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THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS #3
on sale 02.09


$2.95


monthly ongoing series


black & white


32 pages

written by MARK SMITH


art & cover by DAN HIPP

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 AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS GO HOLLYWOOD!"


LIGHTS! CAMERA! ADVENTURE! The Amazing Joy Buzzards manager Dalton Warner is seething at the kids for signing a movie contract without his permission as the gang heads for Hollywood to transform themselves into screen icons. At the studio the kids run into Brick Brannigan, internationally famous actor/stuntman. Things go terribly wrong during one of his stunts and the Buzzards soon discover that Brick's life is in danger. Who's trying to bump Brick off and why? Could it be a terrible Tiki curse?!

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

THE ATHEIST #1
on sale 02.09


$3.50


bi-monthly ongoing series


black & white


32 pages

written by PHIL HESTER


art by JOHN McCREA


cover by KEN MEYER JR.

CONCEPT


Our world has dark corners normal people refuse to enter. They are populated by unspeakable things that defy logic and feed on fear. But these beings do have a natural predator in the form of Antoine Sharpe. He's a scalpel on two legs bent on cutting out the disease infesting the human race, even if it kills the patient. A misanthropic genius and heartless hero, he's better known to his government handlers as simply…the Atheist.

THIS ISSUE


The dead are restless. Rather than wait for judgment, they have escaped the afterlife and are forcing themselves into the bodies of the living. Reincarnation rapists, joyriders, they use their new bodies with abandon, leaving shattered lives in their wake. When government security is compromised by the possession of an intelligence community insider, the Atheist is called in to turn back an invading army of lost souls. A Desperado Publishing Production.

THE ATHEIST is ™ and Phil Hester and John McCrea, 2005. All Rights Reserved

BATTLE HYMN #3 (0f 5)
On sale 02.02


$2.95


five-issue monthly miniseries


full color


32 pages

written by B. CLAY MOORE


art by JEREMY HAUN


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 emerging from the shadows of conflict, beginning with the arrival of the Artificial Man. The United States government has a plan to turn these beings into heroes. Too bad nobody told the heroes.

THIS ISSUE


In the wake of a disastrous first mission, the death of a hero sparks a renewed focus on why the team was assembled in the first place. It's the turning point for Watchguard, and to make matters worse, there's a murderer in their midst.

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

BIG BANG PRESENTS: ULTIMAN FAMILY #1 (ONE-SHOT)
on sale 02.02


$3.50


one-shot


color


32 pages

written by GARL CARLSON & JEFF PEDIGO


art by GREG KIRKPATRICK & MIKE KIRSTEN


cover by JEFF WEIGEL

CONCEPT


The radioactive meteor that collided with a Gemini space capsule in 1964 killed one of the astronauts but transformed the other into the Ultimate Human Being! For forty years, Chris Kelly has fought evil and injustice as Ultiman, inspiring other heroes of the Big Bang universe.

THIS ISSUE


Ultiman's girl Friday, Lori Lake, must work overtime when a chimpanzee in the space program develops super powers and makes a monkey out of Ultiman in "The Ultimate Ape!" Also in this issue: When Ultragirl travels to the future to honor a fallen comrade, she and the Pantheon of Heroes face their deadliest foe ever in "Legion of the Dead!" Plus, Thunder Girl models new costumes designed by readers!

BIG BANG, ULTIMAN & ULTRAGIRL ™ and Gary Carlson & Chris Ecker, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

BURGLAR BILL #3 (of 6)
on sale 02.09


$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


Special all Police Constable Kelvin Flats issue!

Police Constable Flats is a community Policeman. Unfortunately, his idea of policing involves arresting the entire community! Follow Constable Flats on night patrol as he tries to make it through to morning without arresting anybody.

A revised reprinting of BURGLAR BILL from Dancing Elephant Press, this issue also includes a bonus Kelvin Flats story as he takes on the popular children's entertainer, Mister Floppsie Whoppsie.

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

CASE FILES: SAM & TWITCH #17 (RES)
On sale 02.02


$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 Four of Six.


The floors of a Chinatown temple run red with blood, and Sam and Twitch are caught in the crossfire! As the whispers of vampiric gangsters fill the streets, Sam and Twitch discover an alarming clue: bungee cords?!

MATURE READERS WARNING


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

CHOLLY AND FLYTRAP #4 (of 4)
on sale 02.09


$4.95


four-issue monthly miniseries


full color


48 pages

written & illustrated by ARTHUR SUYDAM


cover by ARTHUR SUYDAM

CONCEPT


The kick-ass conclusion of "Center City. " The story reaches a climax as definitive anti-heroes Cholly and Flytrap find themselves knee-deep in a mucky feud between power brokers Luvitz and Hobbs. The shanghaied Flytrap is stepping onto the canvas with a brutal meat grinder, The Champ, to settle the feud once and for all. But will Flytrap walk away alive? What happens when the mayhem leaps outside the boxing ring? And who will or will not get out of the way in time? Don't miss this satisfying finish to Suydam's grim film noir action adventure set in the futuristic cesspool of a corrupt human outpost. Frantic pacing, tension and humor combine to create a groundbreaking and compelling epic from a consummate storyteller!

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

DAWN: THREE TIERS #5 (of 6) (RES)
On sale 02.16


$2.95


six-issue miniseries


full color


32 pages

written & illustrated by JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER


cover by JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER

CONCEPT


Dawn, the Goddess of Birth and Rebirth, leads her Earthly lover Darrian Ashoka across a post-apocalyptic Europa on a journey for his salvation and their reunion.

THIS ISSUE


After many years of questing, renegade swordsman Darrian Ashoka finally believes he has found a suitable replacement for Dawn, the love of his life. Queen Calypso welcomes Darrian to her inner sanctum as well as into her heart. But Darrian's disgust over the hypocrisy with which she rules her kingdom eventually forces him to turn his back on her. Unfortunately for Darrian, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

DAWN is ™ and Joseph Michael Linsner, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

DEITY: REQUIEM
on sale 02.16


PRICE $6.95


one-shot


full color


56 pages

written by ROBERT PLACE NAPTON


art by MICHAEL O'HARE & ARIES MENDOSA


colors by MICHAEL KELLEHER

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 some semblance of a normal life in the face of constant danger from the Ma'Shiva: savage aliens bent on her destruction.

THIS ISSUE


THE LOST CHAPTER OF THE DEITY SAGA!


Jamie, The Deity, is missing. She's been kidnapped by the Dark Gods and the mysterious Lord Pyre. A band of warriors and bickering rivals form an uneasy alliance in a desperate bid to save her and prevent a cosmic shockwave that could tear the very threads of reality! Is this THE END? With story by MYTH WARRIORS scribe ROBERT PLACE NAPTON and stunning artwork by Peter Parker: Spider-Man and Jubilee artist MICHAEL O'HARE, this 50-page epic ushers in an exciting new chapter.

DEITY COLLECTED EDITION VOL. 1 and 2
on sale 02.16


$7.95 each (New Low Price!)


trade paperbacks


full color


80 pages each


limited to 200 copies each

written by ROBERT PLACE NAPTON & KARL ALTSTAETTER


art by KARL ALTSTAETTER


colors by BRIAN BUCCELLATO

VOL. 1 collects DEITY #1-3


Features exclusive cover by KARL ALTSTAETTER, rare sketch book, cover gallery and exclusive pages not found anywhere else!


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.

VOL. 2 collects DEITY #4-6


Features exclusive cover by KARL ALTSTAETTER, cover gallery featuring rare JEFF MATSUDA cover and exclusive pages not found anywhere else!

The Soul Crusher attacks the Shaolin Temple as an unsuspecting Jamie prepares for her first date with Ziggy. Kung-Fu Action! A Fire Breathing Dragon! The epic conclusion to the first DEITY miniseries!

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

DETONATOR #4
On sale 02.09


$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


This is the Big One. Detonator has set in motion forces he cannot control, pitting crime boss against crime boss, with the fate of the world in the balance. The extravagant cruise condo known as the Floating City is actually the world's biggest bomb, and it's headed for the Panama Canal. In Montana, the feds close in on Detonator, as he closes in on Manglebaum.

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

A DISTANT SOIL #38
On sale 02.23


$4.50


black & white


40 pages

CONCEPT


A fifteen-year-old half human girl has inherited the mantle of the Avatar, the Universe's most powerful psionic, and now she is forced into the role of a weapon of mass destruction to be used against those who oppose the rulers of an alien world.

THIS ISSUE


The rebel leader has a deadly biological weapon to terrorize the enemy: the Terminal Decrepitude Virus, a disease that will cause the vain and beautiful Hierarchy to age and die. But the Hierarchy holds the fate of Earth in their hands and if the rebellion doesn't surrender, they will release the power of their young Avatar and destroy the Earth.

AD COPY


"There aren't enough words to describe Colleen Doran's skill in storytelling, composition, and attention to detail." - Tom Palmer, Wizard

Less than ten issues remain in this groundbreaking sci-fi/fantasy series!

A DISTANT SOIL is a registered trademark of Colleen Doran, 2004.

THE EXPATRIATE #1
on sale


$2.95


monthly ongoing series


full color


32 pages

written by B. CLAY MOORE


art by JASON LATOUR


cover by JASON LATOUR

CONCEPT


Jack Dexter is a man on the run. He knows who he's running from (the CIA), but he doesn't know why. All he knows is that he can't be caught, dead or alive. So his flight takes him across the globe, in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of his pursuers. And that's a good thing. Because Jack won't like what happens when he's finally caught.

THIS ISSUE


Jack's run takes him to a tiny banana republic, where he stumbles into a problem named Maria. CIA agents Conrad and Murphy aren't too far behind, and they're not afraid to take out anyone in their path. Jack is caught between a beautiful girl, a local politician, and two coldblooded bastards intent on bringing his body home to the States. When all is said and done, no one escapes unscathed.

The Expatriate is ™ and B. Clay Moore, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

FRANKENSTEIN MOBSTER, VOL. 1: MADE MAN TP
on sale 02.09


TP 19.95


limited edition HC $39.95


full color


256 pages

written & illustrated by MARK WHEATLEY


cover by MARK WHEATLEY

CONCEPT


Terry Todd was a good cop and he tried to be a good father. He named his daughter Terri and his dedication inspired her to become a Police Detective. But when he died, he became a monster with a body patched together from three ruthless mobsters. Now he fights for inner control against their evil souls in a conflict that could take this corrupt, haunted city and dump it deeper into hell. That is, unless his devoted daughter stops him first.

THIS BOOK


The critically acclaimed epic story of monsters and mobsters, corrupt police and crumbling tombs is now collected into a massive trade paperback. In one 36-hour period, Monstros City will be ripped apart by gang warfare and rioting monsters. It will be snared in dirty politics and dark magic. And for the first time, a stitched-together creature called the Frankenstein Mobster will stalk the streets seeking deadly justice.

Includes many extras, additional art and comics, new story pages and detailed behind-the-scenes information as well as deviant art by ADAM HUGHES, MIKE WIERINGO, GEORGE FREEMAN, MICHAEL AVON OEMING, SCOTT MORSE, ANGELO TORRES, ALEX NINO and BERNIE WRIGHTSON.

Collects FRANKENSTEIN MOBSTER #0-7

Signed & numbered hardcover limited to 200 copies.

FRANKENSTEIN MOBSTER is ™ and Mark Wheatley, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

FREAK SHOW
on sale 02.23


$12.95


s&n limited edition $24.95


hardcover graphic novella


black & white


64 pages

written by BRUCE JONES


art by BERNIE WRIGHTSON


cover by BERNIE WRIGHTSON

CONCEPT


A humble man, lonely at heart, seeks out the world's rejected souls, taking these misbegotten outcasts under his wing in a traveling show of oddities. In his kind yet lonely journey, this man of compassion also seeks something else: someone to love, someone willing to return all the kindness he's shown his less-fortunate troupe of oddities. When he finds that someone, his life is complete...until her pregnancy. When she gives birth to the couple's very own oddity, the new father's fury at God and the world for such a betrayal drive him to a state of revenge and hatred that reveals his true inner self-a self his traveling troupe wreaks its own twisted revenge upon.

Signed & numbered hardcover limited to 200 copies.

FREAK SHOW is ™ and Bruce Jones and Bernie Wrightson, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

FREEDOM FORCE #2 (OF 6)
on sale 02.16


$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


"Casualty of War"


A daring daylight bank heist orchestrated by the malevolent Mafioso Pinstripe leads to tragedy when a young boy risks his life to save Minuteman. Can our star-spangled soldier return the favor before time runs out? Plus, when the minions of a mysterious new foe infiltrate the Freedom Fortress, the newest members of the team learn the meaning of pest control as they face the Terror from Beneath!

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

THE GIFT #10
on sale 02.09


$2.99


bi-monthly ongoing series


full color


32 pages

written by RAVEN GREGORY


art by TYLER KIRKHAM, MARCO GALLI & JASON KEITH


cover by TYLER KIRKHAM & JASON KEITH

CONCEPT


There is an ancient being who walks our Earth giving items of incredible power to everyday people. These items, these "Gifts," have the ability to save or to doom, but behind them lurks a purpose-a mystery that has yet to be revealed. Why is the Ancient One doing this, and what will come of it?

THIS ISSUE


"UNLEASHED"


The climactic end to the first arc of THE GIFT. Pieces of the puzzle revealing the Ancient One's secrets come together. An overweight high school boy learns firsthand the price of being different, and an ancient evil, unlike any seen before, rears its ugly head in the world of THE GIFT.

THE GIFT is 2004 Raven Gregory. All Rights Reserved. THE GIFT,"THE GIFT" logo and all characters and their likeness are Trademarks of Raven Gregory

THE GIFT #1: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
on sale 02.02


$3.99


one-shot


full color


48 pages

written by RAVEN GREGORY


art by TYLER KIRKHAM, MARCO GALLI & BRIAN BUCCELLATO


cover by TYLER KIRKHAM & JASON KEITH

ALL-NEW PRINTING!


The ground-breaking, sold-out first issue is reprinted here with an exclusive new wraparound cover by Tyler (Superman/Darkness) Kirkham, with a complete behind-the-scenes look at the making of THE GIFT. Follow the book from its inception to exclusive design sketches to breakthrough Image title. When a barkeep receives a simple pearl, nothing can prepare him for the changes it will bring or the terrible price that comes with it. It all begins here!

THE GIFT is 2004 Raven Gregory. All Rights Reserved. THE GIFT,"THE GIFT" logo and all characters and their likeness are Trademarks of Raven Gregory

INVINCIBLE #21
on sale 02.09


$2.95


monthly ongoing series


full color


32 pages

written by ROBERT KIRKMAN


art by RYAN OTTLEY


cover by RYAN OTTLEY & BILL CRABTREE

CONCEPT


Mark Grayson is the son of the most powerful superhero on the planet. Recently he's begun to inherit his father's powers, and in doing so, he has learned that everything he's been told is a lie. His father wasn't sent here to protect the planet, he was sent here to enslave it. The only thing that prevented him from succeeding was his own son. But he's still out there, and nobody knows when he will strike again.

THIS ISSUE


Return to Midnight City! Cast in the shadow of perpetual darkness, Midnight City lost its sole protector to Omni-Man, Invincible's father, as part of his plot to take over the world. Now many months have passed since the original Darkwing's death, and there's a new Darkwing in town. Invincible is curious to find out just who this guy is.

INVINCIBLE is ™ and ROBERT KIRKMAN & CORY WALKER, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

KANE, VOL. 4: THIRTY-NINTH TP
on sale 02.16


$13.95


trade paperback


black & white


168 pages

written & illustrated by PAUL GRIST


cover by PAUL GRIST

CONCEPT


Detective Kane returns to active duty with the New Eden Police Department following a six-month suspension in the wake of shooting and killing his partner, Dennis Harvey. His fellow police officers give Kane a welcome-back gift: a couple of bullets with his name on them.

THIS VOLUME


Rico Costas is only a two-bit villain, but he's managed to make himself the target of The Blind Man: a legendary hitman who tracks down his victims by listening to their heartbeats. The only safe place for Rico now is inside the cells of the 39th Precinct of New Eden. Only problem is, Rico's got a court order preventing the police from coming within six feet of him!

Collects KANE #19-25 of the critically acclaimed crime comic originally published by Dancing Elephant Press.

Never before published in one volume!

Look out for KANE, VOL. 6 in September 2005!



KANE is ™ and Paul Grist, 2004. All Right Reserved.

LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS #2 (of 4)
on sale 01.23


$2.95


four-issue monthly miniseries


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 Two


If Joey thought moving to the next town was bad, what's he going to think when he realizes he's been transported to another world and that his stuffed animals have come to life? The only thing he knows for sure is he wants to go home. But to do that, Joey must accompany his stuffed animals-Pallo, Venus, Ares and Minerva-on a journey to see the Stuffed Animal King. Once they arrive at the fabled Crystal Castle, though, Joey discovers getting home might not be as easy as he'd hoped.

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

LULLABY: WISDOM SEEKER #1
on sale 02.02


$2.95


four-issue monthly miniseries


full color


32 pages

written by MIKE S. MILLER


art by HECTOR SEVILLA


cover by HECTOR SEVILLA

CONCEPT


LULLABY is an all-ages romp through the fantasy worlds of children's fiction. This wonderful story focuses on beloved characters of childhood yore. Join Jim Hawkins, Alice, Pinocchio, Little Red Riding Hood and the Pied Piper as they join forces to stop a dark magic warping their world and discover who is behind the evil scheme. You'll never guess who the bad guy turns out to be in this fun-filled adventure!

THIS ISSUE


"WISDOM SEEKER," Part 1


A strange force has been twisting the magical world and making its way toward Wonderland. Alice, who has become the right hand of the Queen of Hearts, sets out to find out what this dark magic is and perhaps find her way home in the process. We're also introduced to Jim Hawkins, proud, independent, adventurous...and fired! A pirate without a ship, Jim's never been one for taking orders, and that lands him on his own, but not for long. Pinocchio, once again a little wooden boy, tags along and invites Jim on a whole new adventure.

LULLABY is ™ and MIKE S. MILLER and HECTOR SEVILLA, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

MORA #1
On sale 02.02


$2.95


bi-monthly ongoing series


black & white


32 pages

written and illustrated by PAUL HARMON


cover by PAUL HARMON

CONCEPT


This is the life of the most ruthless and powerful witch in history. But even Mora was once a very sweet child. A strange and dark world will be revealed as we witness the birth of a witch.

THIS ISSUE


"ALL BEASTS WILL SHOW THEIR TEETH"


There is something very special about Mora. A strange and beautiful world seems to present itself to her, but when Mora's curiosity gets the better of her she learns quickly that some things are better left unseen.

MORA is ™ and Paul Harmon, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

NOBLE CAUSES #8
on sale 02.16


$3.50


monthly ongoing series


full color


32 pages

written by JAY FAERBER


art by FRAN BUENO & RON RILEY


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


This is it. Rusty's temper's been rising for too long. He's stranded on an alien world, on a mission he never wanted to go on and separated from his girlfriend who's lost somewhere with his sworn enemy. Rusty's had enough, and he's taking it out on Venture! Meanwhile, back on Earth, a very dangerous patient escapes from the Percell Psychiatric Hospital with one thing on his mind: Gaia!

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

PvP #15
on sale 02.23


$2.95


monthly ongoing series


black & white


32 pages

written & illustrated by Scott Kurtz


cover by Kelsey Shannon

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 for TITANIC TALES OF GEEKDOM brought to you in the mighty IMAGE STYLE! It's pop culture gone mad as the famous Web comic leaps from your computer screen into print.

THIS ISSUE


Francis Ray Ottoman is looking to produce his geek masterpiece: the ULTIMATE FAN FILM! But how can he hope to combine the greatest sci-fi movies, television shows and comic books into the greatest tribute film of all time on such a shoestring budget? Not without a little help from his friends.

Cover by international sensation KELSEY SHANNON!

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

SAVAGE DRAGON #123
on sale 02.23


$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 war!

THIS ISSUE


"ATTACK FROM IRAQ!" WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, PART TWO


For years the Dragon has depended on his regenerative powers to keep him alive. Now those powers are gone and he's getting weaker by the day. So just how is he supposed to face his biggest challenge ever? Another full-length adventure from series creator, ERIK LARSEN. Plus another swell back-up yarn written by LARSEN and drawn by Fightin' FRANK FOSCO!

SAVAGE DRAGON SPECIAL EDITION BUST

ERIK LARSEN and CLAYBURN MOORE have teamed up to bring you another fine Savage Dragon product! If you missed the regular Savage Dragon Bust, then don't miss out on the special Artist Proof edition of our green hued hero. Right out of battle in shredded shirt and covered in wounds, the Indomitable Dragon stands unbowed. Complete with a beautiful art piece signed (original signatures by LARSEN and MOORE) certificate of authenticity and limited to 500, this hand painted beauty is not to be missed!


Suggested retail......................................$59.00

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

THE SEVENTH SHRINE #2 (of 2)
on sale 02.16


$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


Murder has many motives, and in the mystery of the archaeologist slain in the ancient ruins of Velalisier, the Pontifex Valentine suspects that those present are withholding the key to the puzzle. As Valentine explores the rubble of the eerie Seventh Shrine and discovers the ghosts of Majipoor's past, he manages to discern the killer's identity and intent. But can he capture the killer before he becomes the next victim?

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

SHE-DRAGON #1
on sale 02.16


$5.95


monthly ongoing series


full color


48 pages

written by ERIK LARSEN


art & cover by FRANCHESCO!

CONCEPT


She-Dragon in her own book at last! Savage Dragon's curvaceous counterpart on her own! Hurled into the dangerous Dimension-X by the diminutive death-dealing dictator known as Mr. Glum, Amy Belcher must fight for her life against dangers aplenty.

THIS ISSUE


The ever-sensational She-Dragon fights for survival in a deadly dimension where monsters dwell and creatures are on the loose! She-Dragon has a quest: to get across Dimension-X to Mr. Glum's planet in hopes of finding her way back to Earth. A thousand dangers stand between her and goal, and surprising allies come to her aid. Featuring the malevolent menace of Killmore the Cruel! The return of Savage Dragon's son, Malcolm Eugene Jackson Dragon! And the awe-inspiring art of FRANCHESCO! As a special bonus: a sneak peek behind the scenes featuring a look at creator ERIK LARSEN's layouts for this pulse-pounding project! No SAVAGE DRAGON fan should be without it!

SHE-DRAGON is and Erik Larsen, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

SMALL GODS #7
on sale 02.23


$2.95


monthly ongoing series


black & white


32 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.

THIS ISSUE


"Dead Man's Hand," Part Three


Psychic con-artist Bobby Pope is running out of places to hide. His


on-and-off girlfriend Lucy "The Nail" Naylor grudgingly takes him in, but when Detective Theodore Irvine and his corrupt cops track them down, the suburbs of Denver erupt into a war zone. Their only hope is to run, but Irvine isn't about to let them go that easily. Not everyone will escape the resulting high-speed chase unscathed!

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

SPAWN #143 (RES)
on sale 02.23


$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 Two


The light of heaven vs. the flames of hell! The powers of Heaven and Hell square off as the Redeemer battles Spawn in order to protect the witch Nyx from Spawn's revenge, and to exact a bit of revenge of his own. But there may be more hanging on the result of this melee than either side realizes. Meanwhile, the terrible bargain Nyx made on her journey to Hell unexpectedly comes due.

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

ULTRA #7(of 8)
on sale 02.16


$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 Seven


Welcome to the 77th Annual Superhero Awards. Who will win "Best Superheroine?" And more importantly, what will she wear?

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

THE WALKING DEAD #17
on sale 02.02


$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


Rick snaps.

MATURE READERS WARNING


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

WILDGUARD: CASTING CALL TP
on sale 02.02


$17.95


trade paperback


full color


200 pages

written & illustrated by TODD NAUCK


cover by TODD NAUCK

CONCEPT


The cameras are rolling for the auditions of a new made-for-TV superteam: 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.

This volume collects the popular first WILDGUARD miniseries featuring the exciting origin of the team. Praised on almost every comic book review Web site, this TV Guide-covered fan-favorite brought in thousands of votes for the fifth member slot. If you haven't joined the craze yet, now's the time!

Collects WILDGUARD: CASTING CALL #1-6

WildGuard is ™ and Todd Nauck, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

McFARLANE TOYS SOLICITATIONS o FEBRUARY 2005

Series 27: The Art of Spawn
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 11390


The well of Hellspawn comic book artwork runs deep. Spawn fans are sure to love the selection of ultra-detailed action figures in Series 27, each bringing two-dimensional comic book art to screaming three-dimensional life.


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


February 2004


Spawn i.085, based on Spawn issue 85 cover art


Spawn i.131, based on Spawn issue 131 cover art


Gunslinger Spawn, based on Spawn issue 119 interior art


Wanda 2, based on Spawn issue 65 interior art


Clown 5, based on original art


Vandalizer 2, based on original art

Series 27: The Art of Spawn deluxe boxed set
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 11410


The deluxe boxed set from the Series 27: The Art of Spawn action figure series features a three-dimensional look at Spawn vs. Al Simmons, based on Spawn issue 86 cover art. Includes both figures.


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


February 2004

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


Item #: 76200


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


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


February 2004


Allen Iverson 2, Philadelphia 76ers G, No. 3 and Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards F, No. 4


Ben Wallace 2, Detroit Pistons F/C, No. 3 and Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento Kings F, No. 16


Tim Duncan 2, San Antonio Spurs F/C, No. 21 and Kenyon Martin, Denver Nuggets F, No. 6


Yao Ming 2, Houston Rockets C, No. 11 and Richard Jefferson, New Jersey Nets F, No. 24


Jermaine O'Neal, Indiana Pacers F/C, No. 7 and Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns G, No. 13


LeBron James 2, Cleveland Cavaliers G, No. 23 and Jason Williams, Memphis Grizzlies G, No. 2

McFarlane's Sports Picks: NBA Series 8
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 70530


McFarlane's Sports Picks eighth series of National Basketball Association action figures starts off 2005 with a selection of eight of the hottest players in the league, each sculpted in an action pose with official team uniform and custom base.


The item ships 12 per case. $6.99 each. $83.88 per case.


February 2004


Shaquille O'Neal 2, Miami Heat C, No. 32


Shawn Marion, Phoenix Suns F, No. 31


Jason Kidd 2, New Jersey Nets G, No. 5


Carmelo Anthony 2, Denver Nuggets F, No. 15


Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers F, No. 5


Allen Iverson 3, Philadelphia 76ers G, No. 3


Corey Maggette, Los Angeles Clippers F/G, No. 50


Stephon Marbury, New York Knicks G, No. 3

McFarlane's Sports Picks: Cooperstown Collection 2
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 72371


McFarlane Toys is proud to present its second series of retired Major League Baseball legends: The Cooperstown Collection 2. This line of action figures represents some of the greatest to ever play the game, each sculpted in an action pose with authentic team uniform.


The item ships 12 per case. $6.99 each. $83.88 per case.


February 2004


Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles shortstop, No. 8


Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Phillies third base, No. 20


Catfish Hunter, Oakland Athletics pitcher, No. 27


Babe Ruth, New York Yankees outfield, No. 3


Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants center field, No. 24


Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh Pirates outfield/first base, No. 8

McFarlane's Sports Picks: NHL Legends 2
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 75210


McFarlane Toys is proud to present its second series of classic hockey action figures. The legendary players in this line represent several eras of modern hockey. Each is sculpted in an action pose with accurate period uniforms and equipment. Collect all six.


The item ships 12 per case. $6.99 each. $83.88 per case.


February 2004


Wayne Gretzky, center, Los Angeles Kings


Wayne Gretzky, center, Edmonton Oilers


Grant Fuhr, goalie, Edmonton Oilers


Phil Esposito, center, Boston Bruins


Mike Bossy, right wing, New York Islanders


Jean Beliveau, center, Montreal Canadiens

McFarlane's Sports Picks: NHL 12-inch
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 75281, 75282


McFarlane's Sports Picks next series of National Hockey League superstars in large 12-inch scale features hockey greats Steve Yzerman and Martin Brodeur. This scale truly highlights the detail in these figures. Includes official team uniforms and bases.


February 2004


Steve Yzerman 2, Detroit Red Wings C, item # 75281, ships two per case, $19.99 each, $39.98 per case.


Martin Brodeur 2, New Jersey Devils G, item # 75282, ships two per case, $19.99 each, $39.98 per case.

TOP COW SOLICITIATIONS o FEBRUARY 2005

STILL AVAILABLE


Order now!


Witchblade #70-#78


Magdalena: Blood Divine paperback


Battle of the Planets "manga digest" vol. 1


Battle of the Planets "manga digest" vol. 2

"PAGE 1" PRODUCTS


Humankind reader set


Monsters, robots, and babes on bikes populate a wicked sci-fi landscape in creator Tony Daniel's fast-paced Humankind! All five issues are available here, with this reader set priced below original cover price!


Five comics $11.99 suggested retail price


Five comics $19.99 suggested retail price with #1 autographed by Tony Daniel

Rising Stars #17-#24 reader set
Creator J. Michael Straczynski's labor of love races to its conclusion in this eight-issue reader set of the third act of Rising Stars. It's available here below original cover price!


Eight comics $19.99 suggested retail price

Hunter-Killer #1
ARROW: Mark Waid and Marc Silvestri's NEW ongoing series STARTS!


(W) Mark Waid (P) Marc Silvestri (I) Joe Weems (Col) Steve Firchow (Cov) Marc Silvestri, Trevor Hairsine, and J. Scott Campbell


It's a new and different kind of Top Cow excitement as high-octane action and character-driven suspense bring you into a world where none of the standard rules of heroism apply! Led by Wolf and Ellis, the Hunter-Killers are out to save the world from paranormals--and they'll go to whatever extremes they must!


Full color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series


Three covers available by Hunter-Killer artist Marc Silvestri, Trevor Hairsine (Ultimate Nightmare), or J. Scott Campbell (Danger Girl)! Have your retailer reserve your favorite!


And please flip to the Dynamic Forces section of Previews for signed editions and Dynamic-exclusive editions of Hunter-Killer #1, plus lithographs!

Darkness #20 "Hell House," Part 4 of 4
ARROW: Stray Bullets' David Lapham blows away Top Cow!


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


Darkness-bearer Jackie Estacado's battle with rival mobsters in an Atlantic City casino is anything but what it appears to be! Is the Darkness working with Jackie? Or against him? Award-winning crime fiction master David Lapham writes and provides pencil layouts for the most evil Darkness story ever!


Full color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series


ALSO AVAILABLE: Darkness #20 signed edition autographed by David Lapham $19.99

Top Cow Fine Art Lithographs: Dale Keown Darkness #16
Dale Keown brings his own special brand of horror to Jackie Estacado in this stunning image from The Darkness #16. This Top Cow Fine Art Lithograph is a limited edition of 250 pieces, reproduced at the highest quality possible! Put it on YOUR wall!


Full color 12x18 inches $19.99 Limited edition lithograph


ALSO AVAILABLE: Signed edition by artist Dale Keown, $29.99

The Darkness: Black Sails


(W) Ron Marz (Painted art and cover by) Keu Cha


Miguel Estacado is an ancestor of Jackie Estacado and the most feared pirate on the high seas of the 17th century. But when Miguel goes after a Spanish galleon holding a massive treasure, he finds the mother lode has a guardian even the Darkness may not be able to combat! High adventure rolls from the pen of writer Ron Marz (Witchblade) with amazing painted art by Keu Cha (Rising Stars)!


full color 32 pages $2.99 one-shot special

Witchblade #83 "Witch Hunt," pt. 4 of 6
(W) Ron Marz (P) Michael Choi (Col) Brian Buccellato (Cover) Greg Land


The mystery swirling around Sara Pezzini finally becomes clear…and the truth is more terrifying that she could ever have imagined. Even the supernatural power of the Witchblade won't be enough to protect her and those around her, as Sara and her NYPD partner Jake McCarthy confront an evil being unleashed upon the world. It's a battle that Jake might not walk away from!


The new creative team of Ron Marz (Green Lantern, The Darkness) and rising superstar Michael Choi hit their stride as the most apocalyptic Witchblade saga ever kicks into high gear!


Full color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Top Cow Fine Art Lithographs: Frank Cho Witchblade
Sara Pezzini has never looked better than in this stunning Witchblade #80 cover image from artist Frank Cho and colorist Laura Martin. This Top Cow Fine Art Lithograph is a limited edition of 250 pieces, reproduced at the highest quality possible! Put it on YOUR wall!


Full color 12x18 inches $19.99 Limited edition lithograph


ALSO AVAILABLE: Signed edition by artist Frank Cho, $29.99

Battle of the Planets: Princess #5 (of 6)
(W) David Wohl (Art and cover) Wilson Tortosa


Realizing that their youngest teammate, Keyop, has been captured by the forces of the evil Lord Zoltar, the rest of G-Force mobilizes to save him. But can Mark and Princess set aside their differences long enough to rescue Keyop? And what nefarious scheme does Zoltar have in store for the rest of Earth's children? The answer 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

Top Cow 2005 Preview Book
ONLY 99!


Art by Marc Silvestri, Alex Ross, Francis Manapul, Dale Keown, Tyler Kirkham, Tony Harris and more! New cover by Tyler Kirkham


Find out what's in store for the mighty, mighty Cow throughout all of 2005 with sneak peeks at both new and existing projects and creator interviews! It's all bargain-priced at under a buck! And if ya wanna milk the Cow in person, this book will also be available at Top Cow's 2005 convention stops!


Full color 24 pages 99 one-shot special

Strykeforce paperback
(W) Marc Silvestri and Jay Faerber (P) Brandon Peterson and Tyler Kirkham (Cov) Tyler Kirkham


Top Cow's original 1994 Codename: Strykeforce series by comics superstars Marc Silvestri and Brandon Peterson combines with the 2003 Strykeforce series from writer Jay Faerber and rising artistic star Tyler Kirkham in this massive paperback. Get the entire action-packed saga of Morgan Stryker and crew all under one roof!


full color 240 pages $16.99 trade paperback

 
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