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Image Comics Solicitations for product shipping March, 2002

ARIA: A SUMMER SPELL #1 (of 2)

(W) Brian Holguin (A) Marc Pajarillo and Lan Medina

FC 32pp $2.95 2 ISSUE STORY

In Stores the week of March 27th.

The Concept

A tale of magic, mystery and a love that spans the ages.

London, the summer of 1966.

The air is electrified with music, the streets are bursting with color, and everywhere you look, Youth is king. Into this strange and brave new world, a wayward knight comes looking for his long lost love: Lady Kildare of the Faerie. Blissfully reunited, the expatriate Fairy Princess helps the time-lost Sir Thomas adapt to the mad whirl of life in the 20th century, a life of motorcars, rock clubs and pop art “happenings.” It has been said that love conquers all, but Kildare must learn the hard way that, unlike her, not everyone is meant to live forever.

Recommended for readers and fans of…Neil Gaiman, Sandman, and Witchblade.

Copyright

Aria is Copyright and trademark Brian Haberlin and Brian Holguin, 2001.
All rights reserved.

THE ART OF JAY ANACLETO

(A)Jay Anacleto

FC 48pp $5.95 Prestige Format One-shot

In Stores the week of March 20th.

The Concept

A collection of works from the superstar artist of ARIA and ATHENA INC. Many images never seen before. Featuring a step by step how-to by the master artist himself as he takes
a piece from beginning to end. Also, includes a tutorial from
world-renowned colorist Brian Haberlin on digitally coloring Jay’s
fabulous work.

Simply a must have item for fans of the sequential art form.
Recommended for readers and fans of…
Beautiful Art, Alex Ross, and Jay Anacleto

Copyright

THE ART OF JAY ANACLETO is Copyright and trademark Brian Haberlin, 2001.
All rights reserved.

BLACK TIDE #3

(W) Debbie Bishop (P) Mike Miller (I) Rick Ketcham (Cover) Mike Miller

FC 32pp $2.95 Bimonthly ongoing series

In Stores the week of March 13th.

The Concept

Risen from the ashes of an ancient civilization, three fascinating
heroes are forced together to fight evil, overcome their fears and right
the wrongs they left behind. Outwordly, under the cover of a black ops
organization called The Deceivers, they battle super terrorists and high
crimes against the world. Secretly, in places hidden from mankind, they
fight ancient enemies who are far more deadly.

Their power is devastatingly dangerous. Together they once caused a war
so intense an entire continent crumbled and sank into the sea. Now that
fate has brought them together, will they be mankind’s savior, or will
their conflicts with each other destroy us all?

This Issue

Episode 3: “One Man’s Enemy is Another Man’s Hero”
The chaos continues! The sudden appearance of a sworn enemy ignites a
rebellion unseen since the destruction of ancient Atlantis. Old friends
are pitted against each other in a fight for their lives. Secret powers
are revealed when Kaila is forced to pry Justin from the claws of
certain death. And an ancient prophecy is set in motion as the tide
changes for the hidden world of Atlantis.

Recommended for readers and fans of…X-men, Battle Chasers, Planetary, Fantastic Four and X-Files

Copyright

BLACK TIDE, its logo and all related characters are ©, ™ LEFT FIELD
Productions, 2001. All Rights Reserved.

CREED: UTOPIATE #2

(W) Christina Z & Trent Kaniuga (A) Trent Kaniuga & Christina Z

FC 32pp $2.95 Bi-Monthly 4 issue series.

ATTENTION: Please see order form for retailer incentive program.

In Stores the week of March 13th.

The Concept

CreeD is Mark Farley, a boy who created his own Dreamworld for escape
when physical and mental pain became too tough to bear by himself. What
he didn’t realize was that many of the creatures that were created
didn’t want to stay there and that this wonderful solace could in fact,
be corrupted by someone with evil intentions. When fantasy and reality
collide, it proves to be the most dangerous thing Mark ever imagined!

This Issue

Mark has learned his Dreamworld is ripe with disorder. But it’s not the
usual foes he’s fought for so long. It seems the new enemy goes to his
school and is stunningly beautiful. Is she really the threat or is she
just a puppet for someone far more sinister? While a battle with a
Japanese dragon threatens the life of Mark’s Dreamfrog, CJ, Mark is
haunted by an evil faerie who sees men only as one thing … prey.
Recommended for readers and fans of
Books of Magic, The Maxx, Adventures of Harry Potter, Cowboy Bebop, and
those who love the look of painted works.

Copyright

CreeD is ™ Trent Kaniuga and Copyright Trent Kaniuga and Christina Z, 2001 All rights reserved.

CREEPS #3

(w) Dan Mishkin (a) Tom Mandrake (cover) Tom Mandrake

FC 32pp $2.95 Bi-Monthly Ongoing Series

In Stores the week of March 6th.

The Concept

Have you ever had a nightmare about a bogeyman who knows your deepest
secrets? He’s REAL. Did you snicker at that strange-looking freak with
goop dribbling down his chin? Funny…he’s laughing at YOU. Do you
wish you could take your world back from the weirdos and the Creeps?
Bear this in mind: very soon your life may depend on them. Because in a
world without heroes, sometimes the Creeps are all you’ve got.

This Issue

Amid the city’s alleyways and darkened streets, someone is stalking the
Creeps. And their only choice is to stalk back. But the unspeakably
evil Genesys Corporation is well protected by power and politics, and
the Creeps may be too late to rescue their missing friends. Though not
too late to discover a horror even they are unprepared for – a horror
that lurks deep within one twisted human heart!

Recommended for readers and fans of…The “X-Files,” the classic movie “Freaks,” the films of George Romero, the “Sopranos”-style mix of funny and fatal.

Copyright

Creeps is ™ and © Dan Mishkin and Tom Mandrake, 2001. All rights reserved.

DARKMINDS: MACROPOLIS #2

(W) Chris Sarracini (A) Jo & Christina Chen (I) Jo & Christina Chen

Cover A by Jo Chen

Cover B by Pat Lee

FC 32pp $2.95 Bi-Monthly 8 Issue Finite Series

In Stores the week of March 13th.

The Concept

Welcome to the shadowy world of DarkMinds, the chilling story of a
prolific serial killer and two special investigators charged with
bringing the killer to justice. Set in the not-so-distant future city of
Marcropolis, DarkMinds is a synthesis of classic detective fiction and
the broader genre of sci-fi cyberpunk.

This Issue

Join us for: A brutal killer on the loose, a headless body with a
heartbeat and a six-foot-five security guard named “Tiny” as the mad
journey through Macropolis continues! The race is on to apprehend the
city’s newest and most sadistic killer in this, the second installment
of the eight-issue serial. Agents Nagawa and Nakiko are desperate for
leads but the meticulous killer has covered his tracks well. Tired,
frustrated and angry our heroes appear beaten. That is until the daring
killer pays them an in-person visit, delivering a “gift” that
intensifies the chase to new heights. How long can the killer avoid
Nagawa and Nakiko? How many will suffer in the process? And how long
until Nagawa and Nakiko become targets themselves?

Recommended for readers and fans of…Silence of the Lambs, Sam & Twitch, and Blade Runner.

Copyright

DarkMinds is ™ and © Dreamwave Productions, 1998. All rights reserved.

DAWN: THE RETURN OF THE GODDESS TPB

by Joseph Michael Linsner

FC 144pp Trade Paperback $12.95

In Stores the week of March 13th.

The Concept

There are reasons that the witches meet in secret. Pagans, Goddess
worshippers…or Witches…the names may change, but those who have
bowed at the feet of the Great Mother Goddess have been around since
before recorded time. So have their enemies, who fear feminine power
and hide in the shadows. Those who prey on the witches are so good at
their grisly work that soon there are only two left– and one of them
takes her own life rather than fall victim to the demons chasing her.
With her dying breath, she summons Dawn, the Goddess of the earth, of
birth and rebirth, and protector of the witches. Lucifer, prince of
lies, and Ahura-Mazda, master of Heaven, may try to bar her path with
treachery and swords, but neither Heaven nor Hell is safe from Dawn’s
quest for answers — and for bloody vengeance.

Recommended for readers and fans of…Frazetta, Alan Moore’s “Promethea”, Sandman, Books of Magic, Slaine the Horned God, Joseph Campbell, Pagans, gypsies and walkers of alternative spiritual paths.

Copyright

Dawn is ™ and © Joseph Michael Linsner. All rights reserved.

DAWN: THE RETURN OF THE GODDESS LIMITED ED. SIGNED & NUMBERED HARD COVER

Limited to 1500 copies. Allocations may occur. $39.95

FELON #4

Minotaur Press

(W) Greg Rucka (P) Matthew Clark (I) Ray Snyder (C) Matt Nelson

BW 32pp $2.95 Six Issue Series

In Stores the week of March 20th.

The Concept

She took the fall and they took her money, but now the Felon is free,
and she’s out to collect what she’s owed…with interest.

This Issue

When the Felon stepped into freedom for the first time in 3 years, there
was one person waiting for her–the Fed who helped put her away. Meet
Special Agent Elizabeth Freeh–and get a taste for exactly just what
lengths she’ll go to track the Felon–and how far she’ll stray to take
her adversary down. From crack houses in Vegas to the midway at the
Kansas State Fair, she’s on the side of the law… but don’t think that
makes her a good guy.

Recommended for readers and fans of…Witchblade, Oz, hard-boiled crime stories, and Detective Comics.

Copyright

Felon™ its logo and all related characters are ®,™ & © 2002 Greg Rucka
and Top Cow Productions Inc. All rights reserved.

FUSED! #1

(W) Steve Niles (A) Nat Jones (I) Kevin Conrad & Rich Bonk (C) Todd Broeker

FC 32pp $2.95 Bi-Monthly Ongoing Series

Cover A by Nat Jones

Cover B by Ashley Woods

In Stores the week of March 6th.

The Concept

Mark Haggerty, a young robotics engineer becomes the unwilling pawn of
two colliding egos bent on each other’s destruction. During a routine
test, Mark is permanently fused with a experimental robot suit. Trapped,
he finds himself accused of murder and the target of a worldwide
manhunt. On the run and rapidly becoming amalgamated with a complex
exo-skeleton, Mark must fight through misguided military forces and
units of government-sanctioned superheroes, and somehow get his life back.

This Issue

“Canned Heat”. Part One of Four
Ex-Air Force pilot Mark Haggerty works as a robotics engineer. He works
hard. He has a wife who loves him. They have a nice home in the ‘burbs.
It’s a good life…until Mark stumbles into the crosshairs of two
destructive men. The resulting catastrophe fuses Mark inside an
indestructible robot suit called CY-BOT. In the blink of an eye Mark’s
life is turned upside down and the world is given a new hero!

Recommended for readers and fans of…

Spawn, X-Files, Star Wars and the classic superhero comics of the 70’s
with a touch Ghost In The Shell, Battle Chasers, and The Hulk.

Copyright

Fused! is © Steve Niles, 2001. All Fused! characters and concepts ©
Steve Niles, 2001. All images © Nat Jones, 2001

G.I. JOE #4

(W) Josh Blaylock (P) Steve Kurth (I) John Larter (Cover) J. Scott Campbell

FC 40pp $3.50 Ongoing Monthly Series

In Stores the week of March 6th.

The Concept

After almost a decade of being disbanded, America’s premier fighting
force is reinstated and back in action! Too bad for them they’re back
because their arch nemeses Cobra, Destro, and the Drednoks are back too!

This Issue

“Reinstated” Part 4 of 4

“Destro” unleashes the nano-mites on America and chaos ensues. All
communication from Washington DC has been cut off, and the Joes must go
in blind. This issue wraps up the story arc that brought G.I.JOE back
to comics and lays the foundation for many more stories to come. Perhaps
the most action packed issue yet, the Joes’ battle with Cobra takes them
right up to the white house lawn! Yo Joe!

Recommended for readers and fans of G.I.Joe is a sure win with anyone into high adventure, military action,
and more. It’s an action story that plots the U.S. military against a
team of near-super villains, and a great nostalgia kick to boot. For
fans of the old Joe toon and comics, Danger Girl, The One, Rainbow Six

Copyright

G.I.Joe is ™ and © Hasbro, Inc, 2001. All right reserved.

INFERNO: HELLBOUND #3

Top Cow Comics

(W) Marc Silvestri/David Wohl (P) Marc Silvestri (I) Batt (C) Steve Firchow

FC 32pp $2.50 Ongoing Series

In Stores the week of March 27th.

The Concept

Hell has broken loose on Earth, and humanity’s fate lies in the hands of
an elite squad of soldiers who must enter the gates of Hell in search of
answers. Unfortunately, not just anyone can enter Hell alive…you have
to be someone who was heading there anyway!

This Issue

The explosive Inferno story line continues!!! Everyone has their own
disturbing versions of what hell is, but Joe Dante and his team soon
discover that nothing in their worst nightmares could have prepared them
for what they’re about to face! Hell isn’t what they expected but
unfortunately, that isn’t a good thing! Join creators Marc Silvestri and
David Wohl on their Hellbound adventure, and see for yourself who can
survive the journey!!!

Recommended for readers and fans of…The Dirty Dozen, Tomb Raider, H.P. Lovecraft, and The Prophecy.

Copyright

Inferno: Hellbound™ its logo and all related characters are ®,™ & © 2002
Top Cow Productions Inc. All rights reserved.

KISS BUSTS

McFarlane Toys

Item #12260

A one-of-a-kind from McFarlane Toys: KISS Busts. These unique collectibles feature KISS members ­ Gene Simmons, Peter Kiss, Paul Stanley, and Ace Frehley ­ and will make a perfect addition for any KISS fan.

* Gene Simmons

* Peter Kiss

* Paul Stanley

* Ace Frehley

This item ships 12 per case. No guarantee of mix. Please inquire about pricing.

CAUT/4

NOBLE CAUSES #2

(W) Jay Faerber (P) Patrick Gleason & Jamal Igle (I) John Wycough & Damon Hacker

Cover A by Patrick Gleason

Cover B by Randy Green

FC 32pp $2.95 Bi-Monthly Ongoing Series

In Stores the week of March 6th.

The Concept

Having married into the illustrious Noble family, everywoman Liz
Donnelly gets to see a side of the world’s greatest super-heroes that
few others know exists. Behind the glamour and wonder lie dark secrets,
ruthless ambition, and twisted desires. It’s like the Kennedys with
super-powers! Each issue features a lead story set in the present, and a
back-up story set in the past.

This Issue

Part 2 of a 4-issue story arc

While the Noble family reels from last issue’s events, Doc and Gaia have
a confrontation that just may end their marriage; Rusty comes out of
seclusion; Frost and Celeste take their secret affair into dangerous
waters; and Zephyr entrusts Krennick with a personal secret. Jamal Igle
(New Warriors) pencils the back-up story, which depicts the terrible
attack that left Rusty near death… and almost tore his family apart.

Recommended for readers and fans of…X-Force, Powers, The Elementals, Astro City, and soap operas.

Copyright

Noble Causes is ™ and © Jay Faerber, 2001. All right reserved.

NOWHERESVILLE

by Mark Ricketts

BW Graphic Novel 192pp $14.95

In Stores the week of March 20th.

The Concept

Dig this, daddy-o! A 1950s Greenwich Village beatnik seeks love and
spiritual enlightenment, but instead finds himself embroiled in a
mystery involving a murdered exotic dancer, a thrill-killing mobster, a
hopped-up bebop jazz drummer, a ruthless Hollywood starlet, and a
crooked cop. This cat is on an espresso-fueled, riffs-n-stiffs, one-way
trip to nowheresville, baby!

Recommended for readers and fans of…for those hipsters that dig real-gone Beat generation literature like Kerouac’s “On the Road” and such film noir classics as “Touch of Evil!”

Copyright

Nowheresville is * and © Mark Ricketts, 2001. All right reserved.

Incentive

**For every 10 copies sold, retailers are likely to receive good karma
and, in some rare instances, nirvana. Not to mention finger snaps of
approval from the “IN” crowd.**

POWERS #19

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Mike Avon Oeming (Cover) Mike Avon Oeming

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing Monthly Series

In Stores the week of March 27th.

The Concept

Heroes glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire. Flamboyant
villains attempt daring daylight robberies. God-like alien creatures
clash in epic battle over the nighttime sky. And on the dirty city
streets below, Detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim do their
job, as special homicide officers in charge of cases that involve
Powers.

What is a cop’s job like in a world where powers are par for the course?
And what kind of cop is given the assignment?

This Issue

THE SUPER GROUP SAGA’S SHOCKING CONCLUSION!

Fireworks!! That’s right!

Its been building and building and here it comes- as the Super Group
homicide case twists around and around, the powers detectives finally
turn on each other- and it doesn’t end pretty,

It’s the issue you’ve been waiting for- it is finally here! Walker and
Deena have it out!

Recommended for Readers and fans of…Alia, Daredevil, and Ultimate Spider-Man

Copyright

POWERS is ™ and © JINXWORLD INC., 2001. All right reserved

SAVAGE DRAGON #97

by Erik Larsen

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing Monthly Series

In Stores the week of March 20th.

The Concept

The planet Earth has gone through a startling transformation! The domino
effect caused from killing a deadly time-traveling foe has forever
changed the world the Dragon lives in! Trapped in this savage world, the
former police officer must cope with the strange new earth he
unwittingly created and try to repair the damage he’s caused! It ain’t
easy, bub!

This Issue

Enter: She-Dragon. The Dragon and the Eternal Youths must free
She-Dragon from the evil clutches of the depraved devil Rakkum! When
the Dragon last found himself in a situation like this it led to the
resurrection of the depraved Darklord and the end of the world! Can
this startling occurrence spell the end of this Savage World as well?
The startling saga that leads up to the record setting 100th issue
begins here!

Recommended for readers and fans of…all the other books you love so much. This one has it all!

Copyright

Savage Dragon is ® and © Erik Larsen, 2001. All right reserved.

SPAWN #120

Todd McFarlane Productions

(W) Brian Holguin and Todd McFarlane (P) Angel Medina (I) Danny Miki

(Cover) Greg Capullo and Todd McFarlane

FC 32pp $2.50 Ongoing Monthly Series

In Stores the week of March 27th.

The Concept

Al Simmons, once the U.S. government’s greatest soldier and most
effective assassin, was mercilessly executed by his own men. Resurrected
from the ashes of his own grave in a flawed agreement with the powers of
darkness, Simmons is reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell.
Disfigured, homeless and alone, this warrior now known as Spawn wanders
the shadowy alleys of New York City in search of his past life.

This Issue

A Season in Hell ­ Part IV

While enemies past and present tighten their circle around him and those
he loves, Spawn is forced to face the darkest demon of all… himself.
Cogliostro reveals some startling details of the life of Al Simmons and
why he was destined from birth to become a Hellspawn. These new
revelations ­ about Simmons’ family, his life, his death ­ drive Spawn
to make an unbelievable decision about his future. And Cog proves that
his own motivations in the saga have been less than selfless. Don’t miss
this watershed issue in the Spawn mythos!

Recommended for readers and fans of…Seven, The Sixth Sense, Stir of Echoes, Stephen King, Clive Barker, American Gothic, and Twin Peaks.

Copyright

Spawn is ™ and © Todd McFarlane Productions, 2001. All right reserved.

TOMB RAIDER #20

Top Cow Comics

(W) Dan Jurgens (P) Andy Park (I) Jonathan Sibal (C) Jonathan D. Smith

FC 32pp $2.50 Ongoing Monthly Series

In Stores the week of March 13th.

The Concept

One of the most popular characters in video game history, Lara Croft is
a little bit Indiana Jones, a little bit Playboy playmate, and enough
action and adventure to snare an entire generation of fans with her
continuing adventures.

This Issue

“Pieces of Zero” Part 4 of 4

The four-part “Pieces of Zero” concludes with searing, incredible drama
as Lara Croft confronts Caronne, the mysterious being known as the
Avatar. The integrity of the present is jeopardized by events in the
future, all of which is compromised even more with the unexpected return
of the enigmatic Samuel Quill! Don’t miss the stunning conclusion of
Lara’s greatest adventure ever!

Recommended for readers and fans of…Indiana Jones, The Mummy, Witchblade, and No Honor.

Copyright

Tomb Raider, the Tomb Raider logo, Lara Croft and her likeness and Eidos
Interactive are trade marks of Eidos P.L.C. All rights reserved.

TOMB RAIDER JOURNEYS #3

Top Cow Comics

(W) Fiona Kai Avery (P) Drew Johnson (I) Jay Leisten (C) Jonathan D. Smith

FC 32pp $2.95 12 issue finite series

In Stores the week of March 20th.

The Concept

Artifact hunter extraordinaire Lara Croft is on the adventure of a
lifetime, out to track down the Spanish Armada of 1550. Journeys is a
twelve issue adventure spanning the seven seas, full of swashbuckling
adventure like you’ve never seen!

This Issue

Lara Croft is about to meet her match, again. The ancient cities of
Sodom and Gomorrah have been uncovered. Unfortunately Sodom lies on
public property and Gomorrah lies on private lands; lands that will be
sold to a condominium and casino developer unless Lara can find a way to
stop that transaction from happening. Her options include an unlikely
adventure and unusual allies.

Recommended for readers and fans of…Fathom, Indiana Jones, Goonies, and Buffy.

Copyright

Tomb Raider, the Tomb Raider logo, Lara Croft and her likeness and Eidos Interactive are trade marks of Eidos P.L.C. All rights reserved.

UNIVERSE #6

Top Cow Comics

(W) Paul Jenkins (P) Clayton Crain (I) Jonathan Glapion (C) Jonathan D. Smith

FC 32pp $2.50 Monthly Series

In Stores the week of March 6th.

The Concept

This is it ­ the rhyme and reason behind the Top Cow Universe. Examining
the connection between The Darkness, The Witchblade, and The Angelus,
Universe takes you through Hell to connect the Top Cow Universe as never before.

This Issue

Tom Judge discovers that the source of his great shame – the guy who
killed his own wife and kids after speaking with Tom in church – is
holding his family hostage for eternity in Hell. Meanwhile, the
mysterious Mr. Black continues with his nefarious plans for Hell…and
Tom Judge.

Recommended for readers and fans of…Watchmen, JLA, Planetary, and Hellboy.

Copyright

Universe™ its logo and all related characters are ®,™ & © 2002 Top Cow
Productions Inc. All rights reserved.

WITCHBLADE #54

Top Cow Comics

(W) David Wohl (P) Francis Manapul (I) D. Tron (C) Steve Firchow

FC 32pp $2.50 Ongoing Series

In Stores the week of March 13th.

The Concept

Police officer Sara Pezzini has come into possession of the Witchblade,
a demonic gauntlet that throws her into a world of supernatural menaces
unlike any she knew existed before. Will she control the Witchblade, or
will it control her body and soul?

This Issue

Chemistry is the key to any successful relationship, so who are we to
stand in the way? Top Cow Productions is proud to announce the return of
David Wohl!! The original co-creator and writer of Witchblade returns in
grand fashion to get the old chemistry churning once again while putting
a new spin on everyone’s favorite gauntlet wielding detective!! Joining
him will be pencilling sensation and the series new ongoing artist,
Francis Manapul, along with Sara’s steady mainstays, D. Tron and Steve
Firchow. Brace yourself for a new era of Witchblade as a few old friends
return, a few new ones arrive, and Sara’s life is changed forever!!

Recommended for readers and fans of…Buffy, Elektra, Tomb Raider, and The Darkness.

Copyright

Witchblade™ its logo and all related characters are ®,™ & © 2002 Top Cow
Productions Inc. All rights reserved.

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