Marvel Comics 11.08 | Off to see the Wizard!

wwoz_header.jpgMarvel previews their upcoming take on the L. Frank Baum classic in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Sketchbook, Stephen King’s The Stand turns 30 just in time for The Stand: Captain Trips #3, War Machine makes way for his own solo series in Iron Man: Director of SHIELD #35, and Madelyne Pryor returns in Uncanny X-Men #503.

 

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Sketchbook Arrives In Stores-FOR FREE!

The great American classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is about to get the works-Mighty Marvel Style! And you can’t afford to miss The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Sketchbook, in stores on November 5th! Get in on the ground floor with a unique inside look at the upcoming title brought to you by award winning scribe Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze) and fan favorite artist Skottie Young (New X-men)! This sketchbook includes fresh, new character designs of all your favorites from Dorothy and the Scarecrow to Toto himself-it’s all here!

And don’t forget about the creator commentary allowing fans a unique look into the world of Oz! Did we mention the best part? IT’S FREE!!

"Marvel is so excited about what Eric and Skottie have crafted that we wanted to give everyone a free look inside The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", said David Gabriel, Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Sales. "This is one of the year’s most exciting new projects and we wanted everyone to get a sneak peak before the first issue hits shelves."

See L. Frank Baum’s beloved characters come to life in the way only Marvel can bring them! You don’t want to miss the free The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Sketchbook! And, don’t forget to check out December’s The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz #1!

WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ SKETCHBOOK (AUG088194)

Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

All Ages …FREE!

On-Sale 11/05/08!

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #1 (of 8) (OCT082373)

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #1 (of 8) SHANOWER VARIANT (OCT082374)

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #1 (of 8) CAMPBELL VARIANT (OCT082375)

Written by ERIC SHANOWER

Pencils & Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

Variant Cover by ERIC SHANOWER

Variant Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL

All Ages …$3.99

FOC-11/20/08, On-Sale-12/10/08

Stephen King’s THE STAND Turns 30!

As reported earlier today on Salon.Com [http://www.salon.com/books/int/2008/10/23/stephen_king/index.html], Stephen King’s seminal novel, THE STAND, is now celebrating its 30th Anniversary! As fans of the World Fantasy award-winning author’s most popular work celebrate this landmark date, don’t forget to check out The Stand: Captain Trips, Marvel’s critically-acclaimed graphic fiction adaptation of this novel! With a quick sell out of the first two issues at Diamond (though copies may be available at the retail level, the horror epic continues in The Stand: Captain Trips #3 (of 5)!  

Acclaimed writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four, Angel: Revelations) along with Eisner-nominated artist, Mike Perkins (Captain America, House of M: Avengers) and superstar cover artist Lee Bermejo, continue to bring new life to what is commonly deemed King’s most popular novel.  As the superflu known as "Captain Trips" continues to spread across America , the lives of pour souls such as Larry Underwood and Frannie Goldsmith can’t help, but be affected by it.  And as the media begins to catch wind of rumors about chemical warfare and bubonic plague, the actions of the American government begin to devolve, local and global legal systems start to deteriorate, and two wild and crazy outlaws–Lloyd Henreid and Poke Freeman–decide to take advantage of the situation, wreaking a path of destruction through the American southwest!  It’s murder and mayhem, Stephen King-style, in the next chapter of the epic struggle between good and evil!  Plus, a stunningly visceral regular cover and sketch variant cover from Bermejo and the third of five connecting variant covers from Perkins – this is a must for any King fan!

"The Stand: Captain Trips is effective on just about every level," gushed Daniel Crown of IGN.Com. "The new author-centered franchise is an unarguable bestowal to the comic book medium, and I for one want more."

As the remaining survivors take sides in forces of good and evil, the beginning of the end of the world has only just begun.  Don’t miss The Stand: Captain Trips #3 (of 5)!

For more on THE STAND or Stephen King, please visit http://www.stephenking.com/ or www.marvel.com/thestand

THE STAND: CAPTAIN TRIPS #3 (of 5) (SEP082294)
THE STAND: CAPTAIN TRIPS #3 (of 5) PERKINS VARIANT (SEP082296)
THE STAND: CAPTAIN TRIPS #3 (of 5) SKETCH VARIANT (SEP082295)
Written by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA
Penciled & Inked by MIKE PERKINS
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
Variant Cover by MIKE PERKINS
Sketch Variant Cover by LEE BERMEJO
Parental Advisory…$3.99
©2008 Stephen King. All rights reserved
FOC-10/23/08, On-Sale-11/12/08

War Machine, Weapon of S.H.I.E.L.D., Rockets to an Epic Conclusion!

It’s going to be hell to pay when War Machine levels the big guns for a salvo fire that’s goin’ send the Skrull packing! It’s a Secret Invasion tie-in you can not afford to miss in Iron Man: Director Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #35! Bringing you the epic conclusion to the ‘Weapon of Shield’ arc are red-hot writer Christos N. Gage (Civil War: House of M) and fan favorite artist Sean Chen (X-Men: The End, Wolverine)! Tony Stark has fallen in battle and now it’s up to Jim Rhodes to show the Skrulls why he’s called War Machine! Captured in Russia while attempting to help the Winter Guard, War Machine is trapped in the Skrull warship. What stunning discovery do the Skrulls make about Jim Rhodes? Find out because the truth will catapult Rhodes into December’s War Machine #1! All this behind a jaw dropping, pulse-pounding cover by Iron Man master Adi Granov!

"War Machine appears poised to offer some significant fireworks." – Doug Zawisza, http://www.comicbookresources.com/  

"James Rhodes is still a compelling character and one quite capable of supporting an ongoing series." – Jesse Schedeen, http://www.ign.com/

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Secret Invasion and all its tie-ins as they continue to top the sales charts and sell out at Diamond.  Do not miss this explosive issue as fans continue to ask "Who Do You Trust?"

Its action packed assault on your sense just like you demand! Do not the epic conclusion to the "Weapon of Shield" story arc that leads directly into the all-new War Machine #1! Before War Machine #1 explodes into comic shops this December, get ready to lock and load because a special treat is heading your way!  Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited is proud to present an all-new EXCLUSIVE story, FOR FREE, spinning right out of Secret Invasion and leading right the all new ongoing series, right here: http://marvel.com/digitalcomics/titles/War_Machine.0000.1!

IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #35 (SEP082367)

Written by CHRISTOS N. GAGE

Penciled by SEAN CHEN

Cover by ADI GRANOV

A SECRET INVASION TIE-IN!

/Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC-10/30/08, On-Sale-11/19/08

WAR MACHINE #1 (OCT082347)

WAR MACHINE #1 VILLAIN VARIANT (OCT082348)

Written by GREG PAK

Pencils & Cover by LEONARDO MANCO

Villain Variant by MIKE DEODATO

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC-11/20/08, On-Sale-12/17/08

And The Lady’s Name Is…MADELYNE PRYOR!

 

Alfred Lord Tennyson said, "It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all" -Someone should tell that to Cyclops! Get your fix on all the heart-wrenching drama in Uncanny X-Men #504! Brought to you by the hard-hitting one, two combination of writers Ed Brubaker (Captain America , Daredevil) and Matt Fraction (Iron Man, Immortal Iron Fist) and superstar artist Terry Dodson (Marvel Knights Spider-Man)! It seemed like a new start in San Francisco is just what the X-Men needed, until an old enemy from the past caught up to them. After the stunning revelation last issue, a red-headed woman from Cyclops’ past appears to have returned from the dead-is Madelyne Pryor alive?  But that’s not all: The fallout from MESSIAH COMPLEX rains down on the X-men when the footage of the Alaskan Massacre is leaked to the press! Plus, Colossus encounters an enemy from the Old Country while Angel & Beast discover a hero long thought dormant!

 

"This book feels both classic, yet very modern…Fraction has been a much needed breath of fresh air and the book seems to have a concrete direction" Paul Steven Brown, TheComicAddiction.Com

 

"It’s the clarity of the characterizations and the swift pace that make this story work." -Timothy Callahan, ComicBookResources.com

 

"Brubaker, Fraction, and Land have managed to really capture my interest and have crafted an accessible book"-Nicholas Slayton, ComicsBulletin.Com

 

If you haven’t picked up the all-new, all-different Uncanny X-Men this is the place to start! You can’t afford to miss part one of ‘Lovelorn’ the new arc beginning in Uncanny X-Men #504!

 

UNCANNY X-MEN #504 (SEP082388)

Written by ED BRUBAKER & MATT FRACTION

Pencils & Cover by TERRY DODSON

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC 10/30/08, On-Sale 11/19/08 

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