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SDCC 2013 Recap: Marvel

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 8:14 am by Tyler Waterman

Every SDCC, the criticism abounds that comics are being forced out of their own Con by movie and television panels and premiers. To these critics, I say thee nay! There is still tons of comic information to be had every year; in fact, sorting through it all can be nearly impossible. That’s why I’ve diligently put together these handy summaries for both Marvel and DC, to help make the deluge of news become a manageable stream of knowledge!

To be honest, the company I expected to be least surprised by at SDCC was Marvel. It seems as though lately they’ve been falling all over themselves to tell you what their next story will be. With Age of Ultron, we knew about Angela before we got halfway through the event. To tell us about Inhumanity, they’ve already told us a major event from Infinity, and that hasn’t even started yet! Therefore, I wasn’t really expecting anything more from them besides more tidbits about stories we already knew: boy, was I wrong.

Marvel did have a bunch of new reveals up their SDCC sleeve after all, ranging from Avengers books to X-titles and everything in between. Check them all out below, and if you’re looking for what surprises are coming to Superior Spider-Man, check out our previous coverage here and here.

Lady Deathstrike Returns in X-Men

  • LD is back, and she brings with her an all-female cadre of villains known as the Sisterhood set to face off against the first all-female X-team.
  • Writer Brian Wood explains his choice isn’t about gender politics as much as wanting “to avoid having my all-female X-Men beating up a bunch of dudes and subsequently crack the sexist Internet in half. And I figure it’s more in keeping with the spirit of the title to have a Sisterhood rather than a Brotherhood.”
  • Deathstrike returns in X-Men #7, right after the events of Battle of the Atom.


Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe

  • Longshot, one of the most recognizable faces of the 90’s generation of superheroes, is getting a massive push in his first solo miniseries in nearly 30 years.
  • Someone is targeting the luckiest citizens of New York, which makes the luckiest mutant this side of Domino the clear choice to save the day.
  • This is a mini, but will apparently have major ramifications for the entire Marvel U. “Longshot will be going up against some pretty ridiculously big threats—after all, he is saving the Marvel Universe—and it’s going to be a good time seeing just how lucky he can get,” says writer Christopher Hastings.


Amazing X-Men Starts the Search for… Nightcrawler?!

  • Because there can never be enough X-books, this November sees the beginning of Amazing X-Men. And, because no X-Man can stay dead, this X-team will be searching for the Original BAMF, Nightcrawler!
  • The X-Men discover that Nightcrawler isn’t resting in peace, but is actually trapped in a demonic dimension by his father Azazel.
  • The book features a team consisting of Wolverine (obviously), Storm, Iceman, Beast, Northstar, and making her X-debut, Firestar.
  • According to scribe Jason Aaron, this book will explain what the Bamfs at the Jean Grey School really are, and “isn’t just bringing [Nightcrawler] back to his friends on the X-Men, but bringing him back to his fans.”



Steve McNiven Joins Rick Remender on Uncanny Avengers for Ragnarok Now!

  • All the infighting and personal conflict splitting the “Unity Team” is about to come to a head, and appropriately, Civil War artist Steve McNiven will be depicting it, starting with Uncanny Avengers #14.
  • Red Skull, Kang, the Apocalypse Twins and their new Horsemen will all be involved in Ragnarok Now!, which has got to be one of the biggest casts of major villains for a single book in a long time.
  • Judging by Remender’s thoughts on the book, it’s pretty clear Ragnarok Now! isn’t going to be pretty: “Getting to pay this stuff out with some Steve McNiven artwork and kill a bunch of people, destroy a bunch of stuff, lay waste to a whole lot of things—I’m pretty excited.”


Wolverine’s Story Continues to be Told in Origin II

  • Written by Kieron Gillen, with art from Andy Kubert, Origin II will pick up right after Origin, with Logan still living with wolves, having found peace being more animal than man.
  • The story will focus on Logan’s return to civilization, what sets him on his path to becoming who he is now, and how he deals with his first real experience with his berserker rage. It will also reveal more secrets from his past, and surprisingly, Mister Sinister will play a major role as well.
  • As with any Wolverine origin tale, Gillen’s comments make it pretty clear Sabretooth will be showing up as well. “The first issue is sort of an Overture for the whole grander piece,” says Gillen. “Logan in the woods with the wolves, and what disturbs that pastoral idyll. But I dare say the most important thing is the origin of the hatred between him and his greatest enemy.”


Young Avengers Hosts an Afterparty

  • Young Avengers #14 and #15 will be a two-part storyline called Resolution, featuring the comedown after an epic New Year’s celebration hosted by the younger heroes and populated with dozens of young heroes.
  • Along with the group of characters, the books will be a collaborative effort of a large group of artists as well, including the likes of Becky Cloonan, Joe Quinones, Ming Doyle, Christian Ward and Emma Vieceli, many of whom haven’t done superhero work for Marvel either recently or ever before.
  • The story clearly serves as a way to introduce new characters, reestablish old ones, and give the kids an opportunity to be just “Young” before the next story forces them to be “Avengers.”It’s nice to see them happy for once,” says Kieron Gillen. “Except when they’re miserable.”


The Revolutionary War Brings Back Marvel UK

  • Fans of the cult-classic Marvel UK characters rejoice, your favorites are returning in a new limited series from writers Andy Lanning and Alan Cowsill.
  • Tons of UK characters will be involved, according to Lanning. “I think it’s safe to say that Captain Britain and Pete Wisdom will be involved. It would be sacrilege not to feature them in a story set in the UK. Fans of heroes like Warheads, Knights of Pendragon, Death’s Head, Dark Angel, Super Soldiers, Motormouth and Killpower will be pleased. We will strive to fit as many in as possible so keep your eyes peeled as your own old favorite may very well make an appearance!”
  • The story will focus on the evil immortal leaders of Mys-Tech, whose schemes to maintain their immortality will have massive repercussions that the Marvel UK characters will have to band together to stop.”


And there you have it folks, all the news that’s fit to print from the House that Stan Lee Built. When you consider that all of this is going to be happening along with Infinity, Battle of the Atom, and Inhumanity, there is a whole lot on Marvel’s plate in the next year! Let us know what you’re looking forward to most in the comments, or which headlines are leaving you scratching yours!


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