What We Learned From MARVEL's APRIL 2013 Solicitations

<i>by <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>It's solicitations week, that monthly celebration when comic book fans stop worrying about today, and start worrying about three months from now. <p>We looked at what <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/10-things-from-dc-april-solicitations.html>April 2013 will mean for DC</a> earlier this week, and now we turn our attention to Marvel. <p>Sure, Marvel revealed a lot like, <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/uncanny-x-men-bendis-irving-magik.html>Frazer Irving joining Brian Michael Bendis on <i>Uncanny X-Men</i></a> and the <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/thanos-rising-marvel-now-aaron-bianchi.html>Jason Aaron/Simone Bianchi <i>Thanos Rising</i> miniseries</a> before the solicitations actually were released. But the <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-comics-april-2013-solicitations.html>solicitations themselves</a> were still chock-full of useful info, which we've indexed here. <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>


Is there a Wolverine movie coming out this summer or something? (There is.) <p><i>The Wolverine</i> is scheduled to debut in theaters on July 24, 2013, and Marvel is making sure that moviegoers have plenty of options at the bookstore. April's solicitations contained Wolverine-centric bound editions including an omnibus of Mark Millar's work on the character, a "young reader's novel," a collection of the Wolverine portions of the "Official Index to the Marvel Universe," the complete <i>Wolverine: The Best There Is</i>, the first volume of the <i>Wolverine MAX</i> series, the fourth collected volume of <i>Wolverine and the X-Men</i> and the <i>Wolverine: Season One</i> original graphic novel. <p>These are advance solicited and thus not actually out in April, but they're all scheduled to hit before <i>The Wolverine</i> film.


Given all the attention that Ultron is getting in the eponymous <i>Age of Ultron</i> event starting in April, you might wonder, "Hey, does anyone remember that he had a son that was in <i>Runaways</i>?" <p>Answer: Yes. Marvel remembers. And are in fact featuring the character in an <i>Age of Ultron</i> tie-in issue, <i>Ultron #1AU</i>. The comic is illustrated by Amilcar Pinna, but a writer has yet to be announced.


If you've been reading <i>Captain Marvel</i>, you know that Carol Danvers has recently gotten some upsetting news. And it doesn't look like her life is getting any easier this spring, as she's still grounded from flying as of April's issue #12. <p>That installment is also being billed as "The issue that will kick off a Major Captain Marvel and Avengers event!" We don't quite know what that means yet, but with Kelly Sue DeConnick writing both <i>Captain Marvel</i> and <i>Avengers Assemble</i> and Carol appearing in both it seems to be a relatively easy maneuver to execute. We'll surely hear more in the coming weeks about exactly what said "event" entails.


There have been several different incarnations of Omega Flight over the years, with the most recent being the post-<i>Civil War</i> team that included US Agent, Sasquatch, Arachne (formerly Spider-Woman, now Madame Web) and more. <p>That version of the team has dissipated, but some form of it is back as of <i>Avengers #10</i> and apparently, lost in a "Garden Origin Site." Though since it appears that <i>Avengers</i> writer Jonathan Hickman is exploring alternate universes (more on that later), there's clearly a lot about this Omega Flight yet to be revealed.


This week's <I>Captain America #3</I> ended with the surprising development of Arnim Zola's consciousness being grafted onto Captain America's chest. (Imagine how surprised <i>he</i> must have been.) <p>If you said to yourself, "That can't last forever," well, duh. But if you said to yourself "That won't last one issue," it looks like you're wrong. The solicitation for April's <i>Captain America #6</i> opens with "Steve Rogers is dead--long live Captain Zola!" so it looks like it'll continue to be a major inconvenience for Steve Rogers for the near future.


There are two X-Men teams one headed by Wolverine at the Jean Grey School, and Cyclops' smaller crew of outlaws setting up their own school for mutants. As of February, they'll each star in their own books, both written by Brian Michael Bendis. <p>So how long until one team visits the other? Not long. The <i>Uncanny X-Men</i> is visiting the Jean Grey School in <i>All-New X-Men #10</i>, looking for some new recruits, and based on the solicitation, it sounds like they're successful. Keep in mind that <i>Uncanny X-Men #1</i> is also slated to <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/uncanny-x-men-bendis-bachalo-teaser-now.html>reveal a traitor within the team's ranks</a>, so the mutant world remains as twisty and soap opera-tastic as ever in the Bendis era.


Dan Slott played something of a practical joke on fans, and made them think Miguel O'Hara Spider-Man 2099 might be Superior Spider-Man. Clearly, he is not. But <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dan-slott-superior-spider-man-2099.html>Slott later stated that O'Hara will indeed play <i>some</i> kind of role in the series</a>, though it's not know how or when. <p>It looks like Marvel planted a pretty big clue in the solicitation for April's <i>Superior Spider-Man #7</i>: "And a new development for a Spider-Man who hasn't been seen for some time. And by time, we mean centuries." (Yes, 2099 is less than one century away at this point, so feel free to adjust your speculation accordingly.)


<a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/10-things-from-marvel-march-solicitations-1.html>Last month</a>, it seemed pretty sure and nearly completely guaranteed that writer Jonathan Hickman was going to explore Marvel's "New Universe" an '80s initiative mostly untouched in recent years, since the Warren Ellis-written <i>newuniversal</i>. <p>Well, now Marvel isn't even being ambiguous about it, with the words "New Universe" appearing right there in the <i>Avengers #9</i> solicitation, and what appears to be Star Brand on the cover. Though, of course, exactly what Hickman has planned for this corner of the Marvel Multiverse remains to be seen.


<i>Age of Ultron</i> doesn't start until March, but six issues of the 10-part story have already been solicited, and we're starting to get a little clearer picture of the event. <p>Starting with the main characters: We already knew that Spider-Man, Hawkeye, Moon Knight and Luke Cage were all important, but this month's solicitations also bring in, rather prominently, Red Hulk and Captain America. <p>Also, it looks like Wolverine and Invisible Woman are embarking on an intriguing side mission, one that takes them to the past as depicted in the Matt Kindt-written <i>Wolverine and the X-Men #27AU</i>.


When the <i>X-Termination</i> crossover between <i>Age of Apocalypse</i>, <i>X-Treme X-Men</i> and <i>Astonishing X-Men</i> was announced last month, many observers assumed one of the goals was to bring a little more attention to some of the X-titles not part of the Marvel NOW! initiative. <p>It turns out that two of those three titles are in fact ending with the end of <i>X-Termination</i>: <i>Age of Apocalypse</i> and <I>X-Treme X-Men</i>. <p><i>AoA</i> and <i>X-Treme</i> both started in 2012, and are ending with #14 and #13, respectively. <i>Age of Apocalypse</i> writer David Lapham</i> and <i>X-Treme X-Men</i> writer Greg Pak both don't have any other ongoing Marvel books currently, so it's yet to be publicly known if they've got anything else in the works at the publisher.

What We Learned From MARVEL's APRIL 2013 Solicitations

Date: 18 January 2013 Time: 09:01 PM ET