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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

MARVEL TRADE PAPERBACKS FOR APRIL

DEFENDERS: INDEFENSIBLE PREMIERE HC

Written by KEITH GIFFEN & J.M. DEMATTEIS Pencils & Cover by KEVIN MAGUIRE

Wong possessed by Nightmare! Dormammu and Umar in unholy alliance! The Hulk and the Sub-Mariner at each other¹s throats! The Silver Surfer...uh...surfing. Can Doctor Strange reunite the Defenders and save ³Reality As We Know It?" Only the Ancient One knows for sure! Collects DEFENDERS #1-5.

120 pages,$19.99.

SPIDER-MAN: THE OTHER HC

Written by PETER DAVID, REGINALD HUDLIN & J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI Penciled by PAT LEE, MIKE WIERINGO & MIKE DEODATO Cover by JOE QUESADA

This deluxe hardcover collects the startling super story that turned the wall-crawler¹s world upside down, uniting the creative talents behind all three Spider-Man titles! Haunted by unsettling dreams. Disturbed by a growing sense of dread. Convinced that people are out to get him. Spidey faces his biggest threat yet ­ a foe so insidious that he can¹t hope to handle it alone. With friends like Reed Richards, Stephen Strange and Hank Pym, he won¹t have to. But can even the world¹s greatest minds change the course of fate? And if they could, would they dare? Having finally accepted his fate, Peter Parker decides to put the red and blue tights in the closet and spend some quality time with Aunt May and MJ. But Morlun¹s got other plans ­ and this time, there¹s no Ezekiel to help the web-slinger. Sit down for this one, True Believer ­ you¹ve never seen a fight quite like this, as Peter faces the one foe he¹s never defeated! Beaten to the edge of death, hovering in a place short of heaven or hell, Spidey is about to embark on a journey unlike anything he¹s ever experienced. If he¹s going to have any hope to thwart Morlun¹s obscene mission, then he¹s got two choices: Evolve or die...! Collects AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #525-528, FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1-4 & MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #19-22.

288 pages,$29.99.

ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL. 1 HC

Written by JOSS WHEDON Pencils & Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

This deluxe hardcover collects ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL. 1: GIFTED and ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL. 2: DANGEROUS, plus extras. In GIFTED, Cyclops and Emma Frost re-form the X-Men with the express purpose of ³astonishing" the world. But when breaking news regarding the mutant gene unexpectedly hits the airwaves, will it derail their new plans before they even get started? As demand for the ³mutant cure" reaches near-riot levels, the X-Men go head-to-head with the enigmatic Ord, with an unexpected ally ­ and some unexpected adversaries ­ tipping the scales! In DANGEROUS, a tragic death at the Xavier Institute reveals a powerful enemy living among the X-Men that they could never have suspected ­ and no, it¹s not Magneto. Things heat up in a way none of the X-Men ever dreamed, but will teamwork save the day when they can¹t even depend on themselves? Collects ASTONISHING X-MEN #1-12.

320 pages, $29.99..

UNCANNY X-MEN OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC

Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT & LEN WEIN Penciled by JOHN BYRNE & DAVE COCKRUM Cover by GIL KANE

When a young writer named Chris Claremont took over X-Men in 1976, few fans could predict the incredible impact he would have on the Marvel Comics series. With a flair for realistic dialogue, heartfelt storylines and hard-hitting action, Claremont¹s writing breathed life into the characters. In collaboration with artists Dave Cockrum and John Byrne, Claremont crafted a run still heralded as a definitive era on the book. UNCANNY X-MEN became more than just another super-hero title: this diverse cast of mutants fighting against prejudice and intolerance has resonated in the hearts of millions of devoted readers. Now, the first five years of their landmark run on UNCANNY X-MEN are collected in one oversized volume. This keepsake edition also includes all original letters pages, newly remastered coloring and other uncanny extras! Collects UNCANNY X-MEN #94-131 and ANNUAL #3, and GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1.

272 pages/All Ages ...$99.99.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE X-MEN VOL. 6

Written by ROY THOMAS with ARNOLD DRAKE, DENNIS O¹NEIL & LINDA FITE Penciled by NEAL ADAMS with DON HECK, WERNER ROTH & SAL BUSCEMA Cover by NEAL ADAMS

1969: The X-Men, Marvel¹s poorest selling title, flagging in sales and on the verge of cancellation, was in dire need of a shot in the arm. A new direction. A new vision. Enter Roy Thomas and Neal Adams, and True Believer, you had better grab onto your hat and get ready for one of the most amazing evolutions in Marvel history! These two titanic talents threw caution to the wind with sensational stories that brought the X-Men in synch with the thriving youth culture of the late ¹60s. Adams¹ lavish and dynamic visuals merged with Thomas¹ challenging and contemporary stories to create a comic book series that throbbed with the pulse of the times like none other. Prepare yourself for the introduction of mutant mainstay Havok, the vampiric villain Sauron, the Mutates, and X-Man-to-be Sunfire! Not to mention, the Living Pharaoh, a classic team-up with Ka-Zar in the Savage Land, as well as the return of Magneto and Professor X! Unquestionably a high-water mark of the ¹60s X-Men, this massive volume, loaded with extras, caps off‹but will not end‹the original team X-Men Masterworks! Collecting X-MEN #54-66.

320 pages/All Ages ...$49.99.

MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 2: FANTASTIC VOYAGES DIGEST

Written by JEFF PARKER Penciled by JUAN SANTACRUZ & MANUEL GARCIA Cover by JUAN SANTACRUZ

All adventure, all action, for all ages! Join Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing for a wild ride of all-new, unforgettable exploits as they meet and defeat stampeding prehistoric creatures, the subterranean Mole Man and Namor, the Sub-Mariner ­ and embark on a journey through time and space! Collects MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #5-8.

96 pages, $6.99.

X-MEN AND POWER PACK: THE POWER OF X DIGEST

Written by MARC SUMERAK Pencils & Cover by GURIHIRU

Power Pack returns... and this time they¹ve brought some very special friends! Marvel¹s merry mutants team up with our super-powered siblings for more fun-filled all-ages adventures! Collects X-MEN AND POWER PACK #1-4.

96 pages/All Ages ...$6.99.

FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: GEORGE PÉREZ VOL. 2 TPB

Written by LEN WEIN, ROGER STERN, GEORGE PÉREZ, MARV WOLFMAN, DOUG MOENCH, MARK GRUENWALD & RALPH MACCHIO Pencils & Cover by GEORGE PÉREZ

One of the FF¹s top talents gives Mister Fantastic a REALLY new look...as the Molecule Man! And once the team deals with this ultimate infiltration, they still must face sorcery, Skrulls and super-powered statues! Plus: the power of Franklin Richards! Guest-starring the Texas Twister and the Impossible Man! Collects FANTASTIC FOUR #187-188 and #191-192, FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #14-15, MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #60, and ADVENTURES OF THE THING #3.

176 pages,$19.99.

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 5: CROSSOVER TPB

Written by MARK MILLAR Pencils & Cover by GREG LAND

Mark Millar returns to ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, and he¹s brought X-MEN: PHOENIX - ENDSONG superstar Greg Land with him! Even in their short careers, the Ultimate FF have seen a lot of amazing things -- but nothing will prepare them for the world they¹re about to enter! Reed Richards has used his scientific genius to contact an Earth in a surprisingly familiar parallel dimension ­ and he¹s ready to visit! Plus: The shocking secret of the Storm family is finally revealed! Locked away at the bottom of the ocean for 5,000 years, Namor the Sub-Mariner¹s Atlantean tomb has been breached; now, he¹s back to rule a planet. This is a Namor you¹ve never seen before with a vastly different agenda. This is Ultimate Namor! Learn about the ties between Atlantis, the Ultimate Inhumans and the super-races that existed before man ruled the Earth! Collects ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #21-26.

144 pages/Rated A ...$12.99.

DECIMATION: X-MEN ­ THE DAY AFTER TPB

Written by PETER MILLIGAN & CHRIS CLAREMONT Penciled by & SALVADOR LARROCA, RANDY GREEN & AARON LOPRESTI Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA

It was the worst day in X-Men history. Now it¹s the day after. The House of M is over, but the effects will be felt for the rest of their lives. How do the X-Men pick up the pieces in a world that has completely changed? Plus: Something¹s amiss at the House of Xavier! A sneak attack forces the X-Men to re-evaluate just who their friends are, and to align themselves with former enemies! Collects DECIMATION: HOUSE OF M ­ THE DAY AFTER and X-MEN #177-181

168 pages,$15.99.

X-MEN: THE COMPLETE AGE OF APOCALYPSE EPIC BOOK 3 TPB

Written by WARREN ELLIS, SCOTT LOBDELL, JEPH LOEB, JOHN FRANCIS MOORE, FABIAN NICIEZA, LARRY HAMA & TERRY KAVANAGH Penciled by ROGER CRUZ, RENATO ARLEM, JOE MADUREIRA, CHRIS BACHALO, STEVE SKROCE, STEVE EPTING, TERRY DODSON ANDY KUBERT, KEN LASHLEY, ADAM KUBERT & CARLOS PACHECO Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.

The mirror gets darker and the Amazing X-Men more Astonished by the minute as the Age of Apocalypse hits its third quarter! Magneto has dedicated his life to freeing humanity and mutantkind alike, but will Apocalypse now require him to destroy reality to save it! Sides are switched and secrets shown with repercussions ringing from the Savage Land to the Shi¹ar Galaxy! Plus: a rare look at how Apocalypse altered the rest of Marvel¹s mightiest! Doctor Doom and Reed Richards, side-by-side? Matt Murdock and the Kingpin, allies? Gwen Stacy in mourning for Peter Parker? Avengers, Exiles, etc. in the original alternate X-saga! Collects X-CALIBRE #2-3, ASTONISHING X-MEN #2-4, GENERATION NEXT #2-3, X-MAN #2-3, FACTOR X #3, AMAZING X-MEN #3, WEAPON X #3, GAMBIT & THE X-TERNALS #3 and X-UNIVERSE #1.

360 pages,$29.99.

X-23: INNOCENCE LOST TPB

Written by CRAIG KYLE & CHRISTOPHER YOST Pencils & Cover by BILLY TAN

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! Collects X-23 #1-6.

144 pages, $15.99.

X-MEN: THE DARK PHOENIX SAGA TPB -- NEW PRINTING

Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT Pencils & Cover by JOHN BYRNE

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! Collects X-MEN #129-137.

200 pages/Rated T+ ...$24.99.

NEW MUTANTS CLASSIC VOL. 1 TPB

Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT Pencils & Cover by BOB MCLEOD

Cannonball. Sunspot. Moonstar. Karma. Rahne. Teenagers, thrown together by the one thing they had in common: the X factor in their genes that made them different, made them mutants. Relive the adventurers of the team that will come to be known as X-Force...if they survive. Collects MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #5, NEW MUTANTS #1-7 and UNCANNY X-MEN #167.

240 pages,$24.99.

NEW X-MEN: CHILDHOOD¹S END VOL. 1 TPB

Written by CRAIG KYLE & CHRISTOPHER YOST Penciled by MARK BROOKS & PACO MEDINA Cover by MARK BROOKS

X-23 writers Craig Kyle and Chris Yost, and rising star Mark Brooks (ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL, AMAZING FANTASY), take the New X-Men in a bold new direction. Spinning directly out of HOUSE OF M, the New X-Men deal with the changed world. Will X-23 join the team? Will friendships persevere? Will the kids survive? No one is safe, and not everyone will live through this incredible change in status quo. The rules have changed, and the safety is off! Collects NEW X-MEN #20-23.

104 pages,$10.99.

YOUNG AVENGERS VOL. 1: SIDEKICKS TPB

Written by ALLAN HEINBERG Pencils & Cover by JIM CHEUNG

In the wake of AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED, a mysterious new group of teen super heroes appears. But who are they? Where did they come from? And what right do they have to call themselves the Young Avengers? Young Gun Jim Cheung and TV superstar writer Allan Heinberg (The O.C., Sex and the City, Party of Five) promise to shock and surprise! Collects YOUNG AVENGERS #1-6.

144 pages,$14.99.

IRON MAN: DEMON IN A BOTTLE TPB

Written by DAVID MICHELINIE & BOB LAYTON Penciled by JOHN ROMITA JR., BOB LAYTON & CARMINE INFANTINO Cover by BOB LAYTON

Iron Man faces his most untouchable foe in criminal industrialist Justin Hammer and his literal army of super-villains! But can the Armored Avenger overcome an even more implacable personal demon, invulnerable to technology or wealth? Guest-starring Ant-Man and the Sub-Mariner! Collects IRON MAN #120-128.

176 pages,$24.99.

WHAT IF?: MIRROR MIRROR TPB

Written by TONY BEDARD, RICK VEITCH, MIKE CAREY, GREG PAK, ROBERT KIRKMAN & DANIEL WAY Penciled by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO, TOMMY LEE EDWARDS, MARSHALL ROGERS, DAVID LOPEZ, MICHAEL OEMING & JON PROCTOR Cover by TONY HARRIS

What if...Captain America fought in the Civil War? What if...the Fantastic Four were Cosmonauts? What if...Daredevil lived in feudal Japan? What if...Namor grew up on land? What if...Thor was a herald of Galactus? What if...Wolverine was Public Enemy No. 1 in mob-ridden 1920s Chicago? Hacking into the internet of an adjacent reality, teenager Hector Espejo discovers these and other startling stories -- and learns that eavesdropping on a sinister parallel universe can be highly addictive! Collects WHAT IF: CAPTAIN AMERICA, WHAT IF: DAREDEVIL, WHAT IF: FANTASTIC FOUR, WHAT IF: SUBMARINER, WHAT IF: THOR & WHAT IF: WOLVERINE.

144 pages,$16.99.

ESSENTIAL WOLVERINE VOL. 4 TPB

Written by LARRY HAMA Penciled by DWAYNE TURNER, JIM FERN, ADAM KUBERT, TOMM COKER, IAN CHURCHILL, BOB MCLEOD, RON WAGNER, RON GARNEY & FABIO LAGUNA Cover by ADAM KUBERT

The deadliest X-Man¹s on the edge of death when his unbreakable Adamantium advantage is eliminated! Even with his claws stripped to the bone, Wolverine¹s up to some of the choicest challenges from his past and future ­ but how far will he go to make his latest fight with Sabretooth the FINAL one? Plus: cyborgs, Sentinels, the Savage Land and then some! Guest-starring Gambit, Ghost Rider and more! Collects WOLVERINE #70-90.

528 pages,$16.99.

ESSENTIAL X-MEN VOL. 4 TPB -- NEW PRINTING

Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT Penciled by PAUL SMITH, DAVE COCKRUM, JOHN ROMITA JR. & BRENT ANDERSON Cover by PAUL SMITH

Newly remastered! Call them freaks. Nature¹s mistake. Mutants. They are born different, with characteristics and abilities that make them outcasts. Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Colossus, Nightcrawler and more ­ gathered together by telepath Professor Charles Xavier, the X-Men are sworn to protect a world that hates and fears them. Ever expanding their ranks, the Children of the Atom combat evils threatening both mutants and humans ­ including the Morlocks, the Hellfire Club, and the alien Brood. Collects UNCANNY X-MEN #162-179 and ANNUAL #7, and X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS.

568 pages,$16.99.

ESSENTIAL X-MEN VOL. 7 TPB

Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT Penciled by BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH, ALAN DAVIS, JACKSON GUICE, MARC SILVESTRI, BRET BLEVINS, KERRY GAMMILL, RICK LEONARDI, ART ADAMS & JON BOGDANOVE Cover by MARC SILVESTRI

In the wake of the Marauders¹ Mutant Massacre, the X-Men go mobile to plan their next move ­ but recruiting Dazzler and Havok brings them even more catastrophe! And with a teammate¹s life on the line, the mutant marvels are forced to fight the Fantastic Four and seek the genius of Doctor Doom! Another elite X-saga of the eighties concludes with the world-shaking Fall of the Mutants! Plus: the introduction of...the X-Babies!? The cosmic power of...Wolverine!? Featuring Sabretooth, the Juggernaut, Mystique, Captain Britain and more! Collects UNCANNY X-MEN #214-228 and ANNUAL #10-11, and FANTASTIC FOUR VS. THE X-MEN #1-4.

560 pages,$16.99.



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