by Michael Tennant, the CBU’s Nightwing
Ever conscientious about comics as both an art form and an industry, Mr. Tennant has a strong reaction to Marvel’s upcoming LEGACY initiative and what he considers to be questionable promotional tactics.
Last week Marvel promised to change comics forever. That did not happen. No surprise!
“Changing comics forever” is up there with “Break the Internet” for what I hate to see when promoting an announcement. They never come close to matching the ridiculous hype they try to create. It makes it so hard to take whatever they are announcing seriously.
This time I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt. Marvel has been giving slight hints of their new Legacy event, promising to bring back previous numbering and returning many of the missing characters to the line.
For all intents and purposes it feels like Legacy is meant to be a relaunch similar to DC Comics Rebirth, giving Marvel fans what they have been missing recently.
Last year’s DC Universe: Rebirth comic was a revelation. I do not believe anyone expected it to be as good as it turned out. The follow up to that issue was outstanding as well. So the hope and expectations for Marvel’s Legacy are pretty high.
I sat down Friday to look at ALL the many released teasers that the Marvel hype machine spoon-fed us.
My reaction was . . . that was it?
I mean, they were changing comics forever and what they gave us was simply homages to some classic covers meant for Octobers books. Sadly, many of these reimagined covers were not even that good, in my estimation.
Among promises for many new books we got Spirits of Vengeance and Marvel Two-in-One (a Thing and Human Torch team-up book I suppose is meant to make up for no Fantastic Four). All in all, it was fairly uninspiring.
Of course there will be more announcements and teases to come. Creators still need to be announced and some storyline hints will surely come our way. Perhaps some things that may make comic fans stand up and notice?
For now, it feels like a dumpster fire. Marvel got us all to look but just gave us a look at more of the same.
After discovering Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes #239 as a young man, Michael never looked back. Armed with a passion for journalism and a thirst for knowledge, he still talks to his imaginary friends.