Brian Michael Bendis is a busy guy, so what does he do in April 2014? He writes not one, not two, but three
over-sized anniversary issues, of course!
First up (um, alphabetically) is All-New X-Men #25. In the issue, regular artist Stuart Immonen is joined by a surprising line-up of artists including Art Adams, Bruce Timm, J. Scott Campbell, Skottie Young, Rafael Grampa, and the always popular "And More!" It's a heck of a line-up for a 40-pager, and leads into the return of the "Future Brotherhood" in the double-shipping issue #26.
Guardians of the Galaxy #14 marks the 101st issue of a series called "Guardians of the Galaxy," and since the 100th issue comes during the crossover with the last series we just wrote about, they're celebrating here. In this 48-page special issue, Nick Bradshaw comes on as artist, and we see Agent Venom and Captain Marvel joining the team. But wait, there's more! Two back-up stories by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the writers who launched the modern team, are also in the special issue (one of their two returns to the Guardians in April).
Finally, there's Ultimate Spider-Man #200, the only issue of the Ultimate Spidey's adventures in April (guess Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man is kicking off in May?). The issue sees Brian Michael Bendis joined by almost ever artist on the series so far: Dave Marquez, Mark Bagley, Mark Brooks, Stuart Immonen, and David Lafuente, and sees the past honored at a memorial for Peter Parker while the current cast led by Miles looks to the future. The 48-page (sound familiar?) one-shot promises "one of the biggest surprise endings of the year!" Now, we know Marvel has been ever-insistent that "dead means dead" in the Ultimate Universe, but could this spell some hope for Ultimate Peter Parker? Don't hold your breath, but fans of either incarnation will probably want to check this out.