Solicitations for May 2020
February 21, 2020
MAY 27 / 72 pages / FC/ M / $16.99A gorgeous original graphic novel from the bestselling creators of KILL OR BE KILLED, MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES, and CRIMINAL.Max Winters, a pulp writer in 1930s New York, finds himself drawn into a story not unlike the tales he churns out at five cents a word—tales of a Wild West outlaw dispensing justice with a six-gun. But will Max be able to do the same when pursued by bank robbers, Nazi spies, and enemies from his past?One part thriller, one part meditation on a life of violence, PULP is unlike anything award-winning BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS have ever done before. This celebration of pulp fiction set in a world on the brink is another must-have hardcover from one of comics’ most acclaimed teams.“Like Scorsese and De Niro, BRUBAKER and PHILLIPS are the unmatched masters of a certain kind of storytelling. A new title from the sharpshooters behind Fatale and Criminal is reason enough to go on living.” —Joe Hill (Locke & Key)
MAY 06 / 40 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Writer JASON AARON and artist R.M. GUÉRA return to the stark and brutal world of THE GODDAMNED for the long-awaited second chapter of their biblical-noir epic.Genesis 6:4. “…the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men. And they bore children to them…”In the time before the Great Flood, the world of man is a place of wanton violence and unbridled depravity. But hidden high atop a mountain, there is a very different sort of world. One without men. Here, the holy sisters at a secret nunnery live in paradise, a new Eden, rearing their flock of orphaned girls to embrace their future as blessed Brides of the Sons of God. But when Sharri and Jael, two girls on the cusp of flowering, uncover what it truly means to become a Bride, they realize there’s only one way to escape the bonds of matrimony: run like hell.
MAY 27 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99CRIMINAL colorist and first time solo artist JACOB PHILLIPS and writer CHRIS CONDON break onto the scene with a brand-new ongoing series! Like Paris, Texas gut-punched by No Country for Old Men, this mature neo-Western crime series kicks off when the search for a casserole dish leads to a dark and tense confrontation on Sheriff Joe Bob Coates’ 70th birthday.“CHRIS & JACOB pull off something remarkable here. A vivid and bright story that nails a thorough sense of foreboding and darkness. A shocking amount of talent for a duo so fresh to comics!” —CHIP ZDARSKY (SEX CRIMINALS, Daredevil)
MAY 20 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Bree Hale has left a lot behind in her life. Crime. The military. But she can't leave behind her own family, and when the local crime boss puts a hit out on her brother, there's nothing she won't do to save him. Absolutely nothing. Skybound’s pulse-pounding action series returns, with writer JUSTIN JORDAN (REAVER, LUTHER STRODE) and artist BENJAMIN TIESMA delivering an explosive tale of revenge like you’ve never seen before!
MAY 13 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99High adventure on the high seas in the waning days of piracy, when men were men, and the best pirates were...women? Writer STEPHANIE PHILLIPS (Butcher of Paris, Descendent) and artist CRAIG CERMAK (Red Team, Voltron) bring to life the tale of Anne Bonny and Mary Read as they hoist the skull and crossbones, draw cutlasses, and seek a treasure that will make them legends. In an era when sailing with women was thought to be bad luck, Anne and Mary might just be the only people capable of saving the pirate way of life.
MAY 06 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99”THE EMPTY FRAMES,” Part One Years ago, someone snatched a bunch of priceless paintings from a famous Boston museum. They never turned up, and our man Dead Eyes sniffs money for the taking—and he's willing to steal from the mob to get it! Meanwhile, his recent antics have run afoul of the law, and the cops form a task force to trap (or kill!) the masked criminal.“A refreshing twist on the superhero and crime genres in the vein of Image Comics' KILL OR BE KILLED and THE VIOLENT.” —Newsarama“Hero and villain fare presented with a dark and realistic edge.” —ComicBook.com
MAY 06 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“THE GREAT GAME,” Part One Half the party is ruling a whole empire. The other half is on the run. Neither has it easy. There is nothing easy in this game, especially when the stakes get shockingly real. The most epic arc of DIE begins as it means to go on: messily.“A deliciously dark Phantom Tollbooth-like journey told through a lens of broken humanity and a deconstruction of the role-playing game’s roots. I am entranced.” —Matthew Mercer (Critical Role)“Wonderfully nerdy and emotionally complicated and…utterly beautiful.” —The Hollywood Reporter
MAY 27 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.992019 EISNER AWARD WINNER, BEST NEW SERIES“WICKED WORLDS,” Part One After the mind-bending destruction of the Black Barn, our heroes find themselves spread across the Gideon Falls multiverse the barn contained within! While Angie struggles to survive in a 1984 version, Clara is alone in the old West, Father Fred is a man out of place in cyberpunk Gideon Falls—and where Norton landed is anyone’s guess… And while these worlds all seem far apart, the Laughing Man is always closer than you think!“Saturated with a horrific sense of anxiety.” —Entertainment Weekly“Combines avant-garde graphic treatments with outstanding writing to create a genuine tale of terror.” —Boing Boing“LEMIRE and SORRENTINO will go down as one of the greatest comic teams of all time. GIDEON FALLS cements that.” —Brian Michael Bendis
MAY 06 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“THE ANGEL’S SHARE,” Part One After the heartbreak of New Orleans, Lou Pirlo finds himself down and out in Kingsbury Run, the notorious hunting ground of America’s first serial killer. And when famous G-man Eliot Ness catches wind of the so-called “Cleveland Torso Murderer,” Lou finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place. Meanwhile, Tempest finds herself making a play for Lou’s old crime lord in the glitzy New York jungle.
MAY 27 / 32 pages / FC/ T / $2.99Introducing new series artist KEN LASHLEY (X-Men, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man). “CONSEQUENCE OF SIN,” Part One TODD McFARLANE and KEN LASHLEY continue to expand the SPAWN Universe. With the future in doubt and Medieval Spawn’s legacy in question, Spawn, She-Spawn, and Reaper go on the offensive. But a long-time ally has shown his true colors, and Cogliostro rallies an army and a deadly new recruit…GUNSLINGER SPAWN.
JUNE 10 / 96 pages / FC/ M / $17.99With an all-new introduction by comedian and author Patton Oswalt!A bank in the middle of nowhere. A crew with nothing to lose. And the haul of a lifetime too big to just disappear. What should've been a simple stick-up becomes infinitely more complex when a crew of robbers ends up with way more than they bargained for—literally. And when the mob they just accidentally robbed comes looking to even the score, there's only one way out for all involved...Back in print for the first time in over a decade, this busted-knuckles crime thriller by MATT FRACTION & KIERON DWYER is a character-driven desert noir that pits cowboys against mobsters in the muscular tradition of Charley Varrick, The Outfit, and The Friends of Eddie Coyle.TRIM SIZE: 10.1875” x 6.625”
JUNE 10 / 280 pages / FC/ T+ / $39.99A decade ago, 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them, but after many years, they gave up. Nathan Cole...won't. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those still living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe...Nathan is looking for something else? Why can't he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?This hardcover features the first twelve issues of the hit comic book series, along with covers and a sketchbook, in one oversized hardcover volume. Perfect for long-time readers and new fans.Collects OBLIVION SONG #1–12
WRITER / ARTIST / COVER A: Jeff Lemire
JULY 22 / 400 pages / FC/ M / $44.99In a return to the literary and thematic territory of LEMIRE’s breakthrough graphic novel Essex County, ROYAL CITY follows Patrick Pike, a fading literary star who reluctantly returns to the once-thriving factory town where he grew up. There, Patrick is quickly drawn back into the dramas of his two adult siblings, his overbearing mother, and his browbeaten father, all of whom are still haunted by different versions of his youngest brother, Tommy, who drowned decades ago. ROYAL CITY is a sprawling, ambitious graphic novel that charts the lives, loves, and losses of a troubled family and a vanishing town across three decades. This deluxe hardcover edition collects the entire ROYAL CITY in one complete volume with behind-the-scenes material that takes readers deeper into both LEMIRE’s original story and his creative process.“Buzzing with a meticulously controlled intensity that’s propelled by its deeply flawed and richly imagined cast of characters, JEFF LEMIRE is at his best.” —IGNCollects ROYAL CITY #1–14TRIM SIZE: 7.25” x 10.875”
MAY 27 / 184 pages / FC/ M / $9.99From notorious kink writer TINA HORN and featuring a diverse group of artists comes SFSX (SAFE SEX), a social thriller about sex, love, and torture. It’s SEX CRIMINALS in Gilead, Hustlers with a SUNSTONE twist.In a draconian America where sexuality is strictly bureaucratized and policed, a group of queer sex workers keep the magic alive in an underground club called the Dirty Mind. Using their unique talents for bondage and seduction, they resolve to infiltrate the mysterious government Pleasure Center, free their incarcerated friends, and fight the power!“SFSX shoves its sparkly stiletto heel right in the face of anyone who has ever tried to keep sex workers down. TINA HORN’s work reminds us how important sexual freedom is to the American spirit.” —Stormy DanielsCollects SFSX (SAFE SEX) #1-7
MAY 27 / 120 pages / FC/ M / $16.99The hit fantasy series from powerhouse creative team JEFF LEMIRE & DUSTIN NGUYEN continues!After a bruising attempt to escape from the planet Sampson, Andy finds himself in the clutches of the Militia, which means the murderous Mother can’t be far behind. Meanwhile, his daughter Mila has booked passage on a ship piloted by none other than the irascible Captain Telsa. And while Vampires may rule this strange galaxy, they’re no match for Kanto, the Blood Scrapper—the most badass vampire hunter in the universe!Collects ASCENDER #6-10
MAY 13 / 624 pages / FC/ M / $49.99The story of the WITCHBLADE begins here, as streetwise cop Sara Pezzini receives a mysterious weapon of untold power and uses it to face the dark supernatural underbelly of New York City—and the uncertainty of her own destiny. This first collection of the bestselling series created by MARC SILVESTRI, DAVID WOHL, BRIAN HABERLIN, and MICHAEL TURNER, beautifully rendered and painstakingly assembled in gorgeous hardcover.Collects WITCHBLADE #1–19, THE DARKNESS #9 & 10 & TALES OF THE WITCHBLADE #1/2–3
MAY 20 / 168 pages / FC/ T+ / $16.99After escaping a televised attempt on their lives and blowing past two million bucks in their REAPR campaign, Charlie and Vita abandon Los Angeles for the desert paradise Las Vegas in search of answers. But between the human debris of Charlie’s past and the well-kept secrets of Vita’s old life, the only thing less likely than Charlie and Vita surviving their REAPR campaign is them surviving each other.Collecting the second arc of the critically acclaimed ongoing series by Eisner-nominated writer CHRISTOPHER SEBELA (SHANGHAI RED, HIGH CRIMES, We(l)come Back) celebrated artists RO STEIN & TED BRANDT (Captain Marvel), TRIONA FARRELL (Runaways, Mech Cadet Yu), and CARDINAL RAE (BINGO LOVE, ROSE). Collects CROWDED #7-12
MAY 20 / 144 pages / FC/ T+ / $16.99The final collection of the epic sci-fi Western.Collects EAST OF WEST #43-45
MAY 13 / 144 pages / FC/ M / $16.99Jedidiah Jenkins is a simple farmer. But his cash crop isn’t corn or soy. He grows fast-healing, highly customizable human organs.With the Jedidiah Seed leaking into the local ecosystem at an ever-increasing pace, the Jenkinses’ search for a cure will take them to the very roots of the seed’s creation. What they find there will rock Freetown and shatter their family.There is no going back. Collects FARMHAND #11-15
MAY 06 / 128 pages / FC/ M / $16.99In 1804, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began an expedition into the uncharted American frontier. This is the story of the monsters they discovered lurking in the wilds.Spring has sprung, and the Corps of Discovery is closing in on the Pacific! But new beginnings mean new horrors for Lewis and Clark, and out on the American plains, a sleeping beast has awoken!Collects MANIFEST DESTINY #37-42
MAY 27 / 120 pages / FC/ M / $16.99The hit supernatural gangster story continues! Delia is on a quest to rid Lou Pirlo of his werewolf curse, and along the way, she enlists the help of two witches who come at a high price. Lou is a resourceful man, willing to do whatever it takes to pay, but when you’ve got no soul left to sell, bad things are going to happen.Collects MOONSHINE #13-17
WRITER / ARTIST / COVER A: Erik Larsen
MAY 27 / 144 pages / FC/ M / $19.99Malcolm Dragon’s deadliest duels collected at last! Malcolm goes toe-to-toe with the pulse-pounding Powerhouse! He battles the deadly Chained Man! And he faces the brutal Scourge! Plus, Amy Dragon fights alone! All this and guest appearances by Ant and the Golden Age great: Captain Tootsie. Another classic run of big-time fun from the pages of SAVAGE DRAGON!Collects SAVAGE DRAGON #241-246
MAY 27 / 160 pages / FC/ T / $16.99VENGEANCE and the LIFE and DEATH of AL SIMMONS! Al Simmons ups the pressure in his war with Heaven and Hell. As Spawn and his twisted new allies—Overtkill, Cy-Gor, The Curse, and The Freak—challenge the powers that be, Al confronts the one enemy he has been hunting since his return…the sinister demon responsible for his true love’s murder. Also contains the hit “History of Spawn” from SPAWN #296–297, which recounts Al Simmons’ life as a soldier, and his death and afterlife as the anti-hero Spawn. Collects SPAWN #291-297
MAY 20 / 128 pages / FC/ M / $16.99Dan and Cathy’s swinging adventures continue in this SUNSTONE spin-off as their relationship becomes strained, perhaps irreparably. Love conquers all in this stylish slice-of-life take on an ethically non-monogamous couple.
MAY 27 / 32 pages / BW/ M / $3.99Mer seeks revenge. Nuon chooses between love and loyalty. With casualties on both sides, things don’t look good for reconciliation between the East and West Side gangs.
MAY 27 / 32 pages / FC/ E / $3.99The mysterious disappearance of the original Adventureman gets a little more complicated when, in the modern era, single mom Claire Connell stumbles into his legacy. But with the adventuremantle come untold dangers from those who would seek to destroy it!
WRITER / ARTIST / COVER A: Michael Avon Oeming
MAY 06 / 56 pages / FC/ T / $5.99After Loki tricks Oona into releasing him from his crystal prison, Oona must trick the trickster in turn to keep her world safe from the chaos she has unleashed. We also get a glimpse into the larger realms awaiting her next journey! By Eisner Award-winning Powers co-creator Michael Avon Oeming.
APRIL 29 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99The Chosen One vs. the God King Lore for the fate of two worlds! Could this be the end of Mikey Rhodes?
MAY 13 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“Rage & Redemption,” Part Four While searching for Adro, the Sangerye family find themselves trapped in a southern town full of jinoo that want them dead. Meanwhile, in New York, Blink faces a horror beyond imagination. Sylvester realizes the true nature of Adro, but will he survive long enough to do anything about it?
MAY 27 / 40 pages / FC/ M / $3.99THE JAM-PACKED FINAL ISSUE, WITH A FULL 32 GORGEOUS STORY PAGES!Glory, Red, and (what’s left of) the gang finally make it to their “Promised Land,” but waiting for them are legions of killers hellbent on stopping them. This can only end one way…with death or glory!“A cocktail that's equal parts Smokey and the Bandit, No Country for Old Men… Unique and inspired.” —The Oregonian“Feels like the start of a Coen Brothers flick—fast, slick, dark, and brutal… Our new obsession.” —Nerdist“A high-octane speed chase of a story.” —io9“A near-perfect graphic experience.” —Bleeding Cool
MAY 13 / 48 pages / FC/ M / $3.99There are many assassins in the known universe, this is the story of the most well-mannered one. “Using the correct blade for any occasion is a matter of good manners.”
MAY 20 / 28 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Bonnie thought she was free of her Russian overlords—turns out that may not be the case! Has she trained Nancy enough to save the day? Or will they both suffer a tragic fate!? Join us for a story that could only be called DIE!DIE!DIE! Plus: Paul and George fight…it's brutal.
MAY 13 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99One of the Tenth comes gunning for Spencer! Who is Dequan Hill? Will he end Spencer’s rebellion just as it’s getting started?
MAY 06 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99Kate is taken over by the First Shadow as Cate, Gabriel, and even Heaven and Hell remain powerless to help.
MAY 13 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99As Josh struggles to survive in the verdant wasteland that the world has become, he recalls his sister Meg’s death and “planting” five years prior—an incident that may hold the key to what happened to the earth.
MAY 20 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“LIGHT BRINGS LIGHT,” Part Two There comes a point in any struggle when it is time to quit and accept fate. As Salus rises, the Burnt Legion brings Tajo and her people that horrible realization. Della arrives to turn the tide...but which way?
MAY 06 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99How could we follow the startling first issue of LUDOCRATS? With issue two. Sometimes it doesn't pay to overthink these things. Herein, stuff of a ludicrous and oft entertaining character happens.
MAY 06 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99The first story arc of MIRKA ANDOLFO’s Gothic tale comes to an end. Lady Hellaine finds a love interest…or is this just a part of her machinations? Who are the ruthless “hunters,” and what are they tracking? And what’s their relationship with whatever lies in the abandoned mines?
MAY 20 / 40 pages / FC/ M / $3.99The missteps of the past meet an uncertain future as the roving monster that Dale has been confronts the ruinous behemoth that Abel has become.
MAY 27 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Trapped in a burning city under siege, Kippa must survive against all the odds.
MAY 06 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Love is in the air, and it smells like MURDER! Alice, the daughter of the Nailbiter, comes face-to-face with a man that knows who kidnapped her mother. How much blood is she willing to shed to get answers?
MAY 13 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“WICKED GAME,” Part Two As Becky recovers from the rooftop clash with Taranis and his lackeys, she finally realizes it’s time to abandon her old life and embrace her magical legacy once and for all. What will happen to her friends? And how will her moms react to her sudden disappearance?
MAY 20 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Jack and Anna are back on the same team again, just in time to fight their way out of a very unique situation. Thunder Bearer adapts his plans, and Abe recruits his nephew in his dangerous quest for knowledge.
JUNE 24 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“THE MERGED,” Part Six THE FINAL ISSUE! It has all been building to this! The Great Merge is here! What does this mean for the world moving forward? Kyle Barnes has spent every waking moment trying to gain control of his powers, to find a place in this world that is safe for him and his family...in the end, was it all for nothing?
MAY 13 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Our crossover concludes as CHEW’s culinary crazies and OUTER DARKNESS’s cosmic cutthroats go head-to-head in a gory, blood-soaked climax. Not a reboot, dream, or imaginary story. Witness the very last adventure of Tony Chu and the CHEW crew…in spaaaaaace!!!
MAY 20 / 24 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Gamma Rae has finally distanced herself from her ex-family, but she’s going to learn the hard way that no matter how far away she goes, they’re always going to know how to get back at her.
MAY 20 / 24 pages / FC/ M / $3.99At the heart of the Deva's vast oasis, First Knife, Mari, and Hesukristos enter a ruined temple of the Profligate Age. They find there both madness and truth, and must fight not only for their own lives, but the future of their world. The explosive conclusion to PROTECTOR's opening arc.
MAY 06 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“THE GOD DILEMMA,” Part Two No gods. No rules. All problems. Business is booming for our heroes-for-hire, but the dissolution of an ancient treaty has put Palisade in the crosshairs of a monster squad with an appetite for long nights, party fights, and wolf bites!
MAY 13 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“THE GRIM AFTER,” Part Three First, the Watch came for the children. Then, they came for Breaker and Rekala. But locking up the Devil’s Son and the skin eater is different than keeping them there…
MAY 27 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“TALL TALES,” Part Four The last stand of JV Bowman!
MAY 20 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“THE END,” Part Five Original Series Artist CHIP ZDARSKY returns for our FINAL ISSUE except for the one issue that comes next that's like a coda or reprise or something classy like whatever the WICDIV guys called it.
MAY 20 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $4.69“THE END,” Part Five Is it hot in here or is it just this variant cover by KEVIN WADA? It is both! Because climate change is real but also the cover is super XXX-y.
MAY 20 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“THE CITADEL: DEATH IS NOT THE END” Part Five Triumph turns to despair as Sonata returns as her people’s savior, only to find that there is no one left to save.
MAY 20 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99Dead Hand goes viral! This old school villain takes his vendetta against Stealth to the streets, to call out his rival…and everyone in Detroit must choose a side.
MAY 13 / 32 pages / FC/ T / $3.99“DOGS OF WAR” Family secrets deepen and Tilde must decide if blood is thicker than duty. She won’t have much time to decide as they go up against a faster, stronger, and more deadly enemy that will either bring her and her long-lost brother together or tear them apart. Featuring 26 story pages!
JULY 29 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99As creatures burst from the Blackout Zone, Major Kul and Nails try to contain the carnage. Frankie uncovers the cult's dark purpose.
JUNE 03 / pages / / M / $25.99IMAGE COMICS’ official UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY merchandise debuts with this extraordinarily cool T-shirt based on the cover of UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #1. A stark, elegant design featuring red and white accents on a navy blue base makes this perfect for your next Fourth of July barbecue!Designed by series artist and co-creator GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI!
JUNE 03 / pages / / M / $29.99IMAGE COMICS’ official UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY merchandise debuts with this extraordinarily cool T-shirt based on the cover of UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #1. A stark, elegant design featuring red and white accents on a navy blue base makes this perfect for your next Fourth of July barbecue!Designed by series artist and co-creator GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI!