What We Learned From MARVEL's JULY 2013 Solicitations

<i>by <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>Yes, we knew a good bit about Marvel's July 2013 slate before the solicitations came out on Thursday morning like new ongoing series <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/avengers-ai-sam-humphries.html><i>Avengers A.I.</i></a>, or the <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/deadpool-kills-deadpool-cullen-bunn.html><i>Deadpool Kills Deadpool</i></a> miniseries, or creative team changes like Zeb Wells and Paco Media joining <i>Nova</i>, and Charles Soule taking on <i>Thunderbolts</i>. <p>Still, the actual <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-comics-july-2013-solicitations.html>July solicitations</a> were plenty newsworthy, including the reveal of something particularly mysterious. So here are 10 things worth knowing from Marvel's July 2013 solicitations. <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>

MORE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5 DETAILS

Folks were surprised with last month's news that Angela, formerly of Image's <i>Spawn</i>, is coming to the Marvel Universe in the final pages of <b>Age of Ultron #10</b>. <p>It was promised then that her next appearance would be in a seemingly equally unlikely spot, <i>Guardians of the Galaxy #5</i>, with character creator Neil Gaiman joining regular series writer Brian Michael Bendis for the issue. Now, we have slightly more details about the comic: "Spinning out of the dramatic conclusion of Age of Ultron, dimensions collide and Heaven's most fearsome Angel pushes the Guardians back on their heels." <p>It's worth noting that the contents of <i>Guardians of the Galaxy #5</i> appear to be so top-secret that Marvel didn't release the cover to the issue with the July solicitations, which is why you're looking at June's #4, instead.

INFINITY INCOMING!

In an attempt to get fans ready for <I>Infinity</i>, starting in August, Marvel is releasing a collected edition with stories loosely thematically tied to the upcoming Jonathan Hickman/Jim Cheung series, titled <i>Infinity Incoming!</i>. <p>The book contains comics both from the distant past including the Inhumans origin story starting in 1967's <i>Thor #146</i> and the very, <i>very</i> near future, like the just-released <i>Thanos Rising #1</i>.

A NEW YOUNG AVENGER

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's <i>Young Avengers</i> team has stayed at a reasonable size thus far Hulkling, Wiccan, Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), Noh-Varr, Loki and Miss America. <P>Things look to be growing a little in July, with issue #7 billed as including "A new Young Avenger." (Also, breakfast.) <p>Then, in #8, Gillen evidently provokes the very passionate <i>Journey Into Mystery</i> fanbase: "Kieron decides it's time to make all the JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY readers scream," the solicitation reads.

MASTERMIND IS BACK

Mastermind is a classic X-Men villain dating back to 1964's <i>X-Men #4</i>, and played a pivotal role in the famous "Dark Phoenix Saga." He's also long dead, having been one of the many victims of the Legacy Virus in the '90s. <p>Since then, his, uh, legacy has been carried on in various capacities by his daughters, including Lady Mastermind and Pixie. But it looks like he's back as of July's <i>All-New X-Men #14</i>, where it looks like he's resuming his old pastime of corrupting Jean Grey. <p>Let's stress <i>looks</i>, since obviously you have to consider anything involved with Mastermind could possibly an an illusion, especially given that Lady Mastermind has recently resurfaced in <i>All-New X-Men</i> and decided to drop the "Lady". But the implication, at least for right now, is that he's back, and it may very well be his time he's been dead for a really long time by contemporary comic book standards.

'MYSTERY MUTANT' IN UNCANNY X-MEN

Also notable in July's X-books: The solicitation for July's <i>Uncanny X-Men #9</i> asks, "What mystery mutant has taken up with the espionage agency keeping tabs on the X-Men?" <p>Mystery? Maybe not. <i>Uncanny</i> writer Brian Michael Bendis stated on the <a href=http://comicbooknoise.com/loikamania/2013/04/09/loikamania-137-brian-michael-bendis/>Loikamania</a> podcast this week that Dazzler was going to be coming to the series and involved with S.H.I.E.L.D. in some capacity, something that Marvel senior editor Nick Lowe confirmed to Newsarama this week. <p>"Dazzler will be a part of <i>Uncanny X-Men</i> coming up," <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/spoiler-sport-uncanny-x-men-4.html>Lowe told Newsarama</a>. "She won't be a part of the team, she will definitely, like Brian said, be tied, in some way, shape or form, to S.H.I.E.L.D. And I cannot wait for people to see how that is."

WOLVERINE STATUS QUO CHANGE

The Paul Cornell-written <i>Wolverine</I> series is still in its very early days #2 just came out this week but by July, it'll hit issue #6, and apparently fans of the character should take notice. <p>Says the solicitation: "Wolverine's world is changed forever!" OK, sure, anyone that's been reading comics for longer than a day has probably learned to tune out hype like that, but apparently whatever happens in issue #6 takes at least one issue to recover from, based on the solicitation of #7: "After the events of <b>Wolverine #6</b>, Logan must adjust to a very different kind of life" and "How will his friends and rivals respond to his new status quo?" <p>Given that July is also the month that <i>The Wolverine</i> is out in theaters, it looks like it'll be a newsworthy one for Logan fans.

HOW DOES AGE OF ULTRON AFFECT HULK?

<i>Age of Ultron</i> ends in June, and its after effects will, as tends to happen, be seen in July. <p>Some places are obvious, like the new <i>Avengers A.I.</i> ongoing series that spins directly out of the event. But some are considerably less obvious, like <i>Indestructible Hulk</i>. <p>July's issue #11 of that book starts the "Time to Smash" arc, and the solicitation states that "history's breaking" something that <a href=http://blog.newsarama.com/2013/04/11/historys-breaking/>Blog@Newsarama</a>'s Graeme McMillan thinks might be hinting towards a bigger issue in the increasingly time travel-centric Marvel Universe.

FOUR HORSEMEN OF DEATH

It's standard for Apocalypse to have Four Horsemen, but Four Horsemen just for death? That's what's promised in <b>Uncanny Avengers #10</b>, and all four appear to be familiar, deceased, faces: The Grim Reaper, Daken, Banshee and the Sentry. <p>Each are notable in their own way: Obviously Grim Reaper just made an ill-fated (for him) appearance in <i>Uncanny Avengers #5</i>, <i>Uncanny Avengers</i> writer Rick Remender killed off Daken over in <i>Uncanny X-Force</i> (at the hands of <i>UA</i> cast member and father Wolverine), seeing an oft-lighthearted character like Banshee used in this manner is jarring (likely rather deliberately so), and the Sentry seems to inspire a vocal reaction whenever he appears.

ANOTHER SUPERIOR SPIDEY TWIST

First, Dan Slott had Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus swap brains. Then, he had Spider-Man's mind "die" along with Doc Ock's body. Then, he revealed that a shred of Peter Parker was still left inside of his own body. Now, he's promising the <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/superior-spider-man-9-dan-slott.html>"biggest event to happen"</a> in the series thus far in next month's <i>Superior Spider-Man #9</i>. <p>Get ready for something that Marvel is calling even bigger than all of that, as July's <i>Superior Spider-Man #14</i> brings the "biggest twist yet," according to the solicitation.

WHAT IS 'AGE OF ULTRON #10 U.C.'?

The headline of this article is "What We Learned From MARVEL's JULY 2013 Solicitations," but the No. 1 spot goes to something we don't really know anything about. But that's interesting in itself, right? <p>Even though <i>Age of Ultron</i> ends in June, something titled <i>Age of Ultron #10 U.C.</i> ships in July, with a classified writer, a classified artist, and a cover (released a little while after the solicitations themselves debuted) that appears to be an outer space scene with the word "hunger" written over it a few times in purple. <p>Certainly something worth pondering obviously, "purple" and "hunger" leads one to think "Galactus," and outer space (and Galactus in general) suggests a cosmic vibe maybe a bridge from <i>Age of Ultron</i> to <i>Infinity</i>? Maybe something involving Marvelman, who Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said would be the <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/axel-alonso-marvelman-infinity.html>subject of an announcement soon</a>? Maybe (probably) something that has nothing to do with any of that? Answers (like what "U.C." stands for) will come at some point, likely before July (retailers have to figure out how many of this thing to order, right?).

What We Learned From MARVEL's JULY 2013 Solicitations

Date: 11 April 2013 Time: 09:17 PM ET