Image Comics Solicitations for product shipping January, 2005

Thu, October 14th, 2004 at 12:00am PDT

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THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS #2
on sale 01.12


$2.95


monthly ongoing series


black & white


32 pages

written by MARK SMITH


art & cover by DAN HIPP


back cover by SCOTT MORSE

CONCEPT


The Amazing Joy Buzzards are a rock-and-roll adventure band to rival such legends as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. It's all in a hard day's night to fight giant robots and evil witchdoctors, all the while exploring supernatural phenomena with the help of their mythical Mexican wrestler friend El Campeon.

THIS ISSUE


"The Island of Maru"


READY...SET...IGNITION! The Amazing Joy Buzzards return in their most action-packed adventure to date. Join them as they team up with the Professor's daughter to explore the Ancient and mysterious Temple of Maru! What ancient evils does this temple of horror contain? Are our heroes outgunned and outmatched? Can anything prepare you for what lies ahead in this adrenaline-dripping, pulse-pounding, non-stop adventure?! Strap on your helmets and join the fun because there's mischief afoot and you bet it won't add up to pleasant dreams for our fun-loving Buzzards!

THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS is ™ and Mark Smith & Dan Hipp, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

BATTLE HYMN #2 (0f 5)
On sale 01.05


$2.95


five-issue monthly miniseries


full color


32 pages

written by B. CLAY MOORE


art by JEREMY HAUN & ANDE PARKS


color by DAVE BRYANT


cover by JEREMY HAUN & BRIAN FREY

CONCEPT


1944. In the waning days of World War II, at the dawn of the nuclear age, super-powered beings are beginning to emerge from the shadows of conflict, beginning with the arrival of the Artificial Man. The United States government has a plan to turn these new arrivals into heroes. But someone forgot to tell the heroes the plan.

THIS ISSUE


Officially dubbed "Watchguard," the group makes its debut before the media, and a new (and not so welcome) member immediately appears. On the team's first mission, the Mid-Nite Hour begins to realize something isn't right, as some members barely participate and others get more than a little carried away in the heat of the moment. Passions begin to flare, animosity rears its head and violence erupts. They've only just begun. Is the


end already in sight?

BATTLE HYMN is ™ and B. Clay Moore, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

BEYOND AVALON #1
on sale 01.05


$2.95


quarterly ongoing series


full color


32 pages

written by JOE PRUETT


art by GORAN SUDZUKA


cover by GORAN SUDZUKA

CONCEPT


When heroes die they are welcomed to the enchanted island of Avalon, a land of unimaginable beauty, untouched by crime, unsoiled by bad weather, even immune to death. Only one hero has ever been born here. Her name is Megan, daughter of Arthur. Consumed by her father's wanderlust, Megan travels through the mystical mists surrounding the island in search of her missing father and her own self worth.

THIS ISSUE


"Wanderlust," Part One


Megan is the first of her kind, born upon the mythical island of Avalon. The daughter of a legendary king, she craves adventure, excitement and an escape from the "perfect" world in which she lives. When her father, also consumed by a quest for adventure, disappears, Megan decides to follow him. Her escape is presented to her in the form of the mists that surround the island, mists that are gateways to other worlds and dimensions. Armed with her father's recently recovered sword, Megan gathers her courage and enters the mist.

FOR READERS OF ALL AGES.

BEYOND AVALON is ™ and Joe Pruett and Goran Sudzuka, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

BURGLAR BILL #2 (of 6)
on sale 01.12


$2.95


six-issue monthly miniseries


black & white


40 pages

written & illustrated by PAUL GRIST


cover by PAUL GRIST

CONCEPT


Bob Dylan once said that to live outside the law you must be honest. But then, he never found himself caught between the law and the villains! Everyone's after Burglar Bill and he never did anything wrong in the first place. Well, except for that whole burglar thing…

THIS ISSUE


After a violent confrontation followed by a night in the local police cells, Burglar Bill is looking to lay low and keep out of trouble. His fellow cellmate, Wybourn, offers Bill a place to crash for a couple of nights. Unfortunately, Wybourn is in bigger trouble than Bill is!

A revised reprint of BURGLAR BILL, originally published by Dancing Elephant Press, this issue also includes a bonus six-page Burglar Bill story from 1989!

BURGLAR BILL is ™ and Paul Grist, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CASE FILES: SAM & TWITCH #16 (RES)
On sale 01.05


$2.50


monthly ongoing series


black & white


32 pages

written by MARC ANDREYKO


art by EJ SU


cover by GREG CAPULLO

CONCEPT


This is the second spin-off book featuring New York City police detectives Sam Burke and Twitch Williams, popular characters originally introduced in SPAWN. CASE FILES: SAM & TWITCH takes the crime noir world of Sam and Twitch to a darker level, featuring unique artwork and storytelling.

THIS ISSUE


"Ancient Chinese Secret, Huh?" Part Three of Six.


Is the mysterious Chu Lai really a centuries-old vampire? Or is this wealthy businesswoman something entirely unexpected? As the gang wars over the heroin trade continue in Chinatown, Sam and Twitch try to unravel the mystery behind the Black Salamander gang while dodging bullets, sword blades and the occasional fang!

MATURE READERS WARNING


CASE FILES: SAM & TWITCH is ™ and Todd McFarlane Productions, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CHOLLY AND FLYTRAP #3 (of 4)
on sale 01.12


$4.95


four-issue monthly miniseries


full color


48 pages

written & illustrated by ARTHUR SUYDAM


cover by ARTHUR SUYDAM

CONCEPT


Definitive anti-heroes Cholly and Flytrap find themselves knee-deep in a mucky feud between Center City's two power brokers, resulting in Flytrap being shanghaied and forced into masked boxing. Cholly is hot on the trail of his friend and exacting a little sweet revenge on the appropriate parties kick-ass style. But will Cholly find Flytrap before Flytrap steps into the ring against the world's most brutal and unrelenting opponent, The Champ? Will Flytrap emerge alive? Few have! Continuing Suydam's grim film noir action adventure set in the futuristic cess-pool of a corrupt human outpost. Told with frantic pacing, tension and humor. A groundbreaking and compelling epic told by a consummate storyteller!

CHOLLY AND FLYTRAP ™ and Arthur Suydam, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CLASSIC 40 OUNCE: TALES FROM THE BROWN BAG TP
on sale 01.05


$12.95


back & white


148 pages

written & illustrated by JIM MAHFOOD


cover by JIM MAHFOOD

Popular indie creator JIM MAHFOOD (STUPID COMICS, GRRL SCOUTS, BAD IDEAS) is taking you on a trip down memory lane! For the first time ever, Mahfood has collected his rarely seen self-published college comics: Girl Scouts#1 and #2 and Cosmic Toast #1. Limited to incredibly small print runs of 300 copies each when they first debuted in the mid-'90s, these books are essential reads for 40 oz. fans everywhere! Includes a brand-new short story introducing the material and a super-cool bonus sketchbook from that old school era. Highlights include the first-ever drawings of Smoke Dog and the Grrl Scouts. Fun stuff!

CLASSIC 40 OUNCE: TALES FROM THE BROWN BAG is ™ and Jim Mahfood, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

DEITY PERFECT COLLECTION
On sale 01.19


$25.00


box set


full color


15 issues


LIMITED TO 200 COPIES

written by ROBERT PLACE NAPTON & KARL ALTSTAETTER


art by KARL ALTSTAETTER


colors by BRIAN BUCELLATO

CONCEPT


Jamie, a teenage girl who lives in the L.A. of tomorrow, learns a shocking secret: She's actually the Deity, a goddess of immense power. Aided by a hot-blooded gunslinger, a young Shaolin monk and a dragon prince, she tries to cope with her destiny and maintain the semblance of a normal life in the face of constant danger from the Ma'Shiva, savage aliens bent on her destruction.

This never-before-offered special collection features all three DEITY miniseries in a deluxe box case!

DEITY - THE ORIGINAL (six issues)


Jamie spends her days at school and her evenings delivering Chinese food for her Uncle's take-out restaurant. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, she's too busy with her troubled love life to notice the forces converging around her.

DEITY - THE DARKNESS AND THE LIGHT (five issues)


Warrior demons, the Darkness and the Light, are charged with Jamie's destruction and employ a vicious strategy: corrupt one of the young deity's protectors. Will Jamie be betrayed from within?

DEITY - REVELATIONS (four issues)


A Ma'Shiva Overlord is obsessed with Jamie's destruction, but in order to destroy her he must first revolt against his own empire! A story that leads directly into next month's one-shot DEITY: REQUIEM!

DEITY is ™ and Hyperwerks Entertainment, LLC, Karl Altstaetter & Robert Napton, 2004.

DETONATOR #3
On sale 01.12


$2.50


monthly ongoing series


full color


32 pages

written by MIKE BARON


art & cover by MEL RUBI & BARBARA KAALBERG

CONCEPT


Frank Grace attended the South Dakota School of Mines, learned to handle explosives and went to work for Grindcorps. Leasing a mine they knew to be played out, Grindcorps took out an enormous insurance policy, doctored Frank's charge so that it brought the mountain down on him, then collected his life insurance. Unfortunately for Grindcorps, Frank emerges weeks later, obtains plastic surgery in Costa Rica and returns to wreak his vengeance. The Detonator can explode anything from a skyscraper to a wine glass with no collateral damage.

THIS ISSUE


Manglebaum and Frank square off in the mine, with Lilly's life at stake. As Frank reconstructs the past, he realizes that the mining disaster that turned him into a vigilante was just the beginning. The Twenty Step Vipers have a more ambitious project in mind, one that will claim thousands, if not millions of lives.

DETONATOR is ™ and Mike Baron & Mel Rubi, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

FORSAKEN #6
on sale 01.05


$2.95


monthly ongoing series


full color


32 pages

written by CARMEN TREFFILETTI


art & color by KRISTIAN DONALDSON


inks by NICK ZAGAMI


cover by KRISTIAN DONALDSON

CONCEPT


In 2056, the surviving population of Earth resides in the massive metropolis of Megalon. But it's not alone: Earth and an alien planet called Krel have come to form a social and economic interdependence sustained by portal technology. Together, they strive to rebuild what they have lost and forget what they have destroyed.

THIS ISSUE


"The Light of Other Days," Part Six


Hopelessness shrouds the team as the Separatist discloses the final stage of his plan. How will the events shape the future of the team and what does it hold for them? What will Delk discover that could change his life forever? Find out as the first chapter of the Relmers comes to a close.

FORSAKEN is ™ and Carmen Treffiletti, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

FOUR-LETTER WORLDS GN
On sale 01.26


$12.95


graphic novel


black & white


144 pages

written by AMBER BENSON, JOE CASEY, CHYNNA CLUGSTON-MAJOR, JAY FAERBER, MATT FRACTION, ANTONY JOHNSTON, ROBERT KIRKMAN, STEVE LIEBER, JIM MAHFOOD, B. CLAY MOORE, SCOTT MORSE, JEFF PARKER, JAMIE S. RICH, MARK RICKETTS, ERIC STEPHENSON & J. TORRES


art by JOHN BERNALES, CHYNNA CLUGSTON-MAJOR, STEVEN GRIFFIN, MIKE HAWTHORNE, MIKE HUDDLESTON, PHIL HESTER, STEVE LIEBER, JIM MAHFOOD, JAMIE MCKELVIE, B. CLAY MOORE, SCOTT MORSE, MIKE NORTON, JEFF PARKER, MATT ROBERTS, STEVE ROLSTON, J. TORRES & ANDI WATSON


cover by STEVEN GRIFFIN

CONCEPT


Love.


Hate.


Fear.


Fate.

Four words that define our lives in different ways. Four words that lie at the heart of all our experiences. Four words that have long inspired artists to craft their most resonant work.

FOUR-LETTER WORLDS examines how these four little words define our individual worlds in very big ways. This brand new anthology features sixteen original short stories by twenty-six renowned creators, including JOE CASEY, CHYNNA CLUGSTON-MAJOR, ANTONY JOHNSTON, PHIL HESTER, JIM MAHFOOD, SCOTT MORSE and ANDI WATSON.

FOUR-LETTER WORLDS is ™ and Eric Stephenson, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

FREEDOM FORCE #1 (OF 6)
on sale 01.19


$2.95


six-issue monthly miniseries


full color


32 pages

written by ERIC DIETER


art & cover by TOM SCIOLI

CONCEPT


An alien despot targets Earth for conquest, concocting a sinister scheme to empower the dregs of humanity with a transformative catalyst that they may sow chaos and fear. Overhearing the warlord's insidious plans, a noble alien rebel escapes with the catalyst, hoping to imbue worthy men and women with powers that might allow them to turn back the tide of invasion. Based on the best-selling computer game!

THIS ISSUE


"Founding Fathers"


Arriving on Earth in the year 1962, the mysterious Mentor enlists the aid of the patriotic Minuteman, the fiery El Diablo and the melancholy Man-Bot to hunt down the soviet super-spy, Nuclear Winter. But can even the combined might of these four brave heroes stop the frigid felon before he unleashes the power of the atom on an unsuspecting Patriot City?

FREEDOM FORCE is ™ and Irrational Games LLC, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

INVINCIBLE, VOL. 4: HEAD OF THE CLASS TP
on sale 01.05


$14.95


trade paperback


full color


168 pages

written by ROBERT KIRKMAN


art by CORY WALKER & RYAN OTTLEY


new cover by CORY WALKER & BILL CRABTREE

CONCEPT


After the traumatic events of VOLUME 3: PERFECT STRANGERS, Mark Grayson (AKA Invincible) is left to pick up the pieces and try to continue on with some sort of life. His mother is a wreck, his friends don't understand and the super-villains of the world just want to beat him up. Mark has a lot on his shoulders and graduation is just around the corner. Containing the fan-favorite and sold-out issues 14-19 and the short story from Free Comic Book Day 2004's IMAGE COMICS SUMMER SPECIAL, this volume is massive!

Collects INVINCIBLE #14-19

INVINCIBLE is ™ and Robert Kirkman & Cory Walker, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS #1 (of 4)
on sale 01.26


$2.95


four-issue monthly series


full color


32 pages

written by MIKE BULLOCK


art & cover by JACK LAWRENCE

CONCEPT


A child's need for the comfort of a stuffed animal is rooted in a reality long forgotten by the adult world. Join shy Joey Price as he discovers his stuffed animals are more than he ever thought possible in this all-ages adventure. These magical companions have always defended children, but now they need Joey's help in stopping the dastardly plot of the evil Beasties, monsters bent on destroying the world's children.

THIS ISSUE


"FEAR AND PRIDE," Part 1


Joey's world is turned upside down when his mother accepts a job in a neighboring town, forcing him to move away from his friends and his loving Grandmother. But just before the moving van is ready to pull out, Grandma brings him a special gift: four new stuffed animals-a lion, two tigers and a panther-known as The Night Pride. Joey is convinced his Grandmother's stories of the Night Pride having magical powers are just that: stories. But he's about to find out his new friends are more real-and more needed-than he could have imagined, especially when the Beasties come creeping out of a dark closet to get him.

LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS is ™ and Mike Bullock, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

NEGATIVE BURN: THE VERY BEST FROM 1993-1998 TP
on sale 01.12


$19.95


trade paperback


black & white


200 pages

written & illustrated by VARIOUS


cover by KEN MEYER JR.

CONCEPT


NEGATIVE BURN was an anomaly, merging together genres, pushing boundaries and allowing the top comic book talent in the world an opportunity to experiment and tell stories that they wanted to tell. When told that a black & white anthology title without a defined theme would never last beyond five issues, NEGATIVE BURN exceeded all expectations by running 50 issues and ending of its own decree, garnering numerous industry award nominations along the way. The biggest stars in the industry (NEIL GAIMAN, BRIAN BOLLAND, ALAN MOORE, WARREN ELLIS, MOEBIUS, P. CRAIG RUSSELL, etc.) co-existed side-by-side with the next wave of superstars (BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, DAVID MACK, PAUL POPE, JON CASSADAY, FRANK QUITELY, JEFF SMITH, TERRY MOORE, PAUL JENKINS, MIKE WIERINGO, etc.) to produce perhaps the most eccentric anthology title in the history of comics.

This volume takes the very best from the first 50 issues of this prestigious anthology and presents them all together here for the first time. Contributors read like a veritable "who's who" of comic talent:

NEIL GAIMAN, BRIAN BOLLAND, ALAN MOORE, P. CRAIG RUSSELL, DAVE JOHNSON, DAVE GIBBONS, EVAN DORKIN, PHIL HESTER, ARTHUR ADAMS, EDVIN BIUKOVIC, BOB BURDEN, ZANDER CANNON, MARK CHIARELLO, GUY DAVIS, MICHAEL GAYDOS, DANIJEL ZEZELJ, DARKO MACAN, MIKE WIERINGO, TERRY MOORE, PAUL POPE, ANDREW ROBINSON, JIM MAHFOOD and more!

Collects stories from NEGATIVE BURN #1-50

NEGATIVE BURN is ™ and Joe Pruett, James Pruett & Charles Moore 2005. All Rights Reserved.

NEO BEAUTIES: THE PIN-UP ART OF BRIAN HABERLIN TP
on sale 01.19


$29.95 trade paperback


$49.95 signed & numbered hardcover edition limited to 500 copies


full color


128 pages

CONCEPT


The most stunning women ever created adorn each page of this outstanding book of Neo Beauties!

You've seen his work for Marvel, DC, Darkhorse and Image on countless covers, interiors and merchandising. Now, BRIAN HABERLIN presents his first deluxe art book featuring some of the sexiest and most lovingly rendered images of the female form around today. HABERLIN is a modern master of the pin-up genre, employing a unique mix of hand and digital tools that sets his work apart from the rest. Think Olivia meets Sorayama: beautiful, sexy pin-ups with a distinct sci-fi and fantasy bent.

This book also features a look into how these masterpieces were created with a behind-the-scenes design sketch book and a step-by-step tutorial on how HABERLIN accomplishes his art.

NEO BEAUTIES is ™ and Haberlin Studios, Inc. 2005. All Rights Reserved.

NOBLE CAUSES #7
on sale 01.19


$3.50


monthly ongoing series


full color


32 pages

written by JAY FAERBER


art by GABE BRIDWELL & FRAN BUENO


cover by FRAN BUENO

CONCEPT


Bookstore clerk Liz Donnelly is a stranger in a strange land: an everyday person who married into a family of celebrity super-heroes! Behind the glamour and wonder lurk dark secrets, ruthless ambition and twisted desires.

THIS ISSUE


It's a day in the life of Race and Liz in this special change-of-pace issue, featuring guest artist GABE BRIDWELL. When your life is filled with super-villains, aliens, demons and the media, just what is a "normal day?" The answer will surprise you!

NOBLE CAUSES is ™ and Jay Faerber, 2004. All Rights Reserved

PIGTALE #1
On sale 01.12


$2.95


bimonthly ongoing series.


black & white


32 pages

written & illustrated by OVI NEDELCU


cover by OVI NEDELCU

CONCEPT


Set in present-day Portland, Oregon PIGTALE relates the exciting adventure of Boston Booth, an amateur private eye whose life is in financial and professional turmoil, when he runs into Clyde, an intelligent talking pig desperate to get away from his violent wolf stepbrother, Taxx. Together, Boston & Clyde venture off into the wild to help one another overcome their fears, rescue loved ones and save the city from Taxx, who's bent on destroying Clyde, getting his revenge and using the super-plasma device to conquer the city and reign supreme!

THIS ISSUE


"PRIVATE EYE: BOSTON BOOTH"


Broke! Unemployed! Madly in love with the girl of his dreams! After being rejected time after time from every private investigation office in Portland, Boston Booth finally gets an interview. Will he get his big break? Will he finally muster the courage to ask Carmen out on a date? Determined to follow in his dad's footsteps and become Portland's best private eye, Boston gives it his all, but his path takes a sharp turn when he runs into a talking pig named Clyde. Come along for the ride of a lifetime! Hang tight and never, EVER eat lard in front of Clyde!

PIGTALE is ™ and Ovi Nedelcu, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

PvP #14
On sale 01.26


$2.95


monthly ongoing series


black & white


32 pages

written & illustrated by SCOTT KURTZ


cover by SCOTT KURTZ

CONCEPT


In a world where nerds evolved from man, the staff of PvP Magazine rule as kings. Join Brent, Cole, Francis, Jade and Skull the Troll as they chronicle the world of video games, movies, comics and pop-culture. The hit Internet comic strip leaps from the World Wide Web into its own Image title!

THIS ISSUE


It's comic book madness when the PvP gang sets up a booth at their first Comicon. Francis wants to enter the costume contest, Brent wants to leave and Jade wants to complete her Archie collection. Meanwhile, Cole just wants everyone to help work the booth. Things get even crazier when Invincible shows up. Invincible?! You heard us right!

PvP is ™ and Scott R. Kurtz, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

THE RIDE: FOREIGN PARTS
on sale 01.26


$2.95


one-shot


black & white


32 pages

written by CHUCK DIXON & RON MARZ


art by ROB HAYNES & CHRIS BRUNNER


cover by JASON PEARSON

CONCEPT


Hop in the passenger seat and buckle up for an exciting look at a 1968 Camaro and the lives it alters. Each story focuses on a character whose life is dramatically affected by a situation involving the vehicle. A diverse body of creators will give you THE RIDE of your life!

THIS ISSUE


"IRON ROAD" & "LANGUAGE BARRIER"


CHUCK DIXON and ROB HAYNES present "IRON ROAD," a story set in the middle of the Viet Nam war. A G.I. dreams of getting back to the States to buy the one thing he most desires: The Ride. Of course, war is hell, as an innocent kid and one heroic soldier are about to discover.

RON MARZ and CHRIS BRUNNER push the boundaries of storytelling in "LANGUAGE BARRIER," a tale from the heart of Chinatown. Gunplay and hand-to-hand combat rule the day in a story that you only think you understand…until the last page!

THE RIDE is ™ and 12 Gauge Comics, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

SAVAGE DRAGON #122
on sale 01.26


$2.95


monthly ongoing series


full color


32 pages

written & illustrated by ERIK LARSEN


Cover by ERIK LARSEN

CONCEPT


Former Chicago police officer Savage Dragon fights to rebuild this savage world any way he can! Now, his powers fading, his wife powerless and his daughter having a really tough time in math and spelling, every move he makes brings the world that much closer to the brink of war!

THIS ISSUE


"Weapons of Mass Destruction," Part 1: "Attack From Iraq!"


A renegade scientist, whose family was slain by American bombs, unleashes the most indestructible juggernaut of all-and its out to destroy America and take down the President the United States! Meanwhile, Vice-President Ronald Urass plans to make his move while the greatest menace ever schemes to plunder the very planet from behind our hero's back! Another full-length adventure from series creator ERIK LARSEN.

PLUS! A Jennifer and Savage Dragon yarn scripted by LARSEN and plotted and drawn by TRAVIS SENGAUS!

SAVAGE DRAGON is and Erik Larsen, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

THE SEVENTH SHRINE #1
on sale 01.19


$5.95


two-issue monthly miniseries


full color


56-page picture book

written by ROBERT SILVERBERG


art & cover by ANDERS FINER

CONCEPT


Written in expert fashion by the bestselling and multi-award winning science-fiction author ROBERT SILVERBERG (whose writing career spans over 50 years with dozens of classics) and supplemented with awe-inspiring paintings by European artist Anders Finr, THE SEVENTH SHRINE is a can't-miss sci-fi detective story that skillfully introduces the incredible world of Majipoor to a new generation of readers.

THIS ISSUE


A grisly murder at the scene of an archaeological excavation has brought the Pontifex Valentine to the ruins of the ancient Shapeshifter city of Velalisier to investigate. But as Valentine begins to delve deeper into the mystery, he finds that an important discovery has been withheld from him and that the key to understanding everything lies in the legendary Seventh Shrine.

THE SEVENTH SHRINE is ™ and Robert Silverberg and Dabel Brothers Productions, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

THE SILENCE GN
On sale 01.26


$9.95


graphic novel


black & white (w/some color)


112 pages

written & illustrated by BRUCE MUTARD


cover by BRUCE MUTARD.

CONCEPT


What is this thing called art? Does it have value or only a price? Is it interior decoration or the conduit through which the values and meaning of society are communicated?

These questions face Choosy McBride, a gallery manager, and her partner Dmitri, a painter, when they visit remote Northern Queensland to find a mysterious, anonymous artist whose work possesses a power neither has seen before. Choosy is intent on representing him in her gallery and Dmitri, who is in the throes of artist's block, is simply looking for a reason to make art at all. Art, philosophy, God and love are put through the ringer, and Choosy and Dmitri are about to discover that silence speaks loudest.

THE SILENCE is ™ and Bruce Mutard, 2004. All Right Reserved.

SMALL GODS, VOL. 1: KILLING GRIN TP
on sale 01.19


$9.95


trade paperback


black & white


128 pages

written by JASON RAND


art & cover by JUAN E. FERREYRA

CONCEPT


In 1991, after decades of skepticism and disbelief, the existence of psychic powers was finally, definitively proven. Today, an estimated 1% of the world's population possesses psychic abilities. These people are not superheroes. In most ways, they're just ordinary people, living ordinary lives. They have families, careers and dreams; they eat, sleep, live - and die.

One such person is precognitive Detective Owen Young. SMALL GODS, VOL. 1: KILLING GRIN tells the story of the terrible decision he faces when a secret he's kept for years-a secret that could send not only him, but many of his friends to prison-falls into the hands of an opportunistic criminal.

This 128-page trade paperback features the sold-out, critically acclaimed SMALL GODS #1-4, plus sketches, pin-ups, covers and special bonus features never before seen!

AD COPY

"SMALL GODS is no sleeper hit, it's an outright must-read for any fan of intelligent, dramatic, well-crafted stories. Grade: 5/5"


-Comics Buyer's Guide

"You may read SMALL GODS more than once, but it won't be because you have to. Highly recommended!"


-TheFourthRail.com

SMALL GODS is ™ and Rand Ratinac, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

SPAWN #142 (RES)
on sale 01.26


$2.50


monthly ongoing series


full color


32 pages

written by BRIAN HOLGUIN & TODD McFARLANE


art by ANGEL MEDINA & DANNY MIKI


cover by GREG CAPULLO

CONCEPT


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

THIS ISSUE


"Devil to Pay," Part 1


She betrayed Al Simmons by stealing the power of the Hellspawn-a power that Simmons never wanted in the first place. But a betrayal is a betrayal, despite its intent, and now Nyx must face the wrath of Spawn. Weakened, battered and disillusioned after her recent adventure, Nyx soon realizes that her only chance for survival may lie with the whims of an ally recently freed from Hell.

SPAWN is ™ and Todd McFarlane Productions, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

TWO BITS #1

on sale 01.05


$0.25


one-shot


black & white


32 pages

written by MIKE S. MILLER


art by MIKE S. MILLER & HECTOR SEVILLA


covers by MIKE S. MILLER & HECTOR SEVILLA

CONCEPT


TWO BITS is a sneak peak at two upcoming Image titles. 16 pages of new material from each title that will give readers a true taste of what's to come. Cheap enough at only 25 cents to buy, read, enjoy and give away!

THIS ISSUE


LULLABY: WISDOM SEEKER is an all-ages romp through the fantasy worlds of children's fiction. This wonderful story focuses on the beloved characters of childhood yore... Join Jim Hawkins, Alice (From Wonderland), Pinocchio, Little Red Riding Hood and the Pied Piper as they join forces to stop a dark magic that has been warping this wonderful world into it's own image, and discover who is behind the unleashing of this darkness...

MIKE S. MILLER'S THE IMAGINARIES is another all ages title about what happens to imaginary friends, childhood superheroes, stuffed animals and the like after children grow up and stop believing in them. They go to the Imagined Nation. Join Superhero G as he discovers this strange new world filled with the imaginings of billions of children, and as he discovers a whole new purpose to his existence!

TWO BITS is ™ and : Alias Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.


LULLABY is ™ and Mike S. Miller and Hector Sevilla, 2004. All Rights Reserved. IMAGINARIES is ™ and Mike

ULTRA #6 (of 8)
on sale 01.19


$2.95


eight-issue monthly miniseries


full color


32 pages

written by JONATHAN & JOSHUA LUNA


art & cover by JONATHAN LUNA

CONCEPT


In Spring City, where superheroes blur the lines between law enforcement and celebrity, Pearl Penalosa, AKA Ultra, is a workaholic. At the prestigious agency Heroine Inc., she has earned a legion of fans, a nomination for Best Heroine of the Year and a perfect life. Or so she thinks, until a chance encounter with a mysterious fortune-teller opens her world to new possibilities.

THIS ISSUE


"Seven Days," Part Six


It's a bad day to be good guy.

ULTRA is ™ and Luna Brothers Productions, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

VICTORY, VOL. 2 #4 (of 4)
on sale 01.26


$2.95


four-issue monthly miniseries


full color


32 pages

written by ROBERT MARCELO CASSARO & PETRA LEAO


art by EDU FRANCISCO


cover a & b by EDU FRANCISCO


cover c by ROGER CRUZ

CONCEPT


Victory is about the limits of unlimited power. Born a half-elf Demi-Goddess from the world of Arton (a medieval like world that still practices magic), Victory was created to combat a menace of a cosmic magnitude. She can destroy an entire planet with a wave of her hand or heal herself from any mortal wound in a matter of minutes. Nevertheless, even with this amazing power at her command, Victory cannot defeat her greatest enemy: loneliness.

THIS ISSUE


The God of Vanity and the master of the Dark Force have controlled the game from the beginning, and now they have begun to change the forgotten fantasy of Arton into a reality. While monsters roam the earth attacking innocent people, Victoria and the others fight for their lives within the book of Tome. Now Victoria is faced with the choice of destroying her only means of returning home or letting her former love have his sweet revenge. The choices are not easy ones for a heart as lonely as hers.

Incentive: For every 10 issues of Cover A and B, dealers will receive a copy of Cover C by ROGER CRUZ.

VICTORY is ™ and Editora Talism, 2004 and Produced by CFZ. All Rights Reserved.

THE WALKING DEAD #15
on sale 01.05


$2.95


monthly ongoing miniseries


black & white


32 pages

written by ROBERT KIRKMAN


art by CHARLIE ADLARD


cover by TONY MOORE

CONCEPT


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: There is 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


The epic tale of survival continues. Rick Grimes is on a mission. He's got a long road ahead of him and many obstacles in his way, but he's determined. There's a lot resting on his shoulders. He cannot fail. He must not fail. Too much depends on it.

MATURE READERS WARNING


THE WALKING DEAD is ™ and Robert Kirkman, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

McFARLANE TOYS SOLICITATIONS o JANUARY 2005

McFarlane's Dragons: Quest for the Lost King
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 50150


McFarlane Toys' first line of dragons action figures - McFarlane's Dragons: Quest for the Lost King - features five different dragon figures, each representing a different clan. The dragon action figures are incredibly detailed and include a mythos showcasing their place in Earth's history.


The item ships 12 per case. $5.99 each. $71.88 per case.


January 2004


Komodo Clan Dragon


Sorcerers Clan Dragon


Eternal Clan Dragon


Fire Clan Dragon


Water Clan Dragon

McFarlane's Dragons deluxe boxed set
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 50156


The deluxe boxed set from the McFarlane's Dragons: Quest for the Lost King action figure series features a Berserker Clan Dragon in battle against a human attacker. Box includes both figures.


The item ships 6 per case. $12.99 each. $77.94 per case.


January 2004

McFarlane's Sports Picks: 3-inch NHL Series 3
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 75190


Our third series of 3-inch-scale NHL two-pack figures is on the way featuring a selection of hockey's greatest players in small scale. Little figures, big detail. Each figure is sculpted in an action pose with official team uniform, bases and equipment.


The item ships 12 per case. $3.99 each. $47.88 per case.


January 2004


-- Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings C, No. 19 vs. Marian Gaborik, Minnesota Wild LW, No. 10


-- Peter Forsberg 2, Colorado Avalance C, No. 21 vs. Marian Hossa, Ottawa Senator RW, No. 18


-- Nikolai Khabibulin Tampa Bay Lightning G, No. 35 vs. Trevor Linden Vancouver Canucks C, No. 19


-- Marty Turco, Dallas Stars G, No. 35 vs. Chris Pronger, St. Louis Blues D, No. 44


-- Alexander Mogilny Toronto Maple Leafs RW, No. 89 vs. Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings D, No. 5


-- Jaromir Jagr 2, New York Rangers RW, No. 68 vs. Gary Roberts, Toronto Maple Leafs LW, No. 7

TOP COW SOLICITIATIONS o JANUARY 2005

Cursed reader set
All four issues of the stellar horror-and-intrigue series Cursed from writers Fiona Avery and Tippi Blevins and artist Romano Molenaar can be yours at a fantastic discount price!


Four comics $9.99 suggested retail price


Four comics $19.99 suggested retail price with #1 autographed by Fiona Avery

Darkness/Superman #2 (of 2)
ARROW: Mob mayhem and the Man of Steel!


(W) Ron Marz (P) Tyler Kirkham (I) Matt Banning (Col) John Starr (Cov) Marc Silvestri and Tyler Kirkham


Jackie Estacado and the Darkness have invaded Metropolis with the intention of taking over organized crime in the city. As Lois Lane's life hangs in the balance, Jackie makes Superman an offer he can't refuse. Can the Man of Steel compromise his principles to save Lois? And just who will walk away from the explosive confrontation?


This special co-published with DC Comics features the writing talents of Ron Marz (The Darkness, Green Lantern) and the artistic stylings of Tyler Kirkham (Strykeforce, The Gift), with a "jam" cover by Kirkham and Marc Silvestri!


Full color 32 pages $2.99 Part 2 of a 2-part story arc

Rising Stars #24 "Phoenix in Ascension" pt. 3 of 3
ARROW: The gripping finale! Extra-sized!


(W) J. Michael Straczynski (Art and cover) Brent Anderson (Col) Brian Buccellato


The magnum opus Rising Stars reaches its fiery conclusion! After 23 issues of heroism and drama, Poet, the last of the remaining superpowered "Specials," makes the ultimate sacrifice-one that will change both our world…and others!


Plus, a bonus Rising Stars Gallery with past covers and new pin-ups!


Full color 40 pages $3.99 Part 24 of a 24-part storyarc

Darkness #19 "Hell House," Part 3 of 4
ARROW: Noir master David Lapham scares Top Cow!


(W and layouts) David Lapham (Finished art) Brian Denham (Col) Matt Milla (Cov) Dale Keown


Darkness-bearer Jackie Estacado is hiding out from rival mobsters in an Atlantic City casino gone horribly, horribly wrong. But underneath the mob war, an internal battle rages for control of Jackie's power…and his very soul. Award-winning crime fiction master David Lapham writes and provides layouts for this modern masterpiece, and takes The Darkness down its most evil path ever!


Full color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Tomb Raider #50 "Alpha/Omega"
ARROW: Anniversary ACTION! Dan Slott! Francis Manapul! Super-sized!


(W) Dan Slott (P) Francis Manapul (Col) Brian Buccellato (Cov) Adam Hughes


Uproarious She-Hulk writer Dan Slott takes us 500 years into the future where a band of hi-tech thieves are breaking into the secret chambers below Croft Manor…to raid Lara's Tomb! Watch as each piece of plunder tells a story in the life and times of the world's greatest treasure hunter, Lady Lara Croft! The FASTEST-paced Tomb Raider story ever is whipped onto the page at 90 miles an hour by Witchblade artist Francis Manapul!


Plus, this anniversary extravaganza includes BONUS pin-ups from Tomb Raider's top artists!


Full color 40 pages $3.99 ongoing series


ALSO AVAILABLE: Signed edition by cover artist Adam Hughes $19.99

Humankind #5 "All Roads Lead to (New) Rome," pt. 5 of 5
ARROW: Monsters, robots, and babes on bikes!


(Written, penciled, and cover by) Tony Daniel (I) Kevin Conrad (Col) Richard and Tanya Horie


It's all been building up to this: Bruno is an unwilling "Trojan Horse," carrier of a virus from planet Thera that could wipe out the entire population of Earth! Alia Sparrow, head of Thera's Human Crimes Bureau, has the weight of two worlds on her back: Should she destroy Bruno and save all of humankind? Or find the genetic cure that can save him by invading the laboratory of the evil geneticist Crucifer?


Full color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Battle of the Planets: Princess #4 (of 6)
ARROW: Manga-styled action in the G-Force tradition!


(W) David Wohl (Art and cover) Wilson Tortosa


With her career as a member of G-Force behind her, Princess begins to try and see what life as a normal teenager is like. But she quickly learns that she can never escape her past-not when Zoltar and his evil forces of Spectra are bent on world domination…and especially not when she learns that their latest target is former teammate, Keyop! All-new action is brought to you by David Wohl (Witchblade) and Wilson Tortosa (Battle of the Planets)!


b/w 24 pages $2.99 Part 4 of a 6-part storyarc

Witchblade: Revelations paperback (new printing)
ARROW: Marc Silvestri! Michael Turner! J.G. Jones!


(W) Christina Z./David Wohl (P) Marc Silvestri, Michael Turner (C) J.D. Smith (Cov) J.G. Jones


The FINEST Witchblade paperback ever features the first-ever Darkness-Witchblade crossover and the mystery of the "Microwave Murderer" as drawn by the BEST artists in comics: Marc Silvestri and Michael Turner! This stellar bookshelf collection collects Witchblade #9-#17, wrapped in a great new cover by J.G. Jones (Wanted)!


full color 224 pages $24.95 trade paperback

Hunter-Killer #0 Poster
By Marc Silvestri, Joe B. Weems V and Steve Firchow


They are the watchmen on the walls of freedom. They are walking, talking weapons of mass destruction. And they're the good guys! Wolf and Ellis, the stars of Mark Waid and Marc Silvestri's new hit, Hunter-Killer, take center stage on this great, full-sized poster, with a bountiful bevy of baddies in the background. Put it on YOUR wall!


Full color 24x36 inches Please inquire for pricing Poster


ALSO AVAILABLE: Limited edition poster autographed by BOTH superstar creators, Marc Silvestri and Mark Waid! $29.99

Wanted #4 Death Row Edition
(W) Mark Millar (Art) J.G. Jones (C) Paul Mounts


Painted Cover by J.G. Jones


The most talked-about tale of the new millennium refuses to go away! This special re-presentation of the sold-out Wanted #4 includes the entire original issue, along with a special exclusive "DVD extras" and a redesigned J.G. Jones cover!


Sex. Money. Super-powers. Costume. You know you want it. Again.


Full Color Mature Readers 32 pages $2.99

The Darkness: Original Sins paperback (volume 3)
ARROW:


(W) Malachy Coney (P) Joe Benitez (Cov) Joe Benitez


Nine consecutive issues (#15-#22) of Darkness action from volume one hit you with both barrels, including the first appearance of the Magdalena and the Spear of Destiny! These issues have never been collected in this form before. Don't miss out!


full color 208 pages $24.95 trade paperback

 
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