Legacy is coming! And Marvel is revealing the creative teams of the 53 title relaunch, set for September. So far details of four titles have been announced. And here they are!
FALCON #1: TAKE FLIGHT! PART 1
Written by RODNEY BARNES
Art by JOHN CASSARA
Barnes is a Peabody and AFI Award-winning writer and producer on The Boondocks and Everybody Hates Chris, so he should have a solid take, as revealed at Comicbook.com:
“Genre wise there’s a blending of urban street sensibilities with dark magic. Sam’s never been to the place we’re taking him and it’s going to take more than muscle to overcome the obstacles in his path,” Barnes teases. “My hope is that taking Sam out of his typical environment will cause him to use wits of a different sort. The fight now is from the inside out. And since he’s soul searching it felt kind of cool to put him in the spiritual realm. Blackheart was a character I’ve appreciated for a long time. I felt his frustration at being a second stringer on the demon totem pole so why wouldn’t he take his shot at shaking up the world? If a bad kid won’t listen to his parents surely a Demon son wouldn’t take well to conformity either.”
THE INCREDIBLE HULK #709: RETURN TO PLANET HULK PART 1
Written by GREG PAK
Art by GREG LAND
This is of course, a return to the popular and influential Planet Hulk storyline that Pak wrote. but this time with Amadeus Cho, the totally Awesome Hulk. From the reveal interview:
“Since this is comics, it makes sense that eventually we’d revisit the ‘Planet Hulk’ storyline in some way or another, right?” Pak tells ComicBook.com. “But no, I never dreamed it would happen quite in this way, and I’m loving it! This has been a kind of banner year for me in terms of ‘Planet Hulk’ — I also had the chance to write the prose novel of ‘Planet Hulk’ that comes out in October, so I’ve had this world back in my head and heart for months now. ‘Planet Hulk’ remains one of the most fun things I’ve ever worked on in comics, so I’m thrilled with every chance to return.
[snip] “Amadeus, on the other hand, has been a different kind of Hulk,” he continues. “He didn’t think of being the Hulk as a curse or a monster within; he was a cocky kid who thought he was gonna save the world as the best Hulk ever. So we’ll see if that’s still his same state of mind as he enters this story — and we’ll see if that kind of happy warrior Hulk even has what it takes to save the world on Planet Sakaar. Again, I don’t want to spoil too much, but I will say that this storyline raises the stakes enormously and brings a bunch of the big themes we’ve been working on with Amadeus’s story to a head. The story absolutely takes Amadeus’s story to the next level in a huge, fun, and possibly shocking way. DO NOT MISS THIS, Hulk and Amadeus fans!”
This is also a return to legacy numbering, as this shows:
X-MEN GOLD #13: MOJO WORLDWIDE PART 1
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM
Art by MIKE MAYHEW
X-MEN BLUE #13: MOJO WORLDWIDE PART 2
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by JORGE MOLINA
As you may have surmised, the Blue and Gold X-teams are crossing over and the villain Mojo is back:
“Oh, for sure! Mojo’s deals in meta-thinking the way an expert gambler deals in cards,” Bunn tells ComicBook.com. “And we lean into it in a big way. You’re going to be revisiting some classic X-Men stories, but you’ll be seeing them through Mojo’s eyes. You’ll see the Blue and Gold teams working together (and breaking up into interesting sub-groups) but Mojo is turning his eye for entertainment to the groupings as well. Every move Mojo makes has ‘meta’ written all over it, and he is inviting the citizens of the Marvel Universe to share his vision. As the story goes on, he escalates the stakes ever step of the way. More meta, more dangerous.”
So there you have it – four titles. At this rate, we have only 12 more weeks of reveals. Things will surely speed up after Comic-Con.
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.