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Image Comics has provided CBR News with covers and solicit information for product shipping March, 2005.

86 VOLTZ: DEAD GIRL ONE-SHOT

on sale 03.30

$5.95

one-shot

black & white

56 pages

written by BRYAN J.L. GLASS & MICHAEL AVON OEMING

art & cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING

CONCEPT

86 volts. That’s all this little powerhouse needs to spring to life. 86 volts of pure energy to perk her up and wake the dead. Who is 86 Volts? Where does she come from? What does she want? These questions lead to shocking answers, but don’t tell 86, because she knows even less than you do. She awakes in a world of dreams from some previous unknown adventure that left her lifeless upon a gravestone awaiting a bolt of lightning to bring her back to life.

What will happen when little 86 throws down and mixes it up against a witch and her evil fetus? When black science and white magic clash in a spiritual free-for-all, the only result is pure chaos.

Teaming up once again following their novel QUIXOTE, writer BRYAN J.L. GLASS and artist MICHAEL AVON OEMING have concocted one super-charged little fairy tale that leaves no one standing following its no-holds-barred, knock-down, drag-out brawl of the living dead. This 56-page one-shot is chock full of action, poetry, darkness and redemption. What more could you ask for?

Make sure your batteries are fully charged (and your dead are properly buried) before reading this issue of utter mayhem and fun.

86 VOLTS is ™ & © MICHAEL AVON OEMING, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS #4

on sale 03.09

$2.95

monthly ongoing series

black & white

32 pages

written by MARK SMITH

art & cover by DAN HIPP

back cover by SEAN GALLOWAY

CONCEPT

The Amazing Joy Buzzards are a rock-and-roll adventure band to rival such legends as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. It’s all in a hard day’s night to fight giant robots and evil witchdoctors, all the while exploring supernatural phenomena with the help of their mythical Mexican wrestler friend, El Campeon.

THIS ISSUE

“THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS GO HOLLYWOOD! PART TWO: GET BRANNIGAN!”

LIGHTS…CAMERA…ADVENTURE! The gang travels to Hollywood to shoot a film and transform the Amazing Joy Buzzards into screen icons. At the studio, the kids run into Brick Brannigan, an internationally famous actor/stuntman. But a stunt goes terribly wrong and they soon discover that Brick’s life is in danger. Biff and Stevo must solve the mystery and discover who’s trying to bump Brick off and why. Could it be a terrible Tiki curse?! Meanwhile, back at the hotel, the band’s manager Dalton has his hands full with an old flame!

The Amazing Joy Buzzards are ™ and © Mark Smith & Dan Hipp, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

ARMOR X #1

on sale 03.09

$2.95

monthly ongoing series

black & white

32 pages

written by KEITH CHAMPAGNE

art & cover by ANDY SMITH

CONCEPT

Carson Deeds is a seventeen-year old, emotionally troubled time bomb with a loaded shotgun underneath his bed and a list of classmates firmly in his aim. When a mysterious suit of high tech armor falls into Carson’s unstable hands, he finds himself wielding the power to live out every revenge fantasy he’s ever dreamt against a world that he feels has done him wrong.

THIS ISSUE

Can Carson possibly hope to rise above himself and use his newfound power responsibly? Or will he become the greatest villain the world has ever known?

ARMOR X is ™ and © Andy Smith, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

BATTLE HYMN #4 (of 5)

on sale 03.02

$2.95

five-issue monthly miniseries

full color

32 pages

written by B. CLAY MOORE

art by JEREMY HAUN & DAVE BRYANT

cover by JASON LATOUR

CONCEPT

1944. In the waning days of World War II, at the dawn of the nuclear age, super-powered beings are emerging from the shadows of conflict, beginning with the arrival of the Artificial Man. The United States government has a plan to turn these beings into heroes. Too bad nobody told the heroes.

THIS ISSUE

The breaking point. The gruesome murder of a hero and a cutting betrayal spark the beginning of the end. One hero departs in anger, one hero decides it’s up to him to end the war alone and one is assigned to stop that from happening. The stage is set for the end of the first Golden Age.

BATTLE HYMN is ™ and © B. Clay Moore, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

BURGLAR BILL #4 (of 6)

on sale 03.09

$2.95

six-issue monthly miniseries

black and white

32 pages

written & illustrated by PAUL GRIST

cover by PAUL GRIST

CONCEPT

Bob Dylan once said that to live outside the law you must be honest. But then, he never found himself caught between the law and the villains! Everyone’s after Burglar Bill and he never did anything wrong in the first place. Well, except for that whole burglar thing…

THIS ISSUE

Titanic Team-Up Issue!

When young Granville goes missing, Burglar Bill and PC Stephen Hill have to put aside their differences and search the sewers beneath the Blunkett Flats. But the only person they find is the guy who committed an armed robbery that morning…and he’s not about to put his differences aside.

This issue is an all-new, previously unpublished Burglar Bill story!

BURGLAR BILL is ™ & © Paul Grist, 2004. All rights reserved.

CASE FILES: SAM & TWITCH #18 (RES)

on sale 03.02

$2.50

monthly ongoing series

black & white

32 pages

written by MARC ANDREYKO

art by EJ SU

cover by GREG CAPULLO

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, featuring unique artwork and storytelling.

THIS ISSUE

“Ancient Chinese Secret, Huh?” Part Five of Six.

The penultimate chapter of this story arc and the secret is revealed! Sam and Twitch have seen a lot during their careers, but nothing-and we mean NOTHING-could have prepared them for this! (Hint: vampires and heroin seem almost elementary compared to this one!)

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

CASE FILES: SAM & TWITCH is ™ and © Todd McFarlane Productions, 2005. All right reserved.

DEADWORLD #1

on sale 03.09

$3.50

bi-monthly ongoing series

black & white

32 pages

written by GARY REED

art by VINCE LOCKE

cover by VINCE LOCKE

CONCEPT

DEADWORLD IS BACK IN ALL NEW STORIES!

IMAGE & DESPERADO are thrilled to announce the return of one of the oldest and most successful horror series in comic history. A supernatural plague has been unleashed on the world. Pockets of civilization face the darkest side of humanity, where science and technology are no longer their allies and where the power of reasoning is no longer their weapon alone. DEADWORLD is a story of horror and death, yet also one of hope and life. With over 50 issues previously published, now is the time to start anew with fresh meat!

THIS ISSUE

The zombies return to walk the earth, led by the sadistic and Harley-riding King Zombie! A group of teens, desperately looking for signs of civilization, not only have to hide from the mindless zombie hordes, they must also contend with the intelligent, talking zombie overlords that seem to control and direct the flesh-eaters! What key do these terrified kids have that could halt the zombie menace forever? Zombie fans will also rejoice in welcoming back the original DEADWORLD artist, VINCE LOCKE (Sandman, American Freaks)! DEADWORLD…there is no escape.

DEADWORLD is ™ and © Gary Reed, 2005. All rights reserved.

DETONATOR #5

on sale 03.09

2.95

final issue

full color

32 pages

written by MIKE BARON

art by GABE ELTEAB

cover by JOE COMSTOCK

CONCEPT

Frank Grace attended the South Dakota School of Mines, learned to handle explosives and went to work for Grindcorps. Leasing a mine they knew to be played out, Grindcorps took out an enormous insurance policy, doctored Frank’s charge so that it brought the mountain down on him, then collected his life insurance. Unfortunately for Grindcorps, Frank emerges weeks later, obtains plastic surgery in Costa Rica and returns to wreak his vengeance. The Detonator can explode anything from a skyscraper to a wine glass with no collateral damage.

THIS ISSUE

Frank tumbles into the dark night of the human soul when he decides to assassinate a crooked senator. But he’s met his match in Bald Eagle, a costumed vigilante dedicated to preserving law and order.

DETONATOR is ™ and © Mike Baron & Mel Rubi, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

A DISTANT SOIL: CODA TP

On Sale 03.23

$17.95

trade paperback

black and white

164 pages

written & illustrated by COLLEEN DORAN

cover by COLLEEN DORAN

CONCEPT

A young girl is born the heir to an alien religious dynasty. Possessing the power to destroy worlds with her mind, Liana is under an assassination order from the government of her father’s homeworld.

A foiled coup attempt results in a power vacuum that leaves this alien world without its treasured weapon. The aliens have no choice but to take Liana as their reluctant new Avatar. Only an angry slave and a small group of resistance fighters can free her and the universe from the dangers of her power.

Colleen Doran is the artist of Vertigo’s Orbiter, as well as such books as Sandman, Wonder Woman, Lucifer and the Legion of Superheroes. Over a decade in the making, A DISTANT SOIL: CODA is the fourth volume and penultimate chapter in this science fiction/fantasy saga.

Collects portions of A DISTANT SOIL 32-37. Includes a selection of previously unpublished art.

“Colleen Doran’s A DISTANT SOIL series is a work of art as well as a labor of love. It’s wonder-full, in every sense of the word.” -Joan Vinge, Hugo Award-Winning Author of The Snow Queen and Catspaw

A DISTANT SOIL: CODA HARCOVER LIMITED EDITION

on sale 03.30

$29.95

HARDCOVER LIMITED EDITION

black and white

164 pages

A hardcover limited edition of A DISTANT SOIL: CODA is also available. All previous volumes sold out quickly, so order yours early! This edition features a beautiful leatherette cover stamped with a gold foil illustration and signed and numbered in a limited edition of 250. A random selection of 50 books will also contain a personal sketch by COLLEEN DORAN inside! Packaged with a bookmark and a print of the trade paperback cover and sealed in an archival plastic bag with a foil seal, this is a beautiful, collectible volume!

A DISTANT SOIL is a ® and © Colleen Doran, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

THE EXPATRIATE #2

on sale 03.02

$2.95

monthly ongoing series

full color

32 pages

written by B. CLAY MOORE

art & cover by JASON LATOUR

CONCEPT

Jack Dexter is a man on the run. He knows who he’s running from (the CIA), but he doesn’t know why. All he knows is that he can’t be caught, dead or alive. So his flight takes him across the globe in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of his pursuers. And that’s a good thing. Because Jack won’t like what happens when he’s finally caught.

THIS ISSUE

Jack finds himself below the border, bleeding and scrambling to stay ahead of Conrad and Murphy, CIA agents with blood on their itchy trigger fingers. The local politicos are curious as to why two CIA agents are poking around in their quiet little country. Meanwhile, Jack discovers that a one-night stand isn’t always a good thing. The CIA is getting closer, and Jack is getting slower. Sooner or later, he has to get caught…right?

Right.

THE EXPATRIATE is ™ and © B. Clay Moore, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

FLAMING CARROT #2

on sale 03.30

$3.50

quarterly ongoing series

black & white

32 pages

written & illustrated by BOB BURDEN

cover by BOB BURDEN

CONCEPT

With no super powers to speak of, this free-wheeling, second-string, milltown hero usually just blasts his way out of a bad spot in a hail of gunfire and reckless violence. Then it’s down to the nearest seedy bar or strip joint for the blue plate special and a night of brawling, carousing and wanton debauchery! America’s first surrealist superhero! The poor man’s H-Bomb! The pied piper of fun! From the creator of the cult-classic Mystery Men movie!

THIS ISSUE

The legendary Flaming Carrot returns in his brand new series from IMAGE & DESPERADO! Flaming Carrot solves the mystery of the pygmies in the woods who are constructing a giant ear out of French bread. The newswoman, who Flaming Carrot seduces in the last issue to avert bad press and character assassination, goes into a jealous rage when she learns of his upcoming date with a two-headed woman. The singing zombie runs amok and kills a man in a computerized dog suit. Also, Flaming Carrot pops some bubble wrap.

FLAMING CARROT is ™ and © Bob Burden, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

FLIGHT, VOLUME TWO GN

on sale 03.23

$24.95

full color

304 pages

edited by KAZU KIBUISHI

cover by JAKE PARKER

CONCEPT

The second volume of the widely acclaimed FLIGHT anthology. Featuring new stories by up-and-coming creators, established comics professionals and the original crew, FLIGHT VOLUME TWO continues the tradition of celebrating the graphic narrative medium.

THIS ISSUE

From the fantasy of a fading childhood romance in a small seaside town to the tale of a pair of monster hunters looking to make a quick buck to the allegory of a young robot finding meaning in his disposal, this new volume once again features stories for readers of all ages and tastes.

Featuring stories and art by: BECKY CLOONAN, CHRIS APPELHANS, CHRISTIAN SCHELLAWALD, CLIO CHIANG, DON HERTZFELDT, DOUG TENNAPEL, ENRICO CASAROSA, HOPE LARSON, JAKE PARKER, JEFF SMITH, JEN WANG, JOHANE MATTE, KEAN SOO, KHANG LE, MATT RHODES, MICHEL GAGNE, NEIL BABRA, PHIL CRAVEN, RAD SECHRIST, RODOLPHE GUENODEN, SONNY LIEW, VERA BROSGOL and more!

FLIGHT is ™ & © KAZU KIBUISHI, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

FRANKENSTEIN MOBSTER, VOL. 1: MADE MAN TP

on sale 03.16

TP 19.95

limited edition HC $39.95

full color

256 pages

written & illustrated by MARK WHEATLEY

cover by MARK WHEATLEY

CONCEPT

Terry Todd was a good cop and he tried to be a good father. He named his daughter Terri and his dedication inspired her to become a Police Detective. But when he died, he became a monster with a body patched together from three ruthless mobsters. Now he fights for inner control against their evil souls in a conflict that could take this corrupt, haunted city and dump it deeper into hell. That is, unless his devoted daughter stops him first.

THIS BOOK

The critically acclaimed epic story of monsters and mobsters, corrupt police and crumbling tombs is now collected into a massive trade paperback. In one 36-hour period, Monstros City will be ripped apart by gang warfare and rioting monsters. It will be snared in dirty politics and dark magic. And for the first time, a stitched-together creature called the Frankenstein Mobster will stalk the streets seeking deadly justice.

Includes many extras, additional art and comics, new story pages and detailed behind-the-scenes information, as well as deviant art by ADAM HUGHES, MIKE WIERINGO, GEORGE FREEMAN, MICHAEL AVON OEMING, SCOTT MORSE, ANGELO TORRES, ALEX NINO and BERNIE WRIGHTSON.

Collects FRANKENSTEIN MOBSTER #0-7

Signed & numbered hardcover limited to 200 copies.

FRANKENSTEIN MOBSTER is ™ and © Mark Wheatley, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

FREEDOM FORCE #3 (OF 6)

on sale 03.16

$2.95

six-issue monthly miniseries

full color

32 pages

written by ERIC DIETER

art & cover by TOM SCIOLI

CONCEPT

An alien despot targets Earth for conquest, concocting a sinister scheme to empower the dregs of humanity with a transformative catalyst that they may sow chaos and fear. Overhearing the warlord’s insidious plans, a noble alien rebel escapes with the catalyst, hoping to imbue worthy men and women with powers that might allow them to turn back the tide of invasion. Based on the best-selling computer game!

THIS ISSUE

“DOUBLE TROUBLE”

Introducing America’s Newest Teen Idol, Liberty Lad! When Minuteman is arrested for crimes he didn’t commit, it’s up to the star-spangled squirt and his compatriots to clear their fearless leader’s name before the city falls at the hands of Déjà Vu’s deadly army of doppelgangers!

Plus, Pinstripe is back for a final showdown, but as the team faces off with the dapper don, a mysterious stranger stands in their way. Will he be friend or foe?

FREEDOM FORCE is ™ and © Irrational Games LLC, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

THE IMAGINARIES #1 (of 4)

on sale 03.16

$2.95

four-issue monthly miniseries

full color

32 pages

written by BEN AVERY

art by MIKE S. MILLER & GREGORY TITUS

cover A by MIKE S. MILLER

cover B by GREG TITUS

CONCEPT

A child’s faith is a powerful thing. It fuels the fires of his imagination, and that imagination can take on a life of its own. But what happens to the imaginary friends, the childhood superheroes, the playmates and stuffed animals when the children who gave them life no longer believe in them? They go to the Imagined Nation.

Join Superhero G as he explores this strange new world populated by imaginary figments of billions of children around the world. Follow him as he meets strange and wonderful characters, the kind only a child could believe in, discovers a new purpose for his existence unbound by the imagination of his creator and feels free to become more than he could ever imagine.

THIS ISSUE

Tanner finds a new imaginary friend in his dad’s old closet. As their relationship grows, Tanner’s parents’ relationship ends, and when that happens, Tanner believes it’s time to grow up and stop believing in childish things. This includes his imaginary friend, Superhero G. But having been brought to life through Tanner’s love and faith, Superhero G lives on in the Imagined Nation. The adventure begins here!

IMAGINARIES is ™ and © Mike S. Miller. All Rights Reserved.

INVINCIBLE #22

on sale 03.09

$2.95

monthly ongoing series

full color

32 pages

written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

art by RYAN OTTLEY

cover by RYAN OTTLEY & BILL CRABTREE

CONCEPT

Mark Grayson is the son of the most powerful superhero on the planet. Recently he’s begun to inherit his father’s powers, and in doing so, he has learned that everything he’s been told is a lie. His father wasn’t sent here to protect the planet, he was sent here to enslave it. The only thing that prevented him from succeeding was his own son. But he’s still out there, and nobody knows when he will strike again.

THIS ISSUE

Mark and Amber’s relationship is heating up now that they are in college and away from the prying eyes of parental supervision. Also in this issue, yet another person discovers Mark’s secret identity. How does that Spider-Man guy do it? Oh, wait…never mind.

INVINCIBLE is ™ and © ROBERT KIRKMAN & CORY WALKER, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS #3 (of 4)

on sale 3.23

$2.95

four-issue monthly miniseries

full color

32 pages

written by MIKE BULLOCK

art & cover by JACK LAWRENCE

CONCEPT

A child’s need for the comfort of a stuffed animal is rooted in a reality long forgotten by the adult world. Join shy Joey Price as he discovers his stuffed animals are more than he ever thought possible in this all-ages adventure. These magical companions have always defended children, but now they need Joey’s help in stopping the dastardly plot of the evil Beasties, monsters bent on destroying the world’s children.

THIS ISSUE

“FEAR AND PRIDE,” Part Three

Stranded in the Stuffed Animal Kingdom where his new toys have come to life, Joey just wants to get home again. But first he must help the Night Pride stop the newest plot of the evil Beasties, who delight in dragging children from their beds and spiriting them away. Soon Joey and his new friends find themselves entering the Haunted Forest in hot pursuit of the Beasties…but little do they know they’re being drawn into a nightmare from which they may never escape!

“This has all the ingredients of a truly incredible story.” -Mike Kunkel, HeroBear and the Kid

“Mike and Jack have crafted a book that confirms to the youngest of us the possibilities of magic in our world and touches the hearts of the oldest of us to remind us of the power and importance of imagination.” -Mike Wieringo, Fantastic Four

LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS is ™ and ®© MIKE BULLOCK, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

LULLABY: WISDOM SEEKER #2 (of 4)

on sale 03.02

$2.95

four-issue monthly miniseries

full color

32 pages

written by MIKE S. MILLER & BEN AVERY

art by HECTOR SEVILLA

cover by HECTOR SEVILLA

CONCEPT

LULLABY: WISDOM SEEKER is an all-ages romp through the fantasy worlds of children’s fiction. This wonderful story focuses on beloved characters of childhood yore. Join Jim Hawkins, Alice, Pinocchio, Little Red Riding Hood and the Pied Piper as they join forces to stop a dark magic warping their world and discover who is behind the evil scheme. You’ll never guess who the bad guy turns out to be in this fun-filled adventure!

THIS ISSUE

Jim and Pinocchio continue their quest to Oz, when they are sidetracked by a band of religious zealots who kidnap Pinocchio! At the same time, Red and Piper confront Grandma’s kidnapper, who points the finger at Alice! An exciting, action-packed issue not to be missed!

LULLABY: WISDOM SEEKER is ™ and © Mike S. Miller and Hector Sevilla, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

NEGATIVE BURN WINTER 2005

on sale 03.23

$9.95

one-shot special

black & white

96 pages

by BRIAN BOLLAND, BOB BURDEN, KURT BUSIEK, ZANDER CANNON, RICHARD CASE, AMANDA CONNER, SHAWN CRYSTAL, EVAN DORKIN, PHIL HESTER, ERIK LARSEN, STEVE LIEBER, VINCE LOCKE, DARKO MACAN, JIM MAHFOOD, RON MARZ, JOHN McCREA, B. CLAY MOORE, SCOTT MORSE, FABIAN NICIEZA, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, MIKE RAICHT, GARY REED, CARLOS RODRIGUEZ, KELSEY SHANNON, ERIC STEPHENSON & CHAZ TRUOG

cover by ESSAD RIBIC

CONCEPT

Perhaps the most eccentric anthology in the history of comics, NEGATIVE BURN is an anomaly, merging together genres, pushing boundaries and allowing the top comic book talent in the world the opportunity to experiment with unique stories. Nominated for numerous industry awards in its previous incarnation, this series promises to exceed expectations not only in the quality of its talent, but in its presentation as well. Never to follow a course, each volume of NEGATIVE BURN will present the biggest stars in the industry today while continuing to showcase the next wave of new talent.

THIS ISSUE

“Milk and Cheese” by EVAN DORKIN; “Mr. Glum” by ERIK LARSEN; “Sketchbook” by VINCE LOCKE; “Hawaiian Dick” by B. CLAY MOORE and SHAWN CRYSTAL; plus BRIAN BOLLAND, BOB BURDEN, KURT BUSIEK, AMANDA CONNER, STEVE LIEBER, JIM MAHFOOD, RON MARZ, FABIAN NICIEZA and more!

NEGATIVE BURN is ™ and © Joe Pruett, James Pruett and Charles Moore, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

NOBLE CAUSES #9

on sale 03.16

$3.50

monthly ongoing series

full color

28 pages

written by JAY FAERBER

art & cover by FRAN BUENO

CONCEPT

Bookstore clerk Liz Donnelly is a stranger in a strange land: an everyday person who married into a family of celebrity super-heroes! Behind the glamour and wonder lurk dark secrets, ruthless ambition and twisted desires.

THIS ISSUE

She calls herself a superhero, but to Celeste, acquiring superpowers and putting on a costume were only a means to an end: fame. But now she is all that stands before her fallen teammates and certain death. Does Celeste have what it takes to truly be a hero?

NOBLE CAUSES is ™ and © Jay Faerber, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

MAGE, VOL. 1: THE HERO DISCOVERED TRADE PAPERBACK

Written and illustrated by Matt Wagner.

Just in time for its 20th anniversary, the entire Mage: The Hero Discovered saga is finally collected in one volume — for the first time ever! Featuring an all-new painted cover by Matt Wagner, this softcover edition is a must-have not only for long-time fans of this classic tale, but for anyone who has thrilled to Wagner’s award-winning work on Grendel, Trinity and Sandman Mystery Theater. Plus: A comprehensive of gallery of Mage covers, development artwork and merchandise.

Price: $24.99

Writer/Artist: Matt Wagner

Page Count: 464 pages

Format: softcover tradepaperback, full color

THE PACT #1 (of 4)

on sale 03.09

$2.99

four-issue monthly miniseries

full color

32 pages

written & illustrated by JIM VALENTINO

cover by JIM VALENTINO

THE CONCEPT

Firebreather! Invincible! ShadowHawk! Zephyr! Four super powered teenagers from dysfunctional families band together to discover the heroes within.

Every issue of this miniseries is self-contained, and each is written by one of the main character’s creator: #1 by JIM VALENTINO (SHADOWHAWK), #2 by JAY FAERBER (NOBLE CAUSES), #3 by PHIL HESTER (FIREBREATHER) and #4 by INVINCIBLE’s ROBERT KIRKMAN!

THIS ISSUE

“FATHER’S DAY”

Belloc, Firebreather’s father, comes to town, and all hell breaks loose when INVINCIBLE, SHADOWHAWK and ZEPHYR (from NOBLE CAUSES) try to help FIREBREATHER! But are these four even powerful enough to stop a gigantic fire-breathing dragon on a rampage? (If they’re not, this is going to be a really short miniseries.)

THE PACT is ™ and © Jim Valentino, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

PIGTALE #2

on sale 03.016

$2.95

bi-monthly ongoing series

black & white

32 pages

written & illustrated by OVI NEDELCU

cover by OVI NEDELCU

CONCEPT

Set in present-day Portland, Oregon, PIGTALE relates the exciting adventure of Boston Booth, an amateur private eye whose life is in financial and professional turmoil, when he runs into Clyde, an intelligent talking pig desperate to get away from his violent wolf stepbrother, Taxx. Together, Boston & Clyde venture off into the wild to help one another overcome their fears, rescue loved ones and save the city from Taxx, who’s bent on destroying Clyde, getting his revenge and using a super-plasma device to conquer the city and reign supreme!

THIS ISSUE

“THE SMELL OF TAXX”

Boston Booth finds himself caught between rescue and retreat as he and Clyde try to avoid the claws of Taxx, Clyde’s evil wolf stepbrother. Taxx has been up to no good, plotting his new scheme to overtake the city of Portland and create an army of sinister minions! Will Boston be able to save Clyde in time? Will they be able to stop Taxx from gathering his nefarious forces?

PIGTALE is © and OVI NEDELCU 2004.

PVP #16

monthly ongoing series

Black and White

32 pages

written by Scott R. Kurtz

art by Scott R. Kurtz

cover by Frank Cho

CONCEPT

In a world where nerds evolved from man, the staff of PvP Magazine rule as kings. Join Brent, Cole, Francis, Jade and Skull the Troll for TITANIC TALES OF GEEKDOM brought to you in the mighty IMAGE STYLE! It’s pop culture gone mad as the famous Web comic leaps from your computer screen into print.

THIS ISSUE

The PvP gang once again break out their dice bags and sit down at the kitchen table for some hard-core role playing, superhero style. The swords and sorcery are put aside for capes and tights as our favorite nerds assume the roles of the JUSTICE EIGHT! Featuring a totally kick-ass cover by Shanna the She-Devil artist FRANK CHO!

PvP is ™ and © Scott R. Kurtz, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

REX MUNDI #13

on sale 03.02

$2.95

bi-monthly ongoing series

full color

32 pages

written by ARVID NELSON

art by ERIC J

color by JEROMY COX

CONCEPT

Rex Mundi is a quest for the Holy Grail told as a murder mystery. It is a tale of sin, murder and redemption in an alternate-history Paris where magic is real and the Catholic Church never lost its grip on power. Master Physician Julien Saunière must track down a mysterious cult with a thousand-year-old secret. A secret for which people are being killed…

THIS ISSUE

“THE LOST KINGS”

Julien discovers a geometrical riddle hidden in plain sight on the streets of Paris. The key to the puzzle leads him into the deepest danger he has ever known. Meanwhile, a minor aristocrat frustrates the Duke of Lorraine’s sinister plans. Lorraine will have to find a way around-or through-the problem.

REX MUNDI © and ™ Arvid Nelson and Eric Johnson 2004. All Rights Reserved.

REX MUNDI, VOL. 2: THE RIVER UNDERGROUND TP

on sale 03.02

$14.95

trade paperback

full color

176 pages

written by ARVID NELSON

art by ERIC J

color by JEROMY COX

CONCEPT

Rex Mundi is a quest for the Holy Grail told as a murder mystery. It is a tale of sin, murder and redemption in an alternate-history Paris where magic is real and the Catholic Church never lost its grip on power. Master Physician Julien Saunière must track down a mysterious cult with a thousand-year-old secret. A secret for which people are being killed…

THIS BOOK

Doctor Julien Saunière investigates a conspiracy reaching up to the highest levels of government and stretching back to the walls of Jerusalem during the First Crusade. A disgraced order of knights, a neoclassical painter and a series of horrific murders are all somehow connected to the thousand-year-old mystery. Things get complicated when Julien’s old flame becomes involved with the Duke of Lorraine, a powerful politician implicated in the investigation.

REX MUNDI, VOL. 2: THE RIVER UNDERGROUND TP will feature extras such as a back cover gallery, the collected editions of “Le Journal de la Liberté,” and much, much more.

Collects REX MUNDI 6-11

REX MUNDI © and ™ Arvid Nelson and Eric Johnson 2004. All Rights Reserved.

SEA OF RED #1

on sale 03.23

$2.95

monthly ongoing series

color washes

32 pages

story & script by RICK REMENDER

story & breakdowns by KIERON DWYER

finishes & color washes by SALGOOD SAM

cover by SALGOOD SAM

CONCEPT

Sea of Red tells the tale of a young sailor turned undead by the crew of a cursed Pirate ship, his century-spanning search for revenge and the tricks that time plays on the mind.

THIS ISSUE

1533. Deep in the night, a ship sinks under mysterious circumstances. Twenty-three year-old Marco Esperanza is the only survivor, left adrift with only a plank of wood to keep him afloat. After days of drifting, he is brought aboard a strange ship. But his salvation turns to nightmare as he learns the ship is the dreaded Black Galleon. The evil mates of the Galleon aren’t just pirates, they’re vampires, and Marco is soon forced to join the damned crew.

2004. Marco Esperanza has spent the past 400 years clinging to life tied to the bow of a sunken vessel in the dark, briny, deep. Surviving on the cold sour blood of fish, Marco awaits his release and a chance for revenge that may never come.

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

Sea of Red is ™ and © Remender, Dwyer, Sam 2004. All Rights Reserved.

SMALL GODS #8

on sale 03.09

$2.95

monthly ongoing series

black & white

32 pages

written by JASON RAND

art & cover by JUAN E. FERREYRA

CONCEPT

In 1991, after decades of skepticism and disbelief, the existence of psychic powers was finally, definitively proven. Today, an estimated 1% of the world’s population possesses psychic abilities. These people are not superheroes. In most ways, they’re just ordinary people, living ordinary lives. They have families, careers and dreams; they eat, sleep, live…and die.

THIS ISSUE

“DEAD MAN’S HAND,” Part Four

In the aftermath of the chase, Bobby and Lucy narrowly escape their pursuers and seek refuge with the only person who can help them: the other woman! Meanwhile, Irvine and his dirty cops step up their hunt for Bobby, unwilling to let the sole witness to their massacre escape. As they consider their options, Bobby and Lucy realize they can only elude Irvine for so long. And when unlucky chance brings them face to face with their pursuers again, a dramatic rooftop confrontation leaves Bobby at the mercy of the men who want him dead!

SMALL GODS is ™ and © Rand Ratinac, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

SPAWN #144 (RES)

on sale 03.30

$2.50

monthly ongoing series

full color

32 pages

written by BRIAN HOLGUIN & TODD McFARLANE

art by ANGEL MEDINA & DANNY MIKI

cover by GREG CAPULLO

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

“DEVIL TO PAY,” Part Three

They say when you bargain with darkness, you always have the devil to pay. But which devil, exactly? And what is his price? As Spawn continues to deal with the rebellious witch Nyx and the newly freed Redeemer, he discovers that he may very well be the one who ends up paying. And, in the end, the price could be the one thing he holds most dear.

SPAWN is ™ and © Todd McFarlane Productions, 2005. All right reserved.

ULTRA #8

on sale 03.16

$2.95

eight-issue monthly miniseries

full color

32 pages

written by JOSHUA LUNA & JONATHAN LUNA

art & cover by JONATHAN LUNA

CONCEPT

In Spring City, where superheroes blur the lines between law enforcement and celebrity, Pearl Penalosa, AKA Ultra, is a workaholic. At the prestigious agency Heroine Inc., she has earned a legion of fans, a nomination for Best Heroine of the Year and a perfect life. Or so she thinks, until a chance encounter with a mysterious fortune-teller opens her world to new possibilities.

THIS ISSUE

“Seven Days,” Part Eight

Will Pearl find her true love?!

ULTRA is ™ and © Luna Brothers, 2004. All Rights Reserved

THE WALKING DEAD #18

on sale 03.02

$2.95

monthly ongoing series

black & white

32 pages

written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

art by CHARLIE ADLARD

cover by TONY MOORE

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

Rick has gone over the edge. He’s alienating everyone around him-people he’s come to know and trust, his family, his friends. Rick is becoming more and more isolated within the group. Where he goes from here will test the limits of his humanity.

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

THE WALKING DEAD is ™ and © Robert Kirkman, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

RAYMOND E. FEIST’S THE WOOD BOY #1 (of 2)

on sale 03.16

$2.95

two-issue monthly miniseries

full color

32 pages

written by RAYMOND E. FEIST

adapted by SEAN J. JORDAN

art & cover by MAT BROOME

CONCEPT

THE WOOD BOY is an adaptation of the short story by fantasy master RAYMOND E. FEIST that first appeared in the LEGENDS anthology (edited by ROBERT SILVERBERG) and that offers a unique side story to the events depicted in his beloved book, MAGICIAN. A tale of courage, romance, and betrayal, THE WOOD BOY is an exciting story that offers readers an excellent introduction to Feist’s RIFTWAR SAGA.

THIS ISSUE

The realm of Midkemia is under invasion as the Tsurani, strange invaders from an alien culture on another world, emerge from the rifts to conquer the land and seize its metals. And, while the heroes of the RIFTWAR SAGA begin to fight against these strange new foes, a young boy named Dirk finds himself the youngest slave on the Lord Paul’s estate, where the Tsurani have established a base camp and settled in for the winter. In this new role, Dirk learns very quickly to keep his mouth closed and his eyes on his feet. But will it be enough to keep him alive as he survives the strange warrior culture of the Tsurani?

The Wood Boy Comic is ™ and © Raymond E. Feist and Dabel Brothers Productions, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

McFARLANE TOYS SOLICITATIONS o MARCH 2005

Conan 2: Hour of the Dragon

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 40240

Inspired by the Hyborian legends as originally written by Conan’s creator, Robert E. Howard, this second line of Conan action figures from McFarlane Toys represents several characters from the popular Hour of the Dragon novel. Collect all five plus the deluxe boxed set.

The item ships 12 per case. $6.99 each. $83.88 per case.

March 2005

Conan the Warrior

Man-Eating Haunter of the Pits

Xaltotun the Undead

Pallantides of the Black Dragons

Zenobia

Conan 2: Hour of the Dragon deluxe boxed set

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 40246

The deluxe boxed set from McFarlane Toys’ second Conan series — Hour of the Dragon – and features an incredibly detailed King Conan of Aquilonia action figure along with his throne.

Price and case pack to be determined.

March 2005

TOP COW MARCH 2005 SOLICITATIONS

“PAGE 1” PRODUCTS

Darkness “Streets Run Red” reader set

Two-fisted mob-action heads your way in this exciting three-issue storyarc by Mafia expert (don’t ask…) Frank Tieri from The Darkness #14-#16. The entire storyline can be yours, below original cover price!

Three comics $6.99 suggested retail price

Three comics $19.99 suggested retail price with #14 autographed by Frank Tieri

Humankind #1 Wizard World Chicago sketch cover edition

Tony Daniel’s sci-fi masterpiece starts with Humankind #1, and this rare limited edition was previously available only to advance ticket holders at 2004’s Wizard World Chicago. Now YOU can get this incredible rarity at a great, low price!

One limited edition comic $5 suggested retail price

Hunter-Killer #2

ARROW: Mark Waid! Marc Silvestri! New ongoing series!

(W) Mark Waid (P) Marc Silvestri (I) Joe B. Weems V (Col) Steve Firchow (Cov) Marc Silvestri and Joseph Michael Linsner

After the EXPLOSIVE events of last issue, Ellis joins the Hunter-Killer program in a desperate effort to make sense of his world. But that doesn’t mean he trusts the program-not after what happened to half of Montana! His survival now depends on figuring out who the good guys and bad guys are…not an easy task. If you enjoyed Mark Waid’s Empire, you’ll love this action-and-intrigue-laden series!

Full color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Two covers available by Marc Silvestri or Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn)! Have your retailer reserve your favorite!

And please flip to the Dynamic Forces section of Previews for t’k.

Joseph Michael Linsner Hunter-Killer Poster

ARROW: NEW Linsner poster!

By Joseph Michael Linsner

Samantha Argent from the new hit series Hunter-Killer comes to life in stunning painted art by “good girl artist” master Joseph Michael Linsner. Get this beauty for your wall today!

Full color 24×36 inches Please inquire for pricing (net $3) Poster

Top Cow Fine Art Lithographs: Adam Hughes Tomb Raider #50

Lara Croft kicks back on the beach in this lovingly rendered and sexy pin-up shot by master artist Adam Hughes! This Top Cow Fine Art Lithograph is a limited edition of 250 pieces, reproduced at the highest quality possible! Put it on YOUR wall!

Full color 12×18 inches $19.99 Limited edition lithograph

ALSO AVAILABLE: Signed edition by artist Adam Hughes, $29.99

Witchblade and Tomb Raider #1

Arrow: Mark Millar! Geoff Johns! Jae Lee!

(W) Mark Millar and Geoff Johns (A) Jae Lee and Mark Texiera (Cov) Jae Lee

Comics greatest creators tackle comics’ greatest characters in 26 pages of pulse-pounding action! Sara Pezzini takes on a horrific serial killer in Witchblade: The Demon, while Lara Croft goes ‘raiding in Tomb Raider: Scarface’s Treasure. Originally presented by Dynamic Forces, and now collected here with a great NEW cover by artist Jae Lee!

Full color 32 pages $2.99 one-shot special

Darkness and Tomb Raider #1

Arrow: Paul Jenkins! Jae Lee!

(W) Paul Jenkins and David Wohl (A) Jae Lee and Billy Tan (Cov) Jae Lee

More of comics greatest creators take on comics’ greatest characters in 28 action-packed pages! Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee explore Jackie Estacado in The Darkness Prelude, while David Wohl and Billy Tan chronicle a battle between the Darkness and Tomb Raider! Originally presented by Dynamic Forces, these stories are now collected here with a powerful NEW cover by artist Jae Lee!

Full color 32 pages $2.99 one-shot special

Witchblade #84 “Witch Hunt,” pt. 5 of 6

ARROW: Ron Marz continues his mastery!

(W) Ron Marz (P) Michael Choi (I) Sal Regla (Col) Brian Buccellato (Cov) Greg Land

With the gruesome fate of her partner Jake McCarthy still weighing heavily on her mind, Sara Pezzini girds herself for a final battle with ultimate evil as she heads north accompanied only by NYPD detective Patrick Gleason. Even with the vast might of the Witchblade on their side, will Sara and Gleason be enough to stop the coming apocalypse?

Writer Ron Marz (Green Lantern, The Darkness) and penciler Michael Choi careen toward the conclusion of the wildest Witchblade story ever told!

Full color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

Top Cow Fine Art Lithographs: J.G. Jones Witchblade

The power and grace of Sara Pezzini rings true in this stunning Witchblade cover image from artist J.G. Jones and colorist Laura Martin. This Top Cow Fine Art Lithograph is a limited edition of 250 pieces, reproduced at the highest quality possible! Put it on YOUR wall!

Full color 12×18 inches $19.99 Limited edition lithograph

ALSO AVAILABLE: Signed edition by artist J.G. Jones, $29.99

Battle of the Planets: Princess #6 (of 6)

ARROW: Manga-styled action in the G-Force tradition!

(W) David Wohl (Art) Wilson Tortosa (Cov) Eric Basaldua

In this climactic conclusion, G-Force finally tracks down their youngest teammate, Keyop, at Zoltar’s lair. But once inside, they must race against time to get out as Spectran enemies attack from all sides, and any wrong turn brings instant death. Nobody ever said being a hero was easy! All-new action is brought to you by David Wohl (Witchblade) and Wilson Tortosa (Battle of the Planets)!

b/w 24 pages $2.99 Part 6 of a 6-part storyarc

Rising Stars: Fire and Ash paperback (Collecting Rising Stars #17-#24)

ARROW: Comics’ FINEST finale collected!

(W) J. Michael Straczynski (Art) Brent Anderson (C) John Starr and Brian Buccellato

Writer J. Michael Straczynski’s superhero tour-de-force reaches its stunning conclusion as the final fate of the 113 “Pederson Specials” is revealed. The final chapter of one of the greatest comic series EVER is now available in trade paperback for your bookshelf!

full color 208 pages $19.99 trade paperback

Wanted hardcover

ARROW: Sex. Money. Superpowers. Costume. HARDCOVER!

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

The most talked-about superhero series of the year is now collected in this stunning hardcover edition! Mark Millar examines what happens when absolute power does corrupt absolutely, and everyman Wesley Gibson inherits incredible powers. Collects the entire series of Wanted #1-#6, PLUS the informational Wanted Dossier, featuring artists such as Frank Quitely, Joe Quesada, and John Romita Jr.!

full color 192 pages $29.99 hardcover collection

Top Cow Bible

ARROW: All the Cow that’s fit to print! NEW characters and designs!

(W) Scott Tucker (A) Marc Silvestri, Michael Turner, and MORE

The secrets of the Top Cow Universe are laid bare with great and informative “Handbook”-styled writeups on all the Cow’s top characters. And as a special double-bonus, many characters will be redesigned and seen here for the very first time in the 96-page whopper!

Full color 96 pages $9.99 one-shot special

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