FALL BACKWARDS1 of 12October kicks off the company's "Marvel NOW!" line, and the change is reflected in the publisher's solicitations, released just this week.
While all of the titles seen in the "Marvel NOW!" Previews catalog aren't yet accounted for, the changes happening in the wake of Civil War II are already becoming apparent, with big things in store for both new and continuing titles alike.
As usual, we've done our best to pick out all the new info from the solicits, piecing together as many clues about the future of Marvel Comics as possible.
Movie Star Looks2 of 12After joining the cast of Deadpool & The Mercs For Money, the breakout star of Deadpool - Negasonic Teenage Warhead - seems to be inching closer to her big screen counterpart, getting a costume that resembles her movie look in Mercs For Money #4's cover.
The change was hinted at back in Mercs For Money #1, but this issue’s cover has her sporting her close cropped ‘do, and a scowl to match.
Marvel NOW Says 'Later' To Six Titles3 of 12The upcoming "Marvel NOW!" relaunch is sure to bring some casualties with it, with old titles ending and new ones launching. It looks like October will officially bring the end of The Astonishing Ant-Man with #13, while The Vision ends, as planned, with #12.
But there are a few titles missing whose fates aren't yet clear. Hyperion hasn't been solicited since August's #6, while Drax, Vote Loki, and All-New Inhumans seem to be missing after being solicited in September.
So are these cancellations, or simple delays? Marvel has yet to respond to our request for comment.
Returns4 of 12The first month of Marvel NOW! brings with it several returning characters, starting with a character that will also jump to the big screen shortly after his comic book return - Baron Mordo, one of Doctor Strange's arch-enemies, will be back in Doctor Strange #12 - just in time for that little movie they're in.
Furthermore, Red Widow is back in a back-up story in Ms. Marvel #12, just ahead of Margaret Stohl, the prose writer who created her, taking over as writer of Captain Marvel in 2017.
Finally, Werewolf By Night looks to be appearing in Moon Knight #7 - appropriate, as Marc Spector first appeared in Werewolf By Night #32 way back in the 70's.
Secret Origin of Mjolnir5 of 12In Mighty Thor #12, Jason Aaron will finally make good on a promise he made all the way back in January of last year to tell a single issue story spotlighting an unlikely Thor supporting character - the Goddess of Thunder's mighty Uru hammer.
The issue will explore the hammer's history, and the nature of its relationship with whoever it deems worthy of its power.
Miles Is Marvel's Most Wanted6 of 12We previously speculated that Miles Morales might be Marvel's "Accused" after sales of the one-shot of the same name were tied to a previous issue of Spider-Man. Knowing now that The Accused will focus on Hawkeye, it looks like we were wrong - or were we?
Spider-Man #9 makes reference to "The Profiler," who apparently sees something in Miles's future that makes him "Marvel's most wanted." Who the Profiler is and what he sees is still up in the air - but it looks like Miles may be accused after all, just of a different crime.
The Living Dead Hulks7 of 12If Marvel’s October solicitations are any indication, the fallout from Bruce Banner’s death in Civil War II is only just getting started. While The Fallen, the one-shot showing Banner’s funeral, hits shelves in August, October begins the story of what happens to Banner after his death.
That’s right – it ain’t over. The solicitation for Uncanny Avengers #15 says that the Hand has Banner’s body, and if their past track record is any indication, it’s not impossible that we’ll see a resurrected Banner as part of their dark ninja cabal before long. Meanwhile, Banner’s successor, Amadeus Cho, will square off with Black Panther in Totally Awesome Hulk #12, likely over the central disagreement of Civil War II.
And if that’s not enough, it looks like She-Hulk may be back in action by year’s end, as she appears on the cover of A-Force #10 after several months of absence after being on death's door in Civil War II #2.
Scarlet Family8 of 12A few years ago, it was revealed that, contrary to what they once believed, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver weren’t the children of Magneto – nor were they mutants at all. Uncanny Avengers Vol. 2 touched on the story, explaining that Wanda and Pietro Maximoff’s powers were the result of experimentation by the High Evolutionary, however that story left many mysteries unexplored.
It looks like some answers to those questions may be on the horizon, with the solicitation for Scarlet Witch #11 saying that Wanda will discover the answers about her parents, and where she comes from.
And if you believe there won’t be a twist, you haven’t been paying attention.
Sorcerers Supreme9 of 12Doctor Strange's comic book profile is about to increase right before the release of his movie, with a second title, Doctor Strange & The Sorcerers Supreme #1 hitting shelves in October.
The solicitation for the issue advertises it as a team-up between Strange and other Sorcerers Supreme "past and future," including Merlin and Wiccan. So maybe there's something we didn't know about young Billy Kaplan and his future potential as a mage.
A New World Eater10 of 12Some time ago, Galactus was transformed from being a destroyer of worlds to being a “Lifebringer” in the pages of The Ultimates. While his adventures continue in The Ultimates #12, Galactus’s old job as World Eater seems to have been filled in the pages of Extraordinary X-Men.
The solicitation for Extraordinary X-Men #15 says that one of the team’s newest recruits has been possessed by the World Eater, though it seems as though this World Eater may not devour literal planets the way Galactus did, but will sate his appetites with alternate dimensions – like the X-Men’s current home of Limbo.
More Dead, No?11 of 12Over the weekend at Comic-Con International: San Diego, Marvel editor Devin Lewis made many allusions to a tragedy that would strike Peter Parker at the kick off of The Clone Conspiracy, saying Parker Industries would suffer a disaster and that "no one is safe."
Now, the solicitation for Amazing Spider-Man #19 makes it clear that Lewis wasn't joking around, saying that "someone in the Amazing Spider-Man's orbit dies." At this point, that could be almost anyone.
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