Monthly Marvel Preview: August 2019

There will be blood, and lots of it based on the number of books spinning out of the Absolute Carnage event. Apart from the two main books from Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s much-anticipated event, several 1990’s based characters and teams make a return. Cleatus Cassidy and his Cult of Carnage murder their way through books for Scream, Separation Anxiety, Lethal Protectors, Miles Morales and Deadpool. Speaking of the Merc with a Mouth, after having a personal low in the month of July with only one appearance, Deadpool looks to right the ship with an Annual book. The sensational She-Hulk also receives an annual. Taking the annual craze a step further, Marvel celebrates their 80th anniversary with a Millennial title, Marvel Comics #1000 which should feature a smattering of heroes throughout the publisher’s history.

New team books beginning in August include the Agents of Atlas and team members Aero and Sword Master continue their solo title adventures. The Future Foundation gets a new series, as does Power Pack, the former team of Alex Power, the FF’s current leader. Marvel continues their recent love affair with Conan the Barbarian by giving him another solo series, Conan the Barbarian: Exodus. Fresh off of her role in West Coast Avengers, Gwenpool returns with a new solo title as well, Gwenpool Strikes Back. Another Gwen gets a solo title when Ghost-Spider enters the 616 universe and pays a visit to that dimensions top Spider characters, Peter Parker and Miles Morales. Iron Man has two team-up opportunities when he pays a visit to Loki in the Asgardian’s solo title, and Tony lends a hand to Ms. Marvel in hers. Spinning out of War of the Realms, Punisher Kill Krew begins and Silver Surfer picks up the torch in the “Prodigal Sun” event.

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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