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Saturday, August 30, 2003


Following are Avatar Press' solicitations for November, with information coming from the company.


Written by Frank Miller, art by Juan Jose Ryp, cover by Miller.

The Robo-action continues with more pure-Frank Miller insanity. The action kicks into high gear as Officer Lewis is hunted by a psychotic madman while OCP's replacement cops rampage through the city. Robocop himself might not be any help as he has to face the fury of the next generation Robocop, one who's weapons are far superior. This series continues to take the original Frank Miller Robocop story and faithfully adapt it into comics form by Steven Grant in order to capture every bit of the frenzied flavor that Miller wants with lusciously detailed artwork by Juan Jose Ryp.

32 pages, $3.50.


Written by Warren Ellis, art and cover by Jacen Burrows.

Continuing the series, this graphic novel features the latest Bad Signal columns profusely illustrated with dozens of stunning new illustrations by celebrated artist Jacen Burrows. Warren Ellis's e-mail column shows that he is a modern master of the short form essay as his biting with makes even the most esoteric of topics must reads. Ellis describes the work as "Bad Signal is me on the move, emptying my head of thoughts and shoving them into a handheld computer with a wireless modem plugged into it, so that I can instantly bug four thousand people with useless email from public toilets all over the world."

64 pages, black and white, $6.95.


Written by Warren Ellis, art by Mike Wolfer.

Warren Ellis and Mike Wolfer return for more Strange Killings. Before his disgrace and removal to solo deniable duties, Sergeant Major William Gravel was part of SAS team Alpha One Four. He hasn't seen his teammates since his fall. He knows only that they're still in the job, doing the things he used to do. Which doesn't remotely explain why, while he's moonlighting in New York, the Alpha One Four team should be seen blowing away a newly-elected mayor -- a military man himself, and then vanishing into thin air... This series digs deep into William Gravel's magic past and begs an answer to one of the greatest combat magician secrets, what is the Body Orchard? This is the fourth volume in Ellis' series of Strange TPB's (Strange Kiss, Stranger Kisses, Strange Killings).

144 pages, black and white, $16.95.


Written by Garth Ennis, art and cover by John McCrea.

Season's Greetings from those sick perverts, Garth and John. Everything that is holy about the wondrous season get skewered right here, as only those demented bollackses from Belfast could whip up. It just wouldn't be Christmas without Dougie and Ivor messing things up somehow. The AntiChrist? We've got 'em. Small holy children being killed in unique ways? Yep. Hitler, Satan and horny dogs? All right here. Plus you don't want to miss the spectacular return of the original whore with a heart of gold, Trio. So if you want to burn in the pits of Hell along with the rest of us laughing sinners, don't miss this X-Mas extravaganza. Also available with a spectacularly offensive cover.

32 pages, black and white, $3.95.


Written by Joe Lansdale, art by Andres Guinaldo, cover Jacen Burrows.

Joe Lansdale's epic of insanity finally comes to comics. When a group of friends decide to spend a day at the world's largest Drive-In theater horror fest, they expected to see tons of bloody murders, rampaging madmen, and mayhem, but only on the screen. After being captured at the Drive-In, the trapped crowds now totally loose control of themselves and turn into rabid madmen. But more mysterious forces are in play as the evil Popcorn King is unleashed on the masses. Don't miss this insane second issue of Lansdale's masterpiece.

32 pages, black and white, $3.50 (wraparound, $3.95).


Writen by Alan Moore, art by Oscar Zarate and Marat Mychaels, cover by Juan Jose Ryp.

The magical mind of Alan Moore is unleashed in this new monthly series which weighs in at a super-sized 40 pages per issue. Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths features tons of Alan's classic short sequential comic book stories that have been long out of print, stories that have never before been seen, and special developmental sections. This final issue features a piece that is vital to any fan's Alan Moore collection, "I Keep Coming Back" with art by Oscar Zarate. This powerful story set in Whitechapel is a Coda to the masterpiece From Hell! This issue also has a short adapted by Antony Johnston and illustrated by Marat Mychaels, and a story by Hunt Emerson. Of course all the material is written by Moore. To top it off this issue has an extensive interview with Moore as he discusses Yuggoth Cultures, the stories inside, and some of the amazing tales the lead to their creation.

40 pages, $3.95.

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