Infinity Countdown #2 Infinity Countdown #2 - Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Aaron Kuder & Mike Hawthorne. Cover by Nick Bradshaw. Variant Cover by Ron Lim. Venom 30th Variant Cover by TBA. Connecting Variant Cover by Aaron Kuder. Super Skrull Holds Infinity Variant Cover by Adi Granov.

THE BATTLE FOR THE STONES CONTINUES!

The secret is out about the Power Stone, and the Chitauri are in on the action as the Raptors, Novas and Guardians meet for a showdown in space!

PLUS: Adam Warlock enters the fray after the events of INFINITY COUNTDOWN: ADAM WARLOCK - his next move will set the stage for cosmic chaos to come!

Rated T+ - 40 pgs./$4.99 - On Sale April 18th


Annihilation: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 TPB Annihilation: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 TPB - Written by Simon Furman, Keith Giffen, Christos Gage & Stuart Moore. Art by Jorge Lucas, Andrea DiVito, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Mike McKone & Scott Kolins. Cover by Gabriele Dell'Otto.

The cosmic epic concludes, and the Marvel Universe will never be the same!

Exiled and on the run, Ronan the Accuser faces the deadliest women in the galaxy - including Gamora!

As war rages across the universe, Richard Rider, the new Nova Prime, must marshal a united front against Annihilus and his lethal Annihilation Wave!

Drax the Destroyer, Peter "Star-Lord" Quill, Moondragon and Phyla-Vell join the fight to guard the galaxy - but what chilling plan does Annihilus have for Galactus?

Whose side is Thanos on, and what will happen when he faces down Drax? Can Ronan save the Kree Empire from Annihilus' forces? And how can Nova's ragtag team possibly defeat the Annihilation Wave, stop the war and save the galaxy?

Collecting ANNIHILATION: RONAN #1-4, ANNIHILATION #1-6, ANNIHILATION: HERALDS OF GALACTUS #1-2 and ANNIHILATION: THE NOVA CORPS FILES.

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Champions #20 Champions #20 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Sean Izaakse. Cover by Stefano Caselli.

What good is conquering a world if it's already destroyed by the time you take over?

The Master is determined to save Earth from itself and the Champions are going to help him do it...Plus, a new hero from an unexpected source - Who is Snowguard?

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale May 2nd

Super Heroes #2
Cover Date: July 2010
Release Date: May 12, 2010
Writer: Paul Tobin
Penciler: Ronan Cliquet
Inker: Amilton Santos
Colorist: Sotocolor
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Assistant Editor: Michael Horwitz
Editor: Nathan Cosby
Cover Artists: Clay Henry
& Guru eFX
Production: Taylor Esposito

In Austin, Texas, a huge crowd of people are gathered waiting for the arrival of the former herald of Galactus named Firelord. Among the crowd are the Black Widow and the Invisible Woman while Iron Man hovers above the massive crowd watching for potential trouble.

Sue and Natasha report that the people are behaving themselves. Widow notices that a number of supervillains are amongst the normal citizens. The crowd has gathered in response to a classified ad placed on megslist on the Internet. The ad was supposedly placed there by the cosmic being known as Galactus who is searching for a new herald. It also mentions that Firelord will appear to validate the classified.

Meanwhile, on Liberty Island near New York City, Captain America, the Vision and Nova are repairing the damage done to the Statue of Liberty by Magneto. Rich mentions to Steve that he believes he should have been at the Galactus rally instead of the Black Widow due to his power levels. Cap explains that Nova's powers were needed at the statue. He also points out that, compared to Galactus, none of them would have a chance.

Back at the gathering, Natasha and Sue discuss what they should do if Firelord appears or doesn't appear. They agree that the best plan is to watch and react. As the clock reaches noon, the former herald of Galactus arrives from the sky! He announces that the classified ad is legitimate and that one person in the crowd will receive the power cosmic.

The Avengers notice that Firelord is talking about how the new herald will not have to pay taxes and women will fall madly in love with the chosen one. Iron Man is also curious how Firelord was able to appear without being seen by him.

As the controller of flames hands out job applications, the Invisible Woman tells the Avengers to stay calm in order to prevent the crowd from becoming a mob. The former herald of Galactus informs everyone who is watching the event on TV or the Internet that they can download the application and send it in. All Galactus wants is proof that the applicants are willing to sacrifice their former lives in order to serve him. Firelord tells the audience to bring one priceless item to him as the proof.

Five hours later in Avengers Mansion, the Black Widow, Iron Man and Invisible Woman discuss their next actions with Captain America. Sue Storm indicates that she has sent Thor to the Louvre to protect the valuable art inside. The Vision is protecting the Metropolitan while Nova heads to Musee D'Orsay. The Avengers are afraid that the Galactus applicants will resort to stealing priceless artifacts in order to prove their sacrifice.

While the group continues their conversation, the Black Widow silently goes to the gym. Once there, she contacts Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four via a holgraphic communicator. Natasha updates Reed on her progress and notes that it has been a difficult job since Sue is always watching them. Mr. Fantastic reminds her that she must continue their plan since many lives are at stake.

As his holgram fades, Iron Man and the Invisible Woman enter the gymnasium. Sue notes that things are not as they appear. Natasha is afraid her secret communications have been discovered. She is relieved to hear that Sue Storm was talking about the situation with Firelord.

Iron Man has noticed that the former herald's speech patterns were different than they were in the past. The Invisible Woman mentions his focus on taxes and time clocks seemed odd as he is a cosmic being who shouldn't have interest in them. Tony Stark tells Natasha that an analysis of the monument Firelord destroyed when he arrived has found traces of an explosive called pentrite. They all come to the conclusion that the former herald of Galactus who arrived at the gathering is a fake.

Two hours later at Musee D'Orsay in Paris, France, Nova has captured his ninth group of robbers attempting to rob the institution. He mentions to Sue and Natasha that he can't understand the language and no one can understand him. Sue Storm informs him that his communicator has a built-in translator function.

The female Avengers leave a confused human rocket to go check in with Thor at the Louvre. The god of thunder has been generating powerful thunderstorm to discourage criminal activity and doing it successfully.

Captain America helps local police efforts in Mannheim, Germany while the Vision captures art thieves at the Met.

The Invisible Woman reveals that there are seven drop-off points throughout the world for people who willingly want to sacrifice their own priceless items. After the valuables are left, they mysteriously disappear.

Three hours later, Iron Man and Sue Storm arrive at a downtown building. Tony Stark confirms that the address matches the shipping address on the pentrite's manifest and had also received a shipment of pyrotechnics. Sue uses a force bubble to shatter the doors open.

As they enter the building, Iron Man and the Invisible Woman casually talk about their fellow Avengers. Sue thinks one of the Avengers has been flirting with her. Tony asks if she means Captain America. She says she meant Nova and questions why he would think it was Steve. The armored Avenger quickly changes the topic back to Nova as he feels he is more the Black Widow's type. Sue Storm laughs as she says that Natasha would eat Rich alive.

Their conversation is interrupted when they come across Galactus! The giant destroyer of worlds launches a barrage of energy beams at the two Avengers. They easily dodge the attack and respond with their own counter attack! Suddenly, the Silver Surfer appears and joins in the attack on Iron Man and the Invisible Woman!

During the battle, the duo of Avengers have been purposely moving towards a particular area in the warehouse. Tony Stark reaches behind a curtain and pulls out the supervillain named Mysterio. Tony reveals to the villain that they suspected all along that he was behind the Galactus hoax. He also informs Mysterio that his hallucinogenic gas hasn't affected them because his armor is sealed and Sue has been wearing an invisible gas mask.

The man behind the hoax signals his henchmen to open fire on the heroes. Their lasers are easily deflected by Iron Man's armor. The hired thugs hear Sue Storm calling out to them but can't see her. However, they quickly feel her force bubbles knock them to the floor.

With his men unconscious and his powers neutralized, Mysterio begins to tell the Avengers how he managed his hoax. He reveals that he had partnered with a computer genius named Greg Broglow. Broglow placed the classified ad while Mysterio rigged Firelord's appearance with a man in a jetpack and body paint. The bubbleheaded bad guy also tells the two heroes that he was the one who had made the treasures disappear.

He offers to tell them where Broglow is if they let him escape. The Avengers decline his offer and Iron Man shatters Mysterio's glass helmet and knocks him out.

Meanwhile, at Broglow's Best Bistro in Trenton, New Jersey, Greg Broglow is busy looking at the valuable he has helped steal. Suddenly, all of his computer screens register a massive system failure! He turns to find the Black Widow standing behind him!


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