Image Comics Solicitations for Product Shipping July, 2005

Sun, April 17th, 2005 at 12:00am PDT

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Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Image Comics has provided CBR News with covers and solicit information for product shipping June, 2005.

INVINCIBLE #25 - GEM OF THE MONTH!
July 13 o 48 pg o FC o $4.95

written by ROBERT KIRKMAN


art by RYAN OTTLEY & CORY WALKER


cover by RYAN OTTLEY & BILL CRABTREE

"A DIFFERENT WORLD," Part One


The most climactic and earth-shattering story arc in INVINCIBLE history starts here! Events in issue 11 changed the status quo of this title forever and this arc will result in even more changes. Reality is not as it was, things are changed, and Mark comes face-to-face with his favorite imaginary hero, Science Dog - but how is that even possible?

PLUS! A stand-alone Science Dog back-up story drawn by INVINCIBLE co-creator CORY WALKER!

INVINCIBLE is ™ and Robert Kirkman & Cory Walker, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

ARTXILLA "TASTY TREATS" 2005 - SPOTLIGHT
July 27 o 64 pg o FC o $6.99

art & wrap-around cover by ED MCGUINNESS, KERON GRANT, SANFORD GREENE & LESEAN THOMAS

ARTXILLA STUDIOS invades Image, showcasing an amazing array of artistic talent! Featuring red-hot artists spanning the worlds of both comics and animation: ED MCGUINNESS (Superman/Batman), LESEAN THOMAS (Cannon Busters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), KERON GRANT (New X-Men, Action Comics) and SANFORD GREENE (Army of Darkness, The Ride). Don't miss out on the most cutting-edge sketchbook of the year!

ARTXILLA TASTY TREATS 2005 is ™ and 12 Gauge Comics, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

BODY BAGS: FATHER'S DAY #1 (of 2) - SPOTLIGHT
July 13 o 48 pg o FC o $5.99

special edition signed by JASON PEARSON (strictly limited to 500 copies) o $19.99

written by JASON PEARSON


art & wrap-around cover by JASON PEARSON

Due to an overwhelming demand, the most controversial book of the '90s returns! The action begins when a rival "body bagger" goes after Mack (AKA Clown Face), the best "bagger" in the business. Fuel is quickly added to the fire with the sudden arrival of Panda, Mack's estranged daughter. How will the baddest man in Terminus, GA handle a teenage girl determined to follow in her daddy's footsteps? Find out, and see for yourself why this series exploded onto the WIZARD TOP TEN LIST during its original printing!

This issue includes 48 pages of art, with no ads.

RETAILER WARNING: NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES


BODY BAGS is ™ and Jason Pearson, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

BONEREST #1 - SPOTLIGHT
July 6 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by MATTEO CASSALI


art & cover by GUISEPPE CAMUNCOLI

BONEREST is the surreal story of the mouthless man known as Adam Bone. He has come to New York to settle a mysterious debt, but unwittingly brings about the end of days. It all begins at the Taste of the Apple diner where he meets a sweet waitress named Peace. One look in his dark eyes will spark a love that will change everything… forever.

After winning the hearts of readers in Italy, Germany and France, BONEREST makes its debut in the US. This limited series kicks off with a special, over-sized premiere issue written by MATTEO CASSALI, co-writer of the upcoming Batman: Europa for DC Comics, and drawn by GUISEPPE CAMUNCOLI, artist of WildStorm's The Intimates. BONEREST is the surreal journey of a bizarre anti-hero who faces the symptoms of a never-before-seen kind of Apocalypse.

BRACE YOURSELVES…HERE COMES TROUBLE!

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES


BONEREST is ™ and Matteo Cassali & Guiseppe Camuncoli, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

GROUNDED #1 (of 6) - SPOTLIGHT
July 6 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by MARK SABLE


art by PAUL AZACETA


cover by MICHALE AVON OEMING

The good news: superheroes are real. The bad news: you're not one of them. When Jonathan is sent to a high school for super-powered children, he's forced to abandon his fantasy of developing powers and deal with the reality that he's the only kid without them. In this debut issue, Jonathan's attempts to become a superhero lead to public humiliation, grave danger and a shocking revelation.

GROUNDED is ™ and Mark Sable, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

GUNCANDY #1 (of 2) - SPOTLIGHT
July 13 o 48 pg o BW o $5.99


special edition signed by STELFREEZE & WAGNER o $19.99

written by DOUG WAGNER & CHUCK DIXON


art by BRIAN STELFREEZE, JASON PEARSON & SANFORD GREENE


cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE & JASON PEARSON

BRIAN STELFREEZE returns to Image for the summer's most anticipated action adventure, starring "Laci", the original pink-plaid assassin. Explosions, mayhem, and insane fun are guaranteed!

PLUS! As a special bonus, watch trouble unfold when a college girl and her friend make a secret road trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Check it out in this exclusive 22-page "flip book" installment of THE RIDE, by CHUCK DIXON, JASON PEARSON & SANFORD GREENE.

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES


GUNCANDY is ™ and 12 Gauge Comics, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

HELLSHOCK: THE DEFINITIVE EDITION TP - SPOTLIGHT
JULY 27 o 144 pg o FC o $19.99

written by JAE LEE


art & cover by JAE LEE

In the confines of a psychiatric hospital, a suicidal young woman meets an enigmatic stranger who believes he is an angelic presence not of this earth gifted with the powers of GOD. Is she being seduced into a cult ... or is she bearing witness to a miracle?

HELLSHOCK: THE DEFINITIVE EDITION reprints issues 1-3 of HELLSHOCK by JAE LEE - PLUS the brand-new 22 page CONCLUSION by JAE LEE! Also included are another 22 pages of original, unpublished material: the alternate beginning to HELLSHOCK!

PLUS! A brand-new introduction by JIM LEE & NICK BARRUCCI, a cover gallery, unpublished sketches and art, and a new afterword by JAE LEE describing the creative process that led to HELLSHOCK.

COLLECTS HELLSHOCK, VOL. 2 #1-3

HELLSHOCK is ™ and Jae Lee, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

HELLSHOCK: THE DEFINITIVE EDITION HC - SPOTLIGHT
JULY 27 o 144 pg o FC o $49.99

written by JAE LEE


art & cover by JAE LEE

For the discerning collector: a deluxe hardbound edition of this definitive HELLSHOCK collection! This limited run contains everything included in the Definitive Edition trade paperback and also features a special foil-stamped dust jacket and perfect binding.

ALSO AVAILABLE: SIGNED AND RE-MARKED EDITION WITH A HAND-DRAWN HELLSOCK SKETCH o $149.95

HELLSHOCK is ™ and Jae Lee, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

THE SILENCERS #1 - SPOTLIGHT
July 20 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by FRED VAN LENTE


art & cover by STEVE ELLIS

This gritty crime saga set in a superhero universe stars a team of former mob enforcers with extraordinary abilities. The feared and legendary Cardinal is hell-bent on leading his Silencers to the top of the New York City crime scene, even if he has to blow through every rival supergang to do it!

THE SILENCERS is ™ and Fred Van Lente & Steve Ellis, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

WILDGUARD: FOOL'S GOLD #1-2 (of 2) - SPOTLIGHT
July 6 o 32 pg o FC o $3.50

written by TODD NAUCK


art & cover by TODD NAUCK

WildGuard returns in a bi-weekly format with this all-new two-issue miniseries! Superstar and WildGuard team leader, Four, takes her team to fashion charity show to lend their star power to a worthy cause: keeping super powered youth on the straight and narrow. But where WildGuard goes, adventure follows as attention to super youth can't come soon enough!

PLUS! Two all-new "Where Are They Now?" back-ups featuring American Icon (art by JEREMY DALE) and Travel Agent (art by Army of Darkness' SANFORD GREENE)!

WILDGUARD is ™ and Todd Nauck, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS #5
July 6 o 32 pg o BW o $2.95

written by MARK SMITH


art & cover by DAN HIPP

READY...SET...IGNITION! It's a race against the clock as the Amazing Joy Buzzards return in their most sexy-sleek and brilliant adventure to date! Internationally famous racecar driver Stevo Vargas races towards Monaco - and his doom - as a group of nefarious supernatural-mod-hipsters plan to put the breaks on our hunky hero! Will Stevo survive the dangers and pitfalls that await him around every turn?! Will El Campeon finally get his burrito?!! WILL ROCK AND ROLL SURVIVE?!!! ALL HELL BREAKS LOSE THIS MONTH FROM THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS!!!!

THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS: is ™ and Mark Smith & Dan Hipp, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

ARMOR X #4
July 13 o 28 pg o FC o $2.95

written by KEITH CHAMPAGNE


art & cover by ANDY SMITH


back cover by KHARY RANDOLF

"THE END"


Running for his life, Carson finds himself faced with an impossible choice: Either give up the suit of armor and forfeit his own life or watch as his entire town and all its people are destroyed. But does he really even have a choice? Not if the armor has any say in the matter. It's Carson's chance to prove the clothes don't make the man!

ARMOR X ™ and Keith Champagne & Andy Smith, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

THE ATHEIST #3
July 13 o 32 pg o BW o $3.50

written by PHIL HESTER


art by JOHN McCREA


cover by JOHN McCREA

"INCARNATE," Part 3: Desperate Measures


Sharpe and Nguyen are on the run. The possessed, real or not, are organized and wish to snuff out Sharpe's investigation before he can reveal the truth. Sharpe arms himself with a weapon even the dead will fear, but will he survive long enough to use it?

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

(ALL OF…) BAD IDEAS: COLLECTED (IN ONE GIGANTO BOOK!) TP - SPOTLIGHT
July 13 o 124 pg o black & white o $12.95

written by WAYNE CHINSANG


art & cover by JIM MAHFOOD & DAVE CROSLAND



WAYNE, JIM and DAVE collect the first two books of Bad Ideas into one giant book! You'll also get twelve pages of an all-new storyline (which reveals the true identity of Comic Kid and Hot Chick's arch-nemesis, Pussy Voodoo), eight new pin-ups (four of which are done by writers, including PAUL DINI) and a sweet-arse wraparound cover! Hoo-ga! And the book will contain the home phone numbers of all three creators!

BAD IDEAS is ™ and Wayne Chinsang, Jim Mahfood & Dave Crosland, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

BATTLE POPE #2
July 27 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by ROBERT KIRKMAN


art & cover by TONY MOORE & VAL STAPLES

Just in time to cash in on that whole "zombie" craze comes "THE ZOMBIE TWINS." Watch Battle Pope and his trusty sidekick, Jesus, beat the snot out of a pair of dead people! It hardly seems fair. Reprinting ROBERT KIRKMAN's first published work, now in STUNNING full color, with a brand new cover by original artist TONY MOORE and original cover colorist VAL STAPLES.



BATTLE POPE is ™ and Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

BEYOND AVALON #3
July 20 o 32 pg o FC o $3.50

written by JOE PRUETT


art & cover by GORAN SUDZUKA

As Megan and Jerome fight off the reptilian guardians of the Tower of the Two Dragons, they discover that they are not the only wanderers on the island of Lamiam who have an interest in the secrets within the Tower. And what clues does Megan find in the pursuit of her lost father, the legendary King Arthur?



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

BLACKLIGHT #2
July 27 o 32 pg o FC o $2.99



created & co-plotted by JIM VALENTINO


written by SCOTT WHERLE


art & cover by JOHN TOLEDO & MARC DEERING



Lina assumes the mantle of the new Blacklight, but before she can even learn how her new powers work, she gets caught up in a local drug war when the far more experienced, super-powered killer-for-hire Cicada hits town. Who hired him to muscle out the competition, and will Lina have the courage to do something about it when she finds out?



BLACKLIGHT is ™ and Jim Valentino, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

CASE FILES: SAM AND TWITCH #22
July 27 o 32 pg o BW o $2.50

written by MARC ANDREYKO


art by GREG SCOTT


cover by GREG CAPULLO

"FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS," Part Three


The mystery of who murdered child starlet Lacey Ann Lyons takes more unexpected twists with the discovery of a ransom note and the disturbing findings of the coroner. Already shaken by the brutality of the case and the memories of his own murdered child, will Twitch be able to make it through this one with his sanity?

RETAILER WARNING: NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES


CASE FILES: SAM AND TWITCH is ™ and Todd McFarlane Productions, 2005. All right reserved.

CHRONO MECHANICS #2 GN - SPOTLIGHT
July 6 o 48 pg o BW o $6.95

written by ART THIBERT & RICH BIRDSALL


art by ART THIBERT & CHRIS CHUA


cover by ART THIBERT

When the Machine that is Time breaks down, who you gonna call? Chrono Mechanics, of course! Yep, our highly skilled time repairmen are back, and this time they find themselves face-to-face with a time malfunction of universal proportions! Doug (70's rock god), Zyn (intergalactic child deity), Oot (prehistoric businessman), and Caravaggio (Renaissance artist) have their much needed vacations cut short when they are assigned the job of locating and repairing a faulty Reality Filter Prism that threatens to alter every time line in existence! Things get even worse when reality as we know it starts to resemble an abstract painting! The Mechanics are shocked when they discover the cause of the malfunction is not what - or who - they expected!

CHRONO MECHANICS is ™ and Art Thibert & Rich Birdsall, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

COMMON FOE #2
July 6 o 32 pg o FC o $3.50

created by KEITH GIFFEN & SHANNON DENTON


art by JEAN-JACQUES DZIALOWSKI


cover by ESAD RIBIC

Night falls. American and German GI's come face to face with the ravenous reality behind the vampire myth and must unite against a common foe or die.

COMMON FOE is ™ and 2005 Keith Giffen & Shannon Denton. All Rights Reserved.

DAWN: THREE TIERS #6 (of 6)
July 20 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER


art & cover by JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER

THE LONG WAIT IS OVER!


JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER brings the epic saga of Dawn & Darrian Ashoka to a cosmic conclusion. Has Darrian successfully elevated his line of sight up beyond three tiers? Will Dawn finally reveal herself and make her intentions clear? Will our star-crossed lovers reunite at long last?

DAWN is ™ and 2005 Joseph Michael Linsner. All Rights Reserved.

DATE WITH THE DEVIL: CHOLLY AND FLYTRAP SPECIAL - SPOTLIGHT
July 13 o 32 pg o FC o $3.50

written by BOB BURDEN & ARTHUR SUYDAM


art & cover by ARTHUR SUYDAM

BOB BURDEN, the creator of such surreal tour-de-force as FLAMING CARROT and Mystery Men joins forces with master artist SUYDAM of "Mudwogs" and "Libby" fame, to create one of the most hilarious stories ever printed. Gorgeous girls, twisted plots abound as the intrepid Cholly and Flytrap come face to face with forces of evil and battle the devil himself. Mad wit and mayhem combine to produce a Cholly and Flytrap you've never seen before. Also features a text piece by BURDEN as he talks about working with SUYDAM. What happens when you put the brains of two crazy geniuses together? This story answers that question in spades.

CHOLLY AND FLYTRAP is ™ and Arthur Suydam, 2005. All right reserved.

THE EXPATRIATE #5
July 27 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by B. CLAY MOORE


art & cover by JASON LATOUR

Jack Dexter has to go back on the run, but to do so he's got to escape from the clutches of his own government. That means he's got to overcome a sexy Russian spy, the horrible things that have been done to his body, and deadly things that glow bright green.

THE EXPATRIATE is ™ and B. Clay Moore, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

FLAK RIOT #2
July 6 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by MICHAEL O'HARE & ROBERT NAPTON


art & cover by MICHAEL O'HARE & MICHAEL GARCIA

Zoe Nixxon wanted change and she's got it. Trapped in the O.D., she must face an angry T-Rex in order to complete her graduation exercise: buying some tacos! That's right, tacos!

FLAK RIOT is ™ and Michael O'Hare, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

GIRLS #3
Jul 20 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by JOSHUA LUNA


art & cover by JONATHAN LUNA

The ultimate battle of the sexes begins.

RETAILER WARNING: NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES


GIRLS is ™ and Luna Brothers, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

GDLAND #2
July 20 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95


$2.95

written by JOE CASEY


art by TOM SCIOLI


cover by TOM SCIOLI & RICHARD STARKINGS

BOOK TWO: EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE


The showdown you've been waiting thirty days for! Adam Archer, the world's first star-powered superhero, vs. the one and only Basil Cronus - with a mysterious alien visitor caught in the middle! Plus, marvel at the cracked philosophies of the all-new Friedrich Nickelhead!

GDLAND is ™ and Joe Casey & Tom Scioli, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

HAMMER OF THE GODS, VOL. 2: BACK FROM THE DEAD TP
JULY 20 o 160 pg o FC o $15.95

written by MARK OBIE WHEATLEY & MICHAEL AVON OEMING


art & cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING

Modi, the tortured Viking lad, Skgul the Valkyrie and the pesky Gods of Asgard all return for a collection of epic tales. Includes several all-new stories as well as the popular HAMMER HITS CHINA. This sequel to the best selling HAMMER OF THE GODS, graphic novel, MORTAL ENEMY, explodes with color and bloody battle!

COLLECTS HAMMER HITS CHINA #1-3

HAMMER OF THE GODS: MODI STATUE
JULY 20 o $49.99

designed by MICHAEL AVON OEMING


sculpted & painted by ANDREW WIERNICKI

This collectible statue, based on lead character Modi from Michael Avon Oeming and Mark Wheatley's popular HAMMER OF THE GODS series, stands on a base made of a fallen foe, 5 1/4" long, 3 1/2" wide and 6" tall. The piece was sculpted and painted by Andrew Wiernicki under the careful eye of series creator and statue designer MICHAEL AVON OEMING.

HAMMER OF THE GODS is ™ and Mark Wheatley and Michael Avon Oeming, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

HERO CAMP #3 (of 4)
July 13 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by GREG THOMPSON


art & cover by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ

When the deadly Chupacabra sets its sights on Goat, he seeks help from a most unlikely place - Camp Enokchuk! Now it's up to Eric and his pals to save the life of their most despicable foe. Will the campers be able to rescue their sworn enemy, or will the Chupacabra get its goat?

HERO CAMP is ™ and Robbi Rodriguez, Russ Lowery & Greg Thompson, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

LIBERTY MEADOWS VOL. 3: SUMMER OF LOVE TP
July 6o 144 pg o Black and white o $14.95

written by FRANK CHO


art & cover by FRANK CHO

As the summer approaches, Brandy secretly falls in love with Frank. But around the corner, a catastrophe of global proportions awaits. Brandy must battle her evil counterpart from a parallel universe to save Frank and the animal sanctuary! This is the third collection of the award-winning comic book series, Liberty Meadows. All the comic strips within are completely re-mastered and uncensored, and this volume also includes a cover art gallery, extensive sketch and illustration sections, plus a complete, never-before-published LIBERTY MEADOWS short story.

COLLECTS LIBERTY MEADOWS #19-27

LIBERTY MEADOWS is ™ and Frank Cho, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

MAGE, VOL. 2: THE HERO DEFINED HC
JULY 13 o 432 pg o FC o $49.95

written by MATT WAGNER


art & cover by MATT WAGNER

In the eagerly awaited sequel to the sold out MAGE, VOL. 1: THE HERO DISCOVERED HC, Kevin Matchstick's path brings him into the company of other legendary heroes, reborn in the modern world under the most everyday guises. Trouble arises when their purpose and challenges seem to be drying up and the number of supernatural "nasties," rapidly diminishing. Have the forces of darkness been DEFEATED, or is there a more sinister manipulation at work? Featuring an all-new painted cover by WAGNER, this handsome hardcover edition collects the 15-issue MAGE: THE HERO DEFINED in one mammoth volume - FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!

PLUS: A comprehensive of gallery of MAGE covers, development artwork, merchandise and even pages from the special 3-D edition of issue #1!

COLLECTS MAGE: THE HERO DEFINED #1-15

MAGE is ™ and Matt Wagner, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

NOBLE CAUSES, VOL. 4: BLOOD & WATER TP
July 20 o 144 pg o FC o $14.95

written by JAY FAERBER


art & cover by FRAN BUENO

The Noble family is again plagued by scandal when their friend, Krennick, is suspected of murdering a prostitute who was found dressed up like Zephyr Noble. Meanwhile, half-brothers Rusty and Frost find themselves forced to team up on a mission to outer space, and Gaia begins to notice startling changes in her husband, Doc.

COLLECTS NOBLE CAUSES #1-6

NOBLE CAUSES is ™ and Jay Faerber, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

NYC MECH: BETA LOVE #3
July 6 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by MILES GUNTER & IVAN BRANDON


art by ANDY MacDONALD


cover by ERIC CANETE



Romance is in the air, but this is NYC MECH, so the other shoe is about to drop. There's a dark cloud headed to NYC, and as Quentin gets drunk on love, his old life begins to crumble.

NYC MECH is ™ and Ivan Brandon & Andy MacDonald, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

"This creative team is a force to watch out for."


-David Mack, writer of Daredevil and Kabuki

"The robotic world of NYC MECH is stylish, smart, sexy... and definitely something you'll want to be reading."


-James Sime, proprietor of Isotope Comics

PIGTALE #4
JULY 27 o 32 pg o BW o $2.95

written by OVI NEDELCU


art & cover by OVI NEDELCU

"SALTY PORK & BACON TARTS"


Boston and Clyde venture off into the face of danger 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!

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

SEA OF RED, VOL. 1: NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA TP
July 27 o 104 pg o 2C o $8.95

written by RICK REMENDER & KIERON DWYER


art by SALGOOD SAM & KIERON DWYER


cover by KIERON DWYER & TONY MOORE

Since being turned undead by the crew of the cursed Pirate ship, The Black Galleon, Marco Esperanza has spent the past 400 years tied to the bow of a sunken vessel, clinging to life in the dark, briny, deep. His confinement at the bottom of the sea ends when he is discovered by film director Joel Cameron's submarine on a scouting expedition for his next film. Hungry to film a live vampire battle, Cameron urges Marco to seek out the man responsible and have his revenge. Includes the first four gruesome issues and many extras from this acclaimed new series by rising star RICK REMENDER and popular veterans KIERON DWYER and SALGOOD SAM.

COLLECTS SEA OF RED #1-4

SEA OF RED #5
July 27 o 32 pg o 2C o $2.95

written by RICK REMENDER & KIERON DWYER


art by PAUL HARMON


cover by KIERON DWYER & TONY MOORE

This special origin issue features the lush art of rising star, PAUL HARMON (MORA). The year is 521 A.D. and Lesser Blackthroat, assassin for a secret sect of the Catholic Church, attempts to obtain the blood of a messiah in hopes of washing clean his cursed spirit. His journey leads him to an underground cathedral in Mesopotamia where the ancient undead guard Blackthroat's prize and the secret to pure immortality.

RETAILER WARNING: NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES


SEA OF RED is ™ and Rick Remender, Kieron Dwyer & Salgood Sam, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

SHADOWHAWK #3
July 13 o 32 pg o FC o $2.99



created and co-plotted by JIM VALENTINO


written by JIM KEPLINGER


art and cover by CARLOS RODRIGUEZ & ALBERT PUIG



He's been stalking ShadowHawk for days, and now he's ready to strike! He's a better fighter, he's better armed - and Eddie is going to have to pull out all the stops if he ever expects to best a man called Nocturn. And in the wings...the biggest surprise of all!

SHADOWHAWK is ™ and Jim Valentino, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

SMALL GODS #10
July 20 o 32 pg o BW o $2.95

written by JASON RAND


art & cover by JUAN E. FERREYRA

One world. 63 million psychics. 63 million stories.

"NIGHTINGALE," Part One


Cristina Fierro is one of the CIA's best black bag operatives - but how can a killer hope to retain her sanity, when, as an empath, she feels every bit of her victims' pain and terror? When she goes rogue after a mission in South America, her handler, the telepathic Agent Hanley, is the only one who can stop her before she turns Denver into a slaughterhouse.

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

SPAWN #148 (RES)
July 27 o 32 pg o FC o $2.50

written by BRIAN HOLGUIN & TODD McFARLANE


art by ANGEL MEDINA & DANNY MIKI


cover by GREG CAPULLO

"RANDOM PATTERNS," Part 1


As Spawn closes in on its groundbreaking 150th issue, Al Simmons continues his trek across the country, a journey into the dark, hidden corners of America. When Simmons notices seemingly unconnected occurrences - street names, crossword puzzle clues, newspaper headlines - spell out an apocalyptic prophecy, he begins to suspect that his wanderings may be following a predestined course. But who is behind these arcane warnings? And what part does the mysterious Mammon play in all this?

SPAWN is ™ and Todd McFarlane Productions, 2005. All right reserved.

THE STARDUST KID #2
July 27 o 32 pg o FC o $3.50

written by J.M. DeMATTEIS


art & cover by MIKE PLOOG

"THE WOMAN"


The entire neighborhood has transformed into a savage, primeval land populated by trolls, elves and other fantastical creatures. Protected by the magics of Paul's book, these four children are the only ones who remember the world as it was. But how can they survive in this dangerous new world? And how can they possibly change things back?

THE STARDUST KID is ™ and 2005 J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog. All Rights Reserved.

STRANGE GIRL #2
July 6 o 32 pg o full color o $2.95

Written by Rick Remender


art & cover by Eric Nguyen

After years of living under the protection of Belial and The Corridor, Bethany and Bloato have to get the hell outta Dodge and survive the harsh terrain of the American wastelands. A hearty pint of demon-riddled, breakneck, post-Rapture action that leaves Bethany near death. The end of the world was just the beginning.

STRANGE GIRL is ™ and Rick Remender & Eric Nguyen, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

THE WALKING DEAD #22
July 13o 32 pg o BW o $2.95

written by ROBERT KIRKMAN


art by CHARLIE ADLARD


cover by TONY MOORE

With the dangers of this zombie filled world safely on the other side of the prison walls our band of survivors finally has time to explore their new home. Unfortunately there's still more than enough conflict on the inside of the walls.



RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES


THE WALKING DEAD is ™ and Robert Kirkman, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

McFARLANE TOYS JULY 2005 SOLICITATIONS

Slash Super Stage Figure
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 12520


One of rock 'n' roll's most famous and accomplished guitarists in a signature pose complete with tophat. Action figure includes base, guitar and amp stack for those high-volume fretboard occasions.


This item ships six per case.


July 2005

McFarlane's Sports Picks: NFL Legends
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 74340


McFarlane Toys proudly presents its premiere series of classic football action figures. The legendary players in this line represent some of the best in the game, each sculpted in an action pose with accurate period uniforms and equipment. Collect all six.


This item ships 12 per case.


July 2005


Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions RB, No. 20


Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants LB, No. 56


John Elway, Denver Broncos QB, No. 7


Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts QB, No. 19


Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers RB, No. 32


Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys QB, No. 8

McFarlane's Sports Picks: NFL 3-inch singles
McFarlane Toys


Item #: 74250


New for 2005, McFarlane Toys' 3-inch sports action figures are now available as single packs. Each mini-clamshell includes a 3-inch-scale National Football League action figure in official team uniform with gear and base.


This item ships 24 per case.


July 2005


-- Randy Moss, Oakland Raiders WR


-- Peyton Manning 2, Indianapolis Colts QB


-- LaDainian Tomlinson 2, San Diego Chargers RB


-- Terrell Owens 2, Philadelphia Eagles WR


-- Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh Steelers RB


-- Warren Sapp, Oakland Raiders DE


-- Roy Williams, Dallas Cowboys FS


-- Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers QB


-- Tom Brady, New England Patriots QB


-- Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens LB


-- Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles QB


-- Michael Vick 2, Atlanta Falcons QB

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Witchblade Animated comic plus toys
Did ya know? Witchblade is currently being animated in Japan as an all-new cartoon series. And it all started here…


Palisades Toys' three-figure Witchblade Animated action figure set features Witchblade, the Darkness, and the Magdalena! And the Witchblade Animated one-shot comic features great action from six-time Emmy Award winner Paul Dini (Batman: Mad Love) and artist Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier). Together here for the first time at a GREAT low price!


Three toys plus comic $16.99

The Agency #1-#6 set
The freelance police of the future, The Agency, take on the cases that regular cops can't solve-like tracking down the horrific serial killer known as "God's Man." All six issues of the series, written by Paul Jenkins (The Darkness, Peter Parker: Spider-Man) with art by horror master Kyle Hotz, are available at an incredible bargain price!


Six comics $4.99


Six comics with #1 signed by writer Paul Jenkins $14.99

Battle of the Planets #1-#12 set
Join the G-Force crew for their incredible adventures defending the Earth against the evil forces of Specrtra! They're science ninja teenagers-with wings! The entire series is NOT collected in any single paperback so this is your chance to get the whole series, below original cover price!


12 comics $29.99

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Freshmen #1 "Introduction to Super Powers 101" pt. 1 of 6
(W) Hugh Sterbakov (P) Leonard Kirk (Col) Tyson Wengler (Cov) Rodolfo Migliari, George Prez, Joseph Michael Linsner


What if a group of college freshmen suddenly got amazing superpowers? What if the powers were based on exactly what they were thinking at the moment? You'd get the Intoxicator, who burps at his foes to make them drunk. Or Quaker, the Amish kid who created earthquakes with his belly. You'd get a kid who can talk to plants-and is stalked by the plant who loves him. You'd get a fearless leader who desperately wants superpowers, but is left out of the bonanza. Co-created by Austin Powers and Buffy star Seth Green and written by newcomer Hugh Sterbakov, Freshmen is an uproarious combination of superpowers and college…with a talking beaver!


Full color 32 pages $2.99 part one of a six-part series


Three covers by Rodolfo Migliari (City of Heroes), Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn) and George Prez (JLA/Avengers)-ask your retailer to order your favorite!

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The Hunter-Killer Dossier
(W) Mark Waid (Art) A galaxy of stars! (Cov) Marc Silvestri


Go behind the curtain of Hunter-Killer, the new hit series by Mark Waid and Marc Silvestri, with this one-shot special! ALL the secrets behind Hunter-Killer's massive, sweeping conspiracy are revealed with illustrations by over a dozen of comics' greatest artists, including Marc Silvestri (New X-Men), Humberto Ramos (Spectacular Spider-Man), Mike Choi (Witchblade) and J.G. Jones (Wanted)!


Full color 32 pages $2.99 one-shot special

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Rising Stars: Voices of the Dead #4 (of 6)
(W) Fiona Avery (P) Staz Johnson (I) Wayne Faucher (C) Steve Firchow


Ghost-talker Lionel Zerb struggles with the weight of the psychic world as he tries to determine what the vortex within the House on Stansbury Lane really contains. Why are spirits ripped to shreds when they go near it? Why was his own consciousness nearly stolen? How can one speak to nothing but a void? Lionel takes a chance in this issue and confronts the great nothingness within the house. Great new Rising Stars action is brought to you by Fiona Avery (Amazing Fantasy, Araa) and Staz Johnson (Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus)!


Full color 32 pages $2.99 part 4 of a 6-part story arc

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Witchblade #88 "Partners"
(W) Ron Marz (P) Mike Choi (I) Sal Regla (C) Brian Buccellato (Cov) Terry Dodson


Regular series artist and rising superstar Mike Choi comes roaring back, joining cover artist Terry Dodson for an issue that tests everything Sara Pezzini has ever learned about being a New York City Police detective. When a friend's young daughter is missing, not even the mysterious power of the Witchblade can help Sara find her in this emotional, gripping story. It's time to find out why Herorealm.com has praised Witchblade as an "ever-changing roller-coaster ride!"


Full color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

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City of Heroes #3 "Hard Crash," pt. 3 of 3
(W) Mark Waid (P) David Nakayama (Col) Sonia Oback (Cov) Rodolfo Migliari


Paragon City has been crippled by a mysterious attack. Statesman, the city's greatest hero, is still missing. All the city's remaining heroes, including the Freedom Phalanx, are struggling to deal with their powers that have vanished or gone haywire. Can the Freedom Phalanx find their leader and restore the power to the City of Heroes? Eisner-Award winning superhero writer Mark Waid brings you the action, with Kubert School grad and Wizard contest winner David Nakayama on art!


Full color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

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Tomb Raider/Witchblade/Magdalena/Vampirella
(W) Gail Simone and Kevin McCarthy (A) Joyce Chin (Cov) Billy Tan (50%), Art Adams (25%) and Joyce Chin (25%)


All of Top Cow's femme fatales-and Vampirella, to boot!-kick out the jams in two great stories originally presented in limited editions by Dynamic Forces. Now, they're available for all to see! Kevin McCarthy (The Escapist) takes Tomb Raider Lara Croft through "Sphere of Influence," while Gail Simone (Action Comics) faces Witchblade, Magdalena and Vampirella off against a vampire!


Full color 32 pages $2.99 one-shot special


An X-citing new cover by Billy Tan (X-23) accounts for 50% of the print run, with brilliant remastered covers by Joyce Chin and Art Adams comprising 25% each!


ALSO AVAILABLE: Top Cow Fine Art Lithograph of Magdalena #1! A limited edition of 250 pieces, reproduced at the highest quality possible at 12x18 inches!


Limited edition lithograph $19.99


Limited edition lithograph signed by artist Eric Basaldua $29.99

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Darkness #22 "All in the Family," pt. 1 of 3
ARROW: Old friends, old enemies: David Wohl and the ANGELUS!


(W) David Wohl (P) Martin Montiel (Col) Sonia Oback (Cov) Dale Keown


Just when he thought it was safe to come back to New York City, mobster Jackie Estacado finds himself face to face with…the Angelus! Yes, the Darkness' oldest and most deadly nemesis is back-and this time she won't stop until either she or Jackie is dead. And if that wasn't bad enough, another mortal enemy has returned to battle Estacado-The Magdalena!


Full color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

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The Darkness: Flesh and Blood vol. 3.5 trade paperback
(W) Scott Lobdell and Christina Z. (Art) Dave Finch, Clarence Lansang, Clayton Crain, Joe Benitez, Keu Cha, and more!


Featuring art from the industry's top artists and creators, The Darkness: Flesh and Blood is packed with action and the mysterious connection between The Darkness and The Witchblade. Collecting The Darkness #26-39 as well as the crossover books Witchblade/Darkness and Darkness/Witchblade, this trade paperback edition fills in the blanks on Jackie' past, and his place in the world.


full color 464 pages $24.99 trade paperback collection

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Arcanum trade paperback
(W/A) Brandon Peterson (Cov) Brandon Peterson


Armageddon is coming. Which side will you choose? Writer/artist Brandon Peterson (Ultimate X-Men) enters the world of Arcanum and discover the "Avatars," human beings who have become the living manifestations of War, Love, Death…and more. Split into two factions, the forces for goodness struggle to stop the machinations of an ancient being with the knowledge of how to destroy the world. Collecting Arcanum #1-#8, plus the Wizard #1/2 issue. Also: 16 pages of bonus materials by Brandon Peterson!


full color 240 pages $16.99 trade paperback collection

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M.I.T.H: Operation Smoking Jaguar
(W) Jennifer Brandes Hepler and Chris Hepler (Art) Stephen Segovia (Cov) Tyler Kirkham


What if magic was real? And what if the CIA were the only ones who knew about it? In M.I.T.H., the Magical Intelligence Tactical Headquarters controls the real secret behind America's military might-magic wands, crystal coffins, and the occasional hundred-eyed invisible giant! Special-ops soldier Hamilton Crow and the M.I.T.H. squad pursue stolen nuclear weapons through the Mayan underworld in a desperate bid to stave off the Apocalypse!


Full color 112 pages $9.99 Original 4-issue graphic novel

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