February is for (Comic Book) Lovers1 of 12
Marvel Comics' full February 2020 solicitations have just been released, and this lovers' month packs in some surprises and big developments across Marvel's line.
So relax, warm up a cup of cocoa, and unwrap these news items drawn from Marvel's February 2020 solicits like a bunch of Valentines delivered straight from Marvel Comics.
Who Are The Unbelievables?2 of 12
The multiverse-crossing series Tarot will bring in a weird new team in February's #3 - the Unbelievables.
So who are they? We're not sure, but they look more like quirky cartoon characters than standard superheroes.
Maybe there's something to the adjective "Unbelievable", which has also been used to describe the fourth-wall breaking Gwenpool.
Thor Vs. Beta-Ray Bill3 of 12
Thor and Beta-Ray Bill are longtime allies - close friends, even. But their relationship started in conflict, and in February, it looks like that old rivalry may rekindle.
Promising a duel of Stormbreaker vs. Mjolnir, February's Thor #3 will put the two hammer-wielders at odds over Thor's new cosmic mission.
Missing Titles4 of 12
As most months do, February brings some shifts to Marvel's publishing line, including some missing or possibly ending titles.
We previously noted the absence of Fallen Angels from Marvel's February solicits (and the potential for its return), but also absent is, for the second month in a row, Savage Sword of Conan, with no official word on its fate.
More nebulous is the future of Amazing Mary Jane, with the solicitation for February's #5 mentioning MJ's movie wrapping filming, and the titular hero heading home.
That's hardly confirmation of an ending - it could easily be the final issue of the series' first story arc. But considering writer Leah Williams previously stated Amazing Mary Jane would be a limited series despite Marvel's expressed difference of opinion, we can't help but consider this might be the title's swan song.
Force Works, Assemble!5 of 12
Iron Man 2020 is spinning off into several tie-in titles in February, including Force Works 2020, which revives Tony Stark's old 90s team name for a totally new line-up.
Though Force Works 2020 was previously announced, Marvel's February solicitations have revealed the new iteration of the team's roster as War Machine, USAgent, Mockingbird, and Quake - sorta reminiscent of the classic West Coast Avengers line-up.
Dryad Revealed6 of 12
February's Captain America #19 will reveal the identity of the mysterious Dryad, who has been organizing Cap's allies in the Daughters of Liberty.
But who is she? The solicit text says her secret is "game-changing", but the only clue we really have from the cover is her bright red hair. Hmm...
Artist Changes7 of 12
Artist Gerardo Zaffino will join the creative team of Avengers #31 for an oversized 40-page issue focused on Tony Stark as he desperately fights for life in a dire situation - and potentially risks his soul.
Meanwhile, across the Marvel line, several "Dawn of X" titles will get new artists in February, with Stefano Caselli drawing Marauders #7 and #8, and Wilton Santos coming onboard Excalibur #7.
Then of course artist Kris Anka will draw an arc of Black Cat starting with February's #9, which you can read all about right here.
Merc Vs. Hunter For The Crown8 of 12
The new volume of Deadpool crowns the Merc With a Mouth as "King of the Monsters" - but heavy is the head that wears the crown as Kraven the Hunter comes looking to claim the title in February.
The solicit text for Deadpool #4 makes it sound like Kraven may just take the throne too - asking what happens "when Kraven kills Deadpool."
Hearts of Darkness II9 of 12
The classic Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher crossover tale "Hearts of Darkness" gets a sequel in February's Ghost Rider #5, which brings Frank and Logan back in touch with Dan Ketch - with some surprising results.
As you can see from the cover here, Ketch will get a new look that has yet to be revealed - and according to the solicit text, it'll come with "strange new abilities".
Symbiote Seed10 of 12
We’re fresh off the dismount from this summer’s blockbuster Absolute Carnage event, Venom is already looking to the future for the title’s next big tale.
The solicitation for Venom #23 namechecks Carnage and says it “plants the seeds” for the next Venom event - but doesn’t give an indication of what that’ll be.
ResurrXion Remorse?11 of 12
Professor X is currently dead in X-Men continuity, with an assassin having taken him out in X-Force #1. But The Five can resurrect anyone, right?
While that question has yet to be answered, it looks like the deeper ramifications of mutant resurrection will be explored in February's X-Men #5 - and judging by the cover, Apocalypse may have some opinions on the process.
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