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Saturday, November 5, 2005



By various.

Two extraterrestrial species have haunted‹and hunted‹mankind throughout history: one a parasitic killing machine that uses humans as unwilling hosts for its lethal offspring, the other a relentless stalker that uses otherworldly stealth technology and weaponry to take men as grisly trophy kills. For over two decades, Dark Horse Comics has catalogued these terrifying contacts, harnessing the talents of a virtual who's who list of comics, science-fiction, and fantasy illustrators to bring these tales to life. And now, one deluxe volume gathers all the best of these visual horrors into one arena. Aliens/Predator Panel to Panel showcases page after page of some of the most compelling artworks ever seen in graphic fiction, stunning visions by John Bolton, Dave Dorman, Mark Schultz, Richard Corben, Mike Mignola, Doug Wheatley, Arthur Suydam, Mark A. Nelson, Alex Maleev, Den Beauvais, Glenn Fabry, Jon Foster, David Michael Beck, Sam Keith, Doug Mahnke, and many, many more.

192 pages, $19.95, in stores on March 22.


Written and art by Hiroaki Samura.

"Shortcut," part 3 of 5. Hiroaki Samura takes his readers on a stroll down a dark, disturbing pathway in the "Shortcut" story arc. Mozen's recently botched "exploratory operation" on Manji brings unexpected results. Backstabbing Burando, Kagimura's most deranged medical examiner, is about to have his chance to cut into Manji to explore the secrets of the kessen-chu, the mystical bloodworms that heal Manji's wounds and grant him near-immortality. Enraged and in chains in Kagimura's prison, Manji befriends his dim-witted cellmate, Dewanosuke, and begins to formulate an escape plan.

32 pages, black and white, $2.99.


Written by Roy Thomas, art by John Buscema, Howard Chaykin and others.

Treading the long and winding path toward his eventual monarchy, Conan becomes witness to the corruption and devastation of many a fantastic kingdom along the way. Not the least of which being the marvelous, and equally dangerous, lands of Harakht‹home to the fearsome Hawk-Riders and their enormous avian beasts. Despite the overwhelming odds and the presence of a mysterious, earthbound space rock, it will take more than a flock of giant and savage birds to strike fear in the Barbarian's heart. With his lover Bêlit‹the Queen of the Black Coast‹at his side, no threats, terrestrial or otherwise, will prevent Conan from fulfilling his destiny, Featuring nine more issues from the famed Roy Thomas/John Buscema run on Conan the Barbarian, stories showcasing Conan's adventures with Belit the She-Pirate, one of Robert E. Howard's most powerful and beloved female characters. Collecting Marvel's Conan the Barbarian #72-77, and #79-81.

168 pages, $16.95, in stores on March 8.


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

Conan crossed the wrong people, and now he's got the entire Zamorian Army on his tail, led by a rogue who may be even more cunning than Conan. But Conan's not running, and he's not hiding -- if they want a fight, he'll give it to them. Yet, even if he can take on an entire army and win, there are worse things in Zamora than swords, and worse sorcerers to unleash them. Will they succeed in destroying the daring Cimmerian . . . or will they just make him mad?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 8.


Written and art by Paul Chadwick.

Standing in the shadow of celebrity has its ups and downs, as Concrete's personal assistant, Larry Munro, knows all too well. But there are darker places than any shadow, as Larry learns the hard way when he is taken hostage by a psychotic gunman who forces Larry to be his chauffeur on a road trip destined to end in disaster . . . unless Larry can muster the courage to act. The return of Paul Chadwick's award-winning Concrete has ushered in a resurgence of interest in the acclaimed series, and Killer Smile is Chadwick's darkest Concrete work, a harrowing tale Frank Miller called "edge-of-your-seat suspense, full of unpredictable twists and turns." This value-priced volume collects Killer Smile plus bonus short stories. This volume contains Killer Smile #1-4, short stories "Under the Desert Stars," "Four-Wheeled Sleeping Pill," "King of the Early Evening," "Enough World," "Family Night," "American Christmas" and "100 Horrors."

184 pages, $12.95, in stores on March 15.


Written by Kazuo Koike, art by Ryoichi Ikegami.

He is Yo Himomura, deadly assassin for the 108 Dragons, the Chinese Mafia. But to the criminal underworld who fear him, he is known as Crying Freeman, the killer who sheds tears at the fate of his victims. Young, handsome, sensitive, an artist, Yo has been hypnotically programmed by his Dragon masters to kill on command: he cannot resist his masters' commands to kill, his masters cannot stop his tears of remorse. Written by the legendary Kazuo Koike, creator of Lone Wolf and Cub, and illustrated by the incomparable Ryoichi Ikegami, Crying Freeman is adult manga at its most challenging: dark, violent, morally complex, erotically charged, and regarded worldwide as one of the classics of adult graphic fiction. Dark Horse Manga is proud to present Crying Freeman, yet another of the jewels in the crown of manga classics, presented in its original right-to-left reading orientation.

408 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on March 8.


Written and art by Eric Powell.

The tide has turned in Goon's war against the undead hordes of the Zombie Priest‹or has it? With Buzzard now preventing the harvest of any fresh corpses from the cemetery, the Priest grows desperate. So desperate that he unleashes incantations of previously unseen power to create a whole new breed of minion‹one that may be beyond even the strength of the Goon to contain. But one pays a price for conjuring such evil into the world, and the Zombie Priest quickly discovers that the cost of such power may be far more than he bargained for.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 15.


Coming up on the 25th anniversary of Matt Wagner's multiple award-winning creation, this signed-and-numbered limited-edition art print is the proverbial shot across the bow‹Dark Horse's opening salvo heralding the Grendel goodness to come. One of the modern masters of comics art, Matt Wagner honed his skill with tales of the Devil, a spirit of vengeance passed down through the ages in bloody incarnations that have chilled readers to the bone. Appropriately immortalized in this high-quality poster-sized archival print is the very first of Wagner's Grendel characters‹Hunter Rose! This gorgeous image first graced the cover of the collected Grendel: Red, White, & Black trade paperback anthology, and is now available to grace the walls of your own home. Individually signed and numbered by Wagner, these 17" x 24 1/2" prints have been limited to an edition of only one hundred. They ship flat, shrink-wrapped to a cardboard backing, and will arrive ready for framing. Available now, this limited supply will not last long.

Signed and numbered, limited to 100, $100.


Written by Charlotte Lamb, art by Toko Hanabusa.

Quincy wouldn't have seen this coming in her wildest dreams. What ordinary girl-next-door would? One minute you're sitting down to tea in your kitchen, talking with a friend, and the next‹the man of your dreams comes knocking at your door, and he's looking for you. Quincy never expected to be swept off her feet by a gorgeous, world-famous pop star, but now that it's happening, she's not sure she's the right one for him. Swept up in the glamorous thrill of it all, Quincy is worried that it's all happening a little too fast, not to mention her concerns that she's really not the right girl to call a sexy superstar her boyfriend. It's a good thing for Joe that his desire to be with her is as strong as his star appeal.

160 pages, black and white, $9.95.


Written by Margaret Way, art by Misao Hoshiai.

Alex's life was moving in a dream direction. A beautiful prima ballerina with a promising career, she had long ago sacrificed many things‹including her first love‹to pursue her dream of dancing on the world's most prestigious stages. When fate strikes Alex a terrible blow, and a devastating injury leaves her unable to dance. As if the loss of her hard-earned career wasn't enough, Alex is shocked when the first visitor to call on her in the hospital is Scott -- the man whose love she denied to pursue her dream to dance. Will fate strike another devastating blow to the fallen ballerina, or does Scott have something more to offer her than a regretful look at a long-lost love?

120 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on March 1.


Written by Mike Mignola, art by Mignola and Richard Corben, colored by Dave Stewart.

Award-winning Hellboy creator Mike Mignola teams with comics legend Richard Corben. Corben has been creating bizarre and beautiful comics since the 1970s, working on the most notable horror and sci-fi titles of the original small-press boom. His work was brought to the big screen in the film Heavy Metal, and he achieved mainstream stardom finally with recent collaborations with Brian Azzarello and Garth Ennis, bringing a fresh perspective to such characters as the Hulk and the Punisher, among others. Set long before the life-changing events of this year's The Island, this two-parter reveals Hellboy's earlier encounter with the powerful mythology of Africa. Mignola writes and provides the cover, as well as drawing part of the story, with the lion's share drawn by Corben, in the collaboration which promises to be the horror-comics event of the year.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 1.


Written and art by Miki Rinno.

Ju-On: Video Side is the manga adaptation of the Japanese horror movie that spawned an enormous franchise in Japan ... and inspired a blockbuster Hollywood remake. This chilling tale of murder, secrets, and revenge centers on a home and the ugly events that transpired there. The place now has new owners, but there is a vile presence that permeates the building and pollutes every surface. What wickedness set off this unstoppable angry spirit? Why has its bloody grudge infected the home and its inhabitants? In the spirit of The Ring, Ju-On delivers a dark warning of a cursed spirit and the corrupting influence it has on the living.

232 pages, $9.95, in stores on March 15.


Written by Christian Gossett, art by Dustin Weaver, cover by Dave Dorman.

This is it‹the eye-popping conclusion to the comic adapting the most anticipated motion picture event of the year, Peter Jackson's King Kong. The ancient power of the awe-inspiring Kong collides with the modern age in the ultimate showdown between civilization and Nature‹with the actress Ann Darrow caught in the middle! Man and beast rage in an epic struggle that extends beyond the feeble reaches of time, as each tries to prove once and for all its right to live, and more importantly, to reign.

40 pages, $3.99, in stores on Feb. 22.


Written by Kazuo Koike, art by Kazuo Kamimura.

Lady Snowblood is a woman born with a singular purpose, revenge. Revenge for the death of her father at the hands of greedy criminals. Revenge for the life of her mother, who birthed her in a prison to continue this demon's path of death. Sometimes this path is odd, sometimes sexy, often painful, and always violent. By means of a world's worth of skills, Lady Snowblood will find her revenge. But who knows what lies at the end of this path.

224 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on March 22.


Written by Russ Manning, Robert Schaefer and Eric Freiwald, art by Manning.

In the year 4000, when the human race is threatened by robots that would enslave mankind, one man alone has the power to fight back: Magnus, Robot Fighter. Dark Horse delivers another fantastic collection of rare classics from a comics legend! Russ Manning, famous for his spectacular work on the Tarzan newspaper strips of the late sixties, brought fans his ³Tarzan of the future² in Magnus, Robot Fighter. While his work on the original comic series lasted only twenty-one issues, Manning's creation has survived generations, influencing countless science fiction artists and writers to this day. Fans of Alex Raymond, Mac Raboy, or Wally Wood should not miss this beautifully bound hardcover‹the third Magnus archival collection and the latest addition to Dark Horse's line of science fiction classics.

176 pages, $49.95, in stores on March 15.


Written and art by Toru Yamazaki.

Toru Yamazaki made a big, bloody splash in the mid-1990s when his outrageous Octopus Girl horror stories debuted. This talented and twisted manga artist has found recent popularity in different fields, as a major Japanese television personality and a recording artist. Be prepared to be mind-boggled with his first insane manga collection, as the delightfully disturbing Octopus Girl is finally presented in English. Teenage monsters lose their hearts and heads in a relentlessly gory collection of dark humor and horror! Carving a comical niche in modern horror manga, Toru Yamazaki's Octopus Girl serves up the most disgusting dishes of heartbreak and revenge found on land or at sea. Have a side order of nervous laughter with your main course of bloodcurdling fear, some gore with your teen angst, and some killer instincts with your kawaii! These shocking vignettes will hypnotize fans of the macabre and the absurd, as intestines, eyeballs, and fluids of all sorts shoot enthusiastically across Yamazaki's pages!

192 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on March 22.


Written by Todd Dezago, art by Craig Rousseau.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 22.


Written and art by Rei Mikamoto.

The last time we saw Reiko, the beautiful, young necromancer, she had her head sliced off! But you can't keep a bad girl down. Our Miss Reiko has got a few friends in dark places who'll make sure she hasn't shuffled off this motal coil just yet, even if she has to borrow a body or two. Part Sixth Sense and part Evil Dead‹the ultra-violent, comical, and disturbing manga Reiko the Zombie Shop has been resurrected Stateside and translated into English in its original format for the first time.

200 pages, $12.95, in stores on March 8.


Written by L.A. Banks.

In the politically charged years of the early 1980s many immigrants escaped a nightmarish existence under Castro's rule and fled Cuba for America. One immigrant would cut a bloody path of destruction across the Florida landscape in a rampage fueled by drugs, rage, and paranoia. In a dark vision of the American Dream gone wrong, Oliver Stone and Brian De Palma created a classic character in Tony Montana in their re-envisioning of the mobster tale Scarface. But Tony Montana's story didn't begin there. In these two new novels from DH Press we will take you inside the life of Montana, going back to the years before his arrival in America to see what events shaped him into the man he became and what dire choices set him on the course of madness that would lead to a carnage-filled conclusion in the streets of Miami. But Tony Montana's story didn't begin there. Two new novels from DH Press will take you inside the life of Montana, going back to the years before his arrival in America to see what events shaped him into the man he became and what dire choices set him on the course of madness that would lead to a carnage-filled conclusion in the streets of Miami.

300 pages, $6.99, in stores on March 8.


Written and art by Kanako Inuki.

The Queen of Horror Manga, Kanako Inuki, brings you School Zone, a series about ordinary children who encounter the strange and terrifying at their very own school, and discover that many ghost stories, urban legends, and superstitions are truly and horribly real.

192 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on March 29.


Written by Tony Takezaki.

It's hilarious! It's sexy! And it's completely different. From the crazy mind of Japan's freakiest manga creator comes Space Pinchy, a fantastically rendered. 3-D comics odyssey that defies logic, decency, and...gravity! In space unfathomable, adventure awaits! Especially when you're the last of a lost tribe in search of relics. And super-especially if you're Pinchy Pink! A sexy vixen with a skintight suit and a no-nonsense attitude, Pinchy cannot be stopped by even the nastiest of alien perverts.

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on Feb. 22.


Written by John Ostrander, penciled by Jan Duursema, inked by Dan Parsons, colore by Brad Anderson, cover by Tomas Giorello.

While both the Republic and the Separatists have suffered staggering losses during the Clone Wars, nothing could have prepared them for the battle they face on the desert world of Saleucami. Beneath the surface of this Outer Rim planet, the Dark Jedi Sora Bulq has begun cloning an army of Morgukai assassins. Unwilling to leave this grave new threat unchecked, the Jedi and their armies soon find themselves entrenched in a five-month siege. Now, time and resources have run out, and it's up to a crack team of Jedi, led by Quinlan Vos and Aayla Secura, to infiltrate the Separatist base. Collecting stories from Star Wars: Republic #72-77.

144 pages, $17.95, in stores on March 22.


Written by John Jackson Miller, penciled by Brian Ching, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover byTravis Charest.

Life in the Jedi Order isn't supposed to be easy. It's a culture of strict discipline, hard work, and self-control, and only the galaxy's brightest and most gifted graduate to the Order's upper echelon of Knights and Masters. This is a dilemma padawan Zayne Carrick has faced most of his life, knowing that he might not possess the smarts or abilities needed to rise above his station--it's a problem further compounded by his being accused of murder and put on the run, his former friends and allies out to get him, and the alien con man he's chained to doing everything he can to shake the young Jedi. But there are greater forces at work and Zayne's about to learn that the will of the Force moves in mysterious ways.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 22.


Written by John Jackson Miller and Thomas Andrews, art by Brian Ching, covers by Ching and Brandon Badeaux.

A primer for the first new series in Dark Horse's exciting relaunch of the Star Wars line, this flip book features two brand new stories (one on each side) and never-before-seen concept designs for both Rebellion and Knights of the Old Republic. The Knights of the Old Republic side presents a world four thousand years before the birth of Anakin Skywalker, where the Jedi Order flourishes, the Sith are at their most deadly, and the legendary Mandalorian army are on the verge of a devastating march across the galaxy. It's here that Zayne, a young Jedi with a grand destiny, takes his first steps into a larger and more dangerous world. Set prior to the event of The Empire Strikes Back, the Rebellion half gives a glimpse into the lives of Luke Skywalker, Rebel Jorin Sol, and Imperial Officer Janek Sunber, just before the events of the new series.

24 pages, 25 cents, in stores on Feb. 1.


Written by Jamie Delano, art by David Lloyd.

Mysteriously marooned in an unnamed ocean, a man named Ishmael is rescued by pirates and sold into slavery. His past is a blank. Equipped only with courage, a talent for action heroics and the inspiration of a half-remembered love, he must flirt with the sinister tentacles of Hydracorp to win his freedom. The Territory is a land of wonder and fear; hidden in its dark heart, a haunting truth that Ishmael is driven to discover. But there are no maps to The Territory. Those who would explore it must draw their own.

96 pages, $13.95, in stores on March 8.


Written and art by Stan Sakai.

The hauntings continue! Last issue the rabbit ronin, Usagi Yojimbo, was faced with a mysterious and grisly murder at Geishu Castle, but the leading suspect was a woman who has been dead for ten years! Now, after another murder attempt, Usagi himself is believed to be the ruthless assassin! The long-eared wanderer must team with Tomoe and a distrustful bodyguard to solve the mystery of the Geishu ghost‹before its razor-sharp claws carve into another victim. Catch the conclusion to the two-part "The Ghost in the Well."

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 22.


By Stan Sakai.

Stan Sakai's creation, the rabbit ronin Usagi Yojimbo, is one of the most beloved and enduring characters in comics today. With over twenty years of adventures throughout feudal Japan, countless awards, and a following that spans the globe, this long-eared samurai continues to attract life-long fans, and the comics master who tells his stories is the nicest guy around.Dark Horse is pleased to offer discriminating Usagi readers a poster-sized art print of this beautiful painting originally created for The Art of Usagi Yojimbo. Featuring Usagi, Tomoe, Gen, and sensei Katsuichi, these 17" x 24 1/2" prints are individually signed and numbered by Stan, printed on high-quality archival paper stock, and limited to an edition of only one hundred. Shipped flat and shrink-wrapped to a cardboard backing, they will arrive ready for framing.

Signed and numbered, limited to 100, $100.


Written and art by Yoshitka Amano.

Yoshitaka Amano's lush ethereal paintings of magical creatures, spirits, goblins, and apparitions have been praised and admired all over the world. In Fairies he turns his considerable talent to capturing in breathtaking images characters from such beloved stories as Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the wizard Merlin and his muse the intoxicating Nimue, mermaids of the deep as well as his interpretation of fairies from Celtic and Japanese mythology.

80 pages, $24.95, in stores on Feb. 8.

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