Love is in the Air1 of 12
February 2018 only has 28 days, but Marvel is packing quite a bit into the truncated calendar month.
With multiple deaths in both the Avengers and X-Men, the return of multiple major characters, and more hints at "Legacy" and the Fantastic Four, there's a lot going on in Marvel's just released solicitations.
Fortunately, we've taken the time to break it down bit by bit, breaking down the big new bits of information gleaned from Marvel's February 2018 solicitations.
Creative Shifts2 of 12
Multiple books are changing artists in Marvel’s February 2017 solicitations – including a few particularly notable creative shifts.
First, Valerio Schiti will take over art chores from Jim Cheung on Marvel 2-In-One #3, while Stacey Lee will draw America #12.
Meanwhile, Deadpool's Mike Hawthorne will draw Amazing Spider-Man #795 and #796 following a lengthy run from Stuart Immonen, and Paolo Siqueira will take Astonishing X-Men #8’s rotating artist spot.
Finally, Nico Henrichon will resume art chores on Doctor Strange #386 after a run by Gabriel Hernandez Walta.
Long Live the Queen3 of 12
After their team-up in Black Panther and the Crew, Storm and T’Challa seem to be back in each others’ good graces.
The solicitation for Black Panther #170 says that Storm will be “back at T’Challa’s side” to take on Ras the Exhorter – though it doesn’t say if she’ll simply be his ally, or something more.
Doctor Feelgood4 of 12
Loki bested Doctor Strange in a magical tournament to claim the title of Sorcerer Supreme, but the pair will have a rematch in Doctor Strange #385.
And, it looks like the conflict has a clear winner, as the solicitation for Doctor Strange #386 mentions the good doctor being back up to “full power.”
The Fantastic Three (Plus One)5 of 12
The Fantastic Four still have not officially returned to Marvel Comics, but it appears at least one of the Richards family (in some form or another) will be name-dropped even more heavily in February, with the solicitation for Marvel 2-In-One #3 foretelling that Doom and the Mad Thinker “will square off over Reed Richards.”
Then, in the solicitation for Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #8, the team-up of Lunella Lafayette, Ben Grimm, and Johnny Storm take on the name “the Fantastic Three” – at least unofficially.
Sweet Surrender6 of 12
Avengers's "No Surrender” month two is shaping up to be quite a doozy, with characters coming and going - as well as a deeper look at the identity of Voyager.
The solicitations for February's Avengers #679 - #682 reveal that the team will “mourn the loss of one of their own,” a “fan favorite” Avenger will return, and that the Grandmaster (an Elder of the Universe) will join the fray.
The Grandmaster will go up against a seemingly-new character named 'The Challenger.' While with that name he sounds like an Elder of the Universe, he's not - not yet, at least. He shares a name with a bygone Golden Age-era Timely character - who recently appeared in one of the last issues of Occupy Avengers. Same character? Perhaps (or perhaps not).
It's Not Easy Being Green7 of 12
Marvel framed "Legacy" about returning to its roots, and two major Marvel characters are doing just that - with a coincidental "green" theme.
No, we're not talking about Bruce Banner's teased return - yet.
In She-Hulk #162, Jennifer Walters starts on the journey that will restore her control of her Hulk persona - with the cover art summing it all up succinctly with an image of her pre-Civil War II look.
Meanwhile, over in Amazing Spider-Man #796, Norman Osborn's drawn-out quest to remove the roadblocks preventing him from becoming the Green Goblin once again appear to be coming to a close.
Logan, Heal Thyself8 of 12
Wolverine only just returned in Marvel Legacy #1, but the man who semi-replaced him in his absence may already be undergoing big changes.
The solicitation for Old Man Logan #35 says that the elder Logan will have “a opportunity to reclaim his healing factor – but at what cost?”
Cost to readers to find out? $3.99.
Countdown to Infinity9 of 12
February will bring the second part of the return of Adam Warlock in the newly solicited Infinity Countdown. Warlock’s return originally planned for Guardians of the Galaxy #151 in January, but it seems that title will go on hiatus after #150, with the planned cover for the now-cancelled #151 now attached to a new one-shot, Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock #1.
In that, Adam Warlock goes on a quest for the Soul Stone – with Kang the Conqueror as his guide.
A second one-shot, Infinity Countdown Prime, is solicited for February 21 with no information attached, while a “Classified” poster will precede it on February 7.
Mutants Must Die10 of 12
The X-Men are no strangers to loss, and in February it seems that two separate squads will lose members – while other teammates will undergo big changes.
In Astonishing X-Men #8, the team are said to be mourning the loss of an ally as “one of the most terrifying adversaries they’ve ever faced” returns.
Then, in X-Men: Gold #21, the team will “bid farewell to one of their own” – and something will happen to Rachel Summers. Whatever it is, it’ll put her back in a version of her spiked 'Hound' gear in X-Men: Gold #22, where the team “faces its most devastating loss.”
Stark Returns11 of 12
Tony Stark’s return has been teased since the onset of “Legacy,” – and it seems the question of his whereabouts will finally be answered in Invincible Iron Man #597.
Tony’s return will seemingly have immediate implications for the people carrying his personal legacy, as the solicitation for the issue says “Ironheart rises, Doom falls and Tony Stark emerges from the shadows!”
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