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Review: Bomb Queen: Trump Card #1

BOMB QUEEN: TRUMP CARD
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It’s not every day you see a comic book open with a quote from Hannah Arendt, the famous American-German political thinker and author of The Origins of Totalitarianism. That last tidbit of information about Arendt is important to understand the type of satire Jimmie Robinson goes for in Bomb Queen: Trump Card #1. It’s biting and completely uninterested in criticizing anything in a politically correct way. But criticism is the goal and it doesn’t lose sight of it. In a sense, it’s a kind of book we’re seeing less and less of today.

This new limited series follows the titular supervillain, Bomb Queen, as she joins the 2024 presidential campaign against Donald Trump. Taking a page from Nixon in Watchmen, Trump is flirting with the idea of making the presidency a life-long term and that quite simply does not fly with New Port City’s superhero community. Bomb Queen is forcefully recruited by one particular superhero to run against Trump and then, once she’s won, resign to the position so that the superhero that recruited her becomes president instead.

This first issue is quite accessible and easy enough to follow, but there are a ton of callbacks to the previous limited series and one-shots as well (the comic was first published in 2006). Bomb Queen was the leader of New Port City and basically acted as a dictator that was reckless but reliable. No one ever doubted she would continue being a super villain and so people trusted her to be just that all the time.

In other words, Bomb Queen was the Trump of New Port City, a point the comic literally argues in one sequence. The superhero community’s plan is to fight fire with fire and then course correct. It’s basically a look at Totalitarianism and how it works, albeit with a more fast-paced, bloody, and sexed up mindset.

The basis for the satire is clear and quite ‘in your face.’ What transpires is a smart but often crude way of broaching the idea people want to view their leaders as superheroes or super villains, expecting them to act accordingly. It can remind one of Garth Ennis’ The Boys, specifically in terms of how power creates irresponsible God-like beings that want nothing more than to flaunt their abilities publicly, shamelessly, and without restraint.

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What sets Bomb Queen apart from The Boys is that Jimmie Robinson’s satire is more down to Earth. While The Boys looks more closely at the nature of super people and plays around with comic tropes more intently, Bomb Queen takes it down to the streets without room for subtlety (much less than in Ennis’ book and even that one can’t be said to have much regard for it either).

As is the case in earlier Bomb Queen books, this new story features random New Port citizens sounding off on Bomb Queen’s candidacy. Opinions vary among them, with some saying things along the lines of “if Trump can insult people, then why can’t Bomb Queen do so as well?” or “we already have a villain in the White House. What’s wrong with having a super villain instead?”

Bomb Queen: Trump Card #1
Bomb Queen: Trump Card Part One

The exchanges are absurd, fun, rough, but smartly presented and come off as not so far fetched as those found in the real world. In Bomb Queen’s America, satire is the status quo, an inside joke everyone’s in on. That American society has taken such a turn for the ridiculous that we’ve managed to actually put a super villain in the White House is perhaps the bigger point Robinson wants to make here.

And yet, Bomb Queen isn’t for everyone. The character’s barely-there outfit is also part of the satire, but it alludes to other things explored previously in the series. Some may find the design exploitative and out of touch, but it’s not without its purpose. Again, political correctness is not a concern for Robinson, and sometimes it feels as if he actively attempts to get under the reader’s skin. Having said that, an update for the purposes of discourse could’ve made the comic even more accessible.

Robinson seems to like to turn his villainess into a mirror for our own inadequacies and inconsistencies. Expect 90’s era style jokes and visual gags that aren’t looked favorably upon today, but also expect them to be in response to something specific and not just for the sake of gratuity. What lands in Robinson’s crosshairs tends to be worthy of the criticism Bomb Queen provides.

Bomb Queen’s Trump-like behavior in past events makes her an interesting example of villainy to bounce off of. The idea of making a Trump-like villain run against the actual Trump is a fascinating one and merits discussion. Give it a read and if it’s not your thing, that’s okay. If you end up liking it, then you have a lot more satire to look forward to, along with the added sting of pure unpolitical correctness.

Story: Jimmie Robinson Art: Jimmie Robinson
Story: 8 .0Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Read Bomb Queen and then register to vote

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Bomb Queen Must Stop Donald Trump in Bomb Queen: Trump Card

Fan-favorite series Bomb Queen returns, after eight years, with a brand-new four-issue miniseries in Bomb Queen: Trump Card by Jimmie Robinson. The explosive satire will launch this August from Image Comics and Shadowline. Bomb Queen is rated as VERY MATURE!

Set in the year 2024, Bomb Queen: Trump Card follows supervillain Bomb Queen on her quest to stop Donald Trump from becoming president for life. Her plan: campaign against Trump, steal his voter base, and lay bare America’s dark underbelly in the process.

This new chapter in the series promises the kind of irreverent, twisted fun longtime fans of the character have come to expect—in other words, it’s pretty much guaranteed to offend everyone!

In the announcement, Robinson said:

I returned to Bomb Queen to get a few things off my chest. From social politics to the state of the comic industry, nothing is safe from the Queen of obscene. Sometimes the best medicine is bitter and hard to swallow, and considering the current state of things, it seemed the perfect time for her to return to add to the chaos!

Bomb Queen: Trump Card #1 (Diamond Code JUN200030) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 26.

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JUPITER’S LEGACY #1

story MARK MILLAR
art / cover A FRANK QUITELY
cover B BRYAN HITCH
cover C DAVE JOHNSON
cover D PHIL NOTO
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

The comic-book event of 2013 finally arrives as superstar creators MARK MILLER and FRANK QUIETLY give us the superhero epic that all future comics will be measured by. The world’s greatest heroes have grown old and their legacy is a poisonous one to the children who will never live up to their remarkable parents. Unmissable.

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CHIN MUSIC #1

story STEVE NILES
art / cover  TONY HARRIS
APRIL 17
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

Shaw is a man on the run and lost in time. Fleeing ancient enemies, Shaw finds himself in prohibition-era Chicago surrounded by gangers and demons alike and caught between law enforcement and the local supernatural underground. CHIN MUSIC is a tale of mysticism and violence like nothing you’ve experienced before.

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’68 JUNGLE JIM #1 (OF 4)

STORY: MARK KIDWELL
ART: JEFF ZORNOW & JAY FOTOS
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RI COVER C: BEN TEMPLESMITH
APRIL 3
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.99

Vietnam, 1968: Behind enemy lines, Private Brian Curliss is alone. The enemy caged him, the dead want to devour him and the voices in his head are driving him to madness. A madness that emerges in the form of an unstoppable killing machine wrapped in burlap and bamboo…

Curliss is a one-man-army, sworn to wade through a wet red jungle gone straight to hell in search of a ghost named Jungle Jim. To the Viet Cong, he’s a nightmare. To POWs trapped in enemy hands, he’s salvation. To the legions of shambling, hungry dead…He’s the Grim Reaper in a gas mask.

MeatGrinder Studios and Image Comics return to the grim world of ’68 with an all-new, four-issue series continuing the story of Jungle Jim. The brutal sequel to the original one-shot, Jungle Jim #1 fleshes out the new dark star of the Vietnam/Zombie apocalypse. Scripted by Mark Kidwell with savage artwork by Jeff Zornow and Jay Fotos. Covers by Jeff Zornow, Nat Jones and Jay Fotos.

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MICE TEMPLAR IV: LEGEND #1

story BRYAN J.L. GLASS & MICHAEL AVON OEMING
art MICHAEL AVON OEMING & VICTOR SANTOS
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APRIL 3
48 PAGES / FC / T
$3.99

“A DANGEROUS FAITH”

Long ago, the valiant Templar destroyed themselves through a vicious civil war, allowing the bloodthirsty crusade of the tyrant king Icarus to destroy mouse culture. Yet the inspiring tale of the young mouse Karic promises to restore the fractured Templar and overthrow the mad king. But while some accept Karic as a prophecy for good, still others see his rising legend as an omen of evil.

Thus begins the climactic chapter in the epic saga of hope and despair, of tragedy and triumph, and where every secret will at last be revealed.

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story / art / cover TED McKEEVER
APRIL 17
32 PAGES / BW / M
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GOLDEN AGE FORMAT

Devil on one shoulder – angel on the other.

One tells you to do bad things, the other . . .  well, you get the idea.

Bad news for a recovering alcoholic if the “good” one is MIA.

Between a liquor-gulping demon and a mummified cat hell-bent on mucking up his fragile stability with esoteric trappings of Egyptian Gods, it’s all about to make our hero’s day hit the proverbial fan.

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A DISTANT SOIL #39

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

15-year-old Liana now sits on the throne of the Avatar, a living weapon of mass destruction, the most powerful psionic in the universe. And she’s pointed directly at Earth.

Back after a six-year hiatus, the final chapter of the critically acclaimed space opera series begins in a bi-monthly release from Image/Shadowline

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INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #1

story PHIL HESTER
art/ cover TODD NAUCK & JOHN RAUCH
APRIL 3
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

In the aftermath of INVINCIBLE 100 and “The Death of Everyone,” Dinosaurus has left his mark on the world. Can heroes from across the universe – Invincible, the Guardians of the Globe, Tech Jacket, the Astounding Wolf-Man and more – contain the damage done? Or are the end times of the Invincible Universe ahead?

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MORNING GLORIES #26

story NICK SPENCER
art JOE EISMA
cover RODIN ESQUEJO
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / M
$1.00

“THE WAITING GAME”

Season 2 of the smash hit series begins here, with a special, full-sized, impossibly priced $1 prelude – the perfect jumping-on point for collection readers looking to move to single issues!

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MIGHTY SKULLKICKERS #1

story JIM ZUB
art EDWIN HUANG
cover A  EDWIN HUANG & JIM ZUB
cover B  CHRIS STEVENS
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / T
$3.50

MIGHTY SKULLKICKERS: A classic relaunch that blazes a new trail with familiar fan favorite sensibilities. A bold, new direction, a continuing story and a brand new adjective! Our twenty-first issue is brand a new #1! Our B cover is a variant with the original numbering, in case readers want their issue super-duper “old school.”

P.S. Retailers: Shelf this numero uno alongside other “Mighty” comics you may have hanging around the shop. Tell them it’s the latest and greatest thing, because it IS!

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WITCHBLADE: DAY OF THE OUTLAW #1

story JOSHUA FIALKOV
art / cover NELSON BLAKE II & DAVE McCAIG
APRIL 3
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.99

SHOWDOWN WITH THE WITCHBLADE OF THE WILD WEST!

In the days of the Wild West, before Sara Pezzini claimed her destiny, Witchblade bearer Sheriff Enola protected the high plains from the Darkness that lurked beyond the horizon.  Although her townspeople lived in peace, they were always mistrusting of their sheriff-witch.  With her town seeking to banish her and the Darkness angling for a duel, will the Witchblade be enough to save Enola from becoming a footnote in the annals of the blade’s history?

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BOMB QUEEN DELUXE, VOL. 2 HC

story /art / cover JIMMIE ROBINSON
APRIL 3
240 PAGES / FC / M
OVERSIZE HARDCOVER
$24.99

Collectors of the BOMB QUEEN villain series will love this re-mastered, re-edited, oversized, hardcover edition featuring the heroines of Shadowline and a rare guest appearance of She-Spawn. Don’t miss this director’s cut collection with extra bonus material from the insane mind of JIMMIE ROBINSON.

Collects the BOMB QUEEN III and BOMB QUEEN IV miniseries in their entirety.

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THE DARKNESS: REBIRTH, VOL. 2 TP

story DAVID HINE
art / cover JEREMY HAUN & JOHN RAUCH
APRIL 28
160 pages / FC / M
$17.99

“BREAKING DARK”

Jackie Estacado had everything he ever wanted: riches, power, and a beautiful family. But Jackie relinquished his control of the Darkness. With his marriage crumbling and the encroachment of a rival gang on his turf, Jackie has failed to notice that there is something horribly, horribly wrong with his daughter, Hope. And Jackie will learn that there are things even the Darkness should fear.

Collects THE DARKNESS #106-111

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HACK/SLASH, VOL. 12

story JUSTIN JORDAN, JAMES LOWDER & Various
art  DANIEL LEISTER, MATT MERHOFF & EMILIO LAISO
cover  TIM SEELEY
APRIL 3
160 PAGES / FC / T+
$18.99

This volume collects  the acclaimed issues written by guest stars JUSTIN JORDAN (LUTHER STRODE), JAMES LOWDER and MICAHEL MORECI & STEVE SEELEY (HOAX HUNTERS) as well as the rare crossover with Mercy Sparx.

On a trip back to Chicago, Vlad encounters his extended family, a mob of inbred cannibals; while Cat Curio takes the stage in a solo adventure. Then, Cassie and Vlad feel the toll of a slasher who can come back every few minutes.

Collects HACK/SLASH, VOL. 2 #16-19 & HACK/SLASH vs. MERCY SPARX

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HAPPY! TP

story GRANT MORRISON
art & cover DARICK ROBERTSON
APRIL 17
112 PAGES / FC / M
$12.99

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…

Collects HAPPY! 1-4

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HARVEST HC

story AJ LIEBERMAN
art / cover COLIN LORIMER
APRIL 10
136 PAGES / FC / M
OVERSIZED HARDCOVER
$19.99

Livers, kidneys and rogue medical teams, oh my!  Welcome to Dr. Benjamin Dane’s nightmare. His only way out? Bring down the man who set him up for murder by reclaiming organs already placed in some very powerful people.  The only people Dane can count on are an ex-Yakuza assassin and six year-old drug fiend.  If Dexter, ER & 100 Bullets had a three-way and that mind blowing tryst somehow resulted in a kid, that kid would read HARVEST.

Collects HARVEST #1-5, plus extras and an amazing FOLD-OUT featuring all five covers!

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INVINCIBLE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, VOL. 8 HC

story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art RYAN OTTLEY, CORY WALKER & CLIFF RATHBURN
cover RYAN OTTLEY
APRIL 24
336 PAGES / FC / T+
$39.99

In the aftermath of the Viltrumite War, friends become enemies, enemies become allies, and Mark Grayson’s future as Invincible ends here.

Collects issues INVINCIBLE #85-96

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MIND THE GAP, VOL. 2: WISH YOU WERE HERE TP

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APRIL 24
136 PAGES / FC / T+
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New threats arise as the curtains pull back to reveal some of the most shocking secrets surrounding the mystery behind the attack on Elle Peterssen. Meanwhile, what is her connection to a 10-year-old girl who claims to actually be Elle’s mind trapped in this girl’s body? All of this plus the acclaimed silent issue “speechless” and the unmasking that changes the entire series.

Collects MIND THE GAP #6-10

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POINT OF IMPACT TP

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APRIL 3
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A gripping, provocative murder mystery from acclaimed writer Jay Faerber and stunning artist Koray Kuranel begins with one woman’s murder and branches out to follow the investigation by three people with personal connections to her: her husband, an investigative reporter; her lover, an ex-soldier; and her friend, a homicide detective.  Her death will change all of their lives.

Collects POINT OF IMPACT #1-4

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THE ACTIVITY #15

story NATHAN EDMONDSON
art / cover MITCH GERADS
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

“BUDDY SYSTEM”

Hiding from Russian authorities, Switchfoot and Fiddler trek through the ice of Northern Siberia to recover a fallen satellite piece.  Meanwhile Weatherman and Bookstore are on a recon mission in Afghanistan, and what they see has ominous implications for the near future.

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ARTIFACTS #28

story RON MARZ
art MARCO TURINI
cover STJEPAN SEJIC
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.99

“TRUTHS & DESTINIES,” Part Two

FBI profiler and Rapture bearer Tom Judge used to be a man of the cloth.  His faith led him away from the Church. The Magdalena, however, still serves the Church. Can both Tom and the Magdalena overcome their differences of faith to battle an evil that is as old as the universe itself?

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BEDLAM #6

story NICK SPENCER
art RILEY ROSSMO
cover FRAZER IRVING
APRIL 3
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

“Confession.”

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BLACKACRE #5

story DUFFY BOUDREAU
art WENDELL CAVALCANTI
cover BRIAN CHURILLA
APRIL 3
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

The stunning finale to arc one! A night of terror in the Hinterlands. A day of reckoning in BlackAcre. The mission’s collapsed, but the fallout’s just begun…

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CHEW #34

story JOHN LAYMAN
art / cover ROB GUILLORY
APRIL 17
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

On the trail of the vampire!

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CLONE #6

Story DAVID SCHULNER, AARON GINSBURG & WADE McINTYRE
Art & cover JUAN JOSE RYP & FELIX SERRANO
APRIL 10
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

NEW STORY ARC!

Luke Taylor’s true nature has been revealed, but his fight to rescue his wife and newborn daughter back is just beginning. Now that Beta and the second generation of clones have been unleashed, how can Luke survive against his younger, stronger, more ruthless self?

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EAST OF WEST #2

story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art NICK DRAGOTTA
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

“SONS OF PROPHECY”

Following the high crimes in the debut issue of EAST OF WEST, the fallout spreads across the broken nations of America. Forces align to stave off the apocalypse, while equally powerful ones do everything they can to bring it to pass.

One of the most exciting new books of the year, this is EAST OF WEST, a brand new, ongoing, monthly comic from the award-winning team of Marvel’s FF, JONATHAN HICKMAN and NICK DRAGOTTA.

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EPIC KILL #10

story / art / cover: RAFFAELE IENCO
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

The series’ EPIC conclusion!

Song’s uncle, her sole remaining family, is killed while in government custody.

Enraged, will Song seek vengeance for his death, or try to find inner peace so she can finally lead a normal life?

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THE END TIMES OF BRAM & BEN #4 (of 4)

story JAMES ASMUS & JIM FESTANTE
art REM BROO
cover BEN TEMPLESMITH
APRIL 17
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

MINISERIES CONCLUSION

After last issue’s shocking ending — Ben is left alone to face the Antichrists! Did we mean for that to be plural? Will Ben die before having sex with Laura, the Gym teacher? Why does God let bad things happen to good people??? FIND OUT IN THIS FINAL ISSUE!

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FIVE GHOSTS: THE HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY #2 (of 5)

story FRANK J. BARBIERE
art / cover CHRIS MOONEYHAM
APRIL 17
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

“BLOOD FOR THE SPIDER GOD”

The year’s most exciting new adventure continues!

“… an elegantly designed, sharply colored, moody descent into a twilit world…an intriguing entry point into a compelling new universe from Barbiere and Mooneyham that sets a high standard for up-and-coming comics creators.” – The Comics Beat

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FIVE WEAPONS #3 (of 5)

story / art / cover JIMMIE ROBINSON
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / T
$3.50

At the annual school festival, Tyler is caught in a battle between the Archery club and the Exotic weapons club, but a new threat emerges from outside the school that could blow his cover and ruin everything.

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GREAT PACIFIC #6

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

“TRASHED!” Conclusion

The United States Navy has come to drag fugitive, would-be Garbage Patch ruler Chas Worthington back to the America he left. But Chas has one more trick up his sleeve, and the future of New Texas will never be the same.

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HELL YEAH #9

story JOE KEATINGE
art ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ & FABIO REDIVO
cover RICKEN
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

“THE DEATH OF PLANET EARTH,” Part Two

Pretty much everyone dies in this issue. No one is saved. Nobody learns anything.

2013’s grindhouse-style, revenge-fueled supersploitation epic rages towards the conclusion of its first year!

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HOAX HUNTERS #9

story MICHAEL MORECI & STEVE SEELEY
art BRENT SCHOONOVER
covers JOE EISMA
APRIL 17
32 PAGES / FC / T +
$2.99

“GHOST BUSTED”

Special flipbook issue! The Hoax Hunters go on a haunted house ghost-busting mission. One half of the issue contains the “on-air” story, what happened while the camera was rolling; flip it over and find out what went down behind the scenes! Features guest artist BRENT SCHOONOVER. PERFECT FOR NEW READERS!

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I LOVE TROUBLE #5

story KEL SYMONS
art/cover MARK A. ROBINSON
APRIL 3
24 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

“MARS AIN’T THE KIND OF PLACE TO RAISE YOUR KIDS”

Things just aren’t going well for Felicia, when she starts experiencing breaks with reality after her work as an assassin begins to take an emotional toll.  Doesn’t help that she finds out just how deep Johnny’s betrayal goes, either.

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INVINCIBLE #102

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

It’s Nolan vs. Thragg on the surface of the moon as still more secrets about the Viltrumite Empire are revealed.

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IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #8

story JAMIE S. RICH
art MIKE NORTON
cover MICHAEL & LAURA ALLRED
APRIL 17
32 PAGES / FC / E
$2.99

“(NO) SURPRISES”

It’s the anniversary for romantic superhero couple Black Crystal and the Slug, but it appears that Black Crystal has forgotten. To be fair, he has other things on his mind. Like giant monsters that have erupted from their home beneath the ocean looking for a fight!

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THE LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE #5 (of 6)

story JUSTIN JORDAN
art / cover TRADD MOORE
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

Luther has been Bound.  Petra has become Jack’s new friend. Binder gets a surprise from an unexpected source. And the world burns down around them all.

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LOST VEGAS #2 (of 4)

story JIM McCANN
art JANET LEE
cover A JANET LEE
cover B DECLAN SHALVEY
1:10 incentive cover FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
APRIL 3
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

The clock has started — Roland has 24 hours to make his move. But when he uncovers the darkest secret of LOST VEGAS, will that information help him…or will he be in even more danger?  (Hint: let’s go with “more danger.)

The Eisner Award-winning team of JIM McCANN

and JANET LEE reunite to create a universe filled with intrigue and a high stakes heist.

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #13

story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art NICK PITARRA
APRIL 17
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

“PIECE BY PIECE”

After a decade of working together to overcome everything that stood against them, fractures begin to form between the scientists of the Manhattan Projects.

The thrilling FEEL GOOD, BAD SCIENCE series continues in THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #13: PIECE BY PIECE!

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MARA #5 (of 6)

story BRIAN WOOD
art MING DOYLE & JORDIE BELLAIRE
cover MING DOYLE
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / T
$2.99

Everything’s on the table as far as the military’s position on Mara, but who’s the one with the nuclear option?  How much power can one woman hold before the world says “enough”?

NOWHERE MEN #5

story ERIC STEPHENSON
art NATE BELLEGARDE & JORDIE BELLAIRE
cover NATE BELELGARDE & FONOGRAFIKS
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Dead to the world.

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PROPHET #36

story BRANDON GRAHAM & SIMON ROY
art SIMON ROY & GIANNIS MILONOGIANNIS
cover AARON CONLEY
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.99

The three-armed Prophet wants Old man Prophet found. NewFather disobeys his superiors to seek out weapons needed to combat a new mysterious foe.

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REPOSSESSED #4 (of 4)

story/ art / cover JM RINGUET
APRIL 3
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

The miniseries ends with a bang and a boom when the repo from Dee Agency learn way more than they bargained for and are left to decide on a trip to the West Coast to face the biggest threat they have ever encountered!

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REVIVAL #9

story TIM SEELEY
art MIKE NORTON
cover by JENNY FRISON
APRIL 17
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Em and Dana have a long dinner and talk about murder. There’s something weird going on in Cooper’s dad’s shed. Joe Meyers isn’t feeling quite like himself lately. The authorities start cracking down on “gently used” body parts.

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SAGA #12

story BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
art / cover  FIONA STAPLES
APRIL 10
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

Prince Robot IV makes his move.

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SAVAGE DRAGON #187

story /art / cover ERIK LARSEN
APRIL 17
32 PAGES / FC / T
$3.99

“THE VICIOUS CIRCLE RISING”

A glimpse into the lives of Chicago’s notorious criminal organization. For decades the Vicious Circle has all but ruled the Windy City. Now, at last, we enter their world and see through their eyes. We see their struggles, their fears, the obstacles they face. Introducing the sons and daughters of the Vicious Circle. We see the crime family they were born to inherit and the forces who oppose them.

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SEX #2

story JOE CASEY
art / cover PIOTR KOWALSKI
APRIL 10
32 PAGES/FC/M
$2.99

SECOND ISSUE COLLECTOR’S ITEM!

Simon Cooke’s journey into the underbelly of Saturn City continues. Think about it… how repressed would YOU be after waging a war on crime for the entirety of your adult life? What happens when the superhero power fantasy finally ends? Find out by buying more SEX!

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SNAPSHOT #3 (of 4)

story ANDY DIGGLE
art / cover JOCK
APRIL 3
32 PAGES / BW / T+
$2.99

Hunted by a ruthless killer who has framed them for murder, Jake and Callie try to infiltrate the mysterious gated community at the heart of the deadly conspiracy. But nothing can prepare them for what they will find there. Continuing the new thriller from the creators of The Losers and Green Arrow: Year One!

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SON OF MERLIN #3

story ROBERT NAPTON
art / cover ZID
APRIL 3
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

Morgana never anticipated that Merlin’s bastard son, the MIT professor Simon Ambrose, would delay her plan to obtain the Stone of Giramphiel. But even with the power inherent in Merlin’s diary, Simon isn’t ready to face her in battle. To seek refuge from Morgana’s grasp, Simon will need to call upon enchanters of old who have spent the past century hiding in plain sight in New York City.

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SPAWN #230

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

“COMPLEX MESSIAH,” Part Two

As a small online community continues to look into Jim’s connection with the Curse of the Hellspawn, the fervor around the world’s “new messiah” begins to reach an apex.

Meanwhile, the Vatican makes a house call, taking the first steps in their efforts to test Jim’s true origin. Sinner or Saint, the church has no intention of allowing his gifts to be used against them.

Plus: The final fate of someone in Jim’s inner circle.

For retailer order form:

For every 25 copies ordered, retailers may order one Todd McFarlane B/W cover.

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STORM DOGS #6 (of 6)

story DAVID HINE
art DOUG BRAITHWAITE & ULISES ARREOLA
cover DOUG BRAITHWAITE
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

Season one builds to a tragic climax as the team discovers that everything they thought they knew about Amaranth is a lie.

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SUPER DINOSAUR #20

story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art JASON HOWARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
cover JASON HOWARD
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / E
$2.99

In the aftermath of their first battle with Tyrannosaurus X, Derek and Super Dinosaur get… fancy!

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THINK TANK #8

story MATT HAWKINS
art RAHSAN EKEDAL
cover RAHSAN EKEDAL & BRIAN REBER
APRIL 10
32 PAGES / BW / T
$3.99

Accountability isn’t something Dr. David Loren worried about before. Sheltered behind the manned concrete perimeter of CED, so long as he continued to fulfill his contractual obligation to create inventions of destruction, David never had to think twice about being an arrogant jerk. But right now, David is on the wrong side of the military’s good graces. And accountability is a bitch.

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TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #4 (of 4)

story MK PERKER & KEN KRISTENSEN
art / cover MK PERKER
APRIL 10
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

“CANDY WITH STRANGERS,” Conclusion

When his best friend and mentor gets thrown in solitary confinement, Todd becomes an easy target for an Aryan Nation assassin. Meanwhile, his father accepts a marriage proposal that was never given, and his mom comes face-to-face with the Maniac Killer.

THE WALKING DEAD #109

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

Maggie and Sophia pick up the pieces and continue their lives at the Hilltop.

WITCH DOCTOR: MAL PRACTICE #6 (of 6)

story BRANDON SEIFERT
art / cover LUKAS KETNER & ANDY TROY
APRIL 24
32 PAGES / FC / T
$2.99

This is it: Doc Morrow’s last stand against the forces making his life hell! If Morrow and his allies fail here, all of Arkham, Oregon will suffer! Too bad he screws it up. Oops: SPOILERS!

“Drips with retro-gore fun” — Paste Magazine

Preview – Bomb Queen VII #4 Queen’s World

Bomb Queen VII #4 Queen’s World

story / art / cover JIMMIE ROBINSON
Price: $3.50

ShadowHawk races against time to find Bomb Queen’s son before she launches her ultimate evil plan: the destruction of the world. Robinson pulls no punches in this grand finale where the fate of mankind rests in the hands of ShadowHawk – who has his own demons to battle.

Preview – Bomb Queen VII #1

Bomb Queen VII #1

story JIMMIE ROBINSON art / cover JIMMIE ROBINSON

Price: $3.50

Forget what you know about Bomb Queen. 100 years in the future, the world has become a utopian paradise. Governments and religion are at peace, but that tranquility is threatened when Bomb Queen is unleashed out of her slumber, however her return won’t come easy when she learns the truth about the new world. A whole new series as shock follows shock for our favorite sovereign. And wait until you see who’s joining the cast!

Preview – Bomb Queen: Gang Bang TPB

Official Press Release

Bomb Queen: Gang Bang TPB

story JIMMIE ROBINSON art & cover JIMMIE ROBINSON

Finally, all the BOMB QUEEN one-shot specials in one package. Featuring the women of Shadowline as they battle the queen of mean from Las Vegas to London. Join JIMMIE ROBINSON and friends in this director’s version of the Queen’s best romps with BlackLight, Tempest, Fetish, Rebound and DeeRail.

Image Comics: August 2011 Solicitations

Official Press Release

THE INFINITE #1 – GEM OF THE MONTH
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / covers ROB LIEFELD
1:25 incentive cover ROB LIEFELD
1:50 incentive cover ROB LIEFELD & TODD McFARLANE
Blank sketch variant cover also available.
SEE ORDER FORM FOR MORE DETAILS!
AUGUST 3
32 PAGES / FC / T
$2.99

Freedom fighter Bowen has lost everything in the war against The Infinite.  His only hope is to travel back in time to prevent their world domination before it starts!  Bowen can’t do this alone, he must turn to the only ally he knows he can trust: HIMSELF.  Now a man in his 40s, damaged by the horrors of war, must team up with his younger, reckless and optimistic 20-year-old self in order to SAVE THE WORLD!

THE INFINITE #1 DELUXE EDITION
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover ROB LIEFELD
AUGUST 3
48 PAGES / FC / T
$5.99

This Deluxe Edition of THE INFINITE #1 is the complete first issue plus mountains of behind-the-scenes sketches and illustrations by ROB LIEFELD and piles of notes and script pages by ROBERT KIRKMAN.  Much like your favorite extras-filled DVDs, this version will give you a glimpse behind the curtain to see all the usually unseen work that goes into the creation of a comic book.

SEVERED #1
story SCOTT SNYDER & SCOTT TUFT
art / cover ATTILA FUTAKI
AUGUST 3
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

“NOTHING WASTED,” Part One
1916. A man haunts the roads; a man with sharp teeth and a hunger for flesh. When 12-year-old Jack Garron runs away from home, he’ll see how quickly the American Dream becomes a nightmare. Be there at the beginning of the series that everyone will be talking about!

From Eisner-nominated writer SCOTT SNYDER (American Vampire, Detective Comics), SCOTT TUFT and ATTILA FUTAKI (NYT Best-Selling-Artist: Percy Jackson) comes the most terrifying horror series of 2011–SEVERED.

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BOMB QUEEN VII #1 (of 4)
story JIMMIE ROBINSON
art / cover JIMMIE ROBINSON
 
AUGUST 24
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

“QUEEN’S WORLD”

Forget what you know about Bomb Queen. 100 years in the future, the world has become a utopian paradise. Governments and religion are at peace, but that tranquility is threatened when Bomb Queen is unleashed out of her slumber, however her return won’t come easy when she learns the truth about the new world.

A whole new series as shock follows shock for our favorite sovereign. And wait until you see who’s joining the cast!

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BOMB QUEEN, VOL. 2 TP
BOMB QUEEN, VOL. 3 TP
BOMB QUEEN, VOL. 4 TP
BOMB QUEEN, VOL. 5 TP
BOMB QUEEN, VOL. 6 TP

EPOCH #1 (of 5)
story KEVIN McCARTHY
art PAOLO PANTALENA & JORGE FARES
cover PAOLO PANTALENA & PAOLO BARBIERI
AUGUST 3
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.99

THE GREATEST TOURNAMENT THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN BEGINS ANEW!

Top Cow Productions and Heroes and Villains Entertainment proudly present a dark and intensely kinetic tale from writer KEVIN McCARTHY (Red Sonja, The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist) and newcomer PAOLO PANTALENA (What If?: House of M, War of Kings: Darkhawk). Jonah Bishop is an NYPD detective assigned to a mysterious murder case that threatens to rip the reality he knows and plunge him into the shadow world of his heritage–the Supernatural. Jonah’s quest will drop him deep in the middle of a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society.

THE VAULT #1 (of 3)
story SAM SARKAR
art  GARRIE GASTONNY
color SAKTI YUWONO
cover BAGUS HUTOMO
JULY 27
32 PAGES / FC / T
$3.50

A small team of treasure hunters struggles to excavate a dangerous and legendary treasure pit before a massive storm hits Sable Island, the “Graveyard of the North Atlantic”. Equipped with all the latest technology, the scientists believe they are prepared against all of nature’s fury, but nothing can prepare them for what they are about to unleash from The Vault.

From the team that brought you CALIBER and the artist of SUPERGOD.

’68: HARDSHIP (ONE-SHOT)
story MARK KIDWELL
art JEFF ZORNOW & JAY FOTOS
cover A JEFF ZORNOW & JAY FOTOS
cover B NAT JONES & JAY FOTOS

AUGUST 24
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.99

In February of 1968, Teddy Calhoun came home from Vietnam and brought a piece of the war back with him. Through a prism of battle fatigue and schizophrenia, his vision of Nebraska has changed into a threatening landscape of violence and enemy occupation. Now, Teddy will do whatever he must to protect his family from the murderous approach of “Charlie” and an army of the risen, hungry dead.

’68 Hardship is a journey into a psychological realm of hallucination, violence and undead horror. Written by MARK KIDWELL, with monstrous artwork by JEFF ZORNOW and JAY FOTOS, this one-shot is a direct tie-in with the regular ongoing ’68 series, extending the world of Vietnam/Zombie horror to America’s heartland and your own backyard.

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DEADLANDS: DEATH WAS SILENT (ONE-SHOT)
story RON MARZ
art & cover BART SEARS
AUGUST 17 
32 PAGES / FC / T
$2.99

Visionary Comics and Pinnacle Entertainment present the third one-shot of the weird Western world of DEADLANDS!  A silent bounty hunter rides into a remote town, but the town holds dark secrets that may turn the hunter into the hunted. Superstars RON MARZ and BART SEARS team for a weird Western tale unlike any other!

MORNING GLORIES YEARBOOK 2011
story NICK SPENCER
art RODIN ESQUEJO & JOE EISMA
cover RODIN ESQUEJO
AUGUST 31
32 PGS / FC / M
$2.99

A look back at our first year at the academy, with a sequential recap by MORNING GLORIES cover artist RODIN ESQUEJO! And loaded up with extras like character bios, sketches, designs, script excerpts, and more!

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SAVAGE DRAGON #175 
story ERIK LARSEN
art / cover ERIK LARSEN
AUGUST 31
48 PAGES / FC / T+
$4.99

SAVAGE DRAGON IS BACK!

Or is he? Special 48-page anniversary issue! A certain green-skinned, fin-headed freak finds himself aboard a spaceship headed for parts unknown and has to begin making sense of his new life and the new reality which surrounds him.  Meanwhile on Earth, Malcolm Dragon faces his greatest challenge yet: the omnipotent OverLord! And waiting in the wings–an alien invasion! Plus: Vanguard faces… Universo?

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SAVAGE DRAGON: IDENTITY CRISIS TP
SAVAGE DRAGON: DRAGON WAR TP
SAVAGE DRAGON: EMPEROR DRAGON TP

VESCELL #1
story ENRIQUE CARRION
art / cover JOHN UPCHURCH
AUGUST 31
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

The International Company known as Vescell specializes in what is commonly known as “Vtrans”, the transferring of a person’s mind and spirit from one body into another.  Former Icarus City Detective, Mauricio “Moo” Barrino is now Vescell’s best agent, handling the most high profile and dangerous cases. In the seedy world of a high end corporate espionage, where mysticism and guns clash, and money is tainted with sin, Agent Mauricio Barrino fights against the demons of fate while trying to reach the heaven of his destiny. Be prepared for the bar-raising, sci-fi noir epic that is VESCELL.

THE DARKNESS: ACCURSED, VOL. 5 TP
story PHIL HESTER & JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV
art SHELDON MITCHELL, ROMANO MOLENAAR & MATT TIMSON
cover MICHAEL BROUSSARD & STEVE FIRCHOW
AUGUST 31
144 PAGES / FC / T
STANDARD SIZE
$16.99

Jackie Estacado, the current bearer of The Darkness, was blackmailed and lied to by a devil calling himself The Sovereign. Now free from The Sovereign’s grip, Jackie has assembled a motley crew of criminals with one goal – destroy every last one of The Sovereign’s reliquaries! His quest will pit him against a former Russian mob boss turned art collector, a mute mystic, countless of The Sovereign’s statues, and even traitors within his midst! Concluding the second year of writer PHIL HESTER’S (Firebreather, Wonder Woman) epic run and featuring art by SHELDON MITCHELL (Pilot Season: Stealth) and ROMANO MOLENAAR (The Darkness II: Confession), and a special stand-alone “Tale of The Darkness” issue set in the Wild West by JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV (Tumor, Echoes) and MATT TIMSON (Impaler, Popgun).

Collects THE DARKNESS #85-89.

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THE DARKNESS: ACCURSED, VOL. 4 TP

HACK/SLASH, VOL. 9: TORTURE PRONE TP
story TIM SEELEY
art DANIEL LEISTER & JETHRO MORALES
cover TIM SEELEY  
AUGUST 10
160 PAGES / FC / T+
$16.99

The hit new ongoing series from Image is collected! In a dark future ruled by the Murder Messiah, street witch Liberty Lochs is on a mission to change the past. Meanwhile, horror heroes Cassie Hack & Vlad must contend with an obsessive serial killer, and a duo of slashers they thought they’d already put down. This epic collection sets the staus quo for Cass & Vlad’s new adventures.

Collects HACK/SLASH ANNUAL #2 and HACK/SLASH #1-4

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HACK/SLASH OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 TP
HACK/SLASH OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 TP
HACK/SLASH, VOL. 8: SUPER SIDEKICK SLEEPOVER SLAUGHTER TP

HALCYON TP
story MARC GUGGENHEIM & TARA BUTTERS
art & cover RYAN BODENHEIM & MARK ENGLERT
AUGUST 17
132 PAGES / FC / T

What happens when the neverending battle for truth and justice…ends? With crime and violence nonexistent, and the human race seemingly neutered of all aggressive tendencies, the superheroes of HALCYON appear to have completed their mission. But one member of the team isn’t pleased with this new development, and will stop at nothing to uncover the catalyst for this global phenomenon. Including never-before-seen extras and behind-the-scenes artwork!

Collects HALCYON #1-5

INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM, VOL. 1 TP
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art CORY WALKER & RYAN OTTLEY
cover RYAN OTTLEY
AUGUST 3
1024 PAGES / FC / T

Introducing the first nine volumes of the greatest superhero comic in the universe, collected into one massive paperback edition!

Collects INVINCIBLE #1-47

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MALINKY ROBOT: COLLECTED STORIES & OTHER BITS TP
story SONNY LIEW
art / cover SONNY LIEW
AUGUST 3
128 PAGES / FC / E
$16.99

Street urchins Atari and Oliver are out to steal bicycles, watch Giant Robot movies and spend some Large Denominational Bills! MALINKY ROBOT collects five tales by Eisner-nominated artist SONNY LIEW (MY FAITH IN FRANKIE, WONDERLAND, SENSE & SENSIBILITY) featuring stinky fish, philosopher-labourers and summer rain.

A recipient of the Xeric Award, the Utopiales SF Festival’s  Best SF Album award and featured in the acclaimed FLIGHT anthologies, MALINKY ROBOT blends dystopian sci-fi and indie sensibilities into a uniquely charming, off-kilter world.

Plus pinups by MIKE ALLRED, ROGER LANDGRIDGE, SKOTTIE YOUNG and more!

MORNING GLORIES, VOL. 2 TP
story NICK SPENCER
art JOE EISMA
cover RODIN ESQUEJO
AUGUST 10
168 PGS / FC / M
$12.99

Collecting the second story arc of the smash series in one volume. Learn (some) of the secrets in the Glories’ lives as we delve into their pasts and see how it affects their present. Each chapter focuses on a different Glory while maintaining the narrative and moving the mystery forward.
Collects MORNING GLORIES #7-12

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PHERONE TP
story VIKTOR KALVACHEV, PATRICK BAGGATTA & JIM SINK
art / cover VIKTOR KALVACHEV
AUGUST 3
104 PAGES / FC / OVERSIZED / M
$14.99 

NOW AVAILABLE IN SOFTCOVER!

Following Eve, a dangerously seductive woman on the edge of her sanity, PHERONE weaves a dark storyline filled with espionage, mystery and suspense. Armed with a killer body and a killer’s mind, the femme fatale must hunt down clues to rediscover her own troubled past, bringing violence and danger to anyone who crosses her path.

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BLUE ESTATE #1 (CURRENT PRINTING)
 
SWEETS: A NEW ORLEANS CRIME STORY
story, art & cover KODY CHAMBERLAIN
AUGUST 24
120 PAGES / FC / M
$14.99

A spree killer terrorizes New Orleans days before Hurricane Katrina makes landfall. Detective Curt Delatte just buried his only daughter, he’s in no condition to work. But when the bodies pile up, he masks his grief and joins the hunt through the bowels of the Big Easy. It won’t be long until his city, and his evidence, gets washed away.

Collects SWEETS #1-5

DIGITAL ART TUTORIALS
By Brian Haberlin
AUGUST 10
Format: PC/Mac CD-ROM
$29.99 EACH
$99.99 FOR SET

EACH CD CONTAINS APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS OF VIDEO TUTORIALS WITH ALL PROJECT FILES NEEDED TO FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE TUTORIALS

1) Advanced Digital Inking Vol. 1

Learn how to digitally ink and take all your black and white artwork to the next level! 160 minutes spanning 13 lessons delve into Photoshop’s treasure trove of features that not only enhance comic applications, but make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen before. If you’re serious about your black and white artwork, this one is a must. [Some lessons require Photoshop CS5]

2) Photoshop Tips and Tricks Vol. 1

Learn to create textures, effects, and master the mysterious “Art History Tool”.

Watch  Brian Haberlin, as he walks you step-by-step from pencil sketch to fully rendered digital work of art. With all tools, palettes and custom brushes (including settings) open for your inspection, the techniques of digital painting are made accessible to everyone… in real time.  A must  for those interested in concept art and speed painting techniques.

3) Beginning Digital Coloring Vol. 1

Watch step by step as Photoshop artist, Brian Haberlin, takes you through the basics of computer coloring.  We start with a very basic coloring style then build to a more complex one.  Showing how to flat and color with the Gradient tool along the way to learning more complex rendering. Recommended for those that are just starting out coloring or even Photoshop first timers.

4) Grunge/Pop Style Vol. 1

Learn how to stylize your art! From the scratchy, vigorous energy of paint splashes to the pop-artsy use of repeating geometric patterns. Watch and learn as world renown Photoshop artist, Brian Haberlin, takes you step-by-step through three separate works each using a variety of techniques that have helped define an entire artistic movement…all in real time.

50 GIRLS 50 #3 (of 4)
story FRANK CHO & DOUG MURRAY
art AXEL MEDELLIN
cover FRANK CHO
AUGUST 3
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

The penultimate chapter of FRANK CHO (X-Men: Schism) and DOUG MURRAY’s (The ‘Nam) galaxy-spanning sci-fi epic has arrived! With the ESS Savannah now further from Earth than ever before, the crew is faced with the fact they may have to make a new home elsewhere. Will their new planet’s natives welcome them with open arms?

No. Not even close.

ALL NIGHTER #3 (of 5)
story DAVID HAHN
art / cover DAVID HAHN
AUGUST 17
32 PAGES / BW / T
$2.99

“STEALING BOYFRIENDS,” Part Three

Though Donna and Jim are an item, Kit can’t suppress her romantic urges and attempts to secretly rekindle her romantic relationship with Jim.  Martha and Kit form an unexpected friendship with each other that reveals some of Martha’s more obsessive qualities.

ARTIFACTS #12 (of 13)
story RON MARZ
art JEREMY HAUN & SUNNY GHO
cover A GREG HORN
cover B JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
AUGUST 31
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.99

THE PENULTIMATE ISSUE!

This is it! We arrived at the climax of the most universe-shattering event series in Top Cow history! We can’t tell you anything more! The final showdown you’ve been waiting for is here!

PLUS: Each issue will also feature an Artifacts: Origin story written by RON MARZ and drawn by a guest superstar artist.

ALSO AVAILABLE:

• Artifacts #7 – Top Cow Store Exclusive Variant Cover by Paolo Pantalena – $10.00

AVENGELYNE #2
story ROB LIEFELD & MARK POULTON
art OWEN GIENI
cover A ROB LIEFELD
cover B OWEN GIENI
AUGUST 17
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

“DEVIL IN THE FLESH,” Part Two

In his search for a new apprentice, the Red Dragon has taken control of Avengelyne’s body forcing her essence into Heaven Starr. Meanwhile, Torment targets the New Church of the People. Plus, the return of Passover!

BLUE ESTATE #5
story VIKTOR KALVACHEV & ANDREW OSBORNE
art VIKTOR KALVACHEV, TOBY CYPRESS & NATHAN FOX
cover VIKTOR KALVACHEV
AUGUST 10
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

 “THE MONEY SHOT”

A private investigator’s surveillance photos miss the big picture when Hollywood starlet Rachel Maddox is forced to gamble for her brother’s life!  Let your freak flag fly as hippies, mobsters and garden gnomes collide in part five of this fast, funny, 100% cool new series! Visit www.BlueEstateComic.com for more info.

‘BREED III #4 (of 6)
story JIM STARLIN
art / cover JIM STARLIN
AUGUST 10
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

“DOORS”

Everyone goes shopping, Ray beats a small boy with a stick and

an arms shipment doesn’t arrive exactly as planned.  A very typical

day for a ‘Breed.

BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER #6
story JOE CASEY
art / cover MIKE HUDDLESTON
AUGUST 31
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

Think we’ve pushed the envelope in this series so far? Well, this issue goes all the way! Learn the hidden secret of Jihad Jones! Discover Butcher Baker’s happy place! And Arnie B. Willard is still in hot pursuit! Do you need to read this comicbook? Absolutely!

LET IT ALL HANG OUT WITH YOUR FAVORITE RIGHTEOUS MAKER!

CHEW #21
story JOHN LAYMAN
art / cover ROB GUILLORY
AUGUST 17
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

“BASEBALL, HOT DOGS AND APPLE PIE,” Part One

Mike Applebee’s good day, Tony Chu’s first day and John Colby’s last day. An issue of beginning and endings, as we head into the fifth story arc of the multi-Eisner award nominated series about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals, clairvoyants and… meter maids?

THE DARKNESS #95
story PHIL HESTER
art SHELDON MITCHELL
cover BANE
AUGUST 31
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

“OUTER DARKNESS,” Part Six

The Darkness declares all out war against its most rebellious bearer, Jackie Estacado! With a small group of loyal allies, Jackie must face down an army of doppelgangers, a scorned woman from his past, and the very source of his own power.

DRUMS #4
story EL TORRES
art ABE HERNANDO & FRAN GAMBOA
cover RAUL ALLEN
AUGUST 24
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

“THE FLOOD”

The hurricane is driving people from Santa Rosa, but FBI Agent

Irons is still working on the “Death Ritual” case. In the flooded

streets, where dead bodies are walking, expecting something, Irons

will learn to his horror the truth beyond the case.

ELEPHANTMEN #35 
story RICHARD STARKINGS
art / cover BOO COOK
AUGUST 17
40 PAGES / FC / M
$3.99

“THE DRUM AT THE GATE OF THUNDER”

The sequel to WAR TOYS concludes as Yvette tracks down Hip, Ebony and Horn to exact her revenge.

GLADSTONE’S SCHOOL FOR WORLD CONQUERORS #4
story MARK ANDREW SMITH
art / cover ARMAND VILLAVERT
AUGUST 3
32 PAGES / FC / E
$2.99

The Skull Brothers battle an army of ancient Egyptian monsters while cupid’s arrow strikes Mummy Girl and Kid Nefarious!  And what secrets do comic books featuring the parents of our supervillains-in-training reveal about Gladstone’s past? After this shocking discovery nothing will ever be the same.

GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES #3
story MARK SABLE
art / cover  PAUL AZACETA
AUGUST 31 
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

War-torn Afghanistan: The absolute WORST place for the dead to come back to life.  In the final issue of the first story arc, the decimated band of Marines and Taliban make their last stand and discover the REAL power behind the undead uprising.  32 pages of story– NO ADS!

GREEN WAKE #5
story KURTIS J. WIEBE
art & cover RILEY ROSSMO
AUGUST 3
32 PAGES / FC / M
$3.50

The deadly finale brings all the exposed threads together and Green Wake’s secrets are revealed. Morley must face his own demons to find Babylon, and vile monsters stalk his every step to keep him from his final destination: Home.

NOW AN ONGOING SERIES!

HACK/SLASH #7 
story TIM SEELEY
art DANIEL LEISTER
cover A DANIEL LEISTER & RACHELLE ROSENBERG
cover B  EMILY STONE
AUGUST 10
32 PAGES/ FC / T+
$3.50

“FAME MONSTER,” Part Two 

It’s not easy being a pampered, useless celebrity. Cassie and Vlad must protect an American idol from his insane fans, a bloodthirsty killer, and horrific entities intent on enslaving humanity. Blood, skin and paparazzi rule in “FAME MONSTER”.

THE INTREPIDS #6
story KURTIS J. WIEBE
art / cover SCOTT KOWALCHUK
AUGUST 3
32 PAGES / FC / T
$2.99

“CYBORGS, BABOONS AND BEARS! OH, MY!”

The action packed finale that will have you high-fiving and fist-pumping in public places. With the true villain revealed, the Intrepids must face their darkest fears and most powerful enemy. A full-scale epic brawl for the fate of humanity. Enter the cyber-bears!

INVINCIBLE #85
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover CORY WALKER
AUGUST 17
32 PAGES / FC / T
$2.99

 CORY WALKER RETURNS TO INVINCIBLE!
In this special two-issue story-arc: Invincible’s mother and father return to the planet Talescria in the aftermath of The Viltrumite War!  Omni-Man and Young Omni-Man reunite and fight space crime together!  All the while, a new threat is emerging… one that could bring an end to all life on Earth!

THE LAST MORTAL #4 (of 4)
story JOHN MAHONEY & FILIP SABLIK
art / cover THOMAS NACHLIK
AUGUST 24
32 PAGES / BW / M
$3.99

“REGICIDE,” Part Four

The finale of the hard-hitting supernatural noir series from Minotaur Press is here. Alec King, the suicidal immortal, has been beat down, stabbed, and shot so many times he’s beginning to lose count. But finally, the man responsible for his best friend’s death is in his sights. The question remains– will Alec be able to make the hard decision for the first time in his miserable life?

THE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY #6
story S. STEVEN STRUBLE
art SINA GRACE
cover CHARLIE ADLARD
AUGUST 10
32 PAGES / FC / T
$2.99

“JAIL GUITAR DOORS”

Drew Blood has been arrested, leaving LDB stranded by the side of the road with no clue where he is or how to get home. All he can think is:  What would Snake do?  Featuring a cover by CHARLIE ADLARD, award winning artist of THE WALKING DEAD and all around nice guy.

MARKSMAN #2 (of 6)
script DAVID BAXTER
art JAVIER ARANDA, GARRY LEACH & JESSICA KHOLINNE
cover TOMM COKER
AUGUST 24
32 PAGES / FC / T
$2.99

In the midst of blood shed, a Trojan horse stands revealed. This betrayal may change the stakes of this violent game. Drake and the Marksmen face a desperate shootout with the Lone Star Rangers, but was the catalyst a soldier’s arrogance, or a well-played move?

MORIARTY #4
story DANIEL COREY
art / cover ANTHONY DIECIDUE  
AUGUST 3
32 PAGES / FC / T
$2.99

“THE DARK CHAMBER,” Part Four

“The Dark Chamber” comes to a climax in this installment, which sees Professor Moriarty finally confronting Tartarus in an epic battle that will change his destiny and decide the fate of London and the world.

MYSTERIOUS WAYS #2 (of 6)
story JASON RUBIN
art / cover TYLER KIRKHAM
AUGUST 10
32 PAGES / FC  / M
$3.99

THIS KILLER JUST SAVED YOUR LIFE…
Sam is a nightmare he cannot wake up from. Pursued by the cops and Feds for a series of murders he doesn’t remember committing, Sam is in desperate need of sanctuary. Will a mad, blind priest lead him to salvation? Video game industry titan JASON RUBIN (The Iron Saint, Crash Bandicoot) teams with TYLER KIRKHAM (Green Lantern Corps) to bring a dark, action-packed supernatural thriller that will have you questioning everything you believe.

NETHERWORLD #5 (of 5)
story BRYAN EDWARD HILL & ROB LEVIN
art / cover TONY SHASTEEN & DAVE McCAIG
AUGUST 17
32 PAGES / FC  / M
$3.99

We ARE all lost!

It comes down to this. Either Ray gets Madeline on the train out of the city, or we will all be lost… forever. But first, he has to get through Cyrus Kane.

RED SPIKE #4 (of 5)
story JEFF CAHN
art MARK TEXEIRA, SALVADOR NAVARRO & IFANSYAH NOOR
cover MARK TEXEIRA
AUGUST 10
32 PAGES / FC / T
$2.99

Where does one draw the line in the sand? How do we define the moment when once unwavering trust is called into question? As Matt and Greg battle it out on the Lincoln Memorial, harsh truths are revealed on the Project Red Spike base.

THE RED WING #2 (of 4)
story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art / cover NICK PITARRA & RACHELLE ROSENBERG 
AUGUST 10
32 PAGES / FC / T
$3.50

“LEARNING TO FALL”

Lost in time — deep in enemy history —  the Captain of the First Wing must find a way home so that he can begin the space-time program that will one day save his future.

Join us for the second jaw-dropping issue of THE RED WING by award winning writer JONATHAN HICKMAN and possibly the best new talent of the year, NICK PITARRA.

REED GUNTHER #3
story SHANE HOUGHTON
art / cover CHRIS HOUGHTON
AUGUST 10
32 PAGES / FC / E
$2.99

“REED GUNTHER IN TRAINS, REIGNS, AND PAINS!”

Reed Gunther and his best bear buddy Sterling are separated when the legendary steel-driving man, John Henry, returns from the dead while the sneaky Mr. Picks escapes to the East Coast with the mysterious monster-creating Idol.

SAMURAI’S BLOOD #3 (of 6)
story OWEN WISEMAN
art NAM KIM, MATTHEW DALTON & JESSICA KHOLINNE
cover JO CHEN
AUGUST 17
32 PAGES / FC / T
$2.99

There are four ascending levels of suffering in the world and Mayuko is about to learn them all. With Katashi floating unconscious down the river, Mayuko is left to fend for herself against the vile Mistresses Kimori and Yamayuna, as they attempt to break her spirit and make her one of their oiron girls. But just as quickly–as the faintest glimmer of freedom appears—so, too, does it fade away. Innocence must pay the terrible price.

SCREAMLAND #3
story HAROLD SIPE & CHRISTOPHER SEBELA
art LEE LESLIE
cover HECTOR CASANOVA 
AUGUST 3
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

“DEATH OF THE PARTY,” Part Three
Monster-Fight-A-Go-Go! The hunt for Invisible Man’s killer continues through the bars and booths of FantasyScapeCon. Wolfman Carl and the Midnight Slasher finally face off with knives and claws, while TV’s former interstellar engineer Travis uncovers the truth behind alien menace The Mass.

SHINKU #3
story RON MARZ
art / cover LEE MODER, MATTHEW WAITE & MICHAEL ATIYEH
AUGUST 10
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99

“THRONE OF BLOOD,” Part Three

The key to destroying the vampire plague is almost within Shinku’s grasp. But can she keep her new ally, Davis, alive long enough to actually use it? Blood splatters as RON MARZ & LEE MODER’s martial arts and horror mash-up continues!

SKULLKICKERS #10
story JIM ZUB
art EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
cover SAEJIN OH
AUGUST 31
32 PAGES / FC / T
$2.99

“FIVE FUNERALS AND A BUCKET OF BLOOD,” Part Four
This issue has it all: A cover, printed pages, comic panels in

sequential order and staples! You heard that right– staples! Okay, now that we’re past that stuff–does anyone read this info? Do you? Let us know at www.skullkickers.com. PS: We now have more issues than BATTLE CHASERS.

SPAWN #210
story WILL CARLTON
art SZYMON KUDRANSKI & TODD MCFARLANE
cover SZYMON KUDRANSKI
AUGUST 3
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99

“Q&A,” Part Four

Spawn’s latest act of mercy has violent, and unforeseen, consequences, as the K7 lashes out at Jim, bringing to light a question key to Jim’s future: Does the world’s newest Hellspawn control his newfound powers, or do the powers control him? Meanwhile, Twitch attempts to help Detective Rowand understand the dark forces at play in the world.

SUPER DINOSAUR #5
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover JASON HOWARD
AUGUST 24
32 PAGES / FC / E
$2.99

The Mega-Raptor’s rampage continues!  Derek Dynamo and Super Dinosaur face their biggest and mostly fearsome threat, yet–as Max Maximus’ master plan finally unfolds!  This is the big one folks, after this issue… nothing will ever be the same!

THE WALKING DEAD #88
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
AUGUST 10
32 PAGES / BW / M
$2.99

Every day, it becomes a little bit easier.

 THE WALKING DEAD WEEKLY #31
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
AUGUST 3
32 PAGES / BW
$2.99

THE WALKING DEAD WEEKLY #32
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
AUGUST 10
32 PAGES / BW
$2.99

Surrounded.

THE WALKING DEAD WEEKLY #33
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
AUGUST 17
32 PAGES / BW / M
$2.99

Revenge.

THE WALKING DEAD WEEKLY #34
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
AUGUST 24
32 PAGES / BW / M
$2.99

Safe for now… but for HOW LONG… and at what cost?

 THE WALKING DEAD WEEKLY #35
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
AUGUST 31
32 PAGES / BW / M
$2.99

The threat level rises.

WITCH DOCTOR #3 (of 4)
story BRANDON SEIFERT
art / cover LUKAS KETNER
AUGUST 17
32 PAGES / FC / M
$2.99
 

It’s Dr. Morrow’s biggest case yet: “The Patient From The Black Lagoon!”  What’s the secret of the Deep Ones?  How do they fit in with the Relapse, the Extinction Event that’s c oming for humankind?  And why are Morrow and his medical staff at each other’s throats?

“Basically, I’m jealous.  Bastards!” — Ben Templesmith


Review – Bomb Queen VI #4


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Bomb Queen VI #4I could take this entire review and make bomb jokes, but this issue is an example of some of the worst when it comes to comics.  It’s violent for violent sake.  It’s over the top, when it doesn’t have to be.  And the worst thing is, it could have been pretty deft political commentary.  Bomb Queen VI #4 is a big stinking turd bomb.

President Obama believes he can finally beat the scandalous Bomb Queen, but our favorite super villain is ready to show the world the TRUE meaning of darkest evil. Don’t miss this world-altering conclusion to Bomb Queen vs. Obama where nobody is safe and rivers of blood will flow in the streets.

The solicitation for the comic holds a retailer warning, but really the warning should be how bad the comic is.  It has nothing to add, nothing to say other than gratuitous violence, sexuality and a whole lot more I’d like to forget.

I could go on about what I hated in this one issue.  But it’s a pass on such a level that I want to forget what I’ve read, and hope I’m not subjected to any more.

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Bombs Away – Bomb Queen Vs. Hack Slash Valentine’s Day Special

Official Press Release

BOMBS AWAY

Bomb Queen gets catty with the ladies in early 2011 releases

Berkeley, CA – 10 January 2010 – She’s currently fighting President Obama in the pages of BOMB QUEEN, Vol. VI, but in 2011, Bomb Queen will take girl fights to a whole new level when she takes on HACK/SLASH’s Cassie Hack and the Queen of England!

BOMB QUEEN VS. HACK/SLASH VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL, a one-shot from Bomb Queen creator Jimmie Robinson, hits shelves in February. In it, Tim Seeley’s HACK/SLASH heroine Cassie Hack must face down a horde of perverted slashers who have been released from Bomb Queen’s evil dimension into her unsuspecting world. Among those evil individuals? Bomb Queen herself!

In March, Robinson’s BOMB QUEEN ALL-GIRL SPECIAL #1 will see Bomb Queen waging war against the wider world when she travels to London to kill the Queen of England. But Bomb Queen better not underestimate Her Majesty, who has a few tricks of her own that may spell doom for Bomb Queen. There can be only one Queen!

“Barack Obama is a wuss compared to Cassie Hack and Queen Elizabeth,” says Robinson. “Bomb Queen has a real fight on her hands this time around!”

BOMB QUEEN VS. HACK SLASH VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL (DEC100437), a 32-page full-color one-shot from Shadowline and Image Comics, will be in stores February 9, 2011, for $3.50. BOMB QUEEN ALL-GIRL SPECIAL #1 (JAN110559), a 32-page full-color comic book from Shadowline and Image Comics, will be in stores March 9, 2011, for $3.50.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

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