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FIRST LOOK: April 2009 Best-Selling Authors

Get a peek at THE STAND, ENDER'S GAME, ANITA BLAKE and more books from best-selling authors coming your way in April!

THE STAND: AMERICAN NIGHTMARE #2 (of 5) Written by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA Penciled by MIKE PERKINS Cover by LEE BERMEJO Variant Cover by MIKE PERKINS Sketch Variant Cover by LEE BERMEJO The dead are still dead and the living are still finding their way through this horribly altered landscape of America. Thus, it's a perfect time to-bring on the bad guys! Randall Flagg performs his first act of magic and begins his cross country journey in a souped-up Buick. And then, there's the strangest addition to the cast yet...Donald Merwin Elbert, the Trashcan Man, a pyromaniac who suddenly has no one to curb his unhealthy obsession with blowing things up. All this plus Rita suggests to Larry Underwood that they should start making their way out of New York, perhaps via...the Lincoln Tunnel! And you know what that means. 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. THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #5 (of 8) Written by ERIC SHANOWER Pencils & Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG Dorothy and her friends set out to kill the Wicked Witch of the West. Nothing can stop them, it seems, as they cut a path of carnage through the Witch's armies of wolves, crows, bees and warriors. But when the Witch sacrifices her most powerful magic to summon the Winged Monkeys, the best Dorothy can hope for is slavery-while her friends face certain destruction! The enchanted land of Oz has never been a more frightening place to be. 32 PGS./All Ages ...$3.99 PRIDE & PREJUDICE #1 (of 5) Written by NANCY BUTLER Penciled by HUGO PETRUS Cover by SONNY LIEW IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife... Tailored from the adored Jane Austen classic, Marvel Comics is proud to present PRIDE AND PREJUDICE! Two-time Rita Award-Winner Nancy Butler and fan-favorite Hugo Petras faithfully adapt the whimsical tale of Lizzy Bennet and her loveable-if-eccentric family, as they navigate through tricky British social circles. Will Lizzy's father manage to marry off her five daughters, despite his wife's incessant nagging? And will Lizzy's beautiful sister Jane marry the handsome, wealthy Mr. Bingley, or will his brooding friend Mr. Darcy stand between their happiness? "This project has been like a dream come true for me as a writer and as a former graphic designer-not only am I adapting a book I love, I am doing it in the one forum, comics, where words and pictures carry equal weight." Nancy Butler, two-time RITA winner and multiple RT Reviewer's Choice winner in Regency 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99 ANITA BLAKE: THE LAUGHING CORPSE - NECROMANCER #1 (of 5) Written by LAURELL K. HAMILTON & JESSICA RUFFNER Pencils & Cover by RON LIM Wolverine vs. Anita Blake Variant Cover by RON LIM The second chapter of best-selling author Laurell K. Hamilton's thriller begins here! Vampire hunter Anita Blake has crossed the paths of the worst St. Louis has to offer--and now they want her out of the picture for good. But Anita isn't the type of person to go down without a fight...and she's going to make sure it hurts something fierce. Find out why Comic Bulletin calls the ANITA BLAKE series "Sexy...with a wicked sense of humor." 32 PGS./Mature ...$3.99 ENDER'S GAME: BATTLE SCHOOL #5 (of 5) Creative Director ORSON SCOTT CARD Adapted by CHRISTOPHER YOST Pencils & Cover by PASQUAL FERRY The first volume of New York Times bestseller Orson Scott Card's sci-fi epic comes to its conclusion! Ender Wiggin has fought his way through countless battles, and risen in the ranks of Battle School... but as his eighth birthday passes, he's losing another battle. Ender has slipped into despair, and the teachers of Battle School know that Ender will be lost to them forever unless they do something. But how do you convince one of the deadliest children in the universe he's not a monster? It all leads to ENDER'S GAME: COMMAND SCHOOL. 32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Parental Advisory $3.99 © 2008 Orson Scott Card. All rights reserved. ENDER'S SHADOW: BATTLE SCHOOL #4 (of 5) Creative Director ORSON SCOTT CARD Written by MIKE CAREY Penciled by SEBASTIAN FIUMARA Cover by TIMOTHY GREEN II Bean has traded the streets of Rotterdam for an environment that seems even more challenging-Battle School! For the orphan named Bean, Battle School is a continuation of the war for survival that began on the streets of Rotterdam. But there's another war he's being trained to fight - against the alien race known as the Formics. And he now knows that the training includes some blatant lies about both the enemy and the campaign... 32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99 © 2008 Orson Scott Card. All rights reserved. LORDS OF AVALON: KNIGHT OF DARKNESS #6 (of 6) Written by SHERRILYN KENYON Adapted by ROBIN FURTH Art & Cover by TOMMY OHTSUKA THE THRILLING CONCLUSION TO #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR SHERRILYN KENYON'S EPIC TALE! Varian and Blaise are going up against Morgen's entire army of Adoni, with the battle coming to a head at the Slaughter Bridge. It's still unclear if the bridge's protector, the spirit of Lord Sagremor, will fight for or against Varian and his friends. Meanwhile, Merewyn is under suspicion for having betrayed Varian, Blaise and the others to Morgen, when in reality, she has made a pact with Dame Fortune that has rendered her mute, unable to defend herself! Don't miss the gripping finale of this tale of war, magic and romance! 32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99 THE ODYSSEY #8 (of 8) Written by ROY THOMAS Pencils & Cover by GREG TOCCHINI The final chapter of one of the great works of literature. Odysseus and his son Telemachus triumph over the suitors wanting his wife's hand in marriage. An overjoyed Penelope is finally convinced that this is her husband. But there is still one final act to play as the reunited couple is led by the god Hermes to the Land of the Dead to confront the spirit of Odysseus' father, Laertes. It is a gut-wrenching conclusion to the epic journey of this great Greek hero. Don't miss it. 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99 Check out the official Marvel Shop for your favorite Marvel Heroes!



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