I had a witty opening line, but my dog ate it.
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR / X-MEN
Written by MIKE CAREY
Pencils & Cover by PASQUAL FERRY
The mutant-finding machine supreme-Cerebro-is in the devious hands of the Mad Thinker, who, with her newly-acquired powers, seems impossible to thwart! Even the combined strength of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men mean nothing in this epic conflict. But will a chance for victory come from the most unexpected source imaginable? It's an ultimate shocker as we conclude this special crossover, begun last month in Ultimate X-Men / Fantastic Four!
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #89
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Spider-Man is finally brought to the head of the Roxxon conglomerate for the most bizarre confrontation of his life. Plus-what makes Ultimate Silver Sable tick? What secrets does this most colorful mercenary hold? This very special issue of Ultimate Spider-Man reveals all! Part 4 (of 5)
Yikes. Hope Spidey remembers the safeword.
Written by TOM DEFALCO
Pencils & Cover by RON FRENZ
Since the ranks of the Avengers were depleted by injuries suffered during Last Hero Standing, Hawkeye, Scott Lang and the Scarlet Witch get back into harness! Their first mission is to investigate the strange doings at Osborn Corporation...which, quite naturally, leads them into conflict with everyone's favorite web-stunner.
Man, post-Bendis, that solicit is just too surreal. Then again, it's probably a selling point for some.
BLACK PANTHER #12
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Penciled by SCOT EATON
Cover by MIKE DEODATO
"Two the Hard Way"
The Panther continues his guest-star parade when he's called down the bayou to assist Blade, the Vampire Slayer! Do we need to say more? Jump on board here, True Believer, as BLACK PANTHER revs up to an event of cataclysmic proportions.
Reg, just because Blade is black, too, doesn't mean you should team them up.
X-STATIX PRESENTS: DEAD GIRL #1 (of 5)
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by NICK DRAGOTTA AND MICHAEL ALLRED
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
It's hard to keep a good girl down...especially when she's Dead! That's right, True Believers, hold onto you're freaking hats! After a brief hiatus caused by their, ahem, deaths, everyone's favorite mutants are back! And this time, they're bringing a host of...questions with them. Like why do some heroes and villains keep on dying, only to return from the dead? And why do other heroes and villains bite the bullet, only to remain dead? Who decides on this craziness? Is it some karmic wheel in the sky? Some fickle finger of fate? Or is it just some guy in the marketing department? Well, one such deceased villain, named The Pitiful One, is going to find out. When the Pitiful One decides that he's tired of being dead, he assembles a posse of Marvel's deadest villains to attack the world of the living. And it's up to Doctor Strange to stop him and his evil cohorts-but he needs help from...well, you know. With Kraven the Hunter, Tike Alicar, and a few other surprise, dead guests.
Heh. Heh heh.
DOC SAMSON #1 (of 5)
Written by PAUL DI FILIPPO
Penciled by FABRIZIO FIORENTINO
Cover by DANIEL ACUNA
FIRST ISSUE! Busting out from the pages of THE INCREDIBLE HULK, Doc Samson gets his first mini-series! Join the green-haired adventurer as he solves problems with psychoanalytical tactics and good ol' fashioned whuppins! In this first issue, see the good doctor provide therapy for wayward aliens, consult mystic art masters and battle living totem poles! Coming to you from the boundless mind of Paul Di Filipo (Top Ten)!
Marvel's first atrociously-selling, criminially undermarketed series of the new year!
NEW THUNDERBOLTS #17
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Pencils & Cover by TOM GRUMMETT
The NEW SWORDSMAN vs. BARON ZEMO! `Nuff said? No-not nearly enough! There's an UNMASKING! A RESURRECTION! And Zemo's master plan is REVEALED - and when it is, this book will be turned upside down and inside out!
Fighter says it's the feel-good comic of the year.
NEW MANGAVERSE #1 (of 5)
Written by C. B. CEBULSKI
Pencils & Cover by TOMMY OHTSUKA
"RINGS OF FATE"
The story they said would never be told! It's been a dark time since we last saw the Mangaverse. Most of the heroes have been driven underground-and now someone's killing them one by one! Join writer C.B. Cebulski (writer and consultant on the original Mangaverse comics) and artist Tommy Ohtsuka (from the super-popular manga and anime series Slayers and Rescue Angels) for five issues of nonstop action! Whether you're a fan of the original Mangaverse or just a fan of exciting comics-the New Mangaverse is the place to be!
The story no one *wanted* to be told, is more like it. Seriously, this concept bombed twice already. Why so eager to go for four?
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by MICHAEL GAYDOS
Cover by MIKE MAYHEW
With the eyes of the Marvel Universe looking on...a baby is born! Its a rare occasion in the Marvel Universe, so be here for a genuine emotional event! And it doesn't end the way you might think. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage's life will never be the same again!!
Kee-ripes. Even Franklin Richards didn't take this long to be born.
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Pencils & Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
It's DEADPOOL vs. SPIDER-MAN!! It's the wisecracking face-off of a lifetime-a veritable smart#$% smackdown! What brought them together? We're not telling! Who will win? Hopefully, Spidey, since at the least he'd let DP keep breathing. Wait-what's that you ask? Of course there's a REASON why they're fighting...and it's guaranteed to make sense!
But does it matter? It's DEADPOOL vs. SPIDER-MAN!!
Finally. Because we demanded it.
GENERATION M #3 (of 5)
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Penciled by RAMON BACHS
Cover by STUART IMMONEN
DECIMATION! Reporter Sally Floyd tells the story of those rocked by the decimating effects of House of M. One such story is that of Frederick J. Dukes, A.K.A. The Blob! There's someone out there that doesn't want these stories to be told and is willing to do anything to silence those who are talking...
Oh, what're you bitching about, Fred? You can fit into a Medium again!
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils & Cover by RYAN SOOK
With X-Factor's forces divided between a client up on murder charges, riots in the streets of mutant town, and Monet doing a striptease, the only person who stands between a crippled Rictor and a would-be assassin is...Layla Miller?
I'll give you ten bucks to sit this one out and grab an ice cream, kid.
ESSENTIAL GODZILLA VOL. 1 TPB
Written by DOUG MOENCH
Penciled by HERB TRIMPE, JIM MOONEY & TOM SUTTON
Cover by HERB TRIMPE
"You have your fear, which might become reality. And you have Godzilla, which IS reality." - From Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956)
And what a reality it was! For two years, Japan's greatest export was one of Marvel's biggest stars, and the King of the Monsters upheld his title against some of the best and worst the House of Ideas had to offer - including the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and Nick Fury and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Godzilla shrinks, goes West, travels through time and hosts one of Spider-Man's most gratuitous guest-shots ever! Plus: aliens, mutants, mad Scientists and almost a dozen MORE giant monsters! It's so big, you can't miss it! Collects GODZILLA #1-24.
Tony Isabella's gonna plotz.
Dat's it for this month. Solicits on CBR as usual. Geddoudahere.