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Tuesday, April 22, 2003


Following is a rundown of Marvel Comics' solicitations for July, with information coming from the company.


Written by Mark Millar, penciled by Terry Dodson.

The Epic imprint is launched with a story Marvel couldn't tell in the Marvel Universe. Again at the forefront of telling stories for contemporary teens about the real issues they face, Mark Millar, Terry Dodson and Epic Comics present the story of four teenagers who spend a summer of love and romance, and then face consequences they will never forget … and neither will the comic book world.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 2.


Written by John Jackson Miller, art and cover by Steve Ellis.

Once the crown jewel in the former Soviet Union's high-tech weapons arsenal, the Crimson Dynamo was an armored killing machine fusing mechanical might with electrical power. But what the Kremlin never knew was its inventor left a secret legacy: a spare. Now the Russians, U.S. weapons inspectors and ruthless arms smugglers all know - and they all want it for themselves. But whose hands it finally winds up in may be the ultimate worst-case scenario. Global power politics meets high-stakes action and intrigue as a new Cold War threatens to engulf the globe.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Paul Jenkins, art and covers by Humberto Ramos.

Writer Paul Jenkins and artist Humberto Ramos reteam for the newest ongoing series starring the Amazing Spider-Man. And the series kicks off with a bang, as Spidey faces off against his deadliest foe, Venom.

32 pages, $2.25.


Written by Daniel Way, art by Francisco Herrera, cover by Sam Kieth.

"Shiver," part three. Why is Venom Back? Why's it in the Artic? Who or what could Venom be afraid of? The mysteries continue.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 23.


Written by Tom DeFalco, art and dover by Ron Frenz.

Part 1 of 6. Marvel's Die-Hard hero bucks the odds to live again. The start of a new six-issue story arc.

32 pages, $2.99.


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

It's ultimate bedlam as all the female members of the Ultimate X-Men team up with Spidey to defeat the latest addition to the Ultimate rogues' gallery. And if you thought fighting the Green Goblin was hard on Spider-Man, you should see him try to talk to older women.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 2.


Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Fiona Avery, art by John Romita Jr., cover by Mike Deodato Jr.

More secrets of the enigmatic Ezekiel are revealed in this first part of a 2-part story co-written by J. Michael Straczynski and his protégé Fiona Avery.

32 pages, $2.25, in stories on July 16.


Written by Bruce Jones , art by Sean Phillips and Klaus Janson, cover by Essad Ribic.

The brutal rise from young gun to top dog is chronicled in this gritty ongoing crime drama set in a not-so-friendly neighborhood.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on July 9.


Written by Chuck Austen, art and cover by Christian Moore.

The cataclysmic conclusion as Rhodey and Tony Stark put aside their differences to save Jolly Old England from a nuclear bomb.

32 pages, $2.99, in stoes on July 2.


Written by Chuck Austen, art and cover by Kev Walker.

"Gift of the Gods" Pt. 2. The Eternals have come to Earth, but will they lead it into an age of paradise... or destruction? And what will Ikaeden do now that he has broken the sacred rule of the Celestial Order? An all-new adult sci-fi MAX series.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 2.


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

"Purple," Pt. 1. Secrets of one of the darkest chapters in Marvel Comics history are revealed in the story that changed Jessica Jones' life forever. A jumping-on point for new readers guest-starring the Avengers.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 2.


Written by Garth Ennis, art and cover by Glenn Fabry.

The debut of another MAX mini-series written by Ennis. Zombie Vikings! And Thor! What else is there to say?

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 30.


Written by Garth Ennis, art by Darick Robertson, cover by Wieslaw Walkuski.

The birth of the Punisher continues as Captain Frank Castle stares down the darkness inside of him.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 30.


Written by Garth Ennis, art by Cam Kennedy, cover by Tim Bradstreet.

"The Streets of Loredo" Pt. 2 of 5. The Punisher delves deeper into a mysterious illegal weapons ring in Texas.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 9.


Written by Brian Michael Bendis,art and cover by Alex Maleev.

"Hardcore" Pt. 4 of 5. You never thought it would happen…

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 16.


Written by Chuck Austen, penciled by Jae Lee, cover by John Cassaday.

"Ice," Pt. 4 of 5. Captain America faces mysteries of his past and the man who has brought them to light.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores July 9.


Written by Robert Rodi, art by Sean Chen, cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.

Part 1 of a new 3-part story arc that takes Elektra around the globe in the hunt for an elusive African dictator.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 2.


Written by Brett Matthews, art and cover by Vatche Mavlian.

"Stuff of Legends" Pt. 2. Spider-Man and Wolverine's adventure takes them to Japan as they investigate an international mystery.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 16.


Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art and cover by David Finch.

"Blockbuster" Pt. 2. The Ultimates' Black Widow guest-stars as Spider-Man tries to work closely with Wolverine to discover who was behind the near-fatal attack on the X-Man last issue.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 9.


Written by Sean McKeever, art and cover by UDON.

"Salvage" Pt. 4 . It's alive!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 2.


Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Jorge Lucas, cover by Joseph Michael Linsner/

"Dead Drop Gorgeous," Pt. 4 of 6. Professor X has sent the mutant chameleon Mystique on a clandestine operation to Cuba. To what lengths will Mystique go to recover the stolen Sentinel technology that threatens the lives of Cuban mutants?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 23.


Written by Chuck Austen, penciled by Steve Kim, cover by Philip Tan.

Jubilee, Angel and Husk star in this stand-alone story. The X-Men deal with the recent death of a former teammate. Plus, Angel's powers take a surprising turn in an unexpected direction.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 2.


Written by Chuck Austen, penciled by Sean Philips, cover by Karl Kerschl.

A stand-alone prelude to next month's major new story arc, "The Draco." Learn secrets about the origin of Nightcrawler in this issue guest-starring Mystique.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 16.


Written by Karl Bollers, penciled by Randy Green, cover by Greg Horn.

"Higher Learning" Pt. 1 of 6. Get in on the ground floor as Marvel explores the early life and times of the New X-Men's Emma Frost! Witness the first time her powers manifested and how she blossomed from an innocent teenager into the ruthless woman we know her as today.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on July 9.


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

X-Statix resumes its regularly scheduled program, following the 2-part Wolverine/Doop special, featuring the team's newest member - Latino heartthrob El Guapo.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 23.

EXILES #29-30

Written by Chuck Austen, art and covers by Clayton Henry.

"Unnatural Instincts," Pts. 2 and 3 of 3. The Exilles/X-Men crossover continues. Will the Exiles be forced to kill an X-Man in order to save the life of a child? The Exiles' first adventure in the Marvel Universe ends with lasting consequences for both teams.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 2 and July 16.

NEW X-MEN #144

Written by Grant Morrison, art and cover by Chris Bachalo.

"Assault on Weapon Plus," Pt. 3 of 4. Wolverine, Cyclops and Fantomex continue their mission in search of clues to Wolverine's mysterious past.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 16.


Written, art and cover by Ryan Kinnaird.

Jena and Madelyne finally learn the truth about the Sword of Limbo and the hold it has over their family in this steamy conclusion.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 9.


Written, art and cover by Tsutomu Nihei.

In an alien land, against an army of inhuman enemies, Wolverine's own humanity threatens to slip away as he's overcome by a berserker rage.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 2.


Written by Greg Rucka, penciled by Darick Robertson, cover by Esad Ribic.

Putting his unique skills to the ultimate test, Logan edges closer and closer to the identity of Lucy's murderer.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 16.


Written by Joe Pruett, art and cover by Brian Stelfreeze.

Domino's search for her past has led her to a remote area in the Florida Everglades where an unforeseen enemy is waiting to make she doesn't have a future.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on July 9.


Written by Kazuo Koike, penciled by Paul Smith, cover by Katsuya Terada.

Renowned creator of the classic Japanese manga Lone Wolf and Cub, Kazuo Koike steps in to bring his feudal flair to X-Men Unliminted. In thisl issue, Koike-sensei explores Wolverine's deep-rooted connections to Japan. X-Men illustrator extraordinaire Paul Smith brings his storytelling prowess to the tale to make this a truly international collaboration.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on July 9.


Written by Frank Tieri, art and cover by Georges Jeanty.

"The Underground" Pt. 5 of 6.

The penultimate chapter of this storyline guest-starring Soldier X, Domino and Meltdown.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 23.

X-TREME X-MEN #28-29

Written by Chris Claremont, art by Igor Kordey, covers by Salvador Larroca.

"God Loves, Man Kills II," Pts. 4 and 5 of 5. The stunning conclusion of this sequel to the classic epic. Stryker has the X-Treme team right where he wants them but is he on the side of good or evil? And what insane menace could have them working towards the same goal? Guest-starring Wolverine and Shadowcat.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 16 and July 30.


Written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, penciled by Keron Grant, cover by Josh Middleton.

Dani Moonstar recruits a new student for Xavier's school for mutants. But would she have agreed to do it if she knew the secret Professor X was keeping from her?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on July 16.


Written by Dan Chariton and Stacy Weiss, penciled by Milx, cover by Joe Jusko.

Children all around the world are vanishing, spirited away by a gleaming figure from the stars. Are these just routine cases of alien abduction, or the harbinger of something far more sinister?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 30.


Written by Mark Waid, penciled by Mike Wieringo, cover by Paolo Rivera.

Marvel celebrates its first series to reach 500 issues by returning Fantastic Four to its original numbering. And in the double-sized conclusion to "Unthinkable", it's the FF vs. Doom for all the marbles - and reader won't believe the tragic outcome. A historic, milestone event.

48 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 9 (Director's Cut Edition, $4.99).


Written by Mark Waid, art by Casey Jones, cover by Mike Wieringo.

"Fifth Wheel" Pt. 1 of 2. The start of a new storyline, as the aftermath of the FF's terrifying battle with Dr. Doom finds one member of our cast thoroughly traumatized, and another horribly changed...

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 30.


Written by Karl Kesel, art and cover by Skottie Young.

"Burn," Pt. 4 . To find the combustion killer, the Torch must train to become everything he's not.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on July 9.


Written by Sean McKeever, penciled by Matthew Clark, coover by J.H. Williams and Jose Villarrubia.

"Lunar" Pt. 3. Worlds collide as the Inhumans travel to their new home: Earth.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on July 23.


Written by Evan Dorkin, cover by Dean Haspiel.

Things take a dark turn as award-winning writer/artist Evan Dorkin and Eisner-nominee Dean Haspiel get into the Fantastic Filthy guts of the story. Poor Ben Grimm's being tortured because of one bad decision. But who can torture a large, rocky orange guy? Must be someone who either doesn't know, or can somehow withstand Clobberin' Time.

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 23.


Written by Mark Millar, penciled by Bryan Hitch, inked by Paul Neary, cover by Hitch.

The Ultimates are the final line of defense against an alien invasion brewing for decades. But will dissension in the group tear them apart before the final struggle?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 30.


Written by Robin Laws, art and cover by Brian Ashmore.

Banner's search for the super-secret place called Nightmerica continues. Plus more on the mysterious woman Chrissie Cutler.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 9.


Written by Bruce Jones, art and covers by Leandro Fernandez.

The Absorbing Man is back with a vengeance.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 9 and July 23.


Written by Bill Jemas and Andi Watson, art and cover by Salvador Larroca.

Namor and Sandy get further acquainted as Sandy is introduced to Namor's underwater kingdom.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 16.


Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Adrian Alphona, cover by Jo Chen.

"Pride & Joy" Pt. 4. When their parents finally catch up with them, Alex, Nico and the rest of the Runaways fight back! It's teenage rebellion gone wild.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on July 16.


Script, art and cover by Yuji Iwahara, written by Andi Watson.

Katherine West, a.k.a. Quest, and her pal Kaori make a strange new friend, a very wise and ancient… anteater?

32 pages, $2.50 in stores on July 2.


Written by Geoff Johns, penciled by Olivier Coipel, cover by J.G. Jones

"Red Zone," Pt. 5 of 6. As the terror spreads, the Avengers confront the mastermind behind the Red Zone contagion - in the heart of the Capital.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 23.


Written by Priest, penciled by Joe Bennett, cover by J.H. Williams.

Meet Danny Vincent - he's the nicest scoundrel you'll ever find. Just don't believe his lies.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on July 16.


Written by Robert Morales, art and cover by Kyle Baker.

Steve Rogers appears in this conclusion to the hit mini-series issue, as the paths of the two Captain Americas cross for the first time. Will it be the last?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on July 16.


Written by Priest, art and cover by Patrick Zircher.

"Ascension," Pt. 4 of 4. In the final issue, learn the ultimate fate of T'Challa and narcotics officer Kevin "Kasper" Cole. Leads into the new ongoing series, The Crew.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 23.


Written by Robin Laws, penciled by Rob Teranishi, cover by Tony Harris.

"Vegas Bleeds Neon," Pt. 1 of 3. Tony Stark was only intending to vacation in Sin City...so how did Iron Man become embroiled in a conspiracy involving a missing writer, Howard Hughes, and a crashed alien spaceship?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 9.


Written by Chuck Austen, penciled by Patrick Olliffe, cover by Gabriel Del'Otto.

America's newest super team suffers growing pains, while the power of the evil Halidon Corporation grows as well.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 2.

THOR #66

Written by Dan Jurgens, art by Ben Lai and Ray Lai, cover by Claudio Castellini.

"Spiral," Pt. 7. Thor is besieged from without and bedeviled from within.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 2.


Written by Peter David, art by Ivan Reis, cover by Carlos Pacheco.

"Coven" Pt. 4 of 4. The dominos start to fall uncontrollably as Marv's judicial actions bring forth violent reactions.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 16.


Written by John Arcudi, art and cover by Francisco Ruiz Velasco.

Final issue. In Part 2 of the story starring Spider-Man, the choices Axum must make coincide with the presence of a figure familiar to the classic T-Bolts: Man-Killer, as well as the Scorpion.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 16.


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

Witness the formation of the Archangels in the artificial Realm of Paradise ... and their plan to revolt against Mar-Vell and his new creation.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 30.


Written by Ron Zimmerman, art and cover by Duncan Fegredo.

The startling conclusion to the series. Woody and Hawk Owl come to a long overdue understanding in their relationship. But, does the truth come a bit too late?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 30.



Written by Judith O'Brian, illustrations and casing by Mike Mayhew.

Marvel's entry into Young Adult fiction puts a novel twist on Ultimate Spider-Man by shining the spotlight on Peter Parker's girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson. Written by the award-winning romance and young adult novelist Judith O'Brien, this traditional prose novel (with spot/chapter illustrations by artist Mike Mayhew) is a high school romance updated for today's teens, featuring O'Brien's trademark "girl-power" flair.The new girl at Midtown High, Mary Jane Watson juggles and struggles with her parents' divorce, her love of ballet, and her burgeoning new bond with class nerd Peter Parker - who's about to undergo a stunning transformation of his own. A story about first love and self-acceptance, Mary Jane chronicles one girl's struggle to trust herself and gather the courage to go after what - and who - she truly wants.

216 pages, $14.99, in stores on July 2.


The early adventures of Marvel's First Family continue, featuring showdowns with the Incredible Hulk, Namor, Dr. Doom and the shape-shifting Super-Skrull, who has all the combined powers of the FF. Plus Ant-Man, Spider-Man and the mysterious Watcher. Collects Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #11-20, Annual #1.

304 pages, $49.99, in stores on July 30.


The origin of Professor X. The birth of the Juggernaut. The end of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The coming of the Sentinels. And the mystery of the Mimic. Collects X-Men (Vol. 1) #11-21.

240 pages, $49.99, in stores on July 9.


This classic volume introduces the mild-mannered Dr. Donald Blake and his amazing alter ego, Thor, the Norse God of Thunder. Through the course of these awesome adventures, the Asgardian Avenger battles everyone from the Stone Men of Saturn to the Radioactive Man to his own half-brother Loki! Collects Journey Into Mystery #83-100.

288 pages, $49.99, in stores on July 16.


Written by Bruce Jones, illustrated and cover by Jorge Lucas. Intending to spend a rare carefree moment at a carnival with his beloved stepdaughter Amiko, Wolverine shows a violent side of himself that sends the young girl running in fear. Unable to face what he's done, Logan is propelled into a soul-searching adventure he may not be able to escape. What did he do? And what did young Amiko see? Collects the 5-issue Wolverine Xisle limited series.

120 pages, $13.99, in stores on July 9.


Written by Brian Michael Bendis, illustrated by Jim Mahfood, Jon Totleben, Chynna Clugston-Major and Ted McKeever, cover by Mahfood.

From the writer of Ultimate Spider-Man, Brian Michael Bendis, come new tales of Spider-Man teaming up with the stars of the Ultimate Universe, drawn by some of the most unique talents in contemporary comics. Includes team-ups with the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Dr. Strange. Collects the Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #9-13.

120 pages, $11.99, in stores on July 2.


Written by Mark Millar, illustrated by Adam Kubert and David Finch, cover by Kubert.

Magneto, the X-Men's deadliest villain, returns. They've faced the Weapon X program, Proteus and even the superhuman strikeforce known as The Ultimates. Now, still licking their wounds from their prior battles, can Xavier's mutant team possibly survive the return of their most powerful foe? Collects Ultimate X-Men #26-33.

192 pages, $16.99, in stores on July 30.


Written by Walter Simonson and Chris Claremont, art and cover by Art Adams.

Before manga hit it big, Art Adams brought big monsters, big eyes and cute girls to the Marvel Universe. This volume collects the best of Adams' Marvel work, from his landmark work on the X-Men to his odd-couple new FF team of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Wolverine and Ghost Rider. Collects New Mutants Special Edition #1; X-Men Annuals #9-10, 12; Fantastic Four #347-349.

288 pages, $24.99, in stores on July 16.


Written by Bruce Jones, illustrated by Mike Deodato Jr., cover by Kaare Andrews.

The secret organization hell-bent on capturing the Incredible Hulk has hired the services of one of his deadliest and oldest foes, The Abomination. Two of the Marvel Universe's most powerful adversaries go head-to-head and toe-to-toe in a gamma-powered slugfest. Collects Incredible Hulk #50-54.

136 pages, $11.99, in stores on July 23.


Written by Garth Ennis, illustrated by Steve Dillon and Tom Mandrake, cover by Tim Bradstreet.

The Punisher discovers a strange society that lives in the subway tunnels of New York and their tie to the rampant disappearance of homeless people, and meets the one person maybe even deadlier than himself - Elektra. Collects Punisher #20-27.

168 pages, $17.99, in stores on July 9.


Written by James Sturm, illustrated by Guy Davis and James Sturm, cover by Craig Thompson.

In 1961 the first issue of The Fantastic Four was drawn and written by the brilliant team of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee and set a new standard for heroic adventure comics. Few people realize that the Fantastic Four -- a family of sci-fi adventurers gifted with amazing powers -- were actually based on the lives of real people. As often is the case, real life was as astonishing as fiction. Unstable Molecules is a biography that revisits the Fantastic Four's beginnings with a historian's eye. Collects the critically acclaimed 4-issue limited series.

128 pages, $13.99, in store on July 2.

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