Since last week, Marvel has been revealing the creative teams and details of the 53 title relaunch. (You can check out the details on the first four Legacy titles here)
Here’s what Marvel has unveiled so far.
AMERICA #8: EXTERMINATRIX
Written by Gabby Rivera
Penciled by Joe Quinones
Cover by Joe Quinones
Everyone’s favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, may have finally met her match. Introducing – the deadly and exotic Exterminatrix! Can America continue her hard-hitting journey to defend the multiverse against the oncoming warpath of Exterminatrix and the ominous Midas Corporation? It’s the start of a daring adventure as America gains all-new untested powers, and she’ll need them against the coming horde of villains!
Exterminatrix, better known as Oubliette Midas, first appeared in the Marvel Boy limited series by Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones in 2002. The character recently popped up in Jason Aaron’s The Mighty Thor book causing trouble for the titular heroine. According to editor Sarah Brunstad at IGN:
“Exterminatrix is such a fun character, and so diametrically opposed to America in visuals and methods. She’s got the iconic gun and extreme costume, versus America who always wears practical, kind of street-style clothing and doesn’t use or need weapons. And Exterminatrix, as the CEO of Midas Corporation, represents this whole style of villainy that presents a huge challenge to America: How does she fight something she can’t punch? There’s a power dynamic between them that Gabby is going to play up in a big way.”
DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #287 & 288: DEADPOOL KILLS CABLE
Written by Gerry Duggan
Penciled by Scott Koblish
Cover by David Lopez
DEADPOOL KILLS CABLE
Continuing directly out of the pages of MARVEL LEGACY #1!
Deadpool’s going back to his vile beginnings as a mercenary and wanted killer. No more being a hero. No more X-Men. No more Avengers. And if he wants to break bad again, what’s more despicable than killing your best friend? Cable better get ready because his old friend Wade has him in the crosshairs.
Legacy numbering breakdown:
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #593: THE SEARCH FOR TONY STARK
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by Stefano Caselli
Cover by Adi Granov
Continuing directly out of the pages of MARVEL LEGACY #1 and the transformative events of GENERATIONS!
Tony Stark has vanished! The mystery deepens as Stark friends and foes must decide, finally, who will wield the power of Iron Man! All the contenders are in position, and all the armor is polished. There can only be one Armored Avenger! The path to the most startling Iron Man story ever begins here!
Another title and infographic explaining the legacy numbering
DEFENDERS #6: KINGPINS OF NEW YORK!
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by David Marquez
Cover by David Marquez
KINGPINS OF NEW YORK!
The Defenders: Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Daredevil, protectors of the people, are in a desperate struggle to keep New York City safe in the wake of the power vacuum caused by the Kingpin’s absence and the all-out street war that results! So what could make things even worse for our team of harried heroes? Would you believe — Deadpool?
ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #25: ORPHANS OF X
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Penciled by JUANN CABAL
Cover by TERRY DODSON
DAKEN, the enigmatic son of Logan, has been kidnapped and it’s up to the ALL-NEW WOLVERINE to find him. But when the trail leads Laura, a genetic clone of the original Wolverine, back to the FACILITY where she was created and tortured, she will find new horrors waiting for her. Who are the ORPHANS OF X and what do they have in store for the children of Logan?
It’s a sibling reunion for the children of Wolverine as artist Juann Cabl joins Tom Taylor for the upcoming arc. Taylor teases what to expect at ComicBook.com:
“Daken and Laura have had a fractious past,” Taylor tells ComicBook.com. “Though, that might be putting it mildly, given they’ve tried to kill each other. But as seen in our recent Immune storyline, Daken and Laura are now quite close. Laura is one of the few people that Daken has genuine affection for. They are brother and sister.”
AVENGERS #672: WORLDS COLLIDE Part 1
MARK WAID (W) • JESúS SAIZ (A)
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Following the events of GENERATIONS comes the long-promised clash between the Avengers and the Champions! The countdown has started as the High Evolutionary, a twisted scientist determined to create a better world at all costs, sets the Earth on a collision course with destruction! The Avengers and the Champions are ready to meet this threat — but will their first cataclysmic clash deter them from Changing the World?
CHAMPIONS #13: WORLDS COLLIDE Part 2
MARK WAID (W) • HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)
The titanic clash between the Champions and the Avengers continues! Since they were old enough to say the word “Avengers,” the Champions have idolized Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Now the two teams are on equal footing — and the Champs must walk the walk alongside their former mentors! Will their experiences in GENERATIONS help them — or tear the two teams apart?
Writer Mark Waid teases a different roster and other big changes for both teams by the end of the crossover at Newsarama. Avengers is another title returning to legacy numbering.
LUKE CAGE #166: CAGED Part 1
DAVID F. WALKER (W) • NELSON BLAKE (A)
Cover by RAHZZAH
Carl Lucas went to jail for a crime he didn’t commit and came out a new man: the hero Luke Cage. Now, Luke finds himself on the wrong side of the law and thrown back in prison again. What dark power has caged Luke once more and when the entire world is threatened, how can Luke Cage save everyone from the inside of a jail cell?
Writer David Walker is looking to do a deeper exploration on who exactly is Luke Cage as he explains:
“Luke Cage is not Luke Cage. Carl Lucas is Luke Cage,” Walker told Newsarama. “And this story is about what it is in Carl Lucas that makes him Luke Cage.”
“Within the Legacy storyline there is an exploration of who Luke Cage is at his core, and by this I don’t mean Luke Cage – I actually mean Carl Lucas,” Walker explained. “Hardcore fans know that Luke Cage’s real name is Carl Lucas, and that he became Luke Cage after getting super powers and escaping prison.”
“We are exploring what makes Luke Cage who he is, but in order to do that, we really need to get into Carl Lucas,” he continued. “Once he’s gone through the ordeal he will face in Legacy, we will have a better sense of who he is at the core of his being.”
Breakdown of the Luke Cage legacy numbering
SPIDER-GWEN #25: GWENOM Part 1
JASON LATOUR (W) • ROBBI RODRIGUEZ (A/C)
Cover by KHARY RANDOLPH
Gwen’s life irrevocably changes as she bonds with her universe’s version of the Venom symbiote. What does it mean for her relationship with crime kingpin MATT MURDOCK? With her father? With THE OSBORNS?! Is any relationship in Gwen’s life safe? It’s SPIDER-GWEN like you’ve never seen her before, and this time, there’s no easy fix for her troubles!
Creators Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez continuing their fan favorite title. Perhaps most significant, assuming nothing has changed, “Gwenom” will be Rodriguez’s last storyline for his comics career since he announced his plans to retire from comics back at 2016 C2E2.
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