Image Solicitations, March 2009

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Image Comics has released solicitation information and images for new books and products shipping in March, 2009. When you're through checking out these solicitations for new Image releases, be sure to visit CBR's Image Comics forum to discuss these titles and products with fellow readers and fans.

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KILLER OF DEMONS #1 (of 3) - GEM OF THE MONTH
story CHRISTOPHER YOST
art & cover SCOTT WEGENER

Hell has invaded Earth, and only one man can stop it... junior account executive Dave Sloan, aka the Killer of Demons! With an angel at his side, Dave can see the demons that have infiltrated our world... and they all have to die! But these 'demons' are mostly Dave's co-workers at the office or people that annoy Dave in some way, leading him to believe that he's gone totally insane. Or has he? Now Dave must fight to survive and find out the truth... is he a whacked out mass murderer, or the last hope the world has against the forces of Hell?

MARCH 4 * 40 PAGES * FC * $3.99

FRANK FRAZETTA'S FREEDOM (ONE-SHOT)
story MARK KIDWELL
art JOHN CBOINS
covers FRANK FRAZETTA, JOHN CBOINS & NAT JONES

MARK KIDWELL (FRANK FRAZETTA'S DARK KINGDOM) and JOHN CBOINS (GRAVESLINGER) team up for the first Frazetta Western!

In the fall of 1876, three months after the murder of Wild Bill Hickock, another legend rode into Deadwood, South Dakota.

The dime novels said he was fast with a six-gun and faster with the ladies--said he'd killed more men than he could count. They called him the FREEDOM KID.

Sometimes, the pen is indeed mightier than the sword...

...and a LEGEND is a hard thing to live up to.

MARCH 18 * 32 PAGES * FC * $3.99

LILLIM #1 (of 5)
story SHAUN LAPACEK & IAN KEISER
art & cover MATRIX

A battle of epic proportion ensues in an ancient time. Since the death of his mother Lilith, Odin, first son of Adam and Lilith, vows to continue to punish Eve's children as his mother desired. The second child of Lilith, known as Loki, has had enough of his sibling Odin's grasp upon the children of Eve. After witnessing their death at his hands, Loki crawls deep into the ocean depths...and time passes. Many years later, Loki awakens to a modern world, where he meets and falls for an ER doctor named Bridgette. Their happiness is short lived, as Loki realizes that his siblings are still very much alive and wrecking havoc upon the children of Eve once again!

MARCH 11 * 32 PAGES * FC * $2.99

INVINCIBLE #60
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover RYAN OTTLEY & FCO PLASCENCIA

THE CROSSOVER EVENT OF THE DECADE!
Invincible is drawn into a company-wide crossover event done in ONE oversized issue! SPAWN! SAVAGE DRAGON! YOUNGBLOOD! SHADOWHAWK! CYBERFORCE! PITT! ULTRA! and many, many more all here for one issue - don't miss it!

SPECIAL FOUR-PAGE GATEFOLD COVER BY RYAN OTTLEY AND FCO PLASCENCIA!

MARCH 18 * 40 PAGES * FC * $3.99

MICE TEMPLAR SKETCHBOOK #1
story BRYAN J.L. GLASS
art & cover MICHAEL AVON OEMING

Filled with never-before-seen artwork by MICHAEL AVON OEMING from all phases of the development of the acclaimed anthropomorphic series. And featuring an all-new short story that bridges the gap between series volumes one and two: following Karic's ceremony, knighting the young mouse as a true Templar, Cassius is instructed to take the boy and flee into the wilderness before competing factions can exploit him. But Cassius's mission may be doomed from the very start as a tree filled with Templar Priests stands between him and freedom. Is Karic and the prophecy he fulfills worth the cost in lives and shed blood?

MARCH 18 * 32 PAGES * FC * $2.99

POPGUN, VOL. 3 OGN

by ERIK LARSEN, DAN BRERETON, PAUL GRIST, SHELDON VELLA, ED KWONG, JUAN DOE, TONCI ZONJIC, SALGOOD SAM, MIKE DAWSON, ANTHONY WU, CHRIS MORENO, MAXIMO LORENZO, DEREK MCULLOCH, CONNOR WILLUMSEN, and more!

edited by MARK ANDREW SMITH & D.J. KIRKBRIDE

cover TARA McPHERSON

The Harvey Award-winning graphic mixtape returns for a third round with a new generation of cartoonists teaming up with some of the industry's most celebrated names to produce nearly five hundred pages of all-new, full color comics! Always exciting, unpredictable, and bursting at the seams with unhindered creativity, POPGUN keeps getting better and better!

MARCH 25th * 448 PAGES * FC * $29.99

AMERICAN FLAGG! VOL. 2 TP
story HOWARD CHAYKIN
art HOWARD CHAYKIN, JAMES SHERMAN, PAT BRODERICK & RICK BURCHETT
cover HOWARD CHAYKIN

AMERICAN FLAGG! -- created, written and illustrated by HOWARD CHAYKIN and winner of numerous awards and honors, including nine Eagle Awards -- now available as a trade paperback collecting the series' second seven issues!

Collects AMERICAN FLAGG! #8-14!

MARCH 18 * 256 PAGES * FC * $19.99

BRIT, VOL. 3 TP
story ROBERT KIRKMAN & BRUCE BROWN
art NATE BELLEGARDE & ANDY KUHN
cover NATE BELLEGARDE

When a threat from another dimention threatens to destroy the world, BRIT must team up with all the heroes of the INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE to stop it. Guest starring Invincible, The Astounding Wolf-Man, Tech Jacket and many, MANY more!

Collects BRIT #7-12

MARCH 11 * 160 PAGES * FC * $16.99

GOLLY!, VOL. 1: CATCHING HELL TP
story PHIL HESTER
art & cover BROOK TURNER

What if they threw an Apocalypse and nobody came? The end times are upon us, but to be honest, Heaven and Hell have lost all enthusiasm for anything resembling a Final Judgment. Earth's guardian angel, in an act of cosmic negligence, selects Golly Munhollen, part time race car driver, part time carny, and full time dumb ass to become humanity's defender against the remaining elements of Hell still bent on starting some trouble come Judgment Day. By day Golly repairs rides on the midway, by night he stumbles ass backwards into the weird menaces that seem to pop up in every town on the carnival's tour. Golly is aided in his quest by his carny pals: Vaughn, the 6'6" tattooed man; Pig, former freak show fat lady turned strong woman; Miguel, the genius dog-faced boy acrobat; and Satan, former monarch of Hell now down on his luck and working the midway for cigarette money. Catching Hell collects the first five issues of the critically acclaimed, groundbreaking Image series including the tale of Golly's origin and his subsequent hapless encounters with a preacher-turned-werehog and a trailer park stalking vampire. It's southern fried horror fat packed with high octane adventure and low brow humor.

Collects GOLLY #1-5

MARCH 18 * 144 PAGES * FC * $14.99

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

AGE OF BRONZE #28
story, art & cover ERIC SHANOWER

The deadly battle continues. Just about everybody fights just about everybody else. Paris vs. Menelaus, Great Ajax vs. Hektor, and Odysseus beats on Thersites. From the walls of Troy, Helen and the Trojan women watch a showdown between Achilles and Hektor.

MARCH 11 * 24 PAGES * BW * $3.50

AMBER ATOMS #2
Story KELLY YATES
art & cover KELLY YATES MICHAEL E. WIGGAM

After being shot in the back, Amber's mercenary problems multiply as she struggles to understand why her family was attacked for a mysterious key. Help comes in the form of Galactic Guardian, Ace Armstrong. Outgunned, Ace retreats with Amber offworld against Amber's wishes to save her family. However, a confrontation ensues when they are tracked down for the key and Amber is faced with the death of an Atoms' family member.

MARCH 25 * 32 PAGES * FC * $3.50

THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #14
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover JASON HOWARD

Incarcerated! Is this the end for Gary Hampton, The Astounding Wolf-Man? No, dear readers--this is only the beginning!

MARCH 25 * 32 PAGES * FC * $2.99

BAD DOG #2
story JOE KELLY
art & cover DIEGO GRECO
Even werewolves get the blues! Further "adventures in bad taste" abound as Lou ponders the value of his life while Wendell tries to snap him out of his furry funk...by throwing him in front of a heavily armed militia! You like swearin'? You like drinkin'? You like shootin?! You LOVE Bad Dog!

MARCH 4 * 32 PAGES * FC * $2.99

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

DYNAMO 5 #21
story JAY FAERBER
art & cover MAHMUD A. ASRAR & RON RILEY

Visionary's going on his first date! And it's with that cute Firebird, too. But you know what happens when two super-heroes try to take a night off, don't you...? The answer may surprise you!

MARCH 25 * 32 PAGES * FC * $3.50

ELEPHANTMEN #17 (RES)
story RICHARD STARKINGS
art MORITAT & ROB STEEN
cover ROB STEEN
variant cover ERIK LARSEN & BOO COOK

"MONSTER ON THE LOOSE"
Freed from his lonely prison cell, the Elephantman known as Tusk wanders aimlessly along the dark avenues and alleyways of Mystery City... until he is taken into the care of another lost soul, and then his problems truly begin...

MARCH 4 * 32 PAGES * FC * $3.50

FIREBREATHER #7 (RES)
story PHIL HESTER
art & cover ANDY KUHN

"HOLMGANG," Part Two
Duncan comes up on the short end of a brutal reunion with a long-lost family member bent on wresting away Belloc's inheritance. And while Duncan's body is taking a beating, his heart isn't faring much better when he's entangled in a full blown love-traingle.

MARCH 25 * 32 PAGES * FC * $3.50

GOLLY! #6
story PHIL HESTER
art TONY FLEECS
cover BROOK TURNER

Golly Munhollen and his misfit carny pals stumble into another backwater brouhaha in The Siren of Soaptown. A curse born of unquenched vengeance keeps the isolated denizens of Soaptown in perpetual terror unless Golly can unlock the secret of the hex. Special guest artist Tony Fleecs. Mature readers.

MARCH 4 * 32 PAGES * FC * $3.50

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

JERSEY GODS #2
story GLEN BRUNSWICK
art DAN McDAID
cover DARWYN COOKE
variant cover DAN McDAID

Holiday shopping takes a turn for the worse when the Gods choose the Cherry Hill Mall as their battleground. The evil Minog wants Barock's head on a slab and he's willing to kill any mall rat that gets in the way. Unfortunately for Zoe, the mall is also the location of her most recent break-up. And now she's caught in Minog's cross-hairs. With Barock's power failing miserably, will he be able to muster the strength to save himself and Zoe from certain death?

MARCH 4 * 32 PAGES * FC * $3.50

MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS #14
Story & art MICHAEL ALLRED, DARWYN COOKE & J.BONE
cover MICHAEL ALLRED, DARWYN COOKE & J.BONE
variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS reaches a new milestone as each issue will now contain self-contained adventures. To mark this event, this issue will have two big stories including one from modern master, DARWYN COOKE (New Frontier/X-Force/The Spirit), and his extraordinary frequent collaborator, J.BONE (The New Frontier/ Mr. Gum one-shot/ The Spirit), in addition to another head-spinning yarn from MADMAN creator, MIKE ALLRED. Big things are afoot and you won't want to miss this dynamic barrier buster. Robots, rayguns, mutants, monsters, and mad scientists all merge in the wonderful world of Snap City in one tale, while Frank "Madman" Einstein, and his girl, Joe, "think" they're on a vacation at a theme park in the other. Every issue of M.A.C. always promises big surprises and this issue is no different. Jump on the MADMAN bullet train!

MARCH 25 * 32 PAGES * FC * $3.50

OFFERED AGAIN:
MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS, VOL. 1 TP

PHONOGRAM 2: THE SINGLES CLUB #4 (of 7)
story KIERON GILLEN
art & cover JAMIE McKELVIE

They're the Single Club's DJ ogres: Seth Bingo and the Silent Girl. But do sensitive hearts beat within shallow breasts? Hell, no. Join us for a story of sarcasm, extreme sarcasm and solipsistic snobbishness. Remember: they're laughing at you. You may as well laugh at them. PLUS two back-up stories showcasing the dazzling art of DAVID LAFUENTE (Hellcat) and CHARITY LARRISON (Busted Wonder).

MARCH 18 * 32 PAGES * FC * $3.50

PROOF #18
story ALEX GRECIAN
art & cover RILEY ROSSMO

"JULIA," Part One
SASQUATCH AND STEAMPUNK! Proof's a young man in 1860 London. Springhel Jack is murdering prostitutes and he may be hiding out in the circus sideshow where Proof is a featured attraction. But Proof's mind is on something else: the beautiful "Baboon Lady," Julia.

MARCH 25 * 32 PAGES * FC * $3.50

SAVAGE DRAGON #146
story, art & cover by ERIK LARSEN

The Dragon is out to shut down Chicago's notorious criminal organization the Vicious Circle and that means breaking up speakeasies, bookie joints, gambling houses, fight clubs, nightclubs, distilleries, breweries and brothels. The Dragon is back on the force! Criminals beware!

MARCH 4 * 32 PAGES * FC * $3.50

SOUL KISS #2 (of 5)
story STEVEN T. SEAGLE
art & cover MARCO CINELLO

The deal is struck! Acclaimed Vertigo writer STEVEN T. SEAGLE (American Virgin) and animator MARCO CINELLO deliver the second chapter in the weirdest story of Lili Bloom's young life. Paying down a demonic barter for the betrayed soul of her damned boyfriend, Lili discovers she has some issues using her sexuality as a Venus flytrap for a few bad men.

But if holding back on her urges will only guarantee the eternal damnation of her one true love, what's a girl to do? Battle the Prince of Lies with some underhanded gamesmanship, of course. Who will emerge victorious: the ultimate force of vengeance...or the devil who ticked her off?

MARCH 11 * 32 PAGES * FC * $3.50

There's Hell to Pay...
And The Devil Doesn't Do Credit.

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

SPAWN #190
story TODD McFARLANE & BRIAN HOLGUIN
art WHILCE PORTACIO & TODD McFARLANE
colors JIN HAN

Jim Downing awoke from a long coma to discover he has no memories of his past life, and worse, he seems to be possessed by a dark, violent power that emerges in times of stress. As Jim struggles to piece together the events that led him to this fate, he finds himself at the middle of a great conspiracy, stalked by agents of both Heaven and Hell. Help is offered from surprising quarters, but can anyone truly be trusted? Brought to you by the all-star team of TODD McFARLANE, WHILCE PORTACIO and BRIAN HOLGUIN.

MARCH 25 * 32 PAGES * FC * $2.95

THE WALKING DEAD #59
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN

Overwhelmed!

MARCH 11 * 32 PAGES * BW * $2.99

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

SHADOWLINE SOLICITATIONS

Incredible Journey #2 (of 3)
Script by Tom Arguello & Jim Valentino
Pencils by Jim Valentino
Inks by Jimmie Robinson
Cover by Whilce Portacio

32 pages FC $3.50 March 4

Journey is attacked in her home as an Egyptian warrior attempts to stop her from unleashing an ancient evil...but too late, as Sekhmet has already awoken and gets stronger every time Journey uses the amulet to steal a hero's super-powers! Ancient sorcerer meets the modern world with a young girl caught in the middle!

Winner of the WHO WANTS TO CREATE A SUPER-HEROINE CONTEST drawn by Jim Valentino and inked by Jimmie Robinson! Cover art by Whilce Portacio!

INCREDIBLE JOURNEY is (TM) and (c) Tom Arguello, 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Platinum Grit TP Volume 1
Story by Trudy Cooper and Danny Murphy
Art and Cover by Trudy Cooper

184 pages BW $14.99 March 11

Platinum Grit Chapters 1-5, in which the fearless Nils and the timid-but-still-surprisingly-together Jeremy take on the Zodiac (they win); Jer's insane Scottish relatives (they sort of win); a 1940s private dick (they draw when poor light stops play); and two sets of alien matchmakers (they... almost).

Rated PG: Contains Humour, Moderate Scots Accents and Implicit Sex. [And some paranormal nudity, though obviously not enough.] Purchasers must be accompanied by $14.99.

PLATINUM GRIT is (TM) and (c) Trudy Cooper and Danny Murphy, 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Johnny Monster #2 (of 3)
Story by Joshua Williamson
Art and Cover by JC Grande

32 pages FC March 18 $3.50

SPECIAL GUEST: FIREBREATHER!

Johnny Monster is busted, his secrets have been revealed, his fans are pissed and the government has no choice but to hire violent mercenaries to hunt down and kill the monsters Johnny calls family!
And to make matters worse he is trapped by an angry tentacle beast and the only person that can save him is... Firebreather!

TAG: From the acclaimed writer of Dear Dracula and Necessary Evil!

FIREBREATHER is (TM) and (c) Phil Hester & Andy Kuhn, 2009. JOHNNY MONSTER is (TM) and (c) Joshua Williamson, 2008. All Rights Reserved.

BOMB QUEEN V TP: BOMBASTIC
story and art by JIMMIE ROBINSON

148 pg FC MARCH 25 $16.99

Bomb Queen is framed for a series of murders in the small town of Littleville. Trapped in her city of crime, the Queen employs a ragtag group of fanboys to discover the truth... before Littleville brings justice in the form of the ULTIMATE SUPERHERO!

Sexual, social and political satire that takes no prisoners, offers no quarter and will leave you rolling in the aisles with laughter! Not for the easily offended or the weak of heart.

So wrong it feels right. By critically acclaimed writer/artist Jimmie Robinson, this trade collects all 6 issues of the "Divine Comedy"storyline.

Retailer Warning: Mature Readers only.

BOMB QUEEN is (TM) and (c) Jimmie Robinson, 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Top Cow March 2009 Solicitations

Witchblade #125
(W) Ron Marz (A) Stjepan Sejic (Cov) Chris Bachalo, Stjepan Sejic

One of the longest-running series in comics reaches a milestone: 125 issues and still going strong! There's no better way to mark this occasion than with the start of the biggest Witchblade story arc ever!

For more than a year now, the Witchblade has been split between two bearers--NYPD Detective Sara Pezzini and dancer Danielle Baptiste--and they have coexisted peacefully. But that's all about to end.

Beginning in this issue, the six-part "War of the Witchblades" arc will change Sara, Dani and the Witchblade forever. Sara has been Dani's friend and mentor, but now she becomes her bitter enemy. By the end of the storyline, only ONE bearer will remain.

The critically acclaimed team of writer Ron Marz and artist Stjepan Sejic is joined by cover artist Chris Bachalo (Uncanny X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man), who contributes a two-part cover of Sara and Dani.

Cover A - Chris Bachalo
Cover B - Chris Bachalo
Cover C - Stjepan Sejic

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Black Vault #1
(W) B. Clay Moore (A) Nelson Blake II (Cov) Jeremy Haun

From Kickstart Productions ("Wanted" movie); B. Clay Moore, the creator and writer of the critically acclaimed Hawaiian Dick; and brilliant new talent Nelson Blake II (Broken Trinity: Witchblade, Orphan) comes a gripping tale of torture, terror and the threat of nuclear annihilation...set in deep space.

When the astronauts aboard the International Space Station help install a state-of-the-art weather observation satellite, everything seems perfectly routine...until the screaming begins. Now it's up to the ISS crew to face down the threat, and the stakes are higher than they could ever imagine.

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

The Darkness #76
(W) Phil Hester (A) Michael Broussard (Cov) Frazer Irving, Josh Medors

Jackie's face-off against his deadliest foe yet continues as the Legacy numbering of The Darkness goes into full effect, taking into account every issue ever published, regardless of volume.

The Sovereign's bloody mission for Jackie has finally driven him to despair. Broken and lost, Jackie falls for an otherworldly seductress who seeks to exact a centuries-old curse against The Darkness. Plus, who is The Foreigner and how does his connection to The Darkness predate Jackie Estacado's?

Cover A - Frazer Irving
Cover B - Josh Medors

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

The Darkness Vol. 3 #3 2008 NYCC Variant Cover Edition Signed
(W) Phil Hester (A) Michael Broussard, Dale Keown (Cov) Michael Broussard

Get it while it's still available! This exclusive variant cover from the 2008 New York Comic-Con is soon to run out. Signed by cover and series artist Broussard.

Full Color 32 pages $14.99 convention exclusive

The Darkness #71-74 Cover Set
(W) Phil Hester (A) Jorge Lucas (Cov) Jorge Lucas, Stjepan Sejic, Matt Timson, Frazer Irving

Previously known as The Darkness Vol. 3 issues #7-10, get all seven covers for these soon-to-be collectibles at a fraction of the cost!

Full Color 32 pages each $16.99 Comic Set (x 7)

Impaler #3
(W) William Harms (A) Matt Timson (Cov) Matt Timson

Vampires are overwhelming America, state by state, and the only chance of survival lies at the hands of an ancient hero!
Lt. George Wagner arrives in Washington, D.C., hoping to find reinforcements. Instead, he discovers the nation's capital has been abandoned, its citizens headed west, away from the approaching vampires. In New Jersey, Victor and Vlad are attacked by the unlikeliest of enemies - Vlad's brother, Mircea, who was long thought dead but is out for revenge!

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Impaler #1 Cover Variant Signed
(W) William Harms (A) Matt Timson (Cov) Sheldon Mitchell

Get this alternate cover of the new series signed by writer William Harms and cover artist Sheldon Mitchell before it's too late!

Full Color 32 pages $10.99 signed exclusive

Rising Stars Compendium Softcover
(W) J. Michael Straczynski, Fiona Avery (A) Brent Anderson, Keu Cha, David Finch, Karl Moline

Now available in softcover!

When Rising Stars first debuted in 1999, people hailed its fresh take on the superhero mythos, grounding the fantastic in reality. The groundbreaking series by acclaimed writer J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Thor) spawned three spin-off mini-series and has influenced successful TV shows like The 4400 and Heroes.

Now, every issue of Rising Stars, from the #0 to the last issue of the last mini-series, is collected into one comprehensive softcover.

This edition includes Rising Stars #1-24, #0 issue, #½ issue, Prelude issue, Rising Stars: Bright, Rising Stars: Voices of the Dead and Rising Stars: Untouchable.

Full Color 1,008 pages $59.99 softcover

Blood Legacy: Heir to the Throne (Novel 3)
(W) Kerri Hawkins

In this third installment of the Blood Legacy novel series by author Kerri Hawkins (The Darkness novels), the story of Ryan Alexander continues. Heir-apparent to those that inspired the legend of the vampire, Ryan is a woman who possesses all of the mythical creature’s abilities and none of its weaknesses. Surrounded by ancient beings who seek to dominate her by force or seduction, Ryan has become the most powerful of her Kind.

But just as she begins to solidify her power, old and new enemies appear, challenging not only her supremacy, but her conception of all that she is. Once thought immortal, she is confronted with the previously unimaginable: defeat, destruction…and death.

B/W 160 pages $6.99 novel

Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special Sheldon Mitchell Paradise Comics Variant
(W) Hugh Sterbakov (A) Sheldon Mitchell (Cov) Sheldon Mitchell

Get the limited, exclusive cover of this oversized one-shot for the series co-created by star Seth Green!

Full Color 48 pages $10.00 exclusive variant

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