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ARIA TP VOL. II: THE SOULMARKET

(W) Brian Holguin

(A) Jay Anacleto, David Yardin, and Lan Medina

Cover by Jay Anacleto

FC 144pp $26.95 Oversized Hardcover

In stores the week of December 18th.

The Concept

The Magic of Aria Returns...

With the second chapter in the award-winning, unforgettable comic bookseries ARIA finally collected, all six hard to find issues, in onebeautiful edition.

The world of Kildare, expatriate princess of Faerie and star of Aria, gets turned upside down when Goodfellow, the deadly, mischievous sprite immortalized in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, comes to New York. Convinced that Goodfellow's intentions are considerably less than pure, Kildare sifts through his trail of riddles and lies, trying to figure out just what is he is up to. Her search leads to an underground soul market, where the immortal spirits of humans are bought, sold andtraded -- and to the memory of Kildare's long forgotten love.

Written by Brian Holguin with art by stunningly talented newcomer David Yardin and covers by Russ Manning winner Jay Anacleto.

Recommended for readers and fans of: Sandman, Neil Gaiman, Books of Magic, and Witchblade

Copyright

ARIA is ™ and © Brian Holguin and Brian Haberlin, 2002. All rights reserved.

(W) Brian Haberlin

(A) Jay Anacleto

Cover A by Jay Anacleto

Cover B by Jay Anacleto

FC 32pp $2.95 Bi-monthly ongoing series

In stores the week of December 11th.

The Concept

Athena Inc., the blackest of black ops, has come up with the perfect operative.

She can't be caught.

And even if she could be, there is no way to link her to any action because she doesn't even know she's an agent.

Heck, she doesn't even look like their agent.

She was hailed as a success…that was until…the genetic trigger that enables her to switch personas began to break down. Now she can switch forms more or less on her own. And is now she's a threat to the security of Athena Inc. and must be dealt with. But who will deal with whom first?

This Issue

"The Belly of the Beast"Welcome to Athena Inc. the place where they wanted Gwen dead or alive. Gwen has finally arrived and is now in the warm, fatherly embrace of Morgan Castle. She is told that Morgan only wants to help her…that here they can remove the troublesome Mary from her consciousness…forever…and give her back her peace of mind.Right! Like I believe that one for a second!But you'll never know for sure unless you pick up this copy of ATHENA INC.

Recommended for readers and fans of:Alex Ross, Jay Anacleto, James Bond, Alias, and Le Femme Nikita.

Copyright

ATHENA INC. is ™ and © Brian Haberlin, 2002. All rights reserved.

BASTARD SAMURAI TP VOL I: SAMURAI NOIR

(W) Michael Avon Oeming, Miles Gunter

(A) Kelsey Shannon

(I) Michael Avon Oeming

(Cover) Kelsey Shannon

FC 112pp $12.95 Trade Paperback

In stores the week of December 4th.

The Concept

Bastard Samurai takes place in present day Manhattan and focuses on Jiro, a killer at the top of his class at the KoZu sword school. The underground training camp in midtown takes in orphans and twists them into Bushido warriors used by the Yakuza in death matches staged across the city rooftops where Japanese businessmen gamble heavily on the always-fatal outcome.

The Bastard Samurai trade collects the sold out critically acclaimed miniseries with a special bonus section packed full of kick@$$ $#%!. For starters we've thrown in the killer five page preview from Powers #17 that started it all as well as a pinup gallery featuring visionary masters like Brian Steelfreeze, David Mack, Dave Johnson, Rick "son of Ikegami" Mays, Andy Lee and other amazing badasses. The trade also features an extensive look behind the scenes into the creative process of Oeming, Gunter and Shannon. You'll see how things go from concept to execution as well as deleted material deemed too weird by Mike. We at Bastard Samurai love well executed DVD extras as much as the next gaijin, so we're approaching the trade with this goal in mind. If you missed the issues the first time around then this is your chance to get the full monty. Don't delay- preorder today.

Recommended for readers and fans of:Fight Club, Powers, Kabuki, Crying Freeman and 100 Bullets

Copyright

Bastard Samurai is ™ and © Mike Oeming and Kelsey Shannon, 2001. All rights reserved

G.I. JOE #13

(W) Josh Blaylock

(A) Kevin Sharpe

(I) John Larter

(Cover) Joe Benitez

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of December 11th.

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

"He's one of the most dangerous men alive. Feared by members of G.I. Joe and Cobra alike, he hasn't been seen in years. This December marks the return of the enigmatic saboteur known as FIREFLY. But whose side is he on?"

Recommended for readers and fans of:G.I.JOE cartoon and comic fans of old, Vin Diesel's Triple X, TomClancy's Rainbow Six, Bourne Identity, Sum of All Fears, and Kung-Fu flicks.

Copyright

G.I.Joe is © & ™ 2002 Hasbro. All right reserved. Under License to Devil's Due

(W) Larry Hama

(A) Dan Jurgens

(I) Bob Layton

(Cover) Dave Dorman

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of December 4th.

The Concept

G.I. Joe: Frontline expands the action of the regular G.I. JOE seriesinto another title, featuring a cast of rotating creative teams. Frontline allows us to see the G.I. JOE universe through the eyes ofdifferent artists, and of course, is full of action, action, action!

This Issue

With the McGuffin device now in the hands of Cobra, G.I.Joe must attackDestro's Castle head on to retrieve it! Snake-Eyes, Duke, Scarlett,Stalker, and the gang face off against Destro, Baroness, CobraCommander, Billy, and Dr. Mindbender. Even worse, the Jugglers refuse toanswer any Joe pleas for help.

Recommended for readers and fans of:G.I.JOE cartoon and comic fans of old, Vin Diesel's Triple X, TomClancy's Rainbow Six, Bourne Identity, Sum of All Fears, and Kung-Fu flicks

Copyright

G.I.Joe is © & ™ 2002 Hasbro. All right reserved. Under License to Devil's Due

G.I.JOE TP VOL. II: RECKONINGS

(W) Josh Blaylock

(A) Steve Kurth with others

(Cover) Mike Norton

FC 96pp $12.95 Trade paperback

In stores the week of December 11th.

The Concept

Last year, Image brought G.I. JOE back to comic books, sparking an entire book of 1980's retro properties. We are now proud to offer the second collection of this breakout series, featuring everyone's favorite characters from the popular G.I. JOE: REAL AMERICAN HERO comics, cartoons and toys.

This Issue

Collecting issues #6-9, the story arc that not only brought back Cobra Commander to the new G.I.JOE series, but also everyone's favorite COBRA Ninja, STORM SHADOW! What starts out as the return of Cobra Commander leads to the showdown of the year - Snake-Eyes VS Storm Shadow!

Recommended for readers and fans of:The regular G.I. Joe series, or for any fan of the old comics, toys or cartoon. This makes a GREAT gift for anyone who grew up with the G.I.JOE characters, whether they're a regular comics reader or not!

Copyright

G.I.Joe is © & ™ 2002 Hasbro. All right reserved. Under License to Devil's Due

(W) B. Clay Moore

(A) Steven Griffin

(Cover) Steven Griffin

FC 32pp $2.95 Three issue finite series

In stores the week of December 18th.Attention: Retailers please see the order form for incentive program.

The Concept

1953, Hawaii. WWII vet Byrd is thrown off his stateside police forceafter an "incident" with a suspect. Having nowhere else to go, Byrdturns to his Army buddy, Mo Kalama, a detective in Hawaii. He nowspends his days drinking tropical concoctions and his nights helping Mowith cases that fall just beyond the jurisdiction of the police. And inByrd's Hawaii, the supernatural manifestations of the islands' myths andlegends lie just around every corner.

This Issue

When Byrd is pulled away from a lazy afternoon of jazz and cocktails totrack down a stolen '49 Buick Roadmaster, the case seems simple enough. Yet he's soon immersed in a dark paradise of swank tiki lounges, exoticbar girls, murdered beauties, high speed chases along the scenicHawaiian coast, and the mysterious Night Marchers of the Pali Highway. Now Byrd and Mo must untangle this tropical web of tiki terror withoutbecoming ensnared themselves.

Recommended for readers and fans of 100 Bullets, Stray Bullets, Powers(without the masks), The Rockford Files, film noir, late night movies,EC horror/crime comics and tiki culture.

Copyright

Hawaiian Dick is ™ and © B. Clay Moore and Steven Griffin, 2002. Allrights reserved.

Todd McFarlane Productions

(W) Steve Niles

(A) Ben Templesmith

(Cover) Ben Templesmith

FC 32pp $2.50 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of December 18th.

Concept

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

This Issue

"The Collection"In the future a man will exist in darkness and collect the nightmares of the past. But there is one thing missing from his collection, a hole in the darkness. What the man craves is a creature of pure evil; a thing that has touched the bowels of Hell. That which the man desires is the Hellspawn and he will send his Riders through the flames of time to capture him. Who is the collector and who are The Riders?

Recommended for readers and fans of The Sixth Sense, Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Twin Peaks.

Copyright

Hellspawn is ™ and © Todd McFarlane Productions, 2002. All right reserved.

(W) David Mack

(A) Rick Mays

(Cover) David Mack

BW 256pp $19.95 Trade paperback

In stores the week of December 4th.

The Concept

Growing up in the subcultures of urban Japan, a young woman journeys through the underworlds of organized crime, secret societies, government operatives, awkward friendships, and young romance.

A Mix of crime fiction and personal duality, elegantly told through the masks and metaphors of Japanese Mythology.

This Issue

Kabuki: Scarab (collects Kabuki Agents 1-8) picks up right where KABUKI: Metamorphosis left off and answers all the mysteries left dangling from that series. And Scarab is still a self-contained story, so even new readers can start with it.

More than the original issues, this handsome 256 page collection includes a gallery of covers (including the Quesada variant), new pin-ups, sketches and character designs, afterword and story commentary by David Mack, an insightful introduction by Paul Pope, and a brand new Cover painting by David Mack.

Recommended for readers and fans ofJapanese Crime Fiction, Manga, Sandman, and David Mack's Daredevil.

Copyright

Kabuki is ™ and © David Mack, 2002. All rights reserved.

by Frank Cho

BW 32pp $2.95 Bi-monthly ongoing series

In stores the week of December 18th.

The Concept

Life and love in Liberty Meadows, animal sanctuary, where everything and anything can happen.

This Issue

Brandy's having the worst day of her life. The animals are out of control. Jen rips her favorite sweater. Dean's wrecking the Christmas party. Her parents and relatives are coming to town. And she, unwittingly, breaks poor Frank's heart...Maybe forever.

Recommended for readers and fans of: Bloom County, Calvin & Hobbes, and The Young & the Restless.

Copyright

Liberty Meadows is ™ and © Frank Cho, 2002. All rights reserved.

(W) Val Staples

(A) Emiliano Santalucia

(I) Marco Failla

Cover A by Emiliano Santalucia

Cover B by Francis Manapul and Joe Weems

FC 32pp $2.95 Four issue mini-series

In stores the week of December 25th.

The Concept

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

This Issue

Under the direction of the Sorceress, He-Man sets forth on a mission to destroy an ancient artifact before it can fall into the wrong hands. But things don't go as the heroes had planned when He-Man faces opposition of an unexpected origin.

Recommended for readers and fans of GI Joe, Battle of the Planets, Transformers, Thundercats and basicallyall science fiction and fantasy comics and movies.

Copyright

Masters of the Universe is ™ and © Mattel, Inc 2002. All rights reserved.

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE STORE

Don't miss out on your chance to get everything He-Man. From posters to T-Shirts to wall tins and more. By the power of Eternia - stock up now.

HE-MAN WALL SCROLL

FC 31"x43" $19.95

He-Man readies for battle in front of the grandeur of Castle Grayskull. Capture the feeling of this moment with this beautiful wall scroll.

SKELETOR WALL SCROLL

FC 31"x43" $19.95

Skeletor stands triumphant in from of Snake Mountain, his fortress of terror. Immortalize the moment with this captivating wall scroll.

HE-MAN WALL TIN

FC 12"x16" $19.95

The classic transformation comes to life! This epic image from theextremely hard to find promo comic can now hang proudly on your wall forall to see!

SKELETOR WALL TIN

FC 12"x16" $19.95

The master of dark magic stands ready to defy all who oppose him. This epic image from the extremely hard to find promo comic can now hang proudly on your wall for all to see!

HE-MAN STANDUP

FC 6' tall $29.95

He-Man stands proud in this amazing life-size stand-up. Let him guard your room, bring him to parties, or just amaze your friends!

SKELETOR STANDUP

FC 6' tall $29.95

Skeletor stand defiant in this spectacular life-size stand-up. Let him guard your room, bring him to parties, or just amaze your friends!

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ­ BATTLE ROYALE POSTER

FC 24"x36" $6.95

The epic battle rages on! This image straight from the cover of the Masters of the Universe cover displays many of your favorite characters locked into battle!

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ­ HEROIC WARRIORS POSTER

FC 24"x36" $6.95

The guardians of Grayskull stand ready! This image straight from the Cover of the Masters of the Universe cover displays many of your favorite heroic warriors!

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ­ LET THE POWER RETURN POSTER

FC 24"x36" $6.95

The image of He-Man's crest stands electrified as we celebrate the return of the Masters of the Universe!

HE-MAN T-SHIRT

FC $17.95

Available in sizes M, L and XL.

This iconic representation bursts out of it's beautiful design on thisquality 100% cotton black tee. Show everyone you are fan of the mostpowerful warrior in the universe!

SKELETOR T-SHIRT

FC $17.95

Available in sizes M, L and X

This iconic representation bursts out of it's beautiful design on thisquality 100% cotton black tee. Show everyone you are fan of the mostevil skull-faced tyrant in the universe!

CREST SYMBOL T-SHIRT

FC $17.95

Available in sizes M, L and X

This stunning design of the new He-Man logo shines out on this quality100% black tee. Then let everyone know that you have the power with the classic phraseinscribed on the back!

(W) Scott Wherle

(A) E.J. Su

Cover A - Joseph Michael Linsner and Eric Hanson ­ Karza

Cover B ­ Joeseph Michael Linsner and Eric Hanson ­ Acroyear

FC 32pp $2.95 Bimonthly ongoing series

In stores the week of December 25th.

Attention: Retailers please see the order form for incentive program. For every 30 copies of Micronauts #4 ordered and received, retailers will receive an Exclusive Acroyear variant action Figure. Figure availability limited to 1500 units.

The Concept

Within our own universe lies another universe unbeknownst to us... until now. The realm of the MICRONAUTS - a place ruled by evil tyrant, Baron Karza, whose scientific marvels offer his people immortality, at the cost of their humanity. When unsuspecting, Ryan Archer is thrown into their world, we find that not only are things about to change, but Ryan will have much to do with it.

This Issue

The action heats up as Ryan and Koriah, the Galactic Defender, meet up with a band of infiltrating revolutionaries intent on helping them escape Baron Karza's iron grip. Besieged by a troop of Harriers, the group is forced under the streets of echopolis where they make a shocking discovery! Meanwhile, Acroyear and Knave, released from the IsoPen by an unknown benefactor, are discovered and forced to fight for their lives. And what does the inert Micronaut probe have to do with the resuscitation of the deadly automaton called Biotron?

Recommended for readers and fans of:The original Micronauts toys and comics, A Distant Soil, Farscape, Lost In Space, Star Wars.

Copyright

Micronauts is © & ™ 2002 AGE. All right reserved. Under License to Devil's Due by Global Icons, ltd.

NOBLE CAUSES: FAMILY SECRETS #3

(W) Jay Faerber

(P) Ian Richardson & Jon Sommariva

(I) John Wycough & Jon Sommariva

Cover A by Mike Avon Oeming

Cover B by Jim Valentino

FC 32pp $2.95 Four issue monthly finite series

In stores the week of December 4th.

The Concept

When everyday girl Liz Donnelly married super-hero Race Noble, she didn't realize "until death do you part" would come so soon! Now, with Race dead, she's a stranger in a strange land -- an everyday person living with a family of celebrity super-heroes! Behind the glamour and wonder lie dark secrets, ruthless ambition, and twisted desires.

Each issue features a lead story set in the present, and a back-up storyset in the past.

This Issue

It's guest-stars galore as Rusty goes on a rampage, interrogating various Image super-heroes who he thinks may have gotten Zephyr pregnant! Meanwhile, Doc makes a startling discovery of his own, and Liz has a confrontation with the person who leaked the latest Noble scandal to the press.

Australian artist Jon Sommariva illustrates the back-up story, which provides a glimpse into Frost's troubled childhood.

Recommended for readers and fans of:X-Force, The Ultimates, Powers, Astro City, and soap operas.

Copyright

Noble Causes: Family Secrets is ™ and © Jay Faerber, 2002. All right reserved.

PARADIGM #4

(W) Matt Cashel

(A) Jeremy Haun

BW 40pp $3.50 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of December 4th.

The Concept

A comic book for everyone. Drama, comedy, adventure, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. Talking cats, trolls, nutballs with big guns, and the seemingly ordinary men and women who populate our everyday lives. Paradigm is a time capsule full of history and future prophesies intended to change the world. Read carefully.

This Issue

Behind closed doors, engulfed in a cloud of paranoia, Zeke Moore questions his role in the upcoming "evolution" of Bogsdale and the world. However, in an apartment of talking shadows, stinky air vents, and mean women the questions may not be his and the answer not one he wants to hear. "The Stillest Hour" with its summary of times past and clues to the future provides a perfect jumping on point for those readers who missed the first wave of Ultimate Sanity. So what are you waiting for? Read Zeke Moore's journal today!

Recommended for readers and fans of: Nostalgia, the movie Pi, Pink Floyd, and Styx' super-cool 80's uber-hit "Mr. Roboto". The Stillest Hour sets the stage for all that is to come, don't be left a generation behind, buy Paradigm #4 today!

Copyright

Paradigm is™ and © Matthew Cashel and Jeremy Haun, 2002. All rights reserved.

(W) Brian Michael Bendis

(A) Mike Avon Oeming

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of December 11th.

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 deco comic artist Mike Avon Oeming (Bastard Samurai, hammer of the gods)

This Issue

THE SELLOUTS part 3

Hi- this is Powers writer Brian Bendis. I am in one of those situations,again, that anything I say in here in solicitation will ruin the eventsof issues you haven't read yet. So, please, trust us on this one.

But basically, Walker and Deena are in New York City to investigate the dirty underside of one of the seventies classic super teams. Murder, scandal, lawsuits, sex tapes, innuendo feed a decades long feud between some of the world's greatest superheroes.

Brace yourselves! It is superheroes like you have NEVER seen them.

Recommended for readers and fans of:Alias, Ultimate Spider-Man, Daredevil. and Bastard Samurai.

Copyright

Powers is ™ and © 2002 Jinxworld. inc, 2002. All right reserved.

(W) Josh Blaylock and Tim Seeley

(A) Mike Norton and Tim Seeley

(Cover) Mike Norton

BW 32pp $2.50 One-Shot

In stores the week of December 4th.

The Concept

Deep below, in the depths of the underworld, lives the Radiskull, agiant, floating, Mohawk sporting skull, determined to kill EVERYONE anddestroy EVERYTHING. If only he wasn't so distracted by anything shiny ortasty. His companion, Devil Doll, hopes to one day be just like him.Together they rampage, they rap, and they rock. It's just what they do.You TOO can now "Kick It" with these internet cartoon superstars intheir new comic book series.

This Issue

It's Christmas time, and everyone's happy. Everyone, that is, except forRadiskull. What happens when the world's most jolly, altruistic manmeets evil incarnate in a skull? The answer may surprise you, as this is a rivalry older thanhistory, and Santa Claus is not unfamiliar with the rap rocking demonicduo.

Recommended for readers and fans of:The Radiskull and Devil Doll internet cartoon, Invader Zim, Lenore,LoveBunny and Mr. Hell, and Little Nicky.

Copyright

Radiskull and Devil Doll ™ and © AtomShockwave, Inc., 2002. All rightreserved. Under license to Devil's Due.

(W) Arvid Nelson

(A) Eric J

FC 32pp $2.95 Bimonthly ongoing series

In stores the week of December 11th.

Attention: Retailers please see the order form for incentive program.

The Concept

Murder, blasphemy, intrigue, the occult… welcome to the world of RexMundi. Jazz is all the rage in the smoky nightclubs of Paris, but kingsstill rule Europe, and the Holy Inquisition maintains order with an ironfist. Far from prying eyes, sorcerers practice magical arts rumored tohave been founded in Biblical times. Amidst this setting, thunderheadsof a cataclysmic war are gathering…

This Issue

Master Physician Julien Saunière makes a horrific discovery in the slumsof Paris while investigating the theft of a medieval manuscript from hislongtime friend, Catholic priest Gérard Marin. Sorcery and organizedcrime are implicated in the theft, and Julien seeks the advice of an oldfriend. Meanwhile, Father Marin has an unexpected visitor at his home…

Recommended for readers and fans of:Film-noir movies, conspiracy theories, The X-Files, Violent Messiahs,Ruse, and the fiction of HP Lovecraft.

Copyright

Rex Mundi and Shrunken Head Studios © and ™ Arvid Nelson and EricJohnson 2002. All rights reserved.

by Erik Larsen

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of December 18th.

The Concept

Former police officer Dragon fights to make the world a better place.

This Issue

When Santa Claus goes missing it's up to the World's Greatest Suqerheroto fill in for the Fat, Jolly Old Elf in order to save Christmas! Whilethe REST of the world's heroes franticly search for the missinggift-giver, the Savage One prepares for the busiest night of his life!Can Christmas be saved and order restored? Who knows?! This is theSavage Dragon - the book where darned near anything can happen! You'reguess is as good as mine! A soppy, sentimental self-contained issuecelebrating the holiday. Fun for the whole family. A great jumping onplace for new readers.

Recommended for readers and fans of:Lee & Kirby's Fantastic Four, Calvin and Hobbes and all those wonderfuland heartwarming holiday specials that you can't live without. I'mgetting all misty just thinking about that elf that wanted to be adentist in that Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer show. Sniff.

Copyright

Savage Dragon ® and © Erik Larsen, 2002. All right reserved.

by Erik Larsen

FC 176pp $28.95 Hardcover

HARDCOVER LIMITED EDITION SIGNED & NUMBERED WITH ORIGINAL SIGNING PLATE! LIMITED TO 250 COPIES

FC 176pp $54.95 Hardcover

Both in stores the week of December 25th.

The Concept

The Savage Dragon's final days as a member of the Chicago Police force. Beaten down by the man, the Dragon must take extreme measures to stayalive.

This Issue

This book collects Savage Dragon #34-40 (including Savage Dragon #1/2),this seven issue run includes an appearance by Mike Mignola's Hellboy aswell as the superhero Star and the introduction of Zeek, plus Martiansattacking, Chaos & Control and more villains that you can possibly keeptrack of. Featuring a rambling, incoherent introduction, a sketchbooksection that sheds little light on the creative process, and Dung - youcan't live without Dung! This critically acclaimed series is collectedhere for the first time. A guaranteed high-octane blast!

Recommended for readers and fans of:The kinds of comics you remember reading and loving but thought weren'tbeing published anymore. Savage Dragon lovingly embraces the quirks andcliches of the superhero genre and turns them on their ear. Delightfullyoutrageous and entertaining as all hell!

Copyright

Savage Dragon ® and © Erik Larsen, 2002. All right reserved.

Offered again: Savage Dragon Vol. V: Revenge Hardcover

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 December 25th.

Concept

Al Simmons, once the U.S. government's greatest soldier and mosteffective assassin, was mercilessly executed by his own men. Resurrectedfrom the ashes of his own grave in a flawed agreement with the powers ofdarkness, Simmons is reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell.Disfigured, homeless and alone, this warrior now known as Spawn wandersthe shadowy alleys of New York City in search of his past life.

This Issue

"Loose Threads, Part III"While tracking his Freakish nemesis through the tunnels beneath NewYork, Spawn discovers a top-secret government facility. Inside he findsa file detailing a covert mission performed by Lt. Col. Al Simmons adecade before. A mission which involved unspeakable atrocities againstscores of innocents. A mission he doesn't remember ever going on. Is ita trick? Who would plant such a file for him to find? And what if it'strue? The revelations force Spawn to re-evaluate his entire life as Al Simmons.

Recommended for readers and fans ofSeven, Stir of Echoes, Stephen King,, and American Gothic.

Copyright

Spawn is ™ and © Todd McFarlane Productions, 2002. All right reserved.

TECH JACKET #2

(W) Robert Kirkman

(A) E.J. Su

(B) Val Staples

(Cover) E.J. Su

FC 32pp $2.95 Ongoing monthly series

In stores the week of December 18th.

Attention: Retailers please see the order form for incentive program.

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

Zack, now is possession of a Geldarian Tech Jacket, attempts to returnto his every day life. He finds it makes some things easier while itmakes others much more difficult, such as maintaining a normal life. All seems to be going well until The Geldarians learn that he has theJacket. They must uphold an ancient law, which states that anynon-Geldarian to wield a Tech Jacket must be put to death. This puts adamper on Zack's plans for Saturday night.

Recommended for readers and fans of:Melrose Place, skydiving, John Grisham books, professional football,Ultimate Spider-Man, TV Dinners, and puppies.

Copyright

Tech Jacket ™ and © Robert Kirkman & E.J. Su, 2002. All right reserved.

by Brian Michael Bendis

BW 184pp $14.95 Trade paperback

In stores the week of December 11th.

The Concept

Three time Eisner award winning Brian Michael Bendis (Powers, UltimateSpider-Man titles, Daredevil, Alias) didn't just appear out of thin air,you know! He worked his tuchas off at all aspects of the medium beforetotally losing his hair in mainstream comics.

Compiled in this exclusive collection are dozens of short stories thatare widely considered his best work, handpicked by the author. Rangingfrom the 'Fortune and Glory' style autobiographical anecdotes, to someof the darkest crime noir stories he has yet to tell.

Also included is a smattering of his favorite short work collaborationswith Warren Ellis, Mark (Nowheresville) Ricketts, James Hudnall, andMike Avon Oeming. And a portfolio of line art and multi-mediaillustrations that have rarely been seen before.

A fun and must have collection of rarely seen or never seen material.

Recommended for readers and fans of:Alias, Ultimate Spider-Man, Daredevil. and Fortune and Glory.

Copyright

Total Sell Out is ™ and © Jinxworld. inc, 2002. All right reserved.

(W) John Ney Rieber (P) Randy Green (I) Jonathan Sibal (C) Jonathan D. Smith

Lara is drifting between life and death -- as a Tomb Raider she's beendealing with the line between life and death all her life but neverbefore has she been so vulnerable! When an evil, ancient Egyptiandecides that Lara would be a nice addition to his afterlife, how is shegoing to escape?

FC 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

TOM JUDGE: END OF DAYS #1

(W) Paul Jenkins (P) Clayton Crain (I) Jonathan Glapion (C) Tyson Wengler

Imagine you were given a key to unlock the most devastating power in theUniverse. Imagine the fate of all Creation hanging upon a singledecision yet to be made. Now, imagine you had to make this decision bylunchtime on Friday. The devil has left Hell, God has gone missing andall the angels and demons are ready to scrap over the remains. But onemere mortal may have the ultimate say in the fight for control of theUniverse -- a sinister government official named Black. And the onlyman standing in his way is Tom Judge, a lapsed Catholic priest whocontrols the most significant power in creation -- the Rapture. JoinTom, his precognitive partner, Tilly, and his misfit band of messiahs asthey attempt to wring the eternal Answer out of a question nobodybothered to ask. The fate of the Universe hangs in the balance ­ doesanybody have a solution?

FC 40 pages $3.99 Double-Sized Special

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

This issue marks the beginning of a four part story arc called "Under aBlood Red Sky." Zoltar has unleashed a weapon far more lethal anddevastating than the Iron Terrapin. Rain over Central West brings withit a dangerous alien virus. This virus designed by Zoltar will give himthe ability to control the minds of the super city's vast population.How will G-force overcome such insurmountable odds?

FC 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

(W) Munier Sharrieff (P) Wilson Tortosa

The smash hit of the summer returns in classic form as Top Cow is proudto present Battle of the Planets #1 in it's original black and whiteformat. Join Mark, Jason, Princess, Keyop and Tiny in their premierecomic book adventure brought to you by Wilson Tortosa and Alex Ross!!

BW 32 pages $2.99

BATTLE OF THE PLANETS #2 ­ ANIMATION COVER EXCLUSIVE

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

The battle rages on with this exclusive Animation Edition Cover of thehighly sought after second issue of Battle of the Planets. A previousconvention exclusive, this first ever animated edition cover is sure tomake your Battle of the Planets collection complete! Limited quantitiesof this great cover remain though, so make sure to pick yours up today!

FC 32 pages net $5.00 Please inquire about pricing.

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