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4 big takeaways from Marvel Comics’ October 2019 solicitations

Rise of Skywalker, Doctor Doom, Spidey faces Red Goblin, and more!

Every month comic book publishers release their solicitations, telling fans and comic shops what sort of stories they’ll be reading in three months time. It’s exciting to get a look at the future and it’s a fun way to guess at what’s to come. Marvel Comics has released their October solicitations today and it’s filled with cool art and reveals.

That said, a lot of the reveals have already come out thanks to Marvel’s PR team releasing teases in the last few weeks, from their Dawn of X reveals, to the fact that Spider-Verse is getting its own series written by Jed MacKay, to Mary Jane getting a new series too. Outside of those, though, here are my four takeaways from the latest batch.

1) Marvel Zombies aren’t the only virus-related enemy in October

Marvel has already announced a Marvel Zombies return from Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Leonard Kirk, but what about Contagion, a new five-part series from Ed Brisson and Roge Antonio, Stephan Segovia, and Mack Chater? The solicits reveal plenty of details via the art with seven covers showing off some rather gross looking mushroom/pustule covered heroes. It’s right in time for Halloween, so we’ll all be ready for a little more gore in our lives, and it’ll be interesting to find out how this contagion was released and who will make it out alive.

 

CONTAGION #1-#5 (OF 5)

ED BRISSON (W) • ROGE ANTONIO, STEPHEN SEGOVIA, MACK CHATER,

DAMIAN COUCIERO, & ADAM GORHAM (A)

Covers by JUAN JOSÉ RYP

VERTICAL CONNECTING VARIANT COVERS ISSUES #1-#5 BY RYAN BROWNE

A NEW EVIL BEYOND UNDERSTANDING

COMES TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!

A seemingly unstoppable force has invaded the Marvel Universe, and it’s going to take every hero the streets of New York has to stop it! A strange substance is taking over heroes and citizens alike, draining them of their life force, stealing their knowledge and abilities, and neither science nor magic can stop it! Where did it come from? Can anything destroy it? And who will fall to its awful, overwhelming power?

32 PGS. (EACH)/Parental Advisory …$3.99 (EACH)

MARVEL ZOMBIES: RESPAWN #1

PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON (W) • LEONARD KIRK (A) • Cover by INHYUK LEE

VARIANT COVER BY JUNGGEUN YOON

VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY JUNGGEUN YOON

VARIANT COVER BY GREG LAND

VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY GREG LAND

VARIANT COVER BY NICK BRADSHAW

THE HORROR SMASH-HIT LIVES AGAIN!

When Galactus’ corpse appears at the edge of Earth’s solar system, the Avengers, X-Men and Fantastic Four investigate. Too late, they discover that Galactus’ body is now the vessel of an interstellar terror, which one-by-one transforms Earth’s Mightiest Heroes into the universe’s most terrifying predators! As our heroes try to escape the superpowered, cannibalistic aberrations that were once their friends and family, will any survive? And even if they do, can they hope to protect Earth from the infestation that has already claimed half of the known universe?

Don’t miss the FIRST ISSUE of this terrifying new vision of the classic Marvel tale!

40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99

2) Red Goblin is back!

Not seen since Spider-Man beat Norman Osborn into submission in Dan Slott’s final run on Amazing Spider-Man, Red Goblin is an interesting one-shot. It’s not only partly written by the newly-exclusive Marvel artist Pat Gleason, but it’s also drawn by the excellent Pete Woods. It appears Red Goblin is popping up in Amazing Spider-Man too, so likely Marvel and its creators decided they needed a special one-shot to fit in all the Red Goblin madness. He’s also perfect for Halloween.

RED GOBLIN: RED DEATH #1

PAT GLEASON, ROB FEE, AND SEAN RYAN (W) • PETE WOODS (A)

Cover by PHILIP TAN

Variant Cover by PETE WOODS

VARIANT COVER BY TBA

WRAPAROUND VARIANT COVER BY DAUGHTRY

VARIANT COVER BY LOGAN LUBERA

VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM

VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY PHILIP TAN

DEAD IS THE NEW RED!

In order to finally destroy Spider-Man once and for all Norman Osborn joined himself with the Carnage symbiote, becoming the Red Goblin! Here, at last, is the Red Goblin’s reign of madness and mayhem! So grab your greatest goblin gear and rend your raiments red, for the Red Goblin rides again!

40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Parental Advisory …$4.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31

NICK SPENCER (W) • RYAN OTTLEY (A/C)

MARY JANE VARIANT COVER BY GREG SMALLWOOD

CODEX VARIANT COVER BY TBA

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE TIE-IN!

  • Everyone who has ever worn the Carnage Symbiote has a Codex, including Norman Osborn from his time as the Red Goblin!
  • Can Spider-Man save Norman from Carnage? Does he want to?
  • WHAT OTHER SURPRISES ARE HELD HERE? MANY!!!

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

3) General Leia and Rey must join forces with…the Mon Calamari!

It looks like we’ll be getting the first four issues (or maybe that’s all the issues?) of Ethan Sacks and Luke Ross’ Rise of Skywalker tie-in comics in October. Good timing, since the movie will only be a couple months away. It’s also worth noting this story involves Leia and Rey teaming up, so it’ll be nice to see a “lost” adventure between them. Also, who doesn’t love the Mon Calamari?

JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – ALLEGIANCE #1-#4

ETHAN SACKS (W) • LUKE ROSS (A)

CONNECTING Covers by MARCO CHECCETTO

ISSUE #1 – MOVIE VARIANT COVER

ISSUE #1 – ARTIST VARIANT COVER by BRIAN STELFREEZE

ISSUE #2 – MOVIE VARIANT COVER

ISSUE #2 – ARTIST VARIANT COVER by LUKE ROSS

ISSUE #3 – MOVIE VARIANT COVER

ISSUE #3 – ARTIST VARIANT COVER by MIKE McKONE

ISSUE #4 – MOVIE VARIANT COVER

ISSUE #4 – ARTIST VARIANT COVER by WILL SLINEY

BEFORE THE EXCITING EVENTS OF

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER!

Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN’S forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran’s one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight — but decades after Imperial occupation enslaved their planet, there are those willing to stop at nothing to prevent another war from bloodying the waters of Mon Cala. A system away, POE DAMERON and FINN have their own mission: to hunt down a weapons cache on the remote moon of Avedot, unaware that they are being hunted by the most notorious criminal gang in the galaxy.

ISSUE #1 – 40 PGS. /Rated T …$4.99

ISSUE #2 – 32 PGS. /Rated T …$3.99

ISSUE #3 – 32 PGS. /Rated T …$3.99

ISSUE #4 – 32 PGS. /Rated T …$3.99

4) The greatest Marvel villain ever, Doctor Doom, gets a new series

Now, this is a nice surprise. Christopher Cantwell and Salvador Larroca are working on a Doctor Doom story that is an ongoing (buy lots of these folks, so we can get more!). This is a character that needs a lot of love after Brian Michael Bendis turned him into a hero of sorts and then hastily turned him back into a villain way too quickly. It looks like the creative team is thrusting Doom into an unlikely position of having no allies or country to rely on. Can Doom survive? I can’t wait to find out.

DOCTOR DOOM #1

CHRISTOPHER CANTWELL (W) •  SALVADOR LARROCA (A)

Cover by ACO

Variant Cover by MIKE DEODATO JR.

MARY JANE VARIANT COVER BY CLIFF CHIANG

VARIANT COVER BY ARTHUR ADAMS

VARIANT COVER BY SIMONE BIANCHI

HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY TBA

THE CRACK OF DOOM!

From Christopher Cantwell (HALT AND CATCH FIRE, SHE COULD FLY) comes a new monthly ongoing series…

Victor Von Doom – scientist, sorcerer, disfigured face, twisted soul – has been spending much of his time warning against a trillion-dollar global effort to create the first “artificial” black hole. Wrestling with visions of an entirely different life…a better future…DOCTOR DOOM finds himself at a crossroads. (what is he questioning?)

A catastrophic act of terrorism kills thousands, and the prime suspect is… DOOM? Victor will have to push his unexplained thoughts aside and focus on remaining alive as the title of “Most Wanted Man” is thrust upon him….

Left with no homeland, no armies, no allies, indeed, nothing at all, will the reign of Doctor Doom come to an abrupt halt?

48 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

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