IDW Publishing Previews – 4/18/12

Doctor Who #16

Joshua Hale Fialkov (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • Mark Buckingham, photo (c)

This special arc by Eisner-nominated writer Joshua Hale Fialkov concludes! The Silurian plan is revealed, apocalypse imminent, and with mere minutes to go, can the Doctor and his strange new ally save not just Casablanca but the entire human race?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Dungeons & Dragons Annual 2012

Paul Crilley (w) • Paco Diaz (a) • menton3 (c)

They call Sharn the “City of Towers”… but it’s what’s below the surface that interests Abraxis Wren, the most notorious inquisitive in the land. As Wren and his assistant Torin begin an investigation that pulls at the strings that bind the city together, it’s their own lives that might unravel! Writer Paul Crilley continues spinning tales in the exciting world of Eberron, following up last month’s Infestation 2 crossover–joined by hot artist Paco Diaz (Wolverine)–in this double-sized, all-new annual!

FC • 40 pages • $7.99

Dungeons & Dragons, Vol. 3: Down 

John Rogers (w) • Andrea Di Vito, Nacho Arranz, Vicente Alcazar, and Andres Ponce (a) • Tyler Walpole (c)

Fell’s Five has returned to Fallcrest, only to find shattering news for Khal. He’s heading home, and nothing will stand in his way! The lauded tale by dedicated D&D authority John Rogers continues, along with striking illustration by Andrea Di Vito.

HC · FC · $24.99 · 132 pages · 8.5” x 11” • ISBN 978-1-61377-178-5

Eternal Descent, Vol. 2 #4 (of 6)

Llexi Leon, Justin Peniston (w) • Ivan Fernandez (a) • Jason Metcalf, Santi Casas (c)

Chosen by an unearthly intellect, a champion is born in Misha Mansoor! With technology beyond our comprehension, his destiny lies at the heart of the time stream, and the fate of humanity may rest on his shoulders. Determined to find Sirian, Lyra turns to Richard for answers, but when her questions awaken a long dormant power, the duo form a reluctant alliance. Unaware of its true purpose, they activate the spheres key, bringing down the full wrath of the association. A narrow escape finds Lyra in a tainted world of familiar foes, where the supernatural succubus and a high-tech hero must fight for their future.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Ghostbusters #8

Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a) • Schoening, Nick Runge (c)

The spotlight is on Egon Spengler as he tracks down a paranormal entity—one that has ties to his past—to discover the true source of the city’s abnormally high PKE levels! The grand finale to the second arc of the hit ongoing series!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #177

Larry Hama (w) • Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema (a) • Herb Trimpe, Frenz (c)

The stakes are higher than ever! Cobra Commander has discovered the danger in the midst of Broca Beach, and has begun his preparations to face off against the Blue Ninjas. Meanwhile, DUKE, SCARLETT and STALKER split off on their own from G.I. JOE in order to head to Broca Beach. And with SNAKE EYES and BARONESS en route as well, this could be the showdown to end all showdowns. Prepare for the final confrontation in G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #177!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Next Men: Aftermath #42

John Byrne (w & a & c)

The year: 1975. The place: a not so sleepy town in West Texas. The stakes:

an unborn life. PROJECT NEXT MEN has been wiped out of existence, but some things remain unchanged. And that’s the easy part!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rocketeer Adventures 2 #2 (of 4)

Paul Dini, Walter Simonson, Tom Taylor (w) • John Paul Leon, Bill Morrison, Colin Wilson (a) • Darwyn Cooke, Dave Stevens (c)

The second star-studded issue of Rocketeer Adventures streaks into the skies with three high-flying tales of derring do! We start with a story on a grim battle field and race to save a soldiers life. Next up Is a jealous Cliff keeping an eye on Betty in his own inimitable way. Last is a run-in with a Hollywood icon in danger! Another 25 pages of gorgeous art and stories—and all for the price of a regular 22 page book!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro Series #4: Leonardo

Brian Lynch (w) • Ross Campbell (a) • Campbell, David Petersen (c)

The final Turtle Micro-series is here! Leonardo, the eldest brother, has always valued honor and discipline. These noble qualities may not be enough against the most fearsome opponents he has encountered—the ruthless Foot Clan! That’s right, the first battle between Turtle and Foot happens RIGHT HERE! This story also leads into the next ongoing story-arc. Don’t miss this essential issue!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #4

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

DANGER IN SPACE! Investigating the abandoned AUTOBOT facility on DELPHI—one-time home of fan-favorites THE WRECKERS—RATCHET uncovers a danger greater than he’s ever faced… and the return of a character long thought lost! Will this bring them closer to their goal of finding the Knights of Cyberton—or kill them?!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Transformers Classics, Vol. 3

Bob Budiansky & Steve Parkhouse (w) • Don Perlin, John Ridgway, Mike Collins, & José Delbo (a) • Guido Guidi (c)

The historic comic book roots of THE TRANSFORMERS are re-presented for maximum Cybertronian enjoyment. Collecting issues from the original run, rejoin OPTIMUS PRIME and MEGATRON and their competing factions as their war stretches across the cosmos. These stories are accompanied by an in-depth introduction as well as select issue notes by Mark W. Bellomo.

TPB · FC · $24.99 · 276 pages · ISBN 978-1-61377-163-1

True Blood, Vol. 3: French Quarter

Mariah Huehner & David Tischman (w) • David Messina & Claudia Balboni (a) • David Messina (c)

In this sequel to the first NYT best-selling TRUE BLOOD miniseries, “All Together Now,” mind-reading waitress Sookie Stackhouse is in New Orleans, helping Vampire Sherriff Eric Northman track down an insane killer named Guerra. Bill Compton’s in town, too, making sure Eric doesn’t get fresh with Sookie, and investigating a local Hep-D outbreak that may be connected to Guerra’s latest victims. Meanwhile, back in Bon Temps, why is Pam hanging out at Merlotte’s—and what does she want with Lafayette? Based on the HBO mega-hit created by Alan Ball.

HC · FC · $24.99 · 160 pages · ISBN 978-1-61377-165-5

Zombies vs Robots: This Means War!

Jesse Bullington, Nancy Collins, Lincoln Crisler, Brea Grant, Robert Hood, Nicholas Kaufmann, James A. Moore, Norman Prentiss, Rachel Swirsky, & Steve Rasnic Tem (w) Fabio Listrani (a & c)

The First ZVR Prose Collection. 11 Original Stories of Zombie on Robot Action–and Vice Versa! ZVR: THIS MEANS WAR! takes IDW’s splatterific Zombie vs Robots comic book series–created by writer Chris Ryall and artist Ashley Wood–and expands it in ways that will redefine both zombie and robot fiction. A shambling cohort of top horror and fantasy writers from across the globe (okay, Canada, England, Australia, and Bakersfield) have devoted themselves to making evocative word-pictures in your brain of this delicious cult series.

TPB · B&W · $17.99 · 342 pages · 6” X 9” • ISBN 978-1-61377-143-3

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