Dark Horse Comics Solicitations For February, 2007

Mon, November 6th, 2006 at 12:00am PST

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CBR News Team, Editor

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

target="PopUp">13TH SON: WORSE THING WAITING

KELLEY JONES (W/A)

On sale Apr. 25


FC, 96 pages


$12.95


TPB, 7" x 10"

Born to a young woman driven to insanity and black magic by the deaths of her previous children, the 13th Son is a creature like nothing this world has seen before. Humans are not his target. It's the other monsters who walk this world-the wendigo, werewolves, ghouls, zombies, and vampires-who live in fear of his enormous and terrifying powers. And what those powers are setting into motion is a horror beyond your deepest, darkest nightmares.

o Collecting the four issue miniseries.

o Discover the wondrous terror of this epic monster battle!

o Kelley Jones has received acclaim for his work on titles like Aliens, Matt Wagner's Grendel, Last Train to Deadsville: A Cal McDonald Mystery, and his own creation The Hammer.

target="PopUp">ALIENS VS. PREDATOR OMNIBUS VOLUME 1

VARIOUS (W/A)

On sale Apr. 4


FC, 456 pages


$24.95


TPB, 6" x 9"

Mankind's two ultimate nightmares come together in mortal combat, and whoever wins-we lose. On the remote planet Ryushi, a small ranching community becomes an unwilling participant in a deadly ritual: extraterrestrial Predators have seeded Ryushi with Alien eggs in order to create the ultimate hunt. But what the Predators don't know is that an Alien queen egg is amongst those they've sent as potential hunting stock, and when the Predators arrive, the hunters become the hunted amidst a monumental swarm of Aliens, and they may need to turn to the very same humans they regard as little more than potential trophies to give them any hope of survival.

Aliens vs. Predator Omnibus Volume One packs over 400 pages of excitement and terror into one package, offering the original smash-hit AVP comics series that launched the franchise, plus the exciting continuation of the storyline previously published as AVP: War.

o Super value package-only $24.95 for over 400 story pages!

o 2004's blockbuster Fox AVP film brought a new generation of fans to the franchise; the DVD of the film featured Dark Horse Comics material, and the special-edition DVD featured interviews with Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson and AVP creators.

target="PopUp">APPLESEED BOOK 1: THE PROMETHEAN CHALLENGE

SHIROW MASAMUNE (W/A)

On sale Apr. 11


b&w, 184 pages


$14.95


TPB, 8 1/4" x 5 3/4"

World War III is over, and nomad soldier Duenan Knute and her cyborg partner Briareos struggle to survive in the abandoned cities and demilitarized zones of the post-war wasteland, the "Badside." Matters appear on the upswing, however, when they are found and brought to Olympus, an urban utopia and centerpiece for the reconstruction of civilization. Duenan and Bri join the Olympus police, a force that seems hardly necessary in such a paradise. But, like in most pretty pictures, perfection is an illusion, and Olympus's peaceful facade hides a dark secret, a violent struggle between human and cyborg that could once again plunge the world into war . . . and genocide.

o Shirow is well known and critically acclaimed internationally, and is responsible for numerous classic anime/manga titles, such as Appleseed, Dominion, Ghost in the Shell, Orion, and Black Magic.

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

target="PopUp">BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #122: BAREFOOT part 1 (of 5)

HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)

On sale Feb 14


b&w, 32 pages


$2.99


Ongoing

A new story arc begins! Separated from Isaku and Manji, D?a and Rin begin to lean on each other for support, with neither of them knowing that they're actually on opposing sides of a complex, generations-long conflict. As Edo's most esteemed doctors mull over Kagimura's experiments and Manji's mystical, regenerative bloodworms, Rin starts spying on Edo Castle and Kagimura's comings and goings. She knows that Manji is trapped inside, and she just needs one big clue to get her rescue operation rolling. The Edo Castle stakeout commences with "Barefoot," part one of five!

o 2006 Eagle Award winner for "Favourite Manga Title"

o Winner of Japan's prestigious Media Arts Award and America's own Will Eisner Award.

target="PopUp">CITY OF OTHERS #1 (of 4)

STEVE NILES (W), BERNIE WRIGHTSON (A), and JOSE VILLARRUBIA (C)

On sale February 28


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Miniseries

When it comes to horror comics, few artists can measure up to the legendary Bernie Wrightson. Now, after a long hiatus from making comics, Wrightson is back at the drawing table working side-by-side with acclaimed writer Steve Niles on the most exciting new horror comic of the year-City of Others.

Stosh Bludowski is a killer, born with the capacity for no apparent human emotion other than rage. Killing comes easy for Blud, and he makes a good living doing what's easy-until the day he meets two jobs in an alley who just won't die, and a grotesque mystery unfolds right in front of him. Soon, the remorseless killer is confronted by a reality he could never imagine, and he will be invited to make a decision once and for all . . . is he human, or is he Other?

"Bernie is one of my greatest heroes and influences in art. When it comes to horror, few creators have contributed more to the comics medium than Bernie has." -Alex Ross

target="PopUp">CLASSIC DC CHARACTER #2: BATMAN

On sale Apr. 11


5" tall


Limited edition of 2,000 pieces


Each statuette is packaged in a litho-printed full-color tin box and includes a vintage-style pinback button, and booklet about the character


$49.99

In a continuing collaboration, Dark Horse Comics and DC Direct, DC Comics' action figure and collectible company, are teaming to create a new series of vintage-style statuettes featuring four of DC Comics' best-known characters. Modeled after products that were popular in the 1930s and 1940s, the four new statuettes being produced by Dark Horse are designed and manufactured consistent with earlier "syroco"-style figures.


Joining the initial release, Superman, is none other than Batman. The sculpting and packaging design is inspired by the art style of original Batman creator Bob Kane, and echoes the look and feel of his first comic appearances. Produced in a limited edition of only 2,000 hand-numbered copies, the figure is fully painted and ready to display. The style, costumes and other details will be consistent with the original "Golden Age" look of the character from the comics of that period.

target="PopUp">CLASSIC PEANUTS CHARACTER #5: PIGPEN

On sale May 16


5" tall


limited to 1200 pieces, includes booklet and button


$39.95

Charles Schulz's Peanuts has won acclaim as one of the most popular comic strips of all time. Printed worldwide to this day, the familiar characters from this masterwork have been the basis for all sorts of entertainment, publishing, corporate identity, and merchandise projects. Dark Horse Deluxe is joining in the fun by creating a special series of limited-edition statuettes of vintage Peanuts characters.

Measuring between 4" and 5", the statuettes have been sculpted in the original style, described by Craig Yoe as "primitive but charming." Each hand-numbered statuette comes carefully packaged in a custom-tooled, full-color, litho-printed tin box. Also included is a small booklet about each character and a vintage-style pinback button of the character.

target="PopUp">CONAN #37

TIMOTHY TRUMAN (W), CARY NORD (P), RICHARD ISANOVE (C), and TONY HARRIS (Cover)

On sale Feb, 21


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Ongoing

Honor among thieves . . .

Conan and his companions have escaped the Spider King and made their way to a new city. But even as Conan fights his way through the arena, one of his friends is plotting his betrayal.

The first part of the prelude to the Conan classic "Rogues in the House," told in the Robert E. Howard tradition by the celebrated storytellers Timothy Truman, Cary Nord, and Richard Isanove.

target="PopUp">CONAN AND THE MIDNIGHT GOD #2 (of 5)

JOSHUA DYSART (W), WILL CONRAD (P), MICHELLE MADSEN (C), and JASON ALEXANDER (Cover)

On sale Feb. 7


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Miniseries

As his queen mourns the death of their son, Conan mounts an all-out invasion of Stygia, setting events in motion that may change the course of all Hyboria . . .

Conan and the Midnight God #1 continues an exciting new chapter in the adventures of the barbarian king.

target="PopUp">CONAN AND THE SONGS OF THE DEAD

JOE R. LANSDALE (W) and TIMOTHY TRUMAN (A)

On sale Apr. 11


FC, 136 pages


$14.95


TPB, 7" x 10"

Renowned horror and western writer Joe R. Lansdale reunites with his Jonah Hex collaborator, visionary artist Timothy Truman, to tell the grittiest, roughest, downright meanest Conan story ever seen in comics.

The Cimmerian travels to the aid of an old ally in the wretched wastes of Stygia-a desert harboring wealth undreamed of, even for the barbarian. Soon his pursuit of the ancient treasure reveals a conniving spirit and undead guards. Dust from the desolate land meets blood, and a dark-hearted sorcerer brings forth strange abominations from this unholy mix. Only the cool head and cold steel of the Cimmerian can save all creation from the horror that awaits, and the blood-spattered conclusion will send shivers down the spines of even the most hardcore Conan fans!

o Teaming the wild, scathing wit of Joe R. Lansdale with the unflinching vision of Truman, Conan and the Songs of the Dead is an unprecedented take on the archetype of sword-and-sorcery.

o Collects the five issue miniseries.

target="PopUp">CRIMINAL MACABRE: TWO RED EYES #3

STEVE NILES (W), KYLE HOTZ (A), and MICHELLE MADSEN (C)

On sale Feb 21


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Miniseries

This has to be the worst week in Cal McDonald's life. First his only human friend dies (thanks, in part, to Cal).Then he gets beaten nearly to death by a gang of cops. And then he goes into withdrawal while he's in a coma from the beating. And the cherry on top of this sad-sack sundae-Cal's ex, Sabrina, has been kidnapped by the oldest evil in the books, Nosferatu, and now he's using her to bait Cal into a trap.

Getting an early discharge from the hospital was easy enough, thanks to Mo'Lock and his posse of ghouls, but now he's gotta make it past the army of cops, find Sabrina, and figure out a way to kill a vampire nobody else in history has been able to touch. And did we mention he's doing all of this SOBER?

target="PopUp">EMPOWERED

ADAM WARREN (W/A)

On sale Mar. 7


B&w w/FC, 248 pages


$14.95


TPB, 6" x 9"

Not only is costumed crimefighter "Empowered" saddled with a less-than-ideal superhero name, but she wears a skintight and cruelly revealing "supersuit" that only magnifies her body-image insecurities. Worse yet, the suit's unreliable powers are prone to failure, repeatedly leaving her in appallingly distressing situations . . . and giving her a shameful reputation as the lamest "cape" in the masks-and-tights business. Nonetheless, she pluckily braves the ordeals of her bottom-rung superheroic life with the help of her "thugalicious" boyfriend (and former Witless Minion) and her hard-drinking ninja girlfriend, not to mention the supervillainous advice from the caged alien demonlord watching DVDs from atop her coffee table . . .

From Adam Warren-writer/artist of the English-language Dirty Pair comics (the original "Original English-Language Manga" before OEL was cool), and writer of Livewires, Gen13, and Iron Man: Hypervelocity-comes Empowered, a butt-kicking, bootylicious superhero lampoon that raises the bar for long-john lust and low-brow laughs. Remove all previous notions of superhero entertainment from your puny mind . . . and prepare to be Empowered!

o Adam Warren's work on The Dirty Pair is well-known to U.S. comics readers.

o Warren's skill as a writer has brought him a variety of high-profile assignments in recent years from Wildstorm, DC, and Marvel.

target="PopUp">FEAR AGENT VOLUME. 1: RE-IGNITION

RICK REMENDER (W) and TONY MOORE (A)

On sale Apr. 28


FC, 112 pages


$13.95


TPB, 7" x 10"

When down-and-out alien exterminator, Heath Huston stumbles upon an extraterrestrial legion of amoebas preparing to annihilate the Earth, he's forced to choose between the bottle and resuming his role as a peacekeeper, as The Last Fear Agent.

Heath's former band of soldiers, the Fear Agents was comprised of a group of the last remaining humans on Earth, whose sworn duty was the protection of their homeworld against alien invaders. A number of years after preventing a large-scale invasion of Earth, the Fear Agents were all slaughtered in a mysterious incident.

Written by critically acclaimed scribe Rick Remender (Sea of Red; Strange Girl) and drawn by Eisner nominated artist Tony Moore (The Walking Dead; Exterminators).

o Collecting Fear Agent #1-4.

target="PopUp">FLOOD! 3RD EDITION

ERIC DROOKER (W/A)

On sale Apr. 25


b&w, 182 pages


$00.00


TPB, 6 ?" x 9"

This special edition of Flood!: A Novel in Pictures features a bonus chapter, "After the Flood," which includes thirty-two pages of new graphics, preliminary art, and an in-depth interview with the author. An American Book Award winner and an Editor's Choice of The New York Times, Flood! is the powerful first graphic novel by Eric Drooker, frequent cover artist for The New Yorker. Flood! is a modern novel written in the ancient language of pictures, with an expressionist, film noir edge. This "definitive edition" of Flood! is a unique record of our country's turbulent past-and corporate present-and a must-read for students of graphic storytelling. This third edition also features a new cover by Drooker and a complete re-design. Flood!: A Novel in Pictures, was followed by Drooker's acclaimed book, Blood Song: A Silent Ballad.

o The Library of Congress has recently acquired Eric Drooker's original Flood! artwork to rest in their public prints collection, alongside graphic novel pioneer Lynd Ward's originals.

target="PopUp">GHOST IN THE SHELL 1.5: HUMAN-ERROR PROCESSOR #5

SHIROW MASAMUNE (W/A)

On sale Feb. 21


FC, 24 pages


$2.99


Miniseries

Section 9 special agents Batou and Togusa are investigating a series of brutal murders that appear to be linked by the victims' common tattoo, a military design. A found yacht key could help unlock the mystery behind the murders, but if the Section 9 agents want to toss the boat, they'll have to get in line-behind two killer cyborgs with a distinct antipathy for cops!

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 Masamune after completing work on the original Ghost in the Shell manga and prior to his tour-de-force, Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface. This deluxe-format issue begins "Mines of Mind," the third of four Ghost in the Shell tales.

target="PopUp">GLOOMY BEAR

On sale Jan. 31

Gloomy Bear Stationery Set


8 letter sheets, 6 envelopes, and stickers


5 3/4" x 8 3/4"


$4.99

target="PopUp">Gloomy Bear Journal


5 1/2" x 8 1/2" spiral bound journal


$9.99

More great Gloomy Bear products!

Many people are familiar with Gloomy Bear: the cute pink bear with the big bloody claws. For the uninitiated, Gloomy is owned by Boy Pity who, despite the abuse, loves him with all his heart.

For the soft at heart and those with a penchant for lovable, but violent bears, we bring you an adorable stationery set and journal designed by Gloomy Bear creator, Chack.

target="PopUp">GREMLINS: FIFINELLA WITH WIDGETS STATUE

On sale Mar. 14


3.5" tall


$44.99

One of the most exciting publishing events of this or any other year is the re-presentation of a long-lost jewel, Roald Dahl's Gremlins. Purchased by Disney in the 1940's, and only published once as a book, Dark Horse brought the book back in October and has also been creating new Gremlins stories. Are we excited? You bet! But wait? that's not all. Dark Horse, working closely with the creative talents at Disney Consumer Products and Gentle Giant Studios, has been crafting an ambitious program of toys, dolls and other collectibles based on Gremlins.

This month we are pleased to present the Fifinella with Widgits statue. Taken directly from the pages of the Gremlins book, this statue features the primary female character, Fifinella, with three of her Widgits. No expense has been spared to create the most animated and detailed interpretation possible!

target="PopUp">JOHN LANDIS BIOGRAPHY

GIULIA D'AGNOLO VALLAN (W)

On sale Apr. 25


FC & b&w photographs, 250 pages


$29.95


TPB, 8" x 11"

An exhaustive career retrospective about the groundbreaking revolutionary filmmaker, told through exclusive interviews with Landis as well as through essays, interviews and remembrances by his colleagues, contemporaries, and members of the film industry and reviewers. Contributors include Joe Dante, Jack Arnold, Wes Craven, Rick Baker, Frank Oz, Jim Abrahams, and others. Illustrated with many exclusive photographs from Mr. Landis's many films, some reproduced here for the first time from the director's personal collection of photographs taken on the set by Mr. Landis during production of his movies.

o John Landis has remained one of the most popular filmmakers of his generation since exploding on the cinema scene in the early 1970s. There has never been a major biography/autobiography of Landis.

o John Landis was recently a member of the Masters of Horror film series and has two new films in the works due for release in 2006 and 2007.

target="PopUp">KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE VOLUME 3

EIJI OHTSUKA (W) and HOUSUI YAMAZAKI (A)

On sale Apr. 4


B&w, 208 pages


$10.95


TPB, 5" x 7"

The Corpse Delivery Service has been helping dead people move on to the afterlife . . . but what about interred internal organs? In Volume Three, Kuro is surprised to learn that the voice enlisting his help is coming not from a dead man, but a live man housing a necrotic organ, the result of a faulty transplant. The pursuit of putrid parts leads the kids of Kurosagi all the way to the war in Iraq!

o In Kurosagi, the writer of the notorious MPD Psycho creates strange, shocking scenarios of contemporary horror drawn by Housui Yamazaki, whose clean, stylish approach has made him one of the hottest new young artists in Japan.

o A U.S. live-action film based on The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service is tentatively scheduled for U.S. release in 2007.

target="PopUp">LANKHMAR VOLUME 2: SWORDS AGAINST DEATH

FRITZ LEIBER (W)

On sale Apr. 11


Novel, 288 pages


$12.95


TPB, 5 1/4" x 8"

With heavy hearts and ready swords, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser journey from the ancient city of Lankhmar, searching for adventure and seeking forgetfulness from the pain of lost love. When a stranger challenges them to find and fight Death on the Bleak Shore, they risk the dangers of the underworld, demonic birds, skeletal armies, living mountains, and evil monks on the way to meet their heroic fate.

o "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

target="PopUp">LITTLE LULU VOLUME 15: THE EXPLORERS

JOHN STANLEY (W/A) and IRVING TRIPP (A)

On sale Apr. 11


b&w, 240 pages


$9.95


TPB, 6" x 9"

Whimsical and witty, silly and smart, Little Lulu is a classic of all-ages comics. When comic-book geniuses John Stanley and Irving Tripp put pen to paper, they brought to life an unforgettable cast of endearing, intelligent, believable characters that have had an unmistakable influence on American culture. Collecting Dell Comics' Marge's Little Lulu #64-68, originally published between October 1953 and February 1954, this laugh-a-minute volume features some of the funniest stories to ever star Lulu, Tubby, Annie, Iggy, and all the other little bundles of humor that started a comedy revolution.

o These all-ages tales are more than just an exceptional piece of comic-book history, they're all-out gut-busting fun, perfect for both kids and their parents.

o "Recommended for all libraries; appropriate for young readers, but it will also appeal to adults, both out of nostalgia and for its own charm." -Library Journal, from a previous volume of Little Lulu

target="PopUp">MARY SCARY

ANDREW COSBY (W) and TROY NIXEY (A)

On sale Apr. 18


FC, 56 pages


$9.95


HC, 8" x 10 1/4"

Last year, Dark Horse Books introduced readers to Dreadful Ed-a very normal, very nice human boy who winds up as heir to the throne of the nightmare world called Nocturnia! In this standalone sequel to that fantastical story we meet Mary Scary-the weird baby girl who was swapped out for Ed when her parents, the Boogeyman and his wife, needed a male heir for their spooky kingdom!

Mary has always been different from the rest of her peers. Maybe it's the spider on her head, maybe it's the snake around her neck . . . but something about her makes everything about her weird! And just when it really starts to bother her that everyone seems to notice how different she is, she meets someone who might be able to help her be less scary-a very normal boy named Ed.

o Mary Scary is a fun and edgy all-ages book, suitable for kids and adults alike.

o This standalone book follows last year's hit Dreadful Ed.

target="PopUp">OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 26

KOSUKE FUJISHIMA (W/A)

On sale Apr. 11


b&w, 176 pages


$10.95


TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 3/16"

Ever since a cosmic phone call brought the four literal young goddesses Belldandy, Urd, Skuld-and, like an occasional vowel, Peorth-to live in college student Keiichi's residence, his personal life has been turned upside-down, sideways, and sometimes even into strange dimensions!

The Devil came down to Tarikihongan! As Lind, the Fifth Goddess battles Hild to defeat the Eater of Angels, it is the weaponless, powerless Keiichi whose heart holds the key to victory. But the lingering Demon Angel within Belldandy is causing her magic to make strange hiccups, and it may be Keiichi again who must serve as the vessel of diabolic forces! Can he succeed without Chihiro finally catching on to the facts of his cosmic love life? Plus notes and commentary, and your letters!

o Oh My Goddess! is the manga that inspired the brand-new anime TV series from Media Blasters.

target="PopUp">OLD BOY VOLUME 5

GARON TSUCHIYA (W) and NOBUAKI MINEGISHI (A)

On sale Apr. 4


b&w, 216 pages


$12.95


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

Ten years locked away in a private prison with only a TV set and a jailer's voice for company-but why? What had Goto done to deserve this unexplained forced isolation, and why was he unceremoniously released, again without given reason? Could this decade of torment really be about a schoolyard grudge? Is an adolescent vendetta worth the millions of yen required to imprison a man for a decade? And is allowing the brutal Goto the opportunity to pursue his revenge just another opportunity to watch him twist on a hook?

o Original Japanese format.

o Translated into English for the first time.

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

target="PopUp">OUTER ORBIT #3 (of 4)

ZACH HOWARD (W/A), SEAN MURPHY (W/A), HANS RODIONOFF (W), and CHARLIE KIRCHOFF (C)

On sale Feb. 21


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Miniseries

It's a miracle that astro-nots Krunk and Quinn have managed to stay out of the joint this long, but their luck has run out. Now residents of Honest Abe's Penitentiary, Krunk and Quinn have to find a way out or learn to make new friends (if you know what I mean). Luckily, Krunk's big, bad mom ain't about to let her baby boy go punk, and woe be to he who gets in her way . . . or who doesn't. Meanwhile, vengeful space-hottie Neoki realizes that to get back her priceless idol, she's going to need the key around Quinn's neck-and she's going to have to get it before the time bomb around his neck goes boom!

Relentlessly marching forward in their quest to embarrass their families, Zach Howard (Shaun of the Dead) and Sean Murphy (Scarecrow: Year One; Off Road), with screenwriter Reed Buccholz, have created Outer Orbit, an "epic" science-fiction/action-comedy/adjective-noun forged from equal parts stupidity, idiocy, and imbecility. And in case you were wondering, yes, sheep are involved.

target="PopUp">PATH OF THE ASSASSIN VOLUME 6

KAZUO KOIKE (W) and GOSEKI KOJIMA (A)

On sale Apr. 30


B&w, 320 pages


$9.95


TPB, 4" x 6"

If Art of War tactics and ninjitsu arts pique your interest, Path of The Assassin is the quasi historical samurai manga you've been waiting for! From the legendary comics creators Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima of Lone Wolf and Cub fame comes the story of Japan's greatest shogun and his rise to power through the battles and intrigues of his late teens. Central to the story is a young ninja who must go to great lengths in order to secure victory for the boy who would become the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Based loosely on fabled tales of the age, Path of the Assassin is an exciting and sexy series.

And at the same trim size as past Koike/Kojima titles, it's a must-have for collectors of the influential creators' works.The popular pocket-sized books are packed thick with action, bushido, and super-complex strategy!

target="PopUp">PIN-UP: THE ILLEGITIMATE ART LTD. ED. HC

JIM SILKE (W/A)

Available now!


FC, 96 pages


$49.95


HC, 9" x 12"

This special hardcover edition is signed by Jim Silke and Lisa Marie Scott and is limited to a production run of only 300 copies.

Jim Silke shares his hilarious first-person account of life as a "pinup" artist-from the comic-strip vixens that influenced his youth, to his real-life adventures photographing Hollywood's most beautiful starlets and models, to his slaving over magical images of Bettie Page, Brigitte Bardot, and a host of other beauties. Lavishly illustrated with over 100 new images by Silke and classic "girl artists" George Petty, Coby Whitmore, Enoch Bolles, Al Parker, Rolf Armstrong, and others. Pin-Up: The Illegitimate Art is a delightful, sharp, insightful look at the "bedtime babies," "devil women," and "bare-naked ladies" that grace the walls-and hearts-of red-blooded lady lovers the world over.

Silke is one of the few artists who could write this story. From his Grammy Award-winning stint as a music industry art director to his years as a magazine publisher, glamour photographer, screenwriter, and comic book artist, Silke's sensual artistic vision has made a distinct and lasting impact on contemporary culture.

target="PopUp">REX MUNDI #4

ARVID NELSON (W) and JUAN FERREYRA (A)

On sale Feb. 21


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Miniseries

Rex Mundi is a mystery set in a 1930s Europe where sorcerers stalk the streets at night and the Church never lost its grip on power. Master Physician Julien Sauni?re must uncover the two-thousand-year-old secret of the Holy Grail before all the world is drenched in blood!

Julien and Genevieve come tantalizingly close to the innermost secrets of the Holy Grail, but they are being pursued by the Holy Inquisition and the Duke of Lorraine's magic-wielding assassin! How much longer can Genevieve keep her role as a double-agent for Lorraine a secret from Julien?

At the same time, Lorraine's military miscalculations have allowed the Prussian army to penetrate deep into France, right up to the gates of Paris. If Lorraine can't break their advance now, everything could be lost!

target="PopUp">SAMURAI: HEAVEN AND EARTH VOLUME 2 #4 (of 5)

RON MARZ (W), LUKE ROSS (A), and ROB SCHWAGER (C)

On sale Feb. 21


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Miniseries

Acclaimed creators Ron Marz and Luke Ross continue their magic, bringing breathtaking art and classic storytelling to the tale of a samurai warrior who will let nothing stand between him and the woman he loves. Shiro has followed his kidnapped love across Asia and Europe, all the way to a warlord's stronghold in Egypt. But even if Shiro can find Yoshiko and free her from her captivity, can they possibly survive the searing sands of the unforgiving desert? And will the villainous Don Miguel let Yoshiko slip away from him so easily? All the pieces are falling into place as the swashbuckling epic sets the stage for a bloody and unforgettable final confrontation!

target="PopUp">THE SECRET #1 (of 4)

MIKE RICHARDSON (W) and JASON ALEXANDER (A)

On sale Feb. 7


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Miniseries

"I know your secret."

Tonight is Tommy Morris's big chance: he's been invited to party with the social elite of Franklin High and maybe even hook up with the girl of his dreams. But when a prank call turns sour, Tommy gets much more than he bargained for . . .

The Secret is a chilling coming-of-age mystery from Dark Horse founder Mike Richardson and Eisner-nominated artist Jason Alexander (Damn Nation; The Escapists).

target="PopUp">SKULLBOY VINYL FIGURE

On sale Mar. 7


6" tall vinyl figure


$17.99

Skullboy is the creation of Jacob Chabot, winner of the Dark Horse contest, New Recruits, where we received hundreds of comics submissions from around the world. Skullboy was overwhelmingly popular. From that contest stemmed a trade paper-back consisting of the top six contestants, and from there we've gone on to print The Mighty Skullboy Army Volume 1 (on sale 02/07/07).

The natural progression from a book about brazen robots and slacker monkeys, is the world of 3-D! We offer up a very realistic vinyl version of the nefarious and temperamental Skullboy.

target="PopUp">STAR WARS: 30TH ANNIVERSARY VOLUME 2-JEDI VS. SITH HC

DARKO MACAN (W), RAMON F. BACHS (P), RAUL FERNANDEZ (I), CHRIS BLYTHE (C), and ANDREW ROBINSON (Cover)

On sale Apr. 00


FC, 144 pages


$29.95


HC, 7" x 10"

A thousand years before Luke Skywalker embarked on his fateful confrontation with the Death Star, the Jedi Army of Light met the Sith Army of the Shadow on the planet Ruusan for a climactic showdown that would forever change the galaxy.

Before the Battle of Ruusan, there was a mighty Sith Empire that stood against the Republic. Forever after the battle, there would only be two Sith, master and apprentice. Caught in the struggle between the two armies is a group of plucky orphans who little realize the pivotal part they will play in the outcome of the war, or the future of the Sith.

Each month, the Star Wars30th Anniversary Collection series will bring readers a limited-edition hardcover of the best of Dark Horse's Star Wars graphic novels. Available only through Direct Market retail outlets, each volume's print run is limited to initial orders and will not be reprinted.

target="PopUp">STAR WARS: DARK TIMES #5- THE PATH TO NOWHERE part 5 (of 5)

WELLES HARTLEY (W), MICK HARRISON (W), DOUGLAS WHEATLEY (A), and RONDA PATTISON (C)

On sale Feb. 28


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Ongoing

It's the end of a quest, but not the end of the road. Yet paths diverge, alliances are split, and doing the right thing has become a betrayal. The chaos of the Clone Wars and the darkness of Palpatine's Empire have allowed a smaller, more personal-but no less deadly-evil to flourish, and confronting it changes everything.

After all he's done, can Dass Jennir still call himself a Jedi? After all that has happened, can Bomo Greenbark find the strength to go on?

The first story arc set in this new, uncharted era of Star Wars history reaches an unexpected conclusion. Quite possibly the darkest Star Wars story you'll ever read!

o Moving into the new, unexplored territory of the time period immediately following Revenge of the Sith.

target="PopUp">STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #14

JOHN JACKSON MILLER (W), DUSTIN WEAVER (P), MICHAEL ATIYEH (C), and BRIAN CHING (Cover)

On sale Feb. 28


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Ongoing

Unexpected twists at every turn as power-mad evildoers hunt our heroes amidst a galaxy spanning war-Knights of the Old Republic is Star Wars at its very best, nearly 4,000 years before Luke Skywalker! A deadly new threat targets Camper, the seriously senile captain of the renegade vessel The Last Resort, and his youthful guardian Jarael must risk everything to try and save him, even if it's impossible. Meanwhile, fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick and the conniving Gryph have mistakenly tricked their way into their most dangerous predicament yet-surrounded by an army they are trying to escape on a planet that's about to become the biggest battlefront in the galaxy. The second someone recognizes them, they're toast, assuming that a stray blaster bolt doesn't get them first!

o Continuing the ongoing monthly series set nearly four thousand years before the rise of the Empire and the fall of Anakin Skywalker (and seven years prior to the events in the Knights of the Old Republic video game).

target="PopUp">STAR WARS: LEGACY #9- TRUST ISSUES part 1 (of 2)

JOHN OSTRANDER (W), ADAM DEKRAKER (P), BRAD ANDERSON (C), and JAN DUURSEMA (Cover)

On sale Feb. 14


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Ongoing

Political relationships are often delicate constructs-even more so when the "marriage" is between two longtime enemies. When rightful Emperor Roan Fel reaches out to the remnants of the Galactic Alliance, the stage is set for serious distrust, if not outright betrayal. And to complicate matters, the Sith have dispatched one of their best agents to ensure the failure of the proposed alliance.

But Moff Nyna Calixte's agenda differs from that of her Sith masters, and she puts her own player into the mix-reactivating an agent who has been dormant for nearly two decades. Meanwhile, the question on everybody's mind: Where has Cade Skywalker gone?

o Supergirl artist Adam DeKraker makes his Star Wars debut!

target="PopUp">STAR WARS: LEGACY VOLUME 1-BROKEN

JOHN OSTRANDER (W), JAN DUURSEMA (W/P), DAN PARSONS (I), BRAD ANDERSON (C), and ADAM HUGHES (Cover)

On sale Apr. 11


FC, 160 pages


$17.95


TPB, 7" x 10"

The future of Star Wars is here in an all-new adventure set more than a century after Return of the Jedi and the New Jedi Order!

The Jedi Temple is attacked, an Emperor is betrayed, and the Sith are born anew! A lot can happen in a hundred years, but that's just the beginning of the story! Not since Luke Skywalker first stepped aboard the Millennium Falcon has the galaxy seemed like such a vast, exciting, dangerous place!

Readers will meet a host of new characters, see fleets of new spaceships, and visit scores of exotic locations-some new and some familiar.

This is a perfect jumping-on point for any reader.

o Collects issues #1-3 and #5-7 of the Legacy ongoing series.

target="PopUp">VAMPIRE HUNTER D VOLUME 7

HIDEYUKI KIKUCHI (W) and YOSHITAKA AMANO (A)

On sale Apr. 11


SC, 280 pages


$8.95


Novel, 5" x 7"

A girl's dying wish sends D on an impossible quest in this riveting prose novel.

Even a reluctant hero can't refuse the last request of a beautiful woman. On her deathbed, the mortally wounded woman gives him a strange gem and asks him to deliver the priceless stone to her sister, far off in a North Sea fishing village. D's journey is made ever more perilous by a series of scoundrels and rogues hired by the girl's murderer. They'll stop at nothing to claim the jewel. Will they catch him? Hideyuki Kikuchi's crackling narrative and Yoshitaka Amano's imaginative artwork make this a must-read entry in the series. Co-published with Digital Manga Publishing.

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