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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2006

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR MARCH

ALIENS: CAULDRON

Written by Diane Carey.

Space: the most hostile environment in the universe. In the cargo hold of the spaceship Virginia, a hive of hibernating aliens begins to awake. Meanwhile, on the Umiak, an elite troupe of cadets is forced into servitude by an unscrupulous captain taking the ship to a smuggler's rendezvous with the eerily silent Virginia. When the cadets unsuspectingly transport the aliens onboard, they start a battle for their lives, fighting the smugglers, the captain, and the monsters who among them. The war is about to begin . . .

275 pages, $6.99, in stores on May 9.

APPLESEED VOLUME 2: PROMETHEUS UNBOUND

Written and art by Shirow Masamune.

You can't have a perfect society without perfect people, and the only perfect people are the ones you can manufacture. The governing body of Olympus, an urban utopia created from the ashes of World War III, is about to bring paradise crashing down around their ears as they seek to regulate the minds and bodies of the human race . . . or fully replace them with cyborg substitutes. Deunan and Briareos, still new to the city, find themselves in the unlikely position of having to hold together this house of cards. Their strategy? Destroy the old foundation and pray everything stands while new underpinnings are forged!

192 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on May 30.

BERSERK VOLUME 17

Written and art by Kentar Miura.

Renegade devil-slayer Guts, the Black Swordsman, may be the bane of the demonic realm, but the citizenry of Midland, the kingdom he formerly served, aren't exactly members of his fan club, either. When the holier-than-thou Knights of the Holy Iron Chain capture Guts and decide to whip (literally) some repentance into him, Guts develops a few ideas of his own . . . like taking the Iron Chain's leader hostage and showing her that when Hell comes calling, the only thing worth praying for is a sword!

Created by Kentaro Miura, Berserk is an out-of-control manga flashfire, a searing epic of blazing action, blasphemous horror, and black humor that has left scorched earth and toasted readers in its fiery wake. Burn, baby, burn!

240 pages, black and white, $13.95, in stores on May 30.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #123

Written and art by Hiroaki Samura.

In part two of the intense "Barefoot" story arc, Rin's hard work as an amateur spy pays off, and she becomes closer friends with Döa as her quest to find Manji continues. Kagimura's dark experiments are revitalized, Manji falls into dreamland, and twisted Doc Burando's dreams come true. Karukozawa and Toraemon, the "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern" of Samura's savage samurai epic, provide a little comic relief. Our color back cover feature this month is a unique Hiroaki Samura geisha pinup, colored by frequent Blade of the Immortal contributor Dan Jackson!

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on March 14.

B.P.R.D.: GARDEN OF SOULS #1

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

Abe Sapien's past has caught up with him, sending the B.P.R.D. to the South China Sea and into the jungles of Indonesia in this new five-part series. Abe finally comes face-to-face with figures from his past as Langdon Caul.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 14.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1

Written by Joss Whedon, art by Georges Jeanty, cover by Jo Chen.

Since the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers -- newly legion -- have gotten organized and are kicking some serious undead butt. But not everything's fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains . . . Buffy creator Joss Whedon brings Buffy back to Dark Horse in this direct follow-up to season seven of the smash-hit TV series.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 7.

CLASSIC DC CHARACTER #3: WONDER WOMAN

Dark Horse Comics and DC Direct, DC Comics' action figure and collectible company, have the collector market buzzing about a new series of vintage-style statuettes featuring four of DC Comics' best-known characters. This month we feature the third statue in the series -- Wonder Woman. The sculpting and packaging design are inspired by the original "Golden Age" version of the Amazon Princess, and echoes the look and feel of her earliest comic appearances. Comes packaged in a litho-printed tin box and included is a booklet about the character and a vintage-style pinback button.

Limited edition of 2,000 hand-numbered pieces, $49.99, in stores on June 6.

CLASSIC PEANUTS CHARACTER #6: PEPPERMINT PATTY

Inspired by "syroco" sculptures that were popular in the 1930s and '40s, the ten new statuettes from Dark Horse are designed and manufactured in a style consistent with the earlier figures. This month we feature the sixth statue in the series -- Peppermint Patty. Produced in a limited edition of hand-numbered copies, the figure is fully painted and ready to display.

Limited edition of 650, $39.95, in stores on May 16.

CONAN #38

Written by Timothy Truman, art and cover by Cary Nord, colored by Richard Isanove.

Cursed and betrayed.

Jiara's treachery comes to a head as she proves once and for all that her affection was for the contents of Conan's purse, not his pants. And Nestor learns that his own loyalty to the Cimmerian may cost him more than he had bargained for -- in this life and the next!

The second part of the prelude to the Conan classic "Rogues in the House."

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 21.

CONAN AND THE MIDNIGHT GOD #3

Written by Joshua Dysart, penciled by Will Conrad, colored by Juan Ferreyra, cover by Jason Alexander.

The echoes of Ra-Sidh's sorcery take on a grotesque new form as Conan and his men ride deeper into Stygia. Conan and the Midnight God continues an exciting new chapter in the adventures of the barbarian king.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 7.

CONAN: THE HALL OF THE DEAD AND OTHER STORIES

Written by Kurt Busiek, Mike Mignola and Tim Truman, penciled by Cary Nord, colored by Dave Stewart.

Know, O Prince, that in an age undreamed of, shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars. Hither came Conan the Cimmerian; black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet . . .

Conan: The Hall of the Dead concludes writer Kurt Busiek's run, paving the way for new writer Tim Trumanand featuring a story by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola! Eisner award-nominated artist Cary Nord, and Eisner award-winning color artist Dave Stewart continue their groundbreaking run on Dark Horse's best-selling Conan series with three of the best writers in comics today.

200 pages, $24.95, in stores on May 9 (softcover, $15.95, in stores on June 20).

CRIMINAL MACABRE: TWO RED EYES #4

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

The most harrowing Criminal Macabre series ever is about to take a shocking turn . . . and if you thought Cal McDonald was messed up before, you have no idea how bad things are about to get for him.

Nosferatu, the world's oldest vampire, has come calling for Cal. It's too bad he met Cal's ex Sabrina first. With Sabrina as bait, Cal has no choice but to play along with the ancient bloodsucker's sick and twisted game. Still recovering from his hospitalization, vilified and newly sober, Cal's never been in worse shape than this. And just when he thought things couldn't get any worse . . . they get much, much worse.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 21.

EDEN: IT'S AN ENDLESS WORLD! VOLUME 7

Written and art by Hiroki Endo.

Delving into the drug cartel politics of South America's post-pandemic future, Hiroki Endo (Tanpenshu) offers up the most complex volume of Eden yet. Elijah initiates a shaky alliance with the Automater, a half-cyborg female crime boss, in order to glean more information about Pedro, the sadistic gangster who mutilated one of Elijah's friends. In a compelling twist, we find out about Pedro's past, his admirable commitment to his brother, and the intricate plan that he hatches in an attempt to save the life of another loved one. As rival gangs fight for power in post-apocalyptic cities, Endo delivers moments of brutal torture, shifting alliances, and poignant reflection, along with his trademark flashes of unexpected violence.

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

FEAR AGENT VOLUME 2 -- MY WAR

Written by Rick Remender, art by Jerome Opena.

Lost, beaten, and trapped in the past, Heath Huston must face the demons of his inevitable future when he finds himself face to face with the automaton regime responsible for robbing him of all he loves. With the knowledge that the Feeders are progressing ever closer to Earth, will Heath be able to get payback from the automaton empire in time to save his home planet from the scourge of an alien infestation? Fan favorite and Russ Manning Award-winner Jerome Opeña joins critically acclaimed scribe Rick Remender for this exciting chapter in the life of Heath Huston, Alien Exterminator. Collects Fear Agent issues #5-10.

136 pages, $14.95, in stores on May 30.

GHOST IN THE SHELL 1.5: HUMAN-ERROR PROCESSOR #6

Written and art by Shirow Masamune.

Another grisly murder has been committed, and again the unidentified victim has a military tattoo that's been found on all the bodies in a series of brutal slayings. Section 9 special agents Togusa and Azuma find a destroyed cyborg at the scene, the same killer 'borg who nearly did them in in a previous encounter. Also found are the prints of the last surviving member of the now-slaughtered military team. Is he the final name on the hit list, or is he the mastermind crossing off the names?

24 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 21.

GRENDEL ARCHIVE EDITION

Written and art by Matt Wagner.

For twenty-five years, the true origin of Matt Wagner's Eisner Award-winning anti-hero, Grendel, has remained largely unseen, available exclusively to collectors able to pay high prices for extremely rare, out-of-print issues. Now, for the first time anywhere, Dark Horse collects the original appearance of Grendel!

A successful novelist by day, Hunter Rose becomes the unstoppable assassin Grendel by night, the leader of a vast criminal empire opposed by the mysterious wolf Argent. Containing the black-and-white interiors and full-color covers of Primer #2 and Grendel #1-3 originally published by Comico, this handsome hardcover volume is an essential piece of comics history, presenting the earliest work of Matt Wagner, the legendary creator behind such acclaimed projects as Mage, Sandman Mystery Theatre, and Batman: The Monster Men among many others.

With new cover art by Wagner, the Grendel Archive Edition is a must-have for Grendel fans and the ultimate starting point for those interested in one of the most influential creator-owned comics of the last quarter century!

104 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on May 30.

GUNSMITH CATS OMNIBUS VOLUME 2

Written and art by Kenichi Sonoda.

How would you like a fat, fun book full of sexy girls shooting guns and blowing things up, all while driving hot cars and fighting the mob? And while you're at it, make it a manga!

Rally Vincent and Minnie-May Hopkins run a gunsmith shop in Chicago by the day . . . but they have a side business as bounty hunters, and there are none better than they are. That's rare for two girls in their late teens! But you can bet Kenichi Sonoda will make you want to believe it.

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!

472 pages, black and white, $16.95, in stores on May 30.

HANAMI: INTERNATIONAL LOVE STORY VOLUME 1

Written by Plus, art by Sung Jae Park.

Seventeen-year-old Joonho Suk just had the best day of his life. He finally got the guts to ask out his big crush, Sae-un, and she said yes!! But after floating home on cloud nine, he found . . . his family packing up to move to Seoul?

Now tossed into a big new city and lovesick for the girl still in Suwon, Joonho runs into weird characters at every turn. First there's the young girl who speaks a strange language and has enormous strength, then a wayward cat causes another -- Hanami -- to wipe out on her bike! She's okay, but Joonho might not be once her massive grandfather shows up and thinks he's to blame . . . !

Hanami's sweet nature quickly charms Joonho, and he discovers that his new school, including a self-styled blonde Casanova, is already abuzz over his cute Japanese neighbor. But what about Sae-un? And what on earth is the Babe Patrol Research Center? Discover a completely entertaining read and one of the most popular comics Korea has to offer.

208 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on May 16.

HELLBOY ANIMATED MINI-BUST: LIZ SHERMAN

Introducing the third mini-bust in a series inspired by Hellboy Animated, Liz Sherman! We find that Liz perfectly compliments and balances the rest of the line, which includes Hellboy and Abe Sapien.

6.5 inches, $39.99, in stores on March 14.

OUTER ORBIT #4

Written by Zach Howard, Sean Murphy and Hans Rodionoff, art by Howard and Murphy, cover by Charlie Kirchoff.

Let's add up just exactly how stupid our intergalactic super zeros are, shall we? Did they blab to a poker-playing group of gangsters about the existence of a priceless idol? Check. And where to find it? Check. And that the key to open its lock box is around Krunk's neck? Check and mate. Suffice it to say, the crooks decide to go all-in and take Krunk's key and snatch the idol from the ultra-hot, and ultra-hot-tempered, Neoki, who's waiting for a mystery buyer to pony up hella cash for the treasured artifact. Of course, big bad Krunk isn't about to give up the key without a lot of collateral damage, and the boys manage to escape the mayhem and head toward the rendezvous with Neoki. With the gangsters in hot pursuit. And with the bounty-hunting Seekers in even hotter pursuit. Maybe all these thugs wouldn't be so eager to catch up if they knew Quinn still has a ticking time-bomb around his neck!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 28.

PERHAPANAUTS: SECOND CHANCES

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

If you're one of those people who "waits for the trade," then make sure you don't miss a second chance to pick up their second chance with Perhapanauts: Second Chances, the new trade collecting the team's most recent cryptozoological caper!

Beset by the voracious eating-machines called the Skorm, our heroes are left with many questions when an envoy of Perhapanauts from the future come back to rescue their former selves! Are they still on the path to their "destiny" after they confront the enigmatic Dover Demon and travel through the bizarre dimension confluence calledŠthe "Perhaps"Š? Collecting the four-issue miniseries.

128 pages, $15.95, in stores on May 23.

THE SECRET #2

Written by Mike Richardson, art by Jason Alexander.

The mystery of Pam's disappearance deepens as police link it to another unsolved crime. The Secret is a chilling coming-of-age mystery.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 7.

SERENITY PVC SET

The master sculptors at Gentle Giant Studios have taken full-size 3-D digital scans of the main actors from Joss Wheden's blockbuster film Serenity and created a fabulous, realistically detailed PVC set of the favorite three crew members. This process has allowed us to achieve an unprecedented level of accurate detail, both in terms of the distinctive likenesses and the accessories and costumes. Since you can't get these actors to come visit you at home and sit on your bookshelf or computer, this is probably the next best thing! Featuring Jayne (4" tall), Mal (3.9" tall), and River (3.45" tall). Packaged in deluxe, full-color window box

$17.99, in stores on May 16.

SHAMAN WARRIOR VOLUME 3

Written and art by Park Joong-Ki.

Outlawed and marked for death by a kingdom they once served, the Shaman Warriors of Kugai are a dying breed of disturbingly powerful, mystical killing machines. Political misinformation has led the citizens and soldiers of Kugai to fear the once-respected Shamen. As the King's soldiers begin to comb the desert fringes of civilization for survivors, twisted Death Lords also hunt the Shamen and their followers. Batu hopes to protect the child in his care from the chaos and fear that has engulfed the land, but the daughter of one of the strongest Shamen ever cannot be shielded from her destiny. When a gang of colorful, bloodthirsty assassins closes in on Batu and his ward, surprising new allies reveal themselves‹ready to defend this special child with their lives!

208 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on May 30.

SOCK MONKEY: THE INCHES INCIDENT #4

Written and art by Tony Millionaire.

Sock Monkey and his pals sail home in the sea-worthy piano. The captain takes the Sock Monkey into his confidence as they inspect the hold. They are taking on water and in danger of foundering, and the captain suspects one of the passengers of being responsible for the impending disaster. Great high jinks on the high seas!

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on March 21.

SPACE PINCHY

Written and art by Tony Takezaki.

Previously solicited as single issues, the crazy, sexy, and relentless Space Pinchy is back! This time as a trade paperback!

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 consequences Takezaki can think up!

224 pages, black and white, $15.95, in stores on May 23.

STAR WARS: 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION VOLUME 3 -- DARTH MAUL

Written by Ron Marz, art by Jan Duursema, inked by Rick Magyar, colored by Dave McCaig.

In the days before Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi's first fateful mission to Naboo, Darth Sidious discovers a threat to his plan for galactic domination -- the nefarious criminal organization Black Sun. Unwilling to tolerate such opposition to his Imperial ambitions, the Sith lord sends his apprentice Darth Maul to deal with this cartel of space mobsters.

Step by deadly step Maul infiltrates Black Sun, eliminating its lieutenants and working his way into its inner sanctum. Yet those who rule this society of evil do not intend to be vanquished so easily. It's all-out action as the darkest forces in the galaxy vie for power in a battle that will have dire consequences for the future of the Republic.

96 pages, $22.95, in stores on May 16.

STAR WARS: LEGACY #10

Written by John Ostrander, art by Colin Wilson, colored by Brad Anderson, cover by Dave Ross.

Once bitter enemies, Imperials loyal to the deposed Emperor Roan Fel meet with representatives from the remnants of the Galactice Alliance to discuss joining forces against the Sith. However, two spies have been thrown into the mix, each with different orders, their determination to complete their missions putting them on an explosive collision course.

Meanwhile, Cade Skywalker remains missing, yet still pursued by those bent on ignoring his desire to be left alone.

Will a new alliance be forged to defeat Darth Krayt's minions, or will betrayal shatter the galaxy's last best hope for freedom? Will Skywalker's refuge be discovered? More importantly, what will happen to those who find him? Find out in this pivotal issue of Star Wars Legacy!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 14.

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #15

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

The "Days of Fear" story arc reaches its explosive conclusion in a story of dangerous visions, unheeded warnings, and decisions made too late!

Fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick faces his darkest moments so far as a desperate attempt to avert a cataclysmic disaster drives him into the arms of his enemies. Zayne puts his life on the line in an attempt to save those who don't even realize the grave fate they face, but will his sacrifice be in vain? Meanwhile, the small-time con Gryph has happened upon big-time profit, but if he doesn't keep his greed in check, this seeming success story could quickly turn tragic!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 28.

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC -- FLASHPOINT VOLUME 2

Written by John Jackson Miller, art by Brian Ching, Dustin Weaver, Harvey Tolibao, colored by Michael Atiyeh and Jay David Ramos, cover by Ching.

Nearly 4,000 years before the Death Star, fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick's quest to clear his name for the alleged murder of his fellow Jedi-in-training brings him head to head with the galaxy's most feared fighting force‹the Mandalorians!

Along with a petty crook named Gryph and Elbee the grouchy droid, Zayne is a passenger aboard the Last Resort, a renegade ship piloted by the senile genius Camper and his fierce protector Jarael. Together, this motley crew will face kidnappings, hijackings, maniacal scientists, Mandalorian traitors, bumbling bounty-hunting brothers, and a few really big explosions.

Collecting issues #7-12 of the ongoing comic book series Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, this volume launches our lovable heroes into one of the most outrageous and exciting adventures since Luke Skywalker learned the ways of the Force!

144 pages, $18.95, in stores on May 16.

STAR WARS: PANEL TO PANEL VOLUME 2 -- EXPANDING THE UNIVERSE

Written by Randy Stradley, art by various.

From 5,000 years before Luke Skywalker first picked up a lightsaber to nearly 150 years after the events in Return of the Jedi, Dark Horse Comics has chronicled the major events in every era of the Star Wars galaxy in amazing drawings and paintings by some of the most accomplished artists in our own galaxy.

In this all-new companion to the first Star Wars Panel to Panel volume, we've spotlighted not only the stunning work of comics' greatest artists, but also the legion of characters Dark Horse has contributed to Star Wars' Expanded Universe‹characters who have not only carried the romance and adventure of the galaxy far, far away far beyond the events in the films, but those who have made the jump from the pages of comic books to television and the silver screen!

192 pages, $19.95, in stores on May 30.

TANPENSHU VOLUME 2

Written and art by Hiroki Endo.

In Tanpenshu volume two, Hiroki Endo passionately explores the many problems and social difficulties that people face, while growing up and while seeking to find their roles in a violent, precarious world. In "Hang," a short and steamy science fiction romp, two lovers try to look beyond a twisted, dysfunctional family life to strengthen the ties that bind them together. In other stories, a struggling art student tries to survive an early midlife crisis and his feelings towards high school girls and androids, a young painter with yakuza connections and sick fantasies struggles to balance his personal passions with his family's honor, and the two teenagers in Endo's delightfully perverted "Boys Don't Cry" vignette lament their shortcomings. Deep, compelling, and brilliantly illustrated, these shocking tales are unflinching glimpses at desperate attempts to find companionship and meaning, and they are delivered with the same detailed illustrations and surprising plot twists found in all of Hiroki Endo's works.

224 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on May 30.

USAGI YOJIMBO #101

Written and art by Stan Sakai.

A lethal game of cat-and-mouse catches Usagi in its trap as the rabbit ronin steps in to protect an ally, only to become a victim himself! Ousted by the head of the Neko Ninja Clan, Chizu is an outcast, on the run from the same assassins she once considered her brothers and sisters. When her former comrades catch up to her, Usagi raises his sword in her defense. However, in the heat of battle, Usagi is struck by a poison dart. Now, Chizu has mere hours to find an antidote while her enemies continue their deadly pursuit. As the poison takes hold, Usagi's mind is driven into a twisted nightmare. Will he ever recover? Find out in "Fever Dream."

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on March 28.



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