– Commentary by Michael Tennant –
Two weeks ago, Marvel Comics release Marvel Legacy. Promoted as the start of big changes and even bigger returns, many had visions of the DC Comics Rebirth initiative.
To be fair, Marvel did not say it was their version of Rebirth, but fans and commentators went there anyways. There was that hope anyways. Hope that there would be a return to a comic company fans could be proud of.
There were some comics journalists who claimed that Legacy was on par with Rebirth. Among members of the Underground we simply wondered what book did they actually read? It certainly was not the same one we had.
I read Legacy the day it came out. Then I read it again. And again.
I was searching. Truly searching for how exactly I felt about the book.
After all that I came to a simple conclusion: Legacy was less than the sum of its parts.
There were some nice moments, intriguing developments and long-awaited returns. But it just did not land emotionally. My overall reaction was “meh.”
We got the 1,000,000 BC Avengers who have the bickering down pat, but am I the only one who is not feeling all the members directly related to modern Marvel? Starbrand, Phoenix, Odin, Iron Fist, Ghost Rider, Agamotto . . . it just feels too pat.
Logan — Wolverine — shows up for a moment, Starbrand is apparently killed by modern day Ghost Rider, Captain America is copying Green Arrow crossing the country on a bike. A couple of moments, that’s all.
Wakanda is now an intergalactic empire. So rather than a technologically-evolved society, everything is due to . . . Aliens?! Really?
The best moment for me was Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm teasing the possibility of the first family returning.
But that’s all we get a tease.
And that is today’s Marvel. Nothing but a tease.