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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

IMAGE COMICS FOR NOVEMBER

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

40 OZ COLLECTED

By Jim Mahfood.

40oz Comics, for the first time in one collection. Hot indy artist Jim Mahfood brings you this collection of his underground 40oz mini-comics. Previously, these four volumes have only been available at comic book shows and thru Jim's website, so lots of people have missed out on this stuff. Featuring short stories starring Mahfood's most popular characters: the Grrl Scouts, Zombie Kid, Rocket Boy, and that lovable minister of funk, Smoke Dog! All the mini-comics are printed here in their entirety, and as a bonus, 20 pages of additional material. This collection also features pin-ups and guest art from Andi Watson, Scott Morse, Mike Huddleston, and Steve Willaredt.

120 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on Nov. 12.

BLOKHEDZ #1

Written by Brandon Schultz, art by Mark Davis and Mike Davis.

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

A 17-year-old, cocky but likeable, aspiring rapper, Blak desperately hungers to blow up in this rap game. If surviving in a neighborhood run by StreetSweeping crypt-heads, and a lawless Biker Crew isn't enough, one wicked swipe of a cursed knife has cut Blak and threatened his dream of stardom. The curse will kill him. Solve the riddle of his brother's mysterious death and he can save himself. Realize his true gift and he can save his whole community. As Blak tries to focus through the haze of smoke and bubbles, video honeys, and music industry snakes, the question is which one will win? The Gift or the Curse?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 5.

CAPES #3

Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Mark Englert.

Things go from bad to worse as the escaped criminals turn their attention from defense to offense. It's an all out brawl right on the doorstep of the Capes home base. Nobody was prepared for this one! There hasn't been an attack on the Capes building in over a decade! Bolt and company find themselves battling for their lives. At least of couple of them find themselves losing their lives. But they're superheroes... and superheroes always come back from the dead... right? In the middle of all this chaos, believe it or not... Claire Voyant finds the time to have sex.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 12.

CASEFILES: SAM AND TWITCH #7

Written by Marc Andreyko, art by Paul Lee.

"Skeletons" Part 1 of 6. What do a powerful senator, his legendary political family, a brutal murder/suicide, an elite boys' prep school and more hidden secrets than a Southern Gothic novel have in common? Three words: Detective Sam Burke. Confused? Intrigued? Well, imagine how Sam feels. Arc #2 of the critically acclaimed new series explodes with a political thriller for fans of author Dominick Dunne, films like The Parallax View and everyone who loves the scandals that follow politicians like the plague.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 19.

CLOUDFALL

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

Allison Andrews has a husband that doesn't pay attention to her, a dog with intestinal problems, and a job that she really loves. She's a detective, and a damn good one at that, some would argue the best... at least for a woman. Her partner is a hell of a guy, if a bit too patronizing. Her boss is actually a nice guy... and he's yet to come on to her. The bills are paid, she's got three weeks of paid vacation, and her car is more reliable than her husband. Everything seems fine in her life, not perfect, but fine. But all that is about to change.

The Governor is dead. Allison and her partner Darrel are on the case. Other than the fact that this is such a high profile victim, everything seems to be going by the book, until strange things start to happen. Allison finds herself wrapped up in a conspiracy of epic proportions. Friends become enemies, and enemies become allies as Allison's world is turned upside down. Will Allison survive this ordeal? And what in the hell IS "Cloudfall?" Not for the faint of heart.

48 pages, black and white, $4.95, in stores on Nov. 5.

DAWN: THREE TIERS #3

Written and art by Joseph Michael Linsner.

In a village in post-apocalyptic Europa, Dawn - goddess of birth and rebirth - confronts Darrian Ashoka, and forces him to come face to face with his fears. She reveals her true face and nearly shatters him. A dragon has been plaguing the land; hoarding gold and stealing virgins. Dawn lets Darrian know that there is only one right path for him to take - straight through the fiery heart of the dragon.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 26.

G.I. JOE #24

Written by Josh Blaylock, art by Brandon Badeaux, covers by Badeaux and Tim Seeley.

Serpentor moves forward with his plans of conquest, but the odds stack up against him. With both G.I.Joe and Cobra forces preparing for a full invasion of Cobra Island, the would be emperor will have to use every resource at his disposal - important being his cunning intelligence. Destro also convinces a neutral Zartan that taking action is in his best interest, because once Cobra Commander is out of the equation, who is the next most likely person for Serpentor's hit list, but the man who almost killed him? The Dreadnoks are an army in their own right, and this is the issue where you see them in force. This is no civil war. There will be no alliances between enemy parties. This is all-out chaos, and the biggest G.I. Joe battle in over a decade.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 12.

G.I.JOE FRONTLINE #17

Written by Paul Jenkins, art by Tim Seeley, covers by Seeley and Jason Alexander.

Beachhead takes a team of new recruits on a less than routine training mission. Being the Hard nosed drill instructor that Beachhead is, he takes them into live battle, where the rookie Joes quickly learn the "follow orders and do what you are told" lesson. Beachhead whips the rebellious group of Green Shirts into shape, teaching them to think, and act as one. This issue also delves farther into the mind of this fan favorite character than we've ever seen before.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 19.

G.I. JOE VS. TRANSFORMERS #6

Written by Josh Blaylock, art by Mike Miller, covers by Dan Norton and Miller.

This is the conclusion to the crossover. The secret group of Generals known only as the Jugglers proceed with their nuclear strike on Cobra Island, while G.I.Joe and the Autobots race against the clock to stop the attack. The only way to do that is by proving that Cobra and the Decepticons are no longer a threat. Even if they do save the world, the entire team faces serious charges for disobeying orders when they return home. The battle finally comes to a close, but to find out what happens, fans will just have to wait until November.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 26.

HAWAIIAN DICK: THE LAST RESORT #3

Written by B. Clay Moore, art by Steven Griffin.

Loose ends are tied together as others unravel. The FBI makes its presence known, and a hungover Byrd confronts the crime families with what information he has regarding their motivations. Meanwhile, Mo prepares for a date with man-eating sharks, and a sunbathing Kahami encounters (deceased?) mob enforcer Stew Mulligan. The meaning of "The Last Resort" is revealed in the (literally) explosive conclusion, setting the stage for ghostly retribution and all-out gang warfare in the concluding chapter.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 19.

HEAVEN'S DEVILS #2

Written by Jai Nitz, art by Zach Howard and Thompson Knox.

An epidemic rages on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. Nuevo Laredo has been quarantined, but it is only a matter of time before the disease spreads north across the border. Agent Morgan investigates the terrorist implications of the disease and its sudden appearance, while Wickliffe drinks a toast to Mother Nature's revenge against humanity. All this time Alan stands in the eye of the storm, unaffected by the disease, and his immunity draws attention from all the wrong places.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 5.

HEAVEN'S WAR GN

Written by Micah Harris, art by Michael Gaydos.

1938: As the world moves toward global war, a secret angelic battle is waged in the heavenly realms to determine mankind's fate. The infamous Aleister Crowley plans to manipulate those angelic struggles and thus shape the world according to his will.

Only "The Inklings" -- fantasy authors J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams -- oppose him. They must decipher a landscape of sacred geometry to intercept Crowley at the threshold of heaven. And, for one of the Inklings, the pursuit will reach outside time itself.

120 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on Nov. 19.

THE HEDGE KNIGHT #4

Written by George R.R. Martin and Ben Avery , art by Mike S. Miller, covers by Miller and Tom Yeates.

As dusk descends over the Ashford tournament, Dunk and his runaway squire Egg recover from the horror they just witnessed and prepare for Dunk's upcoming combat in the tournament. But Dunk's first combat takes an unexpected -- and potentially deadly -- form when he chooses to defend a helpless puppeteer, Tanselle - a girl Dunk has more than a passing interest in - from the brutal hand of Aerion, a prince of the blood of the dragon. When the dust settles, lies are revealed, lives are destroyed, true natures are exposed, and Dunk finds himself with an opponent he cannot hope to defeat -- the law of the realm.

32 pages, $2.95 (Holofoil, $5.95), in stores on Nov. 5.

HELLHOUNDS #4

Written by George T. Singley IV, art by Joe Abraham.

King & Shock are swarmed by hideous creatures as they attempt the impossible. Can they conquer the insurmountable odds and defeat the horde of brutal monsters? A powerful new ally joins our desperate heroes...as someone falls victim to Deaths Gaze.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 12.

INVINCIBLE #9

Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Cory Walker.

"Perfect Strangers, Part One." Beginning of a brand new story arc, a perfect jumping-on point for new readers. Male bonding time. Mark teams up with former Teen Team member Rex Plode to thwart some evil, but how can the two effectively fight the bad guy when they really want to fight each other? Meanwhile events start to unfold that will lead up to the big issue 12 spectacular. If you've ever thought about picking up Invincible now is the time.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 26.

JACK STAFF #5

Written and art by Paul Grist.

Learn the real reason why Jack Staff decided to walk away from being Britain's greatest hero 20 years ago. Whist back in the present day Jack Staff battles a very angry Shock as Castletown becomes engulfed by the fallout from Weapon H whilst the one person who could have held the secret to controlling the violent 'rage attacks' has gone missing.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 5.

LEGACY #4

Written by Carmen Treffiletti, art by Edu Francisco and Lynx Studio, covers by Randy Green and Abdul Rashid and Julie Hadden.

As the final crystal shard nears Sorrow's Keep, Lucian and gang fall short in an attempt to impede its course and find themselves deep within the Caverns of the Eternal Echo where a mysterious creature named Bevelard will reveal the truth behind Lucian's past. Ties are broken and darkness broods as the final preparations to unleash the Shriekers have commenced. Lucian must convince his friends that the demons of the past have returned for redemption.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 5.

LIBERTY MEADOWS VOL II: CREATURE COMFORTS HC

Written and art by Frank Cho.

Life and love in Liberty Meadows, animal sanctuary, where anything and everything can happen. This is the second collection book of the award winning comic book series, Liberty Meadows. This volume collects issues 10 through 18 of the wildly popular comic book, Liberty Meadows. All the comic strips are completely remastered and uncensored. With cover art gallery, extensive sketch and illustration section. Plus a complete never been published Liberty Meadows short story.

144 pages, black and white, $24.95, in stores on Nov. 26.

POWERS VOL V: ANARCHY

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

Society is violently lashing out at their superheroes. Anti powers groups are rising up with a series of gruesome murders against the cities most colorful capes. With Walker retired, Detective Pilgrim teams up with a new partner to investigate this murderous superhero backlash and the people behind it. Featuring a matching cover design to the Powers trade series. Plus exclusive bonus features, including the brand-new "Bendis and Oeming interview each other," text pieces, a cover gallery and much more.

128 pages, $14.95, in stores on Nov. 19.

PVP #5

Written and art by Scott Kurtz.

A new tenant is moving into the same office complex as PvP Magazine: the famous Max Powers. Max is starting his own magazine and setting up shop down the hall. Is this a wild coincidence or does Max have sinister designs on PvP Magazine? And how is he linked to Cole's past? The world's most passive aggressive villain makes his Image Comics debut. Can the PvP gang survive it?

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 26.

REX MUNDI #8

Written by Arvid Nelson, art by EricJ.

Julien comes tantalizingly close to the stolen scroll, and terrifyingly close to the Inquisition. He discovers the purpose of the temple in the sewers in a return visit underground. Meanwhile, Genevieve's relationship with the Duke of Lorraine grows ever more intimate. But the more evidence Julien collects, the more he suspects Lorraine's involvement in the theft of the scroll…Will Julien find the scroll, or will he find himself in the dungeons of the Inquisition?

32 pages, $2.95, in store on Nov. 12.

SAVAGE DRAGON #113

Written and art by Erik Larsen.

The Dragon's most fiendish foes are reforming the notorious Vicious Circle. A return to greatness. Criminal masterminds Octopus and OpenFace plan to take over the world -and one man stands in their way-the Savage Dragon. But can even he stop the reformation of the world's most notorious criminal organization? Doubt it. Plus a new Mighty Man feature by Erik Larsen and Mark Englert.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 19.

SEI: DEATH & LEGEND

Written and art by Sho Murase.

Set in the timeless world of Japanese Mythology, "Sei" tells the story of the uncertain origin of Sei, the Japanese equivalent of Death ,the female Grim Reaper. Sei , is an epic legend about love and betrayal taking place in a world of Gods, Godesses and Mythical creatures.

Tsuchi, the fire godess tells the story of how her birth caused the death of her mother, Izanami . Izanagi is so distraught by his wife's death that he goes berserk. His desire to be reunited with Izanami brings him to the farthest reaches of the Netherworlds where no mortal may fear to tread. A battle of epic proportions ensures in which mythical Japan will never be the same…but was Sei formerly Izanami , the primordial goddess and personification of the Earth and darkness …?

64 pages, $6.95, in stores on Nov. 12.

SHADOWS #5

Written by Jade Dodge, art by Matt Camp.

The team is sent to Tyler's hometown, San Francisco, to investigate one couple's claim that their house is occupied by a menacing and violent poltergeist. The couple reports that, while initial activity was benign, they now fear for their lives, as the occurrences have slowly progressed into aggressive, physical assaults. Meanwhile, distracted by the search for answers, the team is struck by a force they never saw coming... Tyler's often repulsive, awkwardly charming friend, Chaz.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 26.

SPAWN #140

Written by Brian Holguin and Todd McFarlane, art by Angel Medina, cover by Greg Capullo and Todd McFarlane.

"Asunder, Part 2." Convinced that the Spawn part of his nature is acting on its own, Al Simmons starts piecing together the clues to try and understand what agenda his "Dark Side" is pursuing. An increasingly violent series of episodes lead to an unsettling conclusion: That Spawn is out to destroy Al Simmons -- if he can only find him. Now, Simmons must take desperate measures to defend against his greatest enemy -- himself!

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Nov. 26.

STREET FIGHTER #3

Written by Ken Siu-Chong, art by Alvin Lee, Arnold Tsang, and Andrew Hou, covers by Alvin Lee and Ramil Sunga, Kia Asamiya and Jo Chen.

"Deadly Pasts." Ryu is confronted and taunted by Master Gouken's murderer in the dark forest surrounding the dojo. Meanwhile, Ken and his wife, Eliza, is unknowingly placed directly in harm's way when Vega, one of Bison's most sadistic right-hand-men, decides to use them to get to Ryu. Chun-Li and Guile, also on Ryu's trail to discover what Bison's interest in him could possibly be, arrive in Japan. But their investigation is abruptly interrupted when a ghost from Guile's past re-emerges. Plus: Legendary X-Men artist and Japanese Maga Superstar Kia Asamiya contributes an explosive backup story taken from Ryu and Ken's old training days.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 5.

TRAKK: MONSTER HUNTER #2

Written by Brian Haberlin and Francis Takenaga, art by Philip Tan, covers by Tan and Simon Bisley.

Missing in action: People are disappearing in the inner city. There are rumors of unnatural creatures. The police are baffled. And the only hope is sloshed out of his freakin' gord! But meanwhile, while the hero is blitzed, the villain, Vaquoul, freshly regenerated, is ready to wreak havoc and with his new discovery may soon be ready to make slaves of us all.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 26.

VICTORY #3

Written by Marcelo Cassaro, art Edu Francisco, covers by Edu Francisco and Roger Cruz.

Carolei punishes the now weakened Victoria, who was physically and mentally beaten last issue. Feeling the heartache of being away from her world and her loved ones, Victoria can no longer find the strength that is needed to protect herself and the crew of kids that unleashed her into the new world. Seeing that Victoria is losing her will to live (along with her fighting spirit), Flavius decides to interfere, giving Victoria new reasons to fight and live on. But will the words of Flavius be enough to stop Carolei and the real challenge of the Gargantuan Monster-God K'Athanoa? Read on Battle Hardened Gamers and find out.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 19.

THE WALKING DEAD #2

Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Tony Moore.

Rick Grime's horrific adventure continues. Everything he knew is gone, and the search for his family begins. Rick sets out for Atlanta, the last known location of his wife and son. It's only a five-hour drive, but this is not the case when all the gas stations are closed and your car is out of gas. On top of that, there are new rules in this world. One of the most important... don't go into the city, any city... ever. Rick doesn't know this rule... but he'll learn.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 5.

WILDGUARD: CASTING CALL #3

Written and art by Todd Nauck, covers by Nauck and Arthur Adams.

There are twenty finalists left! After last issue's battle royale, the auditions have not gone as planned, but the show must go on! What happened to the other WildGuard contenders? It's up to producer X and the remaining twenty to bring them back alive as the auditions continue.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 12.

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BATTLE OF THE PLANETS: MANGA #2

Written by David Wohl, art by Edwin David.

Step right up for issue that will dazzle your mind and make your senses reel. As the Battle of the Plants team continues their investigation of strange disappearances at a popular amusement park. What dangers lie ahead, and will our team survive the day? These questions and more await just ahead, as the spills, chills, and thrills, continue in BOTP:Manga #2.

32 pages, black and white, $2.99.

CURSED #2

Written by Fiona Avery and Tippi Blevins, penciled by Romano Molenaar and inked by Kevin Conrad, covers by Jim Silke and Molenaar.

Still reeling from her horrifying vision of the walking undead, Shan Beaumont sees herself in the future: Driven mad, just like her father. But she must find the truth. She and a friend Winston visit a modern-day Egyptian cult to find out what Victor Hahn is planning. To stop her, he sends an army of mummified dead but Cleopatra wards off the fiends, and offers to help Shan learn about the Osiris Amulet...and the truth about her past.

32 pages, $2.99.

TOMB RAIDER #36

Written by James Bonny, penciled by Tony Daniel, inked by Jon Sibal, colored by Tyson Wengler.

"Black Legion" Part 2 of 3. Lara Croft saddles up for a modern day Western adventure as she rides into Arizona's Superstition Mountains in search of the fabled Lost Dutchman Gold Mine. She's menaced by the Black Legion, mystical Apache Warriors existing between time, as she's pursued by a band of cutthroats led by Lady Jasmine, a female nemesis who's more than a match for Lara Croft.

32 pages, $2.99.

TOMB RAIDER TAKEOVER

Written by James Bonny, penciled by Scott Benefiel, inked by Jasen Rodriguez.

When Lara Croft delivers a priceless artifact to a metropolitan museum for a black-tie reception, she comes dressed to kill-but in a slinky evening gown and without her guns! That's just fine until a group of heavily-armed party crashers take over the museum, and Lara Croft is forced to take on a high-tech gang of criminals armed with only her wits, nerves…and a pair of stiletto heels.

32 pages, $2.99.

BATTLE OF THE PLANETS: DESTROY ALL MONSTERS

Written by Munier Sharrieff, penciled by Wilson Tortosa, Edwin David, Jo Chen, colored by Udon.

The end is here, and the future of the world is held in the balance. How will the G-Force team defeat the evil Zoltar, and stem the loss of life? Join us for the climactic conclusion to the Battle of the Plants series. Collecting issues 10-12, plus three of the 40-page specials; BOTP: Mark, BOTP: Jason, and BOTP/Witchblade. Six massive issue in all.

208 pages, $19.99.

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