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Our host is back in the studio this week and as usual he’s running off the new releases, rambles on in SkrullWatch, and gladly takes the contributions from Mike Sims with the Mighty Marvel Movie Minute and Backwards Dave offering another Bring ’em Back. There’s also a question comin’ our way thanks to a voicemail and a blast from the past by way of Marvel Tales.
Titles mentioned include Captain America, X-Men: Legacy, Kick-Ass, Thor, and Black Panther.
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Marvel titles on sale 2.27.08:
BLACK PANTHER ANNUAL #1
COVER BY: JUAN DOE
WRITER: REGINALD HUDLIN
PENCILS: LARRY STROMAN
INKS: KEN LASHLEY
“BLACK TO THE FUTURE”: A special double-sized issue to commemorate Black History Month.
It’s 2057 and the Watcher’s prediction came true: Wakanda is an Imperial Power steering the course for humanity’s future. As T’Challa prepares the next Black Panther for the great responsibility ahead, he must first reflect on the road traveled–a long and winding journey filled with surprises.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #35
COVER BY: BUTCH GUICE
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
PENCILS: BUTCH GUICE
INKS: BUTCH GUICE and MIKE PERKINS
THE NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGHTS FOR THE HEART OF HIS COUNTRY IN A CITY GONE INSANE! Last issue was just the tip of the iceberg, as the Red Skull’s master plan kicks into motion, and chaos begins to take hold of the US, with only one man to stand in its way, but is he up to the task? By Harvey and Eisner Award-Winning Best Writer Ed Brubaker with art by master storytellers Steve Epting and Butch Guice!
CRIMINAL 2 #1
COVER BY: SEAN PHILLIPS
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
PENCILS: SEAN PHILLIPS
That’s right, the most acclaimed crime comic in the industry is giving readers and retailers a second chance to get onboard as we relaunch with a new format, featuring more pages, longer main stories, and an expanded magazine section! “Second Chance In Hell” begins the first of three standalone issues, this one focusing on Gnarly the bartenders and telling the story of the last days of his life as a boxer and revealing how the Undertow bar came into his hands. It’s a hard-hitting period-piece, set in the grimy early 70s, where crime, seduction and betrayal go hand-in-hand. And on top of this longer-than-usual length main story, CRIMINAL now features an expanded back-pages section, as well – with articles by Brubaker and other top crime writers, from novelists to screenwriters to comic writers. These noir articles have become a popular piece of the CRIMINAL package, and are something that can only be found in the comics, not in any collections. So please take this SECOND CHANCE IN HELL to find out what everyone’s been talking about!
Mature Content …$3.50
COVER BY: MARKO DJURDJEVIC
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
PENCILS: MICHAEL LARK
INKS: STEFANO GAUDIANO
Daredevil faces Mr. Fear in the shocking conclusion to “Without Fear” by award-winning creators Brubaker and Lark! How far will Matt Murdock go to save his wife? What is Milla’s fate? And what is Mr. Fear’s final secret? All the answers are here!
32 PGS./Rated T+…$2.99
House Of M Avengers #5 (of 5), $2.99
COVERS BY: JOHN ROMITA JR. and STEVE MCNIVEN
WRITER: MARK MILLAR
PENCILS: JOHN ROMITA JR.
The greatest super hero comic of all-time is finally here. WOLVERINE: ENEMY OF THE STATE’s team of MARK MILLAR (CIVIL WAR) and JOHN ROMITA JR. (WORLD WAR HULK) reunite for the best new book of the 21st century. Have you ever wanted to be a super hero? Dreamed of donning a mask and just heading outside to some kick-ass? Well, this is the book for you–the comic that starts where other super hero books draw the line. KICK-ASS is realistic super heroes taken to the next level. Miss out and you’re an idiot!
Explicit Content …$2.99
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #33, $2.99
Marvel Adventures Iron Man #10, $2.99
Marvel Illustrated Picture Dorian Gray #3 (of 6), $2.99
Marvel Zombies 2 #5 (of 5), $2.99
New Exiles #0, $4.99
New Exiles #1 2nd Ptg Var, $2.99
New Warriors #9, $2.99
She-Hulk 2 #26, $2.99
Spider-Man With Great Power #2 (of 5), $3.99
COVERS BY: OLIVIER COIPEL and ART ADAMS
WRITER: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
PENCILS: OLIVIER COIPEL
INKS: MARK MORALES
Asgard stands once more. Thor has reclaimed his role as the God of Thunder, and key members of his Norse pantheon stand by his side. Now, the blockbuster first arc by fan-mega-favorites J. Michael Straczynski (SPIDER-MAN: ONE MORE DAY) and Olivier Coipel (HOUSE OF M) comes to an end. What will be the new status quo for the Odinson? Just be sure to get this one before it sells out like the rest!!
Rated T+ …$2.99
Thunderbolts International Incident, $2.99
Twelve #1 (of 12) 2nd Ptg Var, $2.99
Ultimate Fantastic Four #51, $2.99
Ultimate Spider-Man #119, $2.99
World War Hulk Aftersmash Damage Control #2 (of 3), $2.99
X-Men First Class Vol 2 #9, $2.99
X-MEN: LEGACY #208
COVER BY: DAVID FINCH
WRITER: MIKE CAREY
PENCILS: SCOT EATON and JOHN ROMITA JR.
INKS: JOHN DELL and KLAUS JANSON
The X-Men’s past becomes the present as Xavier fights the greatest battle of his life. With his mind hanging in the balance, one false move can cause irreversible damage. Help arrives from an unlikely source, but in the world post-Messiah Complex, sometimes your enemies are the only people you can trust.
YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS #2
COVER BY: JIM CHEUNG
WRITER: BRIAN REED
PENCILS and INKS: HARVEY TALIBAO
Teddy Altman thought he was just an average teenager with super strength and the ability to shapeshift. Then he discovered he was the son of a Skrull Princess and the Kree’s most famed hero – Captain Marvel. Writer Brian Reed (CAPTAIN MARVEL, NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI) and Harvey Tolibao (IRON MAN ANNUAL, STAR WARS) bring you the tale of the Hulkling’s first meeting with the father he never knew.
Zombie Simon Garth #4 (of 4), $3.99
ALL-NEW OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE A TO Z VOL. 1 PREMIERE
The most exciting and comprehensive Marvel handbook is finally here! Beginning a twelve-volume guide to the Marvel Universe with more than 100 huge entries in each tome! This issue – from 1602 to Blackwulf! Spotlighting people (Angel, Annihilus, Ant-Man, Apocalypse, Arachne, Ares, Aurora, Banshee, Baron Zemo, Beast, Beta Ray Bill, Bishop, Black Bolt, Black Knight, Black Panther, Black Widow), places (Atlantis), teams (AIM, Acolytes, Agents of Atlas, Alpha Flight, Avengers), species (Badoon), alternate realities (2020, 2099, the Age of Apocalypse) and more!
Rated T+ …$24.99
FRANKLIN RICHARDS: COLLECTED CHAOS
COVER BY: CHRIS ELIOPOULOS
WRITERS: MARC SUMERAK and CHRIS ELIOPOULOS
PENCILS: CHRIS ELIOPOULOS
Move over, Mr. Fantastic – the progeny of Marvel’s First Family has a brand-new digest! Franklin Richards returns with this collection of four critically acclaimed FRANKLIN RICHARDS: SON OF A GENIUS one-shots! Join Franklin and his robot pal H.E.R.B.I.E. as they head into Reed’s lab for all kinds of fantastic fun, amazing adventures and more trouble than you can shake an Ultimate Nullifier at! This compilation is bound to bring out the kid in every reader! Collecting FRANKLIN RICHARDS: MARCH MADNESS, WORLD BE WARNED, MONSTER MASH and FALL FOOTBALL FIASCO.
All Ages …$8.99
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA HEROES VOL. 2 (and VARIANT EDITION VOLUME 92)
COVER BY: JOHN ROMITA
PENCILS: JOHN ROMITA, DICK AYERS, BILL EVERETT, MORT LAWRENCE, and BOB POWELL
The Atlas Era Hero Revival continues with the adventures of the comics’ most famous trio of Communist conquering heroes: Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner! Beginning with the Big Three’s anthology adventures in Men’s Adventures, we then dive headlong into Captain America’s complete 1954 solo series. Illustrated by Bullpen legend John Romita in some of his very first super hero stories, you’ll see Cap and Bucky fight Fifth Columnists, Commie spies and even the Soviet Electro! Next up, it’s the Human Torch and Toro! Returned from his slumber by an atomic bomb, the Torch has rejoined his young sidekick in a battle to clean up threats as amazing and entertaining as vampires, killer robots and his 1950s nemesis, the Vulture. Their crime-fighting adventures even take on a global purchase, stretching all the way to the 38th Parallel and Communist Korea! And finally, for a quick taste of what’s to come in Atlas Era Heroes’ next volume, comes an assortment of Bill Everett’s lavishly drawn tales of the lord of the Atlantis, Namor the Sub-Mariner. Considered by many to be the definitive take on the character, Everett’s ’50s Sub-Mariner is nothing less than treasure from the deep! We’d be remiss to leave you without a bevy of historical bonuses, including a rare Human Torch tale that went unprinted for more than a decade, original artwork, Atlas Era house ads and an introduction by Hero Revival scholar extraordinaire Roy Thomas. Collecting MEN’S ADVENTURES #27-28, CAPTAIN AMERICA #76-78, HUMAN TORCH #36-38 and MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #16.
All Ages …$59.99
COVER BY: ROB LIEFELD
WRITER: JEPH LOEB
PENCILS: ROB LIEFELD
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! Collecting ONSLAUGHT REBORN #1-5.
Rated T+ …$19.99
ORSON SCOTT CARD’S WYRMS
COVER BY: ADRIANO BATISTA
WRITERS: ORSON SCOTT CARD and JAKE BLACK
PENCILS: ADRIANO BATISTA
Fusing high science fiction with the classical mythological archetype of the quest, New York Times best-selling author Orson Scott Card’s WYRMS is a must-read for any fan of science fiction and fantasy. Featuring a world settled by humans from a crashed starship who have built their own unique society, WYRMS is a story full of many themes and ideas, crafted by the writer responsible for such masterpieces as ENDER’S GAME and SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD. And with stunning artwork by Adriano Batista that brings these characters to life, WYRMS is a can’t miss event! Collecting WYRMS 1-6.
Parental Advisory …$14.99
PUNISHER MAX VOL. 4
COVER BY: TIM BRADSTREET
WRITER: GARTH ENNIS
PENCILS: LEANDRO FERNANDEZ and LAN MEDINA
This deluxe hardcover collects PUNISHER MAX VOL. 7: MAN OF STONE and PUNISHER MAX VOL. 8: WIDOWMAKER, plus extras. In MAN OF STONE, two new players arrive to work out a lethal grudge as British Special Forces and Taliban insurgents face off in the Afghan highlands. One is Frank Castle, the man they call the Punisher. The other is General Nikolai Alexandrovich Zakharov, Soviet war criminal, known as the Man of Stone. Neither will stop until the other is dead – and Zakharov has brought not only a platoon of elite shock troops, but CIA traitor Rawlins, blackest of black operators. Castle has allies of his own, but this is old, bad, bloody country. You go to war in Afghanistan…and everybody dies. And in WIDOWMAKER, five Mafia widows are going to try what so many of their menfolk failed at: They’re going to take the Punisher down. But they’re not the only ones out for revenge. You spend your life married to organized crime, you end up with things in your past you’d rather forget. And for these women, the past is coming back in the worst way possible. Armed. Deadly. And hungry for justice. Collecting PUNISHER #37-49.
Explicit Content …$29.99
SHANNA THE SHE DEVIL: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
COVER BY: KHARI EVANS
WRITERS: JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
PENCILS: KHARI EVANS
Shanna the She-Devil returns in an all-new series jam-packed with jungle action, Hong Kong gangsters, dinosaurs, diamonds and cavemen! Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti reunite with super-hot artist Khari Evans (DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON) to bring you the story of modern-day pirates shipwrecked on the Marvel Universe’s deadliest island, where only Shanna can protect them from hordes of man-eating monsters! Collecting SHANNA THE SHE DEVIL: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST #1-4.
96 PGS./Parental Advisory …$10.99
COVER BY: CHRIS BACHALO
WRITER: MIKE CAREY
PENCILS: CHRIS BACHALO, HUMBERTO RAMOS, CLAYTON HENRY, and MARK BROOKS
A new direction for the X-Men, or at least what’s left of them! As old threats are put to rest, more deadly threats emerge from the unlikeliest of places. Threats that spell doom for the X-Men. Plus: What could possibly strike terror into the heart of…Sabretooth?! And who are the Children of the Vault? This is the book you’ve been waiting for! A perfect starting point for any new reader! Collecting X-MEN #188-199 and ANNUAL #1.
Rated A …$29.99
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