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Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000


Following are Marvel Comics' solicitations for December, with information coming from the company.



Written by Carlos Pacheco and Rafael Marin, art and cover by Pacheco.

Fear the touch of the Grey Gargoyle. His merest graze can turn you to stone-something that Ben Grimm knows a Thing or two about. What will happen when these two gods of granite collide? And where's the rest of the Fantastic Four?

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Steve Englehart, art and cover by Mike McKone and Mark McKenna.

Continuing the story that asks "What if Reed Richards' and Tony Stark's inventions changed the Marvel Universe?" Mr. Fantastic confronts Dr. Doom while Namor and the Hulk attack.

32 pages, $2.99.

THOR #32

Written by Dan Jurgens, art by Andy Kubert and Scott Hanna, cover by Kubert.

Another 100-Page Monster. The dark elf Malekith and his servant Pentigaar attack Asgard, but Thor and Beta-Ray Bill are busy battling the unstoppable living fury known as Kurse. Plus: the Monster Edition includes "To Become An Immortal" (from Thor #136) by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, "The Day the Thunder Failed" (from Thor #272) by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, "This Kursed Earth" (from Thor #363) by Walt Simonson and a pair of classic Lee/Kirby Tales of Asgard stories: "The Meaning of Ragnarok" and "Aftermath."

100 pages, $3.50.


Written by Christopher Priest, art and cover by Sal Valluto and Bob Almond.

Will there be war between Wakanda and Atlantis? Tensions erupt as the Black Panther, the Sub-Mariner and Doctor Doom play a deadly game of chess. Guest-starring Storm and the Avengers.

32 pages, $2.50.


Written by Alex Ross and Jim Krueger, art by Thomas Yeates, cover by Ross.

It's the third tie-in chapter to Universe X, this time spotlighting the living legend of WWII, Captain America. Will the star-spangled Avenger be reunited with his dead former sidekick, Bucky? Hey, anything can happen in this alternate future world. Stated Alex Ross: "This is the ultimate tribute to Captain America. Everything in Earth X was leading up to this."

48 pages, $3.99.


Written by Joe Quesada and Frank Tieir, art Alitha Martinez and Rob Hunter, cover by Martinez.

Tony Stark is reunited with his childhood friend Tyberius Stone, now one of the world's wealthiest men-but is Ty after Stark's new teleportation technology?

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Jim Starlin, art by Chris Batista and Tom Chu, cover by Batista.

The finale to the space saga. Will Tristan save Galador? Will Balin find redemption or fall from grace? Who will reveal his true form as a Dire Wraith?

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Dan Jurgens, art and cover by Jurgens and Art Thibert.

Captain America... unleashed. The super soldier is determined to settle his feud with Protocide once and for all-by stealing S.H.I.E.L.D.'s incredibly deadly Omega Compound and storming the secret HQ of A.I.M.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Peter David, art and cover by Chriscross and Anibal Rodriguez.

The Psycho-Man has conquered the Microverse. Next stop: Earth. Plus: the return of Commander Rann and the Microns, the evil that lurks within the comic shop, and the pulse pounding introduction of... Fredd.

32 pages, $2.50.


By Erik Larsen, Chuck Dixon, Tom DeFalco, Eric Stephenson, Jeph Loeb, John Buscema, Ron Frenz, Paul Ryan, Keith Giffen, Joe Sinnott, Al Gordon, Al Milgrom and others; cover by Larsen and Bruce Timm.

The House of Ideas kicks off the 40th anniversary of the FF with an all-star salute to comicdom's first family. In 1961, a quartet of intrepid explorers rocketed into space-were bathed in mysterious Cosmic Rays-and were transformed into the fabulous Fantastic Four. Mr. Fantastic, brilliant inventor with an elastic body. Invisible Woman, master of force fields. Human Torch, flaming hotshot. The Thing, monstrous man of might. In the years that have followed, this dynamic nuclear family has challenged the unknown, saving our world multiple times from the threat of alien invaders, scientists gone mad, and other-dimensional despots. Now writer/artist Erik Larsen and a host of terrific talents ask "What if Stan Lee and Jack Kirby concluded their historic run on FF with one last wild adventure?" The answer begins at the world famous Baxter Building, home of the famous foursome-which is pillaged and looted by none other than the team's arch-nemesis, Dr. Doom. What is the man in the iron mask looking for? And what does the Mad Thinker have to do with all this? Find out in a year-long tribute to the heroes that ushered in the Marvel Age of Comics.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Paul Jenkins, art by Kyle Hotz and Eric Powell, cover by Hotz.

Joe Fixit: a soldier for the Chicago mob? What do these goodfellas want with the grey guy? And how does it all connect to the twisted and embarrassing secret of the enforcer named Nobby Stiles?

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Fabian Nicieza, art and cover by Mark Bagley and Greg Adams.

There's plenty going on this issue - but let's face it, all readers really care about is Songbird and Captain Marvel hooking up, right?. They were an item in Avengers Forever - will it be love at first sight? Plus: a Thunderbolt rejoins the fold-and Scourge's plan reaches its endgame.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Kurt Busiek, art and cover by Steve Eptin and Al Vey.

Guest-starring Captain America, Photon and Jack of Hearts. Torn between an assault on their mansion headquarters and a deadly threat arisen from the ashes of a devastated Slorenia, the Avengers must wage war on two fronts. And in the aftermath, a choice will be made-one which will lead to the new status quo debuting (with artist Alan Davis) next month.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Terry Kavanagh, art and cover by Charles Adlard.

The secret of the amulet and the creature who has been searching for it are revealed-which only makes matters worse for Sue and Johnny Storm. If the future Invisible Woman and Human Torch thought the mindless minions of St. Germaine were bad-wait'll they get a load of who's really pulling the strings.

32 pages, $2.29.


Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, art by Michael Lopez and Jon Holdredge, cover by Kevin Nowlan.

Wade Wilson goes through a life-defining moment... and starts dating. Could Deadpool be mellowing out in his old age or are the ladies playing the Merc-With-A-Mouth for a fool?

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Roger Stern, art by John Byrne and Al Milgrom, cover by Byrne.

Final issue. Dr. Cassandra Locke's fate is revealed in the mind-boggling beginning-and end-of Marvel's forgotten heroes.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Alex Ross and Jim Krueger, art by Doug Braithwaite, cover by Ross.

The funeral of an ally leads Marvel's greatest heroes to aid Mar-Vell in his quest to kill Death. Meanwhile, Thor must face Loki's startling transformation. Plus: they came from inner space -- the all-new Ant-Men.

32 pages, $3.50.


Written by Kurt Busiek and Roger Stern, art and cover by Carlos Pacheco.

Collecting the Avengers saga. Captain America. Songbird. The Wasp. Giant-Man. Hawkeye. Yellowjacket. Captain Marvel. From across space and time, seven conflicting heroes assemble to confront the menace of Kang the Conqueror over nothing less than the fate of humanity. This adventure launched the new Captain Marvel series.

288 pages, $24.95.



Written by Paul Jenkins, art by Rick Leonardi and Terry Austin, cover by Leonardi.

One famous picture of the Sentry graced the covers of every major magazine and newspaper in publication. That picture was snapped by Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man. Now the man who took the photo and the man who is in the shot meet to discuss the oncoming threat of the Void.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art and cover by Rob Haynes.

The frenetic finale to this kung fu movie of a comic. Daredevil and the disciples of The Seven charge screaming at the reunited Hand in a fight to the finish.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Paul Jenkins, art by Phil Jimenez, cover by Alex Ross.

Here's what Daredevil and Spider-Man know: someone just tried to kill Wilson Fisk. Here's what we know: a revamped Gladiator and Stilt-Man are in on the hit-but a third villain is calling the shots. And by the end of this issue we'll all know the true face of the man gunning for the Kingpin.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Paul Jenkins, art and cover by Phil Winslade.

Bob Reynolds has always been the best friend of Reed Richards. As the Sentry he stood by Mr. Fantastic against Dr. Doom and traveled with him into the Negative Zone. And Reed was the best man at Bob's wedding. So if the Sentry remembers these monumental moments... why doesn't anyone else?

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Garth Ennis, art by Steve Dillon and Jimmy Palmiotti, cover by Tim Bradstreet.

Wolverine, Bullseye, the Hulk... the Punisher has faced his share of tough guys-but will he be able to survive the killer known as the Russian? And will Spacker Dave, Joan and Mr. Bumpo be caught in the crossfire?

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack, cover by Joe Quesada and Mack.

Daily Bugle reporter Ben Urich has been given the assignment of a lifetime: the trial of the Kingpin. Then why has he chosen to write about a mentally disturbed boy instead? Who is this kid, and what shocking secret does he hold that connects both to his super-villain father and to Daredevil?

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Paul Jenkins, art and cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.

The Hulk has been many things over the years. Rampaging, savage... even intelligent. But did you know he was once a sidekick?

32 pages, $2.99.


Written, art and cover by Joe Linsner.

Jonathan Raven was raised with blood on his hands and rebellion in his heart. For his was an Earth conquered by an unstoppable army from Mars. And his "home" was the gladiatorial pits the alien invaders used for their entertainment. It was there he was honed into a deadly fighter and was forced to murder his friends. But it was also there that he was renamed "Killraven," and began his crusade to overthrow the monsters that had enslaved his people. Journey to that dangerous future as the sword-swinging rebel discovers a stranger on this strange world-and must decide if ignorance is bliss... or death.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Greg Rucka and Devin Grayson, art and cover by Scott Hampton.

Natasha Romanoff isn't ready to let go of her mantle of Black Widow --but is she willing to kill Yelena Belova to keep it? That's what Daredevil must figure out as Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. close in.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Chuck Dixon, art by Eduardo Barreto, cover by Joe Quesada.

Daredevil, Black Widow and Moon Knight have been sucked into the demented darkness that is Cloak. Can Dr. Strange and Shang Chi rescue their missing teammates? And will Dagger bring herself to fight against her former partner?

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Paul Jenkins, art and cover by Mark Texeira.

As the Void approaches, the mutant named Archangel recalls his first adventure with Sentry. How did Bob Reynolds teach Warren Worthington III to fly on his own? And will they-and the rest of the X-Men-be able to stop the mysterious man known only as the General?

32 pages, $2.99.



Written by Scott Lobdell, art and cover by Ale Garza.

They first came to blows in Uncanny X-Men #346 -- now Spider-Man and the malicious Morlock meet again! But if Peter Parker was expecting the kindler and relatively attractive Marrow that we last saw, then he's in for a huge surprise.

48 pages, $2.99.


Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Mark Bagley and Art Thibert, cover by Thibert.

Tragedy strikes during the pivotal moment in the life of Peter Parker. Will Peter's thoughtlessness bring death knocking on the Parkers' door?

32 pages, $2.50.


Written by Howard Mackie, art by John Romita Jr. and Scott Hanna, cover by Romita.

What is the connection between Peter Parker's father and a one-time enemy of Spider-Man? Find out as the wall-crawler investigates the life of his dearly departed dad.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Tom DeFalco, art and cover by Pat Olliffe and Al Williamson.

Now that she's powerless, no one wants Spider-Girl to continue her crime-fighting career. No one except for a former enemy who drops her in the middle of a no-holds barred brawl between a mysterious new villain and Nova.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Paul Jenkins, art by Joe Bennett and Dan Green, cover by Bennett.

How do the NYPD see Spider-Man? After being involved in many run-ins with the law -- including everything from capturing crooks to the death of Captain Stacy -- do New York's finest see Spidey as a hero or menace?

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Tom DeFalco, art by Lee Weeks and Bob McLeod, cover by Weeks.

Mary Jane is alive! Baby May is back! As everything falls into place and all of the tragedies of his life fade into distant memories, Peter Parker must wonder: is this the way things should be-or is this Mysterio's greatest triumph?

32 pages, $2.99.



Written by Ben Raab, art by Pablo Raimondi, cover by Ian Churchill.

In the wake of Excalibur's break-up, Brian Braddock and his wife Meggan at last lead "normal" lives. But their peace is shattered when Brian learns that a mysterious knight has decimated his birth planet, Otherworld. Now only Captain Britain-and his companions Psylocke and the Black Knight-have a hope of bringing this fiend down. But it will be a quest that will test Brian like never before-and force him to confront untold horrors and his own inner demons.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Howard Mackie, art by Tom Lyle and Andrew Pepoy, cover by Michael Golden.

Wolverine and Sabretooth return. More surprises are revealed as Jean Grey takes Havok on a mission to save her old friend, Logan. And out for blood is the pinnacle of the Weapon X program, Sabretooth.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Chris Claremont, art by Salvador Larroca and Tim Townsend, cover by Larocca.

The election has come and gone. The life of every mutant has been impacted. Where do the X-Men go from here? And can Professor X pull them together enough to help a desperate Cecilia Reyes?

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by John Byrne, art by Byrne and Tom Palmer, cover by Byrne.

The X-Men finally return home -- but are are immediately faced with new conflicts... and tragedies.

32 pages, $2.50.


Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, art and cover by Liam McCormack-Sharp.

Magik and Nightcrawler unite with the demonic entities known as Dormammu and Mephisto Will they be able to save Limbo-or will they simply destroy each other instead.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Robert Weinberg, art by Michael Ryan, cover by Ian Churchill.

Guest-starring Nightcrawler. In the aftermath of "Dream's End," Nathan Summers is tormented by the knowledge that the future is doomed. Can Kurt Wagner restore the Chosen One's hope?

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Brian Wood, art by Steve Pugh, cover by Art Adams.

"Four Days," part 2. Monet and Jubilee jump into the spotlight. Temperatures rise as the girls head off to NYC for some intense shopping-but get trapped in the subway with a band of anti-mutant terrorists.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Joseph Harris, art by Tom Raney and Scott Hanna, cover by Raney (alternate cover by Adam Pollina).

What will happen when the heroes seeking Cyclops crash into the forces hunting for Apocalypse? What are Jean Grey and Cable willing to do to save their lost X-Man... and what will the forces of evil do to prevent his return?

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Jay Faerber, art and cover by Jamal Igle and Rich Perrotta.

Will Iron Fist make the ultimate sacrifice? Will Wolverine kick the snot out of young upstart Junzo Muto? Will Captain America, Iron Man, Psylocke, Power Man, Sunfire and S.H.I.E.L.D. get fried by a squadron of dragons?

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Mark Millar, art by Adam Kubert and Art Thibert, cover by Kubert.

The place is a world very much like ours. The time is now. The phenomenon is genetic mutation. It is a time of change. Humanity now faces mutants, a mysterious sub-species that is gifted with strange and frightening powers. Hidden among the population, they are feared and hated by their human cousins. As rumors and urban myths about their existence spread across the world, the U.S. Government creates its own initiative to deal with this threat: the Sentinel Project. Meanwhile, two men wage a secret war for the hearts and minds of young mutants everywhere. Charles Xavier has recruited a cadre of students including Cyclops, Jean Grey and Beast that call themselves the "X-Men". But there are others out there, living in fear, struggling to deal with what they are: Ororo Munroe, Bobby Drake... and another, more dangerous mutant named Logan. Simultaniously, the terrorist known only as Magneto has assembled "The Brotherhood," a militant group dedicated to the overthrow of human authority. A war is on the horizon-and these amazing young men and women will decide the future of all humanity.

48 pages, $2.99.


Written by Scott Lobdell, art and cover by Essad Ribic.

A new tale starring the original X-Man, Professor X. Charles Xavier now faces what may be his greatest challenge. Her name is Amy Stringer -- and she is a mutant in danger. But once given the knowledge needed to survive, what direction will she take?

48 pages, $3.50.

X-MAN #72

Written by Steven Grant, art and cover by Ariel Olivetti.

"Fearful Symmetries," part two of four. Nate Grey has discovered that Qabiri has been "cleansing" the lower realities-and now he's teaming with a group of superhumans to make sure the mad mutant doesn't reach our world.

32 pages, $2.25.

X-MEN #109

Written by Chris Claremont, art and cover by Leinil Francis Yu and Mark Morales.

A 100-Page Monster. It's holiday time at the X-Mansion. After so much tragedy, these days represent a time for the mutant family to bond and heal. But Thunderbird is not only shaken by the strange lives his new teammates lead, he is also homesick. Will Neal Shaara remain with the X-Men or return to India? Plus: in keeping with the holiday theme, this 100-Page Monster also reprints Uncanny X-Men #98, #143 and #341... for only $1.25 more.

100 pages, $3.50.


Written by Scott Lobdett, art by Georges Jeanty and Sean Parsons, cover by Jeanty and Karl Story.

The ragin' Cajun returns to New Orleans and leaps headlong into a tale of action, suspense and mystery! Who or what is stealing the hearts of women all across the Big Easy? And what debt could Gambit possibly owe to a man named Mombo Mastif?

48 pages, $2.99.


Written by Scott Lobdell, art by Cary Nord and Mark Lipka, cover by Nord.

Dead X-Men... the X-Mansion in ruins... a team betrayed. Bishop is back where he belongs-but why is he fighting his own teammates? And will Bishop be the cause of the ultimate demise of the X-Men? A six-chapter Gambit & Bishop limited series is coming next month-and this issue starts the action with a ka-boom.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Frank Tieri, art and cover by Sean Chen.

Who is Mr. X-and why does he want to kill Wolverine? You've heard the question posed before, but in this case the answer will shock you... and the villain will repulse you.

32 pages, $2.25.

X-FORCE #111

Written by Ian Edginton, artist to be announced, cover by Whilce Portacio.

"Rage War," part two of four. It's spy vs. spy as X-Force tries to stop a Soviet superhuman death squad. Plus: Meltdown and Cannonball face their past.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Scott by Trevor McCarthy, cover by Adam Kubert.

The time? Several years ago. The place? That hellish version of Earth known as the Age of Apocalypse. The star of this story? The young girl known as Blink! The teleporting mutant has only just recently joined Magneto's X-Men and finds that 1. being a rebel fighting insurmountable odds isn't easy; and 2. the team has too many rules. But Clarice finds far more than she could have anticipated when she decides to invade Apocalypse's stronghold-all on her own.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Fabian Nicieza, art and cover by Kevin Maguire.

Jean Grey, Juggernaut, Mystique, Toad and Iceman have been displaced in time. But to what end? What are the Cataclysm Keys and how do they unlock the secret of humanity's salvation?

32 pages, $3.50.


This issue reprints Uncanny X-Men #386, X-Men #105 and Cable #85 -- along with character bios and story summaries.

80 pages, $3.99.


Daily Variety reported Tuesday that the WB Network has ordered 13 episodes of an hour-long show featuring Clark Kent at age 15 for the 2001-2002 television season.

The series will be from executive producers Michael Tollin and Brian Robbins and writers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough (pictured here).

Millar and Gough wrote Shanghai Noon and Lethal Weapon 4 and also contributed to the short-lived Timecop series on ABC.

Representatives of DC Comics and the WB could not confirm or comment on the story on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Variety, the series will follow Clark Kent as he comes to grips with his emerging powers, will be set in the present and include such characters as Lois Lane and Lex Luthor.

This would mark the fifth time since John Byrne's relaunch of Superman that the Clark Kent character has been featured on television, including an animated series that lasted on year on CBS; a syndicated Superboy series starring John Haymes Newton and then Gerard Christopher; ABC's Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, starring Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher; and the Kids' WB! Superman animated series, which completed its first-run episodes in February.

Look for more developments of this story soon here in The Continuum.


Viz's Pulp: The Manga Magazine enters its fifth year with a new column by Warren Ellis.

In his new monthly column, Ellis will discuss how American and Japanese culture interact through comics. "Western comics were not the same after Akira," Ellis said. "It was most Western people's first exposure to post-Tezuka, massively decompressed storytelling. And it was strange to see a Japanese comic, coming as it did from a place that still labored under lots of stereotyping and misconception from abroad, showing 'us' how to make a comic so utterly contemporaneous."

Ellis' column debuts in Pulp Vol. 5 #1, along with a cover article on the American rerelease of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira, as well as the magazine's usual lineup of monthly columns and comics: "Nocturnal Transmissions", examining true Japanese crime; "Pulp Cult", retro and cult Japanese film reviews; new movie reviews by film critic Chuck Stephens; underground manga news by Chikao Shiratori; "Vulgarity Drifting Diary", the never-before-translated confessions of a Japanese prostitute; "The Manga Browser"; original illustrations by Japanese artists Happy Ujihashi and Junko Mizuno; and music and book reviews.

Pulp Vol. 5 #1 is 184 black-and-white pages and will cost $5.95.


  • Matt Wagner told The Continuum that he will be providing covers for Kevin Smith's Green Arrow. "For Kevin's 12-issue run. Painted," Wagner said. "Upcoming Wizard cover as well to spotlight the series."

  • Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada on Chris Claremont's future at Marvel: "I know that there's been a lot of rumor and speculation regarding Chris Claremont and Marvel. Chris is not leaving Marvel nor is he leaving the franchise which he almost single handedly recreated for Marvel. Chris remains exclusive to Marvel doing what he does best -- focusing his writing and creative genius on the X-Men Universe. In the future, fans will have a plethora of Claremont scripted titles to choose from -- some X-related and some quite possibly new properties that we hope will become the next great Marvel Franchise. I look forward to my continued working relationship with Chris and can't help but feel that the fans are in for the ride of their lives!"

  • Activision's Spider-Man game was the No. 2-selling PlayStation title by revenue for the week of Sept. 3-9. Activision's X-Men was also a top-10 title this summer.

    Activision also confirmed that it is underway with the development of a Spider-Man game for the PlayStation2 system. Spider-Man is one of 14 titles that Activision is currently developing for the new console platform.

  • Paul Jenkins posted the following in response to rumors that he might be leaving Peter Parker, Spider-Man: "Okay. Once and for all... I am NOT leaving Spidey. For those of you who don't even believe me for some weird bloody reason, it may help you to know that I just spent the weekend at Joe Q's house in New Jersey talking about future plans for this title and others. Okay? Can this rumor be put to rest, please?"

  • Gena Lee Nolin, talking to Access Hollywood about her new series Sheena: "What wardrobe? I have no wardrobe!" Sheena premieres in syndication the week of Oct. 2.

  • Cartoon Network will celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Flintstones with a collection of specials on the evening of the series' actual 40th anniversary, Saturday, Sept. 30, from 7-11 p.m. (ET/ PT). The special begins with a rare telecast of the series' actual pilot short, "The Flagstones," which first introduced audiences to the characters. Immediately following, the network will screen the Columbia Pictures feature film, A Man Called Flintstone, from 7-9 p.m. The evening concludes with one of the most popular Flintstone television films, The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, from 9-11 p.m.
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