What We Learned From MARVEL's APRIL 2013 Solicitations1 of 12by Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
It's solicitations week, that monthly celebration when comic book fans stop worrying about today, and start worrying about three months from now.
We looked at what April 2013 will mean for DC earlier this week, and now we turn our attention to Marvel.
Sure, Marvel revealed a lot like, Frazer Irving joining Brian Michael Bendis on Uncanny X-Men and the Jason Aaron/Simone Bianchi Thanos Rising miniseries before the solicitations actually were released. But the solicitations themselves were still chock-full of useful info, which we've indexed here.
YOU WANT WOLVERINE COLLECTIONS? MARVEL'S GOT PLENTY2 of 12Is there a Wolverine movie coming out this summer or something? (There is.)
The Wolverine is scheduled to debut in theaters on July 24, 2013, and Marvel is making sure that moviegoers have plenty of options at the bookstore. April's solicitations contained Wolverine-centric bound editions including an omnibus of Mark Millar's work on the character, a "young reader's novel," a collection of the Wolverine portions of the "Official Index to the Marvel Universe," the complete Wolverine: The Best There Is, the first volume of the Wolverine MAX series, the fourth collected volume of Wolverine and the X-Men and the Wolverine: Season One original graphic novel.
These are advance solicited and thus not actually out in April, but they're all scheduled to hit before The Wolverine film.
RUNAWAYS' VICTOR MANCHA RETURNS3 of 12Given all the attention that Ultron is getting in the eponymous Age of Ultron event starting in April, you might wonder, "Hey, does anyone remember that he had a son that was in Runaways?"
Answer: Yes. Marvel remembers. And are in fact featuring the character in an Age of Ultron tie-in issue, Ultron #1AU. The comic is illustrated by Amilcar Pinna, but a writer has yet to be announced.
CAPTAIN MARVEL/AVENGERS EVENT?4 of 12If you've been reading Captain Marvel, you know that Carol Danvers has recently gotten some upsetting news. And it doesn't look like her life is getting any easier this spring, as she's still grounded from flying as of April's issue #12.
That installment is also being billed as "The issue that will kick off a Major Captain Marvel and Avengers event!" We don't quite know what that means yet, but with Kelly Sue DeConnick writing both Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble and Carol appearing in both it seems to be a relatively easy maneuver to execute. We'll surely hear more in the coming weeks about exactly what said "event" entails.
OMEGA FLIGHT IS BACK (REALLY.)5 of 12There have been several different incarnations of Omega Flight over the years, with the most recent being the post-Civil War team that included US Agent, Sasquatch, Arachne (formerly Spider-Woman, now Madame Web) and more.
That version of the team has dissipated, but some form of it is back as of Avengers #10 and apparently, lost in a "Garden Origin Site." Though since it appears that Avengers writer Jonathan Hickman is exploring alternate universes (more on that later), there's clearly a lot about this Omega Flight yet to be revealed.
'LONG LIVE CAPTAIN ZOLA'6 of 12This week's Captain America #3 ended with the surprising development of Arnim Zola's consciousness being grafted onto Captain America's chest. (Imagine how surprised he must have been.)
If you said to yourself, "That can't last forever," well, duh. But if you said to yourself "That won't last one issue," it looks like you're wrong. The solicitation for April's Captain America #6 opens with "Steve Rogers is dead--long live Captain Zola!" so it looks like it'll continue to be a major inconvenience for Steve Rogers for the near future.
UNCANNY MEETS ALL-NEW7 of 12There are two X-Men teams one headed by Wolverine at the Jean Grey School, and Cyclops' smaller crew of outlaws setting up their own school for mutants. As of February, they'll each star in their own books, both written by Brian Michael Bendis.
So how long until one team visits the other? Not long. The Uncanny X-Men is visiting the Jean Grey School in All-New X-Men #10, looking for some new recruits, and based on the solicitation, it sounds like they're successful. Keep in mind that Uncanny X-Men #1 is also slated to reveal a traitor within the team's ranks, so the mutant world remains as twisty and soap opera-tastic as ever in the Bendis era.
SPIDER-MAN 2099 TEASED8 of 12Dan Slott played something of a practical joke on fans, and made them think Miguel O'Hara Spider-Man 2099 might be Superior Spider-Man. Clearly, he is not. But Slott later stated that O'Hara will indeed play some kind of role in the series, though it's not know how or when.
It looks like Marvel planted a pretty big clue in the solicitation for April's Superior Spider-Man #7: "And a new development for a Spider-Man who hasn't been seen for some time. And by time, we mean centuries." (Yes, 2099 is less than one century away at this point, so feel free to adjust your speculation accordingly.)
YUP, NEW UNIVERSE IS HAPPING FOR SURE9 of 12Last month, it seemed pretty sure and nearly completely guaranteed that writer Jonathan Hickman was going to explore Marvel's "New Universe" an '80s initiative mostly untouched in recent years, since the Warren Ellis-written newuniversal.
Well, now Marvel isn't even being ambiguous about it, with the words "New Universe" appearing right there in the Avengers #9 solicitation, and what appears to be Star Brand on the cover. Though, of course, exactly what Hickman has planned for this corner of the Marvel Multiverse remains to be seen.
MORE AGE OF ULTRON HINTS10 of 12Age of Ultron doesn't start until March, but six issues of the 10-part story have already been solicited, and we're starting to get a little clearer picture of the event.
Starting with the main characters: We already knew that Spider-Man, Hawkeye, Moon Knight and Luke Cage were all important, but this month's solicitations also bring in, rather prominently, Red Hulk and Captain America.
Also, it looks like Wolverine and Invisible Woman are embarking on an intriguing side mission, one that takes them to the past as depicted in the Matt Kindt-written Wolverine and the X-Men #27AU.
TWO X-CANCELLATIONS11 of 12When the X-Termination crossover between Age of Apocalypse, X-Treme X-Men and Astonishing X-Men was announced last month, many observers assumed one of the goals was to bring a little more attention to some of the X-titles not part of the Marvel NOW! initiative.
It turns out that two of those three titles are in fact ending with the end of X-Termination: Age of Apocalypse and X-Treme X-Men.
AoA and X-Treme both started in 2012, and are ending with #14 and #13, respectively. Age of Apocalypse writer David Lapham and X-Treme X-Men writer Greg Pak both don't have any other ongoing Marvel books currently, so it's yet to be publicly known if they've got anything else in the works at the publisher.
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