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FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2008

MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

FIRST LOOK: AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE FEATURING REPTIL #1

Avengers: The Initiative Featuring Reptil #1 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Christos N. Gage, with art by Steve Uy and a cover by Humberto Ramos.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Stegron the Dinosaur Man and his dinosaur army launch a campaign of destruction across America! With the Fifty State Initiative in tatters from the fallout of Secret Invasion, Tigra must pull together a squad from the few superhumans still fit for duty, including Cloud 9, Komodo, Prodigy -- and a brand new recruit. The debut of Marvel's newest superstar-- Reptil! Will he save the Initiative...or ruin it?"

Avengers: The Initiative Featuring Reptil #1 will be 48 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: CAPTAIN AMERICA #48

Captain America #48 will arrive in stores on March 25 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 New Captain America faces the crimes of his past as the Winter Soldier as the Sub-Mariner and the Black Widow struggle to stop a new foe from unleashing a deadly attack on the world! "

Captain America #48 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: DAREDEVIL #117

Daredevil #117 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Ed Brubaker, with art by Michael Lark and a cover by Marko Djurdjevic.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"'Return of the King' continues! Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime, comes back to Hell's Kitchen to forge a pact with Daredevil! Their target? Lady Bullseye and the Hand!"

Daredevil #117 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: DARK REIGN: ELEKTRA #1

Dark Reign: Elektra #1 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Zeb Wells, with art by Clay Mann and covers by Lee Bermejo and Mann.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"She's the deadliest woman in the world...and she's never been in worse shape. Broken, beaten, and tortured by alien scientists, Elektra stumbles to freedom in the aftermath of the Skrull invasion. Now she struggles and fights to stay barely alive, and to clear her name for atrocities committed by an impostor. A lot of people want Elektra killed...and in her state, that shouldn't be too difficult."

Dark Reign: Elektra #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: FANTASTIC FOUR #565

Fantastic Four #565 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Mark Millar, with art and cover by Bryan Hitch.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"A visit to Reed's remotest relatives becomes a fight for survival as a creature beyond the confines of science targets the Richards' offspring for consumption."

Fantastic Four #565 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #12

Guardians of the Galaxy #12 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, with art by Wesley Craig and a cover by David Yardin.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"If Captain Marvel is no more, how is he here? With War of Kings about to explode across the galaxy, two of the Guardians face death itself! Drax and Quasar journey beyond the veil of life in a desperate quest to find Moondragon. But what is waiting for them on the other side, and will it ever let them return?"

Guardians of the Galaxy #12 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: IMMORTAL IRON FIST #24

Immortal Iron Fist #24 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Duane Swierczynski, with art by Kano and a cover by Patrick Zircher.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"There have been 66 men and women to carry the mantle of the Immortal Iron Fist -- 66 men and women who have proudly and eagerly stood fast before the unstoppable forces of evil, and valiantly fought them back. Except one.

"This is the story of Park Li -- a pacifist, who sought to pursue wisdom rather than war. But fate would defy him -- as K'un-Lun is overwhelmed by a deadly plague, Park Li is the only student ready to become the city's Immortal Weapon. And war is coming...bloody, brutal war..."

Immortal Iron Fist #24 will be 32 pages and cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: INCREDIBLE HERCULES #127

Incredible Hercules #127 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Fred Van Lente and Greg Pak, with art by Dietrich Smith and a cover by Dave Williams.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"As Hera consolidates her takeover of Olympus, marking Hercules and Athena for death, she reaches out to forge an alliance with the greatest mortal power on the planet -- Norman Osborn! With the forces of Heaven and Earth both arrayed against our heroes, how can they possibly survive? And what role does the ex-New Warrior Aegis play in Hera's mad scheme?"

Incredible Hercules #127 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #46

Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #46 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Paul Tobin, with art by John Buran and a cover by David Williams.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"From a long-lost world comes two new citizens to New York: Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal! Unfortunately for them, while they've been living the easy life of cartoon characters, their arch-nemesis Toughy Cat has been living in the real world, and gaining immense power! What used to be all fun and games is now deadly serious! Luckily, when Johnny runs across the desperate duo, the Fantastic Four agree to provide a new life, and protection, for Ziggy and Silly, but can even the Fantastic Four stand against a nigh invulnerable feline fury?"

Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #46 will be 32 pages and cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: MIGHTY AVENGERS #23

Mighty Avengers #23 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Dan Slott, with art by Khoi Pham.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'Earth's Mightiest Part 3 of 3: The Last Knight on Earth.' How can the Mighty Avengers save all of reality from one of their greatest foes... when they can't even stop fighting each other? To survive their first trial by fire, lines will be crossed, ideals will be compromised, and not every hero will make the cut. This one's going to change the Marvel landscape!"

Mighty Avengers #23 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: MS. MARVEL #37

Ms. Marvel #37 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Brian Reed, with art by Patrick Olliffe and a cover by Phil Jimenez.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"It's a throwdown in Hong Kong against the mysteriously powered Ghazi as Ms. Marvel finally discovers the origin of her mysterious enemy. However, Carol has been keeping a secret connected to the Dark Reign concerning Norman Osborn and it may just mean she won't survive the fight."

Ms. Marvel #37 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: NEW AVENGERS #51

New Avengers #51 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art and cover by Billy Tan.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Who is the new Sorcerer Supreme? Doctor Strange has failed as the Master of the Mystic Arts and all the other mystic characters are the heir apparent. Strange comes to the New Avengers for help as the mystic battle royale begins. Plus, how can the Avengers trust Spider-Man if he won't take his mask off?"

New Avengers #51 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: NOVA #23

Nova #23 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, with art by Andrea DiVtio and a cover by Daniel Acuna.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"War of Kings brings a new status quo -- and a new penciler, Andrea DiVito! Who is the new Protector of the Universe? Stripped of his Nova powers and facing death, Rich Rider must stop the Worldmindıs plans before itıs too late. But he needs power to do it, which may come from a source that will change his very identity!"

Nova #23 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: RUNAWAYS #8

Runaways #8 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Terry Moore, with art by Takeshi Miyazawa and a cover by Humberto Ramos.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Evil shock-jock Val Rhymin' shows LA that heıs not just a radio host -- he's also an uber-powerful sorcerer! But it's the fact that he's Chase's boss that gets the Runaways involved. Can they save their teammate? Does he even want to be saved?"

Runaways #8 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: SKAAR: SON OF HULK #9

Skaar: Son of Hulk #9 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Greg Pak, with art by Butch Guice and a cover by Alex Garner.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Where the Hulk smashed, the Son of Hulk slaughters. Where the Hulk found wisdom, the Son of Hulk knows only wrath. But can the shining sojourner known as the Silver Surfer reveal the father to the son and awaken the man within the monster? And can Skaar in turn thwart the Surfer from leading his master Galactus to feast upon Planet Sakaar and its ancient Old Power? Shocking revelations and terrifying twists await as Skaar and the Silver Surfer face off one last time -- with the fate of billions in the balance!"

Skaar: Son of Hulk #9 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: WAR MACHINE #4

War Machine #4 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Greg Pak, with art by Leonardo Manco and a cover by Francesco Mattina.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"War Machine + God of War = Get the heck out of the way! As Rhodeyıs commando run against the mercenaries of Eaglestar International explodes into open warfare in the capitol city of Aqiria, our one-man-army makes two shocking discoveries. First, the horrifying secret of Eaglestar's wartech may strike closer to home than he ever suspected. And second, the only thing worse than having Ares, God of War, as an enemy...is having him as a friend!"

War Machine #4 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: WAR OF KINGS: DARKHAWK #2

War of Kings: Darkhawk #2 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by C.B. Cebulski, with art by Harvey Tolibao and Bong Dazo and a cover by Brandon Peterson.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Is Darkhawk ready to embrace his new role in the cosmos? What drives Chris Powell into unknown territory? What is the truth kept long hidden from him? And what side will he take in the War of Kings? The latest Marvel cosmic star is born here! Plus: a retro blast from the past with a reprint of Darkhawk #2!"

War of Kings: Darkhawk #2 will be 48 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: WOLVERINE: FIRST CLASS #13

Wolverine: First Class #13 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Peter David, with art by Ronan Cliquet and a cover by David Williams.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Kitty Pryde usually likes museums, but wouldn't you know it...the art gallery that Wolverine's taken her to is run by the evil Hand (they're Ninja types), which means that Daredevil and Elektra can't be too far away from the action."

Wolverine: First Class #13 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.



FIRST LOOK: X-FORCE/CABLE: MESSIAH WAR PROLOGUE

X-Force/Cable: Messiah War Prologue will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, with art by Mike Choi and Sonia Oback and covers by Kaare Andrews, Choi/Oback and Rob Liefeld.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The birth of a single mutant child forever changed the landscape of the X-Universe. Some see the baby as the last hope for mutankind's survival; others see it as the bringer of the Apocalypse. No one knows which side is right because Cyclops handed the newborn over to Cable, believing his son could save both the child and mutantkind. But Cable never came back. Now, months later, Cyclops has found his son hiding in the future... and he's sending in the one team that will do what needs to be done in order to ensure the survival of their species... X-Force. The X-Men event of the decade, 'Messiah Complex,' continues here as the past, present and future converge in the pages of X-Force and Cable. Continues next month in the pages of Cable #13 and X-Force #14!"

X-Force/Cable: Messiah War Prologue will be 48 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: X-INFERNUS #4

X-Infernus #4 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by C.B. Cebulski, with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and a cover by David Finch.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The conclusion to the winter X-Men event! The X-Men team that leaves to save Illyana from Limbo is not the same as the one that left. It's X-Man vs. X-Man with all of their souls on the line."

X-Infernus #4 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: X-MEN: THE LIVES AND TIMES OF LUCAS BISHOP #2

X-Men: The Lives and Times of Lucas Bishop #2 will arrive in stores on March 25 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Duane Swierczynski, with art by Larry Stroman and a cover by Ariel Olivetti.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The untold story of Lucas Bishop, renegade X-Man, continues here! Seventy years in the future, a young Bishop makes the hard journey from petty street thief to hero cop -- but along the way, learns more about the green-eyed girl who damned mutants everywhere to a life of suffering and death. But when a time portal opens up, Bishop is given a glimpse of mutant life in the past... and a glimmer of hope in an otherwise murky future."

X-Men: The Lives and Times of Lucas Bishop #2 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

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