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December in September - Diamond Previews


Diamond comics has released the solicitations for December. Below are my highlights from the DC and Marvel releases.


Pencils & Cover by JIM CHEUNG
The Illuminati is a secret organization comprised of several of the world’s most powerful heroes: Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, King of the Inhumans, Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men and mutant rights activist, Reed Richards,founding member of the Fantastic Four, Namor the Sub-Mariner, King of Atlantis and Iron Man (Anthony Stark), founding member of the Avengers.
These six men have worked together to mold and shape the status of the superhuman world and the world around it.
How and what they have done together has remained a mystery...
Writers Brian Michael Bendis ( Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man) and Brian Reed ( Ms. Marvel) have joined together with Jim Cheung (Young Avengers) to reveal this untold story of the Marvel Universe and the Illuminati’s actions affect today!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils & Wraparound Cover by BRYAN HITCH
The concluding chapter of the much-heralded Millar/Hitch tenure on Ultimates has finally arrived! All the running plot lines come to their cataclysmic end in these pages as the Team Supreme puts everything they’ve got into a grand finale that will take its place alongside the finest comics of the past decade. Alliances are made and relationships are severed in a tale you simply cannot miss. You have been warned! Part 7 (of 6)
48 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

Art & Cover by KAARE ANDREWS 50/50 Cover Split
A searing vision of Spider-Man’s future, brought to you by superstar Kaare Andrews (INCREDIBLE HULK).
They finally did it. Kicked them to the curb. The “capes and tights” crowd -- there’s no place for them in the Big Apple anymore. Peter Parker? He can’t even remember what it was like to don the red and blue and swing through the night sky. Doesn’t want to, anyway. After all, there’s nothing left to fight for, is there? That is until an old “friend” appears on Peter’s doorstep, bearing a package and a message -- and everything changes. If it’s not Peter’s responsibility, then whose is it?
48 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by LEE WEEKS
In the midst of the harsh division of the Civil War, James Buchanan Barnes, Captain America’s one-time partner Bucky, faces his first Christmas of the 21st century. And faces the truth of the terrible things he was forced to do as the Winter Soldier. And with Cap caught in a conflict he can neither take a side of - or understand - what moves can he make to try to redeem himself? And what do Hydra have planned for New York this Christmas? Featuring guest appearances by the Young Avengers and some of the original Invaders, this Special issue is an action-packed character study that defines the Winter Soldier’s future place in the Marvel Universe. By Wizard Top Ten writer Ed Brubaker, with dynamic art by Lee Weeks (Civil War Frontline) and a cover by Cap fan-fave Steve Epting.
48 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

Pencils and Cover by STUART IMMONEN
Freedom or safety? Secrets or celebrity? Iron Man or Captain America? WE DON’T CARE! What care we for freedom OR safety when there are things that need to be kicked and exploded! Yes, “explode” can now be used as a verb. DEAL WITH IT!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$2.99

newuniversal #1
Planet Earth. Inhabited by six billion people. People leading ordinary lives, coping with everyday struggles. But on a night like any other, the Earth is rocked by the most startling celestial event ever witnessed by the human race. The White Event. And from its wake, a handful of humans emerge as something more.
Acclaimed writer Warren Ellis (NEXTWAVE) and superstar artist Salvador Larroca (X-MEN) bring you this new universe — a universe witnessing superhuman power for the first time.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99


BATMAN #660 & 661
Written by John Ostrander
Art by Tom Mandrake
Covers by Gregory Lauren
Don't miss a 4-part murder mystery by the acclaimed team of John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake (THE SPECTRE), starting with two chapters in December! Three horrific murders rock Gotham with only one gruesome connection: parts of the victim's faces have been carved away. Meanwhile, a brutal Russian gangster called Perun threatens Amina Franklin, a doctor working at Leslie Thompkins clinic, which brings in not only the Batman but his bizarre new foe: Grotesk!
And as the mystery of Grotesk deepens, a vicious new player enters the game — a Japanese yakuza named Johnny Kareoke! Batman confronts Kareoke and his murderous Geisha Grrls while the monstrous Grotesk strikes once again!
Issue #660 on sale December 13; #661 on sale December 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99

Written by Paul Dini
Art by Don Kramer & Wayne Faucher
Cover by Simone Bianchi
Series writer Paul Dini returns as an unexpected twist of fate places Robin directly in the clutches of Batman's archenemy, the Joker! Alone and incapacitated, Robin must summon every bit of his courage and ingenuity to free himself before the madman ends the Boy Wonder's life!
On sale December 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Jim Krueger & Alex Ross
Art by Doug Braithwaite & Ross
Cover by Ross
The breathaking miniseries by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Alex Ross continues with plenty of surprises! Black Adam! The Marvel Family! And the Justice League’s plan to storm their adversaries’ stronghold!
On sale December 27 • 9 of 12 • 40 pg, FC, $3.50 US

Written by Brad Meltzer
Art by Ed Benes & Sandra Hope
Cover by Michael Turner
Variant cover by Arthur Adams
One of the hottest teams in comics — Brad Meltzer, Ed Benes and Sandra Hope — continues to heat things up in Part 5 of “The Tornado's Path.” Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman join Green Lantern, Black Canary and Arsenal against the unstoppable force of a villain reborn.
Retailers: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. The Standard Edition cover is by Michael Turner; one copy of the Variant Edition, with a cover by Arthur Adams, may be ordered for every 10 copies of the Standard Edition ordered. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details.
On sale December 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Darwyn Cooke
Art by Cooke & J. Bone
Cover by Cooke
Acclaimed writer/artist Darwyn Cooke (DC: THE NEW FRONTIER) sets his sights on Will Eisner’s classic hero The Spirit in this all-new monthly series that maintains the “spirit” of Eisner’s creation while bringing a new sensibility to the character. The Spirit, a.k.a. Denny Colt, joins Commissioner Dolan and his daughter Ellen in this go-for-broke, shoot-the-lights-out crime story!
When ace television reporter Ginger Coffee is abducted by a crimelord she was about to run an exposé on, The Spirit is called in to investigate. Finding her is tough enough, but getting out alive is a whole other matter!
Don’t miss the first exciting issue, filled with action, adventure, humor and sexy girls!
On sale December 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Scott Dunbier

Written by Gail Simone
Art and cover by Neil Googe
Variant covers by J. Scott Campbell
From the incredible minds of Gail Simone (GEN13, BIRDS OF PREY) and Neil Googe (MAJESTIC) comes a unique new series that will change the way you think about super-heroes and villains!
Tranquility is like any other small town in America, except for one fundamental difference:
It’s the town where super-powered beings go in order to retire and raise families. From the Golden Age to the Modern Age, heroes and villains alike reside in Tranquility, and it creates a unique blend of personalities and conflicts that causes the local law enforcement nothing but headaches! As a camera crew is in town to film a news segment on this unique place, the town is turned upside down by a murder...and it becomes evident that everything isn’t as quaint as it seems!
This issue will feature 3 covers that may be ordered separately. The Standard Edition cover is by Neil Googe; one copy of Variant Edition A, with a cover by J. Scott Campbell, may be ordered for every 10 copies of the Standard Edition ordered; one copy of Variant Edition B, with a pencil sketch cover by Campbell, may be ordered for every 50 copies of the Standard Edition ordered. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details.
On sale December 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Ben Abernathy

100 BULLETS #79
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Eduardo Risso
Cover by Dave Johnson
The unforgettable conclusion to the 4-part storyarc, “Punch Line.” The Trust, Agent Graves and the Minutemen arrive in Mexico for a showdown that will mark the end for at least one major player. Also, the mystery behind the Atlantic City job is finally revealed. Loyal Bullets fans, this is the issue you’ve been waiting for!
On sale December 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Pia Guerra & Jose Marzan Jr.
Cover by Massimo Carnevale
The jaw-dropping conclusion of the four-part “Motherland” story arc.
Now that the mystery behind who (or what) has caused the gendercide has been solved, one member of Yorick’s crew will take her leave in the hopes of reversing the effects.
But is it too late?
On sale December 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS