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Image Comics sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information for titles shipping in May 2008. There are some new titles shipping in May, and you’ll want to check them out.

firebreather_01.jpgFIREBREATHER #1 – GEM OF THE MONTH
story PHIL HESTER
art & cover ANDY KUHN

Back by popular demand, the adventures of Firebreather continue in this all-new monthly title. High school is tough enough for normal kids, but when your Dad is a city-stomping giant monster who expects you to follow in his footsteps it gets even tougher. PHIL HESTER (THE DARKNESS, The Irredeemable Ant-Man) and ANDY KUHN (Blue Beetle, Marvel Team-Up) deliver the high octane action, drama, and humor. For fans of INVINCINBLE and Ultimate Spider-Man.

MAY 14 • 32 PAGES • FC • $2.99

studio_space.jpgSTUDIO SPACE TP – GEM OF THE MONTH
by JOEL MEADOWS & GARY MARSHALL

From the creators of Tripwire comes a unique book that looks at the way that the world’s best comic book artists work, visiting their studios and getting into their mindset. Each chapter also looks at the creators’ big break and whether their working methods have changed over the years. Featuring a spectacular line-up including FRANK MILLER, MIKE MIGNOLA, JIM LEE, JOE KUBERT, TIM BRADSTREET, DUNCAN FEGREDO, WALTER SIMONSON, BRIAN BOLLAND, DAVE GIBBONS, TIM SALE and many more.

MAY 29 • 320 PAGES • $29.99 TP/$49.99 HC

bombqueen5_01.jpgBOMB QUEEN V #1 (of 6)
story JIMMIE ROBINSON
art & cover JIMMIE ROBINSON

“THE DIVINE COMEDY,” Part One
Bomb Queen is framed for a series of murders in the small town of Littleville. Trapped in her city of crime, the Queen employs a ragtag group of fanboys to discover the truth… before Littleville brings justice in the form of the ULTIMATE SUPERHERO!

MAY 21 • 32 PAGES • FC • $3.50

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

alethia_01.jpgALETHIA #1 (of 3)
Story BOB LEFEVRE
art & cover BOB LEFEVRE

Thea’s life as an adrenalin junky becomes a Greek Tragedy after mythological gods kill her boyfriend and destroy her town. Bewildered and heartbroken, she fights to avenge his death in a full-throttle confrontation…all while the balance of power between divinity and humanity rests in her making it out alive!

MAY 29 • 32 PAGES • FC • $3.50

gemini_01.jpgGEMINI #1 (of 5)
story JAY FAERBER
art & cover JON SOMMARIVA & FCOLOR

From the creator of DYNAMO 5 and NOBLE CAUSES comes Image’s newest superstar: Gemini, a super-hero whose identity is so secret, even he doesn’t know what it is!

Dan Johnson is just a normal guy with a normal job… or so he thinks. What he doesn’t know is that a secret organization is using him as their weapon against crime. Dan Johnson is Gemini!

MAY 7 • 32 PAGES • FC • $3.50

prettybabymachine_01.jpgPRETTY BABY MACHINE #1 (of 3)
story CLARK WESTERMAN
art & cover KODY CHAMBERLAIN

PRETTY Boy Floyd, BABY Face Nelson and MACHINE Gun Kelly join forces when 1933’s mob-boss supreme, Al Capone, declares war on them! The most unexpected team-up in comics history told in a film noir style that will have fans of Road to Perdition and Batman: The Long Halloween screaming for more!

MAY 7 • 32 PAGES • BW • $3.50

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

wildguard.jpgWILDGUARD: INSIDER #1 (of 3)
story TODD NAUCK
art TODD NAUCK, STEVEN SANCHEZ & JUSTIN PETERSON
cover TODD NAUCK

TODD NAUCK (Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man: Back in Black) is back with a new installment of his popular made-for-TV super team, WildGuard! Get an inside look into the lives and adventures of these reality TV heroes as part one of the exclusive WildGuard internet comic strips are collected here for the very first time! Also this issue, Red Rover encounters a new foe with bizarre consequences. The fan-favorite “Where Are They Now?” feature returns spotlighting rejected contenders: Mover & Shaker and Adhesor. Plus, mini fact files on the heroes of the WildGuard universe.

MAY 14 • 32 PAGES • FC • $3.50

deathgrub_cov.jpgDEATH GRUB #1 (ONE-SHOT)
story RYAN OTTLEY
art & cover RYAN OTTLEY

New character, new story and new art from INVINCIBLE superstar RYAN OTTLEY! Every thousand years, the Death Grub comes to savage the land – and only one man can stop it! A story so pulse-pounding it had to committed to paper in 24 hours!

MAY 7 • 24 PAGES • BW • $2.99

FROM THE ARTIST OF INVINCIBLE! RYAN OTTLEY’S 24-HOUR COMIC!

swampdemon_ad.jpgFRANK FRAZETTA’S SWAMP DEMON (ONE-SHOT)
story JOSHUA ORTEGA
art & cover JOSH MEDORS & JAY FOTOS
variant covers FRANK FRAZETTA & NAT JONES

Set in the Land of Iparsia, 500 years before the epic “Shadows of Mirahan” storyline from FRANK FRAZETTA’S DEATH DEALER, this is a dark fantasy story of druids, demons, and the mysterious and beautiful witch-goddess known as Kallista. Written by critically acclaimed novelist and comics writer JOSHUA ORTEGA (FRANK FRAZETTA’S DEATH DEALER, THE NECROMANCER), and reuniting the RUNES OF RAGNAN team of JOSH MEDORS and JAY FOTOS, this is one tale of Frazetta Comics fantasy that you won’t want to miss!

MAY 21 • 32 PAGES • FC • $3.99

pvp_color_special.jpgPvP 10th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
story SCOTT KURTZ
art SCOTT KURTZ
cover JEFF SMITH

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Web’s secnd most popular comic strip! Featuring stories, art and pin-ups by some of the industries greatest: CULLY HAMNER, JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER, JEFF PARKER, TODD DEZAGO & CRAIG ROUSSEAU, MARK BROOKS, BRANDON PETERSON, LEA HERNANDEZ, GABE & TYCHO, BRIAN DENHAM, RYAN OTTLEY, STEVE HAMAKER and more. Plus, an awesome cover by JEFF SMITH!

MAY 29 • 48 PAGES • FC • $4.99

monsterzoo_cov.jpgMONSTER ZOO OGN
story DOUG TENNAPEL
art & cover DOUG TENNAPEL

It’s Earthworm Jim and Cat Scratch creator DOUG TENNAPEL next graphic novel! Hot on the heels of IRON WEST and FLINK, MONSTER ZOO tells the story of a young man who discovers his local zoo is more frightening and deadly than he could ever have imagined!

MAY 7 • 144 PAGES • BW • $12.99

SafestPlace_COVER.jpgTHE SAFEST PLACE OGN
story STEVEN GRANT & VICTOR RICHES
art & cover TOM MANDRAKE

War photographer Matthew Castle suffered a brutal event in his past, closing him off emotionally, but granting him a special gift: He cannot feel physical pain.

Allied with a beautiful but secretive news reporter, Matthew uses his unique ability to track down the kidnapped daughter of a wealthy San Francisco family. Forced to confront his past, not only is the kidnapped child’s safety at stake, but Matthew’s sanity as well. Featuring art by Tom Mandrake (THE SPECTRE) and a story by Victor Riches and Steven Grant (THE PUNISHER).

‘THE SAFEST PLACE’ is a hard-edged, modern-day mystery that will pull you across the globe, riding shotgun with a war photographer who’s sucked into the world he’s only photographed. – Geoff Johns

MAY 14 • 112 PAGES • BW • $12.99

spawn_182.jpgSPAWN: THE BOOK OF THE DEAD HC
story DAVID HINE
art ASHLEY WOOD & GEIRROD VAN DYKE
Cover: ASHLEY WOOD

EACH BOOK COMES WITH AN EXCLUSIVE ART PRINT SIGNED BY TODD McFARLANE!

At long last, the unholy legend can be told! Secrets revealed! In-depth character backgrounds! Hellishly brilliant character art! From Malebolgia to Sam and Twitch to the Heap, each character in the Spawn comic mythos is beautifully rendered by renowned artist ASHLEY WOOD and mind blowing new comer GEIRROD VAN DYKE. The secret history of the Hellspawn is finally divulged with comprehensive text by SPAWN writer DAVID HINE. This is it! SPAWN: THE BOOK OF THE DEAD is a must-have for collectors and an indispensable guide to those who have always wondered, but were too afraid to ask. Abandon hope all ye who purchase this volume. You have been warned.

MAY 29 • 104 PAGES • FC • $29.99

amazingjoybuzz_spiders.jpgTHE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS, VOL. 1: HERE COME THE SPIDERS GN
story MARK ANDREW SMITH
art & cover DAN HIPP

The world’s greatest rock ‘n roll adventure band makes their original graphic novel debut With girl-magnet Biff on guitar and vocals, tough guy Stevo on bass, and four-eyed genius Gabe on drums – not to mention their mythical Mexican wrestler genie, El Campeon – the Amazing Joy Buzzards hop from one fast-paced adventure to the next, living life to the fullest! As their world tour commences, their battle with the nefarious Spider Syndicate gets into full swing with the fate of the world in the balance!

MAY 7 • 300 PAGES • BW • $19.99

proof_vol1_tp.jpgPROOF, VOL. 1: GOATSUCKER TP
story ALEX GRECIAN
art & cover RILEY ROSSMO

If you believe in monsters… Proof doesn’t leave urban legends where it finds them. Bigfoot wears a suit to the office. Fairies devour anyone in sight. A lonely monster wears human skins for company. The hit series starts here.

Collects PROOF #1-5

MAY 7 • XXX PAGES • FC • $9.99

youngblood_vol1_tp.jpgYOUNGBLOOD, VOL. 1: FOCUS TESTED TP
story JOE CASEY
art & cover DEREC DONOVAN

At long last, the Blood is back! A new team jam-packed with old friends! Old enemies returning in a whole new way! You’ve never seen celebrity superheores like this. You’re seen the imitators — now check out the original! Reprinting issues #1-4 of the hit series. Loaded with extra features! The all-new Youngblood library begins here!

Collects YOUNGBLOOD #1-4

MAY 29 • 96 PAGES • FC • $9.99

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In Jackie Karma, Jackie and Marcus are drawn deeper into what seems to be a hidden conspiracy, as the players in the story begin to come together, and we first meet the Soul Brigade, ass-kicking soul band/street fighters. In Cool, Leon deals with stripper on the run Cherry Baum, and Pete finds himself dodging mob bullets. Fired directly at him. From point blank range.

MAY 9 • 32 PAGES • BW • $2.99

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

wolfman_07.jpgTHE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #7
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover JASON HOWARD

The secret is out, the world knows that Gary Hampton, The Astounding Wolf-Man–is a murderer. Needless to say, his family doesn’t take it well. Gary’s life is falling apart around him.

MAY 9 • 32 PAGES • FC • $2.99

darkivory_02.jpgDARK IVORY #2 (of 4)
story JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER & EVA HOPKINS
art & cover JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER

“SPELLBOUND”
Ivory gets in over her head as she explores the underbelly of New York City nightclub life: the secret world of the bloodsuckers. Hidden doors are suddenly opened, and clandestine societies are revealed. Ivory’s new “friends” are out to show her that blood really is thicker than water…

MAY 21 • 32 PAGES • FC • $2.99

deadspace_03.jpgDEAD SPACE #3 (of 6)
story ANTONY JOHNSTON
art & cover BEN TEMPLESMITH

REAL SPACE. REAL TERROR.
The third installment of the prequel horror series to Electronic Arts’
upcoming sci-fi survival horror game, illustrated by top-tier talent BEN TEMPLESMITH (FELL, 30 Days of Night) and written by ANTONY JOHNSTON (Wasteland)! The mysterious artifact is finally excavated at the Aegis VII mining colony. Theories about its true purpose spread like wildfire, and hint of a terrible fate for the colonists.

MAY 7 • 32 PAGES • FC • $2.99

dynamo5_14.jpgDYNAMO 5 #14
story JAY FAERBER
art & cover MAHMUD A. ASRAR & RON RILEY

Introducing Vigil, the official protector of Tower City! So where does that leave Dynamo 5…?

MAY 16 • 32 PAGES • FC • $3.50

elephantmen016cover.jpgELEPHANTMEN #16
story RICHARD STARKINGS
art MORITAT
cover BOOK COOK

“DARK HEART”
A woman from The Silencer’s past has tracked him down to Los Angeles. Finally ELEPHANTMEN presents the story of The Silencer, who he is and how he came to be. Plus: THE SLEEZE BROTHERS by JOHN CARNELL and ANDY LANNING.

MAY 21 • 40 PAGES • FC • $2.99

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BOOK TWENTY-FOUR: TWELVE-FINGER SQUEEZE!
Trapped in a world he never made! Wait… That sounds a little too familiar. Okay, try this: Commander Adam Archer escapes this twisted neo-fantasy and gets his cosmic groove on to put a fractured reality back on track! And is this the final fate of Neela Archer?! This issue wraps up Year Two in mind-bending style!

TAG: GØDLAND ROLLS OUT OF A GLORIOUS SECOND YEAR LIKE A CHAOTIC COSMIC STEAMROLLER!

MAY 29 • 24 PAGES • FC • $2.99

hawaiiandick_06.jpgHAWAIIAN DICK #6
story B. CLAY MOORE
art JASON ARMSTRONG
cover STEVEN GRIFFIN

“JAZZ INTERLUDE”
Guest artist Jason Armstrong (Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus, FERRO CITY) steps in to illustrate this tale of murder and blues in the night, as Byrd first meets trumpet player Tread Lightly and tries to solve an unsolvable murder.

MAY 29 • 32 PAGES • FC • $2.99

infinitehorizon_05.jpgTHE INFINITE HORIZON #4 (of 6)
story GERRY DUGGAN & PHIL NOTO
art & cover PHIL NOTO

Strange broadcasts lead the Captain into the clutches of a dangerous society. He finds a friendly face from his past, but many new dangers on the last leg of his journey home. How will the Captain escape, and will he finally find a safe way home? Read the fifth issue of the critically acclaimed THE INFINITE HORIZON to find out!

MAY 7 • 32 PAGES • FC • $2.99

jackstaff_17.jpgJACK STAFF #17
story PAUL GRIST
art & cover PAUL GRIST

NOW MONTHLY!
Introducing Castletown’s newest hero: The Butler! But will he be enough to stop Shock running riot in the city streets?

MAY 14 • 32 PAGES • FC • $3.50

luchalibre_04.jpgLUCHA LIBRE #4
story JERRY FRISSEN
art GOBI, BILL, WITKO & TANQUERELLE
cover GOBI

It’s 64 pages of LUCHA LIBRE madness! The Luchadoritos vs. small town boredom! The Tikitis vs. Voodoo Zombies! Tequila vs. El Panda and the Pom Pom Ninjas! The Luchadores 5 vs. Greasers from the Black Lagoon! Profesor Furia vs. his pathetic life! The baddest four-color battles to grace a paneled page – plus the secret origin of Dr. Destruction’s Formidables!

MAY 7 • 64 PAGES • FC • $6.99

micetemplar_05.jpgMICE TEMPLAR #5
story BRYAN J.L. GLASS & MICHAEL AVON OEMING
art & cover MICHAEL AVON OEMING

The sacred Readers of the Wheat declare final judgment on Karic’s life and his validity to fulfill the Prophecy within the heart of the Great Ash Tree. While Templar rivals Pilot and Cassius each face the ancient vengeance of bats. And Rat Captain Tosk’s slave train arrives at the capital city of the mice at last, Dealrach Ard-Vale–the Shining City–where rats, mice & weasels live together in peace…all under the cold and baleful gaze of King Icarus and his court.

noblecauses_34.jpgNOBLE CAUSES #34
story JAY FAERBER
art & cover YILDIRAY CINAR & RON RILEY

The reinvigorated series continues with a villain straight from the pages of DYNAMO 5! The Noble family is hot on the trail of the super- villain called Bonechill, because he’s the only person who can save Frost’s life!

MAY 21 • 32 PAGES • FC • $3.50

perhapanauts_02.jpgTHE PERHAPANAUTS #2
story TODD DEZAGO
art & cover CRAIG ROUSSEAU

“TRIANGLE,” Part Two
Shocking revelations about Arisa’s secret past give us further insight into the Perhapanauts’ reluctant leader. What is she running from? And can she hide from it much longer…?

Meanwhile, Choopie takes charge as King of the Gremlinls and tensions continue to mount between the Perhapanauts and the Clan of Mothmen as war brews in the Bermuda Triangle! Not kidding.

MAY 21 • 32 PAGES • FC • $3.50

proof_08.jpgPROOF #8
story ALEX GRECIAN
art & cover RILEY ROSSMO

“COMPANY OF MEN,” Part Three
Will Ginger reach Proof in time to prevent him from being dinner? Of course she will. But another Lodge agent bows out for good this issue.

MAY 29 • 32 PAGES • FC • $2.99

revenant_03.jpgTHE REVENANT #3 (of 3)
story ROB M. WORLEY, SHANNON ERIC DENTON & KEITH GIFFEN
art & cover by MAT SANTOLOUCO

Traps are laid and secrets revealed as gangster Hiroshima Jr. and his White Zodiac make their last stand, determined to end The Revenant’s brutal campaign. But the grim-faced crimefighter won’t give up the ghost that easily!

A bathed-in-blood conclusion that will chill you to the bone and leave you screaming…for more!

TAG: “In the spirit of the Shadow, and perhaps in the shadow of the Spirit, comes a new ghastly avenger… the Revenant. This book pays homage to the great vengeful heroes of the past, while creating a thoroughly engaging universe of terror. The Day of the Dead has arrived!” – Hans Rodionoff – Clive Barker’s Saint Sinner and writer of Vertigo’s Mnemovore and Lovecraft

MAY 29 • 32 PAGES • FC • $3.50

screamland_03.jpgSCREAMLAND #3 (of 5)
Story HAROLD SIPE
art & cover HECTOR CASANOVA

Now it’s time for everyone favorite convention: BAR CON! Carl London, the Wolf-Man, barnstorms the Midwest comic-con scene with third-string aging sci-fi actors in tow. How can one help but party like a rock star at Kansas’ PREMIER sports /hotel bar? Hard questions are asked: Does one drink “in character?” If you buy your B-actor idol a drink, MUST he read your fan fiction? At the end of the night, the Wolf-Man faces a foe even his drunken, wolf-y prowess may be unable to defeat!

TAG: “Washed-up monster ennui never looked so good” – Joshua W. Cotter

MAY 14 • 32 PAGES • FC • $2.99

scud_24.jpg
SCUD THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN #24
“DEATH OF THE OVER-USED MUSE,” Conclusion
15 years in the making: The final chapter of Scud the Disposable Assassin. Scud, Drywall, Mess and Hank Gritt attack Heaven in one last attempt to bring Sussudio back to life. How can these guys possibly defeat the Seraphim’s legions of Angelic troops? Scud really going to die?

MAY 7 • 32 PAGES • BW • $3.50

spawn_182.jpgSPAWN #182
story DAVID HINE
art & cover BRIAN HABERLIN

The end of Spawn. ‘Nuff said.

JUNE 25 • 32 PAGES • FC • $2.95

thesword_08.jpgTHE SWORD #8
story JOSHUA LUNA
art & cover JONATHAN LUNA

Dara has targeted her sister’s killer–one of the three powerful strangers who have murdered her family. With her friends, Julie and Justin, she has arrived in the Caribbean to search for him. But with only a handful of vague, cryptic clues to the killer’s whereabouts, will Dara be able to find him and exact her revenge?

MAY 21 • 32 PAGES • FC • $2.99

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

transhuman_03.jpgTRANSHUMAN #3 (of 4)
story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art JM RINGUET
cover JONATHAN HICKMAN

“BUSINESS IS WAR”
Welcome to the free market economy. ChimeraCorp and Humonics, Inc. fight over market share. The world’s first enhanced humans take a more prominent, public role. And when internal conflict at one of the corporations results in the ouster of its founder, the federal government gets involved with concerns about the need for oversight. Plus jokes.

MAY 7 • 32 PAGES • FC • $3.50

walkingdead_51.jpgTHE WALKING DEAD #51
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN

Too late to save this one.

MAY 21 • 32 PAGES • BW • $2.99

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

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  1. February 22, 2008 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    Proof has XXX pages? I don’t remember any nudity, unless you count old women in their underwear…

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