Monthly Marvel Preview: April 2019

Over the past year, war decimated the cosmos and now it has finally reached Midgard. Marvel returns to the big publisher-wide event with the climax to Jason Aaron’s epic Thor run. In addition to the main event, several ongoing titles are drawn into the chaos including Asgardians of the Galaxy and Thor, appropriately; Unbeatable Squirrel Girl; Punisher; Venom; Uncanny X-Men, featuring the New Mutants; and the Avengers, which star the Squadron Supreme of America instead of the regular cast. The War also kicks off new titles such as another Journey into Mystery, this time starring Miles Morales, Kate Bishop, Wonder Man and Balder the Brave; and War Scrolls which depict stories from Daredevil’s point of view using his bifrosted-enabled vision.

Outside of the War, other continuing events include Avengers: No Road Home; Age of X-Man; Spider-Man’s “Hunted;” and Hulkverines. Other key titles of note are another Spider-Man book which focuses on his cosmic suit, Symbiote Spider-Man and as if Peter Parker did not already dominate the previews, he also headlines the return of the Marvel Team-Up series with an tag-team adventure with Ms. Marvel. Peter also teams up with Moon Girl in her solo title, while Ms. Marvel joins Miles Morales in assisting Shuri in her book. Creator Rob Liefeld introduces a new mutant mercenary in his new series, Major X.

Monthly theme for the Free-for-All Themed challenge: Take up arms and battle alongside the Asgardians, draft a team of only Cosmic characters. Restrictions on team affiliations and power selections still apply. A list of eligible Cosmic heroes is provided at this link. Please provide your Free-for-All rosters prior to Wednesday, April 3, 2019 using the online draft form.

Dopplegangers or repeat appearances of our main characters are found in the Essentials, Marvel Action, Marvel Legends, Marvel Tales, Marvel Super Hero Adventures and Mighty World of Marvel books as well as any MCU tie-in series and thus do not count for their prime universe counterparts. Please see the attached Power Summary file for further power clarifications and follow along with our #FantasyComicLeague tweets on Twitter for official power scoring and discussions. 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 up 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).


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