[ENGLISH] Marvel tells us: Marvel Comics In August 2010, Part 3: Ultimate, Max & Others: Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, The Stand, Anita Blake, Ultimate Comics Mystery, Ultimate Comics Avengers, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Punishermax, Halo, Sky doll …

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DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER –
THE JOURNEY BEGINS #4 (of 5)
Written by PETER DAVID & ROBIN FURTH
Art and Cover by SEAN PHILLIPS & RICHARD ISANOVE
It’s nooses and Not-Men for Roland when the last gunslinger and his faithful billy bumbler enter the positively medieval Kingstown. But gallows and the invisible thugs that fill their knots are the least of Roland’s worries, as a face long consigned to a burned Charyou tree rises from the ashes…
32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Parental Advisory…$3.99
©2010 Stephen King. All rights reserved.

THE STAND: HARDCASES #3 (of 5)
Written by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA
Art by MIKE PERKINS
Cover by TOMM COKER
Welcome to Boulder, land of the free, home of the brave. Where the forces of good have started to gather, in preparation for the winter ahead: Nick and his crew, Stu and his posse, and Larry and his entourage. The first order of business: rebuilding society from the ground-up. But even in this garden, under Mother Abagail’s watchful eye, there are serpents: Harold Lauder and Nadine Cross, wondering if they didn’t end up in the wrong place… The first seeds of a terrible betrayal are scattered in this issue of Stephen King’s horror masterpiece, True Believer, and you won’t want to miss it!
32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Parental Advisory …$3.99
©2010 Stephen King. All rights reserved. Published by arrangement with The Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.This graphic novel is produced under license from The Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group and Stephen King.

=ANITA BLAKE: CIRCUS OF THE
DAMNED – THE CHARMER
#4 (of 5)
Written by LAURELL K. HAMILTON & JESSICA RUFFNER
Penciled by RON LIM
Cover by BRETT BOOTH
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LAURELL K. HAMILTON’S EROTIC THRILLER CONTINUES TO SEDUCE!
When she accepted an invitation to the Circus of the Damned, vampire hunter Anita Blake knew she should keep an open mind. The shapeshifters, werewolves, and vampires under the big top? Business as usual. What she DIDN’T expect was to be stuck in a ring with a rampaging cobra the size of a truck. A cobra that used to be worshipped as god. A cobra that now very very much wants to make St. Louis’ top animator its next meal.
32 PGS./Explicit Content …$3.99

ELECTRIC ANT #5 (of 5)
Written by DAVID MACK
Penciled by PASCAL ALIXE
Cover by PAUL POPE
Over the centuries, people have fought for the right to speak, pray, and to be free. Now, Garson Poole finds himself in a fierce battle to exist. From the mind of legendary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick comes the riveting climax of this landmark comic-book adaptation! From Kabuki scribe David Mack and breakout artist Pascal Alixe!
32 PGS./Mature …$3.99
© and TM 2010 Laura Leslie, Isa Dick Hackett and Christopher Dick

SENSE & SENSIBILITY #4 (of 5)
Written by NANCY BUTLER
Pencils by SONNY LIEW
Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Jane Austen’s classic persists! The Dashwood girls travel home with Mrs. Jennings and the chatty Mrs. Palmer. As it happens, Marianne finds out the handsome Mr. Willoughby’s house is nearby, and cannot help but take a stroll to see the property. But what secret is Mr. Willoughby hiding behind
his walls?
32 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

SKY DOLL: LACRIMA CHRISTI #2 (of 2)
Written by ALESSANDRO
BARBUCCI & BARBARA CANEPA
Pencils by
GRADIMIR SMUDJA, AFIF KHALED  & ENRIQUE FERNANDEZ
Cover by ENRIQUE FERNANDEZ
The planet Papathea has two faces: the female Pope Ludovique and Agape. The former is carnal, spectacular and blood-drenched; the latter spiritual, virginal, ethereal and inaccessible. The two sisters were selected from thousands of candidates to represent the complexity and the contradictions of their religion. After the success of their Spaceship Collection, Alessandro Barbucci and Barbara Canepa have invited five other stunningly talented artists to enter into their universe in Lacrima Christi.
40 PGS./Mature …$5.99
The Soleil comics may only be sold in English North
America: United States, Canada, Mexico and their
territories and possessions.

ORSON SCOTT CARD’S ENDER IN EXILE #3 (of 5)
Creative Director
ORSON SCOTT CARD
Written by AARON JOHNSTON
Pencils by POP MHAN
Cover by SEBASTIAN FIUMARA
Time is running out for Ender. The colony ship is about to reach its destination, and Ender’s newest enemy, the captain of the ship, is ready to make his move. Can Ender outwit him before the captain seizes all control? Or will Ender be sidetracked by the beautiful young colonist eager for his attention? It all comes to a head here as the adaptation of the best-selling novel from Orson Scott Card continues.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 #6 (of 6)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils & Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
The Avengers are caught in the middle as Ghost Rider and the demonically powered Vice-President Blackthorne go head-to-flaming-head! What hope do Hawkeye, Punisher, and the new Hulk have against Satan’s soldiers? Find out as best-selling creators MARK MILLAR (CIVIL WAR, KICK-ASS) and LEINIL FRANCIS YU (SECRET INVASION) bring this story to a fiery finish!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 3 #1 (of 6)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils by STEVE DILLON
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Villain Variant by STEVE DILLON
Foilogram Variant by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Blade is back in a bad way and that can only mean one thing: vampires are afoot! Somebody is leaving behind a bloody trail of bite marks and Blade’s stake-ready to take them on.  Could the mysterious figure donned in an iron suit have something to do with it? And who exactly is the new figure leaping around down in a devil costume?  As the Avengers get deeper into black ops, there’s no telling who’ll be thirsting for blood and who’ll be next on the menu!  Bite into the next exhilarating series of ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS by superstar creators MARK MILLAR (CIVIL WAR, KICK-ASS) and STEVE DILLON (PUNISHERMAX)!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

ULTIMATE COMICS MYSTERY #2 (of 4)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
Spider-Man and Spider-Woman infiltrate Roxxon, while Captain Marvel and Nova protect the magical artifacts of Project
Pegasus. Meanwhile the Fantastic Three take on their first assignment as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. All this and the countdown to the reveal of the mystery villain of the Ultimate Universe begins! BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (Siege) and RAFA SANDOVAL (Avengers: The Initiative) continue to thrill in this thriller that’s sure to shock!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #13
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE
There’s no other way to say it: In this issue…Spider-Man’s  entire life is completely destroyed.
Read the series that has fans and critics hooked as Brian Michael Bendis and David Lafuente rock out another unbelievable issue!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

ULTIMATE COMICS X #4
Written by JEPH LOEB
Pencils & Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
The Ultimate Universe’s most talked about series continues!  Ultimate Spider-Man Peter Parker’s classmate Liz Allen vanished after Ultimatum.  Where has she been hiding and what connection does she have to the terrible horrible Blob? Join the new cast of Ultimate X as they head to Southern California to find out these secrets and more when Eisner award-winning writer JEPH LOEB and master illustrator ARTHUR ADAMS bring you the next thrilling chapter in this critically-acclaimed series that’s selling out everywhere!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

PUNISHERMAX #10
Written by JASON AARON
Penciled by STEVE DILLON
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
“BULLSEYE,” PART 5
It’s Kingpin vs. Bullseye, with the Punisher waiting in the wings.  Oh, and the entire NYPD ready to kill them all.  Does anybody make it out of this one alive?
32 PGS./Explicit Content …$3.99

PUNISHERMAX:
HAPPY ENDING #1
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Pencils & Cover by
JUAN JOSE RHYP
Nothing like this has ever happened to Joe before.  When a quarrel with his wife makes him seek comfort through the doors of the “Happy Ending” massage parlor, the mild-mannered accountant enters a whole different world.  An exotic world of life and death decisions, a world where a beautiful woman is fleeing from a vicious mob boss, and everyone is fleeing from Frank Castle.
48 PGS./One-Shot/Explicit Content…$4.99

POWERS #8
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
DEENA’S BACK
40 PGS./Mature …$3.95

CASANOVA #2
Written by MATT FRACTION
Art by GABRIEL BÁ & FÁBIO MOON
Cover by GABRIEL BÁ
CASANOVA: LUXURIA continues! Strange, sweaty, naked things are afoot deep in the jungle metropolis of Áqua Pesada. A rogue E.M.P.I.R.E. agent has gone mad and, in between throwing the most decadent parties the world has ever known, spills his spy-guts out in the pages of a breathless, confessional, comic book… and Casanova Quinn is given orders by his father to bring the agent in… but Newman Xeno wants Casanova to kill him instead. Bloodshed, betrayal, a trial, an exile, a Paco Rabanne dress made entirely out of credit cards, and a shocking twist that sets Casanova irrevocably on a path of no return.  32 PAGES OF COSMIC COMIC SPY-CHEDELIA. All new back-matter! Soul-elevating colors! Staples and paper!  READ!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

DREAM LOGIC #2
Written by DAVID MACK
Art & Cover by DAVID MACK
This 48-page art book features story and art, a David Mack sketchbook, step-by-step art techniques with commentary, and loads of art and extras you’ve never seen before — including figure drawings, a new tarot card set, new paintings, original scripts and more! Plus: art cut from the DVD documentary film on Mack’s work, The Alchemy of Art: David Mack DVD, from
Herovideoproductions.com.
48 PGS./Explicit Content …$5.99

MILLAR & MCNIVEN’S NEMESIS #4 (of 4)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
Variant Cover by TBD
THE HIGHEST SELLING CREATOR-OWNED COMIC IN THE INDUSTRY COMES TO A CLOSE! It CAN’T be over already, can it? Don’t miss the shocking finale and be the only one you know who didn’t read this. It’s the end of the road for Nemesis and Chief of Police Blake. Who will end on top? Only MARK MILLAR (KICKASS, ULTIMATE AVENGERS) and STEVE MCNIVEN (OLD MAN LOGAN, CIVIL WAR) know!
32 PGS./Mature …$2.99

KICK-ASS TPB
Written by MARK MILLAR
Penciled by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
The book that started the worldwide phenomenon is finally available in softcover!  KICK-ASS is back, in time to celebrate the DVD release of the movie and the launch of KICK-ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL! KICK-ASS is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling graphic novel that spent three months at the top spot on the Diamond Direct Market Charts and spawned the movie that opened at number one in the box office! Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl’s origins are here under one cover! Relive–or experience for the first time–what happens when teenager Dave Lizewski asks himself, « How come nobody’s ever become a superhero before? » Superstar creators MARK MILLAR and JOHN ROMITA JR. have created a true 21st century classic. When your grandchildren ask you where you were when KICK-ASS came out, you’ll want to be able to look them in the eye and tell them the truth: you were reading this paperback! Collecting KICK-ASS #1-8.
216 PGS./Mature …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3261-5
Order Using this Code: MAR108125
FOC – 6/10, On-Sale 7/14
KICK-ASS TPB (DM ONLY)
216 PGS./Mature …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4132-7
Order Using this Code: MAR108126
FOC – 6/10, On-Sale 7/14

DEATHLOK: THE DEMOLISHER PREMIERE HC
Written by CHARLIE HUSTON
Penciled by LAN MEDINA
Cover by BRANDON PETERSON
Marvel’s ultimate cyborg is back in this Marvel Knights series written by Charlie Huston (MOON KNIGHT) and breathtakingly illustrated by Lan Medina (FOOLKILLER). In the not-too-distant future, war is a spectator sport, warriors die hard and live fast, and living larger than anyone is super-soldier Lieutenant Mike Travers.  That is, until Travers hotdogs it on the battlefield and gets himself and his C.O., Luther Manning, blown to bits.  The show must go on.  Enter: Deathlok the Demolisher!!! Collecting DEATHLOK #1-7.
168 PGS./Parental Advisory …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4365-9
Trim size: standard

TALES OF THE DRAGON GUARD PREMIERE HC
Written by ANGE
Penciled by PHILIPPE BRIONES
Cover by ALBERTO VARANDA
No one knows why dragons have appeared in this word of heroes, but their very presence is re-shaping reality. Their influence destroys everything, transforming men and beasts into monsters: a curse known as the Veill. Only virgin women are free of this curse and can get close enough to these terrors to kill them. And so, the Order of the Dragon Knights was created. Trained from childhood, they fight against all odds, including a world that refuses to accept them as women of power, the very same society they swore to protect. They fight to the death, because if they don’t, their entire world is doomed. Collecting TALES OF THE DRAGON GUARD #1-3.
144 PGS./Mature …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4733-6
Trim size: standard

HUSK PREMIERE HC
Written by FRÉDÉRIC L’HOMME
Penciled by ARNAUD BOUDOIRON
Cover by ARNAUD BOUDOIRON
In the near future, The Arnold Company has developed the Husk, fifteen-foot tall biomechanical suits that are an anatomical addition to their pilot’s body. In Paris, the BMRI police brigade features a special squad of Husk pilots in charge of investigating the most dangerous criminals of their time. This series explores the
day-to-day life of these men and the different cases they must
confront. Collecting HUSK #1-2.
112 PGS./Mature …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4830-2
Trim size: standard

OZ: THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ GN-TPB
Written by ERIC SHANOWER
Penciled by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
The premiere American fantasy adventure gets the Merry Marvel treatment! Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze) teams up with fan-favorite artist Skottie Young (New X-Men) to bring L. Frank Baum’s beloved classic to life! When Kansas farm girl Dorothy flies away to the magical Land of Oz, she fatally flattens a Wicked Witch, liberates a living Scarecrow and is hailed by the Munchkin people as a great sorceress…but all she really wants to know is: how does she get home? Collecting THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #1-8.
216 PGS./All Ages …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4590-5

HALO: HELLJUMPER TPB
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by ERIC NGUYEN
Cover by ERIC NGUYEN
Helljumpers. The very name strikes fear in the hearts of even the most ruthless Covenant warriors. The Orbital Drop Shock Troopers of the 105th Division are the meanest, scariest, most battled-hardened marines the UNSC forces have to offer. No retreat. No surrender. The Helljumpers get the job done every time. Hoo-rah! But when the Helljumpers respond to an SOS call from the remote science colony Ariel, they stumble upon something that catches them off guard: The colony is deserted, seemingly abandoned by every man, woman and child who once lived there. The lone body on the planet’s surface, a communications officer, appears to have died of fright. The discovery of a large Covenant military presence raises more questions than it answers. And when two Helljumpers get cut off from the rest of their squad, they’ll have to battle through impossible odds to make it home. Can the marines uncover the mysteries of Ariel? And if so, can they make it off planet to tell the tale? If not, there’ll be hell to pay! Collecting HALO: HELLJUMPER #1-5.
120 PGS./17 & Up …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4051-1
©2010 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Microsoft, Halo, the Halo logo, the Microsoft Game Studios logo, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. Bungie and the Bungie logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bungie, LLC.

ULTIMATES II ULTIMATE
COLLECTION TPB
Written by MARK MILLAR
Penciled by BRYAN HITCH
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
The beginning of the end? They are the greatest heroes the world has ever known: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Wasp, Giant Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch. They’ve saved the world from alien invasion, becoming international celebrities and America’s champions…but now all that’s about to change. Can the Ultimates survive the Hulk’s execution, Thor’s imprisonment…and the advent of the Ultimate Defenders?! On the eve of Tony and Natasha’s wedding, Nick Fury makes his move against the mysterious traitor that’s been plaguing the team – and the Ultimates will never be the same!The world’s greatest heroes are in for the battle of the century…and not all of them will be walking away. Collecting ULTIMATES 2 #1-13 and ULTIMATES 2 #1 VARIANT SKETCH EDITION.
464 PGS./Parental Advisory …$34.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4916-3

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN
ULTIMATE COLLECTION
BOOK 3 TPB
Written by
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by MARK BAGLEY
Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Collecting the groundbreaking third year of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN in one colossal trade paperback! Spider-Man beat Kraven. He defeated Dr. Octopus. He even survived a serious scrap with an artificially enhanced Green Goblin. As it turns out, though, his worst enemy is a simple crook in a Spider-Man suit. That’s all it takes to ruin Spider-Man’s reputation, suddenly painting Peter Parker’s alter ego as Public Enemy No. 1…and changing his life forever. Then: Spider-Man’s ultimate villain gets the Ultimate treatment! After reuniting with his childhood friend Eddie Brock, Peter discovers a secret about their fathers’ pasts…a black liquid that can transform into a protoplasmic bodysuit, curing any illness and enhancing the wearer’s strength and abilities. But when Peter tries to continue his father’s work, he accidentally becomes encased in the murky liquid and becomes nearly unstoppable…but at a terrible price. Collecting ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1/2 & #28-39.
304 PGS./Rated A …$29.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4919-4

SUPREME POWER:
CONTACT TPB (NEW PRINTING)
Written by
J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Penciled by GARY FRANK
Cover by GARY FRANK
When a small alien baby in a spaceship lands in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield, the course of mankind on Earth changes forever! Babylon 5 creator and Amazing Spider-Man writer J. Michael Straczynski presents a new vision of a world about to give birth to its first generation of super heroes!  Follow the origins of these new heroes and anti-heroes — from their birth through adulthood — and examine how their lives and abilities change and shape the world around them. One of comics’ best-selling mature readers series ever, Supreme Power is a hard-edged, mature and deeply personal saga that pushes the limits of the form into new, uncharted territory. Collecting SUPREME POWER #1-6.
144 PGS./Explicit Content …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4918-7

PUNISHER MAX:
NAKED KILLS TPB
Written by VALERIE D’ORAZIO, ROB WILLIAMS, JONATHAN MABERRY
& MIKE BENSON
Penciled by LAURENCE CAMPBELL
Cover by TIM BRADSTREET
Collecting four action-packed Punisher tales drawn by Laurence Campbell. First, a lurid tell-all book leads the Punisher on the trail of a hitwoman marked for death.  Who is Butterfly?  And will the Punisher be her salvation, her temptation, or her damnation? In GET CASTLE, Frank travels to a Welsh mountain range to unleash his unique brand of vengeance, but is he the hunter or the hunted? Next, to stop a murderous snuff film ring, Frank Castle has to infiltrate a building with a security system so tight that he can’t bring in any weapons.  Nothing.  Nada.  Just his own wits, inventiveness and ruthless efficiency. Plus: we’re all familiar with Punisher’s habit of rampaging through the criminal underworld, but what happens to those who survive? Find out in this gripping tale of one criminal’s quest to dish out his own brand of punishment on Frank Castle! Collecting PUNISHER MAX: BUTTERFLY, PUNISHER MAX: GET CASTLE, PUNISHER MAX: NAKED KILL and PUNISHER MAX ANNUAL 2007.
144 PGS./Explicit Content …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4421-2

MARVEL PREVIEWS #83
Each issue of MARVEL PREVIEWS is a comic-book-sized, 120-page, glossy full-color guide to all of Marvel’s upcoming releases! Marvel Previews also includes special previews of upcoming or sold-out projects.
128 PGS./RATED T+…JUST $1.25!
(or free with a purchase of Diamond’s Previews!)
IN STORES 06/23/2010