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    AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #31

    Written by CHRISTOS N. GAGE

    Penciled by RAFA SANDOVAL

    Cover by DAVID YARDIN

    A SIEGE: THE CABAL TIE-IN! Months of story threads finally weave together as Norman Osborn offers Taskmaster a seat at the Cabal's table...the Avengers Resistance uncovers a horrifying secret...and members of the Initiative are called up for an assault on an enemy of incalculable power!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

    SIEGE: THE CABAL

    Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

    Penciled by MICHAEL LARK

    Cover by DAVID FINCH

    THE SIEGE STARTS HERE!! Remember when you were first introduced to the Cabal, the gathering of the most sinister members of the Marvel Universe, and you said to yourself: Well, that's going to blow up in everyone's face! Well, you were right and it happens right here!! Norman Osborn faces off with Doctor Doom and his mysterious threat to Doom is revealed. All of this is setting the stage for next month's explosive event: SIEGE!

    48 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+ …$3.99

    * SEE BELOW FOR ORIGINS OF SIEGE

    CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHO WILL WIELD THE SHIELD?

    Written by ED BRUBAKER

    Pencils & Cover by BUTCH GUICE

    Steve Rogers has returned, but Bucky Barnes is the current Captain America, and has come into his own in the role. Will there be two Captain Americas? Will Bucky go back to being the Winter Soldier? What will happen? Decisions, decisions, decisions....

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    HALO: BLOOD LINE #1 (of 5)

    Written by FRED VAN LENTE

    Art & Cover by FRANCIS PORTELA

    Based on the Best-Selling X-Box Game! Blood Line is the top-secret unconventional warfare unit of the United Nations Space Command’s Office of Naval Intelligence, engaging in sabotage and assassination missions deep inside Covenant space. But when this quartet of super soldiers is shot down over a desolate moon along with a Covenant cruiser, humans and aliens will have to forge an uneasy alliance against a common foe before an eons-old threat destroys them both!

    32 Pgs./17& Up…$3.99

    ©2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Microsoft, Halo, the Halo logo, the Microsoft Game Studios logo, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. Bungie and the Bungie logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bungie, LLC.

    DARK TOWER: THE BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL #2 (of 5)

    Written by PETER DAVID & ROBIN FURTH

    Pencils & Cover by JAE LEE

    Variant Cover by LEONARDO MANCO

    The first Beam has been broken! The Crimson King has created a prison for powerful psychics who use their powers to erode the very Beams that support the Dark Tower which is the fulcrum of reality! Gilead is in ruins, Mid-World is dying, and all that stands between the Crimson King and the utter dissolution of existence is a haggard Roland Deschain and his ka-tet. But first they must destroy the awful machines of war being erected by the Good Man, John Farson. Don’t miss this second issue in the greatest Dark Tower arc of all!

    40 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Parental Advisory…$3.99

    ©2009 Stephen King. All rights reserved.

    THE STAND: SOUL SURVIVORS #3 (of 5)

    Written by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA

    Penciled by MIKE PERKINS

    Cover by LEE BERMEJO

    Variant Cover by MIKE PERKINS

    The most shocking chapter of Stephen King's horror masterpiece yet!

    Stu, Fran, and Harold's journey across the country takes a turn for the unspeakable when they cross paths with a quartet of vigilantes and their "harem" of imprisoned women. Making matters worse (if such a thing were possible), Harold's deepest fears that Fran and Stu have feelings for each other are starting to come true... Told from Fran's POV, this issue marks the Point of No Return, True Believers!

    32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Parental Advisory…$3.99

    ©2009 Stephen King. All rights reserved. Published by arrangement with The Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.This graphic novel is produced under license from The Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group and Stephen King.

    THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ #2 (of 8)

    Written by ERIC SHANOWER

    Pencils & Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

    The further adventures of Oz continue! ERIC SHANOWER (Age of Bronze) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (X-MEN) further adapt the amazing adventures of Tip, Scarecrow, and Jack Pumpkinhead as they face the frantic and fantastic aspects of the Land of Oz.

    32 PGS./All Ages …$3.99

    ENDER'S GAME: COMMAND SCHOOL #4 (of 5)

    Creative Director ORSON SCOTT CARD

    Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST

    Pencils & Cover by PASQUAL FERRY

    Ender has graduated from Battle School to Command School where he'll prepare for the approaching Formic invasion...but he refuses to go. Ender's done playing the games, he's done hurting people. So the military brings in the only person who Ender cares about to convince him to go...his sister Valentine. And in the outer reaches of space, Ender meets the man who will be his last teacher...

    Mazer Rackham.

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

    ENDER'S GAME: WAR OF GIFTS

    Creative Director ORSON SCOTT CARD

    Written by JAKE BLACK

    Pencils & Cover by TIMOTHY GREEN II

    Zeck Morgan was raised by his minister father to be a pious, God-fearing child, devoted to his church. Unfortunately, when the International Fleet decides Zeck is a candidate for training in Battle School, they tear him from his home and prepare him for war. Zeck refuses to participate in the school’s war-games due to his pacifist religious beliefs. When he sees another student celebrating Christmas--seemingly violating Battle School's rules against religious practice--he raises an uproar that may tear Battle School apart. Can even Ender Wiggin calm this furor? Find out in this double-sized adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender Universe novella, War of Gifts.

    56 PGS./One-Shot/Parental Advisory …$4.99

    ENDER'S SHADOW: COMMAND SCHOOL #4 (of 5)

    Creative Director ORSON SCOTT CARD

    Written by MIKE CAREY

    Pencils by SEBASTIAN FIUMARA

    Cover by TIMOTHY GREEN II

    The dramatic adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s science-fiction classic reaches its penultimate chapter! Battle School seems strangely empty without Ender Wiggin - and Bean has finally been cleared to join him in the labyrinthine warrens of Eros and Command School. But before he can go, there's one last thing he has to do: put his life in the hands of his oldest and most terrifying enemy...

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

    ANITA BLAKE, THE LAUGHING CORPSE - EXECUTIONER #3 (of 5)

    Written by JESSICA RUFFNER & LAURELL K. HAMILTON

    Penciled by RON LIM

    Cover by HARVEY TOLIBAO

    Killer zombies. Voodoo priestesses bent on revenge. Mad millionaires. As the puzzle pieces forming vampire hunter Anita Blake’s deadliest case yet fall into place, the budding necromancer discovers one ugly truth: There’s more than one way to become a monster…

    32 PGS./Mature …$3.99

    © 2009 Laurell K. Hamilton. All rights reserved. Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter and all characters featured

    in this issue and the distinctive names and likenesses thereof, and all related indicia are trademarks of Laurell K. Hamilton.

    SKY DOLL – DOLL’S FACTORY #2 (of 2)

    Written by BARBARA CANEPA

    Adapted by C.B. CEBULSKI

    Penciled by ALESSANDRO BARBUCCI

    Cover by BARBARA CANEPA & ALESSANDRO BARBUCCI

    Fans and true believers, rejoice! An awesome treasure chest is finally at your disposal, filled to the brim with drafts, sketches, roughs, illustrations and all the painstakingly collected research material which allowed Barbucci and Canepa to raise the Space Fantasy saga to an all new level. Creating their own blend of drama and fun, mixing sci-fi and cyber culture with religious concepts and elements of design from the ‘60s, they have created a universe to dive into and delight in! So, raiders shift your gears to plunder and set your sights on the sexiest bounty in the comic book universe! Pages and pages of exclusive and previously unreleased magic can be found in this collector’s issue! Including character sketches and designs, as well as an exclusive interview with the creators and a sketchbook by superstar artist Claire Wendling!

    64 PGS./Mature …$5.99

    SPIN ANGELS #4 (of 4)

    Written by JEAN-LUC SALA

    Adapted by MARC SUMERAK

    Pencils & Cover by PIERRE-MONY CHAN

    700 years of secrets. A gospel written by Judas. A relic coveted since the crusades and Inquisitors willing to do anything to get a hold of it. What is the worst that could happen? Well, the worst would be for Angelo, the Sicilian killer, to come back and to come back angry. Angelo is back from the dead, crueler and more ruthless than ever, and he’s going to make it rain lead! Pray for our poor souls, dear readers!

    48 PGS./Mature …$5.99

    KOOKABURRA K #2 (of 3)

    Written by CRISSE, MITRIC & HICKS

    Adapted by AUBREY SITTERSON

    Pencils & Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS

    Still aboard the spaceship K, the children slowly reveal their unbelievable powers, and when K is suddenly caught by the gravity of planet Eyrolia, the ship’s commanders are powerless to do anything! Under the light of two suns, Urlik and Ash Ka regain consciousness on this planet that seems to be paradise. But when they are suddenly attacked by brutal warriors, not even the young telepath of their party can detect thought in the killers’ minds. On this planet of one thousand illusions, not even the giant steel rocket K can offer them protection.

    48 PGS./Mature …$5.99

    X-MEN NOIR: MARK OF CAIN #1 (of 4)

    Written by FRED VAN LENTE

    Pencils & Cover by DENNIS CALERO

    Variant Cover by DENNIS CALERO

    "In the dark and steamy jungles of Madripoor, the flashing claws of Logan, the blazing bullets of Cyclops, and the dashing fists of the Angel met with wave after wave of beserk headhunters, all willing to protect the secrets of the Temple-Tomb of Cyttorak with their lives! The ancient treasure map of mercenary Cain Marko, with its siren-song of the priceless gigantic ruby of the fabled god-king, had lured them only into the icy claws of Death!"

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

    SPIDER-MAN NOIR: EYES WITHOUT A FACE #1 (of 4)

    Written by DAVID HINE & FABRICE SAPOLSKY

    Art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO

    Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER

    Variant Cover by DENNIS CALERO

    Peter Parker has a lot to be hopeful about. The Spider-Man is the beloved town hero; President Franklin D. Roosevelt is in the White House; the spiraling economy is on its first steps toward recovery; and with Norman Osborn out of the picture, organized crime in New York has lost its major player. But all is not well in 1934 America…dark forces are at play in the world, and a power vacuum in New York crime is quickly – and violently – being filled! Now Spider-Man must contend with a vicious new breed of killers, criminals, and maniacal death-dealers, reimagined from some of the greatest and deadliest foes of the Spider-Man!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    ULTIMATE COMICS ARMOR WARS #4 (of 4)

    Written by WARREN ELLIS

    Penciled by STEVE KURTH

    Cover by BRANDON PETERSON

    The IRON MAN’s track record of kicking butt and taking names hasn’t been faring so well. But after a hot pursuit across the globe, he finally faces off with a long lost…frenemy? Even the Man of Iron couldn’t spot this on his radar! Plus the mysterious Remnant 242 is revealed and has some earth-shattering consequences! Acclaimed writer WARREN ELLIS (ULTIMATE HUMAN) and rising star STEVE KURTH (IRON MAN) bring you the momentous conclusion of ULTIMATE COMICS ARMOR WARS!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS #5

    Written by MARK MILLAR

    Pencils & Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

    It’s an all out super hero throw-down! Captain America and The Avengers face-off as the dreaded Red Skull plots universal mayhem! How will Fury’s death squad cope with the legend and his son? The world as we know it is on the line! Join superstars MARK MILLAR and CARLOS PACHECO for the next mind-blowing chapter!

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

    ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #5

    Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

    Pencils & Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE

    It’s the knock-out drag-out you've all been waiting for! Spider-Man versus Mysterio!! Who will team up with Spidey to save the day? And will they get there in time?? Another rockin’ chapter of the all new ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN, from the hotshot team-up of BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS and DAVID LAFUENTE .

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #614

    Written by MARK WAID

    Penciled by PAUL AZACETA

    Cover by MARKO DJURDEVIC

    POWER TO THE PEOPLE Finale! Spidey and Mayor Jameson have to put their differences aside to pull the plug on the supercharged Electro once and for all--but at the cost of one of the best-known and most beloved landmarks in the Marvel Universe as THE GAUNTLET continues to rock Spidey's world!

    32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #615

    Written by FRED VAN LENTE

    Penciled by JAVIER PULIDO

    Cover by PAOLO MANUEL RIVERA

    A locked room mystery! A string of brutal murders! A missing girl! One of Peter Parker's closest friends on the brink of ruin! This looks like a job for the Amazing Spider-Sleuth... and all clues point to the sinister SANDMAN! But all of Spidey's classic villains are being reinvented as part of "THE GAUNTLET", and Sandy is no different -- so nothing is what it seems!

    32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #616

    Written by FRED VAN LENTE

    Penciled by JAVIER PULIDO

    Cover by PAOLO MANUEL RIVERA

    The Sandman has vacillated between good and evil over the years, joining the Sinister Six and the Frightful Four...as well as becoming a reserve Avenger and a member of Silver Sable's Wild Pack. But as of this issue, and forever more, he will always be known as a villain -- one of the worst in the Wall-Crawler's Rogues Gallery -- and it's all Spider-Man's fault! Find out the shocking reason why in this issue as "THE GAUNTLET" continues!

    32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

    WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #3

    Written by FRED VAN LENTE, TOM DEFALCO & J.M. DEMATTEIS

    Penciled by BARRY KITSON, RON FRENZ & J.M. DEMATTEIS

    Cover by JELENA DJURDEVIC

    His name is The Rhino, and when his will is set, there’s no one he can’t run through to get the job done. If Spidey manages to survive the first wave of the Gauntlet, he won’t want to as The Rhino stands ready for him next. Webhead Wonder Fred Van Lente and Super-Spider-Star Barry Kitson bring you The Rhino’s history through the Rhino’s own eyes as he gears up for the dropdown-all-out slugfest of the year in next month’s Amazing Spider-Man! Over, in the pages of the Spectacular Spider-Girl, May Parker stands against the cult of the Goblin, while April Reilly will find herself allied with the last person you’d expect. And finally, a look at the honeymoon that has swept the globe catches us up with Aunt May and her new husband, J. Jonah Jameson Sr.!

    48 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

    SPIDER-MAN & THE SECRET WARS #1 (of 4)

    Written by PAUL TOBIN

    Pencils & Cover by PATRICK SCHERBERGER

    How do ten heroes end up buried alive beneath one hundred and fifty BILLION tons of rock? And is the Hulk mad enough to do anything about it? What were the events that led up to this catastrophe? What are the heroes thinking? And with the weight of an entire mountain range above them, how do they go about their desperate fight for survival? All the answers are in the first issue of the series that takes you deeper into the classic events of the Secret Wars, and pulls the lid off stories that were left untold!

    32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

    SPIDER-MAN 1602 #3 (of 5)

    Written by JEFF PARKER

    Penciled by RAMON ROSANAS

    Cover by MICHAEL GOLDEN

    Peter finds that Europe is more inviting than he remembered when he meets a young red-haired actress and more dangerous when he also meets The Lizard! Meanwhile Osbourne is alive enough to make a deal with the desperate Henri Pym in exchange for experimental treatment....

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    SPIDER-MAN: THE CLONE SAGA #4 (of 6)

    Written by TOM DEFALCO & HOWARD MACKIE

    Penciled by TODD NAUCK

    Cover by TOM RANEY

    Peter Parker’s got a case of the clones…and the only man with the cure is Doctor Octopus! But if the nefarious Kaine has his way, this is one check up neither will survive!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    BLACK WIDOW: DEADLY ORIGIN #2 (of 4)

    Written by PAUL CORNELL

    Penciled by TOM RANEY & JOHN PAUL LEON

    Cover by ADI GRANOV

    Before the world falls in love with her in Iron Man II, learn how it all began for the Black Widow! As Natalia Romanova races across the globe to uncover the mystery behind the threat targeting everyone she's ever loved, Clint Barton faces death! Plus: Tony Stark, the Crimson Dynamo, the Winter Soldier, and even Nikita Kruschev get caught in the Widow’s wicked web of intrigue, espionage and danger!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    CAPTAIN AMERICA: THEATER OF WAR – PRISONERS OF DUTY

    Written by KYLE HIGGINS & ALEC SIEGEL

    Penciled by AGUSTIN PADILLA

    Cover by MIRCO PIERFEDERICI

    Wounded behind enemy lines, Captain America faces one of his greatest challenges yet—escaping a Nazi POW camp…as Steve Rogers! Brought to you by Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel, co-creators of the fan-favorite film The League!

    40 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+ …$3.99

    DARK AVENGERS: ARES #3 (of 3)

    Written by KIERON GILLEN

    Penciled by MANUEL GARCIA

    Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

    Ares and his men enter a suicide standoff! The God of War exposed his hand-picked H.A.M.M.E.R. cadets to intensive, real-world training in the field…by going up against a dark and deadly force from his distant past. But Ares got a deadly heap more than he bargained for, and his trainees are about to get schooled the hard way!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    DAREDEVIL #503

    Written by ANDY DIGGLE

    Penciled by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE

    Cover by ESAD RIBIC

    It’s blood, sweat, and brutal truths as the new creative team of Andy Diggle (THUNDERBOLTS) and Roberto De La Torre (IRON MAN) continue their first breathtaking story arc! While the Kingpin secretly builds his power base, Daredevil and Master Izo collide violently over the future of the guild of assassins known as The Hand, and Foggy fears the Matt Murdock he once knew may be gone for good.

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

    DARK AVENGERS #12

    Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

    Pencils & Cover by MIKE DEODATO

    The explosive smash hit series from Brian Bendis and Mike Deodato continues!! The Dark Avengers are pitted against a foe they cannot defeat: A man with the power over every molecule in the world! Norman can't talk his way out of this one as the world gets turned upside down and no joke...someone dies. For reelz!!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    DARK AVENGERS ANNUAL #1

    Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

    Pencils & Cover by CHRIS BACHALO

    Bendis and Bachalo launch from the pages of New Avengers and reunite for this very important DOUBLE-SIZED chapter in the Dark Avengers saga. Captain Marvel a.k.a. Marvel Boy found out he was surrounded by madmen and villains and ran for the hills. But no one gets out of Osborn's grip that easy…Will a new hero rise in the Marvel Universe or will Captain Marvel be seduced to the dark side? Also, the Sentry's true self revealed!!

    48 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

    DEATHLOK #2 (of 7)

    Written by CHARLIE HUSTON

    Penciled by LAN MEDINA

    Cover by BRANDON PETERSON

    Marvel’s ultimate cyborg is back in this 7-issue Marvel Knights limited series written by Charlie Huston (MOON KNIGHT) and breathtakingly illustrated by Lan Medina (FOOLKILLER). In the not-too-distant future, war is a spectator sport and warriors die hard and live fast! So when telegenic warrior Lieutenant Mike Travers hotdogs it on the battlefield and gets himself and his C.O., Luther Manning, blown to bits, it looks like the ratings are about to take a hit, right? Wrong. Through the miracle of science, RoXXon Corp is proud to bring you tomorrow’s Super Soldier today, the unprecedented feat of military technology called Deathlok the Demolisher!

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

    DOCTOR VOODOO: AVENGER OF THE SUPERNATURAL #3

    Written by RICK REMENDER

    Penciled by JEFTE PALO & GABRIEL HARDMAN

    Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

    The evil which Agamotto foretold has seeped into Earth and amassed an army of possessed children of the supernatural -- all former candidates to the mantle Sorcerer Supreme! Jericho’s journeys through the Everdimensions, in hopes of halting this darkness, have left him broken, near death. With help out of reach and the fabric between our world and the shadow planes corrupted, Doctor Voodoo alone must defeat an army of Earth’s most powerful lords of the arcane and their unnamed master!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

    DOCTOR VOODOO: THE ORIGIN OF JERICHO DRUMM

    Written by LEN WEIN & ROY THOMAS

    Penciled by GENE COLAN & ALEX MASSACCI

    Cover by BILLY TAN

    You’ve witnessed his incredible reemergence in the pages of New Avengers, now take a trip through the voodoo virtuoso’s career in this special presentation of STRANGE TALES #169-170. In the shadowed back alleys of New Orleans, they speak his name in awe, for ‘tis said he was old when the mountains were young, that he cannot be harmed, that he can never DIE! His name is DOCTOR VOODOO! Experience the birth of Marvel’s new Sorcer Supreme like never before, fully remastered with modern coloring. Plus, an all-new framing sequence by Roy Thomas and Alex Massacci.

    64 PGS./One-Shot/Reprint & NEW FRAMING SEQUENCE

    Rated T+ …$4.99

    BLACK WIDOW & THE MARVEL GIRLS #1 & 2 (of 4)

    Written by PAUL TOBIN

    Pencils by SALVA ESPIN (issue 1)

    Pencils by JACOPO CAMAGNI (issue 2)

    Covers by SALVA ESPIN

    She's the most efficient spy in the world and one of the world's deadliest women, but before there was ever a Black Widow, there was the Red Room, a brutal KGB training ground for assassins, undercover agents, and the most ruthless of spies. Now, tasked with removing a rogue weapon's dealer from an impregnable safe house, the Black Widow remembers her escape from the Red Room training facility, an escape only made possible with the aid of the most unlikely of allies, the Asgardian sorceress known as Amora...the Enchantress.

    THEN IN ISSUE 2, fitting in with the Avengers is not an easy job, not for a woman with no true powers beyond years of training and a ruthless ambition to succeed at any given task, and after a midair battle separates the Black Widow from the rest of her team, the mission to protect an advanced robot just got harder. Luckily, the Black Widow has her skills on her side, and the Avenger known as the Wasp at her back. Unluckily, the robot's owner is Dr. Doom, and Latveria's despotic ruler will stop at nothing to reclaim his own.

    32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated A …$2.99 (EACH)

    FANTASTIC FOUR #574

    Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

    Penciled by NEIL EDWARDS

    Cover by ALAN DAVIS

    Team Variant Cover by DALE EAGLESHAM

    All the Marvel cool kids show up at the bestest birthday party ever! We got X-kids, Power Pack, and Spider-Man in the house as Franklin celebrates his birthday!. Who cuts the cake? Who brings the best present? And who's the special guest of honor? It's Days of Future Franklin!

    32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

    INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #21

    Written by MATT FRACTION

    Art & 50/50 Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA

    50/50 Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER

    Tony's closest friends and lovers have gathered to try and help the man rebuild his shattered consciousness, body, life and legacy...but when Tony gets the call, does he WANT to come back? CAN he...even with Dr. Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts, bridging the gap between the two worlds? And you didn't think the bad guys were going to just sit back and let Tony rest and recuperate, did you?

    32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

    HULK #18

    Written by JEPH LOEB

    Pencils & Cover by WHILCE PORTACIO

    Variant Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

    For years now Leonard Samson has been part of the Marvel Universe. Both ally and enemy with the Hulk, the shocking turn of events in HULK #600 has introduced a far more deadly SAMSON. What has happened to DOC SAMSON and whose side is he on? Join Jeph Loeb and superstar artist WHILCE PORTACIO returning to Marvel for this special prologue issue to FALL OF THE HULKS where more secrets will be revealed!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    FALL OF THE HULKS ALPHA

    Written by JEFF PARKER

    Pencils by PAUL PELLETIER

    Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

    Variant Cover by DAVID FINCH

    M.O.D.O.K. The Leader. Mad Thinker. Egghead. Red Ghost and the Super-Apes. Doctor Doom. They make up the secret group who have analyzed every victory and every defeat in the Marvel Universe to create the perfect battle plan that results in FALL OF THE HULKS! The origins and shocking truths of some of Marvel's most dangerous villains are revealed as the biggest HULK EVENT yet begins! From fan-favorite creators JEFF PARKER (AGENTS OF ATLAS) and PAUL PELLETIER (WAR OF KINGS) comes this tale of the “Smartest There Is” and their quest to prove it, once and for all.

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    FALL OF THE HULKS GAMMA

    Written by JEPH LOEB

    Pencils by JOHN ROMITA JR.

    Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

    Variant Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

    Variant Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.

    It’s almost here! JEPH LOEB and original WORLD WAR HULK artist JOHN ROMITA JR. bring you the set-up to the event of 2010. With the Hulk family growing exponentially over the past year, it was only a matter of time before things came to a smashing head. But what could set all of these characters into a rage that has them turning on each other, and on the world? Whose death starts this? Just what role do Skaar, A-Bomb, the She-Hulks and the Marvel Universe play in this story? One thing’s for sure—things are about to get incredible!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    INCREDIBLE HULK #605

    Written by GREG PAK & FRED VAN LENTE

    Penciled by ARIEL OLIVETTI & MICHAEL RYAN

    Cover by ARIEL OLIVETTI

    70th Anniversary Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

    Tyrannus returns! Manhattan crumbles! Moloids attack! And only Bruce Banner and the Son of Hulk can save the day! Unless, of course, Skaar decides to join the monsters...The first big storyline in the all-new "Incredible Hulk" comes to a senses-shattering climax as Bruce Banner discovers whether his take-your-savage-barbarian-son-to-work program has been a rousing success -- or the biggest disaster visited upon the Marvel Universe since "World War Hulk"! Plus: the All-New Savage She-Hulk's quest to find Jennifer Walters reaches its conclusion -- with a stunning twist!

    40 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

    INCREDIBLE HERCULES #139

    Written by GREG PAK, FRED VAN LENTE & JEFF PARKER

    Pencils by RODNEY BUCHEMI & GABRIEL HARDMAN

    Cover by MICHAEL BIEREK

    "ASSAULT ON NEW OLYMPUS," Part 2 (of 4)

    Hercules leads the New and Mighty Avengers against the overwhelming forces of Hera's New Olympus -- but these are no ordinary foes our heroes face, but the gods themselves! Can the superpredator Wolverine outfox an immortal Huntsman? Can Spider-Man out-webspin the divine Arachne? Can Henry Pym outgrow the giant Argus? And with his love Delphyne Gorgon prepared to slay his mentor Athena, Amadeus Cho must make a final, fateful choice!

    40 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    HULK: WINTER GUARD

    Written by DAVID GALLAHER

    Pencils & Cover by STEVE ELLIS

    Hot on the heels of their acclaimed series 'High Moon', David Gallaher and Steve Ellis unite to reveal the secrets behind Russia's elite superhuman strike force! Red Guardian, Crimson Dynamo, Ursa Major & Darkstar -- As THE Winter Guard, they have sworn to protect the people of Russia. But, who will protect them when The Presence's schemes threaten to claim one of their own? Featuring an oversized all-new story and reprinting the classic Peter David and Dale Keown tale from INCREDIBLE HULK #393!

    56 PGS./One-Shot/New & Reprint/Rated T+ …$3.99

    GHOST RIDERS: HEAVEN'S ON FIRE #5 (of 6)

    Written by JASON AARON

    Penciled by ROLAND BOSCHI

    Cover by GREG LAND

    The battle against Zadkiel, usurper of heaven, nears its conclusion as the all-new Orb and all-new Vengeance enter the fray, leading an army of zombie bikers against an army of Gun Nuns, with Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch caught in the middle. Plus, Jaine Cutter versus the Son of Satan and the junior Anti-Christ, Kid Blackheart, makes his move.

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

    IRON MAN VS. WHIPLASH #2 (of 4)

    Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM & BRANNON BRAGA

    Penciled by PHILIPPE BRIONES

    Cover by BRANDON PETERSON

    Continuing the intro of the all-new, all-deadly Whiplash! Tony Stark is behind bars with dictators, despots and war criminals – and there's nowhere else Whiplash would rather have him! How is this new nemesis formed from Stark’s own armor, and why does he want Iron Man destroyed? Before he tears up the screen in Iron Man II, be there for the arrival of the new Whiplash in the Marvel U!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    MIGHTY AVENGERS #32

    Written by CHRISTOS N. GAGE

    Pencils and Cover by KHOI PHAM

    "The Coming Darkness..."

    The throwdown you've been waiting for-- and that Loki, God of Mischief-- has been scheming towards: THE MIGHTY AVENGERS versus THE DARK AVENGERS! Hank Pym's team has tried their best to be a shining light in the world of Dark Reign but this might be the time that light gets snuffed out! Special appearance by the MIGHTY THOR!

    48 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

    MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #58

    Written by PAUL TOBIN

    Penciled by MATTEO LOLLI

    Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

    With his relationship with Chat in turmoil, and with Gwen Stacy oddly claiming she’s his girlfriend, and with Aunt May suddenly needing $25,000, life is a little shaky for Peter Parker. Finding out that Tombstone and the Torino crime family have put a price on his head doesn’t exactly cheer him up and, now, on top of everything else, the Blonde Phantom Detective Agency is looking to contact Spider-Man, but do they want to recruit him, or join in on the hunt?

    32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

    MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD #4 (of 4)

    Written by TODD DEZAGO

    Pencils & Cover by MARCELO DICHIARA

    GET ‘ER WHILE SHE’S HOT!!! Join us for the final issue of the exciting AND hilarious comic based on the hit animated show, THE MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD SHOW!!!!

    32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

    MARVEL ADVENTURES SUPER HEROES #18

    Written by PAUL TOBIN

    Penciled by IG GUARA

    Cover by NIKO HENRICHON

    The Avengers assemble with two new team members, one a cocky rookie with cosmic powers, and another the world's most talented secret agent. But will even the combined powers of the Mighty Avengers be a match for the ghost of an old world giant that's been terrorizing Britain? It's a new Avengers versus the Old World, with the life of an entire village at stake!

    32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

    MS. MARVEL #48

    Written by BRIAN REED

    Pencils by SANA TAKEDA

    Cover by PAUL RENAUD

    Ms. Marvel vs. Mystique! She raised Rogue, the woman who stole Carol’s powers and memories, and now the sinister shape-shifter is coming for Ms. Marvel herself! Yes, the collision readers have demanded since issue #1 is here as the march to the momentous issue #50 begins now!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

    NOMAD: GIRL WITHOUT A WORLD #4 (of 4)

    Written by SEAN MCKEEVER

    Penciled by DAVID BALDEON

    Cover by RAFAEL ALBERQUERQUE

    The student body at Rikki's school has gone mad, and the combined efforts of NOMAD, FALCON and the YOUNG AVENGERS may not be enough to save them as the SECRET EMPIRE's wicked plan kicks into high gear!

    32 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

    MARVEL 70th ANNIVERSARY FRAME ART ONE SHOT

    One issue showcasing all the iconic 70th Anniversary variant covers from your favorite Marvel artists!

    32 PGS./All Ages …$3.99

    ORIGINS OF SIEGE

    SIEGE is almost upon us! And this special giveaway issue contains everything readers will need to prepare themselves for the ultimate conflict to hit the Marvel Universe, six years in the making! Showcasing an ALL-NEW lead-in story featuring Loki, the God of Evil, ORIGINS OF SIEGE also contains an ALL-NEW origins section covering all of the major players in the battle, as drawn by the biggest artists at Marvel, as well as pinups and a checklist so you don’t miss a single important issue. All that and a preview of SIEGE #1! It’s time!

    32 PGS./Rated T+…FREE (retailer note: it is only free if distributed on Dec. 30th)

    *Check upcoming Marvel Mailers for ordering information

    OFFICIAL INDEX TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #12

    Written by VARIOUS

    Continuing the chronicle of the Marvel Universe, starting with Spider-Man (from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #501 on), Iron Man (from IRON MAN #1 (2005) on) and the X-Men (from UNCANNY X-MEN #465 on). Follow the history of the Marvel universe as it unfolds month by month with the All-New Official Index to the Marvel Universe. Each issue provides synopses for dozens of individual comics, including back-up strips, introducing you to the characters, teams, places and equipment that appeared within, providing vital information about first appearances, where they last showed up and where they appeared next!

    64 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

    NEW AVENGERS #60

    Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

    Pencils & Cover by STUART IMMONEN

    Get ready for something you never thought you'd see! Is this the end of Luke Cage? Has the Dark Reign found a casualty so horrifying that the Avengers may not be able to keep it together? Another shocker from the crack team of Bendis and Immonen.

    32 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

    NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #3

    Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

    Pencils and Cover by MIKE MAYHEW

    Clint Barton is in custody and that leaves not only Barton's life in severe jeopardy but all the New Avengers are at serious risk. So the ladies of the Avengers ban together to do what they have to do in a double-sized blockbuster Avengers story with a startling new chapter in the life of Jessica Jones. Brought to you by Brian Michael Bendis and artist extraordinaire Mike Mayhew.

    48 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

    VENGEANCE OFTHE MOON KNIGHT #4

    Written by GREGG HURWITZ

    Penciled by JEROME OPEÑA

    Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

    “SHOCK AND AWE,” PART 4

    Stare into the abyss too long, sometimes it stares back at you. Sometimes it reaches out and drowns you. Bushman is back and he’s emptied Ravencroft Asylum, flooding the streets with a torrential wave of homicidal maniacs. As Moon Knight desperately races to be the hero he always strived to be, the question is, can he afford not to go a little crazy?

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

    PUNISHER #12

    Written by RICK REMENDER

    Penciled by TONY MOORE

    Cover by MIKE McKONE

    “FRANKEN-CASTLE,” PART 2

    The Punisher is dead, so who, or what, is the giant patchwork monster skulking through the tunnels under New York? And what do those strange armored Japanese hunters tracking him want? Criminals are no longer being killed; they are simply vanishing into thin air. Listen closely, you can hear their pleas far below the streets. Those forgotten by society have a new protector. The Legion of Monsters has found a new leader.

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

    SECRET WARRIORS #11

    Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

    Penciled by STEFANO CASELLI

    Cover by JIM CHEUNG

    One month later. Nick Fury's got an army. Hydra goes to war. Leviathan reveals itself. Things heat up and Young Gun Stefano Caselli returns to knock it out of the park!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

    SPIDER-WOMAN #4

    Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

    Pencils & Cover by ALEX MALEEV

    It's Spider-Woman versus the Thunderbolts. That's right...all of them. A daring chase through the streets of Madripoor finds Jessica Drew pushing herself to the limit with nowhere to turn. Another dazzling chapter from the Eisner award-winning team of Bendis and Maleev featuring tons of material not seen in the accompanying motion comic.

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

    STRANGE #2 (of 4)

    Written by MARK WAID

    Penciled by EMMA RIOS

    Cover by TOMM COKER

    Who is Stephen Strange? Months ago, in a chance encounter, he saved a woman's life--and since then, she's devoted every waking moment to tracking him down and learning his secrets! But her investigations are taking her down a very dangerous road of magic and mysticism--and straight towards one of Strange's oldest foes!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    THE TORCH #4 (of 8)

    Written by ALEX ROSS & MIKE CAREY

    Penciled by PATRICK BERKENKOTTER

    Cover by ALEX ROSS

    The Torch is (theoretically) alive and (arguably) free. But the consequences of the Thinker's experiments are about to engulf the world in a nightmare from which there's no waking up - unless Tom (Toro) Raymond can persuade his old friend that there are still things worth fighting for!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    THOR #605

    Written by KIERON GILLEN

    Pencils & Cover by BILLY TAN

    The invisible hand of Loki’s sly tricks has made plain the treachery that lay in store…and after the devastating events of THOR: DEFINING MOMENTS GIANT-SIZE and THOR 604, everything comes to a head! The volatile balance of power in Latveria is tipped, and all sides march toward all-out war!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

    THUNDERBOLTS #139

    Written by JEFF PARKER

    Penciled by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA

    Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA

    Scourge and Ghost vs. Gorilla-Man and M-11, the Human Robot? Oh, it’s on! A former ally has earned Norman Osborn's ire, and now he’s sent his team of psychos to unearth—and kill—none other than The Agents of Atlas! Can the Thunderbolts take down the squad of ‘50s misfits, or will they destroy themselves first? That’s right, writer Jeff Parker has brought his cult-fave team to town for a two-part throwdown…and when the dust clears, one T-Bolt won’t be left standing!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

    BLACK PANTHER #11

    Written by JONATHAN MABERRY

    Penciled by KEN LASHLEY

    Cover by PAUL RENAUD

    “POWER,” PART 5

    T'Challa prepares his Dora Milaje army to fight an unwinnable war, Storm battles an unstoppable and unnatural destructive force, and the new Black Panther wages war against an unbeatable foe: Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner! Guest-starring the Fantastic Four!

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

    WHAT IF? ASTONISHING X-MEN

    Written by JIM MCCANN & MATTEO CASALI

    Penciled by DAVID YARDIN, KAI SPANNUTH & MIKE GETTY

    Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL & KAI SPANNUTH

    From the pages of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's classic Astonishing X-Men run, see two titanic tales unfold: In the first, what if Ord from Breakworld brought Jean Grey back from the dead instead of Colossus? What happens when she’s reunited with the X-Men? And Emma? And how will this change affect the entire galaxy? A story of life, death, love and loss resulting in one word that strikes fear into all: Phoenix! “WHAT IF JEAN GREY WAS RESURRECTED INSTEAD OF COLOSSUS?” by Jim McCann (NEW AVENGERS: THE REUNION) and David Yardin (X-MEN ORIGINS: GAMBIT). In the second, when the artificial being known as Danger is out to destroy Xavier and his X-Men, someone else picks up her signal. Someone deadly they’ve never faced before... someone who's ready to fall in love with the mutated Danger Room! “WHAT IF DANGER BECAME ULTRON’S BRIDE?” Written by Matteo Casali with incredible art by Mike Getty! Plus a “SAY WHAT?” comedy strip by Mike Gallagher (Mad Magazine) and Dave Manak (Spy Vs. Spy).

    48 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+ …$3.99

    WHAT IF? WORLD WAR HULK

    Written by MIKE RAICHT & MICHAEL GALLAGHER

    Penciled by LUCIO PARRILLO & PATRICK “SPAZ!” SPAZIANTE

    Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR. & MARKO DJURDJEVIC

    Erupting out of what could have been in the pages of World War Hulk, a double trouble of stories! Writer Mike Raicht (EXILES ANNUAL) and artist Lucio Parrillo (Red Sonja) illustrate the Hulk's war against the Illuminati and the resulting disaster that leaves Earth without its mightiest heroes. Who could possibly benefit from such a catastrophe? We'll give you a hint, it's not the Hulk... but they're green, too. WHAT IF THE HEROES LOST WORLD WAR HULK? In the second feature, a vengeful Hulk and his Warbound began routing Earth’s super heroes, confident no one could stop him from dispensing his gladiatorial brand of justice. But in this alternate telling of the story, the recently returned God of Thunder hammers out a different conclusion in “WHAT IF THOR PARTICIPATED IN WORLD WAR HULK? by Michael Gallagher (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) and SPAZ! (MUTIES). Plus a “SAY WHAT?” comedy strip by Mike Gallagher (Mad Magazine) and Dave Manak (Spy Vs. Spy).

    48 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+ …$3.99

    WHAT IF? DAREDEVIL VS. ELEKTRA

    Written by KARL BOLLERS

    Penciled by RAFAEL KAYANAN

    Cover by KLAUS JANSON & DEAN WHITE

    Daredevil. Elektra. Once upon a time they were star-crossed lovers, but then fate took a tragic twist leading them down wildly separate paths. He became Hell's Kitchen's blind seeker of justice while she became a servant to the Hand and their deadliest ninja assassin. But What If...events occurred differently? What If DD was inducted into their evil order in her place? WHAT IF DAREDEVIL DIED AND WAS RESURRECTED BY THE HAND? If that question provides you a gnat's whisker of intrigue, then you definitely won't want to miss this What If special based on the seminal early 80s Daredevil run by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson! By Karl Bollers (WOLVERINE: HUNGER) and Rafael Kayanan (Conan The Barbarian). Plus a “SAY WHAT?” comedy strip by Mike Gallagher (Mad Magazine) and Dave Manak (Spy Vs. Spy).

    48 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+ …$3.99

    WHAT IF? SPIDER-MAN: HOUSE OF M

    Written by SEAN MCKEEVER & FRANK TIERI

    Penciled by DAVE ROSS, & BRIAN HABERLIN

    Cover by TERRY DODSON & JORGE MOLINA

    Gwen Stacy meant everything to Peter Parker...and then she was gone, murdered by the Green Goblin. When the Scarlet Witch shifted reality in HOUSE OF M, Peter got to live the dream of marrying Gwen and raising a son...but soon that, too, was gone. But what would happen if Gwen didn't vanish along with the rest of the HOUSE OF M? In other words, WHAT IF GWEN STACY SURVIVED THE HOUSE OF M? In the first feature, questions about what would happen between Gwen and Peter, between Peter and Mary Jane, and, indeed, what would happen to reality itself are answered as only Sean McKeever (Teen Titans) can. Joining him are Dave Ross (AVENGERS WEST COAST) with paints by Jorge Molina (X-MEN: MANIFEST DESTINY - NIGHTCRAWLER). Guest-starring THE NEW AVENGERS, DOCTOR STRANGE and VILLAINS GALORE! In the second feature, Peter Parker returns home from the House of M reality -- but he’s not alone. Gwen and Richie have made the trip as well -- along with something far more problematic. Far more sinister. And it will threaten to destroy not only himself and his loved ones, but everything Spider-Man stands for! “WHAT IF GWEN & RICHIE PARKER EXISTED OUTSIDE OF HOM?” by Frank Tieri (EXCALIBUR) and Brian Haberlin (Spawn). Plus a “SAY WHAT?” comedy strip by Mike Gallagher (Mad Magazine) and Dave Manak (Spy Vs. Spy).

    48 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+ …$3.99

    WHAT IF? SECRET INVASION

    Written by KEVIN GREVIOUX, KARL BOLLERS & CHRIS ACOSTA

    Penciled by POW RODRIX & LARRY STROMAN

    Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU & GABRIELE DELL’OTTO

    We all know how Secret Invasion ended with the Skrulls defeated and the death of the Wasp and the Skrull Queen. But what if it happened another way? Get ready to check out two widely different tales exploring that question. In the first story, scribes Kevin Grevioux (NEW WARRIORS, Underworld movies) and Karl Bollers (EMMA FROST) ask more questions: What if Reed Richards was killed before escaping from the Skrulls? Would our heroes still have won the day? Or would Earth embrace the Skrull way of life? In other words, “WHAT IF THE SKRULLS WON?” Illustrations by hot newcomer Pow Rodrix (Justice League America) with digital paints by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (TERROR INC.). The second story presents a twilight zone take on the question, “WHAT IF THE SECRET INVASION STAYED SECRET?” by newcomer Chris Acosta with art by Larry Stroman (X-FACTOR) and Carl Potts (Alien Legion). Plus a “SAY WHAT?” comedy strip by Mike Gallagher (Mad Magazine) and Dave Manak (Spy Vs. Spy).

    48 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+ …$3.99

    REALM OF KINGS: IMPERIAL GUARD #2 (of 5)

    Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING

    Penciled by KEV WALKER

    Cover by BRIAN HABERLAIN

    Is Black Bolt alive? The Imperial Guard's mission into the bizarre and dangerous realm of the Fault begins! Their objective: to find any remaining evidence of the two missing kings! Patience and restraint are put to the test as the Guard is obliged to work alongside the pirate Starjammers they have spent so many years pursuing. Can they learn to get along...or will the Fault finish them before they get the chance?

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    REALM OF KINGS: INHUMANS #2 (of 5)

    Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING

    Penciled by PABLO RAIMONDI

    Cover by STJEPAN SEJIC

    Guest starring the Mighty Avengers! It’s more courtly intrigue and crushing cosmic action as Attilan faces threats from within and without! The Alpha Primitives revolt! Devos the Destroyer attacks from the heavens! The Inhuman Royal Family struggles to maintain control, but can they maintain their authority if they don't even trust each other? And how will the arrival of Quicksilver and the Mighty Avengers upset the balance of power?

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21

    Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING

    Penciled by BRAD WALKER

    Cover by DAVID WILKINS

    A REALM OF KINGS ISSUE! As the shocking true dangers of the Fault become apparent, the Luminals make an unregulated trip into the wild zone, and they've brought back something that threatens to exterminate all life on Knowhere! You guessed it, now it's up to our rag-tag band of misfits to save the universe in another issue of the series that Ain't It Cool News says “makes my geek heart pitter-patter!”

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

    NOVA #32

    Written by ANDY LANNING & DAN ABNETT

    Penciled by ANDREA DI VITO

    Cover by BRANDON PETERSON

    A REALM OF KINGS ISSUE! It’s the long-awaited and shattering return of one of the Human Rocket's greatest foes...the Sphinx! Nova and Darkhawk are missing and presumed dead—and they really will be dead if they don’t put aside their roles of hunter and hunted! Can the galaxy’s top cop team up with the galaxy’s most wanted to stop a rising menace from the past...and the future? Find out what a huge threat the immortal Sphinx poses to the Marvel Universe, and discover why CosmicBookNews.com raves “tightly paced, beautiful to behold, exciting, and fun…from beginning to end, NOVA will keep you on the edge of your seat.”

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

    ASTONISHING X-MEN #33

    Written by WARREN ELLIS

    Pencils & Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ

    “EXOGENETIC,” PART 3

    Dead mutants turned into biological weapons…genetically-reprogrammed Brood sleazoids…missing data on Henry McCoy's research computers…the truth about what Abby Brand was trying to burn out on Cruithne. It all adds up to an attempt to remove mutantcy from the planet Earth entirely -- and the rise of the Bio-Sentinels.

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

    UNCANNY X-MEN #518 & #519

    Written by MATT FRACTION

    Penciled by TERRY DODSON

    Covers by TERRY DODSON (#518) & GREG LAND (#519)

    Cyclops takes a voyage into the head of Emma Frost in hopes of containing the horrifying piece of the villainous Void that has been stuck there since UTOPIA. Can they possibly defeat the awfulness that has haunted the most powerful being in the Marvel U? Tensions are rising on Utopia as the X-Men deal with the new members of their team and the fact that the island is…well…sinking. And Wolverine and a classic pal take one of the craziest journies you’ve ever seen. Parts 4 and 5 (of 8).

    32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$2.99 (EACH)

    NATION X #1 (of 4)

    Written by SIMON SPURRIER, JAMES ASMUS & SCOTT SNYDER

    Penciled by DAVID LOPEZ, STEPHEN THOMPSON & MORE

    Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER

    A mutant nation has been created on UTOPIA, off the coast of California. But what does that mean to the X-Men? Don’t miss the series that delves into the lives and minds of your favorite X-Characters. This issue stars Colossus, Wolverine, Nightcrawler and others!

    48 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

    DARK X-MEN #2 (of 5)

    Written by PAUL CORNELL

    Penciled by LEONARD KIRK

    Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI

    X-MAN, A.K.A. NATE GRAY IS BACK! Sadly, the X-Men that he first encounters are Norman Osborn’s X-Men and they don’t like the idea of an Omega-level mutant that won’t tow the company line. Do they have a chance of defeating X-Man? And if they don’t, what does that mean to Osborn’s agenda?

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    DEADPOOL #18

    Written by DANIEL WAY

    Penciled by PACO MEDINA

    Cover by JASON PEARSON

    TIE-IN TO “NATION X”

    “WANT YOU TO WANT ME,” PART 3

    Cyclops thought he knew how volatile, unpredictable and ultimately destructive Deadpool could be. That’s why, rather than allowing him to enter Utopia, he instead assigned Domino to monitor the would-be X-Man’s actions in San Francisco -- keep him close, but at a safe distance. But with Deadpool, there’s no such thing as a “safe distance”…and Cyclops is about to find out that Deadpool has a plan to do something so heinous that it could destroy all of Utopia!

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

    DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #898

    Written by MIKE BENSON

    Penciled by CARLO BARBERI

    Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS

    “BRING ME THE HEAD OF MICKEY DOBBS”

    Everyone's favorite Merc with a Mouth hacks and wisecracks his way across the Marvel Universe in this third ongoing series featuring a new guest-star every month! This month: the Zapata Brothers, brought to you by the creative team behind DEADPOOL: SUICIDE KINGS, Mike Benson and Carlo Barberi! What happens when you take the Regenerating Degenerate, a couple of Mexican wrestler bounty hunters, the South American drug cartel, and a one-million dollar bounty on the head of a guy who’s already dead? You get a ride into the bowels of a Texas border town, where everyone is out for themselves…and nothing is as it seems.

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

    DEADPOOL: MERC WITH A MOUTH #6

    Written by VICTOR GISCHLER

    Penciled by BONG DAZO

    Cover by ARTHUR SUYDAM

    “HEAD TRIP,” PART 6

    Space, the Final Frontier. O-ver-ra-ted. Wade, the severed Zombie Deadpool head and Dr. Betty find themselves back on good old Earth, knee-deep in swampy goodness. Seems like Headpool is a little homesick, and everyone agrees the zombie virus should be put safely back into its own dimension. All they’ve got to do is find that damn dimensional portal. Anyway, you don't think A.I.M, is gonna give up that easy, do you? No way. Just because their space station got itself all blown up doesn't mean they're out of the game. But wait -- who's this surprise guest star? Is it a MAN? Is it a THING? Well, you see where this is going ... Is this enough preview copy to get you to buy the damn book…because I can go on all night?!

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

    CABLE #21

    Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

    Penciled by HUMBERTO RAMOS, LAN MEDINA & PAUL GULACY

    Cover by MARKO DJURDEVIC

    “HOMECOMING,” PART 1

    PRELUDE TO “X-MEN: SECOND COMING” EVENT!

    From the moment Cable jumped into the time stream with the infant “mutant messiah,” he’s had only one goal: keep Hope alive until she can choose her own destiny. But now, stranded on a planet in its death throes, eating fried rat on a stick for the millionth time, Hope turns to Cable and tells him she’s ready to go home. Thus begins “Homecoming,” the penultimate chapter in the X-Men saga that began with “Messiah CompleX.” It’s not only zero hour for Cable and Hope, but also for the mutant hunting them, Lucas Bishop, who is rapidly running out of chances to save mutantkind and the world. Because if Hope does make it back to the present, everything changes for the X-Men.

    40 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

    X-FORCE ANNUAL #1

    Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN, CRAIG KYLE & CHRISTOPHER YOST

    Art by JASON PEARSON & CARLO BARBERI

    Cover by JASON PEARSON

    Wolverine is sent into the heart of a Hydra base alone. His mission: like a needle in a haystack, he's tasked with bringing in one specific Hydra agent. But why? And what does this mission have to do with the dwindling mutant population and X-Force?

    Plus, a NECROSHA BONUS FEATURE!! The Black Queen's forces are consuming Utopia. The X-Men and X-Force fight for their lives. And amid the chaos, a squad of resurrected Acolytes have come for the former White King of the Hellfire Club...Magneto. But what they find instead is much, much worse: DEADPOOL! The Merc With a Mouth (and Loa) joins the fight in 'UNDEADPOOL.'

    40 pages /Parental Advisory…..3.99

    X-MEN LEGACY #230

    Written by MIKE CAREY & DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

    Pencils & Cover by DANIEL ACUÑA

    It’s Rogue and Trance vs. Emplate -- a villain who has single-handedly taken down teams of X-Men A-Listers. Do they stand a chance? We sure hope so as X-MEN LEGACY #231 is on sale two weeks later! Don’t miss the killer climax to the huge first arc of the new direction on X-MEN LEGACY! Plus, a Cable backstory!

    40 PGS./Rated T+…$3.99

    X-MEN LEGACY #231

    Written by MIKE CAREY

    Pencils by CLAY MANN

    Cover by ADI GRANOV

    “NECROSHA”

    The NECROSHA event hits X-MEN: LEGACY! Selene’s masterplan is clicking into place, but she got something she didn’t plan for when Destiny was brought back to life. A major X-Villain came back with Destiny and a who’s who of X-Men are sent to Muir Island to deal with them. Join Nightcrawler, Colossus, Psylocke, Rogue (if she makes it through #230 alive) and a new member (who’s so secret we can’t mention him here) as they dive into NECROSHA. Part 1 (of 3)

    32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

    X-FORCE #22

    Written by CRAIG KYLE, CHRISTOPHER YOST & DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

    Art & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

    Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

    The unthinkable happens as NECROSHA continues! Selene's actions on Genosha have changed everything, and while the X-Men were desperate to save their species...this isn't what they had in mind. But as the siege by dead mutants continues, things get even deadlier with the arrival of Selene's very much ALIVE Inner Circle at the X-Men's headquarters. With Eli Bard in tow, WITHER, MORTIS, SENYAKA and BLINK have come for one thing, and anyone who gets in their way will die. PART THREE (of SIX) PLUS - A CABLE BACKUP STORY!

    40 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

    NEW MUTANTS #8

    Written by ZEB WELLS

    Penciled by DIOGENES NEVES

    Cover by ADAM KUBERT

    “NECROSHA”

    The New Mutants’ part in NECROSHA comes to a close here! It’s Doug Ramsey and the Hellions vs. Sam and his crew and it ain’t looking good for our friends in the yellow and black. Part 3 (of 3)

    32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

    X-NECROSHA: THE GATHERING

    Written by CRAIG KYLE & CHRISTOPHER YOST

    Art by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY, LEONARDO MANCO, IBRAIM ROBERSON, MATEUS SANTOLOUCO & MORE

    Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

    Selene's Inner Circle stand revealed... Wither, Mortis, Senyaka, Eli Bard and Blink. But what led Selene to gather some of the deadliest mutants in the world? Why would one of the X-Men's students join her? Who is Mortis? How is Blink alive? The stories of the Black Queen's death dealers are told in this anthology one-shot by some of today’s hottest artists!

    48 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

    PSYLOCKE #2 (of 4)

    Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST

    Penciled by HARVEY TOLIBAO

    Cover by DAVID FINCH

    Ninjas. Thugs. Armed bodyguards. Psylocke will cut through them all to exact her revenge upon Matsu’o—the man responsible for making her the ninja warrior that she is. Without provocation, he’s done the unthinkable. And Psylocke will ensure that he does not go unpunished.

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

    S.W.O.R.D. #2

    Written by KIERON GILLEN

    Penciled by STEVEN SANDERS

    Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

    Extraterrestrials are no longer welcome on Earth. So say goodbye to Marvel Boy, Beta Ray Bill, Karolina from the Runaways and a ton of others…including Agent Brand and Lockheed! Henry Gyrich has turned the tables on our heroine and her time as head of S.W.O.R.D. is coming to a close.

    32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

    X-FACTOR #200

    Written by PETER DAVID

    Penciled by BING CANSINO

    Cover by ESAD RIBIC

    Variant Cover by DAVID YARDIN

    Variant Cover by RYAN SOOK

    "THE INVISIBLE GIRL HAS VANISHED"

    X-Factor has relocated back to New York, and their first client is a keeper: Franklin Richards, whose mom has disappeared and who figures that the premiere detective agency in the Marvel Universe has the best chance of finding her. Except Reed Richards doesn't seem especially cooperative in helping them locate his missing wife. What is he hiding, and does it have anything to do with the coming Darkness? Meanwhile, Val Cooper has some bad news for Monet: Her ambassador father has been taken prisoner by terrorists, and she has less than 24 hours to find him before he winds up getting his head cut off on video.

    104 PGS./New & Reprint/Rated T+ …$4.99

    DARK WOLVERINE #81

    Written by MARJORIE LIU & DANIEL WAY

    Penciled by GUISSEPPE CAMMUNCOLI

    Cover by BRANDON PETERSON

    "A CAUTIONARY TALE"

    In this standalone story, everything you thought you knew about the enigmatic Dark Avenger Daken gets turned upside-down. Moonstone lets her curiosity—and her training as a doctor of psychology—get the better of her as she attempts to uncover what lies beneath Daken’s surface. But when she finally gets him alone, what she finds just might kill her. A perfect place to jump on board to find out why critics are calling this series

    “a must read”!

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

    WOLVERINE WEAPON X #8

    Written by JASON AARON

    Penciled by YANICK PAQUETTE

    Cover by ADAM KUBERT

    In the deepest darkest dungeons of the Dunwich Sanatorium, the true nature of this maddest of all madhouses is finally revealed, but will the answer come too late for Wolverine to salvage what's left of his sanity? And just what is Dr. Rot building with all of those brains?

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

    WOLVERINE: UNDER THE BOARDWALK

    Written by STUART MOORE

    Pencils & Cover by TOMM COKER

    Forty years ago, Logan spent one amazing night with a cocktail waitress -- and witnessed a murder. Now an anonymous tip summons him to Atlantic City, promising answers to a gangland mystery spanning the decades. But as Logan slashes and claws his way toward the truth, he finds himself caught between an old flame and a fiery young woman -- at least one of whom hides a deadly secret. Written by Stuart Moore (WOLVERINE NOIR) with art by Tomm Coker. (DAREDEVIL NOIR).

    40 PGS./One-Shot/Parental Advisory …$3.99

    WOLVERINE ORIGINS #43

    Written by DANIEL WAY

    Pencils & Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE

    “7 The Hard Way,” Part 3

    With Bruce Banner and his fearsome son Skaar onboard, and with the enigmatic X-Man Cloak apparently on his side, Wolverine’s mysterious plan to finally defeat Romulus seems to be going well…but that was before coming face to face—and blade to blade—with Kenuichio Harada, the Silver Samurai! Is he part of the plan, or the one who will completely derail it?

    32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

    X-BABIES #3 (of 4)

    Written by GREGG SCHIGIEL

    Penciled by JACOB CHABOT

    Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

    Star Comic Variant Cover by JACOB CHABOT

    Top Dog arrives on the scene as the X-Babies continue their quest to take down the new bosses of Mojoworld. And if that’s not enough, the X-Babies come face-to-face with their adorable replacements! Plus a last page that’ll...well, we don’t want to spoil it. PLUS - A Star Comics reprint!

    40 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

    UNCANNY X-MEN: FIRST CLASS #6

    Written by SCOTT GRAY

    Penciled by SCOTT KOBLISH

    Cover by PAUL PELLETIER

    The Knights of Hykon continue their assault! Drowning Shadow, Sleeping Mist and Bone Dancer join the battle as the X-Men struggle to survive! Nick Fury and SHIELD face total destruction! Nightcrawler enters the enemy’s lair, and makes a heart-rending discovery! But Peter Corbeau has the most shocking news of all – and it’s going to have Cyclops seeing RED! Miss it not, mutated ones!

    32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

    X-MEN FOREVER #13 & 14

    Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT

    Pencils & Covers by TOM GRUMMETT

    Join Comics Legend CHRIS CLAREMONT and original series artist TOM GRUMMETT as they continue making history in the landmark X-MEN FOREVER! The X-Men continue their adventures in RUSSIA! Reuniting with Peter Rasputin has been a bittersweet experience for Kitty Pryde: emotionally, Peter isn’t the same man she used to know. Now with the disappearance of Illyana Rasputin, Peter, Kitty, Gambit, Lil’ ‘Ro and the leader of the Russian mutant force known as the Winter Guard, the Black Widow, must use every resource to track Illyana down. For another threat lies within the innocent little girl…Dark Magik!!! Don’t miss a minute of this groundbreaking series.

    32 PGS.(each)/Rated A …$3.99 (each)

    PUNISHERMAX #2

    Written by JASON AARON

    Penciled by STEVE DILLON

    Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

    “KINGPIN,” PART 2

    An all-new ongoing series from the acclaimed team of Jason Aaron (WOLVERINE: WEAPON X) and Steve Dillon (PUNISHER: WELCOME BACK FRANK), two guys who were born to tell the exploits of Marvel's most brutal vigilante. Learn how mob bodyguard Wilson Fisk became the hard-bitten, brutal man he is today, as his plan to become the most powerful crime figure in New York springs into action. The rise of the Kingpin continues, though not if Frank Castle has anything to say about it.

    32 PGS./Explicit Content …$3.99

    STARR THE SLAYER #4 (of 4)

    Written by DANIEL WAY

    Art & Cover by RICHARD CORBEN

    His army assembled, the barbarian juggernaut Starr marches out of the Darklands and straight into Kulumurud, the heart of the evil sorcerer Trull’s empire! But Trull knows Starr is coming and goes to Len Carson, the hapless pulp novelist and creator of Starr whom he holds captive, to use his magic—his typewriter—to create a deadly trap that Starr not only won’t be able to avoid, but that he will not be able to survive! The fate of Zardath hangs in the balance of this final battle, with no guarantee of a future of any kind!

    32 PGS./Explicit Content …$3.99

    FORTUNE AND GLORY: A TRUE HOLLYWOOD COMIC BOOK STORY DELUXE HC ANNIVERSARY EDITION

    Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

    Penciled by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

    Cover by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

    Before ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, before NEW AVENGERS, before SECRET INVASION...Brian Bendis was an award-winning cartoonist, and this scathing Hollywood tell-all was one of his best! Entertainment Weekly gave him an A, Hollywood insiders fell all over themselves to praise him, and fans everywhere gave him a thumbs-up for hilarity. Now, for its tenth anniversary, Bendis releases his sold-out miniseries FORTUNE & GLORY in color for the first time — featuring colors by Matt Wilson (Phonogram). Marvel once again at the stupidity of Hollywood producers, and the enthralling mood swings and ego nosedives of a little indie comic-book creator caught up in the maelstrom of the motion picture industry. This deluxe collection features brand-new text pieces by Bendis, and pages and scenes left on the cutting-room floor. Featuring an introduction by Paul Dini.

    144 PGS./PARENTAL ADVISORY...$19.99

    ISBN: 978-0-7851-4309-3

    POWERS #2

    Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

    Pencils & Cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING

    POWERS continues its monthly comeback!! Following the shocking revelations about Walker's past in our first issue, we dig deeper into the mysterious death of Z, the leader of the super hero rat pack of yesteryear. All this PLUS the long-awaited return of the Powers Personals! That's right!! Will Kick-Ass get you a girl? No. Will Incognito get you a honey? Pretty unlikely. Will Kabuki get you-- Well, Kabuki will probably get you a threesome but...Powers is back!!

    40 PGS./Mature …$3.95 .

    CRIMINAL: THE SINNERS #3

    By Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

    TRACY LAWLESS is tasked with solving the murders of several mobsters in the city, but his own self-destructive impulses are starting to get in his way. Women and Chinese Triad killers are here to complicate his life, especially the women.

    And remember, the single issues of CRIMINAL are filled with articles and extras that are not reprinted in the collections.

    40 PGS/ No Ads/ Mature Content .... $3.50

    ED HANNIGAN: COVERED

    Master artist Ed Hannigan did many of Marvel’s cover layouts of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Over that time, Ed created some of the most innovative cover designs ever. His covers for The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man still stand today as some of the finest of all time!

    Today, Ed is 58 years old and has multiple sclerosis. Through special arrangement with the Hero Initiative, Marvel is offering Ed Hannigan: Covered, a massive 48-page collection of Ed’s covers, designs he created for other artists, and even rare glimpses at licensing and merchandising art Ed did. Best of all, proceeds benefit Ed Hannigan directly!

    This volume also features a new cover by Ed, and new tribute pieces from Mark Millar, Michael Avon Oeming, Jim Valentino, Herb Trimpe, and more!

    NOTE: There will be ONLY ONE PRINTING OF THIS BOOK EVER! Get it now so you don’t blow your chance!

    48 pages…$5.99

    UPC: 5960607056-00111

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