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Friday, April 13, 2001

DARK HORSE FOR JULY

Following are Dark Horse's solicitations for July, with information coming from the company.

DARK HORSE MAVERICK 2001

By Sergio Aragones, Dupy Berberian, Will Eisner, Denis Kitchen, Mike Mignola, Stan Sakai, Matt Wagner andJ.R. Williams, cover by Frank Miller.

A second annual anthology of creator-owned stories. Matt Wagner visits the Grendel universe with another chapter of the Hunter Rose legacy, Sergio Aragones rolls out an autobiographical anecdote in his trademark style, Will Eisner tells a tale of fleeting triumph, and young Usagi learns a valuable lesson in a story by Stan Sakai. From France, Angouleme Grand Prize winners Charles Berberian and Philippe Dupuy send their charming and funny Monsieur Jean for reading pleasure. Denis Kitchen provides a hilariously absurd story called "My Five Minutes with God," and J.R. Williams provides his take on a Greek myth with "Skinboy: Sisyphus Revisited." Rounding out the edges are a pin-up by Hellboy artist Mike Mignola and a cover by Frank Miller, colored by Eisner Award-winning digital artist Laura DePuy.

48 pages, black and white, ships on July 4, $4.99.

DIRTY PAIR: SIM HELL REMASTERED #3

By Adam Warren.

Kei and Yuri discover the twisted, perverse secrets behind Kevin Sleet, mastermind of their virtual-reality entrapment within SimNet. the Dirty Pair face bizarre head-games, dozens of kinky simulated Keis and Yuris, and gigantic -- uh - egos. In addition to all-new front- and back-cover art, each issue also features never-before-seen Dirty Pair bonus material by writer/artist Adam Warren and friends.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on July 4.

THE GROO LIBRARY TPB

By Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier, cover by Aragones.

What's a guy who barely knows how to read doing with his own library? Even he couldn't resist the four classic (i.e., reprint) Groo tales collected in this volume, including "Rufferto Reverie" -- the grand fantasy of Groo's constant canine. As usual, the Eisner-winning duo of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier make a buck (but not much more) recycling old stories for your pleasure.

96 pages, $9.95, ships on July 4.

JOSS WHEDON'S FRAY #2

By Joss Whedon, Karl Moline and Andy Owens, cover by Moline and Owens.

Fray's world has been turned upside down. After finishing a routine breaking and entering job, she's returned to her apartment to find an eight-foot-tall demon. Now she's got another job proposal put in front of her, and her life will never be the same. Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, makes his comics writing debut with this epic, eight-issue saga of a young girl in a futuristic world where monsters are all but unheard of -- and now she's got to chase them all out of the shadows.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on July 4.

PLANET OF THE APES: THE HUMAN WAR #2

By Ian Edginton, Paco Medina and Juan Vlasco, cover by J. Scott Campbell.

Taking place after astronaut Leo Davidson's adventure on the ape world, the anti-human forces of Shiva's ape army seek to exterminate the integrated human and ape resistance led by the chimp leader, Seneca, and the human, Esau. Meanwhile, a double-agent walks a dangerous line, working for the ape army while smuggling arms and provisions to the rebels. When this agent is exposed, secrets are revealed that force both sides into a race against time for the ultimate weapon in the war...and for the chance to rule the Planet of the Apes.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on July 4.

STAR WARS: INFINITIES - A NEW HOPE #3

By Chris Warner, Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder, cover by Tony Harris.

In an altered Star Wars timeline, the Death Star is never destroyed and the Rebellion is seemingly crushed. The Empire's strong presence throughout the galaxy leads to the formation of a new Senate, filled with Imperial puppets. Han Solo and Chewbacca watch in amazement as the newest Senator from the planet Coruscant, the Imperial throneworld, is announced - Leia Organa! Hope springs on Dagobah, as Luke Skywalker nears the completion of his training with Jedi Master Yoda. But can any amount of training prepare him for the combined dark forces of the Emperor, Darth Vader, and Leia, Vader's new apprentice?

32 pages, $2.99, ships on July 4.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #58

By Hiroaki Samura, translated by Studio Proteus.

"Secrets Part 1." A new story arc begins for the series. Anotsu Kagehisa's long journey has brought him to the wooded hills of autumn, to the gates of the Ibane dojo of the Shingyoto-ryu sword school, and to a world of doubts. First there's the beautiful young woman in the woods who seems to speak in riddles. And then the man he's come to see, Ibane himself, is nowhere to be found. What the head of Itto-ryu does find, though, is a dojo full of angry sword students who don't want to take orders from an upstart from Edo, and demand that he prove himself worthy to lead them. At the point of a sword.

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, ships on July 11.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: FOOD CHAIN TPB

By Doug Petrie, Chris Golden, Cliff Richards and Christian Zanier.

The largest Buffy collection ever, "Food Chain" presents such landmarks in Buffy's comics history as T.V. scribe Doug Petrie's first comics story, "Bad Dog," drawn by Ryan Sook; Christian (Rising Stars) Zanier's first two-part Buffy tale; and Chris Golden and Tom Sniegoski's first Buffy collaboration, from the 1999 Buffy Annual. Also presented here is "Double Cross," Doug Petrie's epilogue to Buffy's third season, dealing with the night Angel left Sunnydale once and for all. These stories span three years of Buffy's history, taking us through the breakup with Angel, and into the college years.

168 pages, $16.95, ships on July 11.

HELLBOY: CONQUEROR WORM #3

By Mike Mignola.

The conqueror worm arrives, transforming Nazis into frog people and preparing to bring about the downfall of mankind. Meanwhile, Hellboy falls through a floor and encounters a cabinet full of human heads, and Roger gets a beating.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on July 11.

THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG: GOTTERDAMMERUNG #2

By P. Craig Russell, cover by Russell.

Mankind's greatest hero, Siegfried, is wooed by love and lust to make a pledge which will condemn his beloved Valkyrie and bring the attention of Wotan. Violence and ill-conceived marriages go hand in hand as the magical Ring is once again exchanged. There is only one last chance to avoid the death of man and gods alike. P. Craig Russell's graceful adaptation of the Germanic opera cycle continues on its journey of innocence, greed, and the glistening beauty of a time when Gods walked the earth.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on July 11.

THE TENTH #4

By Tony Daniel Romano, cover by Daniel.

Esperanza comes face to face with Rhazes Darkk, the man responsible for infecting her with alien blood. Will Espy avenge her parents' deaths, or will the alien blood force her to ally with Darkk to keep the species alive? Is there still a human under the massive muscles and teeth known as the Tenth? Will the doomsday cult help Rhazes realize his dream of an alien race on Earth, or will one of its members have a change of heart? All these questions answered and more in the conclusion of The Tenth: Resurrected,

32 pages, $2.99, ships on July 11.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: OZ #1

By Christopher Golden and Logan Lubera.

His name is Daniel Osbourne, but readers know him as Oz, friend to the slayer, Buffy Summers, and victim of a terrible curse. Every time the moon is full, Oz transforms into a bloodthirsty werewolf. On a quest to conquer the beast within, Oz journeys to Tibet in search of a monk called Shantou, who could possibly teach him to control his darker half. With the aid of a beautiful Chinese demon-girl, Oz manages to find Shantou -- who he must now save from a force of unspeakable evil.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on July 18.

GUNSMITH CATS: MISTER V #10

By Kenichi Sonoda, translated by: Studio Proteus.

Rally's walked right into a trap, a gauntlet of bombs that would do her partner Minnie-May proud -- which means only Bean Bandit can pull their pal Misty out of the clutches of the counterfeit gang and get his hands on Jim Macks. But that's easier said than done -- because while our heroes and the gang members have been shooting it out, Macks has hit the high road in a stolen van,

40 pages, black and white, $3.50, ships on July 18.

PLANET OF THE APES: THE HUMAN WAR TPB

By Ian Edginton, Paco Medina and Juan Vlasco.

Several decades after human astronaut Leo Davidson's adventure on the ape world, ape society has been torn apart from within by a horrible civil war that's erupted between ape rebels advocating human integration and the fearful but powerful ape regime. Is the ape Seneca and his scattered but loyal followers of humans and apes enough to defeat the charismatic Shiva and her imposing ape army? The conflict has reached a bloody stalemate. But Shiva has a deadly secret that will end the war...and wipe out mankind.

72 pages, $9.95, ships on July 18.

PLANET OF THE APES: MOVIE ADAPTATION

By Scott Allie and Davide Fabbri.

In the year 2029, astronaut/pilot Leo Davidson is in for an adventure -- and a nightmare -- unlike anything else. While conducting vital research in space on apes enhanced with human DNA, the crew of the starship Oberon investigates a strange anomaly. Pericles -- one of the genetically enhanced chimps trained as a pilot by Leo -- is given the task of investigating the odd occurrence in a prototype space pod. When Pericles disappears, Leo disregards all orders and heads out to find his friend. Once caught in the grip of the anomaly, Leo is pulled into a time and place that he could never imagine -- the Planet of the Apes! What he experiences there is almost beyond his belief: a world where gorillas and chimps are the dominant species... a world where humans struggle to survive in the wild beneath the heel of ape rule. With the help of a sympathetic chimpanzee activist named Ari, Leo leads the effort to evade the advancing gorilla army led by the sinister Thade. And maybe, just maybe, Leo will make it back home...if he survives the war he's started.

56 pages, $6.95, ships on July 18.

STAR WARS: JEDI VS. SITH #4

By Darco Macan, Ramon F. Bachs and Raul Fernandez, cover by Andrew Robinson.

The war between Jedi and Sith continues to rage on the planet of Ruusan, consuming all in its path. The battle between good and evil has claimed soldiers on both sides and now the rage boils over and starts to consume the planet itself. Ruusan's forests and countryside become victims of the war along with innocent bystanders and the native creatures called Bouncers which occupy the sky above the planet. In the midst of the firestorm, cousins Tomcat and Bug find it difficult to reach any common ground and continue to grow further apart. Meanwhile, their missing cousin Rain's Force powers grow as she struggles to find her way back to her family.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on July 18.

USAGI YOJIMBO #50

By Stan Sakai.

Usagi? Dead? This can't be. But there he is, lying on the ground in a pool of his own blood, dead at the hands of Yakuza thugs. This may be the darkest hour yet. And it's all because of that foolish Kitsune, the thief/street entertainer, who crossed the wrong people. Usagi was only recently coming to terms with his rash decision-making problem. Now it seems like he's only got a "ghost" of a chance to achieve that greater depth of patience.

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, ships on July 18.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #35

By Tom Fassbender, Jim Pascoe, Cliff Richards and Joe Pimentel, cover by Richards.

"False Memories," part one of four. Remember that time when Buffy's little sister Dawn first found out that Buffy is the Slayer? And then when Angel almost killed Dawn, because no one had told her that he'd turned evil again? And who could forget the time Dawn loaded up on band candy? Buffy and the Scooby Gang all have memories connected to Dawn, and only Buffy and Giles know they're not real. But Dawn is turning up other little secrets from the past, including a previous vampire slayer who met the worst fate imaginable -- and still suffers under the curse. A new four-issue series kicks off where readers find out just how much trouble a little sister can cause.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on July 25.

F5 ORIGIN

By Tony Daniel and Rich Bonk, cover by Daniel.

Finally available through comics shops, Dark Horse presents a brand-new edition of the hard-to-find F5 Origin one-shot special, originally available only through Fandom.com. Featuring an exclusive story not included in the original F5 series from Image Comics, a brand-new wraparound cover by Tony Daniel, and new character-profile pages.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on July 25.

GREEN LANTERN VS. ALIENS TPB

By Ron Marz, Rick Leonardi and Mike Perkins, cover by Eric Kohler.

A battle beyond the stars didn't end quite as imagined. Legendary cosmic guardian and former Green Lantern Hal Jordan has unknowingly left a horrific legacy to the future. When Hal vowed to respect all life, he probably wasn't thinking of the nasty, acid-dripping, murdering Aliens -- and because he spared these vile creatures, he doomed the lives of countless others years later. Now it's up to current GL Kyle Rayner and the remnants of the defunct Green Lantern Corp. to clean up the mess made by his predecessor. But Kyle is still struggling with the mantle of Green Lantern that he's inherited. Further, he's struggling with the definition of heroism in a day and age when Hal's nobility is all too rare. What Kyle's about to experience in the darkest regions of space will change him forever...if it doesn't kill him first. Collects the four-issue mini-series. Co-published with DC Comics.

96 pages, $12.95, ships on July 25.

LONE WOLF AND CUB VOL. 11: TALISMAN OF HADES TPB

By Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima, cover by Frank Miller.

The Lone Wolf and his cub, father and son, are separated by the hatred of the Yagyu -- and the path to togetherness is lined with blood and honor. As Ogami continues his search for little Daigoro, he must battle deadly Yagyu assassins and aspiring, cocky samurai. He prepares to give them a taste of his blade... Meanwhile, Daigoro visits a crazed old woman living under a bridge, and teaches her a valuable lesson. In these and other stories in this volume, Lone Wolf and Cub continue to unlock the mystery of the Yagyu, one step closer to the truth behind his quest for vengeance.

320 pages, black and white, $9.95, ships on July 25.

STAR WARS #31

By John Ostrander, Jan Duursema and Ray Kryssing, cover by Jon Foster.

"Darkness," part one of four. The saga of Quinlan Vos, a troubled Jedi still trying to regain stability after having his memory erased, continues in this latest Star Wars story arc. Despite his successful mission on Dathomir, the Jedi Council still feels that he walks dangerously close to the dark side. Kiffex, a prison planet under watch by the Guardians, is suddenly thrust into chaos when an unidentified enemy decimates a security compound. Quinlan Vos is specifically requested to investigate because of his Guardian ancestry, and he soon finds himself on another suicide mission. Developing subplots first introduced in "Twilight" and "Infinity's End" and debuting new Star Wars characters, this beginning salvo of "Darkness" sets the stage for a harrowing tale of horror and adventure.

32 pages, $2.99, ships on July 25.

STAR WARS: TALES OF THE JEDI - REDEMPTION TPB

By Kevin J. Anderson, Chris Gossett and Andrew Pepoy, cover by Alexander McDaniel.

Ten years after the Sith War, the Dark Lord of the Sith's chief lieutenant, Ulic Qel-Droma has been stripped of his Force powers and has isolated himself in a distant corner of the galaxy, trying to escape from a life he would rather forget. But his past is about to catch up with him as he is trac

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