SUMMERTIME SADNESS1 of 12Many of Marvel's August solicitations reflect the growing conflict between its top heroes, taking the old Marvel trope of 'hero vs. hero' and giving it a different spin than its top-selling predecessor.
Old foes, new allies, strange allegiances - it's all here as Newsarama counts down what we learned from Marvel's August solicitations.
'THAT'S THE COOLEST NAME EVER!'2 of 12Negasonic Teenage Warhead may not be quite the same in comic books as she was in the Deadpool movie, but that’s not gonna stop Wade Wilson's big screen sidekick from meeting his new comic book pals in Deadpool and the Mercs For Money #2.
And it's not clear if Marvel Comics will be taking the teenage mutant's new appearance from 20th Century Fox's movie and using it here.
Of course, judging by the solicit, things will be very different as she will be opposing Deadpool and his band of rogues. On top of that, Radioactive Man is in the mix.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB3 of 12The last time the Hellfire Club showed up, it was a new version led by villainous wunderkind Cade Kilgore, and they were thwarted by the X-Men’s lawn (A.K.A. Krakoa, the living island). Now, a new (likely more adult) version of the secret mutant society will debut in Uncanny X-Men #11.
The new Club may have some ties to the Uncanny team’s leader, Magneto, who had ties as the White King of an older iteration of the Hellfire Club’s Inner Circle.
MARVEL MASH-UPS4 of 12"Spiderine"? "Wolvergwen"?
Two of Marvel's top leading ladies will team up in All-New Wolverine Annual #1 when Wolverine and Spider-Gwen join forces. But will they truly mash-up the way the solicit's portmanteaus imply?
Also included in this story are Wolverine's young clone Gabby, identified here as "the world's most dangerous little sister," and someone named... Jonathan the Wolverine?
MY WAR5 of 12The conflict in Civil War II centers on an Inhuman named Ulysses who can see the future. The two sides of the superhero conflict can't decide how to implement his powers. The thing is - the Inhumans themselves can't seem to agree either.
The solicit for Uncanny Inhumans #13 says that the Inhumans will have their own "private civil war" when Medusa must vie for control of Attilan.
HEIR TO THE THRONE6 of 12Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze’s Black Panther has received massive critical praise since its debut. Now, with #5 hitting stands in August, it looks like artist Brian Stelfreeze will be taking break from the title – possibly for an entire arc.
According to the solicitation, Black Panther #5 features art from Chris Sprouse, who, if the text is accurate, may be joining the title for the entire second arc. Stelfreeze does provide the cover for the issue, so he may still be involved long term as the title continues.
DEADLY FOES OF SPIDER-MAN7 of 12Venom has been a hero for some time, with the current wearer Flash Thompson even serving as a Secret Avenger and one of the Guardians of the Galaxy. However, in Venom: Space Knight #11 he’ll be pitted against Spider-Man as part of Civil War II - though the text makes it clear that Flash and Pete’s issues go beyond the superhero conflict.
Speaking of classic Spidey villains, a new Electro will appear in Amazing Spider-Man #17. The original Electro, Max Dillon, was depowered some time ago, though he looks to be repowered when “Dead No More” hits later this year. So will these two Electros exist alongside each other?
J'ACCUSE!8 of 12For a relatively new team, A-Force sure do have their fair share of drama bubbling below the surface. According to Ulysses, the future-scrying Inhuman, one of them is a murderer - something that will tear the team apart, according to the solicitation for A-Force#8.
If that's not enough, they'll also be dealing with a "personal tragedy." As for what that may be, well, we think we know.
Fortunately, the team may be gaining some new blood in the form of Elsa Bloodstone, another hero with a Secret Wars history.
HE WHO WIELDS THE SHIELD9 of 12There’s been a lot of contention over the “true” owner of the original Captain America shield. Steve Rogers passed it on to his successor Sam Wilson when he became unable to operate as Cap. But now that he’s back, he’s allowed Sam to keep it.
Some fans have been up in arms over Steve not reclaiming his shield, and it seems there are those in the Marvel Universe who agree with them – at least judging by the solicit for Captain America: Sam Wilson #12, which says the hashtag #givebacktheshield is trending.
Meanwhile, over in Uncanny Avengers #13, Steve is facing off with Cable over the leadership of the Unity Squad, with the cover showing Cable carrying Steve’s new shield. Cable once carried the original shield in battle in an adventure set in the future.
Of course, they're not the only ones who have wielded the shield.
PULP FICTION10 of 12The Ultimates are Marvel’s cosmic problem solvers – so what, that can fit in a briefcase, could “tear the team apart forever?” Hint: It’s probably not Marcellus Wallace’s soul.
Given the mist that’s pouring out of the case on the cover, it could be something to do with the Terrigen Cloud, which would certainly tie Ultimates #10 into Civil War II. But what if it’s something more powerful, and smaller?
Like, say, an Infnity Stone?
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS11 of 12Steve Rogers and Tony Stark were on opposite sides of the original Civil War, but judging by the cover of Civil War II #5, in which “sides are irrevocably drawn” after the “devastating fallout” of the previous issues, Steve and Tony may find themselves on the same side of the new conflict. They’ll certainly be teaming up in Captain America: Steve Rogers #5, in which Steve “takes steps to end” Civil War II.
Sadly, old friends Captain Marvel – Tony’s main opposition in Civil War II - and Spider-Woman may be on the outs. The solicitation for Spider-Woman #10 says that despite new mom Jessica Drew’s efforts to stay out of the superhero throwdown, she won’t have a choice – and she won’t be able to reconcile Carol’s viewpoint.
At C2E2, Tom Brevoort said that some participants in Civil War II would change sides over the course of the event, but "irrevocably" seems to put a boot down on any further player trades between Tony and Carol's teams.
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