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Marvel’s Wave 2 Branded All-New Marvel NOW. New Invaders and Inhuman. (Updated)

Marvel went to USA Today to announce their second wave of Marvel NOW comics, dubbed All-New Marvel NOW. This second wave begins December 24 with Avengers #24.NOW, which will be an entry point for new readers and remains Marvel’s flagship series. The new wave will also see All-New Invaders and Inhuman in January. This initiative continues through April of 2014.

Though cryptic in the article, select NOW comics will include digital codes “for the first collection of issues so fledgling fans can get brought up to speed.”

Inhuman will follow these key players in the Marvel U after Infinity and the upcoming Inhumanity. The series will be written by Matt Fraction with ar by Joe Madiurera. The series follows what happens when a large part of the human population is exposed to the Terrigen Mists that gave the Inhuman’s their powers. So, we have a budding population of newly powered individuals, much like what’s been dealt with in X-Men storylines of years past. Unfolding out of the cataclysmic events of Infinity, new Inhumans spring up around the globe forcing the once-secret society of Inhumans out into civilization! With Avengers-level powers and abilities, will they chose to stand with Earth’s Mightiest…or against them? As the chaos consumes the globe, discover the fate of King Black Bolt and his royal family as the world becomes Inhuman!

Avengers #24.NOW written by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Esad Ribic sees Captain America take a larger role (he hasn’t had one already?) as he and Iron Man round-up a new team of Avengers to deal with a runaway planet heading toward Earth. Only the mightier-than-ever Avengers can prevent the annihilation of two worlds!

Captain America also joins some friends from World War II including the original Human Torch, Namor the Sub-Mariner and former Cap sidekick Bucky Barnes who seems to be going by his brainwashed name of Winter Soldier in modern-day with All-New Invaders by writer James Robinson and artist Steve Pugh. The alien Kree Empire discovers a way to weaponize Norse Gods, can these timeless allies survive the deadly cosmic trenches?

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Preview: Marvel NOW! – X-Men #1

Marvel has released a first look at the hotly anticipated X-Men #1! Storm, Rogue, Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, Rogue & Psylocke redefine what it means to be a Child of the Atom in X-Men #1, kicking off the all-new ongoing series by  the blockbuster creative team of writer Brian Wood and artist Oliver Coipel! An old enemy shows up at the X-Men’s door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come back to Earth. Meanwhile, Jubilee has come home, and she’s brought with her an orphaned baby who might hold the key to the Earth’s survival…or its destruction! With an imminent alien invasion and an eons-spanning war between brother and sister around the corner, Storm steps up and puts together a team to protect the child and stop a new threat that could destroy all life in the Marvel Universe!

X-MEN #1 (FEB130492)
Written by BRIAN WOOD
Art & Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
FOC – 05/06/12 On-Sale – 05/29/13

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Review: Superior Spider-Man #9

superior spider-man #9 coverSince December of last year, it almost seems like writer Dan Slott has been going on out his way to make geeks get riled up and pissed off. Superior Spider-Man #9 is his latest release and it’s kicked up an online shit-storm as expected. The storyline is simple, Doc Ock has figured out Peter’s conscious is still in his body and decides to battle him within their shared mind. It’s a “fight” comic with some interesting twists and turns and helped by the solid art of Ryan Stegman.

The storyline involving Doctor Octopus taking over Spider-Man’s body as a whole has been controversial, getting fans whipped up into a frenzy over how Slott “ruined” their favorite character. For me, not being a regular Spidey reader, the story seems fresh and entertaining. Enough so, that I’m now regularly reading the series, something I wasn’t 6 months ago.

What’s interesting is Slott’s ability to have Ock balance between being a hero, or at least what he thinks one is, and being the villain he was. There’s a fine line in that and interesting character growth that Slott’s been slowly teasing and using as a plot device.

In this issue, the story could have gone numerous ways, and with that last page, we’re lead to believe (not going to give the spoiler away). But, for those that read Amazing Spider-Man #700, things aren’t always what they seem. And to me, that’s what’s so interesting about this storyline and some of these key issues.

The results and overall plot is somewhat predictable, but it’s still tremendously enjoyable. I’ve loved Slotts dialogue and plotting, he’s a master at both when it comes to delivering entertainment. The fact the community is so enraged brings more enjoyment. To think things won’t be resolved in some way in time for the next Spider-Man movie is laughable. Peter will be back most likely, it’s not if, but when. The meltdowns over it all shows Slott is doing a good job.

Comics are supposed to entertain and elicit and emotion. We can feel joy, sorrow, laugh or in this case for man, anger. The fact Slott is doing a mix of that for so many shows how solid of a writer he is and what an excellent run it is for the character. He’s doing his job, and doing it really damn well.

Story: Dan Slott Art: Ryan Stegman
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Unveils the X-Men #1 Deadpool Variant

Marvel has released a first look at critically acclaimed artist’s, Arthur Suydam, Deadpool variant to X-Men #1! Storm, Rogue, Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, Rogue and Psylocke redefine what it means to be a Child of the Atom  in X-Men #1, kicking off the all-new ongoing series by  the blockbuster creative team of writer Brian Wood and artist Oliver Coipel! An old enemy shows up at the X-Men’s door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come back to Earth. Meanwhile, Jubilee has come home, and she’s brought with her an orphaned baby who might hold the key to the Earth’s survival…or its destruction! With an imminent alien invasion and an eons-spanning war between brother and sister around the corner, Storm steps up and puts together a team to protect the child and stop a new threat that could destroy all life in the Marvel Universe!

X-MEN #1 (FEB130492)
X-MEN #1 DEADPOOL VARIANT (FEB130497)
Written by BRIAN WOOD
Art & Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
FOC – 05/06/12 On-Sale – 05/29/13

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Preview: Do Or Die! Fearless Defenders #4AU!

Marvel has released a first look at Fearless Defenders #4AU from the creative team of writer Cullen Bunn and artist Phil Jimenez! In an unbelievable Age of Ultron tie-in, the tables turn as Warrior Woman makes a decision that will shake the Fearless Defenders to its core—by teaming up with none other than Caroline LeFay. It’s time to finally discover the connection between this supreme villain and the infamous Morgan LeFay. No fan can miss the shocking reveal!

As the ruthless artificial intelligence continues to take the Marvel Universe by storm, watch how Age of Ultron will ultimately determine the fates of fans’ favorite heroes and villains alike!

FEARLESS DEFENDERS #4AU (MAR130606)
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art & Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
FOC- 04/29/13 On-Sale – 05/22/13

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The Secret Origin Of Tony Stark – Enter: The Stark Seven!

You know the origin of Iron Man, but what mysteries surround the Secret Origin of Tony Stark? It’s the biggest story to rock the life of the man behind the suit, and this April, the blockbuster creative team of Kieron Gillen and Dale Eaglesham uncover one of the secrets surrounding Tony’s past in Iron Man #10! But who are the “Stark Seven” and what do they have to do with Iron Man?

You’ve never read an Iron Man story quite like this and no fan can miss out on some of the biggest revelations that will not only impact the life of the Armored Avenger, but the entire Marvel Universe!

IRON MAN #10 (MAR130627)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by DALE EAGLESHAM
Cover by GREG LAND
FOC- 04/22/13 On-Sale – 05/15/13

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Marvel Minimates are In the Now With Two Marvel NOW Assortments!

After Avengers Vs. X-Men the Marvel Universe saw a universe-wide reshuffling known as Marvel NOW giving us some new and interesting takes on the Marvel U! Not only are we seeing team-ups we’ve never seen before, we’re seeing brand-new looks for some of the universe’s biggest heroes. And Diamond Select is bringing those looks to the Marvel Minimates line!

Series 51, which is exclusive to comic shops and specialty stores, will include the following two-packs:

  • Superior Spider-Man and Nova (Sam Alexander)
  • Shanna the She-Devil and a Reaper
  • Nick Fury Jr. with Heavy SHIELD Agent (includes Commander Rogers parts)
  • Maria Hill with Heavy SHIELD Agent (rare variant)

Additionally, Toys “R” Us and toysrus.com will dedicate most of their 16th series of Minimates to Marvel NOW, with updated looks for:

  • Iron Man and Hulk (with R.O.B.)
  • Wolverine and a Reaper
  • Captain America and Scarlet Witch
  • Phoenix Five Emma Frost and Colossus

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Superstar Artist Stephen Platt Covers Nova #4!

Marvel has released a look at the Nova #4 Platt Variant by superstar artist Stephen Platt! The sold-out smash hit series, from the blockbuster team of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness, continues as Nova finds himself smack dab in the middle of an intergalactic battlefront! Following his training, courtesy of the Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Gamora and Rocket Racoon, Nova comes face to face with THE CHIUTARI! But with questions still surrounding the disappearance of Sam’s dad, the very safety of the ENTIRE Marvel Universe hangs in the balance!

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NOVA #4 (MAR130618)
NOVA #4 PLATT VARIANT (MAR130619)
Written by JEPH LOEB
Art & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Variant Cover by STEPHEN PLATT
FOC – 4/22/13, ON SALE – 5/22/13

NOVA #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JAN138312)
Written by JEPH LOEB
Art & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
ON-SALE NOW!

NOVA #2 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (FEB138449)
Written by JEPH LOEB
Art & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
ON SALE – 5/1/13

Preview: Marvel NOW! First Look – Cable & X-Force #8!

Marvel has released a first look at Cable & X-Force #8, from the critically acclaimed creative team of writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Salvador Larroca! After releasing an intergalactic war criminal from the Raft in an attempt to avoid the death of six million people, Cable and his team rush off into space to face down an Armada. But will these actions bring them toe-to-toe with the pursuers bearing down on their trail—the Uncanny Avengers?

CABLE & X-FORCE #8 (MAR130665)
Written by Dennis Hopeless
Art & Cover by Salvador Larroca
FOC- 04/22/13 On-Sale – 05/15/13

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Preview: Ragnarök in Uncanny Avengers #8

Marvel has released a first look at Uncanny Avengers #8, from the critically acclaimed creative team of writer Rick Remender and artist Daniel Acuña! As burning shards of the Peak Station plummet to earth, the Marvel Universe enters Ragnarök! Now comes retribution for Thor’s rash action in the past—the God-slaying axe, Jarnbjorn, has returned in the hands of the Apocalypse Twins! What devastation awaits in the aftermath of the Apocalypse Twins’ brutality and their assassination of a Celestial? It is a fate so shattering that the Marvel Universe will quake to its very core. Not even the Uncanny Avengers can prevent the onslaught of Ragnarök!

Uncanny Avengers #8 (MAR130609)
Written by Rick Remender
Art & Cover by Daniel Acuña
Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
FOC- 04/15/13 On-Sale – 05/08/13

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