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Professor Xavier Makes The Ultimate Sacrifice in Avengers VS. X-Men #11, On-Sale Now! 

New York, NY—September 12th, 2012—In the move that shocked and saddened comic book fans worldwide, beloved super hero Professor Charles Xavier meets his demise today in Avengers VS. X-Men #11. In the penultimate chapter of the biggest comic book story in 2012, superstar creators Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel rally the forces of the Marvel Universe against the final two members of the seemingly all-powerful Phoenix Five—Cyclops and Emma Frost. But as this epic battle rages, Cyclops makes a decision that not only takes the life of the man who formed the X-Men and raised him like a son, but that also may damn both the Avengers and the X-Men!

“When we first crafted Avengers VS. X-Men, we didn’t set out to kill any characters but as the story progressed it became obvious that this had to be the last stand of Charles Xavier”, said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “He’s one of my favorite characters and while like all fans I’m sad to see him perish, both Brian and Olivier deliver a powerful, dramatic conclusion to his story. Rest assured his death will reverberate across the Marvel Universe, leading into major launches like Uncanny Avengers and All-New X-Men this fall.”

Then, on October 3rd, the dramatic conclusion to the series arrives in Avengers VS X-Men #12, as the remaining Marvel super heroes launch their final assault on the Phoenix Five and the force that threatens to consume all of reality. Once this battle ends, nothing with be the same for the Avengers, the X-Men or anyone else in the Marvel Universe.

Plus, Join the Marvel ReEvolution as Marvel brings fans even more value to their comics reading experience. Every issue of Avengers VS. X-Men comes packaged with a code for a FREE digital copy on the Marvel Comics app and with exclusive, behind the scenes extras via the Marvel AR app powered by Aurasma.

Don’t forget to get your copy of Avengers VS. X-Men #11, the comic everyone’s talking about, on sale now in comic shops everywhere, on theMarvel Comics app, and the all-new Marvel Comics Webstore!

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

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #11 (JUL120528)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Penciled by OLIVIER COIPEL

Cover by JIM CHEUNG

ON SALE NOW

 

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #12 (JUL120535)

Written by JASON AARON

Penciled by ADAM KUBERT

Cover by JIM CHEUNG

ON SALE – 10/3/12

 

3-page preview: Hawkeye #2

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Marvel Comics released a three-page preview of Hawkeye #2 written by Matt Fraction with art by David Aja. Hawkeye #2 will be in your local comic book store on September 5, 2012.

Your First Look at HAWKEYE #2!

Marvel is proud to present your first look at Hawkeye #2, brought to you by the superstar creative team of Matt Fraction and David Aja! The Arrowed Avenger is back on his feet and hitting the Marvel Universe to prove once and for all that he’s worthy of the title of Avenger! But he won’t be going it alone, as fellow archer hero Kate Bishop fights by his side!

The critics have spoken, Hawkeye is a hit!

“9 out of 10” –Newsarama

“One of the best and most interesting superhero books on stands.” –Comic Book Resources

“Simply gorgeous to behold.” –iFanboy

“I can’t wait for the next chapter. “ –IGN

“A fun, unpredictable ride, which handles the Marvel Universe from a perspective which we haven’t seen before.” –The Beat

“This is a series that needs to be read.” –ComicVine

“Solid.” – ComicsAlliance

Actions, guns, and double the arrow-slinging conflicts await in Hawkeye #2, hitting the bullseye in comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comic Shop this September.

HAWKEYE #2 (JUL120588)
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils and Cover by DAVID AJA
FOC – 8/13/2012, On Sale – 9/5/2012

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

Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon goes “Die Hard” with Brian Micheal Bendis

Marvel Comics release a clip of Ultimate Spider-Man from an upcoming episode “For Your Eyes Only” written by Brian Micheal Bendis.

Grab the family and bond over this Sunday’s brand new episode of Ultimate Spider-Man inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD! Written by Brian Michael Bendis, “For Your Eye Only” is most action-packed super spy episode yet. Plus, keep an eye out for nods to other fan favorite film franchises, shaken AND stirred throughout the episode… and this trailer!

Spider-Ham returns to #SDCC


Marvel Comics late Friday afternoon release a clip from the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. The footage consisted of Loki turning Spider-Man into Spider-HAM! More details will be revealed at the Marvel Television Presents San Diego Comic-Con panel (Saturday July 14 at 10:30am in Room 6BCF).

Get a first look of what’s to come at the Marvel Television Presents San Diego Comic-Con panel (Saturday July 14 at 10:30am in Room 6BCF), as Loki gets revenge on Spider-Man by turning him into a pig — AKA Spider-Ham! Join Head of Marvel TV, Jeph Loeb, for a screening of this never-before-seen hilarious Ultimate Spider-Man episode, plus get news and exclusives from across the animated Marvel Universe.

Marvel reboots NOW, but now means October


Marvel Comics Thursday morning announced a reboot of the current universe after the events of Avengers vs. X-Men. This reboot wasn’t much of a secret and now leads to speculation of how AvsX ends and the return of Jean Grey. What strikes me as odd, is why Marvel is announcing it now and not waiting a week to make a grand spectacle at Comic-Con. Also, a teaser image was released as well with character redesigns yet again. Instead of redesigning existing characters why doesn’t Marvel create new characters?

The Future of Comics is Marvel NOW!
Top Comic Book Series ReEvolve With All New #1 Issues Beginning October 2012

New York. NY—July 6, 2012— The most popular characters. The most acclaimed creators. The most ambitious stories. This is Marvel NOW!.

This Fall, the Marvel Universe heads in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes– Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more– to deliver all-new ongoing series, each beginning with issue #1! Marvel NOW! is the culmination of Marvel ReEvolution, the groundbreaking new initiative to evolve the comic book experience through innovation.

It kicks off in October’s Uncanny Avengers #1, from the superstar dream team of Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force, Venom) and John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Captain America) and continues with jaw-dropping new Marvel NOW! series nearly every week through February.

“There’s never been a better time to check out comics than Marvel NOW!” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “This isn’t a reboot or a reimagining—Marvel NOW! is all about looking forward, building on our rich history of great stories and delivering new ideas.”

In Uncanny Avengers #1, the Avengers and X-Men must join forces to overcome the greatest challenge either team has ever faced, one so devastating that neither can afford to do it alone! Can Captain America’s newly assembled team find a way to peacefully co-exist while also dealing with the game-changing repercussions of Avengers VS X-Men?

Then in November, Marvel NOW! expands to all corners of the universe with launches including All-New X-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers VS. X-Men, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) and Stuart Immonen (Avengers VS. X-Men #1 Infinite, Fear Itself); Avengers #1 by Jonathan Hickman (Avengers VS X-Men, Fantastic Four) and Jerome Opena (Uncanny X-Force), on-sale in December; and New Avengers #1, by Hickman and Steve Epting (FF, Captain America), on-sale in January 2013.

“We brought fans the biggest comic book event imaginable in Avengers VS. X-Men and now we’re taking the Marvel Universe to an exciting new place, beginning with Uncanny Avengers #1,” said Tom Brevoort, SVP, Executive Editor, Marvel Entertainment. “If you’re a long-time fan, all the stories you’ve read will give you even more enjoyment of what’s happening now—we’re not abandoning our past. But if you’re a new reader, this is where you’re going to learn just why Marvel comics are unlike anything else you’ve ever read. And no character is left unaffected by Marvel NOW!.”

Every comic book bearing the Marvel NOW! branding includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue #1 of Marvel NOW! series features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

“This is the natural next step of the Marvel ReEvolution, as we evolve every facet of Marvel publishing,” explained Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer, Marvel Entertainment. “You’ve seen us craft new digital storytelling formats like Marvel Infinite Comics and bring added value to our comics with Marvel AR. Now our print comics leap into the future with a cinematic new look for our covers, exciting new designs for our biggest characters and stories that will send you on the kind of journey you can only get at Marvel.”

This October, “Join The ReEvolution” as Marvel NOW! kicks off with Uncanny Avengers #1, ushering in a new era for comics and the perfect jumping on point for new readers. The biggest creators bring you the biggest characters in the biggest stories…and it’s happening NOW!

To commemorate the historic release of Uncanny Avengers #1 on Wednesday, October 10th, participating retailers can host special advance release parties the night before! That’s right, you can experience the biggest new series launch of the year on Tuesday, October 9th at select retailers, who’ll also have limited edition giveaways exclusive to these events.

Marvel TV invades Comic-Con

Marvel Television Tuesday afternoon announced that they will premiere footage of “Avengers Assemble” and “Marvel Mash-Up” featuring “Hulk and the Agents of Smash” at Comic-Con this year. The Marvel Television Presents panel is on Saturday, July 14 at 10:30am in Room 6BCF.

Marvel Television Unveils Historic “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” First Look & More At Comic Con International in San Diego!

Next week, Marvel Television returns to Comic Con International in San Diego and they’re coming with the biggest Super Hero television exclusives of the summer! Join Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, for the Marvel Television Presents panel as he unveils the world premiere first look at Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, the most anticipated new animated super hero series of 2013! Plus, check out an all-new Marvel Mash-Up featuring the Fantastic Four, experience Hulk and The Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and watch a full, all-new episode of Ultimate Spider-Man before it airs on Disney XD! You’ll also learn what’s coming next in the world of Marvel Knights Animation…and it’s astonishing!

Fans attending this panel will also receive one of the limited edition Ultimate Spider-Man button, available only at this panel and while supplies last!

“Marvel Universe on Disney XD has been a huge success thanks to our devoted fans and we want to make sure they get the first look at the future of Marvel Television,” explained Loeb. “And if you’re not a Marvel fan yet, I promise you’ll be one after we’re done showing you all this cool animation!”

The Marvel Television Presents panel is on Saturday, July 14 at 10:30am in Room 6BCF. Please note that no video or audio recording equipment may be used at this panel during any time.

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

Ultimate Spider-Man Behind-The-Scenes Clip

Marvel Comics Thursday afternoon after the Mets game released an Ultimate Spider-Man Behind-The-Scenes Clip. Sunday’s episode of Ultimate Spider-Man features a team-up with Wolverine and the writing talents of Brian Michael Bendis.

From Marvel comics:
This weekend, Marvel Television and Disney XD offer up a very special Father’s Day gift everyone will love …. a brand new episode of Ultimate Spider-Man featuring Wolverine! Acclaimed comic writer Brian Michael Bendis takes his story from page to screen as Spidey and Logan team up and freak out when they mysteriously switch brains! Check out this behind-the-scenes interview with Steve Blum, the voice of Wolverine, as he talks about what it’s like to be Spider-Man for a day.

This brand new episode kicks off the Ultimate Father’s Day Marathon at 11am/10c inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD. Celebrate the day with YOUR hero and six back-to-back episodes of the hit animated series. Plus, check out http://MarvelKids.com/Dads for ways to incorporate your favorite Marvel Universe characters into the day’s events.

Stop the wedding! Astonishing X-Men #51: 4-page preview

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Marvel Comics Wednesday afternoon released a four-page preview of Astonishing X-Men #51 written by Marjorie Liu with art by Mike Perkins. This issue features the wedding between Northstar and Kyle. Astonishing X-Men #51 will ring the chapel bells on June 20th, 2012. Check out this issue featured on ABC’s The View.

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at the hotly anticipated wedding of the year in Astonishing X-Men #51! From New York Times best-sellers Marjorie Liu and Mike Perkins, Astonishing X-Men #51 features a who’s who of the Marvel Universe including some guests that may surprise you! Not only does this unforgettable issue feature covers by Dustin Weaver and Marko Djurdjevic, along with a special “Create Your Own Wedding” blank variant cover by Phil Noto, but select comic book retailers nationwide will host wedding parties at their stores to celebrate this joyous occasion! It’s the story that has everyone talking, and this June – witness Northstar and Kyle tie the knot, in Astonishing X-Men #51!

Plus! Head on over to Marvel.com to catch a very special episode of This Week In Marvel podcast, featuring Astonishing X-Men artist Mike Perkins!

ASTONISHING X-MEN #51 (APR120665)
Written by MARJORIE LIU
Art by MIKE PERKINS
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER
Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Create Your Own Wedding Variant by PHIL NOTO
Rated T+ …$3.99
On-Sale—6/20/12

Moon Knight #12 – That’s A Wrap, Khonshu

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Alex Maleev
Colors by: Matt Hollingsworth
Lettering by: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover by: Alex Maleev

Moon-Knight_12Moon Knight comes to its logical conclusion this issue. While there might not be many surprises or big oh-shit moment’s in this final send-off, it end’s on a solid note. Snap Dragon is in police custody and is dangled as bait for Count Nerfaria. The trap is set and the Count goes for it hook, line and sinker. Nefaria pulls a Terminator and blasts the L.A. police precint well into next week. Also he rather brilliantly let’s the cat out of the bag that he’s been bribing the police commissioner. He’s gig to fuck him up for not taking care of Snap Dragon before she ratted him out. Moon Knight misses his cue a bit and swoops down on the scene rather late. Nefaria has already disintegrated a few people by the time Moony comes to the rescue. That’s what I love about Marc Spector, even in his last issue he’s remains a flawed crazy fuck-up.The final showdown is a gritty powers vs. weapons kind of brawl. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from these two sluggers, however I felt it could have been taken up a notch. How epic would it have been on a LA set piece rather than a percent office. Just my two cents, but it’s the last battle, the last issue of the series, why not give it a pretty setting. Anyways, Moon Knight has a shrewd Ultron-sized trump card up his sleeve, so you all should check it out and see how it plays out. It’s a slick and effective way tame the ruckus and put Nefaria in his place.

The whole point of the this series seems to be to plant the seed for the Ultron War. The last page confirms this as Bendis let’s you know that Moon Knight will return in “The Age Of Ultron.” Not as cool of a name as Ultron War, I know, but still I foresee that being a bad-ass series. When people as me about this series, the way I always describe it is it’s like a deep cut on your favorite record. Growing up I listen to a lot of Black Sabbath, and the first record that I owned, or rather stole from my old man’s collection was Volume 4. That whole record is practically deep cuts. On one hand you have powerhouse dirges like Supernaut, Snowblind, Wheels of Confusion, on the other you have small intimate tunes and experimentations like FX, Laguna Sunrise and Changes. These demonstrate a soft, orchestral approach and a departure from their trademark style. I think that there is some distinct parallels between the two. Now, I’m not going to call Moon Knight the Volume 4 of the comic book world. That would be insane and heresy. But perhaps it is  the Volume 4 of Brian Michael Bendis’s and Maleev’s Marvel tenure. There’s a lot of story meat that has Bendis signature style of ridiculous super-powered combat, smart-ass dialogue, insults, and snappy come-backs. However there are some softer moments as well. The short-lived fling with Echo. The tired and disappointing failures of Marc Spector. The small reflective conversations with his assistant Buck Lime from S.H.I.E.L.D. Then there’s some completely out of the box experimental shit, like the Avenger’s personality war inside his head. The death of some of the personalities and the also the acquisition of new one’s in some sort soul absorbing way that alludes to the possibility that this actually part of Moon Knight’s power set.\Maleev’s contribution to Moon Knight was is similar to his work on Daredevil. He added that grimy and almost xeroxed inking style. L.A. was rendered like it had been dragged through the Labrea tar pits. It added gravity, mood, and raw texture to the simplest of scenes. The photo references which Maleev heavily relied on for work on Spider Woman are minimized here. There’s a more naturally art-class approach. That’s not to say that some reference wasn’t used, as it obviously was, but it’s more interpreted and stylized rather than a straight replication. Hollingsworth colors added a lot to this series and really tried to make it sing L.A. Noir. Dirty broken neon signs, blood-stained dusk, smog drenched colors, with pockets of hot saturation; Hollingsworth lights the stage Maleev set like hardboiled detective movie being screened in the back of porno shop. It’s skeevvy, slutty and very much L.A. And that’s a good thing.

I like this journey of Marc Spector working on his “Legends of the Khonshu” TV show only to have it cancelled after waging a long and costly war with the kingpin of L.A. It was a fitting end. I feel like I finally have a grasp of his character after this series. This fractured hero tries to figure what’s going on is his head and redeems himself in his eyes and those of his peers as well. Yeah, he’s a fuck-up, but in a lovable way. More importantly he’s not an emo loser. He doesn’t give up and never says dies, although he can be really tempted to at times. Spector fly by the seat of his pants and rolls with the punches as best he can. He goes over the edge sometime, but always seems to pop back over to sanity. I’m sure in a lot of way’s it how people with real mental illness act. Besides that it’s one of the more engaging stories that Bendis has told. You can really just lose yourself in the story because of how decompressed and natural the flow is. The realism just makes engrossing and entertaining. It’s a shame this didn’t see more ground-swell support, because Bendis did to Moon Knight, what Brubaker did to Iron Fist… he took a C-string character and gave him A-string development. Nicely done. I look forward to the “Age of Ultron.”

 

Story: 9
Art: 8
Jerry Nelson

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#AvX-Who is gonna die?

All right, Marvel’s big event is here. Finally, we get the comic event of the summer. Yes, it’s Avengers vs. X-Men! Marvel does love these things, as do many fans. But, when there is an “event” of this magnitude in the Marvel Universe, we all know somebody is going to bite the dust. But who is it going to be and how big?

The obvious choice is Cyclops. He has been quite the jackass lately, and after all, he’s the leader of the X crew and his death would certainly change the future of at least the X-Men on Utopia. Is he too big a character to fall? Perhaps. Iron Fist is a name that keeps popping up in some conversations. This is a possibility because Iron Fist gets involved in the Phoenix Force in some of the tie-in issues. I don’t see it. He just isn’t a big enough name. Captain America? Oh yea, been there, done that. Could it be that finally the Scarlet Witch gets snuffed out after all the shit she’s pulled? Nah, too obvious. Folks, whoever gets knocked-off has to be big, just not too big. So who is it going to be?

Here are a few ideas. Ben Grimm, The ever lovin’ blue eyed Thing, has been in the background for many years, and this may be the send-off he deserves. Look at his fight card for AvX! He fights Colossus and Namor? The problem is, Johnny Storm died not too long ago and another FF death may just kill the comic. Nope, not gonna happen. Hmm, let’s see. Storm? Nah. Dr. Strange? No way. Red Hulk? Possible, but no.

The characters in the Marvel Universe that are big enough to have an impact but are not big enough to affect the movie franchises could be these three folks. Protector, Emma Frost, or Hope. Yes, Protector is a minor hero, but it’s just a gut feeling (are they willing to kill off two heroes?) Hope is obvious. She is gonna be the host and it’s already killed off Jean. But it just doesn’t make sense to rub out the “Mutant Messiah”. Emma Frost is the most logical character to die. Why? This could be how Marvel sets Cyclops in a new direction. Also, she has a loyal convention follow that would make the X-Men panels insane. What a shame, she is such a babe.

As a fan you just hope that the crew over at Marvel does it right and actually lets whoever it is die in peace, not for a year, but for good. It will have more of an impact if it’s permanent. So, if it’s Emma. She’s big, but not too big. Rest in peace, White Queen.

Review: Wolverine #303 – ‘Back In Japan’ Concludes!

Wolverine #303
Writer: Jason Aaron
Art: Billy Tan, Steve Sanders, and Paco Diaz [Art]; Matt Miller, Sotocolors, Jim Charalampidis, and Rachelle Rosenberg [Color]

Wolverine’s return to Japan has not been without incident. As a matter of fact, the trail of carnage could probably stretch across at least one of the nation’s islands.

Azuma Goda, head of one of the many branches of Hand ninja (Seriously, the Kingpin and Norman Osborn both have their own small armies of these guys), has masterminded a plan to eliminate the Yakuza and sparked a gang war in the process. Goda is also behind the yet-to-be-explained resurrection of Wolverine’s arch-nemesis Sabretooth and has also enlisted the help of Mystique.

Kidnapping Shin, the new Silver Samurai and boyfriend of Wolverine’s adopted daughter Amiko, Goda lured Logan and his former ninja girlfriend Yukio to the cave of the Mind Ninja. Here, Logan was caught in hallucinations and forced to resort to his baser animal instincts, slaughtering the ninja and being tricked into a compromising situation by Mystique. Meanwhile, Goda was able to coerce the new Silver Samurai into working for the hand.

As issue #303 opens, Wolverine is taking out the remainder of Goda’s ninjas in some Tokyo back alley and Mystique is ensuring that Shin eliminates the remainder of the Yakuza bosses. Goda explains his endgame to Sabretooth, which involves faking his death to become “invisible” in the ninjutsu sense, because the deadliest villains are those you never see.

Unfortunately, Goda underestimates Sabretooth–a mistake that quickly spirals into the arc’s conclusion.

As the second-to-last issue in Jason Aaron’s nearly-flawless run on Wolverine, this story continues to pack in the ultra-violence and kung fu b-movie homages of the previous three issues while reestablishing Sabretooth as the greatest threat to Logan. Aaron also seems to be leaving a lot of leeway to his successor, Cullen Bunn–particularly as it pertains to Wolverine’s current girlfriend Melina Garner, who was introduced at the beginning of Aaron’s run.

The art in this issue is once again done by a large team of artists, but it remains mostly unnoticeable between chapters with the exception of the art in the opening pages having a somewhat more visceral, gritty feel than the rest of the issue.

Overall, “Back In Japan” is a fun ride. I feel like I need to give the entire story another read-through to get the full picture, as two to three weeks between issues can do a lot to impact your ability to appreciate a story of this scope, but this story succeeds just for managing to pack in a little something for every Wolverine fan.

STORY: 9/10
ART: 8.5/10

Update: Spider-Men #1 – Amazing/Ultimate Spider-Man cross over





Worlds will collide in June when Brian Michael Bendis teams-up Miles Morales from the Ultimate Universe and your friendly neighborhood Peter Parker from the 616 Universe for Spider-Men #1.

“This June – history will be made for the Marvel Universe,” from the Marvel press release Friday morning.

Marvel Comics has released two teaser images for Spider-Men and both combine symbols from both universes. Sara Pichelli is the artist on the book and she currently works on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man which created the Mile Morales character. This work be a ground breaking crossover for Marvel Comics that would translate into massive sales.

SPIDER-MEN

This June – history will be made for the Marvel Universe.

SPIDER-MEN #1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by SARA PICHELLI
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
ON SALE THIS JUNE!

Is Captain Marvel back? Avengers VS. X-Men covers

Marvel Unveils New AVENGERS VS. X-MEN Covers!

The war to save the Marvel Universe in continues this May as the Avengers go head to head against the X-Men while the all-powerful Phoenix Force hurdles towards Earth!

You’ve heard It’s Coming—and this April The War Is Here in Avengers VS X-Men! All your favorite super heroes enter—and only one team will emerge victorious!

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

SECRET AVENGERS #27
Written by RICK REMENDER
Pencils by RENATO GUEDES
Cover by ALAN DAVIS
ON SALE THIS MAY!

WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #10
Written by JASON AARON
Pencils & Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
ON SALE THIS MAY!

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #3 PICHELLI VARIANT
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Colors by LAURA MARTIN
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Variant Cover by SARA PICHELLI
ON SALE THIS MAY!

Avengers vs X-Men #1 7-page preview! (It’s Coming?! No, it’s finally Here!)

For months Marvel has set the internet on ablaze with up-coming “Avengers vs X-Men” interviews, covers and promo art. Finally, Marvel has unveiled a seven page preview of issue #1!

Enjoy!

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Will you side with the renegade mutants? Or join Earths Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers?

Get ready, Avengers vs X-Men hits your local comic shop this April!

Your First Look At AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1!

This April, prepare for the biggest super hero war in comics history as Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Avengers Vs. X-Men #1! From the powerhouse creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, John Romita Jr., Adam Kubert and Olivier Copiel comes a groundbreaking event pitting Earth’s Mightiest against the X-Men with the entire Marvel Universe at stake. Cyclops and his team believe the arrival of the Phoenix Force will save mutantkind, but Captain America is convinced it will destroy the world! But who is right? Don’t miss out on all the action in Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 in comic shops worldwide and on the Marvel Comics app this April!

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

A Power Packed 5-page preview of FF #15

Marvel Comics Thursday morning released a five-page preview of FF #15 written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Nick Dragotta. In this issue Power Pack guest stars with giant Celestials in the back ground and Doom went bye-bye. Dragotta’s art on the Celestials is gorgeous and reminded me of 70’s Thor action. FF #15 will be in your local comic book store on February 29th, 2012.
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Your First Look At FF # 15 – Guest Starring POWER PACK!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at FF #15, from the critically acclaimed team of Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta. Doctor Doom’s self-sacrifice has bought the Universe a second chance! Now, it is up to the Future Foundation and special guest stars, Power Pack, to battle the mad Celestials as the standoff for the future begins! Can the Future Foundation ensure the Marvel Universe’s safety? Will Doctor Doom’s sacrifice be in vain? Find out in FF #15, hitting comic shops everywhere and the Marvel Comics app, this February! With a variant cover by seminal Power Pack artist June Brigman, no fan can miss this!

Review: Winter Soldier #1 “Bucky Confronts his Past as the Winter Soldier”

Winter Soldier #1
Writer: Ed Brudbaker
Artist: Butch Guice and Bettie Breitweiser

James “Bucky” Barnes has lived one tragically long life. Recently, within the pages of Fear Itself, we believed Bucky (aka Captain America) to have found peace at the mercy of Sins Asgardian hammer. But thanks to Nick Fury and his stash of a version of the Infinity Formula, Bucky was revived by a heartbroken (Black) widows request. The Marvel universe now believes Bucky to be dead and only Nick Fury, Black Widow and Steve Rogers know the truth: Bucky Barnes has revived the legendary Russian agent, Winter Soldier! Bucky is back within his element, cast in the shadows. His plan? To tie up loose ends from his days as the puppeted Winter Solider agent during the Cold War. He won’t be alone, it seems that the Black Widow is a permament partner.

This issue kicks off with the Winter Soldier and the Black Widow entering a retired soviet base, presently disguised with a casino sitting atop it. Both Barnes and Romanov being natural spies, they quickly make way to a secret door leading to the underground base. The couple make a cute game of “First to be seen buys the mornings breakfast” as they incapcitate gaurds along the various complex corridors. They come along a familiar stasus pod, much like the pod the Winter Soldier was kept “preserved” inbetween missions. But this pod is clearly marked with the name: Zephyr. Could there still be undercover agents exectuing covert assassinations within the Marvel universe? If so, who controls them? And what does it all have to do with Dr. Doom!?

Winter Soldier creator, Ed Brubaker, launches the series as writer. Brubaker was a big pull for me, as he truly understands these characters and their personal voices. This is officially a continuation of his Winter Soldier mythology, first started within the pages of Captain America. And spy espionage dramas are both, Brubaker and Barnes expertee!

Penciler Butch Guice draws one fluid comic wide ation sequence. His detail on charcter expressions and faces has greatly improved from his last arc “Gulag” within the last Captain America volume. A handful of panels almost seem like he penciled over actual photographs, much like Alex Maleev’s art style. These panels crafted strong story beats that made the moment personable… if not a bit distracting. Guice’s panel placement need be commended, though he stuck to the basic rectangular box- it’s the way they were compressed and stacked that lead the eye and made the action and dialogue flow perfectly.

This is a solid beginning for a promising series. I forsee a long life with Brubaker leading the charge. This issue was everything you hoped and waited for, plus fun twists in choice of villian! And i’m not referring to the clocked tin man. Though I’m sad to see Bucky no longer wearing the flag, I’m glad he’s not dead: Long live the Winter Soldier!

Story: 9
Art: 9

Recommended this week:
Avengers X-Sanction #3 – Two unexpected guest crash Cables party!
Uncanny X-Force #21 – Fantomex undergoes mutliple Lobotomys. Reviewed here.
Swamp Thing #6 – The Rot inches ever closer to cutting off the Green.

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Hope has daddy issues! 5-page preview Avengers VS X-Men #0

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Marvel Comics released a five-page preview of Avengers VS. X-Men zero complete with words! Brian Michael Bendis and Jason Aaron write Avengers VS. X-Men with art by Frank Cho. Do you think Marvel is getting worried that the hype-machine isn’t working by giving away the first five pages? Avengers VS. X-Men #0 will be in your local comic book store on April 3rd, 2012.

Bendis, Aaron & Cho Prepare For War In AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #0

This March, fans worldwide cannot miss the essential opener to the biggest pop culture comic event of the year as Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Avengers VS. X-Men #0! Just before the Avengers and the X-Men go head to head, superstar creators Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron & Frank Cho set up the crucial roles of the Scarlet Witch and Hope Summers before their allegiances come into question. With all eyes on Wanda and the Mutant Messiah, the Marvel Universe has become a powder keg on the verge of exploding! No fan can miss Avengers VS. X-Men #0, in stores and the Marvel Comics app this March!

You’ve heard It’s Coming—and this April The War Is Here in Avengers VS X-Men! All your favorite super heroes enter—and only one team will emerge victorious!

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