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MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009

AVATAR PRESS FOR JUNE

ANNA MERCURY 2 #1

Written by Warren Ellis, art by Facundo Percio.

Ellis' fiery red-head returns to once again explode into mad science-fiction action! A city-state from the strange superdimensional space of The Constellation sends a probe to Earth. To decide whether or not to make contact, the London office of the Constellation Project must send an agent through the fabric of the universe itself to the city of Three Souls Town, apparently populated by an oppressive society made of kidnapped humans. But that's not how it starts. It starts with Anna Mercury, Earth's top transuniversal explorer, under ray-gun attack in a city beyond space itself! This series launches into stores with a Regular cover by Paul Duffield, Wraparound by Juan Jose Ryp, Painted by Felipe Massafera, and special Poster Edition, which comes with a new cover by series artist Facundo Percio and bagged with an Anna poster, limited to just 4,000 copies.

32 pages, $3.99.

WARREN ELLIS' FRANKENSTEIN'S WOMB

Written by Warren Ellis, art by Marek Oleksicki.

The newest addition to Ellis' Apparat line of original graphic novels has arrived! 1816 was called "The Year Without A Summer." In the weird darkness of that July's volcanic winter, Mary Wollestonecraft Godwin began writing Frankenstein on the shore of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. But that is not where Frankenstein began. It began months earlier when, en route through Germany to Switzerland, Mary, her future husband Percy Shelley, and her stepsister Clair Clairmont approached a strange castle. Castle Frankenstein, some one hundred years earlier, had been home to Johann Conrad Dippel, whose experiments included the independent invention of nitroglycerin, a distillation of the elixir of life -- and the transfer of a live soul into an awful accretion of human body parts. Mary never spoke of having entered the real Castle Frankenstein, stark on its hilltop south of Darmstadt. But she did. And she was never the same again -- because something was haunting that tower, and Mary met it there! Fear, death and alchemy -- the modern age is created here, in lost moments in a ruined castle on a day never recorded. Also available in a Direct Market exclusive Hardcover edition limited to just 1,000 copies.

48 pages, black and white, $6.99 (Hardcover, $16.99).

GRAVEL #13

Written by Warren Ellis and Mike Wolfer, art by Wolfer.

Combat Magician William Gravel is playing with powers far beyond his own in this second story arc of his ongoing series! The Major Seven gave Gravel a puzzle to solve, how does one of the royalty of magic in England get killed in a place where she cannot possibly die? Gravel only knows one way to solve puzzles -- by shooting them, and then shooting anyone who complains. He doesn't know another way to do business, and that might just see him dead. How does one man affect a group who are more numerous and more deadly? That's pretty much what the SAS was invented for! This issue is available with a regular or wraparound cover by Mike Wolfer.

32 pages, $3.99.

IGNITION CITY #3

Written by Warren Ellis, art by Gianluca Pagliarani.

Where did the space heroes go to die? A new series by Ellis in the alternate-world style of the award-winning Ministry Of Space and Aetheric Mechanics -- a retro-punk "future of the past" where spaceships still belched smoke and arguments were still settled with laser pistols. Mary Raven's asking questions about the death of her father Rock, here in the interzone settlement in the middle of Earth's last spaceport. Enough questions that she's about to find herself on the wrong end of a couple of ray guns, trapped in a place where no-one cares about murder and the only real currency is fear. Today might be Mary Raven's last day on Earth, and all she has to defend herself is her daddy's old gun and a secret no-one wants told. With a Regular and Wraparound cover by Pagliarani, a painted cover by Felipe Massafera, and a rare Design Sketch cover by Pagliarani!

32 pages, $3.99.

WOLFSKIN VOLUME 1

Written by Warren Ellis, art by Juan Jose Ryp and Gianluca Pagliarani.

Before history was recorded in stone and ink, some men wrote it in blood! Ellis' barbarian epic is finally collected, just in time for the new series coming late 2009! From the time before history began, in the time when the continents were still connected by land, from the harsh climes at the top of the world, a Northish soldier wrapped in a cape of wolfpelts walks south, into the forests of the High Midlands that are now Europe, to find a village cut in two by travelers from the East. Soon, he too is torn -- between duty to the lives he has ruined just by finding them, and duty to the hideous murder-god of the Northish wastes and the berserker drugs that are his sacrament... Ellis cuts loose to unleash his take on the genre fans demanded he assault with full color art from Juan Jose Ryp and Gianluca Pagliarani! This volume collects the original 3-issue series with art by Ryp, Annual #1 with art by Pagliarani, and a huge cover gallery all wrapped in a stunning new painted cover by Felipe Massafera! This collection is also available as a Hardcover edition with a new cover by Massafera that is limited to 1,500 copies.

120 pages, $17.99

GARTH ENNIS' CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD: THE LAST BATTLE PREVIEW

Written by Garth Ennis, art by Oscar Jimenez.

You just can't keep a good anti-Christ down. The wait is almost over for the return of Danny, Jay, and Jimmy the rabbit as Garth Ennis returns to unleash the next volume of the Chronicles of Wormwood! Pope Jacko dying may not have been such a good thing after all, now he's in Hell and might be more trouble than Satan ever was. The series starts Fall 2009, but you can get a taste now as this Preview book offers a sneak-peek at the first issue and luscious art from the sketchbook of new series artist and cover illustrator Oscar Jimenez!

16 pages, $1.99.

CROSSED #8

Written by Garth Ennis, art by Jacen Burrows.

Garth Ennis takes no prisoners and offers no hope in the most intense book of his career! There is almost nowhere to go now as a crushed Cindy and her rag-tag group of survivors have been pushed far beyond what they can handle. This bleak life is making them break, in the worst ways possible. Nothing is going right, but this is no fairy tale -- there are no magic cures on the horizon. 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. This issue is available with a Regular or Wraparound cover by Burrows as well as a rare Red Crossed Edition by Burrows.

32 pages, $3.99.

RAWBONE #4

Written by Jamie Delano, art by Ryan Waterhouse.

The bloody end is here, and the vengeance of the pirates will be vicious and mighty! Jamie Delano cuts loose on a vicious pirate tale, delivering a bloody, terrifying vision of a world on the high-seas! The vicious Priests and his followers have taken to the worst forms of torture to get secrets from La Serena and her allies. But the final blow struck may not be by her, but will exact her fury none the less. This fantastic final issue is available with a regular cover fully painted by Felipe Massafera and a wraparound by Mike Wolfer.

32 pages, $3.99.






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