Dark Horse Comics Solicitations for August, 2010

Fri, May 14th, 2010 at 5:58am PDT

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CBR News Team, Editor

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1 for $1 Program
Go back to the beginning with Dark Horse’s 1 for $1 comics!
Get in on the ground floor of twelve featured titles from our popular comics pantheon. See what started it all in these first-issue classics from Dark Horse Comics.

1 for $1: Aliens vs. Predator
Randy Stradley (W), Phill Norwood (P), Karl Story (I), and Monika Livingston (C)
On sale Aug 11
FC, 28 pages
$1.00
The inhabitants of the colony planet Ryushi are peaceful ranchers—men and women who lead simple lives. But their lives are tragically shattered as they become part of a “coming of age” ceremony for a race of deadly alien hunters—the Predators. However, the Predators’ prey are not the human inhabitants of Ryushi, but rather something far more dangerous—Aliens!

1 for $1: Sin City: The Hard Goodbye
Frank Miller (W/A)
On sale Aug 11
FC, 28 pages
$1.00
Sin City is the place—tough as leather and dry as tinder. Love is the fuel, and Marv has the match . . . not to mention a “condition.” He’s gunning after Goldie’s killer, so it’s time to watch this town burn!

1 for $1: Hellboy: Seed of Destruction
Mike Mignola (W/A), John Byrne (W), and Mark Chiarello (C)
On sale Aug 18
FC, 28 pages
$1.00
Hellboy bursts onto the film noir monster detective scene. From his apocalyptic origin in World War II England to the modern-day case of the sole survivor of a doomed Arctic expedition, Hellboy must battle vampire frog creatures and worse in his debut miniseries.

1 for $1: Usagi Yojimbo
Stan Sakai (W/A)
On sale Aug 18
b&w, 28 pages
$1.00
The close of sixteenth-century Japan is regarded as the age of civil wars, as feudal lords fought amongst themselves for land and power. When one leader finally rose above the others and was proclaimed shogun, a peace came upon Japan and the samurai warriors found themselves suddenly unemployed. Many of these ronin turned to banditry to survive; others found work with minor lords. And a small number traveled the musha shugyo—the warrior pilgrimage—to hone their spiritual and martial skills. But whether they took the honest road or the crooked path, the ronin all found one common link—they were generally less than welcome. Such is the tale of Usagi Yojimbo.

1 for $1: Conan
Kurt Busiek (W), Cary Nord (P), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Aug 25
FC, 28 pages
$1.00
Drawing on the original Robert E. Howard stories, the legend of Conan is brought to vivid life for the modern audience. Decades ahead of its time, Howard's stories can finally get the graphic treatment they deserve in this on going series.

1 for $1: The Goon
Eric Powell (W/A)
On sale Aug 25
FC, 28 pages
$1.00
The Goon is a hilarious blend of pulpy horror and slapstick comedy following the ongoing misadventures of the man they call the Goon and his spastic sidekick Franky as they battle the legions of the undead!

60TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC PEANUTS #4: LINUS
On sale Oct 20
Limited to 750 numbered pieces
Packaged in its own tin box, with a pin-back button and a character booklet
$49.95
Dark Horse continues its yearlong celebration of Charles Schulz’s masterpiece, Peanuts. Peanuts premiered on October 2, 1950, in eight newspapers. As we all know, it grew to become probably the most popular comic strip ever.
United Media is letting us go back to the original look of the characters from 1950, which was considerably different than today’s look, and sculpt statues for a special sixtieth anniversary limited-edition series of the five main characters. Sculpted by Yoe! Studio.
Who needs a security blanket when you can put your faith in the original treatment of Linus?

ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: THREE WORLD WAR #6 (of 6)
Randy Stradley (W), Rick Leonardi (P), Mark Pennington (I), Wes Dzioba (C), and Raymond Swanland (Cover)
On sale Aug 11
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
With the enemy Predator clan and their murderous legion of Alien war slaves ready to close the book once and for all on the alliance of Human and Predator, the Colonial Marines and “Hunter” Predators mount a desperate offensive behind enemy lines to unleash the one surprise element that could even the odds and win the day. But humans should never make the mistake that “the enemy of my enemy” can be counted on as a true friend, and with each Hunter packing a fissile self-destruct, could this courageous assault really be nothing more than a nuclear suicide mission?
The apocalyptic conclusion to the ultimate battle royal!

BALTIMORE: THE PLAGUE SHIPS #1 (of 5)
Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Christopher Golden (W), Ben Stenbeck (A), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Aug 4
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Months after a devastating plague ends World War I, Europe is suddenly flooded with deadly vampires. Lord Henry Baltimore, a soldier determined to wipe out the monsters, is on the hunt for the creature responsible for this chaos and his own personal tragedy. What he uncovers is a terror as horrific and frightening as any he’s seen on the battlefield.
• Based on the novel by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden.
• Mike Mignola reunites with Witchfinder artist Ben Stenbeck!
Praise for Baltimore or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire: 
“Mythic adventure, midway between Lovecraft and the Brothers Grimm. The book burns with black inspiration.” —Sci Fi Magazine
“Outstanding, gorgeously told and wildly inventive. Mike Mignola's outstanding black-and-white illustrations turn the book into a beautiful object and add to its overall storybook quality. He and Golden have outdone themselves with Baltimore, a gorgeous, haunting tale that may well become a classic.” —Fangoria

B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH—NEW WORLD #1 (of 5)
Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Guy Davis (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Aug 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Following the global havoc created by the frog war, and with the B.P.R.D. now operating under strict U.N. oversight, our heroes face new horrors. People are once again vanishing from small towns, monsters are roaming in the woods, and a strange new creature arrives to create hell on earth.
Join the B.P.R.D.!
www.darkhorse.com/jointhebprd
“Davis is an absolute master of creepiness; he creates atmosphere almost effortlessly.”
—Newsarama

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: RILEY
Jane Espenson (W), Karl Moline (P/Cover), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), Jo Chen (Cover)
On sale Aug 18
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
One-shot
Acclaimed Buffy television writer Jane Espenson is back with answers to one of the surprising twists she and executive producer Joss Whedon introduced in the hit story arc “Retreat”!
In the midst of the battle, Buffy’s former flame, the demon-fighting soldier Riley Finn, seemingly in league with Twilight, was revealed as a double agent working for the Slayer army. Now Espenson and artist Karl Moline (Fray, Willow) uncover the secrets of Riley’s recruitment by Buffy, his infiltration of Twilight’s inner circle, and what’s become of him and his superspy wife, Sam.
This essential one-shot delivers thrilling spy adventure and is filled with major revelations for the story of Buffy Season Eight!
• Buffy TV writer Jane Espenson returns!
• Features key revelations for Buffy Season Eight!

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON EIGHT VOLUME 7: TWILIGHT
Brad Meltzer (W), Joss Whedon (W), Georges Jeanty (P), Karl Moline (P), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)
On sale Oct 6
FC, 168 pages
$16.99
TPB, 7" x 10"
Buffy Summers and her Slayer army have suffered heavy losses throughout Season Eight and faced scores of threats new and old, but the one mystery connecting it all has been the identity of the Big Bad—Twilight!
In this penultimate volume of Season Eight, New York Times best-selling novelist and comics writer Brad Meltzer (The Book of Lies, Identity Crisis) joins series artist Georges Jeanty in beginning the buildup to the season finale in the story line that finally reveals the identity of Twilight! In the aftermath of the battle with Twilight’s army, Buffy has developed a host of new powers, but when will the other shoe drop, and will it be a cute shoe, or an ugly one? Still reeling from the losses of war, Willow goes looking for missing allies, and discovers a horrifying truth about several of the Slayer army’s recent ordeals. Adding to the mayhem is the unexpected return of Angel, in his Season Eight debut!
This volume also features two stories from series creator and executive producer Joss Whedon!
• Collects Buffy Season Eight #31–#35, and the Willow one-shot.

BUZZARD #3 (of 3)
Eric Powell (W/A), Kyle Hotz (W), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Aug 11
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
With nothing in life to lose, Buzzard takes a bounty from the desperate villagers and heads into battle against a monstrous forest god, culminating in a confrontation that no one would see coming.
Eric Powell, multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of The Goon, gives one of his most beloved and mysterious characters, Buzzard, his own highly anticipated three-issue miniseries.
• Look for the new Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities from Eric Powell, with artist Kyle Hotz, next month, as well as a backup story in this issue!

THE CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOLUME 20: NIGHT OF THE WOLF AND OTHER STORIES
Michael Fleisher (W), John Buscema (W/A), Gary Kwapisz (A), Ernie Chan (A), Steve Leialoha (A), Bob Camp (A), and Rudy Nebres (A)
On sale Oct 13
FC, 200 pages
$18.99
TPB, 7" x 10"
Conan confronts some of his most difficult challenges yet when he faces down a werewolf who is being protected by the same tribe that it aims to destroy in “Night of the Wolf,” and he finds a hidden Cimmerian valley filled with the vestiges of an ancient war in “Vale of Death.” The wandering barbarian will also have to keep his wits about him if he is to keep from becoming a statue in a madwoman’s collection in “The Cauldron of Doom!”
• This volume collects Conan the Barbarian issues #151-#159, now with new colors, all of the original series covers, and a foreword by Ernie Chan complete with a brand new pinup!

CITIZEN REX
Mario Hernandez (W) and Gilbert Hernandez (W/A)
On sale Oct 27
b&w, 136 pages
$19.99
HC, 6" x 9"
Twenty years ago, the most famous, lifelike robot in the world was engulfed in scandal, arrested, and deactivated. Since then, an antirobot movement has developed, while body modification is in and prosthetic limbs have become hot black-market items.
Stories like these are the stock in trade of gossip blogger Sergio Bauntin, whose startling revelations earn him the constant scrutiny of both the mob and the city’s mysterious investigators, the Truth Takers. When Sergio catches wind of sightings of the long-missing robot celebrity CTZ-RX-1, all of these interests will collide in violence and intrigue.
• This handsome hardcover collection also features a new cover by Gilbert, sketches and behind-the-scenes material from Mario, and a special pinup from third Hernandez brother Jaime (Locas, The Education of Hopey Glass)!

CLASSIC UNCLE SCROOGE SERIES 2 #4: HUEY, DEWEY, AND LOUIE
On sale Oct 20
Limited to 950 numbered pieces
Packaged in a full-color, litho-printed tin box, with a character booklet and a vintage-style pin-back button
$49.95
One of our best-received Syroco-style statuette series ever has been of the characters from Carl Barks’s Uncle Scrooge stories.
We’re continuing our line of statues with a new series, based on specific cover images by Barks, and our fourth statue is inspired by the cover to Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #150 (March 1953).
The Uncle Scrooge series depicts the characters as they were originally presented in the comics. Sculpted by Yoe! Studio.

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #24
Tim Truman (W), Tomás Giorello (P), José Villarrubia (C), Dave Stewart (C), and Cary Nord (Cover)
On sale Aug 18
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
Conan and Olivia have escaped the terrible wrath of the armies of Turan by fleeing to a small island in the vast Vilayet Sea, but it seems that Conan cannot avoid all the enemies that he made as leader of the Kozaki raiders. The small island that he and Olivia have used to put some distance between them and the Turanian military has turned out to be an appealing hiding place for another group of outlaws—the Red Brotherhood! Traveling only with the beautiful Olivia, and without an army of mercenaries at his back, Conan is no longer protected from their rage. However, they may not be the most dangerous adversaries Conan will have to face if he and Olivia are to get off the island in one piece! Large predators stalk the forest, and there is something much, much worse lurking within the ruins of an ancient civilization.
Tim Truman, Tomás Giorello, and José Villarrubia continue their adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s “Iron Shadows in the Moon.”
“Conan the Barbarian is one of the great creations in fantastic literature, ranking right alongside Tarzan of the Apes.” —Comics Buyer’s Guide

CONAN VOLUME 9: FREE COMPANIONS
Timothy Truman (W/A), Tomás Giorello (A), Joe Kubert (A), and José Villarrubia (C)
On sale Oct 20
FC, 184 pages
$24.99
HC, 7" x 10"
Legendary artist Joe Kubert’s very first sequential Conan work and illustrations by Cary Nord, Justin Sweet, and Joseph Michael Linsner highlight this latest collection of stories from Dark Horse’s ongoing Conan the Cimmerian comic-book series. In his short career as a mercenary, young Conan has impressed both Princess Yasmela and military leader Lord Amalric, but an ambitious rogue prince arrives in Khoraja and blindsides Conan out of the comfortable, courtly situation he’s found himself in. Not only is Conan’s love affair with Yasmela going south, but rebel Prince Julion immediately challenges Conan’s headstrong impulses and military plans, causing a rift between the battered-but-proud forces of Khoraja and Amalric’s army of colorful mercs.
• Collects Conan the Cimmerian #14 and #16-#21.

CREEPY ARCHIVES VOLUME 8
Various (W/A)
On sale Oct 27
b&w, 256 pages
$49.99
HC, 8 3/8" x 10 7/8"
Dark Horse’s multiple-award-winning archive editions of Creepy have arrived at one of the most compelling and legendary eras of the horror magazine’s epic run. Creepy Archives Volume 8 collects issues #37-#40, which herald the beginning of the more psychedelic and strangely spooky stories that came into vile vogue with the onset of the 1970s. This gore-geously designed volume highlights work from amazing artists such as Basil Gogos, Ernie Colón, Vaughn Bodé, Ken Kelly, and others, and stories written by Nicola Cuti, Phil Seuling, Doug Moench, and other great monsterminds!
• Creepy Archives Volume 1 was awarded the 2009 Will Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection.
• “Terrifyingly good!” —Cory Doctorow, boingboing.net

DE:TALES
Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon (W/A)
On sale Oct 6
b&w, 112 pages
$19.99
HC, 6" x 9"
From the company that introduced American audiences to Brazilian twins Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (Daytripper, Pixu) comes a new hardcover edition of Dark Horse’s out-of-print De:Tales, a collection of the twins’ breakthrough short stories!
After three Eisner Awards and a series of acclaimed projects with writers Joss Whedon (Sugarshock), Gerard Way (The Umbrella Academy), Mike Mignola (B.P.R.D.: 1947), and Matt Fraction (Casanova), Moon and Bá are now among the hottest artists in comics. De:Tales is the duo’s most personal work to date, presenting their work separately, together, and in tandem—as the twins trade off on the roles of writing and illustrating, share those roles, or fly solo. Brimming with all the details of human life, their charming tales move from the urban reality of their home in São Paulo to the magical realism of their Latin American background.
Featuring a brand-new cover, Moon and Bá’s seminal and sought-after work is finally back in this handsome hardcover packaging, proving once again that they are a talented pair to watch out for.
• Named by Booklist as one of the 10 best Graphic Novels of the year, Foreword Magazine gave it a silver medal on the Graphic Novel category of their “Book of the Year” award, and it was nominated for an Eisner Award.
Now available in hardcover!

DEXTER COLOR-CHANGING MUG
On sale Sept 22
11-oz. mug
$14.99
Feeling murderous in the morning? Get out your Dexter blood-splattered mug and let the caffeine from a hot cup of coffee warm you up and restore your civilized side. This diabolical mug shows the two sides of Dexter: when cold, it is covered with blood, just like a newly discovered Florida crime scene; when hot, the blood disappears, leaving a grinning Dexter, who’s in on all your secrets.

DOCTOR SOLAR, MAN OF THE ATOM #2
Jim Shooter (W), Dennis Calero (A/C), and Michael Komarck (Cover)
On sale Aug 25
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Ongoing
Whitmore Pickerel has the power to create living beings out of nothingness, creating new entities designed to suit his own increasingly selfish desires. But now his living, breathing, tremendously powerful creations have turned against him and are pursuing their own agendas. The Man of the Atom fights fiercely to cut short the swath of looting and destruction left in the wake of Glow and Leviathan—and at the climax of the savage conflict, he does something no hero has done before! Meanwhile, Pickerel’s fear of his own creations drives him to conjure a supremely powerful guardian to protect him…but what he accomplishes opens the door to disaster. Enter: Moloch, the Devourer. The Man of the Atom is forced to pit his godlike power against the power of a god!
• Jim Shooter returns to the character he redefined in the 1990s!
• Artist Dennis Calero is well known to mainstream comics fans for his acclaimed work on X-Men Noir.

DOCTOR SOLAR, MAN OF THE ATOM ARCHIVE VOLUME 1
Paul S. Newman (W), Bob Fujitani (A), Frank Bolle (A), and Richard Powers (A)
On sale Oct 13
FC, 216 pages
$19.99
TPB, 7" x 10"
When industrial sabotage fouls up an experiment in atomic energy, nuclear physicist Doctor Phillip Solar survives the accident but is forever changed into a living atomic reactor capable of astonishing feats! Now Doctor Solar uses his miraculous, energy-based powers to protect the innocent and to thwart the diabolical machinations of a mysterious supercriminal known only as Nuro. Doctor Solar springs to life in this affordable new edition that collects “Solar’s Secret,” “The Remote-Control Traitor,” “Vanishing Oceans,” and other classic stories from the 1960s by comics visionaries Paul S. Newman, Bob Fujitani, and Frank Bolle. These tales are true atomic-age wonders! Fans of Russ Manning, Mac Raboy, and Alex Raymond will be delighted with artist Bob Fujitani’s original depiction of this classic hero in all his radioactive glory. This collection also features two rare cover paintings by legendary science-fiction illustrator Richard Powers!
• A Dark Horse archival collection—now available in softcover!
• This volume collects issues #1-#7 of the original 1960s comic-book series Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom, including all original series covers and the retouched interiors seen in the Dark Horse Archives hardcover.
• Seven original Doctor Solar comics for only $19.99!

DOMO
2" Domo Qee Test Two-Pack
Consists of a blister-carded two-pack. One classic brown Domo Qee is visible. A second is in a mystery box, and may be one of four possible colors.
$14.99
2" Domo Qee Test Single Pack. There are three different colors (translucent blue, yellow, and classic brown). Originally packaged in mixed cases, these are now available individually, but picked at random, and no specific color can be guaranteed.
$7.99
2" Domo C2E2 Exclusive
$8.99
A rare opportunity for Previews readers!
Last fall, we participated in a test-market program with Domo in partnership with Target. They tested the product in just fifty-four stores. These 2" Domo Qees were unique to the Target test, and with the exception of the Classic Brown Domo Qee, were not a part of the Domo Qee mystery box assortment, and otherwise unavailable.
The test has run its course, and we’re now making this one-time offering to the comics specialty market.
These very collectable pieces are in limited supply—first come, first served. They won’t last long!
Bonus! For a limited time only we’re offering the chance to get the C2E2 Domo exclusive! Quantities are limited!

FEAR AGENT #29: OUT OF STEP part 2 (of 5)
Rick Remender (W), Mike Hawthorne (P), Tony Moore (P/Cover), and John Lucas (I)
On sale Aug 18
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
The universe was corrupted far too many years ago for Heath Huston to have any hope of reversing the disease—or so he thinks as he sinks back into the bottle. As the Tetaldians continue to hunt him, Heath uncovers the history of the robot hordes and their secret coconspirators. The odds are stacked higher than ever; his body is aged and broken. Finally presented with one final opportunity for redemption, can the last Fear Agent move past his role in it all and give the bastards a little back? Sure he can.
• Includes a special Tales of the Fear Agent by legendary creator Hilary Barta!
• Thirty-two full pages of comic book-action!

FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY VOLUME 3: THE BIG FAT KILL 3rd Edition
Frank Miller (W/A)
On sale Sept 29
b&w, 184 pages
$19.00
TPB, 6" x 9"
One of Sin City’s most fascinatingly conflicted characters, Dwight, returns in The Big Fat Kill, the third volume of Frank Miller’s seminal noir comic and the inspiration for one of the segments of the blockbuster Sin City film! This third edition is newly redesigned and features a brand-new cover by Miller—some of his first comics art in years!
For Dwight, sometimes standing up for his friends means killing a whole lot of people . . . Not for revenge. Not because they deserve it. Not because it’ll make the world a better place. There’s nothing righteous or noble about it. Dwight’s gotta kill them because he needs them dead.
With a new look generating more excitement than ever before, this third edition is the perfect way to attract a whole new generation of readers to Frank Miller’s masterpiece!
• Over a million Sin City books in print!
• New cover by Frank Miller!
• With Miller and codirector Robert Rodriguez gearing up for Sin City 2, this third edition is being released at just the right time!
• The Big Fat Kill was one of the stories in the Sin City film, starring Clive Owen as Dwight!

FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY VOLUME 4: THAT YELLOW BASTARD 3rd Edition
Frank Miller (W/A)
On sale Oct 13
b&w, 240 pages
$21.00
TPB, 6" x 9"
Frank Miller changes the game in the fourth volume of his signature crime series, introducing the only truly heroic figure in Sin City’s world of vice, Detective Hartigan. A highlight of the series, and the inspiration for one of the segments of the blockbuster Sin City film, That Yellow Bastard returns in a newly redesigned edition, with a brand-new cover by Miller—some of his first comics art in years!
The worst thing to be in Basin City is an honest cop, but it’s Hartigan’s last day on the job, and he plans to go out with a bang. Little Nancy Callahan, age eleven, has been kidnapped by a psycho who likes to hear children scream, and Hartigan’s going to find her no matter what it takes. No matter who the psycho’s daddy is. All the prison time in the world won’t change that. Hell of a way to start retirement . . .
With a new look generating more excitement than ever before, this third edition is the perfect way to attract a whole new generation of readers to Frank Miller’s masterpiece!
• Over a million Sin City books in print!
• New cover by Frank Miller!
• With Miller and codirector Robert Rodriguez gearing up for Sin City 2, this third edition is being released at just the right time!
• That Yellow Bastard was one of the stories in the Sin City film, starring Bruce Willis as Hartigan and Jessica Alba as Nancy!

GEAR SCHOOL VOLUME 2
Adam Gallardo (W), Núria Peris (P), Sergio Sandoval (P), and Estudio Fénix (P)
On sale Oct 6
FC, 96 pages
$7.99
TPB, 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
In the far future, humanity is caught in an endless war against an alien menace. The struggle is dominated by giant war machines called Gear. Only the best and the brightest are allowed to drive these war machines. The process of elimination begins in junior high.
Teresa Gottlieb is a thirteen-year-old freshman at the most prestigious military academy in the world. A little while ago she saved the school from an alien attack, but at Gear School “a little while ago” is ancient history. Her status as savior of the school isn’t cutting her any slack with her teachers, her classmates, or the clique that runs the school.
Now Teresa finds herself caught up in an adventure that has more at stake than the future of the school or even the fate of the planet. It could jeopardize her budding first love!

GELASKINS
On sale Sept 8
Tarzan of the Apes
iPhone
$14.95
Tarzan: Lost Adventure
iPhone
$14.95
13" & 15" Laptop
$29.95
Dark Horse is proud to collaborate with GelaSkins to bring our best designs to their line of protective and decorative skins for laptops and phones.
We’ve unfortunately overlooked the “Gridley Wave” as a device format for these colorful and useful new items, but you can sure apply Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan to your iPhone or laptop.
We have delved into the art archive and selected two images of the lord of the apes. Let the world know that you’re an aficionado of the finest in fantastic adventure and art by wearing Tarzan on your modern communication tools.

THE GOON VOLUME 2: MY MURDEROUS CHILDHOOD (AND OTHER GRIEVOUS YARNS) 2ND EDITION
Eric Powell (W/A) and Kyle Hotz (A)
On sale Oct 20
FC, 128 pages
$15.99
TPB, 7" x 10"
The Goon’s first Dark Horse adventures are back in a startling new edition, with a gorgeous new cover by Eric Powell and redesigned to match the high-class look of the recent Goon Year paperbacks!
Goon and Franky have been best friends ever since they was tykes. Find out how the two little ankle biters became best pals, and how they muscled their way into the rackets of big-time crime-boss Labrazio. Plus, stories of zombies, hobos, and pie-crazy skunk apes—horror adventure as you like it!
• Collecting issues #1- #4 of the Dark Horse series, plus the eight-page story from Drawing on Your Nightmares, “The Brothers Mud.”
• All-new cover by Goon creator Eric Powell and an introduction by Frank Cho.

GRANDVILLE MON AMOUR
Bryan Talbot (W/A)
On sale Oct 20
FC, 108 pages
$19.99
HC, 8" x 11"
Convicted psychotic killer and extremist fanatic Edward “Mad Dog” Mastock violently escapes the guillotine’s blade in the Tower of London to once again terrorize the Socialist Republic of Britain. But dogging Mastock’s bloody footsteps is his longtime adversary and nemesis, Detective Inspector Archie LeBrock, at odds with Scotland Yard and intent on bringing Mastock’s horrific murder spree to an end, once and for all. Aided by his friend and colleague Detective Roderick Ratzi, LeBrock follows the trail of carnage to Paris, otherwise known as Grandville, the largest city in a world dominated by the French Empire and the prime target of Mastock’s sadistic terrorism. Can LeBrock capture the Mad Dog before he can mete out his final vengeance, or will LeBrock’s own quest for redemption be dragged to ground by the demons of his past?
The badger is back! Set three weeks after the finale of Grandville—Bryan Talbot’s critically acclaimed steampunk graphic novel—Grandville Mon Amour explores an alternate art-nouveau world populated by intelligent animals, a human underclass, robot automatons, and advanced steam technology that power everything from hansom cabs to iron flying machines.
• Grandville Mon Amour is the second in a planned series of Grandville graphic novels.
• The world of Grandville is described by Talbot as “like Jules Verne and Sherlock Holmes directed by Quentin Tarantino—with animals!”
[On Grandville] “Every panel is a work of art.” —Booklist

HELLBOY: THE STORM #2 (of 3)
Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Duncan Fegredo (A), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Aug 4
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
While Hellboy rages against a deadly soldier of the Queen of Blood, her army grows stronger in preparation for a war of vengeance, in which the end of the world is inevitable.
Mignola and Fegredo reunite for the final arc of the best-selling saga that includes Hellboy: Darkness Calls and Hellboy: The Wild Hunt.

HELLBOY: MASKS AND MONSTERS
Mike Mignola (W/A), James Robinson (W), Scott Benefiel (A), Jasen Rodriguez (A), Pamela Rambo (C), and Matt Hollingsworth (C)
On sale Oct 20
FC, 136 pages
$17.99
TPB, 7" x 10"
Hellboy joins forces with Batman and Starman in an adventure that takes them from the rooftops of Gotham to the steamy jungles of the Amazon, to rescue the first Starman, Ted Knight, from a secret Nazi organization that plans to use him to resurrect an elder god. Next, Hellboy travels to Arcadia in search of Ghost, a spectral vigilante caught up in a web of intrigue orchestrated by an ancient mask.
• These two crossover stories have long been out of print, and have never before been collected into the Hellboy trade-paperback line.
• Perfect for superhero fans looking for an entry point into the Hellboy universe!

MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER #1
Jim Shooter (W), Bill Reinhold (A), Wes Dzioba (C), Raymond Swanland (Cover)
On sale Aug 4
FC, 56 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
The continent-spanning city of North Am is a miracle of ingenuity and ambition, a technological paradise where “milespires” pierce the clouds and robots perform virtually all labor, freeing humankind to pursue leisure and bliss. But in the shadows of the sun-drenched towers, human mobsters use robot-muscle “thug-bots” to terrorize the citizenry of North Am. Human trafficking, illegal psychoactive substances, violent crime, and corrosive corruption are suddenly epidemic in the glittering utopia, with only the mighty Robot Fighter to stand against them. When a wealthy heiress is kidnapped, Magnus is drawn into the mob’s deepest sanctuary, where Magnus faces the fight of his life against the immensely powerful half robot, half man known as Big Guns.
Dark Horse Comics proudly presents the rebirth of one of comics’ most iconic heroes, Magnus, Robot Fighter! Reimagined for the twenty-first century by superstar scribe Jim Shooter and illustrated by Bill Reinhold (The Punisher, Wolverine: Origins), Magnus, Robot Fighter #1 joins Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom and the upcoming Turok, Son of Stone in the most exciting launch program of 2010!
• Special bonus for this 56-page issue: the very first Magnus story from 1963!
• Written by Jim Shooter!
Features a variant cover by Bill Reinhold!

MYSPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS VOLUME 5
Various (W/A)
On sale Aug 4
FC, 168 pages
$19.99
TPB, 7" x 10"
MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 5 continues to exhibit the greatest comics creators in the biz alongside the newest newbies trying to break in: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight makes another appearance with newly popular vampire Harmony in a tale from one of the series writers, Jane Espenson . . . Conan brings bloodshed and barbarism as only he can with writer and artist Darick Robertson . . . Another Robert E. Howard character, Solomon Kane, gives Eisner Award–winning artist Guy Davis a chance to show us his take on the Puritan warrior . . . Dean Motter’s Mister X presents a mystery . . . Matt Kindt’s Giant Man continues his saga . . . And then we have the newbies: A sweet story with sweet birdies . . . A scary story with scary birdies . . . A Jekyll and Hyde meet Sherlock Holmes mystery . . . A tragic tale that makes you really feel for all those mythical horrors . . . A crossdimensional superhero anecdote that will make you laugh . . . 
You know what? That’s not even all of the good stuff jam packed into this volume of modern superdiversity! Don’t miss out on MDHP Volume 5!

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 16
Kosuke Fujishima (W/A)
On sale Oct 27
b&w, 240 pages
$11.99
TPB, 5" x 7"
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!
After epic mishaps such as Belldandy and Keiichi’s hands becoming unable to part, or Skuld’s robot Banpei falling in love, what harm could the arrival of a cute young boy at the temple do to its residents . . . the earth . . . the universe? They say when disaster strikes, time seems to slow down . . . The problem is, it’s slowing down for everybody . . . for real! Plus a message from creator Kosuke Fujishima, and your fan art and letters!
• Winner of the 2009 Kodansha Award for Best General Manga.
• Oh My Goddess! is the longest-running manga series in America!
“The art is full of action and humor. An essential read.” —School Library Journal

RETRO-A-GO-GO BETTIE PAGE
Dark Horse is proud to continue the line of officially licensed Bettie Page accessories, produced by our friends at Retro-A-Go-Go! We’ve got a plethora of adorable items to please the most stylish Bettie fans. There’s something for everyone!
On sale Oct 13
Bettie Page Girl-Next-Door Star Lucky Charm
$22.99
Bettie Page Girlie Revue women’s t-shirt
S-XL
$24.99
Bettie Page Love, Bettie Cigarette Case
$29.99
Bettie Page Love, Bettie Heart Compact
$19.99
Bettie Page Love, Bettie Heart Lucky Charm
$22.99
Bettie Page Love, Bettie Tablet Necklace
$22.99
Bettie Page Peek-a-Boo! Cigarette Case
$29.99
Bettie Page Peek-a-Boo! women's t-shirt
S-XL
$24.99
Bettie Page Peek-a-Boo! Heart Compact
$19.99
Bettie Page Peek-a-Boo! Heart Lucky Charm
$22.99
Bettie Page Peek-a-Boo! Key chain
$12.00
Bettie Page Peek-a-Boo! Personal Case
$27.99
Bettie Page Peek-a-Boo! Revue Frame
$29.99
Bettie Page Peek-a-Boo! Small Case
$22.99
Bettie Page Peek-a-Boo! Tablet Necklace
$22.99
Bettie Page Peep Show Cigarette Case
$29.99

SCARY GODMOTHER
Jill Thompson (W/A)
On sale Oct 20
FC, 192 pages
$24.99
HC, 8 3/4" x 11 1/4"
It’s Halloween night and it’s up to Scary Godmother to show one little girl just how much fun spooky can be! Meet Hannah Marie, who, with the help of Scary Godmother, stands up to her mean-spirited cousin Jimmy and her fear of monsters on her first Halloween adventure with the big kids. Later, Hannah joins forces with Orson, the vampire boy, to unravel a mystery near and dear to their hearts. Some of Scary Godmother’s closest (and most frightful) pals get in on the fun too, including Bugaboo, the Boozle, and Skully Pettibone.
• Four of Thompson’s Eisner Award-winning, fully painted children’s books are collected here, in their entirety, for the first time (Scary Godmother, Revenge of Jimmy, The Mystery Date, and The Boo Flu). This deluxe edition also features some of the earliest concept designs for this haunting and imaginative series.
• Thompson’s Scary Godmother series resulted in a successful stage show and an animated special shown on Cartoon Network, Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular and Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy.
“A beautiful and ambitious piece of work . . . “ —Alex Ross
Eisner Award-winning series!

SOLOMON KANE VOLUME 2: DEATH’S BLACK RIDERS
Scott Allie (W), Mario Guevara (P), Juan Ferreyra (C), Mike Mignola (Cover)
On sale Oct 20
FC, 136 pages
$15.99
TPB, 7" x 10"
Taking place after the events in Solomon Kane: The Castle of the Devil—but written to stand on its own—this new tale delves deep into the horrors scattered throughout Germany’s Black Forest and adapts two of Robert E. Howard’s most beloved Solomon Kane pieces. When Kane comes across gypsies being terrorized by roving bandits, he’s not sure what’s worse—the bandits who wish to rob and rape innocent travelers or the evils that spew forth from the forest, intent on killing every man and woman around!
• This book also collects the “All the Damned Souls at Sea” Kane comic by Scott Allie, Guy Davis, and Dave Stewart.
• Hellboy creator Mike Mignola contributes a new cover to this collection!
• Creature designs by Eisner Award-winning artist Guy Davis!
“Solomon Kane is a welcome addition to the other excellent Howard properties produced by Dark Horse.”

—comicsbulletin.com

STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES—A TALE OF JANGO AND BOBA FETT #1 (of 4)
Tom Taylor (W) and Chris Scalf (A/Cover)
On sale Aug 25
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Here begins a multigenerational tale of honor and redemption, starring two of the heaviest hitters in the Star Wars galaxy—the father-and-clone team of Jango and Boba Fett!
Shortly before the start of the Clone Wars, Count Dooku sends Jango Fett on a mission that will affect the course of Boba Fett’s life some twenty years later. But for now, neither of them knows what the future holds in store, and besides, they have their schedule filled dodging monsters and fighting bad guys!
• Jango Fett and Boba Fett together!
• Fully painted art by Purge artist Chris Scalf!

STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED II
Haden Blackman (W) and Omar Francia (A)
On sale Oct 6
FC, 88 pages
$10.99
TPB, 7" x 10"
The end of the story in the hugely popular game The Force Unleashed left the Star Wars galaxy poised at the brink of civil war. But before that can happen, the Emperor and his apprentice, Darth Vader, have another plan already in play.
The author of the original game, Haden Blackman, returns with a new story of treachery, deception, and the manipulation of the overwhelming power of the Force. Omar Francia, from Star Wars: Legacy and Mass Effect, is back, providing the amazing art for this original graphic novel based on the upcoming LucasArts game!
• Based on the upcoming LucasArts game!
• The first volume of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed sold over 80,000 copies!
• Not merely an adaptation of the events in the game, this graphic novel expands on the story!

STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC—THREAT OF PEACE #2
Rob Chestney (W), Alex Sanchez (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Benjamin Carré (Cover)
On sale Aug 4
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
A peace treaty has been signed, but the galaxy is still at war!
The illusion of true peace has been broken by the Sith’s open attack on the Galactic Senate and the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Held to the conditions of the signed treaty, the Jedi struggle to shoulder their losses for the good of the galaxy. On a mission to Balmorra, Jedi Satele Shan, Master Orgus, and Lieutenant Tavus will encounter something that will throw them off their course and make their assignment a lot more complicated!
• Discover a new Star Wars era!

STAR WARS OMNIBUS: A LONG TIME AGO. . . . VOLUME 2
Archie Goodwin (W), Chris Claremont (W), Michael Golden (A), Terry Austin (A), Al Williamson (A), Walter Simonson (A), and others
On sale Oct 13
FC, 480 pages
$24.99
TPB, 6" x 9"
Collecting the issues #28–#49 and the first king-sized annual from the Marvel Comics Star Wars series that launched in 1977 (the same year as the first film), this second volume of Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago. . . . is a must have for any Star Wars fan!
• Contains the six-issue adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back!

UNCLE SILAS: GENETIS
David Follett (W/A)
On sale Oct 13
FC, 72 pages
$9.99
TPB, 6" x 9"
Silas Mortimer Mulch is an ecological supergenius, with a laboratory greenhouse holding the keys to countless scientific breakthroughs. But when his niece and nephew, Selena and Tommy, come to visit Silas and find him missing, his organic computer SOFIA tells them that he is lost within the ever-expanding and constantly changing greenhouse. Donning high-tech greenhouse suits, Selena and Tommy must go in after Silas, and are soon confronted with astonishing nanotechnology, fungi that act as hard drives of information about the greenhouse, and plants that can create duplicates of people they encounter.
• Written and illustrated by New Recruits winner David Follett, Uncle Silas is an action- packed high-biotech adventure for all ages!

USAGI YOJIMBO #131
Stan Sakai (W/A)
On sale Aug 25
b&w, 24 pages
$3.50
Ongoing
In the aftermath of a brutal gang war, the rabbit ronin and the mercenary swordsman Kato were both lied to about payment by Boss Higa, the ruthless gangster who controls the town called Hell! But on their recent return to town for revenge, they discovered that Higa has built a new gang, and holds the town even more tightly in his grip. Now Usagi and Kato must face a town full of mercenaries and the possibility of a second gang war!

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