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Wednesday, September 17, 2003

IMAGE COMICS FOR DECEMBER

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

BLOKHEDZ #2

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

Still reeling from the violent death of his brother, Blak looks for answers but finds only a strange new strength in his scarred hand. Using this newfound gift gives him power, but it also takes a toll on his health. He has to hide all these changes, after all Blak just wants his music to blow up. But he learns that the scar will kill him, and it's clear that there is evil inside him - an evil that wants revenge. The only question left is: who will win, the gift or the curse?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 3.

BRIT: COLD DEATH

Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Tony Moore.

"Let sleeping dogs lie." You've all gotten that weird sage-like advice from your elders and filed it in the back of your mind under "figure out later." Apparently, CIA director Steve Erickson forgot to remember those words of wisdom. The order is given; "find Brit and bring him in." At all costs, he must be recovered. But what happens when the cost becomes too great to bear and the fate of the entire world is at stake? Brit would have been content to live out his life with his new bride... but now he's got to come out of retirement and kick more ass. Christmas is going to be really messy this year. Needless to say, mature readers only.

48 pages, black and white, $4.95, in stores on Dec. 31.

CASEFILES: SAM AND TWITCH #8

Written by Marc Andreyko, art by Paul Lee, cover by Greg Capullo.

"Skeletons, Part II." Second of a new 6-part story arc. Sam and Twitch are drawn deeper into a bloody conspiracy as an old schoolmate of Sam's shows up with some startling accusations about a presidential candidate! Assassinations, double-lives and murder are just the beginning! How far will Sam and Twitch go to expose the truth? And how far will their enemies go to shut them down?

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

CLOCK MAKER: ACT TWO

Written by Jim Krueger, art by Matt Smith, Phil Hester, Jason Baroody, Brett Weldele, Mike Halblieb, John Roberts.

The Saga continues... With the discovery of hundreds of dead clock-workers beneath the gears, Hans and Astrid begin a search for the killer and a threat to not only themselves but to the clockworks and the gates to heaven. Featuring a dramatic revelation regarding the Five O'Clock Shadow and its relationship to the Time Flies and Hans' first major battle with the devil. This issue collects the material previously solicited as Clockmaker #5-7. Special back-up features Phil Hester's original Clock Maker character designs.

48 pages, $4.95, in stores on Dec. 31.

DAVID AND GOLIATH #2

Written by Jay Ju, art by Leonel Castellani.

Now bonded to Goliath, David is haunted by nightmares that link him to the past owner of the Beast. Concerned, Sarah takes her brother, David, with Goliath to visit their father's mentor, Professor Adams, to uncover the truth and origin of Goliath. Meanwhile, Detective Sam Davidson tries to muster up the courage to ask Sarah out to dinner. But when they learn of Goliath's dark past they have little time to react, because Lady Nichila and her secret Nazi agents make their move to capture them, only to unleash the powerful wrath of Goliath. With David captured, who now controls the monster named Goliath?

40 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

FEATHER #3

Written and art by Steve Uy.

The dragonhunt begins. Sehv's dream is finally about to become reality as the live dragon he's sought to find for so long is now within his reach. Unbeknownest to him, however, the very dragon he's hunting is Leeka's own mother, playfully acting out her role as the prey in a mock-dragonhunt. Unaware of the ruse, Sehven pulls no punches in fulfilling his dream, but armed to the teeth and uncharacteristically serious in his determination, can this mock-dragonhunt remain a game to the end?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

FRANKENSTEIN MOBSTER #1

Written and art by Mark Wheatley, covers by Wheatley and Mike Wieringo and George Freeman

Night. Friday the 13th and the Mobsters who run the city are gathered to watch the creation of the Frankenstein Mobster. And this monster is a Made Man. In the fire of storms, lightning and gang warfare, corrupt police turn a blind eye. All except detective Janus. And Janus has his own secrets. Janus is a were creature - a human cat. A detective with the power to battle the Frankenstein Mobster, tooth and claw.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 3.

G.I. JOE #25

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

One of the biggest G.I. Joe stories of all time comes to a conclusion in part 4 of the Return of Serpentor. The raid on Cobra Island has taken its toll, and both Cobra and G.I. Joe resources are tapped. This battle will have major repercussions down the line, affecting Cobra, the Dreadnoks, and even Destro, and most importantly, this issue contains the battle everyone's been waiting for: Serpentor vs. Cobra.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

G.I. JOE FRONTLINE #18

Written by Tim Seeley, art by Mike Norton, covers by Seeley and Norton.

Get out your oven mitts and wooden spoons, 'cuz it's time for everyone's favorite TV cook to take the stage...Roadblock/ In this one-shot story, he slices, he dices, he makes up bad rhymes, and when the funding for his show is taken over by Cobra, he gets more than he asked for. It's a fun, action packed issue, as the heavy gunner/southern chef takes on TV producers, Dreadnoks and lactose intolerant pugs. Meanwhile, Mainframe finds out what happens when you spend too much time at the computer, and Firewall introduces Daina to the joys of American culture.

32 pages, $2.95.

HAWAIIAN DICK: THE LAST RESORT #4

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

Things go from bad to really, really bad in this final chapter of the second Hawaiian Dick series. It's absolute mayhem as rival gangs tear through the Last Resort in a revenge match for the ages. Complicating matters are the angry spirits of Hawaiian dead, risen from their graves and evidently impervious to gangland bullets. Byrd, Mo and Kahami focus on one goal: escaping alive before the entire bay explodes in a bullet-fueled spectacle of supernatural fury.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

HEAVEN'S DEVILS #3

Written by Jai Nitz, art by Zach Howard.

Things get bloody. Now that Alan has revealed his magical powers to Madison, he quits holding back. He uses magic to divine the origin of the extinction-level plague and finds the man responsible. The local thugs hired to kill Alan and Madison have failed, so Wickliffe quits holding back too. He calls in Cartel killers to finish the fight. Magic and science collide with sickening results. Not for the faint of heart.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

HELLHOUNDS #5

Written by George T. Singley IV, art by Joe Abraham, covers by Abraham and Trevor McCarthy.

King & Shock fight for their lives as the grotesque behemoths of Isis Island continue to hunt their confused and desperate prey. Our heroes allies are dropping like flies and Recon is definitely not going to save them. Will the Hellhounds make it out alive to collect their bounty? For King & Shock it's about getting paid...no matter what hero has to take a Dirt Nap.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

JACK STAFF: EVERYTHING USED TO BE BLACK AND WHITE

Written and art by Paul Grist.

Jack Staff is Britain's Greatest Hero, or at least he used to be. Twenty years ago he disappeared, and everyone just forgot about him. Except for Becky Burdock, Girl Reporter for The World's Press. She's investigating a series of murders in Castletown, but finds a lot more than she expected, including a long forgotten superhero and a secret that's been hidden for over sixty years. This volume collects all 12 issues of the original black and white Jack Staff series, published by Dancing Elephant Press.

352 pages, black and white, $19.95, in stores on Dec. 24.

LIBERTY MEADOWS #35

Written and art by Frank Cho.

Things look bad for Frank the vet. Passions are running high. He spurns Jen's advances and she's out for revenge. Roger and Brandy take the next big step in their relationship. Meanwhile, a brand new character enters Liberty Meadows and turns the animals' world upside down.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

MYTHSTALKERS #8

Written by Douglass Barré, art by Jiro,

"London Nights," Part Four of Four: Love Means Never Having To Say "I Will Return To Wreak Horrible Vengeance Upon You And Your Kin, Foolish Mortal."Lots available in Mythstalkers #8: 1 (one) human child, named Emmaline Chatterton. 1 (one) human soul, once belonging to Victor Terranove. 1 (one) transformed faerie nobleman, answers to Vastarin.The building at 1071 St. Davies Street, also known as "Headquarters for the Society of Cryptozoological Research." A 10,000 (ten thousand) pound debt marker owed to purported crime lord Mr. Fitzhugh. Control of London. All items must go by end of issue. Bids from heroes discouraged.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 24.

POWERS #37

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

Forever Part Seven: The Powers' secrets revealed. Deena and Walker are back! As Image starts the wrap up of the largest story in the history of powers, a story that spans the entire history of man, we thrust into modern day to see how the events of the past have shaped the world of the future. All the secrets are revealed in this full issue story.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 24.

REALM OF THE CLAW #2

Written by Stan Winston and Francis Takenaga, art by David Yardin, covers by Kaela and Tswana.

The call of the wild takes Louden into the deepest, most sacred jungles of Umbwandi. Places said to be haunted by spirits, and guarded by things far deadlier than mere fairy tales. His instinct is to kill, and it is this instinct which has brought him to the edge of civilization itself. A no man's land. Meanwhile, an emissary of the Realm has been sent forth to return the more timid of Nakuru's sons. The messenger's name? Kaela. And she has the power to kill with far more than her womanly charms. Harrison's first battle will likely be against his own natural instincts…

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 24.

REX MUNDI #9

Written by Arvid Nelson, art by EricJ.

On the trail of a stolen scroll connected to a thousand year-old secret society, master physicians Julien Saunière and Genevieve Tournon head to France's national library. There they uncover a vital clue linking neo-classicalist painter Nicholas Poussin to the mysterious stolen scroll. Genevieve returns to the Duke of Lorraine's "cottage" and finds smoke coming from a chimney outside. But Lorraine's valet insists no fireplace is lit…And later that night, Julien receives a midnight visitor…

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 3.

ROMP

Written and art by Adam Pollina, cover by Pollina and Tyson Macadoo.

His first day "On the Job," Romp mentally prepares for the tough but valiant road ahead. Today he reclaims his block. Today is his first streetfight. The Challenger? Merely a 6ft. 4in., 315 lb. local bully named...Lu Lu Lewbrowski. If he loses? Well then back to the true but painful reality of his sad, tragic life as a lonely comic book clerk he goes. But if he wins.... a world of Fame and Glory awaits him... but his delusional fantasy continues on.

56 pages, $5.95, in stores on Dec. 3.

RUN!

Written by Mark Millar, art by Ashley Wood.

Run! is the first in a series of mature-readers superhero one-shots by Mark Millar (The Ultimates, Superman: Red Son) and top-selling A-list artists like Frank Quitely, John Cassaday and Ashley Wood. It's also part of the Millarworld line of books launching across the industry this month and ties in loosely with Wanted from Top Cow, The Unfunnies from Avatar Press and Chosen from Dark Horse Comics.

Live Fast, Die Young. Run! is what happens when the wrong people start living life in the fast lane and a detailed exploration of the horror that ensues. Described as The Fast and The Furious on Nikes, Run! takes super-speed to a level never seen in comic-form before and shows what it means to really be the fastest man alive.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 20.

SAVAGE DRAGON #114

Written and art by Erik Larsen, back-up by Gary Carlson, Mark Englert and Larsen.

Vicious Circle Rising. Part II: Cutthroat. The Dragon's most fiendish foes are reforming the notorious Vicious Circle! The sadistic killer Cutthroat is sent out to terminate the one man who could stand in their way-the Savage Dragon. Plus a newMighty Man feature by Erik Larsen and Mark Englert.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 24.

SAVAGE DRAGON VOL VIII: TERMINATED

Written and art by Erik Larsen.

This book collects Savage Dragon #34-40 (including Savage Dragon #1/2). This seven-issue run includes an appearance by Mike Mignola's Hellboy as well as the superhero Star and the introduction of Zeek, plus Martians attacking, Chaos & Control and more villains that you can possibly keep track of. Featuring a rambling, incoherent introduc-tion, a sketchbook section that sheds a little light on the creative process, and Dung - you can't live without Dung. This series is collected here for the first time. A guaranteed high-octane blast.

176 pages, $15.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

SOMETHING WICKED #2

Written by Jerry Beck, Cameron Corniuk, and Tony Vicarro, art by Beck and Jason Moore, covers by Beck and Soulfly.

With his whereabouts in jeopardy, Silas prepares for the unexpected while his latest mishap, Jeremy, aimlessly roams the streets of Cleveland, trying to come to grips with his sudden rebirth. As the story unfolds, there's a whole lot more for Silas to worry about than just Keith and Jeremy. Enter The Messengers of Hate, Team Freedom, and a host of others all searching for the one man who can rid the world of the deadly Mega-Viruses, Silas Mondrian.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 24.

SOUL OF A SAMURAI #4

By Will Dixon.

In besting Takashi, understanding Susamajii, and forgiving Ikari, Shinzu has resolved the physical, mental, and emotional pieces of himself. Now he finds that confronting his final dimension is the most daunting task yet. Throughout this climactic struggle, Shinzu discovers that in order to realize his full potential, he must let go of the Self.

48 pages, $5.95, in stores on Dec. 31.

SPAWN #141

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

"Asunder, Part III." Al Simmons' battle with his own dark half takes a stunning twist as his spirit is sent spiraling through time, leading him on a shadowy tour through the history of the Hellspawn. Forced to walk the roads and witness the lives of the Spawns that came before him, Simmons begins to understand the single fatal flaw that is inherent in each of these soldiers of the damned -- including himself. Will his journey lead him back to his own life and his own destiny, or will it bring him to the same inescapable doom his predecessors suffered?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 31.

STREET FIGHTER #4

Written by Ken Siu-Chong, art by Alvin Lee, Arnold Tsang, Andrew Hou and Kaare Andrews, covers by Lee and Tsang, Andrews and Jo Chen.

"Brothers." Chun Li and Guile discovered that Charlie, the man they had both presumed dead, is miraculously alive. But that is not all they discovered. Charlie, after being in the clutches of M. Bison for weeks, has reemerged a different man… a man willing to do anything to achieve Bison's goals. What will happen when Guile is forced to fight the man who is not only the one who taught him everything he knows, but also the friend who Guile looked up to as a brother? Meanwhile, Ryu & Ken get one step closer to their master's murderer, but Ken is faced with a difficult decision when Eliza's life is put into jeopardy. And what will happen when Ryu and Sagat meet again? Plus: A backup story by Kaare Andrews, showing the origin of Guile and Charlie.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 3.

SWORD OF DRACULA #2

Written by Jason Henderson, art by Greg Scott, cover by Tony Harris.

Part two in the 6-Issue arc "The Elders." Still reeling from their defeat at the hands of Dracula, Lord of the Vampires, Ronnie and the Polidorium deal with a vampire threat on the ski slopes. But below the Dead Sea, an ancient evil has awakened-one that disturbs even Dracula, who can sense their approach even from the Coast of Italy where his army lies camouflaged. An episode of raving angels, marauding vampires, and snowmobiles-and the revelation of a dark secret held by Ronnie Van Helsing.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 10.

THE WALKING DEAD #3

Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Tony Moore.

Rick Grimes' horrific adventure continues. Reunited with his family, his focus shifts from survival to protection. It's one thing to know that you have to watch your back every second of every day. It's another thing entirely to have to worry about losing your family in the blink of an eye. Rick's life has changed dramatically in the last couple months and so far, he's learned to deal with it... but is he finally starting to crack?

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 3.

WILDGUARD: CASTING CALL #4

Written and art by Todd Nauck, covers by Nauck and Paco Medina.

Producer "X" and the WildGuard hopefuls come face-to-face with the menace behind the audition invasion. Will they be able to stop this maniac and rescue the captive try-out contenders? Also, which hero will not survive a run in with this villain?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Dec. 17.

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WANTED #1

Written by Mark Millar, penciled by J.G. Jones, colored by Paul Mounts, covers by J.G. Jones, Bryan Hitch, and Marc Silvestri.

Get ready for superheroes as you've never seen them before. Forget The Authority. Forget The Ultimates. Mark Millar has taken the genre to a whole new level with his first American creator-owned book. Find out what happens when white-collar worker Wesley Gibson discovers the truth behind his origins and who's really been running organized crime since 1986, in a story that takes place in the world outside your own window. Sex. Money. Super-powers. Costume. You know you want it.

32 pages, $2.99.

CURSED #3

Written by Tippi Blevins and Fiona Avery, penciled by Romano Molenaar, inked by Kevin Conrad, colored by Brian Buccellato, covers by Molenaar and Chris Bachalo.

"The Nature of Curses" Part 3 of 4. Shan Beaumont is losing her mind. Unfortunately, she, together with an immortal Cleopatra, must save the world from a menace greater than anything it has seen before. Victor Hahn is calling forth an army of mummies to begin a reign of terror and they're coming for Shan. Can she keep her sanity long enough to stop him?

32 pages, $2.99.

ELEVEN: TOP COW'S TALE OF REVOLUTION AND ART

Featuring art by Marc Silvestri, David Finch, Michael Turner, Dale Keown, Alex Ross, Gary Frank and more.

Oversized Hardcover. Come along for the ride of a lifetime-11 years worth of Top Cow history, all presented in a magnificent oversized coffee table book format! Eleven focuses on Top Cow Productions and its founder, Marc Silvestri, and their rise to the top of the comics and entertainment world. This tome is lavishly illustrated with the best of Top Cow's art from over a decade of publishing, plus never-before-seen photographs and behind-the-scenes stories.

225 pages minimum, $39.99.

BATTLE OF THE PLANETS: MANGA #3

Written by David Wohl, art by Edwin David.

The G-Force team's newest adventure comes to a starting conclusion as the secrets of the mysterious disappearances at the amusement park are revealed. But will G-Force be able to stop this threat in time, or will this ride, be their last.

32 pages, $2.99.

BATTLE OF THE PLANETS: TRIAL BY FIRE DIGEST

Written by Munier Sharrieff, penciled by Wilson Tortosa.

The first 9 issues of Battle of the Planets plus the Battle of the Planets: Mark special in their original black-and-white state are collected here in one volume. Join Mark, Jason, Tiny, Keyop, and Princess on their adventures to save the earth from the evil Zoltar and the forces of Spectra! The attack on Earth has begun, and only the super-team known as G-Force stands between the forces of evil and our planet's utter destruction. Can the crew defeat Zoltar and the soldiers of Spectra? Earth had better hope so, because time is running out.

244 pages, 5 by 7 inches, black and white, $9.99.

DARKNESS VOL. II #7

Written by Paul Jenkins, penciled by Eric Basaldua, inked by BATT, colored by Matt Milla, covers by Dale Keown and Basaldua.

"In Search of the Blue Goldfish." As Darkness-bearer Jackie Estacado takes control of Mafia Family affairs, his first order of business is to clean up the deadwood…and that pretty much describes Ernie Palanco. Ernie has wanted to be a mobster since the day he was born. But what happens when you can't aim a gun, you can't keep hold of the bosses' money, and you keep shooting the wrong people by accident? The blackest of black humor in this special stand-alone issue.

32 pages, $2.99.

TOMB RAIDER #37

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

"The Black Legion," Part 3 of 3. Lost in the dreaded Superstition Mountains of Arizona, without weapons, Lara Croft faces three powerful foes.....the desert, her nemesis, Lady Jasmine and her band of cutthroats, and the man Lara came to the dance with.....Joe Notafraid, who's been possessed by the vengeful Thunder God protecting the fabled Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine.

32 pages, $2.99.

WITCHBLADE #72

Written by David Wohl, penciled by Francis Manapul, colored by Brian Buccellato.

The clock is ticking on the countdown to Witchblade #75 and the deaths of two characters. As Sara Pezzini's murder investigation continues, she discovers that all clues are leading her to the mysterious and nefarious government organization known as Level 42. And, unfortunately for Sara, they're ready for her-and the Witchblade. But are they ready for the very empowered and very deadly Ian Nottingham?

32 pages, $2.99.

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