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REVIEW – ‘Marvel’s Voices: Legacy’ #1 Celebrates Diversity with Great Storytelling

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Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1 celebrates Black History Month with tales featuring your favourite Black superheroes such as Blade, Ironheart, Miles Morales, Spectrum, and more.

In one of our most anticipated comic titles of the year, Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1 not only highlights some of the most popular Black Marvel characters, but also highlights an incredible list of talented Black comic writers and artists!

Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1 is available now at your local comic book shop but many are already sold out so don’t wait! Spoilers below!

Marvel's Voices: Legacy #1 Variant Cover by Ken Lashley
Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1 Variant Cover by Ken Lashley

Written by: John Ridley (“Words Do Matter”), Tochi Onyebuchi (“Good Luck Girl”), Nnedi Okorafor (“A Luta Continua”), Mohale Mashigo (“Decompression”), Stephanie Williams (“Panic At The Supermarket”), and Danny Lore (“Nighttime Bodega Run”)

Pencillers: Olivier Coipel “Words Do Matter”), Ken Lashley (“Good Luck Girl”), ChrisCross (“A Luta Continua”) Chris Allen (“Decompression”), Natacha Bustos (“Panic At The Supermarket”), and Valentine de Landro (“Nighttime Bodega Run”)

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN MIGHTY MARVEL STYLE! Black Panther. Storm. Blade. Falcon. Ironheart. Luke Cage. Spectrum. And so many more. Marvel’s incredible legacy of black heroes gets the star treatment in this action-packed special! New and established creators take on their favorite heroes in a dizzying array of stories designed to inspire and uplift! The Marvel’s Voices program is your #1 stop for “the world outside your window” – don’t sleep on this one!

THE GOOD

In Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1, readers get to enjoy a plethora of their favourite superheroes. Written and drawn by various top artists, we get to see exciting storylines and artwork that help propel the narratives for all the heroes involved. From start to finish, each story sets readers up for something that is going to be short and to the point. Not only do the stories infuse relatable moments and real-life events into the pages, they invite readers to look within themselves and what’s happening in the world around them. Some stories are simple, like our hero going to the grocery store to get items for a 65th birthday party, to show their humanity and how they are still people like us who have parents who worry about them. Some are more serious, like addressing the #EndSARS movement that is occurring in Nigeria.

Every hero is dealing with life as it heads their way, and while they are perhaps countries or even worlds apart, their obligation to saving the world and those within it is never put on the backburner. Marvel Voices: Legacy #1 is very much an enlightening piece of work that strives to showcase superheroes that (at times) we do not see enough or know much about. It celebrates representation with great storytelling and art from tale to tale. It is a special ode to Black superheroes and Black comic book creators, and I wish we’d gotten a few hundred pages more.

THE BAD

While I really enjoyed seeing the different characters together in one comic, I feel as though we didn’t get enough time with all of them. It would have been nice to have a longer issue so we could have some more focus on the characters featured throughout Marvel Voices: Legacy #1. In the grand scheme of things, this is most definitely a minor complaint. However, it could have been beneficial if this wasn’t just a one-shot anthology, and perhaps instead a multi-part series, so that we could have had more time with them and their stories.

Other than that, no complaints from me. It was great to see the fantastic line-up of writers and artists who worked on this project, who each added their own touches to the characters they were building their stories with.

RATING – 4.5/5 Pocky

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Britany Murphy is a pop culture writer and contributor at POCculture.com. She loves art, comics, film, writing & tomfoolery!

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