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*Getting a little tired of the relentless Thor cross-promotion. Thor meets X-Factor!  Thor meets Power Pack!  Thor meets Deadpool!  Thor meets Howard the Duck!  Only one of these is fake.

*Maybe Marvel should tone it down a bit with the existential threats to the universe.  They are coming a little too often these days.  Zombies, Kang, the Chaos King, the Cancerverse, the Elder Gods and who knows how many others have tried to destroy everything.  And that was just in December.

*I’ve discovered I really prefer comics to have superheroes or the supernatural.  No matter how good other stuff is, I still prefer something super in my comics.

*Week 37 of DC’s 52 really gives away one of the biggest secrets and best mysteries of the whole thing.  Maybe the biggest/best, since I haven’t finished it yet.  I really hate when a cover gives away a key plot point.

*So I’m reading Countdown to Final Crisis and I note that the Monitors refer to human beings in the collective as “man.”  Why would they have our gender pronoun bias?  That’s either offensive or lazy writing.  Talking to you, Dan Jurgens.

*I really, really hate the crazy re-numbering and then again also re-numbering stuff that Marvel does.  The latest issue of Iron Man is #500.  The issue before that was #33.  Annoying and convoluted nonsense.

*Really looking forward to Age of X.

*Saw Scott Pilgrim last night, it totally lived up to the hype and is one of my favorite movies of the last 2-3 years.  Now on to the comics.  Last time this happened was with Kick-Ass.  Loved the movie, then read the comics and loved them even more.  Expect the same of Scott Pilgrim.

*Is it me or is Brian Michael Bendis‘s Luke Cage the best Luke Cage ever? (Hint: It’s not me)

*Am I the only one who thinks that Salvador Larocca‘s Tony Stark is the spitting image of a dark-haired Sawyer from Lost?

*I understand that the Walking Dead Weekly series is a cynical cash-in on the new popularity of the Walking Dead after the television series success.  I’m okay with that.  It still brings one of the greatest comic book series and zombie tales to more people, since the original early issues are expensive to buy, individually-speaking.  Sure, you can buy them in the trade paperbacks cheaper, but nothing beats the feeling of issue-to-issue reading of the series…

*Chaos War is over and the ending was pretty good for a mediocre series, overall.  Hopefully Fear Itself will be better than Chaos War or Shadowland.

*One thing I like about Chaos War and some other recent Marvel stuff is the fact that the usual “pow” and “wham” exclamations have been replaced with other words that are simply exaggerated.  From Chaos War #5, we have “Haikooooom” after a very good Haiku reference, “Gutssss” as Hercules gets hit in the stomach, “Chsstbsster” as Herc gets punched through the chest, “Godyslam” as the Chaos King gets slammed to the Earth and many others.  Some of them require you to think a bit more and try to figure out the connection, but they are very cool.  Don’t know who is responsible for them, Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Khoi Pham or someone else.  I’ve seen them elsewhere, but can’t remember where.  Whoever and whatever is the source, I’m a big fan and I encourage more of this.

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*John Romita Jr. has to be my favorite current comic artist.

*Brian Michael Bendis has to be my favorite current comic writer.

*My only problem with the TV-comic book adaptation of The Walking Dead is that it’s only on one day a week. And it’s over.

*Marvel’s new “Point One” project seems like a pretty good idea to me, but it won’t affect what I’m reading.

*As a long-time Marvel reader it’s strange to me that anything associated with “Secret War…” is now related to Nick Fury and not to the Beyonder.

*What’s the deal with firing all the Walking Dead TV writers? Am I missing something? I’ve loved every episode so far and am only upset that the first season is only six episodes long.

*Good. Shadowland is finally over. Is Chaos War over yet? And is the Thanos Imperative over? More cosmic stuff, please?!?

*Can we please have a Taskmaster ongoing series? Or at least make him a regular in something like Secret Warriors, since he’s working for Nick Fury anyway.

Your First Look at Daredevil #512

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Your First Look at DAREDEVIL #512

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Daredevil #512, the landmark final issue from writer Andy Diggle and artist Roberto de la Torre! In the wake of the shocking conclusion of SHADOWLAND, Hell’s Kitchen has been thrown into disarray and Matt Murdock is among the missing.  Does the mantle of Daredevil now rest with a dead man? And are his friends, lovers and allies able to cope with what he wrought, let alone atone for his sins?  It’s the dramatic last stand of a Marvel icon as this era of Daredevil comes to a close, only in Daredevil #512.

DAREDEVIL #512 (SEP100605)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE

Pencils & Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC-10/29/10, On-Sale-11/24/10

Daredevil #512 COVER Read more

Preview – Your First Look At Shadowland #4!

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Your First Look At SHADOWLAND #4!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Shadowland #4, the latest jaw-dropping chapter in the sold out series from creators Andy Diggle and Billy Tan! After last issue’s shocking revelation about Daredevil, the alliance of Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and Ghost Rider now know they may be too late to stop Murdock’s rise to power. But if they can’t save The Man Without Fear, all of New York—and the Marvel Universe—will fall to a darkness unlike any it’s ever seen. The final battle begins in Shadowland #4!

SHADOWLAND #4 (AUG100586)

SHADOWLAND #4 TAN VARIANT (AUG100587)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE

Penciled by BILLY TAN

Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

Variant Cover by BILLY TAN

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 9/23/10, On-Sale – 10/13/10

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Shadowland Is The Comic Event Of The Summer!

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Shadowland Is The Comic Event Of The Summer!

Marvel is pleased to announce that Shadowland #1, #2, and #3 have sold out again at Diamond, cementing the series as the number one read this summer! Readers now have the exciting opportunity to catch up on the entire series when Shadowland #4 hits shelves this month!

“We’re extremely happy with the success of Shadowland and I’m very proud of the work Andy, Billy and the rest of the team have done crafting the story,” says editor Stephen Wacker. “From the core titles to the tie-ins, we’re seeing an amazing response from readers. The book just can’t stay on the shelves. I just hope we don’t run out of paper.”

Shadowland #1, Shadowland #2, and Shadowland #3 have all sold out at Diamond and are returning with Shadowland #1 Fourth Printing Variant, Shadowland #2 Third Printing Variant, and Shadowland #3 Second Printing Variant! Readers who have missed out on the jaw-dropping first three issues of the sellout series can now catch up just in time for the release of Shadowland #4!

Shadowland #1 Fourth Printing Variant and Shadowland #2 Third Printing Variant both feature the exhilarating covers of John Cassaday, while Shadowland #3 Second Printing Variant features the awe-inspiring interior artwork of series-artist Billy Tan on the cover!

Due to the unprecedented success of Shadowland, Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on all upcoming issues and tie-ins as the series is poised to change the landscape of Hell’s Kitchen and the Marvel Universe. The battle for the soul of New York rages on!

SHADOWLAND #1 FOURTH PRINTING VARIANT (JUL108213)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE

Pencils by BILLY TAN

Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

Rated T+…$3.99

FOC – 9/23/10, On-Sale – 10/13/10

SHADOWLAND #2 THIRD PRINTING VARIANT (JUL108214)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE

Pencils by BILLY TAN

Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

Rated T+…$3.99

FOC – 9/23/10, On-Sale – 10/13/10

SHADOWLAND #3 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JUL108175)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE

Pencils & Cover by BILLY TAN

Rated T+…$3.99

FOC – 9/16/10, On-Sale – 10/6/10

SHADOWLAND #4 (AUG100586)

SHADOWLAND #4 TAN VARIANT (AUG100587)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE

Penciled by BILLY TAN

Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

Variant Cover by BILLY TAN

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 9/23/10, On-Sale – 10/13/10

SHADOWLAND #1 4TH PTGSHADOWLAND #2 3RD PTGSHADOWLAND #3 2ND PTGSHADOWLAND #4 COVER

Preview – Your First Look At Shadowland: Power Man #2!

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Your First Look At Shadowland: Power Man #2!

Marvel is pleased to announce your first look at Shadowland: Power Man #2, from red hot writer Fred Van Lente and up-and-coming artist Mahmud Asrar! Who is this new Power Man and how can he defeat both Luke Cage and Iron Fist? This newfound vigilante problem on the streets of Shadowland is worsened when the villains from Luke Cage and Iron Fist’s past show up to take the heroes down! The battle for the soul of New York continues in Shadowland: Power Man #2!

And for fans who missed out on the first issue of this electrifying series, Shadowland: Power Man #1 Second Printing Variant hits store shelves this September!

SHADOWLAND: POWER MAN #2 (JUL100575)

Written by FRED VAN LENTE

Penciled by MAHMUD ASRAR

Cover by MIKE PERKINS

Rated T+ …$3.99

On-Sale – 9/15/10

SHADOWLAND: POWER MAN #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JUL108137)

Written by FRED VAN LENTE

Pencils & Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 9/2/10, On-Sale – 9/22/10

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Daredevil Continues Shadowland’s Non-stop Sell-Outs!

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Daredevil Continues Shadowland’s Non-stop Sell-Outs!

The blockbuster hit of the summer, Shadowland, continues as Marvel is pleased to announce that Daredevil #509 has sold out at Diamond (though copies may still be available at a retail level) and will return with Daredevil #509 Second Printing Variant! From the red hot creative team of Andy Diggle, Antony Johnston and Roberto De La Torre, a new world order has taken over Hell’s Kitchen as Daredevil’s Shadowland stronghold continues to grow! Matt Murdock’s former friends and allies are trying desperately to bring The Man Without Fear back to his senses, but can anyone put an end to Daredevil’s reign of terror?

Don’t miss Daredevil #509 Second Printing Variant; your new chance to get a look at this blockbuster event that will change Daredevil and the Marvel Universe forever!

DAREDEVIL #509 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JUL108027)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE & ANTONY JOHNSTON

Penciled by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE

Cover by J.M. KEN NIIMURA

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC – 8/26/10, On Sale – 9/15/10

Daredevil #509 2nd Printing

Preview – Your First Look At Shadowland: Blood On The Streets #2

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Your First Look At SHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS #2

Marvel is proud to present your first look at Shadowland: Blood On The Streets #2 (of 4) from the red-hot creative team of writer Antony Johnston and artist Wellinton Alves! Continuing the run-away smash hit of the summer, Shadowland, a rogue faction of The Hand is mysteriously killing off mobsters untouchable by the law and it’s up to the unlikely team of Silver Sable, Paladin, Misty Knight and The Shroud to find out if they’re working for Daredevil! Will this twisted murder mystery unite the quartet, or place them in each other’s crosshairs? Can this controversial crew put aside their differences before a war between The Hand and the mob sets New York ablaze? Find out in Shadowland: Blood On The Streets #2 (of 4)!

Fans and critics agree, Shadowland: Blood On The Streets is a hit!

“Antony Johnston, brings his A game yet again to the table with this Shadowland tie-in.” – CosmicBookNews.com

“Blood on the Streets delivers everything an tie-in should; it tells a story that is interesting in and of itself while adding richness to the supporting event. I’m totally looking forward to more of this next month!” – TheOtherMurdockPapers.com

“It’s a well put-together issue, both in terms of artwork and writing, and I’m really interested to see just how the rest of this storyline plays out. Highly Recommended!”Adam Chapman, Comixtreme.com

Plus, don’t miss Shadowland: Blood On The Streets #1 Second Printing Variant; your new chance to get in on the ground floor of this pulse-pounding action packed series!

SHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS #2 (of 4) (JUL100572)

Written by ANTONY JOHNSTON

Penciled by WELLINTON ALVES

Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA

Rated T+ …$3.99

On Sale – 9/8/10

SHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS #1 (of 4) (JUL108023)

Written by ANTONY JOHNSTON

Pencils and Cover by WELLINTON ALVES

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 8/26/10, On Sale – 9/15/10

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Your First Look At Shadowland: Ghost Rider #1!

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Your First Look At SHADOWLAND: GHOST RIDER #1!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Shadowland: Ghost Rider #1 from rising-star writer Rob Williams and superstar artist Clayton Crain! The red-hot comic blockbuster of the summer, Shadowland, continues as the Spirit of Vengeance makes his debut after being summoned by the Kingpin. In an attempt to change the tides of war, Ghost Rider must travel to Japan and take on the unrelenting might of the secret ninja organization known as The Hand. Can Ghost Rider storm into the belly of the beast and make it out in one piece? Find out in Shadowland: Ghost Rider #1!

SHADOWLAND: GHOST RIDER #1 (JUL100573)

Written by ROB WILLIAMS

Pencils & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 8/26/10, On Sale – 9/15/10

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Shadowland Continues To Fly Off Store Shelves!

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Shadowland Continues To Fly Off Store Shelves!

Marvel is pleased to announce that both Shadowland #2 and Shadowland: Bullseye #1 have sold out at Diamond (although copies may still be available at a retail level) and will be returning with Shadowland #2 Second Printing Variant and Shadowland: Bullseye #1 Second Printing Variant. Fans can’t get enough of the biggest summer comics event of the year and this second straight sell-out is proof! Darkness has shrouded Hell’s Kitchen and everything you thought you knew about Daredevil is about to change!

First in Shadowland #2 Second Printing Variant, from the superstar team of Andy Diggle and Billy Tan, the battle for the soul of New York continues and it’s up to Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Spider-Man and Moon Knight to ensure the neighborhood’s survival. With each issue raising the stakes, there’s no telling who will make it out of Shadowland alive!

Then, in Shadowland: Bullseye #1 Second Printing Variant, the secrets of the world’s most deadliest assassin are finally revealed! For years he’s haunted Daredevil’s life, violently striking the Man Without Fear in the places that hurt like hell. Now, with his life as an Avenger behind him, find out the true story behind Bullseye’s past.

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Shadowland and all it’s tie-ins as each issue continues to sell out in record times! Who will be the dangerous new player that could tip the scales? Will the Kingpin be the savior of Hell’s Kitchen? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Shadowland #2 Second Printing Variant and Shadowland: Bullseye #1 Second Printing Variant!

SHADOWLAND #2 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JUN108163)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE

Pencils and Cover by BILLY TAN

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 8/12/10, On-Sale – 9/1/10

SHADOWLAND: BULLSEYE #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JUL108012)

Written by JOHN LAYMAN

Pencils and Cover by SEAN CHEN

Parental Advisory …$3.99

FOC – 8/19/10, On Sale – 9/8/10

Shadowland: Bullseye 2nd PrintingShadowland #2 2nd Printing

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