Friday, August 25, 2006

Pop Artifact! Mary Marvel statue

Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 25, 2006

20th Century Boy looks at some Australian Marvel Comics reprints from the early 1960s.

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The son of Wonder Woman creator Willian Moulton Marston is opening a museum dedicated to the hero. In his basement.

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Dial B for Blog continues his supercool look at Captain Action.

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Seeing a bat in his home, Fred Hembeck is inspired to don a bat costume and battle crime, because criminals are a superstititious and cowardly lot.

No. Wait. Fred is scared of bats...

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Dark Horse Comics has signed a direct-to-DVD deal to make animated films.

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The U.S. Postal Service has released its DC Comics stamps. Now it's Marvel's turn. Out next year, we'll see superhero stamps featuring:

• Spider-Man
• The Incredible Hulk
• Sub-Mariner
• The Thing
• Captain America
• Silver Surfer
• Spider-Woman
• Iron Man
• Elektra
• Wolverine

Today's Best Song Ever: "5-4-3-2-1" - Manfred Mann

A harmonica- and organ-driven rave-up, this killer single hit #5 on the British charts in February 1964--right around the time the U.S. was first meeting the Beatles. Too bad, we yanks took so long getting up to speed, because we really missed out. (Especially those of us who weren't born yet). The group's "Do Wa Diddy," however, hit #1 over here in July '64.

The tune, co-written by keyboardist Mann, singer/harmonica-ist Paul Jones and drummer Mike Hugg, was a theme song of sorts for the Manfred quintet. It was later picked up as the intro piece for Britain's "Ready, Steady Go" pop TV show.

The great thing is, anyone who can count backwards can shout along with the chorus. But you gotta be able to do it fast!

Sample it at Amazon

See them sing it on YouTube


Availability:
Very Best of Manfred Mann



Previous Best Song Ever

Series 2 Hanna-Barbera figures out in December

From McFarlane Toys:

HANNA-BARBERA SERIES 2

Capturing the antics some of cartoons' most memorable characters in eye-popping color and caught-in-the-act poses, our Hanna-Barbera Series 2 brings you seven different figures and one deluxe boxed set. Scheduled to be on store shelves in December.


I need the Jonny Quest figure! Click links to pre-order from CMD.


--CAPTAIN CAVEMAN


--FRED FLINTSTONE & DINO: "Welcome Home"


--JOHNNY QUEST


--MAGILLA GORILLA


--PENELOPE PITSTOP & MUTLEY


--TOM & JERRY: "The Mouse Gets the Cheese"


--YOGI BEAR: "Smarter than Your Average Bear"


--THE FLINSTONES AT THE DRIVE-IN Deluxe Boxed Set

--Complete Set

Hanna-Barbera series 1 figures:
--Set of Five
--Fred Flintstone Chopper
--Hong Kong Phooey
--Quick Draw McGraw
--Tom and Jerry Music
--Tom and Jerry House

DVD: Police Squad - Complete Series

Out Nov. 7, this single-disk collects all six episodes of the short-lived but much-loved Leslie Nielsen cop show spoof.

The show was much funnier than the movies that followed and--bonus!--don't feature O.J. Simpson in a guest role.

Extras include a new interview with Nielsen, behind-the-scenes featurettes and a gag reel. You can pre-order the disk now from Amazon.

DVD: Bewitched - Complete Fourth Season

Out Oct. 24, this set collects 32 episodes on four disks. It's available for pre-order now from Amazon.

DVD: Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Season Two

Just in time for Halloween, season two of the Hitch-presented anthology series is out Oct. 17 and features 39 episodes of five DVDs. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.

Actors featured during this season include Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Rip Torn, Claude Rains, Pat Hitchcock, Alan Napier and Dick York. Two of the episodes are directed by Sir Alfred himself.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Pop Artifact! Captain Marvel board game

Vintage Captain Marvel House Ad

"Lost" season 3 poster

Something to keep you going until October.



More Lost.

Fantastic Four diorama from Sideshow Toys

Out later this year:

The Sideshow Exclusive version of the Fantastic Four Diorama features a unique display option, where you can choose which version of the Invisible Woman to display. You will receive Sue in her solid form, same as the regular version, and a bonus partially invisible version available only from Sideshow Collectibles!

You can pre-order it now.

Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 24, 2006

Backwards Beatles is the theme of the latest Beatlegs podcast. More Beatles.

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Billboard has info on the third Shins album.

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Via Boing Boing: An alphabet illustrated with superheroes ("A" is for "Aquaman," etc.)

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Booksteve sings the praises of the Other Good Duck Artist, Don Rosa. More Duck comics.

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Soul man Solomon Burke is cutting a country disk.

On September 26, indie label Shout! Factory will release "Nashville," the soul titan's first all-country recording, which includes duets with the likes of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Patty Loveless.

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I can't wait for this one:



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Dial B for Blog details the Secret Origin of Captain Action.

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Another amusing interview with comics scribe Grant Morrison.

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Today's Best Song Ever: "Que Vida" -- Love

This tune pretty much sums up the softer side of Love. There's no garage-rock aggressiveness as on "My Little Red Book" or "Seven and Seven Is." Instead, we get goofy, philosophical nuggets like "With nickels and dimes, you will soon have a dollar" and "I see no need to swallow or catch a plane to travel, my mind's not made of gravel" over a pleasant backdrop of guitar arpeggios, organ chords, flute and the occasional "pop" sound of somebody plucking an index finger from inside his cheek. It ends with sleigh bells.

Featured on the band's "Da Capo," the tune, along with "Orange Skies" hints at what's to come on the brilliant Forever Changes LP.

Hear a sample from Amazon.

Availability:
Love - Da Capo

New and upcoming action figures Aug. 24, 2006


Sideshow Toys Star Wars figures, see below

Complete List of Marvel Legends Action Figures
Complete List of DC Direct Action Figures

Here's a look at action figures available via your local comics shop or via the TIP!-supporting links below:


Buffy the Vampire Slayer
--Sunnydale High School Playset
--Buffy the Vampire Slayer Action Figures: Xander, Cordelia and Xander w/ Patch
--Buffy the Vampire Slayer Action Figures: “Destiny” Angel and “Destiny” Spike Set of 2
--Buffy the Vampire Slayer Action Figures: Pylean Princess Cordelia
--Buffy the Vampire Slayer Action Figures: Angel and Spike Hawaiian Shirt Box Set

DC Direct Action Figures

Alex Ross Justice League Action Figures Series 3
--Green Lantern
--The Joker
--Plastic Man
--Wonder Woman
--Poison Ivy

Alex Ross Justice League Action Figures Series 4
--Shazam
--Black Adam
--Hawkman
--Zatanna
--Solomon Grundy

Batman Dark Victory
--Batman
--Commissioner Gordon
--Scarecrow
--Robin and Penguin

Batman/Superman: The Return of Supergirl Action Figures
--Supergirl
--Superman
--Batman
--Darkseid
--Corrupted Supergirl

Crisis on Infinite Earths Series 3
--Weaponer of Qward
--Doctor Light
--Superboy prime
--Batman
--Huntress

DC Direct Reactivated Action Figures
--Batman
--Wonder Woman
--Lobo
--Superman

DC 13-inch Figures
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Green Lantern
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Lex Luthor
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Two-Face
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Aquaman

Elseworlds Action Figures Series 2
--Red Son Batman
--Red Son President Superman
--Kingdom Come Jade
--Kingdom Come Spectre and Norman McKay
--Gotham By Gaslight Batman

Green Lantern Action Figures Series 2
--Manhunter Robot
--Guy Gardner
--Shark
--Saalak
--Sinestero

Infinite Crisis Action Figures Series 1
--Powergirl
--Omac
--Mongul
--Earth Prime Superboy
--Alexander Luthor

JSA Action Figures
--Mr. Terrific
--Hawkgirl
--Dr. Midnite
--Hourman
--Golden Age Atom 2-pack

Who's Who in the DC Universe Miniature Figures Series One

Hanna Barbera Action Figures
--Set of Five
--Fred Flintstone Chopper
--Hong Kong Phooey
--Quick Draw McGraw
--Tom and Jerry Music
--Tom and Jerry House

John Lennon
--JOHN LENNON 18" Action Figure

Marvel Figure Factory Sets
--Angel
--Beast
--Black Costume Spider-Man
--Deadpool
--Invisible Woman
--Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Action Figures

Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures Series 1
--Emma Frost
--Ultimate Iron Man
--Movie Beast
--Planet Hulk
--Banshee
--Hercules

Hasbro Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 2
--Wolverine
--She-Hulk
--Yellow Jacket
--Quick Silver
--Lord Asgard Thor
--Magneto Xorn
--X3 Jean Grey
--First Appearance Storm

Marvel Legends Series 14
--Original Armor Iron Man (variant)
--Longshot
--Baron Zemo (variant)
--Luke Cage: Powerman
--The Falcon (variant)
--Psylocke

Marvel Legends Series 15
--Mandarin
--Beta Ray Bill
--Moon Knight
--Spider-Woman (variant)
--Quicksilver (variant)
--Thor-Buster Iron Man
--Wasp (variant)
--Captain Marvel (variant)

Marvel Legends Exclusive Giant-Man Series
--Giant Man
--Ant Man
--Havok
--Sabretooth
--Captain Britain
--Kitty Pryde
--Thor
--Weapon X
--Warbird
--Sentry
--Weapon X variant
--Sentry Variant

Marvel Legends Masterworks Sets
--Spider-Man Vs. Green Goblin
--Fantastic Four Vs. Mole Man
--Hulk Vs. The Thing
--Galactus Vs. Everybody

Marvel Legends Showdown
--Mister Fantastic and Mole Man
--Colossus and Magneto
--Ghostrider and Vengeance
--Logan and Chopper
--Namor and Shark
--Green Goblin
--Beast (variant)
--Juggernaut (variant)
--Elektra (variant)
-- Silver Surfer
-- Spider-Man and Thing
-- Wolverine and Hulk
-- Dock Ock
-- Black Costume Spider-Man
-- Punisher
-- Doctor Doom
-- Captain America
-- Human Torch

Marvel Mega Morphs
--The Thing
--Iron Man
--Magneto

Marvel Select Figures
--Spider-Woman
--Moon Knight
--Cloak and Dagger

Best of Marvel Select Figures
--Grey Hulk
--Thanos
--Ultimate Spider-Man
--Green Goblin

Marvel Studios
--Dr. Doom with Mask
--Dr. Doom unmasked

Star Wars Sideshow Toys 12-inch action figures
--Salacious Crumb
--Jabba the Hut
--Leia Boushh
--Bib Fortuna
--Boba Fett

Star Wars Transformers
--Millennium Falcon With Han Solo and Chewbacca

X-Men 3 Action Figures
--Air Strike Wolverine
--Angel
--Stealth Cyclops
--Tech Gear Beast
--Phoenix
--Colossus
--Nightcrawler
--Iceman
--Rogue
--Avalanche
--Sabretooth

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Pop Artifact! Shazam pencil sharpener

Vintage Captain Marvel House Ad

Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 23, 2006

Slate has published excerpts from the new comics adaptation of the 9/11 Commission Report by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon.

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"Buffy" creator Joss Whedon lists his favorite TV characters of all time.

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Superhero Hype! spotlights some fan-made super-flicks.

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This a good example of what happens these days when the comics industry seems to have lost the plot on how, and to whom, to market their books and how to flag readers/retailers/parents who, exactly, the book is for. It's funny how the creator dismisses the whole thing like it's something that happened beyond his control. By accident. Time to grow up, buddy.

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Today's Best Song Ever: "(Further Reflections) In the Room of Percussion" -- Kaleidoscope

Y'know from the godawful title (with parentheses, no less) this has gotta be a slice of pscychedelic goodness. And it is.

Vocally, it sounds a bit like the Zombies, but with some nice phasey/backwards horns mid-way in and Who-like electric guitar strums. A nice package.

I have no idea what the lyrics are on about. A bad trip in the band's rehearsal space? They list a variety of mysterious, uncomfortable images and end with singer Peter Daltrey (no relation to the Who's Roger, I guess) intoning "My God! The spiders are everywhere." But the spacy musical backdrop makes the Room of Percussion a pleasant place to spend some time.

Availability:
Kaleidoscope -- Tangerine Dream

New comics Aug. 23, 2006

See complete lists:
DC Archives
DC Showcase
DC Trade Paperbacks
Marvel Masterworks
Marvel Essentials
Marvel Trade Paperbacks
Upcoming Trade Paperbacks - Graphic Novels


Comics shipping Aug. 23, 2006

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Pop Artifact! Mary Marvel patch

Vintage Captain Marvel House Ad

Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 22, 2006

Happy anniversary to the Booksteve Library blog! And to me! I've been married 14 years today.

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Check out the big list of comics in yer local shop tomorrow.

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Bob Adelman, blogger of all things Will Eisner, interviews Deborah Del Prete, producer of the upcoming film based on Eisner's "The Spirit" comics series.

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Comics creators Neal Adams, Dave Cockrum, Jack Dann, Peter David, Colleen Doran, Jeffrey Jones, Joe Kubert, Stan Lee, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, Michael W. Kaluta and others are contributing to a one-shot anthology to benefit the Israeli children's charity. More info. Seems like children on the other side of the recent conflict over there could use benefitting too...

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Bob Dylan on whether it's ok to download music for free: "Well, why not? It ain't worth nothing anyway."

"You listen to these modern records, they're atrocious, they have sound all over them," he added. "There's no definition of nothing, no vocal, no nothing, just like ... static."
More.

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Warner's is releasing the straight-to-DVD "Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas" Nov. 14.

Daffy Duck stars as the "Scrooge-like" proprietor of the "Lucky Duck" mega-mart in this all new, first ever Looney Tunes made-for-video movie based on the classic holiday tale, "A Christmas Carol." To take financial advantage of last minute shoppers, Daffy demands that his employees, including his long suffering manager, Porky Pig, work on Christmas Day instead of spending the holiday with their families. It's up to Bugs Bunny and the ghosts of Christmas past (Tweety and Granny), present (Yosemite Sam) and future (Taz) to make sure that Daffy realizes the error of his ways and save Christmas for the Looney Tunes gang.

The movie also is set to air on the Cartoon Network at some point during the holidays.

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A planned "Doctor Who" spinoff featuring the Doc's former companion Billie Piper has been scrapped.

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Today's Best Song Ever: "Tall Cool One" -- The Wailers

Starting out with a Mancini-like piano vamp over high-hat and launching into full-bore, saxed-up West Coast surfer stomp, this is one of the great instrumental tunes of the late 1950s.

Pre-dating both the Kingsmen and Paul Revere and the Raiders, Tacoma's Wailers are considered one of the earliest garage bands and were still in high school when they scored this hit.

Sample it



Availability:
The Wailers - Tall Cool One

DVD new releases Aug. 22, 2006

Alvin and the Chipmunks - Trick Or Treason


The Bill Cosby Show - Season One

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - Season One

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - Season Two

Buster Crabbe: Panhandle Trail/Frontier Outlaws

Double Indemnity (Special Edition)

Invasion - The Complete Series

The Lou Rawls Show: With Duke Ellington

Tom and Jerry - Shiver Me Whiskers

Veronica Mars - The Complete Second Season

Upcoming DC Direct items

See DC Comics November 2006 Solicitations
See a Complete List of DC Direct Action Figures

Click links to check availability to order:


WONDER WOMAN LYNDA CARTER STATUE
No one embodies the spirit and beauty of Wonder Woman more than Lynda Carter, the actress who portrayed her on the beloved television series! She will forever be the vision forged in a generation's memory as the quintessential Wonder Woman. For the first time ever, DC Direct has teamed up with Lynda Carter to bring you a must-have piece to every fan's Wonder Woman collection. This limited edition, hand-painted cold-cast porcelain statue is packaged in a four-color box, includes a four-color Certificate of Authenticity and measures approximately 13" high x 7.5" wide x 7.5" deep.
$195, in stores on April


SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 4: WITH A VENGEANCE ACTION FIGURES
Another series of action figures based on the distinctive art of Ed McGuinness. Figures include Batzarro (6.75 inches), Bizarro (6.75), Superwoman (6.5), Batwoman (6.5), Batman Beyond (6.75) and Kryptonite Batman (6.745). Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.
Prices TBA, in stores on April 11.


FIRST APPEARANCE SERIES 4 ACTION FIGURES
Includes Warlord (6.75"), Martian Manhunter (6.75), Atom (6.5), Blue Beetle (6.5), Aquaman and Blue Beetle Stealth Variant (6.7). Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.
Prices TBA, in stores on April 25.


BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE STATUE
Designed by Matt Wagner, sculpted by Paul Harding.
Certain to be another sought-after addition to DC Direct's collection of Batman: Black & White statues, this original creation designed by Matt Wagner presents his unique vision of the Caped Crusader. Painted in monochromatic tones, this limited-edition statue reflects the mood of Batman: Black and White Vol. 1 and 2, the collections of short stories by award-winning talent. The statue measures approximately 7.5" tall x 5" wide x 3.75" deep. It features a logo-shaped base and is packaged in a black-and-white box.
$59.99, in stores on April 18.


SUPERMAN VINYL STATUE
By Kotobukiya.
Through special arrangement with Japan's Kotobukiya, DC Direct brings fans The Man Of Steel! This four color, meticulously sculpted vinyl statue stands approximately 14" high, and comes with black base. Comes in a four color box. Production run for 2006 release is limited to 3,000 pieces.
$99.99, in stores on Oct. 25.

Marvel Comics November 2006 Solicitations

Previous Marvel Comics Solicitations
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006


ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #36
Written by MIKE CAREY
Pencils & Cover by PASQUAL FERRY
“GOD WAR”
Stranded in another dimension, the F.F. find themselves hunted by the warriors from the dread world of Acheron...and its ruler, Thanos, won’t rest until he possesses the one weapon which will give him dominion over the entire cosmos—the mind of young Reed Richards! It’s an ultimate shocker! Part 4 (of 6)
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

ULTIMATE POWER #2 (of 9)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by GREG LAND
The Squadron Supreme has invaded the Ultimate Universe seeking revenge, and Earth strikes back with its biggest guns! It’s the smackdown of the year as the Squadron Supreme go toe-to-toe with the Ultimates, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Ultimate X-Men and Ultimate Spidey himself. And neither world will survive unscathed. You cannot miss it!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

MARVEL SPOTLIGHT: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS/MARK BAGLEY
Written by JOHN RHETT THOMAS
In September 1970, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby – the two guys who built the Marvel Universe – closed out their run of 102 consecutive regular issues of FANTASTIC FOUR. That’s a standard of consistency that has stood at Marvel ever since – until December, when Marvel publishes ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #103, the record-breaking comic featuring the union of writer BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS and artist MARK BAGLEY! Milestones like this demand the red-carpet treatment, and Bendis and Bagley are getting it in this special issue of MARVEL SPOTLIGHT! We’ll cover these two singular creators and their careers at Marvel – including Bendis’ work on NEW AVENGERS, DAREDEVIL and ALIAS, plus his Icon title POWERS. And Bagley is a Marvel veteran of long standing, so we’ll talk about his varied career as an artist on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, NEW WARRIORS and THUNDERBOLTS! Be there to celebrate Bendis, Bagley and their special run on ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #102
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by MARK BAGLEY
“CLONE SAGA”
The revelations continue as we learn the secrets of Ben Reilly! Peter Parker tries his best to evade capture by Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., plus—the transformation of Mary Jane Watson—into what?! And just for good measure—the scarlet sicko, Carnage, goes on the rampage! Part 5 (of 7)
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

ULTIMATE VISION #0
Written by MARK MILLAR
Penciled by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Cover by BRANDON PETERSON
“VISIONS”
Learn the origin of the space-faring robot known as the Vision—and get ready for next month’s debut of her all-new limited series! Join Ultimates 2 and Civil War writer Mark Millar and The Eternals’ John Romita Jr. in this special edition that collects all six backup stories from the pages of the Ultimate comics. Delve into the motivation and mission of this most fascinating new Ultimate character!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99
Note: Includes all new coloring for the first two chapters!

ULTIMATE X-MEN #76
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Pencils and Cover by BEN OLIVER
“CABLE”
It’s a battle royale between the X-Men and this bizarre visitor from the future—Ultimate Cable, whose secrets will shake the house that Xavier built to its very core. But that’s not all—there’s also the sudden arrival of another time traveler—Ultimate Bishop, who’s been on the trail of Cable for a reason that will blow you away! We kid you not. Part 2 (of 4).
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

SPIDER-MAN

AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #2

Written by TOM DEFALCO
Pencils and Cover by RON FRENZ
Mayday’s ambivalence about returning to the spider-life may prove fatal for one of her closest friends! Believing that Spider-Girl could be a volunteer at St. Andrews Shelter, a brand-new super-assassin targets all the teenage girls and sets his sights on Courtney Duran! Introducing an all-new super-villain and a guest appearance of the Hobgoblin!
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #538
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils & Cover by RON GARNEY
Conclusion to “THE WAR AT HOME,” an official tie-in to “Civil War.”
The Civil War shaking the Marvel Universe races to its climax -- with Spider-Man caught right in the middle. Where else would we expect to find him?
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #14
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils and Cover by SCOT EATON
It’s the return of Peter Parker’s old flame, Deb Whitman! Unfortunately for Peter, she’s written a tell-all memoir about her relationship with him, entitled “How Spider-Man Ruined My Life.” Ouch! As if that weren’t bad enough, the Vulture has been set loose from prison to scavenge for Spider-Man, but who’s behind his release and what nefarious scheme do they have up their sleeve?
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #32
Written by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA
Penciled by SEAN CHEN
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
SPIDER-MAN UNMASKED Tie-In!
STAND-ALONE ISSUE!!
THE HUSBAND OR THE SPIDER?
Through thick and thin, for better or for worse, Mary Jane Watson-Parker has always stood by her man’s side, supporting him in all his decisions. But as Peter’s latest choices have cost him and his family plenty—perhaps too much—has MJ finally reached the breaking point? The first of three one-shots focusing on the women in Peter Parker’s life post-unmasking!
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE #12
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Pencils and Cover TAKESHI MIYAZAWA
The school paper wants to print a piece on Midtown High’s two biggest flirts. So, naturally, that means in-depth interviews with Harry Osborn and...Mary Jane Watson?!
32 PGS./All Ages ...$2.99

SPIDER-MAN AND POWER PACK #1 (of 4)
Written by MARC SUMERAK
Pencils and Cover by GURIHIRU
Zero-G! Lightspeed! Mass Master! Energizer! Together, they are Marvel’s youngest super heroes -- POWER PACK! When the Power family returns to New York for another exciting adventure, it isn’t long before our super siblings find themselves fighting side-by-side with everyone’s favorite wall-crawler -- the Amazing Spider-Man! But even with Spidey’s help, can they possibly hope to take down both the Sandman and the Vulture?!
32 PGS./All Ages ...$2.99

SPIDER-MAN FAMILY FEATURING SPIDER-CLAN
Written by C. B. CEBULSKI
Pencils and Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Peter Parker—a.k.a. Spider-Man—is the last survivor of the secret ninja group known as the Spider-Clan...or so he thought. But when Peter is attacked at the grave site of his Uncle Ben, he goes on a quest to learn the truth behind his origins—and he won’t like what he learns! The heat never lets up in this all-new, double-sized thrill ride from C.B. Cebulski and Skottie Young! Plus—thrill to some of the greatest exploits from the past of Spidey’s many incarnations, with reprints of Spider-Man 2099 #3! Also reprints Amazing Spider-Man #252 and from Marvel Shadows & Light #2 "The Date".
104 PGS./Rated A ...$4.99


MARVEL HEROES

AVENGERS NEXT #1 & 2 (of 5)

Written by TOM DEFALCO
Pencils by RON LIM
Covers by MIKE WIERINGO
The time has come for the next generation of Avengers to choose a new lineup, but first they must battle zombie versions of themselves! Then, as Katie Power (from Power Pack) joins the team, American Dream and her friends mount a search for the missing Thunderstrike. The man called Nova guest stars when strange visitors from outer space land on Earth. And more!
32 PGS. (each)/RATED A ...$2.99 (each)

ANNIHILATION #4 (of 6)
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Penciled by ANDREA DI VITO
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
Left behind, can Drax survive... Thanos takes action... and Nova sets course on a suicide mission. Bottom line, no Marvel Cosmic fan will forgive himself for missing THIS ISSUE!
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

ALL-NEW OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE A TO Z #11
Written by JEFF CHRISTIANSEN, MARK O’ENGLISH, SEAN MCQUAID, MICHAEL HOSKIN, CHAD ANDERSON, STUART VANDAL, RONALD BYRD,
ERIC J. MOREELS, ANTHONY FLAMINI, MIKE FICHERA, AL SJOERDSMA,
RICH GREEN, CHRIS BIGGS & BILL LENTZ
Cover by KEU CHA
Featuring Stranger, Strong Guy, Stryfe, William Stryker, John Sublime, Suma-Ket, Sundown, Sunturion, Super-Skrull, Swarm, Swordsman, Talkback, Thanatos, Thor (Dargo), Tiboro, Time-Keepers, Timeslip, Tinkerer, Titanium Man, Titannus, Tombstone, Torgo, Turbo, Two-Gun Kid, Tyrant, Ultimo and more!
64 PGS. NO ADS!/Rated T+ ...$3.99

AGENTS OF ATLAS #4 (OF 6)
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by LEONARD KIRK
Cover by TOMM COKER
“Most of us don’t realize when we’re experiencing pivotal history...Today I did. I knew I was witnessing the return of a legend. “
– S.H.I.E.L.D. Subdirector Derek Khanata, from his report
on NAMORA.
The Sea Monarch joins the AGENTS OF ATLAS as they take on an evil that looks to be deeper than the ocean itself!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

THE IRREDEEMABLE ANT-MAN #2
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Pencils and Cover by PHIL HESTER
What’s the best way to steal your best friend’s girlfriend? Lie to her! But that’s just low, nobody would go that far, would they? Nobody but Ant-Man! It’s another issue filled with backstabbing, cheating, and the occasional feat of superhuman heroics. And meanwhile, disaster strikes the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. Who will live? Who will die? The answers will shock you!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

BEYOND #5 (OF 6)
Written by DWAYNE MCDUFFIE
Pencils & Cover by SCOTT KOLINS
Venom has returned and trapped the heroes in Limbo but the game’s not quite over. Until the Space Phantom returns, there’s nothing for anyone to do but confront their feelings about the others – and truly decide how far they’ll go in order to survive.
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES II #1 & 2
Written by JOE CASEY
Penciled by WILL ROSADO
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Goliath! The Wasp! Hawkeye! The Black Panther! The Vision! They are... Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?! Beginning a second look into the history of the Avengers in this all-new mini-series written by original EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES scribe, Joe Casey. A new team has risen to supplant the original legends -- and these members have to prove their worth all over again. Can Goliath withstand the pressures of leadership? Can the Black Panther reconcile his duties as both king and Avenger? Can Hawkeye survive his own dysfunctional love life? And will the public ever accept the Vision as a hero? An all-new, previously untold adventure featuring the mostly unlikely Avengers lineup of all! With covers by Dave Johnson (100 Bullets).
32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/ Rated A ...$3.99

BLACK PANTHER #22
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Pencils and Cover by MANUEL GARCIA
“World Tour,” Part 4
Conclusion! King T’Challa and Queen Ororo continue a diplomatic tour that will have them spanning the globe -- and beyond! They’ve been to Latveria, Atlantis, the Moon. Now, their most hazardous stop yet: The Civil War-ravaged United States, for a meeting with none other than the point man for the U.S. government’s implementation of the Superhuman Registration Act -- Tony Stark. When T’Challa last saw his former Avengers teammate, his attempt to play peacemaker exploded in his face. Is that all in the past...or do the two men have unfinished business...?
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

BLADE #3
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM
Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
A beautiful young woman is dead and Blade is the number one suspect. But how can he prove his innocence when he’s really the one who killed her? Find out in this self-contained issue from Howard (New Avengers) Chaykin and Marc (Wolverine, Law & Order) Guggenheim.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

BULLET POINTS #1 (OF 5)
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils and Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
World War II. America needs a super soldier. Only one man possesses the formula to create the perfect fighting machine from volunteer Steve Rogers. But when a deadly bullet kills Dr. Erskine along with his bodyguard, M.P. Ben Parker, Steve’s destiny—and that of the Marvel Universe—is changed forever.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

CAPTAIN AMERICA #24
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by MIKE PERKINS
Cover by STEVE EPTING
CIVIL WAR tie-in
In the midst of the Civil War, Cap faces his worst fears, as friends desert his cause, and comrades in arms lie dead or wounded. And among all this, the Red Skull begins to make his moves, with a few startling comrades of his own this time. This stunning conclusion of DRUMS OF WAR sets the stage for the next year of Captain America stories that will have everyone talking!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

CIVIL WAR #7 (of 7)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils and Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
Variant & Sketch Variant Covers by MICHAEL TURNER
It all ends here! The startling battle that will determine the future of the Marvel Universe!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

DAREDEVIL #91
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by MICHAEL LARK
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
THE DEVIL TAKES A RIDE - Part 3 of 5. Daredevil finally gets close to the answers he seeks, but before he finds out the truth, he’ll have to face down two villains both out for his blood -- TOMBSTONE and the all-new, all-different MATADOR! Brought to you by the fan-favorite team of Brubaker and Lark!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

DOCTOR STRANGE: THE OATH #2 (of 5)
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Pencils and Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
He’s a hero who just wants to be a surgeon, she’s a surgeon who just wants to be a hero. From the pages of DAREDEVIL, the mysterious woman known as NIGHT NURSE joins Doctor Strange on a paranormal mission to save millions of lives.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

ETERNALS #6 (of 6)
Written by NEIL GAIMAN
Penciled by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Cover by RICK BERRY
Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
The double-sized finale of NEIL GAIMAN and JOHN ROMITA JR.’s epic! The Eternals face their mystery enemy at last. This issue will solidify the Eternals’ place in the Marvel Universe. Will they register? Guest-starring the Avengers!
48 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

FANTASTIC FOUR #543
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Penciled by MIKE MCKONE
Cover by ADI GRANOV
CIVIL WAR tie-in
The double-sized 45th Anniversary Issue of the World’s Greatest Comic Magazine! The super hero Civil War is drawing to a close! But with the betrayals, backstabbing and shifting alliances, who will be the Fantastic Four when all is said and done?
64 PGS./Rated A ...$3.99

FANTASTIC FOUR: THE END #1 & 2 (of 6)
Written by ALAN DAVIS
Pencils and Cover by ALAN DAVIS
Alan Davis writes and pencils the final story of Marvel’s first family! Even the strongest family can be torn apart by tragedy—and in the futuristic world of tomorrow, the members of the once-Fantastic Four are divided and vulnerable to opponents from their past. What events could have caused the FF to go their separate ways, and how does their disbanding set the stage for a conflict that will send shockwaves across the galaxy and beyond?
32 PGS. (each)/Rated T+ ...$2.99 (each)
Also Available: Rough Cut Edition of #1!

FRANKLIN RICHARDS: HAPPY FRANKSGIVING!
Written by MARC SUMERAK & CHRIS ELIOPOULOS
Pencils and Cover by CHRIS ELIOPOULOS
He’s been nominated for an Eisner and three Harvey awards! He’s turned invisible, bounced across the country and fought giant squids! He’s tried every last nanobyte of H.E.R.B.I.E.’s patience! And now’s your chance to once again join everyone’s favorite lab brat, Franklin Richards, on five more exciting adventures! See what all the buzz is about... you’ll be THANKFUL you did!
32 PGS./All Ages ...$2.99

INCREDIBLE HULK #100
Written by GREG PAK
Penciled by CARLO PAGULAYAN & GARY FRANK
Cover by LADRÖNN
Variant cover by MIKE TURNER
A special, HULK-sized issue commemorating 100 issues of gamma-irradiated goodness with two big stories:
Planet Hulk, Allegiance, Part 1 — Is he the Sakaarson, destined to save the planet from its greatest enemies, or the Worldbreaker, the legendary destroyer of everything? The HULK continues his epic story on Planet Sakaar. In this issue, the HULK and Caiera the Oldstrong lead their warriors in an all-out battle against the horrifying Spikes.
But even with the Hulk growing stronger, how can he and his warriors prevail against an enemy that consumes and possesses everything it touches? Featuring another shocking development in the story of Miek — and further hints about the identity of the Sakaarson — and the Worldbreaker. Plus, a 12-page back-up featuring the return of one of HULK’s greatest artists, Gary Frank, as someone discovers that the Illuminati were responsible for sending the Hulk into space! Also reprints Incredible Hulk (vol. 1) #152 and #300!
104 PGS./Rated A ...$3.99

GHOST RIDER #5
Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by JAVIER SALTARES & MARK TEXEIRA
Cover by MARK TEXEIRA
“Vicious Cycle”, Part 5
Conclusion to first story arc, “Vicious Cycle”
Once upon a time, Johnny Blaze had a wife, a family and his own carnival—everything a stunt-riding yahoo could ever want. Then it all went to Hell...literally. Now back on Earth, Johnny has one last chance to reconcile his life before he has to immerse himself in death. Featuring a guest appearance by...SATAN!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

HEROES FOR HIRE #4
Written by JUSTIN GRAY
& JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by FRANCIS PORTELLA
& TOM PALMER
Cover by WILLIAM TUCCI
Following her escape from prison, criminal mastermind Celia Ricadonna sets out to systematically assassinate the HEROES FOR HIRE, starting with Tarantula! Meanwhile, Shang Chi leads the investigation into the Skrull organ transplants and the mysterious corporation behind them. Part 1 (of 2)
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

THE IMMORTAL IRON FIST #1
Written by ED BRUBAKER AND MATT FRACTION
Pencils and Cover by DAVID AJA
Many years ago, in the mystical city of Kun’ Lun, young Danny Rand stared at a suit behind glass -- the garb of “the Immortal Iron Fist” -- and knew that he was destined to wear it. But where did this costume come from? Why did it wait for Danny all those years like a shadow of his future?
The answer to those questions will stun both him and his readers, as Danny Rand leaps from the pages of his breakout hit in DAREDEVIL to his own series - a history-spanning kung-fu epic that will shatter every perception of what it means to be the Immortal Iron Fist! Brought to you by top-ten writer Ed Brubaker and breakout talent Matt Fraction (Punisher War Journal), with action-packed art by David Aja (Daredevil, Giant-Size Wolverine).
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

IRON MAN #14
Written by DANIEL & CHARLES KNAUF
Penciled by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by ADI GRANOV
CIVIL WAR Tie-In!
Tony Stark’s life has become a living nightmare. Forced to fight against his former allies over the Superhuman Registration Act, he’s paying the highest possible price for his beliefs. Reconnecting with old friends proves bittersweet as it leads to high risks and impossible decisions. In this Civil War issue, it’s not just about whose side he’s on... it’s about what kind of a man he is.
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E. #10
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Pencils and Cover by STUART IMMONEN
The book that all smart and good-looking people buy! Want to be smart and good-looking? BUY THIS BOOK! It’s more important to the Marvel Universe than CIVIL WAR! I swear! Cross my heart, and such!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$2.99

MARVEL 1602: FANTASTICK FOUR #3 (of 5)
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by PASCAL ALIXE
Cover by GABRIELE DEL OTTO
The race to the end of the world speed's up as the Four from the Fantastick battle the Four Who Are Frightful and Count Otto von Doom!
32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Rated T+ ...$3.50

MOON KNIGHT #7
Written by CHARLIE HUSTON
Pencils and Cover by DAVID FINCH
“Midnight Sun: Part One: The Woodwork” Moon Knight enters Civil War!
Three months back on the job, and they’re already coming out of the woodwork. The bad guys you expect. The gangsters and the hoods with old axes to grind. They all come with the territory. But the heroes--them you don’t expect. Popping up to give you the eyeball and make sure you’re toeing the line. Their line. Spider-Man and his wisecracks...Frank Castle, the angel of death himself, telling you he’ll be keeping an eye on you...even the fugitive Captain America, with a word to say about crashing aircraft into the sides of buildings in New York City. And now, this other thing. Someone is out there. Someone hitting the old haunts, scenes of the old crimes. Leaving messages. Leaving bodies. Someone who knows you. Someone who crushes steel and pulls off limbs. All to get your attention. Someone out of your league!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$2.99

MS. MARVEL #9
Written by BRIAN REED
Pencils and Cover by MIKE WIERINGO
BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! Rogue appears in the pages of MS. MARVEL! But, if Rogue is a friend, why is Carol Danvers attacking her?! What can Beast of the X-Men do to help? And what does Ms. Marvel’s old call sign “Warbird” have to do with ANY of this?! Writer Brian Reed is joined by special guest artist Mike Wieringo in part one of a tingling two-part saga!
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

NEW AVENGERS #26
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by ALEX MALEEV
The ballad of Clint Barton and Wanda Maximoff
The story Avengers fans have been waiting for. The shocking return of Hawkeye and the Scarlet Witch. That’s right, Hawkeye AND the Scarlet Witch!! Guest-starring Doctor Strange.
Regular writer Bendis re-teams with his Eisner award-winning partner of the Illuminati Special and Daredevil's Alex Maleev to present this, the most important chapter in recent Avengers history.
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

MARVEL LEGACY: THE 1980's HANDBOOK
Written by JEFF CHRISTIANSEN, MICHAEL HOSKIN, STUART VANDAL, SEAN MCQUAID, CHAD ANDERSON, MARK O’ENGLISH, CHRIS BIGGS,
AL SJOERDSMA, RONALD BYRD, MADISON CARTER, ANTHONY FLAMINI, MIKE FICHERA, BARRY REESE & ERIC J. MOREELS
Cover by SAL BUSCEMA
From the Venerable Vaults of Marveldom, it’s the Mighty Marvel Handbook – 1980's style! Just what is the 1980s Handbook, you ask? Imagine a Handbook written at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31, 1989. The profiles within cover everything published by the hallowed House of Ideas up until that point. So if it’s from a comic that has a December 1989 cover date or earlier, you’ll find it in this magnificent mag! Featuring 1980s takes on the Avengers, Captain Marvel, the Defenders, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, She-Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor and Wolverine – plus U.S. Archer, Captain Hero, the Crossroads, Crystar, DP7, Fusion, Hercules of the 24th century, Lady Daemon, Lunatik, Necromon, Nightmask, Nuke, Rocket Raccoon, Spaceknights, Spider-Ham, Micah Synn, Zaniac and more!
64 PGS. NO ADS!/Cardstock Cover/Rated T+ ...$4.99

MARVEL MILESTONES: ONSLAUGHT
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL & MARK WAID
Penciled by ADAM KUBERT & JOE BENNETT
Cover by ADAM KUBERT
The story that launched HEROES REBORN! In ONSLAUGHT: MARVEL UNIVERSE (October 1996), the Avengers, Fantastic Four and more join forces with the X-Men to mount an all-out assault on the immensely powerful psionic being, Onslaught! Many of Marvel’s non-mutant heroes must sacrifice themselves to ensure victory, but all is not as it seems...
48 PGS. NO ADS!/Cardstock Cover/Rated T+ ...$3.99

ONSLAUGHT REBORN #1 (of 5)
Written by JEPH LOEB
Pencils and Cover by ROB LIEFELD
50/50 Variant Cover by MICHAEL TURNER
Marvel’s greatest heroes sacrificed themselves to save the world from the deadliest threat they had ever faced—Onslaught! The lives of the Fantastic Four and the Avengers were saved only when Franklin Richards created a parallel universe, where we found those heroes, reborn! But this world has long since merged back into our own, and the evil Onslaught—forged from the most vile parts of Magneto’s and Professor X’s psyches—has been presumed long dead... but now he, himself, is reborn—and he’s bringing fragments of the other universe with him! Join comics superstars Jeph Loeb and Rob Liefeld in this no-holds-barred, all-out action extravaganza—celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the event that changed Marvel history—as Onslaught, the Marvel Universe, and the Heroes Reborn Universe collide in this massive crossover! A significant portion of the proceeds from ONSLAUGHT REBORN #1-5 will be donated to The Sam Loeb College Scholarship Fund.”
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #1
Written by MATT FRACTION
Art & Cover by ARIEL OLIVETTI
Hey there, Marvel Universe. He’s back...with a vengeance. Taking no prisoners. Literally. With Civil War in full throttle mode, Frank Castle is feeling the heat. His safe houses have been raided, his munitions seized, and he’s square in the crosshairs of a Marvel Universe big gun who always gets his man. Until now, this wasn’t Frank’s war. But when Spandex-clad baddies start carrying badges...well, lets’ just say that’s something the Punisher can’t abide. Brought to you by rising star Matt Fraction (THE LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS), with eye-popping art by superstar artist Ariel Olivetti (LAST AVENGERS STORY).
This oversized first issue has been moved from its original launch date for storyline purposes, so as not to reveal any of the surprises Civil War has in store!
40 PGS./ Rated T+ ...$2.99
ITEM CODE: JUL061988 - New FOC: 11/02 - New On Sale: 11/22
Also Available: BLACK & WHITE VARIANT EDITION (JUL061989)

RUNAWAYS #22
Written by BRIAN VAUGHAN
Penciled by ADRIAN ALPHONA
Cover by JO CHEN
“LIVE FAST, Part One of Three”
Artist and co-creator Adrian Alphona returns! Still reeling from the events of YOUNG AVENGERS/RUNAWAYS, the teenage heroes must now confront a horrific new enemy who threatens to tear the team apart.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

STAN LEE MEETS SILVER SURFER
Written by STAN LEE & PAUL JENKINS
Penciled by MIKE WIERINGO & PASQUAL FERRY
Cover by MIKE WIERINGO
The last in a series of stand-alone specials celebrating the 65th Anniversary of Stan Lee’s employment at Marvel! First, Stan is summoned by the planet-devourer Galactus to deal with the problem of his silver-skinned herald! Next, Paul Jenkins and Pasqual Ferry pay homage to the life and career of “The Man.” And finally, a classic reprint of the Stan-scripted SILVER SURFER #14, guest-starring Spider-Man!
48 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

THUNDERBOLTS #108
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Pencils and Cover by TOM GRUMMETT
ZEMO vs. the GRANDMASTER in a climactic confrontation! Civil War has fractured the superhuman community -- but are they willing to band together for one brief moment -- to give ZEMO the ultimate power he needs to save the world -- even if it could also mean sacrificing the planet to the mysterious Guardian Protocols? And most importantly... will the THUNDERBOLTS trust ZEMO with so much power?
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

UNION JACK #3 (of 4)
Written by Christos Gage
Pencils and Cover by Mike Perkins
The Corruptor has turned Union Jack’s allies into enemies! Can Britain’s champion withstand the combined might of Sabra, the Arabian Knight and Countess Val? And it’s all-out chaos as the deadly villainess Ecstasy mounts an assault on MI5 headquarters!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

WHAT IF? AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED
Written by JEFF PARKER
Pencils & Cover by AARON LOPRESTI
“The Avengers have the same unfortunate tendency as ordinary law enforcement. Once we
have a perpetrator to hang the crime on, we look no further.”- Dr. Hank McCoy
It was the darkest day in Avengers history. Heroes died, the Mansion was destroyed, and the team came to an end. But was the real problem solved? What if the greatest threat had gone undetected?
48 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

WHAT IF? SPIDER-MAN: THE OTHER
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by KHOI PHAM
Cover by MARK BROOKS
In “The Other,” Peter Parker returned from the dead and embraced his “inner spider.” But WHAT IF the detente that was reached between man and arachnid had not ended there? What if the man known as Peter Parker had been completely consumed by his inner, bestial impulses, and became more spider than man?
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

WHAT IF? WOLVERINE: ENEMY OF THE STATE
Written by JIMMIE ROBINSON
Penciled by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
Cover by DOUG ALEXANDER
What if the world’s deadliest killing machine was never de-programmed? Over half a year has passed since the Hand took control of Wolverine, forcing him to assassinate one great hero after another. Now only a handful of super-powered beings are left to stop him. Who will risk their life to end the path of death and destruction? Written by the creator of indie sensation BOMB QUEEN.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

WHITE TIGER #1 (of 6)
Written by TAMORA PIERCE & TIMOTHY LIEBE
Penciled by PHIL BRIONES
Covers by DAVID MACK
A HERO’S COMPULSION
Roaring out of the pages of Daredevil, the new White Tiger makes a ferocious debut, courtesy of the dynamic scripting of NY Times best-selling fantasy author Tamora Pierce (Trickster’s Queen, The Will of the Empress) and masterful penciling of
rising star Phil Briones (La Geste des Chevaliers-Dragons, Les Seigneurs d’Agartha). Angela del Toro knows pain: Her uncle Hector Ayala, the former White Tiger, killed. Her FBI partner, murdered. Her career, ruined. Her mentor, Matt Murdock, jailed. And the hurt is just beginning....The Yakuza’s bloodthirsty Sano Orii returns, a genocidal shadow organization appears, and a new-but-old super-powered madman is looking to put the squeeze on White Tiger. Armed with mystical amulets---and finally in costume---White Tiger demands answers! But will she survive long enough to ask the right questions?
40 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$2.99

YOUNG GUNS: RELOAD SKETCHBOOK
Pencils & sketches previewing upcoming projects by new Young Guns artists BILLY TAN (UNCANNY X-MEN), CLAYTON CRAIN (GHOST RIDER), SIMONE BIANCHI (WOLVERINE), LEINIL YU (NEW AVENGERS), PASQUAL FERRY (ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR) & ARIEL OLIVETTI (PUNISHER: WAR JOURNAL)
Marvel’s Young Guns are THE up-and-coming artists to watch for during the next few years! Each artist has a major project coming from the House of Ideas in 2006, and each is guaranteed to be hotter than a smoking gun! Now, as excitement builds, Marvel is pleased to offer this special-edition sketchbook preview, featuring just a sampling of art so good, it’s making the entire industry sit up and notice!
48 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Rated A ...$3.99

MARVEL KNGHTS

PUNISHER: X-MAS SPECIAL

Written by STUART MOORE
Pencils and Cover by C. P. SMITH
"THE LIST"
He’s making a list, checking it twice, gonna shoot anyone that hasn’t been Nice! The Punisher is coming to town to sleigh... er, slay...those responsible for a little boy’s murder. Unfortunately, between a disgraced cop, a grieving single mother, and a fugitive lawbreaker, the line between Naughty and Nice has been blurred. This mystery’s as deep as a chimney and just as dirty, but when it leads to the Punisher’s final target, will he be able to pull the trigger? Put aside your lump of coal and glass of eggnog and unwrap the gift of holiday homicides, Punisher-style, by writer Stuart Moore and artist C.P. Smith (WOLVERINE).
48 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

SQUADRON SUPREME #9
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils and Cover by MIKE DEODATO
The fallout from the Squadron Supreme’s peacekeeping efforts in the Middle East continues to have massive – and unforeseen – repercussions on the group. Will the world’s most dangerous team crumble from the inside?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$2.99

MARVEL PRESENTS

DEMONS OF MERCY #1 (of 6)

Written by R.H. STAVIS
Pencils and Cover by WALTER GEOVANI
The beginning book of a new 6-issue mini-series which chronicles the upcoming high action Xbox 360 game. In 2012, gorgeous assassin Mercy Dawn has been trained to kill anyone the Yakuza wish. It is only when she loses everything that she decides to use her skills for her own agenda. As Mercy begins her dark descent, she finds herself the unwitting pawn in an epic battle between heaven and hell, and only she holds the key to humanity’s survival. Each collectable book will contain exclusive content that will unlock extra features of the next-gen game.
20 PGS./Parental Advisory
Fans: check with your local retailer to make sure you get a copy of each issue of this series.
Retailers: See this month’s Diamond Retailer Order Form and the Marvel Monthly Deals and upcoming Diamond Daily on ordering instructions for ordering this series. This will have a limited print run.

X-MEN

ASTONISHING X-MEN #19

Written by JOSS WHEDON
Pencils and Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
50/50 Variant cover by JOHN CASSADAY
"UNSTOPPABLE!" Part 1 (of 6)
Strap yourselves in, folks! It’s the beginning of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s final arc on Astonishing X-Men! After the shocking and brain-smashing events of last issue, the X-Men are off to protect the Earth from its destruction at the hands of the Breakworld. And when it’s all over, nothing will ever be the same! No really, we mean it! Whedon & Cassaday prove they are more than Astonishing: They are UNSTOPPABLE!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

CABLE & DEADPOOL #34
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Penciled by Reilly Brown
Cover by MARK BROOKS
The DOMINO PRINCIPLE comes to an explosive conclusion as CABLE’s confrontation with the SIX PACK and their newest member leads to a very difficult decision for all concerned -- ruin a country on the brink of salvation or let Cable tip the first domino towards WORLD DOMINATION!
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

EXILES #88
Written by TONY BEDARD
Pencils and Cover by
PAUL PELLETIER
“SUPERGUARDIANS”
The Imperial Guard is dead. So who better to fill their intergalactic shoes than the Exiles?! The world-jumping heroes find themselves in a battle against a being that has killed Galactus. That being: An evil Silver Surfer!
Part 2 (of 2)!
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

NEW X-MEN #32
Written by CRAIG KYLE
& CHRISTOPHER YOST
Pencils by MIKE NORTON
Cover by PACO MEDINA
“WHATEVER HAPPENED TO WITHER?” Part 1 (of 1)!
The New X-Men are still reeling from the events of last issue, but the real concern is: Where has Wither been this whole time? After leaving the Mansion, Wither set out on his own...but what has he been up to? Find out here. Also, what does Selene have to do with all this?!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

NEW EXCALIBUR #13
Written by FRANK TIERI
Penciled by JIM CALAFIORE
Cover by MICHAEL RYAN
“UNREDEEMED” Part 1 (of 3)
Can a man really change who he is? Can he erase the past and set forth on a new future for himself? The Juggernaut has tried to make his way as a hero, but there are voices in him that are pulling him back to villainous ways. Will Juggernaut give in to the temptation?
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

UNCANNY X-MEN #480
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by JOHN WATSON
“THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SHI’AR EMPIRE”
The foundations of the mighty Shi’Ar are shaken! Vulcan is here! His first test, the Imperial Guard! It’s Vulcan vs. Gladiator. The victor will decide the fate of an entire galaxy! Part 6 (of 12)!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

WOLVERINE #48
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM
Pencils & Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
Epilogue to "Vendetta"
Logan’s survived a plane crash, near-decapitation and being burned alive. The question is... HOW? In this special epilogue to the sellout smash Civil War tie-in arc, the answers start to unfold. Think you know everything there is to know about Marvel’s most popular mutant? Think again. Logan’s newest mystery begins here.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$2.99

WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #8
Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by STEVE DILLON
Cover by JOE QUESADA
50/50 Cover by ARIEL OLIVETTI
“Savior”, Part 3 of 5
While Omega Red holds Jubilee hostage and with S.H.I.E.L.D. hot on his trail, Logan makes his way to Berlin – the site of an ill-fated mission during his time in Team X – to retrieve an ellusive artifact from the Cold War: the carbonadium synthesizer. Omega Red wants the synthesizer so that he can stabilize the deadly carbonadium bonded to his body—but can he be trusted to deliver on his end of the bargain? Of course not. Logan has a plan, though—but he’s going to need some help from an old friend to pull it off.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$2.99

WOLVERINE POSTER BOOK
Cover by JOE QUESADA
Thirty-six posters featuring Marvel’s most popular mutant!
72 PGS./No Ads/RATED T+ ...$4.99

X-FACTOR #13
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils & Cover by PABLO RAIMONDI
Remember X-Factor #87? “X-Aminations,” the analysis issue? Sure you do. Everybody does. Well, Peter David and new regular artist Pablo Raimondi evoke memories of that classic tale with “Re-X-Aminations” as the new team unloads their hopes, fears and darkest secrets to an attentive Doc Samson. If anyone who read the previous series isn’t reading the current one, this is the issue to bring them on board.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

X-MEN #193
Written by MIKE CAREY
Pencils and Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
“SUPERNOVAS”
It’s fight night! The X-Men battle it out with their mysterious new foes, The Children, right above the Xavier Institute! And when the dust clears, what decision does Rogue make that will shake the X-Men to their core?! Part 6 (of 6)!
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS #3
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by ROGER CRUZ
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
There is a place far stranger than the School For Gifted Youngsters, where secrets and mutant horrors are kept away from the greater world. That place is the mind of Charles Xavier. Now his exceptional students have to help Professor X escape that which he fears most!
32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

X-MEN: PHOENIX - WARSONG #3 (of 5)
Written by GREG PAK
Penciled by TYLER KIRKHAM
Cover by MARC SILVESTRI
As remnants of the Phoenix make their way through the Stepford Cuckoos, more and more of their past is revealed! Where do they come from? Who created them? And who are their parents?! Part 3 (of 5)!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

MAX

PUNISHER #40
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Penciled by LEANDRO FERNANDEZ
Cover by TIM BRADSTREET
“Man of Stone,” Part 4
It’s high noon in the mountains of Afghanistan. As Frank Castle and his ragtag crew of mercenaries square off against General Nikolai Alexandrovich Zakharov – a.k.a. “The Man of Stone” – and a battalion of Russian Marines. The Punisher is boxed in, outmanned – just the way he likes it.
32 PGS./Explicit Content ...$2.99
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HELLSTORM: SON OF SATAN #2 (of 5)
Written by ALEXANDER IRVINE
Penciled by RUSSELL BRAUN
Cover by ARTHUR SUYDAM
“Equinox,” Part 2 of 5
When the Son of Satan is your best option, God help you.
New Orleans. The Big Easy. The membrane between our world and the underworld has always been a little thinner here. Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the outpouring of human misery has drawn demons like sharks to a bloodbath. Demons who work for someone--or something--that’s harvesting body parts in a furious race toward unspeakable purposes. For Daimon Hellstorm, this means one thing: It’s hunting season. Like Sun Tzu said, “Some battles can be won without firing a single arrow. All you need to do is sow chaos.” And who better to do that than the Son of Satan?
This is the Son of Satan as you’ve never seen him before, brought to you by acclaimed novelist Alexander Irvine (The Narrows), with searing art by Russell Braun (Animal Man) and Klaus Janson.
32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Explicit Content ...$3.99
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ZOMBIE #3 (of 4)
Written by MIKE RAICHT
Pencils & Cover by KYLE HOTZ
The hordes of zombies gathered outside the highway rest stop have smashed and clawed their way through the plaster walls and reinforced doors, and are now just yards from the few human survivors whose flesh just might sate their relentless hunger.
But that just might be the least of the survivors’ problems. The homicidal bank robbers with twitchy trigger fingers are more concerned with their spoils than their survival, and the military doctor who seems to know a bit too much about the undead is acting a bit funny... As greed and survival collide against a horrendous backdrop, a man named Simon Garth just might hold the key to everyone’s survival... The undead continue to walk the Earth in this 4-issue MAX limited series written by Mike Raicht, with art by Kyle Hotz.
32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Explicit Content ...$3.99
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WISDOM #1 (of 6)
Written by PAUL CORNELL
Pencils and Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Pete Wisdom has a lot of fairies to kill. Yes, fairies are supposed to be nice and magical and charming, but they are currently attacking England. Hugo Award nominee Paul Cornell (BBC’s Dr. Who and Robin Hood) and fan-favorite artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis, Ultimate Six) bring you a sci-fi mini-series unlike anything you’ve seen before!
32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Explicit Content ...$3.99
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MARVEL ADVENTURES

MARVEL ADVENTURES THE AVENGERS #7

Written by TONY BEDARD
Penciled by SHANNON GALLANT
Cover by SEAN CHEN
Treasure hunter Cain Marko steals a cursed ruby and gets more than he bargained for when he is magically transformed into the indestructible Juggernaut! The mighty Avengers rush to help earthquake victims, only to be confronted by this powerful new foe. Now it’s up to Storm and Wolverine to save countless innocents from a man who cannot be beaten and cannot be stopped!
32 PGS./All Ages ...$2.99

MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #21
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Penciled by MICHAEL O’HARE
Cover by PATRICK SCHERBERGER
Who is the mysterious TINKERER, and why is he flooding the city with technologically-enhanced villains? To unplug this threat, Spider-Man needs an upgrade of his own, starting with a new “smart stealth” BLACK COSTUME!
32 PGS./All Ages ...$2.99

MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #18
Written by ZEB WELLS
Pencils and Cover by KANO
Flying cars, covert missions and secret handshakes...by day, she is the Invisible Girl of the Fantastic Four, but by night, she is...SUE STORM, SECRET AGENT!
32 PGS./All Ages ...$2.99

ICON COMICS

CRIMINAL #2

Written by ED BRUBAKER
Art and Cover by SEAN PHILLIPS
Top Ten writer Ed Brubaker (Daredevil, Cap, Uncanny X-Men) and best-selling Marvel Zombies artist Sean Phillips' CRIMINAL is shooting your way, and all smart comic readers may as well have a bullseye on their foreheads!
Leo has reluctantly joined on for the heist to end all heists, but nothing is what it seems, and when this job falls apart, it's in a hail of bullets and double-crosses that leave him shattered. What will he do next? Run for his freaking life! But will anywhere be safe, when the cops and the bad-guys are all after him?
Advance buzz is already spreading about CRIMINAL, and critics are predicting it'll be Brubaker and Phillips best work yet. And as a bonus, each issue of Criminal is packed from cover to cover with content, featuring a full length continuing story, as well as back-up stories and articles and DVD-style behind the scenes extras.
32 PGS. NO ADS!/Mature …$2.99

JACK KIRBY’S GALACTIC BOUNTY HUNTERS #4
Written by LISA KIRBY & STEVE ROBERTSON
Penciled by MIKE THIBODEAUX & KARL KESEL
Cover by JACK KIRBY
In pursuit of Slugg and Garrett, the Galactic Bounty Hunters must covertly invade Dangerland (a swell place to take the whole family—if they’re wanted by the law!) But while they’re sneaking in, Garrett makes his bid for freedom!
32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Rated T+ ...$2.99

POWERS #23
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
“SECRET IDENTITY”
Readers of the Eisner Award-winning POWERS know this has been the most intense year the book has ever seen. Walker and Pilgrim’s lives have turned inside out, and this latest murder exposes nothing less than the world’s most-kept secret – a secret so deadly that it will force Walker to make a decision he can never take back. Witness a scene so gruesome, no other comic but POWERS could show it to you. From the writer of NEW AVENGERS, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN and the CIVIL WAR specials! Part 5 (of 6)
32 PGS./Explicit Content ...$2.95
POWERS is TM & © 2006 Jinxworld Inc. All Rights Reserved.

POWERS VOL. 10: COSMIC TPB
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
Powers are dropping out of the sky, leaving bloody bodies in their wake. When one of the victims is revealed to be the cosmic guardian of our galaxy, homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim find themselves knee-deep in cosmic doo. And if things weren’t bad enough, Internal Affairs would like to have a word with Detective Pilgrim. All that and it’s a perfect jumping-on point for new readers! From the writer of some of your favorite Marvel Comics (NEW AVENGERS, HOUSE OF M, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, DAREDEVIL, SECRET WAR) comes a brand-new chapter from the award-winning book! Collects POWERS #13-18.
200 PGS./Explicit Content ...$19.95
POWERS is TM & © 2006 Jinxworld Inc. All Rights Reserved.

MARVEL HARDCOVERS

MARVEL WESTERNS HC

Written by DAN SLOTT, JEFF PARKER, KARL KESEL, FRED VAN LENTE, JUSTIN GRAY, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, JIM MCCANN, STEVE ENGLEHART & JOE LANSDALE
Penciled by EDUARDO BARRETO, TOMM COKER, CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO, HOMS, FEDERICA MANFREDI, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, DAVE WILLIAMS, MARSHALL ROGERS & RAFFA GARRES
Cover by MARSHALL ROGERS & ERIC POWELL
Marvel’s masked men ride again in all-new tales by a posse of today’s most talented creators! It’s the raucous return of Two-Gun Kid, Hurricane, Red Wolf, the Man From Fort Rango, Kid Colt, Arizona Annie, the Black Rider, Gunhawk and more! And introducing the Philadelphia Filly and Spender! Plus: re-presenting the origin of Rawhide Kid by Jack “King” Kirby and other classic Marvel Western tales! Collects MARVEL WESTERNS: THE TWO-GUN KID, MARVEL WESTERNS: WESTERN LEGENDS, MARVEL WESTERNS: KID COLT AND THE ARIZONA GIRL, MARVEL WESTERNS: STRANGE WESTERNS STARRING THE BLACK RIDER, and the MARVEL WESTERNS: OUTLAW FILES handbook.
208 PGS./Rated T+ ...$20.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2280-X
Trim size: Oversized

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE MIGHTY THOR VOL. 5
Written by STAN LEE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY
Cover by JACK KIRBY
We’ve been ordered from on high, True Believers, and Marvel doesn’t say “Nay” to our ol’ buddy Odin! That’s right, it’s time for another captivating Masterworks collection of the one and only Mighty Thor!
A masterpiece of immortal action, cosmic scope, and boundless drama, Stan and Jack’s Thor collaborations mark a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe, and that’s no small accomplishment coming from the imaginations of the most celebrated creators in comics! And boy, oh boy, bunky, do they knock it up a notch, a cosmic notch, with the tales we’ll be bringing you here! It all begins when the Thunder God is captured by Rigellian colonizers and taken on a trip to the Black Galaxy to confront the one and only Ego, the Living Planet! It’s non-stop action, action, action from there as he journeys to Wundagore Mountain to meet the matchless High Evolutionary and his menagerie of man-beasts! It all wraps up with a trio of titanic tussles between Odin’s Son and Ulik the Troll, the Growing Man, and the Destroyer! There’s a soft spot to these tales too, so don’t forget your hanky as Thor struggles to reconcile his love for the mortal Jane Foster, and then there’s the return of a certain Lady Sif...The cup runneth over with drama and delight!
Collecting THOR (Vol. 1) #131-140 & ANNUAL #2.
256 PGS./All Ages ...$49.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2076-9
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE MIGHTY THOR VOL. 5 - VARIANT VOL. 69
256 PGS./All Ages ...$54.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2077-7

NEW X-MEN OMNIBUS HC
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Penciled by FRANK QUITELY, ETHAN VAN SCIVER, IGOR KORDEY,
TOM DERENICK, JOHN PAUL LEON, PHIL JIMENEZ, KERON GRANT, CHRIS BACHALO, MARC SILVESTRI & LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Cover by FRANK QUITELY
Sixteen million mutants dead – and that was just the beginning! In one bold stroke, writer Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, JLA, FANTASTIC FOUR: 1234) propelled the X-Men into the 21st century – masterminding a challenging new direction for Marvel’s mutant heroes that began with the destruction of Genosha and never let up. Regarded as the most innovative thinker of the current comic-book renaissance, Morrison proceeded to turn the mutant-hero genre on its ear. Gone were the gaudy spandex costumes – replaced by slick, black leather and an attitude to match. Now, his entire Eisner Award-nominated run on NEW X-MEN is collected in one deluxe hardcover! Collects NEW X-MEN #114-154 and ANNUAL 2001.
1096 PGS./Rated T+ ...$99.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2326-1
Trim size: Oversized

SQUADRON SUPREME VOL. 1: THE PRE-WAR YEARS PREMIERE HC
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Penciled by GARY FRANK & JUAN BARRANCO
Cover by GARY FRANK
It all starts here! Hyperion, Nighthawk, Blur, Power Princess, Doctor Spectrum and the rest of the deadliest super-team around are joined by a new group of super heroes, as only J. Michael Straczynski and Gary Frank can imagine! As the U.S. government plots to create two teams of super-powered agents to crush enemies both domestic and foreign, Mark Milton – a.k.a. Hyperion – has plans of his own. Plans that could uproot the government’s control over its super-powered population and force them to contend with the ever-growing threat of Mark’s constant insubordination. Collects SQUADRON SUPREME #1-7.
168 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$22.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2282-6
Trim size: standard

MARVEL DIGESTS

SPIDER-GIRL VOL. 7: BETRAYED DIGEST
Written by TOM DEFALCO & SEAN MCKEEVER
Penciled by PAT OLLIFFE & CASEY JONES
Cover by PAT OLLIFFE
Who will lead the New York underworld? Will the Green Goblin go good or give grief? What secret is Mary Jane keeping? And who is the next true Spider-Man? Guest-starring the Fantastic Five! Collects SPIDER-GIRL #34-38 and #51.
144 PGS./All Ages ... $7.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2157-9

MARVEL HOLIDAY DIGEST
Written by TOM DEFALCO, ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA, JEFF PARKER, MIKE CAREY, SHAENON GARRITY, ROY THOMAS & CHRIS CLAREMONT
Penciled by TAKESHI MIYAZAWA, ROGER CRUZ, DUNCAN ROULEAU, REILLY BROWN, MIKE PERKINS, ROGER LANGRIGE, ROSS ANDIO
& JOHN BYRNE
Cover by STUART IMMONEN
It’s that time of year again – or it will be when this book comes out – and this digest delivers six stories sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Industry legend Tom DeFalco (SPIDER-GIRL) and artist Takeshi Miyazawa bring you a riff on the classic “A Christmas Carol” starring Spider-Man, and rising star Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN) writes two tales: Artist Duncan Roleau draws a story showing the many ways in which the members of the Fantastic Four celebrate the holidays, and Roger Cruz illustrates a merry mutant holiday spectacular! Plus: The New Avengers battle an Ultron robot programmed to believe it’s Santa Claus, courtesy of Jeff Parker (Interman, AGENTS OF ATLAS) and hot newcomer Reilly Brown! Then, writer Mike Carey (X-MEN, ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR) joins artist Mike Perkins (CAPTAIN AMERICA, SPELLBINDERS) to take the Fantastic Four on a wild ride! Finally, webcomics superstar Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic) joins indy comics legend Roger Langridge (Fred the Clown, MARVEL MONSTERS: FIN FANG FOOM) for just the sort of insanity they’re known for! Collects MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2004-2005, plus classic yuletide yarns from MARVEL TEAM-UP #1 (1971) & UNCANNY X-MEN #143 (1980}
144 PGS./All Ages ... $7.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2300-8

MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 4: COSMIC THREATS DIGEST
Written by JUSTIN GRAY
Penciled by JUAN SANTACRUZ & STAZ JOHNSON
Cover by DAVID WILLIAMS
All adventure, all action, for all ages! Join Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing for a wild ride of all-new, unforgettable exploits as they take on the powerful malevolent alien calling himself the Grant Master, the cosmic scavenger Terminus and the mad Titan known as Thanos – and have a close encounter with a world gone bonkers! Guest-starring Captain Marvel! Collects MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #13-16.
96 PGS./ All Ages ... $6.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2208-7

AVENGERS AND POWER PACK ASSEMBLE! DIGEST
Written by MARC SUMERAK
Penciled by GURIHIRU
Cover by GURIHIRU
It’s all-ages action in the mighty Marvel manner! Hot on the heels of their adventure with the X-Men, Power Pack returns for another titanic team-up – and this time, it’s Earth’s Mightiest Heroes leading the charge! Featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman and more! Collects AVENGERS AND POWER PACK ASSEMBLE! #1-4.
96 PGS./All Ages ...$6.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2155-2

MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVELS

X-MEN FAIRY TALES TPB
Written by C. B. CEBULSKI
Penciled by SANA TAKEDA, KYLE BAKER, KEI KOBAYASHI
& BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Cover by SANA TAKEDA
In the tradition of the X-Men classic, “Kitty’s Fairy Tale,” comes a series of new legends, reimagining the greatest X-Men stories through folktales, myths and fables from across the globe. Collects X-MEN FAIRY TALES #1-4.
96 PGS./Rated A ...$10.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2207-9

SECRET WAR TPB
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
Starring Wolverine, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Captain America, Black Widow, Luke Cage and more! Brian Michael Bendis, the most popular and acclaimed writer in comics, reveals the darkest chapter in Marvel Universe history! When Nick Fury discovers a disturbing connection between many of Marvel’s deadliest villains, he assembles a ragtag team of the MU’s most misunderstood heroes for a secret mission to do what the U.S. government could never allow – eventually leading to a super-powered blowout between a who’s who of NYC heroes and mutants! Featuring the American debut of the stunning, fully painted work of Italian artist Gabriele Dell’Otto. Collects SE CRET WAR #1-5 and SECRET WAR: FROM THE FILES OF NICK FURY.
256 PGS./Rated T+ ...$24.99
ISBN: 0-7851-1331-2

HEROES REBORN: CAPTAIN AMERICA TPB
Written by ROB LIEFELD, CHUCK DIXON, JEPH LOEB & JAMES ROBINSON
Penciled by ROB LIEFELD, JOE PHILLIPS, JOE BENNETT & AL RIO
Cover by ROB LIEFELD
On the Earth of Heroes Reborn, Steve Rogers seems to have found the life of his dreams, but it’s up to Nick Fury and the Falcon to awaken him to his role of Captain America! It’s new origins for old enemies when Cap faces even darker versions of the Red Skull and the Sons of the Serpent! Also starring Rikki “Bucky” Barnes, later seen in THUNDERBOLTS! Collects CAPTAIN AMERICA (VOL. 2) #1-12.
336 PGS./Rated A ...$29.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2339-3

HEROES REBORN: IRON MAN TPB
Written by JIM LEE, SCOTT LOBDELL, JEPH LOEB & ED BENES
Penciled by WHILCE PORTACIO, RYAN BENJAMIN, TERRY SHOEMAKER & MIKE MILLER
Cover by WHILCE PORTACIO
Iron Man left two lives behind when he vanished, but can he avoid his former mistakes in his new one? The armored Avenger takes on Hydra, Heralds and the Hulk – and the eyes of the Marvel Universe are upon him in the form of Loki, the Watcher and Onslaught himself! Featuring Doc Samson and – or rather, AS – the Abomination! Plus: Rebel O’Reilly, later of THUNDERBOLTS fame! Collects IRON MAN (VOL. 2) #1-12.
336 PGS./Rated A ... $29.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2338-5

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON: THE SWINE TPB
Written by JACK KIRBY
Pencils & Cover by JACK KIRBY
The King keeps Cap’s quests coming with menaces from deep in space and deeper in the human soul! Even the evil of the Red Skull might pale before the fearsome Bio-Fanatic! Plus: Magneto and a rarely seen batch of evil mutants! Featuring the Falcon and Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Collects CAPTAIN AMERICA #206-214 and ANNUAL #3-4.
240 PGS./Rated A ... $29.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2078-5

CAPTAIN AMERICA: RED MENACE VOL. 2 TPB
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by STEVE EPTING
Cover by STEVE EPTING
It was Wizard’s book of the year for 2005; now, fan-favorite artist Steve Epting rejoins Top Ten writer Ed Brubaker for an action-packed thriller in London, as Captain America travels across the Atlantic in search of his old partner – a story that will see him fighting side-by-side with some very old friends. But Cap and the Winter Soldier aren’t the only ones taking the journey abroad. Crossbones and Sin are on a path of revenge that’s leading them in the exact same direction! And what of General Lukin and his “relationship” with the Red Skull? Collects CAPTAIN AMERICA #18-21.
104 PGS./Rated T+ ... $10.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2225-7

FANTASTIC FOUR: FIRST FAMILY TPB
Written by JOE CASEY
Penciled by CHRIS WESTON
Cover by CHRIS WESTON
For the first time, untold secrets of the Fantastic Four’s earliest days are revealed! What happened the moment after Reed Richards’ rocket crash–landed? What happened – to Sue Storm, to Ben Grimm, to Johnny Storm – in the days following that fateful event? An in-depth, action-packed, psychologically thrilling exploration of the FF’s origin! Collects FANTASTIC FOUR: FIRST FAMILY #1-6.
144 PGS./Rated A... $15.99
ISBN: 0-7851-1703-2

AVENGERS: GALACTIC STORM VOL. 2 TPB
Written by LEN KAMINSKI, TOM DEFALCO, MARK GRUENWALD,
ROY & DANN THOMAS, GERARD JONES, BOB HARRAS & LEN KAMINSKI
Penciled by PAUL RYAN, PAUL OLLIFFE, RIK LEVINS, DAVE ROSS, RURIK TYLER, JEFF JOHNSON, STEPHEN B. JONES, STEVE EPTING, GREG CAPULLO, CRAIG BRASFIELD, JOHN CZOP, DARREN AUCK & DAVE SIMONS
Cover by RON FRENZ
One galaxy’s heroes are another’s villains, and two galaxies’ worth of them collide head-on – with the Avengers in the middle of a war whose repercussions will haunt them for years! The events that split and shook Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to their foundations end here, and intergalactic boundaries aren’t the only lines being drawn! Plus: The tri-galaxy war devastates Earth far more literally when we see “What If the Avengers Lost Operation: Galactic Storm?”! Collects IRON MAN #279, THOR #446, CAPTAIN AMERICA #400-401, AVENGERS WEST COAST #82, QUASAR #34-35, WONDER MAN #9, AVENGERS #347 and WHAT-IF #55-56.
288 PGS./Rated A ...$29.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2045-9

SHANNA, THE SHE-DEVIL TPB
Written by FRANK CHO
Penciled by FRANK CHO
Cover by FRANK CHO
She’s bold, she’s beautiful, and she’s your best hope of escaping the raptors nipping at your heels. She’s Shanna, the She-Devil! Award-winning creator Frank Cho brings you Marvel’s bodacious jungle girl as you’ve never seen her before: Reborn from Nazi science gone mad to battle her genetic destiny on an island full of prehistoric horrors. Shanna has never looked this good – or acted this bad! Collects SHANNA, THE SHE-DEVIL #1-7.
168 PGS./ Parental Advisory ...$16.99
ISBN: 0-7851-1038-0

FURY: PEACEMAKER TPB
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Penciled by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover by GARY FRANK
Before he presided over S.H.I.E.L.D., before he ran with the Howling Commandos, Sgt. Nick Fury fought on the blood-stained sands of the Tunisian desert. It was there that he came face-to-face with the incomparable might of the 21st Panzer Division and its skilled warrior commander, General Stephen Barkhorn, and barely lived to tell about it. And it was there that he got a second chance at life – and revenge. In this gripping tale, Garth Ennis (GHOST RIDER, PUNISHER) and Darick Robertson (PUNISHER: BORN) offer a never-before-seen glimpse into the soul of a warrior you only think you know. Collects FURY: PEACEMAKER #1-6.
144 PGS./Rated T+... $17.99
ISBN: 0-7851-1769-5

X-MEN: THE COMPLETE AGE OF APOCALYPSE
EPIC BOOK 4 TPB
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, WARREN ELLIS, JEPH LOEB, JOHN FRANCIS MOORE, FABIAN NICIEZA, LARRY HAMA, TERRY KAVANAUGH, MARK WAID & JUDD WINICK
Penciled by CHRIS BACHALO, KEN LASHLEY, STEVE SKROCE, STEVE EPTING, TERRY DODSON, SALVADOR LARROCA, ANDY KUBERT, ADAM KUBERT, CARLOS PACHECO, ROGER CRUZ, TREVOR MCCARTHY, BRYAN HITCH,
JEFF MATSUDA, GARY FRANK, MIKE MCKONE, TERRY DODSON,
BEN HERRERA, PAUL PELLETIER & LUKE ROSS
Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Learn who lives and who dies in either reality as the apocalyptic arc ends in treachery and tragedy! While certain heroic humans prove their mettle without armor or magic hammers, it’s a race to see who the X-Men will destroy first: Apocalypse or themselves! But even with the crisis concluded, new allies and enemies emerge, guaranteeing that reality will still never be the same! Featuring the dawn of Gene Nation and a turning point for the Legacy Virus! Collects GENERATION NEXT #4, X-CALIBRE #4, X-MAN #4 and #53-54, FACTOR X #4, GAMBIT AND THE X-TERNALS #4, AMAZING X-MEN #4, WEAPON X #4, X-UNIVERSE #2, X-MEN: OMEGA, BLINK #4, and X-MEN: PRIME.
368 PGS./Rated T+ ...$29.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2052-1

PUNISHER MAX VOL. 6: BARRACUDA TPB
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Penciled by GORAN PARLOV
Cover by TIM BRADSTREET
Jigsaw, Ma Gnucci, the Russian – Frank Castle’s faced some fearsome foes in his day, but none as stone-cold rotten to the bone as the Barracuda. He’s big, he’s mean, and the last thing on earth you want is to see him smile. Collects PUNISHER #31-36.
144 PGS./Explicit Content ...$15.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2023-8

PUNISHER: VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAYS TPB
Written by JIMMY PALMIOTTI, JUSTIN GRAY & ANDY DIGGLE
Penciled by MARK TEXEIRA, PAUL GULACY & KYLE HOTZ
Cover by MARK TEXEIRA
Spend the holidays with the Punisher! In RED X-MAS, ‘tis the season – for revenge. Following an eight-casket funeral, a group of vengeful mob widows go holiday shopping for the perfect assassin to take down the man responsible – and enlist the services of the lovely and lethal Sicilian assassin known as Suspiria! In BLOODY VALENTINE, something sparks the little black pit in Frank Castle’s chest – the one that used to be a heart! Suspiria’s back, and she wants to kiss and make up. It seems the murderous pair have a mutual enemy, an arch-villain whose pursuit will take them to Suspiria’s home turf of Rome. Can Frank withstand his partner’s charms? Does he want to? And finally, are you ready for a little holiday cheer? No? Neither is Frank Castle. In SILENT NIGHT, he’s more interested in tracking down a mob rat in the witness protection program and punishing him. But to do that, he’ll have to face his greatest foe. Hint: He’s fat, dresses in red and sports a white beard! Collects PUNISHER: RED X-MAS, PUNISHER: BLOODY VALENTINE and PUNISHER: SILENT NIGHT.
120 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$12.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2220-6

ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 3 TPB
Written by STAN LEE, GARY FRIEDRICH, GERRY CONWAY
& STEVE ENGLEHART
Penciled by GENE COLAN, JOHN ROMITA, GIL KANE & SAL BUSCEMA
Cover by JACK KIRBY
Cap goes up against the usual villainy of AIM, Hydra and the Red Skull – but could the most familiar enemy face be...Bucky’s!? The Falcon becomes Cap’s full-time crime-fighting partner in the wake of this shocker! Gangsters and gorillas! A mysterious Stranger! Nazis, robots and Nazi robots! Featuring the friends and foes of Spider-Man, and the web-slinger himself! Guest-starring Daredevil and the Avengers! Plus: the secret of the 1950s Captain America and Bucky, foreshadowing the first appearance of the man called Nomad! Collects CAPTAIN AMERICA #127-156.
608 PGS./All Ages ... $16.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2166-8

ESSENTIAL MAN-THING VOL. 1 TPB
Written by ROY THOMAS, GERRY CONWAY, LEN WEIN,
STEVE GERBER, MIKE PLOOG & TONY ISABELLA
Penciled by GRAY MORROW, JOHN BUSCEMA, NEAL ADAMS,
RICH BUCKLER, HOWARD CHAYKIN, JIM STARLIN, VAL MAYERIK, MIKE PLOOG, KLAUS JANSON, TOM SUTTON, ALFREDO ALCALA &
VICENTE ALCAZAR
Cover by FRANK BRUNNER
Whosoever knows fear will see just how much there is to know in this compilation of staggering swamp sagas! Explore the heights of the cosmos and the depths of the soul with the mindless Man-Thing! Guest-starring the Fantastic Four! Ka-Zar! Daredevil! Korrek the Peanut Butter Barbarian! And featuring the first web-footed steps into adventure of Howard the Duck! Collects SAVAGE TALES #1, ASTONISHING TALES #12-13, ADVENTURE INTO FEAR #10-19, MAN-THING #1-14, GIANT-SIZE MAN-THING #1-2, and MONSTERS UNLEASHED #5 and #8-9.
544 PGS./Parental Advisory... $16.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2135-8

UNIVERSE X VOL. 1 TPB - NEW PRINTING!
Written by JIM KRUEGER & ALEX ROSS
Penciled by DOUGIE BRAITHWAITE, THOMAS YEATES, JACKSON GUICE & BRENT ANDERSON
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Earth was saved, and the Celestial danger within the planet’s core had been destroyed. Super-humanity had defied its creators and lived to tell the story. But for how long? Earth is on the brink of Civil War, and the surviving heroes of the Marvel Universe are left to fight those they once swore to protect until they can find a cure for the mutated populace. Humanity has become a race unwilling to give up its newfound power, a power that has given way to a war that will lead to the end of all life, as prophesied in EARTH X. It is upon this war-zone world that Captain America and Captain Mar-Vell begin a crusade to collect the world’s greatest sources of power and weapons of mass destruction. But is this quest a means to merely protect humanity – or does it somehow serve a greater, darker purpose? Join creators Alex Ross and Jim Krueger in this chapter of the critically acclaimed, award-winning “X” trilogy. Collects UNIVERSE X #0-7, UNIVERSE X: 4, UNIVERSE X: SPIDEY and UNIVERSE X: CAP.
384 PGS./Rated T+...$29.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2413-6
EARTH X TPB (NEW PRINTING) STILL AVAILABLE!
$29.99 (ISBN: 0-7851-2325-3)

ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN VOL. 5 TPB - NEW PRINTING!
Written by STAN LEE, ROY THOMAS & GERRY CONWAY
Penciled by GIL KANE & JOHN ROMITA
Cover by JOHN ROMITA
Granted amazing arachnid-like abilities by the bite of an irradiated spider, Peter Parker has vowed to protect his fellow man! In this volume, witness the return of the diabolical Doctor Octopus! A side trip to the Savage Land that time forgot! The first-ever appearance of Morbius the Living Vampire! The death of Captain Stacy! Plus: the wall-crawler’s climactic confrontation with the grinning Green Goblin! Collects AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #90-113.
528 PGS./All Ages ...$16.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2379-2