Image Solicitations: April 2013 – The Return Of Distant Soil, And The Start Of Chin Music, Miniature Jesus And Jupiter’s Legacy. Oh And Mighty Skullkickers.

Here’s a first and probably exclusive look at the solicitations to all of Image’s comics for April 2013.

With a bunch of new comics like Jupiter’s Legacy, Chin Music, Invincible Universe and Miniature Jesus, new volumes of ’68 and Mice Templar comics, another new number one for the renamed again Mighty Skullkickers… and a gravestone on the cover of Walking Dead. We welcome the return of A Distant Soil. Oh and check out the cover to Nowhere Men… that’s a freaky one and no mistake.

 

JUPITERS LEGACY #1 CVR A QUITELY (MR)

(W) Mark Millar (A/CA) Frank Quitely
The comic-book event of 2013 finally arrives as superstar creators MARK MILLER and FRANK QUIETLY give us the superhero epic that all future comics will be measured by. The world’s greatest heroes have grown old and their legacy is a poisonous one to the children who will never live up to their remarkable parents. Unmissable.

(Variant covers by Bryan Hitch, Dave Johnson and Phil Noto)

CHIN MUSIC #1 (MR)

(W) Steve Niles (A/CA) Tony Harris
Shaw is a man on the run and lost in time. Fleeing ancient enemies, Shaw finds himself in prohibition-era Chicago surrounded by gangers and demons alike and caught between law enforcement and the local supernatural underground. CHIN MUSIC is a tale of mysticism and violence like nothing you’ve experienced before.

68 JUNGLE JIM #1 (OF 4)

(W) Mark Kidwell (A) Jeff Zornow, Jay Fotos (CA) Jeff Zornow & Various
Vietnam, 1968: Behind enemy lines, Private Brian Curliss is alone. The enemy caged him, the dead want to devour him and the voices in his head are driving him to madness. A madness that emerges in the form of an unstoppable killing machine wrapped in burlap and bamboo…Curliss is a one-man-army, sworn to wade through a wet red jungle gone straight to hell in search of a ghost named Jungle Jim. To the Viet Cong, he’s a nightmare. To POWs trapped in enemy hands, he’s salvation. To the legions of shambling, hungry dead…He’s the Grim Reaper in a gas mask.

MeatGrinder Studios and Image Comics return to the grim world of ’68 with an all-new, four-issue series continuing the story of Jungle Jim. The brutal sequel to the original one-shot, Jungle Jim #1 fleshes out the new dark star of the Vietnam/Zombie apocalypse. Scripted by Mark Kidwell with savage artwork by Jeff Zornow and Jay Fotos. Covers by Jeff Zornow, Nat Jones and Jay Fotos.

MICE TEMPLAR IV LEGEND #1

(W) Bryan J. L. Glass, Michael Avon Oeming (A) Michael Avon Oeming, Victor Santos (CA) Michael Avon Oeming
“A DANGEROUS FAITH”
Long ago, the valiant Templar destroyed themselves through a vicious civil war, allowing the bloodthirsty crusade of the tyrant king Icarus to destroy mouse culture. Yet the inspiring tale of the young mouse Karic promises to restore the fractured Templar and overthrow the mad king. But while some accept Karic as a prophecy for good, still others see his rising legend as an omen of evil.Thus begins the climactic chapter in the epic saga of hope and despair, of tragedy and triumph, and where every secret will at last be revealed.

MINIATURE JESUS #1 (OF 5) (MR)

(W/A/CA) Ted McKeever
Devil on one shoulder – angel on the other. One tells you to do bad things, the other . . . well, you get the idea. Bad news for a recovering alcoholic if the “good” one is MIA. Between a liquor-gulping demon and a mummified cat hell-bent on mucking up his fragile stability with esoteric trappings of Egyptian Gods, it’s all about to make our hero’s day hit the proverbial fan.

A DISTANT SOIL #39

(W/A/CA) Colleen Doran
15-year-old Liana now sits on the throne of the Avatar, a living weapon of mass destruction, the most powerful psionic in the universe. And she’s pointed directly at Earth.

Back after a six-year hiatus, the final chapter of the critically acclaimed space opera series begins in a bi-monthly release from Image/Shadowline

CLONE #6

(W) David Schulner & Various (A/CA) Juan Jose Ryp, Felix Serrano

NEW STORY ARC!
Luke Taylor’s true nature has been revealed, but his fight to rescue his wife and newborn daughter back is just beginning. Now that Beta and the second generation of clones have been unleashed, how can Luke survive against his younger, stronger, more ruthless self?

INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #1

(W) Phil Hester (A/CA) Todd Nauck, John Rauch
In the aftermath of INVINCIBLE 100 and “The Death of Everyone,” Dinosaurus has left his mark on the world. Can heroes from across the universe – Invincible, the Guardians of the Globe, Tech Jacket, the Astounding Wolf-Man and more – contain the damage done? Or are the end times of the Invincible Universe ahead?

  

MORNING GLORIES #26 (MR)

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Joe Eisma (CA) Rodin Esquejo
“THE WAITING GAME”-Season 2 of the smash hit series begins here, with a special, full-sized, impossibly priced $1 prelude – the perfect jumping-on point for collection readers looking to move to single issues!

 

MIGHTY SKULLKICKERS #1

(W) Jim Zub (A) Edwin Huang (CA) Edwin Huang, Jim Zub
MIGHTY SKULLKICKERS: A classic relaunch that blazes a new trail with familiar fan favorite sensibilities. A bold, new direction, a continuing story and a brand new adjective! Our twenty-first issue is brand a new #1! Our B cover is a variant with the original numbering, in case readers want their issue super-duper “old school.”

P.S. Retailers: Shelf this numero uno alongside other “Mighty” comics you may have hanging around the shop. Tell them it’s the latest and greatest thing, because it IS!

WITCHBLADE DAY O/T OUTLAW ONE SHOT

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov (A/CA) Dave McCaig, Nelson Blake II
SHOWDOWN WITH THE WITCHBLADE OF THE WILD WEST!
In the days of the Wild West, before Sara Pezzini claimed her destiny, Witchblade bearer Sheriff Enola protected the high plains from the Darkness that lurked beyond the horizon. Although her townspeople lived in peace, they were always mistrusting of their sheriff-witch. With her town seeking to banish her and the Darkness angling for a duel, will the Witchblade be enough to save Enola from becoming a footnote in the annals of the blade’s history?

NYCC SEJIC SGN TRIPTYCH

(W) Stjepan Sejic
Stjepan Sejic New York Comic-Con Triptych signed set – Includes Witchblade #160, Artifacts #21, The Darkness #107 New York Comic-Con & Long Beach Comic Con Exclusive Variants. Witchblade #160 variant signed by writer Tim Seeley – $30.00 (SHOW COVER)

 

ACTIVITY #15

(W) Nathan Edmondson (A/CA) Mitch Gerads
“BUDDY SYSTEM”
Hiding from Russian authorities, Switchfoot and Fiddler trek through the ice of Northern Siberia to recover a fallen satellite piece. Meanwhile Weatherman and Bookstore are on a recon mission in Afghanistan, and what they see has ominous implications for the near future.

ARTIFACTS #28

(W) Ron Marz (A) Marco Turini (CA) Stjepan Sejic
“TRUTHS & DESTINIES,” Part Two
FBI profiler and Rapture bearer Tom Judge used to be a man of the cloth. His faith led him away from the Church. The Magdalena, however, still serves the Church. Can both Tom and the Magdalena overcome their differences of faith to battle an evil that is as old as the universe itself?

BEDLAM #6 (MR)

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Riley Rossmo (CA) Frazer Irving
“Confession.”

BLACKACRE #5 (MR)

(W) Duffy Boudreau (A) Wendell Cavalcanti (CA) Brian Churilla
The stunning finale to arc one! A night of terror in the Hinterlands. A day of reckoning in BlackAcre. The mission’s collapsed, but the fallout’s just begun…

CHEW #34 (MR)

(W) John Layman (A/CA) Rob Guillory
On the trail of the vampire!

EAST OF WEST #2

(W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Nick Dragotta
“SONS OF PROPHECY”
Following the high crimes in the debut issue of EAST OF WEST, the fallout spreads across the broken nations of America. Forces align to stave off the apocalypse, while equally powerful ones do everything they can to bring it to pass.

One of the most exciting new books of the year, this is EAST OF WEST, a brand new, ongoing, monthly comic from the award-winning team of Marvel’s FF, JONATHAN HICKMAN and NICK DRAGOTTA.

 

END TIMES OF BRAM & BEN #4 (OF 4) (MR)

(W) James Asmus, Jim Festante (A) Rem Broo (CA) Ben Templesmith
MINISERIES CONCLUSION
After last issue’s shocking ending – Ben is left alone to face the Antichrists! Did we mean for that to be plural? Will Ben die before having sex with Laura, the Gym teacher? Why does God let bad things happen to good people??? FIND OUT IN THIS FINAL ISSUE!

EPIC KILL #10

(W/A/CA) Raffaele Ienco
The series’ EPIC conclusion!
Song’s uncle, her sole remaining family, is killed while in government custody.
Enraged, will Song seek vengeance for his death, or try to find inner peace so she can finally lead a normal life?

FIVE GHOSTS HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY #2 (OF 5)

(W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham
“BLOOD FOR THE SPIDER GOD”
The year’s most exciting new adventure continues!

“… an elegantly designed, sharply colored, moody descent into a twilit world…an intriguing entry point into a compelling new universe from Barbiere and Mooneyham that sets a high standard for up-and-coming comics creators.” – The Comics Beat

FIVE WEAPONS #3 (OF 5)

(W/A/CA) Jimmie Robinson
At the annual school festival, Tyler is caught in a battle between the Archery club and the Exotic weapons club, but a new threat emerges from outside the school that could blow his cover and ruin everything.

GREAT PACIFIC #6 (MR)

(W) Joe Harris (A/CA) Martin Morazzo
“TRASHED!” Conclusion
The United States Navy has come to drag fugitive, would-be Garbage Patch ruler Chas Worthington back to the America he left. But Chas has one more trick up his sleeve, and the future of New Texas will never be the same.

HELL YEAH #9

(W) Joe Keatinge (A) Andre Szymanowicz, Fabio Redivo (CA) Ricken
“THE DEATH OF PLANET EARTH,” Part Two
Pretty much everyone dies in this issue. No one is saved. Nobody learns anything.

2013’s grindhouse-style, revenge-fueled supersploitation epic rages towards the conclusion of its first year!

HOAX HUNTERS #9

(W) Michael Moreci, Steve Seeley (A) Brent Schoonover (CA) Joe Eisma
“GHOST BUSTED”
Special flipbook issue! The Hoax Hunters go on a haunted house ghost-busting mission. One half of the issue contains the “on-air” story, what happened while the camera was rolling; flip it over and find out what went down behind the scenes! Features guest artist BRENT SCHOONOVER. PERFECT FOR NEW READERS!

I LOVE TROUBLE #5 (MR)

(W) Kel Symons (A/CA) Mark A. Robinson
“MARS AIN’T THE KIND OF PLACE TO RAISE YOUR KIDS”
Things just aren’t going well for Felicia, when she starts experiencing breaks with reality after her work as an assassin begins to take an emotional toll. Doesn’t help that she finds out just how deep Johnny’s betrayal goes, either.

 

INVINCIBLE #102

(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Ryan Ottley, John Rauch
It’s Nolan vs. Thragg on the surface of the moon as still more secrets about the Viltrumite Empire are revealed.

IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #9

(W) Jamie S. Rich (A) Mike Norton (CA) Laura Allred, Mike Allred

“(NO) SURPRISES”
It’s the anniversary for romantic superhero couple Black Crystal and the Slug, but it appears that Black Crystal has forgotten. To be fair, he has other things on his mind. Like giant monsters that have erupted from their home beneath the ocean looking for a fight!

LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE #5 (OF 6) (MR)

(W) Justin Jordan (A/CA) Tradd Moore
Luther has been Bound. Petra has become Jack’s new friend. Binder gets a surprise from an unexpected source. And the world burns down around them all.

LOST VEGAS #2 (OF 4) CVR A LEE

(W) Jim McCann (A/CA) Janet Lee
The clock has started – Roland has 24 hours to make his move. But when he uncovers the darkest secret of LOST VEGAS, will that information help him…or will he be in even more danger? (Hint: let’s go with “more danger.)

The Eisner Award-winning team of JIM McCANN and JANET LEE reunite to create a universe filled with intrigue and a high stakes heist.

MANHATTAN PROJECTS #13

(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Nick Pitarra (CA) Jonathan Hickman
“PIECE BY PIECE”
After a decade of working together to overcome everything that stood against them, fractures begin to form between the scientists of the Manhattan Projects.

The thrilling FEEL GOOD, BAD SCIENCE series continues in THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #13: PIECE BY PIECE!

MARA #5 (OF 6) (MR)

(W) Brian Wood (A) Ming Doyle, Jordie Bellaire (CA) Ming Doyle
Everything’s on the table as far as the military’s position on Mara, but who’s the one with the nuclear option? How much power can one woman hold before the world says “enough”?

NOWHERE MEN #5

(W) Eric Stephenson (A) Nate Bellegarde, Jordie Bellaire (CA) Nate Bellegarde, Fonographiks
Dead to the world.

PROPHET #36

(W) Simon Roy, Brandon Graham (A) Simon Roy (CA) Aaron Conley
The three-armed Prophet wants Old man Prophet found.
NewFather disobeys his superiors to seek out weapons needed to combat a new mysterious foe.

 

REPOSSESSED #4 (OF 4)

(W/A/CA) JM Ringuet
The miniseries ends with a bang and a boom when the repo from Dee Agency learn way more than they bargained for and are left to decide on a trip to the West Coast to face the biggest threat they have ever encountered!

REVIVAL #9

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Mike Norton (CA) Jenny Frison
Em and Dana have a long dinner and talk about murder. There’s something weird going on in Cooper’s dad’s shed. Joe Meyers isn’t feeling quite like himself lately. The authorities start cracking down on “gently used” body parts.

SAGA #12 (MR)

(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Fiona Staples
Prince Robot IV makes his move.

SAVAGE DRAGON #187

(W/A/CA) Erik Larsen
“THE VICIOUS CIRCLE RISING”
A glimpse into the lives of Chicago’s notorious criminal organization. For decades the Vicious Circle has all but ruled the Windy City. Now, at last, we enter their world and see through their eyes. We see their struggles, their fears, the obstacles they face. Introducing the sons and daughters of the Vicious Circle. We see the crime family they were born to inherit and the forces who oppose them.

SEX #2 (MR)

(W) Joe Casey (A/CA) Piotr Kowalski
SECOND ISSUE COLLECTOR’S ITEM!
Simon Cooke’s journey into the underbelly of Saturn City continues. Think about it… how repressed would YOU be after waging a war on crime for the entirety of your adult life? What happens when the superhero power fantasy finally ends? Find out by buying more SEX!

SNAPSHOT #3 (OF 4)

(W) Andy Diggle (A/CA) Jock
Hunted by a ruthless killer who has framed them for murder, Jake and Callie try to infiltrate the mysterious gated community at the heart of the deadly conspiracy. But nothing can prepare them for what they will find there. Continuing the new thriller from the creators of The Losers and Green Arrow: Year One!

SON OF MERLIN #3

(W) Robert Place Napton (A/CA) Zid
Morgana never anticipated that Merlin’s bastard son, the MIT professor Simon Ambrose, would delay her plan to obtain the Stone of Giramphiel. But even with the power inherent in Merlin’s diary, Simon isn’t ready to face her in battle. To seek refuge from Morgana’s grasp, Simon will need to call upon enchanters of old who have spent the past century hiding in plain sight in New York City.

SPAWN #230

(W) Todd McFarlane (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) Todd McFarlane
“COMPLEX MESSIAH,” Part Two
As a small online community continues to look into Jim’s connection with the Curse of the Hellspawn, the fervor around the world’s “new messiah” begins to reach an apex.

Meanwhile, the Vatican makes a house call, taking the first steps in their efforts to test Jim’s true origin. Sinner or Saint, the church has no intention of allowing his gifts to be used against them.

Plus: The final fate of someone in Jim’s inner circle.

STORM DOGS #6 (OF 6) (MR)

(W) David Hine (A) Doug Braithwaite, Ulises Arreola (CA) Doug Braithwaite
Season one builds to a tragic climax as the team discovers that everything they thought they knew about Amaranth is a lie.

SUPER DINOSAUR #20

(W) Robert Kirkman (A) Jason Howard, Cliff Rathburn (CA) Jason Howard
In the aftermath of their first battle with Tyrannosaurus X, Derek and Super Dinosaur get… fancy!

THINK TANK #8 (MR)

(W) Matt Hawkins (A) Rahsan Ekedal (CA) Brian Reber, Rahsan Ekedal
Accountability isn’t something Dr. David Loren worried about before. Sheltered behind the manned concrete perimeter of CED, so long as he continued to fulfill his contractual obligation to create inventions of destruction, David never had to think twice about being an arrogant jerk. But right now, David is on the wrong side of the military’s good graces. And accountability is a bitch.

 

TODD THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #4 (OF 4)

(W) Ken Kristensen, M. K. Perker (A/CA) M. K. Perker
“CANDY WITH STRANGERS,” Conclusion
When his best friend and mentor gets thrown in solitary confinement, Todd becomes an easy target for an Aryan Nation assassin. Meanwhile, his father accepts a marriage proposal that was never given, and his mom comes face-to-face with the Maniac Killer.

WALKING DEAD #109 (MR)

(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Maggie and Sophia pick up the pieces and continue their lives at the hilltop.

WITCH DOCTOR MALPRACTICE #6 (OF 6)

(W) Brandon Seifert (A/CA) Lukas Ketner, Andy Troy
This is it: Doc Morrow’s last stand against the forces making his life hell! If Morrow and his allies fail here, all of Arkham, Oregon will suffer! Too bad he screws it up. Oops: SPOILERS!
“Drips with retro-gore fun” – Paste Magazine

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