What We Learned From MARVEL's December 2012 Solicitations

<i>By <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>Though much of Marvel's December fare was revealed in the days leading up to the release of their <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-comics-december-2012-solicitations.html>solicitations for that month</a> new series like <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-now-thunderbolts-daniel-way.html><i>Thunderbolts</i></a> and <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/cable-x-force-marvel-now.html><i>Cable and X-Force</i></a> there's still plenty worth noting from examining their entire slate. <p>So, like we did with <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/10-things-from-dc-december-solicitations.html>DC Comics earlier this week</a>, here's a look at 10 of the most noteworthy pieces of news to come from Marvel's freshly released December 2012 solicitations. Though the comics won't be out for another few months, plenty of information is already here both of the "concrete facts" variety and a few from the "hey, maybe this is meaningful somehow" category. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p> <p>


At this point, it seems rather-to-extremely likely that Marvel will launch new <b>Guardians of the Galaxy</b> and <b>Nova</b> ongoing series in the near future. <p>There's the fact that both characters are on the <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-now-point-one-teaser-ant-man.html><b>Marvel NOW! Point One</b> cover</a>, and their presence in other media Nova is part of the <i>Ultimate Spider-Man</i> animated series cast, and Marvel's live-action <b>Guardians of the Galaxy</b> film is scheduled for release on Aug. 1, 2014. <p>The existence of a <b>Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Avengers</b> and <b>Nova Classic</b> collected edition is likely further evidence, and may be an indication of when new ongoings could be debuting both collections are due out in January 2013. <p>It's worth observing that the <b>Guardians</b> collection is of the original, from the 31st variety, not the latter-day space-faring team that looks to be the inspiration from the film.


With many new series launching in the Marvel NOW! era, many are ending to make room. December brings several, including <b>Captain America and...</b>, the monthly Cap team-up book whose final arc co-stars Black Widow. <P>Unlike, say, <i>Incredible Hulk</i> or solo <i>Captain America</i>, it's not a given that an equivalent book will launch to take the place of <b>Captain America and...</b>, given that it's one of Marvel's lower-selling titles. Though whether something roughly ambiguous like <i>Avengers Academy</i> ending and being succeeded by <i>Avengers Arena</i> is on the way remains to be seen. <p>In any event, it's another example of one of Marvel's rapidly dwindling high-numbered series (it took over the old <i>Captain America</i> numbering) going away and not the only one this month (more on that later).


From 2008 to 2009, <i>Captain Britain and MI13</i> was a cult favorite of the Marvel line. <p>Though Captain Britain has had a prominent role of late in <i>Secret Avengers</i>, the rest of the team hasn't been seen much though they'll be guest-starring in December's <b>Gambit #7</b>. <p>Likely completely unrelated, but noted simply for the sake of completeness: Earlier this week, <a href=>Bleeding Cool</a> posted the unconfirmed rumor that Paul Cornell writer of <i>Captain Britain and MI13</I> and DC's current <i>Demon Knights</i> scribe could be headed back to Marvel.


In our <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/captain-america-ultimates-15-decision.html>interview earlier this week</a>, <b>Ultimate Comics Ultimates</b> writer Sam Humphries wouldn't confirm exactly how long Captain America as president would remain the Ultimate Universe status quo, but it looks like it's at least lasting longer than the real world election season. <P>December sees the release of both <b>Ultimates #18.1</b> and #19, with the text of each solicitation mentioning President Cap. And the phrasing sounds fairly long-term: "President Cap takes charge!"


Like his fellow current New Avengers Luke Cage and Iron Fist, Doctor Strange hasn't really been seen in Marvel NOW! era promotional material until now. <P>Doctor Strange is on the variant cover to <b>Deadpool #3</b>, evidently helping Deadpool take on undead Richard Nixon (and his similarly undead dog, Checkers).


Last week, <a href=http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/09/12/who-is-that-child-captain-america-is-holding-and-how-important-are-they-to-the-marvel-universe/>Bleeding Cool</a> reported that the child on the cover of <b>Captain America #2</b> is of major importance to the future of Marvel Universe. <p>Now, the solicitation text indicates the kid's identity: It's the son of Arnim Zola, the long-time Captain America supervillain and former Nazi biochemist. <p>While exactly what kind of impact the character will have isn't currently publicly known, his existence brings to mind another mystery: How Arnim Zola, who has been a consciousness in a robot body for years, managed to father a child. Though what mad scientist doesn't keep his DNA lying around just in case?


Garth Ennis and the Punisher have a long history together both in the Marvel Universe proper and the MAX line and the two are set to reunite in December, in the pages of <b>Fury MAX #7</b>. <p>Says the solicitation: "Frank Castle, before he became The Punisher, is tasked to help Fury assassinate a Viet Cong general."


No, not <i>New Mutants</i>, the X-Men series set to end in October. But new mutants, as in the first manifestations of mutant powers since Hope's "Five Lights" (which in turn were the first since Scarlet Witch said "no more mutants" at the end of <i>House of M</I>). <p>The solicitation text for <b>X-Men Legacy #3</b> states the Legion will attempt to help "newly-manifested mutant twins." Might the end of <i>Avengers vs. X-Men</i> somehow help turn the tide of the "Decimation," something Cyclops hoped for when the Phoenix force originally started making its way to Earth?


We've already <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/amazing-spider-man-700-theory.html>talked a great deal about the implications</a> of <b>Amazing Spider-Man</b> ending with issue #700. But what's also notable is that same month, Christopher Yost is coming on board <b>Avenging Spider-Man</b> with issue #15.1. <p>Back in March, Axel Alonso told <a href=http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=37897>CBR</a> that Yost would join the title as regular writer, and "working closely with Slott to reflect some of the big Spidey events coming up soon." So while one era of Spider-Man is ending, it appears that another is just beginning.


Four Marvel series are ending in December: <b>Amazing Spider-Man</b>, <b>Captain America and...</b>, <b>Uncanny X-Force</b> (already announced as getting a Marvel NOW! relaunch in January) and <b>Wolverine</b>. <p>Of these four, <b>Wolverine</b> is arguably the most surprising. Series writer Cullen Bunn is still relatively early into his run on the book (which was divided by Jeph Loeb and Simone Bianchi's "Sabretooth Reborn" story), and the book recently renumbered with issue #300. <p>Still, it's wrapping up with issue #317, and the question now is what's next. Though it seems doubtful that Marvel would be long without a Wolverine solo series a new creative team and a new #1 in January seems as likely as any outcome who's working on it and what direction the character might be headed is currently an open question.

What We Learned From MARVEL's December 2012 Solicitations

Date: 19 September 2012 Time: 07:46 PM ET