Marvel Comics 06.20.07 | X-Men turns 200

wolvieheaderIt's a landmark issue with X-Men #200, and you better not miss the party, mon cheri, cuz Gambit is back! Meanwhile, it's the death of a merry mutant in X-Men: Endangered Species, the Winter Soldier takes aim at Tony Stark in Captain America #27, Marc Spector gains a new ally and a new foe in Moon Knight #11, and "The Last Iron Fist Story" wraps up in Immortal Iron Fist #6. Plus, a special bonus sneak peek at Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword, adapting the hit novel series by George R.R. Martin to comics.

 

 

Gambit's X-Citing Return In X-Men #200

 

One of the most popular X-Men of all time-the mysterious mutant called Gambit-is back with some old friends…and they're going to destroy the X-Men! In the x-tra sized X-Men #200, Gambit has returned with the Marauders, the same team he once led on a vicious slaughter through the Morlock tunnels, committing horrible atrocities against mutantkind. After recent events, the X-Men have already been pushed to their limits, leaving the already unstable team bruised and battered. When Gambit's ruthless decimation of the X-Men begins, will the team stand a chance? The answers come fast and furious in this special anniversary issue by acclaimed scribe Mike Carey, fan favorite artists Humberto Ramos & Chris Bachalo, who provide 50/50 wraparound covers, and superstar David Finch, who provides the phenomenal variant gatefold cover!

 

When the rubble clears, the X-Men won't be the same any more…and one member of this team won't survive! Don't miss X-Men #200, the opening salvo in the war that will redefine the X-Men, and the X-Men #200 Poster, in both black & white and glorious full color versions of David Finch's cover! This June, X marks the spot…and Gambit's aiming dead center for the kill!

 

As an added bonus, X-Men #200 also features the first chapter of Endangered Species, in which one classic X-Men member makes the fateful decision to embark on a quest that leads right into fall's X-Men event!

 

X-MEN #200 (APR072344)

X-MEN #200 FINCH GATEFOLD VARIANT COVER (APR072343)

Written by MIKE CAREY

Penciled by Humberto Ramos & CHRIS BACHALO

50/50 Wraparound Cover by Humberto Ramos

50/50 Wraparound Cover by CHRIS BACHALO

Gatefold Variant Cover by DAVID FINCH

Rated A …$3.99

FOC-5/31/07, On Sale -6/20/07

 

X-MEN 200 POSTER (APR072381), X-MEN 200 BLACK AND WHITE POSTER (APR072382)

Art by DAVID FINCH

55×20 Color Poster…$15.99 (each)

FOC-6/7/07, On-Sale-6/27/07

 

Endangered Species Begins In X-Men #200

 

Mutants were thriving…but then came M-Day and the once venerable race was reduced to a handful of survivors. Beginning in X-Men #200, Endangered Species chronicles the efforts of one mutant to do the seemingly impossible: save his race from extinction! But just who will his allies be? The answer will shock you! This story will have direct repercussions for the all the remaining mutants and appears in the form of special eight page bonus stories in X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor & New X-Men this July through October. Endangered Species leads directly into this fall's top secret X-Men event that won't just change the X-Men-it'll redefine them!

 

"We'll follow Beast down a trail that only he can traverse," said X-Men editor Andy Schmidt. "The mutant gene is all but eradicated from the planet. That means his race is dying. He's a scientist-a genius-and he's going to solve the riddle of his own extinction-or die trying."

 

It all begins in X-Men #200, featuring chapter one of Endangered Species and a shocking final page that'll set Beast down a road from which there is no return! Also, don't miss X-Men: Endangered Species One-Shot, in which the death of a mutant hits the X-Men hard, causing the team to think about their own mortality and just how to cope with the end of mutantkind as they know it. The X-Men will never be the same again…and it all starts here!

 

X-MEN #200 (APR072344)

Written by MIKE CAREY

Penciled by Humberto Ramos & CHRIS BACHALO

50/50 Wraparound Cover by Humberto Ramos

50/50 Wraparound Cover by CHRIS BACHALO

Gatefold Variant Cover by DAVID FINCH

Rated A …$3.99

FOC-5/31/07, On Sale -6/20/07

 

X-MEN: ENDANGERED SPECIES ONE-SHOT (APR072271)

Written by MIKE CAREY

Pencils by SCOT EATON

Cover by MARC SILVESTRI

Rated T+…$3.99

FOC-5/31/07, On Sale -6/20/07

The X-Men Become An Endangered Species This June

 

 

Mutants.  They are on the verge of extinction.  Since the end of House of M, there has not been a single mutant birth and each death brings the mutant population closer to zero.  In June's X-Men: Endangered Species One-Shot, another mutant's name gets crossed off the list.

 

Written by X-Men scribe Mike Carey and featuring the vibrant art of Scot Eaton, this one-shot lays the foundation for everything to come in all the X-Men titles, including this fall's X-Men crossover event.

 

"This is an elegy – and a story where, for once, action gets put on the back burner" said Carey. "We're looking at a different kind of courage here, and a different kind of crisis. Everything over the past year has built towards this point. This is like the prelude to a symphony. And the symphony is going to have cannons in it, but the prelude is in a different key altogether."

 

This self-contained, double-sized one-shot provides the perfect jumping-on point for fans new and old, defining the current status of the X-Men and thrusting forward into a bold new direction for all of Marvel's mutants!

 

X-MEN: ENDANGERED SPECIES ONE-SHOT (APR072271)

Written by MIKE CAREY

Pencils by SCOT EATON

Cover by MARC SILVESTRI

T+…$3.99

 

The Winter Soldier Targets Iron Man!

 

The soon to be legendary storyline "Death of a Dream" continues in Captain America #27. The Eisner nominated team of Ed Brubaker, artists Steve Epting and Mike Perkins bring readers one step closer to the secrets of Captain America 's death. With Cap's closest friends already shattered by his sudden death, will they be pushed past the breaking point when this issue ends?

 

The series continues to earn rave reviews, with Newsarama.Com's Steve Ekstrom gushing, "I am 100% onboard this monthly gem. Further, I cannot honestly tell you who I like better-Mike Perkins or Steve Epting-both of these guys are amazing and with Frank D'armata coloring them both I may just jump out of my skin with the orgiastic amount of "eye-ball pleasure" I'm getting from this series!"

 

We've seen Captain America 's friends mourning…but now it's time to for some revenge! The Winter Soldier has Tony Stark (AKA Iron Man) in his sights, the Red Skull is mere moments away from completing his malevolent plan and that's only the tip of the iceberg! Captain America may be dead, but in Captain America #27, his enemies will soon find out that there are soldiers willing and able to continue the fight…to the death!

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA #27 (APR072294)

Written by ED BRUBAKER

Penciled by STEVE EPTING & MIKE PERKINS

Cover by STEVE EPTING

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC-5/31/07, On Sale -6/20/07

 

The Clock Strikes Midnight For Moon Knight!

 

Great minds think alike…and sometimes they're thinking about how best to beat you senseless with your own limbs, as Marc Spector learns in Moon Knight #11. His former protégé Midnight has returned with a vengeance and the penultimate chapter of the acclaimed series' second arc brings the titular hero a new ally: The Profile! Guest-starring Iron Man and tying into the wildly popular The Initiative storyline, noted crime novelist Charlie Huston and rising penciling star Mico Suayan raise the stakes for a bruised & battered Marc Spector!

 

"All I can say is sit back and enjoy the ride," exclaimed Kenneth Gallant of BrokenFrontier.Com of Moon Knight, further describing the series as, "nothing short of being a truly gritty exposé on a fallen hero."

 

Martijn Form of SilverBulletComicBooks.Com concurred, saying, "The more issues of Moon Knight I read, the more I like this book," also predicting that new series artist Marco Suayan "will become the industry's next top artist."

 

Fallout from Civil War, friend against friend and The Profile's unique perspective on what makes Moon Knight tick-all that and more in Moon Knight #11!

 

MOON KNIGHT #11 (MAR072100)

Written by CHARLIE HUSTON

Penciled by MICO SUAYAN

Cover by ESAD RIBIC

Parental Advisory …$2.99

FOC-5/31, On Sale -6/20/07

 

 

The Last Iron Fist Story Concludes In Iron Fist #6

 

It's time for the current (Danny Rand) and former (Orson Randall) Iron Fists to meet their destiny in battle against agents of Hyrda & the Steel Serpent himself…but is it the end of the road for both our heroes? June's Immortal Iron Fist #6 concludes the critically acclaimed "The Last Iron Fist Story," written by rising star Matt Fraction and Eisner-nominated Ed Brubaker, featuring the powerful art of David Aja and Russ Heath, and this issue will leave you reeling!

 

"Davos and the hordes of Hydra have invaded Rand Corp., and now our two Iron Fists find themselves trapped and attacked from all sides!" explained Immortal Iron Fist editor Warren Simons. "The six-issue arc culminates here with pulse-pounding art by David Aja and Russ Heath!  Featuring Luke, Misty, and Colleen!"

 

Critics continue to rave about Immortal Iron Fist, with Newsarama.com's Kevin Huxford gushing, "It consistently makes any week it comes out that much better." IGN.Com's Jesse Schedeen echoed a similar sentiment, declaring the series a "must-read" and said it's "one spectacular-looking kung fu noir."

 

With a title like "The Last Iron Fist Story," you know that Danny and Orson aren't walking away unscathed…if they walk away at all! Don't miss the action packed conclusion to this bold new chapter in the life of the Immortal Iron Fist!

 

IMMORTAL IRON FIST #6 (MAR072087)

Written by ED BRUBAKER AND MATT FRACTION

Penciled by DAVID AJA and RUSS HEATH

Cover by DAVID AJA

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC-5/31/07, On Sale -6/20/07

 

 

The Hedge Knight Rides Again!

 

One of summer's most anticipated sequels arrives this June, as Marvel Comics & The Dabel Brothers present the latest adaptation of George R. R. Martin's Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword #1 (0f 6). Continuing the acclaimed comic book translations of the New York Times best-selling Hedge Knight novels, Mike S. Miller and Ben Avery return with Ser Duncan and his new apprentice Egg, now a year wiser since the original Hedge Knight mini-series.

 

When it comes to adapting this popular George R. R. Martin series of novels, Miller and Avery are hit with fans and critics alike. "The Hedge Knight is well worth picking up and remains a stunning example of both the visual and literary potential of the comic book medium," raved Adam Volk of SFSITE.Com.

 

A similar sentiment was echoed by Javier Lugo of SilverBulletComicBooks.Com, who described the series as, "A great story, an excellent adaptation, superior artwork and coloring in a well-priced package, George R. R. Martin's The Hedge Knight is certainly worth every penny spent."

 

After Dunk & Egg encounter an aged knight named Ser Eustace, who soon accepts Dunk as his sworn sword, things seem to be looking up…but Eustace's other sworn sword doesn't take kindly to his new comrade in arms! And just what side did Ser Eustace take in the legendary Battle of Redgrass Field?

 

Featuring a stunning variant cover by red-hot artist Leinil Yu (New Avengers), Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword #1 is a can't-miss for fans of the original limited series-now available as a premiere edition hardcover. This June, the Hedge Knight rides again and you can't miss a moment of this epic limited series!

 

 

HEDGE KNIGHT II: SWORN SWORD #1 (OF 6) (FEB072177)

Written by GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

Adapted by BEN AVERY

Penciled by MIKE S. MILLER

Cover by MIKE S. MILLER

Variant Cover by LEINIL YU

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC – 5/31, On-Sale – 6/20/2007

 

THE HEDGE KNIGHT PREMIERE HC (OCT062202)

Written by GEORGE R. R. MARTIN

Adapted by BEN AVERY

Pencils & Cover by MIKE MILLER

Variant Cover by MIKE MILLER

Rated T+ .$19.99

On-Sale-NOW!

 

 

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