War-Torn1 of 12June sees big changes at Marvel, with numerous titles relaunching and renumbering under slightly different Secret Wars titles, with many also absent from the publisher's line entirely.
Of course, new and missing titles aren't all that's afoot with some high profile returns - and departures - for big name creators. So without further ado, we present our monthly look at the most important tidbits of information from Marvel's June 2015 solicits.
Avengers... Disassemble?2 of 12With Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out only one month prior, it seems strange that the only Avengers title on the stands in June would be Captain America and the Mighty Avengers, leaving Marvel's "biggest event ever" without it's flagship franchise. Sure there's A-Force which is being advertised as an Avengers team, but doing so without, you know, including it in the name seems somewhat confounding. The X-Men can do it given the uniqueness of their name, but A-Force is a stretch.
Also missing are almost all titles with X-Men in it, with only X-Men '92 present. So is Marvel giving its biggest franchises a break during Secret Wars, or are they gone forever, like the Fantastic Four? 'Cause there's no way FF will get a relaunch post-Secret Wars, right?
Saga of Crystar3 of 12There's an interesting tidbit in the solicit for Weirdworld #2 that mentions the "Crystal Warrior." While that may be kind of oblique, the identity of this Crystal Warrior may not be that hard to determine.
Back in the '80's, Marvel produced an eleven issue comic entitled The Saga of Crystar, about crystalline heroes and their arch nemesis Moltar and his Magma-Men. The short lived series included a toyline tie-in from Remco, which was not exactly a big hit.
If the Crystal Warrior is in fact Crystar, this would confirm that just about everything Marvel owns is on the table for Secret Wars - including obscure toy tine-ins from 30 years ago.
Spider-Gwen Vs. Norman Osborn4 of 12It's about time Gwen Stacy got to face the man who threw her to her death - or in the case of Spider-Gwen, killed her boyfriend Peter Parker.
In all likelihood, this story in Spider-Verse #2 will feature an alternate reality version of Norman Osborn, but that doesn't mean it won't be a big moment for Gwen Stacy, A.K.A. Spider-Woman.
The Chef Without Fear5 of 12There have been plenty of confirmed alt-universe versions of many of Marvel's top-heroes confirmed for "Secret Wars," but there's still room for some weird surprises.
For example, take Matt Murdock, the head chef of Lord Sinister, as advertised in the solicit for Secret Wars Journal #2. Talk about a novel use for Murdock's heightened senses.
Still, Chef Murdock and his ingredient-hunting love interest Collektra may be some of the oddest alt-universe characters "Secret Wars" has shown off yet.
New and Returning Creators6 of 12Every month we like to take a look at which creators listed in the solicits are new to Marvel, and which are returning after long absences.
This month sees the return of Bill Willingham, of Fables fame, alongside newcomer artist Diogo Saido on Guardians Team-Up #6. Also returning to Marvel is artist Pat Broderick, whose last Marvel work was back in 2010.
New to Marvel this month are artist Alti Firmansiyah on Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde, writers Chris Sims and Chad Bowers on X-Men '92, writers David Walker and Donny Cates and artist Marco Turini on Secret Wars: Battleworld #2, and writer Cory Smith on Secret Wars Journal #2.
Surviving Titles7 of 12There are 19 Marvel Universe titles in June that survive into "Secret Wars." Some of them, such as All-New Hawkeye, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and Spider-Gwen don't seem to touch "Secret Wars" at all - not surprising given the insular nature of those titles.
But others, such as Magneto, Ms. Marvel, and Loki: Agent of Asgard are tied directly into "Secret Wars," under the "Last Days" banner. Whether any of the outliers will ever touch "Secret Wars" remains to be seen - though at least All-New Hawkeye was confirmed by series writer Jeff Lemire as not being affected by "Secret Wars" at all.
Spider Woman's Costume8 of 12Spider-Woman's getting a high profile costume change just before "Secret Wars" - so why is she in her old costume on the cover of A-Force #2?
Granted, the costume on the cover is slightly modified to remove the crotch-arrow, and adds some yellow on the legs. But still, with so much attention given to her redesign, it seems intriguing as to what the decisions were behind to alter the original design but not use the new one seen in the Spider-Woman book.
Spider-Gwen Variant Covers9 of 12It looks like June is Spider-Gwen variant month, with numerous titles receiving Spider-Gwen variants including such characters as "Capgwen America," "Gwenverine," and "Gwen of Thunder."
While none of the covers have premiered yet, it just goes to show how much Marvel is willing to capitalize on Spider-Gwen's growing popularity.
Star Wars10 of 12June's Star Wars #6 will be the last issue for artist John Cassaday, though scribe Jason Aaron has confirmed his continued involvement.
June also sees the end of the 5-issue Princess Leia series, leaving us to wonder what title might replace Princess Leia in the next wave of Marvel's Star Wars comics.
As for Cassaday, it was announced today, following his tweet, that artist Stuart Immonen will take over art chores on starting with Star Wars #8, with a "very special guest artist" filling in on #7.
Looks like June will be the end of the first stage of Marvel's Star Wars line of sorts, leading into stage two in July 2015.
Secret Wars' M.I.A.s11 of 12There are almost 20 titles missing from Marvel's June solicits that appeared in May. Some of them, such as Thor, Angela: Asgard's Assassin, and Guardians of the Galaxy have obvious "Secret Wars" analogues.
But others, such as Daredevil, Ant-Man, and Storm are all simply absent. When Newsarama reached out to Marvel, the publisher offered no comment on the titles missing from these June solicits.
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