This week at your comic shop – 12/19/12

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(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
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All New X-Men #4
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen
The Original 5 X-Men come face to face with their counterparts and it isn’t a peaceful meeting!
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Airboy Deadeye #5 (of 5)
By: Chuck Dixon, Ben Dunn
It all ends here as the Golden Age great, Airboy, takes to the skies again in the actrion-wracked conclusion to this surprize-hit linities series. The insidious plans of the evil Goro are fully revealed as his mechanized horrors sweep across Tokyo to incite a new war with the rest of the world. It’s up to Davy Nelson and Japan’s greatest flying ace to end this new era of terror before it begins and prevent the deaths of millions.
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Maestro Hulk Mini-bust
A Bowen Designs Sculpt! In a dystopian future the Hulk has become the world’s ruler, the Maestro. This mini-bust by Randy Bowen stands 7 1/2″ tall and depicts the grizzled and white-haired future incarnation of the Hulk!
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Doctor Who Cybernetics Science Set
Imported from the UK!

The Cybermen at Stonehenge have been destroyed by local Celtic warriors. Now the pieces of each Cyberman are trying to reassemble, they must upgrade their technology and locate humans to convert into more Cybermen. This pack contains 3 upgrades: infra-red, object awareness, and light sensitivity modes. Create your own moving Cyberman head unit by joining up the correct wiring circuits. Includes; a Cyberman head, ear handles, tentacle-like cables, base unit, wheels, motor and circuit modules. Plus detailed instruction manual.

Requires 2 x AA batteries (not included). This item is not a toy.
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Phantom Detective Double Novel #1
By: Maxwell Grant/Walter Gibson, Paul Orban
The pulp era’s longest-running supersleuth returns in his debut adventures by D’Arcy Champion, reprinted for the first time in chronological series order!

First, playboy Richard Curtis Van Loan becomes The Phantom to end the murderous reign of ‘The Emperor of Death’ in his earliest recorded adventure! Then, The Phantom combats a mysterious Asian’s sinister plot in ‘The Crime of Fu Kee Wong.’

Plus, from Thrilling Comics #53, the first Phantom Detective comic book story by Flash and Justice Society artist E. E. Hibbard.
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Big League Chewie T-Shirt
Art: Joe Wight Playing Cloud City may look fun and relaxing, but behind the scenes, you’ve got some tough opponents waiting to tear your teammates apart. Keep some Big League Chewie on hand!
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Judge Dredd Garth Ennis Coll TPB
By: Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon

From his earliest work written while still a teen in Northern Ireland to his American work on Preacher for DC Comics/Vertigo and The Punisher for Marvel, Garth Ennis has always had the ability to shock, titilate, and, most importantly, entertain his legion of international fans. Here is a selection of his best Judge Dredd work, including his brilliantly funny take on the Irish justice system, ‘The Emerald Isle,’ co-created with Preacher artist Steve Dillon.
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Batwoman #15
By: J. H. Williams
The Batwoman/Wonder Woman team-up continues! The action is out of control as Bones, Chase, the DEO, Abbot and the Religion of Crime all descend on Gotham City to take part in the fight against Medusa!

And then at the end of the issue the all-new ____ we can’t tell you but it’s awesome!
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Space Family Robinson Archives Volume 5 HC
By: Gaylord Dubois, Dan Spiegle, George Wilson
The Robinsons have made contact with Earth! Using a thought projection machine given to them by the engineers on the planet Thela, Craig Robinson has managed to speak with the chief astronomer Hank Barrows! Unfortunately, without any common reference points to use for navigation, the Robinsons remain lost somewhere in the cosmos. While Craig and Hank attempt to work out the location of Space Station One, the Robinsons continue exploring parts unknown searching for a civilization advanced enough to help them plot a course back to Earth, but not every nation they meet is friendly! Collects Space Family Robinson #32-#39 and March of Comics #328.

* Includes the beautiful, original painted covers by George Wilson!
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Wolverine and the X-Men #22
By: Jason Aaron, Nick Bradshaw
Frankenstein’s Murder Circus is town and he’s brainwashed the X-Men! Do the students stand a chance against their teachers?
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Hellblazer #298
By: Peter Milligan, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Simon Bisley
Strange portents lead Constantine to believe he’s going to die in five days. How far will he go to convince his skeptical wife that his days are numbered?

Find out in ‘Death and Cigarettes’ part 1!

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The Black Beetle: Night Shift #0 (of 4)
By: Francesco Francavilla
When a powerful totem of dark magic shows up at the Colt City Natural History Museum, Hitler sends his fearsome Werwolf Korps to collect the piece. Unfortunately for the führer, Colt City’s protector, the Black Beetle, is on the case!

From the mind of 2012 Eisner Award winner Francesco Francavilla (Batman: The Black Mirror). Collects three Dark Horse Presents stories from issues #11ñ#13.

* Features a brand-new cover, 24 story pages, and bonus sketch material and art!
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Thunderbolts #2
By: Daniel Way, Steve Dillon, Julian Totino Tedesco
Red Hulk, Venom, Elektra, Deadpool, the Punisher. Forget the courts, the jails, the system – this team of Thunderbolts fights fire with fire, targeting the most dangerous and lethal players in the Marvel Universe with extreme prejudice. Led by General ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross, AKA the Red Hulk, this hand-picked team of like-minded operatives is going to make the world a better place by all means necessary.
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Green Lantern #15
By: Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke
‘Rise of the Third Army’ continues!

Earth’s new Green Lantern meets Guy Gardner for the first time…and possibly the last! The Third Army attacks! And where are Hal and Sinestro?

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JSA Liberty Files The Whistling Skull #1 (of 6)
By: B. Clay Moore, Tony Harris
A new series from acclaimed creators B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) and Tony Harris (EX MACHINA, STARMAN)!

In 1940s Europe, the Nazi war machine is on the move…but crimes are still committed in even the smallest hamlets. Can one heroic duo solve the most bizarre mystery of all?

From the world of the JSA: THE LIBERTY FILES, witness the birth of a new hero for the ages!
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Thor God Of Thunder #3
By: Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic
Following the bloody wake of murdered gods across the depths of space, Thor tracks the God Butcher into the present! Discovering a forgotten cave on earth that echoes with the cries of tortured gods…the Thunder God is shocked to find himself among them!
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Dark Shadows #11
By: Mike Raicht, Guiu Vilanova, Francesco Francavilla
As if things couldn’t get any worse, satanic forces are closing in on Collinswood. This time, however, they are not hunting for Barnabas Collins. Who are they coming for and what do they want with the Collins’ bloodline?

Only Barnabas’ darkest abilities and urges may give him the strength to save his family. But have those gifts left him as well? Is Barnabas truly not evil enough to prevail?
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Scarlet Spider #12.1
By: Christopher Yost, Khoi Pham, Ryan Stegman
Kaine’s investigation brings him face to face with the Hand and Bruiser!

What does Kingpin want with Houston?

Chris Yost and Paulo Siqueira (The Amazing Spider-Man) will bring you the answers as a brand new year of Scarlet action awaits!
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Legion Of Super Heroes #15
By: Paul Levitz, Francis Portela, Steve Lightle
Welcome to Barcelona! So what’s this 21st century city doing in the 31st century? Glorith, Dragonwing and Chemical Kid are on the case!
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Haunt #28

By: Joe Casey, Nathan Fox
How well does Still Harvey Tubman know the Kilgore brothers? What secret past does he share with Kurt? And what does this have to do with Daniel’s life with the Agency? All this – and the return of Purgatory! This monster lives!
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Secret Avengers #35
By: Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, Arthur Adams
Contagious Robotic Evolution is go and the remaining Secret Avengers are the only ones left! But how do you stop a plague that has already begun to spread?

Torch, Venom and Valkyrie infiltrate the rebel robot base In The Core, but are Lord UltraVision and Monarch Machine Man friend or foe?

Torch must choose between mankind and the perfect future Father will create for all automatons.
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Happy #3 (of 4)
By: Grant Morrison, Darick Robertson
With a day left until Christmas, and time running out for Santa’s innocent victims, Happy the Horse learns what turned Nick Sax from golden cop to broken-down hitman. But can he convince Nick to do the right thing or is it Happy’s turn to face some uncomfortable home truths?
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FF #2
By: Matt Fraction, Mike Allred
Ant-Man! She Hulk! Medusa! And, um — Ms. Thing? How does the rest of the Future Foundation react to the new team? What classic Fantastic Four super-villain can’t wait to get their hands on the new FF?
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Indestructible Hulk #2
By: Mark Waid, Leinil Francis Yu, Chung Yu
Guest starring IRON MAN!

While Bruce Banner and Tony Stark are friends, Hulk and Iron Man are anything but! Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL) and superstar artist Leinil Yu continue to take the Hulk in an all-new direction!
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Cable and X-Force #2
By: Dennis Hopeless, Salvador Larroca
Cable is back! NOW!

With a new X-Force at his side, he must tackle the threats that nobody else can know about. But just who are Cable’s new recruits, and why is his team public enemy number one? Caught red-handed at the scene of a terrorist attack on a major American corporation whose CEO has expressed anti-mutant views, the X-Force is the run, with none other than the Uncanny Avengers in hot pursuit.
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Masks #2
By: Chris Roberson, Dennis Calero, Alex Ross
Powerful criminals and crooked politicians have taken over New York, and instituted a fascist police state. With the law bent to their own purposes, the so-called ‘Justice Party’ and their army of Black Legion troopers imprison, extort, and execute any citizens who stand in their way.

Only vigilantes like the Shadow, Green Hornet, and the Spider have any hope of standing against them, but instead of operating outside the law as they have always done, these masked heroes must now oppose the law in their fight for justice. But they will not be fighting alone, as more men and women don masks and emerge from the shadows to stand alongside them.

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The Spider #7
By: David Liss, Colton Worley, John Cassaday
Police Commissioner Kirkpatrick lies dead. His wife grieves, and a twisted killer stalks the city. The Spider has inadvertently set into motion the chain of events that leads to his friend’s death, and now he’s out for bloody vengeance – Spider style! But will Richard Wentworth be able to resist the grieving window when she’s the woman he loves?

It’s a game-changing issue of the neo-pulp sensation.
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Hawkeye #6
By: Matt Fraction, Javier Pulido, David Aja
David Aja returns to the most critically acclaimed comic of 2012!

The Ace Archer Clint Barton faces DVR-MAGEDDON!
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Saga #8
By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Former soldier and new mom Alana has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies and alien monstrosities, but now she faces her greatest challenge yet: the in-laws.

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Daredevil #21
By: Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Paolo Rivera
The final showdown with Coyote! Big clues to a mystery building since issue 3! Daredevil – wanted by the NYPD!
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Thief of Thieves #11
By: Robert Kirkman, James Asmus, Shawn Martinbrough
The lines are drawn between the cartel and Augustus’ group in the race to save Emma. The only problem is that things could get a little grisly before either party is ready to strike.

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Avengers #2
By: Jonathan Hickman, Jerome Opeña
The greatest heroes in comics together on one unbeatable team!

Now shipping twice a month, the Avengers ‘go large,’ expanding their roster and their sphere of influence to a global and even interplanetary level. When Captain America puts out his call – who will answer?

Big threats, big ideas, big idealism – these are the Avengers NOW!
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