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FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2008

MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

FIRST LOOK: MARVEL 1985 #4

Marvel 1985 #4 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Mark Millar, with art and cover by Tommy Lee Edwards.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'Small-Town Mutie.' The villains are here -- in our world -- and no one can stop them! No cop, no army, no government stands a chance when the Red Skull leads Marvel's greatest menaces into an all-out war against a world with no heroes! Young comic-book fan Toby has a plan. But does he have the will to carry it out? Find out in a story with huge repercussions in the Marvel Universe of today...and tomorrow!"

Marvel 1985 #4 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: CAPTAIN AMERICA #41

Captain America #41 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Ed Brubaker, with art and cover by Steve Epting.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The epic 'Death of Captain America' tale hits its penultimate chapter...and the final battle between the New Captain America and the people who killed Steve Rogers begins here!"

Captain America #41 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: FOOLKILLER: WHITE ANGELS #2

Foolkiller: White Angels #2 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Gregg Hurwitz, with art by Paul Azaceta and a cover by Tomm Coker.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"'Punishement Fits The Crime,' part 2. Los Angeles. The City of Angels. For a town that thinks it's pretty, there's plenty of ugly to go around. That's where the Foolkiller comes in -- taking a scalpel to warts, expurgating the cancer that grows in society's gut. This time, the Foolkiller has targeted the hate-crime known as the White Angels, a secret socieyt whose arteries snake throughout the city -- from the back alleys to the Hollywood hills. As he eats his way up the food chain, he¹s about to cross paths with the one vigilante whose legend exceeds his own. A stone-cold killer that has also targeted the White Angels. A predator that doesn't like to share. Enter the Punisher."

Foolkiller: White Angels #2 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.50.

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FIRST LOOK: GHOST RIDER #26

Ghost Rider #26 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Jason Aaron, with art by Tan Eng Huat and a cover by Marko Djurdjevic.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

Danny Ketch is back! But whose side is the former Ghost Rider on, and what familiar faces has he brought with him to the party? And who just got shot in the head with a hellfire shotgun?"

Ghost Rider #26 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #4

Guardians of the Galaxy #4 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, with art by Paul Pelletier and a cover by Clint Langley.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Secret Invasion tie-in. When their HQ is sabotaged, the universe's scrappiest squad of butt-kickers must ask themselves: 'Who do you trust?' Is there a Skrull amongst the Guardians? Maybe the recently returned and revamped Adam Warlock? Or Star-Lord, who now hides behind a mask? And a talking raccoon and a telepathic dog?"

Guardians of the Galaxy #4 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: INCREDIBLE HERCULES #120

Incredible Hercules #120 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, with art by Rafa Randoval and a cover by John Romita Jr.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Secret Invasion tie-in. 'Sacred Invasion' reaches its cosmos-shattering climax! Hercules leads the ragged remains of his God Squad into desperate battle with the unimaginably powerful Skrull pantheon -- and if they lose, Earth dies!"

Incredible Hercules #120 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: IMMORTAL IRON FIST: THE ORIGIN OF DANNY RAND # 1

Immortal Iron Fist: The Origin of Danny Rand #1 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Matt Fraction, Roy Thomas and Len Wein, with art by Kano, Gil Kane and Larry Hama.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"Honor. Dedication. And above all, purity of heart. There have been sixty-six men and women to carry the mantle of The Immortal Iron Fist throughout the ages -- men and women of great courage, valor, skill and sacrifice. Sixty-six men and women have stood between man and the unstoppable forces of evil, willing to give all they have to hold back the hordes. This is the story of Danny Rand, the Iron Fist of today -- as told in The Book of the Iron Fist! Raised in the otherworldly kingdom of K'un-Lun as an unparalleled martial artist, the Earth-born Rand mastered the ability to focus his spiritual energy into an impervious fist of iron. Now, as the costumed adventurer called Iron Fist, he fights with the fury of his ancestors and a hope for a better tomorrow! Experience the birth of a legend like never before is this special re-presentation of Marvel Premiere #15-16 -- featuring lush, fully rendered coloring and an all-new framing sequence by Matt Fraction and Kano."

Immortal Iron Fist: The Origin of Danny Rand #1 will be 48 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #32

Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #32 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Stuart Moore, with art by Carlo Pagulayan and a cover by Adi Granov.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'With Iron Hands,' part 4 of 4. With the Alpha Team out of action, Tony Stark must stop both the nuclear terrorist and the monstrous Overkill Mind -- alone. But even if he can reach the twisted S.H.I.E.L.D. agent at the heart of the Mind, the nation of Kirikhstan may pay an explosive price. "

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

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FIRST LOOK: X-FACTOR SPECIAL: LAYLA MILLER

X-Factor Special: Layla Miller will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Peter David, with art by Valentine De Landro and a cover by Boo Cook.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Trapped in a future she never made, Layla Miller finds herself smack in the middle of the Summers rebellion that was responsible for the eventual liberation of mutants from the camps. The only question is, will she survive it?"

X-Factor Special: Layla Miller will be 48 pages and cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: MOON KNIGHT #21

Moon Knight #21 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Mike Benson, with art by Mark Texeira and a cover by Arthur Suydam.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'The Death of Marc Spector,' part 1 of 6. Moon Knight has been an eyesore to the Initiative...and he's about to pay the price. With Tony Stark forced onto the sidelines, Norman Osborn has been tapped to bring in the fugitive super hero -- by all means necessary. The Thunderbolts have just been sicced on Moon Knight. To survive, he's going to have to go a bit crazy."

Moon Knight #21 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: PUNISHER #61

Punisher #61 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Gregg Hurwitz, with art by Laurence Campbell and a cover by Dave Johnson.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'Girls in White Dresses,' part 1. The first of three story arcs written by three of the hottest writers in crime fictions starts here with a tale of death, depravity and revenge south of the border. In black vans and under cover of night, they descend on the little Mexican town of Tierra Rota, abducting its women and returning them days later like broken dolls. And no one can stop them. That is, until one brave soul approaches Frank Castle with his heart in one hand and a bag full of money in the other. Now Frank's no bounty hunter, and definitely no hero, but there are some things the Punisher just can't abide."

Punisher #61 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: SKRULLS VS. POWER PACK #2

Skrulls vs. Power Pack #2 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Fred Van Lente, with art by Cory Hamscher and a cover by Gurihuru.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Slimy Skrulls have been impersonating Marvel's premiere all-kids super team and committing crimes around the galaxy! But Power Pack, Franklin Richards and Smartship Friday have a plan to flush out the copycats! How? By committing crimes all around the universe and becoming intergalactic gangstas!"

Skrulls vs. Power Pack #2 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: SQUADRON SUPREME 2 #2

Squadron Supreme 2 #2 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Howard Chaykin, with art by Marco Turini and a cover by Greg Land.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'Power to the People,' part 2 of 6. Four astronauts have returned from the moon...changed. And Ultimate Nick Fury, Emil Burbank and Arcanna Jones have found them. Fury's hip-deep in a new conspiracy -- but the only kind of conspiracy he likes is one he createsŠ So what¹s he going to do now that new super heroes are appearing all around America, taking the place of the missing Squadron Supreme? And who isŠthe Bio-General?"

Squadron Supreme 2 #2 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: TRUE BELIEVERS #2

True Believers #2 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Cary Bates, with art and cover by Paul Gulacy.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'Daddy Issues.' Can it be true? Reed Richards pulled over for recklessly driving the Fantasticar and charged with a DUI? That's what the True Believers claim in their latest blog -- and they've posted the arrest report, police cam footage and a degrading mug-shot to prove it! We learn more about the background of Mavis Trent (a.k.a. Payback) when she discovers she not only has an incensed Fantastic Four to deal with, but her own demons as well -- specifically, the one that appears to be the spirit of her dead father!"

True Believers #2 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #57

Ultimate Fantastic Four #57 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Mike Carey, with art by Tyler Kirkham and a cover by Billy Tan.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The final smackdown with Ultimate Salem's Seven! The shocking secret of Agatha Harkness! The rage of Prince Namor, the Ultimate Sub-Mariner! All this and more in the explosive conclusion!"

Ultimate Fantastic Four #57 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: UNCANNY X-MEN #501

Uncanny X-Men #501 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, with art and cover by Greg Land.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Things start out grim for the newest X-Girl as the team gets settled into its new secret headquarters. Scott and Emma do what Scott and Emma do best-- but what's the secret project Scott's been building? And is anyone prepared for the menace of the Hellfire Cult? Mysteries, riddles, enigmas, and pain freaks all converge in the brave new world of San Francisco -- all in SFX 1: All Tomorrow's Parties!"

Uncanny X-Men #501 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: X-FACTOR #34

X-Factor #34 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Peter David, with art by Larry Stroman and a cover by Boo Cook.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Secret Invasion tie-in. X-Factor is in pursuit of Darwin, whose father is looking for him. She-Hulk and Jazinda are in pursuit of Longshot, who may hold the key to defeating the Skrull invasion. With Darwin and Longshot on the run, neither of them wanting to be found, you'd just assume that X-Factor and She-Hulk will work together smoothly to accomplish both their goals. But what fun would that be?"

X-Factor #34 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS #15

X-Men: First Class #15 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Jeff Parker, with art by Karl Kesel and a cover by Carlo Pagulayan.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Is she a bad girl? Is she a mutant? Does even she know what or who she is? Is that her real hair? The mysterious Medusa has escaped the reach of the Fantastic Four, only to run right into the home of the Uncanny X-Men!"

X-Men: First Class #15 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: YOUNG X-MEN #5

Young X-Men #5 will arrive in stores on August 20 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Marc Guggenheim, with art by Yanick Paquette and a cover by Terry Dodson.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"It's Marvel's youngest mutants in their final showdown and one of them won't be walking away from it. The Young X-Men's first story arc ends here and nothing will ever be the same again."

Young X-Men #5 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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