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Thanos is real tough with his little Cosmic Cube!


Marvel Comics Tuesday afternoon released a teaser image for Avengers Assemble #7 written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Mark Bagley. The image shows Thanos in bad-ass form with the Cosmic Cube. Avengers Assemble will be in your local comic book store on September 12th, 2012.

Thanos Brings The Avengers To Their Knees With A…COSMIC CUBE?!

With the Mad Titan, Thanos, out of the reach from Earth’s Mightiest – his quest for power and domination over the Marvel Universe continues in Avengers Assemble #7! But the Avengers won’t go down without a fight, and courtesy of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, they’re bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy with them! But can even their combined strength defeat Thanos with a cosmic cube in his possession? Find out in Avengers Assemble #7, hitting comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comic Shop this September.

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #7 (JUL120551)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by MARK BAGLEY
FOC – 8/20/2012, On Sale – 9/12/2012

3-page preview: Captain Marvel #2

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Marvel Comics Monday afternoon released a three-page preview of Captain Marvel #2 written by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by Dexter Soy. Marvel Comics also released the second printing covers of Avenging Spider-Man #9 and Captain Marvel #1. DeConnick’s next issue of Captain Marvel will be in your local comic book store on August 15th, 2012.

Your First Look at CAPTAIN MARVEL #2!

Marvel is proud to present your first look at Captain Marvel #2! The all-new creative team of Kelly Sue DeConnick & Dexter Soy dial it up a notch as Carol Danvers comes face to face with a challenge from her past – one she can’t walk away from! And who – or what – is the secret of the Banshee Squadron? Also, don’t miss your chance to see Marvel history in the making when Captain Marvel #1 Second Printing Variant & Avenging Spider-Man #9 Second Printing Variant fly back into comic book stores, starring the all-new smash hit superhero Captain Marvel! Dive into the high-stakes adventures of Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel #2, soaring into comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comic Shop this August.

CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 (JUN120653)
Written by KELLY SUE DECONNICK
Penciled by DEXTER SOY
Cover by ED MCGUNNIESS
FOC – 7/23/2012, On Sale – 8/15/2012

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JUN128073)
Written by KELLY SUE DECONNICK
Penciled by DEXTER SOY
Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
FOC – 7/30/12, ON-SALE – 8/22/12

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #9 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JUN128074)
Written by KELLY SUE DECONNICK
Pencils and Cover by TERRY DODSON
FOC – 7/30/12, ON-SALE – 8/22/12

Fraction takes on Hawkeye

Marvel Comics Tuesday afternoon released the Adi Granov variant to Hawkeye #1 written by Matt Fraction with art by David Aja. Hawkeye #1 hits your local comic book store on August 1st, 2012.

Adi Granov Covers HAWKEYE #1!

Marvel is proud to present your first look at superstar artist Adi Granov’s variant cover to Hawkeye #1, the start of an all-new ongoing series featuring the breakout star of the hit summer blockbuster! Join self-made hero Hawkeye in a high stakes adventure with the ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop at his side! Will he be able to prove himself worthy to be called one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? The red-hot fan favorite team of writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja reunite to kick off this action packed epic in Hawkeye #1, coming to comic shops everywhere, on the Marvel Comics app, and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this August.

HAWKEYE #1 (JUN120659)
HAWKEYE #1 GRANOV VARIANT (JUN120660)
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils & Cover by DAVID AJA
Variant Cover by ADI GRANOV
FOC – 7/9/2012, On Sale – 8/1/2012

AvsX – Just went Highlander on us!

Marvel Comics Monday afternoon released a teaser image for Act 3 of the Avengers vs. X-Men mega event. The image has the tag-line of “There can be only one!” The major problem with this is it is a complete rip-off from the “Highlander” franchise but maybe Disney bought that too! Well, we look forward to more original ideas coming from Marvel in the coming weeks.

Avengers Vs. X-Men – Act 3 Begins: THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!

This August, the comic book event of the year – Avengers VS. X-Men – reaches critical mass as Earth’s Mightiest make their last stand against the Phoenix Force. But when the Phoenix Force yearns for a single host, who will it choose? There can only be one! Act Three kicks off in Avengers Vs. X-Men #9, hitting comic shops, the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comic Shop this August.

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #9 (JUN120592)
Written by JASON AARON
Penciled by ADAM KUBERT
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
FOC – 7/9/2012, On Sale – 8/1/2012

6-page preview: Amazing Spider-Man #692 – Alpha origin

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Marvel Comics Wednesday afternoon released a six-page preview of Amazing Spider-Man #692 written by Dan Slott with art by Humberto Ramos. This issue contains the origin of Alpha, Spider-Man’s new side-kick. Amazing Spider-Man #692 swings into your local comic book store on August 22nd, 2012.

Introducing ALPHA in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692!

Fans across the globe have been asking, “Who Is Alpha” and this August, in Amazing Spider-Man #692, they’ll find out! Marvel is celebrating Spider-Man’s 50th anniversary in style as the blockbuster creative team of Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos give Peter Parker his very own….sidekick?! When he’s not working with the Avengers of the Future Foundation, Spider-Man has been saving the Marvel Universe on his own for fifty years! But now, with his anniversary right around the corner, that’s all about to change!

This special event, could only be told in this oversized issue celebrating the values that made Spider-Man the world’s greatest super hero for the past five decades and many more to come. And with special variant covers by superstar artist Marcos Martin, depicting Spider-Man through the years, no fan can miss out on this! Get ready for a story about power and responsibility like you’ve never seen before in Amazing Spider-Man #692, swinging into comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this August.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692 (JUN120622)
Written by DAN SLOTT
Pencils and Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
FOC – 7/30/2012, On Sale – 8/22/2012

3-page preview: Spider-Men #3 – sort of…


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Marvel Comics Friday afternoon released a three-page preview of Spider-Men #3 written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Sara Pichelli. The problem with the preview is some of the panels are blackout till you read Spider-Men #2. No one wants spoilers but it seems like a have hearted effort by Marvel Comics. Also, the Comic Vault is waiting to review Spider-Men till something happens because the first issue is just a very long setup. Bendis is great at witty banter but could use some help with the pacing. With that said, Marvel loaded the press release with quotes from other comic book website and I feel like I read a different book.
The Comic Vault would like your opinion of what you thought of the first issue of Spider-Men #1.

“With well-judged pace and tone, it’s everything a Spider-Man fan could want.” – ComicBookResources.com

“A fine comic book that is spilling with the same charm that we get from Ultimate Comics Spider-Man each and every month.” – IGN.com

“…there isn’t a single panel that feels static.” – AintItCoolNews.com

“A purely enjoyable comic book, and three cheers if that continues through to the end.” – Comicsbeat.com

SPIDER-MEN #3 (MAY120671)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by SARA PICHELLI
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Variant Covers by SARA PICHELLI & TERRY DODSON
FOC – 6/18/2012, On Sale – 7/11/2012

3-page preview: New Avengers #28 – Prison Break!


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Marvel Comics Thursday afternoon released a three-page preview of New Avengers #28 written by Brian Michael Bendis with artwork by Michael Deodato. The Avengers vs. X-Men cross over will be in your local comic book store on July 11th, 2013. Are you enjoying Avengers vs. X-Men?

Marvel is proud to present your first look at New Avengers #28, an epic tie in to Avengers VS. X-Men from the blockbuster creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato! With the Phoenix Five pursuing and imprisoning Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, it’s up to the New Avengers to stage a prison break! But can Luke Cage, Hawkeye, and Spider-Woman escape from the heart of X-Men territory? It’s non-stop action in New Avengers #28, coming to comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this July.

NEW AVENGERS #28 (MAY120651)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by MICHAEL DEODATO
FOC – 6/18/2012, On Sale – 7/11/2012

Marvel Comics INFERNAL MAN-THING #1: 5-page preview

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Marvel Comics Tuesday afternoon released a five-page preview of the Infernal Man-Thing #1 written by Steve Gerber with artwork by Kevin Nowlan and cover by Arthur Adams. From the preview the series looks to be on the lighter side with a cartoonish look to it. Man-Thing grows out of comic book stores on the 4th of July. Will your comic book store be open?

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Infernal Man-Thing #1, coming this July! From legendary creators Kevin Nowlan and the late, great Steve Gerber comes the highly-anticipated supernatural epic that’s 20 years in the making! When the Man-Thing resurfaces, it must solve the mystery of the “Screenplay of the Living Dead Man” – and it’s the only thing that can! It’s the story fans have been clamoring for and this July, Infernal Man-Thing #1 hits comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop!

INFERNAL MAN-THING #1 (APR120649)
Written by STEVE GERBER
Penciled by KEVIN NOWLAN
Cover by ART ADAMS
Variant Covers by GIL KANE & KEVIN NOWLAN
FOC – 6/11/12, On-Sale – 7/4/12

3-page preview: Spider-Men #2 – We must fight first!

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Marvel Comics Friday afternoon released a three-page preview of Spider-Men #2 and the cover of the second print of issue #1. This continues the crossover between the Ultimate universe and the 616 Spider-Men (Did you get all that?). Brian Michael Bendis writes Spider-Man #2 with art by Sara Pichelli. Spider-Men #1 second print hits your local comic book store on June 20th and issue two comes out the following week on June 27th, 2012.

Marvel is proud to present your first look at Spider-Men #2, by the chart-topping creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli! When Peter Parker is thrown into Miles Morales’ world, the duo begin a journey that will not only answer questions about their own identities, but also reveal the truth about a major character in the world of Spider-Man! Kick off Spider-Man’s 50th anniversary in style with double the web-slinging action in Spider-Men #2, hitting comic shops, the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this June.

SPIDER-MEN #2 (APR120606)
SPIDER-MEN #2 MARTIN VARIANT (APR120607)
SPIDER-MEN #2 PICHELLI VARIANT (APR120608)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by SARA PICHELLI
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Variant Covers by MARCOS MARTIN & SARA PICHELLI
FOC – 6/4/12, On-Sale – 6/27/12

SPIDER-MEN #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (APR128107)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by SARA PICHELLI
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
FOC – 6/4/12, On-Sale – 6/20/12

Spider-Man movie tie-ins: J. Scott Campbell’s Lizard cover

You knew it was just a matter of time before Marvel Comics released the movie tie-in covers. Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters on July 3rd, 2012. All the amazing craziness starts on June 26th with the J. Scott Campbell variant to Dan Slott’s story “No Turning Back” in Amazing Spider-Man #688 featuring the Lizard. ASM #688 art is by Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Marvel is proud to present your first look at fan favorite artist J. Scott Campbell’s variant cover to Amazing Spider-Man #688, kicking off “No Turning Back” this June! Someone has tampered with the grave of Billy Connors and it’s up to Spider-Man to hunt down one of his greatest foes: The Lizard! But Spider-Man will have his hands full when he takes on Curt Connors, AND Morbius the Living Vampire! Can Spidey handle both of these monsters before it turns into an all-out brawl? The superstar creative team of Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli bring you high stakes action and drama like no other in Amazing Spider-Man #688, swinging into comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this June.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688 (APR120615)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688 CAMPBELL LIZARD VARIANT (APR120616)
Written by DAN SLOTT
Pencils & Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Variant Cover by J SCOTT CAMPBELL
FOC – 6/4/12, On-Sale – 6/27/12

Marvel Comics just jumped the shark, WWF style! Watch this video

Marvel Comics Friday afternoon released a promotional video to promote Avengers VS. X-Men. This 2-minute video has two announcers comparing the combatants of Avengers Vs. X-Men. They even try to make some jokes along the way.

From Marvel Comics:

Take your Avengers Vs. X-Men experience to the next level with AvX Battle Center! In this very special video presentation from Marvel.com, hosts Jesse “The Gentleman” Falcon and “Mean” Jeanine Schaefer offer their take on the key battles in the biggest super hero war of all-time! First up: Captain America Vs. Cyclops! Find out what strategies these team leaders must utilize and what they need to watch out for as the combat heats up!

Who has the edge when Earth’s Mightiest Heroes take on the Children of the Atom? Be sure to stay tuned to AvX Battle Center before you place your bets and then be sure to pick up Avengers Vs. X-Men starting with issue #0 on March 28 and then grab Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 – April 3rd!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

For more on Avengers Vs X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1 (JAN120625)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, JASON AARON, MATT FRACTION, JONATHAN HICKMAN, ED BRUBAKER
Art by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Colors by LAURA MARTIN
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
FOC – 2/27/12, ON SALE – 4/3/12

Villainous Venom variants everywhere!


Monday afternoon Marvel Comics released all the Venom variant covers for the month of February 2012.

What do you think of the covers?
Do you like them?
More importantly would you buy them for more than face value?

Follow Matthew Sardo on Twitter! @comicvault

From Marvel Comics:

VENOM Infects The Marvel Universe This January!

February is going to be an action packed month for Venom, but before the insanity begins we’ve got your first look at January’s jaw dropping Venom Variants! Brought to you by some of the best artists in the industry, get ready for a unique look at your favorite Marvel heroes as they get infected by symbiotes!

Kicking off February with a bang, Venom makes unholy alliances with Red Hulk, Ghost Rider & X-23 to save Sin City, Las Vegas, from total chaos in Venom: Circle of Four. Then, just as Rick Remender and Gabriel Hardman take the reins as the new creative team of Secret Avengers, they draft Venom to the team’s lineup!

So what are you waiting for True Believer, go out and tell your retailers to make yours VENOM!

CAPTAIN AMERICA #7 (NOV110480)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #7 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110481)
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils by ALAN DAVIS
Variant Cover by MIKE PERKINS
FOC- 12/19/2011, ON SALE- 01/11/2012

DEFENDERS #2 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110489)
DEFENDERS #2 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110488)
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils by TERRY DODSON
Variant Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
FOC-12/12/2011, ON SALE- 01/4/2012

FF #14 (NOV110542)
FF #14 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110543)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Pencils by JUAN BOBILLO
Variant Cover by MICHAEL RYAN
FOC-01/2/2012, ON SALE- 01/25/2012

SECRET AVENGERS #21 (NOV110497)
SECRET AVENGERS #21 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110498)
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Pencils by STUART IMMONEN
Variant Cover by KHOI PHAM
FOC- 01/2/2012, ON SALE- 01/25/2012

VENOM #12 (NOV110533)
VENOM #12 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110534)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Pencils by LAN MEDINA
Variant Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
FOC-12/26/2011, ON SALE- 01/18/2012

WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #4 (NOV110560)
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #4 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110561)
Written by JASON AARON
Pencils by NICK BRADSHAW
Variant Cover by MARK BROOKS
FOC- 12/19/2011, ON SALE- 01/11/2012

X-MEN #23 (NOV110570)
X-MEN #23 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110571)
Written by VICTOR GISCHLER
Pencils by WILL CONRAD
Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
FOC- 12/12/2011, ON SALE- 01/4/2012