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(W) Kevin Gunstone

(A) Ben Dunn

(Cover) Ben Dunn

BW 32pp $2.95 Six-issue monthly finite series

In stores the week of May 28th

The Concept

From the ashes of nuclear devastation wrought on the cities of Washington and Moscow thirty years ago, a planet-wide protectorate was formed in Britain called The Agency.

The Agency enforce their own brand of defensive guardianship through espionage and counteraction, but not all of the Earth is united in this New World Order, as individual countries, states and rival organizations threaten to undermine and destroy all The Agency stand for.

This Issue

In the backstreets of London's Soho, agent Lady Pippa and new recruit Douglas Chance search for the missing scientist Mike 70. When Pippa's involved, though, seduction is also high on the agenda. Meanwhile, in the jungles of South America, superspy Nigel Cord trails the villainous Professor Daedalus. However, Cord soon finds he isn't the only one doing the stalking as he is hunted by the C.A.B.A.L.'s top female assassin, the murderous Kristal Veil!

Copyright

The Agents ™ and © Kevin Gunstone and Ben Dunn, 2003, All right reserved

by Eric Shanower

BW 24pp $3.50 Ongoing quarterly series

In stores the week of May 21st

The Concept

Age of Bronze retells the story of the Trojan War for a modern audience. The time-honored characters spring into new life with recognizable hopes and desires. The classic tale unfolds afresh before your eyes, fully dramatized against a background rich with authenticity. All the familiar people and events are here-the beautiful Helen-the wily Odysseus-the noble Achilles-the deadly Trojan Horse.

This Issue

Sacrifice, part eight

What do you do when god tells you to kill your child? High King Agamemnon has a dreadful choice to make­either sacrifice his daughter'slife and take the army to Troy, or spare her and betray his allies. At last, the episode of the Trojan War that readers have been asking for­the Sacrifice of Iphigenia.

Copyright

Age of Bronze is ™ and © 2003 Eric Shanower. All rights reserved.

(W) Brian Holguin

(A) Lan Medina

(Cover) Jay Anacleto

FC 32pp $2.95 Four-issue monthly finite series

In stores the week of May 21st

The Concept

Somewhere around the corner, just beyond the edge of perception, lies a world you never dreamed existed: a world where creatures of myth and gods long thought dead walk unnoticed among the crowded streets of Manhattan. Aria follows the adventures of Lady Kildare, a faerie princess living in Greenwich Village, and her strange circle of immortal friends. Combining sumptuous illustrations, deeply realized characters and deftly paced narrative, Aria is an unforgettable fairy tale for grown-ups.

This Issue

After being led to a secret kingdom hidden away in the Catskill Mountains, Kildare discovers that leaving is not an easy thing. All roads through the forest seem to lead her back where she began. While the jealousy of Queen Joyous grows more violent, King Oberon makes an astonishing proposal. Meanwhile, Ember the Burning Girl visits the forbidden library to learn once and for all the nature of the Beast that dwells in the deepest dungeon.

Copyright

ARIA is ™ and © Brian Holguin and Brian Haberlin, 2003. All rights reserved.

CASE FILES: SAM AND TWITCH #1

Todd McFarlane Productions

(W) Marc Andreyko

(A) Scott Morse

(Cover) Scott Morse

FC 32pp $2.50 Ongoing Monthly series

In stores the week of May 14th.

Concept

This is the second spinoff book featuring New York City police detectives Sam Burke and Twitch Williams, popular characters originally introduced in the core Spawn title. Casefiles: Sam and Twitch takes the crime noir world of Sam and Twitch to a darker level, feature unique artwork and storytelling from Marc Andreyko and Scott Morse. Art shown is the cover

This Issue

"Have You Seen Me?" Part 1 (of 6)

In the all-new Sam and Twitch monthly book, Eisner- and Harvey- nominated creators Marc Andreyko and Scott Morse take our intrepid detectives on a journey that will leave S&T changed forever! Twitch's past -- like a boomerang -- comes careening back to haunt not only him, but those he loves (and has loved)! No one is safe from the brutal vengeance of… aww, now that would be telling! With exciting painted and pen-and-ink artwork from Scott Morse and a nail-biting script by Marc Andreyko, the six-issue arc "Have You Seen Me?" will leave your jaw on the floor! Be sure to check out this new book from Todd McFarlane Production. Suggested for mature readers only.

Copyright

Casefiles: Sam and Twitch is ™ and © Todd McFarlane Productions, 2003. All rights reserved.

(W) Jim Krueger

(A) Matt Smith and Zach Howard

(Cover) Matt Smith

FC 16pp (Folds out from standard comic size to glossy high-quality

CSN/Marvel Treasury Edition size) $2.50 12 issue epic

In stores the week of May 21st.

The Concept

Hidden within a hollow mountain in Switzerland is a giant clockworks. Hundreds of men that never age maintain the old behemoths operation. The clock is the cause and sustainer of the Earth's revolutions. And more, it is the gateway to Heaven itself.

Which is why the Clockmaker and her family are about to go through hell.

"The mouth is interesting because it's one of those places where the dry outside moves toward the slippery inside" -Jenny Holzer

This Issue

Hans and Astrid face off against a being that is part of the clockworks itself and the mystery of the missing clockworkers comes full circle when Astrid makes a terrible discovery.

Copyright

The Clockmaker is ™ and © Jim Kruger, 2003. All rights reserved.

(W) Ross Richie and Keith Giffen

(P) Keith Giffen

(I) Dave Elliott

(Cover) Keith Giffen and Dave Elliott

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing Monthly series

In stores the week of May 7th

The Concept

POWER CORRUPTS!

An alien virus, destroyer of millions of worlds, infects a handful of souls who begin to form a new world order a DOMINION. Standing between them and the destruction of the planet is a band of ordinary people armed only with their wits, their courage, and the desperation to survive.

This Issue

Now they're worldwide. Making claims. Demanding recognition. Organizing. And gaining support.

The blockade won't make any difference. Air strikes won't matter. What can we do to creatures who can tear a plane apart with their bare hands?

Nothing can stop them: we're completely at their mercy.

Copyright

Dominion is ™ and © Keith Giffen and Ross Richie, 2003. All rights reserved

(W) Josh Blaylock

(W) Brandon Badeaux

(I) John Larter

(Cover) Dan Brereton

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of May 14th

The Concept

G.I.Joe is the code name for America's daring and highly trained special mission force. It's purpose: to defend freedom against COBRA, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.

This Issue

The unholy alliance between Destro and G.I.Joe continues in the search for Flint and the Baroness. Together, with the help of Daina and Gorky from the Oktober Guard, the team infiltrates two key haunts of the Russian Mafia. Someone, however, is not on their side, and it may surprise you to find out who. Now, with the G.I.Joe team in enemy hands, it may be up to Flint and the Baroness to save THEM!

Copyright

G.I.JOE, its logo, and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. ©2003 Hasbro, Inc. All rights reserved.

(W) Dan Jolley

(P) Drew Johnson with Tom Feister

(I) Ray Snyder

(Cover) Tony Harris

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of May 21st

The Concept

G.I. Joe Frontline expands the action of the regular G.I. JOE series into another title, featuring a cast of rotating creative teams. Frontline allows us to see the G.I. JOE universe through the eyes of different artists, and of course, it's full of action, action, action!

This Issue

Still trapped in the arctic lab of Operation: Coldfire, Duke, Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Airtight, Frostbite and Lifeline have finally located the single survivor stranded inside. But with their only exit cut off, can the Joe team use the lab's secrets to escape the hordes of genetic nightmares surrounding them? Find out as ICEBOUND comes to its chilling conclusion!

Copyright

G.I.JOE, its logo, and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. ©2003 Hasbro, Inc. All rights reserved.

(W) Josh Blaylock

(P) Various

(I) Various

(Cover) David Michael Beck

FC 144pp $12.95 Trade paperback

In stores the week of May 14th

The Concept

G.I. Joe is the code name for America's daring and highly trainedspecial mission force. It's purpose: to defend freedom against COBRA, aruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.

This Issue

Two action-packed story arcs in one thick volume! Includes the entireMALFUNCTION story line, featuring Cobra's latest hi-tech menace, theall-new Battle Android Trooper. Also: HOMECOMING, a story aboutBazooka, Alpine, Mutt and Rock N Roll finding their small town vacationturning into a COBRA-filled nightmare. Self-contained stories, and agreat jumping on point for new readers. This volume collects issue#10-#15 of the G.I. Joe series.

Copyright

G.I.JOE, its logo, and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbroand are used with permission. ©2003 Hasbro, Inc. All rights reserved.

by Jim Mahfood

BW 32pp $2.95 Four-issue monthly finite series

In stores the week of May 7th

The Concept

The Grrl Scouts are back! Cute, independent and full of attitude, Gwen,Daphne, and Rita are three girls doing what they have to do to survivein big, bad Freak City. Whether they're painting graffiti, skateboardingor just hanging out, the Grrls are the respected badasses of theirneighborhood.

The Grrl Scouts comic book experience mixes fresh artwork, undergroundhip-hop culture, witty dialogue and social satire into one unique book.See the characters that helped put hot indy artist Jim Mahfood on the map!

This Issue

International superstar DJ Sonik is in town and set to perform at theWeird Hog, and it's up to the Grrls to keep him out of trouble until thebig gig. But what happens when this primadonna refuses to behave andgets himself into a mess of trouble? This issue wraps up the latest GrrlScouts adventure, so don't miss out!

Copyright

Grrl Scouts is ™ and © 2003 Jim Mahfood. All rights reserved.

(W) Jose L. Torres

(P) Jae Tsai

(I) Emily Schmidt

(Cover) Jae Tsai

FC 32pp $2.95 Five issue finite series

In stores the week of May 28th.

The Concept

Music of the spheres, or the perfect order of art and science, rules ourworld. But what would you do if this music became discordant? If thecacophony of the cosmos shattered the thin veil of reality and rainedthe jagged shards of your whole world and all your preconceived notionsof heaven, hell, good, evil and everything in between down on you, whatwould you have left? Sorry, but some questions have no answer.

This Issue

Unlikely alliances are formed and battle lines begin to appear asmisinformation brings heaven to Pyrus‚ door. On earth, the city copeswith last issue‚s explosive conclusion and Wayne learns that things arenot always black and white. Meanwhile in hell, random acts of violencebegin to take the form of a thoroughly organized uprising. And a kingreturns to his kingdom.

Copyright

Heirs of Eternity is ™ and © Jose L. Torres and Jae Tsai, 2003. All right reserved.

HELLSPAWN #25

Todd McFarlane Productions

(W) Steve Niles

(A) Ben Templesmith

(Cover) Ben Templesmith

FC 32pp $2.50 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of May 21st

The Concept

Featuring the same core character as the long-running Spawn comic book,Hellspawn mires the protagonist in a dark, foreboding world of grime anddirty secrets. While Spawn highlights a battle between the dark and thelight, Hellspawn is struggling mightily to keep the blackness at bay.This book is the stripped-down ugly essence of Todd McFarlane'sHell-born creation.

This Issue

"Remember Me?" An old friend has come back for a final battle royale. Using an ancientcurse of deceit, the jester of Hell's belly has returned for one finalshot with his oldest nemesis. What the jester doesn't know is that thisHellspawn is not the same one who dispelled him more than a year ago.This Hellspawn craves the kill. Be there for the final battle!

Copyright

Hellspawn is ™ and © Todd McFarlane Productions, 2003. All right reserved.

(W) Jim Krueger

(P) Steve Kurth

(I) Barb Schulz

(Cover) Steve Kurth

FC 32pp $2.95 Four-issue finite monthly series

In stores the week of May 7th

The Concept

Ryan Archer faces the ultimate question as he must decide whether or notto kill Karza as a child. Meanwhile, the Time Traveler reveals thechildhood of Karza, as he learns difficult lessons in a hard world. Asyoung Karza grows from slave to scientist, he gains all the toolsnecessary to become either a great saviour or the greatest monster theuniverse has ever known. If Ryan doesn't stop him, thousands will die,but if he kills Karza, will he be destined to take his place?

This Issue

Concluding the epic origin of Baron Karza, but it's far more than that!

Ryan Archer witnesses Karza's final confrontation with the lastsurviving Pharoid Priest only to find himself not in the past, but inhis own future, where he himself will face Karza for one final battle. What is the secret purpose of the Time Traveler? And how does this fitinto the larger story of the Micronauts, both past and present? All thesecrets are revealed here in a story that will please Micronauts fans,both old and new!

Copyright

Micronauts, its logo, and all related characters are trademarks ofA.G.E. and are used with permission. ©2003 A.G.E. All rights reserved.

(W) Carmen Treffiletti

(A) Edu Francisco and Lynx Studio

(Cover) Edu Francisco and Lynx Studio

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing bi-Monthly series

Retailers: See order form for incentive program.

In stores the week of May 7th

The Concept

Zelandria is a patchwork world of magical lands and technologicallyladen cities, where age-old myths collide with futuristic wonders andmystical creatures dwell among ordinary men. It's a place where poweris contingent on nobility and feudalistic hierarchies govern widespreadprovinces, and it is here that the seeds of legend are sown and thepaths of heroes are paved. It is here where a Legacy will be born.

This Issue

As the war between Lord Eridan's Shadow Sentry and the withering rebelclans spill into the Southern Provinces, his quest to complete theScepter of the Mindseye is nearing. With the Scepter, Eridan willresurrect the Shriekers, a race of savages that once held Zelandria inthe wake of their madness. Zelandria's only hope is Lucian, a scornedprince who has returned from years of solitude to reclaim his kingdomand avenge his father's murder.

Copyright

Legacy is ™ and © Roaring Studios, 2003. All rights reserved.

(W) Val Staples

(A) Emiliano Santalucia

Cover A: Emiliano Santalucia

Cover B: Premium Holofoil Tommy Lee Edwards $5.95

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of May 14th

The Concept

In a realm where sorcery meets science, The Masters of the Universe setforth to protect all of Eternia from the evil onslaught of Skeketor andhis evil forces. It's an epic tale of good versus evil, where there isnew danger and suspense at every turn. The story we all loved from the'80s is reborn and relaunched for a new era.

This Issue

Our heroes respond to odd mishaps in the kingdom of Avion. But strangethings are in the air when a sudden threat arises to challenge itscitizens and the Masters. Our saga continues as we lead up to theno-holds-barred event of the summer for the Masters of the Universe!

Copyright

Masters of the Universe and associated trademarks designated by are U.S. trademarks of Mattel, Inc. © 2002 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

MATRIX SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 17720

Releasing in conjunction with The Matrix sequel, The Matrix Reloaded,this line contains five individual figures and a deluxe, boxed edition.Sure to be a hot seller based on one of the most anticipated films ofall time, look for other Matrix action figures series later in the year. This item ships 12 per case. No guarantee of mix.

Please inquire about pricing.

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MATRIX SERIES 1 DELUXE BOXED EDITION

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 17740

This item ships 6 per case.

Please inquire about pricing.

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MCFARLANE'S SPORTS PICKS: MLB SERIES 5

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 71110

McFarlane Toys' fifth line of Major League Baseball action figures areready to hit the diamond for the new season. Set size is eight playersin this collection … eight of the leagues hottest athletes in actionposes. As always, accurate uniforms and all equipment come standard.

* Derek Lowe, Boston Red Sox P, No. 32

* Alfonso Soriano, New York Yankees 2B, No. 12

* Miguel Tejada, Oakland Athletics SS, No. 4

* Torii Hunter, Minnesota Twins CF, No. 48

* Pat Burrell, Philadelphia Phillies LF, No. 5

* Mike Sweeney, Kansas City Royals 1B, No. 29

* Jason Kendall, Pittsburgh Pirates C, No. 18

* Eric Gagne, Los Angeles Dodgers P, No. 38

The item ships 12 per case. .

No guarantee of mix.

Please inquire about pricing.

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(W) Scott Wherle

(P) Eric Wolfe Hanson and E.J. SU

(Cover) Stefano Caselli

FC 112pp $10.95 6" x 9" Trade paperback

In stores the week of May 7th

The Concept

Within our own universe lies another universe unbeknownst to us... untilnow. The realm of the Micronauts­a domain ruled by evil tyrant, BaronKarza, whose scientific marvels offer his people immortality, at thecost of their humanity. When unsuspecting Ryan Archer is thrown intotheir world, we find that not only are things about to change, but Ryanwill have much to do with it.

Introducing Micronauts to comics for the first time in years, this newteam of warriors from a pint-sized universe packs Grand Scale adventure.

This volume collects issues #1-5 of the Micronauts series.

Copyright

Micronauts, its logo, and all related characters are trademarks of A.G.E. and are used with permission. ©2003 A.G.E. All rights reserved.

MISPLACED #1

(W) Josh Blaylock

(P) Josh Blaylock w/ Clint Hilinski

(I) Clayton Brown

Cover A: Josh Blaylock

Cover B: Chynna Major

Cover C: Randy Green

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing Bi-monthly series

In stores the week of May 14th

The Concept

A fugitive from a dimension called the Realm, Alyssa appears to be anormal, cute girl with a thing for spiked bracelets and combat boots.But as her robotic dog, Tink, reveals she's much more. Alyssa justwants to blend into a small college town in the Midwest, but certainpowers of the Realm want her back. Fortunately, this so-called normalgirl will find she has the ability to not only save herself, but stopthe Realm entirely, and finally get back to a life of rock shows,parties and her comic shop job.

This Issue

Realm 77 is one of many hi-tech cities in an all-too-perfect Utopia. Everyone in the Realm lives a simple, content life… except for Alyssa. She's smarter, faster and better than all her peers, and for that, herentire society punishes her every day. Soon she will learn that thereis more to her abilities than she ever knew, and someone isn't happyabout it. Alyssa always wanted another life, and when the Realm Elderssecretly order her put to death, she'll have no choice but to findone... on Earth. It's a sci-fi, action-packed punk rock thrill ride forfans of all genres.

Copyright

MISPLACED and all associated characters are © 2003 Devil's Due Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

(W) Douglass Barré

(A) Jiro

(Cover) Jiro

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of May 7th

The Concept

In 1866, Arthur Valence, the Duke of Marston, along with his fourclosest associates, vanished from the face of the Earth. These five menwere known as the Society for Cryptozoological Research.

It is now 1893, and his son Kenneth, Lord Marston, has given up his lifeof decadent indulgence to take up his father's mantle. Now he leads theSociety, tracking down the mythical creatures that are mysteriouslyreturning to existence, while evading the government ministry conspiringto stop them.

Unfortunately, the forces that caused the disappearance of the 1866Society are also still out there... and Kenneth Valence's actions havenot gone unnoticed!

This Issue

The Labyrinth, part three of four

"Stories Told"

Trapped without weapons or equipment in the cave of the man-eating Cyclops Gorgorymus, the Mythstalkers have only one hope... the silver-tongued wit of wealthy layabout Kenneth, Lord Marston. If by some miracle, that's enough to save them, then they've got to face the cursed pirate crew known as the Cheated and the shocking secret of the Minotaur itself!

Copyright

Mythstalkers Comics is ™ and © Douglass Barré, Jiro, and Quantum Color FX., 2003. All rights reserved.

(W) Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, Jay Faerber, Phil Hester, Geoff Johns, John Layman, Gail Simone, Eric Stephenson, J. Torres, and Brian K. Vaughan

(A) Mitchell Breitweiser, Mike Hawthorne, Tim Levins, Brent McKee, Sean Murphy, Todd Nauck, Andres Ponce, Pat Quinn, and Anthony Williams

(Cover) Ian Richardson

FC 80pp $4.95 One-shot

In stores the week of May 28th

This Issue

* Some of the most respected names in comics team up with tomorrow'srising stars to craft short stories featuring the cast of the criticallyacclaimed Noble Causes!

* Find out what drove Gaia to leave the magical realm she called home inorder to become a super-hero on Earth. By Jay Faerber and Mike (ThreeDays in Europe) Hawthorne

* Rusty has just been re-born in his robotic body -- and the press istearing him apart. What can Rusty do to a reporter who is slandering hisnew lifestyle and pouring salt on his wounds? Make some wounds of hisown! By Geoff (Avengers, JSA) Johns and Brent McKee

* Seeking some time away from her famous family, Zephyr discovers thatsometimes the most perfect person you can talk to is someone willing topretend you're not really you. By Eric Stephenson and Todd (YoungJustice) Nauck

* Get a sneak peak at Image's new super-hero/medical series, STAT, andlearn its surprise connection to the Noble family. By Dan Abnett & AndyLanning (Legion) and Anthony Williams

* Zephyr thinks it's time for Liz to get on with her life and startdating again, and has even gone to the trouble of fixing her up with aneligible bachelor. But what if Liz isn't ready to start dating again?Or, even more scary, what if she is...? By Brian K. (Y - The Last Man)Vaughan and Mitchell Breitweiser

* Gaia is forced to admit an awful truth to her children when Frostfirst shows his face during a family dinner. By J. (Sidekicks) Torresand Tim (Batman: Gotham Adventures) Levins

* Doc reflects on happier times, when he taught a very impetuousteenaged Race an important lesson about crime-fighting ... and life. ByPhil (Firebreather, Green Arrow) Hester and Sean Murphy

* Race and Krennick's first meeting is chronicled, as Doc Noble launchesan assault on Draconis' underworld. There, the two young sons areintroduced to their destinies... and a legacy of hate. By John Laymanand Pat Quinn

* The life of a tabloid photographer is hard enough, but what's it likewhen the subjects have super-powers? Ripped from today's trashiestheadlines! -- By Gail (Agent X) Simone and Andres Ponce

Copyright

Noble Causes is ™ and © Jay Faerber, 2003. All right reserved.

(W) Matt Cashel

(P) Jeremy Haun

(I) William Haun

(Cover) Jeremy haun and Seth Merriman

BW 40pp #2.95 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of May 14th

The Concept

Paradigm is a continuing soap opera charting the ups and downs of anensemble cast as they attempt to continue living a "normal" life in anever-shifting reality complete with talking cats, sultan strippers,Beastials, sad men, Welcomers, mean women, Militants, the Presidents ofthe Apocalypse, and new and improved answers for those naggingquestions. With all that, who has time for periods?

This Issue

"The Real Swirly Things!"

Detective Andrew Dreiser returns (!) and this time he has the rightquestions. There is a society that infiltrated the city of Bogsdaleyears ago. It continues to thrive to this day, owing its allegiance topowers unknown. Through the help of an old high-school friend, AndrewDreiser discovers just how dire Bogsdale's reality has become. Thequestion is, will he do anything about it? Poison gas containers insuper-center basements, highschool flames, disappearing evidence, dollfetishes, agoraphobic comic book creators, and Dick... NAKED! Face it,gang, this issue has it all (and it can be read ALL on its lonesome)!

Copyright

Paradigm is ™ and © Matt Cashell and Jeremy Haun, 2003. All rights reserved.

POWERS #32

(W) Brian Michael Bendis

(A) Mike Avon Oeming

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of May 21st

The Concept

Heroes glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire. Flamboyantvillains attempt daring daylight robberies. God-like alien creaturesclash in epic battle over the nighttime sky. And on the dirty citystreets below, Homicide Detective Christian Walker does his job.

Walker is teamed up with spunky rookie Detective Deena Pilgrim toinvestigate murders specific to superhero cases. Investigations thattakes them from the seediest underbelly a city has to offer, to thegleaming towers that are home to immortal beings.

From super hot and EISNER award winning team of Brian Michael Bendis(Ultimate Spiderman titles, Daredevil, Alias) and full color, art decocomic artist Mike Avon Oeming (Bastard Samurai, hammer of the gods)

This year Bendis scored the comic book trifecta by winning the WizardFan Award, Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award and Eisner Award for 'Best Writer.'

This Issue

Forever Man, part two

The history of the Powers! Where did the powers come from? Why are they here?

This is artist Mike Oeming's favorite Powers issue ever, so if you wantto see one of the best artists in comics going nuts­you can't miss this issue!!

This is the largest Powers arc ever. This is big, big. I mean big lookat the world of Powers!! This answers all those nagging questions...

And don't forget the best letter column in comics. Ok, it's the onlyletter column in comics, but it's still funny.

Copyright

Powers is ™ and © jinxworld. inc, 2003. All rights reserved.

(W) Brian Michael Bendis

(A) Mike Avon Oeming

FC 184 pp $19.95 Trade paperback

In stores the week of May 14th

The Concept

Widely considered the best storyline of this Eisner Award-winning series.

When one of the key members of a popular super group is found violentlymurdered, the events that follow unveil the federal governments multilayered control of the superhero elite and how far they will go to cover up.

Walker and Pilgrim are forced to make choices that will forever changetheir lives and careers… and how the world at large will see their heroes.

Finally! The new Powers trade paperback is here!!! Featuring a matchingcover design to the best selling Powers trade series.

PLUS EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES!! Including a full color behind the sceneshow to with commentary by the entire art team. Exclusive interviews withOeming and Bendis. Costume designs. Deleted scene excerpts. And much,much more.

Powers Vol. I: Who Killed Retro Girl? is considered the gold standard oftrade paperbacks, now the Powers team takes it one step further withSupergroup. This volume collects issues #15-#20 of the Powers series.

Copyright

Powers is ™ and © jinxworld. inc, 2003. All right reserved.

by Scott Kurtz

BW 32pp $2.95 Bi-Monthly ongoing series

In stores the week of May 7th

The Concept

The hit comic strip leaps from the World Wide Web into it's own ImageComic! Follow the staff of PvP Magazine on their daily routine ofcovering the world of pop-culture. No cow is too sacred, no referencetoo obscure. Discover what Wizard Magazine calls "the perfect satire."

This Issue

After Cole discovers his old collection of Dungeons and Dragonsrulebooks, he decides to recapture his childhood by starting a newgaming group among the PvP staff. Participation is mandatory! Join thegang as they take a journey to the deepest darkest corners of geekdom.

Copyright

PvP is ™ and © 2003 Scott Kurtz. All rights reserved.

by Azad

BW 32pp $2.95 Four issue finite monthly series

In stores the week of May 28th

The Concept

Samuel Little is one of the world's best catburglars. He's also one ofthe unluckiest people on the planet! His only saving grace is hissidekick, Lucky: an over-protective black cat that appears to haveturned his misfortunes around...

...well, sort of.

Barely two weeks out of jail, Sammy breaks his parole to take a gig insunny Acapulco. However, unforeseen circumstances leave Sammy strandedsouth of the border fighting for his life…

This Issue

FINAL ISSUE! After a nightmarish 24 hours of beatings, blackmail and bad TV, Sammyand Lucky must now face their toughest challenge yet: Airport Security!Oh, and more dumb tourists too!

Copyright

Sammy, Lucky and Sammy: Tourist Trap is ™ and © Azad Injejikian, 2003. All right reserved.

by Erik Larsen with a back up by Erik Larsen and Mark Englert

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of May 21st

The Concept

In a world where creatures roam, Savage Dragon and his family fight to make the world a better place.

This Issue

Things haven't been going the way Mako, the man-shark, would have liked. Back in civilization, he found that the super-heroine Dart was not as receptive to his charms as she was when she was stranded on a small, uncharted island in the Coral Sea with him. So, his logic being what it is, he's abducted his unwilling sweetheart and returned with her to this island paradise. Naturally, Dart's friends and allies are more than a bit concerned about her well being-especially, the ever Savage Dragon!

Plus a NEW Mighty Man feature IN ADDITION to a full length Savage Dragon feature by Erik Larsen and Mark Englert! Over 30 pages of comic book goodness for the same low price! The biggest bargain in comics.

Copyright

Savage Dragon ™ and © Erik Larsen, 2003. All right reserved.

SPAWN #134

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 May 28th

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.

Art shown is not the cover

This Issue

"God is a Bullet," part fourHe's gone halfway around the world to right a wrong. Now, in a finalshowdown, Spawn squares off against the forces of a brutal nation. Atstake: the liberty of a people; and for Al Simmons, one more measure ofredemption to free his captive soul. But can even a Hellspawn standagainst an entire army? Or will this contest be won or lost by human hands?

Copyright

Spawn is ™ and © Todd McFarlane Productions, 2003. All right reserved.

SPAWN SERIES 23: MUTATIONS

McFarlane Toys

Item # 11270

The 23rd series of Spawn action figures features five intricate new designs based on the thoughts and sketches of well-known Spawn comic book artist Greg Capullo.

* Spawn

* Angel

* Al Simmons

* Malebolgia

* Kin

This item ships 12 per case.

No guarantee of mix.

Please inquire about pricing.

Caut/4

(W) J.M. & Randy Lofficier

(P) Manuel Garcia

(I) Eduardo Alpuente

Cover A: Manuel Garcia

Cover B: Christian Gossett

FC 32pp $2.95 Six issue monthly finite series

In stores the week of May 28th

The Concept

HOMICRON: a NASA physicist whose body is inhabited by a powerful alien;STARLOCK: the former servant of awesome cosmic entities, now a fugitive;FUTURA: a mysterious woman from another dimension;JALEB: the secretive agent of a race of telepaths;JAYDEE: the deadliest killing machine in the universe;... These are STRANGERS to our world, brought together by Tanka, an"invariant" empowered by an unfathomably distant future to safeguard our time.

This Issue

"Caresses such as Snakes Give"The TARANTULA plans to crash the Clash's space station on Earth with itsdeadly cargo, virtually ending all life on the planet. To insure hervictory, she uses her deadliest pawn: Jaydee, an unstoppable,shapeshifting, killing organism, whom she unleashes on the Strangers. While on Earth, Tanka and Jaleb draw plans, in space a deadly countdownhas begun. Finally, the mastermind behind the doomsday scheme isrevealed: the Necromancer.

Copyright

STRANGERS is ™ and © 2003 SEMIC S.A. All characters appearing therein and the distinctive likeness thereof is ™ and © of Semic S.A.

(W) Robert Kirkman

(A) E.J. Su

(Cover) E.J. Su

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of May 7th

The Concept

The Geldarians are a race of incredibly intelligent, yet physically weakand fragile beings. To compensate for their frailty they have inventedthe "Tech Jacket," a vest that every Geldarian is equipped with uponbirth. Each jacket grows and matures with its host, specializing intasks that the host will find most useful. A fully developed TechJacket is considered to be one of the most powerful weapons in theuniverse. Zack Thompson, through an event of sheer chance, has come topossess a Tech Jacket of his own. Now it appears that the fate of theentire universe rests on his shoulders as he learns that with infinitepower comes infinite responsibility.

This Issue

BRAND NEW STORY ARC! After the cataclysmic events last issue... thingsget worse. From deep space comes The Scavengine, a being of untoldpower that has come to strip the earth of its technology. The onlything between it and the near destruction of life as we know it is youngZack Thompson. Good thing he got his homework done early tonight! Featuring a new beginning for our hero as new allies and new enemiestake center stage. An excellent jumping on point!

Copyright

Tech Jacket is ™ and © Robert Kirkman & E.J. Su, 2003. All right reserved.

VICTORY #1

(W) Marcelo Cassaro

(P) Edu Francisco

(I) Sohmi Pai & Edu Francisco

Cover A: Roger Cruz

Cover B: Edu Francisco

FC 32pp $2.95 Bi-Monthly ongoing series

Retailers: See order form for incentive program.

In stores the week of May 14th

The Concept

Victory is about the limits of unlimited power. Being born a half-elfDemi-Goddess from the world of Arton (a medieval like world that stills practice magic), Victory was born to combat a menace of a cosmic magnitude.

Victory can destroy an entire planet with a wave of her hand or healherself from any mortal wound in a matter of minutes. Nevertheless, evenwith all this amazing power at her command, Victory cannot use thispower to defeat her greatest enemy… loneliness.

This Issue

Inside a giant cave, a group of heroes (a heavenly knight, a maskedsorceress along with an elven thief and a brutal dwarven fighter) battleagainst a four-headed dragon who has an elven princess captive.Suddenly, the thief and the dragon begin a strange discussion aboutrules and tactics. We soon discover that the heroes are just charactersin a D&D like Role Playing Game. The gamers are five kids who run amedieval-style campaign from the home of the Druid (an old time gamer).During the game, Flavius (the GM) looks for a rulebook on the shelf ofthe Druid's vast collection. Flavius finds an ancient tome and reads thename "K'Athanoa". At that moment, the demon Carolei appears at the homeof the Druid with the purpose of retrieving the tome and killing allwithin the Druid's home. Luckily, the spell also awakens Victory, agorgeous Demi-Goddess who is the universe's only hope against a greatevil of a cosmic magnitude.

Copyright

Victory is ™ and © Coldfusion studio, 2003. All rights reserved.

(W) Dan Jolley

(A) Dreamwave Productions w/ Mark Brooks

(Cover) Mark Brooks

FC 24pp $2.50 One Shot

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In stores the week of May 7th

The Concept

In an unprecedented move, Devil's Due Studios has outsourced DreamwaveProductions to handle this special 12 page original story. Fans thatlove the art of Dreamwave's Transformers series will no doubt love theirdepiction of the Voltron force.

This Issue

Fans will recognize the familiar characters, but now writer Dan Jolleyand artists Mark Brooks and Clayton Brown introduce these characterswith origins never before seen. Find out how the five maverick pilotswere chosen for the mission to bring back the legendary war machinecalled Voltron... and how a distant alien princess knew they werecoming.

Includes special production art and previews of the upcoming series by Devil's Due Studios artists Mike Norton and Clint Hilinski.

Copyright

Voltron is ©2003 World Events Productions, under license to Devil's Due Publishing.

(W) Dan Jolley

(P) Mike Norton and Clint Hilinski

(I) Clayton Brown

Cover A: Mike Norton

Cover B: Mark Brooks

Cover C Holofoil: Kaare Andrews $5.95

FC 32pp $2.95 Five-issue monthly finite series

In stores the week of May 28th

The Concept

Hidden in the depths of the planet Arus are five giant mechanical lions. Together, with the aid of magics long forgotten, they form Voltron: Defender of the Universe, an immensely powerful robot that will give the people of Arus the means necessary to restore their war-torn galaxy to peace. At the helm of the lions: five courageous pilots who have sworn themselves to protect this alien world, and the princess who commands it.

This Issue

In the far future, with the galaxy divided between interstellar superpowers on the brink of war, a desperate officer of the Earth-based Galactic Union sends five maverick pilots on a bizarre mission: bring back the legendary war machine called Voltron. Journeying to distant planet Arus, Keith, Lance, Sven, Hunk and Pidge discover the first clue in the centuries-old mystery ­ a clue in the shape of a huge mechanical lion.

Copyright

Voltron is ©2003 World Events Productions, under license to Devil's Due Publishing.

(W) Francis Takenaga

(A) Roy Allen Martinez, Lan Medina, Brian Haberlin, Drew and David Yardin

(Cover) Drew Yardin

BW 260pp $19.95 Trade paperback

In stores the week of May 28th

The Concept

He definitely isn't your run of the mill exorcist.

Nathan Ellstings was born with the power of The Forgiving… With it heis able to cheat the Devil himself of his due, and reunite a mortal withtheir soul. The Wicked, a menacing subculture of those who have freelysold their souls to darkness don't like what Nathan is doing very much.The Wicked hunt Nathan and Nathan in turn hunts them…a cat and mousegame of the most sinister kind in a fight for your very soul.

Reprinting issues #1-8 of The Wicked, plus the limited preview edition, this volume contains some of the best horror comic in years! A must have for fans of the supernatural. Follow Nathan as he fights the forces of darkness over many exciting and terrifying adventures.

This edition contains many exclusive bonuses…such as…Cover/Pinup gallery by master "pinup" artist Drew with previously unseen material. Original character design sketches by Roy Martinez. An interview with the creators Francis Takenaga and Brian Haberlin on the original creative process that led to The Wicked.

TheWicked TP Vol. I: Omnibus is a great source book to get fans on board before the launch of the new series.

Copyright

The Wicked. is ™ and © Brian Haberlin, 2003. All rights reserved.

TOP COW MAY 2003 SOLICITATION

WITCHBLADE #65

(W) David Wohl (P) Francis Manapul (I) Jason Gorder © John Starr

While finally uncovering the secret behind the Wall Street murders, SaraPezzini and the Magdalena discover an underside of New York City that peoplenever see. One filled with mystery and magic and violence that takes placeevery day right before our very eyes. This world is shocking to theMagdalena, but not as shocking as Sara Pezzini when she tries to KILL her,with the Witchblade!!!

FC 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

(W) Paul Jenkins (P) Dale Keown © Matt MillaAfter time away from the Mob, Jackie Estacado comes full circle on thewheel of life, right back to where he started. But a traitor whoturned State's evidence cannot simply waltz back into favor with thefamily he has betrayed. Jackie faces a violent uphill battle toreclaim his status and wrestle power away from his Cousin Paulie. Buteven though Jackie wields the awesome power of the Darkness, his verymortal adversary may give him a lot more trouble than he bargained for.

FC 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

(W) John Ney Rieber (P) Tony Daniel (I) Jonathan Sibal © Jonathan D. Smith

Is the boy held captive in this Vatican prison cell a madman--or amonster? Either way, Lara's got to set Valya free. Without him, she'llnever find the fabled Waters of Life and Death--and her lover, Tsang,will be lost to her forever. But even if she can defeat the deadlyrobotic Secutor that guards Valya's cell, and in the blighted Siberianwilderness survive a parasitic alien's murderous claws, in the end shewill face the greatest threat to her survival and her sanity-- when shesees what her depraved nemesis Lord Vymes has done to her lover Tsang.White-hot artist Tony Daniel (The Tenth, Adrenalyn, Silke) gives us theleanest, meanest, Lara Croft ever to teach a sadistic immortal thetrue meaning of pain in this special supersized conclusion to 'StrangeFlesh'. Don't miss the sizzle!

FC 48 pages $4.99 continuing series

(W) Munier Sharrieff ??

"HELL" tells of Jason's plunge into the deadly underground world ofcontract killers. Using a false identity Jason most pose as a hiredassassin in order to find vital information about Devil Star, Spectra'selite all female hit squad. The very killers responsible for Jason'worst nightmare come true, the brutal murder of his parents.

FC 48 pages $4.99 One-shot Special

(W) Munier Sharrieff (P) Wilson Tortosa © Udon and Shane Law

While the team reflects on the events that took place in "Under A BloodRed Sky" by joining the Central West's relief efforts, the believed deadCommander Korak makes plans to strike against his new sworn enemy, Zoltar.

FC 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

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