Marvel Comics 09.12.07 | Brotherly Love, Starjammers Style

xmenVulcan has conquered the Shi'ar empire, but his rein won't last long if his brother Havok and his new band of Starjammers have anything to say about it in X-Men: Emperor Vulcan #1. Meanwhile, Endangered Species continues as the X-Men meet X-Factor in X-Factor #23, it's Civil War fallout time as Thor takes on Iron Man in Thor #3, and it's Winter Soldier vs. Punny for the title of the "new Captain America" in Punisher War Journal #11.

 

The X-Men Battle Emperor Vulcan!

 

The mutant known as Vulcan (and brother to X-Men veterans Cyclops and Havok) has conquered the Shi'ar empire and ascended the throne, but he'll find his reign challenged in X-Men: Emperor Vulcan #1 (of 5)! Written by Christopher Yost (New X-Men) and penciled by Paco Diaz, with covers by "Young Gun" Billy Tan, this all-new, all-different limited series pits the new Starjammers, led by Havok, against his brother's Shi'ar forces in an intergalactic clash of titans! But as both sides delve deeper into this conflict, each must question their positions. Is Vulcan really the savior of the Shi'ar? Do the X-Men, now aligned with the Starjammers, truly belong in this battle? And can Vulcan be stopped after already defeating the X-Men once before?

 

During the acclaimed "Rise & Fall Of The Shi'ar Empire" storyline, Havok and his team of X-Men vowed to stop his rogue brother from destroying the lives of billions. But as the group of renegades prepares for the final confrontation with an entire empire, they must also confront their own personal demons if they hope to survive on the battlefield. Meanwhile, Vulcan's quest for domination continues and we'll see just how things have changed during his reign!

 

This fall, the intergalactic tension just got ratcheted up to 11…and two brothers are on a crash course with destiny! But when X-Men: Emperor Vulcan is said and done, will Havok and Vulcan still be enemies? Of course, that's assuming they survive!

 

And don't miss Uncanny X-Men: Rise & Fall Of The Shi'ar Empire HC, by Eisner-Winning "Best Writer" Ed Brubaker, which shows just how Vulcan took control…and what the X-Men sacrificed in their battle against him!

 

X-MEN: EMPEROR VULCAN #1 (of 5) (JUL072199)

Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST

Penciled by PACO DIAZ

Cover by BILLY TAN

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC-8/23/07, On-Sale-9/12/07

 

UNCANNY X-MEN: RISE & FALL OF THE SHI'AR EMPIRE HC (MAY072186)

Written by ED BRUBAKER

Penciled by BILLY TAN & CLAYTON HENRY

Cover by BILLY TAN

Rated T+ …$34.99

On-Sale-NOW!

The X-Men Return To X-Factor!

 

X-Factor Investigations faces dangers from all sides and in X-Factor #23, it's about to get worse for this team of private investigators! Written by the acclaimed Peter David and featuring the lush pencils of Pablo Raimondi, the penultimate chapter of "The Isolationist" answers the question on the minds of fans since last issue's shocking final page: is Layla Miller going to survive? Unfortunately for her, that answer hinges on the decision of a special guest-star who would like nothing more than to see her dead-and now it may happen! Meanwhile, the X-Men pay X-Factor a visit, but the last time they met it didn't end well. Why are the X-Men back? And what does it mean for X-Factor? One thing's for sure-it all leading up to this fall's massive Messiah Complex event!

 

This issue also includes the next thrilling chapter of the acclaimed Endangered Species storyline, as Beast seeks to keep mutantkind from disappearing. So when he enlists the aid of Forge and his futuristic technology, the Beast hopes to bring about a better future…but that may not be possible!

 

Luke Paton of SilverBulletComics.Com gushed that X-Factor is a, "a success from start to finish" and added, "Endangered Species itself is greatly enjoyable."

 

With sell-outs for every chapter of Endangered Species, Marvel advises retailers to check their orders on X-Factor #23 and upcoming Endangered Species tie-in issues. It's X-Men, X-Factor and possible X-tinction-all in X-Factor #23!

 

X-FACTOR #23 (JUL072196)

Written by Peter David

Pencils & Cover by Pablo Raimondi

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC-8/23/07, On-Sale 9/12/07

Thor VS Iron Man-‘Nuff Said!

 

Because you demanded it, the God of Thunder battles the Armored Avenger in Thor #3! Following the first two sold-out issues of this brand new series, acclaimed scribe JMS and red-hot penciler Olivier Coipel bring you the much demanded confrontation between Thor and Iron Man, raising the stakes for both heroes! During Civil War, Tony Stark and his allies produced a deadly clone of Thor, which not only ravaged many heroes, but killed the Avenger known as Goliath. Now that Thor has returned in earnest, it's time for a reckoning with his former teammate and that means all out action! Featuring two covers-one by Copiel and one by superstar Ed McGuinness-and a confrontation that will move heaven, earth and Asgard, this is the issue of Thor you can't miss!

 

"The landscape of the Marvel Universe has changed radically in the past few years, and Thor now returns to a post-civil War environment which has seen hero face off against hero, registration become law, and is, all in all, a remarkably different America from the one that he left," explained series editor Warren Simons. "His first encounter with Iron Man is going to address some of these points, especially the question of what happens when you take a God's genetic code without his permission."

 

Critics and fans alike continue to praise this electrifying new series, with Brent Specher of SilverBulletComics.Com gushing, "J. Michael Straczynski is an excellent storyteller… Coipel infuses energy into every scene."

 

With the first two issues selling out almost immediately, Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Thor #3. And don't miss your second chance to pick up Thor #2, now with a new wraparound cover featuring the interior art of Olivier Coipel. Plus, get a special look at the past, present and future of Thor, with loads of exclusive content, in Marvel Spotlight: Thor!

 

Two of Earth's mightiest heroes wage war-and you won't believe the outcome in Thor #3!

 

 

THOR #3 (JUL072192)

Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

Pencils & 50/50 Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL

50/50 Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

Rated T+ …$2.99 

FOC-08/23/07, On-Sale-09/12/07

 

THOR #2 COIPEL WRAPAROUND SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JUN078193)

Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

Pencils & Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL

Rated T+ …$2.99 

FOC-08/23/07, On-Sale-09/12/07

 

MARVEL SPOTLIGHT: THOR (JUL072193)

Written by JOHN RHETT THOMAS

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC-09/06/07, On-Sale-09/26/07

Who Will Be The New Captain America ?

 

It's time for the Punisher to pay the price for wearing the mask of Captain America in Punisher War Journal #11! Red hot scribe Matt Fraction and special guest artist Leandro Fernandez bring you the confrontation you demanded-Winter Soldier (formerly Cap's sidekick Bucky) versus Frank Castle, whose Cap inspired threads have not gone unnoticed! While these two heroes battle, G.W Bridge 's fate is decided by Iron Man and Ian, Fake Cop Hero of Times Square, makes a fateful decision that will come to haunt the Punisher!

 

Critics and fans alike continue to praise Punisher War Journal, as the series approaches its one year anniversary! "In the end, this is a great book," said Steven Saunders of SilverBulletComicBooks.Com of Punisher War Journal. "This is solid Punisher, with Matt Fraction treating the character of Frank Castle with the love and respect he deserves."

 

It's the battle for Captain America and there can only be one to carry on the mantle…but will it be either of these men?  And the last page shocker you never saw coming-only in Punisher War Journal #11! And don't miss Punisher War Journal Vol.1: Civil War TPB, collecting the first four issues of the series, showing just how Frank Castle deals with Civil War!

 

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #11 (JUL072186)

Written by MATT FRACTION

Pencils by LEANDRO FERNANDEZ

Cover by ARIEL OLIVETTI

Parental Advisory …$2.99

FOC-8/23/07, On-Sale-9/12/07

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL VOL. 1: CIVIL WAR TPB (JUL072232)

Written by MATT FRACTION

Penciled by ARIEL OLIVETTI

Cover by ARIEL OLIVETTI

Rated T+ …$14.99

On-Sale-9/5/07

 

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