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Marvel Comics 04.23.08 | The return of Nick Fury

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fury.jpgSecret Invasion draws the eye-patched one out of hiding when Nick Fury (finally!) returns in Mighty Avengers #12. On the X-side of things, it's war against the Purifiers in X-Force #3 while the main team remains splintered in Uncanny X-Men #497, plus it's Hulk vs. Herc in the one-shot Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide.

 

 

Nick Fury Returns For The Secret Invasion!

The most dangerous man in the Marvel Universe-Nick Fury-went underground after a failed espionage mission, but now the former Director of S.H.I.E.L.D returns in Mighty Avengers #12! Why is Fury back? And what does his timing have to do with the red-hot Secret Invasion? The Eisner-winning team of writer Brian Bendis (Secret Invasion, New Avengers) and artist Alex Maleev (Daredevil, New Avengers: Illuminati) reunite for a Secret Invasion tie-in so important that the events in this issue will reverberate throughout the Marvel Universe as Fury becomes target number one! And just who is revealed as a Skrull? Wrapped up in a gorgeous cover by rising star artist Marko Djurdjevic (Thor), no Secret Invasion fan can afford to miss this crucial event tie-in!

 

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Mighty Avengers and all Secret Invasion tie-ins, as the event delights critics and fans alike, while also drawing mainstream attention from outlets such as Entertainment Weekly. What secrets will Fury unearth? And how will they affect the Skrulls' plans? Find out in Mighty Avengers #12!

 

MIGHTY AVENGERS #12 (FEB082243)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Penciled by ALEX MALEEV

Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

SECRET INVASION TIE-IN!

Rated A ...$2.99

FOC-4/3/08, On-Sale-4/23/08

X-Force Takes No Prisoners in The War Against The Purifiers!

The red-hot, sold-out hottest X-launch of the year continues as Wolverine's new team searches for the kidnapped Wolfsbane and continues their merciless attacks on Purifier bases till they find her! Enter X-Force #3, from the fan-favorite writing team of Christopher Yost & Craig Kyle, with rising star artist Clayton Crain, ratchet the action up to 11. Just what does the return of New Mutants foe Magus mean for X-Force? As Matthew Riseman's plan comes into full effect, it seems he's gathered just what-or WHO-he needs...but what's his endgame? And just how does S.H.I.E.L.D. figure into all this? An X-Men: Divided We Stand tie-in, X-Force helps set the stage for the future of mutantkind in a world without X-Men!

 

"I love where this series is going," said Kevin Powers of ComicsBulletin.Com. "Clayton Crain's dark style of painted artwork is absolutely appropriate for this title."

 

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on X-Force and all Divided We Stand tie-ins, as they continue to sell out rapidly! X-Force is on the trail of the Purifiers...but are they too late? Find out in X-Force #3!

 

X-FORCE #3 (FEB082266)

X-FORCE #3 BLOODY VARIANT (JAN088014)

Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST & CRAIG KYLE

Pencils & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

Parental Advisory ...$2.99

FOC-4/3/08, On-Sale-4/23/08

Divided, The X-Men Will...Fall?

As Cyclops and Emma Frost try to save Angel-and the entire city of San Francisco -from something unexplainable, Wolverine, Colossus and Nightcrawler must face Russia's deadly Red Room! Uncanny X-Men #497, from Eisner-winning scribe Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Daredevil, Criminal) and rising star artist Michael Choi, continues the acclaimed story of a world without X-Men, with the former superheroes attempting to move on after the events of Messiah CompleX. An ­X-Men: Divided We Stand tie-in, this issue continues the red-hot storyline that has fans and critics alike buzzing!

 

Steven M. Bari of ComicsBulletin.Com gushed, "Salivate over Mike Choi's art. His work isn't just perfect anatomically and thematically. It's sexy!"

 

"Ed Brubaker is obviously having a lot of fun with his latest Uncanny X-Men arc. I'm glad to say I am too," said Jesse Schedeen of IGN.Com.

 

Retailers, check the Marvel Mailer for special ordering instructions regarding the Uncanny X-Men #497 Djurdjevic Variant by rising star artist Marko Djurdjevic (Thor)!

 

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on all X-Men titles, as the Divided We Stand tie-ins continue to sell out at Diamond and generate buzz. As Wolverine, Colossus and Nightcrawler's road trip takes a turn for the worse...can mutantkind survive without the X-Men? Find out in Uncanny X-Men #497!

 

UNCANNY X-MEN #497 (FEB082261)

UNCANNY X-MEN #497 DJURDJEVIC VARIANT (JAN088351)

Written by ED BRUBAKER

Pencils & Cover by MICHAEL CHOI

Rated T+ ...$2.99

FOC-4/3/08, On-Sale-4/23/08

 

INCREDIBLE! HERC VERSUS HULK!

 

Hulk smashes Hercules.  Hercules clobbers Hulk.  Well, just who is stronger - the Green Goliath or the Lion of Olympus?  The critically-acclaimed creative team behind Incredible Hercules look to answer that question in a mammoth-sized one-shot Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide.

 

Following the events of the first arc of Incredible Hercules, Hercules and Amadeus Cho hit the road and along the way, the Prince of Power reveals a never-before seen story of him going against ol' Green Scar himself -- the Incredible Hulk!  And this story sets up themes for the upcoming "Sacred Invasion" story beginning in May's Incredible Hercules #117 that you won't want to miss.   

 

In reviews for Incredible Hercules, Comixtreme.com has said Greg Pak and Fred Van "have done an amazing job at crafting this story" and Khoi Pham's artwork has been called "truly incredible"  as the title continues to rack up great reviews from a bevy of online press.

 

 Plus, this one-shot features a classic Hulk and Hercules brawl from Tales to Astonish #79 filled with even more smashing, crashing, mashing and lashing (and probably a lot of property damage).  Both heroes have both been called "Incredible," but just who will win take the title when Hulk and Hercules go nose-to-nose in Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide

 

HULK VS. HERCULES: WHEN TITANS COLLIDE (FEB082227)

Written by GREG PAK & FRED VAN LENTE

Art by KHOI PHAM

Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

Rated A...$3.99

FOC - 4/3/08, On-Sale - 4/23/08


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