Monday, October 27, 2003
MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR JANUARY
Following are Marvel Comics' graphic novels for January, with information coming from the company.
Written by Garth Ennis, penciled by Darick Robertson, cover by Wieslaw Walkuski.
Frank Castle, the one-man army known as the Punisher, has dedicated his life to waging war against the criminal underworld. For decades readers thought the ex-Marine's crusade began with the brutal murder of his family in Central Park at the hands of the Mafia. But that isn't the whole story. In the tradition of Wolverine: Origin, witness the true birth of the Punisher years before, as Frank Castle the man enters his third tour of duty in Vietnam, but leaves a force of nature. Collects the limited series.
112 pages, $17.99, in stores on Feb. 5.
Written by Garth Ennis. Illustrated by Steve Dillon and Tom Mandrake, cover by Tim Bradstreet.
Writer Garth Ennis -- whose take on the Punisher serves as one of the influences for the upcoming Punisher feature film -- tells more tales of vigilante Frank Castle's bloody and unending war on organized crime. In "Brotherhood," the Punisher has to deal with corruption in the police force. And in "The Underneath," The Punisher finds something horrible in the tunnels beneath Manhattan. Collects The Punisher #19-27.
232 pages, $24.99, in stores on Jan. 14.
ESSENTIAL PUNISHER VOL. 1 TPB
Written by Gerry Conway, Archie Goodwin, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, Frank Miller, Bill Mantlo, Steven Grant and Mike W. Barr Illustrated by: Ross Andru, Tony DeZuniga, Keith Pollard, Frank Miller, Al Milgrom, Greg LaRocque, Mike Zeck and Frank Springer, cover by Gil Kane.
When the mob killed his family, Frank Castle went to war. But before he became the scourge of the underworld, the Punisher set his sights on a certain world-famous wall-crawler. In time for next summer's The Punisher big-screen adventure, Marvel presents the vengeance-seeking vigilante's earliest appearances in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, Daredevil and more.
Collects in black & white format Amazing Spider-Man #129, #134-135, #161-162, #174-175, #201-202 and Annual #15, Giant-Size Spider-Man #4, Marvel Preview Presents #2, Marvel Super Action #1, Captain America #241, Daredevil #182-184, Spectacular Spider-Man #81-83 and Punisher #1-5.
568 pages, $14.99, in stores on Jan. 21.
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, cover and pencils by David Finch.
It's the movie you will never see in theaters as the X-Men, Spider-Man and Daredevil all team up to help Wolverine fight against a secret from his mysterious past. The Ultimate Universe comes to life like never before in this action-packed storyline.Collects the sold-out Ultimate X-Men #34-39.
144 pages, $12.99, in stores on Jan. 14.
Written by Chuck Austen, penciled by Sean Phillips, Philip Tan, cover by Tan.
The entire X-Men team gathers together to embark on an adventure that will reveal secrets of the true origins and real family history of one of their long-time and most popular members, Nightcrawler. Plus, the X-Men deal with the death of a former teammate; Polaris' mental state continues to deteriorate; Angel's powers take a surprising new turn in a very unexpected direction; and Juggernaut sets off on a solo adventure in Canada. Guest-starring Mystique. Collects Uncanny X-Men #428-434.
168 pages, $15.99, in stores on Jan. 21.
Written by Chris Claremont, penciled by Igor Kordey, cover by Salvador Larroca.
Mutants have declared a human-free zone in California. The X-Treme team faces off against a hostile X-Corp in California as a brand new mutant menace comes to the forefront. What evil is lurking beneath the surface driving both teams over the edge? Collects X-Treme X-Men #24, 31-35.
152 pages, $16,99, in stores on Jan. 21.
SPIDER-MAN LEGENDS VOL. 3: TODD MCFARLANE BOOK III TPB
Written by David Michelinie, art and cover by Todd McFarlane.
After a popular run on Spider-Man, artist Todd McFarlane set a record for the highest-selling single comic book ever -- a record that stands to this day -- and later went on to create Spawn. Now, in this third collection of his best Spider-Man stories, see how the legend of Spider-Man grew, and the legend of Todd McFarlane began. Featuring the Venom stories that turned him into a comics' sensation. Collects Amazing Spider-Man #315-323, 325, 328.
264 pages, $24.99, in stores on Jan. 28.
Written by Dave Gibbons, penciled by Lee Weeks, cover by Gene Ha.
Dave Gibbons writes this special story in classic Cap fashion -- featuring two-fisted adventure, wall-to-wall action and scheming Nazis. Captain America finds himself in a nightmare New York City renamed "New Berlin," following the Nazis victory in WWII. Joining brave resistance fighters with strange but familiar faces like Ben Grimm, Peter Parker and Professor Reed Richards, Cap must find out how history has been altered and the world changed from everything he once knew to everything he's fought against, and what does the Nazis' mysterious and terrifying ultimate weapon have to do with it? Plus, relive the Red Skullšs origin from Tales of Suspense #66. Collects Captain America #17-20, Tales of Suspense #66.
112 pages, $12.99, in stores on Jan. 14.
EARTH X VOL. 5: PARADISE X BOOK II TPB
Written by Jim Krueger and Alex Ross, penciled By Doug Braithwaite, cover by Alex Ross.
The epic, visionary Earth X saga continues. Will the heroes of Earth be able to solve the problems of the Paradise they helped create? Will their quest for a new Death entity succeed so the pain and suffering of the world's population ceases? Collects Paradise X #6-12, Ragnorak, Devils, A & X.
336 pages, $29.99, in stores on Jan. 28.
ELEKTRA VOL. 3: RELENTLESS TPB
Written by Robert Rodi, penciled by Sean Chen, cover By Rudolfo Migliari.
Experience the life of Elektra, the stunning killer-for-hire, from two unique perspectives -- through the eyes of the assassin herself, and through the eyes of her latest mark, completing a unique journey ending on a dying man's last day -- if Elektra has her way, that is. Collects Elektra #23-28.
144 pages, $14.95, in stores on Jan. 7.
By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Featuring the wedding of Reed and Sue, guest-starring everybody. Plus the coming of the Uncanny Inhumans. The arrival of Galactus and his herald, the star-spanning Silver Surfer. Collects Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #41-50, Annual #3. 240 pages, $49.99, in stores on Jan. 28.
By Stan Lee, Gene Colan, Wallace Wood and Bill Everett.
From Namor, the Sub-Mariner's first adventure in Marvel Comics #1 to his Silver-Age revival, it's Namor in all his bitter, arrogant glory, fighting underwater threats and surface-dwellers alike. Featuring appearances by Daredevil and the Hulk, Collects Marvel Comics #1, Daredevil Vol. 1 #7, Tales To Astonish #70-87
272 pages, $49.99, in stores on Jan. 14.
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 2 HC
By Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and John Byrne.
Ever expanding their ranks, the Children of the Atom combat the evils threatening both mutants and humans -- like the Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy, Magneto, The Imperial Guard, The Starjammers, Weapon Alpha and Warhawk. Collects X-Men Vol. 1 #101-121.
192 pages, $39.99, in stores on Jan. 7.
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