Wolverine’s Dead, Angela’s Asgardian, and Daredevil’s Mom: Marvel News From C2E2 2014
Marvel went to C2E2 armed with a plethora of publishing announcements for the Chicago crowd, focusing largely on special projects like miniseries and some pretty cool-sounding Original Sin tie-ins, but with a couple auspicious new series as well. In an inspired bit of comic book casting, Our Love Is Real and Avengers A.I. writer Sam Humphries will write the The Legendary Star-Lord, a new series drawn by Paco Medina starring the Guardians of the Galaxy leader. In similarly agreeable news, fan favorite X-Men leader Storm will star in a new ongoing series, this one courtesy of Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez.
ORIGINAL SIN TIE-INS
What’s the Deal: Angela is Thor’s sister. Apparently Odin hid her all this time in the Spawn universe, which is probably not true in story terms but a fun way to think about it, and her return “spells doom” for the first family of Asgard.
What’s the Deal: It turns out Peter Parker wasn’t the only person bitten by the radioactive spider that blessed/cursed him with the power to become Spider-Man. This Original Sin tie-in will reveal who that spider-juiced woman is and what they want. Her name is Silk.
What’s the Deal: The contents of the late Professor X’s come with dire implications for the X-Men, specifically with respect to a “power once thought dormant” returning to bust them all up.
What’s the Deal: The dark secret behind why Daredevil’s mother left his father, Battlin’ Jack Murdock.
THE LEGENDARY STAR-LORD
Just in time for Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy film, the publishing company is putting Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord character into his own solo series written by Sam Humphries and drawn by Paco Medina. What’s known about issue #1 is that the titular hero will fight the Badoon, save some orphans and flirt with Kitty Pryde.
Issue #1 will come with six variant covers by a group of artists Marvel has identified as the All-New Young Guns: Mahmud Asrar, Nick Bradshaw, David Marquez, Sara Pichelli, Valerio Schiti and Ryan Stegman (who takes over Inhuman from Joe Madureira as of issue #4). The Legendary Star-Lord launches in July 2014.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WHO AM I?
A Marvel Infinite Comic (digital-first) written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Dan Slott, this four-part story is about what Spider-Man would go through if he had no memory of who he was and only had J. Jonah Jameson’s heavily biased Daily Bugle coverage to go on. Featuring artwork by Juan Bobillo, Antonio Fabela, Geoffo Beauleau and JL Mast, this kicks off in May.
100TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED SERIES
A limited series exploring the Marvel Universe of 2061, written and drawn by multiple creative teams and starring the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Teaser text: How can the Avengers cope with losing America into the Negative Zone? Can Spider-Man stop the Kingpin without his Techno-Symbiote suit? Who are the Richards-Banner twins? And what is THE SILVER GALACTUS?”
Here are the creative teams:
100th Anniversary Special: Guardians of the Galaxy
Writers: Andy Lanning & Ron Marz
Artist: Gustavo Duarte
Cover art: David Lopez
100th Anniversary Special: Spider-Man
Writer: Sean Ryan
Art and cover: In-Hyuk Lee
100th Anniversary Special: X-Men
Writer: Robin Furth
Artist: Jason Masters
Cover art: Jason Latour
100th Anniversary Special: Avengers
Writer, artist and cover: James Stokoe
100th Anniversary Special: Fantastic Four
Writer: Jen Van Meter
Artist and cover: Joanna Estep
This limited series ships weekly in July 2014.
THE DARK TOWER AND EMPIRE OF THE DEAD
If you care about these comic books, then good news! There’s more of them. September will see both Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #1 by Peter David & Robin Furth and Piotr Kowalski and George A. Romero’s Emprie of the Dead: Act Two #1 by George A. Romero and Dalibor Talajic. One is about a Man in Black and one is about zombies.
THE DEATH OF WOLVERINE
Charles Soule and Steve McNiven are going to kill Wolverine in the pages of this four-issue miniseries. The hook: word on the street is Logan has lost his healing factor, so Wolverine’s enemies come calling. The word “grisly” has been used to describe this book, which ships weekly in September 2014.
Taking bets now on how long the death lasts. Will Wolverine come back to life by the fourth issue?
Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez bring us the first issue of a Storm ongoing in July 2014. The book will depict the fan favorite X-Men leader’s globe-spanning quest to unite mankind and mutants. The first issue features covers by Ibanez and Simone Bianchi.
DEADPOOL VS. X-FORCE
A flashback to the 1990s to reveal the first meeting of Cable and Deadpool, courtesy of Duane Swierczynski and Pepe Larraz. Marvel specifically pointed out that this four-issue miniseries depicts events set before New Mutants #98, whatever that means, and featureS X-Force traveling through time to stop Deadpool from completely screwing up American history.