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Market Monday: March 27, 2013

Featured Book of the Week

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Husbands HC, co-written by Jane Espenson, with art by Natalie Nourigat and Tania del Rio

Written by Husbands creators Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Brad Bell, this is the comic-book continuation of the sitcom phenom. Husbands tells the story of famous gay newlyweds Brady and Cheeks, who sparked a media firestorm when they woke up legally wed after a drunken Vegas weekend. Now, a mystical wedding gift launches the couple on a series of adventures-a tongue-in-cheek journey through iconic genre realms-filled with obstacles that threaten to tear them apart. Follow Brady and Cheeks into a superhero showdown, a fairytale fantasy, a Holmesian mystery, an epic galactic battle, a madcap high school romp, and a saucy secret-spy thrill ride. Includes bonus “making of” material and a special introduction.

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Firsts this Week

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First of a new creative team!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #5, written by Heather Nuhfer, art by Amy Mebberson, covers by Stephanie Buscema and Amy Mebberson

Attention, everypony! Get ready for another unforgettable adventure in the land of Equestria. Twilight Sparkle and gang are confronted with a perilous new danger in the form of a long-unseen enemy! See how the Magic of Friendship prevails in the start of a brand new story arc!

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Not so much a first as a one-shot but still awesome!

Time Warp #1, includes a story by Gail Simone

Let’s do the time warp again! It’s time for another fantastic Vertigo anthology filled with spectacular sci-fi stories. Robots, deep space and lots of time travel twists by a bevy of comic greats and the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. Damon Lindelof and Jeff Lemire bring us a blast from DC’s past, plus another installment of the “Dead Boy Detectives” from Toby Litt, Buckingham and Victor Santos, Matt Kindt presents a stirring story of man vs. machine—and so much more!

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Collection of the Week

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Astonishing X-Men vol. 11: Weaponized, written by Marjorie Liu

It’s the explosive aftermath to the year’s most talked-about wedding! The X-Men are on the run, and Northstar accepts a deadly assignment. Meanwhile, newlywed Kyle learns the hard way marrying Northstar also meant marrying his family. And in this case, that means the X-Men! Will Kyle and Northstar survive their first married mission? Meanwhile, Susan Hatchi reveals her connection to the X-Men. How long can the team survive with her nanobombs circulating through their bloodstreams?As Hatchitech weapons start appearing around the globe and civilians are caught in the crossfire, the X-Men must make a decision: take down Hatchi or save their teammate Karma! Plus: Someone is attacking friends and associates of the X-Men, and it’s up to Wolverine and his team to stop them. Collecting ASTONISHING X-MEN (2004) #52-56 and ANNUAL #1.

More new releases under the cut! 

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2000 AD #1825, includes writing by Emma Beeby, colors by Eva de la Cruz, letters by Annie Parkhouse and Ellie de Ville

All hail the new flesh – the gentleman zombie, ZOMBO, returns to 2000 AD with a new series from the insane imaginations of Al Ewing and Henry Flint! Also in this week’s Prog – the net closes on the mysterious wannabe assassin in Judge Dredd, things take a turn for the odd in Dandridge, it’s time for a bit of geek power in Tharg’s 3rillers, and the plot thickens in Stickleback! 2000 AD Prog 1825 is on sale this Wednesday from UK stores and digitally worldwide through the 2000 AD app or DRM-free in the 2000 AD online shop at shop.2000adonline.com.

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Angel & Faith #20, art by Rebekah Isaacs

Angel is ridiculously close to his goal of resurrecting Giles-when he’s suddenly sidetracked, forcing an unlikely partnership between Faith and Spike. Tensions run high as Slayer and vampire hit the mean streets of London …

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Astonishing X-Men #60, written by Marjorie Liu

PART 2 of X-TERMINATION EVENT! With Nightcrawler wreaking havoc on the very fabric of reality, Wolverine calls in his street team. Confronted with the doppelganger of their dead friend, will the team be able to do what’s necessary to stop him? PLUS: Wolverine versus Wolverine!?

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Betty and Veronica Double Digest #211, written by Kathleen Webb

It’s a lovely spring day, perfect for a walk - or so Veronica thinks! Riverdale’s resident fashion maven attempts to trek to Betty’s, but as it turns out, her luxurious outfits are no match for the temperamental weather. Can Veronica withstand the elements on her journey or will her imported attire be sunk? Read “Spring for Cover,” the lead story of this jam-packed digest!

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FF #5, colored by Laura Allred

The mystery that is…Medusa!

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Finding Gossamyr #4, art by Sarah Ellerton

The companions have arrived at the city of Neksis, where the people hail Denny as a savior but treat Jenna and her friends as little better than prisoners. Tensions increase when Jenna’s guardianship is called into question and things she’d prefer to keep hidden are revealed in this dramatic conclusion to the first arc of Finding Gossamyr!

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Hack/Slash #25, art by Elena Casagrande, variant cover by Jenny Frison

"FINAL," Conclusion. Cassie battles Samhain to the death. Q: Who will survive and what will be left of them? A: Not everyone, and very small bits. The blood spattered, panty-flashing saga of HACK/SLASH comes to an end in this epic issue!

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Journey Into Mystery #650, written by Kathryn Immonen

BERSERKERS GONE…well, YOU KNOW! Sif battles to contain one of her Berserker pals’ murderous rampage..! Can she come to terms with her new abilities and serve Asgard…? The GUT-RIPPING CONCLUSION!!

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Peanuts #7, includes stories by Vicki Scott, art by Stephanie Gladden and Paige Braddock, and colors by Lisa Moore and Nina Kester

Rock and Bowl! The Peanuts gang is headed to the bowling alley, and no one wants to win that coveted tournament trophy like Charlie Brown! If you’re looking for laughs, this issue is a full strike! Ask your retailer about the Franklin 1st appearance variant cover!

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Plume #4 by K. Lynn Smith

Reeling from recent events, Vesper and Corrick manage to find safe haven in a nearby desert town, but that doesn’t mean the locals are eager to help them track down those who want them dead. A saloon girl of “questionable” talents may be the only person with the guts to help them.

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Savage Skullkickers #1, colored by Misty Coats

SAVAGE SKULLKICKERS: a modern reinterpretation that gets back to the roots of these timeless characters. It’s a bold new direction, a continuing story and a newly added adjective! Our twentieth issue is brand a new #1! Welcome to comic math. P.S. Retailers: Rack this comic beside other new “Savage” comics you may have hanging around the shop. We won’t mind.

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Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon #3, co-written by Leah Moore

At William Brown Museum, Holmes and Watson examine the clawed remains of curator Christopher Connor and find themselves on the trail of a mysterious missing object. Inspector Thornton has to deal with the bloody aftermath of crime lord Drummond’s somewhat unorthodox approach to dog fighting, while down at the docks a visit is paid to a vessel by the name of Matilda Briggs.

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Star Trek #19, art by Claudia Balboni

As excitement builds for the upcoming film sequel, the ongoing STAR TREK comics series shows fans the events that shaped the lives of the beloved Enterprise crew! In this issue we discover what led young Montgomery Scott to devote himself to engineering, as we witness his first steps on the journey that would take him across the galaxy! Overseen by Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci, this all-new tale sheds light on a classic character!

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Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi - Prisoner of Bogan #4, art by Jan Duursema

Even as the Je’daii close in on the mysterious Xesh and his mad ally Daegen Lok, a third party has entered the chase-a powerful woman from Xesh’s past.

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The Unwritten #47, cover by Yuko Shimizu

“Orpheus in the Underworld” part 1! Still on his quest to bring Lizzie back from the dead, Tom Taylor has made it as far as Hades—but he’s left his memories behind in the waters of Lethe. Now he’s face-to-face with the king of the underworld, who’s got his own sinister agenda and no good reason to offer Tom an Orpheus deal…

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