HOT AUGUST NIGHT1 of 12Secret Empire heats up for its finale in August, with Marvel boiling Captain America back down to one title and stoking Legacy's flame with the onset of Generations.
There's a lot more news in Marvel's just-released August Solicitations to spark your interest - read on to see what you may have missed.
PUT TO TASK2 of 12Weirdly enough, classic Marvel villain Taskmaster is all over August’s solicitations with appearances in both Avengers #10, where he’s part of Steve Rogers’ Hydra Avengers team, and Spider-Men II #2, where he’ll threaten Peter Parker and Miles Morales.
Taskmaster has been a star in his own right, once headlining his own series in the early 00s. And, he was one of the few characters to deduce Steve Rogers’ secret prior to Secret Empire. Could Marvel’s top mercenary be headed for another starring role?
WRITING YOUR VOWS3 of 12Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows artist Ryan Stegman writing August’s #10, which features a spotlight on Harry Osborn’s son Norman, with art from Nathan Stockman. It’s unclear whether this is a single issue fill-in, or if Stegman’s tenure as writer will continue. Regular series writer Gerry Conway was solicited as the writer of July’s #9.
ONE FINAL TRIP4 of 12August’s Silver Surfer #14 beckons readers to take “one final trip around the Universe” just in time to mark the month of what would have been Silver Surfer creator Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday.
With text that mentions the “end of a journey,” and an extra-sized page count, it sure seems like this will be the series’ final issue.
Then, August also marks the release of Black Panther and the Crew #5, the series’ penultimate issue before its impending cancellation. And, a pair of titles - Occupy Avengers and Spider-Man 2099 - are missing from August’s solicits entirely, with the July solicit for Spider-Man 2099 #25 also including language that implied the series’ end.
Marvel has not confirmed the latter two titles' as ending, however.
RETXRNS5 of 12With “ResurrXion” bringing the X-Men back to their heyday, it’s no surprise that some classic characters would also be returning. In August’s X-Men: Blue #9 no less than three classic X-characters seem to be returning, with Polaris and Xorn appearing on the cover, and the solicit text mentioning Emma Frost – who, from the sound of things, has returned to out-and-out villainy.
Then, in X-Men: Gold #10, 90s X-villain Omega Red is back in action taking on his fellow Russians Colossus and Magik.
And of course, they may not exactly be X-Men characters, but fan-favorite team Captain Britain and MI-13 will make an appearance in U.S.Avengers #9.
THOR-TET6 of 12The Mighty Thor writer Jason Aaron joked at C2E2 that he’s “paid by the Thor” when discussing adding a third Thor – the so-called “War Thor” – to the title. But given that he may be adding yet a fourth with Mighty Thor #22 – one he’s calling “Ultimate Thor” – maybe he wasn’t entirely joking.
Before anyone goes about insisting there’s now a quartet of Thors flying around the Marvel Universe, there could still be just three. With the true identity of the “War Thor” still a mystery, is it possible that he’s really been the Ultimate Thor all along?
His team, the Ultimates, will appear in Ultimates 2 #100 in August to help the cosmic heroes take on Eternity, the embodiment of the Marvel Universe, though Thor has not yet been confirmed to be one of the returning characters.
WADE VS. STEVE7 of 12So far, everything we’ve seen of Deadpool’s Secret Empire tie-in issues has involved Wade Wilson following his hero Captain America to the side of Hydra – but not anymore.
The solicitation for Deadpool #35 shows Deadpool standing victorious over the unconscious body of Steve Rogers, and the text says Deadpool is ready to turn on Steve and take him down.
Does that mean we’ll see a straight on Deadpool Vs. Captain America fight?
THE PUPIL BECOMES THE TEACHER8 of 12Captain America and Deadpool aren’t the only pair of heroes facing off in August, as Riri Williams will have to go head-to-head with the Tony Stark A.I. that has been mentoring her since she put on the armor.
The solicitation for Invincible Iron Man #10 calls the Tony A.I. the “biggest threat RiRi will ever encounter,” but just how bad can a virtual Tony be?
”Pretty bad,” according to the solicit copy.
JUST LIKE STAR TREK9 of 12When Marvel began cryptically explaining the premise of its Generations event in which modern versions of Marvel’s heroes team up with their predecessors, it left out one key thing: how it would put those disparate versions of the characters on the same page.
Thanks to Marvel’s August solicitations, we now know that most if not all the stories will involve some form of time travel – the words “time travel” appear in every Generations one-shot in August.
As for how that could affect what happens when Marvel’s Legacy renumbers some of the publisher’s top titles with classic numbering - well, our next entry has some ideas…
THE FUTURE OF LEGACY10 of 12Marvel's much-hyped "Legacy" renumbering begins in August with Ultimates 2 #100. The math adds up when you go all the way back to Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch's 2002-era Ultimate U Ultimates title. Another entry in this countdown dug into the story context of this particular issue, but the solicit speaks broadly to what Marvel's "Legacy" could look like as a whole.
The size of the switchover to "Legacy" numbering (double-sized), how they're retconning Secret Wars, and that they're utilizing "Legacy" for a relatively newer title (hey, it's relative when Cap goes back to 1941) portends what could very well come in future "Legacy" switchovers in September and beyond.
(And yes, Marvel has confirmed this week's Venom renumbering isn't part of "Legacy.")
The fact that "Legacy" is beginning with Ultimates 2 is also curious, as opposed to a core franchise like Avengers, Spider-Man, or X-Men. This could make even more recent titles fair game, such as Spider-Gwen, and also titles that have drastically changed (like Ultimates has) - could the Carol Danvers-led Captain Marvel adopt the numbering of previous Captain Marvels' titles?
2 GUYS 1 CAP11 of 12One major thing missing from Marvel’s August solicitations? A second Captain America title.
It’s not surprising that Marvel is going back to having only one Captain America series in the final month Secret Empire - especially with Legacy presumably about to renumber the series - but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s only going down to one Cap.
The cover shows Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers squaring off – presumably for the right to be Cap. Could the pair go back to sharing a title after the mega-crossover ends – or does this portend a grim fate for one of the two Captains America?
The title is continuing its numbering from the previous Captain America: Sam Wilson issue number. That is likely because of the impending Legacy renumbering – but what if it’s a sign of who’s going to wield the shield?
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