SUMMER FUN IN THE SUN1 of 12
July is another big month at Marvel Comics, with a relaunched Captain America title launching and relaunched titles for Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and the Avengers already underway. But Marvel's July Solicitations reveal there's a lot more happening in the hottest month of the year than just what was previewed.
As usual, we've dug into Marvel's solicitations to pull out the biggest bits of news - like the return of War Machine, the actual deaths of the Inhumans, or the mysterious "X-Classified" title - which we now present to you.
BROKEN WEB2 of 12
Spider-Man is missing from solicitations for the second month in a row, with May’s #240 the latest solicited issue.
Coincidentally, writer Brian Michael Bendis is leaving the title (and Marvel Comics) with #240. Could Miles Morales’ creator’s departure mean that he’ll be without a solo title for the time being? It's already happened with Defenders and Jessica Jones.
INHUMANS, WE HARDLY KNEW YE3 of 12
The Inhumans look to be doomed at the hands of none other than their creators the Kree, who, according to the solicitation for Death of the Inhumans #1, are looking to consolidate their empire at any cost.
With Black Bolt and the Royal Family squarely in the Kree’s sights, this very well could be the actual death of the Inhumans – and a way to bring the Kree back into high profile ahead of 2019’s Kree-heavy Captain Marvel film.
And then there’s that cover, featuring a twisted version of Black Bolt, named “Carrion.”
RENEW YOUR CLONE SAGA4 of 12
The “Clone Saga” is one of the most infamous stories in Spider-Man history. Love it or hate it, it’s impossible not to have a reaction when that name is invoked.
With that in mind, it looks like Annie Parker is going to have her hands full this summer dealing with, in the words of the solicitation for July’s Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #21, “her own clone saga.”
SUPER STRANGE5 of 12
Doctor Strange carries the Time Stone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that may be about to be the case in Marvel Comics as well.
In July’s Doctor Strange #3, Strange will clash with Super Skrull over the Time Stone – right on the eve of Marvel’s Infinity Wars summer event.
SPIDER-PARENTS6 of 12
When it comes to Peter Parker’s long deceased parents, the wall-crawler has been through a lot. First their deaths at the hands of the Red Skull, then their apparent “resurrection” as LMD’s, and now, whatever the weird secret Deadpool has about them might be.
That’s right – Deadpool’s got dirt on Spider-Man’s parents. And whatever the secret is, the dual solicitation for Spider-Man/Deadpool #35 and 36 connects it back to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s LMD program – a program Richard and Mary Parker were instrumental in creating.
MAGNETO: HERO OR VILLAIN?7 of 12
In the conflict between the X-Men and their enemies, mutants switch sides all the time.
Possibly the best example of this is Magneto, the team's oldest foe who has joined forces with the X-Men throughout their history. He's been on the side of the X-Men for several years now - but from the looks of the solicitations for July's two issues of X-Men: Blue, he may be going back to his villainous ways.
Then, over in X-Men: Gold, July will drive an X-Man to quit the team in #31 - possibly Rachel Summers, who may be going bad under the new codename "Hound" in #32.
And speaking of Summers kids, young Cable will once again meet his parents (or at least his dad and the woman his mother was cloned from) Cyclops and Jean Grey through the magic of time travel in Cable #159 - in which, the solicit says, Cable's "dark secret" will be revealed.
GOD OF MISCHIEF8 of 12
The Final Host – a group of “Dark Celestials” first ominously mentioned in last year’s Marvel Legacy #1 will finally come calling in writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness’ upcoming new volume of Avengers - and it seems they’ll be bringing a guest in the form of Loki.
The Avengers’ first foe was certainly interested in the Final Host in Marvel Legacy #1, and now the solicitation for July’s Avengers #5 mentions the “combined threat of Loki and the Final Host.”
Sounds like a lot for even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to deal with.
ODINSON AND DAUGHTER-IN-LAW9 of 12
It’s a nice day for a “fright” wedding in Asgard (get it?) as Hela is getting married to one of Odin’s sons in Thor #3/b>.
As for which Asgardian is in for a “Hela” bad wedding day (there we go again),it seems like Thor or the newly returning Baldur are the prime candidates.
And of course, as with all sensational weddings, the solicitation for the issue also hints at a “surprise guest” there to stop the proceedings.
(And yes, according go Marvel continuity Hela remains Loki's daughter - albeit a previous version of Loki from a couple Ragnaroks ago.)
WAR MACHINE10 of 12
2016 was a bad year to be an armored Avenger, thanks to Civil War II which killed James Rhodes and put Tony Stark in a coma. But now Tony is coming back – and Rhodey just may be coming back too.
First up, the solicitation for Tony Stark: Iron Man #2 mentions a secret Tony has been harboring that he can only confide in Rhodey – implying Tony’s gonna have to find a way to bring Rhodey back to get it off his chest.
Then, over in Punisher #228, Tony comes calling for the War Machine armor Frank Castle has been sporting.
Seems like Tony’s setting the stage for Rhodey to come home (finally).
FIRST CLASS(IFIED)11 of 12
Big shake ups and hidden secrets are the X-Men’s stock in trade, so the presence of a totally unidentified “X Classified” title in Marvel’s July solicits could be just about anything.
The mysterious title, without even an disclosed creative team, may be something as simple as a new Wolverine title, to a story sending the Original Five X-Men home, to the return of Uncanny X-Men – or, none of those things.
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