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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2011

SPIDER-MAN JOINS THE FF

Marvel Comics has announced that Spider-Man will join the surviving three members of the Fantastic Four in FF, starting in March.

The series is by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting, who continue from Fantastic Four.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"After the death of the Human Torch, the surviving members of the Fantastic Four -- Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman and Thing -- join with Spider-Man and some top secret members to form an unstoppable force: The Future Foundation. Their mission is simple: save the Marvel Universe from its greatest threats and prevent future dangers from arising. But even with knowledge of what's to come and one of the most powerful teams ever assembled, just what villainous force could stand in their way?"

"FF will alter the very fabric of the Marvel Universe," said editor Tom Brevoort. "Jonathan and Steve have crafted a unique, powerful new series that's going to surprise a lot of fans with its combination of mind-blowing ideas and visuals."

The first issue will be oversized, will cost $3.99 an will be in stores on March 23. Covers will be by Epting, Daniel Acuna, Stan Goldberg and Marko Djurdjevic.

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X-MEN: FIRST CLASS TRAILER

20th Century Fox has announced that it will premiere the trailer for X-Men: First Class on Thursday.

The trailer will debut at Facebook.com/XMenMovies.

As the number of fans who share the trailer grows, a specially designed X-App will subsequently unlock special content. The X-App gives users the power to evolve their Facebook experience and customize their profile pictures.

Here's how Fox describes 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 Lehnsherr 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 prevent nuclear 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."

The film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Oliver Platt, and Kevin Bacon. Matthew Vaughn directs, and the producers are Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer. Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies wrote the story for X-Men: First Class.

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HUMAN TARGET: "MARSHALL PUCCI"

Fox has released three preview clips from "Marshall Pucci," the Season 2 finale of Human Target airing on Wednesday.

For the first clip, featuring Chance confronting Ilsa about her husband's mistress, CLICK HERE.

For the second clip, featuring the team working around a group of assassins in a hotel, CLICK HERE.

For the third clip, with Guerrero reacting to a government agent detailing a file on him, CLICK HERE.

Here's how Fox describes the episode:

"Chance's investigation into Ilsa's late husband's past uncovers a web of deception and lies that may tear the team part forever."



MARVEL COMICS NEWS ROUNDUP

Marvel Comics has announced a May release for Avengers Academy Giant Size #1, an 80-page book that will cost $7.99.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"With the Marvel Universe at stake and Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers unavailable to help -- it's up to the students of Avengers Academy to team up with Spider-Girl and the Young Allies to save the day! Can this triple threat pull together or will they break apart as they're forced through a circus of sadism by the one and only ringmaster of Murderworld?"

The book is written by Paul Tobin, with art by David Baldeon and covers by Ed McGuinness and Chris Samnee.

In other Marvel news, the publisher has released Janet K. Lee's variant cover to Uncanny X-Men #534. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.



BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY MINI-SERIES

DC Comics has announced a May launch for Batman: Arkham City, a six-issue mini-series based on the video games.

Batman: Arkham City will be written by Paul Dini, who also wrote the Batman: Arkham Asylum and and Batman Arkham City video games, and will be drawn by Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City concept artist Carlos D'anda.

Here's how DC describes the book:

"Batman: Arkham City picks up one year after the original game, where former Arkham Warden turned newly elected Mayor of Gotham City Quincy Sharp has decided to close down the infamous institution. In its stead, he establishes 'Arkham City,' the new maximum security 'home' for all of Gotham City's thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, inmates can roam free and do whatever they want as long as they don't try to escape. To run this urban prison, Sharp has appointed Dr. Hugo Strange, a man who knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman."

Each issue of the miniseries will be available day-and-date digitally worldwide for $2.99 each. These releases will alternate with 8-page digital-first interludes that will expand on the story in the mini-series. Written by Dini and drawn by a variety of artists, these digital stories will focus on Batman's enemies as they vie for power in this new city within a city.

Each eight-page digital-first interlude will be available for 99 cents, releasing in between issues of the miniseries, and will later be included in print in the Batman: Arkham City collected edition.

"The digital first stories offer a unique incentive for fans to experience interesting and exciting stories beyond the pages in the printed comic," said Jim Lee, DC Comics co-publisher. "The additional pages will serve as interludes within the regular issues and won't be necessary to follow the main story of the miniseries. Fans will also be able to read these interludes in print later, when we publish the collected edition."

The first two issues of the mini-series will both ship in May. The first issue's variant cover will use in-game graphics.



DC COMICS NEWS ROUNDUP

DC Comics has unveiled four variant covers: Wonder Woman #608 by Alex Garner, Justice League: Generation Lost #21 by Kevin Maguire, The Flash #10 by Yildiray Cinar and Batman and Robin #21 by Tony Daniel.

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In other DC news:

* A 2011 membership for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) will include a a Green Lantern member card by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert, produced by Graphitti Designs.

* Batman: Odyssey #7 and #8 and Batman: The Dark Knight #4 and #5 will be resolicited.

* DC has announced new contents for Zatanna #11 and #12.

Zatanna #11 will be written by Paul Dini with art by Jamal Igle and Jon Sibal. Here's how DC describee the issue:

"Stripped of her powers, her body, and a mind of her own, and trapped under glass for all eternity the curse her father placed on murderous puppeteer Oscar Hampel has fallen on Zatanna, and there's no escaping it! Or will help come to Zatanna from a most unlikely source wearing most unlikely clothes? The conclusion of 'Pupaphobia' will leave your head spinning!"

Zatanna #12 will be written by Matthew Sturges with art by Stephane Roux and a cover by Amanda Conner. Here's how DC describes the issue:

"Zatanna's seen her share of strange magical artifacts -- though a sword that cuts backwards through time is a new one, that's for sure! A rowdy roughneck named Backslash is using that very sword == and an enslaved fairy -- to cut a bloody path through her beloved San Francisco, but how can she stop him when he can undo any attack with a mere wave of his hand?"

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ARCHIE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four- to six-page previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 16, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Archie Double Digest #216 and Betty & Veronica #252.

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THE SIMPSONS: "THE BLUE AND THE GRAY"

Fox has released an image and description from "The Blue and The Gray," Sunday's new episode of The Simpsons.

Here's how Fox describes the episode:

"After spending another Valentine's Day alone, Moe attends a seminar led by Dr. Kissingher in the hopes of gaining more confidence with women. Moe takes the doctor's advice and asks Homer to be his wingman, but Moe becomes distraught when women are drawn to Homer as well.

"Meanwhile, Marge discovers her first gray hairs and surprises both her family and the neighborhood by going completely gray and sporting a brand new mature 'do, but Bart is not humored when the neighborhood kids tease him about Marge's look. Later, Marge confronts Homer when she learns that he is becoming increasingly popular with the young ladies, but Homer helps Marge realize that he only has eyes for her and proves that love is still in the Springfield air."

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BRIEFLY

* Image Comics has announced that a second printing for the sold-out Memoir #1 will be in stores on March 2.



APRIL SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* 12-Gauge Comics.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Archie Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Big Dog Ink.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* BOOM! Studios.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Radical Publishing.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Zenescope Entertainment.





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