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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

IMAGE COMICS FOR MAY

THE ART OF BRIAN BOLLAND, HC

Art and cover by Brian Bolland.

Often referred to as the "artist's artist," Brian Bolland has spent the last quarter century producing some of the most memorable and inspiring illustrations the comic industry has ever seen. This handsome volume is a retrospective of this astonishing artist's career and a look at the man himself.

176 pages, $49.99 (signed/numbered edition, $79.99), in stores on May 31.

EMISSARY #1

Written by J.R. Rand, co-plotted by Jim Valentino art and cover by Juan E. Ferreya.

"Revelation1:4." Messiah or Anti-Christ? Terrorist or savior? The world's first superhuman or alien invader? Who is the Emissary and what is his mission? When he reveals himself high over New York City, how will people react? And more importantly, what will he do when the government tries to kill him? Emissary is a re-examination of the superhero mythos, which asks the question: How would the world react to a real superhuman? With awe or with fear, with joy or with hatred?

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 3.

FIVE FISTS OF SCIENCE GN

Written by Matt Fraction, art and cover by Steven Sanders.

True story: in 1899, Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla decided to end war forever. With Twain's connections and Tesla's inventions, they went into business, selling world peace. So what happened? Only now can the tale be told -- in which Twain and Tesla collided with Edison and Morgan, an evil science cabal merging the Black Arts and the Industrial Age. Turn of the century New York City sets the stage for a titanic battle over the very fate of the mankind.

112 pages, $12.99, in stores on May 17.

THE LAST CHRISTMAS #1

Written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, art by Rick Remender and Hilary Barta, cover by Geof Darrow.

Chapter One: "Twas The Fight Before Christmas." After the apocalypse no one is safe -- even at the North Pole. After tragedy strikes, Santa withdraws from life and turns his back on Christmas. When he finally emerges from seclusion, the old world is gone forever and as Santa struggles to find his way in a post-apocalyptic world, can he find a way to save Christmas too? This true story of the last Christmas is action-packed, funny and sad. It stars Santa, the Elves, a good boy, lots of naughty marauders and of course, Gary the Snowman.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 24.

NEGATIVE BURN #1

By Brian Bolland, Federico Dallocchio, Phil Hester, Dan Jurgens, Jonathan Luna, Ron Marz, Patton Oswalt, James A. Owen, Eric Powell, Greg Ruth, Matthew Smith and Will Valley, cover By Jordan Raskin.

One of the most revered and award-winning comic anthologies of all time returns the way it began...as a monthly series! As always, each issue allows the best creators a showcase and also introduces readers to the best young talent available.

64 pages, black and white, $5.99, in stores on May 24.

NIGHT TRIPPERS GN

Written by Mark Ricketts, art by Michah Farritor, cover by Farritor and Ricketts.

Once upon a time in swinging London, around 1966, there was a serial killer who loved Elvis, a fab foursome that worshipped Satan, trendy vampires looking for kicks, an ancient and hungry evil, young and hungry love and...there was revolution in the air. Get your trip together, baby. Tune in, turn on and FANG out!

184 pages, $16.99, in stores on May 17.

RUMBLE IN LA RAMBLA #1

Written by Felipe Ferreira, art and cover by Rafael Albuquerque.

"A Three Bosses Tale." Did you ever want to know how does it feel like to be a crimelord? A mere victim entangled in an endless cycle of revenge. Want to know more? So, welcome to La Rambla, a corrupt city where the ruthless reign and the cowards crawl. And meet Dozer, Santo and Albino Jensen, three rival crimelords who have peacefully ruled the city together for the last 10 years. That is, until someone decides it's time for a change... Now the question is: Who is this mysterious person and when will the bloodshed stop?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 17.

STAGGER LEE GN

Written by Derek McCulloch, art and cover by Shepherd Hendrix.

On Christmas Eve 1895, shots rang out in a St. Louis barroom. A hundred years and a thousand songs later, this ordinary little murder had become a legend. This is the true story of what happened after Stagger Lee shot Billy.

205 pages, black and white, $17.99, in stores on May 3.

GIRLS, Vol. 2: EMERGENCE TP

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

In the lush, rural backdrop of Pennystown, Ethan and his neighbors lived a peaceful kind of life. Now, things have changed...drastically. Clones, spawned from a mysterious girl, are preying on the townspeople and paranormal activity is escalating into a full-blown catastrophe. As the questions pile on, only one thing remains certain‹nothing will ever be the same. Collects Girls #7-12.

152 pages, $14.99, in stores on May 10.

MAGE, VOL. 2: THE HERO DEFINED TP

Written, art and cover by Matt Wagner.

In the eagerly awaited sequel to the Mage, Vol. 1: The Hero Discovered TP, Kevin Matchstick's path brings him into the company of other legendary heroes, reborn in the modern world under the most everyday guises. Trouble arises when their purpose and challenges seem to be drying up and the number of supernatural "nasties," rapidly diminishing. Have the forces of darkness been defeated, or is there a more sinister manipulation at work? Collects Mage: The Hero Defined #1-15.

432 pages, $24.99, in stores on May 3.

SPAWN COLLECTION, VOL. 2 TP

Written by Todd McFarlane and others, art by McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Greg Capullo, cover by McFarlane.

Witness the power of pure Spawn with this essential collection! It all started in 1992. Todd McFarlane's smash hit Spawn. What? Don't have those early issues? Oh, yeah...they've been out of print for years! Well, here they are in a brand new collection -- bigger and badder than ever!!! This collection includes Spawn # 13-33 and features the pulse-pounding art and stories of the master himself, Todd McFarlane! This collection also includes Marc Silvestri's Spawn issue and Greg CapulloŒs first issues. Collects Spawn #13-33.

464 pages, $29.95, in stores on May 31.

STUPID COMICS COLLECTION TP

Written, art and cover by Jim Mahfood.

All four issues of Stupid Comics under one cover! Including the rare, out of print Stupid Comics #1! Plus: 30 pages of all-new, never-before-seen strips! Political and social satire at its finest! Collects Stupid Comics #1-4.

152 pages, black and white, $12.99, in stores on May 3.

THE WALKING DEAD, VOL 5: THE BEST DEFENSE TP

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

As the survivors settle into their prison home something has drawn them out into the open... out of the prison... out of their sanctuary. This is a major turning point for the over-all story of The Walking Dead and it sets the stage for years to come. Collects The Walking Dead #25-30.

136 pages, black and white, $12.99, in stores on May 31.

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 May 10.

BOMB QUEEN #4

Written, art and cover by Jimmie Robinson.

The battle for New Port City comes to an explosive conclusion! Bomb Queen is pushed to the edge and unleashes all her destructive fury against Robert Woods. But the politician has tricks up his sleeve and now Bomb Queen faces an enemy even she can't defeat, forcing her to launch the ultimate weapon in her arsenal.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 10.

DOLL AND CREATURE #3

Written by Rick Remender, art by John Heebink and Mike Manley, cover by Harper Jaten.

Enter the Gipper, a right wing fanatic with a Ronald Reagan mask bonded to his face. Guarded by a team of lobotomized street kids that he deploys as suicide bombers and his radical right wing street gang The GOP, he will set the world clock back and return it to virtuousness at any cost, even if it means sending us into a new dark age by flooding the streets with the monster creating drug, Gray Matter.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 3.

FEAR AGENT #5

Written by Rick Remender, art by Jerome Opena, cover by Tony Moore.

Lost, beaten and left for dead, Heath Huston must face the demons of his inevitable future. On the other side of the world, left in the robot city of Retilia, Mara pleads with the remaining organic life on the world to rise against the new automaton regime. With the Feeders progressing ever closer to Earth will Heath solve this quandary in time to return and save his home world? Fan favorite and Russ Manning award winner Jerome Opena begins his first arc as alternating artist to Tony Moore! Also this issue a special back up by Steve Niles and EJ Su.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 17.

FELL #8

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

A dead body outside Idiots Bar brings the personal and professional together very awkwardly for Detective Richard Fell, Snowtown PD; because his friend, bar owner Mayko, is being blamed by the dead man's friends for his death... Like all episodes of Fell, this is a self-contained story that any reader can enter without previous knowledge of the title.

24 pages, $1.99.

GIRLS #13

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

Ethan's girl troubles just seem to keep multiplying...and multiplying and multiplying. The offspring spawned from his one night fling remain on the loose, preying on the people of Pennystown. In order to find a way out of this nightmare, everyone must stand as one. But when temptation beckons, can the men be trusted?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 10.

GØDLAND #11

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

Book Eleven: Never Say Janus. As Commander Adam Archer enters the final confrontation with Friedrich Nickelhead in his scary-ass Funhouse, the crisis in Manhattan reaches infinite proportions! The dreaded King Janus has a plan to cross over to the other side -- no matter how many die in the process! Comicbook trends come and go, but the mighty Gødland train keeps rolling on!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 31.

HYSTERIA: ONE MAN GANG #3

Written, art and cover by Mike Hawthorne.

The all car chase issue! Bruce has to fight two speeding cars full of Eggs Gang reinforcements as they hurtle down a busy expressway! Meanwhile, Detective Santiago is trying to catch both gangs and lock them up for good! Pick up this extra-length issue full of high-speed highway fighting!

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on May 3.

INTIMIDATORS #6

Written by Neil Kleid, co-plotted by Jim Valentino, art and cover by Cafu.

"Last Best Hope," Part Six. An Intimidator has died at Atrocity's hands and she's about to find out that payback, like her, is a bitch! While the team fights to retake their home from Atrocity, one of the recaptured inmates tells Astroman her story. Our first arc comes to its explosive conclusion as our moral marvel faces the hardest choice of his career -- kill or be killed!

32 pages, $3.50.

INVINCIBLE #34

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

The story from Marvel Team-Up #14 continues! Angstrom Levy makes his play against Invincible--sending him from dimension to dimension in an attempt to weaken him. Can Invincible figure out a way to stop him before Angstrom succeeds in killing him? The answer will shock you.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 24.

LIBERTY MEADOWS #37

Written, art and cover by Frank Cho.

It's finally here!! It's not a hoax. It's not a dream. A brand-new issue of Liberty Meadows. Testosterone and estrogen runs high as Ralph and Jen race for speed supremacy. Frank battles his inner demons as Brandy's wedding nears.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 31.

LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS VOL II, #3

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

"Betrayal! Part 3 of 4" Joey, Courtney and the Big Cats of the Night Pride must journey through mysterious caverns in order to save the Stuffed Animal Kingdom. But even with their newfound ally in Marco the Polar Bear to guide them, something dangerous lurks in the dark of the caves.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 17.

NOBLE CAUSES #20

Written by Jay Faerber, art by Jon Bosco, cover by Gabe Bridwell

Witness a day in the life of Cosmic Rae, and get your first look at what this robotic super-hero does when the Nobles aren't watching.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 3.

PvP #26

Written, art and cover by Scott Kurtz.

Scratch and Skull. They're the new odd couple. A super-intelligent cat bent on world domination and his bumbling Troll owner who has to try to keep him in line. My god...it's a premise that can't fail. Look out, Garfield. Step aside, Marmaduke. There's a new animal on the comic strip scene ready to appeal to the lowest common demoninator...all the way to the bank!

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

RETRO ROCKET #3

Written by Tony Bedard, art and cover by Jason Orfalas.

Retro and Sparky face their darkest hour, on the run from the alien invasion force known as The Quorum. They mount a desperate two-man insurgency against Earth's conquerors, and capture an enemy pilot for interrogation. Now comes the hard part: how far they are willing to go to make him talk?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 31.

REX MUNDI #18

Written by Arvid Nelson, art by Juan Ferreyra, cover by Humberto Ramos.

Europe is at war. Julien and Genevieve must flee the Duke's country estate, but even if they make it out, can Julien trust Gen to stay by his side?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 10.

ROCKETO: JOURNEY TO THE HIDDEN SEA #8

Written by Frank Espinosa and Maria Taylor, art and cover by Espinosa.

"Histories." The Journey continues. After Rocketo is reunited with his crew, a mythical figure appears to reveal the true history of the Old World and the story of the Hidden Sea. Meanwhile, the villainous Scarletto finds the deadly Robot and makes his plans.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 17.

SAVAGE DRAGON #126

Written, art and cover by Erik Larsen.

Mister Glum takes over the world. The deadliest menace of all time has taken control of the planet Earth. But where is the Savage Dragon?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 31.

SHADOWHAWK #12

Written by Jim Valentino, art and cover by Valentino and Chris McFann.

"Rise," Part Four. The four-part saga that redefines ShadowHawk ends here...but it's only the beginning! Eddie and the new ShadowHawk confront not only each other, but the true nature of heroism and their own limitations while seeking to rise above them. It's a confrontation that comes with a heavy price for each man, both of whom will be changed forever.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 24.

SPAWN #158

Written by David Hine, art by Philip Tan and Danny Miki, cover by Tan and Todd McFarlane.

Are you ready for The Rapture? Our advice is to say your prayers and avoid flying. This issue has the biggest revelations yet, but our lips are sealed.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 31.

SEA OF RED #10

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

The Sanguinan sect has awakened its vampire sleeper cells around the globe. Every major city has been over run. Marco Esperanza must find a way to fight his Sanguinan programming to follow the call to war in order to assist Blackthroat in his quest for humanities last hope-- the blood of Christ.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 10.

TRUTH, JUSTIN & THE AMERICAN WAY #3

Written by Scott Kurtz and Aaron Williams, art and cover by Giuseppe Ferrario.

It's the day after his bachelor party, and Justin's running out of time. He's stuck in this mysterious alien suit, his fiancee is ready to kill him, and the FBI thinks he's a russian spy. To make matters worse, Agent Baxter McGee thinks he's found a weapon to take Justin down... a weapon with an orange jumpsuit and a kung-fu grip?! It's the Œ80s TV show you never saw, continuing in Truth, Justin & The American Way.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 3.

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CYBERFORCE #3

Written by Ron Marz, art and cover by Pat Lee.

Cyberforce must live again...or Earth dies! Having barely survived last issue's onslaught, Ripclaw, Cyblade, Velocity and Ballistic have learned the true nature of the threat descending toward Earth, a threat that has ties to the very origins of Cyberforce itself. Unless it's stopped, Earth is doomed. The lone hope of survival rests with a mysterious figure from Cyberforce's past‹but even if they can find him, will he be friend or foe? Ron Marz and Pat Lee continue the Cyberforce renaissance.

32 pages, $2.99.

RISING STARS: UNTOUCHABLE #4

Written by Fiona Avery, art by Brent Anderson, colors by Brian Buccellato, cover by Anderson.

Rising Stars "Special" Laurel Darkhaven moves like a myth through the dark corridors of international espionage. But when she infiltrates a secret society in Iran looking for the ancient master of all assassins, will she find more than she bargained for? Find out here.

32 pages, $2.99.

WITCHBLADE #98

Written by Ron Marz, penciled by Mike Choi, colored by Sonia Oback, cover by Tyler Kirkham.

When Ian Nottingham returns, Sara must chose between the life she knows, or a possible life at Ian's side. Of course, first she has to survive the horde of assassins intent on killing them both! And where does Sara's partner, Detective Patrick Gleason, fit into all this? The threads Ron Marz and Mike Choi have been weaving since the beginning of their run start to come together as issue #100 looms only a few months away!

32 pages, $2.99.

CITY OF HEROES #13

Written by David Wohl, penciled by James Raiz, inked by Roland Paris, cover by Rodolfo Migliari.

he mysterious Foreshadow hits the 'City, but is he friend or foe? The martial arts master lives alternating lives, one good followed by one evil...and it might be too late before Statesman finds out which side he's on this time! Join us for an exciting new storyarc that introduces new characters to the City of Heroes with every issue!

32 pages, $2.99.

RISING STARS VOL. 4 TRADE PAPERBACK

Written by Fiona Avery, art by Dan Jurgens, Staz Johnson and Al Rio.

The Rising Stars saga marches on in this stellar paperback collecting Rising Stars: Bright #1-#3 and Rising Stars: Voices of the Dead #1-#6! See Special Matthew Bright and his career as a superpowered cop in Bright, and "ghost detective" Lionel Zerb confront the Well of Souls in Voices of the Dead!

224 pages, $19.99.




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