Marvel Comics 6.6, part 3 | More mirthful mags in the merry Marvel manner

stormIs it just me, or is June 6th, 2007, the busiest day in Marvel publishing history? A third round of previews for the first Wednesday of June, featuring a battle with Spidey in Avengers: The Initiative #3, the return of the queen (Storm, that is) in Uncanny X-Men #487, a Marvel Knights take on ol' Hornhead in Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock, more Stephen King shenanigans in Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #5, and the kick-off of a major new crossover in Mystic Arcana: Magic.

 

Avengers: The Initiative #3 Gets Friendly In Your Neighborhood

 

It had to happen-The Initiative versus Spider-Man! Avengers: The Initiative #3 opens with War Machine's team of new recruits as they search for America 's Most Wanted-Spider-Man-and an introduction to…the Initiative's Black Ops unit! Red hot scribe Dan Slott (of She-Hulk fame) and artist Stefano Caselli bring you another tale of the newest team on the block, whose series is a hit with critics.

 

IGN's Richard George called Avengers: The Initiative a "must have" and exclaimed, "I can't wait to see where things head from here."

 

"Stefano Casselli's art… just gets better and better," said Caleb of Newsarama.Com.

 

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Avengers: The Initiative #3, as this issue not only crosses into the popular Back In Black storyline, but also continues to explore the fallout from the top selling Civil War. Spider-Man, The Initiative and a special Black Ops team-no one's walking away from this one without a few bruises! And wait…is that the Iron Spidey armor?

 

AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #3 (APR072292)

Written by DAN SLOTT

Penciled by STEFANO CASELLI

Cover by JIM CHEUNG

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC-5/17/07, On Sale -6/06/07

 

Uncanny X-Men #487 Brings The Return Of Storm!

 

After the shocking events of the last issue, the Uncanny X-Men are no longer the same as they head into all new, all different storyline! In Uncanny X-Men #487, one of their greatest members returns for a brand new story arc-and her name is Storm! Fresh off her appearances in Fantastic Four and Black Panther, the mutant master of the weather rejoins her old teammates to investigate a rash of murders in the Morlock tunnels. Who would kill these innocent mutants? And how does this tie into the big X-Men event coming this fall? Writer Ed Brubaker and artist Salvador Larroca know, as they kick off the new "The Extremists" storyline with a bang you won't want to miss!

 

And don't miss the hardcover collection of Ed Brubaker's first year on Uncanny X-Men, along with Young Gun artist Billy Tan, coming this July in the form of the Uncanny X-Men: Rise & Fall Of The Shi'ar Empire HC, collecting Uncanny X-Men #475-#486 in one must-have volume that reveals just how the team has been changed forever!

 

The end is near…but is it for the Morlocks, the X-Men, or both? Find out this June in Uncanny X-Men #487!

 

UNCANNY X-MEN #487 (APR072341)

Written by ED BRUBAKER

Pencils and Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC-5/17/07, On Sale -6/06/07

 

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

FOC-6/14/07, On Sale -07/11/07

Battlin Jack Murdock Fights Again This June

 

When "Battlin" Jack Murdock refused to take a dive in a boxing match, making his life forfeit and leaving his son an orphan, he changed the entire face of the Marvel Universe. His son, Matt Murdock, was inspired by the death of his father, going on to become the costumed avenger Daredevil, protector of Hell's Kitchen. Fans have always wanted to know more about Jack Murdock and answers finally come in the form of June's brand limited series Battlin Jack Murdock. The four issue series is co-written by Zeb Wells and Carmine Di Giandomenico, with the latter also providing the series' lush artwork. Exploring the relationship between Jack and his son, Battlin Jack Murdock is a heartfelt series that offers a unique insight into the formative years of Matt Murdock and into the mind of the man who shaped him. You might know how it all ends, but do you really know how it all began?

 

Daredevil: Battlin Jack Murdock continues the tradition of bold, innovative storytelling from the Marvel Knights imprint that has produced recent hits such as Spider-Man Reign and the upcoming Silver Surfer: Requiem. Prepare to witness the greatest struggle of Jack Murdock's life-the battle to save his own soul!

 

DAREDEVIL: BATTLIN' JACK MURDOCK #1 (of 4) (APR072296)

Written by ZEB WELLS

Story by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO & ZEB WELLS

Pencils and Cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO

Parental Advisory …$3.99

FOC-5/17/07, On Sale -6/06/07

Dark Tower #5 Ups The Ante For Roland!

 

It's been a wild four issues thus far, as young Roland Deschain has set down the path to become the Gunslinger of his dreams, and in Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #5 (of 7), our young hero faces his greatest challenge yet. The popular protagonist from Stephen King's acclaimed Dark Tower series of novels must contend with the forces of evil amassing powerful weapons to be used for nefarious means…that may just cost Roland's father his life! Written by Peter David and Robin Furth, with art by Jae Lee & Richard Isanove, Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born has become the series that the critics won't stop raving about!

ComicsShouldBeGood's Brian Cronin praised the "nuanced writing of Peter David" and said, "With the beautiful artwork of Jae Lee, it is almost like watching a stage play being performed for me, with the dialogue and the artwork mixing together wonderfully."

 

PopSyndicate.Com called Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born "a book of undisputed quality" and praised the creative as "some of the best writing and artistic talent in the business."

 

Troy Brownfield of Newsarama.Com exclaimed "David nails every inch of it" and praised the series' "resoundingly" beautiful art, adding that it's "career-defining work."

 

For more information on Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born make sure to visit www.marvel.com/darktower and don't miss the newest chapter of this hit series!

 

DARK TOWER : THE GUNSLINGER BORN #5 (of 7) (APR072274)

Written by PETER DAVID & ROBIN FURTH

Art and Cover by JAE LEE & RICHARD ISANOVE

Variant by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

Sketch Variant by JAE LEE

Parental Advisory …$3.99

©2007 Stephen King. All rights reserved

FOC-5/17/07, On Sale -6/06/07

Mystic Arcana: Magik Casts a Captivating Spell!

 

Marvel's generations spanning magic event Mystic Arcana begins in June, with Mystic Arcana: Magik, spotlighting the popular mutant known as Magik and beginning a series of backup tales that will redefine magic in the Marvel Universe! This extra-sized 40 page issues features two stories: an untold talk of Magik from fan favorite scribe Louise Simonson and artist Steve Scott, while writer David Sexton and artist Eric Nguyen tell the tale of Ian McNee's quest to gather magical items…before the forces of evil get to them first! Fans may remember McNee from Marvel Fanfare #7, when he challenged Dr. Strange for the title of sorcerer supreme and was bested by the New Avenger.

 

As McNee's journey takes fans into areas of the Marvel magic universe they've never seen before, readers can enhance their knowledge of Marvel's magic with Mystic Arcana: The Book Of Marvel Magic, a companion to Mystic Arcana that covers everyone who wields mystic powers! In depth bios, a plethora of characters and more await you in this 64 page volume!

 

We've gazed into our crystal ball and this June, there's only one way to get your magic fix-acquire Mystic Arcana: Magik and Mystic Arcana: The Book Of Marvel Magic!

 

MYSTIC ARCANA: MAGIK (APR072318)

Written by LOUISE SIMONSON & DAVID SEXTON

Penciled by STEVE SCOTT & ERIC NGUYEN

Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

40 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC-5/17/07, On Sale -6/6/07

MYSTIC ARCANA: THE BOOK OF MARVEL MAGIC (MAR072096)

Written by DAVID SEXTON, MADISON CARTER, MICHAEL HOSKIN,

JEFF CHRISTIANSEN, ERIC J. MOREELS, RONALD BYRD,

CHAD ANDERSON & STUART VANDAL

Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

64 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC-5/17/07, On Sale -6/6/07

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