This will probably be of great interest to Ender’s Game fans, and more specifically fans of the Ender’s Game comic book series from Marvel Comics.Â The company announced fans can head on over to marvel.com/endersgame to see the pretty graphics, and read Ender’s Game: Battle School #1 and Ender’s Shadow: Battle School #1 for free.Â It’s all part of the promotion for the upcoming Ender’s Game: Battle School and Ender’s Shadow: Battle School Premiere HC editions arriving July 15, 2009.
As you might have guessed, Marvel Comics has announced Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia has sold out at the distributor level (but may still be in your local store), prompting Marvel send the issue back to press.
Martial Law is declared in San Francisco to put an end the mutant rights riots and the Dark Avengers are sent to enforce it! Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia Second Printing Variant features the interior art of Silvestri on a stylish new cover!
In recent years, Marvel Comics has become known (to me, at least) for grabbing handfuls of characters and slapping them together to see what sticks, sort ofÂ like a superhero Chinese Buffet.Â The obvious raison d’Ãªtre for this miniseries is to reproduce the dynamics of ‘Sex And The City’ using superhuman women, the kind of built-in story hook (“It’s a superhero support group, and GET THIS!Â The Power Pack chick is half nekkid in it!”Â “Oh, wait, how about a superhero who works for a newspaper and has all sorts of reporter adventures and stuff!”) that Joe Quesada and Marvel editorial love.Â Of course, long-time Spoilerites who remember the days of “The Loners” may recall that this sort of hook-driven productÂ always leads to a polarizing experience for me.Â
Today is American Independence Day, commonly referred to as July 4th, as it takes place on the 4th of July, hence the name, and that’s why the song is called Alice’s Restaurant… To all the faithful Spoilerites of the United States, Happy 4th of July. For those of you who are from elsewhere, sorry about all the hegemony and stuff. Either way, it’s time for another bout of our Rapid Fire Reviews, bite-sized chunks of comics that I either couldn’t write three paragraphs about, or ran out of time to cover. Give us your tired, your poorly drawn, your huddled masses of comics, yearning to be bagged in mylar…
Or – “The Return Of The Greatest X-Man Of Them All!”Â
It has been many years since the original five X-Men teamed up to battle various fat, bald, ugly pro-wrestler types.Â In the ensuing years, seemingly hundreds of mutants have joined various incarnations of the X-Franchise, but everybody seems to forget the FIRST mutant recruit to join the then-handful of X-Kids…Â The man called The Mimic.Â In a world gone mad, where no one’s loyalties can be easily discerned, this legendary lost hero has returned, to once again spearhead the team he once led.
Or – “This Just In…Â Former Captain America Steve Rogers Is Still Dead, Perhaps.”
The first thought that I had upon picking up this book, alleged to be a huge bombshell and to reveal the giant hidden workings of the Marvel Universe and the Red Skull’s mind?Â “Man, this Bryan Hitch art looks exactly like his Ultimate Captain America.”Â Is this mere coincidence?Â Or harbinger of something more going on within the book?
File this one way down in the rumor column, as word trickles out that Jessica Biel has been cast in the upcoming Thor movie.Â Â The rumor has Biel playing the “love interest” to Thor, which means she could play Jane Foster, Amora, or Sif.
Marvel is proud to announce that fans can now get a look at the exclusive prequel to Captain America: Reborn #1 courtesy of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited at www.marvel.com/reborn. Captain America Reborn: Prelude, from Eisner-winning scribe Ed Brubaker and fan favorite artist Luke Ross, reveals just what happens before the hotly anticipated Captain America: Reborn #1 hits stores tomorrow! The entire world knows of the tragic event that transpired in Captain America #25, when Steve Rogers, the man who fought as our nation’s Sentinel of liberty for over 70 years, was brutally gunned down on the steps of a New York courthouse. But now, miraculously, there may be a way to save Steve Rogers and the key could lie in the hands of the daughter of his greatest enemy. How does the Red Skull’s femme fatale offspring play into all of this? What does she know about the assassination of the world’s greatest hero? And will this information save our greatest icon or doom him forever? Find out now in the eight-page Captain America Reborn: Prelude, free to all readers at www.marvel.com/reborn
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For fans of Captain America and those wanting to own a part of this historic moment in Marvel history, visit your local comic book retailer on July 1, 2009 to purchase Captain America Reborn #1. To learn more about this landmark event and get a jumpstart with Captain America Reborn: Prelude, go to www.marvel.com/reborn for the exclusive digital comics and a free preview of the series!
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