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Saturday, November 27, 2004

FIRST LOOKS

FIRST LOOK: SUPER MANGA BLAST! #47

Super Manga Blast! #47 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is by various.

Here's how Dark Horse Comics describes the book:

"Kenichi Sonoda's current Cannon God Exaxxion story arc nears its conclusion, with Earth's champion attempting to outwit and outmaneuver the alien invaders' massive robot, piloted by the cunning Colonel Hulan'ki. Makoto Kobayashi's slice-of-Tokyo-life drama, Club 9, sees the nave Haruo back at her hostess job and troubled pitcher Koji Ury struggling to regain past successes. Kobayashi's Eisner-Nominated What's Michael? offering features a rare 13-page story, some cute kittens and one dangerous baby! Seraphic Feather illustrates how a doomed shuttle in the cold vacuum of space just doesn't mix well with treacherous super-soldiers and enraged, meta-human U.N. agents! Shiina returns to the pages of Shadow Star, with a new look, a new scar, and plenty of new school troubles."

Super Manga Blast! #47 will be 128 black-and-white pages and will cost $5.99.

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FIRST LOOK: FREEDOM FORCE #1

Freedom Force #1 will arrive in stores January from Image Comics. The issue is written by Eric Dieter, with art by Tom Scioli.

Here's how Image describes the issue:

"'Founding Fathers.' Arriving on Earth in the year 1962, the mysterious Mentor enlists the aid of the patriotic Minuteman, the fiery El Diablo and the melancholy Man-Bot to hunt down the soviet super-spy, Nuclear Winter. But can even the combined might of these four brave heroes stop the frigid felon before he unleashes the power of the atom on an unsuspecting Patriot City?"

Freedom Force #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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FIRST LOOK: JOHN CONSTANTINE -- HELLBLAZER SPECIAL: PAPA MIDNITE #1

John Constantine -- Hellblazer Special: Papa Midnite #1 will be in stores on Feb. 2 from DC Comics. The issue is written by Mat Johnson, with art by Tony Akins and Dan Green and a cover by Ronald Wimberly.

Here's how DC describes the issue:

"Revealing the hidden origin of John Constantine's deadly nemesis, the immortal voodoo sorcerer/gangster/nightclub owner known as Midnite (a starring character in the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film Constantine, also released in February) in this 5-issue mini-series featuring covers by Ronald Wimberly .

"In modern-day Harlem, Midnite embarks on a vision quest that takes him back to his boyhood 300 years ago in colonial Manhattan. When the island's slaves revolt against their white captors, young Midnite sees an opportunity for profit. But his self-serving tricks cause a catastrophe that haunts him to this day in a tale inspired by true historical incidents."

John Constantine -- Hellblazer Special: Papa Midnite #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.95.

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FIRST LOOK: A STRANGE DAY

A Strange Day will arrive in stores in February from Alternative Comics. The issue is by Damon Hurd and Tatania Gill.

Here's how Alternative describes the book:

"Skipping school to buy the latest Cure album, Miles arrives at the deserted Media Play parking lot waiting for the store to open. Here he meets Anna, who skipped her own classes for the same agenda. A free spirit, Anna takes it upon herself to bring introverted Miles out of his black-clad shell. A Strange Day is an original graphic novella about alienation, kindred spirits, and two Cure heads' serendipitous friendship, and the lessons they learn from each other."

A Strange Day will be 48 black-and-white pages and will cost $3.95.

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