Image Comics Solicitations for product shipping October, 2003

Wed, July 23rd, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Image Comics has provided CBR News with covers and solicit information for product shipping October, 2003. Note that these solicitations were released late last week, but our coverage of Comic-Con International got in the way of our chance to post them. We present them now for those who missed them and for archive purposes.

AGE OF BRONZE #18
(W/A) Eric Shanower


BW 24pp $3.50 Quarterly ongoing series


In stores the week of October 22nd.

THE CONCEPT:


Age of Bronze tells the timeless tale of the Trojan War with all the action and emotional resonance required by a twenty first century audience. Rounded characters moving against a detailed Late Bronze Age setting in a fully dramatized story marked by Shanower's spectacular art. An award-winning series for ages 14 and up.

THIS ISSUE:


"Sacrifice" Part 9.


Iphigenia, daughter of the army commander, doesn't realize that the jaws of death are closing around her. When Kalchas, the Trojan priest, reveals to the army that the gods require the girl's life, Achilles vows to save her or die. Can Achilles keep her safe long enough for the girl's mother to wrest Iphigenia away from peril?

COPYRIGHT:


Age of Bronze is ™ and © Eric Shanower 2003. All rights reserved.

Offered Again:


Age of Bronze #10-13


"Sacrifice" Parts 1-4

CAPES #2 (of 3)
(W) Robert Kirkman


(A) Mark Englert


FC 32pp $2.95 Three-issue monthly finite series


In stores the week of October 8th.

THE CONCEPT:


"Find something you enjoy doing and then figure out a way to make money doing it." When Bruce Bolt first heard those words he took them to heart, and set out to do just that... he's now teamed up with a group of like-minded individuals. What would you do if you woke up tomorrow with amazing and fantastic powers far beyond that of a mere mortal? I'd become a star football player, a famous boxer, or the world's fastest pizza delivery guy. I know this much for sure, there's NO WAY I would waste my time saving lives, helping people, and devoting all my time to the well being of others, unless there was something in it for me... and neither would these guys.

THIS ISSUE:


Bolt and company have their hands full when a jailbreak at the local penitentiary fills the streets of New York with super-villains! It's up to him and the rest of the Capes to round them all up before anyone gets hurt... but things don't always go as planned. Tensions rise as scheduled lunch breaks become a thing of the past and our heroes get saddled with more overtime than any of them could ever want. Looks like Bolt will be able to get that big screen television sooner than he thought... if he survives through the week!

COPYRIGHT:


Capes is ™ and © Robert Kirkman, 2003. All right reserved.

CASEFILES: SAM AND TWITCH #6
(W) Marc Andreyko


(A) Scott Morse


FC 32 pp $2.50 Monthly Ongoing series


In stores the week of October 15th.

THE CONCEPT:


This is the second spinoff book featuring New York City police detectives Sam Burke and Twitch Williams, popular characters originally introduced in the core Spawn title. Casefiles: Sam and Twitch takes the crime noir world of Sam and Twitch to a darker level, feature unique artwork and storytelling from Marc Andreyko and Scott Morse. Intended for mature audiences only.


Art shown is the cover

THIS ISSUE:


"Have You Seen Me, Part 6?"


The startling conclusion to the "Have You Seen Me?" arc! The fate of Twitch's children and the verdict in Twitch's trial are revealed! Will the tragedies inflicted on Det. Williams destroy him, strengthen him or something far worse? Plots are twisted and futures determined in this, the final chapter of the Casefiles' first arc!

COPYRIGHT:


Casefiles: Sam and Twitch is ™ and © Todd McFarlane Productions, 2003. All right reserved.

Offered Again:


Sam and Twitch #10-12

FACTION PARADOX #2
(W) Lawrence Miles


(A) Jim Calafiore


FC 32pp $2.95 Bi-monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of October 8th.

THE CONCEPT:


A "War in Heaven" is raging between time-active cultures, each seeking to usurp control of history. Into this conflict comes Faction Paradox-a group of time terrorists whose appetite for chaos threatens to subvert the entire timeline. Part story, part history and part puzzle-box, this is a chronicle of protocol and paranoia in a War where the greatest victory of all is to hold on to your own past.

THIS ISSUE:


Faction Paradox's representatives start sweating blood as the bone-wielding Mayakatula runs amok-leaving an increasing trail of corpses in her wake. Meanwhile, a British Secret Service agent important to Faction lore arrives to observe the carnage in King George III's court. His name's Sabbath, and before he's done, he's going to shove himself into a conflict that's already got the Faction, the colonials Americans and more at each others' throats. All this, plus a very unexpected origin story gets unveiled.

COPYRIGHT:


Faction Paradox is ™ and © Lawrence Miles, 2003, licensed to Mad Norwegian Press. All rights reserved.

FEATHER #2 (of 6)
(W/A) Steve Uy


FC 32pp $2.95 Six-issue bi-monthly finite series


In stores the week of October 8th.

THE CONCEPT:


Sehven lives a carefree life as a wheat thresher with his brother Clip. Seeking only to become a great dragonslayer in order to fulfill a lifelong dream, there's only one hitch to Sehv's goal: the fact that dragons are thought to be long extinct. And then there's Leeka, his best friend and self-proclaimed fullblooded dragon. But if it's true, will Sehv be able to accomplish his goal through her?

THIS ISSUE:


Sehv finally returns from his excursion, bearing the Scale Scythe, a legendary weapon of God, as a present to Leeka. What mystical powers does the Scythe hold, and more importantly, how will Leeka pay back the favor? Together with her dragon mother, Leeka conjures up a plan to give Sehv what he's always wanted: a real live dragon to kill.

COPYRIGHT:


Feather is ä and Ó Steve Uy, 2003. All rights reserved.

FRANKENSTEIN MOBSTER #0
(W/A) Mark Obie Wheatley


(Cover A) Mark Wheatley


(Cover B) Adam Hughes


FC 32pp $2.95 Bi-Monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of October 1st.

THE CONCEPT:


The best cop. Three of the worst mobsters. One sewn together body: This is the Frankenstein Mobster. Four souls at war with themselves. Who will be in control? Inspired by 1930's gangster and horror movies. Featuring the up-to-date female detective, Terri Todd. Set in a city where the lower class are monsters; vampires, mummies, and ghouls. A city that is corrupt to the core, where the mobs hold power over the cops and every citizen.

THIS ISSUE:


Somewhere in the night a man is being sewn together. Meanwhile, detective Terri Todd, is drawn into an illicit effort to rescue a kidnaped girl. The girl's father is a Mummy. He drives a taxi. He smells like mold and the rain doesn't help. With the aid of a vampire, a witch and several sexy Medusas, they bust mobster heads and get caught in hails of bullets. While the clock ticks and a little girl's life hangs in balance.

COPYRIGHT:


Frankenstein Mobster is ™ & © Mark Wheatley, 2003. All right reserved.

G.I. JOE #23
(W) Josh Blaylock


(A) Brandon Badeaux


(Cover A) Brandon Badeaux


(Cover B) Tim Seeley - Wraparound


FC 32pp $2.95 Monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of October 8th.

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 SPECIFIC:


Part Two of "The Return of Serpentor."


Not only is the mystery of Julius, Hannibal, and the Clone children explained, but as suspected, all roads lead to Serpentor! Dr. Mindbender, Firefly, and Battle Android Troopers are only a small fraction of the army he has amassed, and the entire world will soon feel its might. As G.I.JOE prisoners find themselves trapped on the neglected Cobra Island, they will receive help in the unexpected form of Cobra Commander himself. This issue leads up to one of the biggest battles in G.I.Joe history...EVER.

COPYRIGHT:


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

G.I. JOE FRONTLINE #16
(W) Corey Mitchel & William Wilson


(A) Eddy Barrows


(Cover A) Tone Rodriguez


(Cover B) Tim Seeley - Wraparound


FC 32pp $2.95 Monthly Ongoing series


In stores the week of October 15th.

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, its full of action, action, action!

THIS ISSUE:


One shot. Bragging about the quality of his security measures has gotten DESTRO into hot water with Cobra Commander, who fears treachery on all sides. Putting the security to the test, Cobra Commander hires an assassin to kill Destro, in the name of the Night Creepers.

COPYRIGHT:


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

G.I. JOE vs. TRANSFORMERS #5 (of 6)
(W) Josh Blaylock


(A) Mike Miller


(Cover A) Mike Miller


(Cover B) Dan Norton - Wraparound


FC 32pp $2.95 Six-issue monthly finite series


In stores the week of October 22nd.

THE CONCEPT:


The crossover of the decade is here! Featuring the two big players of the '80's, this story chronicles what happens when an infant Cobra organization stumbles upon an alien spacecraft full of damaged robots - the Transformers. With these new weapons under their control, they will conquer the entire planet, unless a newly formed Special Forces unit called G.I. Joe can stop them.

THIS ISSUE:


The Autobots and Decepticons are now acting of their own free will, and that doesn't bode well for anyone. G.I.Joe and Cobra now find themselves caught in the middle of the Cybertronian warriors' ages old conflict, and allegiances will need to be formed quickly if they wish to survive. The clandestine Army generals known as the Jugglers are moving forward with a nuclear attack to eliminate the alien threat, and anything else on the island with them - including G.I.joe. What they don't know is that such an attack with high concentrations of energon may not only destroy the island, but half of the planet in the process!

COPYRIGHT:


G.I.Joe, its logo, and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. ©2003 Hasbro, Inc. All rights reserved. Transformers, its logo, and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2003 Hasbro, Inc. All rights reserved

HAWAIIAN DICK: THE LAST RESORT #2 (of 4)
(W) B. Clay Moore


(A) Steven Griffin


FC 32pp $2.95 Four-issue monthly finite series


In stores the week of October 15th.

THE CONCEPT:


In this follow-up to the critically acclaimed HAWAIIAN DICK, Private Investigator Byrd finds himself entangled in a gangland turf war for control of paradise. Hired to investigate the mysterious sabotage of a brand new luxury resort, Byrd soon finds any number of suspects, both human and inhuman. Torn between rival factions, Byrd can't rely on help from his friend, Detective Mo Kalama, who finds himself stalked by the very men who hired Byrd.

THIS ISSUE:


With Mo missing, Byrd attempts to unravel the mystery of who's sabotaging the Seaside Sands and the Coral Reef resorts. As Kahami heads into the surrounding villages, Byrd attempts to coax information from underworld strongman Stew Mulligan by drinking him under the table. Along the way, Byrd stumbles onto the secret behind the mob's fascination with Hawaii, Kahami uncovers the legends of the bay, Mo prepares for a date with hungry sharks, and Stew Mulligan comes face-to-face with his own mortality.

COPYRIGHT:


HAWAIIAN DICK is ™ and © B. Clay Moore & Steven Griffin, 2003. All rights reserved.

THE HEDGE KNIGHT #3 (of 6)
(W) George R.R. Martin and Ben Avery


(A) Mike S. Miller


(Cover A) Mike S. Miller


(Cover B) Tom Mandrake


FC 32pp $2.95 (cover A) Six-issue monthly finite series


$5.95 (cover B - Holofoil)


In stores the week of October 1st.

THE CONCEPT:


In this prequel story to GEORGE R.R. MARTIN's Award winning, New York Times Best Selling novel series: 'A Song of Ice and Fire'; Night falls over the life of one noble knight and brings the dawn of his squire's knighthood. Dubbing himself 'Ser Duncan the Tall', 'The Hedge Knight' sets forth to the tourney at Ashford Meadow in search of fame and glory and the honor of upholding his oath as a knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Unfortunately for him, the world isn't ready for a knight who keeps his oaths, and his chivalrous methods could be the very cause of his demise.

THIS ISSUE:


With a runaway for a squire, his dead master's sword, and a pretty girl in his thoughts, Dunk is ready to take on the Kingdom's best knights in the Ashford tournament as "Ser Duncan the Tall". Gambling everything he owns for just one chance to prove himself on the battlefield, Dunk faces failure before he gets a chance to try when no one will vouch for his knighthood. Meanwhile, the coming of the tournament challenges not only his determination to join the lists, but also his very understanding of what it means to be a knight.

COPYRIGHT:


The Hedge Knight is ™ and © George R.R. Martin and Roaring Studios, 2003. All rights reserved.

HELLHOUNDS #3
(W) George T. Singley IV


(A) Joe Abraham


FC 32pp $2.95 Monthly ongoing Series


In stores the week of October 8th.

THE CONCEPT:


King & Shock are part of an elite bounty detectives group secretly known as "Hellhounds". They will defend the world from any evil threat...for a price!

THIS ISSUE:


King & Shock are on a perilous mission to rescue Moss & Colby from the clutches of the nefarious Odom! Will King & Shock prevail against this new threat before one of their own falls victim to the deadly menace? Our heroes will soon realize that Hadean Gates holds even darker secrets...Monsters walk among them!

COPYRIGHT:


Hellhounds is ™ and © George T. Singley IV, 2003. All rights reserved.

INVINCIBLE #8
(W) Robert Kirkman


(A) Cory Walker


FC 32pp $2.95 Monthly Ongoing series


In stores the week of October 15th.

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:


Everything has changed, and Mark Grayson doesn't know what to do. In this issue, Invincible gets to attend his first star-studded superhero funeral... featuring guest appearances from all your favorite Image Universe superheroes. To make matters worse, it seems trouble is brewing here at the cemetery. It's a good thing all those heroes are on hand to help... because Mark is in NO condition to be fighting any battles on his own.

COPYRIGHT:


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

LEAVE IT TO CHANCE HC VOL. III: MONSTER MADNESS
(W) James Robinson


(A) Paul Smith


FC 112pp $14.95 Hardcover


In stores the week of October 29th.

THE CONCEPT:


The town of Devil's Echo has been protected from the beasts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night for generations by the librarian/sorcerers of the Falconer family…that is, until Chance was born. Though a Falconer, she was born a girl and the post can only be handed down to male members of the family. But Chance isn't going for it! Follow this spunky girl's adventures as she and her pet dragon, St. George, prove to her father and to the town that she is a worthy successor to her father despite her gender.

THIS ISSUE:


Reprinting Leave it to Chance #11-13 from the classic original series. Chance is faced with a threat of monstrous proportions in this third volume in a series of over-sized hardcover editions priced to sell at the unbelievably low price of $14.95. Charming and witty with wonderful art and a heroine everyone can root for. Mix Harry Potter and Nancy Drew and you have Leave It To Chance.

COPYRIGHT:


Leave It To Chance is ™ and © James Robinson and Paul Smith, 2003. All rights reserved.

Offered Again:


Leave it to Chance HC


Vol. I: Shaman's Rain


Vol. II: Trick or Threat

LIBERTY MEADOWS #34
(W/A) Frank Cho


BW 32pp $2.95 Bi-monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of October 15th.

THE CONCEPT:


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

THIS ISSUE:


Things spin out of control at the animal sanctuary picnic as animals and hormones run amok. Jen and Frank's stormy relationship turns for the worse as Brandy and Roger's romance heats up. New widescreen format. All the comic strips are completely remastered and uncensored.

COPYRIGHT:


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

MCFARLANE'S SPORTS PICKS: NFL SERIES 7 ACTION FIGURES
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 70360


McFarlane's Sports Picks: NFL 7 is sure to be one of the hottest action figure lines of 2003, featuring seven players that fans have demanded, including up-and-coming talents like Jeremy Shockey and Julius Peppers, and resculpts of favorite players Brett Favre and Michael Vick. Each figure is sculpted in an action pose and dressed in an official team uniform; includes base.

October 2003


Brett Favre 2, Green Bay Packers QB, No. 4


Michael Vick 2, Atlanta Falcons QB, No. 7


Jeremy Shockey, New York Giants TE, No. 80


Chad Pennington, New York Jets QB, No. 10


Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers DE, No. 90


David Carr, Houston Texans QB, No. 8


Clinton Portis, Denver Broncos RB, No. 26


The item ships 12 per case.


No guarantee of mix.


Please inquire about pricing.


CAUT/4.

MYTHSTALKERS #7
(W) Douglass Barré


(A) Jiro


FC 32pp $2.95 Monthly Ongoing series


In stores the week of October 1st.

THE CONCEPT:


In 1893, five disparate adventurers began a quest that would eventually change the face of the civilized world. This is their story.

In 2006, a time traveler went back to the Victorian Age to prevent five adventurers from changing the face of the civilized world. This is his story.

In ancient times, gods walked the earth and monstrous creatures dwelt in the corners and shadows of the world, and now they're determined to come back. This is their story.

Mythstalkers. We've got a story for everyone.

THIS ISSUE:


Three stories whet your appetite for Victorian High Adventure this month! Watch as Lord Marston and Mrs. Chatterton lie, cheat and steal their way into the citadel of the Queen of Night! Gape as Victor and Colonel Durant fight a legion of gangsters and nursery bogies to recover Victor's soul from Batson and Quill! Marvel as Sir Charles single-handedly defends the Society headquarters from a siege led by the vengeful Valende! All this... and Coble continues his spate of blatant anachronism!

COPYRIGHT:


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

Offered Again:


Mythstalkers #3

NOBLE CAUSES: DISTANT RELATIVES #4 (of 4)
(W) Jay Faerber


(A) Ian Richardson & Ethen Beavers


FC 32pp $2.95 Four-issue Monthly finite series


In stores the week of October 22nd.

THE CONCEPT:


When everyday girl Liz Donnelly married super-hero Race Noble, she didn't realize "until death do you part" would come so soon! Now, with Race dead, she's a stranger in a strange land -- an everyday person living with a family of celebrity super-heroes! Behind the glamour and wonder lie dark secrets, ruthless ambition, and twisted desires. Each issue features a lead story set in the present, and a back-up story set in the past.

THIS ISSUE:


Frost comes face to face with the person responsible for last issue's tragedy, while Liz continues her search for Race. Meanwhile, Celeste and Cosmic Rae come to blows over Rusty, and the pressure of taking over his father's kingdom takes its toll on Krennick.

Ethen Beavers illustrates the back-up story, wherein Krennick's obsession with Zephyr threatens to ruin an innocent woman's life.

COPYRIGHT:


Noble Causes: Distant Relatives is ™ and © Jay Faerber, 2003. All rights reserved.

Offered Again:


Noble Causes: Extended Family

OXIDO #2 (of 6)
(W) Larry Hama


(A) Pablo Raimondi


FC 32pp $2.95 Six-issue monthly finite series


In stores the week of October 15th.

THE CONCEPT:


Oxido is like Attila the Hun armed with plasma cannons, hyper-kinetic projectile launchers and nuclear implosion devices. Forget about burning villages, he burns whole planets. What would happen if you could somehow turn this guy into a cop?

THIS ISSUE:


Wade into the slaughterhouse with the Rim Marshals and see what happens when the man with no memory begins to get a glimmer of who he really is. The mystery takes on new convolutions as the hand of the insidious Nul Angreth draws ever closer to the strange child named Syd. Nasty new characters, bizarre environments, and novel forms of dat ol' ultra-violence.

COPYRIGHT:


OXIDO and all associated characters are ™ and © Pablo Raimondi and Larry Hama, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

Offered Again:


Love Bunney and Mr. Hell -


A Day in the Love Life


Savage Love

POWERS #36
(W) Brian Michael Bendis


(A) Mike Avon Oeming


FC 32pp $2.95 Monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of October 15th.

THE CONCEPT:


Homicide Detective Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim investigate murders specific to superhero cases. Investigations that takes them from the seediest underbelly of the city, to the gleaming towers that are home to immortal beings. From the EISNER award winning team of Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man titles, Daredevil, Alias) and artist Mike Avon Oeming (Bastard Samurai). 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:


"FOREVER" PART SIX. THE POWERS SECRETS REVEALED!!


A story that spans the history of man and powers continues as the reel secrets behind walker's secret superhero past is finally revealed. Forget everything you knew- or thought you knew- all the secrets are revealed in this full issue story guest starring the powers all stars- RETRO GIRL, DIAMOND, TRIPHAMMER and ZORA.

COPYRIGHT:


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

Offered Again:


Powers #31-32

REALM OF THE CLAW #1 (of 6)
(W) Stan Winston and Francis Takenaga


(A) David Yardin


(Cover A) David Yardin - Jungle


(Cover B) David Yardin - White


FC 32pp $2.95 Six-issue bi-monthly finite series


In stores the week of October 29th.

THE CONCEPT:


Culled from the explosive mind that brought us silver screen favorites as: The Terminator, Predator, Aliens and the primordial chaos of Jurassic Park, Stan Winston now unleashes his own creative fury in the form of CAT GODS! Gods who prowl the Realm of the Claw. The Realm was once a tranquil place where even Man shared in the bounties of its rich soil and crystalline waters with all its other living creatures. But it was only a matter of time before Man revealed his true nature. Nakuru and Sabyr would eventually lead the Beasts to victory over Man…but man's lust for power, like his stench, would not soon wash away or be forgotten…

THIS ISSUE:


Louden Reed defines luxury. His family's multi-million dollar industrial firm flourished into a multi-billion dollar juggernaut under his ruthless guidance. His life, lavish. His tastes, exquisite. His favorite pastime, hunting endangered species for sport. Harrison, his adopted brother, came from humbler beginnings and has dedicated his life to protecting the animals of the world from men like Louden. Unbeknownst to either man, eighteen lifetimes have been shared between them, and a long-forgotten exile is about to come to an end. "Home" does not mean New York, where they live. Home lies in the unexplored wilds of Umbwandi…and is also known as THE REALM OF THE CLAW.

COPYRIGHT:


Realm of the Claw is © and ™ Stan Winston, 2003. All rights reserved.

REALM OF THE CLAW #0
(W) Stan Winston and Francis Takenaga


(A) Gabriel Rearte and Liam Sharpe


(Cover) Liam Sharpe


FC 32pp $5.95


$10.95 (Foil cover signed by Stan Winston and limited to 500 copy edition.)


In stores the week of October 29th.

THE CONCEPT:


You don't have to leave the comfort of your own local comic book shop to get the convention special Realm of the Claw Zero issue. This very special issue contains rare back story information on what are sure to be some of your new favorite comic book characters.

REX MUNDI #7
(W) Arvid Nelson


(A) EricJ


FC 32pp $2.95 Monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of October 8th.

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.

Rex Mundi means "King of the World" in Latin.

THIS ISSUE:


"Father of Wisdom."

Genevieve must save Julien's medical practice from being shut down by the Guild of Physicians. Can she do it? Later, Julien visits Rabbi Maiselles and discovers a clue to the true identity of the mysterious entity known as "Baphomet." No, it's not the devil…

Julien also trys to question the wealthy Hugo deMedici, who is somehow connected to the stolen scroll and Marin's murder. But deMedici isn't accepting visitors…

COPYRIGHT:


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

Offered Again:


Rex Mundi #4

ROTOGIN: JUNKBOTZ #4 (of 8)
(W) Jay Lee


(A) J. Korim


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


In stores the week of October 22nd.

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 SPECIFIC:


As the storm brews in the city of Nalus, so does the blood of the Lotuz Society. The UBB is split and the under bosses begin preparing for the major expansion to take the fights worldwide. Kaylin starts work on her junkbot, hoping to take it into battle. She knows that her chances of getting onto the UBB's Fighter Circuit are slim, but she must try everything in order to help save her friend Asper.

COPYRIGHT:


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

Offered Again:


Rotogin: Junkbotz #1A-1B

SAVAGE DRAGON #112 (res)
(W/A) Erik Larsen


FC 32pp $2.95 Monthly Ongoing series


In stores the week of October 22nd.

THE CONCEPT:


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

THIS ISSUE:


Things haven't been going the way Mako, the man-shark, would have liked. Back in civilization, he found that the super-heroine Dart was not as receptive to his charms as she was when she was stranded on a small, uncharted island in the Coral Sea with him. So, his logic being what it is, he's abducted his unwilling sweetheart and returned with her to this island paradise. Naturally, Dart's friends and allies are more than a bit concerned about her well being-especially, the ever Savage Dragon!

Plus a NEW Mighty Man feature IN ADDITION to a full length Savage Dragon feature by Erik Larsen and Mark Englert! Over 30 pages of comic book goodness for the same low price! The biggest bargain in comics.

COPYRIGHT:


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

THIS IS A RESOLICITATION. ALL PREVIOUS ORDERS ARE CANCELLED.

Offered Again:


Savage Dragon /Hellboy

SOMETHING WICKED #1 (of 4)
(W) Jerry Beck, Cameron Corniuk, and Tony Viccaro


(A) Jerry Beck


BW 32pp $2.95 Four-issue bi-monthly finite series


Retailers: Please see order form for incentive program.


In stores the week of October 29th.

THE CONCEPT:


In a world full of death and disease, it appears mankind is fading fast. Mega-Viruses, a new breed of deadly diseases, are spreading world-wide and scientists around the globe are caught in a race against time, desperately searching for a cure. The only answer, however, may be buried six feet deep, within the mind of a dead man...former CDC head scientist, Silas Mondrian. Will mankind survive? Does it deserve to?

THIS ISSUE:


Hired to investigate a series of grave robberies, private detective, Keith Ericsson stumbles upon a little more than he bargained for in the form of the late geneticist, Silas Mondrian. For several years the thought to be dead doctor has been hiding out in the protective confines of Erieside Manor, feverishly working on a cure for the Mega-Viruses. But as the story unfolds not everything goes as planned and for Silas, his latest experiment may do more harm than good.

COPYRIGHT:


"Something Wicked" is ™ and © Jerry Beck,2003. All rights reserved.

SPAWN #139
(W) Brian Holguin and Todd McFarlane


(A) Angel Medina


(Cover) Greg Capullo and Todd McFarlane


FC 32 pp $2.50 Monthly Ongoing series


In stores the week of October 29th.

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.


Art shown is not the cover

THIS ISSUE:


"Asunder, Part 1." Al Simmons has been having trouble sleeping. He wakes up in strange places with no memory of what has transpired. The newspapers are rife with bizarre tales of macabre violence. Simmons is forced to reach a troubling conclusion: His Spawn persona has started acting on its own. Now, Simmons must find away to regain control over the darkest part of himself. But how does a man wrestle with his own demon?

COPYRIGHT:


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

Offered Again:


Spawn #124-125

SPAWN SERIES 24: CLASSIC COMIC COVERS ACTION FIGURES
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 11280


Our 24th series of Spawn action figures takes a more traditional route and focuses on interpreting various comic book covers from the rich gallery of Spawn comic artwork. This unique approach will surely speak to core Spawn fans as well as provide an entry point for new collectors. Each includes custom base.

October 2003


Spawn i.43, based on the artwork of Spawn issue #43


Spawn i.88, based on the artwork of Spawn issue #88


Spawn i.39, based on the artwork of Spawn issue #39


Spawn i.64, based on the artwork of Spawn issue #64


Spawn i.109, based on the artwork of Spawn issue #109


Hellspawn i.1, based on the artwork of Hellspawn issue #1


The item ships 12 per case.


No guarantee of mix.


Please inquire about pricing.


CAUT/4.

SPAWN SERIES 24: DELUXE BOXED SET
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 11291


The deluxe boxed set for Spawn Series 24 features a massive Hellspawn figure on horseback. This piece is an artistic interpretation of the cover of Spawn: The Dark Ages #23 featuring a moody impression of the Lord Covenant Spawn on a huge battle horse with ax. This is the figure Dark Ages fans have been requesting for years.


October 2003


The item ships 6 per case.


Please inquire about pricing.


CAUT/4.

STREET FIGHTER #2
(W) Ken Siu-Chong


(A) Alvin Lee, Arnold Tsang, and Andrew Hou


(Cover A) Arnold Tsang


(Cover B) Adam Warren


(Cover C) J. Scott Campbell


(Cover D) Jo Chen (Please inquire about pricing) $5.00 net


FC 32 pp $2.95 Monthly Ongoing series


Retailers: Please see order form for incentive program.


In stores the week of October 1st.

THE CONCEPT:


Street Fighter, the legendary franchise by Capcom that revolutionized gaming and entertained players and fans for over a decade with its unforgettable cast of World Warriors, finally hits the printed page with every pulse-pounding Dragon Punch and bone-crushing Sonic Boom intact, just like it was meant to be!


THIS ISSUE:


Searching for answers in the mystery of his Master's murder, Ryu begins to find them in a vision from his past, leading him to return with Ken to their old training grounds in Japan, where Ryu is tormented by painful dreams and memories of Master Gouken's death that trigger a darkness and rage he never knew he possessed. Meanwhile, Chun-Li and Guile, realizing that they have a common enemy in Shadaloo, form an alliance to uncover what connection Ryu could possibly have with M. Bison.


PLUS! An action-packed backup story by Adam Warren (Gen13, Dirty Pair) pitting Street Fighter's two leading ladies against each other. Chun-Li vs. Cammy!

COPYRIGHT:


Street Fighter is ™ and © Capcom Co., LTD. 2003. All Rights Reserved.

STUPID COMICS #2
(W/A) Jim Mahfood


BW 32 pp $2.95 One-shot


In stores the week of October 29th.

THE CONCEPT:


Nothing is safe from the keen, observational eye of Mahfood; from corrupt politicians, pop culture worship, Hollywood, the media, drugs, relationships, terrorism, the music industry, television, sex, religion to war, Stupid Comics offers a hilarious satirical slant on all of these elements of our bizarre culture.

THIS ISSUE:


It's Back!!! Hot indy artist Jim Mahfood (Clerks, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Grrl Scouts: Work Sucks) brings you this second all-new collection of his infamous Stupid Comics newspaper strip!

COPYRIGHT:


Stupid Comics is ™ and © 2003 Jim Mahfood. All rights reserved.

Offered Again:


Also by Jim Mahfood -


Grrl Scouts: Works Sucks #2-4

SWORD OF DRACULA #1
(W) Jason Henderson


(A) Greg Scott


BW 32pp $2.95 Bi-monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of October 1st.

THE CONCEPT:


You've seen Dracula. But you've never seen him like this. At 600 years old he controls blood so keenly that he can make almost anything his army needs. And he will rule the Earth. But what happens when the King of Vampires faces the return of an even greater, older evil? What unholy alliance must Dracula form with Ronnie Van Helsing, the young leader of the massive agency known as the Polidorium? Hard-edged horror action from Greg Scott of Sabretooth and Jason Henderson of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2.

THIS ISSUE:


Ronnie Van Helsing is new to her leadership role in the Polidorium-but it doesn't stop her from dragging the organization into a full assault on Dracula, Lord of the Vampire. In opening act issue that plays out in near-real time, the Polidorium meet Dracula for the first time-but are all the Humvees, coagulant missiles, rocket launchers and blackhawks at Ronnie's disposal any match for a man who controls a reservoir of blood?

COPYRIGHT:


Sword of Dracula is ™ and © Jason Henderson, 2003. All right reserved.

VAMPIRE'S CHRISTMAS (res)
(W) Joseph Michael Linsner.


(A) Linsner and Mike Dubisch.


FC 48pp $5.95 Graphic Novel


In stores the week of October 29th.

THE CONCEPT:


At Christmas time, all dreams come true. What do vampires dream of? Blood, of course. Lots of it. Esque, the vampire, is no different, but in Santa's eyes he's been more naughty than nice. A lump of coal in his stocking is what Esque expects as he goes off into the cold city night to seek his holiday dinner. During his hunt on Christams Eve, he encounters junkies, pedophiles, goth chicks, and the scariest of them all --holiday shoppers. Everyone's hustling for that last-minute score, and amidst the snow and carols, who knows what Esque might find?

THIS ISSUE:


This Graphic Novel marks the return of Esque, Joseph Michael Linsner's post-modern vampire. After haunting Linsner's work for the last 10 years, Esque finally gets a chance to star in a book of his own. The Vampire's Christmas ~~ the feel-good vampire comic of the season.

COPYRIGHT:


The Vampire's Christmas is ™ and © Joseph Michael Linsner, 2003.

THIS IS A RESOLICITATION. ALL PREVIEWS ORDERS ARE CANCELLED.

Offered Again:


Also from Joseph Michael Linsner -


Angry Christ Comix HC


Angry Christ Comics S&N HC

WALKING DEAD #1
(W) Robert Kirkman


(A) Tony Moore


BW 32pp $2.95 Monthly ongoing Series


In stores the week of October 1st.

THE CONCEPT:


How many hours are in a day when you don't spend half of them watching television? When is that last time any of us REALLY worked to get something that we wanted? How long has it been since any of us really NEEDED something that we WANTED? The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled, no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start to live.

THIS ISSUE:


Rick Grimes is not prepared for this. A couple months ago he was a small town cop who had never shot anyone and only ever saw one dead body. Separated from his family he must now sort through the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son. All the while fighting for his survival. How did this happen? How did things get so bad so fast? How will things ever return to normal after everything he's seen? From the guys behind BATTLE POPE and BRIT comes something COMPLETELY different.

COPYRIGHT:


The Walking Dead is ™ and © Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore, 2003. All right reserved.

WILDGUARD: CASTING CALL #2 (of 6)
(W/A) Todd Nauck


(Cover A) Todd Nauck


(Cover B) Mike Wieringo


FC 32pp $2.95 Six-issue monthly finite series


In stores the week of October 22nd.

THE CONCEPT:


Lights…Camera… Action! The cameras are rolling for the auditions of a new made-for-TV superhero team: WildGuard. Hundreds of superheroes will try out, but only five will have what it takes to make the team… if they survive! Join a host of heroes, through the agony of competition and unforeseen dangers, as they hope to be selected by a panel of judges, including the mysterious Producer "X". Who will make the cut? You make the call! Log on to www.wildguard.com and cast your vote for the hero you want to make the team.


Written and drawn by Todd Nauck, the artist of popular DC Comics series, Young Justice.

THIS ISSUE:


The auditions have been invaded! It's an all-out slugfest when the WildGuard hopefuls go toe-to-toe with unknown assailants. The number of contenders is drastically cut from hundreds to two dozen as the auditions continue during this battle royale. Tune in and find out who makes it past "Round One"! Will your favorites make the cut? Don't miss your chance to be a part of the creation of this brand new super team!

COPYRIGHT:


WildGuard is ™ and © Todd Nauck 2003. All rights reserved.

Top Cow Solicits

October, 2003

"Even though I'm Canadian (no, I don't live in an igloo, and I don't play hockey every day, either) I love that "American Idol" show! Talk about excitement…great musical artists, but with an element of danger. Every episode, people get peeled off, and the longer you last, the greater your chances you'll eventually get knocked off. Like I say, riveting stuff. So when I heard the plan for Witchblade #70-#75, I was pretty excited. It's like "American Idol"…with an element of death. See, we start with 12 major Witchblade characters- including title character Sara Pezzini herself-in #70 and throw them all in a "dead pool." Each issue, interactive fan voting (see Witchblade #70 for full details) will put two characters in a "safe" zone. By the time we wind up the story line in the massive, heart wrenching #75, two characters WILL take the dirt-nap forever. No "comic book" deaths here. They'll be dead like Bucky and they ain't coming back. Could be anyone. Like I say, even Sara Pezzini herself. I'll be drawing this story arc, and I'm rather looking forward to it. The book is always fun, but this really amps things up. And besides, writer David Wohl and I may not be able to sing, but I like to think we're great storytelling artists who can bring you can bring you the goods through our computer keyboards and our pencils, if not our lungs. Join us and see. And if for whatever reason it doesn't work…well, "Canadian Idol" is starting soon. Maybe I do have a chance there. Off to the karoke bar to practice!"


Francis Manapul, Witchblade penciler


Toronto


June, 2003

BATTLE OF THE PLANETS: MANGA
W: David Wohl Art: Edwin David


Join the Battle of the Planets team as they go undercover at an amusement park where things are not as peaceful as they seem, with romance, mystery, and big freakin‚ mechs bent on causing destruction. It‚s G-Force action in classic black & white manga style art. Written by Witchblade scribe David Wohl, with art by Edwin David. Part 1 of a three-part mini-series.


B/W 32 pages $2.99 Part 1 of a 3 part mini-series

CURSED # 1 - "It Is Coming"
(W) Fiona Avery/Tippi Blevins (P) Romano Molenaar


Journalist Shan Beaumont has always relied on her almost eerie sense of intuition. It's a power her father says comes from an Egyptian curse--the same curse that drove him insane. When a ritualistically mutilated body is found, he gives Shan a fragment of the Osiris Amulet and warns her of a coming darkness. With friend and photographer Winston MacGregor, Shan confronts suspect Victor Hahn in Germany. He's planning more than murder and Shan is hit by a horrifying vision of the future: Mummified men walk again with their hearts removed. Even Cleopatra shows up to see if it's true.


FC 32 pages $2.99 Part 2 of a 4-issue mini-series

DARKNESS #6 (of 6)
(W) Paul Jenkins (P) Dale Keown © Matt Milla


The final showdown between Frankie and Jackie.


FC 32 pages $2.99 Continuing Series

MAGDALENA #4 (of 4)


(W) Brian Holguin (P) Eric Basaldua (I) BATT (C) Beth Sotelo


It's the end of the world as we know it! The Magdalena, the warrior of the


Catholic Church, battles to stave off Armageddon itself! A breach has been opened between dimensions, and only the Magdalena's strength-and faith-can keep dark forces from invading Earth from the other side in this sweeping conclusion to the hit mini-series.


FC 32 pages $2.99 Part 4 of a 4-issue mini-series

TOMB RAIDER #35 - "Black Legion" Part 1 of 2
(W) James Bonny (P) Tony Daniel (I) Jon Sibal (C) Tyson Wengler


Lara Croft, biker bars, rattlesnakes, and motorcycles how could anything possibly go wrong? Come along with Lara as she embarks on her newest quest, and comes face to face with The Black Legion. Join us for Part 1 of a two-part story arc that is brought to you in stunning visuals by Tony Daniel, and written by newcomer James Bonny.


FC 32 pages $2.99 Continuing Series

TOP COW JAM POSTER 2003
(P) Marc Silvestri, Eric Basaldua, Francis Manapul (I) BATT (C) Steve Firchow


Satine from Evo, Patience from Magdalena, Sara Pezzini from Witchblade. Three great characters. Three great artists. You know you want it.


FC 24"x36" poster please inquire about pricing

WITCHBLADE #70
(W) David Wohl (P) Francis Manapul © Brian Buccellato


Sara returns from her road trip and finds all hell breaking loose back home in New York City. First of all, she discovers her ne'er-do-well sister is romantically involved with her partner, Jake. Secondly, she immediately gets embroiled in a mysterious murder investigation that has the whole NYPD befuddled, and her boss seems to somehow be involved...again. And worst of all, Ian Nottingham is back and he's...changed... Best of all, you the fan will get to choose who lives and dies when this arc climaxes in issue #75! It's life or death and you decide!


FC 32 pages $2.99 Continuing Series

Witchblade #70- Sketch cover
(W) David Wohl (P) Francis Manapul © Brian Buccellato


Limited to 2500 copies, this special sketch cover edition by series artist


Francis Manapul.

Darkness #1 CGC graded 9.8+
Paul Jenkins and Dale Keown's spectacular first issue of the new Darkness is available in this CGC graded format. Random 10.0 CGC graded books will also be included as well. Limited to 50 numbered copies.


$99.99

Darkness #1 CGC graded 9.6
Paul Jenkins and Dale Keown's spectacular first issue of the new Darkness is available in this CGC graded format. Limited to 100 numbered copies


$59.99

Top Cow Jam Poster 2003 signed edition
Signed by the three artists Marc Silvestri, Eric Basaldua and Francis


Manapul! Comes rolled in a tube.


$29.99

Battle of the Planets 1-12 reader set edition
Containing first printings of all 12 Battle of the Planet books with Alex


Ross covers at this special set price!


12 books Alex Ross covers $29.99

Offered agains:


Darkness Vol 2 #1


Darkness Vol 2 #2


Darkness Vol 2 #3


Darkness Vol 1 Coming of Age TPB


Witchblade Animated - Signed by Paul Dini $19.99

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