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Wednesday, January 22, 2003


Following are Image Comics' solicitations for April, with information coming from the company.


Written by Kevin Gunstone, art and cover by Ben Dunn.

From the ashes of nuclear devastation wrought on the cities of Washington and Moscow thirty years ago, a planet wide protectorate was formed in Britain called The Agency. As The Agency, they enforce their own brand of defensive guardianship through espionage and counteraction, although not all of the Earth is united in this New World Order as individual countries, states and rival organizations threaten to undermine and destroy all The Agency stand for.

Responsible for the destruction of the twin capital cities, the villainous Professor Daedalus has reappeared on the world stage. Suffering from a fatal tumor, Daedalus is offering his thirty years of scientific research for the benefit of mankind. In answer to Daedalus' message, Nigel Cord, former superspy and head of the Agency's spyschool, is dispatched to South America where he bids to erase the memory of his failed mission against Daedalus years earlier.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on April 30.


By Joseph Michael Linsner.

Before Joe Linsner gave the world his Goddess of rebirth, Dawn, there was "Cry for Dawn"; a black and white anthology featuring some of the darkest stories to ever see print in the medium of comics. "Angry Christ Comix" collects Linsner's finest work from that early 90's milestone, exploring such contemporary nightmares as AIDS, unplanned parenthood and corporate America. Out-of-print for several years, this new hardcover edition features a revised version of the infamous 22-page "tattoo" story from "Cry for Dawn #2". Lushly painted, all-Linsner artwork illustrates this 176-page collection of perfect bedtime stories for angry young souls. New cover and footnotes by JML.

176 pages, black and white, $29.95, in stores on April 23. (Limited signed edition, $39.95).


Written by Brian Holquin, art by Lan Medina, cover by Jay Anacleto.

Arriving in a mysterious magic kingdom tucked away in the Catskills, Kildare is the guest of honor at a wondrous feast. We meet a number of unique characters: Hans, a talking Hedgehog; Ember, the Burning Girl; The shadowy Hunter; the remote and icy Queen Joyous -- and a strange being claiming to be Oberon, one-time king of Faerie. But Kildare soon suspects that beneath the foundations of this enchanted land lies a dark and tragic secret.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 23.


Written by Brian Haberlin, art by Jay Anacleto.

Athena Inc., the blackest of black ops, has come up with the perfect operative. She can't be caught. And even if she could be, there is no way to link her to any action because she doesn't even know she's an agent. Heck, she doesn't even look like their agent. She was hailed as a success…that was until…the genetic trigger that enables her to switch personas began to break down. Now she can switch forms more or less on her own. And now she's a threat to the security of Athena Inc. and must be dealt with. But who will deal with whom first?

Athena Inc: The Manhunter Project collects issues 1-6 of the regular series. This fully self-contained storyline is a perfect starting point for new readers as the regular series continues a new story arc. The collection includes a cover gallery of all alternate covers and a special Making of Athena article by Brian Haberlin and Jay Anacleto taking you from the genesis of the idea through every step of the of making the comic.

240 pages, $19.95, in stores on April 9.


By Bruce Mutard.

Getting through high school is hard enough without being in love with the girl next door, especially when she just likes you only as a friend. Jason has this problem with Annie, but when late one night she sneaks into his room asking to sleep over in his bunk bed every night because she was afraid of a ghost in her room, he thought his luck was about to change. Alas, some mysterious shadow has fallen over Annie and their friendship starts to feel the strain. As he struggles to maintain a balance between his feelings of respect for their friendship and his yearnings for her, he realizes that there may be more to her silly ghost story than he knew and a dark and terrible secret from the past is revealed. The Bunker is a stark tale of adolescent trials and tribulations in modern suburbia where behind the front fence and picture windows lie the troubles of the human heart.

96 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on April 16.


Written by Jim Krueger, art by Matt Smith and Zach Howard.

Astrid discovers that her father's and brother's deaths may not have been an accident as she comes under attack from a creature spawned in the pits below the clockworks. Plus, Hans begins to wonder how such terrible deaths could happen at the gates of heaven.

16 pages, Treasury Edition size, $2.50, in stores on April 23.


Written by Douglas Barre, art and cover by Kano Kang and Zack Suh.

"The Scabbard, " part three of four. Sipher, the Devil's daughter, is the key to stopping Satan's plans for universal dominion... but when she's attacked by Dirge and his army of demons with only a retired Hellion and a dead man to protect her, well... there's no nice way to put this: she runs away. Meanwhile, both Ivan and Mayor Thibodeaux come to personal crossroads... and one of them makes the wrong decision. So wrong. So very, very, very wrong.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 9.


Written by Ross Richie and Keith Giffen, penciled by Giffen, inked by Dave Elliot, cover by Giffen and Elliot.

Fires raging across the night, cars strewn across the street like child's toys. The city a skeleton. Streaked over and landed, feet punching holes in the pavement. Eyes dancing with power, intoxicated by the sheer joy of all the chaos and mayhem. Then he noticed me.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 16.


Written by Phil Hester, art and cover by Andy Kuhn.

Duncan find himself trapped between two lives. Too humane to succeed in his father's world of conquest and battle, but too feral for the world of men, he abandons both and flees into the wilderness. His path is chosen for him when his mother is kidnapped and he must unleash his full fury to save her. Will the monster or the man triumph in the end?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 2.

G.I. JOE #17

Written by Josh Blaylock, penciled by Brandon Badeaux, inked by John Larter, cover by Keron Grant and Cory Hamscher.

During his seven year absence running from the United States government, Cobra Commander found sanctuary with others like him. Dictators, criminals, and corrupt officials. Unknown to them at the time, he was slowly converting their troops to rebuild the Cobra army. Now they want payback, and what better way to do this than by teaming up, and kidnapping two people most likely to know where to find him - Flint and the Baroness.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 16.


Written by Dan Jolly, penciled by Drew Johnson and Tom Feister, inked by Ray Snyder, cover by Tony Harris.

Still trapped inside the frozen arctic base with an unknown number of savage, bloodthirsty creatures, four of the Joes -- Duke, Snake Eyes, Scarlett, and Frostbite -- discover clues to the single human survivor lost somewhere deep within the caverns below the complex. Meanwhile, Airtight and Lifeline must deal with the question of Lifeline's possible infection by the creatures... It's explosive action and crawling paranoia as "Icebound" continues.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 9.


By Jim Mahfood.

The reality of real jobs sets in as the Grrls settle into their new lifestyles. Rita finds happiness making money off of her art and a possible romance between her and Hectk. Daphne is shocked to learn the true trials and tribulations of working in a club. And Gwen, after being fired from yet another job, finds work at the community youth center. Could this be her true calling or will she simply be corrupting the minds of the youth of Freak City?

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on April 9.


Written by Jose L. Torres, penciled by Jae Tsai, inked by Jim Royal, cover by Jae Tsai.

Music of the spheres, or the perfect order of art and science, rule our world. But what would you do if this music became discordant? If the cacophony of the cosmos shattered the thin veil of reality and rained the jagged shards of your whole world and all your preconceived notions of Heaven, Hell, good, evil and everything in between down on you, what would you have left? Sorry, but some questions have no answer.

There are few things worth dying for…Choose wisely. Love and hate are opposite ends of a two edged sword. When five beings take up this sword, they find that perhaps it is more than any one of them can handle. Their modest lives take high-speed turns as they slowly lose control of everything they hold dear. Caught up in the entropy that is extreme emotion, their lives come crashing together. Some may make it out and others…

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 30.


Written by Steve Niles, art by Ben Templesmith.

There is no escaping the shroud that follows the Hellspawn. Living as a semi-human, the Hellspawn has enjoyed an almost-normal life. Now the shadow has him and it will not let go. Will the Hellspawn escape or will he live to serve the darkness and take Earth with him?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on April 23.


Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Cory Walker, colored by Bill Crabtree, cover by Walker and Crabtree.

In this issue we finally find out what's going on with all those human bombs we've been hearing so much about. Unfortunately, Mark finds himself a hapless victim of a plot for revenge that was set in motion years ago, of which he has nothing to do with. Mark's life begins to take shape, as climactic events and situations cause him to rethink his regular course of action. Trust us, folks, all bets are off. After this one... everything will be different... in a good way.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 9.


By Paul Grist.

Twenty years ago, Jack Staff fought Hurricane, the British Army's unstoppable secret weapon, to a standstill. It was the most violent battle Castletown had ever witnessed. Twenty years on and the violence returns to the streets of Castletown as people become more prone to violent outbursts of anger - Rage Attacks - and no one is immune, not even Tom Tom the Robot Man.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 2.


Written by Jim Krueger, penciled by Steve Kurth, inked by Ray Snyder, cover by Kurth.

Ryan Archer and the mysterious Time Traveller witness Karza's bloody rise to power only to find that forces are conspiring in the future to keep them from changing the past. All this and Archer begins to suspect that his mysterious ally may want Archer's death instead of Karza's.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 2.


Written by Josh Blaylock, penciled by Tim Seeley, inked by Cory Hamscher, covers by Seeley and Hamscher, and Greg Capullo.

Alex Crane has spent much of his life dodging responsiblity. But when a big mistake curses him with the power of the Mantikore, Alex has the weight of two worlds on his shoulders. Alex is sent to a strikingly familiar fantasy world of elves, dwaves and vampires, but one key element is gone. Magic. A stranger in a strange land, and a strange powerful body, Alex must escape from those that would exploit his dark powers.

An eons old wizard has finally found it...the tomb of the Mantikore...the universe's oldest, darkest power. Or has he? Enter Alex Crane, a slacker college student with a crappy job, and problems with his girlfriend. When Alex blunderingly releases an ancient evil, he'll have more to worry about than rent and his love life.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 2.


By Frank Cho.

Part 2 of the heart wrenching "The Long Cold Winter" story. Trapped in an abandoned cabin as Frank fights for his life, Brandy discovers her true feelings for Frank. Jen complicates things as she wiggles into Frank's love life. And a special guest appearance by the Grim Reaper. New widescreen format. All the comic strips are completely remastered and uncensored.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on April 16.


Written and penciled by Tim Seeley, inked by Cory Hamscher, cover by Erik Larsen and Tim Seeley.

The Savage Dragon hits the Twin Cities on a promotional tour, and his biggest fan, Lovebunny is there to meet him. The Dragon faces his biggest battle since...ummm...the last issue of the Savage Dragon as he faces...comic book fans. Meanwhile Lovebunny goes toe to toe with gothy cyber chick, Industrielle, in a comic book store showdown.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 2.


Written by Val Staples, art by Emiliano Santalucia, inked by Marco Failla, covers by Santalucia and JJ Kirby.

Skeletor's plans go awry, and his desperation could result in catastrophic consequences. Can He-Man and the Masters stop Skeletor before one warrior makes the ultimate sacrifice to keep hope alive on Eternia? But the Masters always win and no one gets hurt, right? Wrong...

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 16.


Written by Dan Jolley, penciled by Stefano Caselli, inked by Barb Shulz, cover by Stefano Caselli.

Having defeated the bounty hunter Ordaal and taken his ship, the Sunreaver, the Micronauts try to rendezvous with a contact that will tell them what Baron Karza's next move is. What they actually meet in the depths of outer space, however, stuns them all... Featuring the judgement of Azura Nova and a shocking visitation by a Time Traveler, the Micronauts' saga continues in "Star Chamber."

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 2.


Written by Stan Winston and Francis Takenaga, art by Philip Tan, cover by Simon Bisley.

Trakk came into a world bathed in blood. He travels the scorched remains of the earth to find the Helmet of Kyldran, rumored to hold the very balance between good and evil. Others -- some not of this world -- seek its awesome power as well. On this ruined planet, hope is the most precious gift of all, and a timeless warrior can only be saved by the subtleties of his own humanity.

Issues 1-4 of the sold out Mutant Earth Saga collected for the first time in one issue. A complete story and the perfect place to prime new readers for the new Trakk series coming later this year. Think of this collection as our sequel to the upcoming series and can provide invaluable incite into the character of Trakk and his history spanning curse and struggles. And as a special bonus this collection features an interview with multiple Academy Award winner creator Stan Winston on the creative process and a sneak peek at Trakk's design and sketchbook by master artists Simon Bisley and Philip Tan.

128 pages, $16.95, in stores on April 30. (Limited edition with CD, $39.95).


Written by Douglas Barré, art and cover by Jiro.

The Mythstalkers' journey to the Labyrinth at Crete takes an unfortunate turn as they encounter the ghost pirates known as The Cheated. Of course, that's not nearly as bad as being shipwrecked on the island of the legendary Cyclops. Back in England things aren't much better. The time traveler, Coble, tightens his grip on London, and British mobsters, Batson and Quill, meet their new boss... the faerie witch, Valende. Confused? You won't be... if you read this issue of Mythstalkers!

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 2.


Written by Matt Cashel, penciled by Jeremy Haun and Seth Merriman, inked by William Haun.

"Swirly Things." Summer goes on the lamb, Andrew Dreiser returns, and Dick gets naked. Seth Merryman writer/artist/creator of the world's most influential comic book, "Swirly Things" finds his writing day circling the drain when Dick (leader and co-founder of the Presidents of the Apocalypse-and defender against the evolution invasion) arrives on his front door step; guns drawn, unconcious beauty thrown over his shoulder and a squad of militants on his tail. All this and Andrew Dreiser finds poison gas under the local "MeatyBurger."

40 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on April 16.


Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Michael Avon Oeming.

"Forever Man" - Part One. This is where the history of the powers begins. Where did the powers come from? Why are they here? Powers takes a dizzying 180 degree turn and with the largest scale storyline yet.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 23.


Written by Arvid Nelson, art by Eric Johnson.

The Archbishop and the Pimp. The Holy Inquisition visits Dr. Saunière in his apartment, and he is dragged before the Archbishop for a brutal lesson on power in Paris. In other corridors of power Genevieve, Julien's ex-lover, reveals the reason for her renewed interest in Julien. Later, Julien confronts a dangerous thug about the missing scroll, and another layer of the mystery is revealed. And by issue's end, the body count rises by one…

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 9.


Written by Jason Lee, art by J. Korim, inked by GJ Aguila, covers by Lee and Korim.

When Asper doesn't show up for dinner, Kaylin makes her way to his auto shop with his dinner in hand. When she arrives at the shop, she finds that it has been taken over by Asian gangsters and turned into a battle location for the U.B.B. Hiding in the front row to a rumble of lightweight robot's, Kaylin learns some of the inner workings of the U.B.B. organization and just who is behind the scenes.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 23.


By Azad.

Having finally learned the truth about who is behind his recent woes, Sammy takes it upon himself to exact revenge on those responsible in his own unique way. Wel , maybe not so unique...

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on April 30.


By Erik Larsen, backup by Larsen and Mark Englert

Lost in Dimension-X! The Dragon and his family are hurled into the Void and must fight for their lives against the deadly menaces found therein. Meanwhile, Dragon's allies franticly search to find them! But what the heck-Angel gets out of having to do her homework so it's not all bad. Plus a new Mighty Man feature. Mighty Man is stalked by a foe determined to strip him of his powers-forever.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 23.


Written by Jade Dodge, art by Matt Camp.

What began as a routine Bigfoot expedition has quickly transformed itself into a fight for survival. When information of a menacing threat is brought to their attention, the team must decide if saving the life of one is worth risking their own. And while the presence of a well-informed stranger becomes indispensable, the presence of a hostile element could prove to be fatal.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 23.


By Will Dixon

In order to achieve his ultimate goal of enlightenment, a young samurai is forced to face his four inner demons, each of whom represent a different piece of his soul. With each new discovery bringing more agony than bliss, he realizes that sometimes knowledge of the self can come at a high price when you are your own worst enemy.

The journey begins when the eldest son in a samurai family forsakes rank and duty in favor of a spiritual quest. Soon the repercussions from such a rash decision become clear, but it is too late to turn back now. The doorways into his soul have begun to open whether he is ready or not, and what is inside them remains to be seen.

48 pages, black and white, in stores on April 30.

SPAWN #133

Written by Brian Holguin and Todd McFarlane, penciled Angel Medina, inked by Danny Miki, cover by Greg Capullo and McFarlane.

"God is a Bullet, Part 3." Held captive in a rotting prison in a distant war-torn nation, a broken and battered Al Simmons clings desperately to life. He came here to kill a tyrant -- a tyrant he had a hand in making -- but so far things haven't gone as planned. Now the betrayal of an old friend has put his life in peril. But Simmons still has one ace up his sleeve. Its name: Spawn.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on April 30.


Written by J.M. and Randy Lofficier, penciled by Manuel Garcia, inked by Eduardo Alpuente, covers by Garcia and Stephane Roux.

"In the Inwards of the Night..." In the orbiting space station, Homicron, Starlock and Futura join the forces of Clash to do battle with Astaroth who plots to blackmail Earth with the deadly weapons stored in its cargo. In Paris, Tanka shares his knowledge of events to come with the comatose JALEB. However, all is not what it seems, as a new villain is revealed, one who was secretly pulling manipulating Astaroth all along: the deadly Tarantula.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 30


Written by Robert Kirkman, art and cover by E.J. Su.

With the Geldarian/Kresh war resolved, Zack is trying to settle back into his normal teenaged life on Earth. It's a tough transition, especially when you're under constant attack! It seems word has gotten out about Zack, and it's drawing some rather unsavory characters to earth. It's up to our hero to keep our world safe from these otherworldly menaces. Looks like Zack's going to have trouble finding time to study for that math quiz... but, at least he's got his priorities straight.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 9.


Written by Jay Faerber, art and cover by Jamal Igle.

Venture is attacked by his arch-enemy, Argus. So why has he never heard of this guy before? And will an appearance by a vacationing Celeste Noble help -- or hinder -- Reggie's plans for Joe?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on April 2.


Written by Gary Carlson, Ed DeGeorge, art by Jeff Austin, Chris Samnee, Chris Irving, inked by Jeff Wiegel, cover by Austin.

It's hard enough being a teenager without the added responsibilities of learning how to save the world and keep a secret identity secret. Friends make life bearable, so kid sidekicks Galahad, Cyclone and Moray banded together as the wondrous Whiz Kids, who were soon joined by Thunder Girl. This one-issue special from Big Bang Comics showcases stories from the beginning, middle and end of the team.

It's Spring Break and the fab foursome head for Florida for fun in the sun, but find a commotion in the ocean as the villainous Great Black Shark is kidnapping vacationing college students and pressing them into slavery, Also, the now grown Whizzards must protect the Statue of Liberty and deal with new teammate Hot Pink who doesn't follow orders. Plus a death in the family.

48 pages, black and white, $4.95, in stores on April 23.



Written by Munier Sharrieff, penciled by Alvin Lee, colored by Udon.

G-Force takes a mission to save a planet that is under attack by Spectra. The planet is New Thundera, home of the coveted ore, Thundrillium. Upon arrival, G-Force meets some unexpected allies who are also trying to fight off Spectra and save their planet - the Thundercats. Featuring a 50-50 cover split with art by Alex Ross and J. Scott Campbell.

48 pages, $4.99.


Written by Munier Sharrieff, penciled by Wilson Tortosa, colored by Udon.

Mark vs. Zoltar. Need we say more? Featuring a painted cover by Alex Ross.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Munier Sharrieff, art by Wilson Tortosa and Edwin David.

Colonel Cronus is a famous war hero whose aerial prowess is world renown. Mark, the leader of G-Force, idolizes Cronus while simultaneously hating his own father for abandoning him. But no one is perfect and there are secrets that even our heroes hide - even men as great as Colonel Cronus.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Jason Hoffieus.

This is the essential sourcebook for G-Force fans. Get inside Chief Anderson's files to read the inside scoop on your favorite Battle of the Planets characters, and learn more about the world of G-Force. Also includes G-Force pin ups by Top Cow artists.

48 pages, $4.99.


Written by Chris Oprisko/David Wohl, penciled by Cedric Nocon, inked by Sal Regla, colored by Brian Buccellato.

Mace Griffin has had a hard life. Driven from his family home by the corrupt Enforcers, Mace joins up with the peace-keeping force known as The Rangers. But before Mace can use his training to it's fullest, he is framed for the death of his Ranger squad. Mace now has to face 5 years in a dangerous prison. If he survives his sentence, there is only one place left to turn, only one last hope of righting all the wrongs in his life. That hope is with the Bounty Hunters Guild, and with a new life, as Mace Griffin: Bounty Hunter. Based on the hit video game from Universal Interactive.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Fiona Avery, penciled by Dan Jurgens, inked by Jason Gorder, colored by John Starr.

"Civilian Casualties" - Part 3. Matthew Bright has been set-up by The Shepherd of Death, the serial bomber terrorizing the streets of New York. Familiar faces from Matt's past surface as the world of his former self, Brendan Miller, collapses around him. But his precinct isn't ready to turn their back on him yet, and in a surprising show of unity, they reinstate Matthew to the ranks of Police Officer. But can Matthew solve the case of The Shepherd of Death before the ultimate price is paid?

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by John Ney Reiber, penciled by Gerardo Sandoval, inked by Jonathan Sibal, colored by JD Smith,

Lara's back--and she's really pissed off!. In her absence, her nemesis, Lord Vymes has laid claim to everything she ever owned or held dear. But Lara has just been to hell and back and nothing is going to stop her from coming for Vymes and taking back what is hers. This is personal.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by Fiona Avery, penciled by Manny Clark, inked by Marlo Alquiza, colored by Tyson Wengler.

"Settling Old Scores" - Part 12. Lara Croft returns from the Maori Underworld with information about her mentor's killer, Carleton. She promises Myles that she will take care of his killer because Myles must remain in the Underworld despite his desire for revenge. But killing Charles Carleton goes against everything Lara Croft stands for. Will she avenge her mentor and pull the trigger? And what will the spirits of the dead do if she fails to avenge one of them? This is the final chapter in the Tomb Raider: Journeys series.

32 pages, $2.99.


Written by David Wohl, penciled by Francis Manapul, inked by Jason Gorder, colored by John Starr.

As Sara and Magdalena dig deeper into the mysterious homicide, they find themselves embroiled in the mysterious world of the Kabbalah. Someone has tapped into a great evil and the girls need to stop them before it's too late. They also run into the First Church of Holy Prosperity and Level 42, who are very interested in the Magdalena...

32 pages, $2.99.

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