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    Marvel Legacy’s Lineup: The New “New 52”

    By | June 23rd, 2017
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    Today Marvel announced their slate of Marvel Legacy titles with staggered announcements between different news sites throughout the day. Each title was announced as a gif with a classic marvel cover morphing into the cover for the new series. No other information was announced today. Of the Fifty-Two titles announced only seven were brand-new series, that is not a series that’s continuing as is or under a new name. Those seven series are “Secret Warriors,” “Thanos,” “Moon Knight,” “Hawkeye,” “Falcon,” “Marvel Two-in-One,” and “Spirits of Vengeance.”

    – Marvel Legacy’s first group of announced titles consisted of five continuing series and one series that has been renamed. “America” features a cover by Benjamin Caldwell which homages John Romita Sr.’s “Amazing Spider-Man” #39 cover. “Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur” sports an homage cover of Jack Kirby’s “Fantastic Four” #49 by Felipe Smith. The cover also features both the Human Torch and the Thing possibly as the Fantastic Two Axel Allonso Marvel Editor and Chief teased on Twitter. “X-Men Blue” and “Astonishing X-Men” are launching with an homage cover of Jim Lee’s “X-Men” #10 by David Lopez and one of John Cassaday’s “Astonishing X-Men #1” by John Cassaday. “Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows” is receiving a cover from Khary Randolph homaging Mike Zeck’s “Amazing Spider-Man” #252. Finally “Totally Awesome Hulk” is being renamed “The Incredible Hulk” and is returning to Planet Hulk. The cover is an homage to Ladronn’s “Incredible Hulk” #94 by Mike Deodato Jr.

    – The second grouping of titles consisted of four continuing series and one new title. “Iceman”‘s cover was an homage by Michael Ryan of Gil Kane’s “Champions” #1. “Invincible Iron Man” pays tribute to John Romita Jr. and Bob Layton’s cover for “Invincible Iron Man” #150 with a cover by Alan Davis. “Luke Cage: Hero for Hire” like “Invincible Iron Man” references its own title with an homage cover to John Romita Sr.’s “Luke Cage: Hero for Hire” #1 by Dave Johnson. “Old Man Logan” honors the past with an homage to John Buscema’s “Wolverine” #2 cover by Cameron Stewart. A new Inhumans filled “Secret Warriors” title was announced with the team consisting of Ms. Marvel, Quake, Karnak, The Human Torch, Moon Girl and The Devil Dinosaur. Dave Johnson homages Jim Steranko’s “Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” #1 for the cover.

    – The third announcement consisted entirely of returning books. “Champions” returns with a team consisting of The Vision, Wasp, Hercules, Jane Foster’s Thor, Nova, Miles Morales Spider-Man and Amadeus Cho Hulk. Their cover is by Daniel Moa and is an homage to Sal Buscema’s “Avengers Annual” #17. “Hawkeye” will continue featuring both Clint and Kate as well as an homage cover by Greg Smallwood of David Aja’s “Hawkeye” #1. “Jessica Jones” will continue into Marvel Legacy. Her cover is an homage to Frank Miller’s “Marvel Team-Up Annual” #4 by Daniel Mora. Miles Morales continues to star in his solo “Spider-Man” title heading into Marvel Legacy. The new cover features the debut of a new Sinister Six which consists of Electro, Bombshell, Hobgoblin, Spot, Sandman, and a new Iron Spider. The cover is an homage by Mark Bagley of John Romita Sr.’s “Amazing Spider-Man Annual” #6. The “U.S.Avengers” continues with a new story entitled “The Search for Cannonball.” At least that’s what Christian Ward’s homage cover of John Byrne’s “Fantastic Four” #261. Ron Lim has created an homage of George Perez’s iconic “Infinity Gauntlet” #1 cover to commemorate the new “All-New Guardians of the Galaxy” Series which sees the team set off to track down the infinity stones.

    – The fourth group consists of five returning books and one whose series just recently ended. “Royals” is continuing and it features an homage cover of Terry Austin’s “Uncanny X-Men” #142 by Juan Doe. “The Punisher” is sticking around with an homage cover of Kevin Hopgood’s “Iron Man” #282 by Tim Bradstreet. Mike Allred is making an appearance at the house of ideas for “The Avengers” homage cover which references John Buscema and George Tuska’s “Avengers” #53. Rob Liefeld homages himself from “New Mutants” #87 for “Cable.” Salvador Espin treats “Deadpool” to an homage of Gil Kane and John Romita Sr.’s “Amazing Spider-Man” #129. Lastly Bill Sienkwicz pulls a Liefeld and homages his own “Moon Knight” #25 for the return of “Moon Knight.”

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    – The fifth group is another one that consists entirely of returning comics. “Black Panther” is returning with an homage to Todd McFarlane’s “The Incredible Hulk” #340. “Mighty Captain Marvel” homages “Hulk” #1. “Daredevil” returns homaging John Byrne’s “Uncanny X-Men” #135. “Doctor Strange” gets a self referential cover as it homages “Doctor Strange” #177. “Generation X” follows this pattern with its cover patterned after “Generation X” #1. “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” returns with an homage to “Silver Surfer” #1.

    – Group Six is yet another group with no new titles. “Venom,” the title that was first to revert to legacy numbering, will be continuing and features an homage cover of Steve McNiven’s “Amazing Spider-Man” #546 by Francesco Mattina. Jennifer Walter will be returning to the “She-Hulk” title after a short stint as just “Hulk.” Her cover is an homage to Herb Trimpe’s “Incredible Hulk” #115 by Duncan Fegredo. “Monsters Unleashed” receives an homage to Jack Kirby’s “Fantastic Four” #1 by Daniel Mora. Black Bolt continues into Marvel Legacy with an homage to John Byrne’s iconic Uncanny X-Men #141 cover by Christian Ward. Amazing Spider-Man one of the few comics we have a definite creator for as Dan Slott has confirmed he’s staying on the title receives an homage cover references John Romita Sr.’s Amazing Spider-Man: A Rockomic album cover by Alex Ross. It’s a sibling rivalry as “All-New Wolverine” continues with a cover that features a showdown between Daken and Laura. Kris Anka’s cover as a direct homage to John Buscema’s “Fantastic Four” #112.

    – Its round seven and we’re getting another new title. “Spirits of Vengeance” is a book following Johnny Blaze’s Ghost Rider, Blade, Satanna, and Daimon Hellstorm. The title features an homage cover by Ken Lashley of Dave Cockrum’s “Giant Sized X-men” #1. Mike Mayhew gives Marvel Legacy its second “Astonishing X-Men” homage as his cover for “Jean Grey” references John Cassaday’s “Astonishing X-Men” #2. The recently launched “Defenders” title is receiving an homage cover of Jack Kirby’s “Avengers” #16 by Szymon Kudranski. “Spider-Gwen” gives Todd McFarlane his second homage as Khary Randolph gives his take on McFarlane’s “Amazing Spider-Man” #316 cover. Ben Caldwell homages Dave Cockrum’s “Uncanny X-Men” #100 cover for X-Men: Gold.

    – The eighth and final mass announcement of titles we’ve got eight books to finish us off. “Weapon X” is returning with an homage cover to “Weapon X” #1. “Ms. Marvel” soldiers on with a cover homaging Jack Kirby’s “The Origin of Captain America” cover. “Spider-Man vs Deadpool” gets a cover homaging “Spider-man” #34. Uncanny Avengers is returning with Scarlet Witch, Wonder Man, Rogue, Quicksilver and Brother Voodoo. “Thanos” gets a cover referencing “Secret Wars” #12. “The Unbelievable Gwenpool” is returning. “Iron Fist” is continuing with a cover homaging “Iron Fist” #14. “Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider” also continues with a cover homaging “The Amazing Spider-Man” #12.

    – Later in the day Marvel announced several books on their own and those announcements will be collected here. Marvel teased “The Death of the Mighty Thor” with a cover homering Jim Starlin’s “The Death of Captain Marvel.” It’s worthy to note that the dearly departed Captain Marvel lost his life to cancer, and seeing as Jane Foster’s battle with cancer is a main focus of the current story, it’s completely possible she could see herself leaving this world in a similar fashion to Captain Marvel. “The Falcon” was announced with an homage cover by Elizabeth Torque of Ron Wilson’s “Invincible Iron Man” #71 complete with a new design for the Falcon costume. If this is an ongoing title, it would be the character’s first. “Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man” receives an homage cover by Paolo Siquera which references Al Milgrom’s “Captain America” #260 cover which features the titular hero behind bars. With the last announcement of the day Marvel has announced “Marvel Two-in-One” which is a series that will feature both The Human Torch and The Thing. The homage cover for the series was done by Edgar Delgado and it’s in reference to Rich Buckler and Joe Sinnott’s  cover for “Fantastic Four” #159.

    You can see some preview art here.

    Ryan Perry