4:17pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel Unveils Launch Slate for Comic Book 'Legacy' Relaunch
Marvel Entertainment has announced its launch lineup for Marvel Legacy, its upcoming linewide comic book relaunch, and the future of the Marvel Universe looks … surprisingly familiar.
The majority of the Legacy line is the same as Marvel's current comic book lineup, with a few additions — revivals of Marvel Two-in-One and Spirits of Vengeance, both series pairing fan-favorite characters (Fantastic Four's the Thing, and Ghost Rider, respectively) with other heroes, and a solo title for The Falcon, AKA Sam Wilson, who currently headlines the Captain America: Sam Wilson series — and a handful of interesting omissions: Guardians of the Galaxy is losing its spinoff titles, fan-favorite title The Unstoppable Wasp is apparently disappearing and, most interestingly and surprisingly, there's a complete lack of Captain America altogether.
Marvel Legacy will begin in September with a 50-page special issue by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic that will set up the status quo for the comic book line moving forward, with the initiative rolling out across the line the following month. Marvel is aiming high for the relaunch, following months of lower sales and reduced buzz for its output. Beyond the comic book stories themselves, the publisher intends to offer value-added items for fans including revivals of in-house fan club F.O.O.M. (Friends Of Ol' Marvel) and its 1970s "value stamp" program.
(Marvel's website ramps up the hyperbole for the initiative, with the headline Marvel Legacy Changes the Comic Book Industry, although the related story doesn't explain how, exactly, that will happen.)
No details of creative teams for any of the Marvel Legacy titles have been revealed. The following is a list of announced titles:
Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows
Invincible Iron Man
Old Man Logan
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Despicable Deadpool
The Mighty Captain Marvel
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Spirits of Vengeance
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider
The Unbelievable Gwenpool
The Uncanny Avengers
Spider-Man vs. Deadpool
Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man