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IDW Publishing Solicitations for May, 2012

IDW Publishing has released solicitation information and images for new comics and products shipping in May, 2012. When you're through checking out these solicitations for new releases, be sure to visit CBR's Independent Comics forum to discuss these titles and products with fellow readers and fans.

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Star Trek #9

Mike Johnson (w) • Stephen Molnar (a) • Tim Bradstreet, Joe Phillips (c)

The countdown to the next STAR TREK movie continues here in "The Return of the Archons!" Kirk, Spock and the crew search for a lost Starfleet ship that may hold clues to the future of the entire Federation. TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci oversees this latest chapter in the ongoing adventures of the starship Enterprise!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

Variant Tim Bradstreet sketch cover!

Variant Photo cover!

Nathan Archer, Janine Ellen Young, Doselle Young, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, & Dean Wesley Smith (w) • Jeffrey Moy, David Roach, & Robert Teranishi (a) • Drew Struzan (c)

Lost in the Delta Quadrant, Captain Janeway and the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656 have been seeking a way home for years. But their quest is interrupted by encounters with an astonishing variety of foes-and a few new friends. This collection contains four tales that exemplify all that's best about the adventures of Voyager. Contains the stories, "False Colors," "Avalon Rising," "Elite Force," and "Planet Killer."

TPB • FC • $21.99 • 204 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-211-9

Grant Morrison, Simon Furman (w) • John Ridgway (a & c)

IDW's newly recolored reprints of classic Doctor Who tales from years past! This all-new series picks up where Series III left off, with the adventures of the SIXTH DOCTOR! Features two complete stories from celebrated writers Grant Morrison (Batman Incorporated) and Simon Furman (Transformers)!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Scott & David Tipton with Tony Lee (w) • J.K. Woodward (a) • Woodward, David Messina (c)

They said it would never happen! Nearly five decades and 1500 episodes in the making! The two greatest science-fiction properties of all time cross over for the first time in history, in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION2!

When the Federation's most terrifying enemy strikes an unholy alliance with one of the Doctor's most hated antagonists, the result is devastation on a cosmic scale! Spanning the ends of space and time itself, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise find themselves joining forces with the Doctor and his companions, with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance!

Written by Scott and David Tipton, the authors of the critically acclaimed Star Trek: Infestaion, and featuring the beautiful painted artwork of J.K. Woodward (Fallen Angel), this is the adventure that both Trekkers and Whovians have waited for all their lives! Geronimo? Make it so!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

Variant wrap-around photo cover!

Joe Corroney "TARDIS crew on the Enterprise" cover

Star Trek TNG: A New Frontier TPB (A $19.99 retail value!)

Steve Niles (w) • Bernie Wrightson (a & c)

Few works by comic-book artists have earned the universal acclaim and reverence that Bernie Wrightson's illustrated version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein was met with upon its original release in 1983.

Nearly 30 years later, Wrightson returns to his passion project with a comic series that picks up at the end of the classic novel, hailed as one of the greatest horror stories of all time. Frequent Wrightson collaborator Steve Niles provides the script for this epic, decades in the making.

While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art, showing off the exquisitely detailed brush work of one of the greatest living artists in comics today.

Each issue will also include supplemental materials, including interviews, essays and a serialization of the original prose story by Shelley.

B&W • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

Black & White Variant Bernie Wrightson Cover!

John Byrne (w & a & c)

ZAP! POW! BAM! -- are sound effects you may actually see in this series, as John Byrne returns to his roots with a brand-new superhero series. Their code names are simple ONE, TWO and THREE, but the world calls them ROCK, PAPER and SCISSORS.  Together, they are Trio.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

Variant cover penciled by John Byrne and inked by Joe Sinnott

Ann Nocenti & Michael McMillian (w) • Michael Gaydos (a) • Tim Bradstreet, photo (c)

Alan Ball's hit HBO series, the sensually sizzling story of the lives and loves of vampires, mind readers, and all manner of creatures, returns as an ongoing series! With creative collaboration from TRUE BLOOD creator/writer/producer Alan Ball, this series features writers Ann Nocenti (Daredevil, Green Arrow) and Michael McMillian, with art by Michael Gaydos (Alias).

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

Variant Tim Bradstreet sketch cover!

Matt Forbeck (w) • Martín Cóccolo, Christian Duce (a) • Christopher Moeller (c)

Planeswalker Dack Fayden has followed Sifa Grent into a mysterious plane, where a Titan's castle looms invitingly in the distance. Entering the castle in search of Sifa, Dack is soon imprisoned by the Titan and added to his vast collection. Dack must find a way out before the trail to Sifa runs cold and he remains the Titan's prisoner forever! Special playable Magic: The Gathering card polybagged in each issue!

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

*Variant Covers:

Variant Martin Coccolo cover!

Chuck Dixon (w) • Will Rosado (a) • Rosado x 2 (c)

"Deep Terror" begins here! COBRA is digging a miles-deep shaft in the Patagonian wilderness and what they're digging for could change the world forever and NOT in a good way. The Joes are looking for payback after recent events but will the cuts to their operating budget allow for a mission to the bottom of the world? Also: A new JOE arrives at Fort Baxter!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

Variant Tommy Lee Edwards cover!

Variant Black & White Tommy Lee Edwards cover!

Chuck Dixon (w) • Robert Atkins (a) • Atkins x 2 (c)

"Serpent's Shadow," part 1! SNAKE EYES returns to Japan to re-join the Arashikage clan to team with STORM SHADOW. Their target: the new COBRA COMMANDER! Will the most dangerous JOE turn his back on his loyalties and his friends just to bring down the new COBRA leader? Only HE knows! And G.I. JOE master penciller Robert Atkins is back on art!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

Variant Steve Ellis cover!

Variant Black & White Steve Ellis cover!

Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a) • Fuso x 2 (c)

A NEW ERA BEGINS HERE! The critically-acclaimed COBRA series enters a new era! With the JOEs fragmented, somebody's got to handle the dirty work. Who will it be? Find out here! When G.I. JOE goes underground, the world will never be the same!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

Variant David Williams cover!

Variant Black & White David Williams cover!

John Barber (w) • Salvador Navarro & Atilio Rojo (a) • Salvador Navarro (c)

Snake Eyes and Roadblock. Perhaps the most dangerous of all the JOEs - their combination of stealth, cunning, power, and raw courage is nearly unmatched. Go figure, these two forces of might can't always see eye-to-eye. But when Storm Shadow and his ninja enter the picture, these two JOEs will have to put aside their differences if they want to stop the enemy.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-203-4

Larry Hama (w) • Herb Trimpe & Dave Cockrum (a) • Robert Atkins (c)

Collect the entire 28-issue run of G.I. JOE: SPECIAL MISSIONS in this box set containing all four TPBs! Unencumbered with the constraints of pushing toys to readers, Larry Hama sinks his teeth into gritty military stories, starring your favorite JOEs, filled with authentic dialogue and actual soldiering experiences.

TPB • FC • $69.99 • 688 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-158-7

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Herb Trimpe, Gallant (c)

Cobra is in trouble! The Blue Ninja clan has infiltrated COBRA's american stronghold and, even with G.I. JOE's help, they may not be able to stop the destruction. The leader of the Blue Ninjas, a mysterious cyborg that goes by the codename of BN-001, has arrived in Broca Beach as well. And when he goes after SNAKE EYES and BARONESS, his unmatched skills may finally be too much for the silent Arashikage warrior. Prepare for devastation in the newest issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

Larry Hama variant sketch cover!

Larry Hama (w) • S.L. Gallant (a & c)

The mission has begun: FLINT, LADY JAYE, and HEAVY DUTY take point on a top-secret operation to find an elusive foe that was long-thought dead. Meanwhile, SNAKE EYES, STORM SHADOW and BILLY face the largest threat to the Arashikage clan yet! The continuation of the original A REAL AMERICAN HERO story line brings more danger, battles, and surprises from long time G.I. JOE scribe Larry Hama.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 128 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-202-7

Ed Greenwood (w) • Lee Ferguson & Sal Buscema (a) • Tyler Walpole, Steve Ellis (c)

Young friends Randral and Torn are on the run, cursed to find and rescue the noble Lady Talandra Roaringhorn-hopefully before the Watch and the Roaringhorn house guards find them! Will they prevail against Talandra's kidnappers? Does she want them to? And who is the serpent-headed slayer lurking in the shadows?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

Variant Character Design cover!

Jeff Grubb (w) • Dan Reed, Eric Kachelhofer, Tom Lyle, Ken Penders, Rags Morales, Tom Raney, & Dave Simons (a) • Rags Morales (c)

Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics continues as the Annual #1 and issues 15-18 are collected in this volume. The Annual featured a new adventure as the crew of the Realms Master and the Heroes of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons team up to fight a collection of their deadliest enemies. The ongoing comics continue with the story arc, Fallen Idols, which follows the crew as they must battle the wrath of the god Enoreth.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 164 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-201-0

James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Milne, Nick Roche (c)

TERROR BEYOND THE STARS! The dark secret at the heart of Delphi is revealed as Ratchet's world starts to fall apart. Time is running out for the Autobot's Chief Medical Officer and his band of followers, who must confront an enemy that literally cannot be reckoned with. Warning: not everyone will make it out alive!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

Marcelo Matere variant! Interlocks with TRANSFORMERS: Robots in Disguise #5's RI cover!

John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Casey Coller, Griffith (c)

TORN APART FROM WITHIN! Tensions reach a breaking point-a new arrival on Cybertron tips the scales and violence erupts! Will Bumblebee be able to stop his own allies? Plus: Ironhide reveals a secret that will redefine the future of the Transformers!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

Marcelo Matere variant! Interlocks with TRANSFORMERS: More Than Meets The Eye #5's RI cover!

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