Marvel Comics 12.16.09 | Ho Ho Hulk!

hulk_santa_header.jpgThis makes six of the last 11 Marvel previews on this site have featured the Jolly Green Giant or his evil red doppelganger, but hey, when it gives us a chance to feature Whilce Portacio’s art on Hulk #18, who are we to complain? That, plus a few second printing variants and a teaser about the future of Agents of Atlas.

 

Whilce Portacio Returns To Marvel To Begin The Fall Of The Hulks!

 

As Fall of The Hulks, the most important event in Hulk history, descends on the Marvel Universe, the man named Samson is either our last hope…or our greatest threat! In Hulk #18, a can’t-miss prologue to Fall of The Hulks, from superstar, Eisner Award-winning scribe Jeph Loeb, artistic legend Whilce Portacio, inker Danny Miki and colorist Dean White, the truth behind Samson is revealed! Whose side is he really on? What’s his connection to the coming Gamma-charged change in the Marvel Universe? And how does it set the stage for a shocking murder in Fall Of The Hulks Gamma? Find out in Hulk #18!

Celebrate the holiday season with interconnecting Hulk Santa Variant covers from superstar artist Ed McGuinness, exclusively on Hulk #18 and Fall of The Hulks Gamma!

HULK #18 (OCT090512)

HULK #18 MCGUINNESS VARIANT (OCT090513)

HULK #18 MCGUINNESS SANTA VARIANT (SEP098250)

Written by JEPH LOEB

Pencils & Cover by WHILCE PORTACIO

Variant Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

Santa Variant Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC-11/23/09, On-Sale-12/16/09

Every Issue Of Deadpool Is A Sell Out!

Marvel is pleased to announce that Deadpool #17 has sold out at Diamond (though copies may be available at the retail level) and will return with Deadpool #17 Second Printing Variant. Continuing the trend of every issue of every Deadpool appearance selling out this year, this red-hot issue features the conclusion of Deadpool’s first issue as a member of the X-Men and you know it can’t turn out well for Cyclops! The fan-favorite team of Daniel Way and Paco Medina present their latest stunning "Nation X" tie in, as Deadpool gets in over his head…and into bed with Domino? Deadpool #17 Second Printing Variant features the interior art of Medina on a new cover! Find out why IGN.Com’s Jesse Schedeen exclaims " Daniel Way has definitely hit his highs over the course of his Deadpool run."

With every Deadpool appearance of 2009 selling out immediately, Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Deadpool. Find out how uncanny and astonishing the Merc With A Mouth gets in Deadpool #17 Second Printing Variant 

DEADPOOL #17 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (OCT098139)

Written by DANIEL WAY

Penciled by PACO MEDINA

Cover by PACO MEDINA

Parental Advisory …$2.99

FOC-12/3/09, On-Sale-12/23/09

 

From The Ashes of PUNISHER, FrankenCastle Rises & Sells Out!

 

The Punisher is dead-long live FrankenCastle! Marvel is pleased to announce that Punisher #11, the first appearance of the all-new FrankenCastle, has sold out at Diamond (though copies may be available at the retail level) and will return to press with Punisher #11 Second Printing Variant. Acclaimed Punisher scribe Rick Remember and fan favorite artist Tony Moore reunite for the greatest epic in the (after)life of the Punisher! Daken, son of Wolverine, killed Frank Castle…so just who or what is FrankenCastle? Man-Thing, Morbius and more guest-star to bring about the biggest, most unexpected twist in Punisher history-and this is only the beginning! Punisher #11 Second Printing Variant features the dynamic interior art of Tony Moore on a new cover!

"I’m eagerly awaiting the next issue to see where Remender and Moore plan on taking it from here. This is going to be one crazy ride and I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a Punisher story."-Miguel Perez, IGN.Com

"This is pure pulpy comic gold…Let the comics readers rejoice, because as this fun book proves – anything is possible in the world of comics."-Lee Newman, BrokenFrontier.Com

"It’s magically, deliriously ridiculous. And very, very good."-Timothy Callahan, ComicBookResources.Com

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Punisher as the series continue to sell out and generate buzz! Don’t miss the debut of FrankenCastle in Punisher #11 Second Printing Variant!

PUNISHER #11 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (OCT098128)

Written by RICK REMENDER

Penciled by TONY MOORE

Cover by TONY MOORE

Parental Advisory …$2.99

FOC-12/3/09, On-Sale-12/23/09

 

PunisherMax #1 Sells Out & Returns With New Printing!

 

From Frank Castle’s War Journal:

Marvel announced that PunisherMax #1 sold out at Diamond (though copies may be available at the retail level). So what? You know how low crime rates have been since I came to town? I’m not taking any breaks, neither should the criminals. The PunisherMax #1 Second Printing Variant should help them out…maybe. But even I’ll admit they’ve got some heavy hitters on this one. That Jason Aaron kid might be a little young, but he’s got skills, I’ll give him that. And Steve Dillon (you say iconic, I say battle-tested)…I think I can trust him after 70 plus issues. He’s got a variant of his original cover in the works–the new one’s black and white, my kind of color scheme.

The Rigoletto Family’s got a new bodyguard. He’s not just another schlub with a taste for the big time though. No, Wilson Fisk may just have what it takes to make himself Kingpin. That’s if I don’t take him out first.

I strongly urge (don’t make me repeat myself) that retailers check their orders on PunisherMax. I don’t think I should have to explain myself but the press think it’s good enough. And the people who listen to those reporters think it’s even better. Fisk has got his heart set on moving up but it’s about time that I put him down in the PunisherMax #1 Second Printing Variant!

PUNISHERMAX #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (OCT098089)

Written by JASON AARON

Penciled by STEVE DILLON

Cover by STEVE DILLON

Explicit Content …$3.99

FOC-12/03/09, On-Sale-12/23/09

 

White-Hot Vengeance Of The Moon Knight Sells Out Again!

Marvel is pleased to announce Vengeance of the Moon Knight #3 has sold out at Diamond (though copies may still be available at retail level) and will return with Vengeance of the Moon Knight #3 Second Printing Variant! The red hot team of Gregg Hurwitz and Jerome Opena present the fight of Moon Knight’s life as he tries to maintain his heroic nature when stacked up against the scum of the Marvel U! When the Hood and the Profile resurrect Moon Knight’s arch nemesis, it’s up to the White Knight to stop Bushman and his minions, fresh out of Ravencroft Asylum! The Vengeance of the Moon Knight #3 Second Printing Variant features an black and white version of the original cover by artist Leinil Francis Yu and marks the third straight sell out for the series!

"This is exactly the sort of gritty, no-punches-held rogue’s gallery the new, improved Moon Knight deserves. Jerome Opeña is the perfect artist for this sort of thing. He draws moody and dark better than most artists, and he’s at his best when given material like this." – Bryan Joel, IGN.com

"With this third issue, Hurwitz and Opena gives us their best installment to date, proving that this is one relaunch that continues to be well-deserved." – Joe Lopez, WeeklyComicBookReview.com

"Hurwitz has once again upped the ante for this series and he’s building a lot of momentum as Moon Knight continues to make his way to the forefront of the Marvel Universe. If you aren’t reading this book yet, you’re making a big mistake." – Kevin Powers, ComicsBulletin.com

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Vengeance of the Moon Knight as the series continues to earn critical acclaim and sell out with every issue! Can the Moon Knight, with his newly minted "no kill" policy, take down Bushman and the viciously lobotomized inhabitants of Ravencroft Asylum? Does Moon Knight have to rip a guy’s face off or what? Find out in Vengeance of the Moon Knight #3 Second Printing Variant!

VENGEANCE OF THE MOON KNIGHT #3 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (OCT098088)

Written by GREGG HURWITZ

Penciled by JEROME OPEÑA

Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

Parental Advisory …$2.99

FOC-12/03/09, On-Sale-12/23/09

 

Black Widow: Deadly Origin #1 Sells Out & Returns With New Printing

 

Marvel is pleased to announce that Black Widow: Deadly Origin #1 has sold out at Diamond (though copies may still be available at the retail level) and will return with Black Widow: Deadly Origin #1 Second Printing Variant! Red hot writer Paul Cornell, teaming with artists Tom Raney and John Paul Leon, reveal the secret origin of one the Avengers’ finest super-spy as Natalia Romanova’s past comes back to haunt her! But what do Wolverine and the current Captain America , Bucky Barnes, have to do with the powerful revelations about her history? Black Widow: Deadly Origin #1 Second Printing Variant features the interior art of Tom Raney on the Cover!

"Black Widow: Deadly Origin starts strong and looks to be a really entertaining series." – Kevin Fuller, IGN.com

"Raney provides marvelously detailed action set in the present day." – Doug Zawisza, ComicBookResources.com

" Leon ‘s bold, thick lines and heavy inks capture the roughness and harshness of World War II-era Russia well, and his faces are subtly expressive–by which I mean that they capture the emotions of his characters realistically, without resorting to exaggeration or caricature." –  David Wallace, ComicsBulletin.com

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Black Widow: Deadly Origin as the series continues to sell out and garner praise from all corners! Is the Black Widow cunning enough to stop the "Icepick Protocol", a mysterious plan decades in the making that may have dire consequences for Natasha and her loved ones? Find out in Black Widow: Deadly Origin #1 Second Printing Variant!

BLACK WIDOW: DEADLY ORIGIN #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (OCT098023)

Written by PAUL CORNELL

Penciled by TOM RANEY & JOHN PAUL LEON

Cover by TOM RANEY

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 12/03/09, On-Sale – 12/23/09

 

 

 

Agents of Atlas ASSEMBLE!

 

AVENGERS VS. ATLAS #1 (of 4)

Written by JEFF PARKER

Penciled by GABRIEL HARDMAN

Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS

Variant Cover by GABRIEL HARDMAN

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC-12/10/09, On-Sale-1/6/10

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