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Monday, November 21, 2005

IMAGE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY

SAM & TWITCH: THE BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP

Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Ashley Wood, Alberto Ponticelli, Clayton Crain and Alex Maleev, cover by Wood.

Nine issues of what Brian Michael Bendis does best -- kick-ass crime fiction! Collected for the first time in full-color issues 1-9 of his legendary Sam & Twitch run. Featuring the acclaimed "Udaku Hunter" story arc, an Ashley Wood over gallery and other special bonuses.

224 pages, $24.95, in stores on Feb. 13.

PUT THE BOOK BACK ON THE SHELF: A BELLE & SEBASTIAN ANTHOLOGY GN

By Charles Brownstein & Dave Crosland, Ian Carney & Jonathan Edwards, Catia Chen, Leela Corman, Bruno D'Angelo, Jen De Guzman & Brian Belew, Janet Harvey & Laurenn Mccubbin, Kako, Jacob Magraw, B. Clay Moore & Hector Casanova, Ande Parks & Chris Samnee, Jamie S. Rich & Mark Ellerby, Mark Ricketts & Leann Buckley, Rick Spears & Rob G, Andi Watson, Joey Weiser and others.

With their infectious brand of Scottish indie pop, Belle and Sebastian have been cult and critical favorites for years. The band's colorful lyrics and gorgeous, full-bodied melodies have provided Image Comics with the inspiration for a new kind of comics anthology. With Put the Book Back on the Shelf, a stellar collection of independent comic creators and cartoonists put their own spins on a cross section of Belle and Sebastian's songs, crafting stories inspired by the band's music, drawn from the band's entire catalog. Put the Book Back on the Shelf debuts just in time for Belle & Sebastian's latest release and provides the perfect compliment to your listening pleasure.

144 pages, $19.99, in stores on Feb.1.

BOMB QUEEN #1

Written, art and cover by Jimmie Robinson.

For a decade, the egomaniacal super-villain known as Bomb Queen has ruled the city, made the laws and bent the people to her blood lust and sexual perversion. However, despite years of death, destruction and moral decay, the people of New Port City prefer Bomb Queen's methods. All hell breaks loose when a hero comes to town and turns Bomb Queen's world upside down. This hero has to die -- or Bomb Queen will loose her rule!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Feb. 8.

THE PORTENT #1

Written, art and cover by Peter Bergting.

"Condemnation." Milo, a devil-may-care swordsman, follows his own selfish path. But at the crossroad between our world and the next, he is faced with a decision that could determine the fate of the world. After years of self-serving ruthlessness, does he have what it takes to be a hero?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

ROCKETO, VOL. 1: THE JOURNEY TO THE HIDDEN SEA TP

Written, art and cover by Frank Espinosa.

The adventures of Rocketo Garrison take place in a mythical future 2,000 years after the world has been destroyed in a catastrophe. This compilation of the first six issues of The Journey to the Hidden Sea tells the story of Rocketo's idyllic childhood and his early training as an explorer and Mapper. After returning from the deadly Solarium War a broken man, Rocketo Garrison is swept away on a journey to the Hidden Sea, a fabled, dangerous land that may hold the key to undreamed of treasure as well as the truth about an ancient mystery. Plus: introduction by Alex Ross, pin-ups by some of today's leading comic book artists, maps, sketches and background information on the New World and more! Collects Rocketo #1-6

304 pages, black and white, $24.99, in stores on Feb. 8.

SOCOM: SEAL TEAM SEVEN GN

Written M. Zachary Sherman, art and cover by Robert De La Torre.

When a submarine is mysteriously downed in the Persian Gulf, CIA tactician Douglas Griffin is reactivated into his former SEAL team to investigate. Simultaneously, a string of mystifying attacks pits the U.S. Navy against the underwater Kingdom of Atlantis in a full-blown war against humanity's extinction. With the threat of global devastation imminent, twisting realities lead the SEALs from Atlantis' 5000 fathoms to the even deeper political waters of our government. A Spy-Fi action thriller from newcomers M. Zachary Sherman and Roberto de la Torre.

136 pages, black and white, $12.99.

KILROY IS HERE TP

Written by Joe Pruett, art by Tim Bradstreet, Guy Burwell, Phil Hester, Ken Mere Jr., Michael Avon Oeming, Mike Perkins, Andrew Robinson and others, cover by Brian Bolland.

A being of unknown origin and power who is drawn to scenes of human suffering, war and misery, Kilroy is an avenger of the innocent and protector of the weak. With topical stories focusing on the little known or forgotten atrocities of the real world, Kilroy is Here has become a cult classic series where a number of today's top creators honed their craft.

304 pages, black and white, $24.99, in stores on Feb. 8.

MORA, VOL. 1: ALL BEASTS WILL SHOW THEIR TEETH TP

Written, art and cover by Paul Harmon.

This is the dark tale of the most powerful witch that lived, and the city that raised her. Strange creatures and ruthless beasts abound as we follow young Mora through the treacherous City of Witches.This trade will come fully loaded. Including fully illustrated front and back covers, four special B&W insert covers made just for the trade, thumbnails, layouts, early concepts, sketches, notes and more! Do you feel the love? Collects Mora #1-4.

128 pages, black and white, $12.99, in stores on Feb. 8.

DAWN, VOL. 2: RETURN OF THE GODDESS TP (NEW PRINTING)

Written, art and cover by Joseph Michael Linsner.

With only two witches left-- and one of them takes her own life rather than fall prey to her enemies. With her dying breath, she summons Dawn, the Goddess of the earth, of birth and rebirth, and protector of the witches. Lucifer, prince of lies, and Ahura-Mazda, master of Heaven, may try to bar her path with treachery and swords, but neither Heaven nor Hell is safe from Dawn's quest for answers ­ and for bloody vengeance.

144 pages, $13.99, in stores on Feb. 1.

SECOND CHANCES: DESPERADO

Written by Phil Hester, Shannon Denton, Keith Giffen and Gary Reed, art by John McCrea, Jean-Jaques Dzialowski and Vince Locke, cover by Esad Ribic, Ken Meyer Jr. and Vince Locke.

Three comics for the price of one! In case you missed them the first time around, Despeardo is proud to represent the sold out first issues of the The Atheist and Deadworld, along with the action-packed first issue of Common Foe. With the series now kicking into high gear here's the chance to hop on the bandwagon without having to hunt down the hard to find sold out issues! Great starting point for new readers.

64 pages, black and white, $4.99, in stores on Feb. 1.

ANT #6

Written by Mario Gully and Marc Hammond, art and cover by Gully.

It's a change of pace and scenery for Ant this issue. Hannah heads to a new city, ready to set up shop and move on with her life. Meanwhile, a new enemy plans on giving her a chilling welcome.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 8.

BATTLE POPE #9

Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Tony Moore and Cory Walker, cover by Walker and Val Staples.

Featuring a never-before-published story by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. Pope and friends settle into their new home. Plus, Pope finds himself daydreaming about a past encounter in a story illustrated by Cory Walker.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 8.

BONE REST #8

Written by Matteo Casali, art and cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Lorenzo Ruggiero.

"Second Coming," Part Four. Bone and his friends still have many unanswered questions, so they will need to face the stunning revelations of Julius Carpenter ­ the man who claims to be the returning Messiah. Coping with a new, unexpected truth might be too hard for some of the players of this surreal drama...

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 1.

DEADWORLD #4

Written by Gary Reed, art by Dalibor Talajic, cover by Vince Locke.

The Grakken are on the prowl and hunting for the teens, who have ditched their school bus to venture onto a houseboat. But water will stop zombiesŠwon't it? King Zombie finds crucified zombies along roads that have been declared safe by humans and that doesn't sit too well with him.

32 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on Feb. 8.

DUSTY STAR #2

Written by Joe Pruett and Andrew Robinson, art and cover by Robinson.

Who is Dusty Star and what secrets lay in the outlaw streets of Bradstreet, the home of every low-life, scoundrel in the uncharted lands? Dusty begins to gather her posse and follow the clues to solve the mystery of her past and the answers to her future.

32 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on Feb. 22.

FEAR AGENT #5

Written by Rick Remender, art by Tony Moore and Sean Parsons, cover by Moore.

For the first time in eight years, Heath returns to Earth in a futile attempt to save his home planet from the scourge of a Feeder alien infestation. Once there, though, he finds little left to greet him. Moore continues to shine in the bloody conclusion of the ³Re-Ignition² storyline.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 15.

FELL #6

Written by Warren Ellis, art and cover by Ben Templesmith.

There's a tiny street in Snowtown that is unique: No-one's sprayed the Snowtown tag there. The city doesn't want to claim it. That in itself makes it an object of curiosity for Detective Richard Fell, recently transferred into the mysterious district. The big man and the sick child he adores, living at the end of the street, seem normal enough. But Fell knows that everyone is hiding something...

24 pages, $1.99, in stores on Feb. 14.

GIRLS #10

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

Are you afraid of girls?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 15.

GØDLAND #8

Written by Joe Casey, art by Tom Sciloi, cover by Scioli and Richard Starkings.

Book Eight: The Origin of the Universe. What other book would you need to read this month? All the answers are within! When the secret of Iboga is finally revealed, will Adam Archer be able to comprehend or even accept the ultimate truth? Cosmic deities and unimaginable ideas collide as Godland shows you the money.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 15.

THE INTIMIDATORS #3

Creator and co-plotted by Jim Valentino, written by Neil Kleid, art and cover by Miguel Montenegro.

Who is Atrocity? That's the question plaguing the team as her fourth mass homicide rocks the Motor City. Limit and Fetish better get time-lost Astroman caught up as to why a naked hermit girl is attacking him in their backyard ­ before Detroit's latest next level killer steals their heart! And their arms! And eyes! When Atrocity gets a "Taste for Sin," the Intimidators learn that a good offense is their last best hope!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Feb. 22.

INVINCIBLE #31

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

As things slowly return to normal following the cataclysmic events in the recently completed "A Different World" story arc, Mark takes his girlfriend, Amber, to Africa to visit Atom Eve.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

HATTER M: LOOKING GLASS WARS #2

Written by Frank Bedoor and Liz Cavalier, art and cover by Ben Templesmith.

Hatter M returns after a dangerous visit to Wonderland convinced Alyss remains lost somewhere in our world. Determined to find the lost princess, Hatter moves forward with his plan to track the Glow of Imagination, but quickly discovers he is not alone in his mad search...

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Feb. 8.

THE ORIGINAL ADVENTURES OF CHOLLY & FLYTRAP #2

Written, art and cover by Arthur Suydam.

"The Rites of Spring." Finally­the inspiration for the new animation pilot from Paranoid Delusions Productions. Featuring riveting high-definition tales of Suydam's ultimate anti-heroes, Cholly and Flytrap, the story continues from last issue as Cholly battles the two headed beast that...figures things out, shall we say... the "Monty Python" way! Presented with action-packed hilarity and pacing that is surreal and familiar all at the same time, "³The Rites of Spring" and "The End" are terrifyingly funny chapters of action and adventure from a master storyteller with a truly unique point of view.

48 pages, $5.99, in stores on Feb. 1.

PvP #24

Written, art and cover by Scott Kurtz.

When Brent receives an anonymous death threat, the offices of PvP Magazine are thrown into paranoia. Could this be an awful hoax or is someone really gunning for our favorite coffee-guzzling cynic? PvP: Where the crosshairs of humor have been trained to hit you right between the eyes!

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

RUNES OF RAGNAN #3

Written by Ty Gorton, art by Josh Medors, Ryan Wynn and Jay Fotos, cover by Medors and Fotos.

"Flames of Muspell," part three. An epic battle between the Fire Giant Surt and a Viking warrior comes to a bloody end! Two immortal brothers stand toe to toe for the first time in decades, their ancient hatred boiling over onto the streets of an oblivious city.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 1.

SAVAGE DRAGON #123

Written, art and cover by Erik Larsen.

For years the Dragon has depended on his regenerative powers to keep him alive. Now those powers are gone and he's getting weaker by the day. So just how is he supposed to face his biggest challenge ever? Plus another swell back-up yarn written by Larsen and drawn by Frank Fosco.

36 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

SEA OF RED #10

Written by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer, art by Salgood Sam and Paul Harmon, cover by Harmon.

1863: The American Civil War enters its second year. Union soldiers have overtaken Fort Jackson Louisiana and begun the outright slaughter of confederate troops. Questioning their purpose, six war weary confederate soldiers desert their posts, retreating to a seemingly abandoned plantation deep in the bayou. Once boarded up inside and surrounded by Union troops the men discover they are not alone. Starving and near death, vampire Lesser Blackthroat resides within.

36 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

SHADOWHAWK #10

Created and plotted by Jim Valentino, written by Scott Wherle, art and cover by Ted Wing III.

"Rise," Part Two. A moment's hesitation for ShadowHawk, and someone close to Eddie is dead. Emotionally drained and physically broken, Eddie retreats into a chasm of depression and self-doubt. However, his successor as ShadowHawk takes the opposite path, eagerly cutting a significant swath through New York's criminal underground. But a shocking guest-star waits in the wings -- with the potential to ruin them both.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Feb. 15.

SPAWN #155

Written by David Hine, pencils and cover by Philip Tan, inksed by Danny Miki.

The Angel Zera takes on the Forgotten in a battle to control the hosts of heaven. On Earth, Kali lays waste to India and Spawn learns that as the End Time approaches, some of the most terrible creatures of mythology are about to be unleashed. Meanwhile, Sam and Twitch uncover the shocking truth about Spawn's inner demons.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Feb. 22.

STRANGE GIRL #8

Written by Rick Remender, art by Eric Nguyen, cover by Andy Kuhn.

All out war as Beth is forced into a final showdown with the demon Sutadoh and the red hordes. New alliances are tested as Beth must place her life in the hands of a Bivouac soldier.

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 15.

THE WALKING DEAD #28

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

Things get worse.

36 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 15.



TOP COW TITLES

V.I.C.E. #1: CODE RED EDITION

Written by Aron Coleite, penciled and cover by Tyler Kirkham, colored by John Starr.

V.I.C.E. #1 is already sold out, and the V.I.C.E. #1 Code Red Edition fills the gap! This second printing of Top Cow's newest sensation features the Violent Incident Control Enforcement branch of the FBI -- V.I.C.E. -- bad men sent in to do even worse jobs. Hit TV writer Aron Coleite jumps to comics and Top Cow along with fan-favorite penciler Tyler Kirkham. V.I.C.E. #1 Code Red Edition features a remastered cover by Joe Benitez.

32 pages, $2.99.

HUNTER-KILLER #9

Written by Mark Waid, penciled by Eric Basaldua, colored by Steve Firchow, cover by Eric Basaldua/Marc Silvestri.

The origins of the Hunter-Killer program stand fully revealed as Morningstar shows Ellis the future of all mankind--a fiery Armageddon that cannot be prevented, only delayed -- and even then only if Ellis can finally prove to Samantha and the other Hunter-Killers that he's sane while the rest of their world is mad.

32 pages, $2.99.

WITCHBLADE #95

Written by Ron Marz, penciled by Stephen Sadowski, inked by Andrew Pepoy, cover by Steve McNiven.

"Artifacts," part 2 of 2. Penciler Stephen Sadowski (JSA) wraps up his guest stint with a story that spans the centuries from feudal China to modern Manhattan. Sara Pezzini will learn all the secrets of the mysterious Curator...if she lives that long! Even the arcane power of the Witchblade might not be enough to keep Sara alive as she faces an ancient evil with an unquenchable thirst for death and destruction.

32 pages, $2.99.

THE NECROMANCER #6

Written by Joshua Ortega, penciled by Francis Manapul, colored by Brian Buccellato, cover by Manapul

Reluctant teen sorceress Abby lies bleeding to death, while the demon Berzelius forces her friend to commit suicide. Ana and Gabriel know Abby is in mortal danger, but can they reach her in time to save her? And where is Locke amidst all of the drama and despair? The second arc reaches its startling conclusion, in this surprise-filled issue brought to you by critically acclaimed novelist Joshua Ortega and star artist Francis Manapul.

32 pages, $2.99.

V.I.C.E #5

Written by Aron Coleite, penciled by Tyler Kirkham, colored by John Starr, cover by Kirkham.

Ray Wise earned the nickname "Lucky" working in the FBI's behavioral science unit. Ray captured more serial killers than any other agent. But for three weeks in 1998, Ray Wise disappeared from the grid. When Ray was eventually found, he had the scars all over his body and the infamous pyrokinetic powers that landed him in the VICE unit. No one knows what happened to Ray during those three weeks‹until now. We all have scars -- some just run deeper than others.

32 pages, $2.99.

DOWN #4

Written by Warren Ellis, art by Cully Hamner, colored by J.D. Mettler, cover by Tony Harris.

Down rockets to its whipsaw conclusion as Detective Deanna Ransome, sent "down" into the criminal underworld to infiltrate the city's most notorious narcotics gang, has achieved her goal: She's right next to drug kingpin Nick River. But will she be able to bring River to justice? Or will she take over as the new boss? Find out in this fast-paced and blood-soaked crime noir thriller from award-winning Warren Ellis. There is much shooting of guns, and driving cars really, really fast.

32 pages, $2.99.

CITY OF HEROES #10

Written by David Wohl, penciled by David Nakayam, cover by Rodolfo Migliari.

Trouble abounds as the Freedom Phalanx is called into action to battle the always dangerous Freakshow. But this time, the Phalanx is without the help their teammate, Manticore, who has now become a member of...the sidekick squad known as the Vindicators? Witchblade maestro David Wohl takes the reins in a shocking new chapter in the City of Heroes.

32 pages, $2.99.

WITCHBLADE: WITCH HUNT TRADE PAPERBACK, VOL. 10

Written by Ron Marz, penciled by Mike Choi, inked by Sal Regla, colored by Brian Buccellato, cover by Greg Land.

You're heard the buzz. You've read the 5-star reviews. Now read the book for yourself! Ron Marz and Mike Choi have brought Witchblade to new heights! Now, see where the team supreme took off, in an epic storyline in which Witchblade-wielder Sara Pezzini must stave off the very Apocalypse, while her longtime partner lies comatose in a hospital bed! Marz and Choi bring equal doses of action and human drama in this trade paperback collecting Witchblade #80-#85.

144 pages, $14.99.



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