"What If? Age of Ultron" & "Daredevil" #1.5 Coming in April

Thu, January 16th, 2014 at 8:58am PST

Comic Books
Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

Marvel's April 2014 Solicitations bring a number of notable comics to the table -- not the least of which is Dan Slott's upcoming "Amazing Spider-Man" relaunch -- but there are two significant unannounced books coming in April -- a "What If? Age of Ultron" five-issue miniseries by Joe Keatinge and five different artists; and a "Daredevil" #1.5 flash-forward issue by Mark Waid and Javier Rodriguez that teases the state of Daredevil's future in 2014.

"What If? Age of Ultron" follows in the tradition of a "What If?" series for recent Marvel events, including "Avengers Vs. X-Men," "Secret Invasion" and "Civil War" with a look at what the Marvel Universe would have been like without some of the key Avengers. Every issue takes one of the Avengers off the table from the past, exploring what the Marvel U would look like without them "It's A Wonderful Life"-style. Each issue of the five-part mini is illustrated by a different artist, a roster that includes Raffaele Ienco, Ramon Villalobos, Mico Suayan, Piotr Kowalski and Ming Doyle.

Meanwhile, Waid & Rodriguez's "Daredevil" #1.5 serves as a 50th anniversary issue for the Man Without Fear in a one-shot story that flashes forward to Matt Murdock's 50th birthday peppered with clues about what to expect for the 2014 run of "Daredevil."

Check out the solicitations and covers for DD #1.5 and "What If? Age of Ultron" below and the full text and images for Marvel's April solicits here.

DAREDEVIL #1.50
MARK WAID (W) JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (A)
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
MARTIN VARIANTS (SET OF 5) BY MARCOS MARTIN
DAREDEVIL 1.50 SAMNEE VARIANT
• Celebrate Daredevil’s fiftieth anniversary with a look at the future!
• A special standalone story that takes place on Matt Murdock’s 50th birthday. How has his life changed? Who lives? Who dies? See if you can spot all the clues the Daredevil creative team has planted for the year 2014!
• Plus: Stories by special guest creators from Murdock’s murky past! Fifty years without fear have all lead up to this!
40 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T+ …4.99

WHAT IF: AGE OF ULTRON #1 (of 5)
JOE KEATINGE (w) • RAFFAELE IENCO (a)
Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
VARIANT COVER BY RAFFAELE IENCO
THE ENDLESS AGE OF ULTRON!
• In Age of Ultron, a time-travelling Wolverine killed Hank Pym before he could create the world-conquering Ultron.
• What would the Marvel Universe look like if another founding Avenger had been killed instead?
• A world without the Wasp brings a world where Hank Pym created an Ultron even more heinous than the one we know!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

WHAT IF? AGE OF ULTRON #2
JOE KEATINGE (W)
RAMON VILLALOBOS (a)
Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
VARIANT COVER BY JAMES STOKOE
THE SECRET ARMOR WARS!
• In a world without Iron Man, the Armor Wars are fought without a victor, scorching the Earth!
• Years later, one of the last remaining superheroes, an aged Amazing Spider-Man, must form a Fantastic Four the likes of which our world has not seen in years!
• Teaming with Ghost Rider, the Incredible Hulk and Wolverine they are in pursuit of the one weapon that could unite the planet — The Forgotten Iron Man!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

WHAT IF? AGE OF ULTRON #3
JOE KEATINGE (W)
MICO SUAYAN (a)
Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
VARIANT COVER BY MING DOYLE
TWILIGHT OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!
• In a world without Thor, the Norse end times of Ragnarök takes the lives of every super-powered being, leaving only the unpowered heroes of the Marvel Universe behind!
• Assembled under the leadership of Nick Fury, these powerless Defenders are all that remains to defend the planet from the Midgard Serpent!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

WHAT IF? AGE OF ULTRON #4
JOE KEATINGE (W)
PIOTR KOWALSKI (a)
Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
VARIANT COVER BY PIOTR KOWALSKI
TRI-CENTENNIAL BATTLES!
• In a world without Captain America, the United States has lost its spirit, its inspiration.
• A secret cabal unites to create a new Captain America in the nation’s most trying time.
• The war veteran Frank Castle is transformed into something far more than he ever imagined — but not everyone is Steve Rogers…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

WHAT IF? AGE OF ULTRON #5
JOE KEATINGE (W)
MING DOYLE (a)
Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
VARIANT COVER BY MING DOYLE
AVENGERS INFINITY!
• What if Hank Pym never created Ultron at all?
• Could a world without Ultron survive a world without Ultron’s own weapon-turned-Avenger, the Vision?
• Can the very idea of the Avengers survive without each other?
• In the darkest of all realities, can the Avengers ever hope to Assemble?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

TAGS:  marvel comics, what if age of ultron, daredevil, joe keatinge, mark waid, javier rodriguez, raffaele ienco, ramon villalobos, mico suayan, piotr kowalski, ming doyle

 
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