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Preview: X-Force #3

X-Force Takes No Prisoners in The War Against The Purifiers!

The red-hot, sold-out hottest X-launch of the year continues as Wolverine’s new team searches for the kidnapped Wolfsbane and continues their merciless attacks on Purifier bases till they find her! Enter X-Force #3, from the fan-favorite writing team of Christopher Yost & Craig Kyle, with rising star artist Clayton Crain, ratchet the action up to 11. Just what does the return of New Mutants foe Magus mean for X-Force? As Matthew Riseman’s plan comes into full effect, it seems he’s gathered just what — or WHO — he needs…but what’s his endgame? And just how does S.H.I.E.L.D. figure into all this? An X-Men: Divided We Stand tie-in, X-Force helps set the stage for the future of mutantkind in a world without X-Men!

“I love where this series is going,” said Kevin Powers of ComicsBulletin.Com. “Clayton Crain’s dark style of painted artwork is absolutely appropriate for this title.”

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on X-Force and all Divided We Stand tie-ins, as they continue to sell out rapidly! X-Force is on the trail of the Purifiers…but are they too late? Find out in X-Force #3!

X-FORCE #3 (FEB082266)
X-FORCE #3 BLOODY VARIANT (JAN088014)
Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST & CRAIG KYLE
Pencils & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
Parental Advisory …$2.99
FOC—4/3/08, On-Sale—4/23/08

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Secret Invasion Banners!

Tim Daniel from Hidden Robot has made some Secret Invasion banners that are ready for you to go crazy with.

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Mike Wieringo Tribute Book Available in June

LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2008) — When artist Mike Wieringo passed away, he was in the middle of his latest Marvel Comics book, a What If? story. Mike had completed seven pages of what became a massive 27-page story. With Mike’s passing, Marvel Comics generously provided access to the script and Mike’s art to The Hero Initiative, and Mike’s friends stepped up to finish the story, and pay tribute to Mike. Now, What If…This Was The Fantastic Four?: A Tribute to Mike Wieringo is slated as a massive, 48-page tribute book for June shipping that contains the full story, and additional written tributes to Mike.

The tremendous list of talent participating in the book includes Jeff Parker, Arthur Adams, Paul Renaud, Stuart Immonen, Cully Hamner, Alan Davis, David Williams, Sanford Greene, Humberto Ramos, Skottie Young, Mike Allred, Barry Kitson, and Val Staples. Cover artwork is by Mike Wieringo and Paul Mounts, and The Hero Initiative is publishing the book with the full support of both Marvel Comics, and the family of Mike Wieringo.

This book is listed in Diamond Previews and the Previews Order Form under “Hero Initiative,” so order there! The book retails for $4.99.

“While Mike was always looking forward as an artist, he had a genuine appreciation of the efforts of those that came before him. He knew that, without their hard work and talent, he would not have had a career. He was a great and generous guy and he would have been thrilled to be a part of this book. And I’m honored that I’ve been allowed to be a part of it as well,” said Matt Wieringo, Mike’s brother.

Editor Nate Cosby says of the project, “Mike was (and still IS) one of my favorite artists of all time. He drew the world as he saw it, and combined his vision with the imaginations of others to create some of my favorite comics of all time. It was more than a pleasure to work with him all-too-briefly. This book is a remembrance of what Mike could do with a pencil, and a tribute to him as a man.”

“I’m amazed at the generosity of Marvel, and all the artists who stepped forward to help out on this book,” said Hero Initiative President Jim McLauchlin. “It’s a great package, and a fitting tribute to Mike.”

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. For more information, call 310-909-7809 or visit www.HeroInitiative.org.

Marvel Comics is a division of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a leading global character-based entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 5,000 characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60 years. Marvel’s operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel’s creative team also supports the development of video games and toy lines based on its characters as well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel’s comic book division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel’s Toy Biz division is a recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing, developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional information, visit http://www.marvel.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Arune Singh
MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT
212-576-4061
asingh@marvel.com

Janine Bielski
The Hero Initiative
310-909-7809
HeroInitiative@aol.com

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Secret Invasion Gets Inhuman!

Whether he’s dead or missing, SECRET INVASION will make Black Bolt’s family truly Inhuman!

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SECRET INVASION 04.02.08 – ARE YOU READY?

SECRET INVASION begins Wednesday April, 2! Who do you trust? And more importantly, ARE YOU READY? Marvel is pleased to announce two great new items available online to get readers and fans excited and in on the ground floor of the biggest event of the year.

First up, the Secret Invasion Saga is available now as a Marvel Digital Comic, filled with the history of the Skrulls from their first appearance up to their current Infiltration! Loaded with clues, this is the best primer available for the biggest event in comics this year.

Then, from the creative team behind SECRET INVASION (Brian Bendis & Leinil Yu), comes an online SECRET INVASION PROLOGUE, in which one key member of the Marvel Universe was replaced by Skrulls, an infiltration that will lead to the downfall of S.W.O.R.D.! This ran as an exclusive to Marvel Digital U subscribers for the past week, now Marvel is pleased to make it available to EVERYONE to get them ready for SECRET INVASION #1. Read the digital comics… then go into your local comic shops Wednesday, April 2nd and pick up issue #1 of SECRET INVASION.

SECRET INVASION #1 (of 8) (FEB082240)
SECRET INVASION #1 (of 8) MCNIVEN VARIANT (FEB082241)
SECRET INVASION #1 (of 8) YU VARIANT (DEC078206)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
Variant cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
Rated T+ …$3.99
On-Sale—4/2/908

SECRET INVASION SAGA
http://www.marvel.com/digitalcomics/titles/Secret_Invasion_Saga.2008
Written by JOHN RHETT THOMAS
Cover by LEINIL YU
Rated T+
ONLINE NOW!

SECRET INVASION PROLOGUE
http://www.marvel.com/digitalcomics/titles/SECRET_INVASION_PROLOGUE.2008
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Rated T+
ONLINE NOW!

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Image by Tim Daniel of Hidden Robot
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Preview: Uncanny X-Men #497

Divided, The X-Men Will…Fall?

As Cyclops and Emma Frost try to save Angel — and the entire city of San Francisco — from something unexplainable, Wolverine, Colossus and Nightcrawler must face Russia’s deadly Red Room! Uncanny X-Men #497, from Eisner-winning scribe Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Daredevil, Criminal) and rising star artist Michael Choi, continues the acclaimed story of a world without X-Men, with the former superheroes attempting to move on after the events of Messiah CompleX. An ­X-Men: Divided We Stand tie-in, this issue continues the red-hot storyline that has fans and critics alike buzzing!

Steven M. Bari of ComicsBulletin.Com gushed, “Salivate over Mike Choi’s art. His work isn’t just perfect anatomically and thematically. It’s sexy!”

“Ed Brubaker is obviously having a lot of fun with his latest Uncanny X-Men arc. I’m glad to say I am too,” said Jesse Schedeen of IGN.Com.

Retailers, check the Marvel Mailer for special ordering instructions regarding the Uncanny X-Men #497 Djurdjevic Variant by rising star artist Marko Djurdjevic (Thor)!

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on all X-Men titles, as the Divided We Stand tie-ins continue to sell out at Diamond and generate buzz. As Wolverine, Colossus and Nightcrawler’s road trip takes a turn for the worse…can mutantkind survive without the X-Men? Find out in Uncanny X-Men #497!

UNCANNY X-MEN #497 (FEB082261)
UNCANNY X-MEN #497 DJURDJEVIC VARIANT (JAN088351)
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils & Cover by MICHAEL CHOI
Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC—4/3/08, On-Sale—4/23/08

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Sneak Peeks: Titles Shipping 4.2.08 (Part III)

Marvel has yet again been kind enough to provide previews of some of next week’s titles. In this final offering of titles shipping next week, we have the opening pages of Punisher War Journal #18, Logan #2 (Black and White Variant), Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures #10, Clandestine #3, and Kick-Ass #2.

Be warned, there may be some spoilers below. Also, Dave’s blue language has been excised from the Kick-Ass preview pages. In the actual comic, his potty mouth and thoughts are in full force.


PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #18
COVER BY: ALEX MALEEV
WRITER: MATT FRACTION
ART: HOWARD CHAYKIN
One word: JIGSAW. In this prelude to the next major story-arc in PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL, we get to spend a little time with the man, the myth, and the monster that’s earned the right to call himself the Punisher’s arch-nemesis. What is it about Frank Castle that makes this otherwise sane, if a little sinister, gangster go absolutely and completely insane whenever he’s around? What buttons can Frank possibly push that pushes Jigsaw over the edge of sanity? Find out straight from the horse’s mouth, kiddies: JIGSAW starts here, ends in blood, and features a whole lot of violence in-between. By Matt Fraction (IMMORTAL IRON FIST, Casanova) and Howard Chaykin (WOLVERINE).
Rated T+ …$ 2.99

LOGAN #2 (of 3) BLACK AND WHITE VARIANT
COVER BY: EDUARDO RISSO
WRITER: BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
PENCILS: EDUARDO RISSO
INKS: EDUARDO RISSO
The groundbreaking new mini–series from Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets) and Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) continues! Returning to the place that made him the man he is today, Wolverine faces off against an all-new enemy in an epic clash with a last page that has to be seen to be believed.
Cardstock Cover/Parental Advisory …$3.99

ANITA BLAKE, VAMPIRE HUNTER: GUILTY PLEASURES #10
COVER BY: RON LIM
WRITER: LAURELL K. HAMILTON and JESSICA RUFFNER
PENCILS: RON LIM
Things keep getting worse for Laurell K. Hamilton’s deadly vampire hunter as one of her allies in the hunt for the vampire killer is murdered! But vampire bites, ominous dreams, and persistent sociopaths won’t slow Anita down as she takes matters into her own hands and learns the truth about the mystery that’s been plaguing her: the identity of the perpetrator of the brutal and unlicensed slayings of “innocent” vampire citizens! Of course, having that knowledge doesn’t mean she’ll live long enough to share it! The adaptation of the best-selling novel continues here!
Parental Advisory …$2.99

CLANDESTINE #3
COVER BY: ALAN DAVIS
WRITER: ALAN DAVIS
PENCILS: ALAN DAVIS
INKS: MARK FARMER
Guest-starring the time-lost Excalibur! Anybody who loved Alan Davis’s classic run on that series in the ‘90s will want to jump on board, because the Cross-Time Express is making its way through the dimension Newton Destine calls home, and it’s bringing with it a trainload of trouble along with it!
Rated T+ …$2.99

KICK-ASS #2
COVER BY: JOHN ROMITA JR.
WRITER: MARK MILLAR
PENCILS: JOHN ROMITA JR.
Sickening violence… just the way you like it. The most screwed-up superhero comic of all time continues in what’s sure to be the most exciting launch of 2008. What would happen if you tried to be a super hero? What would happen when an ordinary man in a latex suit comes face-to-face with the criminal underworld? Read about super heroes like you’ve never seen them before and feel happy that you are living here right now when this book is being published. Your grandchildren will only envy you. Comics just don’t get better than this.
Mature …$2.99

MAX: EXPLICIT CONTENT

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Sneak Peeks: Titles Shipping 4.2.08 (Part II)

Marvel has yet again been kind enough to provide previews of some of next week’s titles. In the second installment for the week, we have the opening pages of Young X-Men #1, Omega: The Unknown #7, Moon Knight #17, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #38, and New Exiles #4.

Be warned, there may be some spoilers below.

YOUNG X-MEN #1
COVERS BY: TERRY DODSON and BRANDON PETERSON
WRITER: MARC GUGGENHEIM
PENCILS: YANICK PAQUETTE
INKS: SERGE LAPOINTE
In the wake of Messiah CompleX, there are no X-Men and young mutants Rockslide, Blindfold and Dust are alone and directionless. Until the day Cyclops recruits them to hunt the new incarnation of the Brotherhood – and kill them. Joined by a pair of new recruits, the young X-Men learn a hard truth about the world post-Messiah CompleX: sometimes old allies make for deadly enemies.
Rated A …$2.99

OMEGA: THE UNKNOWN #7
WRITERS: JONATHAN LETHEM and KARL RUSNAK
PENCILS: FAREL DALRYMPLE and GARY PANTER
INKS: FAREL DALRYMPLE
You know a super hero’s in trouble when he resorts to drawing a comic book to try to solve his problems! Omega The Unknown #7, on top of the usual stellar array of talent, features special guest-star creator Gary Panter, known for his work on a legendary children’s show, Frank Zappa’s album covers, and RAW Magazine — but he’s never been between Marvel’s covers before. Tune in!
Rated T+ …$2.99

MOON KNIGHT #17
COVER BY: ARTHUR SUYDAM
WRITER: MIKE BENSON and CHARLIE HUSTON
PENCILS: JAVIER SALTARES
INKS: MARK TEXEIRA
“GOD AND COUNTRY,” PART 4
In the age of the Superhuman Registration Act, the only good hero is one that plays by the book — which the card-carrying Moon Knight most assuredly does not. Indeed, with Moon Knight fast becoming the poster child for recklessness and brutality, the question of the day is just how he got a Registration Card in the first place! As Tony Stark’s investigation unearths the ugly truth, Marc Spector braces himself for the consequences, unaware that an equally grave threat is preparing to strike. Carson Knowles — a.k.a. the Black Spectre — is back and he wants payback.
Parental Advisory …$2.99

MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #38
COVER BY: SKOTTIE YOUNG
WRITER: CHRIS KIPINIAK
PENCILS: DAVID NAKAYAMA
INKS: GARY MARTIN
Bzz. (ow.)
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. (Ow!)
BBBBBBBBZBZZZZZBZZZBZZZZZBZZZZ (OW! OW! OW! OW!)
A baddy built of bees is bugging our boy! Can our swell sweaty Spidey swat the swindler swiftly?
All Ages …$2.99

NEW EXILES #4
COVER BY: MICHAEL GOLDEN
WRITER: CHRIS CLAREMONT
PENCILS: TOM GRUMMETT
INKS: SCOTT HANNA
Double the alternate reality action this month as two issues of New Exiles bring us two tales from two different universes! First, in issue 4, Sabretooth, Psylocke, Rogue, and new ally Gambit are caught in the middle of a war between the Atlanteans, Queen Ororo, and the Black Panther. Plus, whatever happened to Mystiq? Find out in the conclusion to the series’ first arc! Then, in issue 5, a new tale begins as we see the trouble Morph, Sage, and Cat run across in a world of royalty and dragons!
Reality-hopping action as only the New Exiles can deliver!
Rated A …$2.99

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Sneak Peeks: Titles Shipping 4.2.08 (Part I)

Marvel has yet again been kind enough to provide previews of some of next week’s titles. This first batch of contains the opening pages of Cable #2, Young Avengers Presents #3, Logan #2, The Twelve #4, Lords of Avalon: Sword of Darkness #3, and Spider-Man Family #8.

Be warned, there may be some spoilers below.

CABLE #2
COVERS BY: ARIEL OLIVETTI and DAVID FINCH
WRITER: DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
ART: ARIEL OLIVETTI
A new ongoing series spinning out of the decade’s biggest X-Men event! The future of mutantkind continues here!
There’s only one thing worse than a heavily-armed man with murder on the brain. And that’s several heavily-armed men, none of whom give a damn about Cable’s mission to save mutantkind from total extinction. Meanwhile, Cable’s newest enemy—Lucas Bishop—crawls back from bloody oblivion and tracks down his quarry the hard way: one brutal time jump after another. When Bishop finally catches up wit Cable, he’s not going to be in the mood for small talk. It’ll be kill first, ask questions later.
Rated T+ …$2.99

YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS #3
COVER BY: JIM CHEUNG
WRITER: ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA
PENCILS: ALINA URUSOV
INKS: ALINA URUSOV
Wiccan & Speed: THE LOST BOYS
You’re Wiccan, the Young Avengers’ resident warlock. Your mother is one of the most reviled, misunderstood mutants in history: Wanda Maximoff, A.K.A. the Scarlet Witch, who’s been M.I.A. for months. Even though you’ve never met her, she’s been haunting your dreams lately…With your super-fast twin brother Speed in tow, you set out to find her, unaware that someone else is looking for Wanda, as well. A demon with a mountain-sized grudge against the Scarlet Witch: Master Pandemonium! And guess what? If Pandemonium can’t find Wanda to destroy her, he’ll happily destroy…YOU!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99


LOGAN #2 (of 3)

COVER BY: EDUARDO RISSO
WRITER: BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
PENCILS: EDUARDO RISSO
INKS: EDUARDO RISSO
The groundbreaking new mini–series from Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets) and Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) continues! Returning to the place that made him the man he is today, Wolverine faces off against an all-new enemy in an epic clash with a last page that has to be seen to be believed.
Cardstock Cover/Parental Advisory …$3.99

THE TWELVE #4
COVER BY: KAARE ANDREWS
WRITER: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
PENCILS: CHRIS WESTON
INKS: GARRY LEACH
As the savage murders continue, and members of the Twelve come under a cloud of suspicion, tensions flare, and hero faces off against hero! Plus, the unbelievable origin of underground secret agent Rockman!
Rated T+ …$2.99


LORDS OF AVALON: SWORD OF DARKNESS #3
COVER BY: TOMMY OHTSUKA
WRITERS: ROBIN FURTH and SHERRILYN KENYON
ART: TOMMY OHTSUKA
The battle of light vs. dark continues when the Kerrigan rescues Seren from the hands of Morgen le Fey. The war is on. Now Kerrigan and his mandrake, Blaise are all that stand to defend the world’s next champion. Enemies of both Avalon and Camelot, they decide to make their stand at Lancelot’s cursed Joyous Gard. But will the castle prove to be a haven or a trap? Find out in this third installment of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s acclaimed Arthurian fantasy, Sword of Darkness.
Parental Advisory …$2.99

SPIDER-MAN FAMILY #8
COVER BY: DAVID WILLIAMS
WRITER: NATE PIEKOS and KEVIN GREVIOUX
PENCILS: ZACH HOWARD and RAY HEIGHT
So, have you ever noticed that Peter Parker never really grows facial hair? That’s just this side of weird, right? We felt sorry for the wall–crawler, so we went and got him a special guest star, THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN!!!!!! Because I think we can all agree that Tony Stark’s got the sweetest facial hair in all of Marvel Comics. Oh! And they fight a Nazi robot.
PLUS…Spidey vs. Iceman! Spider-Man J! And a TON of classic Spidey stories!
Rated A …$4.99




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Secret Invasion Animated Webisode Released

Secret Invasion is almost here! The hottest and most highly anticipated event of 2008 begins on Wednesday, April 2, and fans everywhere are wondering who is and who isn’t a Skrull. Who can you trust? How deep does this conspiracy go? Well, True Believers, get ready to find some answers in this incredible new, animated short!

Presenting perspective from both the Skrulls and Iron Man, this webisode is filled with clues as well as insight into the coming invasion.

04.02.08. Secret Invasion #1. Change is coming! Who can you trust? Reserve your copy today!

SECRET INVASION #1 (of 8) (FEB082240)
SECRET INVASION #1 (of 8) MCNIVEN VARIANT (FEB082241)
SECRET INVASION #1 (of 8) YU VARIANT (DEC078206)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
Variant cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
Rated T+ …$3.99
On-Sale—4/2/08

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