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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com
 Subject: Book of Lost Souls
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 7/28/2005 10:18:43 PM  

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A quick drive-by promotion....

This past week, the solicitations from Marvel went out which included
the first introductory issue of my new book for Marvel/Icon (their
creator owned line), "The Book of Lost Souls." In addition to Colleen
Doran doing the art (which is just gorgeous, lush and rich and
textured), this is a regular monthly book (as opposesd to Dream Police,
which was a one-shot), and it's a contemporary dark fantasy, something
I've only ventured into on rare occasions...so for me, it's a lot of
fun.

In tone, the closest the book comes to would be something like Sandman,
or my prior series, Midnight Nation, which to this day stands as my
favorite story in the comics form because it was a very personal story
for me. The Book of Lost Souls also fits that category because it is
just as personal in many ways.

Here's the sollicitation copy Marvel sent out on the book:

MARVEL COMICS SOLICITATIONS FOR PRODUCT SHIPPING OCTOBER, 2005
by Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer
Posted: July 22, 2005
Marvel Comics has provided CBR News with covers and solicit information
for product shipping October, 2005.

Marvel Solicitations - Last Six Months

Product Shipping September, 2005
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HOUSE OF M #8 (of 8)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by OLIVIER COIPEL
Cover by ESAD RIBIC
Variant cover by CHRIS BACHALO
Here it is! On the heels of last issue's revelations and the
jaw-dropping action taken by a key player in the House of M comes the
shocking conclusion that will rock the Marvel Universe for years to
come. This is no hype, my friend, this is the real deal. How will the
heroes of the Marvel Universe deal with the consequences of one
person's actions? How will the world react to the permanent damage that
has been done? Find out here! Starring everyone!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils and Cover by MIKE WIERINGO
"THE OTHER"
This is it! The start of a 4-month Spider-Man event that crosses over
all three core Spider books and promises to forever change the lives of
Peter Parker and everyone close to him! Haunted by unsettling dreams.
Disturbed by a growing sense of dread. Convinced that people are out to
get him. A portrait of someone on the edge of a nervous breakdown? Nah.
Simply a typical day for Peter Parker, as your friendly neighborhood
Spider-Man has to contend with a new and deadly opponent named Tracer,
self-defense lessons with Captain America, and some disturbing news
that will change his life in a distinctly negative manner. Part 1 (of
12)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #19
Guest Writer PETER DAVID
Pencils and Cover by PAT LEE
Just another typical night of insanity for Mary Jane as she deals with
an obsessed stalker and with watches helplessly while Spider-Man slugs
it out with...Iron Man? And that' s just a warm-up for the devastating
confrontation she has with Peter that results in the last thing she
expected to hear. Part 2 (of 12).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #525
Guest Writer PETER DAVID
Pencils and Cover by MIKE DEODATO
"THE OTHER"
Aunt May becomes aware that Peter and Mary Jane are hiding something
extremely bad from her. But between dealing with Tracer's endgame and
the unexpected return of a foe that Spider-Man has never defeated,
Peter has more than enough to worry about. Part 3 (of 12).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

SPIDER-MAN: THE OTHER SKETCHBOOK
Go behind the scenes of this month's Spider-Man mega-event with cover
sketches, character designs, conceptual artwork and penciled pages by
Mike Wieringo, Mike Deodato Jr., Pat Lee Joe Quesada and more!
32 PGS./ T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

SHE-HULK 2 #1
Written by DAN SLOTT
Penciled by JUAN BOBILLO
Cover by GREG HORN
The surprise hit from last year is BACK in a new ONGOING series! Join
She-Hulk as she deals with the bizarre legal problems of the Marvel U.!
Strange twists, exciting adventures, and lots of one, two, and
three-part stories guest-starring all of your favorite Marvel
Characters! See why Aint it Cool News says, "SHE-HULK is the best comic
Marvel publishes today."
And in this first issue, She-Hulk isn't the only one returning. Get
ready, True Believer! Because it's NOT a dream, NOT a hoax, and NOT
HOUSE OF M... HAWKEYE'S BACK! We kid you not! So why is Clint Barton
giving Jen Walters such a hard time? And how is his fate tied in to
She-Hulk's latest case? Well...you're just going to have to check out
SHE-HULK #1 to find out!
With guest appearances by THE NEW AVENGERS and CASSIE LANG (TITAN, from
YOUNG AVENGERS)
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

NICK FURY'S HOWLING COMMANDOS #1
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Pencils and Cover by EDU FRANCISCO
When the supernatural proves too difficult and dangerous for SHIELD,
Nick Fury fights fire with fire! Introducing the top secret weapon in
the battle against other worldly threats, the HOWLING COMMANDOS, a
special covert "shock and awe" unit made up of Marvel's greatest horror
characters. Join Warwolf, the Living Mummy, Frankenstein, the Zombie,
Vampire by Night and a whole army of the macabre in this fantastic
first issue! This series will have far reaching ramifications in the
Marvel Universe!
32 PGS/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #24
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils and Cover by GREG LAND
"TOMB OF NAMOR" Part 1 (of 3).
The shocking secret of the Storm family is finally revealed! Locked
away at the bottom of the ocean for 5,000 years, Namor the
Sub-Mariner's Atlantean tomb has been breached and now he's back to
rule a planet. This is a Namor you've never seen before with a vastly
different agenda. This is Ultimate Namor! Learn about the ties between
Atlantis, the Ultimate Inhumans and the super-races who existed before
man ruled the Earth. We're building the Ultimate Universe like never
before!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

ULTIMATE SECRET #4 (of 4)
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Penciled by TOM RANEY
Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
While the Kree shock troops send regiment after regiment to strike at
the secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, Captain Marvel, the Ultimates and the
Ultimate Fantastic Four infiltrate the alien mothership to learn who -
or what - Gah Lak Tus is! And believe us when we say they get more than
they bargained for!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

ULTIMATE X-MEN #64
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Pencils and Cover by STUART IMMONEN
"MAGNETIC NORTH"
The Ultimates guest-star in the Ultimate X-Men's most earth-shattering
adventure! It's all-out war inside the Triskelion, as multiple factions
of mutants battle against Captain America and his teammates. At
stake-the final fate of the master of magnetism-Magneto! Part 4 (of 5).

32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #84
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by MARK BAGLEY
"WARRIORS"
The Gangwar comes to a head in Hammerhead's stylish pad as Spidey,
Black Cat, Shang-Chi and Iron Fist battle it out with Hammerhead and
the Kingpin's assassin Elektra to decide the fate of New York's
Underworld. Will all of them survive?
Plus, more of the mysterious Moon Knight. And on whose side does he
fight? Part 6 (of 7).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

SPIDER-MAN: HOUSE OF M #5 (of 5)
Written by MARL WAID & TOM PEYER
Pencils and Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
Just when Spider-Man thought he'd hit rock bottom, he found a new low.
Now the entire Parker clan is forced to search the city for Peter
Parker, while at the same time dodging the Anti-Human lynch mobs that
throng the streets!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

SPIDER-MAN FAMILY ONE SHOT
Written by TOM DEFALCO
Pencils by ROM LIM
Hail, hail the gang's all here! All your favorite folks who don the
webs in one book for the FIRST TIME EVER! An old television program
that features SPIDER-MAN and ARAQA (with guest appearances by
SPIDER-HAM and the SPIDER-MOBILE) returns to haunt SPIDER-GIRL in an
8-page original story. Also features MARVEL TAILS STARRING PETER PORKER
THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-HAM #1 (November 1983), written by Tom DeFalco
and illustrated by Mark Armstrong, in which Captain Americat and
Spider-Ham investigate a video-arcade saboteur and run afoul of Hulk
Bunny; SPIDER-WOMAN #20 (November 1979), written by Mark Gruenwald and
illustrated by Frank Springer, featuring the first meeting between
Spider-Woman and Spider-Man; and SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 (November 1992),
written by Peter David and illustrated by Rick Leonardi, where an
all-new, all-different web-slinger is born as hot-shot geneticist
Miguel O'Hara finds his genetic code merged with that of a spider's!
Also features the first Untold Tale of Spider-Man as told by Kurt
Busiek & Pat Oliffe!
100 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$4.99

SPIDER-GIRL #91
Written by TOM DEFALCO
Pencils and Cover by RON FRENZ
"THE SINISTER SECRET OF THE SPIDER SHOPPE"
When Mayday Parker learns that a terrorist is stalking the fashion
industry and that someone is manufacturing high fashion versions of her
Spider-Girl costume, she finally attempts to learn the secret behind
the Spider Shoppe and unmask its mysterious owner. Plus: Normie Osborn
confronts Phil Urich because the time has come for an all-new Green
Goblin.
32 PGS./ALL AGES ...$2.99

ARAQA #10
Written by FIONA AVERY
Pencils and Cover by ROGER CRUZ
Araqa goes head-to-head against the mystic crime lord known as Jade,
but will she lose control to the Hunter? Also, Amun discovers secrets
of Araqa's past when looking into Jade's dark history.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

WOLVERINE #34 & #35
Written by DANIEL WAY
Layouts by JAVIER SALTARES
Finishes by MARK TEXEIRA
Covers by KAARE ANDREWS
He's one of the most crucial players in the House of M world, and for a
good reason: Wolverine carries burdens too great for even the most
powerful mutants to bear. Has it caused him to finally snap? All the
details you need to know about Wolverine's mysterious past and his
place in the House of M can be found right here! The simmering war
between Logan, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the leader of the human
resistance movement, Nick Fury, comes to a boil. And only one of them's
going to come out alive. Parts 2 & 3 (of 3).
32 PGS. (each)/ PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.50 (each)

GHOST RIDER #2 (of 6)
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Pencils and Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
"ROAD TO DAMNATION"
Given the chance to get out of hell, the Ghost Rider agrees to track
down the rogue demon, Kazaan, who's escaped to Earth and is having the
time of his life. But the Rider is not alone. Two other entities are
tracking Kazaan: a redneck demon named Hoss and a sultry archangel
named Ruth. Part 2 (of 6).
32 PGS./PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.99

GHOST RIDER #1 DIRECTOR'S CUT
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Pencils & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
This all-new expanded edition reprints GHOST RIDER #1, plus a hefty
helping of high-octane DVD-style extras - including Garth Ennis's
original series proposal; published and unpublished cover sketches by
Clayton Crain; and a soup-to-nuts behind-the-scenes featurette
detailing the progression from script to thumbnail to final art.
48 PGS./ PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$3.99

DAREDEVIL #78
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by ALEX MALEEV
"THE MURDOCK PAPERS"
The Bendis/Maleev finale continues as Matt Murdock's entire future is
on the line. The Kingpin has pure evidence of his dual identity, and if
the Feds get it, game over. And the one person that knows where this
evidence is? ELEKTRA! Part 3 (of 5).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

BLACK PANTHER #9
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Penciled by DAVID YARDIN
Cover by ANDY BRASE
"WILD KINGDOM"
The conclusion of the 4-part crossover with X-MEN picks up where X-MEN
#176 left off! Investigating a sudden outburst of strange, mutated wild
animals in Africa, the Black Panther and the X-Men - led by Storm -
team up to contend with their creator - the nefarious Dr. Paine. But to
get to Paine, they've first got to get through Red Ghost, the Dragon
Man, and an endless array of Super-Apes!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99
SEE PAGE 63 FOR X-MEN #176 (PART 3 OF THIS STORY)

BLACK WIDOW: THE THINGS THEY SAY ABOUT HER #2 (of 6)
Written by RICHARD K. MORGAN
Layouts by SEAN PHILLIPS
Finishes & Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Nobody denies that the former Cold War spy Natasha Romanova is a force
to be reckoned with. The last man foolish enough to send killers after
her paid the highest price, but his friends on Capitol Hill will ensure
that Natasha doesn't get off easy and not even Col. Nick Fury can
protect her this time.
Richard K. Morgan is the Phillip K. Dick Award-winning sci-fi author of
Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Market Forces. Returning to BLACK
WIDOW is comics legend Bill Sienkiewicz (ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN), joined by
Eisner Award-nominated artist Sean Phillips (Sleeper).
Read the red-hot sequel to the limited series praised by Entertainment
Weekly, Ain't It Cool News, SFX Magazine and more!
32 PGS./ PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.99

DAREDEVIL: FATHER #4 (of 5)
Written by JOE QUESADA
Art by JOE QUESADA, DANNY MIKI, RICHARD ISANOVE
Cover by JOE QUESADA
Daredevil has his work cut out for him: New York's crippling heat wave
shows no signs of release and a serial killer continues to cut a bloody
swath through the city. But Daredevil's beginning to put together the
pieces, edging closer and closer to discovering the identity of a
killer who just might be hiding in plain sight...or even closer?
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL KNIGHTS 4 #23
Written by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA
Penciled by VALENTINE DE LANDRO
Cover by MIKE ALLRED
One of the Marvel U's most powerful entities--the reality-bending,
green-skinned alien Imposssible Man--pops up to cause havoc in this
offbeat tale that blurs the line between fact and fiction, men and
myth!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

DAREDEVIL VS. PUNISHER #5 (of 6)
Written by DAVID LAPHAM
Pencils and Cover by DAVID LAPHAM
The battle for the soul of Hell's Kitchen continues as
Eisner-award-winner David Lapham brings the Punisher and Daredevil
head-to-head in a brutal showdown!
32 PGS./ PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.99

NEW AVENGERS #12
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by DAVID FINCH
"RONIN"
With S.H.I.E.L.D. rotten to the core and HYDRA splintered all over the
world, MADAME HYDRA is teaming up with the new Hand to reclaim the
power of the Japanese underworld. And you know what that means... the
Avengers versus ninjas!!! Lots and lots and lots of ninjas. Part 2 (of
3).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

THE SENTRY #2 (of 8)
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Pencils and Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
She's married to the most powerful super hero in the Marvel Universe.
So why does Lindy Reynolds' life seem so wrong?
Guest-starring the Fantastic Four! Plus: the Watchdog takes a bite out
of the Wendigo!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

DRAX THE DESTROYER #2 (of 4)
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Pencils and Cover by MITCH BREITWEISER
The death of Drax and we're not kidding. Not a crossover stunt, not a
sales gimmick, not a hackneyed plot device. In this issue Drax dies...
bites the big one... shuffles off the ol' mortal coil... You get the
picture. And wait till you see who lands the death blow!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

THE SENTRY #1 ROUGH CUT
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Pencils & Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR
THE GOLDEN GUARDIAN OF GOOD GOES BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD! Experience
THE SENTRY #1 unplugged in this all-new special edition, showcasing
John Romita Jr.'s pulse-pounding pencils and Paul Jenkins'
senses-shattering script!
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

SECRET WAR #5 (of 5)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Painted Art by GABRIELE DELL'OTTO
The FINALE of the limited series event is here! CAPTAIN AMERICA,
SPIDER-MAN, WOLVERINE, DAREDEVIL, BLACK WIDOW, THE FANTASTIC FOUR, THE
X-MEN-EVERYONE IS HERE! All this, and secrets are revealed. Don't miss
the conclusion to Brian Michael Bendis' story and the stunning
paintings by Gabriele Dell'Otto!
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

INCREDIBLE HULK #87
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils & Cover by ADAM KUBERT
Inked by JOHN DELL
Stand Alone Issue! The events of House of M are over...or are they?
Bruce Banner and A.I.M. Scientist Supreme, Monica Rappaccini, find
themselves in league one more time as Scorpion is forced to face the
fury of the Hulk in order to bring her diabolical mother to justice.
32 PGS/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

AMAZING FANTASY #13 & #14
Written by KARL KESEL & JAY FAERBER
Penciled by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO & CARLOS MANGO
Cover by TONY HARRIS
Introducing a new kind of hero named Vegas and a corner of the Marvel
Universe you've never seen before!
Welcome to the new borderland where bad guys don't always wear colorful
costumes, but that doesn't make them any less deadly or dangerous. It's
a lesson Vegas learns the hard way when a super-powered gang, the
Renegades, kills his sister. Now he's out to even the score. Trouble
is, Vegas doesn't have any powers himself...or does he? Doesn't matter.
As far as Vegas is concerned, life's a gamble and he always plays to
win. Parts 1 & 2 (of 2). PLUS: The return of Marvel's most unique
cosmic character -- Captain Universe -- in a two-part 8-page bonus
story kicking off next month's Captain Universe Event!!!
32 PGS. (each)/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99 (each)

IRON MAN #5
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Pencils and Cover by ADI GRANOV
His life on the line as the Extremis dose he's taken rewrites his
genetic code, Tony Stark relives his first faltering steps as Iron Man
- and when all is said and done, a genuinely new Armored Avenger will
emerge!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

DEFENDERS #4 (of 5)
Written by KEITH GIFFEN & J. M. DEMATTEIS
Pencils & Cover by KEVIN MAGUIRE
It's Dormammu's world and we're all just living in it. Ever wonder how
Dr. Strange, Namor and the Hulk might have turned out had Dormammu cast
their fates? Wow... That would make for such a great story. Wish we'd
thought of that one before we worked up this issue's... What? We did? A
rewrite? Huh. Glad I thought of that!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

HULK: DESTRUCTION #4 (of 4)
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils and Cover by JIM MUNIZ
Secrets revealed! Allies betrayed! Buildings destroyed! It's the final
chapter in the story that redefines Hulk's most abominable and deadly
foe!
32 PGS./ PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.99

YOUNG AVENGERS #9
Written by ALLAN HEINBERG
Pencils and Cover by JIM CHEUNG
The Young Avengers begin their official apprenticeship to the New
Avengers, but when Captain America discovers the truth about Patriot's
secret origin -- and when Asgardian reveals the truth about his own
origin -- the team's entire future is called into question. Introducing
a new storyline, a new beginning, and a new member of the team, YOUNG
AVENGERS #9 provides a perfect jumping-on point for new readers.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

NEW THUNDERBOLTS #13 & #14
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Pencils and Cover by TOM GRUMMETT
GUEST-STARRING THE NEW AVENGERS!
There is a new superhuman team the government can't trust whose roster
is made up of questionable choices. Unaccountable. Uncontrollable.
Unknown. So the Commission on Superhuman Activities has a "request" for
the New Thunderbolts -- take down the New Avengers! You know what that
can only lead to... Songbird vs. Captain America! Photon vs. Sentry!
Radioactive Man vs. Iron Man! Speed Demon vs. Spider-Man! Atlas vs.
Cage! Joystick vs. Spider-Man! Place your bets, pick your winners, but
know that the only sure outcome will be nasty throw-downs and long-term
ramifications in the Mighty Marvel Manner!
32 PGS.(each)/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99 (each)

CAPTAIN AMERICA #12
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils and Cover by STEVE EPTING
The fan-favorite Captain America team of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting
keep racing up the charts as Part Four of the trail-blazing WINTER
SOLDIER arc hits hard! Cap now knows the truth about the Winter
Soldier, and it's far worse than he could have imagined. Now, lost in
this torment, he faces a long dark night of the soul, while on the
other side of the world, General Lukin's plans for the Cosmic Cube
finally come to light... But is he using the cube, or is the cube using
him? Part 4 (of 6).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL 1602: NEW WORLD #4 (of 6)
Written by GREG PAK
Penciled by GREG TOCCHINI
Cover by SERGIO TOPPI
Battle lines are being drawn in the New World. Norman Osborne's master
plan is nearing completion. Can Peter Parquagh stop him? And witness
the showdown between Antonio Stark and David Banner as Lord Iron and
the Hulk do battle! Can the colony survive the outcome?
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.50

THOR: BLOOD OATH #2 & #3 (of 6)
Written by MIKE AVON OEMING
Pencils and Cover by SCOTT KOLINS
Thor and the Warriors Three take the long way around to the World Tree
to begin their journey to recover the first of several mystical items
only to find signs of the beginning of the Asgardian world and the end
of it! Then, in issue 3: THOR FIGHTS HERCULES FOR THE ENTIRE ISSUE!
THOR VS. HERCULES! HERCULES VS. THOR! FIGHTS GALORE! Drawn by the
amazing pen of Scott Kolins and Thor Dissasembled writer Mike Avon
Oeming, this is but the beginning of a long journey full of action,
fights and classic Marvel Thor.
32 PGS. (each)/
T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99 (each)

RUNAWAYS #9
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Penciled by ADRIAN ALPHONA
Cover by JO CHEN
"EAST COAST/WEST COAST"
Runaways co-creator Adrian Alphona returns for part one of the
Runaways' coast-to-coast adventure, guest-starring Cloak and Dagger AND
the New Avengers! When Cloak is accused of a crime he didn't commit by
the heroes of New York City, the vigilante is forced to turn to the
teenage Runaways for help. This issue will take our teens to a place
they've never been: NYC! Part 1 (of 4).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

GRAVITY #5 (of 5)
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Pencils and Cover by MIKE NORTON
In this final chapter, Gravity must fight to save NYU from...himself?!
Does Greg Willis have what it takes to become the next great Marvel
hero, or is he just another quitter? If you miss the amazing climax of
this critically adored limited series, you'll hate yourself for it!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL TEAM-UP #13
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Penciled by PACO MEDINA
Cover by SCOTT KOLINS
"TITANNUS WAR"
The Titannus War comes to an abrupt and violent end. All questions are
answered and all plot threads are resolved. Spider-Man, Wolverine,
Doctor Strange, Nova, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and The Hulk discover the
secrets of Titannus, the most powerful villain introduced into the
Marvel Universe this century. Part 3 (of 3).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

FANTASTIC FOUR #532
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils and Cover by MIKE MCKONE
JMS and McKone's galactic first story arc concludes, as the Entity
leads Reed Richards on a voyage of discovery ranging back to the dawn
of the universe itself! But will any of this give the FF the key to
defeating the invading swarm of alien annihilators? Part 6 (of 6).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL MILESTONES: BLADE, MAN-THING & SATANA
Written by MARV WOLFMAN, STEVE GERBER & ROY THOMAS
Penciled by GENE COLAN, VAL MAYERIK & JOHN ROMITA SR.
Cover by GIL KANE
His name is...Blade! A box-office phenom is born as the half-human,
half-immortal vampire-slayer begins his quest to take back the night in
TOMB OF DRACULA #10 (July 1973)! Plus: What evil lurks in the brackish
waters of the swamp? See for yourself in ADVENTURE INTO FEAR #16
(September 1973), the story that inspired the MAN-THING movie! And
introducing Satana, from VAMPIRE TALES #2 (October 1973).
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

MARVEL MONSTERS: MONSTERS ON THE PROWL
Written by STEVE NILES
Penciled by DUNCAN FEGRADO
Cover by ERIC POWELL
Brace yourself for the most original, innovative tale you ever--nah,
it's just giant monsters breaking things! It's the Hulk, the Thing,
Giant-Man and the Beast vs. a tidal wave of the most terrible monsters
of the Marvel Universe! The Collector has inadvertently unleashed
classic creatures Droom, Grogg, Goom, Rombuu, Grattu and more on New
York City! Can our heroes save the day and have fun doing it?
Plus: A classic tale from the past, "We Found the Ninth Wonder of the
World" from Tales to Astonish #1, January 1959 by Jack Kirby/Chris Rule

48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

MARVEL MONSTERS: DEVIL DINOSAUR
Written by ERIC POWELL AND TOM SNEIGOSKI
Art by ERIC POWELL AND MARK FARMER
Cover by ERIC POWELL
Two young Celestials get into a debate about who the superior life form
is on prehistoric Earth-the Small Folk or the Killer Folk. But when the
ferocity of Devil Dinosaur proves no mach for the savage Killer Folk, a
savage from the future is brought back to even the odds. It's the
battle you thought you'd never see: HULK VS. DEVIL DINO by the Eisner
Award Winner of The Goon, Eric Powell.
Plus THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE HULK-- NO LIE!
"I Was a Slave of the Living Hulk!" From Journey Into Mystery #62,
November 1960 by Jack Kirby/Dick Ayers
48 PGS/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

MARVEL MONSTERS: FIN FANG FOUR
Written by ROGER LANGRIDGE & MICK GRAY
Penciled by ROGER LANGRIDGE
Cover by ERIC POWELL
Four giant monsters-incarcerated for years for their crimes against
humanity-now find themselves shrunk to human size and working at the
home of the very people who captured them: the Fantastic Four! Meet
Googam, Son of Goom (and the Baxter Building's parking lot attendant),
Elektro (the robot with a forbidden love), Gorgilla (expert
window-washer) and Fin Fang Foom (head chef at a classy Chinese
restaurant)! But when Goom's mad plan to rescue his father goes awry,
the quartet must put aside their differences and become-the Fin Fang
Four! Join Eisner and Harvey Award nominee Roger Langridge (Fred the
Clown, Knuckles the Malevolent Nun) in this wild romp through the
Marvel Universe! Plus: Witness the first appearance of Fin Fang Foom in
a classic story by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers from Strange Tales #89,
October 1961!
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

MARVEL MONSTERS: WHERE MONSTERS DWELL
Written by PETER DAVID, JEFF PARKER AND KEITH GIFFEN
Penciled by ARNOLD PANDER, RUSSELL BRAUN AND KEITH GIFFEN
Cover by ERIC POWELL
Take a time machine back to the age of classic monsters in this
incredible special featuring three new tales of magnificent creatures,
aliens and beasts. Witness the terror of Monstrollo, the horror of
Manoo and the fright of Bombu!
Plus a classic tale from the Marvel vaults, "I Was Trapped By Titano"
from Tales to Astonish #10, July 1960 by Jack Kirby/Joe Sinnott
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE: HORROR 2005
Written by JEFF CHRISTIANSEN, STUART VANDAL, CHRIS BIGGS, MARK
O'ENGLISH, BARRY REESE, MICHAEL HOSKIN, ERIC MOREELS & SEAN MCQUAID
Cover by DICK GIORDANO & MORRY HOLLOWELL
The Official Handbook gives up the ghost! This volume contains in-depth
bios on all manner of monster, creatures of every color, and hosts of
hunters and hunted - from classic (Dracula) to current (Vampire by
Night)! Plus: An all-new cover by STOKER'S DRACULA artist Dick
Giordano, digitally painted by Morry Hollowell.
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

MARVEL NEMESIS: THE IMPERFECTS #6 (of 6)
Written by GREG PAK
Penciled by RENATO ARLEM
Cover by JAE LEE
The heart-pounding conclusion of the RISE OF THE IMPERFECTS story arc.
While Wolverine, Daredevil, Storm, Iron Man and the Human Torch try to
save Elektra from the evil grasp of Dr. Niles Van Roekel, a new warrior
is on the verge of birth.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MEGA MORPHS #4 (of 4)
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Pencils and Cover by LOU KANG
"THE PAWNS AND THE POWER!"
This is it! The final showdown! Dr. Doom makes his decisive move. But
can he be stopped by the combined forces of the craziest team in
comics-Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain America, Ghost Rider, and
Hulk-all piloting the most powerful robot weapons ever devised!? Ten
thousand self-destructing Doombots say he can't be stopped. Find out
what Eisner Award nominee Sean McKeever and hot artist Lou Kang have to
say about it!
32 PGS./ALL AGES ...$2.99

FANTASTIC FOUR/IRON MAN: BIG IN JAPAN #1 (of 4)
Written by ZEB WELLS
Pencils and Wraparound Cover by SETH FISHER
Mass panic has struck the streets of Tokyo! The media has initiated
round-the-clock coverage. Uncontrollable crowds are choking the
streets, and kaiju hysteria has gripped the island of Japan for the
first time in 50 years! Because the Fantastic Four, the world's first
super-hero big-monster battling squad, and playboy industrialist, Tony
Stark, have descended on the Land of the Rising Sun!
Zeb Wells (New Warriors, Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Year One) and Seth
Fisher (Green Lantern: Willworld, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight)
bring you a manic fusion of Marvel super heroes with Japanese pop
culture that proves why the FF and Iron Man are big in Japan!
It's an all-out romp with big monsters a-go-go as Droom, Giganto and
Eerok, the giant ape, along with hundreds of manic '50s Marvel
monsters, trample Tokyo's first-ever Kaiju Museum and Celebration!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.50

MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #8
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Penciled by PATRICK SCHERBERGER
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
Peter Parker's gotta hustle if he's going to make it across town for
his study date with Liz Allen! The good news? When you're secretly
Spider-Man, city travel's a breeze. The not-so-good news? When you're
in your Spidey costume, guys like Scorpion come outta the woodwork!
32 PGS./ALL AGES ...$2.50

MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #5
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by CARLO PAGULAYAN
Cover by JUAN SANTACRUZ
Peter Parker's gotta hustle if he's going to make it across town for
his study date with Liz Allen! The good news? When you're secretly
Spider-Man, city travel's a breeze. The not-so-good news? When you're
in your Spidey costume, guys like Scorpion come outta the woodwork!
32 PGS./ALL AGES ...$2.50

UNCANNY X-MEN #465
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT
Pencils and Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
"SEASON OF THE WITCH"
House of M Tie-In!
All holy heck is breaking loose in not-so-merry-ol' England as Captain
Britain and his rag tag squad of misfits must stop the effects of House
of M from causing the entire Multiverse to be completely destroyed! And
you thought the cuisine was the most dangerous thing in England! Part 4
(of 4)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

NEW X-MEN #19
Written by CHRISTINA WEIR & NUNZIO DEFILIPPIS
Pencils & Cover by AARON LOPRESTI
"HOUSE DIVIDED"
House of M Tie-In!
It's the New X-Mutants vs. Hellions, House of M style! The brawl to end
all brawls erupts in Japan as the two schools go toe-to-toe. But when
the dust settles, will the victor have enough strength to take on
Emperor Sunfire's entire army? Part 4 (of 4)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

NEW X-MEN: ACADEMY X YEARBOOK SPECIAL
Written by CHRISTINA WEIR & NUNZIO DEFILIPPIS
Penciled by GEORGES JEANTY
Cover by AARON LOPRESTI
The New Mutants are at their absolute lowest. Will the kids be able to
work out their problems and become a team again?! A special issue
celebrating the run on New X-Men by writers Nunzio DeFilippis and
Christina Weir! Featuring Handbook-style entries on all your favorite
New Mutants and Hellions characters!
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

EXILES #71
Written by TONY BEDARD
Pencils and Cover by PAUL PELLETIER
WORLD TOUR: HOUSE OF M!
House of M Tie-in!
The World Tour kicks into high gear! The Exiles battle their toughest
foe yet and an Exile might be lost forever. Hold on to your hats,
folks, EXILES is back and better than ever! Part 3 (of 3)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MUTOPIA X #4 (of 5)
Written by DAVID HINE
Penciled by LAN MEDINA
Cover by ANDY PARK
House of M Tie-In!
Ismael Ortega is a marked man. He's made the wrong people angry and now
they're out for revenge. Meanwhile, his daughter is about to go through
the Rite of Mutant Transcendency. His two lives are about to have a
tragic collision!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

X-MEN AND POWER PACK #1 (of 4)
Written by MARC SUMERAK
Pencils and Cover by GURIHIRU
Power Pack returns... and this time they've brought some very special
friends! Marvel's merry mutants team up with our super-powered siblings
for more fun-filled all-ages adventures! In this issue: It's Halloween,
and the Power kids are about to get the scare of their lives as candy
is replaced with claws! Even with the X-Man called Wolverine on their
side, will Power Pack be able to defeat a savage foe in time for
trick-or-treating? "Costumes on," kids!
32 PGS./ALL AGES ...$2.99

X-MEN UNLIMITED #11
Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST AND DAVID HAHN
Penciled by BILLY DALLAS PATTON AND DAVID AJA
Cover by MIKE DEODATO JR.
Soon after her mother's death, Rachel Summers was forced to sit idly by
as her father, Scott Summers, courted and dated Emma Frost - a longtime
X-Men nemesis and her mother's rival. Now, on the brink of exploding,
Rachel turns to the only one she can to discuss such a brutal turn of
events - her father's brother - the mutant named Havok.
In the second story, a teenage Bobby Drake uses the Danger Room to hone
his skills at...getting girls? A true X-Men tale for the ages, not to
be missed! Written by David Hahn (Eisner nominee for Private Beach).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

WEAPON X: DAYS OF FUTURE NOW #4 (of 5)
Written by FRANK TIERI
Penciled by ANDY SMITH
Cover by BART SEARS
All hail the return of Lord Magnus! Magneto returns and not a moment
too soon, as Mutantkind is ready to sacrifice anything to save itself.
It's the future, Weapon X style, and you know what that
means...violence, death, and Frank Tieri!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

X-MEN: COLOSSUS - BLOODLINE #2 (of 5)
Written by DAVID HINE
Penciled by JORGE LUCAS
Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
Colossus' journey into his past continues as he travels to the
countryside of Russia. But how will Colossus react to one of the
darkest secrets of his family's history?
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

CABLE/DEADPOOL #21
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Pencils and Cover by
PATRICK ZIRCHER
"BOSOM BUDDIES"
Power Man & Iron Fist vs. Cable & Deadpool! Totally `Nuff Said! (We
know Power Man is known as Cage now, but it sounds better to say it the
old way when you have the ampersand in there!) Plus, the BAD Girls mess
up the thief who stole the Dominus Objective computer drive! And what
the heck is the Dominus Objective anyway? Part 2 (of 4).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

X-MEN #176
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Pencils and Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
"WILD KINGDOM"
The X-Men's team-up with Black Panther continues! With the X-Men
captured, Storm and Black Panther are going to have to put their
differences aside and work together before all of Africa is overrun
with mutated monstrosities! Part 3 (of 4)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50
SEE PAGE 25 FOR THE FINALE TO THIS CROSSOVER!

NIGHTCRAWLER #11
Written by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA
Pencils and Cover by DARICK ROBERTSON
"THE WINDING WAY"
The startling journey into Nightcrawler's origin continues! While
Christine's life hangs in the balance, Kurt must endure one final
trial: A battle royal against an enraged Wolverine that echoes the
death of Kurt's brother, Stephen!
Part 5 (of 5)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

X-MEN: KITTY PRYDE- SHADOW & FLAME #5 (of 5)
Written by AKIRA YOSHIDA
Pencils and Cover by PAUL SMITH
Kitty's showdown with the villain that has been making her trip to
Japan as miserable as possible, happens here! Can she survive and be
back in time for Astonishing X-Men?! She better, or Joss Whedon will
have us killed!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

PUNISHER #26
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Penciled by LEO FERNANDEZ
Cover by TIM BRADSTREET
"THE SLAVERS"
Something horrible happened to Viorica in the hills of her home
country, Moldavia, and Frank Castle is determined that the men
responsible will pay for it. Unfortunately for him, those men have
connections in high places and the Punisher's got bigger problems than
revenge to deal with: an NYPD vigilante task force unlike anything he's
ever seen. Part 2 (of 6).
32 PGS./ MAX - EXPLICIT CONTENT ...$2.99

SUPREME POWER: HYPERION #2 (of 5)
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Penciled by DAN JURGENS
Cover by MIKE DEODATO
The first of two SUPREME POWER specials!
"HUNTING THE ALIEN"
Now that the world knows his dark secret, Hyperion suddenly finds
himself both alone and hunted. Four new super-powered individuals --
each based on a character from the original Squadron Supreme -- are
after his hide, and they've got the will and means to take him down!
32 PGS./ MAX - EXPLICIT CONTENT ...$2.99

SUPREME POWER: NIGHTHAWK #2 (of 5)
Written by DANIEL WAY
Pencils and Cover by STEVE DILLON
The second of two SUPREME POWER specials!
"PUT ON A HAPPY FACE"
The slaughter of Chicago's men, women and children continues as
Nighthawk's greatest foe enjoys his reign of terror. To catch the
madman, Nighthawk must travel into the darkest bowels of the city...and
into the darkest parts of himself!
32 PGS./ MAX - EXPLICIT CONTENT ...$2.99

*********

THE BOOK OF LOST SOULS #1
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils & Cover by COLLEEN DORAN
The destinies of most people are defined early on. Then there are the
others - the lost. Those whose numbers aren't in yet, who could go
toward the light or toward the darkness - indeed, who could be tipped
one direction or another. And everything starts with the book. That's
what Jonathan is about to discover. When he took a suicide plunge off
the London Bridge more than a century ago, the last place he expected
to land was on his feet, in the present, standing at the entrance to a
tunnel into a world of mysteries beyond his wildest imagination. A
world of powers and principalities and, above all, rules that he'd best
learn quickly. Or he'll have to deal with the Dark Man. And what the
Dark Man can't turn, he devours.

**********

It's the kind of story I love in that it allows me to ask the big
questions, while answering them on a personal, intimate level. It's a
very quirky book -- sometimes funny, sometimes dark, sometimes just
weird and at times oddly romantic -- and totally unlike anything else
Marvel is publishing, which makes it kind of an experiment for them as
well. They haven't done much at all in the urban fantasy/magic realism
school, so they're looking to this to see how it works for them.

And best of all...for those who've been here for a while...it has a
talking cat named Mystery, who is based a bit on Buddy, the cat I
rescued from an underground pipe now two years ago. So Buddy has hit
the big time...and of course now he has an agent, a manager, a
girlfriend, his own driver...there's just no living with him.

Anyway...they're taking orders for the book now, and I really strongly
commend it to folks who liked the moral texture of B5, and the personal
stories, and the intimacy of something like Midnight Nation. And
Colleen is doing some of her best work in this thing, in my view, and
if you know her work from other books and her Lord of the Rings art,
you know that's saying a lot.

jms
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Jan wrote:
>
> 2005-the year JMS took over to comic shop.
>
> Speaking of Marvel (sorta)...anything new you can share about the series you
> spoke of yet?
>
> Thanks,
> Jan
>

Not yet. The series treatment has been written, everything is still
developing, still in flux...when I can talk about it more, I will. I'm
trying not to say too much yet to allow the process to work its way
through.

jms
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Hank Arnold wrote:
> Am I looking at the right item? $17 for a 14 page paperback???
>
> http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/078511940X/qid=1122714721/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i2_xgl14/103-1045133-7248644?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
>

No. Clearly that's a huge error. It's 32 pages per issue at $2.99,
same as most Marvel comics.

jms

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