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Wednesday, April 7, 2004


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


Written and art by Yuzo Takada.

After years of publishing chapter after chapter of 3x3 Eyes, an exciting epic of over 30 volumes, Dark Horse Comics will begin publishing the story of the mystical sanjiyan Pai, and her shy protector Yakumo, as it originally appeared in Japan. Follow our heroes as they continue their long journey to turn Pai into a human and restore Yakumo to his former mortal self. And of course it will be no short feat. Published for the first time in non-Westernized format, 3x3 Eyes will remain unflopped, be published right-to-left, and the fx will remain un-retouched (with small translated fx printed on or near existing fx.) Get ready for an exciting new era in 3x3 Eyes. A lot more, a lot sooner, a lot to love.

280 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on Aug. 18.


By Hiroaki Samura.

"Last Blood," part 2 of 5. After last issue's jaw-dropping reunion, the surviving members of the Shingyoto-ryü clan, led by the vindictive Iriya, face off against Rin and the weakened Anotsu. Manji is back on the scene, confused by Rin¹s strange alliance, but willing to fight the Shingyoto-ryu swordsmen in order to be with his dear "little sister" again. Another classic, frenetic Samura-style fight begins, as two fan-favorite warriors, Magatsu and Makie, also return to Blades' pages, providing further complications and unavoidably twisted bloodshed!

40 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on July 14.


By Hiroaki Samura.

Anotsu Kagehisa, master swordsman and leader of the rogue Itto-ryu dojo, has sheathed his blade for the moment to join in marriage with the daughter of a swordmaster whose dojo is to be brought under Onotsus' dark wing. But for a man of action, the formal traditions of feudal Japan can be just as tense and fraught with hidden agendas as the battlefield. And while Anotsu may indulge in a moment of peace, his enemies are not at rest, among them Rin, who has stalked him for years to take revenge for the murder of her parents. Anotsu had best make sure that if he stops to smell the flowers, he doesn't end up losing his head. Collecting issue #81-89 of the ongoing series.

256 pages, black and white, $17.95, in stores on Aug. 18.


By Matt Wagner.

"Scandal." Author Raymond Chandler wrote, "Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid." Chandler was talking about his own character, Philip Marlowe, but he could just as easily been referring to the Hire, the star of BMW Films' series of short films. Now Dark Horse and BMW Films are bringing The Hire‹the enigmatic hero capable of doing the hard thing for the right reasons‹to the comics page. Just as each of the films is directed by a different top director, each issue of The Hire will be a stand-alone story by a different top creator or creator team. First up: Matt Wagner, the creator of Grendel and Mage. When the Hire is asked to sneak a rich man's spoiled, scandalous daughter out of town, he thinks the worst he'll have to deal with are persistent paparazzi. Then the bullets start to fly...

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


Written by Mike Mignola, art by Guy Davis.

As Abe lies dying, one of the greatest secrets of the Hellboy series is revealed. Mike Mignola and Guy Davis wrap up the first arc of the new Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense series with a bizarre and completely unique journey to the bottom of the sea, to find ancient temples and hidden origins. The plague of frogs has begun, and the world will never be the same.

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


By Mike Mignola, Michael Avon Oeming, Guy Davis, Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins.

This collection of 2003's Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense one-shots kicks of with a goddess imprisoned in a story by Bastard Samurai creative team Miles Gunter and Michael Avon Oeming (Bastard Samurai), joined by series creator Mike Mignola. Guy Davis, artist of the new B.P.R.D. series teams, with Brian Augustyn (Gotham by Gaslight). The Flash creative team Geoff Johns & Scott Kolins team for their first Dark Horse work, and Joe Harris, screenwriter of Darkness Falls, and his X-Men collaborator Adam Pollina reunite for Abe Sapien's weirdest adventure yet. Also includes a brand new short story by Mignola and Cameron Stewart.

128 pages, $17.95, in stores on Aug. 25.


Written by Mark Millar, art by Peter Gross.

Imagine you're 12 years old and suddenly discover that you're the returned Jesus Christ. You can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk again, and perhaps even raise the dead. What do you do, what does your family do, and how does it affect you knowing that you're destined to grow up and take part in a conflict that people have been waiting almost two thousand years for? Chosen has been described in the British press as Spider-Man meets The Book of Revelation. The magazine SFX describes it as Harry Potter for Christian fundamentalists. This collected four-issue mini-series, with artist Peter Gross, is part of the creator-owned Millarworld line of books from writer Mark Millar.

80 pages, $9.95, in stores on Aug.25.


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

Once a slave, now an angry rebel, it's Conan versus the full might of the sorcerous kingdom of Hyperborea! With the lives of his allies and his lover in the balance, the swordsman must triumph over the most ancient and corrupt kingdom of his world‹or watch them die. Original Conan author Robert E. Howard showed that the barbarian held a deep hatred against this magical nation, and vowed one day to grind them into the dust. Now his reasons, and the grisly truth about Hyperborea's most sacred rites, are finally revealed.

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


Written by Roy Thomas, art by John Buscema.

The return of Conan is at hand. By the mid 1970s, Robert E Howard's seminal Sword and Sorcery hero had cut a path through the comic-book world, restored to vivid life by prolific writer Roy Thomas and his host of talented artists. Of those artists, none contributed more to Conan's legacy than the legendary John Buscema. Taking the lush and detailed realism that had already been established in the comic-book series, Buscema pushed the look of Howard's creation in an entirely new direction, illustrating what would become the definitive version of Conan for an entire generation of readers. Collecting issues #27-#33 of Marvel's Conan the Barbarian series.

160 pages, $15.96, in stores on Aug. 18.


Written by Jason Hall, art by Sean Murphy.

In a world of subtle horrors, Elizabeth Mason is about to meet one monster she never counted on--herself. On the day of her 18th birthday Liz undergoes a strange metamorphosis which, for reasons unknown, causes her to transform into the monster called Crush. As if growing up isn't hard enough without that, Liz soon has to deal with a deadly, ruthless agent tailing her ... with teenage werewolves. At least she has her best friend, Jen Tanaka, to count on. And what at first seems to be a curse may be the very thing that leads her to understand who she truly is.

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


Written by Jeremy Love, penciled by Robert Love and inked by Jeff Wasson.

A powerful crime syndicate wants him dead. The FBI wants him behind bars. Jonathan Fierce, psychic profiler for the FBI, is on the run and his only allies are the voices of his slain comrades, the elite strike force known as the Razor. Channeling the special abilities of his former teammates, he will descend into the depths of the Jamaican underworld on a mission of redemption and vengeance. The FBI's most powerful weapon iis the mind of one man ...

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on June 9.


Written by Steve Niles, art by Greg Ruth.

Freaks of the Heartland documents the unveiling of the dreaded secret locked in the hearts of everyone in a tiny Bible Belt town -- a secret that has come to threaten the very lives of the town's most innocent citizens. Trevor Owen and his younger, misunderstood brother, Will, are now on the run after the sad, unfortunate death of their father. But they¹re not only running to get away from the consequences of what they've done--they're hoping to find the other misunderstood victims of the town¹s paranoia and ignorance to see if any other children like Will survived their phenomenal births‹and can escape with them. But in a such a small town, news travels fast, so it won't be long until the whole town comes after them.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 19.


Written by Matt Wagner, art by Tim Sale.

With the help of his psychic advisor Manny, Orion remains one step ahead of Japan in his plans for the global stage, while the rest of the world has observed Orion's amassing of power--especially the soaring recruitment in Orion's Sword, the Grendel Khan's army‹with a wary eye. And now Orion must negotiate both a pregnancy and a drug czar in this high-stakes power game! Meanwhile, Pellon Cross' vampire casino, Grendel's Palace, has become an internment center for plague victims. How long will it take for him to tire of this gilded cage, and where is the Devil in all of this? It's a Brave New World ... and Grendel wants the helm.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 21.


Written by Steve Niles, art by Kelley Jones.

What first appeared to be a simple, singular case of a demonically possessed teen redneck is starting to look even uglier and messier than, well‹than a demonically possessed teen redneck! After hitting the road for the kid's hometown to investigate the source of the possession, Cal, Mo'Lock, and Cal's ladyfriend, Sabrina, find themselves center-stage in an entire town that's been taken over by the nastiest evil spirit you'd never want to meet. Now it's up to Cal to figure out who the spirit is, why it's so pissed, and what the hell they're going to do to stop it. As if that wasn't enough to deal with for a day, an even greater evil rears its head when Sabrina wants to know where her relationship with Cal is going. Demonic possession? That Cal can handle ... but love? Don't count on it!

32 pages, $2.99, in stors on June 21.


Written by Mike Kennedy, art by Francisco Ruiz Velasco.

A virus incubating in young Daisy Ogami's blood may hold the key to saving the world‹or destroying it. The Cygnat Owari corporation wants her secret‹no matter what it may be, and no matter what the cost in money or lives. Daisy¹s only protector is Itto--an android bodyguard falsely accused of killing her father. For over a year, Itto and Daisy have managed to stay one jump ahead of the assassins on their trail. But now the agents of Cygnat Owari have captured Itto, hoping to extract from him through torture Daisy's hiding place. Only Itto's captors have not reckoned with the fallout of their own actions: an operative whom they fired has located Daisy, and is setting the stage for Itto to take his revenge on his former employers... A ground-up re-imagining of the original Lone Wolf and Cub manga, this series is being done in association with Kazuo Koike, the writer and co-creator of Lone Wolf and Cub.

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


By Brian K. Vaughan, Marv Wolfman, Kevin McCarthy, Roger Petersen, Joe Staton, Dean Haspiel and Bob Sikoryak, cover by Mike Mignola.

In this third issue, Brian Vaughan pens the captivating story, "To Reign in Hell," told in classic 1940s style, and former Swamp Thing artist Roger Petersen richly illustrates this spotlight on Big Al. Marv Wolfman writes "Heil and Fear Well," a story in the infamous EC horror style With art by veteran cartoonist Joe Staton and indie stalwart Bob Sikoryak, this tale of nefarious post-war Nazis shocks and chills. Finally, the mysterious powers of Luna Moth may be up for grabs ... is our favorite mild-mannered librarian worthy of them? Kevin McCarthy and Dean Haspiel serve up a tribute to Jack Kirby's 1960s Marvel work in "The Trial of Judy Dark." Don't miss out on this thrilling third issue of the (now back on schedule!) quarterly anthology Michael Chabon Presents The Amazing Adventures of The Escapist, edited by the dynamic duo of Schutz and Chabon!

80 pages, $8.95, in stores on July 14.


Written by Joe Casey, art by Steve Parkhouse.

The most horrific of all Dark Horse's new brand of horror comics comes from the mind of Joe Casey and Steve Parkhouse, who exposed the absurd side of British suburban life in his collaboration with Alan Moore on The Bojeffries Saga, and later took on global madness in Grant Morrison's The Invisibles. Now the two turn their attention to the depraved American suburb, where a forlorn housewife faces facts about the American Dream. The unraveling of her hopes leads to unprecedented terror, heralded by a demonic vision from some twisted parody of a Norman Rockwell image as painted by serial-killing folk-artist John Wayne Gacy--The Milkman.

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


Written by Steve Niles and Rob Zombie, art by Nat Jones.

Horror-writing wunderkind Steve Niles and rock-and-roll goremonger Rob Zombie slice open your darkest nightmares with this second installment in their terrifying team-up project--The Nail. On-the-road pro-wrestler Rex Hauser (a.k.a. The Nail) and his family are being stalked across the Badlands by a murderous gang of honest-to-Satan bikers from Hell ... and to his heartbreak and horror, the bastards got to his wife. Traumatized but alive, she recounts her moments of terror at the hands of the horrendous, hog-riding monsters, but not before the family's only escape route is blocked. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, no one around for miles to help ... the Badlands just got worse.

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


By Kosuke Fujishima.

"Sora Unchained," part 6 of 8. The race is on. Fighting for the right to be the Nekomi Tech Motor Club's next Director, Sora Hasegawa is up against one of the most talented racers in the club's history--Keiichi Morisato! Although the tough Motor Club boys have little faith in her, Sora has finally decided to give this contest her all. With Keiichi's powerful goddess girlfriend, Belldandy, on her team, Sora has all the luck she needs. Now she just has to find confidence in herself. The "Sora Unchained" story arc nears the finish line, as we learn that even the shyest, smallest frame is capable of challenging the best!

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


Written by Koji Suzuki, art by Sakura Mizuki.

Based on the first novel by Suzuki, "Rasen" is the real thing, telling the story as Suzuki originally intended. This pschological, scientific thriller features the masterfully smooth art of Sakura Mizuki, who translates the emotional expressions and tense moments with nearly perfect timing and touch. Find out why the world went crazy over The Ring in this true to form adaptation based on Suzuki's novel series in our five volume set. Co-published with Digital Manga.

192 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on Aug. 11.


By Mohiro Kitoh.

Finding and bonding with an adorable extraterrestrial with wondrous powers sounds like the perfect fantasy, a fantasy that becomes reality for Shiina and Akira, two typical Tokyo teens, as well as for an unknown number of other youths. But the brightest fantasies can cast the darkest shadows, and these cute, cuddly creatures will eventually grow into powerful, fearsome Shadow Dragons that, if bonded with troubled teens, can become threats of the highest order. And when these Dragon-bonded delinquents begin to organize in secret, the danger grows exponentially. Shiina and Akira inevitably draw the attention of this underground movement, and how the two girls choose their paths will determine the direction of their friendship--and, perhaps, the future of Mankind. Collecting short stories from issues #31-#37 of the Super Manga Blast! series.

224 pages, black and white, $15.95, in stores on Aug. 11.


Written by Kurt Busike, art by Stuart Immonen and Wade Von Grawbadger, colored by Jeromy Cox, cover by Immonen.

It's 2071 A.D. And in the wake of a devastating alien war, Earth is protected by the Shockrockets--an unbeatable squadron of hi-tech aerial fighter craft, built from a fusion of captured alien technology and the best Earth has to offer. Manned by the world's most elite pilots, the Shockrockets protect an unstable Earth as it rebuilds. But now the Shockrockets face their most dangerous challenge‹an all-out strike to take over Earth from the military genius that saved the planet, a generation ago. And their only real hope is Alejandro Cruz, a young man who becomes the newest Shockrocket pilot by a freak of chance--and whose outsider status will prove to be the only thing that can unlock the true secret of the Shockrockets technology, and give the world a chance to remain free.

160 pages, $14.95, in stores on Aug. 25.


Written by Peter David, art by Pop Mhan.

Alex Fleming, aka SpyBoy, is on the run from the police who mistakenly think he's a terrorist. Alex's dad is in jail, believed to be the ringleader! The teacher he's counting on to aid him is actually the notorious SpyGuy, ready for the final act of his revenge against Alex. And the only person who can possibly save them is Alex's mom ... except it means going public with her greatest secret.

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


Written by Jeremy Barlow, art by Brandon Badeaux, cover by Kilian Plunkett.

It was supposed to be an easy gig ... transport a young woman across the desert to the waiting arms of her friends. But nothing's ever easy for reformed smuggler BoShek, and he soon finds himself in the middle of a struggle between a militant cell of the Rebel Alliance and Imperial operatives‹and in direct conflict with his own desires to avoid galactic politics. With the fires of civil war burning around him, BoShek may be forced to make a stand with one side or the other ... unless he can make a run... The first full-feature comics adventure of one of the most intriguing characters from the Mos Eisley cantina, the "Rockabilly Spaceman" himself, BoShek.

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


Written by Randy Stradley, art by Brandon Badeaux, cover by Brian Ching.

General Kenobi's clone army is sent on a diversionary mission to distract a massive Separatist army long enough for newly knighted Jedi Tohno to infiltrate a droid factory and destroy it. The key to the mission is to attract the Separatist's attention without actually engaging them in combat. But Anakin feels that he witnessed the sacrifice of enough young Jedi during the disastrous mission to Jabiim, and he can't stand the prospect of another one. Can Anakin learn to put the Republic's objectives ahead of his own feelings, or will his misguided heroism jeopardize the lives of thousands in order to save one? And what about Master Tohno? Doesn't she have a say about her own part of the mission?

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


Written by Gary Martin, art and cover by Steve Rude.

In the final chapter of the Liberty saga, The Moth finds himself outnumbered and outclassed by a trio of mischievous cat burglars. While Jack's circus family gets an unexpected addition. Of course, the consequences of missing this spectacular issue will jeopardize your newly found stature in your community. Don't lose the awe and respect you've earned by your dedication as a Moth reader. So when you walk down the street, carry issue #4 with your head held high, and walk with pride.

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


By Kenichi Sonoda, Mohiro Kitoh, Makotot Kobayashi, Yuzo Takada, Hiroyuki Utatane and Yo Morimoto.

Giving a nod to the monthly manga magazines in Japan that have inspired Super Manga Blast!, issue #43 will feature a full re-design. Our exciting new look couples cover-to-cover fun with a bold new feel. Hoichi "Gun" Kano becomes humanity's hero as the pilot of a gigantic super-robot in Cannon God Exaxxion. Dark science fiction drama collides with full-tilt, futuristic thrills in Seraphic Feather. The dash of hilarity found in Makoto Kobayashi's What's Michael? serving focuses on the plight of a ridiculed, hairless cat. fe Club 9 takes a dark turn, beginning with this episode, as one of the cheerful hostess girls becomes the target of a twisted mind. And in Shadow Star, a bitter, bullied teen uses deadly, supernatural forces to exact revenge on her tormentors.

128 pages, black and white, $5.99.


Written and art by Yasuhiro Nightow.

In the first volume of Trigun Maximum, we caught up with Vash and watched him jump back into service for Peace and Love! But now the action really begins. Remember the Gung-Ho Guns? That modge-podge group of assassins born and bred to kill Vash? Well, they're the ones who're still alive and are still trying to kill him, and in Trigun Maximum volume 2, we'll see the beginning of a whole new set of worries for our gunslinging mysterious nice guy. See the whole menagerie of freaky Gung-Ho Guns come after Vash in lots of crazy ways. The fun is really getting rolling in Trigun Maximum, taking you way beyond the anime and into new, dangerous territory. Co-published with Digital Manga.

200 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on Aug. 18.


By Stan Sakai.

This issue of Stan Sakai's beloved rabbit ronin features the return of fan-favorite character Inspector Ishida! Ishida and his police force are plagued by Nezumi, a master thief who pillages homes while leaving the occupants unharmed. However, when prominent merchant Hasami is murdered, eyewitnesses accuse the hooded burglar of the crime. Was Hasami killed for catching Nezumi red-handed, or is there more to the story? With another new pickpocket in town as well, Inspector Ishida is "After the Rat."

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

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