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CONCEPT

Sex and violence have never looked so…old. Meet Brit, the government's last line of defense when it comes to the really messy parts of keeping the world safe. When super-powered menaces threaten our home soil, send in this one-man killing machine: He's indestructible, unstoppable and eligible for a senior citizen's discount.

THIS ISSUE

Brit and Jessica are having a good time raising their new son, Brittany Jr. With Brit back at his job with the government, they're well off and living large. That is, until a race of vicious aliens decides the time is right to strike Earth, and their first target is the United States of America. Brit's not likely to let something like that go down in his backyard.

FROM THE WRITER OF CAPTAIN AMERICA!

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BRIT: COLD DEATH

Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art by CLIFF RATHBURN

Cover by TONY MOORE & RON RILEY

BW 48 pgs. $4.95

One shot

On sale 14 JULY, 2004

MATURE READERS WARNING

BRIT is ™ and © Robert Kirkman, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

This is the second spin-off book featuring New York City police detectives Sam Burke and Twitch Williams, popular characters originally introduced in SPAWN. CASE FILES: SAM & TWITCH takes the crime noir world of Sam and Twitch to a darker level, featuring unique artwork and storytelling from MARC ANDREYKO and ANDY LEE.

THIS ISSUE

"Ancient Chinese Secret, Huh?" Part Three of Six.

Is the mysterious Chu Lai really a centuries-old vampire, or is this wealthy businesswoman something entirely unexpected? As the gang wars over the heroin trade continue in Chinatown, Sam and Twitch try to unravel the mystery behind the Black Salamander gang while dodging bullets, sword blades and the occasional fang!

Written by MARC ANDREYKO

Art by ANDY LEE

Cover by GREG CAPULLO

BW 32 pages $2.50

Monthly ongoing series

On sale 7 JULY, 2004

MATURE READERS WARNING

CASE FILES: SAM & TWITCH is ™ and © Todd McFarlane Productions, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

Dawn, the Goddess of Birth and Rebirth, leads her Earthly lover, Darrian Ashoka, across a post-apocalyptic Europa on a journey for his salvation and their reunion.

THIS ISSUE

After many years of questing, renegade swordsman Darrian Ashoka finally believes he has found a suitable replacement for Dawn, the love of his life. Queen Calypso welcomes Darrian to her inner sanctum as well as into her heart. But Darrian's disgust over the hypocrisy with which she rules her kingdom eventually forces him to turn his back on her. Unfortunately for Darrian, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…

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DAWN CONVENTION SKETCHBOOK 2004

Written & illustrated by JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER

Cover by JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Six-issue miniseries

On Sale 21 July, 2004

DAWN is ™ and © Joseph Michael Linsner, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

Paris, 1800. Theophile has been moldering in an asylum for five years with no clear memory of how he came to be there. He wavers in and out of madness until the day that unseen forces compel him to escape and make his way back home to the haunted Breton coast. As he follows the tatters of memory back to the ungodly events of his childhood, striving to wring sense out of madness, he is pursued in turn by furious crows, drowned witches, a loved one long believed dead, a secret cabal of priests and a damaged orphan. Each carries pieces of a secret that emerges into two distinct but intertwining tales of supernatural vengeance. As the ravages of Theophile's buried past catch up with him at last, a battle for power begins, and the stakes are no less than the fate of the lost souls in hell.

Written by LAINI TAYLOR-DI BARTOLO

Art & cover by JIM DI BARTOLO

BW 80 pgs. $9.95

Graphic Novella

On Sale 14 July, 2004

THE DROWNED is ™ and © Laini Taylor-Di Bartolo & Jim Di Bartolo, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

Divorce is tough for any teenager, but when your mother is a typical suburban soccer mom and your dad is a 300-foot-tall, city-trampling, battleship-devouring monster, things get even tougher. This is Duncan Rosenblatt's reality. His mom wants him to get into a good college, his dad wants him to go into the family business: namely, conquering the earth and ascending to his rightful place as king of all monsters.

THIS ISSUE

This graphic novel collects the critically acclaimed series that introduced FIREBREATHER to the world. Featuring lots of extras, behind-the-scenes artwork by series co-creator ANDY KUHN and a pin-up gallery by many of today's finest funnybook talents, including ERIK LARSEN, MIKE WIERINGO, KEITH GIFFEN, DEREC AUCOIN, JOEY MASON and PHIL HESTER & ANDE PARKS. Forward by New York Times best-selling author BRAD MELTZER.

Collects FIREBREATHER #1-4

Written by PHIL HESTER

Art & cover by ANDY KUHN

FC 144 pgs. $13.95

Trade paperback

On sale 14 JULY, 2004

FIREBREATHER is ™ and © Phil Hester & Andy Kuhn, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

QUOTES FOR FIREBREATHER

"I liked FIREBREATHER... A LOT."

- Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy

"Curse Phil Hester -- he can draw and he can write. If 'The Wonder Years' had a dragon in it, it'd be this book. FIREBREATHER is a fresh blast of burning air. Plus, when was the last time you saw a dragon play dodgeball?"

- Brad Meltzer, best-selling author of The Zero Game and The Millionaires

"FIREBREATHER is the most fun you can have without an 'X' in the title."

-Keith Giffen, Lobo, Formerly Known as the Justice League

"FIREBREATHER is the most wonderfully bizarre marriage of the concepts of giant monsters, secret high-tech government agencies, high school teen angst/romance and full-out action adventure, all under one cover. Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn's creative alchemy has spawned a book that's just a blast! These boys are geniuses!"

-Mike Wieringo, artist of Fantastic Four

"FIREBREATHER is a strange mix of Spider-Man and Godzilla with an after-school special thrown in for good measure. It's kooky, campy, and weirdly entertaining."

-Frank Cho, LIBERTY MEADOWS

"Hester and Kuhn serve up a hot plate of a story with smokin' ideas and sizzlin' style"

-Matt Wagner, creator of Mage and Grendel

CONCEPT

FLIGHT is a collection of comic short stories created by some of the finest talents in the comics and animation industries. Inspired by storytellers such as Hayao Miyazaki and Moebius, these artists have come together to celebrate the graphic narrative medium.

THIS ISSUE

Volume one of FLIGHT features stories by professionals and non-professionals alike, all playing on the theme of flight in its many incarnations. From the maiden voyage of a home-built plane to the adventures of a young courier and his flying whale to a handful of stories about coming of age and letting things go, this first volume of FLIGHT is full of memorable tales that will both amaze and inspire.

Written & illustrated by BENGAL, BILL MUDRON, CATIA CHIEN, CLIO CHIANG, CHRIS APPELHANS, DEREK KIRK KIM, DYLAN MECONIS, ENRICO CASAROSA, ERIKA MOEN, HOPE LARSON, JACOB MAGRAW, JAKE PARKER, JEN WANG, JOEL CARROLL, KAZU KIBUISHI, KEAN SOO, KHANG LE, NEIL BABRA, PHIL CRAVEN, RAD SECHRIST, VERA BROSGOL

Cover by KAZU KIBUISHI & KHANG LE

FC 208 pgs. $19.95

Graphic Novel Anthology

On Sale 28 July, 2004

FLIGHT is ™ and © Kazu Kibuishi, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

GHOST SPY #3 (of 6)

CONCEPT

Keico Loc is a young bounty hunter, psychologically torn apart by a hyper-violent future. When she is infected with the biological toxin Adrenafin and is forced to face constant embattlement, Keico decides to take control of her life for the very first time.

THIS ISSUE

After regaining her strength, Keico Loc leaves the safety of the Revlows' compound and wrestles with visions of self-doubt as she travels past the wretched commonality of the Forgotten Blocks. Keico haphazardly reunites with her old EBS teammates Rame and Griggs, but after the hugs and kisses end, the Forgotten Blocks are left as a charred monument to Keico's powers of destruction.

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GHOST SPY #1

Written by STEVE ALBERTSON

Art & cover by JACOB ELIJAH

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Six-issue monthly miniseries

On Sale 28 JULY, 2004

GHOST SPY is ™ and © Jacob Elijah, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

After his execution for double-crossing a drug cartel, Rudy Chance, a brutal, corrupt cop and womanizer, expects he'll wind up in Hell. Instead, he finds himself in the Gray Area. Here he is forced to combat evil for an afterlife police force and gain a shot at redemption. Given extraordinary powers, Chance hunts down the wicked to condemn and the worthy to heal. But can he control his own dark side or will it lead him to eternal damnation?

THIS ISSUE

Chance's stubborn desire to go his own way has dire consequences. The mysterious Jordan displays healing abilities when he is forced to reassemble Chance, who has quite literally gone to pieces. Chance is tossed into the Gray Watch training program and learns the startling truth that his powers will not manifest unless he can develop compassion for the other Gray Area inhabitants.

Created by JOHN ROMITA, JR & GLEN BRUNSWICK

Written by GLEN BRUNSWICK

Art & Cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. & KLAUS JANSON

FC 32 pgs. $3.95

Three-issue monthly miniseries

On Sale 28 JULY, 2004

THE GRAY AREA is ™ and © John Romita, Jr. and Glen Brunswick, 2004. All

Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

Mark Grayson is just like everyone else his age, except that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. And now he's begun to inherit his father's powers. It all sounds okay at first, but how do you follow in your father's footsteps when you know you will never live up to his standards?

THIS ISSUE

Her mind is made up and her perfect mate is Invincible. No matter the cost, he must be hers. After her husband died in issue #7, Aquaria went through some bad times, but now that Mark has entered her life, everything is different, everything is perfect. Now Mark has to figure out how to let her know he's neither interested…nor legal.

FROM THE WRITER OF CAPTAIN AMERICA!

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INVINCIBLE, VOL. 1: FAMILY MATTERS TP

Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art by RYAN OTTLEY

Cover by CORY WALKER & BILL CRABTREE

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly ongoing series

On sale 21 JULY, 2004

INVINCIBLE is ™ and © Robert Kirkman & Cory Walker, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

Detective Kane returns to active duty with the New Eden Police Department following a six-month suspension in the wake of shooting and killing his partner, Dennis Harvey. His fellow police officers give Kane a welcome back gift: a couple of bullets with his name on them.

THIS ISSUE

Oscar Darke grew up on the streets of New Eden to become the most powerful criminal in the city. But when an attempt is made on Darke's life, Detectives Kane and Felix have to find the would-be killer before the city erupts in violence.

Collects issues #9-12 of the critically acclaimed crime comic originally published by Dancing Elephant Press.

*Look out for KANE, VOL. 4 in October!

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KANE, VOL. 2: RABBIT HUNT TP

Written & illustrated by PAUL GRIST

Cover by PAUL GRIST

FC 144 pgs. $12.95

Trade Paperback

On sale 14 JULY, 2004

KANE is ™ and © Paul Grist, 2004. All Right Reserved.

CONCEPT

It's life and love as usual in Liberty Meadows animal sanctuary, where anything and everything can happen.

THIS ISSUE

Collects issues 1 through 9 of the award-winning comic book LIBERTY MEADOWS. See how it all began in a new widescreen landscape format with completely remastered and uncensored comic strips. It's 224 pages of hilarity for an insanely low price.

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LIBERTY MEADOWS, BOOK 2: CREATURE COMFORTS HC

Written and illustrated by FRANK CHO

Cover by FRANK CHO

BW 224 pgs. $19.95

Bi-monthly ongoing series

On Sale 7 JULY, 2004

LIBERTY MEADOWS is ™ and ©Frank Cho, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

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

THIS ISSUE

A brutal crime rocks the Noble family, and their old friend Krennick is the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Rusty's new girlfriend, Cosmic Rae, recruits him for a secret government mission, and Doc receives news that a man obsessed with Gaia is about to be released from prison.

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NOBLE CAUSES, VOL. 2: FAMILY SECRETS TP

Written by JAY FAERBER

Art by FRAN BUENO

Cover A by FRAN BUENO

Cover B by TODD NAUCK

FC 32 pgs. $3.50

Monthly ongoing series

On sale 28 JULY, 2004

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

CONCEPT

JIM VALENTINO's seminal satire normalman returns after a decade and takes direct aim at the comic book industry, skewering fans, retailers, conventions and "superstar" pros in the all-new "CAPTAIN EVERYTHING - SUPERSTAR!"

Plus, at no extra charge, the first-ever reprinting of normalman GOES HOLLYWOOD from Epic Lite #1, and, if you act now, a fully annotated retrospective of the entire normalman canon!

Face it, effendi, you can't miss this one! Well, actually, you can, but you'll never forgive yourself. You'll slide into a manic depressive state, start drinking to excess and kicking your pets around the room. It'll get ugly, trust us.

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VIGNETTES: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL COMIX OF VALENTINO TP

Written and illustrated by JIM VALENTINO

Cover by JIM VALENTINO

FC 32 pgs $2.95

One-shot special

On sale 14 JULY, 2004

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

CONCEPT

Eight million robots walk the streets, but this isn't science fiction. This is New York City, top to bottom, from a basement in the last Brooklyn ghetto to the clouds above a penthouse suite on Park Avenue. These are robots in agony, ecstasy and everything in between, searching for love, sex or just enough spare change to get them through the day.

THIS ISSUE

Valeria is in the spotlight and in the dark. She's larger than life on every billboard, but inside she feels small beside a brother she thinks is a hero cop. Marco wears a badge that nobody gave him, knocking on doors under the false guise of an officer of the law. He's harassing both petty crime deadbeats and Wall Street moguls, but what happens when a crime attracts the real NYPD?

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NYC MECH #1

Written by MILES GUNTER & IVAN BRANDON

Art by ANDY MACDONALD

Cover by BENGAL

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly ongoing series

On sale 14 JULY, 2004

NYC MECH is ™ and © Ivan Brandon, Miles Gunter & Andy MacDonald, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

Jack Baxter is a New York newspaper reporter who always seems to get the impossible stories. He has a gift (or is it a curse?) to become invisible at will. Sometimes he uses his powers for good, other times for selfish gain. Despite his success, though, he's not a happy man. He carries the guilt of letting a friend die in a foreign land, a friend he could have saved if only he had the courage. And now he must go back.

THIS ISSUE

"THE SINS OF SADDAM HUSSEIN"

Jack has returned to the scene of his greatest failure, Baghdad, to rescue his errant brother. At the end of the last issue, Jack and his brother escaped the "Palace of Death" when a wrong turn brought them face-to-face with Saddam Hussein himself. (Note, this adventure is set in March, 2003, before the start of the ground war in Iraq.) Will the Baxter Brothers surrender to anger and hatred and kill the dictator? If you think you know the answer, you don't.

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PHANTOM JACK #1

Written by MIKE SANGIACOMO

Art & Cover by MITCHELL BREITWEISER & JAIME JONES

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly ongoing series

On Sale 9 JUNE, 2004

PHANTOM JACK is ™ and © Mike Sangiacomo. Inc. 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

She curses, she smokes, she breast feeds and she blows away the competition. Just when you think GARTH ENNIS has gone too far, just when you thought it was safe to walk the streets, just when you thought no one would go near the idea of the world's first superhero prostitute…here comes THE PRO!

THIS ISSUE

Reintroducing the outrageous story of THE PRO in a deluxe oversized hardcover edition, plus an all-new, eight-page story by GARTH ENNIS, AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI! In "The Pro Meets The Ho," our plucky heroine comes up against a new and fearsome challenge: a super-powered "soiled dove" whose powers of perversion exceed the Pro's own! Find out who triumphs in this tussle of the tarts, as THE PRO's creative team returns to the sticky-floored success that made them otherwise unemployable! You'll never go to the zoo again!

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THE PRO CONVENTION EDITION S&N

Written by GARTH ENNIS

Art & Cover by AMANDA CONNER & JIMMY PALMIOTTI

FC 72 pgs. $14.95

Hardcover graphic novel

On Sale 14 JULY, 2004

MATURE READERS WARNING

THE PRO is ™ and © Garth Ennis, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

In a world where nerds evolved from man, the staff of PvP Magazine rule as kings. Join Brent, Cole, Francis, Jade and Skull the Troll as they chronicle the world of video games, movies, comics and pop-culture. The hit Internet comic strip leaps from the World Wide Web into its own image title!

THIS ISSUE

NOW A MONTHLY SERIES!

Brent takes Skull to the vet's office where Skull is mistaken for a rare breed of gorilla. Now Brent is in jail for owning an exotic pet without a license, and Skull is stuck in the gorilla habitat at the local Zoo. It's a sit-com of a story that can only end in two words: JAIL BREAK! You think it's funny now...wait 'til you READ IT!

Written by SCOTT KURTZ

Art by SCOTT KURTZ

Cover by FRANK CHO and BRETT EVANS

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly ongoing series

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

CONCEPT

Hop in the passenger seat and buckle up for a new anthology about a 1968 Camaro and the people who come in contact with it. Each story arc focuses on a character whose life is dramatically affected by a situation involving the vehicle. Is it stolen? Is it cursed? Is it simply a car, or something much more? A diverse body of creators will showcase their unique talents, and show you THE RIDE of your life!

THIS ISSUE

"Wheels of Change," Part Two

Atlanta rookie detective Samantha Vega arrives in a small college town in search of her brother's murderer. Will Vega and her partner Frank Simms survive the trap that awaits them? Find out this issue, as the first story arc of THE RIDE comes to an explosive conclusion!

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THE RIDE #1

Written by DOUG WAGNER

Art by GEORGES JEANTY, DEXTER VINES, & JASON PEARSON

Cover by ADAM HUGHES

B&W 32 pgs. $2.95

Special signed edition $14.95

Two-issue monthly miniseries

On sale 7 JULY, 2004

*Art shown is not final cover.

THE RIDE is ™ and © Ballistic Comics, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

"Gaijin Studios is, in one office, probably the greatest concentration of creative talent in the western hemisphere."

- Mark Waid, writer of Superman: Birthright and Fantastic Four.

PLUS: Special signed edition features signatures by ADAM HUGHES, GEORGES JEANTY, DEXTER VINES, JASON PEARSON, and DOUG WAGNER!

CONCEPT

Found unconscious and naked in a burning field, the super-powered amnesiac was recruited by the Chicago Police to help fight their war on crime. Now, the ex-cop fights a never-ending battle to restore order to a world in chaos. Savage Dragon fights to save the city of Chicago and the world itself from the sinister forces of evil.

THIS ISSUE

Gods…who needs 'em? The Gods of Godworld were displaced on Earth long ago. They have lived among us for years, without our knowledge. Luckily, they've lived under a strict rule of non-interference with the human race. But what happens when we start to interfere with them? The crap hits the fan and the only one who can clean up this mess is Savage Dragon.

FROM THE WRITER OF CAPTAIN AMERICA!

Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art and cover by MARK ENGLERT

FC 32 pages, cardstock cover $2.95

Ongoing series

On Sale 21 JULY, 2004

SAVAGE DRAGON is ® and © Erik Larsen, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

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

THIS ISSUE

"Killing Grin", Part Two

With the secret he's kept for so long finally exposed, precog detective Owen Young and his friends on the Denver Police Force must move quickly to contain the damage. But with his ultimate fate in the hands of a criminal and his life and relationships crumbling around him, Owen must decide just how far he's prepared to go to avoid losing his career, his freedom and everyone important to him.

Written by JASON RAND

Art & cover by JUAN E. FERREYRA

BW 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly ongoing series

On Sale 28 JULY, 2004

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

CONCEPT

Al Simmons, once the U.S. government's greatest soldier and most effective assassin, was mercilessly executed by his own men. Resurrected in a flawed agreement with the powers of darkness, Simmons was reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell. Disfigured, homeless and alone, the warrior now known as Spawn wanders the shadowy alleys of New York City in search of his past life.

THIS ISSUE

"Scrawled," Part Two

A bizarre rash of murders leaves six victims scattered throughout the country, all apparently unrelated, except for one common thread: Each corpse is left with strange, arcane writings carved on the inside of its body. With the assistance of Detectives Burke and Williams, Spawn connects these killings with the ramblings of a mental patient who perished a half a century ago, a man who went to his grave warning of demonic invaders. Has this madman's prophecy finally come to pass? Will Spawn be able to stop it in time?

*Art shown is not the cover.

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CURSE OF THE SPAWN, VOL. 1: SACRIFICE OF THE SOUL TP

Written by BRIAN HOLGUIN & TODD McFARLANE

Art by ANGEL MEDINA & DANNY MIKI

Cover by GREG CAPULLO & TODD McFARLANE

FC 32 pgs. $2.50

Monthly ongoing series

On Sale 28 JULY, 2004

SPAWN is ™ and © Todd McFarlane Productions, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

Super soldier Johnny Armstrong has been battling the forces of evil since World War II. In the early '90s it seemed that career had come to an end. His arms and legs missing, the result of a deadly battle with Chicago's notorious Vicious Circle, Johnny was rebuilt into the ultimate killing machine. More machine than man, Johnny has settled into life with his new wife, Claire Bono. They're thinking of buying a cat.

THIS ISSUE

Wedded bliss has never been so…patriotic. Johnny moves in with Claire and learns that it doesn't matter how many times you've saved the world, you still have to put the toilet seat down. The marriage is off to a rocky start, and things go from bad to worse when the dreaded Baron Blitzkrieg returns!

FROM THE WRITER OF CAPTAIN AMERICA!

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SUPERPATRIOT: LIBERTY & JUSTICE TP

Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art by E.J. SU

Cover by CORY WALKER & BILL CRABTREE

FC 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly 4 issue miniseries

On sale X JULY, 2004

SUPERPATRIOT is ® and © Robert Kirkman, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

You've seen Dracula, but you've never seen him like this. Think Dracula: Impossible. Think Black Hawk Dracula. At 600 years old, Dracula controls blood so keenly that he can make almost anything his army needs. And he will rule the earth. But what happens when the King of vampires faces the return of an even greater, older evil? What unholy alliance must Dracula form with Ronnie Van Helsing, the young leader of the massive agency known as the Polidorium?

THIS ISSUE

"The Elders," Part Four

The fallen angels have turned Dallas into a hellish nightmare of blood, bone and zombies, and they're not even the worst threat. Worse is Dracula, on the march with his own army of the dead. Can Ronnie Van Helsing play both sides against the middle and come out alive?

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SWORD OF DRACULA #1

Written by JASON HENDERSON

Art by WILLIAM BELK

Cover by TONY HARRIS

BW 32 pgs. $2.95

Six-issue bimonthly miniseries

On sale 14 JULY, 2004

SWORD OF DRACULA is TM and © Jason Henderson, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

THE CONCEPT

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living.

THIS ISSUE

After the ordeal Rick has endured last issue, he sets out to find safer shelter. More is learned about the zombies that now out-number us 5000 to 1, but when it comes to some things, it's better not to know. Rick begins to wonder if there is a light at the end of the tunnel his life has become. Even if there is, how can he ever expect to make it there?

FROM THE WRITER OF CAPTAIN AMERICA!

Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art by CHARLIE ADLARD

Cover by CLIFF RATHBURN

B&W 32 pgs. $2.95

Monthly ongoing series

On sale X JULY, 2004

MATURE READERS WARNING

THE WALKING DEAD is ™ and © Robert Kirkman, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

CONCEPT

When it happened, Earth was appalled. It seemed a hurt beyond healing. But the world moved on…all except London. In the heart of that city, high technology has failed. Survivors scrape a medieval living. Great buildings stand idle. Complex machinery sits frozen. A ruthless Mayor rules the people while the mysterious Cartel dominates both. Moving between them is Esau the Hunter. Now an impatient and powerful world wants this wreck to die…quickly. The outcome rests on the shoulders of the Hunter, and it's a responsibility he does not want.

THIS ISSUE

"Welcome to the Sorrowful City" and "The First Circle"

Unexpectedly, a visitor arrives from Outside. Should the Hunter hand her over to the Mayor? Should he aid her mission with his knowledge of the Cartel?

Written by ANDREW STEPHENSON

Art by TREVOR GORING

Cover by TREVOR GORING

BW 56 pages $6.95

Bimonthly four-issue miniseries

On sale from July 2004

WATERLOO SUNSET is ™ & © Andrew Stephenson & Trevor Goring, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

McFARLANE TOYS SOLICITATIONS o JULY 2004

McFARLANE'S SPORTS PICKS: COOPERSTOWN COLLECTION

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 72360

Sports fans demanded it and McFarlane Toys has come through. In 2004, our first sports legends series is being released, featuring six Major League Baseball greats in our Cooperstown Collection. This series of baseball legends is sure to be one of the hottest lines of the year.

The item ships 12 per case. $6.99 each. $83.88 per case. July 2004

Bob Gibson

Brooks Robinson

Nolan Ryan

Reggie Jackson

Tom Seaver

Yogi Berra

McFARLANE'S SPORTS PICKS: NFL SERIES 8

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 70370

McFarlane Toys' first football action figure series of the year is set to hit stores just as the NFL preseason gets into full swing. Featuring six of the best players on the gridiron today, each figure is fully detailed in an action pose and official team uniform. Includes base.

The item ships 12 per case. $6.99 each. $83.88 per case. July 2004

Peyton Manning 2, Indianapolis Colts QB, No. 18

Steve McNair, Tennessee Titans QB, No. 9

Tim Brown, Oakland Raiders WR, No. 81

Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams WR, No. 81

Jamal Lewis, Baltimore Ravens RB, No. 31

Ahman Green, Green Bay Packers RB, No. 30

McFARLANE'S SPORTS PICKS: NFL 3-INCH TWO-PACKS

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 75140

Started in hockey, baseball and basketball, our first series of 3-inch-scale football two-packs is set to hit stores. Featuring all the detail you've come to expect in our standard-scale sports action figures, this item features two small-scale figures in one package at a low price.

The item ships 12 per case. $3.99 each. $47.88 per case. July 2004

Jerry Rice/Chad Pennington

Brett Favre/Jeff Garcia

Donovan McNabb/Emmitt Smith

Jeremy Shockey/Ray Lewis

Marvin Harrison/Priest Holmes

Mike Alstott/Ricky Williams

ALIEN 12-INCH FIGURE

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 17901

The item ships 4 per case. $19.99 each. $79.96 per case.

PREDATOR 12-INCH FIGURE

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 17902

The item ships 4 per case. $19.99 each. $79.96 per case.

They're coming: massive 12-inch versions of the title characters from the Alien and Predator film franchises. This scale truly brings out the attention to detail and the intricacy of the figure designs. Each features play action and its own custom base. July 2004

(NOTE: These two items -- 17901 and 17902 -- are ONE ad)

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 17790

New series of ultra action figures from McFarlane Toys created from the upcoming 20th Century Fox film Alien vs. Predator. Based entirely on reference from the film, this line of figures is sure to please fans of both Alien and Predator with its detail and authenticity. Figures include weapons and bases.

The item ships 12 per case. $6.99 each. $83.88 per case. July 2004

Scar Predator

Elder Predator

Chopper Predator

Grid Alien

Space Alien

ELVIS 2 SUPER STAGE FIGURE

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 12412

Our first King of Rock 'n' Roll action figure went over like wildfire with collectors. McFarlane Toys' next Elvis figure features the man in his swingin' early '60s rockabilly look. Comes with custom base, guitar and mic on stand.

The item ships 6 per case. $7.99 each. $47.94 per case. July 2004

KISS LOVE GUN DELUXE BOXED SET

McFarlane Toys

Item #: 12392

McFarlane Toys has created the best in KISS collectible merchandise for nearly a decade and 2004 will be no different. This year we're featuring a KISS deluxe boxed set featuring the band in their Love Gun gear. This boxed set will include all four band members and an incredibly intricate stage setup.

The item ships 4 per case. $34.99 each. $47.94 per case. July 2004

NASCAR SERIES 2

ActionMcFarlane

Item #: 28941

NASCAR fans can finally relax and prepare to collect another series of unparalleled driver action figures. The newest line of NASCAR figures - from a new partnership between McFarlane Toys and Action Performance - features the best on the racetrack in all-new sculpts and uniforms. Each includes a custom base.

The item ships 12 per case. $6.49 each FOB Hong Kong. July 2004

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Oreo 2004

Dale Earnhardt Sr., Coca Cola Japan 1998

Bobby LaBonte, Shrek II 2004

Richard Petty, Yankees 2003

Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's

Jeff Gordon, Pepsi 2003

TOP COW PRODUCTIONS SOLICITATIONS o JULY 2004

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It's the 25th Anniversary of Battle of the Planets! So celebrate with…

Battle of the Planets #1-#7, #9-#12

Battle of the Planets Battle Book

Battle of the Planets Convention Poster

Battle of the Planets: Jason

Battle of the Planets: Mark

Battle of the Planets/Witchblade

Battle of the Planets: Manga #1-#3

Battle of the Planets Volume 1: Trial by Fire

Battle of the Planets Volume 1: Trial by Fire ("Manga Digest" size)

Battle of the Planets Volume 2: Blood Red Sky

Battle of the Planets Volume 3: Destroy All Monsters

"PAGE 1" PRODUCT

Tomb Raider vs. The Darkness

Check out this classic battle between two of Top Cow's most beloved characters as Lara Croft and Jackie Estacado face off in this one-shot drawn by Billy Tan!

This comic was previously an online exclusive of the Top Cow Store, but you can now get it here, in both standard and super-scarce "Ruby Red" foil editions!

Standard edition Net $3 (inquire for pricing, allocations may occur)

"Ruby Red" foil edition Net $8 (inquire for pricing, allocations may occur)

BATTLE OF THE PLANETS/THUNDERCATS SET

(W) Munier Sharrieff (Art) Alvin Lee (Cov) Alex Ross/J. Scott Campbell

(W) Kaare Andrews (Art) Kaare Andrews (Cov) Alex Ross/J. Scott Campbell

Thrill to the adventures of the G-Force team from Battle of the Planets and Lion-O and crew from Thundercats in this special two-issue set! G-Force helps repel an invasion of Thundera in Battle of the Planets/Thundercats, while the 'Cats get teleported to Earth in Thundercats/Battle of the Planets. Each issue features great stand-alone story fun and adventure!

Two versions of this amazing two-issue set are available: One with covers by Alex Ross, and the other with covers by J. Scott Campbell.

Two full color books 48 pages each $9.99/set one-shot specials

(RETAILERS: These sets are offered in the Retailer Order Form with two separate ordering lines. Quantities are limited, and orders may be allocated.)

(W) Ron Marz (P) Martin Montiel (Col) Matt Milla (Cov) Dale Keown

Green Lantern scribe Ron Marz brings his Darkness arc to its stunning conclusion! Jackie Estacado and the Darkness are in Hong Kong, but when Jackie goes toe-to-toe with mystical dragons, will he be coming home first class? Or in a box?

Full color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

"Tower of Souls," part 2 of 2

(W) James Bonny (P) Wilson Tortosa (Col) Tyson Wengler (Cov) Adam Hughes

Trapped inside a haunted Irish castle, Lara Croft encounters hordes of tormented spirits, as well as a centuries-old evil nobleman kept alive by the power of a talisman. Unless Lara can break the talisman's hold, she may become a permanent, ghostly resident as well…

Full color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

(W) Jay Faerber (P) Tyler Kirkham (I) Marlo Alquiza (Col) Brian Buccellato

Stryker's plan to find kidnapped Tommy Jenkins has landed the Strykeforce in hot water. Now, the team's survival-and Tommy's-hinges on Killawatt, whose loyalties are put to the ultimate test. More super-hero action in the mighty Top Cow manner is brought to you by writer Jay Faerber (Noble Causes) and hot new artist Tyler Kirkham.

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 Part 4 of a 5-part story arc

TOP COW COMPILATION SPECIAL 2004

Art by Marc Silvestri, Tony Daniel, Francis Manapul, Tyler Kirkham, Eric Basaldua and more!

Take a walk through Top Cow's catalogue of flagship books and hot new properties! The Compilation contains information on the entire Top Cow universe, plus video game and movie development status! Get a look at Tony Daniel's new Humankind project, as well as "On a Pale Horse," based on acclaimed fantasy writer Piers Anthony's novel. And of course, there's more!

Full Color 32 pages Net $3 (inquire for pricing, allocations may occur)

(W) Troy Hickman (P) David Nakayma (Col) Brian Buccellato (Cov) Greg Land

Common Grounds writer Troy Hickman writes the tale of Celestine Abbadon-for every good deed she does, she must do an equal evil act. Sara Pezzini and the Witchblade are hot on her trail, but will the Witchblade abandon Sara in her moment of need?

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

(W) Jean-Marc & Randy L'officier (P) Stéphane Roux (Col) Karine Boccanfuso

The immortal killer Gilles de Rais has come to New York. But how can Sara Pezzini stop the killing, when the Witchblade itself has sworn an ancient blood oath not to harm him? Eisner-nominated writers Jean-Marc & Randy L'officier tell you in a tale originally created under Top Cow's supervision for French publisher Semic!

Full Color 56 pages $4.99 one-shot special

(W) Munier Sharrieff (P) Wilson Tortosa (Cov) Alex Ross

This massive paperback in the popular "manga trade" format collects the thrilling conclusion to the Battle of The Planets saga with issues #10-#12. It also contains Battle of the Planets: Manga #1-#3, and The Jason and Battle of the Planets/Witchblade crossover! Eight great issues in one great package!

Black-and-white 5x7-inch format 248 pages $9.99 trade paperback

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