This week at your comic shop – 5/9/2012

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Hulk Smash Avengers #2 (of 5)

Hulk Smash Avengers #2 (of 5)
By: Joe Casey, Max Fiumara, Lee Weeks
A five-part, weekly punch-fest that explores the ever-evolving relationship between the Gamma Goliath and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!Hulk vs. the ’70s-era Avengers: Iron Man, Wasp, Vision and the Beast!

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Batman HC Vol. 01 The Court of Owls

Batman HC Vol. 01 The Court of Owls
By: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
Following his groundbreaking, critically acclaimed run on Detective Comics, writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire) begins a new era of The Dark Knight with artist Greg Capullo (Spawn) and a new beginning for Batman!

In this hardcover collecting the first six issues, a series of brutal murders rocks not only Gotham City to its core but also the Caped Crusader himself when the prime suspect is one of Batman’s closest allies–Dick Grayson!

This title collects
Batman #1-6

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Batman #9

Batman #9
By: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
‘NIGHT OF THE OWLS’ continues here!

Batman must stop the TALONS that have breeched the Batcave in order to save an innocent life…and Gotham City! In the backup story, learn more about the Pennyworth family and the secrets they’ve kept from the Wayne family!
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Wolverine and the X-Men #10

Wolverine and the X-Men #10
By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo
An AVX TIE-IN!

Cyclops comes to the Jean Grey School! Will Wolverine’s X-Men join Cyclops against the Avengers? ICEMAN vs RED HULK!

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Doctor Who Classics Series 5 #4 (of 6)

Doctor Who Classics Series 5 #4 (of 6)
By: Grant Morrison, John Ridgway
IDW’s newly recolored reprints of classic Doctor Who tales from years past! This all-new series picks up where Series III left off, with the adventures of the SIXTH DOCTOR! Features two complete stories from celebrated writers Grant Morrison (Batman Incorporated) and Simon Furman (Transformers)!
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Batman And Robin #9

Batman And Robin #9
By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
NIGHT OF THE OWLS continues here!

Robin faces Talon alone with the skies of Gotham City at stake!

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Babys In Black HC

Babys In Black HC
By: Arne Bellstorf
Meet The Beatles… right at the beginning of their careers. This high-energy graphic novel provides an intimate peek into the early years of the world’s greatest rock band. The ‘fifth Beatle,’ Stuart Sutcliffe, falls in love with the beautiful Astrid Kirchherr when she recruits the Beatles for a sensational (and famous) photography session during their time in Hamburg. When the band returns to Liverpool, Sutcliffe stays in Hamburg and becomes engaged to Kirchherr. A year later, his career as a modern artist is cut short when he dies unexpectedly. The book ends as it begins, with Astrid, alone and adrift; but with a note of hope: her life is incomparably richer and more directed thanks to her friendship with the Beatles and her love affair with Sutcliffe.
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Uncanny X-Force #25

Uncanny X-Force #25
By: Rick Remender, Mike McKone, Jerome Opena
Landmark 25th issue! The epic saga THE FINAL EXECUTION begins here! Who are the Omegas and why must X-Force hunt them down? Included in this issue: Two rare stories by Rick Remender and Jerome Opeña starring Wolverine and Deadpool!
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Megalex Complete Story HC

Megalex Complete Story HC
By: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Fred Beltran
On the planet-city of Megalex, urban sprawl consumes the entire planet, leaving only a few bastions of nature on the planet. Megalex’s drug-addled citizens are always searching for a distraction, even the battle Megalex wages on the planets’ environment is seen as giddy entertainment. That all changes when a clone, known only as the Anomaly, is born and rescued from certain destruction by the beautiful Adamâ and her fellow freedom fighters. With the forces of nature on their side, the Anomaly and Adamâ fight to end the stranglehold Megalex has on the planet.
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Conquest of the Planet of the Living Dead One Shot

Conquest of the Planet of the Living Dead One Shot
By: Joe Wight, David Hutchinson
The galactic war has raged for 300 years. The planet of origin has finally been confirmed. Now Humanity will strike at the undead heart of the Zombie Plague. The living must take back the galaxy or forever be condemned to death without end. There is no peace. There is no surrender. There is no escape. There is only eternal damnation…or CONQUEST.

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New Avengers #26

New Avengers #26
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato
AVX TIE-IN!

The secret history of the Phoenix is revealed in K’un Lun’s book of the dead Iron Fists. One of the most important chapters in the AVX story. What is Danny Rand’s secret connection to the Phoenix?
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Punisher #11

Punisher #11
By: Greg Rucka, Mirko Colak, Bryan Hitch
After making the streets run red in “The Omega Effect” with Spider-Man and Daredevil, Frank Castle speaks. And Rachel Cole is not going to like what she hears.

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Demon Knights #9

Demon Knights #9
By: Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves, Mike Choi
‘THE MURDER OF MERLIN’ begins. Great jumping-on point for new readers to join the series!

Who has the power to murder Merlin–and what else are they capable of?
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Marvel Masterworks Avengers HC Vol. 12

Marvel Masterworks Avengers HC Vol. 12
By: Steve Englehart, Bob Brown, John Romita
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes fight one of the greatest battles in super-hero history! It’s hero against hero in the sensational summer hit of 1973: the ‘Avengers/Defenders War.’ Cap vs. Namor! Thor vs. Hulk!

It’s the original crossover clash, and there’s never been another one like it. But first, there are even more trendsetting classics in store for you: Mantis makes her debut; the Lion God brings the Avengers to their knees; Vision and the Scarlet Witch’s relationship blossoms, but not without the intolerant objections of others; and the Swordsman joins the ranks of the Avengers.

And as an added bonus, we’re including rare pinups, profiles and an interview with the Avengers’ own Jarvis – all from the pages of the ’70s fan-mag F.O.O.M.!
This title collects
Avengers #112-119 (1963), Defenders #8-11 (1972), Foom #5-7

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DC Superhero Chess Figure Coll Mag #5 Catwoman White Queen

DC Superhero Chess Figure Coll Mag #5 Catwoman White Queen

DC Superhero Chess Figure Coll Mag #4 Penguin Black Knight

DC Superhero Chess Figure Coll Mag #4 Penguin Black Knight
The DC Superhero Chess Figure Collector Magazine brings your favorite DC Comics characters to life in a stunning chess-piece collection, complete with a 16-page magazine providing detail on the character as well as instructions on how the piece operates on the chess board! Each official figurine is cast in metallic resin and individually hand-painted.

Get your collection started this month with the first four figures of this amazing set: Batman White King (#1), Robin White Bishop (#2), Joker Black King (#3), and Penguin Black Knight (#4)!
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Frankenstein Alive Alive #1

Frankenstein Alive Alive #1
By: Steve Niles, Bernie Wrightson
Few works by comic-book artists have earned the universal acclaim and reverence that Bernie Wrightson’s illustrated version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein was met with upon its original release in 1983.

Nearly 30 years later, Wrightson returns to his passion project with a comic series that picks up at the end of the classic novel, hailed as one of the greatest horror stories of all time. Frequent Wrightson collaborator Steve Niles provides the script for this epic, decades in the making.

While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art, showing off the exquisitely detailed brush work of one of the greatest living artists in comics today.

Each issue will also include supplemental materials, including interviews, essays and a serialization of the original prose story by Shelley.

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Mystery In Space (One Shot) (Variant Cover Edition)

Mystery In Space (One Shot) (Variant Cover Edition)
By: Andy Diggle, Paul Pope, Ryan Sook, Mike Allred
This one-shot anthology is loaded with unsettling short stories that will hijack your imagination and take you to strange, mysterious places.

Journey to the edge of the abyss with Michael Allred! Arrive in the middle of an intergalactic space heist with Paul Pope!

Plus: Broken hearts will be cryogenically frozen, a zero-gravity menage á trois will be compromised by aliens, and solar systems will spiral out of control when top comics talents and exciting newcomers collide!

This variant cover edition comes bagged and boarded.
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Higher Earth #1

Higher Earth #1
By: Sam Humphries, Carlos Magno, Phil Noto
Space is dead. Why conquer other planets when there’s a perfectly good Earth in the universe next door?

Heidi, a girl born in garbage. Rex, a soldier gone rogue. The only thing between them and their destiny is an empire of a hundred different Earths, across a hundred alternate timelines.

One majestic planet dominates them all: Higher Earth. Created and written by Sam Humphries (Fanboys Vs. Zombies) Higher Earth is his sci-fi follow up to last year’s indie hit Our Love Is Real, a fast-paced epic of infinite possibilities.

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Avengers Academy Prem HC Second Semester

Avengers Academy Prem HC Second Semester
By: Christos N. Gage, Sean Chen, Rodin Esquejo
It’s a new start for the Academy kids! New students! New staff! New West Coast campus! But when a classic Avenger is murdered, everyone becomes a suspect – and guest-stars Captain America, Luke Cage and HawkeyeÖbrawl with the student body?! As student turns on student, and students clash with staff, which cast members are trying to shut down the Academy? It’s a surprise revelation that will have your jaw on the floor! Plus: Reptil’s darkest secret is revealed! And when X-23 joins Avengers Academy, will they survive the experience? Collecting AVENGERS ACADEMY #21-26.
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Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #5

Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #5
By: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Tonci Zonjic, Dave Stewart, Dave Johnson
Lobster Johnson blasts his way through an army of mad sewer cannibals in order to get to the greedy mob boss Wald!

* From the pages of Hellboy.

* Art by Tonci Zonjic (Who Is Jake Ellis?)

“Lobster Johnson is smart, savvy and fun.” -Comics Bulletin

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Journey Into Mystery #637

Journey Into Mystery #637
By: Kieron Gillen, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Stephanie Hans
Exiled part 2 of 5!

Gods made mortal, with mutants their only hope for survival! Undead cannibals on the loose, San Francisco turned inside out by forbidden magic!

A thrilling mythological mystery adventure in the Mighty Marvel manner, the most epic crossover of 2012! (Not counting that one where As fight Xs)
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Lone Ranger Vendetta GN

Lone Ranger Vendetta GN
By: Howard Hopkins, Doug Klauba
From out of the past comes a mysterious killer systematically murdering anyone with a connection to the Masked Rider of the Plains former identity. When all signs point to Butch Cavendish, a man long dead, The Ranger finds himself trapped in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the life of his faithful Indian companion hanging in the balance.

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Frankenstein Agent of Shade #9

Frankenstein Agent of Shade #9
By: Jeff Lemire, Alberto Ponticelli
S.H.A.D.E. sends Frankenstein to find the mysteriously missing Animal Man. Frankenstein battles The Rotlings!
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FLCL Omnibus TPB

FLCL Omnibus TPB
By: Gainax, Hajime Ueda
The complete FLCL manga adaptation–now with bonus color illustrations and remastered story pages! In this surreal sci-fi romp, a sullen Japanese boy finds himself in the middle of an interstellar conspiracy.

As his home life unravels, a sexy space assassin becomes his family maid, and his own head becomes a portal for armed robots. Life as he knows it is quickly falling apart, and Ueda doesn’t know who’s friend or foe! One thing’s for certain–he has to grow up quick and save his hometown, whether he wants to or not!

* A popular Adult Swim cartoon–now read the manga series!

* Dark Horse Manga’s FLCL Omnibus will include remastered story pages, a remastered script, and bonus color pages.

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Hulk #51

Hulk #51
By: Jeff Parker, Carlo Pagulayan
General Ross is being haunted by ghosts from his past, but WHOSE ghosts are they? Red Hulk wants answers, but so do . . . RAIZO KODO and THE FORGIVEN?!?! Does salvation lie in the hands of the LEGION OF MONSTERS?
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Green Lantern #9

Green Lantern #9
By: Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke
‘THE SECRET OF THE INDIGO TRIBE’ part three!

Hal Jordan and Sinestro learn the horrific truth behind the members of the Indigo Tribe and their connection to Abin Sur.

Also, the Guardians begin their plan to replace the Green Lantern Corps–at any cost!

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Essential Black Panther TPB Vol. 01

Essential Black Panther TPB Vol. 01
By: Don McGregor, Rich Buckler, Gil Kane
Embark on an expedition into the heart of Marvel’s dark continent! Join T’Challa, King of Wakanda – the Black Panther – as he fights to uphold peace and justice in both his own African kingdom and New York City’s urban jungle.

Experience the thrills as one of the Marvel Universe’s noblest knights-errant takes on everything from hatemongering heels to futuristic frog time machines, as brought to you by the inimitable imaginations of some of comicdom’s most sensational scribes!
This title collects
Jungle Action (1972) #6-22 and #24, plus Black Panther (1977) #1-10.

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Captain America And Hawkeye #630

Captain America And Hawkeye #630
By: Cullen Bunn, Alessandro Vitti, Patrick Zircher
All the patriotism and arrows in the world may not be enough to save Cap and Hawkeye from a hive of dino-monstrosities! A secret buried beneath the San Andres Mountains begins to unravel.

All this and: Stegron!

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Legion Of Super Heroes Archives HC Vol. 13

Legion Of Super Heroes Archives HC Vol. 13
Written by JIM SHOOTER, PAUL LEVITZ and GERRY CONWAY Art by MIKE GRELL, MICHAEL NETZER, JOE STATON, JIM SHERMAN and others ï Cover by MIKE GRELL ADVANCE SOLICITED ï On sale MARCH 3 ï 240 pg, FC, $59.99 US In these stories, collected from SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #224-233, the 30th century teens battle Stargrave, The Fatal Five and the intergalactic conspiracy known as The Dark Circle.
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Avengers Crossing Omnibus HC

Avengers Crossing Omnibus HC
One of the nineties’ most notorious narratives! It was a day unlike any other, but in which timeline? Warriors from the future and secrets from the past abound when Kang the Conqueror appears to set the Avengers and Force Works against each other in a game for a prize no one can imagine!

Starring Iron Man, War Machine, Crystal and Quicksilver, Hawkeye and the Black Widow, Hercules, the Vision and the Scarlet Witch, Dr. Doom, and more!

This title collects
Avengers (1963) #390-395, Avengers: The Crossing, Avengers: Timeslide, Iron Man (1968) #319-325, Force Works #16-22, War Machine (1994) #20-25 and Age of Innocence: The Rebirth of Iron Man

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Captain America #11

Captain America #11
By: Ed Brubaker, Patrick Zircher
Patrick Zircher joins Ed Brubaker for “System Failure.” Ex super-villains in Witness Protection are murdered! Are they related to the return of an old villain and an old lover? Can Cap solve this mystery before he himself becomes a target?
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Kolchak And Lost World SC

Kolchak And Lost World SC
By: C. J. Henderson, Doug Klauba
After getting a serial killer to confess, Kolchak is offered an international assignment with massive coverage around the world. With fame and fortune finally within reach, Kolchak is ready to cover the story, when he’s confronted by a mysterious monk who warns him that ‘the seventy-two must always be.’ What this means is not explained. But, before he knows it, Kolchak’s dreams are invaded by unexplainable images that let him know every step he takes toward this story is bringing him closer to death.
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Captain America By Ed Brubaker Prem HC Vol. 02

Captain America By Ed Brubaker Prem HC Vol. 02
By: Ed Brubaker, Alan Davis
Cap struggles to find his faith when the new Hydra rises from the ashes and makes its first deadly moves! As the Serpent Squad strikes and Madbomb riots explode through Manhattan, Sharon Carter takes charge – and Cap’s crisis of faith becomes a debilitating physical dilemma! Events spiral out of control as Codename: Bravo returns, Machinesmith breaks loose, and Falcon fights alongside the enemy! Can Cap be cured? And if so, will it be in time to face the new Hydra’s deadly secret? Superstar artist Alan Davis joins the all-star creative team as best-selling Cap writer Ed Brubaker brings you action-packed espionage in the Mighty Marvel Manner! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (2011) #6-10.

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Avenging Spider-Man #7

Avenging Spider-Man #7
By: Kathryn Immonen, Stuart Immonen
A night out with Spider-Man and She-Hulk! All the thwipping and quipping, and none of the calories! Katherine and Stuart Immonen smash their way into the book so action packed it keeps flying off the shelves…
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Avengers Private War of Dr Doom

Avengers Private War of Dr Doom
By: Steve Englehart, George Perez
In an epic spanning from New York to Louisiana to California to Maryland to the Atlantic Ocean, the Avengers are forced into Dr. Doom’s latest scheme by the Atlantean Attuma, who wants Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to keep Doom from conquering the world – so HE can conquer it, instead!Plus: voodoo, mad science and the resurrection of the dead! With guest appearances from throughout Avengers history! Featuring Namor the Sub-Mariner, the Champions of Los Angeles, the Circus of Crime and more!

This title collects
Avengers #151-156 (1963), Avengers Annual #6, Super Villain Team-Up #9

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