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10 Most Important Takeaways from Marvel’s November Solicitations

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10 Most Important Takeaways from Marvel’s November Solicitations

Marvel Comics is launching a lot of titles this November in the wake of “Civil War II,” offering a slate of new ongoing series that feature exciting new legacy characters, and build on the world of the established Marvel Universe for Marvel NOW! 2.0.

CBR News is here to rundown the most important points from Marvel’s November Previews, singling out the noteworthy relaunches, creative teams and story arcs that the publisher has in store as 2016 nears its end.

MORE: 10 Takeaways from DC Comics’ November Solicitations

Notice anything from the Marvel November solicitations that didn’t make the cut? Sound off in CBR’s Marvel Comics forum with your thoughts!

10. “The Unworthy Thor” #1

The original Thor has been primarily absent from comics since “Secret Wars,” but fear not — a new series, titled “The Unworthy Thor,” will catch up with the classic Marvel Comics character as he embarks on a quest to find another Mjolnir that’s supposedly somewhere in the cosmos. The new title will see writer Jason Aaron continue his work on the Odinson, alongside veteran Thor artist Olivier Coipel, who first made his mark on the character with a landmark run alongside J. Michael Straczynski last decade.

Aaron recently confirmed that fan-favorite Thor character Beta Ray Bill will appear in the series — specifically, at the end of the first issue. “I don’t want to ruin how he shows up,” Aaron told Marvel.com, “but I love the theme at the end of that first issue, which was actually my editor Will Moss’s idea. Why Bill shows up and what he does when he first shows up, I think it’s pretty exciting and Beta-Ray Bill fans will dig it.”

THE UNWORTHY THOR #1 (OF 5)

Jason Aaron (W) • Olivier Coipel (A/C)

Variant Cover by BRYAN HITCH

Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

Hip-Hop Variant Cover by TBA

Action Figure Odinson Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Divided We Stand Variant Cover by TBA

Blank Variant Cover Also Available

Odinson’s desperate search to regain his worthiness has taken him out into the cosmos, where he’s learned of the existence of a mysterious other Mjolnir. This weapon of unimaginable power, a relic from a dead universe, is the key to Odinson’s redemption – but some of the greatest villains of the Marvel Universe are now anxious to get their hands on it as well. Can The Odinson reclaim his honor, or will the power of thunder be wielded for evil? The quest for the hammer begins here.

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

9. “Thanos” #1

Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mike Deodato Jr. are serving up a new ongoing series this fall starring Marvel Comics’ Mad Titan, Thanos. Not a ton is known about the series, but teaser art indicates that the classic cosmic villain could be going after the Phoenix Force, the omnipotent entity that possessed Jean Grey, driving her mad and eventually (sort of) killing her. The series looks to explore not only Thanos, but other characters from the villain’s lore, including Starfox and Thane.

Lemire previously told CBR of the new series, “It’s his journey, but it’s also the journey of Thane and Starfox and other characters, and their relationship with Thanos. But it also has a huge canvas and huge potential, so I want to try and balance it where you get a bit of both. Certainly, where it’s going with some things that I am setting up in the first arc has the potential to be a massive, universe-shaking story. If I do my job right, you will get both: a deep character study of Thanos, and also setting up a massive Marvel story.”

THANOS #1

JEFF LEMIRE (W) • MIKE DEODATO (A/C)

Variant Cover by RON LIM

Variant Cover by JEFF DEKAL

Toy Variant Cover by ALEX KROPINAK

HIP-HOP VARIANT BY MIKE DEL MUNDO

EVIL HAS BEEN UNLEASHED ON THE UNIVERSE.

Thanos, possibly the most evil individual in the Marvel Universe, is back…and he’s out for vengeance on all who would oppose him. Unfortunately for the Mad Titan, he’s also heading for an unexpected reckoning…with his family. Take an ongoing walk on the dark side of the galaxy, following the deadly trail of destruction left in the wake of…THANOS!

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

8. “Black Panther: World of Wakanda” #1

In November, Marvel is launching the companion series to Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze’s acclaimed “Black Panther” title, called “Black Panther: World of Wakanda.” From writer Roxane Gay and artist Alitha Martinez, “World of Wakanda,” as the name suggests, looks to offer a more intimate world-building perspective on the home turf of Black Panthe that places the focus on the interpersonal relationships and struggles of the African Kingdom’s inhabitants. Additionally, Coates, Yona Harvey and artist Afua will serve up a back-up tale for the first issue, likely tying together both “Black Panther” series.

Gay said of “Black Panther: World of Wakanda” (via Marvel.com), “…my book is going to be pretty intimate. There’s going to be all kinds of action, but I’m also really excited to show Ayo and Aneka’s relationship, build on that love story, and also introduce some other members of the Dora Milaje.”

BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #1

TA-NEHISI COATES, ROXANE GAY & YONA HARVEY (W)

ALITHA E. MARTINEZ & AFUA RICHARDSON (A)

Cover by AFUA RICHARDSON

Variant Cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE

Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

HIP-HOP VARIANT BY ALITHA E. MARTINEZ

BLACK PANTHER 50TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT BY NATACHA BUSTOS

Action Figure Black Panther Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Divided We Stand Variant Cover by TBA

Blank Variant Cover Also Available

“YOU DESERVED SO MUCH MORE, LITTLE FLOWER. YOU DESERVED A WAKANDA THAT CHERISHED YOU.”

Writer ROXANE GAY (Bad Feminst, Hunger) spins a Wakandan love story – its tenderness matched only by its brutality. You know them now as The Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown at all costs. What happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you already gave them to each other? Illustrated by industry veteran ALITHA E. MARTINEZ (Iron Man, Black Panther).

And in a special backup story, acclaimed poet YONA HARVEY (Hemming the Water) explores the true origins of The People’s mysterious leader Zenzi. Black Panther thinks he knows who Zenzi is and how she got her powers, but he only knows part of the story… Illustrated by rising star AFUA RICHARDSON (Genius).

40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

7. “Avengers” #1

“Civil War II” is shaking up a lot of teams in the wake of its conclusion, and in particular, Marvel’s flagship Avengers team will look slightly different than it does today. Based on the “Champions” announcement, we know that the teenage members of the team — Nova, Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man (Miles Morales) — will fracture off into their own team, leaving the roster with the adult legacy characters, along with a few additions. From what we can tell, based on the solicit info and art, the team will consist of the following: Captain America (Sam Wilson), Thor (Jane Foster), The Vision, The Wasp (Nadia Pym), Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and Hercules. Additionally, the preview text teases “KANG WAR ONE,” indicating that the classic time-travelling Avengers villain will be playing a big role in the relaunched series’ first arc. And while Waid is back to pen the team, Mike Del Mundo is stepping in to replace Mahmud Asrar on Marvel’s flagship Earth’s Mightiest Heroes title.

AVENGERS #1

MARK WAID (W) • MIKE DEL MUNDO (A)

Cover by ALEX ROSS

Variant Cover by ADAM KUBERT

Variant Cover by TBA

Captain America 75th Anniversary Variant Cover by TBA

Hip-Hop Variant Cover by TBA

Action Figure Vision Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Divided We Stand Variant Cover by TBA

Blank Variant Cover Also Available

The time has come! Their ranks shattered by Civil War, their spirits weighted down by
a toll both personal and spiritual, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must find the resolve to stand united one final time against their greatest foe! Captain America! Thor! The Vision! The Wasp! Spider-Man! Hercules! When the dust settles, not a one of these valiant heroes will make it to the final page alive! This is KANG WAR ONE!

48 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

6. “Ghost Rider” #1

Ghost Rider is about to get a much higher profile, thanks to the recent decision to bring the character to the small-screen as a regular on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” this coming season. So, naturally, Ghost Rider will be making his return to comics — but it won’t be the original incarnation of the character, rather, the Marvel NOW! version, Robbie Reyes, will be the focus of the new title. Co-creator Felipe Smith will return to pen Robbie’s new adventures, with Danilo Beyruth on interior art and co-creator Tradd Moore serving up back-up stories. The series will see Robbie team-up with other young characters in the Marvel Universe, like Amadeus Cho’s Totally Awesome Hulk and Laura Kinney’s Wolverine.

“Prior Ghost Riders were compelled to do good,” Smith explained of the character, who is not a spirit of a vengeance but rather a young man possessed by the specter of a serial killed named Eli Morrow. “Robbie makes the choice to do good things, because it’s the spirit who compels him to kill.”

GHOST RIDER #1

FELIPE SMITH (W) • DANILO BEYRUTH & TRADD MOORE (A)

COVER BY MARCO CHECCHETTO

VARIANT COVER BY FELIPE SMITH

Variant Cover by TRADD MOORE

Young Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

HIP-HOP VARIANT BY FELIPE SMITH

Action Figure Variant Ghost Rider w/Car Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Blank Variant Cover Also Available

TV PHOTO COVER ALSO AVAILABLE

ROBBIE REYES IS BACK!

It’s hell on wheels as the Spirit of Vengeance makes his roaring return! A mysterious object from space crash-lands in southern California, drawing some of the brightest minds in the Marvel Universe to Ghost Rider’s backyard – including Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk! What mayhem will be unleashed as the High-octane Hothead comes face-to-face with the Jade Genius? And with Robbie still possessed by the ghost of his evil uncle Eli…who’s really in the driver’s seat? Then, meet the newest speed trap in Ghost Rider’s life as his original creators Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore reunite for a special backup story and the debut of an all-new villain. Strap in and start your engines, True Believer, this one’s gonna be a scorcher!
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

5. “Venom” #1

With the Guardians of the Galaxy set to return to Earth, Venom’s status quo looks to be getting a shakeup. Though the symbiote has bonded to Flash Thompson as of late, a new “Venom” series teases a more classic take on the character, as the art depicts the classic Spider-Man villain and anti-hero in a more traditional costume with that wonderful tongue. From writer Miek Costa and artist Gerardo Sandoval, the new series promises a return to Venom’s villainous roots, and an all-new host for the symbiote.

Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said of the new series, “Venom is returning for an all-new series as part of Marvel NOW! But which Venom? Mike Costa and Gerardo Sandoval have some big ideas, and fans are going to lose it when they learn who’s wearing the symbiote.”

VENOM #1

MIKE COSTA (W) • GERARDO SANDOVAL (A/C)

Variant Cover by RON LIM

Variant Cover by RICK LEONARDI

Hip-Hop Variant Cover by TBA

Action Figure Venom Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Blank Variant Cover Also Available

Venom is back and badder than ever!

The symbiote you know and love has returned to New York City. No more “Agent of the Cosmos.” No more “Lethal Protector.” It’s time for a new Venom, and it’s great to be bad.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

4. “IVX” #0

The “Inhumans vs. X-Men” saga kicks off in November with “IVX” #0, a prequel issue that looks to set the stage for the mutant vs. Inhuman event series. So far, we know that the two factions will face-off because of a conflict that stems from the controversial Terrigan Mists, which cause the death of mutants, but create new Inhumans. The solicit text indicates that we’ll find out who the “major players” are for the event, as both sides assemble their ranks in the issue, by writer Charles Soule and artist Kenneth Rocafort . Since the future of Marvel’s X-Men comics is still a mystery — though we know there will be X-Men comics — “IVX” is a must-read for those curious about what’s in store for Marvel’s Mighty Mutants. With “Death of X” on the horizon, and the Inhumans sure to get a higher profile, considering their bigger presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “IVX” #0 is not to be missed.

IVX #0

CHARLES SOULE (W) • KENNETH ROCAFORT (A/C)

Variant Cover by ALAN DAVIS

Variant Cover by RON LIM

This issue sets the stage for the upcoming Inhumans vs. X-Men mega-event! Learn who the major players will be, plus the seeds of the incredible plan that will unfold in IVX #1. Beast and Iso travel the world to learn a desperate truth, the X-Men assemble their ranks and the Inhumans prepare for the war to come. It all begins with one choice – see it here.

40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

3. “Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows” #1

Legendary “Amazing Spider-Man” scribe (and Gwen Stacey killer!) Gerry Conway is making a return to Spider-Man with revered artist Ryan Stegman (“Uncanny Avengers”) for a resurrection of the Secret Wars tie-in “Renew Your Vows,” which depicts an alternate reality where Peter and Mary Jane are still married, and they have a super-powered daughter named Annie. The fun new take on the characters proved to be a massive success during “Secret Wars,” so it’s natural that Marvel would want the timeline to continue — and we’re not complaining! It’s been a treat to get an alternate married take on our favorite heroes — as evident with the current “Superman” run over at DC — so we can’t wait to see the more classic take on Spidey make a return, with his family, for an all-new ongoing series. The series looks to offer a crime-fighting Parker family that boasts their own super-cool Spider-Man costumes; get a better look at the designs here.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN:
RENEW YOUR VOWS #1

GERRY CONWAY (W) • RYAN STEGMAN (A/C)

Variant Cover by ADAM KUBERT

HIP-HOP Variant Cover by TBA

Action Figure Mary Jane & ANNIE Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Divided We Stand Variant Cover by TBA
The Parker family is web-slinging and wall-crawling their way into your hearts and into comic shops later this year! Life is good for Peter Parker and Mary Jane; their daughter Annie is their pride and joy, they’re both working and (barely) making ends meet, they’re keeping the streets of New York City safe from super villains…you know, normal family stuff. Oh, did we mention MJ and Annie have Spider-Powers — just like Peter?! Being Spider-Man just became a family affair…

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

2. “Invincible Iron Man” #1

Marvel’s fully embracing the new Iron Man, Riri Williams — who will take on the codename Ironheart — in a relaunched “Invincible Iron Man” title this fall. A brilliant, fifteen year-old M.I.T. student, Riri built her own Iron Man armor during the current run, which will be getting an update for the new series. The suit will include A.I. based on Tony Stark’s personality — but aside from that, we’re not sure how much Stark will actually feature in the series.

“Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some,” said series writer and Riri Williams creator Brian Michael Bendis. “Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare. And Ironheart, coined by Joe Quesada, after I told him my planned story for Riri, speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole. Tony first put on the armor to save his heart. Riri puts it on for different reasons altogether but still heart-related. When people see her story, you’ll be amazed at how simple and brilliant Joe’s suggestion.”

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • STEFANO CASELLI (A/C)

Variant Cover by JEFF DEKAL

Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

Hip-Hop Variant Cover by TBA

Steam Variant Cover by TBA

Action Figure Riri Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Divided We Stand Variant Cover by TBA

From the violent streets of Chicago, a new armored hero rises! Clad in her very own Iron Man armor, Riri Williams is ready to show the Marvel Universe what she can do as the self-made hero of tomorrow. But is she ready for all the problems that come with stepping into Iron Man’s jet boots? Where’s a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist when you need one?

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

1. “Civil War II” #8

Unexpectedly, Marvel announced an additional “Civil War II” issue from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez a couple weeks back, which was added to allow them to tell a bigger version of their original ending — thus, giving us their “Final Vision.” So, this is a bit of an early Christmas present.

The solicit text, however, gives us no new info surrounding the plot. We know the issue will have major ramifications on Marvel’s titles going forward, but can’t tell at this point what that might entail.

“First of all, the response from fans over ‘Civil War II’ has been so heartwarming,” Bendis said in reference to the added eighth issue. “Secondly, over the summer I thought of a different, hopefully better, way to tell our ending. It’s not a different ending but a different way to tell it and I am so happy that Marvel gave us this chance to do our thing. Some fans already know that a lot is going to change in the Marvel Universe post-‘Civil War II’ but we’ve kept some secrets secret and issue #8 is chock full of them.”

Who will live, who will die, and when’s the next event?

CIVIL WAR II #8 (OF 8)

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • DAVID MARQUEZ (A)

VARIANT COVER A BY TBA

VARIANT COVER B BY TBA

VARIANT COVER C BY TBA

VARIANT COVER D BY TBA

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48 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

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