Thursday, May 24, 2007

Lost clues: "Through the Looking Glass" ep. 22, season 3



Synopsis:

We see a bearded Jack, very drunk and messed up, flying on a passenger plane. He spots an article or obituary in a newspaper and becomes very upset.

Later, we see him driving on a bridge in Los Angeles, calling somebody on a cell phone, still very upset. He leaves a jumbled message on an answering machine, then pulls over. He climbs up on the bridge railing and is about to jump off when a car approaching in the other direction crashes. He jumps down and rushes to the accident.

Later, we learn Jack has rescued a woman and her son from the car and he's viewed as a hero. But we know he was the cause of the crash. The woman saw him about the jump, got distracted and lost control of her car.

Throughout these scenes, Jack is very messed up on alcohol and prescription drugs. We see him go a funeral home to view the casket of the person in the article/obit, but the casket is closed and Jack tells the funeral director he doesn't want to see the body.

Meanwhile, in the present time, Jack leads the plane crash survivors to the radio tower, where they hope to make contact with Naomi's crew on the satellite phone once Charlie turns off the jamming signal in the underwater Looking Glass station.

Charlie, however, has been captured by two Others in the station, Bonnie and Greta. They've contacted Ben, who has sent Mikhail to the station to handle the situation. Desmond, meanwhile, is knocked out in an outrigger canoe up above the Looking Glass.

Sayid, Bernard and Jin are on the beach and, when the Others arrive, set off the expolosives in the tents, killing several of the Others. However, Jin misses his target when trying to set off his batch of the dynamite and some of the Others survive, capturing Sayid, Bernard and Jin.

We also see Locke, left for dead in the ditch after being shot by Ben. He looks like a goner but then a vision of Walt shows up and tells him to get up, he has things to do.

On the way to the tower, Jack and the rest realize the ambush has gone wrong, they don't see the third batch of dynamite blow. Sawyer and Juliet turn back, heading back to the beach to help Sayid, Bernard and Jin.

Meanwhile, Ben--taking Alex with him--is off to intercept Jack and party at the radio tower, which he does. He tells Jack this is a mistake. Naomi isn't who she says--she'll bring people to the island who have been looking for it for a long time and they'll kill everyone. Jack doesn't believe him. Ben gets on his walkie and orders Sayid, Bernard and Jin killed and Jack believes all three are shot dead. He beats Ben up and takes him captive.

On the beach, Sawyer and Juliet--with Hurley, who has arrived like the calvary driving the Dharma bus--rescue the three captives.

Back in the water, Desmond revives and dives off the canoe and swims into the Looking Glass when Mikhail starts shooting at him. Down below there's an altercation and Bonnie, Greta are killed while Mikhail is wounded and goes missing. Charlie turns off the jamming signal and immediately intercepts a TV message from Penelope Widmore, who is confused by the mention of Naomi. Penelope didn't send her. Outside his underwater window, Charlie spots Mikhail, who has a grenade and pulls the pin, shattering the glass and flooding the room. Charlie bolts the door and drowns but not before alerting Desmond that Naomi isn't who she says.

At the radio tower, Naomi makes contact with her people but is killed by an amazingly revived Locke who tells Jack not to make the call. But Jack does and it sounds as if help is on the way.

The episode ends back with messed up Jack. He's distraught in his home and makes a call, telling someone to meet him at the airport. Later he's there and a car arrives, it's Kate. What we took as a flashback was actaully a flash forward. They got off the island, but Jack seems to think they made a mistake. He shows Kate the clipping, but neither says who it refers to. Jack says they need to go back, but Kate looks troubled and doesn't say much. She leaves and the episode ends with him standing alone.



Clues and observations:

* Who's in the coffin?!! Here's a view of the clipping. And here's some speculation. The gist is it's somebody we haven't met yet.



* Who was Naomi working for? Penelope's dad, Mr. Widmore, perhaps? Does he have an interest in the island and somehow know Desmond ended up there?

* What's the relationship between Ben's people and Naomi's?

* Are Naomi's people in the Dharma Initiative or related to it? Did Ben have a real reason for killing off the Dharma crew? What were they up to that he saw as a threat? What is he protecting the island from and why do other people want the island?

* What's going to happen when Naomi's people show up? Is Ben telling the truth?

* Juliet tells Sawyer the Others are building a runway. What for?

* What is the mistake Jack feels he made? Does he really intend to go back to the island?

* In the flash forward, Jack refers to his dad as if he's still alive? Is he? Or is Jack just really messed up?

Lost season 3 summary

Also see:
"Lost" Season 3 Episode Guide.
Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.


Here's a look at developments during the show's third season.

Key events:

* We see that the Others live in a sophisticated village--with houses, power, running water, even book clubs--on the island and they were seemingly caught unawares by the Oceanic plane crash.

* Benjamin Linus (first introduced to the crash survivors as "Henry Gale") leads the Others and instructs Goodwin and Ethan Rom to pose as passengers and spy on the crash survivors. He tells them to prepare "lists" of "good people" among the passengers.

* Henry has kidnapped Kate, Sawyer and Jack to play them off one another and to break them down mentally so he can convince Jack to operate on a cancerous tumor growing on his (Ben's) spine.

* The polar bears spotted by the survivors were evidently part of a Dharma Initiative project and were kept in the cages where the Others put Kate and Sawyer.

* The Others had been in contact with the outside world via electronic communications and, evidently, a submarine that allowed them to come and go at will. However, the electromagnetic disturbance caused by the Hatch ex/implosion in season two has apparently disrupted communications with civilization. And--wanting to keep the island shut off from the outside--Locke blows up the submarine.

* The Hatch explosion apparently provided Desmond with the ability to see briefly into the future during psychic "flashes."

* The Others recruited Juliet, a fertility expert, to come to the island because all the women who have become pregnant there die, as do their babies. Juliet has been unable to find a solution to this problem.

* After his spinal surgery, Ben promises to let Jack and Juliet leave the island. But, as they are about to board the sub, Locke blows it up. Later, Juliet acts as if she's been cast out by the Others and joins the crash survivors in their camp. However, she's really spying on them and providing information to Ben.

* Sun is pregnant by Jin.

* The island appears to have some sort of healing ability. Locke is able to walk again after crashing there. Jin, who was infertile, is able to father a child. Ben and Juliet make references to there being no cancer among the inhabitants. However, Ben develops cancer and it doesn't go away on its own.

* The Other Alex refers to Ben as her father. However, she is also evidently the daughter for Danielle Rousseau, the French woman who is a survivor of some sort of research party unrelated to the Others or the Dharma Initiative.

* The Dharma people refer to the Others as "hostiles." Ben calls these hostiles the "original inhabitants" of the island.

* When Alex's boyfriend Carl shows rebellious tendencies, he's taken to a room and subjected to brainwashing techniques that refer to Jacob--an entity the Others seem to worship, or at least hold in very high regard.

* Jacob seems to be some sort of mystical entity--maybe a ghost. Ben can see and communicate with him and apparently delivers Jacob's orders to the Others. Locke doesn't see Jacob, but can evidently hear him.

* The Others seem fascinated by Locke, and Ben seems threatened by him. After Locke "hears" Jacob, Ben shoots Locke, who is wounded but somehow survives.

* Mr. Eko is killed by the mysterious smoke monster after it apparently scans his mind, learning about his past and making judgments about who Eko is and what he's done.

* Cindy the stewardess and two child survivors from the plane's tail section are living happily with the Others, it seems.

* In flashbacks, we see how a young Ben and his father arrive on the island as part of the Dharma Initiative. Ben eventually encounters the Other Richard Alpert in the jungle. Ben has seen visions of his dead mother in the jungle. Alpert is curious about Ben's apparent psychic ability. Years later, Ben helps plan and participates in a gas attack that kills all the Dharma people, including Ben's father.

* Claire attaches a message to the leg of a migratory bird that stops on the island.

* Somehow, the Others brought Locke's father, "Anthony Cooper," to the island and have been holding him captive. Cooper is later killed by Sawyer.

* The crash survivors Nikki and Paulo are paralyzed by spider bites and buried alive by Sawyer and Hurley, who believe the couple is dead.

* A woman named Naomi parachutes on the island after her helicopter crashes. She's apparently been sent by Desmond's girlfriend Penelope Widmore and the rest of her crew is on a ship near the island but, for some reason, haven't been able to locate it.

* Naomi has a satellite phone, but Sayid is unable to get a signal with it so he can communicate to Naomi's crew.

* Juliet evidently turns against Ben and tells Jack what she's been up to. She also tells the crash survivors an underwater Dharma station, called the Looking Glass, is running a jamming signal that prevents those on the island from communicating with the outside world by radio or satellite. Charlie swims down to the Looking Glass to switch off the signal, but is captured by two armed women inside the station. There's a struggle and Charlie is able to turn off the signal, but drowns before he can escape the flooding station.

* Ben tells Jack that Naomi isn't who she says and that alerting her crew will bring dangerous people to the island who will kill everyone. But Jack makes the call.

* We see a future vision of Jack and Kate. They are off the island, but Jack thinks it's a mistake that they escaped. Something terrible happened to make it possible. He tells Kate they need to go back.

Character connections:

* Christian Shepherd is the father of both Jack and Claire, although they don't realize this.

* Locke's dad is the same guy who conned and destroyed Sawyer's family.

* Kate befriends Cassidy Phillips, the woman Sawyer conned and got pregnant. Kate isn't aware of the Cassidy-Sawyer connection, though.

* The monk who leads the order Desmond joins has a picture on his desk of the jewelry shop clerk that Desmond encounters in London.

* Charlie rescues Sayid's girlfriend Nadia from a mugging in London.

People killed:

* The Other Colleen is killed by Sun.

* The man Sun has an affair with is killed.

* Mr. Eko is killed by the smoke monster.

* The Other Ms. Klugh is killed by her fellow Other Mikhail.

* Locke's father "Anthony Cooper," the con man who destroyed Sawyer's family is killed by Sawyer.

* Nikki and Paulo are paralyzed by spider bites and inadvertently buried alive by Sawyer and Hurley.

* Tom/Mr. Friendly and a whole bunch of his fellow Others are killed by the crash survivors in the season ender.

Featured music:

* "Downtown" by Petula Clark.

* Charlie is seen singing "Wonderwall" by Oasis on a London street.

* Three Dog Night's "Shambala" plays on the stereo in the Dharma bus Hurley locates. It's playing again in Ben's flashback scenes featuring the same bus, which was driven by Ben's father.

Featured books:

* The Others' book group is reading "Carrie" by Stephen King.

* A guard outside the Others' brainwashing facility is reading Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time."

* A copy, in Portuguese, of Joseph Heller's "Catch 22" is in a backpack apparently belonging to Naomi.

Unanswered questions:

* What is the history of the Others? Where did they come from?

* What is the back story of Danielle, the French woman? How did she arrive on the island? Does she have any ties to Dharma? Why was her daughter, Alex, abducted?

* Why are the Others interested in some of the crash survivors and not the rest? They define themselves as "good." What's their definition of the word?

* What was Ben's breakfast on the beach with Kate all about? What was he hoping to get from her?

* Why did the smoke monster kill Mr. Eko?

* What's up with the sickness that supposedly killed off Danielle's team?

* What is the history of "Adam and Eve," the skeletal remains the crash survivors discovered in season one?

* What exactly was the purpose of the Hatch and what occurred when it ex/imploded?

* What is the smoke monster that has killed several people? What is its purpose and is it controlled by anyone?

* What's become of Walt and Michael who left the island on a boat at the end of season 2?

* What really brought the various people to island? What's behind the web of connections among them all?

* Is the Dharma Initiative still active at all? If not, why is someone from the outside making airdrops of supplies and food to the island?

* How did the Others get information about the plane crash survivors, including their real names? How are they in contact with the outside world?

* Why do women on the island die instead of giving birth?

* What's behind the apparent healing properties of the island?

* What's responsible for the visions of animals and dead people the crash survivors sometimes see on the island?

* What's behind Locke's ability to walk again and Desmond's ability to see future events?

* What's the deal with Libby, killed in season 2, who evidently gave Desmond the sailboat that landed him on the island and who once was in a mental ward with Hurley?

* What's up with the giant, four-toed statue Sayid, Sun and Jin see at the end of season 2?

* Any explanation for why the man in the Dharma Initiative videos is at different times identified as Dr. Marvin Candle and Dr. Mark Wickmund or why the CIA agent who identifies himself as Joe Inman to Sayid tells Desmond his name is Kelvin Inman?

* Why did the psychic in Australia encourage Claire to take the doomed flight?

* Who is the man Sarah left Jack for? Why is she so reluctant to reveal his identity? Is he somehow associated with the Dharma Initiative and/or the Others?

* Who--or what--is "Jacob"?

* What's motivating the Others? Spiritual beliefs? Fear? What's their community all about?

* Who is the person who has died in the "flash forward" featuring the off-island Jack and Kate. They refer to him, but not by name.

* Who was Naomi working for? Penelope's dad, Mr. Widmore, perhaps? Does he have an interest in the island and somehow know Desmond ended up there?

* What's the relationship between Ben's people and Naomi's?

* Are Naomi's people in the Dharma Initiative or related to it? Did Ben have a real reason for killing off the Dharma crew? What were they up to that he saw as a threat? What is he protecting the island from and why do other people want the island?

* What's going to happen when Naomi's people show up? Is Ben telling the truth when he says they are dangerous?

* Juliet tells Sawyer that the Others are building a runway. What for? Why are they building it on the smaller island, not the main one?

* What is the mistake Jack feels he made? Does he really intend to go back to the island?

* In the flash forward, Jack refers to his dad as if he's still alive? Is he?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Upcoming DC Comics collection/graphic novels

Here's a list of some upcoming goodies. Click the links to pre-order from Amazon:

DC Universe titles scheduled to arrive in stores in October include:

52: THE COMPANION TP
Writers: Steve Ditko, Greg Rucka, Gardner Fox, Grant Morrison, Steve Gerber, Mark Schultz, Jack Miller, Dan Jurgens, David Goyer and Geoff Johns
Artists: Steve Ditko, Kano & Stefano Gaudiano, Chaz Truog & Doug Hazlewood, Carmine Infantino, Walter Simonson, Doug Mahnke & Tom Nguyen, Murphy Anderson, Alex Toth, Dan Jurgens & Tom Dzon and Leonard Kirk & Keith Champagne
Collects: MYSTERIOUS SUSPENSE #1, GOTHAM CENTRAL #40, ANIMAL MAN #16, METAL MEN #45, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #97, RIP HUNTER: TIME MASTER #6, JSA #43-44, and stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #350, STRANGE ADVENTURES #226, SECRET ORIGINS #35.
$19.99 U.S., 224 pages

52: THE COVERS HC
Writer: J.G. Jones
Artist: J.G. Jones
Collects: Every cover from 52, 52 Vol. 1-4 TPs, the 52 novel, sketches, plus commentary from Jones.
$19.99 U.S., 128 pages

THE BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 4 TP
Writer: Bill Finger
Artists: Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson and George Roussos
Collects: BATMAN #6-7 and stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #51-56 and WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #2-3
$14.99 U.S., 224 pages

THE CREEPER: WELCOME TO CREEPVILLE TP
Writer: Steve Niles
Artists: Justiniano & Walden Wong and Steve Scott & Dan Green
Collects: THE CREEPER #1-6 and a story from DC: BRAVE NEW WORLD #1
$19.99 U.S., 160 pages

THE FLASH: WONDERLAND TP
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Angel Unzueta & Doug Hazlewood
Collects: THE FLASH #164-169
$12.99 U.S., 144 pages

THE HELMET OF FATE TP
Writers: Steve Gerber, Bill Willingham, Tad Williams, Steve Niles and Gail Simone
Artists: Duncan Rouleau, Scott Hampton, Phil Winslade, Peter Snejbjerg and Shawn McManus
Collects: THE HELMET OF FATE: DETECTIVE CHIMP, THE HELMET OF FATE: IBIS, THE HELMET OF FATE: BLACK ALICE, THE HELMET OF FATE: SARGON and THE HELMET OF FATE: ZAURIEL
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JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE VOL. 2 TP
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THE JSA ALL STARS ARCHIVES VOL. 1 HC
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Collects: Stories starring Johnny Thunder, Hour-Man, the Red Tornado & Scribbly, Dr. Mid-Nite, Mr. Terrific, Wildcat and the Atom from FLASH COMICS #1-4, ADVENTURE COMICS #48-52, ALL-AMERICAN COMICS #19-29 and SENSATION COMICS #1-5
$59.99 U.S., 256 pages

JUSTICE VOL. 3 HC
Writers: Alex Ross & Jim Krueger
Artists: Doug Braithwaite & Alex Ross
Collects: JUSTICE #9-12
$19.99 U.S., 160 pages

MYSTERY IN SPACE VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Jim Starlin
Artists: Shane Davis & Matt Banning and Jim Starlin & Al Milgrom
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$17.99 U.S., 208 pages

NIGHTWING: LOVE AND WAR TP
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artists: Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund, Paco Diaz, Jamal Igle & Keith Champagne
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$14.99 U.S., 192 pages

SHAZAM: THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL DELUXE HC
Writer/Artist: Jeff Smith
Collects: SHAZAM: THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL #1-4
$29.99 U.S., 240 pages

THE QUESTION VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Dennis O'Neil
Artists: Denys Cowan & Rick Magyar
Collects: THE QUESTION #1-6
$19.99 U.S., 176 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE GREAT DISASTER FEATURING THE ATOMIC KNIGHTS TP
Writers: John Broome, Jack Kirby, Gerry Conway, David Michelinie, Cary Bates, Sheldon Mayer, David Kraft, Paul Levitz, Steve Skeates, Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn, Len Wein, Robin Snyder, Mike Bentley, George Kashdan, Wyatt Gwyon, Paul Kupperberg, Roger McKenzie, Jack Oleck and Elliott S. Maggin
Artists: Murphy Anderson, Jack Kirby, José Luis García-López, Walter Simonson, Pablo Marcos, Mike Nasser, Alex Saviuk, Vicitan, Bill Draut, Alfredo Alcala, Jack Sparling, Rich Buckler, Howard Chaykin, A.B. Magpali, Howard Bender, J.M. Matucenio, Steve Ditko, Buddy Generale, Paul Kirchner, Jeff Aclin, Frank Miller, Alex Niño, Curt Swan, Danny Bulanadi, Wallace Wood, D. Bruce Berry, Andy Mushynsky, Frank McLaughlin, Bob Layton, Bob Smith, Steve Mitchell, Bob Oksner, Terry Austin, Joe Rubinstein, Vince Colletta, Tex Blaisdell, Bob Wiacek, and Danny Bulanadi
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SHOWCASE PRESENTS: METAL MEN TP
Writers: Robert Kanigher and Bob Haney
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SUPERMAN: THE BOTTLE CITY OF KANDOR TP
Writers: Otto Binder, Edmond Hamilton, Jerry Siegel, Leo Dorfman, Len Wein and Paul Kupperberg
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Collects: Stories from ACTION COMICS #242 and 245, SUPERMAN #158 and 338, SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #53 and 69, WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #143, SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE #21, 76, and 78, and SUPERMAN FAMILY #194
$14.99 U.S., 200 pages

THE SPIRIT VOL. 1 HC
Writers: Jeph Loeb and Darwyn Cooke
Artists: Darwyn Cooke & J. Bone
Collects: BATMAN/THE SPIRIT and THE SPIRIT #1-6
$24.99 U.S., 192 pages

Vertigo titles scheduled to arrive in stores in October include:

THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 2 HC
Writer: Neil Gaiman
Artists: Dave McKean, Shawn McManus, Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Bryan Talbot, John Watkiss, Matt Wagner, Stan Woch, Colleen Doran, Duncan Eagleson, John Bolton, Malcolm Jones III, George Pratt, Dick Giordano, P. Craig Russell and Vince Locke
Collects: THE SANDMAN #21-39
$99.00 U.S., 616 pages

EXTERMINATORS VOL. 3: LIES OF OUR FATHERS TP
Writer: Simon Oliver
Artists: Mike Hawthorne, Tony Moore, John Lucas, Dan Green and Ande Parks
Collects: THE EXTERMINATORS #11-16
$14.99 U.S., 144 pages

JACK OF FABLES VOL. 2: JACK OF HEARTS TP
Writers: Bill Willingham & Matthew Sturges
Artists: Steve Leialoha, Tony Akins & Andrew Pepoy
Collects: JACK OF FABLES #6-11
$14.99 U.S., 144 pages

WILDSTORM titles scheduled to arrive in stores in October include:

RED MENACE TP
Writers: Danny Bilson, Paul DeMeo and Adam Brody
Artists: Jerry Ordway & Al Vey
Collects: RED MENACE #1-6
$17.99 U.S., 144 pages

WETWORKS VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Mike Carey
Artists: Whilce Portacio & Richard Friend
Collects: WETWORKS #1-6
$14.99 U.S., 136 pages

CMX titles scheduled to arrive in stores in October include:

CANON VOL. 3
Writer/Artist: Chika Shiomi
$9.99 U.S., 194 pages

CIPHER VOL. 9
Writer/Artist: Minako Narita
$9.99 U.S., 200 pages

GON VOL. 2
Writer/Artist: Masahi Tanaka
$5.99 U.S., 148 pages

I HATE YOU MORE THAN ANYONE VOL. 2
Writer/Artist: Banri Hidaka
$9.99 U.S., 192 pages

PRESENTS VOL. 1
Writer/Artist: Kanako Inuki
$12.99 U.S., 200 pages

SAMURAI COMMANDO: MISSION 1549 VOL. 2
Original Concept: Ryo Hanmura
Writer: Harutoshi Fukui
Artist: Ark Performance
$9.99 U.S., 224 pages

VARIANTE VOL. 1
Writer/Artist: Iqura Sugimoto
$12.99 U.S., 204 pages

VS. VOL. 7
Writer/Artist: Keiko Yamada
$9.99 U.S., 192 pages

Pop Artifact! DC super-heroes Roto Draw set

Pop Culture Roundup May 23, 2007

Entertainment Weekly interviews Eric Johnson, star of the Sci Fi Channel's new "Flash Gordon" series.

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Ben Weisman, who wrote a string of hits for Elvis Presley among others, has died.

Weisman, whom Presley called "the mad professor," wrote or co-wrote a string of gold and platinum-selling songs for Presley, including "Follow That Dream" and "Fame and Fortune."

His songs include "Wooden Heart" for the movie "G.I. Blues," "Rock-a-Hula Baby" for "Blue Hawaii" and "Crawfish" for "King Creole."


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Lurch sings! An "Addams Family" Broadway musical is planned.

Vintage DC Comics house ad



DVD: Thunderbirds 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Megaset

It's Gerry Anderson's complete marionation series on 12 disks, out July 31 and available for pre-order now from Amazon.

Details:

Packed with every moment from all 32 episodes of acclaimed producer Gerry Anderson’s (Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999) sci-fi supermarionation tour de force, this exclusive collection also includes a special new bonus disc containing two rare pop-up episodes, an exciting quiz, and a never-before-seen interview with the series creator Anderson. Don’t miss a minute of adventure--the THUNDERBIRDS 40TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION is a masterpiece of marionettes, and the ultimate collector’s item.

DVD: Frankie & Annette MGM Movie Legends Collection

Eight films on four disks, how much more beach party fun can you stand?

This set is out July 10 and available for pre-order now from Amazon.

It includes:

--Beach Blanket Bingo
--How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
--Beach Party
--Bikini Beach
--Fireball 500
--Thunder Alley
--Muscle Beach Party
--Ski Party

Details:

"Surf's up" in this four-disc boxed set saluting AIP's teen comedy series and seaside sweethearts Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Anthropologist Bob Cummings uses the pair as part of a study of modern mating habits in the original "Beach Party" (1963), with Morey Amsterdam, Dorothy Malone, and Harvey Lembeck as Eric Von Zipper. Annette has her hands full when the Potato Bug, a British pop star who's Frankie's double, arrives at "Bikini Beach" (1964). Don Rickles and Little Stevie Wonder guest star. Gym owner Rickles wants to take over the kids' surf spot, and heiress Luciana Paluzzi wants to woo Frankie from Annette, in "Muscle Beach Party" (1964). Avalon trades his board for slats and joins Dwayne Hickman, Deborah Walley and James Brown for a "Ski Party" (1965). "Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965) boasts a missing singer, a mermaid, and skydiving surfdogs. Avalon wants to keep pal Hickman away from Funicello while he's on military duty in "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" (1965), with Buster Keaton. Frankie's a moonshine-running hot rodder competing with racer Fabian for Annette's hand in "Fireball 500" (1966). And Fabian and Funicello burn rubber together in "Thunder Alley" (1967).

DVD: The Fugitive - Season One, Vol. 1

The first season of this cult series is out Aug. 14 on four disks. It's available for pre-order now from Amazon.

DVD: Space 1999 30th Anniversary Edition Megaset

The commemmorative set collects the entire Gerry Anderson TV series on 17 disks.

It's out July 31 and available for pre-order now from Amazon.

DVD: Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection (Manhattan Melodrama / Evelyn Prentice / Double Wedding / I Love You Again / Love Crazy)

Along with the "Thin Man" series Loy and Powell co-starred in a number of other pictures, a batch of them collected on this five-disk set out Aug. 7.

It's available for pre-order now from Amazon.

Info:

William Powell re-teamed with Myrna Loy after the first "Thin Man" movie for "Evelyn Prentice" (1934), an expert thriller in which Powell plays a womanizing lawyer whose adulterous affair leads to blackmail, deceit, and murder. Una Merkel, Harvey Stephens, and Rosalind Russell, in her debut, also star. Then, "Manhattan Melodrama" (1934) is a compelling crime drama starring Powell and Clark Gable as boyhood friends from the New York streets who grow up to follow different paths, one as a gangster, the other as a crusading D.A. Loy and Mickey Rooney co-star. "Double Wedding" (1937) is a frantic screwball story with Powell as a Bohemian painter and Loy as a workaholic dress shop owner who spar over Loy's younger sister's life choices. Edgar Kennedy co-stars. Stodgy businessman Powell is headed for divorce from wife Loy when a konk on the head reverts him back to his real persona of a slick con artist, in "I Love You Again" (1940). And, in "Love Crazy" (1941), Powell and Loy are a married couple whose fourth wedding anniversary is not a happy affair, thanks to a series of events that occur after Loy's gossipy mother visits.

Lost season finale tonight! Details...

Click here for teaser text about tonight's show.

Then come back here tomorrow for a full look at clues and observations about the ep.

Also see:
The Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.
"Lost" Season 3 Episode Guide.
"Lost": What we STILL don't know.

Today's video: Beach Boys "California Girls" TV performance 1965

with Jack Benny!



New comics May 23, 2007

See complete lists:
DC Archives
DC Showcase
DC Trade Paperbacks
Marvel Masterworks
Marvel Essentials
Marvel Trade Paperbacks
Upcoming Trade Paperbacks - Graphic Novels


Comics shipping May 23, 2007

DARK HORSE COMICS

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Pop Artifact! Walkie-talkies

Pop Culture Roundup May 22, 2007

Tomorrow's comics today: Check out the big list of items the will be in shops this Wednesday.

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Riddle Me This Dept.: Anthony Michael Hall is playing somebody in the next Batman film, but he can't say who.

"I signed a confidentiality agreement, and I can't say which part I'm playing because it affects the story," says Hall. "I can't give away the suspense — it's a $200 million surprise, and I don't want to be the guy to ruin it."

Marvel Comics August 2007 solicitations

Highlights:

AMAZING FANTASY OMNIBUS HC
Written by STAN LEE
Penciled by STEVE DITKO, JACK KIRBY, DON HECK & PAUL REINMAN
Cover by STEVE DITKO
Across six issues of truly amazing adventures, Lee, Kirby, and Ditko dreamed up a cadre of ten-story tall menaces from Torr to Manoo to the one and only Monsteroso to trash unwitting Earthlings on a month-in and month-out basis. Backed up by weird tales of wax museums, witchcraft, Martians, and the occult master who set the trenchcoat trend in comics, Dr. Druid, it seemed these titanic tales could never be topped.
And then Stan Lee and Steve Ditko did just that by launching “The Magazine That Respects Your Intelligence!” An all-new approach for the young comics sophisticate, Amazing Adult Fantasy presented Twilight Zone-tinged tales of otherworldly aliens, time travel, ghosts, atomic nightmares, and maybe even the secret of the universe itself. With story after lushly-illustrated story, Ditko set a new standard for comic book illustration, and Lee raised the bar ever higher with his scintillating scripts. And, oh, in the last issue they created some guy named “Spider-Man.”
Collecting this lynchpin series of Marvel Comics’ history for the first time ever, the Amazing Fantasy Omnibus puts AMAZING ADVENTURES #1-6, AMAZING ADULT FANTASY #7-14 and AMAZING FANTASY #15 between two hardcovers 45 years in the making.
416 PGS./All Ages …$74.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2458-6
Trim size: oversized

THE LAST FANTASTIC FOUR STORY
Written by STAN LEE
Pencils and Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Legendary writer and Fantastic Four co-creator Stan Lee unites with artist John Romita Jr. to tell his final story of the team that started the Marvel age!
64 PGS./Rated A …$4.99

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE SUB-MARINER VOL. 2 HC
By BILL EVERETT, CARL PFEUFER, AL GABRIELE, KERMIT JAEDIKER, GUSTAV SCHROTTER, MICKEY SPILLANE, ART GATES & RAY HOULIHAN
Cover by ALEX SCHOMBURG
Get ready for more and more unusual, exciting, different and terrific adventures on land, in air and on sea! Tales of action, mystery and thrills with death and danger on every page. Marvel proudly presents more Golden Age goodness, collecting issues #5-8 of SUB-MARINER COMICS from 1942. Sub-Mariner faces off against “Piracy at the Ocean’s Bottom." “Smashes an Uprising at Manilla,"and “Fights the Periscope Peril” in more wartime action while the Angel tackles a “Genius for Murder” and “The Firing Squad!” Plus, “Pop’s Whoppers” and “Tubby and Tack.” This hardcover collection remasters and restores these early adventures, some reprinted for the very first time!
280 PGS./All Ages …$59.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2247-8
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE SUB-MARINER VOL. 2 HC – VARIANT EDITION VOL. 81
280 PGS./All Age …$59.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2248-6

And the rest:

DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER BORN #7 (of 7)
Creative and Executive Director STEPHEN KING
Written by PETER DAVID & ROBIN FURTH
Art and Cover by JAE LEE & RICHARD ISANOVE
Variant Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
Sketch Variant by JAE LEE
It’s the final chapter in the first arc of this top-selling title from the mind of Stephen King. Roland and his ka-tet have their long-awaited showdown with Eldred Jonas and the Big Coffin Hunters. And on the outcome of this fateful confrontation rests the future of Mid-world itself! Plus—the tragic conclusion of Roland Deschain’s love affair with Susan Delgado and much, much more!
48 PGS./Parental Advisory/Card Stock …$3.99
©2007 Stephen King. All rights reserved
Visit www.marvel.com/darktower for more info and art!

DARK TOWER: GUNSLINGER'S GUIDEBOOK
Written by ANTHONY FLAMINI & ROBIN FURTH
Cover by JAE LEE & RICHARD ISANOVE
May luck rise to meet you, sai. Dark days have befallen the once powerful Affiliation. As the Good Man’s revolutionaries continue their assault on the civilizations of the Inner Baronies, young Gunslinger Roland Deschain of Gilead and his loyal ka-tet embark eastward on an undercover mission to the distant Outer Barony of Mejis on behalf of the Affiliation. The Gunslinger Guidebook serves as your essential guide for Gilead to Mejis and all points in between – featuring profiles on the Big Coffin Hunters, Sheemie Ruiz, and Rhea of the Coos.
48 PGS./CARDSTOCK COVER/Parental Advisory …$3.99
©2007 Stephen King. All rights reserved
This was previously solicited, all orders have been cancelled.

HALO: UPRISING #2 (of 4)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by ALEX MALEEV
The Eisner Award-winning team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev unveil a new chapter in the Halo mythos. Master Chief is captured and interrogated by Covenant forces. While back on Earth, a star-crossed human couple tries to stay alive as every single thing they hold dear is taken from them. Earth is falling to alien invaders, and no one knows what or where the mysterious artifact known as “the Key” is. The human race is at the brink of destruction---can the bravery of a few turn the tide?
40 PGS./17 and Up/$3.99
© 2007 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Microsoft, Bungie, the Bungie logo, Halo, the Halo logo, the Microsoft Game Studios logo, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

MARVEL SPOTLIGHT: HALO
Written by JOHN RHETT THOMAS
The video game that has taken the world by storm has now found a home at Marvel! Hot on the heels of last year's revolutionary and massively popular original graphic novel, Marvel takes Halo to even bigger heights with a limited series by superstar creative team BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS and ALEX MALEEV! This special issue of Marvel Spotlight will be bringing comic readers unfamiliar with the world of Halo up close to the mythos that is providing fertile ground for so many great stories! We'll also be chatting with Bendis and Maleev as well as some of the folks over at Bungie who are working on Halo 3, the hotly anticipated blockbuster video game, about their collective plans for the Halo miniseries and more!
32 PGS./17 and Up…$2.99
© 2007 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Microsoft, Bungie, the Bungie logo, Halo, the Halo logo, the Microsoft Game Studios logo, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

CIVIL WAR CHRONICLES #2
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI & MARK MILLAR
Penciled by RON GARNEY & STEVE MCNIVEN
Cover by RON GARNEY
Experience CIVIL WAR and it’s major tie-ins from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, FANTASTIC FOUR, FRONT LINE and more in chronological order! The landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it's time to choose: Whose side are you on?
Peter Parker makes the most important decision of his life. As the sides square off for the looming Civil War, he’ll have to live with it. Now the big question is, what will this decision cost him? This issue reprints CIVIL WAR #2 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #532 AND 533.
72 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: LAST OF THE MOHICANS #4 (of 6)
Written by ROY THOMAS (BASED ON THE NOVEL BY JAMES FENIMORE COOPER)
Penciled by STEVE KURTH
Cover by DAVID MACK
Hawkeye and his intrepid companions make a daring escape by canoe from the pursuing Huron Indians as their search for the missing women, Alice and Cora, take them to the wild country of Delaware. While Alice is freed, things don’t go so smoothly for a distraught Cora. Magua must pow-wow with the tribal leader Hard Heart, with Cora’s life in the balance. And with a name like Hard Heart, you can bet that negotiations won’t be easy.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK #2 (of 6)
Written by ROY THOMAS (BASED ON THE NOVEL BY ALEXANDER DUMAS)
Penciled by HUGO PETRUS
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
An incredibly daring plan is put into play as
Musketeers Aramis and Porthos kidnap King Louis from his bed-chamber in the castle—and imprison him in the Bastille. Now Philippe, the king’s recently-incarcerated twin brother is able to assume the throne of France to rule as King Louis XIV! But when will those closest to the faux ruler see through the deception? Don’t miss it!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: TREASURE ISLAND #3 (of 6)
Written by ROY THOMAS (BASED ON THE NOVEL BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON)
Penciled by MARIO GULLY
Cover by GREG HILDEBRANDT
Realizing that he shares lodging on the ship Hispaniola with mutineers, young Jim Hawkins makes his escape to shore and plunges deep into the island. Elsewhere, the mutineers battle the loyal sailors to the death! When Jim rejoins his shipmates, the head of the mutineers, Long John Silver, offers a ceasefire in exchange for the map showing where the buried treasure is located. And if Jim and company don’t accept, they may be marooned—or worse.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

ULTIMATE MARVEL

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #45

Written by MIKE CAREY
Pencils and Cover by PASQUAL FERRY
“THE SILVER SURFER” Part 4 of 5
The F.F. and The Silver Surfer shrink to sub-atomic size to battle the dreaded Psycho-Man—who has taken all of Earth’s population hostage. But can the fabulous foursome rely on the Surfer to guard their backs when the secrets Norrin Radd keeps hidden in his silvery breast have only begun to come out? There’s more to the Ultimate Surfer than you could ever imagine!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

ULTIMATE POWER #7 (of 9)
Written by JEPH LOEB
Pencils and Cover by GREG LAND
The battle reaches its crescendo as scripter Jeph Loeb (WOLVERINE, ONSLAUGHT REBORN) joins the creative team for the final three issues! Squadron Supreme versus The Ultimates—some will live, some may die—and you’ll never guess who wins! Don’t pass it up.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #112
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by STUART IMMONEN
Cover by STUART IMMONEN & RICHARD ISANOVE
There is a huge explosion in the side of the Triskelion—the side housing superhuman criminals. And from the acrid smoke emerges a man seething with vengeance—a man who wants Peter Parker dead! That man is Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin! And for the web-spinner, things are about to get out of control. All this and the Shocker, too! Ya can’t miss it!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

ULTIMATE X-MEN #85
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Pencils and Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
The X-Men have only been reformed for mere days, and they’re already in the middle of a national crisis. The Sentinels have been reactivated—mutants are once again hunted and killed like animals. But who's controlling them this time—and what does it have to do with the newly-formed Mutant Liberation Front?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

SPIDER-MAN

SPIDER-MAN: ONE MORE DAY SKETCHBOOK

Written by JIM MCCANN
Art by JOE QUESADA
The hottest, most controversial storyline to hit Spider-Man is coming next month. Are you ready? Get into the mind of Marvel EiC, and One More Day artist, Joe Quesada for hints as to what lies in store for Peter. Also, as an added treat, Joe takes you through his personal sketchbook to see how he reinvented his style and gives a master class on penciling for comics today. This is a book no Spider-Man fan, aspiring artist, or anyone with a pulse can afford to miss!
32 pgs./Rated T+ …$2.99

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #23
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils by TODD NAUCK
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
It's the end of an era as Peter David and Todd Nauck wrap up their run with a BLACK IN BLACK tie-in that finally brings J. Jonah Jameson face to face with the man he hates most…Peter Parker!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #40
Written by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA
Pencils and Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
“The Book of Peter” Part 1 (of 1)
Above all else, Peter Parker is a decent man. With a good heart. Who has given his life over to the service of others. And in exchange…what has he gotten? Tragedy after tragedy after tragedy…His Uncle Ben, Gwen Stacy, the list goes on and on…And why? In his darkest hour, Peter demands answers. And the only person who can give them to him is…God?
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

SPIDER-MAN/RED SONJA #1 (of 5)
Written by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
Penciled by MEL RUBI
Cover by MICHAEL TURNER
The wise-cracking Wall-Crawler collides with the She-Devil with a Sword! Longtime Marvel readers know that these two legends have met before -- but that was just the warm-up! They may be from two different eras, but Spider-Man and Red Sonja have both faced the maniacal mage known as Kulan Gath. Now the sadistic sorcerer makes a play for power that will once again bring these two famous heroes together -- but will it be as friends or foes? Writer Michael Avon Oeming (OMEGA FLIGHT, Red Sonja) and Mel Rubi (Red Sonja) – plus series cover artist Michael Turner (CIVIL WAR) – answer the eternal question: What's better in a fight, the proportional strength and speed of a spider, or cold, hard steel and a chain–mail bikini?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
RED SONJA TM & © 2007 RED SONJA LLC. DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT TM & © 2007 DFI. www.dynamiteentertainment.com

AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #11
Written by TOM DEFALCO
Pencils and Cover by RON FRENZ
Not only has Carnage captured her father and baby brother, but Spider-Girl realizes that its new host is someone she knows! Guest-starring Kaine and Darkdevil!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

SPIDER-MAN FAIRY TALES #4 (of 4)
Written by C.B. CEBULSKI
Art and Cover by NICK DRAGOTTA & MIKE ALLRED
You've never seen a Cinderella story like this one! In search of a husband for Princess Gwendolyn, a costume ball is thrown for the suitable young men of the Kingdom, but when the mysterious Spider Prince arrives, that's when the trouble begins. Who is this noble knight no one has ever heard of? What grudge do the soldiers in the Goblin Brigade hold against him? And just why does this dashing Spider Prince need to depart before midnight? Will he fall victim to a pumpkin bomb?
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

SPIDER-MAN FAMILY #4
Written by JEFF PARKER & CHRIS GIARRUSSO
Penciled by LEONARD KIRK & CHRIS GIARRUSSO
Cover by LEONARD KIRK
Peter Parker has a wonderful evening lined up for Mary Jane that starts with a horse carriage ride to a popular Broadway show. But then the stage magic becomes terrifyingly real and it's Spider-Man who has a date– with the secret super team known as The Agents of Atlas! Also, an all-new Mini Marvel tale, and classic Spider-Man tales!
All that plus Spider-Man J!
104 PGS./Rated A …$4.99

ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST

ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST – QUASAR #2 (of 4)

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Penciled by MIKE LILLY
Cover by MATT WILSON
The epic quest to solve the secret of CONQUEST continues! Racing against the clock, pursued by a merciless adversary, Quasar -- the rookie Protector of the Universe -- and the former Avenger known as Moondragon arrive on a barren world which just may contain the key to saving an entire galaxy. But what dark twist will turn their journey upside-down? Your
eyes won't believe the shock ending that writer Christos Gage (WORLD WAR HULK: X-MEN) and Mike Lilly (Vampirella)
have cooked up!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST – STAR–LORD #2 (of 4)
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Penciled by TIMOTHY GREEN II
Cover by NIC KLEIN
The bullet casings fly as Star-Lord's motley crew of cult faves goes to war! Briefed, outfitted and dropped into chaos, it's time for Bug, Captain Universe, Deathcry, Groot, Mantis and Rocket Raccoon to become legends! That is, if Peter Quill can truly embrace his legacy as Star-Lord! Are you prepared for the carnage that Keith Giffen (ANNIHILATION) and the insanely talented Timothy Green II are about to unleash?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST – WRAITH #2 (of 4)
Written by JAVIER GRILLO-MARXUACH
Penciled by KYLE HOTZ
Cover by CLINT LANGLEY
Marvel's gothic gunslinger goes face-to-face with not one, but two stars of ANNIHILATION! Who has imprisoned Wraith, who is his fellow inmate, and who is their interrogator? The surprising answers will make sci-fi fans very happy -- but may spell the quick doom of Marvel's newest star! Plus: writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (TV's "Lost" and "Medium") and artist Kyle Hotz
(ZOMBIE) reveal the chilling origin of Wraith!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

NOVA #5
Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING
Penciled by SEAN CHEN & BRIAN DENHAM
Cover by ADI GRANOV
ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST continues here with a shocking new addition to the NOVA cast! The Human Rocket is back in Kree space and – hey, who the blue blazes is that woman on the cover of this issue? Writers Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning join with artists Sean Chen, and Brian Denhan to turn up the heat on the book that Wizard calls “a modern throwback… (filled with) fantastically kinetic action sequences!"
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

MARVEL HEROES

BLACK PANTHER #30

Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Penciled by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover by ARTHUR SUYDAM
"GOOD EATIN" Part 3
After taking a wrong turn on the dimensional super highway, the New Fantastic Four have just become the daily special in the Zombie Universe! Seated at table one: Zombie Galacti! At table two: Zombie Skrulls! And at table three: a Zombie Monster from the Negative Zone! Well the Black Panther, Storm, the Human Torch and the Thing better come up with a perfect escape plan…or are they destined to be zombified.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

AVENGERS CLASSIC #3
Written by DWAYNE MCDUFFIE
Painted by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
HULK versus AVENGERS! For the very first time from Avengers #3! Plus, an all new Avengers tale – Iron Man unveils his awesome red and gold armor!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

CAPTAIN AMERICA #29
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils by STEVE EPTING & MIKE PERKINS
Cover by STEVE EPTING
Nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series!
The Red Skull's minions have crawled out of the shadows to make another strike at the American spirit, still reeling from the death of Captain America. But this time, they've got the Winter Soldier. A very mad Winter Soldier, gunning for them, with vengeance in his sights! All this, and Sharon and the Falcon fighting for their lives, too!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

DAREDEVIL #100
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by MICHAEL LARK, John Romita Sr., Gene Colan, Lee Bermejo, Alex Maleev & Marko Djurdjevic
Wraparound Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Variant 50/50 Cover by MICHAEL TURNER
Variant 50/50 Cover by LEE BERMEJO
Daredevil fights for his life, facing his own worst nightmares come true! In a star-studded, triple-sized 100th issue, a red-hot roster of guest artists joins penciler Michael Lark to bring Matt Murdock's history as the Man Without Fear to life, while DD struggles against that which he fears most! Don’t miss the first chapter of the groundbreaking third arc by the award-winning team of Brubaker and Lark–"Without Fear" begins with a bang! Featuring guest artists John Romita Sr., Gene Colan, Lee Bermejo, Alex Maleev, Marko Djurdjevic and more!!
104 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

DAREDEVIL: BATTLIN' JACK MURDOCK #3 (of 4)
Written by ZEB WELLS
Story by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO & ZEB WELLS
Pencils and Cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
After several years as a whiskey-soaked, washed-up boxer-turned-mob enforcer, the palooka Jack Murdock has turned his life around. He's cleaned himself up, seen his son Matt off to law school and revitalized his career. But after a string of wins, the Fixer returns to call in a favor, and demands that Jack lose his shot-at-the-championship bout…by a knockout! Step into the ring and inside the head of Daredevil's father, in this series by Italian sensation Carmine Di Giandomenico and Zeb Wells!
32 PGS./Card Stock Cover/Parental Advisory …$3.99

GHOST RIDER #14
Written by DANIEL WAY
Art by JAVIER SALTARES & MARK TEXEIRA
Cover by MARK TEXEIRA
“REVELATIONS,” Part 1 (of 6)
The final confrontation between Ghost Rider and Lucifer begins here! Ghost Rider, now back in control after Johnny has (once again) proven himself to be…not so good at it, has begun his brutal final march toward Lucifer’s ultimate destruction. But should the fate of the mortal world—and possibly the immortal world—be entrusted to a vengeful spirit bonded to the soul of an ex-carnival performer? Heaven doesn’t think so.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

FANTASTIC FIVE #3 & 4 (of 5)
Written by TOM DEFALCO
Penciled by RON LIM
Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Though his metal implants have been destroyed, a severely wounded but still fighting mad Ben Grimm must take on the cosmically-powered Dr. Doom, who reveals unexpected super-allies in his quest to destroy the Fantastic Five and conquer the entire world!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

FANTASTIC FOUR AND POWER PACK #2 (of 4)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Pencils and Cover by GURIHIRU
Stop! Read this! Have you seen these missing children? JACK POWER, brown hair, brown eyes, can expand his density into a cloudy mass or shrink down to a fraction of his size, also answers to "MASS MASTER." He is probably with FRANKLIN RICHARDS, blond hair, blue eyes, wearing a t-shirt with a "4" on it, also answers to "SON OF A GENIUS." They've run away from home together to make careers as solo heroes, and Power Pack has to track them down before KRAVEN THE HUNTER does!
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

FANTASTIC FOUR #549
Written by DWAYNE MCDUFFIE
Penciled by PAUL PELLETIER
Cover by MICHAEL TURNER
The Frightful Four have made a tragic miscalculation in their plans for revenge, as Reed and Sue have now returned to the FF—and that makes the odds six to four…
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

BLADE #12
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM
Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
FEAR-FRAUGHT FINAL ISSUE! And we're going out in style, tying up 11 issues worth of plot threads! What is Blade's father's endgame? Will Blade keep his gun-hand? Will the Tryana prophecy be fulfilled and, if so, at what cost? What is Dracula's dark secret? All this...and the conclusion of Blade's origin. All brought to you by Marc Guggenheim and Howard Chaykin!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

IRREDEEMABLE ANT-MAN #11
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Pencils and Cover by PHIL HESTER
Face-to-face with Mitch Carson, the agent he horribly scarred during his initial escape from S.H.I.E.L.D. and currently in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody–Eric O'Grady is in a bit of a pickle. How will he get out of this one? Surely it will involve Ant-Man's distinct brand of irredeemable trickery and deceit that everyone has grown to know and love.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

IMMORTAL IRON FIST #9
Written by ED BRUBAKER & MATT FRACTION
Pencils and Cover by DAVID AJA
Daniel Rand is the Immortal Weapon of the mystical city of K'un-Lun…the legendary kung fu hero Iron Fist. And after the stunning conclusion of THE LAST IRON FIST STORY, Danny has found himself forced to take part in a reality-spanning kung fu championship that matches the seven -- Really! Seven! -- Immortal Weapons like himself against one another. The prize is glory, but for Danny, the penalty of losing will be death–this contest is rigged, and there's no hope of escaping alive. Who has the best kung fu? Find out the hard way in THE SEVEN CAPITAL CITIES OF HEAVEN part 2! By Ed "I Killed Captain America" Brubaker and Matt "I Know Ed Brubaker" Fraction and David "Who Shot J.R.?" Aja.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

IRON MAN #21
Written by DANIEL KNAUF & CHARLIE KNAUF
Penciled by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover by GERALD PAREL
Tony Stark’s duties with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Initiative take him to Omaha, Nebraska, where Iron Man encounters an old hero with a grudge, and two all-new superhumans!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

WORLD WAR HULK

WORLD WAR HULK #3 (of 5)

Written by Greg Pak
Penciled by John Romita Jr.
Cover by David Finch
Variant Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
The insane Smashfest that is "World War Hulk" continues! The Hulk has never been angrier or stronger or more certain of the vengeance he seeks against Mr. Fantastic, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, and Black Bolt, the four so-called "heroes" who exiled him into space. But can he survive a merciless assault by one of his oldest and most implacable opponents? What defense can he muster when Dr. Strange unleashes the full power of the Sorcerer Supreme? And who will survive when the Hulk's best friend on Earth clashes with the Hulk's first ally from Sakaar?
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

INCREDIBLE HULK #109
Written by GREG PAK
Penciled by CARLO PAGULAYAN
Cover by GARY FRANK
Boy genius Amadeus Cho pulled together a team of Renegades to side with his big green hero during "World War Hulk" -- but what will happen to his faith in the Hulk's heroism when he discovers the horrors lurking beneath Madison Square Garden? The Hulk takes center stage with a terrifying confrontation and a stunning revelation that lays bare the central question of whether the Hulk is a hero -- or a monster.
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

WORLD WAR HULK: GAMMA FILES
Written by JEFF CHRISTIANSEN, STEPHEN FAULKNER, AL SJOERDSMA, RONALD BYRD, MADISON CARTER, GABE SCHECTER, ERIC J. MOREELS, SEAN MCQUAID, STUART VANDAL, MICHAEL HOSKIN, DAVID WILTFONG & CHRIS BIGGS
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Who are the rebellious Renegades? Why did the young upstart Mastermind Excello search for the Hulk? How many identities and powers has Rick Jones had? What were the ramifications for the Illuminati for sending Hulk into space? How much destruction did the Hulk cause during his rampage towards vengeance? Find out in the WORLD WAR HULK GAMMA FILES - featuring various characters from Hulk's past including Jim Wilson, Wild Man, Captain Axis, coverage of every single gamma mutate there is, and more! View into the destruction caused during WORLD WAR HULK and the changes it has made on the Marvel Universe. Oh yeah, and the Toad Men, baby!
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

WORLD WAR HULK: FRONT LINE #3 & 4 (of 6)
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Penciled by RAMON BACHS, SHAWN MARTINBROUGH & CHRIS MORENO
Cover by JOHN WATSON
Get your man-on-the-street view of WORLD WAR HULK! The Green Goliath has ordered the evacuation of New York City -- so what story keeps reporters Ben Urich and Sally Floyd in the path of destruction? And can Costume Division detective Danny Granville solve a murder mystery involving not one, but two of Hulk's Warbound? Plus: two more two-page humor features! The CIVIL WAR: FRONT LINE team of writer Paul Jenkins and artist Ramon Bachs welcomes artist Shawn Martinbrough (Detective Comics) and Chris Moreno (Sidekick) to the eye of the storm!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

WORLD WAR HULK: GAMMA CORPS #2 (of 4)
Written by Frank Tieri
Pencils and Cover by Staz Johnson
The Gamma Corps want the Hulk dead-- but why? Find out this issue as we explore the individual origins of Corp members Prodigy, Mess, Mr Gabriel and Griffin! Shocking revelations will be made—including the surprising connection one of them has to a former Hulk side kick and how another is actually an ex-member of the Hulk's Rogue's Gallery! Plus, General Ryker fires his first salvo and officially enters WWH!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99
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WORLD WAR HULK: X-MEN #3 (of 3)
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Penciled by ANDREA DI VITO
Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
The brutal conclusion! Hulk vs. the Juggernaut and whatever X-Men are left standing in a battle that will have lasting consequences for one of the combatants!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #5
Written by DAN SLOTT
Penciled by STEFANO CASELLI
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
GREEN ZONE Pt.2 of 2
"Secret Weapons"
The Initiative program denies all knowledge of a special Black Ops Team. There is no pardon on file for the super-villain known as the Constrictor. No record of any dealings with the Vietnamese national codenamed Bengal. Tony Stark cannot recall what became of his designs for the Iron Spider armor. And, most importantly, the Superhuman Armed Forces wishes to dispell all rumors of a 199th mutant. We repeat, there is no Mutant Zero. Mutant Zero does NOT exist. That is all.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

HEROES FOR HIRE #13
Written by ZEB WELLS & FRED VAN LENTE
Penciled by CLAY MANN & JOHN BOSCO
Cover by SANA TAKEDA
The Heroes for Hire find themselves in the middle of World War Hulk when their mission to Hulk's stoneship leaves them on the Warbound's death list! It's divide-and-conquer as each hero is hunted by a member of the Jade Giant's band of alien soldiers.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

MARVEL ADVENTURES

MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN #4

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Penciled by JAMES CORDEIRO
Cover by MICHAEL GOLDEN
Spymaster has seized remote control of Iron Man's armor (with Tony Stark in it) and sent Shellhead on a rampage of destruction through New York! That sound you hear is the price of Stark International stock dropping like a rock ... and Justin Hammer is going to buy up every last scrap of it! Can Rhodey figure out how to free the Armored Avenger before Hammer takes over Tony Stark's company along with his alter-ego?
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

MARVEL ADVENTURES HULK #2
Written by PAUL BENJAMIN
Penciled by JUAN SANTACRUZ
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
On the run from authorities and trying to figure out a way to cure his gamma-irradiated curse, Bruce Banner enlists the help of Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man. But things get out of hand when a lab accident creates another Hulk…and another…and another.
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #27
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Penciled by CORY HAMSCHER
Cover by PAUL SMITH
And you thought meeting your girlfriend's parents was uncomfortable... The Human Torch invites his new heartthrob Crystal's family over to the Baxter Building for dinner with his family without realizing they're Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon, Triton, Karnak and Lockjaw ... The Inhumans! When agents of Maximus The Mad show up to capture them, you can be sure knowing which fork to use will be the least of the FF's problems...
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #30
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by POP MHAN
Cover by PATRICK SCHERBERGER
There’s a stiff wind rustlin’ its way through Manhattan, straight towards Spidey! Awfully hard for our resident Wall-Crawler to crawl said walls when Whirlwind’s blowin’ ‘em down!
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

MARVEL ADVENTURES THE AVENGERS #15
Written by JEFF PARKER
Pencils and Cover by LEONARD KIRK
Sound your horn, Heimdall! Villains march across Bifrost Bridge, to challenge the forces of Odin! But wait... who are these mortals that count themselves as friends of Thor? Avengers? Then bid them to unleash their vengeance lest we face Ragnarok!
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

MARVEL HEROES

MOON KNIGHT #12

Written by CHARLIE HUSTON
Penciled by MICO SUAYAN
Cover by ESAD RIBIC
“MIDNIGHT SUN” CONCLUSION
It all comes down to this. A grudge match. Two former friends slugging it out under the night sky -- Moon Knight and his former sidekick, Midnight. The last time something like this happened, Marc Spector carved off his pound of flesh, howled at the moon, and slipped into the abyss. Can this fight end any different?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

MS. MARVEL #18
Written by BRIAN REED
Penciled by AARON LOPRESTI
Cover by GREG HORN
A new story arc begins as Ms. Marvel drafts two recruits from the Initiative…Machine Man and Sleepwalker?! When Araña is kidnapped, it's time for Carol Danvers to use her newly expanded strike force to squash an evil that's hit too close to home! The ongoing team of writer Brian Reed and artist Aaron Lopresti kicks off the three-part "Puppets" with a last-page reveal that'll have fans of female heroes buzzing!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

MYSTIC ARCANA: SCARLET WITCH
Written by JEFF PARKER & DAVID SEXTON
Penciled by JUAN ROMAN CANO SANTACRUZ & ERIC NGUYEN
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
In the mountains of Eastern Europe a coven of gypsy witches meet to discuss an emerging young witch who prophecies say will surpass all other sorceresses. The trinity extend an offer to young Wanda Maximoff to join them, but the darker power of the elder demon Chthon will also have a say in the future of The Scarlet Witch! PLUS: As Ian McNee races to save the soul of a fellow magician, he travels to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean in search of a shard of the Serpent Crown. But will he be able to slip out of the grip of the two dueling sea monsters that guard it?
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

NEW AVENGERS #33
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Still reeling from the new reveals about their lives and shocking betrayal of one of their own, the New Avengers press forward, trying to find a way to trust each other. All that and The Hood starts his takeover as Kingpin of the super-villains. So dust off your old Marvel Handbooks, because you will not believe who he is gathering to join him and who he kills to make his mark!
Plus guest-star Deathlok!!!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

NEW AVENGERS/TRANSFORMERS #2 (of 4)
Written by STUART MOORE
Penciled by TYLER KIRKHAM
Cover by JASON PEARSON
Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the robots with "more than meets the eye" collide! Symkaria and Latveria sit on an international powder keg, and Dr. Doom just lit the fuse! What do the Decepticons have to do with the escalating danger -- and can a group of warriors including Captain America, Optimus Prime, Wolverine, Prowl,
Spider-Man and Ratchet avert Armageddon? Writer Stuart Moore (WOLVERINE) and artist Tyler Kirkham (X-MEN: PHOENIX–WARSONG) assemble and roll out two fan-favorite forces!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
HASBRO and its logo, TRANSFORMERS, and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission.
Copyright 2007 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

NEW WARRIORS #3
Written by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Pencils by PACO MEDINA
Cover by NIC KLEIN
Sofia and Wondra face off as the New Warriors respond to Tony Stark’s offer of amnesty. But will they accept or reject it? Meanwhile, Detectives Sykes and Givens uncover a shocking mystery about the death of the original New Warriors, and a former member may hold the key. Plus, Wolverine shows up…and he ain’t happy!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

SUB-MARINER #3 (of 6)
Written by MATT CHERNISS & PETER JOHNSON
Penciled by PHIL BRIONES
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
The clock is ticking as Atlantis’ rogue sleeper cell prepares to strike again…they’ve killed 900 civilians on U.S. shores already, and S.H.I.E.L.D. places the blame squarely on Namor! Can the undersea monarch find the killers in his kingdom before another terrorist attack claims more innocent lives, or will he be forced to defend Atlantis from a war waged by Tony Stark -- a.k.a. Iron Man, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Will Namor find a helping hand or another enemy in Wolverine?? And just who’s behind the wave of violence pitting the Sub-Mariner against the toughest challenge of his life?? Matt Cherniss and Peter Johnson (POWERLESS) and rising superstar Phil Briones (WHITE TIGER) set it off, featuring a jaw-dropping cover by Leinil Francis Yu!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

OMEGA FLIGHT #5 (of 5)
Written by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
Pencils and Cover by SCOTT KOLINS
The final climactic issue! And someone’s NOT coming home...
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

THE LONERS #5 (of 6)
Written by C.B. CEBULSKI
Penciled by KARL MOLINE
Cover by JASON PEARSON
The RUNAWAYS spin-off puts the spotlight on a former New Warrior! Once a proud team of high-flying teenage heroes, the New Warriors has become the most hated name in all America. For Turbo, the downfall and disgrace of her old team has been a hard pill to swallow. But as she tries to put her past behind her, can she face her future without hiding behind a mask? Plus, what old Marvel character makes their exciting return to continuity this issue? Writer C.B. Cebulski (X-MEN FAIRY TALES) and artist Karl Moline (Route 666) keep you guessing and the critics raving!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #10
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils and Cover by ARIEL OLIVETTI
The Punisher's one-man crusade to stop the white-power border war kicked off by the Hate-Monger comes to a head in this, the bloody conclusion to BLOOD AND SAND. Everybody's trying to kill everybody else. Frank Castle's been beaten within an inch of his life. Hate Monger's terrible machines broadcast wave after wave of unbridled rage into the desert, making it even harder for Clarke and Bridge to trust one another. By the end of the night, it'll be all our heroes can do to aim straight... and not at each other.
This Cannot End Well.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

SERIES TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils and Cover by BARRY KITSON
A team of long-dormant Soviet super-weapons is awake, angry and heading straight at the heart of Los Angeles ready to finish World War III! The front line of defense is a team that’s been together since just before nine this morning! The queen of PR starts her spin! A dead body hides more than just a murder mystery! AND AND AND -- a super-sex tape! What on earth could justify the use of that many exclamation points? Surely, it could only be the second sensational issue of the yet to be named new ongoing series written by Matt Fraction (IMMORTAL IRON FIST and PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL) and with art by the amazing Barry Kitson
(Legion of Super-Heroes, JLA: Year One).
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

RUNAWAYS #28
Written by JOSS WHEDON
Penciled by MICHAEL RYAN
Cover by JO CHEN
“DEAD END KIDS”
Super-star JOSS WHEDON (ASTONISHING X-MEN, Buffy) and rising star MICHAEL RYAN (NEW EXCALIBUR, NEW X-MEN) continue their landmark run. Pun intended. Love is in the air as the Runaways try and run back from 1907. Part 4 (of 6).
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

SHANNA THE SHE-DEVIL: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST #1 (of 4)
Written by JUSTIN GRAY & JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Pencils and Cover by KHARI EVANS
Shanna the She-Devil returns in an all-new limited series jam-packed with jungle action, Hong Kong gangsters, dinosaurs, diamonds and cavemen! Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti reunite with super-hot artist Khari Evans (DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON) to bring you the story of modern-day pirates shipwrecked on the Marvel Universe's deadliest island, where only Shanna can protect them from hordes of man-eating monsters!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

SILVER SURFER: REQUIEM #4 (of 4)
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Art and Cover by ESAD RIBIC
“AGNUS DEI”
The latest offering from the Marvel Knights line concludes!
For untold years, Norrin Radd surfed the galaxy, exploring the darkness between stars, witnessing the rise and fall of vast civilizations. Now his ride comes to an end. Zenn-La, the planet of his birth, the planet he saved through his own sacrifice -- the Silver Surfer crossed the galaxy to draw his last breath here. He’s home. What waits for him?
32 PGS./Card Stock Cover/Rated T+ …$3.99

SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP/M.O.D.O.K.'S 11 #2 (of 5)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Penciled by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
M.O.D.O.K. reveals the target of his heist to his handpicked team of Marvel's Most Wanted: the most powerful weapon in the universe, one that threatens the existence of all life on Earth. Meanwhile, Mentallo has figured out that one of M.O.D.O.K. 's team is actually a hero in disguise. (You'll never guess who it is!) Will Mentallo sell the rest of his teammates out to the authorities for some quick cash? Do you even have to ask? Let the backstabbing begin!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

THOR #2
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils and 50/50 Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
50/50 Cover by GABRIELLE DELL'OTTO
A freak thunderstorm hit the wide open spaces of Oklahoma…the same day a young doctor named Donald Blake drove into town! Now the friendly residents of this cozy burg are just as puzzled by the walking stick-carrying young man as they are by the storm clouds gathering on the horizon. Little do they know an honest-to-goodness god of Asgard walks among them, searching for his own home in the heart of theirs…and he’s got big plans for their dusty little town! But what connection does Asgard–and Norse mythology have to the wide-open plains of Oklahoma?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

THUNDERBOLTS #116
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Penciled by MIKE DEODATO
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
The Thunderbolts’ wild ride continues with part one of CAGED ANGELS as Thunderbolts Mountain is being used as temporary incarceration for captured superhuman combatants. With so many super-powered people in one place, how can things possibly go wrong?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

X-MEN

UNCANNY X-MEN #489

Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils and Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
“The Extremists”
With the Morlocks committing terrorist acts, it’s up to the X-Men to stop them and figure out why these normally-peaceful mutants have turned to violence. Guest-starring Storm and her friends in the Fantastic Four! Part 3 (of 6). FEATURING ENDANGERED SPECIES CHAPTER 6
The Beast journeys deep into the heart of darkness at Neverland and discovers an old nemesis…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

X-FACTOR #22
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils and Cover by PABLO RAIMONDI
Meet Molly and Wally, two charming children who go around the country singing cheerful songs that incite people to violence against mutants. Siryn and Monet have been dispatched to deal with them...except the twins have a rather unexpected protector. Meanwhile the Isolationist continues his manipulations to establish a world where mutants need never live in fear again. Question is, by the time he's done...will they be living at all? FEATURING ENDANGERED SPECIES CHAPTER 7 - Beast’s scientific journey to cure the effects of M-Day, lead him back to… THE AGE OF APOCALYPSE!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

NEW X-MEN #41
Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST & CRAIG KYLE
Pencils and Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
“QUEST FOR MAGIK” - CONCLUSION
It all comes down to this! The New X-Men fight for their very souls against Belasco as the “Quest for Magik” concludes. Who will control Limbo? What is the fate of Illyana Rasputin? The Astonishing X-Men and Doctor Strange guest star as souls are shattered and lives are changed forever, and the very fate of the world rests on the children of the Xavier Institute. FEATURING ENDANGERED SPECIES CHAPTER 8 - Beast’s dark decent plummets to terrible depths as he does the unthinkable—digging up long-dead remains on Genosha for scientific experimentation…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

X-MEN #202
Written by MIKE CAREY
Pencils and Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
The Xavier Academy is under siege, and the full, appalling scale of the Marauders' plans is finally becoming clear. Now Iceman and Cannonball have to stay ahead of the pursuit long enough to mount a counter-attack - and to deprive their enemies of the one precious resource that could be the key to both victory and survival. FEATURING ENDANGERED SPECIES CHAPTER 9 - Can the ”Black Womb” facility answer any riddles surrounding Beast?
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN #23
Written by JOSS WHEDON
Pencils and 50/50 Covers by JOHN CASSADAY
“UNSTOPPABLE”
The end is near. The situation is dire. The outlook is bleak. But Cyclops has a plan. Part 5 (of 6)
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

CABLE & DEADPOOL #44
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Penciled by REILLY BROWN
Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
“Deadpool and Wolverine” Part 2 of 2
PART TWO of our WOLVERINE TEAM-UP!!! One of them would like to pierce HYDRA's newest sector commander with three adamantium claws. One of them would prefer to woo and soothe that commander with friendship and silicon chips. Can we all agree to disagree without turning this into a bloody, gory, intestine-spewing fight? Probably not...
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

EXILES #97
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT
Penciled by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by TOMM COKER
Last we left the Exiles, they had traveled to a utopian world where Dr. Victor Von Doom—the savior of mankind—leads a team of heroes made up from Johnny Storm, Sue Storm and Bruce Banner while Reed Richards lives life as an underground fugitive who despises what has become of the world above. Now the Exiles are split in the war between the two men when a horrifying secret is revealed about the Earth’s population!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

NEW EXCALIBUR #22
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT
Penciled by JEREMY HAUN
Cover by SCOT EATON
“Battle for Eternity” continues! Albion’s team has destroyed technology in England! The Excalibur team is on the ropes and Albion’s forces are growing!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS #3Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by ROGER CRUZ
Cover by ERIC NGUYEN
The five young mutants realize that the words "survival" and "Monster Island" just don't have much to do with each other. And now it becomes clear that they've been set up...and no one knows they're even here.
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

WOLVERINE #56
Written by JASON AARON
Pencils and Cover by HOWARD CHAYKIN
Special double-sized issue! "The Man in the Pit"
Wendell Rayfield is a recently divorced, down on his luck ex-cop who's looking down the business end of 40 with no hope for the future and with demons from his past still haunting him at every turn. All he has going for him is his new job. A job that involves a very large machine gun, a hole in the ground, a certain hirsute mutant and several thousand bullets. We all know what damage Wolverine can do with his claws, but how dangerous can he really be when all he's able to do is talk? Wendell Rayfield is about to find out. Written by up-and-comer Jason Aaron (The Other Side, Scalped), with art by comic book legend Howard Chaykin (Blade, American Flagg!).
48 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #16
Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by STEVE DILLON
50/50 Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
50/50 Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
“OUR WAR,” Part 1 (of 5)
Wolverine’s history with Captain America revealed! In the early days of WWII, before America’s “official” involvement in the war, Captain America, still wet behind the ears, embarked on a clandestine mission to the island nation of Madripoor. Guess who he met there? And guess what? It wasn’t a coincidence. Plus Logan & Cap's first WWII meeting from Uncanny X-men #268.
64 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

ICON

POWERS #28

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
Cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
"THE 25 COOLEST DEAD SUPERHEROES OF ALL TIME" continues...
MORE PAGES!! MORE ACTION!! MORE THRILLS!!
Homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim investigate murders specific to superhero cases, and they both have a secret: They both have powers. A powers virus has ripped the city in half... and someone is coming for the children! Who will solve the case first … the vigilante Deena Pilgrim or Walker and his new partner??
40 PGS./Explicit Content …$3.95
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CRIMINAL #9
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by SEAN PHILLIPS
Cover by SEAN PHILLIPS
Nominated for the 2007 Eisner Awards for Best Writer and Best New Series!
Tracy Lawless continues his relentless hunt for the truth about his brother's murder, as he sinks deeper and deeper into the criminal world his little brother lived and died in. Now, as he learns more about the man his brother Rick had grown up into, and as he becomes close to the woman who loved his brother, he realizes that someone in the city has figured out who he really is, and that could mean big trouble. All this, and the Christmas Eve heist to end them all falls into place!
From the acclaimed and award-winning team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. And remember, every issue of CRIMINAL is packed from cover to cover with content, from back-up stories to noir articles by Brubaker and many other big-name writers.
32 PGS./Mature Content/No Ads …$2.99

MAX COMICS

PUNISHER #50
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN
Cover by TIM BRADSTREET
“LONG, COLD DARK” PART 1 OF 5
Special Double-Sized issue to commemorate the Punisher’s 50th issue!
The Punisher’s wildest foe is back! Left gut-shot in shark-infested waters, Barracuda’s got a major score to settle with Frank Castle. But Barracuda’s no dummy. Charging in with guns blazing is for suckers. He’s got something serious planned. Something that’s going to hit Frank where he hasn’t been hit in years: the black pit that used to be his heart. You won’t believe the last page of this issue. Neither will Frank.
48 PGS./Explicit Content …$3.99
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TERROR, INC. #1 (of 5)
Written by DAVID LAPHAM
Penciled by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by JELENA DJURDJEVIC
Meet Mr. Terror -- he’s dapper, he’s charming, he owns and operates his own VERY successful business…and, oh yeah, he’s fifteen and a half centuries old and rotting fast.
Doomed to decompose for all eternity, Terror forever replaces his festering limbs with fresh parts. The curse keeps him alive, but it’s what’s left of his twelfth-century sweetheart -- encased in enchanted metal and serving as his right arm -- that keeps him honest. Today, Terror runs a high-stakes private eye firm -- espionage, investigations and assassinations for the extremely rich and extremely powerful. But after eliminating who he was told was a very bad guy, with extreme prejudice and in his own inimitable idiom, Terror learns he’s been had -- he’s just murdered a major government intelligence chief. Now, with the feds on his rancid tail and whoever set him up looking to tie their loose ends, Terror’s on the run to clear his name and bring down the real bad guys. But the killers know exactly who they’re dealing with, and they aren’t making it easy for him… Don’t miss this 5-issue series of blood, guts, sex and salvation written by David Lapham (STRAY BULLETS) with jaw-dropping art by Patrick Zircher (CABLE & DEADPOOL).
32 PGS./Explicit Content …$3.99

MARVEL/DABEL BROTHERS

LAURELL K. HAMILTON'S ANITA BLAKE -VAMPIRE HUNTER: THE FIRST DEATH #2 (of 2)

Written by LAURELL K. HAMILTON & JONATHON GREEN
Penciled by WELLINTON ALVES
Cover by BRETT BOOTH
The Anita Blake comic book event concludes! Laurell K. Hamilton and Jonathon Green reveal even more exciting secrets from the past of Anita Blake in this very special two-part series. Anita and Edward hunt a killer vampire, but can they find him before more innocent blood is spilled? How deep into the vampire psyche is Anita willing to delve in order to get her killer? And what will Anita sacrifice in order to stop this murderer from striking again?
New and old fans alike will be thrilled by this original story produced exclusively for the Dabel Brothers and Marvel Comics!
40 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

HEDGE KNIGHT II: SWORN SWORD #3 (of 6)
Written by GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
Adapted by BEN AVERY
Pencils and Cover by MIKE S. MILLER
Ser Duncan the Tall, known as Dunk to most, and his squire, Egg, find themselves in the middle of a war over water. Not only has the ruthless Red Widow been stealing Ser Eustace's water, but now she demands blood in exchange for an attack by another of Eustace's knights on one of her people. Pledged to Ser Eustace, lord of a handful of peasants and farmers, Dunk must get Ser Eustace's water back as bloodlessly as possible, make amends for the attack on the Red Widow's' people, and avoid war at all costs. But when it comes to the Red Widow and Ser Eustace, Dunk is about to find that nothing is as it seems.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

HEDGE KNIGHT TPB
Written by GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
Adapted by BEN AVERY
Pencils and Cover by MIKE S. MILLER
A century before the events of New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin’s epic series, A Song of Ice and Fire, a squire named Dunk picks up the sword and shield of his dead master and enters a tournament to begin his career as a knight. But “Ser Duncan” has much to learn about this world of knights and nobles, and as he attempts to find a sponsor who will allow him to enter the tournament, he makes friends and enemies readily. Dunk is a capable fighter and has a strong sense of honor, but is that enough to become a true knight in the eyes of the others? Or is he just a young man living a delusion and putting those he knows in grave danger? Adapted from the popular novella by George R. R. Martin, and so beloved by fans and critics alike for its deep storytelling and breathtaking visuals that the first edition became one of the best-selling graphic novels of 2004!
168 PGS./Rated T+ …$14.99

MAGICIAN APPRENTICE #10 (of 12)
Written by RAYMOND E. FEIST
Adapted by BRYAN J. GLASS
Penciled by RYAN STEGMAN
Cover by BRETT BOOTH
Political schemes abound as the kingdom teeters on the brink of Tsurani invasion. Duke Borric’s expedition discovers that all is not well at the royal palace of Prince Erland of Krondor. Tomas has been abandoned to face the life-draining menace of a fearsome wraith on his own. And in the ancient mines of Mac Mordain, Cadal Dolgan, the Dwarven chieftain, and his mighty battleaxe return to face off against the ancient power of Rhuagh, the great golden dragon. Meanwhile, Pug encounters an intriguing new princess.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

RED PROPHET: THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER #10 (of 12)
Written by ORSON SCOTT CARD
Adapted by ROLAND BERNARD BROWN
Penciled by RODNEY BUCHEMI
Cover BY JOE PRADO
Alvin Junior, Ta-Kumsaw, and Taleswapper reach the mythical Eight-Face Mound, but will Alvin be able to heal his brutally injured friend, Measure, before it is too late? And what will happen if the townspeople don’t find out that Alvin is still alive? Will they find out the truth before the men of Vigor Church and the soldiers of Governor Harrison proceed with their merciless assault on the peaceful Indians of Prophetstown? Or is war inevitable?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

MARVEL HARDCOVERS

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL. 2 HC
Written by ROY THOMAS, GARY FRIEDRICH, ARNOLD DRAKE & ARCHIE GOODWIN
Penciled by GIL KANE, DON HECK, DICK AYERS, JOHN BUSCEMA, GENE COLAN, TOM SUTTON & FRANK SPRINGER
Cover by GIL KANE
Get ready for the trip of a lifetime with another all-out cosmic classic Captain Marvel Masterworks! The space-born hero, Mar-Vell’s continuing battle against the vicious Kree Col. Yon-Rogg continues this second sensational volume. But Yon-Rogg’s attempts to destroy the good Captain only send him to higher levels of power and consciousness—and to the great Zo—in one of the most psychedelic happenings four colors can capture! But the true transformation comes when the titanic team of writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane combine to take the man long torn between two planets and two loves, and tear him between two people! You’ll see the truly cosmic Captain don the Nega-Bands that bond him to Rick Jones for the first time in one of Mar-Vell, and Marvel’s, greatest moments! Guest-starring Black Widow, Captain America and the Incredible Hulk! Collecting CAPTAIN MARVEL #10-21
272 PGS./Rated A …$54.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2430-6
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL. 2 HC –
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272 PGS./Rated A …$54.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2431-4

X-MEN: SUPERNOVAS HC
Written by MIKE CAREY
Penciled by CHRIS BACHALO
Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
Mike Carey (Ultimate Fantastic Four) and Chris Bachalo (Uncanny X-Men) take over X-Men, or at least what’s left of them! As old threats are still having their effects, new, more deadly threats emerge from the unlikeliest of places. Threats that spell doom for the X-Men. Plus: What could possibly strike terror into the heart of...Sabretooth?! And who are the Children of the Vault? This is the book you’ve been waiting for! A perfect starting point for any new reader! Collecting X-MEN #188-199 and ANNUAL #1.
328 PGS./Rated A …$34.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2514-0
Trim size: oversized

AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES II HC
Written by Joe Casey
Penciled by WILLIAM ROSADO
Cover by Scott Kolins
Goliath! The Wasp! Hawkeye! The Black Panther! The Vision! They are...Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?! A second look into the history of the Avengers begins as a new team rises to supplant the original legends -- and these members must prove their worth all over again. Can Goliath withstand the pressures of leadership? Can the Black Panther reconcile his duties as both king and Avenger? Can Hawkeye survive his own dysfunctional love life? And will the public ever accept the Vision as a hero? An all-new, previously untold adventure featuring the mostly unlikely Avengers lineup of all! Collecting AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES II #1-8.
192 PGS./Rated A …$24 .99
ISBN: 0-7851-1851-9
Trim size: oversized

NEW AVENGERS VOL. 6: REVOLUTION PREMIERE HC
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by ALEX MALEEV & LEINIL YU
Cover by LEINIL YU
The New Avengers versus the Hand!! AND the New Avengers versus the Mighty Avengers!! AND the identity of the new Ronin revealed!! Who is the new mystery player in the New Avengers? Find out here!! Guest-starring the Mighty Avengers and... wait for it... BROTHER VOODOO!! Plus: The story Avengers fans have been waiting for. The shocking return of Hawkeye and the Scarlet Witch. That’s right, Hawkeye AND the Scarlet Witch!! Collecting NEW AVENGERS #26-31.
144 PGS./Rated A …$19.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2445-4
Trim size: standard

newuniversal VOL. 1: EVERYTHING WENT WHITE PREMIERE HC
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Penciled by SALVADOR LARROCA
Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
Planet Earth. Inhabited by six billion people. People leading ordinary lives, coping with everyday struggles. But on a night like any other, the Earth is rocked by the most startling celestial event ever witnessed by the human race. The White Event. And from its wake, a handful of humans emerge as something more. Acclaimed writer Warren Ellis (Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.) and superstar artist Salvador Larroca (X-Men) bring you this new universe -- a universe witnessing superhuman power for the first time. Collecting NEWUNIVERSAL #1-6.
144 PGS./Rated T+ …$19.99
ISBN: 07851-2858-1
Trim size: standard

WOLVERINE: ORIGINS VOL. 3 - SWIFT AND TERRIBLE PREMIERE HC
Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by STEVE DILLON
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Having finally seen his face, Wolverine sets out to rescue his son from the grasp of the shadow society that once enslaved him. But Logan’s son doesn’t want to be saved -- he wants revenge…against Logan, the father who abandoned him.
Collecting WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #11-15.
120 PGS./Parental Advisory…$19.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2637-6

MARVEL DIGESTS

MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 6 MONSTERS AND MYSTERIES DIGEST
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Penciled by CLAY MANN
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
All adventure, all action, for all ages! Join Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing for a wild ride of all-new, unforgettable exploits. Featuring the Mole Man, the Skrulls, Rama-Tut and the Sub-Mariner! Collecting MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #21-24.
96 PGS./All Ages …$6.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2380-6

SPIDER-GIRL PRESENTS THE BUZZ & DARKDEVIL DIGEST
Written by TOM DEFALCO &RON FRENZ
Penciled by RON FRENZ
Cover by RON FRENZ
When crime, cults, and clones collide, the result is Darkdevil, son of one great Marvel hero and heir to another! Peer into the future's past to see Spider-Girl's ill-mannered mentor face the mortal machinations of the Kingpin and the more mystical ones of Zarathos, one-time Ghost Rider! But the bold and bombastic Buzz has no time for legacies when he sets his brand-new super-suit against Doctor Octopus and his latest student! Twin tales of Spider-Girl's strongest allies and harshest critics, guest-starring the one true Spider-Girl herself! Collecting THE BUZZ #1-3 and DARKDEVIL #1-3.
112 PGS./All Ages …$7.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2601-5

HULK AND POWER PACK: PACK SMASH! DIGEST
Written by MARC SUMERAK, PAUL TOBIN, & CHRIS GIARUSSO
Penciled by DAVID WILLIAMS, ANDY KUHN & CHRIS GIARUSSO
Cover by DAVID WILLIAMS
Power Pack couldn't be more excited to meet their father's new colleague, the world-famous Dr. Bruce Banner. But when the kids find themselves trapped in the tunnels beneath Manhattan by the Absorbing Man, they find out what happens when the good doctor gets angry! Get ready to go gamma as a brand-new team-up begins here! Collecting HULK, POWER PACK #1-4.
96 PGS./All Ages …$6.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2490-X

MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVELS

ULTIMATE X-MEN ULTIMATE COLLECTION BOOK 2 TPB
Written by MARK MILLAR with CHUCK AUSTEN
Penciled by ADAM KUBERT, CHRIS BACHALO, ESAD RIBIC & KAARE ANDREWS
New Cover by MARK BROOKS
Collecting the second year of Mark Millar’s groundbreaking ULTIMATE X-MEN – issues #13-25 – in one colossal trade paperback! As the X-Men embark on their inaugural world tour, they must confront some unsettling truths about their mentor, Professor Charles Xavier. Before founding his school for young mutants, Xavier abandoned his only son, David, a mutant with uncontrollable reality-warping abilities. Now, David has returned, looking to exact revenge on the father who left him — and he’s willing to eradicate anyone who stands in his way. Will the X-Men be forced to kill Xavier’s son to end his threat against the world?
Following the tragedies of their world tour, the X-Men seek the calming protection of Xavier’s school — but their suspicions of his methods only increase. Xavier’s mental blocks on student Jean Grey’s psychic abilities continue to crumble, and she grows increasingly unstable — plagued by visions of a world engulfed in the flames of a fiery phoenix. When the X-Men finally meet Xavier’s mysterious financial backers, Jean’s hallucinations become reality as the otherworldly Phoenix takes possession of the teenage telepath. Also included in this volume is a bonus tale of Gambit, a Cajun street hustler who must use his mutant gifts to protect a homeless boy in great danger.
336 PGS./Rated T+ ...$24.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2856-5

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL. 17: CLONE SAGA TPB
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by MARK BAGLEY
Cover by MARK BAGLEY
As Peter Parker tries to sort out his relationship with the X-Men’s Kitty Pryde — and continue his friendship with Mary Jane — a mall-food-court lunch turns into a free-for-all as Peter and MJ are interrupted by the debut of…the Ultimate Scorpion! But who is the Scorpion — and what sinister conspiracy is threatening Spider-Man’s very existence? The clues have been laid over the past 96 issues…and it all starts to come together here, as we begin the most shocking, most mind-blowing Spider-Man story ever published! Collecting ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #97-105.
224 PGS./Rated A …$24.99
ISBN: 0-7851-1928-0

IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
Written by DANIEL KNAUF & CHARLIE KNAUF
Penciled by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by ADI GRANOV
Tony Stark, director of S.H.I.E.L.D. It¹s day one of a new role for Tony as he takes up the mantle of the missing Nick Fury to lead S.H.I.E.L.D. into the 21st century! But what does this mean for the future of Iron Man? Collecting IRON MAN #15-18 and featuring comprehensive profiles of Iron Man and S.H.I.E.L.D! Also reprinting the first appearance of S.H.I.E.L.D. in STRANGE TALES #135; and IRON MAN #129 in which Tony Stark avoids a hostile takeover of Stark International by S.H.I.E.L.D.
144 PGS./Rated A... $14.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2299-0

NEW AVENGERS VOL. 5: CIVIL WAR TPB
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN, PASQUAL FERRY, OLIVIER COIPEL, LEINIL FRANCIS YU & JIM CHEUNG
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
The Civil War is on, and no book will be more affected than New Avengers. You think Marvel would never mess with its top-selling book? Wrong! The Avengers are about to go to war over their beliefs, and the shake-up will shock you. Each stand-alone story in this volume is illustrated by a genuine comics superstar! Collecting NEW AVENGERS #21-25.
120 PGS./Rated A …$14.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2446-2

X-23: TARGET X TPB
Written by CRAIG KYLE & CHRISTOPHER YOST
Penciled by MIKE CHOI
Cover by MIKE CHOI
Because you demanded it! Superstar Top Cow artist Mike Choi joins the team as X-23 returns! Having escaped the Facility that created her, X-23 struggles to create a real life for herself. But when your entire life has been about death and destruction, can you ever really escape the darkness? The rest of the story begins here, and won’t end until X-23 faces off with the one man most responsible for her life: Wolverine! Collecting X-23: TARGET X #1-6.
144 PGS./Parental Advisory …$15.99
ISBN: 0-7851-1971-X

CABLE & DEADPOOL VOL. 7: SEPARATION ANXIETY TPB
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Penciled by REILLY BROWN
Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Deadpool has decided to face the skeletons in his closet, dive deep into that dark void he calls a soul and rattle things up a bit. First order of business: Taskmaster. Second order of business: a knock-down drag-out BRAWL! Plus: The aftermath of the X-Men's battle against the Hecatomb has cost Cable a huge chunk of his island paradise of Providence and an even bigger slice of his soul. With all his hopes for the future of the planet Earth in jeopardy, now would be a pretty bad time for a reunion with Deadpool, wouldn't it? And an even worse time for... an assassination! Collecting CABLE & DEADPOOL #36-42.
176 PGS./Rated T+ …$17.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2523-X

GHOST RIDER VOL. 2: THE LIFE & DEATH OF JOHNNY BLAZE TPB
Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by RICHARD CORBEN, JAVIER SALTARES & MARK TEXEIRA
Cover by ARTHUR SUYDAM
How did Johnny Blaze end up in Hell, anyway? It’s simple, really: He died. And when he died, his eternal soul -- long promised to Hell in exchange for “saving” Crash Simpson -- descended into the Pit, taking the Ghost Rider along with it. This is the story of how and why it all happened, courtesy of writer Daniel Way and horror-comic legend Richard Corben. Plus: In a small town northeast of Chicago, people are losing their heads…literally. The sheriff of this sleepy little town firmly believes he’s found the culprit -- a scruffy drifter found sleeping in the bushes with blood on his clothes and no believable explanation for where he was and what he was doing when the murders occurred. He even gave the sheriff a fake name: “Johnny Blaze.” But the identity of the true culprit is even more macabre: Lucifer has taken up residence in a new host -- a casualty of Civil War who’s bound to raise eyebrows! Collecting GHOST RIDER #6-11.
144 PGS./Rated T+ …$13.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2297-4

WISDOM: RUDIMENTS OF WISDOM TPB
Written by PAUL CORNELL
Penciled by TREVOR HAIRSINE & MANUEL GARCIA
Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Pete Wisdom has a lot of fairies to kill. Yes, fairies are supposed to be nice and magical and charming, but they are currently attacking England. Hugo Award nominee Paul Cornell (BBC’s Dr. Who and Robin Hood) brings you a sci-fi mini-series unlike anything you’ve seen before! Collecting WISDOM #1-6.
144 PGS./Explicit Content …$21.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2123-4

HEROES FOR HIRE VOL. 2: AHEAD OF THE CURVE TPB
Written by JUSTIN GRAY, JIMMY PALMIOTTI & ZEB WELLS
Penciled by AL RIO
Cover by BILLY TUCCI
Marvel's strangest team of heroes find themselves trapped in the hull of a ship with a bomb as the Grim Reaper plans to blow up the Statue of Liberty and take the Heroes for Hire with it! But why? What nefarious plan could he have up his sleeve? He's evil so does it matter? He has to be stopped! Also, someone dies! No kidding. As if that wasn't enough, here comes the return of villains no one asked for! THE HORRIFIC HEADMEN have a special surprise for the hapless Humbug! Collecting HEROES FOR HIRE #6-10
120 PGS./Rated T+ …$13.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2363-6

THUNDERBOLTS PRESENTS: ZEMO - BORN BETTER TPB
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Penciled by TOM GRUMMETT
Cover by TOM GRUMMETT
He is the last of thirteen, taught for his entire life that he was born better. A Zemo by blood is a superior person. So then why has he always failed? Now, having been sent hurtling through time, Baron Helmut Zemo will have a chance to encounter the truth of his family as it happened in the past -- when he comes face-to-face with the first of his family line, the legendary Baron Harbin Zemo! But how much of what we know of our family history is truth and how much has been embellished by the perspective of time? Can Zemo find a way to escape his situation, or will he choose to stay trapped in time if it means preventing his family lineage from a legacy of failure? Collecting THUNDERBOLTS PRESENTS: ZEMO -
BORN BETTER #1-4.
96 PGS./Rated T+ …$10.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2621-X

PARADISE X VOL. 2 TPB (NEW PRINTING)
Written by JIM KRUEGER & ALEX ROSS
Penciled BY DOUGIE BRAITHWAITE, STEVE SADOWSKI, THOMAS YEATES & ALEX ROSS
Cover by ALEX ROSS
The epic, visionary EARTH X saga concludes. Will the Heroes of Earth be able to solve the problems of the Paradise they helped create? Will their quest for a new Death entity succeed so the pain and suffering of the world's population ceases? Collecting PARADISE X #6-12, RAGNAROK, DEVILS, A, X.
352 PGS./Rated T+ …$29.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2416-0

WOMEN OF MARVEL VOL. 2 TPB
Written by ROY THOMAS, CHRIS CLAREMONT, TERRY AUSTIN, MARK GRUENWALD, & STEVE ENGLEHART
Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA, PAUL SMITH, BRET BLEVINS, CARMINE INFANTINO, JOHN ROMITA JR. RICK LEONARD, MARK SILVESTRI, RICHARD HOWELL, & DAN LAWLIS
Cover by MIKE MAYHEW
More classic tales of Marvel's leading ladies! Featuring Kitty Pryde, Black Cat, Dagger, Spider-Woman, Tigra, Jubilee and more! Collecting AVENGERS #83, STRANGE TALES #10-11, SPIDER-WOMAN #10, WEST COAST AVENGERS #15, visions & the Scarlet Witch #12, Uncanny X-Men #168, 189, 201, & 218
232 PGS./Rated A …$24.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2708-9

THOR VISIONARIES: WALTER SIMONSON VOL. 4 TPB
Written by WALTER SIMONSON
Penciled by SAL BUSCEMA
Cover by WALTER SIMONSON
Balder the Brave, Thor's brother in all but blood, undergoes his own gauntlet of gods and giants -- earning the love of witch-queen Karnilla and the throne of Asgard! Meanwhile, on Midgard, Thor finds an era-hopping authoritarian officer racing him to defeat an old enemy possessed by an even older evil! Plus: Sabretooth and the Marauders! All with Walt Simonson's trademarks: epic sensibilities, godly grandeur and talking frogs! Verily! Collecting THOR #371-374 and
BALDER THE BRAVE #1-4.
192 PGS./Rated A …$24.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2711-9

D.P.7 CLASSIC VOL.1 TPB
Written by MARK GRUENWALD
Penciled by PAUL RYAN
Cover by PAUL RYAN
The Gru tackled the New and it's here for you! Before his history-making work on Captain America and Quasar, Mark Gruenwald helped build the New Universe from the ground up with an outcast cast of Seven Displaced Paranormals on a quest leading them into urban legends, domestic disasters, and teen terror! Super-speed, super-strength, and superlative action from the creator of the ground-breaking Squadron Supreme miniseries! It's an out-of-body experience you can't miss! Collecting D.P.7 #1-9.
224 PGS./Rated A …$24.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2859-X

ESSENTIAL DAREDEVIL VOL. 4 TPB
Written by GERRY CONWAY, GARY FRIEDRICH, STEVE GERBER & STEVE ENGLEHART
Penciled by GENE COLAN, BARRY SMITH, ALAN WEISS, SAM KWESKIN, SYD SHORES & DON HECK
Cover by RICH BUCKLER
Who else but Marvel would set up a robot from the future to play matchmaker for a femme fatale and the Man Without Fear? Mister Kline's android-laden efforts steer Daredevil and the Black Widow together for a trial whose tribulations could mean the end of the fabled Nelson and Murdock partnership! Then the redman and the lady in black relocate to the City of the Golden Gates, but that's not Cupid aiming at them: It's Hawkeye the Marksman! Plus sagas of savagery in South America, indestructible intrigue, and cosmic conflicts with both sides against the Earth! Also featuring the Purple Man, Electro, the Owl, the Gladiator, and more from Daredevil's enclave of enemies! Guest-starring Spider-Man, Namor the Sub-Mariner and the Avengers! Collecting DAREDEVIL #75-101 and AVENGERS #111.
600 PGS./Rated A …$16.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2762-3

ESSENTIAL DAZZLER VOL. 1 TPB
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT, JOHN BYRNE, MARV WOLFMAN, TOM DEFALCO & DANNY FINGEROTH
Penciled by JOHN BYRNE, KEITH POLLARD, MIKE ESPOSITO, JOHN ROMITA, JR., WALT SIMONSON, ALAN KUPPERBERG, FRANK SPRINGER & VINCE COLLETTA
Cover by BOB LARKIN
Disco may be dead, but Marvel's dynamic diva never says "die!" Beginning as a co-star with the X-Men and Spider-Man, Alison Blaire moved into a world of villains new and old, facing gangsters, gods and Galactus without skipping a beat! Plus: the Inhumans, the Hellfire Club and Project: PEGASUS! World saving, space travel, intrigue and romance in the ultimate disco mix! Guest-starring most of Marvel's heroes, including Spider-Woman and She-Hulk! Collecting DAZZLER #1-21, UNCANNY X-MEN #130-131 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #203.
552 PGS./Rated A …$16.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2695-3

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WOLVERINE ORIGINS #16 MCGUINNESS POSTER
24X36 Color Poster...$6.99
FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF 7/19, (ON-SALE 8/8/07)

SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FOUR MAGAZINE
It’s Spider-Man and the FF from cover to cover as the Wall-Crawler and the Fantastic Four get their very own magazine! More stories of the world's greatest superheroes plus tons of extras that will knock your socks off!
96 PGS./All Ages …$5.99
Trim Size: Magazine