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Monday, October 10, 2005



Written and art by Kelley Jones.

It's an all-out war at the Monsters' Graveyard as the 13th Son faces off against thousands of horrifying creatures in this fateful fourth issue of Kelley Jones' latest horror masterwork!

With every corpse he adds to the pile of dead monsters he's hunted, the 13th Son is one step closer to achieving his goal of making way for the ultimate monster‹his very own 13th Son‹to walk the Earth. But the hunter is now the hunted, as the Earth's remaining monsters converge for a surprise attack to stop the Son and seek revenge for the legions of monsters he's killed along the way. Get ready for the biggest all-monster war ever depicted on the pages of a comic book.

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


Written and art by Stan Sakai.

In the tradition of the celebrated collections The Art of Sin City and The Art of Hellboy, Dark Horse is proud to showcase the work of multi award-winning creator Stan Sakai in The Art of Usagi Yojimbo, offered in a softcover format for the first time. The sold-out hardcover edition, timed to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the creation of Sakai's signature character, Usagi Yojimbo, was met with an overwhelming response from thousands of fans around the world. This softcover edition will be printed on the same high-quality paper stock and will feature scores of never-before-seen pieces, a long out-of-print twelve-page primer illustrating how Stan creates each of his Usagi stories, forty-eight full-color pages of Stan's beautiful painted artwork, and more. Additionally, some of the biggest names in comics pay tribute to their favorite rabbit ronin in a fantastic gallery section, with pinups by Frank Miller, Geof Darrow, Jeff Smith, Sergio Aragonés and Matt Wagner among others.

200 pages, black and white, 9 inches by 12 inches, $29.95, in stores on Feb. 22.


Written and art by Hiroaki Samura.

"Shortcut," part 3 of 5. Drugged and helpless, Manji's unconscious body is a bloody plaything in the hands of two demented medical examiners! Working for Habaki Kagimura, Burando and Mozen are determined to tap into the secrets of the kessen-chu, the mystical bloodworms that heal Manji's wounds and grant him near-immortality. As Mozen decides to take a direct, heavy-handed approach, the competitive, backstabbing Burando waits gleefully in the wings with katana and scalpel at the ready. Horror, politics, and squabbling surgeons, as Hiroaki Samura takes his award-winning samurai epic down a disturbing, gory pathway.

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


Written and art by Hiroaki Samura.

Kidnapped and bound by three Itto-ryü warriors, Rin is unable to warn her bodyguard Manji, the immortal swordsman, that he's heading into a trap. To make matters worse, the Itto-ryü possess a large dose of kessen-satsu, the only poison known to damage Manji's blood and severely cripple his regenerative abilities. And is Mugai-ryü assassin Giichi following Manji in order to help rescue Rin ... or will he just stick around long enough to finish off any survivors?

224 pages, black and white, 5 3/4 inches by 8 1/4 inches, $16.95, in stores on Feb. 15.


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

The frog plague explodes as the Black Flame's plan comes to a blazing conclusion. The B.P.R.D., shattered by recent events, marshals its remaining forces, and Liz Sherman puts together all the bits of information she's gathered from dreams and visions to play her apocalyptic role.

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


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

Eisner-award-nominated artist Cary Nord and Eisner-Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart return to Conan to launch a brand-new story arc by Kurt Busiek building up to the adaptation of Robert E. Howard's original Conan yarn, "The Hall of the Dead." Fresh from his triumphs in the City of Thieves with a willing, wanton wench at his side, Conan's out for the good life‹drinking, debauchery, and a nighttime looting spree so unrestrained that even the crowned heads of Zamora are displeased. All this attention-getting sets a rogue as wily as Conan on his tail, and if that wasn't enough, the Cimmerian's ways might just place him on the business end of an entire army.

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


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

The ultimate battle begins as King Conan crosses blades with the demonic swordsman who has been terrorizing the kingdom of Khitai from his haunted monastery. While these two warriors engage in mortal combat, an even greater evil reveals itself, a darkness that threatens to consume first the Far East, and then the world, unless Conan can make the necessary sacrifice to end its reign of misery. Superstar artist Pat Lee provides the cover for this final installment of the tale that explores King Conan's travels to the exotic eastern lands of Khitai.

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


Written and art by Hiroki Endo.

Graphic, cyberpunk, and philosophical, Eden is a place where endearing heroes face a constant struggle for survival and violent surprises wait around every corner! After a large portion of humanity is wiped out by a brutal, new virus, an organization known as the Propator seeks to wrest control of the world from the United Nations. Elijah, a young survivor with immunity to the virus, crosses paths with a group of supposed freedom fighters. His companion, an artificially intelligent combat robot named Cherubim, is appropriated and reprogrammed, and Elijah is pulled into a world of relentless peril and intrigue! Cybernetic enhancements! Extreme violence! This breathtaking ride is just getting started.

208 pages, black and white, 5 inches by 7 inches, $12.95, in stores on Feb. 1.


Written and art by Cosmic Debris.

In the third issue of Dark Horse's hottest new series, Emily ushers readers through 48 pages of weird, kooky, and hilarious stories all focused on the dark. To most people, journeying to ³the dark side² might seem like a bad thing. But to Emily, the dark side is the perfect place to go on all sorts of wild adventures with her posse of black kitties. Join Emily, Mystery, Sabbath, Nee Chee, and Miles as they journey to the dark side of the moon, meet photogenic monsters in the dark room, and explain exactly why there are some very good reasons to be afraid of the dark.

48 pages, black and white with red, $7.95, in stores on March 22.


Written and art by Eric Powell.

Giant man-eating eyeballs from another dimension, mad scientists, rampaging killer robots, and the Ghost of Christmas Past‹nothing out of the ordinary in the world of the Goon. Come take a traipse down Lonely Street with Goon and his pals as they defend their burg from all manner of monstrous disasters and ghouls in The Goon: Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof. This volume collects five magically dark and delightfully hilarious tales of chaos and daring-do, following the exploits of the man known only as The Goon as he fights his way through a horde of killer robots and even creatures from another dimension to help save his sometimes friend and ally Dr. Hieronymous Alloy from a mysterious disease. But there are plenty of bumps along the way, ultimately landing the Goon in Cade's Island Penitentiary, proving once more that no good deed goes unpunished. Collecting issues #9-#13 of the bimonthly Goon series.

144 pages, 7 inches by 10 inches, $16.95, in stores on Feb. 8.


Written by Ian Edginton, art by D'Israeli.

Dark Horse Comics presents Ian Edginton and D'Israeli's adaptation of the most famous science fiction novel of all time‹The War of the Worlds. In the closing years of the nineteenth century, the genteel tranquility of Victorian England is shattered by the arrival of an invasion force from the red planet‹Mars! Methodical and merciless, the Martians are intent on nothing less than the conquest and subjugation of the human race. Told from the point of view of an ordinary man caught up in the carnage and chaos, we witness firsthand how the then-greatest empire in the world is brought to its knees by the Martians' cool alien intellect and the implacable heat ray.

72 pages, 7 inches by 10 inches, $14.95, in stores on March 22.


Written by Christian Gossett, art by Dustin Weaver.

Filmmaker Carl Denham and his crew battle against a growing onslaught of terrors from a world long thought lost in their desperate but determined mission to rescue actress Ann Darrow from the dark heart of the Island of the Skull. Little do they know that nothing they face, be it savage islanders or bloodthirsty dinosaurs, will prepare them for the revelation of the mighty wonder in whose clutches Ann truly remains‹King Kong. Based on motion picture by Peter Jackson, this three-issue comics adaptation captures all of the action, all of the romance, and all of the terror of the 8th Wonder of the World.

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


Written by John Stanley, art by Stanley and Irving Tripp.

Long hailed as one of the best (and funniest) comic books ever published, Little Lulu is once again a reading staple for kids of all ages thanks to these new collections of the classic material. Whether she's spinning the tallest tale of her life to sooth the savage neighbor tot Alvin, hatching schemes to invite both friends and enemies to her birthday party, or winning prizes in a ski-jump contest she hasn't even entered, Little Lulu's adorable antics will leave you breathless with laughing and eager to keep reading.

200 pages, black and white, 6 inches by 9 inches, $9.95, in stores on Feb. 8.


By Brian K. Vaughan, Howard Chaykin, Stuart Moore, Jason Alexander, Jed Dougherty, Phil Winslade and more, cover by Brian Bolland.

For the first time in the illustrious illustrated history of Michael Chabon Presents The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, the mysterious Luna Moth takes center stage! Kicking it off is a stunning image of our heroine by regular cover artist Brian Bolland.

Writer Brian K. Vaughan returns with the second installment of their ongoing feature "The Escapists." This chapter also introduces rising star Jason Alexander as a new regular contributor to the feature. Next, Luna Moth takes her faithful readers on a mind-bending tour of "The Library of Consciousness" as curated by the good Messrs. Howard Chaykin and hot new artist Jed Dougherty. Decades worth of Luna Moth incarnations materialize and battle over a malicious sprite, but why? Also in this issue, Stuart Moore and Phil Winslade present their own version of the Adams/O'Neil "relevant comics" of the 1970s with "Union City Blues." Fitting neatly into the Sunshine Comics era of the Escapist series, our blue-suited hero appears in this story of Nixon, unions, and a thinly disguised gonzo journalist.

80 pages, $8.95, in stores on Jan. 11.


Written by Mike Baron, art by Steve Rude.

In this second volume of the acclaimed and multiple Eisner Award-winning series, reluctant vigilante Nexus‹AKA Horatio Hellpop‹sets out with the gregarious warrior Judah Maccabee for a drinking man's tour of the galaxy. They are soon waylaid when Judah, well past the legal blood-alcohol limit for operating a spacecraft, gets the pair sucked into a black hole! But instead of meeting their untimely end, they meet Š the Badger?! Meanwhile, back on the moon Ylum, the plot thickens with mysterious ruins, a coerced presidential election, and Ursula X. X. Imada's relentless espionage. The last thing this refugee population needs while Nexus is out of commission is the reappearance of mass murderer Claudius the Slaver, and guess who's coming for dinner Collects issues #5 and #6 of Nexus Volume 2 from Capital Comics and issues #7 through #11 of Nexus Volume 2 from First Comics.

216 pages, 7 inches by 10 1/2 inches, $49.95, in stores on Feb. 22.


Now that Keiichi and the goddess in his life are the hot item on campus, they find themselves constantly putting out fires! First, to raise money for the N.I.T. Motor Club, they get roped into posing nude together for a life drawing class‹even though, as Keiichi's sister correctly guesses, they haven't even kissed yet! Then his ³buddies² in the club stake Bell-chan as the wager in a funnybike race‹but Keiichi has trouble seeing the humor when it starts coming apart at high speed! After all this, Keiichi just wants to relax and watch some home video ... except this video introduces (literally) a second goddess into his life‹Belldandy's "sophisticated" older sister, Urd!

192 pages, black and white, 5 inches by 7 inches, $10.95, in stores on Feb. 8.


Written by Todd Dezago, art by Craig Rousseau, cover by Rico Renzi.

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


Written by John Shirley.

The year is 2117,A.D. Humanity has seized the stars, using reverse-engineered alien technology to explore the far reaches of space. For a hundred years the Predators, sadistic extraterrestrial hunters, have been a dim memory. For a hundred years, we've been safe. That ends now. Cast in daylight for years at a time, the almost eternally lit jungle planet known as Midnight is the home to more than a thousand colonists, explorers building a haven on a new world. But the settlers aren't alone. The Predators have been on this planet all along. When the ravenous creatures attack an arriving spacecraft and capture the settlers as both slaves and prey for their hunt, terraforming the planet takes a back seat to a new fight for survival.

250 pages, $6.99, in stores on Feb. 8.


Written by Paul Jenkins, art and cover by Humberto Ramos, colored by Leonardo Olea. Detective Charlie Northern's investigation into the suspicious death of the Pope's successor comes to its shocking conclusion, rocking Northern's faith, and lack thereof, to its very core. The dark rituals of a blasphemous cult operating beneath the Vatican are brought into the light, and Cardinal Toscianni's role in these events, which have threatened the heart of the Church, proves to be anything but expected. Learn how and why one unexplained death set off a string of homicides leading straight to Northern in this surprising final installment to Jenkins and Ramos' superlative occult murder mystery.

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


Written by Kazuo Koike, art by Goseki Kojima.

It's the final volume of Samurai Executioner, and like the previous nine volumes, the last is a combination of life's varying tides of good fortune and ill circumstance. The woman who once stole the weapons of samurai cops is becoming a cop herself. It's a story of gender struggles in a time long past. All the while, criminals keep losing their heads to Asa the decapitator. But one criminal might leave something behind that could hurt our favorite protagonist.

224 pages, black and white, 4 inches by 6 inches, $9.95, in stores on March 22.


Written and art by Umezu Kazuo.

The spine-chilling influence of Japanese horror cinema has taken hold in Western audiences with hit films like The Ring that are based on Japanese films adapted from classic manga stories. And the master of horror manga is Umezu Kazuo‹known as the "Stephen King of Japan," with several of his stories being adapted to film‹and Dark Horse Manga is proud to bring his Scary Book horror anthology to Western readers for the first time. This first volume, Reflections, presents two feature-length tales of terror. In "Mirror," a narcissistic girl's reflection begins to take mean-spirited command of her life; and in "Demon's Revenge," a sadistic samurai master bent on seeking retribution for his son's injuries finds the tables of vengeance turned against him. Find out what Japanese readers have known for many years: you haven't been scared until you've been scared by Umezu Kazuo.

232 pages, black and white, 5 inches by 7 inches, $14.95, in stores on Feb. 8.


Written and art by Tony Takezaki.

The crazy, sexy, and relentless Space Pinchy is back! The last of the Pinch tribe, Pinchy travels through the stars in search of treasures left behind by her ancestors, and it's never an easy hunt. But one thing is for certain, it's always hilarious. From the crazy manga mind of Tony Takezaki, Space Pinchy is a frenetic series of sexy high jinks, rendered in beautiful, 3D, curvy color. Join Pinchy and her naughty alien companion, Audrey Q as they somehow escape the most dire and ridiculous consquences Takezaki can think up!

52 pages, 3.99, in stores on Jan. 18.


By Jeremy Barlow, Ron Marz, Brandon Badeaux, Jeff Johnson, Joe Corroney, Adriana Melo, Nicloa Scott and Michael Atiyeh.

Luke Skywalker fights side-by-side with a shipwrecked veteran from the Clone Wars, Han Solo's flirtations with an old flame land him in the fire, and BoShek (the galaxy's second-coolest smuggler) attracts a whole lotta blaster fire from Rebels and Imperials alike in this collection featuring some of the most unexpected stories in the era of the Empire! Whether it's BoShek transporting an innocent-enough looking girl, Han making a supply run for the resource-strapped Alliance, or Luke flying escort for a Rebel Intelligence team on a supposedly deserted planet, these adventures may start as routine missions, but their endings are anything but predictable.

120 pages, 7 inches by 10 inches, $14.95, in stores on Feb. 22.


Written by John Jackson Miller, art by Brian Ching, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover by Travis Charest.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Dark Horse is completely relaunching its Star Wars publishing line. This series is the first of many new titles to come. On the planet Taris, a young Padawan named Zayne has been framed for a heinous and brutal crime against the Jedi order. Suddenly a wanted fugitive and on the run from his Jedi Masters, Zayne is forced to ally himself with the under-city's criminals, con artists, and petty thieves he'd previously vowed to bring to justice. Staying alive is the first order of business and if he's ever to clear his name, Zayne must make this new alliance work ... providing he survives the experience.

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


Written and art by Joe Kubert.

A stunning, five-part adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Return of Tarzan highlights this archival collection, which reprints Joe Kubert's Tarzan comics, issues 215 through 224. With color restoration based off of Tatjana Wood's original colors, this beautiful hardcover is a must-have for fans of pulse-pounding adventure tales and students of the graphic narrative. Writing, drawing, and editing a monthly Tarzan comic-book series in the 1970s, Joe Kubert was able to illustrate the adventures of his childhood hero and produce some of the most engaging pages of his career. Tarzan: The Joe Kubert Years Volume 2, also includes "Death is My Brother," "The Renegades," "The Black Queen," and other dynamic stories inspired by Burroughs' classic books. Reprinting Tarzan issues #215-#224 (originally published by DC Comics).

208 pages, $49.95, in stores on Feb. 22.


Written by Yasuhiro Nightow.

Okay, now this is just getting scary. Knives has imprisoned Vash, and now he's going around gathering plants. By plants, I don't mean green things growing out of the ground, but instead those angelic, humanoid, powerful plant-beings that make it possible for humans to live on the planet Gunsmoke. Vash and Knives are themselves a form of plant, and have the same power, but what will Knives do with this huge power supply? Meanwhile, things are looking pretty tough for Wolfwood. And speaking of Nick, this volume contains a special spin-off chapter based on our favorite preacher-slash-gunslinger. Learn a little more about the man in the suit with the confessional helmet.

224 pages, black and white, 5 inches by 7 inches, $9.95, in stores on Feb. 1.


Written and art by Stan Sakai.

Stan Sakai digs into a ghost story in this issue of Usagi Yojimbo! Shortly after escaping their enslavement at the territory's edge, Usagi and the Geishu bodyguard Tomoe return to Lord Noriyuki's castle only to be greeted by a savage murder. The victim was a member of a trade delegation sent by Lord Kojima, and all evidence implicates a maid who died ten years ago! Unless Tomoe and the long-eared ronin can solve this mystery, treaty negotiations will dissolve completely ... and another throat may be clawed out. What is the dark story behind the ghost of Geishu Castle? The hauntings begin in this first half of a two-part story, "The Ghost in the Well."

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

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