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Yes it’s going to be another huge week for Marvel titles hitting the news stands (something like 22 titles!), so we are once again breaking the weekend sneaks into two parts.

In this installment MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK 2, NEW AVENGERS 33, NEW AVENGERS/TRANSFORMERS 2, NEW EXCALIBUR 22, NOVA 5, OMEGA FLIGHT 5, POWERS 25, PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL 10, ULTIMATE X-MEN 85, WORLD WAR HULK: FRONT LINE 3, X-FACTOR 22

MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK #2 (of 6)
Written by ROY THOMAS (BASED ON THE NOVEL BY
ALEXANDER DUMAS)
Penciled by HUGO PETRUS
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

An incredibly daring plan is put into play as Musketeers Aramis and Porthos kidnap King Louis from his bed-chamber in the castle—and imprison him in the Bastille. Now Philippe, the king’s recently-incarcerated twin brother is able to assume the throne of France to rule as King Louis XIV! But when will those closest to the faux ruler see through the deception? Don’t miss it!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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NEW AVENGERS #33
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

Still reeling from the new reveals about their lives and shocking betrayal of one of their own, the New Avengers press forward, trying to find a way to trust each other. All that and The Hood starts his takeover as Kingpin of the super-villains. So dust off your old Marvel Handbooks, because you will not believe who he is gathering to join him and who he kills to make his mark!
Plus guest-star Deathlok!!!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

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NEW AVENGERS/TRANSFORMERS #2 (of 4)
Written by STUART MOORE
Penciled by TYLER KIRKHAM
Cover by JASON PEARSON

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the robots with “more than meets the eye” collide! Symkaria and Latveria sit on an international powder keg, and Dr. Doom just lit the fuse! What do the Decepticons have to do with the escalating danger — and can a group of warriors including Captain America, Optimus Prime, Wolverine, Prowl, Spider-Man and Ratchet avert Armageddon? Writer Stuart Moore (WOLVERINE) and artist Tyler Kirkham (X-MEN: PHOENIX–WARSONG) assemble and roll out two fan-favorite forces!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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NEW EXCALIBUR #22
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT
Penciled by JEREMY HAUN
Cover by SCOT EATON

“Battle for Eternity” continues! Albion’s team has destroyed technology in England! The Excalibur team is on the ropes and Albion’s forces are growing!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

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NOVA #5
Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING
Penciled by SEAN CHEN & BRIAN DENHAM
Cover by ADI GRANOV

ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST continues here with a shocking new addition to the NOVA cast! The Human Rocket is back in Kree space and – hey, who the blue blazes is that woman on the cover of this issue? Writers Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning join with artists Sean Chen, and Brian Denhan to turn up the heat on the book that Wizard calls “a modern throwback…(filled with) fantastically kinetic action sequences!”
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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OMEGA FLIGHT #5 (of 5)
Written by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
Pencils and Cover by SCOTT KOLINS

The final climactic issue! And someone’s NOT coming home…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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POWERS #25
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
50/50 Covers by MICHAEL AVON OEMING & BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

“THE 25 COOLEST DEAD SUPER HEROES OF ALL TIME”
Homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim investigate murders specific to superhero cases, and they both have a secret: They both have powers. It’s our big 25th issue at Marvel – and to celebrate, we have a brand-new story and two covers, one each by POWERS creators Oeming and Bendis! Not only is this issue the perfect jumping-on point, but this new story will blow the roof off of everything you know about crime comics and super hero comics! Walker vs. Pilgrim! And they both have powers! From the writer of some of your favorite Marvel comics (ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, NEW AVENGERS) comes a brand-new chapter from this award-winning book. Part 1 (of 6)
32 PGS./Explicit Content …$2.95

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PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #10
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils and Cover by ARIEL OLIVETTI

The Punisher’s one-man crusade to stop the white-power border war kicked off by the Hate-Monger comes to a head in this, the bloody conclusion to BLOOD AND SAND. Everybody’s trying to kill everybody else. Frank Castle’s been beaten within an inch of his life. Hate Monger’s terrible machines broadcast wave after wave of unbridled rage into the desert, making it even harder for Clarke and Bridge to trust one another. By the end of the night, it’ll be all our heroes can do to aim straight… and not at each other.
This Cannot End Well.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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ULTIMATE X-MEN #85
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Pencils and Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE

The X-Men have only been reformed for mere days, and they’re already in the middle of a national crisis. The Sentinels have been reactivated—mutants are once again hunted and killed like animals. But who’s controlling them this time—and what does it have to do with the newly-formed Mutant Liberation Front?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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WORLD WAR HULK: FRONT LINE #3 & 4 (of 6)
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Penciled by RAMON BACHS, SHAWN MARTINBROUGH
& CHRIS MORENO
Cover by JOHN WATSON

Get your man-on-the-street view of WORLD WAR HULK! The Green Goliath has ordered the evacuation of New York City — so what story keeps reporters Ben Urich and Sally Floyd in the path of destruction? And can Costume Division detective Danny Granville solve a murder mystery involving not one, but two of Hulk’s Warbound? Plus: two more two-page humor features! The CIVIL WAR: FRONT LINE team of writer Paul Jenkins and artist Ramon Bachs welcomes artist Shawn Martinbrough (Detective Comics) and Chris Moreno (Sidekick) to the eye of the storm!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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X-FACTOR #22
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils and Cover by PABLO RAIMONDI

Meet Molly and Wally, two charming children who go around the country singing cheerful songs that incite people to violence against mutants. Siryn and Monet have been dispatched to deal with them…except the twins have a rather unexpected protector. Meanwhile the Isolationist continues his manipulations to establish a world where mutants need never live in fear again. Question is, by the time he’s done…will they be living at all? FEATURING ENDANGERED SPECIES CHAPTER 7 – Beast’s scientific journey to cure the effects of M-Day, lead him back to… THE AGE OF APOCALYPSE!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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4 Comments

  1. Fredy
    August 5, 2007 at 4:40 pm — Reply

    thats the fattest wolverine ive ever seen in a crossover issue

  2. Brent F.
    August 5, 2007 at 5:04 pm — Reply

    So much for Luke Cage’s leadership skills.

  3. Brent F.
    August 5, 2007 at 11:12 pm — Reply

    Fredy: I take it you haven’t seen Wolverine in the Transformers crossover.

  4. August 6, 2007 at 12:21 pm — Reply

    So that Avengers preview confirms that the EMP from Ultron downed the plane. If the Mighty Avengers were only together for 15 min before the Ultron attack, then when the hell did they find time to have those run-ins with the New Avengers like at Strange’s Mansion, and the fake Cap body incident? There is basically NO WAY to make sense of those run-ins. Crazier still, is that Bendis writes both books!?! I’ll chalk it up as a Skrull thing.

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