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FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010

MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

FIRST LOOK: ASTONISHING X-MEN: XENOGENESIS #1

Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #1 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Warren Ellis, with art and covers by Kaare Andrews.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'Something's hap, pening in the tiny East African city of Mbangwi. Something that requires immediate investigation. A newborn sprouts metal electrodes and explodes, taking out an entire hospital. Is this the first wave of mutant rebirth that the X-Men have been praying for...or something very, very different? Something sinister?"

Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #1 will be 40 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #35

Avengers: The Initiative #35 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Chistos N. Gage, with art by Jorge Molina and a cover by David Yardin.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"'The series finale – and the end of the Initiative as we know it! Learn the fate of your favorite heroes, villains...and those who aren't quite sure what they are, but who are going to have to decide in a hurry! Who will taste sweet victory? Who will know the agony of defeat? For some this is an end -- for others, a new beginning (which you'll be reading about very soon)! Camp H.A.M.M.E.R. is falling...and The Heroic Age is dawning! "

Avengers: The Initiative #35 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: BLACK WIDOW #2

Black Widow #2 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Marjorie Liu, with art by Daniel Acuna and covers by Acuna and Marko Djurdjevic.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

Somebody wants the super-spy codenamed the Black Widow dead...and they came damn close! Now Natasha Romanoff, recovering and angry, chases the trail with fatal skill! What do her friends Iron Man, Wolverine and Daredevil know about her would-be killer...and why won't they help her?"

Black Widow #2 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: DAREDEVIL: CAGE MATCH #1

Daredevil: Cage Match #1 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Antony Johnston, with art by Sean Chen and a cover by Marko Djurdjevic.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Before the Shadowland comes, we look back at a bit of brutal history between Luke Cage and Daredevil, revealing a mutual respect that may soon be torn asunder."

Daredevil: Cage Match #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #893

Deadpool Team-Up #893 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Rob Williams, with art by Matteo Scalera and covers by Humberto Ramos and Scalera.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Cor Blimey guv'nor and, indeed, luv a duck. The fabled missing weapons haul of Captain Britain's old enemy Slaymaster has finally been discovered, which sends Deadpool, and every other mercenary with air miles to cash in, to jolly old England in pursuit of a very large payday. But Captain Britain isn't just going to let the deadly Slaymaster tech hit the o, pen market. That just wouldn't be cricket."

Deadpool Team-Up #893 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: HULK #22

Hulk #22 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Jeph Loeb, with art and cover by Ed McGuinness.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The Fall is over. Long wage the War. Red Hulk and Banner have failed, and their worst nightmares have come to kill them. Will they die fighting M.O.D.O.K. and his army of Hulks, or die by the hands of the Hulked-Out Heroes? Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness begin the end in this first chapter of World War Hulks."

Hulk #22 will be 32 pages and cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: INCREDIBLE HULK #609

Incredible Hulk #609 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Greg Pak, with art by Paul Pelletier and a cover by John Romita Jr.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"Planet Hulk was big.  World War Hulk was bigger.  Now with World War Hulks, the Marvel Universe explodes with the biggest emotional story ever to hit Bruce Banner and the Incredible Hulk!   Following the mindbending twist ending of Fall of the Hulks, everything Bruce Banner knows has been turned upside-down -- and everything he's ever desired may be just a heartbeat away.   Skaar, Son of Hulk, enters his most brutal battle, Bruce Banner faces his greatest temptation, and the secret identity of a certain scarlet smasher is finally revealed!"

Incredible Hulk #609 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: IRON MAN 2: PUBLIC IDENTITY #3

Iron Man 2: Public Identity #3 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Justin Theroux and Joe Casey, with art by Barry Kitson and a cover by Adi Granov.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"An all-new, story officially set in the world of the Iron Man movies! Find out here how Tony Stark gets from point A -- the 'I am Iron Man' press conference from the blockbuster hit Iron Man -- to point B when the story of Iron Man 2 begins and Tony is butting heads with the U.S. government. Everybody wants to get their hands on Tony Stark's game-changing Iron Man technology...and Tony knows the damage his armor could wreak in irresponsible hands. But a reckless military leader gets involved -- a familiar Marvel face with close ties to Tony's past – and he's got his own plans that don't involve waiting for Stark to just hand over the suit… "

Iron Man 2: Public Identity #3 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: IRON MAN NOIR #2

Iron Man Noir #2 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Scott Snyder, with art by Manuel Garcia and a cover by Mike Fyles.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"In 1938 New York City, when the country is at the brink of war, Tony Stark has discovered something that could turn the tide...and save his life. The plot thickens as Tony and his crew take to the high seas in search of the Lost City of Atlantis, with the Nazis hot on their heels."

Iron Man Noir #2 will be 40 pages and cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: LOCKJAW & THE PET AVENGERS UNLEASHED #3

Lockjaw & The Pet Avengers Unleashed #3 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Chris Eliopoulos, with art by Ig Guara and covers by Guara and Takeshi Miyazawa.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"There are worlds beyond our own. There are powers we don't understand. And there are pets that cannot be controlled. Are the Pet Avengers might enough to save the entire world from amazing creatures of myth?"

Lockjaw & The Pet Avengers Unleashed #3 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: NEW AVENGERS: LUKE CAGE #2

New Avengers: Luke Cage #2 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by John Arcudi, with art and cover by Eric Canete.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"A Hero for Hire gone bad! What drove Luke Cage's old friend to a life of crime -- and who are the forces out to destroy North Philadelphia? As Cage's trip into his past continues, can he hold onto the man his family loves -- or will an old enemy push him over the edge?"

New Avengers: Luke Cage #2 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: MARVEL ADVENTURES SUPER HEROES #2

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #2 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Paul Tobin, with art by Ronan Cliquet and a cover by Clayton Henry.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Who will be the new herald of Galactus? It seems the devourer of Worlds is in need of a new right hand and thousands of frenzied would-be-heralds are out to prove they are up for the task. Can Thor, Iron Man, the Black Widow and the Invisible Woman stem the tide of mayhem, and uncover the truth behind Galactus' call?"

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #2 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: THE MARVELS PROJECT #8

The Marvels Project #8 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Ed Brubaker, with art by Steve Epting.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The startling conclusion to the origin of the Marvel Universe. Pearl Harbor, secret Nazi experiments gone wrong, and the seeds of destruction that would lead to the modern Marvel world of today will stand revealed!"

The Marvels Project #8 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.50.

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FIRST LOOK: NEW AVENGERS FINALE #1

New Avengers Finale #1 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art and cover by Bryan Hitch.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"In the wake of Siege, an all-new shocking conclusion to the landmark New Avengers series. New Avengers is coming to an end...but not without a bang. For the first time ever, series regular Brian Bendis teams up with the superstar artist that reinvented team books for this generation...Bryan Hitch. The entirety of the Marvel landscape has changed and many Avengers do not know their place in it. But before they can move on, some very important loose ends need to be tied up. A.K.A. it's payback time!! All this and a bevy of super star artists stop by to pay tribute to the work they made famous over the course of this top-selling book."

New Avengers Finale #1 will be 48 pages and will cost $4.99.

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FIRST LOOK: NEW MUTANTS #13

New Mutants #13 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Zeb Wells, with art by Ibrainm Roberson and covers by Adi Granov and covers by David Finch and John Tyler Christopher.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'Second Coming,' part 7. Nothing is going right for Cyclops, as he tries to prepare his army for war. The X-Men are falling apart at the seams. Schisms are forming regarding Hope and her importance while Bastion's spy continues to terrorize them from inside their own home."

New Mutants #13 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: HEROIC AGE: PRINCE OF POWER #1

Heroic Age: Prince of Power #1 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, with art by Reilly Brown and a cover by Humberto Ramos.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The Lion of Olympus has fallen. And as the Heroic Age dawns, the Golden Mace of Hercules passes to a new Prince of Power...who just hap, pens to be Herc's best friend, Korean-American kid genius, Amadeus Cho. But when Amadeus finally reveals what he plans to do with his new power, the heavens themselves may shatter as Marvel's mightiest pantheons are shaken to the core! And wait a minute...what's Thor doing on the cover of this book? Writers Pak and Van Lente and beloved Thorcules artist Reilly Brown bring the thunder with the next essential chapter in the mind-blowing, heart-wrenching, and gut-busting epic that is the Incredible Hercules experience!"

Heroic Age: Prince of Power #1 will be 40 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: PUNISHER MAX #7

Punisher MAX #7 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Jason Aaron, with art by Steve Dillon and a cover by Dave Johnson.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"'Bulleseye,' part 2. Frank Castle is reeling, wounded and on the run like never before, all thanks to the psychotic assassin known as Bullseye.  What insanely murderous lengths will Bullseye go to in order to bring down his target?  And just how far over the edge is Frank willing to slip to stay alive?"

Punisher MAX #7 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: SIEGE #4

Siege #4 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art by Olivier Coipel and covers by Coipel, Gabriele Dell'Otto and Joe Quesada.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"This double-sized finale brings the Dark Reign to a shattering conclusion and brings with it the bombastic new Heroic Age. Every single page of this book is a shocker: Lives are changed. Heroes fall. Deaths. Revenge. Villain comeuppance. And when the dust settles, who will be in charge of the Marvel Universe? You will find out here and only here. This is the one they will be talking about. "

Siege #4 will be 40 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: SIEGE: EMBEDDED #4

Siege: Embedded #4 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Brian Reed, with art by Chris Samnee and a cover by Adi Granov.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"As the Siege of Asgard escalates to its final chaotic moments, one man must decide which is more important -- living through the day, or getting the truth behind the story of the century!"

Siege: Embedded #4 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: SUPER HERO SQUAD #5

Super Hero Squad #5 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Todd Dezago, with art and cover by Leonel Castellani.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"As Gamma Rays permeate the Marvel Universe, the Super Hero Squad find that they are not immune to the phenomenon when an anomalous Fractal puts the Hulk on everyone within it's range! Plus--Hulked-Out Super Hero Squad Ant-Man and Hulked-Out Super Squad Thor meets Hulked-Out Fin Fang Foom! Don't make them angry..You won't like any of the Squaddies if you make them angry!"

Super Hero Squad #5 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #10

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #10 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art and cover by David Lafuente.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"It's the end of the road for Miss Kitty Pryde as the law comes to Midtown High School to take her away.  Will she go quietly into the night or will Peter Parker and his amazing friends come to her rescue?  The answer will surprise you.  Plus: the return of the Daily Bugle and J. Jonah Jameson, and the debut of an Ultimate villain that will take over Peter Parker's life in every way, shape and form."

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #10 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #8

Web of Spider-Man #8 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Fred Van Lente and J.M. DeMatteis, with art by Paul Azaceta and Val Semeiks and covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic and Mike McKone.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"With an Age of Heroes unfolding around him, Superhero-Critic-in-Chief, Mayor J. Jonah Jameson, finds himself the target of a vicious assassination plot courtesy of a pro-super human vigilante in 'The Extremist,' part 1!"

Web of Spider-Man #8 will be 40 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: WOLVERINE #900

Wolverine #900 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by David Finch, C.B. Cebulski, Dean Motter, Marc Bernardin, Todd Dezago and Matt Yocum, with art by Finch, Greg Scott, Pow Rodrix, Jason Craig and Jake Bilbao and a cover by Finch.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"X-Man. Avenger. Soldier. And that's just the half of it. In this atomic-sized special, superstar David Finch leads a platoon of comic's most talented creators in giving the Canadian killer a 21-gun salute. Ninjas, bar-room brawls, Morlocks and pirates (yes, pirates!): this issue sees the most marvelous mutant of all put through the paces. And if five-all new tales of Snikt-tastic action wasn't enough, there's classic reprints featuring some of Logan's greatest hits!"

Wolverine #900 will be 104 pages and will cost $4.99.

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FIRST LOOK: X-FACTOR FOREVER #3

X-Factor Forever #3 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Louise Simonson, with art by Dan Panosian and Aluir Almancino and a cover by Panosian.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"If you can't trust a semi-autonomous battle cruiser from space to betray you to a bunch of alien gods, who can you trust? That's the question facing the mutant tyrant Apocalypse when Ship, the Celestial artifact-turned-X-Factor-HQ, develops sentience and starts reporting to its makers. What exactly has Ship told the omnipotent Celestials...and what does it all have to do with young Christopher Summers?"

X-Factor Forever #3 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: X-MEN FOREVER #23

X-Men Forever #23 will arrive in stores on May 12 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, with art and cover by Marko Djurdjevic.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The cataclysmic, catastrophic events of Thor #600 have rocked Asgard. What unexpected way do his true friends figure out to help him? And what could possibly be the next step in the devious LokiĻs sinister schemes and machinations? "

X-Men Forever #23 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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