SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER1 of 12
September marks the epilogue of Marvel's Secret Empire and the start of Legacy, so it's no surprise to see some more of the "classic" Marvel Universe shining through in the publisher's September 2017 solicitations.
As summer turns to autumn, there are some big returns and surprising absences in the Marvel Universe, along with the first small glimpses of what may be in store after Legacy.
WE (WERE) THE CHAMPIONS2 of 12
The Champions will be just under a year old in September, and the fall-out of Secret Empire will shake them to their core – even splitting the team.
According to the solicit for Champions #12, the team is “divided” after Secret Empire, and not everyone will remain a member. A clue to who might come and go can be found in the solicitation for Totally Awesome Hulk #23, which warns of the “return of the monster” in the wake of the title’s “Weapons of Mutant Destruction” crossover with Weapon X.
Another clue may lie in the solicitation for Spider-Man #20, where Miles Morales is under arrest.
ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT3 of 12
Doctor Strange #25 features the return of classic Doctor Strange artist Kevin Nowlan to the title in a one-off anniversary issue written by John Barber, who wrote the recent Doctor Strange/Punisher: Magic Bullets series.
Then, over in Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #11, regular artist Ryan Stegman continues on as writer for another issue, this time featuring art by Brian Level.
FROM THE ASHES4 of 12
The Phoenix Force is coming back to the Marvel Universe in a big way in September, with Thanos #11 pitting the Mad Titan against his own son Thane – who is now a Phoenix host.
Then, in Jean Grey #7, Jean visits Scarlet Witch to learn more about the Phoenix Force before she "inevitably" encounters it.
SECRETS REVEALED5 of 12
For several months, the solicitations for Jessica Jones have teamed up the Defender with Maria Hill in a story about Hill’s deepest secrets. Now, September’s #12 seems to be ready to lay everything on the table, with all of Maria Hill’s dirty laundry aired.
What’s more, the solicit says that after these revelations, “the Marvel Universe will never be the same.”
DISAPPEARING ACT6 of 12
In the same month a classic Doctor Strange artist returns, it seems his spin-off title Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme will come to an end with September’s #12, with the solicitation saying the team’s “mission is complete” – and teasing that not everyone will return home.
On top of that, several Marvel titles are missing from September’s solicitations, starting with Unstoppable Wasp, last seen in August with #8.
A pair of more venerable titles also appear to be missing in September, including Ultimates2 which was the first title to return to “Legacy” numbering in August with #100, and Captain America, which became a single title with #25, also in August.
MEN OF IRON7 of 12
The solicitation for Infamous Iron Man #12 calls the issue the “epic climax” to the title’s first year, saying it will lead to “massive repercussions” in the Marvel Universe. Given that the solicit text also talks about Victor Von Doom’s villainous legacy – and Legacy #1 hinting at a big return, could this be connected to the possible return of the Fantastic Four?
But Victor’s not the only Iron hero with a big milestone in September. The solicit for Invincible Iron Man #11 marks the issue as the “prologue to one of the biggest Iron Man stories in modern history.”
PARKER LUCK8 of 12
Norman Osborn has been back in Peter Parker’s life since Amazing Spider-Man #25, but September’s #32 finds Spidey’s venerable foe looking for a way to compensate for the loss of his Green Goblin persona – and possibly getting some new powers in the process.
But over in the alternate world of Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #11, it looks like Norman’s grandson, little Normie Osborn, may be behind the Green Goblin’s return in that reality.
Then, in Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #4, an unnamed “classic foe” returns, while Venomverse #5 teams Eddie Brock up with a character whose name has been redacted from the solicitation.
Finally, yet another missing piece of the Spider-Man mythos is back in September, as the Slingers will appear in Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #8.
ULTIMATE WAR THOR9 of 12
With the addition of Ultimate Thor in August, it seemed as though Mighty Thor would be going up to three versions of its title character (counting Thor herself and the War Thor).
But now it seems that speculation has been confirmed, and the War Thor will indeed be another identity of the Ultimate Thor, who will reclaim his own hammer, which is currently being guarded by Odinson. The solicit for Mighty Thor #23 stops short of outright confirming the connection, but refers to the same character by both names.
AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED10 of 12
The various Avengers squads may be down a few members in September, with the solicit for U.S.Avengers #10 seemingly confirming that Cannonball will die in an upcoming issue of the series, while Sunspot will leave A.I.M. and launch a search for his presumed dead body.
Then, in Avengers #11, an Avenger may be retiring in the wake of Secret Empire - or they could become the team’s leader. There’s apparently no middle ground when it comes to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
OMEGA MAN11 of 12
Secret Empire: Omega #1 serves as a bookend to the crossover event, which ends in August. The solicit text asks if Steve Rogers can be redeemed – but it’s the cover that puts the question in no uncertain terms, with Steve wearing a torn Hydra uniform revealing his classic costume underneath.
A return of the classics seems to be the theme in September, with Marvel’s Generations one-shots continuing, and Legacy #1 setting the stage for a return to classic numbering for many of Marvel’s titles.
And then, buried in the Legacy #1 solicit text, is a previously unseen clue about what else is coming back – a teaser for a long-awaited “dramatic return,” coupled with the ominous warning of a second return, the return of someone we’ve “been dreading.”
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