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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2007

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR OCTOBER

ALIENS OMNIBUS VOLUME 2

Written and art by various.

Many humans have died horribly at the claws of the Alien. The surface of Earth has been devastated to cleanse the beasts from our world. But the commercial value of this scourge has never been in doubt, especially when the special properties of the Alien Queen's royal jelly are discovered. Will Mankind once again risk its very survival as a species in order to sleep with the Alien?

Dark Horse Comics' Aliens series set the bar for how the universe of a popular film could be expanded through graphic fiction. Aliens Omnibus Volume 2 collects more of these exciting series in a value-priced, quality-format omnibus, featuring over four hundred story pages in full color. Includes the complete story arcs of Genocide, Harvest, and the never-before-collected, epic-length Colonial Marines.

448 pages, $24.95, in stores on Dec. 12.

APOCALYPSE NERD #5

Written and art by Peter Bagge.

Things continue to spiral downhill for our "hero" Perry, as circumstances out of his control force him to move from one bad situation to another -- and results in his committing certain deeds that he never in a million years imagined himself doing!

Also in this issue: Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe lay the somewhat seedy groundwork for their 24-year Presidential dynasty in "The Virginia Mafia."

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

THE BADLANDER #1

Written and art by Kevin Ferrara.

Newcomer Kevin Ferrara blasts on the scene with The Badlander -- a wicked zombie tale about a supernatural killer escaping damnation . . . one bullet at a time!

In legend, the Badlander is a ghostly outlaw shrouded in mystery. A weird gunslinger stalking the desert landscapes of Nevada. But in reality Jacob Bierce is nothing more than a rotting corpse of a man, dead in more ways than one -- a loner on the run from the law, turned into the living dead and controlled like a puppet by the sinister Bog Witch.

Now, as the witch's evil hold threatens to entrap him forever, the Badlander sets in motion a desperate plan to destroy the witch and regain his soul once and for all!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 10.

BATMAN/GRENDEL

Written and art by Matt Wagner.

Complete in one volume for the first time, the acclaimed stories that pit Gotham's dark detective against the embodiment of evil, written and drawn by Grendel creator Matt Wagner!

Sleepless protector of his troubled but beloved city, Batman uncovers a new threat when Hunter Rose, the original Grendel, arrives in Gotham. It is a battle of might and minds as the Dark Knight faces off against this sophisticated and deadly assassin. Years later, Batman's ceaseless vigil is disturbed once again, this time by the twisted cyborg Grendel-Prime. Seeking an artifact of terrible dimensions, Prime will stop at nothing to achieve his ends!

Collecting both Batman/Grendel miniseries co-published with DC Comics, this volume presents material that's been out of print for over a decade, starring two comic-book icons!

208 pages, $19.95, in stores on Dec. 19.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #130

Written and art by Hiroaki Samura.

"Badger Hole," part 3 of 4. Rin and Döa slink deeper into the "Badger Hole," hoping to find their missing friends at the end of one of the dark tunnels that wind below Edo Castle. Going in through the "back door" won't be easy, as these tunnels are filled with Kagimura's foot soldiers and other dangers. When a surprise turn of events finds the ladies in an awkward, defenseless position, how will the arrival of a new Itto-ryü warrior sit with Rin? Meanwhile, Hyakurin reflects on a recent heart-to-heart she had with Rin and how her current role in the "Badger Hole Rescue Mission" has placed her shoulder to shoulder with the angry women of Edo‹a growing number of citizens fearing for the lives of the many men who have been disappearing into Edo's prison system.

Features a full-color pinup by rising star Joshua Boulet!

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 10.

B.P.R.D.: KILLING GROUND #3

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

Something wicked has come to the B.P.R.D.'s new headquarters. With a monster loose and a mysterious armed intruder in the complex, the body count is rising, and the agents of the B.P.R.D. are running out of time to determine whom they can trust.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 10.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #7

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, penciled by Georges Jeanty, inked by Andy Owens, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Jo Chen.

Faith's out to kill a Slayer.

Lady Genevieve Savidge is one of the most dangerous women on the planet. If she's left unstopped, the British heiress will usher in the apocalypse. Faith has accepted Giles's offer of an early retirement package for this gig -- but the wetworks will have to wait till she's infiltrated Savidge's mystically protected estate.

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 3.

CLASSIC COMIC BOOK CHARACTER #9: CUTTER

This series will depict the characters as they were originally presented in the comics, but also will deliberately be somewhat more rough-hewn than is common, with features including non-slick surface textures, visible seam lines, and other slightly "distressed" aspects.

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

6 inches, limited to 550, $49.95, in stores on Dec. 19.

CONAN #45

Written by Kurt Busiek, art by Greg Ruth.

The rising storm continues to swell in this new chapter of "Born on the Battlefield." As the fist of Aquilonia tightens around Cimmeria's neck, the tribes have laid siege to the fort of Venarium in a desperate bid to protect their homeland from the encroaching empire.

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 18.

THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN

Written by Roy Thomas, art by Barry Windsor-Smith, John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala, Pablo Marcos and others.

In the mid 1970s following the colossal success of Conan the Barbarian, Roy Thomas helped expand the universe of Conan to showcase further stories and the talents of some of the comics industry's best with the equally popular Savage Sword of Conan magazine. Now, for the first time in over thirty years, these primal tales, featuring Robert E. Howard's most popular character, are available in this, the first in a series of massive trade paperbacks, collecting all Savage Sword Conan stories beginning with issue one.

Included in this volume are tales by Roy Thomas, featuring the breathtaking art of such legends as Barry Windsor-Smith, John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala, Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom, Pablo Marcos, Walter Simonson, and more.

Also included in this tome are Conan's few appearances in the title Savage Tales -- for the complete Conan collection!

542 pages, black and white, $17.95, in stores on Dec. 19.

CRIMINAL MACABRE: MY DEMON BABY #2

Written by Steve Niles, art by Nick Stakal, colored by Michelle Madsen, cover by Tim Bradstreet.

Cal McDonald has faced down all manner of monsters from bloodthirsty zombies to ancient vampires, but his newest case is the thorniest yet. Cal has to find out if a devil-worshiping cult has succeeded in their quest to bring Satan to earth, dodge vengeful cops, and stay one step ahead of a group of vicious priests in possession of a terrifying secret weapon.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 24.

ELFQUEST BUST: LEETAH

Dark Horse announces that, with the help of master sculptor Tim Bruckner and significant guidance by Wendy and Richard Pini, the series of three limited-edition Elfquest busts is vividly bringing these popular characters to life. The second bust, Cutter's lifemate Leetah, is defying fans' expectations of seeing their favorite healer and gatherer in 3-D form.

Leetah measures 6.25 inches, and the body pivots on the base, allowing the owner to set up exact placement and position between the other two busts or alone. Hand-painted, each limited-edition piece is individually numbered.

$49.99, in stores on Nov. 14.

EMILY THE STRANGE: THE FAKE ISSUE #2

Written by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner, art by Buzz Parker and Ryan Hill.

Dark, brooding, but never boring, Emily the Strange pokes fun at impostors, illusions, and just plain phonies in the FAKE Issue! With her posse of black cats, sharp-but-silly wit, and her own unique brand of genuine nonchalance, Emily gets into strange and spooky situations while dressing up, getting down, and being real. (But is it really Emily, after all?...)

32 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 31.

HELLBOY ANIMATED VOLUME 3: THE MENAGERIE

Written by Jason Hall and Nate Piekos, penciled by Rick Lacy and Fabia Laguna, colored by Michelle Madsen, cover by Humberto Ramos.

In "The Menagerie," written by Jason Hall and drawn by Rick Lacy, a dull trip to a conference turns into a deadly adventure when a mythical menagerie from ancient Europe appears in the Amazon rainforest. Writer Nate Piekos and artist Fabio Laguna teach Abe Sapien a valuable lesson about silver lining in "Small Victories."

80 pages, $6.95, in stores on Dec. 5.

KOTOBUKIYA GENERAL GRIEVOUS EPISODE III VINYL MODEL KIT

What scares you? A Jedi should know no fear, but facing a remorseless killer like General Grievous can give even the most dedicated follower of the Jedi Code reason to pause.

A twisted melding of flesh and metal, General Grievous's body is a deadly weapon forged by the cutting-edge developers of the Confederacy. Each of his six-fingered arms could split in two, resulting in an array of four limbs, each armed with a lightsaber. Grievous hunted Jedi for sport and kept his victims' lightsabers as trophies of his conquests within his cloak.

In one of the most memorable scenes of Episode III, Obi-Wan Kenobi confronts Grievous and the two engaged in a lightsaber duel. Grievous, who had received training in the Jedi arts from Count Dooku, unleashed a withering assault on Kenobi with four lightsaber blades.

11 inches tall, $199, in stores on Jan. 2.

LANKHMAR VOLUME 4: SWORDS AGAINST WIZARDRY

Written by Fritz Leiber.

Sent by a witch on a foolhardy journey, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser return to the icy reaches of the north in search of dubious treasure. There, they are seduced by the glittering attractions of an ice woman, who brings them with her to her shadowy lair. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser -- brothers in arms -- are overwhelmed by intimations of power and rise to usurp power in Quarmall, a dangerous region of lies, magic, and swords.

224 pages, $12.95, in stores on Dec. 5.

LEONARD MALTIN'S MOVIE CRAZY: FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE MOVIES

Written by Leonard Maltin.

Leonard Maltin's reputation as one of the world's leading authorities on the history of film is well-known. Equally well-known is his affection for the classic era of the movies. In his quarterly subscription-only newsletter Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy, Maltin -- through personal remembrances, rare photographs and art, as well as first-hand interviews with the actors, writers, directors and performers of the Golden Age -- chronicles the history of a bygone magical era.

Available here for the first time to the millions of viewers and readers who turn to Maltin year after year for his insights on movies and Hollywood, Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy collects the best articles from his newsletter. It's all here: The history of the Silent Film, the growth of the motion picture industry from short subjects to feature-length films, the battles between the emerging studios, the rise of the actor and actress, as well as glimpses into the lives of those almost-forgotten performers that filled the screen and faded away far too soon. Illustrated with rare photographs, one-sheet movie posters, advertising art, and personal memorabilia from the stars themselves, this book will capture the attention of old-time movie fans and casual readers alike.

336 pages, black and white, $19.95, in stores on Dec. 12.

LIVING WITH THE DEAD #1

Written by Mike Richardson, art by Ben Stenbeck, cover by Richard Corben.

Two survivors of a global catastrophe disguise themselves as corpses to survive in a land of the walking dead. From the mind of Mike Richardson comes this hilariously frightening tale of Straw and Whip, two slackers who have lived through a plague that's left the world with seven billion brain-hungry zombies. Life is tough as they try to keep up the appearance of being like the rest of the decomposing masses, and things heat up when a damsel in distress needs their help. Will they blow their cover for a beautiful young girl, or sacrifice her in the name of rock and roll?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 10.

LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE IRON PROMETHEUS #2

Written and cover by Mike Mignola, art by Jason Armstrong, colored by Dave Stewart.

The Lobster and Jim delve deeper into the sinister forces behind Professor Gallaragas's mysterious disappearance and discover a conspiracy wilder than they could possibly have imagined, with Nazis, Tibetan cultists, and a prophesy whose fulfillment could mean the end of the world . . .

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 3.

MPD-PSYCHO VOLUME 3

Written by Eiji Otsuka, art by Sho-U Tajima.

The uncensored, uncut MPD-Psycho manga series continues, with another volume of creative crimes, slippery criminals, and an enormous, disturbing puzzle that's slowly unraveling with each inventive atrocity. The Isono Criminal Research Lab trusts that Kazuhiko Amamiya, their maverick multiple personality detective, can crack any murder case -- as long as he can keep all of his other personalities in check. His latest mystery involves a serial killer who uses body doubles and is actually famous for his macabre murder scenes and attempts at dark humor. More clues on the Gakuso Group emerge, and their top "company man" -- the white-haired, maniacal Zenitsu -- just can't stay out of the Isono Lab's business. Toguchi, the tough, one-eyed video journalist, now feels that he deserves a worldwide spotlight . . . and he's on the verge of making a deal with a laughing devil!

184 pages, black and white, $10.95, in stores on Dec. 5.

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 28

Written and art by Kosuke Fujishima.

Ever since a cosmic phone call led to five literal young goddesses Belldandy, Urd, Skuld -- and, like occasional vowels, Peorth and Lind -- to live in college student Keiichi's residence, his personal life has been turned upside down, sideways, and sometimes even into strange dimensions!

After the drama of the familiar, we return to the comedy of the even more familiar, as Oh My Goddess! goes back to school -- Nekomi Tech, that is, only to find the campus festival tradition has lost none of its lunacy. Tamiya and Otaki are bringing all their idol graces to the stage in a karaoke contest, with a special surprise entrant from way back . . . versus the indescribable voice of Belldandy! Plus your fan art and letters!

160 pages, black and white, $10.95, in stores on Dec. 12.

PATH OF THE ASSASSIN VOLUME 10

Written by Kazuo Koike, art by Goseki Kojima.

The fighting clans of pre-Tokugawa Japan are gathering their arms and are on the move. Classic historical warlords, such as Takeda Shingen, Oda Nobunaga, and a young Ieyasu Tokugawa himself take the field in this quasi-historical graphic novel series, Path of the Assassin.

This volume of Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima's rich series finds Ieyasu both fighting for his life and looking to the future. First, a couple of eerie and mysterious ninja try to take his life, but find themselves foiled by the increasingly able ninja Hattori Hanzo. And then a nation's tribes face off and spin through intrigue and tactical webworks, all while fascinatingly dark ninja politics weave subtext and sexy action throughout the masterly drafted pages.

296 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on Dec. 26.

REX MUNDI #8

Written by Arvid Nelson, art by Juan Ferreyra.

The French army is moving in to save the Duke of Lorraine, but can they arrive in time? The scene is set for an epic confrontation that will determine the fate of the war.

Meanwhile, Julien and Inquisitor Moricant have discovered the location of the legendary Grail Castle. But the Church's power is rapidly crumbling because of the war raging across Europe. Moricant is about to have a rude awakening into a new world, a world in which the authority of the Church means very little!

24 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 17.

REX MUNDI VOLUME 4: CROWN AND SWORD

Written by Arvid Nelson, art by Juan Ferreyra.

Paris, 1933. Europe is still in the grip of feudal warlords, the Catholic Church has all the power of a secret police force, and sorcerers stalk the streets at night. Welcome to the world of Rex Mundi. Master Physician Julien Saunière stumbles onto a thousand-year-old brotherhood dedicated to protecting the secret of the Holy Grail -- a secret that threatens to drown the world in blood!

Saunière digs deeper and deeper into the mystery of the Holy Grail and finally he uncovers the connection to the Duke of Lorraine. The Duke, meanwhile, is forced to make a bid for power when the king orders his arrest. If he can't succeed, he will surely hang!

192 pages, $16.95, in stores on Dec. 19.

SERENITY ORNAMENT: INARA'S SHUTTLE

Dark Horse adds more ships to our line of popular ornaments. This month is Inara's Shuttle.Fans of Firefly will be familiar with the shuttle that Inara Serra, well-respected companion, rents from Serenity for her periods of separation from the ragtag crew. The shuttle appears again in the film Serenity, when Inara makes her welcome return to the renegades.

5.5 inches by 5 inches, $29.99, in stores on Feb. 13.

STAR WARS: 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION VOLUME 10 -- CRIMSON EMPIRE

Written by Mike Richardson and Randy Stradley, penciled by Paul Gulacy, inked by P. Craig Russell, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Dave Dorman.

In all the galaxy, there are no more fearsome warriors than the Emperor's Imperial Guard, and none is more loyal than Kir Kanos. But when Carnor Jax -- the most formidable of this elite brotherhood -- betrays the Emperor and orders the murder of the Guard, Kanos must escape to avenge his master. For Kir Kanos, the last loyal Imperial Guard, and the final threat to Jax's rise to power, it is vengeance or death -- there are no alternatives!

160 pages, $24.95, in stores on Dec. 5.

STAR WARS: DARK TIMES #8

Written by Mick Harrison, penciled by Dave Ross, cover by Zach Howard.

"Parallels," part 3 of 5. Bomo Greenbark and the smuggler crew of the Uhumelé are caught in the crossfire between two criminal gangs, both of whom want what the crew has. But Captain Heren still has one trick left to play‹and it will result in a dangerous surprise for Jedi Master K'Kruhk, who is half a galaxy away and who believes himself to be out of peril.

These are the dark times, and nobody gets away easy -- if they even get out alive! Somebody is betrayed, somebody dies!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 31.

STAR WARS: EPISODE IV -- A NEW HOPE PHOTO COMIC

The movie that launched the greatest myth of modern times gets a whole new look with this manga-sized adaptation of Star Wars: A New Hope made up entirely of stills from the film!

Follow farm boy Luke Skywalker as a fateful meeting with two droids thrusts him headlong into a galactic civil war, the mysterious ways of the Force, and his galaxy-changing destiny. This is the story loved by millions around the world, presented here like never before!

96 pages, $9.95, in stores on Feb. 27.

STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #22

Written by John Jackson Miller, penciled by Dustin Weaver, inked by Dan Parsons, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover by Colin Wilson.

The new story arc, "Knights of Suffering" begins here, bringing fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick back to Taris -- the scene of his alleged crime, now overrun by the Mandalorian army!

Deep in the lower city of Taris, swoop bike gangs battle Mandalorian troops in the streets. An organized resistance to the invasion was taking shape thanks to an old friend of Zayne's, but something went terribly wrong.

Reunions and betrayals follow Zayne into the heart of a war zone in this action-packed new issue of Knights of the Old Republic!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 31.

STAR WARS: LEGACY #17

Written by John Ostrander, penciled by Jan Duursema, inked by Dan Parsons, colored by Brand Anderson, cover by Travis Charest.

"Dragon," part 4 of 6. In the heart of the Sith Temple on Coruscant, an unexpected acolyte trains in the ways of the Sith. Captured by Darth Krayt, Cade Skywalker has made an unholy bargain with the usurper Emperor. Is Cade following in the footsteps of Vader? A turning-point issue in the most surprising Legacy arc yet!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 31.

STYLE SCHOOL VOLUME 2

By various.

Dark Horse's second volume of Japan's leading manga and anime instructional magazine is on the way! Learn the techniques of Japan's top manga and anime artists in Style School, showing step-by-step methods to help today's up-and-coming illustrators master the use of pen, brush, paint, marker, screen tones, computer modeling, and other tricks of the trade. Gain insight into the weapons of choice of today's top creators, especially those brands and tools that are so hard to find outside Japan. See for the first time the eye-popping art of tomorrow's manga and anime stars, with page after gorgeous page of spectacular visual imagination. And find out how to submit your work to be considered for publication in upcoming issues of SS Magazine in Japan!

160 pages, $14.95, in stores on Dec. 12.

TALES OF THE FEAR AGENT: TWELVE STEPS IN ONE

Written by Rick Remender art by Eric Nguyen.

Down on his luck and drunk as a skunk, Heath Huston, alien exterminator, stumbles upon a corrupt and immoral alien race using religion as a justification to drain a sun of the energies that sustain it. This race of scumbags always finds a rationale to put economic bottom lines before the cost to life and the environment. With no love for money-grubbing heartless manipulators, Huston hires himself to stop the twisted operation in hopes of saving the lives of billions of creatures . . . and maybe for a bit of personal satisfaction.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 3.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE #2

Written by Gerard Way, art by Gabriel Ba, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by James Jean.

Nine years after parting ways, the estranged members of the Umbrella Academy have gathered for the funeral of their guardian and mentor. But their reunion is far from pleasant, as old wounds reopen, murderous mimes embark on a crime spree, and one of the siblings is seduced away by a mysterious villain . . .

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 17.

XS HYBRID VOLUME 3

Written and art by S Jihyung.

Huin Chang and Mina have known each other since they were kids, growing up like brother and sister. Chang has always been Mina's protector. But as the story of the mysterious biomechanical viruses inside their brains continues to develop, one begins to wonder if the two might be together for a greater purpose.

It could be the world hanging in the balance. Maybe it's a secret weapon, the likes of which could topple the power structure of our planet's body politic. These facts have yet to see light. Until then, the street fights and frantic fracases continue, through malls and subways, on sidewalks and staircases. It's action at its most stylish, and purely of Korean creation.

192 pages, black and white, $10.95, in stores on Dec. 5.




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