Upcoming comic book events

Marvel

Spider-Women

Three female Spider-Man characters currently exist in the Marvel Universe: Gwendolyne “Spider-Gwen” Stacy, Cindy “Silk” Moon and Jessica “Spider-Woman” Drew. Moon and Drew are from the Mainstream Marvel Comics Universe of Earth-616, but Stacy is from Earth-65. Earth-616’s Stacy was killed in Amazing Spider-Man vol. 1 #171 in the event The Night Gwen Stacy Died. Earth-65’s Stacy is a parallel universe version in-which Stacy became Spider-Man instead of Peter Parker.

Stacy leads Spider-Gwen vol. 2, Moon leads Silk vol. 2 and Drew leads Spider-Woman Vol. 6Spider-Women is a crossover between those three comic books, beginning with Spider-Women Alpha vol. 1 #1. The series will then continue in Spider-Gwen vol. 2 #7, Silk vol. 2 #7, Spider-Woman vol. 6 #6, Spider-Gwen vol. 2 #8, Silk vol. 2 #8, Spider-Woman vol. 6 #7 and concluding in Spider-Women Omega vol. 1 #1.

Apocalypse Wars

The three X-Men series currently running are Extraordinary X-MenUncanny X-Men and All-New X-MenApocalypse Wars is a “thematic” crossover between these three series, without any continuity crossover.

Apocalypse Wars begins with Extraordinary X-Men vol. 1 #8 – 10, continues with Uncanny X-Men vol. 4 #6 – 7 and concludes with All-New X-Men vol. 2 #9.

Civil War II

Sequel to the Civil War event, Civil War II is an intended tie-in to the film adaptation Captain America: Civil War. This time, Anthony “Iron Man” Stark will be divided against Carol “Captain Marvel” Danvers. Stark will lead a team of Samuel “Captain America” Wilson and Peter “Star-Lord” Quill, while Danvers will lead a team of Peter “Spider-Man” Parker and Jennifer “She-Hulk” Walters. The two teams will be divided over a new character with the ability to predict future events. Danvers thinks this character should be used to prevent crimes before they happen, but Stark thinks that punishment should come after the crime. The trigger event: the death of a “major character”, as predicted by the new hero.

Civil War II consists of three issues: Free Comic Book Day Vol. 2016 #Avengers, Civil War II vol. 1 #0 and Civil War II vol. 1 #1.

Dead no More

We don’t know much about Dead no More. An unknown character who can bring back the dead is resurrecting the loved ones of Spider-Man’s enemies.

DC

Super League

Kal-El’s recently spent a period of time without superpowers – an event that’s inspired Kal-El to start a league of other supermen. The first step is to seek Bruce Wayne and Diana Themyscira’s assistance. But Kara Zor-El is missing. The Trinity unite and head to China to face the Great Ten. This comes to a head with a meeting between the Kal-El of Prime Earth and New Earth. The Super League of Supermen fall, and only Zor-El can help them. It all ends with a climactic battle as Prime Kal-El’s solar flare power is used against the Super League of Supermen.

Super League will be told in Superman vol. 3 #51, Batman/Superman vol. 1 #31, Action Comics vol. 2 #51, Superman/Wonder Woman vol. 1 #28, Batman/Superman vol. 1 #32, Action Comics vol. 2 #52, Superman/Wonder Woman vol. 1 #29 and Superman vol. 3 #52.

Rebirth

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In 2011, DC Comics relaunched their comic book lines. Characters were consolidated into 52 new lines, all starting with new volumes at #1. Rebirth is intended to be the end-point of The New 52 regime, revealing what happens when each of The New 52‘s lines reach their 52nd issue. The New 52 occurred when the Wildstorm and Vertigo imprint universes merged with New Earth, creating Prime Earth. Prime Earth’s destiny is to be revealed in RebirthRebirth begins with an 80-page one-shot. Detective Comics and Action Comics will return to their original numbering before The New 52 reset them to #1, and every issue will sell for $2.99, with many readjusted to a fortnightly release schedule.

Rebirth will be told through DC Universe: RebirthAquaman Rebirth #1, Batman Rebirth #1, The Flash Rebirth #1, Green Arrow Rebirth #1, Green Lanterns Rebirth #1, Superman Rebirth #1, Titans Rebirth #1, Wonder Woman Rebirth #1, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Rebirth #1, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1, The Hellblazer Rebirth #1, Justice League Rebirth #1, Nightwing Rebirth #1, Red Hood and the Outlaws Rebirth #1, Batman Beyond Rebirth #1, Blue Beetle Rebirth #1, Cyborg Rebirth #1, Deathstroke Rebirth #1, Earth 2 Rebirth #1, Suicide Squad Rebirth #1, Supergirl Rebirth #1, Teen Titans Rebirth #1 and Trinity Rebirth #1.

The Rise of the Seven Seas

Originally intended as a Justice League storyline, The Rise of the Seven Seas will be a post-Aquaman Rebirth storyline. Writer Geoff Johns departed Aquaman after vol. 7 #25, but will return to fulfil the planned event. It’s being promoted as an exploration of how each of the Reborn Prime Earth’s Seven Sea kingdoms operate, and be similar in execution and style to Johns’ work on the Sinestro Corps War event and Blackest Night line.

Comic books to collect in 2016

Apocalypse Wars #1: Extraordinary X-Men vol. 1 #8 (16th March)

Spider-Women #1: Spider-Women Alpha vol. 1 #1 (6th April)

Apocalypse Wars #2: Uncanny X-Men vol. 4 #6 (6th April)

Super League #1: Superman vol. 3 #51 (6th April)

Spider-Women #2: Spider-Gwen vol. 2 #7 (13th April)

Super League #2: Batman/Superman vol. 1 #31 (13th April)

Spider-Women #3: Silk vol. 2 #7 (20th April)

Apocalypse Wars #3: Extraordinary X-Men vol. 1 #9 (20th April)

Super League #3: Action Comics vol. 2 #51 (20th April)

Spider-Women #4: Spider-Woman vol. 6 #6 (27th April)

Super League #4: Superman/Wonder Woman vol. 1 #28 (27th April)

Spider-Women #5: Spider-Gwen vol. 2 #8 (4th May)

Apocalypse Wars #4: Uncanny X-Men vol. 4 #7 (4th May)

Super League #5: Superman/Batman vol. 1 #32 (4th May)

Civil War II #1: Free Comic Book Day vol. 2016 #Avengers (7th May)

Spider-Women #6: Silk vol. 2 #8 (11th May)

Apocalypse Wars #5: All-New X-Men vol. 2 #9 (11th May)

Civil War II #2: Civil War II vol. 1 #0 (11th May)

Super League #6: Action Comics vol. 2 #52 (11th May)

Spider-Women #7: Spider-Woman vol. 6 #7 (18th May)

Super League #7: Superman/Wonder Woman vol. 1 #29 (18th May)

Spider-Women #8: Spider-Women Omega vol. 1 #1 (25th May)

Apocalypse Wars #6: Extraordinary X-Men vol. 1 #10 (25th May)

Rebirth #1: DC Universe: Rebirth (25th May)

Super League #8: Superman vol. 3 #52 (25th May)

Civil War II #3: Civil War II vol. 1 #1 (1st June)

Rebirth #2: Aquaman Rebirth #1 (June)

Rebirth #3: Batman Rebirth #1 (June)

Rebirth #4: The Flash Rebirth #1 (June)

Rebirth #5: Green Arrow Rebirth #1 (June)

Rebirth #6: Green Lanterns Rebirth #1 (June)

Rebirth #7: Superman Rebirth #1 (June)

Rebirth #8: Titans Rebirth #1 (June)

Rebirth #9: Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 (June)

Rebirth #10: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Rebirth #1 (July)

Rebirth #11: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1 (July)

Rebirth #12: The Hellblazer Rebirth #1 (July)

Rebirth #13: Justice League Rebirth #1 (July)

Rebirth #14: Nightwing Rebirth #1 (July)

Rebirth #15: Red Hood and the Outlaws Rebirth #1 (July)

Rebirth #16: Batman Beyond Rebirth #1 (Autumn)

Rebirth #17: Blue Beetle Rebirth #1 (Autumn)

Rebirth #18: Cybord Rebirth #1 (Autumn)

Rebirth #19: Deathstroke Rebirth #1 (Autumn)

Rebirth #20: Earth 2 Rebirth #1 (Autumn)

Rebirth #21: Suicide Squad Rebirth #1 (Autumn)

Rebirth #22: Supergirl Rebirth #1 (Autumn)

Rebirth #23: Teen Titans Rebirth #1 (Autumn)

Rebirth #24: Trinity Rebirth #1 (Autumn)

Dead no More #1 (2016)

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Author: the Purple Prose Mage

I'm not Batman, but I wish that I were.

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