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SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2008


DARK HORSE COMICS FOR AUGUST

ABE SAPIEN VOLUME 1: THE DROWNING

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

A century ago, paranormal investigator Edward Gray fought and destroyed a powerful warlock off the coast of the island of Saint -- Sébastien. In the early 1980s, the B.P.R.D.'s newest agent was sent to retrieve the warlock's remains. But Abe Sapien is ill prepared for the dark forces that block his way. Written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and featuring the haunting art of Jason Shawn Alexander (Damn Nation, The Secret, The Escapists), Abe Sapien: The Drowning is the story of Hellboy and B.P.R.D. mainstay Abe Sapien's first solo adventure. Collects Abe Sapien: The Drowning #1-5.

144 pages, $17.95, in stores on Oct. 1.

THE ART OF TONY MILLIONAIRE

Written and art by Tony Millionaire.

Prepare to set sail on a drunken fever-dream of dollies, apes, and exotic mysteries that once seen can never be UN-seen! The Art of Tony Millionaire collects illustrations, comics, stories, photographs, and anecdotes from the man once referred to as "Beefy McManus" by the late rock star, "Rocky Stardomes!"--the one and only Tony Millionaire! Thrill to never-before seen illustrations that have made women gasp and grown men gasp, too! Partake in the beautiful genius of the only cartoonist in the history of mankind to have won five Eisner Awards, three Harvey Awards and an Ignatz!

200 pages, $39.95, in stores on Oct. 22.

BERNIE WRIGHTSON'S FRANKENSTEIN

Written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, art by Bernie Wrightson.

Few works by comic-book artists have earned the universal acclaim and reverence that Bernie Wrightson's illustrated version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein was met with upon its original release in 1983. Twenty-five years later, this magnificent pairing of art and literature is still considered to be one of the greatest achievements made by any artist in the field. Now, Wrightson and Dark Horse Books are collaborating on a beautiful new hardcover edition of the book, published in a larger 9" x 12" format intended to show off the exquisitely detailed line art of one of the greatest living artists in comics today. This book includes the complete text of the original ground-breaking novel, and the original forty-seven full-page illustrations that stunned the world with their monumental beauty and uniqueness.

240 pages, $29.95, in stores on Oct. 20.

B.P.R.D.: THE WARNING #2

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

Abe is forced to give up his search for Daimio when Liz's mysterious gentleman proves more powerful than the B.P.R.D. had anticipated as they play further into his plans.

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

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #17

Written by Joss Whedon, penciled by Karl Moline, inked by Andy Owens, colored by Michelle Madsen, covers by Jo Chen and Georges Jeanty.

After a shaky introduction, Buffy and Fray must join forces in order to discover the purpose of their meeting, and its impact on the world at large. Joss Whedon and Karl Moline, co-creators of the Fray: Future Slayer, reunite in Buffy Season Eight with the highly anticipated story arc "Time of Your Life."

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on August 6.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER'S TAROT

Lost hundreds of years ago, the Slayer's tarot is an important artifact from Slayer history that came into existence after a group of women shared a vision of a rogue Slayer who would love a vampire and who would be aided in her fight against evil by a group of mystical allies. The heretical prophecy led to the suppression of the deck by the Watcher's Council.

Written and conceived by Rachel Pollack, author of 12 books on the tarot, including the renowned 78 Degrees of Wisdom, she teams with long-time Buffy artist Paul Lee to create this one-of-a-kind tarot card set.

78-card deck, instruction pamphlet, 64-page softcover book, in reclosable box with magnetic closure, $14.99, in stores on August 13.

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #2

Written by Timothy Truman, penciled by Tomas Giorello and Richard Corben, colore by José Villarrubia, cover by Frank Cho.

Dark Horse's exciting new Conan era continues with a second round of adventure! As Conan recovers from last issue's clash with raiders on the Cimmerian borderlands, a kind stranger shelters him and weaves a tale of Conan's grandfather, Connacht. As an older Cimmerian, Connacht inspired young Conan with tales of dazzling lands and beautiful women, but the story the snowbound stranger relates now is one of a brush with death and supernatural beasts--brought on after an act of selfless kindness. Is it true that "no good deed goes unpunished" . . . ?

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

CONAN VOL. 6: THE HAND OF NERGAL

Written by Timothy Truman, penciled by Tomas Giorello, colored by J.D. Mettler and José Villarrubia.

A mysterious curse lingers, following Conan as he attempts to return to his homeland, and a great darkness looms ahead in the doomed city of Yaralet. This latest collection in Dark Horse's smart, innovative Conan series finds the cunning Cimmerian chased by both unfinished business from his past and a strange novice magician who seeks to deliver a dire warning to the wandering barbarian. A great evil moves ever closer while unfathomable terrors awaken and come into view. Conan is, of course, eager to meet both head on!

152 pages, $17.95, in stores on Oct. 22.

CRIMINAL MACABRE: CELL BLOCK 666 #2

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

Caught. Cuffed. Convicted. Cal McDonald has had more tangles with the law in recent years than he can count, but he's never been a truly wanted man until now. Apparently all it takes is one dirty D.A. with a Cal-shaped chip on his shoulder and a horde of L.A.'s finest on his side to frame and sentence a (mostly) innocent man on a series of trumped-up charges. But what happens when the grittiest former cop in the world checks in for a long stay at the Graybar Hotel? And exactly how long do you think Cal will last in the general population before he gets thrown into solitary? Place your bets, boys and ghouls--the odds are stacked against Cal on this game, but don't expect him to fold . . .

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

DOMO 5.5" FLOCKED VINYL FIGURES

Following the success of the 8" Domo series, a second series of Domo flocked vinyl figures--this time at 5.5". Available in limited quantities, our 5.5" Domo flocked vinyl figure comes in four colors: Classic Brown (limited edition), Olive Green (limited edition of 800), RAAAAR!! Red (limited edition of 800), Earl Grey (limited edition of 800), and Polar White (limited edition of 500).

5.5 inches, $24.99, in stores on Oct. 29.

EMPOWERED VOLUME 4

Written and art by Adam Warren.

Costumed crimefighter Empowered is briefly overjoyed to find herself in the running for one of the superhero community's annual Caped Justice Awards (or "Capeys")--only to discover that her nomination was merely a cruel joke by her obnoxious superpeers. But when the masked masses face a cataclysmic reckoning for previous heartless hoaxes, can our perpetually struggling heroine overcome her resentment and save the day? And can she cope with the further problems posed by cross-dressing vigilantes, dying wishes from preteen wannabe supervillains, telepathic "booty calls," a deeply depressed ninja, bedroom "cosplay" conflicts with her boyfriend, and even . . . Hummer fu?

208 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on Sept. 7.

THE END LEAGUE #5

Written by Rick Remender, penciled and cover by Eric Canete, inked by Sean Parsons.

Part one of the all-new storyline "Weathered Statues." After the shocking events last issue in which half the cast was lost, Black and Arachnakid risk everything to take their revenge on the Smiling Man in his twisted city of Lore. Across the world in New Berlin, the fascist Wolfsangel puts a bounty on the remaining heroes in order to obtain the one item he requires to snatch lordship of Earth from Dead Lexington: An altruistic heart.

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

THE END LEAGUE VOLUME 1: BALLAD OF BIG NOTHING

Written by Rick Remender, penciled and cover by Mat Broome, inked by Sean Parsons, colored by Wendy Broome.

A thematic merging of The Lord of the Rings and Watchmen, The End League follows a cast of the last remaining super men and women as they embark on a desperate and perilous journey through a world dominated by evil, in hopes of locating the one remaining artifact that can save humanity--the Hammer of Thor.

104 pages, $12.95, in stores on Oct. 15.

THE EVIL DEAD

Written by Mark Verheiden and John Bolton.

An expansion on the classic horror film that introduced us to the powerful Book of the Dead, the relentlessly violent deadites, and Ash--one resilient, blood-soaked survivor. Now an iconic horror hero, relive Ash's first visit to the cabin that brought him face to face with the delectably deranged deadites who possessed his girlfriend and friends . . . and turned "the perfect place to get laid" into a house of fear and fury. Return to the original nonstop gore-fest and experience the thrills, gags, and gagging anew, with unexpected extra scenes. Collects the four-issue miniseries.

112 pages, $12.95, in stores on Oct. 29.

FEAR AGENT #24

Written by Rick Remender, penciled and cover by Tony Moore, colored by Michelle Madsen.

"I Against I," part 3 of 6. Heath finds himself in the roughest sector of the universe with a mob of desperate criminals out for his blood. A dirty, down-in-the-mud street fight leaves him changed forever and desperate for payback. There's a new sheriff in town.

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

GHOST OMNIBUS VOLUME 1

Written by Erik Luke, art by Adam Hughes, Terry Dodson, Scott Benefiel and Matt Haley, cover by Adam Hughes.

If you're already dead, you might as well make the best of it. Someone brutally murdered reporter Elisa Cameron, but back from the grave as the spectral avenger Ghost, Elisa intends to find out who killed her and why . . . and grab a double dose of .45-caliber retribution. But Ghost's journey to the truth follows a dark, twisted path, and the revelations she unearths may lead not to redemption, but damnation. Collects Ghost Special #1, Ghost #1-12 (first series), and "Sweet Things" from Decade of Dark Horse #2.

352 pages, $24.95, in stores on Oct. 22.

GHOST TALKER'S DAYDREAM VOLUME 2

Written by Saki Okuse, art by Sankichi Meguro.

Welcome to the sexy, spooky, and suspenseful world of Ghost Talker's Daydream. In the continuing story of Saiki Misaki, the albino dominatrix necromancer, Misaki has to put her wits, looks and knowledge of ghosts to the test. Follow Misaki as she dodges cops, fights psychos, and exorcises the dead. Fast-paced, smart, and sassy, Ghost Talker's Daydream is everything you loved about the anime and much, much more.

216 pages, black and white, $10.95, in stores on Oct. 8.

THE GOON #27

Written and art by Eric Powell, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Gris Grimly.

Goon year continues with three distinctly different stories, written and illustrated by three talented individuals. The first is from Goon creator Eric Powell, who provides readers with a glimpse into the special bond Mother Corpse shares with the horrifying creatures, fondly referred to as "changelings." Next on deck is comic book artist Kyle Hotz (The Incredible Hulk, Criminal Macabre) who has Goon and Frankie on the hunt for the elusive Skunk Ape. A MySpace Dark Horse Presents discovery, Rebecca Sugar, delves into the life and times of Dr. Alloy who builds a device that should make life easier on his fellow inmates.

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

HELLBOY: THE ALL-SEEING EYE

Written by Mark Morris, cover by Mike Mignola.

In a London funeral parlor, the dead rise and walk again. On a train in the London Underground, a young couple is terrorized by a demon. In a suburb, a poltergeist forces a family to flee their home.

Hellboy has his hands full.

While the supernatural is on a rampage in London, a series of brutal "Torso Murders" turns up at various sites around the city. All of the corpses are headless, limbless, and drained of their blood.

Called in to investigate the killings, B.P.R.D. agents Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman discover a wellspring of black magic under the London streets. They also find a sack of heads. Hellboy descends into the dark underworld of London, encountering demons who prophesy the coming of plague and the opening of an Eye to the otherworld, bringing forth death and destruction upon the land.

256 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on Oct. 22.

HELLBOY: THE CROOKED MAN #2

Written by Mike Mignola, art and cover by Richard Corben, colored by Dave Stewart.

A lifetime ago, Tom sold his soul to a devil of old Appalachia. Now, he and Hellboy are fighting to win it back--through the witch who first lured it away and a host of supernatural horrors as old as the land itself.

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

HELLBOY LIBRARY EDITION VOLUME 2: THE CHAINED COFFIN, THE RIGHT HAND OF DOOM, AND OTHERS

Written and art by Mike Mignola, colored by Dave Stewart, Matthew Hollingsworth and James Sinclair.

Since Mike Mignola's Hellboy first hit the stands in 1993, it has become a cultural sensation, racking up a dozen Eisner Awards and inspiring numerous spinoffs, from a novel line, to video games, to feature films. Now, Dark Horse is pleased to present the comics that started it all, collected in deluxe hardcover editions. Sized at a generous 9" by 12", and handsomely bound to match The Art of Hellboy, each volume contains two full story arcs--the equivalent of two full trade paperbacks. Each volume of the Hellboy Library Editions also includes extensive supplemental materials, including previously unreleased sketches and designs.

Hellboy Volume 2 collects fifteen stories, presented for the first time in chronological order, with the original Chained Coffin introduction by P. Craig Russell, and a new, expanded sketchbook.

Over thirty pages of new sketchbook material.

278 pages, $49.95, in stores on Oct. 15.

THE HELM #2

Written by Jim Hardison, penciled by Bart Sears, inked by Randy Elliott.

The Helm, an enchanted artifact of countless legendary heroes, has learned that its latest Chosen One is a chubby, unemployed fantasy addict Š who lives in his mother's basement. Defying all odds, however, Matt Blurdy managed both to defeat a bloodthirsty hobgoblin and thwart the Helm's scheme to have him killed. Now the hero's training begins in earnest: workouts, retrieval of a magic flaming sword, battles with wraiths, and a showdown with a sorcerer in mortal combat. But when the media starts reporting Matt's victories as murders, an old flame reenters the picture, and true darkness looms on the horizon, even a replica Highlander trench coat might not be enough to save Matt's hide!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on August 20.

HELLSING VOLUME 9

Written and art by Kohta Hirano.

After Alucard's triumphant return, the streets of London were flooded with the blood of vampire Nazi soldiers and crazed Catholic warriors. After the dust settled, only the Hellsing order of Protestant knights was left standing. Now it's up to the earthly agents of divine punishment to save the souls of the innocent. However, chaos soon engulfs the streets yet again. Come to find out, not all the Nazis were vanquished after all. Will Alucard and his allies have what it takes to save what is left of the city? Earth-shaking destruction and gore-soaked supernatural battles fill the pages of this dark and creepy-cool manga.

208 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on Oct. 22.

INDIANA JONES AND THE TOMB OF THE GODS #3

Written by Rob Williams, penciled by Steve Scott, inked by Nathan Massengill, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover by Tony Harris.

Breakneck adventure doesn't let you stop for breath in this continuation of Indiana Jones's search for ancient artifacts and treasures! Once again, archaeologist and self-stated preserver of history Dr. Henry Jones Jr. is on the trail of something colossal. With exotic locations, natural disasters, wild animals, ever-pesky Nazis, and a beautiful fortune hunter, Indy's quest for the Tomb of the Gods could be his most amazing and historically disturbing escapade ever!

40 pages, $2.99, in stors on August 27.

MISTER X ARCHIVES

Written by Dean Motter, penciled by Motter, Jaime Hernandez, Paul Rivoche, Dave McKean, Seth, Ty Templeton and others.

When Mister X hit the shelves twenty-five years ago, no one had ever seen anything like it--a fusion of film noir, Art Deco, and German Expressionism channeled through the talents of the greatest up-and-coming artists of the day. The story of a utopian city with architecture that drove its inhabitants mad and the never-sleeping architect who quested tirelessly for a cure, Mister X captivated a generation of comics fans and creators, transforming the landscape of their chosen medium forever.

384 pages, $79.95, in stores on Oct. 22.

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 10

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!

It'll be one, two, three strikes you're out for the N.I.T. Softball Club if Keiichi can't help his sister win against their campus rivals--but with the goddesses stepping up to bat, it's not going to be the old ball game! Then, it's an unrelaxing hot springs vacation when Mara returns to challenge Urd to the most feared battle imaginable--karaoke! Plus four pages of color, ten Mini-Goddess strips, a message from creator Kosuke Fujishima, and your fan art and letters!

184 pages, black and white, $10.95, in stores on Oct. 29.

PREDATOR OMNIBUS VOLUME 4

Written by Kevin J. Anderson, Gordon Rennie, Ian Edginton and Ron Marz, art by Mel Rubi and Claudio Castellini, cover by Ray Lago.

Across the centuries, humanity's capacity for violence has marked time as surely as the movement of the stars. And from those very stars have come an invisible participant in our history, the extraterrestrial Predator, who has used Mankind's own penchant for murder and mayhem as a shadow to cover its own bloody tracks, as a hunting blind from which to take down its human prey. But the Predator has not passed through the ages unnoticed, and despite the alien killer's strength, cunning, and advanced technology, there are few things more certain than how far men are willing to go when it's time for a little payback!

Predator Omnibus Volume 4 concludes the complete presentation of these never-before-collected classic Dark Horse Predator tales.

This volume collects Predator : Primal #1-2, Predator: Nemesis #1-2, Predator: Homeworld #1-4, Predator: Xenogenesis #1-4, Predator: Hell Come a Walkin' #1-2, Predator: Captive one-shot, and "Predator: Demon's Gold" (from DHP #137).

352 pages, $24.95, in stores on Oct. 8.

REX MUNDI #13

Written by Arvid Nelson, penciled by Guy Davis and Brian Churilla.

One of the Duke of Lorraine's ancestors has made a pact with a pagan spirit, and there's no getting out of this bargain! And Rex Mundi returns to its roots with a brand-new Brother Matthew mystery. A servant girl is brutally murdered in an elite Paris hotel. Mystified by the horrific crime, the Inquisition puts Brother Matthew on the case. Matthew's partner? None other than the cheerful Inquisitor Moricant!

Brother Matthew: Hill of Martyrs will begin in issue 13 and continue completely free online, every week, courtesy Dark Horse Comics.

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

ROBOTS AND DONUTS

Art by Eric Joyner.

In the years following World War II the major export from Japan wasn't electronic equipment, but toys, specifically tin toys. Crafted in the shapes of submarines, planes, trains, cars, and horses, one of the most popular motifs was toy robots. Constructed in virtually every shape imaginable from the 1940s throughout the 1960s, they ranged in appearance from horror to science fiction characters. Today, these toys are not only fondly remembered by collectors but are being re-created for a whole new generation! _Capturing this period in history became a passion for painter Eric Joyner and in Robots and Donuts he celebrates this forgotten era with images marrying the metal creations with images plucked from his imagination. And, almost always, with donuts. (Why? Well, who doesn't love donuts?) This whimsical book also features a look into Joyner's painting style as well as a glimpse at some of his other non-robot-themed artwork.

184 pages, $99.95, in stores on Oct. 8.

SERENITY: BETTER DAYS

Written by Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews, penciled by Will Conrad, colored by Michelle Madsen, cover by Jo Chen.

Serenity: Better Days follows everyone's favorite space cowboys in a thrilling, action-packed adventure, where Mal and his crew take on a heist that promises a big payoff. But when one of Serenity's crew is taken captive and tortured, the gang must put their enduring differences aside and work together to save one of their own, even if it may mean losing the cash prize of a lifetime. Joss Whedon returns to the world of his blockbuster film Serenity, reuniting with Brett Matthews and Will Conrad, his collaborators on the bestselling 2005 series Those Left Behind. Collects Serenity: Better Days #1-3.

80 pages, $9.95, in stores on Oct. 29.

SERENITY LASER ENGRAVED ACRYLIC ORNAMENT

Joss Wheden's blockbuster Serenity continues to capture the attention of fans of fantastic adventure. Dark Horse is pleased to support the "browncoats" with the next in our series of Serenity themed ornaments.

Dark Horse has scanned the Serenity ship and using the wonders of modern science, crafted it as a wire frame 3D image inside a 4" x 4" clear lucite cube. This process has allowed us to acheive an unprecedented level of accurate detail.

Dark Horse is adding a mechanism of ribbon that can be glued to the cube for hanging display, but as with most ofther "tombstone"-style collectibles, it may be best displayed sitting on a window sill or over a small LED light base. The LED light, commonly available on the open market, is not a part of the package.

4" by 4" clear lucite cube, $16.99, in stores on Oct. 8.

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS VOLUME 1--SHIPYARDS OF DOOM

Written by Henry Gilroy, art by Matt Fillbach and Shawn Fillbach, colored by Ronda Pattison.

Introducing a new, quarterly, graphic-novella series based on the exciting new motion picture and television series The Clone Wars! Dark Horse's first offering, "Shipyards of Doom," is a digest-sized graphic novella written by Henry Gilroy, the head writer for the TV show, and illustrated by the prolific Fillbach Brothers.

96 pages, $6.95, in stores on Sept. 24.

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #32

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

"Vindication," part 1 of 4. At long last, Padawan Zayne Carrick confronts the Jedi Masters who framed him for murder! The prophecy that was seen by Zayne's Masters appears to be coming true. Two pieces of the sequence have come to pass . . . and those who remain alive are still fighting to prevent their vision from becoming a reality. The Jedi Consulars are beginning to doubt themselves and it's possible they have overlooked a true source of danger!

40 pages, $2.99, in stoers on August 20.

STAR WARS LEGACY #27

Written by John Ostrander, penciled and cover by Omar Francia, colored by Brad Anderson.

Darth Wyyrlok is the master of Sith lore and magic in Darth Krayt's Sith order. He has also been Krayt's confidant, spokesman, and friend. Now, seeing the further deterioration of his Master from the ravages of the Yuuzhan Vong bioforms, Wyyrlok attempts a dangerous journey into the Deep Core worlds to the birthplace of Lord Andeddu, an ancient Sith Lord, seeking to discover any secrets that might save Darth Krayt. Penetrating the Deep Core, however, is always hazardous and Wyyrlok must call upon his own core--his strength, skills, and beliefs--to simply survive.

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on August 27.

STAR WARS OMNIBUS--EARLY VICTORIES

Written by Terry Austin, Darko Macan and Ryder Windham, art by Bret Blevins, June Brigman and Dave Gibbons, inked by Roy Richardson, colored by Angus McKie and Dave Stewart.

Following the destruction of the first Death Star, Luke Skywalker is the new, unexpected hero of the Rebellion. But the galaxy hasn't been saved yet--Luke and Princess Leia are finding there are many more battles to be fought against the Empire and Darth Vader!

This latest Star Wars Omnibus reprints many of the early tales of the rebellion. First, we have Shadow Stalker, Tales from Mos Eisley, and River of Chaos, all of which are long out of print and have never before been collected! Then, Splinter of the Mind's Eye, a story created by George Lucas and Alan Dean Foster before there were plans for any films past Star Wars: A New Hope. And last is Vader's Quest, in which Vader learns the secret kept from him by Yoda and Obi-Wan: that he has a son!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 22.

STAR WARS: REBELLION #16

Written by Rob Williams, art by Dustin Weaver, colored by Wil Glass, cover by Dan Scott.

"Vector," part 8 of 12. Darth Vader successfully lures Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia into a trap that could cripple the Rebel Alliance, as "Vector"--the most important Star Wars event of 2008--concludes its third arc, setting the stage for the final galaxy-shaking showdown in Star Wars: Legacy!

On the dark surface of a desolate moon, Luke and Leia meet their first Jedi since Obi-Wan Kenobi, only to realize too late this Knight of the Old Republic is far different than their fallen friend--twisted by the Sith's Muur Talisman and enraged by Darth Vader! Together, Luke and Leia must make a choice with far-reaching consequences, not just for themselves, but for the fate of the entire galaxy!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on August 27.

TARA MCPHERSON AND BECI ORPIN JOURNALS

Two of our favorites are back! We love everything that Tara McPherson and Beci Orpin do, so we're thrilled that they have agreed to design two new journals for Dark Horse. While both artists incorporate pleasing colors with wonderful designs and a sense of fun, their styles are unique and irresistible.

Tara McPherson "Mr. Wiggles" Journal, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", spiral-bound journal, $9.99, in stores on Sept. 17.

Beci Orpin "Folklore" Journal, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", spiral-bound journal, $9.99, in stores on Sept. 17.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE

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

In an inexplicable worldwide event, 47 extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who'd previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, "To save the world." These seven children form The Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.

This oversized limited-edition hardcover features an expanded sketchbook with concept designs and original artwork; commentary from the artists; and the short story from the hit 2007 Free Comic Book Day issue.

232 pages, $79.95, in stores on Oct. 29.

VAMPIRE HUNTER D VOL. 11: PALE FALLEN ANGELS PARTS ONE AND TWO

Written by Hideyuki Kikuchi, art by Yoshitaka Amano.

Pale Fallen Angels Parts One and Two, the first two novels of Hideyuki Kikuchi's groundbreaking epic four-part Vampire Hunter D tale, are presented here in one affordable omnibus collection!

Krauhasen: A mysterious land under the control of Lord Vlad Balarge, a member of the vampire Nobility. When Lord Vlad's son, Baron Byron Balarge, needs to make a long and treacherous journey to faraway Krauhasen, he commissions the help of the infamous Vampire Hunter D, promising a princely sum and a solemn vow--no feasting on any humans for the duration of their journey!

Still, D finds his work cut out for him as the duo encounters an ongoing parade of thugs, rogues, and runaways, all with riot and revenge in mind. The pair are joined by the teenage tumbling act, May and Hugh, and the haughty Noblewoman Miska, recently spared death by the stake. But when D discovers the Baron's plans to murder Lord Vlad, he quickly finds his own life in danger.

480 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on Oct. 15.



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