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Preview: Malekith Strikes in a First Look at Iron Man #23.NOW!

This March, Iron Man battles for his life against supernatural forces unlike anything he’s ever faces when the blockbuster new story arc Rings of the Mandarins kicks off in Iron Man #23.NOW! From writer Kieron Gillen and artist Luke Ross comes an Iron Man epic that will be remembered for the ages!

The powerful Mandarin Rings have surfaced, seeking new hosts. For months, Tony has clashed against new enemies possessing the destructive powers of one of Iron Man’s greatest foes. But while the rings search for new hosts – a deadly foe seeks to claim all ten for his own!

Malekith the Accursed seeks their power, and with an army of Dark Elves at his back he may just have the power to do it! When a single ring possesses the power to level cities, how can Tony face off against all ten? Thankfully, he’ll find help in the most unlikely of places. But even the help of Marvel UK’s Dark Angel and his brother Arno may not be enough to stop the cataclysmic power of Malekith!

It’s the world’s most cutting edge science versus the most arcane science known to man when Iron Man squares off against Malekith and his armies this Marhc!

IRON MAN 23.NOW (JAN140643)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by LUKE ROSS
Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
Variant Cover by JOE QUINONES (JAN140644)
Animal Variant by JENNY PARKS (JAN140645)
Deadpool Party Variant by LEONARD KIRK (JAN140647)
Deadpool Party Sketch Variant Also Available!
FOC –02/24/14 On-Sale -03/19/14

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Preview: Three #5

Three #5

Cover By: Kieron Gillen
Art By: Ryan Kelly
Art By: Jordie Bellaire
Cover By: Ryan Kelly
Cover By: Jordie Bellaire
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: DEC130600
Published: February 26, 2014

It comes down to this: three versus three hundred at the border of Sparta. The men who’d keep them slaves versus the three who would be free. The historical epic reaches its bloody denouement. The end of a story, the start of a legend.

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Preview: ‘Iron Metropolitan’ Concludes in A First Look at Iron Man #22!

This February, Tony fights for his life as the blockbuster Iron Metropolitan arc reaches its world shaking conclusion in Iron Man #22! Mandarin City is aflame. Troy is in ruins. Both brutally destroyed by wielders of the Mandarin Rings. As Tony does battle against The Exile, Red Peril and Lord Remaker, is there anyone left to help Tony in his hour of need? It’s a showdown for the ages – and you’ll never guess who comes out on top! Will Tony make the ultimate sacrifice to save the city? Can he? Plus, who is this mysterious threat hunting the Mandarin Rings from the shadows? Seeds sown here bear bitter fruit in the upcoming Rings of the Mandarin arc!

IRON MAN #22 (JAN140767)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by JOE BENNETT
Cover by PAUL RIVOCHE
FOC – 2/10/14, On-Sale – 3/05/14

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Preview: Sins and Secrets Revealed in Origin II #3!

This February, writer Kieron Gillen and artist Adam Kubert peel back another layer in Wolverine’s shadowy past – and today, Marvel is pleased to present a preview of Origin II #3! Witness the very first meeting of the mysterious mutant and the man who would become one of his greatest enemies – the malevolent Mr. Sinister! Broken and savage, the clawed mutant has been pulled back into the world of civilization – by force! Brutally beaten and held captive, the ferocious first “X-Man” is forcibly experimented on by Nathaniel Essex and his Marauders.  And the only man who can save him is…Creed?!

But amid the horrors visited upon him, James Howlett may find the one thing he thought lost forever – his humanity. At some point the Wolverine must choose: is he man or beast? What shocking revelations lie in the untold story of Wolverine’s past?

ORIGIN II #3 (DEC130746)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art and Cover by ADAM KUBERT
FOC – 2/03/14 On-Sale – 2/26/14

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Image Expo 2014: The Gods Are ReIncarnated in The Wicked and the Divine

What if every 90 years the gods were reincarnated? Coming this 2014, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie team up to infuse new life into the old mythological characters in The Wicked and the Divine from Image Comics. The new ongoing series will feature guest creators and surprise arcs with alternate endings that will bring the gods of mythology to life.

Twelve gods will be briefly reincarnated in order to perform miracles like superheroes and bask in celebrity fame. But for the first time, there may be a thirteenth god reincarnated, and lucky number thirteen is tipping the delicate balance.

Gillen explained:

The idea of playing superheroes as celebrity isn’t exactly new. However, it’s always played cynical. The celebrity characters are always the debased bad guys, or at least the cautionary tale and wandering from the road of truth. It’s always implicitly arguing that these people are worse than the heroes who came before them because they’re on the cover of a magazine and they do a bit of coke. We’re not interested in that. We’re anti-that. We’ve all had pop-stars save our life.

As if superhero-like gods reincarnated isn’t enough to draw readers in, Gillen promises a hefty dose of drama and mystery as well. “There’ll be a lot of fights, drama, emotions, secrets, and kissing,” hinted Gillen. “Worth noting is the question of whether the lead ends up being a God is the story to begin with. As far as the world knows, there’s only twelve gods who appear. There may be a mystery going on.”

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Review: Origin II #1

Origin_II_1_CoverOrigin II is a sequel to Marvel’s controversial series that peeled back the at that point unknown, and confusing, history of their cash-cow Wolverine. This five-part series comes to us by the talented team of writer Kieron Gillen andartist  Adam Kubert. Promising another unknown chapter in the character’s history, it’s hinted as “one that shapes the hero he was destined to become.”

Set a few years after the events of OriginOrigin II finds James Howlett running with the wolves…until something unexpected brings him back into the world he left behind. We’ll follow the first X-Man as he finds his way back to civilization and runs afoul of someone Sinister. Someone who has just discovered mutantkind for the first time. Plus, we’ll discover the shocking secret behind James’ greatest foe! Now he must choose: is he man or is he beast?

I only briefly checked out the original series. While I was ambivalent about learning more of Wolverine’s origin, the fact this was one of the few comics to be released during Christmas was enough for me to check it out. Plus, its creative team is a solid one and I wanted to check out at least the first issue and see what they could put together. I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the first issue.

The issue would be silent if not for the internal monologue throughout. You get a good idea of where Wolverine/Howlett is at this point in his life, literally running with wolves. And through this one issue, you also get a sense of why he is the way he is. The struggles he goes through every day now. What’s also nice is Gillen starts us fresh with no need to read the previous volume.

Kubert’s art is fantastic as expected. The art alone is a reason to pick up the issue. I found myself lingering on each page basking in each one’s beauty. This team together is a superstar team that seem to have been made for each other.

I went into the issue with not much as far as hopes and have come out of it intrigued as to what’s to come. Hopefully what we’ll see won’t be wedged into “X” continuity and like this first issue a natural flow of events as if this was always Wolverine’s known history, one we just weren’t familiar with.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Adam Kubert
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Three #3

Three #3

Story By: Kieron Gillen
Art By: Jordie Bellaire
Cover By: Jordie Bellaire
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: OCT130628
Published: December 11, 2013

Curse the Spartan who is a Trembler. Shave his beard. Rip his cloak. Beat or spit on him if you will. If you found yourself condemned in such a fashion, a few short years after all of Sparta’s men ran, the hypocrisy could bite. Discover why it’s not just the helots who suffer under Spartan Law, and discover what a Trembler plans for the three slaves responsible for his shame…

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Preview: Marvel UK Returns in Your First Look at Revolutionary War: Alpha!

In 2014, Marvel readers should prepare for the next British Invasion. Starting in January, cult favorite Marvel UK characters return for an 8-issue limited series kicking off in Revolutionary War: Alpha #1! Today, Marvel is excited to present your first look at that exciting first issue from blockbuster creative team of writers Andy Lanning & Alan Cowsill and artist Richard Elson!

Long ago, Captain Britain, Dark Angel, Motormouth and the pantheon of Marvel UK Heroes believed they had defeated the shadowy Mys-Tech organization in one Earth-shattering climactic battle. But they were wrong. Mys-Tech has returned, and their presence threatens not only the world – but the entire universe!

Now, Marvel UK’s greatest heroes must band together for the first time in 20 years to stop a long forgotten enemy.  But are they too late? The battle begins this January in Revolutionary War: Alpha #1 and continues one week later Revolutionary War: Dark Angel #1 and various one-shots on-sale through February and March!

REVOLUTIONARY WAR: ALPHA #1 (NOV130642)
Written by ANDY LANNING & ALAN COWSILL
Art by RICHARD ELSON
Cover by MARK BROOKS
FOC – 12/09/14  On-Sale – 1/08/14

REVOLUTIONARY WAR: DARK ANGEL #1 (NOV130644)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by DIETRICH SMITH
Cover by MARK BROOKS
FOC – 12/16/13 On-Sale – 1/15/14

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Rings of the Mandarin Begins in Iron Man 23.NOW!

This March, Tony battles for his life against supernatural forces unlike anything he’s ever faced before when the explosive Rings of the Mandarin arc begins in Iron Man #23.NOW!

From blockbuster writer Kieron Gillen and red hot artist Luke Ross – the destructive and powerful Mandarin Rings have resurfaced, in search of new hosts. In the wrong hands, just one could cause untold destruction. And all ten are seeking out enemies of Tony Stark!

But while the ten rings search for bearers – a deadly foe seeks to claim their power for his own. And it’s not who you think it is! Thor: The Dark World foe Malekith the Accursed seeks their power, and it’s up to Iron Man and some unlikely allies to take him down.

But will the help of Dark Angel and his recently revealed brother Arno be enough to stop the power of the ten Mandarin Rings and Malekith the Accursed? You’ll never guess who comes out on top when Rings of the Mandarin kicks off in Iron Man #23.NOW this March!

IRON MAN 23.NOW
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by LUKE ROSS
Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
On-Sale This March!

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Preview: Three #2

Three #2

Story By: Kieron Gillen
Art By: Jordie Bellaire
Art By: Ryan Kelly
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: SEP130644
Published: November 13, 2013

Three slaughter survivors race towards the free city of Messene. Pursuing them are 300 Spartans. Why? What makes Sparta think that unleashing this isn’t massive overkill? What makes a Spartan king agree to lead them? And what secrets do the Helot workers hold that changes everything…

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