TRUE BELIEVER ALERT 9-28-2005

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Runaways Roadtrip Collides with New Avengers

The Runaways are taking a road trip to New York City and who else but the Earth's mightiest heroes, the New Avengers, are there to welcome them.

In Runaways #9, the teenage would-be heroes cross paths with the new team of Avengers. But will the Runaways, who could one day become Avengers themselves, look up to them as role-models or are they just another group of adults not to be trusted?

The New Avengers are not the only New York super-team that the Runaways come across as they also cross paths with Cloak and Dagger once again. This time however, Cloak is a wanted man who has every hero in the city after him for a crime that he did not commit.

With the entire city bearing down on him, Cloak is forced to turn to the Runaways to help clear his name. After the loss of a teammate last issue, are the Runaways up to the task of clearing Cloak's name?

The "East Coast/West Coast" storyline features the return of Adrian Alphona, incredible penciler and co-creator of Runaways. Runaways #9 is also the beginning of a brand new arc for the Runaways that finds them in new territory, traipsing their way through familiar parts of the Marvel Universe. And, the current teen team supreme meets the original great teen superhero…Spider-Man!

RUNAWAYS #9 (AUG051926)
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Penciled by ADRIAN ALPHONA
Cover by JO CHEN
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99
FOC – 9/29, On Sale – 10/19/2005



Nick Fury's Howling Commandos,
Monster Agents of…S.H.I.E.L.D.?

What does Nick Fury do when S.H.I.E.L.D is in trouble and faced with a supernatural threat to humanity? Why, he fights fire with fire. Or in this instance, he fights monsters with monsters.

Nick Fury's Howling Commandos showcases a secret division of S.H.I.E.L.D. used for covert "shock and awe" missions. And what inspires "shock and awe" more so than a battalion of Marvel monsters.

"If you love Marvel's monsters, Nick Fury's Howling Commandos is the book you've been waiting for," says editor Mark Paniccia. "These are the guys that fight the underground war that many super heroes aren't even aware of. And just about every Marvel Monster is involved, from new characters like Warwolf and Nina Price (Vampire by Night) to old classics like Groot and Gorgalla."

Paniccia is thrilled at the craziness writer Keith Giffen and artist Eduardo Fransisco continue to pump out in this series. "Keith's running wild with this book and Eduardo Fransisco's art has to be seen to be believed," reveals Paniccia.

Made up of Warwolf, the Living Mummy, Frankenstein, the Zombie, Vampire by Night, and others, Nick Fury's Howling Commandos exist to take down supernatural threats to the world. Be sure to check out this monster mash of a squad in Nick Fury's Howling Commandos #1.

NICK FURY'S HOWLING COMMANDOS #1 (AUG051889)
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Pencils and Cover by EDU FRANCISCO
32 PGS/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99
FOC – 9/29, On Sale – 10/19/2005


FF Uncover the Tomb of Namor in Ultimate Fantastic Four #24

After having crossed over to a parallel Earth overrun by zombies, the Ultimate Fantastic Four have no time to relax as they find themselves face to face with a threat from the depths of the sea.

When the tomb of Namor is disturbed, an ancient threat returns to take over the planet. And guess what, this is not your father's Namor.
"In this arc we see the appearance of Ultimate Namor for the first time!" says editor Ralph Macchio. "And, we learn how truly dissimilar he is to the mainstream Sub-Mariner. We'll be digging deep into the mythology of the Ultimate Universe here."

Learn the ties between Atlantis, the Inhumans, and other super-races that populated the Earth before man. Another piece of the history of the Ultimate Universe is revealed and it's like nothing you have ever seen before.

"As the readers will see, we've only scratched the surface of what this crazy cosmos is all about," explains Macchio. "And Ultimate F.F. is the perfect place to do our exploring. Enjoy!"

And just what secret from the Storm family's past may have deadly consequences for the Fantastic Four?

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #24 ( AUG051890)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils and Cover by GREG LAND
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50
FOC – 9/29, On Sale – 10/19/2005


Halloween Mischief with X-Men and Power Pack

Power Pack returns and this Halloween, their candy is going to be replaced by claws.

In X-Men and Power Pack #1, a savage foe threatens to ruin the Powers children's Halloween, but can even the X-Man Wolverine save Halloween? Wolverine is the first X-Men guest star in this super-powered mini-series that finds Power Pack cross over into the world of the X-Men, including taking on some of their fearsome foes.

"I had a great time working on this spring's Power Pack limited series, and the chance to reunite with the ultra-talented artists of GuriHiru, editor MacKenzie Cadenhead -- and, of course, Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie Power -- for another batch of tales is a dream come true," says writer Marc Sumerak.

"When you add the fact that we get to bring some of our favorite X-Men into the mix, there's no way I could have turned down this gig! With a different X-MEN headliner each issue, all four of these self-contained team-ups give the Power kids a chance to explore the different corners of Marvel's mutant universe... both the good and the bad. I think X-fans everywhere will really be happy with the line-up of heroes and villains we have in store for this series!" Sumerak teases.

"If you read our first Power Pack limited series earlier this year," says Sumerak, "you've already gotten a taste of the action, adventure, humor and heart that these sibling super heroes share. And if you haven't joined the Pack yet, now's your chance, bub!"

X-MEN AND POWER PACK #1 (of 4) (AUG051946)
Written by MARC SUMERAK
Pencils and Cover by GURIHIRU
32 PGS./ALL AGES ...$2.99
FOC – 9/29, On Sale – 10/19/2005





Also on sale:

POWER PACK DIGEST (0785117369)
Written by MARC SUMERAK
Penciled by GURIHIRU
Cover by GURIHIRU
96 PGS./All Ages …$6.99
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