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Underrated:Bedlam

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Bedlam


I had stopped into my LCS in the middle of a bit of a winter storm on my way home (depending on where you’re from will depend on how bad you’d have found it. I’m in Eastern Canada, and it wasn’t too bad; I could still see across the street and the snow wasn’t super deep), and my friend had just finished reading the first volume of Bedlam written by Nick Spencer with art by Riley Rossmo and colours by Frazier Irving. He suggested I check it out, so I did and started the trek home.

Bedlam was published by Image beginning in 2012 and ran for 11 issues – which was not enough to tell a complete story, but if you stop reading after the first volume you get a solid open-ended thriller comic.

The book focuses on a villain who is essentially the Joker named Madder Red as he tries to navigate the world after being cured of his evil and sadistic desires. We also get to see how the city of Bedlam has moved on since Madder Red’s three year reign of terror, and we join the story just as a new killer begins to haunt the city. Spencer divides the time between revealing more about who Madder Red was whilst also showing who Fillmore Press is now as he tries to help the police capture a killer by using intuition honed by years of being a homicidal maniac himself.

It’s an interesting story that doesn’t shy away from who Fillmore used to be; Spencer never once tries to make Madder Red sympathetic, though we never see Madder Red without his mask during hiss reign of terror or his rehabilitation which left me wondering whether Fillmore was “cured” of the evil, or if he had simply locked it away.

As with any story about a Joker analogue, there is a Batman-like character here called the First (of many) who actually takes a back seat to the police detective Ramirez and Fillmore Press as they attempt to get ahead of the maniac murdering his way across Bedlam. It’s the lack of focus on the superhero that I enjoyed the most, with Ramirez and Press being the focus of the book that gives us a peek behind the curtain of what it would be like working with a reformed villain.

Riley Rossmo and Frazier Irving give the book a haunted horror style presentation, the world shown primarily in monotones or flat grays with only flashes of red standing as the vibrancy on the pages. Almost as if the comic is insinuating that Fillmore Press was only truly alive before his reformation.

It’s an interesting book, and I read both volumes of the trades in one sitting. For me, it certainly started stronger than it ended – but that’s only because I felt it ended in the middle of the story. But such is often the way with comics.

If you see this book when you’re at your LCS, give it a go. It’s a solid read, and I don’t regret the $15 on the buy one get one sale. It’s certainly worth $10 for the first volume alone, so don’t be afraid to grab this when you see it on the shelf if you’re looking for something to read; if you skip it, then you’ll miss an Underrated gem.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Bedlam #11

Bedlam #11

Story By: Nick Spencer
Art By: Ryan Browne
Cover By: Frazer Irving
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: OCT130465
Published: January 22, 2014

The finale to the explosive second arc is here! The city is on its knees, manipulated into causing its own destruction… and only Fillmore Press can save them now.

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Preview: Bedlam #10

Bedlam #10

Story By: Nick Spencer
Art By: Ryan Browne
Cover By: Frazer Irving
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUN130534
Published: November 27, 2013

“Falling.”

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Image Comics in January 2014

DEADLY CLASS #1

story RICK REMENDER
art / covers WESLEY CRAIG & LEE LOUGHRIDGE
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. He has no money. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class, thanks to his mind constantly drifting to the stunning girl in the front row and the Dag Nasty show he has tickets to. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush, a member of the most notorious crime syndicate in Japan, has a double-digit body count.

Welcome to the most brutal high school on Earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical, nor is your fellow classmates’ poison.

Join writer RICK REMENDER with rising star WESLEY CRAIG (Batman) and legendary colorist LEE LOUGHRIDGE (Fear Agent) to reminisce about the mid-1980s underground through the eyes of the most damaged and dangerous teenagers on Earth.

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MINIMUM WAGE #1

story / art / cover BOB FINGERMAN
JANUARY 8
24 PAGES / BW / M
$3.50

After a nearly 15-year hiatus, BOB FINGERMAN’s edgy, critically-acclaimed title returns as a monthly. When last we left Rob and Sylvia they were exchanging vows at the altar. Three years later (in Rob’s world), much has changed. Rob has a cell phone. He’s 25. And oh yeah – spoiler alert – he’s single again. Oops. Living again with his mom, it’s get-back-on-the-horse time as the daunting prospect of dating looms large as a horny Kraken.

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EGOs #1 

story STUART MOORE
art / cover GUS STORMS   
JANUARY 15
32 PAGES / FC / T+ 
$2.99

A twisted far-future epic! An aging hero risks everything to rebuild his former team – but to do so, he must cross a line with his wife that can’t be uncrossed.

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FIVE WEAPONS #6

story / art / cover A JIMMIE ROBINSON
alternate cover ROB GUILLORY
JANUARY 29
32 PAGES / FC / T
$3.50

“BACK TO CLASS,” Part One

Enrique returns to the School of Five Weapons, a place where kids learn the art of assassination. This time everyone knows his true identity as a low-class servant. Everyone knows he can’t use a weapon. Everyone accepts Enrique’s status, except for one student…Tyler, who knows every trick up Enrique’s sleeve. This time, school is for revenge!

A NEW STORY ARC BEGINS HERE! GREAT JUMPING ON POINT!

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PETER PANZERFAUST #16

story KURTIS J. WIEBE
art / cover TYLER JENKINS
JANUARY 15
32 PAGES / FC / T 
$3.50

“THE HUNT,” Part One

In the aftermath of the assault on The Sticks, the team is fractured and Lily’s father is dead. Parsons returns to Lily to hear of what happened and he learns her side of the story for the first time. It’s a tale of revenge… with the Hunters becoming the hunted!

THE FOURTH INCREDIBLE STORY ARC BEGINS HERE!

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SHELTERED #6

story ED BRISSON
art / cover  JOHNNIE CHRISTMAS
JANUARY 8
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

NEW STORY ARC!

New characters! New threats!

Things in Safe Haven are about to get a lot more complicated.

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BEDLAM, VOL. 2 TP

story NICK SPENCER
art RYAN BROWNE
cover FRAZER IRVING
JANUARY 15
120 PAGES / FC / T+
$14.99

Collects BEDLAM #7-11

Fillmore Press, formerly the maniacal crime lord Madder Red, is trying to protect the city he once terrorized — but what happens when the city turns on itself? No one is safe when a new killer emerges, pulling unseen strings and wreaking chaos on every corner.

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ELEPHANTMEN, VOL. 6: EARTHLY DESIRES TP

story RICHARD STARKINGS, MONIFA ALDRIDGE, & DAVID HINE
art AXEL MEDELLIN, DAVE SIM, TONY PARKER, DAVID HINE, TULA LOTAY, & SHAKY KANE
cover BOO COOK
JANUARY 8
312 PAGES / FC / M
$24.99

Collects ELEPHANTMEN #40-49

Collecting issues 40-49 of Image’s longest-running Pulp Science Fiction series, ELEPHANTMEN, VOL. 6 is packed with extras.

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HEAVEN’S WAR TP (new printing)

story MICAH HARRIS
art / cover MICHAEL GAYDOS
JANUARY 1
120 PAGES / BW / T+
$16.99

BACK IN PRINT!

1938: J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are called upon by eccentric fellow fantasist Charles Williams to join him against occultist Aleister Crowley. Crowley seeks an entrance into the Heavenly realms with the intent of manipulating the angelic battles that shape human history and thus mold the world according to his will.

Their conflict with Crowley will take this trio of authors – part of the writer’s group “the Inklings” – to the very edge of Heaven and one of the Inklings outside time itself!

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I LOVE TROUBLE TP

story KEL SYMONS
art/cover MARK A. ROBINSON & NATHAN STOCKMAN
JANUARY 8
160 PAGES / FC / M
$16.99

Felicia Castillo is a small-time grifter on the run from a nasty New Orleans gangster she just ripped off when she discovers she has the amazing ability to teleport. This lands her in the crosshairs of the nefarious Mars Corporation, which exploits supernatural gifts of people like Felicia. They make her an offer she can’t refuse: use her unique talent to become an assassin that can get close to anyone, anywhere. However, Felicia soon learns that no matter how long or how far you run, your troubles always catch up to you.

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PERHAPANAUTS, VOL.3 TP

story TODD DEZAGO
art CRAIG ROUSSEAU, ERIC HENSON & VARIOUS ARTISTS
cover CRAIG ROUSSEAU
JANUARY 29
160 PAGES / FC / E
$17.99

DANGER DOWN UNDER!

Two different Monsters from the Southern Hemisphere — one from Australia and one from Peru — test The Perhapanauts’ strength, courage, and guile in this far-reaching adventure! It’s action-packed continent-hopping excitement with a heart-stopping conclusion that will have you on the edge of your seat! Or someone’s seat.

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SAVAGE DRAGON: THE END TP

story / art / cover ERIK LARSEN
JANUARY 15
128 PAGES / FC / T+
$16.99

Collects SAVAGE DRAGON #187-192

Convicted of crimes he committed when he reverted to his Emperor Kurr persona, Dragon is locked up with the deadly villains he himself brought to justice. What follows isn’t pretty.

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SATELLITE SAM, VOL. 1 TP

story MATT FRACTION
art /cover HOWARD CHAKYIN
JANUARY 15
144 PAGES / BW / T+
$14.99

Collects SATELLITE SAM #1-5

NEW YORK CITY, 1951: The star of the hit TV show “Satellite Sam” turns up dead in a flophouse filled with dirty secrets. If his son can sober up, he might be able to figure out why in this noir mystery shot through with sex and violence in the seedy underbelly of TV’s golden age. By MATT FRACTION (SEX CRIMINALS, Casanova, Hawkeye) and HOWARD CHAYKIN (BLACK KISS I & II, AMERICAN FLAGG!).

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SUPER DINOSAUR, VOL. 4 TP

story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover JASON HOWARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
JANUARY 29
128 PAGES / FC / E
$12.99

Collects SUPER DINOSAUR #18-23

Super Dinosaur and Derek Dynamo come face-to-face with a new threat unlike any they’ve faced before. Who is TYRANNOSAURUS X?! And where in the world is Derek’s mother?

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THINK TANK, VOL. 3 TP

story MATT HAWKINS
art / cover RAHSAN EKEDAL
JANUARY 1
144 PAGES / FC / T+
$14.99

Collects THINK TANK #9-12

“OUTBREAK”

Slacker genius Dr. David Loren used to worry about the deadly consequences of his creations from the safety of his laboratory… but not anymore! Deployed to Taiwan to oversee a field test gone awry, will having a SEAL Team as his bodyguards be enough to ensure that David returns home outside of a body bag?

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THE WALKING DEAD 10th ANNIVERSARY SHIRT

Celebrate The Walking Dead’s 10th anniversary with this gruesome shirt.

Mens – S-XL $19.99
Mens – XXL – $22.99

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THE WALKING DEAD ADHESIVE BANDAGE TIN

Protect yourself from further zombie infection with these stylish adhesive bandages in a collectible tin.

Contains 20 bandages.

$9.99

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SUPER DINOSAUR ADHESIVE BANDAGE TIN

Time to heal up with these Super Dinosaur bandages in a cool collectible tin.

Contains 20 bandages.

$9.99

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ALEX + ADA #3

story JONATHAN LUNA & SARAH VAUGHN
art / cover  JONATHAN LUNA
JANUARY 15
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Ada is an amazing piece of technology, but Alex realizes she’s missing something. He goes in search of it and finds out he’s not the only one unhappy with the way things are.

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ARTIFACTS #34

story EUGENE WARD
art / cover MARTIN GIMENEZ
JANUARY 1
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.99

TOP COW’S SECOND 2012 TALENT HUNT-WINNING TEAM!

Ian Nottingham possesses the Blood Sword – so why isn’t he using it? He wants to know if he can take down three of the major Tokyo Yakuza clans in a single night without the demonic weapon.

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BAD DOG #6

story JOE KELLY
art / cover  DIEGO GRECO
JANUARY 22
48 PAGES / FC / M
$3.99

“WHAT HAPPENS STAY,” CONCLUSION

Like all good trips to Vegas, this saga ends in tears and spilled milk. Spend your New Year in a pit of misery and mayhem with Lou and Wendell as they face down the Dairy Queen, her Well-Horned Lord, and Baker the raging jackhole.

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BLACK SCIENCE #3

story RICK REMENDER
art / cover MATTEO SCALERA & DEAN WHITE
JANUARY 29
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

Shell-shocked and battered, Grant McKay and his team are stranded on the front lines of the European savages’ final standoff against the Sons of the Wakan Tech-Tanka. Will this inverse manifest destiny claim the life of a member of the Anarchist League of Scientists? Or will they be betrayed by one of their own?

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THE BOUNCE #9

story JOE CASEY
art / cover DAVID MESSINA
JANUARY 29
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

When the Darling hosts a dinner party, you’d better believe there’s something special on the menu! Meanwhile, the Bounce finds himself public enemy number one! The police are after him! The military is after him! What happens when a superhero head collides with the straight world?!

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CARBON GREY, VOL. 3 #2 (of 2)

story PAUL GARDNER & HOANG NGUYEN
art KHARI EVANS, HOANG NGUYEN & KINSUN LOH
cover A HOANG NGUYEN & KINSUN LOH
cover B HOANG NGUYEN & KINSUN LOH
cover C HOANG NGUYEN
JANUARY 1
48 PAGES / FC / T+
$4.99

“MOTHERS OF REVOLUTION,” CONCLUSION

The war, which not long ago was everything, now seems insignificant in the face of the unimaginable destructive power of the stone. But there is still hope, for even as the world unravels, mortal enemies unite and the true meaning of Gottfaust’s prophecy is revealed in this, the double-length finale to our EPIC saga.

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CLONE #14

story DAVID SCHULNER, AARON GINSBURG & WADE MCINTYRE
art / cover JUAN JOSE RYP & ANDY TROY
JANUARY 15
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

“NO MERCY”

When America’s war against the clones reaches a fever pitch, can Luke lead his brothers to salvation?

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CYBER FORCE #10

story MARC SILVESTRI
art MARCO TURINI & STJEPAN SEJIC
cover MARC SILVESTRI
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

CYBER FORCE REUNITED

All Stryker ever wanted was to live the remainder of his life in obscurity and enjoy the relative peace and quiet — but first he will need to lead an army into the maw of Cyber Data and its thousands of SHOCs!

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DEAD BODY ROAD #2

story JUSTIN JORDAN
art / cover MATTEO SCALERA & MORENO DINISIO
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

Will a standoff in a diner lead Gage one dead body closer to his revenge? Or is it just a pit stop on the highway to Hell?

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DRUMHELLAR #3

story RILEY ROSSMO & ALEX LINK
art / cover RILEY ROSSMO
JANUARY 8
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

Dinosaurs ravage South Dakota and it’s up to psychedelic detective Drum Hellar to stop them. But when everything goes wrong, Harold the ghostly sidekick has to use his mysterious powers to save the day — that’s if he can figure out what they are and not kill anybody in the process!

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EAST OF WEST #10

story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art / cover NICK DRAGOTTA
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

“OLD MAGIC”

Death finally tracks down someone who knows where his son has been hidden, right as the Ranger finds that exact same man. Someone shoots, someone gets shot, and someone dies.

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ELEPHANTMEN #55

story RICHARD STARKINGS
art AXEL MEDELLIN
cover BOO COOK
JANUARY 29
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.99

“PICKING UP THE PIECES,” Part Five

THE CONCLUSION!

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FATALE #21

story ED BRUBAKER
art SEAN PHILLIPS & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
cover SEAN PHILLIPS
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES/ FC / M
$3.50

Part two of the most intense arc of FATALE so far! Nicolas Lash and Josephine finally meet again, as everything we know about Fatale gets flipped on its side… when the hunted becomes the hunter.

And don’t forget all the back page extras and articles you can only find in FATALE’s single issues every month!

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FIVE GHOSTS #9

story FRANK J. BARBIERE
art / cover CHRIS MOONEYHAM
JANUARY 29
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

“LOST COASTLINES,” Part Three

A dark shadow from Fabian’s past closes in.

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GHOSTED #6

story JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art DAVIDE GIANFELICE & MIROSLAV MRVA
cover MATTEO SCALERA
JANUARY 15
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

NEW STORY ARC!

After his last job, Jackson Winters won his freedom. But even now, he can’t put his very real ghosts to rest. News of his reappearance has spread, and there are people who have waited a long time to use his peculiar talents for all the wrong reasons.

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INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #9

story PHIL HESTER
art/ cover TODD NAUCK & GABE ELTAEB
JANUARY 1
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

What have Cecil’s secret strike team unearthed in Brazil? And who will die as a result?

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KRAMPUS! #2

story BRIAN JOINES
art / cover DEAN KOTZ
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

From the alleys of Italy to the mountains of Nepal, the Krampus’s globetrotting quest continues! When a clue leads him deep inside the Himalayas, the Krampus finds himself facing a legendary foe. Plus, fallout from Father Christmas’s decision sparks dissension at the North Pole. The stage is set for the Santa Coup!

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LAZARUS #7

story GREG RUCKA
art / cover MICHAEL LARK
JANUARY 15
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

“LIFT,” Part Three

Forever’s investigation into the thefts of Carlyle materiel lead to an alarming discovery and a new insight into the Freemen Resistance. The Barrets continue making their way to Denver, and pay a terrible toll.

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MANIFEST DESTINY #3

story CHRIS DINGESS
art & cover MATTHEW ROBERTS & OWEN GIENI
JANUARY 8
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Lewis and Clark arrive at La Charette — the last settlement on the western frontier — to rescue all its inhabitants and scavenge supplies. But all they’ll really find is horror…

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MIND THE GAP #17

story JIM McCANN
art RODIN ESQUEJO
cover A RODIN ESQUEJO
cover B JENNY FRISON
JANUARY 15
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

MIND THE GAP – ACT II has just begun!

After last issue’s shocking reveal, is Jairus limited to just Elle? And the questions on everyone’s minds — where is Elle, and is she alive or dead? — are mounting as one person considers the ultimate act of betrayal.

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MORNING GLORIES #37

story NICK SPENCER
art JOE EISMA
cover RODIN ESQUEJO
JANUARY 15
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

“Say a prayer.”

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PRETTY DEADLY #4 

story KELLY SUE DECONNICK
art EMMA RÍOS & JORDIE BELLAIRE
cover EMMA RÍOS
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

Every Death must love and every Death must die; the cycle of world demands it. The one who captures our last breath must breathe his last before becoming inured to the pain of loss. This cycle is ending. But this Death… will not go easy.

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PROPHET #45

story BRANDON GRAHAM & SIMON ROY
art GIANNIS MILONOGIANNIS & SIMON ROY
cover SIMON ROY
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.99

FINAL ISSUE OF PROPHET!

The War in Space reaches its climax, but the story will continue…

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PROTECTORS, INC. #3

story J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
art GORDON PURCELL & MIKE ATIYEH
cover A GORDON PURCELL & MIKE ATIYEH
cover B KALMAN ANDRASOFZKY
JANUARY 15
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

Lieutenant Detective John Riley gets the most important and possibly most dangerous assignment ever: to investigate the mysterious death of the Huntsman. Everyone around Riley wants him to classify this as an accidental death, or a death by natural causes. But Riley suspects murder, and intends to follow that suspicion wherever it leads…even if in doing so he jeopardizes a secret held for over fifty years at the very core of Protectors, Inc.

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RAT QUEENS #5

story KURTIS J. WIEBE
art ROC UPCHURCH
cover A ROC UPCHURCH
cover B ROC UPCHURCH
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

“Gold, Guts and Grog,” Part Five

Well, Palisade has seen better days. It stinks like orc blood. There are bits of troll all over the place. Worst of all, the famous booze ship, Drowned Sorrows, sank to the bottom of the harbor in the attack. This era of Palisade will forever be known as THE DRY SPELL.

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REVIVAL #17

story TIM SEELEY
art MIKE NORTON
cover JENNY FRISON
JANUARY 29
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

Dana chases down an assassin, while Em wonders if she’s becoming an assassin. SECRETS ARE REVEALED! SOMEONE DIES!

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ROCKET GIRL #4

story BRANDON MONTCLARE
art / cover AMY REEDER
JANUARY 29
32 PAGES / FC / T
$3.50

“NOWHERE FAST”

The book everyone is talking about has plenty more surprises locked, loaded, and ready to shoot you in the face. It’s all-out action in this issue with a rocket chase through the graffiti-littered subway tunnels of NYC. DaYoung is stuck in the ’80s, with only her jetpack and wits to help the teenager crack a time-spanning conspiracy. Rocket Girl will get the who, what, where, when, and why — and deliver the wham!

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SAGA #18

story BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
art / cover  FIONA STAPLES
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

Our heroes’ stay on Quietus reaches its inevitable conclusion.

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SAVIORS #2

story JAMES ROBINSON
art / cover  J. BONE
JANUARY 29
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Tomas’s safe, uneventful life is no more.  He knows aliens walk among us. As a result, Tomas is now on the run for his life, desperate for answers and his own survival in a world where suddenly nothing makes sense and nowhere is safe. And…where the aliens are unbeatable.

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SEX #10

story JOE CASEY
art / cover PIOTR KOWALSKI
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

SEX goes global! Simon Cooke is stalked! Larry gets laid! Keenan seeds his future! Annabelle keeps it together! The Prank Addict is run down! Bring the noise! Bring the pain! Bring your money and buy more SEX!

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SIDEKICK #6

story J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
art TOM MANDRAKE & HiFi
cover A TOM MANDRAKE & HiFi
cover B KALMAN ANDRASOFZKY
JANUARY 29
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

For years, Barry “FLYBOY” Chase has carried the grief and belief that his mentor The Red Cowl was dead, and the guilt that he could have prevented it. Now Julia Moonglow provides all the proof he needs to know that the Red Cowl is alive and well…somewhere. Now comes the task of finding him, and more important still…exacting their revenge.

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SPAWN #239

story TODD MCFARLANE
art SZYMON KUDRANSKI
cover TODD MCFARLANE
JANUARY 8
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99  

A VAMPIRE ARMY RISES AND NEW LESSONS ARE LEARNED AS THE DARKNESS SPREADS!

Cogliostro continues his mentoring of Jim. Cog’s latest lesson? Whatever control Jim thinks he has over the K7-Leetha is a facade, and the only way for the world’s newest Hellspawn to truly take command is to STEP INTO THE LIGHT!

Meanwhile, Daniel Kilgore visits one of the innocent victims “healed” by Jim’s gifts.

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TEN GRAND #7

story J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
art C.P. SMITH
cover A C.P. SMITH
cover B MICHAEL AVON OEMING
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

Joe Fitzgerald finds himself with a most unusual companion on his journey to Hell: an angel cast out by Heaven and unwanted in Hell. Soon they find themselves hunted by dark forces determined to stop their mission to rescue Laura…and only one of them may survive to see the journey to its conclusion.

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THREE #4

story KIERON GILLEN
art/cover RYAN KELLY & JORDIE BELLAIRE

historical consultant PROF. STEPHEN HODKINSON
JANUARY 8
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

The three helot slaves desperate to escape from the repressive Spartan regime find themselves cornered on the border…but not by the pursuer they expected. Trapped and running out of options, they know the Spartan army is marching closer. They can’t hide. They can’t run. Are they seriously going to fight?

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UMBRAL #3

story ANTONY JOHNSTON
art / cover CHRISTOPHER MITTEN
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

“BLOOD FROM A STONE”

Nightmare shadow creatures, murdered Kings, slaughtered smugglers, mysterious hobos, mythical gems, and stone guardians — it can only be UMBRAL, the incredibly rich new fantasy world from Wasteland creators ANTONY JOHNSTON and CHRISTOPHER MITTEN! Join Rascal as she fights to uncover the truth… and to stay alive!

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VELVET #4

story ED BRUBAKER
art STEVE EPTING & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
cover STEVE EPTING
JANUARY 29
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

At the Masquerade everyone hides their true face, especially the double-agent that Velvet needs to get to if she has any hope of clearing her name.

Don’t miss this hot new super-spy series from the best-selling creators of the Captain America: The Winter Soldier saga!

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A VOICE IN THE DARK #3

story / art / cover LARIME TAYLOR  
JANUARY 15
32 PAGES / BW / M
$3.99

“KILLING GAME,” Part One

With freshman year pressures mounting, will Zoey be able to contain her compulsion to murder another student before school lets out for Thanksgiving break?

Written and drawn — by mouth — by disabled creator LARIME TAYLOR.

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THE WALKING DEAD #119

story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO & CLIFF RATHBURN
cover CHARLIE ADLARD & DAVE STEWART
JANUARY 8
32 PAGES / BW / M
$2.99

“ALL OUT WAR,” PART 5

The war comes home.

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THE WALKING DEAD #120

story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO & CLIFF RATHBURN
cover CHARLIE ADLARD & DAVE STEWART
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES / BW / M
$2.99

“ALL OUT WAR,” PART 6

This war has taken a toll.

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WITCHBLADE #173

story RON MARZ
art LAURA BRAGA
cover STJEPAN SEJIC
JANUARY 15
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

BORNE AGAIN

Even without the Witchblade secured to her wrist, Sara Pezzini cannot escape the corrupting influence of the gauntlet.

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ZERO #5

story ALES KOT
art WILL TEMPEST & JORDIE BELLAIRE
cover WILL TEMPEST & TOM MULLER
JANUARY 22
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

The solicitation text for this issue of ZERO has been censored by the Agency. There is nothing to see here.

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Preview: Bedlam #9

Bedlam #9

Story By: Nick Spencer
Art By: Ryan Browne
Cover By: Frazer Irving
Price: $3.50
Diamond ID: MAY130544
Published: October 2, 2013

“Hiding Something.”

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Image Comics in December 2013

DEAD BODY ROAD #1 (of 6)

story JUSTIN JORDAN
art / cover MATTEO SCALERA & MORENO DINISIO
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

The men involved in his wife’s death must die. All of them.

Writer JUSTIN JORDAN (LUTHER STRODE) and artist MATTEO SCALERA (BLACK SCIENCE, Indestructible Hulk) craft the bruising story of one man’s revenge and the dark road he travels.

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THE SAVIORS #1

story JAMES ROBINSON
art / cover J. BONE
DECEMBER 26
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

Eisner Award winner JAMES ROBINSON (Starman, Earth 2) and artist extraordinaire J. BONE (The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror, The Spirit) present an all-new saga of monstrous alien horror.

When Tomas Ramirez stumbles upon an extraterrestrial conspiracy to take over the world, his life is changed forever.  He must now seek out those few souls who share this terrible knowledge.  But even united, how can they hope to defeat a shadowy alien cabal that is both indestructible and eager to kill anyone who threatens it?

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KRAMPUS! #1

story BRIAN JOINES
art / cover DEAN KOTZ
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Meet the Secret Society of Santa Clauses. For centuries, Father Christmas, Ded Moroz, Hoteiosho, and others have magically distributed Christmas cheer to children around the world. But when the source of their power is stolen, a desperate Society turns to an usual source for help: the dreaded Krampus, child-punishing demon of holiday lore. Free of his cell for the first time in decades, will the Krampus uncover the truth behind the Santas’ depowering or leave his jailers to their ultimate fate?  It’s Snake Plissken by way of the Grinch as the darkly comedic adventure begins here.

BLACK KISS 2 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (one-shot)

story / art / cover HOWARD CHAYKIN
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / BW / M
$3.99

The BLACK KISS 2 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL – because nothing says “holiday fun” like an endless stream of incredibly nasty revenge sex.

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CARBON GREY, VOL. 3 #1 (of 2)

story PAUL GARDNER, HOANG NGUYEN
art KHARI EVANS, HOANG NGUYEN & KINSUN LOH
cover a HOANG NGUYEN & KINSUN LOH
cover b KHARI EVANS & KINSUN LOH
DECEMBER 4
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.99

“MOTHERS OF REVOLUTION,” Part One

Long ago, a child fled a revolution. She stole another’s name, betrayed a king, took his country to war, and turned sister against sister—all to reclaim her Father’s throne. She is Raisa Vasilyeva, illegitimate child of a Czar, Queen of Mitteleuropa, and now… destroyer of all things. The Sisters Grey return for the final devastating chapter of CARBON GREY.

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SIN BOLDLY  (one-shot)

story / art / cover JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER
DECEMBER 4
32 PAGES / BW / M
$3.50

JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER writes and draws two stories featuring characters that his die-hard fans have been asking about for years. In “Hell Is Waiting,” Sinful Suzi learns a lesson about the wages of sin. And in “Burning Roses,” Obsidian Stone loses an old friend and welcomes a new demon. This guilty pleasure is a long-overdue return to the B&W short stories that LINSNER started with in CRY FOR DAWN. Because if you are going to sin, then sin boldly!

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APHRODITE IX: THE HIDDEN FILES #1

story MATT HAWKINS
art / cover STJEPAN SEJIC
DECEMBER 4
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

PEEK INTO THE PROPRIETARY BLACK BOX OF APHRODITE’S MIND!

The cybernetic assassin Aphrodite IX has survived the rise and fall of countless civilizations. What sacrifices and tragedies has she seen that have been erased from her memory?

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APHRODITE IX #8

story MATT HAWKINS
art / cover STJEPAN SEJIC
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Is Aphrodite XV a threat? Or an ally?

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BEDLAM #11

story NICK SPENCER
art RYAN BROWNE
cover FRAZER IRVING
DECEMBER 4
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.99

The finale to the explosive second arc is here! The city is on its knees, manipulated into causing its own destruction… and only Fillmore Press can save them now.

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BURN THE ORPHANAGE: BORN TO LOSE #2 (of 3)

story SINA GRACE & DANIEL FREEDMAN
art / cover a SINA GRACE
cover b TRADD MOORE
DECEMBER 4
48 PAGES / FC / M
$4.50

PART TWO OF THE BORN TO LOSE TRILOGY!

The events of BURN THE ORPHANAGE have led Rock down a dark path, where he finds himself on a hidden island, forced to compete in the ultimate martial arts tournament… one where the participants may not all be human. New foes, new hos, this is one oversized romp you can’t miss!

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FATALE, VOL. 4: PRAY FOR RAIN TP

story ED BRUBAKER
art SEAN PHILLIPS & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
cover SEAN PHILLIPS
DECEMBER 18
144 PAGES / FC / M
$14.99

Sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, and ritual killers all collide in the strangest and most exciting volume of FATALE yet. A strange woman with no memory stumbles into the lives of a struggling grunge band in mid-‘90s Seattle… Is she their muse? Will she save them from “one-hit wonder” status? Or will she be something much worse, especially since there’s a psycho killer on her trail?

The newest volume of the New York Times Best-Selling series!

Collects FATALE #15-19

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FATALE #20

story ED BRUBAKER
art SEAN PHILLIPS & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
cover SEAN PHILLIPS
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

NEW STORY ARC!

Nicolas Lash is in the deepest trouble possible, and there’s only one person who can save him now… the problem is, trouble is her business.

And don’t forget all the back page extras you can only find in FATALE’s single issues every month!

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JUPITER’S LEGACY #1 STUDIO EDITION

story MARK MILLAR
art / cover FRANK QUITELY
DECEMBER 04
32 PAGES / BW / M
$4.99

In Jupiter’s Legacy #1, superstar creators MARK MILLAR and FRANK QUITELY introduced an epic tale about the explosive tensions between two generations of superheroes. Now, this special edition spotlights Quitely’s artwork in detailed black and white, plus includes Millar’s original script and other special features.

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MIND THE GAP #16

story JIM McCANN
art RODIN ESQUEJO
cover a RODIN ESQUEJO
cover b JENNY FRISON
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

NEW STORY ARC

ACT II BEGINS!

Everything has changed, and the world as these characters know it will never be the same.  New mysteries, higher stakes, bold action. Welcome to the next phase of MIND THE GAP.

If you’ve been waiting to jump on, now’s the time!

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ARTIFACTS, VOL. 6 TP

story RON MARZ
art STJEPAN SEJIC & MARCO TURINI
cover STJEPAN SEJIC
DECEMBER 4
144 PAGES / FC / T+
$16.99

“TRUTHS & DESTINIES”

To wage war with the Darkness, Rapture bearer Tom Judge will need to amass an army of Artifact bearers to back him up.

Collects ARTIFACTS  #25-29

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A DISTANT SOIL, VOL. II: THE ASCENDANT TP

story / art / cover COLLEEN DORAN
DECEMBER 18
240 PAGES / BW / T
$16.99

A small team of champions band together to protect young Liana from the Hierarchy, a corrupt otherworld government determined to destroy her. Unknown to the Hierarchy, Seren, their enshrined Avatar, a powerful psionic and religious leader, secretly aids Liana, and plots a coup to overthrow his masters.

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GHOSTED, VOL. 1 TP

story JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art GORAN SUDZUKA & MIROSLAV MRVA
cover MATTEO SCALERA
DECEMBER 4
144 PAGES / FC / M
$14.99

Jackson T. Winters is one of the greatest criminal masterminds to ever live…except he’s rotting in jail after his last doomed score. But when a filthy rich collector breaks Winters out, he’s tasked to put together an elite team of paranormal experts to do the impossible: steal a ghost from a haunted house of horrors!

Skybound’s horror/crime mash-up is equal parts Ocean’s 11 and The Shining, by writer JOSHUA WILLIAMSON (MASKS AND MOBSTERS, Captain Midnight) and artist GORAN SUDZUKA (OUTLAW NATION, Y: The Last Man)!

Collects GHOSTED #1-5

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GREAT PACIFIC, VOL. 2: NATION BUILDING TP

story JOE HARRIS
art / cover  MARTÍN MORAZZO
DECEMBER 4
152 PAGES / FC / M
$14.99

Over a year has passed since industrialist adventurer Chas Worthington founded the New Texas Settlement upon a floating continent of trash. But while growth has been strong, true sovereignty and statehood will come at a cost even he cannot afford. The frontier tale of sci-fi, scoundrels, mayhem, and monsters continues!

Collects GREAT PACIFIC #7-12

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HAPPY! DELUXE HC

story GRANT MORRISON
art / cover DARICK ROBERTSON
DECEMBER 4
128 PAGES / FC / T+ / OVERSIZED
$24.99

Meet Nick Sax: a corrupt, intoxicated ex-cop turned hit-man, adrift in a stinking twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex, eczema, and betrayal. With a hit gone wrong, a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail, and a monstrous child killer in a Santa suit on the loose, Nick and his world will be changed forever this Christmas by a tiny blue horse called Happy…

Re-presented as an oversized hardcover just in time for the holidays, this deluxe edition of HAPPY! includes an all-new 10-page story by creators GRANT MORRISON and DARICK ROBERTSON.

Collects HAPPY! #1-4

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HOAX HUNTERS, VOL. 3  THE BOOK OF MOTHMAN TP

story MICHAEL MORECI & STEVE SEELEY
art T-REX JONES
cover STEVE SEELEY
DECEMBER 11
128 PAGES / FC / T+
$14.99

Mix X-Files with Mythbusters and you get HOAX HUNTERS, the series about a reality show that is out to cover up the dark, mysterious corners of the world. THE BOOK OF MOTHMAN collects the final arc of the acclaimed first season — dig deeper into the mysteries of Jack’s dad and the multiverse, Regan’s powers, and what the heck is going on with Murder.

Collects HOAX HUNTERS #10-13 and CASE FILES #1

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THE COMPLETE MULTIPLE WARHEADS TP

story / art / cover BRANDON GRAHAM
DECEMBER 4
208 PAGES / FC / M
$17.99

Ex-organ smuggler Sexica and her werewolf boyfriend Nikoli travel across a sci-fi/fantasy version of Russia while the hardcore organ hound Blue Nura tracks a bounty across radioactive wastelands.

Slice of life comics from a world where magic and monsters are commonplace.

Collects MULTIPLE WARHEADS #1-4 and MULTIPLE WARHEADS: DOWN FALL

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SHELTERED, VOL. 1 TP

story ED BRISSON
art / cover  JOHNNIE CHRISTMAS
DECEMBER 11
128 PAGES / FC / T+
$9.99

SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE!

A PRE-APOCALYPTIC TALE OF SURVIVAL AT ANY COST.

The men and women of Safe Haven have been preparing for any and all end-of-world scenarios for years. However, their bunkers, weapons, and training can’t save them from the one threat they never could have expected: their own children.

Collects SHELTERED #1-5

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SNAPSHOT TP

script ANDY DIGGLE
art / cover  JOCK
DECEMBER 11
104 PAGES / BW / T+
$12.99

When Jake Dobson finds a lost cell phone, he’s horrified to discover it’s full of snapshots of a murder victim. Suddenly he finds himself hunted by a ruthless hit-man who will stop at nothing to recover his “proof of kill” photos – and silence Jake forever!

Collects SNAPSHOT #1-4

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THIEF OF THIEVES, VOL. 3 TP

story ROBERT KIRKMAN & ANDY DIGGLE
art / cover SHAWN MARTINBROUGH & FELIX SERRANO
DECEMBER 4
128 PAGES / FC / M
$14.99

Conrad Paulson lives a secret double life as master thief Redmond. There is nothing he can’t steal, nothing he can’t have…except for the life he left behind. Now it’s go time for his Venice heist — and THIEF OF THIEVES’ most EXPLOSIVE story arc yet!

Collects THIEF OF THIEVES #14-19

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THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 2 SPANISH LANGUAGE EDITION TP

story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
cover TONY MOORE
DECEMBER 18
132 PAGES / BW / M
$14.99

Available for the first time in the US, the second volume of the Walking Dead saga is presented in Spanish.

Collects THE WALKING DEAD #7-12

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ALEX + ADA #2

story JONATHAN LUNA & SARAH VAUGHN
art / cover  JONATHAN LUNA
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Alex struggles with figuring out what to do with Ada, his new android, before anyone finds out about her. She is not what he expected.

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ARTIFACTS #33

story KEN PORTER
art -ROM-
cover STJEPAN SEJIC
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.99

“THE TEACHER AND THE PREACHER”

Top Cow publishes its first team of winners from the 2012 Talent Hunt! Rapture bearer and defrocked priest Tom Judge and the numeromancer Tilly Grimes are hot on the heels of a prolific serial killer. But even if Tom is able to save the next intended victim, is he already too late to save her soul?

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BLACK SCIENCE #2

story RICK REMENDER
art MATTEO SCALERA & DEAN WHITE
cover a MATTEO SCALERA & DEAN WHITE
cover b ROBBI RODRIGUEZ & DEAN WHITE
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

Run-amok reality! Grant and his crew escape the madness of the lightning sea-swamp only to be flung into a futurepast trenchworld, where the Sons of the Wakan Tech-Tanka wage never-ending war on the savages of Europe!  How did the Anarchist League of Scientists end up this deep in the onion? Who among them sabotaged the Pillar?

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THE BOUNCE #8

written JOE CASEY
art / cover DAVID MESSINA
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

The s#!t is hitting the fan in a big, bad way! The Bounce’s grip on this reality is getting looser all the time. Meanwhile, the Darling is ready to strike! All this, and inter-dimensional pornography, too! We dare not tell you more!

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CHEW #40

story JOHN LAYMAN
art / cover ROB GUILLORY
DECEMBER 4
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

“FAMILY RECIPES,” Conclusion

This is how you kill the Vampire…

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CLONE #13

story DAVID SCHULNER, AARON GINSBURG & WADE MCINTYRE
art / cover JUAN JOSE RYP & ANDY TROY
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

“Have you considered the moral and ethical ramifications of cloning?”

The balance between Luke’s resistance and the anti-clone movement shifts here…in what is sure to be the most intense issue of CLONE yet.

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DRUMHELLAR #2

story RILEY ROSSMO & ALEX LINK
art / cover RILEY ROSSMO
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

Psychedelic detective Drum Hellar searches for a wayward bog-man, but finds mutilated livestock instead. Meanwhile, someone else has a gruesome job in mind for Drum’s elusive, soggy bog-buddy, and a new mystery for him to investigate…himself!

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EAST OF WEST #9

story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art / cover NICK DRAGOTTA
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

“HUNTER”

The Ranger and Death finally clash in the inevitable meeting of LAW and INEVITABILITY.

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ELEPHANTMEN #54

story RICHARD STARKINGS
art AXEL MEDELLIN
cover TULA LOTAY & NEI RUFFINO
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.99

“PICKING UP THE PIECES,” Part Four

Are Jack Farrell’s hands blood red, or are there memories buried in his subconscious that throw his investigations into a whole new light?

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FIVE GHOSTS #8

story FRANK J. BARBIERE
art / cover CHRIS MOONEYHAM
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

“LOST COASTLINES,” Part Two

Fabian decides to aid his old flame, the rogue Jezebel, on a journey across the sea to THE ISLAND OF DREAMS. Step one: stealing a ship!  Plus: pirates.

“Writer Frank J. Barbiere and artist Chris Mooneyham have yet to disappoint. Through premise, script, and art they’ve set the standard for all others to emulate.” -Graphic Policy

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HOAX HUNTERS #13

story MICHAEL MORECI & STEVE SEELEY
art T-REX JONES
cover a MICHAEL WALSH
cover b RILEY ROSSMO
DECEMBER 4
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

“THE BOOK OF MOTHMAN,” Conclusion

SEASON FINALE

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INVINCIBLE #109

story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover RYAN OTTLEY & JOHN RAUCH
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

What the what?!  After one hundred and nine issues…things take a sharp turn.

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INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #8

story PHIL HESTER
art / cover TODD NAUCK & GABE ELTAEB
DECEMBER 4
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Red Eye rules Rio de Janeiro from behind the gold-plated bars of his prison palace…all the more reason for the Guardians of the Globe to unleash their most dangerous operatives to take him out!

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LAZARUS #6

story GREG RUCKA
art / cover MICHAEL LARK
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

“LIFT,” Part Two

While Johanna continues to try and rehabilitate her image and prove her loyalty to the Family, Forever investigates rumors of the Freemen Resistance in Los Angeles. In Montana, the Barrets make a fateful decision, and begin the long journey to Denver.

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THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #19

story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art NICK PITARRA
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

“STRATEGIC ASSASSINATION”

Simultaneous actions on three different worlds result in the most jaw-dropping issue of THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS to date!

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MANIFEST DESTINY #2

story CHRIS DINGESS
art / cover MATTHEW ROBERTS & OWEN GIENI
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Lewis and Clark uncover a new breed of savage creature with the Louisiana Purchase. No wonder the French gave it up so easily…

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MORNING GLORIES #36

story NICK SPENCER
art JOE EISMA
cover RODIN ESQUEJO
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

“Welcoming Committee”

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PRETTY DEADLY #3

script  KELLY SUE DeCONNICK
art EMMA RÍOS & JORDIE BELLAIRE
cover EMMA RÍOS
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

All blood spilled into the earth makes its way to a river. Where those rivers meet, Fox attends the birth of a beast, the child of a thousand violent deaths.

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PROPHET #44

story BRANDON GRAHAM & SIMON ROY
art GIANNIS MILONOGIANNIS & SIMON ROY
cover LUDROE
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.99

The war between the Old Man and the Empire reaches new heights when Badrock returns.

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PROTECTORS, INC. #2

written J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
art  GORDON PURCELL & MIKE ATIYEH
cover a GORDON PURCELL & MIKE ATIYEH
cover b RENAE DE LIZ & RAY DILLION
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

An unexplained local disappearance, a corpse that lands several hundred miles from the scene of the crime, and the very first death of one of the Protectors…what do these three seemingly unrelated incidents have in common? And why is Protectors, Inc. so determined to whitewash the possibility that the super-powered hero was murdered? Lieutenant Detective Riley may be the only one who really wants to discover the truth.

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RAT QUEENS #4

story KURTIS WIEBE
art / covers ROC UPCHURCH
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

“GOLD, GUTS, AND GROG,” Part Four

Holy vengeance can be a real headache, but it’s so much worse when it’s coming from a fifteen foot tall lady troll who’s just lost her dad. In this blood-splattered issue, the Rat Queens find out that every action has some sort of hilariously brutal consequence!

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REALITY CHECK #4 (of 4)

story GLEN BRUNSWICK
art / cover VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC
DECEMBER 4
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Dark Hour has been defeated. Will is forced to “Man Up” and face the maniac Devil-Inside on his own. If he loses, all Hell breaks loose — Devil will kill the woman he loves and continue an unstoppable homicidal reign of murder and mayhem.

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REVIVAL #16

story TIM SEELEY
art MIKE NORTON
cover JENNY FRISON
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

Dana and her ex, Derrick, investigate Em murderer suspect Aaron, but they aren’t the only ones. Meanwhile, May Tao gets closer to connecting the Cypresses to the burned bones of the Check brothers.

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ROCKET GIRL #3

story BRANDON MONTCLARE
art / cover AMY REEDER
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / T
$3.50

“DOUBLE REAGENT”

Changing the future is hard to do. Sparks fly when DaYoung becomes Most Wanted in two different New York Cities. Police in battling timestreams — 1986 and an alternate 2013 — want to get their girl. But bringing her in is going to take a coordinated effort from a mysterious player who straddles both worlds.

“This is Amy and Brandon firing on all cylinders. I’m blown away by all the life and energy in this book (and the mind-boggling backgrounds!). I can’t wait to see more of DaYoung.” — ROSS CAMPBELL (GLORY, Wet Moon)

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SAGA #17

story BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
art / cover  FIONA STAPLES
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

Prince Robot IV gets everyone into trouble.

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SAVAGE DRAGON #195

story / art / cover ERIK LARSEN
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.99

It’s hard enough being a 17-year-old kid, but when you’re juggling schoolwork, dating and a deadly menace hellbent on leveling the city of Chicago? Well, you’ve just entered the world of the all-new, all-different Savage Dragon! Malcolm Dragon is on the run and his girlfriend Maxine Lai is caught in the crossfire!

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SECRET #7

story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art RYAN BODENHEIM & MICHAEL GARLAND
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

“ENDGAME”

It’s taken fifteen years of couples counseling. Forty barrels of ink. Six billion dollars… and a time machine to get to the epic conclusion of SECRET… and HERE IT IS! The death and resurrection of Steadfast. Someone lives. Someone dies. And, of course, someone loses a finger.

Check out the final chapter of this modern spy thriller, SECRET #7: ENDGAME!

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SEX #9

story JOE CASEY
art MORGAN JESKE & PIOTR KOWALSKI
cover PIOTR KOWALSKI
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

We know you’re all wondering—what was life like in Saturn City in the glorious heyday of the Armored Saint? Find out this issue in a special flashback sequence drawn by MORGAN JESKE (CHANGE)! An orgy of action! Secrets revealed! Onions peeled! Don’t miss it!

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SEX CRIMINALS #4

story MATT FRACTION
art / cover  CHIP ZDARSKY
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

She can seemingly control time and space with her…parts. She’s as relentless a manhunter as law enforcement ever created. And by day she’s no one you’d particularly notice, with her quiet suburban life and pleasant-enough job, but when the temporal dimension is used to break society’s laws they call…HER. Jon and Suzie get in too deep way too fast as one little sexy fun party crime begets another and the villains of the piece descend. Turns out Jon and Suzie aren’t the only ones after all…

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SIDEKICK #5

story J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
art  TOM MANDRAKE & HiFi
cover a TOM MANDRAKE & HiFi
cover b ALINA URUSOV
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

For weeks, super-villain Julia Moonglow has been feeding off the body and energy of Barry “Flyboy” Chase while keeping him from remembering this. Now she’s ready to let him remember, and reveals why she’s been stalking him and the fate of her late twin sister. But that’s just the warm-up for the big reveal, as Barry learns for the first time that the Red Cowl may be alive, a discovery that shatters him down to his very core.

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SPAWN #238

story TODD MCFARLANE
art SZYMON KUDRANSKI
cover TODD MCFARLANE
DECEMBER 4
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

A HISTORY OF WAR—AND THE ORIGIN OF THE DEAD ZONE!

Jim’s struggle to control his new life is put into perspective as Cogliostro reveals the secrets of the Dead Zone. From the temptations of Eden to the wars of today, the whole of human history has been tainted with conflict. While Cogliostro’s motives may not be clear, his first lesson for Jim just may change his life…and alter the course of Heaven and Hell’s eternal war… FOREVER!!!

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THINK TANK #12

story MATT HAWKINS
art / cover RAHSAN EKEDAL
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / BW / T+
$3.99

“OUTBREAK,” Conclusion

What will war take from Dr. David Loren?

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THREE #3

story KIERON GILLEN
art / cover RYAN KELLY & JORDIE BELLAIRE
historical consultant PROF. STEPHEN HODKINSON
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

Curse the Spartan who is a Trembler. Shave his beard. Rip his cloak. Beat or spit on him if you will. If you found yourself condemned in such a fashion, a few short years after all of Sparta’s men ran, the hypocrisy could bite. Discover why it’s not just the helots who suffer under Spartan Law, and discover what a Trembler plans for the three slaves responsible for his shame…

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TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #8

story KEN KRISTENSEN
art / cover  M.K. PERKER
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

“CHARLIE ROSE’S TABLE: PUBLIC BROADCASTING SATAN,” Conclusion

Our first Christmas issue! Holiday Gift Bonus: Todd Fold Out Origami with every issue!

In this thrilling conclusion to the PBS arc, Charlie Rose unleashes the full force of his demonic power, Peggy’s home pregnancy test catches fire, and Gus discovers Todd has the highly marketable power to restore virginity.

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UMBRAL #2

story ANTONY JOHNSTON
art / cover CHRISTOPHER MITTEN
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

“FALLING INTO DARK”

The nightmare creatures called Umbral are invading, and only the young thief Rascal knows it! But in a world where magic and religion are outlawed, will anyone believe her? And is the mysterious hobo Dalone an ally… or a deadly enemy?!

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VELVET #3

story ED BRUBAKER
art STEVE EPTING & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
cover STEVE EPTING
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

You all know the story: a beautiful woman seduced by a secret agent into revealing secrets and helping him on his mission…but what happens to them once the agent is gone? Find out in issue three, as Velvet tracks Agent X-14’s most recent asset down very dark paths.

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A VOICE IN THE DARK #2 (of 2)

story / art / cover LARIME TAYLOR
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / BW / M
$3.99

“BLOOD MAKES NOISE,” Conclusion

Zoey’s talk radio show will become a deadly public forum for her twisted listeners before she will even know what hit her.

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THE WALKING DEAD #118

story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO & CLIFF RATHBURN
cover CHARLIE ADLARD & DAVE STEWART
DECEMBER 11
32 PAGES / BW / M
$2.99

ALL OUT WAR CONTINUES!

Maggie takes a stand as Rick’s new plan comes together.

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WITCHBLADE #172

story RON MARZ
art LAURA BRAGA
cover STJEPAN SEJIC
DECEMBER 4
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Sara Pezzini will soon discover who the Witchblade chose to be its next bearer…

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ZERO #4

story ALES KOT
art TRADD MOORE & JORDIE BELLAIRE
cover a TRADD MOORE & TOM MULLER
cover b CHRISTIAN WARD & TOM MULLER
DECEMBER 18
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

Belfast, 2001. Zero is nine years old. The Agency sends him on his first mission. Zero’s target: a supposedly ex-IRA terrorist.

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Preview: Bedlam #8

Bedlam #8

Story By: Nick Spencer
Art By: Ryan Browne
Cover By: Frazer Irving
Price: $3.50
Diamond ID: APR130528
Published: July 31, 2013

“Tell The Truth.”

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Preview: Bedlam #7

Bedlam #7

Story by: Nick Spencer
Art By: Ryan Browne
Cover By: Frazer Irving
Price: $2.99

“Way Back When.”

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Image Comics in July 2013

SATELLITE SAM #1 

story MATT FRACTION
art / cover  HOWARD CHAYKIN
JULY 3
32 PAGES / BW / M
$3.50

SEX • DEATH • LIVE TV!

NEW YORK CITY, 1951: The star of beloved daily television serial “Satellite Sam” turns up dead in a flophouse filled with dirty secrets. The police think it was death by natural causes but his son knows there was something more… if only he could sober up long enoguh to do something about it. This noir mystery shot through with sex and violence exposes the seedy underbelly of the golden age of television.

By MATT FRACTION (CASANOVA, Hawkeye, FF) and HOWARD CHAYKIN (BLACK KISS I & II, AMERICAN FLAGG!).

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GHOSTED #1

story JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art GORAN SUDZUKA & MIROSLAV MRVA
cover SEAN PHILLIPS
JULY 10
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

A HORROR/CRIME MASHUP THAT’S EQUAL PARTS OCEAN’S 11 AND THE SHINING.

Jackson T. Winters is one of the greatest criminal masterminds to ever live…except he’s rotting in jail after his last, doomed score. But when a filthy rich collector breaks him out, he’s tasked with putting together an elite team of paranormal experts to do the impossible: Steal a ghost from a haunted house of horrors!

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SHELTERED #1

story ED BRISSON
art / cover  JOHNNIE CHRISTMAS
JULY 10
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

A PRE-APOCALYPTIC TALE OF SURVIVAL AT ANY COST.

The men and women of Safe Haven have been preparing for any-and-all end of world scenarios for years. However, their bunkers, weapons and training can’t save them from the one threat they never could have expected: Their own children.

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CYBER FORCE #6

story MARC SILVESTRI
art MARCO TURINI & STJEPAN SEJIC
cover A MARC SILVESTRI
cover B STJEPAN SEJIC
cover C JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
JUL 17
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

KILLJOY RETURNS!

Velocity and Ripclaw have been left hurting since their last confrontation with CDI. To eradicate the rogue Cyber Force faction once and for all, an even more dangerous and uncontrollable threat has been activated.

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DAWN: THE SWORDMASTER’S DAUGHTER & OTHER STORIES (one-shot)

story / art / cover JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER
JULY 10
32 PAGES/ FC / T+
$3.99

In his first new Dawn comic in three years, JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER brings to life three classic tales as only Dawn can. “THE SWORDMASTER’S DAUGHTER” shows a young Dawn inspiring Darrian to become a master swordsman. In “SAMSARA,” Dawn learns that Death is never late for an appointment. And in “THE WHITE PHOENIX,” Dawn shows Darrian if it is right to fight false friends by sharing with him a page from The Bhagavad Gita.

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ELEPHANTMEN #50

story RICHARD STARKINGS
art AXEL MEDELLIN, GABRIEL BAUTISTA & MORITAT
cover FRANK QUITELY
flip cover LADRÖNN re-presenting the cover of ELEPHANTMEN #1
JULY 17th
64 PAGES / FC / $5.99

“BLUE COLLAR BLUES” 

The work of an Elephantman who died quietly after living a solitary life in a loft in downtown Los Angeles, paints a different picture of the lives of all the Elephantmen.

PLUS: A gallery of art and ELEPHANTMEN #1, re-presented in celebration of our 50th issue!

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ELEPHANTMEN, VOL. 6: EARTHLY DESIRES HC

story RICHARD STARKINGS, MONIFA ALDRIDGE & DAVID HINE
rat AXEL MEDELLIN, DAVE SIM, TONY PARKER, DAVID HINE, TULA LOTAY, SHAKY KANE, BOO COOK & IAN CHURCHILL
cover BOO COOK
JULY 10
312 PAGES / FC / M
$34.99

Collecting issues 40-49 of Image’s longest-running Piulp Science Fiction series, ELEPHANTMEN, VOL. 6 is packed with extras, including the HIP FLASK/STRONTIUM DOG crossover by STARKINGS and BOO COOK, and the HIP FLASK/MARINEMAN crossover by STARKINGS and IAN CHURCHILL

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39 MINUTES, VOL. 1 HC

story WILLIAM HARMS
art JERRY LANDO & LINDA SEJIC
cover RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
JUL 31
128 PAGES / FC / T+
$19.99

ROBBING A BANK IS EASY, IT’S THE GETAWAY THAT’S HARD

The bank is surrounded by police officers, alarms are blaring, customers and employees are screaming, and the streets are blocked off. So what’s the solution? Kill everyone in town!

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AGE OF BRONZE, VOL. 3B: BETRAYAL, PART TWO TP & HC

story ERIC SHANOWER
art / cover  ERIC SHANOWER  
JULY 10
176 PAGES / BW / M
$18.99 TP
$28.99 HC

The Trojan plain fills with death as Achaean forces clash in blood with the Trojan army. In the city of Troy Pandarus pulls the strings to put Troilus in Cressida’s bed. But when Cressida is ripped away to the enemy camp, how far will Troilus fight to recover her?

Collects AGE OF BRONZE #27-33.

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THE ACTIVITY, VOL. 3 TP

story NATHAN EDMONDSON
art / cover MITCH GERADS & MARC LAMING
JULY 17
160 PAGES / FC / T
$16.99

From Ft. Belvoir to Fallujah, Team Omaha follows leads from missions in all corners of the globe and uncovers a massive plot funded by one of the U.S.’s biggest global enemies.

Collects THE ACTIVITY  #12-16.

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BLACK KISS II TP

story / art / cover  HOWARD CHAYKIN
JULY 3
128 PAGES / BW / M
$14.99

Nearly 25 years ago, HOWARD CHAYKIN brought the ‘80s to a close, and comics to the brink, with his landmark erotic thriller, BLACK KISS.  Now, after years of anticipation, he’s back with BLACK KISS II, telling the story behind that legendary story – like the original, in glorious black and white.

And really, now – does it have to be so dirty?

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GLORY, VOL. 2: WAR TORN TP

story JOE KEATINGE
art ROSS CAMPBELL, ULISES FARINAS, OWEN GIENI, EMI LENOX, GREG HINKLE, JED DOUGHERTY, SLOANE LEONG & ROMAN MURADOV
JULY 10
144 PAGES / FC / M
$14.99

GLORY REACHES ITS SHOCKING CONCLUSION!

Featuring the introduction of Glory’s ultra-violence prone sister, Nanaja, the truth behind their parents’ hidden alliance and a very special guest appearance by Ernest Hemingway!

Collects GLORY #29-34.

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INVINCIBLE, VOL. 18: THE DEATH OF EVERYONE TP

story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art RYAN OTTLEY, CLIFF RATHBURN & JOHN RAUCH
cover RYAN OTTLEY & JOHN RAUCH
JULY 31
160 PAGES / FC / T+
$16.99

Mark Grayson’s entire life as a superhero, all he’s learned, all he’s endured, it’s all been leading to this one moment. Will he become the hero he was meant to or will he choose… a DIFFERENT path?

Collects issues #97-102 of the greatest super hero comic in the universe.

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KAFKA HC

story STEVEN T. SEAGLE
art / cover  STEFANO GAUDIANO & MARCO CINELLO
JULY 10
176 PAGES / FC / T+ 
$29.99

A MAN WITH NO PAST HAS SIX DAYS TO RECOVER HIS FUTURE.

Dan Hutton lost everything. Adrift in the witness relocation program, Dan is told his new identity has been compromised – by two different groups each claiming to be US agents. Not knowing who to trust, Dan runs – back to the world that took everything he loved.

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KOMACON HC

story ANINA BENNETT, COLLEEN DORAN, JOE KEATINGE, BEN McCOOL, BEAU SMITH & RICK VEITCH
art JUN-HYUK CHOI, HA MI JANG, ROCK-HE KIM, CHAN-HYUK LEE, IN_HYUK LEE & JUNG-GUEN YOON
cover IN_HYUK LEE
JULY 10
88 PAGES / FC / M
$12.99

Six exceptional young artists from South Korea join forces with six outstanding veteran American writers to create a cross-cultural anthology of spectacular breadth.

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THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL . 3 TP 

story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art NICK PITARRA
JULY 24
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

“BUILDING”

What if the research and development department created to produce the first atomic bomb was a front for a series of other, more unusual, programs?

The acclaimed FEEL GOOD, BAD SCIENCE epic series now in one super educational package. It’s THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOLUME 3: BUILDING!

Collecting issues 11-15 of the world’s most irreverent alt history book. 

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MASKS AND MOBSTERS, VOL. 1 HC

story JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art MIKE HENDERSON, RYAN CODY, JASON COPLAND & JUSTIN GREENWOOD
cover MIKE HENDERSON
JULY 3
128 PAGES/BW/M
$19.99

One of USA Today’s Best Digital Comics of 2012

When Mob enforcer Bobby Silver killed masked hero Doctor Daylight in cold blood, it sent shock waves through the Masked community. Now in the eyes of the heroes, the mob is their #1 enemy—and it’s war!

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NOWHERE MEN, VOL. 1: FATES WORSE THAN DEATH

story ERIC STEPHENSON
art NATE BELLEGARDE & JORDIE BELLAIRE
cover NATE BELLEGARDE & FONOGRAFIKS
JULY 17
184 PAGES / FC / T+
$9.99

“SCIENCE IS THE NEW ROCK ‘N’ ROLL!”

So said Dade Ellis, Simon Grimshaw, Emerson Strange, and Thomas Walker at the dawn of a new age of enlightenment that ushered in a boom in scientific advancement.  As the research supergroup World Corp., they became the most celebrated scientists of all time.  They changed the world—and we loved them for it. But where did it all go wrong?  And when progress is made at any and all cost, who ultimately pays the price?

Collects NOWHERE MEN #1-6

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REVIVAL, VOL. 2 TP: LIVE LIKE YOU MEAN IT

story TIM SEELEY
art  MIKE NORTON & MARK ENGLERT
cover MIKE NORTON & JENNY FRISON
JULY 17
128 PAGES / FC / T+
$14.99

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now the living and the recently returned struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy, amidst political and religious conflicts.

Collects REVIVAL #6-11.

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SAVAGE DRAGON: ON TRIAL TP

Story / art / cover ERIK LARSEN
JULY 3
128 PAGES / FC / T
$16.99

Savage Dragon is on trial for crimes he committed when he had reverted to his Emperor Kurr persona. Now the world is witness to the shocking verdict.

Collets SAVAGE DRAGON #181-186.

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SKULLKICKERS, VOL. 4: EIGHTY EYES ON AN EVIL ISLAND TP

story JIM ZUB
art EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
cover EDWIN HUANG & ESPEN GRUNDETJERN
JULY 10
160 PAGES / FC / T
$16.99

The fourth SKULLKICKERS adventure is madcap island mayhem with tropical terror, savage stupidity, beach brawls and jungle jams alongside surprising revelations about the SKULLKICKERS mythos.

Collects SKULLKICKERS #18-23 (including the five ‘unbooted’ issues Uncanny, Savage, Mighty, All-New Secret, and Dark Skullkickers Dark).

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SAGA “LYING CAT” T-SHIRT

JULY 10
Men’s and women’s sizes
$19.99 S-XL
$22.99 XXL

So you say you don’t want one of these snazzy Saga t-shirts featuring all-new art by FIONA STAPLES?

“Lying.”

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THE WALKING DEAD LUNCH BOX

JULY 10
$14.99

The new lunch box from THE WALKING DEAD is ready to shamble its way into your lunchtime activities, with art by CHARLIE ADLARD.

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THE WALKING DEAD “EZEKIEL HAS A TIGER” T-SHIRT

JULY 10
Men’s and women’s sizes
$19.99 S-XL
$22.99 XXL

Ezekiel has a tiger. You have a t-shirt. Art by CHARLIE ADLARD.

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’68 JUNGLE JIM #4 (of 4)

story MARK KIDWELL
art / cover JEFF ZORNOW & JAY FOTOS
variant cover NATE JONES & JAY FOTOS
JULY 3
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.99

MINISERIES CONCLUSION!

An armored engine of vengeance stalks the jungle trails, following a rogue band of Viet Cong guerillas and a pair of kidnapped children. Doomed to become brainwashed killing machines, a hero some call Jungle Jim is their only hope.

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APHRODITE IX #3

story MATT HAWKINS
art STJEPAN SEJIC
cover A STJEPAN SEJIC
cover B DAVID FINCH
cover C ERIC BASALDUA
JULY 10
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Aphrodite IX was created for a purpose, but she does not know what it is.  Torn between two factions in a hostile, new world, she’s forced to choose sides in a war that she wants no part in.

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BEDLAM #9

story NICK SPENCER
art RYAN BROWNE
cover FRAZER IRVING
JULY 17
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

“Hiding Something.”

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BLACKACRE #8

story DUFFY BOUDREAU
art WENDELL CAVALCANTI & ANTONIO FABELA
cover BRIAN CHURILLA
JULY 3
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

On one side of the wall, harsh reality pushes an embattled visionary to the point of no return. On the other, strange fate presents an anguished victim with the perfect opportunity for revenge.

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THE BOUNCE #3

story JOE CASEY
art / cover DAVID MESSINA
JULY 24
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

INTRODUCING: THE HORROR!

Good ol’ Jasper Jenkins has his hands full dealing with the newest threat in town (this freak lives up to his name!). Meanwhile, learn the hidden secrets tucked away inside a secret identity!

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CHIN MUSIC #4

story STEVE NILES
art / cover  TONY HARRIS
JULY 17
22 PAGES / C / M
$2.99

Chicago has become ground zero for one of the oldest wars ever fought. Shaw’s supernatural stunt to bring Al Capone back from the dead takes a sudden and terrifying turn. Old enemies use the recently dead to flush the fallen mystic from hiding.

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CLONE #9

story DAVID SCHULNER, AARON GINSBURG & WADE MCINTYRE
art / cover JUAN JOSE RYP & FELIX SERRANO
JULY 24
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Luke Taylor has a secret to share: WE’RE ALL CLONES.

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THE DARKNESS #116

story DAVID HINE
art / cover JEREMY HAUN & JOHN RAUCH
JUL 24
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.99

SERIES FINALE!

As The Darkness virus becomes a citywide epidemic, the Old Gods run rampant. What will it take for Jackie Estacado to reclaim the Darkness from his nefarious Doppelganger?

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A DISTANT SOIL #41

story / art / cover COLLEEN DORAN
JULY 24
32 PAGES / BW / T
$3.50

The Hierarchy is defeated. Now, the small team of human rebels and their allies face an even bigger foe: A factionalized resistance movement intent on seizing power.

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THE DREAM MERCHANT #3

story NATHAN EDMONDSON
art / cover KONSTANTIN NOVOSADOV
JULY 10 
32 PAGES / FC / T
$3.50

With dreams come nightmares…but where do nightmares come from?

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EAST OF WEST #5

story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art NICK DRAGOTTA
JULY 31
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

“THE LOST WORDS”

Hear the good word, hear the MESSAGE. In this issue of East of West we find out the contents of the apocrypha that predicts the end of the world. Or does it?

The most exciting new book of the year, EAST OF WEST continues in: “THE LOST WORDS.”

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FATALE #16

story ED BRUBAKER
art  SEAN PHILLIPS & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
cover SEAN PHILLIPS
JULY 3
32 PGS / FC / M
$3.50

Nicolas is on Josephine’s trail of secrets, and they lead him back to 1990s Seattle, where a rock band, a gang of bank robbers, and a wandering serial killer all circle around a mysterious woman with no memory…

And remember, each issue of FATALE contains extra content, artwork and articles that are only available in the printed single issues.

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FIVE GHOSTS: THE HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY #5 (of 5)

story FRANK J. BARBIERE
art / cover CHRIS MOONEYHAM
JULY 24
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

…THE END?

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GREAT PACIFIC #8

story JOE HARRIS
art / cover  MARTÍN MORAZZO
JULY 3
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

“NATION BUILDING” Part Two
Who shot Chas Worthington? It’s not like he hasn’t pissed off his share of people who’d want him dead. But while outside powers threaten to hijack control of his fledgling trash nation, forces within the plastic province of New Texas conspire to tear it apart.

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INVINCIBLE #105

story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover RYAN OTTLEY & JOHN RAUCH
JULY 17
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

INVINCIBLE IS BACK!

It’s a new day dawning for everyone’s favorite superhero.  If you’ve ever wanted to jump onto INVINCIBLE without shelling out the money for 18 collected editions, this would be the perfect issue to start with.

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INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #4

story PHIL HESTER
art/ cover TODD NAUCK & GABE ELTAEB
JULY 3
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

No one is better than Best Tiger.

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IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #12

story JAMIE S. RICH
art CHYNNA CLUGSTON FLORES, MIKE NORTON, NATALIE NOURIGAT
cover MICHAEL & LAURA ALLRED
JULY 17
32 PAGES / FC / E
$2.99

STOP AS YOU MEANT TO GO ON”–SERIES FINALE!

All the ATOMICS artists return for a triptych of international superspies, dopey costumed villains, and mummy attacks. Rights will be wronged, relationships repaired, and seriously, it’s going to be one heck of a party!

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LAZARUS #2

story GREG RUCKA
art/cover MICHAEL LARK
JULY 24
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

“FAMILY,” Part Two

The Carlyle Family has been attacked by their enemies to the south, and Forever’s father suspects a conspiracy amongst his children. To root it out, he sends Forever into the arms of the enemy, Family Morray.

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THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #16

story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art NICK PITARRA
JUNE 24
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

“FINITE OPPENHEIMERS,” Part Two

An in-depth look at the second decade of the ongoing war inside Oppenheimer’s brain. It’s endless brothers versus brothers: It’s the Oppenheimer Civil War!

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MICE TEMPLAR IV: LEGEND #4

story BRYAN J.L. GLASS & MICHAEL AVON OEMING
art VICTOR SANTOS
cover a MICHAEL AVON OEMING
cover b VICTOR SANTOS & CHANDRA FREE
JULY 3
32 PAGES / FC / T
$2.99

“TOSK’S TALE”

Karic confronts the full Pantheon of gods and discovers a shocking truth behind the prophecy, his destiny, the dark winter’s dream and his own growing legend.

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MICE TEMPLAR IV: LEGEND #5

story BRYAN J.L. GLASS & MICHAEL AVON OEMING
art VICTOR SANTOS
cover a MICHAEL AVON OEMING
cover b VICTOR SANTOS & CHANDRA FREE
JULY 24
32 PAGES / FC / T
$2.99

“A LEGEND OF GODS”

Karic claims his destiny within Otherworld, but must face the wrath of the Parliament of gods, against whom no mortal can contend.

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MIND THE GAP #13


story JIM McCANN
art RODIN ESQUEJO & DAN McDAID
cover A RODIN ESQUEJO
cover B DAN McDAID

JULY 17
32 PAGES / FC / T+ 

$2.99

“R.I. PETERSSEN,” Part One

The race to kill Elle begins here! Min and her lackeys wrestle to control the final fate of Elle, but there are others who may be one step ahead. The only thing that’s certain is that Elle must die. As Elle’s time as she knows it winds down, learn how it all began, with the flashbacks to the origin of Jairus! Is this the beginning of the end…or just the end of the beginning?

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MINIATURE JESUS #4 (of 5)

story / art / cover TED McKEEVER
JULY 17
24 PAGES / BW / M
$3.99

GOLDEN-AGE FORMAT

With present day society being nothing more than a meandering landscape of bloated roadkill, leave it to our recovering alcoholic Chomsky and 8” Jesus to confront the facade of what stands for humanity’s cardboard excuse of a higher power.

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MORNING GLORIES #29

story NICK SPENCER
art JOE EISMA
cover RODIN ESQUEJO
JULY 24
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

“A New Assignment.”

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PETER PANZERFAUST #12

story KURTIS J. WIEBE
art / cover TYLER JENKINS
JULY 10
32 PAGES / FC / T 
$3.50

“CRY OF THE WOLF,” Part Two

An official meeting of top German officials in a nearby town spells trouble for operations in The Sticks. But, something much worse is about to arrive.

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PROPHET #39

story BRANDON GRAHAM & SIMON ROY
art SIMON ROY & GIANNIA MILONOGIANNIS
cover HELEN MAIER
JULY 24
32 PAGES / FC / T+

$3.99

Die-Hard, a cyborg trying to regain his humanity, looks back over the thousands of years since his birth.

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REVIVAL #12

story TIM SEELEY
art MIKE NORTON w/ ART BALTAZAR
cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
JULY 17
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

The “Revival Event” as seen through the eyes of young Cooper Cypress.

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SAVAGE DRAGON #190

story / art / cover ERIK LARSEN
JULY 24
32 PAGES / FC / MR
$3.99
LIMITED EDITION DIGEST VERSION
64 PAGES / FC / MR
$3.99

The countdown to the biggest and most significant change for SAVAGE DRAGON continues as Dragon faces Mako in jail for their most brutal battle ever!

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SEX #5

story JOE CASEY
art / cover PIOTR KOWALSKI
JULY 31
32 PAGES/FC/M
$2.99

Simon Cooke’s night out has disastrous consequences! And not just socially. But, hey, at least he’s trying! Meanwhile, life in Saturn City’s criminal underworld rolls on… just not as smoothly as expected. Never forget: SEX is real! SEX is now! But, most importantly, SEX has infected your local comic book store!

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SPAWN #233

story TODD MCFARLANE
art SZYMON KUDRANSKI
cover TODD MCFARLANE
JULY 3
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

“COMPLEX MESSIAH,” Part Five

Jim is at odds with his powers as he and the K7-Leetha fight for control. Can Jim harness the dark powers within? Or will the suit overwhelm his human soul, making him a true Hellspawn?

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SUPER DINOSAUR #22

story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art JASON HOWARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
cover JASON HOWARD
JULY 31
32 PAGES / FC / E
$2.99

The Dino-Men attack!  United by Tyrannosaurus-X, the creations of Max Maximus are brought together for a single purpose: the destruction of the Dynamo family and Super Dinosaur!

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TEN GRAND #3

story J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
art / cover BEN TEMPLESMITH
JULY 3
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

Joe Fitzgerald’s client is dead. The young woman he went searching for on her behalf is dead. And he’s not happy about it. Worse still, someone’s shaking the foundations of Heaven, in a move putting the spirit of his beloved Laura in jeopardy. Someone’s going to pay for it…even if that means walking into Hell itself.

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THIEF OF THIEVES # 16

story ANDY DIGGLE & ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover SHAWN MARTINBROUGH & FELIX SERRANO
JULY 31
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

A sit down with the Godfather…

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THE WALKING DEAD #112

story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
JULY 10
32 PAGES / BW / M
$2.99

Carl and Andrea are faced with the unthinkable.

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WITCHBLADE #168

story TIM SEELEY
art DIEGO BERNARD
cover A JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
cover B DIEGO BERNARD
JULY 3
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

“ABSOLUTE CORRUPTION,” Part Two

After failing to capture the murderous criminal Toio Mulranny, Sara is forced to ask who is the greater threat: Toio or former Witchblade bearer Katarina Godliffe?

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Six new Image Firsts in May

Image Comics has announced the release of six new “Image Firsts” editions, printings of popular series’ first issues that only cost $1.00, to land in stores on May 1 just in time to coincide with Free Comic Book Day. The six new titles are Bedlam#1 by Nick Spencer and Riley Rossmo, Great Pacific #1 by Joe Harris and Martín Morazzo, Mind the Gap #1 by Jim McCann and Rodin Esquejo, Morning Glories #1 by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma, Peter Panzerfaust #1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins, and Super Dinosaur #1 by Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard.

Bedlam, first published in October 2012, is a horror thriller about a former mass-murderer who is rehabilitated and puts his mind, formerly committed to atrocious acts of violence, to protecting the city he once terrorized. The collection of its first six issues will be released on May 1. Image Firsts edition Diamond code: FEB138575

In Great Pacific, which first hit shelves in November 2012, a wealthy young Texan takes on an unlikely frontier — a floating island of garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Claiming it for himself as New Texas, Chas Worthington finds out that taking land is a very different thing from keeping it. GREAT PACIFIC #6 was in stores on April 3, and its first trade paperback, “TRASHED!”, collecting its first five issues, will be in stores on May 1. Image Firsts edition Diamond code: FEB138576

Mind the Gap is a supernatural mystery that debuted in May 2012, following the ensuing events after Elle Peterssen, a beautiful and rich young woman, is attacked in the subway and left for dead. While her body lies comatose, Elle’s mind can observe what goes on around her. She alone holds the key to her attack, but she can’t even remember who she was. MIND THE GAP #10 will be in stores on May 1, and its second volume, collecting issues #6-10, “WISH YOU WERE HERE,” will be in stores on May 29. Image Firsts edition Diamond code: FEB138577

Morning Glories, set in the elite boarding school Morning Glories Academy, has been a cult favorite since 2010. A complex and ever-unfolding mystery, MORNING GLORIES pits over-achieving teenagers against a baffling and dangerous curriculum — and against each other. Its fourth volume, TRUANTS, collecting issues #20-24, will be in stores on April 24. Image Firsts edition Diamond code: FEB138578

Peter Panzerfaust, a re-imagining of the classic Peter Pan tale set in World War II France, has been steadily gaining popularity since its first issue landed in stores in February 2012. Its tenth issue was released in March and PETER PANZERFAUST VOLUME TWO: HOOKED!, collecting issues #6-10 will be in stores on May 15. Image Firsts edition Diamond code: FEB138579

Super Dinosaur is an all-ages adventure story written by the creator of THE WALKING DEAD. Young Derek Dynamo and his best friend, who happens to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex with super-cool robotic enhancements, take on Earth’s — and Inner-Earth’s — baddest baddies. Its third trade paperback, collecting issues #12-17, was in stores in February and issue #20 will be in stores on April 24. Image Firsts edition Diamond code: FEB138580

The new Image Firsts issues will be in stores on May 1, joining thirty-one other Image Firsts editions.

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