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Marvel Comics 5.16 | X-Men old and new

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xheaderThe hit miniseries on the X-Men's early years gets an ongoing, but not before X-Men: First Class Special hits stands. Then, the Shi'ar empire finishes its rise and fall in Uncanny X-Men #486, the Sentry battles Ultron in Mighty Avengers #3, and Marc Spector seeks revenge with a little help from Punisher in Moon Knight #10.



School Is In For The Summer With X-Men: First Class Special


Put one fan-favorite writer with four critically-acclaimed artists, add in the first X-Men team and you'll get the can't miss X-Men: First Class Special arriving this May. Acclaimed scribe Jeff Parker, whose work on the X-Men: First Class limited series demanded Marvel make it an ongoing series, is joined by classic X-artist Paul Smith, fan favorite Mike Allred, Nick Dragotta and Kevin Nowlan, drawing the first mutants to study at Xavier's Institute. In this 48 page special, fans will see the original five X-Men in three all-new tales.


As the critics have said in the past, no X-Fan can afford to miss X-Men: First Class. "Bottom line is that this title is one of the best X-books you can buy, and I would highly recommend you pick up the back issues," said Kevin Powers of SilverBulletComicBooks.Com.


Paul O'Brien Of commented that First Class is "an enjoyable title to pick up each month." Newsarama.Com's Sarah Jaffe named X-Men: First Class one of her best of 2006, adding, "Jeff has kept the characters recognizable while adding dimension to both the fights and the funny."


With the X-Men: First Class ongoing series starting in June, don't miss your chance to jump onboard the series that takes you to school! This is the only place you can read about the X-Men's first adventures and X-Men: First Class Special is the perfect opportunity to learn why readers and critics alike can't stop raving about this series!


And be sure to check out the X-Men First Class HC on-sale in June collecting the first 8 issues of the critically acclaimed series!



Written by JEFF PARKER



48 PGS./Rated A ...$3.99

FOC- 4/26/07, On Sale 5/16/07


Written by JEFF PARKER

Penciled by ROGER CRUZ


Rated A ...$24.99

Eisner Nominated Ed Brubaker's Year-Long Epic Concludes In Uncanny X-Men #486


It's been a long year for the team of mutants in Uncanny X-Men, as writer Ed Brubaker has put them through the paces for the last 11 issues, all leading up to this moment! Uncanny X-Men #486 brings readers the conclusion of "The Rise and Fall Of The Shi'ar Empire" and not everyone will be returning to Earth! We've got the M'Kraan Cystal, a psychotic man atop the Shi'ar throne and a girl with the power of the Phoenix Force-what more do you need to know?


Critically acclaimed scribe Ed Brubaker and "Young Gun" artist Billy Tan have delivered 11 action packed issues, with fans riveted by the ride! "With drama, action, and intergalactic adventure the likes of which the X-Men haven't seen in far too long, 'The Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire' has been quite an amazing run," said Aaron Stueve of BrokenFrontier.Com.


Don't miss the pulse pounding conclusion this May, as Uncanny X-Men will never be the same! Not everyone's coming back to Earth and the ones that do will find that the consequences of their actions will carry through to this fall's top secret X-Men event. As one door closes, another opens...let's just hope the X-Men can survive it!


UNCANNY X-MEN #486 (MAR072121)

Written by ED BRUBAKER

Penciled by BILLY TAN


32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

FOC- 4/26/07, On Sale 5/16/07

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The Sentry is Unleashed In Mighty Avengers #3


The biggest new series of 2007 continues in Mighty Avengers #3, as Tony Stark's new team of government-sponsored Avengers battle the all new, all female Ultron. And just what happened to Tony Stark? If Ultron has her way, this bold new team of Avengers won't have a chance to find out! From the all star team of writer Brian Bendis and artist Frank Cho, Mighty Avengers has been a sales hit and quite a smash with the critics!


"Marvel fans of all stripes should give this one a shot," said Augie De Bleick of, adding, "Bendis gets the team up and running in a most entertaining fashion from the get-go."


Troy Brownfield of Newsarama.Com raved that Bendis & Cho, "Knocks it out of the park," continuing, "Mighty Avengers plays exactly as a team comic should."


Aint It Cool News said, "this is one very strong issue--one worthy of the MIGHTY tagline in the title."  "Mighty Avengers is THE Avengers title for me," gushed Phillip Hayes of PaperbackReader.Com.


With the full fury of the Sentry unleashed and Frank Cho's stunning rendition of guest star Tigra, Mighty Avengers #3 is a can't miss for any Marvel fan. With issue #1 sold out at Diamond and excitement at a fever pitch for issue #2, Marvel urges retailers to check their orders for this action-acked upcoming issue. Bendis. Cho. Avengers. Nuff said.




Pencils and Cover by FRANK CHO

Rated A ...$2.99

FOC- 4/26/07, On Sale 5/16/07


Revenge Is A Dish Served Bloody In Moon Knight #10


Marc Spector has been to hell and back over the last year, as his super hero persona Moon Knight made some shocking decisions. But now that he's seemingly on the road to putting his life back together, rebuilding the body that houses his once broken spirit, tragedy intends to strike in the form of an old friend. Moon Knight #10 continues the gripping "Midnight Son" storyline by noted novelist Charlie Huston and new artist Mico Suayan. And what would a story about revenge be without The Punisher? The two heroes have crossed paths before, but with the fallout from Civil War, both men have been changed irrevocably. Is the city big enough for both of them? We're going to find out!


The critics continue to rave about this gritty super hero series. "I think Moon Knight is one of the best series out from Marvel Comics right now and I feel anyone who likes a good story should be reading this," said Timothy Lee of PaperbackReader.Com.


Writer Charlie Huston reflects on his MOON KNIGHT run. "These things are a lot more work than they look like," he says. "I think the popular perception of creating comics is of a bunch of overgrown adolescents bouncing ideas around the Marvel bullpen and pulling out the ones they think are coolest and going to work. The truth is that it's rather more like tweezing the wings from dead flies and transplanting them to disabled flies born without wings. If that makes sense. There's just an enormous amount of detail work involved in crafting a 22 page comic that develops character, moves plot, allows for the requisite amount of action, fits with Marvel continuity, and is, in fact, reasonably cool. It's fun, but it's most certainly work."


For more from Huston, visit now.

Don't miss a moment as Charlie Huston starts moving the pieces towards the shocking conclusion of his first year on Moon Knight. If you think you know how it's all going to end, you're probably wrong!




MOON KNIGHT #10 (FEB072139)


Cover & Pencils by MICO SUAYAN

Parental Advisory ...$2.99

FOC- 4/26/07, On Sale- 5/16/07

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