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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Marvel May 2015 Solicits: Secret Wars Begins!


Once again we find ourselves at the time of the month where comic fans get most excited: solicitations!  This week, Marvel unveiled a full listing of what to expect from them this May...you know, the same month a certain Avengers: Age of Ultron is supposed to come out.  While Ultron will be present in a few comics, most of Marvel is going to be focused on Secret Wars, AKA quite possibly the largest summer event Marvel has had in quite some time.

Below you can find my picks for the 10 most note-worthy of Marvel's May 2015 solicits!  Thanks to Newsarama for the solicits (check out the link for the full list).


1. The Secret Wars Finally Begin - We've officially known about this for a few months now, but it all finally comes to fruition in May.  Jonathan Hickman's two year run on Avengers/New Avengers comes to a close with a major change in the status quo of the Marvel U.  Still no idea what that entirely means...

SECRET WARS #1 (OF 8)
JONATHAN HICKMAN (w) 
ESAD RIBIC (a)
Cover by ALEX ROSS 

• THE FINAL INCURSION IS HAPPENING!
• THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IS COLLIDING WITH THE ULTIMATE UNIVERSE!
• AND NEITHER WILL SURVIVE!

40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99






2. Marvel's Ultimate U Comes to an End - This was a twist in Secret Wars we all saw coming.  Marvel's Ultimate Universe is finally coming to an end as it comes into direct conflict with the main Marvel U.  Expect most of these characters that aren't Miles Morales to be wiped away.

ULTIMATE END #1 (OF 5)
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w)
MARK BAGLEY (a/C)

• MILES MORALES and the rest of the heroes of the ULTIMATE U face final extinction
• As the end of their world becomes inevitable, will the heroes’ heartbreaking sacrifices make any difference?
• The dramatic end of an era begins here!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99





3. A Rexie Winner Comes to Marvel - Remember Ghosted, Nailbiter, and Birthright writer Josh Williamson?  The winner of our Rexie Award for Best New Talent?  Yeah...he's jumping on the Marvel train with Secret Wars with one of the numerous tie-in books.  Hopefully his talent on all those Image books shines through here.

SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1 (OF 4)
JOSH WILLIAMSON & ED BRISSON (w)
MIKE HENDERSON & SCOTT HEPBURN (a)

• When the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe collide, there is only…Battleworld!
• Featuring the fights, battles and blow-ups that are just TOO BIG for Secret Wars!
• When a Dr. Strange-possessed Punisher goes on the run, only Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk and Ghost Rider can track him down!
• Question: What happens when M.O.D.O.K. recruits every single M.O.D.O.K. ever for his evil schemes? Answer: M.O.D.O.K. M.A.D.N.E.S.S.!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

4. Garth Ennis Returns to Marvel - Mind, this may not be the most exciting of all the Secret Wars tie-ins.  In fact, it is one of the many dumb ideas to come out of this series, but Garth Ennis IS a great writer.  If anyone can write a story about fighter pilots fighting dinosaurs...maybe Ennis is your man.

WHERE MONSTERS DWELL #1 (of 5)
GARTH ENNIS (w) 
RUSS BRAUN (a)
Cover by FRANK CHO

• GARTH ENNIS returns to Marvel Comics proper and he’s bringing his The Boys collaborator Russ Braun along with him! Fighter planes and dinosaurs collide in this raucous tale that starts with the classic Marvel character Phantom Eagle and digs much deeper!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


5. Cap vs A Whole Mess of Hulks - Of the many series returning to Marvel in the wake of Secret Wars, Planet Hulk may be the one with the most changes from the original event.  Hulk being a gladiator in space is being thrown out in favor of an aged Captain America fighting a ton of alternate world Hulks with some help from none other than Devil DInosaur!  This is one tie-in you shouldn't miss.

PLANET HULK #1
SAM HUMPHRIES (w) 
MARC LAMING (a)
Cover by MICHAEL DEL MUNDO

• A forbidden zone of wild HULKS
• A battle-worn gladiator named STEVE ROGERS
• A journey that could break the spirit of a world’s greatest freedom fighter.
• PLUS: A back up story by a surprise creative team!
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

6. An All Female Avengers - The Secret Wars tie-in which received easily the most press. Marvel's widest spreading event book in some time is launching a brand new, all female, Avengers title.  This is a great example of where the current trend of more diversity in comics is leading....too bad only half the creative team has any talent.

A-FORCE #1
G. WILLOW WILSON & MARGUERITE BENNETT (w) 
JORGE MOLINA (a)
Cover by JIM CHEUNG

• Marvel’s Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series!
• In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before…
• Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

7. Deadpool Fights a Different Secret War - You may recall from last month's round up of Marvel's solicits that Deadpool is set to bite the dust come April.  Of course that doesn't stop Marvel from publishing a Deadpool-centric book, though.  The Merc with a Mouth is set to tell the story of his own involvement in the original Secret Wars event from 1984.  Could be neat.

DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS #1 (OF 4)
CULLEN BUNN (w) 
MATTEO LOLLI & JACOPO CAMAGNI (a)

• NOT A SECRET WARS TIE-IN!
• Well...it is...but not THAT Secret Wars.
• Remember the original Secret Wars from 1984? And remember how Deadpool played a huge important role in it? Wait...you DON’T? Then you need to read this series immediately and be educated! From the team that brought you DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED comes the most Secretest War of all!
• Plus: a bonus Deadpool Contest of Champions tale!

40 PGS./Parental Advisory …$4.99

8. So Who IS the New Thor? - It's a mystery which has had many scratching their head and debating online for months now...and Marvel almost doesn't want you to remember we are about to get the answer.  Amongst all the Secret Wars hubbub, Jason Aaron is set to reveal the identity of the new, female Thor.  Place your bets, now.

THOR #8
JASON AARON (w)
RUSSELL DAUTERMAN (a/C)

• The final battle with the Destroyer!
• Guest stars galore!
• A shocking return!
• And oh yeah...Thor’s secret identity revealed at last!!!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99



9. Guardians of the Galaxy Ending? - Could an end be in sight for Marvel's most recently popular super-team?  That's what the latest solicits for Guardians seems to imply.  Could be nothing, but the tease by Marvel that Guardians could be one of the books NOT published during Secret Wars could point to a relaunch/new creative team making its way soon.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #27
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) 
VALERIO SCHITI (A/C)

• Guardians no more?
• Following the Black Vortex, the Guardians have come into conflict with one another more and more.
• With rifts forming between them, will their friendship and history be enough to hold the team together?

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

10. Silver No More - If you read the latest issue of Silver Surfer, you know that the former Herald of Galactus is in a bit of a bind.  Looks like that little lack of the Power Cosmic is going to continue for a bit.  This should make for a fun twist on this already fun series.

SILVER SURFER #12
DAN SLOTT (W) 
MIKE ALLRED (A/C)

“The New Life of Norrin Radd”
• No surfboard. No trace of the Power Cosmic. No hint of silver. It’s an all-new life for Norrin Radd on an all-new world.
• And heralding a strange, new chapter in Dawn Greenwood’s story as well...

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99



Those are my 10 most note-worthy solicits for May.  What did I miss?  What are you excited to pick up at the start of the summer?  Let me know in the comments below!

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