So Long 20171 of 12
December marks the end of the year, and the third month of Marvel "Legacy." With the initiative's story arcs well underway at this time, new revelations about what's in store are emerging in the publisher's newly released December 2017 solicitations.
As usual, we've combed the solicitations to pull out all the biggest news, compiling it right here for your convenience.
Gideon Returns2 of 12
In December's Cable #152, Cable and his team's mission exploring the deaths of the fabled Externals will bring back one of their number that hasn't been seen in some time.
That's right - Gideon, the classic X-Force villain that debuted alongside Deadpool in New Mutants #98, will return as part of "Legacy."
Will his return prompt hair stylists to get requests for that hairstyle of his? We hope not.
Like a Rolling Infinity Stone3 of 12
Two major elements of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie franchise will play a major role in the comic book in December, with Guardians of the Galaxy #148 & 149 bringing in the Nova Corps - and an Infinity Stone.
The team will join the Nova Corps en masse, with Rocket the unlikely hero charged with straightening out the peacekeeping force. As for how the Infinity Stone plays in - well, the solicitations don't make that clear.
Chicago Has a Blackhearted Mayor4 of 12
It's no secret that, come "Legacy," Wilson Fisk will be Mayor of New York City. But there's another evil politician out there haunting the streets of Chicago - Blackheart, the son of Mephisto, is posing as the Mayor of the Windy City in Falcon.
The solicitation for December's Falcon #3 lets the secret out, along with setting the stage for the inevitable showdown between the winged Avenger and the son of darkness.
Secret Warriors Framed5 of 12
Classic X-villain Mister Sinister will appear as the new major villain in Secret Warriors as part of "Legacy," and in December he'll take his agenda against the team to the next level by framing them for an enormous "tragedy" that will result in the team going underground.
Meanwhile, the solicitations for Secret Warriors #10 and 11 also mention Karnak's secret plan - which will also come to fruition in December.
A New Swordsman6 of 12
The original Swordsman just appeared in the Generations: Hawkeye one-shot, but now a new one will cross swords with Steve Rogers in December's Captain America #696.
Then, in The Mighty Thor #702, another classic Marvel rivalry is revived when Hercules guest stars.
And another Asgardian will also meet a slightly different version of an old frenemy when Odinson and Amadeus Cho throwdown Thor: Ragnarok style on Sakaar in The Incredible Hulk #711.
New Creators Unleashed7 of 12
Monsters Unleashed leads the charge of new creative teams this December, with writer Justin Jordan and artist Francesco Gaston taking the reins of the title with #9.
Then, over in Jean Grey #10, Alberto Jiminez Albuquerque will take on that title's art chores, while Simon Spurrier will write solo Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #15 after co-writing #14 in November.
X-Men 20998 of 12
Marvel’s 2099 universe has had a resurgence in recent years thanks to the revived (until recently) Spider-Man 2099. Now, another core property from the imprint is returning this December – X-Men 2099.
The team of near-future mutants will return in X-Men: Blue #17, when the young X-Men are sent through time. At least one of the X-Men 2099 will be sticking around too – the solicitation for X-Men: Blue #18 mentions the rather 90s Bloodhawk.
What’s more, the original Generation X will also guest star in the story – making it a very 90s X-Men affair all around.
How soon until X-Nation 2099?
Death of An Avenger (Or Champion)9 of 12
The Avengers/Champions war to save both Earth and Counter-Earth will be well underway by December – but things won’t get really bad until Avengers #674 and Champions #15 find the combined teams down one of their number entirely.
That’s right – one of the teams will suffer what the solicitation for Champions #15 calls a “fatality.” But who could it be? The cover for the issue leaves a few too many possible answers to that question for comfort.
Like a Phoenix10 of 12
With Phoenix: Resurrection #1 hitting shelves in November – and bringing the original Jean Grey back from the dead with it – there’s no wonder why Marvel would be giving the founding X-Man a new push.
But this also means that alongside the younger Jean’s solo series, there will be two Jean Grey centric titles on shelves in December. Considering the Phoenix Force has appeared recently in The Mighty Thor and is a part of Marvel Legacy #1’s 1,000,000 B.C. Avengers, it seems like Jean Grey is poised to be a big part of the Marvel Universe going forward.
Cable Dies - For Real This Time11 of 12
Even though he's still on a time travel mission in his own title, it looks like Cable's gonna bite the big one in Despicable Deadpool #290 & 291 as "Deadpool Kills Cable" gets literal.
This wouldn't be the first or even second time Cable has seemingly died - and given that it seems the story's big villain is Stryfe (Cable's evil clone), you can bet there's more to this story than meets the (cybernetic) eye.
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