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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

MARVEL TRADE PAPERBACKS

Following are Marvel Comics' trade paperback solicitations for May, with information coming from the company:

HULK: GRAY HC

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

The creators behind the best-selling "Marvel Spectrum" stories -- Daredevil: Yellow and Spider-Man: Blue -- examine in new detail the earliest days of the Incredible Hulk. As Dr. Bruce Banner makes his first transformations into his brutish alter ego, relationships that will influence his life and the life of the Hulk are forged...and destroyed.

160 pages, $21.99.

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL. 8: CATS & KINGS TPB

Written by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils over by Mark Bagley

Sam Bullit is running for Mayor of New York City on an anti-Spider-Man campaign, and Daily Bugle Editor-in-Chief J. Jonah Jameson is backing him 100 percent. But who's pulling Bullit's strings? None other than the Kingpin of Crime. Plus: Spider-Man meets the sexy and elusive cat burglar called the Black Cat, who claws herself into the young web-slinger's life and purrs her way into Peter Parker's. When the Cat gets her paws on a stolen tablet that the Kingpin desperately wants, the crime lord hires the deadly Elektra to retrieve the artifact for him. Collects Ultimate Spider-Man #47-53.

184 pages, $17.99.

VENOM VOL. 1: SHIVER TPB

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

Venom's back. This time, the alien symbiote has popped up near the Arctic Circle, leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake. Now able to change human hosts in the blink of an eye, he's on the run from mysterious clandestine forces -- each with their own agenda for the deadly, elusive alien. Collects Venom #1-5.

120 pages, $13.99.

NEW X-MEN VOL. 7: HERE COMES TOMORROW TPB

Written by Grant Morrison, pencils and cover by Marc Silvestri.

Featuring the return of legendary X-Men artist Marc Silvestri. In a tale inspired by the classic "Days of Future Past," meet the X-Men from 150 years in our future. While some faces may seem familiar, readers will have the chance to discover all-new X-Men heroes and villains for the very first time. What incredible force threatens to destroy the mutants of the future -- and how will it affect the X-Men of today? Collects New X-Men #151-154.

112 pages, $10.99..

UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 5: SHE LIES WITH ANGELS TPB

Written by Chuck Austen, pencils and cover by Salvador Larroca.

In this special tribute to William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, popular X-Men artist Salvador Larroca illustrates a poignant but riveting tale about a young human and a young mutant falling in love, and what terrible consequences it will have not only for them, but for their family and friends. Collects Uncanny X-Men #437-441.

120 pages, $11.99.

ESSENTIAL X-MEN VOL. 5 TPB

Written by Chris Claremont, penciled by John Romita Jr., Barry Windsor-Smith, Michael Golden, Bret Blevins and Steve Leialoha, cover by John Romita Jr.

The X-Men face off with some of their greatest foes in the latest edition from Marvel's Essential line. In this volume, the X-Men go up against the Juggernaut, Doctor Doom and the Hellfire Club's newest recruits, the Hellions -- and team up with the Avengers, Spider-Man and Power Pack. Featuring the first appearances of Forge and Nimrod, and a chapter from the Secret Wars II crossover. Plus: Parts I & II of Claremont and Windsor-Smith's epic, "Lifedeath." Collects Uncanny X-Men #180-198 and X-Men Annual #7-8.

576 pages, black and white, $16.99,

X-MEN: OLD SOLDIERS TPB

Written by Chris Claremont, pencils and cover by Alan Davis.

Celebrating Chris Claremont and Alan Davis' return to Uncanny X-Men, Marvel collects their earliest collaborations on Marvelšs merry mutants! In these classic stories -- some reprinted here for the first time -- the New Mutants take on Mojo and Spiral, then must contend with the alien antics of the Impossible Man; the X-Men face an enemy who can grant them their most secret desires; and Wolverine battles Sabretooth amid the infamous "Mutant Massacre"! Collects New Mutants Annual #2 and #3, Uncanny X-Men Annual #11, and Uncanny X-Men #213 and #215.

200 pages, $19.99.

FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: JOHN BYRNE VOL. 2 TPB

Written, pencils and cover by John Byrne.

Not since the days of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the trailblazers of the Marvel Universe, had someone so perfectly captured the intense mood, cosmic style and classic sense of adventure of Marvelšs first family of super heroes. Writer/artist John Byrne launched the Fantastic Four into realms where few creators before had dared to go. Now, the collection of his classic run continues as the FF face off against two of their greatest foes: Galactus and Doctor Doom! Guest-starring the Black Panther, Thor, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, the Inhumans, the X-Men and more. Collects Fantastic Four #241-250.

256 pages, $24.99.

THANOS VOL. 4: EPIPHANY TPB

Written, pencils and cover by Jim Starlin.

The most powerful, enigmatic villain in the Marvel Universe takes center stage in a galaxy-spanning tale woven by his creator, Jim Starlin. He's held ultimate power in his hands, only to see it all slip away time and again. His attempts at conquest and destruction have all been thwarted. So what inner demons drive the mad Titan known as Thanos towards his goals -- and what hidden desires now pull at his heart and mind? Collects Thanos #1-6.

144 pages, $14.99.

THOR VOL. 5: THE REIGNING TPB

Written by Dan Jurgens, penciled by Scott Eaton, cover by Ben Lai.

The day of man is over. Now is the time of gods on Earth. A character from the present is thrust into the future to witness the brave new world Thor has built atop the ruins of human society. Is it a utopia, or a totalitarian state? This visitor from the past thinks he knows the answer, and his presence threatens to tear the Thunder God's new kingdom apart. Collects Thor #68-74.

168 pages, $17.99.



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