America gets a special birthday present in July: a new series for its star-spangled hero written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Meanwhile, Nick Spencer, the recent Captain America scribe responsible for Steve Rogers’ stint as a Hydra agent, moves on to steer the Spider-Man ship under Marvel’s “Fresh Start” initiative. Spencer kicks off a new volume of Amazing Spider-Man with plans to further solidify Boomerang as one of Spider-Man’s Superior Foes. With all these steps forward, one character is taking a step back in many readers’ eyes. Laura Kinney, the all-new Wolverine, returns to her roots and receives a new ongoing title using the X-23 moniker.
Rising star Matthew Rosenberg continues to consolidate his hold on the X-Men line as he takes over writing duties for Astonishing X-Men and brings a new team of mutants to the title. Marvel’s mutants are also the next in line to team-up with Wakanda’s premier fighting force in X-Men: Wakanda Forever. Doctor Strange may also get a surprise team-up with mutants as the New Mutants plan to break into the Sanctum Sanctorum. In the cosmic corner of the universe, the Infinity Wars stories reach their apex, fan-favorite character the Rider gets his own ongoing series and the Inhumans are on death’s door.
A reminder that digital exclusives are excluded, so Cloak and Dagger is not counted. As always, dopplegangers of our main characters are called out for easier identification and to distinguish them from our prime universe heroes. Be wary of the characters found in Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Spidey: School’s Out, Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Ms. Marvel and the Teleporting Dog, Old Man Hawkeye (with the exception of Old Man Logan if he appears) and any Marvel Cinematic Universe-related books as they are not the same heroes as the ones featured in the below tier charts.
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These appearance estimates, based on comic solicitations and cover artwork provided by the Marvel Database wiki, are meant as a guideline and not an indication of a specific draft order. Character names, team designations and power sets conform to the most current information provided by the Database. Power designations are simplified for easier classification and choice, providing the majority of the heroes with 9 to 11 eligible powers from which to choose. As a reminder, you may only have one hero per team designation on your roster and are allowed to select three powers from the heroes’ power set. Powers in (parenthesis) are a subset of the overall ability and can be selected as well as the generic use of that power. For example, Deadpool can be drafted as any of his four team classifications and can use Weapons, Blades and Guns as his three powers (Blades and Guns being a subset of the overall Weapons skill).