Let's Start A War!1 of 12This June Marvel's next major event Civil War II kicks off in earnest. And that's not the only big event at Marvel this summer. Surprise returns, major anniversaries, and many friends becoming enemies are all portended in Marvel's June solicitations.
If that seems like a lot to process - don't worry. Newsarama has you covered. As we do every month, we're digging into Marvel's solicitations to bring out the most important things worth noticing in Marvel's June ads.
Without further ado, here's what we learned from Marvel's June 2016 solicitations.
Dead Poolerman2 of 12The solicitation for Spider-Man/Deadpool #6 may carry some sad news for fans as the creative team of Joe Kelly and Ed McGuiness look to be taking a break from the title – but their absence also comes with good news, as they’ll be replaced, at least temporarily, by veteran Deadpool artist Reilly Brown, and none other than Scott Aukerman, host of Comedy Bang Bang on writing chores.
Aukerman previously authored a short Deadpool story, and is a well-known fan of comic books. While Kelly and McGuiness will reportedly return to the title after a break, Aukerman joins fellow comedian (and Mr. Show alum) Brian Posehn as a writer of the Merc With A Mouth – and gets his first crack at Spider-Man.
Venom-Erine? Wolver-Enom?3 of 12Many years ago, Wolverine was subverted by Apocalypse as his Horseman of Death. Now, it looks like he’s back in that role – albeit in a strange alternate future where he’s also possessed by a Venom Symbiote.
After debuting in the launch of “Apocalypse War” in Extraordinary X-Men #8, the new Horesemen look to be revealed in the solicitation for Extraordinary X-Men #11, with the cover even showing the Venom/Wolverine hybrid going after young Jean Grey – something a Wolverine in his right mind would never do.
Intergalactic Planet Terry4 of 12Marvel has rarely mined its Star Comics line of the ‘80’s, which focused on comics for kids, including licensed titles featuring the Ewoks and the Muppet Babies, and gave birth to Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham. But its one of the line’s totally original characters, Planet Terry, will join to the mainstream Marvel Universe with Drax #8.
Of course, he won’t be in his original cartoony form – he’ll be a grizzled space bounty hunter, and he may be teaming up with none other than Pip the troll. Marvel said after Secret Wars, everything would be on the table. Seems like they weren’t joking around.
Silver Surfer #2005 of 12The Silver Surfer has been a staple of the Marvel Universe since he first debuted in the pages of Fantastic Four in the ‘60’s. Known to be a favorite of legendary writer Stan Lee, the Silver Surfer quickly spun out into his own series which has existed off and on ever since.
With Silver Surfer #6, Norrin Radd celebrates a major anniversary – his 200th solo issue. Dan Slott and Mike Allred will celebrate the milestone with an oversized issue of 40 pages.
Spider-Man & Silk: Secret Origins6 of 12Peter Parker and Cindy Moon were both bitten by radioactive spiders at the same science experiment, and gained incredible powers as a result. Both are also superheroes, with Parker becoming the iconic Spider-Man, and Moon becoming Silk after being released from a holding room where she hid for years. Now, in Spider-Man & Silk: The Spider(Fly) Effect #4, we’ll go all the way back to the beginning, revisiting the pair’s origin – literally – through the magic of time travel. There’s also the matter of the Chronosaurus Rex, mentioned in the solicitation.
Back In The USSR7 of 12Black Widow’s origin was glimpsed in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but with Black Widow #4, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee are revisiting her beginnings in comic books as well.
Programmed as a Russian spy during the Cold War, Black Widow was a product of the so-called Red Room – a program that will resurface as the Dark Room, which Widow must infiltrate.
Avenger: Disassembled8 of 12The Vision has been a cornerstone of the Avengers since the late ‘60’s, but there have been times when the android hero has been at odds with his allies. Vision even started out as a villain before joining the team. And, when he tried to conquer the world under the influence of the villainous Immortus, the Avengers had to intervene. Recently, he was also compromised by a version of Immortus’s alternate self Kang.
Now Vision is living in the suburbs with his own android family and serving among the Avengers again – but his family has some dark secrets. Secrets that may cause the Avengers to once again intervene, and, according to the solicitation for The Vision #8, “permanently dismantle” him.
All-New, All-New, All-Different Thor9 of 12Jane Foster has been Thor since her predecessor, now called Odinson, dropped Mjolnir at the end of Original Sin. Now, if the cover of A-Force #6 is to be believed, she’s got a new look – or there may even be a new woman wielding the hammer.
Either way, someone with a Mjolnir-like weapon and a Thor-style helmet seems to have gotten the drop on the team. We’ll presumably learn her secrets in June.
Totally Incredible Hulk10 of 12Bruce Banner’s former protégé, and the former sidekick of Hercules, Amadeus Cho has become the Hulk – and unlike his predecessor Banner, he’s loving life as the jade giant. So what happened to Banner to make way for the new, “totally awesome” Hulk?
Well, it looks like that’s one mystery that’s on its way to being solved, as the solicitation for Totally Awesome Hulk promises to reveal Banner’s fate in a Civil War II tie-in. Hopefully this “Civil War” won’t lead to another exile for the Hulk – Amadeus doesn’t seem like the type to have much fun being stranded in space.
Tony Stark Vs. The Inhumans11 of 12Tensions between Mutants and Inhumans have been running high since the Terrigen cloud that spread across the globe caused X-Genes to become dormant. Cyclops, the X-Men’s one-time figurehead and leader, even died while attempting to attack the Inhumans.
Now, it seems that Civil War II will put the at odds with the rest of the Marvel Universe as well. Though it’s still unclear exactly why, Tony Stark will declare war on the Inhumans in Civil War II #2. And from the sounds of things, it may be this act that puts Tony at odds with Captain Marvel and many of his fellow heroes.
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