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Marvel Comics has announced a Marvel: Point One Initiative that will begin in February.

Select Marvel comic series marked with a ".1" after the issue number feature full-length, self-contained stories, laying the groundwork for the next year of storylines. According to the publisher, the Point One issues will "not only begin major new storylines, but also seamlessly introduces new readers into the dynamic Marvel Universe and its popular super heroes."

Each issue bearing the Marvel: Point One branding will be followed in the same month by another issue of that series.

"Marvel is absolutely committed to providing new readers with easy entry points into all our comic book series and Marvel: Point One is the next step in our new reader initiatives," said David Gabriel, senior vice-president, sales & circulation, Marvel Entertainment. "And to make sure readers can sample all of Marvel's top series, we've priced every Marvel: Point One issue at $2.99. Utilizing our top characters, top creators and employing a huge marketing push, we expect a lot of new faces in comic stores nationwide to check out Marvel: Point One. Retailers should stock up on these titles and the subsequent issues."

Marvel: Point One titles include:

February: Amazing Spider-Man #654.1, Invincible Iron Man #500.1 and Wolverine #5.1.

March: Captain America #615.1, Deadpool #32.1, Hulk #30.1, Thor #620.1 and Uncanny X-Force #5.1.

March: Avengers #12.1, Secret Avengers #11.1 and Uncanny X-Men #534.1.

In other Marvel news:

* Marvel has released a teaser image for Onslaught Unleashed #1, written by Sean McKeever, with art by Filipe Andrade and covers by Humberto Ramos and Rob Liefeld.

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For covers and five- to 11-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 3, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Amazing Spider-Man #647, Avengers Academy #6, Bullseye: Perfect Game #1, Captain America: Man Out of Time #1, Chaos War #3, Generation: Hope #1, Hawkeye & Mockingbird #6, Iron Man Legacy #8, Iron Man/Thor #1, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #7, Namor: The First Mutant #3, Ozma of Oz #1, Punisher: In the Blood #1, Strange Tales #2, Taskmaster #3, Tron: Original Movie Adaptation #1, Warriors Three #1, Wolverine #3, Women of Marvel #1, X-Men: To Serve and Protect #1 and Young Allies #6.


For covers and five- to 11-page previews upcoming BOOM! Studios titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Stan Lee's Traveler #1 and Stan Lee's Starborn #1.

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AMC has released a preview clip from "Days Gone Bye," Sunday's series premiere of The Walking Dead.

To view the video, CLICK HERE.

Here's how AMC describes the episode:

"Rick searches for his family after emerging from a coma into a world terrorized by the walking dead. Morgan and Duane, whom he meets along the way, help teach Rick the new rules for survival."

For a rundown of the Season 1 episodes, CLICK HERE.

For a gallery of more than 70 images from the series, CLICK HERE.

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released five behind-the-scenes clips from the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World home release, due on Nov. 9.

For a clip about the comic book, CLICK HERE.

For a clip with the cast talking about stunts, CLICK HERE.

For a clip about musicians getting involved, CLICK HERE.

For a clip about bringing the characters to life, CLICK HERE.

For a clip about the cast learning to play instruments, CLICK HERE.


Avatar Press has released its solicitations for January.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.


* Marvel Animation has released an image from "Support Your Local Sky-Father!," Saturday's new episode of The Super Hero Squad Show on Cartoon Network. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* BOOM! Studios has announced that CBGB #1 and #2 have sold out.

* Bluewater Productions has signed with APA (Agency for the Performing Arts) for representation for television, film, video games and branding.


For previously posted January solicitations, click on the publishers' names below:

* Ape Entertainment.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Top Cow Productions.

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