Professor Victor LaValle '98 Contributes to Marvel Comics' 'Marvel's Voices: Legacy (2022) #1'

Rebecca Pinwei Tseng
March 04, 2022

Marvel Comics recently published Marvel’s Voices: Legacy (2022) #1, with contributions from Associate Professor and alumnus Victor LaValle '98. The comic is now available for purchase.

The Marvel's Voices: Legacy comic series, published during Black History Month, spotlights and celebrates Black superheroes and creators. Marvel's Voices originated in 2018 as a podcast showcasing people of color working to create the Marvel Universe. Since then, Marvel's Voices has expanded to include multiple podcast seasons, live segments at Comic Con, and the Marvel's Voices: Legacy comic series. 

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As one of the five core writers of this issue, LaValle contributed the story “Cross-Borough Caper," which features the characters of Moon Girl and her best friend Devil Dinosaur. Known in her day-to-day life as Lunella Lafayette, Moon Girl is a brilliant girl living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan known for daydreaming about science and inventing strange gadgets. “Cross-Borough Caper" is written by LaValle, illustrated by Karen S. Darboe, and colored by Ian Herring.

Legacy #1 also features comics about Luke Cage, Sam Wilson as Captain America,  and a story about Wakanda. Contributing writers include Cody Ziglar, who wrote for the Amazing Spider-Man comics, and J. Holtham, who wrote for the television shows Jessica Jones and Cloak & Dagger.

LaValle wrote the comic Sabretooth, which was also released this year. He is also the creator and writer of the comic books, Victor LaValle's Destroyer and Eve. LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, four novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, The Devil in Silver, and The Changeling, and two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons and The Ballad of Black Tom. LaValle has received numerous awards including the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Award, Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Shirley Jackson Award, American Book Award, and the key to Southeast Queens.