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Sneak Peeks: Marvel Titles Shipping 1.2.09 (Part 1)

Courtesy of Marvel, we have some preview pages for titles shipping Friday, January 2nd.

AVENGERS/INVADERS #7
avninv007_dc11COVER BY:ALEX ROSS
WRITERS: JIM KRUEGER and ALEX ROSS
PENCILS: STEVE SADOWSKI
COLORED BY: DYNAMITE – INLIGHT
LETTERED BY: TODD KLEIN
Marvel’s biggest self-contained story of the year continues! Featuring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and spanning the generations from 2008 to the war-torn days of World War II! Surrounded by a trio of enemies they thought long-vanquished, The Avengers are victims of one of the most powerful pieces of technology in the Marvel Universe. Meanwhile, the Invaders find themselves trapped in an alternate reality that promises to destroy its most powerful member as the countdown to Armageddon begins.
Rated T+ …$2.99

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AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #20
avnint020_dc11COVER BY: MARK BROOKS
WRITERS: DAN SLOTT and CHRISTOS N. GAGE
PENCILS: STEVE KURTH
COLORED BY: DANIELE RUDONI
LETTERED BY: VC – JOE CARAMAGNA
“Acceptable Losses”
The Invasion is over and the Initiative has been rocked to its core. Now that the truth is out, that the program was conceived as part of a Skrull plot, can it survive? Who will leave? Who will stay? And who will lead them? Also: Learn what’s become of the REAL Hank Pym! And when Taskmaster discovers Mutant Zero’s true identity, she gets fightin’ mad! For fans of the Marvel Universe, this issue is one of the most important comics of the year as key members of the Initiative graduate and/or move on to four major Marvel titles!
Rated T+ …$2.99

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CAPTAIN AMERICA #45
capa045_dc11COVER BY: STEVE EPTING
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
PENCILS: LUKE ROSS
INKS:
COLORED BY: FRANK D’ARMATA
LETTERED BY: VC – JOE CARAMAGNA
It’s Bucky versus Batroc and a mysterious foreign agent from his past as the Winter Soldier, as he fights to keep a secret super-weapon from falling into enemy hands! But the shocking ending of this three-parter brings a new twist to the mission… and sends our New Captain America in search of whatever is left of his old comrades, the Invaders.
From Ed Brubaker and Luke Ross – Part Three of Three
Rated T+ …$2.99

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FANTASTIC FOUR #562
ff562_dc11COVER BY: BRYAN HITCH
WRITER: MARK MILLAR
PENCILS: BRYAN HITCH
INKS: ANDREW CURRIE
COLORED BY: PAUL MOUNTS
LETTERED BY: VC – RUS WOOTON
The story we had to call “A Fantastic Four Wedding And A Funeral”…
Rated T+ …$2.99

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FANTASTIC FOUR COSMIC-SIZE #1
ffcos001_dc11COVER BY: FRANCESCO MATT MATTINA
CREATORS: CARY BATES and BING CANSINO
COLORS: THE MCCAIG 5
LETTERS: VC’S RUS WOOTON
EDITOR: TOM BREVOORT
To be revealed at a later date. Check back to Marvel.com, the Marvel Mailer & Diamond Daily for more information.
Rated A …$4.99

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INCREDIBLE HERCULES #124
herc124_dc11_goldCOVER BY: BOB LAYTON & GURU EFX
WRITERS: FRED VAN LENTE and GREG PAK
PENCILS: CLAYTON HENRY and GREG PAK
INKS: CLAYTON HENRY
COLORED BY: GURU-EFX
LETTERED BY: VC – JOE CARAMAGNA
LOVE AND WAR” (Part 4)
Hercules, Namora and Athena rush to Washington, D.C., to stop the Mad Amazon Artume from shifting the Axis Mundi and placing the whole world under her control. But now Artume has both Amadeus Cho and the mightiest of the Titans, ATLAS, at her beck and call — and Atlas hasn’t forgiven Herc for ripping him off during the Eleventh Labor!
Rated A …$2.99

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Eisner-Winners Brubaker & Phillips Return With INCOGNITO #1!

incognito_01_coverEd Brubaker and Sean Phillips, the superstar brains behind the multi-Eisner Award winning book CRIMINAL, have put together a fresh new recipe mixing two parts of super-heroics and one part noir in their newest project, INCOGNITO. This new series follows Zack Andersen, or at least that’s what he’s being called now, and his life as a not so average file clerk. He’s actually an ex-supervillian forced to live life within the constraints of the Witness Protection Program and the only things keeping him company are his memories. The early reviews are in and fans are clamoring for more!

“This is something for fans that want that little extra dash of malice with their violence” remarks Lan Pitts of Newsarama.com. “Probably one of the best things about Brubaker is that he sure knows how to write an all-American bad ass… the art direction fits perfectly with the gritty script.”

How much longer can Zack go through the motions and try to assimilate himself into society before finally cracking? Just what are the origins of his powers and what made him get out of the super-villain game? Find out the answers to these questions and more in INCOGNITO #1 on sale January 2nd!

INCOGNITO #1 (OCT082489)
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Art & Cover by SEAN PHILLIPS
Mature Content/No Ads …$3.50
ON SALE – THIS FRIDAY!

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Is She The New Black Panther?

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BLACK PANTHER #1 (DEC082327)
BLACK PANTHER #1 70TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT (DEC082311)

Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Penciled by KEN LASHLEY
Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
50/50 Cover by KEN LASHLEY
70th Anniversary Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC—1/15/09, On-sale—2/4/09

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Marvel Noise Episode 61

thor12It’s the last show of the year and this little Christmas present has Pat, Steve, Tom, Adam (and special guest), Dave, and pptsm82Carlos!  New releases, Bring ‘em Back, a History Lesson, a look back at 1978, Jack of Hearts, bad guys, a little segment we like to call Marvel Tales!

Titles mentioned include Uncanny X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man, and West Coast Avengers.

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Items shipping 12/24/08:

Captain America Theater Of War America First $4.99
Daredevil Vol 2 #114 Incentive Lee Bermejo Villain Variant Cover – [PI]
Daredevil Vol 2 #114 Regular Marko Djurdjevic Cover $2.99
Dark Tower Treachery #4 Incentive Jae Lee Sketch Variant Cover – [PI]
Dark Tower Treachery #4 Incentive Richard Isanove Variant Cover – [PI]
Dark Tower Treachery #4 Regular Jae Lee Cover $3.99
Ghost Rider Danny Ketch #3 $3.99
Hedge Knight II Sworn Sword TP $15.99
Hulk Vol 2 #7 Variant Michael Turner Cover CGC 9.8 – $99.99
Hulk Vol 2 #9 Incentive Santa Wraparound Sketch Cover – [PI]
Hulk Vol 2 #9 Regular Arthur Adams Cover $2.99
Hulk Vol 2 #9 Regular Frank Cho Cover $2.99
Hulk Vol 2 #9 Variant Santa Hulk Cover $2.99
Immortal Iron Fist #21 $2.99
Iron Man Director Of SHIELD #33 DF Signed By Sean Chen $19.99
Lords Of Avalon Knight Of Darkness #2 $3.99
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man Vol 11 Animal Instinct TP Digest $8.99
Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #6 $2.99
Ms Marvel Vol 2 #34 (Dark Reign Tie-In) $2.99
New Avengers #48 (Dark Reign Tie-In) $2.99
New Warriors Vol 4 #19 $2.99
Nova Vol 4 #20 Incentive Villain Variant Cover – [PI]
Nova Vol 4 #20 Regular Mike Deodato Jr Cover $2.99
Onslaught Reborn TP $14.99
Patsy Walker Hellcat #4 $2.99
Punisher War Zone Vol 2 #3 $3.99
Runaways Vol 3 #5 $2.99
Secret Invasion Requiem #1 (Dark Reign Tie-In) $3.99
She-Hulk 2 #36 $2.99
Skaar Son Of Hulk #6 Incentive Villain Variant Cover – [PI]
Skaar Son Of Hulk #6 Regular Ron Garney Cover $2.99
Spider-Man Brand New Day Yearbook $4.99
Thor Vol 3 #12 $2.99
Ultimates 3 Who Killed The Scarlet Witch HC Book Market Human Cover $24.99
Ultimates 3 Who Killed The Scarlet Witch HC Direct Market Cyborg Cover $24.99
Ultimates 3 Who Killed The Scarlet Witch HC Direct Market Sketch Cover $24.99
Ultimate Spider-Man #129 (Ultimatum Tie-In) $2.99
Ultimatum #2 Incentive Ed McGuinness Sketch Cover – [PI]
Ultimatum #2 Incentive Ed McGuinness Variant Cover – [PI]
Ultimatum #2 Regular David Finch Cover $3.99
What If Classic Vol 5 TP $29.99
What If Spider-Man Back In Black $2.99
Wolverine First Class #10 $2.99
Wolverine Origins #31 $2.99
X-Men Angel Revelations TP $19.99
X-Men The Complete Onslaught Epic Book 4 TP $29.99

Classic Marvel Figurine Collection:

  • Classic Marvel Figurine Collection Magazine #80 Mr Sinister $12.00
  • Classic Marvel Figurine Collection Magazine #81 Moleman $12.00
  • Classic Marvel Figurine Collection Magazine Abomination Special $26.00

Product Updates:

  • The Daredevil #114 Villain Variant (OCT082403D, $2.99) solicited without a cover artist in Marvel Previews, will have cover art by Lee Bermejo.
  • Nova #20 (OCT082432D, $2.99) has a new cover by artist Steve Uy that is different than what was previously solicited.
  • Retailers should note that Secret Invasion: Requiem #1 (OCT082349D, $3.99; FOC 12/04/08) contains nearly 40 pages of reprint material, an eight-page framing story which connects this issue with Mighty Avengers #20 & #21, plus brand new cover art by Khoi Pham. Due to the spoiler nature of this issue, content information has not yet been revealed, but retailers are encouraged to adjust their orders accordingly.
  • The Ultimates 3: Sex, Lies & DVD Premiere HC (Reg./DM Var./B&W: OCT082502-4D, $24.99; FOC 11/20/08) will now be titled Ultimates 3 HC: Who Killed the Scarlet Witch? Premiere HC

Sneak Peeks: Titles Shipping 12.24.08 (Part III)

DAREDEVIL #114
dd114_cvrCOVER BY: MARKO DJURDJEVIC
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
PENCILS: MICHAEL LARK
INKS: STEFANO GAUDIANO
COLORED BY: MATT HOLLINGSWORTH
LETTERED BY: CHRIS ELIOPOULOS
With Lady Bullseye on his trail, Daredevil must protect an old blind man who holds the key to the Hand’s destruction! It’s an all-out kung-fu ninja battle in the heart of New York City, and everyone who can kick is invited! By Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark.
Rated T+ …$2.99

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GHOST RIDER: DANNY KETCH #3
graddict003_covCOVER BY: CLINT LANGLEY
WRITER: SIMON SPURRIER
PENCILS: JAVIER SALTARES
INKS: TOM PALMER
COLORED BY: DAN BROWN
Rats! Rampages! Revelations! With the mystery and madcappery ratcheting up a spike-encrusted notch, Danny Ketch finally receives some of the answers he’s been hunting. What’s the true origin of the Spirit of Vengeance? What’s its true history? What pointy-toothed terror is back from death to gnaw at his soul? And what the hell is he doing one mile beneath the Antarctic icecap with only a talking magpie for company? Saltares and Spurrier serve-up a history lesson that’ll shake the way you see the Ghost Rider mythos forever. Vvvveeeengeaaance!
Parental Advisory …$3.99

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IMMORTAL IRON FIST #21
ironfistv2021_cvrCOVER BY: JUAN DOE
WRITER: DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
PENCILS: TRAVEL FOREMAN
LETTERED BY: DAVE LANPHEAR
Danny Rand was not the first Immortal Iron Fist…and he won’t be the last! The year – 3099. The place – a distant planet first colonized a millennium ago by the People’s Republic of China. Now, a humanity oppressed by a totalitarian technological tyrant has just one hope for salvation – the kung-fu freedom-fighting of the Immortal Iron Fist! But his coming is nothing more than a prophecy and a silent prayer…and even if the Iron Fist does arrive, he must first defeat the most powerful weapon the evil robot empire has…Robo Fat-Cobra! Hot off the heels of Duane Swierczynski and Travel Foreman’s rip-roaring “MORTAL IRON FIST” arc comes an all-new look at the future legacy of the Immortal Iron Fist…with a jaw-dropping cover by Juan Doe!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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PUNISHER: WAR ZONE #3
punwarz003_cov_colCOVER BY: TBA
WRITER: GARTH ENNIS
PENCILS: STEVE DILLON
INKS: STEVE DILLON
COLORED BY: MATT HOLLINGSWORTH
LETTERED BY: VC – RUS WOOTON
“THE RESURRECTION OF MA GNUCCI,” PART 1
The latest offering from the red-hot Marvel Knights line reunites the seminal creative team of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon for a special, weekly-shipping 6-part limited sequel to their legendary story arc, “Welcome Back, Frank.”
It all starts when two mobsters take a trip to the zoo and piss off the wrong monkey. Limbs are lost (the kind you can’t easily replace), vultures are fed (with said appendages), and then things get, like, really crazy. Like back-from-the-dead crazy. That’s right — she’s back and she wants payback. Ma Gnucci. Eighty-five pounds of hairless, armless, legless evil.
Parental Advisory …$3.99

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WOLVERINE: FIRST CLASS #10
wfirst010_covCOVER BY: DAVID WILLIAMS
WRITER: FRED VAN LENTE
PENCILS:
INKS:
COLORED BY:
LETTERED BY: SIMON BOWLAND
Even a man with a healing factor, adamantium claws and enhanced senses to get him through a fight may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and need the help of Jack Russell, WEREWOLF-BY-NIGHT!
Rated A …$2.99

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WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #31
wolorig031_covCOVER BY: MIKE DEODATO
WRITER: DANIEL WAY
PENCILS: YANICK PAQUETTE
INKS:
COLORED BY: RAINIER BEREDO
LETTERED BY: VC – CORY PETIT
THE FAMILY BUSINESS” Part 1 (of 2)
After the stunning revelations of last issue, Daken now knows that he is merely a pawn and that his hatred of his father, Wolverine, is based upon a lie. Now, Daken and Wolverine—father and son—unite to track down the most fearsome being Daken has ever known. But they’re not the only ones looking for him…
Parental Advisory …$2.99

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Wolverine’s History Revealed Like You’ve Never Seen Before!

That’s right Bub, Marvel is proud to unveil Todd Nauck’s cover to Wolverine, an all-new hardcover graphic novel presenting the history of Wolverine’s life from his days as wimpy kid to just how he became one of Marvel’s deadliest heroes. In stores this April, experience the most unique look ever inside the mind of everyone’s favorite Canadian in Wolverine!

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WOLVERINE GN (JAN092590)
Cover by TODD NAUCK
All Ages …$14.99

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Sneak Peeks: Titles Shipping 12.24.08 (Part II)

NEW WARRIORS #19
newwarv2019_covCOVER BY: NIC KLEIN
WRITER: KEVIN GREVIOUX
PENCILS: REILLY BROWN
LETTERED BY: VC – JOE CARAMAGNA
Donyell Taylor has a decision to make. Hoping to save the life of his brother, Donyell attempted to travel back in time…but accidentally found himself in the future instead. A future where everything he’s fought against has come to pass: Iron Man has taken the Superhuman Registration Act to new heights, imposing his rule over a good chunk of the free world and making outlaws of the super heroes. But when Donyell finds his brother alive and well in the most unlikely place, might he give up everything he’s fought for—including his New Warriors—and give in to this future to get what he really wants?
Rated T+ …$2.99

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NOVA #20
novaCOVER BY: STEVE UY
WRITERS: DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING
PENCILS: WELLINTON ALVES
INKS: SCOTT HANNA
COLORED BY: GURU-EFX
LETTERED BY: VC – CORY PETIT
Guest-starring the original New Warriors…and the Nova Corps?! Whether Rich Rider likes it or not, the Nova Corps has been re-founded, and planet Earth doesn’t seem ready for its futuristic policing methods! Now the Human Rocket is on a collision course with some of his oldest friends and ex-teammates… the original New Warriors! Plus: a sucker punch ending that will make you gasp “I don’t believe they did that!” It’s all in the next issue of the book that has Aint It Cool News raving “This is now Marvel’s benchmark comic.”
Rated T+ …$2.99

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RUNAWAYS #5
runawayv3005_covCOVER BY: HUMBERTO RAMOS
WRITER: TERRY MOORE
PENCILS: HUMBERTO RAMOS
INKS: DAVE MEIKIS
COLORED BY: CHRISTINA STRAIN
LETTERED BY: VC – JOE CARAMAGNA
The chase is on! The Majesdanians have returned and want blood. Can the Runaways run fast enough to escape? Will Karolina and Xavin ever look at each other the same way again? Can Chase get out of his new job early enough to help them?
Rated T+ …$2.99

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SHE-HULK #36
shehulk036_covCOVER BY: MIKE DEODATO JR.
WRITER: PETER DAVID
PENCILS: PASQUALE QUALANO
LETTERED BY: DAVE SHARPE
From the pages of HULK, it’s Invisible Woman, Thundra, and Valkyre – The Lady Liberators! She-Hulk’s fellow heroines hold She-Hulk back from delivering ultimate justice? And is our gamma-powered glamazon becoming more savage than sensational?
Rated T+ …$2.99

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SKAAR: SON OF HULK #6
sonhulk006_covCOVER BY: RON GARNEY
WRITER: GREG PAK
PENCILS: RON GARNEY and BUTCH GUICE
COLORED BY: PAUL MOUNTS
LETTERED BY: VC – JOE CARAMAGNA
Skaar’s first great adventure reaches a titanic end with earth-shattering consequences as Axeman Bone returns to battle the Son of Hulk at the gates of Okini! Plus — the origin of Old Sam! The true face of Princess Omaka, Hero Protector of Sakaar! And a certain key acquaintance of the Hulk himself makes a shocking appearance! And as if that ain’t already more savage, sword-swinging excitement than mere mortals such as we can handle, here’s one more shocker for you — Skaar says more than “GRRRAAAA!”
Parental Advisory …$2.99

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ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #129
ultsm129_covCOVER BY: STUART IMMONEN
WRITER: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
PENCILS: STUART IMMONEN
INKS: WADE VON GRAWBADGER
COLORED BY: JUSTIN PONSOR
LETTERED BY: VC – CORY PETIT
Ultimatum is upon us!! Big changes are afoot and with them comes the much anticipated return of ULTIMATE SPIDER-WOMAN! But is she friend or foe?? Guest- starring the Human Torch and Kitty Pryde!
Rated A …$2.99

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Sneak Peeks: Titles Shipping 12.24.08 (Part I)

CAPTAIN AMERICA THEATER OF WAR: AMERICA FIRST #1
capafrst001_cov2COVER BY: HOWARD CHAYKIN
WRITER: HOWARD CHAYKIN
PENCILS: HOWARD CHAYKIN
INKS: HOWARD CHAYKIN
COLORED BY: STUDIO F – EDGAR DELGADO
In this second installment of a series exploring the storied history of America’s greatest champion, Howard Chaykin pulls back the Iron Curtain on one of Captain America’s wiliest nemeses — Soviet Russia and her never-ending parade of spies, saboteurs, fifth columnists…so many we had to make this story double-sized! Before his role in “The Death of Captain America,” no one was more patriotic than the Cap of the Fifties, even if he does have Steve Rogers’ shoes to fill. Unfortunately, Nick Fury, a newly minted operative of the CIA, isn’t about to let him off the hook that easily. But Cap and Fury better start working together, or they’ll find themselves buried in Reds! PLUS: a bonus reprinting of a classic Cap tale from the fabulous fifties!
One-Shot/Rated A …$4.99

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MARVEL ADVENTURES SUPER HEROES #6
maradvsh006_covCOVER BY: CLAYTON HENRY
WRITER: FRED VAN LENTE
PENCILS: MATTEO LOLLI
INKS: CHRISTIAN DALLA VECCHIA
LETTERED BY: NATE PIEKOS
Here he comes, True Believers — the astonishing ANT-MAN! The man with two, count ‘em, TWO super powers! Who is he? How did he get both the ability to shrink to less than an inch tall and speak directly to ants? Why does he use those abilities to aid all mankind? SHUT UP — Don’t answer that! Those are rhetorical questions! Any answers you come up with can’t possibly be as awesome as the real ones … SO BUY THIS COMIC NOW!!!
All Ages …$2.99

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MS. MARVEL #34
msmarv034_covCOVER BY: DAVID YARDIN
WRITER: BRIAN REED
PENCILS: PAULO SIQUEIRA
INKS: AMILTON SANTOS
COLORED BY: CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
LETTERED BY: DAVE SHARPE
Carol Danvers is fighting a one-woman war against the CIA, and her only ally is… Spider-Man?! Spidey stumbles into Carol’s world of international espionage and may not come out in one piece.
Rated T+ …$2.99

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NEW AVENGERS #48
newavn048_covCOVER BY: BILLY TAN
WRITER: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
PENCILS: BILLY TAN
INKS: MATT BANNING
COLORED BY: JUSTIN PONSOR
LETTERED BY: COMICRAFT
The Invasion is over! But who are the New Avengers!??! The first major roster change since the very first issue!! See here who the New Avengers are and what their place in the Dark Reign is!
Rated A …$2.99

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PATSY WALKER: HELLCAT #4
pwhcat004_-covCOVER BY: STUART IMMONEN
WRITER: KATHRYN IMMONEN
PENCILS: DAVID LAFUENTE
INKS: DAVID LAFUENTE
COLORED BY: JOHN RAUCH
LETTERED BY: DAVE LANPHEAR
Hellcat is still on the case, tracking the missing heir of an Eskimo witch coven. But hot on the trail of Pete the Yeti, whose rocket powered spruce is making her life difficult. But with the aid of a giant magical wolf named Manslayer and a giant talking Mayan calendar made of stone, she just might survive her trek through the last frontier. If she doesn’t drown in a wave of snow bunnies first.
Rated A …$2.99

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THOR #12
thorv2012_cvrCOVER BY: OLIVIER COIPEL
WRITER: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
PENCILS: OLIVIER COIPEL
INKS: MARK MORALES
COLORED BY: LAURA MARTIN
LETTERED BY: CHRIS ELIOPOULOS
Sinister things are afoot in Asgard. Loki claims to have only the best of intentions, but her manipulations have seated a new prince on the throne, the brave Balder…and her snake’s tongue has planted seeds of doubt in the ears of Asgardians to question the leadership of the mighty Thor. What insidious treachery will the cunning Loki spring on the noble heroes? And what dreaded effect could it have on the innocent townspeople of neighboring Broxton, Oklahoma?
Rated T+ …$2.99

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Is She The New Black Panther?

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BLACK PANTHER #1 (DEC082327)
BLACK PANTHER #1 70TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT (DEC082311)

Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Penciled by KEN LASHLEY
Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
50/50 Cover by KEN LASHLEY
70th Anniversary Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC—1/15/09, On-sale—2/4/09

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Review: Mighty Avengers #20

mightavn020_cov1Since returning to Earth after being held captive by the Skrulls, Hank Pym has found the his world completely changed.  The superhero Civil War has divided many of his old teammates and allies.  Captain America is dead.  The Skrulls failed an attempted invasion of Earth which resulted in the death of the woman he loved, Janet Van Dyne, and has left his reputation in question.  Now, facing life in a world he no longer recognizes and dealing with the anquish of having to bury his wife, who can Hank place the blame for all of these events on?

Mighty Avengers #20 draws to a close the Secret Invasion event for this seris and sets the stage for Dark Reign.  Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artists Lee Weeks, Jim Cheung and Carlo Pagulayan deliver a heartbreaking story that, in my opinion, was Bendis’ best tie-in to this event.  The story opens up in the past with Hank and the Wasp when they were on the first Avengers team discussing the discovery of the frozen Captain America and how much the world has changed since he was last seen.  We also get a glimpse at how much the two were in love with each other at that time.  Flash forward to the present and we find a distraught Hank Pym, along with Ms. Marvel and Wonderman, making Janet’s funeral arrangements.  Upon leaving the meeting, Carol fills Hank in on all the events, including Civil War, World War Hulk and Secret Invasion, that have occurred since his abduction.  At Janet’s funeral, Hank makes it very clear who he blames for these events.

I thought Bendis did an excellent job bringing out the emotion in this issue.  Jan’s death in Secret Invasion #8 didn’t sit that well with me.  For a character with her history, I thought she deserved a little bit more of an emotional response from the other heroes.  I feel this issue gave us that emotion, especially with Hank.  His response at the funeral felt very real and I thought it was well written.  I loved the way Bendis compared Hank’s return with Captain America’s in Avengers #4, being a man out of his time.  It really helped build on the emotional side of the story and helped me pick up on what Hank must be going through.  My one complaint with this issue would have to be the events flashback pages.  The art from Jim Cheung was very well done, but they just felt a little out of place with the story.

Speaking of the art, all three artist delevered solid work here.  I especially liked Carlo Pagulayan’s pages for the funeral scene.  Each panel was wonderfully detailed and, I may be sounding like a broken record here, really had great emotion coming from each of the characters involved.  Lee Weeks opened up the story beautifully with the flashback sequence featuring Hank and Janet in their original costumes.  Jim Cheung had the smallest part of the story, but as I said above, drew some really nice pages giving us a quick look back at Civil War, World War Hulk and Secret Invasion.

Bendis ends his run on this series in style and sets up for Dan Slott to take over with issue #21.  I wasn’t too crazy with the other Mighty Avenger Secret Invasion issues, but this issue really made up for those in my opinion.  As a whole though, I have really enjoyed this series so far and look forward to seeing were Slott and artist Khoi Pham take the book!

COVER BY: MARKO DJURDJEVIC
WRITER: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
PENCILS: LEE WEEKS, JIM CHEUNG & CARLO PAGULAYAN
INKS:
LEE WEEKS, JIM CHEUNG & JEFFERY HUET
COLORED BY: DEAN WHITE AND JASON KEITH
LETTERED BY: DAVE LANPHEAR
EDITOR: TOM BREVOORT
Rated A…. $2.99

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