What We Learned From MARVEL's March 2013 Solicitations

<i>by <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>Thought you knew everything was to know about Marvel's March 2013 offerings? After all, the publisher already revealed the <a href=http://blog.newsarama.com/2012/11/19/marvel-next-big-thing-age-of-ultron-revealed-live/>long-brewing event series <b>Age of Ultron</b></a>, plus <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/david-lapham-x-termination-crossover.html>X-title crossover <b>X-Termination</b></a>, and personnel news like <a href=http://blog.newsarama.com/2012/12/10/marvel-next-big-thing-new-artist-joins-uncanny-avengers/>artist Daniel Acu&#241;a joining <b>Uncanny Avengers</b></a>. <p>But wait! There is, as they say, more, as there were plenty of interesting tidbits from <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-comics-march-2013-solicitations.html>Marvel's March 2013 solicitations</a>, released on Wednesday. Here are 10 of the most notable. <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>

POWERS: BUREAU 'GUARANTEED TO SHIP'

There's no getting around it: In the past few years, <b>Powers</b> has shipped erratically at best, and its very busy creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming have been rather up-front about it. <p>And it looks like they're continuing that policy with new incarnation <b>Powers: Bureau</b>, which is scheduled to reach issue #3 in March. The solicitation reads "POWERS IS BACK ON TRACK! GUARANTEED TO SHIP!" which is both a bold proclamation and good news for fans of the series (which, Bendis assures, is still in contention as a show on FX).

KIERON GILLEN'S WORLDS COLLIDE

Two characters than Kieron Gillen has spent a lot of time writing in the past couple of years are Loki (in <i>Journey Into Mystery</i>) and Mr. Sinister (in <i>Uncanny X-Men</i>). <p>While he's still writing Loki now over in <i>Young Avengers</i> he's returning to Mr. Sinister for at least one story, March's <b>A+X #6</b>. In fact, it's a Loki/Mr. Sinister team-up, showing that the <b>A+X</b> concept extends to villains, as well. (While whether or not Loki qualifies as a villain at this point seems unclear, it's Marvel's solicitation that used the term first.)

ROGUE & GAMBIT REUNION

Since the current <b>Gambit</b> solo series was first announced in spring of this year, writer James Asmus made it clear that Rogue would show in the book eventually, and likely at the worst possible time for Remy LeBeau. <p>It looks to be going down in issue #11, with Rogue now an Uncanny Avenger on the cover, as Gambit gets strangled by Tombstone (which would seem to be a pretty good time for Rogue to show up, given that she could presumably help him out with that but hey, the issue isn't out yet).

AVX AFTER-EFFECTS STILL FELT

March 2013 marks one year since <i>Avengers vs. X-Men #0</i> was released, and though it's been over with for a while (well, a couple of months), it appears that the impact will be felt on the Marvel Universe for a while. <p>Case in point: Two different March books mention <b>AvX</b> by name in their solicitations, <b>Iron Man #7</b> and #8, and <b>Cable and X-Force #5</b>. And that's in addition to other books, like <i>Uncanny Avengers</i> and <i>All-New X-Men</i>, which have dealt with the repercussions since their respect issue #1s.

COSMIC BOOK INTERACTION

<b>Nova</b> writer Jeph Loeb and <b>Guardians of the Galaxy</b> writer Brian Michael Bendis have indicated that they plan for their space-faring books to interact at some point in the near-ish future, but some degree of connectivity can be seen as early as the solicitation for March's #2. <p>The issue, telling at least part of Sam Alexander's origin, bills an appearance by GOTG cast members Gamora and Rocket Raccoon in fact, they're right there on the variant cover by J. Scott Campbell.

NEW COSTUMES FOR THE ORIGINAL FIVE

Just because the original five X-Men are from the past (though the magic of comic book time means we don't have a precise year), doesn't meant that they have to look like they are, right? <p>To that end, the teenage versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman and Angel are stepping away from the yellow and black, and getting new costumes in <b>All-New X-Men #9</b> which is also the return of initial series artist Stuart Immonen.

ALPHA/SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN RELATIONSHIP

There's a new Spider-Man in town, and he's definitely doing things differently and that clearly includes his dynamic with teenage superhero Alpha. <p>Peter Parker drained Alpha of most of his powers back in <i>Amazing Spider-Man #694</i>, but it looks like the new Superior Spider-Man whoever that might be has a very opposite approach to Andy Maguire, as the solicitation to <b>Alpha #2</b> states that the character "has been restored to power by the Superior Spider-Man!"

WAIT, WHICH NICK FURY IS THAT?

OK, so the Ultimate version of Nick Fury African-American, strong resemblance to Samuel L. Jackson has become so iconic, that it made its way into both the Marvel Studios films (played, of course, by Samuel L. Jackson) and the classic Marvel Universe, in the form of Nick Fury Jr. (originally known as Marcus Johnson). <p>So naturally, now it's time for... the original Nick Fury to show up in the Ultimate Universe? Wait, what? That's certainly what the cover to <b>Ultimate Comics Ultimates #22</b> suggests, even though we don't know any further details on it at this point but we'll let you know when we do.

GALACTUS IN NEW AVENGERS

The <b>New Avengers</b> cast features several characters that writer Jonathan Hickman used during his seminal <i>Fantastic Four</i>/<i>FF</i> run Mr. Fantastic, of course, and also Black Bolt, Namor and Black Panther. <p>It looks like that'll be the case even beyond the main cast of the Illuminati. From the solicitation of <b>New Avengers #4</b>: "Enter the world eater, Galactus." (Though, if the Illuminati are taking on the biggest threats in the Marvel Universe, it makes sense that they'd get to Galactus sooner rather than later, right?)

NEW UNIVERSE IN AVENGERS?

It's been speculated around the Internet, and it's getting harder to ignore: It sure does look like Jonathan Hickman is planning some type of New Universe revival in the pages of <b>Avengers</b>. <p>For the uninitiated, the New Universe existed from 1986 to 1989, and was, well, a new universe at Marvel outside of the MU, and included titles like <i>D.P. 7</i>, <i>Starbrand</i> and <i>Nightmask</i>. <p>The cover to <b>Avengers #7</b> heavily suggests a connection to the New Universe, specifically in Starbrand and Nightmask imagery as seen in the lightning bolt and the moon's emanating from the character on the very left's forehead, respectively. (Marvel declined comment on the character's identity.)

What We Learned From MARVEL's March 2013 Solicitations

Date: 12 December 2012 Time: 09:26 PM ET