Get your hands on a copy of Civil War II #3 here: http://bit.ly/29QlTgZ

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There’s a new inhuman in the Marvel Universe. The guy’s name is Ulysses, and he has quite a power: it appears he can predict the future. Captain Marvel wants to use this ability to prevent tragedies and crimes from occurring. Iron Man, however, thinks it’s wrong to take action against someone before they’ve committed a crime – or maybe even before they’ve thought of it. Now, Ulysses had a vision of the Hulk lashing out. With Civil War II #3, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, and many other heroes visit Bruce Banner to talk about the violent vision Ulysses had about the Green Goliath. But when all is said and done, one character is no longer alive.

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The best day of the year is almost here! Midtown Comics is thrilled to celebrate yet another edition of Free Comic Book Day, both in-store on Saturday, May 7th, and online on Monday, 9th! All of the FCBD titles from every participating publisher will be offered for free, with no purchase required, in-store and online while supplies last. We’ll also have special Midtown-branded editions of two FCBD Marvel and DC Comics – read on for more info on those exclusives!

Please note: Everyone is welcome to one copy of each FCBD title while supplies last. Some titles will be in very limited quantities and are not expected to last all day, and we recommend that you arrive/order online early. FCBD books are not bagged and boarded, condition (grade) is not guaranteed, replacements will not be available. All FCBD titles from our website will start to ship on Wednesday, May 11th. There may be delays due to the volume of orders. We appreciate your patience.

Due to new industry-wide policies, FCBD books cannot be offered online until the Monday after FCBD. Please be aware that while the books are free, there is a handling fee per book

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Order The Wicked + The Divine here: http://bit.ly/1Sy2sGC

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Article by Enrique Varona. Art by Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson.

The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie is the best comic you aren’t reading yet. And if you’re already reading it, you know why everybody else should be. The series focuses on a pantheon of twelve gods that are brought together every ninety years, blessed with supernatural abilities and incredible fame. However, the glory comes at a steep price; they die after two years. And once again, they return, to start the cycle for a new generation.  As the young Laura finds herself roped into this world of intrigue and glamor, she finds that not all gods are good and that fame isn’t everything you want it to be. Oh, and did I mention that the gods are based on pop culture icons such as Rihanna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, David Bowie, and Prince? Now we’re talking.

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Article by Gregg Katzman (and excellent Kraven pic by Skottie Young)

Marvel has a lot of interesting villains. From cosmic heavy-hitters like Thanos to criminal masterminds like the Kingpin, there are a lot of foes who are full of story potential. But, believe it or not, my favorite fiend is one of Spider-Man’s longtime enemies: Sergei Kravinoff, a.k.a. Kraven the Hunter – okay, I guess it’s probably not that hard to believe if you’ve read the title of the article. In fact, I like the guy so much that this is my second time writing about why I think he deserves a comic – the reason is different this time around, though – and, I kid you not, I recently bought myself a bust of the character as an early wedding gift for myself!

To some, Kraven’s a man in a silly costume that occasionally gets punched in the face by Spidey. But to me, he’s a more complex villain – a man who clearly isn’t a good guy (despite technically once being an Avenger!), but he still has his own code of honor. He’s not the kind of guy who wants to blow up a city or take over the world – his stories are smaller in scale and character-driven. He simply wants to be proud of himself and his family. He wants them to be courageous, strong, and able to overcome any obstacle in their way. But what if he wanted to change his ways and use his talents for something more noble? The latest issue of Howard the Duck has placed Kraven on the path to becoming an antihero, and now it’s up to Marvel to capitalize on this story! Yes, the comic focused on being a hilarious comedy, but there’s a legitimately awesome possibility with the character here!

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Check out the full list of new releases here: http://bit.ly/1N79CiP

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Article by Gregg Katzman

Another Wednesday, another wave of excellent new comics! Every addition of new comic book day is worth looking forward to, but there really is a lot to get excited about this week. Marvel’s dropping Old Man Logan #4, Vertigo’s releasing Sheriff of Babylon #5, and, of course, DC has given the world the Wonder Woman: Earth One graphic novel. There are plenty of comics that are more than worthy of your time (see above for the full list), but there are also five #1 issues that we really enjoyed, so we want to make sure they’re on your radar. So, we’re about to briefly explain why you should give these new comics a chance. If the title sounds like a good time to you, go give it a shot. If not, maybe the next one will win you over! Either way, we hope you enjoy reading at least one comic this week!

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This week, it’s a full house of hosts, but who is the mysterious new fourth? Also, Supergirl and The Flash team across networks, DC Comics goes through a rebirth, The Walking Dead teases a death, and comics get in the YA Novel business! All this and more!

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