April Showers1 of 12It’s that time again, when Marvel Comics shows off its offerings for another upcoming month. This time, we’re looking at what’s hitting shelves in April – and judging by these solicitations, the shake-ups for Marvel’s “All-New, All-Different” universe aren’t slowing down now that Secret Wars has wrapped.
April sees a host of deaths, returns, break-ups, hook-ups, and other status quo changes that are sure to get fans talking. Fortunately, we’ve done the major legwork and pulled out the most salient bits of new information and compiled them all right here, in our list of what we learned from Marvel’s April solicitations.
Don't Call It A Comeback2 of 12Every month, we examine which titles Marvel isn’t publishing, and which may have returned from the dead -- both under the radar. April sees one new title on hiatus, while another returns.
First up, it appears that Black Knight won’t have an issue shipping in April. It’s likely this is just a quirk of scheduling, as the absence of the next title seems to have been.
After some delays and no issue in March's solicits, Warren Ellis and Gerardo Zaffino’s Karnak looks to be back on shelves in April, with #6.
Star-Kitty No More3 of 12Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde had an unlikely romance that culminated in a whirlwind engagement just before Secret Wars. Then, that whole “all of reality falling apart and being put back together” thing happened, leaving fans wondering whether “Star-Kitty” were still an item.
After much speculation, the solicitation for Star-Lord #6 confirms that Kitty and Peter (she doesn’t have good luck with guys named “Peter”) are officially over – and their separation might be a little acrimonious. Sorry Star-Kitty fans.
American Kaiju4 of 12There are some new faces popping up in the Marvel Universe in April, including a hero who borrows his description from the old Godzilla cartoon – American Kaiju. The towering American Kaiju debuts in New Avengers #9 before taking on the “Avengers Five” – a Sentai style combining robot – in New Avengers #10. What's next.... Red Ronin?
Also showing up in April in Mighty Thor #9 is “Viking Hulk,” a “new enemy” who takes on Thor at Loki’s behest. Could this be an indicator of what will happen when Hulk appears on the big screen in Thor: Ragnarok, or perhaps a refugee from Secret Wars's Planet Hulk dominion?
Stark Secrets5 of 12Since it was revealed that Tony Stark was adopted, his real parentage has remained a pervasive mystery. But it may not be a mystery much longer, as it seems that International Iron Man #2 will set Tony on the path to discover his roots.
And, from the sounds of things, he may not be your average Joe after all. Judging by the solicit, the truth of Tony’s birth parents could have major ramifications not just on Tony’s life, but on the Marvel Universe at large.
Return of BuckyCap6 of 12The classic Captain America hasn’t been seen in the Marvel Universe in a while now, with his former partner Sam Wilson having taken on the role some time ago. But now the aging Steve Rogers will team up with Sam – and his other former sidekick Bucky Barnes – in Captain America: Sam Wilson #8.
As a bonus, it looks like Bucky will once again don the uniform he wore in his own stint as Captain America – something he hasn’t done since his staged death and return at the end of Siege. Could this portend a bigger change?
Land of the Lost7 of 12“Lost heroes return” seems to be a relevant refrain for Marvel in April, with Avengers Standoff: Assault On Pleasant Hill Omega #1 using that specific phrase in its solicitation, and several other books seeing big names back in the fold as well.
Daredevil #6 will also bring Elektra, Matt Murdock’s longtime rival/lover back to the title where she originated just in time for her appearance on Netflix’s Daredevil season 2.
And while it’s not quite the same, April also sees the return of Force Works as the collection of that title’s short run will be reprinted. For what reason? That remains to be seen.
Shiklah & Deadpool's Open Marriage8 of 12Thor’s possible romantic entanglements have been teased before, but now it looks like she’s got a new beau in the form of the Merc With a Mouth himself, Deadpool.
Spider-Man/Deadpool #4 features the pair going on a double date with Deadpool taking out the Goddess of Thunder and Spider-Man hooking up with a friend of Shiklah, Deadpool’s wife.
That’s right – Deadpool’s still married, making him dating Thor complicated at best. But Shiklah, the ancient vampire he’s married to, has plenty of husbands herself, so they must have an understanding.
Age of Ultimo9 of 12We won’t really get to see the Avengers team that was formed at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron in action before they’re torn apart in Captain America: Civil War - at least not on the big screen.
Fortunately, Marvel Comics has got you covered. Captain America: Road To War #1 is a one-shot that pits Cap and Black Widow’s new Avengers squad in their first mission against Ultimo, the giant killer robot.
Not-So-Minor Threat10 of 12The solicitation for Invincible Iron Man #8 portends a new threat to the Marvel Universe – and what better place for such a debut than in what Marvel considers its new flagship title?
While no clues about the nature of the threat are given, it does seem like it’s bigger than a single hero, as the issue teams Iron Man with War Machine and Spider-Man to take it on.
There's nothing to go on as far as guessing who the threat might be besides that inky cover. Wait -- is that a bunch of Snake-Eyes impersonators?
The Dead & The Dying11 of 12Lots of folks seem to be paying the ultimate price over at Marvel come April. It looks like one Avenger may kick the bucket in Uncanny Avengers #8 (unless there’s an ultimate-r sacrifice than death), while Wong also makes an “ultimate sacrifice” in Doctor Strange: The Last Days Of Magic #1.
Meanwhile, the cover of Silver Surfer #4 shows Norrin Radd on his deathbed in his “greatest hour of need,” while a similar image graces the cover of Spider-Man 2099 #9, the solicit for which says Miguel O’Hara will be reunited with Tempest – without a happy ending.
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