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Preview – Near Death #11

Near Death #11

Story by: Jay Faerber Art By: Simone Guglielmini Cover By: Francesco Francavilla
Price: $2.99

Mr. Novak, the man who used to pay Markham to kill innocent people, has been targeted for death and he’s asked Markham to protect him. Will Markham save Novak, when he knows more people will die on Novak’s orders? Markham’s newfound moral code is put to its ultimate test!

Preview – Near Death #10

Near Death #10

Story by: Jay Faerber Art By: Simone Guglielmini Cover By: Francesco Francavilla
Price: $2.99

Markham’s greatest failure comes back to haunt him! A man Markham failed to protect wages war against those who tried to kill him – and Markham’s caught in the middle.

Preview – Near Death #9

Near Death #9

Story by: Jay Faerber Art By: Simone Guglielmini Cover By: Francesco Francavilla
Price: $2.99

Markham relives the events leading up to his near death experience when he’s asked to protect the FBI agent who shot him.

Preview – Near Death #8

Near Death #8

Story by: Jay Faerber Art By: Simone Guglielmini Cover By: Francesco Francavilla
Price: $2.99

Markham gets mixed up with two families engaged in a blood feud that has lasted for generations.

Image Comics Celebrates Free Comic Book Day!

IMAGE AND TOP COW CELEBRATE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Something for every reader in IMAGE 20 and WITCHBLADE: UNBALANCED PIECES

This annual Free Comic Book Day, Image Comics will be celebrating 20 years of success in revolutionizing the comics industry with two new comics. Both provide great examples of what Image excels at providing: a diversity of genres and styles —something for everyone.

Both IMAGE 20 and WITCHBLADE: UNBALANCED PIECES will be available to the public at comic book stores on May 5, 2012, and they’re absolutely free!

IMAGE 20 is jam-packed full of exciting stories from new, upcoming comics and returning favorites. Titles include G-MAN from Chris Giarrusso, Robert Kirkman’s GUARDING THE GLOBE from Phil Hester and Todd Nauck, Mike Allred’s IT GIRL AND THE ATOMICS from Jamie S. Rich and Mike Norton, CRIME AND TERROR by Steve Niles and Scott Morse, NEAR DEATH by Jay Faerber and Simone Guglielmini, and REVIVAL from Tim Seeley and Mike Norton.

In “Witchblade: Unbalanced Pieces,” new and lapsed WITCHBLADE fans will get the perfect chance to try out the brand new creative team, Tim Seeley and Diego Bernard, and a fresh new direction of Top Cow’s flagship title. Since the events of ARTIFACTS, Sara Pezzini’s entire life has been altered in immeasurable ways, not the least of which is she’s living in a new city and has a new career. But one thing remains constant — the Witchblade. For fans who get hooked, “Unbalanced Pieces” continues in WITCHBLADE #155 — and they can pick up the WITCHBLADE: REBIRTH VOLUME ONE trade paperback for only $9.99.

Many Image Comics creators are making special appearances for FCBD signings and events across the country, including but not limited to:

ALABAMA

Afua Richardson (GENIUS) Sho’Nuff Comics – Tuscaloosa, AL

CALIFORNIA

Ed Brubaker (FATALE) Collector’s Paradise – Pasadena, CA
Gerry Duggan (THE INFINITE HORIZON) The Comic Cellar – Alhambra, CA 11 AM-1 PM
Joshua Hale Fialkov (ECHOES, THE DARKNESS, THE LAST OF THE GREATS) Collector’s Paradise  – Canoga Park, CA
Shane & Chris Houghton (REED GUNTHER) Pasadena Public Library,  Central Branch, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101 11AM-1 PM
Collector’s Paradise – Pasadena, CA 2-4 PM
Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo & Sonia Oback (MIND THE GAP) Collector’s Paradise – Pasadena, CA
Derek McCulloch (PUG) The Escapist Comic Bookstore – Berkeley, CA 10:30 AM-1 PM
Comic Ink – Dublin, CA 2-6 PM
Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE) Black Cat Comics – Milpitas, CA
Jeff Roenning, Dana Shukartsi, Jean-Paul Bonjour & Robert Love (ALPHA GIRL) Illusive Comics & Games, Santa Clara, CA 10 AM-2 PM
Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN) The Comic Bug, – Manhattan Beach, CA 10 AM-4 PM

ILLINOIS

Tim Seeley (HACK/SLASH, WITCHBLADE) CHALLENGERS Comics + Conversation – Chicago, IL
Mike Norton (IT-GIRL AND THE ATOMICS) CHALLENGERS Comics + Conversation – Chicago, IL

INDIANA

John Tyler Christopher (WITCHBLADE, ARTIFACTS) BlueMoon Comics – Lafayette, IN

IOWA

Phil Hester (THE DARKNESS) Daydreams Comics – Iowa City, IA

MARYLAND

Filip Sablik (LAST MORTAL) Cards, Comics & Collectibles – 100 Chartley Dr., Reisterstown, MD 11 AM-2 PM

MICHIGAN

Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley (HOAX HUNTERS) Comics & More – Madison Heights, MI 12-5 PM

MINNESOTA

Mitch Gerads (THE ACTIVITY) Comic Book College – Minneapolis, MN 12-5 PM

NEW ENGLAND (MA and NH)

Justin Jordan & Tradd Moore (THE STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE) Larry’s Comics – Lowell, MA 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Jetpack Comics – Rochester, NH 2-7 PM

NEW JERSEY

Mark Poulton (AVENGELYNE) Adventureland Store – Voorhees, NJ

NEW YORK

Ron Marz (WITCHBLADE) Excellent Adventures – Ballston Spa, NY 11 AM-1:30 PM
Comic Depot – Saratoga Springs, NY 2:30-5 PM

NORTH CAROLINA

Chris Burnham (OFFICER DOWNE, ELEPHANTMEN) Ultimate Comics – Durham, NC
Chris Giarrusso (G-MAN) Acme Comics – Greensboro, NC
Kevin Mellon (HEART) Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find – Charlotte, NC

OREGON

Steve Lieber (UNDERGROUND) Cosmic Monkey – Portland, OR 2:30-3:30 PM
Things from Another World (Hollywood Branch) – Portland, OR 12-2 PM
Bridge City Comics – Portland, OR 4:30-6 PM
Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner (WITCH DOCTOR) Things From Another World (Beaverton Branch) – Beaverton, OR 2-4 PM

TEXAS

Joe Eisma (MORNING GLORIES) Zeus Comics – Dallas, TX 10 AM-5 PM
David Marquez (MAGDALENA) Austin Books & Comics – Austin, TX

CANADA

Tyler Jenkins (PETER PANZERFAUST) Alpha Comics – Calgary, Alberta 12-4 PM

UNITED KINGDOM

Christian Ward (INFINITE VACATION) Gosh Comics – London, UK 12-4 PM

ABOUT TOP COW PRODUCTIONS INC.
Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top  Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed), including its flagship franchise WITCHBLADE, THE DARKNESS, and WANTED, in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Top Cow has also successfully licensed its franchises into toys, statues, clothing,video games, roleplaying games, and a variety of merchandise.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
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.

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.ly, iOS 5 and Newsstand Could Be a Raw Deal For Comic Book Fans and Publishers

This week saw the latest update to the Apple operating system dubbed iOS 5.  The latest software update brought numerous software improvements and new features like the magazine subscription feature called NewsstandGraphic.ly, one of the numerous digital comic services out there was quickly to hop onto the latest technology.

Graphicly is proud to announce that many of its leading digital comics titles, including The Walking Dead, Invincible and Irredeemable are now available on Newsstand, a key feature of the newly released iOS 5. By working with leading publishers, including Image Comics and BOOM! Studios, Graphicly is making it even easier to subscribe to some of the best comic books on the market.

Utilizing Newsstand in iOS5, Graphicly is able to deliver comics directly to readers without the need for downloading additional applications and searching for titles. Now readers can easily browse for and subscribe to their favorite titles in the Newsstand, and have new issues delivered to their devices immediately. New titles will be released the same day as print and delivered seamlessly to users. This is a bold new way for readers to discover and enjoy stories, making it easier than ever to never miss an issue.

“The leading publishers and creators understand that developing a relationship with their fans is the most important thing,” said Micah Baldwin, CEO of Graphicly. “Newsstand ensures that relationship continues and grows each time a comic is released.”

The titles launched on the Apple Newsstand, powered by Graphicly, and available immediately include such hit comic books as:
• The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard from Image Comics
• Savage Dragon by Erik Larsen, from Image Comics
• Irredeemable by Mark Waid and Peter Krause from BOOM! Studios
• Invincible by Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley from Image Comics
• Morning Glories by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma from Image Comics
• Near Death by Jay Faerber and Simone Guglielmini from Image Comics

Graphicly has partnered with the top publishers to ensure individual comics are released for purchase on a regular schedule.

It’s that last part that gave me pause.  Let me highlight it:

Graphicly has partnered with the top publishers to ensure individual comics are released for purchase on a regular schedule.

That’s a rather odd item to throw into a press release and why is it important?  Here’s how the service works.

  1. Purchase the App – this is new.  While old comic book programs were free and PDFs on iBooks is free, the apps right now.  As you can see, currently that’s $2.99 out of your pocket JUST FOR THE APP.  Though Irredeemable from BOOM! Studios is listed as $1.99 for the APP.
  2. There’s a $1.99 a month charge (yay cheaper than print) and back issues are available without $1.99 and just with the initial $2.99 purchase.  But there’s mention of $8.99 for bundles.  That’s a bit confusing right there.  So, what’s included in a bundle?  Not quite sure but it sounds rather odd.
  3. Each month, you will be charged another $1.99 for the newest issue and you must cancel the subscription at least 24 hours before the end of the current period.

So here’s where I see this all going bad with the current production habits of comic book publishers and how comic book digital readers may get screwed.

  • A publisher misses a month – remember that quote about them working the make sure issues come out on time?  That $1.99 monthly auto-charge is why.  They miss a month, tough shit, as a reader, you’re charged.  Now, they can fix this by always being a month behind to “bank” an issue.  But, if 11 issues come out in a year, you’re still missing out on one and there goes your $1.99. – Loser – Customer
  • Currently there is no way to “own your purchases” – remember, most digital comics are licensed.  You want to use that new HP tablet, no porting the purchased comics for you! – Loser – Customer
  • A publisher double ships – there’s now no incentive for a publisher to release two comics a month.  They’d lose out because all you’ve purchased as a customer is the $1.99 a month. – Loser – Publisher
  • Special $1 issues – A publisher decides to sell a comics for $1, congrats you just bought it for $1.99. – Loser – Customer
  • A steal at $1.99 – Comics today are a bit more than $1.99, remember DC holds the line at $2.99.  So will all of these be cheaper? – Loser – Publisher, Winner – Customer
  • A series is cancelled – Do I still have to pay $1.99 a month to access my comics?
  • Yet more apps to manage – More apps = more space. Each time an app service is made for a specific company or series, I die a little inside – Loser – Everyone

The terms of service for Graphic.ly even muddles the idea of subscriptions further.  From their website:

Certain Products may be available for download on a subscription basis. A subscription includes all currently available (if any) and future issues of a Product (“Subscription”). Not all Products may be available by Subscription. We will charge you the full price of a Subscription when you subscribe. Such Subscription is non-refundable; except that, if a publisher delivers fewer issues for a Subscription than specified through the Service at the time of your payment transaction), we will credit to your Account an amount equal to the pro-rated price of the Subscription.

So, do I get the back issues with the App purchase?  Seems like a bad deal for publishers.  And what’s with the mention of $8.99 and $9.99 bundles in the description of the App?  Though the terms for BOOM!’s entry for Irredeemable is different, with no mention of back issue bundles.  Looking around a the various Apps available, some mention the amount and others don’t.

While I applaud the overall move and quick implementation of the new technology, there’s still a lot of questions to be answered.  We’ll be following up with Graphic.ly at New York Comic Con this weekend to hopefully get answers.

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