Image Comics for July 2006

by Jeff

Image Comics that will be published in July 2006, by Ralf Haring.

ELEPHANTMAN #1
Written by Richard Starkings, art and filp cover by Moritat, cover by
Jose Ladronn.
“See the Elephant.” They were genetically engineered to be supra-human
weapons of mass destruction, but now they must walk amongst the people
they were created to destroy. Hip Flask and Ebony Hide count amongst
their number: Elephantmen. Even when befriended by a small girl, Hide
is still haunted by his past and is forced to recognize that suspicion
and contempt will always be his constant companions.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 19.

[I’ve enjoyed the Active Images series a lot and will very probably be
getting this.]

BEDLAM GN
Written by Keith Giffen and Shannon Denton, art and cover by Matt
Jacobs.
A young minister has a crisis of faith when he finds out he’s God’s
sleeper agent and it’s up to him to stop the apocalypse. It’s Blade
meets The DaVinci Code in this bold new graphic novella!
48 pages, black and white, in stores on July 12.

DEATH, JR. VOL. II, #1
Written by Gary Whitta, art by Ted Naifeh, cover by Dan Brereton.
Catch up with Death, Jr. and his pals as they take their summer break
from school. DJ’s going to work with his dad, but may realize he has
very unrealistic expectations about what it takes to be Death, while
the rest of the gang heads for a less-than-savory summer camp.
48 pages, $4.99, in stores on July 12.

OCCULT CRIMES TASKFORCE #11
Written by David Atchinson with Rosario Dawson, art and cover by Tony
Shasteen.
Rosario Dawson (star of Sin City and Clerks 2) breaks new ground as
she co-creates and stars in the Occult Crimes Taskforce. When N.Y.P.D.
detective Sophia Ortiz (modeled on Dawson) stumbles upon a bizarre
murder scene, she is quickly brushed aside by a covert police unit —
the Occult Crimes Taskforce. Versed in the black arts and equipped
with mystical weaponry, the O.C.T. keeps the streets of Manhattan safe
from unholy creatures of the night. Can Sophia help them stop this
supernatural killer? Find out when this action-horror thriller hits
the stands!
36 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 6.

THE RIDE: CHAIN REACTION #1
Written by Doug Wagner, art and cover by Brian Stelfreeze.
Three girls “borrow” a car (a particular 1968 Camaro, of course) for a
night on the town. Unbeknownst to the girls, this Camaro is loaded to
the hilt with enough guns and explosives to take out half of
Atlanta… and the guys that planned on using that firepower are none
too happy. Oh, yeah… and Laci. She’s back.
36 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on July 6

SHADOWHAWK ONE-SHOT #1
Written by Jim Valentino, art and cover by Valentino and Chance Wolf.
“Great Responsiblity.” Originally published in the sold-out Image
Comics hardcover, this stand-alone story reunites Jim Valentino with
Chance Wolf on his seminal character! Eddie Collins and his father,
James, must come to an understanding about what being ShadowHawk means
for both of them. A very special issue at a very special price — a
must-have item for the collector or the curious!
24 pages, $1.99.

TASK FORCE ONE #1
Written by Jeffrey Stevenson, art and cover by Carlos Rodriguez,
created and co-plotted by Jim Valentino.
In the future, the U.S. government puts its “do more with less” motto
to the test by combining bleeding edge research with elite military
soldiers. The test failed. The project was buried. But the temptation
of all that firepower was too much for the government to keep hidden
forever…
32 pages, $3.50.

24SEVEN GN
By Becky Cloonan, Farel Dalrymple, Phil Hester, Mike Huddleston, Adam
Hughes, Frazer Irving, Alex Maleev, Jim Mahfood, Tony Moore, Mike Avon
Oeming, Rick Remender, Esad Ribic, John Ney Rieber, Eduardo Risso, Jim
Rugg, Ben Templesmith, Danijel Zezelj and others, cover By Adam
Hughes.
24seven features a who’s who of today’s best writers and artists from
comics, film and animation, telling tales of robots in the city that
never sleeps. In the vein of Flight, these stories run a cross-genre
gamut, from robot zombies to a prison break to a bizarre feud between
a Siamese DJ team. 24seven has romance, action, horror…everything
you want, all told by a cross-section of the most diverse writers and
artists you’ll find on the printed page.
200 pages, $24.99, in stores on July 15.

AFTERWORKS 2 GN
Written and illustrated by Ted Mathot, Nate Stanton, Scott Morse, Mark
Andrews, Louis Gonzales, Peter Sohn, Brian Larsen, Jeff Pidgeon,
Derick Thompson, Sanjay Patel, Jennifer Chang, Angus Maclane, Robert
Kondo, and others, cover by Mark Holmes.
From the heart of today’s animation industry in E-Ville, California,
new energy is pumped into the soul of the comics world with Afterworks
2! Presented here is pure passion on the page, stories too personal to
be told in any other medium than comics, stories that touch a nerve
and charm the soul. From fact based accounts of Falluja missile
strikes to reinterpretations of classic myth, from Tokyo excursions to
flights of fantasy, from brawlers to the Devil to hopelessly romantic
musicians, Afterworks 2 is untainted storytelling that will be pulled
off your shelf and reread time and again.
200 pages, $24.99, in stores on July 19.

THE ART OF GREG CAPULLO HC
Art and cover by Greg Capullo
This collection features many never seen before pieces and a behind
the scenes tutorial. Containing Capullo’s very best comics and
illustration work, this stunning collection of drawings and paintings
finally removes the text and logos from all those covers, and lets you
take a good long look at the art itself.
120 pages, $29.95, in stores on July 12.

THE COBBLER’S MONSTER GN
Written by Jeff Amano, art by Craig Rousseau, Wayne Faucher and Giulia
Brusco, cover by Amano.
Grieving over the death of his only son, Gepetto mixes the new science
of DNA with the age-old magic of the golem to resurrect his son. But
in truth, he was never very close to Victor. And the anger that burns
within the heart of the monster he birthed and created, destroys
everything and everyone around him. Now, Gepetto must hunt his own
son. The story of a man and a monster who through unspeakable horror
find their way to becoming father and son for the very first time.
128 pages, $14.99, in stores on July 12.

IRON WEST GN
Written and art by Doug Tennapel, cover by Joe Potter.
Preston Struck is an incompetent outlaw with a heart of fool’s gold.
He discovers an army of metal men bent on destroying central
California. While Struck avoids any form of heroism, he gets a little
help from a magical old shaman and his sidekick Sasquatch. Struck is
going to need all the help he can get because he’s deputized just as
the mechanical men have take over the railroad and are mutating the
train into a giant demonic iron monster.
160 pages, black and white, $17.99, in stores on July 12.

BOMB QUEEN, VOL. 1: WOMAN OF MASS DESTRUCTION TP
Written and art by Jimmie Robinson, colors by Angel Marin.
“Royal Flush, Queen High.” In the twisted town of New Port City, the
only thing the population of criminals and murderers need is the cruel
icon of injustice and amoral behavior: Bomb Queen! But political
outsider, Robert Woods, believes the citizens need peace and equality,
so he does the unthinkable brings a Hero to town. Will the war over
New Port City bring democracy, or violent destruction? Collecting Bomb
Queen #1-4, plus bonus material.
128 pages, $12.99.

GØDLAND, VOL. 2: ANOTHER SUNNY DELIGHT TP
Written by Joe Casey, art by Tom Scioli, cover by Scioli and Richard
Starkings.
As Commander Adam Archer begins to understand his galactic destiny,
more secrets are revealed to him, including the origin of the universe
and the mystery behind Iboga! A truly surreal collection of
mind-bending stories featuring all-new adversaries like the Tormentor,
King Janus and the Never! Not to mention fan-favorite baddies, Basil
Cronus and Friedrich Nickelhead! Forget about any other so-called
“cosmic” comics out there — Godland is the 21st Century original!
Collects #7-12.
152 pages, $14.99, in stores on July 25.

THE PSYCHO TP
Written by James Hudnall, art and cover by Dan Brereton.
When a flying terrorist attempts to assassinate the president on Air
Force one, it becomes clear that super-humans are living WMDs. A
government agency is formed to monitor these “Psychos.” Jake Riley is
an agent assigned to watch them. But when he’s betrayed by his own
agency and his life is destroyed, Jake’s only option is to become the
very thing he hates. A Psycho. Collecting issues 1-3 of the classic DC
series, now in development by Universal Pictures. Includes
pre-production art by Brereton.
172 pages, $17.99, in stores on July 5.

TODD MCFARLANE ARCHIVAL PRINT
By Todd McFarlane.
Own a piece of Spawn history: The lovingly re-colored cover to Spawn
#2. Printed as an 11″ x 17″ image on 13″ x 17″ extra thick museum
quality stock. Strictly limited to 250 pieces.
$19.99 (signed by McFarlane, $29.99).

ANT #7
Written, art and cover by Mario Gully.
“Moving On,” Part Three. Defeated and crushed, Hannah must face
Coldsnap again if she is to recover her lost limb. Meanwhile the rent
is due and Dre is pressuring Hannah to move. Gadget Man has a plan but
can he be trusted?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 19.

BATTLE POPE #11
Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Tony Moore, Cory Walker and Val
Staples, cover by Moore, Cliff Rathburn and Staples.
Double-sized issue. Santa has seen better days. God condemning the
entire planet has put him out of business (surely condemned kids
aren’t good enough for presents) and he is NOT happy about that.
Meanwhile, Jesus is depressed about all this holiday cheer
overshadowing his birthday. They meet! They fight! It’s Jesus vs.
Santa no holds barred!
48 pages, $4.99, in stores on July 12.

CASANOVA #2
Written by Matt Fraction, art
Freshly escaped from another timeline and another life, Casanova Quinn
is back in action as a double agent inside his father’s secret
E.M.P.I.R.E. His first mission back in the field sends him to the
South American coastline to retrieve an E.M.P.I.R.E. deep cover agent
that’s lost his mind but the sinister W.A.S.T.E. demands Cass put one
in the back of the guy’s head.
24 pages, $1.99, in stores on July 12.

[Ordered the first issue. Will likely order the next two as well on a
trial basis.]

EMISSARY #3
Written by J.R. Rand, co-plotted by Jim Valentino, art and cover Juan
E. Ferreyra.
“Revelations 3:4.” War. With Emissary’s appearance serving notice of a
new world order, tensions long kept in check boil over into global
bloodshed. As Emissary comes to understand the effects of his arrival,
he is compelled to make a decision will he go against a government
that wants to keep the world’s first superhuman under its control?
32 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 26.

FEAR AGENT #7
Written by Rick Remender, art by Jerome Opena, cover by Tony Moore.
For the first time in eight years, Heath returns to Earth in a futile
attempt to save his home planet from the scourge of an alien
infestation. Once there, though, he finds little left to greet him.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 26.

GIRLS #15
Written by Joshua Luna, art and cover by Jonathan Luna.
There are two types of girls. Predator. And prey.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 19.

HYSTERIA: ONE MAN GANG #4
Written, art and wraparound cover by Mike Hawthorne.
Two more gangs, The Giant Midgets and God’s Thugs, have joined in with
the Egg’s gang to take Bruce down! A Kung Fu onslaught of epic
proportions is on deck, but will Bruce be left standing…or under
someone’s boot? The insane conclusion to the 100 page, all-action
comic that has been called “a whirlwind captured and put to paper!”
36 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on July 5.

INTIMIDATORS #7
Written Neil Kleid, co-plotted by Jim Valentino, art and cover by
Cafu.
“Blame Canada.” Two months and life isn’t any easier on the
Intimidators: Astroman is still stranded and annoying, and hey…it
looks like Canada’s gone! While the world shrugs its shoulders, the
White House rushes the team into outer space to recover America’s
greatest secret! What’s so important about Area Q that they must
resort to calling the Intimidators?
32 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 26.

INVINCIBLE #36
Written by Robert Kirkman, art and cover by Ryan Ottley and Bill
Crabtree.
The Re-animen strike! After months of careful planning and preparation
D.A. Sinclair unleashes his undead automations on Upstate University.
Luckily, a young man named Mark Grayson just happens to be attending
classes there. He’ll be able to do something to stop them he’s
Invincible!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 19.

THE LAST CHRISTMAS #3
Written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehm, art by Rick Remender and
Hilary Barta, cover by Remender.
“Season’s Beatings.” Santa screws things up with the Kid and gets
beaten up by a bear. And a surprising name goes on the naughty list…
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 19.

NEGATIVE BURN #3
By Jim Alexander, Alex App, Brian Bolland, Jon Haward, Phil Hester,
Frazer Irving, Paul Jenkins, Nathan Massengill Mike O’neill, James A.
Owen, Brian Stelfreeze, R.G. Taylor and Danijel Zezelj, cover by Tom
Seelig.
Today’s top stars and tomorrow’s fan favorites join together in
presenting short stories that push the envelope and expand the mind.
64 pages, black and white, $5.99, in stores on July 26.

NOBLE CAUSES #22
Written by Jay Faerber, art by Jon Bosco, cover by Gabe Bridwell.
Frost has the answers Rusty needs… but is Rusty asking the right
questions? Plus, why is Race spending so much time with Celeste?
32 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 5.

[It seems lik there hasn’t been a collection of this series in a
while.]

PAUL JENKINS’ SIDEKICK #2
Written by Paul Jenkins, art and cover by Chris Moreno.
In this issue, Eddie, in an effort to make more money and make ends
meet, tries life as a sidekick to four different and distinct heroes,
each one crazier than the other! We meet the downtrodden Hobo for the
first time, we marvel at the ingenuity of an automated “Escape Bear,”
Eddie gets lucky in an elevator, and our hero learns just how hard it
is to cover up an eye injury. Confused? You will be.
32 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 19.

PVP #28
Written, art and cover by Scott Kurtz.
Is Jade Pregnant with Brent’s baby? This is the issue you don’t want
to miss!
24 pages, black and white, $2.99.

ROCKETO #10
Written by Frank Espinosa and Marie Taylor, art and cover by Espinosa.
“Histories.” The Journey continues. The fight for the future of the
Hidden Sea begins! Birdmen against Giant Robots! War has broken out in
the Hidden Sea! Rocketo and his team of explorers must once again do
battle with the forces of Lucerne! As the giant army of Scarletto
takes over the city in the Hidden Sea, Rocketo’s life hangs in the
balance!
32 pages, $3.99, in stores on July 19.

RUMBLE IN LA RAMBLA #3
Written by Felipe Ferreira, art and cover by Rafael Albuquerque.
“Penthouse Massacre.” As Mr. Jagger once so cleverly stated:”War,
children, it’s just a shot away…” And the truth is… you can’t go
wrong with the Rolling Stones! After Albino Jensen was killed and
someone attempted to do the same to Santo, it’s time for our charming
gangster, Dozer, to receive a little visit. And not a pleasant one, if
you are wondering! Don’t miss the shocking blood-soaked series finale
as the gangsters clash and all the mysteries are finally unveiled!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 12.

SAVAGE DRAGON #128
Written, art and cover by Erik Larsen, variant cover by J.G. Jones.
It’s Savage Dragon versus the over-the-top villains from Mark Millar’s
Wanted.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 26.

SEA OF RED #12
Written by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer, art by Paul Harmon, cover
by Dwyer.
As Blackthroat did before him, Marco Esperanza is forced to face an
ancient and terrible golem, buried deep below the long-hidden ruins of
Mesopotamia.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 26.

SPAWN #160
Written by David Hine, art by Philip Tan and Danny Miki, cover by Tan
and Todd McFarlane.
Spawn faces his greatest challenge: The Disciple. Armageddon is
approaching fast and with Heaven’s new recruits lining up for battle,
Hell is going to need to swell its ranks too. And where is it going to
find the cruelest, most ruthless, kick-ass SOB’s on the face of the
Earth? Burn, Hollywood, BURN!
32 pages, $2.95, in stores on July 26.

TRUTH, JUSTIN AND THE AMERICAN WAY #5
Written Aaron Williams and Scott Kurtz, art and cover by Giuseppe
Ferrario.
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Justin and Bailey’s
wedding! Unfortunately, several uninvited guests are literally
crashing the party. Agent McGee is bringing his favorite armored
assault vehicle, and an unexpected visitor from space is planning on
taking the super-suit back whether Justin’s stuck in it or not! Will
the bride and groom survive to see their honeymoon?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 5.

UMBRA #2
Written by Murphy, art and cover by Mike Hawthorne.
This issue rackets up the violence with a stunning shootout in a
cathedral… as our heroine goes on the run from friend and foe alike.
52 pages, black and white, $5.99, in stores on July 5.

THE WALKING DEAD #32
Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn.
Surrounded.
32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on July 26.

WITCHBLADE #100
Written by Ron Marz, penciled by Mike Choi and Adriana Melo, colored
by Sonia Oback, covers by Marc Silvestri, Michael Turner/ Keu Cha,
Mike Choi and Gonzo.
Witchblade reaches its 100th issue with a milestone story that will
shake the book to its very core! New York City Police detective Sara
Pezzini has been the wielder of the mystic weapon known as the
Witchblade since issue #1. But Sara realizes nothing lasts forever as
she faces a friend turned deadly enemy … and only one of them will
survive! Writer Ron Marz has been building to this story since the
beginning of his acclaimed run, bringing closure to the past and
setting the stage for the future. Outgoing penciler Mike Choi pulls
out all the stops in his Witchblade swansong, joined by new regular
artist Adriana Melo. Plus, a shocking ending you have to read to
believe! The winds of change are blowing, bringing in a new era of
Witchblade greatness!
48 pages, $4.99.

ART OF THE WITCHBLADE
By various.
32 pages of art and ONLY art. No text, no ads. Covers, splashes,
collectible cards, sketches — the best of the best Witchblade art.
See it here in unadulterated form. With 100 issues and a decade of
work to choose from, you can bet this is going to be stunning!
Featuring art by the top names in comics including Marc Silvestri,
Michael Turner, Adam Hughes, Keu Cha, Chris Bachalo and more!
32 pages, $2.99.

WITCHBLADE COMPENDIUM EDITION
Written by David Wohl, Michael Turner, Christina Z and Paul Jenkins,
penciled by Turner, Randy Green and Keu Cha, inked by D-Tron, colored
by Jonathan Smith and Steve Firchow.
There’s nothing like going back to the beginning and reading it all
over again — issue #1-50 collected into one trade paperback. See how
the Witchblade chose Sara and threw her into the chaotic world of the
supernatural. Get the first appearances of Sara Pezzini, Ian
Nottingham, Kenneth Irons and Jackie Estacado in one handy tome!
1,248 pages, $49.99.

WITCHBLADE TRADE PAPERBACK VOLUME 11
Written by Ron Marz, penciled by Mike Choi, Keu Cha and Chris Bachalo,
colored by Brian Buccellato and Sonia Oback.
on Marz continues his rave-receiving run in Witchblade issues #86-92.
The enigmatic Curator continues to give Gleason and Sara just enough
information to leave them with more questions until the origin of the
Blade is revealed to Sara in issue #92. Keu Cha, Chris Bachalo, Mike
Choi, Brandon Peterson, Marc Silvestri, Eric Basaldua, Francis
Manapul, Darwyn Cooke, J. Michael Linsner, Bart Sears, Luke Ross and
George Perez join together to create one of the most beautiful stories
of Witchblade history.
192 pages, $14.99.

CYBERFORCE #4
Written by Ron Marz, art and cover by Pat Lee.
Cyberforce was born thanks to having the DNA of an alien race spliced
into their genes. Now the team may very well die at the hands of those
same god-like aliens! As the alien mothership nears earth, Cyberforce
must be at full strength to have any chance of winning the coming
battle, and that means finding powerhouse Impact and convincing him to
rejoin the team. Of course, first Ripclaw and his teammates must
survive an aerial dogfight, and face off against deadly mechanized
warriors. Ron Marz and Pat Lee continue the rebirth of Top Cow’s team
supreme!
32 pages, $2.99.

CITY OF HEROES #14
Written by David Wohl, penciled by James Raiz, colored by Kevin Senft.
Statesman and the Freedom Phalanx must team up with the mysterious new
hero known as Foreshadow, as well as the rest of his team, to face the
Banished Pantheon and hundreds of super-powered villains!!! But what
is the Pantheon’s plan? And what does it have to do with the Circle of
Thorns and an ancient and powerful scroll? These answers and many
others will begin to be revealed in this issue.
32 pages, $2.99.

THE INNOCENTS #1
Written by David Wohl, penciled by Bing Casion, colored by Haberlin
Studios.
Young, smart and beautiful, Grace Stokes had the perfect life. At 32
years old, she’d already accomplished what most people could only
dream of. First as a multiple-record-setting X-Games champion, and
most recently as sole designer and president of her own clothing
company, Grace was an icon for a generation. But on a fateful trip to
Japan, Grace discovered that she was no ordinary person‹she was one in
a long line of special individuals known as The Innocents. Blessed
with unbelievable abilities, the Innocents are living embodiments of
Yin and Yang and, unfortunately for Grace, somebody wants them dead.
32 pages, $2.99.

-Ralf Haring
“The mind must be the harder, the heart the keener,
the spirit the greater, as our strength grows less.”
-Byrhtwold, The Battle of Maldon

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