Image Comics solicitations for April, 2003

Wed, January 22nd, 2003 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Image Comics has provided CBR News with covers and solicit information for product shipping April, 2003.

THE AGENTS #1 (of 6)
(W) Kevin Gunstone


(A) Ben Dunn


(Cover) Ben Dunn


BW 32pp $2.95 Six issue monthly finite series


In stores the week of April 30th.

The Concept


From the ashes of nuclear devastation wrought on the cities of Washington and Moscow thirty years ago, a planet wide protectorate was formed in Britain called The Agency.

As The Agency, they enforce their own brand of defensive guardianship through espionage and counteraction, although not all of the Earth is united in this New World Order as individual countries, states and rival organizations threaten to undermine and destroy all The Agency stand for.

This Issue


Responsible for the destruction of the twin capital cities, the villainous Professor Daedalus has reappeared on the world stage. Suffering from a fatal tumor, Daedalus is offering his thirty years of scientific research for the benefit of mankind.

In answer to Daedalus' message, Nigel Cord, former superspy and head of the Agency's spyschool, is dispatched to South America where he bids to erase the memory of his failed mission against Daedalus years earlier.

Copyright


The Agents is ™ and Kevin Gunstone and Ben Dunn, 2003, All right reserved.

ANGRY CHRIST COMIX: THE REVISED HARDCOVER EDITION
by Joseph Michael Linsner


BW 176pp $29.95 Hardcover

HARDCOVER LIMITED EDITION


Signed and Numbered Edition by creator Joseph Michael Linsner. Limited to 1000 Copies.


BW 176pp $39.95 Hardcover


In stores the week of April 23rd.

The Concept


Before Joe Linsner gave the world his Goddess of rebirth, Dawn, there was "Cry for Dawn"; a black and white anthology featuring some of the darkest stories to ever see print in the medium of comics. "Angry Christ Comix" collects Linsner's finest work from that early 90's milestone, exploring such contemporary nightmares as AIDS, unplanned parenthood and corporate America. Out-of-print for several years, this new hardcover edition features a revised version of the infamous 22-page "tattoo" story from "Cry for Dawn #2". Lushly painted, all-Linsner artwork illustrates this 176-page collection of perfect bedtime stories for angry young souls. New cover and footnotes by JML.

Copyright


Angry Christ Comix is Joseph Michael Linsner, 2003. All right reserved.

ARIA: THE USES OF ENCHANTMENT #2 (of 4)
(W) Brian Holquin


(A) Lan Medina


(Cover) Jay Anacleto


FC 32pp $2.95 Four-issue finite monthly series


In stores the week of April 23rd.

The Concept


Somewhere around the corner, just beyond the edge of perception, lies a world you never dreamed existed: A world where creatures of myth and gods long thought dead walk unnoticed among the crowded streets of Manhattan. Aria follows the adventures of Lady Kildare, a faerie princess living in Greenwich Village, and her strange circle of immortal friends. Combining sumptuous illustrations, deeply realized characters and deftly paced narrative, Aria is an unforgettable fairy tale for grown-ups.

This Issue


Arriving in a mysterious magic kingdom tucked away in the Catskills, Kildare is the guest of honor at a wondrous feast. We meet a number of unique characters: Hans, a talking Hedgehog; Ember, the Burning Girl; The shadowy Hunter; the remote and icy Queen Joyous -- and a strange being claiming to be Oberon, one-time king of Faerie. But Kildare soon suspects that beneath the foundations of this enchanted land lies a dark and tragic secret.

Copyright


ARIA. is copyright and trademark Brian Holguin and Brian Haberlin, 2003. All rights reserved.

ATHENA INC.TP Vol. I: THE MANHUNTER PROJECT


(W) Brian Haberlin


(A) Jay Anacleto


FC 240pp $19.95 Trade Paperback


In stores the week of April 9th.

The Concept


Athena Inc., the blackest of black ops, has come up with the perfect operative. She can't be caught. And even if she could be, there is no way to link her to any action because she doesn't even know she's an agent. Heck, she doesn't even look like their agent. She was hailed as a success…that was until…the genetic trigger that enables her to switch personas began to break down. Now she can switch forms more or less on her own. And now she's a threat to the security of Athena Inc. and must be dealt with. But who will deal with whom first?

Athena Inc: THE MANHUNTER PROJECT collects issues 1-6 of the regular series. This fully self-contained storyline is a perfect starting point for new readers as the regular series continues a new story arc. The collection includes a cover gallery of all alternate covers and a special MAKING OF ATHENA article by Brian Haberlin and Jay Anacleto taking you from the genesis of the idea through every step of the of making the comic…a great bonus for those fans who want to know how it all comes together.

This critically acclaimed and fan favorite series collected here for the first time is a guaranteed page-turner.

Copyright


ATHENA INC. is and ™ Brian Haberlin, 2003. All right reserved.

BUNKER
by Bruce Mutard


BW 96pp $9.95 Graphic Novel


In stores the week of April 16th.

The Concept


Getting through high school is hard enough without being in love with the girl next door, especially when she just likes you only as a friend. Jason has this problem with Annie, but when late one night she sneaks into his room asking to sleep over in his bunk bed every night because she was afraid of a ghost in her room, he thought his luck was about to change. Alas, some mysterious shadow has fallen over Annie and their friendship starts to feel the strain. As he struggles to maintain a balance between his feelings of respect for their friendship and his yearnings for her, he realizes that there may be more to her silly ghost story than he knew and a dark and terrible secret from the past is revealed. The Bunker is a stark tale of adolescent trials and tribulations in modern suburbia where behind the front fence and picture windows lie the troubles of the human heart.

Copyright


The Bunker is ™ and Bruce Mutard 2003. All rights reserved.

CLOCKMAKER #3 (of 12)
(W) Jim Krueger


(A) Matt Smith and Zach Howard


FC 16pp (Folds out from standard comic size to glossy high-quality CSN/Marvel Treasury Edition size) $2.50 12 issue epic


In stores the week of April 23rd.

The Concept


Hidden within a hollow mountain in Switzerland is a giant clockworks. Hundreds of men that never age maintain the old behemoths operation. The clock is the cause and sustainer of the Earth's revolutions. And more, it is the gateway to Heaven itself.

Which is why the Clockmaker and her family are about to go through hell.

"The mouth is interesting because it's one of those places where the dry outside moves toward the slippery inside" -Jenny Holzer

This Issue


Astrid discovers that her father's and brother's deaths may not have been an accident as she comes under attack from a creature spawned in the pits below the clockworks. Plus, Hans begins to wonder how such terrible deaths could happen at the gates of heaven.

Copyright


The Clockmaker is ™ and Jim Krueger, 2003. All rights reserved.

DEFIANCE #7
(W) Douglas Barre


(A) Kano Kang and Zack Suh


(Cover) Kano Kang and Zack Suh


FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing Bimonthly series


In stores the week of April 9th.

The Concept


The battle lines for the final war between Earth, Hell and Heaven have been drawn... but only the mortal man named Ivan can see them. He has been entrusted with the flaming angelic sword once wielded by Lucifer and all he has to do is to pass it on to Satan's daughter. Unfortunately, she's not interested in getting involved. Even more unfortunately, Satan's son Dirge is. Sometimes the only escape from destiny... is Defiance!

This Issue


"The Scabbard"


Part three of four


Sipher, the Devil's daughter, is the key to stopping Satan's plans for universal dominion... but when she's attacked by Dirge and his army of demons with only a retired Hellion and a dead man to protect her, well... there's no nice way to put this: she runs away. Meanwhile, both Ivan and Mayor Thibodeaux come to personal crossroads... and one of them makes the wrong decision. So wrong. So very, very, very wrong.

Copyright


Defiance is ™ and Chimp Daddy Studios, 2003. All rights reserved.

DOMINION #4
(W) Ross Richie and Keith Giffen


(P) Keith Giffen


(I) Dave Elliot


(Cover) Keith Giffen and Dave Elliot


FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing Monthly series


In stores the week of April 16th.

The Concept


What if super-heroes had no code of honor? What if they lived to protect themselves alone? What if super-powers corrupted -- absolutely?

An alien virus, destroyer of millions of worlds, infects a handful of souls who begin to form a new world order a dominion. Standing between them and the destruction of the planet is a band of ordinary people armed only with their wits, their courage, and the desperation to survive.

This Issue


Fires raging across the night, cars strewn across the street like child's toys. The city a skeleton. Streaked over and landed, feet punching holes in the pavement. Eyes dancing with power, intoxicated by the sheer joy of all the chaos and mayhem.

Then he noticed me.

Copyright


Dominion is ™ and Keith Giffen and Ross Richie, 2003. All rights reserved.

FIREBREATHER #4 (of 4)
(W) Phil Hester


(A) Andy Kuhn


(C) Andy Kuhn


FC 32pp $2.95 Four issue finite series


In stores the week of April 2nd.

The Concept


Divorce is tough for any teenager, but when your mother is a typical suburban soccer mom and your dad is a 300 foot tall, city trampling, battleship devouring monster things get even tougher. This is Duncan Rosenblatt's reality. His mom wants him to get into a good college, his dad wants him to go into the family business, namely conquering the Earth and ascending to his rightful place as king of all monsters.

This Issue


Duncan find himself trapped between two lives. Too humane to succeed in his father's world of conquest and battle, but too feral for the world of men, he abandons both and flees into the wilderness. His path is chosen for him when his mother is kidnapped and he must unleash his full fury to save her. Will the monster or the man triumph in the end?

Copyright


Firebreather is ™ and Phil Hester & Andy Kuhn, 2003. All right reserved.

G.I. JOE #17
(W) Josh Blaylock


(P) Brandon Badeaux


(I) John Larter


(Cover) Keron Grant & Cory Hamscher


FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing Monthly series


In stores the week of April 16th.

The Concept


G.I. JOE is the code name for America's daring and highly trained special mission force. It's purpose: to defend freedom against COBRA, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.

This Issue


During his seven year absence running from the United States government, Cobra Commander found sanctuary with others like him. Dictators, criminals, and corrupt officials. Unknown to them at the time, he was slowly converting THEIR troops to rebuild the Cobra army. Now they want payback, and what better way to do this than by teaming up, and kidnapping two people most likely to know where to find him Flint and the Baroness!

Copyright


Hasbro, it's logo, G.I. JOE, and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. 2003 Hasbro, Inc. All rights reserved.

G.I. JOE FRONTLINE #7
(W) Dan Jolly


(P) Drew Johnson & Tom Feister


(I) Ray Snyder


(Cover) Tony Harris


FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series


In stores the week of April 9th.

The Concept


G.I. Joe Frontline expands the action of the regular G.I. JOE series into another title, featuring a cast of rotating creative teams. Frontline allows us to see the G.I. JOE universe through the eyes of different artists, and of course, is full of action, action, action!

This Issue


Still trapped inside the frozen arctic base with an unknown number of savage, bloodthirsty creatures, four of the Joes -- Duke, Snake Eyes, Scarlett, and Frostbite -- discover clues to the single human survivor lost somewhere deep within the caverns below the complex. Meanwhile, Airtight and Lifeline must deal with the question of Lifeline's possible infection by the creatures... It's explosive action and crawling paranoia as "Icebound" continues.

Copyright


Hasbro, it's logo, G.I. JOE, and all related characters are trademarks

of Hasbro and are used with permission. 2003 Hasbro, Inc. All rights reserved.

GRRL SCOUTS: WORK SUCKS #3 (of 4)
by Jim Mahfood


BW 32pp $2.95 Four-issue finite series


In stores the week of April 9th.

The Concept


The Grrl Scouts are back! Cute, independent, and full of attitude, Gwen, Daphne, and Rita are three girls doing what they have to do to survive in big bad Freak City. Whether they're painting graffiti, skateboarding, or just hanging out, the Grrls are the respected badasses of their neighborhood. The Grrl Scouts comic book experience mixes fresh artwork, underground hip-hop culture, witty dialogue and social satire into one unique book. See the characters that helped put hot indy artist Jim Mahfood on the map!

This Issue


The reality of real jobs sets in as the Grrls settle into their new lifestyles. Rita finds happiness making money off of her art and a possible romance between her and Hectk. Daphne is shocked to learn the true trials and tribulations of working in a club. And Gwen, after being fired from yet another job, finds work at the community youth center. Could this be her true calling or will she simply be corrupting the minds of the youth of Freak City?

Copyright


Grrl Scouts is ™ and copyright 2003 Jim Mahfood. All rights reserved.

HEIRS OF ETERNITY #1(of 4)
(W) Jose L. Torres


(P) Jae Tsai


(I) Jim Royal


(Cover) Jae Tsai


FC 32pp $2.95 Four issue monthly finite series


In stores the week of April 30th.

The Concept


Music of the spheres, or the perfect order of art and science, rule our world. But what would you do if this music became discordant? If the cacophony of the cosmos shattered the thin veil of reality and rained the jagged shards of your whole world and all your preconceived notions of Heaven, Hell, good, evil and everything in between down on you, what would you have left? Sorry, but some questions have no answer.

This Issue


There are few things worth dying for…Choose wisely.

Love and hate are opposite ends of a two edged sword. When five beings take up this sword, they find that perhaps it is more than any one of them can handle. Their modest lives take high-speed turns as they slowly lose control of everything they hold dear. Caught up in the entropy that is extreme emotion, their lives come crashing together. Some may make it out and others…

Copyright


Heirs of Eternity is ™ and Jose L. Torres and Jae Tsai, 2003. All

rights reserved.

HELLSPAWN #24
Todd McFarlane Productions


(W) Steve Niles


(A) Ben Templesmith


FC 32pp $2.50 Ongoing monthly series


In stores the week of April 23rd.

The Concept


Featuring the same core character as the long-running Spawn comic book, Hellspawn mires the protagonist in a dark, foreboding world of grime and dirty secrets. While Spawn highlights a battle between the dark and the light, Hellspawn is struggling mightily to keep the blackness at bay. This book is the stripped-down ugly essence of Todd McFarlane's Hell-born creation.

This Issue


There is no escaping the shroud that follows the Hellspawn. Living as a semi-human, the Hellspawn has enjoyed an almost-normal life. Now the shadow has him and it will not let go. Will the Hellspawn escape or will he live to serve the darkness and take Earth with him?

Copyright


Hellspawn is ™ and Todd McFarlane Productions, 2003. All right reserved.

INVINCIBLE #4
(W) Robert Kirkman


(A) Cory Walker


(C) Bill Crabtree


(Cover) Cory Walker & Bill Crabtree.


FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing Monthly series


In stores the week of April 9th.

The Concept


Mark Grayson is just like most everyone else his age. He's a senior at a normal American high School. He has a crappy part time job after school and on weekends. He likes girls quite a bit… but doesn't quite understand them. He enjoys hanging out with his friends, and sleeping late on Saturdays… at least until the good cartoons come on. The only difference between Mark and everyone else is that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, and as of late, he seems to be inheriting his father's powers. Which sounds okay at first, but how do you follow in your father's footsteps when you know you will never live up to his standards?

This Issue


In this issue we finally find out what's going on with all those human bombs we've been hearing so much about. Unfortunately, Mark finds himself a hapless victim of a plot for revenge that was set in motion years ago, of which he has nothing to do with! Mark's life begins to take shape, as climactic events and situations cause him to rethink his regular course of action. Trust us, folks, all bets are off. After this one... everything will be different... in a good way, we promise.

Copyright


Invincible ™ and Robert Kirkman & Cory Walker, 2003. All right reserved.

JACK STAFF # 2
by Paul Grist


FC 32 pp $2.95 Bi-monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of April 2nd.

The Concept


Jack Staff is Britain's Greatest Hero. At least he was. For years he fought the bad guys and all the weird stuff that followed him around. Then, twenty years ago, he disappeared, and everybody forgot about him. Now he's back, and all the old bad guys and weird stuff have started crawling back out of the woodwork too. They never went away. They just got a little bit more bad and a little bit more weird.

This Issue


Twenty years ago, Jack Staff fought Hurricane, the British Army's unstoppable secret weapon, to a standstill. It was the most violent battle Castletown had ever witnessed. Twenty years on and the violence returns to the streets of Castletown as people become more prone to violent outbursts of anger - Rage Attacks - and no one is immune, not even Tom Tom the Robot Man.

Copyright


Jack Staff is ™ and Paul Grist, 2003. All rights reserved.

KARZA #3 (of 4)
(W) Jim Krueger


(P) Steve Kurth


(I) Ray Snyder


(Cover) Steve Kurth


F C 3 2 pp $ 2 . 9 5 Ongoing monthly series


In stores the week of April 2nd.

The Concept


Ryan Archer faces the ultimate question as he must decide whether or not to kill Karza as a child. Meanwhile, the Time Traveler reveals the childhood of Karza, as he learns hard lessons in a hard world. As young Karza grows from slave to scientist, he gains all the tools necessary to become either a great savior or the greatest monster the universe has ever known. If Ryan doesn't stop him, thousands will die, but if he kills Karza, will he be destined to take his place?

This Issue


Ryan Archer and the mysterious Time Traveller witness Karza's bloody rise to power only to find that forces are conspiring in the future to keep them from changing the past. All this and Archer begins to suspect that his mysterious ally may want Archer's death instead of Karza's.

Copyright


Micronauts, its logo, and all related characters are trademarks of A.G.E. and are used with permission. 2003 A.G.E. All rights reserved.

KORE #1
(W) Josh Blaylock


(P) Tim Seeley


(I) Cory Hamscher


Cover A Tim Seeley and Cory Hamscher


Cover B Greg Capullo


FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series


In stores the week of April 9th.

The Concept


Alex Crane has spent much of his life dodging responsiblity. But when a big mistake curses him with the power of the Mantikore, Alex has the weight of two worlds on his shoulders. Alex is sent to a strikingly familiar fantasy world of elves, dwaves and vampires, but one key element is gone. Magic. A stranger in a strange land, and a strange powerful body, Alex must escape from those that would exploit his dark powers.

This Issue


An eons old wizard has finally found it...the tomb of the Mantikore...the universe's oldest, darkest power. Or has he? Enter Alex Crane, a slacker college student with a crappy job, and problems with his girlfriend. When Alex blunderingly releases an ancient evil, he'll have more to worry about than rent and his lovelife. KORE #1 introduces the title character and leads into the dark, fun and twsted world of KORE.

Copyright


KORE, its logo, and all related characters are trademarks of Devil's Due Publishing. 2003 Devil's Due. All rights reserved.

LIBERTY MEADOWS #31
by Frank Cho


BW 32 pp $2.95 Bi-monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of April 16th.

Concept


Life and love in Liberty Meadows animal sanctuary, where anything and everything can happen.

This Issue


Part 2 of the heart wrenching "The Long Cold Winter" story. Trapped in an abandoned cabin as Frank fights for his life, Brandy discovers her true feelings for Frank. Jen complicates things as she wiggles into Frank's love life. And a special guest appearance by the Grim Reaper.

New widescreen format. All the comic strips are completely remastered and uncensored.

Copyright


Liberty Meadows is ™ and Frank Cho, 2003. All right reserved.

LOVEBUNNY AND MR. HELL: SAVAGE LOVE
(W) Tim Seeley


(P) Tim Seeley


(I) Cory Hamscher


(Cover) Erik Larsen and Tim Seeley


FC 32 pp $2.95 One Shot


In stores the week of April 2nd.

The Concept


Your favorite 80's cartoon comes back to life...heh, just kidding. Meet the world's most dysfunctional super-duo, Lovebunny and Mr. Hell. Beth Bower, AKA Lovebunny, is a low rent superheroine struggling to realize her dreams in a cutthroat superhero eat superhero world! Having been a sidekick all her life, Lovebunny decides to strike out on her own, pairing with her unlikely partner/pet/annoyance, Mr.Hell-a cranky, eternally hungry demon. It's a superhero-romance-action-sitcom that you NEED to read!

This Issue


The Savage Dragon hits the Twin Cities on a promotional tour, and his biggest fan, Lovebunny is there to meet him. The Dragon faces his biggest battle since...ummm...the last issue of the Savage Dragon as he faces...comic book fans. Meanwhile Lovebunny goes toe to toe with gothy cyber chick, Industrielle, in a comic book store showdown. Yeah, we got it all, man. But Wizard still hasn't called...maybe they have the wrong number. It could happen.

Copyright


Lovebunny and Mr. Hell is and ™ 2003 Tim Seeley, under license to Devil's Due Publishing, Inc.

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Vol. II #2
(W) Val Staples


(A) Emiliano Santalucia


(I) Marco Failla


Cover A - Emiliano Santalucia


Cover B JJ Kirby


NOTE: Retailers, please see order form for incentive program.


FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing Monthly series


In stores the week of April 16th.

The Concept


In a realm where sorcery meets science, The Masters of the Universe set

forth to protect all of Eternia from the onslaught of Skeletor and his

evil forces. It's an epic tale of good versus evil, where there is new

danger and suspense at every turn. The story we all loved from the 80's

is reborn and re-launched for a new era.

This Issue


Skeletor's plans go awry, and his desperation could result in

catastrophic consequences. Can He-Man and the Masters stop Skeletor

before one warrior makes the ultimate sacrifice to keep hope alive on

Eternia? But the Masters always win and no one gets hurt, right? Wrong...

Copyright


Masters of the Universe is ™ and Mattel, Inc 2003. All rights reserved.

MCFARLANE'S SPORTS PICKS: DETROIT RED WINGS 3-PACK
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 73110


With the success of our hockey figures, a Red Wings special was a no-brainer. This deluxe, limited-edition three-pack features No. 19 Steve Yzerman, No. 17 Brett Hull and No. 31 Curtis Joseph, all in official Red Wings uniforms. All bases, equipment and goal are included.


* Steve Yzerman


* Brett Hull


* Curtis Joseph


The item ships 6 per case.


Please inquire about pricing.


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MICRONAUTS #7
(W) Dan Jolley


(P) Stefano Caselli


(I) Barb Shulz


(Cover) Stefano Caselli


FC 32pp $2.95 Monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of April 2nd.

The Concept


Within our own universe lies another universe unbeknownst to us... until

now. The realm of the MICRONAUTS - a place ruled by evil tyrant, Baron

Karza, whose scientific marvels offer his people immortality, at the

cost of their humanity. When unsuspecting, Ryan Archer is thrown into

their world, we find that not only are things about to change, but Ryan

will have much to do with it.

This Issue


Having defeated the bounty hunter Ordaal and taken his ship, the

Sunreaver, the Micronauts try to rendezvous with a contact that will

tell them what Baron Karza's next move is. What they actually meet in

the depths of outer space, however, stuns them all... Featuring the

judgement of Azura Nova and a shocking visitation by a Time Traveler,

the Micronauts' saga continues in "Star Chamber."

Copyright


Micronauts, its logo, and all related characters are trademarks of A.G.E. and are used with permission. 2003 A.G.E. All rights reserved.

MIRACLEMAN LIMITED EDITION RESIN STATUE
McFarlane Toys


Item#: 13210


It's a miracle, man. One of the most-anticipated moments of the year is showing up early. Miracleman … by McFarlane Toys. This boxed limited-edition resin statue includes a base and stands approximately 12 inches tall. Miracleman is the first in a series of resin statues from McFarlane Toys in 2003. Get in on the action early … this one will be hot. This item ships 2 per case.


Please inquire about pricing.


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MOVIE MANIACS 5: LEGEND, LORD OF DARKNESS DELUXE FISHTANK
McFarlane Toys


Item #17707


The most popular figure from 2002's Movie Maniacs Series 5 lineup has

been reproduced in very limited quantities in a deluxe fishtank. The

figure is the same as last year, includes all accessories and features

an added custom base inside the acrylic display case.


This item ships 6 per case.


Please inquire about pricing.


Specialty market only


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MUTANT EARTH TP VOL. I: TRAKK
(W) Stan Winston and Francis Takenaga


(A) Philip (Taleweaver) Tan


(Cover) Simon Bisley


FC 128pp $16.95 and $39.95 Trade Paperback


LIMITED S&N SPECIAL EDITION
Featuring an exclusive interactive multiplatform CD showcasing behind the scenes at the Stan Winston Studios.


FC 128pp $39.95 Trade Paperback


In stores the week of April 30th.

The Concept


Trakk came into a world bathed in blood. He travels the scorched remains of the earth to find the Helmet of Kyldran, rumored to hold the very balance between good and evil. Others -- some not of this world -- seek its awesome power as well. On this ruined planet, hope is the most precious gift of all, and a timeless warrior can only be saved by the subtleties of his own humanity.

Issues 1-4 of the SOLD OUT Mutant Earth Saga collected for the first time in one issue. A complete story and the perfect place to prime new readers for the new TRAKK series coming later this year. Think of this collection as our sequel to the upcoming series and can provide invaluable incite into the character of Trakk and his history spanning curse and struggles.

And as a very special bonus this collection features an interview with multiple Academy Award winner creator Stan Winston on the creative process and a sneak peek at Trakk's design and sketchbook by master artists Simon Bisley and Philip Tan. Put on your armor and helmet…this one kicks ass!

The SPECIAL EDITION includes an exclusive interactive multiplatform CD with a behind the scenes look at Stan Winston's, Academy Award winning, creature creation studio. Learn about the creative magic that goes on at the home of JURASSIC PARK, TERMINATOR, PREDATOR and countless more amazing creations. The CD features video interviews with Stan Winston and other artists at his famed studio, the making of the MUTANT EARTH toys from sketches to sculpts, a step by step the creation of a digitally painted Simon Bisley cover for the book and much more.

This is a unique opportunity to see behind the doors of the industries top creature creation studio.

Each book is signed and numbered by Stan Winston himself and is sure to

be a collector's item.

Copyright


MUTANT EARTH is ™ and Stan Winston, 2003. All right reserved.

MYTHSTALKERS #2
(W) Douglas Barr


(A) Jiro


(Cover) Jiro


FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing Monthly series


In stores the week of April 2nd.

The Concept


The myths are coming back.

Trolls and faeries, giants and dragons, monsters and gods are no longer merely the stuff of legend. It's 1894, and in the dark corners and shadows of the world the myths are alive once more.

The only hope to discover the truth is the Society for Cryptozoological Research, an explorers club dedicated to investigating and understanding the reappearance of creatures that " Should Not Be". Three things stand in their way: ancient gods with a sinister agenda, the mysterious disappearance of the last Society... and the British Empire.

This Issue


The Mythstalkers' journey to the Labyrinth at Crete takes an unfortunate turn as they encounter the ghost pirates known as The Cheated. Of course, that's not nearly as bad as being shipwrecked on the island of the legendary Cyclops. Back in England things aren't much better. The time traveler, Coble, tightens his grip on London, and British mobsters, Batson and Quill, meet their new boss... the faerie witch, Valende. Confused? You won't be... if you read this issue of Mythstalkers!

Copyright


Mythstalkers is ™ and Douglass Barr, Jiro, and Quantum Color FX, 2003. All rights reserved.

PARADIGM #8
(W) Matt Cashel


(P) Jeremy Haun & Seth Merriman


(I) William Haun


BW 40pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series


In stores the week of April 16th.

The Concept


A soap opera charting the final generation of mankind as we understand it. Where every scene counts and the status quo of times past is forgotten. Starring an ensemble cast and focusing on both their individual and connecting lives, Paradigm is a personal, yet epic exploration of a world where passions, nazis (what?), irish pubs, government cabals, talking cats, and naked shadow sprites that look like Woody Allen thrive. The barriers of reality are thinning as we sleep. Fight for the sitcom and stop the POP evolution today!

This Issue


"SWIRLY THINGS"

Summer goes on the lamb,Andrew Dreiser returns, and Dick gets naked. Seth Merryman writer/artist/creator of the world's most influential comic book, "SWIRLY THINGS" finds his writing day circling the drain when Dick (leader and co-founder of the Presidents of the Apocalypse-and defender against the evolution invasion) arrives on his front door step; guns drawn, unconcious beauty thrown over his shoulder and a squad of militants on his tail. All this and Andrew Dreiser finds poison gas under the local "MeatyBurger".

Copyright


Paradigm is ™ and Matt Cashel and Jeremy Haun, 2003. All rights reserved.

POWERS #31 (MR)


(W) Brian Michael Bendis


(A) Michael Avon Oeming


FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series


In stores the week of April 23rd.

The Concept


Heroes glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire. Flamboyant

villains attempt daring daylight robberies. God-like alien creatures

clash in epic battle over the nighttime sky. And on the dirty city

streets below, Homicide Detective Christian Walker does his job.

Walker is teamed up with spunky rookie Detective Deena Pilgrim to investigate murders specific to superhero cases. investigations that takes them from the seediest underbelly a city has to offer, to the gleaming towers that are home to immortal beings.

This year Bendis scored the comic book trifecta by winning the Wizard Fan Award, Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award and Eisner Award for 'Best Writer.'

This Issue


THE SHOCKING NEW POWERS STORYLINE!


"Forever Man" Part One

This is it! This is where the history of the powers begins! Where did

the powers come from? Why are they here?

Yeah this is where we pretty much shock the crap out of you! powers takes a dizzying 180 degree turn and we present our largest scale storyline yet. If this storyline was a movie, it wouldn't be... because the budget would be insane. This is an epic of the largest scale.

Old school powers fans will be thrilled with the full tilt boogie, while others looking for a jump on, looking for something new in their big pile of homogenized superhero comics, will be relieved to finally find this book.

Copyright


Powers is ™ and 2003 Jinxworld Inc., 2003. All right reserved.

REX MUNDI #3
(W) Arvid Nelson


(A) Eric Johnson


FC 32pp $2.95 Bimonthly ongoing series


In stores the week of April 9th.

The Concept


Paris, 1933. Europe is still in the grip of feudalism, sorcerers stalk

the streets at night, and secret societies vie for power. It is the

world of REX MUNDI.

This Issue


The Archbishop and the Pimp

The Holy Inquisition visits Dr. Saunire in his apartment, and he is

dragged before the Archbishop for a brutal lesson on power in Paris.

In other corridors of power Genevieve, Julien's ex-lover, reveals the

reason for her renewed interest in Julien.

Later, Julien confronts a dangerous thug about the missing scroll, and

another layer of the mystery is revealed.

And by issue's end, the body count rises by one…

Copyright


Rex Mundi and Shrunken Head Studios and ™ Arvid Nelson and Eric Johnson 2003. All rights reserved.

ROTOGIN: JUNKBOTZ #1 (of 8)
(W) Jason Lee


(A) J. Korim


(I) GJ Aguila


Cover A by Jason Lee


Cover B by J. Korim


FC 32pp $2.95 Eight Issue bi-monthly finite series


In stores the week of April 23rd.

The Concept


Rotogin battles have been banned in Nalus City for the past 8 years.

However, there is an underground organization known as the U.B.B., which

sets up illegal robot tournaments using the city as their battleground.

Building her own robot, Kaylin Dakota enters into the shady world of

illegal robot battles and underground gambling, in the hope of saving

her friend's life. His fate lies in the hands of this young girl and her

junk bot.

This Issue


When Asper doesn't show up for dinner, Kaylin makes her way to his auto

shop with his dinner in hand. When she arrives at the shop, she finds

that it has been taken over by Asian gangsters and turned into a battle

location for the U.B.B. Hiding in the front row to a rumble of

lightweight robot's, Kaylin learns some of the inner workings of the

U.B.B. organization and just who is behind the scenes.

Copyright


Rotogin is ™ and Sunscript Studios, 2003. All rights reserved.

SAMMY: TOURIST TRAP #3 (of 4)
by Azad


BW 32pp $2.95 Four-issue monthly finite series


In stores the week of April 30th.

The Concept


Samuel Little is one of the world's best catburglars. He's also one of

the unluckiest person's on the planet! His only saving grace is his

sidekick, Lucky: an over-protective black cat that appears to have

turned his misfortunes around...

...well, sort of.

Barely 2 weeks out of jail, Sammy breaks his parole to take a gig in

sunny Acapulco. However, unforeseen circumstances leave Sammy stranded south of the

border fighting for his life.

This Issue


FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

Having finally learned the truth about who is behind his recent woes,

Sammy takes it upon himself to exact revenge on those responsible in his

own unique way...

Well, maybe not so unique...

It involves a lot of punching, kicking, biting, scratching and such. All that and a bag of nuts!

Copyright


Sammy, Lucky and Sammy: Tourist Trap is ™ and Azad Injejikian, 2003. All right reserved.

SAVAGE DRAGON #110
By Erik Larsen


Backup by Erik Larsen and Mark Englert


FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series


In stores the week of April 23rd.

The Concept


In a world where monsters dwell, Savage Dragon and his family fight to make the world a better place.

This Issue


Lost in Dimension-X!!


The Dragon and his family are hurled into the Void and must fight for their lives against the deadly menaces found therein. Meanwhile, Dragon's allies franticly search to find them! But what the heck-Angel gets out of having to do her homework so it's not ALL bad!

Plus a NEW Mighty Man feature IN ADDITION to a full length Savage Dragon

feature written and inked by erratic Erik Larsen and pencilled by

marvelous Mark Englert! Over 30 pages of comic book goodness for the

same low price! The biggest bargain in comics! Mighty Man is stalked by

a foe determined to strip him of his powers-forever!

Copyright


Savage Dragon and Erik Larsen, 2003. All right reserved.

SHADOWS #2
(W) Jade Dodge


(A) Matt Camp


FC 32pp $2.95 Bi-Monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of April 16th.

The Concept


In the space between fantasy and reality lies the realm of the unknown.

Four paranormal investigators have set out to explore this world and

bring to light those things that hide in the shadows. But they find,

along the way, that some creatures that live in the shadows will do

anything to keep it that way.

This Issue


What began as a routine Bigfoot expedition has quickly transformed

itself into a fight for survival. When information of a menacing threat

is brought to their attention, the team must decide if saving the life

of one is worth risking their own. And while the presence of a

well-informed stranger becomes indispensable, the presence of a hostile

element could prove to be fatal.

Copyright


Shadows is ™ and Jade Dodge and Matt Camp, 2003. All rights reserved.

SOUL OF A SAMURAI #1 (of 4)
by Will Dixon


BW 48 pp $2.95 Four issue bi-monthly finite series


In stores the week of April 30th.

The Concept


In order to achieve his ultimate goal of enlightenment, a young samurai

is forced to face his four inner demons, each of whom represent a

different piece of his soul. With each new discovery bringing more agony

than bliss, he realizes that sometimes knowledge of the self can come at

a high price when you are your own worst enemy

This Issue


The journey begins when the eldest son in a samurai family forsakes rank

and duty in favor of a spiritual quest. Soon the repercussions from such

a rash decision become clear, but it is too late to turn back now. The

doorways into his soul have begun to open whether he is ready or not,

and what is inside them remains to be seen.

Copyright


Soul of a Samurai is ™ and Will Dixon, 2003. All rights reserved.

SPAWN #133
Todd McFarlane Productions


(W) Brian Holguin and Todd McFarlane


(P) Angel Medina


(I) Danny Miki


(Cover) Greg Capullo and Todd McFarlane


FC 32pp $2.50 Ongoing monthly series


In stores the week of April 30th.

The Concept


Al Simmons, once the U.S. government's greatest soldier and most effective assassin, was mercilessly executed by his own men. Resurrected from the ashes of his own grave in a flawed agreement with the powers of darkness, Simmons is reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell. Disfigured, homeless and alone, this warrior now known as Spawn wanders the shadowy alleys of New York City in search of his past life.

This Issue


"God is a Bullet, Part 3"

Held captive in a rotting prison in a distant war-torn nation, a broken and battered Al Simmons clings desperately to life. He came here to kill a tyrant -- a tyrant he had a hand in making -- but so far things haven't gone as planned. Now the betrayal of an old friend has put his life in peril. But Simmons still has one ace up his sleeve. Its name: Spawn.

Copyright


Spawn is ™ and Todd McFarlane Productions, 2003. All right reserved.

SPAWN REBORN: REPAINT ACTION FIGURES
McFarlane Toys


Item # 13110


Limited-edition redecorations of six of the most interesting and visually appealing Spawn action figures from the last several years.


(I) Curse of the Spawn


* Clown 3


* Manga Freak


* Raven Spawn


* Redeemer


* Wings of Redemption Spawn


This item ships 12 per case.


No guarantee of mix. Please inquire about pricing.


CAUT/4

STRANGERS #2 (of 6)
(W) J.-M. & Randy Lofficier


(P)Manuel Garcia


(I) Eduardo Alpuente


Cover A - Manuel Garcia


Cover B Stephane Roux


FC 32pp $2.95 Six issue monthly finite series


In stores the week of April 30th.

The Concept


HOMICRON: a NASA physicist whose body is inhabited by a powerful alien; STARLOCK: the former servant of awesome cosmic entities, now a fugitive; FUTURA: a mysterious woman from another dimension; JALEB: the secretive agent of a race of telepaths; JAYDEE: the deadliest killing machine in the universe; ... These are STRANGERS to our world, brought together by Tanka, an "invariant" empowered by an unfathomably distant future to safeguard our time.

This Issue


#2 ("In the Inwards of the Night...")


In the orbiting space station, Homicron, Starlock and Futura join the forces of Clash to do battle with Astaroth who plots to blackmail Earth with the deadly weapons stored in its cargo. In Paris, Tanka shares his knowledge of events to come with the comatose JALEB. However, all is not what it seems, as a new villain is revealed, one who was secretly pulling manipulating Astaroth all along: the deadly Tarantula.

Copyright


STRANGERS is ™ and 2003 SEMIC S.A. All characters appearing therein and the distinctive likeness thereof is ™ and of Semic S.A.

TECH JACKET #6
(W) Robert Kirkman


(A) E.J. Su


(Cover) E.J. Su


FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series


In stores the week of April 9th.

The Concept


The Geldarians are a race of incredibly intelligent, yet physically weak

and fragile beings. To compensate for their frailty they have invented

the "Tech Jacket," a vest that every Geldarian is equipped with upon

birth. Each jacket grows and matures with its host, specializing in

tasks that the host will find most useful. A fully developed Tech

Jacket is considered to be one of the most powerful weapons in the

universe. Zack Thompson, through an event of sheer chance, has come to

possess a Tech Jacket of his own. Now it appears that the fate of the

entire universe rests on his shoulders as he learns that with infinite

power comes infinite responsibility.

This Issue


With the Geldarian/Kresh war resolved, Zack is trying to settle back

into his normal teenaged life on Earth. It's a tough transition,

especially when you're under constant attack! It seems word has gotten

out about Zack, and it's drawing some rather unsavory characters to

earth. It's up to our hero to keep our world safe from these

otherworldly menaces. Looks like Zack's going to have trouble finding

time to study for that math quiz... but, at least he's got his

priorities straight.

Copyright


Tech Jacket ™ and Robert Kirkman & E.J. Su, 2003. All right reserved.

VENTURE #4
(W) Jay Faerber


(A) Jamal Igle


(Cover) Jamal Igle


FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series


In stores the week of April 2nd.

The Concept


Enterprising young reporter Reggie Baxter has found the story of the

century in Joe Campbell, a superhuman immortal with a "Good Samaritan"

complex. Problem is, Joe wants to avoid the spotlight at all costs.

Undaunted, Reggie comes up with a compromise: Joe will create a

super-hero identity, and Reggie will document his activities. Now the

attention-starved Reggie and the publicity-shy Joe have to work together

to make this business venture succeed.

This Issue


Venture is attacked by his arch-enemy, Argus. So why has he never heard

of this guy before? And will an appearance by a vacationing Celeste

Noble help -- or hinder -- Reggie's plans for Joe?

Copyright


Venture ™ and Jay Faerber and Jamal Igle, 2003. All right reserved.

WHIZ KIDS #1
(W) Gary Carlson, Ed DeGeorge


(A) Jeff Austin, Chris Samnee, Chris Irving


(I) Jeff Wiegel


(Cover) Jeff Austin


BW 48pp $4.95 One shot special


In stores the week of April 23rd.

The Concept


It's hard enough being a teenager without the added responsibilities of

learning how to save the world and keep a secret identity secret.

Friends make life bearable, so kid sidekicks Galahad, Cyclone and Moray

banded together as the wondrous WHIZ KIDS, who were soon joined by

Thunder Girl. This one-issue special from Big Bang Comics showcases

stories from the beginning, middle and end of the team.

This Issue


It's Spring Break and the fab foursome head for Florida for fun in the

sun, but find a commotion in the ocean as the villainous GREAT BLACK

SHARK is kidnapping vacationing college students and pressing them into

slavery! Also, the now grown WHIZZARDS must protect the Statue of

Liberty and deal with new teammate HOT PINK who doesn't follow orders.

Plus a death in the family!

Copyright


Whiz Kids and Big Bang Comics are ™ and Gary Carlson & Chris Ecker, 2003. Hot Pink is ™ and Ed DeGeorge, 2003. All rights reserved.

TOP COW PRODUCTIONS

BATTLE OF THE PLANETS MONTH!!

BATTLE OF THE PLANETS/THUNDERCATS "Trust"
(W) Munier Sharrieff (P) Alvin Lee (C) Udon

G-Force takes a mission to save a planet that is under attack by Spectra.

The planet is New Thundera, home of the coveted ore, Thundrillium. Upon

arrival, G-Force meets some unexpected allies who are also trying to

fight off Spectra and save their planet the Thundercats! When these

two teams join forces, nothing can stand in their way and you're

DEFINITELY going to want to see this explosive issue!

Featuring a 50-50 cover split with art by Alex Ross and J. Scott Campbell.


FC 48 pages $4.99 one shot special

BATTLE OF THE PLANETS #9
(W) Munier Sharrieff (P) Wilson Tortosa (C ) UDON


MARK VS. ZOLTAR! Need we say more? Featuring a painted cover by Alex Ross.


FC 32 pages $2.99

BATTLE OF THE PLANETS: MARK


(W) Munier Sharrieff (P) Wilson Tortosa and Edwin David


Colonel Cronus is a famous war hero whose aerial prowess is world renown.

Mark, the leader of G-Force, idolizes Cronus while simultaneously hating his

own father for abandoning him. But no one is perfect and there are secrets

that even our heroes hide even men as great as Colonel Cronus.


FC 32 pages $2.99 one shot special

BATTLE OF THE PLANETS BATTLE BOOK
(W) Jason Hoffieus


For authorized personnel only! This is the essential sourcebook for G-Force fans. Get inside Chief Anderson's files to read the inside scoop on your favorite Battle of the Planets characters, and learn more about the world ofG-Force! Also includes G-Force pin ups by Top Cow artists!


FC 48 pages $4.99 one shot special

MACE: BOUNTY HUNTER #1
(W) Chris Oprisko/David Wohl (P) Cedric Nocon (I) Sal Regla (C) Brian Buccellato


Mace Griffin has had a hard life. Driven from his family home by the corrupt Enforcers, Mace joins up with the peace-keeping force known as The Rangers. But before Mace can use his training to it's fullest, he is framed for the death of his Ranger squad. Mace now has to face 5 years in a dangerous prison. If he survives his sentence, there is only one place left to turn, only one last hope of righting all the wrongs in his life. That hope is with the Bounty Hunters Guild, and with a new life, as Mace Griffin: Bounty Hunter. Based on the hit video game from Universal Interactive!!


FC 32 pages $2.99 one shot special

RISING STARS: BRIGHT #3 "Civilian Casualties" Part 3
(W) Fiona Avery (P) Dan Jurgens (I) Jason Gorder (C) John Starr


Matthew Bright has been set-up by The Shepherd of Death, the serial bomber terrorizing the streets of New York. Familiar faces from Matt's past surface as the world of his former self, Brendan Miller, collapses around him. But his precinct isn't ready to turn their back on him yet, and in a surprising show of unity, they reinstate Matthew to the ranks of Police Officer. But can Matthew solve the case of The Shepherd of Death before the ultimate price is paid?



FC 32 pages $2.99 Part 3 of 3

TOMB RAIDER #29
(W) John Ney Reiber (P) Gerardo Sandoval (I) Jonathan Sibal (C) JD Smith


Lara's back--and she's really pissed off! In her absence, her nemesis, Lord Vymes has laid claim to everything she ever owned or held dear. But Lara has just been to hell and back and NOTHING is going to stop her from coming for Vymes and taking back what is hers. This is personal!


FC 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

TOMB RAIDER JOURNEYS #12 "Settling Old Scores" Part 12
"CROSSROADS"


(W) Fiona Avery (P) Manny Clark (I) Marlo Alquiza (C) Tyson Wengler

Lara Croft returns from the Maori Underworld with information about her mentor's killer, Carleton. She promises Myles that she will take care of his killer because Myles must remain in the Underworld despite his desire for revenge. But killing Charles Carleton goes against everything Lara Croft stands for. Will she avenge her mentor and pull the trigger? And what will the spirits of the dead do if she fails to avenge one of them? This is the final chapter in the Tomb Raider: Journeys series. Don't miss it!


FC 32 pages $2.99 Part 12 of 12

WITCHBLADE #64
(W) David Wohl (P) Francis Manapul (I) Jason Gorder (C) John Starr


As Sara and Magdalena dig deeper into the mysterious homicide, they find themselves embroiled in the mysterious world of the Kabbalah. Someone has tapped into a great evil and the girls need to stop them before it's too late. They also run into the First Church of Holy Prosperity and Level 42, who are very interested in the Magdalena...


FC 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

 
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