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Image Comics Solicitations for Product Shipping August, 2005

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Image Comics Solicitations for Product Shipping August, 2005

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

ANT #1

August 4 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by MARIO GULLY

art & cover by MARIO GULLY

Imagine losing everything you once held dear, then waking up from that long, dark nightmare to find yourself confined to a mental institution. This is Hannah Washington’s life. Her sanity shattered, she’s been told all her memories are the result of a coping mechanism described as a “juvenile power fantasy.” Or are they?

DUSTY STAR #1

August 3 o 32 pg o FC o $3.50

written by ANDREW ROBINSON & JOE PRUETT

art & cover by ANDREW ROBINSON

It’s a different time and a strange place. It’s burlesque shows and all-night poker games, robots and flying ships, tattooed horses and new wave cowboys and cowgirls with bad attitudes. This is the world of Dusty Star, a tough-as-nails gunslinger with a steely-eyed gaze and a draw as fast as greased lighting! An appealing blend of western, science fiction, adventure and humor.

FERRO CITY #1

August 10 o 32 pg o BW o $2.50

written by JASON ARMSTRONG

art & cover by JASON ARMSTRONG

His partner is dead. The cops are out to pin it in on him. And the only solid proof he has to clear himself is a tiny gadget that could grant ten million sentient robots their freedom: the Medusa Key.

Too bad the Ferro City mob wants it too.

THE FACELESS: A TERRY SHARP STORY OGN

August 17 o 64 pg o FC o $6.95

written by ROBERT TINNELL

art & cover by ADRIAN SALMON

Once upon a time in England, 1962. By day, Terry Sharp is a successful director of horror films, consumer of cocktails and chaser of skirts. By night, the horror is real as he battles tirelessly against a Satanic conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of government. Sharp’s willing to go to hell…so you won’t have to.

ALSO AVAILABLE: THE BLACK FOREST OGN

INDIGO VERTIGO

August 17 o 48 pg o BW o $4.95

written by KATIEJANE GARSIDE

art & cover by DAN SCHAFFER

Described as the comic equivalent of a David Lynch movie written by Sylvia Plath, this hallucinatory spectacle of one woman’s experience on the brink of reality is the result of an unconventional, intuitive creative process developed by KATIEJANE GARSIDE (vocalist with extreme UK rock band Queenadreena) and DAN SCHAFFER (creator of cult comic book series, DOGWITCH). Told with poetic, fragmented dialogue and beautifully textured art, INDIGO VERTIGO explores the love/hate relationship between people and their demons in a disturbing nightmare journey through the cracks in the tiles.

SEASON OF THE WITCH #0

August 3 o 24 pg o BW o $2.95

written by JAI NITZ

art & cover by KEVIN SHARPE & THOMSON KNOX

Jessica Suddreth was a normal high school freshman until she was magically transported to Asamondo, the fairytale world. Once there she trains to be a Spell Sword, a mystical warrior, to lead the peasants of Asamondo against the tyrannical King Elian. The good news is she’s the best Spell Sword ever. The bad news is that she still has the emotions and insecurities of a fourteen-year-old girl. Will she be a savior or a destroyer?

SEASON OF THE WITCH is brought to you by Xeric grant winner JAI NITZ and Crossgen penciler KEVIN SHARPE. The zero issue offers an original story, inside information about the ongoing series, SHARPE’s sketchbook and a pin up gallery. Don’t miss it!

WINGS OF ANANSI

August 24 o 56 pg o FC o $6.95

written by MICHAEL AVON OEMING

art & cover by GREG TITUS

This is the story of a loser, a stripper, a drug lord and a spider. It’s urban crime noir, it’s a fairy tale, it’s mythology. It’s also the story of a mother who went through a lot in life, a woman who gained and lost, hated and loved, but never once gave up on life. Deep inside, she was golden, and her inner strength ultimately set her free. No matter what bonds hold a person back, be it a bad marriage, prison, a small town or a gang-infested city, there’s away a way.

The story of Anansi is an African folk tale, told by people who songs and stories carried the spirits of men and women throughout the centuries, though good times and bad.

ALSO AVAILABLE: 86 VOLTZ: THE DEAD GIRL

COYOTE, VOL. 1 TP

August 10 o 128 pg o FC o $12.95

written by STEVE ENGLEHART

art by MARSHALL ROGERS & TOM PALMER

Hot on the heels of their successful reuniting for DC’s Dark Detective series, ENGLEHART & ROGERS present more of their classic, groundbreaking work. This collection includes the rare 60-page origin story of COYOTE, unseen for twenty years – plus the three-part origin series of SCORPIO ROSE. Yes, THREE-part… because we’re throwing in the legendary UNPUBLISHED third issue, in the synopsis and layout form it reached before vanishing like a gypsy witch. It’s 128 pages of Englehart’s greatest creations and Rogers’ greatest art (with TOM PALMER adding his skills to SCORPIO ROSE).

ASCEND SPECIAL EDITION HC

August 10 o 152 pg o FC o $29.95

created & written by KEITH AREM

art & cover by CHRISTOPHER SHY

ASCEND is set in a time of post-apocalyptic heaven, where the battle for human souls will determine the outcome of a war with Hell. The war has ravaged the universe, and to sustain their armies, Heaven has “harvested” the souls of earth to fight in their battle.

The ASCEND SPECIAL EDITION HC includes lots of behind the scenes information, over 20 new pages and an extended alternate ending.

THE EXPATRIATE, VOL. 1: BRING ME THE HEAD OF JACK DEXTER TP

August 24 o 120 pg o FC o $11.99

written by B. CLAY MOORE

art & cover by JASON LATOUR

The first five issues of the strangest comic book you’ve ever loved are collected into one affordable volume. Jack Dexter’s mad dash from CIA agents, otherworldly menaces and a world hell bent on his destruction begins here.

Collecting THE EXPATRIATE 1-5.

ALSO AVAILABLE: HAWAIIAN DICK, VOL. 1: BYRD OF PARADISE TP

GUN FU TP

August 3 o 144 pg o FC o $14.95

written & inked by HOWARD M. SHUM

penciled by JOEY MASON

colored by ETIENNE SIMON

cover by TOM BANCROFT & HOWARD M. SHUM

The year is 1936. Cheng Bo Sen is a Hong Kong cop. England enlists him as a secret agent to help fight the Nazis. He also speaks hip-hop, which no one seems to notice.

Collects GUN FU #1 and GUN FU: THE LOST CITY #1-4

LIBERTY MEADOWS, BOOK 4: COLD, COLD HEART HARDCOVER

August 31 o 144 pg o BW o $24.95

written by FRANK CHO

art & cover by FRANK CHO

Jen is a woman on a mission. She has her eyes and claws set on Frank while Brandy helplessly watches from the side. This hot love triangle goes nuclear when new emotions emerge from all parties. To complicate matters, the Cow is released from jail and seeks terrible retribution from Ralph and Leslie who had him locked away years ago.

Collects LIBERTY MEADOWS #28 – 36

ALSO AVAILABLE: LIBERTY MEADOWS, VOL. 2: CREATURE COMFORTS HC

SAVAGE DRAGON, VOL. 11: RESURRECTION TP

August 10 o 136 pg o FC o $14.95

written by ERIK LARSEN

art & cover by ERIK LARSEN

SAVAGE DRAGON is brought back to life in one of the most talked about storylines in this series’ lengthy run!

Collects SAVAGE DRAGON #53-58 ALSO AVAILABLE: SAVAGE DRAGON, VOL. 10: ENDGAME TP

Collects SAVAGE DRAGON #53-58

THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS #6

August 10 o 32 pg o BW o $2.95

written by MARK SMITH

art & cover by DAN HIPP

HERE COME THE SPIDERS: PART II!

The Amazing Joy Buzzards, the world’s greatest rock and roll adventure band, return in their most dangerous adventure to date as the band faces off against a nefarious group of supernatural-mod-hipsters known as the Spider Syndicate! This issue’s got adventure, excitement, and Yeti Love. Yeti Love??!! Fans will also discover in this issue why Stevo Vargas, the Bruce Lee-like bass player, never speaks.

BATTLE POPE #3

August 31 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

art & cover by TONY MOORE & VAL STAPLES

Battle Pope finds himself face to face with Lucifer – and Jesus Christ gets crucified – AGAIN! This issue’s ending is guaranteed to shock you! Reprinting ROBERT KIRKMAN ‘sfirst published work, now in STUNNING full color, with a brand new cover by original artist TONY MOORE and original cover colorist VAL STAPLES.

BLACKLIGHT #3

August 31 o 32 pg o FC o $2.99

created & co-plotted by JIM VALENTINO

written by SCOTT WHERLE

art & cover by JOHN TOLEDO & MARC DEERING

“LIGHT FROM A DEAD STAR,” Conclusion!

The emotional roller coaster takes a wicked turn as Lina uncovers the truth behind Kathy’s death, sending her on a collision course with a foe much more powerful than Cicada: her own self-doubt. You’ve heard it before, but the conclusion to this white-knuckle thrill ride changes everything and sets the pace for the entire series.

BODY BAGS: FATHER’S DAY #2 (of 2)

AUGUST 31 o 48 pg o FC o $5.99

written by JASON PEARSON

art & wraparound cover by JASON PEARSON

Panda goes on her first official mission as a Body Bagger, but things turn ugly when she and Mack become the targets! Can this “Daddy/Daughter” team stop fighting each other long enough to survive the trouble headed their way? If they live, can Mack learn to accept this sassy girl as both a partner and a daughter? See how it all plays out in the explosive finale of this groundbreaking limited series!

This issue includes 48 pages of art, with no ads.

RETAILER WARNING: NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

BONE REST #2

AUGUST 10 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by MATTEO CASSALI

art & cover by GUISEPPE CAMUNCOLI

“OPIFICIUM DEI,” Part One

Try to understand the New York Times’ effect on mouthless man…

Adam Bone’s path crosses with P.I. Max Worst, who’s been hired to find out what happened to the man who became Mr. Vain – the lunatic last seen fighting Bone. Meanwhile, a dreadful menace looms over Bone’s girlfriend Peace and, ultimately, over the whole city… William Martyn is a man of faith and wants to “save” humanity before his body crumbles like an age-old relic – and he’s ready to slaughter every single New Yorker to do so!

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

CASE FILES: SAM AND TWITCH #20 (RES)

August 24 o 32 pg o BW o $2.50

written by MARC ANDREYKO

art by GREG SCOTT

cover by GREG CAPULLO

“FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS,” Part One

Twitch’s youngest child – and millions like her around the world – love the movies, music and clothes of six-year-old starlet Lacey Ann Lions. But when a horrific tragedy befalls Lacey and her movie-mogul parents, Twitch is flooded with memories of his own lost daughter, Lauren. Can Twitch keep it together through this gruesome case? And can the person who committed such an atrocity be brought down?

ALSO AVAILABLE: SAM & TWITCH, VOL. 1: UDAKU TP

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

DEADWORLD #3

August 24 o 32 pg o BW o $3.50

written by GARY REED

art by VINCENT LOCKE

cover by VINCENT LOCKE

As Reluctant saviors of the insane Deake, the teens find themselves on the run from King Zombie and his new soldiers, the savage and powerful Grakken. Their only hope may be on a houseboat, but will it take them to safety or lead them into the belly of the beasts?

DEATH, JR. #3 (of 3)

August 24 o 48 pg o FC o $4.99

written by GARY WHITTA

art by TED NAIFEH

cover by SACH STEFFEL

DJ has gotten himself into some serious trouble. He’s killed his best friend, accidentally betrayed his dad and only has a Student Reaper scythe, a ghost and a few freaky friends on his side. How can he make it all right before the whole world goes, literally, to hell?

ALSO AVAILABLE: DEATH, JR. #1

THE EXPATRIATE #6

August 24 o 28 pg o FC o $2.95

written by B. CLAY MOORE

art & cover by JASON LATOUR

February 11, 1964: In Washington, D.C., an astronaut named Glen Johnson is being prepped for a Congressional hero’s welcome, four young men from Liverpool are peering out from behind hotel curtains at the throng gathered outside, and a man named Jack Dexter is running for his life.

FLAK RIOT #3 (of 4)

August 3 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by ROBERT PLACE NAPTON & MICHAEL O’HARE

art & cover by MICHAEL O’HARE

Zoe finds herself back at home, but not for long as she gets her first bounty and lands in the O.D. battling along aside an ex-sumo wrestler and cursed ninja in a blazing gunfight!

GIRLS #4

Aug 17 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by JOSHUA LUNA

art & cover by JONATHAN LUNA

In a shocking turn of events, the mystery woman will change the lives of Pennystown irrevocably, and raise more questions than answers: Who is this girl? What does she want? Is she a blessing, or a curse?

ALSO AVAILABLE: ULTRA: SEVEN DAYS TP

GØDLAND #3

Aug 24 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by JOE CASEY

art by TOM SCIOLI

cover by TOM SCIOLI & RICHARD STARKINGS

BOOK THREE: THE SEISMIC SHIFT

Thrill to the climactic confrontation between Commander Adam Archer and the treacherous Basil Cronus! Meanwhile, the mysterious, all-American superhero known as Crashman is being held captive… and his rescuer will shock you! All this, plus the surreal origin of the alien visitor known as Maxim!

GROUNDED #2 (of 6)

August 10 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by MARK SABLE

art & cover by PAUL AZACETA

It’s your first day of school. The bully can’t wait to gouge you with his horns. The beauty queen is literally untouchable. You’re about to play a deadly game of dodgeball and – oh yeah – everyone has super powers but you. Welcome to The High, Jonathan. Hope you survive the experience.

GUNCANDY #2 (of 2)

August 17 o 48 pg o BW o $5.99

written by DOUG WAGNER & CHUCK DIXON

art by BRIAN STELFREEZE, PHIL NOTO & ROB HAYNES

cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE & PHIL NOTO

Laci destroys everything in her path as she unravels the mystery of who killed her parents when she was a child. Why has she been misled all her life, and how will the truth affect a girl already teetering on the edge of insanity?

Everyone in New Orleans seems to be running from the law, and when crazy people cross paths, bloodshed won’t be far behind! Don’t miss the conclusion of this “flip book” installment of THE RIDE, by CHUCK DIXON, PHIL NOTO & ROB HAYNES.

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

THE RIDE LITHO BY ADAM HUGHES

$19.99 unsigned

$29.99 signed by ADAM HUGHES

strictly limited to 250 pieces

12″ x 18″

HERO CAMP #4 (of 4)

August 17 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by GREG THOMPSON

art & cover by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ

It’s Parents’ Day at Camp Enokchuk! After a day of embarrassing stories, Eric and the campers believe it can’t get any worse, but a horrible surprise awaits them – a giant purple primate bent on destroying the camp! Who’s controlling the animated ape? Why it’s Goat, of course!

INVINCIBLE #26

August 17 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

art & cover by RYAN OTTLEY & BILL CRABTREE

“A DIFFERENT WORLD,” Part Two

Mark is in a world completely alien to him. How did he get there? What is happening around him? And who is trying to kill him? Answers to these questions and more as the most climactic and earth-shattering story arc in INVINCIBLEhistory continues!

ALSO AVAILABLE: INVINCIBLE, VOL. 4 TP

THE IRON GHOST #3 (of 6)

August 10 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by CHUCK DIXON art by SERGIO CARIELLO

cover by FLINT HENRY & SERGIO CARIELLO

Tannhauser and Volz continue to follow the trail of the now mythical Iron Ghost. New clues lead them to a German airfield on the Russian front line where the Germans are pinned between a Russian air strike and the ground onslaught from the Ghost himself. What do two modified .45 caliber handguns and a red monocle mean to our detectives, and who does it point to for their first arrest in the case?

MORA #4 (of 4)

August 3 o 32 pg o BW o $2.95

written and illustrated by PAUL HARMON

cover by PAUL HARMON

“SO ENDS THE SEASON”

In the city of witches, forgiveness is a foreign concept, justice, an archaic term. The people are used to pain and know a little bit about suffering, they are hunting a child-killer. Even for the most deserving, vengeance can be a gruesome thing to behold. This is the stunning first act conclusion!

NEGATIVE BURN: SUMMER SPECIAL 2005

August 31 o 96 pg o BW o $9.95

stories by TOM BIONDIOLLIO, BRIAN BOLLAND, RICHARD CASE, MARK CHADBOURN, AMANDA CONNER, STEVEN GRANT, CULLY HAMNER, DAN JURGENS, RON MARZ, JAMES A. OWEN, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, JAMES PEATY, MIKE RAICHT, GARY REED & DANIEL ZEZELJ

cover by JEAN-JACQUES DZIALOWSKI

Comics’ most eccentric anthology returns! NEGATIVE BURN is an anomaly, merging genres, pushing boundaries and allowing the top comic book talent in the world an opportunity to experiment and tell the stories they want to tell. Nominated for numerous industry awards, NEGATIVE BURN refuses to be classified and continues to publish the best the industry has to offer.

ALSO AVAILABLE: NEGATIVE BURN: THE BEST FROM 1993-1998 TP

NOBLE CAUSES #13

Aug 17 o 32 pg o FC o $3.50

written by JAY FAERBER

art by FRAN BUENO

cover by GABE BRIDWELL

Meet the Blackthornes. They’re the criminal element’s answer to the Noble family — rich, powerful, and deeply dysfunctional. In this special “jump-on” issue, patriarch Hunter Blackthorne has just made parole, and he and his family set into motion a series of events that will shed light on a very dark moment in the Nobles’ history.

ALSO AVAILABLE:

NOBLE CAUSES, VOL. 1 TP

NOBLE CAUSES, VOL. 2 TP

NOBLE CAUSES, VOL. 3 TP

NYC MECH: BETA LOVE #4

Aug 10 o 28 pg o FC o $2.95

written by IVAN BRANDON & MILES GUNTER

art by ANDY MACDONALD

cover by ERIC CANETE

Quentin finally lands a new gig, but it puts him in a bad place, with an even worse crowd. Now he’s over his head in a place he can’t control, and he learns something that will turn his world upside-down…again.

THE PACT #4 (of 4)

August 3 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

art & cover by JASON HOWARD

FIREBREATHER, INVINCIBLE, SHADOWHAWK, and ZEPHYR–together again for what MAY be the last time. When a local town enlists Firebreather’s aid in stopping the dreaded Magmanites–he calls in his new pals to help out. But things go horrible wrong–this issue must be seen to be believed.

PvP #19

August 31 o 32 pg o BW o $2.95

written & drawn by SCOTT R. KURTZ

cover by JONATHAN LUNA

Jade’s little sister is coming for a visit, but she’s not so little

anymore. It’s been years since Brent has seen Miranda, and where once there stood an awkward thirteen, year now stands a voluptuous college student….and she’s got the hots for her sister’s boyfriend! Can Brent resist the temptation of being seduced by a college girl gone wild?

RTA: PERSONALITY CRISIS (one-shot)

August 24 o 32 pg o FC o $3.50

written by PEDRO ANGOSTO & GARY CARLSON

cover & art by CARLOS RODRIGUEZ & ALBERT PUIG

It begins as a battle with an unliving Golem who uses the powers of the Round Table of America against them and turns into a nightmare when the omnipotent being known as the Living Archetype launches an assault upon their minds from the demented dimension he calls the Collective Unconscious! Featuring CARLOS RODRIGUEZ, ALBERT PUIG and colorist J.L. RIO – the art team on the all-new SHADOWHAWK series!

SEA OF RED #6

August 31 o 32 pg o 2 color o $2.95

written by RICK REMENDER & KIERON DWYER

art by KIERON DWYER & SALGOOD SAM

cover by KIERON DWYER

After 500 years, Marco’s wait for revenge ends when he finally confronts the man on whom he blames his fate, Lesser Blackthroat. However, Marco learns that nothing is as it seems when he is confronted by a shadow from his past. Forced to choose between the lives of his friends and revenge, Marco’s true character emerges.

SHADOWHAWK #4

August 17 o 32 pg o FC o $2.99

created and co-plotted by JIM VALENTINO

written by JIM KEPLINGER

art & cover by CARLOS RODRIGUEZ and ALBERT PUIG

This is it! The stunning conclusion to the first story arc and Eddie has to face his predecessor’s most dangerous foe when HAWK’S SHADOW RETURNS to claim what he considers to be his rightful inheritance – Heru’s Helmet…even if he has to remove ShadowHawk’s head to get it!

ALSO AVAILABLE: SHADOWHAWK, VOL. 2: THE SECRET REVEALED TP

SMALL GODS #11

August 24 o 32 pg o BW o $2.95

written by JASON RAND

art by JUAN E. FERREYRA

cover by JUAN E. FERREYRA

One world. 63 million psychics. 63 million stories.

“NIGHTINGALE,” Part Two

In the wake of Cristina’s dramatic escape, Hanley and the CIA calculate the cost. Hanley and his team endeavor to track Cristina down, but with a psychotic empath assassin on the loose, not even the CIA’s best are safe! When Cristina and Hanley face off, who will survive?

SPAWN #149 (RES)

August 31 o 32 pg o full color o $2.50

written by BRIAN HOLGUIN and TODD McFARLANE

art by ANGEL MEDINA and DANNY MIKI

cover by GREG CAPULLO

“RANDOM PATTERNS,” Part Two

Spawn sifts through the rubble of his life – broken shards of memory and lost pieces of the past – in a desperate attempt to find a terrible secret that the fallen angel Mammon has hidden inside of him. As the Hellspawn’s searching leads him into unexpected quarters and face-to-face with enemies old and new, he can’t shake the feeling that no matter what he does, no matter which path he chooses, he is doing precisely what Mammon wants.

ALSO AVAILABLE: SPAWN/BATMAN BY FRANK MILLER & TODD McFARLANE!

STRANGE GIRL #3

August 10 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by RICK REMENDER

art & cover by ERIC NGUYEN

For the first time since Hell came to Earth, Bethany is unprotected by Belial. As she and Bloato maneuver through the new American wilderness they discover the world is nothing as it once was. With this realization, what was left of Bethany’s hope and spirit is crushed. Can she muster the will to travel across this barren, scorched earth in hopes of a reprieve from God? Probably, she’s pretty awesome.

STUPID COMICS #3

August 3 o 32 pg o BW o $2.95

written & illustrated by JIM MAHFOOD

cover by JIM MAHFOOD & KELLY SEDA

STUPID COMICS returns!!! Popular cartoonist Jim Mahfood (Grrl Scouts, Felt) brings you the latest collection of his comic strips, full of the zesty political and social humor, pop culture parodies, and fun-filled rage that have made Stupid Comics a fan-favorite over the years!

ALSO AVAILABLE: 40 OZ. COLLECTED TP

McFARLANE TOYS AUGUST 2005 SOLICITATIONS

NOTE: Both following Spawn items are in ONE ad.

SPAWN SERIES 28

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 11380

The 28th Spawn action figure series is truly for the fans. Taken directly from fan input, we’ve reimagined six of the most popular Spawn-based action figures McFarlane Toys has ever created. This isn’t a repaint line. Series 28 features six completely resculpted versions of fan-favorite action figures, plus a deluxe boxed set.

This item ships 12 per case.

August 2005

Cyber Spawn 2

Lotus Warrior Angel 2

Mandarin Spawn 2

Zombie Spawn 2

Commando Spawn 2

Grave Digger 2

SPAWN SERIES 28 DELUXE BOXED SET

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 11387

For those that missed the limited-edition Collector’s Club version, there will now be a new Urizen action figure available at retail. The deluxe boxed set for Spawn Series 28 features Spawn vs. Urizen, and promises to be one of the most unique and sought-after boxed sets we’ve ever produced. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

This item ships six per case.

August 2005

McFARLANE’S SPORTS PICKS: NFL SERIES 11

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 74270

McFarlane Toys’ first regular National Football League action figure series of 2005 hits like a ton of bricks. In shoulder pads. Series 11 once again comes through with a selection of the best players in the pro game, each in an action pose with official team uniform.

This item ships 12 per case.

August 2005

Willis McGahee, Buffalo Bills RB, No. 21

Tom Brady 2, New England Patriots QB, No. 12

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers QB, No. 7

Julius Jones, Dallas Cowboys RB, No. 21

Joe Horn, New Orleans Saints WR, No. 87

Tiki Barber 2, New York Giants RB, No. 21

Willie Roaf, Kansas City Chiefs T, No. 77

Randy Moss 2, Oakland Raiders WR, No. 18

McFARLANE’S SPORTS PICKS: MLB SERIES 13

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 72480

Our 13th Major League Baseball action figure series is an extended edition for 2005. This short-run series features new players to the Sports Picks marquee and several action figures veterans representing new teams.

This item ships 12 per case.

August 2005

Randy Johnson 3, New York Yankees P, No. 41

Pedro Martinez 2, New York Mets P, No. 45

Moises Alou, San Francisco Giants RF, No. 18

Larry Walker 2, St. Louis Cardinals RF, No. 33

McFARLANE’S SPORTS PICKS: NFL 12-INCH

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 74320

For 2005, McFarlane Toys is releasing a variety of large-scale NFL Sports Picks figures. Four current players along with two legendary quarterbacks make up this year’s 12-inch line. As always, each is sculpted in an action pose and dressed in official team uniform.

The items ship two per case solid-packed.

August 2005

— Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh Steelers RB, No. 36; item #74325

— Terrell Owens 2, Philadelphia Eagles WR, No. 81; item #74323

— LaDainian Tomlinson 2, San Diego Chargers RB, No. 21; item #74322

— Tom Brady, New England Patriots QB, No. 12; item #74321

— Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys QB, No. 8; item #74328

— John Elway, Denver Broncos QB, No. 7; item #74327

TOP COW AUGUST 2005 SOLICITATIONS

STILL AVAILABLE

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Rising Stars #1/2 $2.95 The companion to J. Michael Straczynski’s masterpiece!

Tomb Raider Gallery one-shot $2.95 Your favorite artists take on Lara Croft!

Proximity Effect graphic novel $9.99 96 pages and art by Wizard contest winner David Nakayama

Spirit of the Tao #1 $2.50 Great excitement from X-23 artist Billy Tan!

FELON #1-#4 set

Writer Greg Rucka and artist Matthew Clark (Adventures of Superman) bring to life the tale of Cassiday, a beautiful woman just released from prison. Cassiday was set up, and is looking to get revenge on the men who sent her to the big house-and looking to get $300,000 in stolen loot. The entire Felon mini-series is available here, priced below original cover price!

Four comics $9.99

KIN #1-#6 set

Neanderthal Man is still alive. Further, he’s better than us-smarter, faster, stronger. When a shadowy government organization discovers the existence of these modern-day marvels, one Neanderthal must save his people, lest the government turn them into living weapons. Written and penciled by Midnight Nation and Supreme Power artist Gary Frank, the entire set of Kin is available here!

Six comics $16.95

Six comics $24.95 with #1 signed by writer/artist Gary Frank

THE NECROMANCER #1 “Something in the Way” Part 1 (of 3)

(W) Joshua Ortega (P) Francis Manapul (I) Kevin Conrad (Col) Brian Buccellato (Cov) Francis Manapul, t’k, t’k

Critically acclaimed author Joshua Ortega ((FREQUENCIES)) teams up with fan-favorite penciler Francis Manapul (Witchblade) to launch an ambitious new ongoing series that is equal parts epic fantasy, raw horror, superhero action, and teen drama. The Necromancer is the story of Abigail van Alstine, a stunning, smart 17-year-old high school student who has a knack for “The Way”-a natural talent for sorcery. She’s beautiful, popular and talented-so why is she on the verge of killing herself? And exactly what is her connection to the Enlightened mage known as Locke and the Dark Age demon called Mali? This is the jumping-on point for what will undoubtedly be one of the most talked-about series of 2005 and beyond-don’t miss the magic!

Full Color 32 Pages $2.99 Ongoing Series

Three covers available by Francis Manapul, t’k, or t’k! Have your retailer reserve your favorite!

ALSO AVAILABLE: Top Cow Fine Art Lithograph of Francis Manapul’s Witchblade #75! A limited edition of 250 pieces, reproduced at the highest quality possible at 12×18 inches!

Limited edition lithograph $19.99

Limited edition lithograph signed by artist Francis Manapul $29.99

ALSO AVAILABLE: Necromancer #1 certified and graded by Comics Guaranty Corporation! This first issue in this landmark new series!

Necromancer #1 Signature Series autographed by Francis Manapul CGC Graded 9.6 $59.99 suggested retail

Hunter-Killer #1 CGC Graded 9.8 $59.99 suggested retail

ALSO AVAILABLE: Necromancer poster by Francis Manapul

Abby Van Alstine from Necromancer breaks through and comes to life in stunning full-sized poster by series artist Francis Manapul. Get this beauty for your wall today!

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

Legal: The Necromancer is © 2005 Top Cow Productions, Inc. “The Necromancer,” the logos, and the likeneses of all featured characters are registered trademarks of and Top Cow Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

© 2005 Top Cow Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. “Witchblade,” the Witchblade logo, and the likeneses of all featured characters are registered trademarks of Top Cow Productions, Inc.

HUNTER-KILLER #5

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

The twists and turns keep coming as Ellis discovers the first of many hidden truths behind the Hunter-Killer program, something that will force him–and YOU–to re-think just who the good guys really are! Gripping action and unseen revelations come fast and furious from the stellar creative team of Waid and Silvestri!

Full color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

And please flip to the Dynamic Forces section of Previews for Hunter-Killer lithos and merchandise!

Legal: © 2005 Top Cow Productions, Inc. “Hunter-Killer,” the Hunter-Killer logo, and all related characters and likenesses are trademarks of Top Cow Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

FRESHMEN #2 “Introduction to Superpowers 102: Costumes” pt. 2 of 6

(W) Hugh Sterbakov (P) Leonard Kirk (Col) Tyson Wengler (Cov) Rodolfo Migliari

Our college freshmen try out their new powers for the first time, form a super-team and go into action! The Green Thumb realizes how ornery plants can be! The Quaker discovers electric toothbrushes! The Seductress gets a new boyfriend the REALLY hard way! The Drama Twins pummel each other with their powers! And poor Wannabe can’t convince anyone to wear their costumes. If nothing else, you’ve gotta see what happens when the Intoxicator’s super-burps make an entire stadium full of college students drunk! Co-created by Austin Powers and Buffy star Seth Green and written by world-dominating Hugh Sterbakov.

Full color 32 pages $2.99 part two of a six-part mini-series

Legal: Freshmen is © 2005 Seth Green, Hugh Sterbakov, and Top Cow Productions, Inc. “Freshmen,” the logos, and the likeneses of all featured characters are registered trademarks of Seth Green, Hugh Sterbakov, and Top Cow Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

WITCHBLADE #89 “Fugitive” Part 1 of 3

(W) Ron Marz (P) Mike Choi (I) Sal Regla (Cov) Terry Dodson

Sara Pezzini has faced down a lot of bad guys in her roles as both an NYPD detective and wielder of the mystical artifact known as the Witchblade. But she’s about to confront a foe who could prove to be her ultimate nemesis as the three-part “Fugitive” arc begins. Something is loose on the streets of New York, something deadly enough that the U.S. government wants to enlist Sara to stop it. Is the Witchblade powerful enough to keep Manhattan safe…and Sara alive? The countdown to Witchblade’s MASSIVE 10th anniversary starts here!

Full color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

© 2005 Top Cow Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. “Witchblade,” the Witchblade logo, and the likeneses of all featured characters are registered trademarks of Top Cow Productions, Inc.

The Darkness vs. Mr. Hyde: Monster War #4 (of 4)

(W) Chris Golden and Tom Sniegoski (Art) Joyce Chin (Col) Scott Kester (Cov) Joyce Chin and Eric Basaldua

Witchblade, the Magdalena, and Lara Croft persuade Jackie Estacado that they need the Darkness to help in the war against even darker foes. Mr. Hyde has recruited Dracula, his brides, and the soulless Frankenstein Monster into his scheme to hand the world over into the hands of ancient horrors. The Darkness must take on Mr. Hyde himself, as the Monster War comes to its horrific conclusion!

Full color 32 pages $2.99 Part 4 of a 4-part storyarc

Two covers by series artist Joyce Chin and Eric Basaldua in equal 50/50 quantities!

Legal: © 2005 Top Cow Productions. All rights reserved. “Darkness,” the Darkness logo, and the likenesses of featured characters are registered trademarks of Top Cow Productions, Inc.

CITY OF HEROES #4 “Smoke and Mirrors,” pt. 1 of 3

Three normal citizens in Paragon City unwillingly hold the key to bringing a frighteningly powerful demon to Earth. Can Sister Psyche and her teammates in the Freedom Phalanx get to them before the Circle of Thorns does? Fan-favorite writer Troy Hickman (Common Grounds) gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the CoH heroes and the human side of Paragon City, with hot new artist David Nakayama bringing the blazing action to life!

Full color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Legal: © 2005 Cryptic Studios, Inc. and NC Interactive, Inc. City of Heroes® is a registered trademark of Cryptic Studios, Inc. and NCsoft Corporation. NCsoft® is a registered trademark of NCsoft Corporation.

CITY OF HEROES Game and Comic Master Pack

Bring Paragon City and its heroes into YOUR home! Top Cow, Cryptic Studios and NC Soft have teamed up to bring the greatest massive multiplayer online game ever to YOU! You get the City of Heroes game, PLUS a special limited edition foil version of Top Cow’s City of Heroes #1 with George Pérez cover, and a stunning Rodolfo Migliari print of Statesman, all at one special price!

Comic, print, game (in CD format) $39.99

Legal: © 2005 Cryptic Studios, Inc. and NC Interactive, Inc. City of Heroes® is a registered trademark of Cryptic Studios, Inc. and NCsoft Corporation. NCsoft® is a registered trademark of NCsoft Corporation.

WANTED TP

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

The most talked-about superhero series in ages is collected in all its blood-dripping glory! 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.! Introduction by Brian K. Vaughan.

full color 192 pages $19.99 trade paperback collection

Legal: Wanted is ™ and © 2005 Mark Millar and J.G. Jones. All rights reserved.

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

ANT #1

August 4 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by MARIO GULLY

art & cover by MARIO GULLY

Imagine losing everything you once held dear, then waking up from that long, dark nightmare to find yourself confined to a mental institution. This is Hannah Washington’s life. Her sanity shattered, she’s been told all her memories are the result of a coping mechanism described as a “juvenile power fantasy.” Or are they?

DUSTY STAR #1

August 3 o 32 pg o FC o $3.50

written by ANDREW ROBINSON & JOE PRUETT

art & cover by ANDREW ROBINSON

It’s a different time and a strange place. It’s burlesque shows and all-night poker games, robots and flying ships, tattooed horses and new wave cowboys and cowgirls with bad attitudes. This is the world of Dusty Star, a tough-as-nails gunslinger with a steely-eyed gaze and a draw as fast as greased lighting! An appealing blend of western, science fiction, adventure and humor.

FERRO CITY #1

August 10 o 32 pg o BW o $2.50

written by JASON ARMSTRONG

art & cover by JASON ARMSTRONG

His partner is dead. The cops are out to pin it in on him. And the only solid proof he has to clear himself is a tiny gadget that could grant ten million sentient robots their freedom: the Medusa Key.

Too bad the Ferro City mob wants it too.

THE FACELESS: A TERRY SHARP STORY OGN

August 17 o 64 pg o FC o $6.95

written by ROBERT TINNELL

art & cover by ADRIAN SALMON

Once upon a time in England, 1962. By day, Terry Sharp is a successful director of horror films, consumer of cocktails and chaser of skirts. By night, the horror is real as he battles tirelessly against a Satanic conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of government. Sharp’s willing to go to hell…so you won’t have to.

ALSO AVAILABLE: THE BLACK FOREST OGN

INDIGO VERTIGO

August 17 o 48 pg o BW o $4.95

written by KATIEJANE GARSIDE

art & cover by DAN SCHAFFER

Described as the comic equivalent of a David Lynch movie written by Sylvia Plath, this hallucinatory spectacle of one woman’s experience on the brink of reality is the result of an unconventional, intuitive creative process developed by KATIEJANE GARSIDE (vocalist with extreme UK rock band Queenadreena) and DAN SCHAFFER (creator of cult comic book series, DOGWITCH). Told with poetic, fragmented dialogue and beautifully textured art, INDIGO VERTIGO explores the love/hate relationship between people and their demons in a disturbing nightmare journey through the cracks in the tiles.

SEASON OF THE WITCH #0

August 3 o 24 pg o BW o $2.95

written by JAI NITZ

art & cover by KEVIN SHARPE & THOMSON KNOX

Jessica Suddreth was a normal high school freshman until she was magically transported to Asamondo, the fairytale world. Once there she trains to be a Spell Sword, a mystical warrior, to lead the peasants of Asamondo against the tyrannical King Elian. The good news is she’s the best Spell Sword ever. The bad news is that she still has the emotions and insecurities of a fourteen-year-old girl. Will she be a savior or a destroyer?

SEASON OF THE WITCH is brought to you by Xeric grant winner JAI NITZ and Crossgen penciler KEVIN SHARPE. The zero issue offers an original story, inside information about the ongoing series, SHARPE’s sketchbook and a pin up gallery. Don’t miss it!

WINGS OF ANANSI

August 24 o 56 pg o FC o $6.95

written by MICHAEL AVON OEMING

art & cover by GREG TITUS

This is the story of a loser, a stripper, a drug lord and a spider. It’s urban crime noir, it’s a fairy tale, it’s mythology. It’s also the story of a mother who went through a lot in life, a woman who gained and lost, hated and loved, but never once gave up on life. Deep inside, she was golden, and her inner strength ultimately set her free. No matter what bonds hold a person back, be it a bad marriage, prison, a small town or a gang-infested city, there’s away a way.

The story of Anansi is an African folk tale, told by people who songs and stories carried the spirits of men and women throughout the centuries, though good times and bad.

ALSO AVAILABLE: 86 VOLTZ: THE DEAD GIRL

COYOTE, VOL. 1 TP

August 10 o 128 pg o FC o $12.95

written by STEVE ENGLEHART

art by MARSHALL ROGERS & TOM PALMER

Hot on the heels of their successful reuniting for DC’s Dark Detective series, ENGLEHART & ROGERS present more of their classic, groundbreaking work. This collection includes the rare 60-page origin story of COYOTE, unseen for twenty years – plus the three-part origin series of SCORPIO ROSE. Yes, THREE-part… because we’re throwing in the legendary UNPUBLISHED third issue, in the synopsis and layout form it reached before vanishing like a gypsy witch. It’s 128 pages of Englehart’s greatest creations and Rogers’ greatest art (with TOM PALMER adding his skills to SCORPIO ROSE).

ASCEND SPECIAL EDITION HC

August 10 o 152 pg o FC o $29.95

created & written by KEITH AREM

art & cover by CHRISTOPHER SHY

ASCEND is set in a time of post-apocalyptic heaven, where the battle for human souls will determine the outcome of a war with Hell. The war has ravaged the universe, and to sustain their armies, Heaven has “harvested” the souls of earth to fight in their battle.

The ASCEND SPECIAL EDITION HC includes lots of behind the scenes information, over 20 new pages and an extended alternate ending.

THE EXPATRIATE, VOL. 1: BRING ME THE HEAD OF JACK DEXTER TP

August 24 o 120 pg o FC o $11.99

written by B. CLAY MOORE

art & cover by JASON LATOUR

The first five issues of the strangest comic book you’ve ever loved are collected into one affordable volume. Jack Dexter’s mad dash from CIA agents, otherworldly menaces and a world hell bent on his destruction begins here.

Collecting THE EXPATRIATE 1-5.

ALSO AVAILABLE: HAWAIIAN DICK, VOL. 1: BYRD OF PARADISE TP

GUN FU TP

August 3 o 144 pg o FC o $14.95

written & inked by HOWARD M. SHUM

penciled by JOEY MASON

colored by ETIENNE SIMON

cover by TOM BANCROFT & HOWARD M. SHUM

The year is 1936. Cheng Bo Sen is a Hong Kong cop. England enlists him as a secret agent to help fight the Nazis. He also speaks hip-hop, which no one seems to notice.

Collects GUN FU #1 and GUN FU: THE LOST CITY #1-4

LIBERTY MEADOWS, BOOK 4: COLD, COLD HEART HARDCOVER

August 31 o 144 pg o BW o $24.95

written by FRANK CHO

art & cover by FRANK CHO

Jen is a woman on a mission. She has her eyes and claws set on Frank while Brandy helplessly watches from the side. This hot love triangle goes nuclear when new emotions emerge from all parties. To complicate matters, the Cow is released from jail and seeks terrible retribution from Ralph and Leslie who had him locked away years ago.

Collects LIBERTY MEADOWS #28 – 36

ALSO AVAILABLE: LIBERTY MEADOWS, VOL. 2: CREATURE COMFORTS HC

SAVAGE DRAGON, VOL. 11: RESURRECTION TP

August 10 o 136 pg o FC o $14.95

written by ERIK LARSEN

art & cover by ERIK LARSEN

SAVAGE DRAGON is brought back to life in one of the most talked about storylines in this series’ lengthy run!

Collects SAVAGE DRAGON #53-58 ALSO AVAILABLE: SAVAGE DRAGON, VOL. 10: ENDGAME TP

Collects SAVAGE DRAGON #53-58

THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS #6

August 10 o 32 pg o BW o $2.95

written by MARK SMITH

art & cover by DAN HIPP

HERE COME THE SPIDERS: PART II!

The Amazing Joy Buzzards, the world’s greatest rock and roll adventure band, return in their most dangerous adventure to date as the band faces off against a nefarious group of supernatural-mod-hipsters known as the Spider Syndicate! This issue’s got adventure, excitement, and Yeti Love. Yeti Love??!! Fans will also discover in this issue why Stevo Vargas, the Bruce Lee-like bass player, never speaks.

BATTLE POPE #3

August 31 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

art & cover by TONY MOORE & VAL STAPLES

Battle Pope finds himself face to face with Lucifer – and Jesus Christ gets crucified – AGAIN! This issue’s ending is guaranteed to shock you! Reprinting ROBERT KIRKMAN ‘sfirst published work, now in STUNNING full color, with a brand new cover by original artist TONY MOORE and original cover colorist VAL STAPLES.

BLACKLIGHT #3

August 31 o 32 pg o FC o $2.99

created & co-plotted by JIM VALENTINO

written by SCOTT WHERLE

art & cover by JOHN TOLEDO & MARC DEERING

“LIGHT FROM A DEAD STAR,” Conclusion!

The emotional roller coaster takes a wicked turn as Lina uncovers the truth behind Kathy’s death, sending her on a collision course with a foe much more powerful than Cicada: her own self-doubt. You’ve heard it before, but the conclusion to this white-knuckle thrill ride changes everything and sets the pace for the entire series.

BODY BAGS: FATHER’S DAY #2 (of 2)

AUGUST 31 o 48 pg o FC o $5.99

written by JASON PEARSON

art & wraparound cover by JASON PEARSON

Panda goes on her first official mission as a Body Bagger, but things turn ugly when she and Mack become the targets! Can this “Daddy/Daughter” team stop fighting each other long enough to survive the trouble headed their way? If they live, can Mack learn to accept this sassy girl as both a partner and a daughter? See how it all plays out in the explosive finale of this groundbreaking limited series!

This issue includes 48 pages of art, with no ads.

RETAILER WARNING: NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

BONE REST #2

AUGUST 10 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by MATTEO CASSALI

art & cover by GUISEPPE CAMUNCOLI

“OPIFICIUM DEI,” Part One

Try to understand the New York Times’ effect on mouthless man…

Adam Bone’s path crosses with P.I. Max Worst, who’s been hired to find out what happened to the man who became Mr. Vain – the lunatic last seen fighting Bone. Meanwhile, a dreadful menace looms over Bone’s girlfriend Peace and, ultimately, over the whole city… William Martyn is a man of faith and wants to “save” humanity before his body crumbles like an age-old relic – and he’s ready to slaughter every single New Yorker to do so!

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

CASE FILES: SAM AND TWITCH #20 (RES)

August 24 o 32 pg o BW o $2.50

written by MARC ANDREYKO

art by GREG SCOTT

cover by GREG CAPULLO

“FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS,” Part One

Twitch’s youngest child – and millions like her around the world – love the movies, music and clothes of six-year-old starlet Lacey Ann Lions. But when a horrific tragedy befalls Lacey and her movie-mogul parents, Twitch is flooded with memories of his own lost daughter, Lauren. Can Twitch keep it together through this gruesome case? And can the person who committed such an atrocity be brought down?

ALSO AVAILABLE: SAM & TWITCH, VOL. 1: UDAKU TP

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DEADWORLD #3

August 24 o 32 pg o BW o $3.50

written by GARY REED

art by VINCENT LOCKE

cover by VINCENT LOCKE

As Reluctant saviors of the insane Deake, the teens find themselves on the run from King Zombie and his new soldiers, the savage and powerful Grakken. Their only hope may be on a houseboat, but will it take them to safety or lead them into the belly of the beasts?

DEATH, JR. #3 (of 3)

August 24 o 48 pg o FC o $4.99

written by GARY WHITTA

art by TED NAIFEH

cover by SACH STEFFEL

DJ has gotten himself into some serious trouble. He’s killed his best friend, accidentally betrayed his dad and only has a Student Reaper scythe, a ghost and a few freaky friends on his side. How can he make it all right before the whole world goes, literally, to hell?

ALSO AVAILABLE: DEATH, JR. #1

THE EXPATRIATE #6

August 24 o 28 pg o FC o $2.95

written by B. CLAY MOORE

art & cover by JASON LATOUR

February 11, 1964: In Washington, D.C., an astronaut named Glen Johnson is being prepped for a Congressional hero’s welcome, four young men from Liverpool are peering out from behind hotel curtains at the throng gathered outside, and a man named Jack Dexter is running for his life.

FLAK RIOT #3 (of 4)

August 3 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by ROBERT PLACE NAPTON & MICHAEL O’HARE

art & cover by MICHAEL O’HARE

Zoe finds herself back at home, but not for long as she gets her first bounty and lands in the O.D. battling along aside an ex-sumo wrestler and cursed ninja in a blazing gunfight!

GIRLS #4

Aug 17 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by JOSHUA LUNA

art & cover by JONATHAN LUNA

In a shocking turn of events, the mystery woman will change the lives of Pennystown irrevocably, and raise more questions than answers: Who is this girl? What does she want? Is she a blessing, or a curse?

ALSO AVAILABLE: ULTRA: SEVEN DAYS TP

GØDLAND #3

Aug 24 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by JOE CASEY

art by TOM SCIOLI

cover by TOM SCIOLI & RICHARD STARKINGS

BOOK THREE: THE SEISMIC SHIFT

Thrill to the climactic confrontation between Commander Adam Archer and the treacherous Basil Cronus! Meanwhile, the mysterious, all-American superhero known as Crashman is being held captive… and his rescuer will shock you! All this, plus the surreal origin of the alien visitor known as Maxim!

GROUNDED #2 (of 6)

August 10 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by MARK SABLE

art & cover by PAUL AZACETA

It’s your first day of school. The bully can’t wait to gouge you with his horns. The beauty queen is literally untouchable. You’re about to play a deadly game of dodgeball and – oh yeah – everyone has super powers but you. Welcome to The High, Jonathan. Hope you survive the experience.

GUNCANDY #2 (of 2)

August 17 o 48 pg o BW o $5.99

written by DOUG WAGNER & CHUCK DIXON

art by BRIAN STELFREEZE, PHIL NOTO & ROB HAYNES

cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE & PHIL NOTO

Laci destroys everything in her path as she unravels the mystery of who killed her parents when she was a child. Why has she been misled all her life, and how will the truth affect a girl already teetering on the edge of insanity?

Everyone in New Orleans seems to be running from the law, and when crazy people cross paths, bloodshed won’t be far behind! Don’t miss the conclusion of this “flip book” installment of THE RIDE, by CHUCK DIXON, PHIL NOTO & ROB HAYNES.

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

THE RIDE LITHO BY ADAM HUGHES

$19.99 unsigned

$29.99 signed by ADAM HUGHES

strictly limited to 250 pieces

12″ x 18″

HERO CAMP #4 (of 4)

August 17 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by GREG THOMPSON

art & cover by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ

It’s Parents’ Day at Camp Enokchuk! After a day of embarrassing stories, Eric and the campers believe it can’t get any worse, but a horrible surprise awaits them – a giant purple primate bent on destroying the camp! Who’s controlling the animated ape? Why it’s Goat, of course!

INVINCIBLE #26

August 17 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

art & cover by RYAN OTTLEY & BILL CRABTREE

“A DIFFERENT WORLD,” Part Two

Mark is in a world completely alien to him. How did he get there? What is happening around him? And who is trying to kill him? Answers to these questions and more as the most climactic and earth-shattering story arc in INVINCIBLEhistory continues!

ALSO AVAILABLE: INVINCIBLE, VOL. 4 TP

THE IRON GHOST #3 (of 6)

August 10 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by CHUCK DIXON art by SERGIO CARIELLO

cover by FLINT HENRY & SERGIO CARIELLO

Tannhauser and Volz continue to follow the trail of the now mythical Iron Ghost. New clues lead them to a German airfield on the Russian front line where the Germans are pinned between a Russian air strike and the ground onslaught from the Ghost himself. What do two modified .45 caliber handguns and a red monocle mean to our detectives, and who does it point to for their first arrest in the case?

MORA #4 (of 4)

August 3 o 32 pg o BW o $2.95

written and illustrated by PAUL HARMON

cover by PAUL HARMON

“SO ENDS THE SEASON”

In the city of witches, forgiveness is a foreign concept, justice, an archaic term. The people are used to pain and know a little bit about suffering, they are hunting a child-killer. Even for the most deserving, vengeance can be a gruesome thing to behold. This is the stunning first act conclusion!

NEGATIVE BURN: SUMMER SPECIAL 2005

August 31 o 96 pg o BW o $9.95

stories by TOM BIONDIOLLIO, BRIAN BOLLAND, RICHARD CASE, MARK CHADBOURN, AMANDA CONNER, STEVEN GRANT, CULLY HAMNER, DAN JURGENS, RON MARZ, JAMES A. OWEN, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, JAMES PEATY, MIKE RAICHT, GARY REED & DANIEL ZEZELJ

cover by JEAN-JACQUES DZIALOWSKI

Comics’ most eccentric anthology returns! NEGATIVE BURN is an anomaly, merging genres, pushing boundaries and allowing the top comic book talent in the world an opportunity to experiment and tell the stories they want to tell. Nominated for numerous industry awards, NEGATIVE BURN refuses to be classified and continues to publish the best the industry has to offer.

ALSO AVAILABLE: NEGATIVE BURN: THE BEST FROM 1993-1998 TP

NOBLE CAUSES #13

Aug 17 o 32 pg o FC o $3.50

written by JAY FAERBER

art by FRAN BUENO

cover by GABE BRIDWELL

Meet the Blackthornes. They’re the criminal element’s answer to the Noble family — rich, powerful, and deeply dysfunctional. In this special “jump-on” issue, patriarch Hunter Blackthorne has just made parole, and he and his family set into motion a series of events that will shed light on a very dark moment in the Nobles’ history.

ALSO AVAILABLE:

NOBLE CAUSES, VOL. 1 TP

NOBLE CAUSES, VOL. 2 TP

NOBLE CAUSES, VOL. 3 TP

NYC MECH: BETA LOVE #4

Aug 10 o 28 pg o FC o $2.95

written by IVAN BRANDON & MILES GUNTER

art by ANDY MACDONALD

cover by ERIC CANETE

Quentin finally lands a new gig, but it puts him in a bad place, with an even worse crowd. Now he’s over his head in a place he can’t control, and he learns something that will turn his world upside-down…again.

THE PACT #4 (of 4)

August 3 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

art & cover by JASON HOWARD

FIREBREATHER, INVINCIBLE, SHADOWHAWK, and ZEPHYR–together again for what MAY be the last time. When a local town enlists Firebreather’s aid in stopping the dreaded Magmanites–he calls in his new pals to help out. But things go horrible wrong–this issue must be seen to be believed.

PvP #19

August 31 o 32 pg o BW o $2.95

written & drawn by SCOTT R. KURTZ

cover by JONATHAN LUNA

Jade’s little sister is coming for a visit, but she’s not so little

anymore. It’s been years since Brent has seen Miranda, and where once there stood an awkward thirteen, year now stands a voluptuous college student….and she’s got the hots for her sister’s boyfriend! Can Brent resist the temptation of being seduced by a college girl gone wild?

RTA: PERSONALITY CRISIS (one-shot)

August 24 o 32 pg o FC o $3.50

written by PEDRO ANGOSTO & GARY CARLSON

cover & art by CARLOS RODRIGUEZ & ALBERT PUIG

It begins as a battle with an unliving Golem who uses the powers of the Round Table of America against them and turns into a nightmare when the omnipotent being known as the Living Archetype launches an assault upon their minds from the demented dimension he calls the Collective Unconscious! Featuring CARLOS RODRIGUEZ, ALBERT PUIG and colorist J.L. RIO – the art team on the all-new SHADOWHAWK series!

SEA OF RED #6

August 31 o 32 pg o 2 color o $2.95

written by RICK REMENDER & KIERON DWYER

art by KIERON DWYER & SALGOOD SAM

cover by KIERON DWYER

After 500 years, Marco’s wait for revenge ends when he finally confronts the man on whom he blames his fate, Lesser Blackthroat. However, Marco learns that nothing is as it seems when he is confronted by a shadow from his past. Forced to choose between the lives of his friends and revenge, Marco’s true character emerges.

SHADOWHAWK #4

August 17 o 32 pg o FC o $2.99

created and co-plotted by JIM VALENTINO

written by JIM KEPLINGER

art & cover by CARLOS RODRIGUEZ and ALBERT PUIG

This is it! The stunning conclusion to the first story arc and Eddie has to face his predecessor’s most dangerous foe when HAWK’S SHADOW RETURNS to claim what he considers to be his rightful inheritance – Heru’s Helmet…even if he has to remove ShadowHawk’s head to get it!

ALSO AVAILABLE: SHADOWHAWK, VOL. 2: THE SECRET REVEALED TP

SMALL GODS #11

August 24 o 32 pg o BW o $2.95

written by JASON RAND

art by JUAN E. FERREYRA

cover by JUAN E. FERREYRA

One world. 63 million psychics. 63 million stories.

“NIGHTINGALE,” Part Two

In the wake of Cristina’s dramatic escape, Hanley and the CIA calculate the cost. Hanley and his team endeavor to track Cristina down, but with a psychotic empath assassin on the loose, not even the CIA’s best are safe! When Cristina and Hanley face off, who will survive?

SPAWN #149 (RES)

August 31 o 32 pg o full color o $2.50

written by BRIAN HOLGUIN and TODD McFARLANE

art by ANGEL MEDINA and DANNY MIKI

cover by GREG CAPULLO

“RANDOM PATTERNS,” Part Two

Spawn sifts through the rubble of his life – broken shards of memory and lost pieces of the past – in a desperate attempt to find a terrible secret that the fallen angel Mammon has hidden inside of him. As the Hellspawn’s searching leads him into unexpected quarters and face-to-face with enemies old and new, he can’t shake the feeling that no matter what he does, no matter which path he chooses, he is doing precisely what Mammon wants.

ALSO AVAILABLE: SPAWN/BATMAN BY FRANK MILLER & TODD McFARLANE!

STRANGE GIRL #3

August 10 o 32 pg o FC o $2.95

written by RICK REMENDER

art & cover by ERIC NGUYEN

For the first time since Hell came to Earth, Bethany is unprotected by Belial. As she and Bloato maneuver through the new American wilderness they discover the world is nothing as it once was. With this realization, what was left of Bethany’s hope and spirit is crushed. Can she muster the will to travel across this barren, scorched earth in hopes of a reprieve from God? Probably, she’s pretty awesome.

STUPID COMICS #3

August 3 o 32 pg o BW o $2.95

written & illustrated by JIM MAHFOOD

cover by JIM MAHFOOD & KELLY SEDA

STUPID COMICS returns!!! Popular cartoonist Jim Mahfood (Grrl Scouts, Felt) brings you the latest collection of his comic strips, full of the zesty political and social humor, pop culture parodies, and fun-filled rage that have made Stupid Comics a fan-favorite over the years!

ALSO AVAILABLE: 40 OZ. COLLECTED TP

McFARLANE TOYS AUGUST 2005 SOLICITATIONS

NOTE: Both following Spawn items are in ONE ad.

SPAWN SERIES 28

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 11380

The 28th Spawn action figure series is truly for the fans. Taken directly from fan input, we’ve reimagined six of the most popular Spawn-based action figures McFarlane Toys has ever created. This isn’t a repaint line. Series 28 features six completely resculpted versions of fan-favorite action figures, plus a deluxe boxed set.

This item ships 12 per case.

August 2005

Cyber Spawn 2

Lotus Warrior Angel 2

Mandarin Spawn 2

Zombie Spawn 2

Commando Spawn 2

Grave Digger 2

SPAWN SERIES 28 DELUXE BOXED SET

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 11387

For those that missed the limited-edition Collector’s Club version, there will now be a new Urizen action figure available at retail. The deluxe boxed set for Spawn Series 28 features Spawn vs. Urizen, and promises to be one of the most unique and sought-after boxed sets we’ve ever produced. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

This item ships six per case.

August 2005

McFARLANE’S SPORTS PICKS: NFL SERIES 11

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 74270

McFarlane Toys’ first regular National Football League action figure series of 2005 hits like a ton of bricks. In shoulder pads. Series 11 once again comes through with a selection of the best players in the pro game, each in an action pose with official team uniform.

This item ships 12 per case.

August 2005

Willis McGahee, Buffalo Bills RB, No. 21

Tom Brady 2, New England Patriots QB, No. 12

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers QB, No. 7

Julius Jones, Dallas Cowboys RB, No. 21

Joe Horn, New Orleans Saints WR, No. 87

Tiki Barber 2, New York Giants RB, No. 21

Willie Roaf, Kansas City Chiefs T, No. 77

Randy Moss 2, Oakland Raiders WR, No. 18

McFARLANE’S SPORTS PICKS: MLB SERIES 13

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 72480

Our 13th Major League Baseball action figure series is an extended edition for 2005. This short-run series features new players to the Sports Picks marquee and several action figures veterans representing new teams.

This item ships 12 per case.

August 2005

Randy Johnson 3, New York Yankees P, No. 41

Pedro Martinez 2, New York Mets P, No. 45

Moises Alou, San Francisco Giants RF, No. 18

Larry Walker 2, St. Louis Cardinals RF, No. 33

McFARLANE’S SPORTS PICKS: NFL 12-INCH

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 74320

For 2005, McFarlane Toys is releasing a variety of large-scale NFL Sports Picks figures. Four current players along with two legendary quarterbacks make up this year’s 12-inch line. As always, each is sculpted in an action pose and dressed in official team uniform.

The items ship two per case solid-packed.

August 2005

— Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh Steelers RB, No. 36; item #74325

— Terrell Owens 2, Philadelphia Eagles WR, No. 81; item #74323

— LaDainian Tomlinson 2, San Diego Chargers RB, No. 21; item #74322

— Tom Brady, New England Patriots QB, No. 12; item #74321

— Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys QB, No. 8; item #74328

— John Elway, Denver Broncos QB, No. 7; item #74327

TOP COW AUGUST 2005 SOLICITATIONS

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Rising Stars #1/2 $2.95 The companion to J. Michael Straczynski’s masterpiece!

Tomb Raider Gallery one-shot $2.95 Your favorite artists take on Lara Croft!

Proximity Effect graphic novel $9.99 96 pages and art by Wizard contest winner David Nakayama

Spirit of the Tao #1 $2.50 Great excitement from X-23 artist Billy Tan!

FELON #1-#4 set

Writer Greg Rucka and artist Matthew Clark (Adventures of Superman) bring to life the tale of Cassiday, a beautiful woman just released from prison. Cassiday was set up, and is looking to get revenge on the men who sent her to the big house-and looking to get $300,000 in stolen loot. The entire Felon mini-series is available here, priced below original cover price!

Four comics $9.99

KIN #1-#6 set

Neanderthal Man is still alive. Further, he’s better than us-smarter, faster, stronger. When a shadowy government organization discovers the existence of these modern-day marvels, one Neanderthal must save his people, lest the government turn them into living weapons. Written and penciled by Midnight Nation and Supreme Power artist Gary Frank, the entire set of Kin is available here!

Six comics $16.95

Six comics $24.95 with #1 signed by writer/artist Gary Frank

THE NECROMANCER #1 “Something in the Way” Part 1 (of 3)

(W) Joshua Ortega (P) Francis Manapul (I) Kevin Conrad (Col) Brian Buccellato (Cov) Francis Manapul, t’k, t’k

Critically acclaimed author Joshua Ortega ((FREQUENCIES)) teams up with fan-favorite penciler Francis Manapul (Witchblade) to launch an ambitious new ongoing series that is equal parts epic fantasy, raw horror, superhero action, and teen drama. The Necromancer is the story of Abigail van Alstine, a stunning, smart 17-year-old high school student who has a knack for “The Way”-a natural talent for sorcery. She’s beautiful, popular and talented-so why is she on the verge of killing herself? And exactly what is her connection to the Enlightened mage known as Locke and the Dark Age demon called Mali? This is the jumping-on point for what will undoubtedly be one of the most talked-about series of 2005 and beyond-don’t miss the magic!

Full Color 32 Pages $2.99 Ongoing Series

Three covers available by Francis Manapul, t’k, or t’k! Have your retailer reserve your favorite!

ALSO AVAILABLE: Top Cow Fine Art Lithograph of Francis Manapul’s Witchblade #75! A limited edition of 250 pieces, reproduced at the highest quality possible at 12×18 inches!

Limited edition lithograph $19.99

Limited edition lithograph signed by artist Francis Manapul $29.99

ALSO AVAILABLE: Necromancer #1 certified and graded by Comics Guaranty Corporation! This first issue in this landmark new series!

Necromancer #1 Signature Series autographed by Francis Manapul CGC Graded 9.6 $59.99 suggested retail

Hunter-Killer #1 CGC Graded 9.8 $59.99 suggested retail

ALSO AVAILABLE: Necromancer poster by Francis Manapul

Abby Van Alstine from Necromancer breaks through and comes to life in stunning full-sized poster by series artist Francis Manapul. Get this beauty for your wall today!

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

Legal: The Necromancer is © 2005 Top Cow Productions, Inc. “The Necromancer,” the logos, and the likeneses of all featured characters are registered trademarks of and Top Cow Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

© 2005 Top Cow Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. “Witchblade,” the Witchblade logo, and the likeneses of all featured characters are registered trademarks of Top Cow Productions, Inc.

HUNTER-KILLER #5

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

The twists and turns keep coming as Ellis discovers the first of many hidden truths behind the Hunter-Killer program, something that will force him–and YOU–to re-think just who the good guys really are! Gripping action and unseen revelations come fast and furious from the stellar creative team of Waid and Silvestri!

Full color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

And please flip to the Dynamic Forces section of Previews for Hunter-Killer lithos and merchandise!

Legal: © 2005 Top Cow Productions, Inc. “Hunter-Killer,” the Hunter-Killer logo, and all related characters and likenesses are trademarks of Top Cow Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

FRESHMEN #2 “Introduction to Superpowers 102: Costumes” pt. 2 of 6

(W) Hugh Sterbakov (P) Leonard Kirk (Col) Tyson Wengler (Cov) Rodolfo Migliari

Our college freshmen try out their new powers for the first time, form a super-team and go into action! The Green Thumb realizes how ornery plants can be! The Quaker discovers electric toothbrushes! The Seductress gets a new boyfriend the REALLY hard way! The Drama Twins pummel each other with their powers! And poor Wannabe can’t convince anyone to wear their costumes. If nothing else, you’ve gotta see what happens when the Intoxicator’s super-burps make an entire stadium full of college students drunk! Co-created by Austin Powers and Buffy star Seth Green and written by world-dominating Hugh Sterbakov.

Full color 32 pages $2.99 part two of a six-part mini-series

Legal: Freshmen is © 2005 Seth Green, Hugh Sterbakov, and Top Cow Productions, Inc. “Freshmen,” the logos, and the likeneses of all featured characters are registered trademarks of Seth Green, Hugh Sterbakov, and Top Cow Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

WITCHBLADE #89 “Fugitive” Part 1 of 3

(W) Ron Marz (P) Mike Choi (I) Sal Regla (Cov) Terry Dodson

Sara Pezzini has faced down a lot of bad guys in her roles as both an NYPD detective and wielder of the mystical artifact known as the Witchblade. But she’s about to confront a foe who could prove to be her ultimate nemesis as the three-part “Fugitive” arc begins. Something is loose on the streets of New York, something deadly enough that the U.S. government wants to enlist Sara to stop it. Is the Witchblade powerful enough to keep Manhattan safe…and Sara alive? The countdown to Witchblade’s MASSIVE 10th anniversary starts here!

Full color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

© 2005 Top Cow Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. “Witchblade,” the Witchblade logo, and the likeneses of all featured characters are registered trademarks of Top Cow Productions, Inc.

The Darkness vs. Mr. Hyde: Monster War #4 (of 4)

(W) Chris Golden and Tom Sniegoski (Art) Joyce Chin (Col) Scott Kester (Cov) Joyce Chin and Eric Basaldua

Witchblade, the Magdalena, and Lara Croft persuade Jackie Estacado that they need the Darkness to help in the war against even darker foes. Mr. Hyde has recruited Dracula, his brides, and the soulless Frankenstein Monster into his scheme to hand the world over into the hands of ancient horrors. The Darkness must take on Mr. Hyde himself, as the Monster War comes to its horrific conclusion!

Full color 32 pages $2.99 Part 4 of a 4-part storyarc

Two covers by series artist Joyce Chin and Eric Basaldua in equal 50/50 quantities!

Legal: © 2005 Top Cow Productions. All rights reserved. “Darkness,” the Darkness logo, and the likenesses of featured characters are registered trademarks of Top Cow Productions, Inc.

CITY OF HEROES #4 “Smoke and Mirrors,” pt. 1 of 3

Three normal citizens in Paragon City unwillingly hold the key to bringing a frighteningly powerful demon to Earth. Can Sister Psyche and her teammates in the Freedom Phalanx get to them before the Circle of Thorns does? Fan-favorite writer Troy Hickman (Common Grounds) gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the CoH heroes and the human side of Paragon City, with hot new artist David Nakayama bringing the blazing action to life!

Full color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Legal: © 2005 Cryptic Studios, Inc. and NC Interactive, Inc. City of Heroes® is a registered trademark of Cryptic Studios, Inc. and NCsoft Corporation. NCsoft® is a registered trademark of NCsoft Corporation.

CITY OF HEROES Game and Comic Master Pack

Bring Paragon City and its heroes into YOUR home! Top Cow, Cryptic Studios and NC Soft have teamed up to bring the greatest massive multiplayer online game ever to YOU! You get the City of Heroes game, PLUS a special limited edition foil version of Top Cow’s City of Heroes #1 with George Pérez cover, and a stunning Rodolfo Migliari print of Statesman, all at one special price!

Comic, print, game (in CD format) $39.99

Legal: © 2005 Cryptic Studios, Inc. and NC Interactive, Inc. City of Heroes® is a registered trademark of Cryptic Studios, Inc. and NCsoft Corporation. NCsoft® is a registered trademark of NCsoft Corporation.

WANTED TP

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

The most talked-about superhero series in ages is collected in all its blood-dripping glory! 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.! Introduction by Brian K. Vaughan.

full color 192 pages $19.99 trade paperback collection

Legal: Wanted is ™ and © 2005 Mark Millar and J.G. Jones. All rights reserved.

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