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Friday, October 22, 2004


Following are Marvel Comics' solicitations for January, with information coming from the company.



Written by Fiona Avery, penciled by Roger Cruz, cover by Mark Brooks.

"Freshman Flu," part 1 of 6. Straight from Amazing Fantasy, the continuing adventures of Anya Corazon, scrappy teen from Brooklyn by day, and by night, the butt-kicking Hunter of the ancient and mystical Spider Society.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 19.

X-23 #1-2

Written by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, pencils and cover by Billy Tan.

"Innocence Lost," part 1 of 6. Spinning out of NYX, Billy Tan and the character's creator Craig Kyle kick off a new series starring X-23. Now it can be told. The full story behind the origin of X-23 -- who she is, where she came from, and the exact nature of her relationship to Wolverine. You think you know, but you have no idea.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 12 and Jan. 26.

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Written by Warren Ellis, pencils and cover by Adam Kubert.

"Negative Zone." The F.F. are in the N-Zone, the universe under ours...a vast, empty expanse. But if it's empty, what are those lights in the distance? Part 3 of 6.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Jan. 26.


Written by Mark Millar, pencils and cover by Bryan Hitch.

"Gods & Monsters." Who leaked the most terrible secret the Ultimates keep, and what does it have to do with Banner? Captain America takes matters into his own hands and confronts ex-Ultimates member Mighty Thor. Plus--a bizarre session between Bruce Banner and the most powerful telepath on Earth--Charles Xavier! Part 2 of 5.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 12.


Written by Warren Ellis, pencils and cover by Steve McNiven.

Yes, it is Ultimate Captain Marvel. Mahr Vehl is in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody and we begin to see the outlines of what his race -- the star-spanning Kree -- have planned for our planet. But can Mahr Vehl be turned to the side of Earth before the interstellar Kree make our planet uninhabitable?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 26.


Written by Brian Vaughan, pencils and cover by Stuart Immonen/

"Longshot." While the X-Men arrive on Krakoa to aid a mutant trapped in a game where contestants hunt mutants on the island, the longest surviving prey, Longshot, now becomes the object of the ultimate gamesman ­ Arcade! Part 2 (of 3).

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Jan. 19.


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

"Sorcerer Supreme." Peter Parker has somehow gotten involved in a mystery involving sorcerer Stephen Strange. Will our dazed and deluded hero get to the bottom of this? Part 2 of 2.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Jan. 19.

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Written by Dan Slott, penciled by Ty Templeton, cover by Paul Smith.

It's five all-new old school adventures featuring your favorite web-headed hero and his pal, the walking matchstick! Follow them through the years ­ from high school to present day, from the Negative Zone to the Coffee Bean, from Dorrie Evans to Mary Jane Watson-Parker. It's all here! And first off, see what happens when young Johnny Storm wants some of Spidey's front page exposure... And hires Peter Parker to be HIS personal photographer! This one has doom written all over it ­ Doctor Doom that is!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan.


Written by Sara "Samm" Barnes, penciled by Scot Eaton, cover by Greg Land.

"Sins Remembered" Part 1 of 4. Spinning directly out of the events of "Sins Past" in Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man and Sarah, the daughter of Gwen Stacy and the web-slinger's greatest enemy, embark on a journey of discovery--one that will take them halfway around the world to Paris, and into the sights of a mysterious new enemy.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Jan. 5 and Jan. 19.


Written by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and cover by Mike Deodato.

"Skin Deep." Another pulse-pounding issue of ASM done in the stupendous Straczynski style. Peter must confront a foe who--like himself--was given amazing powers during a science experiment gone awry. But why does this adversary blame Peter for the mishap in the laboratory -- and just how far will he take his quest for vengeance? Part 2 (of 4).

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Jan. 26.


Written by Tom DeFalco, pencils and cover by Ron Frenz.

Venom is back and this time he's targeting Spider-Girlıs closest friends! Plus: Mary Jane makes a startling discovery! Guest-starring: the Human Torch, Lyja, Darkdevil and the Phil Urich Green Goblin!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 5.


Written by Bill Rosemann and Matt Manning, penciled by Mike Perkins and Karl Moline, cover by Damion Scott.

Two more stories of Marvel's favorite web-slinger! First, a chance encounter with the wall-crawler changes the life of a cubicle-dwelling office worker. Then, spend an evening with a criminal who's been caught in Spidey's web.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 5.


Written by Jeevan J. Kang, Suresh Seetharaman, and Sharad Devarajan, pencils and cover by Jeevan J. Kang.

Young Pavitr Prabhakar faces his first super-villain when a friendly neighborhood cricket game is crashed by none other than Doctor Octopus! Once a timid man, now transformed into a multi-handed demon, Doc Ock brandishes an arsenal of supernatural weaponry... and all of it is aimed at India's own Spider-Man.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 19.

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Written by Mark Millar, pencils and cover by Terry Dodson.

"The Last Stand." Now that Spider-Man knows the identity of Aunt Mayıs abductor, whatıs he gonna do about it? Think you know the answer? Guess again. Guest-starring Black Cat. Part 2 (of 4).

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 12.


Written by Richard K. Morgan, art by Goran Parlov and Bill Sienkiewicz, cover by Greg Land.

Armed with the shocking revelations about her Red Room past, Natasha leaves Moscow and heads to the birthplace of the Black Widow program. Has the time finally come for her to meet her maker?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 26.


Written by Daniel Way, penciled by Steve Dillon, cover by Mike Deodato.

There's bad, there's very bad, and then there's Bullseye. The untold story of Daredevil's ultimate nemesis comes to a close in a wild finale! Bullseye's pulled off some big tricks in his day -- scrapes with the Punisher, Daredevil and Elektra, among them -- but his next trick is a doozy.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 19.


Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, penciled by Jim Muniz, cover by Greg Land.

"Eyes Without a Face." The truth about the Puppet-Master's "rehabilitation" finally comes to light, but with Reed, Johnny, and Ben off-planet on an intergalactic mission of mercy, only the villain's stepdaughter Alicia can possibly save Sue from his horrific machinations. But now that her sight's been restored...will Alicia want to? Part 2 of 3.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 12.


Written by Rob Rodi, penciled by Jamie Tolagson, cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.

The waves of vampire attacks grow more frequent and more lethal as Blade and his team of slayers inch their way towards Castle Dracula, where the dark lord is reaching the critical point in his ascension to godhood. Even worse: the team is split by sacrifice, death...and a devastating betrayal.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 5.


Written by Roy Thomas, pencils and cover by Dick Giordano.

Lucy Westenra's death is not as final as it would seem as she stalks the neighborhoods surrounding her tomb. Her fiance Arthur must put an end to her vampiric existence with the help of Van Helsing, Dr. Seward and Quincey Morris before they turn their attentions to ridding the world of the true fiend, Dracula. This issue of the B&W ink wash adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula features all-new artwork. Every 6 weeks another issue will arise.

48 pages, $3.99, in stores on Jan. 19.


Written by David Hine, penciled by Lan Medina, cover by Tom Raney.

"Underground." As the murders and power outages increase in frequency, will Bishop and Ismael be able to stop the citywide panic? Part 3 of 6.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 12.


Written by Peter David, penciled by Pablo Raimondi, cover by David Lloyd.

The searing conclusion as Madrox goes toe-to-toe with Clay, the assassin who killed his dupe. The truth behind Clay's mysterious employer is revealed along with a shocking secret about himself. The bizarre ending of Rahne's investigation of a two-timing mutant!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 19.


Written by Mark Millar, pencils and cover by John Romita Jr.

"Enemy of the State" The frenzy of destruction shows no sign of stopping as a brainwashed Wolverine locks down New York during his deadly mission for Hydra and the Hand. His next target: Daredevil. Part 5 of 6.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Jan. 19.


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

"Golden Age." With Daredevil down for the count, a new hero must rise. Who carries the legacy of the White Tiger? The Eisner award-winning team of Bendis and Maleev continue to tell the story of the original Kingpin. Part 4 of 4.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 19.

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Written by Michael Avon Oeming and Daniel Berman, pencils and cover by Andrea Di Vito.

Beta Ray Bill jumps out of the pages of the now classic Thor series and finds himself the sole survivor of all that was Asgard. Will Beta Ray Bill escape the end of one world only to face his own end?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 12.


Written by Peter David, pencils and cover by Lee Weeks.

"Tempest Fugit" Part 1 of 5. Stalking across the depths of the ocean, dispatching everything from sharks to giant squids, comes the Hulk. As a long-buried episode from Bruce Banner's youth begins to surface with possible ramifications for the future, the Hulk finds himself washed up on a strange island, populated by several hapless victims... and some most unexpected monsters.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 5.


Written by Joe Casey, pencils and cover by Scott Kolins.

The exploration of the Avengers' earliest adventures continues as the team begins to unravel! One member is obsessed with revenge. Another is critically wounded in battle. Still another is on his way out the door! And exactly how is Jarvis laying the groundwork for the future of Marvel's greatest super hero team? All this plus the Avengers' first encounter with Count Nefaria!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Jan. 12 and Jan. 26.


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

Fate has brought them together and now Captain America wants to make it permanent! Who will take his hand and join the new Avengers? And where will they call home? Will they be strong enough to fight the mysterious forces that brought them together? The new Avengers are born! Part 3 of 5.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Jan. 26.


Written by Warren Ellis, pencils and cover by Adi Granov.

"Extremis." A living pestilence has been loosed upon mankind in the form of a biologically enhanced terrorist -- the product of cutting edge technology released from the Pandoraıs box of scientific enquiry. Part 3 of 6.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 26.


Written by Brian Michael Bendis, penciled by Brent Anderson, cover by Mike Mayhew.

"Secret War." Ripped from the pages of Secret War! Luke Cage is missing and Jessica Jones will do whatever she can to find him. But who are the mystery men following her? Part 2 of 5.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 12.


Written by Robert Kirkman, pencils and cover by Scott Kolins.

Tony Stark is on a mission that must succeed no matter what the cost. The stakes are high and failure is not an option. There's one big problem -- The Incredible Hulk stands in his way.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Jan. 5.


Written by Christopher Priest, pencils and cover by Joe Bennett.

"Brothers & Keepers (Adelphoite Phylaxes)." Cap tracks MODOK to his secret lair but discovers the unexpected: MODOK doesnıt know him! Timeıs running out! Whatıs happened to MODOK and, ethically, should Cap do anything about it? Meanwhile, the Falcon has gone AWOL in mid-mission, leaving Cap and the Anti-Cap to settle the score once and for all. Part 4 of 5.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 5.


Written by Fabian Nicieza, pencils and cover by Tom Grummett.

"Enemy of the State" Crossover with Wolverine.Wolverine scours New York City in search of Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker! Is this related to the dynamic debut of the new Sw­ ... wait, thatıs a secret! Hereıs what we can tell you. The New Thunderbolts are caught in the middle of a HYDRA civil war and one of them is trying to hide complicity in a murder. Another is trying to see Joystick naked. And all of them are keeping their distance from the team's newest member ­ Radioactive Man! I mean, dude, if the skirt and glowing green skin weren't a bit of a scare, the name sure is...

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 12.


Written by Ed Brubaker, pencils and cover by Steve Epting.

The dynamic new creative team of Brubaker and Epting keeps the intensity high! Pursuing the Red Skull's mysterious trail brings Cap and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Sharon Carter into a brutal crossfire between warring factions of A.I.M. What does one of these groups have to do with the Skull's evil plans? And, is it just their imagination, or are Sharon and Cap being followed?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 26.


Written by Mark Waid, pencils and cover by Mike Wieringo.

"Galactus." The re-introduction of a fan-favorite Marvel Universe hero into the battle may have caused more problems than it solved, because not even he can save the Fantastic Three from the cosmic might of Galactus's new herald­Johnny Storm, the Invisible Man. Part 3 of 4.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 26.


Written by Allan Jacobsen, penciled by Jorge Lucas, cover by C. P. Smith.

"Oil & Water," part 1 of 3. Enemy Of The State tie-inn as Wolverine guest stars. The New Invaders versus HYDRA! Namor versus Wolverine! And a nation hangs in the balance.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 19.


Written by Robert Kirkman, penciled by Cliff Rathburn, cover by Jim Cheung.

The villains take center stage as the foes of the Fantastic Four step into the forefront. After years of continued defeat at the hands of the FF, why would a person continue to attempt something he has learned to be impossible? Get inside the heads of all your favorite FF Foes as we watch their capers from start to finish from their perspective, their point of view, and at last learn... What were these guys thinking? This issue: Puppet Master and The Mad Thinker.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 5.


Written by Dan Slott, penciled by Paul Pelletier, cover by Mike Mayhew.

"Balance of Power" Mayhem! Destruction! Panic in the streets! All of Manhattan is in peril as two amazons of unparalleled power duke it out in the streets! It's Titania vs. the She-Hulk in their biggest grudge match ever! And even if Jennifer can make it out in one piece­ will she be strong enough to deal with the secret that Reed Richards has been keeping from her all these years? Special guest star Doc Samson drops by to help with some gamma-powered emotional baggage. Part 2 of 3.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 12.


Written by Akira Yoshida, penciled by Greg Tocchini, cover by Jo Chen.

"Worthy" -- series finale! Trapped in the clutches of Hela, Thor must challenge the Goddess of Death herself to spare the life of Lady Sif. After all he has been through, will his much-fabled enchanted hammer Mjolnir be of any help? Has he finally proven himself worthy only to die a failure in the underworld?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 12.


Written by Jeff Christiansen, Ronald Byrd, Jonathan Couper-Smartt, Anthony Flamini, Michael Hoskin, Bill Lentz, Sean Mcquaid, Eric J. Morels, Mark O'English and Stuart Vandal, cover by Greg Land.

Marvelıs leading ladies take center stage. This Official Handbook includes in-depth bios on more than 40 of the House's most powerful women warriors -- from Araña to Vindicator! Plus: an all-new cover by superstar artist Greg Land.

48 pages, $3.99, in stores on Jan. 26.



Written by Mike Raicht, penciled by Valentine De Landro, cover by Roger Cruz.

"The Coming of the Scorpion." Witness the origin of the Scorpion! Will Spidey's webs be able to combat the Scorpion's sting? And if that's not enough to worry about, someone's following Peter Parker around town. Has his secret identity been discovered? Will the world find out that Peter Parker is truly Spider-Man? The tension is so high even Spidey might not be able to crack a joke!

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Jan. 5.


Written by Mike Raicht, penciled by Valentine De Landro, cover by Roger Cruz.

"Where Flies the Beetle...!" Spider-Man and the Human Torch together again! Er... sort of. The Webbed Wonder and the Fantastic Four's youngest member compete for the attention of a girl? Is that what super heroes do on days off? If it is, their day is about to take a turn for the worse as the Beetle comes to town with revenge on his mind. Will these two teen heroes be able to put their differences aside and save the girl before it's too late? Nothing says first date like a super-hero showdown.

32 pagpes, $2.25, in stores on Jan. 19.


Written by Robert Kirkman, penciled by Derec Donovan, cover by Casey Jones.

Payton-Noble Highıs Class-"A" hunk, Dale Spangler, has ditched Jubilee for the school dance, but when the going gets tough, the tough go to the mall! But it's not all sunshine and pretzel stands at the mall. Shane Shooter, the local mutant headbreaker with the hots for Jubilee, shows up.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 5.


Written by Marc Sumerak, pencils by Joseph Dodd, cover by Randy Green.

"Here is: The Impossible Man!" From the Mole Man to the Puppet Master, the Fantastic Four have faced off against some of the strangest villains of all time...but nothing could prepare them for their most bizarre adversary ever: The Impossible Man! It's an out-of-this-world adventure in this modern-day retelling of a Lee & Kirby classic!

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Jan. 5.


Written by Marc Sumerak, pencils by Joseph Dodd, cover by Randy Green.

"The Fantastic Four Meet the Incredible Hulk!" Titans clash as the Fantastic Four encounter Marvel Age's mightiest monster, the Hulk! But will the combined might of the FF be enough to stop his rampage? Plus, it's the green goliath versus the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing in a battle that's certain to go down in history...again!

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Jan. 19.

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Written by Greg Pak, pencils and cover by Greg Land.

The mysterious and powerful Phoenix Force is life incarnate, and yet it consumes whole worlds in a moment. Its long history with the X-Men is fraught with tragedy...especially concerning one of the most beloved of their number, Jean Grey. What will happen when the Phoenix returns to Earth in search of the one mortal who could ever contain its power...only to find her dead?

32 pages, in stores on Jan. 5 and Jan. 26.


Written by Chris Claremont, penciled by Andy Park, cover by Paul Smith.

"Chasing Hellfire" conclusion. The X-Men come face-to-face with the newly assembled Lords Cardinal of the sinister Hellfire Club! The Lords have just crowned a new Black King...and you'll never guess who it is!

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Jan. 5.

X-MEN #166

Written by Peter Milligan, pencils and cover by Salvador Larroca

"Golgotha" Part 1 of 5. A great big Marvel welcome to new writer Peter Milligan.The X-Men travel to Antarctica to respond to an S.O.S. from a colony of mutants...and what they find is far more shocking than they expected. Will the X-Men share the colony's gruesome fate?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Jan. 19.


Written by Chris Claremont, pencils and cover by Aaron Lopresti.

"Saturday Night Fever" Magneto has returned to Genosha, and heıs got someone with himŠsomeone who promises to shake things up for Professor X and his ragtag team! (There is something huge brewing here, hot on the heels of "Avengers Disassembled"). Part 2 of 3.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 26.


Written by Joss Whedon, pencils and cover by John Cassaday.

"Dangerous." Things heat up in a way none of the X-Men ever dreamed...will teamwork save the day when they can't even depend on themselves? Part 4 (of 6).

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 26.


Written by Tony Bedard, penciled by Karl Moline, cover by Scot Eaton.

New creative team Tony Bedard and Karl Moline are taking the Southern Belle in a bold new direction! Rogue may be a hero now, but once upon a time she wasn't so sweet...and that criminal past may just come back to haunt her! A traumatic encounter will leave her drastically changed...permanently!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 19.


Written by Akira Yoshida, pencils and cover by Pat Lee.

The X-Men and the Fantastic Four have gone into space, and found some very scary stuff. But the real threat to their mission might just be among themselves. Part 2 of 5..

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Jan. 5.


Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, penciled by Darick Robertson, cover by Greg Land.

"Ghosts On The Rails" Part 1 of 2.Nightcrawler spends some quality time in his natural habitat -- the dark. Before you can smell "Bamf," this spooky adventure takes our blue furry friend into the bowels of the New York subway.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan.


Written by Christina Weir, penciled by Michael Ryan, cover by Randy Green.

"Haunted" conclusion. There's something haunting the Xavier Institute, and it's not happy. Can the New Mutants find a way to bring peace to this tortured being before they become the tortured?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 19.


Written by Scott Lobdell, pencils and cover by Clayton Henry.

"Days Of Future Present, Past Participle" The time-spanning epic continues! Find out what would have happened if the original Alpha Flight had become American heroes! Weıll give you a hint; it rhymes with duclear folocaust! Part 3 of 4.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 5.


Written by Sean McKeever, penciled by Manuel Garcia, cover by Mike Mayhew.

"Quiet." Choosing to take on Professor Xavier may not have been a wise choice for Mystique...especially since the X-Men are now coming after her with all chambers loaded. Part 4 of 5.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 26.


Written by John Layman, penciled by Georges Jeanty, cover by Greg Land.

"House of Cards" conclusion. A heist gone horribly wrong has resulted in the death of someone close to Gambit, and the Ragin' Cajun is out for payback. But things could get ugly since one of the key players in this heist-gone-bad has quite literally made a deal with the Devil.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 12.


Written by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, pencils and cover by Liefeld.

Cable and X-Force engage in deadly combat with the horror that is The Skornn. Who will make the final sacrifice in order to defeat the terrible mutant threat? Will X-Force survive? Donıt miss this stunning conclusion! Guest-starring The Fantastic Four and The Imperial Guard! Part 6 of 6.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 19.


Written by Fabian Nicieza Pencils and cover by Patrick Zircher

"Thirty Pieces" Part 1 (of 2) The traumatic, tragic and tantric events of "The Burnt-Offering" have left Cable... well, "regurgitated" comes close to summing it up -- now Deadpool has to save the day! Even if it means confronting his fear of very BIG-headed villains! And the challenge of finding someone who can fix technology from thousands of years in the future. Someone who fixes things. Mmm... who is the best fixer in the Marvel Universe? If that guest-star isn't much of a surprise, we guarantee Deadpool fans will drool when we reveal the BIG head... er.... uhŠ villain trying to stop him!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 19.


Written by Tony Bedard, pencils and cover by Mizuki Sakakibara.

Sasquatchıs body has been possessed by the evil Tanaraq, whose only goal is to return to his own reality and claim that world for his own. Can Blink and her teammates find a way to rescue Sasquatch from the Beast who took her place, or is it already too late? Stand-alone issue!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan.



Written by Sara "Samm" Barnes, penciled by Travel Foreman, cover by Dale Keown.

As Joe Ledger fights against the alien crystal for control of his memories and his humanity, the stage is set for an ultimate confrontation! Straight from the pages of Supreme Power, the story of Doctor Spectrum continues to unfold!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 12.


Written by Garth Ennis, penciled by Dougie Braithwaite, cover by Tim Bradstreet.

"Mother Russia." Searching for a deadly retrovirus whose sale on the black market could bring the world to its knees, Frank Castle penetrates a Russian nuclear silo...and comes face-to-face with the Mongolian! Part 4 (of 6).

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 12.

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Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art and cover by Michael Avon Oeming.

A dead vigilante who ends up being the wrong guy in the right costume. Then a dead super-villian who ends up being the right guy in the wrong costume. A power crystal gone missing. And every clue opens another mystery.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Jan. 12.

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Written by Karl Zinsmeister, penciled by Dan Jurgens, cover by Esad Ribic.

Combat comics are taken to a whole new level! Three months in the lives of the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq are chronicled in this groundbreaking series by long-time embedded journalist Karl Zinsmeister ("Boots on the Ground: A Month with the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq") and penciler Dan Jurgens. In chapter one, "Paratroopers Over The Border," American paratroopers in northern Kuwait must contend with choking sandstorms, high-adrenaline training, and the hair-trigger tension that dominates the tense run-up to war in Iraq. War arrives in deadly fashion on their doorstep -- in the shape of ballistic missiles. To survive, they must rely on the skills of men whom they've never met, but whose fates are inexorably linked to their own. In chapter two, "Hair Trigger in the Desert," spend a tense night with Cavalry troopers assigned to guard a secret command post just outside an Iraqi city they have been ordered to liberate.

32 pages, $2.99.

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