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It's Marvel Time -- Can't Wait for May...

Here's my picks for the May 2007, Marvel Comics solicitations. I'll be posting my comments in Italics

ULTIMATE MARVEL

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #42
Written by MIKE CAREY
Pencils and Cover by PASQUAL FERRY
"SILVER SURFER" PART 1 (OF 5)
Reed Richards' attempts to create a Cosmic Cube have caused him to pierce the barriers of a hundred universes. And falling through the opening into our unsuspecting reality is the keeper of the Power Cosmic-Ultimate Silver Surfer! 'Nuff said!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99


ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #109
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by MARK BAGLEY
"ULTIMATE KNIGHTS"
With Daredevil's super-squad assembled to take down the Kingpin, and Spider-Man in the clutches of the Kingpin himself, Daredevil breaks into Fisk Towers for an eleventh-hour rescue! But things go from bad to worse-when Spidey discovers a traitor in the midst of DD's team! Don't miss it! Part 4 (of 5)
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

Ultimate Fantastic Four is obviously working hard to draw as much attention as possible to the upcoming Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which works for me becuase I've been itching to see more ultimate Surfer since his debut in Ellis' Ultimate Galactus trilogy.

Ultimate Spiderman kicks ass every single issue. If you aren't already a fan you should be.



CIVIL WAR: FALLEN SON

CIVIL WAR: FALLEN SON - CAPTAIN AMERICA
Written by JEPH LOEB
Pencils and Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Alternate Cover by MICHAEL TURNER
How has the fall-out of Civil War affected Captain America? One side won and the other side lost - but the aftermath may have hit some heroes harder than others. Now it's time to navigate this turbulent new landscape with the shield-slinging Super Soldier - and your guides are none other than Jeph Loeb and John Romita Jr. (ETERNALS)!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
NOTE: Not actual title


CIVIL WAR: FALLEN SON - SPIDER-MAN
Written by JEPH LOEB
Pencils and Cover by DAVID FINCH
Alternate Cover by MICHAEL TURNER
He's confronted the deaths of family and friends - but how will the passing of a fellow hero rock the Wall-Crawler? We know we're being secretive about these FALLEN SON issue descriptions, but it's Jeph Loeb, David Finch (NEW AVENGERS) and Spider-Man all dealing with life's greatest foe - so you know it's
going to rock!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
NOTE: Not actual title


CIVIL WAR: FALLEN SON - IRON MAN
Written by JEPH LOEB
Pencils and Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Alternate Cover by MICHAEL TURNER
Can the Marvel Universe accept the death of a true hero? In the wake of a tragedy, we've visited the top heroes of the Marvel Universe, and now it all comes down this. The rockstar team of Jeph Loeb and John Cassaday (ASTONISHING X-MEN) bring it all home in the story that will have True Believers debating - and maybe even shedding a tear.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
NOTE: Not actual title

Notice the note at the end of each description which says, "not actual title"? This is further fallout from Civil War, which will hopefully end on time and not cause any further delays. That said, Finch on Spidey and Cassaday on Iron Man get me excited enough to want to read both those books.


MARVEL PROPER

SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1
WRITTEN BY MATT FRACTION
PENCILS AND COVER BY SALVADOR LARROCA
'Till Death Do Us Part
A long-lost suitor from Mary Jane's past presents her with a shocking offer: she can walk away from the torment and tragedy of life on the run…and all she has to do is turn in Spider-Man. Given the choice between a fugitive's life and the fame and fortune she left behind to marry Peter Parker, will she take the deal? Meanwhile, across town, Peter Parker brokers the safety of his wife and Aunt May…even at the cost of his freedom. How much madness and loss can one marriage take? Join us in this retrospective of one of the most enduring love stories in comics. Written by Matt Fraction (IMMORTAL IRON FIST, PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL) with jaw-dropping art - including beautiful Romita-esque flashback sequences - by superstar Salvador Larroca (UNCANNY X-MEN, NEW UNIVERSAL).
48 pgs/Rated A …3.99

Did Marvel just spoil one of their stories? Since this focuses on MJ does that mean Aunt May is the one to die????!!!

WORLD WAR HULK PROLOGUE: WORLD BREAKER
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by VARIOUS
Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR
Hulk is coming and no power on Earth can stop him from getting revenge on the Illuminati! What events have led up to the super-human battle-to-end-all-battles? As Hulk's great stone ship approaches the planet, he prepares for the war on the horizon by reliving past conflicts with Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange and the Inhumans. This is the perfect jumping-on point for this summer's super hero-smashing, city-leveling, bone-crushing, Marvel history-making event!
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

I'm not really a PAD fan, his name on a book is not enough to draw me in, that said, I'm very curious about World War Hulk. I'm curiious how they'll tell the story and what the outcome will be. In the interest of that curiosity I'll check this book out as well as the book below (Pak's continuing Hulk run) in anticipation for the coming storyline.

INCREDIBLE HULK #106
Written by GREG PAK
Pencils and Cover by GARY FRANK
WARBOUND, Part I
When the Hulk returns to Earth for the senses-shattering events of "World War Hulk," we can all guess which puny humans will fight against him. But which of Earth's heroes will fight for the Hulk? Don't miss the shocking revelations as Amadeus Cho, the boy genius who took on Reed Richards on behalf of the Hulk in Incredible Hulk #100, confronts She-Hulk and Doc Samson -- and precipitates a gamma-powered smash-fest in the wilds of Jersey! Featuring the return of Hulk artist extraordinaire Gary Frank!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99


MARVEL ZOMBIES: DEAD DAYS
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Penciled by SEAN PHILLIPS
Gatefold cover by ARTHUR SUYDAM
At last-witness the birth of the Marvel Zombies as told by the creative team of the best-selling limited series! Kirkman and Phillips pull out all the stops as they reveal the secret story of the day the Marvel Heroes became brain-eating monsters! Want to see the Avengers eat Jarvis? You won't get that in this month's New Avengers, effendi! And we dare you to pry your eyes away from Arthur Suydam's top-secret double-gatefold zombified homage to a classic 1990's cover you don't want to miss.
48 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

MORE ZOMBIES BY KIRKMAN AND PHILLIPS! YAY!


MIGHTY AVENGERS #3
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by FRANK CHO
Mighty Avengers versus the next gen Ultron! Ultron has taken over everything by taking over Iron Man! And now she has to face the Sentry unleashed! A battle of the titans Avengers style! Plus, Tigra guest stars. Yes, Tigra. Frank Cho drawing Tigra!! Did you hear us? FRANK CHO DRAWING TIGRA!! Which Avenger is Tigra dating? Prrrrr!!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99


NEW AVENGERS #30
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by LEINIL YU
The New Avengers versus the Hand!! AND the New Avengers versus the Mighty Avengers!! AND the identity of the new Ronin revealed!! Who is the new mystery player in the New Avengers? Find out here!!
Guest-starring the Mighty Avengers and... wait for it... BROTHER VOODOO!!


NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI #3 (of 5)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS AND BRIAN REED
Pencils and Cover by JIM CHEUNG
THE MEGA SMASH MINI SERIES IS BACK!! Years ago a mysterious creature called the Beyonder gathered the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe for an epic called SECRET WARS. Now, finally, after decades of mystery, the TRUE origin of this powerful creature is revealed when the Illuminati try to stop the Beyonder from interfering with the Earth once more.
What powerful connection does the Beyonder's true origin have to one of the power players of the Illuminati? Another stunner from Bendis (NEW AVENGERS, MIGHTY AVENGERS) Reed (MS. MARVEL) and Jim Cheung (YOUNG AVENGERS)

All of the above titles, all the Bendis written Avenger titles, are exciting to me. I think he's making the Avenger's more appealing and entertaining than they've ever been.


RUNAWAYS #26
Written by JOSS WHEDON
Penciled by MICHAEL RYAN
Cover by JO CHEN
"DEAD END KIDS"
The kids continue their New York adventure and encounter someone dangerous that they've never met before. Hint-LOOK BEHIND MOLLY ON THE COVER. Will he punish the Runaways? Superstar Joss Whedon (Buffy, ASTONISHING X-MEN) and rising star Michael Ryan (NEW X-MEN, NEW EXCALIBUR) continue a tale that will take the Runaways somewhere they've never been before! PART 2 (of 6)!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99


ASTONISHING X-MEN #21
Written by JOSS WHEDON
Pencils and 50/50 Covers by JOHN CASSADAY
"UNSTOPPABLE" PART 3 (OF 6)!
Ord and his people of Breakworld lead the charge to take down the X-Men and S.W.O.R.D. And when this fight's over… Not everyone is coming back!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC - 4/12, On-Sale - 5/2/2007
Order Using This Code: JAN072400

Remember what I said about Bendis and his books? Same goes for Whedon. This guy is a master storyteller. Everything he touches I fall in love with and these books are no exception.

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #7
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils and 50/50 Covers by ARIEL OLIVETTI
BLOOD AND SAND, PART 2
"I want Frank Castle -- the scourge of the underworld -- to die in the Sonoma desert playing dress-up." With that line, the all-new Hate Monger begins the execution ceremony of the Punisher -- and nothing will ever be the same. Massacre after brutal massacre along the border brought Frank to the desert, but what horrible things does he find hiding behind the killings? What atrocities could possibly drive Frank to don a new costume? And how could it all go so terribly wrong? The American dream continues to become an unholy nightmare for Frank and everybody else in his orbit.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

April brings a return to form with the end of Civil War and now we see that May continues the forward momentum. Look for more Civil War-fallout once the book ends and the new status quo of the Marvel U is firmly established.