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Or – “20 Years In Any Other Medium Might Actually CHANGE Things.” When I was young, a Limited Series was a 4-issue affair. Jack of Hearts, Vision and The Scarlet Witch, Hercules, even the whole frickin’ World of Krypton fit into that 4-issue format without feeling cramped. Not so in the age of Decompression… Naaah, these days, a limited series is 6, or 8, or 12 issues, if not 52 of ’em. Stories take longer now, though roughly the same amount of action ends up taking place. Mostly that’s a good thing, in that conversations and character bits that would

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52DCRalph DibnyReview

Is Ralph Dead? A cryptic message highlights this week’s installment of 52. Ralph and the helmet of Dr. Fate are still seeking answers to life after death, which ultimately lead to the mystic city of Nanda Parbat.

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DVDMarvelUltimate Avengers

If you have enjoyed the Marvel direct to DVD animated features that have been released, Marvel has announced the soundtracks to Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2 and Iron Man are now available via the iTunes music store. Each album sells for $9.99.

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Jeph LeobMarvelOnslaugh Reborn

Marvel Comics has announced Onslaught Reborn has sold out at Diamond Comics Distributors. The company has told us they don’t have plans at the moment to go back to press with a second printing, but it is considering it. We’ll keep you updated, should this change. Covers for issues #2 and #3, plus more info after the jump.

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Diamond Comic Distributors

Diamond Comics Distributors has sent Major Spoilers the Top 300 titles sold in November 2006. Marvel and DC take the top 10 positions with Marvel’s Civil War #5 taking the top spot. The rest of the top ten is split 50/50 with DCs 52 Week’s #26-#29 taking up most of the list. Take the jump for the entire list and see where your favorites rank.

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Adam HughesPosterRed Sonja

Dynamite Entertainment has announced the release of its next Dynamite Select Poster. Adam Hughes’ retro style cover to Red Sonja #7 will measure 18″ by 24″ and is part of the 35th anniversary of Red’ Sonja’s first appearance in Conan #23. The poster will sell for an incredibly low $10.99 and will ship in February 2007. If you get this poster, run to your local wal-tar and get a nice frame for this one, as it will make a nice wall hanging for your comic collecting room. via Dynamite Entertainment (link)

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Civil WarFantastic FourMarvelPreview

That’s the question Marvel Comics posed to Major Spoilers readers when they sent us the cover to Fantastic Four #544. The cover features the Human Torch, The Thing, Storm, and Black Panther in what looks like the new team up following the events of Civil War. Click the image to embiggen. What do you think?

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Fantastic FourMarvelZombies

Marvel Comics has let us know the Marvel Zombies hard cover will be going back to press for a third time, and will feature an all new cover by zombie painter Arthur Suydam. The cover for the third printing will be a zombie homage to Fantastic Four #49. Marvel Zombies third printing will be availabe January 24, 2007 for $19.99.

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Top Cow

Top Cow Productions has sent Major Spoilers cover images and solicitation information for titles shipping in March 2007.  Take the jump for the complete list. Witchblade #107 (W) Ron Marz (A) Stjepan Sejic  (Cov) Chris Bachalo Danielle Baptiste, the new bearer of the Witchblade, realizing that the Witchblade can be a bit of a “weirdness magnet.”  On her trip home to visiting her ailing father she begins having horrific, ghostly encounters with the unquiet dead, their graves destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.  Only Danielle can return them to their rest.  Meanwhile an old foe of Sara returns to haunt her and

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The DarknessTop Cow

Top Cow Productions has let us know that The Darkness Volume 5: Demon Inside trade paperback and the Art of The Darkness soft cover are now available. The Darkness Volume 5: Demon Inside collects the second arc of second The Darkness series (issues #7 – #16).  At 272 pages, the collection is priced at $19.99. The Art of the Darkness is a 96 page book that contains art showcased in The Darkness over its ten year history.  In addition to all of the stunning art, original artists (including Marc Silvestri, Michael Turners, Dale Keown, Jae Lee, Chris Bachalo, David Lapham,

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Top CowWitchblade

Witchblade Volume 1 Compendium Trade Paperback is in stores now and collects the first fifty issues of the series in chronological order.  Unlike other trades, which only have black and white pages, the 1248 page tome is in full color and sells for $59.99. If you have never read Witchblade, you can read the first issue for free over at Drunk Duck (www.drunkduck.com/Witchblade/).

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DCOutsidersReview

Or – “Go-Kart Mozart Was Checkin’ Out The Weather Chart Seein’ If It’s Safe Outside…” I tried recently to explain to one of my customers (Gatekeeper Hobbies, Topeka, Kansas. Come buy stuff!) why I enjoy Judd Winick’s work on The Outsiders. As I did, I found myself in that weird position where I had to explain away my PROBLEMS with the current status of the book before I could tell him what was good about it. I’m sure the Germans have a word for the need to justify your enjoyment of something (maybe it’s Hurneyvurneyfarfarghnughen?), but it’s a weird position

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BatgirlDead@17Josh Howard

It’s pretty obvious I’ve become a Josh Howard fan over the last six months. I dig his art style, and think his writing skills have matured to the point where he is really developing a strong storyline with Dead@17. Over the next couple of months, we’ll see Howard release Eve, and Sasquatch, but what if he were to draw Batgirl? Head over to Josh’s blog site to see the full version. I wonder if he’d sell it to me for cheap? (grin). via Josh Howard (link)

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MarvelnewuniversalPreview

Marvel Comics has announced its newuniversal #1 has sold out, and the company is going back to press for fans of the series.  With a new printing comes a new cover, painted by Esad Ribic, who did the covers for Marvel’s House of M.  The Warren Ellis (w), Salvador Larroca (a) newuniversal #1 second printing will be in stores January 17, 2007 for $2.99. If you want to see the variant cover, you know where to click.

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NexusPreviewSteve Rude

Steve Rude let us know that his new book “Draw Nexus Tips and Techniques” is now available for pre-sale on his website.  The book is filled with tips on figure construction, figure drawing, as well as how to draw heads and interiors.  Also included in the 100 page book are model sheets on the entire cast.  If you are a Nexus or Rude fan, the model sheets alone are worth the $24.95 price tag.

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CyberforceMarvelSneak PeekTop CowX-Men

Top Cow has sent us an early look at the Cyberforce/X-Men crossover scheduled to be in stores December 27. Cyberforce and the X-Men meet head on, while on a trip to Japan. Check the six page preview for details. Oh, and check this out; this crossover issue is 32 pages with no ads. More details and two covers after the jump.

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