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Monday, February 17, 2003



By Osamu Tezuka.

In the wake of the critical acclaim for the incredible Metropolis animated feature, interest in the work of master storyteller and cartoonist Osamu Tezuka, creator of Metropolis and the godfather of Japanese comics and animation, has never been greater, and Astro Boy is the flame that ignited the modern anime and manga industries and is a key touchstone in virtually every area of popular entertainment. Translation by Frederik L. Schodt , author of America and the Four Japans and translator of Masamune Shirow's Orion.

256 pages, $9.95, in stores on June 25.


By Fabian Nicieza and Stefano Raffaele.

What would you do if you woke up one morning and found out you might very well be the Second Coming... ? And an even more important question-what would other people do to prove that you're not? Author Richard Kaine is a newly minted Page 5 tabloid wonder boy-and he's got a murder rap to prove it. So while playing detective to clear his own name, Kaine also has to figure out who's shadowing him through the streets of New York-and why those streets have started to look very different to him.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 7.


By Michael Avon Oeming, Miles Gunter and Mike Mignola.

Miles Gunter and Michael Avon Oeming, creators of Bastard Samurai, kick off a series of new adventures featuring Mike Mignola's bizarre team of investigators. Something's wrong with the water in Venice; something so unusual that the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense came to investigate. Exploding statues of a local goddess lead them to the haunted mansion of an ancient vampire, and a grand marquis of Hell. Mike Mignola lends a hand with the writing on this action-packed and eerie one-shot, with a cover by Powers artist Michael Avon Oeming.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 14.


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

Considering that she burned down the school gym and ran off to Vegas, and the strange entries in her diary, Buffy Summers's parents see no other choice than to have her committed. At the mental institution, Buffy sort of likes not having to slay vampires and demons night after night. But there's something sinister going on here, and the doctors may not be what they appear to be. And while Giles' black magic stopped a corrupt Watcher from destroying the Council, now he has to face the consequences of dabbling in the forbidden arts.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 28.

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By Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith.

Recently relocated to Los Angeles, investigator of the weird Cal McDonald finds himself in police custody, implicated in a case involving the elite of L.A. Hollywood types are rubbing elbows with vampires and werewolves, and things even weirder. With his zombie sidekick Mo'lock-who Cal shoots three times in the first issue-the most foul-mouthed and hard-living private occult detective takes on every freak L.A. has to offer.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 14.


By Scott Allie, Paul Lee, Brian Horton and Dave Stewart.

As his girlfriend lies in bed recovering from wounds received while channeling an unidentified spirit, Brandon Waite, ready as he'll ever be to confront the sinister secrets of his family, conjures a demon in her house. It turns out Brandon isn't ready.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 14.


By Masamune Shirow.

Chroma, one of super-cyber agent Motoko Aramkai's cyborg surrogate operatives, has a little problem. She's not sure whether she's in the real world or inside a game...but either way, there are plenty of well-armed weirdoes going all-out to turn Chroma into a grease-spot, virtual and/or literal. And real or not, their goal is to find a way to get to Motoko, and she may have unwittingly provided them with the means to track her down...and rub her out.

32 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on May 21.


By Matt Wagner, John K. Snyder III, Bernie Mireault and Jeromy Cox.

The exploits of Grendel in the 26th century continue. The political chess match between depraved Pope Innocent XLII, corporate investigator Orion Assante, and the madman wearing the mask of Grendel reaches a new level, as each man continues to turn the screws on the others. Determined to carry out his plans to construct a new church tower, Pope Innocent strikes a backdoor deal with C.O.P. officer Pellon Cross. The mission: destroy Assante, no matter what the cost. Meanwhile, Orion uncovers a deadly secret in the blueprints of Innocent's new construction - a secret that could bring the entire world to its knees.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 14.


By James Robinson and Phil Elliott. London, 1963. The Beatles are about to hit the big time, the Cold War is escalating, and Guido Palmano has just returned from America a changed man. His family can't quite put their finger on it, but Guido, a former mobster with little regard for anything outside his own self-interest, is a different person. He's caring, compassionate, intelligent … alien! Now, caught between the dangerous ties to his former life and the political hysteria surrounding a mysterious, crashed spaceship, Guido's doing all he can to give his loved ones the best time of their lives before his own time on this planet runs out. Re-presenting the classic and out-of-print original graphic novel by Eisner Award-winning writer James Robinson and artist Phil Elliott.

80 pages, black and white, $10.95, in stores on June 25.

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By John Wagner, Andy Diggle and Henry Flint, cover by Frazer Irving.

After a deadly battle in Mega City One's General Hospital, Judge Dredd and the special extermination unit, the Verminators, bury their dead and reorganize to fight a possible city-wide infestation of the bloodthirsty, acid-filled Aliens. An anti-judicial terrorist group exists unnoticed in the ruined Undercity, plotting to breach the city's defenses to let loose Alien terror upon the Judges and innocent civilians. With the Verminators and Judge Dredd's assault squads already ravaged by an Alien attack, will the addition of the Mechanismo Droids, old robotic Judges, be enough to protect Mega City One from the fiercest killing machines in the galaxy? Incendiary, high-speed fun brought to you by a collaboration between Dark Horse Comics and Britain's award-winning sci-fi anthology 2000 AD.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 21.

KISS #10

By Mike Baron and Mel Rubi.

The final chapter of "This Man, This Monster." She's lean, she's mean, she's Christine 16. When the multi-national conglomerate that created her decides she must be destroyed, it's up to KISS to protect this new life form. Increasingly uncertain of their own humanity, The Demon, The Star Child, The Beast King and The Celestial, realize defending Christine 16 is going to be a challenge like nothing they've faced before.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 14.


By Joe Casey and Mel Rubi.

After a rocky reunion, the members of KISS have once again joined forces to protect the world from evil. But personalities clash and sparks fly as they revisit the problems which led to their break up in the first place. Meanwhile, clues in recent attacks on the city point the return of a foe from the past. KISS must now finish what they started years ago, as they do battle with the Phantom of the Park and his deadly robot minions.

80 pages, $9.95, in stores on June 11.

LONE WOLF 2100 #9

By Mike Kennedy and Francisco Ruiz Velsaco.

They have him. But can they hold him? Wrapped in the talons of Cygnat Owari's Inner Security, Itto must rely on not only his physical strength, but the strength of will he has honed during his many months in flight. If he fails, the seductive Belladonna will learn the whereabouts of young Daisy Ogami, and all hope for mankind will be lost. But Belladonna can be quite convincing, with a whole bag of interrogation tricks at her disposal. Conspiratorial layers are revealed in part one of "Pattern Storm," a significant flagstone in the futuristic action saga inspired by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima's seminal manga series Lone Wolf and Cub.

32 pages, $2.99, in store on May 14.


By Mike Kennedy and Francisco Ruiz Velasco.

Corporate intrigue versus Bushido honor in a world of android assassins, cybernetic nomads, and biological warfare on a global scale. A ground-up re-imagining of the original Lone Wolf and Cub manga produced in conjunction with Kazuo Koike, the writer and co-creator of Lone Wolf and Cub, this stunning series has captured the attention of comics readers everywhere. Writer Mike Kennedy's thoughtful stories take the reader to a world where the line between man and machine is blurred, and artist Francisco Ruiz Velasco charges every scene with razor-edge excitement. This volume collects issues #5-8 of the series, plus "The Red File"-the recovered documents that reveal the scope of Cygnat Owari Corporation's plot to capture the young girl Daisy Ogami, and to kill her android protector Itto.

120 pages, $14.95, in stores on June 4.


By Mac Raboy.

Continuing Dark Horse Comics' tradition of finer reprint books, this is the second volume in our archival collection of Mac Raboy's lengthy Flash Gordon run. This series marks the first time that Raboy's Flash Gordon strips have ever been collected. Beginning his comics career in 1940, Emanuel "Mac" Raboy is perhaps best known for his work on Captain Marvel, Jr. and the Green Lama in the 1940s. He graduated from a government-funded art class, was heavily influenced by Alex Raymond's style, and, in the Spring of 1948, he signed on with King Features to illustrate the "Flash Gordon" Sunday page. Following in the footsteps of his idol, Mac Raboy's run on this serial was actually longer than Raymond's. Raboy drew the strip until his death in December of 1967, and several of his early wood engravings (from his fine art days) remain in the permanent collection of New York's Metropolitan Museum.

256 pages, black and white, $19.95, in stores on June 25.


By Kosuke Fujishima, produced by Studio Proteus.

"The Phantom Racer," part 2 of 4. Motorcycle mania has gotten the best of Meguimi, Keiichi's little sister. Driven to be the best biker around, she decides to test her skill against the Phantom Racer, a ghostly motorbike apparition that sometimes appears on a dark stretch of country road. Keiichi and Belldandy aren't far behind to keep an eye on her, but Meguimi better watch the road because racing phantoms could get her killed.

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on May 7.


By Farel Dalrymple.

This handsome trade collects the first five issues of New York-based artist Farel Dalrymple's daring and beautiful series. Following a cast of disarmingly surreal characters -including a dwarf who becomes a giant and a young boy with wings growing from his shoulders-Pop Gun War is both a meditation on friendship and alienation, and a love letter to the city that Dalrymple calls home. Rich, textured, and unique, Pop Gun War is unlike anything you've ever seen.

136 pages, black and white, $13.95, in stores on June 25. - Great Selections Great Prices!


By Peter David, Pop Mhan and Norman Lee.

The villainous Dreamboat has poisoned both Japan's Defense Minister and Japan's leading secret agent-SpyGirl! With SpyGirl fighting hallucinations, Dreamboat may finally have the chance to complete his nefarious schemes. Fortunately the organization SpyGirl works for, M.A.N.G.A. (the Middle Asian Network of Global Activities) may be able to team up with their counterparts from the United States, S.H.I.R.T.S. (Secret Headquarters, International Reconnaissance, Tactics, and Spies) in order to stop Dreamboat.

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on May 28.


By Haden Blackman, John Ostrander, Jan Duursema and others.

The Clone Wars have begun. Ever since they were mentioned in the very first Star Wars film, fans have been dying to know more. Attack of the Clones offered a glimpse, but "The Defense of Kamino" brings the galaxy-wide conflict into full view. Two undercover Jedi discover a Separatist plan to destroy the cloning facility on the watery world of Kamino, thus crippling the Republic's ability to maintain their clone army. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are part of a Jedi fighter squadron sent to protect the installation, but they learn that there are heroes fighting for the Separatist cause as well as for the Republic, and that Jango Fett, though dead, still has something to say about how this war is fought, Meanwhile, Mace Windu, the leader of the Jedi Council, must deal with a rift in the Jedi ranks-a matter that reveals a Jedi traitor and a new Dark Jedi working in league with Dooku. Mace is considered one of the best swordsmen in the galaxy, but can he stand up to the swordmaster who taught him everything he knows-including the mysterious techinque known as "Vaapad"?

128 pages, $14.95, in stores on June 18.


By Paul Chadwick, Doug Wheatley, Chris Chuckry, cover by Killian Plunkett.

"Darklighter," part 2 of 4. As a newly commissioned officer in the Empire, Biggs Darklighter is assigned to the frigate Rand Ecliptic. In his new post he learns that expediency is preferable to honesty, and that the deaths of innocents is an acceptable price to pay for covering one's mistakes. Horrified by what he has seen of the Empire in action, Biggs and a circle of his close companions plot to desert their posts and join the Rebellion. But when their plan is uncovered by another officer, desertion becomes a fight for survival. A stunning Classic Era story of how Biggs Darklighter and his boyhood friend, Luke Skywalker, came to fight side-by-side for the Rebellion.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 7.


By John Ostrander, Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons, cover by Duursema.

While the rest of the Jedi have become generals and are leading armies in the Clone Wars, Quinlan Vos has remained in the shadows. Sent undercover by the Jedi Council to spy on the Separatists, the Council now fears that Quin has gone too deep. Is he still an agent for the Republic, or has he turned traitor? When Quin disobeys an order to return to Coruscant, another Jedi is sent to bring him back-or end his treachery

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 14.


By Chuck Dixon, Jon Bogdanove and Kevin Nowlan.

Superman and the New Gods find themselves face to face with one of the most terrifying species in the universe. A doomed ship carrying the Alien brood has found its way into the domain of Darkseid who'll use them as the ultimate biological weapon, infesting his own minions and unleashing them on the peaceful citizens of New Genesis. The Man of Steel must once again battle the Aliens to stop them from spreading across the galaxy.

96 pages, $12.95, in stores on June 25.


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

The excitement builds in 3x3 Eyes, as Pai and Yakumo find their way to the Holy Hall, one step closer to the Sacred Land and the secret of immortality! Meanwhile in Shadow Star, Shiina makes some new friends, but those friends are actually in league with the evil dragon bearers. There's more intrigue over in Seraphic Feather, along with some embarrassing moments for Kei. Speaking of embarrassment, there's always something to blush about over in Club 9, and this month's misadventures will tickle readers pink. Plus, there's an Orion dictionary from Appleseed Hypernotes

128 pages, black and white, $5.99.


By Tony Millionaire.

The Sock Monkey and Mr. Crow are dismayed to learn that their young friend "Inches" has taken a pet. The problem is that she has caught a seahorse and has hitched it up to her toy stagecoach. The seahorse isn't feeling too well, having been out of water for such a long time and the trouble really starts when the creatures of the sea try to rescue her.

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


By Stan Sakai.

The first part of renowned storyteller Stan Sakai's tribute to giant Japanese monsters begins here. There's a new evil in the area- a cursed ink box with the ability to bring its pictures from Japanese mythology to a horrifying reality. However, the inks are running low, and the box's owner is driven to replenish his supply. Unfortunately, there's only one source from which the sinister painter can draw, and that's the blood of young children! Before long, wandering ronin Usagi's young charge Jotaro is targeted, and even Usagi might not be strong enough to protect his companion from the horrors that await.

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on May 28.


By Yuzo Takada.

The first volume of one of Japan's longest running manga series is now back in print in an English-language edition, reformatted to match the current 3x3 Eyes titles. From a hidden land in the Tibetan Highlands comes Pai, a strange and beautiful woman come to Tokyo to find a young man named Yakumo who can help her in her quest…to become human! When Pai finally finds her man, the two set off in search of an artifact that can transform her, but it will take all her mystic powers to keep the reckless Yakumo alive - even if she has to steal his soul to protect him.

160 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on May 7.

Justice League (GBA) Justice League (GBA)

What do you get when you combine the greatest superheroes of all time? An powerful band of speedy, unstoppable crime-cracking heroes called the Justice League. When global catastrophe strikes and the world is in peril, the call goes out for the Justice League, who will be there in a heartbeat. Faced with new challenges in this action-packed game, the Justice League must fight for truth, justice and freedom. Help Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter in their battle against the Injustice League.

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