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5 big takeaways from Marvel Comics’ April 2019 solicitations

Here are the biggest things happening at Marvel Comics this April based on their solicitations.

If you’re a fan of solicitations you’re probably a fan of spoilers. In these short summaries and cover art we can gain some insight into where our favorite stories are going. After perusing the solicitations here are my five big takeaways from the April Marvel solicitations.

What’s it like to fall in love with Darth Vader?

We’re going to learn what it’s like to fall in love with Darth Vader. Based on the Vader: Dark Visions #3 solicitation, writer Dennis Hopeless is exploring what it’s like to fall in love with the greatest Sith who ever lived and possibly what it’s like for him to be fawned over. It should be an interesting and unique look at Darth Vader.

STAR WARS: VADER – DARK VISIONS #3 (of 5)

DENNIS “HOPELESS” HALLUM  (W) • David Lopez (A)

Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD

VARIANT COVER BY YASMINE PUTRI

THE STAR-CROSSED LOVER!

  • DARTH VADER, a name that strikes fear in the hearts of countless across the galaxy…but there is one lonely heart that beats just for him.
  • What is it like to be in love with LORD VADER?
  • And what fate will befall one who is infatuated with the tall, dark mystery behind the mask?

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Crazy X-Girlfriend

People are breaking up, getting together, and coming back from the dead. It appears Stryfe is entering the story in X-Force #6, Gabby and Wolverine are splitting up, and a new love bud’s in Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #3. It’s a love story I thought I’d never see: Psylocke and Blob have feelings for each other. Or at least it appears so from the short summary and cover. Oh, and Major X is entering the fray.

X-FORCE #6

ED BRISSON (W) • DAMIAN COUCEIRO (A) • Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

ASGARDIAN VARIANT COVER BY TBA

Kid Cable wasn’t the only one who’d come back from the future…!

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

X-23 #11

MARIKO TAMAKI (W) • DIEGO OLORTEGUI (A)

Cover by ASHLEY WITTER

ASGARDIAN VARIANT COVER BY TBA

  • X-23 vs. Honey Badger!
  • But what could drive a wedge between these two sisters?
  • Meanwhile, X-23 digs deeper into the shadows of a secret new organization, HARVEST!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AGE OF X-MAN: X-TREMISTS #3 (of 5)

LEAH WILLIAMS (W)

GEORGES JEANTY (A)

Cover by RAHZZAH

THE AGE OF X-MAN CONTINUES!

ALL LOVE IS FORBIDDEN LOVE. Blob knows this. Psylocke knows this. The X-Tracts enforce the law. And yet…

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MAJOR X #1 & #2 (of 6)

ROB LIEFELD (W) • Issue #1 – ROB LIEFELD (A)

Issue #2 – BRENT PEEBLES (A)

COVERS BY ROB LIEFELD

ISSUE #1 – VARIANT COVER BY WHILCE PORTACIO

ISSUE #2 – VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO

WHO IS MAJOR X?

  • A mysterious new player enters the Marvel Universe and the X-Men are in his crosshairs!
  • What is his mission and how can the man known as Cable hope to stop him?
  • Writer/artist Rob Liefeld introduces a new wrinkle in the saga of Marvel’s Mightiest Mutants!
  • The Mystery of MAJOR X continues in issue #2 as he forges a union with Cable – and races against time to save mutantkind from certain devastation!

ISSUE #1 – 40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

ISSUE #2 – 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

A Kraven plot

Spider-Man vs. Kraven, who ya got? In the last issue of Amazing Spider-Man, the cliffhanger suggests some of Spidey’s greatest villains are being held against their will. Based on the solicitations for issue #19 and #20, Kraven is the culprit. Can Spider-Man beat him? Based on how much Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley have hyped Kraven’s return, maybe not?

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19

NICK SPENCER (W) • HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)

CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY LEINIL FRANCIS YU (3 OF 5)

VARIANT COVER BY TBA

“HUNTED” PART 3

  • Something horrible happened last issue that’s galvanized all the villains!
  • Spidey desperately needs to get out of this horrible situation, but there are lives (innocent and otherwise) at stake and…well…he’s Spider-Man.

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20

NICK SPENCER (W) • HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)

CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY LEINIL FRANCIS YU (4 OF 5)

VARIANT COVER BY TBA

“HUNTED” PART 4

  • The big showdown begins. Spider-Man vs. Kraven. Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen.
  • If this is like past Kraven stories, you know it’s not going to go how you THINK it’s going to go.

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Secret weapon

Captain Marvel and Rogue are going to fight it out, again, and this time who knows what will happen. Recently Captain Marvel has more or less made peace with the fact that Rogue seriously messed with her life for a good stretch. They’ll probably not be out to kill each other, and based on this solicit text it’ll probably be a light tussle, but it’ll be fun to see them go toe to toe again.

CAPTAIN MARVEL #4

KELLY THOMPSON (W) • CARMEN CARNERO (A)

Cover by AMANDA CONNER & Paul Mounts

ASGARDIAN VARIANT COVER BY FRANK CHO

THE KNOCK-DOWN, DRAG-OUT FIGHT YOU CAN’T MISS!

Nuclear Man reveals his secret weapon: The X-Man ROGUE! It’s been years since Rogue stole Carol’s powers and memories in a fight that changed Carol forever. Though Carol and Rogue have become somewhat uneasy allies in the years since, a wound like that never fully heals. And now, isolated from her allies and facing her worst nightmare, how far will Carol go to stop history from repeating itself?

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

War of the Realms

War of the Realms is positively taking over Marvel Comics in April. The first two issues in the event series drop in April, and five titles will tie-in to the event including AvengersVenom, Asgardians of the Galaxy, Thor, and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl!

There is also a three-part companion series War of the Realms: War Scrolls, a five-part War of the Realms: Journey into Mystery, and a three-part War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men series. Heck, even Punisher is getting a three-part “War of the Realms” tie-in series! If you’re not interested in this series buckle up because you might have to in order to enjoy Marvel in April!

 

WAR OF THE REALMS #1 (of 6)

JASON AARON (W) • RUSSELL DAUTERMAN (A)

Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS & MATTHEW WILSON – JAN190870

Variant Cover by VICTOR HUGO – JAN190880

Variant Cover by SANA TAKEDA – JAN190871

Variant Cover by DAVID FINCH – JAN190872

Variant Cover by GREG HORN – JAN190883

Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA – JAN190873

Hidden Gem Variant Cover by WALTER SIMONSON – JAN190875

Black-and-White Hidden Gem Variant Cover by WALTER SIMONSON – JAN190876

Young Guns Wraparound GATEFOLD Variant Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – JAN190878

Concept Art Variant Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – JAN190874

Connecting RealmS Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC (1 OF 10) – JAN190877

International Connecting Variant Cover by TBA (1 OF 6) – JAN190882

Party Variant Cover by AMANDA CONNER – JAN190884

Battle Lines Variant Cover BY NEXON – JAN190881

VARIANT COVER BY ZERO – JAN190879

PREMIERE VARIANT COVER BY ARTHUR ADAMS – JAN190885

Blank Variant Cover Also Available – JAN190886

THE WORLD AT WAR!

Asgard. Alfheim. Heven. Jotunheim. Muspelheim. Niffleheim. Nidavellir. Svartalfheim. Vanaheim. All of the Ten Realms have fallen to Malekith and his army except one: Midgard. Home to Thor’s beloved humans. Home to heroes and gods alike. Now, at last, it burns. And Thor won’t even be there to see it.

All hell breaks loose in New York City as Malekith and his allies begin their invasion — and the greatest heroes of the Marvel Universe watch as the Earth falls!

48 PGS./Rated T+ …$5.99

 

WAR OF THE REALMS #2 (of 6)

JASON AARON (W) • RUSSELL DAUTERMAN (A)

COVER BY ARTHUR ADAMS & MATTHEW WILSON

Variant Cover by JULIAN  TOTINO  TEDESCO

Variant Cover by VICTOR HUGO

Young Guns Variant  Cover by JAVIER GARRON

Connecting Realms Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC (2 OF 10)

INTERNATIONAL CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY DAVID LOPEZ (2 OF 6)

The world at war! AS THE BATTLE FOR NEW YORK CITY CONTINUES, A HERO FALLS!

All the heroes of the Marvel Universe have assembled, yet this still might not be enough to stop Malekith’s endless war. And the one hero who could turn the tide…is stranded where no one can reach him. With Thor trapped in the land of the Frost Giants and the forces of Earth overwhelmed, Black Panther, Jane Foster and Doctor Strange make a desperate gamble. Valhalla awaits…

40  PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

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