This week at your comic shop – 12/26/12

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AAmazing Spider-Man #700
By: Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos, Marcos Martin
LAST ISSUE!
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Aquaman #15
By: Geoff Johns, Ardian Syaf, Eddy Barrows
Crossover with JUSTICE LEAGUE!

Part 2 of ‘THRONE OF ATLANTIS!’

Atlantis invades the surface world!
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Eerie Presents: El Cid HC
By: Budd Lewis, Gonzalo Mayo, Bernie Wrightson, Sanjulian
Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar-also known to historians as El Cid-was an eleventh century Spanish military commander who led both Christians and Moors into battle. In the pages of Eerie magazine, however, writer Budd Lewis and artist Gonzalo Mayo transform El Cid into a larger-than-life fantasy warrior, battling dragons, trolls, and sirens for his life-and demons for his soul! This deluxe hardcover collects every El Cid adventure that ran in Warren Publishing’s Eerie magazine in the mid-1970s, featuring the elaborately detailed artwork of Mayo, plus Eerie’s original historical background feature.

* Cover painting by Sanjulian, frontispiece by Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein)!
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Shadow Special #1
By: Scott Beatty, Ronan Cliquet, Alex Ross
The Shadow knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. But when Lamont Cranston crosses paths with an old friend–a fellow veteran of ‘the war to end all wars’–Cranston’s justice serving alter ego must judge a man whose path to villainy began with their friendship! At the risk of his own secrets being laid bare, Cranston accepts an invitation to join a very exclusive club of adventurers whose dark hearts might be the worst The Shadow has ever encountered!
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Avenging Spider-Man #15.1
By: Cullen Bunn, Gabriele Dell Otto
Coinciding with the end of Amazing Spider-Man, a look back at the greatest conflict in comics history: Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus!
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Star Wars Omnibus: Clone Wars Volume 3 – The Republic Falls TPB
By: Haden Blackman, Miles Lane, John Ostrander, Brian Ching, Jan Duursema, Nicola Scott,, Dan Parsons, Brad Anderson, Michael Atiyeh, Sno Cone Studios
Well played, Darth Sidious. Well played. The end of the Clone Wars is in sight, but so are the end of the Jedi and the fall of the Republic!

Obi-Wan Kenobi recruits Anakin Skywalker in a desperate hunt for dark Jedi Asajj Ventress that will lead to a showdown with General Grievous and Count Dooku. Elsewhere, Jedi Generals infiltrate a Separatist base in hopes of concluding a protracted siege, and on Kashyyyk, as the clone troopers respond to Order 66, Master Quinlan Vos finds himself fighting against the army he led to victory. Collects Star Wars: Republic #70-#77 and #81-#83, Star Wars: Obsession #1-#5, and Free Comic Book Day 2005.

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Hip Flask Ourborous
By: Richard Starkings, Jose Ladronn
LADRÖNN Eisner award winner for his work on HIP FLASK: MYSTERY CITY returns for the penultimate issue in the series. Sahara is dead, but both Hip Flask and Obadiah Horn are determined to save her!
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Justice League #15
By: Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado
Part 1 of ‘THRONE OF ATLANTIS,’ crossing over with AQUAMAN!

Don’t miss the debut of IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO (AQUAMAN) as the new JUSTICE LEAGUE art team!

Can the Justice League band together to battle the forces of Atlantis? And in the backup feature, Shazam comes face to face with Black Adam, and Billy makes a decision that will shock his friends!
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Mara #1 (of 6)
By: Brian Wood, Ming Doyle
Acclaimed creator BRIAN WOOD (The Massive, DMZ, Demo, Northlanders) and brilliant newcomer MING DOYLE (The Loneliest Astronaut, Fantastic Four, Girl Comics) bring you MARA, the story of an especially gifted woman in a sports-and war-obsessed future.

Young Mara Prince is at the top of the world, a global celebrity in a culture that prizes physical achievement above all else. After she manifests supernatural abilities on live TV, she becomes famous all over again but for the worst reasons. Integrating themes of superpowers, celebrity worship, corporate power, feminism, and political brinksmanship, MARA takes a classic genre to new places.
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Cinefex #132
Director Peter Jackson returns to the J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a prequel story of young hobbit Bilbo Baggins’ quest to reclaim a lost dwarf kingdom and his fateful meeting with Gollum. As he did for the epic The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the New Zealand-based Jackson collaborated closely with the visual effects team at Weta Digital and the practical effects wizards at Weta Workshop to bring the beloved 1937 fantasy novel to the screen, the first of a planned trilogy of films devoted to Tolkien’s dense and intricate narrative. Alsop covered in this issue: Cloud Atlas, The Life of Pi, and Beasts of the Southern Wild.
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