Marvel will have a more classic look starting this fall, thanks to Marvel Legacy. The company announced today on The Hollywood Reporter, that following the conclusion of the Secret Empire storyline there will be an extra long special issue that kicks off a new status quo. There will be an emphasis on legacy characters, and comic books like Captain America will return to their original numbering.
“The Marvel Legacy initiative is a celebration of everything that makes Marvel the best in fiction and it’s a signifier of a new era for Marvel Comics,” Marvel CCO Joe Quesada said in a statement.
If this sounds even remotely familiar to you at all, it’s because DC Comics recently did the same thing with Rebirth: Big special issue, going back to roots, and even the renumbering. That’s not a criticism by the way, both companies have borrowed concepts from each other over the years and it has worked out well for both. Rebirth revitalized DC and even though some recent statements on diversity from Marvel are a tad worrisome, Legacy has the potential to have similar success.
“It’s a loving look at the heart of Marvel as we embrace our roots and move enthusiastically forward with all the Marvel characters you know and love starring in the biggest, boldest, best Marvel stories. All of which kicks off with the giant Marvel Legacy special.”
Writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic have been tapped to do the Marvel Legacy special issue. There is still no release date but it was also announced that a fan-favorite character will be making their return to active service.