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Humans & Mutants Alike Will Tremble Before the Warzones! of Age of Apocalypse #1!

His war has been won. En Sabah Nur stands triumphant over the bones of his enemies. None will be left alive! This July, return to one of the most iconic X-Men stories of all time in Age of Apocalypse #1 – a new Secret Wars series! Be there when writer Fabian Nicieza returns to the post-apocalyptic wasteland he helped create, as brought to life by artist Gerardo Sandoval!

Apocalypse rules his domain on Battleworld with an iron fist. The few humans left alive have been enslaved. The mutant rebellion has been crushed – it’s survivors, scattered. But the terrorist insurgents known as the X-Men will not go quietly into this grim future. They will fight! They will end Apocalypse’s reign of terror! Even if it means their very lives!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Nicieza said:

This Age of Apocalypse, taking place on Battleworld, is a story about the choices heroes have to make after they’ve already lost. What are the X-Men about if a dream of coexistence between humans and mutants has become a lost cause?

But the fight is not yet over. A very special mutant named Cypher may hold the key to turning the tide. A weapon to be pointed directly at Apocalypse and fired. Now, the hunt is on as Magneto and his X-Men attempt to rescue Cypher from the clutches of Cyclops & Havok’s Elite Mutant Force, Dark Beast and his vile experiments, and the new Horsemen of Apocalypse!

But even if they win, have they already lost? Find out as one of the most iconic X-Men stories ever is reborn on Battleworld!

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Art & Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
On Sale in JULY!

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Marvel Gets You Ready With $1 True Believers

What can you get for a dollar? How about the Marvel Universe? Marvel has revealed the covers for the upcoming True Believers – a new line of comics debuting exclusively in comic shops this April. Printing the first chapter of popular series for the suggested retail price of $1 – TRUE BELIEVERS is the perfect way for readers interested in trying out some of Marvel’s most popular titles in history without breaking the bank.

Just in time for 2015’s Secret Wars, catch up on some of the most celebrated stories in Marvel history before their appearance in the biggest comic event of 2015! Enter the world of Civil War, Age of Apocalypse, Old Man Logan, Planet Hulk, the critically-acclaimed ICON series Powers and many more with the first chapters of these top-selling collections – each for the suggested retail price of $1!

Your window into the biggest stories in Marvel history costs a buck!

TRUE BELIEVERS: INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 (FEB150760)
Reprinting material from INFINITY GAUNTLET #1.
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 (FEB150761)
Reprinting MARVEL ZOMBIES #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1 (FEB150762)
Reprinting material from X-MEN ALPHA.
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: CIVIL WAR #1 (FEB150767)
Reprinting material from CIVIL WAR #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: PLANET HULK #1 (FEB150764)

Reprinting INCREDIBLE HULK (2000) #92.

32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: HOUSE OF M #1 (FEB150765)
Reprinting HOUSE OF M #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: OLD MAN LOGAN #1 (FEB150766)
Reprinting WOLVERINE (2003) #66.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: ARMOR WARS #1 (FEB150763)
Reprinting material from IRON MAN (1968) #225.
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: MILES MORALES #1 (FEB150768)
Reprinting ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: AGE OF ULTRON #1 (FEB150769)
Reprinting AGE OF ULTRON #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP

 

POWERS FIRSTS #1 (FEB150770)
Reprinting POWERS #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP

Marvel teases Age of Apocalypse #1 in Summer 2015

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Yesterday was new comic book day! Did you get a chance to get to your shop or pick up some digital books? If so, let us know what you got below!

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The Hollywood Reporter – Zoe Saldana in Talks to Star in Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)Interesting in how this is shaping up.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible #1

Comic Vine – Age of Apocalypse #14

Comic Vine – Age of Ultron #4

Comic Vine – Animal Man #19

Comic Vine – Batwing #19

CBR – Detective Comics #19

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #19

Talking Comics – Dia De Los Muertos #2

Comic Vine – Earth 2 #11

Comic Vine – Fairest #14

Comic Vine – Great Pacific #6

Comic Vine – Green Arrow #19

Comic Vine – Harbinger Wars #1

Comic Vine – Swamp Thing #19

Comic Vine – Thanos Rising #1

Comic Vine – Ultimate Comics X-Men #25

The Beat – REVIEW: Green Lantern’s ‘Wrath of the First Lantern’ Event

Comic Book (sort of) Weekly Reviews – 4/4/12

Ok, I slowed down in the whole catching up on my reviews thing… but back to it and hopefully I’ll totally be caught up by the end of June… if not sooner.

Age of Apocalypse #2 – The remaining resistance is on the run and Jean Grey and Sabretooth’s role is still up in the air.  The series is solid and different, with some solid art.  The series is different enough to stand out from the rest of the “X” books.  I missed the original Age of Apocalypse, so this’ll do for me.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

American Vampire #25 – Scott Snyder’s series is amazing and this issue ties so many threads together.  I can’t wait to see what he does and what he has in store for the series.  I can’t get enough of this series and it absolutely shows off why Snyder is one of the best writers out there.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5

Animal Man #8 – The battle against the Rot continues as Animal Man and Swamp Thing are going to team up and collide.  The series shows that the Vertigo feel can work and work well in the modern DC universe.  The art is solid on top of it.  This is one of the best series to come out of DC’s relaunch.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Avengers Academy #28 – The team up with the Runaways continues and there’s a bunch I like, and a lot I don’t.  The series just feels like the B-team for Avengers.  We’ll see where it goes, but hopefully post Avengers Vs. X-Men the series will get a nice shake-up.

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.25

Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 – This is it?  There’s some great build up and tension, but the old quote about sound and fury signifying nothing stands out to me.  It’s just one issue, but I hope there’s more to it all than just this.  The art is pretty solid, but overall, pretty meh so far.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Batman: Detective Comics #8 – While the art is pretty decent, I think the story really shows how excellent Snyder’s Batman is compared to this inferior series.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

Batwing #8 – We find out the identity of Massacre.  I can’t say I’m shocked.  The ending to the first arc is ok.  It’s not quite the solid series it was when it started, but still a nice addition to the Bat family.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Brilliant #3 – A debate rages as to how to handle the discovery as the FBI attempts to put together what happened.  This series feels like a tame Mark Millar series.  Without the swearing and over the top violence.  Not sure if that’s a good thing… either part.

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25

Chew #25 – Tony is captured and this series shows why it’s one of the most creative and original ones out there.  The story is as off the hook as can be expected and art entertaining as usual.  A series that should be on everyone’s pull-list.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Danger Club #1 – The adults are away and the children will play.  The adult super heroes might be dead, so the kids have taken over.  The series just has awesome punch to it with solid art.  It’s not totally original, but it’s damn entertaining.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Daredevil #10.1 – A great point one that introduces Daredevil to new readers and catches them up on information you know.  I’m loving the Omegadrive story.  Watching the groups after it attempt to get it is beyond entertaining.  Mark Waid is at the top of his game with this series and the art is amazing.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

Fairest #2 – The art is fantastic and story solid in this spin-off from Fables.  Two issues in and you can see the series falls more into the fantasy end of things, picking up on some threads left from the main series.  It’s only two issues, but it’s two solid issues.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Fear Itself: The Fearless #12 – So, Hellstrom is a bad guy in this book, but a good guy in Circle of Four and Journey?  Get the characters straight!!!  There’s some interesting stuff set up here, but overall, this twelve part series was a mess.

Story: 6 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.25

New Mutants #40 – Douglock fights Ani-Matter and I yawn…

Story: 6.5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6.5

Red Lanterns #8 – Take this story and switch the color to a different Corps… does it make a difference?  No, not really and that’s where the story fails for me.  Red Lanterns should have an animalistic feel to them and here they just come off like a bland version of Yellow or Green.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

Secret Avengers #24 – A cool story still with the team taking on various cyborg like beings in the Marvel universe that have come together.  It’s a somewhat original story, and the art is pretty solid.  I think the series is finally finding it’s footing.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

Stormwatch #8 – The team takes on a pretty huge threat and Midnighter makes a hell of a decision.  The series is finally getting good for me, and hopefully it continues on this pace.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Swamp Thing #8 – A series that’s been more Vertigo and horror than superhero swings the superhero way as Swamp Thing goes after the Rot in the beginning of a hell of a battle.  Compared to past issues, the issue is just ok, but it’s one piece of a much bigger and excellent story.

Story: 7 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7

Thunderbolts #172 – The renegade Thunderbolts fight the original Thunderbolts in a pretty typical battle issue.  There’s some potential here, but so far it’s pretty average but still somewhat entertaining.

Story: 7 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #9 – Miles meets the police and his uncle comes calling when he runs into trouble.  The series continues it’s excellence as a new Spider-Man still gets his act together.  The art is great and story solid.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Venom #15 – Flash must deal with the last few weeks and his getting up and heading to Vegas.  His personal life is unraveling while he deals with having been attached to Venom so long.  The series is getting back into the swing of things focusing on Flash’s personal life as much as the superhero.  That’s when it’s great.

Story: 8.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.25

Wolverine and the X-Men #8 – The kids head off to find God (not really) while Wolverine deals with his getting beaten down at the Casino.  Meanwhile the Hellfire Club hires Sabretooth to give them some tips which leads to Sabretooth fighting Beast in an awesome fight.  The issue is all over the place and pure amazing.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Comic Book (sort of) Weekly Reviews – 3/7/12

That’s three week’s of reviews taken care of this week.  Getting closer to catching up.

Age of Apocalypse #1 – It’s the last remaining humans versus Weapon Omega and a world full of mutants.  It’s the reverse of the 616 in a way and while I missed the Age of Apocalypse the first time around, the writing style, voice and art have me wanting to come back for more.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Animal Man #7 – The battle along with Swamp Thing is growing nearer as the Rot continues to hunt Animal Man and his family.  The story is solid as expected and it’s the fright along with the quiet moments that makes this series great.  Vertigo has come to DC and damn is it good.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Avengers Academy #27 – Part one of the Runaways’ visit to Avengers Academy starts with a stereotypical fight and looks like the second part will be one too…. sigh.

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25

Avengers: the Children’s Crusade #9 – After so much build-up.  After so many delays, the final issue of this mini-series is kind of a let down.  Not much really happens other than events being set into motion concerning Iron Lad and what happens to Vision, but really it’s all to neat and tidy when the vents leading up to it and depicted during were anything but.

Story: 6.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7

Batman: Detective Comics #7 – The story involving Penguin’s Casino is over and I’m all mixed up as to what the hell is going on.  Too many Batman comics with not enough distinction.  The stories seem to blur together a bit and that’s not a good thing.

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7

Batwing #7 – We find out the horrific thing the Kingdom did and really, it’s impact just didn’t hit me.  But.. the fight heads to Gotham.  What’s it say that Batwing has to run to the other “white” Batman and friends to solve his issue?  Doesn’t really make the character stand on his own….

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7

the Defenders #4 – The first arc is over, but that doesn’t mean the story is over.  There’s a dream machine and Strange doesn’t know what it does and how it works.  The issue really focuses on Strange and his history and a lot of potential of what the story could be.  Lots of hints of excellence, but it doesn’t quite work for me.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Fairest #1 – Spinning out of Fables, what ever happened to Sleeping Beauty?  Ali Baba is the Prince of Thieves in search of treasure and this first issue harkens back to the quality of early Fables comics.  So good.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Hell Yeah #1 – It’s the last generation of heroes and there was a lot of buzz about this book and there’s a reason.  It’s so good, Hell Yeah lives up to it’s name.  The comic has great art and the story has me very interested.  Such a solid first issue that shows why Image is one of the most buzzed about publishers.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

The Manhattan Projects #1 – Jonathan Hickman’s latest series is so interesting involving the Manhattan Project and how that was really a front.  The ideas are so out there as expected, Hickman knocks it out of the park with this first issue.  The art is interesting and not quite to my liking, but overall the series is a great read and absolute buy.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 9

Night Force #1 – What the fuck did I just read?  This is really only for hardcore fans of whatever came before.

Story: 6 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.25

Rachel Rising #6 – Wow.  A slow burn of a horror series that seems to only get better with each issue.  I really wish more people were praising the series because it deserves the mass exposure a certain other horror comic series is getting.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

Ralph Wiggum Comics #1 – The things that come out of Ralph’s mouth are some of the best things ever said on The Simpsons.  He’s easily one of my favorite characters.  I was giddy when I heard about this series and it’s as funny and innocent as I expected.  I had a smile on my face the entire time and was laughing out loud.  So much potential, so much fun.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.75

Red Lanterns #7 – Atrocitus still searches for Krona so Bleez decides to take the Red Lanterns on a mission.  Then there’s the Red Lantern of Earth, who of course lashes out and fights Guy Gardner.  For all good there is, there’s also so much bad…

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7

Stormwatch #7 – The series is so close to being something great, but it just doesn’t quite do it for me.  I’m still reading hoping it’ll get there.  It shows improvement, but still not there yet.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

Swamp Thing #7 – The Green is under assault by the Rot and Alec must choose what he’ll do.  Does he become the Swamp Thing or does he let the Rot win.  Here’s what we’ve been waiting for… the decision.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #8 – Miles and his uncle have a talk while the Scorpion is after the Prowler.  Miles is still dealing with his new role as others are adjusting to the news of a new Spider-Man.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Uncanny X-Men #8 – The Tabula Rasa story is over and I’m sure that’s not the last we’ll see of it.  Overall a poor follow up to X-Force’s story that created it, but interesting concepts.  The art is still very uneven.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Venom #14 – The battle in Vegas is over thankfully… such a bad story arc.  Here’s hoping the series gets back on track.

Story: 6.5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.5

Villains for Hire #4 – And with that, a good concept comes to an end.  So sad as the Heroes and Villains concept had a ton of potential and the Heroes version was a lot of fun.  This ending was a bit convoluted, but still entertaining.  We’ll see if there’s any lasting impact to this all.  I hope there is.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Winter Soldier #3 – Not as quite good as Cap stories of the past, the series is slowly finding it’s own voice and coming together.  Bucky and Widow have to break into the Latverian Embassy to have a chat with Von Doom after figuring out who is behind all the activity they’re tracking.  There’s a lot of action here, but the comic stands out when it slows down and focuses on the characters.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.5

Wolverine #302 – Wolverine struggles against mind control, what a shock.  His battle with the Hand continues and gets noticed by the Hand’s leader Wilson Fisk…  The story is ok, but the art is sub-par.

Story: 7.5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 7.25

Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega #3 – And the point to this miniseries is?  I really need to learn to not buy these.

Story: 6.75 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75

X-Men #26 – Wow is the art bad in this issue.  Storm looks anorexic in the majority of panels.  The story is so-so, but really, I kind of hoped someone would stake Jubilee and get this story arc over with.

Story: 7 Art: 6 Overall: 6.75

Pick of the Week – Manhattan Projects #1

A new Jonathan Hickman indie series?  Um, yes please.  There’s a few high profile comics this year, and most have been let downs but Hickman has shown genius in his work and this is a series that’s premise that sounds right up his way.  I’ve checked out the book and definitely was entertained.  The premise is simple, the Manhattan Project was really a front for crazier stuff.  It’s a no-brainer that Manhattan Projects #1 is this week’s pick of the week.

  • Manhattan Projects #1 – see above
  • Fairest #1 – A new spin-off from Fables?  Yes!  I can’t wait for this series.
  • Age of Apocalypse #1 – Marvel mines familiar territory, but that territory is so good.
  • Supurbia #1 – The concept is a great one, the housewives of super heroes.  So great and can’t wait to read!
  • Hell Yeah #1 – It’s the last generation of heroes.  The art and concept look very cool.

Your First Look At Age Of Apocalypse #1

Your First Look At AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1

Marvel is proud to present your first look at Age of Apocalypse #1, from the creative team of Dave Lapham and Roberto De La Torre. Spinning out of the critically acclaimed Uncanny X-Force, the Amazing X-Men and the human resistance must fight tooth and nail to end the tyranny that has left their world ravaged! Continuing Apocalypse’s war on humanity, Weapon X leads the genocide that rains down upon this dimension, eliminating any who stand in his way.

“This new Age of Apocalypse book does the impossible – it revolutionizes an old concept without a reboot,” explains Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “If you’ve been reading Uncanny X-Force, you know where this is coming from and you’re already in. If you’re an Age of Apocalypse junkie, this builds on the alternate universe’s mythology is fascinating and troubling ways. And if you aren’t either and just want a ground-breaking, easy-entry book that will challenge everything you know about the X-Men, there hasn’t been a better jumping on point.”

 

Can anyone stop the evil Weapon X and who are the X-Terminated? Find out in Age of Apocalypse #1, with a cover by Humberto Ramos and Dean White that no fan can miss, hitting comic shops everywhere and the Marvel Comics app, this March!

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1 (JAN120690)
Written by DAVE LAPHAM
Penciled by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
Parental Advisory …$2.99
FOC – 2/13/12, ON SALE – 3/07/12

Age Of Apocalypse #1 Cover

Marvel Unveils Avengers Art Appreciation Variants!

 Marvel Unveils AVENGERS ART APPRECIATION VARIANTS!

Ever imagine what the Avengers would look like if they existed throughout the ages? Well here’s your chance as Marvel is proud to unveil Avengers Art Appreciation Variants available throughout all of April! With everyone on the edge of their seats for Marvel Studio’s The Avengers, fans will have the opportunity to see their favorite super hero team in the styles of the world’s greatest artists like Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Monet, Pollock, Schielle and more! No fan can miss their favorite Marvel artists like Alex Maleev, Michael Kaluta, Gabriele Dell’otto, Greg Horn, Gerald Parel and more put their spin on these surefire classic covers. So be on the look-out True Believers, because in April – these Avengers Art Appreciation Variants are sure to go fast!

AGE OF APOCALPSE #2

Variant Cover by CHRISTIAN NAUCK


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #683

Variant Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO

AVENGERS #25
Variant Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #2

Variant Cover by STEPHANIE HANS

DAREDEVIL #11

Variant Cover by STEFFI SCHUTZEE

FANTASTIC FOUR #605

Variant Cover by MICHAEL KALUTA

INCREDIBLE HULK #7

Variant Cover by CHARLES PAUL WILSON III

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #515

Variant Cover by GREG HORN

SECRET AVENGERS #26

Variant Cover by JOE QUINONES

UNCANNY X-FORCE #24
Variant Cover by JULIAN TOTINO

UNCANNY X-MEN #11

Variant Cover by GREG HORN

WINTER SOLDIER #4

Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

WOLVERINE #304

Variant Cover by Gurihiru

WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #9

Variant Cover by ALEX MALEEV

X-MEN #27

Variant Cover by KHOI PHAM

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My New York Comic Con coverage has begun to trickle out, along with a lot of reviews I wrote up over the weekend.  While you wait to see what today has in store, here’s news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

ICv2 – Amazon Poses a Threat to PublishersAnd this after they ruined it for people wanting to purchase physical copies of graphic novels. I wonder if Barnes & Noble will carry these books?

The Mary Sue – Grant Morrison Says His 2012 Wonder Woman Series “Needs Sex”Que controversy before people have read it in 3…2…1…

Gizmodo – Barnes & Noble Might Be Ruining Comic Books for EveryoneAn interesting take, but kind of ignores the hundreds of comic book stores you can purchase copies at or the fact you can get them cheaper online shipped to you.

ICv2 – ‘Dark Knight’ Rises to ‘Occupy Wall St.’?Bruce Wayne is SO joining the protest.

Kotaku – Batman: Arkham City Creators Will Compensate Those With Missing Catwoman CodesWell that’s nice, giving people something they paid for….

Wired – Batman: Arkham City Director Defends Controversial Catwoman CodeWhy shouldn’t new purchases get a bonus?

Kotaku – There’s a Mystery DC Superhero Game Coming in 2012 – Don’t get too excited, not like comic book based games have the best record as far as quality.

Con Coverage:

MTV Geek – Chad Michael Murray On His New Comic Book, ‘Everlast’ At NYCC

Bleeding Cool – Fifty Things I Discovered At New York Comic Con

IGN – NYCC: The Age of Apocalypse Returns

MTV Geek – Incredibly LARGE Cosplay Outfits From New York Comic Con!

Kotaku – New York Comic-Con Day Five Delivers Adventure Time, Silent Hill and Cosplay With A Side of Bacon?

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