Marvel In December 2009: X-Men & Mutants[ENGLISH Marvel tells us: Marvel Comics In December 2009, Part 2: X-Men & Mutants. Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, X-Men: Legacy, X-Factor, X-Force, Wolverine, Wolverine: Origins, Nation-X, Dark X-Men, Deadpool, Cable, X-Babies, X-Necrosha, New Mutants, X-Men Forever, Psylocke…

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X-MEN NOIR: MARK OF CAIN #1 (of 4)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Pencils & Cover by DENNIS CALERO
Variant Cover by DENNIS CALERO
« In the dark and steamy jungles of Madripoor, the flashing claws of Logan, the blazing bullets of Cyclops, and the dashing fists of the Angel met with wave after wave of beserk headhunters, all willing to protect the secrets of the Temple-Tomb of Cyttorak with their lives! The ancient treasure map of mercenary Cain Marko, with its siren-song of the priceless gigantic ruby of the fabled god-king, had lured them only into the icy claws of Death! »
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

WHAT IF? ASTONISHING X-MEN
Written by JIM MCCANN & MATTEO CASALI
Penciled by DAVID YARDIN, KAI SPANNUTH & MIKE GETTY
Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL & KAI SPANNUTH
From the pages of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s classic Astonishing X-Men run, see two titanic tales unfold: In the first, what if Ord from Breakworld brought Jean Grey back from the dead instead of Colossus? What happens when she’s reunited with the X-Men? And Emma?  And how will this change affect the entire galaxy? A story of life, death, love and loss resulting in one word that strikes fear into all: Phoenix! “WHAT IF JEAN GREY WAS RESURRECTED INSTEAD OF COLOSSUS?” by Jim McCann (NEW AVENGERS: THE REUNION) and David Yardin (X-MEN ORIGINS: GAMBIT).  In the second, when the artificial being known as Danger is out to destroy Xavier and his X-Men, someone else picks up her signal. Someone deadly they’ve never faced before… someone who’s ready to fall in love with the mutated Danger Room! “WHAT IF DANGER BECAME ULTRON’S BRIDE?”  Written by Matteo Casali with incredible art by Mike Getty! Plus a “SAY WHAT?” comedy strip by Mike Gallagher (Mad Magazine) and Dave Manak (Spy Vs. Spy).
48 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+ …$3.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN #33
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Pencils & Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
“EXOGENETIC,” PART 3
Dead mutants turned into biological weapons…genetically-reprogrammed Brood sleazoids…missing data on Henry McCoy’s research computers…the truth about what Abby Brand was trying to burn out on Cruithne.  It all adds up to an attempt to remove mutantcy from the planet Earth entirely — and the rise of the Bio-Sentinels.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

UNCANNY X-MEN #518 & #519
Written by MATT FRACTION
Penciled by TERRY DODSON
Covers by TERRY DODSON (#518) & GREG LAND (#519)
Cyclops takes a voyage into the head of Emma Frost in hopes of containing the horrifying piece of the villainous Void that has been stuck there since UTOPIA.  Can they possibly defeat the awfulness that has haunted the most powerful being in the Marvel U?  Tensions are rising on Utopia as the X-Men deal with the new members of their team and the fact that the island is…well…sinking.  And Wolverine and a classic pal take one of the craziest journies you’ve ever seen.  Parts 4 and 5 (of 8).
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$2.99 (EACH)

NATION X #1 (of 4)
Written by SIMON SPURRIER, JAMES ASMUS & SCOTT SNYDER
Penciled by DAVID LOPEZ, STEPHEN THOMPSON & MORE
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER
A mutant nation has been created on UTOPIA, off the coast of California.  But what does that mean to the X-Men?  Don’t miss the series that delves into the lives and minds of your favorite X-Characters. This issue stars Colossus, Wolverine, Nightcrawler and others!
48 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

DARK X-MEN #2 (of 5)
Written by PAUL CORNELL
Penciled by LEONARD KIRK
Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI
X-MAN, A.K.A. NATE GRAY IS BACK!  Sadly, the X-Men that he first encounters are Norman Osborn’s X-Men and they don’t like the idea of an Omega-level mutant that won’t tow the company line.  Do they have a chance of defeating X-Man?  And if they don’t, what does that mean to Osborn’s agenda?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

DEADPOOL #18
Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by PACO MEDINA
Cover by JASON PEARSON
TIE-IN TO “NATION X”
“WANT YOU TO WANT ME,” PART 3
Cyclops thought he knew how volatile, unpredictable and ultimately destructive Deadpool could be.  That’s why, rather than allowing him to enter Utopia, he instead assigned Domino to monitor the would-be X-Man’s actions in San Francisco — keep him close, but at a safe distance.  But with Deadpool, there’s no such thing as a “safe distance”…and Cyclops is about to find out that Deadpool has a plan to do something so heinous that it could destroy all of Utopia!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #898
Written by MIKE BENSON
Penciled by CARLO BARBERI
Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
“BRING ME THE HEAD OF MICKEY DOBBS”
Everyone’s favorite Merc with a Mouth hacks and wisecracks his way across the Marvel Universe in this third ongoing series featuring a new guest-star every month!  This month: the Zapata Brothers, brought to you by the creative team behind DEADPOOL: SUICIDE KINGS, Mike Benson and Carlo Barberi!  What happens when you take the Regenerating Degenerate, a couple of Mexican wrestler bounty hunters, the South American drug cartel, and a one-million dollar bounty on the head of a guy who’s already dead? You get a ride into the bowels of a Texas border town, where everyone is out for themselves…and nothing is as it seems.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

DEADPOOL:
MERC WITH A MOUTH #6
Written by VICTOR GISCHLER
Penciled by BONG DAZO
Cover by ARTHUR SUYDAM
“HEAD TRIP,” PART 6
Space, the Final Frontier.  O-ver-ra-ted.  Wade, the severed Zombie Deadpool head and Dr. Betty find themselves back on good old Earth, knee-deep in swampy goodness.  Seems like Headpool is a little homesick, and everyone agrees the zombie virus should be put safely back into its own dimension.  All they’ve got to do is find that damn dimensional portal.  Anyway, you don’t think A.I.M, is gonna give up that easy, do you?  No way.  Just because their space station got itself all blown up doesn’t mean they’re out of the game.  But wait — who’s this surprise guest star?  Is it a MAN?  Is it a THING?  Well, you see where this is going … Is this enough preview copy to get you to buy the damn book…because I can go on all night?!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

CABLE #21
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Penciled by HUMBERTO RAMOS,
LAN MEDINA & PAUL GULACY
Cover by MARKO DJURDEVIC
“HOMECOMING,” PART 1
PRELUDE TO “X-MEN: SECOND COMING” EVENT!
From the moment Cable jumped into the time stream with the infant “mutant messiah,” he’s had only one goal: keep Hope alive until she can choose her own destiny.  But now, stranded on a planet in its death throes, eating fried rat on a stick for the millionth time, Hope turns to Cable and tells him she’s ready to go home.  Thus begins “Homecoming,” the penultimate chapter in the X-Men saga that began with “Messiah CompleX.”  It’s not only zero hour for Cable and Hope, but also for the mutant hunting them, Lucas Bishop, who is rapidly running out of chances to save mutantkind and the world.  Because if Hope does make it back to the present, everything changes for the X-Men.
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

X-FORCE ANNUAL #1
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN, CRAIG KYLE & CHRISTOPHER YOST
Art by JASON PEARSON & CARLO BARBERI
Cover by JASON PEARSON
Wolverine is sent into the heart of a Hydra base alone.  His mission: like a needle in a haystack, he’s tasked with bringing in one specific Hydra agent. But why?  And what does this mission have to do with the dwindling mutant population and X-Force?
Plus, a NECROSHA BONUS FEATURE!!  The Black Queen’s forces are consuming Utopia.  The X-Men and X-Force fight for their lives.  And amid the chaos, a squad of resurrected Acolytes have come for the former White King of the Hellfire Club…Magneto.  But what they find instead is much, much worse:  DEADPOOL!  The Merc With a Mouth (and Loa) joins the fight in ‘UNDEADPOOL.’
40 pages /Parental Advisory…..3.99

X-MEN LEGACY #230
Written by MIKE CAREY & DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Pencils & Cover by DANIEL ACUÑA
It’s Rogue and Trance vs. Emplate — a villain who has single-handedly taken down teams of X-Men A-Listers.  Do they stand a chance?  We sure hope so as X-MEN LEGACY #231 is on sale two weeks later! Don’t miss the killer climax to the huge first arc of the new direction on X-MEN LEGACY! Plus, a Cable backstory!
40 PGS./Rated T+…$3.99

X-MEN LEGACY #231
Written by MIKE CAREY
Pencils by CLAY MANN
Cover by ADI GRANOV
“NECROSHA”
The NECROSHA event hits X-MEN: LEGACY!  Selene’s masterplan is clicking into place, but she got something she didn’t plan for when Destiny was brought back to life.  A major X-Villain came back with Destiny and a who’s who of X-Men are sent to Muir Island to deal with them.  Join Nightcrawler, Colossus, Psylocke, Rogue (if she makes it through #230 alive) and a new member (who’s so secret we can’t mention him here) as they dive into NECROSHA.  Part 1 (of 3)
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

X-FORCE #22
Written by CRAIG KYLE, CHRISTOPHER YOST & DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
The unthinkable happens as NECROSHA continues! Selene’s actions on Genosha have changed everything, and while the X-Men were desperate to save their species…this isn’t what they had in mind. But as the siege by dead mutants continues, things get even deadlier with the arrival of Selene’s very much ALIVE Inner Circle at the X-Men’s headquarters. With Eli Bard in tow, WITHER, MORTIS, SENYAKA and BLINK have come for one thing, and anyone who gets in their way will die. PART THREE (of SIX) PLUS – A CABLE BACKUP STORY!
40 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

NEW MUTANTS #8
Written by ZEB WELLS
Penciled by DIOGENES NEVES
Cover by ADAM KUBERT
“NECROSHA”
The New Mutants’ part in NECROSHA comes to a close here!  It’s Doug Ramsey and the Hellions vs. Sam and his crew and it ain’t looking good for our friends in the yellow and black. Part 3 (of 3)
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

X-NECROSHA: THE GATHERING
Written by CRAIG KYLE & CHRISTOPHER YOST
Art by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY, LEONARDO MANCO,
IBRAIM ROBERSON, MATEUS SANTOLOUCO & MORE
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
Selene’s Inner Circle stand revealed… Wither, Mortis, Senyaka, Eli Bard and Blink.  But what led Selene to gather some of the deadliest mutants in the world?  Why would one of the X-Men’s students join her?  Who is Mortis?  How is Blink alive?  The stories of the Black Queen’s death dealers are told in this anthology one-shot by some of today’s hottest artists!
48 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

PSYLOCKE #2 (of 4)
Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST
Penciled by HARVEY TOLIBAO
Cover by DAVID FINCH
Ninjas. Thugs. Armed bodyguards. Psylocke will cut through them all to exact her revenge upon Matsu’o—the man responsible for making her the ninja warrior that she is. Without provocation, he’s done the unthinkable. And Psylocke will ensure that he does not go unpunished.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99
S.W.O.R.D. #2
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Penciled by STEVEN SANDERS
Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Extraterrestrials are no longer welcome on Earth.  So say goodbye to Marvel Boy, Beta Ray Bill, Karolina from the Runaways and a ton of others…including Agent Brand and Lockheed!  Henry Gyrich has turned the tables on our heroine and her time as head of S.W.O.R.D. is coming to a close.
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

X-FACTOR #200
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by BING CANSINO
Cover by ESAD RIBIC
Variant Cover by DAVID YARDIN
Variant Cover by RYAN SOOK
« The Invisible Girl Has Vanished »
X-Factor has relocated back to New York, and their first client is a keeper: Franklin Richards, whose mom has disappeared and who figures that the premiere detective agency in the Marvel Universe has the best chance of finding her. Except Reed Richards doesn’t seem especially cooperative in helping them locate his missing wife. What is he hiding, and does it have anything to do with the coming Darkness? Meanwhile, Val Cooper has some bad news for Monet: Her ambassador father has been taken prisoner by terrorists, and she has less than 24 hours to find him before he winds up getting his head cut off on video.
104 PGS./New & Reprint/Rated T+ …$4.99

DARK WOLVERINE #81
Written by MARJORIE LIU
& DANIEL WAY
Penciled by
GUISSEPPE CAMMUNCOLI
Cover by BRANDON PETERSON
« A CAUTIONARY TALE »
In this standalone story, everything you thought you knew about the enigmatic Dark Avenger Daken gets turned upside-down.  Moonstone lets her curiosity—and her training as a doctor of psychology—get the better of her as she attempts to uncover what lies beneath Daken’s surface.  But when she finally gets him alone, what she finds just might kill her. A perfect place to jump on board to find out why critics are calling this series
“a must read”!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

WOLVERINE WEAPON X #8
Written by JASON AARON
Penciled by YANICK PAQUETTE
Cover by ADAM KUBERT
In the deepest darkest dungeons of the Dunwich Sanatorium, the true nature of this maddest of all madhouses is finally revealed, but will the answer come too late for Wolverine to salvage what’s left of his sanity? And just what is Dr. Rot building with all of those brains?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

WOLVERINE: UNDER THE BOARDWALK
Written by STUART MOORE
Pencils & Cover by TOMM COKER
Forty years ago, Logan spent one amazing night with a cocktail waitress — and witnessed a murder.  Now an anonymous tip summons him to Atlantic City, promising answers to a gangland mystery spanning the decades.  But as Logan slashes and claws his way toward the truth, he finds himself caught between an old flame and a fiery young woman — at least one of whom hides a deadly secret.  Written by Stuart Moore (WOLVERINE NOIR) with art by Tomm Coker. (DAREDEVIL NOIR).
40 PGS./One-Shot/Parental Advisory …$3.99

WOLVERINE ORIGINS #43
Written by DANIEL WAY
Pencils & Cover by
DOUG BRAITHWAITE
“7 The Hard Way,” Part 3
With Bruce Banner and his fearsome son Skaar onboard, and with the enigmatic X-Man Cloak apparently on his side, Wolverine’s mysterious plan to finally defeat Romulus seems to be going well…but that was before coming face to face—and blade to blade—with Kenuichio Harada, the Silver Samurai! Is he part of the plan, or the one who will completely derail it?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

X-BABIES #3 (of 4)
Written by GREGG SCHIGIEL
Penciled by JACOB CHABOT
Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Star Comic Variant Cover by
JACOB CHABOT
Top Dog arrives on the scene as the X-Babies continue their quest to take down the new bosses of Mojoworld. And if
that’s not enough, the X-Babies come face-to-face with their adorable replacements! Plus a last page that’ll…well, we don’t want to spoil it. PLUS – A Star Comics reprint!
40 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

UNCANNY X-MEN: FIRST CLASS #6
Written by SCOTT GRAY
Penciled by SCOTT KOBLISH
Cover by PAUL PELLETIER
The Knights of Hykon continue their assault! Drowning Shadow, Sleeping Mist and Bone Dancer join the battle as the X-Men struggle to survive! Nick Fury and SHIELD face total destruction! Nightcrawler enters the enemy’s lair, and makes a heart-rending discovery! But Peter Corbeau has the most shocking news of all – and it’s going to have Cyclops seeing RED! Miss it not, mutated ones!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

X-MEN FOREVER #13 & 14
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT
Pencils & Covers by TOM GRUMMETT
Join Comics Legend CHRIS CLAREMONT and original series artist TOM GRUMMETT as they continue making history in the landmark X-MEN FOREVER! The X-Men continue their adventures in RUSSIA! Reuniting with Peter Rasputin has been a bittersweet experience for Kitty Pryde: emotionally, Peter isn’t the same man she used to know. Now with the disappearance of Illyana Rasputin, Peter, Kitty, Gambit, Lil’ ‘Ro and the leader of the Russian mutant force known as the Winter Guard, the Black Widow, must use every resource to track Illyana down. For another threat lies within the innocent little girl…Dark Magik!!! Don’t miss a minute of this groundbreaking series.
32 PGS.(each)/Rated A …$3.99 (each)

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE X-MEN VOL. 8 HC
Written by STEVE ENGLEHART, LEN WEIN, CHRIS CLAREMONT,
BILL MANTLO, ROY THOMAS & TONY ISABELLA
Penciled by SAL BUSCEMA, DON HECK, HERB TRIMPE,
GIL KANE & JOHN BUSCEMA
Cover by GIL KANE
This is it! The culmination of the Silver Age legacy of Marvel’s mutant misfits, the X-Men! Closing the gap between the end of the X-Men’s original series in 1970 and the debut of the All-New, All-Different team in 1975, the Marvel Masterworks present several never-before-collected X-Men tales that set the stage for Giant-Size X-Men #1! First up: Forced underground by anti-mutant hysteria run amok, the X-Men find themselves pursued by a secret adversary that seeks to pick them off one by one. And if being on the run wasn’t tough enough, here comes Magneto! Only the combined might of the X-Men and the Avengers can prevent the Master of Magnetism from unleashing a nuclear holocaust. Then, with the X-Men’s ranks dwindling, Professor X, Cyclops and Marvel Girl head West for reinforcements, but instead bump into the Incredible Hulk and the Juggernaut. (Ouch!) Next comes the culmination of the classic Secret Empire saga, where the X-Men find they share a common enemy with Captain America and join forces with the shield-slingin’ Avenger to save the nation and rescue their mutant comrades. Then, on the eve of the X-Men’s departure to face Krakoa the Living Island, Iceman and the Human Torch team-up to battle Equinox, the Thermo-Dynamic Man—and with his team missing, Professor X must enlist the Defenders to fight a resurgent Magneto and Alpha, the Ultimate Mutant! To top it all off, we’ve also included X-Man-to-be Wolverine’s very first appearance! The ol’ Canucklehead leaps from the top-secret Weapon X program and throws down in his first famous battle with the Incredible Hulk. It’s the all-time classic that made comic book history! There’s also the debut of Madrox the Multiple Man—Chris Claremont’s first X-Man—and the Beast vs. the Griffin. This X-tra special Masterworks volume polishes off the library of every X-Fan’s dreams—completing the original adventures of Marvel’s most-famous super team! Collecting AVENGERS #110-111, INCREDIBLE HULK #172, 180 & 181, CAPTAIN AMERICA #172-175, MARVEL TEAM-UP #23 & 38, DEFENDERS #15-16 and GIANT-SIZE FANTASTIC FOUR #4, plus the rare covers to X-MEN #81-93.
304 PGS./All Ages …$54.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4222-5
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE X-MEN VOL. 8 HC — VARIANT EDITION VOL. 134
304 PGS./All Ages …$54.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4223-2

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 2 TPB
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT & BILL MANTLO
Penciled by DAVE COCKRUM, JOHN BYRNE, BOB BROWN
& TONY DEZUNIGA
Cover by DAVE COCKRUM & DEAN WHITE
Setting a new standard for Marvel super heroes wasn’t enough for mssrs. Claremont and Cockrum. In their second Marvel Masterworks outing with the Uncanny X-Men they aren’t just aiming for All-New and All-Different, they’re shooting for the stars! But before they can reach those heights Jean Grey must fall from the heavens in order to save her teammates’ lives—and to reemerge from the ashes as The Phoenix! And though they may have saved one of their own, the X-Men must next face a fight from within the family. The Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy drive the Children of Atom to the edge of disaster, pushing Storm into the depths of childhood horrors and testing the mettle of Colossus and Wolverine to their utmost. And then, with the X-Men at their seeming breaking point, comes the return of Magneto! Then it’s off to the stars and to the Shi’ar empire to meet the Starjammers, Lilandra, Deathbird, and the Imperial Guard, not to mention a certain artist named John Byrne! Also featuring the first appearance of Weapon Alpha, the cornerstone of both Alpha Flight and Wolverine’s storied past in Weapon X, and a baseball game so wild it could only be the X-Men – this second volume of Uncanny Masterworks extends the dynamic legacy of Marvel’s merry mutants! Collecting X-MEN #101-110.
192 PGS./All Ages …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3704-7
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 2 TPB — VARIANT EDITION VOL. 12
192 PGS./All Ages …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3705-4

ESSENTIAL X-FACTOR VOL. 3 TPB
Written by LOUISE SIMONSON, CHRIS CLAREMONT & KIERON DWYER
Penciled by WALTER SIMONSON, MARC SILVESTRI, ROB LIEFELD, ARTHUR ADAMS, PAUL SMITH & KIERON DWYER
Cover by ROB LIEFELD & TODD MCFARLANE
One’s married to his ex-girlfriend’s clone, the other’s fighting a monster possessing HIS ex-girlfriend! True love has never run smoothly for either Summers Brother, but at least X-Factor’s adventures make for an interesting babyhood for the infant
eventually to be known as Cable! Demons, cyborgs, trolls, aliens and, of course, the Terrors of the Eighties, Mr. Sinister’s
Marauders! Featuring the X-Men, New Mutants, the X-Terminators and Freedom Force! Collecting X-FACTOR #36-50 and
UNCANNY X-MEN #239-243.
536 PGS./All Ages …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3078-9