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4-page preview: FF #21 – Black Bolt returns!

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Marvel Comics Monday afternoon released a four-page preview of FF #21 written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Nick Dragotta. Black Bolt returns to Earth. FF #21 will be in your local comic book store on August 22, 2012.

Your First Look at FF #21!

Marvel is proud to present your first look at FF #21, brought to you by the superstar creative team of writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Nick Dragotta! In a stunning move that surprises everyone, Black Bolt makes the decision to return with his Inhumans back to Earth! What are his motives behind this decision? What will it mean for Marvel’s First Family, and for the Inhumans? Find out this August, in FF #21, hitting comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comic Shop.

FF #21 (JUN120658)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Penciled by NICK DRAGOTTA
Cover by MIKE CHOI
FOC – 7/30/2012, On Sale – 8/22/2012

6-page preview: Manhattan Projects #4 – The Rose Bridge

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Image Comics Monday night released a six-page preview of Manhattan Projects #4 written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Nick Pitarra. Hickman continues his quest to create great science fiction. Issue four educates your local comic book store on June 27th, 2012.

‘THE ROSE BRIDGE.’ The Life and Death of Albert Einstein. The blockbuster FEEL GOOD, BAD SCIENCE series continues in THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #4: THE ROSE BRIDGE!

4-page preview: ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #12

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Marvel Comics Thursday afternoon released a four-page preview of Ultimate Comics Ultimates #12 (that name still cracks me up). Jonathan Hickman and Sam Humphries are the writers on this slugfest featuring art by Luke Ross and Ron Garney. Ultimates #12 hits the comic book store shelves on June 27, 2012. Kaare Andrews tops the issue of with a brilliant cover.

Marvel is proud to present your first look at Ultimate Comics Ultimates #12! The war between the United States and the City rages on, as Reed Richards’ devastating attack on Washington DC has made him the most wanted man on Earth! But now that he has Tony Stark in his grasp, how long can the billionaire manage to survive in the City – without Iron Man? And with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents still after the remaining Ultimates, what will become of them and their leader, General Nick Fury? The show stopping creative team of Jonathan Hickman, Sam Humphries, Luke Ross & Ron Garney bring you the stunning answers in Ultimate Comics Ultimates #12, coming to comic shops, the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this June.

ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #12 (APR120601)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN & SAM HUMPHRIES
Penciled by LUKE ROSS & RON GARNEY
Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
FOC – 6/4/12, On-Sale – 6/27/12

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 – Cyclops has lost his mind

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2
Writer:  Jason Aaron
Art:  John Romita Jr. [Pencils], Scott Hanna [Inks], Laura Martin [Colors]

[We’ve tried our best to be as spoiler-free as possible here, but nobody’s perfect.  Read at your own risk.]

Defying Captain America’s request to take Hope Summers into custody last issue, Cyclops fired the first shot in the X-Men’s war on the Avengers against the Star-Spangled Hero himself.

As the Avengers take Utopia’s beach, Emma Frost moves Hope inside–assuming the girl, with more questions than answers regarding the Phoenix and what its return means regarding her, will stay put.  In short order, the most epic battle in comics since the end of 2008’s Secret Invasion or 2006’s Civil War commences.

Jason Aaron sets up several of the fights to take place in the accompanying Avengers Vs. X-Men: Versus mini-series beginning next week, with several moments in this issue hinting at the outcomes of those fights.  He brings Quicksilver into the fray, revealing where the son of Magneto stands in the fight (HINT:  There isn’t going to be a reunion of the original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants anytime soon), and teases the entrance of Magneto’s daughter, the Scarlet Witch, with no hint of who she’ll side with.

The highlight of this issue is arguably Aaron’s insights into the match-ups, like calling Emma Frost’s organic diamond form punching Tony Stark’s multi-billion dollar armor the “most expensive punch in history,” playing up the marital dramatics in a fight between Storm and the Black Panther, or pointing out that Wolverine is fighting against an island of characters he once called family.

This initial battle is all for naught, but it does skirt on the idea that Cyclops might potentially become a villain.  Much of what he says in this issue sounds like things reformed X-Men über-villain Magneto would say, and he does have his own Juggernaut now in Colossus.  With 10 issues to go, the only things that are certain are that several characters are bound to switch sides, Civil War-style, (Hell, it’s even teased in the Cap vs. Wolverine cover for AVX #3) and that things will spiral further out of control.

At this point, my biggest hope (aside from wanting a Cyclops villain turn) is that we at least get a Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 video game out of this in a year or two.

– Roger Riddell

Follow me on Twitter @RRiddell3 

Mike DeVivo’s take forthcoming

Alright Roger Ive Assembled here!

So, two issues into Avengers Vs. X-Men and I can say I’m underwhelmed. What I thought was largely going to be a collaborative effort in bringing two different teams and their vantage points to light has thus far turned into “Cyclops is crazy and the Avengers aren’t.” I don’t buy the angle that Cyclops is losing his mind, or that he’s taking things too far. It paints every X-Man and woman as blind sheep fighting for the cause of a crazy man. Maybe I’m rooting for the little guys, in which case i feel the X-Men are warranted to protect one of their own. The characterization feels off, especially with Cyclops and Wolverine. Again, maybe it’s because I’m in Cyclops’ camp here, but I can’t help but feel like this story feels off.

I do love John Romita Jr.’s work in this series so far. His facial work with females has improved very much. His pencils give all of the energy and intensity you’d expect between a battle of the two most recognizable factions in Marvel.  Aaron’s script does provide great narration as Avengers and X-Men beat the hell out of each other. Also, kudos for him creating the Magnetic Fastball Special. Those moments are what I’ve enjoyed about this series so far. He also gave Emma the best line in this issue reflecting the tone I think most X-Men have towards their Avenger counterparts. After Iron Man refers to Hope as “the girl,” Emma responds by telling him that the girl’s name is Hope and that they never requested help in the first place.

We get quick glimpses of Quicksilver and Wanda ,with Quicksilver rushing to join his Avengers team and Wanda walking away from her journal not joining the fight just yet. The journal by the way is called “Wanda’s Dream Journal” (slap forehead with hand) there are more than a few of these moments in this issue that make you cringe. As I said in my opinion this book hasn’t delivered the goods just yet with the story. It’s a pain to see characters like Quicksilver, who was actually  insane (anyone remember House of M?), fighting along side Avenger’s while Cyclops is characterized as a mad man losing touch with his reality.

I’m hoping next issue improves a bit and makes the reason for this fight a bit less one-sided. With the cover to issue #3 showing Cap fighting Wolverine, it will be interesting to see why he defends the X-Men after dropping down and beating up the same students he defended during Schism.  As I said, as a fight book this is fun. As an event that is supposed to change Marvel’s landscape for the next year…not so much.

– Mike DeVivo

Follow me on Twitter @pandasandrobots


 

Review: Secret #1 – Teeth, With Which To Eat – Terrorist Dentistry

Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Ryan Bodenheim
Published by Image

Standing in the line we’re aberrations
Defects in a defect’s mirror
And we’ve been here all the time real fixations
Hidden deep in the furor-
What we do is secret-secret!

We’re influential guys for the D.C.C.
We can lie so perfect
And we’ve got a party line to every call
It’s a very short circuit-
What we do is secret-secret!

– The Germs “What We Do Is Secret”

secret01_coverHome invasion. Corporate Espionage. A shooting in London. Security firm blackmail. It’s not exactly a recipe for a whizz-bang sellout first issue for a comic book. Yet here we are. Secret is off to the presses for a second printing and comics are flying off the shelf. So how does it all stand up and work?

Actually Secret is rather sublime. There’s a grand sense of power, conspiracy, government and corporate mis-deeds reflecting the age that we live in. It’s engaging in the way that it throws you off in to the deep end, to see if you can swim in the sharks. It’s the world of Michael Clayton, but with a high-priced security firm instead of a fixer. Just as you figure it all out Hickman throws a bit of a curveball at the end. It’s a small reveal, a quick glimpse at the big picture. There’s something more than just a corporate bleed-out happening. There’s something evil about all of this. They pulled out a man’s tooth and kept it and planned to do something sinister. I immediately think of voodoo or genetic manipulation, but it could all very well be symbolic. Maybe they pulled out his fake cyanide-filled tooth so he can’t kill himself. That could point to some rather nasty business. Anyways, it’s always hard to figure out what to make of clues like this with a first issue, it’s a big speculation dart-board at this point.. Just have to wait and see if the diabolical dentistry amounts to anything substantially disturbing.

 Secret is not without its faults however. For one, I can’t remember anybody’s name in the comic. I mean yes, I’m bad with names, but still… you need to be able to identify a character in order to feel something about them and the story. And I guess that’s the other thing. I could care less about any of the characters. The little details that brings a character to life and give them personality just aren’t there. Not yet anyways, I just don’t know them enough to form any kind of connection. I supposed we’re meant to feel sympathetic with the victim of the home invasion. He didn’t really have a “Save-the-Cat” moment where he earned it though, and frankly seemed kind of whinny and pathetic. The Security Firms goons have more fire and spark than him. They are shitheads, but at least have some kind of grit and interest. Mr. White Suit probably has some problems with violence and self-control and that could prove to be interesting. However Hickman is going to have dig deep and to get me to invest in a story about corporate douche-bags. Either a next level crazy plot (of which he is definitely capable of pulling off) or some serious character development is needed to keep me around.

Bodenheim draws an elegant Secret. He uses a modern thin line and adds depth and shadow in the coloring, in somewhat cell-shaded style. A reduced palette with two or three colors per page enhance the graphic designed nature of this book and makes it pop in a unique way. It reminds me a little of Frank Miller’s select coloring choices in his Sin City series. In this case it seems less symbolic and used more for a moody and psychological lighting effect. If you take a look at a movie like Blood Simple and you’ll get what I’m talking about. The tone and the intention of a scene are revealed in the colors used and the way it was lit. I haven’t seen Bodenheim’s previous work on A Red Mass From Mars, but his characters expressions kick ass here. The are very believable and the suit that gets his house invaded, you can see the agony and fear in his eyes. It takes a special kind of artist to pull that off . Well done sir. If there’s any weakness to his work I’d say that maybe the characters are too similar in facial appearance. Perhaps that’s why I’m having a hard time telling them apart. Of maybe that’s part of the theme ala’ American Psycho. Who do you trust when everyone is cookie-cutter clone with flimsy ethics?

There’s a lot of intrigue and mystery going on in this first set-up issue. It’ll be interesting to see if it veers off into super-science or stays in the land of conspiracy and lawfirm action. If Hickman pulls this off we could see a whole new wave Grisham-like comics popping up. As far as I know it hasn’t really been done before so I’m on board check out the first few issues at least, as this one was definitely worth my time.

 

Story 7.5
Art. 7.5

Jerry Nelson

Follow me on twitter and tell me what you think @the_hellhounds

Review: Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 – ‘Nuff Said

Avengers Vs. X-Men #1
Writer:  Brian Michael Bendis
Art:  John Romita Jr. [Pencils], Scott Hanna [Inks], Laura Martin [Colors]

After what has felt like an eternity of build-up (but was really more like just over six months), the event to end all Marvel events has finally arrived on shelves–but was all of the hype worth it?

So far, it’s a toss-up.

The premise, in case you’ve been living under a rock or reading some other company’s books, is that the Phoenix is coming to Earth and has chosen the would-be-mutant-messiah Hope Summers as its host.  Hey, she looks like Jean Grey, so who else is it gonna pick, right?  Anyhow, the Phoenix is a cosmic firebird that leaves devastation in its wake on a planetary scale wherever it goes in the Universe.  It chose Jean Grey as its host once and she almost destroyed Earth, but that’s “The Dark Phoenix” saga and you can read about that elsewhere.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 opens with the Avengers hanging around Avengers Tower doing the sorts of things you’d expect powerful people in tights to do (but not those things, sicko!) when all of a sudden, the intergalactic superhero Nova conveniently crashlands in New York City after falling from space.  He warns the Avengers that “it’s coming,” and Iron Man deduces that he’s referring to the Phoenix.  He and Captain America then brief the President on the danger.

Meanwhile, Cyclops–who has known all along that the Phoenix was on its way back–is training Hope and trying to prepare her in the hope that she’ll be able to control its power when it does return.  This entire conflict centers around the Avengers’ belief that the Phoenix will use Hope Summers as its vessel to try to destroy the world again versus Scott’s belief that if Hope can somehow control the Phoenix’s power, then she can undo the “no more mutants” spell that Scarlet Witch decimated the mutant population with.

Scott believes that Hope is the savior of the mutant race, and he’ll stop at nothing to see her fulfill that destiny–perhaps to the point of taking things too far during his particularly ruthless training sessions.  During the time that has passed since he joined the X-Men, Magneto has pointed out that Scott is growing more and more like him than his mentor, Charles Xavier.  This trend continues here, as Magneto–watching the training from a distance–comments to Emma Frost regarding the difference between “taking it seriously” and “compulsion,” perhaps foreshadowing things to come.

Anyhow, Hope is finally pushed far enough and releases a flare of Phoenix-like energy strong enough that the Avengers notice it.  Traveling to Utopia to see about taking Hope into Avengers custody until the Phoenix situation is figured out, Captain America is greeted by a particularly hostile Cyclops.

Thus, the first shots in the battle are fired, so to speak.

Over all, this is a solid start to the event, but it is by no means perfect.  Despite being packed with action, the dialogue pulled me out of the story on a few occasions, most notably during the conversation Captain America has with Wolverine regarding the Phoenix.  Given Wolverine’s history with Jean Grey and how he felt about her, I have a hard time believing that he wouldn’t just refer to her by her first name.  Using her entire name felt a little unnatural, especially after the previous scene already established her history.

Aside from that, though, anything else I noticed here would just be nitpicking.  Bendis’ first chapter draws you in and gives new readers a primer on what’s going on, and the art here is phenomenal.  The facial expressions of everyone standing in the vicinity when the first blow of this battle is landed were perhaps the highlight of the entire issue.  Desperate times call for desperate measures, especially when your bluff is being called, and that panel alone sells that idea absolutely.

After event fatigue had fully set in following last year’s Fear Itself (which, no offense to Matt Fraction, fell short of expectations), I swore I’d never drop $3.99 an issue on another “event” book again.  Despite being highly skeptical of the idea of Avengers Vs. X-Men, I have to say I’m impressed so far and actually looking forward to where this goes from here.

STORY:  8/10
ART:  9.5/10 

FF #12 teaser image “This is what we’ve been training for.”

 

Marvel Comics released this teaser image Thursday afternoon with caption, “This Is What We’ve Been Training For.”

It looks like the kids will get into the action in FF #12 by Jonathan Hickman. Juan Bobillo brings a space-age look to the book. Look at the boots.

Follow Matthew Sardo on Twitter! @comicvault

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Jonathan Hickman Q&A photos

This was a great time! I would like to thank Elliot Serrano of the Red Eye for hosting the events. There was about 30 people on hand for a very engaging conversation with Jonathan Hickman. I personally learn about the writing process and Hickman’s goals for the next 2 years. He marches to a different beat and that is why his work stands out.

“If you’re writing a book, don’t do the same old. Be different and that is how you’ll get noticed,” says Jonathan Hickman.

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Free Comic Book Day


Free Comic Book Day update:

Two weeks from now will be the greatest day in Comic Vault history and you will be there to witness it.

The first 50 customers will get the DC exclusive Green Lantern Heroclix! Plus, everything is 20% off and all back issues are 25 cents!

Jim Terry of Lie Down Low fame has just been added to the line up of creators for the day.

There are still a few more tickets available for the Jonathan Hickman Q&A. All you have to do is buy the SHIELD HC for $19.99 to guarantee your spot. Plus, an exclusive raffle prize for those who attend.

Creator signing schedule:
12 – 4pm
Jonathan Hickman – Fantastic Four, FF, SHIELD, Secret Warriors, Nightly News, Transhuman, Red Mass from Mars and Pax Romana

11 – 1:30pm
Randy Field – Problem Town
Max Bare – Mystery Afoot
Zoran Gvojic – Mystery Afoot
Jim Terry – Lie Down Low
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1:30 – 4pm
Mike Moreci – Quarinted, Hoax Hunters
Dave Losso – Great Sandwich Detective
Tom Stillwell – Toy Boy
Tom Kelly – Will eat Dave Losso
Brian Crowley – Hamster Rage
.
3pm
Creator Death Match
Tom Kelly vs Dave Losso
The first one to draw to the middle wins!

7 – 9pm
Jonathan Hickman Q&A hosted by Elliot Serrano Red Eye’s Geek To Me
Special Raffle prize for those in attendance!

It is the end of the month and that means everything is coming out this week! 4-28-11

DC
ACTION COMICS #900 (NOTE PRICE) $5.99
Written by Paul Cornell.
Superman returns to ACTION COMICS just in time for the title’s historic 900th issue, which clocks in at 100 pages! Everything Paul Cornell and Pete Woods have been building to over the last year culminates here in the ultimate Superman vs. Lex Luthor battle! But that’s not all – this story will lay the grounds for an insanely epic story coming out this summer in the pages of ACTION! Plus, an incredible roster of guest talent help us celebrate this landmark issue, including the screenwriter of The Dark Knight, David Goyer; famed Superman: The Movie director Richard Donner; the co-creator of Lost, Damon Lindelof; and the creative team behind the hit DC UNIVERSE ONLINE game!

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AMERICAN VAMPIRE #14 (MR)
BATMAN INCORPORATED #5
BATMAN INCORPORATED #5 VAR ED $20.00
BRIGHTEST DAY #24 (NOTE PRICE) $4.99
Written by Peter J. Tomasi, Geoff Johns.
A new age for the DC Universe begins! A long shadow is cast across the world in a a finale that will have everyone talking! Twelve heroes and villains were resurrected, but that doesn’t mean it will remain that way as the new champion of Earth is chosen!

BRIGHTEST DAY #24 VAR ED (NOTE PRICE) $20.00
DC COMICS PRESENTS NIGHT FORCE #1
DETECTIVE COMICS #876
FLASH #11 (FLASHPOINT)
Written by Geoff Johns, Francis Manapul.
The road to FLASHPOINT is paved with good intentions, but the Flash is about to learn the truth behind those good intentions – and the secret of Hot Pursuit!

FLASH #11 VAR ED (FLASHPOINT) $20.00
GREEN ARROW #11 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
GREEN ARROW #11 VAR ED (BRIGHTEST DAY) $10.00
GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #9 (WAR OF GL)
GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #9 VAR ED (WAR OF GL) $20.00
JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #24 (BD) (NOTE PRICE) $4.99
Written by Aaron Lopresti, Judd Winick.
DC’s bi-weekly JUSTICE LEAGUE reaches its shocking conclusion! The final battle is here! But who will be the victor?

JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #24 VAR ED (BD) (NOTE PRICE) $10.00
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #50 (NOTE PRICE) $4.99
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #50 VAR ED $8.00
NEW YORK FIVE #4 (OF 4) (MR)
SCALPED #48 (MR)
WONDER WOMAN #610
WONDER WOMAN #610 VAR ED $15.00
XOMBI #2

INDY
AMORY WARS KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH 3 #10 (OF 12)
ANGEL #44
CONAN ROAD OF KINGS #4 (OF 6)
DANGER GIRL ARMY OF DARKNESS #1
DOCTOR SOLAR MAN OF ATOM #6
ECHOES #5 (OF 5) (MR) (NOTE PRICE) $3.99
GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #2
GORE #2 (OF 12) (MR)
HAUNT #15 (RES)
INCORRUPTIBLE #17
LOCKE & KEY KEYS TO THE KINGDOM #6 (OF 6)
MARINEMAN #5
MISSION #3
MORNING GLORIES #9
Written by Joe Eisma, Nick Spencer.
Since the detention issue, readers have been asking: What happened to Jun that fateful night he sneaked out of the dorms? And who was that he ran into? The answer to these questions and more in this action-packed, reveal-heavy chapter!

PLANET OF THE APES #1
Written by Carlos Magno.
Get your hands on these damn dirty Apes! Beginning an all-new series that takes place before the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie in the continuity of the first five films! Ape society has reached a new golden age. But there are ripples of dissent in both the ape and human ranks. Tensions will rise and soon all will be caught in chaos! And amidst all this uncertainty, what is the fate of The Lawgiver? Written by award-winning novelist Daryl Gregory!

RASL #10 (MR)
STAN LEE TRAVELER #6
STAR WARS DARTH VADER & LOST COMMAND #4 (OF 5) (C: 1-0-0)
STAR WARS LEGACY WAR #5 (OF 6) (C: 1-0-0)
STRANGE CASE OF MR HYDE #1 (OF 4)
SUICIDE GIRLS #1 (OF 4) (MR)
TRANSFORMERS 3 MOVIE PREQUEL FOUNDATION #3 (OF 4)
TRUE BLOOD TAINTED LOVE #3 (MR)
TUROK SON OF STONE #2
VELOCITY #4 (OF 4)
WALKING DEAD #84 (MR)
Written by Charlie Adlard, Robert Kirkman, Cliff Rathburn.
Mature Readers
NO WAY OUT concludes. Could this be the end?

WARLORD OF MARS #6

MAGS
MARVEL PREVIEWS MAY 2011 EXTRAS
PREVIEWS #272 MAY 2011

MARVEL
AGE OF X UNIVERSE #2 (OF 2)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #659 BIG
Written by Stefano Caselli, Dan Slott.
CLASSIFIED! 40 PGS.

ANITA BLAKE CIRCUS OF DAMNED INGENUE #3 (OF 5) (MR)
ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN WOLVERINE ANOTHER FINE MESS #1
AVENGERS #12 POINT ONE
CAPTAIN AMERICA #617
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DEADPOOL #36
DRACULA COMPANY OF MONSTERS #9
FF #2
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FF #2 THOR GOES HOLLYWOOD HORN VAR $10.00
INCREDIBLE HULKS #627
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MIGHTY THOR #1
Written by Olivier Coipel, Matt Fraction.
It’s a shining, golden, new age for the Thunder God and Matt Fraction and Olivier Coipel are back to lead the charge! Thor and Sif dive deep into the heart of the fractured World Tree to reclaim an artifact from beyond time and space, an artifact that attracts the attention of the Silver Surfer. And when a herald such as he arrives on Earth, the arrival of his master is certain to follow. Prepare for the return of the World Eater…prepare for the return of Galactus! Fans can’t miss an all new behind the scenes look at the highly anticipated major motion picture with a sneak peek at some of the art! 32 PGS.

MIGHTY THOR #1 BLANK VAR
MIGHTY THOR #1 CHAREST VAR $40.00
MIGHTY THOR #1 MOVIE VAR $10.00
MIGHTY THOR #1 SIMONSON VAR $20.00
MIGHTY THOR SAGA #1
NAMOR FIRST MUTANT #9
NEW MUTANTS #24 AGEX
ORSON SCOTT CARDS SPEAKER FOR DEAD #4 (OF 5)
OSBORN #5 (OF 5) BIG
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #4 (OF 5)
RUSE #2 (OF 4)
SECRET AVENGERS #12
SECRET AVENGERS #12 POINT ONE
SECRET AVENGERS #12 THOR GOES HOLLYWOOD VAR $10.00
SPIDER-GIRL #6 BIG
THOR ASGARDS AVENGER #1
THUNDERSTRIKE #5 (OF 5)
TOMB OF DRACULA PRESENTS THRONE OF BLOOD #1
UNCANNY X-MEN #536
VENOM #2
Written by Tony Moore, Rick Remender.
A mysterious super villain has weaponized Antarctic. Vibranium to sell to dictators, madmen and terrorists across the globe. To stop this WMD, the US military unleashes the enhanced black ops agent Venom! First stop on his hunt: The Savage Land! But who’s hunting whom? Venom soon discovers that death stalks these jungles; Kraven the Hunter stalks these jungles! Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force, Punisher) and Tony Moore (Punisher, The Walking Dead) give you ringside seats to the grittiest, down-and-dirtiest brawl of the year! Venom vs. Kraven the Hunter! 32 PGS.

X-23 #9
X-23 #9 THOR GOES HOLLYWOOD VAR $10.00
X-MEN #10
X-MEN #10 BACHALO VAR $20.00
X-MEN #10 THOR GOES HOLLYWOOD VAR $10.00

TOYS
MARVEL SELECT THOR MOVIE AF $21.99
MARVEL SELECT THOR MOVIE LOKI AF $21.99
MARVEL UNIVERSE AF ASST 201103 $10.99 EACH
MASS EFFECT SER 1 BALANCED ONE THIRD CASE ASST (NET)
PUNISHER MESSENGER BAG $29.99

TRADE
30 DAYS OF NIGHT TP VOL 09 BEYOND BARROW
BLACKEST NIGHT GREEN LANTERN HC
BULLETPROOF COFFIN TP (MR)
DOOMWAR TP
FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 04
FLASH REBIRTH TP
I WILL BITE YOU AND OTHER STORIES GN
INVINCIBLE TP VOL 14 VILTRUMITE WAR
RUNAWAYS TP VOL 02 TEENAGE WASTELAND DIGEST NEW PTG
SANDMAN TP VOL 05 A GAME OF YOU NEW ED (MR)
TOYS I/T BASEMENT HC
WORMWOOD GENTLEMAN CORPSE TP VOL 01 (MR)
X-MEN GOD LOVES MAN KILLS TP NEW PTG

Free Comic Book Day Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Free Comic Book Day with author Jonathan Hickman, the man who killed the Human Torch.

Chicago, Illinois – April 19, 2011 – The Chicago Comic Vault is hosting Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7th from 11am to 6pm. There will be free comics for the public (limit 3 per person). Jonathan Hickman the writer of the Fantastic Four and the man who killed Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch, will be signing autographs from 12 to 4pm. This is a family friendly event and admission is free and open to the public. The Comic Vault is located at 1530 West Montrose on the corner of Montrose and Ashland. Public transportation is just 2 blocks away.

“Jonathan Hickman is a great writer and his star is on the rise! We are lucky to get him to Chicago before he gets too big.” – Matthew Sardo, owner of the Comic Vault.

There will also be ten local creators on hand signing and sketching from 11am to 4pm. Chicago has a very rich community of comic book creators and Free Comic Book Day is the best time for local creators to reach the most people and develop loyal fans.

“I’m honored once again to end my Free Comic Book Day World Tour at my favorite shop. Even more honored to be included in such an amazingly talented lineup.” – Dave Losso, creator of the Great Sandwich Detective.

The Comic Vault located in the Uptown neighborhood has established itself as more than a store but a community. The Comic Vault has recently been recognized for its effort by being featured on ESPN, Fox Chicago and Comcast Sports Net Plus. Plus, the Comic Vault has been nominated for The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award in 2009 & 2010, presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International: San Diego, is given to an individual retailer who has done an outstanding job of supporting the comics art medium both in the community and within the industry at large.

Contact:
Matthew Sardo
sardo@chicagocomicvault.com
1530 West Montrose
Chicago, IL 60613
773.728.2001
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New Comic for the Week of 3-24-11 (DC vs. Marvel)

FF #1
Written by Steve Epting, Jonathan Hickman.
It’s the FANTASTIC first issue of FF! A bold new direction for Marvel’s First Family featuring new members, old friends, older enemies and uneasy alliances that will send shockwaves through the Marvel Universe. With stunning art work by Steve Epting and Paul Mounts, please join writer, Jonathan Hickman, on the second massive arc in the bold new direction for the ‘World’s Greatest Comic Magazine.’

Green Lantern (2005) #64
Written by Christian Alamy, Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke.
‘War of the Green Lanterns’ ignites with part 1 of the blockbuster event that’ll burn into the summer! A malevolent force has usurped control over all the power batteries, leaving the Corps powerless except for a select few members. Now it’s up to Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Sinestro to regain control – but can these warriors overcome their differences in time to save the universe?

Batman Incorporated #4
Written by Grant Morrison, Yanick Paquette.
Superstar writer Grant Morrison and artist Yanick Paquette have sent The Dark Knight on a trip to Japan and Argentina, but now Batman’s taking a brief breather back in his home base of Gotham City for a team-up with Batwoman! And don’t miss the first issue of BATWOMAN’s new monthly series, on sale this month!

Journey into Mystery (Thor) #620.1
Written by Dan Abnett, Mark Brooks, Andy Lanning.
Special POINT ONE issue. START READING with this Point One issue. The nefarious Grey Gargoyle, on a quest for immortality, sets out to attain godhood in Asgard. Thor, god of Thunder, must end Gargoyle’s rampage! Witness an epic showdown between the Prince of Asgard and the dreaded villain with the power to turn his enemies to stone! But, can even the Mighty Thor defend the Golden City, and how will this battle impact Asgard for ages to come? Find out here!

Continue reading New Comic for the Week of 3-24-11 (DC vs. Marvel)

Spider-Man Joins the FF

There is no more Fantastic Four, so just what is the FF? This March, the creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting present the over-sized FF #1, introducing the biggest new super hero team of the century! After the death of The Human Torch, the surviving members of the Fantastic Four—Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman and The Thing—join with Spider-Man and some top secret members to form an unstoppable force: The Future Foundation. Their mission is simple: Save the Marvel Universe from its greatest threats and prevent future dangers from arising. But even with knowledge of what’s to come and one of the most powerful teams ever assembled, just what villainous force could stand in their way?

“FF will alter the very fabric of the Marvel Universe,” explained Tom Brevoort, Senior Vice President of Publishing. “Jonathan and Steve have crafted a unique, powerful new series that’s going to surprise a lot of fans with its combination of mind-blowing ideas and visuals.”

The perfect jumping on point for new readers, FF #1 begins a battle for the future of the Marvel Universe unlike anything you’ve ever seen before and no fan can afford to miss it!

FF #1 (JAN110748)

Character designs by Marko Djurdjevic
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Pencils and Cover by STEVE EPTING
Variant Cover by DANIEL ACUNA
Variant Cover by STAN GOLDBERG
Character Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Fantastic Four 50th Anniversary Variant by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Blank Cover Also Available
Rated A…$3.99
FOC – 2/28/11, On Sale 3/23/11