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Written and art by Bryan Talbot.

Sunderland! Thirteen hundred years ago it was the greatest center of learning in the whole of Christendom and the very cradle of English consciousness. In the time of Lewis Carroll it was the greatest shipbuilding port in the world. To this city that gave the world the electric light bulb, the stars and stripes, the millennium, the Liberty Ships and the greatest British dragon legend came Carroll in the years preceding his most famous book, Alice in Wonderland, and here are buried the roots of his surreal masterpiece. Enter the famous Edwardian palace of varieties, The Sunderland Empire, for a unique experience: an entertaining and epic meditation on myth, history and storytelling then decide for yourself -- does Sunderland really exist?

From Bryan Talbot, the acclaimed creator of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and The Tale of One Bad Rat, comes Alice in Sunderland, a graphic novel unlike any before. Funny and poignant, thought-provoking and entertaining, traditional and experimental, whimsical and polemical, Alice in Sunderland is a heady cocktail of fact and fiction, a sumptuous and multi-layered journey that will leave you wondering about the magic that's waiting to be unlocked in the place where you live.

328 ages, $29.95, in stores on Feb. 6.


Written by Paul Dini, art by Kyle Baker.

When two multi-Eisner-award-winning storytellers bring their funniest creations together, the result is nothing less than pure comics magic. This December, get ready for the wildest winter team-up since Frosty met Rudolph as Kyle Baker's The Bakers meet Paul Dini's Jingle Belle!

As the Baker parents try to frantically finish their holiday preparations, they find themselves in dire need of a baby-sitter. Enter Jingle Belle, fresh from a Christmas Eve defection from her father, Santa, and looking for a place to hide out. Somewhat skeptical of Jingle's heritage, the Baker kids demand proof so she obliges with a whirlwind sleigh ride to the North Pole. Meantime parents Kyle and Liz are dealing with the horrors of last-minute shopping and the now-stranded Santa is mistaken for a prowler as he searches suburbia for both his daughter and his missing sleigh.

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


Written and art by Hiroaki Samura.

"The Sparrow Net," part 3 of 4. It's almost funny, how Döa, the Ittö-ryü sparkplug, so brashly hurls herself into trouble. She's in some serious danger now, though, and Edo's angry police force has her and her friends cornered and outnumbered. With dexterous Döa swinging her daggers and Isaku showing off his heavy-handed fighting style, Rin is aghast, caught up in a senseless battle. Meanwhile, deranged Doc Burando stews in a jail cell, having failed his master too many times. However, that doesn't mean that his twisted mind will stop thinking about Manji and the mysterious kessen-chu bloodworms that grant immortality to their hosts. This issue also features Stan Shaw's final back cover "Seasons" illustration, which links up to issues 117 through 119 to complete a gorgeous color quadtych image!

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


Written by Roy Thomas, art by John Buscema, Howard Chaykin, Ernie Chan and Tony Dezuniga.

From the savage swamps of Iskander to the burning wastes of Stygia, Conan battles mutated man-dragons and a corpse-devouring abomination in this most recent volume chronicling the legendary exploits of literature's greatest fantasy hero! Before the bronzed Cimmerian can return to the arms of his lover Belit, Queen of the Black Coast, he must face deadly treacheries and the dark spells of a cunning sorceress. Once reunited, the two shall storm the serpent throne and its dark owner -- Thoth-Amon! With wit and steel alone, Conan seeks victory and a prize without rival on destiny's bloody road to kinghood!

Featuring nine more issues (#82-90) from the famed Roy Thomas/John Buscema run on Conan the Barbarian, stories showcasing Conan's adventures with Belit the She-Pirate.

168 pages, $16.95, in stores in February.


Inspired by "syroco" sculptures that were popular in the 1930s and 1940s, the ten new Peanuts statuettes from Dark Horse are designed and manufactured in a style consistent with the earlier figures. This month we feature the third statue -- Linus. Produced in a limited edition of hand-numbered copies, the figure is fully painted and ready to display.

Each hand-numbered statuette comes carefully packaged in a custom-tooled, full-color, litho-printed tin box. Also included is a small booklet about each character and a vintage-style pinback button of the character.

5 inches, limited to 1,200, $39.95, in stores on Feb. 14.


Written by Timothy Truman, penciled by Paul Lee, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Tony Harris.

The traitors are dead, but their treachery lives on . . .

King Conan has foiled a plot to assassinate him and usurp his throne, but the intrigue runs deeper than even he can guess, drawing the barbarian king into a web of dark magics and darker deeds.

Conan artist Cary Nord catches his breath as seasoned Conan veteran Paul Lee joins regular writer Tim Truman to spin this tantalizing tale of mystery, magic, and mayhem, set during Conan's reign as king of Aquilonia.

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


One of the strongest characters of heroic fiction is back with a vengeance -- Conan! One of Conan's most exotic adversaries is the ferocious female warrior Janissa.

Her skills were honed in a nightmare ordeal of training under the sadistic direction of the mysterious "Bone Lady," who is pictured on the base.

Sculptor Tony Cipriano, well-known for many projects for Dark Horse and others, has looked to illustrator Cary Nord's art for his inspiration. Exacting in its detail and ornamentation, a'whirl with weaponry and animation, this piece brings forward a sculptural interpretation of the "fatal beauty" that delivers the goods. And then some.

7 inches, $54.99, in stores on Feb. 14.


Written by Steve Niles, penciled by Kyle Hotz, colored by Michelle Madsen, cover by Tim Bradstreet.

This is the one Cal McDonald fans have been waiting for -- the biggest, scariest, weirdest Criminal Macabre story of all time and the start of the new ongoing line of Criminal Macabre comics.

Cal McDonald, boozer, druggie, private dick who hangs with dead dudes -- welcome to Rock Bottom. Your only friend in the human world is dead, your girlfriend just dumped you and moved to another city, and the district attorney has a chip on his shoulder the size of a Chevy Nova with your name on it.

When that chip turns into a nasty case of police brutality, Cal ends up fighting for his life in the intensive care unit and wakes up days later . . . sober.

And what's Cal been missing since he went under? Only the most horrifying convergence of sheer monster power ever to emigrate from the old world. Cal McDonald, meet Nosferatu.

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


Written and art by Shirow Masamune.

Welcome to the future of vast bio-constructed cities with crime so severe that the cops drive tanks! For top tank-cop Leona Ozaki (and her trusty tank, Bonaparte), the day-to-day is a tall order already, but when the villainous and sexy (and super-powered androids!) Puma sisters become duly deputized officers of the law and are assigned to ³help² Leona catch Urushi-Maru, ³The Skyscraper Pirate,² things are bound to get out of hand, especially in the midst of a full-on, tank-on-tank streetfight between Leona and a corrupt arms manufacturer bent on getting the city's police tank contract!

Produced by international comics superstar Shirow Masamune, creator of Appleseed and Ghost in the Shell, Dominion is an ecological-dystopian-police procedural adventure/comedy as only Shirow can create!

160 pages, $14.95, in stores on March 14.


Written and art by Hiroki Endo.

As the survivors of last volume's bloodbath regroup, a pivotal character lies in a coma, and young Elijah is separated from Colonel Kahn's freedom fighters and swept into another complicated whirlwind of trouble. He's caught between two violent groups, beaten and harassed by revenge-hungry policemen, and hounded by a sadistic drug lord who may have ties to Elijah's father. In Hiroki Endo's post-pandemic world, humanity is quickly rebuilding its cities and returning to the comforts and conveniences of large urban environments -- but reviving destructive, age-old habits as well. While exploring the crippling vices that have plagued humanity throughout history, Endo also serves up a volume of bittersweet reunions, shifting alliances, and surprising new settings. Eden volume 6 also includes a bonus section featuring character studies and pinups by Hiroki Endo and Hiroaki Samura.

240 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores in February.


Written and art by Cosmic Debris.

Emily the Strange is not your ordinary 13-year-old girl -- she's got a razor-sharp wit as dark as her jet-black hair, a posse of moody black cats, and famous friends in very odd places! She's got a broodingly unique way of experiencing the world, and you're invited along for the ride. Legions of fans worldwide have joined forces to make Emily a pop-culture phenomenon.

This volume collects the first three issues of the Dark Horse Emily comics series -- "The Boring Issue," "The Lost Issue" and "The Dark Issue," and includes one brand spankin' new story that you've never seen before!

160 pages, $19.95, in stores now.


Written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Jason Shawn Alexander and Steve Rolston, cover by Rolston, back cover by Eduardo Barreto, colored by Matt Hollingsworth and Dave Stewart. Brian K. Vaughan reveals the fate of the Escapist and the plucky comic-bookers who brought this classic hero back to life!

As if betrayal at the hands of his onetime ally and lover Luna Moth wasn't enough, the Escapist reels from an even greater revelation -- one that will undo everything he ever believed to be true! Jason Shawn Alexander illustrates this watershed moment in the history of the Escapist.

Meanwhile, artist Steve Rolston captures equally stunning changes in the lives of the Escapist's writer, artist, and letterer. When tragedy strikes, will the character that brought them together ultimately tear them apart? Find out in this final issue of the Escapist's first mini-series!

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


Written and art by Shirow Masamune.

Cybercrime special-ops unit Section 9 has been mobilized to protect a key witness in a trial involving defective micro machines. And the witness definitely needs protection -- from remote-controlled corpses packing serious hardware! And if the identity of these dead assassins' pilots isn't enough of a mystery for Section 9, how about the unexpected appearance of long-missing special agent Motoko Kusanagi!

Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor presents for the first time in America the "lost" Ghost in the Shell stories, created by Shirow Masamune after completing work on the original Ghost in the Shell manga and prior to his tour-de-force, Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface. This deluxe-format issue concludes "Fat Cat," the first of four Ghost in the Shell tales.

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


Written and art by Matt Wagner, inked by Rich Rankin, colored by Chris Pitzer.

A seminal work by groundbreaking comics creator Matt Wagner returns to print in a new hardcover edition with an introduction by Alan Moore!

When Wagner first serialized Grendel: Devil by the Deed as a backup in his title Mage, its innovative storytelling techniques, philosophical undertones, and charismatic anti-hero ignited a devoted following. Introducing Hunter Rose as the brilliant, twisted assassin Grendel, it gave birth to what would become a centuries-spanning epic exploring the roots and consequences of violence.

This influential tale has been collected only twice in the past 20 years, quickly selling out each time. Now, for the first time in hardcover, Dark Horse presents the book that brought one of the most popular alternative comics characters to life and marked the auspicious arrival of one of the greatest visionaries of modern comics!

48 pages, $12.95, in stores on Feb. 14.


Written and art by Kenichi Sonoda.

Gunsmith Cats is back! Kenichi Sonoda's sexy stories about two bounty-hunting girls on the dangerous streets of Chicago have always been a favorite here at Dark Horse. So when the new, omnibus editions saw print in Japan, we just had to jump on them!

Rally Vincent and Minnie-May Hopkins are experts in their respective fields of marksmanship and explosives, but they're so cute you'd never know. Neither would the perps unlucky enough to be their hunted.

Presented for the first time in the authentic Japanese format, these giant-sized volumes are action-packed, unretouched and sure to please the gun-nuts, auto buffs and manga maniacs!

464 pages, black and white, $16.95, in stores on Feb. 14.


New products from IDT Entertainment's Hellboy Animated series -- a PVC Set, featuring Abe, Hellboy, and Liz, and two magnets.

In the big, bold spirit of Hellboy, this figure is larger than our usual PVC figures, measuring 4.5" x 5." Liz and Abe are in proportion to the gigantic Hellboy, at 3.5" and 3" respectively. In poses taken straight from the animated series, the B.P.R.D. team is ready for action!

Dark Horse is offering two sculptural magnets, one of Hellboy and one of the Right Hand of Doom. Hellboy measures 3" x 2.5" and the Right Hand of Doom is 2.5" x 1.25". Each sculpted icon is adhered to a sturdy magnet and placed on a backing card. Each comes packaged in a polybag with header card. Look for more magnets to follow as the series continues!

Hellboy Animated PVC Set, three piece PVC set featuring Hellboy, Liz and Abe, $17.99, in stores on Feb. 14.

Hellboy Animated sculpted magnet: Hellboy, 3" x 2.5", $7.99, in stores on Jan. 24.

Hellboy Animated sculpted magnet: Right Hand of Doom, 2.5" x 1.25", $7.99, in stores on Jan. 24.


Written by Ian Edginton, penciled by Steve Pugh, colored by Dan Jackson, cover by Aleksi Briclot.

Future London was razed to the ground when the gate separating the human world from the demon world ruptured. Overrun by ungodly and ravenous creatures, the stinking remains of this dead city may hold the key to humanity's survival -- and so the quest for the secret of the Sigil continues! Templar Commander Jessica Sumerisle, Cabalist Crowe Jane, and Demon Hunter Saul Petrus have reluctantly teamed together in the hunt to decipher this arcane symbol. Now exploring an ancient labyrinth under London, they come face-to-face with an ocean of the undead, but the deadliest foe of all is one they least expect!

Join us as Flagship Studios teams with Dark Horse to give you a tantalizing taste of their first groundbreaking game -- an upcoming release that has the gaming world buzzing like mad!

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


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

Happy times are here again with another laugh-riot volume of classic stories staring America's suburban sweetheart -- Little Lulu! Have a hoot at the silly circumstances and crazy conundrums Lulu and her pals get themselves into, the diminutive heroes and heroines of a place called Main Street. Whether it's growing worms in her parents' bedroom, coming up with creative uses for custard pies, or nabbing a jewel thief, Lulu and the gang fearlessly face some of the funniest fiascos ever concocted.

240 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on Feb. 14.


Written and art by Housui Yamazaki.

Private detective Reiji Akiba has a theory about those awkward moments and weird coincidences we all encounter in life. They are actually encounters with the dead -- their way of sending us a message. But you may not want to open such strange mail from beyond‹not unless you can see the ghostly attachment, like Akiba can. And not unless you carry a tool that can kill what isn't alive, like Akiba's sanctified gun Kagutsuchi . . . digging a divine grave to lay to rest the evil dead!

Volume Three opens with Detective Akiba taking a trip down memory lane, to his childhood, when as a young blind boy, he befriended a little girl in the woods near his house. In "Un-notifying," Detective Akiba must help a young woman terrorized by the ghost of a lonely girl whose lifeline to the world of the living is an old cell phone.

208 pages, black and white, $10.95, in stores on Feb. 21.


Written and art by Jacob Chabot.

Brazen robots! Hostile corporate takeovers! Ill-fated interns! Criminally insane turnips! Distinctly unhelpful helper monkeys! And hats, dear God, hats aplenty! All this and more await any brave soul ready and willing to enlist in the ranks of the Mighty Skullboy Army! How do you sign up, you ask? Just purchase this book, absorb its nefarious bounty (we recommend using the eyes-to-brain method), and say hello to your new lord and master, Skullboy! If he's not home from elementary school yet, be sure to pick up a handy pager. You will be called upon when needed. Oh, and be sure to beef up on that health insurance.

88 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores in Feburary.


Written by Mike Baron, art by Steve Rude.

In this volume, the enigmatic executioner meets his match in the evil Clayborn. If that weren't enough, Horatio's uncle, a religious anti-technology zealot, arrives on the moon of Ylum with the mission of destroying the Gravity Well‹the same well that Ursula X. X. Imada, spy and mother to Horatio's twin daughters, hopes will soon suck in the 400 billion people of the Web! Uncle Lathe incites a riot and has his eye on a deadly, Head-designed battle cruiser to further his crusade. Judah takes on the task of training Scarlett, Nexus's extremely powerful young daughter, and Dave and Nexus travel to the library at Alexandria . . . in 47 B.C.! Plus, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola kicks off a series of stories with guest artists, including Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Rick Veitch, Jackson Guice, and more. Vootie!

216 pages, $49.95, in stores on Feb. 14.


Written and art by Kosuke Fujishima.

Ever since a cosmic phone call brought the literal young goddess Belldandy into college student Keiichi's residence, his personal life has been turned upside-down, sideways, and sometimes even into strange dimensions!

When Belldandy learns that traditional Japanese custom dictates a woman make homemade chocolate for her love on Valentine's Day, she vows to make this a V-Day to remember. When troublemakers extraordinaire, Urd and Mara toss themselves into the mix, it's instant hot chocolate; but not as hot as the situation Keiichi is in when the Third Goddess splashes into his life -- Urd and Belldandy's "genius" of a younger sister, Skuld! Plus notes and commentary, a message from creator Kosuke Fujishima, and your letters!

192 pages, black and white, $10.95, in stores on Feb. 14.


Written by Yashushi Akimoto,art by Mayumi Shihou.

It's an epidemic of accidental death! Multiple college students receive odd voicemails from themselves, messages from the future, and all they contain are the screams of their own deaths. A few days later, at the date and time of the message's posting, they die in mysterious accidents, and oddly enough, each have a candy in their mouths.

Directed in Japan by the famed Takashi Miike, One Missed Call is coming to America. And to celebrate, Dark Horse presents the manga based on the movie. Full of mystery, horror, and suspense. Intensely drafted in Japan by Yasushi Akimoto and Mayumi Shihou, One Missed Call might make you think twice about pressing the answer button.

264 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on Dec. 27.


Written by Garon Tsuchiya, art by Nobuaki Minegishi.

Goto's search to unearth the identity of his mysterious tormentor has led to one dead end after another, until he receives a tip that an old high school classmate may have orchestrated the kidnapping that began Goto's ten years of isolation and imprisonment. But many years have passed since Goto's seen his schoolmate, and he looks much different than Goto remembers. Has Goto found the true path to his final vengeance, or has he swallowed another piece of poisoned bait?

Old Boy is an intense, bare-knuckled urban thriller in the tradition of Pulp Fiction and Payback and is the manga that inspired the critically acclaimed 2003 film from director Chan-wook Park that took the Grand Jury prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

212 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on Feb. 7.


Written by Zach Howard, Sean Murphy and Hans Rodionff, art by Howard and Murphy, colored by Charlie Kirchoff.

In space, no one can hear you scream . . . or belch, or swear, or cry like a little girl when you're about to be taken down by merciless interstellar bounty hunters who want that mysterious idol you swiped from that hot chick who inexplicably gave you the tip of a lifetime (if you know what I mean) when you showed up at the wrong hotel room with the pizza delivery. This assumes that "you" are ne'er-do-well big-talker Quinn and explains -- sort of -- how "you" hooked up (not like that!) with a big badass of a former galactic cop (and current mama's boy) by the name of Krunk, who is not your partner and not your buddy, got it? Oh, and by the way, the hot chick is hotter than ever (in the bad way) and she wants that idol back, and this time she's probably going to give you a different kind of gratuity, like with a laser ax or a plasma grenade or something. Try talking your way out of that one, spacehole!

Created by Zach Howard and Sean Murphy, with screenwriter Hans Rodionoff, Outer Orbit is outrageous, rude, hilarious space fantasy that takes the time-honored traditions of this beloved genre and leaves them face-down in a filthy alley in a pool of their own sick.

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


Written by Kazuo Koike, art by Goseki Kojima.

It's a battle of ninja vs. ninja, with all the stops pulled out and every trick in the book. Well, almost every trick. Our protagonist/ninja, Hanzo's young ninja wife, Tsukumo, must avenge her father's death at the hands of another shadow warrior, but he's as crafty as they come. This mystical, imaginative faceoff consumes all 300-plus pages of this action-stuffed volume.

312 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on March 5.


Written by Todd Dezago, art by Craig Rousseau.

Have you ever written a story featuring a blood-thirsty Chupacabra, a Sasquatch, a Ghost, a Telepath, and a mysterious Outsider who work as agents for a vast secret organization dedicated to policing the borders of the unknown and protecting an unknowing populace from the strange and bizarre creatures that sporadically break through? Well, we have and we think you should buy it.

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


Written by Arvid Nelson, art by Juan Ferreyra.

Rex Mundi is a murder mystery set in a 1930s Europe where sorcerers stalk the streets at night and the Roman Catholic Church never lost its grip on power. Master Physician Julien Saunière must uncover the two-thousand-year-old secret of the Holy Grail before all the world is drenched in blood!

In this issue, Julien and Genevieve join forces with a reclusive hermit in a remote French hamlet. The tiny village, it seems, was once the capital of the Merovingian kings, France's ancient rulers, rumored to be descendants of Christ . . .

Meanwhile, the Duke of Lorraine, having taken over France, is forced south to rally his troops, bringing him closer and closer to Julien and Genevieve.

And at last, Genevieve's motives in her dangerous double-agent role for Julien and the Duke are revealed. But she may have put Julien -- and herself -- in more danger than she thought!

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


Written by Ron Marz, art by Luke Ross, colored by Rob Schwager.

The swashbuckling epic continues! The samurai Shiro pursues his lost love, Lady Yoshiko, by booking passage on a Mediterranean trader, intending to follow her to the New World. But when Shiro realizes Yoshiko has been captured and taken to the Egyptian coast, he finds himself trapped on a ship that will take him half a world away from her. Even Shiro's sword might not be enough to best an entire crew with cutlasses drawn!

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


Written by L.A. Banks.

Released from prison, planning to set sail to America, the cruel yet honorable Tony Montana's van explodes. But Tony and his fellows-in-crime survive, taking shelter in the multi-million-dollar headquarters of one of Cuba's most vicious drug lords. Shrewd and intelligent, Tony watches and learns from Cuba's best. He uncovers a plot to topple the most powerful crime families in Cuba, and masterminds a plan to escape from the carnage to come . . . Finally, with his bloody crimes trailing him wherever he goes, Tony Montana sets sail for America, and for a life more glorious, and more tragic, than he could have ever imagined.

275 pages, $6.99, in stores on Feb. 14.


Written and art by Park Joong-Ki.

Marked for death by a jealous king, master warrior-wizard Yarong entrusts the care of his child to Batu, a loyal servant. With Yarong's child in tow, Batu seeks refuge in a nondescript hovel, ready to defend the youngster against the king's sinister henchmen. Help comes from a surprising source -- a violent, headstrong young warrior who's also felt the harsh sting of betrayal. Forming an alliance, they pit their wits, sword skills, and brute strength against the king's approaching troops and colorful, ruthless bounty hunters. Translated by the mother/son team of Taesoon Kang and Derek Kirk Kim.

208 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on Feb. 28.


Written by Welles Hartley and Mick Harrison, art by Douglas Wheatley, colored by Ronda Pattison.

³The Path to Nowhere,² part 3 of 5. These are dark times indeed, when even the noblest of undertakings must rely on stealth, deception, and possibly the betrayal and abandonment of friends and loved ones.

Events have led Jedi Dass Jennir and his companion Bomo Greenbark to the planet Orvax‹slave marketplace to the galaxy. There they face not only danger from the slavers and the Empire, but they must confront the awful truth that their goal may be beyond their reach.

Meanwhile, Darth Vader must deal with some unpleasant realities -- and memories -- of his own. Though he is a Dark Lord of the Sith, even he must bow before the power of the Emperor.

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


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

Take fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick, throw in a big-mouthed con artist, two mysterious refugees, and one grumpy droid and you've got the most unpredictable, fast-paced, just-plain-exciting take on the Star Wars universe since a scoundrel named Solo helped Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star!

For this misfit crew of unlikely heroes, life in the Old Republic is anything by idyllic. Scheming to scrounge up some scratch on the banking world of Telerath, they've run afoul of two bounty-hunting brothers as dangerous to the galaxy as they are to each other. It's going to take more than a lightsaber to get Zayne and his friends out of this one -- such as deceits, disguises, and a bit of the good ol' fashioned Force!

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


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

Lightsaber crashes against lightsaber in a battle between Jedi and Sith that marks a crucial turning point in the fate of the galaxy! The life of a central figure hangs in the balance, triggering Cade Skywalker to make a shocking choice that will challenge everything he's fought so hard to protect, and start him down a path from which he can never return. The stakes are higher than ever before in the Star Wars universe -- be there as the future of this epic saga is revealed!

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


Written by Rob Williams, art by Brandon Badeaux and Michel Lacombe.

Written by Rob Williams, art by Brandon Badeaux and Michel Lacombe.

Imperial officer Janek "Tank" Sunber makes a critical choice between his duty to the Empire and his loyalty to childhood friend Luke Skywalker in an explosive tale of Rebel spies, Imperial ambushes, and the dreaded Darth Vader!

Having rescued Rebel strategist Jorin Sol from the Empire, Luke Skywalker now leads X-Wing attack runs on Imperial convoys to rustle up much needed supplies for the Rebel fleet. Little does he know that within Sol lies a secret that will put the entire Alliance in danger. What's worse, when Luke receives a coded message from Lt. Sunber, he must decide whether to trust his old friend or obey the orders of Princess Leia who believes Tank may be part of an Imperial plot to capture the Rebellion's greatest hero!

128 pages, $14.95, in stores on Feb. 14.


Written and art by Hiroki Endo.

Heart wrenching and complex, Tanpenshu, Volume one, is the first of two collections of powerful, shorter works by manga master Hiroki Endo (creator of the critically acclaimed, long-running Eden manga series). The three stories in this first volume are mature explorations of humanity's constant, fumbling attempts to find hope and meaning in a confusing, violent world.

A disfigured misfit befriends a doomed yakuza outcast, a group of school kids fail to see the anger that's about to boil over from one of their own, and members of an experimental theatre troupe embark on a project that will test both their friendships and the group's grasp on reality.

232 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on Jan. 17.


Written and art by Stan Sakai.

When the rabbit ronin Usagi Yojimbo agrees to escort a beautiful young woman to the next town, he unexpectedly involves himself in a situation that could have deadly consequences. Upon arriving at his destination, Usagi discovers the town may not be nearly as safe as it first appears. Should he let the woman go, or insist she remain with him because of the danger? If she stays with him, he may be exposing her to even greater peril, but can he really just leave her? It is a difficult decision, one made even more so by the fact that their relationship may be blossoming into something more than just business. Internationally acclaimed comics creator Stan Sakai presents our long-eared hero with one of his hardest challenges yet in "Bridge of Tears," this month in Usagi Yojimbo!

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


Written and art by Paul Chadwick, inked by Ron Randall.

Fifteen years ago, from a hole in the ground in rural Washington, a tiny flying machine emerged and Charles Hoy found it. From all appearances, this small vehicle wasn't built with any existing human technology and Hoy made a fortune selling that technology to the first eager customer. Now with his fortunes dwindling and his curiosity piqued with more than a decade of questioning, Hoy has hired a team of adventurers to enter this vast, underground realm in hopes of bringing back even greater discoveries. But while the team expects the unexpected and is prepared for danger, nothing they can imagine will prepare them for The World Below.

With The World Below, Paul Chadwick -- creator of the internationally acclaimed Concrete -- delivers a fever-dream hybrid of classic rip-roaring science-fiction adventure and quirky, unsettling psychological drama. Chadwick's unsurpassed storytelling skill and eye for detail and realism make The World Below a journey unlike any other.

192 pages, black and whie, $12.95, in stores on Jan. 14.

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