Marvel‘s Secret Wars-related announcements have arrived at a Vin Diesel-esque fast and furious pace in recent weeks, comprising much of the publisher’s freshly released June 2015 solicitations — which include a wide range of #1s such as “Thors,” “Runaways” and “Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies.”
Yet once you go beyond the many recent announcements, there’s still some new information worth noting among Marvel’s June 2015 offerings — including a series of variant covers inspired by one of the company’s biggest recent successes.
- “Spider-Gwen” was a near-instant hit when the character was first previewed last year, and is now the star of a recently launched ongoing series from Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez. Now, Marvel aims to branch that success into a variant cover theme month for June, with variants including “Gwendusa” (“Inhumans: Attilan Rising” #2), “Gwengela” (“1602 With Hunter Angela” #1), “Iron Gwen” (“Armor Wars” #1) and more on the way.
- Marvel’s “Secret Wars” companion anthology series continue to be a place to watch talent debut at the publisher. It was revealed last month in AXEL-IN-CHARGE that Marvel newcomer Donny Cates and Marco Turini were contributing to “Secret Wars: Battleworld” #2, but so are writer David Walker — another Marvel newcomer, known for “Shaft” at Dynamite and DC Comics’ upcoming “Cyborg” series — and artist JJ Kirby.
- Between his original run, the subsequent “X-Factor” relaunch and the recent “All-New X-Factor,” Peter David has written more than a decade’s worth of X-Factor stories — and it looks like at least one of those characters is set to show up in a somewhat unexpected place. The solicitation text for the David-written “Future Imperfect” #2, illustrated by Greg Land, asks: “What X-FACTOR member will show up as an unexpected ally of the rebels?”
- “Fables” is ending soon with #150, and while that issue doesn’t yet have a release date, Marvel’s June 2015 solicitations contained information on one of writer Bill Willingham‘s upcoming projects: “Guardians Team-Up” #6, illustrated by Diogo Saido and featuring Gamora and Nightcrawler.
- Fred Hembeck has a long history of poking playful fun at Marvel’s characters — starting with 1980s installments of “Marvel Age” magazine — and the company is paying tribute to the cartoonist with June’s “House of Hem,” a 104-page one-shot featuring multiple stories from over the years.
- Though the traditional “Amazing Spider-Man” title is supplanted by the “Secret Wars” series “Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows” in June, “Spiral” — veteran writer Gerry Conway‘s return to Spidey — will stay on track. The story is set to continue in June with “Amazing Spider-Man” #19.1, despite no “Amazing Spider-Man” #19 being solicited.
- In “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Skye — spoiler alert — was recently revealed to be comic book character Daisy Johnson. In June’s #7 issue of Marvel’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” comic book, which takes its inspiration from the TV show, Daisy Johnson is set to make an appearance. The issue, by Mark Waid and Greg Smallwood, sees Daisy (also referred to as both Skye and Quake in the solicitation text), set to team up with her villainous father, Mr. Hyde (a relationship that’s been a major part of the character’s TV interpretation).
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