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Friday, Nov. 3, 2000


Following are Dark Horse solicitations, with information coming from the company.


By Dave Gibbons, Peter Milligan, Mike Mignola, Kevin Nowlan and Paul Johnson.

Two of the most powerful and demanded Aliens tales ever told are finally once again available. First, in "Salvation" (written by Dave Gibbons and featuring the sensational art of Mike Mignola and Kevin Nowlan), a God-fearing space freighter crewman is forced at gunpoint to abandon ship with his captain. Marooned on an off-the-path planet, the two soon discover that they have not been left alone and must now contend with the Nova Maru's deadly cargo! In the emotionally gripping "Sacrifice" (written by Peter Milligan and fully painted by Paul Johnson), Ann McKay stranded on an isolated planet takes shelter in a remote village that is being terrorized by an Alien. But the villagers are also hiding a horrible secret, and to discover the truth Ann must face her own innermost demons in order to save the souls of the lost villagers.

112 pages, $12.95, ships on Feb. 7.


By Christopher Golden and Ryan Sook, cover by Cliff Richards.

Living in Sunnydale isn't all about killing monsters. There's also time for deep interpersonal relationships, friendship, and bonding. Like when two people come together to . . . kill monsters. Join us for three tales about some of Sunnydale's most interesting couples. Spike and Dru find out that breaking up really is hard to do. Buffy and Riley navigate the treacherous territory involved in dating the Slayer. And Willow and Tara try to have a nice, relaxing weekend at a bed and breakfast. This anthology is brought to you by a plethora of creative talent from the regular Buffy comics, and it's just in time for Valentines Day. Miss this one and it'll break your heart.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on Feb. 7.


By Kosuke Fujishima, cover by Fujishima.

"The Secret of Speed," part one of two. Keiichi's sister, Megumi, is no motorcycle hotshot...she just wants to get to class on time! What she doesn't realize is that beating the last bell is going to mean locking horns with Nekomi Tech's self-styled Queen of the Highway! The Queen is one young lady who expects to come in first every time, and she'll stop at nothing to discover Megumi's "Secret of Speed."

40 pages, black and white, $3.50, ships on Feb. 7.


By P. Craig Russell, cover by Russell.

Siegfried has won the Ring. What will his next conquest be? While Voton seeks advice on how to stave off the twilight of the gods, Siegfried begins his search for the maiden who may be claimed only by a man who has never known fear. Their two paths meet, and that meeting may bring about the worst of Voton's fears as well as the deepest of his desires. But now the way is clear for Siegfried to awaken his love: the forsaken Valkyrie Brunhildé.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on Feb. 7.


By Christopher Golden, Tom Sniegoski and Christian Zanier, cover by Zanier.

The Buffy/Angel crossover continues. In part three of "Past Lives," Angel confronts the woman who's out to destroy him, and barely escapes alive. Meanwhile, Buffy and Giles begin to uncover who and what is behind the vendetta against Angel. As the players begin to gather in LA (including some well-known faces from Sunnydale), the stage is set for a final confrontation.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on Feb. 14.


By Kosuke Fujishima, translated by Studio Proteus, cover by Fujishima.

Life can be hard under the same roof with the love of your life - especially when she's a literal goddess. Such is the fate of Earthling mortal Keiichi Morisato, a situation made more difficult by the the constant presence of his goddess love Belldandy's two sisters. But when the sisters are called back to Goddess Central for training, Keiichi's fantasies of quality time go into high gear - until Belldandy collapses after stopping a ninja invasion! Keiichi must figure out which supernatural medicine to use to revive his love. His only choice: try the potion out on himself first and see what happens! Keiichi gets his girlfriend back all right, along with a new problem: he turns partially into a girl himself.

232 pages, black and white, $16.95, ships on Feb. 14.


By David Land and Sunny Lee, cover by Lorraine Reyes.

Rockstar Games, makers of the Grand Theft Auto, have teamed up with Dark Horse to bring their newest creation, Oni, timed for release with the action game for Playstation2, Mac, and PC. Syndicate thieves have been spreading rumors of a ghost-like entity that attacks them after successful jobs and steals their loot. Though these rumors have made it to the TCTF (Technical Crimes Task Force), they have been treated as an underworld old wives' tale or as an excuse to cover a botched heist. Things change, however, when a WorldCo shipment is hijacked by ninjas and the crime is interfered with by the "ghost." That's when beautiful and deadly Konoko is called in to investigate, and that means things just got bad for the "ghost."

32 pages, $2.99, ships on Feb. 14.


Written by Mike Kennedy and Carlos Meglia, cover by Andrew Robinson.

It's easy to get lost on the high seas of Mon Calamari, and when you're 8-feet tall and covered with hair, that's a prospect second only to Hell... Han, Chewie, and the rest of the Millennium Falcon's passenger list scour the floating city of Mon Ubris for the man who can lead them to the fabled Vassilika of Yavin. Unfortunately his trail leads out across the vast ocean plains towards the mysterious Bank of Knowledge. Bossk and his fellow bounty hunters might want to think twice before crossing their paths, however, as there's not much meaner than a water-logged Wookiee.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on Feb. 14.


By Matt Wagner and The Pander Brothers.

It has all come down to this: a lifetime of being kicked and pushed around, and now Christine Spar strikes back at the creature she sees as responsible -- Argent the Wolf. While her friends race to find and stop her, Christine infiltrates the lair of her enemy and prepares to fight against the ancient beast. The battle is joined, but will either combatant survive? Dark Horse presents the final chapter of this re-mastered story.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on Feb. 21.


By Kenichi Sonoda, translated by Studio Proteus.

Goldie's drug deal is on...and Rally's on the inside. The Rally/Minnie-May bounty-hunting team is working like clockwork to shut down Goldie's operation for good. But the only thing neither of them prepared for is the reappearance of Rally's father, now known as Mister V. Rally's dad knows his daughter well enough to guess her every move in the darkened warehouse. And as a brainwashed slave, he'll also do whatever it takes to protect his Mistress Goldie.

40 pages, black and white, $3.50, ships on Feb. 21.


By Tony Daniel.

Sandra Silke returns home to find out she's been framed for the murder of her dead CIA comrades, and as news footage showing her committing horrific murders streams across the airwaves and newspapers all over the country, she discovers that the only way for her to clear her name is to confront and expose the people responsible for her shape-shifting powers. But a souped-up predator by the name of Nathan is on the hunt for her, and he won't stop until she's dead. As her world becomes more and more surreal, Silke realizes that can't stay in hiding forever... Can she keep a cool head and survive?

32 pages, $2.99, ships on Feb. 21.


By Ryder Windham, Romon F. Bachs and Raul Fernandez.

Investigating the deaths of a cargo freighter's crew, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi travel to a moisture plant on Ord Mantell. There, they they learn that a ruthless land baron named Taxer Sundown may have had ties with the ill-fated freighter. But when they discover that most of the Ord Mantell colonists are convinced that Taxer Sundown is a Jedi, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan realize that they might be up against more than they can handle.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on Feb. 21.


By Hiroaki Samura, translated by Studio Proteus.

"The Gathering," part 12 of 15. Manji, the immortal ronin warrior, is down for the count! Hyakurin and Shinriji are off to get help for Manji...or what's left of him! Manji would be even more frustrated if he knew that, not too many miles away, Rin is preparing to test the scrutiny of the Kobotoke checkpoint to hunt down her parents' murderer. She wouldn't stand a chance in hell getting through the checkpoint on her own, but she may just have an unexpected ally...

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, ships on Feb. 28.


By Christopher Golden, Tom Sniegoski and Christian Zanier, cover by Zanier.

The Buffy/Angel crossover, "Past Lives," comes to an explosive conclusion this issue! Angel and Giles reveal their past involvement with the woman who is out to destroy Angel, and it's up to Buffy and her friends to stop her. But it won't be easy. The only plan they have could get them all killed. When the dust settles, the lives of Buffy and Angel will never be the same.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on Feb. 28.


Written by Sergio Aragones, cover by Aragones,

Groo the Barbarian has witnessed countless horrors, but can even he face the abomination that is â¤| his grandmother? In this, the latest collection of stories from Groo's past, you will meet the matriarch of the Groo household. And if that weren't enough, then get ready for the wedding of Groo.

96 pages, $9.95, ships on Feb. 28.


By Bryan Talbot, cover by Talbot.

Bryan Talbot's sequel to The Adventures of Luther Arkwright is available in complete graphic novel form. Heart Of Empire again returns to a future alternate-reality Earth - one existence in a swirling maelstrom of parallel worlds - in which a vicious totalitarian British Empire reigns supreme. But the powerful have powerful enemies, and in Rome, the dying Pope, guided by a vision from God, sets into motion a dark plan to place the throne of Britannica under papal control - by any means necessary. And while such temporal machinations threaten the world's political and social stability, a monstrous force is building across the multiverse, and a countdown begins to almost certain dimensional apocalypse. Collecting the nine-issue series.

296 pages, $29.95, ships on Feb. 28.


By Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima, cover Frank Miller and Lynn Varley.

The legend of Lone Wolf and Cub continues to grow in this latest chapter of Koike and Kojima's epic samurai masterpiece chronicling the wanderings of Japan's deadliest assassin, Itto Ogami, and his infant son, Daigoro. In this volume, Ogami takes on the most dangerous killer of the countryside, foils the plans of a deceptive gambling troupe, tricks an evil lord into exposing his weak underbelly, and pits himself against the Shogun's dangerous and deadly Kurokawa ninja. Drawing extensively from Sun Tzu's The Art of War, and featuring the saddest puppy-dog story ever published, this must-have volume is packed with action and emotion.

288 pages, black and white, 4 inches by 6 inches, $9.95, ships on Feb. 28.


By Doug Petrie, Randy Green and Andy Owens, cover by Green.

This issue, meet Jedi Yoshi Raph-Elan. On his way to a meeting of Jedi, Yoshi is attacked by an unknown enemy. Stranded without even a lightsaber, he must find out what this new threat wants. Along the way, he meets the beautiful princess Lourdes, and learns a lesson about trusting ancient prophecies.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on Feb. 28.


By Kosuke Fujishima, Mohiro Kitoh, Makoto Kobayashi, Yuzo Takada, Hiroyuki Utatane and Yo Morimoto, translated by Studio Proteus,

In Seraphic Feather, M-Zak pits her scientifically modified body and deadly sword against her nemesis, Rix Hayward. Rix has superpowers of his own...but he just may need to call for reinforcements this time! And trouble is brewing at the beach in Oh My Goddess! The Nekomi Tech Motor Club takes a summer outing to the same beachfront hotel as Sayoko and her Art Club cronies, and Belldandy's powers mysteriously switch off. It's, creating a swimsuit heaven on Earth. The mysteries deepen in 3x3 Eyes, as a determined Yakumo tries to jog an amnesiac Pai's memory, while saving her from strange marionette assassins. What's Michael? continues to have us rolling with laughter as a confused guard dog gets in trouble for acting like a cat! And the tension escalates in Shadow Star, as Shiina and Akira, with their "star creatures," face off against a murderous, mysterious boy and his deadly, flying dragon.

128 pages, black and white, $4.99, ships on Feb. 28.


By David Quinn, Mel Rubi and Mike Perkins, cover by Dwayne Turner.

Jackie (The Darkness) Estacado and Sara (Witchblade) Pezzini have unravelled the mystery of the Mindhunt -- but now they must make a last stand for all humanity. They're trapped aboard a shuttlecraft hurtling toward Earth, but they are not alone. Fighting by their side is one mean mutha of a Predator with the power of the Witchblade. It'll take all three "heroes" to stop the unspeakable horror of an Alien-Darkness hybrid.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on Feb. 28.


Toad is featured in "Strategy X," the premiere episode of X-Men: Evolution, which will air on Kids' WB! on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (ET).

"Toad is just a wonderful character," said X-Men: Evolution director Frank Paur. "You think of Toad, and you think, 'Nyaah.' When you see him, you just fall in love with this character because he's so goofy and fun - and very dangerous. You have an empathy for this guy that I think a lot of kids that watch will this will relate to."

In X-Men: Evolution, Toad is Todd Tolensky, whom viewers first meet when he is picking pockets at a Bayville High football game. When Cyclops saves him from some angry football players, the two discover each other is a mutant.

Toad is shown with great leaping ability and a long, flicking tongue. It's also pointed out that he smells badly.

"We wanted to get away from that jester look," said X-Men: Evolution director Steve Gordon of Toad's appearance. "We tried a lot of things with him, but I kept falling back on trying to make him toady looking. You look at him, he bears mores of a resemblance to Disney stylization than a typical comic book. It's more of a Disney caricature. He has very cartoony features.

"We played with him a bit and I came up with a costume that tried to emphasize the Toad look with the hump back and overdoing the hands and the feet. We forced some interior striping on him to give him an underbelly look. He was another pretty successful design.

"In his civvies, we made him look like he was from the wrong side of the tracks. He's got torn clothing and he's a little punked out more than some of the others. He actually comes across as a very sympathetic character and there's a lot of empathy towards him. The actor who does his voice does a great job with him."

Paur directed Saturday's first episode.

"The problem you have with any first episode is you've got to introduce all the characters, they've got to have their special shots to show off their special powers and you've got to show off their personalities," Paur said. "And it's really a nightmare to figure out how to do all that. Because later on in the series, you already know everything about the character, so the shows can take on more of a natural approach to things."

Look for more on X-Men: Evolution soon here in The Continuum.


Writer Steve Englehart said on Thursday night that, while he is working out his problems with the editing of the Big Town mini-series, he'll be posting the original script online.

Here's what Englehart said in a release:

"First, I really appreciate all the support I got over this. My email has been jammed since Tuesday morning, but I didn't want to say much until I'd had several long talks with Joe Quesada and others at Marvel.

"Joe put out a press release Wednesday--before we'd finished--saying we'd talked and everything was ironed out. I would say, rather, that we talked, and we're still talking. He has offered to do the real version of Big Town #1 if there's a second printing or a trade paperback--events I don't consider all that likely in Marvel's current state, but there's some hope there. And he has learned, by going back to the editors involved, that he was misinformed about charges he made against me (had the book for a week and didn't say anything, etc.).

Fortunately enough, as it turns out, I had called Tom Brevoort twice during the time editors were supposedly calling me, to ask why I wasn't hearing anything about Big Town #1 (Tom's not the editor on that book, but he's a good guy). And Tom knew it was being rewritten, but because he's not my editor, he didn't want to be the one to tell me. I fully understand that, but it meant I didn't know--and fortunately, as I say, Joe now knows I didn't know, and was actively trying to find out.

"So things have turned out pretty darn well--except that the bogus Big Town is still shipping next Wednesday. So in response to many requests, I'll be posting the real script on the net in the next few days. Kurt Busiek has suggested that Marvel host it, an idea I like very much, and I've proposed it to Joe. If that doesn't work out I'll find someplace else and let you know."


Kurt Busiek is re-teaming with former Avengers artist George Perez on Westwind, which debuts as a five-page story in Section Zero #6 from Gorilla Comics.

Here's how Busiek describes Westwind:

"Westwind is a new project, created by me and George Pérez. It's the story of Nicholas West, a young, successful corporate attorney. Nick is a rainmaker; a lawyer with the magic touch that brings in clients, brings in business -- makes it rain money. He likes things clean, orderly, logical and under control. And when you've got the kind of magic he has, you get what you want. He wears the finest clothes, drives the best cars, dates heart-stoppingly gorgeous women, has a condo in the city and a lush home in the Marin hills for weekends. He likes air conditioning better than breezes, lawns better than fields and cities better than wilderness. His world is man-made and he likes it that way.

"But Nicholas West is also the seventh son of a seventh son, and was born under a caul. And that links him to older, wilder ways. He's a rainmaker in a magical sense, too -- he can bring down the rain, talk to the lightning and ride the four winds. He has a magic side, connected to the illogical, emotional, uncontrollable things in life -- everything he's ever wanted to avoid. And now that he's come into his powers, all the magical creatures around him stop hiding from him, the way they hide from the rest of the mundane world.

"Nick's world just changed -- whether he likes it or not.

"But Nick, for all that he's shallow and self-centered, isn't a quitter. He may be in a whole new world, one with rules he doesn't understand and things he doesn't want to believe in -- but Nick likes to be a success. In any world. By any rules. So now Nick's got a whole new ladder to climb -- and a lot to learn, about his world and about himself, along the way.

"The story in Section Zero #6 is a teaser, more than anything else -- it's a complete story, but in 5 pages, we don't have much room to take more than a quick look at Nick and his world. But I hope people will like what they see."

The story is inked by Karl Kesel and colored by Tom Smith.


Harley Quinn #2 will ship on Wednesday from DC Comics. The issue is written by Karl Kesel, with art and cover by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson.

Here's how DC describes the book:

"Fresh off the blowout from issue one, Harley finds herself alone, adrift and without direction. Even a bizarre cameo by Poison Ivy (among others) can't get our darling little nut job out of her funk -- but maybe a new job will? Enter Two-Face, and a wild kidnapping scheme which only gets stranger as the job unravels. And if that weren't enough, a familiar face is now hunting for Harley, and the Penguin drops by for a visit."

Harley Quinn #2 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.25.

32 pages, $2.25, ships on Nov. 8.



  • The season premiere of Fox's Futurama on Sunday will be "The Honking." Bender, Fry and Leela get spooked when they spend the night in a haunted house.

  • Friday's episode of X-Men on Fox Kids is the second part of the "Proteus" episode. Moira's young son Kevin is overtaken by mutant powers that leave him a telepath with spectacular strength -- who's still just a kid -- called Proteus.

  • Brian Michael Bendis said that Sam Kieth will be one of the artists involved with Ultimate Spider-Man & â¤|, and that the first issue, a Spider-Man/Wolverine story drawn by Matt Wagner, will be double-sized.

  • Marvel Enterprises has hired Gui Karyo to the newly created position of senior vice president and chief information officer.

  • Artist Matt Busch said he will be doing the covers for the I Dream of Jeannie comic books from TV Comics.
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