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FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2006

BOOM! STUDIOS FOR JULY

YOSHITAKA AMANO'S HERO VOLUME 1 PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER

Written by Yoshitaka Amano and Jessie Horsting, art by Yoshitaka Amano.

One of the most acclaimed and award-winning artists of his time, Yoshitaka Amano debuts his first American comics project since Sandman: The Dream Hunters and Elektra-Wolverine: The Redeemer. One of the original concept artists for the Final Fantasy series of video games, along with creation and design of characters such as Vampire Hunter D and Gatachman (known as G-Force, or Battle of the Planets in the United States), Amano now focuses his creative vision on his own creation Hero!

In Hero Chapter One: From New York to Paris, he searches for the woman whose love he has never doubted, Hero crosses history and continents. Hero needs to know the reasons why his beloved Lady begs his forgiveness, and only by following her from Parisian cemeteries, to the Las Vegas strip and to Kyoto, can he hope to discover the truth - not only of his own love story but also of his Lady's betrayal. Accompanied by Victor Noir, an assassinated Napoleonic truth-teller, and tormented at every turn by Rudra, a shape-shifting mischievous demon, Hero seeks out his forgotten past. Featuring lavish, full-page illustrations, accompanied by text by writer Jessie Horsting, "Hero" is at last complete and ready to debut, appealing to comic fans, fiction readers, and manga enthusiasts alike.

96 pages, $19.99.

JEREMIAH HARM #4

Written by Keith Giffen and Alan Grant, drawn by Rael Lyra.

Dak Moira searches for The Well of K'shak -- which contains a shard that's the only remnant left in the universe of the original Big Bang! Meanwhile, Harm has a showdown with Brune S'Maze, the galactic villain composed completely of sentient gas.

32 pages, $3.99.

MARK WAID'S JOHN DOE PREVIEW BOOK

Written by Mark Waid, art by Derek Donovan with Paul Azaceta.

Outside New York City is Potter's Field, where the unnamed dead are buried. Now, one man has taken it upon himself to name the unnamed in this cemetery John Doe! Using a network of underground operatives who don't know each other, John Doe fights to save the unsaved and solve the mysteries of the unjustly slain! Featuring a self-contained, complete 5 page story from the soon-to-be-released hit mini-series from Boom! Studios, as well as script notes and commentary from Mark Waid himself, character sketches, and previews from the upcoming book.

16 pages, $1.99.

HERO SQUARED #3

Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, art by Joe Abraham.

A story of two funerals. Milo and Captain Valor attend a funeral, and Milo finds himself blamed for the death! It's no Bwah-ha-haaing matter, he's a wanted man! Meanwhile, Stephanie holds her own funeral -- for Milo!

32 pages, $3.99.

X ISLE #2

Written by Andrew Cosby with Michael Alan Nelson, art by Greg Scott, cover by Ray of Imaginary Friends Studios.

The expedition to a mysterious island gets more desperate now. With options rapidly narrowing, our team begins to fall victim to the creatures on the island. What is their secret? What's the truth behind Island X and the mysteries that it holds? The second exciting chapter in a new Jurassic Park-styled adventure with a dark, mysterious, horrific core!

32 pages, $3.99.

TAG #2

Written by Keith Giffen, art by Kody Chamberlain.

Mitch is a victim of an ancient pagan curse -- he's been "tagged." Now he has to contend with the fallout of this random act of horror and violence. When he looks in the mirror, he can see his skin begin to rot and wither. Meanwhile, his joints stiffen in rigormortis. How will he recover? Removing the curse will require him to "tag" someone else -- but who? How does he find them before his body completely falls apart?

32 pages, $3.99.



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