Marvel Legacy #1 is a brand new one shot comic from writer Jason Aaron (The Mighty Thor and Star Wars Comics) and features a myriad of talented artists telling different small stories, all revolving around the theme of legacy, while also managing to set up the next couple of years of stories in Marvel Comics.
The comic starts off with an interesting concept of there being Avengers even before the Avengers were even a concept, if that makes sense. With Odin, The Original Phoenix, the original Black Panther, Iron Fist, Ghost Rider, and even the first sorcerer supreme all comprising a sort of group that very much resembles the Avengers of today. The book starts off with an interesting sequence that takes place millions of years in the past that will obviously have some sort of payoff outside of the issue, and although it was disappointing not to see the rest of the story of these B.C. Avengers, it serves the overall purpose of the theme of Legacy and kicking off the book.
From that point on the story switches back and forth from different stories, from a dig site related to the B.C. Avengers to a battle between Ghost Rider and Star-Brand, the main driving point of Marvel Legacy #1 is to set up new and interesting stories that will be picked up in different comics, and this one shot certainly does it’s job. The comic isn’t without it’s share of surprises, either. There are many shocking revelations, as Old characters thought long gone are back under mysterious circumstances, new characters are subtly introduced, and all of these small four to five pages of storytelling add up to about 58 pages filled with intrigue, mystery and action, which is basically everything you love about a Marvel comic.
Jason Aaron knocks it out of the park with stellar world building and added mythology to the Marvel Universe, as he writes in the voice of a mysterious narrator that will keep you guessing until the end of the comic. A lot of characters are showcased in this book, and Aaron manages to write them all in their own special and unique way, adding to the fun of jumping back and forth between stories. The Art in each separate story is phenomenal, and Esad Ribić is a stand out in this comic, with each stunning panel providing some really great imagery and makes Marvel Legacy #1 that much more fun to read.
Although the pacing of the issue is a bit all over the place, Jason Aaron manages to make the most of the whopping 58 pages he is given, providing a huge sense of scale in his storytelling, which is compliment well by Esad Ribić’s art. Marvel Legacy #1 is a fantastic starting out point for the future of the Marvel Universe, and after faltering the past few years, it seems that Marvel is back in full force and ready to tell some great stories. – Ernesto Valenzuela
GRADE – 9/10