Image Comics looks like it’s having a very busy August…. the proper launch of Mage: The Hero Denied, Ghost Station Zero, Spy Seal, The Hard Place, Mage, Redlands, Elsewhere, Genius… and Annual.
MAGE: THE HERO DENIED #1 (OF 15)
STORY / ART / COVER: MATT WAGNER
AUGUST 16 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99
LEGENDARY WRITER / ARTIST MATT WAGNER RETURNS FOR THE THIRD AND FINAL VOLUME OF HIS EPIC FANTASY TRILOGY—MAGE: THE HERO DENIED! This first full-sized issue begins 10 years after the climax of THE HERO DEFINED and finds the everyman hero Kevin Matchstick at an unexpected point in his life. It’s been some time since he’s utilized his powers as the reincarnated Pendragon, wielder of the mystical weapon Excalibur. Despite his reluctance to fulfill what two different Mages have declared as his destiny, dark forces have gathered to once again force Kevin into action. Throughout these events, Kevin keeps hoping for the same mystical guidance that has mentored him in the past. “Who is the third Mage?!” MAGE: THE HERO DENIED will be a 15-issue limited series climaxing in a double-sized finale. Newly repackaged editions of the previous books from the trilogy—THE HERO DISCOVERED and THE HERO DEFINED—will be released over the course of the new series. MAGE has been a perennial favorite with old and new readers alike for nearly three decades.
A brand-new horror book from the minds of Eisner Award-winner JORDIE BELLAIRE (PRETTY DEADLY, Vision, Batman) and critically acclaimed artist VANESA R. DEL REY (ZERO, Scarlet Witch, Constantine) brings you to the sleepy, sunny town of Redlands, Florida. The police are failing to maintain control of their old-fashioned town, and a coven of killer witches plan to take everything from them. This summer, hide your bibles.
COPPERHEAD WRITER JAY FAERBER TEAMS WITH RISING STAR SUMEYYE KESGIN TO UNVEIL ELSEWHERE: THE FANTASTIC STORY OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO AMELIA EARHART! Mysteriously transported to a strange new world filled with flying beasts and alien civilizations, Amelia desperately struggles to return home. Along the way, she forges alliances and makes enemies as she goes from aviator to freedom fighter in a rebellion against a merciless warlord!
“THE CORTEN-STEEL PHOENIX,” Part One Journey into the thrilling world of international espionage as one of Britain’s most covert MI-6 divisions, The Nest, recruits a brand-new secret agent to their team: SPY SEAL! An exciting new comic series—reminiscent of The Adventures of Tintin and Usagi Yojimbo—and created by SHE WOLF author, RICH TOMMASO.
ANNUAL IS HERE! ANNUAL IS NOW! ANNUAL IS A NEW-FORMAT COMIC BOOK ANTHOLOGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY! It all starts here: pulp popcorn tale, THE WINTERNATIONAL! The CASEY/FOX collaboration from Playboy! New-millennium mythology with JIM RUGG! Plus, more all-new material and special features! A once-in-a-year artistic pleasure orgy that you simply can’t afford to miss!
Thea dreams. Not of a better life, but of revenge on the clan that ruined her family. With ferocious battles between man, machines, and monsters ahead…who knows where her quest for vengeance will take her? Creator DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (Space Mullet) and colorist MIKE SPICER present a bold new vision, where the beauty and imagination of Studio Ghibli meet the intensity of Mad Max, in this all-new Skybound Original. Collects EXTREMITY #1-6
In an America divided between the haves and the have-nots, Edan Hale is a soldier on the run. Saddled with a gas-mask wearing infant and aided by the very terrorists she was once sworn to hunt, Edan is suddenly a woman without a country in a place where you only survive if you have allies. For fans of George Miller’s Mad Max films and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. This new cult favorite emerges from the mind of SEAN LEWIS(creator of the critically lauded SAINTS series) and features the debut of rising star HAYDEN SHERMAN. Collects THE FEW #1-6
Seventeen-year-old Destiny Ajaye took on the LAPD in her South Central Siege and paid for it—not with her life, but with her freedom. Now, Destiny is sequestered in the Madrasa Institute, a government school for prodigies. But will she use her gifts to wage war at the military’s behest—or is she already planning another revolution? From writers MARC BERNARDIN and ADAM FREEMAN (Castle Rock, Alphas, X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler, The Authority, The Highwaymen) and rising-star artist ROSI KAMPE, comes a sequel that promises to set Destiny’s world—and ours—ablaze.
GHOST STATION ZERO #1 (OF 4)
STORY: ANTONY JOHNSTON
ART / COVER: SHARI CHANKHAMMA
VARIANT COVER: BECKY CLOONAN
AUGUST 02 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99
FROM THE CREATOR OF ATOMIC BLONDE – BABOUSHKA’S BACK FOR A BRAND-NEW MISSION! “Ghost Stations” are abandoned Soviet bases from the Cold War, long forgotten and useless…or so people think! When an EON agent goes missing on the trail of a ghost station in the Swiss mountains, Mr. Clay turns to crime-boss-turned-blackmailed-international-superspy BABOUSHKA to investigate—and what she finds is EXPLOSIVE!
The knights of Kelodia are the finest in the land, but they’ve never faced a POWER like the one that resides in the Green Valley. Now they’re about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime—to stop a wizard and slay his dragons—but there’s no such thing as magic or dragons…is there? Eisner-nominated writer MAX LANDIS (Chronicle, Superman: American Alien), artist GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (Amazing Spider-Man) and Eisner-nominated colorist JEAN FRANCOIS BEAULIEU welcome you to the world of GREEN VALLEY…where nothing is ever what it seems. Collects GREEN VALLEY #1-9
After five years in prison, AJ Gurney, a legendary wheelman in Detroit, has decided it’s time to go straight. He returns home to work in his father’s garage and disappear into anonymity. But during a visit to the bank, AJ is recognized by two violent bank robbers, and they demand AJ be their getaway driver. To ensure his compliance, they take a young female hostage; unfortunately, she happens to be the daughter of a Russian crime lord. AJ now finds himself pursued by a bitter police department and hunted by every asset of the Russian mob. Without a doubt, he’s in a very hard place.
When an astronaut on Hadrian’s Wall is murdered, pill-popping detective Simon Moore is dispatched to investigate the ship’s crew…including his own ex-wife. But if Simon’s not careful, what he finds could make the interstellar Cold War go red hot. From the creative team behind the critically acclaimed series C.O.W.L. comes a gripping, locked-room murder mystery where the secrets of everyone involved are as dark as the space that surrounds them. Collects HADRIAN’S WALL #1-8
For centuries, the Magdalena has stood as the last bastion of Christ’s bloodline, wielding the Spear of Destiny against the forces of evil. When Patience, the current Magdalena, is sidelined in a near-fatal battle with a demon, it falls to her to find her own replacement. Enter Maya Dos Santos—a metalhead community-college slacker—with holy blood in her veins. Collects MAGDALENA #1-4
Collecting the critically acclaimed miniseries by GREG RUCKA and LEANDRO FERNANDEZ. Old soldiers never die…and some of them don’t even fade away. Cursed with immortality, Andromache of Scythia and her comrades-in-arms ply their trade for those who can find—and afford—their services. But in the 21st century, being immortal is a difficult secret to keep, and when you live long enough, you learn that there are many fates far worse than death. Collects THE OLD GUARD #1-5
DaYoung Johansson relaunches her investigation into crimes against time as the teen-cop-from-the-future’s adventures in the ’80s pick up.
STORY: DECLAN SHALVEY, PHILIP BARRETT
ART / COVER: JORDIE BELLAIRE, PHILIP BARRETT
SEPTEMBER 06 / 144 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99
In Limerick City, Jimmy “Hardy” Savage is a gangster on the rise, facing trouble from all sides. With the local cops, rival gangs, his best mate, and his mammy all out to stick a knife in him, will the bollocks live long enough to get to the top? More importantly, will he pay me back for that fiver I gave him last week? From the savage minds of DECLAN SHALVEY (All-Star Batman, INJECTION), PHILIP BARRETT, and JORDIE BELLAIRE (Vision, THEY’RE NOT LIKE US) comes an original Irish graphic crime novel that’ll leave you gaspin’…for a pint!
Mecha-suit space documentarians, wish-fulfillment magic jackets, social-status swordplay — just a taste of the stories featured in SUN BAKERY: FRESH COLLECTION. Collecting the completed stories “Dream Skills,” “Arem,” “Layered Jacket,” as well as supplementary artwork and more from SUN BAKERY Comics Magazine. Collects issues #1-4
ALL THE FUN OF A BRAND-NEW TOY! JACK KRAKEN, AGENT OF H.I.M! COLT NOBLE! ANIMALIENS! SUPERBEASTS! DEADSTAR DIVAS! New York Times bestselling author TIM SEELEY(REVIVAL, Nightwing, HACK/SLASH) unleashes his imagination in a collection of genre-mashing, action-packed stories with art by SOPHIE CAMPBELL (Jem & the Holograms), SEAN DOVE (Brobots), and JIM TERRY (Sundowners) that puts a new twist on post-modern nostalgia. Collects JACK KRAKEN, COLT NOBLE & THE MEGALORDS, and never- before-seen art and comics!
THE BEAUTY, VOL. 3 TP
STORY: JASON A. HURLEY, JEREMY HAUN
ART: JEREMY HAUN, THOMAS NACHLIK
COVER: JEREMY HAUN
AUGUST 23 / 128 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99
THE BEAUTY returns, merging characters and storylines from earlier arcs into a twisting tale of vanity, power, and the quest to obtain both at any cost. In a world where achieving pure beauty means dying for it, the question of what life is actually worth becomes more important than ever. Collects THE BEAUTY #12-16
DeCONNICK & DE LANDRO PRESENT: THE TRIPLE FEATURE! Back for more?? Three talented teams bring the hot, hot heat to entrenched patriarchy everywhere. New stories from the front lines of BITCH PLANET…and all the backmatter you can handle. 100% Grade-A satire. Funny ’til it hurts.
Is Zelda looking for an exit strategy, or will she put on her armor and fight? Either way, will her world survive?
“AWAKENINGS II,” Part One The Holy has been desecrated, the Hammer is closing in, and the Dunridge case hits a snag…one that only reinforces Morgan’s growing suspicion that the killer he and Rowan are seeking may be none other than Rowan herself.
In this conclusion to the second arc, the Hansen family decide the fate of a loved-one who is infected with the virus. But to carry out their plans, they must go through one of their own.
A man from Sheriff Clara Bronson’s past shows up in Copperhead, complicating her efforts to solve the bizarre murder of Copperhead’s mayor. Meanwhile, Deputy Boo is made an offer he can’t refuse. Collects COPPERHEAD #11-14
The acclaimed thriller from writer GAIL SIMONE and artist CAT STAGGS continues! Slick Chicago hitman Cason Bennett and downtrodden Seattle housewife Juniper Blue have somehow switched bodies, while a remorseless killer hunts them both, leaving a trail of corpses in his wake. What happens when he catches up with the two targets, both out of their element and out of time?
“EXPLOSIONTOWN,” Part Two Wizord is in a tough spot, as the leaders of Earth have decided they’re pretty fed up with wizard battles tearing up the joint all the time. They want to shut him down! Selfish, right? They really just don’t get it. Expect intense magical action as the second arc of CURSE WORDS continues!
“RISE OF THE ROBOTS,” Part Two The new DESCENDER event explodes as Tim-21 makes his daring escape from the clutches of the Hardwire. Meanwhile Andy, Effie, and Bandit are taken prisoner by the UGC until one of them shockingly turns traitor. And deep below the ocean planet of Mata, the final fate of Telsa is revealed.
He’s the most despised man in America…the colossal screw up who doomed New York City. In a last ditch attempt to hold on to his manhood, this cosmic loser assembles a quartet of serial murderers in a pathetic and desperate search for his own redemption. Fat chance.
In a world where sunlight burns people alive, Cielo Brandt, heiress of the city’s most powerful company, and her savior David Baxter, have both survived a killer who didn’t burn in the sunlight. Now, both want answers about his origins; Cielo investigates the city’s underground and her father’s company, while Bax braves the post-apocalyptic wasteland and the discovery of another who is immune to the sun’s rays. Collects ECLIPSE #5-8
“HORRORS BEYOND COMPREHENSION” THIS PENULTIMATE ISSUE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF ELEPHANTMEN! Hip Flask sits down for a quiet chat with his creator, Nikken. Special wraparound cover by AXEL MEDELLIN and BOO COOK!
Tair and Rion head toward Nifaal, the last free country in Saia. But in order to reach it, they must travel through Kadei, the Empire’s latest conquest. There will be trouble.
The Roto and Paznina clans meet on the battlefield to ensure that only one remains when all the blood is shed.
Daphne travels to the Other Side to discover the truth about the Magic Socks. Gwen and Rita mourn Daphne’s death through an intense night of partying. Josie ascends to pop-icon status. This ish is stuffed to the gills with an action-packed story, bonus art, soundtrack, and sketchbook. Plus, a variant cover by the art world’s newest sensation, the amazing Lauren YS!
Zhia Malen thought she’d killed Kepler’s top agent—Lincoln. But now he reemerges, ready for a second round with the alien invader. Meanwhile on Valius, no one is to be trusted.
The third installment of Gert’s adventures comes to a dramatic and possibly…happy end? Follow along as she enjoys her new-found goodness and finally finds what she’s been seeking for over 30 years.
Volume two of the Diamond Gem Award-winning comics magazine IMAGE+ begins now! Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of SCOTT SNYDER & JOCK’s smash-hit horror series WYTCHES ever since the first season ended on a brutal cliffhanger. Now, they’re back with a taste for the upcoming second season of the series by serializing what happens next in IMAGE+! How did Sailor make it to safety? What has she been doing since? The answers can be found exclusively in IMAGE+ with an extra-sized first chapter this issue. In addition to the return of WYTCHES, IMAGE+ is now a hefty 80 PAGES at no additional cost, meaning more room for longer, more fascinating interviews, exciting previews, and in-depth features on comics, creators, cosplay, conventions, and comics culture. IMAGE+ remains your number one source for news and information about Image Comics, and now’s the perfect time to get in on the ground floor. Even better yet, beginning with this issue, IMAGE+ will once again be available for the low, low price of FREE for anyone already purchasing a copy of Diamond’s Previews.
“THE END OF ALL THINGS,” Part Seven Alliances shift as the battle rages on…it’s the biggest, most brutal, most monumental battle in INVINCIBLE history!
The insane third arc of BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS’ hottest book yet begins with a bang, as Dylan turns the tables on the men hunting him.
The minotaur draws first blood! Now, Theseus and Princess Ariadne must unlock the devious secrets of the labyrinth to use against this unstoppable beast. But with their lives on the line, some of their allies are only out for themselves. Each issue contains 30 pages of story!
The journey to year X+66 continues. “Cull” ended with Forever taking a knife in the back, literally. Now Joacquim Morray returns to his Family to face questions about his actions, his loyalty, his history…and his future as a free mind. Drawn by MACK CHATER (Briggs Land).
Tajo returns to her family home on Salus, to find a city on the brink of devastation. There is no food, no air, no hope for mankind’s last great dome city. Now, Tajo must band together with IO, a man carrying a secret millennia old, and Mertali, a brave mermaid from the gladiator pits of Poluma, to fight for a better future for everyone. But death stalks the desolate streets of Salus, a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to see the city drown in its own blood—a killer that Tajo created, and now must face again one final time. Collects LOW #16-19
Lewis & Clark hunker down for the winter, and all is calm…until old enemies emerge from the fog. As their fortified walls are overrun, the Corps of Discovery have a front-row seat to the American Dream gone mad. Collects MANIFEST DESTINY #25-30
All the main players finally meet.
Julie, Selena & third-wheel Chet go on a werewolf-y date to a shady magic show. Something TERRIBLE happens, and for once it’s not Mark or Lindi’s fault!
The city of Zoohurst is the pinnacle of architectural ambition, the spirit of the Shadow Zone, and the home of Shana Tyson, whose name was uttered on a mysterious transmission in the deep of space. Zoohurst is also Tara’s next destination in her search for Amnia. But the massive animal buildings of Zoohurst are not the only architectural wonders to behold in this issue. In a collaboration between father and daughter, DUSTIN & LUCY WEAVER bring you “The Adventures of Lucy and Friends” where a group of friends visit the very strange Wing Store.
The multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG continues, as newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany finally reunite with their long-lost friend KJ in an unexpected new era, where the girls must uncover the secret origins of time travel…or risk never returning home to 1988. Collects PAPER GIRLS #11-15
The most twisted love story ever told comes to a close. Can Edwyn and Virginia possibly live happily ever after, or does that only happen in fairytales?
Mark gathers a coalition of the willing citizens of Eden to stand their ground against the oncoming onslaught of the FBI.
“CAT KINGS AND OTHER GARYS,” Conclusion A deeper delve into a dark dungeon. With monsters, traps, and worse waiting for them, the Queens must work together or be forever forgotten in the maze beneath the mountain.
What started as an innocent night on the town has led to this moment. With Sulpher Springs in flames, will the Bowman family withstand its destruction?
Adrian has gone from tormented soul to full-on possessed murderer! And he’s got his best friend Molly in his sights! As blood is spilled and the waking nightmares intensify, Adrian is faced with the prospect of undergoing past-life regression once more. There, he must face Gregory Sutter, the human monster who is tormenting him from beyond the grave. The conspiracy, though, is deepening, as a group of mysterious figures spy on Adrian, watching his every move with sinister intensity.
The critically acclaimed ensemble drama interweaving the bombastic world of professional wrestling, the lives of those broken by it, and the gritty underworld cashing in on their demise returns for its third act. Retired veteran wrestler Daniel Knossos has seemingly turned against the one person he’s ever loved. Up-and-coming wrestler Reynolds loses everything before he ever had it. And just when everything seems to be at its worst, the Minotaur returns.
“THE FREELANCER,” Part Four The rage and the reckoning have an ending…and it is upon him. How many deaths can one man die? Renato Jones is about to find out…Oh, and puppies. Lots of cute puppies.
“CHILDREN OF THE BEAST,” Part One Devilishly deviant ROCKSTARS returns with a heavy metal mystery to sell your soul to! Self-proclaimed “rock ‘n’ roll investigators” Jackie Mayer and Dorothy Buell uncover a sinister connection between an ‘80s metal legend and the hot, new shredding sensation Dani Dangerous. Smart and darkly fun, ROCKSTARS is a head-banging, demonic descent behind the music.
: MEREDITH FINCH
ART / COVER: IG GUARA
VARIANT COVER: GEORGE PEREZ
AUGUST 09 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99
Even as her companions fight to gain her freedom, Rose must choose to sacrifice one relationship in order to save another. Focused on her need to understand her powers and find Thorne, Rose is unaware of the dark forces stalking her. If Rose—the last Guardian—falls, the rebellion and the land of Ttereve will fall with her.
Adrian makes a phone call. Josh gets some answers.
An operation and a farewell.
“OH! CANADA!” Part One With America’s hostile anti-alien fervor, Malcolm Dragon is forced to relocate his family to the Great White North. Toronto welcomes a new champion, and Malcolm Dragon settles in at his new home.
Did Adam Osidis set out to save the world from the terror of the Mud King, or to save himself? Don’t miss the chilling finale to the second chapter of RICK REMENDER & JEROME OPEÑA’s fantasy epic.
Shane Sexcastle, formerly the World’s Greatest Assassin, has paid his debt to society for killing the vice president. Leaving his violent past (also: prison) behind, he’s decided to settle down and sell flowers in a small, quiet town—but that doesn’t mean he’ll tolerate the fools who think they run this town. An homage to to the likes of Die Hard, Road House, and ’80s-era WWF wrestling, SEXCASTLE may just be the single greatest ’80s action movie never made.
The mighty Shirtless is in the clutches of Fuzzy Wipes(TM) CEO Jaxson Logger, and it’s up to rogue FBI agent Suzie Silva to bust him out! Don’t miss bear-brawls, golden toilets, and…BETRAYAL in SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER #3!
“DARK HORROR,” Part Two Tokyo: A ring stolen leads Spawn into a web of kidnapping and murder. He confronts a super-powered gangster who looks to turn Spawn’s own weapons against him.
Annie unleashes her inner ugliness, shoots a gun, and finds love.
Several key NATO figures are assassinated…by animals? Someone has perverted Dr. David Loren’s surface thought-reader and turned it into a device that sends animals on kill missions. Still recovering from his recent suicide attempt, Loren is forced back into the military game to help uncover who is behind this. His fragile relationship with Mirra Sway is tested even further when his father shows up…with a sister he didn’t know he had. Collects THINK TANK: ANIMAL #1-4
“SYMPHONY,” Conclusion The final performance of the quartet comes to a bloody crescendo, and the battle for the future of the living world is decided.
Chapter 7: Sunday Morning Coming Down
“ON THE ROAD” Eugene’s journey begins on a hopeful note, but he could be leading his friends to a slaughter.
Wherein Dionysus sits in the darkness for most of an issue, but in an awesome way. Honestly, you’ll love it. Also: other stuff.
“WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD,” Part Three Finally, a glimmer of hope for Christine and family. A young man named Deacon lends the family a hand. Now all they have to do is fight their way through a town of Satanists.
“REBORN,” Part Four Danger. Most people run from it. Shaft rides a motorcycle straight at it. When the world’s most extreme bowman goes rogue, it’s up to the new Youngblood to stop him before he ruins everything. Or worse, gets them all killed.
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