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Friday, October 15, 2004

IMAGE COMICS FOR JANUARY

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

THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS #2

Written by Mark Smith, art and cover by Dan Hipp, back cover by Scott Morse.

"The Island of Maru." Ready...Set...Ignition! The Amazing Joy Buzzards return in their most action-packed adventure to date. Join them as they team up with the Professor's daughter to explore the Ancient and mysterious Temple of Maru! What ancient evils does this temple of horror contain? Are our heroes outgunned and outmatched? Can anything prepare you for what lies ahead in this adrenaline-dripping, pulse-pounding, non-stop adventure? Strap on your helmets and join the fun because there's mischief afoot and you bet it won¹t add up to pleasant dreams for our fun-loving Buzzards.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Jan. 12.

BATTLE HYMN #2

Written by B. Clay Moore, art by Jeremy Haun and Ande Parks, color by Dave Bryant, cover by Jeremy Haun and Brian Frey.

Officially dubbed "Watchguard," the group makes its debut before the media, and a new (and not so welcome) member immediately appears. On the team's first mission, the Mid-Nite Hour begins to realize something isn't right, as some members barely participate and others get more than a little carried away in the heat of the moment. Passions begin to flare, animosity rears its head and violence erupts. They've only just begun. Is the end already in sight?

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Jan. 1.

BEYOND AVALON #1

Written by Joe Pruett, art and cover by Goran Sudzuka.

"Wanderlust," Part One. Megan is the first of her kind, born upon the mythical island of Avalon. The daughter of a legendary king, she craves adventure, excitement and an escape from the "perfect" world in which she lives. When her father, also consumed by a quest for adventure, disappears, Megan decides to follow him. Her escape is presented to her in the form of the mists that surround the island, mists that are gateways to other worlds and dimensions. Armed with her father¹s recently recovered sword, Megan gathers her courage and enters the mist.

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

BURGLAR BILL #2

Written, illustrated and cover by Paul Grist.

After a violent confrontation followed by a night in the local police cells, Burglar Bill is looking to lay low and keep out of trouble. His fellow cellmate, Wybourn, offers Bill a place to crash for a couple of nights. Unfortunately, Wybourn is in bigger trouble than Bill is. A revised reprint of Burglar Bill, originally published by Dancing Elephant Press, this issue also includes a bonus six-page Burglar Bill story from 1989.

40 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Jan. 12.

CASE FILES: SAM & TWITCH #16

Written by Marc Andreyko, art by EJ Su, 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, black and white, $2.50, in stores on Jan. 5.

CHOLLY AND FLYTRAP #3

Written, illustrated and cover by Arthur Suydam.

Definitive anti-heroes Cholly and Flytrap find themselves knee-deep in a mucky feud between Center City's two power brokers, resulting in Flytrap being shanghaied and forced into masked boxing. Cholly is hot on the trail of his friend and exacting a little sweet revenge on the appropriate parties kick-ass style. But will Cholly find Flytrap before Flytrap steps into the ring against the world's most brutal and unrelenting opponent, The Champ? Will Flytrap emerge alive? Few have. Continuing Suydam's grim film noir action adventure set in the futuristic cess-pool of a corrupt human outpost. Told with frantic pacing, tension and humor.

48 pages, $4.95, in stores on Jan. 12.

CLASSIC 40 OUNCE: TALES FROM THE BROWN BAG TP

By Jim Mahfood.

Popular indie creator Jim Mahfood is taking you on a trip down memory lane! For the first time ever, Mahfood has collected his rarely seen self-published college comics: Girl Scouts#1 and #2 and Cosmic Toast #1. Limited to incredibly small print runs of 300 copies each when they first debuted in the mid-Œ90s, these books are essential reads for 40 oz. fans. Includes a new short story introducing the material and a super-cool bonus sketchbook from that old school era. Highlights include the first-ever drawings of Smoke Dog and the Grrl Scouts. Fun stuff.

148 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on Jan. 5.

DETONATOR #3

Written by Mike Baron, art and cover by Mel Rubi and Barbara Kaalberg.

Manglebaum and Frank square off in the mine, with Lilly's life at stake. As Frank reconstructs the past, he realizes that the mining disaster that turned him into a vigilante was just the beginning. The Twenty Step Vipers have a more ambitious project in mind, one that will claim thousands, if not millions of lives.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Jan. 12.

FORSAKEN #6

Written by Carmen Treffiletti, art and color by Kristian Donaldson, inks by Nick Zagami, cover by Donaldson.

"The Light of Other Days," Part Six. Hopelessness shrouds the team as the Separatist discloses the final stage of his plan. How will the events shape the future of the team and what does it hold for them? What will Delk discover that could change his life forever? Find out as the first chapter of the Relmers comes to a close.

32 pags, $2.95, in stores on Jan. 5.

FOUR-LETTER WORLDS GN

Written by Amber Benson, Joe Casey, Chynna Clugston-Major, Jay Faerber, Matt Fraction, Antony Johnston, Robert Kirkman, Steve Lieber, Jim Mahfood, B. Clay Moore, Scott Morse, Jeff Parker, Jamie S. Rich, Mark Ricketts, Eric Stephenson and J. Torres; art by John Bernales, Chynna Clugston-Major, Steven Griffin, Mike Hawthorne, Mike Huddleston, Phil Hester, Steve Lieber, Jim Mahfood, Jamie Mckelvie, B. Clay Moore, Scott Morse, Mike Norton, Jeff Parker, Matt Roberts, Steve Rolston, J. Torres and Andi Watson, cover by Steven Griffin.

Love. Hate. Fear. Fate. Four words that define our lives in different ways. Four words that lie at the heart of all our experiences. Four words that have long inspired artists to craft their most resonant work.

Four-Letter Worlds examines how these four little words define our individual worlds in very big ways. This brand new anthology features sixteen original short stories by twenty-six renowned creators, including Joe Casey, Chynna Clugston-Major, Antony Johnston, Phil Hester, Jim Mahfood, Scott Morse and Andi Watson.

144 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on Jan. 26.

FREEDOM FORCE #1

Written by Eric Dieter, art and cover by Tom Scioli.

An alien despot targets Earth for conquest, concocting a sinister scheme to empower the dregs of humanity with a transformative catalyst that they may sow chaos and fear. Overhearing the warlord's insidious plans, a noble alien rebel escapes with the catalyst, hoping to imbue worthy men and women with powers that might allow them to turn back the tide of invasion. Based on the best-selling computer game!

"Founding Fathers." Arriving on Earth in the year 1962, the mysterious Mentor enlists the aid of the patriotic Minuteman, the fiery El Diablo and the melancholy Man-Bot to hunt down the soviet super-spy, Nuclear Winter. But can even the combined might of these four brave heroes stop the frigid felon before he unleashes the power of the atom on an unsuspecting Patriot City?

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

INVINCIBLE, VOL. 4: HEAD OF THE CLASS TP

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

After the traumatic events of Volume 3: Perfect Strangers, Mark Grayson (AKA Invincible) is left to pick up the pieces and try to continue on with some sort of life. His mother is a wreck, his friends don¹t understand and the super-villains of the world just want to beat him up. Mark has a lot on his shoulders and graduation is just around the corner. Containing the fan-favorite and sold-out issues 14-19 and the short story from Free Comic Book Day 2004¹s Image Comics Summer Special, this volume is massive. Collects Invincible #14-19

168 pages, $14.95, in stores on Jan. 5.

LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS #1

Written by Mike Bullock, art and cover by Jack Lawrence.

A child's need for the comfort of a stuffed animal is rooted in a reality long forgotten by the adult world. Join shy Joey Price as he discovers his stuffed animals are more than he ever thought possible in this all-ages adventure. These magical companions have always defended children, but now they need Joey¹s help in stopping the dastardly plot of the evil Beasties, monsters bent on destroying the world¹s children.

"Fear And Pride," Part 1. Joey's world is turned upside down when his mother accepts a job in a neighboring town, forcing him to move away from his friends and his loving Grandmother. But just before the moving van is ready to pull out, Grandma brings him a special gift: four new stuffed animals‹a lion, two tigers and a panther‹known as The Night Pride. Joey is convinced his Grandmother's stories of the Night Pride having magical powers are just that: stories. But he's about to find out his new friends are more real‹and more needed‹than he could have imagined, especially when the Beasties come creeping out of a dark closet to get him.

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

NEGATIVE BURN: THE VERY BEST FROM 1993-1998 TP

Written and illustrated by various, cover by Ken Meyer Jr.

Negative Burn was an anomaly, merging together genres, pushing boundaries and allowing the top comic book talent in the world an opportunity to experiment and tell stories that they wanted to tell. When told that a black-and-white anthology title without a defined theme would never last beyond five issues, Negative Burn exceeded all expectations by running 50 issues and ending of its own decree, garnering numerous industry award nominations along the way. The biggest stars in the industry (Neil Gaiman, Brian Bolland, Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Moebius, P. Craig Russell, etc.) co-existed side-by-side with the next wave of superstars (Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, Paul Pope, Jon Cassaday, Frank Quitely, Jeff Smith, Terry Moore, Paul Jenkins, Mike Wieringo, etc.) to produce perhaps the most eccentric anthology title in the history of comics.

This volume takes the very best from the first 50 issues of this prestigious anthology and presents them all together here for the first time. Contributors read like a veritable ³who¹s who² of comic talent: Neil Gaiman, Brian Bolland, Alan Moore, P. Craig Russell, Dave Johnson, Dave Gibbons, Evan Dorkin, Phil Hester, Arthur Adams, Edvin Biukovic, Bob Burden, Zander Cannon, Mark Chiarello, Guy Davis, Michael Gaydos, Danijel Zezelj, Darko Macan, Mike Wieringo, Terry Moore, Paul Pope, Andrew Robinson, Jim Mahfood and more!

Collects stories from Negative Burn #1-50.

200 pages, black and white, $19.95, in stores on Jan. 12.

NEO BEAUTIES: THE PIN-UP ART OF BRIAN HABERLIN TP

Art by Brian Haberlin.

The most stunning women ever created adorn each page of this outstanding book of Neo Beauties. You¹ve seen his work for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Image on countless covers, interiors and merchandising. Now, Brian Haberlin presents his first deluxe art book featuring some of the sexiest and most lovingly rendered images of the female form around today. Haberlin is a modern master of the pin-up genre, employing a unique mix of hand and digital tools that sets his work apart from the rest. Think Olivia meets Sorayama: beautiful, sexy pin-ups with a distinct sci-fi and fantasy bent.

This book also features a look into how these masterpieces were created with a behind-the-scenes design sketch book and a step-by-step tutorial on how Haberlin accomplishes his art.

128 pages, $29.95 ($49.95 signed and numbered hardcover), in stores on Jan. 19.

NOBLE CAUSES #7

Written by Jay Faerber, art by Gabe Bridwell and Fran Bueno, cover by Bueno.

It's a day in the life of Race and Liz in this special change-of-pace issue, featuring guest artist Gabe Bridwell. When your life is filled with super-villains, aliens, demons and the media, just what is a "normal day?" The answer will surprise you.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Jan. 19.

PIGTALE #1

Written, illustrated and cover by Ovi Nedelcu.

Set in present-day Portland, Oregon Pigtale relates the exciting adventure of Boston Booth, an amateur private eye whose life is in financial and professional turmoil, when he runs into Clyde, an intelligent talking pig desperate to get away from his violent wolf stepbrother, Taxx. Together, Boston & Clyde venture off into the wild to help one another overcome their fears, rescue loved ones and save the city from Taxx, who's bent on destroying Clyde, getting his revenge and using the super-plasma device to conquer the city and reign supreme!

"Private Eye: Boston Booth" Broke! Unemployed! Madly in love with the girl of his dreams! After being rejected time after time from every private investigation office in Portland, Boston Booth finally gets an interview. Will he get his big break? Will he finally muster the courage to ask Carmen out on a date? Determined to follow in his dad's footsteps and become Portland's best private eye, Boston gives it his all, but his path takes a sharp turn when he runs into a talking pig named Clyde. Come along for the ride of a lifetime. Hang tight and never, ever eat lard in front of Clyde.

32 pages, black and white, $2.95, in stores on Jan. 12.

PvP #14

Written, illustrated and cover by Scott Kurtz.

It's comic book madness when the PvP gang sets up a booth at their first Comicon. Francis wants to enter the costume contest, Brent wants to leave and Jade wants to complete her Archie collection. Meanwhile, Cole just wants everyone to help work the booth. Things get even crazier when Invincible shows up. Invincible?

32 pages, black and white, in stores on Jan. 26.

THE RIDE: FOREIGN PARTS

Written by Chuck Dixon and Ron Marz, art by Rob Haynes and Chris Brunner, cover by Jason Pearson.

"Iron Road" and "Language Barrier." Chuck Dixon and Rob Haynes present "Iron Road," a story set in the middle of the Viet Nam war. A G.I. dreams of getting back to the States to buy the one thing he most desires: The Ride. Of course, war is hell, as an innocent kid and one heroic soldier are about to discover. Ron Marz and Chris Brunner push the boundaries of storytelling in "Language Barrier," a tale from the heart of Chinatown. Gunplay and hand-to-hand combat rule the day in a story that you only think you understand...until the last page!

32 pages, black and white, in stores on Jan. 26.

SAVAGE DRAGON #122

Written, illustrated and cover by Erik Larsen.

"Weapons of Mass Destruction," Part 1: "Attack From Iraq!" A renegade scientist, whose family was slain by American bombs, unleashes the most indestructible juggernaut of all--and it's out to destroy America and take down the President the United States! Meanwhile, Vice-President Ronald Urass plans to make his move while the greatest menace ever schemes to plunder the very planet from behind our hero¹s back. Plus: A Jennifer and Savage Dragon yarn scripted by Larsen and plotted and drawn by Travis Sengaus.

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

THE SEVENTH SHRINE #1

Written by Robert Silverberg, art and cover by Anders Finer.

A grisly murder at the scene of an archaeological excavation has brought the Pontifex Valentine to the ruins of the ancient Shapeshifter city of Velalisier to investigate. But as Valentine begins to delve deeper into the mystery, he finds that an important discovery has been withheld from him and that the key to understanding everything lies in the legendary Seventh Shrine.

56 pages, $5.95, in stores on Jan. 19.

THE SILENCE GN

Written, illustrated and cover by Bruce Mutard.

What is this thing called art? Does it have value or only a price? Is it interior decoration or the conduit through which the values and meaning of society are communicated?

These questions face Choosy McBride, a gallery manager, and her partner Dmitri, a painter, when they visit remote Northern Queensland to find a mysterious, anonymous artist whose work possesses a power neither has seen before. Choosy is intent on representing him in her gallery and Dmitri, who is in the throes of artist's block, is simply looking for a reason to make art at all. Art, philosophy, God and love are put through the ringer, and Choosy and Dmitri are about to discover that silence speaks loudest.

112 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on Jan. 26.

SMALL GODS, VOL. 1: KILLING GRIN TP

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

In 1991, after decades of skepticism and disbelief, the existence of psychic powers was finally, definitively proven. Today, an estimated 1% of the world's population possesses psychic abilities. These people are not superheroes. In most ways, they're just ordinary people, living ordinary lives. They have families, careers and dreams; they eat, sleep, live -- and die.

One such person is precognitive Detective Owen Young. Small Gods, Vol. 1: Killing Grin tells the story of the terrible decision he faces when a secret he's kept for years‹a secret that could send not only him, but many of his friends to prison‹falls into the hands of an opportunistic criminal.

This 128-page trade paperback features the sold-out, critically acclaimed Small Gods #1-4, plus sketches, pin-ups, covers and special bonus features never before seen.

128 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on Jan. 19.

SPAWN #142

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

"Devil to Pay," Part 1. She betrayed Al Simmons by stealing the power of the Hellspawn--a power that Simmons never wanted in the first place. But a betrayal is a betrayal, despite its intent, and now Nyx must face the wrath of Spawn. Weakened, battered and disillusioned after her recent adventure, Nyx soon realizes that her only chance for survival may lie with the whims of an ally recently freed from Hell.

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

ULTRA #6

Written by Jonathan and Joshua Luna, art and cover by Jonathan Luna.

In Spring City, where superheroes blur the lines between law enforcement and celebrity, Pearl Penalosa, AKA Ultra, is a workaholic. At the prestigious agency Heroine Inc., she has earned a legion of fans, a nomination for Best Heroine of the Year and a perfect life. Or so she thinks, until a chance encounter with a mysterious fortune-teller opens her world to new possibilities.

"Seven Days," Part Six It¹s a bad day to be good guy.

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

VICTORY, VOL. 2 #4

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

The God of Vanity and the master of the Dark Force have controlled the game from the beginning, and now they have begun to change the forgotten fantasy of Arton into a reality. While monsters roam the earth attacking innocent people, Victoria and the others fight for their lives within the book of Tome. Now Victoria is faced with the choice of destroying her only means of returning home or letting her former love have his sweet revenge. The choices are not easy ones for a heart as lonely as hers.

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

THE WALKING DEAD #15

Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Charlie Adlard, cover by Tony Moore.

The epic tale of survival continues. Rick Grimes is on a mission. He's got a long road ahead of him and many obstacles in his way, but he's determined. There's a lot resting on his shoulders. He cannot fail. He must not fail. Too much depends on it.

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

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