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The X-Men Face Mysterious Challengers in X of Swords

X of Swords, the next great X-Men crossover, kicks off this September and rages on in October with Chapters 3-11. The mysterious group of swordbearers come from the land of Arakko, and the X-Men will have to draw swords of their own to defend the new mutant nation of Krakoa. Arakko and its visitors are shrouded in mystery, and none more so than the group’s leader. While her identity remains classified, her story is sure to shock X-Men fans everywhere.

Spinning directly out of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men and Tini Howard’s Excalibur, X of Swords will be a massive mutant milestone that each X-Book will take part in. Every current X-Men writer— Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy, Ed Brisson, Zeb Wells, Leah Williams, and Vita Ayala— have come together to craft a modern epic that will go down in X-Men history! Joined by incredible artists like Carmen Carnero, Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, Viktor Bogdanovic, Matteo Lolli, Mahmud Asrar, Phil Noto, and Rod Reis, the dramatic battles in store for the X-Men will be unforgettable.

WOLVERINE #6

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC
Cover by ADAM KUBERT

X OF SWORDS, PART 3

Descent. Penance. A legendary power reclaimed.

WOLVERINE #6

X-FORCE #13

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER

X OF SWORDS, PART 4

Stealth. The power within. The burden of knowledge.

X-FORCE #13

MARAUDERS #13

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by MATTEO LOLLI
Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

X OF SWORDS, PART 5

A secret flight. A long journey. A Thief and a Queen.

MARAUDERS #13

HELLIONS #5

Written by ZEB WELLS
Art by CARMEN CARNERO
Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

X OF SWORDS, PART 6

Desperation. Help from unexpected places. An advance into the unknown.

HELLIONS #5

NEW MUTANTS #13

Written by ED BRISSON
Art by ROD REIS
Cover BY MIKE DEL MUNDO

X OF SWORDS, PART 7

Diligence. Discipline. A sword of the self.

NEW MUTANTS #13

CABLE #5

Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art and Cover by PHIL NOTO

X OF SWORDS, PART 8

A hand held aloft. A mystery in the stars. An ace up the sleeve.

CABLE #5

EXCALIBUR #13

Written by TINI HOWARD
Art  by R.B. SILVA
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR

X OF SWORDS, PART 9

Opposition. Despair. The dark night of the soul.

EXCALIBUR #13

X-MEN #13

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

X OF SWORDS, PART 10

Lessons. Longing. What has begun cannot be undone.

X-MEN #13

X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1

Written by TINI HOWARD & JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by PEPE LARRAZ & MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

X OF SWORDS, PART 11

A ritual. A parliament. A game begins.

X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1

Marvel Delivers Exiles and More Plus Harlequin Romance Manga, Today on comiXology

Today there are a dozen new digital comics added to comiXology‘s store. Marvel has ten new releases ranging from Exiles to Hellstorm. Harlequin also delivers two new romance manga. Check out the full list of releases here or check out the individual releases below.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Written by Chuck Austen, Judd Winick
Art by Jim Calafiore, Clayton Henry, Tom Mandrake, Mizuki Sakakibara, Kev Walker, Skottie Young
Cover by Mike McKone
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Collects Exiles #20-37 And X-Men Unlimited #41.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate. Now, relive their quest to fix the kinks in the chains of reality.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Written by Chuck Austen, Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Mizuki Sakakibara
Cover by Mizuki Sakakibara
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Collects Exiles 38-58.

They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 4

Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Mark McKenna, Paul Pelletier, Mizuki Sakakibara
Cover by Jim Calafiore
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Collects Exiles #59-74 And The Age Of Apocalypse Handbook.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 4

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 5

Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Casey Jones, Paul Pelletier
Cover by Jim Calafiore
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Collects Exiles #75-89 And Exiles Annual #1.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 5

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 6

Written by Chris Claremont, Mike Raicht
Art by Ronan Cliquet, Tom Grummett, Clayton Henry, Paul Pelletier, Steve Scott
Cover by Paul Pelletier
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Collects Exiles #90-100, Days Of Then & Now And X-Men: Die By The Sword #1-5.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality—brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 6

Ghost Rider: Trail Of Tears

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Clayton Crain
Cover by Clayton Crain
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Collects Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears #1-6.

Here it is – the prequel to Garth Ennis and Clayton Crain’s smash hit GHOST RIDER: ROAD TO DAMNATION! Travis Parham thought he’d seen hell. As a lieutenant in the Confederate Army, he stood neck-deep in muck and blood, surrounded by the whistle of hot shrapnel and the screams of dying men. Two years later, Parham has carved a new life for himself, doing his best to forget the depravity that lurks in the pits of men’s souls. Now, Parham’s tranquil world is about to be rudely interrupted. Up from the depths comes a force of nature that transcends his wildest dreams – a fiery wraith that knows a thing or two about evil and even more about vengeance.

Ghost Rider: Trail Of Tears

Secretary On Demand

Written by Cathy Williams
Art by Maoko Nagasaki
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Waitress Shannon secretly looks forward to seeing the man who comes to her restaurant for lunch every day. But then trouble with a customer gets her fired! The man who saves her from her financial woes is none other than her lunch man, Kane! He’s the president of a major corporation and he offers her a job. He wants to turn a waitress into his secretary? Should she take him up on his offer?

Secretary On Demand

The Sheikh’s Bride: Sheiks

Written by Sophie Weston
Art by Rikako Tsuji
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While tour guide Leo is visiting Cairo with her clients, she runs into members of an Arabian royal family at the hotel where she’s staying. She is immediately drawn to a sophisticated man with a noble air. His name is Amer and he’s the sheikh of Dalmun, a country in the Middle East. The prince of the desert should want nothing to do with her. But that night, he suddenly appears in front of her when she gets fired from her job!

The Sheikh's Bride: Sheiks

Hellstorm: Son Of Satan – Equinox

Written by Alex Irvine
Art by Russell Braun
Cover by Arthur Suydam
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Collects Hellstorm: Son of Satan (2006) #1-5.

When the Son of Satan is your best option, God help you. New Orleans. The Big Easy. The membrane between our world and the underworld has always been a little thinner here. Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the outpouring of human misery has drawn demons like sharks to a bloodbath. What better time for Daimon Hellstrom – a.k.a. the Son of Satan – to pay a visit? It starts with the doctor who delivers a baby that vanishes into the night. A doctor who is devoured by demons wearing New Orleans P.D. badges. Demons who work for someone – or something – -that’s descended on the Big Easy and doesn’t give a damn who Hellstorm or his father is. Something that’s harvesting body parts in a furious race toward unspeakable purposes. This is the Son of Satan as you’ve never seen him before, brought to you by acclaimed novelist Alexander Irvine (The Narrows), with searing art by Russell Braun (Animal Man) and Klaus Janson.

Hellstorm: Son Of Satan - Equinox

Heroes For Hire Vol. 3: World War Hulk

Written by Zeb Wells
Art by Clay Mann
Cover by Francis Tsai
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Collects Heroes for Hire (2006) #11-15.

The Heroes return to New York to find it the first battleground in WORLD WAR HULK. Will Humbug’s recently amplified powers be a factor against Hulk’s compatriots, Miek and Brood? Can the heroes salve the wounds of their adoptive city and still turn a profit? Both answers are “yes” if Misty Knight has anything to say about it!

Heroes For Hire Vol. 3: World War Hulk

Hulk And Power Pack: Pack Smash!

Written by Chris Giarrusso, Marc Sumerak, Paul Tobin
Art by Chris Giarrusso, Andy Kuhn, David Williams
Cover by David Williams
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Collects Hulk and Power Pack #1-4.

Power Pack couldn’t be more excited to meet their father’s new colleague, the world-famous Dr. Bruce Banner. But when the kids find themselves trapped in the tunnels beneath Manhattan by the Absorbing Man, they find out what happens when the good doctor gets angry! Get ready to go gamma as a brand-new team-up begins here!

Hulk And Power Pack: Pack Smash!

Iron Man And Power Pack: Armored And Dangerous

Written by Marc Sumerak
Art by Marcelo Di Chiara
Cover by Gurihiru
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Collects Iron Man and Power Pack #1-4.

Everyone’s favorite super-powered siblings – Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie – join forces with the Armored Avenger to bring down the mega-sized metallic monstrosity known as Ultimo; Marvel’s fastest villain, the Speed Demon; and the cryogenic criminal called the Blizzard! Does the action ever end? Not for Marvel’s youngest heroes! Someone is using stolen Stark Industries technology to take control of Marvel’s most high-tech heroes and villains. Sounds like the perfect time for Power Pack to attend an exhibit of old Iron Man armor! Nothing could possibly go wrong there…right?

Iron Man And Power Pack: Armored And Dangerous

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Review: Hellions #2

Hellions #2

Having launched just before everything went off the rails in the industry, Hellions was one of the more intriguing series for the newly relaunched X-Men line-up. The series brought together various troubled mutants into a version of their own Suicide Squad. Unlike that team of villains, this was a team of unrepentant monsters with a body count that piled high against mutants and humans. In Hellions #2 the dysfunctional team has been sent to deal with one of Mr. Sinister’s cloning labs housed in the basement of the orphanage where Havok grew up.

The first issue of Hellions was fantastic. It introduced us to the rogue gallery in a fairly common cinematic way. But, it did so with a wink and nod and an attempt to have some fun with it. It also threw in some philosophical debate as to whether these were individuals who could be rehabilitated at all. What would justice for each look like? Writer Zeb Wells shifts away from that a bit in Hellions #2. Instead of the bigger picture of restorative justice, the issue focuses more on how the team interacts and functions as a unit. The answer is not well at all.

What’s fascinating, and fantastic, about Hellions #2 is Wells ability to blend together so many different tones and aspects. There’s horror, comedy, social commentary, and of course action. Things go sideways on the mission from the initial meeting with local law enforcement to the horror awaiting the team within the orphanage. Wells nails the horror tone as the team meets their adversaries and we get even more information as to Mr. Sinister’s clone program’s past. The comic would have been top-notch just focused on the action with a horror spin but Wells adds in humor to it as well. This is a team of misfits and the inclusion of Orphan-Maker and Nanny deliver a one-two punch of laughs that are unexpected in two sequences, one extended to that perfect punchline.

A lot of the success of the comic is due to Stephen Segovia‘s art along with David Curiel‘s color and Cory Petit‘s lettering. The art style and coloring create a creepy and ominous tone but it also delivers the humor as well. You get the sense of horror the Hellions experience as they’re descended upon by their foes. You can see the unease as they’re confronted by what lies in the shadows. There’s also the visible physical pain as well as they get the crap beat out of them. You’ll also laugh as Nanny roles around on the ground unable to stand up. The art nails it in delivering the action but also delivers physical humor as well. The lettering is key to setting the tone as it changes with the foes invoking a “zombie-like” vibe. It’s a subtle but important aspect of the comic.

Hellions #2 is a fantastic issue. While it moves away from the weightier aspects set up in its debut, it entertains delivering a lot of action and some laughs. It’s been a long wait since the first issue but it’s been more than worth it.

Story: Zeb Wells Art: Stephen Segovia
Color: David Curiel Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Hellions #2

Hellions #2

(W) Zeb Wells (A/CA) Stephen Segovia
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99

THE DOMINANT SPECIES?
The Hellions can barely keep from killing one another, let alone find a way to fit into Krakoan society. Of course, that might be just what Mister Sinister is counting on when he sends them to clean up his messes.

Hellions #2

ComiXology Features 10 New Digital Comics for You to Check Out from DC, Marvel, and Yen Press

ComiXology has ten new digital comics and manga for you to check out today. It’s a mix of brand new releases as well as collections from DC Comics, Marvel, and Yen Press. Check out the full list of releases here or the individual releases below.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #9

Written by Andrea Shea, Tom Taylor
Pencils Isaac Goodhart, Pop Mhan
Inks Isaac Goodhart, Pop Mhan
Colored by Rex Lokus, Cris Peter
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Story 1 – Aquaman and Mera must stop Lex Luthor’s plans to drill into the ocean floor. Story 2 – Tula agrees to a Girls Night with Mera, but she quickly discovers that she and Mera have completely different ideas of what a Girls Night should be.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #9

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #6

Written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
Pencils Ty Templeton
Inks Ty Templeton
Colored by Monica Kubina
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Deathstroke enacts his final plan to kill the Dark Knight, luring him away from the rest of the Bat-Family. Can Batgirl and Robin deduce Deathstroke plans, or will Gotham have a new, more brutal, protector?!

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #6

Black Butler #165

Written by Yana Toboso
Art by Yana Toboso
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As Mey-Rin recalls her early days as a maid, she must now decide where her allegiances lie… Read the next chapter of Black Butler at the same time as Japan!

Black Butler #165

But I’m A Cat Person #27

Written by Erin Ptah
Art by Erin Ptah
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World Without Logos
Two ordinary graduates accidentally adopt a magical shapeshifting battle monster. Chapter 27: Backstory, bravery, and the big bad Wolf.

But I'm A Cat Person #27

D.P. 7 Classic Vol. 1

Written by Mark Gruenwald
Art by Paul Ryan
Cover by Paul Ryan
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Collects D.P.7 #1-9.

The Gru tackled the New and it’s here for you! Before his history-making work on Captain America and Quasar, Mark Gruenwald helped build the New Universe from the ground up with an outcast cast of Seven Displaced Paranormals on a quest leading them into urban legends, domestic disasters, and teen terror! Super-speed, super-strength, and superlative action from the creator of the ground-breaking Squadron Supreme miniseries! It’s an out-of-body experience you can’t miss!

D.P. 7 Classic Vol. 1

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Written by Judd Winick
Art by Jim Calafiore, Mike McKone
Cover by Mike McKone
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Collects Exiles (2001) #1-19.

Led by Blink, who hails from the wildly popular X-Men storyline “Age of Apocolypse,” the Exiles consist of heroes pulled from alternate times and universes who are sent to correct problems in the multiverse. Their adventures span hundreds of different worlds, setting events and characters back on their proper course — or else risk having them “blink” out of existence.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Heroes For Hire Vol. 2: Ahead Of The Curve

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Zeb Wells
Art by Al Rio
Cover by Billy Tucci
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Collects Heroes for Hire (2006) #6-10.

Marvel’s strangest team of heroes find themselves trapped in the hull of a ship with a bomb as the Grim Reaper plans to blow up the Statue of Liberty and take the Heroes for Hire with it! But why? What nefarious plan could he have up his sleeve? He’s evil so does it matter? He has to be stopped! Also, someone dies! No kidding. As if that wasn’t enough, here comes the return of villains no one asked for! THE HORRIFIC HEADMEN have a special surprise for the hapless Humbug

Heroes For Hire Vol. 2: Ahead Of The Curve

Weapon Omega

Written by Rich Koslowski
Art by Andrea Di Vito
Cover by Mike Choi
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Collects material from Marvel Comics Presents (2007) #1-12 and Civil War: The Initiative One-Shot.

Omega Flight’s Michael Pointer (a.k.a. Guardian) faces down demons both internal and external. What is happening to him — and who is responsible?

Weapon Omega

Marvel Illustrated: Moby Dick

Written by Roy Thomas
Art by Pascal Alixe
Cover by John Watson
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Collects Moby Dick #1-6.

Melville’s seafaring masterpiece is brought to stirring life in the pages of the Marvel Illustrated line. Young sailor Ishmael signs onto the whaling ship, Pequod. Soon, he comes to question his judgment as the vessel sets sail and he meets the strange crew sailing with him. Strangest of all is the mysterious Captain Ahab, whose obsession with the great white whale who once bit off his leg may lead them all to a watery doom. It’s been called the Great American Novel. And they weren’t kidding.

Marvel Illustrated: Moby Dick

The Royal Tutor #92

Written by Higasa Akai
Art by Higasa Akai
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The unlikely group of Professor Heine, the princelings, and Count Rosenberg take off on a search of grave importance. Read the next chapter of The Royal Tutor the same day as Japan!

The Royal Tutor #92

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Preview: Hellions #1

Hellions #1

(W) Zeb Wells (A/CA) Stephen Segovia
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $4.99

BAD IS THE NEW GOOD!

When Krakoa opened their doors to all mutants and forgave all past crimes, they might have known they’d have to accept some of their worst foes into the fold… but they didn’t plan for what to do with them. Not to worry-Mister Sinister knows what to do with the troublemakers. Meet his new Hellions: Scalphunter, Wild Child, Empath, Nanny, Orphanmaker, Psylocke…and Havok?! Under Sinister’s direction, they are sure to become productive members of mutant society. Writer Zeb Wells (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, NEW MUTANTS) and artist Stephen Segovia (WOLVERINE: MANIFEST DESTINY, SUPERIOR CARNAGE) bring you the team you’re going to hate to love!

Hellions #1

Preview: Ant-Man #3 (of 5)

Ant-Man #3 (of 5)

(W) Zeb Wells (A) Dylan Burnett (CA) Eduard Petrovich
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99

• The threat of Macrothrax and the impending invasion looms large!
• With no choice but to call the Avengers for help, will Ant-Man be able to convince them to take both this threat and himself seriously?
• Plus, when a certain web-slinging hero joins the investigation, will the stage be big enough for two wise-cracking crime fighters?
• Guest-starring Spider-Man and the Black Cat!

Ant-Man #3 (of 5)

Preview: Spider-Ham #3 (of 5)

Spider-Ham #3 (of 5)

(W) Zeb Wells (A/CA) Will Robson
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

LET’S DO THE HAM WARP AGAIN!

• What’s a Ham Warp? We don’t know, but this third issue of SPIDER-HAM is an interdimensional delight!
• Spider-Ham just can’t catch a break! First SPIDER-MAN crashes his solo adventure…
•…and now they’re trapped in the past! Somebody’s gotta bring home the bacon!

Spider-Ham #3 (of 5)
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