Written by Jason Green Thursday, 22 January 2009 17:00
No new interior art this week, but some good art just the same, with upcoming variants and second printings, plus a hint of things to come in Captain Britain & MI-13.
Rulk And Hulk SMASH To A Record-Setting HULK Sell Out!
Marvel is pleased to announce that Hulk #9 has sold out at Diamond, shattering the previous Hulk sell out record set by...Hulk #8! That's right True Believers, every issue and every printing of the gamma charged series by Eisner-winning, Emmy-winning, chart-topping, superstar scribe Jeph Loeb has sold out at Diamond and the series shows no signs of slowing down. Who is the Red Hulk, AKA Rulk? What is his-or her-connection to the green Hulk? One thing's for sure-the hottest new series of 2008 is going to get even hotter in 2009!
"This has been the greatest ride ever," said Loeb. "Having Arthur Adams and Frank Cho join us for those three issues (and for some surprises to come!) was not only a great pleasure, but it kept the HULK right on top! Be sure to come back next issue when Ed ‘Ed' McGuinness returns!"
Augie De Blieck Jr, of ComicBookResources.com. gushes, "[Hulk is] just what I need these days...Hulk is a mystery, at its heart, but one dressed up in a high-octane action movie that plays to its artists' strengths, and gives us all sorts of new and crazy scenes...Sit back, and enjoy. [Hulk] is lots of fun."
Now, prepare for a titanic tussle that only the acclaimed team of Loeb and superstar artist Ed McGuinness could bring you-Hulk & The Defenders (NAMOR! SILVER SURFER! DOC STRANGE!) versus Rulk & The Offenders (TIGER SHARK! TERRAX! BARON MORDO!) in Hulk #10!
HULK #10 (DEC082373)
HULK #10 ADAMS VARIANT COVER (NOV088086)
Written by JEPH LOEB
Pencils & 50/50 Covers by ED MCGUINNESS
Variant Cover by ART ADAMS
Rated A ...$3.99
Wonderful Wizard of Oz #2 Sells Out & Returns With New Printing!
One of 2008's hottest-and most acclaimed-new series continues into 2009 even hotter than before, as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #2 has sold out at Diamond (though copies may be available at the retail level). The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #2 Second Printing Variant, from the Oz dream team of Eric Shanower and Skottie Young continue Dororthy's adventures in this strange new world-and brings her face to face with some new allies!
"Eric Shanower presents Oz as the fable that it's intended to be...the aesthetic appeal of this book is nearly unrivaled in terms of a product perfectly matching its aura with its basic design."-Daniel Crown, IGN.Com
"It really is as beautiful as any of the best illustrated children books you'd find, and tells a story in way that pages that all look like they should be framed should never be able to."-Jan-Ken-Pon, BookSpotCentral.Com
"Shanower and Young just don't do Baum's book justice, they in some ways make it even better. I absolutely adore this adaptation, and give high marks for all involved."-- Greg McElhatton, ComicBookResources.Com
With two quick sell outs and loads of acclaim, Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on upcoming issues of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!
THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #2 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (DEC088039)
Written by ERIC SHANOWER
Pencils & Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
All Ages ...$3.99
FOC - 2/5/09 ON SALE - 2/25/09
DARK REIGN Leads Thunderbolts #128 Sells Out Before It Hits The Stands!
Marvel is pleased to announce that Thunderbolts #128, beginning an all-new direction for the acclaimed series, has sold out at Diamond-before the issue hit stands!-and will return with a new printing to meet demand! The creative team of writer Andy Diggle and artist Roberto De La Torre reveal the next layer of Norman Osborn's immaculate machinations, as the newly minted hero of the Marvel Universe takes the next step in gaining greater power! Thunderbolts #128 Second Printing Variant features the interior art of De La Torre on a new cover!
The early reviews are in and the new direction for Thunderbolts is a hit!
"Diggle is writing to his strengths: political intrigue, black ops teams, and double- and triple-crosses galore...De La Torre's art is a great choice for "Thunderbolts" with its rough, slightly craggy look of its characters and situations"-- Greg McElhatton, ComicBookResources.Com
"Writer Andy Diggle uses dialogue quite well, with the entire cast sounding unique and true to their character. The art is excellent, both the consistent and sharp pencils and the mood setting colors."-David Hodum, ComicsBulletin.Com
Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on upcoming issues of Thunderbolts and all Dark Reign tie-ins, as buzz continues to build around this new direction for the Marvel U!
THUNDERBOLTS #128 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (DEC088026)
Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Penciled by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Rated T+ ...$2.99
The Punisher's New Series Returns With A Second Printing!
When Norman Osborn is the most powerful man in the Marvel Universe, that's bad for everyone, including Frank Castle (AKA The Punisher). So what happens when The Punisher decides to take matters into his own hands? An unusual bodyguard, working in collusion with Norman Osborn, interrupts the plan! After an explosive first issue, Marvel is pleased to announce that Punisher #1 by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena has sold out at Diamond and will be going back to print with Punisher #1 Second Printing Variant. This issue comes wrapped in an all-new cover featuring Opena's stunning interior art. Fans and critics agree-- the next chapter of Frank Castle's life is one to keep an eye on!
Dan Phillips at IGN.com says: "...the terse voice-over captions that Remender supplies are at times quite amusing and do a strong job of capturing Frank's personality...Remender kept me at the edge of my seat, and artist Jerome Opena did a good job capturing the energy of this chase"
Kevin Powers ComicsBulletin.com raves, "Remender is off to a great start and most certainly has an excellent grasp of the character and the way he operates."
"A really good read" says James Hunt of ComicBookResources.Com
After his battle with the Golden Guardian of Good, The Sentry, Frank was left battered and bruised but with the aid of a new mystery ally. Will Frank try to go after Norman again? Is there more punishment coming to The Punisher? Well to find out, and to get in on this brand new arc, head on out and pick up Punisher #1 Second Printing Variant!
PUNISHER #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (NOV088099)
Written by Rick Remender
Pencils and Cover by Jerome Opena
Rated T+ ...$3.99
FOC - 1/22/08 ON SALE - 2/11/08
Meet Your New Rulers
CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13 #10 (DEC082360)
Written by PAUL CORNELL
Penciled by LEONARD KIRK
Cover by STUART IMMONEN
Rated T+ ...$2.99
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