Dark Horse Solicitations, May 2009

Fri, February 6th, 2009 at 9:58am PST | Updated: May 1st, 2009 at 9:33am

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ALIENS #1 (of 4)

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

On sale May 27
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries

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

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

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

THE AMAZON #3 (of 3)

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

On sale May 13
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries

Reeling from his experiences in the Amazon jungle, reporter Malcolm Hillard is close to solving the mysteries of a missing American and sabotage at a timber company. What he still can’t be sure of is whether the man he saw in the jungle is really the Spirit of the Amazon. But before he can get answers, chaos erupts as “The Amazon” carries out a final attack on the encroaching forces of industry, and the full wrath of Mother Nature is unleashed.

• A newly recolored edition of a long-out-of-print series by two of comics’ sharpest talents.

• Featuring more behind-the-scenes extras.

• Brand new cover by Tim Sale with Dave Stewart.

BERSERK VOLUME 30

Kentaro Miura (W/A)

On sale July 29
b&w, 208 pages
$13.95
TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4"

Thanks to Lady Farnese’s selfless sacrifice, Guts, the Black Swordsman, and the rest of his companions are free to carry on their journey aboard a ship arranged by Farnese’s brother, Magnifico—that is, if they’re willing to leave Farnese behind. But having to choose between their mission and their loyalties might not be a problem for long if the Kushan emperor and his legion of monstrous minions have their way. With a host of Kushan forces descending on Vritannis, there might not be much left of Farnese’s family—or any of the citizenry—to worry about!

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

—animeondvd.com

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

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL VOLUME 21: DEMON LAIR II

Hiroaki Samura (W/A)

On sale July 8
b&w, 232 pages
$19.95
TPB, 5 3/4" x 8 1/4"

A prisoner subjected to Habaki Kagimura and crazy Doc Burando’s twisted experiments for far too long, Manji finds himself closer to freedom than ever before—but several colorful villains block his way! While the shogun’s executioner matches Manji and Döa’s skills, the reborn, powerful Isaku struggles with Asaemon and Kagimura’s henchmen. The breakout battle in the tunnels beneath Edo Castle continues! With plenty of mortal enemies to go around, Manji and company are surprised by the appearance of Burando’s most horrific kessen-chu success story, just as the already treacherous tunnels begin to flood. Rin tries to remain hopeful, Burando faces the reality of his “immortality experiments” on Manji, and a monstrous villain makes a return appearance!

• Hiroaki Samura’s widely acclaimed Blade of the Immortal manga series has won awards across the globe, including the Eisner Award in America, the prestigious Media Arts Award of Japan, and two consecutive British Eagle Awards!

• Hiroaki Samura is the creator of the enchanting Ohikkoshi manga anthology—also published by Dark Horse Manga!

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

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

On sale May 13
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

Trapped between a mad prophet and an apocalyptic battle, Abe, Kate, and Johann must determine the price of their souls as they decide where their loyalties lie—and whether the life of a friend is more valuable than the fate of the world.

Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Guy Davis bring B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess to a stunning conclusion, with a twist that will shake the worlds of B.P.R.D. agents and readers alike.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #25

Doug Petrie (W), Georges Jeanty (P/Cover), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)

On sale May 6
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Doug Petrie, formerly a writer and director on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, joins Buffy Season Eight with “Living Doll.” The spell little Dawnie got whacked with by the Thricewise demon she angered just keeps . . . evolving. First, she’s a giant; then, she’s a centaur; now, she’s a . . . what?! Buffy, ever busy saving the world, will finally have to take action regarding her little sis when Dawn’s mysterious disappearance makes it a priority. At least, she better be in some sort of danger, or Buffy’s going to kick her butt for wasting precious time acting like an attention-seeking teen—which is what Dawn is, after all.

Doug Petrie, artist Georges Jeanty, and executive producer Joss Whedon tackle Buffy Season Eight #25.

CAGES

Dave McKean (W/A)

On sale July 22
FC, 496 pages
$29.95
TPB, 8 1/2" x 11 1/4"

Dave McKean’s Cages is finally back in print!

Best known for his collaborations with Neil Gaiman, McKean defied expectations with his stunning debut as writer and artist with Cages, the winner of multiple awards for Best Graphic Album.

Filled with complex characters, intriguing flights of fancy, and all the beautiful visuals you’d expect from the director of MirrorMask, Cages is McKean’s magnum opus. It chronicles the intersecting lives of a painter, a writer, and a musician living in the same apartment building, and is a profound rumination on art, God, cats, and the cages we build for ourselves.

• Out of print for years, Cages is finally available in an affordable new softcover edition, remastered and newly redesigned, with a brand-new cover by McKean.

• “One of the most important works of comic art in the last decade.”

—The Comics Journal

• “It is compulsively readable, with a lyrical tone that moves the reader through the rougher, more elusive passages as it strives at the very edge of the form’s limitation.”

—Comic Foundry Magazine

CLASSIC SIMPSONS CHARACTER #2: LISA SIMPSON

On sale June 3
Packaged in a special litho-printed full-color tin box with a vintage-style pin-back button and booklet

Limited edition of 950 numbered pieces
$49.95

Inspired by the Syroco statues of the 1940s, Dark Horse’s series of “Classic Comic” statuettes have been a huge success. Sculpted with flair and grace at Yoe! Studios, nearly one hundred different characters have been produced thus far, with most editions selling out upon publication.

While the statuettes in the series were originally based on characters from newspaper strips, in this companion series Dark Horse is featuring syroco’suniquely “primitive but charming” treatment on one of the modern era’s most iconic, if dysfunctional, families— none other than The Simpsons. We are excited to present the second character in our series of contemporary statues, pop culture’s most beloved cast of crazies, America’s favorite middle sister, and overachiever, Lisa Simpson.

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #11

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

On sale May 20
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Not content to sit back and wait for Natohk to arrive to destroy the city of Khoraja, Conan leads his men to meet the Stygian wizard in open combat. As Amalric’s mercenaries and the remaining soldiers of Khoraja march impressively out of the city, Natohk’s horrifying army—backed by dark magic and otherworldly beasts—acquires yet another powerful weapon. What chance do mortal men have? Conan must deal with dissension and class conflict in his own ranks and the strange visions and revelations of Princess Yasmela before he can hope to defeat Natohk’s hordes. Even though his men trust and respect him, the aristocrats resent his presence and are waiting for him to stumble so that they can fulfill their own selfish ambitions! And what news does a Zamorian thief bring out of the desert? Tim Truman (Scout, Grimjack), Tomás Giorello (Star Wars), and José Villarrubia (Kull, City of Others) continue their faithful adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s “Black Colossus,” with another stunning cover by Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn, Dark Ivory)!

DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH: NOTHING NEW FROM BRIAN EWING

Brian Ewing (W/A)

On sale July 1
FC, 112 pages
$22.95
HC, 8 1/2" x 11"

Sharp as broken glass, smooth as a polished skull, dark as the other side of the moon—this is the art of Brian Ewing, one of the leading-edge visual voices of graphic pop surrealism and the exploding rock-poster scene. Don’t Hold Your Breath is the first collection of Ewing’s stunning catalog, featuring posters, illustrations, and album covers for Bad Religion, Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, Detective Comics, My Chemical Romance, The Bouncing Souls, Brand New, The Melvins, Warped Tour, The New Yorker, High on Fire, The Strokes, Fall Out Boy, and many more. Plus original art prints, skate decks, shirt designs, zombie masks, and skulls, skulls, skulls! Foreword by Kevin Lyman, creator of the Warped Tour.

• Brian Ewing’s work is well known among rock fans and collectors of the booming rock-poster market.

• Brian’s diverse list of commercial clients includes the Warped Tour, Suicide Girls, Guitar Hero II, Budweiser, Samsung, Kia Motors, Marvel Comics, Guitar World, and many more.

• See more of Brian’s work at HYPERLINK "http://www.brianewing.com"www.brianewing.com.

EMILY THE STRANGE VOLUME 2

Rob Reger (W), Jessica Gruner (W), Buzz Parker (A), and others

On sale July 29
b&w&r, 240 pages
$19.95
TPB, 7" x 10"

Whoever it was that told you not to talk to strangers needs to have a talk with Emily . . . Emily the Strange, that is. Emily knows that nothing is better than talking with strangers. In fact, the stranger the better! But that’s Emily for you—she’s the thirteen-year-old queen of the cultural underground, and she’s too busy making up her own rules to follow anyone else’s. That’s how we’ve come up with so many insanely inspired ideas for the stories you’ll find in Dark Horse’s Emily the Strange Volume 2. This big, bizarre book collects the five most recent issues of Dark Horse’s best-selling Emily the Strange comics, so you won’t miss a single strange moment from the Rock issue, the Death issue, the Fake issue, the Revenge issue, or the Alone issue! We’ve all got issues, man. Isn’t it time you dealt with at least these five?

• Includes strange celebrity interviews with rocker Marilyn Manson, Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, and more!

• An Emily the Strange feature film is in the works with Dark Horse Entertainment producing!

• Collects issue #4 from the first Emily series and issues #1-#4 from the new series.

THE GOON VOLUME 8: THOSE THAT IS DAMNED

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

On sale July 15
FC, 112 pages
$15.95
TPB, 7" x 10"

The town on the edge of Horse-Eater’s Wood is permeated by all manner of dark things—hatred, fear, unhappiness, demons, and the undead (to name a few)—brought on by a curse that has festered within the forest for many years. The Goon himself was drawn by the power of the curse, but his soul is not consumed by this bleak place, and he discovers that he is the only hope for his town.

Goon’s greatest foe, the dead mobster Labrazio, mounts his assault from a macabre burlesque house, using the Zombie Priest and his demonic kitty to put on the squeeze. It’s up to the Goon, Franky, and all their pals to fight for the life their town deserves!

• Multiple Eisner Award-winning creator Eric Powell brings you more of the Goon you love in part two of a three-part trade-paperback series, the most epic Goon tale yet—The Return of Labrazio.

• Collects issues #24-#27.

JOE LEDBETTER

On sale June 10

Joe Ledbetter Journal #2
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" spiral bound journal
$9.99

Joe Ledbetter Sticky Note book
8 pads with 3 different sizes of sticky notes
Note book measures 6" x 8"
$8.99

This new journal is the epitome of Joe’s bold style, with various Ledbetter-ized “animals” in a strange cliff-edge scenario.

The sticky note book has even more cute animals for you to scribble notes on. Packed like a small bound book, there are eight pads of three different sizes of sticky notes for your convenience.

LARRY MARDER’S BEANWORLD BOOK 2: A GIFT COMES!

Larry Marder (W/A)

On sale July 22
b&w, 320 pages
$19.95
HC, 6" x 9"

A Gift Comes! is jam-packed with new characters and monumental developments in the evolving Beanworld culture. It kicks off with the birth of the next generation of Beans: the baby Pod’l’pool Cuties. It chronicles the discombobulation of Mr. Spook’s fork by greedy Goofy Service Jerks. Meet Mr. Teach’m, who raised Mr. Spook on a cloud. See the crazy breakout origin of Heyoka, Beanworld’s upside down and backwards Bean. Read how Professor Garbanzo first discovered the Four Realities and much, much more!

• Rescanned from the original artwork, this deluxe hardcover collects the final twelve long-out-of-print issues of the original acclaimed comic-book series in an affordable single volume!

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTHA WASHINGTON IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Frank Miller (W) and Dave Gibbons (A)

On sale July 1
FC, 600 pages
$99.95
HC, 8" x 12"

On sale July 1
FC, 600 pages
$250.00
Ltd. HC, 8" x 12"

A masterpiece nearly twenty years in the making, this archival, oversized, and slipcased hardcover volume contains the complete life story of Martha Washington, the twenty-first century freedom fighter created by comic-book megastars Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen).

Our story begins in the squalid corridors of a maximum-security housing project, where a young girl will rise from the war-torn streets of Chicago to battle injustice in a world insane with corruption. She will be called a hero, a traitor, and nearly everything in between, but all along the way, her courage, her integrity, and her unwavering commitment to that most valuable of rights—liberty—will inspire a movement that will never surrender.

• Collecting meticulously remastered versions of every Martha Washington story, and features a comprehensive behind-the-scenes section, a new introduction by Frank Miller and extensive commentary by Dave Gibbons.

• The ultra-limited edition features tip-in pencil art by Dave Gibbons that is signed by both creators and numbered to only one hundred copies!

LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE SATAN FACTORY

Thomas E. Sniegoski (W) and Gregory Manchess (Cover)

On sale July 1
b&w, 256 pages
$12.95
Novel, 5 1/4" x 8"

Hellboy’s premier crime fighter in an all-new novel!

Where greed and the occult walk hand in hand, where mobsters and monsters prowl the streets, none escape the justice of Lobster Johnson!

In the years before World War II, Jonas Chapel was a respected physician, until his appetite for vice got the best of him and he found himself on the run from one of New York’s most powerful mob bosses. On the lam in Mexico, Chapel stumbles across a powerful witch and a cursed skeleton—and the power to transform men into monsters. Now, he’s back in New York, selling his creations to the highest bidder.

 

Only one man, backed by his team of trusted sidekicks, stands in his way. But will the Lobster’s resolve be enough to shut down Chapel’s twisted Satan Factory—before New York itself is consumed?

A new novel by the author of the top-rated ABC Family television miniseries Fallen.

NEIL GAIMAN PRESENTS: VOTAN

John James (W)

On sale July 8
b&w, 288 pages
$12.95
Novel, 5 1/4" x 8"

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

A comedy set in the second century AD, Votan is the story of a Greek nobleman who is traveling and living abroad in Germany while carrying on an affair with a military man’s wife. To save his own life, he takes an emergency business trip and packs with his belongings certain items that lead the townspeople he encounters to think him a Norse God, which he doesn’t try to dissuade them from. Written in the same tone as Douglas Adams, the story unfolds in a humorous and adventurous manner as the lead character has to keep up the pretense of being a god while staying one step ahead of his lover’s jealous husband.

• This is the second of six titles in the Neil Gaiman Presents line to specifically deal with the subject of gods and mythology, chosen by Gaiman to represent the origins of his views on classic heroic literature.

• Contains a new introduction by Neil Gaiman available nowhere else.

PIXU: THE MARK OF EVIL

Gabriel Bá (W/A), Becky Cloonan (W/A), Vasilis Lolos (W/A), and Fábio Moon (W/A)

On sale July 15
b&w, 128 pages
$17.95
HC, 6" x 9"

This gripping tale of urban horror follows the lives of five lonely tenants—strangers—whose lives become intertwined when they discover a dark mark scrawled on the walls of their building. The horror sprouts quite innocently from a small seed and finds life as something otherworldly, damaged, full of love, hate, fear, and power. As the walls come alive, everyone is slowly driven mad—defenseless against the evil in the building, stripped of free will, leaving only confusion, chaos, and eventual death.

Originally self-published as a two-volume book, this groundbreaking work receives a deluxe presentation in a hardcover edition with a sketchbook section.

• The 2008 Eisner Award-winning team for Best Anthology—Gabriel Bá (The Umbrella Academy), Becky Cloonan (American Virgin), Vasilis Lolos (The Last Call), and Fábio Moon (Sugarshock)—return with their latest collaboration, Pixu: The Mark of Evil.

“The story telling here is beautiful, creating a real sense of dread and supernatural menace. Smart, subtle and genuinely disturbing.”—Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy

RAPTURE #1 (of 6)

Michael Avon Oeming (W/A/Cover), Taki Soma (W), Val Staples (C), and Alex Maleev (Cover)

On sale May 27
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

After warring for a century, Earth’s greatest champions and villains suddenly disappear, leaving the planet devastated. Like a rapture, the Powers are gone and humanity is left behind to pick up the pieces. Amongst this wreckage, two lovers, Evelyn and Gil, find themselves separated by a continent and will do anything to find each other again. But when a strange being named “The Word” turns Evelyn into a champion with an angelic spear, she finds the force of her love for Gil clashing with her newfound power. Love and destiny collide in what will become the worst breakup—ever.

SOLOMON KANE VOLUME 1: THE CASTLE OF THE DEVIL

Scott Allie (W), Mario Guevara (P), Dave Stewart (C), and Mike Mignola (Cover)

On sale July 15
FC, 128 pages
$15.95
TPB, 7" x 10"

Robert E. Howard’s vengeance-obsessed puritan begins his supernatural adventures in the haunted Black Forest of Germany in this adaptation of Howard’s “The Castle of the Devil.” When Solomon Kane stumbles upon the body of a boy hanged from a rickety gallows, he goes after the man responsible—a baron feared by the peasants from miles around. Something far worse than the devilish baron or the terrible, intelligent wolf that prowls the woods lies hidden in the ruined monastery beneath the baron’s castle, where a devil-worshiping priest died in chains centuries ago.

• This team’s debut Kane story is available for free at myspace.com/darkhorsepresents.

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

• Collects the Solomon Kane five-issue miniseries.

STAR WARS ADVENTURES: PRINCESS LEIA AND THE ROYAL RANSOM

Jeremy Barlow (W) and Carlo Soriano (A)

On sale July 29
FC, 80 pages
$7.95
TPB, 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"

Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewie are racing to deliver vital information to the Rebel Alliance. But Han allows himself to be distracted with the idea of earning some fast credits . . .

Ignoring pleas from Leia and the threat of trailing Imperial Star Destroyers, Han makes an unscheduled stop at a hot smuggling hub to pick up some cargo. Unfortunately, the crate he takes aboard the Millennium Falcon doesn’t contain the kind of contraband he was led to believe. It’s not simple or harmless . . . it’s the kidnapped femme fatale Princess Mi!

• Star Wars Adventures is a new series of graphic novellas created specifically for younger readers but with an appeal for Star Wars fans of any age!!

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

Henry Gilroy (W), Scott Hepburn (P), Dan Parsons (I), and Le Tang (Cover)

On sale May 13
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

In this thrilling conclusion to “Slaves of the Republic,” Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano fight to free themselves and the kidnapped population of Kiros from a life of slavery—and it’s not only the Zygerrian slavers they must battle . . . Count Dooku has arrived with Asajj Ventress with hopes of salvaging the new slave trade that has been fueled by Separatist efforts.

STAR WARS: DARK TIMES #14—BLUE HARVEST part 2 (of 5)

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

On sale May 27
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

The miasma of the dark times following the rise of the Empire entangles both the high and the low. Darth Vader comes to a realization about how short his future might be if he doesn’t follow his master’s every command.

While half a galaxy away, Dass Jennir, who has kept his Jedi past a secret from his employer, discovers that his employer hasn’t been completely honest with him, either. The job Jennir has been hired to do is only part of what needs to be done, and a Jedi never leaves a job half-finished—even if it means fighting ten-to-one odds!

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #41—DUELING AMBITIONS part 3 (of 3)

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

On sale May 20
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

It is championship day at the dueling Open: Zayne struggles to protect his inept partner in the duels while simultaneously trying to convince the boy’s warrior father that he and his friends have a plan to save them and stop the slave “farm system.” Meanwhile, Gryph and Jarael set the team’s plan into action, doing their best to avoid the duel official’s security.

In the conclusion to “Dueling Ambitions,” Zayne faces the reality of his dreams and his future, and Jarael gets a look back at her mysterious past . . .

STAR WARS: LEGACY #36—RENEGADE

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

On sale May 27
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Gar Stazi’s Galactic Alliance fleet joins forces with deposed Emperor Roan Fel’s Imperials in a strike against the Sith Empire. Stazi has his work cut out for him—not only must he hold together the shaky coalition, but he has to make sure that the allies do not lower themselves to their enemies’ tactics!

Fleet-versus-fleet action in the Star Wars tradition!

TOKIDOKI STICKY NOTE BOOK AND COASTER SET

On sale June 10

Sticky Note book
Eight pads of three different sizes of sticky notes
Note book measures 6" x 8"
$8.99

Coaster Set
$12.99

We have a great springtime lineup of adorable Tokidoki items, the first of which are an impressive set of coasters (four cork-backed coasters in a circular tin case) and a sticky note book. Packed like a small bound book, there are eight pads of three different sizes of sticky notes. So cute, you may want to wallpaper your bedroom with them!

TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN OMNIBUS

Shannon Wheeler (W/A)

On sale July 15
b&w, 536 pages
$24.95
TPB, 8 1/2" x 11"

Shannon Wheeler was once just another ambitious cartoonist with some big ideas (and some small ones, too), a wicked sense of humor, a questioning spirit, and a coffee jones the size of a tanker truck. Who would have ever guessed that ten years later, he would have multiple volumes of critically acclaimed cartoons under his belt and a rich, satisfying career? Too Much Coffee Man Omnibus gathers all of the cartoons from four hilarious volumes of work, bringing together all of Wheeler’s signature satire and sweetness in one convenient package. Essential for Too Much Coffee Man fans, and sure to convert new ones!

Shannon Wheeler, the recipient of multiple awards, began cartooning in the late 1980s while studying architecture at UC Berkeley and has worked in animation and illustration. Too Much Coffee Man, as a comic, has appeared internationally in newspapers, magazines, comic books, and graphic novels. Dark Horse Comics has published five graphic novels that collect most of the work. His weekly strip Postage Stamp Funnies appears in the print edition of The Onion. 2006 saw the production of a Too Much Coffee Man Opera at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. It’s the first opera to have been based on a comic book.

• Too Much Coffee Man Omnibus collects four classic Too Much Coffee Man volumes—TMCM: Guide for the Perplexed, TMCM: How to Be Happy, TMCM: Parade of Tirade, and TMCM: Amusing Musings.

• The omnibus format promises an extra-tall helping of laughs for a great price!

TUROK, SON OF STONE ARCHIVES VOLUME 2

Paul S. Newman (W) and Various (A)

On sale July 1
FC, 224 pages
$49.95
HC, 7" x 10"

Earth’s prehistoric past flourishes in a lost valley where two young Native Americans, Turok and Andar, have become trapped. While they struggle to survive among the honkers (dinosaurs) and prehistoric human residents, they hold on to the hope that one day they will discover a way out of the valley and be reunited with their tribe.

• In early 2008, a seventy-minute animated DVD titled Turok, Son of Stone was released by Classic Media.

• This volume collects Turok: Son of Stone #7–#12.

USAGI YOJIMBO #120

Stan Sakai (W/A)

On sale May 27
b&w, 24 pages
$3.50
Ongoing

There’s no calm after the storm for the rabbit ronin as Usagi grapples with the fallout from “Traitors of the Earth” and uncovers a new mystery. While Kitsune recovers from her encounter with the wizard Hatakeyama, her protégée, Kiyoko, works to keep money coming in, using the performance and pickpocket lessons Kitsune has taught her.

Hiding from the police in an abandoned temple, Kiyoko overhears a plot to murder a rich merchant. She tries to get Usagi involved, but there’s not much he can do when the merchant doesn’t want help, and it’s still not clear who wants the merchant dead, anyway.

• “There’s a clear love for the details of medieval Japanese life, landscape and habits that makes Usagi Yojimbo a joy to read.”
–Geoff Hoppe, Comic Book Bin

USAGI YOJIMBO VOLUME 23: BRIDGE OF TEARS

Stan Sakai (W/A)

On sale July 8
b&w, 248 pages
$17.95
TPB, 6" x 9"

On sale July 29
b&w, 248 pages
$59.95
HC, 6" x 9"

The wandering life of a ronin is often a lonely one, and Usagi has been on that path a long time. A temporary peace, staying with the merchant Endo and his daughter Hanaka, is interrupted by the deadly League of Assassins, setting Usagi back on the road, but with the uncomfortable sensation that he is being followed.

• Collects issues #94-#102. This volume also includes the landmark Usagi Yojimbo #100, a celebratory roast issue featuring contributions from several of the best writers and artists in comics including Frank Miller, Matt Wagner, Jeff Smith, Sergio Aragonés, and more!

• The limited edition hardcover contains a special plate featuring an original painting by Stan Sakai and is signed and numbered by him.

Introduction by Brian K. Vaughan!

VAMPIRE DANCE

Sergio Bleda (W/A)

On sale July 1
b&w, 188 pages
$16.95
TPB, 6 1/4" x 9 3/8"

Jacob is a two-hundred-and-fifty-year-old vampire whose world is turned upside down when he’s forced to intervene to save Naomi—the mortal he loves—from an attack by some neo-Nazis.

Agnes is a young vampire who meets Anna, a recent convert she’ll have to guide along in her new immortal existence.

What none of them knows is that their destiny has been laid out in advance by the White Vampire, a master manipulator who craves control over the ancestral power living within Anna.

• A hit throughout Europe, this is the first collected edition of the best-selling miniseries.

• Marks the first major publication in English of Sergio Bleda, a rising star in European comics.

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

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