Marvel Comics Shipping December 28, 2007

Fri, December 21st, 2007 at 12:00am PST

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CBR News Team, Editor

Marvel Comics has provided CBR News with advance looks at new comics shipping next week -- Friday, December 28, 2007 -- to comics stores everywhere. When you're done checking out these exciting previews for "Avengers: The Initiative" #8, "Daredevil" #103, "Giant-Size Avengers" #1, "House of M: Avengers" #3, "Iron Man" #24, "Marvel Zombies 2" #3, "Punisher" #53, "Thor" #5 and "X-Men: Emperor Vulcan" #4, don't forget to stop by CBR's Marvel Comics forum to discuss these titles with fellow readers.

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AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #8

COVER BY: STEFANO CASELLI

WRITER: DAN SLOTT

PENCILS: STEFANO CASELLI

INKS: STEFANO CASELLI

COLORED BY: DANIELE RUDONI

LETTERED BY: VC - TBD

THE STORY:

"Fresh Meat"

Training is almost over for our cadets. Some will graduate. Some will washout. And, yes, some WILL die! It all starts here, in the Initiative's biggest story to date! And with the clock ticking on the first class of recruits, get ready to meet the next batch! Including new Marvels, old Marvels, at least one SKRULL, and...THE IRREDEEMABLE GIANT-MAN? Also, with the Gauntlet out of commission, just wait until you meet Camp Hammond's new Drill Instructor... he's a real Taskmaster!

32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

DAREDEVIL #103
COVER BY: MARKO DJURDJEVIC

WRITER: ED BRUBAKER

PENCILS: MICHAEL LARK

INKS: STEFANO GAUDIANO

COLORED BY: MATT HOLLINGSWORTH

LETTERED BY: CHRIS ELIOPOULOS

THE STORY:

Daredevil tears Hell's Kitchen apart searching for Mr. Fear, the only man who can stop his wife from going insane, while the Hood's minions fight Fear's people for control of the neighborhood. By Eisner-winning Best Writer Ed Brubaker with art by the acclaimed team of Michael Lark and Stefano Gaudiano.

Rated T+ ...$2.99

GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS SPECIAL #1
COVER BY: BRYAN HITCH

WRITER: MATT YOCUM

C.B. CEBULSKI

DANIEL MERLIN GOODBREY

DOUGLAS NOBLE

T. CAMPBELL

SCOTT GRAY

PENCILS: PAUL NEARY

BRIAN DENHAM

DENIS MEDRI

ROGER LANGRIDGE

NELSON

INKS: PAUL NEARY

LETTERED BY: DAVE SHARPE

THE STORY:

As the Avengers battle to take down the Serpent Society, the team recalls never-before-told tales of their past! Watch as: Spider-Man tries to integrate into a team and learns a thing or two about history, Luke Cage and Wolverine go toe-to-toe against a terrifying cosmic foe, Henry Peter Gyrich becomes an unlikely hero on an unlikely world, and Jarvis the butler cleans house...after some robot Vikings drop by unexpectedly. On top of all that-it's the return of the critically-acclaimed Fin Fang Four by Scott Grey and Roger Langridge! That's 55 pages of all-new comics, PLUS classic reprints from Avengers history!

Rated A ...$4.99

HOUSE OF M: AVENGERS #3
COVER BY: MIKE PERKINS

WRITER: CHRISTOS GAGE

PENCILS: MIKE PERKINS

INKS: MIKE PERKINS

COLORED BY: LAURA MARTIN

LETTERED BY: VC - RUS WOOTON

THE STORY:

The secret history of the House of M universe continues as Luke Cage's Avengers battle Shang-Chi's Dragons...Officer Misty Knight inflitrates the Avengers to take them down from within...and Thunderbird's FBI task force, The Brotherhood, recruits a new Sapien member: ex-Marine Frank Castle, aka The Punisher! And tragedy strikes as an Avenger heads toward death!

Rated T+ ...$2.99

IRON MAN #24
COVER BY: GERALD PAREL

WRITER: DANIEL KNAUF

CHARLIE KNAUF

PENCILS: BUTCH GUICE

INKS: BUTCH GUICE

COLORED BY: DEAN WHITE

LETTERED BY: VC - JOSEPH CARAMAGNA

THE STORY:

"Haunted"

The mystery of "Haunted" continues as Tony Stark, burdened by the ghosts of his past, journeys back to Omaha to get the answers he isn't supposed to be searching for. Despite the warnings of Doc Samson and the opposition of corrupt government officials Norman Osborn and Jack Kooning, Tony has chosen to pursue the unexplainable actions of Gadget, and why it seems there is a connection between her death and those of several other seemingly disconnected people. Meanwhile, the manipulative and power-mad Mandarin is on the verge of unleashing the Extremis pandemic across the world, ready to cause the irreversible outbreak that will grant millions of people uncontrollable powers. All that stands in the way of Mandarin's immeasurable chaos is Tony Stark, now armed in his classic iron suit and ready to battle both his demons and his greatest nemesis! Part 4.

32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99

MARVEL ZOMBIES 2 #3
COVER BY: ARTHUR SUYDAM

WRITER: ROBERT KIRKMAN

PENCILS: SEAN PHILLIPS

INKS: SEAN PHILLIPS

COLORED BY: JUNE CHUNG

LETTERED BY: VC - RANDY GENTILE

THE STORY:

The sequel to last year's smash hit continues! The Zombies have arrived back on Earth, but their stay on our world may be brief, because the living dead are at each others throats - literally! It's zombie vs. zombie in an all-out war - fighting over the last scraps in the universe! The returning creative team of writer Robert Kirkman, artist Sean Phillips and cover artist Arthur Suydam say "Bon appetite!"

Parental Advisory ...$2.99

PUNISHER #53
COVER BY: TIM BRADSTREET

WRITER: GARTH ENNIS

PENCILS: GORAN PARLOV

INKS: GORAN PARLOV

COLORED BY: DAN BROWN

LETTERED BY: CORY PETIT

THE STORY:

"LONG COLD DARK," PART 4

Her name is Sarah, and she's the only thing that's good and pure in Frank Castle's life. The problem? Barracuda's got her - and payback is on his mind. He's bigger, stronger, faster, and more ruthless than his nemesis. But Franks' got one thing that Barracuda doesn't.

Explicit Content ...$2.99

THOR #5
COVER BY: OLIVIER COIPEL

WRITER: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

PENCILS: OLIVIER COIPEL

INKS: MARK MORALES

COLORED BY: LAURA MARTIN

LETTERED BY: CHRIS ELIOPOULOS

THE STORY:

Thor has searched far and wide for his Asgardian brethren, seeking each of them out across the length and breadth of these United States...but he was never prepared for what he finds next! But alas, where there is Thor, there must also be...

Rated T+ ...$2.99

X-MEN: EMPEROR VULCAN #4

COVER BY: BILLY TAN

WRITER: CHRISTOPHER YOST

PENCILS: PACO DIAZ LUQUE

INKS: VICENTE CIFUENTES

COLORED BY: BRIAN REBER

LETTERED BY: VC - JOSEPH CARAMAGNA

THE STORY:

It's super-powered space warfare as Polaris leads the Starjammers and the Imperial Guard into battle, while Havok and Vulcan face off against a villain who is way out of their league. And will Marvel Girl's personal vendetta against the Shi'Ar cause her to do the unthinkable? It's the penultimate chapter as the situation goes from "horrible" to "end of all that is."

Rated T+ ...$2.99

 
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