Make Mine Marvel1 of 12Many of the threads Marvel has been laying in the year and change since Secret Wars seem to be coming to a head in April, with big stories for Steve Rogers, the X-Men, Inhumans, and more on the docket.
With Marvel's April solicitations setting the stage for another summer blockbuster (re: Secret Empire, apparently), Newsarama has all the big news items to be gleaned right here, in one convenient list.
X Marks The Spot2 of 12The Weapon X title that’s launching as part of “ResurrXion” focuses on a new iteration of the program that created Wolverine, Sabretooth, and many other X-Men mainstays – but this time it’s dedicated to exterminating mutants.
But there’s a deeper secret hiding in the new Weapon X – the program’s mysterious director. While the solicitation for Weapon X #1 doesn’t give any clues as to who that may be, the implication is that it’s someone we’ve seen before.
The Last Inhuman3 of 12The Inhuman Royal Family is headed into space in Royals, seeking a mystery that relates to their origins. The solicitation for Royals #1 gives a clue as to what that mystery may be, making reference to “the Last Inhuman,” who relates the tale of the Royal Family.
But that’s not all – the identity of the Last Inhuman may be connected to a more immediate question – Black Bolt’s dark secret, hinted at in the solicitation for Royals #2.
Missing In Action4 of 12Marvel’s April solicitations include many newly-launching titles, but there are also a handful of books not seen on the solicitations.
Prowler, Foolkiller, Black Widow, and Spider-Woman are all absent from Marvel’s April solicitations, despite having been solicited in March. Two titles, Black Widow and Foolkiller, made reference to endings in their March solicits, but were not confirmed to have been cancelled.
Marvel did not respond to Newsarama’s request for comment in relation to these four titles.
The New Kingpin5 of 12Wilson Fisk may be making his rise back to the top of the New York underworld in his own title, but it looks like Elektra #3 may introduce another contender to the mantle of the Kingpin – none other than Arcade, the former X-Men foe and master of complex death traps.
Whether Arcade will have to contend with Fisk for that title remains to be seen.
Annie Are You OK?6 of 12Spider-Man has a long history with the X-Men, having teamed up with them numerous times, even headlining the short-lived Spider-Man & The X-Men a few years ago. Now, over in the universe of Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #6, his daughter may be following in his footsteps, with an invitation to Xavier’s school.
It’s not a stretch; Peter Parker may have gotten his powers from a spider-bite, but Annie was born with her abilities. This also marks the first foray into a much larger Marvel Universe – one with a classic X-Men line-up, judging by the cover – for Renew Your Vows.
Gods of Thunder7 of 12Jane Foster has held the mantle of Thor for some time now, but it looks like Odinson, the previous wielder of Mjolnir, will make his way back into her life with April’s The Mighty Thor #18.
But Odinson isn’t the only guest star popping up in Thor’s world. They’ll also cross paths with Quentin Quire, who has unique insight into the threat that’s bringing them all together – the Phoenix Force.
International Incident8 of 12Silver Sable perished all the way back in “The Ends of the Earth,” before Peter Parker even traded minds with Doctor Octopus - although Madame Web said at the time all was not as it seemed.
Now she’s coming back in Amazing Spider-Man #26, in which Peter Parker visits her home country of Symkaria, where his old enemy Norman Osborn has set up shop.
Silver Sable has recently appeared in Dead No More and Prowler - as a clone. But the implication here is that this is the return of the “real” Silver Sable. How she might have returned remains to be seen.
Captain America No More!9 of 12Sam Wilson has had his share of tribulations as Captain America, but it seems that in April, he might have had enough. The solicitation for Captain America: Sam Wilson #21 says the hero has “hit his breaking point.”
Coupled with a cover that homages Captain America #176 from way back in the 70s – the issue in which Steve Rogers trades his Captain America identity for that of Nomad – it seems Sam Wilson’s days as Cap may be numbered.
If I Only Had A Brain10 of 12The Avengers Unity Squad has been dealing with the Red Skull’s theft of Charles Xavier’s brain for three volumes of Uncanny Avengers, and in April, that conflict will come to an end.
The solicitation for Uncanny Avengers #22 lays out in no uncertain terms that the journey of Professor X’s brain ends there, as will their struggle with the Red Skull. But the issue also teases the series’ biggest surprise ending yet.
Captain America Vs. Red Skull11 of 12Now that Marvel has begun teasing whatever Secret Empire will turn out to be, it’s pretty clear that Steve Rogers’ time as an agent of Hydra is drawing to a close – and the solicitation for Captain America: Steve Rogers #15 portends the “final throwdown” between Steve and the Red Skull, while #16 says “Everything has been leading to this moment.”
Meanwhile, over in U.S.Avengers #5, Steve may be shoring up his plans to take on Red Skull and his version of Hydra, by confronting A.I.M., possibly with the intent to take control.
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