Dark Horse Comics Solicitations for Product Shipping April, 2007

Tue, January 9th, 2007 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

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

Dark Horse Solicitations Archives

THE ART OF BONE

JEFF SMITH (W/A)

On sale June 20


FC, 200 pages


$39.95


HC, 9" x 12"

Never before and rarely seen artwork, outlines, and entire stories from Jeff Smith's Bone are collected in this full-color hardcover volume!

Bone is an international publishing sensation with hundreds of thousands of loyal readers and no end in sight to its growing popularity. Now, for the first time anywhere, see the homemade comics, sketches, and grand plans that set this masterpiece of literary fantasy in motion. From there, take a tour through piles of promotional art, holiday cards, and pivotal storytelling moments from the revolutionary self-publishing years, where Bone went from "the little comic that could" to an industry leader that changed the face of comics. Finally, revel in the wonder of Bone as a complete 1300-page graphic novel, a work for the ages, filled with comedy and tragedy and adventure for generations to come.

oJeff Smith's Bone, as published by the Cartoon Books imprint has sold over 42,000 copies in the book market alone! Sales of the Scholastic editions are over 120,000!

o The Art of Bone is the Holy Grail for any fan of Jeff Smith and his multiple adward-winning creation, an unprecedented peek at the creative process behind one of the most captivating stories in comics by one of the medium's greatest living artists.

BANYA: THE EXPLOSIVE DELIVERY MAN VOLUME 4

KIM YOUNG-OH (W/A)

On sale June 20


b&w, 184 pages


$12.95


TPB, 5" x 7"

After last volume's shocking cliffhanger, Banya's screams are still ringing across Gaya's wastelands, and the desert deliverymen are in some serious danger. The future is at stake, and fists are about to fly, as two bloodthirsty villains corner our heartbroken hero. He's kept his cool while mingling with the monstrous Torren, fighting off gargantuan pit bulls, and dodging the giant Gwichi worm's sneak attacks-but now Banya has gone crazy with anguish and rage and is about to unleash a world of hurt on two mutated killers! This second-to-last volume of Banya: The Explosive Delivery Man isn't all gloom and doom, though, as Kim Young-Oh continues to mix incredible artwork and fast-paced storytelling with perfectly timed slapstick moments and surprising plot twists.

BETTIE PAGE STATUE

On sale May 16


13" tall, pre-painted


Limited edition


$124.99

It is no secret that Dark Horse has been having a longtime love affair with pinup icon Bettie Page. She's been a big part of our lives, and we are happy to share her with you.

Now we announce what may be our finest Bettie Page collectible item yet-a full-size statue by Tony Cipriano. What can we say but "wow"!

Measuring a full 13 inches and pre-painted from a model by master painter Kat Sapine, this limited-edition statue captures the charm and sultriness of this real-life heroine in exacting detail.

BLACK MAGIC (2ND EDITION)

SHIROW MASAMUNE (W/A)

On sale June 27


b&w, 200 pages


$14.95


TPB, 8 " x 5 3/4"

Today, the planet Venus is a literal hell of furnace-like temperatures and dense, poisonous atmosphere. But millions of years in its past, Venus teemed with life and with a civilization far advanced to our own. The Nemisis supercomputer controls government functions, with bioroid "executors" created to carry out the system's utopian edicts. But trouble brews even in paradise, as different executors vie for control of Nemesis, forcing the governing system to secretly create Duna Typhon, a super-bioroid "sleeper," raised among the human populace, ready to use her awesome powers should Nemesis be co-opted to turn paradise into paradise lost.

From the imagination of Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune comes his first published series, Black Magic, a sweeping science-fiction epic that introduces many of the themes and ideas that influence all of Shirow's work.

o Now available in right-to-left reading format!

FOR MATURE READERS

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #124: BAREFOOT PART 3 (of 5)

HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)

On sale Apr. 11


b&w, 32 pages


$2.99


Ongoing

Blade of the Immortal's level of unsettling horror gets kicked up a big notch in "Barefoot," Samura's current story arc. Doc Burando is put back into service in the dark prisons under Edo Castle. Kagimura gambles that he can get his top lunatic doctor back on track with just a few . . . unconventional adjustments. While surveying the grounds around Edo castle, Rin and Da make a startling, stomach-churning discovery. Da finds some ghastly clues and is thrown into another one of her furious fits of blind rage. Will Rin be able to calm her down before their search-and-recovery mission is blown?

FOR MATURE READERS

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL VOLUME 17: ON THE PERFECTION OF ANATOMY

HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)

On sale June 13


b&w, 184 pages


$16.95


TPB, 5 " x 8 1/4"

Manji, the immortal swordsman, lies imprisoned in the bakufu stronghold of the mysterious Habaki Kagimura. Seeking to impart the life-extending powers of Manji's kessen-chu bloodworms to other humans, Kagimura orders his medical examiners to discover the secrets of Manji's amazing regenerative abilities. Using a series of convicts as live subjects in an increasingly grisly series of twisted experiments, Burando, Kagimura's lead medical examiner, begins to grow more desperate and sickened with each horrifying failure. And through it all, Manji lives, and regenerates, and bides his time for the moment that he can pay back his tormentors . . . limb by limb!

Dark, violent, and yet possessing subtle emotional depth, Blade re-invents the traditional period samurai tale by imbuing it with a streetwise modernist sensibility to create an epic tale of incomparable skill and audacious reach.

FOR MATURE READERS

Story continues below

B.P.R.D.: GARDEN OF SOULS #2 (of 5)

MIKE MIGNOLA (W/Cover), JOHN ARCUDI (W), GUY DAVIS (A), and DAVE STEWART (C)

On sale Apr. 4


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Miniseries

Abe Sapien's investigation brings him closer to a jungle compound housing a group of cyborgs with a strange connection to his own past. Meanwhile, in the new B.P.R.D. headquarters basement, Johann makes a startling discovery about a member of the team, and Liz has a vision of the end of the world.

o Abe finally comes face-to-face with figures from his past as Langdon Caul.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #2

JOSS WHEDON (W), GEORGES JEANTY (A), ANDY OWENS (I), DAVE STEWART (C), and JO CHEN (Cover)

On sale Apr. 4


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Ongoing

The destruction of Buffy's hometown, plus covert and powerful slayer "cells" around the world, add up to a new label for the Scoobies: Terrorist threat. Speaking of Sunnydale, the crater formerly known as, has opened to reveal the witch Amy, and boy is she pissed. Now: Giles, smoochies, a knife to the heart, and a big sleep. Season Eight continues.

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

CITY OF OTHERS #2 (of 4)

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

On sale Apr. 25


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Miniseries

From masters of horror Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson comes the most anticipated and monster-filled comics series of the year, City of Others.

When Stosh Bludowski awakes from the nightmare of the last twenty-four hours, his life will be forever changed. It's not like Blud-a ruthless hit man- hasn't known darkness before, but awakening to the reality that the world is filled with zombies and vampires isn't the easiest thing to swallow. Now that he's in the midst of a family of vampires ("others," as they prefer to be called), and they're under attack by an invading army of rampaging zombies, Blud needs to choose a side, and doing so will seal his fate forever.

CLASSIC DC CHARACTER #4: THE FLASH

On sale July 4


Limited edition of only 2,000 hand-numbered pieces


Packaged in a tin with a booklet about the character and a vintage-style pinback button


$49.95

Dark Horse Comics and DC Direct, DC Comics' action figure and collectible company, have the collector market buzzing about a new series of vintage-style statuettes featuring four of DC Comics' best-known characters. Joining the initial releases is the original scarlet speedster-The Flash.


The sculpting and packaging design are inspired by the original "Golden Age" version of the this classic character, and echoes the look and feel of his earliest comic appearances.

CLASSIC PEANUTS CHARACTER #7: SNOOPY

On sale June 20


5" tall, limited to 1200 pieces, includes booklet and button


$39.95

Inspired by "syroco" sculptures that were popular in the 1930s and 40s, the ten new Peanuts statuettes from Dark Horse are designed and manufactured in a style consistent with the earlier figures. This month we feature the seventh statue in the series-Snoopy. Produced in a limited edition of hand-numbered copies, the figure is fully painted and ready to display. Snoopy will be the seventh release.

CONAN #39

TIM TRUMAN (W), RAFAEL KAYANAN (A), and CARY NORD (Cover)

On sale Apr. 18


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Ongoing

The return of Janissa the Widowmaker!

Far from civilized shores, at the edge of a deep jungle, the Tower of Tara-Teth is impassible by even the most skilled swordsmen and thieves. Now, Conan must defeat its devious magic to claim the treasure that it hides.

But as Conan fights his way through the tower's guardians, the deadliest swordswoman of the Hyborian Age also seeks the Tower's prize . . .

Writer Tim Truman teams with celebrated artist and Conan veteran Rafael Kayanan (Conan the Adventurer, Savage Sword of Conan).

CONAN AND THE MIDNIGHT GOD #4 (of 5)

JOSHUA DYSART (W), WILL CONRAD (A), JUAN FERREYRA (C), and JASON ALEXANDER (Cover)

On sale May 30


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Miniseries

King Conan's quest for vengeance takes him past the boundaries of life and death and into the heart of evil as the sinister events in Stygia escalate into a deadly crescendo.

Written by Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing, Violent Messiahs) and drawn by Will Conrad (Serenity, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer) Conan and the Midnight God continues an exciting new chapter in the adventures of the barbarian king.

GHOST IN THE SHELL 1.5: HUMAN-ERROR PROCESSOR #7 (of 8)

SHIROW MASAMUNE (W/A)

On sale Apr. 18


b&w w/color, 24 pages


$2.99


Miniseries

When a suspected assassin turns up dead alongside a couple of ex-bodyguards of her intended government-minister target, the agents of Section 9 set out to unravel the mystery only to find themselves tied up in a Gordian knot of intrigues and subterfuges. When the minister goes missing, reports surface of an ace-sniper out to punch the big shot's ticket, and the Section 9 agents race against the clock to get to the minister before the assassin's bullet does!

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 "Lost Past," the final of four Ghost in the Shell tales, presented in the original right-to-left reading format, as originally published in Japan.

HARVEY COMICS CLASSICS VOLUME 1: CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST

Designed and edited by LESLIE CABARGA

On sale June 20


B&w, 480 pages


$19.95


TPB, 7" x 10"

It's amazing how many comics fans who grew up admiring Spiderman, Batman, and Nick Fury still retain warm places in their hearts for Casper the Friendly Ghost. Now Dark Horse is delighted to participate in the revival of Casper, who remains among the most beloved of cartoon and comic book icons. Casper the Friendly Ghost made his first appearance as a star of Paramount's Famous Cartoons in 1947 and entered the comics in 1949. But after five issues, publisher St. John's gave up the title. That's when Harvey Comics stepped in, and where this book begins. Harvey breathed life into Casper, and from the very first issue, the cover designs, stories, and artwork-drawn by the same animators who worked on the cartoons-were a cut above.

Harvey Comics Classics Volume 1: Casper contains over 100 of Casper's very best stories, from the beginning of the Harvey series in 1952 through the classic years of the mid-1960s. The art is reproduced 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 books. The book includes a comprehensive introduction illustrated with historic memorabilia.

o Features an introduction by Jerry Beck.

HELLBOY ANIMATED VOLUME 2: THE JUDGEMENT BELL

JIM PASCOE (W), TAD STONES (W/A), and RICK LACY (A)

On sale June 5


FC, 80 pages


$6.95


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

In "The Judgment Bell," written by Jim Pascoe (Kim Possible, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and drawn by Rick Lacy (Venture Brothers), a figure from Dr. Broom's past wreaks havoc on the children of a small Polish village. And in a backup story written and drawn by Hellboy Animated creator Tad Stones, a young Hellboy is once again stirred to heroism by the radio adventures of Lobster Johnson.

With a cover by Eisner award-winning Goon creator Eric Powell and an original pinup by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, this book is the perfect bridge between the comics and cartoon worlds of the World's Greatest Paranormal Detective.

o The second Hellboy Animated DVD Blood and Iron is set to release in May 2007 and will include a custom Hellboy comic from Dark Horse and features a cover from Goon creator, Eric Powell!

HELLBOY: THE COMPANION

STEPHEN WEINER (W), JASON HALL (W), VICTORIA BLAKE (W), and MIKE MIGNOLA (A)

On sale June 27


FC, 200 pages


$14.95


TPB, 6" x 9"

Written by Steve Weiner (The Will Eisner Companion), Victoria Blake (The Oregonian, NPR) and Jason Hall (Beware the Creeper, Trigger, Detective Comics) and densely illustrated with classic images from the comics as well as a handful of new drawings from Mignola, this volume offers thorough documentation of the Hellboy universe, compiling the many complex pieces that make up the life of the World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator into an easily understandable format. From the hidden history of Abe Sapien to the secret origin of the world, this complete compendium is every hardcore Hellboy fan's key to the mind of Mike Mignola, and the ultimate introduction for anyone looking to begin their journey in the weird and wondrous world he has created.

o Dark Horse presents the definitive guide to Hellboy, including a timeline mapping out the events in over a decade's worth of comics and novels!

HELLBOY: DARKNESS CALLS #1 (of 6)

MIKE MIGNOLA (W/Cover), DUNCAN FEGREDO (A), and DAVE STEWART (C)

On sale Apr. 25


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Miniseries

Witches all across the world seek out Hellboy, but this time, they're not just after revenge.

The long-awaited follow-up to 2005's The Island, the six-issue miniseries 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).

HELLGATE: LONDON

IAN EDGINTON (W), STEVE PUGH (A), and DAN JACKSON (C)

On sale June 27


FC, 104 pages


$12.95


TPB, 7" x 10"

Few video games have enjoyed such a frenetic buzz around their release as the upcoming Hellgate: London, and with good reason-they haven't had the awesome talent of former Diablo developers and executives working on an inaugural release! Now together as Flagship Studios, these formidable creative minds have developed a groundbreaking game that's guaranteed to become another best-selling franchise.

Ian Edginton, the critically acclaimed author of Scarlet Traces and the War of the Worlds webcomic adaptation, teams with Superman and Preacher artist Steve Pugh to explore this demon-ravaged metropolis in comics form.

MI5 agent Lyra Darius discovers a human charnel house in the heart of London while tailing Lord Sumerisle, the recently resigned Home Office Minister for Internal Affairs. She's soon entangled in a bloody intrigue with Knights Templar, and everything is building up to All Hallows Eve! Establishing the raging war against invading demonic forces, Hellgate: London is a must for any fans of gaming and adventure.

o Collects the four-issue miniseries.

HELLGATE: LONDON STATUES

Weta Collectibles has joined with Flagship Studios to create a line of spectacular collectible statues celebrating the drama and grandeur of the world of Hellgate-the highly anticipated, groundbreaking video game of 2007!

On sale June 20

CABALIST


Delvers of arcane knowledge, students of the dark arts, and explorers on the fringes of science, Cabalists use the powers of the demons against them. Cabalists are spell-casters, and more specifically, summoners and controllers of demons and the primal forces of the netherworld.


10"L x 10"W x 16"H


Limited to 1000 pieces


$225.00

TEMPLARS


Templars are the true believers, the keepers of the faith, and the destroyers of evil. They are extremely organized and regimented, their centuries of preparation giving them the best basic footing for waging war against the demons. They control and defend the London Underground.

Hellgate: Female Templar


10"L x 10"W x 13"H


Limited to 1000 pieces


$225.00

Hellgate: Male Templar


10"L x 10"W x 16"H


Limited to 1000 pieces


$250.00

THE HUNTER


The archetype of the Hunter is obscure, cloaked in mystery and subterfuge. In one way they are an Assassin, a Ninja, a knife in the dark. In other ways, they are the Ronin, a highly-trained warrior with no master. In yet more, they are the Destroyer, a force of blazing gunfire and deadly accuracy that lays waste to any foe that stands in their way.


10.5"L x 14"W x 18"H


Limited to 1000 pieces


$225.00

THE JACKSON 500 VOLUME 3

TIM BISKUP (A)

On sale June 27


FC, 112 pages


$14.95


HC, 5" x 5"

Hitting the mid-point in his seminal series of paintings, Tim Biskup's The Jackson 500, Volume Three, arrives just in time to bring another cool, colorful break to your summer dog days! Spend another year getting lost in Biskup's stunning, energetic world, and enjoy the middle volume of Biskup's five-year creative experiment. With an introduction by Mark Ryden, this year's offering contains paintings 201 to 300, all reproduced here at actual size. Each beautiful piece fuses Tim's punk rock sensibilities with his love for mid-century graphic design. Timeless tomes for any fine-art fan, each volume of The Jackson 500 will be pored over again and again for artistic inspiration, especially if you're a fan of Paul Klee, hyperactive monsters, Ward Kimbal, color theory, Hieronymus Bosch, tortured beings, and suicidal herines. From international galleries to your bookshelf, these inviting little works are endless wells of creativity and energy.

o "With each new piece, Biskup further defines himself as a master of his craft." -JJ Abrams (Creator of Alias and Lost)

LISA PETRUCCI'S DEVILISH DOLLY AND LIL' MISS MONSTER VINYL FIGURES

On sale Apr. 18


6 3/4" tall vinyl figures


$19.99

Lisa Petrucci collects old toys, dolls, kitsch, pinup art, and vintage men's magazines at an obsessive pace. Eventually these things made their way into her artwork and she found the perfect format to capture them-the souvenir wood plaque. Each slab of wood is lovingly painted with the things she enjoys most and celebrate sexuality, femininity, and all that is cute. Her work has been exhibited and enjoyed in the US, Copenhagen, and Stockholm, and has been featured in many diverse publications.

The natural next step after gracing many a wood slab with her adorable images is vinyl! Devilish Dolly and Lil' Miss Monster is the first in a series of vinyl figures based on Lisa's popular characters.

MAXWELL STRANGEWELL

MATT and SHAWN FILLBACH (W/A)

On sale June 20


b&w, 384 pages


$19.95


TPB, 6" x 9"

The Fillbach Brothers proudly present their most ambitious work to date! After putting their sci-fi skills to the ultimate test in six volumes of the best-selling series Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, Matt and Shawn up the ante with a novella-length tale of aliens, amnesia, and the galaxy itself in peril.

Photographer Anna Gilmour discovers a ten-foot-tall being immediately after his fall to Earth. He can't speak, but communicates through telepathic empathy, and Anna introduces him to her father as "Max." Their home is soon beset by a sea of beatific Tibetan monks, alien assassins in disguise, and heavy weapon fire! Max might not know who he is, but a lot of others sure as heck seem to. A galactic free-for-all is about to go down and Earth is ground zero. Before the final act, Anna and Max encounter a prophecy, the man in the moon, an entire race of alien accountants, and the Revolver-an innocuous-looking jogger responsible for keeping the world spinning. This massive tome is a page-turner you won't be able to put down, and prove that these brothers are a pair to watch!

o Mainstay Star Wars creators present their first major creator-owned work!

MPD-PSYCHO VOLUME 1

EIJI OTSUKA (W) and SHO-U TAJIMA (A)

On sale June 6


b&w, 184 pages


$10.95


TPB, 5" x 7"

MPD-Psycho, the most-requested manga series in recently memory, has found a fitting home at Dark Horse Manga, where it will be presented uncut and uncensored in all of its controversial and unflinchingly grotesque glory! If Takashi Miike's MPD-Psycho television series still has you confused and reeling, the original manga series that inspired the show is sure to take you on a longer, darker journey into madness. Enjoy the MPD-Psycho series for all of its absurd twists, sci-fi touches, and inventive torture scenes, but you'll also be mesmerized by the plethora of odd conspiracies and case files found in Otsuka and Tajima's uncontrollable, urban horrorshow.

In MPD-Psycho Volume One, police detective Kobayashi Yousuke's life is changed forever after a serial killer notices something "special" about him. That same killer mutilates Kobayashi's wife and kick-starts a "multiple personality battle" within Kobayashi that pushes him into a complex tempest of interconnected deviants and evil forces. Earning praise for its consistently shocking plotlines and Tajima's clean, arresting art style, MPD-Psycho is the manga event of the decade!

o MPD-Psycho was rated the eighth most wanted Japanese series in U.S. fan polls!

o Originally licensed by another U.S. publisher, MPD-Psycho was deemed too shocking for them to release. But Dark Horse is always prepared to give manga readers what they want!

o MPD-Psycho has sold more than four million copies in Japan!

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

MUTTS BOOKENDS

On sale May 16


2-piece set


$115.00

Working directly with Patrick McDonnell and the sculptors at Yoe! Studio, Dark Horse proudly announces something more considered for the serious collector-a set of finely crafted Mutts bookends.

Packaged as a set, featuring special Patrick McDonnell art, these are perfect for not only toy collectors, but any pet owner or bibliophile. The Yoe! team has examined every detail of the books and the nuance of the characters captures McDonnell's subtle line in 3-D.

To find out more about Mutts, please check out the official fan site at: muttscomics.com

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 6

KOSUKE FUJISHIMA (W/A)

On sale June 13


b&w w/FC, 184 pages


$10.95


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

Ever since a cosmic phone call brought the literal young goddess Belldandy into college student Keiichi's residence, his personal life has been turned upside-down, sideways, and sometimes even into strange dimensions!

With Urd in Terrible Master mode, the goddess once known for simply being wicked hot is now both hot and wicked! Having freed the great Fenrir Wolf, Urd has thereby activated the Ultimate Destruction Program, which promises just what it says . . . unless her sisters Skuld and Belldandy can stop it! Plus, four pages of color, notes, commentary, a message from creator Kosuke Fujishima, and your letters!

o In November 2006, Oh My Goddess! became the longest-running manga on the U.S. market (since 1994!) and inspired the brand-new anime TV series from Media Blasters, recently being cross-promoted in their Goddess DVD box set!

OLD BOY VOLUME 6

GARON TSUCHIYA (W) and NOBUAKI MINEGISHI (A)

On sale June 6


b&w, 216 pages


$12.95


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

Goto marches forward relentlessly to discover the identity of his tormentor, the man who had Goto locked up in a private prison for ten long years without ever telling him why. But Goto's nemesis wants Goto to find him, and meet they do, as Goto's enemy reveals his identity and gives Goto clues that suggest this decade-long ordeal stems from a long-forgotten schoolyard grudge. But there's more to this cruel game, and Goto's friends may end up in the morgue if he doesn't agree to continue the game-in sudden death!

o The manga that inspired the critically acclaimed 2003 film from director Chan-wook Park that took the Grand Jury prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

o Translated into English for the first time.

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

PATH OF THE ASSASSIN VOLUME 7

KAZUO KOIKE (W) and GOSEKI KOJIMA (A)

On sale June 27


b&w, 312 pages


$9.95


TPB, 4" x 6"

Warning! Reading this series might not only entertain you in many ways, but it might be somewhat educational as well!

Let's start with ninja skills, samurai period drama, and sexy teens. Yes, we have them all in one informative, semi-historical series from the famed creators of Lone Wolf and Cub, Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima. It's the story of to-be shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, in his late teens, battling and politicking his way to the leadership of Edo-era Japan. To do so, he must survive assasination attempts, political sabotage, bloody battlefields, and a ferocious wife. And he does this with the help of his friend and vassal, the unstoppable ninja Hattori Hanzo. Heard these names before? That's because they're a revered part of Japan's (sometimes secret) past!

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

PENNY ARCADE VOLUME 4: BIRDS ARE WEIRD

JERRY HOLKINS (W) and MIKE KRAHULIK (A)

On sale June 13


FC, 112 pages


$12.95


TPB, 7" x 9"

OHMYGODDIDYOUSEETHAT?!? That bird. Right there. Yeah, that's the one. The one giving me the evil eye. You see it too?

Right. Let's grab our drinks, sit down, and pretend we didn't notice him . . . Maybe he'll go away.

So, anyway, I'm sure you stopped by to find out what kinds of Penny Arcade goodness we will be lavishing upon you with this latest collection. Oh, and you came for the cinnamon almond biscotti, of course. But mostly you came because you can't get enough of the smash-hit web-comic Penny Arcade. Well, my friend, do we have the goods for you! All the Penny Arcade web-comics published online in 2003, a smorgasbord of commentary courtesy of Gabe and Tycho, and more bonus material than you can shake a pigeon at! Huh? Oh, sorry, did I say "pigeon"? I meant to say "stick." Sorry, but that bird is still really creeping me out. You can tell it's totally planning something. Can't you see it watching us!?! Man, birds are weird . . .

REX MUNDI #5

ARVID NELSON (W) and JUAN FERREYRA (A)

On sale Apr. 18


FC, 24 pages


$2.99


Ongoing

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 Saunire must uncover the two-thousand-year-old secret of the Holy Grail before all the world is drenched in blood!

In #5: Julien is pushed to the edge of madness. Paris erupts in flames and violence. And Lorraine's fragile relationship with his daughter is shattered forever.

Read the series that has the critics saying:

"The series is inventive, deep, and surprising. This is a must have for any fan of mysteries, political maneuvering, or just a fun comic." -Nicholas Slayton, Silverbulletcomicbooks.com

"Murder, magic, and corruption . . . What more could a mystery reader ask for?" -Nicola A. Menzie, popmatters.com

SATAN'S ****** BABY

ERIC POWELL (W/A)

On sale April 11


FC, 32 pages


$3.50


One-shot

Eric Powell presents the single most offensive, controversial, and flat-out loathsome comic ever published by Dark Horse. Powell pulls no punches in his outrageous shots at major religions, political pundits, sexual practices, liberals, conservatives, rural life, and even the Prince of Darkness himself. No one is safe! The contents of this issue will never be collected, so this is your only chance to see them in all their filthy and despicable glory. See the Previews Adult Supplement for ordering information.

WARNING: This is NOT an all-ages book.

Never to be collected!

THE SECRET #3 (of 4)

MIKE RICHARDSON (W) and JASON ALEXANDER (A)

On sale Apr. 4


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Miniseries

A series of wrong turns has brought Tommy to the steps of a rundown farmhouse in the middle of nowhere . . . and the car belonging to Pam's kidnapper.

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).

"SERENITY IN DISGUISE" VARIANT ORNAMENT
On sale May 14


6" long x 3 1/2" wide, full-color ornament


$24.99

Due to overwhelming demand, we are creating a special variant edition of one of our most popular new releases, the Serenity ornament. This will be a special release, and will be limited to advance orders only. No reprints or reorders.

As Serenity fans know, there is a sequence in the film where the crew disguises Serenity as a Reaver ship. We've taken the existing ornament, added a few sculptural details, and revised the paint application accordingly. Voila! Something special for the true fan.

We will accept orders for this item until March 1, 2007 (conveniently the deadline for this issue of Previews), and will then set the print run. That's it. We will not go back into production on this variant ship after that.

Like the regular ornament, this version will have both a hanging hook and also a small pedestal base, allowing the ornament to be hung traditionally or displayed on the base on a flat surface.

STAR WARS: 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION VOLUME 4-JANGO FETT/ZAM WESELL

RON MARZ (W), TOM FOWLER (A/C), TED NAIFEH (A), DAVE STEWART (C), and DIGITAL CHAMELEON (C)

On sale June 13


FC, 120 pages


$19.95


HC, 7" x 10"

Jango Fett and Zam Wesell-two notorious bounty hunters, one explosive combination! When a mysterious employer hires Jango Fett to retrieve an ancient artifact, it's no surprise to find the beautiful and deadly Zam Wesell in pursuit of the same prize. Will this pair of fair-weather foes double-cross each other to land this lucrative score, or will a shared past convince the two that teamwork is the key to success . . . and survival?!

Collecting the graphic novels Jango Fett and Zam Wesell into one volume for the first time, this story captures a pivotal moment in the history of the Republic. Each month, the Star Wars 30th 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.

STAR WARS: CLONE WARS ADVENTURES VOLUME 8

MATT and SHAWN FILLBACH (W/A) and VARIOUS (W/A)

On sale June 6


FC, 80 pages


$6.95


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

A malfunctioning Battle Droid tries to escape its doomed fate on the battlefield; bounty hunter Aurra Sing comes face-to-face with her deadly past; and Obi-Wan Kenobi becomes entangled in a nefarious espionage plot in this pulse-pounding volume of all-ages adventures! Featuring four fantastic tales of Republic versus Separatist action, this bantha-kicking book of blockbuster battles captures some amazing moments in the most exciting era of Star Wars! These totally rocking stories, told in the same stripped-down stylization as Cartoon Network's micro-series, are why everyone loves Star Wars!

o The Clone Wars Adventures series is a top seller, and very kid-friendly, perfect for younger readers.

o Did you know that the first volume of Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures is available in a Spanish Language edition?

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #16

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

On sale Apr. 25


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Ongoing

A brand new story arc begins, launching a captivating tale of power, prejudice, and a past that can no longer be outrun!

When Camper, the senile owner of the Last Resort, falls frighteningly ill, his young protector Jarael will risk everything to try and save him, even if that means seeking a cure on Arkania, a homeworld she has never seen, where genetic "offshoots" like her and Camper are despised, even criminalized. Yet, once on Arkania, Jarael's troubles will run more than skin deep, for if her intentions are revealed, powerful forces that have been hunting Camper for years will stop at nothing to reclaim the elderly refugee-and the terrible secret he carries within him!

Life in the Old Republic takes a troubling turn in "Nights of Anger," a perfect jumping on point for anyone who hasn't taken the plunge into one of the most thrilling comics in the galaxy!

STAR WARS: LEGACY #11

JOHN OSTRANDER (W), JAN DUURSEMA (A/Cover), DAN PARSONS (A), and BRAD ANDERSON (C)

On sale Apr. 11


FC, 32 pages


$2.99


Ongoing

Cade Skywalker takes up a lightsaber once again-but not for the reason the Jedi had hoped!

In fact, some among the Jedi are becoming suspicious of Cade and his undisciplined power. Haunted by the tragedies of his own life and the actions of his ancestors, Cade's denial of the past could be laying the seeds for a terrifying future. Amidst the ruins of his childhood, a decision will lead to a discovery, bringing Cade that much closer to his destiny.

Meanwhile, Cade's old allies Deliah Blue and Jariah Syn face uncertain futures of their own, betrayed and delivered into the hands of a deadly enemy they thought they'd left behind. Whether or not they live to see tomorrow relies on what they know about the last Skywalker heir-and what they're willing to reveal!

STAR WARS: OMNIBUS-X-WING ROGUE SQUADRON VOLUME 3

MICHAEL A. STACKPOLE (W), JOHN NADEAU (A), STEVE CRESPO (A), JIM HALL (A), DREW JOHNSON (A), GARY HALL (A), JORDI ENSIGN (A_, CHIP WALLACE (A), and GARY MARTIN (A)

On sale June 20


FC, 360 pages


$24.95


TPB, 6" x 9"

The galaxy's greatest starfighters take flight once more in a mission to reclaim the galactic capital Coruscant from the Empire! Whether this becomes the New Republic's finest hour or its darkest defeat lies squarely on the shoulders of Wedge Antilles and his team of ace X-Wing pilots-Rogue Squadron!

In full color on high-quality paper for an unbeatable price, this massive volume contains issues #21-35 of X-Wing Rogue Squadron, encompassing "In the Empire's Service," "The Making of Baron Fel," "Family Ties," "Masquerade," and "Mandatory Retirement."

Follow the rise of the Empire's deadliest pilot Baron Fel, marvel at the machinations of Imperial power-player Ysanne Isard, and discover the fate of Interim-Emperor Sate Pestage in the book that collects one of the most epic sagas in Star Wars into a single volume for the first time!

USAGI YOJIMBO #102

STAN SAKAI (W/A)

On sale Apr. 25


b&w, 24 pages


$2.99


Ongoing

The assassin Shizukiri is known throughout the land as a ruthless, unbeatable killer-a reputation that is about to be tested by his next target, Usagi Yojimbo! Having secretly hunted the rabbit ronin for some time, Shizukiri catches his prey off-guard with the last thing Usagi would expect and the worst thing he could imagine-a hostage! Sweet, innocent, devoted Mayumi has fallen into the clutches of one of Usagi's deadliest opponents. Usagi has given his word of honor to protect her, but he cannot save her and his own life. A dark deed, a harrowing battle, and a fateful choice all add up to one of the most heartbreaking challenges our long-eared hero has ever faced, this month in Usagi Yojimbo!

XS HYBRID

S. JI-HYUNG (W/A)

On sale June 6


b&w, 192 pages


$10.95


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

In a strange future where gifted, "hybrid" humans police the planet, Mina is a likeable tomboy with growing psychic powers. When a young boy falls into a coma after gazing into her eyes, it's clear that there's more to Mina than her pretty looks. This young boy, Hinchang, grows up to be quite a daredevil, and his awkward, secret love for Mina fuels his protective fire when mysterious men arrive, bringing the violence of the "hybrid" world with them!

o One of the titles in Dark Horse's new Manhwa line of Korean, manga-style trade paperbacks, XS Hybrid is an exciting new series with frenetic chases, charming characters, and futuristic risks!

o Creator of "'Til Death Do Us Part," one of the top Manga in Square Enix's Manga library (currently running in Young GanGan comics monthly).

 
CBR News

Send This Article to a Friend

Separate multiple email address with commas.

You must state your name.

You must enter your email address.