Legendary's First Superhero Comic Is By Mark Waid And Ed Benes – Axiom!

9781937278731So we've seen Mark Waid has a lot to say about the portrayal of Superman. The biggest fan of the character, he was denied from writing the Superman comic at DC Comics by Paul Levitz, then hired for the book by Dan DiDio to replace James Robinson, only for legal to force DiDio to switch him back out again. Today he refuses to work for the publisher.

But he is working for Legendary Comics. With a new superhero comic book that might seem a little familiar to the untrained eye, called Axiom. But he seems to have someone with him…

And Waid is working with longtime DC Comics artist Ed Benes.

The solicit reads

A genre-breaking superhero story from Mark Waid, the writer of Kingdom Come, with art by fan-favorite artist Ed Benes! Axiom and Thena, aliens from another world, arrive on earth and exhibit extraordinary powers. Benevolent and godlike, they cure humanity's ills and usher in an era of peace, prosperity and complacency. A series of tragic events reveals another side of Axiom: humanity's savior becomes its worst nightmare. A Defense Department analyst, armed with only scientific knowledge and courageous spirit takes on the turned hero in a fight for mankind's survival! SC, 7×10, 130pgs, FC $19.99

While the Amazon listing adds,


Legendary proudly presents its first superhero graphic novel, from iconicDaredevil and Captain America writer Mark Waid.

What if the one hero who could save us all became the ultimate evil that could destroy us?

When the otherworldly superhuman Axiom arrives on Earth, his extraordinary powers transform our world, ushering in a new age of peace and prosperity. But times change.

As a tragic destiny corrupts this all-powerful being into an omnipotent force of destruction, humanity must stand together if we are to survive our saviour.

This thrilling and subversive exploration of comic-book mythology charts one superhero's epic descent from light into darkness, proving to humanity that instead of looking to the skies for salvation, we should look to each other. Sooner or later, we all have to kill our heroes…


Here are the other Legendary Comics solicitations for June 2016.

(W) Chris Roberson (A) J.B. Bastos (CA) Drew Johnson
A suburban housewife with a criminal past and a thirst for adrenaline is about to get a top-secret side job: carrying out the government's most dangerous missions. Renear is tired of playing by the rules. A valedictorian and top athlete in her younger years, she's sacrificed a promising career to tie the knot and play house; isn't there more to life than this? Of course there is, if you're willing to take the shot. It's time the world found out what she is truly capable of. Collects issues #1-6 of the miniseries. (STL005763)
SC, 7×10, 136pgs, FC $14.99

(W) Steven Grant (A/CA) Pete Woods
When a federal agent becomes a victim of the system he has sworn to uphold, he finds true justice in the criminal underworld. Agent Boone was one of the best, but everything changed when he was wrongfully convicted and labeled a traitor. After serving his time, this ex-convict is cut loose onto the lawless streets to fight corruption on both sides of the law. Even criminals need a code — and every code needs an enforcer. Collects issues #1-5 of the comics series. (STL005788)
SC, 7×10, 128pgs, FC $14.99

Thanks to Richard for pointing out a typo.

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About Rich Johnston

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