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Friday, November 7, 2003

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY

Following are Dark Horse Comics' solicitations for February, with information coming from the company:

THE ART OF HELLBOY TPB

By Mike Mignola.

The Art of Hellboy achieved success in hardcover--now the book is available in affordable paperback, just in time for the Hellboy movie, coming in April. The first printing of the hardcover sold out almost overnight. This 200-page tome looks at the evolution of Mike Mignola's art over 10 years on his award-winning comics series. Featuring previously unpublished art, unused and unfinished covers, and drawing upon 10 years of sketchbooks, The Art of Hellboy provides the ultimate inside look at Mignola's design, storytelling, and color work, and rare and never-before-seen art reveals the labor involved.

200 pages, $29.95, in stores on March 24.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #87

By Hiroaki Samura.

"Mirror of the Soul," part 3. The storyline concludes, as Makie, wayward swordswoman of the Itto-ryu, lies emotionally wasted and ready to die. Will her precarious relationship with Anotsu lead her back into the land of the living? The fate of her hated father is revealed, as Makie questions her own future and faces a crippling vice. With the surviving members of Kensui's Shingyoto-ryu clan on his heels as he flees to Edo, Anotsu doesn't have much time to spare...but he makes time to possibly save the woman he truly loves and respects. The fan-fave female warrior is back. Questions are answered and heartaches abound, as major players in this torrent of action begin to converge yet again.

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

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: STAKE TO THE HEART TPB

Written by Fabian Nicieza, penciled by Cliff Richards and Brian Horton, inked by Will Conrad.

Buffy Summers has faced vampires, demons, and monsters, but now she must face there scariest thing of all: the divorce of her parents. No vampire is safe as the tortured young Slayer takes her anger and frustrations to the streets of L.A., all the while being closely watched by the mysterious vampire with a soul, known as Angel. In a failed attempt to alleviate her pain, Angel accidentally unleashes the Malignancy Demons upon her and her family, each of which personifies and draws its power from particular bad feelings.

96 pages, $12.95, in stores on March 24.

CHOSEN #3

Written by Mark Millar, art and cover by Peter Gross.

Jodie Christianson's hometown is ripped apart as news that the returned Christ is a child living amongst them. Amidst the chaos, Jodie continues to perform miracles and the world starts to take notice. But certain people aren't too thrilled with Jodie's existence and will stop at nothing to see him stopped!

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

CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOLUME 4: RED NAILS AND OTHER STORIES TPB

Written by Roy Thomas, penciled and cover by Barry Windsor-Smith.

Volume four collects the end of Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith's seminal run on Conan the Barbarian. As with any collaboration between two extremely talented artists, before their partnership on Conan came to an end, Thomas and Windsor-Smith were producing the finest work of their careers up to that point. Also included is the first issue of artist John Buscema's run. Collecting issues 23 through 26 of the original Marvel series and material from the second and third issues of Savage Tales, originally published in the 1970s. As a bonus, this volume features Richard Isonove, colorist of Marvel's Origin: The True Story of Wolverine and Neil Gaiman's 1602, bringing to life Thomas and Windsor-Smith's ultimate masterpiece, Red Nails.

160 pages, $15.95, in stores on March 31.

CONAN #1  

Written by Kurt Busiek, art by Cary Nord, colored by Dave Stewart and cover by Joseph Michael Linsner.

The greatest warrior of all time. The original epic fantasy hero. One of the best-selling comics writers of all time, Kurt Busiek, who revitalized the superhero world with Marvels and Astro City, turns his attention to one of the greatest heroes of all time. Teaming with Cary Nord, Busiek presents Conan's story from day one, in the manner it was meant to be told. Drawing only on the original Robert E. Howard stories, the legend of Conan is brought to vivid life for the modern audience.

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

FUSED: THINK LIKE A MACHINE #3  

Written by Steve Niles, penciled and cover by Josh Medors, inked by Peter Repovski.

A scientifically enhanced caveman is on the loose and wreaking havoc at Garner Air Force Base, former home of scientist-turned-Cy-Bot Mark Haggerty? One thing's for sure‹Cro-Mag needs to be stopped. And until that happens, Cy-Bot¹s trying not to think about everything he's got in common with the rampaging caveman‹beginning with the fact that they were both made in nefarious government experiments on the very base Cy-Bot's been called to defendŠ

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

GO BOY 7 #7  

Written by Brian Augustyn, penciled by Jon Sommariva, inked by Kris Justice, cover by Francisco Ruiz Velasco.

While the Cultist's annihilistic giga-technology threatens civilization by attacking the nation's power grid, the anarchic android is in turn marked for death by the anti-terrorist hero, BioAgent. As Jonny struggles against the unstoppable mechanical attack on America, he is haunted by the discovery of a dreadful secret about his origins that may well shred his fragile psyche to bits--and doom him to a terrible fate much worse than death.

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

GOON #5  

By Eric Powell.

The Goon and his best pal Franky don't take too kindly to havin' a Zombie Priest and his undead cronies puttin' the snatch on their old pal the Buzzard, even if the Buzzard's a creepy old goat with a mug like a pot of Mulligan stew. This time they're going to put the hurt on the Priest but good...if they can make it to the end of Lonely Street past a couple hundred blood-hungry, flesh-eatin' zombies, and break into the Priest's heavily fortified, black-magic stronghold. One thing's for sure--somebody's going out in a meat wagon.

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

HELLBOY: THE ART OF THE MOVIE HC  

By Guillermo del Toro, Mike Mignola, Wayne Barlowe and Ty Ellingson, cover by Mignola.

Since its debut in 1994, Mike Mignola's Hellboy has been one of the most celebrated comics on the shelves. Mignola has won every major industry award for his work, and attracted the attention of Hollywood for a series of jobs on high-profile films, including Disney's Atlantis and Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula. Now the director he teamed with on Blade II, Guillermo del Toro, brings Mignola's creation to the big screen, and Dark Horse provides a unique look into this moment in comics-to-film history. This 200-page book features del Toro's complete screenplay, based on Mignola's Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, production art by Mignola, Wayne Barlowe (Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)), and Ty Ellingson (Jurassic Park, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Special Edition), as well as commentary by Mignola and excerpts from del Toro's on-set diary.

200 pages, $24.99, in stores on March 3.

HELLBOY MOVIE PVC SETS

Hellboy Movie PVC Set #1: "Good Guys," contains Hellboy, Liz Sherman, and Abe Sapien. Hellboy Movie PVC Set #2: "Bad Guys," contains Grigori/Rasputin, Kroenen, and Sammael. Join in the celebration of 2004's Hellboy film debut witth two boxed sets of pvc figures based on the characters as they appear in the movie. The talents at Spectral Motion designed both sets. These artisans were the "creature shop" for the production, fashioning all sorts of sculptural characters and props under the supervision of the director. Each figure is approximately 4 inches. Full-color window box packaging.

$14.99 per set, in stores on March 31.

HELLBOY: WEIRD TALES #7  

By Will Pfiefer, Craig Thompson, Kev Walker, Simeon Wilkins, Jim Pascoe, Tom Fassbender and John Cassaday, cover by Phil Noto.

Celebrated independent cartoonist Craig Thompson, author of Top Shelf's bestselling Blankets, and Kev Walker, who Wizard Magazine picked as one of the budding new geniuses of the mainstream, join the Weird Tales lineup with their own unique takes on Mignola's acclaimed characters. Also this issue, Hellboy movie storyboard artist Simeon Wilkins teams with Buffy writers Tom Fassbender and Jim Pascoe for an old fashioned gangster story, and John Cassaday delivers the penultimate chapter to his oddball Lobster Johnson serial.

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

HELLSING VOLUME 2 TPB

By Kohta Hirano.

Hellsing continues with more blood, guts, ghouls, and gothic murder. Created by Kohta Hirano, and making its way into an incredibly popular anime, Hellsing pushes the boundary of horror, yet looks so visually stunning and graphically cool that instead of being scary, it's super fun. Certainly not intended for younger readers, this series follows the Hellsing Organization, an old institution created by English royalty to squash the ghoulish undead of the world, as they face an insurgence of murderous monsters running rampant across the isles, fueled byŠcould it be...Nazis?

180 pages, black and white, $13.95, in stores on March 17.

LONE #6

Written by Stuart Moore, art by Alberto Ponticelli, cover by Ben Templesmith.

Welcome aboard the Wasteland Express. But let me give you a bit of advice... sit near the back and keep an eye on your wallet. See there's a midget on this train who goes by the name of Fenster; him and his partner Barnum are running a card game that I don't think is on the up-and-up, if you know what I mean. Besides, Barnum just happens to be a cybernetically enhanced gorilla with a laser for an eye. Oh, and Lone's on the train, too, so I think there might be trouble. But if you keep your head down, you should be okay... all aboard!

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

LMEGATOKYO VOLUME 1 TPB

By Fred Gallagher and Rodney Caston.

This re-issue of the Megatokyo Volume 1 brings fans a new and revised version of the book with improved print quality and a larger trim size. This book will contain all of the comics from Chapter 0 as well as the running editorial comments featured in the original release. Exclusive to the Dark Horse re-issue will be additional drawings, historical notes, and selected rants from this first developmental year of the Megatokyo webcomic.

152 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on March 10.

OH MY GODDESS! #105

By Kosuke Fujishima.

"Sora Unchained," part 1 of 8.

You know that cute little girl with the glasses? The shy one who always seems to be blushing? Well, it looks like her time in the spotlight is about to come. The crew at Whirlwind have a racing experiment coming up, and someone's got to run it. Will it be the girl behind the spectacles? Because if so, she's got some practicing to do. The girl can hardly handle her dinky little car. And it'll take some extra verve to handle the curves. In this first issue, readers will see that lovable Sora begin her path to becoming unchained.

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 4.

SHADOW STAR VOLUME 5: A FLOWER¹S FRAGRANCE TPB

By Mihori Kitoh.

Shiina and Akira are typical introverted teenagers in every way, save one‹their bonding with cute extraterrestrial creatures, part of a growing number of alien entitiy emigrée, known as the fearsome Shadow Dragons, all of whom have linked with Earthling youths. Some have bonded with not-so-typical‹and not so nice‹kids. The appearance of the terrible Dragons in the skies over Japan has brought the Japan Self-Defense Force into conflict with the beasts, and a group of Dragon-controlling hard cases has decided to take the fight to the JSDF and teach them--and anyone else who gets in the way--a lethal lesson in the consequences of crossing swords with the Shadow Dragons.

208 pages, black and white, $15.95, in stores on March 18.

STAR WARS: EMPIRE #18

Written by Welles Hartley, art by Davide Fabbri and Christian Dalla Vecchia, cover by David Michael Beck.

"To the Last Man," part 3 of 3. Thousands of angry alien Amanin versus less than sixty Imperial troops. So much for being "the glue that holds the galaxy together." The Imperials are doomed, but newly promoted Captain Janek Sunber is determined that they will sell their lives dearly. If only some of his fellow officers exhibited the same courage, they might have a chance. But is it bravery, or foolhardiness that drives Sunber? And, if they all die, who will tell the story of their sacrifice? Who will record the glory of their final stand?

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

STAR WARS: INFINITIES‹RETURN OF THE JEDI #4

Written by Adam Gallardo, penciled by Ryan Benjamin, inked by Saleem Crawford, cover by Rodolfo Migliari.

It's crunch time for the entire Skywalker family, and Luke and Leia's friends and allies! Luke must decide whether to submit to the Emperor or watch his sister die. Vader must decide if he can bear to have the blood of both of his children on his hands. And the final hopes of the Rebel Alliance rest on the Millennium Falcon, its pilot Lando Calrissian, and his only gunner Han Solo‹who is still blind from the effects of carbon freezing.

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

STAR WARS: REPUBLIC #62

Written by John Ostrander, art by Tomas Giorello, cover by Brian Ching.

Escaping from Ventress Asajj's fortress, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the clone trooper Alpha are pursued by Separatists and bounty hunters. Crash landing on a desolate planet, they are soon cornered. The bounty hunters give Alpha a choice: walk away from the fight, or die with his Jedi companion. Will Alpha's "live to fight another day" training win out? Or can the Force reveal another way to survive the ordeal before time runs out?

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

SSUPER MANGA BLAST! #40

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

In this issue's episode of Shadow Star, Akira makes a startling, uncharacteristic move towards a schoolmate and Shiina continues to cope with family drama, government intrigue, and a growing, malicious group of dragon bearers bent on world choas/ The tide turns to humor with Makoto Kobayashi's What¹s Michael? A cat food company thinks that Michael will cooperate with their "research," but they obviously don¹t know what kind of feline mastermind they're dealing with. Sensei Kobayashi also contributes another chapter of his Club 9 saga, where misfits, manners, and Harou-hungry men collide! In the action-filled world of Seraphic Feather, psionically-skilled Sunao has to break some bad news to a dear friend, and new players enter into the battlefield. If your diet's needing a demon-filled, romantic epic, feast your eyes on this latest installment of 3x3 Eyes.

128 pages, black and white, $5.99, in stores on Feb. 25.

TALES OF THE VAMPIRES #3

Written by Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson and Drew Goddard, art by Jason Alexander, cover by Eric Powell.

Drew Goddard pokes fun at the King of Vampires, Dracula. Jane Espenson looks at the bond between a vampire father and his aging son, and Joss Whedon continues his ongoing story of young watchers in training as they meet their first vampire.

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

ULTRAMAN TIGA #7

Written by Tony Wong, art by Khoo Fuk Lung, cover by UDON.

Even under the protection of the Ultraman called Tiga, the Earth can barely sustain itself against the perpetual pounding of one monstrous menace after another. When Tiga suddenly goes missing in action, though, mankind quickly finds itself facing an early extinction. To make matters worse, an alien presence has infected the upper echelon of Japan's government and its sights are dead-set on dismantling the Global Unlimited Task Squad. This could be lights out for the human race.

40 pages, $3.99, in stores on Feb. 25.

ULTRAMAN TIGA VOLUME 1 TPB

Written by Tony Wong, art by Khoo Fuk Lung, cover by UDON.

This incarnation of Ultraman, now called "Tiga," finds the 100-foot-tall hero revived in the year 2049 and facing a world ill-equipped to handle the onslaught of gigantic beasts that are peppering the globe. Relying on his martial-arts prowess and his three modes of combat Tiga goes toe to toe with the most terrifying collection of monstrous giants and alien invaders ever to plague the planet. This volume collects issues #1-#4 of the series.

128 pages, $15.95, in stores on March 31.

USAGI YOJIMBO #73

By Stan Sakai.

Sakai adds a thoughtful turn to his adventure series in this installment of Usagi Yojimbo. After a bittersweet victory against the Neko Ninja last issue, wandering ronin Usagi and his young companion, Jotaro, continue their travels to Kitanoji Temple, where they plan to part. When the roving pair encounters a town with an impoverished but principled samurai warrior and his son, they learn firsthand how valuable "The Pride of the Samurai" really is. Will this experience prompt Usagi to divulge a secret to his ward that would change their relationship forever?

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 25.


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