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absnd_hc_solicit.jpgABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 3
Written by Neil Gaiman
Art by Various
Cover by Dave McKean
The third volume collecting Neil Gaiman’s seminal, award-winning series starring the Dream King in deluxe format. ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 3 presents several key SANDMAN tales in a slipcased hardcover edition, including “Brief Lives,” in which the Sandman’s sister Delirium prevails upon her older brother to help her find their missing sibling, Destruction. But their journey through the Waking World has dramatic repercussions for their family and also for the relationship between the Sandman and his wayward son, Orpheus. Also included is the spectacular short story “Ramadan,” a tale of a young king of ancient Baghdad and the deal he strikes with The Sandman to grant his city immortality, with spectacular illustrations by P. Craig Russell (Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, The Jungle Book).
Never-before-collected bonus features include pin-up pages from galleries in THE SANDMAN #50 and SANDMAN SPECIAL #1, the Desire story from VERTIGO: WINTER’S EDGE #3, THE ENDLESS GALLERY #1, script and thumbnails from THE SANDMAN #50, and a section on the Endless retail products (poster, statues, t-shirts, Little Endless and more)! Plus, an introduction by artist Jill Thompson.
Advance-solicited; on sale May 28 • 8.25” x 12.5” • 616 pages, FC, $99.00 US

ylia-cv1_solicit.jpgYOUNG LIARS #1
Written by David Lapham
Art and cover by Lapham
Indie comics auteur and SILVERFISH creator David Lapham hasn’t embarked on a monthly series since STRAY BULLETS, his magnum opus that garnered industry awards and international acclaim. Now Lapham’s back with YOUNG LIARS, his first full-color monthly series, about a group of misfits and their desperate attempt to salvage their crushed dreams.
“I haven’t had this much fun since my Uncle Chuck took me on a crime spree in the fourth grade.” — David Lapham
At the core of YOUNG LIARS is the disturbing relationship between Danny Noonan, a habitual liar and crap guitar player from Texas, and Sadie Dawkins, the object of his desire. Sadie was a poor little rich girl until a bullet lodged in her brain turned her into an adrenaline junkie who only listens to Danny.
But who shot Sadie is only part of the mystery that drives YOUNG LIARS, from the twisted club scene of lower Manhattan to absurdist hijinx on the high seas. And from the hot shores of Ibiza to the haunted castles of Spain, Danny, Sadie and their entourage of losers will run from poorly disguised assassins, demented billionaires, and psychotic midgets — not to mention each other — in an absurd quest to get rich and famous. Or kill each other trying. YOUNG LIARS will provide relentless action, suspense, sex and murder in the way that only David Lapham can deliver.
A sneak peek will run in DMZ #28. Watch for a graphic trailer at dccomics.com.
On sale March 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

gstq_tpb_solicit.jpgGOD SAVE THE QUEEN SC
Written by Mike Carey
Art and cover by John Bolton
“Bolton’s (FABLES) fully painted panels are vivid and alluring…a treat for any fan of the fantastic.” — Publishers Weekly
Don’t miss this all-new softcover edition of the acclaimed original graphic novel that reunited the team of writer Mike Carey (CROSSING MIDNIGHT, LUCIFER) and renowned fantasy painter John Bolton (FABLES: 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL, THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THE FURIES). Bolton’s lush palette perfectly captures both the lurid underbelly of modern London and the haunting elegance of Faerie in a dark, compelling tale of decadence and desire that echoes the epic scope of BOOKS OF MAGIC and THE SANDMAN.
Set in both North London and the Faerie kingdom, GOD SAVE THE QUEEN tells the story of a rebellious teenager who falls in with a group of slacker faeries. She discovers that for faeries, the ultimate rush is Red Horse, a drug made from heroin and human blood. It’s a dangerous high, and when she gets hooked she’s drawn into a civil war that becomes a struggle to the death between Queen Titania and her predecessor, Queen Mab.
Advance-solicited; on sale April 2 • 96 pg, FC, $12.99 US
MATURE READERS

100b-cv89_solicit.jpg100 BULLETS #89
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Eduardo Risso
Cover by Dave Johnson
The final story arc of the series begins here! With all his soldiers in place and his final plan in motion, Agent Graves finally has a chance to kick back and enjoy his success — but is the cork-popping premature? And where does a south-side Chicago crime syndicate fit into the plan?
On sale March 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

crosmid-cv17_solicit.jpgCROSSING MIDNIGHT #17
Written by Mike Carey
Art by Jim Fern & Jose Villarrubia
Cover by J.H. Williams III
The epic war against Lord Aratsu finally begins in Part 1 of “The Blade in the Soul.” Rinjin introduces his new general Kai to an army of kamis and spirits. But the boy’s biggest challenge might be his first date with Loretta…
On sale March 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERSe

fabl-cv71_solicit.jpgFABLES #71
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Mark Buckingham & Steve Leialoha
Cover by James Jean
Part 1 of the 2-part “Skulduggery.” Fabletown’s own cloak-and-dagger expert Cinderella is back in action! This time she’s on a secret assignment down south — way down south — doing a nasty little job to pay off a debt she owes to Frau Totenkinder. All she needs to do is find a small package and deliver it to Fabletown. Unfortunately, the forces of the Empire are after the same prize and they’ve hauled out the guns and bombs to make sure they’re the only ones who succeed.
On sale March 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
MATURE READERS

jack-cv21_solicit.jpgJACK OF FABLES #21
Written by Bill Willingham & Matthew Sturges
Art by Tony Akins
Cover by Zachary Baldus
Jack’s sidekick Gary — the Pathetic Fallacy — takes center stage in the Golden Boughs Theatrical Society’s production of Hamlet! With: Alice as Ophelia, a pair of squash rackets as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and Wicked John as Laertes! But who’s using the play as cover for an escape attempt? Find out in this thrilling issue that even your freshman Lit professor would be proud of! Note: This issue may contain streaking.
On sale March 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
MATURE READERS

exter-cv27_solicit.jpgTHE EXTERMINATORS #27
Written by Simon Oliver
Art by John Lucas
Cover by Tony Moore
John Lucas provides guest art for the stand-alone story “Raising Ché.” The teen years are tough for Mrs. Perez’s newly adolescent son Danielo. His first girlfriend awakens an emerging sense of his Latino identity and quickly draws him way over his head into her dangerous world. Now it’s up to Henry James to help Mrs. Perez rescue her son again.
On sale March 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

THE EXTERMINATORS VOL. 4: CROSSFIRE AND COLLATERAL TP
Written by Simon Oliver
Art by Darick Robertson, Ty Templeton and John Lucas
Cover by Tony Moore
Collecting issues #17-23 of the acclaimed series! In this volume, with art by Darick Robertson (TRANSMETROPLITAN), the Bug Bee Gone gang faces an invasion of the giant, killer cockroaches known as the Mayan Hisser.
Advance-solicited; on sale April 30 • 168 pg, FC, $14.99 US • MATURE READERS

dmz-cv29_solicit.jpgDMZ #29
Written by Brian Wood
Art by Riccardo Burchielli
Cover by Wood
“Blood in the Game,” Part 1 of 6. As yet another round of reconciliation talks begin between the U.S. government and the Free States, a new player emerges, combining political charisma and military cunning. Could the DMZ’s answer to Ché Guevara be the key to healing the DMZ, or does he have other intentions?
On sale March 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

hlb-cv242_solicit.jpgHELLBLAZER #242
Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Leonardo Manco
Cover by Glenn Fabry
“The Laughing Magician” Part 3 of 3. John Constantine had it bad enough when he had a bloodthirsty African warlord and the powerful, unknown entity behind the Hunger Hill suicides after him, but when they team-up, things can only get worse – especially when the true “Laughing Magician” is finally revealed.
On sale March 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

lvls-cv23_solicit.jpgLOVELESS #23
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Danijel Zezelj
Cover by Marcelo Frusin
In this issue, which takes place at the turn of the century, we check in with Jasper, the once gangly kid and object of Wes Cutter’s ridicule, now one of the few remaining witnesses to the rise and fall of the town of Blackwater.
On sale March 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

sclpd-cv15_solicit.jpgSCALPED #15
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by R.M. Guera
Cover by Jock
“Dead Mothers” Part 3 of 5. Officer Dash Bad Horse’s murder investigation is going nowhere, even before the arrival of the mysterious and deadly Mr. Brass and his little black bag of pain. Has Brass come to aid in the investigation or to shut it down?
On sale March 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

nldrs-cv4_solicit.jpgNORTHLANDERS #4
Written by Brian Wood
Art by Davide Gianfelice
Cover by Massimo Carnevale
After suffering under Sven’s one-man terrorist campaign, Gorm and Hakkar get it together and retaliate, sending Sven into the hills with an unlikely companion. But what brings him back out is much, much worse…express delivered from Constantinople.
On sale March 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

UN-MEN VOL. 1: GET YOUR FREAK ON TP
Written by John Whalen
Art by Mike Hawthorne
Cover by Tomer Hanuka
“Uniquely entertaining…wholly original…a fantastically dark world. I was sucked into it from the moment I opened the first issue.”
— Ain’tItCoolNews.com
Breakout writer John Whalen and Eisner-nominated artist Mike Hawthorne (THE EXTERMINATORS, Queen and Country) bring chilling new life to THE UN-MEN — the former SWAMP THING adversaries created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson — in this volume collecting the first five issues of the new series that explores what it means to be a freak in a society filled with gawkers.
After a sideshow attraction called “The Gill-Boy” is murdered, an albino agent known as Kilcrop is dispatched by the government to solve the case. To uncover the truth, Kilcrop must infiltrate Aberrance, where society’s most misshapen outcasts find their own kind of freedom.
Advance-solicited; on sale April 9 • 128 pg, FC, $9.99 US
MATURE READERS

unm-cv8_solicit.jpgTHE UN-MEN #8
Written by John Whalen
Art by Mike Hawthorne
Cover by Tomer Hanuka
Part 2 of “Children of Paradox.” Inkabod reveals the source of his skin-crawling condition and his tale has Cranius a little too interested. Could this strange affliction be somehow linked to the origin of the Un-Men themselves? Possibly, but Kilcrop and Niko have stranger things to deal with.
On sale March 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

vugr-cv6_solicit.jpgTHE VINYL UNDERGROUND #6
Written by Si Spencer
Art by Simon Gane & Cameron Stewart
Cover by Sean Phillips
New story arc! The UK’s hottest occult detectives continue their solving spree with a gruesome discovery in a cemetery. Pretty young dead things, ritual killings of the lowest and highest echelons of London society and people-trafficking feature predominantly in the series that mania.com says “…feels like Hellblazer meets The Mod Squad…Its compelling characters, vivid settings, and delicious mysteries set the stage for another fantastic ongoing from Vertigo.”
On sale March 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS