What's All-New at Marvel Now?1 of 12The Marvel Comics February 2014 Solicitations are here, and they are packed full of new comic book goodness.
While a handful of series are ending, many more are beginning, while others get new storyarcs, or tease major events. We've sifted through the full solicitations as usual and pulled out the ten things we don't think you should skip by. Find out our biggest takeaways here.
X-Men: Adamantium Collection Can Fight Actual Evil Mutants2 of 12Marvel tried the oversized massive omnibus with the Wolverine Adamantium Collection this past summer, and apparently it was successful enough that they're back for more.
A second 720 page collection is here, X-Men Adamantium Collection, and it has basically every major X-Men story (see: every story that has been/will be mined for film) ever within. There's the debut of the X-Men, "Days of Future Past" (told you), "God Loves, Man Kills," Cyclops and Jean's wedding, Cassandra Nova's Extinction Agenda, and more. If there's an X-Men story you love, chances are it's in this massive book. So buy it for $200 to read them all over again, or to bludgeon any evil mutants who come to your doorstop.
Dexter's Back with All-New Story3 of 12The self-titled TV show of Dexter, the serial killer of serial killers, may be over, but his creator, Jeff Lindsay, isn't done telling stories with the character just yet.
Dexter: Down Under is a new five-issue miniseries by the original creator of the character, bringing him out of the comforts of Miami and taking him, as the title implies, to Australia.
It may not be an "extra season" of the show like what's done with Buffy, X-Files, or Samurai Jack, but that may be a good thing. With a new story from the original creator and novelist set in a nice ambiguous timeframe, maybe fans will get to experience the Dexter they fell in horrified like with during the early years of the show. Fans of the original novels should be even more excited.
Death's Head in the Spotlight as Revolutionary War Rolls On4 of 12The Revolutionary War series of one-shots continues in February, with two issues that feature a character who could well be the definitely of fan-favorite.
It's Death's Head II, and he's teaming up with someone he's never worked with before - Death's Head! That's right, it's both versions, side-by-side (and probably head-to-head at some point, too).
Afterwords, in Supersoldiers, the Mys-Tech story comes to a head as the Supersoldiers face down the Psycho Wraiths controlled by the antagonist of this whole dang thing.
Uncanny Avengers: Guest-Starring - Everyone?5 of 12It looks like the Uncanny Avengers are having some friends stop by in February's #17, the finale of Ragnarök Now.
Teased in the solicitation text, it sounds like the Apocalypse Twins are at least partially successful as "Planet X is born!" Are the mutants of the Marvel Universe really moving off-planet?
Meanwhile, the cover teases those guest appearances, with members of the Avengers, Mighty Avengers, New Avengers, Avengers AI, Thunderbolts, and more pictured. Sure, Iron Man, Thor, and Hawkeye aren't surprising, but Venom, Vision, X-51, Deadpool, Nova, and a few others might be. It will be interesting to see how all these characters fit in to the big finish, and where the team uniting Avengers and X-Men goes from here in March and beyond.
On the other side of the fence, the Uncanny Avengers team will be likewise guest-starring in Avengers A.I. in February - so at least some of them must make it out alive.
Avengers vs. New Avengers Coming?6 of 12While they might all be teaming up to help the Uncanny squad in February, if there's one thing we're sure of in the Marvel Universe of the last decade or so, it's that the heroes wind up fighting each other. A lot.
The solicitation text to Avengers #26 teases a new fight on the way, one between two teams of Avengers. The New Avengers Illuminati have been keeping some major secrets from their other teammates, and it seems that the jig may soon be up. "The collision of Avengers and New Avengers is imminent," the text reads.
Could Hickman's next step in his Avengers story be to unravel what he's setup so far?
Newsarama Note: Despite a rumor (labeled as such) that Hickman was "possibly leaving the Avengers books soon," Hickman himself has clarified he's staying on all next year, and through "sometime in 2015" on Twitter. That's why they call 'em rumors, and we're glad to report the fact instead!
Introducing The SISTERHOOD7 of 12As the adjectiveless X-Men gets a Marvel NOW push, Brian Wood and Kriss Anka run two issues in February, introducing the new "Sisterhood." Note, there's no "of evil mutants" there, and the strange assortment of women: Lady Deathstrike, Typhoid Mary, Enchantress, and possibly more, makes it clear that this is not your normal mutant threat.
It's also a sign of the times, as the X-Men are truly no longer living in their own little corner of the Marvel Universe, instead being more firmly integrated into the goings-on all over - and facing new villains because of it.
A Tale of Two Thors (and Galactus?)8 of 12Jason Aaron drew critical acclaim for the opening arc of Thor: God of Thunder, with fans enjoying his use of a Thor from the past, present, and future in the tale. In February, it seems he's going at least slightly back to that well with a "future version of Thor" fighting Galactus directly (guess he makes it back from the Ultimate Universe).
It's also the mark of a new story in the present as Thor joins forces with… an environmentalist! We have a feeling that his battle against the new CEO of Roxxon will wind up being more "hit him in the face with my mystic hammer" than "hit his company with litigation and sit in depositions for the whole story arc." At least, we hope.
New In-Continuity Peter Parker Story!9 of 12Okay, so we're manipulating you a bit here, sorry. However, in a story by Sean Ryan and Goran Parlov in A+X #17, we will see Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man in "a heart-breaking story from their past" with Psylocke. It's a kick to see both of their old costumes on that Parlov cover, for sure.
Over in Superior Spider-Man, the Green Goblin makes his presence known as Goblin Nation kicks off. The key phrase in this solicitation text, though, is this:
"The End starts here."
Between that and the FCBD 2014 tease, it sure sounds like the real return of Peter Parker might not be too far away.
It's Raining Number Ones10 of 12All-New Marvel NOW! is in full effect in February, and there are first issues everywhere. While all of them were announced ahead of the solicitations, here's a handy run-down of every #1, complete with direct links to interviews/stories about each:
Wolverine by Paul Cornell and Ryan Stegman
Fantastic Four by James Robinson and Leonard Kirk
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
Punisher by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads
She-Hulk by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido
Winter Soldier: The Bitter March (mini-series) by Rick Remender and Roland Boschi
New Warriors by Chris Yost and Marcus To
Loki: Agent of Asgard by Al Ewing and Lee Garbett
X-Force by Si Spurrier and Rock-He Kim
So, Marvel Fans, you have plenty of new books to try out in February.
But There are Endings Too11 of 12As many new series begin, a couple end, too. As announced last month, Daredevil #36 is the final issue of that series, though Mark Waid then goes digital with the character, and we suspect (you know, since he has a TV show going into production and all) that we'll see it relaunched soon after.
The surprising end, however, is Wolverine and the X-Men. With two issues in February, the series comes to an end, but more interesting is the way the solicitation is phrased. The team is going to "bring the story of the Jean Grey school to a close." Is this the end of Wolverine and company's East Coast school? Where does that leave the schism between the X-Men factions?
X-Men Legacy #24, likewise, sounds like the last issue of the series. "This is it. This is the end. Anything can happen…" the solicitation text says. On twitter, Si Spurrier praised Mike Del Mundo's (awesome) cover for "one last beautiful time." Marvel gave us the 'ole "no comment at this time" when we asked if this was in fact the final issue (since it doesn't have the standard "FINAL ISSUE" designator Marvel usually uses).
There is confirmation, sadly, that January's issue of Young Avengers, a book missing from this month's solicitations, is the final one. Gillen and McKelvie chose to leave the series having told their story, and it was thus put on a hiatus, waiting for the next big idea/team.
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