New Warriors-related comics for February ’08

Marvel solicitations for February 2008 have been released. Not as big of a month as in months past, but still plenty to check out. The next New Warriors story arc begins with Sofia on her first mission. The first Nova Annual is released. A death in the Avengers: The Initiative cast! The conclusion of Iron Man & Power Pack. Plus another Thunderbolts one-shot, Cloak in House of M: Avengers, Ultimate Firestar meets Magneto in Ultimate Spider-Man, and the beginning of a hardcover series collecting and updating Official Handbook profiles from 2004 to the present!

Click through for full solicit blurbs and cover images…

NEW WARRIORS #9
Written by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Penciled by PACO MEDINA
Cover by NIC KLEIN
Now officially a member of the team, former X-Man Sofia Mantega undertakes her first mission as a New Warrior! But when things don’t quite go as planned, the Warriors are left to wonder: Did one of their teammates have an ulterior motive for pulling this job?
32 PGS./Rated T+…$2.99
On-Sale 2/20/08

NOVA ANNUAL #1
Written by DAN ABNETT & Andy Lanning
Penciled by MAHMUD ASRAR, KLEBS JR. & wellinton alves
Cover by NIC KLEIN
The repercussions from ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST rocket Nova into his first Annual! As Nova desperately races to find the key to defeating the Phalanx, the tyrannical techno-fiends make one last attempt to enslave him—in an act that will unravel Richard Rider’s life right back to the moment where he first became the man called Nova – and possibly reveal his future! Ongoing NOVA writers Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning team with new NOVA artist Wellinton Alves and Dynamo 5’s Mahmud Asrar for huge action, shocking drama, and unmissable revelations for the book that Comixtreme.com calls “one of the very best Marvel books currently being published.”
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

On-Sale 2/13/08

Justice, Rage, Slapstick and/or Ultragirl might be in…
AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #10
Written by DAN SLOTT & CHRISTOS GAGE
Pencils & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI
“KILLED IN ACTION” Part 3 of 4
“Confirmed Kills”
For some time you’ve known the secret of the SCARLET SPIDERS. Now here’s what happens when CLOUD 9 finds out! Just how will the Initiative’s resident headcase react to Michael, Van, and Patrick? And if that wasn’t bad enough, just wait till you see what happens to another of our longstanding cadets! More death! More mayhem! No mercy!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
On-Sale 2/27/08

Penance may be in…
THUNDERBOLTS: INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by BEN OLIVER
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
The Thunderbolts work for the American government…but the Radioactive Man and the Swordsman are foreign citizens. When a mission goes against the interests of their home countries, where will their loyalties lie — with their team, their homeland…or themselves?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

On-Sale 2/27/08

IRON MAN AND POWER PACK #4 (of 4)
Written by MARC SUMERAK
& CHRIS GIARRUSSO
Penciled by MARCELO DICHIARA
& CHRIS GIARRUSSO
Cover by GURIHIRU
Iron Pack Assemble! Iron Man suits the Power kids up in style for the series finale. And how do they repay the golden Avenger for the cool new costumes? By destroying all of the hero’s classic armors…and then turning the fight against Iron Man himself! Geez…kids these days! It’s hero vs. hero…as a sinister super-villain secretly pulls the strings! Part 2 of 2.
Plus…MINI MARVELS!!!!
32 PGS./All Ages…$2.99

On-Sale 2/13/08

Cloak in…
HOUSE OF M: AVENGERS #5 (of 5)
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Pencils & Cover by MIKE PERKINS
The action-packed conclusion! Thunderbird and the Brotherhood begin their purge of Sapien Town, backed by the authority of the House of M! Only Luke Cage and The Avengers stand in their way! But will there be anything left of Sapien Town when the smoke clears…?
32 PGS./Rated T+…$2.99
On-Sale 2/27/08

Ultimate Firestar in…
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #119
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by STUART IMMONEN
Wolverine is in the pages of ULTIMATES 3 so why can’t Magneto be here? One of Peter’s friends at Midtown High had a secret: they’re a mutant! But now the secret is out, and it’s all that Spider-Man can do to keep the entire school from totally freaking out! And just to knock the situation into even more of a panic, here comes the most malevolent mutant of all:
Magneto, Master of Magnetism!
32 PGS./Rated A…$2.99
On-Sale 2/27/08

Various New Warriors profiles in…
ALL-NEW OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE A TO Z VOL. 1 PREMIERE HC
Written by JEFF CHRISTIANSEN, MIKE FICHERA, STUART VANDAL, MARK O’ENGLISH, SEAN MCQUAID, MADISON CARTER, MICHAEL HOSKIN, RONALD BYRD, ERIC J. MOREELS, DAVID WILTFONG, CHAD ANDERSON, ANTHONY FLAMINI, JACOB ROUGEMONT, GABRIEL SHECHTER, RICH GREEN, CHRIS BIGGS, AL SJOERDSMA, DAVID SEXTON, BILL LENTZ, BARRY REESE, JONATHAN COUPER-SMARTT, MIKE RAICHT & STEPHEN FAULKNER.
Cover by TOM GRUMMETT
The most exciting and comprehensive Marvel handbook is finally here! Beginning a twelve-volume guide to the Marvel Universe with more than 100 huge entries in each tome! This issue – from 1602 to Blackwulf! Spotlighting people (Angel, Annihilus, Ant-Man, Apocalypse, Arachne, Ares, Aurora, Banshee, Baron Zemo, Beast, Beta Ray Bill, Bishop, Black Bolt, Black Knight, Black Panther, Black Widow), places (Atlantis), teams (AIM, Acolytes, Agents of Atlas, Alpha Flight, Avengers), species (Badoon), alternate realities (2020, 2099, the Age of Apocalypse) and more!
240 PGS./Rated T+ …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3028-4
Trim Sized: Standard
On-Sale 2/6/08

A quick FAQ on the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Premiere Hardcovers for 2008.

What is the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Premiere Hardcover?

This is a series of 12 volumes, each monthly, that will take almost every Official Handbook since the book’s revival in 2004 and collect them into one complete series. The entire run will be re-shuffled into alphabetic format. Each book is 240 pages and the first runs from the beginning up through Blackwing.

What is it comprised of?

It will be comprised of the following Handbooks:

-Avengers 2004
-Avengers 2005
-Fantastic Four 2005
-Hulk 2004
-Daredevil 2004
-Spider-Man 2004
-Spider-Man 2005
-Spider-Man: Back in Black 2007
-Wolverine 2004
-X-Men 2004
-X-Men 2005
-Alternate Universes 2005
-Book of the Dead 2004
-Golden Age 2004
-Horror 2005
-Marvel Knights 2005
-Teams 2005
-Women of Marvel 2005
-All-New OHOTMU 2006 #1-12
-All-New OHOTMU Update 2007 #1-4
-Mystic Arcana HB 2007
-WWH Gamma Files 2007
-Mighty Avengers Most Wanted HB 2007
-Marvel Zombies HB 2007
-X-Men Messiah Complex HB 2007

It will also take selected entries from X-Men: Age of Apocalypse HB. The only OHOTMUs that will not be included will be the three Ultimate HB’s.

The good part: It will also take New Avengers Most Wanted Files and Annihilation Nova Files (including those found outside the ANF book), as well as the four Marvel Legacy Hbs, converting them all into standard (and current) HB format. Also, several special HB-style entries found in specials will be included.

Why not the other Files books like Monster/Bloodstone Files and Civil War Files?

Because those were written too different from the format.

Will the entries be updated?

Yes. Updated, and where needed, expanded. Some are going from 1 page to 3. Others, from 2 to 4. And it won’t just be tacked-on info. Some are receiving full rewrites. If a character has had a name change, it will be reflected. Beak from Exiles, for instance, will be under Blackwing now. This also gives a chance to go back and expand earlier 2004-2005 entries as we didn’t have the space then. More images throughout as well. The Legacy profiles will now be up-to-date.

Will there be any all-new profiles?

Yes, in a manner of speaking. Some (but not all) of the entries that dealt with multiple versions of a particular name/alias will be split up into individual entries. Others will be given their own entries out of necessity. For instance, originally there was a profile for Arsenic & Old Lace. It has since been deemed necessary to give both characters their own individual profile. There will be other surprises too. One team who only gets a one-paragraph mention in a similar team’s profile gets its own in Book 2.

And Data Corrections?

We will be fixing them.

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