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Sins and Secrets Revealed in ORIGIN II #3!


This February, blockbuster writer Kieron Gillen and rock star artist Adam Kubert peel back another layer in Wolverine’s shadowy past – and today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at ORIGIN II #3! Witness the very first meeting of the mysterious mutant and the man who would become one of his greatest enemies – the malevolent Mr. Sinister! Broken and savage, the clawed mutant has been pulled back into the world of civilization – by force! Brutally beaten and held captive, the ferocious first “X-Man” is forcibly experimented on by Nathaniel Essex and his Marauders.  And the only man who can save him is…Creed?!

But amid the horrors visited upon him, James Howlett may find the one thing he thought lost forever – his humanity. At some point the Wolverine must choose: is he man or beast? What shocking revelations lie in the untold story of Wolverine’s past?

‘Origin’ Sequel and the Return of Nightcrawler


Marvel is launching two new titles featuring X-Men characters in November:  Wolverine: Origin II and Amazing X-Men.
Marvel’s Origin is getting a sequel written by Kieron Gillen (Phonogram) and drawn by Adam Kubert (Ultimate X-Men).  Wolverine: Origin II #1 will chronicle the early adventures of James Howlett, the clawed curmudgeon more commonly known as Logan.

Set a few years after Origin, the end of which found Logan trapped between his animal and human natures, Origin II further illuminates Wolverine’s transformation from feral beast to heroic X-Man.  Plus, the story promises to reveal the biggest secret behind Wolverine’s greatest enemy.


Amazing X-Men #1, also shipping in November, features the return of Nightcrawler, who gave his life to protect his fellow mutants during X-Men:  Second Coming.  Storm, Beast, and Ice Man, led by Wolverine, must embark on a dangerous journey into the unknown to rescue their teleporting teammate.
Taking place in the aftermath of X-Men:  Battle of the Atom (see "‘X-Men: Battle of the Atom’"), Amazing X-Men #1 is written by Jason Aaron (Wolverine) and drawn by Ed McGuinness (Superman/Batman).

Marvel Spotlight – Hulk #30.1


START READING with this Point One issue. For years, General Thunderbolt Ross chased the Hulk across the planet, hoping to capture and defeat the Jade Giant. Now, Ross himself is a gamma-irradiated force of nature and a new enemy emerges to fill the general’s army boots. His name is Fortean. His mission: to enact vengeance on the beast that took the life of Thunderbolt Ross. Little does he know that the beast and the man are one and the same! Prepare for the birth of the next great Hulk villain!

Nvidia launches GTX 295 and GTX 285


Dual GPU GTX 295 is finally a reality as Nvidia has given the needed official acknowledgement. Two GTX 200 GPUs stuck together make this beast world’s faster dual GPU card. The specs are no surprise here as it is based on 55nm, DirectX 10, internal SLI with 1792MB of DDR3 memory, 480 processor cores and features HDMI and dual link DVI.


Nvidia also announced GTX 285 which is claimed to be the most powerful single GPU with 30% more performance. This one has 1GB of DDR3 memory, 240 processor cores and support for DirectX 10, HDMI and dual link DVI.

GTX 295 is said to be available right now for $499 and GTX 285 will be available from January 15 at a price of $399.

GTX 295
GTX 285


Black Friday Up

Three surveys reported different views of the retail sales picture for Black Friday, and although sales were up, the underlying trends point to a tough holiday season ahead. 

Shopper Trak RCT Corp., which tracks retail sales at over 50,000 stores, reported that sales on Friday were up 3% over last year.

Tracking firm comScore reported that Web sales were up 1% on Friday, and up 2% for Thursday-Friday. November Web sales to date are down 4% vs. 2007.

The National Retail Federation reported results of its shopper survey, in which shoppers surveyed reported spending 7.2% more over the course of the weekend than the year ago period. But the same survey reported that a higher percentage of shoppers are now done with their holiday shopping, indicating that sales will soften more than usual. The NRF also pointed out that many sales were of heavily discounted items, with little margin for retailers. The organization expects holiday spending to rise 2.2% over the 2007 season.

As if the margin pressure weren’t enough, others point out the tens of thousands of jobs that companies are shedding make increases unlikely, as unemployment increases going into the holidays.

Our take on it is that the American consumer is an incredible beast, and it’s tough to bring down. If final numbers actually produce an increase over 2007 for the weekend, despite how it was achieved, it shows there’s life in the old beast yet. And as long as money’s being spent, the season becomes a battle for share of that money in which the consumer’s new concern for value and pursuit of diversion favors the products sold in pop culture stores.