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silverstar01.jpgJACK KIRBY’S SILVER STAR HC
story JACK KIRBY
art & cover JACK KIRBY

JACK “KING” KIRBY’S SILVER STAR is collected in an oversized full color hardcover at last! Chronicling the rise of Homo-Geneticus, a genetically altered Breed of humanity, designed to survive an impending apocalypse, which spawns both the heroic Silver Star and the sadistic Darius Drumm! SILVER STAR is a surreal masterpiece! Insightful, thought-provoking, uproarious, frantic and deadly! SILVER STAR was Kirby’s final creation, originally published by Pacific Comics in the early ‘80s. It’s a huge, sweeping epic, filled with classic Kirby trademarks: crackling energy, memorable characters, outrageous dialogue, explosive action and ham-fisted romance!

144 PAGES – FC – JULY 18 – $34.99

wolfman02.jpgTHE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #2
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover JASON HOWARD

Gary Hampton puts his newly acquired powers to the test. Wolf-Man finally takes to the streets – saving lives and doing good. How will the public react to him – and can he control the beast within? Don’t miss out on the first action-packed adventures of THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN!

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 5 – $2.99

PLUS

wolfman01_directorscut.jpgTHE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #1: DIRECTOR’S CUT
Witness the birth of the world’s most unlikely superhero—WOLF-MAN!

Featuring all the material from the Free Comic Book Day edition as well as loads of bonus sketches, character designs and script excerpts. Don’t miss out a second time!

40 PAGES – FC – JULY 5 – $3.99

the_chemist.jpgTHE CHEMIST
story JAY BOOSE
art & cover JAY BOOSE

Vance Larroche is not your typical drug dealer. He’s a manufacturer – a chemist, to be exact. He doesn’t waste time making street drugs like Heroin. He’s looking to the future. The real money is in prescription drugs. Lately, it seems everyone wants him dead. Will he be able to survive when a mysterious woman further complicates his life?

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 25 – $3.50

creaturefromthedepths.jpgTHE CREATURE FROM THE DEPTHS (ONE-SHOT)
story MARK KIDWELL
art & cover MARK KIDWELL & JAY FOTOS

In the tradition of the classic “Creature From the Black Lagoon” by way of Lovecraft, peppered with gore and EC-style twists comes the tale of loathsome beasts, treachery and red death beneath the waves. A self-contained one-shot, “Creature” sports a full 36 pages of full color story and art, with script and pencils by MARK KIDWELL and eye-popping color by JAY FOTOS. The creative team that brought you ‘68 brings you an all-new tale of extreme horror!

40 PAGES – FC – JULY 5 – $3.99

dust01_variant.jpgdust01.jpgDUST #1 (of 2)
story mink & PAOLO PARENTE
art & covers PAOLO PARENTE

It’s THE DIRTY DOZEN versus robots, zombies and more! Jump into battle as the Allies and the Sino-Soviet Union join forces to fight the evil Axis; a powerful group (Germany, Japan and Africa) whose plans to dominate the world are bolstered by their amazing weapons – built using alien technology taken from a crashed space ship.

Paolo Parente and mink have created a seamless blend of historical events and cutting edge Sci-Fi to bring you DUST – a groundbreaking World War II adventure!

Writer mink is a feature film and MTV music video director who has worked with Snoop Dogg, Slum Village, Sheryl Crow and many more. Parente’s art style was molded in the fashion world as Versace’s lead illustrator, before turning his skills towards graphic novel covers, World of Warcraft art, Magic the Gathering trading cards & toy design.

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 5 – $3.99

fellcover09.jpgFELL #9
story WARREN ELLIS
art & cover BEN TEMPLESMITH

There are reasons why hostage negotiators get special training. They need to create calm, bond with their targets, and appear credibly understanding and empathetic. In the crumbling city of Snowtown, the closest thing they have to a hostage negotiator is detective Richard Fell, who has a dozen psychology books and a history of shooting people who annoy him. And, in Snowtown, hostage-takers aren’t doing it for personal gain. They’re only doing it for hate.

24 PAGES – FC – JULY 25 – $1.99

hidingintime01.jpgHIDING IN TIME #1 (of 4)
story CHRISTOPHER E. LONG
art & cover by RYAN WINN

In the near future, the Witness Protection Program will relocate people throughout time to ensure their safety. But when hired assassins begin finding and killing them, Nathan Crew – a simple technician in the now-defunct Time Portal Division of the WPP – is forced to travel back in time to try and stop the atrocities!

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 25 – $3.50

babies&kittenscover.jpgTHE BAKERS: BABIES AND KITTENS HC
story KYLE BAKER
art & cover KYLE BAKER

Shock and “Aaaw.”

After a humiliating defeat at the hands of a mouse, Dad is covered in glue traps. Mom & the kids adopt a cat against Dad’s wishes and hide it from him. Dad doesn’t catch on for days. (You can’t make this crap up. I live like this!) Baby Jackie demonstrates fifteen wrong ways to pick up a cat, then suddenly discovers she’s been replaced as the center of her big sister’s attention!

It’s an all-out war between the jealous baby and the fuzzy kitten, and no Baker is safe!

96 PAGES – FC – JULY 11 – $18.99

blackcherry_gn.jpgBLACK CHERRY OGN
story DOUG TENNAPEL
art & cover DOUG TENNAPEL

Down-on-his-luck Mafioso, Eddie Paretti is so desperate for cash he’s agreed to steal a dead body from his own mob boss! Things only get worse when he discovers the body isn’t human!

With few options and fewer people he can trust, Eddie calls on the man who raised him, Father McHugh. The priest tells Eddie that the body was stolen from his monastery by the Mafia. Father McHugh is accompanied by a beautiful woman Eddie swears looks just like a stripper he once fell in love with named Black Cherry.

Blending crime thriller with TENNAPEL’s utterly breath-taking brushwork, BLACK CHERRY is delicious.

192 PAGES – BW – JULY 11 – $17.99

fullcolor_gn.jpgFULL COLOR
story MARK HAVEN BRITT
art & cover MARK HAVEN BRITT

TELL YOUR BOSS EXACTLY WHAT YOU THINK.

A lifetime marked with Napoleonic bosses has generated a rage in Boom that she can’t contain anymore – only aim. Her target? Her boss. That same day, Boom comes home to find an old friend standing on her fire escape. David’s double-crossed a drug dealer and he’s looking for help.

Boom tells him, “I can’t. I’ve given myself one day to make it all right or I’m just going to kill myself. What do you think of that?”

David smiles, “Chaos it is then. We’ll need coffee.”

FULL COLOR is an action-packed odyssey through New York. Fast-paced and thoughtful, compelling and funny, FULL COLOR is a revenge-fueled morality tale for a post-September 11th world.

176 PAGES – BW – JULY 18 – $15.99

Girls_And_Goddesses.jpgGIRLS & GODDESSES: THE PIN-UP ART OF JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER HC
art by JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER
cover by JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER

A Linsner Girl is one with a sparkle in her eye, a saucy pose and plenty of beautiful skin. GIRLS & GODDESSES features Dawn, Dark Ivory and many other gorgeous LINSNER pin-up girls collected together for the first time! Showcasing page after page of previously unpublished work, this volume is a must for all lovers of true beauty, both earthly and divine. 112 pages of luscious, full color LINSNER cheesecake — served extra sweet — await you in this 9″ x 12″ hardcover book.

PLUS! A special signed, limited edition featuring a dazzling full color signing plate and eight bonus pages of full color material exclusive to this edition. Strictly numbered to just 500 copies.

RETAILER WARNING: NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

112 PAGES – FC – JULY 5 – $29.99 – LTD S&N ED $75.00

scrapmettle_cover.jpgSCRAP METTLE HC
art & cover SCOTT MORSE

Award-winning storyteller Scott Morse’s SCRAP METTLE is the culmination of every spare moment spent away from the creation of his graphic novels and his duties at Pixar. This book is the reservoir of the products of a mind that won’t empty of its ideas.

SCRAP METTLE, a gargantuan volume of both electrifying images and smaller, personal thoughts, is a must-have for any admirer of sketching and painting, and a sure favorite of any follower of the retro pop art scene.

400 PAGES – FC – JULY 18 – $39.99

ageofbronze_vol3.jpgAGE OF BRONZE, VOL. 3: BETRAYAL TP
story ERIC SHANOWER
art & cover ERIC SHANOWER

High King Agamemnon lusts to conquer the wealthy city of Troy. He leads his army across the sea, fighting all the way. On the island of Tenedos, just off the coast of Troy, Achilles leads the attack. Spears fly and men die. When the dust settles, Achilles finds himself one step closer to his tragic fate.

Meanwhile, the Trojans prepare their defenses and gather allies. Agamemnon’s offer of a peace embassy to King Priam reassures few. War appears inevitable. Even Helen dreads to face what lies ahead for her and everyone she loves or once loved.

Collects AGE OF BRONZE #20-26 – the award-winning (Eisners 2001 and 2003, Gran Guinigi 2006) retelling of the Trojan

176 PAGES – BW – JULY 5 – $17.99 – HC $27.99

americajr01.jpgAMERICA JR, VOL. 1 TP
story NICK CAPETANAKIS & TODD LIVINGSTON
art & cover BRENDON & BRIAN FRAIM

When a tiny U.S. town becomes an independent country, its clueless citizens decide to model their new nation after America – with hilarious results! This collection of the first 150 strips of the popular webcomic includes pin-ups by special guest artists, exclusive never-before-seen strips and an Introduction by GREGORY ITZIN (President Logan on the TV series “24.”)

96 PAGES – BW – JULY 18 – $9.99

bombqueen_v2_tp.jpgBOMB QUEEN, VOL. 2: QUEEN OF HEARTS TP
story JIMMIE ROBINSON
art & cover JIMMIE ROBINSON

Bomb Queen’s dictatorship over New Port city is threatened when she falls in love with the wrong man. Can our favorite villain get her head out of the clouds and her legs back together before she loses everything? An outrageously salacious satire sure to appeal to y our “guilty pleasure” funnybone! Includes the BOMB QUEEN VS. BLACKLIGHT ONE-SHOT!

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

128 PAGES – FC – JULY 25 – $14.99

capes_vol1_tp.jpgCAPES, VOL. 1: PUNCHING THE CLOCK TP
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover MARK ENGLERT

CAPES INC. is a business that employs super-powered individuals to protect the city of New York and occasionally, the world. BOLT! KID THOR! KNOCK OUT! COMMANDER CAPITALISM! They’re all on the payroll – superheroes who punch a time clock, take lunch breaks and get overtime.

From the writer of INVINCIBLE and THE WALKING DEAD!

Collects CAPES 1-3, the 72 page back-up story from INVINCIBLE, and loads of sketch material.

144 PAGES – FC – JULY 11 – $14.99

normalman_cover.jpgTHE COLLECTED normalman TP
story & art JIM VALENTINO
cover JIM VALENTINO

Rocketed into space by his Junior CPA father, who thought his planet was going to explode — it didn’t – he traveled for 20 years until landing on the planet Levram (read it backwards) where everyone has super powers, except him! Befriended by the witless Captain Everything – who can negate all known laws of physics, but forgets how to fly in mid-flight – normalman only wants to escape from this insane world (don’t we all)!

Collected for the first time, every single story and drawing from JIM VALENTINO’s award-winning seminal parody series, in glorious black and white!

432 pg – BW – JULY 11 – $19.99

godland_celestial_hc.jpgGØDLAND CELESTIAL EDITION HC
story JOE CASEY
art & cover TOM SCIOLI, NICK FILARDI & RICHARD STARKINGS

BOOK ONE IS HERE!
See how the greatest cosmic superhero epic of the new century began! See Commander Adam Archer, Maxim, Basil Cronus, Nickelhead, IBOGA and more in all their oversized glory! What other book delivers the Secret Origin of the Universe? None! What other book squeezes your guts like an angry Torture-Bot? None! Only GØDLAND gives you everything you’ll ever need!

Collects GØDLAND issues #1-12 plus over 40 pages of cosmic-powered, behind-the-scenes extras!

360 PAGES – FC – JULY 18 – $34.99

meltdown_tp.jpgMELTDOWN: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION TP
story DAVID SCHWARTZ
art SEAN WANG
cover CHRIS BACHALO

The Flare is dying. His own super-powers are eating him alive, melting him down from within. During his final days, The Flare must struggle with his volatile life and the questionable decisions he’s made along the way, hoping to find redemption before time runs out. See the final moments that prove what a hero can — and should — be, in the stunning mini-series that took the comic industry by storm.

One of the year’s MOST CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED series is finally collected in this ULTIMATE trade paperback edition, JAM-PACKED with NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN BONUS MATERIALS, including: a foreword by ROBERT KIRKMAN, all-star artist PIN-UPS, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of CHRIS BACHALO’s cover art, CREATOR’S COMMENTARY, DELETED SCENES, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, CHARACTER DESIGNS, and more!

SIDEBAR
Top 10 of 2006. “I have to say this is one of the best titles I have read in a long, long time…Meltdown receives a well deserved 5 out of 5 Stars.” – MajorSpoilers.com

160 PAGES – FC – JULY 5 – $15.99

alienpigfarm04.jpgALIEN PIG FARM #4 (of 4) story TODD FARMER art DON MARQUEZ
cover MARK SCHULTZ

Only one thing worse than not being able to make out with yer sister… and that’s not being able to make out with your sister because the green-skinned alien sumbitch you been fightin’ with done went and carried her back to his buried spaceship to make green-skinned babies with’er!

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 5 – $2.99

amorywars02.jpgTHE AMORY WARS #2 (of 5)
story CLAUDIO SANCHEZ art GUS VAZQUEZ
cover TONY MOORE

Coheed and Cambria learn the truth about their children – and discover dangerous secrets about their past – as the Prise make an unexpected journey to visit Mariah Antillarea. Why is everyone afraid of the Flies, and can the Prise and Mariah work together to stop Wilhelm Ryan’s plan – or has the release of the Priests begun the destruction of Heaven’s Fence?

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 5 – $2.99

badplanet01.jpgbadplanet02.jpgBAD PLANET #2 (RES)
story STEVE NILES & THOMAS JANE art JIM DALY & TIM BRADSTREET
cover BERNIE WRIGHTSON

BAD PLANET IS BACK!!
Raw Studios and Image Comics bring you a terrifying epic of alien invasion. Acclaimed horror writer STEVE NILES (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre) and fan-favorite actor THOMAS JANE (The Punisher, The Mist) combine forces with a stable of comics’ most talented artists to take readers to BAD PLANET. A must-have for any sci-fi/horror fan, Issue #2 boasts an already-classic sci-fi cover by master BERNIE WRIGHTSON!

Imprisoned since his own planet was mysteriously destroyed by alien beasts, the PHAEDON WARRIOR escapes his captors and lands here on Earth in Issue Two of BAD PLANET!

TIM BRADSTREET will be inking JIM DALY’S nightmarish pencil-work for the series while BERNIE WRIGHTSON, MARK SHULTZ, MIKE KALUTA & DAVE STEVENS offer soon-to-be-classic covers.

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 18 – $2.99

dynamo5_05.jpgDYNAMO 5 #5
story JAY FAERBER
art & cover MAHMUD A. ASRAR & RON RILEY

Chrysalis, the armored femme fatale, is one of Captain Dynamo’s oldest enemies. But was there another facet to their relationship? Chrysalis claims there was, as she reveals a hidden connection to one of Captain Dynamo’s offspring. Meanwhile, F.L.A.G. continues their efforts to debrief Dynamo 5.

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 5 – $3.50

elephantmen011bcover.jpgelephantmen011cover.jpgELEPHANTMEN #11
story RICHARD STARKINGS art MORITAT
cover LADRÖNN
flip cover MORITAT

“MAN OF PEACE”
Nikken: Creator of the Elephantmen, Scientist, Geneticist. Imprisoned for crimes against humanity. Serengheti: African Businessman, a man who hates the Elephantmen. These are two men driven by hungers and desires that would chill the souls of ordinary mortals, yet still pawns in a bigger game played by men of much darker visions.

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 11 – $2.99

deathdealer04_coverA.jpgdeathdealer04_coverB.jpgdeathdealer04_coverC.jpgFRANK FRAZETTA’S DEATH DEALER #4 (of 6)
story JOSHUA ORTEGA
art NAT JONES & JAY FOTOS
covers FRANK FRAZETTA, NAT JONES & JAY FOTOS

Adelia Atar and Lambeau catch up with the Death Dealer at Cascada Pass, and learn the shocking secret of his origin! The mysterious stranger finally steps out of the shadows, but what are his ties to the Death Dealer…and does he fight on the side of the King of Oro or the evil forces of Mirahan? Join critically-acclaimed novelist and comics writer JOSHUA ORTEGA (THE NECROMANCER, Star Wars) and the cult-favorite art team of NAT JONES and JAY FOTOS (SPAWN, ’68) for all of the pulse-pounding answers!

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 11 – $3.99

gutsville03.jpgGUTSVILLE 3 (of 6)
story SIMON SPURRIER
art & cover FRAZER IRVING

Meet the NoSunMan: serial killer, psychedelic horror-merchant and all-out freak. Albert and Mary must confront this faceless terror if they’re to stand any chance of reaching their prize; but what dark secrets will they find in the mangled debris, swallowed by the World-Fish..? Meanwhile in the city, the vile rituals of the priesthood pass unnoticed by the masses. But in the shadows, among the desperate and dispossessed, the first eruptions of rebellion descend upon Gutsville.

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 25 – $2.99

invincible45.jpgINVINCIBLE #45
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover RYAN OTTLEY & BILL CRABTREE

In deep space, surrounded by Viltrumites, all alone. Allen the Alien faces his fiercest fight yet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Invincible and Atom Eve finally decide to talk.

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 18 – $2.99

madman04.jpgMADMAN ATOMIC COMICS #4 story MICHAEL ALLRED
art & cover MICHAEL ALLRED & LAURA ALLRED

Has Frank “Madman” Einstein found his way out of his multi-dimensional funk? Can he hope to find his way back to the original reality? Will he be able to program his universal remote so he can find all his favorite TV shows? Some of these questions just may be answered in this groundbreaking (and dimension-breaking) issue!

32 pg – FC – JULY 5 – $2.99

SIDEKICK_SUPSUM02.jpgPAUL JENKINS’ SIDEKICK: SUPER SUMMER SIDEKICK SPECTACULAR #2 (of 2)
story PAUL JENKINS
art & cover CHRIS MORENO

Eddie Edison is the Susan Lucci of superhero tryouts – every year, he makes a bid for full membership of the Council of American Super Heroes (a non-profit organization, all checks payable to C.A.S.H.) – every year, he sets new records for futility. Will this be his year? Chances are slim? Will he go down in flames? All signs point to “Yes.” Will it involve a great deal of physical pain?
Well… that would be giving the whole story away.

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 18 – $3.50

pvp36.jpgPVP# 36
story & art SCOTT KURTZ
cover CLAIRE HUMMEL

Shiny! The PvP gang hit a science fiction convention. Plot a course for hilarity, warp-factor NERD!

24 PAGES – BW – JULY 25 – $3.50

repo02.jpgREPO #2 (of 5)
story RICK SPEARS
art & cover ROB G

Our boys, Emil and KD, are hot on the case of the escaped clone, but so is crazy-ass Lola and her crew. The two teams race for leads through the sprawl in an insane gun-blasting, car-thrashing hover chase into the murky depths of the dangerous lower city. Here in the mutant-filled, forgotten subterranean, our Repo teams come head to head with a well-armed army of angry clones, hell bent on saving their clone

32 PAGE – FC – July 18 – $3.50

Ride_DieValk02_COVER_Hamner.jpgTHE RIDE: DIE VALKYRIE! #2 (of 3)
story DOUG WAGNER
art & variant cover BRIAN STELFREEZE
cover CULLY HAMNER

The joyride that started last issue is turning into a bloodbath. Note to reader: never steal a car with a trunk full of the mob’s guns. They won’t like that. Meanwhile, Laci tries hard to change her killin’ ways, but being good is just so damn hard – God love her for tryin’.

32 PAGES – BW – JULY 5 – $2.99

strangeembrace03.jpgSTRANGE EMBRACE #3
story DAVID HINE
art & cover by DAVID HINE
color ROB STEEN

Alex pushes his way into the memories, dreams and nightmares of Anthony Corbeau, in an attempt to discover what it is that Corbeau is trying to hide from him. What fuels Corbeau’s obsession with African fetishes and what lies at the heart of his troubled marriage?

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 11 – $2.99

spawn172.jpgSPAWN #172
story DAVID HINE
art BRIAN HABERLIN
cover GREG CAPULLO

What made Al Simmons the person who grew up to be Spawn? Al struggles to recover his lost memories of an encounter with a sinister stranger. An encounter that led to bloody murder and changed the destinies of three young men in “A Tale of Three Brothers.”

32 PAGES – FC – AUGUST 29 – $2.95

SPAWN: GODSLAYER #3
story BRIAN HOLGUIN
art PHILIP TAN
cover JAY ANACLETO

“THE WINTER KING,” Part Three
The saga of the Winter King continues… The Godslayer has traveled across the world to reach the hall of Urshrek, a cannibalistic deity who feeds on the souls of children. Now he comes face to face at last with the brutal tyrant God and his horde of shadow warriors. Let the battle begin!

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 25 – $2.99

wardofthestate03.jpgWARD OF THE STATE#3 (of 3)
story CHRISTOPHER E. LONG
art & cover CHEE

This hardboiled miniseries comes to an emotional close as Norma Balitzer must face the sins of her past! Death and mayhem make it impossible for her wards, Dravis and Carrie, to envision a normal life – but that doesn’t stop them from making a stand as they fight for a life free from murder and misery!

32 PAGES – FC – JULY 5 – $3.50

walkingdead41.jpgTHE WALKING DEAD #41
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN

Death surrounds them.

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

32 PAGES – BW – JULY 18 – $2.99

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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