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TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2006

MARVEL COMICS FOR JULY

ULTIMATE TITLES

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #97

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

"The Clone Saga," part 1 of 6. As Peter tries to sort out his relationship with the X-Men's Kitty Pryde -- and continue his friendship with Mary Jane--a mall-food-court lunch turns into a free-for-all as Peter and MJ are interrupted by the debut of...the Ultimate Scorpion! But who is the Scorpion--and what sinister conspiracy is threatening Spider-Man's very existence? The clues have been laid over the past 96 issues...and it all starts to come together here, as we begin the most shocking, most mind-blowing Spider-Man story ever published! And we start with what's sure to be one of the most talked-about last page of the year!

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

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #32

Written by Mark Millar, pencils and cover by Greg Land.

"Frightful," part 3 of 3. The Millar/Land run comes to an Earth-shattering conclusion as the Ultimate F.F. are locked in a battle to the death with their zombie counterparts from an alternate Earth! Tying into events from the best-selling Marvel Zombies limited series, this is the explosive climax to the amazing series of events that go back to Mark Millar's first issue...and the ending is enough to make George Romero lose his lunch.

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

ULTIMATE X-MEN #72

Written by Robert Kirkman, pencils and cover by Tom Raney.

"Magical," part 1 of 3. He's a media darling, a vital part of the X-Men dynamic and the newest member of the team. His name -- The Magician! Watch him live up to his name in ways you could never conceive. There is more -- much, much more about this new mutant than any suspect. Plus -- the fallout from the Shi'ar's test on Jean Grey has drastically unanticipated consequences.

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

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CIVIL WAR TITLES

CIVIL WAR #3

Written by Mark Millar, pencils and cover by Steve McNiven, variant cover by Michael Turner.

The battle lines are drawn as the conflict between the Super Hero Registration Initiative and the Underground Resistance fighters explodes in a live fire fight as the future of the Marvel Universe is decided! But before the dust settles, a familiar figure will emerge from a strike of lightning to change the odds--and the sides! Witness teams and families torn apart as the Civil War touches all and the momentous events of last issue changes the world as our heroes understand it!

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on July 19.

CIVIL WAR: FRONT LINE #3 & 4

Written by Paul Jenkins, penciled by Ramon Bachs and Steve Lieber, cover by John Watson.

"Embedded" - Civil War has ignited across the Marvel Universe! Embedded reporters Sally Floyd and Ben Urich are driven into the heart of battle--a battle in which a hero will fall. Their investigations will take Sally into the heart of Captain America's resistance, while Urich is about to get reacquainted with a certain green friend...

""The Accussed" - Despised by a nation, the lone survivor of the New Warriors' team is behind bars. Without family, without a friend in the world and without a reason to go one, will this hero make a deal, or take a stand?

""Correspondence" - Juxtaposing stories of war throughout time with the Marvel Civil War, "Correspondence" adapts tales from World War I and more!

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

CIVIL WAR: X-MEN #1

Written by David Hine, penciled by Yanick Paquette, cover by Juan Doe.

Enough is enough! The tension between the X-Men, the 198, and the O*N*E has finally reached a breaking point. As the Marvel Universe is ripped apart by the Civil War, the X-Men also find themselves crumbling from the inside out. Will they fold-up and admit defeat, or will the X-Men finally start to fight back? Find out here!

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

CIVIL WAR: YOUNG AVENGERS & RUNAWAYS #1

Written by Zeb Wells, penciled by Stefano Caselli, cover by Jim Cheung.

As the public turns against Marvel's heroes, the gears of Civil War threaten to crush Brian K. Vaughan's Runaways. But when Allan Heinberg's Young Avengers offer their assistance, how can the Runaways believe they're on the same side? Don't miss this Civil War tie-in that promises to have lasting repercussions for both popular teams!

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

CIVIL WAR #1 (DIRECTOR'S CUT)

Written by Mark Millar, penciled and cover by Steve McNiven.

Go behind the lines of the Marvel Comics event starring Spider-Man, the New Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the entirety of the Marvel pantheon. This bonus edition reprints Civil War #1 plus script, sketches, deleted scenes and more!

64 pages, $4.99, in stores on July 5.

DAILY BUGLE: CIVIL WAR SPECIAL EDITION

Written by Peter David, J. Michael Straczynski and various, art and cover by Mike Mayhew.

The sides have been chosen and the Civil War has begun! As heroes battle heroes, putting their lives on the line to fight for what they believe in, there's only one source to keep you informed on the happenings of the biggest Marvel event of the year: the Daily Bugle! This is the very newspaper the citizens of the Marvel Universe read to keep informed! With a very special editorial by J. Jonah Jameson and news, gossip, and opinions from the best writers he hasn't fired yet, this is the place to go to for Civil War secrets you won't see anywhere else! That's right: the Bugle has an exclusive on this story--and art!

12 pages, 50 cents, in stores on July 19.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #534

Written by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and cover by Ron Garney.

"The War at Home," part 3 of 6. Life couldn't be more complicated -- or more dangerous -- for Peter Parker. Spider-Man has picked a side in the Civil War that's tearing apart the super hero community, and the decision has ripped apart some of his strongest bonds. When one of the War's leaders comes to recruit Spidey for his troops, will Spidey stay true to that decision?

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

BLACK PANTHER #18

Written by Reginald Hudlin, pencils by Scot Eaton, wraparoundcover by Frank Cho, variant cover by Michael Turner.

"Bride of the Panther," Part 5 of 5. Special double-sized issue! It's the Wedding of the Century as T'Challa and Storm finally make it to the altar -- and not since Reed and Sue tied the knot have so many of Marvel's super heroes assembled for such a happy occasion. Can this gathering offer much-needed respite from the Civil War that's erupted in the U.S., or will it too be engulfed by the insanity that's currently rocking the Marvel Universe? Don't miss this historic event -- and turning point in the Civil War. Featuring backup features, including a look behind the scenes at the creation of Storm's wedding gown, and wraparound cover by Frank Cho!

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

FANTASTIC FOUR #539

Written by J. Michael Straczynski, penciled by Mike McKone, cover by Adi Granov.

Public protests over the Superhuman Registration Act threaten to tear Yancy Street apart! But those forces who seek to use the demonstrations for their own sinister ends haven't reckoned with the rage of a fighting mad Thing!

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

THUNDERBOLTS #104

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

When rogue Marvel heroes are on the loose, who better to hunt them down than people who know what it's like to be on the lam? The ex-villains become hero hunters! And whose hero butt gets served first?

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

NEW AVENGERS #22

Written by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils and cover by Leinil Francis Yu.

Brian Bendis teams up, for the first time, with Leinil Yu to tell the story that no one thought would ever be told. . It's brother against brother as Luke Cage is forced to take sides in the super hero Civil War! With a new wife and baby hanging in the balance, what will Cage do?

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

CABLE/DEADPOOL #30

Written by Fabian Nicieza, pencils by Staz Johnson, cover by Roberto Campus.

"The Hero Hunter," part 1 of 3. With Civil War tearing the Marvel Universe apart, only one man can sew it back together... Deadpool?! Well, who else would make the perfect mercenary Hero-Hunter? In an effort to do his part, Deadpool crosses paths with the Great Lake Avengers, and slices and dices his way to Daredevil, the Man without Fear! What happens when the Merc with a Mouth faces the Sightless Scarlet Sentry? And where does Cable stand in all this? Where he always does... pretending he's above the fray. Then why is he having a secret meeting with Captain America...?

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

WOLVERINE #44

Written by Marc Guggenheim, with art by Humberto Ramos.

Civil War tie-in. "Vendetta," part 3 of 6. The smackdown of the century is here: Wolverine vs. Nitro - The Human Bomb! But what dark secret does Nitro hold that threatens to shake up everything? And who are the three mysterious strangers tracking Wolverine? Everything you think you know is wrong.

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

X-FACTOR #9

Written by Peter David, penciled by Dennis Calero, cover by Ryan Sook.

Jamie Madrox comes face to face with the thing that terrifies him the most: Having to make a decision. The divisiveness of Civil War has spread to his own team, as half of them want to cooperate with the government, while the other half wants to take a stand against it. It's Jamie's decision that may well decide whether X-Factor stands or cracks apart...and things aren't being helped by Quicksilver, who offers Rictor the opportunity to get his powers back -- but at what price? Guest starring Quicksilver!

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



SPIDER-MAN TITLES

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #10

Written by Peter David, pencils and cover by Mike Wieringo.

"Jumping the Tracks," part 3 of 3. What possible hope does Spider-Man have against the Hobgoblin from the future? Here is a foe that is advanced in every possible way, an evolved machination of evil with the technology to not only destroy something but to completely erase it from history. The web-slinging wonder will need a little help from his friends for this one, and who better to recruit than the Spider-Man from the year 2211? And if that's not enough to get your webs in a bunch, look out for an earth-shaking reunion that's taken nearly 45 years of Marvel Comics to finally unveil!

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

SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #28

Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, pencils and cover by Clayton Crain.

Tie-in to Amazing Spider-Man: "The War At Home" The War has begun, sides have been chosen, and the die has been cast! With the repercussions of recent actions in Civil War spreading across the Marvel Universe, this special stand-alone issue looks at how every action can have enormous consequences...even in Peter Parker's life.

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

LAST PLANET STANDING #5

Written by Tom DeFalco, pencils and cover by Pat Olliffe.

Is this the end of the MC-2 Universe? The sequel to last year's surprise hit concludes and it's all-out action in the merry Marvel manner as... Determined to evolve, Galactus prepares to sacrifice the Earth and the entire universe! An army of Mainframes take on a horde of Punisher robots! The Silver Surfer unleashes his full cosmic fury against his former master! The last heroes standing make their final assault on the planet-eater! And Spider-Girl and a few friends take a desperate, perhaps fatal, gamble to save their world and the universe entire!

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

SPIDER-GIRL #100

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

Is this truly destined to be the last Spider-Girl story? The Hobgoblin, the Scriers and the Black Tarantula sure hope so. Come celebrate 100 uninterrupted issues of the little comic that could and enjoy the fun as Spider-Man joins Spider-Girl for one last super-battle. Plus the final fate of Normie Osborn and the Venom Symbiote, Moose's farewell to Midtown High, the death of a hero, special feature pages, two classic Spider-Girl stories, a surprise announcement and more!

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

SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE #8

Written by Sean McKeever, pencils and cover by Takeshi Miyazawa.

It's time for Mary Jane to take her relationship with a certain someone to the next level, and she knows it. Unfortunately, being the lead in the school play leaves little time for a social life! And is MJ's mind playing tricks on her, or is Liz getting back together with Flash?

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

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ANNIHILATON TITLES

ANNIHILATION: NOVA #4

Written by Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett, penciled by Kev Walker, cover by Gabrielle Dell'Otto.

Driven to regain his dignity and burdened by the fate of Xandar, Nova faces the Annihilation Wave head on and unleashes the full power of the Nova Force! But is that enough against such a vast force of cosmic destruction? And if it isn't, who will stand with him in that last battle? Quasar? Drax? Guest starring Quasar and Drax the Destroyer! Interlocking cover with all three other Annihilation covers!

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

ANNIHILATION: RONAN THE ACCUSER #3

Written by Simon Furman, penciled by Jorge Lucas, cover by Gabriele Dell'Otto.

The dreams of a mad god die screaming as the Annihilation Wave descends on the recreated Godthab Omega. And in the middle of it all, Ronan, torn between saving as many lives as possible and a quickly disappearing chance to clear his name. Ultimately, the price of Ronan's newfound freedom... may well be his life! Guest starring Gamor! Interlocking cover with all three other Annihilation covers!

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

ANNIHILATION: SILVER SURFER #4

Written by Keith Giffen, penciled by Renato Arlem, cover by Gabriele Dell'Otto.

It all comes to a head in this issue as the Surfer confronts the sins of his past and, more importantly, determines his future path. Whatever you were expecting, we guarantee, this wasn't it. It's a whole new, senses staggering chapter in the Surfer's ongoing saga! Interlocking cover with all three other Annihilation covers! Guest-starring Firelord, Galactus, and Thanos!

32 pages, $2.99, July 12.

ANNIHILATION: SUPER-SKRULL #4

Written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, penciled by Gregory Titus, cover by Gabriele Dell'Otto.

The Super-Skrull's crusade against the Annihilation Wave has ended in failure. Betrayal has left Super-Skrull a prisoner of his hated enemy... but the eradication of everything he sought to preserve has only made Super-Skrull a greater threat! Desperate and left with nothing to lose, the mighty Marvel villain strikes back in a climactic tale of revenge and shocking destiny with an ending that will change everything! Interlocking cover with all three other Annihilation covers!

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

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MARVEL HEROES TITLES

ALL-NEW OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE A TO Z #7

Written by various, cover by Keu Cha.

The Handbook from A to Z rolls on including bios on Victor Mancha, Margali Szardos, two Mandarins, Marduk, Man Mountain Marko, Marvel Boy (Noh-Varr), Master Khan, Master of the World, two Masterminds, Maverick, Layla Miller, Mimic, Mondo, Morg, Motormouth, Mysterium, Nebula and more! This twelve-issue monthly series focuses on new characters, characters who never received a profile and those needing major updates.

64 pages, $3.99, in stores on July 26.

AVENGERS AND POWER PACK ASSEMBLE! #4

Written by Marc Sumerak, art and cover by Gurihiru.

Power Pack has been transported to a dark, sinister world... and their only hope of getting back home lies with some very familiar allies. But even if the kids manage to make it back safely, will they be able to save their world from the same grim fate they've just witnessed? Power Pack's awesome adventure with the Avengers ends here!

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

BEYOND #1

Written by Dwayne McDuffie, pencils and cover by Scott Kolins.

An indescribably powerful cosmic being gathers nine of Marvel's most mismatched super beings for purposes beyond their comprehension. Can Spider-Man, Gravity, Venom, Henry Pym, The Wasp, Medusa, Kraven, Firebird and the Hood keep from killing each other before they have to face the dangers of their destination, the deadly artificial planet known as Battleworld?

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

CAPTAIN AMERICA #20

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

As the "Twenty-First Century Blitz" rips through the streets of London, Cap comes face-to-face with an enemy he last faced in World War Two. And with Union Jack and Spitfire at his side, he fights to save London from destruction, while the Red Skull makes his move!

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

ETERNALS #2

Written by Neil Gaiman, penciled by John Romita Jr., cover by Rick Berry, variant cover by Romita.

There are no Eternals. There never have been. Then what do Mark Curry's dreams of strange gods and monsters mean? And what does the mysterious man with the strange eyes want with him?

48 pages, $3.99, in stores on July 12.

DAREDEVIL #87

Written by Ed Brubaker, penciled by Michael Lark, cover by David Finch.

It's the heightened senses-shattering conclusion of "The Devil in Cell-Block D" and many questions are answered! Who is the man behind the Daredevil mask running around Hell's Kitchen? How will Matt get out of the corner he's been painted into? And will he be jumping right out of the frying pan and into a fire of his own making? Mystery and action abounds as fan-favorite creators Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark bring their first Daredevil arc to a close!

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

FRANKLIN RICHARDS: SON OF A GENIUS -- SUPER SUMMER SPECTACULAR

Written by Chris Eliopoulos and Marc Sumerak, art and cover by Eliopoulos.

You loved his back-up stories in your favorite comics! You loved his first two smash-hit one-shots! Now there's even more to love, because Franklin Richards is back for more fun and mischief in this third spectacular collection of short tales... and, as always, his robot pal H.E.R.B.I.E. will be nearby to help prevent the potential disasters he unleashes. Marvel's tiniest hero explores the uncharted corners of the Baxter Building...and the FF may never be the same!

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

FANTASTIC FOUR: FIRST FAMILY #5

Written by Joe Casey, art and cover by Chris Weston.

More secrets of the FF's earliest days revealed! This issue: the Human Torch's first solo adventure (not a raging success)! Mr. Fantastic's first solo adventure (also not a raging success)! A team divided! An enemy uncovered! Plus, an army of cosmically-mutated monsters! What more could you ask for?

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

GHOST RIDER #1

Written by Daniel Way, art by Mark Texeira and Javier Saltares, cover by Texeira, variant cover by Marc Silvestri.

"Vicious Cycle." Once upon a time, Johnny Blaze made a deal with the Devil...and to no one's surprise but his own, he got shafted. Now trapped in hell, with the Spirit of Vengeance bonded to his immortal soul and weighing him down, Johnny may have finally found a way out. But at what cost? From the depths of Hell to the glittering spires of Heaven, the Ghost Rider rides again in his first ongoing series in nearly a decade, blazing new trails and dispensing fiery vengeance in his wake. The demonic team of Daniel Way, Mark Texeira and Javier Saltares reunite to put ol' Flamehead back in the saddle where he belongs. Ready or not, here he comes!

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

INCREDIBLE HULK #96

Written by Greg Pak, penciled by Aaron Lopresti, cover by Ladronn.

"Planet Hulk: Anarchy, Part 1." On the run from the Imperial Army after escaping from the Great Arena, the Hulk and his crew of Warbound gladiators take refuge in a small farming village with a dark secret. Learn the horrifying truth about Miek's past--and discover if our heroes know the difference between justice and revenge!

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

PLANET HULK: GLADIATOR GUIDEBOOK

Written by Anthony Flamini and Greg Pak.

How did the Empire rise to power? What is the origin of the Death's Head Guard? Who are the Spikes? Learn the answers to these questions, plus many more revelations, in the pages of the Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook -- an essential companion to Greg Pak's Planet Hulk storyline! Featuring profiles on the Hulk, the Silver Surfer and the Brood, the Gladiator Guidebook presents a detailed look into the planet Sakaar and its many inhabitants!

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

IRON MAN #10

Written by Daniel Knauf and Charles Knauf, art by Patrick Zircher, cover by Adi Granov.

"Execute Program," part 4 of 6. A secret government star-chamber led by Nick Fury concludes that Iron Man has gone rogue, and Tony Stark must take drastic measures to clear his name. But that's not on the deadly agenda of a mysterious hooded assassin, who continues his brutal program of execution. World peace hangs in the balance as all hell breaks loose in the Iraqi desert. But just who is the man behind the iron mask? The answer will blow you away!

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

MARVEL TEAM-UP #22

Written by Robert Kirkman, penciled by Andy Kuhn, cover by Phil Hester.

"Freedom Ring," part 3 of 5. This Tony Stark is not from our world. Captain America, dead. Reed Richards, insane. Himself the king of Latveria. That is the world he knows. Somehow he was thrown into our dimension. He was being held in stasis on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Heli-carrier until he could be sent back to his own dimension--but now he's escaped! Is the Marvel Universe ready for the Iron Maniac?

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

MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS: FANTASTIC FOUR #52

Written by Stan Lee, art and cover by Jack Kirby.

Introducing the sensational Black Panther! In time for the wedding of the century comes this cover-to-cover facsimile of T'Challa's first appearance from Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966)! Scanned straight from a printed copy of the original, this keepsake edition includes all story pages, ads and text pieces reproduced exactly as they appeared 40 years ago this month!

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

MS. MARVEL #5

Written by Brian Reed, penciled by Roberto De La Torre, cover by Frank Cho.

Time travel. Alternate realities. Time traveling in alternate realities while fighting evil sorcerer, Warren Traveler. Ms. Marvel could use all the help she can get! Thank goodness special guest star Doctor Strange is around to help!

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

MOON KNIGHT #4

Written by Charlie Huston, pencils and cover by David Finch.

Someone out there knows all the angles on Marc Spector. They know his strengths and his weaknesses -- and just how much pressure to apply to make him snap. About 250 pounds of sculpted muscle and cocksure attitude, to be exact. Enter: Taskmaster! (If you thought Moon Knight's battle with Bushmaster was brutal, you've got another thing coming.)

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

NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E. #7

Written by Warren Ellis, pencils and cover by Stuart Immonen.

In this issue, the Nextwave Squad faces an army of Mindless Ones! Yes, insanely powerful stone men without faces!

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

RUNAWAYS #18

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, penciled by Adrian Alphona, cover by Marcos Martin.

"Parental Guidance," Part 5 of 5. The shocking conclusion of "Parental Guidance" results in the death of a Runaway.

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

SHE-HULK #10

Written by Dan Slott, penciled by Paul Smith, cover by Greg Horn.

You date someone long enough, you think you know them. But people change. And in the case of Colonel John Jameson, change can come with a fur coat, big fangs, and a very nasty appetite! Yeah, that's right, gamma-fans! Get ready for She-Hulk's biggest throw down yet as she goes toe-to-claw with The Man-Wolf! Also a long absent cast member makes their stunning return! An important person from She-Hulk's past barges in! And one character leaves the book in a scene that you'll be talking about for months!

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

SQUADRON SUPREME #5

Written by J. Mmichael Straczynski, art and cover by Gary Frank.

The Squadron Supreme embarks on a mission to the heart of the Middle East. But will a military mission cause more problems than is solves? Or will the earth's mightiest team sweep through foreign forces, saving countless innocent lives in the process? A great jumping on point! Get on board before the Ultimate crossover!

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



MARVEL KNIGHTS TITLES

FURY: PEACEMAKER #6

Written by Garth Ennis, penciled by Darick Robertson, cover by Gary Frank.

The thrilling conclusion! Ever since Nick Fury joined the war, he's been mired in just as much incompetence, stupidity, and bad luck as actual fighting. Every mission has been an unmitigated disaster and this latest adventure has been no exception--having tracked an assassination target behind enemy lines, Fury and his small crew of soldiers are trapped in a mansion with German officers. Meanwhile, the man they were hoping to assassinate is leading an entire battalion against them! With a battle he hasn't a prayer of winning, Nick Fury will have to decide whether a fight to the death is all he has left to live for.

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



MARVEL ADVENTURES TITLES

MARVEL ADVENTURES THE AVENGERS #2

Written by Jeff Parker, penciled by Manuel Garcia, cover by Aaron Lopresti.

He served alongside Allied Forces in World War Two and serves with the super team The Avengers today -- the legend of Captain America spans generations. Now an evil from his earliest days has come through the ages to exact vengeance on the Captain-- and anyone who might stand with him.

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

MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #17

Written by Peter David, penciled by Mike Norton, cover by Cameron Stewart.

Full moon's out, so guess who's comin' to bug our webslinger? Werewolf by Night! And he's turned Peter Parker's rival, Flash Thompson, into a werewolf too! Can Spidey find a cure before the sun comes up, or is Flash forever doomed to a life of fleas and howling at the moon?

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

MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #14

Written by Justin Gray, penciled by Staz Johnson and a cover by David Williams.

While attempting to communicate with extraterrestrials via deep space communication, the Fantastic Four unknowingly gaining the attention of a powerful malevolent alien calling himself the Grand Master. Now each member of the Fantastic Four must battle in individual competition as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

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

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X-MEN TITLES

EXILES #84

Written by Tony Bedard, pencils by James Calafiore, cover by Paul Pelletier.

"Back in the Saddle," part 1 of 1. With the World Tour finally at an end, the Exiles are demanding a break. They take the time to visit their homes and get some much needed down time. However, there are worlds out there that still need their help. But if the Exiles aren't willing to do the job...who will replace them?!

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

NEW EXCALIBUR #9

Written by Frank Tieri, pencils and cover by Michael Ryan.

"Chest Pains," part 1 of 1. New Excalibur is alerted to a depowered mutant that has recently been returned home to England...Chamber! Learn the secret history of Chamber, but will the team be able to find out the truth before Chamber is killed?!

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

NEW X-MEN #28

Written by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, pencils and cover by Paco Medina.

"Nimrod," part 1 of 4. The New X-Men have been killed, blown up, and absolutely decimated. Now, they're on the offensive! But after all they've been through, will they have the strength to defeat their toughest enemy yet? Hey, maybe the New Avengers could help!

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

WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #4

Written by Daniel Way, penciled by Steve Dillon, cover by Joe Quesada.

"Born in Blood," part 4 of 5. Reeling from his brutal battle with Nuke --as well as from having to confront some particularly sordid details of his past -- Logan once again resumes his dogged march toward vengeance...only to discover that the U.S. government isn't ready to give up just yet. Enter: Captain America! Will the Sentinel of Liberty shut Logan down for good...or does he have something else in mind? Also featuring a cameo by the X-Men!

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

STORM #6

Written by Eric Jerome Dickey, penciled by David Yardin and Lan Medina, cover by Mike Mayhew.

It's High Noon -- at 20,000 feet! Captured by the Bull and his cronies, bound and helpless on a transport helicopter and headed to God knows where, Ororo and T'Challa are in big trouble. If they are going to survive this ordeal, then Ororo must do what she has never done before: harness her terrifying powers and, for the first time, use them as a weapon. And that's the easy part! Trust us, True Believer, you won't want to miss this key issue of the limited series that tells the untold love story between Marvel's two pre-eminent Black super heroes -- Storm and the Black Panther!

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

UNCANNY X-MEN #475-476

Written by Ed Brubaker, pencils and cover by Billy Tan.

"The Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire," parts 1 and 2. A brand new era for the Uncanny X-Men begins here! Fresh off X-Men: Deadly Genesis, Ed Brubaker takes the helm of Marvel's mighty mutants. Billy Tan joins Ed for a story that won't just affect earth, but will rock the foundations of the entire galaxy! Vulcan is out for revenge and has his sites set on the Shi'Ar Empire! Get ready for the ride of your life! A perfect starting point for any new reader!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 5 and July 19.

X-MEN #188-189

Written by Mike Carey, pencils and cover by Chris Bachalo.

Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo take over the X-Men, or at least what's left of them! As old threats are still having their effects, new, more deadly threats emerge from the unlikeliest of places. Threats that spell doom for the X-Men. Plus, what could possibly strike terror into the heart of...Sabretooth!? And who are The Children? A perfect starting point for any new reader!

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

X-MEN FAIRY TALES #3

Written by C. B. Cebulski, art by Kei Kobayashi, cover by Clare Wendling.

Our storytellers turn their attention to the American South this month and tap the terrifying traditions of New Orleans in a retelling of the romance of Rogue and Gambit. When a voodoo priestess named Mystique meets a young girl who can speak with the spirits of the recently deceased, she tries to bend the girl's will and use her abilities for evil. They soon learn it's unwise to upset the ghosts and ghouls of the South, and it's up to a mysterious Cajun stranger to set things right!

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



WESTERN TITLES

MARVEL WESTERNS: WESTERN LEGENDS

Written by Jeff Parker, Karl Kesel and Fred Van Lente, penciled by Tomm Coker, Carmine Di giandomenico and Homs, cover by Eric Powell.

Three all-new tales of the Mighty Marvel West! Do you remember the Man Called Hurrican? Over a hundred bounty hunters and cowboys looking for revenge do. The "Fastest Man in the West" doesn't have much of a choice but to face them at once. Question is, does he have enough bullets? By Jeff Parker and Tomm Coker.

Red Wolf is a considered superstition by many, but a group of thugs are about to find out how much is fiction and how much is true. Surviving their challenge is another thing all together for Red Wolf. By Karl Kesel and Carmine Di Giandomenico.

Major Brett Saber is known as the Man from Fort Rango, hard-nosed leader of a rag-tag group of frontier soldiers. His unruly men are no match for a deadly band of Indians intent on holding their stronghold, but a mythical man-beast poses a deadlier threat to both sides. By Fred Van Lente and Homs.

Plus: Re-presenting the origin of Rawhide Kid by Jack Kirby.

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

MARVEL WESTERNS: KID COLT AND THE ARIZONA GIRL

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Jim McCann, art by Federica Manfredi, Palmiotti and David Williams, cover by Eric Powell.

When wild west gunfighters with a reputation for shootin' first and askin' questions later, Kid Colt and Arizona Annie, take a job escorting a stage coach through dangerous Apache territory, they come upon a town stranger than any the west has seen. It doesn't take long before Annie and the Kid find themselves in hot water with the locals and runnin' low on bullets. And that's when things get really weird!

Plus: An 8-page story by Jim McCann and David Williams, introducing the woman who is here to tame the Wild West, one engraved invitation at a time - the Philadelphia Philly and a man who's lost it all, even his name the man called Spender.

Also, re-presenting three classic Marvel Western tales by two comic legends: "Stagecoach to Shotgun Gap" and "Those Who Live by the Gun" by Jack Kirby and "The Man Who Robbed the Express" by Dick Ayers.

48 pages, $3.99, in stores on July 5.

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MAX TITLES

PUNISHER #35

Written by Garth Ennis, penciled by Goran Parlov, cover by Tim Bradstreet.

"Barracuda," Part 5 of 6. Dermot and Alice have got a big problem. He weighs 300-pounds -- give or take a severed body part or two, incurred during his recent skirmish with the Punisher. He goes by the name of Barracuda. And he wants some payback. If the villainous pair is going to have any chance at survival, then their only hope just might be the man they tried to kill in the first place.

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

HAUNT OF HORROR: EDGAR ALLAN POE #3

Written by Rich Margopoulos, art and cover by Richard Corben.

Horror comics legend Richard Corben and long-time collaborator Rich Margopoulos leave no gravestone unturned in this 3-issue limited series that offers wicked spins on the classic poems of Edgar Allen Poe. Each issue features three adaptations -- lovingly rendered in B&W with gray tones as only Corben can do it -- along with the full text of Poe's poem for comparison. In issue #3: "Berenice," "The Happiest Day," and "Israfel."

32 pages, $3.99, black and white, in stores on July 19.



LICENSED TITLES

THE HALO GRAPHIC NOVEL HC

Written By Lee Hammock, Jay Faerber, Tsutomu Nihei and Brett Lewis, illustrated By Simon Bisley, Andrew Robinson, Ed Lee, Tsutomu Nihei And Jean "Moebius" Giraud, gallery Art By Rick Berry, Geof Darrow, Scott Fischer, Sterling Hundley, Craig Mullins, Tsutomu Nihei, George Pratt, Juan Ramirez, George Staples, Justin Sweet, John Van Fleet, And Kent Williams, cover By Phil Hale

Bungie Studios, part of Microsoft Game Studios, has joined forces with Marvel Comics to release a highly-anticipated graphic novel inspired by one of the most popular franchises in the history of the video game industry.

The Halo Graphic Novel (HGN) brings the Halo universe to life for the first time in the sequential art medium. The HGN is a 128-page, full color, high quality, jacketed, hardcover graphic novel. It features an anthology of original stories, including one lengthy story, and three shorter tales.

128 pages, $24.99.

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ICON TITLES

JACK KIRBY'S GALACTIC BOUNTY HUNTERS #1

Written by Lisa Kirby and Steve Robertson, penciled by Mike Thibodeaux, cover by Jack Kirby.

An all-mew series featuring characters and concepts created by Jack "King" Kirby! In this double-sized first issue, meet the Berkleys, your typical suburban California family. But when young Garrett Berkley discovers his parents' secret--that the science fiction stories his father writes aren't fiction at all, but autobiography--he's blasted into a whole new universe of adventure, mystery and danger. Now, Jack Berkley must put down his pen, reassemble his old team, and take up the mantle of being a Galactic Bounty Hunter for one final mission! Part 1 of 6.

56 pages, $3.99, in stores on July 5.

KABUKI: REFLECTIONS BOOK 6

Written, art and cover by David Mack.

The sixth volume of Kabuki: Reflections, this 48-page, square-bound book delivers with a collection of previously unpublished stories, pages and artwork. Featuring a peek inside Mack's sketchbook, step-by-step commentary about his painted artwork, and loads of art and extras you've never seen before. Ever wonder how David Mack does his artwork? How his pages and covers go from sketches and drawings to finished art? How he uses models and figure drawings? It's all here, with loads of extras!

48 pages, $5.99, in stores on July 12.

POWERS #20

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

"Secret Identity," part 2 of 6. Powers' most explosive year continues. What Walker and Pilgrim first thought to be a tragic double powers suicide reveals itself to be the first victims in their first-ever super-hero serial-killer case.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on July 5.



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