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Monday, July 11, 2005

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR OCTOBER

AEON FLUX #3

Written by Mike Kennedy, art by Timothy Green II.

As the Bregnan government prepares to unleash their new defoliant weapon on the dense jungle outside their walls, Aeon and Sithandra infiltrate the heavily guarded labs with plans of sabotage. But even the Monican Rebellion's top agent is caught off guard, as escape becomes a matter of life and death. Their mission jeopardized, her life draining from a bullet hole, and the clock ticking towards a potentially genocidal mistake, Aeon has little choice but to reveal her secret to her sister. But hers is not the only secret revealed‹the Bregnan government assaults the Rebellion's hideout, thanks to information provided by their mysterious inside informant ...

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

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #106

Written and art by Hiroaki Samura.

"Cauldron." Two new, complex characters come to the forefront of Hiroaki Samura's samurai epic! As Rin frets over Manji's disappearance, she is surprised by the arrival of two traveling warriors, the feisty, headstrong Döa Yoshino and her huge, brutish companion, Isaku Yasono-ökami. Rin quickly regrets her decision to let this strange couple stay with her, but her detective work takes priority when she returns to Habaki Kagamura's stronghold to search for Manji. Meanwhile, Manji awakens to find himself in a very disturbing situation ... and the horrific reason behind Kagamura's interest in him becomes clearer!

48 pages, black and white, $3.99, in stores on Oct. 12.

B.P.R.D.: THE BLACK FLAME #3

Written and cover by Mike Mignola, written by John Arcudi, art by Guy Davis, colored by Dave Stewart.

Liz Sherman awakens from a dream with a secret name of doom in her throat, a secret that Roger comes closest to understanding. Meanwhile, The Black Flame burns more darkly, lighting the way for his frog legion as they shuffle that much closer to their destiny‹a destiny that will leave the Bureau broken, perhaps forever.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOLUME 9: RIDERS OF THE RIVER-DRAGONS AND OTHER STORIES TPB

Written by Roy Thomas, art by John Buscema and Val Mayerik.

From the turbulent seas to the deepest, darkest jungles, the barbarian Conan moves ever closer to his destiny as king and conqueror. Allied with the deadly she-pirate Bêlit, Conan journeys further into the most savage and untamed Hyborian lands, and into his own heart of darkness. Collecting Conan the Barbarian #60-63, #65, #69-71.

160 pages, $16.95, in stores on Nov. 30.

CLASSIC COMIC BOOK CHARACTER: MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER

Having produced nearly fifty "syroco" statues so far in our Classic Comic Character series based on newspaper comic strips, Dark Horse is now offering a new Classic Comic Book Character series, featuring characters from a variety of comic book publishers.

The third statue in this series features North Am's Magnus, Robot Fighter, the karate-chopping hero of 4000 A.D.! An enduring creation of comics legend Russ Manning, Magnus first appeared on newsstands in February of 1963. Millions of readers followed the adventures of the only man able to fight the malicious robots of the future. While Russ Manning's work on the Gold Key series lasted only twenty-one issues, his creation has survived generations, influencing countless science fiction artists and writers to this day.

$49.95, in stores on Nov. 16.

CLUB 9 VOLUME 4 TPB

Written and art by Makoto Kobayashi.

Haruo Hattori's a country-fried cupcake, the sweetest dish at Club 9, the most happening hostess bar in Tokyo's notorious Ginza district. She's staying true to her fella back home, but her guileless beauty is one major bull's-eye for some of Tokyo's most eligible bachelors, including a down-on-his-luck baseball superstar, one of the country's hottest manga artists, and a bonafide super-rich playboy with fast-track matrimony on his mind. And with her boyfriend off to Europe to study for the next few years, will poor Haruo be able to stave off this onslaught of affection? Collecting stories from Super Manga Blast! issues #37-#46.

200 pages, black and white, $15.95, in stores on Nov. 2.

CONAN #21

Written by Kurt Busiek, art by Cary Nord, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Ladronn.

The award-winning team of Busiek and Nord continue their adaptation of one of Robert E. Howard's greatest Conan stories, with the second part of "The Tower of the Elephant." Conan, at the side of Taurus, Prince of Thieves, assaults the dreaded Elephant Tower‹but deadly peril awaits at every turn, from hungry lions to giant spiders, and it'll take all his barbarian skill merely to stay alive long enough to make it inside. Yet, once inside, the tower holds secrets far stranger and darker than anything Conan could have prepared for.

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

CONAN AND THE DEMONS OF KHITAI #1

Written by Akira Yoshida, art by Paul Lee, cover by Pat Lee.

King Conan travels to the exotic land of Khitai, only to run afoul of an evil sorcerer and his demonic retainers in this tale of silent shadow warriors and ghastly monsters in the Far East.

When Conan receives an invitation from the Eastern Kingdom of Khitai to open trade in precious jewels and spices, he decides that he will travel into this long-mysterious land. Yet, to do so is perilous, as those who have requested his company may have far more devious intentions, and beasts unseen by Western eyes lurk amidst the shadows.

Set many years in the future from the award-winning on-going series, Conan and the Demons of Khitai marks Conan's first appearance as King in Dark Horse's best-selling comics revival of the legendary fantasy hero.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 5.

EDEN VOLUME 1: IT'S AN ENDLESS WORLD! TPB

Written and art by Hiroki Endo.

Eden Volume One is both a brilliant love song to the post-apocalyptic survival genre and the beginning of a deep exploration on man's role in the natural order. In the near future, a large portion of humanity is wiped out by a brutal, new virus that hardens the skin while dissolving internal organs. Those who aren't immune are either severely crippled or allowed to live with cybernetically enhanced bodies. Taking advantage of a world in chaos, a paramilitary force known as the Propater topples the United Nations and seeks world domination. Elijah, a young survivor searching for his mother, travels towards the Andes Mountains with an artificially intelligent combat robot. When he encounters a group of anti-Propater freedom fighters, a maelstrom of unique characters unfolds. Graphic, cyberpunk, and philosophical, Eden is a place where endearing heroes face a constant struggle for survival and violent surprises wait around every corner!

216 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on Nov. 2.

EMILY THE STRANGE #2: THE LOST ISSUE

Written and art by Cosmic Debris.

For more than ten years, pop culture cultists have revered and adored a mysterious, brooding thirteen-year-old girl named Emily the Strange. Nobody knows much about the young girl with a porcelain face and huge eyes framed by black bangs, and her ever-present brood of black cats only adds to the intrigue‹but that hasn't stopped a generation of rabid fans from letting Emily put her spell upon them. Now Emily fans are invited into her odd, mysterious world‹a place where kitty friends talk, the ghosts of famous weirdos come out to play, reality is never quite what it seems, and‹above all‹a place where anyone who's ever been considered a little "strange" themselves will be made to feel right at home.

Dark Horse Comics and the creative minds behind Cosmic Debris are thrilled to present the second issue of Emily, with all-new stories and art. Each issue of Emily comics features 48 pages of black, white, and red art (with the occasional outburst of full-color freakouts!), illustrating a wacky range of Emily stories.

Also included in this issue is a bonus Emily fold-out poster highlighting the theme of this issue and showing what Emily does best‹"get lost"!

48 pages, $7.95, in stores on Nov. 16.

FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY LIBRARY SET II HC

This second Sin City slipcase completes the oversized archival editions, available only in these exceptional collections. The handsome 8"x12" books feature the individual stories printed on high-quality paper stock and showcase Miller's atmospheric cover art from the original comics! Created with serious Frank Miller collectors and art connoisseurs in mind, these new archival editions are sure to satisfy!

This slipcase holds Sin City volumes five through seven: Family Values, Miller's first direct-to-trade work; Booze, Broads, and Bullets, an expansive compilation of short stories from the Town without Pity; and Hell and Back, the longest Sin City story to date!

This Library set also includes a special edition of The Art of Sin City, a lush complement to these deluxe volumes. The Art of Sin City extends the reach of the Eisner, Harvey, and National Cartoonists Society award-winning series by showcasing content‹such as Miller's preliminary sketches‹that cannot be found elsewhere. Now the groundbreaking work that sent a rush of adrenaline through the entire industry is available in an attractive archival format!

736 pages, $150, in stores on Nov. 30.

GOON 25 CENT COMIC

Written and art by Eric Powell.

Now is the perfect time to get acquainted with the cult-hit as Eisner award-winner Eric Powell and Dark Horse Comics present the original The Goon #1 in a new 25 cent edition that includes a brand-new short story and painted cover by none other than the illustrious Mr. Powell himself.

Over the last few years, The Goon has earned both critical and popular acclaim with its tales of a lone thug and his fight against a never-ending onslaught of zombies, giant lizards, and killer robots.

32 pages, 25 cents, in stores on Oct. 12.

MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN TPB

Written by Bruce Campbell and David Goodman, art by Rick Remender and Hilary Barta.

B-movie megastar Bruce Campbell of Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, and Bubba Ho-Tep fame comes to comics with this adaptation of his upcoming feature film. Campbell not only co-wrote the film with David Goodman, but directed and starred in it as well. However, in order to see his vision realized unadulterated by budgetary constraints, Campbell put the version of the script he wanted to shoot into the hands of artists Rick Remender and Hilary Barta.

Man with the Screaming Brain tells the story of a wealthy American businessman determined to exploit the crippled economy of a former Soviet state torn between communist roots and capitalist greed. But Campbell's character soon finds himself in the grip of a mad scientist with a twisted brain-transplant scheme worthy of Dr. Frankenstein.

Collecting the four-issue mini-series.

104 pages, $13.95, in stores on Nov. 16.

NEXUS ARCHIVES VOLUME 1 HC

Written by Mike Baron, art by Steve Rude.

On the distant moon of Ylum, an enigmatic man is plagued by nightmares. He is forced to dream of the past. He dreams of real-life butchers and tyrants, and what they have done. And then he finds them, and kills them.

The year is 2841, and this man is Nexus, a godlike figure who acts as judge, jury, and executioner for the vile criminals who appear in his dreams. He claims to kill in self-defense, but why? Where do the visions come from, and where did he get his powers? Though a hero to many, does he have any real moral code? These are but some of the questions that reporter Sundra Peale hopes to have answered. Collecting Nexus #1-3 (Vol. 1., black and white) and Nexus #1-4 (Vol. 2, full color), from Capital Comics.

216 pages, black and white, $49.95.

OH MY GODDESS! COLORS TPB

Written and art by Kosuke Fujishima.

Oh My Goddess! Colors is Dark Horse's English-language edition of a special collection first published in Japan. What's inside? Original publisher Kodansha, working with artist Kosuke Fujishima, produced color versions of four of the best-loved stories from the series, each centering on one of the goddesses. "The Number You Have Dialed Is Incorrect" is the one which started it all, as Belldandy appears when Keiichi reaches The Goddess Technical Help Line. Belldandy's big sister Urd becomes small in "Urd's Fantastic Adventure," and in "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," Skuld, the youngest of the sisters, wobbles through her first romance while learning to ride a bicycle. Finally, "Are You Being Served?" brings in the Fourth Goddess, the vampish Peorth, when Keiichi misdials again to reach Belldandy's rival agency...the Earth Assistance Hotline!

In addition to the four color stories, the Oh My Goddess! Colors collection contains a bonus original manga story by Fujishima fan Yoshitou Asari. And if that doesn't do the trick, Kosuke Fujishima weighs in with an eight-page profile of the Goddesses. Plus, an eighteen-page "Encyclopedia of Goddess Terminology," cross-referencing the people, places, and events of the first twenty-two volumes of OMG!, four pages on the cars, bikes, and planes of the series, the two-page "Rules of the Goddess' World," and a six-page thumbnail guide to the OMG! story chapters. Oh My Goddess! Colors is the ultimate official fan companion to the manga series!

192 pages, black and white, $19.95, in stores on Nov. 2.

REVELATIONS #3

Written by Paul Jenkins, art by Humberto Ramos, colored by Leonardo Olea.

Detective Charlie Northern continues his investigation into the possible murder of a highly influential cardinal, as the superstar creative team of Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos unveil a mystery of supernatural proportions in the Vatican City. Northern starts rounding up witnesses, only to find that someone seems to have gotten to them first. Questions lead to more questions, and soon, Northern's prodding into dark places puts his life in grave danger.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

STAR WARS: CLONE WARS VOLUME 7--WHEN THEY WERE BROTHERS TPB

Written by Haden Blackman and Miles Lang, art by Brian Ching and Nicola Scott, cover by Tomas Giorello.

Many on both sides of the Clone Wars have been wounded or killed. But the war has taken its toll on the survivors, too.Consumed by the belief that the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress still lives, Obi-Wan Kenobi has temporarily forsaken his duties and recruited Anakin Skywalker in his desperate hunt for Ventress.

But Anakin believes that Obi-Wan is chasing a ghost‹because he himself killed Ventress. And Anakin's doubts about his former Master's quest are not assuaged when, following the trail of the rumors of Ventress' existence, they walk into a trap set by their old enemies, the bounty hunter Durge and Count Dooku!

A tale that tests the strengths of the bonds of brotherhood! Collects Obsession #1-5 and the 2005 Free Comic Book Day comic.

144 pages, $17.95, in stores on Nov. 30.

STAR WARS: EMPIRE #38

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

"The Wrong Side of the War" part 3 of 5.Dissent in the ranks! Janek Sunber finds himself at odds--and at gunpoint‹with his fellow officers over the treatment of Imperial prisoners. Hardly an auspicious start to his new assignment, and made all the worse because the internal conflict blinds the Imperials to the presence of Rebel infiltrators in their midst!

But the biggest shock to Sunber--and the Rebels--is yet to come, from a most unexpected quarter! Allegiances are strained, identities are revealed, and a major strike against the Empire is in the offing. An issue that should not be missed! The return of Lieutenant Janek Sunber (the lead character in "To the Last Man," Empire #16-18).

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 5.

STAR WARS: REPUBLIC #82

Written by John Ostrander, penciled and cover by Jan Duursema, inked by Dan Parsons, colored by Brad Anderson.

"The Hidden Enemy," part 2 of 3. A battle rages on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. Victory is in sight for the clone armies of the Republic, led by Jedi Masters Yoda, Luminara Unduli, and Quinlan Vos, but none of them are aware that victory will lead to a betrayal that will change the galaxy forever. There is one chance to survive, and one course remaining to any who survive ...

The fate of the Jedi Order is sealed, but a single Jedi may find a path to the future ... or to the grave.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

STAR WARS: X-WING--ROGUE LEADER #2

Written by Haden Blackman, art by Tomas Giorello, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover by Gary Erskine.

On Wedge Antilles' home planet, Corellia, he and the other members of the Rogue Squadron are all that stand between an unarmed populace and a terrorist attack by remnants of Palpatine's Imperial forces.

Even the budding Jedi powers of Luke Skywalker won't be enough to tip the scales in the Rogues' favor, and to snatch victory from the jaws of this defeat may cost the life of one of their own!

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

SUPER MANGA BLAST! #57

By Mohiro Kitoh, Makoto Kobayashi, Kenichi Sonoda, Hiroyuki Utatane and Toshiya Takeda.

With the Cannon God Exaxxion team facing a Riofaldian assault squad, "Grandpa" Kano dons a nearly indestructible gun-suit to help his beloved androids defend their home base. Makoto Kobayashi's extended What's Michael? storyline continues! His hilarious "Planet of the Cats" series finds human astronauts suffering under the paws and whims of bipedal, feline captors. Would you have the strength to perform circus tricks for a crowd of attention-challenged cats? Fighting for their lives against super-powered terrorists, the heroes of Seraphic Feather cope with a deadly breach in their ship's hull. The Shadow Star cast recuperates from the events in the "Grudges" story arc, and Shiina seeks a safe haven from further Shadow Dragon attacks.

128 black-and-white pages, $5.99, in stores on Oct. 19.

THE 13TH SON: WORSE THING WAITING #1

Written and art by Kelley Jones, colored by Michelle Stewart.

Monsters fighting monsters! Monsters eating monsters! Monsters tearing monsters into little monster pieces! From one of comics' best and weirdest talents comes the creepiest new offering from Dark Horse's horror line--The 13th Son.

Created, written, and drawn by Kelley Jones, The 13th Son is the story of the world's ultimate monster, how he came to exist, and what this hideous creature has in store for our ill-fated world.

Born to a young woman driven to insanity and black magic by the deaths of her previous children, the 13th Son is a creature like nothing this world has seen before. Humans are not his target. It's the other monsters who walk this world‹the Wendigo, werewolves, ghouls, zombies, and vampires‹who live in fear of his enormous and terrifying powers. And what those powers are setting into motion is a horror beyond your deepest, darkest nightmares.

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

TRIGUN MAXIMUM VOLUME 7: HAPPY DAYS TPB

Written and art by Yashuhiro Nightow.

Unlike the subtitle of this new installment of Trigun Maximum, our hero, Vash the Stampede isn't exactly experiencing the happiest of days. Rather, his struggle with his brother-in-destruction, Knives, is escalating to extreme heights. But wait, before we get to the frantic action, creator Yasuhiro Nightow would like readers to know about these boys' mysterious pasts, and uses almost half of this issue presenting the lives of the two supermen before they fell to the dusty planet. This volume of Trigun Maximum promises not only past history, but future frenzy. For instance, you'll soon discover that not only is Vash not the only one of his kind, but neither is Wolfwood.

192 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on Nov. 2.

USAGI YOJIMBO #88

Written and art by Stan Sakai.

World-renowned storyteller Stan Sakai treats his readers to an all-out samurai brawl in this issue of Usagi Yojimbo! Fans of the rabbit ronin are well accustomed to Sakai's deft hand with dynamic fight scenes, and this issue gives him plenty to work with‹Usagi and Tomoe, captured and forced to work in Lord Sanada's illegal gold mine, lead a slave revolt! But they face Tomoe's murderous cousin, Noriko "the blood princess," and with her a horde of Sanada's deadly samurai. To make matters worse, the slaves only have shovels and hoes in their battle against lethal steel swords! And in the ensuing chaos, someone will be trapped inside the mine ... find out who in part six of "The Treasure of the Mother of Mountains"!

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.

ZOMBIEWORLD: CHAMPION OF THE WORMS 2nd ED. TPB

Written by Mike Mignola, art by Pat McEown.

Every year, publishers and movie studios churn out piles of new zombie yarns, but none have rivaled the originality of this tale about a reanimated priest from an ancient cult and the zombie outbreak he creates in order to sacrifice mankind to his dark gods. Dark horror and high adventure mingle as a team of heroes race against an unstoppable evil bent on the end of mankind.

Collecting the original three-issue miniseries, plus sketchbook material and updated commentary by Pat McEown, this new edition features a new cover by Mike Mignola and is the perfect package to reintroduce readers to this contemporary horror classic.

80 pages, $8.95, in stores on Nov. 16.

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