Dark Horse Comics Solicitations for July, 2011

Fri, April 15th, 2011 at 10:58am PDT | Updated: April 29th, 2011 at 8:13am

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Action/Adventure
Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse continues only in comics!
DOLLHOUSE: EPITAPHS #1 (of 5)
Andrew Chambliss (W), Maurissa Tancharoen (W), Jed Whedon (W), Cliff Richards (P), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), Phil Noto (Cover), and Fiona Staples (Variant Cover)
On sale July 13
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
The fight for free will starts now!
Alpha was the perfect product of Rossum Corporation’s mind-altering technology, until he snapped, burdened by the dozens of personalities they’d downloaded into his brain. Now the technology has gone viral, turning the entire population into murderous automatons, and it’s up to the psychotic Alpha and a small group of survivors to save mankind. 
• Straight from the Dollhouse one-shot written by show writers Tancharoen and Whedon, this new series continues the tale of survivors taking up arms against Rossum. 
• Fellow Dollhouse show writer Andrew Chambliss (CW’s The Vampire Diaries) makes his comics debut, joining Tancharoen and Whedon!
Dollhouse™ & © 2011Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Science Fiction
Invasion means action!
STAR WARS: INVASION—REVELATIONS #1 (of 5)
Tom Taylor (W), Colin Wilson (A), Wes Dzioba (C), Chris Scalf (Cover), and Dave Dorman (Variant Cover)
On sale July 13
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
As the invading Yuuzhan Vong penetrate deeper into the galaxy, the Jedi fight back!
But one Jedi in training has taken a different path: Finn Galfridian, under the guidance of the mysterious Master Dray, infiltrates Coruscant and discovers revelations about the leaders of the New Republic that could lead to disaster!
• Luke Skywalker, at the height of his Jedi powers, goes to war!
• Covers by Chris Scalf, artist of Blood Ties and Purge!
• Set within the time frame of the New Jedi Order novels from Del Rey!
© 2011 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Invasion are © 2011 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Science Fiction
Vader faces a mysterious new foe!
STAR WARS: DARK TIMES—OUT OF THE WILDERNESS #1 (of 5)
Mick Harrison (W), Douglas Wheatley (A), Dan Jackson (C), Pablo Correa (Cover), and Mark A. Nelson (Variant Cover)
On sale Aug 3
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
Darth Vader confronts a deadly assassin . . .
. . . the outlaw crew of the Uhumele arrives at the scene of Jedi Dass Jennir’s last adventure—but Jennir is already gone . . .
. . . and half a galaxy away, Imperial fighters are shot out of the sky by an “unarmed” pleasure craft . . .
Return to the dark times, that uncharted era of Star Wars history when the Empire was new and the Jedi were hunted by Darth Vader!
• Dark Times returns with an all-new story arc!
© 2011 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Dark Times are © 2011 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Science Fiction
STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC—THE LOST SUNS #2 (of 5)
Alexander Freed (W), George Freeman (P), Dave Ross (P), Mark McKenna (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Benjamin Carré (Cover)
On sale July 13
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
There are dark secrets behind the treaty that brought peace to the galaxy and an end to the war between the Jedi of the Republic and the Sith Empire. Now, with rumors of the secrets spreading, the galaxy is afraid a new war may be beginning . . .
Elite Republic spy Theron Shan has been assigned to find the old Jedi Master behind these rumors. Previously thought lost forever in Sith territory, Ngani Zho is back and more peculiar than before he left. Theron has his hands full with Zho, a troublesome thief, and the threatening Sith Knights who are also on Zho’s trail!
• LucasArts and BioWare’s soon-to-be-released online game comes straight to comics with an all-new story that runs concurrent with events in the game!
• The debut of the Sith Knights!
© 2011 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for The Old Republic—The Lost Suns are © 2011 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Science Fiction
STAR WARS: JEDI—THE DARK SIDE #3 (of 5)
Scott Allie (W), Mahmud Asrar (A), Paul Mounts (C), and Stéphane Roux (Cover)
On sale July 20
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
On Telos IV, a priestess has been assassinated, and the planet is on the verge of civil war. Only Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Xanatos can protect the planet’s leader—who just happens to be Xanatos’s father—and stop the insurgents. But Xanatos is succumbing to his own long-buried resentments and may soon be more of a hindrance than a help.
• Twenty years before his fateful meeting with Anakin Skywalker, Qui-Gon Jinn had his first encounter with the dark side . . .
• The story of jedi Qui-Gon Jinn’s Padawan, before Obi-Wan Kenobi!
• Death on the palace steps!
© 2011 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Jedi are © 2011 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Science Fiction
DOCTOR SOLAR, MAN OF THE ATOM #10
Jim Shooter (W), Roger Robinson (A), Wes Dzioba (C), Michael Komarck (Cover)
On sale Aug 3
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Ongoing
Fearing both Doctor Solar and his own hideously powerful son, Samuel, dark deity Moloch creates a mighty fortress fit for a god, with walls of dwarf-star stone. The Man of the Atom invades Moloch’s redoubt, but while his battle with Moloch shakes the heavens, Solar’s beloved Gail is stalked by Samuel’s monstrous, vicious Hadean hounds. Blind-sided by a diabolical deadfall, the Man of the Atom becomes trapped. Moloch warns that neither of them can conquer Samuel alone. He makes an offer . . .
• Doctor Solar is one of comics’ truly iconic characters, popular for half a century.
“I’m more taken by the series now than I was with its first four wonderful issues. Somehow the team at Dark Horse is just making this title better with every great issue. Pick it up now.”—ComicAttack.net
Doctor Solar™ and Copyright © 2011 by Random House, Inc.  Under license to Classic Media, LLC.  All rights reserved.

Science Fiction
RAGE #2 (of 3)
Arvid Nelson (W), Andrea Mutti (P), Pierluigi Baldassini (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Glenn Fabry (Cover)
On sale July 20
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Dark Horse’s essential chapter in the story of Id Software’s hotly anticipated game Rage continues!
The Authority has seized power and is carrying out cruel “experiments” on radiation victims, but when a scientist discovers the true extent of its deceptions, she finds herself an enemy of the state, with only a fledgling resistance to turn to. Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi) and Andrea Mutti (DMZ) delve deeper into the secrets of Rage, working directly with the game’s creative director, Tim Willits, in a new take on postapocalyptic intrigue!
• Written by Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi) and penciled by Andrea Mutti (DMZ)!
• An exclusive tie-in to the most nightmarish vision yet from Id, the developers of Doom and Quake!
• Cover by Glenn Fabry (Preacher, Hellblazer).
Copyright © 2011 id Software LLC, a ZeniMax Media company. RAGE, id, id Software and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of id Software LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. ZeniMax, Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All Rights Reserved.

Robert E. Howard
Adapted from the new film!
CONAN THE BARBARIAN: THE MASK OF ACHERON
Stuart Moore (W), Gabriel Guzman (P/Cover), and Jason Gorder (I)
On sale July 20
FC, 64 pages
$6.99
One-shot
After witnessing his wife burned at the stake, warlord Khalar Zym sets out on a quest to find the mythical Mask of Acheron, an ancient artifact that will bring his beloved back to life. In his search across the lands, Zym destroys a village in northern Cimmeria, where a boy born of battle survives and is cast out into the world, alone.
Years later, Zym crosses paths again with the boy who survived—Conan. He must now contend with this barbarian nuisance who is now set on vengeance for the slaughter of his village. Zym and his daughter, Marique, eventually clash with Conan in an epic final battle, the outcome of which will decide the fate of the world.
• Based on Conan the Barbarian, the new major motion picture starring Jason Momoa, Rose McGowan, and Ron Perlman.
Conan the Barbarian: The Mask of Acheron © 2011 Conan Properties International LLC (“CPI”). CONAN, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, HYBORIA, and related logos, characters, names, and distinctive likenesses thereof are trademarks or registered trademarks of CPI. All rights reserved.

Robert E. HowardCONAN: THE ISLAND OF NO RETURN #2
Ron Marz (W), Bart Sears (P/Cover), Randy Elliott (I), and Mark Roberts (C)
On sale July 20
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Ongoing
Having broken into a haunted castle to loot its treasures, Conan and his companions discover that stories of the castle’s paranormal past may have been exaggerated. But that doesn’t mean that fabricated ghost stories can’t be used to their advantage when Conan discovers they aren’t the only thieves out for the gold!
• Written by Ron Marz (The Magdalena, Witchblade) and illustrated by Bart Sears, this is one Conan tale true fans will not want to miss!
• Concludes a two-part story.
Conan: Island of No Return © 2011 Conan Properties International LLC (“CPI”). CONAN, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, HYBORIA, and related logos, characters, names, and distinctive likenesses thereof are trademarks or registered trademarks of CPI. All rights reserved.

Robert E. Howard
CONAN: THE FRAZETTA COVER SERIES #8
Timothy Truman (W), Tomás Giorello (P), José Villarrubia (C), Frank Frazetta (Cover)
On sale July 6
FC, 72 pages
$6.99
Ongoing
Running from the army of Turan, Conan and fellow fugitive Olivia hide out on a small island in the Vilayet Sea, but they soon find themselves stalked by a huge, unseen terror in the jungles and threatened by a group of pirates! These may be the least of their concerns, though, because the ruins of a lost civilization stir when a full moon rises over the isle—and even deadlier creatures awaken!
• A modern adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s beloved “Iron Shadows in the Moon” tale.
• Cover by the legendary Frank Frazetta.
“Conan is a badass, no doubt. This series shows that Conan can still be a great and fun read among today's other comics.” —Comic Vine
Conan Frazetta Cover Series © 2011 Conan Properties International LLC (“CPI”). CONAN, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, HYBORIA, and related logos, characters, names, and distinctive likenesses thereof are trademarks or registered trademarks of CPI. All rights reserved.

Robert E. Howard
SOLOMON KANE: RED SHADOWS #4 (of 4)
Bruce Jones (W), Rahsan Ekedal (P), Dan Jackson (C), Dave Stewart (C), Guy Davis (Cover), and Gregory Manchess (Variant Cover)
On sale July 6
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Solomon Kane faces two of his greatest foes in Africa, as Bruce Jones (Conan, The Incredible Hulk) brings his thrilling “Red Shadows” adaptation to a close! Seeking to avenge the horrible murder of a young girl, Solomon Kane chases the feared swordsman Le Loup across the globe, where he finds the villain in league with Songa, the powerful leader of a deceived jungle tribe. Kane finds an ally in the frail, ancient form of magic man N’Longa—but will the old, deposed witch doctor really be able to challenge Songa and save Solomon’s life? Rising stars Rahsan Ekedal (Creepy, The Cleaners) and Dan Jackson (Kull, Star Wars) illustrate this thrilling adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s classic tale!
• Comics legend Bruce Jones reenergizes Solomon Kane!
• Kane faces his greatest nemesis in a battle to the death!
Solomon Kane: Red Shadows © 2011 Solomon Kane Inc. (“SKI”). SOLOMON KANE, and related logos, characters, names, and distinctive likenesses thereof are trademarks or registered trademarks of SKI. All rights reserved.

Horror
The final arc!
HELLBOY: THE FURY #2 (of 3)
Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Duncan Fegredo (A), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale July 6
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
While Hellboy makes one last stand against the Queen of Blood the war between the forces of good and evil rages on the battlefield with heaps of dead monsters and knights!
• Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo conclude their epic collaboration that began in 2007’s Darkness Calls!
“Fegredo continues to establish himself as the strongest of Mignola’s collaborators, with a moody style that strongly evokes Mignola's own yet [is] rife with its own subtle nuances.” —IGN
Hellboy: The Fury™ © 2001 Mike Mignola.

Horror
Hillbilly cults create chaos for our heroes!
B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH—MONSTERS #1 (of 2)
Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Tyler Crook (A), Dave Stewart (C), Ryan Sook (Cover), and Francesco Francavilla (Variant Cover)
On sale July 13
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
While the Bureau’s off fighting giant bat-eared beasts in Texas, Liz Sherman is kicking hillbilly ass in a trailer park!
“The acronym “B.P.R.D.” has become for us synonymous for a good read . . . Keep up the good work Dark Horse!”—MTV Geek
• Debut issue of new artist Tyler Crook!
From the pages of Hellboy!
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth—Monsters™ © 2011 Mike Mignola.

Horror
CRIMINAL MACABRE/THE GOON: WHEN FREAKS COLLIDE
Steve Niles (W), Eric Powell (W/Variant Cover), Christopher Mitten (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Fiona Staples (Cover)
On sale July 20
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
One-shot
Cal McDonald, the drug-fueled paranormal private dick, goes head to head with Lonely Street’s zombie-pulverizing Goon, in a weird in-between world full of monsters, horror, and humor!
• A perfect introduction to both titles for new readers!
• Covers by Eric Powell and Fiona Staples.
The Goon™ © 2011 Eric Powell. Criminal Macabre: A Cal McDonald Mystery™ © 2011 Steve Niles.

Horror
KULT #1 (of 4)
Jeremy Barlow (W), Iwan Nazif (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Jake Murray (Cover)
On sale Aug 3
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Kult has achieved legendary status among roleplaying gamers. Melding gnostic and kabbalistic lore with a contemporary-horror approach, the story of humanity’s escape from an illusion masking a hellish reality is a one-of-a-kind experience.
The Kult series introduces this setting anew with parole officer Tomas Zenk, one of the few who can pierce the illusion. As he overcomes monsters sent to kill him, Zenk discovers the true extent of his powers, including the ability to exert control over the machinery of humanity’s enslavement. But will he aid the forces attempting to bring down the illusion . . . or succumb to the temptations of power?
• The legendary RPG comes to comics!
• A unique tale of horror and the supernatural!
• For fans of The Matrix and Hellraiser!

Horror
THE STRANGE CASE OF MR. HYDE #4 (of 4)
Cole Haddon (W), M. S. Corley (A/Cover), and Jim Campbell (C)
On sale July 27
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror is coming to an end. His true identity has been discovered and Inspector Thomas Adye of Scotland Yard and his fiendish partner, Dr. Henry Jekyll—who has a few revelations of his own to share—are hot on his trail. In the fourth and final part of Hyde, written by Cole Haddon and illustrated by M. S. Corley, our monsters collide in a sewage-pumping station for an epic showdown that’s not to be missed. When the dust—and sewage—settles, will Adye still be the good man he was when our story began?
• Thrilling mystery featuring beloved characters from classic literature!
• Featuring art by exciting newcomer M. S. Corley!
™ © 2011 Dark Horse Comics, Inc.

Crime
GREEN RIVER KILLER: A TRUE DETECTIVE STORY HC
Jeff Jensen (W) and Jonathan Case (A/Cover)
On sale Sept 28
b&w, 240 pages
$24.99
HC, 6" x 9"
The story of one of America’s most notorious killers is revealed in this true-crime comic unlike any other!
Throughout the 1980s, the highest priority of Seattle-area police was the apprehension of the Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women. In 1990, with the body count numbering at least forty-eight, the case was put in the hands of a single detective, Tom Jensen. After twenty years, when the killer was finally captured with the help of DNA technology, Jensen spent 180 days interviewing Gary Leon Ridgway in an effort to learn his most closely held secrets—an epic confrontation with evil that proved as disturbing and surreal as can be imagined.
Written by Jensen’s own son, acclaimed entertainment writer Jeff Jensen, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story presents the ultimate insider's account of America's most prolific serial killer.
• Combines a historic manhunt with a compelling family story!
• Written by Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jensen!
• The ultimate true crime graphic novel!
• For fans of From Hell and Torso.
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story © 2011 Jeffrey Jensen.

Humor
CHIMICHANGA HC
Eric Powell (W/A/Cover and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Sept 28
FC, 104 pages
$14.99
HC, 7" x 10"
When Wrinkle’s Traveling Circus’s adorable little bearded girl trades a lock of her magic beard hair for a witch’s strange egg, she stumbles upon what could be the saving grace for her ailing freak show—the savory-named beast Chimichanga!
• Colored especially for this deluxe hardcover edition by Eisner Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart.
• Features some early concept designs and sketches from Powell.
• Great for all ages!
“Chimichanga is full of that youthful vigor that makes The Goon such a delight.”—Broken Frontier
“The art is gorgeous . . . I had a lot of fun.”—iFanboy

Humor
USAGI YOJIMBO #139
Stan Sakai (W/A)
On sale July 27
b&w, 24 pages
$3.50
Ongoing
Inspector Ishida makes his long-awaited return in this classic-style whodunit!
Ishida and the rabbit ronin are escorting a killer to trial when a storm forces them to take refuge at a roadside inn. The inn’s other guests include a court noble and his entourage, a paper merchant and his daughter, and a quiet samurai, all driven there by the rains. When one of them is murdered during the night, it’s up to Inspector Ishida and Usagi to solve the mystery.
• Fan-favorite character Inspector Ishida returns in a new, two-part mystery!
“Sakai’s art has never looked better, and the stories offer almost universal appeal and even the occasional history lesson.”
—Comic Book Resources’s Top 100 comics of 2010 list
Usagi Yojimbo™ © 2011 Stan Sakai.

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