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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four- to five-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, March 7, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Age of Apocalypse #1, Amazing Spider-Man #681, Avengers Academy #27, Avengers: The Children's Crusade #9, The Defenders #4, Fear Itself: The Fearless #10, Hulk #49, Thor: The Deviants Saga #5, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #8, Uncanny X-Men #8, Venom #14, Villains for HIre #4, Winter Soldier #3, Wolverine #302, Wolverine & The X-Men: Alpha & Omega #3, X-Club #4 and X-Men #26.

And for preview of Daredevil #12 arriving in stores on Wednesday, May 2, CLICK HERE.



BOOM! STUDIOS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six-page previews of BOOM! Studios titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, March 7, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Irredeemable #35, Supurbia #1, Valen the Outcast #4 and Hellraiser Masterpieces #9.



VALIANT ANNOUNCES HARBINGER ONGOING

Valiant has announced a June 6 for its second ongoing title, Harbinger.

The series will be written by Joshua Dysart, with art by Khari Evans.

Here's how Valiant describes the book:

"Skipping across America in a desperate attempt to stay ahead of the authorities, Peter Stanchek is learning that he's much more than an out-of-work and on-the-run teenager; he is in fact a psionically-powered 'harbinger' with the potential to change the course of human history. Now, respected philanthropist and fellow psionic Toyo Harada has come to guide Peter out of harm's way and teach his new pupil what it truly means to wield power. But Harada isn't as charitable as he might seem -- and the repercussions of these two superhuman harbingers coming face to face might shatter the very planet he hopes to save."

"The idea of really getting a chance to dig in and build an epic mythology populated by a fully-realized cast of characters, all centered around Jim Shooter and David Lapham's original premise, is super-exhilarating to me," Dysart said. "I've been looking for a book to write that could be dark, weird, trippy, fun, real, unreal, violent and thematically ambitious. All the things I look for in fantastic fiction myself. Harbinger is that book, so I'm pretty damn excited about it."

Added Evans: "From page one, this has book has been a total blast. It's a story that begins with Harada and Peter, but soon escalates to include so much more. Working with this cast has been a lot of fun."

"Peter Stanchek and Toyo Harada come from diametrically opposite places in this world," editor Warren Simons said. "Peter's a broke, disillusioned 18-year-old who sees the American Dream as nothing more than a fiction from another time. Toyo Harada is a self-made billionaire who's watched the promise of the baby boomers disintegrate into self-interest. These two are inexorably linked by their extraordinary powers, but just because they share a bond doesn't mean they share an ideology Their eventual collision is unavoidable."

Arturo Lozzi provides the cover for #1, with variants by Mico Suayan, Doug Braithwaite and Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic.



STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: "BOUNTY"

Lucasfilm has released three preview clips from "Bounty," the episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiering on Cartoon Network on Friday at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

For the "Light Saber" clip, CLICK HERE.

For the "Experence" clip, CLICK HERE.

For the "Company" clip, CLICK HERE.

Here's how Lucasfilm describes the episode:

"An aimless Asajj Ventress joins a team of bounty hunters under the leadership of young Boba Fett. On an alien world, they undertake a dangerous but profitable mission that tests the limits of their skills, and the strength of Asajj's character."

Simon Pegg guest-stars as Dengar - one of the bounty hunters seen in the company of Boba Fett in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.



BRIEFLY

* Marvel Studios has announced that its new trailer forThe Avengers has been viewed more than 13.7 million times in the first 24 hours of its debut, setting a new record for the most viewed trailer on iTunes and the iTunes Trailers app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Marvel has also released two images of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders.

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* Marvel Comics has announced that Jonathan Hickman will be leaving as writer of Fantastic Four and FF in October. His final issues will be Fantastic Four #611 and FF #23.

Marvel has released a clip from the "Old Wounds, Fresh Blood" episode of the Blade Anime series, premiering on Sunday on G4.

To watch the clip, CLICK HERE.



MAY SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Big Dog Ink.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Studio 407.










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