Image Comics October 2012 Solicitations
Here are the Image Comics solicitations for October 2012!
TOP COW’S TOP-SELLING SERIES RETURNS IN A GROUND-BREAKING WAY!
Top Cow celebrates its 20th anniversary with the return of the series that started it all: CYBER FORCE! Top Cow founder MARC SILVESTRI (THE DARKNESS, INCREDIBLE HULK) returns to his first Image series as co-writer, art director and cover artist! Co-writer MATT HAWKINS (THINK TANK, LADY PENDRAGON) and artist KHOI PHAM (MIGHTY AVENGERS, DAREDEVIL) join SILVESTRI to bring you a contemporary re-imagining rooted in cutting edge, real world technology.
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?
Not content in pushing the envelope just in terms of story and art, Top Cow will be the first major US comic publisher to launch one of their biggest properties with top tier creators concurrently for both the traditional print market and exploding worldwide digital market for FREE. That’s right: Thanks to the support of fans through Kickstarter and participating comic shops, you can get the first FIVE issues of CYBER FORCE at no cost.
Fillmore Press was once Madder Red, a homicidal maniac and criminal overlord who terrorized the town of Bedlam for years. Then he got better. This is what happens next.
A double-sized introduction to a blood-soaked cityscape of murder, mayhem, and mystery by NICK SPENCER (MORNING GLORIES, THIEF OF THIEVES) and RILEY ROSSMO (REBEL BLOOD, GREEN WAKE)!
Welcome to the long-awaited return of MacGyver – co-written by his creator! When an old friend calls for help, Mac becomes involved in a web of industrial espionage, murder and a white-knuckle pursuit across the globe with a million dollar hit on his head! Can he live long enough to save the world – or has his luck finally run out?
Sexica and her Werewolf boyfriend Nikoli travel across a sci-fi, fantasy Russia smoking singing cigarettes.
Meanwhile the organ hunter Nura is sent out with a severed head and instructions to find its body.
Los Angeles, 2041 – it’s twenty-six years after a NASA probe brought back a strange disease causing many of our familiar toy-like objects to come to life. This is a new world order where cute and fearsome creatures fight for their right to exist in a world that fears them – Blade Runner meets Toy Story.
A gripping, provocative four-part crime series from acclaimed writer JAY FAERBER and stunning new artist KORAY KURANEL begins with one woman’s murder and branches out to follow the investigation by three people with personal connections to her: her husband, an investigative reporter; her lover, an ex-soldier; and her friend, a homicide detective. Her death will change all of their lives.
CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2012
story HOWARD CHAYKIN, ANDY DIGGLE, WARREN ELLIS, CHRIS GIARRUSSO, KIERON GILLEN, BRANDON GRAHAM, DAVID HINE, JOE KEATINGE, ROBERT KIRKMAN, JIM McCANN, TERRY MOORE, CHRIS ROBERSON, JAMES ROBINSON, JONATHAN ROSS, STEVEN T. SEAGLE, RICHARD STARKINGS & ERIC STEPHENSON
art CHARLIE ADLARD, MIKE ALLRED, NATE BELLEGARDE, J. BONE, DOUG BRAITHWAITE, IAN CHURCHILL, MARCO CINELLO, CHYNNA CLUGSTON-FLORES, CHRIS GIARRUSSO, SINA GRACE, BRANDON GRAHAM, ROGER LANDRIDGE, JANET LEE, JOHN PAUL LEON, TERRY MOORE & BEN TEMPLESMITH
cover A GABRIEL BA
cover B TERRY DODSON
48 PAGES / FC / M
A COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND BENEFIT BOOK!
“IT’S GOOD TO BE FREE!”
CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL returns! This year’s installment is edited by Image Comics Publisher ERIC STEPHENSON, who has recruited an all-star line-up of writers and artists to make ALL-NEW stories about the positive qualities of freedom! All proceeds from this book benefit the important First Amendment work of the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND, who’ve been fighting censorship in comics for over 25 years!
All proceeds from CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2012 will benefit the important First Amendment legal work of the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians and readers.
It is a new beginning for THE WALKING DEAD. Rick Grimes is no longer in charge, and nothing will ever be the same again. It’s such a perfect jumping on point, it could easily have been a new first issue – but instead, the world’s best selling creator-owned comic just keeps moving forward, with #103 and counting!
This special issue of THE WALKING DEAD presents THE WALKING DEAD #19, featuring the first appearance of Michonne as well as the Michonne origin story that first appeared in Playboy Magazine. Just in time for Michonne’s appearance in THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 3!
Eve has an imagination that’s more than active – it can be downright dangerous! Working late at the costume super-store Halloween Land, she gets lost in her own thoughts until something goes bump in the night. The rubber masks and plastic novelties are coming to life, and Eve must face ghosts, goblins, and gorilla suits made real.
High fantasy and heartbreak in an oversized holiday one-shot by BRANDON MONTCLARE (FEAR ITSELF: FEARSOME FOUR) and Eisner Award nominee AMY REEDER (BATWOMAN, MADAME XANADU).
From the artist of THE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY and AMBER BENSON’S AMONG THE GHOSTS, comes a retail hell story like you’ve never encountered before! A young artist takes a job at a department store in order to make ends meet… little does he know that he may meet his end! In this gothic story for fans of PERSEPOLIS, BLANKETS, and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, can the artist withstand competitive pressure, treachery, and high fashion while still keeping his soul?
GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING!
To coincide with the groundbreaking return of CYBER FORCE, Top Cow proudly presents the original stories that launched the series in this introductory-priced collection! Collecting the very first CYBER FORCE story, “Tin Men of War,” along with two bonus issues, fans can go back and rediscover the introduction of characters like Velocity, Ripclaw, Heatwave, Cyblade, Impact and Ballistic to the world of comics with brilliant art by MARC SILVESTRI (THE DARKNESS, INCREDIBLE HULK), WALTER SIMONSON (THE AVENGERS, THOR), and DAVID FINCH (APHRODITE IX, THE DARK KNIGHT).
This collection includes a complete cover gallery, character designs, commentary and more.
Collects CYBER FORCE, VOL. 1 #1-#4, CYBER FORCE #0 & CYBER FORCE ANNUAL #1.
The multiple sell-out miniseries from the writer of WHO IS JAKE ELLIS? and the artist of VIKING, DANCER is the story of a retired assassin who must protect his ballerina love from a sniper stalking them both through the back alleys of a wintry Europe.
CNN calls DANCER: "The best example of what’s possible without a man in tights."
Collects DANCER #1-5.
Hitmen and mercenaries are ordered by the President to bring down an eighteen-year-old super assassin named Song– but she’s going to turn the tables on them – and every kill is going to be epic!
Song has trained since childhood to take revenge on the man responsible for her parent’s deaths – the man who has just been elected President!
Filled with never-seen-before extra material!
Collects EPIC KILL #1-5.
In death, he finally found something to live for.
Lou Collins is caught in a cyclical curse of violent, gruesome deaths and new beginnings in the bodies of strangers. With no clue why, Lou desperately searches for a way to break the curse and cross over peacefully to the other side. Then equally doomed Ella comes along. It’s a love story to die for.
Collects all four issues and features never before seen sketches, alternate covers and conceptual art by series illustrator ALUISIO C. SANTOS.
Elle Peterssen is young, wealthy, and beautiful — and there is a reason someone tried to kill her. Only, Elle doesn’t remember any of this. MIND THE GAP, the new series by the Eisner Award-winning writer JIM McCANN (Return of the Dapper Men), is a mystery with a paranormal twist. Elle, in a spirit form detached from her comatose body, must not only unravel the mystery of her attacker’s identity and motive but her entire life as well. Who can she trust, in both this word and in the gap she exists in that lies between life and death? Filled with twists and turns, Elle’s life isn’t the only one turned upside down by the attack on her life. Deceit, secrets, and hidden agendas are everywhere in a story where everyone is a suspect, and no one is innocent. USAToday hails it as an “anxiously anticipated modern thriller."
Collects MIND THE GAP #1-5
Nancy and Lucifer filleted their way out of Hell… and they left the Gates open. Now demons are pouring onto Earth, and angels want to destroy the whole planet before Hell spreads through all the realms. And Nancy, her daisy dukes and her trusty chainsaw are in the way! Featuring Lucifer, the Twelve Disciples of Hell, giant demons and nekkid angels! If you like grindhouse films and crazy, gory fun, be sure to check this volume written by EL TORRES with artwork by the insane master of detail ENRIQUE LORENZANA!
Collects NANCY IN HELL (ON EARTH) #1–4
THE ACCLAIMED OGN RETURNS IN AN ALL-NEW, OVERSIZED HARDCOVER EDITION! Meet Thomas Dare… an ordinary man dealing with an extraordinary circumstance. What would you do if you found you were turning to stone? What choices would you make? Hint: being a superhero is not one of them. From the CODEFLESH creative team of JOE CASEY (GØDLAND) and CHARLIE ADLARD (THE WALKING DEAD).
"… ballsy in its unforgiving, raw and emotional nature. Dead-on dramatic pulp, pure and simple." – Comic Book Zeitgeist
"Really fine storytelling… that’ll linger long past many more flashy efforts." –blogcritics
ROCK BOTTOM: AN EPIC OF HUMAN PROPORTIONS!
From New York Times bestselling writer BRIAN K.VAUGHAN (Y: THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA) and critically acclaimed artist FIONA STAPLES (MYSTERY SOCIETY, NORTH 40), SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults. This specially priced volume collects the first arc of the smash hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make."
Collects SAGA #1-6
The third SKULLKICKERS adventure is a tidal wave of adventure: a pirate ship of lady buccaneers, dangerous cargo, sea monsters, food fights and the strange secret of the mysterious gun at the center of the SKULLKICKERS mythos.
Jump on board and see why the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) added SKULLKICKERS to their list of "Great Graphic Novels For Teens 2012"!
Collects SKULLKICKERS #12-17
Returning with the second eight volumes of the fan-favorite, New York Times Best Seller series collected into one massive paperback collection! This is the perfect collection for any fan of the Emmy Award-winning television series on AMC: over one thousand pages chronicling the next chapter of ROBERT KIRKMAN‘s Eisner Award-winning continuing story of survival horror- beginning with Rick Grimes’ struggle to survive after the prison raid, to the group’s finding short solace in The Community, and the devastation that follows… In a world ruled by the dead, we are finally forced to finally start living.
Collects THE WALKING DEAD #49-96
"OUT WITH THE TRASH"
Team Omaha sets up a business front in the Philippines, only to find out they’ve done their job a little too well.
EVERYONE wants a piece of Tommy Watts – at least the part that can give them super powers. But if everyone in America is a superhero, will that be a good thing…or the worst thing that could ever happen to planet Earth?
“TRUTHS & DESTINIES,” PART 2
Tom Judge’s training as a priest did not prepare him for the horrors he’s seen as a special investigator for the FBI. But Tom’s current case – an unholy combination of the supernatural and murder most foul – is beyond anything he’s ever experienced, and even the powerful Artifact he wields, the Rapture, won’t be enough to save him.
The black shadow of fascist darkness sprawls across France—shattered by the scarlet smears of sex and death…
…And the south coast learns there’s more to California than sunshine and surf, as twin offspring of different mothers find soulmates.
Suprema is under the control of an evil force, and no one is safe from her eye beams and short skirt!! Cabbot and Twilight have to enlist the help of Marduk and his cult or be disintegrated! But have they inadvertantly delivered the most powerful weapon on earth to a madman?
“SPACE CAKES,” Conclusion
The bonus-sized wedding issue, CHEW’s half-way point, and the issue that is gonna take EVERYBODY by surprise. Sure, it’s a terrible jumping-on point for new readers, but did we mention the FREE TRI-FOLD POSTER COVER, at no extra cost?
CREATOR OWNED HEROES #5
story STEVE NILES, JAY RUSSEL, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, JUSTIN GRAY, ANDREW RITCHIE, JERRY LANDO & PAUL MOUNTS
art & cover DAVE JOHNSON & ANDREW RITCHIE
40 PAGES / FC / M
ALL-NEW STORIES BEGIN!
“KILLSWITCH,” Part One
Part one of a brand new four-part story. Introducing Killswitch, an enigmatic, and devastatingly handsome killer with a fetish for blunt force, a strong code of honor, and more than a few skeletons in his closet. Killswitch is drawn into a game of death with the world’s top assassins to find out who is behind the contract on his head – and why.
“BLACK SPARROW,” Part One
A brand new two-part story begins, as a family living in the old west must reconcile that someone close to them might be a killer, or worse. A dark tale of haunting family dedication and the price we pay for love.
PLUS! An interview with AMANDA CONNER, art galleries, con photos, and original articles all celebrating the creator owned spirit.
“BREAKING DARK,” PART Three
Jackie Estacado’s world has been crumbling around him and he fears recent events may drive his wife, Jenny, to the brink of insanity. But will Jackie be able to hold it together when he receives even more tragic family news? DAVID HINE (THE DARKNESS: FOUR HORSEMEN, THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN) and JEREMY HAUN (ARTIFACTS, Detective Comics) follow up their horrific first arc with a four-part story that will make you question everything you think you know about the Top Cow universe.
The epic finale to the junk punk series sets the stage for a massive battle between humanity and the Colossals, with the fate of the entire human race in the balance. Maya must lead the Athabascan Tribe to victory against the insane wasteland dragon spirit, Nogo.
“SLEEPING PARTNERS,” Part Four
Some girls don’t.
FATALE’s second arc comes to its brutal conclusion! Secrets are revealed and new mysteries are born, as our Femme Fatale star goes from victim to hero!
And remember each issue of FATALE contains extra content, articles and
artwork that are not available anywhere but the printed single issues.
"BLOODSHADOW," Part One
There is only one warrior Glory has ever feared; only one who’s more dangerous than her, only one she knows can stop her. Get ready for the coming of Nanaja, Glory’s little sister.
What does it take to defend an entire planet? As The Guardians of the Globe divide their forces to deal with threats all over Earth, simultaneously, a darker, familiar, threat continues to loom under their very noses.
“FINAL,” Part Two
The most twisted and persistent slashers Cassie has ever faced are back. And they’re on the hunt, ensuring that everyone Cassie and Vlad have ever saved become the victims they were intended to be! Someone dies! Actually, a whole lot of people die!!
Trapped in a mob hospital at the mercy of the cold-eyed torture expert Smoothie and his team of dedicated sadists, the only hope for Nick Sax is Happy the Horse! With three days to Black Christmas, can our unlikely duo stay together long enough to stop Pedo-Santa‘s rampage?
Set up for murder, Dr. Benjamin Dane finds himself wanted by a black market surgical squad and the FBI, with only an outcast Yakuza assassin to protect him, none of which will stop him from getting to his next patient. Plus the freaky kid is back.
"EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS RIGHT," Part Two
HELL YEAH’s shocking new direction continues as the battle of the century arrives: Ben Day vs. Getting His Ass Handed To Him!
“DIE OFF ANOTHER DAY,” Conclusion
The Hoax Hunters desperately try to prevent Clive and his carnival from executing their plan—a plan that includes the extinction of an entire cryptid race. More answers to the deepening mystery are revealed in this thrilling finale to the first Hoax Hunters arc!
Finally, at long last: the origin of Zandale Randolph, otherwise known as Invincible. Also in this issue, an update on Mark Grayson, as the stage is set for the MONUMENTAL 100TH ISSUE! Do not miss out!
“DARK STREETS, SNAP CITY,” Part Three
The Skunk’s old gang is up to trouble, and It Girl has a few choice words for the man who killed her sister. But who’s the shadowy presence that follows her wherever she goes, and can she and the rest of the Atomics stop a crime spree before it starts?
They have waited and watched in the dark and now the old money that runs nations is ready to make their move against the Manhattan Projects. It’s the secret leaders of the world like you’ve never seen them before.
The thrilling FEEL GOOD, BAD SCIENCE series continues in THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #8: THEY RULE!
Mudman and Captain Gull enter the mysterious house on the sea front only to find the house doesn’t have a warm welcome for visitors!
“PARIS,” Part Two
The Boys team up with a local band of resistance fighters who fight for the same goal of freeing prisoners of war. A daring rescue operation puts Peter and the Lost Boys in the crosshairs of the German army while new allies offer a door to a whole new world.
"Wiebe and Jenkins are making magic. First star to the right, straight on to the next issue. The Verdict: 10/10" – Comixosity
Old man Prophet’s team goes looking for supplies on a city built into the torso of a giant at war with its other body parts. And an old acquaintance.
Dana investigates threats sent to a pair of siblings running a charity to help people adjust to life with undead loved ones. But there’s more to this brother and sister than philanthropy. Meanwhile May Thao discovers photos of a bizarre creature, and just can’t help but get herself into deep sh*t.
Savage Dragon is on trial crimes he committed when he had reverted to his Emperor Kurr persona. Now the world is his witness as the shocking verdict is read. Meanwhile, Malcolm Dragon has troubles of his own: Thunder-Head and Double-Paige! Comes with our highest possible recommendation!
“ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES,” Part Five
The epic story arc celebrating SPAWN’s 20th Anniversary continues! TODD McFARLANE and rising star SZYMON KUDRANSKI bring you the next chapter in the origin of Jim Downing!! Features a classic comic book cover re-imagined by TODD MCFARLANE!
Was Jim Downing a mastermind or a victim in his previous life? As a brutal interrogation intensifies, the answers Jim seeks, and the realities of the man he was, may exist somewhere in between good and evil. To complicate matters further, the final details he needs to put an ultimate end to "The Program" rest in the hands of a man whose actions helped shape the very foundation of the SPAWN universe…Jason Wynn.
ESCAPE FROM INNER-EARTH: CONCLUSION!
Derek is now aware of the REPTILOIDS and the threat they pose to the surface world. Super Dinosaur has learned so much about where he comes from–will he want to come back? Answers to this question and more as the stage is set for the next few years of Super Dinosaur adventures! This is where it all begins, people!
“The KHROMIUM Age”
His father was one of Supreme’s greatest foes. Now he seeks vengeance–and he has the power to get it! Face-to-face with the Ivory Icon on a far off world KHROMIUM will have his revenge–or die trying! Meanwhile, Ethan Crane and the former Supremouse Squeak form an uneasy alliance with the one being that might help restore their missing powers: Darius Duck! A shocker!
Augustus’ troubled past comes back to bite him where it hurts – and Redmond’s son has to step up to the plate to keep an angry cartel at bay. Meanwhile: Cohen pushes harder on Conrad.
THINK TANK #3
story MATT HAWKINS
art & cover RAHSAN EKEDAL & BRIAN REBER
32 PAGES / BW / M
Dr. David Loren has had enough. Enough of the death and destruction at his hands. Enough of the military men that control his life. Tonight, David finally makes his move to escape from the military think tank that has been his prison and playground for years. The only complication… he has to free an innocent woman from the same place.
Sara Pezzini finally relents to Cain Jorgenson’s advances and agrees to a date at a baseball game in this date night issue of WITCHBLADE! But as usual, the Witchblade’s tendency to attract weirdness like a magnet will draw out Chicago’s supernatural corruption… even at Wrigley Field.
At long last… the untold story of Badrock and how he was critically wounded trying to save the rest of Team Youngblood. For everyone who has been wondering why the Original Shaft felt the need to step away from the team… this is the issue that tells everything!
- The Comic Book Critic