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IDW releases solicitation information for comics to be published in March, 2006

Monday 5 December 2005, by Webmaster


Angel Scriptbook previewDirect from IDW Publishing, here are the publisher’s solicitations and preview images for books which are scheduled to ship in March, 2006.

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Compiled by Zachary Jian Morrison

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Bob Budiansky (w); William Johnson and Kyle Baker (a) Wood, Roche (c)

It starts here! A look back at some of the most beloved Transformers comics from years past. This special monthly series rolls back cover prices and presents classic hard-to-find stories from the past two decades of Transformers comics. And to top off this special release, each issue will feature brand-new cover art from Ashley Wood (Metal Gear Solid), who will be presenting recreations of the original cover art. Nick Roche provides a variant cover with a new perspective on the original cover as well. This debut issue looks at one of the most beloved TF stories of all time, “Warrior School,” originally presented in Marvel Comics’ The Transformers #7!

$1.99 FC 24 pages


Simon Furman (w); EJ Su (a); Su, Guidi, Raiz, Wildman (c)

The assembled Autobots take center stage as the mystery surrounding the Decepticons’ sudden-and demonstrative-change of modus operandi deepens. Can Ratchet convince Prowl that drastic action needs to taken now, not later, action that involves a certain Optimus Prime? If not, well, it may be that Ratchet has to take some (more!) drastic action of his own. As for the Decepticons, they’re already braced for a response, Autobot or otherwise, and the first order of business... is to wipe out all remaining evidence! By Simon Furman and E.J. Su.

The Transformers #3 Roche Cover E preview The Transformers #3 Andrew Wildman Cover D preview The Transformers #3 James Raiz Cover C preview The Transformers #3 E.J. Su Cover B preview The Transformers #3 Guido Guidi Cover A preview

$2.99 FC 32 pages

Transformers: Beast Wars #2 Roche Cover C previewTransformers: Beast Wars #2 James Raiz Cover B previewTransformers: Beast Wars #2 Guido Guidi Cover ApreviewTRANSFORMERS: BEAST WARS #2 (of 4) Simon Furman (w); Don Figueroa (a); Figueroa, Roche, Raiz, Guidi (c)

The Beast Wars-a timelost series of conflicts on Earth: heroic Maximals pitted against evil Predacons. Deep cover agent Razorbeast is on the run, he and his new Maximal militia hunted by Magmatron and his superior Predacon force. Razorbeast’s only viable play is to get a warning back to Cybertron, and to do that he needs a Transwarp Signal Booster. Where do you find one of those on prehistoric Earth? In Ravage’s downed Transwarp cruiser, that’s where! By Simon Furman and Don Figueroa.

$2.99 FC 32 pages


Brad Mick (w); Pat Lee (a)

The second edition of a long out-of-print Transformers story. Showcasing some of artist extraordinaire Pat Lee’s best work, Transformers: Generation One, Volume Two also features the writing debut of Transformers fanatic Brad Mick.

$19.99 FC 176 pages ISBN: 1-933239-80-8

The Great and Secret Show #1 Cover B preview The Great and Secret Show #1 Cover A previewTHE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW #1 Chris Ryall (w); Gabriel Rodriquez (a & c)

It begins here! A 12-part adaptation of master of horror Clive Barker’s epic journey into the fantastic, The Great and Secret Show. Adapted by Chris Ryall (Shaun of the Dead) and artist Gabriel Rodriguez (Land of the Dead), this debut issue presents the beginning of a battle between good and evil that will span many decades and different dimensions. Issue #1 will feature two special covers by Rodriguez.

$3.99 FC 32 pages


Joss Whedon (w); Jeff Johnson (a & c)

Presenting monthly illustrated scriptbooks based on the very best Angel episodes pulled from its five-season run. Each specially priced 48-page scriptbook will feature the entire shooting script and full-page and spot illustrations from the episode by artist Jeff Johnson. Up first, the very first episode of Angel, “City Of,” scripted by series creator Joss Whedon.

$3.99 B&W 48 pages

Angel: Old Friends #5

Lee Kohse Cover B preview Angel: Old Friends #5 David Messina Cover ApreviewANGEL: OLD FRIENDS #5 (of 5) Jeff Mariotte (w); David Messina (a); Messina, Kohse, Rodriguez, Walks (c)

As Angel: Old Friends screams to a finale, expectations are shattered once again. Can Angel even trust those he’s closest to? Who’s behind the rash of appearances of those he once knew? The vampire with a soul needs to wrap up his twistiest case yet, before he’s left completely on his own-or worse! Written by Angel novelist and comics writer Jeff Mariotte (Angel: The Curse), with full art and colors once again provided by David Messina (Angel: The Curse). Messina also provides the cover, as do variant cover artists Lee Kohse, Tone Rodriguez and Russell Walks.

$3.99 FC 32 pages

Spike vs Dracula #2

Cover B preview Spike vs Dracula #2 Joe Corroney Cover A previewSPIKE VS. DRACULA #2 (of 5) Peter David (w); Joe Corroney (a); Corroney, Wight, Howard, Murphy (c)

In the heat of 1930s Hollywood, Bela Lugosi is giving a live, on-stage performance of his immortal "Dracula." Little does he suspect that the real immortal Dracula wants his performance to be much less than live... and only Spike and a young Ed Wood can stop him!

$3.99 FC 32 pages

Fallen Angel #4 previewFALLEN ANGEL #4 (of 5) Peter David (w); J.K. Woodward (a & c)

This is it: the revelation of the reason that the Fallen Angel fell. And if you want to know how much further she can fall, you must see the desperate underwater struggle fought between herself and the vengeful Malachi.

$3.99 FC 32 pages

Supermarket #2 preview

SUPERMARKET #2 (of 4) Brian Wood (w); Kristian Donaldson (a)

Newly orphaned Pella Suzuki spends a rough night in the big city, a.k.a. "the Supermarket,” wandering the strange streets and coming to grips with the fact her parents were nowhere near the squares she thought they were. A text message from beyond the grave clues her into the details, and a frantic chase through the streets is made much easier by some help from unlikely sources. In this wise-ass world of fast commerce and outlandish crime syndicates, Pella’s got no idea what she’s up against.

$3.99 FC 32 pages

THE KEEP #5 (of 5) F. Paul Wilson (w); Matthew Smith (a & c)

Paul Wilson continues the adaptation of his own novel, with art by Matthew Smith (Hellboy), in the final part of the miniseries. With “He Must Never Leave the Keep!” it all comes together... and it all comes undone. We finally learn the meaning of the crosses that stud the keep’s walls. The contents of the stranger’s mysterious case are revealed. And all the truths about Molasar, the stranger, and the keep are revealed in a horrific, cataclysmic finale in which the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

$3.99 Duotone 32 pages

MASTERS OF HORROR #4 (of 12) Ivan Brandon (w); Dennis Calero (a); Ben Templesmith (c)

The second adaptation of Showtime’s horrific new series concludes here. In part two of “Dreams in the Witch-House,” writer Ivan Brandon (NYC Mech), artist Dennis Calero, and cover artist Ben Templesmith take on horror master H.P. Lovecraft’s classic tale, as envisioned by director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) and his co-writer. Dennis Paoli.

$3.99 FC 32 pages

30 Days of Night: Dead Space #3 preview30 DAYS OF NIGHT: DEAD SPACE #3 of (3) Steve Niles & Dan Wickline (w); Milx (a & c)

The space station has been invaded and the vampires are in control. One by one the humans are being turned into vicious monsters and their time is running out. Can Locke and the handful of remaining crewmembers find a way to warn NASA before Cobb can feast on their blood? And if you’re NASA, what do you do with a multi-billion dollar space station full of the undead? Series creator Steve Niles teams with writer Dan Wickline (Blood-Stained Sword) and artist/painter Milx (Silver Surfer) to bring you the conclusion of this deep space horror epic.

$3.99 FC 32 pages

Silent Hill: Dead/Alive #4
previewSILENT HILL: DEAD/ALIVE #4 (of 5) Scott Ciencin (w); Nick Stakal (a); Stakal, McKeever (c)

Imagine growing up feeling different, always wondering the truth about yourself... then suddenly learning who your parents are and that one may not have even been human-or alive. Fighting for the lives and souls of those he loves on the mist-enshrouded, demon-plagued streets of Silent Hill, Hollywood actor Kenneth Carter is faced with a decision that may turn him from an icon worshiped by millions to a figure of fear known the world over. Can he survive? Ted McKeever once again provides a horrifying cover for this issue, as does interior artist Nick Stakal.

$3.99 FC 32 pages

Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty #5 previewMETAL GEAR SOLID: SONS OF LIBERTY #5 Alex Garner (w); Ashley Wood (a & c)

The saga of Metal Gear Solid continues! Finally, Raiden and Pliskin face off against the terrorist leader of the Sons of Liberty. Is he really Solid Snake, or someone far more sinister? Artist Ashley Wood provides the stunning visuals to accompany Alex Garner’s script, and offers up two more covers as well.

$3.99 FC 32 pages

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POPBOT #7 Ashley Wood & T.P. Louise (w); Ashley Wood (a & c)

Artist Ashley Wood’s beloved creation returns at long last! And while most things in Popbot’s life tend to get complicated, nothing could have prepared him for the all-out Robot War in which he finds himself this time out. Featuring the usual assortment of beautiful oddities that fans the world ‘round have come to expect from the mind and quill of Ashley Wood.

$9.99 FC 48 pages 8-1/2” x 11”

George Romero’s Land of the Dead TPB previewGEORGE ROMERO’S LAND OF THE DEAD TPB Chris Ryall (w) Gabriel Rodriguez (a) Chris Bolton (c)

Presenting a special adaptation of George A. Romero’s long-awaited zombie movie, set years in the future after the end of his Dead trilogy. In Land of the Dead, the walking dead roam an uninhabited wasteland and the living try to lead “normal” lives behind the walls of a fortified city. But outside the city walls, an army of the dead is evolving. Inside, anarchy is on the rise. With the very survival of the city at stake, a group of hardened mercenaries is called into action to protect the living from an army of the dead. Adapted by Chris Ryall (Shaun of the Dead) and Gabriel Rodriguez (CSI: Secret Identity). This special collection features seven new pages of storey and art, comprising a deleted scene from the movie, as well as an art gallery of covers, sample art and more.

$19.99 FC 124 pages ISBN: 1-933239-74-3

Shadowplay TPB previewSHADOWPLAY TPB Amber Benson, Christina Z (w); Ben Templesmith, Ashley Wood (a & c)

This special collection presents the fantastic art of Ashley Wood and Ben Templesmith under one cover. In “Demon Father John’s Pinwheel Blues,” Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Tara) and Ben craft a tale of a syndicate of vampire street children that is turned upside down by new recruit Pinwheel. In “Shunt,” Christina Z and Ash present the tale of the perfect woman, who gives up the perfect life to uncover a heinous human slavery ring run by an elite group of vampires. Vampires who transform their beautiful female victims into the most sensually marketable product. Within the torture and depravity lies a twisted tale of obsessive passion and furious loyalty. Also contained within: a gallery of covers from Wood and Templesmith.

$17.99 FC 104 pages ISBN: 1-933239-44-1

CHICANOS #5 Carlos Trillo (w); Eduardo Risso (a)

The smash European series Chicanos continues! Hard luck detective A.Y. Jalisco recalls her Mexican childhood and the discovery of her private-eye prowess in a case with far-reaching effects on her own family. Meanwhile, her current life in the big city is no walk in the park, either, as her best friend Marita meets a glamorous policewoman that further erodes Jalisco’s self-esteem. Featuring striking art and cover by Eisner-winner Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets).

$3.99 B&W 32 pages

Chicanos ™ and © Strip Art Features, 2005.

Super Bad James Dynomite #2 previewSUPER BAD JAMES DYNOMITE #2 Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans & Xavier Cook, Mitchell Marchand (w); Robert Reed, Darren Huang (a & c)

After gathering info from the streets, Dynomite finds out where Kane’s big shipment is coming in... so he makes his way to Kane’s hideout to take that jive sucka fool down! But it might not be as easy as he thought... will Dynomite do it? Or is it a trap? Read and see, suckas!

$3.99 FC 32 pages