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The Marvel Watch List

The Marvel Watch List 3/20/09

6 must-read Marvel stories

Welcome to the third installment of the Marvel Watch list, we focus again on the Marvel titles that were fortunate enough to land on the New York Time's first ever Graphic Novels Best Seller List. Marvel would like to congratulate the six teams of creators whose work made their historic debut. Marvel's titles had an impressive showing on both the hardcover and softcover lists. Below are the details on how you can catch up.


SPIDER-MAN: CRIME AND PUNISHER PREMIERE HC...$ 19.99 WRITERS: Marc Guggenheim, Joe Kelly, Zeb Wells ARTISTS: Barry Kitson, Chris Bachalo, Paolo Rivera WHATEVER HAPPENED TO FLASH THOMPSON? A powerful story taking Peter Parker's former nemesis and Spider-Man's biggest fan from the avenues of New York to the war torn Middle East along with his fellow brothers in the U.S. Army. And then, as the Mayoral election ramps up, gang activity is at an all time high...and Mr. Negative's newest enforcer, HAMMERHEAD, works to bring all the gangs under one banner...or else. With some of the kids from Aunt May's F.E.A.S.T. center caught in the crossfire, Spidey stands up to his old foe...but Hammerhead's got some new tricks and even Spider-Man can't stop him this time. Plus, it's a good old-fashioned Spider-Man/Punisher punch-up-a-palooza! What's Punisher want with a mysterious, power-enhancing serum? What does MOSES MAGNUM have to do with it? And why is Peter Parker DRIVING A CAB?! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #574-577 and material from SPIDER-MAN: BRAND NEW DAY - EXTRA!! #1. Rated A ...$ 19.99 ISBN: 978-0-7851-3393-3 Diamond Code: DEC082425


KABUKI: THE ALCHEMY HC...$29.99 WRITER: David Mack ARTIST: David Mack Collecting all nine issues of the acclaimed, Eisner Award-nominated KABUKI: THE ALCHEMY series from Marvel's creator-owned Icon imprint - for the first time ever! Readers have been waiting to get the newest KABUKI story in collected form, and this prestige hardcover delivers with loads of extras - including the never-before-seen original ending sequence cut from the single issues, new pages of art, new design pages, a commentary by the author, a "best of" letters column and more! A whopping 320 pages, this high-end hardcover features an embossed cover, watermarked end papers, a book mark, a dust jacket with all-new cover art and an introduction by Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk. Rated T+ ...$29.99 ISBN: 978-0-7851-3249-3 Diamond Code: APR082337


PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL VOL. 5: SECRET INVASION PREMIERE HC...$19.99 WRITERS: Matt Fraction, Rick Remender, Simon Spurrier ARTISTS: Howard Chaykin, Werther Dell'Edera With an alien armada laying the world to waste, Stuart RAMPAGE Clarke decides to make his move. Skrull Armageddon is just a backdrop for his ultimate revenge- against Tony Stark, against S.H.I.E.L.D., and against anyone that ever stood in his way. And what about Frank Castle? Where does THE PUNISHER fit into Clarke's plans? It's the end of the world as we know it- time to cross some names off the old enemies list. Then, take a trip to the Helter Skelter Club - psychedelic hangout of every costumed wannabe, z-list villain and spandex tryhard in NYC. Its retro-tastic owner - Captain Pepper - has been up to his paisley-print elbows in bad business, but now he's caught the attention of one decidedly ungroovy vigilante. Collecting PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #24-26 and PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL ANNUAL #1. Parental Advisory...$19.99 ISBN: 978-0-7851-3148-9 Diamond Code: DEC082428


FANTASTIC FOUR: WORLD'S GREATEST TPB...$19.99 WRITER: Mark Millar ARTIST: Bryan Hitch Marvel's First Family meets Millar and Hitch! When one of the world's greatest writers teams up with one of the world's greatest artists, the result is the truly World's Greatest Comic Magazine! Following their epic successes with ULTIMATES and ULTIMATES 2, Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch reunite to forge a new future for the Fantastic Four! Taking their cue from the wild-eyed, creative abandon of the classic Lee/Kirby years, Millar and Hitch make the book decisively their own! First up is the return of Reed Richards' old flame, Alyssa Moy, with news of worldwide calamity that only Mister Fantastic can help divert - but what if the price is his marriage to Sue? Next, the Defenders are back and barraging New York with high-velocity attacks. This mysterious group of heavies has taken out Doctor Doom and Johnny Storm - and that's not even their biggest surprise! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR #554-561. Rated T+... $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-7851-2555-6 Diamond Code: NOV082465


SECRET INVASION: NEW WARRIORS TPB...$24.99 WRITER: Kevin Grevioux ARTISTS: Koi Turnbull, Reilly Brown Skrulls. Shape-changing aliens who have invaded Earth. Impersonating and replacing your friends and family. Maybe even taking the place of a brother. When an army of Skrulls arrives in Manhattan, Donyell Taylor asks: Was the Night Thrasher who died in Stamford, Connecticut really his brother? Or could it have been a Skrull? Desperate to find out if his brother is alive, Donyell rushes off to investigate. Little does he know, some familiar faces might be launching an investigation of their own. One that puts them on a collision course with their former teammate. From the pages of AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE, enter: Counter Force! Collecting NEW WARRIORS #14-20. Rated T+ ...$24.99 ISBN: 978-0-7851-2971-4 Diamond Code: DEC082456


WOLVERINE: ORIGIN TPB...$16.99 WRITERS: Bill Jemas, Paul Jenkins, Joe Quesada ARTIST: Adam Kubert Marvel's best-kept mutant mystery revealed! Before the X-Men, before Weapon X, Wolverine's struggle with his subconscious savagery first flourished in family tragedy. Some of Marvel's most acclaimed creators unite to tell the tale that shaped mutantdom's mightiest misfit. Collecting ORIGIN #1-6. Rated T+ ...$16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7851-3727-6 Diamond Code: DEC082436 Check out the official Marvel Shop for the best mighty Marvel merchandise! Download episodes of X-Men: Evolutionicon now on iTunes!



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