APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS1 of 12Every month, Newsarama pores over Marvel's upcoming solicitations, pulling out all the pertinent info gleaned from the advertisements and piecing them together in a definitive list of the biggest news of the month.
This week, Marvel's May solicitations dropped, and along with creative shifts, missing titles, and returning characters, we learned more about the fallout of "Standoff" and the lead up to "Civil War II".
So here's our list of ten things we learned from Marvel's May solicitations.
WELCOME TO MARVEL COMICS, GRANT WARD2 of 12Marvel's new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series is firmly entrenched in the Marvel Universe, but it still takes its cues from the TV show of the same name, with a cast centered around Agent Coulson and his crew.
Now, another member of the TV cast looks to be joining the comic book squad as of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #5 in the form of double agent Grant Ward. According to the solicitation and cover, Spider-Man will also be stopping by.
FELICIA HARDY - QUEENPIN OF CRIME3 of 12Black Cat may have once been an ally of Peter Parker, and even his lover, but back before Secret Wars she declared a vendetta against the wall-crawler. Now, Peter Parker has moved on to bigger and better things as an international hero, but Black Cat has stayed in New York, rising through the ranks of its criminal underground.
And now that there’s a new Spider-Man in town – Miles Morales – Black Cat has set her sights on the new friendly neighborhood Spidey. And that’s not all – according to the solicitation to Spider-Man #4, Black Cat has claimed a new title as the “Queenpin” of New York’s criminal empire.
Some-New, Some-Different Marvel creators4 of 12May brings numerous creative shake-ups to Marvel's line, with many titles getting new artistic talent, and a few writer changes as well.
We now know that Ramon Villalobos will provide art for Nighthawk, while Brent Schoonover, recently of Howling Commandoes of S.H.I.E.L.D., will draw Astonishing Ant-Man #8. R.B. Silva provides art for Nova #7, while Pepe Larraz joins Uncanny Avengers #9, Michael Walsh draws Vision #7, and Jay Fosgitt draws Rocket Raccoon and Groot #5. Joelle Jones will provide art for Spider-Woman #7, while Andre Araujo will draw Spidey #6.
Finally, writer Eric Palicki - brother of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress Adrienne Palicki - will pen a back up story for Guardians of Infinity #6, alongisde artist Paolo Villanelli.
SUPERIOR FOES OF ANT-MAN5 of 12Now that Secret Wars has opened the door for many long missing elements of Marvel’s history to return, some long lost – and not so long lost – characters are returning to the fold in May.
First up, French hero La Peregrine returns in Scarlet Witch #6, while Kraven’s daughter Anna Kravinoff joins Crystal’s crew in All-New Inhumans #7. Meanwhile, Nick Spencer brings back his fan favorite crew of colorful criminals the Superior Foes in the pages of Astonishing Ant-Man #8. While it’s unclear which of the Foes will appear, Beetle is featured on the cover.
Finally, Thanos, the Mad Titan, will pop-up in Ultimates #7, along with what appears to be a Cosmic Cube.
SAME OLD WOLVERINE?6 of 12Marvel has been pretty adamant about Laura/X-23 being the one true Wolverine now that Logan – at least the mainstream Logan - is dead. But if that’s true, whose silhouette is that on the cover of All-New Wolverine #8?
It could be Old Man Logan, the aging, alternate Logan currently in the Marvel Universe – but then, he isn’t the type to wear a mask. Wolverine has been dealing with clones lately. Maybe she’s not the only copy of the original running around?
Or maybe it's some of the loose ends from the weekly Wolverine series coming back to the fore?
MISSING TITLES7 of 12Marvel’s "All-New, All-Different" line has numerous titles in it, but this May there will be a few less on the docket. All-New Hawkeye, Hercules, Karnak, and Angela: Queen of Hel are all absent from May’s solicitations after appearing in April solicitations.
Marvel could not be reached for comment, but several of the missing titles, including Hercules and Angela: Queen of Hel have been among Marvel’s lowest selling titles in recent months according to Diamond's figures.
Furthermore, Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. is one again absent -- however Marvel has not made a statement about it's status.
BANKRUPTCY IDEA MECHANICS8 of 12One of the big differences between All-New All-Different Avengers and New Avengers is that the team in the latter book is backed by all of Sunspot’s money, and all of AI.M.’s science and tech. But some of that may be changing with New Avengers #11.
According to the solicitation, S.H.I.E.L.D. will be taking on A.I.M. – Avengers Idea Mechanics – and the team will lose “the island, the money, the toys, and the champagne-dispensing robot.” Why they lose it all or if they get it back, only time will tell.
Looking for a silver lining in that, from the looks of this cover it looks like Tippy-Toe might be a card-carrying Avenger. Where she keeps that card? Trade secret.
STANDOFF FALLOUT9 of 12We don’t yet know what will spur the conflict of the upcoming Avengers event “Standoff,” but with the solicitation for Illuminati #7, we know that, whatever happens, it’s going to anger the villains of the Marvel Universe.
And, ever the opportunist, it appears the Hood will use that anger to recruit some new members to his gang. What this has to do with the Avengers, and the new Thunderbolts title, also launching in May, remains to be seen.
ELEKTRA & DD K-I-S-S-I-N-G10 of 12We’ve known since April’s solicitations were released that Elektra would be returning to the pages of Daredevil, but judging by the cover for #7, there may be a return to an old status quo as well.
Matt Murdock and Elektra Natchios were once lovers, and if this cover is any indicator, they may rekindle that passion soon. Whether this has anything to do wit the events of Daredevil season 2, in which Elektra makes her television debut, is yet to be seen.
BEST FRIENDS, WORST ENEMIES?11 of 12James Rhodes and Tony Stark are old allies – friends even. So what could come between them? According to the solicitation for Invincible Iron Man #9 and the cover for Civil War II #0, we’re about to find out.
Judging by the aforementioned Civil War II cover, it may have something to do with Rhodey’s association with Carol Danvers, Rhodey’s one-time lover, and Stark’s opponent in Civil War II. We’ll likely discover just how deep this conflict runs in May.
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