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What You Might Have Missed In Marvel’s April 2017 Solicitations

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Every month, comic publishers release their solicitation announcements to provide information to readers and retailers on comics that are coming out in three months’ time, but there’s so much information dropped at once that a lot can slip through the cracks.

This month in Marvel's April solicitations, some long lost character make big leading role returns, Marvel gambles big on the success of its latest event, and Jubilee goes to the mall.

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Sith Versus Rathtars In ‘Star Wars: Darth Maul’ #1 [Preview]

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We always hoped that Darth Maul was more than just a pretty face. He was introduced way back in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, where he looked cool and was great at fighting but barely had lines, displayed little personality, and (seemingly) died at the end. He's appeared since in various tie-in stories and animated episodes, but now he's getting a spotlight like never before in a new Marvel comic --- and Marvel has provided a first look at issue #1.

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Costume Drama: Reimagining The Original X-Men, Again

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Welcome to Costume Drama, where we turn a critical eye toward superhero outfits and evaluate both the aesthetics and the social issues that often underlie them.

For this installment I'm looking at five characters who've been redesigned as a group more than perhaps any other team: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Angel and Beast, the original founding members of the X-Men. In particular, I want to look at the costumes that the teenage versions of these characters have worn since they traveled to the present in Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen's All-New X-Men.

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X-Men ‘Blue’ And ‘Gold’ Creators And Team Rosters Announced

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After a series of collage teasers and plenty of speculation, Marvel has revealed the creative teams and rosters for the two X-Men books that start in April 2017, as part of the ResurrXion relaunch that follows Inhumans vs. X-Men.

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Cullen Bunn And Luke Ross Turn To The Dark Side For ‘Darth Maul’

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Darth Maul makes his return in February in a five-issue Marvel series that hopes to bring new dimensions to a character who was, in the eyes of many fans, under-served by the Star Wars movies. Maul appeared only in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, in which he had few lines, and was cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi before falling to his apparent death at the end of the film.

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The Past is Prologue: Should You Be Reading ‘Harrow County’?

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With Should I Be Reading… ?, ComicsAlliance hopes to offer you a guide to some of the best original ongoing comics being published today.

An idea comic for those interested in witches, haints, and the darkness of small Southern towns, Harrow County tells the story of a young witch who died and was born again, and all the creatures she can command, and all the darkness she can --- but chooses not to --- unleash.

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Superpowered Girls Go On The Run In Bunn & Kambadais’ ‘Grave Lilies’ #1 [Preview]

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This December, Z2 Comics launches its first superhero title with Cullen Bunn and George Kambadais' Grave Lilies, about a quintet of teenage girls who emerge from stasis with nothing but questions and a shady government agency on their tale.

Ahead of its debut, Z2 has provided us with a look at the first issue, which looks like no other superhero comic out on the stands.

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Optimus Takes On ROM And Helix Is A Pedant In ‘Revolution’ #2 [Exclusive Preview]

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Two issues into IDW's Revolution event, and while the purpose of the event is to combine most of the various Hasbro toy properties into a single, unified world and not to keep score on who's winning the big fight, I think we've found a pretty clear leader. Rom The Space Knight, who returned to comics after a thirty year absence, is mopping the floor with everybody else in this book.

Seriously, in the first issue, he interrupted a stalemate between the Transformers and GI Joe by taking out four Joes all by himself, and in the second issue, he straight up judo-flips Optimus Prime into a creek. All the other teams have at this point is a missing arm and somebody who wants to quibble over the definition of "decimate." Like I said, there's a clear leader, and you can see it for yourself in an exclusive preview below --- but be warned, there are some pretty big spoilers if you haven't read the first one yet!

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Marvel Monsters Clash With Marvel Heroes In ‘Monsters Unleashed’

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Several weeks ago, Marvel cryptically teased an upcoming event codenamed "MU," eventually revealed to stand for Monsters Unleashed, a new event comic scheduled for January 2016. Today, Marvel released more information about the event that sees classic Marvel monsters such as Fin Fang Foom, Goom, and even Groot clashing with the heroes of the Marvel Universe.

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‘Revolution’ #1 And The Challenge Of Building A Foundation [Review]

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More than anything else I can think of in recent memory, IDW's Revolution is a comic book that suffers from the crushing weight of expectations. In a lot of respects, it's also the easiest sell to come down the pike in a long while, taking most of Hasbro's toy properties --- with the notable exceptions of My Little Pony, Jem and the Holograms, and Dungeons & Dragons --- and combining them all into a single universe, bookending it all with the return of Rom, the Space Knight. The thing is, in doing that, it's not only attempting to create a new foundation for a shared universe that will involve all of those properties interacting with each other and also pursuing their own storylines, it's competing with everyone who grabbed two different action figures at once and banged them together as a kid.

That puts a ton of pressure on Cullen Bunn, John Barber, Fico Ossio, Sebastian Cheng, and Tom B. Long, but they've found a pretty elegant solution: Just straight up overloading the reader with action in a first issue that opens with a mountain exploding and ends with one of the more surprising deaths in recent memory.

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