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THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009

IMAGE COMICS FOR JUNE

DAWN: NOT TO TOUCH THE EARTH

Written by Joseph Michael Linsner, art by Linsner and Eva Hopkins, cover by Linsner.

Dawn, Linsner's take on classic Goddess mythology is back, for this new feature-length one-shot. Dawn has many faces and wears many masks: this time she is a Faerie Queen, and Darrian Ashoka, Linsner's hero character, is a Knight who saves her from a demon. After her rescue, Dawn takes Darrian to the faerie realm, where he discovers unearthly delights and heavenly secrets.

2009 marks Dawn's 20th anniversary in print. This book celebrates that with pin-ups by such greats as Michael Golden, Adam Hughes and Michael Turner.

48 pages, $5.99, in stores on June 17.

SPAWN #193

Written by Todd McFarlane, art and cover by Greg Capullo.

Capullo returns as guest artist, bringing his inimitable style to a story arc which includes three characters he is passionate about drawing. McFarlane has incorporated a one-issue encounter between three of Capullo's favorite characters: detectives Sam and Twitch, who he's perfected during his previous work on Spawn, and the ultimate personification of evil, the Clown. McFarlane brought the three characters face-to-face for an ominous meeting. This issue will be offered with a color cover and a black and white cover. Orders will be split equally between each cover.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on June 24.

DEAD @ 17: AFTERBIRTH #1

Written, art and cover by Josh Howard.

Nara Kilday has returned from the dead as Gemini, agent of the celestial covert ops force known as the Zodiac. Her primary mission has been the safeguarding of her best friend Hazy who is now the living embodiment of the Key to the Abyss. But while they've spent the last three years trying to piece together a normal life, Earth has continued its shift into Hell's domain, setting the world on the inevitable path towards apocalypse.

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

FRANK FRAZETTA'S SORCERER

Written by Josh Ortega, art by Josh Medors, cover by Frank Frazetta, variant covers by Nat Jones and Medors.

Return to the Land of Iparsia in this essential story of the Frazettaverse! 900 years before the epic "Shadows of Mirahan" storyline from Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer, the demons of Iparsia begin planning the fall of the Druids, aided by the dark mystic Uja Daja.

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on June 24.

CHEW #1

Written by John Layman, art and cover by Rob Guillory.

Tony Chu is a cop with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he's a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn't mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. It's a dirty job, and Tony has to eat terrible things in the name of justice. And if that wasn't bad enough, the government has figured out Tony Chu's secret. They have plans for him÷ whether he likes it or not.

32 pages $2.99, in stores on June 3.

PUG OGN

Written by Derek McCulloch, art and cover by Greg Espinosa.

Six years ago, the Darlinger fight ended Jake's career, cost him his family, and put him in a downward spiral that looked like it had no end. Now he's doing collections for a small-time loan shark and thinking maybe it's time he set a few things straight in the world. An unsparing tale of a good man trapped in a life of brutality -- 15 rounds of blood and bad memories.

104 pages, black and white, $14.99, in stores on June 17.

TASTY BULLET OGN

Written by Jonath Vankin and Arnold Pander, art by Pander cover by The Pander Bros.

Tamar had her childhood stolen so she could become the physical embodiment of a wildly-popular energy drink that's behind a deadly adrenaline addiction that is sweeping the globe. The property of Bullet Corp, she must now discover the difference between her true self and the consumer icon known as the Tasty Bullet Girl, and then take on Bullet Corp -- or die trying!

176 pages, black and white, $14.99, in stores on June 24.

T.RUNT! HC

Written by Derek McCulloch, art and cover by Jimmie Robinson.

Vegrandis was the runt of the litter and was always picked on by the larger tyrannosaurs...but everything changes once Vegrandis discovers he isn't the smallest animal - let alone dinosaur - in the world!

32 pages, $12.99, in stores on June 17.

DOUGLAS FREDERICKS & THE HOUSE OF THEY OGN

Written by Joe Kelly, art and cover by Ben Roman.

Douglas Fredericks is a kid on a mission. His parents' 15th wedding anniversary is just around the corner and he wants to create an extra-special present for them. However, his wild attempts at unique gifts are all shut down by his friends and neighbors, concerned that Douglas' wild ideas go against what they say. But who are they? Why do they make the rules? And why does everyone listen to they?

80 pages, $12.99, in stores on June 10.

SPAWN: ENDGAME, VOL. 1 TP

Written by Todd McFarlane and Brian Holguin, art by Whilce Portacio and McFarlane, cover by Portacio.

Presenting the all-new Spawn, with new characters, new villains, and new revelations about the Spawn universe. Reprinting for the first time the sold out, monumental issues of the Spawn: Endgame story arc. This collection reprints the new milestone in the saga of Spawn as the classic character is re-invented as only Spawn creator Todd McFarlaen can. Collects issues #185-190.

144 pages, black and white, $14.99, in stores on June 24.

KABOOM, VOL. 1 TP

Written by Jeph Loeb, art and cover by Jeff Matsuda.

Collected for the first time ever! The ground-breaking adventures of Geof Sunrise and his amazing transformation into inter-dimensional defender Kaboom! Witness the birth of an amazing new hero as he struggles aginst the forces of Scarlet! The Nine! And his first date! Can Geoff save the world and make it back in time for his own birthday party? Kaboom! introduces an amazing world of magic and monsters that has not been experienced before or since this series exploded onto the scene 10 years ago!

Collecting Kaboom! 1-3, Kaboom! 1/2, Kaboom Prelude and the Kaboom Christmas Special. Tons of character designs and sketches from the dynamic pencil of Jeff Matsuda as well as a covers gallery with work from Tim Sale, Joe Madureira, Ed Mcguinness, Rob Liefeld, Adam Pollina, Adam Kubert and Keron Grant!

128 pages, $14.99, in stores on June 10 (Limitied edition hardcover, $24.99).

THE ABSURD ADVENTURES OF ARCHIBALD AARDVARK, VOL. 1 TP

Written by Grant Bond, Dwight MacPherson and Dara Naraghi, art and cover by Bond.

"Bullets, Booze and Beelzebub" Once the toast of Tinsel Town, faded movie star Archibald Aardvark has been slowly going insane trying to solve the brutal murder of his brother. But despite the hard drinking, womanizing and hallucinations, he's managed to follow the trail from the dangerous streets of Little China, all the way to the boardroom of Neptune Studios ... and finally reveal the true identity of the killer!

112 pages, $14.99, in stores on June 10.

BACK TO BROOKLYN TP

Written by Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti, art and covers by Mihailo Vukelic.

The controversial over the top crime thriller is finally collected! Big Bob Saetta made the biggest mistake of his life by pissing off his brother, one of the biggest and most brutal crime bosses in New York City. This is the story of two brothers at war, wrapped in a special package of extreme language and hardcore violence. An adrenaline ride that rips the roof off Brooklyn's criminal underworld!

128 pages, $14.99, in stores on June 3.

BODY BAGS, VOL. 1 TP: FATHER'S DAY TP

Written and art by Jason Parson, cover by Michael Golden.

The sold-out origin story is back, with a new printing and never-before-seen extras! The action begins when a rival Žbody bagger' goes after Mack (a.k.a. Clown Face) the best Žbagger' in the business. Fuel is quickly added to the fire with the sudden arrival of Panda, Mack's estranged daughter. How will the baddest man in Terminus, GA handle a teenage girl determined to follow in her daddy's footsteps? Can this "Daddy/Daughter" team stop fighting each other long enough to survive the trouble headed their way? Find out for yourself in this all-new collection!

128 pages, $14.99, in stores on June 3.

FIREBREATHER, VOL. 1 TP (NEW PRINTING)

Written by Phil Hester, art and cover by Andy Kuhn.

Divorce is tough for any teenager, but when your mother is a typical suburban soccer mom and your dad is a 300-foot-tall, city-trampling, battleship-devouring monster, things get even tougher. This is Duncan Rosenblatt's reality. His mom wants him to get into a good college, his dad wants him to go into the family business: namely, conquering the earth and ascending to his rightful place as king of all monsters. Featuring lots of extras, behind-the-scenes artwork by series co-creator Andy Kuhnand a pin-up gallery by many of today's finest funnybook talents, including Erik Larsen, Mike Wieringo, Keith Giffen, Derec Aucoin, Joey Mason, Phil Hester and Ande Parks.

144 pages, $14.99, in stores on June 24.

KABUKI, VOL. 1: CIRCLE OF BLOOD TP (NEW PRINTING)

Written, art and cover by David Mack.

Circle of Blood recounts the origins of the government operative known as Kabuki who works in Japan's near future, It's an exploration of the relationship between Japan's government and organized crime on a truly epic scale!

Collects all six issues of the first Kabuki series plus the hard to find prequel one-shot with new pages of art from scenes that for space reasons were left out of the original story. It also includes in-depth notes and story analysis about the subtext of the story.

272 pages, $19.99, in stores on June 3.

MICE TEMPLAR, VOL. 1 TP

Written by Michael Avon Oeming and Bryan J. Glass, art and cover by Oeming.

Before their fall, the Templar preserved the order of the natural world, maintaining the balance of life and death for all creatures. But an ideological dispute pitted the noble brotherhood against itself, where they destroyed themselves in a vicious civil war. Chaos descended in their wake, where predatory and scavenger creatures now reign supreme bringing anarchy to the night world of the Shadow Time.

Yet the young mouse Karic receives visions from the gods that their creator Wotan has chosen him to challenge the imbalance and restore the order of the fallen Templar. But before he can even comprehend his supernatural calling, his home is destroyed by vicious rat marauders, and his family is taken into slavery. Karic soon learns of an ancient prophecy that one mouse will be chosen to recreate the heroic exploits of the past, and thereby save his family and his people. But Karic's calling soon makes him both a target of his enemies, and a tool to be exploited by those seeking to use the savior of all for their own schemes.

And thus begins the first chapter in an extraordinary adventure of magic and wonder, faith and valor, and of one small mouse whose destiny might change the entire world. Collects issues #1-6.

260 pages, $17.99, in stores on June 3.

POWERS, VOL. 5: ANARCHY TP (NEW PRINTING)

Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art and cover by Michael Avon Oeming.

Back in print! Anarchy! Society is violently lashing out at their superheroes. Anti-powers groups are rising up with a series of gruesome murders against the cities most colorful capes. With Walker retired, Detective Pilgrim teams up with a new partner to investigate this murderous super-hero backlash and the people behind it. Collects issues #21-24

128 pages, $14.99, in stores on June 3.

PVP AWESOMOLOGY HC

Written and art by Scott Kurtz, cover by Brandon Peterson.

An oversized hardcover of Kurtz's comic book series. PvP tells the story of a fictional video game magazine company and its employees. Starring Brent the master cynic, Jade his columnist girlfriend, Francis the gaming kid, Skull the adorable childlike troll (yep, you read that right) and more, PvP takes a hilarious look at "nerd culture." The PvP Awesomology is an oversized hardcover that collects the books: Pvp The Dork Ages, Pvp At Large, Pvp Reloaded, Pvp Goes Bananas and Pvp Striptease (featuring the first three years of the comic strip).

600 pages, black and white, $100 (Limited signed and numbered edition, $125).

THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #17

Written by Robert Kirkman, art and cover by Jason Howard.

"Lockdown," Part ThreeůStronghold prison is under attack! Wolf-Man must now face his most deadly adversary yet! Everything changes as we enter the next stage in Wolf-Man's life -- leading up to the monumental issue 25! That is, if Wolf-Man survives the battle.

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

BAD DOG #4

Written by Joe Kelly, art and cover by Diego Greco.

Lou is derailed from his quest to score the perfect bender when he finds himself face to face with the mysterious Baker. Will a sweet job offer mark the end of Lou's existential crisis...or is he too drunk to notice?

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

DYNAMO 5 #23

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

The last time Dynamo 5 encountered Whiptail, they barely survived. Now they're faced with a Whiptail epidemic! Meanwhile, Father Gideon's sinister plan kicks into high gear.

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

ELEPHANTMEN #20

Written by Richard Starkings, art and cover by Marian Churchland, variant cover by Ladronn and Boo Cook.

"Star Bright." Girl meets Elephantman. Girl falls for Elephantman. Elephantman loses perspective...

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on June 17.

THE GREAT UNKNOWN #3

Written, art and cover by Duncan Rouleau.

Zach Feld is hot on the heels of the people who have robbed him of his future. He wants his ideas back and the only thing that stands in his way is that those he's hunting know what he'll do before he does!

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

INVINCIBLE #63

Written by Robert Kirkman, art and cover by Ryan Ottley and Fco Plascencia.

Invincible War: Aftermath! Conquest is here! The fate of the entire planet rests on Invincible's shoulders... and those shoulders are about to break.

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

JERSEY GODS #5

Written by Glen Brunswick, art and cover by Dan McDaid, variant cover by Erik Larsen.

Barock and the gods of Neboron have been caught in the aftermath of a cataclysmic explosion that has left them floating lifeless in space. Meanwhile, on Earth, the Chinese Mafia have kidnapped Zoe - and are threatening to end her life! Is there no one in the Universe who can save her? This is the stunning conclusion to the first arc of Jersey Gods -- a story so huge that Mark Waid and Joe Infurnari's continuing back-up tale had to be pushed back to the next issue.

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

LILLIM #4

Written by Shan Lapacek and Ian Keiser, art and cover by Matrix.

After his confrontation with Bridget's ex-boyfriend, Loki is forced to explain his dark rage. Loki shocks Bridget with the truth of his identity and life, as they begin their journey to the place of his birth, where he hopes to find answers about Odin. Meanwhile, Odin and Thor begin to assert their dominance over the volatile country of Provenka.

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

OLYMPUS #2

Written by Nathan Edmondson, art and cover by Christian Ward, variant cover by Frank Quitely.

The immortal brothers Castor and Pollux learn that they have unleashed onto Earth a beast long held captive in Hades. As this creature Pelops, aided by the demonic Harpies, murders young women in London and Paris the brothers are sent on separate paths to protect the last two of four sisters before Pelops can reach them first. Issue 2 of Olympus follows darkly the fantastic art and dynamic storytelling realized in Issue 1 by two of the industry's hottest newcomers.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on June 17.

OVERLOOK #3

Written by Joshua Williamson, art and cover by Alejandro Aragon.

Can Mickey really kill someone in cold blood to get revenge on the people who wronged him in the past? Close to living up to his end of the bargain with the ex-mob boss, Mickey might just make it out of Overlook alive. But Overlook's crime lords, the Unholy Trinity, know Mickey is there for their money and they're pissed.

32 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on June 10.

PROOF #21

Written by Alex Grecian, art and cover by Riley Rossmo.

"Julia," Part Four. On the eve of Julia's wedding to another man, Proof has to choose between stopping the wedding and stopping Springheel Jack's murderous rampage across Londo

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

SAVAGE DRAGON #149

Written, art and cover by Erik Larsen.

Dart.

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

SOUL KISS #5

Written by Steven T. Seagle., art by Marco Cinello.

You can kiss conflicted production assistant Lili goodbye as she makes her final call on who lives and who languishes in the quest to save the soul of her damned boyfriend. The Devil himself may be salivating over Lili's incredible lip-lock efficiency, but when the final kiss is planted, who will really emerge victorious..,the ultimate double crosser...or the Devil who ticked her off?

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

THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT #3

Written by Mac Carter, art by Tony Salmons, cover by Adam Byrne.

Innocents are dying gruesome deaths. The police are closing in fast. And H.P. Lovecraft has forever lost the faith of the woman he adores. Is all hope lost? That's how it looks to our poor, young writer who now believes his nightmares are coming true, springing from his head into the real world -- with deadly results! Afraid he might be unleashing hell on earth, Lovecraft fights against sleep with all his might. But it's a battle he can't win. So he turns to the only person he believes he can trust. Is it a mistake? And will Lovecraft solve the mystery of his curse before his nightmares kill again?

40 pages, $4.99, in stores on June 10.

THE SWORD #19

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

Dara's epic quest to avenge her family continues, and her last target is Malia, the air goddess who murdered Dara's father. Dara has already fought Malia's brothers -- the water god, Zakros, and the earth god, Knossos -- but Malia's power over air isn't the only thing that makes her more formidable than her siblings.

32 pages black and white, $2.99, in stores on June 17.

VIKING #2

Written by Ivan Brandon, art and cover by Nic Klein.

Egil wakes up covered in blood, the field around him strewn with the bodies of the dead. Something terrible has happened. And for Egil, the consequences of his actions are far worse than he could ever have imagined.

24 pags, $2.99, in stores on June 3.

THE WALKING DEAD #62

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

The hunt begins! It all starts here, the most explosive story-arc in Walking Dead history. Who lives? Who dies? Watch as our characters discover just how dangerous the Road To Washington actually is.

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 10.

YOUNGBLOOD #10

Written, art and cover by Rob Liefeld.

First Strike begins! Youngblood scrambles against the Siege of Masada as the President of the United States is trapped deep inside the White House. Familiar faces abound in this action-packed thrill ride that finds the new Youngblood squadron facing off against former teammates whose deadly agenda's seek to weaken the United States to its very core. Guest-starring President Obama! Chapel! Masada!

Special bonus flip book: Capeshooters! They go where no one else dares, into the heart of the most heat-searing, earth-scorching superhero battles and all they risk is their very lives. Capeshooters debuts by Liefeld and Marat Mychaels. Capeshooters has been optioned by Bryan Singer for a motion picture!

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on June 24.




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