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Tuesday, June 11, 2002

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR SEPTEMBER

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

AMERICAN SPLENDOR: UNSUNG HERO #2

Created and written by Harvey Pekar, illustrated by David Collier.

Harvey Pekar continues his character study of Vietnam veteran Robert McNeill. Far more than a typical war story, Pekar and McNeill journey through the nuances of the experience, dissecting what it meant for Robert to be a black man in an already racially charged environment, and his interactions with the influences - both friendly and unfriendly - that surrounded him.

24 pages, black and white, $3.99, in stores on Sept. 11.

ANGEL: LONG NIGHT'S JOURNEY TPB

By Brett Matthews, Joss Whedon, Mel Rubi and Chris Dreier, cover by Rubi.

Angel searches for a kidnapped child and stumbles upon a force of unspeakable evil and unimaginable power. It seems some insidious character has an old bone to pick with L.A.'s resident vampire detective. Now Angel must go toe to toe with some of the toughest monsters around. Artist Mel Rubi takes us from the darkened mean streets of Los Angeles, to the dizzying heights of the city's skyscrapers, and face to face with some of the strangest, most grotesque, and most unsettlingly seductive creatures Angel has ever faced. Brett Matthews and Angel creator Joss Whedon have retooled and reinvented Angel, giving us a story that is much too big for the small screen. Collecting the four issue mini-series.

104 pages, $12.95, in stores on Sept. 25.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #72

By Hiroaki Samura; produced by Studio Proteus.

Beasts, part 7 of 7. From the dark recesses of her memory comes the story of Hyakurin, full of tragedy, blood, and mystery. Learn how Hyakurin came to be the killer she is today. Reel with the knowledge of why she killed her husband. And gasp as you find out. . .who she works for.Maybe! But what's important is that she's been rescued from the torturous grasp of those Ittö-ryu outlaws. Now she's resting with Giichi by her side and wandering through the past, darkly. It's another issue of mysteries revealed and brutalities uncovered. Strong characters, slowly revealing their true nature, and a setting that takes its time showing you the gritty back alleys. More of what you've come to expect from award-winning, long running series, Blade of the Immortal.

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 11.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #49

By Scott Lobdell and Cliff Richards, cover by Brian Horton and Paul Lee.

Hellmouth to Mouth, part 3. Continuing her journey through Hell, Buffy finally runs into the cavalry - in the form of Angel, Faith, and Oz. Now it's up to this tensely reunited team to save the hordes of Hell, and return Sunnydale to the real world.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 25.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: WILLOW AND TARA - WILDERNESS #2

By Amber Benson, Christopher Golden and Ajit Jothikaumar; Cover by Jothikaumar.

Don't go into the woods. An evil lurks in the shadows of the forest; it whispers through the trees, hides behind rocks and under dead leaves. Any creature, great or small, with tooth or horn or claw can kill, and will, when Greenjack comes to call. Willow, Tara, and Dawn stumble upon a patch of cursed earth and into an enchanted forest. Can they make it out before Greenjack catches them?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 11.

CANNON GOD EXAXXION #9: STAGE TWO PART 1

By Kenichi Sonoda; produced by Studio Proteus.

Dark Horse has decided to start printing Kenichi Sonoda's series in double issues. It's 48 pages of bullet shells larger than tanks, tension thick as a brick, a sexy android girl who turns into a rocket-bike, and even a spicy pin-up! Hoichi was a normal Japanese teen-age boy until the day Aliens decided to take over the Earth. Now he's the only hope to save the planet. Fortunately he's got the help of his mad scientist grandpa, a team of sexy android ladies, and a giant robot armed to the teeth with the biggest cannon shells ever! But don't imagine that Kenichi Sonoda would let it be an easy fight, nor that all you'd get is cardboard characters and typical situations. Cannon God Exaxxion is full of colorful characters, harsh drama, and conflict only a teenager can create.

48 pages, black and white, $3.99, in stores on Sept. 18.

FORT: PROPHET OF THE UNEXPLAINED #4

By Peter M. Lenkov and Frazer Iriving, cover by Irving.

Charles Fort and his alien companion Yhir come face to face with a brutal otherworldly killer determined to stop it's bloody reign of terror. But will Fort be able to stop the "Lurking Horror" from continuing on it's deadly rampage and save the city of New York - and possibly the World? Find out in the thrilling conclusion to Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained.

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 11.

GRENDEL: RED, WHITE, & BLACK #1

Created and written by Matt Wagner, illustrated by Jill Thompson, Tom Fowler, Jim Mahfood, Andy Kuhn and Stan Sakai.

The Devil has risen again. Drawing from a deep well of creative talent, Grendel creator and writer Matt Wagner has assembled a breathtaking ensemble of artists to illustrate another round of stories about that most deadly of assassins - Hunter Rose. From corpulent politicians to opportunistic street thugs, no one is safe from the Devil's watchful eye or his deadly blades. This time out Wagner and company present the many faces of Grendel, showing his first contact with the powerful Ciccone family and painting a compelling portrait of the Devil's sweetly sinister influence over a child's imagination. Collecting five tales drawn by some of comics' most gifted storytellers, this issue launches a miniseries that's sure to please both long-time Grendel readers and newcomers alike.

48 pages, black, white and red, $4.99, in stores on Sept. 11.

HARD LOOKS 3RD ED. TP

By Andre Vachss.

In this graphic novel, dozens of comics writers and artists bring to life 20 of Vachss' trademark life-at-ground-zero stories. This new edition of Hard Looks contains all of the stories from the first Dark Horse edition as well as Half Breed, a never-before-published prose story by Vachss, the opening round in a new series, with illustrations by Geof Darrow, conceptual designer for the motion pictures The Matrix I, II, and III; Darrow also provides a new cover illustration.

250 pages, $19.95, in stores on Sept. 18.

KISS #3

By Joe Casey and Mel Rubi, cover by Leinil Francis Yu.

The Catman's bestial rampage ends just in time for Kiss to confront a foe from their old days as the world's greatest superheroes. Joe Casey (writer of X-Men, Superman, and WildC.A.T.S.) and Mel Rubi (penciller for Dark Horse's hit Angel series) give you a superhero book to top them all, with the most outrageous rock icons of all time.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 25.

OH MY GODDESS! XII #2: LEARNING TO LOVE PART 3

By Kosuke Fujishima, produced by Studio Proteus.

Sometimes being a girl is the pits. And that works for robot girls as "well." Get it? "Well"? Well, if you don't, you will when you read the last chapter of Learning To Love, in which the oddly expressive yet expressionless robot, Banpei, continues his courtship of the "welcome" girl, recently rebuilt into a robot by Skuld. She's the newest member of the Oh My Goddess! family, and boy is she a tough one. In order for Banpei to even be friends, he's gonna have to help her ascend from the depths of her own self-doubt, rock by rock.

40 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on Sept. 4.

SOCK MONKEY: THE GLASS DOOR KNOB HC

By Tony Millionaire, cover by Millionaire.

The Sock Monkey and the other toys in the house marvel at the prismatic spectrum shining on the parlor floor. They notice that the dazzling colors are somehow emanating from the beautiful glass doorknob on the front door. Winter turns to Spring, and the apple tree at the front of the house sprouts its new leaves, casting a warm green shadow on the door. But something happens to the doorknob: it seems to be broken, and the magical light show has come to a disheartening end. As the leaves grow heavier, joy leaves the house, until Mr. Crow comes up with a plan: to repair the doorknob using very scientifical techniques! Meanwhile, outside, notions of celestial events, planetary rhythm, and farmer's almanacs are discussed by two new characters, a bug and a bird, named Rickets and Scurvy.

40 pages, $14.95, in stores on Sept. 24.

STAR WARS: EMPIRE #1

By Scott Allie, Ryan Benjamin and Curtis Arnold, cover by Brian Horton.

Beginning a new ongoing series set during the era when Emperor Palpatine held the galaxy in his iron grip. Even as Rebel forces make their first tentative attacks against the Empire, a plot is brewing within the ranks of those the Emperor and Darth Vader count as loyal to their cause. A small cabal of disaffected Imperial officers have targeted their masters for death, with the goal of taking over the Empire themselves. But in the midst of a conspiracy that includes hired assassins and a private army, there are those who have no intention of sharing power with their co-conspirators.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 4.

STAR WARS: INFINITIES - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK #3

By David Land, Davide Fabbri, Christian Dalla Vecchia and Dan Jackson; cover by Chris Bachalo.

Han Solo is as skilled, clever, and resourceful as they come, but this time even hr may have bitten off more than he can chew. With Jabba the Hutt's bounty on his head, there doesn't seem to be a place in the known galaxies where he can hide for long. But, Han Solo is smart. That's why he comes clean and plans to pay Jabba back what's owed from a botched smuggler's run. Enter a shrewd Devronian with a taste for money that decides Solo's a prize that's too good to pass up. And since this mercenary is working for Jabba directly, it doesn't bode well for Solo and Chewie. What fate will await them in the dark, odorous prison-depths of Jabba's palace? And what infamous, uninvited guest will drop by and completely alter the chase for the last living Skywalker?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 11.

STAR WARS: REPUBLIC #46

By John Ostrander, C.P. Smith and Jasen Rodriguez, cover by Steve Firchow.

An important Senate vote is immanent, and a Senator from a small system is suddenly in possession of two things he never expected to have: the power of a "swing" vote, and a death threat! At the insistence of the Supreme Chancellor, Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker are ordered to help protect the Senator - along with the Senator's regular team of Senate Guards. Ordinarily, four stalwart protectors would be more than enough to ensure the Senator's safety, but as the Jedi and the Guards discover, this situation is far from ordinary. Star Wars: Republic, and its sister title Star Wars: Empire, are now the flagships for Star Wars continuity comics.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 18.

STAR WARS TALES #13

By Fabian Nicieza, Jason Hall, Timothy Ii, Jim Krueger, Haden Blackman, Bob Harris, Jerome Opena, Lucas Marangon, Sanford Greene and others; cover by Tim Bradstreet.

He's bald. He's bad. His lightsaber is purple. He's Mace Windu! Make sure not to miss out on this stunning tribute to the badest Jedi Council member to ever have his midiclorians counted! Featuring "The Secret of Tet-Ami" by Fabian Nicieza and Timothy II, "Children of the Force" by Jason Hall and Lucas Marangon, "The Sith in Shadow" by Bob Harris and Jerome Opena and more.

64 pages, $5.99, in stores on Sept. 4.

SUPERMAN/ALIENS II - GODWAR #3

By Chuck Dixon, Jon Bogdanove, Kevin Nowlan and Dave Stewart; cover by Bogdanove and Nowlan.

Like all true heroes, Superman tries to protect life - all life - even in the pitch of battle. But Superman has rarely seen a scourge like the Aliens. While a few of these creatures may not be a match for one with Superman's near limitless powers, a few hundred of them unleashed like rats in the otherwordly utopia of New Genesis DOES pose a considerable problem. What's worse, these aren't just any Aliens, but the scions of Darkseid's Parademons, used as willing hosts for their master's devious machinations. But even this is not the ultimate horror. Darkseid has his sights set on a certain brooding inhabitant of New Genesis -- and has saved the most insidious role for him.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 4.

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