Friday, February 18, 2005

Foraging For Comics: The Marvel May Solicits

FANTASTIC FOUR #527 Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI Pencils & Cover by MIKE MCKONE "DISTANT MUSIC" - A NEW ARC BEGINS HERE! Just in time for movie season, new ongoing creative team J. Michael Straczynski (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, SUPREME POWER) and Mike McKone (Teen Titans, EXILES) unite their talents to chart a new course for the world's greatest comic magazine! First up: an intriguing offer for a conflicted Reed, and a windfall for Ben! 32 PGS./Marvel PSR …$2.99

Yay to the creative team, Boo to the cover price hike.

MACHINE TEEN #1 (of 5) Written by MARC SUMERAK Penciled by MIKE HAWTHORNE Cover by JAMES JEAN High school meets high-tech as an all-new model of Marvel hero debuts! Meet Adam Aaronson -- the ideal teenager. Straight "A" student. Captain of the West Tech football team. Smart. Handsome. Charismatic. Every boy wants to be him. Every girl wants to be with him! But after a series of debilitating seizures, Adam makes a discovery that will shake his very reality to the core -- the fact that he isn't real at all! Join Adam as he begins to decrypt the truth about his origins and what it truly means to be human! It's not easy being the perfect teen...even when you're BUILT that way! 32 PGS./Marvel PSR …$2.99

Uh... huh.

MARVEL MILESTONES: WOLVERINE, X-MEN AND TUK THE CAVE BOY Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT, JOE SIMON & JACK KIRBY Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA, RICK LEORNARDI, JOE SIMON & JACK KIRBY Cover by WALTER SIMONSON Celebrating 65 years of titanic tomes from the House of Ideas, MARVEL MILESTONES makes its triumphant return to the comics scene! Experience the highs, lows and in-betweens of Marvel's finest -- monthly -- in full color! This issue: In a special preview of next month's MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS: WOLVERINE VOL. 1 TPB, Logan makes his first foray as Patch into Madripoor -- an island nation where anything goes, and everything is for sale -- in a story from MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #1! Plus: Storm and Cyclops battle for leadership of the X-Men in UNCANNY X-MEN #201, and Tuk the Caveboy stars in stories from the Dark Ages from CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 and #2. 48 PGS./Marvel PSR …$3.99

The hell? April Fool's was last month.

GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #3 Written by JOSS WHEDON Pencils by DAVE COCKRUM New Cover by DAVE COCKRUM Featuring Classic Reprints by STAN LEE, JACK KIRBY & WERNER ROTH In celebration of the 30th anniversary of 1975's GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 and #2 comes a colossal collection of the X-Men's greatest team-ups - plus a brand-new untold tale of the All-New, All-Different X-Men by JOSS WHEDON and DAVE COCKRUM! The X-Men tangle with the FF in FANTASTIC FOUR #28 (July 1964), the Might Avengers guest-star in X-MEN #9 (January 1964) and along comes a Spider-Man in X-MEN #35 (August 1967)! 80 Pgs/ Marvel PSR… 4.99

Well, that's certainly different. Whedon and Cockrum together may be too good to pass up.

EXILES #64 Written by Tony Bedard Penciled by Mizuki Sakakibara Cover by JIM Calafiore "TIMEBREAKERS" Now that the menace behind the Exiles' recent troubles has revealed himself in all his evil glory, it's time for…Beak to save the day? Things could get messy. Part 3 (of 4). 32 PGS./Marvel PSR …$2.99

Holy spit... if that cover means what I think it does, then, yikes.

GIANT-SIZE MARVEL TPB Written by LEN WEIN, ROY THOMAS, STEVE GERBER, DON MCGREGOR, ROGER SLIFER, GERRY CONWAY & TONY ISABELLA Penciled by DAVE COCKRUM, JOHN BUSCEMA, RICH BUCKLER, DON HECK, GIL KANE, FRANK ROBBINS & DON PERLIN Cover by JOHN ROMITA Giants roamed the Earth in those days, and now they're back! Witness the formation of the new X-Men and the old Invaders! The rapid return of the wartime runner called the Whizzer! The debut of the multiplying Marvel Knight Madrox! Spider-Man vs. the Man-Wolf! The Defenders vs. the Squadron Sinister! The tantalizing Tigra and more! Tales almost too tall to tell, together in a titanic tome! Collects GIANT-SIZE FANTASTIC FOUR #4; GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS #1; GIANT-SIZE DEFENDERS #4; GIANT-SIZE SUPER-HEROES #1, GIANT-SIZE INVADERS #1; GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 and GIANT-SIZE CREATURES #1. 216 PGS./MARVEL PSR …$24.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1784-9

What? No Giant-Sized Man-Thing?

That's all for this month.

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