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Secret Empire, Superior Octopus & More Loom Over Marvel’s June Highlights

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Secret Empire, Superior Octopus & More Loom Over Marvel’s June Highlights

Check out Marvel Comics’ full June 2017 solicitations here, and read on for the month’s highlights.


Steve Rogers’ “Secret Empire” continues to cast its dark shadow in June, as the evil machinations of the traitorous Captain America stretch across the world as Hydra’s metaphorical tendrils dig deep into the fabric of the Marvel Universe.

Not only does the core event series see two more issues arrive on stands, teasing the return of a major Avengers hero/villain, and a truly dire situation for Clint Barton, several one-shots and miniseries will arrive as well. The tie-ins will bring with them some fresh faces, including a new incarnation of the Invaders, including several of Cap’s WWII allies, and an all-new Patriot in “Secret Empire: Brave New World,” an Emma Frost-led X-Men team in “Secret Empire: United,” and more.

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“Secret Empire” also infiltrates a number of ongoing series, with “Secret Warriors” bringing the new Inhuman team face to face with the X-Men, the “U.S.Avengers” accepting help from Guillotine, the European hero introduced in last year’s “Contest of Champions” series, and an unexpected team=up between Doctor Strange and the Kingpin of Crime, Wilson Fisk.

The Superior Octopus strikes, courtesy of Alex Ross

  • Meanwhile, “Secret Empire” hits Spidey where it hurts, as Otto Octavius reveals his new identity as the Superior Octopus. Otto has not only aligned himself with Hydra, the match made in Hell will combine resources to take down Parker Industries.
  • Beyond the ever-extending reach of Hydra (for now), “Edge of Venomverse” arrives, as the prequel to “Venomverse,” aka “the epic VENOM EVENT of 2017,” shows what happens when X-23 is infected with the alien symbiote, putting the entire Marvel Universe in danger.
  • The Spider-verse expands, as “Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man” returns with an all-new volume. The series is designed to compliment “Amazing Spider-Man,” focusing on Peter Parker’s web-slinging adventures in New York City rather than the world-wide palette ASM paints on.
  • Across Marvel’s June releases, Mary Jane celebrates the new “Peter Parker” series, taking center stage on a number of covers as the star of the publisher’s latest themed variant month.
  • Ahead of the team’s Netflix formation, Marvel taps Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez for its new “Defenders” series, bringing together
    Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist for a team adventure.
  • Iceman gets his own ongoing series for the first time, as the founding X-Man explores what it’s like to be confronted with a younger, time-displaced version of himself that’s actually more comfortable with his life than the older, more experienced hero is with his.
  • “Infamous Iron Man” #9 teases the truth about the resurrection of Victor Von Doom’s mother. Recent events in the series have hinted a “Secret Wars” tie-in to her return, and it looks like we’ll get the answer to the mystery in June.
  • “Mighty Thor” #20 teases a new character we never saw coming: a new new Ultimate Thor, who will wield the fallen version’s hammer — another holdover from Marvel’s “Secret Wars” event.
  • Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Wata’s acclaimed “Vison” series returns as a six-issue Director’s Cut re-issue. Every issue collects two of the previous run’s chapters, along with Tom King’s original series pitch, script excerpts, character designs and sketches by Gabriel Hernandez Walta, and more.
  • “Weapons of Mutant Destruction” arrives in May before kicking off in full force in June, combining the threat of Weapon X with the powers of the Hulk. The storyline criss-crosses between “Weapon X,” “Totally Awesome Hulk” and a one-shot for an eight-part story that wraps in August.
  • “X-Men Blue” teases the return of Wolverine, with a pair of Arthur Adams-illustrated covers that pixellate out a character who appears to be the long-dead mutant.
  • In the Star Wars universe, “Darth Vader” returns with a new series, this time taking place immediately following the events of “Revenge of the Sith.” Among the revelations to be found in the title is the origin of Vader’s iconic red lightsaber.
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