First Look | Marvel Comics 7/12: A new beginning for Ghost Rider, an end for Spider-Girl, and more

The Ghost of Vengeance returns just in time for the upcoming Nic Cage-fueled Ghost Rider movie, while Marvel bids adieu to its most consistently entertaining series of the last decade, all hitting stands June 12th.

 Ghost Rider Rides Again In New Ongoing Series

The Spirit of Vengeance returns in Ghost Rider #1 as ol'Flamehead finds himself the star of his own ongoing series once again. The original Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze, is back and he's dispensing fiery vengeance in his wake.

Johnny Blaze made a deal with the devil, and to no surprise, he got shafted. Now finding himself trapped in Hell, Johnny just may have found a way out. But what more will he have to sacrifice in order to escape eternal hellfire?

By Wolverine: Origins writer Daniel Way and the team behind the launch of Ghost Rider's last ongoing series, Mark Texeira and Javier Saltares, Ghost Rider is sure to be the unholy hit of the summer.

Way, Texeira, and Saltares are also behind the recent and successful "Origins and Endings"in the pages of Wolverine and now this creative team is looking to bring Johnny Blaze back to his former glory as the demonic deliverer of vengeance.

The supernatural superhero rides again in Ghost Rider #1 so be sure to get your copy quick because this issue is guaranteed to be hotter than H-E-Double Hockey Sticks!

GHOST RIDER #1 (MAY061973)
Written by DANIEL WAY
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC -6/22, On Sale -7/12/2006

Written by DANIEL WAY
Variant Cover by MARK SILVISTRI
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC -6/22, On Sale -7/12/2006

Written by DANIEL WAY
Variant Sketch Cover by MARK SILVISTRI
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC -6/22, On Sale -7/12/2006

Art by Marc Silvestri
FOC -6/22, On Sale -7/12/2006



Spider-Girl Ends Series With 100th Issue Celebration

The long-running Spider-Girl series has finally reached its end, but not before going out with a bang in a 100th issue spectacular. Spider-Girl #100 is a 104-page wrap-up of the adventures of the original Spider-Man's daughter in the MC2 Universe.

What will be Spider-Girl's final fate? Is this destined to be Spider-Girl's last story? If Hobgoblin, the Scriers, and Black Tarantula have anything to say about it, this will be the last anyone sees of Mayday Parker. But when Spider-Man joins the fray to help his daughter, can he help stem the tide and defeat this collection of villains?

Spider-Girl #100 is loaded with tons of features, enough for a hero's sendoff. Not only will it feature the death of a hero and the final fate of Normie Osborn and the Venom Symbiote, but be sure to check out the special features, including a cover gallery, Spider-Girl's rogues gallery, and two classic Spider-Girl stories.

The little-comic-that-could is finally coming to a close so be sure to pick up the last issue of Spider-Girl for the finale to Mayday's toughest challenge yet.

SPIDER-GIRL #100 (MAY061947)
Written by TOM DEFALCO
Pencils & Cover by RON FRENZ
104 PGS./All Ages …$3.99
FOC -6/22, On Sale -7/12/2006


Bachalo and Carey Take Over X-Men with #188

The new creative team of Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo are taking over the X-Men and they are going supernova with the most volatile assemblage of X-Men yet.

The shocking new X-Men team will be made up of Rogue, Iceman, Mystique, Cable, and Cannonball. Each of these characters has a past history with one another and much of it isn't good. Mothers, daughters, teachers, and students must adapt to becoming teammates.

Plus, what is Sabretooth doing hanging around the X-Men? And what could possibly have the man who goes toe-to-toe with Wolverine on a regular basis scared stiff?

In part one of SUPER NOVAS, an all-new threat rises up to challenge the X-Men and it's up to this new X-team to gel together quick, or else they'll end up nothing more than a memorial plaque in the hallowed halls of Xavier. And what do the mysterious group known as the Children have to do with it?

Also, X-Men #188 features an 8-page bonus story featuring the first appearance of the Masked Marvel.

It's the start of an all-new era in X-history in X-Men #188. Don't miss out on this X-traordinary beginning.


X-MEN #188   (MAY062010)

Written by MIKE CAREY

Pencils & Wraparound Cover by CHRIS BACHALO

32 PGS. /Rated A …$2.99

FOC – 6/22, On Sale – 7/12/2006


X-MEN #188 SKETCH COVER  (MAR068276)

Written by MIKE CAREY

Pencils & Wraparound Cover by CHRIS BACHALO

32 PGS. /Rated A …$2.99

FOC – 6/22, On Sale – 7/12/2006


X-MEN #189  (MAY062011)

Written by MIKE CAREY

Pencils & Wraparound Cover by CHRIS BACHALO

32 PGS. /Rated A …$2.99

FOC –  7/6, On Sale – 7/26/2006

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Squadron Supreme #5: Mission in the Middle East

J. Michael Straczynski and Gary Frank's re-envisioning of the Squadron Supreme continues as the US government controlled super-team embarks on a deadly mission to the Middle East in Squadron Supreme #5. But will the mere presence of the Squadron Supreme cause more problems than it solves?

In a perfect jumping on point for new readers, Squadron Supreme #5 ups the action to the highest degree as the government continues to use the team on foreign soil. This time, the team is off to the Middle East to save countless innocent lives, but will their intervention cause long-term consequences for the region?

Now is the time to join the ranks of the readers of the Supremeverse as Squadron Supreme and the entire Ultimate Universe will be crossing over late this year in the pages of Ultimate Power by the stellar creative team of J. Michael Strazynski, Brian Michael Bendis, Jeph Loeb, and super-star artist Greg Land.

Be sure to pick up Squadron Supreme #5 because from the looks of these preview pages, the Squadron just may be the most powerful team ever assembled in comics. Watch out Ultimate Universe!

Pencils & Cover by GARY FRANK
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99
FOC -6/22, On Sale -7/12/2006

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Caution: the following preview contains spoilers for CIVIL WAR #2. If you, by some miracle, haven't read it or heard about it yet and don't want to spoil the surprise, stop reading now. You've been warned. — Ed.

Spider-Man Unmasked Continues in Sensational Spider-Man #28

Have you heard the news? Measuring up to all-time Spider-Man moments like the death of Gwen Stacy and the marriage of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, Spider-Man has revealed his identity to the world.

In Sensational Spider-Man #28, a special stand-alone issue, the repercussions of that life-changing decision will be shown as it relates to those in Peter Parker's life. In a story called "My Science Teacher is Spider-Man,"you see Peter's students dealing with the fact that their nice and boring science teacher has actually been one of the world's preeminent super-heroes.

His students aren't the only ones shown dealing with the revelation as Doctor Octopus, quite possibly Spider-Man's greatest nemesis, shows up to confront Parker. Needless to say, Doc Ock isn't showing up to offer congratulations.

"Spider-Man Unmasked"tie-ins will run through Sensational Spider-Man #28-32 and the covers of each issue will display a "Spider-Man Unmasked"banner signifying them as tie-in issues.

Sensational Spider-Man #28 also features emerging super-star writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the gorgeous digitally painted work of Clayton Crain of Ghost Rider fame. It's an exciting time to be a fan of Spider-Man so do not miss out on this thrilling new chapter in Peter Parker's life.

Pencils & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99
FOC -6/22, On Sale -7/12


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