First Look | Marvel Comics for late December

Hawkeye and the Scarlet Witch finally return in New Avengers #26 and Civil War rages on in Black Panther #23, while Marvel's new partnership with the Dabel Bros. bears fruit in the novel adaptations Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures #3 and Red Prophet: The Tales of Alvin Maker #4, all shipping at various points in December.  

Hawkeye and the Scarlet Witch Return in New Avengers #26

She's killed him twice, and twice she has brought him back to life. But what happens when Hawkeye confronts his long-time friend, former teammate, and killer, the Scarlet Witch, in New Avengers #26?

New Avengers writer Brian Michael Bendis re-teams with artist Alex Maleev to reform the Eisner Award-winning creative team behind Daredevil and New Avengers: Illuminati for this special stand-alone issue spotlighting the return of Hawkeye and the Scarlet Witch.

Last seen in the conclusion to House of M in which the Scarlet Witch seemingly killed and then resurrected Hawkeye, find out where these two former Avengers have been since that tragic day and where their future lies in the Marvel Universe.

In this next important chapter in New Avengers history, Bendis and Maleev present the "Ballad of Clint Barton and Wanda Maximoff"in New Avengers #26.

NEW AVENGERS #26 (SEP062126)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by ALEX MALEEV
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99
FOC -11/30, On-Sale -12/20/2006

 

  

Civil War Foreign Affairs in Black Panther #23

With their world tour of diplomacy reaching its final stop, the newlyweds Black Panther and Storm visit the United States…in the middle of Civil War! In Black Panther #23, the royal Wakandan couple decide to get involved. But whose side are they on?

Black Panther and Storm are poised to play a pivotal part in Civil War and will have a major impact in the outcome of the war. When the dust settles and one side is declared the winner, this royal couple will have had a large hand in the final battle and their role is all set up in these tie-in issues of Black Panther!

Writer Reginald Hudlin welcomes the stunning pencils of Aspen's Koi Turnbull, all wrapped inside a Michael Turner cover. Oh, and did I forget to mention it's a Civil War tie-in?

It's part 1 of a 3-issue arc entitled "Foreign Affairs"as Black Panther and Storm bring their unique brand of foreign aid to Civil War. Pick up Black Panther #23 to see whose side they're on. It may not be what you think…

BLACK PANTHER #23 (OCT062147)
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Penciled by KOI TURNBULL
Cover by MICHAEL TURNER
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC -12/7, On-Sale -12/27/2006

 

ANITA BLAKE: VAMPIRE HUNTER in GUILTY PLEASURES #3

The surprise hit of 2006 continues, as Marvel and Dabel Brothers present New York Times Best-Selling author Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures #3.

With Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures #1 and #2 sold out, Marvel and Dabel Brothers have decided to give retailers more time to increase their
orders on Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures #3 by moving the release date one week from December 20 to December 27.

"Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the most popular authors on the planet right now, and the comic series is turning out to be a big hit for us," Ernst Dabel, President of Dabel Brothers Production, said. "With that in mind we thought we would move the release date one week to give retailers a chance to bump their orders up."

Retailers are reminded that second printings of Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures # 1 and 2 are still currently available for order.

Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures continues with Anita Blake, animator of the undead, having a typical lousy evening. She's left in a dungeon with an army of were-rats!

Fortunately, she is able to escape when her vampire hosts intercede, but her good luck seems short-lived when she is brought before Nikolaos, the master vampire of St. Louis. What Nikolaos wants is unclear, but one thing is certain -even an experienced vampire hunter like Anita cannot stand against a being as powerful as this! Can she survive the night?

Anita Blake has made its stake in the world of comics so see for yourself what surely will be the best new series of 2006.

Also check out these other great Marvel/Dabel Bros. titles:

Magician Apprentice
Red Prophet: The Tales of Alvin Maker
Ptolus: City By The Spire
And coming soon, Orson Scott Card's Wyrms

And to listen to a podcast with Ptolus: City By The Spire writer Monte Cook, visit:
http://www.marvel.com/rss/podcasts/Ptolus_.mp3

ANITA BLAKE: VAMPIRE HUNTER in GUILTY PLEASURES #3 (of 12) (OCT062198)
Written by LAURELL K. HAMILTON
Adapted by STACIE M. RITCHIE
Pencils & Cover by BRETT BOOTH
32 PGS. /Rated T+. $2.99
FOC -12/7, On-Sale -12/27/2007

ANITA BLAKE: VAMPIRE HUNTER in GUILTY PLEASURES #2 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (of 12) (OCT068070)
Written by LAURELL K. HAMILTON
Adapted by STACIE M. RITCHIE
Pencils & Cover by BRETT BOOTH
32 PGS. /Rated T+ .$2.99
FOC -11/30, On-Sale -12/20/2007

ANITA BLAKE: VAMPIRE HUNTER in GUILTY PLEASURES #1 (of 12) SECOND PRINTING VARIANT(SEP068054)
Written by LAURELL K. HAMILTON
Adapted by STACIE M. RITCHIE
Pencils & Cover by BRETT BOOTH
32 PGS./Rated T+ .$2.99
On-Sale Now

The Alternate America History of Red Prophet

Marvel and the Dabel Brother's thrust into the realm of Sci-Fi and Fantasy continues with a look at the alternate America history of best-selling author Orson Scott Card's (ENDER'S GAME, ULTIMATE IRON MAN) Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker.

Card's critically-acclaimed Hugo and Nebula finalist novel is brought to life by Roland Bernard Brown with incredible realism by illustrators Renato Arlem (Silver Surfer) and Miguel Montenegro. Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker shows a rich and imaginative landscape with such powerful conflict and such pervasive realism as only Scott Card could create.

Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker is set in an America where magic works, hex signs are powerful, good and evil presences roam the land, and many people have special talents. The tale focuses on a young boy named Alvin Miller who is the seventh son of a seventh son, with the power to shape the world around him. Alvin finds himself caught in a war between the Red men and the Whites on the American frontier.

Owen Jones of sffworld.com said "Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker #1 is promising. Brown and Arlem have tapped into the spirit of the material, condensing the early pages of Card's book accurately and enjoyably into a good-looking comic."

Brant W. Fowler of Silverbulletcomics.com said "In their usual fashion, the Dabel Brothers have churned out another great installment of another great adaptation. The long awaited third issue now under the Marvel umbrella was well worth the wait."

Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker is a tale of high fantasy and history woven into an incredible blend, and it's a wonderful story that anyone who knows even a little about American history can enjoy!

Retailers are advised that the Collected Edition, containing the first two issues of the series, is still in stock for fans looking for the beginning of Alvin's quest to become a Maker.

Also check out these other great Marvel/Dabel Bros. titles:

Magician Apprentice
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures
Ptolus: City By The Spire
And coming soon, Orson Scott Card's Wyrms

And to listen to a podcast with Ptolus: City By The Spire writer Monte Cook, visit:
http://www.marvel.com/rss/podcasts/Ptolus_.mp3

RED PROPHET: THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER #5 (of 12) (NOV062341)
Written by ORSON SCOTT CARD
Adapted by ROLAND BERNARD BROWN
Penciled by MIGUEL MONTENEGRO
Cover by NOVA STUDIO
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC -12/14, On-Sale -1/4/2007

RED PROPHET: THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER #4 (of 12) (OCT062199)
Written by ORSON SCOTT CARD
Adapted by ROLAND BERNARD BROWN
Penciled by MIGUEL MONTENEGRO
Cover by NOVA STUDIO
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
On-Sale -12/6/2006

RED PROPHET: THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER #3 (of 12) (JUL068387)
Written by ORSON SCOTT CARD
Adapted by ROLAND BERNARD BROWN
Penciled by MIGUEL MONTENEGRO
Cover by NOVA STUDIO
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
On-Sale Now

RED PROPHET: THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER COLLECTED EDITION (JUL068388)
Written by ORSON SCOTT CARD
Adapted by ROLAND BERNARD BROWN
Pencils & Cover by RENATO ARLEM
48 PGS./Rated T+ .$3.99
On-Sale Now

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