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Scott Snyder Tweets Severed Vol. 2, Damian, the Joker and More!

2386605-scottsnyder_564_0Scott Snyder had some time to kill last night while waiting for his wash to finish, so decided to take to Twitter for an impromptu Q&A session. We were able to get a question in, will we ever see the return of his Image Comics series Severed?

Severed was his 2011-12 gothic horror mini-series that he did with Scott Tuft and Attila Futaki. It’s an underrated and overlooked early indie series he did, and well worth seeking out.

Find out the answer to that question and much more, below!

Will we see more Severed?

Are there plans for “Super-Damian” in any of his books?

Any more plans for the Joker?

What’s Snyder’s favorite Batman stories?

Are there more creator owned ideas in the works?

What other DC heroes would he like to write?

What villains would he like to writer in a Batman storyline?

Will Harper Row make an appearance in Endgame?

Are there any Two Face stories coming up?

Thanks Scott for the Q&A!

Image Comics in March 2013

EAST OF WEST #1

story JONATHAN HICKMAN

art NICK DRAGOTTA

MARCH 27

40 PAGES / FC / T+

$3.50

“OUT OF THE WASTELAND”

The things that divide us are stronger than the things that unite us. A Sci-Fi Western set in a dystopian America where all hope for the future rests in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse…who just happen to be trying to kill the President of the United States.

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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FIVE GHOSTS: THE HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY #1 (of 5)

story FRANK J. BARBIERE

art / cover CHRIS MOONEYHAM

MARCH 20

40 PAGES / FC / T+

$3.50

A BOLD NEW ERA OF PULP ADVENTURE COMICS BEGINS HERE

After a tragic encounter with an artifact known as “The Dreamstone,” infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray was possessed by five literary ghosts and has been granted access to their unique abilities.

Join writer FRANK J. BARBIERE and artist CHRIS MOONEYHAM for the most exciting debut of 2013 as they introduce you to a unique world full of action, black magic, exotic locales, and literary allusion!

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LOST VEGAS #1 (of 4)

story JIM McCANN


art JANET LEE

wrap-around cover A JANET LEE

cover B DAN McDAID

1:10 incentive cover FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

MARCH 6


32 PAGES / FC / T+


$3.50

The EISNER AWARD-WINNING team of JIM McCANN
& JANET LEE reunite to create a universe filled with intrigue as one gambler-turned-slave has 24 hours to go all in and pull off the greatest heist the universe has seen.

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WELCOME TO LOST VEGAS! 
Aboard this luxurious casino-filled traveling space-station you will find the highest stakes games from every corner of every planet, unheard-of winnings, and the greatest attractions anywhere!*


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*the fine print- those who bet it all and lose must work it off as indentured servants to the casino. Escape is not possible. No one is exempt from these rules.

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SEX #1

STORY: JOE CASEY

ART / COVER: PIOTR KOWALSKI

MARCH 6

32 PAGES / FC / M

$2.99

FIRST ISSUE – COLLECTOR’S ITEM! Finally, a good reason for you come in the comicbook store — to buy SEX! Simon Cooke has retired from his own “alternative lifestyle” and returned to the city he’d previously sworn to protect. Now he’s just another average citizen — or is he? The term “adult” has never been so appropriate as it is when it applies to SEX.

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SAVAGE SKULLKICKERS #1

story JIM ZUB

art EDWIN HUANG

cover A  EDWIN HUANG & JIM ZUB

cover B  CHRIS STEVENS

MARCH 27

32 PAGES / FC / T

$3.50

SAVAGE SKULLKICKERS: a modern reinterpretation that gets back to the roots of these timeless characters. It’s a bold new direction, a continuing story and a newly added adjective! Our twentieth issue is brand a new #1! Welcome to comic math.

P.S. Retailers: Rack this comic beside other new “Savage” comics you may have hanging around the shop. We won’t mind.

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THE WALKING DEAD: THE GOVERNOR SPECIAL

story ROBERT KIRKMAN

art / cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN

MARCH 6

32 PAGES / BW / M

$2.99

This special Walking Dead issue contains a reprint of THE WALKING DEAD 27, featuring the first appearance of The Governor, as well as The Governor origin story that first appeared in the CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2012.  Find out the origins of the villain from THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 3!

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’68, VOL. 2: SCARS TP

story MARK KIDWELL

art NAT JONES, JAY FOTOS & JEFF ZORNOW

MARCH 27

178 PAGES / FC / M

$19.99

THE GATES OF HELL ARE OPEN…AND THE DEAD WILL LEAVE THEIR MARK!

Continuing the epic story of the rise of the living dead in the 1960’s, “’68 SCARS” picks up right where the original sold-out comics mini-series left off. From a blood bath atop the US Embassy in Saigon to the churning waters of the Mekong Delta, the surviving US forces fight for their lives against the malicious guerilla tactics of the Viet Cong and the endless surge of the cannibalistic dead. And within the enemy-surrounded perimeter of Saigon’s TAN SON NHAT airport, the scars of war reveal themselves as a festering evil tightens its grip.

The war is over, but the battle for humanity’s survival has just begun…and some wounds never heal.

Presenting an all-new, 178 page trade paperback collection of the ongoing “Zombies in Vietnam” comics series “’68”, from creators Mark Kidwell, Nat Jones and Jay Fotos. This deluxe volume contains tons of specially selected extras from behind-the-scenes as well as the bonus award-winning ’68 one-shot comic: ’68 HARDSHIP with stunning artwork by Jeff Zornow.

COLLECTS ’68 SCARS ISSUES 1-4 and includes ONE SHOT release of ’68 HARDSHIP.

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BLOODSTRIKE #35

STORY / ART: ROB LIEFELD

COVER A: ROB LIEFELD

COVER B: ROB LIEFELD

MARCH 20

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$3.99

”BRIGADE,” Part Two

Cabbot and the surviving Bloodstrike team cope with the ramifications of the BRIGADE INITIATIVE! Featuring ROMAN, CYBRID, LETHAL, FREE AGENT, BATTLESTONE, and introducing SOLDIER. BLOODSTRIKE continues to set the stage for EXTREME 2013 EVENT!

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YOUNGBLOOD #77

STORY: ROB LIEFELD

ART: JON MALIN

COVER A: ROB LIEFELD

COVER B: ROB LIEFELD

MARCH 6

32 PAGES/ FC / T+

$3.99

”RISE,” Part One

Familiar Youngblood faces return just in time! There is a traitor within as the team is challenged by their greatest nemesis! LORD CHAPEL RISES AGAIN.  The destruction of Youngblood sets the stage for EXTREME 2013’s biggest event.

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THE ART OF TODD McFARLANE: THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS  TP

story TODD McFARLANE

art TODD McFARLANE

MARCH 6

400 PAGES /FC / OVERSIZED / T

$39.99

THE SOLD OUT HARDCOVER – NOW AVAILABLE IN SOFTCOVER!

THE ART OF TODD McFARLANE: THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS  is a visual biography celebrating 30 years of artwork from one of the comic industry’s most popular and iconic artist personalities. Features art from original comic art boards, rare, never-before-seen sketches, and art from McFARLANE ‘s work on, among others, Batman, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk and his own top-selling creation, SPAWN. Also features extensive commentary by the artist himself. Large format softcover book showcases McFARLANE ‘s detailed art style at a previously unpublished size. Has broad appeal for all comic art fans.

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CHEW OMNIVORE EDITION, VOL. 3 HC

story JOHN LAYMAN

art / cover ROB GUILLORY

MARCH 13

304 PAGES / FC / M

$34.99

Anthony and Antonelle Chu are fraternal twins. Tony and Toni. Each with their an extraordinary, albeit diametrically opposed, ability. Tony is Cibopathic, able to get psychic sensations of the past of anything he bites into or ingests. Toni is Cibovoyant, able to flash onto a vision of the future of any living thing she bites into or ingests. They are both federal investigators, and this is the story of some of their strangest, sickest and most bizarre cases.

Collects CHEW 21-30 plus CHEW: SECRET AGENT POYO

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CYBER FORCE: REBIRTH, VOL. 1 TP

story MARC SILVESTRI & MATT HAWKINS

art KHOI PHAM & SUNNY GHO

cover MARC SILVESTRI & SUNNY GHO

MARCH 13

160 PAGES / FC / T+

$14.99

COLLECTING THE RETURN TOP COW’S TOP-SELLING SERIES

Carin Taylor, codenamed Velocity, has escaped from the CDI controlled Millennium City and is desperately trying to find the one man she believes can help her prevent the end of the world. When she runs a group of other CDI escapees, will they help her… or turn their backs?

Top Cow founder MARC SILVESTRI (THE DARKNESS, Incredible Hulk) returns to his first Image series to bring you a contemporary re-imagining rooted in cutting-edge, real world technology!

Collects CYBER FORCE #1-5

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GUARDING THE GLOBE, VOL. 2 TP

story PHIL HESTER

art/ cover TODD NAUCK & JOHN RAUCH

MARCH 20

144 PAGES / FC / T+

$16.99

The Guardians of the Globe are BACK in an all-new, all-exciting series! Your favorite heroes – Brit, Invincible, Best Tiger, Robot, Yeti, Kaboomerang and more – face new challenges of epic proportions. Catch up just in time for the debut of an all new Invincible Universe series!

Collects GUARDING THE GLOBE, VOL. 2 #1-6

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IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS, ROUND ONE: DARK STREETS, SNAP CITY TP

story JAMIE S. RICH

art MIKE NORTON & CHYNNA CLUGSTON-FLORES

cover AARON CONLEY, MICHAEL & LAURA ALLRED

introduction DEAN HASPIEL

MARCH 27

168 PAGES / FC / E

$14.99

Snap City is under new guardianship, but no sooner has It Girl decided that the streets are hers to protect than she and the other Atomics become embroiled in an inter-dimensional revenge plot. All-new adventures of MICHAEL ALLRED ‘s kookiest creations, with art from the Eisner-winning team behind Battlepug.

Collects IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #1-6

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MADMAN 20th ANNIVERSARY MONSTER HC

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL. 2 TP 

story JONATHAN HICKMAN

art NICK PITARRA & JORDIE BELLAIRE

MARCH 20

152 PAGES / FC / T+

$14.99

“THEY RULE”

The second amazing volume of the SCIENCE, BAD book of the new millennium. The battle for global supremacy is underway and the bad men of the Manhattan Projects will only accept one outcome: World domination

Collecting the coolest new series of the year into one super science package.

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MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE HC

story / art / cover BOB FINGERMAN

MARCH 20

360 PAGES / BW / OVERSIZED / M

$34.99

During its original run, MINIMUM WAGE racked up critical acclaim and a devoted following. Why? Because each page of Rob and Sylvia’s workaday saga boasted uncomfortable truths drenched in bleak humor, presaging squirmy shows like Louie and Girls. Set in a New York so real you can smell it, this definitive edition also includes a color bonus section featuring the original cover paintings and guest pinups by PETER BAGGE, DAVE COOPER, JOE DATOR, GUY DAVIS, HUNT EMERSON, GLENN FABRY, DEAN HASPIEL, GILBERT HERNANDEZ, JOE INFURNANI, DAVE JOHNSON, JOHN KERSCHBAUM, PETER KUPER, ROGER LANGRIDGE, PAT McEOWN, TED McKEEVER, MIKE MIGNOLA, KEVIN NOWLAN, DAN STEFFAN, JILL THOMPSON, JEFF WONG and BILL WRAY!

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MICE TEMPLAR, VOL. 3 TP

story BRYAN J.L. GLASS & MICHAEL AVON OEMING

art MICHAEL AVON OEMING & VICTOR SANTOS

cover MICHAEL AVON OEMING

MARCH 6

336 PAGES / FC

$17.99

“A MIDWINTER NIGHT’S DREAM”

Karic was the prophesied “Chosen One,” yet now all the Dark Lands will suffer for his audacious actions against King Icarus and the snake god of the druids. Winter has come to the Shadow Time. The Druid High Priest claims the vacant throne and unleashes a wave of tyranny. Civil war looms between rats and weasels. The legend of “Karic Lives” sparks open rebellion. While the hero Karic lies in a feverish coma, unable to wake: yet his dreams are a portal to the Outer Darkness, where the accursed evil of Donas the Nathair lays claim to Karic’s very soul.

The two-time Harvey Award-winning collection continues, from the acclaimed writer of THOR: FIRST THUNDER and the co-creator of POWERS and THE VICTORIES!

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MORNING GLORIES, VOL. 4: TRUANTS TP

story NICK SPENCER

art JOE EISMA

cover RODIN ESQUEJO

MARCH 27

216 PAGES / FC / T+

$14.99

Still reeling from the climactic events of “P.E.” the Glories find themselves lost in time and space, confronted by a new group of students who might be even more dangerous than the faculty themselves– the truants! Questions are answered and new mysteries emerge as Season One comes to a shocking end!

Collects MORNING GLORIES #20-25

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PETER PANZERFAUST, VOL. 2: HOOKED TP

story KURTIS J. WIEBE

art & cover TYLER JENKINS

MARCH 13

128 PAGES / FC / T

$14.99 

All the major players of the Peter Pan mythology come to new life in this action packed second volume, with new allies in Tiger Lily, Big Chief and the Braves. Combining forces with the French Resistance, Peter and the boys lead a deadly game of espionage to locate and free their lost brother, Felix. All that’s stopping them is the combined might of the Nazi army led by a cunning and ruthless adversary, Kapitan Haken himself!

Collects PETER PANZERFAUST 6-10

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SEVERED TP

STORY: SCOTT SNYDER & SCOTT TUFT

ART / COVER: ATTILA FUTAKI

MARCH 6

184 PAGES / FC / M

$14.99

The hit horror comic of 2012 will be released as a complete trade paperback.  12-year-old Jack Garron runs away from home to find his biological father, a wayward minstrel. Along the way he meets up with a traveling salesman whose winning smile is fake, beneath which hide his real teeth… jagged spikes that he uses to eat children.  Eisner Award Winning Writer SCOTT SNYDER (BATMAN, SWAMP THING, AMERICAN VAMPIRE), SCOTT TUFT & NY Times Best Selling Artist ATTILA FUTAKI (THE LIGHTNING THIEF) bring you the collected paperback that everyone has been talking about. SEVERED.

Collects SEVERED #1-7

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SPAWN: ORIGINS BOOK 8 HC

story TODD MCFARLANE

art GREG CAPULLO

cover CLAYTON CRAIN

MARCH 20

384 PAGES / FC / T+

$29.99

In 1992, legendary writer and artist TODD MCFARLANE unleashed his iconic antihero, Spawn, on the world. In so doing, he launched the most successful independent comic book in history – and the world would never be the same.

SPAWN: ORIGINS BOOK 8 features the stories and artwork that helped cement the Spawn legacy. Relive the excitement of this groundbreaking series – collected in an oversized hardcover format with exclusive bonus content, including cover galleries, behind-the-scenes art and an exclusive digitally painted wraparound cover by CLAYTON CRAIN. Includes landmark double-sized issue #100!

Collects SPAWN #88-100

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THIEF OF THIEVES, VOL. 2 TP

story ROBERT KIRKMAN & JAMES ASMUS

art / cover SHAWN MARTINBROUGH & FELIX SERRANO

MARCH 6

128 PAGES / FC / T+

$14.99

Conrad Paulson lives a secret double life as master thief Redmond. There is nothing he can’t steal, nothing he can’t have… except for the life he left behind. But when his big heist doesn’t go as planned… the aftermath shows that every action has an equal – and equally violent – reaction.

Collects THIEF OF THIEVES #8-13

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TRIGGERGIRL 6 #1

STORY: JIMMY PALMIOTTI & JUSTIN GRAY

ART / COVER: PHIL NOTO

MARCH 6

56 PAGES / FC / M

$5.99

Who is the deadly assassin Triggergirl 6 and why was she sent out on a mission to kill the president of the United States? Who is behind her creation and what is their end game? All these questions are answered as this unforgettable epic is collected for the first time, with bonus sketch pages featuring the art of award-winning illustrator PHIL NOTO.

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NOWHERE MEN: SCIENCE IS THE NEW ROCK N ROLL T-SHIRT

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MARCH 6

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Celebrate science with this all-new t-shirt from FONOGRAFIKS, the design house behind ERIC STEPHENSON and NATE BELLEGARDE’s NOWHERE MEN!

Available in red and black.

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THE ACTIVITY #14

story NATHAN EDMONDSON

art / cover MITCH GERADS

MARCH 20

32 PAGES / FC / T

$3.50

“SEA LEVEL” 

While Zoe tracks down a lead in Amsterdam that may shed some light on Zeus’s involvement with a terrorist cell there, the rest of Omaha is engaged in the Gulf of Mexico where a storm threatens their mission to take stop a heroin shipment.

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ARTIFACTS #27

story RON MARZ

art MARCO TURINI

cover a STJEPAN SEJIC

cover b MARCO TURINI

MARCH 27

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$3.99

“TRUTHS & DESTINIES”

Tom Judge and Tilly Grimes are not the only ones that know the hidden truths of the universe.  The Catholic Church knows dark realities kept secret from the world and they have agents to protect us from those secrets, whether we want them to… or not.  RON MARZ and new artist MARCO TURINI re-introduce one of Top Cow’s most popular characters into the “Rebirth” universe!

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BLACKACRE #4

story DUFFY BOUDREAU 

art WENDELL CAVALCANTI 

cover BRIAN CHURILLA

MARCH 6

32 PAGES / FC / M

$2.99

After a chain of disastrous events, Hull lands in a remote and unforgiving new territory. As Sinclair scrambles to get a handle on the operation from inside BlackAcre’s walls, a powerful rival smells blood.

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CHANGE #4 (of 4)

story ALES KOT

art MORGAN JESKE & SLOANE LEONG

cover MORGAN JESKE & JORDIE BELLAIRE

MARCH 13

32 PAGES / FC / M

$2.99

Everything drowns. Some patients can’t be saved.

What if the hardest thing you ever had to do was to look yourself in the eyes?

This is where it ends.

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CHEW #33

story JOHN LAYMAN

art & cover ROB GUILLORY

MARCH 20

32 PAGES / FC / M

$2.99

Tony takes on a load of seamen.

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CLONE #5

Story DAVID SCHULNER

Art & cover JUAN JOSE RYP & FELIX SERRANO

MARCH 13

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

In a war he never knew existed, Luke Taylor stands to lose everything. His wife. His baby. His identity. Even if Luke can lead the rebels to victory, will his life ever be the same? Find out in the conclusion of the first CLONE arc!

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COMEBACK #5 (of 5)

story ED BRISSON

art & cover MICHAEL WALSH

MARCH 20
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

With half of Reconnect on the run and the other half in the morgue, agent Mark Thomas has to make a deal with the FBI in order to save his own life. However, it may be too late – a former Reconnect agent will not stop until he puts Mark in the ground. The big finale with an ending that will shock you!

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DANGER CLUB #7 (RES)

story LANDRY Q. WALKER

art & cover ERIC JONES

MARCH 27

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

All of reality has been rebooted! A new universe, and new Danger Club, once again stand at the brink of destruction. Is this a bold new direction for the critically acclaimed teenage heroes? Or is this the beginning of the end?

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THE DARKNESS #113

story DAVID HINE

art & cover JEREMY HAUN & JOHN RAUCH

MARCH 27

32 PAGES / FC / M

$2.99

“ALONE IN THE WOODS”

Darkness bearer Jackie Estacado’s daughter Hope has wandered beyond the perimeter of her father’s vigilantly guarded estate, Erewon.  When night falls in the woods and the supernatural begins to stir, Hope is more at home that ever before.  Don’t miss this twisted fairytale that illustrates firsthand that Hope is truly her father’s daughter!

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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS #2 (of 3)

story JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, JEFF MARIOTTE, KURTIS WIEBE.

art / cover RILEY ROSSMO

MARCH 27

40 PAGES / FC / M

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Inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, artist extraordinaire, RILEY ROSSMO (DEBRIS, GREEN WAKE, COWBOY NINJA VIKING, REBEL BLOOD) joins forces with nine different writers over three issues to tell tall tales from beyond the grave!

This issue’s featured writers are JEFF MARIOTTE (FADE TO BLACK), KURTIS WIEBE (PETER PANZERFAUST) and JOSHUA WILLIAMSON (XENOHOLICS).

In this issue: Cartel soldiers visit the pits of Hell, a visitor to Mexico stumbles onto a black mass, and a man heart broken at the loss of his wife is reunited with her beyond the grave.

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THE END TIMES OF BRAM & BEN #3 (of 4)

story JAMES ASMUS & JIM FESTANTE

art REM BROO

cover JUAN DOE

MARCH 13

32 PAGES / FC / M

$2.99

Bram grows his cult following by throwing Burning Bram – a 66.6 hour festival of Rock, Revelry, & Revelations!  But when Ben chooses to side with Heaven, all Hell breaks loose!  Plus: the reveal of the true Antichrist, someone gets roofied, and a shock ending you’d least expect!

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EPIC KILL #9

story / art / cover RAFFAELE IENCO

MARCH 20

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

To infiltrate a government fortress and rescue her captive uncle, Song must tap into the darkest part of her soul; becoming even more lethal and cold-hearted. A sacrifice and mindset she may never return from!

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FATALE #14

story ED BRUBAKER

art SEAN PHILLIPS & DAVE STEWART

cover SEAN PHILLIPS

MARCH 27

32 PGS / FC / M

$3.50

The final standalone FATALE FLASHBACK issue – World War Two! Nazi cultists and monsters are after Jo, as she searches for answers and comes face to face with Mr Bishop for the first time!

And remember each issue of FATALE contains extra content, articles and artwork that are not available anywhere but the printed single issues.

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FIVE WEAPONS #2 (of 5)

story / art / cover JIMMIE ROBINSON

MARCH 27

32 PAGES / FC / T

$3.50

Tyler barely escapes the knife club only to become the target of both the stick club and every teacher in the school of Five Weapons.  This time the faculty plans to beat Tyler at his own game and embarrass him in front of the whole school.

The latest series from fan-favorite creator, Jimmie Robinson!

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GLORY #34

story JOE KEATINGE

art / cover ROSS CAMPBELL

MARCH 27

32 PAGES / FC / T+ 

$3.99

“THE END”

100 Years Later. Goodbye.

FINAL ISSUE

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GREAT PACIFIC #5

story JOE HARRIS

art / cover  MARTÍN MORAZZO

MARCH 6

32 PAGES / FC / M

$2.99

“TRASHED!” Part Five

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has attracted hostile natives, mutated sea monsters and billionaire fugitive oil heirs from the Great State of Texas.  But when a cache of Soviet-era nuclear warheads is discovered, Chas Worthington has to fend off plundering, modern-day pirates in order to prevent an all-out arms race!

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HACK/SLASH #25

story TIM SEELEY

art ELENA CASAGRANDE

cover A TIM SEELEY & DOMINIC MARCO

cover B JENNY FRISON

cover C CHRIS GIARUSSO

MARCH 27

32 PAGES / FC / M

$3.50

“FINAL,” Conclusion

Cassie battles Samhain to the death.

Q: Who will survive and what will be left of them?

A: Not everyone, and very small bits.

The blood spattered, panty-flashing saga of HACK/SLASH comes to an end in this epic issue!

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HELL YEAH #8

story JOE KEATINGE

art ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ & FABIO REDIVO

cover RICKEN

MARCH 13

32 PAGES / FC / T+ 

$3.50

“THE DEATH OF PLANET EARTH,” Part One

ALL-NEW STORYLINE! ALL-NEW DYING!

Everything has gone horribly, horribly wrong.

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HOAX HUNTERS #8

story MICHAEL MORECI & STEVE SEELEY

art AXEL MEDELLIN

cover SEAN DOVE

MARCH 13

32 PAGES / FC / T +

$2.99

“HAUNCHYVILLE,” Conclusion

Recent revelations leave the Hoax Hunters searching for answers as they confront the strange terror of Haunchyville.

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I LOVE TROUBLE #4

story KEL SYMONS

art/cover MARK A. ROBINSON

MARCH 6

32 PAGES / FC / M

$2.99

“OWE MY SOUL TO THE COMPANY STORE”

Felicia hones her little teleportation trick, and picks up a few new ones, while training with Mars to become a cold-blooded assassin.  At least, that’s what they expect her to be.  But Felicia learns that while it might be no trouble for her to get next to her target, pulling the trigger isn’t as easy.  And living with her conscience afterwards is even tougher.

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INVINCIBLE #101

story ROBERT KIRKMAN

art / cover RYAN OTTLEY & JOHN RAUCH

MARCH 20

32 PAGES / FC /T+

$2.99

The Aftermath.

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IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #8

story JAMIE S. RICH

art MIKE NORTON

cover AARON CONLEY, MICHAEL & LAURA ALLRED

MARCH  20

32 PAGES / FC / E

$2.99

THE WORLD IS FLAT,” Conclusion

It Girl is trapped in the Alps trying to rescue a kidnapped scientist from a slippery supervillain, a scary gangster lady, and her two giant robot sons. Is the scientist’s coveted device the secret to getting out alive? It Girl’s just going to have to turn it on and find out!

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THE LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE #4 (of 6)

story JUSTIN JORDAN

art / cover TRADD MOORE

MARCH 27

32 PAGES / FC / M

$3.50

Luther versus…..Jack the Ripper?!

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THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #12

story JONATHAN HICKMAN

art NICK PITARRA

MARCH 20

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$3.50

“THE FERMI PARADOX”

Learn the secret history of Enrico Fermi and, more importantly, “if someone is out there” why we haven’t “found them yet.”

The thrilling FEEL GOOD, BAD SCIENCE series continues in THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #12: THE FERMI PARADOX!

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MARA #4 (of 6)

story BRIAN WOOD

art MING DOYLE & JORDIE BELLAIRE

cover MING DOYLE

MARCH 27

32 PAGES / FC / T

$2.99

The military is keen to co-opt Mara, now that her abilities are maturing, and they aren’t above using her soldier brother to convince her.  They offer to “accept” her again, and she rightly rejects it for the crap that it is.  Cut off not only from friends and family, but now from her country, where can she go now?  Brian, Ming, and Jordie raise the stakes.

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MIND THE GAP #10


story JIM McCANN


art RODIN ESQUEJO
 & DAN McDAID

cover A RODIN ESQUEJO


cover B SONIA OBACK


MARCH 27


32 PAGES / FC / T+ 


$2.99

“WISH YOU WERE HERE,” Part Five

Life. Death. Rebirth. All of this and more await Elle when she faces her newest challenge. And it wouldn’t be the conclusion of an arc without twists, turns, shocks, and revelations! A new memory leads Elle to turn on one of her “allies”, and finally – HOODIE IS REVEALED! And no one will be prepared for what happens when they find out who it is!

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PROPHET #34

story BRANDON GRAHAM & SIMON ROY

art SIMON ROY

aover ZACHARY BALDUS

MARCH 20

32 PAGES / FC / T+


$3.99

With the help of an ancient force, New father Prophet searches for a weapon to fight a deadly threat to the Empire.

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REPOSSESSED #3 (of 4)

story/ art / cover JM RINGUET

MARCH 6

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

In this roller-coaster ride of an issue the crew heads to the swamps of Florida to finally repossess Sarah from a mysterious Demon. But they have to deal with more than redneck survivalists and gators: a surprise guest makes an explosive entrance and an old friend reappears. Demons galore!

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REVIVAL #8

story TIM SEELEY

art MIKE NORTON

cover by JENNY FRISON

MARCH 20

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

Mayor Dillisch deals with body parts littering his highways. May Tao investigates Lester while Lester invesigates May Tao. Em gets an invite to an unusual Church meeting.

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SAGA #11

story BRIAN K. VAUGHAN

art / cover  FIONA STAPLES   

MARCH 20

32 PAGES / FC / M

$2.99

It’s an intergalactic family reunion, as Hazel’s parents and grandparents join forces to escape a dying world.

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SAVAGE DRAGON #186

story, art & cover ERIK LARSEN 

 

MARCH 13

32 PAGES / FC / T

$3.99

“THE LONG GOODBYE” 

The next generation of the Vicious Circle is rising. The city of Chicago sits on the brink of destruction. With his world crashing around him, Malcolm Dragon loses the one person he needs the most: his adopted sister Angel. Now Malcolm Dragon faces his greatest challenge ever – alone.

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SNAPSHOT #2 (of 4)

story ANDY DIGGLE

art / cover JOCK

MARCH 6

32 PAGES / BW / T+

$2.99

Jake’s life spirals into nightmare as he finds himself hunted by the very hit-man who has framed him for murder. Maybe the victim’s daughter can give Jake the key to the mystery… if he lives that long! Continuing the new thriller from the creators of The Losers and Green Arrow: Year One!

“It’s so so so so so good!” – Ain’t It Cool News

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SON OF MERLIN #2

story ROBERT NAPTON

art & cover ZID

MARCH 6

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

THE BATTLE BEGINS ANEW

Morgana and her Black Knights will stop at nothing to thwart Merlin and obtain the Stone of Giramphiel.  With Merlin out of the picture, the only person who can stop Morgana is a young MIT professor – Simon Ambrose.  But Simon is a scientist and a man of reason.  Will Simon accept his magical heritage?  Or will his rigid understanding of the universe get in his way?

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SPAWN #229

story TODD MCFARLANE

art SZYMON KUDRANSKI

cover TODD MCFARLANE

MARCH 6

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

“COMPLEX MESSIAH,” Part One

All-New Story Arc!

No longer haunted by his past, Jim Downing looks to begin a new life – as a hero, a healer… a savior?

But the Hell-born evil at the heart of his incredible powers is growing stronger, threatening to take control.

For retailer order form:

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

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STORM DOGS #5 (of 6)

story DAVID HINE

art DOUG BRAITHWAITE & ULISES ARREOLA

cover DOUG & SUE BRAITHWAITE

MARCH 27

32 PAGES / FC / M

$3.50

There are crimes far worse than murder. Where logic, reason and sanity end…there is Dark Science.

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SUPER DINOSAUR #19

story ROBERT KIRKMAN

art JASON HOWARD & CLIFF RATHBURN

cover JASON HOWARD

MARCH 27

32 PAGES / FC / E

$2.99

Who or WHAT is TYRANNOSAURUS X – and HOW can Derek Dynamo and Super Dinosaur ever hope to defeat him?!  EEK!

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THINK TANK #7

story MATT HAWKINS

art RAHSAN EKEDAL

cover RAHSAN EKEDAL & BRIAN REBER

MARCH 20

32 PAGES / BW / T+

$3.99

Dr. David Loren’s work on the 36 barrel/600 rounds per minute Metalstorm led to an epiphany that he no longer wanted to create inventions of destruction for the military.  But David has lived a sheltered life behind the barricades of a government-contracted think tank and has never directly been forced to come face to face with the deadly consequences of his actions… until now.

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TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #3 (of 4)

story MK PERKER & KEN KRISTENSEN

art / cover MK PERKER

MARCH 13

32 PAGES / FC/ T+

$2.99

“CANDY WITH STRANGERS,” Part Two

Todd’s new prison mentor metes out some ugly justice on the convict that stole Todd’s stuff. Meanwhile, Chief Hargrave stumbles into the clutches of the Maniac Killer; Todd’s mother tries to raise bail money the old-fashioned way; and Todd’s dad learns there’s a dark side to his celebrity crush.

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THE WALKING DEAD #108

story ROBERT KIRKMAN

art / cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN

MARCH 13

32 PAGES / BW / M

$2.99

Ezekiel has a tiger.

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WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS? #5 (of 5)

story NATHAN EDMONDSON

art / cover TONCI ZONJIC

MARCH 13

32 PAGES / FC / T

$3.50

“CHAPTER TEN”

The game has been changed.  Jon and Jake have passed the point of no return, and now they are faced with one word: EVERGREEN.

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WITCHBLADE #165

story TIM SEELEY

art DIEGO BERNARD & FRED BENES

cover  JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

MARCH 27

32 PAGES / FC / T+

$2.99

“CRUMBLING”

Sara Pezzini is no longer in the dark.  She remembers her life the way it used to be, the family she used to have.  A mother without a daughter, Sara also feels the full guilt for her actions committed during a different life.  All she wants to do is hole up and grieve.  But her investigation into the Chicago underbelly is catching up to her, and it’s not concerned with the personal time she wants to take for herself.

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ALSO AVAILABLE:

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WITCH DOCTOR: MAL PRACTICE #5 (of 6)

story BRANDON SEIFERT

art & cover LUKAS KETNER & ANDY TROY

MARCH 27

32 PAGES / FC / T

$2.99

In one corner: Dr. Vincent Morrow, the Witch Doctor. In the other: the parasite he’s been infected with. And you won’t believe where the battlefield is! Physician, heal thyself – or else!

“A superbly smart and riveting medical thriller filled with off-the-wall characters” – Fangoria

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McFARLANE TOYS

#14460-4  The Walking Dead TV Series 3

#14461-1 Michonne

#14462-8 Merle Dixon

#14463-5 Autopsy Zombie

#14464-2 Michonne’s Pet Zombie 1

#14465-9 Michonne’s Pet Zombie 2

Assorted Case Pack Information:

Standard 12-pack case includes 3 pieces of Michonne & Merle Dixon and 2 pieces each of the Zombies. Call your local retailer for pricing.

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Standard 12-pack case includes 12 solids of the figure. Refer to individual item codes above when ordering.

Severed Hardcover in April

A CONSUMING FEAR IN SEVERED
Hardcover collection of horror series out on April 11

In 1916, twelve-year-old Jack Garron’s boxcar-hopping adventure turns into a flight from a ravenous, razor-toothed man who haunts the shadows. SEVERED (FEB120457), the Image Comics series that captures all of our childhood fear, has been collected into a hardcover collection that will go on sale on April 11.

Eisner-Award-winner Scott Snyder (American Vampire) and Scott Tuft weave a tale that conjures up what they describe as “the deep fright that you have as a kid, the kind that takes your breath away, makes your spine tingle… A primal fear.”

New York Times bestselling artist Attila Futaki (Percy Jackson) matches their story with art rich with historical details and subtle characterization, capturing both the hope of youth and the terror of the unknown. The hardcover collection includes pages originally in issue four of the series that have been re-inked and colored.

IGN called SEVERED “As good as horror comics get,” and MTV Geek described it as “sheer terror in comic book form.”

“I just read through the collected SEVERED and I’m so proud of this book,” said Snyder. “I think it might read even better as a collected book than the single issues and I cant wait for our existing fans to experience it this way. I am also excited for new fans to discover SEVERED for the first time.”

“We couldn’t be happier with the way that the collected SEVERED has come together,” added Tuft. “The bonus material looks great and we are so happy with the design of the book. Steven Finch, our designer, did a fantastic job. We’re also thrilled to have an introduction from the great Jeff Lemire who has been supportive from the beginning even introducing us Scotts to Attila.”

Snyder and Tuft will both be in attendance at this weekend’s WonderCon in Anneheim, where Snyder will be a special guest.

SEVERED is a 200-page hardcover book for $29.99. Its ISBN is 978-1-607065-29-6, featuring a foreword by Jeff Lemire (Essex County, Sweet Tooth). It will be available in comic book stores, bookstores, and online retailers.

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.

 

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Complex – Review: “Severed”, One Of The Best Horror Comics In Years, Ends In Grisly Fashion

Preview – Severed #7

Severed #7

Story by:Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft, Attila Futaki
Price: $2.99

“HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS”
In 1916, a boy runs away from home in search of his father. But along the way he meets a salesman with sharp teeth and a hunger for flesh. SCOTT SNYDER (AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN, SWAMP THING), SCOTT TUFT and ATTILA FUTAKI (NYT Best-Selling-Artist: PERCY JACKSON) comes the most terrifying horror series of the year. Be there for the thrilling conclusion.

Pick of the Week – The Strain #3

There’s something really good about The Strain.  It’s a vampire tale mixed with a biological CDC thriller/procedural.  There’s enough here to make it stand out from the endless amounts of other vampire stories on the market.  The art fits the mood perfectly and there’s just a sense of dread that permeates the story.  I was looking forward to see what the series had to offer when it was announced, but I had no clue it’d be this good.  A perfect comic for these dreary winter months and one you should be absolutely reading.

  • The Strain #3 – See above
  • Last of the Greats #5 – Josh Fialkov is a twisted man and this series is a prime example.  What do you get when you take a super hero and mix him with Machiavelli?  This would be pretty close.
  • Severed #7 – A haunting horror story that just sticks with you.  There’s been so many holy crap moments already, I can’t imagine what this final issue has in store.
  • Thief of Thieves #1 – Image has been on a roll so far and this series has a lot of buzz about it.  The previews I’ve seen have been cool, and this is one I can’t wait to read.
  • Mega Man #10 – Archie has been knocking it out of the park with this series that’s fun for adults and kids and captures the spirit of the video game and cartoon series.

Best Comics of 2011

It’s the first day of a new year and so that means we’re doing our “best of” listing of the top comic books for 2011. Generally these are comic books that came out in 2010, though some are from earlier times and we got around to reading them. Keep in mind, this is what I have read.  If it’s not on here, I just might not have read it.

Best Super Hero Comic – Daredevil

Daredevil #1 CoverDaredevil has had an interesting 2011, we started with Shadowland and then got Matt Murdock finding himself and then a relaunched back to basic series written by Mark Waid with art by Paolo RiveraShadowland wasn’t too bad, a bit uneven, but as a whole Marvel had issues with this year’s events.  Seeing Murdock corrupt and the emotion from his friends was an interesting read.  After you had Murdock wandering the country in short mini-series followed up by the relaunch.

It’s that relaunch that makes Daredevil stick out in my mind.  It’s a comic I look forward to reading each month.  Waid has given it a pulp action feel like classic Green Hornet or the Shadow and Rivera’s art is fantastic.  The comic is just fun to read.  On top of Waid’s take, Daredevil is now an Avenger and each of his brief appearances so far has enhanced that series.  When you show up in an ensemble comic and steal the show, that says something.

Waid has set up a lot going into 2012, can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Runner Ups – Moon Knight, Uncanny X-Force, Aquaman

Best Non-Super Hero Comic –DMZ

DMZ 50Is there a more politically relevant comic book series out there? Every month we’re given something to think about as we follow Matty Roth through Manhattan which is now a DMZ in the middle of the second American Civil War.

Writer Brian Wood is able to pivot and comment on what’s currently happening in politics and the world challenging our perceptions and not seem preachy at the same time.

With some single issues that stand as some of the best of the year and numerous holy shit moments, this isn’t just one of the most relevant comics out there, but some of the best political commentary of any entertainment medium.  Fittingly, this final week also brought us the final issue of the series, a perfect way to end the year.

Runner Ups – American Vampire, Chew, The Walking Dead

Best Limited Series or One Shot – Criminal: The Last Of The Innocent

Criminal: The Last Of The Innocent #1Really, just sign me up for whatever Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips have in store.  This latest volume of their crime/noir series from Marvel/Icon gave us a shit-head of a main character and kept us on our toes as to what to expect.  Sean Philips also showed us something new by changing up the art style every so often.

These two are one of the best teams in comic books today.  Early 2012 brings us Fatale from them to be published by Image which is more horror/noir.  Hopefully we’ll be seeing another volume of this series as well.

I’m a huge fan up pulp/noir comics, and this is the gold standard by which all others are judged.  Just fantastic.

Runner Ups – Critical Millennium, Severed, 27: Second Set

Best Single Issue – Transformers #22 and #23

Transformers #23 CoverTechnically it’s two issues, but the story is spread out between the two issues and either stands out as the best.  On top of that Transformers: The Death of Optimus Prime reflects on what’s discussed in these issues as well.  Megatron is captured and the two issues reflect on his and Optimus’ past and how they became who they are.  Flash forward to the present and the two leaders debate politics and motives.  It’s an adult discussion coming from two giant robots.

DMZ might have been “the” political discussion of the year, but these two issues I just didn’t expect it from.  Absolutely fantastic and enough to give me pause and make me think.

What’s the difference between a terrorist and freedom fighter?  Find out in these issues.

Worst Single Issue of the Year – Holy Terror

Just a holy piece of crap.  This is up there as one of the worst things I’ve ever read.  The graphic novel by legend Frank miller is racist, xenophobic, sexist and horribly written.  Can’t believe we’ve waited so long to read it.

Runner Ups The Infinite (any issue)

Best Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback – Green River Killer

Green River Killer A True Detective StoryDark Horse’s Green River Killer is a true-crime story focused on the Green River serial killings.  The writer was close to the subject, as his father was one of the lead detectives.  The story has multiple layers, looking at how families were affected, the struggles the police went through and at the end, why the killer did what he did.

The graphic novel is haunting.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it for many days it was that disturbing and unsettling.  The art is good, but it’s the story that gets you.  The whole time you’re wondering how they’re going to solve this, but also why is this happening.

Add in the fact this is a true story.  It’s a disturbing true story.  Being able to get some of the behind the scenes to a story I only know from newspapers and the nightly news, just adds more to it all.

Runner Ups Any Empire, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

Best Event of the Year – Uncanny X-Force: The Dark Angel Saga

Uncanny X-Force #18 Teaser 1I’m counting this as an event, though it’s really a long story arc.  Rick Remender has put together the best “X” book put out by Marvel.  This event which saw the rise of a new Apocalypse in the form of Archangel and X-Force is all that stands in the way between him and world destruction.

Diving into “X” lore with trips to the Age of Apocalypse universe, this was a story for the hard core “X” fans.  But, more than that, everything was thrown into it.  You had no idea what was going to come next and what to expect.

It wasn’t until I finally read the last issue that I know the ending, that’s how much of a big question mark Remender gave us.  The follow as well was fantastic as why characters did what they did and a new status-quo and direction were set.

Runner Ups Artifacts, Flashpoint

Best Genre of the Year – Horror

Horror was where it was at this year with DC folding in some Vertigo books and some great limited series like Severed.  Animal Man, Swamp Thing, I, Vampire, B.P.R.D. and more lead the way to dethroning last year’s winner, a bunch of shuffling zombies (though that’s also horror in a way).  I’ve never been creeped out more and enjoyed it as much.

Runner Up – Steampunk, Zombie

Best Comic Tie-In of the Year – Batman: Arkham City

I enjoy a video game or two (dozen).  One of the best video games of the year, not just comic book tie-ins was Batman: Arkham City which just brought more of the brawler game.  There’s a reason many are naming this as one of the best video games of the year and it’s sold so well.  It’s that damn good.

The downloadable material which seems to be coming as a steady flow, the fact you can play as so many characters, that all adds up to a comic book experience you can control.  Add in amazing graphics, game play and there you have it, it’s a must buy video game.

Runner Up – Marvel Universe toys, DC Universe Super Heroes Legos

Best Comic Book Related Movie – Thor

Marvel Studios Thor PosterThis year’s crop of comic book related movies wasn’t as amazing as I’d hope, but it’s a solid bunch.  Marvel’s batch as what stood out and all three really deserve to share the honors.  Each was excellent and flawed in their own ways, but out of the three Thor holds up best.

The story is pretty standard, didn’t really challenge me at all, but the visuals and Chris Hemsworth’s acting is what really makes it all stand out.  The flaws also are the least of the bunch with only the final fight between Thor and the Destroyer really bothering me.

Out of the bunch, this was also the highest grossing, showing it wasn’t just me that liked it.

Runner Ups – Captain America: The First Avenger, X-Men: First Class

Best Surprise of the Year – DC New 52

DC ComicsThis is a mixed one as DC’s relaunch is also a disappointment, but I’ll address it all here.  DC made a bold move this year to shake up their sagging line of comic books by starting from the beginning and relaunching the entire line.  It was gutsy.  On top of that, their digital initiative was bold.

The story that lead up to it all, Flashpoint, was pretty damn good and what came out of it as well.  I took a chance on all fifty-two issues and came away with giving half of them a chance for the second issue.  From there, I made further cuts, but today, I’m reading more comics from DC than I ever have and their higher volumes they’re selling that the initiative has worked for the short term.

The disappointing part is that they didn’t go far enough.  The comics were pretty standard and we didn’t get anything out of the box.  There also was a clear audience, adolescent males (or men stuck in their adolescence).  While we saw more advertising to the general public, we haven’t seen a sustained campaign.  For all their gains in 2011, I think we’ll see a good chunk of it erode in 2012.

Biggest Disappointment of the Year – Marvel Events

Marvel ComicsFear Itself and it’s follow up were and are bad.  X-Men: Schism was ok, but much better than what was before.  Shadowland was uneven.  Marvel has been having some issues when it comes to their events.  I won’t call it overall event fatigue in the industry as others have put out quality and showed what works.

Too many tie-ins, stories not thought out and gimmicky tricks paved the way to a substandard experience.

Marvel relied on the tired gimmick of death, killing the Ultimate Spider-Man, Bucky, the Human Torch and more, that all made headlines but some of it is already undone.  There’s only so many times you can call death before the masses catch on and shrugs their shoulders.

Already we’re heading into more events at Marvel in 2012, here’s hoping there’s some improvement.

Runner Up – Green Lantern (movie), DCnU

Best Character – Moon Knight

Moon Knight #1 CoverMoon Knight has always been a character that’s intrigued me.  Brian Michael Bendis, along with amazing art by Alex Maleev, have given us a new series that really looks at the many personalities of Marc Spector.  The new series really has fun with the idea having Moon Knight drawing upon his personalities at different points.

Moon Knight is the psychotic Batman, a super hero struggling with mental illness.  But is he really suffering from it?  And should it be this much enjoyable to read?

Publisher of the Year – Archaia

ArchaiaArchaia received the honor last year as well, so let me really explain my logic here.  Lets start with the big two, Marvel and DC.  Marvel’s line has suffered in 2011, they’re out.  DC made a bold choice, but four months letter, it all feels empty.  There’s quality, but there’s also a lot that just doesn’t excite.

BOOM! made it’s case towards the end of the year with some great original series, along with some on-goings that continue to show off their quality.  Add in a lot of licensed comics and they’ve got a line that has something for everyone.  There were also some busts, but they’ve got a great line of comics.  Image Comics, for all the quality also has some major duds.  Inconsistency is the issue, but their quality is some of the best out there.

Dark Horse has some amazing comics.  A lot of big name licenses and some good original, but there’s a lot of series I read and just didn’t interest me.  Their quality though is up there.  If your a Star Wars or Buffy fan too, they put out excellent product.  Then we come to IDW Publishing.  A lot of license there too, and also a lot of original material.  Each week I see their new releases, I get excited, as a whole, I’m probably interested in more of their monthly comics percentage wise than any other publisher, and it’s all excellent.

And the big winner is Archaia.  I should start with the presentation of the books.  Beautiful covers and packaging is the first thing that sticks out.  Their entire line of graphic novels are beautiful to look at on a shelf.  Then there’s what’s in between those fancy covers.  The variety of the books and quality is unmatched.  I can find something for everyone and hand out one of their series or a graphic novel and know I’m good with my choice.  All of what I read was good to great and much challenges story telling and comic book visuals.

Licensed books, original books, it’s all here.  And it’s amazing.  There’s comics for kids and adults and books kids and adults will love together.  Books from the US and Europe, we have different styles and perspectives, it’s like the publisher goes out of it’s way to present choice and variety.  And it’s all good.

I said it last year and it still holds true this year, when I think Archaia, I think high quality and expect the best.  They continue to not let me down.

Runner Up – IDW Publishing

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Around the Blogs:

Kotaku – The Free Heroes & Heralds Mode Comes to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 TodayAnother game I need to get.

Kotaku – Batman: Arkham City is E Online’s Game of the YearI really need to start playing this.

Kotaku – Here’s How Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Will Look on PlayStation Vita – Should I get a Vita?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Seattle Pi – The Poe Twisted Anthology

CBR – Severed #5

Pick of the Week – Beronas War Vol 2: Fight for Amity

The pick of the week comes out of left field.  One of my favorite comics/graphic novels has been Beronas War Vol 2: Fight for Amity which is published by Archaia.  The series feels like a role playing game staring demented furry creatures.  It’s cute and fun and beyond entertaining.  The art is awesome and concept fantastic.  I came out of reading the first volume wanting a game based on this world, hopefully that’ll come true, but right now, this will do.

  • Beronas War Vol 2: Fight for Amity – see above
  • The Walking Dead #91 – The series has come back to it’s focus on the people and makes you wonder who is the greater threat, zombies or humans?  Almost 100 issues in, Robert Kirkman hasn’t slipped a bit.
  • Severed #4 – There’s a holy shit moment here.  Scott Snyder, you sick, sick puppy.
  • Jack Avarice is the Courier #3 – Coming out weekly from IDW the series is an all ages James Bond that’s tons of fun.
  • Ultimate Comics X-Men #3 – Hitting the right notes, the series focuses on the hatred humanity has towards mutants.  I’ve never been a fan of the Ultimate universe, but this series is just one of the few reasons I’m hooked now.
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