Monday, April 18, 2005

Foraging For Comics: The July Marvel Solicits

And by "later," I mean "now." Onward, Keepers of the Flame!

THE PULSE: HOUSE OF M SPECIAL EDITION Written by Brian Michael Bendis & various Art & Cover by Mike Mayhew EXTRA, EXTRA-READ ALL ABOUT IT!!! You're in the world of the HOUSE OF M. Super heroes battle over your head, the flag of M waves over you-oppressing you, and the world falls apart around you. When you need to know what's happening, who's doing it, and where you'll need to hide, you can count on only one source-THE PULSE! THE PULSE: HOUSE OF M SPECIAL EDITION is the ACTUAL newspaper from the HOUSE OF M! Your best source for late-breaking-survival! Packed to the gills with House of M secrets you can't get anywhere else. Contains exclusive art and text.

12 pages for 50 cents. I did some math, and that's cheaper than the usual rate by almost half. Oh, by the way, this is the "King of Spain" cover that's had the Internet talking for a while.

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #21 Written by MARK MILLAR Pencils & Cover by GREG LAND "CROSSOVER" Part 1 (of 3) Ultimate Starts Month begins here! Mark Millar returns to Ultimate Fantastic Four, and he's brought X-Men: Phoenix Endsong superstar Greg Land with him! Even in their short careers, the Ultimate FF have seen a lot of amazing things - but nothing will prepare them for the world they're about to enter! Reed Richards has used his scientific genius to contact an Earth in a surprisingly familiar parallel dimension - and he's ready to visit!

And this here is the first crossover between the Ultimate universe and the regular Marvel Universe (or Earth-616, as it's known). If this leads to regular-but-not-overdone meetings between the two universes, something like the old JLA/JSA teamups, I'm for it.

MACHINE TEEN #3 (of 5) Written by MARC SUMERAK Pencils & Cover by MIKE HAWTHORNE "HISTORY 101001" Machine Teen Disassembled! The perfect life becomes a perfect lie as Adam learns the frightening truth about his origin! And just when he thought things couldn't get any worse, Adam discovers first-hand that he and his father are in grave danger! Who else knows his secret -- and more importantly, who can he trust? Marvel Next's newest hero turns up the juice!

I like that title.

X-MEN #173 Written by PETER MILLIGAN Pencils and Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA "BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE" Gambit and Rogue's tumultuous relationship reaches its ultimate breaking point! Will Gambit give in to his desires and find love in the arms of another woman? Also, the X-Men consider a new member - one of their greatest foes of all time! Part 3 (of 3).

One can only hope. That bit is really, *really* played out.

COMBAT ZONE: TRUE TALES OF GI'S IN IRAQ TPB Written by KARL ZINSMEISTER Pencils by DAN JURGENS Cover by ESAD RIBIC Longtime embedded journalist Karl Zinsmeister ("Boots on the Ground: A Month with the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq") and penciler Dan Jurgens (THOR, Superman) chronicle three months in the lives of the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq in this groundbreaking series.

Somewhere, Rich Johnston is foaming.

ESSENTIAL KILLRAVEN VOL. 1 TPB Written by ROY THOMAS, NEAL ADAMS, GERRY CONWAY, MARV WOLFMAN, DON MCGREGOR, BILL MANTLO, KEITH GIFFEN & JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER Penciled by NEAL ADAMS, HOWARD CHAYKIN, HERB TRIMPE, RICH BUCKLER, GENE COLAN, CRAIG RUSSELL, KEITH GIFFEN, SAL BUSCEMA & JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER Cover by JOHN ROMITA SR. Remember the Martian invasion of 2001? No? Not to worry, some of Marvel's top talents have preserved it for you! Relive the sequel to H.G. Wells's masterpiece as a sword-wielding slave leads a band of fearless freedom fighters against Earth's alien overlords! Featuring mutants, madmen, metal monsters and more! Guest-starring (who else?) Spider-Man! Free Earth! Collects AMAZING ADVENTURES (Vol. 2) #18-39, MARVEL TEAM-UP #45, MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #7, and KILLRAVEN #1 (Marvel Knights).

Because... someone... demanded it. I guess.

That's all this month. Check out the full solicits here:

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