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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2008

AVATAR PRESS FOR AUGUST

CROSSED #0

By Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows.

Garth Ennis has pulled out all the stops to write the most twisted book of his career, Crossed! Through ten heart-stopping chapters, Crossed is his horrifically visceral exploration of the pure evil that humans are truly capable of indulging. This gut-wrenching vision is brought to vivid -- and more than a little disturbing -- life by his partner in crime Jacen Burrows. Imagine, for a moment, the worst crimes against humanity. Picture the cruelest affronts to decency. Conjure your darkest nightmares -- and then realize it could all be so much worse. When civilization crumbles in one terrifying moment; when people are gleefully breaking into unthinkable acts of violence all around you; when everyone you love has died screaming in agony: What do you do? There is no help. There is no hope. There is no escape. There are only the Crossed. Certain to be the most depraved and corrupt book of the year, this one is not for the faint of heart! This #0 issue is not a preview, it features the essential first chapter of the story and is available with a Regular or Wraparound cover by Burrows as well as a rare 1-in-15 Red Crossed Edition featuring a striking Black, White and Red cover by Burrows.

16 pages, $1.

STREETS OF GLORY #6

By Garth Ennis and Mike Wolfer.

Garth Ennis' powerhouse saga of the Old West comes to its blood-drenched conclusion! The epic end to the series is so huge that it needs a super-sized issue to contain the carnage! The times are changing, and Colonel Joseph R. Dunn is a relic of the past, no longer welcome in Gladback. But no one has ever had luck forcing Dunn to do anything he didnít want to, and heís not interested in leaving, not while his daughter is in danger. Before he is done making things right, the bodies will pile up while the streets run red with glorious blood. Ennis teams with Mike Wolfer for this epic full color series that promises to thrill every fan of Garthís powerful story-telling and brutal violence. This issue is available with a regular or wraparound cover by series artist Mike Wolfer.

40 pages, $4.99.

ANNA MERCURY #5

By Warren Ellis and Facundo Percio.

Warren Ellis' seductively mysterious Anna Mercury has teased and tormented with her secrets for long enough, it's time to answer all the burning questions of this all-new color series! Things have gone from bad, to worse, to condition horribly wrong! Anna is back in New Ataraxia, with a last-ditch mission to stop the entire society from committing suicide. That sounds easy enough, but she's got to do it without them finding out whose fault their condition really is. Because, if they do, no-one will be safe! A high-octane blend of The Shadow, Tomb Raider, retropunk science fiction and 21st century Weird Pulp Action, Anna Mercury is a headlong adventure serial about a beautiful and mysterious spy-adventurer who is not what she seems! Anna Mercury will be a series of mini-series, starting with this five issue color series that features art by all-new talent Facundo Percio. This issue is available with a regular cover by Paul Duffield, a wraparound by Juan Jose Ryp, a Painted cover by artist Felipe Massafera, and also a rare 1-in-15 Design Sketch Edition featuring the initial character designs by Percio.

32 pages, $3.99.

ANNA MERCURY BUST

Warren Ellis' sultry Anna Mercury may be a woman of mystery to the citizens of New Ataraxia, but now you can examine her from every angle with this highly-detailed 7" bust! Anna's proportions have been sculpted and hand-painted with incredible attention to detail, from the buttons on her blouse to her indecently huge... hair! This collectible figure was designed by modern master Juan Jose Ryp and ships in a full color box. A one-time production run of just 500 units.

$64.99.

DOKTOR SLEEPLESS #10

By Warren Ellis and Ivan Rodriguez.

Doktor Sleepless continues his ranting and radio. It's such a noisy world, isn't it? The cries of the disaffected, the screams of the dying, the complaints of all those previously-cozy folks in Central, and all the mad music that clangs and heralds and sounds a bit like the end of the world. Every day the world gets louder, until it seems like all that's left to do is tune it out. It doesn't seem like anyone's really listening anymore, does it? But if the people of Heavenside aren't listening to the Doktor, they should be -- because they don't want to miss what he's going to say next! The issue is available with a regular cover by series artist Ivan Rodriguez, or wraparound cover by Raulo Caceres, and also a rare 1-in-15 Future Warning Sign cover.

32 pages, $3.99.

GRAVEL #6

By Warren Ellis, Mike Wolfer AND Oscar Jimenez.

In his violent search for the six pieces of an ancient text of unimaginable supernatural power, Sergeant Major William Gravel has left the mangled corpses of 14 fellow magicians and Occult Detectives in his wake. Bruised, torn, beaten and cut beyond even super-normal endurance, Gravel would like nothing more than to enjoy the spoils of his victory. What's a bloke got to do before he can get some rest and have a nice breakfast at the country estate of one of the men he murdered? Bill should know better -- every victory has an unexpected price. Much to his dismay, Gravel has also inherited the mantle of mentor to dozens of magicians-in-training -- acolytes who are now leaderless -- because Gravel killed their master! The final two pieces of the Sigsand Manuscript are still in the possession of his most powerful opponents, and it's time for Gravel to call in some favors as he prepares for all-out war. There are, of course, worse things to have at his disposal than a score of magic-wielding assassins to blindly follow him into battle! This issue is available with a regular and wraparound cover by Mike Wolfer, and also a rare 1-in-15 Black Magic Edition featuring a new cover by Wolfer.

32 pages, $3.99.

WARREN ELLIS' SCARS TP (NEW PRINTING)

By Warren Ellis and Jacen Burrows.

Warren Ellis' six issue crime opus, is available in this deluxe trade paperback with a brand-new cover design! John Cain has been working Homicide long enough to get hard to pretty much anything; even wrenching personal loss. But everyone has a limit, and today it's gotten too much to bear. Today, he gets assigned something that finally breaks through his defenses -- a child killing that hits horribly close to home. Until today, he's been a good cop, a cop who goes by procedure because it's the best way to ensure that scum go to prison. Now, he makes the parents of the victim a chilling promise: he will find the killer using any means necessary. And the killer will not get away with it -- no matter what it takes. How much of a monster do you have to become to hunt monsters?

160 pages, black and white, $17.99.



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