Wolverine & The X-Men #42 Preview

February 26 sees the release of the final ish of Wolvie & The X-Men from Marvel. Below you’ll find the official synopsis, plus some wordless preview pages. The cover is a tribute to probably the most copied comic cover of all time – Uncanny X-Men #141 from 1980, which was the first part of the Days of Future Past storyline.

School is Out! Your First Look at WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #42!

This February, close out the school year in style with a Graduation Day to remember in WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #42! They’ve fought monsters, aliens, the Hellfire Club, and even their own school building – but now, the inaugural class of the Jean Grey School prepares to leave their hallowed halls behind. That is, if they survive that long! Fan favorite writer Jason Aaron ends his critically acclaimed run with one last bombastic issue – and he’s bringing some friends! Wolverine & The X-Men artists past and present return to school for one last tearful goodbye, including Chris Bachalo, Nick Bradshaw, Ramón Pérez, Pepe Larraz and Steve Sanders. And if that’s not enough Shawn Crystal (DEADPOOL) and Nuno Alves (MARVEL FAIRY TALES) join in on the fun! Plus, a surprise taste of the new volume of Wolverine & The X-Men #1 from new series writer Jason Latour that will have you begging for more! Where do the graduates go from here? Who stays? Who goes? And who survives? Find out this February as Jason Aaron brings his blockbuster series to a close inWOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #42!

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Written by JASON AARON

Art by NICK BRADSHAW, PEPE LARRAZ, RAMON PEREZ,
STEVE SANDERS, CHRIS BACHALO, NUNO ALVES,

SHAWN CRYSTAL, & JASON LATOUR

Cover by NICK BRADSHAW

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Cap, Spidey and Transformers Trailers

The Superbowl is done for another year. One team won and one team lost, but what I’m interested in are the new trailers!

Opening April 4 is the Captain America sequel, The Winter Soldier. It looks darker than the original. Oh yeah!

Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the longest and by far, most intense trailer of the three released today, with a focus on the villains. It opens on May 2 from Sony, withe original main cast and director. Electro reminds me of The Riddler in Batman Forever, as a loser who idolises the superhero and then goes nutty.

Finally, the Transformers sequel (that nobody really asked for), with a new human cast  is the shortest and less revealing. Lots of pointy, shiny robots, explosions and humans running. Oh, and also Optimus Prime riding a dragon-like (rather than T-Rex) Grimlock. I’m not sure if that’s cool yet.

 

Cheap Captain America Comics

There’s good synergy going on lately between Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios. Now if only DC/Warner Bros. could do the same. Opening in April is the Captain America sequel, The Winter Soldier, which means now is a great time to get to know the characters from the comics, such as Black Widow, The Winter Soldier and of course, Cap himself. I haven’t read most of these on-sale collections, but I can recommend The Longest Winter story.

All of the comics on sale at Marvel’s digital comics shop are collections, (otherwise knows as Trade Paperbacks), which means you get a few issues of a monthly series together, to tell one, complete story. Check out the 4 options below, or here.

Captain America Sale

Prepare for Cap’s return to the big screen with incredible savings on Captain America and Winter Soldier digital collections!
Now through February 3rd, purchase select digital collections for just $3.99 each!*Head to the Marvel Digital Comics Shop now for savings on: Captain America By Ed Brubaker Vol.1, Winter Soldier, and more!

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Moon Knight and Dead Boy Detectives

Thankfully, libraries have great comics collections these days. Sometimes I’ll go to my local one and pick up a few random Trade Paperbacks. There’s not necessarily an order to what’s on the shelves, but it’s a good opportunity to grab something I’ve been meaning to read for a while, or something that I’m curious about. My last two choices fall in to the latter category.

Moon Knight: Down South collects issues 26-30 which are the final issues of the 2006 series. I don’t know a lot about Moon Knight, and many compare him to the closest thing Marvel has to Batman, which is understandable.The character has been around since 1975 but has some things that set him apart from his fellow superheroes. Namely, his great white costume, the fact that he has multiple personalities (and secret identities!), and has  lunar/mystic theme to his identity and powers. I’ve read very little of the character, but I know the basics, but for anyone unfamiliar with Moon Knight, this will tell you what you need to know. Wiki will help too. There is a recap page which tells you about the events leading up to this, but essentially, MK is on the run and has “killed” one of his identities and is hiding out in Mexico.

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This was a surprisingly good read. Written by Mike Benson, and with art by Jefte Palo, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read. MK hardly appears in costume, until the end, and despite the cover, The Punisher only shows up for a few pages too. Most of this tale is focused on Jake Lockley and a job he’s been given, to rescue a Mexican land mogul’s daughter from some corrupt cops. Everyone isn’t who they seem, and the two luchadore brothers are  a great addition, and have real personalities. They could’ve been an annoying gimmick, but Benson makes them work, and Palo grants them great visuals, plus the amazing covers of the original issues by Gabriele Dell’otto are included here. (Mexican wrestling masks, Kevlar vests, and big guns). This is grim, bloody (but not overly so) and mature. There are a lot of adult themes and blanked out profanity here, but it’s all a great reminder that Moon Knight is an interesting character, as hopefully his latest series launch by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey will show when it debuts in March.

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Great, But Short Comic Book Runs

There’s a great, and well researched article over at CBR showcasing 16 comics series from Marvel and DC that ended too soon. It happens a lot in comics of course, due to low sales, or a change in editorial or business mandate, or the departure of creators, but this is an interesting look at some different series that finished too soon.

I know most of the classic series on the list, such as Chase, and Aztek, but there’s also a few newer runs including Thor-The Mighty Avenger and S.W.O.R.D.

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Daredevil #36 Preview

I’m about a year behind on this great series that continues to wow readers and critics alike. Below is a preview of the final issue of Daredevil (for now), as it relaunches in March anyway – with the same creative team! There’s a great interview with the duo at Nerdist that explains it though (interview excerpt and pretty preview pics after the jump).

The End? Or the Beginning? Your First Look at DAREDEVIL #36!

This February – Matt Murdock’s life comes crashing down in DAREDEVIL #36 – the fearless final issue from critically acclaimed storytellers Mark Waid & Chris Samnee! After the shocking events of last issue, there’s nowhere left for Matt to run. The Man Without Fear stands alone against the villainous hate group known as Sons of the Serpent. And their climactic clash is about to take place on a different kind of battlefield – in a New York City courtroom! But how much is he willing to sacrifice in the name of victory? It’s time for the Man Without Fear to show how fearless he really is. And the truth may shock you! It’s all been leading to this – and the seeds sown here bear bitter fruit for Daredevil in 2014! You don’t need a radar sense to know this one will be big! Don’t miss the epic finale this February in DAREDEVIL #36!

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Written by MARK WAID

Art & Cover by CHRIS SAMNEE

FOC 1/27/14, ON-SALE 2/19/14

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Read Deadpool: The Gauntlet For Free

The first issue, that is. As of last week, Marvel have been distributing free copies of the first issue of Deadpool: The Gauntlet, a 13 part series that is made specifically for their new Infinite Comics line. It will all be collected on paper at some point.

I’d like to take this opportunity to let you now that there are always some good freebies to be had at your generous comic book shop. It’s always promotional material, but I’ve grabbed heaps of plastic Green Lantern rings, posters, coasters, bookmarks, temporary tattoos, etc for my nieces and nephews (and occasionally myself), over the years. You don’t get that kind of stuff at a digital store! I have nothing against digital stores by the way. I o prefer reading on paper, and socialising with my fellow witty comics clerks and readers though.

There’s aslo Comic Shop News, which is a free weekly newspaper which covers the latest releases and announcements, and interviews. Your comic shop may not carry copies though. It’s been running for years and is a good way to catch up on all the news in the comic book biz if you’re not one to jump online for such things.

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Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #1 Preview

Cinemagoers around the world will now be familiar with the name, The Winter Soldier thanks to the advertising for a certain Marvel sequel called Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Comic fans will already be familiar with the identity of the Soldier, and eagle eyed viewers of the trailer will have already pieced it together – he’s Bucky Barnes, Cap’s former (and once presumed dead) partner. It took years to tell the tale of Bucky’s resurrection in the comics thanks to scribe Ed Brubaker, but the film will hopefully cover it in entertaining fashion in two hours. There are still a lot of blanks in Barnes’ history though, and the February 12 debut of this 5 ish mini will cover some of them. Text-free preview below.

Bucky Barnes Strikes in WINTER SOLIDER: THE BITTER MARCH #1!

Bucky Barnes has been called many things – Avenger, Invader, and even Captain America. But to many, he’s known by only one name – The Winter Solider! A name that carries a bloody legacy reaching deep into the pages of history. And today Marvel is proud to present your first look at WINTER SOLDIER: THE BITTER MARCH #1 – a new limited series from blockbuster writer Rick Remender and fan-favorite artist Roland Boschi!

At the height of the Cold War, S.H.I.E.L.D. sends their top operative, agent Ran Shen, deep into enemy territory to retrieve two Nazi scientists that could be the key to winning the war. But they aren’t the only ones who want these high value scientists. The Soviet Union have unleashed their most ruthless agent – THE WINTER SOLDIER! His mission: acquire the scientists by any means necessary – or kill them before they fall into enemy hands!

“In the late 1960s, a S.H.I.E.L.D. mission gone wrong begat the creation of the Iron Nail, the foe whose schemes and strategies are bedeviling Captain America in the present in his own series,” says Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “WINTER SOLDIER: THE BITTER MARCH tells the story of that fateful mission, and the events that set S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Ran Shen onto the path that would result in him becoming the dreaded Iron Nail.”

Don’t miss the intrigue, adventure, romance, and action in this high-octane, pulse pounding thriller that will have grave consequences for the life of modern day Captain America when WINTER SOLDIER: THE BITTER MARCH #1 hits comic shops this February!

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Written by RICK REMENDER

Art by ROLAND BOSCHI

Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON

Variant Cover by IN-HYUK LEE

Animal Variant by CHRIS ELIOPOULOS

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Peter and Wally Return, Michael Debuts

Peter Parker is Spider-Man. “Of course he is,” you say! “Everyone knows that!”

Well, let me clarify. Peter Parker is Spider-Man – again.

For the last year, Doctor Octopus has been secretly running (and swinging) around in Peter Parker’s body, while Parker has been desperately trying to reclaim it. It was a bold and controversial move at the time, but after 25 issues of the re-named “Superior” Spider-Man, plus two spin-off titles, and a surprising amount of critical praise and fan acceptance, Peter is back in costume in April’s Amazing Spider-Man #1.

Read a great interview with the writer of all this Dan Slott right here.

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There’s A New Ultimate Spider-Man In Town

Peter Parker is about to die – in Marvel’s Ultimate Universe anyway, and there will now be someone else claiming the arachnid identity and he has new threads to prove it.

Marvel Reveals New Ultimate Spider-Man

Peter Parker No Longer Spider-Man After “Death of Spider-Man” Story

Marvel has announced that after the shocking events of Death of Spider-Man, the sold out storyline currently running through Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and Ultimate Comics Avengers Vs Ultimates, there will be a new Spider-Man and a new character under the mask. Something’s happened to Peter Parker and here comes an all-new Spider-Man…in an all-new costume!

“We called this story Death of Spider-Man for a reason,” said Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor In Chief. “This is a huge story that’ll have fans around the world talking for a long time as we set the stage for the debut of our new Spider-Man.”

The Ultimate Universe is irrevocably changed with the conclusion to Death of Spider-Man in June’s polybagged Ultimate Spider-Man #160, but right now you can get in on the red-hot story that leads to the birth of an all-new Spider-Man, including new printings of the sold out issues: And to make sure you don’t miss a single chapter, pick up all the acclaimed issues below:

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #153 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (DEC108349)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Pencils by SARA PICHELLI & DAVID LAFUENTE

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC 4/18/11, ON SALE 5/11/11

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A Couple of X-Men Pics

Marvel’s latest teaser image for X-Men: Second Coming (written by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle, with art by David Finch) is below. The promo by artist Daniel Acuna reveals a gathering of X-Men members past and present. Second Coming kicks off on March 31, and will also be available with a cover by Adi Granov.

Available now is Uncanny X-Men #521 with the nifty Greg Land cover showing everyone’s favourite Master of Magnetism, Magneto. He also seems to be a master of yoga.

Marvel Comics On Sale 16/9/09

Here’s 3 nice covers from the batch of new Marvel goodies being released this week. The full list is below the covers.

Dark Wolverine #78

Dark Avengers #9

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Marvel Motion Comics

Just released from Marvel is the trailer for the Astonishing X-Men motion comic, below. Also now available from iTunes is the second episode of the original Spider-Woman motion comic series by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. See scenes from the episode here and the release schedule can be found here. The animation looks pretty fluid and natural.

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MODOK’s Best Of

Marvel have some of the stupidest super villains ever, and they know it, and sometimes embrace it. In the latest episode of the new Marvel Super Heroes “live action” web series, baddie MODOK reveals his entertaining past. His name is an acronym for Mobile Organism Designed Only For Killing and is a huge head in a floating chair. What’s not to love? Here’s the official skinny and some pics that would make nifty screen savers.

Marvel.com Premieres “Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?!” Episode 5

It’s a very special episode of Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?! as we look back at the man, the myth, the giant head: M.O.D.O.K. From his timeless black and white debut to his hilarious game show appearances and star turn as a 70s action hero, we remember M.O.D.O.K.’s most memorable moments! Check it out here.

What, you’ve never heard of any of this stuff? Well then you better watch this one!

Captain America, Deadpool, the Punisher and many more guest star in this brand new Marvel.com video presentation of “Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?!” Plus, hear the vocal talents of X MEN NOIR artist extraordinaire Dennis Calero—as the Leader!

Watch “M.O.D.O.K.’s M.O.M.E.N.T.S.” now.

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