Back in April, at C2E2, Marvel announced the Marvel Legacy Initiative, which sought to bring the publisher’s focus back to its core classic characters. The previous big theme from Marvel, “Marvel NOW!”, focused on introducing readers to “new’ characters such as Ironheart, Gwenpool, America Chavez and Moon Girl as well as younger and more diverse versions of Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel, the Hulk, etc. Marvel Legacy, however, seems to bringing back Marvel’s long-time icons to their original roles, as early publicity material has focused on putting the original versions of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and others in their classic costumes and iterations. Now, it seems that not only will Marvel return to classic characters, but also to classic numbering for many of their titles, as well as bringing back a few favorites that have been off the shelves for a while.
Today Marvel revealed that one of those titles is “Power Pack,” the fan-favorite team launched in the 1980s that featured a family of super-powered kids fighting crime. In line with Marvel Legacy’s approach of bringing back the classic numbering of their titles, “Power Pack” will return with issue #63, and the relaunch will be overseen by writer Devin Grayson and artist Marika Cresta. The issue kicks things off with a story called “Where is Power Pack?” which finds Katie Power on the hunt through her family’s past while an old enemy returns to the scene.
Marvel also delivered news on some of their continuing titles and how Marvel Legacy will change those books as well.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” reverts to both its original title and legacy numbering, as #137 sees “All-New Guardians of the Galaxy” scribe Gerry Duggan stick around, joined by Marcus To on art. Duggan and To blast into business with an arc called “The Infinity Quest”, which sees the Guardians begin a search for the infamous Infinity Stones, and come into contact with the Nova Corps and Richard Rider.
“Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider” continues along with issue #10, but writer Peter David and artist Will Sliney have plenty of old and new developments to mark the occasion. Reilly has a new town to swing through, as he sets up in Las Vegas. But the Scarlet Spider finds himself with some competition in the form of a new version of the Hornet. What’s this new hero’s interest in Ben? And how do the original Slingers, Prodigy, Dusk, and Ricochet, fit in with this supposedly new version of their old teammate?
Finally, “Spider-Man/Deadpool” #23 gains a new creative team in the form of writer Robbie Thompson and artist Chris Bachalo. Has Deadpool returned to a life of crime and thievery? It’s up to a reluctant and sure to be annoyed Spider-Man to find out and if possible, turn Merc With a Mouth back to the path of….well, not righteousness, certainly. Amorality? Yeah, let’s go with that. Or maybe they’ll just beat the snot out of each other. Pick up issue #23 to find out.
Check out some nifty cover images for each of the upcoming titles, along with a handy-dandy Marvel renumbering chart:
The real question at this point is how Marvel Legacy is going to handle legacy characters such as Miles Morales, Riri Williams, Amadeus Cho and Jane Foster in light of this renewed focus on the original versions of the characters they embodied. Marvel is publishing a bridging series of one-shots under the “Generations” banner which purports to address this as they run up to Marvel Legacy, but it’s still unclear how some these characters will continue, if at all. Can Marvel honor one part of its readership, which has bene enjoying and supporting their efforts to reflect a more diverse and realistic view of the world around us, while it also serves yet another significant branch of their audience that longs to read stories starring the characters on which they grew up? For its part, the publisher is hoping Marvel Legacy will prove that the House of Ideas is capable of providing the best of both worlds.
Marvel Legacy will be unleashed this fall.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:
MARVEL LEGACY Unveils New Series: MAKE MINE MARVEL!
Your first look at Spider-Man/Deadpool, Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider, Guardians of the Galaxy and Power Pack!
New York, NY—August 15, 2017—This fall, a new day will shine on the Marvel Universe with your favorite heroes, your favorite creators…where every story is an event!
Today, Marvel is excited to announce the following creative teams and Legacy titles:
Written by ROBBIE THOMPSON
Art by CHRIS BACHALO
BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #10
Written by PETER DAVID
Art by WILL SLINEY
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #146
Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art by MARCUS TO
POWER PACK #63
Written by DEVIN GRAYSON
Art by MARIKA CRESTA
For an in-depth look at our return to original numbering, fans can consult Marvel’s renumbering chart – a handy and easy way to jump on board with our Legacy content! Featuring new adventures and dozens of exciting returns, look for more interviews and updates with artists, writers, and editors of these series.
For more information about SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL, BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and POWER PACK, visit Comicbook.com.
Need more MARVEL LEGACY? Visit Marvel’s hub for all things past, present and future at http://marvel.com/legacy and view creative teams, story arcs, solicits, and more.
Expect announcements daily! And be prepared to MAKE MINE MARVEL with MARVEL LEGACY this fall!