Dark Horse Solicitations for April 2008

Wed, January 9th, 2008 at 12:00am PST

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ABE SAPIEN: THE DROWNING #3 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Jason Shawn Alexander (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Apr 2

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

With his companions dead and the island of Saint Sebastien overwhelmed by the stuff of nightmares, Abe struggles to stay alive as he fights his way toward the eye of the storm- and the monster that hides within.

Written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and featuring the haunting art of Jason Shawn Alexander (Damn Nation, The Secret, The Escapists), Abe Sapien: The Drowning is the story of Hellboy mainstay Abe Sapien's first solo adventure.

"There is just one word for Alexander's art: amazing." -Silver Bullet Comics

APPLESEED VOLUME 2: PROMETHEUS UNBOUND 3rd ED.

SHIROW MASAMUNE (W/A)

On sale May 21

b&w, 192 pages

$14.95

TPB, 8 ¼" x 5 3/4"

You can't have a perfect society without perfect people, and the only perfect people are the ones you can manufacture. The governing body of Olympus, an urban utopia created from the ashes of World War III, is about to bring paradise crashing down around their ears as they seek to regulate the minds and bodies of the human race . . . or fully replace them with cyborg substitutes. Deunan and Briareos, still new to the city, find themselves in the unlikely position of having to hold together this house of cards. Their strategy? Destroy the old foundation and pray everything stands while new underpinnings are forged!

From the imagination of Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune comes the manga masterpiece Appleseed, an epic cyberpunk vision deftly balancing hardcore techno-science, wry political commentary, and explosive action. A visionary work that inspired the wildly popular animated film, Appleseed is now presented for the first time in America in right-to-left reading format, as originally published in Japan.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL: BADGER HOLE VOLUME 19

Hiroaki Samura (W/A)

On sale June 11

b&w, 168 pages

$19.95

TPB, 5 ¾" x 8 ¼"

The time for reconnaissance, planning, and waiting is over! Rin and Döa, desperate to be reunited with their friends (or even reassured that they're alive), take their first bold steps in penetrating Edo Castle's defenses and foiling Kagimura's foul "immortality" experiments! A trip to an old doctor, a chance encounter with a high-strung peasant, and an appearance by a strange, all-new Itto-ryü warrior combine to make this volume an important series of encounters in persistent Rin's quest to find Manji and Isaku-and in her own growth as a warrior! The "Badger Hole" is a dank passageway that leads to an underground tunnel system beneath Edo Castle.

Collects Issues #127 to #131 of Blade of the Immortal.

B.P.R.D.: 1946 #4 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Joshua Dysart (W), Paul Azaceta (A), and Nick Filardi (C)

On sale Apr 9

FC, 24 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

With the body count rising, Bruttenholm and his allies race to track down the missing subjects of Project Vampir Sturm before they can be unleashed on the world.

 

Written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Joshua Dysart (Violent Messiahs, Swamp Thing, Conan and the Midnight God) and drawn by Paul Azaceta (Grounded), B.P.R.D.: 1946 chronicles the first investigation of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense in the ruins of post-World War II Berlin.

B.P.R.D. year one!

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #13

Drew Goddard (W), Georges Jeanty (P/Cover), Andy Owens (I), Dave Stewart (C), and Jon Foster (Cover)

On sale Apr 2

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Drew Goddard (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, Lost, and the writer of Cloverfield), continues his story arc "Wolves at the Gate," which has Buffy and the gang fighting a team of über vamps in Tokyo. In order to better understand their mysterious new foes, Xander must recruit an old ally to join in their cause to defeat this new danger.

 

Joss Whedon continues as executive producer, Georges Jeanty (The American Way) as series artist, with Jon Foster on covers.

Written by acclaimed television scribe Drew Goddard!

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER VOLUME 2: NO FUTURE FOR YOU

Brian K. Vaughan (W), Joss Whedon (W), Georges Jeanty (P), Cliff Richards (P), Andy Owens (I), Dave Stewart (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)

On sale June 4

FC, 120 pages

$15.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

When a rogue debutant Slayer begins to use her power for evil, Giles is forced to recruit the rebellious Faith, who isn't exactly known for her good deeds. Giles offers Faith a clean slate if she can stop this snooty Slayer from wreaking total havoc-that is, if Buffy doesn't beat her to it.

Georges Jeanty (The American Way) remains at the top of his game as series artist, and Whedon continues as Executive Producer in this direct follow-up to Season Seven of the smash-hit TV series.

Eisner award-winning writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y:The Last Man, Ex Machina) tackles Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight.

Collecting issue #6-10 of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight series.

Executive produced by Buffy creator Joss Whedon.

CONAN: BORN ON THE BATTLEFIELD

Kurt Busiek (W) and Greg Ruth (A)

On sale June 18

FC, 128 pages

$17.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

Writer Kurt Busiek and artist Greg Ruth team up to give you the story of Conan's early life, from his birth on a Cimmerian battlefield to his coming-of-age as a warrior in the pivotal Battle of Venarium. Sewing the seeds of the Barbarian's momentous career, this chronicle of Conan's youthful conquests- both martial and carnal-also showcases master storytellers Busiek and Ruth's work at its finest.

"[Ruth's art] is gorgeous to look at, conveying a different but equally lush vision of Cimmeria and the rest of Hyborea." - The Fourth Rail

Collects Conan #8, 15, 23, 32, 45, 46.

CREEPY ARCHIVES

Various (W/A)

On sale June 18

b&w, 232 pages

$49.95

HC, 8 3/8" x 10 7/8"

Gather up your wooden stakes, your blood-covered hatchets, and all the skeletons in the darkest depths of your closet, and prepare for a horrifying adventure into the darkest corners of comics history. Dark Horse Comics further corners the market on high quality horror storytelling with one of the most anticipated releases of the decade, a hardcover archive collection of legendary Creepy Magazine.

This groundbreaking material turned the world of graphic storytelling on its head in the early 1960s, as phenomenal young artists like Bernie Wrightson and Neal Adams reached new artistic heights with their fascinating explorations of classic and modern horror stories.

Brilliant, classic Creepy stories from 1964-1966 raised from the dead after twenty-five years.

Featuring work by such comics luminaries as Joe Orlando, Al Williamson, Alex Toth, and Frank Frazetta.

Archive editions of Creepy will be the cornerstone of any comic-book library.

Volume One reprints the first five terrifying issues of the magazine's original run, reprinted in the original magazine size!

THE END LEAGUE #3

Rick Remender (W), Mat Broome (P), Sean Parsons (I), and Wendy Broome (C)

On sale Apr 30

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Fan-favorite creators Rick Remender and Mat Broome continue their epic tale of the final days of Earth's last heroes! With half the team ensnared by The Smiling Man within the city of Loge, the mysterious man known as Black must choose between claiming the Hammer of Thor and rescuing his former teammates. Meanwhile, in the remains of New York, Prairie Ghost and Soldier American come face to face with the soul-possessing Scarecrow Sinister and discover that nothing is as it seems.

Top creators put an exciting new spin on the superhero genre!

FEAR AGENT: HATCHET JOB VOL 4

Rick Remender (W), Jerome Opeña (A), and Michelle Madsen (C)

On sale June 18

FC, 128 pages

$14.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

Abandoned in deep space, near death, and with no hope of rescue, Heath learns the cost of crossing the nefarious pirates of the Centurion Nebula. Back on the moon base a mysterious figure from Heath's past arrives as a harbinger of more hard days for humanity.

Combining the aesthetic elements of all three of the genres that made EC comics the high water mark of sequential storytelling: science fiction, war, and horror!

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

Sal Canzonieri (W) and various (A)

On sale June 25

FC, 400 pages

$29.95

TPB, 8 ½" 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!

Posters for such incredible bands as The Cramps, The Hives, Iggy Pop, Velvet Revolver, Ministry, Misfits, Motörhead, Ramones, Rob Zombie, and hundreds more!

Featuring posters, album art, and other graven images from a virtual who's-who of the rock art scene, including Johnny Ace, R Black, Art Chantry, Brian Ewing, Alan Forbes, Gilbert Hernandez, Lindsay Kuhn, Tara McPherson, Obey/Shepard Fairey, Print Mafia, Stainboy, and more.

Forewords by The Mad Peck and Steven Cerio.

FLUFFY

Simone Lia (W/A)

On sale June 11

b&w, 192 pages

$19.95

HC, 6 5/8" x 7 ¼"

Fluffy is a young rabbit with a human daddy named Michael, an anxious bachelor stuck in an uncomfortable, uncertain relationship with a woman who just happens to be Fluffy's preschool teacher. One day Michael decides to take Fluffy away for an impromptu trip to visit relatives in Sicily-and away from the overzealous affections of Miss Owers. Neither bunny nor man is truly prepared for the worldly excitement of a suspected kidnapping in Sicily, and both will be forever changed by the experience.

This delightful book explores the complicated nature of many relationships, from parent/child bonds to the intricacies of romance.

First U.S. edition of the internationally acclaimed and heartwarming graphic novel from Simone Lia.

GANTZ VOLUME 1

Hiroya Oku (W/A)

On sale June 25

b&w, 224 pages

$12.95

TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 1/16"

How long will you stay in the game?

The last thing Kei and Masaru remember was being struck dead by a subway train while saving the life of a drunken bum. What a waste! And yet somehow they're still . . . alive? Or semi-alive? Maybe it's reanimated . . . by some kind of alien orb with a nasty message . . . "Your lives are over. What you do with your new lives is up to me!" And what this orb called "Gantz" intends to do with their lives is make them play games of death, hunting all kinds of odd aliens, along with a bunch of other ordinary citizens who've recently met a tragic semi-end. The missions they embark upon are often dangerous. Many die-and die again.

This dark and action-packed manga deals with the moral conflicts of violence, teenage sexual confusion and angst, and our fascination with death.

Hang on to your gear and keep playing the game, whatever you do; Gantz is unrelenting.

Gantz has been one of the most popular adult anime in recent years with over 175,000 copies sold!

Dark Horse makes Gantz available in English for the first time with its U.S. debut.

Gantz has been running weekly in the Japanese magazine Young Jump, which has a circulation of over 1 million.

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

THE GOON #23

Eric Powell (W/A) and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Apr 9

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Goon must uncover the true identity of the mysterious man that hounds his every step in Eric Powell's Eisner Award-winning series The Goon. Meanwhile, Mirna looks for a fresh start in a new town, but it's a rocky beginning when memories of her brother's death take her to gloomy places.

The fun, mystery, intrigue and adventure continue with the critically acclaimed series The Goon!

"Eric Powell's great series The Goon deftly combines lowbrow humor with unexpected emotional depth in its ongoing story of a big, not-so-dumb guy who does battle with zombies in a town seemingly dreamt up by Tom Waits." –The Onion A.V. Club

GRENDEL: BEHOLD THE DEVIL #6 (of 8)

Matt Wagner (W/A)

On sale Apr 16

b&w w/red, 24 pages

$3.50

Miniseries

Blood and retribution set the stage for the Devil's hellish noose! A mystical trap baited in blood has been set to ensnare the diabolic presence that stalks Grendel's lethal trail. Following an unsuccessful assassination attempt on the criminal mastermind, Grendel sets his merciless sights on the rebellious leaders of the Korean mob. But will Hunter Rose's deadly precision be enough to reel in his mysterious and monstrous pursuer?

Writer/artist Matt Wagner unleashes a darkness unlike any ever seen as this exposé of the original Grendel's greatest secrets reaches its deadliest pitch yet!

GRENDEL: GOD AND THE DEVIL

Matt Wagner (W), John K. Snyder III (I/Cover), Tim Sale (P), Jay Geldhof (P/I), Bernie Mireault (I), and Jeromy Cox (C)

On sale June 11

FC, 320 pages

$29.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

In the centuries since the mask of Grendel was last seen, humanity's survived a third World War, the fall of Western Civilization, and the rise of an all-powerful church state. But when the depraved Pope Innocent XLII begins construction of a new church tower hiding a powerful and deadly secret, two men will rise against the church's corruption. One is Orion Assante, a man determined to expose the Pope for who he really is. The other is a mysterious figure wearing the all-too-familiar face of Grendel!

Grendel: God and the Devil masterfully interweaves sanity with madness, churches with corporations, and good with evil in one of the most stunning and prophetic stories of modern comics.

Matt Wagner's magnum opus: never before collected!

Featuring the eye-popping art that launched John K. Snyder III into artistic stardom!

INDIANA JONES OMNIBUS VOLUME 2

Various (W/A)

On sale June 25

FC, 384 pages

$24.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

Excitement and danger follow Dr. Henry Jones Jr. around the globe in this collection of classic, long-out-of-print stories! From Greece to Germany, the South Pacific to the seas of the Vikings, his race against the Nazis to recover artifacts like the Golden Fleece, the Philosopher's Stone, or the Spear of Destiny will run him afoul of legendary monsters, ancient cults, and armies of the undead! Undeniably thrilling, these are the stories that define the meaning of adventure.

Cover art by Dave Dorman!

Collects Indiana Jones and the Golden Fleece #1-2, Indiana Jones and the Shrine of the Sea Devil, Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix #1-4, Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny #1-4, Indiana Jones and the Sargasso Pirates #1-4.

JACKSON 500 VOLUME 4

Tim Biskup (W/A)

On sale June 25

FC, 112 pages

$14.95

HC, 5" x 5"

Tim Biskup continues to enchant and inspire us with the business card-sized illustrations that fill his Jackson 500 volumes. This fourth book in Biskup's The Jackson 500 series presents one hundred entirely new compositions, containing some of Biskup's recurring characters and themes, documenting evolving emotions and color theories, and bringing fans face-to-face with the raw energy that fuels some of Biskup's larger gallery works.

With a fondness for James Flora, Japanese monsters, and chaos, Tim Biskup has honed his infectious style. His surreal, dense, colorful paintings evoke Paul Klee and Hieronymus Bosch, as well as animation pioneers Ward Kimbal, Bob Clampett, and Mary Blair. Biskup's career in animation led him to work on countless cartoons, including his own short for Nickelodeon, "Freddy Seymore's Amazing Life." The spontaneous compositions in The Jackson 500, volume four, show why he's one of today's most wanted multi-media artists, working with everything from toys and sculptures to tee shirts and art prints. 

Features paintings 301 to 400 (of 500) in Tim Biskup's The Jackson 500 series.

KATHIE OLIVAS STATIONERY & JOURNAL

On sale Apr 23

Stationery set

8 letter sheets, 6 envelopes, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4"

$4.99

Journal

5 1/2" x 8 1/2" spiral bound journal, 128 pages

$9.99

Inspired by early American portraiture that often depicted children as small adults in an idealized new land, the characters parallel this vision within their own sense of post-apocalyptic conformity, uniquely documenting their own stories in a mysterious brave new world. Kathie Olivas's "Misery Children" paintings are winning acclaim at galleries and in publications worldwide. This new piece, done expressly for our journal, brings forward her most polished work.

KOTOBUKIYA STAR WARS THE BOUNTY HUNTER SERIES–IG-88 VINYL MODEL KIT

On sale May 14

11 3/4" tall

$125.00

Kotobukiya is expanding its line of statues with a series of six popular bounty hunters from the Star Wars saga. Second in the series is the highly sought after IG-88. IG-88 is a tall, spindly humanoid droid completely loaded with a deadly gas dispenser, a flamethrower, a sonic stunner, a pulse cannon and a neural inhibitor projectile launcher. IG-88 became a bounty hunter and achieved legendary notoriety having killed over 150 beings. He had "dismantle-on-sight" warrants in over 40 systems before he answered Darth Vader's call to capture the Millennium Falcon.

Each of the Bounty Hunters will come with a special bonus part-collect all six bounty hunters and create a $100 full-size Darth Vader statue from the bonus parts!

The bonus piece included with IG-88 is unknown at time of solicitation.

With its large scale this statue is a snap-fit kit that can be easily put together in seconds without glue or modeling skill. 

LOBSTER JOHNSON: IRON PROMETHEUS VOL 1

Mike Mignola (W/Cover),  Jason Armstrong (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

One sale June 18

FC, 140 pages

$17.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

After years of captivating fans from the pages of Hellboy and B.P.R.D., the pulp-style adventures of Lobster Johnson take the limelight in this collection of the Lobster's first solo series. Written and featuring a cover by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and drawn by Jason Armstrong (Ferro City, The Sensational Spider-Man), Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus is a wild ride full of fearsome monsters, mad scientists, and threats from the world beyond.

Collects Lobster Johnson: Iron Prometheus #1-5, sketchbook section, plus The Secret History of Lobster Johnson.

"This is pure pulp action-adventure fun. It's like Indiana Jones meets the Rocketeer meets the Shadow meets Doc Savage" -Wizard Magazine

MIND STYLE

On sale Apr 16

Dark Horse is proud to bring you these beautiful, high quality products from MINDstyle. This month we offer you items from Jim Henson's Dark Crystal, Liberty Meadows, Frank Cho, and Brom!

Jim Henson's Dark Crystal–uRac statue

10" wide x 5" tall, strictly limited to 500 units

$79.99

Jim Henson's Dark Crystal–Landstrider statue

16" tall, strictly limited to 500 units

$149.99

Liberty Meadows Keychain Trading Figures–assorted collectible figures w/ a keychain in counter display

6 different figures packed "blind box" in 12 unit counter display

Each figure is approximately 2" tall

$95.88

Frank Cho's Jen vinyl figure–red version

7" H sitting in her comfy chair, strictly limited to 500 units

$129.99

Brom's Stickmen: Series 1–Set A (Girl & Mini Alien)

Based on characters from Brom's novel "The Plucker", an Imaginosis book, published by Abrams Books

Girl is11.5" tall and Alien is 5.5" tall, strictly limited to 1000 units

$99.99

THE MONSTERS OF HELLBOY II

Guillermo del Toro (W/A), Mike Mignola (W/A), Sergio Sandoval (W/A), and Francisco Ruiz Velasco (W/A)

On sale June 11

FC, 168 pages

$24.95

TPB, 8 1/2" x 11"

Trolls, goblins, beastly tooth fairies, and haunting "angels" are only part of the grotesque menagerie of otherworldly creatures populating the world of Hellboy II: The Golden Army. This book dives into the renowned imaginations of Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth), and artists from throughout the film's production-from original concept designs to photos of final costumes. The Monsters of Hellboy II explores the scores of beasts and fiends that appear in the upcoming summer blockbuster, with art and commentary by such talented production designers as Francisco Ruiz Velasco and Sergio Sandoval. The lush and disturbing worlds of the Troll Market and magic realm are explored, as are their strange inhabitants . . . butchers, fishmongers, street musicians, and vendors of all bizarre shapes, sizes, and professions.

 

A fascinating look at inspired filmmaking and character design, this excellent standalone book also acts as a rich companion to our illustrated script book, Hellboy II: The Art of the Movie.

Featuring art and commentary by production designers Francisco Ruiz Velasco and Sergio Sandoval and photos direct from the set of what is sure to be the biggest blockbuster of the summer.

A behind-the-scenes look at the monsters that inhabit the world of Hellboy II: The Golden Army!

MPD PSYCHO: VOL 5

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

On sale June 4

b&w, 192 pages

$10.95

TPB, 5" x 7"

After last volume's surprising betrayal and bloodbath, Amamiya-the multiple personality detective of the Isono Criminal Research Lab-faces new threats from the young "Lucy 7" deviants! In the midst of new murderous messes, bumbling Detective Sasayama finds himself in a criminal profiler contest fueled by the Japanese media. An American profiler arrives to work on a decade-old serial killer case at an elementary school, but the real group that he represents and his ultimate goals are as mysterious as MPD-Psycho's huge "barcode puzzle." The Gakuso Society pulls some strings, the American begins to hunt down children, and this volume of MPD-Psycho promises to be the most titillating and confusing yet-but you'll love the ride! Jump on, as more players enter the fray and more inventive atrocities abound.

Fans of the Takashi Miike MPD-Psycho television adaptation will find more clues to the "barcode puzzle," more inventive murders, and surprisingly humorous moments in this smart manga series.

Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and stickered with an 18+ advisory.

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 9

Kosuke Fujishima (W/A)

On sale June 11

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!

When Urd and Skuld are called back to the heavenly realm for remedial training, Belldandy and Keiichi are alone at last! But two things are going to complicate their getting closer as man and woman: Belldandy has come down with a mysterious illness; and, thanks to fooling with Urd's medicine to try and cure her, Keiichi isn't a man anymore-he's a woman!

Includes four pages of color, Mini-Goddess strips, and a message from creator Kosuke Fujishima.

Bonus back section for U.S. edition includes fan letters, art, and notes on this classic series.

PIGEONS FROM HELL #1 (of 4)

Joe R. Lansdale (W), Nathan Fox (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Apr 16

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Joe R. Lansdale puts a new spin on an old classic with this four-part adaptation of master-storyteller Robert E. Howard's classic tale of terror Pigeons from Hell. Set in the deep south, Pigeons tells the story of a damned house with a wicked past whose vile form casts a shadow of death on all who dare to enter. At dusk, as the sun slumps below the horizon, scores of pigeons can be seen flocking from the house in waning sunlight. The pigeons, they say, are the souls of the damned escaping from the very bowels of Hell itself.

Joe R. Lansdale (author of such works as Bubba Ho-Tep, The Nightrunners, and The Drive-In) is no stranger to comics, having worked on Batman, The Lone Ranger, Jonah Hex, and Robert E. Howard's Conan. He is joined by comics newcomer Nathan Fox. Together Lansdale and Fox are a powerhouse of visual storytelling, perfectly suited for the dark and dismal world of Robert E. Howard's horror classic Pigeons from Hell.

Legendary horror aficionado Joe R. Lansdale puts a new spin on an old classic!

PREDATOR OMNIBUS: VOL 3

Various (W/A)

On sale June 11

FC, 344 pages

$24.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

Death often hides in the dark, isolated corners of the earth-in thick woods, steaming swamps, or angry seas. These natural dangers of animal, weather, and terrain often give rise to legends and folk tales of demons, serpents, and ghosts to put an understandable face to the unknown. And while many myths have a basis in reality, some are reality, the reality of the presence of Predators: alien hunters as savage as they are intelligent, as cunning as they are merciless. And when rational men stand face to face with a sea serpent, a Gollywomp, or the New Jersey Devil bent on taking trophies, they have but two choices-fight the myth or become history!

Value-priced, quality package featuring over three hundred story pages, many never before collected.

Featuring work by top comics creators, including Eisner Award winners Evan Dorkin and Mark Schultz and legendary artist Gene Colan.

RED TANGO STATIONERY & JOURNAL

On sale Apr 16

Stationery set

8 letter sheets, 6 envelopes, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4"

$4.99

Journal

5 1/2" x 8 1/2" spiral bound journal, 128 pages

$9.99

As a kid, Red Tango founder Cynthia Petrovic drew animals and made cartoons and flip books. As an adult she progressed from portraiture to animation, and joined the ranks of TV animators at Warner Brothers. After many years of honing her skills, Cynthia decided to create a line of products featuring her wacky, retro artwork. Now we're delighted to team with her to add a journal and stationery set to her line.

THE RETURN OF THE GREMLINS #2 (of 3)

Mike Richardson (W) and Dean Yeagle (A)

On sale Apr 2

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

The gremlins face a forced eviction, and they aren't going to go without a fight. And when gremlins fight, cars end up disassembled, front porches disappear, and grown men end up trussed in tiny ropes like overgrown turkeys-which is exactly how the house's owner, Gus, found himself last issue! But this issue finds him in just as sticky a situation: the gremlins are convinced that Gus is here to save their home, not sell it!

Meanwhile, Mr. Snide and his accomplices plan to scare the living daylights out of Gus in order to convince him to sell the "haunted" house . . . and they're about to get more than they bargained for.

Written by Mike Richardson!

Check out the great Gremlin figures available from Dark Horse Deluxe!

REX MUNDI #11

Arvid Nelson (W) and Juan Ferreyera (A)

On sale Apr 16

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

The deepest mystery of the Grail finally begins to unfold itself to Julien as he recovers from a nearly lethal bout of alcohol withdrawal. The weird, isolated village of the Grail has been held by the Dukes of Lorraine in complete secrecy for untold centuries . . . but why? If Julien can win the trust of the village inhabitants, if he can avoid being captured by Lorraine's brutal Imperial Guard, he just might find out! And he'll have some help from none other than Lorraine's banished daughter, Isabelle! Isabelle is a powerful sorceress, and she has motive enough to hate her father bitterly. But are her goals and Julien's the same?

ROBERT E. HOWARD'S CONAN: THE FRAZETTA COVER SERIES #2 (of 8)-THE GOD IN THE BOWL

Kurt Busiek (W), Cary Nord (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Frank Frazetta (Cover)

On sale Apr 23

FC, 48 pages

$5.99

Miniseries

This second installment in the Conan Frazetta Cover Series celebrating 75 years of the legendary barbarian, adapts Robert E. Howard's classic tale of murder and intrigue, "The God in the Bowl." This story marks the Cimmerian's first encounter with the deadly sorcerer Thoth-amon and his menagerie of vile giant serpentine creatures-brought to life by the stunning painting "Chained" by the living legend Frank Frazetta, featured for the first time ever in comics!

"I much prefer illustrating the tales of Robert E. Howard. They are much stronger in mood and narration than those of Burroughs and allow a wider range of illustrative interpretations. As St. John is remembered for Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan, I would like to be remembered for REH and Conan. I feel a certain sense of loss that Howard isn't alive to appreciate what I've done with Conan." - Frank Frazetta

SAMURAI CHAMPLOO MINI-BUST #2: FUU

On sale May 14

5" tall

Hand-painted, limited-edition

$59.99

One of today's most popular anime series is getting the 3D treatment from Dark Horse. Created and directed by renowned animation talent Shinichiro Watanabe, best-known for the mega-hit Cowboy Bebop, this work centers around a trio of unforgettable characters: Mugen, Jin and Fuu. We are bringing them all forward in a unique set of limited-edition pieces that are faithful to every nuance of the Japanese originals.

Set in medieval Japan, Samurai Champloo deftly mixes samurai and action genres with a healthy dose of comic relief. It is, simply put, the story of the journey of a young girl named Fuu and her two guardians.

Fuu is the second bust in our series. Exactingly sculpted with guidance from the Japanese creative team by the talents at Big Chief Studios, our Fuu bust captures all of the details of her unique mix of tradition and modernity. Fuu's companion Momo, a flying squirrel, sits on her shoulder.

SERENITY: BETTER DAYS #2 (of 3)

Joss Whedon (w), Brett Matthews (W), Will Conrad (P), Michelle Madsen (C), and Adam Hughes (Cover)

On sale Apr 9

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Joss Whedon returns to the world of his blockbuster film Serenity-and his 2005 bestselling miniseries Those Left Behind-with the three-issue comics series Better Days.

The second issue of Serenity: Better Days, follows Mal and his rag-tag crew on a short-lived vacation, where they explore their fantasies and confront long-forgotten enemies.

Whedon reunites with Brett Matthews (Lone Ranger) and Will Conrad (Conan and the Midnight God), his collaborators on Those Left Behind. Adam Hughes joins the team for covers.

Front covers by the critically acclaimed Adam Hughes.

Prequel series to the blockbuster film Serenity by Joss Whedon.

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #28-VECTOR PART 4 (of 4)

John Jackson Miller (W), Scott Hepburn (P), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Dustin Weaver (Cover)

On sale Apr 30

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

The first phase of the most important Star Wars story of 2008 ends with devastation on an awe-inspiring scale in part four of "Vector"!

Nearly overwhelmed by an ancient evil run rampant, fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick, the con-artist Gryph, and the Jedi Celeste Morne have made a choice of cosmic significance, its consequences reshaping not only the course of their lives, but the fate of the entire galaxy! Surrounded by Mandalorians, they face a crossroads where every path demands sacrifice, and no matter what is saved, something else will be lost!

Leaving Knights of the Old Republic changed forever and launching the yearlong "Vector" storyline into Dark Times next month, this issue is not to be missed!

STAR WARS LEGACY #23

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

On sale Apr 16

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

The pirate Rav has nearly every bounty hunter in the galaxy looking for Cade Skywalker, but he never anticipated what would happen if Cade came looking for him. Scores will be settled the unfriendly way.

Taking control of your future sometimes means cutting loose your past!

STAR WARS: LEGACY VOL 3

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

On sale June 25

FC, 144 pages

$17.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

"Claws of the Dragon"-one hundred years after the events in Return of the Jedi, Luke's descendent Cade Skywalker is captured by the Sith, Emperor Darth Krayt unveils his true identity, and a secret chapter in the life of Obi-Wan Kenobi is revealed. When Cade attempts to rescue the Jedi he turned over to the Sith during his days as a bounty hunter, the last Skywalker soon finds himself in the clutches of Darth Krayt. There, Cade must confront his past and decide once and for all: will he remain the Emperor's prisoner or become his thrall? Learn whether the Skywalker line lives up to the triumph of Luke or returns to the tragedy of Anakin!

Collects Star Wars Legacy #14-19.

This is the future of Star Wars and it's exclusive to Dark Horse!

This series is a continuation of the stories that began with the original trilogy.

STAR WARS OMNIBUS : DROIDS

Various (W/A)

On sale June 18

FC, 440 pages

$24.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

Before the fateful day Luke Skywalker met Artoo and Threepio for the first time, those two troublesome droids had some amazing adventures all their own! Entangled with pirates, bounty hunters, rock monsters, and the notorious space criminal Olag Greck, they do their best to stick together in a dangerous galaxy where anything can happen.

Stand-alone book featuring material not previously published. Presenting every Droids story published by Dark Horse, this vast volume follows R2-D2 and C-3PO in a series of stories fun for Star Wars fans of any age!

Containing the out-of-print classics, "The Kalarba Adventures," "Rebellion," the never-before-collected "Seasons of Revolt," and featuring "The Protocol Offensive"-plotted by C-3PO himself, actor Anthony Daniels-these tales brim with the wonder and whimsy that made this unlikely pair the most popular droids in the galaxy!

STAR WARS: REBELLION #13-SMALL VICTORIES PART 3 (of 4)

Jeremy Barlow (W), Colin Wilson (A), and Wil Glass (C)

On sale Apr 9

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

With Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia captured by an ambitious Imperial officer, Admiral Ackbar considers sending a squad of new, experimental starfighters to save the Rebellion's greatest heroes from certain death!

On an Imperial station, Luke and Leia do their best to distract their cruel captor from the rest of Rebels still loose in the facility. Unfortunately, Imperials have found Deena Shan, the Rebel team's last hope for success. Deena is cornered into a decision of disastrous proportions for herself and everyone around her. By the time Ackbar deems a rescue mission worth the risk, there may be no one left to save.

This new story is set in the months after Star Wars: A New Hope, starring Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.

TARA MCPHERSON

On sale June 11

Tara McPherson's Somewhere Under the Rainbow Coloring Kit

96-page, 8.25" x 10.5", box of 24 crayons, 4 postcards, and a sticker set, in vinyl bag

$24.99

Tara McPherson: Love Blows Coffee Mug

Full color in illustrated cardboard box

$12.99

Tara McPherson: Flower Skull Zippo® Lighter

$29.99

Dark Horse Deluxe joins with Tara McPherson to design the "Somewhere Under the Rainbow Coloring Kit!" This fantastic "kit" comes in an easy-carry heavy-gauge clear vinyl bag with zipper enclosure, and includes: 96-page coloring book featuring 48 pieces of outstanding black and white art by Tara McPherson. This book has concealed spiral binding and stiff covers and includes unique box of 24 crayons in modern colors. But that's not all! Four color-them-yourself postcards, and a deluxe sticker sheet are included in the spiral bound book.

Plus, we also bring you probably the coolest new mug and zippo® lighter. Both feature exclusive images from Tara.

USAGI YOJIMBO #111

Stan Sakai (W/A)

On sale Apr 23

b&w, 24 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Rabbit ronin Usagi and the bounty hunter Gen rescue a young girl without realizing it, only to find themselves the target of her captors, in this first part of a new story!

Traveling through the countryside together, Usagi and Gen cross paths with another intriguing wanderer: a female gambler nicknamed "The Whip," who journeys across the land with a unique and mysterious mission. When The Whip meets a young girl at a gambling den who was sold into slavery by her destitute father, she determines to set the girl free. Unable to buy the girl from her owner, The Whip kidnaps her. The next morning, Usagi and Gen awake to a surprise-the girl has been left in their care, and they're surrounded by irate gamblers thirsty for blood!

"Usagi is a comic book series done right, and everyone should be reading this."

-silverbulletcomicbooks.com

WETA COLLECTIBLES DOCTOR WHO

On sale Apr 9

Dalek's Destruction Statue

11.42" W x 11.81" D x 12.6" H

$330.00

Cybercontroller Statue

13.78" W x 12.2" D x 12.2" H

$300.00

Weta Collectibles and Dark Horse are please to announce the launch of Doctor Who statues based on the new BBC series!

The first piece is from the episode titled "Dalek", from the ninth Doctor Who series, starring Christopher Eccleston. Beneath the Salt Plains of Utah, the billionaire collector Henry Van Statten holds the last relic of an alien race. When the Doctor and Rose investigate, they discover that the Doctor's oldest and most deadly enemy is about to break free. It's a fight to the death, with Rose caught in the middle.

The second piece is from the "Age of Steel" episode from the tenth series (new series 2006, Part 2 of a two-part story), starring David Tennant as the Doctor.

The Cybermen take control of London and start converting the populace. While Jackie falls under Lumic's control, the Doctor, Rose and Mickey are reduced to fugitives in a world of terror.

WIND NAMED AMNESIA/INVADER SUMMER

Hideyuki Kikuchi (W) and Yoshitaka Amano (A)

On sale June 25

b&w, 288 pages

$12.95

TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 ¼"

The Apocalypse didn't end with a BANG, but with a whimper. Silently, the "amnesia wind" swept away all of mankind's knowledge. Thousands of years of human civilization vanished overnight as people forgot how to use the tools of modern civilization; who they were-how to speak-everything. Technology decayed as mankind was reduced to an

extremely primitive level. Two years after the devastation, a young man explores a nation reduced to barbarism: America.

Miraculously re-educated after the cataclysm, a young man is accompanied by a strange woman- somehow spared the obliterating effects of the amnesia wind. Pursued by a relentless killing machine, they search for those responsible for stealing their memories.

The novel that inspired the classic anime by Ninja Scroll director Yoshiaki Kawajiri.

Vampire Hunter D novels have been a runaway hit and are consistent sellers.

100,000 English language Vampire Hunter D novels are in print as of 2007. Dark Horse Books' Vampire Hunter D novels sell nearly 20,000 copies with every new title.

Published for the first time in English in the U.S.!

Features one color tip-in and fifteen black-and-white line illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano.

Two long-sought-after novels together in one volume!

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