Advance Image Comics Solicitations for April, 2010

Tue, January 19th, 2010 at 12:58pm PST | Updated: January 19th, 2010 at 3:46pm

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Image Comics has provided CBR with a first look at cover artwork and solicitation information for new comics shipping in April, 2010. The full April solicitations will be released later this week, right here on CBR.

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TURF #1 – GEM OF THE MONTH
story JONATHAN ROSS
art & cover TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
1:20 variant cover by DUNCAN FEGREDO
1: 50 variant cover by JIM STERANKO
1:100 variant sketch cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
APRIL 7
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99
A four- issue hard boiled noir crime thriller with girls, guns, fangs and aliens.
New York, 1929. The height of prohibition. The cops turn a blind eye while the mobs run the city, dealing in guns, girls and illegal liquor. But the arrival of the mysterious Dragonmir Family from Eastern Europe with more of a taste for blood then booze co-incides with a series of brutal attacks on the gangsters themselves.  As the gangs fall before the fangs, only handful of mobsters survive. But an unlikely alliance formed between tough guy Eddie Falco and a character from a LONG way from New York City – a long way from Earth in fact - offers the humans a glimmer of hope. As the strong willed young reporter Susie Dale from the Gotham Herald tries to survive in the middle of the maelstrom, and an ancient prophecy unfolds, no one can guess who’s going to win the battle for this particular slice of Turf.
RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

The Creators
JONATHAN ROSS is one of the highest profile broadcasters in the UK. His weekly talk show, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross is entering its 11th year on BBC1, and is the UK’s most successful comedy talk show. It is now broadcast via the BBC in the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and in assorted other weirdly arbitrary territories. He also hosts an award winning weekly radio show, the BBC’s flagship Film review program and the Bafta Film Awards, which is shown in numerous countries around the world.
In a career that spans over twenty years Ross has often been associated with cult entertainment. His award winning series The Incredibly Strange Film Show and it’s sequel, The Son of the Incredibly Strange Film Show won a fan following that remembers them fondly to this day. He was responsible for the first western television interview with Jacki Chan, Tsui Hark and many other leading Hong Kong stars. He has authored programs on subjects as diverse as Korean Cinema, Drive-Through Funeral parlors in Louisiana and Steve Ditko. He has a collection of comics and original art so large it frightens even him.
TOMMY LEE EDWARDS: After studying film and illustration at the Art Center College of Design, Edwards took the comics industry by storm with his illustrations on such titles as X-Men, Daredevil, Marvel 1985, Batman,and The Question.  Proving to be one of the most respected and versatile artists working today, he has also designed video games like Command and Conquer, James Bond and Prey. Edwards created the licensing style-guides for films such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Men in Black II, Superman Returns, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Batman Begins.  For LucasFilm, he’s created countless pieces for books, merchandise, magazines, and posters. Edwards perhaps feels most at home putting his imagination and storytelling flare to the test while working as a conceptual and storyboard artist for film.  Recently he collaborated with the Hughes Brothers on their upcoming Denzel Washington epic The Book of Eli. Currently on Edwards’ desk is a series of concept illustrations for the live-action film re-envisioning of Masters of the Universe, along with a Prince of Persia graphic novel for Disney Press.

MAGDALENA #1
story RON MARZ
art NELSON BLAKE II
cover RYAN SOOK
APRIL 28
32 PAGES / FC
$3.99
The Star of the Forthcoming Feature Film Gets Her Own Series!
The Magdalena has been the official protector and warrior of the Catholic Church for over two thousand years, sworn to defend the Faith with the Spear of Destiny against all manner of supernatural threats. However, Patience, the latest Magdalena, has seen through the hypocrisy of her masters and struck out on her own. When her old mentor comes to her with a mission to prevent Armageddon, will she be able to resist the call?
From writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and the art team of Pilot Season: Murderer, Nelson Blake II, Sal Regla, and Dave McCaig. Featuring covers by Ryan Sook (Wednesday Comics)!

IMAGE FIRSTS
Just in time for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2010, Image Comics is re-presenting 10 first issues as an introduction to of the publisher’s most acclaimed titles, with each acting as the perfect primer to their ongoing series and collected editions!

IMAGE FIRSTS: YOUNGBLOOD #1
story ROB LIEFELD & JOE CASEY
art & cover ROB LIEFELD
MARCH 31
32 PAGES / FC
$1.00
The original celebrity superheroes make their debut in this remastered tale by Rob Liefeld and Joe Casey.

IMAGE FIRSTS: THE WALKING DEAD #1
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover TONY MOORE
MARCH 31
32 PAGES / BW
$1.00
A continuing tale of survival horror in a post-apocalyptic world.

IMAGE FIRSTS: SPAWN #1
story TODD McFARLANE
art & cover TODD McFARLANE
APRIL 7
32 PAGES / FC
$1.00
Todd McFarlane's arcane superhero discovers the truth behind his unholy resurrection.

IMAGE FIRSTS: CHEW #1
story JOHN LAYMAN
art & cover ROB GUILLORY
APRIL 7
32 PAGES / FC
$1.00
Bizarre culinary crimes investigated by the FDA's premier psychic detective.

IMAGE FIRSTS: SAVAGE DRAGON #1
story ERIK LARSEN
art & cover ERIK LARSEN
APRIL 14
32 PAGES / FC
$1.00
A lone supercop fights against a city of organized supercrime.

IMAGE FIRSTS: AGE OF BRONZE #1
story ERIC SHANOWER
art & cover ERIC SHANOWER
APRIL 14
32 PAGES / BW
$1.00
Eric Shanower's epic retelling of the Trojan War.

IMAGE FIRSTS: WITCHBLADE #1
story DAVID WOHL & CHRISTINA Z
art & cover MICHAEL TURNER
APRIL 21
32 PAGES / FC
$1.00
The only weapon powerful enough to keep the forces of Darkness and Light at bay is in the hands of a New York cop.

IMAGE FIRSTS: GIRLS #1
story JOSHUA LUNA
art & cover JONATHAN LUNA
APRIL 21
32 PAGES / FC
$1.00
A small town trapped in an invisible dome becomes the epicenter of an alien invasion unlike any other.

IMAGE FIRSTS: INVINCIBLE #1
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover CORY WALKER
APRIL 28
32 PAGES / FC
$1.00
When a teenager inherits his father's superpowers, he learns there's much more to being a superhero than he ever anticipated.

IMAGE FIRSTS: PROOF #1
story ALEX GRECIAN
art & cover RILEY ROSSMO
APRIL 28
32 PAGES / FC
$1.00
Crypto-zoological horror as investigated by Agent Ginger Brown and her partner, Bigfoot.

THE LIGHT #1 (of 5) 
story NATHAN EDMONDSON
art & cover BRETT WELDELE 
APRIL 14
24 PAGES / FC 
$2.99
"OUTBREAK"
The new series from the writer of OLYMPUS and the artist of THE SURROGATES.  In Oregon, a mysterious virus infects anyone that looks into an electric light.  An abusive father blindfolds his daughter and together they escape town as  people are burning alive from the inside out.  A fierce, action-packed and gritty tale of survival, THE LIGHT is 28 DAYS LATER meets 30 DAYS OF NIGHT.

HAUNT #7
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art GREG CAPULLO & TODD McFARLANE
covers TODD McFARLANE, GREG CAPULLO
APRIL 7
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99
NEW STORY ARC! NEW ART TEAM!
GREG CAPULLO is welcomed as full-time penciler on the series as the second explosive story arc begins! Daniel Kilgore is now firmly entrenched in his brother’s life of espionage and intrigue... but is he ready for it? Just as Daniel begins to get his life in order, it appears it might suddenly end.

IMAGE UNITED #4 (of 6)
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art ERIK LARSEN, ROB LIEFELD, TODD MCFARLANE, WHILCE PORTACIO, MARC SILVESTRI & JIM VALENTINO
covers ERIK LARSEN, ROB LIEFELD, TODD MCFARLANE, WHILCE PORTACIO, MARC SILVESTRI & JIM VALENTINO
APRIL 28
32 PAGES / FC
$3.99
THE CROSSOVER EVENT OF THE CENTURY CONTINUES!
Omega Spawn has reached a level of unlimited power and influence. Fortress has failed to unite the heroes in time, but he’s not giving up – there may still be time to save the world. With our heroes broken and defeated, scattered across the globe, now may be their last chance.

PILOT SEASON: HARDCORE #1
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art BRIAN STELFREEZE
cover MARC SILVESTRI
APRIL 14
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99
From the creative minds of Image partners Robert Kirkman & Marc Silvestri!
Once the hard core is shot into the back of your neck, an assassin’s brain waves can be transmitted into your body--circumventing your brain functions--taking complete control of your body.  When assassins use this technology--your killer can be anyone; your barber, your neighbor or your wife.  They are the best assassins in the world--but what happens when one of their own turns against them?  Who can you trust when your enemy can change his appearance as easy as someone changes a shirt?

SPAWN #202
story WILL CARLTON
art SZYMON KUDRANSKI & TODD MCFARLANE
cover TODD MCFARLANE
APRIL 28
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99
A MAJOR NEW VILLIAN gets introduced into the pages of Spawn!
 Al Simmons’ biggest enemy re-enters the life of the new Spawn, Jim Downing, while vampire clan leader, Bludd, joins the game uninvited. As Jim’s alter ego’s attraction to becoming the new global “Messiah” builds, Bludd and Clown team up to destroy him. Join our new creative team as we move into the dark and gritty world of vampires, and the behind the scenes politics of news media.

WITCHBLADE #137
story RON MARZ
art & cover STJEPAN SEJIC
APRIL 14
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99
“Raise the Dead”, Guest-starring The Necromancer!
Sara Pezzini can gain an important ally in Abby van Alstine, the Necromancer ... but only if Sara can keep her alive! Abby's visit to New York City is interrupted by a demonic attack, and her only chance for surival is entering the world of the Witchblade.

ARMAGEDDON NOW: ANTI-CHRIST OGN
story PHIL HOTSENPILLER & ROB LIEFELD
art & cover ROB LIEFELD & MIKE CAPPROTTI
APRIL 28
64 PAGES / FC
$6.99
The aftermath of World War 3 continues as the Anti Christ arrives in the United States and solidifies his base of power. Corbin pursues Jada assassin in Rome.

SPLATTERMAN OGN
story JIMMY PALMIOTTI & JUSTIN GRAY
art GIANCARLO CARACUZZO & PAUL MOUNTS
cover TIM BRADSTREET
APRIL 28
72 PAGES / FC
$6.99
SPLATTERMAN is the blood soaked story of two comic creators and their ultimate horror character creation gone very bad. A “done-in-one” graphic novella that truely lives up to its title, it’s all brought to you by the twisted minds of JIMMY PALMIOTTI and JUSTIN GRAY (JONAH HEX, POWERGIRL, BACK TO BROOKLYN) and illustrated by GIANCARLO CARACUZZO (THE LAST RESORT) and PAUL MOUNTS (POWERGIRL, WANTED) and lettered by BILL TORTOLINI.
RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

CHEW, VOL. 2: INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR TP
story JOHN LAYMAN
art & cover ROB GUILLORY
APRIL 14
128 PAGES / FC
$12.99
Tony Chu, the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from the things he eats, is on a bizarre new case. A newly discovered fruit takes Agent Chu to a remote island full of secrets, strangeness—and a shadowy killer with a particularly sinister appetite.
Presenting the second storyline of IGN.com's pick for Best Indie Series of 2009 and MTV Splash Page.com's pick for Best New Series of 2009. Find out what the fuss is about in this latest a twisted and darkly funny comic about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals and clairvoyants.
Collects CHEW #6-10
RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

COWBOY NINJA VIKING TP
story AJ LIEBERMAN
art & cover RILEY ROSSMO
APRIL 14
160 PAGES / FC
$17.99
Tasked with creating a counter-intelligence unit, Dr. Sebastian Ghislain turned to those long thought useless to society: patients with Multiple Personality Disorder. Now all but one of these “Triplets” has gone rogue, and it’s up to Cowboy Ninja Viking to find and stop this band of ridiculously disturbed—but highly effective—assassins!
"COWBOY NINJA VIKING is one of those rare occasions where something that should be nothing but a guilty pleasure ends up being way deeper and better written...this book is just the gift that keeps on giving." –Ain’t It Cool News
COLLECTS THE FIRST 5 ISSUES OF THE SMASH HIT SERIES, PLUS THE NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN ORIGINAL PITCH, ALTERNATE SCRIPTS, UNUSED ART, AND PIN-UPS. WANT MORE?  FINE.  WE’LL THROW IN AN INDEX!
RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

ELEPHANTMEN, VOL. 3: DANGEROUS LIAISONS HC
story RICHARD STARKINGS
art MORITAT, CHRIS BURNHAM, MARIAN CHURCHLAND, BOO COOK, ROB STEEN and ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ
cover BOO COOK
APRIL 7
280 PAGES / FC
$34.99
The Elephantmen were soldiers – weapons of mass destruction – but now they must live out their lives amongst us. Even so, as three of their number, Hip Flask, Ebony Hide and Obadiah Horn go about their business in Los Angeles, 2259, a MAPPO sleeper cell has plans of their own for them.

FRANK FRAZETTA’S DARK KINGDOM HC
story MARK KIDWELL
art & cover FRANK FRAZETTA, TIM VIGIL & JAY FOTOS
APRIL 28
176 PAGES / FC
$29.99
Enter the shadows of one of FRANK FRAZETTA’S most striking fantasy masterpieces as Frazetta Comics invites you to the DARK KINGDOM. Brave the perils of fierce creatures, cruel seas and dark sorcery beside RED MORDEN, the legendary CRIMSON REAVER, as he risks all in a quest to breathe life into his fallen wife. A quest that will lead the savage sea-raider to a climactic battle with the darkest force in heroic fantasy legend, FRAZETTA’S Death Dealer! Scripted by fantasy/horror writer MARK KIDWELL and lavishly illustrated by dark fantasy masters TIM VIGIL and JAY FOTOS in an oversized, 8.5”x12.5” format along with a treasure trove of never-before seen, previously un-published material!
Collects FRANK FRAZETTA’S DARK KINGDOM PARTS 1-4

JERSEY GODS, VOL. 3: THUNDER ROAD TP
story GLEN BRUNSWICK
art DAN McDAID
cover JOHN ROMITA, JR. 
APRIL 28
112 PAGES / FC
$12.99
Zoe is super-charged – and about to take Barock down.  Never let your girlfriend borrow your super-powers. Sinister forces are lining up against our favorite Jersey couple that threaten to destroy their union...and their very lives. Hang on to your seats, the JERSEY GODS train is about to derail in the stunning conclusion you never expected.  No lie: It will ROCK you!
Collects JERSEY GODS 10-12, plusthe complete MARK WAID back up story, the six-page JERSEY GODS promo from INVINCIBLE and the JERSEY GODS pages from POPGUN.

MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS, VOL. 3:  ELECTRIC ALLEGORIES! TP
story MICHAEL ALLRED
art & cover MICHAEL ALLRED
APRIL 21
200 PAGES / FC
$19.99
"ELECTRIC ALLEGORIES"
The MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS Grand Finale! This volume wraps up MICHAEL ALLRED 's latest inventive and groundbreaking Madman series. This volume includes the entire "Tweenage Wasteland" story arc where Frank "Madman" Einstein and the Atomics meet Red Rocket 7.  Also included are special episodes guest-starring creators DARWYN COOKE, J. BONE, JOELLE JONES and JAMIE S. RICH.  And while Allred is notorious for including massive bonus sections in his collections, this is the biggest yet with rare and unseen goodies as well as an amazing pin-up section including JAMES JEAN, DAVE COOPER, CRAIG THOMPSON, DAVE JOHNSON, JOE QUINONES, JIM RUGG and other greats!

THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT, VOL. 1 TP
story MAC CARTER
art TONY SALMONS
cover ADAM BYRNE
APRIL 14
184 PAGES / FC 
$16.99 
Chilling!  Uncanny!  Macabre!  The wall that separates reality and nightmare comes fast undone in this, the complete, horrific chronicle of young H.P. Lovecraft!  Is he a harmless writer of supernatural fiction – or a secret god of destruction and despair?  This is one strange tale, indeed.
Collects THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT #1-4

UNDERGROUND TP
story JEFF PARKER
art & cover STEVE LIEBER
APRIL 21
128 PAGES / FC
$14.99
A conflict over Stillwater Cave forces two rangers flee deep under the mountains first to escape pursuers and then the deadliest threat- the cave itself.  This volume collects the critically acclaimed miniseries by Jeff Parker and Steve Lieber and includes extra material including a Wesley Fischer solo story.

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