SCORCHING SUMMER SOLICITS1 of 12
Marvel Comics has just dropped its August 2019 solicitations, and with the end of War of the Realms and the relaunch of the X-Men line underway, big changes seem to be in store.
We combed the solicitations carefully, compiling all the biggest news within - with classic characters revealing new secrets, the return of an iconic character, a replacement Daredevil, and... oh yeah, a Ghost Rider Celestial.
Here's what we learned from Marvel's August 2019 solicitations.
NAMOR'S BIG SECRET2 of 12
Namor the Sub-Mariner is one of Marvel Comics’ oldest heroes, with his adventures stretching back to World War 2 – both in terms of publication and his in-universe adventures. And in August’s Invaders #8, a big secret about how Namor “changed the world” will be revealed, according to the solicitation.
Could there be some connection to the new villain teased in the solicitation for August’s Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #10, which talks about a hidden threat that’s been “secretly plaguing the Marvel Universe since World War 2”?
Marvel have previously retconned Namor to be a mutant - what could be revealed next?
MARVEL FAMILY TRAGEDY3 of 12
Carol Danvers and her allies will undergo some serious tribulation in August, with the solicitation for Captain Marvel #9 painting her as an apparent “Kree traitor.”
Meanwhile, while the solicitation for The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #6 warns of “devastating personal tragedy” for Kamala Khan, and the solicit for Marvel Team-Up #5 calls into question the return of Mar-Vell that was previewed for July’s Marvel Team-Up #4, which brings Carol and Kamala together.
MISSING TITLES4 of 12
Marvel’s August 2019 solicitations are marked by the absence of four titles which were solicited in July.
First up, Uncanny X-Men and X-Force don’t have anything solicited in August – probably not surprising, considering Jonathan Hickman’s House of X/Powers of X relaunch was expected to include the end of the entire X-Men line, including Mr. and Mrs. X, last solicited for June 2019.
Meanwhile, Shuri, last seen with July’s #10, isn’t solicited at all in August. The July solicitation doesn’t read like a series finale, but August does include the release of a Shuri Vol. 2 trade, which collects issues #6-10.
Finally – potentially most puzzling – is the absence of Deadpool’s solo series in the August solicitations. The solicit for July’s Deadpool #15 does seem to read like a series ending, and Deadpool could be considered enough a part of the X-Men line to precipitate its cancellation for the relaunch.
SAM ALEXANDER'S FATE5 of 12
Sam Alexander’s been part of the Champions even without his Nova powers for some time now – but July’s Champions #7 sent Sam on a mission to space, possibly to reclaim that legacy.
Now the solicitation for August’s Champions #8 portends an answer to the question of what’s to become of Sam, specifically promising to reveal “the fate of Sam Alexander.”
I don't know about you, but "fate" sounds rather death-y, right?
GHOST MOUNTAIN6 of 12
The Avengers will go to battle with the King of Hell – Johnny Blaze, the first modern Ghost Rider – in July. And in August’s Avengers #23, they’ll have to face a truly unexpected Spirit of Vengeance – their own headquarters.
The solicitation for Avengers #23 says that the Celestial that lies in Avengers Mountain will become host to a “murderous, hell-damned soul” – potentially paying off seeds laid all the way back in 2017’s Marvel Legacy #1.
IMMORTAL HULK VS. THING7 of 12
Bruce Banner/Hulk’s life hasn’t been the same since he died and returned in Civil War II. And now, at least one of the wounds of that story – the death of his longtime companion Rick Jones – may finally heal in August’s Immortal Hulk #22.
The solicitation for Immortal Hulk #22 mentions Rick’s resurrection at the mysterious Shadow Base – and says you “wouldn’t like Rick when he’s angry,” suggesting a possible return not just for Rick but for his previous Gamma-charged alter ego A-Bomb.
Hulk may find one other piece of relative normalcy in August’s Fantastic Four #13, the solicitation for which teases another bout of the classic rivalry between Hulk and Thing. But while Ben Grimm has fought the Hulk before, he's never faced off against the recent "Immortal" version of the Green Goliath.
DON'T HATE THE PLAYER8 of 12
August’s Absolute Carnage #1 promises to be a gamechanger for not just Cletus Kasady, but Marvel’s symbiotes at large. And the hits won’t stop in Absolute Carnage #2, also due out in August, the solicitation for which promises the debut of a “new player” in the symbiote saga, “and it’s not who you expect.”
That solicitation also promises “unexpected collateral damage” – which, in the world adjacent to Spider-Man, could mean any number of disastrous consequences.
X-SEEDS9 of 12
Writer Jonathan Hickman has repeatedly promised that his upcoming X-Men franchise relaunch would change everything for Marvel’s merry mutants – and it looks like he’s gonna deliver quickly.
The solicitation for August’s Powers of X#2 mentions Charles Xavier “sowing the seeds of the past,” while the solicitation for House of X #2 promises to reveal “the truth of one of the X-Men’s closest allies.”
”Sowing the seeds of the past” is an interesting turn of phrase when paired with the next line, “The X-Men’s future blossoms trouble for mutantkind.”
Cryptic, given Hickman’s recent comments that the two series won’t involve time travel, and given the plants which have appeared in preview pages for the series.
NEW DAREDEVIL DEBUTS?10 of 12
The solicitation for August’s Daredevil #9 mentions a “new Daredevil in town, and Matt Murdock has no idea who it is!” That sounds like a new person in the mantle – but is that what’s going on?
Following the release of Marvel’s August Solicitations, Daredevil writer Chip Zdarsky retweeted a report that Marvel would introduce a new Daredevil in August, saying “No they won’t.”
Could that be some of Zdarsky’s trademark offbeat humor? Or could this be a case of the solicitation setting up an easily twisted expectation? It’s not impossible the “new Daredevil” could be one of Matt Murdock’s identity stunts, or even an established person who previously wore the Daredevil mantle at some point.
Meanwhile, also in New York, Doctor Strange will arrive back on Earth in Doctor Strange #18, and will suffer an accident comparable to the one that injured his hands in #19, both in August.
And, Spider-Man – a long time ally to both – will have to deal with the formation of a new Sinister Syndicate in Amazing Spider-Man #27.
THOR'S NEW WORLD11 of 12
Marvel’s currently ongoing War of the Realms concludes in July, and judging by the solicitation for August’s Thor #16 (which has a cover apparently so shocking that Marvel specifically hasn’t released it yet) foretells an “all-new world” for Thor, explaining that the God of Thunder has “disappeared.”
Could this be a side-effect of the possible destruction of the World Tree, or some other consequence of a conflict that spans literally ten different dimensions?
Anything is possible, given writer Jason Aaron’s previous history of turning Thor’s status quo on its ear/winged helmet. And with this issue promising the end of Aaron's run, expect something big
Editor's Note: That's the Thor #15 variant shown here.
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