Friday, December 19, 2003
MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR MARCH
Following are Marvel Comics' graphic novel solicitations for March, with information coming from the company:
Written by Kurt Busiek, art and cover by Alex Ross.
Welcome to New York City. Here, burning figures roam the streets, men in brightly colored costumes scale the glass and concrete walls, and creatures from space threaten to devour the planet. Witness the birth of the Marvel Universe through the eyes of the proverbial man in the street -- Daily Bugle photographer Phil Sheldon -- in this lush hardcover collection commemorating the 10th Anniversary of one of the comic-book industry's all-time best-selling, critically acclaimed and fan-favorite titles. This keepsake volume features nearly 200 pages of never-before-seen bonus material -- including writer Kurt Busiek's original series proposals and scripts to all four issues. Collects Marvels #0, 1-4, plus scripts and tons of special extras.
400 pages, $49.99.
On the mean streets of the Marvel Universe, the kid gloves come off. Guardian devils, vengeance-seeking vigilantes and enigmatic assassins stalk the city's dark underbelly -- and the urban action unfolds with gritty intensity. Marvel's best-selling Encyclopedia series continues with this fully illustrated, comprehensive hardcover featuring in-depth biographies and statistics for this special brand of heroes and anti-heroes, like Daredevil, Elektra, the Punisher, Ghost Rider and Blade, along with all their friends and foes. Plus: Get the latest scoop on movies, merchandise and more.
240 pages, $29.99.
Written by Peter Milligan, pencils by Pat Olliffe, photo covers.
Presenting the official comic book adaptation of Marvel's 2004 blockbuster motion picture -- starring John Travolta, Thomas Jane and Rebecca Romjin-Stamos. Frank Castle is an undercover government special agent pushed over the edge when his family is executed. Left for dead, Castle is reborn with one all-consuming mission -- to Punisher the murderers. Also collected in this volume: the very first appearance of the Punisher, and writer Garth Ennis' first Punisher story! Collects Punisher: The Movie Adaptation #1-3, Amazing Spider-Man #129, Punisher Vol. 3, #1.
128 pages, $12.99.
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, cover and pencils by Gary Frank.
Babylon 5 creator and Amazing Spider-Man writer J. Michael Stracyznski presents a hard-edged, mature and deeply personal saga of a world about to give birth to its first generation of super heroes! This Mature Readers story follows the origins of these new heroes and anti-heroes including Dr. Spectrum, Nighthawk and the Blur from their birth through adulthood and examines how their lives and abilities change and shape the world around them. Collects Supreme Power #1-6.
144 pages, $14.99.
Written by Paul Jenkins, cover and pencils by Humberto Ramos.
Spidey's arch-foe Doctor Octopus is sporting an updated new look and a new plan to ruin the wall-crawlerıs life once and for all. Doc Ock gives him an ultimatum: for the safe release of the Palestinian ambassador he's holding hostage, Spider-Man must reveal his secret identity to the entire world! International intrigue and web-spinning action combine as Spider-Man's newest movie menace ups the ante on their long-time rivalry. Collects Spectacular Spider-Man #6-10.
120 pages, $11.99.
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils by John Romita Jr., cover by J. Scott Campbell.
Peter spends his birthday as Spidey fighting an inter-dimensional threat thatıs descended on Manhattan. Alongside a who's who of Marvel Universe guest-stars -- including the FF, Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men's Cyclops and Dr. Strange, the battle culminates in a trip through time, where Peter/Spider-Man meets ALL of his greatest adversaries like Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin, and one very special and unexpected reunion. Collects Amazing Spider-Man #57-58, the landmark #500, 501-502.
136 pages, $12.99.
Written by Peter Milligan, cover and pencils by Mike Allred.
Deceased Europan Pop sensation Henrietta Hunter is back from the dead and on her comeback tour -- and it's up to the celebrity mutant super-team X-Statix to keep her alive ... again! Can the fame-hungry team of super-mutants take a backseat to the white-hot celebrity -- especially when she becomes team leader? And where does a certain wall-crawling Spider-Man fit into all of this? Celebrated writer Peter Milligan constructs a poignant and intelligent allegory for life as a celebrity in the 21st century. Plus: Dead-Girl is spotlighted; and the debut of the team's newest member, the Latino heartthrob El Guapo. Collects X-Statix #11-18.
192 pages, $19.99.
Written by Larry Hama, cover and pencils by Marc Silvestri.
Before Top Cow and Witchblade, artist Marc Silvestri rose to comics' superstardom during his legendary and sales record-breaking run on Wolverine and Uncanny X-Men. Now having made his triumphant return to New X-Men, energizing his fans and finding legions of new ones, Marvel offers a new collected edition of some of his best Wolverine stories, highlighting a benchmark in the career of one of comics' top artists and a run of one of the industryıs best-selling titles, Watch Wolverine take on the drug-crazed Japanese Yakuza, face down a legendary Canadian monster and uncover secrets of the mysterious Weapon X program, culminating in a battle with a cyborg version of himself. Collects Wolverine #31-34, 41-42, 48-50.
216 pages, $19.99.
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils by Michael Gaydos, cover by David Mack.
Once hard-nosed private eye Jessica Jones stood with Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers, as a costumed super hero. Now, for the first time, learn all of Jessicaıs hidden secrets -- how she got her superpowers, joined the Avengers and the dark, unspoken of chapter in Marvel Universe history that changed her life forever. And find out who the Hannibal Lecter of the Marvel Universe is? Guest-starring Peter Parker and the Avengers. Collects Alias #22-28.
168 pages, $17.99.
Written, pencils and cover by David Mack.
Maya Lopez -- a.k.a. Echo -- a deaf young woman capable of assimilating an individual's fighting style by sight and who nearly took down Daredevil -- makes her return. Her entire life was once defined by her belief that Daredevil killed her father and that the Kingpin could help her achieve justice. Now, with her perceptions completely altered, can she make sense of the world? Echo embarks on a Native American vision quest to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Collects Daredevil #51-55.
120 pages, $13.99.
Written by Geoff Johns, pencils by Scott Kolins and Steve Sadowski, cover by Jae Lee.
Her transformations into the She-Hulk out of control, long-time Avenger Jennifer Walters seeks the one person on Earth who can help her cousin Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Incredible Hulk -- while her fellow Avengers search every corner of the globe for her. Also, Wasp and Yellowjacket pay a visit to Las Vegas; will it be to a little white drive-thru chapel? And teammates Ant-Man and Jack of Hearts settle their differences in a final showdown. Collects Avengers #71-76.
144 pages, $12.99.
Written by Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza, pencils by George Perez and Mark Bagley, cover by Bagley.
Collecting for the first time the inaugural Avengers/T-Bolts crossover, in time for this month's all-new Avengers/Thunderbolts #1. The T-Bolts and Earth's Mightiest Heroes stand side-by-side against Count Nefaria, master of ionic energy! But before they can confront the Count, they'll have to deal with their own ion-empowered teammates, Atlas and Wonder Man -- both of whom have fallen under Nefaria's thrall and now act as his henchmen. Featuring the JLA/Avengers team of Kurt Busiek and George Perez. Collects Avengers #31-34 and Thunderbolts #42-44.
184 pages, $19.99.
Written by Peter David, pencils by Michael Ryan, Paul Azaceta, cover by Neal Adams.
The complications continue to pile up for Captain Marvel as the return of his long-thought-dead mother and the arrival of a new female Captain Marvel force Genis to re-evaluate his life and role in the universe. Collects Captain Marvel #13-18.
144 pages, $14.99.
Written, art and cover by Walter Simonson.
Spanning epic tales of heroism and treachery, love and war, writer/artist Walter Simonson's groundbreaking work on The Mighty Thor is regarded as that long-running title's definitive run. From the majesty and mystery of Asgard to the gritty streets of New York City, Thor has never been the same. This third volume continues the collection of Simonson's legendary run, reprinting Thor #360-369.
232 pages $24.99.
Written by Bruce Jones, cover and pencils by Mike Deodato Jr.
Still caught in a relentless conspiracy to capture him by a mysterious clandestine organization, the indomitable Hulk faces off against a new array of powerful abominations. Aided only by his old friend and foe, Doc Samson, and his mysterious benefactor -- the enigmatic Mr. Blue (whose identity is at last revealed in its entirety) -- the Hulk must fight to save both his life and reputation. Collects Incredible Hulk #60-65.
144 pages, $12.99.
FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 3: AUTHORITATIVE ACTION TPB
Written by Mark Waid, pencils by Howard Porter, cover by Tony Harris and Tom Feister.
It seemed like a simple enough idea at the time: Now that their arch enemy Doctor Doom had seemingly perished, the Fantastic Four would journey into his nation of Latveria, disassemble its war machine and set its oppressed citizens free. But what appeared a black and white situation quickly turns a murky shade of gray, and Reed Richards and his family find themselves besieged on all sides, both by those they thought of as their allies, and by the very people they were trying to save. Collects Fantastic Four #503-508.
144 pages, $12.99.
MARVEL MASTERWORKS LIBRARY
Written by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby.
Included in the volume are "This Man, This Monster," the story of an anguished Thing; the debut of the Black Panther and Klaw; an all-out battle between the Thing and the Silver Surfer; the original Human Torch vs. Johnny Storm; and the four-part saga in which the dreaded Dr. Doom steals the Surfer's cosmic power. Collects Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #51-60, Annual #4.
240 pages, $49.99.
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 3
Written by Chris Claremon, pencils by John Byrne.
Hated and feared by a world they are sworn to protect, the X-Men face off against some of their most unforgettable foes -- including Magneto, Mesmero, Garrok the Petrified Man, Sauron, Moses Magnum and Alpha Flight. Collects X-Men (Vol. 1) #111-121.
208 pages, $39.99.
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