Marvel is known for killing off so many characters on a regular basis, they would soon have no living characters left… that is, if they weren't constantly bringing dead characters back to life at the same rate. Last month at a Swedish comic book convention, Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski discussed the revolving door of death at Marvel, insisting that the House of Ideas would rely less on senseless character deaths to spike sales.
Marvel's September solicitations tease deaths in at least three titles, maybe more. Starting with House of X #4 and #5 by Jonathan Hickman and Pepe Larraz, which notes, "Xavier's dream turns deadly for some of his students."
HOUSE OF X #4 & #5 (of 6)
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A/C)
ISSUE #4 & #5 – Flower variant covers by SARA PICHELLI
ISSUE #4 & #5 – Variant covers by MIKE HUDDLESTON
ISSUE #4 & #5 – Action figure variant COVERS by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
ISSUE #4 & #5 – Character decades variant covers by TBA
ISSUE #4 & #5 – Young variant covers by SKOTTIE YOUNG
ISSUE #4 & #5 – VIRGIN variant covers BY PEPE LARRAZ
ISSUE #4 – Connecting variant cover by JORGE MOLINA
ISSUE #5 – Connecting variant cover by TBA
Xavier's dream turns deadly for some of his students as they fight back against the humans' plan to eliminate them. Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (FANTASTIC FOUR, AVENGERS, SECRET WARS) continues his reshaping of the X-Universe alongside Young Gun artist Pepe Larraz (EXTERMINATION, AVENGERS). The Future of the X-Men begins here!
40 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$4.99 (EACH)
And then there's Absolute Carnage, a super-mega-crossover event, and thus inherently prone to shocking character deaths, as that's how a publisher lets you know an event is serious. And the solicit for Absolute Carnage #3 explains that "Venom and Spider-Man have to deal with the hard truth that not everybody will make it out of this conflict in one piece."
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #3 (of 4)
DONNY CATES (W) • RYAN STEGMAN (A/C)
Codex Variant Cover by TBA
Connecting Variant Cover by TBA
Cult of Carnage Variant Cover by TBA
Young Guns Variant Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
THE SUMMER OF SLAUGHTER CONTINUES!
• After the harrowing events at the end of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #2, Venom and Spider-Man have to deal with the hard truth that not everybody will make it out of this conflict in one piece… if they make it out at all, that is.
• As Carnage continues to amass strength and allies, Venom and Spider-Man realize that the only way to beat him is to do the same…
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99
Finally, and most explicitly, there's Valkyrie: Jane Foster, and here it makes sense for death to be involved, as Jane is a Valkyrie, after all. And doing her Valkyrie duty, Jane will find: "When a longstanding Marvel character dies at the hands of Bullseye, Jane Foster must accept her new role and carry them to the world beyond."
VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER #3
JASON AARON & Al Ewing (W) • CAFU (A) • Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
Variant cover by Stephanie Hans
IMMORTAL WRAPAROUND VARIANT COVER BY TBA
VALKYRIE TAKES A BELOVED FRIEND ON THE JOURNEY OF THEIR AFTERLIFE!
When a longstanding Marvel character dies at the hands of Bullseye, Jane Foster must accept her new role and carry them to the world beyond. But she is not the Valkyrie of the past — nor is Bullseye's victim any ordinary hero. Valhalla is only one hall of the dead. The multiversal afterlife awaits.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
And those are just the obvious ones we noticed when perusing the solicits. By no means are these the only deaths we could see at Marvel in September. Have a read through the full solicitations and let us know if you sense any more, true believers!