Both Marvel Comics and DC Comics released their solicitations for February 2019 this week. There are plenty of major new books and storylines kicking off that month, with Marvel confirming the return of Cyclops and DC debuting a new crossover between The Flash and Batman.
Scroll down to see the most significant new projects from Marvel and DC in February.
The Age of X and the Return of Cyclops
Big things are brewing on multiple fronts in the X-Men franchise next year. Perhaps the biggest news of all is that Marvel’s solicits for Uncanny X-Men #11 and #12 directly confirm that Cyclops is returning to life. With so many X-Men MIA after the events of “X-Men Disassembled,” it’s going to fall on Cyclops and Wolverine to rebuild the team. Too bad they were at each other’s throats last time both characters were still alive.
February also marks the start of a five-month-long crossover called Age of X-Man. This looks to be a new spin on the Age of Apocalypse formula, with the X-Men trapped in an alternate reality created by an all-powerful Nate Grey. Marvel will debut at least four new miniseries during this period:
- Age of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men by Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson & Marco Failla
- Age of X-Man: Nextgen by Ed Brisson & Marcus To
- Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler by Sean Maguire & Juan Frigeri
- Age of X-Man: The X-Tremists by Leah Williams & Georges Jeanty
A New Batman/Flash Team-Up
If you enjoyed 2017’s Batman/The Flash crossover “The Button,” you’ll be excited to see a new crossover brewing between the two titles. “The Last Cold case” brings together the Justice League’s two greatest detectives to solve another long buried mystery. Unfortunately, the two aren’t on great terms thanks to recent events in the pages of Heroes in Crisis. The Flash writer Joshua Williamson will be handling the entire crossover, along with artists Guillem March and Rafa Sandoval.
Star-Lord Gets Old
It seems Old Man Logan is quite the trendsetter. First Clint Barton got the same treatment in Old Man Hawkeye, and now Star-Lord is joining in on the fun. Old Man Quill explores the hero’s eventual future, with Star-Lord serving as emperor of Spartax and reluctantly joining his old Guardians pals for one last adventure. Old Man Hawkeye writer Ethan Sacks is returning for this series, with Robert Gill providing the art.
The End of the New Age of DC Heroes?
The New Age of DC Heroes line hasn’t been quite the runaway success everyone was hoping, and it looks as though at least some of these books will be ending in early 2019. DC’s solicits confirm that Sideways will end with issue #13 in February, while The Curse of Brimstone #11 will serve as the first chapter of that series’ two-part finale. Hopefully other books like The Terrifics and The Silencer will continue on.
Captain Marvel Goes Post-Apocalyptic
New Captain Marvel writer Kelly Thompson isn’t wasting any time before pushing the series in an unexpected direction. Issue #2 sees Carol Danvers becoming a freedom fighter in a war-ravaged New York City, with a rugged costume change to match. Squint a little and it’s almost like Marvel has given Mad Max’s Furiosa her own comic.
While Brian Bendis has been in charge of the Superman line for the better part of a year now, he hasn’t had much opportunity to write Jon Kent yet. That looks to be changing with the release of Superman #8. Not only is Jon returning, he’s clearly aged quite a few years in a short span of time. How will Lois and Clark deal with suddenly having a teenage son, and how much of Jon’s grandfather will have rubbed off on him? That’s what this new storyline from Bendis and artist Ivan Reis will explore.
Conan’s Second New Comic
Marvel is relaunching the Conan franchise with a new Conan the Barbarian #1 in January. However, there’s a second Conan title in the works. Savage Sword of Conan takes its name from the more mature readers-focused magazine from the ’70s, and it appears that each new storyline will feature a different creative team. First up to bat are writer Gerry Duggan and artist Ron Garney, as they spin a yarn about Conan running afoul of pirates.
Spider-Man Becomes Hunted
Ryan Ottley is returning to the pages of Amazing Spider-Man for issue #16. And just in time, as this issue serves as a prelude to “Hunted,” a major new storyline beginning in March. We’re excited to see Ottley and writer Nick Spencer tackling Kraven the Hunter in more depth, and we’re also interested in what this Kraven-heavy focus might mean for those rumors about the villain appearing in Spider-Man: Far From Home next summer.