NEW YEAR, NEW MARVEL COMICS1 of 12
Judging by Marvel's just released solictations, January will kick off 2019 with a bang.
With a host of new series in the works, some milestone issues, and some big returns planned, here's what we learned from Marvel's January 2019 solicitations.
Missing Titles2 of 12
Several titles solicited for December 2018 are not present in Marvel's January 2019 solicitations.
First off, the end may be upon Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man. With no issue in January - and a new Spidey title launching - Peter Parker may be done.
Then, it seems X-Men Red may suffer the same fate as the team's other "color" books, with no solicited issue for January and the relaunched Uncanny X-Men hitting a major story in "Age of X."
Then there's Ms. Marvel, which has no January issue solicited. The absence may be a simple delay - writer G. Willow Wilson had a recent illness that may have put a stutter in the title's step.
Worlds At War3 of 12
January's Guardians of the Galaxy #1 brings together a big group of cosmic heroes to solve a big cosmic problem.
According to the solicitation, not only may Thanos be back from the dead, "the universe is on fire and hundreds of worlds are at war."
Namor's Checkered Past4 of 12
It's no secret that Namor is the villain of next year's Invaders series, but there's still a mystery at hand.
According to the solicitation for Invaders #1, "revelations about Namor's past" will set the stage for the story's global conflict.
World Champions5 of 12
Speaking of going global, January's Champions #1 takes the team to the world stage to recruit a whole bunch of new international heroes, according to the solicitation.
Unfortunately, it seems there's something troubling in their midst - the solicit also mentions "something sinister," and a "dark secret" at the heart of their mission.
Galactus Hungers!6 of 12
Galactus became a Lifebringer a few years ago, but it looks like his hunger will return anew in January's Fantastic Four #6.
But, according to the solicitation, the Richards family will be so preoccupied fighting Latveria's champion Victorious that Doctor Doom will have to fend Galactus off of Earth.
Cyclops!7 of 12
Cyclops, the de facto leader of the X-Men for decades, has been dead for a few years now. But that may not be the case much longer.
January's Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 has a very simple solicitation - "Cyclops!" - and a cover that imply the question of whether there will be Scott Summers in the Marvel Universe will be answered early next year.
Warriors of Wakanda8 of 12
According to the solicitation for January's Avengers #12, Avengers Mountain is getting a whole new support staff courtesy of Black Panther.
So who are these "Agents of Wakanda?" Judging by the cover, it looks like Ka-Zar, Gorilla Man, Janet Van Dyne, Okoye, and ... Odin? ... are all on board.
Gwen Stacy Levels Up9 of 12
Following Spider-Geddon Gwen Stacy is getting a power upgrade which, according to the solicitation for January's Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #4, "will set her apart from other Spiders for years to come."
But what's the nature of this power? There's an implication it'll have something to do with the dead Spider-folks who have and will perish in Spider-Geddon.
Mystic Milestone10 of 12
January's Doctor Strange #10 will mark the 400th solo issue for the Master of the Mystic Arts, and Marvel is celebrating with a 48-page anniversary issue.
To mark the occasion, the series' regular creative team of Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz will also team up with some classic Doctor Strange artists for the issue, including Chris Bachalo and Kevin Nowlan.
World Without Daredevil11 of 12
It looks as though the upcoming "Death of Daredevil" isn't playing around, as the solicitation for January's five-part Man Without Fear series says Matt Murdock's friends and allies will have to live "in a world without Daredevil."
The five-part series will focus on a different Daredevil cast member each issue, including Foggy Nelson, the Defenders, Matt Murdock's ex-girlfriends, Wilson Fisk - and a mysterious "Guardian Devil."
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