This Spring marks the launch of Marvel’s most hyped event in its history, Avengers vs. X-Men. With eight fantastic creators, 12 main story issues, and dozens of tie-in issues, Spring is looking to kick-off the summer event season at the House of M. With that in mind, Marvel is actually streamlining its tie-ins in AvX to only the main X-Men and Avengers comics, leaving the rest of the Marvel Universe to continue business as usual. I’d like to give my picks for the ten most enticing Marvel comic books and storylines of the Spring (April and May) that stay out of the AvX crave. Courtesy of April and May Solicitations of Marvel Comics, here are just a few titles to watch in the coming months.
Thunderbolts (vs. Thunderbolts)
April and May sees the biggest, (and perhaps final) major event in the history of the Thunderbolts. With the current team of ex-villains traveling across the timestream, they end up face to face with the original team of Thunderbolts, including then team leader Baron Zemo. Mark Bagley, original Tbolts artist, one cover duty for the three issue event, and the future of this title going by the new name of Dark Avengers, this is a story that’s surly more than meets the eye.
Spidey may have some Amazing adventures planned for Spring and Beyond, but Avenging has plenty of Action in its pages. From a disastrous team-up with Punisher and Daredevil, to an action packed date with the Sensational She-Hulk, Spider-Man’s team book is looking hot this season.
Captain America and… Hawkeye
Captain America’s adventures continues in his own team-up book with Hawkeye leading the charge this Spring. New writer Cullen Bunn teams the often at odds Avengers in a story full of tossed shields, flying arrows, and dinosaurs. All this just in time for the Avengers movie!
Marjorie Liu takes the Astonishing Gold Team of mutant superheroes in a battle against the new Marauders . The roster includes “X-23” mainstays Gambit and Dr. Reyes, as well as Magik, Northstar, Ice Man, and Warbird.
Exiled (Journey into Mystery and New Mutants)
The New Mutants become godly babysitters in a crossover between New Mutants and Journey into Mystery. Starting off in a one-shot entitled “Exiled” and running throughout May, the New Mutants accompany depowered Asgardians, as well as JIM star Loki, as a magical menace sets its sights on LA.
Victor Gischler wraps up his run on X-Men with stories featuring the return of the Skrull Menace from “Secret Invasion.” With longtime X-Man Pixie’s life hanging in the balance, one can only wonder what Gischler has in store for his grand finale.