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Image Comics has sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information for titles arriving in April 2009.

IMAGE COMICS SOLICITATIONS FOR APRIL 2009

viking_cov1.jpgVIKING #1 – GEM OF THE MONTH
script IVAN BRANDON
art & cover NIC KLEIN

APRIL 1
24 PAGES / FC
$2.99

THE MOST VIOLENT CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD IN HISTORY!
Finn and Egil, brothers – one bad, one worse – are trying to stab and steal their way to a seat at the table. Two men at war with the world around them.  But today’s the day the world fights back.  From the writer of THE CROSS BRONX comes a crime book for the 9th Century.

Bi-monthly from Image Comics!

OFFERED AGAIN
CRIMELAND OGN
THE CROSS BRONX TP
NYC MECH, VOL. 1 TP

lovecraft_cov01.jpgTHE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT #1 (of 4)
story MAC CARTER
art TONY SALMONS
cover ADAM BYRNE

APRIL 8
40 PAGES / FC
$3.99

When an ancient curse transforms young H.P. Lovecraft’s darkest nightmares into reality, the timid writer becomes both an unwitting god of destruction and the only person who can battle the evil he’s unleashed into the world.  One part biography, one part horror pulp, one part fugitive thriller and you have… one weird tale indeed.

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

Retailers: Visit lovecraftcomic.com to redeem a limited edition poster and copy of Issue #1

AIN’T IT COOL NEWS SAID: “WE LOVECRAFT JUNKIES LIKE TO FEED OUR MONKEYS AS OFTEN AS WE CAN, AND THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT IS GOOD FOOD INDEED.”

Pherone_hc_cover.jpgPHERONE OGN
story VIKTOR KALVACHEV, PATRICK BAGGATTA *& JIM SINK
art & cover VIKTOR KALVACHEV

APRIL 29
104 PAGES / FC
$24.99

Following Eve, a dangerously seductive woman on the edge of her sanity, PHERONE weaves a dark storyline filled with espionage, mystery, and suspense. Armed with a killer body and a killer’s mind, the femme fatale must hunt down clues to rediscover her own troubled past, bringing violence and danger to anyone who crosses her path.

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

OFFERED AGAIN
CASANOVA, VOL. 1: LUXURIA HC

NEANDERTHALpreviewsad.jpgFRANK FRAZETTA’S NEANDERTHAL (ONE-SHOT)
story CHRIS RYALL
art TIM VIGIL & JAY FOTOS
covers FRANK FRAZETTA, JAY FOTOS & NAT JONES

APRIL 22
32 PAGES / FC
$3.99

FRANK FRAZETTA’S NEANDERTHAL is the latest painting to be brought to vivid life in the true classic style of Frazetta Comics. CHRIS RYALL, TIM VIGIL and JAY FOTOS team up to present a tale of Paleolithic life fraught with danger at every turn. Beyond the usual threats from warring tribe and Sabertooth tigers, a tribe of Neanderthals runs up against a threat they couldn’t possibly imagine… and can’t possibly survive. This issue features the original FRAZETTA painted cover A and JAY FOTOS cover B, variant 1/20 sketch cover from NAT JONES and the FRAZETTA SEAL EDITION cover A 1/30

mruniverse_cover.jpgMR. UNIVERSE (ONE-SHOT) (RES)
story VASSILIS GOGTZILAS & K.I. ZACHOPOULOS
art & cover VASSILIS GOGTZILAS

APRIL 15
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

Everybody needs Mr. Universe – the superhero whose adventures ring throughout the cosmos! Day and night, he watches over the city, offering help to the helpless! Without the luxury of a secret identity, unable to remain invisible among the crowds, he continues to fulfill his duty! Mr. Universe! The restless superhero! At least, that’s what Tommy thought…

TAG: MR. UNIVERSE CAN TURN YOUR FAVORITE SUPERHERO TO DUST AT ANYTIME!

smash_cvr.jpgSMASH UNLEASHED! (ONE-SHOT)
story JEPH LOEB
art & cover ROB LIEFELD

APRIL 22
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99

Who or what is the SMASH! Captured and exiled by the Soviets in 1954, General Jacob Kurtz was transformed into something far greater and more terrifying than anyone ever imagined. His years lost to him, he is now captive of Project:Rebirth. Or is he? SMASH explodes back on the scene in this introductory one-shot that sets the stage for SMASH! to be UNLEASHED!

OFFERED AGAIN
YOUNGBLOOD, VOL. 1 HC

apesbabes_cov.jpgAPES AND BABES: THE ART OF FRANK CHO HC – GEM OF THE MONTH
art & cover FRANK CHO

APRIL 22
144 PAGES / FC
$29.99

From the award-winning creator of LIBERTY MEADOWS, ZOMBIE KING and JUNGLE GIRL, comes APES AND BABES: THE ART OF FRANK CHO. This 144-page full color collection will showcase FRANK CHO’s past and present illustrations and you will see why he’s considered one of the top masters of the female form and fantastic beasts.

RETAILER WARNING: THIS BOOK MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES. BY THAT, WE MEAN THERE ARE BOOBS IN IT. C’MON. IT’S A FRANK CHO BOOK, DUDE.

OFFERED AGAIN
LIBERTY MEADOWS, VOL. 1 HC
LIBERTY MEADOWS, VOL. 2 TP
LIBERTY MEADOWS, VOL. 3 TP
LIBERTY MEADOWS: COVER GIRL HC

Moby_Dick_cover_mockup.jpgIMAGE ILLUSTRATED CLASSICS, VOL. 1: MOBY DICK HC
story HERMAN MELVILLE
adaptation BILL SIENKIEWICZ & DAN CHICHESTER
art & cover BILL SIENKIEWICZ

APRIL 8
48 PAGES / FC
$12.99

The first volume in the Image Illustrated Classics Library brings sequential art master BILL SIENKIEWICZ’s acclaimed adaptation of Herman Melville’s monumental novel, MOBY DICK, into a re-mastered hardcover edition. Melville’s classic tale of one man’s ceaseless quest to conquer the white whale comes vividly adapted as only the creative mastermind behind STRAY TOASTERS could convey!

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STRAY TOASTERS TP

wolfman_vol2_cov.jpgTHE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN, VOL. 2: TP
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art JASON HOWARD & RYAN OTTLEY
cover JASON HOWARD

APRIL 8
160 PAGES / FC
$14.99

After the Earth-Shattering events of volume one we find Gary Hampton, The Astounding Wolf-Man on the run from the law – his very life hanging in the balance.  He must learn how to harness the beast within – once and for all – and clear his name before the full might of the U.S. government takes him down.  Guest-starring INVINCIBLE!

Collects issues #8-12 and INVINCIBLE #57

OFFERED AGAIN
THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN, VOL. 1 TP


charlatanball_tp.jpgCHARLATAN BALL TP
story JOE CASEY
art & cover ANDY SURIANO

APRIL 29
160 PAGES / FC
$16.99

WELCOME TO THE BALL!
Meet Chuck Amok, a low-rent stage magician pumping the sleaze-n-peanut circuit.  When both he and his rabbit-in-the-hat, CAESAR, are sucked into a mind-blowing landscape where all magic actually works… psychedelic chaos ensues when a litany of mystical challengers step up to kick their arse! But for what purpose?  Only Demon Empty knows for sure!  The graphic novel that’ll change you forever — just like your first hit of LSD!  Plus, an exclusive sketchbook section and other never-before-seen extras!

Collects issues #1-6

OFFERED AGAIN
GØDLAND, VOL. 1 TP
GØDLAND, VOL. 2 TP
GØDLAND, VOL. 3 TP
GØDLAND, VOL. 4 TP


dawn_vol2_newprint.jpgDAWN, VOL. 2: RETURN OF THE GODDESS TP (NEW PRINTING)
story JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER
art & cover JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER

APRIL 15
144 PAGES / FC
$14.99

Bridget, a young witch, takes her own life rather than fall prey to the enemies pursuing her.  With her last breath, she summons Dawn, the goddess of birth and rebirth, the goddess she & other witches pray to.  It’s too late for Bridget, but Dawn finds her best friend Mary, another goddess worshipper & a teenage mother. Mary is being hunted by the same mysterious forces that have been systematically exterminating the other witches.  Mary is in shock as her Goddess manifests herself and explains that she’s gonna get to the bottom of the death of her followers. Lucifer, prince of lies, and Ahura-Mazda, master of Heaven, may try to bar Dawn’s path with treachery and swords, but neither Heaven nor Hell is safe from Dawn’s quest for answers – and for bloody vengeance.

OFFERED AGAIN
THE ART OF JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER TP

overman_tp_cov.jpgTHE OVERMAN TP
story SCOTT REED
art & cover SHANE WHITE

APRIL 1
168 PAGES / FC
$16.99

The year is 2135.  It is the final year.  In this futuristic neo-deco world, hired killer Nathan Fisher stumbles upon a secret that will destroy the Human Race. He must risk his sanity, and his life, in a desperate attempt to stop a horrific union between Mankind and machine.  He will fail.

Collects issues #1-5

TAG: A FINAL VISION OF THE FUTURE, FROM IMAGE COMICS.

BACKLIST SPOTLIGHT: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

FIRE: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION TP
GOLDFISH: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION TP
JINX: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION TP
POWERS, VOL. 1: WHO KILLED RETRO GIRL? TP
POWERS, VOL. 2: ROLEPLAY TP
POWERS, VOL. 3: LITTLE DEATHS TP
POWERS, VOL. 4: SUPERGROUP TP
POWERS SCRIPTBOOK TP
TORSO: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION TP
TOTAL SELLOUT TP

atoms_03_cover_previews.jpgAMBER ATOMS #3
story KELLY YATES
art & cover KELLY YATES & MICHAEL E. WIGGAM

APRIL 29
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

Devastated by the death of a family member, Amber “borrows” a ship to chase down the aliens responsible. Meanwhile worlds away, charismatic King Yamoon is elected President of the United Worlds. However, at his inauguration the true villain behind the havoc in Amber’s life reveals his sinister plan for the galaxy.

wolfman_cov15.jpgTHE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #15
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover JASON HOWARD

APRIL 29
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99

Prison Rampage!  While locked away, Gary Hampton experiences his moon rage – are the guards of Stronghold Prison equipped to handle a completely out of control Wolf-Man?  And how does this affect the diabolical world ending plans of THE FACE?

baddog_cov03_temp.jpgBAD DOG #3
story JOE KELLY
art & cover DIEGO GRECO

APRIL 22
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99

As Lou seriously considers that he may be meant for something greater than chasing idiots around the southwest, he agrees to help the mysterious Deschain on “Border Patrol.” But the Bad Dog may have bitten off more than he can chew when he discovers their targets aren’t just illegal, they’re inhuman!

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

DYNAMO 5 #22
story JAY FAERBER
art & cover MAHMUD A. ASRAR & RON RILEY

APRIL 29
32 PAGES  / FC
$3.50

Introducing … The Brain Trust! IQ off the charts? Check. Indestructible super-body? Check. Dynamo 5 in over their heads? Check.

elephantmen018cover_flip.jpgelephantmen018cover.jpgELEPHANTMEN #18 (RES)
story RICHARD STARKINGS
art MARIAN CHURCHLAND
cover J. SCOTT CAMPBELL & BOO COOK
flip cover MARIAN CHURCHLAND

APRIL 15
32 PAGES  / FC
$3.50

“BAD GIRL”
Hiromi Kiyoko – Miki – is intent on finding out Hip Flask’s deepest darkest secrets… but Miki and her mother, Keiko, have some secrets of their own.


foureyes_cov03.jpgFOUR EYES #3 (RES)
story JOE KELLY
art & cover MAX FIUMARA

APRIL 15
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99

Enrico goes against the wishes of both his mother and brother and signs on to work for Boccioni…as bait on a dragon hunt. But when all hell breaks lose, the resourceful boy not only cheats fate, but earns a very special reward.

greatunknown_cov2.jpgTHE GREAT UNKNOWN #2
story DUNCAN ROULEAU
art & cover DUNCAN ROULEAU

APRIL 15
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

While being stalked by a reality TV crew Zach Feld tracks down his old professor in search for
further clues to the mysterious “idea thefts” he has been experiencing. Along the way he discovers
a conspiracy larger than even he could imagine.

invincible_cov61.jpgINVINCIBLE #61
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover RYAN OTTLEY & FCO PLASCENCIA

APRIL 22
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99

INVINCIBLE WAR: AFTERMATH!
The planet is in ruins.  Everything has changed, the world’s superheroes are in the hospital or dead.  Invincible is left to rebuild – but now he must face his most deadly and powerful adversary yet.  Who… or what is CONQUEST?

jersey03_cova_pope.jpgjersey03_covb_dan.jpgJERSEY GODS #3
story GLEN BRUNSWICK & MARK WAID
art DAN McDAID & JOE INFURNARI
cover Paul Pope
variant cover Dan McDald

APRIL 1
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

Civil war erupts on Neboron – Barock, Helius and Rushmore’s plan to kidnap Deltus and bring a quick end to the skirmish fails miserably.  On Earth, Zoe gets an earful from her parents.  She also discovers the reason why her best friend’s been ducking her and it ain’t pretty.  Also in this issue, MARK WAID, begins his JERSEY GODS story.  This, the first of four consecutive six-pagers by WAID, sets the stage for his ten thousand year-old war story that tells the tale of a crucial battle in the history of gods of Neboron and features art by Eisner Web-comic nominee, JOE INFURNARI – “The Transmigration of Ultra-Lad.”

killerofdemons_cov2_logo.jpgKILLER OF DEMONS #2 (of 3)
story CHRISTOPHER YOST
art & cover SCOTT WEGENER

APRIL 1
40 PAGES / FC
$3.99

Junior Account Executive Dave Sloan sees demons among us.  He’s got an angel whispering in his ear.  And he’s got Satan in his kitchen, telling him he’s insane.  Dave has no choice… he checks himself into the insane asylum, because there’s no difference between Dave and every whacked out mass murderer and serial killer on the planet.  Right?  But if Dave IS crazy, then he’s getting worse… because now he’s got underage strippers and Satanists trying to kill him.  And if he’s NOT crazy… then Satan’s plan to win the war with Heaven is coming one step closer to reality.

Lillim_cov02-1.jpgLILLIM #2 (of 5)
story SHAUN LAPACEK & IAN KEISER
art & cover MATRIX

APRIL 15
32 PAGES  / FC
$2.99

The weight of his family’s death by his own hands draws Loki’s memory to the past where he is overtaken with visions from his ancient  battle with his brothers Odin and Thor.  As a means to relieve Loki’s confusion, Bridget introduces him to her world of present  day.  Loki foreseeing their union, quickly connects with Bridget and a romance is born.  Bliss however, is short-lived as Loki  becomes aware to the fact that his brother Odin still lives!  Loki realizes he must prepare to battle his brother once again in present times, for fate of all humanity!

madman_cov15.jpgMADMAN ATOMIC COMICS #15 (RES)
story MICHAEL ALLRED
art & cover MICHAEL ALLRED

APRIL 29
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

“MISTER GRINNING SOUL!”
A crazed cel phone salesman is being compelled to kill by some unseen force.  Frank “Madman” Einstein and his groovy pals, the Atomics, receive “the call” to stop the horror.

phonogram_cov5.jpgPHONOGRAM 2: THE SINGLES CLUB #5 (of 7)
story KIERON GILLEN
art & cover JAMIE McKELVIE

APRIL 29
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

Laura Heaven knows how it feels to be your age. Laura Heaven knows what happens when you listen to Saint Scott Walker on the bus. Laura Heaven knows about Lust, etc. In the fifth of their stories set in a single club night, the critically-acclaimed PHONOGRAM shows you what life is like trapped between quotation marks.

Plus, a ska-tastic back-up story with art by DAN BOULTWOOD (HOPE FALLS).

OFFERED AGAIN
PHONOGRAM 2: THE SINGLES CLUB #1 (NEW PRINTING)

proof_cov19.jpgPROOF #19
story ALEX GRECIAN
art & cover RILEY ROSSMO

APRIL 29
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

“JULIA,” Part Two
There’s a killer loose in Victorian England and Scotland Yard suspects Proof’s friends. Is the killer a circus performer? Meanwhile, the woman Proof loves chooses another man!

pvp44cover.jpgPvP #45
story SCOTT KURTZ
art & cover SCOTT KURTZ

APRIL 8
24 PAGES / FC
$3.50

Panda Interrupted! For years, Brent Sienna has been tormented by the giant panda living in the walls of PvP magazine. Now might be his chance to get rid of that bamboo chomping menace once and for all!

savagedragon_cov147_logo.jpgSAVAGE DRAGON #147
story, art & cover by ERIK LARSEN

APRIL 8
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

The Dragon discovers that when you mess with the Vicious Circle – you’re playing with fire. Nobody’s safe. Everybody he’s ever known – everybody he’s ever loved – every life he’s ever touched is in jeopardy.

soulkiss_cov03.jpgSOUL KISS #3 (of 5)
story STEVEN T. SEAGLE
art & cover MARCO CINELLO

APRIL 15
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

Pucker up.

Production Assistant to the damned, Lili Bloom is looking for just the right shade of lipstick. But what color says, “You just got lucky, and the luck is all bad, sucker!” because Lili’s kiss ais a short skip to the underworld. She’s been reluctant to use her powers so far, but she’s starting to…warm up to the challenge.

STEVEN T. SEAGLE (it’s a bird…) and MARCO CINELLO up the ante for Lili’s dark game of redemption as the miniseries shifts into spit-swapping, soul-sucking overdrive.

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

spawn_cov191.jpgSPAWN #191
story TODD McFARLANE & BRIAN HOLGUIN
art Whilce Portacio, Todd McFarlane, and Jay Fotos
cover Greg Capullo, Todd McFarlane, and Jay Fotos

APRIL 22
32 PAGES / FC
$2.95

Jim continues to seek clues to his missing identity, but each answer only brings more questions. The information he manages to discover about himself and his past life is far from comforting. Meanwhile, the Spawn entity dwelling inside Jim starts to exert its dominance over its host, and Jim finds himself becoming addicted to the power. Brought to you by TODD McFARLANE, WHILCE PORTACIO and BRIAN HOLGUIN.

sword_cov17.jpgTHE SWORD #17
story JOSHUA LUNA
art & cover JONATHAN LUNA

APRIL 1
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99

Dara may be fighting a losing battle when Knossos’ power not only overwhelms her, but becomes a threat to the rest of the world.

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

walking_dead_cov60.jpgTHE WALKING DEAD #60
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN

Surrounded!

APRIL 15
32 PAGES / BW
$2.99

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

SHADOWLINE SOLICITATIONS FOR APRIL 2009

OVERLOOK-Cover-1.jpgOVERLOOK #1 (OF 3)
story JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art & cover ALEJANDRO ARAGON

APRIL 8
32 PAGES / BW
$3.50

Mickey “the Nickel” Nicholson will do anything for a buck. A dirty prize- fighter, Mickey is hired by a mobster gone straight to infiltrate an underground boxing outfit in the small corrupt town of Overlook. His goal: to find the mobster’s stolen “rainy day” money and kill his wayward wife. In return, the mobster will assassinate a victim of Mickey’s choice.

TAG: FOR FANS OF SIN CITY, CRIMINAL AND HARD-BOILED CRIME NOIR! HOT DAMES, SHADY CHARACTERS AND INNER MONOLOGUES, OVERLOOK’S GOT EVERYTHING A CRIME FAN COULD ASK FOR.


johnnymonster_cov3.jpgJOHNNY MONSTER #3 (OF 3)
story JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art & cover by JC GRANDE

APRIL 15
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

The peaceful habitat Johnny Monster created for the monsters has been invaded by violent mercenaries causing utter chaos! As a result, the largest monster the world has ever seen has been unleashed on New York City on a quest for revenge! Only Johnny can stop him… but does he want to?

Don’t miss the exciting conclusion to this monster-ous miniseries!

TAG: From the acclaimed writer of Dear Dracula and Necessary Evil!

Savage_TPB_FC.jpgSAVAGE TP
story STEVE NILES, JEFF FRANK & DAN WICKLINE
art & cover MIKE MAYHEW

APRIL 15
106 PAGES / FC
$12.99

Peter is a shoe salesman desperate for a life transformation. Sam is a hunter of things that would scare the hell out of lesser men. These two will collide in the middle of an epic battle between vicious werewolves and the legendary Big Foot. And that’s just the beginning!

TAG: COLLECTS ALL 4 ISSUES OF THE CITICIALLY ACCLAIMED, SOLD OUT HIT SERIES!

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3 Comments

  1. January 22, 2009 at 8:42 am — Reply

    Boy, that SMASH! sure looks to be a banner achievement… Really incredible work. It’s good to see Rob Liefeld returning to the kind of original creations that brought him to prominence.

  2. David
    January 22, 2009 at 9:33 am — Reply

    I agree Matthew. It’s really going to be the hulk of April. All other publishers will be green with envy. All puny humans will love Pulk (Hulk —> Rulk —> Pulk?)

  3. January 22, 2009 at 10:40 am — Reply

    Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo need to teach a class on making comics and getting them to ship on time, every month.

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