T.S. Eliot said that “April is the cruelest month.” I say he wouldn’t have been so depressed if he’d read comics!
FRANK CHO WOMEN: SELECTED DRAWINGS AND ILLUSTRATIONS HC
April 26 o 112 pg o BW o $24.99 written by FRANK CHO
art & cover by FRANK CHO
From FRANK CHO, the award-winning creator of LIBERTY MEADOWS and ZOMBIE KING, comes FRANK CHO WOMEN: SELECTED DRAWINGS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. This 112-page collection will showcase FRANK CHO's past and present illustrations and you will see why he's considered one of the top modern masters of the female form. RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES
Hand lotion not included.
ROCKETO: JOURNEY TO THE HIDDEN SEA #7
APRIL 12 o 32 pg o FC o $2.99
written by FRANK ESPINOSA & MARIE TAYLOR
art & cover by FRANK ESPINOSA
After surviving a crash landing in the Hidden Sea Rocketo begins searching for his doomed crew only to encounter Gordon Scarletto at . Later, a beautiful young woman holds the key to some astounding revelations.
If I haven’t said it before, I say it now: I fully support any book with the title of “Rocketo.”
BOOK OF SHADOWS #1 (of 2)
April 5 o 32 pg o FC o $3.50
written by MARK CHADBOURN
art & cover by BO HAMPTON
One frightened girl. One goddess of blood and death. Against them, an army of shape-shifting devils, dragons, and mythological creatures determined to throw our world back to the dark ages. It's war…
These Goth comics really just ought to come with free razor blades.
LOADED BIBLE: JESUS vs. VAMPIRES ONE-SHOT
April 19 o 48 pg o FC o $4.99
written by TIM SEELEY
art by NATE BELLEGARDE & MARK ENGLERT
cover by STEFANO CASELLI
In the near future, the United States is ruled by bloodsucking vampire hordes. Only one man can end their reign of terror: JESUS H. CHRIST. A tale of war, love, religion and severed heads, the controversial LOADED BIBLE answers an age-old question: "What Would Jesus Do?" Answer: He'd kick vampire ass.
RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES
It’s been done.
SPAWN #1 IN 3D
MCFARLANE MOCCA RETROSPECTIVE EXCLUSIVE
April 19 o 32 pg o FC o $5.95
written by TODD MCFARLANE
art & cover by TODD MCFARLANE
A special 3D version of SPAWN #1 specially created for the 2006 TODD McFARLANE retrospective at the MUSEUM OF COMIC AND CARTOON ART in NEW YORK. Will not be reprinted…only available while stock lasts! Red/blue glasses included!
Art shown is the cover
Sure, the story still sucks, but it’s in 3-D!
THE TOURIST GN
April 5 o 104 pg o BW o $9.99
written by BRIAN WOOD
art & cover by TOBY CYPRESS
(headline)In a remote coastal village in Nothern Scotland, the choice between money and happiness has never been more clear or carried such deadly consequences.(headline)
When Moss arrives in a remote coastal village on the North Sea, he is accepted as what he appears to be: a somewhat grubby American backpacker on holiday. He gets contract work on the offshore oil rig and courts Julie Tucker, a local café owner and single mother. Gradually the town begins to realize just who it is they're harboring: a Special Forces soldier turned drugs smuggler, and, if that wasn't bad enough, he has a lot of really rough bastards riding into town after him.
The safety of the town and the woman he loves vs. the successful conclusion of a very lucrative drug deal... which will Moss choose?
It’s like they saw into BlairH’s private dreams and made a comic out of them.
FLAMING CARROT, VOL. 1, TP
April 12 o 140 pg o BW o $14.99
written by BOB BURDEN
art & cover by BOB BURDEN
A humble man, lonely at heart, seeks out the rejected "freaks" of the world, taking these misbegotten outcasts under his wing in a traveling show of oddities. But life is not without its own irony and his true self is revealed in a twist of fate and revenge.
Collects FLAMING CARROT #1-4 (#33-36 in regular series) and FLAMING CARROT PHOTO SPECIAL
Title of my Flaming Carrot story, if ever I did one: “This Man, This Carrot!”
BATTLE POPE #8 (RES)
April 12 o 32 pg o FC o $2.99
written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover by MATTHEW ROBERTS, TONY MOORE & VAL STAPLES
After a brutal attack on his apartment building Battle Pope comes face to face with one of his greatest threats thus far...BRENDA.
The Pope vs. Shannon Doherty: There will be blood!
April 19 o 32 pg o FC o $2.99
written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover by RYAN OTTLEY & BILL CRABTREE
The story from Marvel Team-Up #14 continues!
Angstrom Levy makes his play against Invincible - sending him from dimension to dimension in an attempt to weaken him. Can Invincible figure out a way to stop him before Angstrom succeeds in killing him? The answer will shock you!
Kind of a dropped ball there, given MTU 14 came out in November.
Arrow: Brutal ACTION in the mighty Top Cow manner!
(W) Ron Marz (P) Pat Lee (Col) Dream Engine (Cov) Pat Lee, Marc Silvestri
The rebirth of Cyberforce continues, as Ron Marz and Pat Lee work their magic on Top Cow's original heroes! The evil Ripclaw has stalked the remaining members of the team, trapping them in Cyblade's ancestral mansion with the intention of bringing a brutal end to the team. But when a second Ripclaw appears, it's time for a bloody, no-holds-barred battle of epic proportions. It's Ripclaw vs. Ripclaw, and no matter who wins, the rest of Cyberforce isn't likely to survive! And if that weren't enough, the mysterious, space-borne threat introduced last issue draws closer and closer to Earth…
Full Color 32 Pages $2.99 Ongoing Series
Two covers available by Pat Lee or Marc Silvestri! Have your retailer reserve your favorite!
Order incentive: Hey, you! Ask your retailer how you can get this special ultra-rare 1-in-10 black-and-white Pat Lee cover featuring Cyblade!
A book few people liked, characters no one gives a damn about, and an artist many in the industry hate. Ron Marz, what are you thinking? If it’s the money, we’ll send you a check, just let us help.
City of Heroes #12
ARROW: Clash of the Titans!
(W) David Wohl (P) David Nakayama (Cov) Rodolfo Migliari
Lord Recluse has launched the ultimate attack to destroy the heroes of Paragon City, bringing him into direct conflict with Statesman…but no one knows who's side Manticore is on! An entire city and its heroes hang in the balance in a shocking tale chronicled by Witchblade maestro David Wohl!
Full color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series
[NOTE TO RETAILERS: City of Heroes is no longer sent automatically to game subscribers! Expect the 100,000+ City of Heroes fans to invade your store!]
In other words, stock up on Glade Plug-Ins; you’ll need ‘em.
That’s all for this month. Full solicits are here. Happy hunting.