Image Comics Solicitations for product shipping December, 2003

Wed, September 17th, 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 December, 2003.

BLOKHEDZ #2 (of 4)
(W) Brandon Schultz


(A) Mark Davis and Mike Davis


FC 32pp $2.95 Four issue monthly finite series


In stores the week of December 3rd.


RETAILERS: See order form for incentive program.

THE CONCEPT:


Empire City…Manhattan on Steroids. A parallel universe where Middle Earth meets the Hood. Residents call it the concrete jungle. The police call it a hopeless abyss. BLAK calls it home.

THIS ISSUE:


Still reeling from the violent death of his brother, Blak looks for answers but finds only a strange new strength in his scarred hand. Using this newfound gift gives him power, but it also takes a toll on his health. He has to hide all these changes, after all Blak just wants his music to blow up. But he learns that the scar will kill him, and it's clear that there is evil inside him - an evil that wants revenge. The only question left is: who will win, the gift or the curse?

COPYRIGHT:


Blokhedz is ™ and 2003 Imajimation Studios. All rights reserved.

BRIT: COLD DEATH (MR)
(W) Robert Kirkman


(A) Tony Moore


BW 48pp $4.95 One-Shot


In stores the week of December 31st.

THE CONCEPT:


Sex and Violence have never looked so... OLD. Meet the government's last line of defense when it comes to the really messy parts of keeping the world safe, BRIT. He spends his time passing down the wisdom of the ages and giving beatings from the day. When super-powered menaces threaten our home soil, send in Brit. When mad dictators take over neighboring countries in order to control their resources, send in Brit. When aliens take over the moon, planning to use it as a staging ground for an all out invasion... bomb it to hell with nuclear missiles... then send in Brit to clean up the leftovers. Brit is a one man killing machine, indestructible, unstoppable... and eligible for a senior citizens discount.

THE ISSUE:


"Let sleeping dogs lie." You've all gotten that weird sage-like advice from your elders and filed it in the back of your mind under "figure out later." Apparently, CIA director Steve Erickson forgot to remember those words of wisdom. The order is given; "find Brit and bring him in." At all costs, he must be recovered. But what happens when the cost becomes too great to bear and the fate of the entire world is at stake? Brit would have been content to live out his life with his new bride... but now he's got to come out of retirement and kick more ass. Christmas is going to be REALLY messy this year. Needless to say, mature readers only.

COPYRIGHT:


Brit is ™ and Robert Kirkman, 2003. All right reserved.

CASEFILES: SAM AND TWITCH #8 (MR)
(W) Marc Andreyko


(A) Paul Lee


(Cover) Greg Capullo


BW 32pp $2.95 Monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of December 17th.

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, featuring unique artwork and storytelling from Marc Andreyko and Scott Morse. Intended for mature audiences only.

THE ISSUE:


"Skeletons, Part II."

Second of a new 6-part story arc. Sam and Twitch are drawn deeper into a bloody conspiracy as an old schoolmate of Sam's shows up with some startling accusations about a presidential candidate! Assassinations, double-lives and murder are just the beginning! How far will Sam and Twitch go to expose the truth? And how far will their enemies go to shut them down?

Art shown is the cover

COPYRIGHT:


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

CLOCK MAKER: ACT TWO (of 3)
(W) Jim Krueger


(A) Matt Smith, Phil Hester, Jason Baroody, Brett Weldele, Mike Halblieb, John Roberts


FC 48pp $4.95 Three issue monthly finite series


In stores the week of December 31st.

THE CONCEPT:


Hidden within a hollow mountain in Switzerland is a giant clockworks. Hundreds of men that never age maintain the old behemoth's 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.

THIS ISSUE:


The Saga continues... With the discovery of hundreds of dead clock-workers beneath the gears, Hans and Astrid begin a search for the killer and a threat to not only themselves but to the clockworks and the gates to heaven. Featuring a dramatic revelation regarding the Five O'Clock Shadow and its relationship to the Time Flies and Hans' first major battle with the devil!

This issue collects the material previously solicited as Clockmaker #5-7.

Special back-up features Phil Hester's original Clock Maker character designs!

COPYRIGHT:


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

DAVID AND GOLIATH #2
(W) Jay Ju


(A) Leonel Castellani


FC 40pp $2.95 Ongoing bi-monthly series


In stores the week of December 17th.

THE CONCEPT:


"In a time before the atomic age, an ancient monster with more destructive power than anything seen before in the world, is owned and controlled by an innocent little boy."

In Ancient Egypt, centuries before the birth of Christ, the Pharaohs once controlled a mythical beast to destroy the armies and cities of their enemies. The beast, a large lion with wings and blood of fire, may be awoken once, every hundred years.

It is now 1940 in New York in the middle of World War II and this same monster, after centuries of being forgotten, has been unleashed upon the world. But now, an innocent, little 10 year old boy, named David, controls the mighty monster as if it were his pet. Hot on their trail are secret Nazi agents sent out to harness this great power of the beast, to change the tide of the war. The one who controls the boy, David, controls the beast, named Goliath.

THIS ISSUE:


Now bonded to Goliath, David is haunted by nightmares that link him to the past owner of the Beast. Concerned, Sarah takes her brother, David, with Goliath to visit their father's mentor, Professor Adams, to uncover the truth and ORIGIN of Goliath. Meanwhile, Detective Sam Davidson tries to muster up the courage to ask Sarah out to dinner. But when they learn of Goliath's dark past they have little time to react, because Lady Nichila and her secret Nazi agents make their move to capture them, only to unleash the powerful wrath of Goliath. With David captured, who now controls the monster named Goliath?

COPYRIGHT:


David and Goliath is ™ and Jay Ju Entertainment Inc., 2003. All rights reserved.

FEATHER #3 (of 6)
(W/A) Steve Uy


FC 32pp $2.95 Six-issue bimonthly finite series


In stores the week of December 10th.

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 long thought to be extinct. And then there's Leeka, his best friend and self-proclaimed "full-blooded" dragon. But, if it's true, will Sehv be able to accomplish his goal through her?

THIS ISSUE:


The dragonhunt begins! Sehv's dream is finally about to become reality as the live dragon he's sought to find for so long is now within his reach. Unbeknownest to him, however, the very dragon he's hunting is Leeka's own mother, playfully acting out her role as the prey in a mock-dragonhunt. Unaware of the ruse, Sehven pulls no punches in fulfilling his dream, but armed to the teeth and uncharacteristically serious in his determination, can this mock-dragonhunt remain a game to the end?

COPYRIGHT:


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

FRANKENSTEIN MOBSTER #1
(W/A) Mark Wheatley


Cover A Mark Wheatley


Cover B Mike Wieringo and George Freeman


FC 32pp $2.95 Bi-Monthly on-going series


In stores the week of December 3rd.

THE CONCEPT:


Four souls in one body: the best cop and three of the worst mobsters! All battling it out for control of the Frankenstein Mobster. This gangster and horror epic hammers away with blood and ammo in a corrupt city of spooks, goblins and nasty criminals. Doctor Solva is the body building mad scientist. Ozmed the Mummy is a moldy cab driver. And Terri Todd is the smart and sexy detective.

THIS ISSUE SPECIFIC:


Night. Friday the 13th and the Mobsters who run the city are gathered to watch the creation of the Frankenstein Mobster. And this monster is a Made Man. In the fire of storms, lightning and gang warfare, corrupt police turn a blind eye. All except detective Janus. And Janus has his own secrets. Janus is a were creature - a human cat. A detective with the power to battle the Frankenstein Mobster, tooth and claw!

COPYRIGHT:


Frankenstein Mobster is and Mark Wheatley, 2003. All right reserved.

G.I. JOE #25
(W) Josh Blaylock/Brandon Jerwa


(A) Brandon Badeaux/Tim Seeley


(Cover A) Brandon Badeaux


(Cover B) Tim Seeley


FC 32pp $2.95 Monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of December 10th.

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:


One of the biggest G.I. Joe stories of all time comes to a conclusion in part 4 of the RETURN OF SERPENTOR. The raid on Cobra Island has taken its toll, and both Cobra and G.I.JOE resources are tapped. This battle will have major repercussions down the line, affecting Cobra, the Dreadnoks, and even Destro, and most importantly, this issue contains the battle everyone's been waiting for: SERPENTOR VS. COBRA COMMANDER!

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 #18
(W) Tim Seeley


(A) Mike Norton


(Cover A) Tim Seeley


(Cover B) Mike Norton


FC 32pp $2.95 Monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of December 17th.

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:


Get out your oven mitts and wooden spoons, 'cuz it's time for everyone's favorite TV cook to take the stage...ROADBLOCK! In this ONE-SHOT story, he slices, he dices, he makes up bad rhymes, and when the funding for his show is taken over by COBRA, he gets more than he asked for. It's a fun, action packed issue, as the heavy gunner/southern chef takes on TV producers, Dreadnoks and lactose intolerant pugs. Meanwhile, MAINFRAME finds out what happens when you spend too much time at the computer, and FIREWALL introduces DAINA to the joys of American culture.

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.

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


(A) Steven Griffin


FC 32pp $2.95 Four-issue monthly finite series


In stores the week of December 17th.

THE CONCEPT:


In this follow-up to the critically acclaimed HAWAIIAN DICK: BYRD IN PARADISE, 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:


Things go from bad to really, really bad in this final chapter of the second Hawaiian Dick series. It's absolute mayhem as rival gangs tear through the Last Resort in a revenge match for the ages. Complicating matters are the angry spirits of Hawaiian dead, risen from their graves and evidently impervious to gangland bullets. Byrd, Mo and Kahami focus on one goal: escaping alive before the entire bay explodes in a bullet-fueled spectacle of supernatural fury.

COPYRIGHT:


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

HEAVEN'S DEVILS #3 (of 4)
(W) Jai Nitz


(A) Zach Howard


BW 32pp $2.95 Four issue finite series, ships every six weeks


In stores the week of December 17th.

THE CONCEPT:


Alan Wells hides from his ugly past but seeks redemption in Mexico. John Wickliffe belies his corporate status and tries to save the rainforest one tree at a time. Agent Madison Morgan is suspended by the FBI and sent to do deskwork in the middle of nowhere Texas for the Office of Homeland Security. A smuggler with a past, an environmentalist with an agenda, and a loose cannon with a chip on her shoulder come together with the fate of humanity between them.

THIS ISSUE:


Things get bloody. Now that Alan has revealed his magical powers to Madison, he quits holding back. He uses magic to divine the origin of the extinction-level plague and finds the man responsible. The local thugs hired to kill Alan and Madison have failed, so Wickliffe quits holding back too. He calls in Cartel killers to finish the fight. Magic and science collide with sickening results. Not for the faint of heart!

COPYRIGHT:


Heaven's Devils is and Jai Nitz and Zach Howard, 2003. All rights reserved.

HELLHOUNDS #5 (MR)
(W) George T. Singley IV


(A) Joe Abraham


(Cover A) Joe Abraham


(Cover B) Trevor McCarthy


FC 32pp $2.95 Monthly Ongoing Series


In stores the week of December 10th.

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 fight for their lives as the grotesque behemoths of Isis Island continue to hunt their confused and desperate prey! Our heroes allies are dropping like flies and Recon is definitely not going to save them! Will the Hellhounds make it out alive to collect their bounty? For King & Shock it's about getting paid...no matter what hero has to take a Dirt Nap!

COPYRIGHT:


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

JACK STAFF: EVERYTHING USED TO BE BLACK AND WHITE
(W/A) Paul Grist


BW 352pp $19.95 Trade Paperback


In stores the week of December 24th.

THE CONCEPT:


Jack Staff is Britains Greatest Hero, or at least he used to be. Twenty years ago he disappeared, and everyone just forgot about him. Except for Becky Burdock, Girl Reporter for The World's Press. She's investigating a series of murders in Castletown, but finds a lot more than she expected, including a long forgotten superhero and a secret that's been hidden for over sixty years.

This volume collects all 12 issues of the original black and white Jack Staff series, published by Dancing Elephant Press.

COPYRIGHT:


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

JIMI HENDRIX ACTION FIGURE
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 12370


One of our most commonly fan-requested action figures is now a reality: Jimi Hendrix in all his guitar-god glory. Jimi includes his six-string and a beautiful custom base. The figure is based on reference from one of Hendrix's most famous American performances in the late 1960s.


November 2003

The item ships 6 per case. .


Please inquire about pricing.


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LIBERTY MEADOWS #35
(W/A) Frank Cho


BW 32pp $2.95 Bi-monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of December 10th.

THE CONCEPT:


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

THIS ISSUE:


Things look bad for Frank the vet. Passions are running high. He spurns Jen's advances and she's out for revenge. Roger and Brandy take the next big step in their relationship. Meanwhile, a brand new character enters Liberty Meadows and turns the animals' world upside down.

COPYRIGHT:


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

THE MATRIX SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 17730


McFarlane Toys second series of collectible figures from The Matrix trilogy is sure to be even more popular with fans than our first series released last May. Featuring characters from both The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, this series consists of six regular figures and two different deluxe boxed sets.


November 2003


Agent Smith


Neo 3


Neo 4


Niobe


Morpheus 2


Trinity 2

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No guarantee of mix.


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THE MATRIX SERIES 2 DELUXE BOXED SET
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 17750


The item ships 4 per case.


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THE MATRIX SERIES 2 DELUXE BOXED SET #2
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 17760


The item ships 4 per case.


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MCFARLANE'S SPORTS PICKS: NBA SERIES 5 ACTION FIGURES
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 70450


McFarlane Toys' fifth series of National Basketball Association action figures is ready to play. This series features nine of most popular players in the league, including Yao Ming, Ben Wallace and Chris Webber, and resculpts of Ray Allen and Tracy McGrady. Each figure is sculpted in an action pose and dressed in an official team uniform; includes base.


November 2003


Chris Webber, Sacramento Kings F, No. 4


Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons F/C, No. 3


Yao Ming, Houston Rockets C, No. 11


LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers F, No. 23


Stephon Marbury, Phoenix Suns G, No. 3


Steve Nash, Dallas Mavericks G, No. 13


Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Atlanta Hawks F, No. 3


Ray Allen 2, Seattle Supersonics G, No. 34


Tracy McGrady 2, Orlando Magic G, No. 1

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


Item #: 70180


McFarlane Toys' seventh series of National Hockey League action figures features several top-notch fan favorites, including Selanne, Naslund and Khabibulin, and resculpts of such superstars as Joseph and Forsberg. Each figure is sculpted in an action pose and dressed in an official team uniform; includes base and equipment.


December 2003


Curtis Joseph 2, Detroit Red Wings goalie, No. 31


Peter Forsberg 2, Colorado Avalanche center, No. 21


Todd Bertuzzi, Vancouver Canucks right wing, No. 44


Owen Nolan, Toronto Maple Leafs right wing, No. 11


Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche right wing, No. 23


Al Macinnis, St. Louis Blues defenseman, No. 2


Chris Chelios, Detroit Red Wings defenseman, No. 24


Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Mighty Ducks goalie, No. 35

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MYTHSTALKERS #8
(W) Douglass Barr


(A) Jiro


BW 32 pp $2.95 Monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of December 24th.

THE CONCEPT:


The Society for Cryptozoological Research (colloquially known as the "Mythstalkers") is an adventurer's club dedicated to tracking down and studying the mythological creatures that are mysteriously returning to the world of 1893.

Unfortunately, right now they're too busy trying to save themselves from a notorious London crimelord allied with the otherworldly Unseelie Court, a vengeful and beautiful faerie princess, and the scariest creatures ever found in pre-Seussian children's literature to do any investigation.

Maybe next issue.

THIS ISSUE:


"London Nights," Part Four of Four: Love Means Never Having To Say "I Will Return To Wreak Horrible Vengeance Upon You And Your Kin, Foolish Mortal."

Lots available in Mythstalkers #8:

1 (one) human child, named Emmaline Chatterton.

1 (one) human soul, once belonging to Victor Terranove.

1 (one) transformed faerie nobleman, answers to Vastarin.

The building at 1071 St. Davies Street, also known as "Headquarters for the Society of Cryptozoological Research."

A 10,000 (ten thousand) pound debt marker owed to purported crime lord Mr. Fitzhugh.

Control of London.

All items must go by end of issue. Bids from heroes discouraged.

COPYRIGHT:


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

NASCAR ACTION FIGURES BY ACTIONMCFARLANE
ActionMcFarlane


Item #: 27871


A new company. A new sport. The same sort of quality and attention to detail you've come to expect. ActionMcFarlane, a new partnership between the folks at McFarlane Toys and Action Performance, is hitting the ground running with its first series of NASCAR action figures, featuring the best and most well-known drivers on the circuit.


November 2003


Dale Earnhardt Sr.


Dale Earnhardt Jr.


Rusty Wallace


Tony Stewart


Jeff Gordon


Ryan Newman


Specialty market only.

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POWERS #37 (MR)
(W) Brian Michael Bendis


(A) Mike Avon Oeming


FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing Monthly series


In stores the week of December 24th.

THE CONCEPT:


Homicide Detective Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim investigate murders specific to superhero cases. Investigations that take them from the seediest underbelly of the city to the gleaming towers, homes to immortal beings.

From the EISNER award-winning team of Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spiderman titles, Daredevil, Alias) and artist Mike Avon Oeming (Bastard Samurai).

Bendis scored the comic book trifecta by winning the Wizard Fan Award, Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award and Eisner Award for 'Best Writer.' Two years in a row!!

THIS ISSUE SPECIFIC:


FOREVER PART SEVEN: THE POWERS SECRETS REVEALED!!


DEENA AND WALKER ARE BACK!! As we start the wrap up of the largest story in the history of powers, a story that spans the entire history of man, we thrust into modern day to see how the events of the past have shaped the world of the future.

All the secrets are revealed in this full issue story.

COPYRIGHT:


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

REALM OF THE CLAW #2
(W) Stan Winston and Francis Takenaga


(A) David Yardin


Cover A Kaela


Cover B Tswana


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


In stores the week of December 24th.

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…

THE ISSUE:


The call of the wild takes Louden into the deepest, most sacred jungles of Umbwandi. Places said to be haunted by spirits, and guarded by things far deadlier than mere fairy tales. His instinct is to kill, and it is this instinct which has brought him to the edge of civilization itself. A no man's land. Meanwhile, an emissary of the Realm has been sent forth to return the more timid of Nakuru's sons. The messenger's name? Kaela. And she has the power to kill with far more than her womanly charms! Harrison's first battle will likely be against his own natural instincts…

Illustrated by David Yardin (Aria, Wicked), Realm of the Claw continues to set a high mark for sheer visual indulgence in the comic world. Lush jungles teem with life, and one swears they can even smell the spray of the waterfalls. Guided by Stan Winston's legendary vision and scribed by the practiced hand of Francis Takenaga (Trakk,, Wicked, Wetworks), Realm of the Claw continues to deliver Hollywood-style entertainment in a 32-page package.

COPYRIGHT:


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

REX MUNDI #9
(W) Arvid Nelson


(A) EricJ


FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series


In stores the week of December 3rd.

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:


On the trail of a stolen scroll connected to a thousand year-old secret society, master physicians Julien Saunire and Genevieve Tournon head to France's national library. There they uncover a vital clue linking neo-classicalist painter Nicholas Poussin to the mysterious stolen scroll. Genevieve returns to the Duke of Lorraine's "cottage" and finds smoke coming from a chimney outside. But Lorraine's valet insists no fireplace is lit…And later that night, Julien receives a midnight visitor…

COPYRIGHT:


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

ROMP
(W/A) Adam Pollina


(Cover) Adam Pollina and Tyson Macadoo


FC 56pp $5.95 One Shot


In stores the week of December 3rd.

THE CONCEPT:


Emilio Rompiero (a.k.a. ROMP) is a shy, delusional, teenage boy who has convinced himself that he is the ultimate street-fighting superhero, in spite of the small fact that he was born WITHOUT ANY ARMS! He teams up with his super attendant, Chi Chi Gigante, a one-eyed, recovering alcoholic, former Pro-Wrestling Midget Champion. Together, this Disfunctional Dynamic Duo set out to reclaim their Crime Infested 'Hood.....one block at a time.

THIS ISSUE:


His first day "On the Job," Romp mentally prepares for the tough but valiant road ahead. Today he reclaims his block. Today is his first streetfight. The Challenger? Merely a 6ft. 4in., 315 lb. local bully named...Lu Lu Lewbrowski. If he loses? Well then back to the true but painful reality of his sad, tragic life as a lonely comic book clerk he goes. But if he wins.... a world of Fame and Glory awaits him... but his delusional fantasy continues on.

COPYRIGHT:


Romp is ™ and Punk Rampant Productions, 2003. All right reserved.

RUN! (MR)
(W) Mark Millar


(A) Ashley Wood


FC 32pp $2.95 One-shot


In stores the week of December 10th.

THE CONCEPT:


RUN! is the first in a series of mature-readers superhero one-shots by Mark Millar (The Ultimates, Superman: Red Son) and top-selling A-list artists like Frank Quitely, John Cassaday and Ashley Wood. It's also part of the Millarworld line of books launching across the industry this month and ties in loosely with WANTED from Top Cow, THE UNFUNNIES from Avatar Press and CHOSEN from Dark Horse Comics.

THIS ISSUE:


Live Fast, Die Young. RUN! is what happens when the wrong people start living life in the fast lane and a detailed exploration of the horror that ensues. Described as The Fast and The Furious on Nikes, RUN! takes super-speed to a level never seen in comic-form before and shows what it means to really be the fastest man alive.

WARNING: This is a superhero comic, but must only be sold to those over eighteen years.

COPYRIGHT:


Run is ™ and Mark Millar and Ashley Wood, 2003. All right reserved.

SAVAGE DRAGON #114
(W/A) Erik Larsen


(with a back-up by Gary Carlson, Mark Englert and Erik Larsen )


FC 32pp with NO ADS $2.95 Monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of December 24th.

THE CONCEPT:


In this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Savage Dragon #113, ex-cop Savage Dragon fights to save the city of Chicago from the sinister forces of evil. For all of you rugged he-men bellyaching about all of that cartoony crap a few months back, rest assured this mag is packed solid with teeth-gritting, edge of your seat entertainment just like the days of old. And graphic violence? It's packed solid with that stuff!

THIS ISSUE SPECIFIC:


Vicious Circle Rising. Part II: Cutthroat.


The Dragon's most fiendish foes are reforming the notorious Vicious Circle! The sadistic killer Cutthroat is sent out to terminate the one man who could stand in their way-the Savage Dragon. A return to greatness! Another fantastic full-length Savage Dragon epic!

Plus a NEW Mighty Man 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:

COPYRIGHT:


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

SAVAGE DRAGON VOL VIII: TERMINATED
(W/A) Erik Larsen


FC 176pp $15.95 Trade Paperback


In stores the week of December 17th.

THE CONCEPT:


The Savage Dragon's final days as a member of the Chicago Police force. Beaten down by the man, the Dragon must take extreme measures to stay alive.

THE ISSUE:


This book collects Savage Dragon #34-40 (including Savage Dragon #1/2). This seven issue run includes an appearance by Mike Mignola's Hellboy as well as the superhero Star and the introduction of Zeek, plus Martians attacking, Chaos & Control and more villains that you can possibly keep track of. Featuring a rambling, incoherent introduc-tion, a sketchbook section that sheds a little light on the creative process, and Dung - you can't live without Dung! This critically acclaimed series is collected here for the first time. A guaranteed high-octane blast!

COPYRIGHT:


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

SOMETHING WICKED #2 (of 4)
(W) Jerry Beck, Cameron Corniuk, and Tony Vicarro


(A) Jerry Beck and Jason Moore


Cover A Jerry Beck


Cover B Soulfly


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


In stores the week of December 24th.

CONCEPT:


In a world full of death and disease, it appears mankind is fading fast. Mega-Viruses, a new breed of deadly disease, are spreading world-wide and scientists around the globe are caught in a race against time, desperately searching for a cure. However, the only answer may lie 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:


With his whereabouts in jeopardy, Silas prepares for the unexpected while his latest mishap, Jeremy, aimlessly roams the streets of Cleveland, trying to come to grips with his sudden rebirth. As the story unfolds, there's a whole lot more for Silas to worry about than just Keith and Jeremy. Enter The Messengers of Hate, Team Freedom, and a host of others all searching for the one man who can rid the world of the deadly Mega-Viruses, Silas Mondrian.

COPYRIGHT:


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

SOUL OF A SAMURAI #4 (of 4)
By Will Dixon


FC 48pp $5.95 Four issue bi-monthly finite series


In stores the week of December 31st.

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


In besting Takashi, understanding Susamajii, and forgiving Ikari, Shinzu has resolved the physical, mental, and emotional pieces of himself. Now he finds that confronting his final dimension is the most daunting task yet. Throughout this climactic struggle, Shinzu discovers that in order to realize his full potential, he must let go of the Self.

COPYRIGHT


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

SPAWN #141
(W) Brian Holguin and Todd McFarlane


(A) Angel Medina


(Cover) Greg Capullo and Todd McFarlane


FC 32pp $2.50 Monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of December 31st.

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.

THE ISSUE:


"Asunder, Part III."


Al Simmons' battle with his own dark half takes a stunning twist as his spirit is sent spiraling through time, leading him on a shadowy tour through the history of the Hellspawn. Forced to walk the roads and witness the lives of the Spawns that came before him, Simmons begins to understand the single fatal flaw that is inherent in each of these soldiers of the damned -- including himself. Will his journey lead him back to his own life and his own destiny, or will it bring him to the same inescapable doom his predecessors suffered?

Art shown is not the cover

COPYRIGHT:


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

STREET FIGHTER #4
(W) Ken Siu-Chong


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


(Cover A) Alvin Lee & Arnold Tsang


(Cover B) Kaare Andrews


(Cover C Jo Chen (please inquire about pricing)


FC 32pp $2.95 Monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of December 3rd.


RETAILERS: See order form for incentive program.

THE CONCEPT:


In the universe of Street Fighter, fighters of every size, shape and color collide in a global battle for supremacy. From every corner of the world, martial artists, boxers, wrestlers and fighters of every conceivable sort perform superhuman acts in their willing (or unwilling) participation in the Street Fighter Tournament-the contest being hosted by M. Bison, the sadistic dictator and leader of the underground Shadaloo criminal organization. Some contestants fight for reasons as diverse as their nationalities... some fight for money, answers, or vengeance, while others fight for reasons completely shrouded in mystery.

Street Fighter, the legendary franchise 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:


"Brothers."


Chun Li and Guile discovered that Charlie, the man they had both presumed dead, is miraculously alive. But that is not all they discovered. Charlie, after being in the clutches of M. Bison for weeks, has reemerged a different man… a man willing to do anything to achieve Bison's goals. What will happen when Guile is forced to fight the man who is not only the one who taught him everything he knows, but also the friend who Guile looked up to as a brother? Meanwhile, Ryu & Ken get one step closer to their master's murderer, but Ken is faced with a difficult decision when Eliza's life is put into jeopardy. And what will happen when Ryu and Sagat meet again? PLUS! A pulse pounding backup story by artist extraordinaire, Kaare Andrews, showing the origin of Guile and Charlie!

COPYRIGHT:


Street Fighter is ™ and CAPCOM CO., LTD. 2003. All Rights Reserved.

SWORD OF DRACULA #2
(W) Jason Henderson


(A) Greg Scott


(Cover) Tony Harris


BW 32pp $2.95 Bi-monthly ongoing series


In stores the week of December 10th.

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, with covers from Eisner-award-winning artist Tony Harris.

THIS ISSUE:


Part two in the 6-Issue arc "The Elders."

Still reeling from their defeat at the hands of Dracula, Lord of the Vampires, Ronnie and the Polidorium deal with a vampire threat on the ski slopes. But below the Dead Sea, an ancient evil has awakened-one that disturbs even Dracula, who can sense their approach even from the Coast of Italy where his army lies camouflaged. An episode of raving angels, marauding vampires, and snowmobiles-and the revelation of a dark secret held by Ronnie Van Helsing.

COPYRIGHT:


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

THE WALKING DEAD #3
(W) Robert Kirkman


(A) Tony Moore


BW 32pp $2.95 Ongoing Monthly Series


In stores the week of December 3rd.

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 begin living.

THIS ISSUE:


Rick Grimes' horrific adventure continues.

Reunited with his family, his focus shifts from survival to protection. It's one thing to know that you have to watch your back every second of every day. It's another thing entirely to have to worry about losing your family in the blink of an eye. Rick's life has changed dramatically in the last couple months and so far, he's learned to deal with it... but is he finally starting to crack?

From the guys behind BATTLE POPE and BRIT comes something COMPLETELY different.

COPYRIGHT:


The Walking Dead ™ and Robert Kirkman 2003. All right reserved.

Also by Robert Kirkman


SuperPatriot: America's Fighting Force 4-Comic Set

WILDGUARD: CASTING CALL #4 (of 6)
(W/A) Todd Nauck


(Cover A) Todd Nauck


(Cover B) Paco Medina


FC 32pp $2.95 Six-issue monthly finite series


In stores week of December 17th.

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.

THIS ISSUE:


Producer "X" and the WildGuard hopefuls come face-to-face with the menace behind the audition invasion. Will they be able to stop this maniac and rescue the captive try-out contenders? Also, which hero will not survive a run in with this villain?

COPYRIGHT:


Wildguard is ™ and Todd Nauck, 2003. All rights reserved.

TOP COW

Wanted #1
(W) Mark Millar (P) J.G. Jones (C) Paul Mounts


Variant Covers by J.G. Jones, Bryan Hitch, and Marc Silvestri in equal 1/3 ratios.


Get ready for superheroes as you've never seen them before. Forget The Authority. Forget The Ultimates. Mark Millar has taken the genre to a whole new level with his first American creator-owned book. Find out what happens when white-collar worker Wesley Gibson discovers the truth behind his origins and who's REALLY been running organized crime since 1986, in a story that takes place in the world outside your own window. Described by the London Sunday Times as "Watchmen for super-villains", WANTED is Millar's finest work to date with astonishing pencils and inks by artist JG Jones (Black Widow) and colors by Paul Mounts (The Ultimates). Sex. Money. Super-powers. Costume. You know you want it.


FC Mature Readers 32 pages $2.99 part one of a six-issue storyarc


**Variant Covers by J.G. Jones, Bryan Hitch, Marc Silvestri in equal 1/3 ratios


CGC graded 9.8 with random distribution of 10.0


Mark Millar Signed Edition $19.99

Cursed #3
(W) Tippi Blevins/Fiona Avery (P) Romano Molenaar (I) Kevin Conrad (C ) Brian Buccellato


**Variant Covers by Chris Bachalo and Romano Molenaar in 50/50 ratio


"The Nature of Curses" Part 3 (of 4)


Shan Beaumont is losing her mind. Unfortunately, she, together with an immortal Cleopatra, must save the world from a menace greater than anything it has seen before. Victor Hahn is calling forth an army of mummies to begin a reign of terror and they're coming for Shan. Can she keep her sanity long enough to stop him?


Full Color 32 pages $2.99 Part 3 of a 4-part story arc

Eleven: Top Cow's Tale of Revolution and Art
Featuring art by Marc Silvestri, David Finch, Michael Turner, Dale Keown, Alex Ross, Gary Frank and more!


OVERSIZED HARDCOVER


Come along for the ride of a lifetime-11 years worth of Top Cow history, all presented in a magnificent oversized coffee table book format! Eleven focuses on Top Cow Productions and its founder, Marc Silvestri, and their rise to the top of the comics and entertainment world. This tome is lavishly illustrated with the best of Top Cow's art from over a decade of publishing, plus never-before-seen photographs and behind-the-scenes stories!


SPECIAL DIRECT MARKET EXCLUSIVE: Every copy sold via Diamond Previews is a limited edition of 5000 copies, each individually numbered, and contains a special bonus section!


Full Color Hardcover 11x14 inches 225 pages minimum, more if we go nutsy $39.99

BotP "Manga" #3 (of3)
(W) David Wohl (ART) Edwin David


The G-Force team's newest adventure comes to a starting conclusion as the secrets of the mysterious disappearances at the amusement park are revealed. But will G-Force be able to stop this threat in time, or will this ride, be their last.



FC 32pgs $2.99 Part 3 of a 3-part story arc

Battle of the Planets: Trial By Fire Digest
(W) Munier Sharrieff (P) Wilson Tortosa


The first 9 issues of Battle of the Planets plus the Battle of the Planets: Mark special in their original black-and-white state are collected here in one volume! Join Mark, Jason, Tiny, Keyop, and Princess on their adventures to save the earth from the evil Zoltar and the forces of Spectra! The attack on Earth has begun, and only the super-team known as G-Force stands between the forces of evil and our planet's utter destruction. Can the crew defeat Zoltar and the soldiers of Spectra? Earth had better hope so, because time is running OUT!


B/W 5x7 inches 244 pages $9.99

Darkness vol. II #7
(W) Paul Jenkins (P) Eric Basaldua (I) BATT (C) Matt Milla


**Alternate covers in a 50/50 split by Dale Keown and Eric Basaldua


"In Search of the Blue Goldfish"


As Darkness-bearer Jackie Estacado takes control of Mafia Family affairs, his first order of business is to clean up the deadwood…and that pretty much describes Ernie Palanco.

Ernie has wanted to be a mobster since the day he was born. But what happens when you can't aim a gun, you can't keep hold of the bosses' money, and you keep shooting the wrong people by accident?

The blackest of black humor is brought to you in this special stand-alone issue by Paul Jenkins (Spectacular Spider-Man) and Eric Basaldua (The Magdalena).


Full Color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

Tomb Raider #37 - "The Black Legion" - Part 3 of 3
(W) James Bonny (P) Tony Daniel (I) Jonathan Sibal (C) Tyson Wengler


Lost in the dreaded Superstition Mountains of Arizona, without weapons, Lara Croft faces three powerful foes.....the desert, her nemesis, Lady Jasmine and her band of cutthroats, and the man Lara came to the dance with.....Joe Notafraid, who's been possessed by the vengeful Thunder God protecting the fabled Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine!


FC 32 $2.99 continuing series

Witchblade #72
(W) David Wohl (P) Francis Manapul (C) Brian Buccellato


The clock is ticking on the countdown to Witchblade #75 and the deaths of two characters!

As Sara Pezzini's murder investigation continues, she discovers that all clues are leading her to the mysterious and nefarious government organization known as Level 42. And, unfortunately for Sara, they're ready for her-and the Witchblade. But are they ready for the very empowered and very deadly Ian Nottingham?


FC 32 $2.99 continuing series

Obergeist Reader Set
(W) Dan Jolley (P)Tony Harris (I) Ray Snyder (C) Matt Hollingsworth


All 7 issues of the hard-to-find controversial series by Dan Jolley and Tony Harris in this specially priced reader set. Set includes Obergeist 1-6 and Obergeist Empty Locket.


FC 7 books $14.95

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