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SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2006

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR SEPTEMBER

APOCALYPSE NERD #4

Written and art by Peter Bagge.

Our "heroes" have stumbled across a self-sustaining community of seemingly well-organized scientists and engineers. What luck! The encampment also has food and computers, and the only news that the pair have heard since Seattle went up in a cloud of nuclear smoke. But just when our neurotic, geeky protagonist Perry starts to feel he's sittin' pretty, all hell breaks loose! This could be a permanent rift between him and his best friend, Gordo . . . what's happened now?!

Also, in "Founding Fathers Funnies," those wacky Bean Towners John Hancock, Paul Revere, and Sam and John Adams raise a little terrorist-style hell of their own.

22 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 6.

BERSERK VOLUME 14 TPB

Written and art by Kentaro Miura.

The once unbeatable Band of the Hawk is smashed, and their former leader, Griffith, has made an unholy pact with the demon lords of the Godhand, sacrificing his former troops to resurrect his crippled body and ascend to stand in power beside these profane gods. The Invocation of Doom has unleashed a plague of unspeakable horrors upon the earth, and the first battle not only shatters the Hawks, but the hand of their champion, Guts, and the mind of their captain and Guts' lover, Casca. And while time may heal some of Guts' wounds, it will not heal his desire for vengeance. And his discovery of a gigantic, dragon-slaying sword might be just the ticket to deal out some king-sized payback!

Also included in this volume: "Berserk Prototype," the very first Berserk story, created during Kentaro Miura's college days as his audition that sold the series.

240 pages, black and white, $13.95, in stores on Nov. 29.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #117

Written and art by Hiroaki Samura.

The conclusion of the "On the Perfection of Anatomy" story arc, and. . .the return of Giichi! Monthly readers will be surprised to see the state Giichi in! Rin and Hyakurin have found one of their missing friends, but do they really want to know what he's been up to since the Mugai-ryŁ disbanded? Will he still be the warrior he once was, especially after the injuries he sustained in Samura's "Trickster" storyline? Rin, tortured over Manji's disappearance, is determined to check every clue and look into every lead, but disturbing Edo Castle is tantamount to suicide. This issue also continues Hiroaki Samura's hilarious "Biography" piece, accompanied by hard-to-find Samura pinupsčextras found only in this monthly series!

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 13.

CONAN #32

Written by Kurt Busiek, art and cover by Greg Ruth.

Kurt Busiek and Greg Ruth return to Conan with another blood-stirring installment of "Born on the Battlefield," a series of stand-alone stories chronicling Conan's portentous formative years. Spring has come to the hard hills of Cimmeria and life is eventful for Conančthe robust youth earning the affection of more than one young woman. Yet gentle days are not long-lived in this land. A storm comes on the horizon. When it breaks, Conan will discover the consequences of his choices, determining not only his own fate, but that of his entire village -- featuring the formative event from Robert E. Howard's account of Conan's youth: the boy vs. the bull!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 20.

CONAN AND THE SONGS OF THE DEAD #3

Written by Joe R. Lansdale, art by Timothy Truman, colored by Dave Stewart.

Conan lays waste to sorcerous abominations birthed from the wretched desert as famous horror and western writer Joe R. Lansdale continues to give Timothy Truman the most hard-hided sword-and-sorcery scenes ever drawn. Amidst the burning desolation of Stygia, Conan has acquired a camel, a drunken companion, and objects of great power coveted by a wizard whose greed is only rivaled by his hate. What Conan seeks is profit, but he will take a fight -- especially if it means teaching a dark sorcerer about the merciless ways of Cimmerian steel.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 20.

THE DARK HORSE BOOK OF MONSTERS HC

By Mike Mignola, Kurt Busiek, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Leah Moore, John Reppion, Scott Allie, William Hope Hodgson, Keith Giffen, Timothy Green II, Jill Thompson, Paul Lee, Gary Gianni, Arvid Nelson, Juan Ferreyra and Brian Horton.

Mike Mignola takes Hellboy on a monster-crunching mission and Gary Gianni provides illustrations for a classic tale of South Seas horror by William Hope Hodgson in this fourth addition to Dark Horse's Eisner-nominated books of Hauntings, Witchcraft, and The Dead.

Along with Mignola and Gianni, Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson -- who won Eisners in both 2004 and 2005 for their stories in Hauntings and Witchcraft -- return to unveil a new painted story starring everyone's favorite evil-fighting strays. Also included is an homage to the great creature comics of Jack Kirby, by Kurt Busiek and Keith Giffen, and many more terrifying yarns by some of the most talented folks in comics!

96 pages, $15.95, in stores on Nov. 22.

DWIGHT T. ALBATROSS'S THE GOON NOIR #1

By Patton Oswalt, Steve Niles, Tom Sniegoski, Eric Powell, Mark Farmer, Mike Ploog, Bill Morrison and Ryan Sook, cover by Powell.

A few of the most famousest funnymen in film and television join forces with comics' best and brightest to bring you a hilarious new perspective on the world of Eric Powell's The Goon, in this new three-part, black-and-white anthology series.

In this issue, humor expert Patton Oswalt,who's no stranger to comics, scribes a short story of Goon's sidekick Franky, while legendary artist Mike Ploog provides the art.

And that's just fer starters! Also included is a gooey helping of other short stories by the likes of Steve Niles and Ryan Sook, Bongo Comics' own Bill Morrison, and the first in a string of serialized shorts from series creator Eric Powell and frequent co-conspirators Tom Sniegoski and Mark Farmer.

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 20.

EDEN: IT'S AN ENDLESS WORLD! VOLUME 5 TPB

Written and art by Hiroki Endo.

Backed by their military might and mutated Aeon soldiers, Propater forces continue to seek possession of our planet. They also seek to maintain possession of a body stuck in suspended animationča body whose consciousness has just been downloaded into outlaw Sophia's sophisticated, cyber-enhanced system. Sophia lost her body years ago, with only her brain surviving the flesh-destroying plague that decimated the world. Will she risk her own existence for a chance to reunite Maya's body with his mind? To make matters worse, Elijah enlists the aid of an old friend and plans an ambush at a Gnosian airport. Desperate, young Elijah seeks a reunion of a different sort . . . and he'll kill anyone who stands in his way!

216 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on Nov. 1.

THE ESCAPISTS #3

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Steve Rolston and Jason Alexander, cover by John Cassaday.

Case Weaver is getting reckless after Denny's costume-clad punch-out made the national news. This time, she and Max break into the Cleveland Plain Dealer's office in the middle of the night, in an attempt to give their new Escapist title as much press as the publicity stunt. But with the night watchman closing in via their only route out, the only pressing they might get from the Plain Dealer could be charges!

Also in this issue, the relationship between Max and Case develops alongside the pages of their relaunch, as Luna Moth leads our intrepid hero on a steamy chase in the rain. There's good and bad news as the creative team reads their first review and gets back numbers on issue one . . . will this make them or break them?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 13.

GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX VOLUME 3 -- WHITE MAZE

Written by Junichi Fujisaku.

The year is 2030. Advances in robotics and cyberbrain technology have transformed the world into a miraculous place where almost anything is possiblečeven the melding of humans and machines. In this not-too-distant future, the crimes of flesh and metal are investigated by Section 9, an elite counterterrorist squad headed by Chief Aramaki and his cyborg sidekick, Major Motoko Kusanagi. When dead bodies, drained of blood and with two bite marks on their necks, start turning up on the streets of Tokyo, it isn't long before the entire city is in a panic. As Major Kusanagi and the other members of Section 9 investigate the killings they begin to wonderčis the killer a real vampire or something much worse? In a dark world of murder, where cyberbrain hacks and treacherous conspiracies reach to the furthest heights of government, Section 9 is all that stands between the people and anarchy.

276 pages, $8.95, in stores on Nov. 8.

HARLAN ELLISON'S DREAM CORRIDOR VOLUME 2 TPB

Written by Harlan Ellison and various, art by Eric Shanower and various, cover by Brian Bolland. Ten years! Ten years of pain and gnashing of teeth! Ten years of deprivation and desolation! But the wait is overčat last! Yes, it is the ultimate, spectacular, senses-shattering, clobbering-time final damn volume of the Dream Corridor, hosted by the ever charming and irascible Harlan Ellison, and you can finally kiss those ten years of torment good-bye! At long last, see Harlan crucified! See Harlan disemboweled! See Harlan used as target practice and served up in stew! Pour yourself an otherworldly cocktail, with a pinch of Geritol for all those years, and snuggle down into the Dream Corridor!

Your host for this amazing final volume is of course HE himself, not just the most award-winningest author on the planet but now his very own registered trademark! Aiding and abetting Harlan in his own destruction is the Eisner-winning Best Artist Eric Shanower, as they introduce each of ten fabulist tales in this volume with a fabulous tale of their own. Too cranky to go down without a fight, the man who needs no introduction presents this brand-new collection of his own stories, written and drawn by the likes of Mark Waid, Gene Ha, Steve Rude, Steve Niles, Paul Chadwick, Gene Colan, and more, including the very last work ever by Superman artist Curt Swan. Come on in, throw a few knives, pull up alongside Hemingway and Einstein for a game of poker, and gamble on enjoying your stay in the Dream Corridor . . . because you may never return!

152 pages, $19.95, in stores on Nov. 22.

MAIL VOLUME 2 TPB

Written and art by Housui Yamazaki.

In Volume Two, detective Akiba comes to the aid of a terrorized man who is being stalked by what appears to be a possessed doll. But possessed by whom? Does the "victim" know more than he is letting on? Akiba's job is never done, however, as his travels introduce him to a tormented young bride whose new husband has a mysterious past; a woman trapped in a haunted elevator; the lone survivor of a landslide whose not-so-lucky friends are trying to lure her to the afterlife; and more tales of ghostly terror by up-and-coming creator Housui Yamazaki!

208 pages, black and white, $10.95, in stores on Nov. 15.

THE MUMMY: DARK RESURRECTION

Written by Michael Paine.

Josh and Stephanie Brandt's father and grandfather disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Each went to Egypt in search of the lost crypt of the fabled priestess Ankh-es-en-Amun. And each man went missing -- forever.

When news arrives that a dig Josh is financing has uncovered the sealed tomb, it sets off a chain of events that brings him up against the mysterious Ardath Bey, a mystic with secret knowledge about the fates of all those who would pursue the priestess. Bey's remarkable powers seem almost supernatural, and for good reason: they are. Bey is the living Mummy Imhotep, cursed to eternal life for daring to love Ankh-es-en-Amun. Now the tomb is open and unexplainable deaths begin to occur. Can Josh and his sister stop Imhotep before he implements a plan of almost unspeakable horror? Chills and adventure abound in this luridly entertaining thriller, which continues a saga that has thrilled audiences since 1932.

275 pages, $6.99, in stores on Oct. 11.

THE RETURN OF THE GREMLINS #1

Written by Mike Richardson, art by Dean Yeagle.

The mischievous gremlins are back! Based on the landmark creation of beloved children's author Roald Dahl, these playful (and occasionally exasperating) creatures have been in the public eye since WWII, disassembling fighter planes and causing roguish havoc wherever they go.

Our story opens on Gus, a man visiting England from the States. His grandfather's house is part of his inheritance, and he plans to sell it as soon as he can. Even though the locals think the house is hauntedčsomething Gus immediately dismisses -- a slick man named Mr. Snide promptly appears with his "associates" and makes an offer. But when Gus declines to sign over the house right then and there, Snide reveals that his arrangement with the mayor will seal the deal soon enough!

Left to explore the place, Gus experiences a series of very odd events. How did his folded clothes end up in knots? Who on earth would drill a hole in a coffee cup? Certainly not ghosts, but for a former fighter pilot's abandoned old home, it sure is clean . . .

When the house's tiny residents decide to take extreme measures, Gus will meet the gremlins up close and personal -- just like his grandfather, who first discovered them 60 years ago!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 27.

REX MUNDI VOLUME 1: THE GUARDIAN OF THE TEMPLE TPB

Written by Arvid Nelson, art by Eric J, colored by Jeromy Cox, cover by Juan Ferreyra.

A quest for the Holy Grail unlike any you've ever seen begins herečin a world where the American Civil War ended in a stalemate, the Catholic Church controls Europe, and sorcery determines political power!

When a medieval scroll disappears from a Paris church, Doctor Julien SauniŤre investigates, uncovering a series of horrific ritual murders and an ancient secret society. Julien cannot let these shadowy figures retreat into the darkness, lest they take up their killing once again. His investigation turns into a one-man quest into the bizarre secrets of the Catholic Church.

176 pages, $16.95, in stores on Nov. 8.

ROMAN ALBUM: SAMURAI CHAMPLOO TPB

Edited by Tokuma Champloos.

This hip-hop anime sensation from the creators of the phenomenal Cowboy Bebop series took Cartoon Network's [Adult Swim] audience by storm. Dark Horse is pleased to present the very first Samurai Champloo art book to English-reading fans as directly translated from the original Roman Album edition -- a volume published in a prestigious line of Japanese art books! Main characters Mugen, Jin, and Fuu are each profiled at length, all 26 episodes are summarized and illustrated with screen captures, and the "Backstage Champloo" chapter features interviews with famed director Shinichiro Watanabe, character designer and chief animator Kazuto Nakazawa, and art director Takeshi Waki.

104 pages, $17.95, in stores on Nov. 22.

SAFFRON AND BRIMSTONE: STRANGE STORIES

Written by Elizabeth Hand.

Widely praised and widely read, Elizabeth Hand is regarded as one of America's leading literary fantasists. This new collection (an expansion of the limited-release Bibliomancy, which won the World Fantasy Award in 2005) showcases a wildly inventive author at the height of her powers. Included in this collection are "The Least Trumps," in which a lonely women reaches out to the world through symbols, tattooing, and the Tarot, and "Pavane for a Prince of the Air," where neo-pagan rituals bring a recently departed soul to something very different than eternal rest. Written in the author's characteristic poetic prose and rich with the details of traumatic lives that are luminously transformed, Saffron and Brimstone is a worthy addition to an outstanding career.

325 pages, $14.95, in stores on Oct. 11.

SCARLET TRACES: THE GREAT GAME #3

Written by Ian Edginton, art by D'Israeli.

Gifted photographer Charlotte Hemming has crash-landed on Mars . . . in the middle of a war! On a covert mission to discover the British government's activities on the red planet, Hemming, A.K.A. "Catherine Prosper" of Ministry Intelligence, escaped the attack on her transport shuttle only by the ejection of her life pod. What is it about this battle that has consumed the lives of so many soldiers, and what does Prime Minister Spry have up his nasty little sleeve? As the last great battle in the War of the Worlds rages around her, and the Martians close in, she stumbles across the secret history of the planet . . . and an even greater revelation that could spell the extinction of all human life on Earth!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 13.

SHAMAN WARRIOR VOLUME 1 TPB

Written and art by Park Joong-Ki.

Presented in the original Korean format, Shaman Warrior is a dramatic fantasy series with a kinetic style that will appeal to fans of Blade of the Immortal and Vagabond! From the desert wastelands emerge two mysterious warriors, master wizard Yarong and his faithful servant Batu. On a grave mission from their king, they have yet to realize the whirlwind of political movements and secret plots which will soon engulf them and change their lives forever. When Yarong is mortally injured, Batu must fulfill a secret promise to leave Yarong's side and protect his master's child. As Batu seeks to find and hide the infant, Yarong reveals another secret to those who have tracked him down to finish him off -- the deadly, hidden power of a Shaman Warrior! Translated by the mother/son team of Anna Kirk and Derek Kirk Kim.

208 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on Nov. 29.

SOCK MONKEY: THE "INCHES" INCIDENT #1

Written and art by Tony Millionaire.

Tony Millionaire returns to his original style with this new four-issue Sock Monkey series. Uncle Gabby and Mr. Crow find themselves aboard a whaling ship at sea, and attempt to build a raft to escape the insane captain. Unfortunately, the captain gets wise and furiously rows after them in his whale boat. A giant sea serpent swirls into the mix, resulting in an old-fashioned Nantucket sleigh ride! If you have any hatches, batten them down, there's a storm a-brewin'!

24 pages, black and white, $2.99.

STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #9

Written by John Jackson Miller, penciled by Dustin Weaver, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover by Brian Ching.

The "Flashpoint" storyline reaches its explosive conclusion as fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick and his unlikely shipmates from the Last Resort undertake their most dangerous mission yet -- traveling deep inside Mandalorian space to rescue one of their own! With a little help from the most unexpected of allies, Zayne and the gang must find an isolated space outpost, once a Republic research station, now in the hands of a Mandalorian scientist with wholly evil intentions. To think they can pull this off with both themselves and their friend intact, they'd have to be insane -- luckily they are!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 27.

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC VOLUME 1 -- COMMENCEMENT TPB

Written by John Jackson Miller, penciled by Brian Ching and Travel Foreman, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover by Travis Charest.

Thousands of years before Luke Skywalker would destroy the Death Star in that fateful battle above Yavin 4, one lone Padawan would become a fugitive hunted by his own Masters, charged with murdering every one of his fellow Jedi-in-training!

From criminals hiding out in the treacherous under-city of the planet Taris, to a burly, mysterious droid recovered from the desolate landscape of a cratered moon, Padawan Zayne Carrick will find unexpected allies in his desperate race to clear his name before the unmerciful authorities enact swift retribution upon him!

152 pages, $18.95, in stores on Nov. 22.

STAR WARS LEGACY #4

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

A galaxy-shaking secret is revealed in the heat of battle! Old friendships will be strained to the breaking point, unlikely new alliances will be formed, and the relentless forces of evil will pursue their dark ends with even greater vigor and purpose. In a universe on the brink of either destruction or salvation, it is the actions of an unexpected few that will determine the fates of all. The previously uncharted future of Star Wars takes a surprising turn in this latest issue of Legacy -- be there!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 6.

STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE TPB

Written by Kevin Rubio, penciled by Lucas Marangon, colored by Michelle Madsen, cover by Dan Jackson.

The infamous exploits of this hapless Rebel pair are now collected in one single, attractive, and highly portable volume!

Officers Tag Greenley and Bink Otauna were minding their own business aboard a familiar, princess-harboring freighter when they suddenly found themselves under siege. Now under attack by the Empire, they will choose life over a noble death and "borrow" the armor off a pair of deceased stormtroopers. Their new disguises might get them off the freighter alive, but they'll also lead Tag and Bink on an adventure neither could have predicted!

Chock-full of appearances by everyone's favorite Star Wars characters, Tag & Bink cleverly weaves the pair's misadventures into the movies themselves. No setting is safe as they traverse the galaxy from the Death Star to the Sarlacc pit to Cloud City to Endor!

104 pages, $14.95, in stores on Nov. 8.

TRIGUN MAXIMUM VOLUME 11: ZERO HOUR TPB

Written and art by Yasuhiro.

With so many intense scenes and watershed moments taking place in volume eleven of Trigun Maximum, it's next to impossible to write descriptive solicitation text. But readers have come to expect excellent action coupled with dramatic tension and timely comic relief from Yasuhiro Nightow, and volume eleven exceeds expectations. This volume is titled "Zero Hour." That means everything is climbng steadily to a crescendo, and you won't want to miss what lies in store for the people of the planet Gunsmoke.

192 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on Nov. 1.

USAGI YOJIMBO #97

Written and art by Stan Sakai.

Discover the secret of "Hamanaka's Treasure" in this conclusion to the two-part adventure presented by internationally acclaimed storyteller Stan Sakai! All hell has broken loose in a small town after the death of crime boss Hamanaka. The two remaining factions of his gang are vying for control of the community, but it's the townspeople who are suffering the most. The tension comes to a head just as our favorite rabbit bodyguard, Usagi Yojimbo, arrives upon the scene!

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 27.




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