Dark Horse Solicitations, February 2009

Fri, November 7th, 2008 at 3:32pm PST | Updated: November 8th, 2008 at 12:05am

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CBR News Team, Editor

Dark Horse has provided CBR News with covers and solicit information for products shipping February, 2009. When you're through checking out these solicitations, be sure to visit CBR's Indie Comics Forum and discuss these Dark Horse releases with fellow readers.

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THE ADVENTURES OF BLANCHE

Rick Geary (W/A)

On sale Apr 1

b&w, 104 pages

$15.95

HC, 6" x 9"

Iconoclastic cartoonist Rick Geary chronicles the extraordinary adventures of an equally extraordinary woman of the early twentieth century in The Adventures of Blanche!

Blanche begins her journey with a refined piano professor in New York, but soon finds herself entangled with a brazen portrait painter, subterranean societies, and shocking secrets behind the New York subway system. From there, she's off to Hollywood, where her stirring talents bring to light the labor movement's struggles with the motion-picture studios. Then, in Paris, after a pleasant ocean voyage, Blanche arrives to find a canceled concert tour, a murder, and mysterious old memories.

- Long out of print and collected here for the first time, these quirky and nostalgic tales of Blanche get the deluxe treatment in this hardcover volume featuring an all-new introductory story!

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

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

Kevin Nowlan (Cover)

On sale Feb 11

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

With the help of the Lobster's last surviving ally, the B.P.R.D. has tracked Memnan Saa to the mountain refuge where he is holding Liz. But even the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense is unprepared for the apocalyptic battle ahead.

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

BRUCE CAMPBELL 12" FIGURE

On sale Apr 15

12" fully articulated doll, includes seven accessories

Comes packaged in a deluxe collector's box

$89.99

One of the most anticipated genre movie releases of the year is My Name Is Bruce, starring the cult hero (or is that antihero?) Bruce Campbell. Campbell is abducted from his trailer-park home to fight against Guan Di, a Chinese war deity. Thinking it all a joke, although thinking clearly is not one of his strong suits in this picture, Mr. Campbell discovers that it all is real, much to his shock and dismay. Mayhem ensues.

The fully articulated doll is formed from a 3-D scan of Campbell himself. Besides a custom fabric miniature version of his actual Hawaiian shirt, which was loaned to us by Mr. Campbell, proving that he's the kind of partner who would "give you the shirt off his back," an array of movie-specific accessories are included.

Two of these are miniature "angel" and "devil" versions of Mr. Campbell. They attach to his shoulders using hidden magnets. Additionally, we have:

Shemps Olde Tyme Whiskey

A Bruce collectible toy in melted package

Refreshing Lemon Drink bottle

A miniature Chins book

A big honkin' gun with price tag still attached

Puzzled? You won't be once you have seen the movie.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #23

Drew Z. Greenberg (W), Georges Jeanty (P/Cover), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)

On sale Mar 4

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

It's Buffy--and Andrew--on a mission in Italy . . . together! Awkward? Yes!

Since Harmony's television stunt, the ensuing of general vampire-love from the masses, and the destruction of the Scotland base, operations at Slayer headquarters have been somewhat strained. Rogue Slayers--Simone and her gang--have not been helping Slayer-civilian relations with their attacks against the military, bank robbing, and occasional snitching at Hot Topic. Now, Andrew has a lead on how to gain intel on Simone's plans . . . but he has to go to Italy--now! With Xander and Willow busy holding together their Slayer legions Buffy seems to be the only one with an open schedule to act as Andrew's backup. Hours of travel . . . just Buffy and Andrew . . . Really?

Drew Z. Greenberg, veteran of the Buffy TV show as well as Dexter and Smallville, and current writer on The Clone Wars, teams with series artist Georges Jeanty and executive producer Joss Whedon.

CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOLUME 17

Roy Thomas (W), J.M. DeMatteis (W), Bruce Jones (W), Gil Kane (A), and Ernie Chan (A)

On sale Apr 15

FC, 240 pages

$17.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

The incomparable Gil Kane (Green Lantern, Amazing Spider-Man, Blackmark) is featured in this special 240-page Chronicles of Conan volume--our thickest offering yet! Joining storyteller J.M. DeMatteis on Conan the Barbarian #127, Gil Kane's short but stellar Conan run in 1981 and 1982 thrust readers into a new era of magical quests, strange creatures, and inventive fantasy adventures. In Chronicles of Conan: The Creation Quest and Other Stories, Kane collaborates with DeMatteis, Bruce Jones, and longtime colleague Roy Thomas. In addition to a DeMatteis introduction--an engaging, behind-the-scenes look at his years working on Conan--Roy Thomas provides another insightful afterword, as he discusses working with Gil Kane on their 38-page "King of the Forgotten People!" collaboration. In addition to the "Creation Quest" story arc, readers will enjoy the meticulously restored color pages found in "The Ring of Rhax," "A Hitch in Time," and the heartbreaking "Snow Haired Woman of the Wastes"--where Robert E. Howard's mighty barbarian finds himself unraveling horrific mysteries and testing his thresholds of pain and mental fortitude!

- Special 240-page Gil Kane collection!

- Since rekindling the Conan franchise in 2004, Dark Horse has sold over 300,000 Conan graphic novels!

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #8

Timothy Truman (W), Tomas Giorello (P), Jose Villarrubia (C), and Joseph Michael Linsner (Cover)

On sale Feb 18

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

A new story arc! Conan leaves his trials and regrets behind in Cimmeria and heads into the next phase of his adventurous life--his mercenary career. Timothy Truman adapts Robert E. Howard's powerful "Black Colossus" short story and sets Conan off on what will be his bloodiest battle yet, when the mercenaries of Amalric clash with the demonic hordes of Natohk! Conan, once a wandering thief, tries his luck as a professional soldier, joining Amalric's forces and facing condescending jabs from the noblemen in his company, who mistakenly think that the Cimmerian is an unskilled simpleton. Tomas Giorello takes on full penciling duties once again, and Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn, Dark Ivory) returns as cover artist for this exciting arc!

"This story has cemented a new direction for Conan, and I'm eager to see where the creative team takes our favorite Cimmerian next." --IGN.com

CREEPY ARCHIVES VOLUME 3

Various (W/A)

On sale Apr 8

b&w, 240 pages

$49.95

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

Fans of horror comics and jaw-dropping artwork, rejoice! Dark Horse Comics continues to showcase its dedication to bringing you the highest-quality horror comics ever made with this third blood-curdling collection of Warren Publishing's groundbreaking horror magazine Creepy. This landmark archive series brings readers, for the first time ever, each and every eerie story from Creepy magazine's original run, featuring work from many of the best artists ever to work in the medium of comics. Frank Frazetta, Gray Morrow, Alex Toth, Joe Orlando, and Angelo Torres are just a sampling of the artists whose work bring horror to life in startling and gorgeously gruesome detail in this third huge collected volume.

- Features art by Frank Frazetta, Gray Morrow, Alex Toth, Joe Orlando, Angelo Torres, and others!

- Features the original back-and-white artwork meticulously restored, with the original covers of each issue reprinted in luscious full color!

DAMES, DOLLS, AND GUN MOLLS

Jim Silke (W) and R. Maguire (A)

On sale April 29

FC, 000 pages

$24.95

TPB, 9" x 12"

In the course of his long and illustrious career, renowned illustrator/painter Robert A. Maguire created gorgeous cover images for more than a thousand books and worked for virtually every mainstream publisher in the U.S. Best known for his incomparably sexy "femme fatale" images for pulp paperbacks in the 1950s and 1960s, Maguire built a long and legendary career showcasing character portraits that were iconic and beautiful, painting subjects that felt simultaneously real and sensually compelling. Now, art historian and living pinup legend Jim Silke casts his curatorial eye toward Maguire's long and fascinating career in his first art collection/artist biography, Dames, Dolls, and Gun Molls. With a keen eye for criticism and his trademark style and wit, Silke explores the legacy of an artist whose work is known by millions the world over.

- Presenting the lush, sensuous "good-girl" art of acclaimed artist R. Maguire!

DAWN: THE WORLDS OF FINAL FANTASY

Yoshitaka Amano (A)

On sale Apr 15

FC, 116 pages

$29.95

HC, 8 1/4" x 11 11/16"

There is only one Final Fantasy. Through more than a dozen wildly diverse adventures, from the release of the first game in 1987 to the most recent expansion on the story, the international influence of the game is legendary both inside the video-game industry and throughout popular culture. It is a tale of bold heroes and heroines, breathtaking landscapes and terrifying creatures. Through Final Fantasy, Luneth, Refia, Rosa Farrell, Cecil Harvey, and many others have become household names to millions of players across the globe. With two feature films, a host of action figures and apparel, posters, soundtracks, and more, the vast landscape defined by the Final Fantasy storylines began with the games. For the first six games those worlds grew from the remarkable vision of one man: Yoshitaka Amano.

Now, for the first time outside Japan, Amano and Square Enix, Inc., have permitted the artwork that inspired the designs of the Final Fantasy games to be published. In Dawn you will see the development of the first four games through Amano's paintings, detailed line art, and preliminary sketches. Plus, in a special afterword, you'll learn the genesis of this history-making collaboration.

- The worldwide phenomenon Final Fantasy has fans across the globe, with sales for the more than twenty console games in excess of eighty million units.

- The combined sales of all versions of Final Fantasy represent the fourth-highest-selling console franchise in the world, surpassed only by Mario, Pokemon, and The Sims.

THE DYLAN DOG CASE FILES

Tiziano Sclavi (W), Angelo Stano (A), Andrea Venturi (A), Giampiero Casertano (A), Luigi Piccatto (A), Bruno Brindisi (A), and Mike Mignola (Cover)

On sale Apr 8

b&w, 680 pages

$24.95

TPB, 6" x 8 1/4"

Nightmares can't hurt you. There's no such thing as the walking dead. Monsters are all in your imagination. We tell ourselves these things to make us feel safe at night, to give us strength against the unknown.

But there are things in the dark that can hurt us. Just ask Dylan Dog.

An ex-cop who now battles against evil as a "nightmare investigator," Dylan Dog is unlike any private eye you've ever met. If creatures from beyond the unknown are after you, and if you can hire him, he just might save your life.

- Dylan Dog will take to the silver screen in the major motion picture Dead of Night, starring Brandon Routh (Superman in Superman Returns) as Dylan Dog.

- Unavailable in English for almost a decade, one of the most popular comics in the world--selling more than a million copies every month throughout Europe--returns!

THE END LEAGUE VOLUME 2: WEATHERED STATUES

Rick Remender (W), Eric Canete (P), and Matthew Wilson (C)

On sale Apr 29

FC, 104 pages

$12.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

Writer Rick Remender continues his acclaimed new series joined by fan-favorite artist Eric Canete (Iron Man) for an all-new storyline, Weathered Statues. After the shocking events of the previous volume, 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 next great team of innovators and visionaries in the superhero genre are just getting warmed up in bringing this new team into the spotlight, and I can't wait to see what lies ahead." --Jeff Marsik, Newsarama

- Collects issue #5-#8.

GANTZ VOLUME 5

Hiroya Oku (W/A)

On sale Apr 29

b&w, 228 pages

$12.95

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

Strange bird aliens inside the bodies of 1970s pop stars. Memories of dead aliens who stunk of onions. Suicidal girls with massive boobs. A friend who idolizes him, yet beats up the biggest bullies and gets the girl.

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

Hiroya Oku created a crazy-popular manga and anime with Gantz, and Dark Horse Comics is more than happy to bring you what might be Japan's weirdest and sexiest sci-fi series ever.

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

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

GHOST OMNIBUS VOLUME 2

Eric Luke (W), Ivan Reis (P), Doug Braithwaite (P), Randy Emberlin (I), John Bolton (Cover), and others

On sale April 22

FC, 360 pages

$24.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

Death is a lot less peaceful than it used to be--and infinitely more dangerous--at least for Elisa Cameron. Someone in the corrupt metropolis of Arcadia had her killed, but Elisa rose as Ghost, a beautiful but lethal specter intent on unraveling the mystery of her demise . . . and escorting those responsible to the other side. But being a ghost, it seems, is no protection from the dark forces that infest Arcadia, who are out to prove that even a ghost can be killed!

- Ghost Omnibus Volume 2 features over three hundred story pages of the Spectral Avenger created by some of the top talents in comics, including screenwriter Eric Luke, Ivan Reis, Doug Braithwaite, and Randy Emberlin. Includes special guest appearances by Dark Horse heroes Barb Wire, X, and King Tiger!

GHOST TALKER'S DAYDREAM VOLUME 4

Saki Okuse (W) and Sankichi Meguro (A)

On sale Apr 8

b&w, 216 pages

$10.95

TPB, 5" x 7"

If having hallucinations is scary, seeing them at school would be terrifying. But when the hallucinations talk back to you, that's the kind of fright you've come to expect from the world of Ghost Talker's Daydream.

Come join Saiki Misaki, the albino dominatrix necromancer, as she jumps headfirst into another supernatural mystery. This time around, the case becomes more personal, as the power that gives Saiki the ability to see and talk to the dead is the very thing terrorizing her client.

- Each volume of Ghost Talker's Daydream comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

"Good seinen combines humor, horror, violence and fan-service, and Ghost Talker's Daydream has all of that." --ComicsVillage.com

GIGANTIC #4

Rick Remender (W), Eric Nguyen (P), and Matthew Wilson (C)

On sale Feb 18

FC, 32 pages

$3.50

Ongoing

To end The United Broadcast Company's malevolent control over Earth, Gigantic must steal a UFO and battle his way to the UBC's heavily fortified base station on the dark side of the universe. Only one thing stands between Gigantic and his mission to free us all--the entire United States army! Fan-favorite creators Rick Remender (Fear Agent, The End League) and Eric Nguyen (X-Men, Strange Girl) continue their modern twist on classic 1950s sci-fi kitsch!

THE GOON VOLUME 7: A PLACE OF HEARTACHE AND GRIEF

Eric Powell (W/A)

On sale Apr 22

FC, 144 pages

$15.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

An ancient curse spreads hatred, fear, and violence, drawing the most powerful and vile creatures to a town with only one hope for protection--the Goon.

Even the Goon's lifelong deadly foe, the zombie priest, is running scared. But he has to remain, forced into submission by a power greater than his own, to keep an eye on Goon and his violent sidekick, Franky.

The death of one of the Goon's closest allies reveals an enemy thought long gone, returned to wreak havoc and destruction upon the Goon and those who stand by him.

There's some funny stuff, too!

- Collects the first part of Goon Year (#19-#23): The Return of Labrazio!

HELLBOY: THE FIRE WOLVES

Tim Lebbon (W)

On sale Apr 1

b&w, 256 pages

$12.95

Novel, 5 1/4" x 8"

Hellboy is called to Amalfi, Italy, by Franca, a young member of the Esposito family. She fears that a dark curse on her family is about to claim her cousin as its next victim. Hellboy makes his way to their large home . . . and he encounters a flaming demon--a fire wolf--which he successfully fights off.

Hellboy and Franca make their way to Pompeii, where Franca remembers seeing an image of the fire wolf whilst on an archaeological dig. Hellboy unearths the shriveled corpse of a demon hunter who was buried during the AD 79 eruption of Vesuvius, and it tells him of the fire demon that escaped the grip of the volcano . . . leading to that devastating eruption.

As the volcano rumbles again, with a new thirst for human blood, an eruption even more devastating than that historical catastrophe looks very, very close

"Tim Lebbon is an immense talent and he's become a new favorite. He has a style and approach unique to the genre."--Joe R. Lansdale

HELLBOY: THE WILD HUNT #3 (of 8)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Duncan Fegredo (A), Guy Davis (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Feb 4

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Hellboy sets out across the bleak hills of Ireland to find out what the recent omens he's experienced have been referring to--while the newly resurrected Queen of Blood rises to take control of the witches of England, torturing the ones who betrayed her, and preparing the rest for an even more bloody campaign against the race of man.

Hot on the heels of the 2008 summer film release Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo reunite with Hellboy: The Wild Hunt to follow-up on the events of their best-selling 2007 series Hellboy: Darkness Calls.

This issue also includes a back-up story written by Mike Mignola and drawn by B.P.R.D. artist Guy Davis!

THE HELM

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

On sale Apr 1

FC, 104 pages

$14.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

Matt Blurdy's day has gone from crap to worse. Not only did his girlfriend break his heart at work--and in front of all of the video-store patrons--but he just got fired. All that's left to do is minibike his sorry, thirty-year-old (and freshly unemployed!) butt back home to his mom's basement and drown his sorrows in a bucket of extra-crispy chicken while contemplating where his life went wrong.

On the way home, Matt decides to quiet his aching heart with a brief detour to a garage sale. When an ancient-looking helmet calls to him as "the Chosen One," exhorting him to don the mantle of the "Valhalladrim," Matt touches it with trembling fingers--and is jolted by raw magical power. Holy crap! Is he going to be a superhero? Is this why he always felt special even when everyone else thought he was a loser? Then the helm gets a sense of whom it's dealing with. Suddenly, it changes its tune: "I was mistaken. You are not the chosen one. Good day."

- Collects the four-issue miniseries.

HERBIE ARCHIVES VOLUME 3

Shane O'Shea (W) and Ogden Whitney (A)

On sale Apr 29

FC, 232 pages

$49.95

HC, 6 5/8" x 10 3/16"

Here's Herbie! Dark Horse Books presents the final volume in its well-received archival series reprinting the wild, wacky adventures of Herbie Popnecker, who may look like a plump lump of a kid but who possesses extraordinary abilities along with an amazing collection of supernatural lollipops! Love-starved ladies, evil governments, monsters from the depths of the sea-nothing can stop him! This surreal, kooky, tongue-in-cheek comic series from the 1960s has been an all-ages cult favorite for decades. Past, present, and future-Herbie is amazing!

- Collects comics from Herbie (issues #15-#23).

KULL #4 (of 6)

Arvid Nelson (W), Will Conrad (P), and Jose Villarrubia (C)

On sale Feb 4

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Dark Horse's riveting adaptation of Robert E. Howard's "The Shadow Kingdom" comes to a bloody crescendo, as Kull and Brule uncover further layers of deception and treachery in the ancient halls of Valusia's Tower of Splendor. Over the centuries, the human race has become confident of its complete dominance over the natural and supernatural realms. Using humanity's own arrogance and indolence against itself, a shadowy race of snake creatures has returned to nearly full strength--and is poised to take over Valusia as a first step in toppling man's soft civilization! Kull, the newly crowned warrior-king, and Brule, a Pict emissary, are all that stand between the snake-men and the decimation of the Seven Empires. Ancient rivalries are put aside as Kull and Brule fight for their lives, their people, and their very souls! Writer Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi, Joker's Asylum), artist Will Conrad (Serenity, Conan and the Midnight God), and color artist Jose Villarrubia (Conan, Spider-Man) spring the trap on Kull in this pulse-pounding, battle-filled installment!

LOST CONSTELLATIONS: THE ART OF TARA MCPHERSON VOLUME 2

Tara McPherson (W/A)

On sale Apr 1

FC, 112 pages

$22.95

HC, 8 1/2" x 11"

Loss, love, and loneliness. Altered forms and transfigured ideas. Power and vulnerability. Parallel universes of the heart and mind. Space and time. In a few brief years, the stunning visual oeuvre of Tara McPherson has grown and evolved at thrilling speed. Expanding beyond the limits of rock poster art into the worlds of commercial illustration and fine art, her paintings, drawings, toys, sculptures, and installations have pushed her influence and authority across the breadth of creative expression and helped redefine the boundaries of pop surrealism. Lost Constellations: The Art of Tara McPherson Volume 2 is the compelling road map to the artist's most recent and ambitious journeys in paint, pencil, and sculpture.

- Lonely Heart: The Art of Tara McPherson, released in 2006, is already in its third printing. The first printing of that book sold out almost immediately.

- Dark Horse Deluxe has a successful line of Tara McPherson products, including stationery, journals, and a spectacular Hellboy Qee.

- Tara and her work have been featured in numerous publications and websites, including Vanity Fair, Elle, The New York Observer, Juxtapoz, and Bust.

MISTER X: CONDEMNED #3 (of 4)

Dean Motter (W/A)

On sale Feb 25

FC, 24 pages

$3.50

Miniseries

In this latest chapter, return to the Ninth Academy, sanitarium for mad scientists--the place that nurtured the minds behind Somnopolis's nightmarish design. Years later, the demolition of the insanity-causing architecture has been temporarily halted after the deaths of an entire sect of architects--either a tragedy or a conspiracy. In the middle of it all, the enigmatic Mister X continues his frantic quest to find the missing city plans, so he can save Somnopolis while there's still some of it left!

"More fun than its ponderous premise sounds, the tale is enlivened by gangsters, glamour gals, and romantic intrigue . . . the grand design, equal parts Metropolis and film noir, carries the day." --Booklist

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 32

Kosuke Fujishima (W/A)

On sale Apr 29

b&w, 144 pages

$10.95

TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 3/16"

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

Reach the beach! With both Peorth and Gate (finally) sent home, Chihiro ends up leading the rest along on a tradition that dates back to the Motor Club--namely, a training retreat that's a thinly disguised excuse for a vacation. And even though Keiichi can barely swim, he's starting to hear the siren song of the sea . . . the problem is, it's a real song, sung by a real siren!

"Oh My Goddess! is an eternally charming manga series with magical humor and a big heart." --ActiveAnime.com

PATH OF THE ASSASSIN VOLUME 15: BAD BLOOD

Kazuo Koike (W) and Goseki Kojima (A)

On sale Apr 29

B&w, 304 pages

$9.95

TPB, 4 x 6

Koike and Kojima's tale of how the ninja Hattori Hanzo helped Tokugawa Ieyasu become the shogun who united Japan is in its fifteenth and final volume. All of the action, suspense, political intrigue, and love will come to an end. But before Ieyasu can claim his position, there will be much misery, murder, and tragedy on this already blood-soaked road. The path to the shogunate is a long and arduous journey, made easier by such a vassal as Hattori Hanzo, but in this last volume of Path of the Assassin, Koike and Kojima will tell us just how difficult that journey can be.

"Instead of the many stories of the episodic Samurai Assassin, Koike and Kojima are unfolding a huge story arc, with comparable artfulness." --Booklist

REX MUNDI #16

Arvid Nelson (W), Juan Ferreyra (A), and Jo Chen (Cover)

On sale Feb 18

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Julien is dying, his body horribly savaged by Lorraine's torturers. His only hope now is Genevieve, but the Castle of the Holy Grail is crawling with the Duke of Lorraine's dreaded Imperial Guard--not to mention the duke himself.

Fortunately for Genevieve and Julien, Lorraine has other things on his mind--namely his daughter, Isabelle! Isabelle is drunk with power--literally--and she's hell bent on killing her father. Only one of them is going to survive the epic confrontation.

Meanwhile, sniveling Baron Robert Teniers has made his move. He's ready for the deepest mysteries of the Holy Grail, but he should be careful what he wishes for . . .

A sorcerous duel, a grisly ritual, and plenty of bodies pile up in Rex Mundi #16, "First Communion." Heads will roll!

Special guest cover by Buffy cover artist Jo Chen!

STAR WARS ADVENTURES VOLUME 1: HAN SOLO AND THE HOLLOW MOON OF KHORYA

Jeremy Barlow (W), Rick Lacy (P/Cover), Matthew Loux (I), and Michael Atiyeh (C)

On sale Apr 29

FC, 80 pages

$7.95

TPB, 5.25" x 7.5"

No one ever said being a smuggler was easy!

Before they ever met Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca had already lived a lifetime of adventures. In this action-packed tale, Han and Chewie are caught between gangsters and the Empire, and their only help is Han's former partner--who may be worse than either!

Star Wars Adventures is a new series of graphic novellas designed for readers of all ages!

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS #4 (of 6)

Henry Gilroy (W), Scott Hepburn (P/Cover), Dan Parsons (I), and Michael Wiggam (C)

On sale Feb 11

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Anakin Skywalker goes undercover as a slave trader--and Ahsoka is his slave!

Fearing that the entire population of the planet Kiros may have been forced into slavery, the team has traveled to the Zygerria system to attend the first slave auction in years. Anakin must work his charm on the Queen of Zygerria, while "slave" Ahsoka and "slave traders" Rex and Obi-Wan search for clues. Can our heroes pull off this incredible deception?

Plus a backup story by one of the artists from the TV series!

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #38--FAITHFUL EXECUTION

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

On sale Feb 18

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Zayne Carrick and his crewmates Jarael, Slyssk, and the Mandalorian Rohlan investigate a pleasure cruise gone wrong!

Something horrible has happened aboard the Chancellor Fillorean; the former luxury ship now drifts aimlessly in a space nebula. Upon boarding the ghost ship, a host of asphyxiated passengers and two lone survivors--a tiny alien and his fierce droid bodyguard--are all that are found. Zayne and his friends must solve the mystery and find what has been causing the tragic and disturbing deaths--before they also become victims.

"Action-packed plots and dynamic artwork" --School Library Journal

STAR WARS: LEGACY #33--FIGHT ANOTHER DAY part 2 (of 2)

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

On sale Feb 25

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

With the objective of exterminating the entire Mon Calamari species, the Sith have created a semisentient bioweapon, a creature that can kill selectively.

This Sith leviathan has already been unleashed on one underwater Mon Cal refugee camp, and it now swims the waters of Dac searching for more victims. The Mon Cal Rangers, with the help of Imperial Knight Treis Sinde, must find a way to destroy the leviathan before it clears the remaining Mon Calamarians from the galaxy forever!

"Star Wars: Legacy took a gamble by jumping the Star Wars saga 100 years past what we knew about it and it has paid off. It's a great series." --BlogCritics.com

STAR WARS OMNIBUS: EMISSARIES AND ASSASSINS

Timothy Truman (W), Ryder Windham (W), Mark Schultz (W), Henry Gilroy (W), Haden Blackman (W), Jan Duursema (P), Steve Crespo (P), P. Craig Russell (I), Howard M. Shum (I), and others

On sale Apr 15

FC, 464 pages

$24.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

Discover more stories set during the time of Episode I The Phantom Menace in this mega collection--bridge the gap between Episodes I and II!

Star Wars: Episode I Adventures is a group of four tales featuring Anakin Skywalker, Queen Amidala, Obi-Wan, and Qui-Gon--all set during the events of Episode I! Then, in Emissaries to Malastare, Outlander, and Jango Fett: Open Seasons, we get a closer look at members of the Jedi Council, Jedi-slaying bounty hunter Aurra Sing, and the life of bounty hunter Jango Fett--the man without whom there would be no Clone Wars!

- Containing Star Wars stories never before collected and weighing in at 464 BIG pages,

Star Wars: Emissaries and Assassins provides an incredible value for the Star Wars reader!

TIM BURTON PLAYING CARDS AND OYSTER BOY LIGHT-UP JOURNAL

On sale Mar 18

Tim Burton Oyster Boy Light-up Journal

HC, concealed spiral bound light-up, 128 pg, FC, 5.5" x 8.5"

$14.99

Tim Burton Playing Cards

Set of 52 plastic-coated cards, plus two jokers

$4.99

Watch the stars sparkle as Oyster Boy attempts, once more, to be like all the other little boys, trick-or-treating with his "human" mask. This entertaining journal has twelve lights embedded in the cover, which illuminate in sequence with the push of a button. Original Tim Burton art is featured on the interior pages.

Tim Burton has overseen and approved this wonderful deck of playing cards featuring his beloved characters. Cute and creepy Kings and Queens and skull-backed cards will keep you guessing.

TRIGUN MAXIMUM VOLUME 14: MIND GAMES

Yasuhiro Nightow (W/A)

On sale Apr 8

b&w, 272 pages

$9.95

TPB, 5" x 7"

Fourteen volumes, almost three thousand pages, an internationally popular anime, and one of the most recognizable characters in the genre: this is the saga of Vash the Stampede. For the past decade, Trigun Maximum has pollinated the manga medium and now permeates the otaku culture worldwide. Now join Dark Horse Manga as we celebrate the amazing conclusion to this epic tale.

Running and gunning Vash keeps his trademark wits and savvy fully loaded with both barrels blazing as his enemies draw nearer and his friends hang dangerously in the balance. As the sun sets on this climactic final fight, will it be happy trails for Vash or will it end in a blaze of bullet-riddled glory?

TUROK, SON OF STONE ARCHIVES VOLUME 1

Alberto Giolitti (W) and Matthew H. Murphy (A)

On sale Apr 1

FC, 224 pages

$49.95

HC, 7" x 10"

If you know that "honkers" means "dinosaurs," this is the archive collection you've been waiting for! This deluxe collection contains the first six issues of Turok, Son of Stone: Dell Four Color Comics #596 and #656; issues #3-#6 of the Turok series.

Two young American Indians stumble upon a valley where the creatures of Earth's prehistoric past still thrive. Cut off from their tribe, Turok and Andar must find a way to survive attacks from deadly honkers and encounters with savage bands of cavemen, holding out hope that one day they will discover a way back home . . .

- Foreword by William Stout, introduction by Mark Evanier.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY BOOK AND FIGURE SET AND FIGURE SET

On sale Apr 15

The Umbrella Academy Figure Set

6-figure set (ranging from 2" to 5") in clear dome with blister

$39.99

The Umbrella Academy Book and Figure Set

4" tall figure in 2-sided window box with 152-page hardcover book

$24.99

This set of six Umbrella Academy figures evokes the characters exactly as they appear in the comic. The likeness is uncanny, with bold shadowing and strange angles, right down to the fur on Space Boy's oversized arms. We think you will be charmed by this set and love not only the figures, but the unique packaging they are placed in: An umbrella-topped dome looms over the siblings, in all their monochromatic glory.

For the Book and Figure Set, we have chosen Vanya, AKA The White Violin. She's a standout character in the series, defying her family and showing a vindictive, violent streak. A 5" x 7.5" hardcover of the trade paperback has been created for this set, featuring original Gabriel Ba cover art.

UMBRELLA ACADEMY: DALLAS #4 (of 6)

Gerard Way (W), Gabriel Ba (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Feb 25

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Number Five and The Rumor have accepted a terrible mission, and after enduring torture and a brush with nuclear Armageddon, the rest of the surviving Umbrella Academy have to put aside their infighting to try to find their brother and sister, racing through history to do so.

The Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series kicks into high gear as Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba head into taboo territory in the surreal political thriller Dallas.

2008 Eisner Award winner--Best Limited Series, Best Colorist, and Best Cover Artist!

2008 Harvey Award winner--Best New Series!

"Way, Ba, Stewart, and Piekos have achieved something rare in comics."--IndiePulp.com

"Gerard Way is an innovative, vibrant new writer of comics who has created an exciting, original world. The Umbrella Academy feels like serialized 1930s pulp fiction, even as it reads like sci-fi." --PinkRaygun.com

USAGI YOJIMBO #118

Stan Sakai (W/A)

On sale Feb 25

b&w, 24 pages

$3.50

Ongoing

The rabbit ronin's wandering path crosses once again with the charming thief Kitsune's as they face a mysterious new enemy!

Kitsune's fast hands often cause trouble, but this time she may have gone too far, stealing a powerful charm from the wizard Hatakeyama. Now a pack of thugs are after her, and it's Usagi to the rescue! However, Kitsune falls under the wizard's spell and the entranced thief leads Usagi and Kiyoko deep into the mountains. How can they keep up with her when their way is blocked by magic?

"Usagi Yojimbo possesses all of the qualities required to make a must-read comic, and it's perhaps more impressive that Sakai has been making this book a must-read for as long as he has, with no signs of slowing down." --Randy Lander, The Fourth Rail

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