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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007

IMAGE COMICS FOR APRIL

FRANK FRAZETTA'S DEATH DEALER #1

Written by Joshua Ortega, art by Nat Jones and Jay Fotos, covers by Frank Frazetta, Jones and Fotos.

"Shadows of Mirahan," part 1. Frank Frazetta's legendary creation is brought to life in this epic, ages-spanning tale of dark fantasy, magic and horror. The first Death Dealer tale worthy of Frazetta's blessing -- this ones been approved every step of the way by the master himself! A new era for the Death Dealer begins here.

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on April 11.

MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS #1

Written by Mike Allred, art and cover by Mike Allred and Laura Allred.

The Madman universe has imploded, turning itself inside out. This brand new series is going to do the same to your brain and leave you begging for more! If you've never experienced this legendary Mike Allred creation, nowís the perfect time to jump on this all-new thrill ride that begins with Frank "Madman" Einstein facing his most terrifying challenge yet, as his entire existence is in question -- in fact, all existence! This story will also include an innovative recap of every essential event in the Madman mythos. Future issues in the series will take you to the most wondrous places a comic book can offer. Climb aboard and dig the ride!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on April 4.

ALIEN PIG FARM 3000 #1

Written by Todd Farmer, art by Don Marquez, cover by William Stout.

Put yer feet up, set a spell and get ready for Armageddon! When a race of pig-eating, flesh-gnarling aliens attack Horton County, Kentucky, itís up to Johnny Ray to kick some green-skinned butt and keep his moronic brother, Elvis, out of trouble while protecting the sister he loves -- probably more than he should. Itís aliens, rednecks and incest! This four-issue mini-series boasts covers by Bill Stout and Mark Shultz.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on April 11.

UNRAVEL #1

Written by Dan Wickline, art by Homeros Gilani, cover by Ron Rodriguez.

"Living in the Details," part 1. Officer Lindsey Shaw has always been aggressive -- almost to the point of recklessness; but when her actions get her into a spot where only an amnesiac stranger can save her, everything begins to unravel!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on April 18.

THE RIDE: SAVANNAH

Written by Doug Wagner and Steven Prouse, art by Mike Bair, Cale Ajioka, Emily Stone, Rob Grabe and John Lowe, cover by Chris Brunner.

As a way of supporting the artists of tomorrow, 12 Gauge Comics and the Savannah College of Art and Design have partnered to bring you a very special issue of The Ride -- drawn completely by the talented students of SCAD -- with all proceeds going directly to their Sequential Art Scholarship Fund. The feature story follows Frank Simms from The Ride #1 and his search for a missing girl in America's most haunted city - Savannah, Georgia. Ghosts, guns and mayhem abound! The chilling back-up tale features a young psychic and her attempt to stop a murder only she believes will happen.

40 pages, black and white, $4.99, in stores on April 18.

SAM NOIR: SAMURAI DETECTIVE SPECIAL EDITION #1

Written by Eric A. Anderson and Manny Trembley, art and cover by Trembley.

On the third floor of a cluttered low-rent office, Sam Noir met his destiny. Destiny wore a dress, and she was the best thing to walk into Samís life - right up until they snuffed her out, that is. They nixed his betty, and now heís gonna nix them. Once he finds out who "they" are. Collects Sam Noir: Samurai Detective #1-3.

72 pages, black and white, $7.99, in stores on April 4.

BASTARD SAMURAI, VOL. 1 TP (NEW PRINTING)

Written by Michael Avon Oeming and Miles Gunter, art by Kelsey Shannon and Michael Avon Oeming, cover by Shannon.

Bastard Samurai takes place in present day Manhattan and focuses on Jiro, a killer at the top of his class at the KoZu sword school. The underground training camp in midtown takes in orphans and twists them into Bushido warriors used by the Yakuza in death matches staged across the city rooftops where Japanese businessmen gamble heavily on the always-fatal outcome. Collects Bastard Samurai #1-3.

112 pages, $12.99, in stores on April 4.

COYOTE, VOL. 5 TP

Written by Steve Englehart, art by Chaz Truoug, Todd McFarlane, Frank Springer and Art Nichols, cover by Trout.

As the original Coyote saga wraps up, Scorpio Rose and the Djinn join the main story, and so does the Badger, and so does Ronald Reagan - and so does everyone from the Venusians to the hooker to Halfdome as Englehart stages one of his patented "everybody into the pool: finales and liberates Russia. But underneath all that, there's actually two love stories, as Coyote charms both women who wanted to kill him into willing members of a threesome. Plus: the final two chapters of Scorpio by Todd McFarlane, finishing off his first-ever series and turning into "Todd McFarlane" right before your eyes! Collects Coyote #13-16.

128 pages, $12.99, in stores on April 25.

FELL, VOL. 1: FERAL CITY TP

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

Detective Richard Fell is transferred over the bridge from the big city to Snowtown, a feral district whose police investigations department numbers three and a half people (one detective has no legs). Dumped in this collapsing urban trashzone, Richard Fell is starting all over again. In a place where nothing seems to make any sense, Fell clings to the one thing he knows to be true: Everybodyís hiding something.

128 pages, $12.99, in stores on April 4.

FERRO CITY, VOL. 1 TP

Written by Jason Armstrong, art and cover by Armstrong.

Private Investigator Cyrus Smithe's life has just taken a turn for the worse - his partner, Harry Weston, is dead. The cops are out to pin it on him, and the only solid proof he has to clear himself is a tiny gadget that could grant ten million sentient robots their freedom: the Medusa Key. Robot detectives, gorilla thugs, French gangsters and Russian mobsters heat things up as Cy Smithe and Kate Weston track her father's killer through a sea of double and triple crosses to find the elusive piece of technology that's the key to the mystery. Collects Ferro City #1-4.

160 pages, black and white, $15.99, in stores on April 11.

GODLAND, VOL. 3: PROTO-PLASTIC PARTY TP

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

From the burning heart of a pocket dimension to the farthest reaches of our own reality, the saga of Godland continues in this third trade paperback collection! As cosmic forces of evil conspire against the Earth and all who inhabit it, its lone emissary to the stars -- Commander Adam Archer ó finds himself the target of humanity's mistrust and deceit. All this, and Basil still wears the body of a woman! Collects Godland #13-18

152 pages, $14.99, in stores on April 25.

INVINCIBLE: ULTIMATE COLLECTION VOL. 3 HC

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

Collecting the formative issues in the growing of Invincible as a superhero. This volume collects Invincibleís violent battle with the villainous Angstrom Levy, his reunion with his estranged father and the bloody battle with the Viltrumites. This is a canít-miss for any Invincible fan and a perfect addition to any bookshelf. Collects Invincible #25-35 along with loads of extras.

336 pages, $34.99, in stores on April 18.

INVINCIBLE, VOL. 3: PERFECT STRANGERS TP (NEW PRINTING)

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

The Guardians of the Globe are dead. The super-hero community is a buzz with the who, what, when, where, why and how. Unbeknownst to him, Invincible is at the center of the most dramatic event to hit the superhero community in decades. If you've been waiting for the trade, here it is!

144 pages, $12.99, in stores on April 18.

INVINCIBLE, VOL. 4: HEAD OF THE CLASS TP (NEW PRINTING)

Written by Robert Kirkman, art and cover by Ryan Ottley 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 donít 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. Collects Invincible #14-19.

168 pages, $14.99, in stores on April 18.

ROCKETO: JOURNEY TO THE HIDDEN SEA VOL. 2 TP

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

In the conclusion to the Journey to the Hidden Sea, a new history of mankind is revealed -- its origins, its powers and its destruction. As Rocketo and his crew explore the mythical world of the Hidden Sea, the mighty forces of Lucerne prepare for an invasion. Rocketo must race against time and discover the secrets of Ultamo if he is to save mankind. Plus: Drawings from Frank Espinosa's personal sketchbook, character biographies, the time line of Rocketoís New World, new excerpts from the New World Geographic Society, new pin-ups of Rocketo, a preview of Journey to the New World and more! Collects Rocketo #7-12.

212 pages, $19.99, in stores on April 4.

SAVAGE DRAGON ARCHIVES VOL. 2 TP

Written by Erik Larsen, art and cover by Larsen.

This volume kicks off with an all-out gang war in the streets of Chicago and builds to the destruction of the planet Earth itself! Dragon goes from cop to corpse and to hell and back. Featuring the birth of Dragon's son. The death and rebirth of Darklord and Dragon's ascension to the head of Special Operations Strikeforce. Guest-starring Spawn, Hellboy, the Maxx, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and God. Collects Savage Dragon #22-50

616 pages, black and white, $19.99, in stores on April 11.

SAM AND TWITCH: THE BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS COLLECTION VOL. 2 TP

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

Issues #10-19 of what Bendis does best: kick-ass crime fiction! Collected for the first time in full color issues 10-19 of his Sam and Twitch run. Featuring the Witchcraft story arc, an Ashley Wood cover gallery and other special bonuses.

224 pages, $24.95, in stores on April 25.

THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 2: MILES BEHIND US TP (NEW PRINTING)

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

This volume follows our band of survivors on their tragic journey in search of shelter. Characters live and die as they brave a treacherous landscape littered with packs of the walking dead. Collects The Walking Dead #7-12

144 pages, $12.99, in store on April 4.

AFTER THE CAPE #2

Written by Howard Wong, art by Marco Rudy, cover by Juan Ferreyra.

"Secret Life." Ethan lapses deeper into a life of crime, but when his erstwhile teammates uncover his secret, the price may be too steep to pay...even for a fallen hero.

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on April 11.

ANT #12

Written by Jeffrey Kaufman, art and cover by Mario Gully.

"1992," part 3. Ant's origin and government history comes to an end in this knock out conclusion to "1992." Charlie Echo, Rundown, Caliente and the rest of Omega 1 fight to save Ant from a government who wants her to stay dead. No matter the outcome, this should be the end of a difficult chapter in Hannah's life. But, who knows, her problems could just be beginning. With an appearance by The President, anything could happen.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on April 25.

BLACK MIST #3

Written by James Pruett, art by Mike Perkins, cover by Jordan Raskin.

Lonnie is pulled into the darkest cavern of her mind and soul, and into the very heart of the ancient evil known only as the Mist. It's a conflict that will determine her future path and the effect her presence will have on the earth. Will she become mankindís guardian or will she follow the path of Kali and become its devourer?

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on April 11.

BOMB QUEEN III #2

Written by Jim Valentino and Jimmie Robinson, art and cover by Robinson.

"The Good, The Bad and The Lovely," part 3. When the Queen discovers her old sparring partner, Blacklight, has broken New Port City law to rescue Rebound's mother, the s#!t hits the fan! Plus a special bonus: the Bomb Queenopoly game board!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on April 11.

DRAIN #5

Written by C.B. Cebulski, art and cover by Sana Takeda.

"Crescendo." Four hundred years is a long time time to wait for anything, but Chinatsu's quest may finally be about to come to an end. The vampire she has been stalking is now in New York and seeks an audience with her. What are his intentions? Has he grown tired of the chase? Will Chinatsu be willing to settle for anything less than his death?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on April 25.

DYNAMO 5 #2

Written by Jay Faerber, art and cover by Mahmud A. Asrar and Ron Riley.

Image's new super-team series continues as the Dynamo 5 kids get to know each other while fighting Whiptail, their fatherís reptilian arch-enemy. Meanwhile, Captain Dynamoís widow finds herself with some unwanted attention from F.L.A.G., and Scatterbrain learns Visionary's darkest secret.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on April 4.

ELEPHANTMEN #9

Written by Richard Starkings, art by Moritan and Chris Burnham, cover by Ladronn, flip cover by David Lloyd.

"Local Hippo." Just getting home with his groceries proves to be a major task for Hip Flask, still on crutches after his run-in with Elijah Delaney. Meantime, Serengheti sends The Silencer out in search of a former employee in "Silent Running."

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on April 18.

GIRLS #24

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

Everything must come to an end to make way for a new beginning. The conclusion of Girls!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on April 18.

INVINCIBLE #42

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

Ever thought about trying Invincible but just haven't gotten around to it? Now is your chance! This special introductory issue -- priced to sell -- features the start of a brand new story-arc, and is an excellent jumping-on point for new readers. Also in this issue -- a recap of the entire series from start to finish, bringing you up to speed with the hottest new superhero comic this century!

24 pages, $1.99, in stores on April 25.

THE NIGHTLY NEWS #6

Written by Jonathan Hickman, art and cover by Hickman.

"Revenge." The End of the Brotherhood! The fate of the Hand! The Voice revealed! The stunning conclusion to The Nightly News.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on April 11.

NOBLE CAUSES #29

Written by Jay Faerber, art and cover by Yildiray Cinar and Ron Riley.

At the funeral for one of their own, the Nobles and the Blackthornes finally come to blows!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on April 18.

THE PIRATES OF CONEY ISLAND #7

Written by Rick Spears, art by Vasilis Lolos, covers by Lolos and Becky Clonnan.

The Pirates have to arm up to battle the Hitman and save Zeus. Black Jack feels betrayed by Patchís consorting with the Cherries but it might just be the Cherriesí help that turns the tide. Bitter pride is swallowed, stakes are sharpened and the stage is set for an unholy war!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on April 25.

SAM NOIR: RONIN HOLIDAY #3

Written by Eric A. Anderson and Manny Trembley, art and cover by Trembley.

"Wake Up and Smell the Coffin." After clawing his way out from a six-foot dirt-nap, Sam discovers that his new "friend" Eddie has teamed up with an evil island witch doctor. The answers Sam seeks are close at hand, but not until heís filled up that empty grave with some fresh bodies!

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on April 11.

SAVAGE DRAGON #134

Written, art and cover by Erik Larsen.

"World Tour," part 1. Savage Dragon's quest to find his wife leads him to Newport, home of the notorious Bomb Queen! All hell breaks lose in this explosive issue that unites these titular Image stars. Savage Dragon's world tour begins here as the Dragon explores the Image Universe in search of his missing wife.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on April 25.

SPAWN #169

Written by David Hine, art and cover by Brian Haberlin.

"Hellhouse," part 1. Are your kids misbehaving? Nothing puts wayward teenagers back on the straight and narrow faster than a dose of Hellfire. And who better to create the genuine experience than a couple of honest-to-god demons. Ab and Zab are born again in "Hellhouse."

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on May 23.

STRONGARM #3

Written by Steve Horton, art and cover by David Ahn.

Rob is shot full of holes! Can Lyndsey, a self-admitted gearhead, restore him to normal --such as it is? And who's tracking them? Plus: Rob's brother Nick is back in the picture and isn't happy about Rob's condition. Nick vows revenge for what is obviously an Overlord plot to get at him through his brother!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on April 25.

TEXAS STRANGERS #2

Written by Antony Johnston and Dan Evans III, art and cover by Mario Boon.

"Training Day," part 2. A dead Stranger, gun-totin' villains, and a runaway wagon train adds up to big trouble for teenage twins Wyatt and Madara! Help is at hand in the form of an Elf and an Ogre, Tula and ZogóTexas Strangers who will stop at nothing to prevent Black Bart's plan to blow up a commune full of mages. But can they all work together and deal with the outlaws in time? Or will it all go boom? The explosive end of the first story in this new Western fantasy adventure for all ages!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on April 11.

TRUE STORY, SWEAR TO GOD #6

Written by Tom Beland, art and cover by Beland.

"The Little Things." There are a billion little things that can drive one another nuts in a relationship. Cell phones, soda cans exploding in the freezer, talking during the big game, etc. This month, a look at all those things that makes us wonder why we love our significant others so much... while realizing what it is we do that drives them insane as well. Romance... it can be a bitch.

24 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on April 11.

THE WALKING DEAD #38

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

Preparation for war.

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on April 25.

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TOP COW TITLES

WITCHBLADE / THE PUNISHER

Written by Ron Marz, art Adriano Melo, covers by Joseph Michael Linsner and Tim Bradstreet.

Sara Pezzini and the Witchblade meet their toughest opponent yet in The Punisher! Urban legend tells of a brutal vigilante on an endless quest to avenge his family, innocent bystanders killed years ago in a mob shootout. The boogie man that criminals warn their troublemaking kids about is called ñ The Punisher. As a New York City homicide detective, Saraís seen just about everything and she doesnít believe in legends. But when she encounters the myth himself during a prison transport she must ask herself -- do the ends justify the means? And will her partner, Patrick Gleason pay the ultimate price for her principles? For the first time ever, the quintessential Punisher artist Tim Bradstreet's art graces a Top Cow cover.

32 pages, $3.99.

MADAME MIRAGE FIRST LOOK

Written by Paul Dini, art and cover by Kenneth Rocafort.

Who is Madame Mirage? This is the question at the center of Paul Dini's first newly created character series from Top Cow Productions. This First Look gives readers an exclusive look at the upcoming series and introduces Top Cow's latest femme fatale Madame Mirage! But who is Madame Mirage? What is nature of her powers? What drives her vendetta against the shadowy ASI? Get a glimpse of things to come and donít miss out on this chance at this First Look, because Madame Mirage tends to disappear!

16 pages, 99 cents.

WITCHBLADE MANGA #3

Written by Yasuko Kobayashi, art by Kazasa Sumita, colored by Blond, cover by Sumita.

Top Cow Productions and Bandai Entertainment present a wholly unique interpretation of the Witchblade mythos in this authentic manga. Takeru is an average schoolgirl being raised in a Buddhist monastery by a group of nuns. That is until a group of mysterious black clad monks show up at the monastery with bad intent! In this issue Takeru joins with the Witchblade, the Demon Claw, for the first time. And as Takeru struggles against the power of the Witchblade, Kou also realizes his own destiny and struggles with the burden of his heritage. Originally serialized in Japanís popular magazine, Champion Red and written by Witchblade Anime head writer, Yasuko Kobayashi, this uniquely Japanese tale is collected for the first time in standard comic format and in full color.

32 pages, $2.99.

THE DARKNESS ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP

By various.

The Darkness Ultimate Collection collects the two essential storylines which inspired The Darkness Video Game -- "Coming of Age" and "Resurrection." "Coming of Age" tells the classic origin story that introduced Jackie Estacado and The Darkness to the Top Cow Universe, written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Marc Silvestri. "Resurrection" is the pivotal tale which served as the primary storyline for the video game, written by Paul Jenkins and drawn by superstar Dale Keown. Plus, a foreword by lead game designer Jens Andersson of Starbreeze and other exclusive bonus material for the video game!

352 pages, $19.99.

FRESHMEN II #5

Written by Hugh Sterbakov, penciled by Will Conrad, colored by Blond, covers by Conrad and Rodolfo Migliari.

"Fundamentals of Fear x153: The Question," part 5. The Puppeteer has jumped into many minds, but never one as terrifying as the one she finds herself trapped in now! As she battles for her life, the Freshmen risk everything to save her! The true evil of the Jupiter Corporation is revealed while the kids struggle with a cataclysmic rift in their team! And the final fate of Mr. Fiddlesticks is revealed, in a special issue he narrates!

32 pages, $3.99.

CITY OF HEROES #19

Written by Sean Fish, penciled by Mark A. Robinson, inked by Rick Basaldua, colored by Blond.

Over four years ago the first phase of the Rikti War ended when Hero 1 led Omega Team into the Rikti main portal base and destroyed it. The Rikti withdrew into their hidden lairs and the war became focused on skirmishes. Recently, Positron has detected increased Rikti activity and must uncover their secrets. While Positron feverishly tries to determine what the warlike aliens are planning, the rest of the Freedom Phalanx seek out the one man with any knowledge of what happened during that cataclysmic explosion so many years ago, the Invulnerable Ajax.

32 pages, $2.99.

NECROMANCER TPB

Written by Joshua Ortega, penciled and cover by Francis Manapul.

The story of Abigail van Alstine. Abigail is a stunning, smart high school student who just happens to be a natural spellcaster and adept in The Way. Abigail is thrust into the world of magic and soon ensnared in a larger conflict between the Church of Mali, an ancient demon, the Dark Agents, and the mysterious Hierarchy. What will Abbyís inexperience cost her in this grand game? This collection includes all six issues, plus bonus material such as character designs, layout, and lots more.

144 pages, $14.99.

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PLATINUM STUDIOS TITLES


HERO BY NIGHT #2

Written and art by D.J. Coffman, colored by Jason Embury.

Young Jack King starts to learn about both the cool powers and awesome responsibility that comes with being a superhero. The positives: cool ring, invulnerability, and the ability to fly; the negatives: putting your friends at risk, and getting hunted down by the Iron Talon, the previous Hero By Night's arch-nemesis!

32 pages, $2.99.

BLOOD NATION #3

Written by Rob Moran, art by John Keane, colored by Tom Smith.

Captain Ethan Cutter and the Red Death Commandos are deep inside enemy territory in the vampire-controlled Blood Nation. But, when the team discovers a town filled with feral children being attacked by bloodworms, they also discover that vampires arenít the most dangerous peril facing themóanother member of their own team just might be.

32 pages, $2.99.

UNIQUE #2

Written by Dean Motter, art by Dennis Calero.

Jon Geoffries is a "Unique," one of the rare people with no counterpart on any other parallel Earth, which gives him the ability to jump through alternate dimensions. His abilities put him at odds with the powerful Shadows of Mercy Ministries -- if they even exist at all! Jon's psychiatrist thinks Jon is slowly going mad.

32 pages, $2.99.



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