Summer hasn't started yet, but don't tell Marvel Comics. Things are already heating up as the line-wide "Civil War II" has released a Free Comic Book Day Special and a #0-issue, and things will only get more explosive as the event and its far-reaching consequences consume much of the publisher's lineup. Following the release of Marvel's August 2016 solicitations, CBR once again breaks down what books you need to read as summer reaches its final days.
Numerous "Civil War II" tie-ins as the heroes of the Marvel Universe mourn the yet-to-be-revealed champion who becomes a casualty of the war. Along with the this impending tragedy, fans can also look forward to the final issue of one of the greatest "Star Wars" comics ever published, the return of one of Matt Murdock's fallen loves, the opening chapters of "Dead No More" in "Amazing Spider-Man," the machinations of Victor Von Doom and... New Jersey-style Avengers fan fiction?! Whatever your tastes are, these are the books we think can't be missed from Marvel this August. Check them out and be sure to let us know what you're excited about.
"Invincible Iron Man" #12
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mike Deodato
Similar to the first "Civil War" a decade ago, Tony Stark is once again at the heart of the conflict in "Civil War II. The battle's tragic consequences come crashing down on Stark when he has to face the consequences of a fallen comrade. While that might be interesting enough on its own, this issue is notable for promising to reveal what exactly Doctor Doom is up to during the conflict. Bendis has been setting up a huge Doctor Doom payoff since the flagship All-New, All-Different Marvel title began and this issue could be the one that positions Doom for his next big move. If you're wondering what the monarch of Latveria and the former god of Battleworld does for an encore while heroes are battling heroes, this issue should deliver the answer.
"All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual" #1
Writers: G. Willow Wilson, Mark Waid, Faith Erin Hicks and more
Artists: Mahmud Asrar, Veronica Fish, Faith Erin Hicks and more
War is everywhere right now in the Marvel Universe, from "Apocalypse Wars" to "Civil War II," but not every book has to be dark or serious. Jersey City-style Marvel fan fiction is the order of the day when Kamala Khan presents her own unique literary take on the All-New, All-Different Avengers in this annual. Kamala has always written fanfic about her favorite heroes and the summer's most meta event showcasing what exactly that entails. Comics' top creators in comics will bring Kamala's imagination to life including Ms. Marvel co-creator G. Willow Wilson and "All-New, All-Different Avengers" writer Mark Waid, who will break the lock on Kamala's secret writings and bring it to the world at large.
"Daredevil Annual" #1
Writers: Charles Soule and Roger Mckenzie
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Introduced by David Mack and Joe Quesada in 1999, Echo, AKA Maya Lopez, was a former antagonist, ally and lover of Daredevil who went on to become a member of the New Avengers. The deaf martial artist has the ability to reflexively mimic any physical action she sees and was on a fast track to stardom -- until she was killed in the pages of "Moon Knight." Echo returns this August to the same title in which it all began, "Daredevil." Ongoing "Daredevil" writer Charles Soule is at the helm, joined by one of the all-time great "Daredevil" writers (and former Frank Miller co-writer), Roger Mckenzie, to welcome Echo back to active status in the Marvel Universe.
"Amazing Spider-Man" #16 & 17
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Following months of teasers and a Free Comic Book Day story, the seismic "Spider-Man" event of 2016 is "Dead No More." Peter Parker will be quite literally haunted by his past as the dead rise, but before things get officially underway Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli are launching "Before Dead No More" starting with two issues of "Amazing Spider-Man" this August. These loaded issues feature an accident at Parker Industries, an encounter between Prowler and a brand new Electro, plus more revelations regarding the man in red and a mysterious woman who may know his secrets. Spider-Man is hotter than ever following his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in "Captain America: Civil War" and fans starving for more wall-crawler action should get plenty this August along with a healthy dose of intrigue and hopefully some new revelations regarding who will be "Dead No More."
"Star Wars: Darth Vader" #25
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
It will be tough to bid adieu to "Star Wars: Darth Vader," a title that has added a truly unique perspective to the galaxy far, far away. The most impressive part of Marvel's "Darth Vader" comic is how writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca have managed to add so much in such a short time the "Star Wars" mythos. They've introduced characters like Doctor Aphra, a morally ambiguous space archeologist who has actually won the respect of Darth Vader; Cylo, a worthy adversary to the Dark Lord of the Sith; and 000 and BT-1, dark and twisted reflections of C-3P0 and R2-D2. While it might seem difficult on the surface for readers to relate to the masked, emotionless (and partially cybernetic) Darth Vader, these creators have found a way to explore the darkest corners of the former Anakin Skywalker's psyche. It all comes to an end this August when the duo delivers the final chapter of their exploration of the darker side of the Star Wars galaxy. No matter how the series ends, it's a safe bet Gillen and Larroca's additions to the "Star Wars" saga will be talked about for years to come.