First Look | Marvel Comics 10-18

The big news is a massive 8-page preview of Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures, where Marvel and the Dabel Brothers bring the character from novels to the comics page…and St. Louis! Also check out previews of Ghost Rider, Wolverine, and X-Men: First Class!

 

Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures

The Anita Blake series of novels by New York Times Best-Selling author Laurell K. Hamilton has sold over 3 million copies and amassed a dedicated group of fans. Now, the vampire hunter is staking her claim in the world of comics in Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures #1.

There have been 14 novels in the Anita Blake series with the most recent novel, Anita Blake: Danse Macabre, debuting at #2 on the New York Times Best-Sellers List, selling over 100,000 copies since its release in June 2006. Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures will be the first comic adaptation of Anita Blake, adapting the first novel of the series which has sold over 250,000 copies.

Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures #1 presents a world unlike our own, where vampires and were-creatures are legal citizens of the United States. Anita's job is to act as judge, jury, and executioner when these supernatural beings cross the line, allowing her to swiflty dispense justice on the undead and superhuman.

Anita is also known as an animator, or one who can raise the dead, but this deadly hunter avoids vampires whenever possible. However, when a close friend's bacherlorette party leads them into St. Louis's vampire district, business begins to pick up for Anita.

When visiting the vampire strip club Guilty Pleasures, Anita's fears are realized when a sneak attack threatens to claim her life. But is the enigmatic Jean-Claude there to help Anita or ensure her downfall?

Adapted from the Anita Blake series of novels, which has sold over 3 million copies and appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers list, Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures #1 is a story of horror and romance that is sure to amaze fans of Anita Blake and comics alike. To pick-up Anita Blake's first comic appearance, call 1-888-comicbook to find the location of the comic shop nearest you.

ANITA BLAKE: VAMPIRE HUNTER in GUILTY PLEASURES #1 (of 12) (JUL068379)
Written by LAURELL K. HAMILTON
Adapted by STACIE M. RITCHIE
Pencils & Wraparound Cover by BRETT BOOTH
32 PGS./Rated T+ .$2.99
FOC -9/28, On-Sale 10/18/2006

ANITA BLAKE: VAMPIRE HUNTER in GUILTY PLEASURES #1 (of 12) VARIANT (JUL068380)
Written by LAURELL K. HAMILTON
Adapted by STACIE M. RITCHIE
Pencils by BRETT BOOTH
Variant cover by GREG HORN
32 PGS./Rated T+ .$2.99
FOC -9/28, On-Sale 10/18/2006

 

Lucifer on the Loose, Dr. Strange Makes a House Call in Ghost Rider #4

Ghost Rider's path of vengeance leads him to the starling revelation that he is part of Lucifer's plan to consolidate his power on earth in Ghost Rider #4. Can he ever truly defeat Lucifer if he is just a pawn on the chessboard?

After Ghost Rider's run-in with Doctor Strange, Johnny Blaze begins to reconsider his methods now that he has returned to Earth. Dr. Strange advised him to turn away from vengeance, but can he do so with Lucifer still on the loose?

He has been the Ghost Rider for longer than he cares to remember. In Ghost Rider #4, Johnny will find out how much of him is still a man and how much of him has become the Spirit of Vengeance as "Vicious Cycle"continues.

GHOST RIDER #4 (AUG062046)
Written by DANIEL WAY
Layouts by JAVIER SALTARES
Finishes & Cover by MARK TEXEIRA
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC -9/28, On Sale -10/18/2006

 

Civil War Showdown Pits Wolverine Against Sentry

On his Civil War "Vendetta", Wolverine has gone toe-to-toe with the man responsible for the Stamford disaster Nitro, an Atlantean Death-Squad, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and Damage Control. In Wolverine #47, things don't get any easier for Logan as the man with the power of a thousand exploding suns, the Sentry, stands in his way.

In the conclusion to the Civil War tie-in "Vendetta,"Wolverine finds himself on the wrong end of a Damage Control clean-up crew. But what happens next leads Logan 30 thousand feet in the air onto the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier., with the elite Super Human Restraint Unit ready and waiting to put him down.

Then, the Golden Guardian of Good, who could quite possibly be the most powerful super hero in the Marvel Universe, is brought in to make sure Logan stays down. In a fight fit for a main-event, Wolverine pits his claws against the raw power of the Sentry.

With the odds stacked against him, can Logan fulfill his Civil War Vendetta in Wolverine #47? Better yet, will Logan be able to walk away from a fight that has already pushed his healing factor to the limit?

WOLVERINE #47 (AUG062081)
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM
Penciled by HUMBERTO RAMOS
Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99
FOC -9/28, On-Sale -10/18/2006

 

X-Men Tangle with the Lizard in X-Men: First Class #2

The X-Men are off to Florida for a Spring Break they won't soon forget, hoping for a nice relaxing break from the rigors of the Academy. But the X-Men won't have time to visit theme parks or beaches on this vacation when the Lizard shows up to terrorize the Sunshine State in X-Men: First Class #2.

Richard George of IGN.com called X-Men: First Class #1 a "Must Read…X-Men: First Class is a lot of fun. It revisits the beginning of the X-Men, but does not retell stories that we already know…First Class is definitely a top-notch read."

The X-Men head to Florida to drop in on an old colleague of the Professor's; however, Dr. Curt Connors has been through some changes since Xavier last saw him. The innocent visit turns into an all out battle for survival in the Everglades, forcing Beast and Angel to hunt Spider-Man's foe: The Lizard.

Jeff Parker and Roger Cruz bring you another brand new, unforgettable tale of Charles Xavier's original X-Men in X-Men: First Class #2.

X-MEN FIRST CLASS #2 (of 8) (AUG062086)
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by ROGER CRUZ
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
32 PGS./RATED A …$2.99
FOC -9/28, On-Sale -10/18/2006

 

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