5 Marvel Legacy Books Worth Reading
Marvel Legacy is in full swing and in true comic industry fashion Marvel is all-in, appearing to be firing from the hip, spraying and praying that something will become a hit. With this technique you unfortunately have to sift through a ton of not so pleasant products until you find that one gem that has become hidden in the proverbial ball pit. Fortunately for you I’ve sifted through some of those bacteria covered filthy balls and hand picked a few Marvel Legacy titles I think are the best of the bunch.
It’s been both disappointing and disheartening to hear from local comic book shop owners that “no one is reading Legacy” because there are some truly great books. I agree, the whole numbering and going back to their roots is really, really confusing but, don’t get discouraged, I’m here to be your own personal Marvel Legacy Sherpa.
Captain America #695
Captain America is back! Well, as a good guy again, not as some mind controlled Hydra lackey. Steve, ashamed of his actions in Secret Empire goes on a vision quest of sorts around small town USA stopping bad guys. Some good ‘ol baddies getting stomped by the good guys.
I absolutely loved Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s Black Widow run and their Daredevil run wasn’t too shabby either, this Captain America is exactly what Marvel, nay, America needs right now.
Tales of Suspense #100
Another book directly connected to the recent Secret Empire series, Matt Rosenberg and Travel Foreman bring Tales of Suspense back in #100 with Hawkeye and Winter Soldier probably/maybe teaming up together in search of the recently deceased Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow. Is Natasha really dead? I don’t know, I’m really asking, “Is Black Widow dead?” Clint and Bucky sure don’t seem to think so, a trail of dead tell a different story but, dead men tell no tales.
Marvel 2-in-1 (2017) #1
The Thing gets some questionable information from a questionable source (Doom) on the whereabouts of lost members of FF ,you may remember some of them *cough* the Richards family *cough* went into a space/time/dimensional thingy back in Original Sin and haven’t been heard of since. Johnny is unstable and possibly losing his powers *gasp!*.
The book is witty thanks to the always spry Chip Zdarsky and has Jim Cheung, one of my favorite artists right now, heading the pencils. Anyone impatiently awaiting a return of the Fantastic Four MUST start reading here.
Mighty Thor #700
For the Mighty Thor #700 and beyond I have some good and bad news for you; the bad news is: this isn’t really a great jumping into point for the Mighty Thor, you have to go way back to Original Sin (much like Marvel 2-in-1) to see how Thor Odinson became unworthy followed by the birth of the “new” worthy Thor. The good news is: you get to go back to Original sin and see how Thor Odinson became unworthy followed by the birth of the new worthy Thor. Then you get to continue to read the epic and most consistently good book in the Marvel Universe from Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman, so by the time you get to Mighty Thor #700 you’ll be invested in all the characters and this book will have SO much more meaning then just hopping on this emotional pain train cold turkey.
Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #1
Every good list needs a wildcard, and Phoenix Resurrection is that wildcard. The entire first issue was one big giant pile of “what the f*ck”. I read the entire thing and that phrase just kept popping up over and over again. The thing is, Matthew Rosenberg has masterfully pieced this puzzle together so it’s like some demented Sherlock Holmes story that I can’t wait to solve. It was either that analogy or watching a toddler approach an unlocked cell phone, you want to see if it will open up a fun app and have a genuinely positive learning experience or see it navigate the impossible settings and change the language to something its owner couldn’t possibly understand making the phone essentially unusable. I’m hoping for the former.
If you enjoyed my list and find my judgement of good books trustworthy, check out these other Marvel Legacy titles as a type of honorary mentions: She-Hulk #159, Doctor Strange #381, Black Bolt #8, Spider-Gwen #25, and Hawkeye #13.