Dark Horse Solicitations for May 2008

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ABE SAPIEN: THE DROWNING #4 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Jason Shawn Alexander (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale May 7

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

The terrible secrets of Saint Sbastien come to light as Abe pushes deeper into the mystery of the island and a legacy of evil that spans the life of humanity itself.

Written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and featuring the haunting art of Jason Shawn Alexander (Damn Nation, The Secret, The Escapists), Abe Sapien: The Drowning is the story of Hellboy mainstay Abe Sapien's first solo adventure.

"There is just one word for Alexander's art: amazing." -Silver Bullet Comics

ALIENS: NO EXIT

B.K. EVENSON (W)

On sale July 16

SC, 288 pages

$6.99

Novel, 4 3/16" x 6 3/4"

After thirty years of cryogenic sleep, Detective Anders Kramm wakes to a changed world. The alien threat has been subdued. Company interests dominate universal trade. Terraforming is big money now, with powerful men willing to do anything to assure dominance over other worlds.

But Kramm has a secret. He knows why The Company killed twelve of its top scientists. He knows why the aliens have been let loose on the surface of a contested planet. He knows that the information he has is valuable, and that The Company will do everything it can to stop him from telling his secret to the world.

Haunted by memories of the brutal murder of his family, Kramm is set adrift amid billion dollar stakes . . . with aliens around every corner, waiting for him to make a mistake.

ALIENS OMNIBUS VOLUME 4

Various (W/A)

On sale July 9

FC, 376 pages

$24.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

Like sports, the victor is he who wants it more. Unlike sports, the loser earns extinction.

Mankind has fought for survival over countless millennia, but nothing has threatened humanity's existence like the murderous Alien scourge. While some have tried to use the creatures' deadly abilities to serve their own selfish ends, no one can dance with the devil, and ultimately only one species must prevail. To that end, men have turned their own lethal instincts and cold intellect against the monsters, creating engineered plagues, cybernetic fighting suits, and even bogus android aliens, but survival rides not on technology, but on the primacy of the most deep-rooted, feral instincts.

• Nearly four hundred story pages in full color, some never before collected!

• Creators include horror novelist Chet Williamson, as well as John Arcudi, Doug Mahnke, Jon Wagner, Ronnie del Carmen, and many more!

BERSERK VOLUME 24

On sale July 23

b&w, 208 pages

$13.95

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

Desperate to find a sanctuary where his lover, Casca, will be safe from the demons drawn to her Brand of Sacrifice, Guts the Black Swordsman pushes his motley band of followers onward towards fairy Puck's homeland, Elfhelm. With new allies who make their home in a mystically guarded woodland paradise, Guts' goal seems within reach, but danger lurks in the shadows of even the most dazzling utopias, and even fairy witchery may not protect the wondrous kingdom from an army of marauding, murderous trolls!

Created by Kentaro Miura, Berserk is a runaway manga locomotive, a crashing colossus of teeth-rattling action, spine-chilling horror, and taboo-breaking humor that fires the boilers of its devoted devotees and just fires the rest. Ashes to ashes!

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

BETTIE PAGE 6" STATUE

On sale June 18

6" tall (7" with base)

$59.99

Our 13" Bettie Page statue sold out within weeks of solicitation and customers have been thrilled with the lifelike statue, which finally, truly captures the spirit of Bettie Page. We decided to offer a second, smaller version for the Bettie fans that missed out on the limited full-size statue.

Measuring 6 inches (7" with base), this mini-statue captures the charm and sultriness of this real-life heroine in exacting, minute detail. Sexy yet tasteful, like Bettie herself, this item is a "must-have" for Bettie Page fans.

BLOOD + VOLUME 2: CHEVALIER

Ryo Ikehata (W) and Chizu Hashii (A)

On sale July 9

b&w, 256 pages

$8.95

Novel, 5" x 7"

Following the traces of Diva, the leader of the Chiroptera, Saya and her group make their way to Russia. But awaiting their arrival are Diva's powerful protector Chiroptera, " Chevalier." In the middle of the battle against this new threat, Saya is told a horrible truth-"It is because you are one of us." Is Saya a human, or something more sinister…?

• The official novelization of the international hit continues!

• Contains 16 black and white illustrations from Blood+ animated series designer Chizu Hashii.

• Created by Mamoru Oshii, director of the hit film Ghost in the Shell, and developed by the highly influential animation studio Production I.G, this character has been embraced by audiences on both sides of the Pacific.

B.P.R.D.: 1946 #5 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W), Joshua Dysart (W), Paul Azaceta (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale May 14

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

B.P.R.D.: 1946 rises to its astounding conclusion as Bruttenholm at last comes face to face with one of the most diabolical villains to emerge from the Third Reich, a mad genius whose creations will plague the B.P.R.D. for years to come.

Written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Joshua Dysart (Violent Messiahs, Swamp Thing, Conan and the Midnight God) and drawn by Paul Azaceta (Grounded), B.P.R.D.: 1946 chronicles the first investigation of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense in the ruins of post-World War II Berlin.

• Comic Book Resources ranked Mike Mignola as one of the top five best writers in 2007!

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #14

Drew Goddard (W), Georges Jeanty (P/Cover), Andy Owens (I), Dave Stewart (C), and Jon Foster (Cover)

On sale May 7

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

The Scoobies' mysterious new foes have obtained a powerful instrument that may destroy everything that Buffy has worked so hard to build. Acclaimed screenwriter, Drew Goddard (Lost, Cloverfield) continues his fun-filled romp through Tokyo with Wolves at the Gate part 3.

The critically acclaimed Buffy Season Eightcontinues with Joss Whedon as executive producer, with Georges Jeanty (The American Way) as series artist, and Jon Foster on covers.

Written by acclaimed television scribe Drew Goddard!

CAMILLA d'ERRICO STATIONERY AND JOURNAL

On sale April 30

Stationery Set

8 letter sheets, 6 envelopes, 5 " x 8 "

$4.99

Journal

5 " x 8 " spiral bound journal

128 pages

$9.99

New to the Dark Horse stationery line, Camilla d'Errico is an Italian visual artist who grew up in Canada. Currently based in Vancouver, BC, d'Errico is making a name for herself not only for her artwork created for comics, but also as a painter. Featuring dreamy girls in furry brightly colored animal hats and helmets, d'Errico's artwork is Japanese and manga inspired, taking a traditional approach to it but also using European influences.

CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOLUME 15: THE CORRIDOR OF MULLAH-KAJAR AND OTHER STORIES

J.M. DeMatteis (W), Roy Thomas (W), Larry Hama (W), Len Wein (W), John Buscema (A), Neal Adams (A), Vincente Alcazar (A), Yong Montano (A), Ernie Chan (I), and Bob McLeod (I)

On sale July 2

FC, 192 pages

$16.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

Following a legendary writer like Roy Thomas is no easy task, but J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League, Spider Man: Kraven's Last Hunt, Moonshadow) found himself doing just that when he collaborated with writer Len Wein on Conan #116-and then became the book's new regular writer with Conan #118! Dark Horse's latest Chronicles of Conan collects six issues from the regular series run, as well as the second Conan King-Size Annual. Readers will marvel at the strange new landscapes, creatures, and magical foes that DeMatteis brought to the series, while still getting a Roy Thomas fix with his "Phoenix on the Sword" adaptation from Conan Annual #2.

• This volume collects Conan the Barbarian issues #116 to #121 and Conan Annual #2.

• Beautifully re-mastered in breathtaking new color!

THE CLASSIC SPIRIT MINI-BUST

On sale June 18

4.5" x 7.5" tall

$69.99

Here at Dark Horse, there is no shortage of fans of Will Eisner's The Spirit. We are proud to present a Spirit mini-bust based on original concept art by Will Eisner! We used an unpublished drawing from his archive as sculptor reference, thereby bringing Eisner's creation to life! Sculptor Tony Cipriano has captured the essence of Eisner's art perfectly.

Included with this bust is a separate Central City manhole cover, to be placed on or near the bust by the consumer.

First published in 1940, The Spirit kept newspaper audiences enthralled for more than thirty years with stories about a masked vigilante who fought crime with the blessing of the city's police commissioner.

The Spirit has inspired the current in-production Lions Gate film, directed by Frank Miller.

THE COMPLETE K CHRONICLES

Keith Knight (W/A)

On sale July 23

b&w, 500 pages

$24.95

TPB, 8 1/2" x 11"

Here it is-the first comprehensive omnibus collection of rapper/cartoonist Keith Knight's Harvey Award-winning, semi-autobiographical comic strip, the K Chronicles. An unabashedly provocative mix of political and social satire, it tackles such touchy subjects as racism, violence, and sex with a self-deprecating humor, personal honesty and light-hearted goofiness rarely found in a newspaper comic. The result is accessible yet subversive, compassionate and political, without being preachy. Reminiscent of Calvin and Hobbes, Knight's drawing style is fluid and dynamic, and his great strength is the deftness of his wide-ranging wit–simultaneously light-hearted and wild, clever and conscious.

• Knight's award-winning art has appeared in various publications worldwide, including Salon.com, ESPN the Magazine, Funny Times, L.A. Weekly, MAD Magazine, and others.

DAYAN BOOKS 1-4

Akiko Ikeda (W/A)

On sale March 26

FC, 40 pages

$9.95

HC, 5 3/8" x 7 7/16"

The internationally popular Dayan Collection series in English for the first time!

International best-selling author Akiko Ikeda has made the tales of the mischievous cat Dayan and his woodland friends in the magical realm of Wachifield a sensation around the world. Dark Horse brings these adventures to America for the first time in a series of durable children's books for readers of all ages!

• This series is four individual volumes: Book 1 Dayan's Birthday, Book 2 Thursday Rainy Party, Book 3 White Eurocka, and Book 4 Chibikuro Party.

• This is the first publication of the Dayan titles in English and in North America; the books have been an ongoing publishing series in Japan since 1988 with millions of copies sold.

• An international phenomenon, the Dayan property has spawned theme parks, CD audiobooks, apparel, DVDs, and forty books in a variety of formats.

• Since 1998, sales of Dayan books have exceeded 2 billion yen ($17.7 million).

Millions of copies sold in Japan!

DOMO 8" FLOCKED VINYL FIGURE

On sale June 11

RAAAAR!!

Japan's favorite furball is invading the United States, and Dark Horse is helping to lead the charge. We are ramping up a special program of officially-licensed Domo merchandise, and clever retailers will stock up lest they find their ankles being chomped on. Obey the Domo!

Available in limited quantities, our 8" Flocked Domo vinyl figure comes in four colors– Classic Brown, Fabulous Fuchsia, Royal Blue, and Polar White. These fun, furry-flocked figures are fuzzy to the touch, just like Domo.

Domo 8" Flocked Vinyl Figure

Classic Brown, limited edition

$39.99

Domo 8" Flocked Vinyl Figure

Fabulous Fuchsia, limited to 500

$39.99

Domo 8" Flocked Vinyl Figure

Royal Blue, limited to 500

$39.99

Domo 8" Flocked Vinyl Figure

Polar White, limited to 250

$39.99

GHOST TALKER'S DAYDREAM VOLUME 1

Sankichi Meguro (W) and Saki Okuse (A)

On sale July 22

b&w, 216 pages

$10.95

TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 1/16"

Ghost Talker's Daydream is a horror anime created by Saki Okuse and Sankichi Meguro. It tells the story of Misaki Saiki, a young woman with a troubled past, who is a professional dominatrix in one of Tokyo's most exclusive S&M clubs. However, her real money is something she likes even less than being a dominatrix. Ever since childhood, Misaki has had the ability to see and communicate with ghosts, and that talent is put to use by the Livelihood Protection Agency, who pairs Misaki with Souichiro Kadotake, a martial artist who happens to be deathly afraid of ghosts. Using her gifts, Misaki is able to help troubled departed spirits resolve what is troubling them and allow them to move on to the afterlife. If all THAT isn't odd enough, Misaki is an albino AND a virgin.

• Sexy and dark story from writer Saki Okuse (Twilight of the Dark Master) and artist Sankichi Meguro.

Fans have been waiting for this book to be released in English.

• There is a very successful Anime based on this series of books.

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

THE GOON #24

Eric Powell (W/A) and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale May 14

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Buzzard, formally the sheriff of a small western town where the townsfolk were turned into nefarious zombies, returns to Horse Eater's Woods to better understand the source of a horrifying curse that plagues the people of Goon's town.

This issue also features a bonus story, written by Eric Powell with artwork by Kyle Holtz, which revisits the pie-eating Skunk Ape, who gets his kicks from terrorizing elementary school children.

"No one has done such quality tongue-deeply-in-cheek horror hilarity since Bruce Campbell took up chainsaw and broomstick in Army of Darkness" – Wizard Magazine

GRENDEL: BEHOLD THE DEVIL #7 (of 8)

Matt Wagner (W/A)

On sale May 21

b&w w/red, 24 pages

$3.50

Miniseries

In the penultimate chapter of Behold the Devil, Grendel's quest to unveil the source behind his relentless pursuer comes to a head following his bloody battle with the inner circle of the rebellious Korean mob. What unknown secrets will be revealed by the diabolic presence that has answered the Devil's summoning?

Matt Wagner's return as writer and artist of his most infamous character continues as Hunter Rose-the original Grendel-confronts something that will shake not only his criminal empire, but also his very sanity, to its core!

• "Grendel combines crime lord with costumed villain and ends up producing one of the most captivating antiheroes." -PopSyndicate.com

HARVEY CLASSICS LIBRARY VOL 4: BABY HUEY

Jerry Beck (W) and Leslie Carbarga (A)

On sale July 23

FC, 480 pages

$19.95

TPB, 7" x 10"

"That's some duck" for adventure, fun, misunderstandings and victories aplenty.

Oversized, oblivious, and oh-so good-natured duckling Baby Huey first delighted audiences in 1949 when he appeared in the pages of Casper the Friendly Ghost, but quickly lumbered his way into the bigger world of cartoons and his own comic book series! Join Baby Huey, his lovingly baffled parents, and his duckling pals in this jumbo collection of classic stories.

• The lovable lug in king-sized diapers gets his own collection in Dark Horse's Harvey Comics Classics series.

• Collects over four hundred pages of long out-of-print Baby Huey stories from the Golden Age of comics.

• Giant-sized laughs for all ages!

HELLBOY

On sale June 4

Hellboy PVC Set

Containing three fully painted, non-articulated figures, 4" tall in a full-color window box

$14.99

Hellboy Book and Figure Set

Hellboy figure is 4" tall; book has 112 pages and is 5" x 7.5"

$24.99

Hellboy Mug

11oz. mug in full-color box

$12.99

In anticipation of the upcoming movie Hellboy II: The Golden Army, we are creating a lineup of products based on Mike Mignola's original Hellboy comic artwork. The first item is a 3-piece PVC set featuring Hellboy, Abe Sapien, and Lobster Johnson.

A great new item, sure to please comics fans and collectors alike is the Mignola-inspired, Hellboy figure packaged with a new hardcover digest-size edition of Seed of Destruction that features an all-new cover by Mike Mignola!

Mike Mignola has given us art for an impressive new Hellboy mug! This 11oz. mug includes full-color art of Hellboy and the Hellboy logo.

HELLBOY: ODDEST JOBS

Various (W) and Mike Mignola (A)

On sale July 9

b&w, 216 pages

$14.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

And you thought Hell was weird . . .

Long-time contributor to the Hellboy mythos Christopher Golden brings together a crew of luminaries including Joe R. Lansdale (Bubba Ho-Tep) and China Miville (King Rat), cross-genre sensation Barbara Hambly (The Windrose Chronicles), celebrated mystery writer Ken Bruen (The Dramatist), best-selling science fiction and fantasy novelist Tad Williams (Otherland), and a bevy of other skilled storytellers eager to spin a tale or two about the world's greatest paranormal detective, as some of the biggest names in horror, mystery, and fantasy come together to pay homage to Mike Mignola's Hellboy!

Hellboy: Oddest Jobs contains numerous illustrations by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola!

Hellboy: Oddest Jobs will be released in time to take advantage of the massive amounts of press generated by the release of the major motion picture, Hellboy II: The Golden Army!

INDIANA JONES ADVENTURES VOLUME 1

Phillip Gelatt (W), Ethaen Beavers (A), and Ronda Pattison (C)

On sale July 23

FC, 80 pages

$6.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

In the deep winter of Northern Europe, Dr. Henry Jones Jr. is about to undergo one of the most harrowing archeological digs of his career! Amidst a deadly blizzard, he must find an ancient monument and unlock its secrets before someone with much darker intentions gets there first! Yet there are trials awaiting any who would lay claim to the artifacts of mysterious warriors from long ago.

Kid-friendly and brimming with the very best parts of Indiana Jones, this is a story for anyone looking for stunning visuals, thrill-a-minute storytelling, and one unmistakable archaeologist!

• The incredible Indiana Jones undertakes an all-new, book-length adventure in this pocket-sized volume!

• Tie-in with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!

• Follows same model as the Star Wars Clone Wars Adventure series, our most popular children's series.

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL #1 (of 2)

George Lucas (W), David Koepp (W), John Jackson Miller (W), Luke Ross (P), Fabio Laguna (I), Dan Jackson (C), Drew Struzan (Cover), and Hugh Fleming (Cover)

On sale May 22

FC, 56 pages

$5.99

Miniseries

The man who single-handedly defined "adventure" for an entire generation returns-hat and all-in this action-packed adaptation of this summer's silver-screen megahit! Dr. Henry Jones Jr. is at it again, this time on the trail of a discovery unlike any in his illustrious career. Yet more than one player is out to win this game, and with stakes this high, not everyone is going to play fair! Will Indiana Jones's greatest adventure be his last?

• Also comes in a variant cover version.

The biggest movie event of 2008 comes to comics!

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL #2 (of 2)

George Lucas (W), David Koepp (W), John Jackson Miller (W), Luke Ross (P), Fabio Laguna (I), Dan Jackson (C), Drew Struzan (Cover), and Hugh Fleming (Cover)

On sale May 28

FC, 56 pages

$5.99

Miniseries

Don't miss the conclusion to the grandest archeological adventure ever in part two of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!

The summer's hottest blockbuster comes to comics in this adaptation of Indiana Jones's most exciting and unexpected quest to date. Since beyond record, no one has seen the marvels Dr. Henry Jones Jr. now witnesses, or braved the dangers he now faces! Yet even greater perils wait on the horizon, where the dark aims of Indy's contemporaries threaten to bring inscrutable consequences down upon them all!

• Also comes in a variant cover version.

LANKHMAR BOOK 6: SWORDS AND ICE MAGIC

Fritz Leiber (W)

On sale July 16

b&w, 224 pages

$12.95

Novel, 5 " x 8"

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser have traveled the width and breadth of the land of Nehwon, in search of adventure and fortune. Now lost at sea, their ship drawn out on the Great Equatorial Current, their journey brings them to Rime Isle, a tragic island populated by vagabonds and wanderers. The island is also home to a race of gods, schemers, and manipulators that plague the humans for their amusement. Will Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser be able to escape the island, or be trapped forever as pawns of the gods?

• "One of the great works of fantasy in this century . . . unequaled in its ironic wit, mordant romanticism and baroque invention, as well as a range of tone and affect not usually associated with the genre…"-Publishers Weekly

MINDSTYLE

On sale May 14

Dark Horse is proud to bring you these beautiful, high-quality products from MINDstyle. This month we offer you items from Jim Henson's City Critters and Brom!

Jim Henson's City Critters Trading Figures-assorted collectible figures in counter display

8 different figures packed "blind box" in 32-unit counter display, 9 1/2" L x 9 1/2" W x

6 1/4" H, each figure is approx. 2" tall

$255.68

Brom's Stickmen–Series 1–Set B (Guru & Pumpkin)

Based on characters from Brom's novel The Plucker, an Imaginosis book published by Abrams Books

Guru is 12 1/2" tall and Pumpkin is 8 1/2" tall

Limited to 1000 units

$99.99

PENNY ARCADE VOLUME 5: THE CASE OF THE MUMMY'S GOLD

Jerry Holkins (W) and Mike Krahulik (A)

On sale July 2

FC, 136 pages

$12.95

TPB, 7" x 9"

Join us, intrepid explorers, as we journey once again into the depths of the Penny Arcade archives, facing eldritch curses and monstrous perils aplenty in our quest to unearth the ancient treasures of the year 2004 A.D.!

Marvel at the mysteries laid bare within, at these tales of epic gaming, appliances gone bad, square dancing blood feuds, and so much more! Face, if you dare, the ominous foreboding of The Last Christmas, the challenging depths of Twisp and Catsby, and the poignant tragedy of The Wandering Age!

• Includes every strip posted on penny-arcade.com during 2004, a treasure trove of bonus material, including creator commentary.

• Special foreword by actor, writer, and blogger extraordinaire Wil Wheaton!

PIGEONS FROM HELL #2 (of 4)

Joe R. Lansdale (W), Nathan Fox (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (c)

On sale May 21

FC, 32 pages

$3.50

Miniseries

What started out as a simple road trip has turned into a nightmarish disaster as Clare and Janet, heirs to the mysterious Blassenville estate, and their three friends find themselves stranded for the night in the derelict Blassenville mansion, located deep in the desolate heart of the Louisiana swamplands. With nothing left to do but to wait for daylight before they can go for help, the group settles in for the night, but it doesn't take long for the evil that infects the house to try to claim its first victims.

Legendary horror aficionado Joe R. Lansdale puts a new spin on an old classic with this four-part adaptation of master storyteller Robert E. Howard's classic tale of terror Pigeons From Hell.

POSTAGE STAMP FUNNIES

Shannon Wheeler (W/A)

On sale July 2

B&w, 56 pages

$9.95

HC, 3 " x 2"

From the pages of The Onion and the wry mind of cartoonist Shannon Wheeler comes the silliest-and most charmingly packaged-collection of new comics you'll see this year. For more than ten years Wheeler has cultivated a distinctly pointed and playful sense of humor in the pages of his independent comics, Too Much Coffee Man and How to Be Happy. Postage Stamp Funnies frames his wit with even more focus, as each cartoon delivers its punch in a single postage stamp-sized panel.

• This delightful boxed set of three tiny hardcover books revisits the first year of Wheeler's run in the legendary college humor newspaper.

Postage Stamp Funnies runs every week in The Onion, enjoying a circulation of over 1,000,000!

• Wheeler's Too Much Coffee Man has more fans than ever before and the live entertainment event Too Much Coffee Man: The Opera has achieved cult status.

THE RETURN OF THE GREMLINS #3 (of 3)

Mike Richardson (W) and Fabio Laguna (A)

On sale May 7

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Poor Gus will never look at England the same way again. He arrived from the states only days ago in order to sell a house willed to him by his grandfather. Seemed simple enough! But since then he's been beset by mysterious hauntings, accosted by real-estate thugs, tied up, roped into saving gremlin creatures from eviction, and literally knocked off his feet by Molly, a lovely young librarian with a black belt. To top it all off he's landed in jail, and his house is about to be bulldozed! What he needs now is a brilliant plan . . . and hundreds of tiny friends up for uncontrollable mischief. Hold on to your hats, everybody-the gremlins are going to fight back in the only way they know how!

• "The Gremlins is gaining new life . . . and . . . finds a new audience among today's collectors . . ." -Antique Trader

SAMURAI CHAMPLOO MINI-BUST: JIN

On sale July 23

5" tall, hand-painted, limited-edition

$59.99

One of today's most popular anime series is getting the 3D treatment from Dark Horse. Created and directed by renowned animation talent Shinichiro Watanabe, best-known for the mega-hit Cowboy Bebop, this work centers around a trio of unforgettable characters: Mugen, Jin and Fuu. We are bringing them all forward in a unique set of limited-edition pieces that are faithful to every nuance of the Japanese originals.

Set in medieval Japan, Samurai Champloo deftly mixes samurai and action genres with a healthy dose of comic relief. It is, simply put, the story of the journey of a young girl named Fuu and her two guardians.

Jin is the third bust in our series. Exactingly sculpted with guidance from the Japanese creative team by the talents at Big Chief Studios, our Jin bust captures all of the details of this stoic character, and his unique mix of tradition and modernity.

Samurai Champloo is a Cartoon Network sensation!

• From the creative team behind Cowboy Bebop!

SERENITY: BETTER DAYS #3 (of 3)

Joss Whedon (W), Brett Matthews (W), Will Conrad (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Adam Hughes (Cover)

On sale May 14

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Better Days concludes with a brutal showdown when one of Serenity's crew is taken captive and tortured. The gang must put their enduring differences aside and work together to save one of their own, even if it may mean losing the cash prize of a lifetime.

Joss Whedon returns to his blockbuster hit Serenity, reuniting with Brett Matthews and Will Conrad, his collaborators on the bestselling 2005 series Those Left Behind. Adam Hughes joins the team for covers.

Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews return to Serenity!

SCRAMBLED INK

Dave Pimentel (W/A), JJ Villard (W/A), Dave Derrick (W/A), Jenny Lerew (W/A), Ken Morrissey (W/A), Keith Baxter (W), and Ennio Torresan (W/A)

On sale July 9

FC, 176 pages

$19.95

HC, 6 5/8" x 10 1/4"

Hollywood's hardest-working animators bring their blockbuster talent to comics to tell stories too big for the silver screen in this jam-packed, jaw-dropping, just-plain-fun compendium of illustrated awesomeness!

Hilarious and moving, undeniably innovative and stunningly beautiful, each tale transforms the page into a lushly realized world of imagination-a surefire prize for any fan of illustration or anyone looking for a great yarn spun in a whole new way.

• The creators of Scrambled Ink are all animators at DreamWorks Studios with credits on such blockbuster films as Bee Movie, Shrek and Madagascar!

• "I'm glad to introduce these artists who helped make Bee Movie a success. You will enjoy their artwork, wit, and quirky sense of humor as much as I did." -Jerry Seinfeld

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL #6 (of 6)

Gilbert Hernandez (W/A)

On sale May 28

b&w, 24 pages

$3.50

Miniseries

High schooler Paul, his mistress Linda, and her gymnast step-daughter Val are done with their cross country-killing spree. Linda has snuck away to return to her husband, and Val isn't too happy with that. Val returns home to get Linda for good, in this final bloody chapter of Speak of the Devil.

• "This is a dark and compelling trip into the human heart, and only Gilbert Hernandez could tell this story in quite this amazing way." -Comicsbulletin.com

• "Hernandez shies away from traditional action and expected beats, and shows all the amateurs out there how slice of life is done." -ComicBookResources.com

STAR WARS: DARK TIMES #11-VECTOR part 5

Mick Harrison (W), Douglas Wheatley (P), Dave McCaig (C), and Travis Charest (Cover)

On sale May 14

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

The biggest Star Wars story of 2008 comes to the era of the Empire as Darth Vader's pursuit of power releases a force unlike any he's ever witnessed!

Beginning the second phase in a yearlong, galaxy-changing storyline, part five of "Vector" puts the smuggling crew of the Uhumele in their toughest predicament yet, puts Darth Vader in a traitor's sights, and potentially puts the entire galaxy at risk!

Be there as Star Wars history is made!

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #29-EXALTED part 1 (of 2)

John Jackson Miller (W), Bong Dazo (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Dustin Weaver (Cover)

On sale May 28

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick's quest to clear his name takes him to a secret storehouse of Sith artifacts collected by the Jedi Masters who framed him!

Propelled by the events in "Vector," Zayne and his con-artist companion Gryph commit to a new course in exposing the dark actions of the secret Jedi Covenant. Yet doing so will take them not only to the homeworld of one of Zayne's murdering Masters, but into the most highly guarded place on the planet!

This new adventure promises Star Wars at its most personal with consequences at their most epic!

STAR WARS: LEGACY #24

John Ostrander (W), Jan Duursema (P/C), Dan Parsons (I), and Brad Anderson (C/Cover)

On sale May 21

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Cade Skywalker determines to deal with the Empire once and for all in this conclusion to one of the most important stories of the year!

When a reunion with old friends is compromised by an Imperial intrusion, Cade realizes there's only one way to stop the Sith-a way that requires a fast ship, a custom-made blaster, and most of all, allies you can trust. Yet not all in his party are who they seem to be, and if Cade's not careful, he might just doom the galaxy's last ray of hope to a dark and devastating fate.

Introduces a surprising new member to the Legacy cast!

STAR WARS: REBELLION #14-SMALL VICTORIES part 4 (of 4)

Jeremy Barlow (W), Colin Wilson (A/Cover), and Wil Glass (C)

On sale May 14

FC, 40 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia lead a team of Rebels to their destinies in the full-tilt conclusion to "Small Victories"!

Facing a situation of unparalleled danger deep behind enemy lines, a few surviving Rebels test their resolve as decisions made on the fly will have serious consequences for both the Alliance and the Empire. Meanwhile, Admiral Ackbar calls a squad of experimental starfighters into action, but this is no simulation-if these new ships aren't up to the challenge, the Rebellion's hopes may be dashed by the Imperial fist!

Introducing Dagger Squadron!

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE

Gerard Way (W), Gabriel B (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C

On sale July 2

FC, 192 pages

$17.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who'd previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, "To save the world." These seven children form The Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.

• This volume collects the first six-issue series, as well as out-of-print short stories, and an expanded sketchbook section featuring work by B, Jean, and Way.

• "…flawless…stylish, imaginative…"-NEWSARAMA

USAGI YOJIMBO #112

Stan Sakai (W/A)

On sale May 28

b&w, 24 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

Surrounded by a group of angry gamblers intent on capturing a young girl protected by Usagi and Gen, the rabbit ronin and his bounty-hunting friend are running out of options in this conclusion to "The Whip"!

The female gambler known as "The Whip" has kidnapped a child from the local gang leader and given her to Usagi and Gen for safekeeping. Now, the gang has caught up with them. Trapped inside an inn, Usagi and Gen must create a diversion for The Whip and the girl to escape. However, escape is the last thing on The Whip's mind.

USAGI YOJIMBO VOLUME 22: TOMOE'S STORY

On sale July 2

b&w, 184 pages

$15.95

TPB, 6" x 9"

On sale July 22

b&w, 184 pages

$59.95

Ltd. HC, 6" x 9"

Learn why Tomoe is the most valuable retainer of Lord Noriuki of the Geishu Province, then plunge into a terrifying ghost story where a string of mysterious murders points to a woman dead for ten years. Finally, experience the mesmerizing beauty of a formal tea ceremony, as Usagi and Tomoe share this spiritual event to mark the rabbit ronin's departure from the province to resume his travels.

•Collects Usagi Yojimbo Color Special #1-3 (originally published by Fantagraphics) and Usagi Yojimbo #90-93.

• Introduction by Heidi MacDonald of Publishers Weekly and features the newly redrawn "Tomoe's Story" introductory tale!

WETA COLLECTIBLES-DOCTOR WHO CLASSIC SERIES STATUES

On sale May 28

The Master and Auton

9 5/6" W x 11 4/5" D x 11 5/12" H

Limited edition, worldwide distribution

$280.00

This piece is from the third Doctor, played by Jon Pertwee, and taken from the episode titled "Terror of the Autons." In this episode, the Doctor is warned the Master has arrived on Earth.

This is the first time we see the Master (played by Roger Delgado). This piece depicts the master in his classic suit pose with the TCE-Tissue Compression Eliminator-and a defeated Auton from the end of the story.

Doctor and Davros

12 1/5" W x 13 4/5" D x 11" H

Limited edition, worldwide distribution

$300.00

This piece is from the episode titled "Genesis of the Dalek's," from the fourth Doctor Who series, starring Tom Baker. In this episode, the Doctor and his companions are transported to the planet Skaro to prevent the creation of the Daleks.

In this piece, the creator of the Daleks faces a struggle between the Doctor and death. The Doctor has threatened to switch off his life support, unless Davros orders the mutants, destruction. Davros' expression is one of determination, even though he is near certain death. The Doctor has an angry grimace on his face, one also of determination.

WONDERMARK: BEARDS OF OUR FOREFATHERS

David Malki (W/A)

On sale June 22

FC, 96 pages

$14.95

HC, 8 1/2" x 11"

Dark Horse Comics is proud to present this handsome hardbound collection of David Malki's Ignatz-nominated comic strip Wondermark. One of the Internet's new generation of self-syndicated comic creators, Malki repurposes illustrations and engravings from 19th-century books into hilarious, collage-style comic strips.

• New installments of Wondermark appear twice-weekly at http://wondermark.com/ along with a hilarious blog from David Malki! The Wondermark site enjoys over 172,000 unique visitors per month.

Beards of Our Forefathers includes 20+ pages of brand-new material created especially for this volume and never published online!

• "Wondermark is a gloriously demented webcomic that finally puts to rest the age-old question, 'What if the illustrations from a victorian-era Sears & Roebuck catalogue starred in a Sid and Marty Kroft Saturday morning television series?'" -Francesco Marciuliano (of Sally Forth)

 
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