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Thursday, April 22, 2004

IMAGE COMICS FOR JULY

Following are Image Comics' solicitations for July, with information coming from the publisher.

BRIT: RED, WHITE, BLACK & BLUE

Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Cliff Rathbun, cover by Tony Moore and Ron Riley.

Brit and Jessica are having a good time raising their new son, Brittany Jr. With Brit back at his job with the government, they're well off and living large. That is, until a race of vicious aliens decides the time is right to strike Earth, and their first target is the United States of America. Brit¹s not likely to let something like that go down in his backyard.

48 pages, black and white, $4.95, in stores on July 14.

CASEFILES: SAM & TWITCH #15

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

"Ancient Chinese Secret, Huh?" Part Three of Six. Is the mysterious Chu Lai really a centuries-old vampire, or is this wealthy businesswoman something entirely unexpected? As the gang wars over the heroin trade continue in Chinatown, Sam and Twitch try to unravel the mystery behind the Black Salamander gang while dodging bullets, sword blades and the occasional fang.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on July 7.

DAWN: THREE TIERS #5

Written and illustrated by Joseph Michael Linsner.

After many years of questing, renegade swordsman Darrian Ashoka finally believes he has found a suitable replacement for Dawn, the love of his life. Queen Calypso welcomes Darrian to her inner sanctum as well as into her heart. But Darrian's disgust over the hypocrisy with which she rules her kingdom eventually forces him to turn his back on her. Unfortunately for Darrian, hell hath no fury like a woman scornedŠ

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on July 21.

THE DROWNED GN

Written by Laini Taylor-Di Bartolo, art and cover by Jim Di Bartolo.

Paris, 1800. Theophile has been moldering in an asylum for five years with no clear memory of how he came to be there. He wavers in and out of madness until the day that unseen forces compel him to escape and make his way back home to the haunted Breton coast. As he follows the tatters of memory back to the ungodly events of his childhood, striving to wring sense out of madness, he is pursued in turn by furious crows, drowned witches, a loved one long believed dead, a secret cabal of priests and a damaged orphan. Each carries pieces of a secret that emerges into two distinct but intertwining tales of supernatural vengeance. As the ravages of Theophile¹s buried past catch up with him at last, a battle for power begins, and the stakes are no less than the fate of the lost souls in hell.

80 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on July 14.

FIREBREATHER, VOL. 1 TP

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

This graphic novel collects the critically acclaimed series that introduced Firebreather to the world. Featuring lots of extras, behind-the-scenes artwork by series co-creator Andy Kuhn and a pin-up gallery by many of today's finest funnybook talents, including Erik Larsen, Mike Wieringo, Keith Giffen, Derec Aucoin, Joey Mason and Phil Hester and Ande Parks. Forward by New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer. Collects Firebreather #1-4

144 pages, $13.95, in stores on July 14.

FLIGHT GN

Written and illustrated by Bengal, Bill Mudron, Catia Chien, Clio Chiang, Chris Appelhans, Derek Kirk Kim, Dylan Meconis, Enrico Casarosa, Erika Moen, Hope Larson, Jacob Magraw, Jake Parker, Jen Wang, Joel Carroll, Kazu Kibuishi, Kean Soo, Khang Le, Neil Babra, Phil Craven, Rad Sechrist, Vera Brosgol; cover by Kazu Kibuishi and Khang Le.

Flight is a collection of comic short stories created by some of the finest talents in the comics and animation industries. Inspired by storytellers such as Hayao Miyazaki and Moebius, these artists have come together to celebrate the graphic narrative medium. Volume one of Flight features stories by professionals and non-professionals alike, all playing on the theme of flight in its many incarnations. From the maiden voyage of a home-built plane to the adventures of a young courier and his flying whale to a handful of stories about coming of age and letting things go, this first volume of Flight is full of memorable tales that will both amaze and inspire.

208 pages, $19.95, in stores on July 28.

GHOST SPY #3

Written by Steve Albertson, art and cover by Jacob Elijah.

After regaining her strength, Keico Loc leaves the safety of the Revlows' compound and wrestles with visions of self-doubt as she travels past the wretched commonality of the Forgotten Blocks. Keico haphazardly reunites with her old EBS teammates Rame and Griggs, but after the hugs and kisses end, the Forgotten Blocks are left as a charred monument to Keico's powers of destruction.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on July 28.

THE GRAY AREA #2

Written by Glen Brunswick, art and cover by John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson.

Chance's stubborn desire to go his own way has dire consequences. The mysterious Jordan displays healing abilities when he is forced to reassemble Chance, who has quite literally gone to pieces. Chance is tossed into the Gray Watch training program and learns the startling truth that his powers will not manifest unless he can develop compassion for the other Gray Area inhabitants.

32 pages, $3.95, in stores on July 28.

INVINCIBLE #15

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

Her mind is made up and her perfect mate is Invincible. No matter the cost, he must be hers. After her husband died in issue #7, Aquaria went through some bad times, but now that Mark has entered her life, everything is different, everything is perfect. Now Mark has to figure out how to let her know he¹s neither interested...nor legal.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on July 21.

KANE, VOL. 3: HISTORIES TP

By Paul Grist.

Oscar Darke grew up on the streets of New Eden to become the most powerful criminal in the city. But when an attempt is made on Darke¹s life, Detectives Kane and Felix have to find the would-be killer before the city erupts in violence. Collects issues #9-12 of the crime comic originally published by Dancing Elephant Press.

144 pages, $12.95, in stores on July 14.

LIBERTY MEADOWS, VOL. 1: EDEN TP

By Frank Cho.

Collects issues 1 through 9 of the award-winning comic book Liberty Meadows. See how it all began in a new widescreen landscape format with completely remastered and uncensored comic strips. It¹s 224 pages of hilarity for an insanely low price.

224 pages, black and white, $19.95, in stores on July 7.

NOBLE CAUSES #1

Written by Jay Faerber, art by Fran Bueno, covers by Bueno and Todd Nauck.

A brutal crime rocks the Noble family, and their old friend Krennick is the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Rusty's new girlfriend, Cosmic Rae, recruits him for a secret government mission, and Doc receives news that a man obsessed with Gaia is about to be released from prison.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 28.

normalman 20th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1

By Jim Valentino.

Jim Valentino's seminal satire normalman returns after a decade and takes direct aim at the comic book industry, skewering fans, retailers, conventions and "superstar" pros in the all-new "Captain Everything -- Superstar!" Plus, at no extra charge, the first-ever reprinting of normalman Goes Hollywood from Epic Lite #1, and a fully annotated retrospective of the entire normalman canon.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on July 14.

NYC MECH #4

Written by Miles Gunter and Ivan Brandon, art by Andy MacDonald, cover by Bengal.

Valeria is in the spotlight and in the dark. She's larger than life on every billboard, but inside she feels small beside a brother she thinks is a hero cop. Marco wears a badge that nobody gave him, knocking on doors under the false guise of an officer of the law. He's harassing both petty crime deadbeats and Wall Street moguls, but what happens when a crime attracts the real NYPD?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on July 14.

PHANTOM JACK #5

Written by Mike Sangiacomo, art and cover by Mitchell Breitweiser and Jaime Jones.

"The Sins Of Saddam Hussein." Jack has returned to the scene of his greatest failure, Baghdad, to rescue his errant brother. At the end of the last issue, Jack and his brother escaped the "Palace of Death" when a wrong turn brought them face-to-face with Saddam Hussein himself. (Note, this adventure is set in March, 2003, before the start of the ground war in Iraq.) Will the Baxter Brothers surrender to anger and hatred and kill the dictator?

32 pages, $2.95.

THE PRO OVERSIZED HARDCOVER GN

Written by Garth Ennis, art and cover by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Reintroducing the outrageous story of The Pro in a deluxe oversized hardcover edition, plus an all-new, eight-page story by Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. In "The Pro Meets The Ho," our plucky heroine comes up against a new and fearsome challenge: a super-powered "soiled dove" whose powers of perversion exceed the Pro¹s own. Find out who triumphs in this tussle of the tarts, as The Pro¹s creative team returns to the sticky-floored success that made them otherwise unemployable. You'll never go to the zoo again.

72 pages, $14.95, in stores on July 14.

PvP #9

Written by Scott Kurtz, art by Kurtz, cover by Frank Cho and Brett Evans.

Brent takes Skull to the vet's office where Skull is mistaken for a rare breed of gorilla. Now Brent is in jail for owning an exotic pet without a license, and Skull is stuck in the gorilla habitat at the local Zoo. It's a sit-com of a story that can only end in two words: jail break.

32 pages, $2.95.

THE RIDE #2

Written by Doug Wagner, art by Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines and Jason Pearson, cover by Adam Hughes.

"Wheels of Change," part two. Atlanta rookie detective Samantha Vega arrives in a small college town in search of her brother's murderer. Will Vega and her partner Frank Simms survive the trap that awaits them? Find out this issue, as the first story arc of The Ride comes to an explosive conclusion.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on July 7.

SAVAGE DRAGON: GOD WAR #1

Written by Robert Kirkman, art and cover by Mark Englert.

Gods...who needs 'em? The Gods of Godworld were displaced on Earth long ago. They have lived among us for years, without our knowledge. Luckily, they've lived under a strict rule of non-interference with the human race. But what happens when we start to interfere with them? The crap hits the fan and the only one who can clean up this mess is Savage Dragon.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on July 21.

SMALL GODS #2

Written by Jason Rand, art and cover by Juan E. Ferreyra.

"Killing Grin,² part 2. With the secret he's kept for so long finally exposed, precog detective Owen Young and his friends on the Denver Police Force must move quickly to contain the damage. But with his ultimate fate in the hands of a criminal and his life and relationships crumbling around him, Owen must decide just how far he's prepared to go to avoid losing his career, his freedom and everyone important to him.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on July 28.

SPAWN #148

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

"Scrawled," part two. A bizarre rash of murders leaves six victims scattered throughout the country, all apparently unrelated, except for one common thread: Each corpse is left with strange, arcane writings carved on the inside of its body. With the assistance of Detectives Burke and Williams, Spawn connects these killings with the ramblings of a mental patient who perished a half a century ago, a man who went to his grave warning of demonic invaders. Has this madman's prophecy finally come to pass? Will Spawn be able to stop it in time?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on July 28.

SUPERPATRIOT: WAR ON TERROR #1

Written by Robert Kirkman, art by E.J. Su, cover by Cory Walker and Bill Crabtree.

Wedded bliss has never been soŠpatriotic. Johnny moves in with Claire and learns that it doesn¹t matter how many times you¹ve saved the world, you still have to put the toilet seat down. The marriage is off to a rocky start, and things go from bad to worse when the dreaded Baron Blitzkrieg returns.

32 pages, $2.95.

SWORD OF DRACULA #5

Written by Jason Henderson, art by William Belk, cover by Tony Harris.

"The Elders," part 4. The fallen angels have turned Dallas into a hellish nightmare of blood, bone and zombies, and they're not even the worst threat. Worse is Dracula, on the march with his own army of the dead. Can Ronnie Van Helsing play both sides against the middle and come out alive?

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on July 14.

THE WALKING DEAD #10

Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Charlie Adlard, cover by Cliff Rathburn.

After the ordeal Rick has endured last issue, he sets out to find safer shelter. More is learned about the zombies that now out-number us 5000 to 1, but when it comes to some things, it¹s better not to know. Rick begins to wonder if there is a light at the end of the tunnel his life has become. Even if there is, how can he ever expect to make it there?

32 pages, black and white, $2.95.

WATERLOO SUNSET #1

Written by Andrew Stephenson, art and cover by Trevor Goring.

When it happened, Earth was appalled. It seemed a hurt beyond healing. But the world moved on...all except London. In the heart of that city, high technology has failed. Survivors scrape a medieval living. Great buildings stand idle. Complex machinery sits frozen. A ruthless Mayor rules the people while the mysterious Cartel dominates both. Moving between them is Esau the Hunter. Now an impatient and powerful world wants this wreck to die...quickly. The outcome rests on the shoulders of the Hunter, and it's a responsibility he does not want.

"Welcome to the Sorrowful City" and "The First Circle." Unexpectedly, a visitor arrives from Outside. Should the Hunter hand her over to the Mayor? Should he aid her mission with his knowledge of the Cartel?

56 pages, black and white, $6.95.



TOP COW TITLES

THE DARKNESS #13

Written by Ron Marz, penciled by Martin Montiel, colored by Matt Milla, cover by Dale Keown.

Green Lantern scribe Ron Marz brings his Darkness arc to its stunning conclusion. Jackie Estacado and the Darkness are in Hong Kong, but when Jackie goes toe-to-toe with mystical dragons, will he be coming home first class? Or in a box?

32 pages, $2.99.

TOMB RAIDER #44

Written by James Bonny, penciled by Wilson Tortosa, colored by Tyson Wengler, cover by Adam Hughes.

"Tower of Souls," part 2 of 2. Trapped inside a haunted Irish castle, Lara Croft encounters hordes of tormented spirits, as well as a centuries-old evil nobleman kept alive by the power of a talisman. Unless Lara can break the talisman¹s hold, she may become a permanent, ghostly resident as well...

32 pages, $2.99.

STRYKEFORCE #4

Written by Jay Faerber, penciled by Tyler Kirkham, inked by Mario Alquiza, colored by Brian Buccellato.

Stryker's plan to find kidnapped Tommy Jenkins has landed the Strykeforce in hot water. Now, the team¹s survival--and Tommy's--hinges on Killawatt, whose loyalties are put to the ultimate test. More super-hero action in the mighty Top Cow manner is brought to you by writer Jay Faerber and hot new artist Tyler Kirkham.

32 pages, $2.99.

WITCHBLADE #77

Written by Troy Hickman, penciled by David Nakayma, colored by Brian Buccellato, cover by Greg Land.

Common Grounds writer Troy Hickman writes the tale of Celestine Abbadon--for every good deed she does, she must do an equal evil act. Sara Pezzini and the Witchblade are hot on her trail, but will the Witchblade abandon Sara in her moment of need?

32 pages, $2.99.

WITCHBLADE: BLOOD OATH

Written by Jean-Marc and Randy L¹officier, penciled by Stéphane Roux, colored by Karine Boccanfuso.

The immortal killer Gilles de Rais has come to New York. But how can Sara Pezzini stop the killing, when the Witchblade itself has sworn an ancient blood oath not to harm him? Eisner-nominated writers Jean-Marc & Randy L¹officier tell you in a tale originally created under Top Cow¹s supervision for French publisher Semic.

56 pages, $4.99.

BATTLE OF THE PLANETS: DESTROY ALL MONSTERS DIGEST

Written by Munier Sharrieff, penciled by Wilson Tortosa, cover by Alex Ross.

This massive paperback in the popular "manga trade" format collects the thrilling conclusion to the Battle of The Planets saga with issues #10-#12. It also contains Battle of the Planets: Manga #1-#3, and The Jason and Battle of the Planets/Witchblade crossover. Eight great issues in one great package.

248 pages, black and white, $9.99.

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