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Image Comics Solicitations for product shipping March, 2004

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Image Comics Solicitations for product shipping March, 2004

Image Comics has provided CBR News with covers and solicit information for product shipping March, 2004.

ALTERNATION #2

THE CONCEPT

It’s the 19th Century, and a strange astronomic-time phenomenon has created an alternate timeline in which every era of Earth’s history is combined into a single reality. Germany has invaded America and Ludwig II is Emperor, but a clever band of rebels led by Samuel Clemens are staging a revolt…

THIS ISSUE

Sam and Tokugawa are aided by the Wright Brothers as they break into Ellis Island Castle to learn more about the origins of the mysterious Atomic Machine. Fallout from an old love affair between Sam and Mata Hari could endanger the mission, though, and Jack the Ripper isn’t helping things, either!

Written by F.G. HAGHENBECK

Art & cover by CARLOS BARBERI

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly ongoing series

On Sale 3 MARCH, 2004

ALTERNATION is ™ and © Francisco Haghenbeck, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

THE BLACK FOREST

THE CONCEPT

World War I. In the battle between good and evil, evil just got creative: The Germans are developing a mysterious weapon to break through the trenches.

THIS ISSUE

American pilot Jack Shannon and Archie Caldwell, Britain’s greatest stage magician, are sent behind enemy lines, into the heart of the supernatural vortex that is the Black Forest. There, in a remote castle, they match wits with evil occultist Avery Dye, who aims to use Frankenstein’s Monster as a template to create an army of unstoppable re-animated dead! In order to thwart the forces of evil, Jack and Archie will be forced to battle Nosferatu, werewolves, a sorcerer and Frankenstein’s Monster himself!

ALSO AVAILABLE

PARLIAMENT OF JUSTICE

Written by TODD LIVINGSTON & ROBERT TINNELL

Art by NEIL VOKES

Cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING

BW 96 pgs. $9.95

Graphic novella

On Sale 31 March, 2004

THE BLACK FOREST is ™ and © Todd Livingston, Robert Tinnell and Neil Vokes 2003. All Rights Reserved.

“THE BLACK FOREST is bold, powerful and fun, like watching a big-budget horror-adventure movie unfold on the printed page. The story’s clever, the characters are engaging, the writing is confident and sure, and Neil Vokes’s art, as ever, is a treat — energetic, atmospheric and distinctive. A winner all around.”

Kurt Busiek (Justice League/Avengers, Astro City, Arrowsmith)

“THE BLACK FOREST is a rip-snortin’ horror adventure yarn and an offbeat addition to the classic monster mythos.”

– Tony Timpone (Editor, Fangoria)

BLOODSTREAM #2 (of 4)

THE CONCEPT

Exotic dancer Amber O’Neill is used to men taking advantage of her. From her abusive father to a whole list of manipulative boyfriends she has kept her rage in check. But the fuse is lit when she is kidnapped and given new synthetic blood by a secretive biotech company. The blood gives her fantastic physical abilities and the means to exact her revenge.

THIS ISSUE

Amber seduces the lab assistant and escapes her bonds. She then navigates expertly through the BioGenCo complex as if guided by some mysterious, unseen force.

Written by ADAM SHAW & PENNY REGISTER

Art & cover by ADAM SHAW

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly four-issue miniseries

On sale 3 MARCH, 2004

MATURE READERS WARNING

BLOODSTREAM is © Adam Shaw and Penny Register, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

CASEFILES: SAM & TWITCH #11

THE CONCEPT

This is the second spin-off book featuring New York City police detectives Sam Burke and Twitch Williams, popular characters originally introduced in SPAWN. CASE FILES: SAM & TWITCH takes the crime noir world of Sam and Twitch to a darker level, feature unique artwork and storytelling from MARC ANDREYKO and PAUL LEE.

THIS ISSUE

“Skeletons,” Part Five

It’s the penultimate chapter of “Skeletons,” and as the truth behind the powerful Halloran family is uncovered, Sam must face some dark choices he made in his own past! Can Sam and Twitch make sense of the mysteries before it’s too late? And – wait a minute – is someone gonna get assassinated?

ALSO AVAILABLE

CASEFILES: SAM & TWITCH #1

Written by MARC ANDREYKO

Art by PAUL LEE

Cover by GREG CAPULLO

BW 32 pgs. $2.50

Monthly ongoing series

On Sale 17 MARCH, 2004

MATURE READERS WARNING

CASE FILES: SAM & TWITCH is ™ and © Todd McFarlane Productions, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

THE CLOCKMAKER: ACT 3 (of 3)

THE CONCEPT

Hidden within a hollow mountain in Switzerland churns a giant clockworks maintained by hundreds of men who never age. The clock is the cause and sustainer of the Earth’s revolutions. What’s more, it is the gateway to Heaven itself.

THIS ISSUE

The doorway to Heaven is finally opening, just as the reason why the clockworks was built and the purpose of the Devil’s machinations is revealed! Astrid and Hans are all that stands between an unholy alliance and humankind!

PLUS: In a special back-up feature, see some of Jim Krueger’s first drafts of CLOCKMAKER scripts.

TAGLINES:

FROM THE WRITER OF EARTH X AND THE CREATOR OF FOOT SOLDIERS AND THE LAST STRAW MAN

THE BLOODY CONCLUSION TO JIM KRUEGER’S MAGNUM OPUS ABOUT THE DEVIL, DEATH, LIFE, THE GATEWAY TO HEAVEN… AND 500 GUYS DRESSED IN SWISS LEDERHOSEN

QUOTES:

“No one else in the Comic Industry or Hollywood does this sort of grand epic opera.” – Mike Mignola (Hellboy)

“…it can’t be stopped, not even if the devil and all his crocodiles came up from Hell to stop it.” – Neil Gaiman (Sandman)

Written by JIM KRUEGER

Art by JASON BAROODY, MIKE HALBLIEB & BRETT WELDELE

Cover by MATT SMITH

FC 64 pgs. $6.95

Three-issue bimonthly miniseries

On Sale 31 MARCH, 2004

THE CLOCKMAKER is ™ and © Jim Krueger, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

DAVID AND GOLIATH #3

THE CONCEPT

Goliath, an ancient monster andguardian to the Egyptian Gods, has been unleashed upon the world. But an innocent, 10-year-old boy named David controls the mighty monster as if it were his pet. It’s the middle of WWII and hot on their trail are secret Nazi agents sent out to harness the great power of the monster, to change the tide of the war. And the enemy know that whoever controls the boy, controls the beast.

THIS ISSUE

Goliath’s wrath has been released and the struggle for control of David has begun! David’s sister Sarah has been taken hostage by the Nichila and her Nazi Agents, and a high-speed cat-and-mouse chase through the streets of New York ensues.

TAGLINE:

DISCOVER ACTION, ROMANCE AND SUSPENCE…ALL IN ONE ISSUE!

Written by JAY JU

Art by LEONEL CASTELLANI

Cover by LEONEL CASTELLANI

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly ongoing series

On sale 17 MARCH, 2004

David and Goliath is ™ and © Jay Ju Entertainment Inc., 2003. All Rights Reserved.

DESPERATE TIMES #1

THE CONCEPT

A couple of guys – one single, one newly married – try to make it in the world. It’s too bad the grass always looks greener on the other side…

THIS ISSUE

Marty tries to figure out married life, Toad tries to figure out life without his best friend and Kennedy tries to destroy his liver. What happens to a friendship when one friend gets married – and to a ventriloquist, no less?

Written & illustrated by CHRIS ELIOPOULOS

Cover by CHRIS ELIOPOULOS

BW 32 pgs. $2.95

Bimonthly ongoing series

On Sale 10 March, 2004

DESPERATE TIMES is ™ and © Chris Eliopoulos 2003. All Rights Reserved.

QUOTES:

“LIVELY CARTOONING STYLE, GREAT EAR FOR DIALOGUE, GREAT EYE FOR STORY AND IMPECCABLE COMIC TIMING. HOW I HATE HIM.”

-GAIL SIMON (Birds of Prey)

“CHRIS IS GOOD-REAL GOOD. AND HE KEEPS GETTING BETTER. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HE DOES NEXT!”

-ERIK LARSEN (Savage Dragon)

“IF YOU’VE EVER ENJOYED A NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIP WHEN SOME OF THEM WERE CONSISTENTLY FUNNY, YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO CHECK OUT DESPERATE TIMES.”

-ROBERT KIRKMAN (INVINCIBLE)

HAWAIIAN DICK: THE LAST RESORT #3 (of 4) RES

THE CONCEPT

In this follow-up to the critically acclaimed HAWAIIAN DICK, Private Investigator Byrd finds himself entangled in a gangland turf war for control of paradise. Hired to investigate the mysterious sabotage of a brand new luxury resort, Byrd soon finds a smorgasbord of suspects, both human and inhuman. Torn between rival factions, Byrd can’t rely on help from his friend, Detective Mo Kalama, who finds himself stalked by the very men who hired Byrd.

THIS ISSUE

Loose ends are tied together as others unravel. The FBI makes its presence known, and a hungover Byrd confronts the crime families with information regarding their motivations. Meanwhile, Mo prepares for a date with man-eating sharks, and a sunbathing Kahami encounters (a deceased?) Stew Mulligan.

Written by B. CLAY MOORE

Art & cover by STEVEN GRIFFIN

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Four-issue monthly miniseries

On sale 10 MARCH, 2004

This is a resolicitation.

All previous orders have been cancelled.

HAWAIIAN DICK is ™ and © B. Clay Moore & Steven Griffin, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

TAGLINE:

HEAVEN, LLC

THE CONCEPT

Heaven is not all puffy clouds, harps, and angels. Like most things, it’s all about business. When Heaven, LLC’s CEO (that’s God) turns up missing, all Hell breaks loose! The Board of Trustees sets out to find him… even though no one likes him. Hijinks ensue! Huzzah! Written by WAYNE CHINSANG – the editor of the humor and entertainment publication, tastes like chicken – and drawn by DAVE CROSLAND also of tastes like chicken and PUFFED fame and starring a cast of characters like John the Baptist, The Holy Spirit, Lucifer and Jesus, this is one graphic novel destined to entertain. Or at least that’s what my pastor tells me.

Written by WAYNE CHINSANG

Art by DAVE CROSLAND

Cover by DAVE CROSLAND & DEBBIE

BW 144 pgs. $12.95

Graphic Novel

MATURE READERS WARNING

On sale 10 MARCH, 2004

HEAVEN, LLC is ™ and © Wayne Chinsang, Justin Shady & Dave Crosland, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

HEAVEN’S DEVILS #4 (of 4)

THE CONCEPT

A smuggler with a past, an environmentalist with an agenda, and a loose cannon with a chip on her shoulder come together with the fate of humanity between them.

THIS ISSUE

Alan and Madison race to stop Wickliffe from unleashing a virus in Chicago. Millions of lives will be lost if they fail, but can the Earth survive if they succeed? In the final issue, everyone is right, everyone is wrong, and everyone loses.

Written by JAI NITZ

Art & cover by ZACH HOWARD

BW 32 pgs. $2.95

Four-issue bimonthly miniseries

On sale 24 MARCH, 2004

HEAVEN’S DEVILS is ™ and © Jai Nitz, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

“One thing’s for sure: If there really is a Hell, Chinsang has one foot in it… but according to HEAVEN, LLC that’s a really, really good thing.” – Brian Gage (Snark, Inc. A Corporate Fable and The Amazing Snox Box)

INVINCIBLE #11

THE CONCEPT

Mark Grayson is just like most everyone else his age, except for the fact that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. And now he’s begun to inherit his father’s powers. It all sounds okay at first, but how do you follow in your father’s footsteps when you know you will never live up to his standards?

THIS ISSUE

“Perfect Strangers,” Part Three

The status quo becomes a thing of the past when Mark’s world is torn apart before his eyes. How will he pick up the pieces? Events in this issue lead into our big issue 12 spectacular! Don’t miss it!

Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art by RYAN OTTLEY

Cover by CORY WALKER

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly ongoing series

On sale 24 MARCH, 2004

INVINCIBLE ™ and © Robert Kirkman & Cory Walker, 2003. All Right Reserved.

TAGLINE:

EVERYTHING FALLS APART

INVINCIBLE, VOL. 2: EIGHT IS ENOUGH TP

THE CONCEPT

Mark Grayson is just like most everyone else his age, except for the fact that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. And now he’s begun to inherit his father’s powers. It all sounds okay at first, but how do you follow in your father’s footsteps when you know you will never live up to his standards?

THIS ISSUE

The “Inivincible Family” finally starts to get a handle on the whole superhero thing, while Mark plans for college and the oft-mentioned Guardians of the Globe are finally introduced in this full-length trade paperback featuring what is undoubtedly the single most shocking and unexpected page in the series thus far. If you’ve been waiting for the trade, here it is! Don’t miss out on the series ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY gave an “A-” a second time!

Collects INVINCIBLE #5-8

ALSO AVAILABLE

INVINCIBLE, VOL. 1: FAMILY MATTERS TP

Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art by CORY WALKER & RYAN OTTLEY

Cover by CORY WALKER

FC 128 pgs. $12.95

Trade Paperback

On sale 31 MARCH, 2004

INVINCIBLE ™ and © Robert Kirkman & Cory Walker, 2003. All Right Reserved.

TAGLINE:

THE SECOND TRADE PAPERBACK COLLECTION OF THE SLEEPER HIT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT! IF YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THE TRADE – HERE IT IS!

LIBERTY MEADOWS #36

THE CONCEPT

It’s life and love as usual in Liberty Meadows animal sanctuary, where anything and everything can happen.

THIS ISSUE

Brandy and Roger’s wedding draws near, as Frank the vet makes one last-ditch effort to stop it. Ralph and Leslie’s latest invention wreaks havoc as Dean flirts with disaster at the wedding reception. A real tear-jerker, this one!

ALSO AVAILABLE

LIBERTY MEADOWS, BOOK 1: EDEN HC

Written and illustrated by FRANK CHO

Cover by FRANK CHO

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Bi-Monthly ongoing series

On sale 10 MARCH, 2004

LIBERTY MEADOWS is ™ and ©Frank Cho, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

MCFARLANE’S SPORTS PICKS: NHL 3-INCH TWO-PACKS

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 75120

A brand-new product from McFarlane Toys: McFarlane’s Sports Picks in 3-inch scale. Each NHL 3-inch clamshell package contains two hockey figures, each with a stick and a base. All the detail and precision you’ve come to expect from McFarlane Toys in half the size.

The item ships 12 per case. $3.99 each. $47.88 per case.

March 2004

o Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins center, No. 66 and Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Mighty Ducks goalie, No. 35

o Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils goalie, No. 30 and Joe Thornton, Boston Bruins center, No. 19

o Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche center, No. 19 and Mike Modano, Dallas Stars center, No. 9

o Mats Sundin, Toronto Maple Leafs center, No. 13 and Peter Forsberg, Colorado Avalanche center, No. 21

o Jeremy Roenick, Philadelphia Flyers center, No. 97 and Brett Hull, Detroit Red Wings right wing, No. 17

o Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames right wing, No. 12 and Saku Koivu, Montreal Canadiens center, No. 11

ALSO AVAILABLE

McFarlane’s Sports Picks: NBA 3-inch two-packs

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 75110

Superstar basketball action figures in small scale. Each clamshell package contains two individual NBA figures, each with a base. All the detail you’ve come to expect from McFarlane’s Sports Picks in a smaller package and smaller price point.

The item ships 12 per case. $3.99 each. $47.88 per case

o Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles Lakers C, No. 34 and Rasheed Wallace, Portland Trailblazers F, No. 30

o LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers F, No. 23 and Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics G/F, No. 34

o Tracy McGrady, Orlando Magic G, No. 1 and Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks F/C, No. 41

o Yao Ming, Houston Rockets C, No. 11 and Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs F/C, No. 21

o Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers G, No. 3 and Chris Webber, Sacramento Kings F, No. 4

o Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons F/C, No. 3 and Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets G, No. 5

MINISTRY OF SPACE OMNIBUS

THE CONCEPT

This is the story of how we could have gone to space. Maybe how we should have gone to space. This is the story of the Ministry of Space.

The black budget that financed the move into space. The deaths of the test pilots, taken from the surviving Spitfire flyers of the Battle of Britain. And in 2000, the end of the Golden Age, as America and Russia begin moving into space. The secret revealed, and the destruction of a man who sacrificed himself for the Ministry of Space.

Collects the sold out MINISTRY OF SPACE #1-2

ALSO AVAILABLE

LAZARUS CHURCHYARD: THE FINAL CUT TP

Written by WARREN ELLIS

Art by CHRIS WESTON & LAURA MARTIN

Cover by CHRIS WESTON & LAURA MARTIN

FC 48 pgs. $4.95

One-shot

On sale 17 MARCH, 2004

MINISTIRY OF SPACE ™ and © Warren Ellis & Chris Weston, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

TAGLINE:

WHAT IF THE SPACE RACE HAD BEEN WON BEFORE IT HAD EVEN STARTED? REPRESENTING THE SOLD OUT MINISTRY OF SPACE #1-2. LOOK FOR MINISTRY OF SPACE #3 IN APRIL 2004!

NOBLE CAUSES, VOL. 2: FAMILY SECRETS TP

THE CONCEPT

Liz Donnelly – the widow of super-hero Race Noble – is an everyday person living with her in-laws, a family of celebrity superheroes! Behind the glamour and wonder lie dark secrets, ruthless ambition and twisted desires.

THIS ISSUE

Liz is finds herself at the center of a media frenzy surrounding the pregnancy of Zephyr Noble, as numerous factions – including the Nobles themselves – try to find out the identity of the baby’s father. Meanwhile, Frost tries to use the situation to his advantage, in his quest for the identity of his father, Rusty makes a bold decision about his future and Doc takes drastic steps to repair his relationship with his children.

PLUS: a gallery of exclusive production art and creator commentary.

Collects NOBLE CAUSES: FAMILY SECRETS #1-4

ALSO AVAILABLE

NOBLE CAUSES, VOL. 1: IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH TP

Written by JAY FAERBER

Art by IAN RICHARDSON, JONBOY MEYERS, MATT WENDT, JON SOMMARIVA & ANDRES PONCE

Cover by IAN RICHARDSON

FC 120 pgs. $12.95

Trade Paperback

On sale 17 MARCH, 2004

NOBLE CAUSES ™ and © Jay Faerber, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

PATIENT ZERO #1 (of 4)

THE CONCEPT

As humanity spirals towards global war, Alex Grant and a handful of other imperfectly mutated psychics must battle against the true instigator: an AI that is viciously conquering the human race, one mind at a time.

THIS ISSUE

“Eternity’s Past,” Part One

Alex Grant thought that surrendering his freedom to a covert genetics facility would take him away from his problems, but when the facility is invaded by an unknown military force and his only ally lies dying in his arms, Alex must find a way to save them both.

Written by JOHN MCLEAN-FOREMAN

Art by BRENT WHITE

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly ongoing series

On sale 24 MARCH, 2004

PATIENT ZERO is ™ and © John McLean-Foreman, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

TAGLINE:

ALL-NEW SERIES!

PHANTOM JACK #1

THE CONCEPT

Jack Baxter is a New York newspaper reporter who always seems to get the impossible stories. He has a gift (or is it a curse?) to become invisible at will. Sometimes he uses his powers for good, other times for selfish gain. Despite his success, though, he’s not a happy man. He carries the guilt of letting a friend die in a foreign land, a friend he could have saved if only he had the courage. And now he must go back.

THIS ISSUE

“Roach Motel”

Meet the man who is not there. What would you do if you were unseen? Jack Baxter confronts his fear to release the hero inside, but no good deed goes unpunished.

Written by MIKE SANGIACOMO

Art & Cover by MITCHELL BREITWEISER

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly ongoing series

On Sale 3 MARCH, 2004

PHANTOM JACK is ™ and © Mike Sangiacomo. inc, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

TAGLINE:

ALL-NEW SERIES BY NEWSARAMA COLUMNIST MIKE SANGIACOMO!

QUOTE:

“If Mike’s comic is as half as interesting as his amazing investigative reporting, well then it’ll be twice as interesting as everything else on the market. Can’t wait.” – Brian Michael Bendis (POWERS, Ultimate Spider-Man, Daredevil)

POWERS, VOLUME 2 #1

THE CONCEPT

Homicide Detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim investigate superhero-related crime. Their investigations take them from the seediest underbelly of the city to the gleaming towers that are home to immortal beings.

THIS ISSUE

“Legends,” Part One

DEENA AND WALKER ARE BACK! But the world of superheroes has gone to hell and you have to see it to believe it. Yes, the world of POWERS has changed so much for this new arc that a new number was the only way to go! Fans of Bendis’ Marvel Comics work now have a perfect jumping-on point for the award-winning superhero crime drama so out there Marvel and DC could not publish it!

From the Eisner Award-winning team of BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men, Daredevil, Alias) and MICHAEL AVON OEMING (BASTARD SAMURAI, HAMMER OF THE GODS, PARLIAMENT OF JUSTICE)!

ALSO AVAILABLE

POWERS, VOL. 4: SUPERGROUP TP

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly ongoing series

On Sale 24 MARCH, 2004

MATURE READERS WARNING

POWERS is ™ and © Jinxworld. inc, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

TAGLINE: A WHOLE NEW ERA FOR POWERS!

CHECK OUT WIZARD’S EDGE FOR AN EXCLUSIVE

NEW POWERS STORY THAT LEADS INTO THIS NEW

SERIES!

PvP #7

THE CONCEPT

In a world where nerds evolved instead of man, the staff of PvP magazine rule as kings. Join Cole, Brent, Francis, Jade and Skull the Troll as they chronicle the world of pop-culture.

THIS ISSUE

It’s not easy being the only female in an all male work environment, but Jade Fontaine has always risen to the challenge…until today. She’s put up with all the dirty jokes, guy talk and various smells, but this may be the final straw. What CHILLING event could force Jade to leave PvP forever? You have to see it to believe it!

ALSO AVAILABLE

PVP, VOL. 1: THE DORK AGES TP

Written & illustrated by SCOTT KURTZ

Cover by MIKE WIERINGO

BW 32 pgs. $2.95

Bimonthly ongoing series

On Sale 31 MARCH, 2004

PvP is ™ and © Scott R. Kurtz, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

TAGLINE:

GUEST COVER OF SUSPENSE BY FANTASTIC FOUR ARTIST MIKE WIERINGO!

REAPER

THE CONCEPT

Lord Shirak, with the power of his ancient gem, is the ruler of the known world. All live in fear of this brutal tyrant, and it is rumored that he is indestructible and has lived for over four-hundred years. The people of his kingdom have come to live with the fact that he may never be defeated.

THIS ISSUE

Reaper is the deadliest assassin in all the land. His price is high, but his blade is unmatched and worth twice the cost. For reasons unknown, a mysterious figure has hired Reaper to assassinate Lord Shirak so that he may rule. Dark forces are at work here as Reaper becomes a pawn in a game that could very well mean the end of all life as we know it.

ALSO AVAILABLE

CLOUDFALL

Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art & cover by CLIFF RATHBURN

BW 64 pgs. $6.95

One-shot

On sale 10 MARCH, 2004

MATURE READERS WARNING

REAPER is TM and © Cliff Rathburn 2003. All Rights Reserved.

TAGLINE:

ONE UNSTOPPABLE ASSASSIN

ONE INDESTRUCTIBLE TYRANT

AND ONE WORLD IN THE BALANCE

SAVAGE DRAGON TP REPRINTS

SAVAGE DRAGON, VOL. 3: THE FALLEN

FC 128 pgs. $12.95

On Sale 3 MARCH, 2004

Collects SAVAGE DRAGON #7-11

“Wonderful comic books that give the reader the same feeling of wonderment and amazement that the writer/artist felt creating it.”

– JOE QUESADA

SAVAGE DRAGON, VOL. 4: POSSESSED

FC 144 pgs. $12.95

On Sale 10 MARCH, 2004

Collects SAVAGE DRAGON #12-16

“Offbeat characters, bloodthirsty energy and boiling-point plotting, mitigated by rampant humor and parody and wrought with autobiographical detail cushioned in a sense of wonder.”

-STERANKO

SAVAGE DRAGON, VOL. 5: REVENGE

FC 128 pgs. $13.95

On Sale 17 MARCH, 2004

Collects SAVAGE DRAGON #17-21

“Action, drama, big fights, and big surprises all in the style that would have made Stan and Jack proud at the height of their illustrious run on THE FANTASTIC FOUR. To be in that esteemed company, in my opinion, there are very few, but Erik Larsen has done it the old fashioned way – he EARNED it.”

– JEPH LOEB

SAVAGE DRAGON, VOL. 6: GANG WAR

FC 144 pgs. $16.95

On Sale 24 MARCH, 2004

Collects SAVAGE DRAGON #22-26

“SAVAGE DRAGON is my favorite straight-ahead superhero book going. It’s funny, and it’s jam-packed with action, energy, and pound for pound, more goofy-ass super-villains than any other book in the history of comics.”

-KURT BUSIEK

SAVAGE DRAGON is ™ & © 2003 Erik Larsen. All Rights Reserved.

SPAWN #144

THE CONCEPT

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

THIS ISSUE

“Errant,” Part Two

An ancient evil that has lain dormant since the Dark Ages has been resurrected. In order to defeat it, Spawn must fulfill an oath made centuries ago by the doomed Lord Covenant, a previous incarnation of the Hellspawn. When Al Simmons travels to England in pursuit of this quest, he finds himself tested body and soul by the ancient curse. But the price of victory may be higher than Spawn is willing to pay.

*Art shown is not the cover.

ALSO AVAILABLE

SPAWN, VOL. 11: IMMORTALITY

Written by BRIAN HOLGUIN & TODD McFARLANE

Art by ANGEL MEDINA

Cover by GREG CAPULLO & TODD McFARLANE

FC 32 pgs. $2.50

Monthly ongoing series

On sale 31 MARCH, 2004

SPAWN is ™ and © Todd McFarlane Productions, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

Spawn Series 25: The Classic Comic Covers 2 deluxe boxed set: The Creech

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 11330

The Creech ci.001 is based on the artwork of The Creech: Out for Blood issue #1. The deluxe boxed set for Spawn Series 25: The Classic Comic Covers 2 features a huge version of Greg Capullo’s The Creech. Fully detailed. Fully articulated. Huge. Note: The Creech figure is not in the regular Series 25 case assortment, which has five figures.

The item ships 4 per case. $10.49 each. $41.96 per case.

SWORD OF DRACULA #3

THE CONCEPT

You’ve seen Dracula… but you’ve never seen him like this. Think Dracula: Impossible. Think Black Hawk Dracula. At 600 years old, Dracula controls blood so keenly that he can make almost anything his army needs. And he will rule the earth. But what happens when the King of Vampires faces the return of an even greater, older evil? What unholy alliance must Dracula form with Ronnie Van Helsing, the young leader of the massive agency known as the Polidorium?

THIS ISSUE

“The Elders,” Part Three

SWORD OF DRACULA switches into manga-esque overdrive as the fallen angels Samyaza and Azazyel come gunning for Dracula in search of an ancient artifact and then turn their attention on Ronnie Van Helsing and the Polidorium. Vampires explode, Dracula surprises everyone with a new and nasty trick, angels scream and a new series is hinted at – all under the extreme hand of newcomer William Belk, whose Devilman-like art brings SWORD OF DRACULA a hard-edged manga style!

Written by JASON HENDERSON

Art by WILLIAM BELK

Cover by TONY HARRIS

BW 22 pgs. $2.95

Six-issue bimonthly miniseries

On sale 3 MARCH, 2004

SWORD OF DRACULA is ™ and © Jason Henderson, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

THE WALKING DEAD #6

THE CONCEPT

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living.

THIS ISSUE

After last issue’s horrendous attack on the camp, the survivors are left to pick up the pieces. Tensions run high as the gravity of their situation starts to sink in with Rick and the others. What happens when they stop focusing on the zombie threat and hand and turn their aggression towards one another?

ALSO AVAILABLE

THE WALKING DEAD #1 (CURRENT PRINTING)

Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art & cover by TONY MOORE

BW 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly ongoing series

On sale 31 MARCH, 2004

MATURE READERS WARNING

The Walking Dead TM and © Robert Kirkman 2003. All Rights Reserved.

TAGLINE

GRAVE SITUATIONS

TOP COW PRODUCTIONS

MAR 04 solicit intro

There’s nothing like coming home again.

Yeah, life is good at Dreamwave Productions. We’ve got a bountiful bevy of beautiful books coming out. But there’s always been a soft spot in my heart for where it all really began for me: Darkminds, and my pals at Top Cow.

Darkminds is what, I think, really put me on the map. And crossing over with Top Cow and the mighty, mighty Witchblade back in year 2000 really put the cherry on that sundae. Heck, it tasted sooooo good…we all decided to do it again.

And here we are: Witchblade/Darkminds: The Return of Paradox brings me and the Dreamwave crew back to the Cow for another pit stop. Witchblade-meister David Wohl lays down the words, while my pal Lou Kang pencils the pretty pictures. I’m playing Stern Taskmaster and Chief Cheerleader by drawing the cover, overseeing coloring, and making sure the whole thing gets tied up with a nice bow on it.

Yeah, it sure is nice to come home again. Feels good. And just so you know, I’ll have yet more fun in the Top Cow playground coming soon. Just you wait…

Pat Lee

That “Transformers” (and occasional Top Cow) Guy

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Tomb Raider #11-12 alternate cover set

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Witchblade #74

(W) David Wohl (P)Francis Manapul (C) Brian Buccellato

As the DEATH POOL story line nears its thrilling conclusion, Witchblade bearer and New York Homicide Detective, Sara Pezzini, and Yakuza assassin, Ian Nottingham, continue their assault on the mysterious group, Level 42. But as Ian grows ever more powerful and consumed by his blade, Sara wonders if he’s past the point of no return. Nottingham’s former employer, Kenneth Irons, and his Level 42 cohorts think so, and will do ANYTHING in their power to ensure there’s NO TURNING BACK.

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Darkness #9 – “In Search of the Blue Goldfish”

(W) Paul Jenkins (P) ? (C ) Matt Milla

As Jackie Estacado gears up to take control of Family affairs, his first order of business is to clean up some of the dead wood… and that pretty much describes Ernie Palanco. Ernie Palanco has wanted to be a mobster since the first day he could walk. But what happens when you can’t aim a gun and you can’t keep hold of the bosses’ money and you keep shooting the wrong people by accident?

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Tomb Raider #40 – “Risen”

(W) James Bonny (P) Wilson Tortosa (I) Jonathan Sibal (C ) Tyson Wengler

Trapped in a strange wilderness, Lara Croft battles a malevolent force bent on her destruction. The sudden appearance of an old friend and ally is, at first, a welcome sight… until a dazed Lara Croft remembers that he’s long since dead and buried. Or is he? Chase Carver returns in a thrilling, mind-bending one issue story written by James Bonny. Cover by Greg Land.

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Common Grounds #3 (of 6)

(W) Troy Hickman (P) Dan Jurgens/Chris Bachalo (I) Al Vey/Bachalo (C) Guy Major/Bachalo (Cov) Rodolfo Migliari

Two stories every month in writing sensation Troy Hickman’s critically acclaimed hit series! The superhero brother-and-sister team of Strangeness and Charm receive shocking news about their father in a tale illustrated by Dan Jurgens; while artist Chris Bachalo pencils, inks AND colors the tale of the meeting between Deb-U-Ton and the Acidic Jew!

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 six-part series

Wanted #4

(W) Mark Millar (Art) J.G. Jones (C) Paul Mounts

Painted Cover by J.G. Jones

It’s mayhem in the underworld as the factions of the world-controlling super-villain cadre known as The Fraternity square off against each other. Who will live? Who will die? And what do the Dollmaster’s psycho-killer dolls have to do with it? Superheroes as you’ve never seen them before are brought to you by writer Mark Millar with astonishing pencils and inks by artist JG Jones (Black Widow) and colors by Paul Mounts (The Ultimates). You know you want it.

FC Mature Readers 32 pages $2.99 part four of a six-issue story arc

Witchblade/Dark Minds: The Return of Paradox

(W) David Wohl (P) Lou Kang (I) Rob Armstrong (C ) Dreamwave

In this sequel to the highly acclaimed crossover from Top Cow and Dreamwave, David Wohl (Witchblade) and Pat Lee (Dark Minds, Transformers) return to Macropolis to tell an all-new tale of one of the most popular and ruthless villains ever in the pages of Dark Minds. Yes-Paradox is back. And when she puts Detective Nagawa’s life in danger, Nakiko has nowhere else to turn except…to the Witchblade.

Pat Lee cover

Full color 48 pages $6.95 Prestige Format

Signed version of Witchblade/Darkminds by David Wohl

$19.99 SRP

Darkness: Resurrection Trade Paper Back

(W) Paul Jenkins (P) Dale Keown (C) Matt Milla

The fan favorite series is back! Jackie Estacado, mafia hitman and Darkness weilder, died in a blaze of revenge. The Darkness, however, was not about to let him go so easily. It pieced him back together and wrenched him back from the depths of hell. Now, he must find a new place in a family that had moved on without him-and Jackie wants the top spot.

Full color 144 pages $14.99 Mature Rating (16+)

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