DARK DECEMBER1 of 12
Marvel Comics' December 2019 solicitations have come down the chimney - and with them, they bring less holiday cheer and more potential chaos for the heroes of the Marvel Universe.
Here are the big takeaways from the solicitations - everything we learned that's fit to print.
NEW MUTANTS, OLD FOES2 of 12
This December, New Mutants #4 will send the team to Shi'ar space - and into the talons of classic X-foe Deathbird.
Meanwhile, the joint solicitation for X-Men #3 and 4 sends the team down to the Savage Land to confront "an old nemesis' return".
MARVEL M.D.3 of 12
Jane Foster – the new Valkyrie - is a doctor in her human guise. And in December’s Valkyrie: Jane Foster #6, she’ll unite several other medically skilled Marvel Universe characters including Doctor Strange, Night Nurse, Cardiac, and more for a “supernatural medical emergency.”
Interestingly, also among the characters aiding in the mission is Faiza Hussein – a.k.a. Excalibur of Captain Britain and MI-13. MI-13 also returns in December in – where else? - Excalibur (more on that later).
MISSING TITLES4 of 12
As is often the case, December's solicits reveal several titles missing from Marvel's publishing line-up.
First off, Ironheart series writer Eve L. Ewing has confirmed the title will end with November's #12, following its absence from the December solicits. Likewise, December's Future Foundation #5 will mark that book's end, as previously announced.
Less confirmed are Loki, last seen with November's #5 with a five-issue trade coming in December; and Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, last solicited in November with #14.
Then there's Superior Spider-Man, missing for two months with the last issue solicited being October's #12.
BROTHER BRIAN5 of 12
Betsy Braddock is the official Captain Britain of the Marvel Universe when Excalibur launches in November – and come December’s #4, it looks like the story of what happened to her brother, Brian Braddock – the previous Captain Britain – will be told.
The solicitation says Betsy will have to “face the truth about her brother.” It also mentions his old British government team MI-13. Another MI-13 character, Faiza Hussein/Excalbur, will also return in December in Valkyrie: Jane Foster #6.
YONDU AND YONDU IN YONDU6 of 12
The current Yondu limited series focuses on a contemporary version of the character that bears more of a resemblance to the Guardians of the Galaxy movie version than to the classic comic book character.
In December’s Yondu #3, the two versions will clash as the modern Ravager encounters the future Guardians version – his descendant.
A DIFFERENT SCOURGE7 of 12
The solicitation for December’s Captain America #17 puts Steve Rogers in a precarious place – caught between white supremacist cop killers and the cops who think Steve is one of them.
But the villain at the heart of it all, seen on the issue’s cover, sure looks a lot like the Scourge of the Underworld – an identity used by several spree killers who murdered scores of villains (and even some heroes).
We're gonna guess it's not connected to December's Annihilation: Scourge one-shots.
FANTASTIC SECRETS8 of 12
The Fantastic Four are Marvel's oldest modern heroes, so it's natural in that time they'd have some skeletons in their closet. Now, one of them may come out walking around with the solicitation for December's Fantastic Four #17 saying "one of the biggest FF secret of all time will finally be revealed."
What might that secret have to do with Sky, the winged character seen on the cover and mentioned in the solicit for November's Fantastic Four #16, and her mysterious connection to Johnny Storm?
WORTHY WALT (AND MORE)9 of 12
Marvel Comics has recently published several one-shots with classic creative teams reprising their old titles with stories set in the era when they originally created the books, with Power Pack: Grow Up! from Lousie Simonson and June Brigman and New Mutants: War Children from Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz reuniting those classic creator and character pairings so far.
Next, in December, a host of legendary Thor creators headed up by Walt Simonson will pick up Mjolnir once again for a one-shot titled Thor: The Worthy #1 that features not just Thor but Beta-Ray Bill, along with stories by Tom DeFalco, Kathryn Immonen, Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema, Mike Hawthorne, and more.
BROOD OF THUNDER10 of 12
In December's Avengers #28, the mystery of the new Starbrand will bring the Avengers to an intergalactic prison - where Thor will apparently be infected by the alien parasite Brood.
What's more, the solicitation foretells of the arrival of "the Three Heralds." And whenever "heralds" come up, we can't help but think of Galactus. Hmm...
SEASON'S BEATINGS11 of 12
December is shaping up to be the darkest month of the year in the Marvel Universe, with the publisher’s just-released solicitations foretelling several deaths.
First up, the combined solicit for X-Force #4 says the mutant team will seek vengeance “against the humans that murdered one of their own.” And on that note, the solicit for Captain Marvel #13 says “one Avengers is dead at Captain Marvel’s hand,” indicating her upcoming heel turn is rather serious.
Then in Doctor Doom #3, “Doom is dead” and in the realm of Mephisto, according to the solicit text. Of course, he’s also in several other titles in December, so being “dead” might be all according to plan.
Finally, the solicit for Tony Stark: Iron Man #19 seems to indicate that the development in this month’s #16 – in which Tony Stark was seemingly physically fused with his armor – won’t be going away any time soon. It ominously reads “What if there is no Tony Stark? What if there is only the Iron Man?” and, teases a “new Iron Age” in 2020.
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