Sounds Like the Marvel Comics Universe Is Going to Have a Rough Winter

Sounds Like the Marvel Comics Universe Is Going to Have a Rough Winter
From Devil's Reign to Devil Dinosaur. (Image: Marvel Comics)

The Marvel Comics Universe is about to be changed forever. Actually, it seems like it’s about to be changed forever on multiple occasions between December of this year and February 2022, as the publisher has announced eight new “tentpole” series, at least half of which sound like mega-events. Curious? Here’s the rundown, right from Marvel.

Devil’s Reign

  • “All hell breaks loose in the Marvel Universe as the Kingpin finally declares all-out war on the heroes in Devil’s Reign! Having set the stage in their Eisner-nominated Daredevil epic, Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto’s far-reaching crossover event finds Mayor Fisk outlawing all Super Heroes in New York and unleashing intel on all their dark secrets, while pitting Daredevil, Elektra, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and many more against his Thunderbolt agents. But in the end… Who Will Reign?”

Avengers Forever

  • “Marvel Comics’ Avengers Forever pulls together archeologist Tony Stark aka the Invincible Ant-Man and Avengers from across the multiverse to bring order to timelines where ‘hope’ is a four-letter word. Jason Aaron and Aaron Kuder present an all-new series that will redefine the Avengers as… the Multiverse’s Mightiest Heroes.”

Timeless

  • “The future of the Marvel Universe is here, and Timeless is where it all begins. When a threatening new timeline emerges, Kang the Conqueror must fight his way through the coming year to protect the main 616 timeline he’s worked centuries to solidify as his own. Jed MacKay, Kev Walker, Joe Bennett, Mark Bagley and more provide a first look at what’s coming to the Marvel Universe in 2022 in a story that will prove… the Future is Timeless.”

X Lives of Wolverine and X Deaths of Wolverine

  • House of X and Powers of X ushered in the First Krakoan Age of the X-Men. Now, Marvel Comics’ X Lives of Wolverine and X Deaths of Wolverine will test ‘the best there is at what he does’ before any mutant can survive to the Second Krakoan Age. Benjamin Percy, Joshua Cassara and Federico Vicentini tell two interlocked tales about what happens to Wolverine when… His Pasts Meet His Future.”

She-Hulk

  • “Marvel Comics’ She-Hulk, from Rainbow Rowell and Rogê Antônio, throws the book at Jennifer Walters as she tries to put her rage-filled days behind her and return to practicing law in defence of the innocent. But when a friend from her past comes knocking with a mystery she can’t resist, She-Hulk gets… Back To Bashing.”

Fantastic Four: Reckoning War

  • “Dan Slott is joined by Carlos Pacheco and Rachael Stott for Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four: Reckoning War, an epic saga over 15 years in the making. The original secret war of the Marvel Universe has been reignited and every living being in reality is in danger, for we are finally at… Our Day Of Reckoning.”

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

  • “Lunella Lafayette and her loveable 6.10 m dinosaur are BACK in Marvel Comics’ Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. But what shape will their partnership take in this exciting new era? Keep your eyes peeled in the coming months for more news about the next adventure of the biggest brain in the world that will send dino-sized shockwaves throughout the Marvel Universe. In 2022, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur will bring new meaning to the term “Marvel Team-Up” in a tale that promises to… Shake Your World.”

She-Hulk and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur seem like pretty straightforward, stand-alone series; nothing about Wolverine is ever straightforward, so there’s no telling how impactful his two titles will be. But Devil’s Reign is going to affect all the heroes who live in New York City, which is like 98 per cent of all of Marvel’s characters, so that’s a big deal. Then Fantastic Four: Reckoning War is going to put reality in danger, and Timeless is going to put the future in danger, and clearly many parts of the multiverse are in danger in Avengers Forever. That’s a lot of danger!

It’s very strange to me that Devil’s Reign is actually called “A Marvel Event” while the Timeless logo has the giant real estate in the promo pic, which usually denotes the biggest event. But based on the description, Reckoning War has the highest possible stakes out of all of these titles, which are usually reserved for mega-events. So I guess they’re all three big-time event comics? Over the course of three months? Sounds exhausting to read about, let alone be forced to experience. But you’ll be able to do so later this year, when Devil’s Reign kicks off this run of event series and new titles from December.