After a rundown of the week’s new Marvel releases, we move right into the Pick of the Week, followed by SkrullWatch, where New Avengers #36 is discussed in some detail. Captain Marvel #1, Runaways Volume 2 OHC, and Uncanny X-Men #492 are all touched on.
Also, the last half of the Messiah CompleX discussion with Sean Whelan (of Raging Bullets) where tangents include Mike Baron, Batman and the Outsiders, Archer & Armstrong, Punisher, Captain America, and why it’s a great time to be a comic book fan.
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Marvel titles on sale, 11.21.07:
Avengers Classic #6, $2.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA # 32
COVER BY: STEVE EPTING
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
ART: STEVE EPTING
THE EPIC DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA STORY CONTINUES!
The Falcon and Black Widow hunt together! Can they save the Winter Soldier from becoming a tool of the Red Skull again? And if they do, will he just go kill Tony Stark? And what of Agent 13, Sharon Carter, who shot the final bullets into her true love, Steve Rogers, and has seen her life fall apart since then? Those answers, much action, and more! From the Eisner Award-Winning Best Writer Ed Brubaker and Fan-Favorite Artist Steve Epting, who brought you the biggest selling comic of the year!
Rated T+ …$2.99
Captain America Chosen #4 (Of 6), $3.99 (two covers)
Daily Bugle December, AR
Franklin Richards Fall Football Fiasco, $2.99
Halo Uprising #2 (Of 4), $3.99
Heroes For Hire #15, $2.99
Incredible Hulk #111 and Zombie Variant
IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF S.H.I.E.L.D. ANNUAL # 1
COVER BY: JIM CHEUNG
WRITER: CHRISTOS GAGE
PENCILS: HARVEY TOLIBAO
INKS: JOHN DELL
S.H.I.E.L.D. has a problem, and her name is Madame Hydra. The leader of the world’s deadliest terror organization is also the lawful ruler of Wolverine’s old stomping ground: the island nation of Madripoor. Unable to depose her openly, S.H.I.E.L.D. sends in its best man to secretly take her down. His name? Stark…Tony Stark. But with his Extremis powers blocked and his Iron Man armor hovering in orbit for emergencies only, can the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. survive against enemies like Bloodscream and Roughhouse, who’ve nearly killed Wolverine himself? Wizard’s 2007 Writer to Watch, Christos Gage (Iron Man), and in his stunning Marvel debut, artist Harvey Tolibao (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic), bring you a roller coaster ride of action and espionage that will change Madripoor forever!
Rated A …$3.99
Loners #6 (of 6), $2.99
Marvel Adventures Avengers #18, $2.99
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #30, $2.99
Marvel Adventures Two-In-One #5, $4.99
Marvel Illustrated Last Of The Mohicans #6 (Of 6), $2.99
Marvel Illustrated Treasure Island #6 (Of 6), $2.99
NEW X-MEN # 44 (and VARIANT)
COVERS BY: DAVID FINCH and J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
WRITER: CHRISTOPHER YOST and CRAIG KYLE
PENCILS: HUMBERTO RAMOS
INKS: CARLOS ALBERTO CRUZ CUEVAS
The New X-Men have been ordered to remain at the mansion while the more experienced teams search for the abducted mutant baby. But the last generation of mutants isn’t content on the sidelines, launching a sneak attack on the Purifiers instead. But have they confronted an enemy that’s out of their league?
Rated T+ …$2.99
Penance Relentless #3 (Of 5), $2.99
Powers #27, $3.95
SHE-HULK # 23
COVER BY: MIKE DEODATO
WRITER: PETER DAVID
PENCILS: SHAWN MOLL
INKS: VICTOR OLAZABA
“Jaded: Part Two.” A nice, simple mission for She-Hulk has gone horribly wrong as, deafened and reeling, she finds herself facing the combined might of the Absorbing Man and Titania.
Rated T+ …$2.99
Thunderbolts Breaking Point, $2.99
Ultimate Marvel Sampler, AR
ULTIMATE VISION # 5
COVER BY: BRANDON PETERSON
WRITER: MIKE CAREY
PENCILS and INKS: BRANDON PETERSON
The Gah Lak Tus module is sinking its alien cables down into the Earth’s core as it draws the planet’s elemental energies deep into itself. And the only chance Ultimate Vision has to defeat the module is—to talk it to death! And when the Vision speaks—run for cover! A fitting finale to one of the finer limited series of the year.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
What If Annihilation, $2.99
WOLVERINE: ORIGINS # 19
WRITER: DANIEL WAY
PENCILS: STEVE DILLON
“Our War,” Part 4 (of 5) Logan, Captain America, Bucky and Nick Fury continue their assault on Baron Von Strucker’s stronghold…but whose side is Logan really on? One of the most requested stories in Marvel history rolls on, giving readers not only the details of the first meeting between Captain America and Wolverine, but also an insight into the first time Wolverine realizes that he, like Captain America, has the power Parental Advisory …$2.99
X-Men Emperor Vulcan #3 (Of 5), $2.99
ANNIHILATION BOOK 3
COVER BY: GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
WRITERS: KEITH GIFFEN, CHRISTOS N. GAGE, and STUART MOORE
PENCILS: ANDREA DI VITO, GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI, MIKE MCKONE, and SCOTT KOLINS
The conclusion to the Annihilation saga! Nova! Drax! Super-Skrull! Ronan! Quasar! Thanos! Annihilus! Silver Surfer! Galactus! The massive Annihilation event brings back Marvel’s sci-fi superstars in explosive, widescreen style! And now you can follow the galaxy-rocking saga in its entirety! The war against the Annihilation Wave has begun in earnest – with heroes such as Nova, Drax, Gamora and Ronan leading the charge! But with the power of Galactus behind him, is Annihilus unstoppable? The universe’s one hope may be Thanos the mad Titan – but his old enemy, Drax, has different ideas! As the saga races toward its devastating end, sacrifices are made, ancient evil strikes, and new heroes rise! Collecting ANNIHILATION #1-6, ANNIHILATION: HERALDS OF GALACTUS #1-2 and ANNIHILATION: NOVA CORPS FILES.
Rated T+ …$24.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1 PREMIERE
COVER BY: STEVE EPTING
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
PENCILS: STEVE EPTING and MIKE PERKINS
The death of Captain America! Leaping from the final pages of CIVIL WAR, this is the biggest Cap story that Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting have yet to tell – guaranteed to stun readers and send shockwaves through the entire Marvel Universe for the next year! As repercussions ripple outward, the Winter Soldier finally chooses a side, after the Civil War has ended – his own. But what are the Red Skull and his minions up to behind the scenes? Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA #25-30.
Rated T+ …$19.99
NEW AVENGERS VOL. 1 (and VARIANT)
COVER BY: DAVID FINCH
WRITER: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
PENCILS: DAVID FINCH, STEVE MCNIVEN, and DAN JURGENS
In the aftermath of “Avengers Disassembled” come the New Avengers! With the Avengers disbanded following an attack by one of the team’s oldest members, a shadowy villain has taken advantage of their absence to initiate his ominous plans. Employing Electro to disrupt the electrical systems of the maximum-security prison known as the Raft, hundreds of super-powered villains are freed to wreak havoc on New York. Without the Avengers to answer the call, a group of heroes must form a makeshift alliance to subdue the rampaging villains and save the city. In the heat of battle, this new team fills the void left by the Avengers’ demise — the New Avengers. After shocking the Marvel fans with the series-shattering “Avengers Disassembled” storyline, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Finch begin an all-new chapter in Marvel Comics history with New Avengers. Featuring a cast of fan-favorite characters including Wolverine, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Spider-Woman teamed with the hard-edged heroes Luke Cage and the Sentry, New Avengers presents a 21st-century revitalization of the classic Avengers concept. Plus: The mystery of the Sentry revealed! The Avengers try to help the most powerful super hero in the world figure out who he is and where he came from! But will this knowledge destroy the man they’re trying to help? Collecting NEW AVENGERS #1-10, NEW AVENGERS MOST WANTED FILES and NEW AVENGERS GUEST STARRING THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a never-before reprinted salute to the real-life heroes of the U.S. military.
Rated A …$29.99
SPIDER-GIRL PRESENTS WILD THING: CRASH COURSE
COVER BY: RON LIM
WRITER: LARRY HAMA
PENCILS: RON LIM
Daddy’s little girl, just like dear old Mom: The daughter of Wolverine and Elektra! A few years in the future, Wild Thing has to fight like there’s no tomorrow against demons, droids and desperados! Guest-starring Wolverine, Elektra and Jubilee of the X-People! Collecting WILD THING #0-5.
128 PGS./All Ages …$7.99
COVER BY: BRYAN HITCH
WRITER: MARK MILLAR
PENCILS: BRYAN HITCH
This deluxe hardcover collects Ultimates 2 Vol. 1: Gods & Monsters and Ultimates 2 Vol. 2: Grand-Theft America, plus extras. In “Gods & Monsters,” it’s been one year since they stopped an alien invasion, and now things get hard! New members, new costumes and 12 months of gossip to catch up on! Who’s getting married? Who’s divorced? Who’s gone nuts since we last saw them? See Ultimate Hulk and the secret origin of Ultimate Thor, and get a look at the entire Ultimate Universe as drawn by Bryan Hitch! It’s guest-stars galore — featuring the X-Men, Daredevil, Captain Britain and even the Defenders! And in “Grand-Theft America,” Tony and Natasha are on the eve of their wedding — but when Nick Fury makes his move against the mysterious traitor that’s been plaguing the team, the Ultimates will never be the same! Also, Captain America and Wasp hit a serious snag in their relationship. Is this the end for the Ultimate Universe’s hottest couple? Is this the beginning of the end for the Ultimates? Collecting ULTIMATES 2 #1-13 and the ULTIMATES 2 #1 VARIANT SKETCH EDITION.
432 PGS./Parental Advisory …$34.99
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS – TOMORROW’S BRIGHTEST
COVER BY: MARKO DJURDJEVIC
WRITER: JEFF PARKER
PENCILS: ROGER CRUZ
For millions of years, mankind’s place on Earth was unchallenged – until five young people paved the way for a new kind of human! While students at the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast and Iceman taught the world what it meant to be X-Men. These are the hidden stories of the team that laid the foundation of a mutant dynasty! Written by Jeff Parker (AGENTS OF ATLAS) and illustrated by Roger Cruz (ARAÑA). Collecting X-MEN: FIRST CLASS #1-8.
Rated A …$19.99
X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS PREMIERE (and DIRECT MARKET VARIANT)
COVERS BY: BRENT ANDERSON
WRITER: CHRIS CLAREMONT
PENCILS: BRENT ANDERSON
The Uncanny X-Men. Magneto, master of magnetism. The bitterest of enemies for years. But now they must join forces against a new adversary who threatens them all and the entire world besides…in the name of God. One of Chris Claremont’s most powerful and influential stories, the partial basis for X2 is reprinted here for the first time in years.
Rated T+ …$19.99