Dark Horse Solicitations, August 2009

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APPLEGEEKS VOLUME 2: WEIRD SCIENCE

Ananth Panagariya (W) and Mohammad F. Haque (A)

On sale Oct 21 FC, 184 pages $14.95 TPB, 7" x 9"

All college students Jayce, Hawk, Alice, and Gina want to do is kick back and relax when they happen to land some downtime. And now that Hawk's latest creation, the sweet but dangerously superpowered android Eve, is finally starting to settle in with her motley crew of roommates, it looks like they'll actually get that chance! But a simple trip to the mall goes horribly awry, and when Eve goes haywire it's up to her newfound friends to calm her down, or shut her down!

* Includes over 150 comics originally posted on applegeeks.com during 2005 and 2006, plus creator commentary, pinup galleries, and more!

* Applegeeks.com web traffic averages forty thousand unique visitors per day and over 2.5 million page views per month.

THE ART OF EMILY THE STRANGE

Rob Reger (W/A), Buzz Parker (A), and Cosmic Debris (W/A)

On sale Oct 14 FC, 120 pages $22.95 HC, 8 1/2" x 11"

In her thirteen-plus years in existence, oddballs, outcasts, and art freaks the world over have grown to know and love a strange young girl named Emily. With roots in the punk-rock art scene of Santa Cruz skate culture and an early appeal to European trend spotters, the iconic image of Emily and her philosophy of devout individualism have become deeply rooted in global culture.

The Art of Emily Volume 1 is the first-ever collection of images showing the wide and inspired range of artistic styles and mediums that have been used to create the world of Emily the Strange. From silk-screened vinyl skateboard stickers to custom rock-and-roll album art, large-scale psychedelic paintings, and insanely intricate Mongolian paper cutting, the fantastic and artful imaginings of Rob Reger, Buzz Parker, and a staggeringly talented array of collaborators will give insight and inspiration to any Emily fan.

* The world's affection for Emily the Strange can be seen at futuristic shopping malls in Tokyo, in Dutch Halloween fanzines, on the walls of metal clubs in Germany, and throughout the United States!

B.P.R.D.: 1947 #2 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Joshua Dysart (W), Fabio Moon (A), Gabriel Ba (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Aug 12 FC, 32 pages $2.99 Miniseries

A chilling old-world vampire tale!

As the rest of the team hunts for their missing man, a lone agent follows his mysterious benefactor further into the dark recesses of her world.

Joshua Dysart (B.P.R.D.: 1946) and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola team up with sequential heartthrobs Gabriel Ba (The Umbrella Academy) and Fabio Moon (Sugarshock) for a new chapter in the hidden history of the B.P.R.D.!

* A direct sequel to the critically acclaimed B.P.R.D.: 1946!

* Art by Eisner Award-winning rising stars Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba!

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #27: RETREAT part 2 (of 5)

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

On sale Aug 5 FC, 40 pages $2.99 Ongoing

Slayers are out. Vampires are in. Mysterious big bad Twilight has just become a bigger bad--he can zero in on Team Buffy and her army of Slayers by tracking their use of magic. But Buffy and her allies have taken their submarine--yes, Buffy picked up one of those . . . they're a necessary piece of equip--straight to the only person she knows with an inside track on suppressing magic: the werewolf Oz.

In the yak-filled mountains of Tibet, Oz has found his peace and formed a new life. The butter tea flows freely at the reunion, where--among other fun reunion-y things--Buffy learns that suppressing her demon side could be the biggest risk of all ...

2009 Eisner Award Nominee for Best Cover Artist--Jo Chen.

THE CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOLUME 18

Bruce Jones (W), Steven Grant (W), John Buscema (A), Ernie Chan (A), Mark Silvestr (A), Alfredo Alcala (A), and Val Mayerik (A)

On sale Oct 14 FC, 200 pages $17.95 TPB, 7" x 10"

Taking over writing duties on Conan the Barbarian in the early 1980s, Bruce Jones brought his humor and horror sensibilities--as well as his knack for telling great short stories--to the title, invigorating John Buscema, who returned to work on the series with Conan #136. In The Chronicles of Conan: Isle of the Dead and Other Stories, these two comic-book titans lead Conan on a thrilling tour of Hyboria--from the monster-infested Bossonian Marshes to the hideous slave markets of Belthem--as Conan encounters strange, supernatural foes, beguiling women, and overconfident rulers.

* Stories like "The River of Death," "Titan's Gambit," and the two-part "Spider Isle" adventure are meticulously restored and recolored, and Jones and Buscema are joined by such talents as Ernie Chan, Mark Silvestri, Val Mayerik, Alfredo Alcala, and others.

* This volume collects Conan the Barbarian issues #135 to #142, including all original series covers.

* Since rekindling the Conan franchise in 2004, Dark Horse has sold over 350,000 Conan graphic novels!

CITIZEN REX #2 (of 6)

Mario Hernandez (W) and Gilbert Hernandez (W/A)

On sale Aug 12 b&w, 24 pages $3.50 Miniseries

Water! Electricity! Meat!

Tensions are high in our fair city, as the debate over robot rights and human rights turns violent. The return of disgraced, lifelike robot CTZ-RX--Citizen Rex--only throws gas on the fire, though it's not bad news for everybody. It may be the best thing that's ever happened to gossip blogger Sergio Bauntin, whose columns about Rex bring him new levels of notoriety.

In this chapter, Rex's secret origin is revealed, along with clues to why he's back, and hints about what the mob has to do with all this. It's Astro Boy meets Mister X by way of David Lynch, as only Los Bros. could do it!

"At an age when artists tend to have settled into refining a successful approach, the Hernandez Brothers are challenging themselves as much as they did a quarter-century ago, and it's a joy to see them freaking out."--The New York Times

CLASSIC UNCLE SCROOGE CHARACTERS #3: GYRO GEARLOOSE

On sale Sept 2 Packaged in a special litho-printed, full-color tin box with a vintage-style pin-back button and booklet Limited edition of 650 numbered pieces $49.95

Dark Horse is pleased to continue its new license with Disney. We're giving one of the comic-book medium's most revered casts of characters the Syroco-style treatment in this series of statuettes based on the classic Uncle Scrooge comics. Our third character in this series is Duckburg's most famous inventor, Gyro Gearloose. This statue of Gyro also features his tiny assistant "Helper" sitting in the palm of his hand.

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #13

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

On sale Aug 19 FC, 40 pages $2.99 Ongoing

In "Black Altar," the relentless final chapter in the "Black Colossus" adaptation, Natohk's desert hordes surge up the narrow Shamla Pass, and Conan's ragged army desperately attempts to hold their high ground. Outnumbered and facing an army fueled by a zealous, reborn Stygian wizard, simply surviving may be the greatest victory Conan can hope for. Any triumph will ring hollow, though, if Conan can't protect Khoraja's current sovereign, the beautiful Princess Yasmela--whom Natohk has vowed to capture! Tim Truman, Tomas Giorello, and Jose Villarrubia bring the gripping, blood-filled Battle of Shamla Pass to life! Smartly written and flawlessly rendered, don't miss the epic finale to a Robert E. Howard classic.

"Tomas Giorello and Jose Villarrubia's art is so great here that it's the ultimate selling point. From the massive war that rages . . . to the images of scorpions and vultures amidst the desolation, it's just beautiful. Some of the scenes remind me a lot of collaborations by P. Craig Russell and Lovern Kindzierski, and that's no small feat." --Comic Book Resources

CREEPY

Dark Horse has released three putridly popular archive collections of Creepy and one collection of Eerie, with three more in the works, plus an upcoming line of new Creepy comics scheduled to splatter the stands in July. Fans are drooling at the reanimation of their favorite decomposing uncle. We've added a host of ghoulishly great products to the lineup.

On sale July 15

Creepy Button Pack 4-pack of 1" buttons $5.99

Creepy Logo Embroidered Patch Approx. 3" x 3/4" $4.99

Creepy Fan Club Embroidered Patch 3" circular patch $4.99

Creepy Fan Club Large Button 3" circular button $5.99

Creepy Zippo(R) Lighter $34.99

I Heart Creepy T-shirt Women's size S-XL Men's size M-XXL $24.99

I Heart Creepy Button 3" circular button $5.99

CREEPY ARCHIVES VOLUME 5

Various (W/A)

On sale Oct 28 b&w, 240 pages $49.95 HC, 8 3/8" x 10 7/8"

Enter a world of the finest in scary storytelling and dazzling artwork! Creepy Archives Volume 5 continues the critically acclaimed series that throws back the dusty curtain on a treasure trove of amazing comics art and brilliantly blood-chilling stories. From the gorgeously painted full-color covers to the exquisite black-and-white interiors, this groundbreaking archival series resurrects some of the finest graphic storytelling ever printed. From "The Rats in the Walls" to "It That Lurks," these are infamous tales to chill the blood.

* Featuring the artwork of comics legends Steve Ditko, Reed Crandall, Angelo Torres, Alex Toth, and more!

2009 Eisner Award nominee--Best Archival Collection/Project

EXURBIA

Scott Allie (W) and Kevin McGovern (A)

On sale Oct 7 b&w, 112 pages $9.95 TPB, 6" x 9"

Gage Wallace's day seemingly couldn't get any worse. After breaking up with his girlfriend, he finds himself framed for blowing up his apartment building--the latest in a string of deadly bombings in this doomed suburb. After the neighboring Fat City fell into the river during an earthquake, these hapless exurbanites have been waiting for their own town to sink. The only glimmer of hope is a talking rat, whose drunken ramblings are taken as the prophecy of a better time ahead. Now Gage finds himself being pursued by well-intentioned friends, bored cops, and the bloodthirsty Bald Suzie, a local firearms enthusiast whose brother was killed in a recent explosion. Written by Scott Allie, editor of Hellboy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Umbrella Academy, and The Goon, with dynamic art by newcomer, Kevin McGovern.

* "A complex juggling act of dystopic science fiction, romance gone awry, and murder-mystery chase scene, Exurbia keeps a lot of balls in the air at all times, but brings them together in an effective, dramatic, and satisfying climax. It's like Scorsese's After Hours, reimagined by Terry Gilliam--thoughtful, funny, involving, and human, all in its own off-kilter way."--Kurt Busiek

GANTZ VOLUME 8

Hiroya Oku (W/A)

On sale Nov 25 b&w, 224 pages $12.95 TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 1/16"

Without giving anything away, suffice it to say that this might be the watershed volume of Gantz. It's the end of the great Buddha battle, and it doesn't seem to be going well. In fact, it would be amazing if anyone returned to the locked apartment overlooking Tokyo tower. It's really been the worst fight yet. But there's got to be a gleam of hope somewhere.

Also in this story, we meet a few more interesting characters outside of Gantz's hunting party, and it only adds more mystery to the mix.

* Gantz has proven to be one of the most popular adult anime in recent years, with over 175,000 copies sold in the U.S. alone!

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

GRANDVILLE

Bryan Talbot (W/A)

On sale Oct 28 FC, 108 pages $17.95 HC, 8" x 11"

Two hundred years ago, Britain lost the Napoleonic War and fell under the thumb of French domination. Gaining independence after decades of civil disobedience and anarchist bombings, the Socialist Republic of Britain is now a small, unimportant backwater connected by a railway bridge, steam-powered dirigible, and mutual suspicion to France. When a British diplomat's murder is made to look like suicide, ferocious Detective-Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard stalks a ruthless murder squad through the heart of a Belle Epoque Paris, the center of the greatest empire in a world of steam-driven hansom cabs, automatons, and flying machines. LeBrock's relentless quest can lead only to death, truth . . . or war.

* Following on the heels of his internationally acclaimed graphic novels The Tale of One Bad Rat and Alice in Sunderland, Grandville is a fantastical and audacious roller-coaster ride, visually stunning and rich in memorable detail.

THE GROO TREASURY VOLUME 1

Mark Evanier (W) and Sergio Aragones (A)

On sale Nov 25 FC, 336 pages $24.95 TPB, 6 5/8" x 10"

Behold! The very first omnibus-length collection of Groo.

Originally conceived as a parody of the high-adventure sword-and-sorcery genre, Sergio's well-intentioned but endlessly destructive (and, uh, dumb) warrior has starred in over 150 issues, befriended (and, in many cases, beheaded) an ever-expanding cast of characters, eaten countless bowls of cheese dip, and left an impressive tally of ill-fated comic-book publishers in his wake over nearly three decades.

If you've ever wondered what this Groo character is all about, tried to untangle his early publishing history yourself, or wondered what exactly it is that Mark Evanier does for this book, wait no longer! Look upon Groo's works, ye mighty, and despair!

* Collecting material from Destroyer Duck #1, Starslayer #5, Pacific Comics's Groo the Wanderer #1-#8, Eclipse Comics's Groo the Wanderer Special #1, and Epic's The Groo Chronicles #1-#6.

* Includes hard-to-find bits of Groo history, plus new commentary and strips!

* Featuring the absolute latest in Stan Sakai-generated logo design!

2009 Eisner Award nominee for Best Limited Series--Groo: Hell on Earth

THE GOON VOLUME 9: CALAMITY OF CONSCIENCE

Eric Powell (W/A)

On sale Oct 14 FC, 128 pages $15.95 TPB, 7" x 10"

Multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of The Goon Eric Powell teams with acclaimed colorist Dave Stewart to bring this tale of humor, horror, and heartbreak to a close. Prepare for the usual weirdness, as only Powell and The Goon can provide: the living dead (children, priests, and pretty ladies), pretty living ladies, gypsies, backwoods children . . . "dogs" . . . crazy-weird cats, pimps peddling animal love, animals on the receiving end of said animal love . . . evil Shredded Wheat-men, more-evil undead burlesque-house owners, guys with tails, a woky (a woky?) . . . and more!

* The Goon Volume 9 collects the final installment of Goon Year (issues #28-#31)!

* " . . . mobsters and zombies in a world that looks like Sin City channeled by E. C. Segar's Popeye universe." -Los Angeles Times

HARLEQUIN VALENTINE (2nd Printing)

Neil Gaiman (W) and John Bolton (A)

On sale Oct 14 FC, 40 pages $12.95 HC, 7" x 10"

This hardcover retelling of the Commedia dell'arte legend of hopeless, fawning love updates the relationship of buffoonish Harlequin and his sensible, oblivious Columbine. Consumed with love, the impulsive clown gives his heart freely, only to see it dragged about town, with a charming surprise to bend the tale in a modern direction. Spending a cold Valentine's Day alone can be hard to swallow, but Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Newbery Medal winner The Graveyard Book) and John Bolton (The Evil Dead) want you to know that all it takes is a steak knife, a fork, and a bottle of quality ketchup . . .

Finally back in print!

HELLBOY LIBRARY EDITION VOLUME 3: CONQUEROR WORM AND STRANGE PLACES

Mike Mignola (W/A)

On sale Oct 21 FC, 312 pages $49.95 HC, 9" x 12"

Hellboy Library Edition Volume 3 collects three pivotal stories of Hellboy's journey, as he leaves behind the world of men and journeys into the unknown: the award-winning Conqueror Worm, which brings back some of Hellboy's earliest foes, in the story that ends his career with the B.P.R.D. and marks his first run-in with the fan-favorite masked hero Lobster Johnson; the haunting fairy tale The Third Wish; and The Island, a dark and surreal glimpse into the true origin of the Right Hand of Doom and Hellboy's own destiny; along with a new, expanded sketchbook of never-before-seen Mignola artwork.

* Includes over thirty pages of new sketchbook material!

2009 Eisner Award nominee--Best Publication Design and Best Graphic Album/Reprint

HELLBOY: THE WILD HUNT #5 (of 8)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Gary Gianni (W/A), Duncan Fegredo (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Alex Wald (C)

On sale Aug 12 FC, 32 pages $2.99 Miniseries

Hellboy and Alice have prevailed against a vicious ambush, but they haven't come out unscathed. After she is struck by a poisonous arrow, Alice's life hangs by a thread, and Hellboy's only hope of saving her rests inside a castle under assault by a horde of demons. To get to the castle, and the mysterious sorceress inside, Hellboy has to punch through her castle's fiercest assailant--a demonic commander of the legions of Hell who guards the entrance to her stronghold! * After a brief hiatus, Hellboy: The Wild Hunt resumes its monthly schedule, revealing new secrets about Hellboy's origins! * This issue also features the long-awaited return of Gary Gianni's The MonsterMen!

INDIANA JONES OMNIBUS: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES VOLUME 2

David Michelinie (W/A), Herb Trimpe (W/A), Larry Lieber (W), Archie Goodwin (W), Jackson Guice (A), Steve Ditko (A), and others

On sale Oct 21 FC, 368 pages $24.95 TPB, 6" x 9"

Clouds of war gather ominously over Europe . . . the Great Depression grips the world . . . but one globe-trotting archaeologist's thirst for adventure and discovery remains undaunted by his times in The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones!

Writer David Michelinie continues to team up with notable comics artists Steve Ditko, David Mazzucchelli, Herb Trimpe, and Jackson Guice to entertain Indy fans everywhere! This massive volume collects twelve full issues of the 1980s ongoing series--along with the official adaptation of Temple of Doom--for the very first time.

* The Dark Horse series Indiana Jones Omnibus: The Further Adventures is the first modern collection of Indiana Jones material originally published by Marvel!

* The first three Dark Horse Indiana Jones Omnibus editions have combined to sell over 45,000 copies!

INSOMNIA CAFE

M. K. Perker (W/A)

On sale Oct 21 b&w, 80 pages $14.95 HC, 6" x 9"

Peter Kolinsky was among the world's foremost experts on rare books, with a top position at a prestigious auction house, until black marketers took an interest in him. Since narrowly avoiding jail time, Peter's lived a lonely life in a tiny apartment, with a menial job he hates.

Things look like they might turn around when, looking for a late-night snack, Peter wanders into a cafe and meets Angela. She shows him the Archives, where books currently being written are somehow on the shelves. It's a book-lover's dream until the black marketer who ruined Peter's life returns with a grudge. On the run, will Peter find salvation in the Archives, or further ruin?

* M. K. Perker's art for Air has just been honored with an Eisner nomination for Best New Series!

Eisner-nominated artist M. K. Perker makes his American solo debut!

KULL VOLUME 1: THE SHADOW KINGDOM

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

On sale Oct 28 FC, 144 pages $18.95 TPB, 7" x 10"

More comfortable with a sword than a scepter, the enigmatic Kull has recently crowned himself king and seeks to unite the once proud and powerful land of Valusia. As representatives from all corners of his kingdom seek his counsel, the warrior-king accepts a strange invitation from the Pictish emissary. Kull will need to discard ancient prejudices if he's to save the newly united Valusian empire from a clandestine enemy that once threatened to enslave and exterminate mankind! Aided by Brule--a hotheaded Pict confidant--Kull uncovers layers of deception and treachery in the ancient halls of the Tower of Splendor and faces the growing threat of the devious Serpent Cult!

Join us as we discover Valusia's darkest secrets and witness the first days of its mightiest king.

* Collection features a new cover by Paul Renand.

* See pages 28-29 for the conclusion to Arvid Nelson's acclaimed Rex Mundi series and the return of Zero Killer!

"...strong storytelling, powerful action, real emotion, great detail work, and a balls-to-the-wall sense of power from his main character." --Comic Book Resources

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: THE POP WONDERLAND SERIES

Michiyo Hayano (W) and POP (A)

On sale Oct 28 FC, 32 pages $16.95 HC, 10" x 8"

Little Red Riding Hood--called that because of the red hooded coat she always wore--was walking through the woods when she met a wolf on the road. The wolf wanted to eat the little girl right there and then, but knew that he'd be caught, so he asked her where she was going. She said she was taking some food to her sick grandmother. The wolf hatched a scheme and hurried to the girl's grandmother's house, where he took the place of the old woman in the bed. Would Little Red Riding Hood figure out the wolf was up to no good before he could eat her?

* The classic story made famous by the Brothers Grimm becomes a modern classic in this all-new illustrated children's book that will delight readers from eight to eighty!

LOVECRAFT UNBOUND

Various (W)

On sale Sept 30 336 pages $19.95 Novel, 5 1/4" x 8"

The stories are legendary, the characters unforgettable, the world horrible and disturbing. Howard Phillips Lovecraft may have been a writer for only a short time, but the creations he left behind after his death in 1935 have shaped modern horror more than any other author's in the last two centuries: the shambling god Cthulhu, and the other deities of the Elder Things, the Outer Gods, and the Great Old Ones, and Herbert West, Reanimator, a doctor who unlocked the secrets of life and death at a terrible cost.

In Lovecraft Unbound, more than twenty of today's most prominent writers of literature and dark fantasy tell stories set in or inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft.

* Among the contributors are multiple New York Times best-selling authors Michael Chabon and Joyce Carol Oates, award-winning writers Brian Evenson and Marc Laidlaw, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and many others. Edited by multiple-award-winning editor Ellen Datlow.

Features new work from Michael Chabon and Joyce Carol Oates!

MISERY OBSCURA: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF EERIE VON (1981-2006)

Eerie Von (W)

On sale Oct 7 b&w, 160 pages $29.95 HC, 8 1/2" x 11"

From the deepest depths of punk rock's 1970s primordial wastelands, through the stygian goth swamps of the 1980s, and on into the bloodstained arenas of 1990s heavy metal, Eerie Von witnessed it all. Beginning as the unofficial photographer for punk legends The Misfits and later taking charge of the bass guitar as a founding member of underground pioneers Samhain and metal gods Danzig, the evil eye of Eerie Von's camera captured the dark heart of rock's most vital and bleeding-edge period, a time when rock and roll was not only dangerous, but downright menacing. Eerie Von's lens has documented everything from The Misfits' humble beginnings in Lodi, New Jersey, to the heights of Danzig's stadium-rock glory alongside metal superstars Metallica. As well as an essential visual document of music history, Eerie's road stories of triumph and damnation bring to life an era the likes of which will never again be seen.

* An essential historical photographic document of some of the most influential bands of punk, goth, and rock by Eerie Von.

* Features over 250 photos and a full-color tip-in poster!

* For more information on Eerie Von, go to eerievon.com.

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 13

Kosuke Fujishima (W/A)

On sale Oct 28 b&w, 192 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!

Learning to ride a bicycle is a little like encountering first love--a lot of panicked flailing and falling down! Skuld, who's suddenly doing both of those things at once, can't understand why her dear sister Belldandy, who's always there to help, wants her to work this out on her own. But of course, Belldandy knows a wisdom Skuld needs to learn . . .

* Includes a message from creator Kosuke Fujishima and your fan art and letters!

* "...the manga incarnation is classic comedy romance--sweet, funny, and action packed --and well worth checking out if you're a manga fan." --Neo

PREDATOR #2 (of 4)

John Arcudi (W), Javier Saltares (A), Andrew Elder (C), and Raymond Swanland (Cover)

On sale Aug 26 FC, 40 pages $3.50 Miniseries

Where there is armed conflict, there is money to be made. And in the midst of a third-world civil war, the military contractors of Graham Directive Security have sold their skills to shield their corporate clients from the sectarian violence tearing a country apart. But the GDS guns-for-hire soon discover that they are in the midst of not one, but two civil wars, one of extraterrestrial origin. And while the brutality and ruthlessness of mankind is well documented, it is nothing compared to the heartless savagery exhibited by the star-spawned Predators, especially when warring clans of the alien terrors are each sworn to wipe the other from existence.

The hunt is on as Predator returns to comics with a vengeance in a lethal new series written by John Arcudi (Aliens, B.P.R.D.) and illustrated by Javier Saltares (Ghost Rider).

* Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Dark Horse Predator series.

Featured in Free Comic Book Day!

REX MUNDI #19: EXODUS/DAUGHTERS OF THE GRAIL

Arvid Nelson (W), Juan Ferreyra (A), and Mike Mignola (Cover)

On sale Aug 19 FC, 32 pages $2.99 Ongoing

Julien and the Duke of Lorraine slug it out amidst the crumbling grandeur of the Castle of the Holy Grail. But who could possibly withstand Lorraine's sorcery, not to mention his legions of fanatical Imperial Guard? It's said that on the Day of Judgment, the dead will rise from the grave . . .

Horrific vengeance from the depths of the earth, a stone-shattering duel to the death, and a heart-rending finale await you in Exodus, the final issue of Rex Mundi.

* Guest cover by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola!

After ten years, the Rex Mundi epic draws to its apocalyptic end.

SHAMAN WARRIOR VOLUME 8

Park Joong-Ki (W/A)

On sale Oct 7 b&w, 200 pages $12.95 TPB, 5 3/4" x 8 1/4"

The penultimate volume in the Shaman Warrior saga is the most action packed yet! With only a few allies by her side, Yaki has her hands full with a bevy of new villains. Whips, bombs, swords, and the ominous powers of a shaman warrior--this volume is sure to knock your socks off! Yaki's quest to avenge her father and protect the endangered shaman bloodline nears its finale, as Korea's best-selling fantasy epic enters its pulse-pounding and artery-squirting homestretch in this eighth volume in a series of nine. We've watched Yaki grow into a heartless assassin and beautiful woman, and she's destined to carve a bloody path to the backstabbing general who ordered the death of her father--with or without her own shaman powers awakening.

* Visit darkhorse.com for a free extended preview of Shaman Warrior Volume 1--available now!

* One of the best-selling manhwa epics of all time, Shaman Warrior won the Korean Culture & Content Agency's 2006 Best Manhwa of the Year award!

SINFEST VOLUME 2

Tatsuya Ishida (W/A)

On sale Oct 28 b&w, 208 pages $14.95 TPB, 8 1/4" x 9 3/4"

In this volume, creator Tatsuya Ishida allows wannabe-player Slick to defy the odds and go on an actual date . . . not that gal pal Monique has a problem with that. Meanwhile, as the Hand of God tries new puppets on for size and the Dragon drops by to spectate, Li'l Evil makes his first appearance as the Devil's biggest fan and the saccharine-sweet angels Ezekiel and Ariel continue to make cheerful nuisances of themselves.

* Thrill to never-before-collected strips starting with this volume, and revel in the sweet irony of ad copy for a strip that lampoons advertising! Sinfest: Keepin' it Classy! Collects the second 575 strips of the comic, from 2001 to 2002.

* Web traffic on sinfest.net averages 1.7 million unique visitors per month and 300,000 page hits per day.

* If you've yet to experience the sly hilarity of Sinfest, get yourself down to sinfest.net!

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS #8

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

On sale Aug 12 FC, 40 pages $2.99 Ongoing

Faced with the worst storm in the ice-planet Khorm's history, Jedi Masters Plo Koon and Kit Fisto embark on an impossible mission--to destroy the Separatists' mountain fortress. But their assignment has been made harder still by information divulged by a Republic captive--and the arrival of Asajj Ventress and her elite Commando droids!

Clone Wars action on ice!

STAR WARS: DARK TIMES #16--BLUE HARVEST part 4 (of 5)

Mick Harrison (W), Douglas Wheatley (P), Dave McCaig (C). Douglas Wheatley and Dustin Weaver (Cover)

On sale Aug 26 FC, 40 pages $2.99 Ongoing

Former Jedi Dass Jennir has woven a tangled web of lies in his quest to topple two opposing gangs. Now, all the threads are about to break, and the gangs will tear the town apart in a war that may doom those Jennir sought to save--but not before they take their vengeance out on him!

STAR WARS: INVASION #2 (of 5)

Tom Taylor (W), Colin Wilson (A), Wes Dzioba (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)

On sale Aug 5 FC, 40 pages $2.99 Miniseries

Jedi Master Luke Skywalker and the soldiers of the New Republic were able to pull off a last-second evacuation of some of the civilian refugees from Artorias, but for Finn Galfridian it was too little, too late. Finn's mother and sister have been taken prisoner by the Vong, and his father was left behind with a delaying force to allow the refugees to escape.

Now Finn finds himself at the new Jedi temple on Yavin 4, where he is to undergo training--but what he really wants is to get back into the fight!

* This series is set during the New Jedi Order, approximately twenty-five years after the Battle of Yavin. The Jedi, and the galaxy, are facing their first real threat since the Sith were defeated: an invasion of hostile warriors called the Yuuzhan Vong!

The Yuuzhan Vong invasion has begun!

STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #44-- THE REAPING part 2 (of 2)

John Jackson Miller (W), Bong Dazo (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Benjamin Carre (Cover)

On sale Aug 19 FC, 40 pages $2.99 Ongoing

The latest masquerade of the Hot Prospect and its crew has been discovered!

Up against the Crucible, a massive slave-trading organization, Zayne Carrick is having another streak of unfortunate luck. Zayne and Jarael entered a comet-mining facility with the intention of freeing its slaves and taking a knife to the miners' profits, but when the Crucible is tipped off that imposters are nudging in on their territory, a death-defying space battle ensues! Don't miss this conclusion to the story that exposes a shocking truth about one of KotOR's most-loved characters!

STAR WARS: LEGACY #39--TATOOINE part 3 (of 4)

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

On sale Aug 26 FC, 40 pages $2.99 Ongoing

Separated from his pirate pals and caught in a sandstorm at an abandoned moisture farm (yes, that moisture farm) with an Imperial agent, a Jedi ghost, and a pair of Anzati assassins, Cade Skywalker has had better days. All he needs now is a visit from his dear old mom!

Oh, and back on Coruscant, the Sith are placing someone new on the throne . . .

TOKIDOKI ZIPPO(R) LIGHTERS

On sale Aug 12

Tokidoki Gold Cat Zippo(R) Lighter $39.99

Tokidoki Skull Heart Zippo(R) Lighter $39.99

Requested and designed by the folks at tokidoki themselves, here are two high-quality official Zippo(R) lighters for the discerning tokidoki collector. With two incredibly appealing designs, it's going to be hard to choose just one!

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: DALLAS

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

On sale Oct 21 FC, 192 pages $17.95 TPB, 7" x 10"

The team is despondent following the near apocalypse created by one of their own and the death of their beloved mentor Pogo. So it's a great time for another catastrophic event to rouse the team into action. Trouble is--each member of the team is distracted by some very real problems of their own. The White Violin is bedridden due to an unfortunate blow to the head. Rumor has lost her voice--the source of her power. Spaceboy has eaten himself into a near-catatonic state, while Number Five dives into some shady dealings at the dog track and The Kraken starts looking at his littlest brother as the key to unraveling a mysterious series of massacres . . . all leading to a blood-drenched face-off with maniacal assassins, and a plot to kill JFK!

* The first volume of The Umbrella Academy has sold over 45,000 copies!

* "It's the X-Men for cool people." --Grant Morrison (All Star Superman)

* 2009 Eisner Award nominees Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba--Best Graphic Album (The Umbrella Academy Volume 1: Apocalypse Suite) Gabriel Ba--Best Cover Artist, Best Penciller/Inker James Jean--Best Cover Artist Dave Stewart--Best Coloring

USAGI YOJIMBO #122

Stan Sakai (W/A)

On sale Aug 26 b&w, 24 pages $3.50 Ongoing

A new standalone tale of the rabbit ronin!

Badly injured from battle, Usagi seeks refuge in a peasant hovel, where a kind family takes him in. However, they become less charitable when they learn that a local gang is looking high and low for the ronin who killed their leader. The family must decide whether to send him away, or continue hiding him and become a target of the brigands. With little choice and much to lose, they may have to abandon the weakened Usagi to the wrath of the cutthroats.

* This standalone story is an excellent jumping-on point for new readers!

2009 Eisner nominee--Best Continuing Series

VAMPIRE HUNTER D VOLUME 13: TWIN-SHADOWED KNIGHT PARTS ONE AND TWO

Hideyuki Kikuchi (W) and Yoshitaka Amano (A)

On sale Oct 21 b&w, 480 pages $14.95 Novel, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4"

When Vampire Hunter D entered the town of Sedoc it was in search of answers to the meaning of a dying vampire's last words: "Find Muma." But when he meets Mia, the daughter of the local fortuneteller, he learns the mists emanating from a smoking crater on the outskirts of Sedoc have reanimated thousands of corpses, compelling them to crawl from their graves and hurl themselves into the smoking chasm. When D goes to investigate, he finds himself split in two: a second Vampire Hunter D, full of passion and lust and hunger for the company of women, is born!

* Features eleven black-and-white line illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano.

"Richly descriptive, filled with bone crushing action and horror aplenty, this is one wild ride down the highway to Hell." - Active Anime

WEREWOLVES ON THE MOON: VERSUS VAMPIRES #3 (of 3)

Dave Land (W), Matt & Shawn Fillbach (A), and Dan Jackson (C)

On sale Aug 5 FC, 32 pages $3.50 Miniseries

In olden times, when mankind was less enlightened, it was thought that exposure to the light of the Moon could cause a person to go insane. This ailment was called "Lunacy." Fortunately we're not so backward anymore. We know that there's nothing to fear from the Moon or the light reflected from its surface. In fact, we now know that the Moon is a place of tranquility and serene beauty. A place where vampires swarm hungrily over the surface of the dark side. A place where werewolves are free to roam, snarling and gnashing, without fear of turning human again. And a place where humans can cower in fear as the resident vampires and werewolves try to slaughter one another, turning the lunar dust red with the blood of monster and innocent alike! Yes, there's nothing remotely insane about the Moon. Nothing at all.

Features fan-favorite werewolves AND vampires now in an all-new lunar setting!

WITCHFINDER: IN THE SERVICE OF ANGELS #2 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Ben Stenbeck (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Aug 5 FC, 32 pages $2.99 Miniseries

Mike Mignola teams up with artist Ben Stenbeck (B.P.R.D.: The Ectoplasmic Man) for a long-awaited glimpse into one of the Hellboy universe's greatest enigmas: nineteenth-century occult investigator Edward Grey!

After his confrontation with a spectral assassin, Sir Edward hopes to find answers from a mysterious medium in London's underworld, but discovers only a labyrinthine tangle of conspiracy as the body count continues to rise.

From the pages of Hellboy!

ZERO KILLER #4 (of 6)

Arvid Nelson (W), Matt Camp (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Aug 19 FC, 32 pages $2.99 Miniseries

Thirty-four years after a massive nuclear war, New York City is almost entirely submerged in caustic water and dominated by brutal gangs who live in a semifeudal society in the city's battered skyscrapers. Zero is a "trash man," hunting down renegade gang members while he dreams of escaping across the seas to the now-mythical continent of Africa--a supposedly flourishing land untouched by nuclear fires. In this issue, after a guerrilla strike throws JOCOM's plans into a tailspin and a mysterious metal briefcase goes missing, supposed agents of a powerful African prince have hired Zero to track down JOCOM's precious case. Zero sets out for the most dangerous part of the city, where he will have to face some cold facts about his past and a murderous gang he once led.

"Arvid Nelson's post-apocalyptic series Zero Killer suggests something as complicated and personality-driven as Give Me Liberty in its prime . . . Matt Camp's finely detailed art and Nelson's ear for simple, punchy dialogue and characterization make for solid hooks." The A.V. Club

Arvid Nelson's alternate-history thriller returns!

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