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FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2011

MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four- to 11-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Jan. 26, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Age of X: Alpha #1, Astonishing Thor #2, Avengers #9, Captain America #614, Chaos War #5, Chaos War: X-Men #2, Deadpool #32, Deadpool Corps #10, Fantastic Four #587, Incredible Hulks #621, Magneto #1, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #10, Namor: The First Mutant #6, New Avengers #8, New Mutants #21, Punisher: In the Blood #3, Secret Avengers #9, Thunderbolts #152, Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 #6, Ultimate Comics Doom #2, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #152, Uncanny X-Force #4, Uncanny X-Men #532, X-23 #5, X-Men #7, X-Men Forever 2 #16 and X-Men: To Serve and Protect #3.



X-MEN: FIRST CLASS MOVIE -- UPDATED

20th Century Fox has released five high-resolution stills and a high-resolution version of the first poster for X-Men: First Class.

Fox has also released an official description of the movie:

"X-Men: First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men."

Fox has also released descriptions of the images.

In the first image, "Michael Fassbender portrays Erik Lehnsherr, who has the power to control magnetism. Lehnsherr is determined to exact revenge on the monstrous evil who 'created' him."

In the second image, "Before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men who became the closest of friends. Here they enjoy a game of chess -- the first of many they would play over their long and evolving history."

In the third image, "James McAvoy portrays Charles Xavier, a powerful telepath who can read and control minds."

In the fourth image, "Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender, left foreground) and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy, right foreground) lead Cassidy (Caleb Landry Jones, left), Raven Darkholme (Jennifer Lawrence), Dr. Moira McTaggert (Rose Byrne), Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult), and Alex Summers (Lucas Till) in a battle to prevent nuclear war."

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THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES: "THE KANG DYNASTY"

Marvel Animation has released four new images and a descripton from "The Kang Dynasty," the new episode of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes airing on Disney XD on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Here's how Marvel describes the episode:

"The secret of Kang is revealed. With no hope in sight, the Avengers make one last desperate gamble -- and the fate of the world depends on their success."

The episode was written by Brian Reed and directed by Sebastian Montes.

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For a video preview of the episode, CLICK HERE.

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THE SUPER HERO SQUAD SHOW: "LO! HOW THE MIGHTY HATH ABDICATED!"

Marvel Animation has released four new images and a descripton from "Lo, How the Mighty Have Abdicated!," the new episode of The Super Hero Squad Show airing on Cartoon Network on Saturday at 6:30 a.m.

Here's how Marvel describes the episode:

"The Squaddies find themselves in a bind when the Enchantress tricks Thor's father and the reigning king of Asgard, Odin, into marriage, forcing Thor to take over the throne in the absence of his love-struck papa. The mayhem doesn't stop there because Magneto is stirring up trouble and only his daughter, the Scarlet Witch, can put a stop to it!"

The episode was written by Charlotte Fullerton and directed by Patty Shinagawa.

"(Thor)'s always a ton of fun to write for," Fullerton told The Continuum, "and David Boat somehow manages to play him just perfectly as an extremely capable doofus, which considering this show is a comedy is, y'know, a good thing, but it really is a tricky balancing act for us to keep the heroes heroic while also allowing them be laugh-out-loud funny. Luckily our head writer Matt Wayne knows a thing or two about super heroes.

"It was a blast to spend so much of this episode in Asgard, getting to write for classic Asgardians like Odin and the Enchantress, and especially Loki. I can't wait to see how his scenes turned out! Ted Biaselli had everybody in the recording studio busting up."



MARVEL COMICS NEWS ROUNDUP

Marvel Comics will allow Fantastic Four #587 -- which Marvel says will feature the death of one of the characters -- to be sold a day early on Tuesday, Jan 25.

The polybagged issue will not be overprinted and will not be available on the newsstand.

In other Marvel news:

* The publisher has announced Formic Wars: Burning Earth #1 will be on sale Feb. 15 at select ComicsPRO retailers. The issue will be on sale on Feb. 16 elsewhere.

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BONGO COMICS FOR APRIL

Bongo Comics has released its solicitations for April.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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BRIEFLY

* Moonstone Books has announced it will publish Neutral World, a science-fction project from veteran writer Ron Fortier and Brazilian artist Joe Bennett.

Moonstone will present the series in three full-color graphic novels. Mark Maddox will provide covers.

Moonstone will release a 16-page preview comic to be sold for 99 cents. It will showcase a nine-page action sequence from the first volume plus seven character sketches complete with biographies.

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* Eric Martsolf from Days of Our Lives has been cast as Booster Gold for the "Booster" episode of The CW's Smallville, written by Geoff Johns.



APRIL SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Archie Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.





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