IDW Publishing Previews – 5/23/12

The Cape

Jason Ciaramella (w) • Zach Howard (a & c)

Every little boy dreams about putting on a cape and soaring up, up, and away… but what if one day that dream were to come true?

Eric was like every other eight-year-old boy, until a tragic accident changed his life forever. The Cape explores the dark side of power, as the adult Eric – a confused and broken man – takes to the skies… and sets out to exact a terrible vengeance on everyone who ever disappointed him.

This critically acclaimed, Eisner-Award nominated story, written by Jason Ciaramella, based on the short story by New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill, with art by Zach Howard and Nelson Daniel, will linger with you long after you turn the last page, and force you to ask yourself the question: “What if?”

HC • FC • $24.99 • 132 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-196-9

G.I. Joe: Cobra #13

Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a) • Fuso x 2 (c)

A NEW ERA BEGINS HERE! The critically-acclaimed COBRA series enters a new era! With the JOEs fragmented, somebody’s got to handle the dirty work. Who will it be? Find out here! When G.I. JOE goes underground, the world will never be the same!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Comic Book History of Comics

Fred Van Lente (w) • Ryan Dunlavey (a & c)

For the first time ever, the inspiring, infuriating, and utterly insane story of comics, graphic novels, and manga is presented in comic book form! The award-winning Action Philosophers team of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey turn their irreverent-but-accurate eye to the stories of Jack Kirby, R. Crumb, Harvey Kurtzman, Alan Moore, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Fredric Wertham, Roy Lichtenstein, Art Spiegelman, Hergé, Osamu Tezuka — and more! Collects Comic Book Comics #1-6.

TPB • FC • $21.99 • 224 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-197-6

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Vol. 4

Larry Hama (w) • S.L. Gallant (a & c)

The mission has begun: FLINT, LADY JAYE, and HEAVY DUTY take point on a top-secret operation to find an elusive foe that was long-thought dead. Meanwhile, SNAKE EYES, STORM SHADOW and BILLY face the largest threat to the Arashikage clan yet! The continuation of the original A REAL AMERICAN HERO story line brings more danger, battles, and surprises from long time G.I. JOE scribe Larry Hama.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 128 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-202-7

Godzilla #1

Duane Swierczynski (w) • Simon Gane (a) • Art Adams, Tony Harris (c)

Godzilla is back… in an all-new ongoing series! Duane Swierczynski and Simon Gane launch this ultimate action-movie blockbuster, ushering in a new era of monster battles. Ex-special forces tough-guy Boxer is a man with a grudge and vows to end the terror of Godzilla, no matter what. He assembles a top notch team to take down monster-sized threats… at $7 billion a bounty. What starts as a vendetta could become a lucrative business for Boxer… if he can live past day one!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Smoke and Mirrors #3 (of 5)

Mike Costa & Jon Armstrong (w) Ryan Browne (w) Browne, Francesco Francavilla (c)

MAGIC IS REAL—BUT SLEIGHT OF HAND IS KING! Stage magician Terry Ward makes his way in a world of sorcery using only his skills and his wits! But will that prove to me enough when the dangers of the world start compounding?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

TRANSFORMERS: Autocracy #10

Chris Metzen, Flint Dille (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a)

12 CHAPTER DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE SERIES! MEGATRON victorious! All hope seems lost, as the DECEPTICONS tighten their grip! The shattered remnants of the Autobots struggle valiantly—but their chances seem slim. If ever CYBERTRON needed a hero, the time is now!

TRANSFORMERS: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #5

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

TERROR BEYOND THE STARS! The dark secret at the heart of Delphi is revealed as Ratchet’s world starts to fall apart. Time is running out for the Autobot’s Chief Medical Officer and his band of followers, who must confront an enemy that literally cannot be reckoned with. Warning: not everyone will make it out alive!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

True Blood #1

Ann Nocenti & Michael McMillian (w) • Michael Gaydos (a) • Tim Bradstreet, photo (c)

Alan Ball’s hit HBO series, the sensually sizzling story of the lives and loves of vampires, mind readers, and all manner of creatures, returns as an ongoing series! With creative collaboration from TRUE BLOOD creator/writer/producer Alan Ball, this series features writers Ann Nocenti (Daredevil, Green Arrow) and Michael McMillian, with art by Michael Gaydos (Alias).

FC • 32 pages • $3.99