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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

FIRST LOOKS

FIRST LOOK: Off Road

Off Road will arrive in stores in November from Oni Press. The original graphic novel is by Sean Murphy.

Here's how Oni Press describes the book:

"Gregšs just been given a brand new yellow Jeep by his father, and his best friends Brad and Trent couldnšt be happier. Well, they would be happier if Trent hadnšt just gotten his heart broken, and if Brad hadnšt gotten in a fist fight with his father. Those concerns slip away, however, when they decide to take the Jeep on an off-roading adventure. As they careen through the hills and rivers they feel manly! Powerful! That is, until they get the Jeep hopelessly stuck in a swamp. The story then becomes a desperate struggle to free the Jeep and get out of this swamp that is filled with marauding rednecks, drunken parents, ex-girlfriends, mosquitoes, a looming forest fire, and a crazy mechanic named Joe.

"As the three friends struggle to free their ride home, things go from bad to worse, and they find themselves with nothing to do but face their troubles. And everyone may grow up a little on this trip. It is the classic conflict of man versus nature, but underneath that is the deeper theme of three guys maturing and trying to define what it is to be a man."

Off Road will be 136 pages and will cost $11.95.

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FIRST LOOK: Justice City Chronicles Vol. 1 #1

Justice City Chronicles Vol. 1 #1 will arrive in stores on October from Ape Entertainment. Ths issue is by Marcus DiGesu and Anthony Figaro.

Here's how Dark Horse describes the issue:

"In the year 2665 the sprawling mega city of Tarothin launches a campaign of global world domination; its first target; Justice City. Join Agent America defender of Justice City as he battles the maniacal General Prey and his oppressive legions in all-out war to protect the greatest city of this brave new world!"

Justice City Chronicles Vol. 1 #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.50.

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FIRST LOOK: REVELATIONS #1

Revelations #1 will arrive in stores in Aug. 31 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Paul Jenkins, with art and cover by Humberto Ramos.

Here's how Dark Horse describes the issue:

"Charlie Northern may be one of the best detectives in Scotland Yard but that doesn't keep him from enjoying a night off curled up with a good book of conspiracy theories and a full pack of cigarettes. That is, until an old friend shows up at his door with the news that a high-ranking Vatican official and probable successor to the Pope has mysteriously died. Now, Northern must travel to Rome and seek out the facts in a place legendary for keeping its secrets. There are forces at work in The Holy See that want Northern to fail--forces darker and more ancient than any in his favorite dime-store paperbacks."

Revelations #1 will be 32 pages cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: LIVING IN INFAMY #1

Living in Infamy #1 will arrive in stores in July from Ludovico Technique. The issue is written by Ben Raab and Deric A. Hughes, with art by Greg Kirkpatrick and John Lucas and a cover by John Cassaday and José Villarubia.

Here's how Ludovico Technique describes the issue:

"Welcome to Infamy, AZ... Barely a blip on the map, this ignobly named oasis of strip malls and convenience stores is much more than it seems. Unbeknownst to the general populace, Infamy leads a double life as the Federal Bureau of Investigation's best-kept secret:

"A Witness Protection Program for SUPER VILLAINS.

"Chosen for its remote location and notorious Old West history, Infamy has, since the early 1960's, quietly played host to a select crew of former super criminals and would-be world-beaters who've turned new leaves -- and State's Evidence -- for that elusive second chance at life and the pursuit of happiness.

Liberty, however, comes at a far greater price...

Infamy is as much an open-air prison as it is a safe harbor. Though the average person can come and go as they please, those under Witness Protection dare not risk venturing beyond the town's border as their brains have been hard-wired with sub-cortical explosives. One toe over 'THE LINE' -- the invisible barrier surrounding the town -- and BOOM! Sanitation's scraping what's left of your guts off the pavement in the morning.

"Here, the distinction between good and evil is thin and often blurred. Because everyone is so excruciatingly normal, the serial killers are indistinguishable from the soccer moms, the mass murderers from the mailmen, the terrorists from the teachers. In Infamy, everyone has two faces.

"Everyone.

"From low-tech cat burglars to hi-tech hitmen, genetically engineered metamorphs to telepathic mutant masterminds, Infamy's gallery of repentant rogues gone legit has multiplied over the past four decades...

Most lead respectable lives. They've started businesses. Gotten married. Had kids. Some have even lived to ripe old ages and died of natural causes, all the while leaving none the wiser for their checkered pasts. Not their friends. Not their neighbors. Not even their families. The secret lives they left behind have gone with them to their graves and stayed there. Like the sign says: 'Securitas. Salus. Sanctuarium.'

"Security. Safety. Sanctuary.

"These are the rocks upon which Infamy was built, the foundation upon which it stands. Little does anyone realize that foundation is about to be demolishedŠ Someone is fixing to blow the lid on Infamy, bring the entire neighborhood to its knees and leave nothing but a bloody stain behind. And why?

"Because one man just couldn't keep it in his pants..."

Living in Infamy #1 will be 32 pages cost $2.95.

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