Dark Horse Solicitations for August, 2008

Fri, May 9th, 2008 at 12:49pm PDT | Updated: May 12th, 2008 at 4:55pm

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ABE SAPIEN VOLUME 1: THE DROWNING

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

On sale Oct 1

FC, 144 pages

$17.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

A century ago, paranormal investigator Edward Gray fought and destroyed a powerful warlock off the coast of the island of Saint -- S�bastien. In the early 1980s, the B.P.R.D.’s newest agent was sent to retrieve the warlock’s remains. But Abe Sapien is ill prepared for the dark forces that block his way. 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 and B.P.R.D. mainstay Abe Sapien’s first solo adventure.

- “For fans of Mignola’s writing and the character of Abe Sapien this one is a must-have.” -Broken Frontier

- Collects Abe Sapien: The Drowning #1-5.

THE ART OF TONY MILLIONAIRE

Tony Millionaire (W/A)

On sale Oct 22

FC, 200 pages

$39.95

HC, 9" x 12"

Prepare to set sail on a drunken fever-dream of dollies, apes, and exotic mysteries that once seen can never be UN-seen! The Art of Tony Millionaire collects illustrations, comics, stories, photographs, and anecdotes from the man once referred to as “Beefy McManus” by the late rock star, “Rocky Stardomes!” -- the one and only Tony Millionaire! THRILL to never-before seen illustrations that have made women gasp and grown men gasp, too! PARTAKE in the beautiful genius of the only cartoonist in the history of mankind to have won five Eisner Awards, three Harvey Awards and an Ignatz! He also won Best Marksman at summer camp when he was twelve, but lost the art competition at High School to a girl who drew a lovely ear of corn!

- Stand in awe that a two-hundred-page book by the creator of The Cartoon Network’s Drinky Crow Show will cost you only $39.95! Now, finally, more than ever . . . The Art of Tony Millionaire.

- “...In his surrealist impulse and draftsman’s brio, Millionaire is the closest thing we have to George Herriman of Krazy Kat.”

-- John Hodgman (New York Times Book Review)

BERNIE WRIGHTSON’S FRANKENSTEIN

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (W) and Bernie Wrightson (A)

On sale Oct 29

FC, 240 pages

$29.95

HC, 9" x 12"

Few works by comic-book artists have earned the universal acclaim and reverence that Bernie Wrightson’s illustrated version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein was met with upon its original release in 1983. Twenty-five years later, this magnificent pairing of art and literature is still considered to be one of the greatest achievements made by any artist in the field. Now, Wrightson and Dark Horse Books are collaborating on a beautiful new hardcover edition of the book, published in a larger 9" x 12" format intended to show off the exquisitely detailed line art of one of the greatest living artists in comics today. This book includes the complete text of the original ground-breaking novel, and the original forty-seven full-page illustrations that stunned the world with their monumental beauty and uniqueness.

- The original edition of this book is nearly impossible to find. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy one of the most talked-about books of the last twenty-five years, Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein.

B.P.R.D.: THE WARNING #2 (of 5)

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

On sale Aug 13

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Abe is forced to give up his search for Daimio when Liz’s mysterious gentleman proves more powerful than the B.P.R.D. had anticipated as they play further into his plans.

Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi and drawn by Guy Davis, this series immediately follows the events of B.P.R.D.: The Killing Ground. Kevin Nowlan joins Mignola on cover duties.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #17

Joss Whedon (W), Karl Moline (P), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), Jo Chen (Cover), and Georges Jeanty (Cover)

On sale Aug 6

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

After a shaky introduction, Buffy and Fray must join forces in order to discover the purpose of their meeting, and its impact on the world at large.

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.

Fray returns in Buffy Season Eight!

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER’S TAROT

On sale Aug 13
78-card deck, instruction pamphlet, 64-page softcover book, in reclosable box with magnetic closure
$14.99

Lost hundreds of years ago, the Slayer’s tarot is an important artifact from Slayer history that came into existence after a group of women shared a vision of a rogue Slayer who would love a vampire and who would be aided in her fight against evil by a group of mystical allies. The heretical prophecy led to the suppression of the deck by the Watcher’s Council.

Written and conceived by Rachel Pollack, author of twelve books on the tarot, including the renowned 78 Degrees of Wisdom, she teams with long-time Buffy artist Paul Lee to create this one-of-a-kind tarot card set.

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #2

Timothy Truman (W), Tomás Giorello (P), Richard Corben (P), Jos� Villarrubia (C), and Frank Cho (Cover)

On sale Aug 20

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Dark Horse’s exciting new Conan era continues with a second round of adventure! As Conan recovers from last issue’s clash with raiders on the Cimmerian borderlands, a kind stranger shelters him and weaves a tale of Conan’s grandfather, Connacht. As an older Cimmerian, Connacht inspired young Conan with tales of dazzling lands and beautiful women, but the story the snowbound stranger relates now is one of a brush with death and supernatural beasts -- brought on after an act of selfless kindness. Is it true that “no good deed goes unpunished” . . . ? With cover artist Frank Cho on board, writer Timothy Truman, artist Tomás Giorello, and colorist Jos� Villarrubia are again joined by comic book veteran Richard Corben in a moody, horrific, and surprising issue that will leave readers in a tailspin!

CONAN VOL. 6: THE HAND OF NERGAL

Timothy Truman (W), Tomás Giorello (P), J.D. Mettler (C), Jos� Villarrubia (C)

On sale Oct 22

FC, 152 pages

$17.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

A mysterious curse lingers, following Conan as he attempts to return to his homeland, and a great darkness looms ahead in the doomed city of Yaralet. This latest collection in Dark Horse’s smart, innovative Conan series finds the cunning Cimmerian chased by both unfinished business from his past and a strange novice magician who seeks to deliver a dire warning to the wandering barbarian. A great evil moves ever closer while unfathomable terrors awaken and come into view. Conan is, of course, eager to meet both head on!

- “[Truman] knows Conan. He knows how the barbarian speaks. He knows how he acts. He knows how he swings his blade and thinks at the same time. Conan has been written as little more than mindless eye candy . . . [but] never by Truman. He has love and respect for the character and this comes through in every issue he scribes.”

-- Broken Frontier

CRIMINAL MACABRE: CELL BLOCK 666 #2 (of 4)

Steve Niles (W), Nick Stakal (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Tim Bradstreet (Cover)

On sale Aug 27

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Caught. Cuffed. Convicted. Cal McDonald has had more tangles with the law in recent years than he can count, but he’s never been a truly wanted man until now. Apparently all it takes is one dirty D.A. with a Cal-shaped chip on his shoulder and a horde of L.A.’s finest on his side to frame and sentence a (mostly) innocent man on a series of trumped-up charges. But what happens when the grittiest former cop in the world checks in for a long stay at the Graybar Hotel? And exactly how long do you think Cal will last in the general population before he gets thrown into solitary? Place your bets, boys and ghouls -- the odds are stacked against Cal on this game, but don’t expect him to fold . . .

DOMO 5.5" FLOCKED VINYL FIGURES

On sale Oct 29

Classic Brown

5.5" Flocked Vinyl Figure

$24.99

Olive Green

5.5" Flocked Vinyl Figure

$24.99

Ruby Red

5.5" Flocked Vinyl Figure

$24.99

Earl Grey

5.5" Flocked Vinyl Figure

$24.99

Polar White

5.5" Flocked Vinyl Figure

$24.99

Domo is back!

Following the success of our 8" Domo series, we are excited to ramp up a second series of Domo flocked vinyl figures -- this time at 5.5".

Available in limited quantities, our 5.5" Domo flocked vinyl figure comes in four colors: Classic Brown (limited edition), Olive Green (limited edition of 800), RAAAAR!! Red (limited edition of 800), Earl Grey (limited edition of 800), and Polar White (limited edition of 500). These fun, furry-flocked figures are fuzzy to the touch, just like Domo.

EMPOWERED VOLUME 4

Adam Warren (W/A)

On sale Sept 17

b&w w/FC, 208 pages

$14.95

TPB, 6 1/2 x 9

Costumed crimefighter Empowered is briefly overjoyed to find herself in the running for one of the superhero community’s annual Caped Justice Awards (or “Capeys”) -- only to discover that her nomination was merely a cruel joke by her obnoxious superpeers. But when the masked masses face a cataclysmic reckoning for previous heartless hoaxes, can our perpetually struggling heroine overcome her resentment and save the day? And can she cope with the further problems posed by cross-dressing vigilantes, dying wishes from preteen wannabe supervillains, telepathic “booty calls,” a deeply depressed ninja, bedroom “cosplay” conflicts with her boyfriend, and even . . . Hummer® fu?

From Adam Warren -- writer/artist of the English-language Dirty Pair comics (the original “Original English-Language Manga”) -- comes Empowered, a gut-busting gag-fest of life in the superhero slow lane. Dump your boxes of prefab power-fantasy pamphlets and load up on Empowered!

- This volume includes a color Empowered story, available previously only on MySpace!

- Volumes one, two, and three are available for reorder. Contact your Customer Service Representative.

THE END LEAGUE #5

Rick Remender (W), Eric Canete (P/Cover), and Sean Parsons (I)

On sale Aug 27

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Writer Rick Remender continues his acclaimed new series joined by fan-favorite artist Eric Canete (Iron Man, WildC.A.T.S.) for part one of the all-new storyline “Weathered Statues.” After the shocking events last issue in which half the cast was lost, Black and Arachnakid risk everything to take their revenge on the Smiling Man in his twisted city of Lore. Across the world in New Berlin, the fascist Wolfsangel puts a bounty on the remaining heroes in order to obtain the one item he requires to snatch lordship of Earth from Dead Lexington: An altruistic heart.

THE END LEAGUE VOLUME 1: BALLAD OF BIG NOTHING

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

On sale Oct 15

FC, 104 pages

$12.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

A thematic merging of The Lord of the Rings and Watchmen, The End League follows a cast of the last remaining super men and women as they embark on a desperate and perilous journey through a world dominated by evil, in hopes of locating the one remaining artifact that can save humanity -- the Hammer of Thor. For his return to the world of comics renowned artist Mat Broome (X-Men, Batman) teams up with critically acclaimed writer Rick Remender (Fear Agent) for this, Dark Horse Comics newest superhero series.

THE EVIL DEAD

Mark Verheiden (W) and John Bolton (A)

On sale Oct 29

FC, 112 pages

$12.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

Writer Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, My Name Is Bruce) and illustrator John Bolton (God Save the Queen, Harlequin Valentine) present an exciting expansion on the classic horror film that introduced us to the powerful Book of the Dead, the relentlessly violent deadites, and Ash -- one resilient, blood-soaked survivor. Now an iconic horror hero, relive Ash’s first visit to the cabin that brought him face to face with the delectably deranged deadites who possessed his girlfriend and friends . . . and turned “the perfect place to get laid” into a house of fear and fury. Return to the original nonstop gore-fest and experience the thrills, gags, and gagging anew, with unexpected extra scenes.

- As writer Mark Verheiden explains, “With permission from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, we’ve expanded the movie, meeting our characters back in their pre-deadite lives and opening up the story to see what happened between the events seen on screen.”

- Collects the four-issue miniseries.

FEAR AGENT #24: I AGAINST I part 3 (of 6)

Rick Remender (W), Tony Moore (P/Cover), and Michelle Madsen (C)

On sale Aug 27

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Heath finds himself in the roughest sector of the universe with a mob of desperate criminals out for his blood. A dirty, down-in-the-mud street fight leaves him changed forever and desperate for payback. There’s a new sheriff in town.

GHOST OMNIBUS VOLUME 1

Eric Luke (W), Adam Hughes (A), Terry Dodson (A), Scott Benefiel (A), Matt Haley (A), Adam Hughes (Cover), and others

On sale Oct 22

FC, 352 pages

$24.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

If you’re already dead, you might as well make the best of it. Someone brutally murdered reporter Elisa Cameron, but back from the grave as the spectral avenger Ghost, Elisa intends to find out who killed her and why . . . and grab a double dose of .45-caliber retribution. But Ghost’s journey to the truth follows a dark, twisted path, and the revelations she unearths may lead not to redemption, but damnation.

- Includes a roster of top creative talents, including screenwriter Eric Luke and comics superstar artists Adam Hughes and Terry Dodson.

- Collects Ghost Special #1, Ghost #1-12 (first series), and “Sweet Things” from Decade of Dark Horse #2.

GHOST TALKER’S DAYDREAM VOLUME 2

Saki Okuse (W) and Sankichi Meguro (A)

On sale Oct 8

b&w, 216 pages

$10.95

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

Welcome to the sexy, spooky, and suspenseful world of Ghost Talker’s Daydream. In the continuing story of Saiki Misaki, the albino dominatrix necromancer, Misaki has to put her wits, looks and knowledge of ghosts to the test.

Follow Misaki as she dodges cops, fights psychos, and exorcises the dead. Fast-paced, smart, and sassy, Ghost Talker’s Daydream is everything you loved about the anime and much, much more.

- Comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

THE GOON #27

Eric Powell (W/A), Dave Stewart (C), and Gris Grimly (Cover)

On sale Aug 13

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Goon year continues with three distinctly different stories, written and illustrated by three talented individuals.

The first is from Goon creator Eric Powell, who provides readers with a glimpse into the special bond Mother Corpse shares with the horrifying creatures, fondly referred to as “changelings.” Next on deck is comic book artist Kyle Hotz (The Incredible Hulk, Criminal Macabre) who has Goon and Frankie on the hunt for the elusive Skunk Ape. A MySpace Dark Horse Presents discovery, Rebecca Sugar, delves into the life and times of Dr. Alloy who builds a device that should make life easier on his fellow inmates.

- “Just like the old soda fountain, if you want it, this book’s got it. Dames, bathtub gin, and quick-drawing cannibals.” - Colorado Daily

HELLBOY: THE ALL-SEEING EYE

Mark Morris (W) and Mike Mignola (Cover)

On sale Oct 22

b&w, 256 pages

$12.95

Novel, 5 1/4" x 8"

In a London funeral parlor, the dead rise and walk again. On a train in the London Underground, a young couple is terrorized by a demon. In a suburb, a poltergeist forces a family to flee their home.

Hellboy has his hands full.

While the supernatural is on a rampage in London, a series of brutal “Torso Murders” turns up at various sites around the city. All of the corpses are headless, limbless, and drained of their blood.

Called in to investigate the killings, B.P.R.D. agents Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman discover a wellspring of black magic under the London streets. They also find a sack of heads. Hellboy descends into the dark underworld of London, encountering demons who prophesy the coming of plague and the opening of an Eye to the otherworld, bringing forth death and destruction upon the land.

- “Mark Morris is one of the finest horror writers at work today” -- Clive Barker

HELLBOY: THE CROOKED MAN #2 (of 3)

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

On sale Aug 13

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

A lifetime ago, Tom sold his soul to a devil of old Appalachia. Now, he and Hellboy are fighting to win it back -- through the witch who first lured it away and a host of supernatural horrors as old as the land itself.

The three-issue series reunites Mignola and legendary horror artist Richard Corben (The Bodyssey; Banner; Punisher: The End; Hellboy: Makoma) in a tale of witchcraft rooted in Appalachian folklore.

HELLBOY LIBRARY EDITION VOLUME 2: THE CHAINED COFFIN, THE RIGHT HAND OF DOOM, AND OTHERS

Mike Mignola (W/A), Dave Stewart (C), Matthew Hollingsworth (C), and James Sinclair (C)

On sale Oct 15

FC, 278 pages

$49.95

HC, 9" x 12"

Since Mike Mignola’s Hellboy first hit the stands in 1993, it has become a cultural sensation, racking up a dozen Eisner Awards and inspiring numerous spinoffs, from a novel line, to video games, to feature films. Now, Dark Horse is pleased to present the comics that started it all, collected in deluxe hardcover editions. Sized at a generous 9" by 12", and handsomely bound to match The Art of Hellboy, each volume contains two full story arcs -- the equivalent of two full trade paperbacks. Each volume of the Hellboy Library Editions also includes extensive supplemental materials, including previously unreleased sketches and designs.

- Hellboy Volume 2 collects fifteen stories, presented for the first time in chronological order, with the original Chained Coffin introduction by P. Craig Russell, and a new, expanded sketchbook.

- Over thirty pages of new sketchbook material.

THE HELM #2 (of 4)

Jim Hardison (W), Bart Sears (P), and Randy Elliott (I)

On sale Aug 20

FC, 32 pages

$3.50

Miniseries

The Helm, an enchanted artifact of countless legendary heroes, has learned that its latest Chosen One is a chubby, unemployed fantasy addict … who lives in his mother’s basement. Defying all odds, however, Matt Blurdy managed both to defeat a bloodthirsty hobgoblin and thwart the Helm’s scheme to have him killed. Now the hero’s training begins in earnest: workouts, retrieval of a magic flaming sword, battles with wraiths, and a showdown with a sorcerer in mortal combat. But when the media starts reporting Matt’s victories as murders, an old flame reenters the picture, and true darkness looms on the horizon, even a replica Highlander trench coat might not be enough to save Matt’s hide!

HELLSING VOLUME 9

Kohta Hirano (W/A)

On sale Oct 22

b&w, 208 pages

$9.95

TPB, 5" x 7"

After Alucard’s triumphant return, the streets of London were flooded with the blood of vampire Nazi soldiers and crazed Catholic warriors. After the dust settled, only the Hellsing order of Protestant knights was left standing. Now it’s up to the earthly agents of divine punishment to save the souls of the innocent. However, chaos soon engulfs the streets yet again. Come to find out, not all the Nazis were vanquished after all. Will Alucard and his allies have what it takes to save what is left of the city? Earth-shaking destruction and gore-soaked supernatural battles fill the pages of this dark and creepy-cool manga.

INDIANA JONES AND THE TOMB OF THE GODS #3 (of 4)

Rob Williams (W), Steve Scott (P), Nathan Massengill (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Tony Harris (Cover)

On sale Aug 27

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Breakneck adventure doesn’t let you stop for breath in this continuation of Indiana Jones’s search for ancient artifacts and treasures!

Once again, archaeologist and self-stated preserver of history Dr. Henry Jones Jr. is on the trail of something colossal. With exotic locations, natural disasters, wild animals, ever-pesky Nazis, and a beautiful fortune hunter, Indy’s quest for the Tomb of the Gods could be his most amazing and historically disturbing escapade ever!

This way for a touch of history and a lot of gripping adventure -- Indiana Jones is not your average archaeologist!

MISTER X ARCHIVES

Dean Motter (W/A), Jaime Hernandez (P), Paul Rivoche (P), Dave McKean (P), Seth (P), Ty Templeton (P), and others

On sale Oct 22

FC, 384 pages

$79.95

HC, 7" x 10"

When Mister X hit the shelves twenty-five years ago, no one had ever seen anything like it -- a fusion of film noir, Art Deco, and German Expressionism channeled through the talents of the greatest up-and-coming artists of the day. The story of a utopian city with architecture that drove its inhabitants mad and the never-sleeping architect who quested tirelessly for a cure, Mister X captivated a generation of comics fans and creators, transforming the landscape of their chosen medium forever.

- The masterpiece of legendary designer Dean Motter that featured the artwork of young superstars Jaime Hernandez and Dave McKean and helped launch the careers of independent icons Ty Templeton, Paul Rivoche, and Seth returns to print in a fully remastered hardcover collection!

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 10

Kosuke Fujishima (W/A)

On sale Oct 29

b&w, 184 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!

It’ll be one, two, three strikes you’re out for the N.I.T. Softball Club if Keiichi can’t help his sister win against their campus rivals -- but with the goddesses stepping up to bat, it’s not going to be the old ball game! Then, it’s an unrelaxing hot springs vacation when Mara returns to challenge Urd to the most feared battle imaginable -- karaoke! Plus four pages of color, ten Mini-Goddess strips, a message from creator Kosuke Fujishima, and your fan art and letters!

PREDATOR OMNIBUS VOLUME 4

Kevin J. Anderson (W), Gordon Rennie (W), Ian Edginton (W), Ron Marz (W), Scott Kolins (A), Mel Rubi (A), Claudio Castellini (A), Ray Lago (Cover), and many more!

On sale Oct 8

FC, 352 pages

$24.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

Across the centuries, humanity’s capacity for violence has marked time as surely as the movement of the stars. And from those very stars have come an invisible participant in our history, the extraterrestrial Predator, who has used Mankind’s own penchant for murder and mayhem as a shadow to cover its own bloody tracks, as a hunting blind from which to take down its human prey. But the Predator has not passed through the ages unnoticed, and despite the alien killer’s strength, cunning, and advanced technology, there are few things more certain than how far men are willing to go when it’s time for a little payback!

Predator Omnibus Volume 4 concludes the complete presentation of these never-before-collected classic Dark Horse Predator tales.

- This volume collects Predator : Primal #1-2, Predator: Nemesis #1-2, Predator: Homeworld #1-4, Predator: Xenogenesis #1-4, Predator: Hell Come a Walkin’ #1-2, Predator: Captive one-shot, and “Predator: Demon’s Gold” (from DHP #137).

REX MUNDI #13

Arvid Nelson (W), Guy Davis (P), and Brian Churilla (P)

On sale Aug 20

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

One of the Duke of Lorraine’s ancestors has made a pact with a pagan spirit, and there’s no getting out of this bargain!

And Rex Mundi returns to its roots with a brand-new Brother Matthew mystery. A servant girl is brutally murdered in an elite Paris hotel. Mystified by the horrific crime, the Inquisition puts Brother Matthew on the case. Matthew’s partner? None other than the cheerful Inquisitor Moricant!

Brother Matthew: Hill of Martyrs will begin in issue 13 and continue completely free online, every week, courtesy of your friends at Dark Horse Comics. Don’t miss the opening chapter of another dark, quirky investigation in the annals of Brother Matthew!

- Features the spectacular artwork of Guy Davis and Dave Stewart. Newcomers Brian Churilla and Jason Millet will bring Brother Matthew back to life. There hasn’t been a new Brother Matthew story since it debuted online in 2001!

ROBOTS AND DONUTS

Eric Joyner (A)

On sale Oct 8

FC, 184 pages

$99.95

Ltd. Ed. HC, 9" x 12"

In the years following World War II the major export from Japan wasn’t electronic equipment, but toys, specifically tin toys. Crafted in the shapes of submarines, planes, trains, cars, and horses, one of the most popular motifs was toy robots. Constructed in virtually every shape imaginable from the 1940s throughout the 1960s, they ranged in appearance from horror to science fiction characters. Today, these toys are not only fondly remembered by collectors but are being re-created for a whole new generation!

Capturing this period in history became a passion for painter Eric Joyner and in Robots and Donuts he celebrates this forgotten era with images marrying the metal creations with images plucked from his imagination. And, almost always, with donuts. (Why? Well, who doesn’t love donuts?) This whimsical book also features a look into Joyner’s painting style as well as a glimpse at some of his other non-robot-themed artwork.

- Robots and Donuts: The Art of Eric Joyner appeals to both robot lovers and lowbrow art aficionados!

- With 176 oversize, full-color pages, this beautiful book is a great value!

SERENITY: BETTER DAYS

Joss Whedon (W), Brett Matthews (W), Will Conrad (P), Michelle Madsen (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)

On sale Oct 29

FC, 80 pages

$9.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

Serenity: Better Days follows everyone’s favorite space cowboys in a thrilling, action-packed adventure, where Mal and his crew take on a heist that promises a big payoff. But when one of Serenity’s crew is taken captive and tortured, the gang must put their enduring differences aside and work together to save one of their own, even if it may mean losing the cash prize of a lifetime.

Joss Whedon returns to the world of his blockbuster film Serenity, reuniting with Brett Matthews and Will Conrad, his collaborators on the bestselling 2005 series Those Left Behind.

- Collects Serenity: Better Days #1-3.

SERENITY LASER ENGRAVED ACRYLIC ORNAMENT

On sale Oct 8

4" x 4" clear lucite cube

$16.99

Joss Wheden’s blockbuster Serenity continues to capture the attention of fans of fantastic adventure. Dark Horse is pleased to support the “browncoats” with the next in our series of Serenity themed ornaments.

We have scanned the Serenity ship and using the wonders of modern science, crafted it as a wire frame 3D image inside a 4" x 4" clear lucite cube. This process has allowed us to acheive an unprecedented level of accurate detail.

We are adding a mechanism of ribbon that can be glued to the cube for hanging display, but as with most ofther “tombstone”-style collectibles, it may be best displayed sitting on a window sill or over a small LED light base. The LED light, commonly available on the open market, is NOT a part of the package.

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS VOLUME 1 -- SHIPYARDS OF DOOM

Henry Gilroy (W), Matt & Shawn Fillbach (A), and Ronda Pattison (C)

On sale Sept 24

FC, 96 pages

$6.95

TPB, 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"

Introducing a new, quarterly, graphic-novella series based on the exciting new motion picture and television series The Clone Wars!

Dark Horse’s first offering, “Shipyards of Doom,” is a digest-sized graphic novella written by Henry Gilroy, the head writer for the TV show, and illustrated by the prolific Fillbach Brothers.

We’d love to show you some of this full-length, all-ages comics adventure, but you’ll have to wait for the grand unveiling at Comic-Con International in San Diego!

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #32 -- VINDICATION part 1 (of 4)

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

On sale Aug 20

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

At long last, Padawan Zayne Carrick confronts the Jedi Masters who framed him for murder!

The prophecy that was seen by Zayne’s Masters appears to be coming true. Two pieces of the sequence have come to pass . . . and those who remain alive are still fighting to prevent their vision from becoming a reality. The Jedi Consulars are beginning to doubt themselves and it’s possible they have overlooked a true source of danger!

STAR WARS LEGACY #27

John Ostrander (W), Omar Francia (P), Brad Anderson (C), and Omar Francia (Cover)

On sale Aug 27

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Darth Wyyrlok is the master of Sith lore and magic in Darth Krayt’s Sith order. He has also been Krayt’s confidant, spokesman, and friend. Now, seeing the further deterioration of his Master from the ravages of the Yuuzhan Vong bioforms, Wyyrlok attempts a dangerous journey into the Deep Core worlds to the birthplace of Lord Andeddu, an ancient Sith Lord, seeking to discover any secrets that might save Darth Krayt. Penetrating the Deep Core, however, is always hazardous and Wyyrlok must call upon his own core -- his strength, skills, and beliefs -- to simply survive.

STAR WARS OMNIBUS -- EARLY VICTORIES

Terry Austin (W), Darko Macan (W), Ryder Windham (W), Bret Blevins (A), June Brigman(A), Dave Gibbons (A), Roy Richardson (I), Angus McKie (C), Dave Stewart (C), and more

On sale Oct 22

FC, 336 pages

$24.95

TPB, 6 x 9

Following the destruction of the first Death Star, Luke Skywalker is the new, unexpected hero of the Rebellion. But the galaxy hasn’t been saved yet -- Luke and Princess Leia are finding there are many more battles to be fought against the Empire and Darth Vader!

This latest Star Wars Omnibus reprints many of the early tales of the rebellion. First, we have Shadow Stalker, Tales from Mos Eisley, and River of Chaos, all of which are long out of print and have never before been collected! Then, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, a story created by George Lucas and Alan Dean Foster before there were plans for any films past Star Wars: A New Hope. And last is Vader’s Quest, in which Vader learns the secret kept from him by Yoda and Obi-Wan: that he has a son!

STAR WARS: REBELLION #16 -- VECTOR part 8 (of 12)

Rob Williams (W), Dustin Weaver (A), Wil Glass (C), and Dan Scott (Cover)

On sale Aug 27

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Darth Vader successfully lures Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia into a trap that could cripple the Rebel Alliance, as “Vector” -- the most important Star Wars event of 2008 -- concludes its third arc, setting the stage for the final galaxy-shaking showdown in Star Wars: Legacy!

On the dark surface of a desolate moon, Luke and Leia meet their first Jedi since Obi-Wan Kenobi, only to realize too late this Knight of the Old Republic is far different than their fallen friend -- twisted by the Sith’s Muur Talisman and enraged by Darth Vader! Together, Luke and Leia must make a choice with far-reaching consequences, not just for themselves, but for the fate of the entire galaxy!

TARA MCPHERSON AND BECI ORPIN JOURNAL’S

On sale Sept 17

Tara McPherson “Mr. Wiggles” Journal

5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

spiral-bound journal

$9.99

Beci Orpin “Folklore” Journal

5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

spiral-bound journal

$9.99

Two of our favorites are back! We love everything that Tara McPherson and Beci Orpin do, so we’re thrilled that they have agreed to design two new journals for Dark Horse.

While both artists incorporate pleasing colors with wonderful designs and a sense of fun, their styles are unique and irresistible.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE

Gerard Way (W), Gabriel Bá (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Oct 29

FC, 232 pages

$79.95

Ltd. Ed. HC, 7" x 10"

In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who’d previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, “To save the world.”

These seven children form The Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.

- This oversized limited-edition hardcover features an expanded sketchbook with concept designs and original artwork; commentary from the artists; and the short story from the hit 2007 Free Comic Book Day issue.

VAMPIRE HUNTER D VOL. 11: PALE FALLEN ANGELS PARTS ONE AND TWO

Hideyuki Kikuchi (W) and Yoshitaka Amano (A)

On sale Oct 15

b&w, 480 pages

$14.95

Novel, 5 1/8" x 7 ¼"

Pale Fallen Angels Parts One and Two, the first two novels of Hideyuki Kikuchi’s groundbreaking epic four-part Vampire Hunter D tale, are presented here in one affordable omnibus collection!

Krauhasen: A mysterious land under the control of Lord Vlad Balarge, a member of the vampire Nobility. When Lord Vlad’s son, Baron Byron Balarge, needs to make a long and treacherous journey to faraway Krauhasen, he commissions the help of the infamous Vampire Hunter D, promising a princely sum and a solemn vow -- no feasting on any humans for the duration of their journey!

Still, D finds his work cut out for him as the duo encounters an ongoing parade of thugs, rogues, and runaways, all with riot and revenge in mind. The pair are joined by the teenage tumbling act, May and Hugh, and the haughty Noblewoman Miska, recently spared death by the stake. But when D discovers the Baron’s plans to murder Lord Vlad, he quickly finds his own life in danger.

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