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“Scorpio Rising” Starts Now! Your First Look at Amazing Spider-Man #9!

Strap in webheads because the webswinging wallcrawler is in for yet another action-packed story arc! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Amazing Spider-Man #9 – the first chapter of “Scorpio Rising”! You thought Mr. Negative and Cloak & Dagger were tough? You ain’t seen nothing yet!

Writer Dan Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli put Peter Parker through the wringer as he faces down the remains of the international terrorist organization known as THE ZODIAC! Scorpio has put his master plan into action. It’s all been leading to this! If he succeeds, there’s no way Spider-Man or ANYONE for that matter will be able to stop him. It’s a race against time across Europe as Spider-Man and his allied hunt down Scorpio before it’s too late. Jump on board the series everyone is talking about when “Scorpio Rising” kicks off this March!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 (JAN160833)
Written by DAN SLOTT
Art by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Women of Power Variant by TULA LOTAY (JAN160834)
Story Thus Far Variant by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (JAN160835)
Artist Variant by BOB MCLEOD (JAN160836)
FOC – 02/15/16, On-Sale – 03/09/16

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Waugh! Your New Look at Howard the Duck #1!

He’s back! That Marvelous Mallard. That Foul Fowl. We’re talking about the one and only Howard the Duck – coming to you this November for a brand-new Howard the Duck #1! Don’t miss your chance to jump on board the series the world is talking about before they keep talking about it without you! Along with his shape shifting companion Tara Tam and new office administrator Aunt May, he’ll take on the hard cases no mere man nor duck will touch. Plus, don’t miss a special backup story featuring the highly anticipated debut of Gwenpool! Written by Christopher Hastings with art by Danilo Beyruth – be there as this new character makes her way to the Marvel Universe for the very first time. It’s all happening this November!

HOWARD THE DUCK #1 (SEP150773)
Written by CHIP ZDARSKY
Art & Cover by JOE QUINONES
Variant Covers by JOE QUINONES (SEP150774), DAVID AJA (SEP150775),
BOB MCLEOD (SEP150777)
Gwenpool Variant by RON LIM (JUL158701)
Hip-Hop Variant by JUAN DOE (SEP150776)
Movie Variant by YASMINE PUTRI (SEP150778)
FOC – 10/12/15, On-Sale – 11/04/15

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Preview: The Force is Strong With a New Look at Star Wars #1

Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel have released a new look at the highly anticipated Star Wars #1the blockbuster new ongoing series welcoming Star Wars back home to the House of Ideas! The all-star creative team of Jason Aaron, artist John Cassaday and colorist Laura Martin bring a galaxy far, far away to life like never before as the adventures of the Rebel Alliance continue following the events of Star Wars: A New Hope!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Aaron said:

Every story is about the characters, and we’ll focus on all the old favorites. There will be big moments for everyone, from Han to R2-D2. But a major part of the narrative will be driven by Luke Skywalker and his journey of discovery, a journey that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy.

Taking place immediately after the destruction of the first Death Star, join Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2-D2 and C-3PO as the Rebel Alliance attempts to liberate the galaxy from Darth Vader and the tyranny of the Empire! Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, this new ongoing comic series will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars Universe!

The world of Star Wars is set to make it’s triumphant return to Marvel beginning in January 2015, and now is your chance to jump on board the brand new series for one of the biggest launches of the year! Take your first step into a larger world when Star Wars #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices this January!

STAR WARS #1 (NOV140709)
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Variant Covers by JOHN CASSADAY (NOV140711), BOB MCLEOD (NOV140712), JOE QUESADA (NOV140714), ALEX ROSS (NOV140716), SARA PICHELLI (NOV140718), SKOTTIE YOUNG (NOV140719) and J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (NOV140710)
Party Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (NOV140720)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (NOV140721)
Movie Variant Also Available (NOV140713)
Quesada Sketch Variant, Ross Sketch Variant and Christopher Party Sketch Variant Also Available
FOC – 12/08/14, On Sale 01/14/15

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Welcome Home Star Wars With Epic Launch Parties in January!

Marvel is kicking off 2015 with a bang big enough to destroy a Death Star as Star Wars makes its triumphant return to the House of Ideas and into comic shops on January 14th! That’s right, your local comic shop is the place to be to get your hands on the blockbuster first issue of Star Wars! In addition to being among the first to purchase and read the landmark Star Wars #1, fans will also be able to receive special items exclusive to these launch parties.

Star Wars #1 is already poised to be one of the biggest launches of the year, and Marvel is making sure comic book stores worldwide are armed and ready for the landmark return of Star Wars to its home at Marvel. Each retailer opting into the Star Wars #1 Launch Party will receive a Star Wars Party Kit from Marvel, containing exclusive promotional materials including exclusive variants, promotional buttons, cake toppers and more. Check your Marvel Mailer for more information on how to opt-in by 12/08 to ensure your store has these promo items and exclusives.

All qualifying retailers will receive the following as part of the Star Wars #1 Launch Party:

Star Wars #1 Invitational Postcards

Star Wars #1 Promotional Pins

Star Wars #1 Skottie Young Lithographs

Star Wars #1 John Tyler Christopher Sketch Party Variant

This January, take your first step into a larger world as a galaxy far, far away returns to Marvel with Star Wars #1 – on sale January 14th!

STAR WARS #1 (NOV140709)
STAR WARS WELCOME HOME PARTY OPT-IN (NOV140723)
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Variant Covers by ALEX ROSS (NOV140716), JOE QUESADA (NOV140714), SARA PICHELLI (NOV140718), BOB MCLEOD (NOV140712) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (NOV140719)
Party Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (NOV140720)
Movie Variant Also Available (NOV140713)
Connecting Variant A by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (NOV140710)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (NOV140721)
FOC – 12/08/14, On-Sale – 01/14/14

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Preview: Celebrate The 50th Anniversary of the X-Men – A First Look at X-Men: Gold #1!

This November, celebrate the milestone anniversary of the Children of the Atom as the X-Men turn 50 years old! Marvel is proud to present a first look at X-Men: Gold #1, featuring all-new stories by legendary creators from the 50 years of rich X-Men history!

X-Men: Gold #1 features an all-new, feature length story by the legendary Chris Claremont and classic X-Artist Bob McLeod! Experience an untold, in-continuity story of the X-Men featuring Cyclops, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Kitty Pryde, and Rogue!

But that’s not all! X-Men: Gold #1 is also jam-packed with stories from all-star creators from the storied history of Marvel’s Mutants – including the first new X-Men story from Stan Lee in years! Stan is joined by Louise Simonson and Walt Simonson to bring you an exciting new tale of the original X-Men!

Also featuring new stories set throughout the history of the X-Men from all-star X-Creators Len Wein, Jorge Molina, Fabian Nicieza, Salvador Larroca, Roy Thomas and Pat Olliffe!

X-MEN: GOLD #1 (SEP130754)
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT, STAN LEE, LOUISE SIMONSON, LEN WIEN, FABIAN NICEZA, & ROY THOMAS
Art by WALTER SIMONSON, BOB MCLEOD, JORGE MOLINA, SALVADOR LARROCA, & PAT OLLIFFE
Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
FOC – 10/21/13 On-Sale – 11/13/13

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Review: Action Comics Vol. 2: Bulletproof

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Generally I don’t subscribe to the hype surrounding writer Grant Morrison and this trade paperback shows off quite well the issues I have with his writing. This new Action Comics hardcover collects five issues and the first annual, featuring President Superman, Nimrod the Hunter, The Forgotten Superman and much more! Plus: meet “The Boy Who Stole Superman’s Cape,” in a tale from Clark Kent’s early days in Metropolis. That’s a lot to cover and partially why I had issues with this second volume.

I stopped reading Action Comics with the first or second issue. This second volume is the middle of Morrison’s epic storyline, and having read the very beginning and the tale end, some of it makes more sense to me, but still the stories are disjointed a common issue I have with Morrison’s writing. It’s like he has grand ideas, but issues explaining them coherently.

Bouncing back and forth across the multiverse, Morrison in these issues covers multiple Supermen, never really focusing on one for too long. Some of the stories are fantastic, but also feel like they’re dropped in the middle of an ongoing story, not connected at all to what’s going on. That’s a shame too. At least one of the the Supermen covered deserves an arc all to himself, but this second volume jumps around too much to get us to focus on the Clark Kent and Superman we know.

What confuses me more is Action Comics at this point is set years before where DC’s New 52 is in time. It’s the origin of Superman. With a lack of focus on that character, how are w supposed to really connect with him? This seems like a grand-storyline for down the road, not to kick things off.

Then there’s that time issue. Some of it is in the past, some of it is in the present, you have to guess based on the costumes. Some of it makes no sense whatsoever.

If I could sum this up with one word, it’d be “disjointed.” For die-hard Superman fans only.

Collects Action Comics #9-12, 0 and Action Comics Annual #1.

Story: Grant Morrison, Sholly Fisch, Max Landis Art: Rags Morales, Brad Walker, Cully Hammer, Gene Ha, Ben Oliver, Cafu, Ryan Sook, Rick Bryant, Andrew Hennessy, Bob McLeod
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Guests, Returns to Northern Virginia

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Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Guests, Returns to Northern Virginia

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – March 7, 2012 –The Baltimore Comic-Con continues working to establish an amazing guest list, and is proud to announce the addition of even more guests!

In addition to previously announced guests, the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con, to be held September 8th and 9th at the Baltimore Convention Center, will feature comic superstars Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen:  Silk Spectre), Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.), David Finch (Batman:  The Dark Knight), Gene Ha (Justice League), Cully Hamner (Action Comics), Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents:  Wonder Woman), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2:  30 Days of Night One-Shot), Brian Stelfreeze (ICE), Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9), and Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin).

Guest List

The 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con will feature the following previously announced guests:

Laura & Michael Allred – Madman, iZombie

Greg Capullo – Batman, Spawn
Frank Cho – Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows
Steve Conley – Bloop
Rich Faber – Roboy Red
John Gallagher – Buzzboy
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman
Keith Giffen – Superman, OMAC, Green Arrow
Larry Hama – G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam
Dean Haspiel – Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City
J.G. Jones – Wanted, Doc Savage
Scott Kurtz – PvPonline.com
David Mack – Kabuki
Ron Marz – Artifacts, Voodoo
David Petersen – Mouse Guard
Frank Quitely – All Star Superman, Batman & Robin
Walter Simonson – Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers
Scott Snyder – Batman , Severed, Swamp Thing
Billy Tucci – A Child Is Born, Shi
Matt Wagner – Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel
Mark Waid – Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredemable
…With more on the way!  Stay tuned to our website or use the “Sign up” link at the bottom of our website to receive update announcements as we make them!
Baltimore Comic-Con Road Show Continues
Continuing his 2012 road show, this weekend, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter Marc Nathan brings the Baltimore Comic-Con back to his neighbors to the south — Northern Virginia!  Marc will be attending the Shoff Baseball & Sports Card Shows & Comic Book & Nonsports Card Show this Sunday, March 11th.  Stop by to chat with Marc about the show, and pick up some comics and cards while you’re there!  Marc will also have Exhibitor and Artist Alley forms for this years convention on September 8th and 9th.
For more information about Shoff show, please go to their website, http://shoffpromotions.com/.  The March 11th event will be held at the Tysons Corner, VA Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn), 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102 from 10am-3:30pm, and admission is only $3/person.  Be sure to stop by!

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 7 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

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