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Tomorrow’s new comic book day! What do you plan on getting? What are you excited for? If you’re undecided, we’ll have our picks in a few hours. Until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – IDW Raising Another $10 Million – Interesting insight into the company.

Kotaku – Dungeons & Dragons Wouldn’t Be What It Is Today Without These Women – Some cool gaming history.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

ICv2 – Brave

Comic Attack – Magdalena #3

Comic Attack – Secret Empire: Brave New World #2

Spawn’s Legacy Spreads for Image’s 25th Anniversary May Variants

Image Comics has revealed the first nine of the variants planned for May’s 25th anniversary theme month—Spawn. Image Comics’ creators bring their interpretation of the iconic antihero by Todd McFarlane to life all month long. Black and white versions of a selection of the covers will also be available.

Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants.

Available in stores on Wednesday, May 10th:

  • Black Cloud #2 by Ivan Brandon and Jason Latour, cover by Greg Hinkle (Diamond Code FEB178673)
  • Regression #1 by Cullen Bunn and Danny Luckert, cover by Danny Luckert (Diamond Code FEB178672)
  • Renato Jones: Season Two #1 by Kaare Kyle Andrews, cover by Kaare Kyle Andrews (Diamond Code FEB178668)

Available in stores on Wednesday, May 17th:

  • God Country #5 by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw, cover by Gerardo Zaffino (Diamond Code FEB178676)
  • GRRL Scouts: Magic Socks #1 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Jim Mahfood (Diamond Code FEB178669)
  • Horizon #11 by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon, Frank Martin, cover by Juan Gedeon and Mike Spicer (Diamond Code FEB178677)
  • Injection #13 by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, cover by Declan Shalvey (Diamond Code FEB178678)
  • Rose #2 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara, cover by David Finch (Diamond Code FEB178670)

Available in stores on Wednesday, May 24th:

  • Deadly Class #28 by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, cover by Wes Craig (Diamond Code FEB178680)
  • Magdalena Vol. 4 #3 by Tini Howard, Ryan Cady, Christian DiBari, cover by Stjepan Sejic (Diamond Code FEB178869)
  • The Old Guard #4 by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández, cover by Chris Samnee (Diamond Code FEB178674)
  • Plastic #2 by Doug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard, cover by Daniel Hillyard (Diamond Code FEB178675)
  • Seven to Eternity #6 by Rick Remender and Jerome Opeña, cover by Jerome Opeña (Diamond Code FEB178671)

Available in stores on Wednesday, May 31st:

  • Manifest Destiny #29 by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts, Owen Gieni, cover by Matt Roberts and Owen Gieni (Diamond Code FEB178679)
  • Black Science #30 by Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera, cover by Matteo Scalera (Diamond Code FEB178681)

Review: Magdalena #1

Magdalena1Cover.pngIn Magdalena #1, writers Tini Howard and Ryan Cady, artist Christian DiBari, and colorist Mike Spicer dust off a nearly 20-year-old character from the Witchblade universe and give it a soft-ish reboot with style. Patience is a 32-year-old woman and happens to have the blood of Mary Magdalene, which allows her to wield the Spear of Destiny that pierced Jesus Christ’s side when he hung on the cross. She uses this Spear to defend the Earth from demons, but isn’t on speaking terms with the Vatican, her old employers. Except her powers have been going wonky recently, and the spear and her abilities don’t have the same effect on evil as she used to be.

Howard, Cady, and DiBari bookmark Magdalena #1 with riveting action scenes featuring freaky demons and pyrotechnics from colorist Spicer, but do an even better job fleshing out the women behind the spear. Patience has been feeling the weight of her burden as the longest serving Magdalena in history and just the persistent crush of evil and institutions that do nothing about it. Howard and Cady’s dialogue for Patience is wry action hero one-liners, but their captions for her are more vulnerable and thoughtful. She is coming to a crossroads in her life, and maybe it’s time to pass her mantle on. Di Bari’s art helps with this as well with panels of wounds on Patience’s torso that are slow to heal as she falls into Logan with even more religious imagery mode and comes to grips with her own mortality.

And this is where Maya Dos Santos aka your new favorite Goth Latina skeptic mystical MagdalenaInterior.pngweapon wielder-in-training comes in. Her first scene in Magdalena #1 is an argument with her mother about religion and not going to Mass. However, Tini Howard and Ryan Cady don’t writer her like a Reddit/Bill Maher atheist and give her a nuanced view of religion. Maya wishes she could believe in a higher power, but sadly can’t. Maya has strong emotions and her passion as a character makes her endearing from the get-go as her long-suffering friend Shilpa deals with her from wanting to have fun at the club to pining for a boy and then back to feeling sad. They have an easy, self-aware banter with Shilpa being the more responsible one while still having fun.

His faces and inking style reminds me a lot of fellow Top Cow artist Stepjan Sejic (This is a compliment.), but Christian DiBari’s work in Magdalena #1 stands out when he indulges his taste for devilish horror. For example, Maya’s problematic crush Greg, who happens to be the host for the demon Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies, starts retching and then his neck snaps when the demon takes over his body. The neck snap, and the gruesomely green vomit from DiBari and Spicer crosses the book from urban fantasy into horror territory and provides Maya with a rude awakening into the world of being a Magdalena as she must learn her new abilities while one of the most powerful demons is on the loose. I look forward to more slicing, dicing action from DiBari and Spicer like the first time Maya wields the Spear of Destiny and gets a surge of energy that almost pops up in the page.

Tini Howard, Ryan Cady, Christian DiBari, and Mike Spicer successfully reimagine a popular 90s character in Magdalena #1 by giving their two protagonist relatable feelings and personal issues to go along with the demon ass kicking. Maya is 19 and trying to become her own person when she gets drawn into a world of Christian symbolism and demons while Patience is having a midlife crisis on a cosmic level.

Patience and Maya’s doubts and flaws along with their grit and determination plus some cool action, demon designs, and general gore make Magdalena #1 worth picking up even if you’re like me and only knew Magdalena from a lyric from “I Wanna Live in a World Full of Heroes” by nerd rock band Kirby Krackle.

Story: Tini Howard and Ryan Cady Art: Christian DiBari Colors: Mike Spicer
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics/Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Four More Women’s History Month 25th Anniversary Covers Revealed

Image Comics is pleased to reveal four more Women’s History variants planned for March’s 25th-anniversary theme with proceeds to benefit Planned Parenthood. The variants will serve to celebrate the careers of women in comics and the progress made throughout comics history by the women’s movement.

Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants, beginning with Wednesday, February 1st—the exact date of Image Comics’ founding in 1992.

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 1st:

  • Rat Queens #1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Owen Gieni, variant artwork by Colleen Doran (Diamond Code DEC168662)
  • Royal City #1 by Jeff Lemire, variant artwork by Emi Lenox (Diamond Code DEC168665)

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 8th:

  • The Wicked + The Divine #27 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, variant artwork by Chynna Clugston-Flores  (Diamond Code DEC168658)
  • Motor Crush #4 by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart & Babs Tarr, variant artwork by Leslie Hung  (Diamond Code DEC168659)
  • East of West #32 by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta, variant artwork by Meredith McClaren (Diamond Code DEC168668)
  • LOW #16 by Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini, variant artwork by Vanesa R. Del Rey (Diamond Code DEC168663)

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 15th:

  • Moonshine #6 by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso, variant artwork by Jill Thompson (Diamond Code DEC168660)

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 22nd:

  • She Wolf #7 by Rich Tommaso, variant artwork by Marian Churchland (Diamond Code DEC168661)
  • Magdalena #1 by Tini Howard, Ryan Cady & Christian Dibari, variant artwork by Roberta Ingrata (Diamond Code DEC168666)

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 29th:

  • Monstress #11 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, variant artwork by Sanya Anwar
  • Old Guard #2 by Greg Rucka & Leandro Fernandez, variant artwork by Nicola Scott

(Update) Image Announces 100% of the March Women’s History Month Variant Proceeds to Go to Planned Parenthood

Image Comics has revealed the first five of 11 variants planned for March’s 25th anniversary theme month—“Women’s History.” The variants will serve to celebrate the careers of women in comics, the strides made throughout comics history made by the women’s movement, and the company’s history of shaking up the status quo. 100% of the proceeds made from these March Women’s History variant covers will be donated to Planned Parenthood. We’ve reached out to Image to clarify exactly what is being donated.

(Update) We asked for clarification as to what would be donated. Image responded with:

Any money Diamond pays Image for these Women’s History variants covers will instead be donated to Planned Parenthood. Image Comics will cover the artists’ fees for these covers.

In the release announcement Director of Sales at Image Comics Corey Murphy said:

Many of Image Comics’ staff—myself included—and an ever-growing catalog of some of the most talented writers and artists in the industry, feel strongly about supporting women’s reproductive rights. Women have come a long way in this country, and the progress that’s been made is in part due to the efforts Planned Parenthood has made in sex education and affordable, preventative healthcare. I’m extremely proud to be a part of a company that’s unafraid to take a stance in supporting a non-profit that’s recently been under fire. This month we celebrate Women’s History, the strides the women have made in the comics industry, and the difference that everyone—male and female—has made by coming together in spreading equality.

Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants, beginning with Wednesday, February 1st—the exact date of Image Comics’ founding in 1992, and the date of this year’s “Image Comics Day.”

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 1st:

  • Rat Queens #1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Owen Gieni, variant artwork by Colleen Doran (Diamond Code DEC168662)
  • Royal City #1 by Jeff Lemire, variant artwork by Emi Lenox (Diamond Code DEC168665)

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 8th:

  • The Wicked + The Divine #27 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, variant artwork by Chynna Clugston-Flores  (Diamond Code DEC168658)
  • Motor Crush #4 by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart & Babs Tarr, variant artwork by Leslie Hung  (Diamond Code DEC168659)
  • East of West #32 by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta, variant artwork by Meredith McClaren (Diamond Code DEC168668)
  • Low #16 by Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini, variant artwork by Vanesa R. Del Rey (Diamond Code DEC168663)

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 15th:

  • Moonshine #6 by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso, variant artwork by Jill Thompson (Diamond Code DEC168660)

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 22nd:

  • She Wolf #7 by Rich Tommaso, variant artwork by Marian Churchland (Diamond Code DEC168661)
  • Magdalena #1 by Tini Howard, Ryan Cady & Christian Dibari, variant artwork by Roberta Ingranata (Diamond Code DEC168666)

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 29th:

  • Monstress #11 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, variant artwork by Sanya Anwar (Diamond Code DEC168664)
  • Old Guard #2 by Greg Rucka & Leandro Fernandez, variant artwork by Nicola Scott (Diamond Code DEC168667)

Image/Top Cow Launches Holy-Warrior Epic in Magdalena

Writer Tini Howard and artist Ryan Cady team up for the all-new series Magdalena, set to launch from Image/Top Cow this March.

Magdalena follows “The Magdalena” a powerful individual who has always defended the world from demonic evil, empowered by the blood of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene in her veins. But when a brush with death leaves her gravely wounded, Patience decides to seek out the next in the bloodline and train her replacement. The replacement, meanwhile, is having enough trouble with finding her purpose even without the whole holy-warrior gig.

Howard and Cady put a fresh, contemporary spin on the popular Top Cow universe superheroine—known for her early appearances in The Darkness and Witchblade series—and introduce an adventure for new readers to enjoy.

Magdalena #1 (Diamond code: JAN170667) hits comic book stores Wednesday, March 22nd. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, February 27th.

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Preview: Magdalena Seventh Sacrament

Magdalena Seventh Sacrament

Story By: Tini Howard
Art By: Aileen Oracion
Cover By: Aileen Oracion
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: OCT140598
Published: December 10, 2014

Talent Hunt winning writer TINI HOWARD and artist AILEEN ORACION challenge the legend of the Spear of Destiny as sins of omission come to light in this one shot special! Detective Sara Pezzini reveals a lost manuscript that speaks of a bright young martyr and the dark acts she eclipses in this tale of an all-new Magdalena.

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Preview – Magdalena #12

Magdalena #12

story RON MARZ, art NELSON BLAKE II, DAVID MARQUEZ, SAL REGLA & DAVE McCAIG, cover NELSON BLAKE II, SAL REGLA & DAVE McCAIG
Price: $3.99

GUEST-STARRING WITCHBLADE!
Patience, Kristof, and Witchblade bearer Sara Pezzini race to retrieve the piece of the One True Cross, before it is once again lost to the world. Will Patience be able to recover the relic or will she share the fate of her ancestor? RON MARZ (ARTIFACTS, WITCHBLADE), NELSON BLAKE II (PILOT SEASON: MURDERER) and DAVID MARQUEZ (Secret Warriors, Days Missing) continue the fan favorite series!

Image Comics in March 2012

Official Press Release

IMAGE COMICS SOLICITATIONS FOR MARCH 2012

SAGA #1

story BRIAN K. VAUGHAN

art / cover  FIONA STAPLES  

MARCH 14 

48 PAGES / FC / M 

$2.99

Y: THE LAST MAN writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN returns to comics with red-hot artist FIONA STAPLES for an all-new ONGOING SERIES!  Star Wars-style action collides with Game of Thrones-esque drama in this original sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers, as new parents Marko and Alana risk everything to raise their child amidst a never-ending galactic war. The adventure begins in a spectacular DOUBLE-SIZED FIRST ISSUE, with forty-four pages of story with no ads for the regular price of just $2.99!

 

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #1

story JONATHAN HICKMAN

art NICK PITARRA / CRIS PETER

MARCH 7

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$3.50

“INFINITE OPPENHEIMERS”

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? What if the union of a generation’s brightest minds was not a signal for optimism, but foreboding? What if everything… went wrong?

Welcome to THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, a brand new, ongoing, monthly comic from the creators of THE RED WING.

Brought to you by award-winning writer JONATHAN HICKMAN and possibly the best new talent of the year, NICK PITARRA, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS is a look at history through a darker, much stranger, lens.

BLOODSTRIKE #26

story TIM SEELEY

art FRANCHESCO GASTON

cover TIM SEELEY & CARLOS BADILLA

variant cover ROB LIEFELD

MARCH 28

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

Extreme’s zombie-black op-superheroes return!  Cabbot Stone is the last unliving Bloodstrike agent, an unstoppable weapon in America’s war on terror! But being dead is a hell of way to make a living, and Cabbot is losing his faith. Will his latest mission be his last? Bloody horror-action with heart by Hack/Slash writer Tim Seeley and Artist Franchesco Gaston!

HELL YEAH #1

story JOE KEATINGE

art & cover ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ

MARCH 7

32 PAGES / FC / T+ TEEN PLUS

$2.99

THE LAST GENERATION OF HEROES IS HERE!

Twenty years ago, the first-ever superheroes debuted without warning and forever altered our global culture! Now, the generation born in their wake fight to claim their place in a world evolved beyond them! Written by Eisner & Harvey award-winner JOE KEATINGE and illustrated by ELEPHANTMEN and POPGUN’s ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ, HELL YEAH combines the over-the-top excitement of the original Image Comics launch with modern, innovative storytelling. It all begins with a giant-sized first issue containing a full thirty-two pages of story with no ads for the regular price of just $2.99! 

 

HOAX HUNTERS #0

story MICHAEL MORECI & STEVE SEELEY

art JM RINGUET

Cover STEVE SEELEY

MARCH 21

32 PAGES / FC / T

$2.99

“GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER”

Cryptids. Aliens. Monsters. All the world’s bizarre secrets–what if they were real? Their existence would be debunked by a reality TV show! HOAX HUNTERS is that show, publicly disproving all variety of lore. But their real goal is the opposite: as the world’s dark corners surface, the HOAX HUNTERS cover them up.

When a mysterious astronaut made of crows appears in Russia, the HOAX HUNTERS are on the case.

From the pages of HACK/SLASH!

REBEL BLOOD #1 (of 4)

story ALEX LINK & RILEY ROSSMO

art / cover RILEY ROSSMO

MARCH 28

32 pages / FC / M

$3.50

FROM THE DESK OF OFFICER RED PROSPERO; WHILE YOU WERE OUT: 

“The world went to hell in a hand basket.  A highly infectious disease has turned every living thing into zombies. Your neighbors will rend your flesh with their bare teeth.  So will the rats.  And if the rats don’t, the squirrels will.  Save yourself.  Stay in the woods.  Pray it hasn’t reached the wolves…and keep your gun loaded.”

From the co-creator of COWBOY NINJA VIKING and GREEN WAKE comes a zombie tale like none you’ve read before, with a Twilight Zone twist!

THE DARKNESS #101

story DAVID HINE

art / cover JEREMY HAUN

variant cover MARC SILVESTRI

MARCH 21

32 PAGES / FC / M

$2.99

NEW CREATIVE TEAM! BOLD NEW DIRECTION!

“THE CRACK IN EVERYTHING”, PART 1

Hot on the heels of THE DARKNESS II video game release, Top Cow proudly welcomes the new creative team of DAVID HINE (THE DARKNESS: FOUR HORSEMEN, THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN) and JEREMY HAUN (ARTIFACTS, BATTLE HYMN, Detective Comics)! On the surface, Jackie Estacado has everything he ever wanted – control of the Darkness, a successful career, and happy family life. Only his desire to make his life truly perfect will be his undoing.

 

’68, VOL. 1: BETTER RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE TP

story MARK KIDWELL

art / cover NAT JONES & JAY FOTOS

MARCH 7

178 PAGES / FC / M

$19.99

There are zombies in the razorwire. Welcome to 1968…and the end of the world. From the steaming jungles of Viet Nam to the brightly lit campus of demonstration-torn Berkeley, California, ravenous hordes of unstoppable ghouls are changing the face of the Age of Aquarius.

Collected for the first time, this 178-page trade paperback re-presents the first four-issue story arc from the ’68 ongoing series, along with the re-colored and re-lettered original one-shot from 2006! Plus, creators MARK KIDWELL, NAT JONES and JAY FOTOS have included tons of behind-the-scenes extras to make this a must-have for zombie and horror fans everywhere!

Collects ’68 #1-4, plus the 2006 ’68 one-shot

 

 

THE DARKNESS: ACCURSED, VOL. 7 TP

story PHIL HESTER

art ROMANO MOLENAAR & LEANDRO OLIVEIRA

cover MICHAEL BROUSSARD

MARCH 14

160 PAGES / FC / T

STANDARD

$19.99

PHIL HESTER’S EPIC RUN CONCLUDES!

Jackie Estacado has been pushed to the limit and beyond. He finally has something worth losing in his life and there is only one true threat to his happiness – the Darkness, itself. Utilizing the Sun Dagger, Estacado will die and plunge himself into the Darkness dimension itself to confront the very source of his gift and his curse.

Longtime writer PHIL HESTER (Wonder Woman, Bionic Man) concludes his critically acclaimed run on one of Top Cow’s flagship franchises with art by ROMANO MOLENAAR (Within Temptation’s the Unforgiving) and LEANDRO OLIVEIRA (Superman) with “Total Darkness.” The perfect way to catch up before starting DAVID HINE and JEREMY HAUN’s new run!

Collects THE DARKNESS #96-100

 

THE LAST OF THE GREATS, VOL. 1 TP

story JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV

art / cover  BRENT PEEPLES

MARCH 21

136 PAGES / FC / M

$12.99

MEET THE LAST – He’s mankind’s last hope and he f#@&ing HATES us.

As the Earth stands on the brink of annihilation we must beg the last survivor of a family of superheroes to put aside his hatred and save our asses. From the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated writer of ECHOES, Tumor and I, Vampire comes the complete first volume of the critically-acclaimed vision of Super Heroes for the 21st century.

Collects LAST OF THE GREATS #1-5

 

MAGDALENA, VOL. 2 TP

story RON MARZ

art NELSON BLAKE II, DAVID MARQUEZ & KEU CHA

cover NELSON BLAKE II

MARCH 21

160 PAGES / FC / T

STANDARD

$19.99

MAGDALENA RETURNS! GUEST STARRING WITCHBLADE!

Patience, the current Magdalena, has reconciled with the Catholic Church and agreed to work with her former masters. But there are still forces within the Church that feel another might serve more willingly as the bearer of the Spear of Destiny. Patience must fight for her place and then with her partner and mentor, Kristof, recover a piece of the True Cross from mercenaries.

Written by Top Cow Universe architect RON MARZ (ARTIFACTS, WITCHBLADE) and featuring art from NELSON BLAKE II (PILOT SEASON: MURDERER), DAVID MARQUEZ (Fantastic Four: Season One, Days Missing), and KEU CHA (WITCHBLADE, RISING STARS) this collections collects the “Sisters” and “The One, True Cross” story arcs!

Collects MAGDALENA #7-12

 

MARKSMEN, VOL. 1 TP

story DAVID BAXTER

art JAVIER ARANDA & GARRY LEACH

cover  TOMM COKER

MARCH 14

192 PAGES / FC / T

STANDARD SIZE

$15.99

Sixty years ago the oil ran out and debts were called in. Civil war followed that splintered America into warring fiefdoms. New San Diego is a technocratic utopia that offers the last bastion of peace and prosperity, provided you live within its walls. Drake McCoy is its best protector.  One of a select group of Marksmen, descended from the Navy Seals, McCoy defends the city from the numerous threats in the wasteland outside the walls.  But when the oil rich Lone Star state sends a powerful army to steal New San Diego’s energy technology, even the Marksmen’s skill may not be enough to fend off the siege.

Collects MARKSMEN #1-6

 

 

MORIARTY, VOL. 2: THE LAZARUS TREE TP

story DANIEL COREY

art  ANTHONY DIECIDUE & MIKE VOSBURG

cover ANTHONY DIECIDUE

MARCH 14

136 PAGES / FC / T

$14.99

In the wake of THE DARK CHAMBER, Professor Moriarty finds himself afflicted with unsettling visions. He sets sail for Burma in search of an old ally, but finds himself caught up in a city on the brink of revolt, a troublesome Imperial Policeman, and a secret that holds the key to his destiny.

Collects MORIARTY #5-9

 

 

SAVAGE DRAGON ULTIMATE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 HC

story / art / cover ERIK LARSEN

MARCH 21

336 PAGES / FC / T+

OVERSIZED

$34.99

The earliest adventures of fandom’s favorite fin-head are collected for the first time in an oversized volume in full color! It’s all here! Overlord! SuperPatriot! Mako! Arachnid! Freak Force! It’s the beginning of the greatest comic book in the history of comic books! Savage Dragon defends Chicago from Overlord and the Vicious Circle and the stakes–and body count–couldn’t be higher! It’s the definitive Savage Dragon collection! Guest-starring Rob Liefeld’s Badrock and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Comes with our highest possible recommendation!

Collects the expanded five-issue miniseries and Savage Dragon #1-7, plus covers, sketches and behind the scenes material.

 

 

SPAWN: ORIGINS, VOL. 14 TP

story TODD McFARLANE & BRIAN HOLGUIN

art GREG CAPULLO & DANNY MIKI

cover CLAYTON CRAIN

MARCH 7

152 PAGES / FC / T+

STANDARD SIZE

$14.99

Relive the excitement of one of the best-selling independent comics of all time and grow your SPAWN: ORIGINS collection! In this volume: The ghost of slain child killer Billy Kincaid returns to taunt Spawn! Possessing human souls, Kincaid carries out his dirty work vicariously through innocents. Sam and Twitch find themselves knee deep in it when current police officers become victims to Kincaid’s torment. Can they help Spawn save the people without killing all of them too!?

Collects SPAWN #81-86

 

 

TELLOS COLOSSAL, VOL. 2 HC

story TODD DEZAGO

art CRAIG ROUSSEAU, THOR BADENDYCK, CIRO TOTA, MAURICET & more

cover MIKE WIERINGO, ROB STULL & PAUL MOUNTS

MARCH 28

240 PAGES / FC / E

OVERSIZED

$39.99

Collecting ALL the rest! This massive, oversized tome collects all of the further adventures, all other TELLOS material beyond  TODD DEZAGO and MIKE WIERINGO’s original ten-issue masterpiece! Featuring art by CRAIG ROUSSEAU, THOR BADENDYCK, HOWARD PORTER, CARLO BARBERI, ERIC WOLFE-HANSON, DAVE TATA European Superstar, CRISSE, and more! Complete your TELLOS collection today!

Collects TALES OF TELLOS #1-3, MAIDEN VOYAGE, THE LAST HEIST and SONS AND MOONS

 

THE WALKING DEAD: CUTTING ROOM FLOOR HC

story & art ROBERT KIRKMAN

cover by CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN

MARCH 14

112 PAGES / FC / T

OVERSIZED

$19.99

For the first time ever: an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at ROBERT KIRKMAN’s original, hand-written plot lines for the early issues of the Eisner-award winning series!  See what plot lines were left on the cutting room floor and get an in-depth look at how the series came together.  This collection includes commentaries on KIRKMAN’s original plots with never before seen material. This is the WALKING DEAD collector’s item of the year!

Collects NEVER BEFORE SEEN WALKING DEAD PLOTS!

 

THE ACTIVITY #4

story NATHAN EDMONDSON

art & cover MITCH GERADS

MARCH 14

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$3.50

“WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN”

Fort Bragg is calling: DELTA has a problem with an out of control Columbian drug lord, and it’s up to Danny Locke’s Team Omaha to find a solution. THE ACTIVITY #4 is a great jumping-on point as the series continues to grind high-octane realism at all latitudes.

ALPHA GIRL #2

story JEAN-PAUL BONJOUR & JEFF ROENNING

art / cover ROBERT LOVE, DANA SHUKARTSI, & DIEGO SIMONE

MARCH 14

32 PAGES / FC / M

$2.99

The action-packed second issue opens with our heroine getting her first taste of the new apocalyptic world. On the run from rabid women and mysterious men in black rubber suits, Judith flees to the suburbs where she meets Frank, a sex starved teenager with a horrible secret. Joining forces, the two teens set out to evade evisceration and find Judith’s brother!

ARTIFACTS #17

story RON MARZ

art / cover STJEPAN SEJIC

MARCH 7

32 PAGES / FC / T

$3.99

“SEARCH FOR THE ANGELUS,” Part Four

Tom Judge and Tilly Grimes were prepared that not all the bearers of the 13 Artifacts would be receptive to their call to action. They even anticipated that it would shake some to the core. But they never expected what came next. RON MARZ (MAGDALENA, SHINKU) and STJEPAN SEJIC (ANGELUS) continue the story of the Top Cow Universe in directions that will top everything that has come before!

ALSO AVAILABLE:

ARTIFACTS #1-13 Complete 1-in-100 Foil Variant Cover Set – All Signed by MARC SILVESTRI – $500.00

(NOTE: Valued at $975. Limited to 50 sets. Allocations may occur.)

 

 

AVENGELYNE #9

story MARK POULTON

art OWEN GIENI

cover A ROB LIEFELD

cover B OWEN GIENI

cover C CORY HAMSCHER

MARCH 28

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

“THE HUNT,” Part Three

Guest starring the SEVEN DEADLY SINS. The manhunt for Father Michael continues, as Avengelyne and Passover search for Priest. Meanwhile, the Red Dragon chooses who wields the Luci-Fire weapon. Plus, an Extreme Origins back-up written by Mark Poulton with art by a guest artist!

BLUE ESTATE #10

story VIKTOR KALVACHEV & ANDREW OSBORNE

art VIKTOR KALVACHEV, TOBY CYPRESS & NATHAN FOX

cover VIKTOR KALVACHEV

MARCH 7

32 PAGES / FC / M

$2.99

“DEAD HEAT”

With just three episodes left in the season, the race for revenge is on and the fight for survival comes down to a photo finish!  See who goes to the mattresses, who sleeps with the fishes and who just stays groovy as Blue Estate scores another bull’s-eye with part ten of the fast, funny, 100% cool series (But wait! There’s more…at www.BlueEstateComic.com!)

THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN: DISINTERRED #3 (of 6)

story DAVID HINE

art & cover SHAKY KANE

MARCH 28

32 PAGES / FC / M

$3.99

“AS FLIES TO WANTON BOYS…”

Coffin Fly rises again to join The Unforgiving Eye in a race against time as The Red Menace launches an attack on planet Earth. But who is really behind this nefarious plan for world domination? Could it be that we are all no more than playthings in the hands of a 10-year-old sociopath?

 

ELEPHANTMEN #41

story / art DAVID HINE

cover BOO COOK

MARCH 21

40 PAGES / FC / M

$3.99

“A LONG AND GHASTLY KITCHEN”

DAVID HINE, co-creator of THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN, new writer of THE DARKNESS and creator of STRANGE EMBRACE, tells the story of the last days of MAPPO geneticist Javier Kubec…

FATALE #3

story ED BRUBAKER

art SEAN PHILLIPS & DAVE STEWART

cover SEAN PHILLIPS

MARCH 7

32 PAGES / FC / M

$3.50

What will Detective Walt Booker sacrifice, to what gods? And is he

looking for redemption or revenge? In part three of BRUBAKER and

PHILLIPS’ new horror/noir masterpiece, the threads of the first arc twist together… into a noose around the neck of a corrupt cop in late ‘50s San Francisco.

GLORY #24

story JOE KEATINGE

art & cover ROSS CAMPBELL

FEBRUARY 15

32 PAGES / FC / T+ 

$2.99

“ONCE AND FUTURE,” Part Two

Glory discovers some embers of war can never be extinguished as secrets of her past threaten to devastate the present. The bold new direction written by Eisner & Harvey-award winner JOE KEATINGE and illustrated by Wet Moon’s ROSS CAMPBELL continues with one of the most brutal opening sequences in Extreme history.

 

HACK/SLASH #14

story TIM SEELEY

art EMILIO LAISO

cover TIM SEELEY & ALAN PASSALAQUA

variant cover SHANE WHITE

MARCH 21

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$3.50

“MONSTER BAITING,” Part Three

Cat Curio has been kidnapped by the Gorillaconda! Cassie is prey for a demented hunter slasher! Samhain has to battle his way through Psychosaurs, and make the ultimate decision! Will he become a slasher again to save Cassie and Cat?

HAUNT #24

story JOE CASEY

art / cover NATHAN FOX

MARCH 28

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

It’s mayhem on the streets of Manhattan!  A relentless creature of fury andfire running amok!  Only Haunt can save the city from an apocalyptic end!  But at what cost?  The new nightmare rolls on in 2012!

THE INFINITE #7

story ROBERT KIRKMAN

art / cover ROB LIEFELD

MARCH 7

32 PAGES/FC/ T

$2.99

Bowen’s plan is falling apart.  He’s on the run, his team is in disarray–he only has one place to go if he’s going to turn things around.  In order to defeat The Infinite and save the world–there’s only one man he can rely on… his father.

INVINCIBLE #91

story ROBERT KIRKMAN

art & cover RYAN OTTLEY & JOHN RAUCH

MARCH 14

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

The new Invincible will not back down, will not give in, and he is not going to play nice.  What happens when Mark Grayson isn’t happy with his replacement?  All this and… What exactly happened between Robot and Monster Girl in the Flaxan Dimension?

 

 

THE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY #12

story S. STEVEN STRUBLE

art / cover SINA GRACE

MARCH 28

32 PAGES / FC / T

$2.99

“BRAND NEW SHOES”

The Li’l Depressed Boy may have met a new crush… but does he have the guts to ask if the spark is mutual?  It all begins with a question.

MONDO #3 (of 3)

story / art / cover TED McKEEVER

MARCH 7

40 PAGES / BW / M

GOLDEN-AGE FORMAT

$4.99

Y’know those kinds of days when your fuse is so short, you explode at the most mundane circumstance? Mondo doesn’t have those days because EVERY day is that way for him, and in the third and final issue of this explosive ‘Roid-Raging series, he’s about to outdo even himself.

 

 

MORNING GLORIES #19

story NICK SPENCER

art JOE EISMA

cover RODIN ESQUEJO

MARCH 21

32 PGS / FC / M

$2.99

Lights Out. Nobody home.

MUDMAN #4

Story / art / cover PAUL GRIST

MARCH 28

32 PAGES / FC / T

$3.50

Burnbridge on Sea is under attack… from the sea? Mudman is the only

person who can the tide – but when you’re made of mud, water isn’t the easiest thing to stop.

NANCY IN HELL (ON EARTH) #3 (of 4)

story EL TORRES

art ENRIQUE LOPEZ LORENZANA

color FRAN GAMBOA

MARCH 28

32 PAGES / FC / M

$3.99

The whole world will be annihilated and consumed by Hell. And the Angels want to cut out that cancer… and that means to destroy the Earth. Nancy and Lucifer must join forces with their worst enemy, Mr. Macabre, to stop Gabrielle… and the nuclear devices she’s ready to detonate.

NEAR DEATH #6

story  JAY FAERBER

art  SIMONE GUGLIELMINI

cover  FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

MARCH 21

32 PAGES / FC / T+ TEEN PLUS

$2.99

This issue’s a great jumping-on point as Markham embarks on his first case in his new town – protecting the outgoing Los Angeles District Attorney, whose many enemies are coming after him now that he no longer has police protection.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME #2

story ANGELO TIROTTO

art / cover RICHARD JORDAN

MARCH 21

32 pages / FC / M

$2.99

“HOME AGAIN,” Part Two

Dee’s world gets even more complicated when dead bodies, family secrets and a threat from the past set her down a road that will change her life forever! Who said coming home was easy?

 

PETER PANZERFAUST #2

story KURTIS J. WIEBE

art & cover TYLER JENKINS

MARCH 14

32 Pages / FC / M

$3.50 

THE GREAT ESCAPE,” Part Two

With Calais in the early stages of occupation, Peter and the boys discover a squad of captured British soldiers. Seeing an opportunity to get a ticket to London by saving them, they engage in a dangerous game of espionage that ends with a deadly showdown.

 

PIGS #7

story NATE COSBY & BEN McCOOL

art BRENO TEMURA

cover CHRISTIAN WARD

MARCH 14

32 PAGES / FC / M

$2.99

“INSIDE”

The “SAN QUENTIN BLUES” saga continues.

The White Russian’s plan has gone horribly wrong. Time to blow everything up.

PROPHET #23

story BRANDON GRAHAM

art SIMON ROY

cover FAREL DALRYMPLE

MARCH 21

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

Prophet finally arrives at the towers of Thauili Van. He must reach the G.O.D. satellite by climbing up, all the way to the edge of earths atmosphere past raging battles, crystalline beasts
and bizarre alien technology. All the while fighting to stay ahead of the deadly hunter who tracks him.

 

 

REED GUNTHER #9

story SHANE HOUGHTON

art & cover CHRIS HOUGHTON

MARCH 14

32 PAGES / FC / E

$2.99

“FIENDS FOREVER,” Part One

When an evil spirit is awakened inside of Sterling, Reed must face off against his best friend and become a bear-fighting cowboy!

 

 

SAVAGE DRAGON #180

story / art / cover  ERIK LARSEN  

MARCH 7

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$3.50

“ALIEN INVASION,” the finale!

The war comes to its epic conclusion! Death! Destruction! Genocide!

Earth’s greatest heroes faces their biggest challenge ever – and the fallout is anything but pretty. Will there be anything left worth living for? The answer will leave you breathless.

 

 

SPAWN #217

story WILL CARLTON

art SZYMON KUDRANSKI & TODD MCFARLANE

cover MICHAEL GOLDEN

MARCH 7

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

“THE GATHERING STORM,” Part Five

As the various factions swirling around Jim continue to come into focus, Malebolgia makes his move.  He confronts Clown about the missing piece of his power and sets up a showdown that will test Jim’s true power.

THE STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE #6 (of 6)

story JUSTIN JORDAN

art / cover TRADD MOORE

MARCH 7

32 PAGES / FC / M

$2.99

MINISERIES CONCLUSION

It ends here. Luther has lost nearly everything, but can he stop the Librarian from taking away the rest? Blood will flow, guts will fly and lives will change as the hit mini series concludes.

SUPER DINOSAUR #10

story ROBERT KIRKMAN

art / cover JASON HOWARD

MARCH 21

32 PAGES / FC / E

$2.99

The dreaded Exile proves to be a far more formidable foe than Max Maximus ever was! Super Dinosaur finds himself under attack by The Exile led horde of Dino-Men! Meanwhile, Derek must infiltrate The Exile’s secret base in order to find the key to defeating him once and for all! But what about Derek’s mother?  Will he ever find out she exists?

THIEF OF THIEVES #2

story ROBERT KIRKMAN & NICK SPENCER

art / cover SHAWN MARTINBROUGH

MARCH 7

32 PAGES / FC / T

$2.99

Conrad Paulson has turned his back to his life as Redmond, international master criminal, in order to regain some semblance of the life he left behind.  Will it be enough to reconcile with his wife? Save his son from the life? Or will it end up getting them all killed?

THE WALKING DEAD #95

story ROBERT KIRKMAN

art / cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN

MARCH 28

32 PAGES / BW / M

$2.99

“A LARGER WORLD” CONTINUES

Rick and his group are welcomed into a new community, led by a new charismatic leader.  Rick has experienced this before.  Is this the beginning of a new era of peace for Rick and the others… or is this man every bit as dangerous as The Governor?

WHISPERS #2

story / art / cover  JOSHUA LUNA

MARCH 28

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

Sam has a wild imagination. However, as his supernatural ability allows him to see things the human eye cannot and should not see, the more reality will prove to be stranger—and more hellish—than he could ever imagine.

JOSHUA LUNA of THE LUNA BROTHERS (ULTRA, GIRLS, THE SWORD) makes a solo debut with a dark, supernatural thriller that questions free will and explores the obsessions, addictions and urges we all have and may not have control of at all.

WITCHBLADE #155

story TIM SEELEY

art / cover DIEGO BERNARD & FRED BENES

variant cover JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

MARCH 28

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

“UNBALANCED PIECES”, Conclusion

Sara Pezzini only wants to repay Cain Jorgonson by rescuing him, but a mysterious cult stands firmly in her way. The new creative team of TIM SEELEY (HACK/SLASH, BLOODSTRIKE) and DIEGO BERNARD (The Man With No Name) conclude their genre bending first arc on WITCHBLADE as Sara finds herself caught between a Chicago feud much older than she ever suspected! Can Sara protect an innocent cop and save a poseur magician and bring two opposing gangs to justice?

ALSO AVAILABLE:

WITCHBLADE #149 – Long Beach Comicon/Comikaze Exclusive Variant Cover by DIEGO BERNARD – $10.00

Graphic Policy Radio Episode 7 – The One With Ron Marz

Fireworks were flying last night on GP Radio.  Ron Marz joined us to talk about his creator owned work, Witchblade, Magdalena, Artifacts and Voodoo.  Things got heated when we talked the recent controversy surrounding women in DC comics.  It’s well worth the listen.  Thanks again Ron for joining us.  You can listen below or tune in here.

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