Marvel Comics has unveiled August 2015 solicitation text and cover images, providing an advance look at the publisher’s upcoming releases. August sees the company still in the midst of its massive “Secret Wars” event, with new, previously announced tie-ins debuting — such as “Last Days” installments for “Ant-Man,” “Silk” and “Spider-Woman,” and the “Secret Wars: Secret Love” romance-tinged one-shot.
But beyond the comics that have already been publicized, there’s still plenty worth paying attention to in the freshly unveiled solicitations. Such as a new variant cover theme, lots of Loki, the few comics that aren’t intersecting with “Secret Wars” — and is that Baby May with spider-powers on the “Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows” cover?
- “Secret Wars” double-shipped in May and is scheduled to do the same in June, but only one issue of the event series by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic is scheduled for July. That pattern holds true for August, with the 40-page “Secret Wars” #6 featuring a cover that has Thanos battling everyone and billed as containing “the Final War!” This is the only issue of the main “Secret Wars” series on tap for the month, but with two more to come, the finale isn’t here yet.
- Originally announced in March with Kris Anka on board as artist, the Dennis Hopeless-Written “House of M” is solicited for two issues in August, both illustrated by Marco Failla, recently of “Spider-Man & The X-Men.” Anka covers both issues.
- The latest variant cover theme is Manga Artist, and though no specific artists are listed, they’re slated to be featured on some of Marvel’s biggest titles, including “Ms. Marvel,” “Thors” and “Ultimate End.”
- Get ready for loads of Loki in August — while the solicitation text for Al Ewing and Lee Garbett’s “Loki: Agent of Asgard” #17 hints the series is ending with that issue (including the words “last story,” “very end” and “that’s all, folks”), Loki’s also set to guest star in “Thors” #3, by Jason Aaron and Chris Sprouse.
- Peter Parker and Mary Jane’s daughter — part of a long-abandoned ’90s plot point, but revisited in the Dan Slott-written “Secret Wars” series “Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows” — looks to perhaps have some of that “Spider-Girl” spirit in her, as she’s in a heroic pose on Adam Kubert’s “Renew Your Vows” #4 cover, with two fallen villains before her.
- “Secret Wars'” regions look to intersect with “Runaways” #3 by Noelle Stevenson and Sanford Greene, as the crew heads to the wild west of “1872,” in efforts to evade the Winter Soldier.
- Speaking of the Winter Soldier: Ales Kot, Marco Rudy and Langdon Foss’ “Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier” #11 may have some of the most innuendo-laced text ever: “After the climax. The end is coming. There might be a little death.”
- “Bucky Barnes” is one of a small number of mainstream Marvel in-continuity releases in August not tying-in to “Secret Wars,” along with “Groot,” “Guardians Team-Up,” “All-New Hawkeye,” “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” and “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary that month with an oversized issue.
- The “Revival” team of Tim Seeley and Mike Norton take on “Guardians Team-Up” #10, starring Deadpool and Rocket Raccoon.
- Javier Pulido takes on rare writing duties (along with considerably less rare art duties) for “Guardians Team-Up” #9, pairing team-up veteran Spider-Man and Star-Lord.
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