Marvel's "Dark Reign" Solicitations

Fri, December 5th, 2008 at 7:39am PST | Updated: December 5th, 2008 at 7:44am

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Marvel Comics has release has provided CBR News with solicitations and cover images, previously classified, for "Dark Reign" related comics coming out later this month and through February, 2009. Discuss these solicitations here on CBR's Marvel Comics forum and share with fellow fans what titles spark your interest.

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SECRET INVASION: REQUIEM
Written by DAN SLOTT
Pencils & Cover by KHOI PHAM
An important stepping stone to the big shake-up in MIGHTY AVENGERS by the new creative team of Dan Slott and Khoi Pham, featuring a new name and identity for one of Marvel's classic characters! In this 8-page story after the tragic events of SECRET INVASION #8, two of Earth's mightiest heroes reflect on the life and times of a fallen comrade.
Plus over 40 pages reprinting two classic tales from Marvel’s Silver and Bronze ages: the Wasp’s first appearance (TALES TO ASTONISH #44) and the infamous Hank-hitting-Jan story (AVENGERS #213) — presented with all-new, modern coloring.
64 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 12/4, On-Sale – 12/24

SECRET INVASION: DARK REIGN
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by ALEX MALEEV
Variant Cover by BRYAN HITCH
The Invasion is over!! There are winners and there are losers and in this major one-shot from the Eisner award-winning team of Bendis and Maleev, (New Avengers: Illuminati, Civil War: The Confession) the stage is set for the next major era in Marvel Comics. Hold onto your beenies, boys, because you have NEVER seen your universe turned upside down like this!!
48 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 12/4, On-Sale – 12/24

DARK REIGN: NEW NATION
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, JONATHAN HICKMAN, JEFF PARKER, GREG PAK, JIM MCCANN & ADAM FELBER
Penciled by STEFANO CASELLI, CARLO PAGUYLAN, LEONARDO MANCO, DAVID LOPEZ, & PAULO SIQUEIRA
Cover by DANIEL ACUÑA
The Invasion is over, and the shape of the world has changed, with new and returning players now center stage. Get the lowdown on the SECRET WARRIORS, the AGENTS OF ATLAS, WAR MACHINE, RONIN & MOCKINGBIRD, and the SKRULL KILL KREW, and learn how they fit into this brave new world in all-new stories setting up their upcoming titles.
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 11/27, On-Sale – 12/17

NEW AVENGERS #48
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by BILLY TAN
The Invasion is over! But who are the New Avengers!??! The first major roster change since the very first issue!! See here who the New Avengers are and what their place in the Dark Reign is!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99
FOC – 12/4, On-Sale – 12/24

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8
Written by MATT FRACTION
Art & Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
Villain Variant by DAVID AJA
In the aftermath of SECRET INVASION, Iron Man is no longer the hero he used to be, and Tony Stark's entire life is torn apart. We can’t say much now, but…how bad does it get? Here's a hint: Read WORLD'S MOST WANTED Part One! By the blockbuster INVINCIBLE IRON MAN creative team of Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca, lauded by fans and critics alike!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99
FOC – 11/27, On-Sale – 12/17

WAR MACHINE #1
Written by GREG PAK
Pencils & Cover by LEONARDO MANCO
Villian Variant by MIKE DEODATO
From the pages of IRON MAN and AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE, War Machine blasts into his own ongoing solo series! Across the globe, from the killing fields of Santo Marco to the blasted deserts of occupied Aqiria, butchers and tyrants are committing the most horrific atrocities imaginable. The outside world won't raise a finger to stop them, but now Jim Rhodes is on the job. And forget a finger – he’s raising a couple of ginormous shoulder mounted rocket cannons! From WORLD WAR HULK scribe Greg Pak and DEATHLOK artist Leonardo Manco comes the most shocking incarnation of War Machine you've ever seen – along with a surprisingly familiar supporting cast and one of the biggest villains in the Marvel Universe!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 11/27, On-Sale – 12/17

MS. MARVEL #34
Written by BRIAN REED
Penciled by ADRIANA MELO & PAULO SIQUEIRA
Cover by DAVID YARDIN
Carol Danvers is fighting a one-woman war against the CIA, and her only ally is... Spider-Man?! Spidey stumbles into Carol's world of international espionage and may not come out in one piece.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 12/4, On-Sale – 12/24

AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #20
Written by DAN SLOTT & CHRISTOS N. GAGE
Pencils by STEVE KURTH
Cover by MARK BROOKS
"Acceptable Losses"
The Invasion is over and the Initiative has been rocked to its core. Now that the truth is out, that the program was conceived as part of a Skrull plot, can it survive? Who will leave? Who will stay? And who will lead them? Also: Learn what's become of the REAL Hank Pym! And when Taskmaster discovers Mutant Zero's true identity, she gets fightin' mad! For fans of the Marvel Universe, this issue is one of the most important comics of the year as key members of the Initiative graduate and/or move on to four major Marvel titles!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 12/4, On-Sale – 12/24

DARK AVENGERS #1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by MIKE DEODATO
Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
THE DARK REIGN IS HERE! The start of an explosive new era in the Avengers mythos! Who are the Dark Avengers? Who is the Iron Patriot? The answers will shock you! Brought to you by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato Jr.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 12/18, On-Sale – 1/21
Blank Variant Cover Also Available!

DARK AVENGERS BY MIKE DEODATO POSTER
24x36…$8.99
Final Order Cut-Off 12/11, (On-Sale 1/7/09)

MIGHTY AVENGERS #21
Written by DAN SLOTT
Pencils & Cover by KHOI PHAM
“Earth's Mightiest Part 1 of 3"
"The Smartest Man in the Room"
IT ALL STARTS HERE! A new roster! One of the team's most powerful foes! And one of the most popular and requested Avengers returns to the fold! When darkness reigns and chaos falls, there's no room for compromise, no time to run and hide. The world needs EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES! But after the events of Secret Invasion, is HANK PYM ready to rejoin their ranks? And what is the secret that haunts him, a secret dating back to the earliest days of the original team? Join Dan Slott and Khoi Pham for a new age of ALL OUT AVENGERS ACTION! Special giant-sized issue! 36 pages of all-new story and art! Guest starring: NEW AVENGERS, DARK AVENGERS, YOUNG AVENGERS, and CLASSIC AVENGERS!
48 PGS./Rated A …$3.99
FOC – 12/18, On-Sale – 1/14

NEW AVENGERS #49
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by BILLY TAN
Luke Cage must find his child and he will do anything he has to to bring her home safely... including teaming up with the one
person he has sworn vengeance against. Building to the bombastic 50th anniversary issue. Brought to you by Brian Michael Bendis and Billy Tan!
32 PGS./Rated A …$3.99
FOC – 1/8, On-Sale – 1/28

PUNISHER #1
Written by RICK REMENDER
Penciled by JEROME OPEÑA
50/50 Covers by MIKE MCKONE
LIVING IN DARKNESS,” PART 1
The fight against the “Dark Reign” begins as the duty of chronicling Frank Castle’s war journal is passed to new regular team of writer Rick Remender (End League, Fear Agent) and Jerome Opeña (Wolverine, Fear Agent). One man with one bullet, in the right place, at the right time, can change the world. That’s why the Punisher is perched atop a building on the Jersey shore with a high-powered Skrull rifle, his crosshairs trained on a target in Midtown Manhattan. But who is his target -- and why? One thing’s for sure: They’re anything but helpless. Someone is watching their back. Someone big. Enter: The Sentry!
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 12/18, On-Sale – 1/7

WAR MACHINE #2
Written by GREG PAK
Penciled by LEONARDO MANCO
Cover by FRANCESCO
“MATT” MATTINA
In the blasted heart of occupied Aqiria, the mercenaries of Eaglestar International literally write the laws, committing heinous atrocities with no repercussions. But today, the loopholes are closing -- around their necks! Who will pay the final price when the skies explode with the arrival of
the world's only eight foot tall, hundred-gun-equipped,
shoulder-rocket-mounted, titanium-vibranium-alloy-armored, kill-number-counting, one-man-army for truth, justice, and good old-fashioned payback? And what does last issue's mind-blowing ending mean for Jim Rhodes, the shattered man inside this shocking new War Machine?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 12/18, On-Sale – 1/21

THUNDERBOLTS #128
Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Penciled by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover by FRANCESCO “MATT” MATTINA
Variant Cover by CLINT LANGLEY
From the ashes of Secret Invasion, an all-new era for the Thunderbolts erupts, with repercussions felt right across the Marvel Universe! Yelena Belova (a.k.a. Black Widow II) leads the irredeemable Ant-Man and the sinister Ghost in a daring mission to take down the U.S. President aboard Air Force One! But even as Norman Osborn tightens his grip on power, he must battle toe-to-toe against his deadliest foe: the Green Goblin! Wait, what...? Be there as writer Andy Diggle (The Losers) and artist Roberto De La Torre (INVINCIBLE IRON MAN) flip everyone’s favorite team of villains upside down!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 12/18, On-Sale – 1/21

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9
Written by MATT FRACTION
Art & Cover by
SALVADOR LARROCA
It’s a fierce, fearful new world, and in the wake of the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Man is the WORLD’S MOST WANTED! Tony Stark and Maria Hill go on the run from Norman Osborn and H.A.M.M.E.R., while Pepper holds down the fort at the struggling Stark Industries. Iron Man is public enemy number one, but how far will Tony go to do the right thing?! You better believe all the way, baby. It’s Part 2 of WORLD’S MOST WANTED, by the blockbuster team of Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99
FOC – 12/18, On-Sale – 1/7

MS. MARVEL #35
Written by BRIAN REED
Penciled by PATRICK OLLIFFE
Cover by ED MCGUINESS
A mass suicide by a branch of the Church of Hala has claimed the lives of twenty families. With Captain Marvel gone, Carol Danvers investigates this tragedy performed in his name, putting her directly in the path of would be Captain Marvel replacement: Noh Varr.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 1/8, On-Sale – 1/28

DEADPOOL #6
Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by PACO MEDINA
Cover by JASON PEARSON
“HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?” PART 1 OF 2
Remember when Deadpool saved the Earth from those pesky Skrulls? Well, the guy who stole the intel Deadpool worked so hard to acquire -- and positioned himself as Earth’s Number One War Hero -- wants to make sure you don’t. The last thing this guy needs is a certain “Merc with a Mouth” letting everyone know the truth of how he saved the day, and he’s hired a certain maniacal man-eater to make sure Deadpool never does. Here comes Tiger-Shark! Plus, a surprise appearance by a certain palindromic pal!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99
FOC – 12/18, On-Sale – 1/7

UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #2
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils by MITCH BREITWEISER & DANIEL ACUÑA
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
Emma Frost has never been a simple person, nor has
she had a simple past. The Hellfire Club. The Hellions.
Generation X. Genosha. But you haven’t seen it all. Did you know about her history with Namor? With Tony Stark? With Norman Osborn? The X-Men have often operated on the outside of the Marvel Universe; that stops now and in this annual. Do not miss it.
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 12/18, On-Sale – 1/21

MARVEL SPOTLIGHT: DARK REIGN
Written by JOHN RHETT THOMAS
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
For those of you who have embraced change, it is time for the DARK REIGN. In the aftermath of the Skrull's SECRET INVASION, the Avengers-verse has been rocked to its core. The New Avengers, Mighty Avengers and Initiative have been broken and battered, and now stand to be renewed. But which heroes will remain standing? Who are these Dark Avengers? With insider accounts from your favorite writers and artists, plus previews of new titles, this special issue of SPOTLIGHT gets you ready for DARK REIGN, the storytelling event for the comics industry in 2009!
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 12/18, On-Sale – 1/7

AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #21
Written by CHRISTOS N. GAGE
Pencils & Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
THE INITIATIVE DISASSEMBLED begins here! The Fifty State Initiative stands revealed as a Skrull plot. Key personnel have left Camp Hammond, never to return. And that's the least of the shocking fallout from Secret Invasion. Is there a future for our heroes? It could be a moot question when the mad clone of Thor, last seen in CIVIL WAR, is revived and turned loose on Stamford! This is no idle hype, True Believer--after this story, the Initiative will never be the same!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 1/8, On-Sale – 1/28

DARK AVENGERS #2
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by MIKE DEODATO
Variant Cover by MIKE CHOI
The Dark Avengers have made themselves known to the world and as the world takes them in, Morgana le Fey comes looking for blood!! Once you learn who the Dark Avengers are you'll see why this is the buzz book of the year!! The Dark Reign is here!!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 1/29, On-Sale - 2/18

NEW AVENGERS #50
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Wraparound Cover by BILLY TAN
Celebrate this very special milestone issue as the new roster of New Avengers deal with the shocking news of the existence
of the Dark Avengers the only way they can... by taking them head on. But what is waiting for them is the stuff the DARK REIGN is made of.
48 PGS./Rated A …$4.99
FOC – 2/5, On-Sale - 2/25

BLACK PANTHER #1
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Penciled by KEN LASHLEY
Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
50/50 Cover by KEN LASHLEY
70TH Anniversary Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
“DEADLIEST OF THE SPECIES, PART 1
The Black Panther is back…and she’s badder than ever. That’s right -- she! What happened to T’Challa? Who is the new Black Panther? Find out why the female is the deadliest of the species.
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 1/15, On-Sale - 2/4

MIGHTY AVENGERS #22
Written by DAN SLOTT
Pencils & Cover by KHOI PHAM
"Earth's Mightiest Part 2 of 3"
"The Writing on the Wall"
Avengers Assemble! Scarlet Witch! Hank Pym! Hercules! The Vision! Stature! Hulk! Jocasta! U.S. Agent! Iron Man! On the last patch of Earth, they're the only heroes left standing. And the enemy they must defeat…was once one of their own. It's Avenger versus Avenger! And at stake is nothing less than the fabric of reality itself! Join Dan Slott and Khoi Pham for the next part in this all-new chapter of MARVEL'S MIGHTIEST SUPER HERO TEAM!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99
FOC – 1/29, On-Sale - 2/18

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #10
Written by MATT FRACTION
Art & Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
In the world-shaking wake of SECRET INVASION, everything has changed. Now a fugitive, Tony Stark initiates the deletion sequence that could save the world, but end his life…while Norman Osborn assumes the reins of power and brings the H.A.M.M.E.R. down. How much trouble are Tony, Pepper, and Maria in? Things go from bad to worse as WORLD'S MOST WANTED continues here! By Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99
FOC – 1/15, On-Sale - 2/4

PUNISHER #2
Written by RICK REMENDER
Penciled by JEROME OPEÑA
50/50 Covers by MIKE MCKONE
“LIVING IN DARKNESS,” PART 2
Frank Castle is losing the war. Organized crime has New York City in a death grip that, thanks to the powerful propaganda machine of the corrupt new government, is being swept under the rug. To stem this dark tide, Frank Castle must embrace new tactics, embarking on a bloody public campaign that will expose the dark underbelly of the supposedly squeaky-clean regime to the world, and a new sidekick, who’ll help him get out the message. Who would be stupid enough to team up with the Punisher now that his rifle is pointed squarely at the biggest villains in the Marvel Universe? The answer will turn the Punisher into the most proficient villain killer in town!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99
FOC – 1/15, On-Sale - 2/4

DEADPOOL #7
Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by PACO MEDINA
Cover by JASON PEARSON
“HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?” PART 2 OF 2
Bob: Agent of HYDRA is back! But his not-so-tearful reunion with Deadpool is cut short by Tiger Shark who, for some reason, just won’t get over wanting to cut off Wade’s head! What’s the deal with that? Perhaps there’s
something Bob’s not telling Deadpool? The hottest new
title on the stands swerves into a new and bigger direction this issue, heading right toward the dark heart of the
Marvel Universe! Don’t miss out!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 1/15, On-Sale - 2/4

SECRET WARRIORS #1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS & JONATHAN HICKMAN
Penciled by STEFANO CASELLI
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Exploding out of the pages of Secret Invasion and Mighty Avengers!!
Nick Fury and his new band of young heroes uncover the darkest secret in the history of the Marvel Universe!! A secret that will crack the internet into tiny little pieces!! A secret that sends the Secret Warriors tumbling into an underworld of rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, super-powered spies, and global criminal organizations. This is the Nick Fury book you've been waiting for! Be there for the Marvel debut of award winning Nightly News creator Jonathan Hickman as he teams up with Secret Warriors co-creator Brian Bendis to unveil a new era in Marvel mania!!
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 1/15, On-Sale - 2/4

AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #22
Written by CHRISTOS N .GAGE
Pencils & Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
"The Initiative Disassembled" continues as Counter-Force--the original New Warriors--return to join the battle against Ragnarok! But will they save Camp Hammond--or destroy it? Be here as events set in motion in our very first issue rocket towards their devastating conclusion...we're not kidding when we say the Initiative will never be the same!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 2/5, On-Sale - 2/25

WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #33
Written by DANIEL WAY
Pencils & Cover by
DOUG BRAITHWAITE
“WEAPON XI,” Part 1
With Daken showing up in public for the first time, Nick Fury approaches Wolverine with a proposition: Tell me what you know about your son and I’ll tell you what I know about Romulus. What follows is an exploration of one of the darkest corners of the Marvel Universe, the mysterious program that produced both Daken and his father before him: WEAPON X!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99
FOC – 1/29, On-Sale - 2/18

THUNDERBOLTS #129
Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Penciled by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover by FRANCESCO “MATT” MATTINA
Variant Cover by CLINT LANGLEY
The Green Goblin vs. the President of the United States! It’s terror at 10,000 feet when Spider-Man’s fearsome foe hurls pumpkin bombs at a special target: the new President! Just what is Norman Osborn up to…and who in the world are the new Thunderbolts? A Dark Reign is falling…be there as the new team of Andy Diggle and Roberto De La Torre present “Hammer Down” Part II!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 1/29, On-Sale - 2/18

WAR MACHINE #3
Written by GREG PAK
Penciled by LEONARDO MANCO
Cover by FRANCESCO “MATT” MATTINA
Rhodey versus Ares! Man versus Immortal! War Machine versus God of War! With the life of one of his oldest friends in the balance, Marvel’s one man army must face the only warrior who can outdo his thirst for battle! Be there as armor meets axe, James Rhodes makes enemies in the highest places, and Dark Reign falls!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 1/29, On-Sale - 2/18

DARK REIGN FILES
Written by MICHAEL HOSKIN
Bring on the bad guys! It’s the latest mighty Marvel handbook, straight from the files of Norman Osborn! The Dark Reign’s chief power broker assembles a case study of professional criminals on the superhuman grid — scrutinizing threat, loyalty, influence, power and expendability. In the words of the Green Goblin himself: “Our purpose is to know our enemies — and our enemies' enemies — as we do ourselves.”
64 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99
FOC – 2/5, On-Sale - 2/25

MS. MARVEL #36
Written by BRIAN REED
Penciled by PATRICK OLLIFFE
Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
Norman Osborn has handed the world's most dangerous genetic weapon to a madman, and it is up to Carol Danvers to retrieve it. But Carol is keeping secrets from everyone --secrets that could spell the end of Ms. Marvel as we
know her.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 2/5, On-Sale - 2/25


AGENTS OF ATLAS #1
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by CARLO PAGULAYAN & BENTON JEW
Cover by ART ADAMS
Variant Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
The heroes of the 1950s are back with big plans for the 21st Century! When Federal enforcers under the hand of NORMAN OSBORN burst into an armory under control of the Atlas Foundation, Jimmy Woo's Agents go head-to-head with the new powers that be. How it all goes down will make the playing field of the modern Marvel Universe more volatile than ever! PLUS: A 12-page 1950s flashback to the Agents of Atlas’ first savage encounter with the man known as Wolverine!
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 1/15, On-Sale – 2/4

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