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Marvel Comics July 2019 solicitations: 8 major reveals

Venom is still without the Symbiote, Rocket dies, Iron Man isn’t sober, and so much more!

As we approach the summer solicitations, fans should know these July solicits contain spoilers! They also contain great cover art from a variety of creators. In the latest batch out today I’ve plucked the top eight takeaways from the solicitations that haven’t already been revealed or might not be known. That means news like “Acts of Evil” or The Definitive History of the Marvel Universe being revealed won’t be noted here.

Before I dive in, it’s also worth noting the solicitations include a teaser that reads “2020 Approaches” which looks like my observation yesterday about Iron Man: Tony Stark #10 giving a nod to Iron Man 2020 is confirmed. Check out that teaser:

Without further ado, here are my 8 big takeaways:

1: War of the Realms isn’t necessarily over

Or at the very least Jason Aaron, Al Ewing, Gerry Duggan, and Daniel Kibblesmith are wrapping things up in a special Omega issue and in Thor #15. It’s worth noting Punisher is a big part of this new status quo, which we’ll get to in our next takeaway.

WAR OF THE REALMS OMEGA #1

JASON AARON, AL EWING, GERRY DUGGAN & DANIEL KIBBLESMITH (W)

JUAN FERREYRA AND MORE (A) • Cover by PHIL NOTO

VARIANT A COVER BY TBA

VARIANT B COVER BY TBA

THE WAR IS OVER – AND THE MARVEL UNIVERSE MUST PICK UP THE PIECES!

Midgard is broken, and as heroes of Asgard and Earth alike start to sift through the pieces, new heroes — and villains — emerge. What’s next for Jane Foster, now free of the hammer she was willing to die to hold? Thor’s brother Loki faced a terrible fate in the War of the Realms — and now the god of mischief must make himself anew. For the Punisher, the war isn’t even close to finished — but this time, he’s got his own army. And for Thor himself, destiny has finally arrived. The God of Thunder strikes out for a whole new adventure!

40 PGS./one-shot/Rated T+ …$4.99

THOR #15

JASON AARON (W) • MIKE DEL MUNDO (A/C)

Carnage-ized Variant by MIKE MCKONE

WAR OF THE REALMS EPILOGUE! NEW STATUS QUO FOR THE GOD OF THUNDER!

To end the War of the Realms, Thor made a sacrifice that will leave him forever changed. Now he must face the choices he’s made. What lies ahead for the God of Thunder? Jason Aaron’s legendary run draws to a close – don’t miss the start of his final arc!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

2: Punisher spins out of War of the Realms with a new crew

It appears the War of the Realms had a lasting impression on Punisher who will continue to kill demons and orcs by the looks of these covers. It’s a 5 part miniseries by the great Juan Ferreyra and writer Gerry Duggan.

PUNISHER KILL KREW #1 (of 5)

GERRY DUGGAN (W) • JUAN FERREYRA (A)

Cover by TONY MOORE

VARIANT COVER BY NIC KLEIN

HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY TBA

ONE MAN. TEN REALMS. TOTAL WAR.

  • During the War of the Realms, Frank Castle made a promise of vengeance, and Frank Castle keeps his promises.
  • A van full of orphans is about to make that promise a lot more complicated.
  • How does a man kill gods and monsters?

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

3: Tony Stark may have fallen off the wagon

Tony has been an alcoholic his whole life, but apparently, he’s falling off the wagon again soon. Dan Slott and Jim Zub are collaborating on this new arc which features some kind of tech made by Tony to help him get sober. An interesting wrinkle is how Carol Danvers is involved in dealing with her own sobriety. That’s a topic that was heavily focused on in Iron Man: Heroes Return, which was recently released in trade paperback.

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #14

DAN SLOTT & JIM ZUB (W) • VALERIO SCHITI (A) • Cover by INHYUK LEE

CARNAGE-IZED VARIANT COVER BY PASQUAL FERRY

“THE ONE-STEP PROGRAM”

When Iron Man tells Captain Marvel that he can’t be her sponsor because he may or may not have fallen off the wagon, Carol doesn’t it take it well. What is Tony Stark’s new high-tech solution for sobriety? Find out why this might be his worst idea yet. Featuring the villainy of the all-new Spymaster. And follow Jocasta as she decides to go all in for “the ultimate upgrade.”

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

4: New series will spin out of War of the Realms

War of the Realms may be over, but three new characters are getting their own books. Already reported but worth noting is Jane Foster will get her own title in Valkyrie, which should have all the fans of hers when she was Thor very excited. Joining her is Aero, created by new creators who collaborated on War of the Realms: Agents of Atlas, and finally, there is Sword Master featuring a title character who apparently will kick ass in War of the Realms.

VALKYRIE #1

JASON AARON & AL EWING (W) • CAFU (A)

Cover by Mahmud Asrar

Variant cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

VARIANT COVER BY TERRY DODSON

Variant cover by TBA

Hidden Gem Variant COVER by TBA

JANE FOSTER STARS IN AN ALL-NEW NEW ONGOING SERIES!

A new hero emerges straight from the pages of THE WAR OF THE REALMS! For years, you knew her as Dr. Jane Foster, one of Thor’s most steadfast companions. Then you knew her as Thor, the Goddess of Thunder, who took up the mantle when no other hero – god or human – was worthy. Now Jane takes on a new role as Valkyrie, guide and ferrywoman to the dead! But her days of punching are far from over. WAR OF THE REALMS master architect Jason Aaron and superstar Al Ewing (IMMORTAL HULK) join forces with rising star artist CAFU for the book that’ll have everyone talking!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AERO #1

ZHOU LIEFEN & GREG PAK (W) • KENG & POP MHAN (A) • Cover by KENG

ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

VARIANT COVER BY JAY ANACLETO

VARIANT COVER BY MIRKA ANDOLFO

VARIANT COVER BY ARTGERM

CATCH THE WAVE!  ALL NEW ONGOING SERIES!

The breakout stars of WAR OF THE REALMS: AGENTS OF ATLAS debut in an oversized team-up book! Get ready for the English language debut of the first appearance of AERO, the high-flying Shanghaiese superheroine created for Marvel by Zhou Liefen and Keng!

And in a brand new story written by PLANET HULK writer Greg Pak, Aero teams up with WAVE, Marvel’s newest Filipina superheroine! What strange forces have turned the buildings of Shanghai into monstrous golems? And what is the SECRET ORIGIN OF WAVE?

40 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

SWORD MASTER #1

SHUIZHU & GREG PAK (W) • GUNJI & ARIO ANINDITO (A) • COVER BY GUNJI

ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN  TYLER CHRISTOPHER

VARIANT COVER BY BILLY  TAN

VARIANT COVER BY PHILIP  TAN

MIGHTY MARVEL MARTIAL ARTS DOUBLE TROUBLE!  ALL NEW ONGOING SERIES!

You saw him tear through Fire Goblins in WAR OF THE REALMS with his big, damn magic sword! Now learn the mysterious origins of LIN LIE, A.K.A. SWORD MASTER, Marvel’s newest Chinese superhero, in the English language debut of the original series written by Shuizhu and drawn by Gunji! Haunted by dreams of demons, Lin Lie hunts for his missing archeologist father – and for the secret of the black sword he left behind.

And in a brand new story written by Greg Pak (NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS), Sword Master teams up with SHANG-CHI! What happens when an undisciplined, untrained kid with a magic sword tangles with the one and only, undisputed MASTER OF KUNG FU? (Spoiler alert: they will indeed drive each other crazy, with huge ramifications for the Marvel Universe!)

40 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

5: Secret Warps continue with annual one-shot stories

The Infinity Warps sprouted from the Infinity Wars event back in August 2018 written by Gerry Duggan with art by Michael Deodato Jr. and it appears they are back. Marvel released a trade paperback of all their solo adventures in February so it’s good timing to refresh people’s memories that these characters are in canon and still kicking around. They aren’t just back in one-shot solo series either as their annual issues combine into a five part story.

SECRET WARPS: SOLDIER SUPREME ANNUAL #1

AL EWING & MARK WAID (W)

CARLOS GOMEZ & ALEX LINS  (A)

Cover by CARLOS GOMEZ

Connecting Variant Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

“SECRET WARPS,” PART 1 – ACTS OF WAR!

  • As the villains of Warp World trade foes, it begins a rift between Soldier Supreme and Iron Hammer that could tear the super hero community in half!
  • But could this criminal conspiracy be the portent of a much bigger cosmic calamity?
  • PLUS: A bonus tale of Soldier Supreme versus Baroness Umar for the fate of our nation!

40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

SECRET WARPS: WEAPON HEX ANNUAL #1

AL EWING & TIM SEELEY (W)

CARLOS VILLA & BOB QUINN (A)

Cover by CARLOS GOMEZ

Connecting Variant Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

“SECRET WARPS,” PART 2 –

INFERNO ATTACKS!

  • Weapon Hex and Speed Weasel join the fight for Warp World as the forces of Hell invade the streets of New York City!
  • PLUS: A bonus tale of the spellbound sisters taking down a ferocious furry femme!

40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

SECRET WARPS: GHOST PANTHER ANNUAL #1

AL EWING & DANIEL KIBBLESMITH (W)

CARLOS GOMEZ & IG GUARA (A)

Cover by CARLOS GOMEZ

Connecting Variant Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

“SECRET WARPS,” PART 3 –

DAYS OF FUTURE MARS!

  • The stunt-riding cursed king of Wakanda, the Ghost Panther, heads to the far future…in the year 2099! Can he rally the inheritors of the legacy of his fellow heroes to defeat the Martian invaders?
  • PLUS: A bonus tale of T’Challa taking on creatures of the night alongside Knightblade!

40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

SECRET WARPS: ARACHKNIGHT ANNUAL #1

AL EWING & JIM ZUB (W)

CARLOS VILLA & CARLO BARBERI (A)

Cover by CARLOS GOMEZ

Connecting Variant Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

“SECRET WARPS,” PART 4 –

SUPREMEUNIVERSAL!

  • The web-spinning Arachknight finds himself out of the depth of all four of his personas as his own warped universe begins colliding with another — the New Supreme Universe, homes of the Supreme Seven!
  • PLUS: A bonus tale of ol’ AK trying to persuade the Terrific Two to become a Trio!

40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

SECRET WARPS: IRON HAMMER ANNUAL #1

AL EWING & TINI HOWARD (W) • CARLOS GOMEZ & ARIO ANANDITO (A) • Cover by CARLOS GOMEZ

Connecting Variant Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

“SECRET WARPS,” PART 5 – SECRET WARPS!

  • Whatever has been causing worlds to smash together is out of control…and starts smashing Warp Worlds heroes into one another!
  • As the heroes begin turning into strange new amalgamations, can even Ghost Hammer turn things back to normal?
  • PLUS: A bonus tale of Sigurd Stark battling the twin wolves of addiction and Fenris the god devourer!

40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

6: Eddie Brock still doesn’t have his Symbiote back

It appears Donny Cates is picking up where he left off before War of the Realms with Eddie still without the Symbiote and his son Dylan being a big factor in his life. We know from the June solicitations Eddie’s Symbiote played a big part in the finale War of the Realms #6.

VENOM #16

DONNY CATES (W) • JUAN GEDEON (A) • Cover by JOSH CASSARA

CARNAGE-IZED VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM

After weeks on the run and battling the monsters of Asgard through the WAR OF THE REALMS, Eddie Brock finally has a moment to catch his breath. But without his symbiote, getting even the basic necessities will become a challenge for Eddie Brock.

Which means that keeping his son, Dylan, alive will be too!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

7: Rocket Raccoon dies!

This has been reported already, but it’s worth noting again here that Rocket Raccoon will apparently die. That said, it appears, at least in the Carnage variant, that Rocket may be turned into one of his zombies. Hasn’t Rocket suffered enough Marvel!!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7

DONNY CATES (W) • GEOFF SHAW (A)

Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ

CARNAGE-IZED VARIANT COVER BY GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

The death of Rocket begins here in  “FAITHLESS” Part 1

In the aftermath of the FINAL GAUNTLET, the Guardians of the Galaxy are taking some well deserved R&R. But their vacation is about to be cut short when a familiar, but radically powerful enemy returns. And what does all of this have to do with the whereabouts of a certain raccoon?

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

8: Age of X-Man wraps up!

It appears X-Man’s warped reality is crumbling and soon to fall. A key detail from the solicits below shows that Apcolypse has been up to no good all along and he’s about to pay for that.

AGE OF X-MAN: PRISONER X #5 (of 5)

VITA AYALA (W) • GERMAN PERALTA (A) Cover by PATCH ZIRCHER

THE AGE OF X-MAN CONCLUDES!

  • Tensions have finally boiled over – it’s an all-out prison riot!
  • Will Bishop be able to lead his fellow prisoners in tearing down the walls, or will they all end up buried beneath them?

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AGE OF X-MAN: APOCALYPSE & THE X-TRACTS #5 (of 5)

TIM SEELEY (W) • SALVA ESPIN (A)

Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL

THE AGE OF X-MAN CONCLUDES!

Apocalypse stands revealed, and his place in this world laid bare! What will his X-Tracts make of this revelation?

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AGE OF X-MAN OMEGA #1

ZAC THOMPSON & LONNIE NADLER (W) • Simone Buonfantino (A)

Cover by PHIL NOTO

VARIANT COVER BY WHILCE PORTACIO

THE AGE OF X-MAN CONCLUDES!

As twilight falls on the Age of X-Man, the X-Men are forced to decide what they stand for.

40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

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