Marvel Comics solicitations for product shipping February, 2002


cover by richard corben

brian azzarello (W)/richard corben (p)

o THE SCOOP: Brian Azzarello and Richard Corben unlock Cage!

o THE SET-UP: Life on the streets is a high stakes game. There are winners and losers. Those that play by the rules, do so at their own risk, and often pay a price. Who's got their back? There's a man who can set things straight. A specialist. He doesn't come cheap, but if you've got the bank, he's got game. And plenty of it. Some know him as a "Hero for Hire." Some as a "Power Man." For others, he's an urban legend. He's all - and none - of the above. His name is Cage. It's time you got to know him.

o THE STORY: Dory Dickens wants justice for her daughter, cut down in her prime in the crossfire of a rapidly escalating gang war. In a sea of corrupt cops and rival gangbangers, there's only one man with the juice to dispense the kind of street justice Dory craves - and his services don't come cheap. Lucky for Dory, the man called Cage has plenty of reason to play hero in a world where there are none.

o THE CREATORS: The team behind BANNER, writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets) and artist Richard Corben (House on the Borderland), unite once again to knock fandom on its collective butt!

o THE EDITOR SPEAKS: "It's gonna have the pacing and rhythm of your favorite blaxploitation flicks from the '70s, only it'll be in a more modern context," Axel Alonso told Wizard. "Part and parcel of that is cussing and big booties, guns and drugs and all the rest."

o THE FORMAT: Each issue of this monthly, five-part mini-series will be 32 pages, with ads.

o THE RATING: Contains explicit content. Recommended for adult readers.

7-59606-05255-4-00111 2.99

painted cover by david mack

brian michael bendis (w)/michael gaydos (p)

o THE SCOOP: Kicking off a new storyline for MAX's hard-luck P.I.!

o THE SET-UP: Red-hot writer Brian Michael Bendis (ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, DAREDEVIL) and artist Michael Gaydos (The Crow) continue their gritty tale of Jessica Jones, a former costumed crimefighter who's now a down-and-out private investigator specializing in superhuman cases!

o THE STORY: Jessica Jones's life is no picnic: she's got no luck with men, her past life as a super hero keeps coming back to haunt her, and her private investigator business takes her to such exciting places as internet pickup chatrooms. But an encounter with a new client promises to turn her life completely upside-down!

o THE BUZZ: "Bendis and Gaydos are proving how you can create a book for an older reader without being gratuitous just because they can... ALIAS isn't about shocking people. It's about telling great stories, and they're succeeding in that." -Aint-It-Cool-News.com

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads.

o THE WARNING: Contains explicit content. Recommended for adult readers.

7-59606-05124-3-00611 2.99

fury no. 6

cover by bill sienkiewicz

garth ennis (w)/darick robertson (p)/jimmy palmiotti (i)

o THE SCOOP: From the smoking pen of Garth Ennis (PUNISHER) comes the fatal finale of FURY!

o THE SET-UP: This is the story of an older, no wiser, and highly p.o.'d Nick Fury who's found himself more or less on the scrap heap and wants nothing more than to go back to the battlefield. But the Cold War is over, and the days when S.H.I.E.L.D. and H.Y.D.R.A. engaged in complex games of strategy and espionage with the fate of the world at stake are gone... or are they?

o THE CREATORS: You want intense? How's this lineup: Garth Ennis (PUNISHER, Preacher) on words, Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan) on pencils, and Jimmy Palmiotti (PUNISHER) on inks! We even got Bill Sienkiewicz (ELEKTRA ASSASSIN) on covers!

o THE BUZZ: "Finally Nick Fury is shown as the war-mad nutter we always knew he must be. Garth Ennis adds a dose of humanity and realism to a character usually portrayed as a cardboard tough guy. A warrior without a war, Fury is a mess of barely-contained tension. Watching him go off is going to be fun." -Comics International

o THE FORMAT: Each issue of this monthly, six-issue series will be 32 pages, with ads.

o THE WARNING: Contains explicit content. Recommended for adult readers.

7-59606-05165-6-00611 2.99

howard the duck no. 2

painted cover by glenn fabry

steve gerber (w)/phil winslade (p)

o THE SCOOP: Howard's co-creator returns to launch an outrageous new beginning for a classic character! But is Howard a duck no more?

o THE SET-UP: Scathing, timely, and even sexy, HOWARD THE DUCK was one of the most acclaimed titles of the '70s, featuring biting social satire and incisive characterization. Now MAX proudly presents the return of Howard and his girlfriend Beverly - as written by their creator, Steve Gerber, and reproduced from the pencil art of Phil Winslade (DAREDEVIL)!

o THE STORY: As a duck, Howard never fit in on our world - but now he's becoming something even stranger! See what happens when your girlfriend's ex comes back into her life! The mind-bending transformations and social satire continue here!

o THE FORMAT: Each issue of this six-issue, monthly mini-series will be 32 pages, with ads.

o THE WARNING: Contains explicit content. Recommended for adult readers.

7-59606-05209-7-00311 2.99


ultimate spider-man hardcover

cover by joe quesada

o THE SCOOP: The primiere Ultimate title in hardcover glory!

o THE STORY: The Spider-Man movie is coming! Hey, retailers: This is the best collection you can hand new customers that want more Spidey! Hey, readers: this is the greatest collection of the Spidey book that you love! This is the book you can give to show people why you love comics! Reprinting ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 - #13 in all it's full-color glory, now in an upscale keepsake format!

o THE FORMAT: ?-page hardcover.

7-59606-10898-5-00111 ??.??

the complete frank miller spider-man HARDCOVER

cover by frank miller

o THE SCOOP: The must-have hardcover is back in print!

o THE STORY: Think Frank Miller just drew Daredevil? Think again, True Believer! Feast your eyes on his take on the wall-crawler (and Punisher... and Dr. Octopus... and Dr. Doom, and the Fantastic Four), as we collect SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #27 and #28, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #14 and #15, MARVEL TEAM-UP ANNUAL #4, and MARVEL TEAM-UP #100 in one prestige volume!

o THE FORMAT: 216-page hardcover.

7-59606-10899-2-00111 ??.??

marvel masterworks: x-men vol. 1 hardcover

cover by jack kirby

o THE SCOOP: The must-have mutant hardcover is back in print!

o THE STORY: Cyclops! Iceman! Marvel Girl! Beast! Angel! Professor X! Magneto! Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduce all of the major mutants, as we collect X-MEN (Vol. 1) #1 - #10 in a prestige collection!

o THE FORMAT: 240-page hardcover.

7-59606-10845-9-00111 49.95

Origin Hardcover

cover by joe quesada & richard isanove

o THE SCOOP: The series of the year gets the hardcover treatment!

o THE STORY: First it made headlines! Then it shocked all who read it! Now we're collecting the instant classic by Paul Jenkins and Andy Kubert in to a deluxe edition! Who is Wolverine? How did he get his name? What tragic events made him the man he is today? It's the greatest story we've never told - and the perfect addition to bookshelves of mutant maniacs of all ages!

o THE FORMAT: 176-page hardcover.

7-59606-10866-4-00111 29.95


cover by mark bagley

brian michael bendis (w)/mark bagley (p)/art thibert (i)

o THE SCOOP: Obliterated by Doctor Octopus!

o THE STORY: We don't know what's worse, the fact that the police believe Spider-Man is responsible for the carnage at Justin Hammer's nuclear facility - or the beating Spidey gets from the tentacles of Dr. Octopus!

o THE BUZZ: "It was a brilliant idea to start Spider-Man over again for younger readers... my son Jason is actually enjoying this comic book, and I must admit I'm enjoying it too." -SilverBulletComicBooks.com

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads. Printed on glossy stock paper, with a cardstock cover.

7-59606-05031-4-01811 2.25

cover by ted mckeever

brian michael bendis (w)/ted mckeever (p)

o THE SCOOP: It's an all-out mystical battle - in the streets of NYC!

o THE STORY: Whosoever controls the Wand of Watoomb rules the world - which is why the evil sorcerer Xandu and the newly proclaimed Master of the Mystic Arts are tearing up a city trying to grab it! So the question is, what help can our young wall-crawler offer in between spell blasts?

o THE CREATORS: Written by Wizard's "Best Writer of 2000," Brian Michael Bendis - with art by Ted McKeever!

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads. Printed on glossy stock paper with a cardstock cover.

7-59606-05088-8-01311 2.25

ultimate spider-man no. 19

cover by mark bagley

brian michael bendis (w)/mark bagley (p)/art thibert (i)

o THE SCOOP: The Annuals are no more - and that means an extra issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN this month!

o THE STORY: Desperate to clear his name, Spider-Man confronts Justin Hammer - who makes a request of the web-slinger that you must read to believe! Plus: It's nothin' but girl trouble with Mary Jane and that hellion on wheels, Gwen Stacy!

o THE BUZZ: "ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN continues to stand out as the best Spidey title in Marvel's entire line... the strongest aspect of the book is how Brian Michael Bendis offers up a believable look at teenage life in suburban America." -TheFourthRail.com

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads. Printed on glossy stock paper, with a cardstock cover.

7-59606-05031-4-01911 2.25

cover by adam kubertchuck austen (W)/chuck austen (P)

o THE SCOOP: A new direction starts here!

o THE STORY: For the first time, see exactly what Charles Xavier has been teaching the X-Men! Read the Xavier Institute's mission statement, as we head directly into a new story arc that will take the mutants on an international "fieldtrip" from Russia to Scotland to Australia! Plus: What is Xavier's greatest secret?

o THE BUZZ: "What would a Hot 10 list be without an ULTIMATE X-MEN book? There's no two ways about it, fans love this book." -Wizard

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads. Printed on glossy stock paper, with a cardstock cover.

7-59606-05047-5-01511 2.25

the ultimates no. 2

cover by bryan hitch

mark millar (w)/bryan hitch (p)/andrew currie (i)

o THE SCOOP: The search for Captain America begins!

o THE STORY: To confront the unprecedented threats facing the U.S. today, only a Super Soldier will do! Thus, the call goes out to locate the long-missing legend of World War II! Uh, will his corpse do? Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruitment of superhumans kicks into high gear as Giant-Man, the Wasp, and Iron Man step forward! It's the beginning of the greatest gathering of heroes - and you're in on the ground floor!

o THE WRITER SPEAKS: "We're trying to completely reimagine the concept of the super hero team book here," Mark Millar told Wizard. "I mean, wouldn't it be interesting to see some people chicken out and call in sick when there's somebody they know can kick the sh-- out of them?"

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads. Printed on glossy paper, with a cardstock cover.

7-59606-05168-7-00211 2.25


cover by peter ferguson

karl bollers (W)/peter ferguson & max douglas (p)

o THE SCOOP: Think all mutants wear spandex? Or have flashy codenames? Or are immersed in the struggle between human and mutant? Think again!

o THE SET-UP: MUTIES is a six-issue series that explores a very different side of a classic Marvel concept, and can be loosely described as THE UNCANNY X-MEN meets The Twilight Zone. Each globe-spanning, self-contained story focuses on a different mutant and his place in the world - whether or not he's directly involved in the ideological struggle that will inevitably determine the future of mankind. These are the ones who have fallen between the cracks.

o THE STORY: Meet a thirteen-year-old boy genius who is taunted and tormented by his peers. But what is the secret that makes Jared different from anything mutant fans have ever encountered before?

o THE FORMAT: Each issue of this six-part series is 32 pages, with ads.

7-59606-05170-0-00111 (MarvelPG) 2.50

cover by mike mckone & jung choi

judd winick (W)/mike mckone (P)/mark mckenna (i)

Wizard's "Book Of The Month" goes biweekly in February! On a world where mutants are used for nothing but sport, the Exiles find themselves a part of the Skrull's gladiator games! Will the reality-hopping troop discover what their mission is before they die in the Coliseum?! Will Blink be able to save them before the unthinkable happens? And what awful fate awaits one member of the team? EXILES ships twice this month, so the answers will be discovered in just two short weeks!

7-59606-05108-3-00911 (MarvelPG) 2.25

uncanny x-men no. 403

painted cover by ariel olivetti

joe casey (W)/aaron lopresti (p)/danny miki (i)

o THE SCOOP: The secret of the X-Corp revealed!

o THE STORY: The X-Men have witnessed firsthand the power and militarism of Banshee's squad - and they don't like what they see! Their onetime teammate has recruited known criminals and their methods are decidedly less tolerant than those of the X-Men. Now, they learn how Banshee has recruited outlaws such as Blob and Avalanche to his cause - and it may cause a permanent rift between them! And is that Jubilee on the cover?!

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads.

7-59606-02461-2-40311 (MarvelPG) 2.25

Cable no. 102

cover by igor kordey

david tischman (W)/igor kordey (P & I)

o THE SCOOP: Welcome to Skopje, Macedonia - home of ethnic cleansing, cloning and Cable!

o THE STORY: The critically-acclaimed team of artist Igor Kordey and writer David Tischman kick into high gear with their second blockbuster story arc! Following the events of issue #100, Cable is very close to becoming an ordinary man, since his powers are still in flux. That's bad news since he's uncovered a Macedonian plot to "cleanse" Ethnic Albanians, only to discover the Albanians have deadly plans of their own! Even an Askani Warrior can make a mistake, but can even an Askani Warrier fix it in time?

o THE BUZZ: "Are you like me, one of those comic readers who looked at Rob Liefeld's squinty-eyed, teeth-gritting Cable... and dismissed the character's subsequent appearances for almost a decade? The time for dismissal has come to an end. David Tischman and Igor Kordey have taken an empty vessel and crafted a story of remarkable relevance around him." -TheFourthRail.com

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads.

7-59606-01362-3-10211 (MarvelPG) 2.25

x-treme x-men no. 10

cover by salvador larroca & liquid!

chris claremont (W)/salvador larroca (P)

Part 1 of "Invasion From Dimension X"! Every day brings us closer to the inevitable end, as prediction after prediction from the Books of Destiny come to pass! This one, witnessed by Bishop months ago, shows a kidnapped Gambit as the key to an invasion with dire consequences. With the assassin Shaitan holding both Gambit and Lifeguard, the end seems near. Or is it? The X-treme team takes the field of battle as Earth's last line of defense and ultimately it's only hope against an armada capable of enslaving entire dimensions!

7-59606-05109-0-01011 (MarvelPG) 2.99

exiles no. 10

cover by mike mckone & JUNG CHOI

judd winick (W)/mike mckone (P)/mark mckenna (i)

"A World Apart" finale! What catastrophe awaits the Skrulls and the Exiles on this strange alternate Earth? Which member of the team will not make it out of this reality? And given the unpredictable nature of this book, will any of them survive? And what or who is "the Mammoth"? The quest continues as Blink's band struggles to survive their desperate mission to right the wrongs of the Marvel Multiverse!

7-59606-05108-3-01011 (MarvelPG) 2.25

cover by ethan van sciver & tim townsend

grant morrison (W)/ethan van sciver (P)

o THE SCOOP: "Imperial" Part 2 of 4!

o THE STORY: Cassandra Nova is returning to Earth - possessed of the most powerful mutant mind on the planet - and with the might of the Shi'ar Imperium at her back! The X-Men know how great the odds are against defeating Xavier's twisted twin - unless they draft a wildcard of their own!

o THE BUZZ: "Grant Morrison's story delivers a kick in the teeth to fanboys... and a healthy boost to readers who believe super hero comics' finest moments come from the human stories of those inside the costumes." -Borderline

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads.

7-59606-01772-0-12311 (MarvelPG) 2.25

deadpool: funeral for a freak no. 3

cover by udon

frank tieri (W)/georges jeanty (P)/jon holdredge (I)

Deadpool's crazy life - er, lives - continues! Who's dead? Who's alive? Who knows? And for that matter, who the heck knows what's going on in this title? The Merc With a Mouth sure doesn't, but he's going to try his darndest to find out, anyway! What madness will ensue this issue? We can't say for sure, but it's a sure bet that Wade Wilson does some awful stuff which might actually have deadly consequences for… DEADPOOL?! Confused? Us, too!

7-59606-03703-2-06311 (MarvelPG) 2.25


painted cover by massimiliano frezzato

chris kipiniak (W)/matt smith (P)/ mark morales (i)

It's the finale to the fuzzy elf's X-Men Icons mini-series! Slavery… prostitution… exploitation. All are the expressions of humanity's darkest side. How does a hero - and a man of faith - combat what cannot be defeated with even the most powerful mutant abilities? How does Nightcrawler save those who have lost the will to live? Find out in the conclusion to "Passion Play"!

7-59606-05120-5-00411 (MarvelPG) 2.50

cover by david finch & norm rapmund

frank tieri (W)/sean chen (P)/norm rapmund (I)

Wolverine hits Vegas! Welcome to Sin City, Logan… but don't get too comfortable, 'cause trouble's brewin' right around the corner! Chips are down and stakes are high in this ramblin', gamblin', action-packed issue of danger, dice and debauchery! Who's dealing the cards? Who's playing the game? Read the issue to find out! But with guest stars like Yukio, Omega Red, and Lady Deathstrike, you can bet that this story will be one that veteran readers remember!

7-59606-02254-0-17311 (MarvelPG) 2.25

cover by mike allred

peter milligan (W)/mike allred (P)

o THE SCOOP: Death once again stalks the team as a new story begins! If you've heard about this comic, but have yet to try it - now is the time!

o THE STORY: You thought they were untouchable. You were wrong! The X-Force is about to embark on their most hazardous mission yet - knowing in advance that one of their most popular members won't be coming home! Who is the Grim Reaper pointing at? U-Go Girl...? The Orphan...? The Anarchist...? >Gulp< Doop...?! Say it ain't so!

o THE BUZZ: "I want to come right out and admit that I was wrong about this book... Peter Milligan has taken what I had initially dismissed as an excuse to display excessive violence... and delivered something that I'm looking forward to with greater anticipation every month." -SilverBulletComicBooks.com

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads.

7-59606-01766-9-12511 (MarvelPG) 2.25

x-men: evolution no. 4

cover by udon with studio xd

devin grayson (W)/long vo (p)/studio xd (i)

Continuing the new series based on the hit Kids WB cartoon! When four new members join the X-Men, life at the Xavier Institute changes forever! How can Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Spyke and Rogue keep their mutant powers a secret from their friends at Bayville High? How can you be happy when you're forced to live a lie?

7-59606-05203-5-00411 2.25


spider-girl no. 44

cover by pat oliffe & al williamson

tom defalco (w)/pat oliffe (p)/al williamson (i)

On ths issue's cover, is that... Ben Reilly?! Peter Parker finally tells his daughter about his own origin and her Uncle Ben - including appearances by the Scarlet Spider, Kaine, Carnage, and the original Green Goblin! It's a complete one-issue story that makes a great jumping-on point for the wild ride to #50!

7-59606-03503-8-04411 2.25

amazing spider-man no. 40

cover by kaare andrews

j. michael straczynski (w)/john romita jr. (p)/scott hanna (i)

o THE SCOOP: Another great issue!

o THE STORY: More Spidey goodness!

o THE BUZZ: "It's nothing short of, well, amazing... Mr. Straczynski has sparked a Spidey renaissance." -Wizard

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads.

7-59606-04716-1-04011 (MarvelPG) 2.25

peter parker, spider-man no. 40

cover by humberto ramos

paul jenkins/Mark buckingham/wayne faucher

o THE SCOOP: In the shadow of Octopus!

o THE STORY: It's chapter two of a three-part shocker featuring the return of Dr. Octopus!

o THE BUZZ: "If you can find room for one more Spidey title within your monthly budget, this is the one." -Borderline

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads.

7-59606-04717-8-04011 (MarvelPG) 2.25

cover by darwyn cooke

darwyn cooke (w & P)/j. bone (I)

o THE SCOOP: A special self-contained, double-sized issue written and penciled by Eisner Award-nominated creator Darwyn Cooke (Batman: Ego, Catwoman)!

o THE SET-UP: Marvel continues to reach out and attract unique creators to The House, and TANGLED WEB is the perfect place to let them strut their stuff! We believe in a Spidey book for every type of reader, and this comic - which examines the wall-crawler from a more street-level view - is perfect for those who never thought they'd ever read a Spidey book!

o THE STORY: It's Valentines Day, and two beautiful young women are breathlessly waiting at The Coffee Bean for their date to pick them up. The problem is, they both think they have a date with Peter Parker! The other problem is, the Vulture has just knocked Spider-Man silly and the web-slinger can't remember his name - let alone his social schedule! Oh... and did we mention J. Jonah Jameson and the laxative?!

o THE CREATORS: Cooke follows up his guest-stint on X-FORCE by writing and penciling this double-size issue! Featuring inks by J. Bone (Jingle Belle, Alison Dare)!

o THE FORMAT: 48 pages, with ads. Printed on glossy stock with a cardstock cover.

7-59606-05106-9-01111 (MarvelPG) 3.50


painted cover by sam kieth

sam keith (w, p, I)

o THE SCOOP: Master writer/artist Sam Kieth returns to Marvel for a four-part mini-epic!

o THE STORY: A metal-clawed X-Man, an emerald behemoth, and a little girl named Po! What draws these three very different characters together? The answer: the strangest quest that Logan and Dr. Bruce Banner have ever experienced!

o THE CREATOR: Sam Kieth (The Maxx and Zero Girl) brings all the power, emotion, and sensitivity of his other work to two of Marvel's finest characters! Expect the unexpected!

o THE FORMAT: The debut issue of this monthly, four-part series is 32 pages, with ads. Printed on glossy paper with a cardstock cover.

7-59606-05170-0-00111 (MarvelPG) 3.50

wolverine: bloodhungry

cover by sam kieth

PETER DAVID (W)/sam kieth (p)

o THE SCOOP: Back in print just in time for WOLVERINE/HULK!

o THE STORY: In a tale written by the incomparable Peter David, the lone X-Man once again finds himself in Madripoor, this time caught in a deadly crimewar between Tiger Tyger and General Coy! Up for grabs: the most powerful drug in the world! And making matters worse is a super-powered thug named Cyber, who aspires to nothing less than utter domination of Wolverine! It's Kieth at his finest, originally printed in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #85 - #92!

o THE FORMAT: 64 pages, with ads.

7-59606-05258-5-00111(MarvelPG) 6.95


painted cover by TIM BRADSTREET

tom peyer (W)/manuel gutierrez (p)

o THE SCOOP: The new creative team begins the wildest PUNISHER saga yet!

o THE STORY: Kicking off "Taxi Wars," by red-hot writer Tom Peyer (The Authority) and future superstar artist Manuel Gutierrez (MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE-SHOT)! Frank Castle is back in NYC, but so is the disgusting new menace know as The Medallion! His goal: nothing less than total control over every single cab in the Big Apple! Can The Punisher stop this maniac's meter before it's too late? You may not know how valuable taxi medallions are right now, but soon you'll know only too well! (Note: The story content of issue #8 has been moved to this issue.)

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads. Printed on glossy paper.

7-59606-05113-7-00911 (MarvelPGplus) 2.99

cover by greg horn

greg rucka (w)/chuck austen (p)

o THE SCOOP: A new chapter of ELEKTRA excitement continues with "Hubris," part 2 of 3! New writer Greg Rucka (TANGLED WEB: SEVERANCE PACKAGE, Detective Comics) takes Marvel's deadly assassin back to her roots - and into new peril!

o THE STORY: Elektra has received her assignment: deliver four men to a remote Greek island. But what does the island's mysterious mistress want with these men - and will the sexy assassin follow her wishes?

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads. Printed on glossy paper.

7-59606-05132-8-00811 (MarvelPGplus) 2.99

daredevil no. 30

cover by alex maleev

brian michael bendis (w)/alex maleev (p)

o THE SCOOP: The Kingpin's secrets - revealed!

o THE STORY: The man called Silke has inspired Wilson Fisk's lieutenants to take him out of action! But what surprising events led up to this point? And what connection is there to the contract on Matt Murdock's life? Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev reveal the Kingpin's Judas as "Underboss" continues!

o THE BUZZ: "When Marvel put DAREDEVIL in the hands of Bendis and Maleev, they've given fans a concrete team that will be hard to disappoint." -Aint-It-Cool-News.com

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads. Printed on glossy paper.

7-59606-04706-2-03011 (MarvelPG) 2.99


painted cover by alex ross

alex ross & jim krueger(w)/doug braithwaite(p)/bill reinhold(i)

o THE SCOOP: It's the prologue to the final installment of Alex Ross's EARTH X trilogy!

o THE STORY: The final chapter of Marvel's possible future begins! Captain America, Daredevil, Phoenix, Dr. Doom, Giant-Man, Iron Man and Black Bolt prepare for the commencement of the new Paradise! Yet even at the gates of the new Heaven, old rivalries are reborn as the Kingpin and Jigsaw reject Captain Marvel's final reward! Plus: Thor and Loki begin to plan the destruction of Asgard, the legendary home of the Norse gods! Featuring the first cover in a 14-piece interlocking portrait painted by Ross!

o THE FORMAT: The bookend issue of this twelve-issue, monthly series is 32 pages, with ads. Printed on glossy stock paper with a cardstock cover.


(MarvelPG) 3.50

cover by carlos pacheco & jesus merino

kurt busiek & jo duffy(w)/matt haley(p)

o THE SCOOP: The Hulk, Dr. Strange, Namor, and Silver Surfer take over the world!

o THE STORY: Plagued by the curse which draws them together in times of crisis, four of Marvel's most powerful characters have turned against humanity and are attacking the Earth - for its own good! Only Nighthawk knows the reason why - but he, Valkyrie and Hellcat are among their first targets!

o THE WRITER SPEAKS: "The Big Four Defenders, furious beyond reason at the continuing indignity of the curse, decide that if they're to be forced to defend the planet, no matter what it does to their lives and other responsibilities, they're going to do it in the most efficient way possible. They're going to rule the earth," Kurt Busiek told Newsarama. "That way, they can keep it running in an orderly and peaceful manner, keep disruptions to a minimum, and attend to their duties as Defenders without destroying their lives as individuals. That's the theory, at least. But naturally, people object - not just the billions being ruled, but armies, governments, and superheroes, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers and more. But let's face it, these are the Defenders. They include the Sorcerer Supreme of this plane of reality, a wielder of the Power Cosmic, the monarch of Atlantis who commands the monsters of the seas and the single mightiest creature ever to walk the face of the Earth. They may very well be able to take on any and all opposition, and lay them out flat."

o THE FORMAT: The debut issue of this six-issue, monthly series is 32 pages, with ads.

7-59606-05250-9-00111 (MarvelPG) 2.25

avengers: celestial quest no. 6

cover by jorge santamaria & scott hanna

steve englehart(w)/jorge santamaria(p)/scott hanna(i)

It's a time for cosmic encounters, as Mantis and the Vision commune with Eternity, the embodiment of the universe, while Thanos and Mentor have a touching father-son reunion at the edge of the entrophic Rot - and Death confronts the Scarlet Witch, Haywire and Silverclaw!

7-59606-05131-1-00611 (MarvelPG) 2.50

citizen v & the v battalion: the everlasting no. 1

cover by mike deodato

fabian nicieza(w)/lewis larosa(p)/jim royal(i)

o THE SCOOP: From the pages of THUNDERBOLTS, it's Citizen V!

o THE STORY: Citizen V is back -- literally! John Watkins III, rogue, scoundrel, adventurer, and ball-grabber returns as the lead covert operative of the paramilitary peace organization, the V-Battalion! And for his first adventure... how about the return of an assassin his grandmother killed decades earlier? How about civil war erupting in small volatile countries all over the world? And how about a sleeping giant?

o THE FORMAT: The debut issue of this four-issue, monthly series is 32 pages, with ads.

7-59606-05202-8-00111 (MarvelPG) 2.99

fantastic four no. 52

cover by mike wieringo & karl kesel

carlos pacheco, rafael Marin & karl kesel (w)/mark bagley (P)/karl kesel (i)

The Inhumans: welcomed by... Dr. Doom?! Is there any nation on Earth willing to shelter the beleaguered Inhumans? The answer is yes - but its iron-clad Monarch wins no endorsements from Marvel's first family! Though with Mister Fantastic the subject of a government inquiry, will the fabulous Fantastic Four have anything to say about it? And lurking in the shadows, pulling the strings - who are the Hidden Ones?

7-59606-04456-6-05211 (MarvelPG) 2.25

thor no. 46

cover by tom raney & scott hanna

dan jurgens (w)/tom raney (p)/scott hanna (i)

Thor is now the Lord of Asgard, and so has left the protection of Earth in the hands of Thor-Girl! But an old foe of the thunderer is on a quest for immortality - one that may spell the end of both the Designate and Thor's new reign!

7-59606-03506-9-04511 (MarvelPG) 2.25

black panther no. 41

cover by sal velluto & bob almond

christopher priest (w)/sal velluto (p)/bob almond (i)

o THE SCOOP: Wolverine and Iron Man guest-star as a gripping new story-arc begins!

o THE STORY: "Enemy of The State II" Part 1 of 4! A powerful record company executive is found murdered in his car, sending shockwaves across the dark underground of the international intelligence community! Alliances will be exposed, governments toppled, and a secret war ignited - drawing T'Challa into the fire! Meanwhile, an old threat reemerges as the other Black Panther rallies the Collectors - Mr. Little and Princess Zanda - for a new showdown with an ancient evil: King Solomon's Frog! Iron Man and Wolverine will drop by - and anyone who hasn't yet tried this acclaimed title should too!

o THE BUZZ: "In a just world, this would be out-selling the other super hero comics... in the world we've got, I guess we'll have to be satisfied with well-deserved critical accliam, which I will once again happily be a part of." -TheFourthRail.com

o THE FORMAT: 32 pages, no ads.

7-59606-03876-3-04111 (MarvelPG) 2.50

cover by michael ryan & sean parsons

mike grell (w)/michael ryan (p)/sean parsons (i)

The new creative team of Mike Grell and Michael Ryan kick off a new storyline! They are the castoffs, the unwanted... the children of the streets. And now, someone is methodically butchering them - leading Iron Man into a dark underbelly of the world that, despite his armored power, he may be ill-equipped to deal with!

7-59606-04457-5-05111 (MarvelPG) 2.25

cover by arnold tsang

ken siu-chong(w)/udon(p)

o THE SCOOP: One of the Avenger's most dangerous villains blasts into his own all-new, all-deadly mini-series!

o THE STORY: He can imitate anything you can do... but better! He runs a string of international acadamies... that produce trained killers! Now the man behind the skull gets some new duds... then gets his hands dirty on a solo mission worth millions of dollars! The butt-kicker that Wizard voted one of the Top 10 Coolest Villains Of All Time leaps into his own adventure filled with crazy Hong Kong action, awesome art byX-MEN EVOLUTION's UDON (with Alvin Lee, Arnold Tsang, Omar Dogan, and Shane Law)... and guest-stars like Iron Man!

o THE FORMAT: The debut issue of this four-issue, monthly series is 32 pages, with ads.

7-59606-05251-6-00111 (MarvelPG) 2.99


cover by j.h. williams iii

PETER DAVID (w)/chriscross (p)/anibal rodriguez (i)

"Time Flies" part 3 of 4! Thrown into the far flung world as chronicled in "Future Imperfect," Rick Jones finds himself in his trophy room of the future, facing... himself! Meanwhile, the

menace of the Maestro lurks! Plus: in the the Microverse, we answer a ten-year-old mystery, as Captain Marvel finally learns the long-secret true identity of Thanatos! "Peter David and Chriscross continue to entertain with this series. This month, I'm impressed not only with the accessibility of the plot, but with the accessibility of the emotions drivingit forward." -TheFourthRail.com

7-59606-04815-1-02911 (MarvelPG) 2.50

cover by kaare andrews

bruce jones (w)/john romita, jr. (p)/tom palmer (i)

Bruce Banner: on the run and running out of luck! He's got a pair of relentless black ops hot on his trail and closing fast - as Banner's old friend Doc Samson tracks them all! When their paths converge, look out! New Writer Bruce Jones, penciler John Romita Jr., and inker Tom Palmer deliver a bold vision of a Marvel legend in "You Must Remember This" part 2 of 4! "Jones is a sophisticated writer, subtle and strong on the human element, and turns out to be a perfect choice for THE INCREDIBLE HULK." -Comics Buyer's Guide

7-59606-04745-1-03711 (MarvelPG) 2.25

thunderbolts no. 61

cover by patrick zircher & scott koblish

fabian nicieza (w)/patrick zircher (p)/al vey (i)

"Heroes Return" part 2 of 3! It was just a momentary lapse of judgment - but now, a Guardsman lies dead, and Hawkeye is forced to cast his lot with his fellow escaped convicts of the Chain Gang! Meanwhile, trapped in a strange world so similar and yet so different from our own, the surviving Thunderbolts must weigh their own liberty against the lives of thousands - while Zemo runs the game!

7-59606-03566-3-06111 (MarvelPG) 2.25

cover by kieron dwyer

KURT BUSIEK (w)/kieron dwyer & rick remender

In a world under siege, Wonder Man and the Scarlet Witch are powerless prisoners of war in occupied territory! How can they fight against Kang when every act of resistance brings reprisal? What will this mean for their relationship - and does it even matter with the spectre of death and destruction looming all around?

7-59606-04458-0-05111 (MarvelPG) 2.25

captain america: dead man running no. 2

cover by derek hess

darko macan (w)/danijel zezelj (p)

Captain America: Captive in the jungle! Darko Macan and Danijel Zezelj pick up after last month's cliffhanger ending and keep you trapped in the jungle, trapped in this powerful story! If Captain America represents the promise of all the United States could be, and the soldiers he travels with represent a seedier reality, how is Cap affected? What will happen to the living legend? But Cap will not have time to ponder these questions, as his unseen hunters close on his captors, and the children they escort. Who among the American soldiers will survive, and who will remain a Dead Man Running alone in the jungle?

7-59606-05241-7-05111 (MarvelPG) 2.99

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