well.

Pg 38-39: The celestial says “Summon the final host, cleanse them all.” Dumbledore said it best, “Dark and difficult times lie ahead.” Also, the Avengers defeat the frost giants and because it wasn’t on the manifest, Loki’s mysterious package escapes unnoticed.

Pg 40-41: The Frost Runt escapes with package #4-1939 and gets hit by a beer truck and it looks like the driver has a Galactic travel guide and a hank Williams CD.

Pg 42-43: The driver has claws!

Pg 44-45: Young Jean visits the grave of Wolverine and finds it open. The adamantium shell that covered Wolverine’s body is sliced open. How?

Pg 46-47: The driver of the beer truck is Wolverine! The original, not the old man, not X-23, the original, beer drinkin’, Wolverine! And the best use of a Frost Giant’s carcass as a beer cooler goes to…

Pg 48-49: Wolverine has item #4-1939, a blue glowing rock. Infinity stone maybe? Yes, confirmed by Gamora on the next page. And Loki, not being dismayed at the loss of his stone, finds the fallen Celestial.

Pg 50-51: Our narrator is waxing poetic then gets cut off right before they say “fantastic.”

Pg 52: Our narrator is Valeria Richards with her brother Franklin. The children of the Fantastic Four’s Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman. When we left them they were out exploring new universes after Secret Wars, but it sounds like she may want to come home.

The Verdict

This was a great book and I hope you enjoyed reading/reacting to it with me. This really did a great job of setting up the Marvel Universe.

So many great stories have been set up:

  • Steve Rogers looking for redemption
  • Mangog is coming to Asgardia
  • The search for Tony Stark
  • The legacy of the Fantastic Four
  • Wakandans in space
  • Return to Planet Hulk
  • Deadpool’s fall from grace, and
  • the hunt for the Infinity Stones!

My only regret is that there was not a lot of reference to the mutants and X-Men, but getting Wolverine back kind of makes it up for me.

I just wish that in the future, we can have a more balanced Marvel Universe that isn’t favored to one side or the other. But, I’ll keep on reading because this is something to definitely look forward to!

Review: Generations The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1 from Marvel Comics

Travel back in time as Thor meets Thor in our review of Generations The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1 from Marvel Comics.

Generations The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1 coverTitle: Generations The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1
Price: $4.99
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Story: Jason Aaron
Art Team: Mahmud A. Asrar, Jordie Bellaire, Joe Sabino
Editor: Will Moss
On Comic Racks: August, 2017

Solicitation: When a battle goes south, Thor finds herself in ancient Egypt – facing a young Odinson! A misguided party of Vikings has bitten off way more than they can spear. But when the prince of Asgard answers their cries for help, he ends up in a fight no axe alone can win! And Apocalypse is not one for mercy. Can a not-yet-worthy god and a time-lost hero take on one of the world’s most powerful mutants at the height of his empire? And what does their encounter mean for the future of two Thors?

Review: Generations The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1

Generations The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor 01 detailGenerations Mighty Thor and Unworthy Thor takes place in the past when Thor was unable to fully lift Mjolnir and he questioned his worth.

After hearing prayers from Midgard – from viking warriors invading Egypt – Thor flies to their aid and encounters En Sabah Nur, Apocalypse. Much to his surprise, the Mighty Thor joins the battle with a thunderous entrance.

Through the battle, Thor (Odinson) puts his pride aside and learns to fight alongside this new Thor and his viking compatriots. Along the way he learns that it isn’t his God-like nature that makes him who he is, but that its humanity that makes a Thor worthy.

The Verdict

This comic is filled with awesome artwork, a great standalone Thor story, and a good message.

4.5 out of 5!

Review: Generations Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1 from Marvel Comics

Generations Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1 is a tale of Laura and Logan that offers a nice glimpse of our classic character returned.

Generations Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1 coverTitle: Generations Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1
Price: $4.99
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Story: Tom Taylor
Art Team: Ramon Rosanas, Nolan Woodard, Cory Petit, Jorge Molina
Editor: Mark Paniccia
On Comic Racks: August, 2017

Solicitation: In Generations Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1, the death of Wolverine shook the Marvel Universe, and the ascension of the All-New Wolverine re-imagined what a healing factor and some adamantium claws can do! But the amazing combination of Logan and Laura is the duo you’ve been waiting for and a double-Wolverine team-up for the ages!

Generations Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1 Review

Generations Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1 begins in Tokyo, Japan as Wolverine (Logan) is fighting ninjas of the Hand. Wolverine’s adopted daughter – Akiko – has been kidnapped, and he is attempting to rescue her.

Generations Wolverine & All-New Wolverine 01 detailRight when the Hand start to overwhelm Wolverine, Laura, the All-New Wolverine, shows up and fights along side of him.

In the Generations titles, future characters become displaced in time and meet up with their earlier counterparts.

Laura says that when she found out where and when she was, she went to search Logan out and aid him in finding Akiko.

This leads Laura and Logan into a direct confrontation with the man behind it all, Sabretooth.

Generations: Wolverine & All-New Wolverine was a great classic Wolverine title. Wolverine use to be all over the place in almost every marvel title, but now that this version of him has been gone for awhile, it’s nice to get a glimpse of the classic character.

Verdict: Generations Wolverine & All-New Wolverine
My rating is a 4.5 out of 5 for Wolverine stabby-stabby action!

Generations Wolverine & All-New Wolverine 01 detail

Review: X-Men Blue #9 from Marvel Comics

X-Men Blue #9 lays the groundwork for some interesting plot points as Marvel’s Secret Empire reaches Cullen Bunn’s Original X-Men.

X-Men Blue #9 coverTitle: X-Men Blue #9
Price: $3.99
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Story: Cullen Bunn
Art Team: Cory Smith, Thony Silas, Matt Milla, Irma, Knivila, Joe Caramagna, Arthur Adams, Peter Steigerwald
Editor: Mark Paniccia
On Comic Racks: August, 2017

Solicitation: Jean and Jimmy continue their assault on Emma’s stronghold, trying to free their teammates. Meanwhile – Cyclops must fight to free himself from a particularly hellish mindscape. Can the X-Men win against Hydra when all hope is lost?

Review: X-Men Blue #9

It is worth noting that the cover art for X-Men: Blue #9 is by Art Adams and Peter Steigerwald, and is an homage to X-Men #50 – the first appearance of Polaris.

X-Men: Blue #9 follows the story of the original X-Men during the Secret Empire Event. They have come to the mutant nation of New Tian, and have been captured, all save for Jean Grey, Jimmy Hudson, and Danger.

X-Men Blue #9 detail

Polaris arrives at the behest of Magneto – as back-up to Jean and Jimmy as they go to free the other X-Men – and reunites with her former love, Havok – fighting him on the battlefield.

The X-Men break free, then search for Cyclops – who was last seen in the clutches of Emma Frost at the end of the last issue. Much to their surprise, they find him as a mindless puppet, controlled by the White Queen herself.

X-Men Blue #9 detailWe find out that she means to re-write Cyclops’ mind to make him more like the original Scott Summers – who is now dead – and that she has been so powerful because she has a cosmic cube fragment.

This story comes down to a great fight between the White Queen and Jean Grey, resulting in the X-Men’s escape from New Tian.

An interesting development is that the psi-battle between jean and Emma (with Cyclops in tow) resulted in a psychic link being formed between Scott and Jean.

This is not the first time this have happened between the pair, but does this mean that their relationship will evolve past that of being teammates?

Verdict: This comic was an enjoyable read. There was interesting artwork, good story development for it being a tie-in issue of Secret Empire, and it lays the groundwork for some interesting plot points in the future.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars!