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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2007

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR MARCH

ABE SAPIEN: THE DROWNING #2

Written by Mike Mignola, art by Jason Shawn Alexander, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Mignola.

Supernatural forces converge on the island of Saint Sebastien as Abe finds himself alone against a century-old evil.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 5.

BERSERK VOLUME 23

Written and art by Kentaro Miura.

Desperate as Guts, the Black Swordsman, has been to reunite with his former captain and lover, the now-mad Casca, he's quickly learning that being together is as dangerous as being apart. What should be a simple journey to the safety of Puck's homeland proves to be a gauntlet of perils, as the Mark of Sacrifice each bears brings the fury of Hell down upon them, and Guts discovers that in his darkest moments he himself is the greatest danger to the woman he loves.

Created by Kentaro Miura, Berserk is a fiery manga apocalypse, an ominous omnibus of furious action, fearsome horror, and funereal humor that strikes a power chord in the hearts of its devoted followers and strikes down the rest like a scythe through wheat. Bring in the sheaves! Co-pubished with Digital Manga Publishing.

208 pages, black and white, $13.95, in stores on May 28.

BLOOD+ VOLUME 2

Written and art by Asuka Katsura.

Filling in details and expanding upon events in the Blood+ mythos, the Blood+ manga series is the official adaptation and companion to the popular Blood+ anime series that's been running on Adult Swim -- and to the Dark Horse novels of the same name! In this manga volume, the deranged Charles takes center stage -- and traumatizes Riku, Saya's sweet, adoptive brother. With only vague moments and memories slowly returning to her after a year as an amnesiac, Saya's still not sure why the confident, one-armed Charles is tormenting her. What she does know is that she's determined to hold her own against a small army of blood-craving Chiropteran beasts when they threaten her and her loved ones. She also learns an important lesson in Chiropteran physiology!

208 pages, black and white, $10.95, in stores on May 14.

B.P.R.D.: 1946 #3

Written by Mike Mignola and Josh Dysart, art by Paul Azaceta, colored by Nick Filardi, cover by Mignola.

Professor Bruttenholm and his team-as well as their Soviet allies-return to the asylum, hoping to find out more about Project Vampir Sturm. But a fatal encounter with one of the project's subjects has done little to prepare the investigators for what lurks in the asylum's halls-or the greater horror still to come.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 12.

B.P.R.D. VOLUME 8: KILLING GROUND

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

Something deadly is loose in the halls of the B.P.R.D.! The B.P.R.D. will need all of its new resources -- from Johann's new body to Panya, the team's newest (or maybe oldest) member -- to handle the deadly forces that have wormed their way into the heart of the headquarters, as the line blurs between the hunters of the supernatural and their prey.

140 pages, $17.95, in stores on May 7.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 8: #12

Written by Drew Goddard, art by Georges Jeanty, inked by Andy Owens, colored by Dave Stewart, covers by Jeanty and Jon Foster.

"Wolves at the Gate." Television series writer, Drew Goddard (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Alias; Lost), takes the reins on Season Eight with his four-issue arc titled "Wolves at the Gate." The gang (yep, Dawn too) travels to Tokyo where they duel vampires with unusual, yet strangely familiar, powers.

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 5.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER OMNIBUS VOLUME 4

By various.

Volume Four of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus series concludes Buffy's high school career, wrapping up Season Three of the show's storyline. Collected in this volume are: The complete ³Bad Blood,² saga written by Andi Watson, the first attempt at making a ³season² of the comics, where Buffy battles a sultry vampire who hungers for a lot more than blood; the first comics work by Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series writer Doug Petrie, and artists Eric Powell, Ryan Sook, and Cliff Richards, whose stories follow the Scoobies through their final year at Sunnydale High; and includes the first Angel miniseries, The Hollower, written by acclaimed Buffy novelist, Christopher Golden.

The Buffy Omnibus books collect the earliest Buffy comics and are an excellent precursor to Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight series. This volume collects Buffy issues #9-11, 13-15, 17-20, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bad Dog, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike and Dru, Who Made Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: The Hollower.

368 pages, $24.95, in stores on May 7.

CONAN #50

Written by Timothy Truman, art by Tomas Giorello, colored by JD Mettler and Tony Shasteen, cover by Tony Harris.

Death has surrounded Conan the Cimmerian since he was a young boy, but he's never had to face it like this. Victim of a vengeful curse, Conan's steadfast companion must be laid to rest again, despite having already suffered a grisly death, but time is short. The Cimmerian must dispatch his old friend before the curse can claim all he has left . . . his very soul. Unfortunately, that isn't even Conan's most immediate concern. Surrounded by a demonic legion controlled by a power-hungry sorcerer, the barbarian and his comrades must stop the madman before he can conjure the very god of death itself and cross the fearsome deity into their realm to wreak havoc on all of Hyboria. It will take everything the warriors have to stop the forces of darkness before it's too late!

The final issue of the adaptation of Robert E. Howard's lost fragment ³The Hand of Nergal² and the final issue of the Conan monthly series -- a special double-sized issue with over forty pages of story with a very special cover by returning Eisner Award-winning Conan cover artist Tony Harris! The mighty Cimmerian returns in June with the inaugural issue of Conan the Cimmerian, the new ongoing Conan series from Dark Horse, beginning a new chapter in Conan's life!

56 pages, $4.99, in stores March 19.

CONAN: BORN ON THE BATTLEFIELD

Written by Kurt Busiek, art by Greg Ruth.

The story of Conan's early life, from his birth on a Cimmerian battlefield to his coming-of-age as a warrior in the pivotal Battle of Venarium. Sewing the seeds of the Barbarian's momentous career, this chronicle of Conan's youthful conquests -- both martial and carnal -- also showcases master storytellers Busiek and Ruth's work at its finest.

160 pages, $24.95, in stores on May 21.

CONAN VOLUME 5: ROGUES IN THE HOUSE

Written by Timothy Truman, art by Cary Nord and Tomas Giorello, colored by Dave Stewart and Richard Isanove, cover by Nord.

The Cimmerian finds himself ensnared in the dark intrigues of a city-state where the powerful will stoop to any depths to keep what they have stolen. When a young, idealistic noble offers Conan a ticket to freedom in exchange for a favor, Conan leaps at the opportunity -- and into a labyrinth where he must fight to keep not only his word, but his very life.

A favorite of fans and critics alike, the seminal Conan story "Rogues in the House" first appeared in Weird Tales. Now, writer Timothy Truman and artist Cary Nord bring you the tale of the Red Priest, as you've never seen it before.

This volume collects Conan #37, 38, 41-44.

160 pages, $24.95, in stores on March 26.

EDEN: IT'S AN ENDLESS WORLD! VOLUME 10

Written and art by Hiroki Endo.

By 2112, the Closure Virus has already wiped out about one-third of the world's population, but it mutates again to infect not only people and living creatures‹but inorganic matter as well. Dubbed the "Disclosure Virus," this new threat overruns several major cities, creating huge crystalline shapes with the matter it absorbs. With the world's economy also crumbling, the additional pressures send dominant political forces into desperate tailspins. Nomad sends agents to find Marihan, a minority leader who now holds important information about a terrorist network. Knife-wielding, fan-favorite Kenji is searching for her, too, feeling personally responsible for her safety -- and running headlong into danger. In Peru, Elijah is now several years older, and he gets involved in yet another Propater fiasco. With his sister still captured, Propater gives him one more reason to seek bloody vengeance when an old friend is murdered.

232 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on May 7.

EVIL DEAD #3

Written by Mark Verheiden, art by John Bolton.

All Ash wanted was to get some "alone time" with his new girl Linda . . . but an isolated cabin in the woods, harboring ancient secrets and angry demons, ruined any chance Ash had at "getting lucky." With Linda infected and crazed, Ash and Scotty bury what's left of Shelly before Scotty heads out into the woods to find help. Well, he certainly finds something out there. Ash has his hands full trying to keep Linda off of him -- which would be a good thing, had Linda not been completely possessed by murderous deadite rage! Ash struggles to save his friends and his sanity, as those fallen to the destructive deadites move in for the final kill! Relive the original thrilling Evil Dead experience in the only officially authorized expasnion of Sam Raimi's classic film.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 12.

FEAR AGENT #21

Written by Rick Remender, art by Jerome Opena, colored by Michelle Madsen.

"Hatchet Job," part 5 of 5. Haunting in space! When Heath Huston is forced to pass through a black hole, his rocket ship becomes home to an eerie and vengeful otherworldly presence that conspires to destroy him. Across the universe, the heartless bounty hunter Agent Zero comes to collect from Mara and Charlotte, and one of them will not survive.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 26.

THE GOON #22

Written and art by Eric Powell.

As the Zombie Priest descends further and further into madness, the ends to which he will go to thwart the Goon know no bounds! Summoning powers which are beyond even his own comprehension, the Priest unleashes an unholy abomination on the unsuspecting denizens of their humble berg. But will this nightmarish fiend be too much for even the Priest to control? Find out as Eric Powell's Eisner Award-winning series begins a new chapter in the ongoing chronicles of a man named Goon and his unshakeable sidekick Franky!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 12.

GRENDEL: BEHOLD THE DEVIL #5

Written and art by Matt Wagner.

Writer/artist Matt Wagner reveals another mystery from an untold chapter in the life of the original Grendel! At long last, it appears Hunter Rose has discovered the elusive presence that pursues him, only to find himself unsure of how to proceed!

How does the infallible lord of the underworld confront the utter unknown? For once, he must seek assistance, and from an unlikely source -- a voodoo master who once served Grendel's enemies. What solution will the dark magics of Santeria provide for the man whom all fear and obey? None that does not involve horror and pain and evil.

24 pages, black and white with red, $3.50, in stores on March 19.

HELLBOY: THE COMPANION

Written by Steve Weiner, Jason Hall, Victoria Blake and Mike Mignola, art by Mignola.

Corresponding with the release of the second Hellboy film, Dark Horse presents the definitive guide to the Hellboy universe, including a timeline mapping out the events in over a decade's worth of comics and novels -- and several millennia of in-comic continuity!

Written by Steve Weiner (The Will Eisner Companion), Victoria Blake (The Oregonian, NPR) and Jason Hall (Beware the Creeper; Trigger; Detective Comics) and densely illustrated with classic images from the comics as well as a handful of new drawings from Mignola, this volume offers thorough documentation of the Hellboy universe, compiling the many complex pieces that make up the life of the World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator into an easily understandable format and condensing Mignola's masterful storytelling into an encyclopedic reference guide -- including previously unrevealed secrets! From the hidden history of Abe Sapien to the secret origin of the world, this complete compendium is every hardcore Hellboy fan's key to the mind of Mike Mignola, and the ultimate introduction for anyone looking to begin their journey in the weird and wondrous world he has created.

Including up-to-the-minute coverage of the Hellboy Universe, as well as the definitive Hellboy and B.P.R.D. bibliography!

200 pages, $14.95, in stores on May 21.

HELLBOY VOLUME 8: DARKNESS CALLS

Written by Mike Mignola, art by Duncan Fegredo, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Mignola.

Hellboy has finally returned from his adventures at sea, but no sooner has he settled on land than a conclave of witches drags him from his respite and into the heart of Russian folklore, where he becomes the quarry of the powerful and bloodthirsty witch Baba Yaga. Bent on revenge for the eye she had lost to Hellboy, Baba Yaga has enlisted the aid of a deathless warrior who will stop at nothing to destroy Hellboy.

Since his creation in 1993, Mike Mignola's Hellboy has accumulated dozens of industry awards and become a favorite of fans and critics alike. Now, Mignola turns over drawing duties to Duncan Fegredo for a new chapter in the life of the World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator.

Collects the entire six-issue miniseries, along with two new epilogues -- one drawn by Mignola, and one by Fegredo -- and an extensive sketchbook section from both artists!

192 pages, $19.95, in stores on May 18.

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

Written by George Lucas, David Koepp and John Jackson Miller, penciled by Luke Ross, inked by Fabio Laguna, colored by Dan Jackson.

The most anticipated movie event of the summer comes to comics in this adaptation of the fourth Indiana Jones film!

The intrepid Doctor Henry Jones Jr. is back in his biggest adventure yet! This time, the world-renowned archaeologist finds himself caught in a series of events that all point to a discovery unlike any other. But will his rivals in pursuit of this priceless treasure seize his quarry from right under his nose? Not if he, and a few unexpected companions, have anything to say about it! The thrill and the humor, the action and the romance, the hat and the whip -- everything you love about Indy is here!

96 pages, $12.95, in stors on May 22.

KOTOBUKIYA BOBA FETT VERSION 2 SOFT VINYL MODEL KIT

Kotobukiya is expanding its line of statues with a series of six popular bounty hunters from the Star Wars saga. First to be released is Boba Fett, the Mandalorian Menace, who is the most popular of all the Star Wars killers for hire. Kotobukiya will release a new bounty hunter each month. Following Boba Fett's release are Dengar, 4-LOM, Zuckass, Bossk, and IG-88. Each of the Bounty Hunters will come with a special bonus part -- collect all six bounty hunters and create a $100 full-size Darth Vader statue from the bonus parts!

The bonus piece included with Boba Fett is Darth Vader's left arm. In addition, each of the Bounty Hunters will include a unique hexagonal base -- the bases of all six figures can be arranged to form the Imperial logo. With its large scale this statue is a snap-fit kit that can be easily put together in seconds without glue or modeling skill.

11.75 inches tall, $125, in stores on April 23.

PAQUET'S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES MONSTER BUST & BRIDE BUST

The Monster is the first entry in the Paquet's Cabinet of Curiosities bust line and The Bride is the second, depicting new visions of old horrors as designed, sculpted and painted by the master of visual horror, William Paquet. The Monster is Mary Shelley's creature as envisioned through the eyes of Paquet. The Bride is the perfect complement to The Monster as the good Doctor intended. Each comes packaged in a full-color art box and comes with a collector card in Paquet's own words detailing his unique vision for the character.

The Monster, 9 inches, limited to 500 units for worldwide distribution, $69; The Bride, 8.25 inches, limited to 500 units for worldwide distribution, $69, in stores on April 30.

PATH OF THE ASSASSIN VOLUME 12: THREE FOOT BATTLE

Written by Kazuo Koike, art by Goseki Kojima.

The march continues as Japan's future shogun moves to the center of Japan to claim it as his own. But along the way he'll have to deal with intense and complicated politics, strange and sometimes perverted fighting techniques, and a rapidly changing samurai culture in old Japan. And often the history of Japan all rests on the wiles of shogun-to-be Ieyasu's clever and loyal ninja, Hattori Hanzo.

Lone Wolf & Cub creators Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima are experts at weaving an intense and sometimes oddly sensational yarn, and this quasi-historical tale of a young man's rise to the top of samurai politics doesn't pull any punches.

320 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on May 28.

RED STRING VOLUME 3

Written and art by Gina Biggs.

With a dear friend moving to Tokyo, an arranged marriage pending, and a difficult teacher holding a grudge against her, Miharu Ogawa is having one of her worst semesters in school ever! Her friends aren't having an easy time, either. After breaking down and finally expressing her feelings to Fuuko, Maya seeks solace and advice from Karen -- who isn't really an expert in love and is having her own relationship problems. "Lone Wolf" Hayashihara struggles with the fact that he's actually making friends, a new character -- Jun Mataichi -- arrives to stir up a little more confusion, and a snowy accident brings two bickering souls closer together. Collected for the first time ever, this third volume of Gina Biggs's successful web comic (and evolving tale of self-discovery) collects chapters fifteen through twenty-one of Red String and delivers all of the great surprises and romantic moments you've come to expect and enjoy!

208 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on May 14.

THE RETURN OF THE GREMLINS #1

Written by Mike Richardson, art by Dean Yeagle, colored by Dan Jackson.

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 haunted -- something 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 sixty years ago!

Based on the classic Disney characters created by world-renowned author Roald Dahl!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 5.

SAMURAI CHAMPLOO MINI-BUST #1: MUGEN

One of today's most popular anime series is getting the 3D treatment from Dark Horse. Created and directed by renowned animation talent Shinichiro Watanabe, best-known for the mega-hit Cowboy Bebop, this work centers around a trio of unforgettable characters: Mugen, Jin, and Fuu. We are bringing them all forward in a unique set of limited-edition pieces that are faithful to every nuance of the Japanese originals.

Set in medieval Japan, Samurai Champloo deftly mixes samurai and action genres with a healthy dose of comic relief. It is, simply put, the story of the journey of a young girl named Fuu and her two guardians.

Mugen, the first bust in our series, is a heroic vagabond who is something of a wild and crazy guy. He has his own brand of samurai sword fighting technique, and any resemblance to break dancing is purely coincidental.

5 inches, $49.99.

THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN VOLUME 3

Written by Roy Thomas, art by various.

Conan's phenomenal popularity in the early comics series Conan the Barbarian would soon reach new heights thanks to a supplementary publication whose very name would come to represent quality in epic-fantasy storytelling -- The Savage Sword of Conan! These pulp tomes would become an inspiration to generations of Conan fans, containing some of the best adaptations and pastiches of Robert E. Howard's work ever to be seen in sequential form.

Now for the first time, these stories are being collected in a series of omnibus-style books, with over five hundred pages of classic sword and sorcery -- for the complete Conan collector!

Included in this volume are tales featuring the stunning art of such comics luminaries as Barry Windsor-Smith, John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala, Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom, Pablo Marcos, Walter Simonson, and many more, including a heart-stopping adaptation of the classic Howard tale "The Jewels of Gwahlur."

This collection includes Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian issues 25-31.

544 pages, $17.95, in stores on May 21.

SERENITY: BETTER DAYS #1

Written by Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews, art by Will Conrad, colored by Michelle Madsen, cover by Adam Hughes.

Joss Whedon returns to the world of his blockbuster film Serenity with the three-issue comics series Better Days. Better Days revisits everyone's favorite space cowboys in this thrilling, action-packed adventure, with Mal and his crew on a heist that promises a big payoff -- what's surprising is that this heist just might make good on that promise.

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 12.

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL #5

Written and art by Gilbert Hernandez.

High schoolers Paul and Val, with Val's stepmother Linda, continue their aimless murder spree across the US. But when one of the group decides to abandon the others to return home will the others tolerate the defection or turn their murderous rage on the defector?

24 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on March 26.

STAR WARS: CLONE WARS PHOTO COMIC

In the epic struggle for control of the galaxy, the Republic's clone trooper armies wage war with the droid legions of the Confederation. With the evil Count Dooku leading Separatist forces, it falls to Jedi such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and even Master Yoda to lead the Republic to victory!

This manga-sized volume adapts the Star Wars Clone Wars animated series to comics using images taken directly from the Emmy Award-winning show!

96 pages, $9.95, in stores on May 21.

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #27

Written by John Jackson Miller, penciled by Scott Hepburn, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover by Dustin Weaver.

"Vector," part 3. An ancient evil gains long-coveted power in the third part of 2008's biggest Star Wars event! Something terrible is spreading among the Mandalorians, threatening to bring their conquest of the galaxy to a previously unthinkable new level! Unfortunately, fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick and the con artist Gryph don't even know how they're going to survive their current predicament, let alone stop this horrifying threat! Lucky for the galaxy, their companion Jedi Celeste Morne has a few ideas about what to do. Unlucky for Zayne, Celeste's boss wants him dead!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 26.

STAR WARS: LEGACY #22

Written by John Ostrander, artist TBA.

In light of recent events, Darth Krayt deems it time to teach a lesson in obedience -- to the entire galaxy! Emperor Krayt is displeased, and the price of betrayal will be exacted from an entire race, their suffering rippling to the edges of the Outer Rim. Yet his wrath will not stop there, as even among his own ranks failure will be dealt with cruelly and with lasting results. Old allegiances will be tested, and new bonds will be formed through pain and anger. This is what happens when the Sith rule the galaxy!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Nov. 19.

STAR WARS: REBELLION #12

Written by Jeremy Barlow, art by Colin Wilson, colored by Wil Glass.

"Small Victories," part 2 of 4. With the Rebel flagship lost deep inside Imperial space, Admiral Ackbar must decide whether to risk the Alliance fleet on a seemingly impossible rescue, or leave Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia to fend for themselves.

Meanwhile, Luke and Leia have undertaken a seemingly impossible mission of their own with disastrous results. Captured by a corrupt officer on a vital Imperial installation, Luke and Leia have one last chance for their mission and their lives -- Deena Shan. Insecure and indecisive, Deena never thought she had much to offer the Rebellion. Now, with the fate of the Alliance in her hands, she hopes she was wrong!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 12.

STYLE SCHOOL VOLUME 3

Written and art by various.

Dark Horse's third 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!

176 pages, $17.95, in stores on May 14.

TALES OF THE FEAR AGENT

Written by Rick Remender, Hilary Barta, Mark Ricketts, Chris Burnham, Rick Spears and Shane White, art by Burnham, Kieron Dwyer, Paul Renaud and White.

Each story is a stiff bolt of one-hundred proof high adventure as we tag along on the drunken exploits of alien exterminator Heath Huston during his first ten years in deep space. Series creator Rick Remender is joined by a select handful of today's finest writers and artists in this compilation, expanding on the legend of the last Fear Agent.

136 pages, $14.95, in stores on May 14.

THE TERMINATOR OMNIBUS VOLUME 2

Written and art by various.

The Terminators never sleep. They don't need food or water. The heat of the desert gives them no pause. The darkness of night does not halt their deadly gaze. Bullets won't stop them. Their humanity cannot be appealed to -- because they have none. Sent from the future, their mission is clear and unrelenting: to erase the lives of any who threaten their future dominance, any who would attempt to deny the rise of the Machine. But that which man has created, man can destroy, and so . . . the war for the future begins today.

Dark Horse Comics is the acknowledged leader of adapting film blockbusters to graphic fiction, and The Terminator is one of the premier examples of what can be done with comics to expand an exciting film mythos.

Featuring work by fan-favorite creators James Robinson, Jackson Guice, Alan Grant, Steve Pugh, Guy Davis and more.

376 pages, $24.95, in stores on March 26.

USAGI YOJIMBO #110

Written and art by Stan Sakai.

Rabbit ronin Usagi and the bounty hunter Gen face a dilemma of unexpected dimensions when a shortcut through a forest turns into a dangerous guessing game!

There are some mysteries in the wild that are best left undisturbed, as Gen and Usagi discover while traveling through an area reputed to be the home of a trickster fox. Momentarily separated, when the two meet up again, Gen has the unsettling suspicion that what appears to be Usagi may be someone -- or something -- else entirely. As Usagi begins to behave more strangely, how will Gen decide if that is really his friend by his side?

24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on March 26.

WETA ORIGINALS VICTORIOUS MONGOOSE 1902A RAY PISTOL

By Jingo, those socially inept boffins have done it! The Victorious Mongoose is a marvel of modern miniaturisation and is the world's first concealable ray pistol. Despite its humble proportion, the pistol packs quite a wallop. The Victorious Mongoose will obliterate four pounds of Budgerigars in three fascinating seconds.

This limited edition ray pistol is handcrafted and made out of metal with a hand-carved wooden handle. It comes with its own velvet-lined pressed tin case, certificate of authenticity, and an assortment of implements and crafting tools.

$550, in stores on March 26.

THE WORKSHOP OF FILTHY CREATION: THE ART OF JOHNNY ACE AND KALI VERRA

Art by Johnny Ace Studios.

From the darkest depths of artistic angst, from the steaming pits of punk-rock putrescence, from the grinding gears of the Kustom Kulture Krypt comes The Workshop of Filthy Creation: The Art of Johnny Ace and Kali Verra. Beginning with his career as an official Big Daddy Roth artist, veering through the birth of punk poster art, and now surfing on the cutting edge of lowbrow art and the new Kustom Kulture explosion, Johnny Ace (and his studio cohort, Kali Verra) has taken art by the throat and taught it a lesson it'll never forget! Eye-wrecking posters, Fink-tastic sculptures, voodoo pin striping, and every manner of doodad, gimcrack, and unholy talisman imaginable are on display.

112 pages, $19.95, in stores on May 21.

X OMNIBUS VOLUME 1

Written by Steven Grant and others, art by Doug Mahnke others, cover by Frank Miller.

The city of Arcadia is the dark side of the American Dream. It's the land of opportunity, if you've got the money to buy it or the muscle to take it. The police are the best trained and equipped in the country, if you can afford their protection. Crime is under control, because crime is in control. For the corrupt and the ruthless, Arcadia is paradise on Earth. But a cold storm is blowing through the streets of Arcadia, a plague wind in black leather and torn cloth, a one-eyed, one-man judge, jury, and executioner whom the papers call "The X-Killer." He has set the new rules for Arcadia. Cross the line once, you'll receive a warning. Cross them twice, and X will mark the spot . . . where they'll find your body.

X Omnibus Volume 1 collects for the first time the audacious, critically acclaimed Dark Horse series that made "grim and gritty" superheroes seem like cuddly plush toys. Violent and morally ambiguous, X walks the thin line between heroism and obsession and shows that sometimes the cure may be worse than the disease. X Omnibus Volume 1 features over three hundred story pages by creators including Steven Grant, Doug Mahnke, Chris Warner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Tim Bradstreet.

Collects X #1-11; X: One Shot to the Head; "Welcome to the Jungle" from Dark Horse Comics #19, 20; X: Hero Illustrated Special #1, 2

352 pages, $24.95, in stores on May 28.



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