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Thu, January 17th, 2002 at 12:00am PST

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SERGIO ARAGONS ACTIONS SPEAK TP
by SERGIO ARAGONS

Dark Horse Comics presents the finest in humor with the master of pantomime-on-paper, one of the most beloved cartoonists in the world. Sergio Aragons, forty-year veteran of MAD magazine and winner of the coveted Reuben Award and numerous Eisner and Harvey awards, serves up another helping of hilarity which is guaranteed to leave you speechless. This is one hundred and sixty pages of some of the wittiest comic strips from a true master of the form. (Dark Horse Maverick title)

On sale May 8


b&w, 160 pg . . . $13.95

ASTRO BOY VOLUME 3 TP
by OSAMU TEZUKA; translation by FREDERICK L. SCHODT

A timeless comics and animation classic, Osamu Tezuka' Astro Boy is still going strong nearly half a century after its creation, and Dark Horse brings Tekuza's original Astro Boy manga to America for the first time in an English-language edition. In the novel-length "The Greatest Robot on Earth," a wealthy sultan creates a giant robot to become the ruler of all other robots on Earth. But in order for that to happen, he must defeat the seven most powerful robots in the world, including Astro Boy, who must have his horsepower raised from 100,000 to 1,000,000 to face the challenge! And his sister, Uran, also flies in to lend a helping hand! Plus, in "Mad Machine," Professor Fuller invents a device that causes other machines to go berserk, and Astro Boy has to save the day!

On sale May 29


SC, 208pg, b&w, 4 1/2" x 7" . . . $9.95

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #67: BEASTS Part 2 (of 7)
by HIROAKI SAMURA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

The name of the game is vengeance, and the first rule assassin Hyakurin should've learned is never to leave an enemy alive and able to hunt you down! Captured by a pair of swordsmen, one of whom she left half-blinded and paralyzed with her poisonous arrows, this lesson looks to be Hyakurin's last. That is, unless her lovesick and inept sidekick Shinriji can pull it together enough to save her. Unfortunately, love doesn't always conquer all. Samurai action with a razor edge!

FOR MATURE READERS


On sale April 10


b&w, 32pg (2 of 7) . . . $2.99

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #44: DEATH OF BUFFY part 2 (of 3)
by TOM FASSBENDER, JIM PASCOE, CLIFF RICHARDS, and JOE PIMENTEL; cover by BRIAN HORTON and PAUL LEE

The Death of Buffy story continues as Willow, Xander, and the gang attempt to fend off an encroaching invasion of black magic lizard wizards. They've come to Sunnydale to resurrect an old friend and to tear the Slayer's pretty little guts out. Unfortunately for them, Buffy and her guts are six feet under. Unfortunately for Buffy's pals, these reptiles are willing to settle for the guts of the Slayer's friends and family. Written by Tom Fassbender and Jim Pascoe, the dastardly duo who brought Buffy fans the False Memories and Out of the Woodwork storyline. Illustrated by Cliff Richards and Joe Pimentel, the artists who have become the favorite of Buffy fans all over the world.

On sale April 24


FC, 32pg (2 of 4) (Horton/Lee cover) . . . $2.99


FC, 32pg (2 of 4) (Photo cover) . . . $2.99

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: OZ TP
by CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN and LOGAN LUBERA

When Oz left Sunnydale to search for a way to control his werewolf nature, he found what he needed in the Far East. Now that untold story is revealed in comics, as it could never be told on the small screen! Christopher Golden, fan-fave writer of Buffy novels and comics, takes Oz across the world to a secret monastery to find inner peace. But when he gets there, he finds that many of the monks have been kidnapped by a race of demons. Now, if Oz is ever going to master the beast within, he has to rescue the monks and defeat a terrible demon. This collection includes the entire three-issue miniseries plus new pages, and a sketchbook section featuring the work of cover artist John Totleben and series artist Logan Lubera.

On sale May 15


SC, 80pg, FC . . . $9.95

CANNON GOD EXAXXION #6: STAGE 1 part 6 (of 8)
by KENICHI SONODA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

Just when things seem their bleakest, when it seems there's no way to halt the vicious Riofaldian invasion of Earth, a ray of hope rises above the hills of Japan . . . the giant robot Exaxxion! Armed to the teeth and ready to take on the deadly alien attackers, Earth's high tech defender is only missing one thing - a pilot! The ruthless alien Ambassador Jess'ka has his sights set on destroying the giant robot, and if designated pilot Hoichi can't tear himself away from the suffering and casualties that surround him before the Riofald attack wave reaches Exaxxion, we can all kiss the planet goodbye!

MATURE READERS


On sale April 17


b&w, 24pg (6 of 8) . . . $2.99

CLASSIC COMIC CHARACTERS #24: POGO STATUE

The title character of Walt Kelly's popular strip Pogo, Pogo the Possum, was the level-headed heart and soul of the strip. Kelly's strip ran the gamut from whimsy and sheer slapstick to courageous political satire and moments of real poetry. Pogo was the eternal optimist and voice of reason among the unique cast of characters that all made their home in Okefenokee Swamp. This statue standing 4" tall, comes packaged in a full-color tin box with pinback button and booklet as extras. Sculpted by Yoe! Studios. This piece is limited to only 600 numbered copies, so allocation may occur.

On sale June 1


4" tall, packaged in full-color tin box w/certificate, pinback button, and info booklet. Limited to only 600 numbered copies . . . $49.95

DHORSE DELUXE T-SHIRTS

LONE WOLF AND CUB T-SHIRTS

Itto Ogami jumping w/sword/Plain tee/white/


M-XL . . .$17.99


XXL . . . $19.99

Ogami & Diagoro side shot/Plain tee/black/


M-XL . . .$17.99


XXL . . . $19.99

FLASH GORDON T-SHIRTS

Ming the Merciless/Plain tee/black/


M-XL . . .$17.99


XXL . . . $19.99

We're Trapped!/Plain tee/white/


M-XL . . .$17.99


XXL . . . $19.99

Flash Alone/Plain tee/red/


M-XL . . .$17.99


XXL . . . $19.99

DARK HORSE EXTRA #46

April showers bring May flowers, and they also bring a kick butt issue of Dark Horse Extra! You won't believe your eyes when you see this month's poster: Lone Wolf 2100! Part homage, part re-imagining, this special project is being done in close collaboration with the writer and co-creator of the original Lone Wolf & Cub manga series. Take a sneak peek! Also, don't miss the ongoing adventures of Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo , the action packed Spyboy, and the next chapter in our Star Wars strip! Plus, get the dish on all the Dark Horse titles for the month ! Don't be an April's Fool-pick up issue #46 of Dark Horse Extra!

On sale April 3


FC, 4pg, 14-3/4" x 21-1/2" folded to 14-3/4" x 10-3/4" . . . PI

SERGIO ARAGONS GROO PVC SET

Dark Horse is proud to present this handsomely hilarious set of 4" PVC figures. Working directly with the meandering mendicant's creator Sergio Aragons, we have come up with this awesome grouping of favorite characters from the series. Sergio has provided detailed reference for the sculptors, so each figure reflects the unique Aragons art style to its best advantage. There are seven figures from the series: Groo & Rufferto, Chakaal, Minstrel, The Sage, Taranto, Arba, and Dakarba. They come packaged in a large rectangular full-color window box, each figure stands on its own base, and are pre-painted for immediate display.

On sale June 29


Seven-figure PVC set . . . $39.99

LONE WOLF AND CUB VOL. 21: FRAGRANCE OF DEATH TP
by KAZUO KOIKE and GOSEKI KOJIMA; cover by GOSEKI KOJIMA

As the trail of blood and honor gets deeper and longer, corruption and double crossings abound. Two considerably evil and ambitious forces, previously teamed to finally kill the vengeful samurai Ogami Itto, clash in the torrential rains that continue to pound Edo. Determined to be the first to reach Ogami Itto and his son Diagoro, the shogun's own poisoner waits in a temple where the samurai and his toddler boy left their cart, reflecting on the path that has led him to this point, and brewing his most deadly poison. And the fiery Retsudo won't be stopped in his quest to kill Ogami, however now he must be wary of the poisoner's crafty ways. Meanwhile, the Lone Wolf and Cub enlist the aid of a tailor to help them prepare for what could be their last stand! There's something in the air, and it smells like death!

o Every story in each new volume of Lone Wolf and Cub has never before been presented in any form in the U.S.!

o At only $9.95 for 320 pages, still one of the best deals in comics!

FOR MATURE READERS

On sale May 29


SC, 320pg, 4" x 6", b&w . . . $9.95

OH MY GODDESS! PART XI #9: MYSTERY CHILD part 7 (of 8)
by KOSUKE FUJISHIMA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

The goddess Belldandy has found herself in one heck of a love triangle! The mysterious and lovesick little demon-boy has revealed his true colors, and will take out anyone or anything that stands between him and his beloved Belldandy - starting with Bell's boyfriend, Keiichi. While her sisters, Urd and Skuld, work frantically to stave off the destruction of all creation, Belldandy must fight with everything she has to protect the man she loves from a demon who loves her, too! Hey, nobody said love was easy!

On sale April 3


b&w, 32pg (7 of 8) . . . $2.99

PLANET OF THE APES VOLUME 2: BLOODLINES TP
by DAN ABNETT, IAN EDGINTON, ADRIAN SIBAR, POP MHAN, SANFORD GREENE, PACO MEDINA; cover by JOHN SNYDER

The quest for answers continues as Esau, Seneca, Attar, and the human woman, Crow, flee from the vicious pursuit of ape soldiers. A mysterious forest legend, a warrior in black armor, may provide a rescue...but will he be saving our heroes for a worse fate? New battles spark a new war between the ape nation and the collaborative ape-human resistance. But some allegiances - and destinies - are still left undefined. Will Attar, the once imposing military captain, return to Derkein to try to stop the bloodshed? Or, will he continue his consuming, idealistic quest for Ari? Will Seneca, formerly of the ape senate, lead the resistance forces proudly against his ape brothers? And, will Esau stand at Seneca's side, or make an unpredictable move to bolster solely human forces, and rid the planet of their ape overlords...forever?! Collects issue #4-#6 of the ongoing series.

On sale May 15


SC, 80pg, FC . . . $9.95

POP-OUT PEOPLE

Futurama! Simpsons!

Dark Horse continues its line of fun Pop-Out PeopleTM!

Pop out each character, put 'em on their bases, and stand em up in front of cool scenery. Arrange these on your desk, dashboard, computer, bookshelf, or wherever you need some fun. Each element is printed on both sides in full color, and each set comes with its own custom 2-sided diorama. Collect 'em all.

On sale May 22

After a brawl in a movie theater, Bender is recruited by the Commissioner of Ultimate Robot Fighting to join the Ultimate Robot Fighting League. He quickly becomes their most popular robot fighter, and revels in his newfound fame and fortune. Unfortunately, the good times don't last, and Bender's ratings start to slip. In order to promote their newest star, a massive robot named Destructor, the Commissioner demands that Bender take on the persona of "The Gender Bender," and lose to the new recruit. Bender refuses to give in, and bravely battles Destructor. In the end, he loses the fight, but is given a 10% discount card to Bed Bath & Beyond as a compensation prize.

Futurama: "Raging Bender" episode


FC, pop-out characters . . .$2.99 (each)

Taking the family on vacation in their dilapidated new RV, Homer loses control on a remote back road and they escape just before it plummets off of a cliff. The family is separated, a group of bears adopts Maggie, and Homer and Bart go native, dressing in plants and mud. A nature photographer mistakes Homer for Bigfoot, and soon the forest is inundated with Bigfoot hunters and souvenir stands. Homer is eventually captured, Marge claims the "grotesque monster" as her husband, and he is released until the scientific community can determine if he is indeed Bigfoot or just a below-average human being.

Simpsons: "The Call of the Simpsons" episode


FC, pop-out characters . . . $2.99 (each)

THE SCORPION KING #2 (of 2)


by SCOTT ALLIE, CLIFF RICHARDS, and WILL CONRAD

Before he became the monstrous human-scorpion hybrid seen in last year's hit The Mummy 2, Mathyus (played by WWF superstar The Rock) was a hero of the Akkadian people, a tribe of warriors in pre-Egyptian times. This issue reveals how his people were wiped out - at the hands of the evil Memnon. The same month that the new blockbuster, The Scorpion King, hits theaters, Dark Horse concludes the official prequel. Before you see the movie, read this comic and learn the backstory of the hero - and the secrets of the movie's villain Memnon. Cliff Richards, the favored artist on the Buffy line brings his experience with action-packed Hollywood spinoffs to Dark Horse's newest license.

On sale April 3


FC, 32pg (Art cover) (2 of 2) . . . $2.99


FC, 32pg (Photo cover) (2 of 2) . . . $2.99

SPYBOY/YOUNG JUSTICE #3 (of 3)


by PETER DAVID, NORMAN LEE, JAMIE MENDOZA, POP MHAN, and TODD NAUCK; cover by POP MHAN (poster segment C)

A villain revealed! Allies aligned! A plan set in motion to deliver ultimate chaos! Wouldn't'cha know it, a group of teenagers are the world's only hope! Not just any teens, but SpyBoy and the heroes of Young Justice. REMbrandt has revealed his true nature, and suprise, surprise, it's a villain the YJ gang has met before! If they're going to defeat him and his diminutive partner in crime, Annie Mae, they're going to need SpyBoy, Bombshell, and SpyGirl to give them an edge. Worlds collide! Mettle is tested! The final battle rages! And, even Butch and Impulse might take a break from their wise cracks to lend a hand. Nah.

POSTER! The front and back covers of SB/YJ #1-3 all stack to form one awesome poster featuring all the members of the two teams, battling bad guys from their collective rogue's gallery! This issue features segment C.

On sale April 3


FC, 32pg (3 of 3) . . . $2.99

STAR WARS #41: THE DEVARONIAN VERSION PART 2 (of 2)
by JOHN OSTRANDER, DAVID FABBRI, and CHRISTIAN DALLA VECCHIA; cover by KILIAN PLUNKETT

At last - the truth about how Villie wound up on the prison planet Kiffex, the truth on how he defeated a Dark Jedi and duped the Jedi for his freedom, and the truth about why he took Quinlan Vos as his apprentice. Well, sort of the truth. Well, okay, maybe not the truth at all. It's the second part of THE DEVARONIAN VERSION, our rogue Vilmarh Grahrk's side of the story thus far. A good place for new readers and a fun revision for long time readers. And if you believe this, Villie has a nice moon called Nar Shaddaa he would like to sell you!

On sale April 17


FC, 32pg (2 of 2) . . . $2.99

A Jedi shall not know anger. Nor hatred. Nor love.

STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES #1 & #2 (of 4) and TP
Adapted by Henry Gilroy from the original screenplay by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales with art by Jan Duursema and Ray Kryssing; cover by Tsuneo Sanda

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones is a seminal tale of the Star Wars mythos, unlocking some of the history and events that laid the foundation for the Rebel Alliance's epic struggle against the Empire as chronicled in the original Star Wars film trilogy. Featuring familiar characters as never seen before and introducing new players destined to become Star Wars icons, Episode II is a must-see film, and this graphic novel is a must-read for all Star Wars enthusiasts. Adapted by Henry Gilroy from the original screenplay by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales, and illustrated by Jan Duursema and Ray Kryssing. Make sure you catch this legendary series that's sure to please Star Wars fans of all ages.

On sale April 24


Issue #1, FC, 48pg (1 of 4) (Sanda cover) . . . $3.99


Issue #1, FC, 48pg (1 of 4) (Photo cover) . . . $3.99

On sale April 24


Issue #2, FC, 48pg (2 of 4) (Sanda cover) . . . $3.99


Issue #2, FC, 48pg (2 of 4) (Photo cover) . . . $3.99

Trade paperback

On sale April 24


SC, 144pg, FC . . . $17.95

STAR WARS: JANGO FETT - OPEN SEASONS #1 (of 4)
by HADEN BLACKMAN, RAMON F. BACHS, and RAUL FERNANDEZ; cover by RAMON F. BACHS

Jango Fett is the master bounty hunter of his time - a man feared and respected throughout the galaxy. But he wasn't always a bounty hunter. Once he was a simple farm boy from the Outer Rim. But when his family was murdered by the criminal mercenary band known as the Death Watch, Jango fell in with another group of soldiers, the elite Mandalore Warriors - who offer him a chance for revenge! Open Seasons offers an in-depth look at one of the most exciting new characters from Episode II. Written by LucasArts' own Haden Blackman (Starfighter - Crossbones) and illustrated by Ramon F. Bachs (Jedi vs. Sith) Jango Fett - Open Seasons is one series you won't want to miss!

Check out the end of the Dark Horse section for a complete in-stock relist of Star Wars trade paperbacks and comics!

On sale April 24


FC, 32pg (1 of 4) . . . $2.99

STAR WARS: TALES VOLUME 2 TP

Featuring TERRY MOORE, IAN EDGINTON, KEVIN RUBIO, CARLOS MEGLIA, TONY MILLIONAIRE, DEAN MOTTER, KILIAN PLUNKETT, MARK SCHULTZ, JOHN OSTRANDER, CRAIG THOMPSON, JAN DUURSEMA, FRANCISCO RUIZ VELASCO, MIKE DEODATO JR., SCOTT MORSE, ANDI WATSON, LUCAS MARANGON, and many more!

Collecting issues #5 through #8 of the quarterly anthology smash sensation, Star Wars Tales Volume 2 includes thrilling stories featuring Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, the Jedi Council, Yoda, C-3PO, and a cast of thousands! Tales has explored every corner of the Star Wars galaxy - from the darkest depths, to the wackiest extremes - chronicled by the finest creators in comics. Collected for the first time into one prestigious volume, Star Wars Tales Volume 2 is sure to delight fans both young and old!

On sale May 1


SC, 224pg, FC . . . $19.95

SUPER MANGA BLAST! #21
by MOHIRO KITOH, MAKOTO KOBAYASHI, YUZO TAKADA, and HIROYUKI UTATANE & YO MORIMOTO; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

Just when you think it can't get any better, Dark Horse cranks their outstanding manga anthology up another notch! Club 9's hapless small town girl Haruo has had her share of man trouble since moving to the city, but nothing can prepare her for the advances of TV newscaster Tokugawa! Meanwhile, the plot thickens in 3x3 Eyes as Yakumo and Pai learn the hard way that saving their own skins may require them getting closer than they ever imagined, and in What's Michael? Michael's owners try to put the crafty tabby on a diet, but will it slim him down, or will there be more of Michael to love? Over in Shadow Star, the police put a tail on Akira, while Shiina tries to get to the bottom of who Sudo really is, and in Seraphic Feather, M-Zak gets a serious case of dj-vu as memories of her past come flooding back. But there's no time for reminiscing, as the UN assault team roars through Apep's Human Development Lab. It's another knock down, drag out installment of your favorite manga, and it's all in Super Manga Blast!

o Features five favorite manga stories monthly!


o More manga for your reading dollar. Fantastic fun from Japan!

FOR MATURE READERS

On sale April 24


b&w, 128pg . . . $5.99

THE TENTH: NIGHTWALKER #1 (of 4)

By TONY DANIEL and ROMANO

Esperanza finds that the DNA of her alien blood is starting to finally take hold of her body, causing her to mutate into one of Rhazes Darkk's deadliest creations. Isolated and quarantined by a covert CIA unit, Espy realizes that her survival is not on the top of her captor's list. Victor DeLeon, a.k.a. the "Tenth," is re-activated to his Special Ops unit to infiltrate a clandestine alien facility. Victor must decide between the safety of his own unit and the life of Espy! Either decision will put his own life in jeopardy, but which one will save mankind?! From the creator of Adrenalynn, F5, and Silke, Tony Daniel writes The Tenth: Nightwalker series. With popular Dutch artist, Romano again taking on the pencilling chores, this duo aims to thrill and chill the legion of Tenth readers worldwide! Features two covers, one super sexy and one super scary! Don't be left in the dark.

On sale April 10


FC, 32pg (1 of 4) (Regular over) . . . $2.99


FC, 32pg (1 of 4) (Alternate cover) . . . $2.99

TONY DANIEL'S F5 TP
by TONY DANIEL, ROMANO, RICH BONK, MARLO, and KEVIN CONRAD

Twelve top agents, one chance to save the world from a madman who would unleash a deadly disease from another planet. Penny Hurst and her top secret team from F5 have what it takes to stop the bad guys - if they can just get their act together. But, as the mission derails, and team members are picked off one by one, it becomes clear that there's a traitor in their midst. Somebody they trust wants the "Saturn Germ" for their own purposes.Intense espionage action, plus the first appearance of Sandra Silke from Silke! This trade paperback collects all four issues of the F5 miniseries, plus the preview story from the F5 Origin one-shot.

On sale May 15


SC, 128pg, FC . . . $14.95

VIOLENT CASES
by NEIL GAIMAN & DAVE McKEAN

An exploration of the trappings of violence and the failings of memory, Violent Cases marks the beginning of the astonishing and award-winning collaboration between author Neil Gaiman and artist Dave McKean, offered again in its original softcover format. (Dark Horse Maverick title)

FC, 48pg, SC . . . $12.95

ZACHARY HOLMES CASE 2: THE SORCERER HC

by CARLOS TRILLO and JUAN BOBILLO

The young master detective, Zachary Holmes, is brought a case by the most

unlikely of clients, the tree-bound spirit of the legendary necromancer, Merlin! Queen Victoria is in danger, targeted by a diabolical sorcerer dead two centuries, the vile Lord Moriarty, who's wasted little time since his death, perfecting his mastery of the blackest magic. Soon, the evil Lord will become able to strike from beyond the grave, but how can a corporeal crimefighter - much less one with a mouse for a sidekick - apprehend a disembodied spirit? Written by Carlos Trillo (Cybersix, Video Noire) and illustrated by Juan Bobillo (Bird: The Tattoo) is a tale of magic, malevolence, and Merlin, and another imported Venture graphic album, published in a magnificent oversized hardcover edition in collaboration with Strip Art Features, and available in limited quantities for the first time in an English-language edition!

On sale April 17


HC, 48pg, FC, 9" x 12" . . . $14.95

 
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