Friday, October 22, 2004
MARVEL TRADE PAPERBACKS FOR JANUARY
Following are Marvel Comics' trade paperbacks for January, with information coming from the publisher.
MARVEL AGE DIGESTS
MARVEL AGE SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP VOL. 1: A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS DIGEST
Written by Todd Dezago, penciled by Michael O'Hare, Lou Kang, Jonboy Meyers and Ron Lim, cover by Randy Green.
Some super-villains are too tough for even Spider-Man to handle alone! But with friends like the Fantastic Four, first family of super heroes; Captain America, star-spangled Sentinel of Liberty; Kitty Pryde of the X-Men; and the Mighty Thor, Norse God of Thunder, everybody's favorite wall-crawler knows he can count on plenty of help to beat the bad guys! Collects Marvel Age Spider-Man Team-Up #1-4.
96 pages, $5.99.
MARVEL AGE HULK VOL. 1: INCREDIBLE DIGEST
Written by Mike Raicht, penciled by Alex Sanchez, Patrick Scherberger and Ryan Odagawa, cover by Shane Davis.
The Green Goliath smashes his way into the Marvel Age! Don't make him angry -- you wouldn't like him when he's angry. When Bruce Banner loses control, he becomes a VERY different man -- the unstoppable creature men call the Hulk! He may in fact be the strongest one there is! Follow Bruce as he travels across America and the Hulk takes on dangerous enemies -- including mutated insects, angry aliens and one of his greatest foes: the Abomination! Bear witness to never-before-told Hulk adventures in the thrilling Marvel Age manner! As the newest hero of the Marvel Age, this Hulk is sure to be a smash! Collects Marvel Age Hulk #1-4.
96 pages, $5.99.
Written by Karl Bollers, pencils by Carlo Pagulayan, cover by Greg Horn.
Explore the younger days of the X-Men's most controversial member, collected in a convenient digest size! Finally free from her overbearing father, Emma Frost is on her own for the very first time. She's found lovebut she's also found trouble, as her new boyfriend is in deep with the Boston mob! As Emma learns more "creative" ways of using her newfound telepathic abilities, will it be enough to help her escape the grasp of the criminal underworld? Collects Emma Frost #7-12.
144 pages, $7.99.
Written by Fiona Avery, pencils by Mark Brooks and Roger Cruz, cover by Mark Brooks.
She's fierce, she's sassy... she sticks to walls! This is where it all begins: Meet an all-new, all-different heroine! Fiona Avery and Mark Brooks launch a surprising series of teen-friendly adventures set in the current Marvel Universe! Sugar and spice and everything nice -- that's what this little girl is totally NOT made of! Collects Amazing Fantasy #1-6.
144 pages, $7.99.
Written by Akira Yoshida, penciled by Christian Gossett, cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.
The Hand -- few names have ever instilled such terror in the very soul of the Marvel Universe. Elektra witnesses a mystic ceremony that leads her to the never-before-revealed origin of the Hand, the world's most deadly assassins! In feudal Japan, a single murder fuels one young samurai's struggle for dominance -- a struggle that will lead to the inception of this immortal ninja clan. And when a foreign merchant sends his beautiful daughter to learn the ways of the warrior, a cycle is set in motion that will change the Marvel Universe... forever. Collects Elektra: The Hand #1-5.
120 pages, $13.95.
ELEKTRA MOVIE TPB
Written by Sean McKeever, Frank Miller and Peter Milligan, pencils by Mike Perkins, Frank Miller and Mike Deodato Jr., photo cover of Jennifer Garner.
The comic adaptation of the blockbuster motion picture starring Jennifer Garner, this collection captures all the cinematic excitement of the new hit movie -- plus a selection of the classic Daredevil and Elektra stories that inspired the film! The world's most dangerous assassin, Elektra remains a mystery, a shadow -- until she chooses to reveal herself. Collects the Elektra movie adaptation, Elektra's first appearance from Daredevil #168, her death at the hands of Bullseye from Daredevil #181 and a special flashback from Elektra Minus 1.
136 pages, $13.99.
Written by Mike Carey, pencils and cover by Salvador Larroca.
Award-winning writer Mike Carey and original ultimate daredevil & Elektra artist Salvador Larroca team up for the blockbuster follow-up to the smash first series! Matt Murdock -- desperate to see Elektra Natchios again -- makes an attempt to contact this mysterious young woman, putting himself squarely in the crosshairs of the biggest crime boss in New York City: Ultimate Kingpin! Wilson Fisk enters the life of Elektra as well, along with a mystery killer who's right on target! Can the young warrior face this deadly assassin alone? Matt doesn't think so. Sparks are sure to fly when comics' hottest couple is reunited! Collects Ultimate Elektra #1-5.
120 pages, $11.99.
Written by Chris Claremont, pencils by John Byrne, John Romita Jr. & John Buscema, cover by John Byrne.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary and presented here for the first time in full-archival color, including pages straight from the Byrne/Austin originals, the Dark Phoenix Saga.
Gathered together by Professor Charles Xavier to protect a world that fears and hates them, the X-Men had fought many battles, been on adventures that spanned galaxies, grappled enemies of limitless might, but none of this could prepare them for the most shocking struggle they would ever face. One of their own members, Jean Grey, has gained power beyond all comprehension, and that power has corrupted her absolutely!
Now they must decide if the life of the woman they cherish is worth the existence of the entire universe!
Collecting X-Men #132-140, Annual #4 with special bonus features including the original X-Men #137 story where Jean Grey lived "Phoenix: The Untold Story" and the Claremont/Buscema Phoenix classic from Bizarre Adventures #27. And if that wasnıt enough, brace yourself for a brouhaha with Wendigo and the seminal story of that furry blue elf Nightcrawler in "Nightcrawler's Inferno."
304 pages, $49.99.
Written by Stan Lee, penciled by Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby John Romita Sr. and more.
In celebration of its 65th anniversary, the House of Ideas proudly presents a timeless testament to another true Marvel visionary! In 1961, writer Stan Lee penned Fantastic Four #1, an historic issue unlike any comic book that had come before. This super-hero team had true personalities -- they doubted their own abilities, battled problems of money and illness, and even fought among themselves. The monumental popularity of this realistic comic-book style inspired Lee to create similarly themed titles -- including Hulk, X-Men and Avengers with artist Jack Kirby; and Amazing Spider-Man with artist Steve Ditko. By 1965, Lee had successfully established Marvel Comics as a cohesive universe populated by world-famous comic-book characters. Now, this deluxe keepsake edition collects his greatest moments some never before reprinted:
* "Captain America Foils the Traitor's Revenge," Captain America Comics #3, Stan's first story, a two-page text piece!
* "The Red Skull's Deadly Revenge," Captain America Comics #16, the defining Golden Age Red Skull story!
* "The Raving Madman," Suspense #29, Stan's satire on Frederick Wertham and the comics witch-hunts of the '50s!
* "Where Walks the Ghost," Amazing Adult Fantasy #11, a short, twist-ending story by Lee and Ditko!
Plus: "Spider-Man," Amazing Fantasy #15; "A Visit With the Fantastic Four," Fantastic Four #11; "How Stan and Steve Create Spider-Man," Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1; "In Mortal Combat with Sub-Mariner," Daredevil #7; "Bedlam in the Baxter Building," Fantastic Four Annual #3; "And Who Shall Mourn for Him?" Silver Surfer #5; "Brother, Take My Hand," Daredevil #47; "And Now, The Goblin," "In the Grip of the Goblin," "The Goblin's Last Stand," Amazing Spider-Man #96-98; "No More the Thunder God," "When Gods Go Mad," "One God Must Fall," THOR #179-181; "While the World Spins Mad," Marvel Premiere #3; and "The Cycle of Life," Spectacular Spider-Man Super-Special 1995!
336 pages, $29.99.
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils and cover by David Finch
It begins with the return of a team member thought dead -- and by the time it's over, everything you know about the Avengers will have changed! It's the worst day in team history, as Earthıs Mightiest Heroes try to deal with the shocking tragedy around them. Who is behind this, and why? Will it tear the team apart? Who will fall at the hands of the Avengers' greatest enemy? Guest-starring every Avenger...ever! Collects Avengers #500-503 and the Avengers Finale.
192 pages, $17.99.
Written by Mark Millar Pencils by Terry Dodson & Frank Cho Cover by Terry Dodson
As Spider-Man continues to search for Aunt May, things go from bad to worse for the wall-crawler! Everyone's favorite symbiote, Venom, is back -- as only Millar and Dodson could envision him. Hold on to your spit, there's a beatdown coming for at least one guy with a spider on his chest! Featuring Black Cat, Venom, Doctor Octopus and the X-Men! Collects Marvel Knights Spider-Man #5-8.
96 pages, $9.99.
Written by J. Michael Straczynski Pencils and cover by Mike Deodato Jr.
Holy! Looks like...! It canıt be...is it? A stunning new evil emerges to stalk Peter Parker as the biggest Spider-Man event in years rocks the wall-crawlerıs world! The worst defeat that Peter Parker ever endured a moment frozen in the minds of Spider-Man fans everywhere was supposed to be far in his past. But now, two villains -- ripped, perhaps, directly from that very moment -- have emerged and they threaten to destroy everything that he holds dear! Collects Amazing Spider-Man #509-514.
144 pages, $12.99.
Written by David Hine Pencils by David Yardin & Lan Medina Cover by Steve McNiven
Welcome to Mutant Town, the dark corner of New York City where the long arm of the law has been severed clean. Here, the mutant population doesn't sport GQ-style or champagne dreams. They eke out each day in squalid tenement rows and filthy streets where only one man and one law can be trusted: the X-Man Bishop. Collects District X #1-6.
144 pages, $14.99.
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, penciled by Jim Muniz, cover by Steve McNiven.
While New York freezes in the icy grip of winter, an old foe resurfaces with a grudge: Namor! And the crown prince is demanding Sue make good on an old promise -- even if it's over Reed's dead body. Meanwhile, closer to home, Johnny may be the only person who can help a Washington Heights woman find her missing son. Plus: Something very, very strange is happening to New York's First Family of Super Heroes. Their deepest fears and doubts are spreading from their dreams -- their unconscious minds -- to the waking world. Whatıs real and whatıs not? The FF's old villain Psycho-Man may hold the key, but he's...dying? Collects Marvel Knights 4 #8-12.
120 pages, $13.99.
Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Karl Moline, Kyle Hotz, Cliff Rathburn, Pop Mhan and Khary Randolph, cover by Pat Lee.
Marvel Knights -- founded in 1999 -- has been a symbol of cutting-edge quality not just for Marvel, but also for the entire industry. Now, on the fifth anniversary of this imprint, Marvel is shooting 100 years from the start date for a special event -- Marvel Knights 2099. The five stories contained in this volume are set in a familiar time for longtime Marvel fans, but will turn the future upside down, just as Knights did for classic characters during the past five years. Collects Marvel Knights 2099: Daredevil #1, Marvel Knights 2099: Black Panther #1, Marvel Knights 2099: Inhumans #1, Marvel Knights 2099: Punisher #1 and Marvel Knights 2099: Mutant #1.
120 pages, $13.99.
Written by Matt Cherniss & Peter Johnson, penciled by Michael Gaydos, cover by Alex Maleev.
What makes a hero? Is it his actions, or is it the results of those actions? Powerless explores what it means to be a hero in very human terms. By re-imagining Marvel's most popular characters without superhuman powers, this story strips down to the core heroes we have all come to know and love. These characters -- including Peter Parker, Matt Murdock and Logan -- were fated to be heroes. Just because Peter Parker wasnıt bitten by a radioactive spider doesn't mean he didn't do battle with a madman named Norman Osborn. Matt Murdock? Blinded, yes -- but with no heightened senses. However, he did become a legal champion of the poor in Hell's Kitchen, and he did cross paths with Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin. And Logan is, of course, the enigmatic -- and amnesiac -- drifter on the run from his past. Collects Powerless #1-6. 144 pages, $14.99.
Written by Rob Rodi, art and cover by Esad Ribic.
There are two sides to every story. You've heard Thor's -- now it's time to hear Loki's. Odin's least favorite son rewrites Asgardian lore from his perspective in this groundbreaking collection, featuring the breathtaking painted artwork of Esad Ribic. In this story, Lokiıs insatiable lust for power, his conflicted sentiments toward Sif, his antipathy toward Balder, and his deep-seated feelings of longing and resentment toward his older brother, Thor, and uncaring father, Odin, will take on new meaning. And if that's not enough, just stare at the lush painted art by Ribic -- you won't be disappointed! Collects Loki #1-4.
104 pages, $17.99.
Written by Gerry Conway, Archie Goodwin, Jim Shooter, Bill Mantlo, Chris Claremont & Elliot S. Maggin, penciled by Sal Buscema and Jim Mooney, cover by John Romita Sr.
In 1976, backed by popular demand, Marvel launched Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man -- an all-new action series starring your friendly neighborhood wall-crawler! In these inaugural issues, never before reprinted in one volume, Spidey faces some of his most fearsome foes -- including Tarantula, Kraven, Lightmaster, Vulture, Hitman, Morbius, Brother Power, Hate Monger, Beetle and the Enforcers! Guest-starring the Fantastic Four, Inhumans and Champions! Collects Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #1-31.
568 pages, 16.99.
Written by Peter David, pencils and cover by Todd McFarlane.
Peter David's 100-plus-issue run on Incredible Hulk remains one of the character's most popular periods. Now, see how it all began in David's first string of Hulk stories as the gray-skinned goliath -- or is that the sardonic strongman? -- leaps into action against horrors from the grave, the stars and the house next door! Featuring the revitalization of one of the Hulk's longtime foes, the Leader! Guest-starring the original X-Men! Collects Incredible Hulk #331-339.
224 pages, $19.99.
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