Taking a stroll down memory lane is good for more than just the nostalgia—especially when it comes to comic books. It’s about time we took a long look back at the superheroes that got us where we are today. In an effort to do so, Marvel has launched two initiatives: Generations and Legacy. Both are valid to the comic community, and both are significant in more ways than one.
Generations is a limited, 10-issue anthology that debuted just last month. The gist of it is that each issue features a different team-up of a classic Marvel superhero and their modern-day counterpart (not to mention a different creative team, too). The issues are as follows:
- The Iron (Tony Stark and Riri Williams)
- The Spiders (Peter Parker and Miles Morales)
- The Marvels (Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan)
- The Thunder (Odinson and Jane Foster)
- The Archers (Clint Barton and Kate Bishop)
- The Strongest (Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho)
- The Phoenix (Jean Grey—young and old)
- The Best (Logan and X-23)
- The Bravest (Mar-Vell and Carol Danvers)
- The Americas (Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson)
Not only is this an awesome way to create some seriously awesome team-ups, but it’s a clever way to shape the modern supers that are ushering in the future of the MU. Of course it’s important to look back at the history of the characters that Marvel is focusing on, but it’s just as important to look forward at the ones that will carry the MU forward.
Legacy is an initiative to relaunch numerous Marvel comics. The goal of Legacy is to bring the focus back to Marvel’s main superheroes. The relaunch begins this month with the Avengers (who were active in 1,000,000 BC). Those Avengers will connect with present-day Avengers. You can see the list of comics in this initiative in the graphic below.
This is an initiative that I’m particularly happy about because it’s not just re-releasing comics. It’s not just reprinting issues for the sake of reprinting and selling more. This gives fans the chance to reconnect with iconic characters that they grew up with and looked up to. It’s a chance to embrace the past, the roots, the history of these characters, and watch them make some of their strongest connections with each other.
Looking at the history of comics, though, goes beyond just the characters and storylines that have become so significant to us. Comics have been a crucial form of art and literature for centuries now. They’ve always been associated with kids, but we’ve come to find that they cover a vast array of content, from mental health to war. Comics have not only entertained, but they have informed, intrigued, enlightened, educated, and so much more.
This is a medium that has been around for a long time and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’s a beautiful community with so much to offer readers. Generations and Legacy are just two ways to look at the importance of the medium and the stories that left a mark on the comic community. It’s looking both back and forward in terms of Marvel storylines and characters that are more iconic than most. It’s paying attention to our roots and where they will take us next.
If you haven’t already, check out both initiatives at your local comic shop and make sure to keep up with Marvel’s latest releases.