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TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

MARVEL COMICS FOR AUGUST: TRADE PAPERBACKS

KICK-ASS TPB

Written by MARK MILLAR Penciled by JOHN ROMITA JR. Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.

The book that started the worldwide phenomenon is finally available in softcover! KICK-ASS is back, in time to celebrate the DVD release of the movie and the launch of KICK-ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL! KICK-ASS is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling graphic novel that spent three months at the top spot on the Diamond Direct Market Charts and spawned the movie that opened at number one in the box office! Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl's origins are here under one cover! Relive--or experience for the first time--what happens when teenager Dave Lizewski asks himself, "How come nobody's ever become a superhero before?" Collecting KICK-ASS #1-8.

216 pages, $19.99.

WOMEN OF MARVEL: CELEBRATING SEVEN DECADES OMNIBUS HC

Written by STAN LEE, LINDA FITE, JEAN THOMAS, GERRY CONWAY, ROY THOMAS, TONY ISABELLA, ED HANNIGAN, CAROL SEULING, STEVE GERBER, MIKE FRIEDRICH, JIM SHOOTER, DAVID MICHELINIE, JOHN BYRNE, TOM DEFALCO, DWAYNE MCDUFFIE, DWIGHT D. COYE, JM DEMATTEIS, JACK C. HARRIS & RICHARD HOWELL Penciled by VARIOUS Covers by OLIVIER COIPEL & RAMONA FRADON

For seventy years, Marvel Comics has been chronicling the adventures of heroes across the world -- and now it's time for the heroines to shine! Featuring your favorite fighting females from across the decades! Millie the Model! Patsy Walker and Hedy Wolfe! The Wasp! The Black Widow! Night Nurse! Tigra! Shanna the She-Devil! The Dazzler! Firestar! Captain Marvel! She-Hulk! Storm! Against threats including Man-Killer, Nekra, the White Queen and the Silver Samurai! Collected together here for the first time in one titanic tome! Collecting TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) #51-58, X-MEN (1963) #57, NIGHT NURSE #1-4, CAT #1-4, MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #8, GIANT-SIZE CREATURES #1, MARVEL PREMIERE #42, SHANNA THE SHE-DEVIL (1972) #1-5, KA-ZAR: LORD OF THE HIDDEN JUNGLE #2, DAREDEVIL (1964) #108-112, MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #3, MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #12, #16 & #18, FIRESTAR #1-4, SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK: CEREMONY #1-2, CAPTAIN MARVEL (1989) #1, CAPTAIN MARVEL (1994) #1, MILLIE THE MODEL #100, PATSY AND HEDY ANNUAL #1, SOLO AVENGERS #9, MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #36 and MARVEL FANFARE #59.

1160 pages, $125.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS VOL. 5 HC

Written by JOE SIMON, RAY GILL, ANDREW MCWHINEY & VARIOUS Penciled by CARL BURGOS, BILL EVERETT, JACK KIRBY, PAUL GUSTAVSON, STEVE DAHLMAN, BOB OKSNER & BEN THOMPSON Cover by ALEX SCHOMBURG

The greatest comic magazine of the Golden Age returns with the Marvel Masterworks! Headlining the heavy-hitters of the Timely era, Marvel Mystery Comics has it all--from top-of-the-field super hero action to bizarre mystery, otherworldly noir, jungle adventure and boy detectives! And it all starts off with the history-making Human Torch/Sub-Mariner team-up by the titanic talents Carl Burgos and Bill Everett! Then the Human Torch's sidekick Toro, the Flaming Kid, makes his Marvel Mystery debut. Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, takes his uniquely anarchic brand of action straight to the Nazis' noses, while the Angel's origin is revealed and he begins a multi-part crusade against the sexy villainess, the Cat's Paw. Rounded out by Jack Kirby's eerie agent of vengeance, the Vision; the wonderfully weird Electro; Terry Vance, School Boy Sleuth; and the adventures of Ka-Zar, it's the classic package that made Marvel famous! Collecting MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #17-20

280 pages, $59.99.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE DEFENDERS VOL. 2 HC

Written by STEVE ENGLEHART & LEN WEIN with TONY ISABELLA Penciled by SAL BUSCEMA & BOB BROWN with JIM STARLIN Cover by GIL KANE

The Dynamic Defenders, comicdom's most famous non-team, launch into their second Marvel Masterworks collection with the granddaddy of all mega-events--the Avengers/Defenders War! Thor vs. Hulk! Silver Surfer vs. the Vision! Namor vs. Cap! It's a super hero battle royale orchestrated by the mystic menace Dormammu and the mischievous Loki. Concocted by Steve Englehart, the cross-title adventure is collected in full and has never looked better! And that's just the tip of the iceberg! This packed-to-the-gills collection also includes Attuma's invasion of the surface world; Hawkeye's joining the ranks of the Defenders; the all-time classic battle with the Squadron Sinister that brought Nighthawk into the Defenders' fold; a team-up with Professor X to stop Magneto and the his Ultimate Mutant; and at long last, the return of the Black Knight! They're classics that redefined super teams forever, one and all, so come join the revolution with the Marvel Masterworks! Collecting DEFENDERS #7-16, GIANT-SIZE DEFENDERS #1 & AVENGERS #115-118.

312 pages, $54.99.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE SILVER SURFER VOL. 2 TPB

Written by STAN LEE Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA with JACK KIRBY Covers by JOHN BUSCEMA & DEAN WHITE

The world's favorite space-faring super hero in his continuing saga of anguish and adventure! He sacrificed himself to save his home world of Zenn-La from the planet-devouring menace, Galactus, saving those he loved in exchange for a life of servitude as the Silver Surfer. Now, after disobeying his master, Norrin Radd is stranded on the planet Earth--forever removed from his love, Shalla-Bal, and from the beckoning spaceways! A high point of epic adventure and lyrical drama, The Silver Surfer took the comic-book super hero to all-new heights. Using their ravaged protagonist as a lens through which they could comment on the social injustices of the era, Stan Lee and John Buscema turned the Surfer into the ultimate outsider archetype, reflecting the reader's world in his metallic skin. In these pages the Surfer will face ghosts from beyond the grave seeking redemption, the horrors of war, the devious Mephisto, and mighty Marvel heroes from Spider-Man to the Human Torch and the Inhumans. Collecting SILVER SURFER #7-18

288 pages, $24.99.

CIVIL WAR: SPIDER-MAN HC

Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI, ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA & PETER DAVID Penciled by MIKE DEODATO, RON GARNEY, CLAYTON CRAIN & MICHAEL WIERINGO Cover by RON GARNEY

A war is brewing among the superhero community and Spider-Man is caught right in the middle! Life couldn't be more complicated -- or more dangerous -- for Peter Parker. After rushing to the aftermath of the Stamford Massacre to offer aid to its victims, Peter travels with Tony Stark to Washington, D.C., and the White House – where the enactment of the Superhuman Registration Act appears imminent. As the Marvel Universe braces for the implications of legislation that will forever change the societal status of super heroes, Peter is forced to make an important personal decision – maybe the most important decision of his life. As Civil War tears apart the super hero community, will Spidey stay true to that decision? Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #529-538, SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #28-34 and FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #11-16.

544 pages, $39.99.

SECRET INVASION HC

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Penciled by LEINIL YU Cover by LEINIL YU

Who do you trust? The shape-shifting alien race known as the Skrulls has secretly infiltrated every super-powered organization on Earth with one goal: full-scale invasion! Now, the invasion is here! The Marvel Universe is in shambles. The Skrull Empire's plan has birthed itself into perfection. It is hero vs. hero! Resurrections and reunions! Is Tony Stark a Skrull? Page after page unveils reveal after reveal and shocking moment after shocking moment! Brian Bendis and Leinil Francis Yu leap off the pages of mega-hit New Avengers and deliver a story that will forever alter the Marvel Universe! EXPECT CHANGE! This oversized hardcover comes packed with extras, including the original story pitch, script pages, art concepts/designs and more! Collecting SECRET INVASION #1-8.

288 pages, $34.99.

SIEGE: NEW AVENGERS PREMIERE HC

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Penciled by STUART IMMONEN, MIKE MAYHEW, MARKO DJURDJEVIC & BRYAN HITCH Cover by STUART IMMONEN

Steve Rogers makes his triumphant return to the Avengers, but is he too late? With the SIEGE on Asgard begun, he must act swiftly, but who can he turn to and trust in a world with Norman Osborn in charge? When the gods fall, what chance does a Super Soldier stand? Also, the ladies of the Avengers ban together to do what they have to do save the team. And in THE LIST, Ronin breaks into Avengers Tower to assassinate Osborn! This volume also includes the shocking conclusion to the landmark NEW AVENGERS series by superstar artist Bryan Hitch. Collecting NEW AVENGERS #61-64, NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #3, DARK REIGN: THE LIST - NEW AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS FINALE

192 pages, $29.99.

SIEGE: AVENGERS THE INITIATIVE PREMIERE HC

Written by CHRISTOS N. GAGE Penciled by RAFA SANDOVAL Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS

Months of story threads finally weave together as Norman Osborn offers Taskmaster a seat at the Cabal's table...the Avengers Resistance uncovers a horrifying secret...and members of the Initiative are called up for an assault on an enemy of incalculable power! Collecting AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #31-35.

120 pages, $19.99

SIEGE: THOR PREMIERE HC

Written by KIERON GILLEN Penciled by BILLY TAN, JAMIE MCKELVIE & NIKO HENRICHON Cover by MICO SUAYAN

Asgard lies under SIEGE! As the evil eye of Norman Osborn falls on Asgard, what happens to neighboring Broxton, Oklahoma? What unexpected enemies will be drawn to the scene like carrion to a carcass? And what unlikely heroes will rise to the town's defense? The Asgardians face the battle of their lives...and the showdown that's coming may end their new life on Earth as quickly as it began! Then, delve into the world of Siege's most devious major player in SIEGE: LOKI! And in NEW MUTANTS, with all the Asgardians falling in the Siege of Asgard, someone needs to deal with the dead, and who better to do so than a Valkyrie. But where is Dani Moonstar supposed to be bringing these dead? Collecting THOR #607-610, NEW MUTANTS #11 and SIEGE: LOKI.

144 pages, $19.99

SIEGE: THUNDERBOLTS PREMIERE HC

Written by JEFF PARKER Penciled by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA Cover by ADI GRANOV

It's been too long since Mr. X has killed, and he needs his next fix! Ghost has taken notice, and sees an opportunity...while Scourge is seeing things that no one should! Add in the selfish intentions of Paladin and Ant-Man, stir with a stick of dynamite and...BOOM! You've heard raves about Parker's ATLAS (heroes pretending to be villains)...but now it's time to let him loose on some real fiends! Collecting THUNDERBOLTS #138-143.

144 pages, $19.99

DEATHLOK: THE DEMOLISHER PREMIERE HC

Written by CHARLIE HUSTON Penciled by LAN MEDINA Cover by BRANDON PETERSON Marvel's ultimate cyborg is back in this Marvel Knights series

Written by Charlie Huston (MOON KNIGHT) and breathtakingly illustrated by Lan Medina (FOOLKILLER). In the not-too-distant future, war is a spectator sport, warriors die hard and live fast, and living larger than anyone is super-soldier Lieutenant Mike Travers.  That is, until Travers hotdogs it on the battlefield and gets himself and his C.O., Luther Manning, blown to bits.  The show must go on. Enter: Deathlok the Demolisher!!! Collecting DEATHLOK #1-7.

168 pages,$24.99

X-FACTOR: SECOND COMING PREMIERE HC

Written by PETER DAVID Penciled by VALENTINE DE LANDRO Cover by DAVID YARDIN

You're Bolivar Trask, the reanimated leader of the Mutant Response Division. Your mission: Kill every member of X-Factor. How to accomplish that without collateral damage? Easy: hire the team for what seems to be a routine case that will send them into a certain death trap. Problem solved. And in NATION X, Cyclops invites the world's only mutant detective agency to relocate to their floating island retreat and take up residence there. But will Madrox and his team believe that it's the best place for them? What old faces will pop up, and what old acquaintances will be renewed? And will there even be a Utopia left when the mysterious Crone shows up and threatens to bring the entire place crashing down into the Pacific? Collecting X-FACTOR #204-206 and NATION X: X-FACTOR.

112 pages, $19.99

SPIDER-WOMAN: AGENT OF S.W.O.R.D. PREMIERE HC

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Penciled by ALEX MALEEV Cover by ALEX MALEEV

Popular creators Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev team up for their first Marvel work together since their Eisner award-winning run on Daredevil! Ripped from the pages of Secret Invasion and New Avengers, this explosive saga follows the new adventures of the gorgeous and mysterious Jessica Drew -- a.k.a. Spider-Woman -- as she reenters a society she did not make...as an AGENT OF S.W.O.R.D. Containing new story and artwork not available in any other format, this is the start of a major chapter in one of the most high profile characters in all of Marvel Comics! Collecting SPIDER-WOMAN #1-7.

176 pages, $24.99

X-FORCE: CABLE & THE NEW MUTANTS PREMIERE HC

Written by LOUISE SIMONSON & DWIGHT ZIMMERMAN Penciled by ROB LIEFELD & BOB HALL Covers by ROB LIEFELD

For years, the New Mutants have struggled to hone their powers and teamwork in defense of Charles Xavier's dream of peaceful coexistence between humans and mutants. Now, with the arrival of Cable--a mysterious metal-armed, big-gunned, glowing-eyed man from the future--things will never be same...not for the New Mutants, and not for any mutants! Featuring the threats of Stryfe, Nitro, the Vulture, the Skrulls and Sabretooth! Guest-starring Sunfire and Wolverine! Collecting NEW MUTANTS #86-94 and NEW MUTANTS ANNUAL #5.

264 pages, $24.99

THOR: IF ASGARD SHOULD PERISH PREMIERE HC

Written by LEN WEIN Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA Covers by JACK KIRBY

To save the very universe, Thor and the Warriors Three travel through time to stop the deadly Time Twisters! Then, it's off to Costa Verde to face the new threat of Firelord--but when Thor gets mind-controlled, only Jane Foster can save the day! And when Mangog storms the gates of Asgard, Thor must rescue his father Odin from Hela herself! Witness the God of Thunder in some of his earliest battles! Featuring the threats of Ulik, Zarrko the Tomorrow Man and more! Collecting THOR (1962) #242-253.

224 pages, $24.99

FANTASTIC FOUR: RESURRECTION OF GALACTUS PREMIERE HC

Written by CARLOS PACHECO, JEPH LOEB & RAFAEL MARIN Penciled by CARLOS PACHECO, JEFF JOHNSON & TOM GRUMMETT Covers by CARLOS PACHECO

Abraxas attacks! His first volley has left Galactus dead, the Watcher in a coma and all of reality rewritten! Can the Fantastic Four and their allies stop this all-powerful madman before it's too late? Guest-starring the Silver Surfer! Moondragon! Quasar! Captain Marvel! Namorita! She-Hulk! Witness the most narrow of victories as the weakest among them saves the world, trading the defeat of one galactic threat for the rebirth of another! And is the Invisible Woman pregnant? Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1998) #46-50 and FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL 2001.

200 pages, $24.99.

TALES OF THE DRAGON GUARD PREMIERE HC

Written by ANGE Penciled by PHILIPPE BRIONES Cover by ALBERTO VARANDA

No one knows why dragons have appeared in this word of heroes, but their very presence is re-shaping reality. Their influence destroys everything, transforming men and beasts into monsters: a curse known as the Veill. Only virgin women are free of this curse and can get close enough to these terrors to kill them. And so, the Order of the Dragon Knights was created. Trained from childhood, they fight against all odds, including a world that refuses to accept them as women of power, the very same society they swore to protect. They fight to the death, because if they don't, their entire world is doomed. Collecting TALES OF THE DRAGON GUARD #1-3.

144 pages, $24.99.

HUSK PREMIERE HC

Written by FRÉDÉRIC L'HOMME Penciled by ARNAUD BOUDOIRON Cover by ARNAUD BOUDOIRON

In the near future, The Arnold Company has developed the Husk, fifteen-foot tall biomechanical suits that are an anatomical addition to their pilot's body. In Paris, the BMRI police brigade features a special squad of Husk pilots in charge of investigating the most dangerous criminals of their time. This series explores the day-to-day life of these men and the different cases they must confront. Collecting HUSK #1-2.

112 pages, $19.99.

IRON MAN: EXTREMIS GN-HC WITH MOTION COMIC DVD

Written by WARREN ELLIS Penciled by ADI GRANOV Cover by ADI GRANOV

It's the beginning of a new era for Iron Man! Renowned scribe Warren Ellis joins forces with acclaimed illustrator Adi Granov to redefine the armored avenger's world for the 21st century -- a landscape of terrifying new technologies that threaten to overwhelm fragile mankind! What is Extremis, who has unleashed it, and what does its emergence portend for the world? Collecting IRON MAN (2004) #1-6 plus a DVD featuring the IRON MAN: EXTREMIS Motion Comic.

232 pages, $24.99.

OZ: THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ GN-TPB

Written by ERIC SHANOWER Penciled by SKOTTIE YOUNG Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

The premiere American fantasy adventure gets the Merry Marvel treatment! Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze) teams up with fan-favorite artist Skottie Young (New X-Men) to bring L. Frank Baum's beloved classic to life! When Kansas farm girl Dorothy flies away to the magical Land of Oz, she fatally flattens a Wicked Witch, liberates a living Scarecrow and is hailed by the Munchkin people as a great sorceress...but all she really wants to know is: how does she get home? Collecting THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #1-8.

216 pages, $19.99.

RUNAWAYS VOL. 11: HOMESCHOOLING DIGEST

Written by KATHRYN IMMONEN & C.B. CEBULSKI Penciled by SARA PICHELLI & PATRICK SPAZIANTE Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE

Their homes, their parents, their friends -- ever since first banding together and going out on their own, the Runaways have been no stranger to loss. Now, though they appear to finally be safe, none of them can get their minds off of everything they've lost or given up. As they attempt to make merry despite their melancholy, the Runaways are struck by yet another catastrophe. A mysterious aircraft flying over their Malibu home is somehow lured to it, resulting in a fiery crash. As the team frantically digs through the rubble, they find that their home wasn't the only casualty: Yet another member of the team has fallen. The Runaways have little time to mourn, however, as their home is surrounded by a group of armed military personnel, dispatched to retrieve the contents of the crashed aircraft. Even more ominously, however, a figure from the group's past -- one thought deceased -- has returned to confront the team. Collecting RUNAWAYS VOL. 3 #11-14 and WHAT IF THE RUNAWAYS BECAME THE YOUNG AVENGERS?

136 pages, $9.99.

HULK: FALL OF THE HULKS - THE SAVAGE SHE-HULKS TPB

Written by JEFF PARKER & FRED VAN LENTE Penciled by SALVA ESPIN & MICHAEL RYAN Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL

She's left her apocalyptic world for this one. Her mother was a heroine, her father a rampaging HULK. What path is the Savage She-Hulk called Lyra on, and why has it led her to add her might to the Wizard's Frightful Four? See how some of the toughest women in the Marvel Universe tip the balance of power in the Fall of the Hulks with this exciting story by Jeff Parker (AGENTS OF ATLAS, FALL OF THE HULKS ALPHA) and Salva Espin (INCREDIBLE HERCULES)! Collecting FALL OF THE HULKS: THE SAVAGE SHE-HULKS #1-3 and material from INCREDIBLE HULK #600-605.

136 pages, $14.99.

HALO: HELLJUMPER TPB

Written by PETER DAVID Penciled by ERIC NGUYEN Cover by ERIC NGUYEN

Helljumpers. The very name strikes fear in the hearts of even the most ruthless Covenant warriors. The Orbital Drop Shock Troopers of the 105th Division are the meanest, scariest, most battled-hardened marines the UNSC forces have to offer. No retreat. No surrender. The Helljumpers get the job done every time. Hoo-rah! But when the Helljumpers respond to an SOS call from the remote science colony Ariel, they stumble upon something that catches them off guard: The colony is deserted, seemingly abandoned by every man, woman and child who once lived there. The lone body on the planet's surface, a communications officer, appears to have died of fright. The discovery of a large Covenant military presence raises more questions than it answers. And when two Helljumpers get cut off from the rest of their squad, they'll have to battle through impossible odds to make it home. Can the marines uncover the mysteries of Ariel? And if so, can they make it off planet to tell the tale? If not, there'll be hell to pay! Collecting HALO: HELLJUMPER #1-5.

120 pages, $19.99.

SPIDER-MAN: THE COMPLETE CLONE SAGA EPIC BOOK 3 TPB

Written by VARIOUS Penciled by VARIOUS Cover by PEDRAM SHOHADAI

Clones, and jackals and symbiotes--oh my! Spider-Man's clone is back, costumed as the Scarlet Spider, and neither is sure which is the genuine article! Will the real Peter Parker please stand up? Plus: Aunt May on her death bed! Mary Jane pregnant! Peter arrested for murder! The true origin of Venom revealed as Symbiotes invade the planet! The Lizard! Electro! Shriek! And more! Don't miss one of the most controversial Spider-Man stories of all time! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1962) #400-401, SUPER SPECIAL, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (1976) #222-224, SUPER SPECIAL, SPIDER-MAN (1990) #57-58, SUPER SPECIAL, SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED (1993) #9, WEB OF SPIDER-MAN 123-124, SUPER SPECIAL, SPIDER-MAN: THE CLONE JOURNAL and VENOM SUPER SPECIAL..

464 pages, $34.99.

ULTIMATES II ULTIMATE COLLECTION TPB

Written by MARK MILLAR Penciled by BRYAN HITCH Cover by BRYAN HITCH

The beginning of the end? They are the greatest heroes the world has ever known: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Wasp, Giant Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch. They've saved the world from alien invasion, becoming international celebrities and America's champions...but now all that's about to change. Can the Ultimates survive the Hulk's execution, Thor's imprisonment...and the advent of the Ultimate Defenders?! On the eve of Tony and Natasha's wedding, Nick Fury makes his move against the mysterious traitor that's been plaguing the team – and the Ultimates will never be the same!The world's greatest heroes are in for the battle of the century...and not all of them will be walking away. Collecting ULTIMATES 2 #1-13 and ULTIMATES 2 #1 VARIANT SKETCH EDITION.

464 pages, $34.99.

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ULTIMATE COLLECTION BOOK 3 TPB

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Penciled by MARK BAGLEY Cover by MARK BAGLEY

Collecting the groundbreaking third year of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN in one colossal trade paperback! Spider-Man beat Kraven. He defeated Dr. Octopus. He even survived a serious scrap with an artificially enhanced Green Goblin. As it turns out, though, his worst enemy is a simple crook in a Spider-Man suit. That's all it takes to ruin Spider-Man's reputation, suddenly painting Peter Parker's alter ego as Public Enemy No. 1...and changing his life forever. Then: Spider-Man's ultimate villain gets the Ultimate treatment! After reuniting with his childhood friend Eddie Brock, Peter discovers a secret about their fathers' pasts...a black liquid that can transform into a protoplasmic bodysuit, curing any illness and enhancing the wearer's strength and abilities. But when Peter tries to continue his father's work, he accidentally becomes encased in the murky liquid and becomes nearly unstoppable...but at a terrible price. Collecting ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1/2 & #28-39.

304 pages, $29.99

MS. MARVEL VOL. 9: BEST YOU CAN BE TPB

Written by BRIAN REED Penciled by SANA TAKEDA with BEN OLIVER & MICHAEL RYAN Cover by PAUL RENAUD

Carol Danvers, in her super hero identity of Ms. Marvel, struggles daily to be the best hero ever -- due in no small part to the inspiration of her legendary mentor and namesake, the original Captain Marvel. But when the deceased hero suddenly reappears, lashing out at the churches made to honor him, Danvers must rise to the occasion to protect her ally's memory. With the help of some trusted allies, Ms. Marvel also uncovers the involvement of her hated arch-nemesis: the shape-shifting mutant known as Mystique! The two women have a wicked and tangled history, and Danvers is all too eager to sort it out. But how do you track down a woman who could be anyone? And what is Mystique's roll in the shocking reappearance of the one man Ms. Marvel dare not defeat? Collecting MS. MARVEL #47-50.

112 pages, $14.99.

STRANGE TALES TPB

Written and Drawn by VARIOUS Cover by PETER BAGGE Comics' most cutting-edge creators Make Theirs Marvel! The Incredible Hulk smashes his way through samurai warriors -- then medicates himself into a bizarre love triangle! The Amazing Spider-Man realizes that with great power come great barfights! The Invincible Iron Man battles an American president and a pair of villains who've harnessed the power of cold cuts! Have no fear, True Believers -- you haven't been sucked into the Negative Zone. You're simply reading Strange Tales! From the twisted minds -- and talented pencils -- of more than two dozen of the greatest names in independent, alternative and online comics comes an astonishing anthology of startling stories, featuring the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe as you've never seen them before! Collecting STRANGE TALES #1-3, THE MEGALOMANIACAL SPIDER-MAN and material from ALL SELECT COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL.

192 pages, $19.99.

DAREDEVIL: THE DEVIL'S HAND TPB

Written by ANDY DIGGLE Penciled by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE & BILLY TAN Cover by ESAD RIBIC

Meet Daredevil as you've NEVER seen him before! The cataclysmic events of issue 500 left Matt in the toughest place of his life – and forced him to make the hardest decision he's ever made. Now's the start of a radically different chapter in Daredevil's adventures as the new creative team of Andy Diggle and Roberto De La Torre take DD to entirely new highs...and lows! And in THE LIST, Norman Osborn's eye turns to Hell's Kitchen where he dispatches the only assassin he can rely on to kill Daredevil, Bullseye! But all is not as it seems. Collecting DAREDEVIL: DARK REIGN - THE LIST and DAREDEVIL #501-507.

192 pages, $19.99

THOR: SON OF ASGARD TPB

Written by AKIRA YOSHIDA Penciled by GREG TOCCHINI Cover by ADI GRANOV

Explore the early years of the God of Thunder in this adventure full of Marvel myth and magic! Join young Thor and his godly companions, Balder and Sif, as they travel the mystical land of Asgard on a quest of cosmic proportions. When Odin, the All-Father, sends his favorite son to gather four mystical elements that he will use to craft a powerful new weapon, not even Ragnarok will be able to stop the boy who would be king! Then, after their adventures across the wilds of Asgard, it's back to school for Thor, Balder and Sif ... but when you're in training to be a warrior, study hall isn't so quiet! The lives of the three young friends take an interesting turn when Amora the Enchantress enters the picture. Sparks will fly when their schooling in swords and sorcery comes head-to-head! Collecting THOR: SON OF ASGARD #1-12.

296 pages, $34.99.

EXILES ULTIMATE COLLECTION BOOK 5 TPB

Written by TONY BEDARD Penciled by JIM CALAFIORE, PAUL PELLETIER & CASEY JONES Cover by AMES CALAFIORE

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality--brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn't cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate. Now, relive their quest to fix the kinks in the chains of reality, collected across six titanic trade paperbacks! Collecting EXILES #75-89 and EXILES ANNUAL #1.

400 pages, $34.99.

EXCALIBUR VISIONARIES: WARREN ELLIS VOL. 2 TPB

Written by WARREN ELLIS & JOHN OSTRANDER Penciled by CASEY JONES, CARLOS PACHECO, STEVE SKROCE, DAVID WILLIAMS, MIKE WIERINGO, JEFF MOY & MIKE MILLER Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

Romance is in the air for Englands's Premier super-team! Captain Britain loves Meggan, Pete Wisdom has moved in with Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler and Day Tripper are back together, and Wolfsbane and Douglock are best friends! But things don't stay rosy long as the team faces threats from a group of Brood in the future, an all-powerful X-Man and...Colossus!? Plus: The Starjammers save the Shi'ar Empire! Collecting EXCALIBUR (1988) #91-95, X-MAN #12 and STARJAMMERS (1995) #1-4.

232 pages, $24.99

WOLVERINE: DARK WOLVERINE VOL. 2 - MY HERO TPB

Written by DANIEL WAY & MARJORIE LIU Penciled by STEPHEN SEGOVIA Cover by GREG LAND

The costume may fit, but Wolverine's son is far from a hero. And when Daken slaughters a pair of masked assailants in front of witnesses, the world starts to wonder what happened to the Wolverine they knew. Norman Osborn, desperate to spin the attack, decides to stage another assault to prove once and for all that the Wolverine he handpicked for his team of Avengers is on the level, enlisting a gang of C-list villains to serve as punching bags for Daken. But when the villains learn Osborn's plan, they devise a plan of their own -- for revenge. Soon, Daken finds himself the hunted instead of the hunter. Does he have the raw survival instincts to muscle through? He'd better hope so. Because even if he fights his way out of this mess, he still has to answer to Osborn. And his father. Collecting DARK WOLVERINE #78-81.

112 pages, $14.99.

WOLVERINE ORIGINS: SEVEN THE HARD WAY TPB

Written by DANIEL WAY Penciled by DOUG BRAITHWAITE Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE

In the fight of his life against his most fearsome foe, Wolverine finally realizes he can't go it alone. It's time to assemble an alliance that will help him take out Romulus and give him a shred of a chance at redeeming his son, Daken. His dream team seven strong, it starts with Bruce Banner and his gamma-irradiated progeny, Skaar, and it gets harder--much harder--from there! Guest-starring some of the X-Man's most unexpected allies, join Wolverine in a heroic journey that combines the kind of frenetic action and wry humor that ORIGINS fans have come to expect! Collecting WOLVERINE ORIGINS #41-45.

120 pages, $14.99.

THE TORCH TPB

Written by MIKE CAREY & ALEX ROSS Penciled by PATRICK BERKENKOTTER Cover by ALEX ROSS

The Torch is dead - buried with full military honors.  But what does death mean for an artificial man?  The Mad Thinker is determined to find out, with the reluctant help of the Torch's best and oldest friend - Tom (Toro) Raymond. But the Thinker's true goals go far beyond his brief, and in his hands, all knowledge is power. Collecting THE TORCH #1-8.

192 pages, $19.99.

AVENGERS/INVADERS TPB

Written by ALEX ROSS & JIM KRUEGER Penciled by STEVE SADOWSKI, PATRICK BERKENKOTTER, ALEX ROSS & JACK HERBERT Cover by ALEX ROSS

The Civil War is over, and the Avengers are divided. Captain America's death has been a blow to both sides. Now, the Star-Spangled Sentinel is back -- and it could destroy the time stream! In AVENGERS/INVADERS, Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Stephen Sadowski (Dynamite Entertainment's Project: Superpowers) -- along with artists Patrick Berkenkotter and Jackson Herbert -- show what happens when the conflicted heroes of today's Marvel Universe are faced with the return of the late hero who inspired them all. When World War II heroes Captain America, Namor, the Human Torch, Bucky, and Toro show up in modern-day New York City, both factions reveal their own agendas and goals for the heroes of the past. In AVENGERS/INVADERS, the heroes of today are taught lessons by heroes from the past in a time-slinging adventure that pits them against everyone from Ultron to The Red Skull. Collecting AVENGERS/INVADERS #1-12.

352 pages, $34.99.

INVADERS: THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION TPB

Written by ROGER STERN Penciled by STEVE EPTING, MIKE MANLEY, BRETT BLEVINS & JASON ARMSTRONG Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

It's 1945, and World War II is almost over – but Hydra founder Baron Wolfgang von Strucker is already planning the next one with insider information from the future! It's up to the Invaders to re-write Strucker's history books and drive down his Dragon of Death! Then, more than ten years later, Doctor Druid forms the Monster Hunters to face another pivotal enemy, one whose schemes date back centuries! Collecting MARVEL UNIVERSE #1-7.

184 pages, $19.99

X-MEN FOREVER VOL. 4 TPB

Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT Penciled by GRAHAM NOLAN, KERRY GAMMILL & TOM GRUMMETT Cover by TOM GRUMMETT

For our Salem-based X-Men, you'd think a trip to the South would be all buttermilk biscuits and bacon. But Nightcrawler and Rogue's journey past the Mason-Dixie line puts them in the crosshairs of a familiar face known for her feminine...do we really need to say it? Then, mysteries continue to mount regarding the "mutant burnout" phenomena and the shadowy organization known only as the "Consortium". After ferreting out a complex network of double-agents infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury is left with only one choice: to infiltrate the Consortium himself. With a team of X-Men behind him, the Consortium is about to get hit by Hurricane Nicholas! Plus, take a trip behind the visor as X-Legend Chris Claremont delivers a special spotlight story that will change the way you look at Cyclops! Don't miss this classic tale of the original X-Man! Collecting X-MEN FOREVER #16-20 and X-MEN FOREVER ANNUAL #1.

152 pages, $16.99.

DARK X-MEN TPB

Written by PAUL CORNELL Penciled by LEONARD KIRK Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI

They are Children of the Atom -- the strangely gifted harbingers of a new genetic destiny. But they have not come to protect a world that hates and fears them. They have come to conquer it. The X-Men are dead. Long live the Dark X-Men. H.A.M.M.E.R. Director Norman Osborn has created a new team to monitor the volatile world of mutantkind. Led by the ruthless Mystique, the squad's mission is to maintain peace...at all costs. But when crowds of seemingly normal civilians attempt to commit mass suicide, all while chanting the mysterious phrase "I am an X-Man," it's clear these new X-Men will face a baptism by fire. And when their investigation unleashes a nearly omnipotent mutant force long thought dead, this new arrival just might prove to be Osborn's greatest weapon -- or the key to his downfall! Collecting DARK X-MEN #1-5.

120 pages, $16.99.

SUPREME POWER: CONTACT TPB (NEW PRINTING)

Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI Penciled by GARY FRANK Cover by GARY FRANK

When a small alien baby in a spaceship lands in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield, the course of mankind on Earth changes forever! Babylon 5 creator and Amazing Spider-Man writer J. Michael Straczynski presents a new vision of a world about to give birth to its first generation of super heroes! Follow the origins of these new heroes and anti-heroes -- from their birth through adulthood -- and examine how their lives and abilities change and shape the world around them. One of comics' best-selling mature readers series ever, Supreme Power is a hard-edged, mature and deeply personal saga that pushes the limits of the form into new, uncharted territory. Collecting SUPREME POWER #1-6.

144 pages, $19.99.

PUNISHER MAX: NAKED KILLS TPB

Written by VALERIE D'ORAZIO, ROB WILLIAMS, JONATHAN MABERRY & MIKE BENSON Penciled by LAURENCE CAMPBELL Cover by TIM BRADSTREET

Collecting four action-packed Punisher tales drawn by Laurence Campbell. First, a lurid tell-all book leads the Punisher on the trail of a hitwoman marked for death. Who is Butterfly? And will the Punisher be her salvation, her temptation, or her damnation? In GET CASTLE, Frank travels to a Welsh mountain range to unleash his unique brand of vengeance, but is he the hunter or the hunted? Next, to stop a murderous snuff film ring, Frank Castle has to infiltrate a building with a security system so tight that he can't bring in any weapons. Nothing. Nada. Just his own wits, inventiveness and ruthless efficiency. Plus: we're all familiar with Punisher's habit of rampaging through the criminal underworld, but what happens to those who survive? Find out in this gripping tale of one criminal's quest to dish out his own brand of punishment on Frank Castle! Collecting PUNISHER MAX: BUTTERFLY, PUNISHER MAX: GET CASTLE, PUNISHER MAX: NAKED KILL and PUNISHER MAX ANNUAL 2007.

144 pages, $19.99.

ESSENTIAL HULK VOL. 6 TPB

Written by LEN WEIN, DAVID KRAFT & ROGER STERN Penciled by SAL BUSCEMA, HERB TRIMPE, GEORGE TUSKA & JIM STARLIN Cover by RICH BUCKLER

Life is never easy for the Hulk. And it only gets harder as he travels through time, across dimensions, under the ocean, to deserted islands and more to face his deadliest foes yet -- including Constrictor, the Leader, Bi-Beast, Psyklop and Absorbing Man! When the woman of both Hulk and Banner's dreams, Jarella, comes to Earth, could our hero find happiness -- or is he doomed for disappointment? Plus: Things aren't all wedded bliss for Glenn and Betty Talbot! Doc Samson versus Rhino! Guest-starring the Defenders, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Jack of Hearts! Collecting INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #201-225 and HULK ANNUAL #6.

496 pages, $19.99.

ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 2 TPB (ALL-NEW EDITION)

Written by STAN LEE Penciled by JACK KIRBY & JIM STERANKO Cover by JACK KIRBY

After volunteering for the government's "Super Soldier" program during World War II, skinny Steve Rogers was transformed into the perfect man and patriot... Captain America! Fighting against tyranny with his super strength and unbreakable shield, Rogers idealized the principles he held dear. Then, years later, he is found frozen in a block of ice, a long forgotten figure-head of a bygone era! Now, with greater determination, Rogers again fights for freedom and democracy as a man out of time - Captain America! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA #103-126.

512 pages, $19.99.

ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1 TPB (ALL-NEW EDITION)

Written by STAN LEE Penciled by JACK KIRBY Cover by JACK KIRBY

Eager to serve his country during World War Two, Steve Rogers was transformed into a physically perfect man by the government's Super Soldier Program! Armed with an indestructible shield and the physical prowess of an Olympic athlete, Rogers fought valiantly to uphold the ideals and principles of democracy. At the end of the war, he was accidentally frozen in a block of ice and preserved for decades until discovered and revived by the Avengers. Now a man out of time, he is ever vigilant in his battle to protect the innocent and uphold the beliefs upon which America was founded. Willing to sacrifice his own life for the greater good, Steve Rogers is the physical embodiment of truth, justice and honor. He is... Captain America! Collecting TALES OF SUSPENSE #59-99 and CAPTAIN AMERICA #100-102.

520 pages, $19.99



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