Marvel Legacy Resurrects Its First Dead Hero This Week, And It's...

Welcome back to the world of comic book news, where death is not the end, but more like a stay at the world's most popular motel. This time, a famous fallen hero from the pages of Marvel's comics is going to be making their grand return in this week's roster-shuffling prelude special Legacy, and please, try to be a little bit shocked.

Image: Marvel Comics. Art by Joe Quesada.

Speaking to Comicbook.com, Marvel Comics has confirmed that this week's Legacy #1 — promising to explore thousands of years of Marvel Universe history and set the stage for this spring's lineup reshuffling — will see the original Wolverine returned to life, now possessing one of the Infinity Stones for some undisclosed reason. Here's editor-in-chief Axel Alonso on Wolverine's shocking return:

Yes, Logan is back from the dead. After three years of a Logan-free Marvel Universe, Logan is back, claws popped and ready for action. How he came back, why he came back, and just how he came into possession of that Infinity Stone are part of a fascinating story that's going to unveil soon, and in some unusual places.

Logan has been dead since the events of 2014's Death of Wolverine storyline, which saw Logan's body encased in a puddle of adamantium. Since then, however, that hasn't stopped Marvel from having the mantle of one of its most iconic heroes crop in in multiple forms. There is of course Laura Kinney, AKA X-23, who's currently in action as the All-New Wolverine. There's Old Man Logan, a reality-displaced version of Logan from the apocalyptic Old Man Logan storyline who's currently running around with the X-Men like it's no big deal. There's Jimmy Hudson, the estranged son of the Ultimate Universe's Logan, now a member of the young X-Men Blue team. And that's before you get to people like Daken, Wolverine's other son. Suffice to say, even in Logan's absence, the last three years have not been sans-Wolverine at Marvel.

But it's no surprise that the original Wolverine is returning for Legacy. After all, this whole roster-shakeup is specifically designed to appeal to fans of the old status quo of Marvel Comics, before the company introduced alternate versions of its most beloved heroes. That, and it's comic books, the other land where what is dead may never die.

Marvel Legacy #1, by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic, hits shelves this week.


Comments

    And this is the issue with Marvel and DC comics these days. They just can’t stick to anything and there is never any continuity between books.

    It’s the main reason why I stopped collecting DC, and now why Marvel has fallen for me. Image has proven to be the only publisher which actually seems to have major consequences to its comics. And I’m mostly talking about Invincible here.

    Sorry I sound bitter, but it kills me because Spider-Man is my favourite character of all time, and it just pains me to purchase the series anymore.

      Death is a shitty trope to pull out in comics anyway, no one can expect brands like Marvel or DC to keep iconic characters buried. It quite literally weakens brand strength, which is what Marvel is learning now and what DC found out the hard way during N52.

        They just need to stop rebooting/relaunching their comics. I’m sick to death of Marvel never having consequences in the comics. We only get short term things.

        I mean Steve goes evil Cap, and Falcon becomes Captain America. We all knew their rolls would all revert in a few years. It’s the Marvel way.

          I like rolls.

          The problem was that instead of Marvel playing a slow burn story they always opt for 12 month cycles for hooks (unless they drop it all together like they did with Tony's family and what looked like was going to happen to Thor in Fear Itself).

            Or it just seems that Marvel comics want to just emulate what Marvel films are doing.

        Hell, DC found it out with Crisis on Infinite Earths when they ended up bringing Barry Allen back after what, 20 years or so?

          I think 20 years is a fair play by them, I mean it is no uncle Ben, but it is 20 bloody years.

      There's always been continuity between Marvel's books. Events that happened 30, 40, 50+ years ago still happened in current continuity.

      DC are the ones that kept rebooting their universe every few years.

        Not always the case. Marvel just deal with handling events anymore. X-Men events mean nothing to Spider-Man.

        And nothing has impact anymore.

          Marvel soft boots and retcons in order to remove things they don't like, the only difference is that DC was always trying overly hard to bring in new customers. Instead of just making a nice jump on point, they would seemingly throw away a decade of interesting storylines in order to free up room for new authors.

          Thankfully Rebirth seems to give both new and old readers something to dig into, I find it to be a nice balance for everyone.

        The continuity may not technically be disrupted by a move like this, but it's a spiritual disruption. Someone dies for real, forever, with the cosmos itself denying anything with even remotely the same appearance or powerset being created or ressurected, and then Mevel yells 'oh, but you forgot they could be revived in another universe and then come over to this one!' like it's some mindblowing twist instead of a copout.

      "it just pains me to purchase the series anymore"

      Stop purchasing them?

    Stahhhhhp, we don't need three bloody Wolverines. We don't need multiple versions of all the core heroes running around in continuity at the same time.

    Worse yet it is not too far from the staple they set up for Thor a couple of months ago;
    -Female Thor
    -Core Thor
    -Old Thor

    -Female Wolverine
    -Core Wolverine
    -Old Wolverine

    Pull your shit together Marvel.

      Female Spider
      Core Spider-Man
      Young Spider-Man
      Kaine Spider-Man
      Scarlet Spider

        Spider-Gwen
        Spider-Man 2099
        Married Spider-Man
        Spider-Wife Mary Jane
        Spider-Daughter Annie
        Spider-Venom

          You forgot, Spider Octopus

            Which only proves my point, everything outside Core and Miles is selling shit house. Also all the spider verse titles are crap due to the amount of character bloat that always occurs.

              But even a good selling book is bad. I’ve been reading Spider-Man since The Clone Saga. Only in the last two years have I come to the conclusion that I can’t handle this rubbish anymore. I love the character, but what Dan Slott has done to Peter Parker lately, it’s just not for me.

              And I realise he’s going back to zero money and so on, but it doesn’t change the fact that Slott has just done what every other writer does. Change a character for a short period and then put them back to our we know. This time, I’m just not interested.

              Both Spider-Gwen and Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows are good sellers, the former moreso in trade form.

                What? Spider-Gwen managed to hold a spot in the top 100 for a while, then fell off pretty quick, it has a super supportive clients base, but it won't ever likely return to top 100 again. As for Renew, the highest it has been this year is 55, for a Spiderman title it is selling poorly.

                  While it's dropped a bit in recent months, Spider-Gwen's still selling over 20k per month despite being outside the top 100 while Renew's been selling 25-30k per month for the last few months.

                  @comixfan

                  Amazing Spiderman's sales are horrible for a Spiderman title, I think you will struggle to find a core Spiderman title that has sold out 50th position in a long time, as a matter of fact for about three years it was consistently top ten or at worst 20. 30k units is really low for Spiderman, a character that not only recently had a movie come out that was very popular, but also is a staple of Marvel's "iconic" roster.

                  Once again, for a title that for the first maybe five issues was sitting in the top twenty positions, Spider Gwen has fallen off pretty hard.

            Yes.

            Yes I did.

            My subconscious intentionally prevents me from recalling it because it was just so, so bad.

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