ULTIMATE ORIGINS #5 (of 5)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by BUTCH GUICE
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO & DEAN WHITE
50/50  Variant Cover by ALEX MALEEV
It all comes together in this climactic issue as we follow the twisted paths of Bruce Banner and Nick Fury as they approach their destinies. And at last–the Watchers speak! And what they have to say about the uncertain future of the Ultimate Universe is utterly terrifying. You must not miss this one!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #127
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by STUART IMMONEN
Carnage versus Venom for all the marbles! It’s the big conclusion to the War of the Symbiotes as Eddie Brock returns to Midtown High after months away. He seeks out Peter Parker and demands that Peter either help him find the Venom symbiote that once was grafted to him or Peter’s secret identity will be revealed. Who should show up at his doorstep but a very much alive blast from Peter’s past !
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #3
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover by MARK BROOKS & RICHARD ISANOVE
The relationship between Peter Parker and Mary Jane is one of the most iconic and popular romances in all of comics — and in this very special issue by series writer Brian Michael Bendis (SECRET INVASION), and red-hot artist David Lafuente [HELLCAT], that relationship delves into an area never before seen in any Spider-Man comic! Destined to be one of the most controversial issues of the year!
48 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

ULTIMATE CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #1
Written by JEPH LOEB
Penciled by JOHN ROMITA, JR.
Cover by BRANDON PETERSON
Who is the Black Panther? If you think you know, you haven’t spent enough time in the Ultimate U! What secrets from his past cross into Captain America’s origin? What deal did they make that will throw Cap’s loyalty to the Ultimates into question? Superstar Jeph Loeb brings legendary artist JRJR back to the Ultimate Universe! Guest-starring the Ultimates!
48 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

ULTIMATE HULK ANNUAL #1
Written by JEPH LOEB
Pencils by MARKO DJURDJEVIC & ED MCGUINNESS
Cover by BRANDON PETERSON
It’s the Ultimate Road Trip of the Year!  The HULK and Zarda – a.k.a. Power Princess from the Squadron Supreme – team-up for the most wild cross-country smash-and-grab you can imagine!  Guest-starring Captain America! Join the red-hot team of Jeph Loeb (HULK) and Marko Djurdjevic (THOR) as the mayhem breaks out as only it can in the Ultimate Universe!
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MARVEL SPOTLIGHT: ULTIMATUM
Written by JOHN RHETT THOMAS
« For what they’ve done…they must pay the ULTIMATE price… »
Spingboarding from the pages of ULTIMATES 3 and ULTIMATE POWER, Jeph Loeb and David Finch’s ULTIMATUM is a six-part series that will change the Ultimate Universe in ways as definitively as the Marvel Universe’s CIVIL WAR or the X-Men’s MESSIAH COMPLEX. MARVEL SPOTLIGHT checks in with the series’ principal creators and takes readers inside the universe that changed the rules for comics in the 21st century — and figures out how those rules are going to be rewritten! The end is here, and so is SPOTLIGHT!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

MARCH ON ULTIMATUM SAGA
Written by STUART VANDAL
Cover by DAVID FINCH
The end of the Ultimate Universe is nigh— now, see how it all began! This handy primer reaches
all the way back to ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 and ULTIMATE X-MEN #1— with stops along the way for ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR; THE ULTIMATES 1, 2 and 3; ULTIMATE ORIGINS; the ULTIMATE ANNUALS; and more — recapping all the key beats leading up to the ULTIMATUM event!
32 PGS./Rated T+
*RETAILERS will receive one free copy for every copy of SECRET INVASION #2 (MAR082203, shipped 5/7/08) ordered. Please note that this will be shipped in bundles of 25 and allotted by dividing SECRET INVASION #2 orders by 25 and rounding up to the nearest bundle. In addition, retailers may order further bundles at a cost of $6.25 per 25 issue bundle.  See the order form for ordering information.

ENDER’S GAME: FIRST SERIES #1 (of 5)
Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST
Pencils & Cover by PASQUAL FERRY
Variant Cover by TBA
Sketch Variant Cover by TBA
There’s a war coming.  The same aliens who almost destroyed Earth once are coming back to get the whole job done this time.  But we aren’t going to just sit and die.  The international military is taking our best and brightest to mold them into the finest
military minds ever—and they’re taking them young.  8-year-old Ender Wiggin is the best they’ve ever found.  Can he save the Earth?  Can he survive Battle School and the game that they will force him to play?  The legendary sci-fi epic by New York Times Bestseller Orson Scott Card comes to comics!  Join hot writer Christopher Yost (X-FORCE) and superstar Pasqual Ferry
(ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, ULTIMATE IRON MAN) as they tell one of the greatest science fiction story of all time.
32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Parental Advisory …$3.99
© 2008 Orson Scott Card. All rights reserved.

THE STAND: CAPTAIN TRIPS #2 (of 5)
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Penciled by Mike Perkins
Cover by LEE BERMEJO & LAURA MARTIN
Variant Cover by MIKE PERKINS & LAURA MARTIN
Sketch Variant Cover by LEE BERMEJO
Stephen King’s horror epic continues in this issue as the unseen killer, the super-flu Captain Trips, spreads across the entire country, a tide of disease and death. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, in the Center for Disease Control, the US government has taken a keen interest in Stuart Redman, who seems to be the only person immune to the Captain Trips infection. They are determined to find out why–with or without Stu’s cooperation. And what do the recurring nightmares Stu’s been having–about a dark man with red eyes standing in a cornfield–mean? Plus: Frannie Goldsmith and her father! Larry Underwood in New York! And Nick Andros takes a wrong turn in Shoyo, Arkansas!�
32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Parental Advisory…$3.99
©2008 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: TREACHERY #2 (of 5)
Written by PETER DAVID & ROBIN FURTH
Penciled by JAE LEE & RICHARD ISANOVE
With the battle between the evil John Farson’s Big Coffin Hunters and Steven Deschain and his gunslingers finally over, the true death toll is revealed. Will Roland’s father be among the dead? Meanwhile, in Gilead, as Roland suffers from the after-effects of his multiple encounters with Maerlyn’s Grapefruit, his ka-tet desperately requires his presence at the all-important coming-of-age feast the next night, or the consequences will be dire. Worse still, Cort, the gunslingers’ mentor, has chosen his niece, Aileen, to become the betrothed of young Roland…and Cort rarely takes no for an answer
40 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Parental Advisory…$3.99
©2008 Stephen King. All rights reserved.

ANITA BLAKE, VAMPIRE HUNTER:
THE LAUGHING CORPSE BOOK ONE #1 (of 5)
Written by LAURELL K. HAMILTON
Adapted by JESSICA RUFFNER
Pencils & Cover by RON LIM
Monkey Variant Cover by RON LIM
Anita Blake is back in the second volume of Marvel’s comic adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton’s bestselling series of novels! What would you do for a million dollars? Would you resurrect a two and one half century old corpse?  Harold Gaynor poses just that question to Animator and part-time vampire hunter, Anita Blake…  Plus, some crime scenes are even too horrible for a vampire slayer… and the worse they are, the more questions they raise.
32 PGS./Mature Content …$3.99

SAMURAI: LEGEND #2 (of 4)
Written by JEAN-FRANCOIS DI GIORGIO
Pencils & Cover by FRÉDÉRIC GENÊT
Adapted by JAKE FORBES
The European best-seller – now finally presented in English! Writer Jean-Francois Di Giorgio and artist Frédéric Genêt
tap into the rich mythology of the noble Samurai, creating a nuanced look at the fabled Japanese warriors in a captivating story filled with emotion and elegant artwork! On the borders of Japan, a terrible plot is being prepared: General Akuma seems bent on betraying the Emperor despite a mysterious secret that binds them. Meanwhile, Takeo the Samurai continues his quest
to obtain the treasure from the XIIIth prophet’s vault and foil Akuma’s destructive plans. But there are many obstacles in his way: Akanobu — the mountain of the seven sources, whose rare visitors are never seen again — and the terrifying Shadow Sisters. Fear sets in. And it would be easier if Natsumi wasn’t by their side — Natsumi, on whose shoulders could lay the destiny of the kingdom.
56 PGS./Rated T+ …$5.99
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MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: THE ODYSSEY #2 (of 8)
Written by ROY THOMAS (BASED ON THE EPIC POEM BY HOMER)
Pencils & Cover by GREG TOCCHINI
Now that the battle of Troy is over, Odysseus and his men want only to return to their homes and families. With the aid of goddess Athena, Odysseus reaches the island of Scheria, but soon sets sail again as homesickness overtakes him. With his sights set only on his home, the brave Achaean has neglected one thing–the dread vengeance of the sea god Poseidon!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: THE THREE MUSKETEERS #5 (of 6)
Written by ROY THOMAS (BASED ON THE NOVEL BY ALEXANDRE DUMAS)
Penciled by HUGO PETRUS
Cover by GERALD PAREL
The penultimate chapter in Dumas’ great saga. King Louis is bored with the siege of La Rochelle and is escorted by the Musketeers to Paris. But grave danger awaits there as the evil Cardinal Richelieu himself targets Queen Anne’s lady-in-waiting, Constance, using none other than the cruel and deadly Milady!
32 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

DEAD OF NIGHT FEATURING DEVIL-SLAYER #2 (of 4)
Written by BRIAN KEENE
Art by CHRIS SAMNEE
Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
In the aftermath of a terrifying firefight, the new Devil-Slayer finds himself on the run in Iraq, hiding from friend and foe alike. Now, unsure who he can trust, Danny Sylva must unravel the conspiracy surrounding the Bloodstone Group and solve the mystery of Operation: Xenogenesis. And if he doesn’t, his life — and the life of everyone on the planet — may be forfeit. Written by award-winning horror novelist Brian Keene and illustrated by Chris Samnee (DAREDEVIL: BLOOD OF THE TARANTULA)!
32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Explicit Content …$3.99

FOOLKILLER: WHITE ANGELS #4 (of 5)
Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Penciled by PAUL AZACETA
Cover by TOMM COKER
“GOOD NIGHT, MOON”
Just when the Foolkiller and the Punisher appear to have the upper hand in their war with the vicious hate-crime organization known as the White Angels, another player steps onto the field. Sickle Moon — 98 pounds of bad, bad news.
32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Explicit Content …$3.99

PUNISHER #63
Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Penciled by LAURENCE CAMPBELL
Cover by  DAVE JOHNSON
“GIRLS IN WHITE DRESSES, PART 3: SHE IS DEAD”
The first of three story arcs written by three of the hottest writers in crime fictions start here! Best-selling crime novelist Gregg Hurwitz (The Kill Clause, The Crime Writer) and Laurence Campbell (PUNISHER ANNUAL: THE HUNTED) bring you a tale of death, depravity and revenge south of the border. A little girl dead.  By his hand.  A line the Punisher swore he’d never cross.  Now the hooded men who have been preying on the little Mexican town have something more to worry about.  Frank Castle has never had less to lose…or more pain to dole out.
32 PGS./Explicit Content …$2.99

CRIMINAL #7
By Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS AS THIS BAD NIGHT COMES TO ITS THUNDERING END!**
The conclusion of “Bad Night” spins a deadly web of lies and murder, as CRIMINAL’s new expanded format keeps the hits coming!
What’s left of Jacob K.’s life has been ripped apart by a chance meeting on one bad night. But when all the things he’s been running from come to the surface, we may just learn the Jacob himself is much more than what he seems.
And on top of this longer-than-usual length main story, CRIMINAL now features an expanded back-pages section, as well – with articles by Brubaker and other top crime writers, from novelists to screenwriters to comic writers. These noir articles can only be found in the CRIMINAL comics, not in any collections.
40PGS/Mature Content/No Ads… $3.50