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– by Emmanuel Gomez

In the past few years I have really struggled to really get into any Marvel Comics titles, something that I didn’t find myself having a problem with most other publishers. Recently I have been very happy with some of their current titles starting with the amazing book by Al Ewing, The Immortal Hulk, the mini series by Brian Edward Hill, Killmonger and Chip Zdarsky’s Daredevil setup by Man Without Fear written by Jed Mackay. There are others but the point is that this year I am finding myself picking up a lot more Marvel titles than before, so for the first time in a while I am very interested to see what plans they have for 2019.

This weekend during their Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel at C2E2 hosted by their Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski as well as many creators, Marvel unveiled it’s 2019 publishing slate. That slate included the War of the Realms series written by Jason Aaron with artwork by Russell Dauterman and the also already announced Absolute Carnage event by Donny Cates with artwork by Ryan Stegman. The big announcement was the return of Jonathan Hickman with two new X-Men titles, House of X and Powers of X with artwork by Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva.

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But Marvel didn’t reveal all their cards as they left a mystery series or event that will be coming in December. Something that I speculate will not be revealed until this years Comic-Con International at San Diego. Each of these series are said to introduce fans to groundbreaking new ideas and implications for the Marvel Universe and thus setting the scene for their characters later this year.

“We’re only a few months into 2019, and we’ve already seen how our amazing fans – all of you – are inspiring some of the most outstanding storytelling in comics to date,” said Cebulski. “Whether you choose to read your favorite Marvel books – like the Immortal Hulk, Venom, Avengers: No Road Home…or you want to read about the entire Marvel Universe – there’s truly a story for every type of fan to dive into and experience this year. With that in mind, this new publishing slate for Marvel Comics is a guide to help you see where things are going and choose your favorite stories and characters to follow.”

“The Marvel Universe is a tapestry of connections, with hidden clues and incredible details woven into every story. Our new publishing slate highlights the biggest moments for us this year…and we think you all will be excited for the next reveal planned this December,” added Cebulski.

Here are the summaries of each series provided by Marvel:

WAR OF THE REALMS #1 (of 6)
Written by JASON AARON
Art by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
Colors by MATT WILSON
Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
On sale April 3, 2019

This April, Marvel’s WAR OF THE REALMS commences, featuring Marvel’s greatest heroes such as Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel! The dark sorcerer Malekith wages a war that has spread from one otherworldly realm to the next, razing each one to the ground as his armies move from conquest to conquest. Now there’s only one realm left standing: ours.

HOUSE OF X #1 (of 6)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by PEPE LARRAZ
Colors by MARTE GARCIA
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

POWERS OF X #1 (of 6)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by R.B. SILVA
Colors by MARTE GARCIA
Cover by R.B. SILVA

This July, Marvel’s HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X will mark the next major milestone in X-Men history. Since their introduction by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby over 50 years ago, fans around the world have followed the extraordinary stories of the X-Men through seminal moments like Giant-Size X-Men, 1991’s X-Men #1, Age of Apocalypse, and New X-Men. Each of these moments introduced a new era for mutantkind – and starting this summer, the world will experience the next seminal moment in the history of the X-Men.

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 (of 4)
Written by DONNY CATES
Art by RYAN STEGMAN
Colors by FRANK MARTIN
Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

This August, the Marvel Universe will need to survive ABSOLUTE CARNAGE – and no one is safe. Beginning in Free Comic Book Day Spider-Man/Venom #1 (out May 5), Cletus Kasady is back, and he’s deadlier than ever. On a hunt for every Super Hero in the Marvel Universe who has worn a symbiote, Carnage has his eyes on his first victims…starting with some of our favorite Marvel heroes. Everyone is a target!

Which of these are you looking forward to the most from Marvel? Let us know in the comment section below!

The first of these series to debut will be War of the Realms #1 on April 3rd, 2019 in comic shops everywhere.

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Source: Marvel Entertainment