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Monday, April 18, 2005

MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR JULY

Following are Marvel Comics' graphic novel solicitations for July, with information coming from the company.

MARVEL VISIONARIES: JOHN ROMITA SR. HC

Written by Stan Lee, Tom DeFalco, Roy Thomas and Roger Stern, pencils and cover by John Romita Sr.

Jazzy John and Marvel's Mightiest together in stories that made them both famous! The coming of the communist-hunting Captain America! Peter Parker's parents in perilous predicaments! The first of the final face-offs between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin! The debut of the Devil's Daughter! Also featuring the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Nick Fury, Wolverine, the Kingpin and more! Includes rarely seen horror tales from the pre-Marvel era! Collects Strange Tales #4; Menace #11; Young Men #24, 26; Tales To Astonish #77; Tales Of Suspense #77; Daredevil #16 And 17; Amazing Spider-Man #39, #40, #42, #50, #108, #109 and #365; Fantastic Four #105 and 106; Captain America And The Falcon #138; Vampire Tales #2; and Untold Tales Of Spider-Man Minus 1.

336 pages, $29.99, in stores on July 27.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE X-MEN VOL. 5

Written by Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, Arnold Drake and Jerry Siegel penciled by Jim Steranko, Barry Smith, Don Heck, John Buscema, Werner Roth and George Tuska cover by Jim Steranko.

Buckle down your mortarboards, students of Marvel's merry mutants, 'cause we've got a summer crash course in X-Men classics coming your way. Lesson #1: It ain't easy being an X-Man. No sooner has their mentor, Professor X, died than who shows up but Magneto and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants! Only a study in teamwork with Earth's Mightiest Heroes can help our grieving heroes make the grade. Lesson #2: Think twice before inviting family over. A friendly house call from the Juggernaut or Polaris, the daughter of Magneto himself, isn't the summertime bliss the brochure may have described. Lesson #3: Battling a bevy of baddies including Mesmero, Blastaar, the Red Raven, Warlock and Computo may cause cramps. Be sure to stretch before jumping into this pool. And for extra credit you can pull an all-nighter with the origins of Iceman and Beast, along with a rare solo story featuring the Angel. Consult guest instructors Jim Steranko, Barry Smith and John Buscema this July or risk failure at the end of the term. Dismissed! Collecting X-Men (Vol. 1) #43-53, Avengers (Vol. 1) #53 and selections from Ka-Zar #2, 3 and Marvel Tales #30.

304 pages, $49.99, in stores on July 13.

NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1: OUT OF TIME

Written by Ed Brubaker, penciled by Steve Epting with Michael Lark, cover by Epting.

Cap is awakened in the dead of the night by agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., who need the kind of help only he can provide. But the corpse he finds on the Heli-carrier brings him face-to-face with the unthinkable, and opens doors to terror and manipulation he never dreamed possible! It's a new beginning as four-time Eisner-nominated Best Writer Ed Brubaker makes his Marvel debut, joined by white-hot artist Steve Epting! As the new regular creative team, they will take Cap's life in directions fans will never see coming! Collects Captain America #1-7.

176 pages, $21.99. in stores on July 13.

NEW AVENGERS VOL. 1: BREAKOUT

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

In the wake of the systematic destruction of the original Avengers, just what sort of threat to the world could persuade Captain America to assemble an all-new team? And following the events of Avengers Disassembled, who could possibly be on this team? How does Cap, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Wolverine sound? 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 will they be strong enough to fight the mysterious forces at play around them? Collects New Avengers #1-6.

160 pages, $19.99, in stores on July 20.

AVENGERS WEST COAST: VISION QUEST TPB

Written, pencils and cover by John Byrne.

See how one of comicdom's most recognizable talents remade the West Coast Avengers: The readjustment of the Vision! Ancient secrets of humanity revealed! The Scarlet Witch's first step into the descent of madness that disassembled the Avengers! Introducing the Great Lakes Avengers and featuring the triumphant return of one of Marvel's hottest golden age greats! Battles, betrayals and the bizarre as only Byrne could bring you! Collects Avengers West Coast #42-50.

216 pages, $24.99, in stores on July 27.

THE PULSE VOL. 2: SECRET WAR TPB

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

Jessica Jones and Luke Cage's lives have been destroyed by the events of the Secret War, so what is Jessica going to do about it? Fans of Secret War -- feel The Pulse as it pounds out more gritty intrigue even as it welcomes a new artist: award-winning comics superstar Brent Anderson! Guest-starring: Captain America, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Nick Fury and more! Collects The Pulse #6-9.

129 pages, $11.99, in stores on July 20.

EXILES VOL. 10: AGE OF APOCALYPSE TPB

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

Welcome home, Blink and Sabretooth! In an X-Men: Age of Apocalpyse tie-in, the Exiles return to the AoA with the unlikeliest new teammate: Apocalype's homicidal son, Holocaust! Their new assignment: kill the X-Men!? Can they stop fighting among themselves long enough to complete their mission? Plus: Just what was Blink up to during her absence from the Exiles those many months ago? Collects Exiles #59-61, plus the Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe: Age of Apocalypse 2005.

128 pages, $12.99, in stores on July 27.

X-MEN: THE NEW AGE OF APOCALYPSE TPB

Written by Akira Yoshida With Scott Lobdell, Tony Bedard and Larry Hama penciled by Chris Bachalo With Adam Kubert, Andy Kubert, Tony Daniel, Mark Brooks, Paco Medina, Talent Caldwell, Roger Cruz and Kia Asamiya cover by Chris Bachalo,

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of the biggest X-Men events ever! Now that Apocalypse has been destroyed and the end of the world has been averted, what could possibly pose a threat to Magneto and his X-Men? Well, perhaps Sinister and whatever massive force he has just unleashed is enough to rile the X-Men and cause them to seek out a since retired Weapon X! Plus: Revisit the AoA world with four original tales featuring characters you know and love: the origin of Generation Next, the first meeting of Sabretooth and Wild Child, Weapon X's first run-in with Mariko Yashida in Japan, and the story of how the AoA world survived the nuclear holocaust that threatened it! Collects X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #1-6 and the X-Men: Age of Apocalypse one-shot.

200 pages, $20.99, in stores on July 6.

HOUSE OF M: EXCALIBUR-PRELUDE TPB

Written by Chris Claremont, pencils and cover by Aaron Lopresti. Callisto answers a cry for help from Warren Worthington, a.k.a. Archangel! But Callisto and Warren have some pretty unpleasant history between them...can they overcome their differences long enough to survive? Meanwhile, Professor X and Magneto struggle to help their disturbed guest on Genosha. Collects Excalibur #11-14.

96 pages, $11.99, in stores on July 27.

X-MEN: GOLGOTHA TPB

Written by Peter Milligan, pencils and cover by Salvador Larroca,

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? Collects X-Men #166-170.

120 pages, $12.99, in stores on July 13.

X-FORCE: SHATTERSTAR TPB

Written by Rob Liefeld and Brandon Thomas, penciled by Marat Mychaels, cover by Rob Liefeld.

In the aftermath of the events of Cable and X-Force Vol. 1: The Legend Returns, Shatterstar finds himself fighting for his life on the island of Madripoor. How does he come into possession of the Five Fingers of Annihilation, and who else sought to control its terrible power? Featuring Spiral from the pages of Longshot and X-Men. Collects X-Force: Shatterstar #1-3, plus Shatterstar's classic first appearance in New Mutants #99-100.

144 pages, $15.99, in stores on July 20.

COMBAT ZONE: TRUE TALES OF GI'S IN IRAQ TPB

Written by Karl Zinsmeister, pencils by Dan Jurgens,cover by Esad Ribic. Longtime embedded journalist Karl Zinsmeister ("Boots on the Ground: A Month with the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq") and penciler Dan Jurgens chronicle three months in the lives of the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq in this groundbreaking series.

120 pages, $19.99, in stores on July 6.

DOCTOR SPECTRUM: FULL SPECTRUM TPB

Written by Samm Barnes, penciled by Travel Foreman, cover by Dale Keown and Richard Isanove.

Spinning out of Supreme Power, Samm Barnes and Travel Foreman bring to light the secret of Corporal Joe Ledger's dark past, and the plans the crystal has for him! Collects Doctor Spectrum #1-6.

144 pages, $16.99, in stores on July 20.

ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL. 11: THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME TPB

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, pencils and cover by Stuart Immonen.

It's the ultimate reality show as mutants convicted of capital crimes are released on an island where contestants hunt them down. Longshot has survived longest, and the X-Men are sent to rescue him until they become part of the game themselves! With one of their teammates a captive on the island of Krakoa, the malevolent media mogul called Mojo demands the X-Men return Longshot to his headquarters or Angel will soon have a harp to go with his wings! Meanwhile, does Longshot have a "Dazzling" not-so-secret admirer? Collects Ultimate X-Men #54-57.

96 pages, $9.99, in stores on July 13.

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL. 13: HOBGOBLIN TPB

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

It's the terrifying debut of the Ultimate Hobgoblin as Harry Osborn returns to Midtown High harboring a dark secret that will affect the lives of all those around him -- especially his best friend, Peter Parker. And where does Harry's father -- Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin -- fit into all this? Collects Ultimate Spider-Man #72-78.

168 pages, $15.99, in stores on July 27.

THE THING: FREAKSHOW TPB

Written by Geoff Johns, pencils and cover by Scott Kolins.

Ben Grimm has bad luck. He never got the grades, he never got the girl and Cosmic Rays shoved the ugly stick down his throat. But where did this stroke of bad luck come from? Is it all in his head? Or has karma caught up with Aunt Petunia's nephew? And what does it all have to do with a carnival attended by the FF's strongman during his youth? Take a look behind Ben's bathroom door, find out just what's underneath those rocks of his and rediscover why the Thing is the coolest -- and grumpiest -- super hero on Earth! Collects The Thing: Freakshow #1-4.Also featuring the Thing and She-Hulk: The Long Night one-shot -- written by Todd Dezago, and illustrated Bryan Hitch and Ivan Reis!

144 pages, $17.99, in stores on July 6.

MARVEL KNIGHTS 4 VOL. 3: DIVINE TIME TPB

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

In New York, it's springtime and business as usual for the FF, as they celebrate Franklin's team making it to the Little League playoffs. But around the globe, the very fabric of time is unraveling. Minutes are vanishing from days, and objects from the past are materializing in the present. When these chronal anomalies start multiplying like a virus, Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny decide to slip into the timestream to investigate. For seasoned adventurers like the FF, it should be a walk in the park, right? Guess again. Plus: It's good news all around and not just for the FF, who have reclaimed their status as New York's premier super-hero team, but for their friend and ally, Alicia Masters. After a lifetime of darkness, the blind sculptress's eyesight has been restored by her father, Philip Masters the seemingly reformed villain Puppet Master but at what cost? Either all is as it seems...or darker forces are at work. Collects Marvel Knights 4 #13-18.

144 pages, $14.99, in stores on July 13.

FANTASTIC FOUR: UNSTABLE MOLECULES TPB

Written by James Sturm, penciled by Guy Davis, cover by Craig Thompson.

The Eisner Award-winning collection is in print! In 1961, the first issue of Fantastic Four was drawn and written by the brilliant team of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, and set a new standard for heroic adventure comics. Few people realize that the Fantastic Four -- a family of sci-fi adventurers gifted with amazing powers -- was actually based on the lives of real people. As often is the case, real life was as astonishing as fiction. Unstable Molecules is a biography that revisits the Fantastic Four's beginnings with a historian's eye. Collects the critically acclaimed four-issue limited series!

128 pages, $13.99, in stores on July 20.

ESSENTIAL KILLRAVEN VOL. 1 TPB

Written by Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, Gerry Conway, Marv Wolfman, Don McGregor, Bill Mantlo, Keith Giffen and Joseph Michael Linsner, penciled by Neal Adams, Howard Chaykin, Herb Trimpe, Rich Buckler, Gene Colan, Craig Russell, Keith Giffen, Sal Buscema and Joseph Michael Linsner, cover by John Romita Sr.

Remember the Martian invasion of 2001? No? Not to worry, some of Marvel's top talents have preserved it for you! Relive the sequel to H.G. Wells's masterpiece as a sword-wielding slave leads a band of fearless freedom fighters against Earth's alien overlords! Featuring mutants, madmen, metal monsters and more! Guest-starring (who else?) Spider-Man! Free Earth! Collects Amazing Adventures (Vol. 2) #18-39, Marvel Team-UP #45, Marvel Graphic Novel #7, and Killraven #1 (Marvel Knights).

504 pages, $16.99, in stores on July 13.

SECRETS WARS TPB - NEW PRINTING

Written by Jim Shooter, pencils by Mike Zeck and Bob Layton, cover by Mike Zeck.

The classic 12-issue limited series is back in print! The first mega-crossover of its kind, Secret Wars still stands as a milestone in the comic-book industry. The fate of the entire Marvel Universe hangs in the balance as all of Earth's greatest super heroes face their deadliest foes on the mysterious planet known as Battleworld!

336 pages, $29.99, in stores on July 6.

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