Time To Ring In The New Year!1 of 12January 2016 continues the launch of the "All-New, All-Different" Marvel Universe. While many of Marvel's post-Secret Wars titles will be well into their new runs when January rolls around, there are still plenty of surprises to be found in Marvel's solicitations.
With the return of several "unexpected" and "fan favorite" characters, some possible new faces attached to old names, and the potential passing of the torch for one of the most iconic taglines in comic book history, January 2016 looks to be a major month for Marvel.
Here is Newsarama's list of 10 things worth noticing in Marvel's January 2016 solicitations.
Uncanny X-Men features "an X-Man you thought you'd never see again"2 of 12The new Uncanny X-Men is all about Magneto leading a team of reformed mutant villains to do the X-Men’s dirty work – a responsibility that once fell on Wolverine and X-Force. The solicitation for Uncanny X-Men #3 teases a new addition to Magneto’s team – one fans may not expect.
But while the solicitation makes it clear that the issue holds the return of “an X-Man you probably thought you’d never see again,” it doesn’t make it clear just who that might be. And with the band of mutant killers Magneto has assembled, it could be literally anyone.
X-Haven3 of 12It’s been clear for some time that the new flagship X-Men title Extraordinary X-Men would be all about the team trying to protect the world’s remaining mutants from the Terrigen Mists that covered the globe in the wake of Infinity. Now, with the solicitation for #6, we may have some idea of how they plan to do it.
The solicit mentions the X-Men opening the doors of “X-Haven” to mutantkind. But what is X-Haven? A safezone protected from the Terrigen Mists? Interestingly, the solicitation also mentions the X-Men venturing into Weirdworld to track down a mutant signal. Could there be new mutants born on other worlds, even if the X-Men’s homeworld of Earth prevents it?
Mr. Negative And Friends4 of 12The solicitation for Amazing Spider-Man #6 heralds the return of Mr. Negative, who’s been absent from Peter Parker’s life for several years now. But that’s not all. Mr. Negative won’t be alone. He’s recruited two “fan favorite” heroes as his allies.
But who could that be? Our money is on Cloak and Dagger. The duo was last seen during “Spider-Island,” when their powers were switched after an encounter with – who else? – Mr. Negative. Add to that the fact that Marvel editor Nick Lowe told fans at NYCC that the pair would return in Amazing Spider-Man in 2016, and it all adds up.
Spider-Woman Vs. Skrulls: Round 2!5 of 12Jessica Drew was the prime victim of the Skrull invasion that took place in Secret Invasion, spending an undisclosed amount of time – possibly years – replaced by a Skrull imposter who nearly ruined her life. And it looks like history may repeat itself next year, as the solicitation for Spider-Woman #3 has Drew being held captive by – you guessed it – Skrulls.
But will this encounter with the shape-changing aliens have the same outcome? It’s doubtful, as this is an older, wiser, more experienced Spider-Woman. Maybe it’s time for Jessica Drew to get a little revenge.
Avengers 20XX Assemble!6 of 12Al Ewing has made it clear that he has no plans for New Avengers to shy away from high concepts, and it looks like time travel is the latest sci-fi trope to make the list.
The solicitation for New Avengers #5 advertises an encounter between Sunspot’s Avengers, and the “Avengers of 20XX,” who seem to consist of Captain America, Iron Mariner, King Hulk, Marvel Woman, and Collapsar, and who have traveled time to “prevent their greatest tragedy.” They look and sound not too dissimiliar from the Avengers of the recent Secret Wars 2099, but not quite the same.
All-Different Creators7 of 12January sees its share of creative shake-ups at Marvel, with numerous creators joining new titles, either permanently, or on a temporary basis.
First off, several titles will be getting co-writers, with Kelly Thompson joining G. Willow Wilson on A-Force, and Chris Hastings adding his talents to Chip Zdarsky’s over on Howard the Duck. On the artistic side, the shake-ups are even more extensive, with Paul Renaud filling in for an issue of Captain America: Sam Wilson, Carlos Pacheco lending his talents to Uncanny Avengers, Kev Walker joining Black Knight, and Matteo Buffagni taking over for an issue of Amazing Spider-Man.
On top of that, Scarlet Witch #2 will feature art from Marco Rudy, while Mike Mayhew, who drew Dark Horse’s The Star Wars - an alternate take on the Star Wars mythos based on an early version of George Lucas’s script – will join the main Star Wars title.
The Cajun Came Back8 of 12At NYCC, Gambit came up in a few Marvel panels, with several creators promising he would return in an unexpected title in 2016. Now we know that Gambit will resurface in Uncanny Avengers #5 - though it also raises the question of whether he’ll be “friend or foe.”
Gambit was last seen serving as a member of the corporate version of X-Factor, and his relationship with the X-Men hasn’t exactly been solid since he spent some time as an ally of Apocalypse, so this meeting really could go either way.
But hey, he's pegged to be a movie star -- that's bound to win back some friends, right?
Star-Lord's Origin - Now With 100% More Yondu!9 of 12Peter Quill has undergone some major changes since he debuted back in 1976. In fact, until just a few years ago, he was portrayed as an older veteran of space combat. It wasn’t until Brian Bendis took over Guardians of the Galaxy, and the 2014 film came out that he was played as something of a lovable loser with a goofy streak.
Now, the solicitation for Star-Lord #3 is bringing Peter’s revised origin even more in line with the one seen on film, adding Yondu – previously more closely related to the original Guardians than Quill’s team in comic books – into the equation.
Introducing The High-Flying Falcon!10 of 12Sam Wilson may be Captain America now, but he started out as the high-flying Falcon, partner to the original Cap, Steve Rogers. Now, judging by the solicitation for Captain America: Sam Wilson #5, FalCap may be getting a Falcon of his own.
According to the solicitation, the issue will herald the birth of an “all new Falcon.” Whether this is another character moving into the mantle the way Sam Wilson became Cap, or someone entirely new remains to be seen – as does the new Falcon’s relationship with Sam.
The World's Greatest Comic Magazine11 of 12For decades, Marvel has billed Fantastic Four as “The World’s Greatest Comics Magazine” – but according to the solicitation for Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 someone else may have usurped the title. The solicitation calls the book a team-up between “the world’s greatest superhero,” and “the star of the world’s greatest comics magazine.” Judging by Deadpool’s raised profile in the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe, that makes him the former. So would Spider-Man be the latter?
There’s no Fantastic Four title in sight in the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe, so could Amazing Spider-Man be the new “world’s greatest comics magazine?” Or does the blurb simply refer to Spidey’s time on the FF? On the other hand, Deadpool did once appear as the entire FF on a variant cover, so you never know with that guy…
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