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Friday, June 15, 2001


Following are Marvel Comics' solicitations for September, with information provided by the company.



Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Michael Gaydos, cover by David Mack.

Meet Jessica Jones, a former costumed super hero who, in fact, stunk at it. With powers unremarkable in comparison to the great icons of Marvel, Jessica never found her niche. But once she hung up her cape, she was surprised at how quickly she fell out of the spandex loop. Sure, she may hang out with some of the Avengers socially, but she's not welcome in Avengers Mansion. And she feels the rejection. She's self-destructive, drinks too much, and has a huge inferiority complex. And did we mention that she's now a Private Investigator who specializes in cases of the super human variety? Said Bendis: "We'll follow Jessica through a totally unique look at the Marvel Universe. We'll see ideas and characters from a different light. Things you have never seen before in a Marvel comic. It's an adult oriented crime drama, much in the vein of my graphic novels Jinx and Powers and my work on Daredevil. It's a character driven piece. Luke Cage, Matt Murdock, and Carol Danvers all pop up in early issues, just to name a few."

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Garth Ennis, art by Darick Robertson and Jimmy Palmiotti, cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.

This Mature Readers adventure tells the story of an older, but no wiser, highly p.o.'d Nick Fury who's found himself on the scrap heap and wants nothing more than to go back into action. But the cold war is over, and the days when S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra engaged in complex games of strategy and espionage with the fate of the world at stake are gone. Or are they? After a brisk firefight in the Mexican desert, Fury discovers both ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. and ex-Hydra personnel among the enemy dead-further evidence that the glory days when good was good and evil was evil are behind him and fading fast. But a ray of light on the horizon comes from an unexpected source: an old enemy of Nick's is in town, an ex-Hydra soldier who almost killed our grizzled hero-and vice versa-more than a dozen times. And Rudy's got an offer for his old adversary.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Chuck Austen, art by Chuck Austen and Ann Austen, cover by Chuck Austen.

Billionare inventor Tony Stark has created the War Machine, a weapon of such destructive power that its single usage has prompted its shocked creator into vowing to never again manufacture munitions. This means that the awesome instrument of lethal force known as the MPI-2100 mobile infantry suit will be put on ice. While Stark feels that this concludes the subject, it is in fact merely the beginning. For the terrorist organizations known as Hydra and A.I.M. now crave the deadly technology. And when the super-spy agency called S.H.I.E.L.D. gets involved, the stage is set for a global conflict that could snuff out millions of lives! It's a story as timely as today's headlines-and it's coming at you every week.

24 pages, black and white, $1.50 per weekly issue.



Written by Chris Claremont, art and cover by Salvador Larroca.

Gambit is back - and wanted for murder. What kind of mess has Remy LeBeau gotten himself into now, and what can his friends-including Rogue-do to help him... especially if the charge is true? Bishop is a policeman, Rogue loves Gambit, Storm worked with him for a time as a fellow thief-what effect will these charges have on them and their relationships with the rebellious Cajun? And who is the mysterious Red Lotus? What role will he play in this drama? Either way, once he and Rogue meet, their lives will never be the same again-and neither will the team's.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Paul Jenkins, art by Andy Kubert, cover by Joe Quesada.

Almost 30 years after he was created, Wolverine will finally have the story of his origin told for the first time. Who is the mysterious man known only as Logan? Where does he come from? How did his powers first appear? This special six-issue series will finally answer the question: who is the man known as Wolverine? Said Jenkins: Úquot;He's spent all of these years wondering where he came from and who he is. This story will now give us insight as to why he became the person he is-where he comes from and how he was shaped as a person. So if you take Wolverine and boil him down to his essence - forget the events, forget the adamantium skeleton, forget about the healing factor and all that sort of stuff - and take him as a person only, he's the kind of person who like the rest of us questions himself, wonders what it was that shaped him. He's a metaphor for that sort of existential question that we all ask ourselves all the time. He is the comic book version of that question. By the time we get to the end of this story, we'll answer enough parts of that question that he can go of in search of himself even more than before. It reclarifies and it actually reenergizes him as a character.Úquot;

32 pages, $3.50.


Written by Judd Winick, art by Mike McKone and Mark McKenna, cover by McKone and McKenna.

The trial of Phoenix continues. The team can either save the universe or save a friend-so either way, the Exiles lose. What choice will Blink and her band make? And will the end result be worse than they could ever imagine? Find out in part two of "Old Wounds, New Battles."

32 pages, $2.25.


By various.

Reprinting Ultimate X-Men #9 (by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley), Ultimate Spider-Man #10 (by Mark Millar and Tom Raney) and Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #5 (by Bendis and Mike Allred) are reprinted.

80 pages, $3.99.


Written by Joe Casey, art and cover by Ian Churchill.

It's Wolverine vs. Mister Clean in the final chapter of "Poptopia." It's the ultimate showdown in the London sewers. It's the Canadian berserker vs. the genetic cleanser. Yes, it's Logan going one-on-one with the flame-throwing fiend-and one of them won't walk away from this confrontation! Plus: Chamber learns a harsh lesson.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by David Ticschman, art and cover by Igor Kordey.

"The Path of Most Resistance." The guerrila army known as the Shining Path is back in action, and Nathan Summers fights a one-man war in the jungles of Peru to stop their devastating agenda. How much cocaine do you need to lead a revolution?

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Mark Texeira and Jimmy Palmiotti, cover by Texeira.

Introducing Ulysses-the man tailor-made to take down Cyclops. Scott Summers is on his own, but is his secret adversary a new foe - or someone connected to a darker side of Cyclops's past?

32 pages, $2.50.

NEX X-MEN #118

Written by Grant Morrison, art by Ethan Van Sciver and Tim Townsend, cover by Frank Quitely.

"Germ Free Generation," Part 1 of 2. Rising human infertility rates. Mutant births on the increase. And a genetic code that programs the human race to self-destruct within a few generations. These are the secrets exposed in the "Extinction Dossier" - the final research of Moira MacTaggert. Now, mutant militancy explodes as the human/mutant dynamic is seemingly turned on its ear. What - if anything - can the X-Men do to control this situation? Plus: introducing the all-new Angel.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Mark Millar, art by Tom Raney and Scott Hanna, cover by Adam Kubert.

The team faces deadly decisions in "Return to Weapon X" part 4 of 6. The X-Men are in the hands of the Weapon X program - and John Wraith intends to make them over in the program's own dark image, beginning with a mission that will force Marvel Girl to make a unspeakable choice. Meanwhile, Wolverine desperately tracks his teammates-and enlists the aid of the recently resigned Nick Fury.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by X, art by Leonardo Manco and Jimmy Palmiotti, painted cover by Glenn Fabry.

Found by Scotland Yard scratched into the cargo area of a hovercraft bound from Dover to Calais: "Help me. My name is Malon Reeves. I've been kidnapped by a group of terrorist mutants calling themselves the Brotherhood. Don't know how many of them there are, but I know that they've killed a few of my father's guards. Don't know how much time has passed, but it seems like forever since I've eaten. If this note is found, alert the authorities. My father is a very wealthy man and he'll see to your reward should I be found. Please, hurry. I don't think they intend for me to live."

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Frank Tieri, art by George Jeanty and Jon Holdredge, cover by Barry Windsor-Smith.

Deadpool loves being a mercenary-the fame, the fortune, the babes-but his new position as an agent of Weapon X is just a tad more serious. For one thing, his new partners aren't exactly your run-of-the-mill heroes.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Fiona Avery, art by Aaron Lopresti and Randy Emberlin, painted cover by Julie Bell.

Continuing Rogue's solo story. Despondent about her lack of control over her own life, Rogue hits the road, in search of peace. In search of herself. She finds herself in a sleepy Maine town, but even here simple friendship holds the potential for tragedy. Told from Rogue's point of view, this is the tale of a young woman struggling to maintain contact with those around her - when, for her, contact could prove deadly.

32 pages, $2.50.


Written by Frank Tieri, art by Dan Fraga and Norm Rapmund, cover by J.H. Williams III.

Continuing the story of Patch's return. He's entered the most dangerous game known to man, and now Wolverine is about to face off against the grand master! Who is the mysterious champion of the Blood Sport, and what does he want from Logan... besides his head? And will the femme fatale known as Viper finally strike?

32 pages, $2.25.

X-FORCE # 120

Written by Peter Milligan, art and cover by Mike Allred.

Wolverine pops up as Milligan and Allred continue to turn the world of mutants on its head. The Orphan comes face-to-face with his parents. U-Go Girl must decide just how much she wants to be leader. The terrible truth behind the Boyz R Us massacre is revealed. And Doop meets up with an old friend.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Chris Claremont, art and cover by Kevin Sharpe.

Rogue is a mainstay of the X-Treme team, as she was of the X-Men before them. But she's also a woman in trouble, her life and sanity gravely threatened by the very power that makes her so valuable as a hero. Now, her power has mutated: like her name itself, it's gone "rogue." The residual psyches that she once absorbed-which at one time faded away-are stronger, battling hers for dominance. Worse, all those stolen powers keep manifesting themselves on a random basis that's totally out of her control. As if that wasn't bad enough, she's also having nightmares, recurring images of herself in flight from a pack of sentient dinosaurs. To help her, the X-Treme team has to divine the meaning and source of her dreams-which in turn leads them to answer a cry for help so stark and desperate that it cannot be ignored. Thus begins a journey that will take these mutant heroes to the bottom of the world - and to the dawn of time itself. For in a hidden corner of the globe, the great dinosaurs of the Jurassic and Cretaceous ages still rule - and some of the X-Men's oldest and most malevolent foes lie in wait to destroy them. There, in the Savage Land, the very best among the team will be confronted by the very worst that lies hidden in their souls, and as a result be forced to reassess what it means to be a hero. And possibly, a human being. Guest-starring the Beast.

32 pages, $2.99.



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

A special stand-alone story. Said Bendis: "I have begged the promo people at Mighty Marvel to keep this issue hush-hush. Even giving you a hint at what the topic of this shocking issue is would give it all away. So, just this one time... trust us. We haven't let you down yet, right?"

32 pages, $2.25.


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

Caught between Funny Face and Crazy Eight, Spider-Girl must also confront the new Green Goblin. Has Normie Osborn fallen off the redemption wagon and back on his glider? This issue reveals all. Plus: Mayday finally learns what's been troubling Jimmy Yama, and Mary Jane makes a startling announcement -- one that will change Spider-Girl's life forever.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by J. Michael Straczynski, art by John Romita Jr. and Scott Hanna, cover by J. Scott Campbell.

Said Straczynski: "You may think you've seen the greatest confrontations in Peter Parker's life. You're wrong. Since his debut in Amazing Fantasy #15, nearly four decades ago, Peter Parker has been running from the one, singular confrontation that will change his life. The one he has feared, and dreaded, since he assumed the role of Spider-Man. He has now run out of room to run. This is a confrontation 40 years in the making. No hype. No bombast... but no clues. We can't even give you any names, because that would ruin the surprise. But starting with issue #35 -- and climaxing in issue #37 -- the biggest question asked by fans for decades will finally become a reality. This is the Big One. The one that will have you talking for the next year. Honest."

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Paul Jenkins, art by Mark Buckingham and Wayne Faucher.

An individual's perception of Spider-Man is a very personal thing. To six-year-old Jamal, growing up in the mean streets, the web-slinger is very personal indeed. And what do you think would happen when he finally gets a chance to meet his idol?

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Peter Milligan, art and painted cover by Duncan Fegredo.

The impossible has happened. An experimental operation has made the Rhino intelligent, witty, and refined. He even gets the girl and -- even better -- manages to outsmart his old enemy Spider-Man. There can never be too much of a good thing -- right?

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art and cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.

One by one, the evil men that slaughtered Frank Castle's family are being knocked off. Only one guilty guy remains -- and lawyer Matt Murdock has sworn to make him pay through the courts. But it'll take more than police protection to save him from the Punisher -- it'll take the combined power of two of the city's most mysterious masked vigilantes: Daredevil, the Man Without Fear, and the wall-crawling Spider-Man.

32 pages, $2.25.



Written by Bob Gale, art by Dave Ross and Mark Pennington, painted cover by David Mack.

Matt Murdock vs. Daredevil. The trial begins. DD struggles to unravel the conspiracy against him -- but it's time for his alter-ego, Matt Murdock, to prosecute the case. How can they both appear in court at once -- and who's behind it all? The story concludes in two weeks in Daredevil #25.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Jeph Loeb, art and cover by Tim Sale.

Life is pretty good for New York's newest super hero. That is, until he crosses paths with his first super-villain: Electro. Then, the final fate of Jack Murdock's killers changes Matt's life forever. All this -- and Karen Page gets kidnapped? Who knew the early days of the Man Without Fear were anything like this?

32 pages, $3.50.


This 80-page, full-color magazine features reprints The Punisher #6 (by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon), Daredevil #6 (by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada) and Inhumans #3 (by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee).

80 pages, $3.99.


Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Chuck Austen, cover by Greg Horn.

On a mission of assassination in Iraq, Elektra receives a shocking offer from the terrorist organization known as Hydra. But it's S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Stanley Dreyfuss who'll have to sort out the players in this deadly game of espionage -- that is, if enough of them are left alive.

32 pages, $2.99.


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

Trapped on the remote scrap of dirt known as Grand Nixon Island, it's the Punisher vs. an army of psychotic mercenary criminals. Will Frank Castle make it off alive -- or will the French soldiers irritate him to death?

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Bob Gale, art by Phil Winslade and James Hodgkins, painted cover by David Mack.

The mastermind behind Daredevil's courtroom woes -- revealed at last. "Playing to the Camera" concludes as DD squares off in court against his own alter-ego, Matt Murdock. Even if he wins, he loses -- but can he get to the bottom of it all before the jury renders its verdict?

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Devin Grayson, art and cover by Trent Kaniuga and Danny Miki.

Gunmetal Gray, the killer biker, has set his sights on Ghost Rider -- and the best way to get to our skull-headed hero is through his mortal side, Johnny Blaze. Now Johnny's got two big problems: a mad biker on his tail and the Spirit of Vengeance in his head.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Grant Morrison, art and cover by Jae Lee. The Human Torch blazes into the spotlight, courtesy of Grant Morrison and Jae Lee. The FF's greatest foes have banded together in an all-out assault on comics' First Family! But with Mr. Fantastic locked in his lab, can Johnny Storm stop this army of evil?

32 pages, $2.99.



Written by Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Marin and Jeph Loeb, art and cover by Pacheco and Jesus Merino.

Abraxas has come to New York City -- but the FF is racing through alternate Earths. Mr. Fantastic, the Thing and the Invisible Woman hurtle through dimensions on a desperate quest -- but will they find the only weapon that can destroy Abraxas or will the Atlantean Empire and the Challengers of Doom prove their undoing?

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Erik Larsen, art by Jorge Lucas and James Kochalka, cover by J.H. Williams III.

It's the Hulk vs. Thor battle that the fans have demanded. Plus: a special offbeat bonus tale written and fully painted by alternative cartoonist James Kochalka.

48 pages, $2.99.

THOR #41

Written by Dan Jurgens, art by Stuart Immonen and Wade Von Grawbadger, painted cover by Glen Orbik.

The unthinkable has happened. The wounds of the climactic battle between Thor and the fire giant Surtur hit home as the assembled Norse gods stand in mourning for one of their own. And now, the question of what happens next is raised -- leading to a new status quo for the Asgardians -- and this title.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Steve Englehart, art and cover by Jorge Santamaria and Scott Hanna.

The flaring of a star in the night sky signals the dawning of the age of the Celestial Messiah, the offspring of the former Avenger known as Mantis. But this is an age that the mad titan Thanos will do anything to prevent -- even if he must kill the Celestial Madonna time after time after time. Once again the fate of the universe rests in the hands of Thor, Vision, Scarlet Witch and Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Said Englehart: "The series, amazingly enough, is Mantis vs. Thanos -- which is to say, we watch each side of the conflict as it builds toward its climax. It's not all about Mantis with an occasional foray by the villain; each half of this equation has a story to be told. Of course, Mantis and Thanos aren't alone in this thing. She's got a small group of Avengers on her side: Thor, Vision, Wanda, and Silverclaw. They're joined by Haywire of the Squadron Supreme, who's hoping to get his dead girlfriend back. And yes, Mantis and Vision get it on."

32 pages, $2.50.


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

Celebrating the Black Panther's 35th anniversary with a 100-Page Mosnter. Part 1 of "The Once and Future King" takes readers 25 years into the future, to a time when Wakanda has returned to an isolationist policy. And when Secretary of State Everett K. Ross is kidnapped by enemies of the African nation's king, T'Challa refuses to come out of seclusion, even to save his old friend! And so it will fall to the king's daughter, a child he has rejected all her life, to journey to America and take on a baker's dozen of T'Challa's deadliest foes -- and to win her father's love.

100 pages, $3.50.


Written by Dan Jurgens, art by Darryl Banks, Ignacio Calero and Sandu Florea, cover by Rodolfo Migliari.

Does the new U.S. President believe that Captain America is expendable? This decades-spanning tale starts in the White House -- then rockets back to the '40s to reveal an untold secret. What will the Living Legend do when he learns that his own government held plans to deny his very existence during W.W.II? Does the new Administration still believe that Cap is expendable? And what are the mysterious ties that link the star-spangled Avenger to our current President?

48 pages, $2.99.


Written by Erik Larsen and Kurt Busiek, art by Ron Frenz, cover by Frenz and Larsen.

The Headmen have taken over the world -- and the Defenders' "big guns" are trapped in space. Now it's up to Nighthawk, Valkyrie and Hellcat to defeat the crazy-craniumed criminals.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Frank Tieri, art and cover by Keron Grant and Rob Stull.

The continuation to the "Man and the Iron Mask" story in a 100-Page Monster. The sentient armor has returned. But what does it mean for Tony Stark -- and what does it have to do with a new religion that's sweeping the nation? Find out in Part 1 of "The Frankenstein Syndrome", the storyline that provides the shocking answer as to how the armor became sentient in the first place. Plus three classic issues, chosen with the aid of the online fans. First, Tony must face the tragic repercussions of building weapons for the military (from Iron Man #78, by Bill Mantlo and George Tuska). Then, the Armored Avenger grapples with both Justin Hammer and Force (from Iron Man #140 - #141, by David Michelinie, John Romita Jr., and Bob Layton).

100 pages, $3.50.


Written by Alex Ross and Jim Krueger, art by Doug Braithwaite and Bill Reinhold, wraparound painted cover by Ross.

The Absorbing Man takes on every hero alive. Meanwhile, in the land of the dead, Captain Marvel fights for the final time against Death. Featuring the Iron Avengers, Thor, Loki, Magneto, Peter Parker, Venom, Sgt. Cage, Nighthawk, Adam Warlock, the Inhumans, the Hulk, Alpha Flight, the X-Men and more heroes and villians of this alternate future locked in a battle that will determine the fate of the planet itself.

48 pages, $3.99.


Written by Dan Jurgens, art and cover by Jurgens and Bob Layton.

It's one man vs. a Heli-Carrier in part 3 of "America Lost"! Captain America's quest for the stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. Heli-Carrier takes a dangerous turn as the Red Skull makes his move. And with Iron Man and Sharon Carter occupied, who will airlift Nick Fury out of the middle of a race riot?

32 pages, $2.25.


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

It was supposed to be a simple mission of mercy on behalf of the prematurely aged Rick Jones. But that was before Genis discovered that his people had evolved into new and deadly forms. Now, to save both himself and the daughter of his father's greatest foe, Captain Marvel will be forced to undertake the most dangerous mission of all.

32 pages, $2.50.


By various, cover by Bruce Timm and Joe Sinnott.

Asgard trashed by the Cosmic Cube. How does a journey to the home of the Norse gods fit into the FF's mission to save reality from the clutches of a Cosmic Cube-powered Dr. Doom? It's swinging '70s style action, courtesy of Erik Larsen, Keith Giffen, Ron Frenz, and a host of creators. Bruce Timm scripts this issue and delivers the cover.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Paul Jenkins and Sean McKeever, art by Joe Bennett and Tom Palmer, cover by Avalon Studios' Brian Haberlin.

The climax to writer Paul Jenkins' run. In order to save him, why must Ant-Man take a fantastic voyage inside the gamma-powered behemoth known as the Hulk? And will his cure prove worse than the certain death awaiting Bruce Banner?

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Kurt Busiek, art and painted cover by Steve Rude.

It's a trio of interlocking legends of Thor, spanning the centuries from the Thunder God's boyhood to today. Two young viking warriors learn the story of the storm that rebelled against Thor at the urging of Loki -- a storm that would one day become the Godstorm. Also, the mighty Avengers face a new and powerful enemy in their earliest days as a team. Busiek said: "It's pretty sweeping in scope -- I was looking to do something that would deal with Thor as god, Thor as myth, within the context of Thor as Marvel character. I was a nut for Norse mythology long before I was a comics reader, and I wanted to get some of that feel into things. When I was invited to write this project, I talked to Steve and outlined the approach I wanted to take, with mythic overtones and a legendary feel, and he got very enthusiastic about it, so I'm plotting the book very much to that core idea -- the idea that these aren't just adventures, they're legends, and they should feel that way. And then Steve draws them, and that's where his style comes into play - he's reinterpreting and re-pacing my plots in his own way, and making the story richer and more powerful as he does so. Steve's already done with #2, so we're working on the final issue already."

32 pages, $3.50.


Written by Fabian Nicieza, art and cover by Patrick Zircher and Al Vey.

Graviton is back -- and Moonstone is by his side. Reinvigorated with a new sense of purpose and a greater-than-ever command of the fundamental force, the only thing standing between him and his goal are the Redeemers.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Kurt Busiek, art by Manuel Garcia and Bob Layton, cover by Ariel Olivetti.

Kang's invasion of Earth is in full swing, but suddenly the Master of the World rises to stop him. The former foe of Alpha Flight is back, and he's not about to let his planet become one of the Conqueror's serfdoms. Now, caught between these two warring villains, the squad sends a special Avengers Espionage Team to penetrate the heart of the Master's stronghold. Plus: the Triune Understanding situation rushes towards a climax.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Brian Azzarello, art and cover by Richard Corben.

Doc Samson's got Bruce Banner -- and his monstrous alter ego -- just where he wants him. With the Hulk reeling from his secret weapon, Samson prepares for the knockout punch.

32 pages, $2.99.

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