Dark Horse Solicitations for August, 2007

Tue, May 8th, 2007 at 12:00am PDT

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CBR News Team, Editor

Dark Horse Comics has provided CBR News with covers and solicit information for products shipping August, 2007. Discuss these solicitations here on CBR's Indie Comics Forum and tell fellow fans what you're picking up!

Dark Horse Solicitations - Last Six Months

ALIENS VS. PREDATOR OMNIBUS VOLUME 2

VARIOUS (W/A)

On sale Oct. 17

FC, 448 pages

$24.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

Mankind’s most lethal adversaries battle for supremacy, and whoever wins—we lose. In a skyliner high above the Alien-contaminated earth, Caryn Delacroix can’t sleep. Terrifying images of pursuit, disfigurement, and bloody death have invaded her peaceful dreams in her safe and privileged world. But they’re only nightmares . . . or are they? The beautiful trophy-consort of corporate magnate Lucien Delacroix soon discovers that nightmares do come true and there are fates worse than death—when a Predator comes to call.

Featuring the smash-hit AVP epic Deadliest of the Species, written by Chris Claremont, plus other exciting AVP tales by a host of top comics creators.

• Super value package—over 400 story pages!

• The AVP2 film is slated for Christmas 2007 release. Focus on the franchise will be at an all-time high.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #128: BADGER HOLE part 1 (of 4)

HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)
On sale Aug. 8

b&w, 32 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

The “Badger Hole” is a tunnel of death that leads into the bowels of Edo Castle, where Kagimura and Burando have been killing scores of prisoners in their attempts to transfer and duplicate the “kessen-chu immortality effect” that runs through Manji’s veins. Mutilated body after body has been dragged out of the “Badger Hole” by prison guards and beggars, as most of the immortality experiments have been failures. Rin and Döa begin a reckless descent into this darkness, hoping to find their captive friends, Manji and Isaku. The girls are reckless, indeed, but they’re not going without a few new tricks up their sleeves!

• 2006 Eagle Award winner for “Favourite Manga Title”

Featuring a wraparound cover and the beginning of a new story arc!

B.P.R.D.: KILLING GROUND #1 (of 5)

MIKE MIGNOLA (W), JOHN ARCUDI (W), GUY DAVIS (A), and DAVE STEWART (C)
On sale Aug. 8

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

The B.P.R.D. is changing. Abe’s encounter in Indonesia has brought a new member to the Bureau and Johann finds himself in possession of a very valuable commodity. But not all the changes are for the better, and the B.P.R.D. will need all of its new resources to handle the sinister forces that have wormed their way into the heart of the Bureau’s headquarters as the line blurs between the hunters of the supernatural and their prey.

B.P.R.D.: The Killing Ground immediately follows B.P.R.D.: Garden of Souls. Written by John Arcudi and Hellboy and B.P.R.D. creator Mike Mignola, and drawn by acclaimed series artist Guy Davis.

This series will leave the Bureau and its members forever changed!

BRIDE OF THE WATER GOD

MI-KYUNG YUN (W/A)
On sale Oct. 10

b&w, 184 pages

$9.95

TPB, 5 7/8" x 8 1/4"

When Soah’s impoverished, desperate village decides to sacrifice her to the Water God Habaek to end a long drought, they believe that drowning one beautiful girl will save their entire community and bring much-needed rain. Not only is Soah surprised to be rescued by the Water God—instead of killed—she never imagined she’d be a welcomed guest in Habaek’s magical kingdom, where an exciting new life awaits her! Most surprising, however, is the Water God himself . . . and how very different he is from the monster Soah imagined.

• Mi-Kyung Yun received the “Best New Artist” award in 2004 from the esteemed Dokja-manhwa-daesang organization.

• Bride of the Water God is translated by Heejeong Haas, who has translated a wide variety of American and Korean projects. Heejeong worked as the lead translator for Toon-Us-In—where she translated animation storyboards for The Simpsons and Futurama.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #5

JOSS WHEDON (W), PAUL LEE (P), ANDY OWENS (I), DAVE STEWART (C), JO CHEN (Cover), PAUL LEE (Cover), and GEORGES JEANTY (Cover)
On sale Aug. 1

FC, 40pg

$2.99

Ongoing

Buffy’s new position as leader and figurehead of the world’s five hundred most powerful women has made her a bigger target than ever before. “The Chain” tells the story of one of the decoy “Buffy” Slayers, a tale personally important to series creator Joss Whedon. Guest artist Paul Lee (Conan, Tales of the Vampires) pencils the first standalone issue of Season Eight.

Buffy creator Joss Whedon brings Buffy back to Dark Horse in this direct follow-up to season seven of the smash-hit TV series.

This series secured spot #8 in Entertainment Weekly’s “The Twenty Big Events of 2007.”

“I should probably say that it’s the awesomest thing ever. I’m having so much fun.”

—Joss on Season Eight

“Series creator Whedon effectively sucks devotees back into his Hellmouth.”

—Entertainment Weekly

Season 8 written by Joss Whedon. Only available in comics!

CHUNCHU: THE GENOCIDE FIEND VOLUME 2

KIM SUNG JAE (W) and KIM BYUNG JIN (A)
On sale Oct. 17

b&w, 184 pages

$10.95

TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 3/8"

Life is hard for Chunchu. First his twin brother betrays him within hours of leaving the womb. Then his parents disown him and send him off to live with a warrior tribe and almost certain subsequent death. Growing up an outcast, even members of his tribe and fellow warriors hate him and blame him for any and every death of a loved one. All of this because he’s supposedly “the son of a demon.” Sheesh. Kid can’t get a break nowadays. Or then-adays. Whenever “then” is in the frantic and cool fantasy world of Chunchu: The Genocide Fiend.

• Presented in the original left-to-right manhwa format, with FX intact and overlaid.

• Awarded “Manhwa of the Year” in Korea in 2003!

CITY OF OTHERS #4

STEVE NILES (W), BERNIE WRIGHTSON (A), and JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA (C)
On sale Aug. 29

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

The monster-mental pairing of Bernie Wrightson and Steve Niles comes to a fetid, blistering head with the fourth issue of City of Others!

Former serial-killer-for-hire Stosh “Blud” Bludowski has made his choice. He’s now a full-fledged monster–a vampiric “Other,” ironically now more emotionally human than he ever was as a man. Now this lifelong killer is neck-deep in a world of beings as deadly and ruthless as he ever was. If his undead life is to continue, and his aim of avenging the family he joined to become an Other is to be realized, Blud has a choice he must face . . .

CLASSIC COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS #7: THE GREEN LAMA

On sale Oct. 17

5"tall

Limited to 350 hand-numbered pieces

Packaged in a custom-tooled, full-color, litho-printed tin box

Included is a small booklet and a vintage-style pinback button

$49.99

Dark Horse continues its series of vintage-style statuettes featuring the best characters from comic books. The sculpting and packaging design is inspired by the original “Golden Age” version of one of the era’s most interesting heroes, The Green Lama, and echoes the look and feel of his earliest comic appearances.

This series will depict the characters as they were originally presented in the comics.

CONAN #43

TIMOTHY TRUMAN (W), CARY NORD (Cover), TOMÁS GIORELLO (A), and RICHARD ISANOVE (C)
On sale Aug. 15

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

The Pits of Refuge:

This is the penultimate chapter of Timothy Truman’s adaptation of the Robert E. Howard classic “Rogues in the House!”

A favorite of fans and critics alike, the seminal Conan story “Rogues in the House” first appeared in Weird Tales. Now, writer Timothy Truman and artist Tomàs Giorello bring you the tale of the Red Priest, as you’ve never seen it before.

Trapped in the labyrinthine halls of the Red Priest’s house, and stalked by a mysterious horror, Conan and his uneasy ally Murillo have made a wary alliance with the Priest himself.

CONAN AND THE MIDNIGHT GOD

JOSHUA DYSART (W), WILL CONRAD (A), and JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER (Cover)
On sale Oct. 24

FC, 136 pages

$14.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

Conan has won the throne of Aquilonia and the hand of the beautiful Zenobia. With a kingdom to rule and an heir on the way, will the Cimmerian finally put up his sword for good? Don’t bet on it.

When his bride and country are attacked by a sinister Stygian sorcerer, Conan strikes back at Stygia with all his might—and the might of Aquilonia—in a move that threatens to throw all Hyboria into chaos!

Written by Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing, Violent Messiahs) and drawn by upcoming Kull artist Will Conrad (Serenity; Buffy The Vampire Slayer).

• Includes Dysart and Tone Rodriguez’s story in Funcom’s Age of Conan comic, distributed to 450,000 readers.

EMILY THE STRANGE #1: THE DEATH ISSUE

ROB REGER (W), JESSICA GRUNER (W), COSMIC DEBRIS (W), BUZZ PARKER (A), and RYAN HILL (A)
On sale Aug. 22

b&w, 48 pages

$3.50

Bimonthly

. . . and in the end, everybody DIES! Actually, not just in the end—they also die in the beginning and in the middle, and in all the pages in between. This is the Death issue, after all, and this is Emily the Strange we’re talking about—the black-haired girl from the underground who’s taking the world by storm. Emily isn’t afraid of much, and this is the issue where she proves that by going face-to-face with death itself. Now she’s dying to tell you all about it.

Emily returns and she’s going face-to-face with death itself!

THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF THE DEPARTURE OF MISS FINCH

NEIL GAIMAN (W) and MICHAEL ZULLI (A)
On sale Oct. 17

FC, 56 pages

$13.95

HC, 7" x 10"

Come, come and hear of the strange and terrible tale of Miss Finch, an exacting woman befallen by mystery and abduction deep under the streets of London! New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman delivers another stunning hardcover graphic novel with longtime collaborator Michael Zulli (Creatures of the Night; The Sandman). This “mostly true story” combines the author’s trademark magic realism with Zulli’s sumptuous paintings, and has been newly rewritten for this hardcover. Join a group of friends, with the stern Miss Finch in tow, as they enter musty caverns for a subterranean circus spectacle called “The Theatre of Night’s Dreaming.” Come inside, get out of the pounding rain, and witness this strange world of vampires, ringmasters, illusions, and the Cabinet of Wishes Fulfill’d.

 

• The latest hardcover graphic novel from New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman (Anansi Boys and The Sandman: Endless Nights), one of the world’s best-loved comics writers!

FEAR AGENT: THE LAST GOODBYE #3

RICK REMENDER (W), TONY MOORE (P), ANDE PARKS (I), and LEE LOUGHRIDGE (C)
On sale Aug. 1

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

War. The human resistance, having compiled a powerful stock of alien munitions, has begun to do the unthinkable—fight back. Led by Heath Huston, the self-proclaimed Fear Agents dig in deep and hold the line against the malevolent alien forces as the handful of remaining scientists work against the clock on a bomb that will hopefully drive the invaders off our world. The best-laid plans of mice and men . . .

With each issue, Fear Agent gets just a little bit better. Give it another six months and this could be the coolest f@#$ing book on the planet.

—Hilary Goldstein, IGN

They inspired fear in us all . . . He taught them the meaning of the word.

GEAR SCHOOL

ADAM GALLARDO (W) and NÚRIA PERIS and SERGIO SANDOVAL for Estudio Fénix (A)
On sale Oct. 31

FC, 96 pages

$7.95

TPB, 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"

In the future, humanity is in a seemingly endless war with an alien race. The struggle is dominated by giant war machines called Gear. Only the best and the brightest are allowed to drive these behemoths. The process of elimination begins in junior high.

Thirteen-year-old Teresa Gottlieb has just entered the most prestigious military academy, known to all as Gear School, to try and become one of those elite. But on top of all the usual troubles that a seventh-grader has to put up with—boys, social cliques, hellish instructors—she also has to deal with three-story-tall robots and alien invasions!

Teresa needs to learn that when the bell rings, the adventure starts.

• Gear School is written by Adam Gallardo (Star Wars: Infinities—Return of the Jedi; 100 Girls) and illustrated by Núria Peris (Star Wars Tales, Karas).

Original graphic novel!

GHOST IN THE SHELL 1.5: HUMAN-ERROR PROCESSOR

SHIROW MASAMUNE (W/A)
On sale Oct. 10

b&w w/FC, 176 pages

$17.95

TPB, 5 3/4" x 8 ¼"

Deep into the 21st century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging technoscape, the covert-ops agents of Section 9 are charged to track and crack the most dangerous terrorists, cybercriminals, and ghost hackers the digital future has to offer. Whether dealing with remote-controlled corpses, lethally malfunctioning micromachines, or cop-killer cyborgs, Section 9 is determined to serve and protect . . . and reboot some cybercrook ass!

Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor presents for the first time in America the “lost” Ghost in the Shell stories, created by Shirow.

• Produced in the authentic right-to-left reading format, as originally published in Japan.

GLENN BARR’S 11" HELL’S PROPRIETOR VINYL FIGURE

On sale Sept. 19

11" tall

Available in blue and brown

Brown version-only 1,000 produced for worldwide distribution

Blue version-only 500 produced for worldwide distribution

Allocation may occur

$74.99

On sale 9/19/07

Bringing to life the paintings of Glenn Barr, Dark Horse will be producing a new line of Glenn Barr figures. This month we offer you the first in the lineup—the Hell’s Proprietor vinyl figure. Available in two colors and standing 11" tall, Hell’s Proprietor has made an appearance in many of Barr’s paintings and sketches.

Be on the lookout for more 3D Barr characters in the coming months, and check out his recently released Dark Horse Journal and Stationery Set!

THE GROO 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

MARK EVANIER (W), SERGIO ARAGONÉS (A), and TOM LUTH (C)
On sale Aug. 1

FC, 56 pages

$5.99

One-shot

Celebrate twenty-five years of the world’s stupidest barbarian doing stupid and barbaric things! After a brief hiatus, the Champion of Cheese Dip is back to battle the menace of “The Plague,” an all-new story by the same guys responsible for all the Groo stories for the last quarter-century, Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier. Also, thrill to The Groo Alphabet, a primer of that hero’s friends and foes (mostly foes), followed by a special illustrated text story by Sergio and Mark on how this comic came to be and why it just won’t go away. Plus other silly features.

Celebrate twenty-five years of Groo!

HARVEY COMICS CLASSICS VOLUME 2: RICHIE RICH

SID JACOBSON (W), WARREN KREMER (W), STEVE MUFFATTI (A), and ERNIE COLON (A)
On sale Oct. 17

FC, 480 pages

$19.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

Move over Uncle Scrooge! The richest character in comic book history is about to get his due. Harvey Comics’ original creation Richie Rich, the Poor Little Rich Boy, represented the fantasies of every comic book-loving kid growing up in the 1960s and 70s. Now, Dark Horse is delighted to present the ultimate tribute to the boy who has everything—and we mean everything! This mega compilation of the essential Richie collects his earliest and most substantial stories for the first time ever. Created by Sid Jacbson and Warren Kremer as a back-up feature in Little Dot comics in 1953, Richie Rich went on to become Harvey’s biggest moneymaker, appearing in over fifty different spinoff titles over the next forty years. In addition to the magnificent comic art of Warren Kremer, Richie was also drawn by animation great Steve Muffatti and comics legend Ernie Colon. 

 

• Contains over one hundred of the very best of The Poor Little Rich Boy, from the beginning of the series in 1953 through the classic years of the mid-1960s. Editor/designer Leslie Cabarga has reproduced the classic comics from crisp black-and-white printer’s proofs and original artwork from the old Harvey archives, along with sixty-four pages of color meticulously restored from the original comic book pages. The book also includes a comprehensive introduction by Jerry Beck. 

HELLBOY: DARKNESS CALLS #5 (of 6)

MIKE MIGNOLA (W/Cover), DUNCAN FEGREDO (A), and DAVE STEWART (C)
On sale Aug. 29

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Hellboy’s struggle with Koshchei continues as Gruagach and the witches draw closer to their sinister quarry.

 

The long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s The Island, the six-issue Darkness Calls sees Mike Mignola pushing his greatest creation, Hellboy, toward the next major turning point in his life, with haunting art by Duncan Fegredo (Enigma; Ultimate Adventures).

Hellboy vs. Koshchei the Deathless!

HELLBOY VOLUME 7: THE TROLL WITCH AND OTHERS

MIKE MIGNOLA (W/A), P. CRAIG RUSSELL (A), RICHARD CORBEN (A), and DAVE STEWART (C)
On sale Oct. 3

FC, 144 pages

$17.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

With a new Hellboy series on the stands, fans of the world’s greatest paranormal detective can find older favorites collected for the first time in the seventh volume of the Hellboy Saga. Hellboy: The Troll Witch and Others collects short stories from The Dark Horse Book of the Dead, Witchcraft, Hauntings, and Monsters, the 2004 Hellboy: Wizard 1/2, as well as the critically acclaimed 2006 miniseries, Hellboy: Makoma by Mignola and comics legend Richard Corben, and a previously unpublished Hellboy story by P. Craig Russell and Mike Mignola, along with sketches and story notes.

Contains new Hellboy story by Mike Mignola & P. Craig Russell!

JINGLE BELLE NOTECARD SET

On sale Sept. 5

Boxed set containing 20 notecards (5 each of 4 images)

21 envelopes

Packaged in a sturdy box with magnetic closure.

$12.99

Paul Dini’s popular character, Jingle Belle, has been making trouble for her famous dad for years. Jingle finally gets the attention she craves with her own set of Christmas cards. Spectacularly cute and undeniably festive, this set of twenty cards features four adorable images of Jingle Belle in all her holiday glory.

LANKHMAR BOOK 3: SWORDS IN THE MIST

FRITZ LEIBER (W)
On sale Aug. 22

Novel, 224 pages

$12.95

TPB, 5" x 8"

Lean times in Lankhmar force brothers-in-arms Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser to part ways. Only after a joust of wits and swords do the friends join together again, stealing the ship the Black Treasurer and sailing round and through The Claws. Fighting sea kings, curses, and seven-eyed wizards, the pair set out on their heroic wanderings through the wilds of Nehwon.

• Readers of The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia series will love all of the Lankhmar books.

• Leiber is a recipient of many awards for his short stories such as the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

LITTLE LULU VOLUME 17: THE VALENTINE

JOHN STANLEY (W/A) and IRVING TRIPP (A)
On sale Oct. 10

b&w, 232 pages

$10.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

The humor and humanity are timeless in these tales starring Lulu, Tubby, Annie, Iggy, and all the rest of the kids from Main Street. With wit and grace, Stanley and Tripp dismantle the suburban landscape only to rebuild it as the silly and fantastic place anyone who has ever grown up there knows it to be. Some of the finest specimens from the Golden Age of comics, these stories are testament to the transcendent nature of quality. Kids and their parents are sure to fall in love with this crazy cast of characters and the quirky conundrums they get themselves into!

     

“These little gems are timeless models of wry humor and unsurpassed comic timing…Like Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes, they create an entire kids’ universe of secret clubhouses, favorite soda fountain hangouts, and fantastic menaces.”

—Publishers Weekly

THE MUMMY: DARK RESURRECTION

MICHAEL PAINE (W)
On sale Oct. 10

Novel, 275 pages

$6.99

MMPB, 4" x 6"

Josh and Stephanie Brandt’s father and grandfather disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Each went to Egypt in search of the lost crypt of the fabled priestess Ankh-es-en-Amun. And each man went missing—forever.

When news arrives that a dig Josh is financing has uncovered the sealed tomb, it sets off a chain of events that brings him up against the mysterious Ardath Bey, a mystic with secret knowledge about the fates of all those who would pursue the priestess. Bey’s remarkable powers seem almost supernatural, and for good reason: they are. Bey is the living Mummy Imhotep, cursed to eternal life for daring to love Ankh-es-en-Amun. Now the tomb is open and unexplainable deaths begin to occur. Can Josh and his sister stop Imhotep before he implements a plan of almost unspeakable horror? Chills and adventure abound in this luridly entertaining thriller, which continues a saga that has thrilled audiences since 1932.

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 7

KOSUKE FUJISHIMA (W/A)
On sale Oct. 10

b&w, 184 pages

$10.95

TPB, 5" x 7"

If you think Urd’s magic love potions should be a controlled substance, wait till you see the danger they pose in their deadly crystal form—especially when cut with a little blundering from Skuld! But Keiichi can’t blame alchemy for the way he embarrasses himself with the Motor Club’s newest member, cute meganekko (girl with glasses) Sora Hasegawa! Plus four pages of color, fourteen Mini-Goddess strips, a message from creator Kosuke Fujishima, commentary, and your fan art and letters!

• After eleven years of the highly successful Oh My Goddess! series in Westernized format, Dark Horse switched to continuing in an unflopped, Japanese-style format as of OMG! #21 in July 2005.

OLD BOY VOLUME 8

GARON TSUCHIYA (W) and NOBUAKI MINEGISHI (A)
On sale Oct. 10

b&w, 208 pages

$12.95

TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4"

Imprisoned without explanation for a decade by a wealthy former schoolmate, Goto now comes to the endgame against his tormentor. If Goto cannot uncover the secret behind the schoolyard grudge, he’ll earn his death and the death of the girl he loves—just as his adversary will accept death if Goto can unlock his memories and the meaning behind them. But there’s more to the game locked away in memories, and even the end of the game may not mean the end to the war!

• Translated into English for the first time.

• Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

PATH OF THE ASSASSIN VOLUME 9: BATTLE FOR POWER

KAZUO KOIKE (W) and GOSEKI KOJIMA (A)
On sale Oct. 31

b&w, 304 pages

$9.95

TPB, 4" x 6"

The world of samurai and ninja is not just killing, politics, intrigue, and actioin. It’s also about family, spirit, love, and sex. If there were ever an issue of Path of the Assassin that could be entitled “the sex issue,” this would probably be it. Not just the act of sex, but the feelings, doubts, methods, results, and politics of sex.

The results can mean a son or daughter fated to the politics of advantage and danger. The doubts can lead to an unfocused mind. The methods can be a result of doubt, but can be their own distraction as well. The feelings can be good, bad, and ugly. And all of these elements amount to the politics of sex. However, if you fear that all this talk of sex means this volume of Path of the Assassin lacks the the expected swordplay, gushing blood, and drama you’ve come to love, well please don’t worry. Rather the sexplay only provides a framework for those standards, making for an oddly exciting volume of our samurai/ninja tale of conquest.

• Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

REX MUNDI #7

ARVID NELSON (W) and JUAN FERREYRA (A)
On sale Aug. 15

FC, 24 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

All of the key characters are at their lowest and most desperate. Julien has collapsed into an abyss of drunken apathy following his separation from Genevieve. The whereabouts of Genevieve and the Duke’s daughter are unknown after the burning of Paris, while the German army has surrounded the remnants of Lorraine’s forces in the city of Toulouse. Everyone––and everything––is dangerously near the breaking point . . .

• The first installment of a new story arc in the Rex Mundi ongoing series. New alignments must be made and old relationships must be repaired if anyone is to survive.

A new story arc begins here!

SANJAY PATEL

On sale Aug. 22

Sanjay Patel Gods Stationery Set

8 letter sheets, 6 envelopes

5 3/4" x 8 3/4"

$4.99

Sanjay Patel Goddesses Stationery Set

8 letter sheets, 6 envelopes

5 3/4" x 8 3/4"

$4.99

Sanjay Patel Journal

5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

spiral-bound journal

$9.99

Sanjay Patel’s website, gheehappy.com, gives the browser a glimpse of the colorful characters from his book, The Little Book of Hindu Deities, plus some background story on this Pixar-employed animator. Born in England, raised in L.A., Sanjay has gone back to his Hindu roots to create his unique interpretation of various gods and goddesses.

Our stationery sets and journal feature many super cute and bright characters. If you aren’t already familiar with them, these items will be an enjoyable introduction!

THE SAVAGE SWORD COLLECTION BUST #1: CONAN

On sale Oct. 10

Bust measures 6.5" from base to helmet top

Approximately 8" wide

$54.99

One of the longest running and most important comics magazines of heroic fantasy was undoubtedly Savage Sword. Dark Horse, in conjunction with Conan Properties, proudly announces the first in what will be a series of top-shelf sculptures of the greatest Robert E. Howard characters, who were discovered by many in the pages of Savage Sword.

The series will be coordinated in terms of packaging design and size, and notably by the commitment that one of the industry’s top sculpting talents, Tony Cipriano, will bring to each bust in the series.

This is something that no collector will want to miss, so get in on the ground floor!

SIGNAL TO NOISE SECOND EDITION

NEIL GAIMAN (W) and DAVE MCKEAN (A)
On sale Oct. 3

FC, 96 pages

$24.95

HC, 8 ½" x 11"

Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean present their masterpiece in a completely remastered and redesigned edition overflowing with bonus material!

Somewhere in London, a film director is dying of cancer. His life’s crowning achievement, his greatest film, would have told the story of a European village as the last hour of 999 A.D. approached—the midnight that the villagers were convinced would bring with it Armageddon. Now that story will never be told. But he’s still working it out in his head, making a film that no one will ever see. No one but us.

Serialized in The Face in 1989, expanded and revised into a graphic novel in 1992, and adapted for radio in 2000, Signal to Noise has never stopped evolving. The bonus material in this first-time hardcover edition captures every leg of the journey, including three related short stories unseen in nearly two decades, an additional chapter created for the CD release of the radio drama, and a new introduction by Dave McKean along with the original by Jonathan Carrol and the radio drama introduction by Neil Gaiman.

Gaiman and McKean present their masterpiece in a remastered hardcover!

STAR WARS: 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION VOLUME 8—SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE

TERRY AUSTIN (W/I), CHRIS SPROUSE (P), JAMES SINCLAIR (C), and DUNCAN FEGREDO (Cover)
On sale Oct. 3

FC, 112 pages

$19.95

HC, 7" x 10"

Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia face off against Darth Vader over an ancient artifact of legendary power!

 

Deep in the swamplands of the planet Mimban lies a powerful crystal, capable of giving its possessor such mastery over the Force as to be nearly invincible. In the right hands, it could save the galaxy. In the wrong hands, it could destroy it! With the explosion of the first Death Star still reverberating through the cosmos, Luke and Leia will find that the war they thought they won was only a battle, and that the dark side of the Force still stalks the galaxy.

 

This hardcover is available only through Direct Market retail outlets, each volume’s print run is limited to initial orders and will not be reprinted.

STAR WARS: CLONE WARS ADVENTURES VOLUME 9

MATTHEW and SHAWN FILLBACH (W/A) and various

On sale Oct. 17

FC, 80 pages

$6.95

TPB, 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"

The battle for the fate of the galaxy is on, and you’ve got a front seat! The Clone Wars have spread to every corner of the Star Wars universe, bringing with it more death-defying Jedi rescues, more terrifying monster attacks, and more planet-shaking confrontations between armies of droids and clones! Featuring four new all-ages adventures, this volume is jam-packed with only the most awesome heroes and most dastardly villains locked in a conflict of epic proportions!

• Amazing action, blazing lightsabers, and thrill-a-minute plot twists, every Star Wars fan is sure to love this full-tilt collection of stories told in the same stripped down stylization as Cartoon Network’s micro-series!

STAR WARS: DARK TIMES #6— PARALLELS part 1 (of 5)

MICK HARRISON (W), DAVE ROSS (P), and TBD

On sale Aug. 29

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

In the last days of the Clone Wars, Jedi Master K’Kruhk finds his fate altered by Order 66 in ways he could not have imagined. Now it is not just his own life that depends on his skills, but the lives of many.

Elsewhere in the galaxy, Bomo Greenbark and the crew of the smuggler vessel Uhumelé are being pursued by the Empire, even as they head for a potentially dangerous rendezvous.

Two separate tracks, each leading to one impossible choice that will change the futures of everyone involved!

New, unexplored territory following Revenge of the Sith!

STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES PHOTO COMIC

On sale Oct. 24

FC, 96 pages

$9.95

TPB, 6" x 8 1/2"

One of the most epic cinematic events of all time comes to comics in this manga-sized adaptation of Attack of the Clones using still frames from the film!

Ten years after The Phantom Menace, a faction of political separatists led by former Jedi Knight Count Dooku attempts to assassinate Senator Padmé Amidala. As Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker try to discover the identity of the assassin, they uncover an insidious plot to destroy the Republic.

• Witness the beginning of the Clone Wars just as it appeared on the big screen with this one-of-a kind comic!

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #20

JOHN JACKSON MILLER (W), BONG DAZO (P), MICHAEL ATIYEH (C), and CHRIS WARNER (Cover)
On sale Aug. 29

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

A defining moment in the history of the galaxy arrives as the Republic and the Mandalorians meet face-to-face to discuss an offer that adds up to one thing—victory for one, defeat for the other!

 

Sinister billionaire Lord Adasca is the organizer of this fateful rendezvous, a mastermind with grand plans for his race, the Arkanians, and his corporation, Adascorp. What Adasca hasn’t counted on is the feisty Jarael, her elderly companion Camper, or their fugitive Padawan friend Zayne Carrick trying to stop these megalomaniacal machinations despite impossible odds. Of course, as soon as the three figure out how to escape Adasca’s custody without getting blasted by a dozen HK-24 assassin droids, that’s exactly what they’re gonna do!

STAR WARS: LEGACY #15— CLAWS OF THE DRAGON part 2 (of 6)

JOHN OSTRANDER (W), JAN DUURSEMA (P), DAN PARSONS (I), BRAD ANDERSON (C), and TRAVIS CHAREST (Cover)
On sale Aug. 8

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

In a reckless bid to right one of his many past wrongs, Cade Skywalker has become a prisoner of the Sith. It’s a banner day for Emperor Darth Krayt, who hopes that Skywalker’s abilities will complete Krayt’s longtime quest to restore his own power.

But the other Sith are less certain of their Master’s motives. And there are others within the Empire who would rather see Cade dead than a pawn of the Emperor.

And Cade himself is none too happy about his situation. But what can he do? He turned his back on every friend who might come to his aid. He’s made bad choices, and now he has to live—or die—with them!

This issue reveals the identity of Darth Krayt!

STAR WARS OMNIBUS: TALES OF THE JEDI VOLUME 1

VARIOUS (W/A)
On sale Oct. 24

FC, 440 pages

$24.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

Discover the earliest known stories of the Jedi and the Sith in this massive collection!

Five thousand years before Luke Skywalker’s successful assault on the Death Star, the Sith Lord Marka Ragnos ruled the galaxy. That is, until his death ignited a battle for ascension that would spell the end for his empire—and nearly the entire galaxy! It would be another thousand years before two young Jedi novices Ulic Qel-Droma and Nomi Sunrider would rise for the cause of justice, first in the case of a Jedi-killing Hutt, and then against a dark Jedi spirit threatening to engulf an entire planet!

Containing the Tales of the Jedi stories “The Golden Age of the Sith,” “The Fall of the Sith Empire,” “Knights of the Old Republic,” and “The Freedon Nadd Uprising,” this humongous omnibus is the ultimate introduction to the ancient history of the Star Wars universe!

• Star Wars related titles are consistent bestsellers.

• New and old fans will flock to read the earliest tales of the Jedi ever told!

Over 400 pages for only $24.95!

STAR WARS: REBELLION #9

ROB WILLIAMS (W), MICHEL LACOMBE (P), WIL GLASS (C), and RYAN SOOK (Cover)
On sale Aug.8

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

The crimelord Raze has put a bomb inside Wyl Tarson’s skull, which is why Wyl now leads a ragtag team on a suicide mission to compromise one of the Empire’s greatest secrets!

 

In the streets of the planet Ahakista, Darth Vader wages ruthless war against a local militia that has been unwelcoming to the Imperial presence there. Meanwhile, below the surface, Wyl and his crew try to infiltrate an Imperial stronghold through ancient tunnels. Just when unlikely success seems within their grasp, a revelation by one of the group changes everything.

 

Fateful decisions, shocking discoveries . . . this the hottest issue yet!

TRANSLUCENT VOLUME 2

KAZUHIRO OKAMOTO (W/A)
On sale Oct. 31

b&w, 200 pages

$9.95

TPB, 5" x 7"

Shizuka Shiroyama is an eighth grader with a mysterious disease that periodically turns her somewhat transparent . . . and occasionally completely invisible! She needs support from her friends and family to stay solid, both literally and figuratively, and this teen-centric romantic comedy explores both Shizuka’s struggles as she copes with the incredible Translucent Syndrome and her struggles with personal insecurities, early career aspirations, and BOYS! In this volume, Mamoru and Shizuka finally go on an official date, Okouchi—their friend and the student body president—decides to be a pushy cupid, and a trip to the beach leads to some heartbreaking moments.

• A top-selling shojo title for Media Factory (original licensor).

• Popular with fans of Oh My Goddess! and other shojo manga fans.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE #1 (of 6)

GERARD WAY (W), GABRIEL BÁ (A), DAVE STEWART (C), and JAMES JEAN (Cover)
On sale Sept. 19

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Once, the Umbrella Academy was unstoppable. Under the tutelage of their guardian and mentor, Dr. Reginald Hargreeves, its members spent their childhoods fighting evil and honing their extraordinary gifts.

Until something went terribly wrong.

Now, nine years later, the estranged members of the Umbrella Academy are reunited by the death of the only parent they’ve ever known and the rise of a new and terrible threat. Will they be able to overcome their history for long enough to save the world—one more time?

Conceived and written by Gerard Way, lead singer of My Chemical Romance, Umbrella Academy features interior art by Eisner Award-nominated artist Gabriel Bá (De:Tales), colors by Eisner Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart, and covers by multiple-Eisner Award-winning painter James Jean (Fables).

From writer Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance!

USAGI YOJIMBO #105

STAN SAKAI (W/A)
On sale Aug. 29

b&w, 24 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Rabbit ronin Usagi investigates a killing, only to uncover more questions and some surprising revelations. At the same time, Priest Sanshobo, still reeling from a tragedy at his temple, learns that years earlier there was a massacre at another temple that bears startling similarities.

Elsewhere, Boss Bakuchi is losing face because his son’s murderer has not yet been killed, so he doubles the reward on Inazuma. Little does he know his quarry is now possessed by a horrible demon—Jei, the Black Soul! Yet bounty hunters Gen and Stray Dog have intimations of this terrifying truth when the increased reward leads to more bounty hunters, more competition, and a lot more bodies!

YOSHITAKA AMANO: THE COLLECTED ART OF VAMPIRE HUNTER D

HIDEYUKI KIKUCHI (W) and YOSHITAKA AMANO (A)
On sale Oct. 24

FC, 392 pages

$29.95

TPB w/slipcase

Since Dark Horse and Digital Manga Publishing started releasing English-language editions of the Vampire Hunter D novels in 2005, hundreds of thousands of new fans have clamored for more of the enigmatic monster slayer. Following on the heels of the highly successful retrospective Coffin, Dark Horse Books is pleased to present a new collection of paintings, line-art illustrations, and photography by internationally renowned artist and Vampire Hunter D character designer Yoshitaka Amano. This collection also includes a short story, “A Village in Fog” by Vampire Hunter D creator Hideyuki Kikuchi, unavailable elsewhere.

• Will appeal to the legions of Vampire Hunter D fans worldwide.

 
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