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Another weekend, another collection of sneak peeks from Marvel for titles arriving next week. In Part 1, you can treat your eyes to pages from ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST – STARLORD 3, AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE 6, CABLE & DEADPOOL 45, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE CHOSEN 2, FRANKLIN RICHARDS: MONSTER MASH, IMMORTAL IRON FIST 9, IMMORTAL IRON FIST ANNUAL 1, IRON MAN 22, and MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN 5.

ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST –– STAR-LORD #3 (of 4)
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Penciled by TIMOTHY GREEN III
Cover by NIC KLEIN

ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST’s answer to Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos is outgunned, outnumbered and on the run for their lives! On a no-win, no-tech suicide mission, Star-Lord and his rag-tag band of cosmic cult favorites struggle to recover from a huge loss–but they have no time to rest and reflect as their vicious foes unleash hell! What shocking decision will they have to make–and can writer Keith Giffen (ANNIHILATION) and new superstar Timothy Green make you love Bug and Rocket Raccoon? Believe it!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #6
Written by DAN SLOTT
Penciled by STEVE UY
Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

The Gauntlet, the Initiative’s top drill instructor, has been beaten and left for dead. And all the evidence points towards his attacker being someone on the base. Who did it? A spy? A recruit? An instructor? This looks like a job for Camp Hammond’s MPs. And by the time this is over, more than one important mystery will be revealed. Featuring JUSTICE, CLOUD 9, and… THE SCARLET SPIDERS!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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CABLE & DEADPOOL #45
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Penciled by REILLY BROWN
Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

A living legend. A super soldier. A horrible tragedy that continues to rock the Marvel Universe. Would Deadpool hold any of these things sacred? CAPTAIN AMERICA is about to find out! But wait, isn’t Cap dead, you ask? Of course he is, but then… how can he be teaming up with our favorite Merc With A Mouth and his trusty sidekick, BOB, Agent of Hydra…?
Maybe Bucky can provide a clue…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE CHOSEN #2 (of 6)
Written by David Morrell
Pencils & 50/50 Cover by Mitch Breitweiser
50/50 Cover by TRAVIS CHAREST

New York Times best-selling novelist and creator of Rambo, David Morrell, takes on Captain America in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE CHOSEN—a six-issue Marvel Knights limited series in the tradition of SPIDER-MAN: REIGN! Super-star-to-be Mitch Breitweiser provides the finest art of his career as he chronicles the last days of Captain America..
32 PGS. (each) CARD STOCK/Rated T+ …$3.99 (each)

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FRANKLIN RICHARDS: MONSTER MASH
Written by MARC SUMERAK & CHRIS ELIOPOULOS
Cover and Art by CHRIS ELIOPOULOS

Things get frightful this Fall as Franklin Richards returns to explore the deepest, darkest corners of his father’s lab. Join Franklin and H.E.R.B.I.E. as they unleash all kinds of monstrous adventure! It’s five brand new tales that will be so much fun it’s downright scary!
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

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IMMORTAL IRON FIST ANNUAL #1
Written by ED BRUBAKER & MATT FRACTION
Painted Art & Cover by DAN BRERETON & HOWARD CHAYKIN

THE BOOK OF THE IRON FIST, written on parchment made from the dragon scales of Shou-Lao the Undying, tells the life stories and kung fu secrets of every man and woman to hold the mantle of the Immortal Iron Fist — except two. One, Danny Rand, the current Iron Fist, is the possessor of this most remarkable book. The other is Orson Randall, the Golden Age Iron Fist, and all his life he remained an enigma, even while trying to outrun the Iron Fist legacy. If Danny hopes to unlock the last mysteries of the Iron Fist, he’ll have to track down Orson’s long-lost life story and learn his secrets before it’s too late. This unique annual both enriches the current Iron Fist storyline THE SEVEN CAPITAL CITIES OF HEAVEN and serves as a perfect jumping-on point for new readers.
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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IMMORTAL IRON FIST #9
Written by ED BRUBAKER & MATT FRACTION
Pencils and Cover by DAVID AJA

Daniel Rand is the Immortal Weapon of the mystical city of K’un-Lun…the legendary kung fu hero Iron Fist. And after the stunning conclusion of THE LAST IRON FIST STORY, Danny has found himself forced to take part in a reality-spanning kung fu championship that matches the seven — Really! Seven! — Immortal Weapons like himself against one another. The prize is glory, but for Danny, the penalty of losing will be death–this contest is rigged, and there’s no hope of escaping alive. Who has the best kung fu? Find out the hard way in THE SEVEN CAPITAL CITIES OF HEAVEN part 2! By Ed “I Killed Captain America” Brubaker and Matt “I Know Ed Brubaker” Fraction and David “Who Shot J.R.?” Aja.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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IRON MAN #22
Written by DANIEL KNAUF & CHARLES KNAUF
Penciled by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover by GERALD PAREL

Haunted by the memory of his dead friend, besieged by political forces both within and without S.H.I.E.L.D., Tony Stark has a murder mystery to solve, a trio of newly-licensed super heroes to shepherd and a confrontation to face with the
thoroughly-demented Graviton!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

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MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN #5
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Penciled by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

Starting this issue, we kick off an arc spotlighting the many different armors of Iron Man! First up: Avast, ye swabs! COMMANDER KRAKEN and his TECHNO-PIRATES have captured Iron Man, stripped him of his DEEP-SEA ARMOR … and are attacking HYDROBASE with it! Unarmed and unarmored, can Tony Stark take out Kraken’s scurvy crew all by himself? Do pirates like booty? Arrrh!
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

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Stephen Schleicher

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15 Comments

  1. September 22, 2007 at 12:43 pm — Reply

    Marvel just wants all my money next week releasing not one, but two, Immortal Iron Fist books along with Initiative and Starlord. Next Wednesday can’t come soon enough.

    Kirk Warren
    The Weekly Crisis
    http://www.weeklycrisis.com

  2. September 22, 2007 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    At last, we see the first appearance of Southpaw’s sidekick, Kid Glove and some foreshadowing as to why she’s so attached to hardware like her Dad’s.

    Hmm, maybe she’ll be the one who gets Armory’s weapon…

  3. September 22, 2007 at 4:33 pm — Reply

    I am NOT diggin’ the new art on The Initiative. A style change I can handle, but they all look completely different!

  4. September 22, 2007 at 4:40 pm — Reply

    Also… I can’t wait for some Deadpool/Bucky banter!

  5. Peter
    September 22, 2007 at 8:10 pm — Reply

    That looks an awful lot like an “NW” written on Gauntlet’s chest…

  6. Ben
    September 22, 2007 at 9:32 pm — Reply

    I really don’t like the art on those panels of the Avengers Inititive…

    Is that a new artist?

  7. September 23, 2007 at 12:10 am — Reply

    I don’t like the fact that the fascist punks who run The Initiative just threw Vance Astro in jail with NO evidence, no indication of wrongdoing, and no justification.

  8. Anonymous
    September 23, 2007 at 12:43 am — Reply

    Yes Ben obviously (and yes it does look incredibly horrible in comparison to the old artist), but on a side note how the hell is Gauntlet going to get his ass kicked by the New Warriors in one page?

  9. Randallw
    September 23, 2007 at 6:29 am — Reply

    I am seriously considering getting Deadpool again, without the boring other guy. Pity the local comic shop nearly burned to the ground yesterday.

  10. September 23, 2007 at 1:17 pm — Reply

    Is the purpose of showing us that @$$clown Gauntlet has a family supposed to make us care about him or something, because I’m not feeling it…

    I’ll be picking up the new Initiative this week, but I’m really hoping for five consecutive pages WITHOUT New Warriors insults… Tall order, ne?

  11. Brent F.
    September 23, 2007 at 6:44 pm — Reply

    I think it’s funny that for all of his talk and bad mouthing, Gauntlet was taken out rather easily. Those kids he was insulting earlier went up against the Hulk and survived, he was jumped from behind and is on the edge of life and death.

  12. September 23, 2007 at 9:45 pm — Reply

    “Hey, Steve Uy… What personal flare are you going to bring to The Initiative?”

    “Well… I was thinking of paper-thin, rectangle fingers for Gauntlet!”

  13. KpC
    September 24, 2007 at 9:33 am — Reply

    Hey Chaosbringer, I’d like 5 conescutive Marvel comics in general without NW insults, myself.

    I’m so waiting for this Initiative issue. Gauntlet has had it coming since the beginning.

  14. Brent F.
    September 24, 2007 at 12:01 pm — Reply

    I too am also not buying the last minute sympathetic approach to Gauntlet. You can’t make this guy look like an absolute jerk with no redeeming qualities for five consecutive issues and then hope that a last ditch effort involving bunnies and his daughter will make me feel bad when he rightfully gets his arse kicked.

  15. September 25, 2007 at 12:07 am — Reply

    Having read the issue in question (a perk of retailing, but you can’t get it without hours on your feet, dealing with the accounting, ripping off your cuticules on back issues and constantly inhaling black magic marker from the fitty cent bin) it comes off about as successfully as you’d expect, and the ending is a double shocker, but I still couldn’t possible care less about Gauntlet. In fact, the whole “reverse psychology” hate-him-cause-he’s-a-hardcase-but-he-really-has-a-heart-of-gold reverses again, making me hate him more.

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