WHEN SEPTEMBER ENDS1 of 12There are mysteries afoot in Marvel's September Solicitations, from shocking twists, to surprise guests, and secrets revealed. The end of summer promises to be a time of revelation in the Marvel Universe.
As usual, Newsarama has explored Marvel's solicits, finding the most important pieces of information about what's coming in September -- and what's departing.
ELEKTRA, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D.2 of 12Part of the fallout from the recent "Coulson protocols" arc of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been Phil Coulson's departure from the spy organization as seen in previous solicits. But that's only the half of it, as his former bosses have chosen Elektra to take his place.
Make no mistake, Elektra has been a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent before - but she's best known as an enemy, with blood on her hands. She's destroyed a helicarrier, severely wounded a S.H.I.E.L.D. director, and killed off hundreds of agents during "Dark Reign."
Surely, that would place her in the "do not rehire" folder at Human Resources... but apparently not, as she will lead Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. team against him and his rebellious splinter group, the Third Faction.
NOT THAT CIVIL WAR3 of 12Rocket Raccoon & Groot #9 & 10 will tie-in to Civil War. No - not that Civil War. The American Civil War.
It may not tie in directly to the 19th century's war between the states, but Rocket and Groot will travel to Earth - the American state of Georgia, to be exact - for "antebellum-believable" adventures.
COMEBACK KID(S)4 of 12Many characters who have been absent from the Marvel Universe will return in September, including some big names with ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
First up, two substitute Captains America will go to battle in Captain America: Sam Wilson #13 when USAgent comes back to challenge Sam.
Meanwhile, the all-new Wasp gets caught up in Civil War II inside All-New All-Different Avengers.
But that's not all. Baron Mordo returns to menace Doctor Strange in Doctor Strange #12, while the good doctor's longtime paramour Clea comes back in Doctor Strange Annual #1.
And Mordo isn't the only villain returning in September. Doctor Octopus, whose consciousness has been housed in the Living Brain's robotic body, is solicited to make his villainous return in Amazing Spider-Man #18, as first teased in the "Dead No More" marketing.
DEADPOOL AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS5 of 12Rob Liefeld based Deadpool somewhat on Spider-Man with his saucered eyes and penchant for quips, but the current Deadpool team is taking it to the next level as Wade is taking Peter's Amazing Friends.
September' Deadpool Annual #1 promises a never-before-seen pilot for Deadpool & His Insufferable Pals, a thinly-veiled riff on the cartoon Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends -- complete with Firestar and Iceman. Artist Scott Koblish even throws in Fantastic Four cartoon alum Herbie in this homage, with a "fire safety" gag no less.
Sadly, so sign of Ms. Lion in this. Stay tuned, readers...
STARRING [REDACTED]6 of 12There are several mystery guests visiting the Marvel Universe this September, including a surprise villain in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #12, who "hasn't been seen in over a decade."
Likewise, Moon Girl - herself a guest star - will find an "unlikely ally" in Extraordinary X-Men Annual #1.
SAY GOODBYE7 of 12Was invoking the Howard the Duck movie in an issue earlier this month a curse on the title? It's hard to say, but either way that book andWeb Warriors are both ending with September's eleventh issues.
For Web Warriors, the reality-hopping Spider-team was just announced as being a tangential part of the "Dead No More" event in Amazing Spider-Man, making this an inopportune end. The September solicit is short on details, but does go out with the well-worn question "but will all of them survive?!"
For Howard the Duck's part, writer Chip Zdarsky states that this was the planned end point since the series relaunched out of Secret Wars, despite being advertised at that time as an ongoing.
And speaking oddities, the books are featuring a sort-of-morbid new variant cover for their final issues: a "Last Issue Variant." Will this become the one variant cover no fan of a certain title wants?
Oh, and just in case you were worried about Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's Black Widow being absent from September's solicits, Samnee has confirmed on Twitter that the title will return in October.
HAWKEYE DISASSEMBLED8 of 12At the end of Civil War II #2, Ulysses experienced a vision of the Hulk dismantling the Avengers (in some cases literally) - including an impaled Hawkeye.
Now, Brian Bendis is no stranger to killing Hawkeye - the last time Clint took a dirt nap was in "Avengers Disassembled." But would Marvel not only spoil their big death in Civil War II #3, but go back to that well again so quickly?
If the solicit for Civil War II: Choosing Sides #6 is to believed, they just might.
Not only is War Machine, who died earlier in Civil War II X-ed out on the cover, so is Hawkeye. On top of that, the cover of Totally Awesome Hulk #11 shows Amadeus Cho's fist crushing a quiver of purple arrows.
Goodnight, sweet prince.
THE STARK TRUTH9 of 12Tony Stark has wondered at his true parentage since it was revealed that he was adopted several years ago. Now, according to International Iron Man #7, he's about to find out the whole truth.
And not just the truth about who his real parents are. He'll also discover their legacy as part of the secret history of the Marvel Universe.
SHOCKING TWISTS!10 of 12Marel hasn't shied away from big, shocking moments in recent memory, and it looks like September will have its share.
First up, it seems that at least one "shocking twist" is in store in New Avengers #16 as the conflict between A.I.M. and W.H.I.S.P.E.R. comes to its conclusion.
Also, Steve Rogers seems to have finally chosen a side in Civil War II. While at first he seemed to side with Tony, and he has publicly remained neutral, it looks like, as of Captain America: Steve Rogers #6 he's fighting side-by-side with Captain Marvel.
And speaking of Steve Rogers, his recent "Hail Hydra" may be spreading. The solicit for Vision #11, in which Vision clashes with the Avengers, ends in those cryptic words.
THE ACCUSED11 of 12Last week, Diamond told retailers that discounts on the August mystery one-shot Civil War II: The Accused would be tied to sales of an issue of Spider-Man. Now, the solicit for Spider-Man #8 says that Miles Morales is on the run from the Marvel Universe, presumably thanks to one of Ulysses's predictions.
On top of that, the cover of Civil War II #6 has Miles perched on top of Steve Rogers, about to bash him with his own shield, echoing a scene where Steve almost did the same thing to Iron Man in the original Civil War.
With all that in mind, it's logical to think that Miles is the "Accused" in question - but accused of what, we don't know.
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