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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011

IMAGE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY

THIEF OF THIEVES #1

Written by Robert Kirkman and Nick Spencer, art and cover by Shawn Martinbrough.

Conrad Paulson lives a secret double life as master thief Redmond. There is nothing he can't steal, nothing he can't have... except for the life he left behind. Now, with a grown son he hardly knows, and an ex-wife he never stopped loving, Conrad must try to piece together what's left of his life, before the FBI finally catch up to him... but it appears they are the least of his worries.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 8.

THE DARKNESS #100

Written by Phil Hester, art by Romano Molenaar, covers by Jeremy Haun, Todd McFarlane, Michael Golden, Michael Broussard and Sunny Gho.

Just in time for the release of The Darkness II video game from 2K Games and Digital Extremes, Top Cow releases the over-sized 100th issue of one of its flagship characters. Hester concludes his run on the series as Darkness bearer, Jackie Estacado comes face-to-face with the source of his power and misery -- the Darkness itself! And only one of them will walk away...

48 pages, $4.99, in stores on Feb. 15.

ALPHA GIRL #1

Written by Jean-Paul Bonjour and Jeff Roenning, art and cover by Robert Love, Dana Shukartsi and Diego Simone.

It's 1984, and Judith is your typical 17 year old. She chain smokes, cuts class, sells her tampons to perverts, and she just might be the last sane woman left on the planet. When a third-rate cosmetics company creates a pheromone that turns women into crazed man-eaters, the world dives into chaos. Judith must break her little brother out of juvie, all the while dodging rabid women and the men who hunt them. Already a proven survivor, she picks up some interesting strays along the way and kicks some serious zombie ass! Judith is Alpha Girl!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 1.

GLORY #23

Written by Joe Keatinge, art and cover by Ross Campbell, variant cover by Rob Liefeld.

"Once and Future," Part by One. After missing for almost a decade, Glory's whereabouts are uncovered by a lone reporter, but the globe-spanning conspiracy keeping her hidden from humanity could make her return more dangerous than anyone ever anticipated!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 15.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME #1

Written by Angelo Tirotto, art and cover by Richard Jordan, variant cover by Ian Churchill.

"Home Again." Dee's life is in turmoil when her parents are killed in a freak tornado. Returning to Kansas for the funeral after five years in L.A., Dee discovers Emeraldsville is the same unexciting place it was when she left - until the bizarre unexplained murders begin. With an unknown killer closing in, the events of one night in 1959 begin to unravel as a portal to a world of horror opens, a portal paved with yellow bricks...

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

PETER PANZERFAUST #1

Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe, art and cover by Tyler Jenkins.

"The Great Escape," Part One. The city of Calais is the first city in France to fall to the Germans in the spring of 1940. A mysterious American boy named Peter rallies a handful of plucky French orphans and they must work together to survive Europe's darkest hour.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Feb. 15.

BETWEEN GEARS TP

Written, art and cover by Natalie Nourigat.

This honest, autobiographical account of a college senior's life will transport you to the land of Jell-O shots, term papers, job interviews, road trips, and sanguine optimism in the face of uncertainty and change.  Trade paperback collects the comic in its entirety, with 30 pages of new material!

304 pages, black and white, $19.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

QUEEN CRAB HC

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, art by Artiz Eigueren, cover by Sas Christian.

In the tradition of David Lynch and Stephen King comes the story of a young woman dealing with the insanity of the world around her. Meet Ginger, a twenty-something office girl that lives her life one boring day at a time until on her wedding night, her new husband tries to kill her...and it goes horribly wrong.

64 pages, $12.99, in stores on Feb. 1.

ARTIFACTS ORIGINS: FIRST BORN TP

Written by Ron Marz, art by Stjepan Sejic, Luke Ross, Stephen Sadowski, Rick Leonardi and Ryan Sook, cover by Stjepan Sejic.

Top Cow launches the "Origins" line of Arfitacts trades with one of the stories that led to the event that forever changed the landscape of the Top Cow Universe! The birth of Sara Pezzini's daughter Hope reignited the dormant war between the Darkness and the Angelus, set the bearer of the Witchblade on the path to "War of the Witchblades" and set the stage for Arfitacts. Find out how in this re-branded and expanded trade collection! Collects Arfitacts #1-3, Witchblade #110-#112 and First Born: Aftermath.

216 pages, $19.99, in stores on Feb. 1.

EMITOWN, VOL. 2 TP

Written by / art by / cover by EMI LENOX  

EMI LENOX's day by day autobiographical sketch journey continues in the second volume of EmiTown! Life gets serious in year two with complications of a relationship, the loss of a job, and the excitement of a blooming career. Widely acclaimed for her different approach to diary comics, Emi illustrates each day with humor and brilliance.

400 pages, black and white, $24.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

HACK/SLASH, VOL. 10 TP: DEAD CELEBRITIES

Written by TIM SEELEY & BENITO CERENO art by DAN LEISTER & ARIEL ZUCKER-BRULL  cover by RODIN ESQUEJO

Cassie and Vlad face off against a celebrity killer and their star struck fans, an all-powerful goddess, and Victor Crowley, star of the HATCHET film series! Meanwhile, intrepid former teen detective, Cat Curio makes her play to join the crew. Collects HACK/SLASH #5-8 and HACK/SLASH ANNUAL 3: HATCHET/SLASH.

160 pages, $16.99, in stores on Feb. 8.

INVINCIBLE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, VOL. 7 HC

Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN art by RYAN OTTLEY cover by RYAN OTTLEY & JOHN RAUCH

At last: the seventh hardcover by collection of the greatest superhero comic in the universe! This volume reprints the Viltrumite War storyline, as well as the stories showing the ripple effects on Earth resulting from Mark's decisions following that landmark battle. Collects INVINCIBLE #71-84.

384 pages, $39.99, in stores on Feb. 15.

KING CITY TP

Written by / art by / cover by BRANDON GRAHAM

The long-awaited collection of the complete KING CITY series is here, full of full on comic book games, puzzles and wordplay! Joe is a catmaster, trained to use his cat as any tool or weapon. His best friend Pete falls in love with an alien he's forced to sell into green slavery, while his ex Anna watches her Xombie War veteran boyfriend turn into the drug he's addicted to. King City, an underbelly of a town Run by spy gangs and dark dark magic with mystery down every alleyway. Collects KING CITY #1-12.

424 pages, $14.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

NEAR DEATH, VOL. 1 TP

Written by JAY FAERBER art by SIMONE GUGLIELMINI cover  TOMM COKER & DANIEL FREEDMAN

The critically acclaimed crime series is collected for the first time, featuring exclusive bonus material. Meet Markham, a professional killer who has a near death experience during a botched mission. Determined to avoid ever returning to the Hell he glimpsed, Markham has dedicated himself to balancing the scales. He's going to save a life for every life he's taken. And he's taken a lot of lives... Collects NEAR DEATH #1-5.

120 pages, $9.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

PIGS, VOL. 1: HELLO CRUEL WORLD TP

Written by NATE COSBY & BEN McCOOL art by BRENO TAMURA with WILL SLINEY cover by JOCK

In 1962, a KGB sleeper cell was placed in Cuba. Half a century later, the cell's children are assigned to overthrow the American government. But why...and why now? An uncompromising vision of the Cold War and modern terrorism. Collects PIGS #1-4.

112 pages, $12.99, in stores on Feb. 1.

PILOT SEASON 2012 TP

Written by TOP COW'S FINEST art by TOP COW'S FINEST cover by TOP COW'S FINEST

Top Cow's annual institution returns with its most ambitious lineup to date and this collection has it all. Every year, Top Cow releases a number of self-contained "pilot issues" featuring brand-new properties and then puts fans in control by having them vote to determine which one series will continue. This year's line up features eight competing titles including genres as diverse as survival horror, police procedural, post apocalyptic sci-fi, chase action-adventure, monster horror, and supernatural. Add in creators including established comic industry pros, first time creators, screenwriters, and even a NFL football star and this Pilot Season collection is a must have! Collects PILOT SEASON: THE TEST #1, PILOT SEASON: CITY OF REFUGE #1, PILOT SEASON: THE BEAUTY #1, PILOT SEASON: FLESHDIGGER #1, PILOT SEASON: MISDIRECTION #1, PILOT SEASON: ANONYMOUS #1, PILOT SEASON: SERAPH #1, and PILOT SEASON: THEORY OF EVERYTHING #1.

192 pages, $19.99, in stores on Feb. 29.

SAMURAI'S BLOOD, VOL. 1 TP

Written by OWEN WISEMAN art by NAM KIM cover  JO CHEN

In feudal Japan, an era when lineage defined you, three teenagers must make their way through the world hiding their identities in order to find their destinies. As their village burns behind them, they are headed for a city they'd heard about only in stories. The three young samurai must now struggle to stay alive and take vengeance on the evil usurper who has destroyed the rest of their clan and the only world they'd ever known. Will they rise on the tides of vengeance, or they will they fall on the swords of fate?

188 pages, $14.99, in stores on Feb. 29.

SPAWN 20th ANNIVERSARY POSTER #1

Art by GREG CAPULLO

Come celebrate 20 years of Spawn with us! The first installment of our 2012 quarterly poster program starts now with this memorable digitally painted piece from master Spawn artist GREG CAPULLO. Look for 3 more posters to be released later this year in this poster series. Size is perfect for framing to showcase this stellar art!

24 inches by 36 inches, $9.99, in stores on Feb. 15.

THE ACTIVITY #3

Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON art by & cover by MITCH GERADS

"THE LONG RIDE HOME" After a mission turns to disaster, Team Omaha must deal with trust and failure, and Leslie learns a lesson from veteran DELTA operators.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Feb. 15.

ARTIFACTS #16

Written by RON MARZ art by / cover by STJEPAN SEJIC

"SEARCH FOR THE ANGELUS," Part by Three Here's what we can tell you: Tom Judge and his companion, clairvoyant Tilly Grimes have discovered something is wrong with the world. Their discovery has prompted them to embark on a mission to track down the bearers of the 13 Artifacts. But isn't that what caused problems the last time? RON MARZ (MAGDALENA, SHINKU) and STJEPAN SEJIC (ANGELUS) continue the story of the Top Cow Universe in directions that will top everything that has come before!

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on Feb. 8.

AVENGELYNE #8

Written by ROB LIEFELD & MARK POULTON art by OWEN GIENI cover by A ROB LIEFELD cover by B OWEN GIENI cover by C JON MALIN

"THE HUNT," Part by Two The War Dogs are hot on the trail of Priest, as Avengelyne tries to convince the troubled vigilante to turn himself in. However, Passover has different plans for Father Michael... namely showing him the true face of death! Plus, an "Extreme Origins" back-up written by MARK POULTON with art by by a guest artist!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 29.

BLUE ESTATE #9

Written by VIKTOR KALVACHEV & ANDREW OSBORNE art by VIKTOR KALVACHEV, TOBY CYPRESS & NATHAN FOX cover by VIKTOR KALVACHEV    

"SURVIVAL INSTINCT" Bullets and bodily fluids fly when uneasy allies face off against ruthless killers in part by nine of this fast, funny 100% cool smash hit crime series.  See who gets iced, who turns up the heat and who fancies a shag in a Hollywood hot tub as Blue Estate enters the home stretch!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 8.

THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN: DISINTERRED #2

Written by DAVID HINE art by & cover by SHAKY KANE    

"TALES FROM THE HAUNTED JAZZ CLUB" Red Wraith recounts three tall tales of love and mutilation. An incompetent doctor performs surgery on his beloved wife, a beatnik learns that sexual inexperience, marijuana and sharp instruments make a dangerous mix, and a woman with a morbid fear of human hair discovers that a bald body can still be hairy inside.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

ELEPHANTMEN #40

Written by RICHARD STARKINGS art by TONY PARKER cover by TONY PARKER & BOO COOK

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep artist TONY PARKER illustrates this issue as Destiny's father tracks down the Silencer intent on revenge -- and Panya decides that's NOT okay with her.

40 pages, $3.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

FATALE #2

Written by ED BRUBAKER art by & cover by SEAN PHILLIPS colors DAVE STEWART

The second issue of the hottest new series of 2012 is here! In modern times, Nicholas Lash searches for answers about the mysterious woman who ruined his life, while in the mid-1950s, reporter Dominic Raines is drawn down that same murderous path... The award-winning team of Brubaker and Phillips keeps the heat on high in this epic horror noir.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Feb. 1.

GREEN WAKE #10

Written by KURTIS J. WIEBE art by / cover by RILEY ROSSMO

"LOST CHILDREN," Part by Five The tragic finale of Lost Children culminates with final retribution against one of Green Wake's occupants. Morley unlocks an integral clue to his first steps in uncovering Green Wake's earliest secrets.

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on Feb. 29.

HACK/SLASH #13

Written by TIM SEELEY art by DANIEL LEISTER cover by A TIM SEELEY & ALAN PASSALAQUA cover by B  BEN TEMPLESMITH

"MONSTER BAITING," Part by Two Witness the terror that is half snake, half giant ape: GORILLACONDA!  Also, Cat Curio thinks there's something rotten in South America, there's slashers galore, and Cassie totally has sex.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Feb. 22.

HAUNT #23

Written by JOE CASEY art by & cover by NATHAN FOX

NATHAN FOX returns as the Kilgore brothers return to New York City!  As Daniel begins to pick up the pieces of his shattered life, powerful forces are conspiring to enact the ultimate revenge.  Beware the unholy horror of... the Fire Wraith!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 29.

HEART #4

Written by BLAIR BUTLER art by / cover by KEVIN MELLON    

MINISERIES CONCLUSION! It all comes down to this. The shocking outcome of a pivotal fight forces M.M.A. brawler Oren "Rooster" Redmond to reconsider his future inside -- and outside -- the cage.

32 black and white pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 15.

INVINCIBLE #90

Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN art by & cover by RYAN OTTLEY & JOHN RAUCH

Everything is different now.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 15.

THE LAST OF THE GREATS #5

Written by JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV art by / cover by A by  BRENT PEEPLES cover by B by MATTHEW DOW SMITH

"THE DEAL," Part by Five Meet mankind's last hope for survival. He's called The Last, and he hates our guts. As the Last faces the Child, all hell breaks loose with the fate of mankind in the balance. Will this be the beginning of a new era or the end of humanity?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 8.

THE LI'L DEPRESSED BOY #11

Written by S. STEVEN STRUBLE art by / cover by SINA GRACE

"THREE SKETCHES OF A WORKPLACE CRUSH" New job?  Check.  New crush?  Check.  Know her name?  Not making that mistake again.  How will the Li'l Depressed Boy handle such close proximity to a girl he likes.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 29.

MONDO #2

Story, art by & cover by TED McKEEVER

What's considered normal on Venice Beach is totally outrageous everywhere else. So when the radioactively-mutated MONDO shows battling a hoard of mutated chickens, a gang of tattooed babies and a giant monster from the ocean's depths, all amidst the Mayor's dredging up the beach shoreline in search of a legendary Ferris wheel, you've got the making of an all-out gargantuan battle the likes the balmy town has never seen before!

32 pages, black and white, $4.99, in stores on Feb. 1.

MORIARTY #9

Written by DANIEL COREY art by & cover  ANTHONY DIECIDUE

"THE LAZARUS TREE," Conclusion Moriarty and Blair make their way into the jungle in search of the Tree, and a final deadly confrontation awaits...

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 15.

MORNING GLORIES #18

Written by NICK SPENCER art by JOE EISMA cover by RODIN ESQUEJO

"P.E. -- The Conclusion"

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 15.

NANCY IN HELL (ON EARTH) #2

Written by El Torres, art by Enrique Lopez Lorenzana, colored by Fran Gamboa.

Sheltered in a jail, San Diego evacuees are visited by Angels. Lucifer has an strange relationship with the jail inmates. Nancy doesn't like the words coming from Gabrielle the Archangel... is God really dead? Strange alliances are being sealed in the city tainted by the opened   Gates of Hell!

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on Feb. 29.

PIGS #6

Written by Nate Cosby and Ben McCool, art by Breno Tamura, cover by Christian Ward.

"Fred." Meet Fred.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 15.

PROPHET #22

Written by Brandon Graham, art and cover by Simon Roy.

John Prophet on a mission to restart by the God satellite has to join an alien caravan in order to cross a deadly desert of defunked giant robots.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

REED GUNTHER #8

Written by Shane Houghton, art and cover by Chris Houghton.

"Real Ladies Punch Harder." Tough-gal Starla has an identity crisis when Reed makes fun of her for acting uncharacteristically "lady-like". Starla mistakenly disrupts sacred burial ground when getting back at Reed and must fight off resurrected Indian mummies!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 1.

SAVAGE DRAGON #179

Written, art and cover by Erik Larsen.

"Invasion!" Earth is overrun! Murderous aliens hellbent on earth's destruction walk the planet and Malcolm and Angel Dragon are powerless to stop them! Meanwhile, across the universe, Dragon has to contend with a planet which has already fallen to these killers!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Feb. 1.

SEVERED #7

Written by Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft, art and cover by Attila Futaki.

"Home is Where the Heart is." In 1916, a boy runs away from home in search of his father. But along the way he meets a salesman with sharp teeth and a hunger for flesh.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 8.

SPAWN #216

Written by Will Carlton, art by Szymon Kudranski and Todd McFarlane, cover by Michael Golden.

"The Gathering Storm," Part by Four. Who is Jim Downing? Or, more importantly, who WAS Jim Downing?  Very powerful people have worked very hard to keep Jim, and the world, in the dark about who he really is. Old truths are set to be revealed as the first pieces of the newest Hellspawn's mysterious past begin to fall into place, following last issue's shocking cliffhanger.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 1.

THE STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE #5

Written by Justin Jordan, art and cover by Tradd Moore.

Luther tries to rescue Petra, and things end bloody. Meanwhile, Pete and Luther's Mom are left alone to face something unimaginably worse. Not everyone gets out of this issue alive. The penultimate issue of the hit series.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 1.

SUPER DINOSAUR #9

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

Super Dinosaur and Derek Dynamo must team up with the dreaded Squidious -- one of their most fearsome foes, in order to defeat The Exile If his master plan cannot be thwarted, all of humanity is lost!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

THE WALKING DEAD #94

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

They are unprepared for this.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 29.

WITCHBLADE #154

Written by Tim Seeley, art by Diego Bernard and Fred Benes, covers by John Tyler Christopher, Diego Bernard and Fred Benes.

"Unbalanced Pieces", Part Four. Sara Pezzini only wants to repay Cain Jorgonson by rescuing him, but the cult of the mysterious Fleshblade stands firmly in her way.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 22.

XENOHOLICS #5

Written by Joshua Williamson, art by Seth Damoose, cover by Dan Duncan.

"The Truth is Here!" Who kidnapped the Professor? Did a UFO land in New York City? Who is telling the truth about being abducted and who is lying? The answers to all those questions and more are in this issue as the Xenoholics are once again taken by aliens. But are the aliens friends... or Foes?

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Feb. 22.








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