What We Learned From MARVEL's JUNE 2013 Solicitations

<i>by <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>Though thoughts of summer might be far from your mind right now, the comic book industry is already in that mindset, as seen by the flurry of June 2013 solicitations released this week. <p>Marvel made plenty of June-related announcements before <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-comics-june-2013-solicitations.html>their slate was released Wednesday</a> like that <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/new-ultimates-creative-team.html>Joshua Hale Fialkov is taking over <b>Ultimate Comics Ultimates</b></a>, that the <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/joe-mad-zeb-wells-spider-man-wolverine-teaser.html>Zeb Wells/Joe Madureira project will be published in <b>The Savage Wolverine</b></a>, the new <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/new-daredevil-anthology-dark-nights.html><b>Daredevil: Dark Nights</b></a> anthology and the <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/joe-quesada-draws-age-of-ultron-finale.html>news that Joe Quesada is drawing the final pages of <b>Age of Ultron #10</b></a> but there's still plenty of worthwhile information in the solicitations themselves, as we examine 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>


Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov's <b>Fury Max</b> has been described as somewhere between a limited series and an ongoing not designed to last forever, but longer than your average mini. <p>Now we know its stopping point: June's issue #13, where "Fury faces the consequences of his actions for the past 50 years."


You may know writer/artist Adam Warren from his work on Dark Horse's <i>Empowered</i>, his stint on <i>Gen 13</i>, or his adaptation of <i>Dirty Pair</i>. It's distinctly possible that you also know him from his Marvel work like <i>Iron Man: Hypervelocity</i> and <i>Livewires</i>. <p>However you may know Warren, you may be pleased to learn that he's contributing to June's <b>A+X #9</b>, with a story said by Marvel to be "so chock full of awesome that we can't even attempt to sum it up in one sentence!" (No further details have been disclosed.)


Last month, Marvel's solicitations contained a <i>Pacific Rim</i> book. This month, they're soliciting another collection from Legendary, <b>The Tower Chronicles</b>. <p>While the relationship between Marvel and Legendary isn't completely publicly known at this point no announcement has been made beyond these solicitations we're looking into it and will let you know when we have more details.


Periodically, Marvel will do a month's worth of themed variants remember the vampire ones? Or the Avengers "Art Appreciation" covers? <p>In June 2013, the month before <i>The Wolverine</i> feature film debuts, Marvel is showcasing Wolverine's many different looks over the decades via numerous "Wolverine Costume Variant" covers, including this take on Weapon X by John Tyler Christopher (the variant cover of <b>Cable and X-Force #9</b>).


It seemed inevitable: Mark Waid's highly critically acclaimed <b>Daredevil</b> interacting in some capacity with his newer Marvel title, <b>Indestructible Hulk</b>. <p>While it doesn't appear to be a crossover per se, Daredevil is guest-starring in June's <b>Indestructible Hulk #9</b>, set to explore the friendship between Bruce Banner and Matt Murdock. (June also looks like a newsworthy month for the <b>Daredevil</b> series, with the whole run thus far "all been leading to this moment," according to the solicitation of #27).


Fans have wondered since Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's <b>Young Avengers</b> was first announced last year: Where's Speed, Wiccan's brother? <p>The answer to that question: <b>Young Avengers #6</b>, featuring Speed as well as X-character Prodigy, also not seen much recently.


<b>X-Factor</b> has been one of the most consistent books in Marvel's line, with Peter David writing the book with much of the same cast throughout since its revival in 2005. <p>Yet it looks like that's starting to come to a close in the near future, with June's issues #257 and #258 billed as parts 1 and 2 of the six-chapter "End of X-Factor." Seems pretty straightforward, but given Marvel's penchant for relaunches, there's at least a chance this might not be the end. Keep reading Newsarama for more on the future of <b>X-Factor</b>.


Much like Marvel did for <I>Iron Man 3</i>, they're using the comic book medium filling in some of the movie blanks with June's two-part <b>Thor: The Dark World Prelude</b>. <p>This time around, your questions of what happened to Thor, Jane Foster, Sif, The Warriors Three and the rest of the gang between <i>Thor</i> and <i>The Avengers</i> movies will be answered, and it's written by Craig Kyle and Chris Yost (Yost is a screenwriter on <i>The Dark World</i>, so should it all fit together nicely).


Marvel's May 2013 solicitations suggested that the beginning of the end was coming for Superior Spider-Man. Though the series is still rolling as of June, it sure looks like something significant has changed. <p>The solicitation to #11 reads, "Since the startling events of <b>Superior Spider-Man #9</b>, will anyone realize that things have changed?" What, exactly, has changed remains to be revealed, but feel free, as always, to speculate accordingly.


It's been well-established that the end of <b>Age of Ultron</b> is top secret so top secret, in fact, that Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada is picking the pencil back up to illustrate it. <p>What isn't known is what impact the ending and the story in general will have on Ultron's creator, the founding Avenger Hank Pym. He's been conspicuous by his absence in recent Marvel books, and the solicitation of <b>Age Of Ultron #10A.I.</b> states, "Some men are beyond redemption! By story's end, Hank Pym will have an entirely new role in the Marvel Universe!" so it sounds like it'll be a very eventful June for Giant-Man.

What We Learned From MARVEL's JUNE 2013 Solicitations

Date: 13 March 2013 Time: 09:13 PM ET