Marvel Comics 5.23 | Spidey vs. Sandman, and more

fnsmSpidey takes on Sandman in his new movie and in the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Annual? Whodathunkit? Plus, Cap's autopsy in Captain America #26, kid friendly tales of the Golden Avenger in Marvel Adventures Iron Man #1, and the X-Men reach critical condition in X-Men #199.




Countdown To X-Tinction In X-Men #199


As the X-Men hurtle towards the huge anniversary issue that is X-Men #200, nothing's as it seems for Rogue's team of unpredictable mutants. Written by acclaimed scribe Mike Carey and penciled by fan favorite Chris Bachalo, X-Men #199 will not only change Cable forever, but also dramatically alter the course of Rogue's life-and that's putting it lightly! Faced with a seemingly unstoppable enemy, the X-Men will have to risk it all to win and just wait till you see how it all ends!


"Mike Carey is the man steering this rollercoaster ride and he's got me hooked," exclaimed Newsarama.Com's Steve Ekstrom. "Chris Bachalo's work only gets better and better-with Carey being the ‘second-coming,' I don't see how anyone can pass this book up. Run faster to your local shop-this book is hot!"


Comixfan's Alan Bergin gushed, "Carey has succeeded in providing a worthwhile re-imagining of the merry mutants."


With this final chapter of the "Critical Condition" storyline in X-Men #199, the X-Men are heading straight into conflict with one of their deadliest threats ever, but if you're not onboard now, you're going to miss out on how it all begins. The end isn't near…it's here!



X-MEN #199 (MAR072126)

Written by MIKE CAREY

Pencils and Cover by CHRIS BACHALO

Rated A …$2.99

FOC-5/3/07, On Sale -5/23/07

The Armored Avenger Takes Flight In Marvel Adventures Iron Man #1


It all starts here! Iron Man is known to the world as a symbol of Stark International, the world's foremost technological empire, but who is he? Where did he come from? And how does it all tie in to billionaire industrialist and inventor Tony Stark? The answers arrive in Marvel Adventures Iron Man #1, a new all ages series from Fred Van Lente and James Cordeiro, with fan favorite Michael Golden providing covers. Featuring James Rhodes, Pepper Potts and a whole host of classic characters, this is the classic Iron Man you know and love!


Fans new and old will thrill to this modern re-telling of Iron Man's origin, the newest entry in the popular Marvel Adventures series of titles. If you want action, adventure and an exciting spin on an old favorite, look no further than Marvel Adventures Iron Man. In addition, readers can sample this series for free on Free Comic Book Day, May 5th, when Marvel's offerings will include an all new Marvel Adventures Iron Man story that will not be reprinted in this issue."






All Ages …$2.99

FOC-5/3/07, On Sale -5/23/07

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Annual #1

One of Spider-Man's classic foes returns in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Annual #1, as readers are treated to Sandman: Year One, featuring the origin of the Sandman. The man who would become Flint Marko, and later the villainous Sandman, wasn't always a bad seed, so what set him down this path? And how does Spider-Man figure into it? These answers, and more, arrive in a story by fan-favorite writer Peter David and artists Ronan Cliquet, which shows the Sandman in quite a different light than ever before! Then in a backup tale by David and artist Colleen Doran, you'll be moved by this story about a homeless girl who loves Spider-Man in a story entitled "LEAH."


With a sensational battle between Spider-Man and Sandman, new secrets revealed about Flint Marko, a touching tale of love and a dynamite creative team, how can you say no to the double-sized Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Annual #1?


Written by PETER DAVID
Rated A …$3.99
FOC – 5/3, On-Sale – 5/23/2007

The Legend Lives On In Captain America #26

After Captain America #25 shocked the world and catapulted the Living Legend's final moments into the mainstream media spotlight, the Eisner-nominated team of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting continue the acclaimed "Death Of A Dream" storyline in Captain America #26. With Captain America dead, there are major repercussions for Winter Soldier (once known as Bucky, Cap's sidekick), Sharon Carter, The Falcon and the rest of Cap's allies. Unfortunately for them, Red Skull and his comrades aren't sitting idly by…but what is their endgame?

The acclaim just won't end for Captain America. "We've got to commend Brubaker and Epting for making daring choices throughout their tenure on the book and for smart, skillful work," said Newsarama.Com's Troy Brownfield of the acclaimed Captain America.

Other critics echoed similar sentiments about Captain America. Ambush Bug, of Ain't-It-Cool-News.Com, called Captain America #25 a "well-written and action packed issue that not only shows us why Cap is such an important character, but lays out an engrossing mystery for the reader to enjoy. It's top notch storytelling from cover to cover."

With constant attention from mainstream media and fans new & old, Captain America is red-hot and Marvel advises retailers to check their orders on upcoming issues, as the fallout from Civil War and the death of Captain America continues!

Written by Ed Brubaker
Pencils by Steve Epting & Mike Perkins
Cover by Steve Epting
Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 5/3/07, On-Sale – 5/23/07

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