ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT NEW YEAR1 of 12It’s almost 2016, and with the new year come new comic books. This week, Marvel released its February 2016 solicitations, which included some interesting returns for fan favorite characters, as well as more answers about the state of the “All-New All-Different” Marvel Universe.
As we do every month, Newsarama combed through the Marvel solicitations to cherry pick the most important pieces of information to be gleaned. Here’s our list of ten things we learned from Marvel’s February 2016 solicitations.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS2 of 12February is a big month for returning characters at Marvel. Green Goblin, whose secret identity Norman Osborn has recently appeared in Amazing Spider-Man, will rear his head in Spider-Man/Deadpool #2, while the Darkhold – a secret book that was a staple of Marvel’s early ‘90’s mystical characters – will resurface in Carnage #5.
Additionally, founding Avenger the Wasp will team up with Wolverine in All-New Wolverine #5, while Squadron Supreme #4 promises the return of “a beloved Marvel character” – could it be Namor, who will apparently be killed off in Squadron Supreme #1?
BIGGER IS BADDER3 of 12Some of Marvel’s biggest villains are coming back this February – literally.
Both Galactus and Fin Fang Foom will be back in 2016, and they’re both pulling double duty, appearing in multiple titles in February. Fin Fang Foom will take on both Drax and the Totally Awesome Hulk, while Galactus will face off with Howard the Duck, while also appearing on a Silver Surfer variant cover by none other than Chip Zdarsky, writer of Howard.
But don’t worry – there’s plenty of these cosmic level menaces to go around.
AVENGERS UNITY SQUAD - HOMELESS?4 of 12The Avengers have spent the last several years dwelling in Avengers Tower – itself recently sold off in All-New, All-Different Avengers - but before that, they lived for decades in Avengers Mansion, Tony Stark’s former family home. But what’s become of the Mansion lately?
The answer will arrive in Uncanny Avengers #6 - and it doesn’t seem like a happy ending. The solicitation calls the mansion’s fate “strange and tragic.” Of course, the Mansion has been decimated several times over the years – so what could be so tragic?
Remember, The FF's Baxter Building just got taken over by Parker Industries, so historic HQs are becoming prime real estate.
CREATIVE CHANGES5 of 12There are a few creative shifts coming for Marvel in February. First up, Astonishing Ant-Man #5 will feature art from Annapaolo Martello, while Brandon Peterson will supply art for Uncanny Inhumans #5.
Additionally, Joe Bennett will perform art chores on Captain America: Sam Wilson #6, while Leinil Yu will take over in a galaxy far, far away as of Star Wars #16.
Finally, longtime Bendis collaborator Mike Deodato will handle art for Invincible Iron Man #6.
ONE MIGHTY MAGAZINE6 of 12The cover of Nova #4 pays homage to the cover of Fantastic Four #1, substituting in Miles Morales and Kamala Khan for the rest of the FF. They’re even taking on Giganto, the same enemy the FF clashed with in their first outing.
But this homage begs the question – where are the Richards family? They’re still absent from the “All New All Different” Marvel Universe, and these solicitations hold no clues as to their whereabouts. But Marvel is still calling on the FF for these kinds of references and homages, so they can’t be gone for good.
AND NOW... THE WOLVERINE!7 of 12Wolverine made his debut as a character taking on the Hulk – the original Hulk, Bruce Banner. Since their first fight, the two have clashed multiple times over the years. In February, the old rivalry will rear its head again – in a slightly different form.
This time, Old Man Logan, finding himself in the mainstream Marvel Universe, is going after the Hulks, who had devolved into bloodthirsty monsters in his timeline. First, he’ll clash with the new Hulk, Amadeus Cho in Old Man Logan #2.
GOODBYE GILGAMESH8 of 12One-time Avenger (and longtime “nobody’s favorite”) Gilgamesh has been appearing in the supporting cast of the new volume of Hercules - but it looks like, as of #4, he’ll be back in action as a hero in his own right. But it may not all be good news…
The solicitation says that Herc will have to save Gilgamesh from “a miserable death.” Factoring in that issue's cover (seen here at left),could Gil’s first mission back in the hero biz also be his last?
DADDY DEAREST9 of 12Back in the ’70’s, when Captain George Stacy died after an altercation with Dr. Octopus, he revealed that he knew Peter Parker’s secret identity as Spider-Man. Now, in Spider-Gwen #5, history looks to be repeating itself – at least partially.
The solicitation states that Captain Stacy will learn of his daughter, Gwen Stacy’s secret life as a superhero. Hopefully his discovery of this secret won’t end in the same kind of tragedy as it did the last time.
WALK THIS WAY10 of 12If the name Darryl McDaniels doesn’t mean much to you, you might know him better as DMC – part of the legendary hip hop pioneers Run-DMC. And in February, you’ll know him as a writer for Marvel Comics.
McDaniels is a self-professed Marvel superfan who has self-published comic books in the past. Now, he joins the Marvel family with a back-up feature in Guardians Of Infinity #3.
Fangirl Rampage11 of 12Kamala Khan is one of the Avengers’ newest recruits, fulfilling her lifelong dream of joining Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. But according to the solicitation for All-New, All-Different Avengers #5, her time with the team may already be coming to an end.
The solicitation makes it seem as though Kamala has done something to betray the team. Then again, she’s on the cover for All-New, All-Different Avengers #6 - so maybe she’ll make it up to them after all.
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