Dark Horse Comics Solicitations for January, 2012

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AFRIKA HC
Hermann (W/A)
On sale Mar 14
FC, 64 pages
$15.99
HC, 8" x 11"
The masterpiece by Belgian comics creator Hermann is available in English for the first time! A misanthropic European expatriate, Dario Ferrer, acts as guardian of a Tanzanian wildlife preserve. Accompanied by Charlotte, a naive European journalist, Ferrer discovers a village under fire from mysterious agents of the foreign-backed government. Ferrer and Charlotte must fight not only to protect the preserve, but to expose government corruption—and survive to see another day.
• From award-winning creator and international bestseller Hermann!
• Gorgeous watercolor art and a fast-paced, violent story!

New story line!
ANGEL & FAITH #6
Christos Gage (W), Rebekah Isaacs (A/Variant cover), Dan Jackson (C), and Steve Morris (Cover)
On sale Jan 25
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
A mysterious illness is plaguing the streets of London and turning everyday humans into emotionless killers. The Watcher’s Files, which may be the key to unraveling this mystery, have led Angel and Faith to seek out a demon from Giles’s past for answers. Meanwhile a peculiar friend and foe returns to London and to Angel’s inner circle.
• Executive producer Joss Whedon!
• A great jumping-on point!

AXE COPY VOLUME 3 TP
Malachai Nicolle (W) and Ethan Nicolle (A)
On sale Mar 28
FC, 120 pages
$14.99
TP, 7" x 10"
Axe Cop returns with a collection of new, exciting, and unpredictable stories! Written by the endlessly inventive six-year-old Malachai Nicolle and drawn by his Eisner Award–nominated thirty-year-old brother Ethan Nicolle, Axe Cop joins his comrades Uni-baby, Bat Warthog Man, and Dinosaur Soldier to fight bad guys and restore justice for kids— and grownups—everywhere!
• Axe Cop Volume 1 has sold over 12,000 copies to date!
“Fun with a capital F.” —Ain’t It Cool News

Zombies and monsters wreak havoc on our heroes!
B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: RUSSIA #5 (of 5)
Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Tyler Crook (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Dave Johnson (Cover)
On sale Jan 25
32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
After a brutal assault from proletariat zombies, the B.P.R.D. and the Russian bureau must form an alliance in order to rescue Johann from a deadly mine!
• From the pages of Hellboy.
• Showdown with the Russian bureau!
“Is there a more talented supernatural comics storyteller than Mike Mignola?”—Wired.com
“This is among the best in modern serialized comics.”—iFanboy

B.P.R.D.: PLAGUE OF FROGS VOLUME 1 TP
Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Christopher Golden (W), Geoff Johns (W), Michael Avon Oeming (W/A), Guy Davis (A), Ryan Sook (A), Dave Stewart (C), and others
On sale Mar 28
FC, 408 pages
$24.99
TP, 7" x 10"
The successful B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs hardcover—the first of four epic volumes collecting the entire Plague of Frogs saga—returns as an affordable paperback! With over 400 pages for $24.99, there’s never been a better time to delve into the haunting world of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola teams with cowriters Christopher Golden (Baltimore), Geoff Johns (Blackest Night), and others, for occult adventure drawn by Ryan Sook (X-Factor), Cameron Stewart (Batman and Robin), Scott Kolins (The Flash), and longtime, award-winning B.P.R.D. artist Guy Davis!
• Includes the first appearances of Lobster Johnson and Johann Kraus!
• Guy Davis’s Hellboy-universe debut!
• Now in paperback!

A standalone story!
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 #5
Andrew Chambliss (W), Karl Moline (P), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), Georges Jeanty (Variant cover), and Steve Morris (Cover)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
Buffy’s dreams have become all too real lately as she deals with a magicless world. She's still fighting creatures of the night, as Willow and Xander grow distant and nightmares plague the Slayer. But something is telling Buffy that there is more to her dreams than meets the eye . . . and that her greatest fears may yet become reality!
• Series writer Andrew Chambliss (Dollhouse, The Vampire Diaries) and guest artist Karl Moline (Fray).
• Executive producer Joss Whedon!

BUNNY IN THE MOON: THE ART OF TARA MCPHERSON VOLUME 3 HC
Tara McPherson (W/A)
On sale Mar 14
FC, 112 pages
$23.99
HC, 8 1/2" x 11"
Gods and devils. Flesh and spirit. Sacred and profane. One of the leading lights of Pop Surrealism, Tara McPherson has traveled the world with her work, gaining new inspirations. Bunny in the Moon features compelling new works and sculpture informed by mythology and folklore. The resulting imagery combines the primal power at the core of ancient culture with McPherson’s contemporary explorations of love, loss, strength, vulnerability, and female empowerment.
• Foreword by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me).
• Tara’s work has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and Juxtapoz!

THE CHRONICLES OF KULL VOLUME 5: DEAD MEN OF THE DEEP AND OTHER STORIES TP
Alan Zelenetz (W), John Buscema (P), Bill Sienkiewicz (P), Charles Vess (P), John Bolton (P), John Beatty (I), Klaus Janson (I/C), Marie Severin (I/C), and others
On sale Mar 14
FC, 256 pages
$18.99
TP, 7" x 10"
Kull slew a bloody-handed king to free Valusia from his tyranny, but that act turned out to be the easiest of Kull’s reign. King slaying is something of a sport for the upper crust of the jealous Valusian nobility, who have designs of their own for Kull. His sovereignty is threatened from without as well; evil mages, eldritch spirits, plague, and serpent-men would see Kull to an early grave. This volume reprints Kull the Conqueror Volume 3 #3 through #10 with their original colors digitally restored!

THE COMPLEAT TERMINAL CITY TP
Dean Motter (W), Michael Lark (A), and Mark Chiarello (Cover)
On sale Mar 21
FC, 368 pages
$24.99
TP, 6” x 9”
Visionary designer and comics creator Dean Motter (Mister X, Electropolis, Batman: Nine Lives) returns with the purest expression to date of his patented retro futurism! Terminal City is a place where transistor-tube robots rub elbows with old-time gangsters, where bright, shiny technologies cast deep noir shadows.
Teaming Motter with celebrated artist Michael Lark (Daredevil, Gotham Central), this massive collection reprints the original series, along with its sequel, Terminal City: Aerial Graffiti!
•  All fourteen issues of the classic series, collected for the first time!
•  Eisner-and Harvey Award–nominated series!
“This is one of the best marriages of story and art I’ve seen in years and an absolute delight to read.” —Alex Ross, artist of Marvels and Kingdom Come

End of the road!
CONAN: ROAD OF KINGS #12
Roy Thomas (W), Mike Hawthorne (P), John Lucas (I), Dan Jackson (C), and Aleksi Briclot (Cover)
On sale Jan 18
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Ongoing
Conan’s journey on the Road of Kings concludes, as the Cimmerian finds himself at the end of every sword in a small port city. Once again betrayed by the hypocrisy of civilized men, Conan must embrace barbarism to fight his way free!
•  The final issue!
• No prison cell can hold Conan!
•  Dark Horse’s Conan is the definitive telling of the barbarian’s life!

CREEPY #7
Joe R. Lansdale (W), Keith Lansdale (W), Bill Morrison (W), Dan Braun (W), and Sanjulian (Cover)
On sale Jan 18
FC, 48 pages
$4.99
Ongoing
Hope your New Year’s resolution was to be terrified, because Creepy is back to start 2012 with a scream! Featuring the latest from bone-chilling scribes Joe and Keith Lansdale, Christopher Taylor, and Dan Braun, this installment of the abominable anthology is sure to leave you shivering in the corner until next year!
•  48 pages of the finest in illustrated horror!
•  Featuring a classic reprint from the original Creepy!
“Creepy Comics . . . should appeal to any and all fans of horror tales, not just old-school revivalists.” —The Onion’s A. V. Club

CRIME DOES NOT PAY ARCHIVES VOLUME 1 HC
Various (W/A)
On sale Mar 28
FC, 272 pages
$49.99
HC, 6 5/8" x 10 3/16"
Uncut and uncensored, the infamous precode Crime Does Not Pay comics are finally collected into a series of archival hardcovers! With brutal, realistic tales focusing on vile criminals, Crime Does Not Pay was one of the most popular comics of the 1940s. The series was a favorite target of Dr. Fredric Wertham and other censors and is partially responsible for the creation of the stifling Comics Code Authority. Now revered and mythic, this collection of the first four hard-to-find Crime Does Not Pay comics features a fine roster of Golden Age creators and a new introduction by Matt Fraction (Iron Man, Casanova)!

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #8
John Arcudi (W), Brian Wood (W/Variant cover), Howard Chaykin (W/A), Neal Adams (W/A), Andi Watson (W/A), Al Gordon (W), MJ Butler (W), Beau Smith (W), Duncan Fegredo (A/Cover), Geof Darrow (A), Kristian Donaldson (A/Variant cover), Thomas Yeates (A), Mark Wheatley (A), Eduardo Barreto (A)
On sale Jan 18
FC, 80 pages
$7.99
Ongoing
A brand-new B.P.R.D. story, the beginning of Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson’s The Massive, new Skeleton Key, and the conclusion of Howard Chaykin’s Marked Man?
Join the legendary anthology as Dark Horse Presents commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan with Thomas Yeates, unravels the mysteries surrounding Neal Adams’s Blood, and brings you another heaping collection of great comics!
• Brand-new B.P.R.D., the conclusion of Chaykin’s Marked Man and more!

Cutting-edge Sci Fi!
DARK MATTER #1 (of 4)
Joseph Mallozzi (W), Paul Mullie (W), Garry Brown (A/Cover), and Ryan Hill (C)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
A derelict ship floats in space, its troubled crew awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Their search for answers triggers the vessel’s deadly security system: a relentless android bent on their destruction. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, redemption, betrayals, and hidden secrets best left unknown.
Science-fiction veterans Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, best known for their work on television’s Stargate franchise and the new Transporter: The Series, create a new and exciting universe!
• By Stargate series writers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie!
• Classic science fiction for fans of Aliens, Stargate, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

DOCTOR SPEKTOR ARCHIVES VOLUME 4 HC
Donald Glut (W) and Jesse Santos (A)
On sale Mar 21
FC, 176 pages
$49.99
HC, 7" x 10"
Confronting supernatural threats and vengeful monsters, Dr. Spektor travels from Scottish lochs to cursed swamplands—and from the surreal dreamscape of the Egyptian afterlife to New York City’s Chinatown! Collecting issues #19 to #25 of The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor and a Spektor tale from Gold Key Spotlight #8, plus notes from Spektor’s secret files, including a piece on Dr. Solar!
• An in-depth introduction from creator Don Glut!

DRAGON AGE II: FLEMETH DRAGON STATUE
On sale Apr 25
Statue is 4.5” tall and 12” from wing tip to wing tip
$49.99
Master sculptor Joe Menna has taken BioWare’s game files and painstakingly created a beautiful, detailed facsimile of the Flemeth Dragon. The game developers worked with us every step of the way. Sure to impress any Dragon Age fan!

HOUSE OF NIGHT #3 (of 5)
Kent Dalian (W), P. C. Cast (W), Kristen Cast (W), Joelle Jones (A), Daniel Krall (A), Ryan Hill (C), and Jenny Frison (Cover)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
Zoey Redbird and her friends investigate a tale from ancient Greece in their quest through the pages of vampyre history. As the House of Night confronts protests from religious zealots, Zoey hopes that Circe’s famous Full Moon Ritual and her romance with the legendary traveler Odysseus will help her understand her elemental affinity for water and the mysteries she’s encountered as a fledgling vampyre.
• Featured on io9.com’s “best comic book news to come out of Comic-Con” 2011!
•  More than twelve million novels sold!

THE IMMORTAL: DEMON IN THE BLOOD #2 (of 4)
Ian Edginton (W), Vicenç Villagrasa (P), José Luis Río (I/C), and Long Vo (Cover)
On sale Jan 25
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Years have passed for the immortal samurai, now called Enma. He has embraced the demon within him and his new life as a tattoo artist, and has learned more secrets about his own master’s former apprentice, who is also possessed by an immortal demon . . .
And, when the daughter of an old friend comes to Enma for help, the immortal has a chance to repay a life debt.
• Feudal! Steampunk! Japan!

Thoth-Amon returns!
KING CONAN: THE PHOENIX ON THE SWORD #1 (of 4)
Tim Truman (W), Tomás Giorello (A), José Villarrubia (C), Andrew Robinson (Cover), and Gerald Parel (Variant cover)
On sale Jan 25
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
First hailing Conan as a liberator after he annihilated Aquilonia's foes on the battlefield, common folk and politicians alike now rally to unseat the Cimmerian from his stolen throne. Conspirators plot to kill King Conan and take the crown for themselves, but their schemes pale in comparison to a terror waiting quietly in the wings—Thoth-Amon, an enemy who has haunted Conan his whole adult life and whose wicked aspirations dwarf those of maneuvering politicians!
• Conan’s greatest foe returns!
• Based on Robert E. Howard’s first Conan story.

KULL: THE CAT AND THE SKULL #4 (of 4)
David Lapham (W), Gabriel Guzman (P), Garry Henderson (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Beneath the Forbidden Lake, Kull encounters an ancient people enraged at his trespass. In the depths, the truth about the fortune-seeing cat is at last uncovered, but Kull must first survive the fury of the lake men if he is to return to Valusia and face his true enemy, a malignant evil that has orchestrated the entire deception!
•  The pulse-pounding conclusion!
• Thulsa Doom revealed!
“Awesome, awesome, awesome.” —Wired.com

“Warped Saturday-morning cartoon for grown-ups.” —Comic World News
KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE VOLUME 12 TP
Eiji Otsuka (W), Housui Yamazaki (A), and Bunpei Yorifuji (Cover)
On sale Mar 28
b&w, 224 pages
$11.99
TP, 5" x 7"
Two bodies found in the woods—one not quite departed, the other horribly mutilated—lead the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service to investigate a private online community. The virtual world offers you the chance to do all kinds of things in simulation that you couldn't do in life . . . but are you sure everyone playing is still alive?
“It actually reminds me a lot of Mike Allred's work . . . it’s an attractive book, and the stories are just beginning to really showcase Yamazaki’s abilities as an artist." —Greg McElhatton, Read About Comics

World’s greatest villain hits New York!
LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE BURNING HAND #1 (of 5)
Mike Mignola (W/Variant cover), John Arcudi (W), Tonci Zonjic (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Dave Johnson (Cover)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
When a tribe of phantom Indians start scalping policemen, Hellboy’s crime-fighting hero Lobster Johnson and his allies arrive to take on these foes and their gangster cronies!
• From the pages of Hellboy.
• First Lobster Johnson story in four years!
• Year of monsters variant cover by Mike Mignola.

Last stand on Omega!
MASS EFFECT: INVASION #4 (of 4)
Mac Walters (W), John Jackson Miller (W), Omar Francia (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), Massimo Carnevale (Cover), and Paul Renaud (Variant cover)
On sale Jan 18
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Everything is on the line in this shocking conclusion! The surprise attack on space station Omega and its ruthless leader Aria T’Loak was only the beginning, and now Aria has been shown a bigger picture that puts the entire galaxy at risk. With the battle for Omega continuing, can Aria save her empire—and what role will she play in the greater war to come?
• Sure to sell out when the Mass Effect 3 video game hits stores in March of 2012. Stock up now!

MASS EFFECT EMBROIDERED PATCHES
On sale Mar 14
Mass Effect: N7 Logo Embroidered Patch
$4.99
Mass Effect: Paragon Embroidered Patch
$4.99
Mass Effect: Renegade Embroidered Patch
$4.99
Mass Effect: System Alliance Embroidered Patch
$4.99
We are proud to present four embroidered patches from BioWare’s world of Mass Effect. Four logos are represented: N7, Paragon, Renegade, and Systems Alliance. Each patch comes on a backing card with a die-cut for hanging.

MARVEL CLASSIC CHARACTER—FANTASTIC FOUR #3: HUMAN TORCH
On sale Feb 29
5 1/4" tall, limited to 1,000 numbered pieces
Packaged in its own tin box, with a pin-back button and character booklet
$49.95
Appearing in 1961, the Fantastic Four was the first superhero team created by writer/editor Stan Lee and artist and coplotter Jack Kirby. It ushered in the “Marvel Age” of comics and was an immediate success.
The third statuette in this series is Johnny Storm, better known as the Human Torch. Brother to Sue Storm and an original member of the Fantastic Four, the Human Torch is featured in his classic “Flame on!” pose. This ongoing character lineup presents these characters just as they originally appeared, but the statues feature a rougher surface texture, visible seam lines, and other slightly distressed aspects, such as paint-application techniques. Sculpted by Yoe! Studio.

MIGHTY SAMSON: JUDGMENT TP
Jim Shooter (W), Patrick Olliffe (A), Mark Irwin (I), Dan Jackson (C), and Raymond Swanland (Cover)
On sale Mar 21
FC, 96 pages
$15.99
TP, 7" x 10"
Five hundred years after the end of the world, the N’Yark tribe survives amid the ruins of a once-great city scourged by mutated monsters, marauders, and subhuman predators. But from among the N’Yark arises a champion who can vanquish the most fearsome beast and stand alone against an army. He holds at bay the murderous hordes of Jerz and the dark ambitions of the beautiful, ruthless Queen Terra. Mighty Samson may be the last, best hope for humankind.
• Written by industry legend Jim Shooter.
“A treasure of an action comic that you won’t be able to put down.” —Comic Attack

Zombie cowboys, squid pirates and more!
THE MONSTERMEN AND OTHER SCARY STORIES HC
Gary Gianni (W/A)
On sale Mar 21
b&w, 168 pages
$24.99
HC, 8 3/8" x 11"
In a world plagued by zombie cowboys, squid pirates, abominable snowmen, mustachioed skulls, movie phantoms, and fat, flying demons, only millionaire film director Lawrence St. George and his associate, Benedict of the venerable guild of Corpus Monstrum, have the capabilities and the wit to bring these horrors down.
• Finally collected in its entirety! Features stories by Robert E. Howard, William Hope Hodgson, and more!
•  Introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay).

Stranger than Dr. Strange!
THE OCCULTIST #3 (of 3)
Tim Seeley (W), Victor Drujiniu (P), Andrew Dalhouse (C), and Steve Morris (Cover)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Trapped in another dimension with a deadly assassin, the Occultist must get control over his seemingly unlimited magical powers in order to find a way back to reality, save his girlfriend, and take down the evil demon Swordbreaker.
• Written by Hack/Slash’s Tim Seeley!
• Cover by Steve Morris (Serenity, Dollhouse, Angel & Faith)
“The Occultist is a comic you should be checking out.”—Comic Book Resources

ORCHID #4
Tom Morello (W), Scott Hepburn (A), Dan Jackson (C), and Massimo Carnevale (Cover)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Ongoing
When the mysterious warrior Opal establishes a newfound kinship with Orchid, hope for the revolution is rekindled. But will a new enemy quash their efforts before they’ve begun? Learn exactly how stacked the odds are against our unlikely heroes in this game-changing issue!
• Created by Tom Morello, the mind behind the politically fueled music of the Nightwatchman and Rage Against the Machine!
• Each issue features a free musical score from Morello!

ROBERT E. HOWARD’S SAVAGE SWORD #4
Various (W/A)
On sale Mar 28
FC, 80 pages
$7.99
Ongoing
Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #4 features eighty full-color pages crammed with the best creators in comic books putting their spin on Robert E. Howard’s finest creations!
Sean Phillips takes on Conan! David Lapham writes the conclusion to the seafaring adventure of Kull’s right-hand man in “Brule: The Spear and the Siren.” The Sonora Kid has a buffalo-sized showdown with Grizzly Gullins. We bring you one of Howard’s most frightening stories, and to top it off, part 2 of Kull: The Vale of Shadow!

STAR WARS: AGENT OF THE EMPIRE—IRON ECLIPSE #2 (of 5)
John Ostrander (W), Stéphane Roux (P/Cover), Julien Hugonnard-Bert (I), and Karine Boccanfuso (C)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Undercover as a diplomatic attaché, Imperial agent Jahan Cross continues his investigation into the stolen droid technology and the mysterious project known as “Iron Eclipse.” At an elegant embassy soirée in the Corporate Sector, Cross locks his sights on the Stark family.
Before the evening is over, more than one player will be out of the game—and Cross will be wanted for murder!
• A view of the Star Wars galaxy from inside the Empire!
• Featuring Han Solo and Chewbacca!

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS—THE ENEMY WITHIN TP
Jeremy Barlow (W), Brian Koschak (A/Cover), and Mae Hao (C)
On sale Mar 21
FC, 80 pages
$7.99
TP, 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
Spearheading a bold, covert mission intended to bring an end to the fighting on a war-torn world, a platoon of Clone Troopers find their plans undone by faulty intelligence and bad luck, and themselves stranded deep inside hostile territory. With no choice but to see their flawed mission through to its end, the ragged soldiers make their final push toward their target, unaware that their victory could spell disaster for the Republic!
• Dirty Dozen in space!

Luke Skywalker to the rescue!
STAR WARS: CRIMSON EMPIRE III—EMPIRE LOST #4 (of 6)
Mike Richardson (W), Paul Gulacy (A), Michael Bartolo (C), and Dave Dorman (Cover)
On sale Jan 25
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Escaping from the Imperial hardliners who are intent on killing Leia Organa Solo and bringing the New Republic to its knees, Kir Kanos tries to warn his one-time enemies, only to be thrown into a New Republic prison.
Mirith Sinn is the only one willing to trust Kanos, but neither of them is aware of the extent of the Imperials’ plans. It’s not until Luke Skywalker plays a hunch that the true danger is revealed!
• The enemy of my enemy is my friend . . . Or is he?
• Luke Skywalker to the rescue!

STAR WARS: JEDI VOLUME 1—THE DARK SIDE TP
Scott Allie (W), Mahmud Asrar (A), Paul Mounts (C), and Stéphane Roux (Cover)
On sale Mar 14
FC, 120 pages
$18.99
TP, 7" x 10"
Following a shocking political assassination, young Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn is dispatched to prevent the outbreak of a civil war on the homeworld of his Padawan Xanatos—whose father is king. For the headstrong Xanatos, this return to his home has dredged up hidden resentments and passionate emotions. It is a mission that will lead Qui-Gon into close contact with the dark side and start him on a quest that will have a major impact on the future of the Jedi Order!
• Danger and the dark side!
• With the release of Episode I in 3-D, rediscover the great Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn!

A new beginning for the Old Republic!
STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC—WAR #1 (of 5)
John Jackson Miller (W), Andrea Mutti (P), Gigi Baldassini (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), Benjamin Carré (Cover), and Dave Wilkins (Variant cover)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
If you’ve ever heard of the Knights of the Old Republic video games and comics but didn’t know where to start—this is it!
The Republic and the Mandalorians are at war! Jedi are joining the fight, despite the noninterference stance of the Council. One Jedi, however, has found himself on the front lines against his wishes—the peace-loving Zayne Carrick has been drafted!
•  The return of one of the most popular eras in Star Wars video games and comics!
• The perfect entry point into the Star Wars galaxy!
• Blockbuster new Star Wars game on sale 12/20/11!

THE STRAIN #2 (of 12)
David Lapham (W), Mike Huddleston (A/Cover), and Dan Jackson (C)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Ongoing
As an eclipse covers New York City in midday darkness, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Centers for Disease Control struggle to find an explanation for what happened to Flight 753. But when the symptoms don’t add up to chemical warfare, and bizarre circumstances unexplained by modern medicine arise, Ephraim begins to entertain the ramblings of a Holocaust survivor who knows too much about this unknown threat.
• Based on the vampire novels from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (The Town)!
• Adapted by David Lapham (Stray Bullets) and artist Mike Huddleston (Butcher Baker the Righteous Maker)!
“After conquering the film, TV and novel world, multihyphenate Guillermo del Toro set his sights on his childhood love: comic books.”—Variety

The dark side of soy sauce!
USAGI YOJIMBO #143
Stan Sakai (W/A)
On sale Jan 25
b&w, 24 pages
$3.50
Ongoing
The rabbit ronin learns just how deadly the soy sauce business can be in this new, two-part tale! After stopping a group of vandals from setting fire to a soy sauce brewery, Usagi offers his services to Miyagi, the owner. However, a rival brewer is determined to put Miyagi out of business, and now Usagi finds himself up against a gang of hired thugs!
• First issue of a new, two-part storyline!
• 24 pages, no ads!
“Sakai’s rich understanding of Japanese history and culture, and the way he works it casually into his stories to teach newcomers and satisfy scholars at the same time, is always a pleasure . . . A” —The Onion’s A. V. Club

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