Tag: Angel TV Series

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Nine Begins With Angel & Faith

Script: Christos Gage; Art: Rebekah Isaacs; Executive Producer: Joss

Left in a near-catatonic state following the events in Buffy Season 8, Angel will need a seriously rude awakening if he’s to make amends for his ill-conceived deeds. Enter rebel Slayer with a cause–Faith Lehane. Together they’ll have full access to the Watcher files and opportunities to make amends for all they’ve done . . . and will do.

And so begins Season Nine of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Actually, the issue begins with a flashback of Rupert Giles battling a demon who has possessed a little girl. Unable to defeat the demon he is able to bind it to the girl and make it dormant by sacrificing one of the best days of his life. back in the present, Angel has been brought out of his withdrawal by being read about the incident in Giles’ Watcher Journal by Faith. Seems the pair have decided to take up Giles work and once again find redemption through helping others. Finally freeing the girl from the monster, Angel finds out what day Giles sacrificed and understands even more what he did by murdering the former Watcher. This leads Angel to a decision that is as monumental as it probably is unwise. Meanwhile, Faith has taken to helping out a group of former Slayers readjusting to normal life. However, Faith discovers the girls have given themselves a new mission, one that surprises her, especially since she realizes it puts her on the opposing side of those she has taken responsibility for. Then her day gets worse when Angel tells her what he’s decided to do.

This is a really great return to the world of Buffy and it is especially cool to have Angel back under the same publishing roof. However, it is clear that this title and the main Buffy book can be enjoyed separately, so no worries about the same story going between the two books. It seems like Faith is the only character that doesn’t hate Angel right now and is actually willing to work with him and, more or less, be his friend. And it makes perfect sense, considering the history between the two. Angel was willing to forgive Faith for trying to kill him and even basically started her on the road to redemption. It is interesting to see the tables now turned, with Faith essentially being the one who has it together and is being responsible. And, if this first issue is any indication, Giles is still playing a big role, if only as an influencing memory for Angel. Given the history between those two, that is a surprise. Angel gets the memory of the day that Giles sacrificed and with the memory of the day, especially the person that Giles shared it with, Angel is pretty much inextricably linked with the late Watcher. Of course Angel comes up with a plan to make everything right, but there is no way it’s going to work.

Great first issue, awesome writing by Gage, terrific art by Isaacs. Longtime fans will love it and new readers will have no trouble following along and figuring things out. I can’t wait for issue #2!

Dark Horse Comics Solicitations For May 2011


Joss Whedon (W), Christopher Golden (W), Brett Matthews (W), Tom Sniegoski (W), Eric Powell (P), Mel Rubi (P), Christian Zanier (P), Paul Lee (P/Cover), Brian Horton (P/Cover), Andy Owens (I), and others

On sale July 20
FC, 480 pages
TPB, 6″ x 9″

Heralding the return of Angel to Dark Horse Comics!

Collecting all of Dark Horse’s Angel comics to date, this single volume features stories by series creator Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews (Serenity: Those Left Behind), and Christopher Golden (Baltimore). Set during Seasons 1 and 2 of the Angel television series, favorite characters appear—Cordelia, Doyle, Wes, Gunn—as the investigations of LA’s vampire detective agency delve into all that is dark, grotesque, strange, and unexplainable. Angel faces demonic rats, bizarre deaths from spontaneous combustion, Hollywood demons encountered courtesy of Cordelia, angry spirits, zombies, and more!

• Includes four issues written by Joss Whedon.

• Chronicles the earliest adventures in the Angel saga!

• A collection of the first published Angel comics! Angel #1–#14, #17, Angel: Long Night’s Journey #1–#4, Dark Horse Presents #153–#155: “Hunting Ground,” Dark Horse Extra #25–#28: “Angel,” and Angel: Point of Order.


Doug Sneyd (W/A), Hugh Hefner (W), and Lynn Johnston (W)

On sale July 13
FC, 248 pages
HC, 9″ x 12″

On sale July 13
FC, 248 pages
Ltd. HC, 9″ x 12″

The scintillating carton works of Doug Sneyd, an artist for Playboy magazine since the eary 1960s, are now collected in this stunning art book. This book features the most lush, sumptuous, striking, and hilarious of Doug’s full-page cartoons. Readers will be charmed with the lovely scantily (and even non-) clad “Sneyd” girls and the one-line jokes they so ably illustrate. Don’t miss this collection by one of Playboy’s veteran cartoonists!

This book includes a foreword by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, an introduction by Lynn Johnston, cartoonist of the nationally syndicated strip For Better or For Worse, and reflections from the artist himself!

• Nearly three hundred full-color cartoons!

• Featuring cartoons previously unpublished by Playboy magazine.

• The deluxe limited-edition collection features an exclusive print inside the book that is signed by the artist, presented in a handsome slipcase, and limited to one hundred copies.

America’s hottest animated show returns to comics!


Aaron Ehasz (W), Josh Hamilton (W), Tim Hedrick (W), Dave Roman (W), J. Torres (W), Joaquim Dos Santos (A), Elsa Garagarza (A), Gurihiru (A), Corey Lewis (A), Johane Matte (W/A), Ethan Spaulding (A), and others

On sale July 13
FC, 240 pages
TPB, 6″ x 9″

For three years, millions of eager fans tuned in to watch new episodes of Nickelodeon’s hit animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Ever since, fans have been hungry for more—and now their wait is finally over!

This volume collects the long-out-of-print, fan-favorite comics previously published in Nickelodeon Magazine and with the Airbender DVDs, plus over seventy brand-new comics pages. That’s twenty-six stories set in Airbender continuity, by a host of top-notch talent, many of whom worked on the original animated series!

• A must-have for any Airbender fan!

• Twenty-six in-continuity stories, plus bonus content!

• The latest release in an ongoing partnership between Nickelodeon and Dark Horse, to bring you the very best in Airbender books!


Malachai Nicolle (W) and Ethan Nicolle (P/Cover)

On sale May 4
FC, 32 pages

Just when you thought the ground-breaking hit comic Axe Cop couldn’t get more awesome, it gets MORE AWESOME!

Axe Cop is in big trouble! The authorities are on his case, he’s on a crazy time-travel mission to try to save the dinosaurs from a horrible war with aliens, and while he’s been away, a team of evil brothers has been assembling a massive team of bad guys bent on taking over the earth! But with the help of his awesome crime-fighting team, including Dinosaur Soldier, Sockarang, and the mighty doggie hero Ralph Wrinkles, Axe Cop might still be able to save the planet. But there’s one more battle for our brave axe man in blue, and he must time-travel to the age of swords to make it all happen!

• Don’t miss the exciting and ridiculously funny conclusion to the best comics miniseries of 2011!

“Funny, goofy, frenetic, exuberant . . . a pure, crystalline, downright weaponized expression of the kidlike essence of comics.” —NPR


On sale June 22
7.5″ tall

Due to the enthusiastic interest in our now-sold-out 13″ Bettie Page: Girl of Our Dreams by Dave Stevens statue, we’ve decided to make a smaller 7.5″ version. Now everyone can own a piece of this remarkable collaboration. Incorporating the beautiful line work of Bettie’s biggest fan and personal friend, Dave Stevens’; the masterful sculpting of Kent Melton, who sculpted the original large-size statue; and the luscious looks of our favorite pinup, Miss Bettie Page, this is a collectible that shouldn’t be missed!

Because you can never have too much Bettie Page.


Bob Wood (W), Charles Biro (A), Jack Alderman (A), Dan Barry (A), George Tuska (A), Carmine Infantino (A), Dick Briefer (A), Bob Montana (A), Fred Guardineer (A), Pete Poplaski (Cover), and others

On sale July 27
FC, 224 pages
TPB, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″

Gangsters, kidnappers, maniacal killers, and thugs of all stripes had their lurid stories recounted in Crime Does Not Pay! Featuring thrilling, brutal tales and disturbing, despicable characters, Crime Does Not Pay enthralled a nation and was the most popular comic book of its time. The series was a favorite target of Dr. Fredric Wertham and other censors and is partially responsible for the creation of the Comics Code Authority—yet it was also an inspiration for Harvey Kurtzman’s reality-based EC Comics. See why this series was both revered and reviled in this unique “best of” primer!

• Crime Does Not Pay editor Bob Wood brutally murdered his girlfriend and was later murdered himself! This fascinating sidebar is detailed in an essay by cartoonist, historian, and co-editor Denis Kitchen.

• Contains a selection of stories from across the series’ run in the 1940s, a new cover, an illustrated essay, and an introduction.

• All-new Crime-inspired cover by artist Pete Poplaski with colors by Bernie Mireault.


Mike Mignola (W), Scott Allie (W), Karl Moline (P), Andy Owens (I), Dave Stewart (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)

On sale May 4
FC, 32 pages

While Broom banishes a ghost from a priest’s home, Liz explores the woods around the house, where a terrible witch hunt occurred and a woman was murdered!

Also—the accident in which Liz killed her family is finally revealed in detail!

• Cover by Jo Chen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8)

• Art by Fray artist Karl Moline!

“Moline’s pencils are crisp and attractive, a reminder that he’s got a strong eye for characters” —Comic Book Resources



On sale July 27
b&w, 576 pages
TPB, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/4″

The beautiful new teacher in Sakura’s class, Kaho Mizuki, soon reveals that she’s a shrine maiden with magic powers of her own. But, as always, the struggle to capture the Clow cards is woven together with the mysterious—and complicated—threads of love and affection between Sakura and all the people in her life. Will her heart be strong enough as she faces the one who will judge her worthiness to master the cards at last?

• Cardcaptor Sakura is finally available in omnibus form!

• Cardcaptor Sakura is a shojo saga well known to fans, through both the manga and the anime TV series and movies released in the US through Geneon.

• The Dark Horse series of CLAMP omnibus editions has truly raised the bar for manga collections!

• Contains thirty bonus color pages!



Roy Thomas (W), Mike Hawthorne (P), John Lucas (I), Dan Jackson (C), and Doug Wheatley (Cover)

On sale May 18
FC, 32 pages

The dangers keep stacking up against Conan as he travels down the Road of Kings. If he wants to continue on his journey, Conan will need to defeat a deadly executioner, a mystic royal astrologer, and the evil and deadly razor-handed Gamesh! Chapter 6 of Conan’s voyage along the Road of Kings is one you won’t want to miss! Written by legendary Conan scribe Roy Thomas and illustrated by artists extraordinaire Mike Hawthorne and John Lucas!

• Roy Thomas, the man who brought Robert E. Howard to comics, returns to Conan!

• Painted covers by Doug Wheatley.


Joe R. Lansdale (W), Doug Moench (W), Joe Harris (W), Dan Braun (W), Michael Woods (W), Nicola Cuti (W), Bill Morrison (W), Jason Shawn Alexander (P), Greg Ruth (P), Angelo Torres (P), Rahsan Ekedal (P), Hilary Barta (P), Michael Kaluta (P), Eric Powell (Cover), and others

On sale July 13
b&w, 184 pages
TPB, 7″ x 10″

Creepy Comics Volume 1 gathers all of the new material from the first two years of Dark Horse’s celebrated new Creepy series and collects it into one gargantuan book! This 184-page monstrosity features a spellbinding assortment of gory stories about all your favorite terror-inducing topics, including cannibals, lurking demons, werewolves, zombies, and psychotic murderers, illustrated in glorious black and white, following the great tradition of classic Creepy, with twenty bonus pages in full color!

• Collects Creepy #1-#4 and the two full-color stories from MySpace Dark Horse Presents.


Various (W/A)

On sale July 20
b&w, 248 pages
HC, 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8″

In this new, cranium-cracking collection, our award-winning Creepy Archives run continues to bring classic Warren horror anthology stories to modern readers! Collecting Creepy magazine issues #46-#50 and featuring a terrifying cover by acclaimed horror and fantasy illustrator Sanjulian, our latest excursion into terror brings us face to fang with the bizarre concoctions of Richard Corben, Doug Moench, Reed Crandall, Tom Sutton, Jerry Grandenetti, José Bea, and other familiar monsterminds and fan faves. This archival edition will also reprint all color covers, color “Loathsome Lore” stories, fan-art pages, letter columns, and essays from the original magazines, making our series essential for hardcore horror collectors and new readers alike!

• Eisner Award-winning series.

• New York Times graphic-novel bestseller.


Nick Mamatas (W) and Brian Keene (W)

On sale July 20
232 pages
Novel, 5 1/4″ x 8″

A hilarious, shocking, terrifying thrill ride across the American landscape, The Damned Highway pays homage to the gonzo journalism of Hunter S. Thompson and the uncanny terrors of H. P. Lovecraft!

Horror legend Brian Keene (The Rising) and cult storytelling master Nick Mamatas (Move Under Ground) dredge up a tale of drug-fueled eldritch madness from the blackest depths of the American nightmare. On a freaked-out bus journey to Arkham, Massachusetts, and the 1972 presidential primary, evidence mounts that sinister forces are on the rise, led by the Cult of Cthulhu and its most prominent member—Richard M. Nixon!

• Brian Keene is a two-time Bram Stoker Award winner.

• Nick Mamatas has been nominated for Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, World Fantasy, and Hugo Awards.

• If you’re a fan of Lovecraft Unbound you’ll love The Damned Highway!


Brendon Small (W), Jon Schnepp (W), Jeremy Barlow (W), Eric Powell (W/A/Cover), Lucas Marangon (A), Thomas Mason (C), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale July 6
FC, 112 pages
HC, 6 5/8″ x 10 1/4″

From the depths of Mordhaus comes Dethklok, the most brutal black-metal band on the planet, cutting a ferocious swath through the world’s economies and playing massive shows that leave their unwaveringly loyal fans literally in pieces—they are five men prophesied to bring about the Metalocalypse!

• This deluxe hardcover collects the Dethklok miniseries #1-#3 and Dethklok versus The Goon one-shot.

• Based on the wildy popular Adult Swim animated series Metalocalypse.

• Stories by Metalocalypse creator/writer Brendon Small and animation director/designer Jon Schnepp.


Jim Shooter (W), Roger Robinson (A), Agustin Alessio (A/C), Wes Dzioba (C), and Michael Komarck (Cover)

On sale May 4
FC, 32 pages

It’s Doctor Solar, Master of the Unified Field, versus Mindbender, Master of Matter, for the championship of the universe. But how much of the universe will be left in their wake? And witness the spectacular double death of Tanek Nuro. Plus, in the conclusion of Solar’s origin epic, a man-made sun lays waste to the world by fire. In the heart of the thermonuclear inferno, a consciousness strives to prevent the end of the planet—a consciousness reborn as The Man of the Atom.

• Features the conclusion of Doctor Solar’s origin epic!

• Doctor Solar is one of comics’ truly iconic characters, popular for half a century.

• Industry legend Jim Shooter returns to the character he redefined in the 1990s to overwhelming sales and critical success.

• Part of a major launch of new related titles, including Magnus, Robot Fighter; Turok, Son of Stone; Mighty Samson; and Doctor Spektor.

Roger Returns!


Mike Mignola (W), Richard Corben (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale May 11
FC, 32 pages

A horrible witch and her zombie servant host a dinner party for a family of corpses, and Hellboy and Roger turn up to blast them all back to hell in this team-up story from Roger’s early days at the B.P.R.D.

• Art by Richard Corben (Hellboy: The Bride of Hell, Hellboy in Mexico, Hellboy: The Crooked Man).

• Features an early team-up with fan-favorite Roger!

• Twenty-eight story pages of blood-curdling horror!

“Each comic is able to effortlessly welcome and envelop you back into its strange world filled with odd characters and even odder ideas. I’ve cherished every one of my forays into the world of Hellboy.” —IGN


Mike Mignola (W/A/Cover), Richard Corben (A), Dave Stewart (C), and others

On sale July 6
FC, 312 pages
HC, 9″ x 12″

The oversized Hellboy hardcover series continues, collecting Mike Mignola and Richard Corben’s award-winning The Crooked Man story.

Hellboy has racked up multiple Eisner Awards, numerous spinoffs, a prose line, video games, animated series, and two feature films. Hellboy Library Volume 4 collects two complete trade paperbacks full of short stories: The Troll Witch and Others and The Crooked Man, as well as an extensive selection of previously unreleased sketches and designs.

• Collects Hellboy: The Troll Witch and Others, Hellboy: The Crooked Man, and over 30 pages of new sketchbook material.

“Mignola’s demonic monster-hunter’s adventures are collected in a velvet-bound, over-sized book that showcases his stunning art to its fullest.” —Publisher’s Weekly


Tim Truman (W), Tomás Giorello (P), José Villarrubia (C), and Darick Robertson (Cover)

On sale May 25
FC, 32 pages

Conan goes against his Cimmerian instincts and sides with Pelias the wizard, who can help the barbarian exact revenge on those who took his crown! Conan races to Aquilonia to regain his throne! With covers by fan-favorite Darick Robertson, this fast-paced, standalone miniseries is a great introduction to Howard’s tales of the great King Conan!

• The creative team behind the critically acclaimed Conan the Cimmerian comic-book run concludes Dark Horse’s first King Conan series!

• The thrilling conclusion to one of Robert E. Howard’s most beloved Conan stories!

Follow Kull into the heart of Atlantis!


David Lapham (W), Gabriel Guzman (P), Mariano Taibo (I), Dan Jackson (C), and Tom Fleming (Cover)

On sale July 27
FC, 104 pages
TPB, 7″ x 10″

David Lapham (Stray Bullets) pits Robert E. Howard’s original barbarian king against a terrifying magical foe from his doomed homeland of Atlantis. The Hate Witch has waited from the beginning of time for a great man of uncertain destiny whom she can use to bring about the destruction of civilization. She believes that King Kull is that man, and has launched an all-out assault on Valusia, slaughtering its people, in an attempt to draw him to her seat of power—the wilds of Atlantis! Kull will have to return to his savage origins if he wants to hold onto the throne in Valusia, and save it from civil war!

• Collecting issues #1-#4 of the miniseries.

• From Stray Bullets creator David Lapham!

• From Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan!



On sale July 6
b&w, 656 pages
TPB, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″

Umi, Hikaru, and Fuu are three schoolgirls out on a field trip to Tokyo Tower, whisked suddenly away by a strange voice and light to Cefiro, a world full of spirits and sorcery. They were summoned here through the last remaining strength of the Princess Emeraude, who hopes that they are the trio destined to become the magic knights legend says can save her realm! But how are a bunch of junior-high-school kids supposed to defeat the dark might of the sinister Lord Zagato . . . with only an exceedingly strange bunny creature named Mokona as their guide . . . ?

• An early crossover hit, Magic Knight Rayearth was made into both an anime TV and a direct-to-video series.

• Unavailable for over four years, the Magic Knight Rayearth series has sold close to 200,000 copies in the US alone!

• Another successful omnibus edition from CLAMP (Clover, Chobits, Cardcaptor Sakura).

• Contains twenty-five bonus color pages!

The modern pinup master reveals all!


Jim Silke (W/A)

On sale July 20
FC, 104 pages
9″ x 12″

In the world of contemporary pinup art, few artists can capture the sexy essence of a gorgeous woman as well and as wonderfully as Jim Silke. Silke’s best-selling art books include Bettie Page, Queen of Hearts and Pin-Up: The Illegitimate Art. This time, the pinup master strips his subjects of dress and other distractions to better reveal the delicious details that are usually hidden from admiring eyes. Silke adorns his intoxicating imagery with sage insight and cunning wit, as he recounts his long and exceedingly happy career flirting with fine art and foxy women.

• His best-selling books include Bettie Page, Queen of Hearts and Bettie Page Rules.

• Jim Silke’s Bettie Page: Queen of Hearts is one of Dark Horse’s perennial best-selling art books, currently in its fifth printing.

• Includes two sexy centerfold inserts!


Robert E. Howard (W), Marc Andreyko (W), Joe Casey (W), Roy Thomas (W), Paul Tobin (W), Tim Bradstreet (A/Cover), Gil Kane (A), Ernie Chan (A), Pop Mhan (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and others

On sale May 25
FC, 80 pages

Showcasing the exploits of Howard’s heroes in new adventures and restored, recolored reprints of classic tales, Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword features the work of comic-industry legends, as well as today’s top talent and hottest rising stars.

In this issue: Tales starring Conan, El Borak, Dark Agnes, Sailor Steve Costigan, and more, by Wellinton Alves (Nova), Marc Andreyko (Manhunter), Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe), Tim Bradstreet (Punisher), Gil Kane (Green Lantern), Roy Thomas (Conan), Paul Tobin (Spider-Man and the Secret Wars), and more!

• Features 60 action-packed story pages, plus bonus material!

• Includes Roy Thomas and Gil Kane’s long-out-of-print classic, “The Valley of the Worm,” recolored and reprinted in its entirety!

“If you love fantasy books like Conan or Kull, definitely pick this up. It’s a must have!” —ComicAttack.net

Eisner Award-winning series!


Jill Thompson (W/A)

On sale July 13
b&w, 312 pages
TPB, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″

Jill Thompson’s award-winning children’s series, Scary Godmother—widely known from the Cartoon Network animated feature—is back with more entertainment for readers of all ages in this complete comic-book collection!

• Collecting Scary Godmother #1–#6: Ghoul’s Out for Summer; Scary Godmother: Holiday Spooktacular; Scary Godmother: Bloody Valentine Special; Scary Godmother: Activity Book; Scary Godmother: Wild about Harry #1–#3; Scary Godmother and Friends Ashcan; Scary Godmother: Six Feet South of the Border from Action Girl #13; and more!

• Collection includes a nineteen-page, full-color sketchbook section!

“Scary Godmother and her friends are cheerful and reassuring, and their message is that monsters are really very nice, once you get to know them.”—School Library Journal

“Jill Thompson’s Scary Godmother is another of this comics maestro’s knockout punches.”—Frank Miller (Sin City)


Bruce Jones (W), Rahsan Ekedal (P), Dan Jackson (C), Dave Stewart (C), Guy Davis (Cover), and Gregory Manchess (Variant Cover)

On sale May 4
FC, 32 pages

When a dying girl reveals that it’s the despicable Le Loup who has raped and stabbed her, Solomon Kane vows to finally trap and kill this elusive fiend. Le Loup is not an easy man to find, though, and Kane will have to carve, shoot, and burn a path through the criminal mastermind’s murderous minions as he searches for the aloof villain!

• An entirely new creative team takes Solomon Kane into an exciting new era—and all the way to Africa with comic-book titan Bruce Jones at the helm!

• Each issue features two covers.

• Adapts Robert E. Howard’s “Red Shadows” adventure!


Mike Barr (W), Matt and Shawn Fillbach (A/Cover), and Raymond Lee (C)

On sale July 27
FC, 80 pages
TPB, 5 1/4″ x 7 1/2″

The Separatists unleash a terrifying new weapon on Republic-held systems! An enormous starship, the Starcrusher, is destroying every ship sent against it.

Yoda agrees to a risky plan to stop the Starcrusher, and assembles a Jedi strike force that includes Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, and Ki-Adi-Mundi.

Too late, the Jedi realize that the Starcrusher mission has become a trap—one specifically designed to kill Jedi!

• Inspired by the film and television programs The Clone Wars, the fun and excitement never stop with these additional Jedi adventures.

• Featuring Mace Windu in action! And introducing Jedi Knight Jyl Somtay!

• The Fillbach brothers return to The Clone Wars!


Haden Blackman (W), Rick Leonardi (P), Dan Green (I), Wes Dzioba (C), and Tsuneo Sanda (Cover)

On sale May 25
FC, 40 pages

The final battle with the insurgents brings a resolution to the mystery of Moff Tarkin’s son.

Vader resolves the entire mission in a way that only he, the darkest lord of the Sith, can!

• There is only one DARTH VADER!

All-action finale!

Master Jedi sent on a mission by Yoda!


Scott Allie (W), Mahmud Asrar (A/Cover), Paul Mount (C), and Stéphane Roux (Variant Cover)

On sale May 18
FC, 40 pages

Twenty-one years before the events in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn is dispatched to prevent the outbreak of a civil war on the homeworld of his Padawan Xanatos—whose father is king. It is a mission that will lead Qui-Gon into close contact with the dark side and start him on a quest that will have a major impact on the future of the Jedi Order!

• Here is an opportunity for readers to get onboard a new series, set in a wild and wide-open era of the Star Wars mythos!

• The story of Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn’s Padawan, before Obi-Wan Kenobi!

• Features a 25th-anniversary variant cover.

The final issue!


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

On sale May 25
FC, 40 pages

Battleground Coruscant. The allies have carried the battle to the Sith. The war for control of the galaxy is not over yet . . . . . . but it will be by the end of this issue. Traitors will be revealed, heroes and villains will fall, and empires will be toppled. It all ends here!

“Star Wars: Legacy is a well-crafted, entertaining comic that is worth the perils of investing in a ‘new’ universe.” —Comic Book Resources


Cole Haddon (W), M. S. Corley (A/Cover), and Jim Campbell (C)

On sale May 25
FC, 32 pages

It’s been five years since Mr. Edward Hyde went on his rampage through London, and a new madman—Jack the Ripper—is terrorizing the city’s Whitechapel district. Inspector Thomas Adye of Scotland Yard, convinced the Ripper is using the same serum that gave birth to Hyde, has reluctantly partnered with Hyde’s alter ego, the imprisoned Dr. Henry Jekyll, for help in his hunt. Written by Cole Haddon and illustrated by M. S. Corley, part 2 of Hyde sees Jekyll temporarily released from his dungeon, albeit shackled and under heavy guard. Will it make a difference?

• Thrilling mystery featuring beloved characters from classic literature!

• Featuring art by exciting newcomer M. S. Corley!

• Weaving together the Jack the Ripper legend with elements of the classic tale of Jekyll and Hyde.


On sale June 1
4″ tall
Limited to 950 numbered pieces
Packaged in its own tin box, with a pin-back button and character booklet

Dark Horse launches a new series of vintage-style statuettes featuring four of Toy Story’s best-known characters. Featured this month is the fourth and final figure from Woody’s Roundup, Stinky Pete the prospector.

In examining the candidates from this classic film’s many characters, we agreed with Disney that Woody and his gang were best suited to the deliberately rough-hewn, somewhat distressed Syroco style that sculptors Yoe! Studio describe as “primitive but charming.”


Jim Shooter (W), Eduardo Francisco (A), José Villarrubia (C), and Raymond Swanland (Cover)

On sale May 18
FC, 32 pages

In a lost land ruled by thunder lizards, Native Americans Turok and Andar face dangers beyond time and imagination. In the service of Tech Lord Tinker, Turok leads an odd squad of castaway commandos on an invasion of the safehold of the Amazons. Their objective: a girdle made of ytterbium steel. Amazons are not easy marks—especially Phalanx, the daughter of a renowned twenty seventh-century champion.

• Inspired the wildly popular Turok, Dinosaur Hunter game and Turok, Son of Stone animated feature

• Third in a major launch of new related titles, including Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom; Magnus, Robot Fighter; Mighty Samson; and Doctor Spektor.


Stan Sakai (W/A)

On sale July 6
b&w, 192 pages
TPB, 6″ x 9″

On sale July 27
b&w, 192 pages
Ltd. HC, 6″ x 9″

The warrior’s path is fraught with peril as Miyamoto Usagi takes to the road with his bounty-hunter friend Gen. Traveling the countryside, the samurai odd couple must put bickering over money and shortcuts aside as they encounter a series of dangers, including trickster foxes, a gambler who is master of the bullwhip, and several factions of treacherous ninja. The stakes are raised even higher when the pair go their separate ways, as Usagi falls in with a clan on a suicide mission and Gen pursues a killer who isn’t what he appears, in adventures that will test each friend’s honor—and bravery!

• Also available as a hardcover, with dust jacket and a signed and numbered tip-in, limited to 350 copies.

• Introduction by award-winning animator and official “Disney Legend” Floyd Norman!

• The tales in this volume were nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series!

• Collects Usagi Yojimbo #110–#116 and “Saya” from MDHP #18.


Mike Mignola (W/Cover), John Arcudi (W), John Severin (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale May 4
FC, 32 pages

Evading the jaws of a monstrous stone dog, Grey heads to an abandoned coal mine filled with a horde of zombies!

EC Comics legend John Severin (Two-Fisted Tales) rejoins the Hellboy line after his stellar debut in B.P.R.D.: War on Frogs!

• Cover art by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola!

“Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder is also a thrilling occult mystery like few others I’ve read. Having no prior knowledge of the character, I found myself eager to seek out further adventures of Sir Edward Grey and the wicked world he defends evil from on a daily basis.”—Ain’t It Cool News

From the pages of Hellboy!

Talking ‘Angel: Aftermath’ With Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has nine published novels in her acclaimed Women of the Otherworld series, with a tenth due in November. In addition to two crime novels, she’s also writing a young adult fantasy trilogy. Somehow, she’s also found time to write six issues in IDW Publishing‘s Angel comic book series, which is the official continuation of Joss Whedon’s Angel TV series. Starting with issue 18 (due out February 25th), the series will be retitled Angel: Aftermath as Armstrong sorts through the fallout of writer Bryan Lynch having taken Angel, his friends and enemies (all of Los Angeles, really) literally to Hell and back. She also found some time to answer a few questions from Pop Culture Zoo.

PCZ: What lead to you getting the call to continue the Angel comic series?

KA: It was one of those lucky “networking” things. Someone who knew I was a big Buffy/Angel fan found out that IDW was looking for writers to continue the Angel comics and asked if I’d be interested.

PCZ: What are your thoughts upon getting the offer to write a story arc of the official continuation of the Angel series?

KA: It’s both exciting and daunting. This is the one universe that I’d love to play in, so of course I jumped at the chance. But writing for an established series means taking a big chance, too. I know not every fan will love what I do with the comics, no matter what route I take.

PCZ: Angel and Los Angeles have just literally gone to hell and back. What sort of fallout from that will you be following up on?

KA: My arc deals with a few fallout issues: Angel’s newfound celebrity, the pissed-off demon lords, the latest prophesy and, most importantly, the big question of “what now?” Having been through the events of After the Fall, what does Angel do next? That’s what he’s wrestling with in my story, among other things.


PCZ: What characters can we expect to see in your six issues?

KA: The ending of After the Fall leaves me with a fairly limited cast. There are those who don’t survive and those who just won’t be up for more adventure anytime soon. I have Angel and Connor…and that was pretty much it from the main cast. From the secondary characters in After the Fall, I pull in Kate and Gwen. Then, to fill out the cast, I add a couple new ones.

PCZ: How difficult was it trying to capture the “voices” of the characters and the general tone of an “Angel story?”

KA: Very difficult. This is the first time I’ve ever worked with characters I didn’t create myself. I re-watched the TV series, played with tone and dialogue, but I still can’t say I nailed it. I suspect it would take more than a few issues to do that.

PCZ: What elements define Angel as a character for you?

KA: Angel is the classic tormented hero. He’s the guy with a past that he’s always trying to overcome. With the events of After the Fall, though, he’s finally paid his dues. So now what? That’s the big question. He’s spent most of his life fighting, and that’s really all he knows how to do. The forays he’s made into interpersonal relationships haven’t worked out that well. He doesn’t have a wish-list of places he’d love to visit or hobbies he’d love to take up. So when he’s finally fulfilled his mission, he’s going to be a bit lost.

PCZ: At the risk of incurring the jealousy of all, how closely did you work with Joss while writing the series?

KA: I don’t think I’m going to make anyone jealous on that front. The stories get his approval, but that’s it. Someday maybe, someday…

PCZ: How does your depiction of vampires in your novels compare with Joss’?

KA: I don’t do a lot with vampires. They’ve been done so often and so well that it’s hard to be original. Mine can walk around in daylight like Stoker’s Dracula. They’re only semi-immortal. They drink blood from the source and must kill once a year to continue their own lives. Stakes don’t kill them–just decapitation. So…not a lot like those in the Buffyverse, but that’s the fun of working with supernatural creatures–there’s so much mythology to cherry-pick from.


PCZ: How different was it for you to write a comic book script as opposed to a novel?

KA: I’m the type of writer who likes to explore all forms of the craft. So while my published work is primarily novels, I’ve done it all–poetry, short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic scripts… Comics have the most in common with screenplays, in that I’m restricted to what I can show–no long passages of internal dialogue (though, with comics, I get a bit of leeway with captions, thankfully!) As a writer, that’s a great exercise because while internal dialogue adds an extra dimension to novels, it can easily become a crutch–and one that bores readers to tears. The biggest problem I have with comic script writing is the “talking heads” scenes–the ones where characters are discussing something. In novels that’s fine to an extent, but in comics, it’s static and dull, and I was constantly trying to weed them out…though I suspect more weeding could have been done!

PCZ: Lastly, will you be writing more Angel beyond these six issues?

KA: Well, I suspect that will depend on how good a job I do with these ones!


Thank you to Kelley Armstrong for her time in answering our questions. Look for Made to Be Broken in March, The Awakening in May and Frostbitten in November!

Angel: After the Fall #5

With this issue Brian Lynch dispels all doubt about whether or not he belongs on Team Whedon. Lynch knocks it out of the ballpark with this one as several elements from the previous four issues come together here. Wesley, existing only as an ethereal spirit, is in trouble with the Wolfram & Hart Senior Partners for giving Angel too much help. Lorne, the Lord of Silver Lake, is feeling out of his depth and drowning his inadequacies in a few well-made drinks. A now-human Angel is preparing for a battle against what will most certainly be overwhelming odds. The Lord of Beverly Hills, Spike is planning to make a strategic withdrawal (IE: run away) with Illyria. Connor, Gwen and Nina are digging in and planning for the worse. And a bitter, now-vamped Gunn is watching the whole thing from the sidelines. Definitely sounds like it could be the beginning of a typical mid-season episode of the Angel TV series, not that any Angel episodes were usually what could be called typical. My favorite part of this issue is that the rallying cry for everyone, save Gunn, to regroup to help Angel is given by Lorne. Considering the way he exited in the final episode of the TV series, it was a touching detail. The only maddening thing about this issue is that the nifty cliffhanger won’t be resolved for three months.

I absolutely love Franco Urru’s artwork on this series. He does a fantastic job at composing a page and has superlative storytelling skills. Admittedly, the characters don’t always look like the actors that portrayed them on the screen, but I’m much more satisfied seeing the attention firmly on interpreting the script in an exciting way than page after page of copied-from-photos “posters” as seen in many other media tie-in comics. Besides, the sequence of Angel with a flaming sword battling a T Rex is full of more geek glee than should be allowed. I sure hope he is returning after the three issue flashback coming up.

Whether or not you know anything about Angel the TV series or not you really should be reading this book. You’ll get a fun, interesting story and some fantastic art and you really can’t ask for much more than that in a monthly book. This is a media tie-in well suited for the comics medium and isn’t hindered by being tied to a property. Buy it, read it, repeat each month.