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Marvel's Tsunami
By Brian Jacks


At Wednesday's phone conference with the media, Marvel officially (and finally) released the full information on the six projects they had been teasing about for the past two weeks.

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The current wave of books is part of a single initiative entitled "Tsunami," which Marvel notes is not a separate imprint, although they do say it throws back to the era of the Marvel Knight titles.

Each book will be manga-influenced, the Japanese storytelling style that is hugely popular throughout Asia and is increasing becoming a major force here in America as well. Marvel will pair already recognized, mostly non-superhero writers with manga-influenced storytellers for these books, with such names as Andi Watson attached.

Each of the six books will hit store shelves in April, spearheaded by the $0.25 Namor #1.

The full solicitation text for each book plus preview art now follows.

Cover by Mizuki Sakakibara
Bill Jemas & Andi Watson (w), Mizuki Sakakibara (a)

Beneath the waves, well out of sight from human land dwellers, lies the undersea empire of Atlantis, and its heir is a young hero who yearns for the world above water even as he struggles to maintain his undersea birthright. Japanese manga sensation Mizuki Sakakibara brings the exotic undersea world of young Prince Namor to life in all of its lush and delicate splendor, and writers Bill Jemas (Origin, Ultimate Spider-Man) and Andi Watson (Breakfast After Noon) weave a romantic tale of a young hero who finds love above the waves while gradually coming to terms with who he is.

32 PGS. WITH ADS (each)/FC/ALL AGES...$0.25!


Cover by Mizuki Sakakibara
Bill Jemas & Andi Watson (w), Mizuki Sakakibara (a)
Namor #1 is just 25 cents! Be sure to stock-up on issue #2! Things get complicated for young Prince Namor when he meets a beautiful land-dwelling girl!


Cover by Sam Kieth
Daniel Way (w)/Francisco Herrera (p)

Venom's back and has popped up near the Arctic Circle, leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake. Now able to jump from host-to-host with the greatest of ease, Venom is on the run from mysterious forces, each with their own agenda for the elusive alien. But is this the same Venom that we've come to know and fear? How does Eddie Brock figure in this? A big budget, sci-fi/horror, rollercoaster ride that reintroduces one of Spider-Man's most deadly foes into the Marvel Universe.


Cover by Udon
Sean McKeever (w)/Udon (p)
"SALVAGE" Part 1

Juston Seyfert is about to make a discovery that will change his life: the ravaged remains of a giant robot buried in his family's salvage yard! But what could a downtrodden, disillusioned high school sophomore possibly do with a 30-foot tall engine of destruction? Anything he wants! "SENTINEL is a teen sci-fi drama about finding your voice, learning to stand up for yourself without being irresponsible, and discovering what it means to be a hero in the 21st century," says writer Sean McKeever. "Oh yeah, it's also about a boy and his giant robot."


Cover by Skottie Young
Karl Kesel (w)l/Skottie Young (p)
"BURN" Part 1.

Deep inside, Johnny Storm has a burning desire for...something...and not just when he bursts into flame as the Human Torch. Though rich, famous & privy to sights and experiences most people can't imagine, something's missing - A direction. A purpose. A spark... Writer Karl Kesel and future superstar artist Skottie Young reignite that spark and redefine the FF's youngest, most impetuous member. Now more fire-like than ever, Johnny is capable of great warmth, and even greater fury. Is he always on the edge of exploding into a raging inferno, or just having so much fun he wants everyone to think so?!


Cover by Joseph Michael Linsner
Brian K. Vaughan (w)/Jorge Lucas (p)
"Dead Drop Gorgeous" Part 1

Mystique can be anything you want her to be... In a world of intrigue and seduction, where mutants are feared and hated and the X-MEN are not enough to protect them, Mystique uses her shape-shifting abilities to further her own mutant rights agenda. And to get want she wants, she's not afraid to do whatever's necessary. Mystique's true motives are put to the test in this brand new beginning for the mutant chameleon.


Cover by Jo Chen
Brian K. Vaughan (w)/Adrian Alphona (p)

At some point in their lives, all young people believe that they have something to runaway from home for? But what if it they REALLY do? When six young friends discover that their parents all share a deep, dark secret, the shocked teens find strength in one another and together run away from their homes and straight into the adventure of their lives. Smallville meets Harry Potter in this all-ages action/adventure series.



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