Marvel Offers "Secret Wars" Hints, "Guardians" Post-Credits Sequel in April

Marvel Comics' April 2015 solicitations pave the way for May's big "Secret Wars" arrival, with several ongoing series reaching an end, the continued building of the Inhumans as the publisher's next big thing, a surprise character dropping in on the world of "Wolverines" and much more.

  • In addition to the previously announced finales for Jonathan Hickman's "Avengers" and "New Avengers," Ales Kot and Mike Walsh's "Secret Avengers is also coming to its conclusion in April. These three endings join the previously announced close of James Robinson and Leonard Kirk's volume of "Fantastic Four."
  • The copy for "Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man" #12 indicates the possibility that the series may also be reaching its end. Boasting an "epic conclusion," this is the last issue before "Secret Wars" hits, and Miles' involvement in the upcoming crossover event has been well documented, so a relaunch for the Ultimate Spider-Man title spinning out of "Secret Wars" wouldn't be a surprise. CBR News has inquired with Marvel regarding the potential cancellation.
  • Charles Soule and Steve McNiven's "Uncanny Inhumans" debuts, and the accompanying "Inhuman Special" #1 by Jeff Loveness and Ryan Lee gives the crossover between Spider-Man, Captain America and the Inhumans that kicks off in March a proper name: "Inhuman Error."
  • Marvel's "Star Wars" empire expands, with the launch of "Kanan - The Last Padawan." The Unlike the other "Star wars" series, "Kanan" is placed firmly in the "Star Wars Rebels" universe/timeline rather than the area between "A New Hope" and "Empire Strikes Back."
  • "Max Ride," based on James Patterson's popular novels and announced last October at New York Comic Con, makes its comics debut.
  • Frank Castle is introduced in "Spider-Gwen," in what appears to be a decidedly non-Punisher role: "Police Lieutenant Frank Castle."
  • John Layman writes a Gamora/She-Hulk issue of "Guardians Team-Up."
  • "Silver Surfer" promises an oversized issue presented in a way that will make you forget "sideways" and "silent" issues. The cover features the Surfer amongst a number of möbius strips, perhaps offering a hint as to the storytelling gimmick the issue will employ.
  • "Howard the Duck" #2 co-stars Rocket Raccoon in an issue hyped as a "comic book sequel to" the post-credits scene in "Guardians of the Galaxy."
  • Marvel's Point One program returns with the recently announced "Daredevil" #15.1, by Marc Guggenheim, Mark Waid, Chris Samnee and Peter Krause. "Amazing Spider-Man" #17.1 also arrives, courtesy of Gerry Conway and Carlo Barberi, continuing the "Spiral" storyline which starts in March.
  • "Wolverines" teases the big return of a mystery character, with redacted cover art that certainly indicates that it may be Romulus.
  • Deadpool dies in his big 250th issue, which also happens to be the final issue of his current run.
  • The trade paperback solicitations offer up a little more information than normal, with the "Secret Wars Prelude" collection gathering an unusual mixture of issues with the promise that reading it will offer hints about Jonathan Hickman's long game for the company-wide event.

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