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ECCC 09: Emerald City ComiCon Is Fast Approaching

In just a little over a month and change, the biggest comic book convention in the Northwest returns to Seattle. The weekend of April 4th and 5th sees the seventh annual Emerald City ComiCon returning to the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. Just like last year, Pop Culture Zoo will be covering the Con with all the breaking news, panel reports and a long box full of interviews. Here’s a brief rundown of all the coolness lined up so far:

Exclusives
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MONSTERS & DAMES CHARITY ARTBOOK

A 9″ x 12″ full-color 48-page hardcover artbook featuring original contributions from many of the convention guests, including Frank Cho, Tommy Lee Edwards, Kieron Dwyer, Bruce Timm and many more!

The cover is by Frank Cho, with colors by Nathan Fairbairn and a logo by Richard Starkings of Comicraft. It is limited to 850 individually numbered copies and part of the proceeds from will benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital, a premier child health care and pediatric center and recognized as one of the leading US hospitals for children. You can pick it up for $25.00 at the ECCC show booth #604.

 

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HELLBOY AND THE TROLL PRINT

Illustrated by Mike Mignola, this print, limited to 250 signed pieces, features Hellboy at one of Seattle’s well known landmarks and is colored by Dave Stewart. Also $25.00 and available at the ECCC show booth #604

 

 

 

 

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SEATTLE COMMUTE PRINT

Created exclusively for the 2009 Emerald City ComiCon, Daniel m. Davis has illustrated a print featuring a vista of a steampunk alt-Seattle. Limited to only 33 pieces, each numbered by the artist, and printed on matte paper for $15.00 each, plus Daniel will be on hand all weekend at the Steam Crow Press booth (#205) to sign this print.

 

 

Media Guests
Jewel Staite (Firefly, Stargate Atlantis)
Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse)
Ray Park (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra)
Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Author, Uber-Geek)
Noel Neill (The Adventures of Superman)
Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League: Unlimited)
Doug Sneyd
Gris Grimly
Mike Mignola
Tim Sale

There are many, many more guests from the world of comic books. Check here for the constantly updated list!

This year’s show is already shaping up to be bigger than last year. Keep checking back with PCZ and we will have more leading up to the show as well as our full coverage during the weekend. Stay tuned!

Dark Horse Comics For April 2009

Dark Horse Comics sent Pop Culture Zoo their full solicitations for comics, books and products shipping in April 2009.

 

aliens2009_1ALIENS #1 (of 4)

John Arcudi (W), Zach Howard (P/Cover), and Mark Irwin (I)

On sale May 27
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries

A group of wildcat planetary prospectors plant their flag on a distant new world, rich in land, resources . . . and mystery. Within this seemingly uninhabited planet lies the greatest archaeological discovery in history, an ancient, abandoned complex of impossible proportions carved deep within the living rock, a mind-numbing labyrinth of passages, ramps, bridges, and galleries that seems to extend limitlessly. But as the exploration of the leviathan dead city proceeds deeper and deeper, the members of the team slowly begin to lose their grip on reality. But madness gives way to fear as the explorers begin to disappear one by one. Something else lives within the necropolis, a faceless horror as deadly and merciless as space itself, a lethal terror that has waited centuries to awake . . . and destroy.

At long last, Dark Horse Comics heralds the return of the heavyweight champion of modern science-fiction/horror, Aliens!

• Aliens #1 is the first act in the relaunch of all three classic Dark Horse/Fox comics series. The release of Aliens #1 will coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the Ridley Scott-helmed film masterpiece, Alien, and will be preceded by an Aliens/Predator special for Free Comic Book Day!

• Featuring the top-flight creative team of writer John Arcudi (The Mask, B.P.R.D., Doom Patrol), penciller Zach Howard (Sean of the Dead, Outer Orbit), and inker Mark Irwin (X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, Batman, Amazing Spider-Man).

• Special advance solicitation!

 

amazon2THE AMAZON #2 (of 3)

Steven T. Seagle (W), Tim Sale (A), and Matt Hollingsworth (C)

On sale Apr 8
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries

Dark Horse’s superior twentieth anniversary re-presentation of acclaimed writer Steven T. Seagle and superstar artist Tim Sale’s eco-series of man, machine, magic, and Mother Nature continues!

Reporter Malcolm Hillard’s journey into the Amazon Jungle takes him deeper into the mystery of a missing American worker and the sabotage of a timber company that followed. The clues lead him to the Jatapu tribe, whose belief in a powerful Amazon spirit may hold the key to the mystery. Drugged and alone in the jungle, Malcolm comes face to face with the answers, but they aren’t the ones he expects.

• This remastered edition is scanned from Tim Sale’s original artwork and recolored by Matt Hollingsworth, with a new cover by Sale and Dave Stewart!

• Featuring a behind-the-scenes conversation between Seagle and Sale about the history of the project and the current state of the Amazon jungle.

 

bettieleopardmugBETTIE PAGE LEOPARD MUG

On sale May 27
11 oz. mug
$12.99

We were saddened to learn of the passing of our favorite glamour girl, Bettie Page. Dark Horse has made well over one hundred licensed products using Bettie. While we have always tried to bring the same sense of fun to these items that Bettie herself brought to her photography sessions, we have tried at the same time show our respect for her.

We have taken one of Bunny Yeager’s best photographs of our longtime muse and inspiration, infused it with color, and applied it to a high-quality coffee mug.

What can we say? It’s just another classy item from Dark Horse Deluxe. This joins our stellar array of fine Bettie Page collectibles.

Warning: The material used as colored decorations on the exterior of this product contains lead and/or cadmium, chemicals known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

 

bprdblackgoddess4B.P.R.D.: THE BLACK GODDESS #4 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Guy Davis (A), Dave Stewart (C), and
Kevin Nowlan (Cover)

On sale Apr 8
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

Outside Memnan Saa’s sanctum, two armies of monsters clash over the fate of the world; within, the B.P.R.D. can only watch as Saa’s machinations continue to unfold around them, building up to an apocalyptic climax with Liz at its core.

Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, and drawn by Guy Davis, B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess is the second of three arcs pulling together threads from the beginning of the series—and leaving the B.P.R.D. and the world forever changed.

 

buffy24BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #24

Jim Krueger (W), Cliff Richards (P), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), Jo Chen (Cover), and Georges Jeanty (Cover)

On sale Apr 1
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Faith. Giles. Let’s catch up!

In an amazing one-shot issue, the esteemed Jim Krueger—whose works include Avengers/Invaders, Earth X, Justice, and multiple original series—fleshes out the go-to girl for dirty deeds, Faith, and her new partner, Giles. After her last thankless escapade, where she put a stop to Buffy-hunting Slayer and kindred spirit Lady Gigi, Faith decided that though she’s determined to be finished with bloodshed, she’s not ready to leave misguided Slayers (like Gigi) with nowhere to turn. Fast-forward to the present . . . bloodshed still abounds, and the Faith-and-Giles team is still finding out what it really means to help those chosen to slay . . .

Executive Produced by Joss Whedon!

 

buffyomnibus7BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER OMNIBUS VOLUME 7

Tom Fassbender (W), Jim Pascoe (W), Christopher Golden (W), Cliff Richards (A), Paul Lee (A), Eric Powell (A), and others

On sale June 3
FC, 408 pages
$24.95
TPB, 6″ x 9″

Buffy’s emotions run high after the tragic loss of her mother, but she still fights. She struggles with blood-starved vamps from another dimension and swarms of green demon children with a penchant for nibbling on faces, and, as barriers between alternate realities erode, nightmare versions of friends and long-dead enemies must be dealt with. Then Buffy’s own death—having sacrificed herself for Dawn—takes a toll on the Scoobies, as they deal with demons and crazed forest creatures in a tale by Amber Benson (“Tara”) and Christopher Golden. When Buffy is restored to life, she undertakes a secret mission with Angel, and all the loose ends are tied up with Buffy’s trip to hell, bringing an end to an amazing four-year run of Buffy comics.

• The Buffy Omnibus books collect the earliest Buffy comics and are an excellent precursor to Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight series.

• The first four volumes of the Dark Horse Buffy Omnibus series have sold over 100,000 copies!

• “There’s plenty of humor and action here. Lots of strange (and strangely fun) violence. And, for Slayer fans, Omnibus is an opportunity to run down memory lane and relive those early, exciting Slayer days.” — comicbookbin.com

 

conancimmerian10CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #10

Timothy Truman (W), Tomás Giorello (P), José Villarrubia (C), and Joseph Michael Linsner (Cover)

On sale Apr 15
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

As the “Black Colossus” story arc continues, this issue focuses on Natohk, as he builds his army of desert tribesmen, bloodthirsty nomads, and demons to begin his invasion of Hyboria! Natohk has his sights set on the border city of Khoraja first, and he sends his fearsome horde to take it and begin their full assault on Koth—a country filled with petty, quarreling rulers. Heading toward Khoraja with the rest of Amalric’s mercenaries, Conan is still learning the ways of military discipline and strategy, impressing his leader while also making some enemies among Amalric’s foot soldiers. Princess Yasmela is Khoraja’s remaining sovereign. Haunted by terrifying apparitions and demonic visits, she prays to Mitra for help as Natohk’s forces near her war-torn country and her near-defenseless city.

• A Wizard magazine “Best New Series of 2008” pick!

 

conantpb7cimmeriaCONAN VOLUME 7: CIMMERIA

Timothy Truman (W), Tomás Giorello (P), Richard Corben (P), and José Villarrubia (C)

On sale June 24
FC, 192 pages
$17.95
TPB, 7″ x 10″

On sale June 3
FC, 192 pages
$24.95
HC, 7″ x 10″

Conan volume 7: Cimmeria marks a transitional period in young Conan’s life, as he spurns civilization—with its turncoats and legal trappings—and returns to the beloved, brutal country of Cimmeria, where he was born and raised. The dangers found in the snowy mountain passes of his barbaric homeland are a welcome change from the mind games and treachery Conan encountered in the cities of the East, but there are unfortunate lessons in treachery to be learned here, too. When a tentative truce with the Aesir is threatened by the actions of Caollan, the first woman Conan ever loved, Conan again finds himself at the heart of a larger conflict that will test not only his physical strength and cunning mind—but his passionate heart as well.

• “(Truman) goes back to the same historical and mythical source material Howard must have used and mines it to expand on what Howard already did. Now that’s the way to put your stamp on a Howard tale. As a result, this reeks of Robert E. Howard influence. There is blood and there is fire . . . there is death and despair and indomitable will. Basically, everything you could want from a Conan story.” —ComicsBulletin.com

• The hardcover version is a direct market exclusive of the trade-paperback collection, printed to initial orders only!

 

creepyv4CREEPY ARCHIVES VOLUME 4

Various (W/A)

On sale June 24
b&w, 240 pages
$49.95
HC, 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8″

Pulpy, smart, and scary, the stories in Creepy constituted some of the best short-form horror fiction ever told in comics. With legendary comics writer/editor Archie Goodwin both editing the magazine and crafting most of its storytelling, Creepy was at once a newsstand favorite with fright fans, and a vaunted showcase of fine comics art for serious fans of the art form. For decades, the only sources for these stories were the expensive collectible original issues. Now Dark Horse is collecting all of the original material from the history of Creepy magazine into a hardcover archive library that is garnering rave reviews from fans and critics alike!

• “ . . . this superlatively packaged Creepy Archives hardcover is a fine dénouement for fans of EC and comics history.” – Boston Weekly Dig

• Grab your bleeding glasses and crack open this fourth big volume, collecting Creepy issues #16-#20.

 

dhcamanomug1dhcamanomug2DARK HORSE/AMANO MUG

On sale May 27
11 oz. mug
$9.99

Mr. Yoshitaka Amano gave us his interpretation of the Dark Horse logo earlier in the year and it was elegantly applied to a limited poster and lithograph. We have taken this same piece of art and placed it on a new Dark Horse mug, yellow on the outside, black on the inside, with the company logo on the opposite side. The perfect thing to show off your love of comics!

Warning: The material used as colored decorations on the exterior of this product contains lead and/or cadmium, chemicals known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

 

dragoneroDRAGONERO

Luca Enoch (W), Stefano Vietti (W), and Giuseppe Matteoni (A)

On sale June 10
b&w, 296 pages
$19.95
TPB, 6 1/4″ x 8 1/4″

Beyond the civilized lands of Erondàr, the Stone Towers are crumbling. The great monoliths are falling one after another under the wild thrusts of an evil force. The Ancient Prohibition that binds the Abominables inside their dark world is soon to be broken.

Alben the Wizard knows what must be done. He will send for Myrva, a young follower of the powerful Technocrats; he will choose Ecuba, the fighting nun, to protect him; and he will call back Ian Aranill, a former Empire officer—followed by Gmor the Orc, his loyal friend—to use his scouting experience.

Together they will face the Painers, the evil beings who still live in the barren Dragonlands. Can Ian prevail against the last, horrible threat they will be facing?

• Dragonero is a brand-new stand-alone graphic novel in the spirit of Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.

• Dragonero is published in conjunction with Bonelli Comics, publishers of such hit series as Dylan Dog and Martin Mystery, also available from Dark Horse.

 

empoweredv5EMPOWERED VOLUME 5

Adam Warren (W/A)

On sale June 3
b&w, 208 pages
$14.95
TPB, 6 1/2″ x 9″

After saving much of the superhero community from certain doom, costumed crime fighter Empowered is dismayed to find that, in the suspicious eyes of her caped colleagues, she’s gone from being merely a “pair of training wheels for supervillains” to possibly being a closeted supervillain herself! Worse yet, she’s wrestling with envy and resentment that her roommate Ninjette and boyfriend Thugboy are now more popular in masks-and-tights circles than she is! Meanwhile, our stressed-out superheroine must also unravel an alien-spawned body-image conspiracy, overcome “cosplay” dress-up disasters at work and in bed, and try to survive a potentially lethal confrontation with her teammate Sistah Spooky!

• Empowered Vol. 1 is already in its fourth printing!

• Adam Warren’s work on The Dirty Pair is well known to U.S. comics readers.

 

fistfulrocknrollFISTFUL OF ROCK & ROLL: 21ST CENTURY ROCK POSTER ART

Sal Canzonieri (W) and Various (A)

On sale June 10
FC, 400 pages
$29.95
TPB, 8 1/2″ x 11″

Hot on the hellish heels of Sal Canzonieri’s Electric Frankenstein! High Energy Punk Rock & Roll Poster Art comes an even more blasphemous blast of raw poster power, A Fistful of Rock & Roll: 21st Century Rock & Roll Poster Art. A brain-frying collection nearly as big as a Marshall stack, A Fistful of Rock & Roll is an up-to-the-minute
cross-section of today’s booming rock-poster scene, showcasing hundreds of works by top poster artists from every dive, hellhole, dungeon, and landfill from sea to shining sea, creating a deafening visual tribute to just about every goddamn cool band you can imagine!

• Fistful of Rock & Roll includes posters from some of the top live rock acts in the history of popular music, including The Cramps, The Hives, Iggy Pop, Velvet Revolver, James Brown, Ministry, High on Fire, Misfits, Motorhead, Ramones, Rob Zombie, and hundreds more!

• Fistful of Rock & Roll features poster art and other graven images from a virtual who’s-who of the rock art scene, including Johnny Ace, Mark Arminski, R. Black, Guy Burwell, Steven Cerio, Art Chantry, Brian Ewing, Alan Forbes, Derek Hess, Gilbert Hernandez, Lindsay Kuhn, Bob Masse, Tara McPherson, Shepard Fairey, Print Mafia, and Stainboy, to name but a few.

• Includes forewords by underground cartoonist/poster-art legend The Mad Peck and modern psychedelic-art superstar Steven Cerio.

 

gantzv6GANTZ VOLUME 6

Hiroya Oku (W/A)

On sale June 24
b&w, 228 pages
$12.95
TPB, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″

Life is complicated for Kei Kurono, possibly the horniest teen in Tokyo. So far he’s had to deal with sleeping next to a sad but excessively cute and endowed girl who asked to be his “pet”; the fact that he’s apparently really a fax copy of himself—the real version having died in the first volume; and falling out of the sky after being dropped by some sort of alien eagle.

• “Drawn with eye-popping realism, Oku’s scenes range from infanticide to bestiality to painful adolescent awkwardness, raising standard geek fare to a new level of sophistication.” —Entertainment Weekly

• Each volume of Gantz comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

 

grisgrimlyjournalGRIS GRIMLY JOURNAL

On sale May 27
5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ spiral-bound journal
$9.99

Dark Horse is proud to present an all-new journal from the monstrously talented illustrator Gris Grimly. Originally recognized for his dark, yet humorous, illustrations for young readers, his interpretive visions have now captured attention and recognition for his full resume of work. Recently Gris has teamed up with Neil Gaiman on illustrating the children’s book The Dangerous Alphabet, as well as with Dark Horse, doing the cover art for The Goon #27.

 

kull6KULL #6 (of 6)

Arvid Nelson (W), Will Conrad (P/Cover), and José Villarrubia (C)

On sale Apr 1
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

At odds with a dangerous Valusian cult, Kull attempts to use guile and diplomacy—instead of brute force—in an attempt to save Pict leader Ka-nu’s life and crush the devious Serpent Cult’s schemes. Another Pict ally, the headstrong, stealthy Brule, infiltrates the Tower of the Great Serpent against Kull’s wishes. Brule is on an assassination mission of his own making, and stealing a powerful, sought-after gem from the stronghold would be an added bonus—and would bring the wrath of the vicious, shape-changing snake-men to Kull’s front door! Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi, Zero Killer), Will Conrad (Serenity, Conan and the Midnight God), and José Villarrubia (Conan the Cimmerian, Ghost Rider) expand upon the events in Robert E. Howard’s short story “The Shadow Kingdom” and conclude Dark Horse’s first Kull series.

“Perfectly depicting the two sides of the Valusian King, Nelson understands that when you bring to life a Howard story you need to keep the feelings that the original tales evoked. Needless to say, a strong story can’t stand alone in the sequential world—Will Conrad’s beautiful style completes this tale . . . I couldn’t be happier with the pairing of Nelson and Conrad on this title. Dark Horse has once again proven to me that they are the kings of Howard’s works.” —comicsbulletin.com

 

mpdpsychov9MPD-PSYCHO VOLUME 9

Eiji Otsuka (W) and Sho-u Tajima (A)

On sale June 3
b&w, 208 pages
$12.95
TPB, 5″ x 7″

As the mysteries surrounding the devious Gakuso Society and the “eyeball murderers” continue to unravel, multiple personality detective Kazuhiko Amamiya seems to have returned from the grave, taking control of the Nishizono clone! Or is this just a ploy for young Tetora to negotiate his release and go off on another killing spree? The thickest MPD-Psycho volume yet brings us over two hundred pages of colorful characters, bizarre deaths, and horrific twists and turns. Lucy Monostone’s descendant, a former Gakuso scientist who has a strange, mystical power over people’s minds, joins the Isono Criminal Research staff, enraging the bitter, bumbling police detective Sasayama, but perhaps providing clues that Sasayama needs to solve the new “angel cult” murders. With its main characters evolving—for better or worse—and new faces coming to the forefront, this inventive manga series continues to earn its reputation as one of the most controversial, violent, and engaging modern crime sagas.

• Each volume of MPD-Psycho comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

 

gaimanpresentstwilightNEIL GAIMAN PRESENTS: THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS AND OTHER TALES

Richard Garnett (W) and Henry Keen (A)

On sale June 10
b&w, 288 pages
$12.95
Novel, 5 1/4″ x 8″

The Twilight of the Gods and Other Tales captures, in twenty-eight breathtaking stories, an epic range of adventures. From “Madam Lucifer,” in which the fallen angel Lucifer plays a fateful game of chess for the soul of Man, to the title story of the collection, which details what might have become of Prometheus—chained to the rocky crags of the Caucasus for the theft of the knowledge of fire from Zeus—if he were to be freed from his eternal prison, the stories here are ones of tragedy, humor, and magic.

• The Neil Gaiman Presents program will be devoted to returning to print long-unavailable works in affordable paperback editions personally selected by Gaiman. Each book will carry a new introduction by Gaiman, speaking to the reasons why he selected the book for this line, as well as how the book influenced him over the years.

• The initial six titles in the Neil Gaiman Presents line specifically deal with the subject of gods and mythology and brings back for today’s readers wonderful books that have drifted out of print or been overlooked or forgotten.

 

neongenevangelion1NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: THE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT VOLUME 1

Osamu Takahashi (W/A)

On sale June 10
b&w, 184 pages
$9.95
TPB, 5″ x 7″

Stunning, hotheaded Asuka Langley Soryu has been friends with Shinji Ikari since they were little. And she always sort of assumed they’d stay together—until the day the beautiful, brilliant Rei Ayanami showed up in class! When Shinji starts to get curious about Rei, Asuka needs to figure out if she wants to be just friends with Shinji, or something more. But why are so many people keeping an eye on these relationships—people like homeroom teacher Misato, school nurse Ritsuko, and Shinji’s mother—NERV’s chief scientist, Yui Ikari . . . ?

• Since it first hit Japanese TV screens in 1995, the multimedia Neon Genesis Evangelion phenomenon has never faded. The most talked-about anime series of the 1990s, its legend only spread further in the last decade with the North American release of the Evangelion series on DVD and its subsequent airing on Adult Swim. Now Evangelion is in full-fledged revival, with a brand-new tetralogy of movies planned entitled Rebuild of Evangelion. The first film out, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, the top-selling anime DVD release of 2008 in Japan, moved 219,000 copies in just its premiere week!

• Each volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion features bonus color pages, your Evangelion fan art and letters, and special reader giveaways!

 

ohmygoddessv12OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 12

Kosuke Fujishima (W/A)

On sale June 24
b&w, 200 pages
$10.95
TPB, 5 1/8″ x 7 3/16″

Ever since a cosmic phone call brought the literal young goddess Belldandy into college student Keiichi’s residence, his personal life has been turned upside down, sideways, and sometimes even into strange dimensions!

Maybe you think Peorth couldn’t cause any more trouble—well, think again! Determined to provide Keiichi “better service” than Belldandy, she’s dragging him out on a date . . . having studied human mating customs through shojo manga! But what is the secret slight that truly drives Peorth’s efforts against her rival?

• Features six pages of color, Mini-Goddess strips, a message from creator Kosuke Fujishima, and your fan art and letters!

 

playboytrumpPLAYBOY’S TRUMP! THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

Harvey Kurtzman (W/A) and Various (W/A)

On sale June 17
FC, 144 pages
$19.95
TPB, 8 1/2″ x 11″

Launched in January 1957 by Harvey Kurtzman and Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner, Trump partnered Kurtzman with many of his “usual gang of idiots” from his time at Mad—famous humor artists such as Jack Davis, Al Jaffee, and Wally Wood. They were joined by such dynamic humorists as Arnold Roth, comedians Mel Brooks and Doodles Weaver, and TV writer and novelist Max Shulman (creator of the character Dobie Gillis, who appeared in dozens of stories, a movie, and the popular TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis). Though it lasted only two issues, this first effort after Kurtzman’s historic split from Mad was the breeding ground for the magazines Humbug and Help!—and would ultimately lead to the more than thirty-year run of Kurtzman and Will Elder’s landmark character Little Annie Fanny in the pages of Playboy magazine.

• Trump! reprints the only two issues of the magazine, released in January and March of 1957.

• Trump! features the contributions of the following artists and writers: Harvey Kurtzman, Harry Chester, Jack Davis, Will Elder, Al Jaffee, Wally Wood, Arnold Roth, Russ Heath, Mel Brooks, Doodles Weaver, Max Shulman, and many others.

• A major retrospective on Kurtzman’s career, The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics, is due for release in April from Abrams ComicArts.

 

rexmundi17REX MUNDI #17

Arvid Nelson (W) and Juan Ferreyra (A/Cover)

On sale Apr 15
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Genevieve is dead, and Julien is next on Lorraine’s hit list. Once Lorraine kills him, his vengeance will be complete. But at what cost to his own sanity? Julien might think he’s uncovered the deepest mysteries of the Holy Grail, but no one—not even Lorraine himself—is prepared for the shocking truth.

Meanwhile, Moricant has been dead for three days. His lonely grave overlooks the smoking ruins of the village of the Grail . . .

A desperate fight, a tearful reunion, and even a few miracles await!

 

sagaofsolomonkaneTHE SAGA OF SOLOMON KANE

Robert E. Howard (W), Roy Thomas (W), Don Glut (W), David Wenzel (P), Howard Chaykin (P), Alan Weiss (P), Steve Carr (P), Neal Adams (I), Al Williamson (I), Bill Wray (I), and others

On sale June 3
b&w, 416 pages
$19.95
TPB, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″

From his pulp-fiction origins in Weird Tales to his latest Dark Horse incarnation, Robert E. Howard’s sixteenth-century Puritan adventurer has captured the imaginations of readers for decades. Now all of the Savage Sword of Conan short stories from the 1970s are collected for the first time: equal parts comics adaptations of Howard’s formative tales and inspired new chapters from venerable scribes Roy Thomas (Conan the Barbarian) and Don Glut (Kull the Destroyer)! Follow along Kane’s restless travels with pistol and rapier as he is compelled to be a weapon of God, ridding the world of evil wherever it may be found—from the jungles of Africa to the high seas, and whether cannibal, demon, vampire, or pirate!

• A fantastic companion volume to Dark Horse’s best-selling Savage Sword of Conan omnibus series!

• Contains short stories from various Savage Sword of Conan and Conan Saga issues, and from Kull and the Barbarians #2 and #3, Marvel Preview #19, Monsters Unleashed, and Dracula Lives.

 

shamanwarriorv7SHAMAN WARRIOR VOLUME 7

Park Joong-Ki (W/A)

On sale June 3
b&w, 200 pages
$12.95
TPB, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/4″

The corrupt forces of the Kugai Empire have sworn to destroy all shaman warriors, the mystical, animalistic killing machines who once led their armies. With her hereditary powers still untapped, Yaki holds her own, and her sword-fighting and stealthy assassin skills help her carve a bloody path to the heartless general who ordered the death of her father—the great shaman leader Yarong. Picking up right where our last volume’s cliffhanger left us, Batu’s showdown with Yuda—the Death Lord who defeated Yarong—reaches its explosive conclusion, and Nejo claws his way from the grave to a dangerous desert town in his search for Yaki.

• Visit darkhorse.com for a free extended preview of Shaman Warrior volume 1!

• One of the best-selling manhwa epics of all time, Shaman Warrior won the Korean Culture & Content Agency’s 2006 “Best Manhwa of the Year” award!

 

sinfestv1SINFEST VOLUME 1

Tatsuya Ishida (W/A)

On sale June 17
b&w, 208 pages
$14.95
TPB, 8 1/4″ x 9 3/4″

AT LAST! “The webcomic to end all webcomics” has landed at Dark Horse, and we’re starting the collections at the beginning! Sinfest is one of the most-read and longest-running webcomics out there, and explores religion, advertising, sex, and politics in a way fleen.com calls “both brutally funny and devastatingly on-target.” In an era when most syndicated newspaper strips are watered down and uninspired, creator Tatsuya Ishida draws on influences ranging from Calvin and Hobbes and Peanuts to manga and pop culture to bring us a breath of fresh air. If your comic-strip craving hasn’t been satisfied since the nineties, deliverance is finally at hand.

• The first volume of Sinfest collects the first six hundred Sinfest strips, introducing the full cast of characters and the opening installments of Ninja Theatre™, beat poetry, calligraphy lessons, and the irresistible Pooch & Percival strips.

• Web traffic on Sinfest.net averages 1.7 million unique visitors per month and 300,000 page hits per day.

• “After seven years and counting, Tatsuya Ishida shows every indication of maturing into a cartoonist on the level of Bill Watterson and Walt Kelly.”
—The Comics Journal, “50 Excellent Comics from 2007”

• “The best webcomic out there.”—comicsworthreading.com

 

swcwcs-5-fc-solSTAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS #5 (of 6)

Henry Gilroy (W), Scott Hepburn (P), Dan Parsons (I), Michael E. Wiggam (C), and
Brian Kalin O’Connell (Cover)

On sale Apr 15
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

Anakin Skywalker has become a slave once again! But he’s not just any slave—he’s the personal pet of the beautiful Queen Miraj of Zygerria.

While attempting to prevent the Zygerrian auction of millions of Togruta people into slavery, Jedi Knights Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padawan Ahsoka have been thrown into slavery themselves! In captivity, the Jedi have unearthed the supplier behind this newly revitalized slave trade—Count Dooku and the Separatists!

 

swdarktimes13STAR WARS: DARK TIMES #13—BLUE HARVEST part 1 (of 5)

Mick Harrison (W), Douglas Wheatley (P/Cover), and Dave McCaig (C)

On sale Apr 22
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Picking up where the two-part story on Myspace/DarkHorsePresents leaves off, Dass Jennir begins his first job since the destruction of the Jedi Order only to discover that the job description he was given is not entirely accurate. Facing great odds is all in a day’s work for a Jedi, but Jennir isn’t a Jedi anymore and his lightsaber must stay hidden.

Meanwhile, Darth Vader returns to Coruscant and must face his master—and fallout from the events in the “Vector” crossover!

• What you may not know: To protect his sets from unwanted intruders, George Lucas gave the fake tile Blue Harvest to his production of Return of the Jedi.

Dark Times Returns!

 

swoldrepublic40STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #40— DUELING AMBITIONS part 2 (of 3)

John Jackson Miller (W), Brian Ching (P), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Daryl Mandryk (Cover)

On sale Apr 22
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Zayne is entered in the “Dueling Duo” Tandem Open, and he has had a special handicap forced on him by threat of death!

Aubin, the inexperienced, backward son of a veteran warrior-hero will be his partner in the preliminary battles! Zayne must make sure his partner survives the duels until the last round—but he can’t figure out what is behind Aubin’s entrance in the battles. That is, until Jarael discovers that what drives the duel sports is a slavery-based “farm system” that provides the warriors.

Jarael, Gryph, Rohlan, and Zayne must save Aubin and bring exposure to what horrors lie beneath the surface of the duels.

 

swlegacy35STAR WARS: LEGACY #35—STORMS part 2 (of 2)

John Ostrander (W), Jan Duursema (P), Dan Parsons (I), and Brad Anderson (C)

On sale Apr 29
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

The fallout from the battle on Had Abbadon is being felt throughout the galaxy. On Coruscant, Moffs Nyna Calixte and Morlish Veed contemplate the news and wonder what it means for their plans to rule the Empire; while across the galaxy, deposed Emperor Roan Fel mourns what has been lost.

Meanwhile “Bantha” Rawk aids Cade in a dangerous plan to save a friend.

The conclusion to “Storms” will set a new path for Legacy—the galaxy has been
reborn . . . again!

 

swvectorv2STAR WARS: VECTOR VOLUME 2—CHAPTERS 3 AND 4

Rob Williams (W), John Ostrander (W), Dustin Weaver (P), Jan Duursema (P), Dan Parsons (I), and others

On sale June 17
FC, 144 pages
$17.95
TPB, 7″ x 10″

Vector is an epic story with repercussions for every era and every hero in the Star Wars galaxy. Told in four chapters, this is the concluding volume.

In Chapter Three (Rebellion Volume 4) Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia have to deal with Vector as it crosses their paths and changes the galaxy! On the dark surface of a desolate moon, Luke meets his first Jedi since Obi-Wan Kenobi, only to realize too late that Celeste Morne is far different than his fallen friend—twisted by a Sith Talisman and enraged by Darth Vader!

Then, over 135 years later, in the final chapter (Legacy Volume 6), Cade Skywalker’s plan to assassinate Emperor Darth Krayt is aided by a “secret weapon” in the form of Celeste Morne—the Jedi Knight of the Old Republic who is in possession of, and possibly possessed by, the powerful Muur Talisman. Cade and Celeste will change the galaxy—for better, or for worse!

• The epic Star Wars: Vector storyline spread over four thousand years of history and crossed over four comic-book series—Rebellion, Knights of the Old Republic, Dark Times, and Legacy!

 

popwthumbelinaTHUMBELINA: THE POP WONDERLAND SERIES

POP (A) and Michiyo Hayano (W)

On sale June 24
FC, 32 pages
$16.95
HC, 10 1/8″ x 8 1/4″

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of the smallest girl in the world is brought to life for a new generation!

Thumbelina was a very special girl: no bigger than your thumb, she captivated everyone who met her with her charm and innocence when she emerged from the center of a flower. Soon after, Thumbelina was spotted by a frog, who stole her away to marry his son. Trapped floating on a lily pad, Thumbelina was rescued by a beetle who took her back to his family. Thumbelina’s adventures were just beginning. as she would meet fish, butterflies, moles, and other woodland creatures, all enchanted by the littlest girl in the world. Would she ever find happiness?

• A new line of children’s story books, the POP Wonderland series is rendered in a friendly, pastel palette, with engaging art that brings familiar fairy tales to life in a brand- new way.

• A well-known manga artist and anime designer in Japan, the illustrator known as POP is the creator behind the 2007 educational TV series Moetan. A hit in Japan, Moetan has spawned a line of educational books, CDs, DVDs, and more, all designed to help Japanese children learn English.

 

uadallasbuttonsTHE UMBRELLA ACADEMY BUTTON PACK AND COMPOSITION BOOK

On sale June 17

Button Pack #2
Four buttons
$5.99

Composition Book
7.25″ x 10″
$6.99

Dark Horse has gained a legion of fans with The Umbrella Academy, conceived and written by Gerard Way with interior art by Eisner Award-winning artist Gabriel Bá.

We’ve designed a new pack of four buttons, featuring the Umbrella icon from the second miniseries, Dallas; Agent #5 logo; Hazel and Cha Cha; and the Prime-8’s logo. Each button is one inch in diameter and comes pinned to a backing card in a polybag, which hangs for display.

The composition book is a high-quality 120-page notebook designed in the style of those old black-and-white books you carried from class to class, filling with notes and doodles. This one includes a twist of the bizarre and odd that is known as The Umbrella Academy.

 

uadallas6THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: DALLAS #6 (of 6)

Gerard Way (W), Gabriel Bà (P), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale April 29
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

The chaos into which the members of the Umbrella Academy have been thrown in an effort to—what else?—save the world, becomes even more disordered! In the conclusion to the series’ second arc, one of the team commits a bizarre murder, and the brothers and sisters reach their boiling points. Family tensions were high between the siblings when they were a united force, but now they’ve begun to turn on one another . . .

Winner of the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series, and the 2008 Harvey Award for Best New Series, for the first arc of The Umbrella Academy, “Apocalypse Suite”, “Dallas” continues the excellence teaming Gerard Way, multi-award winning artist Gabriel Bá, and colorist Dave Stewart.

 

diffuserWHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO: THE DEFUSER

Jeremy Barlow (W) and Kajo Baldisimo (P/Cover)

On sale Apr. 1
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
One-shot

Leaping from Stan Lee’s hit Sci Fi Channel TV series Who Wants to be a Superhero? onto the comics page—it’s the Defuser in “Future Imperfect!”

When traditional police methods fail to stem the ever-growing tide of crime in his home city, Detective Jarrett Crippen takes matters into his own hands.

Devising an astonishing array of nonlethal weapons and a high-tech battle armor that boosts his performance to 110% of human capacity, Jarrett storms the streets as the Defuser! The criminals won’t know what hit them!

• Keep up with the Defuser and all of his heroic adventures at www.thedefuser.net!

Dark Horse Comics November Solicitations

Thanks to Dark Horse Comics for sending along their full list of November books.

Our first impressions?

Jeph Loeb joining the Buffy-verse will either be brilliant or tremendously confusing.  Rick Remender’s End League looks to be continuing its brilliance with the addition of the new art team of Canete & Baker.  Gigantic sounds amazing with it’s brilliant premise promisng “A robot Truman Show.”  The return of The Umbrella Academy should be interesting, especially with the promise of a Jim Lee varaint cover.

Read on for all the info.  Preview images to follow shortly!

THE ADVENTURES OF LUTHER ARKWRIGHT 2ND EDITION
Bryan Talbot (W/A)
Available now
b&w, 216 pages
$18.95
TPB, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″

Across a multitude of parallel universes, dark forces operate in the shadows, manipulating mankind’s histories throughout countless timelines. The agents of these Disruptors all work with a single purpose—the recovery and activation of Foxfire, a long-hidden doomsday device whose unspeakable power is capable of consuming the galaxy in all its incarnations. Standing in the way of the Disruptors is Luther Arkwright, a human anomaly who exists only in a single universe, a man of vast psychic powers, capable of traveling between the parallel realities to counter the Disruptor’s malign influence. But the Disruptors are aware of Arkwright and his abilities, and while Arkwright searches the myriad Earths for the location of Foxfire, the agents of darkness race to destroy Arkwright . . . and to ensure their unthinkable ends.

• In celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the first publication of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, this new edition features entirely new scans from the original artwork that restore much of the lost detail from previous editions. Arkwright has never looked better.

BERSERK VOLUME 27
Kentaro Miura (W/A)
On sale Jan 28
B&w, 216 pages
$13.95
TPB, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″

Now equipped with the mystical Berserker Armor, Guts fights on against the dragon-form of Grunbeld and his legion of fanatic apostle soldiers. But the very armor that holds Guts together¬—in a nightmarishly literal sense—might be the last straw that tears his tortured mind apart. While Guts struggles to hold his own against his inner demons, monsters of a very different sort rally in Windham as the Kushan Emperor, Ganishka, and the newly reborn Griffith rally their forces in a head-to-head struggle for control of all of Midland. But when the dust finally settles, there may be little left of the kingdom to claim!

• Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

“Berserk is as shocking and unique as ever this far into the series. There are few titles out there that can sustain the level of intensity and relevance as this.” – AnimeOnDVD.com

B.P.R.D.: THE WARNING #5 (of 5)
Mike Mignola (W/Cover), John Arcudi (W), Guy Davis (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Kevin Nowlan (Cover Inks)
On sale Nov 12
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

Abe, Johann, and Kate discover that their old enemies have joined forces, threatening to shake the very foundations of the world. Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi and drawn by Guy Davis, this is the explosive ending to B.P.R.D.: The Warning.

• Kevin Nowlan joins Mignola on cover duties.
• Dave Stewart won the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Coloring.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #20
Jeph Loeb (W), Eric Wight (P), Georges Jeanty (P/Cover), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)
On sale Nov 26
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Acclaimed comic-book writer Jeph Loeb (Batman: The Long Halloween) was set to executive produce, alongside Joss Whedon and animator Eric Wight, the proposed Buffy animated TV series. While Buffy fans won’t be viewing that show anytime soon, Loeb, Wight, and Whedon offer the next best thing—a comic inspired by the animated series! Jeph Loeb and Eric Wight take the reins on Buffy Season Eight with this very special one-shot joining series artist Georges Jeanty, in a twisted tale picking up from the time-traveling Buffy/Fray crossover.

• 2008 Eisner Award winner—Best New Series.
• Executive produced by series creator Joss Whedon.

CHUNCHU: GENOCIDE FIEND VOLUME 4
Kim Sung-Jae (W) and Kim Byung-Jin (A)
On sale Jan 28
b&w, 184 pages
$10.95
TPB, 5 1/8″ x 7 3/8″

Betrayed by his brother Woolpaso when he was just an infant, Chunchu lives a cursed life as a bloodthirsty fiend. Tracked by bounty hunters, thugs, and his own comrades, Chunchu’s journey is a difficult one at best, one driven by revenge and powered by the demon stone imbedded in his chest. After a bloody confrontation with a mysterious sword master, Chunchu has diminished his friend count and has made some new enemies. Meanwhile, Wollpaso’s forces begin to unfold a new plot to take control of the land and vanquish their enemy’s clan.

• Chunchu: the Genocide Fiend is another promising title from Dark Horse’s manhwa line. Full of swordplay, mystery, and dynamic, foxy characters—it’a fantastic choice for readers of dark fantasy, such as Berserk.

THE CLEANERS #1 (of 4)
Mark Wheaton (W), Joshua Hale Fialkov (W), Rahsan Ekedahl (A), and John Graef (C)
On sale Nov 12
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

In the dark tradition of Los Angeles noir, The Cleaners is a terrifying new mystery series about a ragtag team of for-hire trauma-scene cleaners led by ex-surgeon Robert Bellarmine. Contracted with sanitizing some of the nastiest crime and accident scenes in the tri-county L.A. basin, the team battles against what could only be described as the grim, unknowable face of the supernatural. But by focusing on the scientific explanation, no matter how aberrant or extraordinary, they counteract centuries-old superstition to prove things are seldom what they seem . . .

In this miniseries, the cleaners crew takes on a series of gruesome tasks starting with a bloodbath that covers an entire neighborhood. This investigation leads them toward uncovering a disturbing mystery involving missing children, which dates back longer than the history of the city itself.

• Josh Fialkov is the writer behind the hit indie sensations Punks the Comic and Elk’s Run, as well as highly acclaimed runs on Friday the 13th, Vampirella, and more!

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #5
Timothy Truman (W), Tomás Giorello (P), Richard Corben (P), José Villarrubia (C), and Frank Cho (Cover)
On sale Nov 19
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

A child that Conan’s grandfather saved from death many years ago—now an old man—seeks to return the favor, but can he get to Conan and Caollan before Horsa’s warriors capture their Cimmerian prey? And what good is an old man against Aesir soldiers and the vicious witch Olva? Thorgeir the Berserker gets his second round with Conan, and Caollan shows just how tough and wily a Cimmerian woman can be in battle—even when outnumbered. Richard Corben contributes stunning flashback scenes featuring Connacht, Conan’s grandfather. In this issue, Corben brings us to a dark, seemingly hopeless time in the older Cimmerian’s life, when he was betrayed and enslaved.

THE END LEAGUE #8
Rick Remender (W), Eric Canete (A), and Naomi Baker (C)
On sale Nov 26
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Black, Soldier American, and Arachnakid, the last remaining heroes on earth, are trapped between the armies of three villainous masterminds and their war for control of the planet. With the hammer of Thor finally within their grasp, one hero will obtain it, one will be proven unworthy, and another will turn against the team! Fan favorites Rick Remender and Eric Canete bring you the earth-shattering finale to the second arc, where everything is flipped upside down, giving birth to a new status quo for our small band of surviving heroes!

FEAR AGENT #27: I AGAINST I part 6 (of 6)
Rick Remender (W), Tony Moore (A/Cover), and Lee Loughridge(C)
On sale Nov 26
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

A cold day finds Heath Huston face to face with the last man he ever thought he’d see again. When the dust settles on planet Westx, Heath learns that his life is a lie and everyone in it a conspirator. Nothing will ever be the same. The nature of the universe and Heath Huston’s role in it is all revealed in this, the blood soaked conclusion to the “I Against I” storyline.

“Rick Remender and Tony Moore are leading the way in what I believe will be the next generation of superstar creators.” —Ron Richards, ifanboy

GHOST TALKER’S DAYDREAM VOLUME 3
Saki Okuse (W) and Sankichi Meguro (A)
On sale Jan 14
b&w, 216 pages
$10.95
TPB, 5″ x 7″

After a young lesbian mysteriously dies her spirit begins to haunt her lover. Who do you call when the ghost of your ex-lover keeps terrorizing you? Saiki Misaki, the albino dominatrix necromancer, of course! The highly sexualized and eerily suspenseful tale of Ghost Talker’s Daydream hits a provocative high point. Follow Saiki as she uses her powers to solve another nail-biting mystery filled with terrifying twists.

• Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

GIGANTIC #1 (of 5)
Rick Remender (W), Eric Nguyen (P/Cover), and John Rauch (C)
On sale Nov 5
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries

It was a beautiful spring day in downtown San Francisco before a gigantic armored alien appeared from out of nowhere and began smashing things all to hell! Who is this invader? Why is he being attacked by strange alien beings? And why is he so GIGANTIC? A twist on The Truman Show, Gigantic focuses on a brainwashed, alien superhero deposited on Earth to be the spotlight of an intrusive, around-the-clock television program being filmed without his knowledge.

Critically acclaimed writer Rick Remender (Fear Agent, The End League) teams up with groundbreaking artist Eric Nguyen (X-Men, Sandman) in the merging of big, visually exciting art with a story examining America’s consumer-based culture. Sci-fi thrills and superhero action from the one and only Rick Remender!

THE GODFATHER: VITO CORLEONE LIMITED EDITION BUST
On sale Feb 11
6″ tall, numbered, limited edition, with a certificate of authenticity signed by Steve Kiwus
$59.99

Through a special licensing arrangement with Paramount, Dark Horse Deluxe is bringing forward a fantastically realistic sculptural treatment of the Godfather. Own a highly collectible piece of the film.

THE GOON #30
Eric Powell (W/A) and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Nov 19
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

The war with Labrazio is reaching its boiling point as Franky faces his greatest moral dilemma. And it has nothing to do with his pants! Writer/artist Eric Powell teams with acclaimed colorist Dave Stewart for another nail-biting adventure of The Goon!

• 2008 Eisner Award winner for Best Painter and Best Writer/Artist (Humor).

KULL #1 (of 6)
Arvid Nelson (W), Will Conrad (P), José Villarrubia (C), Andy Brase (Cover), and Joe Kubert (Cover)
On sale Nov 5
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

More comfortable with a sword than a scepter, Kull has recently crowned himself king and seeks to unite the once-proud and powerful land of Valusia. Only Count Areyas stands between Kull and a reunified kingdom—and the obstinate Count waits patiently in his Iron Fortress, the land’s oldest and most formidable castle. Horrors lurk in the shadows of Kull’s newly won throne, and slithering foes stalk his every move. Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi) scripts this series, which will adapt Robert E. Howard’s story “The Shadow Kingdom,” with art by Will Conrad (Serenity) and José Villarrubia (Conan).

Joe Kubert (Sgt. Rock, Enemy Ace) delivers a special Kull #1 cover, which—along with his Conan the Cimmerian #1 and Solomon Kane #1 covers—marks the first time Kubert’s visions of these Robert E. Howard heroes have seen print. Renowned fantasy artist Andy Brase provides regular series covers to this bracing, bloody fantasy series.

THE KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE VOLUME 8
Eiji Otsuka (W), Housui Yamazaki (A), and Bunpei Yorifuji (Cover)
On sale Jan 7
b&w, 208 pages
$10.95
TPB, 5″ x 7″

Shigo kekkon—marrying the dead! It’s a quaint old country custom in Japan that’s becoming the next big fad in Tokyo . . . and that makes it the business of the Corpse Delivery Service! And meanwhile back on campus, since they’re technically a college club, the kids from Kurosagi host a membership drive during the school festival! But you’ve got to like corpses, you know.

• Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

MY NAME IS BRUCE
MILTON FREEWATER, JR. (W), CLIFF RICHARDS (A), and BART SEARS (Cover)
Available now
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
One-shot

Bruce Campbell . . . Man. Hero. Legend. There isn’t a challenge that Bruce can’t face and conquer. Which is why he was kidnapped and brought to the town of Gold Lick to help defeat a Chinese demon by the name of Guan-Di. Unfortunately, Bruce doesn’t know that he’s not in just another monster movie—Guan-Di is REAL! Now Bruce Campbell is in for the fight of his life!

Don’t miss out on this one-shot companion to the smash-hit indie film My Name Is Bruce, starring the one and only BRUCE CAMPBELL!

NEXUS ARCHIVES VOLUME 8
Mike Baron (W), Steve Rude (P/Cover), and Paul Smith (P)
On sale Jan 7
FC, 216 pages
$49.95
HC, 7″ x 10″

The landmark Nexus/Badger crossover concludes!

Horatio, Judah, and the Badger have survived their reentry of the Bowl-Shaped World. As they head from outer rim to inner city, the threat that prompted this journey worsens: the Gravity Well is nearing collapse. The Web’s population is evacuating in a panic, hoping to escape the artificialblack hole. By the time this installment of Baron and Rude’s celebrated sci-fi series comes to a close, the desperate trio will fight a powerful, fusionkasting tyrant in mortal combat, Kreed the Quatro will be sentenced to death for the Mars massacre, and Horatio will hang up the Nexus mantle once and for all!

A multiple Eisner Award–winning series that defined the careers of acclaimed creators Steve Rude and Mike Baron, Nexus is a modern classic not to be missed.

• Collecting issues 47 to 52 of Nexus Vol. Two and issue #1 of the Next Nexus miniseries, wherein we learn what the vengeful Loomis sisters have been up to.

PATH OF THE ASSASSIN VOLUME 14: BAD BLOOD
Kazuo Koike (W) and Goseki Kojima (A)
On sale Jan 7
b&w, 304 pages
$9.95
TPB, 4″ x 6″

Assassins have been cast as the sensual and shadowy villains throughout history, but their exploits have never been so fully realized as they are within the pages of Path of the Assassin. From the most intense sword fight, to a silent poisoning, no job has been too much for the infamous Hattori Hanzo. Now, the stage is set for Tokugawa Ieyasu’s destiny to be fulfilled, and with Hanzo watching his back, can anything stop him from uniting Japan?

For the past fourteen volumes Hanzo’s long walk down the tightrope of political intrigue and human melodrama has been bloody, dramatic, and awe inspiring. Every page filled with the densely researched and poignant delivery you’ve come to expect from the godfathers of samurai manga. Lone Wolf and Cub creators Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima, experts of gekiga samurai manga, deliver the penultimate volume of Path of the Assassin.

• Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

PIGEONS FROM HELL
Joe R. Lansdale (W), Nathan Fox (A), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Jan 21
FC, 112 pages
$13.95
TPB, 7″ x 10″

Master horror storyteller Joe R. Lansdale throws his scathing wit and wild, otherworldly creations into the mix as he brings Robert E. Howard’s classic tale of dark revenge to the present . . . and into the unwilling lives of the Blassenville mansion heirs, twin sisters Claire and Janet. When Griswell fled the Blassenville estate those many years ago, he couldn’t have imagined the grotesque horrors that would eclipse the ones he saw then—but they’re here, thanks to fiction legend Joe R. Lansdale, dazzling new comic-book artist Nathan Fox (DMZ), and multiple Eisner Award-winning color artist Dave Stewart (Conan, The Umbrella Academy). This fresh take on the classic Pigeons from Hell story delves deeper into the dark mansion’s past while also digging up some fresh, imaginative demons, as Claire and Janet unknowingly bring their friends into an unearthly death trap!

• Collecting the four-issue miniseries.

THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN BUST #3: CONAN
On sale Feb 11
11.5″ wide x 7.25″ high, numbered, limited-edition, with a certificate of authenticity
$59.99

As longtime fans and current readers know, Savage Sword of Conan is one of the all-time greatest hits of the sword & sorcery comic book. And when you think of Savage Sword, along with the titular character Conan, you cannot help but recall how he was visually presented by one of the medium’s great artistic practitioners, Mr. John Buscema.

Sculptor Tony Cipriano used Buscema’s visual design of Conan as inspiration and reference, making for one of the finest mini-busts in quite some time.

SOLOMON KANE #3 (of 5)
Scott Allie (W), Mario Guevara (P), Dave Stewart (C), and John Cassaday (Cover)
On sale Nov 26
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

With more dead bodies discovered around the fabled Castle of the Devil, the determined Puritan adventurer Solomon Kane and his new ally John Silent look for answers in a pile of ancient bones buried deep in the abbey beneath Baron von Staler’s fortress. The Baroness is missing, and the Baron accuses Solomon Kane. Tempers flare, and blades are drawn—but the real monster remains unseen.

• Expanding upon Robert E. Howard’s unfinished “Castle of the Devil” story.

“Solomon Kane is one of the toughest Robert E. Howard heroes to adapt to the comics page, but Scott Allie and Mario Guevara have done a stunning job. Unsettling, moody and eerily beautiful, their Kane is absolutely worthy of his creator.” —Kurt Busiek

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #35—VINDICATION part 4 (of 4)
John Jackson Miller (W), Brian Ching (P), and Michael Atiyeh (C)
On sale Nov 19
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

At long last, Knights of the Old Republic will conclude Zayne’s long journey as a fugitive Jedi Padawan—but not before an astounding climax that will set a brand-new path for him to follow! Zayne and his former Master, Lucien Draay, will be tempted by the dark side while the Jedi Knights war among themselves and the city-planet Coruscant burns around them. The final showdown!

STAR WARS: LEGACY #30—Vector part 11 (of 12)
John Ostrander (W), Jan Duursema (P), Dan Parsons (I), and Brad Anderson (C)
On sale Nov 26
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Celeste Morne, a Jedi of the Old Republic, and Cade Skywalker, descendant of the legendary Skywalkers, have joined with a group of Imperial Knights and Cade’s bounty-hunter crew for an assassination attempt on the Sith Emperor, Darth Krayt. But Celeste has been struggling with the spirit of Sith Lord Karness Muur for over 4,000 years—there is no way to determine how much control he maintains over her actions. Can Cade’s plot succeed, or will he find himself at the mercy of another Sith?

STAR WARS OMNIBUS: RISE OF THE SITH
Various (W/A)
On sale Jan 14
FC, 448 pages
$24.95
TPB, 6″ x 9″

Before the name of Skywalker—or Vader—achieved fame across the galaxy, the Jedi Knights had long preserved peace and justice . . . as well as preventing the return of the Sith.

Collected in this newest Star Wars Omnibus are tales leading up to The Phantom Menace. First—previously uncollected and out of print—Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi save a sinking ship in The Aurorient Express and investigate an unexpected death in Last Stand on Ord Mantell. The origins of bounty hunter Aurra Sing are revealed in “Aurra’s Song.” Then, in Jedi Council and Prelude to Rebellion we follow two key Jedi Masters, Mace Windu and Ki-Adi-Mundi as they face new foes that will try the Jedi ways to the very limit. And finally, in Darth Maul, the terrifying Sith apprentice leaves a trail of death in his efforts to keep the secrets of his Master.

STAR WARS: VECTOR VOLUME 1—CHAPTERS 1 & 2
John Jackson Miller (W), Mick Harrison (W), Scott Hepburn (P), Douglas Wheatley (P), Dave Ross (P), Joe Pimentel (I), Dan Parsons (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), Dave McCaig (C), and Travis Charest (Cover)
On sale Jan 28
FC, 144 pages
$17.95
TPB, 7″ x 10″

“Vector,” an event with repercussions for every era and every hero in the Star Wars galaxy begins here!

In Chapter One Knights of the Old Republic Volume Five, a terrible vision reaching far into the future alerts the secret Jedi Covenant to the importance of Taris. They activate operative Celeste Morne. She encounters a monstrous threat, an ancient Sith artifact, an army of Mandalorians, and Zayne Carrick, the Padawan accused of killing his fellow students!

Then, over 4,000 years into the future, Chapter Two of “Vector”—Volume Three of Dark Times—crosses into the period immediately following the events in Revenge of the Sith. The unfortunate misfit crew of the Uhumele is thrown into the path of Darth Vader and the now, ancient Jedi Master, Celeste! Both Sith and smugglers will not leave this meeting without grave consequences . . .

For anyone who never knew where to start with Star Wars comics, “Vector” is the perfect introduction to the entire Star Wars line!

• Collects Knights of the Old Republic #25-28 and Dark Times #11-12.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: DALLAS #1 (of 6)
Gerard Way (W), Gabriel Bá (A/Cover), Dave Stewart (C), and Jim Lee (Cover)
On sale Nov 26
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá return with a story as American as semiautomatic weapons.

The Umbrella Academy has saved the world, but the house they were raised in is destroyed. One member is bedridden, the side of her head held together with tape; and another has lost her voice, the source of her power. Now that they’ve fulfilled their destiny, does the Umbrella Academy have any future at all?

The Umbrella Academy returns for a second six-issue series—Dallas, where we put the term-hero-to the test.

• Variant cover by Jim Lee!
• 32 pages, no ads!
• The acclaimed series from Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá returns!

NOVEMBER CHECKLIST

COMICS
B.P.R.D.: The Warning #5 • $2.99
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #20 (Jeanty Alternate cover) • $2.99
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #20 (Chen Regular cover) • $2.99
The Cleaners #1 • $2.99
Conan the Cimmerian #5 • $2.99
The End League #8 • $2.99
Fear Agent #27: I Against I part 6 • $2.99
Gigantic #1 • $3.50
The Goon #30 • $2.99
Kull #1 (Kubert Alternate cover) • $2.99
Kull #1 (Brase Regular cover) • $2.99
My Name is Bruce (one-shot) • $3.50
Solomon Kane #3 • $2.99
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #35—Vindication part 4 • $2.99
Star Wars: Legacy #30—Vector part 11 • $2.99
Umbrella Academy: Dallas #1 (Lee Alternate cover)• $2.99
Umbrella Academy: Dallas #1 (Bá Regular cover) • $2.99

TRADE PAPERBACKS AND HARDCOVERS
The Adventures of Luther Arkwright 2nd Edition (trade-paperback collection) • $18.95
Berserk Volume 27 (trade-paperback collection) • $13.95
Chunchu: Genocide Fiend Volume 4 (trade-paperback collection) • $10.95
Ghost Talker’s Daydream Volume 3 (trade-paperback collection) • $10.95
The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volume 8 (trade-paperback collection) • $10.95
Nexus Archives Volume 8 (hardcover collection) • $49.95
Path of the Assassin Volume 14: Bad Blood (trade-paperback collection) • $9.95
Pigeons from Hell (trade-paperback collection) • $13.95
Star Wars Omnibus: Rise of the Sith (trade-paperback collection) • $24.95
Star Wars: Vector Volume 1—Chapters 1 & 2 (trade-paperback collection) • $17.95

SPECIALTY ITEMS
The Godfather: Vito Corleone Limited-Edition Bust • $59.99
The Savage Sword of Conan Bust #3: Conan • $59.99

SDCC 08: Ryan’s Panel Rundown

Contributing writer Ryan Ingram gives us the skinny on a few of the panels you may have overlooked at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

SPORE w/ Will Wright

The human idea-machine Will Wright made his first Comic-Con appearance to promote SPORE—a game that lets you play as George Lucas, instead of Luke Skywalker, creating everything from your own alien species, to space ships that travel through different galaxies. It’s taking the work he did on SimCity to the next logical level, but still offering something new and completely insane-looking.

There aren’t many people that can make watching videogames and a slideshow engaging, but fast-talking Wright pulled it off in spades. He began telling a convention anecdote of his own; hunting down about a rare 2001: Space Odyssey poster, that he unknowingly bought off one of the film’s actors, who then wanted to sign his pristine poster.

Wright also talked about video games as an art form, and mentioned the current Vancouver art show that features anime, manga, graphic novels and video games. He acted as curator for the video game section, and was surprised to learn that the comic book curators didn’t see video games as an art form, and implied that video games were “bottom of the barrel.” He drew a parallel between the current mainstream perception of video games to books in the 1500’s, which were first seen as satanic time-wasters that killed human interaction.

He also explained how Gilligan’s Island is the predecessor to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.

Then he showed a half-hour demo of the game, which has mind-boggling levels of detail and offers the power to customize nearly everything in the game. Within 18 days of the SPORE creature generator over 2 million unique species have been created—almost double the total known species on Earth.

There was also a new feature announced that will let players create their own comic stories and YouTube videos that will feature their characters and stories.

Highlight: With some remaining time, he gave the audience the choice between a quick Q&A and a Russian Space Minute (where he gives power point presentation on Russian Space program, a hobby of his.) The crowd chose the latter, and he gave a brief history of the life of Wernher von Braun, the creator of the V2 rocket. While it was actually a German Space Minute, he talked about the brilliant rocket scientist who ran with the Nazis, the U.S. government, and even Walt Disney.

Grade: A+

Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Comics

If the Justice League assembled in the real-world as a group of comic creators, it would probably resemble the seven artists, writers and writers/artists that met for Entertainment Weekly’s first “Visionaries” panel. (The other two EW panels included a movie and television one.)

A solid mix of (almost) veteran and newcomer creators assembled, but with Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, John Cassaday, Matt Fraction, Colleen Doran, Robert Kirkman and Grant Morrison all present they didn’t really seem to shine and the conversation seemed defensive and little awkward. The panel mostly answered questions that were variations of how comics are different from movies. This is made even lamer, since EW stuck Frank Miller on the movie panel instead of this one.

But other than that gripe, Grant Morrison loves superheroes. Jim Lee hates continuity. And an audience member complained about late comics. It didn’t seem like there was a whole lot of new discussion breached during the panel, but it was still alright.

Highlight: John Cassaday explaining a problem with the group being labeled visionaries, since most of the panelists got lost on their way to the discussion. And also Colleen Doran’s reason for getting into comics; she thought Aquaman was hot.

Grade: C+

Editorial Cartoons

I accidentally showed up to the last half of this panel, and immediately regretted not getting there earlier. It was a good example of panel reflecting the diversity that should be found in the pop culture convention. And it didn’t hurt that it was packed with some obviously opinionated and clever minds.

One cartoonist referred to the current depressing state of the newspaper industry “like living in Pompeii,” with newspapers closures and constant job cuts happening across the country. There was talk about how to make the move online, but it’s a still a sad reality that these voices are becoming closer and closer to being silenced with declining readership.

A lot of the cartoonists agreed that as long as they get read, they’re happy—even if you hate what they do. One cartoonist mentioned how the bags of hate mail continue to fuel him.

Highlight: The panel’s lone Republican’s answered a questions about why they are few Red-state editorial cartoonists (“It’s a vast left-wing conspiracy”) got a laugh from everyone in the room and on the panel. Another panelist quipped back, saying it was because they’re just not funny.

Grade: B+, although it could have been higher had I made it for the whole panel.

Deepak Chopra and Grant Morrison

I saw the two of these guys on a panel years ago, and it was an all-time Comic-Con highlight. And since seeing Grant Morrison on a Friday panel—where he briefly talked about the sun’s field changing the human consciousness every 11 years—it seemed like he was just getting warmed up to bring the crazy-awesome to his Sunday panel.

There was a bit of a discussion of the similarities between Jesus, Buddha and Superman that seemed to be déjà vu-ish from the 2005 panel, but was worth it to hear Morrison ask if Superman could beat up Jesus.

The two also spent considerable time talking about “The Dark Knight.” Chopra discussed the Joker and Batman’s religious relationship as a mixing of the sacred and the profane that complete each other and “that are explicit enemies but implicit allies.” The two are needed to keep “the story” going and ask us to redeem ourselves, similar to Jesus.

Later, Morrison came back to the movie and talked about the idea of “One-Face”, a future version of consciousness where we can integrate this duality smoothly.

He also talked about how human consciousness is like separate fingers trying to kill itself—and that we need reach a level where we all make peace with “the entire hand.”
And that global warming may be an incubation period for this global awareness—In other words, he brought crazy-awesome as expected.

Highlight: Being the last panel of the day for me on Sunday, it was the perfect cure for the comic con hangover.

Grade: A-. (The bungled video footage for the Virgin comics things took up time Chopra and Morrison could have been blowing the audience’s minds.)

Dark Horse Comics October Solicitations

This fall is shaping up to be quite a season for Dark Horse Comics. Their October solicitations are the Pavlovian bell to which comic fans salivate. For starters, Mike Mignola is making his triumphant return to his Hellboy artwork in the book The Chapel of Moloch. Plus, Rick Remender’s End Leage continues strong with the series’ new art team featuring Eric Canete and Naomi Baker. All that and an angry Cimmeran too! Read on and check out the latest offerings from the fine folks at Dark Horse.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL VOLUME 20: DEMON LAIR
Hiroaki Samura (W/A)
On sale Dec 10
b&w, 280 pages
$19.95
TPB, 8 1/4″ x 5 3/8″
A massive, 280-page volume brings readers back into the “Badger Hole” with Rin and Doa, as they make some shocking discoveries and finally find their missing companions! When Rin bumps into Toraemon, the unfortunate assistant to crazy Doc Burando and witness to his disgusting “immortality experiments,” it seems that breaking Manji free will be a breeze. Not so. Getting Manji out of Edo’s nightmarish underground cells and dank tunnel systems will be just as arduous as the ordeal of locating him was! More secrets about fan-favorite Döa’s past are revealed, and we get a bittersweet glimpse at her early years traveling with her beloved Isaku. Several old teams are reunited, a mind-blowing battle quickly starts and races us through most of this astonishing volume, and an old villain finally sees some pointed retribution at the hands of one of his prisoners! Let the breakout battle in the “Demon Lair” begin!

B.P.R.D.: THE WARNING #4 (of 5)
Mike Mignola (W/Cover), John Arcudi (W), Guy Davis (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Kevin Nowlan (Cover Inks)
On sale Oct 8
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

Liz remains missing as the rest of the Bureau faces off against giant robots on the streets of Munich.
Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi and drawn by Guy Davis, this series immediately follows the events of B.P.R.D.: Killing Ground. Kevin Nowlan joins Mignola on cover duties.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #19

Joss Whedon (W), Karl Moline (P), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), Jo Chen (Cover), and Georges Jeanty (Cover)
On sale Oct 1
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Buffy and Fray take on a powerful foe, who’s lasted hundreds of years just so she can bring down the last two Slayers. Joss Whedon and Karl Moline, co-creators of the hit comics series Fray: Future Slayer, reunite in Buffy Season Eight with the highly anticipated story arc “Time of Your Life.” Jo Chen and Georges Jeanty provide covers.

“Whedon writes people who are self-deprecating, pop-culture savvy, madly in love with wordplay, quick-witted, terrified of sounding pompous and with wells of emotion lurking beneath a shiny, protective layer of self-aware sarcasm.” —Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian

Fray returns in Buffy Season Eight!

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #4
Timothy Truman (W), Tomás Giorello (P), Richard Corben (P), José Villarrubia (C), and Frank Cho (Cover)
On sale Oct 15
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Conan finds himself at odds with Horsa—an Aesir leader last seen in “The Frost Giant’s Daughter”—when he tries to protect his former Cimmerian lover, Caollan, from Horsa’s strange war party. Conan faces off against some strong Aesir soldiers, as well as the colorful-yet-foolhardy berserker Thorgeir and the powerful witch Olva. Being caught in the middle of a blood feud between Cimmerian and Aesir chiefs is bad enough, but things get much worse when Olva summons the demonic Skrae to hunt down Conan and his secretive ward. Richard Corben’s flashback sequences—featuring Conan’s grandfather, Connacht—take a surprising turn when they dovetail into the present for an exciting cliffhanger!

Conan the Cimmerian continues Dark Horse Comics’ unique exploration of Robert E. Howard’s most beloved character.

CREEPY ARCHIVES VOLUME 2

Archie Goodwin (W), Larry Ivie (W), Gray Morrow (P/Cover), Reed Crandall (P), Alex Toth (P), Al Williamson (P), and others
On sale Dec 10
b&w, 288 pages
$49.95
HC, 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8″

This vein-chilling second volume showcases work by some of the best artists to ever work in the comics medium, including Alex Toth, Gray Morrow, Reed Crandall, John Severin, and others. Each archive volume of Creepy is packed with stories (usually up to eight short stories were featured in every issue!) running the gamut of gruesome subject matter, from reimagined horror classics such as The Cask of Amontillado, to spectacularly mind-twisting shorts such as The Thing in the Pit, or the macabre maritime yarn Drink Deep.

• This volume collects Creepy #6-10.

CRIMINAL MACABRE: CELL BLOCK 666 #4 (of 4)
Steve Niles (W), Nick Stakal (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Tim Bradstreet (Cover)
On sale Oct 29
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

Most people will never understand the nightmare of being framed for a friend’s murder and sent to prison on trumped-up charges by reckless, power-rabid cops. Cal McDonald isn’t like most people, and he never has been. But now, in some of the bleakest moments of his life, the things that make him different from the rest of the world might be the only things capable of keeping his sorry butt out of deeper trouble. Because it turns out that the things that would make most people want to give up and die—the strange, inhuman voices coming from adjacent cells, the mysterious visitors, the unlikely saviors in demonic disguise—are the things that have kept Cal alive long enough to see a way out . . .

THE END LEAGUE #7
Rick Remender (W), Eric Canete (P), and Naomi Baker (C)
On sale Oct 29
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Trapped, tortured, and left for dead, Arachnakid and the Blue Gauntlet must set aside their differences to escape the insanity of the City of Lore. In Germany, Soldier American and Prairie Ghost face off against an army of cloned former allies in hopes of stopping Wolfsangel from creating a Frankenstein’s monster capable of wielding the hammer of Thor! Who is the mysterious Mook? What are Divinity’s true motives, and will the Greek Gods be humanity’s saviors or final executioners?

FEAR AGENT #26: I AGAINST I part 5 (of 6)
Rick Remender (W), Tony Moore (P/Cover), and Lee Loughridge (C)
On sale Oct 29
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Heath Huston, a mysterious otherworldly stranger, comes to the rescue of a frontier town that is somehow a step out of time. The peaceful, small mining community is under threat of annihilation when a ruthless land baron arrives with his posse of hired guns to take control of the territory. After the struggle for a peaceable resolution, and the gunfighting . . . it all ends in a down-in-the-mud, cheap-and-bloody fistfight to the death.

GANTZ VOLUME 3
Hiroya Oku (W/A)
On sale Dec 24
b&w, 224 pages
$12.95
TPB, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/16″

What would you do if you were given a second chance on life from a catatonic man stuffed inside a computerized sphere? Well that’s exactly what the survivors of the first round of Gantz’s wicked game have to figure out. Kei, Masaru, and the buxom Kishimoto try to reinsert themselves into their old lives. However, before any of them begin to take comfort in this fact, they’re all transported back to the inescapable condo where the whole mess started. Then a new group of civilians are added into the mix. In the disorientation of the new arrivals, Gantz spills the beans on their new alien extermination target. Now, the stage is set for the next round of Gantz’s little contest, but how can you win a game if you are already dead?

• Each volume comes shrink-wrappec and carries an 18+ content advisory.

THE GOON #29
Eric Powell (W/A) and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Oct 8
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Welcome to another installment of Eric Powell’s Eisner Award-winning, newly nominated series The Goon!

Buzzard is on a mission, and sets forth to discover the key to Labrazio’s destruction, the true nature not only of Mr. Wicker’s return, but also his relationship with Mirna. Plus some funny stuff probably happens, too.

• “The Goon is old-school cool—a great gurgling gumbo of EC Comics horror, Monty Python wit, and 1930s pulp.” – Entertainment Weekly

HARVEY COMICS CLASSICS VOLUME 5: THE HARVEY GIRLS
Various (W/A) and Leslie Cabarga (Editor)
On sale Dec 17
FC w/b&w, 480 pages
$19.95
TPB, 7″ x 10″

They’re cute, they’re clever and they’re obsessive! Some of Harvey Comics’ biggest stars were three “little” girls with large dreams, enormous hearts and king-size laughs: Little Audrey, Little Dot, and Little Lotta. Audrey was a Paramount Pictures animated cartoon movie star, who became a major comic-book headliner in 1948. Her comic-book stories were filled with ingenuity and her spunky, proto-feminist antics rivaled those of her cartoon progenitor, Little Lulu. The strangely obsessive Little Dot has become a cult figure through the years. Her love of dots and her unique coterie of eccentric uncles and aunts became the basis for some of the funniest stories in comic-book history. Last, but hardly least, is Little Lotta who defied the “big” girl stereotype with adventures showcasing an incredible strength that equaled her insatiable appetite.

HELLBOY: IN THE CHAPEL OF MOLOCH
Mike Mignola (W/A) and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Oct 29
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
One-shot

On the heels of the second Hellboy feature film, legendary artist and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola returns to the drawing table for this standalone adventure of the world’s greatest paranormal detective!

Hellboy investigates an ancient chapel in Eastern Europe where an artist compelled by something more sinister than any muse has sequestered himself to complete his “life’s work.”

First Mignola-drawn Hellboy comic since 2005!

THE HELM #4
Jim Hardison (W), Bart Sears (P), Randy Elliott (I), and Dan Jackson (C)
On sale Oct 15
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries

There’s been some good news and bad news for Matt Blurdy. First off, he slew the necromancer out to kill him—good news! But then it turned out that this dark wizard was none other than Damien, Matt’s heinous ex-boss . . . totally weird news. And then Jill discovered the sword in Matt’s closet, put two and two together, and freaked the hell out—bad, bad news! Trouble is, she could be right . . . either the world is actually in peril and the worst evil yet is closing in, or someone and his talking helmet need to be committed. Is Matt truly the Chosen One, or has he gone completely off his nut? Only one thing’s for certain, people: it’s time to roll perfect 20s.

HERBIE ARCHIVES VOLUME 2
Shane O’Shea (W) and Ogden Whitney (A)
On sale Dec 31
FC, 256 pages
$49.95
HC, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″

Make way for the Fat Fury! Legendary comics publisher ACG had a hit on their hands in the mid-1960s with the adventures of Herbie Popnecker, a plump lump of a kid who secretly possesses nearly unlimited super powers! Join Herbie as he takes on goofy cavemen, joins George Washington’s army, gets the better of pop-culture figures like Gregory Peck and the Queen of England, and dons the unassuming costume of the Fat Fury for the very first time!

• Collects issues #6-14

MAGICMAN ARCHIVES
Richard E. Hughes (W), Pete Costanza (P), and Kurt Schaffenberger (P)
On sale Dec 17
FC, 264 pages
$59.95
HC, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″

Vietnam, 1965: U.S. Army Private First Class Tom Cargill seemed like most soldiers to the men in his squad, but little did they know that he was in truth an immortal! More than two hundred years old, the son of the alchemist and sorcerer Cagliostro, Tom Cargill was the most powerful magician in the world. When Red Chinese soldiers threatened American lives in Vietnam, Cargill donned a mask and costume to battle evil as the supernatural superhero Magicman!

• Magicman Archives Volume One collects the long-unavailable complete run of the American Comics Group superhero in an affordable format.

• Cocreated by Golden Age legend Pete Costanza, longtime artist throughout the 1940s on Fawcett’s Captain Marvel Adventures, Magicman was one of American Comics Group’s premier superheroes.

• Includes covers by legendary Superman and Lois Lane artist Kurt Schaffenberger and an introduction by Scott Shaw.

MPD-PSYCHO VOLUME 7
Eiji Otsuka (W) and Sho-u Tajima (A)
On sale Dec 3
b&w, 208 pages
$12.95
TPB, 5″ x 7″

The uncensored, uncut manga event of the decade continues on its relentlessly bloody path, as MPD-Psycho Volume Seven shows that there’s danger for our colorful cast on land, at sea, and in air. Our conflicted “multiple personality detective” Kazuhiko Amamiya, controlled by his murderous Shinji Nishizono personality, finds himself on a hijacked airplane, along with innocent Miwa and her schoolmates. Meanwhile, their hunt for the missing Amamiya leads Machi and bumbling police detective Sasayama to an ocean liner commandeered by several new, bizarre characters—key figures in both the twisted “barcoded eye conspiracy” and the deadly Gakuso Society!

• Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

• “A bold and mature thriller that is already a modern horror classic in its home country, and will surely be in the West as well.”
—Comicsvillage.com

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 31
Kosuke Fujishima (W/A)
On sale Dec 31
b&w, 152 pages
$10.95
TPB, 5 1/8″ x 7 3/16″

Ever since a cosmic phone call led to five literal young goddesses— Belldandy, Urd, Skuld, and, like occasional vowels, Peorth and Lind—coming to live in college student Keiichi’s residence, his personal life has been turned upside-down, sideways, and sometimes even into strange dimensions!

Peorth is called back to Heaven—which is probably just as well, considering the mischief she caused in getting Keiichi to express his true feelings to Bell-chan. But the gate to return her isn’t opening—because it turns out that such gates aren’t things, they’re beings that seek information . . . and this one, in the form of a cute girl, is on strike—until she gathers certain earthly knowledge involving love and kisses!

THE RETURN OF THE GREMLINS
Mike Richardson (W), Dean Yeagle (P), Fabio Laguna (P), and Dan Jackson (C)
On sale Dec 17
FC, 120 pages
$12.95
TPB, 7″ x 10″

Our story opens on Gus, a man visiting England from the States. His grandfather’s house is part of his inheritance, and he plans to sell it as soon as he can. Even though the locals think the house is haunted—something Gus immediately dismisses—a slick man named Mr. Snide promptly appears with his “associates” and makes an offer. But when Gus declines to sign over the house right then and there, Snide reveals that his arrangement with the mayor will seal the deal soon enough!

Left to explore the place, Gus experiences a series of very odd events. How did his folded clothes end up in knots? Who on earth would drill a hole in a coffee cup? Certainly not ghosts, but for a former fighter pilot’s abandoned old home, it sure is clean . . .

When the house’s tiny residents decide to take extreme measures, Gus will meet the gremlins up close and personal—just like his grandfather, who first discovered them sixty years ago!

• Collects the three-issue series, plus forty pages of the classic World War II era Gremlins material including their first appearance in print!

REX MUNDI #14
Arvid Nelson (W), Juan Ferreyra (P), and John Cassaday (Cover)
On sale Oct 15
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

All of Lorraine’s ambitions are fulfilled. Europe––and Genevieve––are his. But Genevieve grows more and more horrified as Lorraine descends into darkness, even as Julien and Isabelle grow closer . . .

Meanwhile, Julien’s problems with Inquisitor Moricant are laid to rest –– permanently. He and Isabelle infiltrate the Castle of the Holy Grail, there to lay a trap for Lorraine, but neither are prepared for the horror awaiting them inside.

• The mysterious cloaked stranger who’s been helping Julien for so long is finally revealed!

Special guest cover by John Cassaday!

ROADKILL: A JIM KOWALSKI ADVENTURE
Matt and Shawn Fillbach (W/A)
On sale Dec 10
b&w, 80 pages
$9.95
TPB, 6″ x 9″

A biological contagion that turns the living into cannibalistic mutants has been unleashed, and it’s up to paranormal trucker Jim Kowalksi to stop it! Jim, along with his talking dog and G.P.S. crystal skull, lead this full-throttle adventure into overdrive. Our heroic trio must battle their way through monster insects, zombie truckers, a crazed country musician, and a doomsday cult led by the insane Reverend Baba-Yaga Boogity.

• The Fillbach brothers’ prior creator-owned work, Maxwell Strangewell, was ranked #6 by The Onion A.V. Club’s “Best Comics of 2007,” not to mention #9 by both Contra Consta Times and Savannah Morning News.

• “The Fillbachs’ sensibility is enjoyably left-field and ambitious.” —A.V. Club

ROY ROGERS ARCHIVES
Various (W/A)
On sale Aug 27
FC, 240 pages
$49.95
HC, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″

Happy Trails! Roy Rogers rides again in this deluxe volume presenting the earliest comic-book adventures of America’s favorite Western star!

Return to the heyday of the West, when Roy Rogers, with his golden palomino Trigger, conquered the American frontier one thrilling act of daring-do at a time!

Pop culture icon, hero to generations of boys and girls, and the straightest-shooting, fastest-riding cowboy of them all, Roy Rogers left an indelible mark on the American landscape. These classic comics, in a handsome hardcover edition fit for the “King of the Cowboys,” are a perfect way to experience the excitement, humor, and romance that captivated millions.

• With art by critically acclaimed brothers Tom and Charles McKimson, who were famous for Dell and Disney comic illustration for decades, as well as their work in animation and art in their own right.

• Volume One collects: Dell Four-Color Comic #38, 63, 86, 95, and 109.

THE SCREAM
Peter David (W), Bart Sears (P), Randy Elliott (I), and Dan Jackson (C)
On sale Dec 24
FC, 104 pages
$13.95
TPB, 7″ x 10″

Danny Duncan’s life is a mess. His job is mind-numbingly boring, his elderly father is slipping into senility, and since Danny got out of the Belle Foux treatment facility people have been saying he’s crazy. On top of all that, odd things have started to happen around Danny. His emotions are affecting coworkers and customers in bizarre ways. But nothing could prepare him for the Scream—a horrible manifestation of his most powerful feelings.

Follow Danny and the intrepid reporter Sian Ferguson as they attempt to uncover the disturbing reality behind Danny’s newfound abilities, its connection to Belle Foux, and the dirty businessman who will protect his secret at all costs!

• Collects The Scream four-issue miniseries.

SOLOMON KANE #2 (of 5)
Scott Allie (W), Mario Guevara (P), Dave Stewart (C), John Cassaday (Cover), and Laura Martin (Cover Colors)
On sale Oct 29
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

“It has fallen upon me, now and again in my sojourns through the world, to ease various evil men of their lives.”

Mysteries emerge during Solomon Kane’s stay in the Castle of the Devil—the beasts that prey upon the local peasantry make their presence known, and another body is discovered. Kane begins to doubt the legends about the ancient chapel beneath the castle. Did a devil-worshiping monk really die there at the hands of his brothers, or was there something even more sinister afoot? And what lives down there now?

Expands upon Robert E. Howard’s unfinished “Castle of the Devil.”

“With art and writing that perfectly captures the pulp weirdness of his birth, Solomon Kane officially becomes the only Puritan I’ve ever been a fan of. Don’t miss out on these weird tales, you’ll regret it.”

—Ed Brubaker (Award-winning writer of Captain America, Criminal, and Iron Fist)

STAR WARS: CLONE WARS #2 (of 6)
Henry Gilroy (W), Scott Hepburn (P), Dan Parsons (I), and Kilian Plunkett (Cover)
On sale Oct 8
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi have discovered the dastardly plot of Count Dooku—the entire population of the planet Kiros are in danger!

Along with fresh new Padawan Ahsoka Tano—Anakin and Obi-Wan have liberated the droid-occupied planet and halted its destruction, but the native Togruta people have disappeared . . . Now, our Jedi must find the missing citizens, before Count Dooku can carry out his master plan!

• Cover by Kilian Plunkett—one of the artists working on The Clone Wars TV show!

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS VOLUME 2—CRASH COURSE
Henry Gilroy (W), The Fillbach Brothers (P), Ronda Pattison (C), and Scott Hepburn (Cover)
On sale Dec 31
FC, 96 pages
$7.95
TPB, 5 1/4″ x 7 1/2″

In the latest galaxy-spanning Clone Wars adventure, Anakin Skywalker and his young Padawan Ahsoka Tano go undercover in the cutthroat world of podracing in hopes of crushing a diabolical Separatist spy ring. Watch out, Jedi—speed kills!

• This new series is a compliment to Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated CGI-animated The Clone Wars movie, and television programs that will air on The Cartoon Network and TNT!

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #34—VINDICATION part 3 (of 4)
John Jackson Miller (W), Brian Ching (P/Cover), and Michael Atiyeh (C)
On sale Oct 22
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

The secret Jedi Covenant has one leader, but it isn’t the devoted Jedi seer, Lady Krynda Draay . . .

As Padawan Zayne Carrick struggles to clear his name, the Masters who framed him for murder are finding the ideals they have worked so hard to protect are crumbling. They have been deceived by a trusted advisor whose hostile takeover will pit the Jedi Knights against one another—true Jedi of the Order vs. the misguided Jedi of the Covenant!

• Brian Ching, the artist who kicked off the series, returns for the climactic end of this major storyline!

STAR WARS: LEGACY #29— VECTOR part 10 (of 12)
John Ostrander (W), Jan Duursema (P), Dan Parsons (I), and Brad Anderson (C)
On sale Oct 29
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

With his bounty-hunter pals and a team of Imperial Knights, Cade Skywalker plans to assassinate the Sith Emperor Darth Krayt. The first step in their scheme requires a risky attack on a remote Imperial outpost in hopes of drawing Krayt away from Coruscant.

But even if that works, members of the team are divided in their feelings about their “secret weapon”—Celeste Morne, an ancient Jedi Knight of the Old Republic who is in possession of—and possibly possessed by—the powerful Muur Talisman.

As we plunge into the final chapters of the yearlong “Vector” crossover, the power of the Talisman threatens to shake the galaxy to its foundations!

STAR WARS: LEGACY VOLUME 4—ALLIANCE
John Ostrander (W), Omar Francia (P), Alan Robinson (P), and Brad Anderson (C)
On sale Dec 24
FC, 104 pages
$15.95
TPB, 7″ x 10″

The future of Star Wars continues here! The Sith again control the galaxy, but the remains of the Galactic Alliance fight on to restore justice . . .

Admiral Gar Stazi leads the Galactic Alliance in a risky heist against the Sith. If he succeeds, his army’s resources will be greatly replenished—but at what price of punishment from the Sith Emperor and his minions? Three sides of this tale are told: that of the Galactic Alliance; that of the forces still loyal to the deposed Emperor Roan Fel; and that of the new Sith Order. Immeasurable and unforeseen repercussions will come to all!

• This newest volume of Star Wars: Legacy collects issues #20–22, and #27 of the ongoing series.

USAGI YOJIMBO #115
Stan Sakai (W/A)
On sale Oct 22
b&w, 24 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

When Lord Tadakazu died without leaving an heir, the Shogun himself took responsibility for dividing the lord’s holdings. Mysteriously, an entire fortress was given to Lord Otomo, a rival of Tadakazu, with the provision that he personally take possession of the structure.

When Usagi discovers that the Neko ninja plan to attack Lord Otomo, the rabbit ronin believes this strange gift may be part of a plot to assassinate the lord. Yet no ninja assault can compare to the surprise that awaits Otomo within the walls of his old enemy’s fortress.

DARK HORSE OCTOBER CHECKLIST

COMICS
B.P.R.D.: The Warning #4 • $2.99
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Hellboy: In the Chapel of Moloch (one-shot) • $2.99
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Rex Mundi #14 • $2.99
Solomon Kane #2 • $2.99
Star Wars: Clone Wars #2 • $2.99
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #34—Vindication part 3 • $2.99
Star Wars: Legacy #29—Vector part 10 • $2.99
Usagi Yojimbo #115 • $2.99

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Roy Rogers Archives (hardcover collection) • $49.95
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Star Wars: Legacy Volume 4 (trade-paperback collection) • $15.95
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Volume 2—Crash Course (trade paperback) • $7.95

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