Confused about the Marvel Universe? Anxious you won’t get Legacy? Not sure which Jean Grey is real, which is a clone and which is an alternate timeline? Marvel’s got you covered with MARVEL PRIMER PAGES. Selected Marvel Legacy titles will have three pages of background info in comics form written by Robbie Thompson (Silk, Doctor Strange and the Sorcerer Supreme) with most of the art by Mark Bagley (The Amazing Spider-Man, All New X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man).
The pages are designed to making jumping into the pool a lot easier with background info that reminds you why you loved the Marvel U in the first place…or for the first time.
“When I first approached Robbie and Mark to do these Primer stories, I gave them only one edict: to remind all readers both who these characters are and what they’re about in three all new pages,” said Marvel editor Darren Shan. “What we got back has been some of the most fun art I’ve ever seen from Mark! And we couldn’t be luckier to have someone like Robbie to cherry pick the most classic moments in Marvel history. Then the two of them tie this all up into one perfect package. I think everyone will love these!”
“It’s been an absolute blast working on this project — it gives me a great excuse to re-read so many of my favorite comics!” said writer Robbie Thompson. “I’ve been a fan of Mark’s for years, so to get to work with him is a dream come true. Mark takes the scripts and distills them down to their essence, finding brilliant ways to tell these stories with truly iconic images. I can’t wait for people to see what he’s done with these!”
“This Legacy gig has been a lot of fun to work on and a bit of an education…even for someone who has been drawing comics for as long as I have! I think readers will really enjoy the stories we’re revisiting,” added artist Mark Bagley.
Seems like a very good idea. And here’s a sample of the learnings:
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.