The GeeksverseIDW Previews For 04/20/11

IDW Previews For 04/20/11
Published on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by

IDW has released previews and solicitation text for their books coming out this week.

ARCHIE: A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE TEENAGERS
Various (w) • Bob Montana, Dan DeCarlo, Samm Schwartz, Bob Bolling, more (a) • Bob Montana (c)
The fascinating history, decade by decade, of the major comics company Archie. A behind the scenes look at the creation of Archie, his sexy girlfriends and his pals, Jughead to Reggie. Plus everything you wanted to know about the Golden Age superheroes, and more. Artist and writer bios and tons of rare and unpublished art by masters like Bob Montana, Dan DeCarlo, Samm Schwartz, Bob Bolling, and many more.
HC • PC • $49.99 • 224 Pages • 9.75” x 11.8” • ISBN: 978-1-60010-754-2
TM & © 2010 Archie Comic Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.
Bullet points:
• Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the debut of Archie, “The Mirth of a Nation”!
• This scrumptious, large format coffee table art book reveals the fascinating origins of Archie and his gang, detailing the men behind his creation: John Goldwater and Bob Montana, plus Vic Bloom.
• Generous amounts of rare original art and ephemera, everything from sexy calendar giveaways to matchbook covers, all meticulously reproduced in color.
• Revealing biographies of Archie’s editor Victor Gorelick, the writers land artists like Dan DeCarlo, Harry Lucey, Joe Edwards, Dan Parent, and more. These creative powerhouses have chronicled Archie and, at the same time, the fads and foibles of teenagers through the decades.
• The greatest Archie stories based on the criteria of historical importance, creativity, and Betty and Veronica’s va-va-voom-ness.
• The Top Ten Covers in categories like “Aliens and Monsters,” “Rock ‘n Roll,” “Sexiest,” “Archie Meets the Superheroes,” and “What Th’?!?”, the most bizarre and wacky Archie covers of all time—and there’s some doozies!
• Featured section on each of the top characters: Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Reggie, plus Mr. Weatherbee, Moose, Midge, Chuck, Kevin, and Cheryl Blossom, with details on who they are, when they first appeared, and the essence of their appeal.
• And—revealed at last—the shocking truth about what the “S” on Jughead’s shirt stands for!

BLOOD-STAINED SWORD
Amber Benson, Dan Wickline (w) • Ben Templesmith (a & c)
This collection combines two OG Ben Templesmith artistic outings: the stylized tale of Blood-Stained Sword, written by Dan Wickline, as well as the horrific chills of Demon Father John’s Pinwheel Blues, written by Amber Benson.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 Pages • ISBN: 978-1-60010-897-6

Bullet Points:
• More material to add to your Ben Templesmith library!

DOCTOR WHO: A FAIRYTALE LIFE #1 (OF 4)
Matt Sturges (w) • Kelly Yates (a) • Mark Buckingham (c)
What’s better: an ugly reality or beautiful fantasy? This is the question the Doctor is forced to confront in a medieval fantasy world where Amy finds herself reluctantly cast as a damsel in distress. Matt Sturges, Eisner Award-nominated writer of Jack of Fables, spins this yarn, featuring covers by Mark Buckingham of Miracleman and Fables fame.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Variants:
Amy Mebberson fairy tale cover
Black & White Mark Buckingham Sketch cover

Bullet Points:
• Written by Matt Sturges, Eisner Award-nominated writer of Jack of Fables!
• Covers by Mark Buckingham of Miracleman and Fables fame!
• Art by Kelly Yates of fan-favorite Doctor Who: The Forgotten!
• Ask your retailer how to get the rare Amy Mebberson cover!

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DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #6
John Rogers (w) • Andrea Di Vito, Denis Medri (a) • Tyler Walpole, Denis Medri (c)
The second story arc kicks off here! Learn the origin of Fell’s Four! While stranded in the Feywild, Adric recounts for Tisha how Fell’s Four was born—and almost died the very same day. Join us as John Rogers, Andrea Di Vito bring us a new chapter in their thrilling adventures of swords and sorcery.
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Variants:
Jorge Lucas classic Fantastic Four “homage” variant
Jorge Lucas classic Fantastic Four “homage” black & white sketch variant

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS CLASSICS, VOL. 1
Dan Mishkin, Michael Fleisher (w) • Jan Duursema (a & c)
The classic DC Comics Advanced Dungeons & Dragons series returns to print for the first time! An ancient evil rises and once again threatens the Realms, and only a motley band of adventures can stop it. A surly dwarf warrior and his benevolent centaur companion, a gladiator who survived the arenad, a fallen paladin, and a timid half-elf must somehow find a way to work together if the Realms are going to survive the coming darkness. This action-packed volume collects the first eight issues of the fan-favorite series by writers Michael Fleisher, Dan Mishkin, and artist Jan Duursema.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 200 Pages • ISBN: 978-1-60010-895-2

Bullet Points:
• Back in print after 20 years!

G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO # 165
Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Herb Trimpe, Rod Whigham (c)
The exciting DARK SNAKE EYES saga concludes here! Will Snake Eyes finally defeat Dr. Venom’s programming and return to the Joes? Can even Storm Shadow stop him if he doesn’t? What will be the fate of Billy and the Brainwave Scanner? All these questions and more will be answered in this incredible issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero!
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Variant:
Larry Hama sketch cover

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CLASSIC G.I. JOE, VOL. 11
Larry Hama (w) • MD Bright, Lee Weeks, John Statema, Ron Garney, Randy Emberlin (a) • Jonboy Meyers (c)
CLASSIC G.I. JOE VOL. 11 continues the original run of A REAL AMERICAN HERO, including issues #101–110, featuring stories like “The New Guard,” “Amazing the Welkin,” “Hero of the People,” and “Apparent Conclusions.”
TPB • FC • $24.99 • 240 Pages • ISBN: 978-1-60010-875-4
Expected in-store date: 3/23/2011

Bullet Points:
• Re-mastered, re-colored, and collected for the very first time!

JERICHO #5 (OF 6)
Matthew Federman (w) • Matt Merhoff (a) • Scott West (c)
Jake and Hawkins evade the ASA guards and escape from Loomer Ridge Prison with terrorist John Smith. With the cavalry on their tail, Smith guides Jake and Hawkins to an unlikely place for refuge. Meanwhile, In Jericho, the citizens react to the ASA’s institution of a military draft as Beck is interrogated for his involvement in the death of Major Petrella.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Variant:
Photo cover.

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KILL SHAKESPEARE #10 (OF 12)
Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col (w) • Andy Belanger (a) • Kagan McLeod (c)
All that live must die! As a desperate Hamlet struggles to free himself from Lady Macbeth’s magical trap, the hopelessly outnumbered Prodigals confront the brute strength of Richard III in a battle that will find some of its main players exit the stage… forever!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Recently featured in the New York Times Holiday Gift Guide!

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SUICIDE GIRLS #1 (of 4)
Brea Grant (w) • David Hahn (a) • Cameron Stewart (c)
Sexy, mysterious, and more than a little bit dangerous, the Suicide Girls are about to change what you think beautiful girls can do! This wild adventure pits the SG against a deranged killer and a crazed corporate cabal. Written by writer/actress Brea Grant (We Will Bury You) and drawn by David Hahn (Bite Club)—with covers by Eisner-winner Cameron Stewart (Seaguy)—there will be tattoos, piercings, and a whole lot of butt-kickin’ girls and burlesque. This is not your mother’s pretty-girl comic!
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Variants:
Suicide Girls photo Cover
Signed variant Suicide Girls photo Cover

Bullet Points:
• Plotted by Steve Niles, Missy Suicide, and Brea Grant!
• The Suicide Girls’s first-ever comic series!
• Available variant Suicide Girls photo covers (and interior bio-pictorials) for each issue!
• Eisner-winning artist Cameron Stewart covers on each issue!

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TRANSFORMERS: HEART OF DARKNESS #2
Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning(w) • Ulises Farinas (a) • Farinas, Casey Coller (c)
Galvatron is on the move! With the mystery surrounding Gorlam Prime still unsolved, Cyclonus and Scourge are tasked with helping raise an army! But an army to do what?! Find out as the ROAD TO “CHAOS” finds its first travelers!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Variant:
B&W Ulises Farinas cover

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