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The third of May is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! And Jon Hook wants to tell you what Elite Comics has in store for its patrons. Following that we have the new releases for the week and an all new, all different Bring ’em Back by Backwards Dave! Mike Sims and the Mighty Marvel Movie Minute!! Current Events with Pat Loika (warning: Secret Invasion spoilers)!!! A voicemail from Carlos Cordova!!!! With a special guest appearance by Aaron C. Macom of SciFi Dig!!!!!
Comics mentioned this week include Avengers: The Initiative, Daredevil, New Avengers, Thor, X-Men: Legacy, Ms. Marvel, Mighty Avengers, Punisher, and Marvel Team-Up.
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Marvel items on sale, 4.30.08
AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #12
COVER BY: STEVE UY
WRITERS: DAN SLOTT & CHRISTOS GAGE
PENCILS and INKS: STEVE UY
“CHANGING OF THE GUARD”
Daddy’s home. IRON MAN comes to Camp Hammond, and he’s NOT happy.
The first year of the Initiative comes to a dramatic close as members are laid to rest, drummed out, declared AWOL, or…awarded their full Hero’s License. See who graduates and find out what super-teams they’ll be assigned to as the NEXT era of the Initiative begins! Plus: as a new 3-D MAN appears, the base is suddenly short one Skrull…but not how you’d think…
Also guest-starring MS. MARVEL!
Rated T+ …$2.99
DAREDEVIL: BLOOD OF THE TARANTULA #1
COVER BY: MARKO DJURDJEVIC
WRITER: ANDE PARKS (from a story idea by ED BRUBAKER and ANDE PARKS)
PENCILS: CHRIS SAMNEE
INKS: CHRIS SAMNEE
“Blood of the Tarantula”
Carlos LaMuerto, a.k.a. Black Tarantula, is finally doing something good with his life. Well, at least it ain’t all bad. Lying low after getting out of prison and wiping out an entire gang, Carlos has become a low-key Robin Hood — cleaning up the neighborhood he used to run as a gang lord. But he’s about to discover that leaving his past behind isn’t as simple as a change of attitude…as ghosts from his former life haunt him, Carlos turns to his friend/adversary, Matt Murdock. Now Black Tarantula and Daredevil must work together to save the streets of Hell’s Kitchen from a powerful new gang from Carlos’ homeland.
Rated T+ …$3.99
GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS/INVADERS #1
COVER BY: SAL BUSCEMA
WRITER: ROY THOMAS
PENCILS: SAL BUSCEMA, FRANK ROBBINS, AL AVISON, ALEX SCHOMBURG, DON RICO, LEE ELIAS, and LEE WEEKS
INKS: SAM GRAINGER, FRANK SPRINGER, AL GABRIELLE, and JESSE DELPERDANG, MIKE PERKINS & LEE WEEKS
Whet your appetite for Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Steve Sadowski’s 12-part AVENGERS/INVADERS maxi-series with these classic tales! Witness the Invaders’ first appearance in AVENGERS #71 (1969), as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes encounter the wartime Captain America, Human Torch and Sub-Mariner – and experience the story from the Invaders’ point of view in INVADERS ANNUAL #1 (1977). Finally, the Invaders thwart a Nazi assassination attempt on President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in GIANT-SIZE INVADERS #2 (2005). Also featuring in-depth dossiers on both teams and AVENGERS/INVADERS preview pages!
Rated T+ …$3.99
IMMORTAL IRON FIST #14
COVER BY: KAARE ANDREWS
WRITERS: MATT FRACTION & ED BRUBAKER
PENCILS: TONCI ZONJIC, CLAY MANN, and KANO
INKS: STEFANO GAUDIANO and KANO
This is it, kids–the skull–busting, chest–punching, punch–kicking conclusion to THE SEVEN CAPITAL CITIES OF HEAVEN. Seven practitioners of super kung fu, champing at the bit to bloody each other to a pulp. A rogue Hydra cell, intent on destroying K’un-Lun from Earth, loads its terror train full of explosives and prepares to fire it through a warp in space-time. A schism in the leadership of K’un-Lun threatens to tear the city in two. The original Heroes for Hire, outgunned, outmanned, and out of time somewhere in Tibet. And Davos, the arch-rival of Iron Fist, intent on exploiting all this chaos, wants to assassinate Danny Rand once and for all. When was the last time a comic melted your face off? When was the last time you read THE IMMORTAL IRON FIST?
Rated T+ …$3.99
*The Immortal Iron Fist #14 (FEB082224D, $3.99; FOC 04/10/08) will have art by Tonci Zonjic and Kano, not the originally solicited David Aja.
Marvel Adventures Iron Man #12 $2.99
Marvel Comics Presents Vol 2 #8 $3.99
Marvel Illustrated Moby Dick #3 $2.99
NEW AVENGERS #40
COVER BY: ALEKSI BRICLOT
WRITER: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
PENCILS: JIM CHEUNG
INKS: JOHN DELL
SECRET INVASION TIE-IN!
Very special guest artist Jimmy Cheung returns to the pages of New Avengers for this very important tie-in issue. Spinning right off of events in NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI #1, find out exactly how the Skrull empire was able to infiltrate the Marvel Universe and who instigated the invasion and why.
Rated A …$2.99
New Warriors Vol 4 #11 $2.99
Secret Invasion #1 2nd Ptg Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover $3.99
Order Vol 2 #10 $2.99
THOR: AGES OF THUNDER #1
COVER BY: MARKO DJURDJEVIC
WRITER: MATT FRACTION
PENCILS: PATRICK ZIRCHER and KHARI EVANS
INKS: PATRICK ZIRCHER and VICTOR OLAZABA
As the Mighty Thor reclaims his rightful spot in the Marvel Pantheon, we join Matt Fraction and Patrick Zircher for a special examining the triumphs and tragedies that have befallen the God of Thunder across the eons. As the things he holds dearest are threatened by unimaginable forces of evil, Thor must rise up, again and again, to hold the line against terror and chaos as only the God of Thunder can!
Rated T+ …$3.99
Ultimate Human #4 $2.99
Ultimate X-Men #93 $2.99
X-MEN: LEGACY #210
COVER BY: DAVID FINCH
WRITER: MIKE CAREY
PENCILS: SCOT EATON and GREG LAND
INKS: JOHN DELL & ANDREW HENNESSY and JAY LEISTEN
In the wake of Messiah CompleX, there are no X-Men and mutantkind still lies in ruin. With Magneto depowered and Xavier gravely injured, it seems their reign as the preeminent mutants has ended. But neither of these old soldiers is willing to go gentle into that good night, as Exodus learns when he squares off against Xavier on the psychic plane, with the fate of Professor X’s mind at stake.
Rated A …$2.99
ALL-NEW OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE A TO Z VOL. 2 PREMIERE HC
COVER BY: TOM GRUMMETT
WRITER: JEFF CHRISTIANSEN, MICHAEL HOSKIN, ERIC J. MOREELS, DAVID WILTFONG, RONALD BYRD, SEAN MCQUAID, MARK O’ENGLISH, STUART VANDAL, MIKE FICHERA, MADISON CARTER, JACOB ROUGEMONT, AL SJOERDSMA, KYLE SIMS, CHRIS BIGGS, and CHAD ANDERSON
Continuing the most exciting and comprehensive Marvel handbook ever assembled! This twelve-volume guide to the Marvel Universe features more than 100 huge entries in each tome! This issue – from Blade to the Crooked World! Spotlighting people (Blink, Blob, Bullseye, Cable, Luke Cage, Cannonball, Captain America, Captain Britain, Captain Marvel, Carnage, Amadeus Cho, Citizen V, Colossus), teams (the Brotherhood, Circus of Crime), species (the Brood, Celestials), items (the Cosmic Cube) and more!
Rated T+ …$24.99
BLACK PANTHER: LITTLE GREEN MEN TPB
COVER BY: BILLY TAN
WRITER: REGINALD HUDLIN
PENCILS: ANDREA DIVITO and CAFU
Someone get them a road map! The New Fantastic Four have just taken another wrong turn on the dimensional superhighway – and this time, they’ve landed in the middle of a gang-war between machine-gun toting Skrulls! It’s clobberin’ time – in the arena and in the streets, between the Gangsters and Panthers, and between the Fantastic Four and the elusive, malicious Golden Frogs! Gangsta-gangsta! Collecting BLACK PANTHER #31-34.
Rated T+ …$10.99
FANTASTIC FOUR: THE BEGINNING OF THE END TPB
COVER BY: MICHAEL TURNER
WRITERS: DWAYNE MCDUFFIE and KARL KESEL
PENCILS: PAUL PELLETIER and TOM GRUMMETT
The original Fantastic Four is together again, just in time to cross paths with a hero who has traveled twenty years into the past in a desperate attempt to save his future from Reed Richards, the madman who is about to change the face of the planet. Oh, and the hero who has come back to save the world? His name is Doctor Doom. Plus: Diablo’s back – more dangerous than ever as the potion-toting terrorist declares alchemical warfare on the FF! Making matter worse, the World’s Greatest Imaginauts are becoming more and more tired, irritable, delirious…sick! Coincidence…or part of Diablo’s nightmarish plan? Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR #525-526 and #551-553.
Rated A …$12.99
*The Fantastic Four TP: Beginning of the End (FEB082304D) will be 120 pages, not 168 pages, and the price will now be $12.99, not $14.99. Also, Fantastic Four: Isla De La Muerte will not be part of the TP’s contents.
COVER BY: DAVID MACK
WRITER: DAVID MACK
PENCILS: DAVID MACK
This square-bound art book acts as a tie-in to the DVD documentary on Mack’s work, THE ALCHEMY OF ART: DAVID MACK from Herovideoproductions.com.
REFLECTIONS #10 features details and commentary on never-before-seen art and stories – including Mack’s new children’s book THE SHY CREATURES, handmade books and paintings from the DVD. Also featuring step-by-step art techniques, and loads of art and extras you’ve never seen before. Ever wonder how David Mack does his artwork? How his pages and covers go from sketches and drawings to finished art? How he uses models and figure drawings? It’s all in here with lots of extras!
Rated T+ …$5.99
PENANCE: RELENTLESS TPB
COVER BY: PAUL GULACY
WRITER: PAUL JENKINS
PENCILS: PAUL GULACY
From the pages of CIVIL WAR: FRONT LINE and THUNDERBOLTS! Once he was a hero, now only a shell of Robbie Baldwin remains. As Penance, he begins a slow descent into madness: the most hated man in America, blamed for the disaster at Stamford, tortured by visions of his failure and obsessed with strange, seemingly meaningless numbers. A relentless pursuit begins… Collecting PENANCE: RELENTLESS #1-5.
Rated T+ …$13.99
PUNISHER: CIRCLE OF BLOOD PREMIERE HC (and VARIANT)
COVER BY: MIKE ZECK
WRITER: STEVEN GRANT and JO DUFFY
PENCILS: MIKE ZECK and MIKE VOSBURG
The Punisher’s in prison, but he can’t complain…now the criminals have nowhere to run! But while he’s in gray, his trademark black-and-white look’s being used by an army out to wipe out the mob and anyone else in the way! Marvel’s vicious veteran vigilante finds out who to kill and who to trust in his original miniseries! Collecting PUNISHER #1-5.
Parental Advisory …$19.99
*The Punisher Premiere HC: Circle of Blood and Direct Market Variant (FEB082291-2D, $19.99; FOC 03/20/08) will be 176 pages, not the originally solicited 144 pages. Extra content will include original pencils by Mike Zeck, a Punisher Portfolio, original ad for the miniseries, and more.
THOR BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI VOL. 1 PREMIERE
COVER BY: OLIVIER COIPEL
WRITER: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
PENCILS: OLIVIER COIPEL
INKS: MARK MORALES
Not a clone! Not a robot! Not an imaginary story! The God of Thunder is officially BACK! You’ve waited for it, you’ve demanded it…and we say thee YEA! The Odinson comes roaring back to life in this highly anticipated saga by red-hot superstars J. Michael Straczynski (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Olivier Coipel (HOUSE OF M)! But how does a god return from Ragnarok? And what place will he find in a world torn by CIVIL WAR? Collecting THOR #1-6.
Rated T+ …$19.99
*The Thor by J. Michael Straczynski Premiere HC Vol. 01 (JAN082208D, $19.99; FOC 03/13/08) will have 160 pages, not the originally solicited 144 pages and will have a new cover from that which was originally solicited.
X-MEN: MESSIAH COMPLEX HC
COVER BY: MARC SILVESTRI
WRITERS: ED BRUBAKER, MIKE CAREY, CRAIG KYLE, CHRIS YOST, and PETER DAVID
PENCILS: MARC SILVESTRI, BILLY TAN, CHRIS BACHALO, HUMBERTO RAMOS, and SCOT EATON
The biggest event to hit the X-Men in ten years is here! Just when it looked like there was no possibility of a future for mutants, hope arrives. But the X-Men aren’t there to meet it – the Marauders and Purifiers beat them to it. Now the race is on to get the first new mutant since HOUSE OF M! Collecting X-MEN MESSIAH COMPLEX one-shot, UNCANNY X-MEN #492-494, X-MEN #205-207, NEW X-MEN #44-46 and X-FACTOR #25-27.
Rated T+ …$39.99
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 #555 DF Signed By Chris Bachalo $19.99
Hulk Vol 2 #1 DF Exclusive Dale Keown Variant Cover CGC 9.8 $89.99
Uncanny X-Men #497 Incentive Skrully Variant Cover – [PI]
X-Force Vol 3 #1 Bloody Variant Cover CGC 9.8 $72.99