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Wednesday, August 21, 2002

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR NOVEMBER

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

SUPERMAN/ALIENS II: GODWAR #4

By Chuck Dixon, John Bagdanove and Kevin Nowlan, cover Bagdanove and Nowlan.

While Orion seethes, seeking vengeance on Darkseid for unleashing a Parademon/Alien horde on the New Gods, Superman attempts to focus on their mission -- to find and incapacitate the alien queen at the heart of this horrific infestation. Brainpower, as much as physical battle, bested the ravenous creatures in Superman's first encounter, but will the combined skills of Superman and the "gods" of New Genesis be enough to overcome hundreds of Darkseid's Apokolips-Aliens hybrids? And what will be the final fate of Orion, victimized by an alien face-hugger? Can even a New God withstand the shrieking birth of a chestburster?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Nov. 6.

STAR WARS: EMPIRE #3

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

In part three of "Betrayal," Darth Vader has landed on a distant world to track down a mysterious Jedi. But, instead of a Jedi Knight, he is confronted by a cadre of bounty hunters who have come to the conclusion that ganging up on -- and defeating -- the Sith Lord will bring them fame and fortune. Boy, are they in for a wake-up call! Meanwhile, on Coruscant, the ranks of those plotting to kill Emperor Palpatine are thinned as the co-conspirators begin targeting each other.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Nov. 6.

FRANK MILLER: THE ART OF SIN CITY HC

By Frank Miller, cover by Miller.

In 1991, visionary creator Frank Miller continued his shakedown of the comics industry when he premiered his visceral and powerfully charged Sin City series. With Sin City, Miller sent a shock wave through the industry and beyond, stunning critics and amazing readers, the after-affects of which are still being felt today. While Miller is primarily praised for his outstanding stories, it is his breathtaking artwork that continues to shine on. To honor the artist and his groundbreaking work, Dark Horse Maverick presents Frank Miller: The Art of Sin City, a unique and handsomely bound hardcover coffee table book, containing pieces both published and unpublished -- some never before seen by the public. Printed on glossy 100 lb. coated paper stock and featuring items ranging from preliminary sketches to promotional pieces, this beautiful edition holds everything a Sin City fan could hope for.

128 pages, $39.95, in stores on Nov. 6.

THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG COMPLETE LTD. EDITION HC

By P. Craig Russell, cover by Russell.

The Eisner Award-winning series, collected in one volume, presents one of the grandest stories of Western civilization, now one of the most explosive epics in the history of comics. Giants plot against gods, who in turn tear human lovers apart, while the lives of great warriors are ruined, and murder after murder is committed in the name of love and gold. This new high point in Russell's distinguished twenty-five year career as a true artist's artist includes behind-the-scenes production art, notes on the adaptation by the artist, and a signed and numbered frontispiece. It's the epic as it was meant to be read, in the final, permanent, yet limited edition. Limited to 500 numbered copies, each signed by the artist.

424 pages, $79.95, in stores on Nov. 6.

OH MY GODDESS! #92

By Kosuke Fujishima, cover by Fujishima.

Traveller (Part 2 of 5). Well, you have to hand it to Skuld. When it comes to out-of-this-world inventions and mind-boggling scientific discoveries, she's got it all over her sisters and that lovably clueless lug Keiichi. Need a robot sidekick? Check! So maybe he develops a little glitch that gives him emotions, no big deal. Want to give an inanimate store greeting doll a sentient personality? Gotcha! So what if she exceeds her programming and rejects her role in the household? Worse things have happened, right? Looking for a little extra space in that storage room? Skuld's got you covered. Does it matter that the device she created, if used the wrong way, creates a room infinitely wide? It does if Keiichi and a powerless Belldandy get lost in that room and have no idea how to find their way out.

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Nov. 6.

OH MY GODDESS!: QUEEN SAYOKO TPB

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

Poor Sayoko! The former queen of Nekomi Tech has never been the same since the goddess Belldandy arrived and stole away the hearts of the student body. Now it's time for the annual Campus Queen contest again, and Sayoko wants to win so bad she'd sell her soul -- literally -- to the demon Mara! With a Demon First Class on her side, Sayoko's dreams just might come true. Can mortal-first-class (well, maybe not first class) Keiichi, Belldandy, and her sister goddesses rescue Sayoko from her own dream before she pays the demonic price and drags the entire campus down with her? Collecting the five-issue mini-series.

240 pages, black and white, $16.95, in stores on Nov. 6.

PUBO #1

By Leland Purvis, cover by Purvis.

Leland Purvis, the Xeric Award-winning creator of Vox, takes a more lighthearted approach with a hilarious story about a bizarre misfit. The victim of an unusual -- and one can only assume pointless -- medical experiment, Pubo finds himself at the mercy of the animals and few humans in the deep dark woods of the Pacific Northwest. And he'd probably be just fine, if he weren't such a grumpy little bastard. But his natural, primal inclinations combine with his big-city, gruff demeanor, and it might turn out that there's nowhere for a little guy with a big head to fit in.

24 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on Nov. 13.

GRENDEL: RED, WHITE, & BLACK #3

By Matt Wagner and various, cover by Wagner.

The Devil's influence spreads throughout the city like ripples on a pond, leaving a path of shattered dreams and destroyed lives in its wake. Only it's not just the Mafia, hitmen, and urban scum who feel Grendel's heat. Before long, those on the periphery -- the doctors, lawyer, hotel employees -- are also pulled into the Devil's sinister web. Meanwhile, Grendel's alter-ego Hunter Rose finds his relationship with his adopted ward Stacy slipping through his bloody fingers. He may be able to eradicate his enemies, but he's helpless to hang on to those he loves. Wagner and company continue their exploration into Grendel's twisted psyche and the seductive pull it holds over all who encounter it as, once again, Wagner's razor-sharp scripts are brought to life by an outstanding line-up of comics' hottest artists.

48 pages, black, white and red, $4.99, in stores on Nov. 13.

GRENDEL TALES: THE DEVIL MAY CARE TPB

By Matt Wagner, Terry Laban and Peter Doherty, cover by Wagner.

It's race time in Indianapolis, and the only thing hotter than the action on the track is the passion boiling outside of the stadium walls. Local Grendel chief Hack has his hands full. Between the volatile visiting Grendel clans tearing up the town, a mysterious vigilante on a Grendel-killing spree, and forces within his own clan that seek to depose him, there's little room for error or emotion. But when he feels himself falling for Dana, the city hospital's headstrong lead physician, he quickly finds things spiraling out of his control. And he's not the only one with problems. Dana's struggling with her delinquent son, desperately trying to keep him away from the very Grendel that she herself is growing ever attracted to. Collecting the six-issue mini-series.

160 pages, $19.95, in stores on Nov. 13.

DYLAN DOG: ZED

By Tiziano Sclavi and Bruno Brindisi,

It's the return of Europe's greatest paranormal investigator Dylan Dog! Join Dylan and his sidekick Felix as they investigate a strange portal to a beautiful yet deadly otherworldly dimension called ZED. It's up to Dylan and Felix to figure out the mystery before the world of ZED kills again.

96 pages, black and white, $5.95, in stores on Nov. 13.

CLASSIC STAR WARS: A LONG TIME AGO... VOLUME 3 TPB

By Archie Goodwin, Al Williamson, Carlos Garzon, Carmine Infantino and various; cover by Infantino and Terry Austin.

Dark Horse Comics presents the latest volume of Star Wars: A Long Time Ago... featuring classic Star Wars stories not seen in over 20 years. Originally printed by Marvel Comics, these stories have been re-colored and are sure to please Star Wars fans both new and old. Volume 3 collects issues #39-52 of the original Marvel run and begins with a re-telling of The Empire Stikes Back and continues past that to adventures such as "Droid World" and "The Last Jedi." Before midi-chlorians... Before Jar-Jar Binks... These are the continuing adventures of Lucas's first star-faring team in a freshly imagined universe.

344 pages, $29.95, in stores on Nov. 13.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #73

By Hiroaki Samura, translated by Studio Proteus, cover by Samura.

Fall Frost (Part 1 of 6). Now that the torturous chapter of Hyakurin is over and at rest, are you ready to move onward to the super action stage? Well, I hope you are, because we're heading into some of the toughest sword battles in the history of Blade of the Immortal. Manji and Magatsu are on the road together, hunting for the vicious Shira in what will surely be a nasty battle, when they all finally come together. But first, we'll join our traveling duo in a short and funny trip to the very recent past and find out exactly how Magatsu came to discover Manji recovering in Master Sori's house. But the light-hearted journey doesn't last very long. Shira's on the prowl, and he's looking meaner than ever.

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Nov. 13.

STAR WARS: REPUBLIC #48

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

Obi-Wan and Anakin's lightsabers are working overtime as they are confronted by assassins on all sides -- a beautiful princess with a penchant for deadly toys and exotic martial arts; a radio-pathic alien with specially-constructed battle droids; and a crazed Dug on a speeder bike. Meanwhile, the two Senate Guards assigned to the case are making disturbing discoveries about the person who hired the assassins. For one of the Guard's, "family ties" may be a noose that drags him to death and disgrace.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Nov. 20.

KISS #4

By Joe Casey and Mel Rubi, cover by Rubi.

Sparks fly and personalities clash as the team tries to get life back to normal. The Beast King continues to undergo treatment which should return him to his old charming self. In the mean time, Gene and Paul pay a visit to an old nemesis who now lies comatose in a mental institution. Trouble breaks loose as a robotic double of the Demon wreaks havoc on the city. Plus, more action ensues as The Celestial and the Beast King do battle with a new foe that goes by the name of "The Detonator."

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Nov. 20.

SERGIO ARAGONES' GROO: DEATH AND TAXES TPB

By Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier, cover by Aragones.

The three most inevitable things in the world are death, taxes, and another Groo collection from Dark Horse Maverick. This one is about the other two: Groo and his loyal pooch Rufferto encounter a king who is forever raising the cost of living and an undertaker who drives up the cost of dying. So the kingdom goes to war against ... well, they're not exactly sure of that part yet. But they're definitely going to war. What a time for Groo to be trapped in his solemn vow not to kill! And if you think that makes him any less dangerous, you don't know Groo. He's even worse ... as the savage warrior, Odoman the Invincible, finds out the hard way.

112 pages, $12.95, in stores on Nov. 20.

CANNON GOD EXAXXION #11: STAGE 2 PART 3

By Kenichi Sonada, translated by Studio Proteus, cover by Sonada.

Cannon God Exaxxion packs it all into 40 pages this month, starting from our hero laying on top of a pile of his dead schoolmates, to his cute little crush, Akane, being abducted by alien robots, to an emotional gun battle with another alien robot (and more dead schoolmates), to a rush back to the giant robot, Exaxxion, racing to save it from imminent destruction. It looks like those Riofaldian aliens have something up their sleeves -- something big and powerful. Readers will have to see how it does against the tough teen and his giant robot.

40 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on Nov. 20.

CAIN TPB

By Richard Barreiro and Eduardo Risso, cover by Risso.

Tossed into the gutter and left for dead at birth, Cain was never supposed to make it, his existence seen only as an obstacle for the insidious inheritance scheme concocted by his ruthless mother. But Cain survived, if you can call the cards dealt him living, subjecting him to a hand-to-mouth existence on the streets, in reform school, in mental hospitals. But even with the deck stacked against him, lady luck leads Cain toward the truth of his legacy, the claim to his birthright...and the targets for his retribution. A gutwrenching dystopian tragedy, Cain is another Venture graphic album, featuring the top creators of graphic fiction from around the globe, available in limited quantities and for the first time in an English-language edition.

96 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on Nov. 20.

USAGI YOJIMBO #62

By Stan Sakai, cover by Sakai.

In their travels together, rabbit ronin Usagi and his young companion Jotaro always seem to find trouble, whether they're looking for it or not. And while Usagi's had his share of run-ins with the supernatural, Jotaro's about to get a crash course in dealing with superstitious fears, both real and imagined. Finding themselves in a village cruelly controlled by a former samurai, the two are quickly hired to rid the area of this barbarous master. The key to solving their dilemma could lie in the surrounding forest. The only problem is ... those woods are cursed.

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Nov. 27,

SUPER MANGA BLAST! #27

By Masamune Shirow, Mohiro Kitoh, Makoto Kobayashi, Yuzo Takada, Hiroyuki Utatane and Yo Morimoto, translated by Studio Proteus.

First, What's Michael?, followed by Shadow Star, wherein Hoshimaru, surrounded by military helicopters, has a mid-air face off against a very cute, yet very deadly Dragon Princess. Next up is 3x3Eyes! Yakumo and Pai venture deeper into the Sacred Land and deal with all of the nasties blocking their route. Next is Shirow's Appleseed Hypernotes, followed by Club 9.

128 pages, black and white, $5.99, in store on Nov. 27.

REVEAL! #1 TPB

By Pablo Picasso, Scott Lobdell, Jeff Matsuda, Joe Casey, Sean Phillips, Mike Mignola, Guillermo del Toro and various, cover by Leinil Francis Yu.

Dark Horse presents a new anthology showcasing what we do best, with a healthy and diverse mix of action-adventure strips by some of the biggest and the best in mainstream and alternative comics creators. In a landmark Buffy story, Scott Lobdell and Jeff Matsuda reveal the first meeting between Angel and Dawn, set before Buffy ever came to Sunnydale, before she and Angel ever met. Joe Casey and Sean Phillips presents autobiographics from the mainstream, with a short piece about a comics writer. Peter David and Alex Maleev give us a glimpse into Spyboy's darker adventures, and Francisco Ruiz Velasco provides a short story spin off from Lone Wolf and Cub 2100, which is featured on the cover by X-Men and Highroads artist Leinil Francis Yu. Also featured are new strips by Dave Land and Craig Thompson, and Scott Allie and Paul Lee and Brian Horton. Hellboy editor Scott Allie interviews Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola during the early days of production on their Hellboy film. Also, a special Dark Horse Fine Arts section, with shorts by R. Sikoryak and the Fillbach Brothers, and, a two-page comic strip by the most important artist of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso.

64 pages, $6.95, in stores on Nov. 27.

LONE WOLF AND CUB VOL. 27: BATTLE'S EVE

By Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima, cover by Guy Davis and Vince Locke.

Just two more volumes left until one of the world's most classic pieces of comic-book literature reaches its exciting and emotional conclusion. Two swords remain planted in the ground, awaiting the final duel between the conniving Retsudo and the vengeful Itto, and little Daigoro guards the two blades with his life. Indeed, his life is threatened when a stampede of villagers escaping a burning village almost plow him into the dirt. Impressed townfolk decide to stop and help him, staying for a while on the same beach. For once, Daigoro experiences the joy of being a child, playing with the other children, but that peace won't last long. Yaygu Retsudo, imprisoned in the castle of the shögun, deceives his way to freedom and commands the very last members of the Yagyu ninja to kill Itto. But knowing swords alone won't kill him, Yagyu sends a strange and fascinating weapon to the battlefield, the exploding ninja.

300 pages, $9.95, in stores on Nov. 27.

LONE WOLF 2100 #5

By: Mike Kennedy and Francisco Ruiz Velasco, cover by Velasco.

Having fled the corporate armed forces of Cygnat Owari through the bowels of Southeast Asia, young Daisy and her synthetic protector Itto find refuge in the last place anyone would dare look for them: Ground Zero. Once a bustling suburb of Taipei, the haunted walls of Sungshan, Taiwan are now scorched with the images of the War Spore's first victims. And it is here amongst the ghosts that the Warrior and child find a moment of Peace. As Itto takes stock of their situation, he analyzes the new directives that have merged so completely with his original programming -- a mysterious bundle of code known only as "Bushido." But this moment of peace proves to be as fleeting as summer snow... Lone Wolf 2100 continues the saga inspired by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima's seminal manga series Lone Wolf and Cub.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Nov. 27.

GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: MAN-MACHINE INTERFACE #2

By Masamune Shirow, translated by: Frederik L. Schodt, cover by Shirow.

March 6, 2035 -- four and half years since cyber-cop Matoko Kusanagi joined with an artifical intelligence and quit the 9th Police Squad. Now, a hyper-advanced cyborg called Motoko Aramaki -- a fusion of multiple entities and identities -- heads the investigative department of the giant multi-national, Poseidon Industrial, deploying remotely controlled humanoid surrogates around the globe as on-the-ground agents. When a herd of specially-bred pigs used to clone human organs for transplant are slaughtered, Motoko dispatches herself through cyberspace and utilizing surrogate cyborgs at far-flung locales to do the heavy lifting, Matoko hunts down the attackers, battling online and on the ground, but there may be more to the mystery than meets the eye...even the all-seeing eye of artificial intelligence.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Nov. 27.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #51

By Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza, Cliff Richard and Will Conrad; cover by Brian Horton and Paul Lee.

Viva Las Buffy (Part 1 of 4). The Buffy monthly takes a bold new direction under the guidance of former X-Men writers Lobdell and Nicieza. It's 1996, and Buffy Summers has just accepted her role as the Vampire Slayer. After the destruction of her high school, she flees to Las Vegas to sort out her life. Meanwhile, Watcher Rupert Giles wonders why on Earth his Slayer hasn't arrived in Sunnydale. The comic takes you where the TV show never did, back to the roots of everything, in the summer before Buffy arrived in Sunnydale. And there's a tall, dark, and handsome stranger keeping an eye on her during those dangerous nights in Vegas. The saga of the Slayer begins again with a new direction for Dark Horse's monthly series.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Nov. 27.

ASTRO BOY VOLUME 9 TPB

By Osamu Tezuka, translated by: Frederick L. Schodt, cover by Tezuka.

Available for the first time in America, these tales are as exciting, touching, and hilarious as when Tezuka crafted them almost half a century ago! In this volume: Astro Boy tries to foil a mad scientist's plot to use a robotic Cleopatra to recreate the ancient kingdom of Egypt; Astro tries to solve the mystery of a young ghost appearing on 3D TVs; and Astro joins with the robot Cobalt in a race against time to stop a lost H-Bomb from devastating Japan.

216 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on Nov. 27.

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