Marvel In May 2009 - Part 3 : Ultimate & Others[ENGLISH] Marvel Comics tells us: Marvel’s new solicitation info and artwork for comics arriving in stores in May 2009 are here. Part 3: Ultimate, Marvel Knights, Max & Others (Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men, The Stand, Anita Blake, Ender’s Game, Lords of Avalon…)

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HALO: UPRISING HC
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by ALEX MALEEV
Cover by ALEX MALEEV
The Eisner Award-winning team of superscribe Brian Michael Bendis and artist extraordinaire Alex Maleev unleash an epic story of mankind’s struggle against the alien threat of the Covenant. Picking up from the conclusion of blockbuster video game Halo 2, the must-read saga reveals how the Master Chief, while onboard a hostile ship headed towards Earth, is
battling against Covenant forces! Intertwined with Master Chief’s interstellar one-man-war is the saga of a great American
city’s rebellion and downfall, two disparate lives’ collision and shared fate, and the Convenant’s hunt for an ancient relic of untold power and value. With hope dwindling and the fate of humanity hanging by a thread, is there any chance for a future? Journey into the Halo universe! Collecting HALO: UPRISING #1-4 and MARVEL SPOTLIGHT: HALO.
168 PGS./17 & Up …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-2838-0
Trim size: oversized

This comic is based on a Mature-rated video game.
©2009 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.

RIFTWAR #1 (of 5)
Written by BRYAN J.L. GLASS
Penciled by RYAN STEGMAN
Cover by TBD
The Castle Crydee has stood strong against a multitude of enemies over the years, and has kept its people safe. But now, a new enemy from another world threatens to destroy them, and Prince Arutha, Swordmaster Fannon and Squire Roland struggle to keep them at bay. Meanwhile, Pug, apprentice to the magician Kulgan, goes on an offensive with his master and a band of soldiers into the heart of the enemy camp. It’s a daring challenge…one that will ultimately prove fatal for one of them…and will change the course of the other’s life.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

THE STAND: AMERICAN NIGHTMARES #3 (of 5)
Written by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA
Penciled by MIKE PERKINS
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
Variant Cover by MIKE PERKINS
Sketch Variant by LEE BERMEJO
The most harrowing chapter of Stephen King’s horror epic yet! When Larry Underwood and his new companion Rita Blakemoor decide to escape from New York, they head for the Lincoln Tunnel…little knowing that they are embarking on a nightmare journey that will unleash their deepest, darkest fears and demons, both real and imagined. Meanwhile, Harold and Frannie set off on their own great adventure–on mopeds!–and Stu Redman meets another survivor. But is he friend or foe?
32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Parental Advisory…$3.99
©2009 Stephen King. All rights reserved. Published by arrangement with The Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
This comic series is produced under license from The Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group and Stephen King.

DARK TOWER: THE FALL OF GILEAD #1 (of 6)
Written by ROBIN FURTH & PETER DAVID
Art by RICHARD ISANOVE
Cover by JAE LEE & RICHARD ISANOVE
Variant Cover by ADI GRANOV
Sketch Variant by RICHARD ISANOVE
A horrified Steven Deschain learns that the deadly seeing sphere called Maerlyn’s Grapefruit has been stolen from his chambers! Far worse, when he enters his wife’s rooms to arrest her for the theft, his son Roland is standing over her body with a gun in his hand. The youngest gunslinger has perhaps committed the most hideous crime of all!
Continuing the epic saga based on the best-selling Dark Tower novels by the master Stephen King.  It’s the first chapter in the most incredible storyline yet.
48 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Parental Advisory…$3.99
©2009 Stephen King. All rights reserved.

ANITA BLAKE:
THE LAUGHING CORPSE –
NECROMANCER #2 (of 5)
Written by LAURELL K. HAMILTON & JESSICA RUFFNER
Pencils & Cover by RON LIM
BEST SELLING AUTHOR LAURELL K. HAMILTON’S THRILLER CONTINUES!
The Laughing Corpse…it’s a scream. Anita Blake’s manhunt for a child-killer brings her to St. Louis’ newest sensation: a comedy club with a macabre twist. But if Anita’s going to get any help from the club’s new proprietor, Jean-Claude, she’ll have to survive the evening’s gruesome opening number…
32 PGS./Mature …$3.99

ENDER’S SHADOW: BATTLE SCHOOL #5 (of 5)
Creative Director
ORSON SCOTT CARD
Written by MIKE CAREY
Penciled by SEBASTIAN FIUMARA
Cover by TIMOTHY GREEN II
Sister Carlotta’s quest to understand Bean’s past brings unwelcome revelations about his future.  Meanwhile, Bean himself faces a daunting task which will finally bring him face to face with his famous rival – but will they meet as friends or as enemies?  The first chapter of Bean’s journey in Marvel’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi classic, Ender’s Shadow, reaches its conclusion here! 
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

UNIVERSAL WAR ONE –
REVELATIONS #3 (of 3)
Written by DENIS BAJRAM
Penciled by DENIS BAJRAM
Cover by DENIS BAJRAM
Adapted by PAUL BENJAMIN
The last survivors of the Purgatory squadron reach the end of their terrifying journey knowing who destroyed the Earth and why. The answers to these questions will haunt them forever. The Industrial Colonization Companies have done the unthinkable and irreparable by destroying the crib of humanity and its twenty billion inhabitants. Lost in this nightmarish future the Purgatory fleet will discover that their journey is only part of a terrifying vicious cycle. No matter what action they took, humanity was doomed. Will the first universal war ever come to an end?
48 PGS./Mature …$5.99

YTHAQ – NO ESCAPE #2 (of 3)
Written by CHRISTOPHE
ARLESTON
Pencils & Cover by ADRIEN FLOCH
The Comet’s Mist is under siege by Khengis and his army, and when the terrifying Khengis has a purpose, his methods are generous with violence and bloodshed. He wants that ship and will do whatever it takes to get it. Meanwhile Granite, locked up in isolation, tries to convince the Pacha of Dhokas’ guilt, and Narvarth is appointed superior officer and tries to get the Comet’s Mist moving to save the surviving passengers.
56 PGS./Mature …$5.99

PRIDE & PREJUDICE #2 (of 5)
Written by NANCY BUTLER
Penciled by HUGO PETRUS
Cover by DENNIS CALERO
Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously.
Two-time RITA award winner and multiple RT Reviewer’s Choice winner Nancy Butler and artist Hugo Petrus continue their adaptation of one of the greatest romantic comedies ever told!
In this issue: What is UP with that Darcy guy? Dude’s just being a jerk. Forget it, Lizzy, better to spend time with the cute military man that just rode into town…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

THE TROJAN WAR #1 (of 5)
Written by ROY THOMAS
Penciled by MIGUEL ANGEL SEPULVEDA
Cover by DENNIS CALERO
Based on the Epic Cycle and other ancient sources. This is the tale not told in The Iliad and The Odyssey of Zeus’ plans with Themis, the god of justice, to bring about the Trojan War to kill off an excess of mankind. This is a fascinating exploration of the very roots of the most famous conflict in antiquity. Brought to you by the lauded team of Roy Thomas scripter and Miguel Sepulveda responsible for the recent Illustrated adaptation of The Iliad.  This is the invaluable companion piece to those aforementioned twin pillars of Greek literature that have withstood the test of ages. Don’t miss this first issue!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #6 (of 8)
Written by ERIC SHANOWER
Pencils & Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Now that the Wicked Witch is dead, Dorothy possesses the Witch’s magic—including the Winged Monkeys. But how did the Winged Monkeys first become magical slaves? The answer involves a powerful sorceress’s love for a mortal boy and her eternal revenge for a practical joke. Then discover the dreadful truth of the Wizard of Oz’s secret identity. All Dorothy’s hopes of returning home teeter on the brink of annihilation.
32 PGS./All Ages …$3.99

ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS. HULK #6 (of 6)
Written by DAMON LINDELOF
Pencils & Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Had enough yet? Neither have we!!!
Red-hot writer Damon Lindelof (LOST) and superstar artist Leinil Francis Yu (Secret Invasion) conclude the slobberknocker of the century! With his mission a wreck and Fury hot on his trail, can Wolverine pull himself together (literally & figuratively!!) to do what he does best before Hulk pounds him into oblivion first? Don’t miss this explosive final chapter as the battle between Berserker and Behemoth goes to ELEVEN!!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

ULTIMATUM #5 (of 5)
Written by JEPH LOEB
Pencils & Cover by DAVID FINCH
Variant Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Sketch Variant by ED MCGUINNESS
Gatefold Variant by DAVID FINCH
Fallen Heroes Variant by OLIVIER COIPEL
Is this what the end of the world looks like? You better believe it!!
As only Emmy & Eisner award-winning writer Jeph Loeb and superstar artist David Finch can deliver, it’s an apocalyptic conclusion where every, and we mean EVERY, score is settled! The Ultimate heroes have faced their final judgment…and when the dust settles will they be found wanting?  If you can handle the growing body count, stick around as ALL is answered in this explosive series finale that will shock fans for years to come!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

ULTIMATUM: SPIDER-MAN REQUIEM BOOK #1 (of 2)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by MARK BAGLEY & STUART IMMONEN
Covers by STUART IMMONEN
Spider-Man has fallen and the Ultimate Universe will never be the same. Join Brian Bendis, Stuart Immonen and original series artist Mark Bagley as they begin a two-part story celebrating the heroism of your friendly neighborhood webslinger as written by none other than…J. Jonah Jameson(?!). FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN ART FROM MARK BAGLEY.
40 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

SQUADRON SUPREME #11
Written by HOWARD CHAYKIN
Pencils & Cover by
MARCO CHECCHETTO
“RAISING THE BAR!”
As if all-out war between the new and old Squadrons Supreme wasn’t bad enough…America still has to endure the normal problems…terrorism, criminal geniuses, mutated astronauts…and a rising tide of superhumanity. Okay, maybe nothing’s
normal anymore, but that doesn’t make anything any easier…
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

DESTROYER #2 (of 5)
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Pencils by CORY WALKER
Cover by JASON PEARSON
“DESTROYER,” PART 2
The clock is ticking, Destroyer’s time on this Earth is coming to an end — so his one-man mission to murder all his villains kicks into high-gear this issue.  It’s all-out, non-stop mayhem in that time-tested Destroyer fashion.  Don’t waste a bag and board — this comic comes drenched in blood!
32 PGS./Explicit Content …$3.99

PUNISHER:
FRANK CASTLE MAX #70
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Penciled by MICHEL LACOMBE
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
“SIX HOURS TO KILL, CONCLUSION”
Crime novelist Duane Swierczynski’s violently pulpy arc “Six Hours to Kill” ends here!  Frank Castle has been abducted, poisoned, beaten, shot, strangled, stabbed and quadruple-crossed in the City of Brotherly Love.  And oh, he’s got about a half hour left to live due to the slow-acting poison in his bloodstream.  Can the Punisher summon the last bit of strength he needs to unravel the conspiracy that’s torn the city apart over the past five hours…or will he be wasted away on the streets of Philadelphia?
32 PGS./Explicit Content …$3.99

TERROR, INC.: APOCALYPSE SOON #1 & 2 (of 5)
Written by DAVID LAPHAM
Penciled by KOI TURNBULL
Cover by JELENA KEVIC DJURDJEVIC
Ol’ Skullface sings again! Our charming Mr. Terror – the cursed, undead, rotting, immortal entrepreneur – is back in action! Brutally ripping off his own limbs and “borrowing” other people’s body parts comes in so very handy for the lucrative purposes of assassination, espionage, and other sticky situations. Business is truly recession-proof…but is it plague-proof? Terror better hope so when he agrees to recover a weaponized virus from Middle Eastern terrorists – just one of those odd jobs the unique Mr. Terror is so well suited for. Writer David Lapham (STRAY BULLETS) brings you another bloody,
gruesome, hilarious, ultraviolent adventure in the MAX vein, with jaw-dropping art by Koi Turnbull (FATHOM)!
32 PGS.(each)/Explicit Content …$3.99 (each)

KICK-ASS #8
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils & Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR
THIS IS IT!!! The final confrontation as KICK-ASS and HIT GIRL test their mettle. Bodies will fly and bad guys will die as the
biggest surprise hit super hero comic of the twenty-first century reaches shocking new heights! Who will live? Who will be morally outraged? MARK MILLAR (WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN) and JOHN ROMITA JR. (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) know the answers—and they hold NOTHING BACK in what’s sure to be the most talked-about single issue of the year!
32 PGS./Mature …$2.99

INCOGNITO  #5
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils & Cover by SEAN PHILLIPS
Doc Lester is the mad scientist’s mad scientist, and he may just be the only person who knows the truth about Zack Overkill and his twin brother…A truth that Zack will soon have to kill for, as all sides are closing in on him.
32 PGS./Mature Content/No Ads …$3.50