Penultimate1 of 12Zombies! Character deaths! Superheroes at each others' throats! Marvel's September solicits have all this and more as Secret Wars rolls on towards its finale in October.
With so much going on, it can be hard to narrow down which bits are newsworthy vs. which bits are snooze-worthy. But like always, we here at Newsarama have you covered.
We've pored over these September solicits and picked out the ten pieces of information we think are the most significant to you, the reader. So without further ado, here's what we learned from Marvel's September solicits!
Cloudy With A Chance Of Zombies2 of 12Zombies are in the air at Marvel this September with numerous zombie related reprints, Age Of Ultron Vs. Marvel Zombies, and even Old Man Logan, A-Force and more throwing down with some undead. Could Battleworld's vaunted Shield wall be crumbling, letting in those hordes -- and if so, what does it mean for the Secret Wars finale?
Thor Corps Vs. Carol Corps3 of 12The two "corps" of Battleworld are set to face off in Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #4, with the Carol Corps going head to head with the Battleworld's peacekeeping force the Thor Corps.
What exactly brings these two heroic teams into conflict has yet to be seen, but with the cosmic powers of the Thors and Captain Marvel in play, this could be a knockdown, drag out fight that reverberates across Secret Wars.
Now You See 'Em, Now You Don't4 of 12There are numerous titles missing from September's solicitations that were present in August. Some of them, like Last Days titles Ant-Man, Silk, Silver Surfer, Spider-Woman, and Magneto had their ends heralded some time ago...
...But others, such as Secret Wars tie-ins Star-Lord And Kitty Pryde, Hail Hydra, 1602: Witch Hunter Angela, Weirdworld, Squadron Sinister, Where Monsters Dwell, and 1872 have seen previously solicited issues pushed back to September as late books, with Marvel not soliciting more issues until those are caught up.
Still others, such as All-New Hawkeye, Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl are simply absent from the September lists -- portending possible finales for some, hiatus for others, and possible relaunches come "All-New, All-Different Marvel."
Hello Nurse5 of 12Night Nurse looks to be getting a story of her own in Secret Wars Journal #5 courtesy of horror filmmakers the Soska sisters. It's no surprise that their story should focus on a "twisted tale of demonic disease."
Night Nurse has seen a raised profile with her appearance in Netflix's Daredevil series, played by Rosario Dawson. Night Nurse also got a reprint volume of her previous mini-series back in May, so this could be an early sign of bigger things to come for her in comic books.
Nick Fury and Son6 of 12It's been known for some time that Nick Fury would be teaming up with his son, Nick Fury, Jr. in the Fury: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary one-shot, but this solicitation makes it sound like it will be the present day Fury, Sr. involved in the team up - which could have some very interesting results.
See, Fury, Sr. was last seen in Original Sin, having killed Uatu the Watcher, and taken his place, wandering the moon as "The Unseen." With circumstances like that, a potential team-up between the modern day Fury and son could be important, to say the least.
If nothing else, but to tell us what the secret was he told the previous Thor which made him unworthy to hold Mjolnir.
Don't Call It A Comeback7 of 12September sees some interesting collections being reprinted, with cult-favorite Damage Control, about a group that cleans up after super-hero fights being among them.
Also of note is Greenberg The Vampire, a trade that collects Marvel Graphic Novel #20 and supplemental material, which tells the story of a mama's boy vampire who doesn't drink human blood.
An interesting choice for a reprint, to say the least, given than it's been out of print for decades, outside Marvel continuity, and not referred to since it's publication.
God Doom Vs. Maestro8 of 12In Future Imperfect #5 it looks like Maestro, the super-intelligent villainous version of the Hulk, will take on Doom, the God of Battleworld. Could Doom finally meet his match at the hands of an ultra-strong, ultra-intelligent adversary?
Many of Marvel's recent events have ended with villain-on-villain conflict, such as Secret Invasion and Siege. And, with Maestro reportedly sticking around after Secret Wars, this issue could have major ramifications.
Tony's True Enemy9 of 12We know that Civil War visits a reality where Marvel's greatest heroes never stopped fighting, with President Tony Stark and General Steve Rogers waging war for years. But this solicit makes mention of "Tony's true enemy."
Could this mean that there's a deeper threat than a simple skirmish between Avengers? If the solicitation is to be believed, it's very likely. Perhaps the reason the war has lasted so long is because of some villain pulling the strings.
Perhaps it looks to styme the negative reception Iron Man had with the original Civil War by revealing a secret puppetmaster behind it all to catch the heat. Good timing if it were, considering the Captain America: Civil War movie coming in 2016.
The Autobiography Of Daredevil10 of 12Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's landmark Daredevil run will come to a close in September with issue #18, a finale that promises "the final chapter in the Autobiography of Matt Murdock," written by someone who "may surprise you."
But if it's an autobiography, wouldn't Matt write it himself? And that's not the only question about Daredevil #18, as the solicit also says not everyone will survive. Start placing your bets on whether Foggy will actually kick the bucket this time.
We're All Gonna Die11 of 12The open nature of Secret Wars, where multiple versions of every character can be seen means that there's plenty of room for life to be on the line. Case in point, close to a half-dozen titles make mention of "sacrifice" or character death, with some such as A-Force and Runaways making it seem as though multiple deaths are possible in those very pages alone.
Which makes sense. With an event as big as Secret Wars, the stakes have to be high. And, with multiple, almost infinite realities and versions of characters, there's no toy you can break that can't be fixed with "All-New All-Different Marvel" just around the corner.
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