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FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2008

MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

FIRST LOOK: ANITA BLAKE: THE LAUGHING CORPSE -- NECROMANCER #1

Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse -- Necromancer #1 will arrive in stores on April 8 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Laurell K. Hamilton and Jessica Ruffner, with art nad cover by Ron Lim.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The second chapter of begins here! Vampire hunter Anita Blake has crossed the paths of the worst St. Louis has to offer--and now they want her out of the picture for good. But Anita isn't the type of person to go down without a fightŠand she's going to make sure it hurts something fierce."

Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse -- Necromancer #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13 #12

Captain Britain and MI13 #12 will arrive in stores on April 8 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Paul Cornell, with art by Leonard Kirk and a cover by Stuart Immonen.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"In issue 3, Pete Wisdom let loose hordes of Magical villains in order to fight the Skrulls. His chickens are coming home to roost as Dracula has united these forces. They've begun to rip MI13 apart and take England for their own. Treaty with Doctor Doom or not, their threat will not be contained to Great Britain. And there's nothing Pete can do about it."

Captain Britain and MI13 #12 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: DAREDEVIL NOIR #1

Daredevil Noir #1 will arrive in stores on April 8 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Alexander Irvine, with art and cover by Tomm Coker and a variant cover by Dennis Calero.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"'Liar's Poker,' part 1. The latest addition to Marvel's Noir line offers a unique spin on the Man Without Fear! Prohibition-era Hell's Kitchen is Kingpin territory, and until now, his only problem has been the masked vigilante known as Daredevil. When gangster Orville Halloran arrives on the scene, fresh from a stretch in Sing Sing and eager to stretch his wings, Hell's about to get hotter. For P.I. Foggy Nelson and his loyal assistant Matt Murdock, it all starts when a desperate woman comes to their office with an irresistible story about her and Halloran. To Foggy, she's a client -- to Murdock, she's enough to make Halloran Daredevil's next target. But Murdock is about to find out that half-truths are poison truths, and that the Kitchen is full of history that will put him on a collision course with both the old Kingpin and the man who wants to replace him."

Daredevil Noir #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: DARK REIGN: HAWKEYE #1

Dark Reign: Hawkeye #1 will arrive in stores on April 8 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Andy Diggle, with art by Tom Raney and a cover by Clint Langley.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"From the pages of Dark Avengers -- Bullseye cuts loose! The media knows him only as Hawkeye -- but he's really the psychopath named Bullseye! How does the world's deadliest assassin fit in with Norman Osborn's hand-picked team of public do-gooders? What's his agenda, and how does it instantly jeopardize the entire Avengers legacy? And how long can the most ruthless killer ever to walk the Earth be kept on a leash?"

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

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FIRST LOOK: EXILES #1

Exiles #1 will arrive in stores on April 8 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Jeff Parker, with art by Salvador Espin and a cover by Dave Bullock.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Heroes are being pulled out of the worlds they know. The Beast. The Witch. Panther. Forge. Polaris. All find themselves in a place out of time with a new mission in life. But something seems to have shifted in the mechanics of the universe, things may not be quite what is remembered... But one thing is for certain -- Blink is back! Plus 8 pages of Director's Cut Extras!"

Exiles #1 will be 40 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #50

Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #50 will arrive in stores on April 8 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Marc Sumerak and Roger Cruz, with art by Sanford Greene and Sonny Liew and a cover by Patrick Scherberger.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Spidey celebrates his 50th issue milestone in true super hero style with a surprise party unlike any other. Too bad the hosts of this little get together are some of the webbed wonder's fiercest foes! Will our hero be able to defeat the new Sinister Six in time to blow out his candles? Or will he just end up with a face full of cake and a body covered in bruises?"

Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #50 will be 48 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: MARVEL APES: AMAZING SPIDER-MONKEY #1

Marvel Apes: Amazing Spider-Monkey #1 will arrive in stores on April 8 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Karl Kesel and Tom Peyer, with art by Reilly Brown and Chad Hardin and a cover by John Watson.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"From the pages of last year's simian-story, join the Monkey-verse's Peter Parker as he comes to grips with a world too savage for his heroic legacy to allow. But as Spider-Monkey tries to create a better world for all ape-kind, Captain America (the top ape of the ape-verse) ­stands in his way. Will the webbed wonder survive? Meanwhile, Peyer and Hardin take readers deeper into the history of the Ape Universe, as Charles Darwin (yes, the Charles Darwin) uncovers more of the Ape-verse's wonders!"

Marvel Apes: Amazing Spider-Monkey #1 will be 40 pages and cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: PUNISHER: FRANK CASTLE #69

Punisher: Frank Castle #69 will arrive in stores on April 8 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Duane Swierczynski, with art by Michel Lacombe and a cover by Dave Johnson.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"'Six Hours to Kill, Part 4: Minute Men.' Frank Castle finds himself face down in the Philadelphia gutter -- with professional killers, crooked cops, and even the Mayor himself fixing to make sure he dies there. And that's if the poison racing through Castle's veins doesn't kill him first. Can Castle stay conscious enough to save the life of an innocent man -- and take out the criminal mastermind behind it all?"

Punisher: Frank Castle #69 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: THE ODYSSEY #8

The Odyssey #8 will arrive in stores on April 8 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Roy Thomas, with art and cover by Greg Tocchini.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The final chapter of one of the great works of literature. Odysseus and his son Telemachus triumph over the suitors wanting his wife's hand in marriage. An overjoyed Penelope is finally convinced that this is her husband. But there is still one final act to play as the reunited couple is led by the god Hermes to the Land of the Dead to confront the spirit of Odysseus' father, Laertes. It is a gut-wrenching conclusion to the epic journey of this great Greek hero."

The Odyssey #8 will be 32 pages and cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: ALL-NEW SAVAGE SHE-HULK #1

All-New Savage She-Hulk #1 will arrive in stores on April 8 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Fred Van Lente, with art by Peter Vale and a cover by Alex Garner.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"From a world where society as we know it has crumbled and humanity has been irrevocably changed, she comes -- the all-new, all-different Savage She-Hulk! But now, a deadly mission has brought her to current Marvel continuity. What terrible secret does this gamma-irradiated beauty bare? And is she friend or foe, Inhuman or mutant, Avenger, Defender...or Invader? Discover the mysteries surrounding this all-new superstar in the Marvel Universe! Plus 8 pages of Director's Cut Extras!"

All-New Savage She-Hulk #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: TIMESTORM: 2009-2099 #1

Timestorm: 2009-2099 #1 will arrive in stores on April 8 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Brian Reed, with art by Eric Battle and a cover by Christopher Shy.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"2009 meets 2099? Future history has been shattered by events in the present! If you think you know the heroes and villains from Marvel's dark future, it's time to think again! Get ready for the re-imagined 2099 versions of Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, the X-Men and more! Plus 8 pages of Director's Cut Extras!"

Timestorm: 2009-2099 #1 will be 40 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS. HULK #4

Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #4 will arrive in stores on April 8 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Damon Lindelof, with art and cover by Leinil Francis Yu.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The slugfest continues as a new heavy hitter comes a callin', the ultra-sexy Ultimate She-Hulk! Who is this mysterious jade giantess and, more importantly, who's she puttin' the hurt on first?"

Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #4 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #5

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #5 will arrive in stores on April 8 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:

"Dorothy and her friends set out to kill the Wicked Witch of the West. Nothing can stop them, it seems, as they cut a path of carnage through the Witch's armies of wolves, crows, bees and warriors. But when the Witch sacrifices her most powerful magic to summon the Winged Monkeys, the best Dorothy can hope for is slavery -- while her friends face certain destruction!The enchanted land of Oz has never been a more frightening place to be."

he Wonderful Wizard of Oz #5 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: WAR OF KINGS: ASCENSION #1

War of Kings: Ascension #1 will arrive in stores on April 8 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, with art art by Wellinton Alves and a cover by Brandon Peterson.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Who is Talon? What does he want with the young Earthman that Œ90s comic junkies know as Chris Powell? What is the shocking truth that connects the hero called Darkhawk not only to the Shi'Ar, but to the larger cosmos? And how does it all lead to a confrontation with Annihilus' forces in the Negative Zone?"

War of Kings: Ascension #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: WOLVERINE: WEAPON X #1

Wolverine: Weapon X #1 will arrive in stores on April 8 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Jason Aaron, with art by Ron Garney and covers by Garney and Adam Kubert.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'The Adamantium Men,' part 1 of 5. In the jungles of Colombia, people are turning up dead, whole villages brutally slaughtered by a team of soldiers who move through the shadows like ghosts. On the streets of San Francisco, Logan learns that the files from the old Weapon X program, the blueprints for building Adamantium-laced super soldiers like himself, have fallen into the hands of the evil corporation, Roxxon. Once again, it seems, someone is looking to build the perfect killing machine. That means it's time for Wolverine to step in, and remind them that someone already did. Plus 8 pages of Director's Cut Extras!"

Wolverine: Weapon X #1 will be 40 pages and will cost $3.99.

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