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Thursday, May 6, 2004

DARK HORSE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

FIRST LOOK: STAR WARS: EMPIRE #19

Star Wars: Empire #19 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Ron Marz, with art by Brian Ching and a cover by Doug Wheatley.

Here's how Dark Horse describes the issue:

"Having failed to locate the Rebels' new base after the destruction of the Death Star, Vader sets out to redeem himself by strong-arming his underworld contacts for information about the Alliance. But other deeds from Vader's past return to haunt him as a group of aliens attempt to kill the Sith Lord as revenge for a slaughter he perpetrated on their homeworld. Fighting vengeful aliens is all in a day's work. The real challenge for Vader is coming to terms with the man he once was, and the'³monster' he has become..."

Star Wars: Empire #19 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: FREAKS OF THE HEARTLAND #3

Freaks of the Heartland #3 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Steve Niles, with art and cover by Greg Ruth.

Here's how Dark Horse describes the issue:

"The parents begin killing their mutant horde, but when Will's father comes to kill him, monstrous violence and occult powers break out, and the true nature of the freaks of the heartland becomes an even deeper mystery. The writer of 30 Days of Night and Criminal Macabre joins forces with The Matrix comics artist Greg Ruth for a bizarre tour through the Bible belt."

Freaks of the Heartland #3 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: ULTRAMAN TIGA #8

Ultraman Tiga #8 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is by Tony Wong and Khoo Fuk Lung, with cover art by UDON.

Here's how Dark Horse describes the issue:

"'As the former members of the recently disbanded Global Unlimited Task Squad are kept under lockdown, a malevolent alien presence is controlling Japanıs military and activating its weapons of mass destruction. The situation is pushing toward a full-scale missile crisis, and Ultraman Tiga's human alter ego can only sit back in his holding cell and wait, afraid to reveal his secret identity to his fellow GUTS members. By the time Daigo makes his move, it may already be too late to save the planet from all-out war! Continuing the knock-down, drag-out series from Hong Kong."

Ultraman Tiga #8 will be 40 pages and will cost $3.99.

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FIRST LOOK: BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #89

Blade of the Immortal #89 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is by Hiroaki Samura.

Here's how Dark Horse describes the issue:

"Known for its cast of vibrant punk rock characters, Blade of the Immortal promises a future chock full of new color with this chapter. We're introduced to bizarre, new members of the Itto-ryu and their odd hairstyles, costumes, and weapons, as players in the secret, outcast Mugai-ryu crew conspire in the background. Also, with their flight towards Edo interrupted by Anotsu's illness, will Rin finally take this opportunity to end his life ... or will she wind up defending it? Hiroaki Samura is about to turn his Samurai epic in a strange, new direction!"

Blade of the Immortal will be 32 black-and-white pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: SUPER MANGA BLAST! #42

Super Manga Blast! #42 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is by Masamune Shirow, Mohiro Kitoh, Makoto Kobayashi, Yuzo Takada, Hiroyuki Utatane and Yo Morimoto.

Here's how Dark Horse describes the issue:

"In Cannon God Exaxxion, when aliens threaten to enslave the world, Hoichi Kano becomes humanity's hero as the pilot of the gigantic Exaxxion robot! Dark science fiction drama collides with full-tilt, futuristic thrills in Seraphic Feather. With a revolution stirring on Earth's moon, Sunao becomes both sidekick and protector for two U.N. investigators. The secrets that these two women hide may save the moon colonists...but will they also lead him to his death? Makoto Kobayashi's hilarious What's Michael? features the worldıs most conniving cat as he continues to charm and alarm his various companions. In Club 9, country girl 'Hello' Hattori has just settled into college life and her new job in the big city, but the affections of several admirers will bring humorous, unwanted complications. Shadow Star, races to a dramatic confrontation, as Shiina continues to cope with incredible new friends and a growing, malicious group of dragon bearers bent on world chaos."

Super Manga Blast! #42 will be 128 black-and-white pages and will cost $5.99.

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