SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER1 of 12
Marvel's just-released September solicitations foretell some dark days ahead for the X-Men (but what's new?) and put some new twist on the Spider-Man mythos in Edge of Spidergeddon.
But that's just scratching the surface. From the details of Extermination, to the return of some classic Marvel characters, and the Fantastic Four's lost years, here's what we learned from Marvel's September 2018 solicitations.
WEIRDPOOL2 of 12
Maybe Weirdworld wasn’t as big a deal following the fantasy-inspired world’s reintroduction in Secret Wars as Marvel may have hoped, but it has remained a fixture in the Marvel Universe through occasional appearances. The latest looks like it’ll come in September’s Deadpool #4, when the Merc With a Mouth travels to the mystic land.
While there, he may just find yet another unlikely romantic connection judging by the cover. Perhaps the woman Wade’s with is one of the “sorceresses” mentioned in the solicit text.
COSMIC GUARDIANS3 of 12
One of the coolest parts of the fan-favorite Cosmic Ghost Rider limited series is getting a look at the title’s future Marvel Universe. September’s #3 ups the ante again with a future version of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
(No, not the original ones from the future.)
From the looks of the cover, that team will include Cable, a future wielder of Cap’s shield (Dani Cage, maybe?), a terrifying Rocket/Groot hybrid, a Howard the Duck/Juggernaut called Juggerduck, and, uh… is that a Ferengi from Star Trek?
TIME IS (NOT) ON OUR SIDE4 of 12
Marvel's Extermination has been known for some time, but the series could be living up to its title as the time-tossed original five X-Men are burning the candle at both ends - in this series and their X-Men Blue title.
Ahab and his hounds are hunting Scott, Jean, and the gang in Extermination, with things so bad that "every X-Men team is called to arms"... and when they mean "every" they're not kidding, as none other than the 1990s-era X-Force are featured on the Mark Brooks cover.
Meanwhile, September's X-Men Blue #35 and #36 are confirmed to be that series' final two issues. Characters often live on when titles end, but Marvel solicits these issues with the note that "their time is limited" and the five "must face uncomfortable realities about their future." The final issue brings up a confrontation between the young X-Men and their modern-day counterparts (minus the still-dead Cyclops, assumedly), bringing it all full circle.
And the x-factor (pardon the pun) in all of this? Charles Xavier is alive and well in the body of Fantomex, going by the name of X. No one except Psylocke knows he's alive however - and this meeting of the X-Men sounds like just the occasion for the team’s founder to raise his (bald) head.
X-23 AND ME5 of 12
Wolverine’s and telepaths have always had intense relationships, and in X-23 #4, Laura McKinney will find out exactly what that can mean as she goes up against the Stepford Cuckoos.
As for what’s causing the longtime X-Men to clash, the solicitation says the Cuckoos will kidnap Laura’s sister Gabby under mysterious circumstances.
TARNISHED GOLD6 of 12
X-Men Gold will come to its end in September with #36, but between the final issue and the penultimate #35, some dark times may be ahead for Marvel’s merry mutants.
First off, the solicitation for #35 mentions “Storm’s final battle,” while the cover of #36 shows Kitty Pryde standing among tombstones for not just Storm but Colossus, Nightcrawler, Rachel Grey, and Old Man Logan.
Considering the solicitation for Iceman #1’s mention of a “new Mutant Massacre,” it might be time to start worrying.
UNSPEAKABLE SQUIRREL GIRL7 of 12
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has never been a title afraid of breaking the usual comic book storytelling mode, and in September’s #36 writer Ryan North and artist Derek Charm will deliver a story with no dialog – an “all silent” issue.
In the story, Squirrel Girl and Iron Man will encounter a new villain that will “render them quite literally speechless.”
MARVELOUS MAN8 of 12
If you did a double take when you saw the cover of September’s Spider-Man/Deadpool #38 thinking you were looking at a version of Marvelman/Miracleman, you’re not alone. But that’s not Marvel’s recently-acquired-but-still-dormant IP, that’s a new character named “Master Matrix.”
As for who and what he is, the dual solicitation for Spider-Man/Deadpool #38 and 39 describes him as “the most powerful young robot in the world.”
ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT CAT WOMAN9 of 12
The initial line-up of the revived West Coast Avengers may look a bit like a “who’s who” of who’s left after a spate of recently cancelled titles, but in September’s #2, founding West Coast Avenger Tigra will return to the title – but there’s a twist.
It’s not clear how, but when she reappears, Tigra will be gigantic – from the looks of it, around 30 feet tall! Maybe her past relationship with Hank Pym has something to do with this…
Meanwhile, in Exiles #8, multidimensional observers the Watchers will return after a long absence following Original Sin.
LIKE SPIDER-FATHER LIKE GOBLIN-SON10 of 12
The contentious father-and-son relationship between Norman and Harry Osborn has been a central source of drama in the Spider-Man mythos for decades, with the pair each operating as the villainous Green Goblin at times (and Norman later even bonding with Carnage to become the Red Goblin).
But Edge of Spidergeddon #4 shows a world where Norman Osborn got spider powers and worked alongside Peter Parker to “change the world.” Harry on the other hand seems to have leaned into the Goblin persona in this universe…
EVEN SECRET-ER WARS11 of 12
There are a few years of Marvel Universe continuity where the Fantastic Four were, well, “off the books,” so to speak – sequestered in a pocket dimension rebuilding the multiverse while the rest of the MU believed them to be dead.
Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli’s Fantastic Four #2 will show some of what happened in those years – but the multiverse they built may be under attack as the solicitation ominously warns “universes will die.”
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