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Saturday, January 16, 2010

To All Things an Ending...


In the months before the first issue of Siege, we've been telling our readers at the shop that Siege was not just an event seven years in the making, but it's an event that will change the course of the Marvel Universe for the foreseeable future. If you need more proof of the change that is coming, here's an advance look at the February Marvel Previews solicitations for the Avengers family of comics that ship in April.

NEW AVENGERS #64

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by TIM GREEN II
Cover by STUART IMMONEN

SIEGE BLOCKBUSTER TIE-IN!!
The staggering conclusion to the SIEGE arc delves into the Hood's secret relationship with Norman Osborn and how it will affect the stunning outcome.

Plus the fate of the one they call Mockingbird! What you don't see in SIEGE, you will see here!!

32 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

NEW AVENGERS: FINALE
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by BRYAN HITCH

In the wake of SIEGE, an ALL NEW shocking conclusion to the landmark NEW AVENGERS series. NEW AVENGERS is coming to an end…but not without a bang. For the first time ever, series regular Brian Michael Bendis teams up with the superstar artist that reinvented team books for this generation…Bryan Hitch.

The entirety of the Marvel landscape has changed and many Avengers do not know their place in it. But before they can move on, some very important loose ends need to be tied up. A.K.A. it's payback time!! All this and a bevy of super star artists stop by to pay tribute to the work they made famous over the course of this top-selling book.

64 PGS./One-Shot/Rated A …$4.99

DARK AVENGERS #16
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by MIKE DEODATO

SIEGE BLOCKBUSTER TIE-IN!!
Series Finale!! What?! Marvel's number one ongoing series is coming to an end?! What could possibly happen in the last chapter of SIEGE that is so intense as to bring this crazy chapter in Marvel history to a close??!! Well, clearly we can't tell you here but there will be a funeral and the fate of Norman Osborn Will. Be. Decided!!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MIGHTY AVENGERS #36
Written by DAN SLOTT
Pencils & Cover by KHOI PHAM

SIEGE BLOCKBUSTER TIE-IN!!!
SALVATION Pt. 2 of 2 - "WWJVDD"
SERIES FINALE! While the Mighty Avengers are fighting on the front lines of SIEGE, can HANK PYM and JOCASTA stop the Avenger's greatest enemy, ULTRON, by themselves? Or will Pym-Space become the ultimate staging ground for a cybernetic-assault on all of reality? See SIEGE through the eyes of the Avengers with the most to lose!

The Dark Reign is ending, the Age of Heroes is coming, but before that can happen... there's a wedding? And more than one character is thinking, "What would Janet Van Dyne do?" We can't be any more cryptic than that. Trust us, you don't want to miss this one.

32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #35
Written by CHRISTOS N. GAGE
Penciled by JORGE MOLINA
Cover by DAVID YARDIN

SIEGE BLOCKBUSTER TIE-IN!!
This is it: the series finale – and the end of the Initiative as we know it! Learn the fate of your favorite heroes, villains... and those who aren't quite sure what they are, but who are going to have to decide in a hurry!

Who will taste sweet victory? Who will know the agony of defeat? For some this is an end -- for others, a new beginning (which you'll be reading about very soon)! Camp H.A.M.M.E.R. is falling...and The Heroic Age is dawning!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

With so many titles ending one has to guess these books will be replaced by new titles. What will the Avengers line-up look like after the Siege? Will the adjectives or maybe just the numbering change? Will we finally have one true blue Avengers team? Will Avengers Initiative evolve into the Avengers Academy? What is Avengers: the Children's Crusade? So many questions... so many endings... but all of this is just the beginning of a new era for the team...

...and since that new era that dawns with the outcome of Siege, here's those solicitations too!

SIEGE #4 (of 4)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL

THE MARVEL BLOCKBUSTER OF THE YEAR!!
This double-sized finale brings the Dark Reign to a shattering conclusion and brings with it the bombastic new HEROIC AGE. Every single page of this book is a shocker: Lives are changed. Heroes fall. Deaths. Revenge. Villain comeuppance. And when the dust settles, who will be in charge of the Marvel Universe??

You will find out here and only here. This is the one they will be talking about.

40 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Rated T+ …$3.99

SIEGE: EMBEDDED #4 (of 4)
Written by BRIAN REED
Penciled by CHRIS SAMNEE
Cover by ADI GRANOV

SIEGE BLOCKBUSTER TIE-IN!!
As the SIEGE of Asgard escalates to its final chaotic moments, one man must decide which is more important - living through the day, or getting the truth behind the
story of the century!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


THUNDERBOLTS #143
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
Cover by ADI GRANOV

SIEGE BLOCKBUSTER TIE-IN!!
Round three of Thunderbolts vs. The Mighty Avengers! Here at the end of SIEGE, everything set in motion by Norman Osborn comes to a fiery resolution—like his prime black-ops force!

It's the cataclysmic end of an era – that sets
the stage for the next big chapter of the most unpredictable book ever!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

THOR #609
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Penciled by BILLY TAN
Cover by MICO SUAYAN

SIEGE BLOCKBUSTER TIE-IN!!
The Siege brings Ragnarok to Asgard! The Shining City of Thor and his brothers in arms faces destruction on the greatest scale it's ever suffered, at the hands of Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers. But the Norse heroes have bigger problems, when THOR fights THOR!

The evil Thor clone has come to kill the God of Thunder and take his place. Even if Asgard survives the Siege…will Thor survive Ragnarok?!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Marvel is also announcing a set of one-shots that will close out Siege and end the Dark Reign. These one-shots do not carry their final titles. (As a note, this strongly calls back memories of the death of Captain America. Remember then that Marvel simply referred to a series of "Fallen Son" specials, which then evolved into a mini-series called "Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America." Each issue focused on a different hero.)

Here are the book titles:

  • Fallen
  • Siege: Loki
  • Siege: Spider-Man
  • Siege: Captain America
  • Siege: Young Avengers
  • Siege: Secret Warriors

    All of these titles will carry a $2.99 price point with the exception of "Fallen," which will be $3.99.

  • I know that's a lot of news to digest this weekend! Feel free to leave comments! This news is definitely discussion worthy! For more information, stay tuned for the new Marvel Previews magazine that will be in stores on Wednesday, January, 27th!

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    3 Comments:

    At 1/17/2010 12:38 PM, Blogger Coolguy 2004 said...

    I am so excited for this, it's ridiculous! You would think this was a real world occurrence the way I'm reacting inside.

    The Avengers.
    Avengers Academy.
    Young Avengers.
    Possibly a West/East team or an International.

    Whatever it is i agree with everyone who says that they hope Bendis keeps writing them.

    Marvel's use of up and coming artistic talent is what really keeps my interests too.
    I love rotating artists, because i get to see the character in so many likenesses. Not that there was anything wrong with Kirby on Fan Four for over 100 issues!

    Make Mine Marvel!

     
    At 1/17/2010 12:48 PM, Blogger Joe said...

    I think what I'm most excited for is this "Age of Heroes" that's heralded as coming. I think super-hero comics have strayed too far from being very super, or very heroic.

    Here's to a new age!

     
    At 1/17/2010 5:41 PM, Blogger Coolguy 2004 said...

    I think the heroes have been trying to find their footing this whole time but its been hard.

    They have good intentions, but the dark side is strong in this universe.

     

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