MERRY MARVEL!1 of 12Marvel's December solicitations mark the third month of Marvel NOW! and the last month of 2016. Judging by their solicitations, it could be a month of big moments for the House of Ideas.
With classic characters returning, Mutants and Inhumans clashing, and big shake-ups for some of Marvel's biggest guns, December is a time for change.
As always, Newsarama is here to dig into Marvel's December solicitations and put all the biggest news in one place.
King No More2 of 12The most recent volume of Black Panther has been marked by unrest in Wakanda, and it appears that the conflict will come to a head in Black Panther: World Of Wakanda #2 as the solicitation refers to T’Challa as the “former king” of the technologically advanced nation.
The solicit also makes mention of T’Challa’s “dark bedfellows” – possibly referring to the representatives of villainous nations he’s been dealing with in Black Panther.
Additionally, Black Panther #9 marks the return of regular series artist Brian Stelfreeze, after a few issues by Chris Sprouse.
Rescue's Return3 of 12December marks the end of the year, and the return of many long missing Marvel characters. First off, there are the ones we know about - Marla Jameson and Mattie Franklin, as part of The Clone Conspiracy, but there are some more we didn’t see coming.
First off, Pepper Potts is back as Rescue in Infamous Iron Man #3 taking on Doom, while a classic Hulk villain gets a new twist with Quasi/Mo/Do debuting in Totally Awesome Hulk #13.
Then - perhaps predictably - Mr. Immortal is back in Great Lakes Avengers #3. Finally, an "all new" Kurse joins the fray in The Mighty Thor #14.
2 Weeks4 of 12Inhumans Vs. X-Men officially kicks off in December – and starts the countdown for Marvel’s Earth becoming uninhabitable to Mutants. According to the solicitation for IvX #1, Mutantkind only has two weeks before the Terrigen Mists reach critical mass in the Earth’s atmosphere and cause unavoidable losses for Mutantkind.
It’s hard to imagine Mutants won’t somehow escape though – contrary to some fans’ conspiracy theories, hamstringing or discarding the X-Men in comic books would likely only hurt Marvel’s bottom line, even if their hard times make it seem like they’ve got a, well, "X" painted on their backs.
Nova... Or Not?5 of 12A new volume of Nova takes flight in December from writer Jeff Loveness and artist Ramon Perez, and the solicitation for Nova #1 teases the return of a “classified” hero – but is it who we think it is?
Judging by the image on the cover, this could be the long-awaited return of Richard Rider, but the solicit text calls that into question. Is it a bait and switch, or just mysterious marketing copy?
Original Sin Redux6 of 12Though Original Sin wrapped two years ago, there are still mysteries outstanding from the mini-series. At least one of those may be answered in December’s Doctor Strange #15, with the return of the Orb and the Watcher’s eye, which he stole.
With The Unworthy Thor also continuing in December, could we finally be ready to find out what Thor discovered in Original Sin that made him unworthy of Mjolnir?
Missing (or Killed) In Action7 of 12December marks a few endings for Marvel as they head towards 2017, with X-Men ’92 #10 confirmed as the nostalgic series’s final issue, while Ms. Marvel is also noticeably absent from December’s solicitations.
It ‘s not curtains for Kamala just yet though – According to Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson, the title is just taking a skip month. Meanwhile, herChampions teammate Amadeus Cho will return in December with Totally Awesome Hulk #13 after taking his own skip month in November.
Earth-Bound8 of 12Marvel’s Cosmic characters are about to undergo some big changes and upheaval in December. Marvel’s flagship cosmic team the Guardians of the Galaxy look to be trapped on Earth as of Guardians of the Galaxy #15, and, according to the solicit, may not even be a functioning team anymore. Their Earth-bound status is mirrored in each of the characters' solo books.
Meanwhile, one Guardian is finally getting a spotlight with Gamora #1 finally being solicited after being announced two years ago.
One of Marvel’s other major cosmic heroes, the Silver Surfer, seems to be returning to his roots, once again serving as Galactus’s herald in Silver Surfer #10 - but considering Galactus was converted to a “Lifebringer” in Ultimates, what does that mean for the contentious team up?
Captain9 of 12Misty Knight is an important character in Captain America: Sam Wilson, and just a few months after her live action debut in Luke Cage, she may be getting a spotlight in Sam Wilson #16, appearing on the cover wielding Captain America’s shield.
While this probably refers to a brief moment in the issue, it’s still a striking picture, echoing Sam’s own first cover as Cap. Interestingly, Misty Knight was the first to tip off Sam about Hydra agents invading the highest levels of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the U.S. government – a warning that may have unknowingly included Sam’s mentor Steve Rogers.
Magician... Murdered10 of 12Doctor Strange & The Sorcerers Supreme has a deep bench of magic practitioners from throughout Marvel history, but that line-up looks to be getting a bit smaller in Doctor Strange & The Sorcerers Supreme #3, as one of the Sorcerers will apparently die.
There’s no indication which of the team it will be, but it does raise an interesting question – if one of the team dies, will someone else immediately take their place as that era’s Sorcerer Supreme? Maybe we’re looking at Marvel’s magical Suicide Squad.
Time After Time11 of 12Classic Marvel villain Kang returns in Avengers #2, sparking “Kang War Two.” And from the looks of it, he’s bringing some of his alternate selves, including Immortus, Scarlet Centurion, Rama-Tut, and more with him.
And, it looks like Vision will be targeting the Conqueror over his actions in the All-New, All-Different Avengers - making “Kang War Two” look a lot like a throwback style classic Avengers story.
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