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FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008

MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

FIRST LOOK: AMERICAN DREAM #2

American Dream #2 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Tom DeFalco, with art by Todd Nauck and a cover by Ron Frenz.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"As the star-spangled splendor struggles to find a balance between her personal and superhero lives, a hunt for a missing fiancée unexpectedly leads American Dream into a battle with an unstoppable new super-foe and terrifyingly new kind of terrorist."

America Dream #2 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: AVENGERS CLASSIC #12

Avengers Classic #12 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Stan Lee and Bob Burden, with art by Don Heck and Juan Doe and a cover by Art Adams.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'This Hostage Earth.' In which the mighty Avengers battle to save their beloved planet from a fate so deadly that none but the macabre Mole Man could have devised it! Plus: A new Avengers adventure chockablock with madcap mayhem. And more all-new material in this double-sized final issue!"

Avengers Classic #12 will be 48 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #13

Avengers: The Initiative #13 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Christos Gage, with art and cover by Steve Uy.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"There's a contract out on The Taskmaster, and no shortage of villains willing to fulfill it. But what'll kill him first -- the bad guys, or his latest class of recruits? Welcome Annex, Prodigy, Gorilla Girl, Sunstreak and Batwing to the Initiative. But are they -- is anyone -- ready for the coming of...Butterball?"

Avengers: The Initiative #13 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: BLACK PANTHER #36

Black Panther #36 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Reginald Hudlin, with art by Francis Portella and a cover by Alan Davis.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"'Back to Africa,' part 2. Back in Wakanda, the Royal Couple's troubles continue, as one of T'Challa's greatest foes makes his power move. "

Black Panther #36 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: CAPTAIN AMERICA #38

Captain America #38 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Ed Brubaker, with art and cover by Steve Epting.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Bucky Barnes never wanted to be Captain America, but he's doing his best to carry on the legacy of Steve Rogers, in his own way, while trying to save Sharon Carter from the Red Skull and his minions. But maybe he's not the only one running around in a Captain America outfit! Part Two of 'The Man Who Bought America.'"

Captain America #38 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: FANTASTIC FOUR #557

Fantastic Four #557 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Mark Millar, with art and cover by Bryan Hitch.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'World's Greatest' concludes! It's the ultimate engine of peace pitted against Reed Richards' most lethal invention, for all the marbles!"

Fantastic Four #557 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: GHOST RIDER #23

Ghost Rider #23 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Jason Aaron, with art by Roland Boschi and a cover by Marko Djurdjevic.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"'Hell-Bent and Heaven Bound,' the first arc by the new creative team, comes to its explosive conclusion. Ghost Rider has faced off against machine-gun-toting nuns, flesh-rending spirits and hungry cannibals, but has that brought him any closer to an answer in his quest for vengeance?"

Ghost Rider #23 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: INCREDIBLE HERCULES #117

Incredible Hercules #117 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Grag Pak, with art by Rafa Sandoval and a cover by John Romita Jr.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Secret Invasion tie-in. The Greek Goliath gathers the most powerful super-team ever assembled to counter-attack the Skrull gods! Face front, True Believers, and prepare for the pantheon-pounding premiere of... The God Squad!"

Incredible Hercules #117 will be 32 pages and cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: THE ILIAD #6

Marvel Illustrated: The Iliad #6 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Roy Thomas, with art by Miguel Angel Sepulveda and a cover by Paolo Rivera.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"While the epic battle continues to rage, Patroclus pleads with Achilles to wear the hero's armor in combat. With Achilles' blessing, Patroclus sallies forth with the fearsome Myrmidons at his back. Guided by the god Apollo, the Trojan warrior Hector joins the disguised Patroclus in combat, the outcome of which will seal the fates of these two great civilizations!"

Marvel Illustrated: The Iliad #6 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #29

Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #29 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Daniel Knauf and Charles Knauf, with art by Roberto De La Torre and a cover by Adi Granov.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'Damasqus,' part 1 of 4 A war has broken out among organized crime factions, and innocents are killed. As Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tony Stark is divided: does his organization work diplomatically, or start kicking butts and taking names? When Madame Masque enters the picture, sparks fly and an ancient legacy of the Maggia crime family is revealed."

Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #29 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: MARVEL ADVENTURES THE AVENGERS #24

Marvel Adventures The Avengers #24 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Jeff Parker, with art by Ig Guara and a cover by Leonard Kirk.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Giant-Girl hates Spider-Man. Spider-Man hates Ant-Man. Ant-Man hates Iron Man. Iron Man hates...everyone. Where is all this hate coming from? Some kind of... Monger, perhaps?"

Marvel Adventures The Avengers #24 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: MIGHTY AVENGERS #14

Mighty Avengers #14 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art by Alex Maleev and a cover by Marko Djurdjevic.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Secret Invasion tie-in. Where has Nick Fury been and who are the new Howling Commandos? It's the debut of all-new characters and some surprising revelations about some classic ones as Nick starts to put his plan to stop the Invasion together. But will it be enough?"

Mighty Avengers #14 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: WAR IS HELL: THE FIRST FLIGHT OF THE PHANTOM EAGLE #3

War is Hell: The First Flight of the Phantom Eagle #3 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Garth Ennis, with art by Howard Chaykin and a cover by John Cassaday.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"An unfortunate ailment aids Kauffman in battle, but his celebration is short lived, as the unit is running low on airworthy planes and pilots alike. Kauffman has seen more action than he ever dreamed, but still can't reconcile his fantasies with the horrors around him. There's no glory on the battlefield, no chivalry in the air and no end in sight for this war. Can Kauffman make it through alive? And if so, what will he sacrifice for the sake of survival?"

War is Hell: The First Flight of the Phantom Eagle #3 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #54

Ultimate Fantastic Four #54 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Mike Carey, with art by Tyler Kirkham and a cover by Bill Tan.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"A new story filled with supernatural surprises and all-out action! When the FF help out with the excavation of the Mole Man's underground city, they awaken something that should have been left sleeping! Who is Agatha Harkness? What are Salem's Seven? New Ultimate characters! A new artist! All this ­ plus, someone has the hots for the Human Torch!"

Ultimate Fantastic Four #54 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: ULTIMATE X-MEN #94

Ultimate X-Men #94 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Aron Coleite, with art by Mark Brooks and a cover by Gabriele Dell'Otto.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"New scribe Aron Coleite jumps aboard, fresh from his stint as one of the top writers on the NBC show Heroes! Regrouping after the devastating battle against Apocalypse, the X-Men encounter a new adversary which seems unstoppable. To fight it, the young mutants must ask themselves: how far are they willing to go and what are they willing to take to raise their game? The answer will test the bonds and shake the team to its very core."

Ultimate X-Men #94 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #25

Wolverine: Origins #25 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Daniel Way, with art by Steve Dillon and a cover by Simone Bianchi.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'The Deep End,' Part 5. The trap has sprung. Wolverine is Deadpool's prisoner. But Deadpool isn't getting paid to deliver a prisoner -- he's getting paid to take Logan out, once and for all. Is that even possible? Deadpool has found a way, but just as he's about to pull the trigger (so to speak)... the other trap springs! Be here for the completely twisted conclusion! Plus: Celebrate the 25th issue with a special bonus: the very first appearance of Deadpool, from New Mutants #98, plotted and penciled by Rob Liefeld and scripted by Fabian Nicieza!"

Wolverine: Origins #25 will be 48 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: X-FACTOR #31

X-Factor #31 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Peter David, with art by Pablo Raimondi and a cover by Glenn Fabry.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Never has a title said it all quite like 'The Middle East Side is Burning.' X-Factor's battle with Arcade may be over, but the former Mutant Town is now paying the price. Walled in, cut off from any possible aid, the residents of the Middle East Side are hemmed in by flames on all sides, and their only hope of survival are the embattled members of X-Factor."

X-Factor #31 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: X-MEN: DIVIDED WE STAND BOOK 2

X-Men: Divided We Stand Book 2 will arrive in stores on May 21 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Mike Carey, C.B. Cebulski, Duane Swierczynski and Andy Schmidt, with art by Scot Eaton, David LaFuente, Frazer Irving and more and a cover by Brandon Peterson.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Exploring the fallout of Messiah CompleX, the second part of this collection of short stories follows some of our favorite mutants as they make their way in a world without the X-Men. And only those who adapt will survive. Featuring Beast, Dark Beast, Havok, Vulcan and Surge!"

X-Men: Divided We Stand Book 2 will be 48 pages and will cost $3.50.

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