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THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2008

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR SEPTEMBER

ALIENS OMNIBUS VOLUME 5

Written by John Arcudi, Jim Woodring, James Vance, John Byrne, Ron Marz, Mark Schultz, Mark Verheiden, art by Byrne, Richard Corben, Guy Davis, Bernie Wrightson, Duncan Fegredo, Arthur Adams and others.

Living with the Alien has become a fact of life--and death--as mankind expands throughout the galaxy. And no matter how each encounter with the deadly xenomorphs inevitably leads to disaster, man's hubris and greed just as inevitably fuel the desire to try to unlock the secrets of the demonic beasts' biology or bring the creatures under control as tools to build an even more monstrous future.

Dark Horse Comics' critically acclaimed Aliens series set the bar for how the universe of a popular film could be expanded through graphic fiction. Aliens Omnibus Volume 5 collects more of these comics classics, featuring over 350 story pages in full color by some of the finest creators in graphic fiction.

Collects Aliens: Alchemy #1-3, Aliens: Kidnapped TPB, Aliens: Cargo one-shot, Aliens: Survival #1-3, "Aliens: Alien" (DHC #17-19), Aliens: Earth Angel one-shot, "Aliens: Incubation" (DHP #101-102), Aliens: Havoc #1-2, Aliens: Lovesick one-shot, "Aliens: Lucky" (Decade of Dark Horse TPB)

364 pages, $24.95, in stores on Nov. 12.

APPLESEED VOLUME 4: THE PROMETHEAN BALANCE 3RD EDITION

Written and art by Shirow Masamune.

Paradise ain't easy! In the future utopian metropolis of Olympus, a blazing beacon of humanity amidst a post-global-war wasteland, ESWAT agents Deunan and Briareos have fought tooth and nail to keep the peace and prevent Olympus from sliding back into chaos. When Olympus intelligence learns of a giant Landmate powersuit being built in secrecy, and on the threshhold of a top-secret international conference of the highest importance to be held in Olympus, ESWAT is mobilized to crack the mystery and disrupt a terrorist operation that could turn the fragile peace into World War IV!

216 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on Nov. 26.

BERSERK VOLUME 26

Written and art by Kentaro Miura.

Guts, the Black Swordsman, goes from the frying pan to the fire as he enters the mating chamber in the horrifying lair of the trolls to rescue his love, Casca, and the Lady Farnese from the loathsome attentions of the hideous beasts. But while even an army of trolls cannot stand against Guts's boundless fury, the mightiest of warriors is no match for a demon lord. And so when Slan of the Godhand manifests from the entrails of slain trolls and takes Guts into her deadly embrace, Guts discovers he may not only be fighting for his life, but for his very soul!

224 pages, black and white, $13.95, in stores on Nov. 26.

BLOOD+ VOLUME 4

Written and art by Asuka Katsura.

In this volume, the dreadful Diva sends her Chevalier to kidnap Riku, Saya's adoptive brother, from the Red Shield's ocean-liner headquarters. New secrets from Saya's and Hagi's past lives are revealed, as their present situation gets more complicated. Finding a way to make Saya go berserk and turn into a nearly unstoppable killing machine, Diva intends to pit her against her own friends and those she seeks shelter with . . . and this is just the first step in Diva's ultimate plan to turn all humans into Chiropteran monsters! With Kai and Hagi at her side, Saya fights Diva's forces as well as her own bloodlust. While the mysteries surrounding the Red Shield have come to light, more questions and villains arise when the Cinq Fléche organization unleashes its disturbing Corpse Corps. Dark Horse Manga's Blood+ series heads into its violent, pulse-pounding home stretch!

208 page, black and white, $10.95, in stores on Nov. 12.

BLOOD+ VOLUME 3: BOY MEETS GIRL (NOVEL)

Written by Ryo Ikehata.

The monsters are winning. Saya Otonashi thought she could battle against the Chiropterans, defeat the undead monsters, and avenge the life of her adoptive father. But the creatures, led by Saya's twin sister Diva, have struck a fatal blow: their attack on Saya's adopted brother Riku has left him infected with the vampiric curse and destined to transform into a Chevalier, a half-human abomination with an unquenchable bloodlust. In search of answers, Saya finds herself drawn to the papers of nineteenth century explorer Joel Goldschmidt, and his long-forgotten journal. Saya learns more about her past, the origins of the Red Shield organization, and the destiny she and Diva share.

288 pages, black and white, $8.95, in stores on Nov. 12.

B.P.R.D. VOLUME 9: 1946

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

In the wake of the Second World War, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm--occult investigator and guardian of the infant Hellboy--founded the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense to investigate and defuse the remains of the Axis's sophisticated occult warfare projects and potential Soviet threats. Now, with the help of a handful of war-weary American soldiers and their erstwhile Soviet allies, Bruttenholm unravels the mystery of the Nazi Occult Bureau's greatest and most threatening initiatives: Project Vampir Sturm.

144 pages, $17.95, in stores on Nov. 5.

B.P.R.D.: THE WARNING #3

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

Stranded and missing a teammate, Abe, Kate, and Johann discover that the situation is far worse than they had thought, as another old enemy resurfaces.

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

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #18

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

A powerful enemy from Buffy's past confronts the Slayer and Fray in the future, having allied with Fray's greatest foe. Meanwhile, Dawn's gone through another bizarre change.

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

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER VOLUME 3: WOLVES AT THE GATE

Written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, art by Georges Jeanty and Andy Owens, colored by Michelle Madsen, cover by Jo Chen.

Vampires that, at will, can transform into wolves, panthers, insects, or fog invade the Slayer base of operations in northern Scotland, and not only walk away unscathed, but in possession of Buffy's scythe, the symbol of Slayer power worldwide. Buffy and the Slayer legion travel to Tokyo in order to learn more about their dangerous new foes, as Xander journeys to Transylvania to solicit the only person they've ever known to possess such power: Dracula. Includes the stand-alone issue written by Buffy creator Joss Whedon, "A Beautiful Sunset."

136 pages, $15.95, in stores on Nov. 5.

CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOLUME 16: THE ETERNITY WAR AND OTHER STORIES

Written by J.M. DeMatteis and Roy Thomas, art by John Buscema, Ernie Chan and Bob McLeod.

Following a renowned writer like Roy Thomas was no easy task, but J.M. DeMatteis ) found himself fit for the job when he became Conan the Barbarian's next regular writer with Conan #118! This volume continues the period when DeMatteis worked with legendary artist John Buscema, collecting five of their regular series issues, as well as Conan Annuals 4 and 5, which were created by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, and Ernie Chan! Enjoy the continuing story lines, growing cast of characters, and increasingly strange sorcerers and monsters in the regular series segments, while getting a look at an older Conan's fight for his throne and queen in the unbeatable Thomas/Buscema/Chan Conan Annual collaborations: "The Return of the Conqueror" and "Bride of the Conqueror"!

Volume 16 features a foreword by J.M. DeMatteis and an afterword by Roy Thomas! Features a portion of J.M. DeMatteis's first year as a regular writer on Conan and two riveting Conan Annual stories written by Roy Thomas!

192 pages, $16.95, in stores on Nov. 26.

THE COMPLETE GREEN LAMA: FEATURING THE ART OF MAC RABOY VOLUME 2

Written by various, art by Mac Raboy and various.

Dark Horse Archives completes the entire Green Lama series with this second high-quality hardcover of the Golden Age classic! The emerald-clad freedom fighter returns to mete out further justice courtesy of famed artist Mac Raboy and writer/editor Joseph Greene! In fact, the pair even makes an appearance in this volume, join us as millionaire playboy Jethro Dumont once again chants "Om Mani Padme Hum!"

And, while this 1940s anthology series is best known for its eponymous Buddhist superhero, it featured an astonishing variety of short comics and prose pieces. Daring do-gooders the Boy Champions, Merlin-powered Lieutenant Hercules, flying ace Rick Masters, and the mischievous sprite Angus McErc together show off the creative experimentation that caught fire in the wake of Action Comics #1!

208 pages, $49.95, in stores on Nov. 19.

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #3

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

A young Cimmerian huntress--a character seen in Conan Vol. 0: Born on the Battlefield--and Horsa--an Aesir leader from The Frost Giant's Daughter--both cross paths with Conan as he continues his dangerous trek through the snowy mountain passes of Cimmeria. Fighting his way through the natural dangers of his barbaric homeland has been a welcome change from the mind games and treachery Conan found in the cities of the East, but there's an unfortunate lesson in treachery in store for Conan here, too. In a Richard Corben flashback sequence, Connacht--Conan's grandfather--seems to have found a role for himself working in a busy city, but as the old saying goes, "Fleas will find a dog . . . and trouble will find a Cimmerian."

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

CRIMINAL MACABRE: CELLBLOCK 666 #3

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

What's life like behind bars for a guy framed for the death of the D.A.'s wife? Ask Cal McDonald. He's a guy who knows a thing or two about misery from first-hand experience, but miserable doesn't begin to describe what's ahead for the disgraced private dick whose only friend on the planet is a dead guy. Now Cal's in lockup at the darkest time of his life with no connection to the outside world except through the random contact he makes with other prisoner. Luckily for Cal, it turns out his reputation proceeds him . . . and the reputation of an ex-cop-gone-wrong who runs with ghouls might be just the thing to keep him alive against all odds.

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

END LEAGUE #6

Written by Rick Remender, art by Eric Canete, colored by Naomi Baker.

There are men and women who would do wrong by us to further their own personal agendas. There are unknown wars fought on our behalf in wretched places--blood sacrifices laid down for masses of strangers who will never know what was given for them. With all of his friends now gone, the man known only as Black would stand tall to hold these villains back. But he is already too late.

22 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 24.

FEAR AGENT #25

Written by Rick Remender, art and cover by Tony Moore, colored by Lee Loughridge.

"I Against I," part 4 of 6.

Outlaw Heath Huston has made a solemn pledge to the small camp that harbors him--he'll abstain from violence and inebriation for the rest of his life. However, when the forces conspiring to find and kill Huston descend on the small town, Heath must break his promise in order to save those he made it to. Also in this issue--a special Tales of the Fear Agent story by Hilary Barta and Mark Nelson.

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

THE GOON #28

Written and art by Eric Powell, colored by Dave Stewart.

The Zombie Priest becomes an unwilling agent of the Goon when things heat up in the Labrazio gang war. Could he hold the secret to Labrazio's power and Franky's missing sausage links?

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

HELLBOY: THE CROOKED MAN #3

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

Trapped in a crumbling church, Hellboy must save a man's soul from ancient witches, a rain of exploding corpses, and finally the evil magic of Crooked Man himself. This three-issue series reunites Mignola and legendary horror artist Richard Corben in a tale of witchcraft rooted in Appalachian folklore.

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

THE HELM #3

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

Has Matt Blurdy's luck run out? His emergence as the new Valhalladrim has enraged the dark force responsible for keeping the Helm dormant for nearly a hundred years. This tremendous evil has sent a powerful necromancer--a familiar face!--to bend the previous Valhalladrim's ghost to his will and reveal Matt's location. As if that's not enough to worry about, Matt's on-again girlfriend, Jill, discovers his connection to recently reported murders and thinks he's gone crazy. This Chosen One stuff is a lot more complicated than it's cracked up to be, and fate is closing in . . .

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Sept. 17.

INDIANA JONES AND THE TOMB OF THE GODS #4

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

As the world's premier archaeologist and adventurer, Indiana Jones will go to incredible lengths to uncover the hidden mysteries of the past, but has his quest for knowledge finally gone too far?

It's a race against the Nazis with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Follow Indy as he uses his wits, whip, and fists to keep a devastating discovery out of the hands of the evil Nazi scientist Dr. Friedrich Von Hassell! Hold on tight as this world-spanning romp makes its way to the treacherous tip of the globe--the North Pole!

Yhe explosive conclusion to Indy's greatest adventure as we finally find the answer to the question: What horror lies in wait in the depths of the Tomb of the Gods?

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 24.

LANKHMAR BOOK 7: THE KNIGHT AND KNAVE OF SWORDS

Written by Fritz Leiber.

Dark Horse's republication of Fritz Leiber's immortal tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser reaches a turning point with this new edition of Leiber's final stories of the two intrepid adventurers. Their journeys have taken them from one side of Nehwon to the other, facing life-risking peril at every turn. Now, in a set of stories that show us Fafhrd and the Mouser both on their own and together, they will face some of their most challenging obstacles, and--against assassins, angry gods, and even Death himself--the duo must battle for their very lives.

224 pages, $12.95, in stores on Nov. 19.

REELART STUDIOS: FRAZETTA'S SUN GODDESS STATUE

ReelArt Studios and Dark Horse Comics are proud to present Frazetta's Sun Goddess, the fourth offering of a four-statue collection inspired by the original artwork of one of the world's most beloved fantasy illustrators, Frank Frazetta. The fully hand-painted statue, as sculpted by Tony Cipriano and painted by Kat Sapene, depicts Frazetta's cover art to Warren's Eerie Magazine #87 from 1966. It is securely packaged in a full-color box and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

13 inches tall by 9 inches wide, limited to 2,000, $189, in stores on Sept. 24.

REELART STUDIOS: PRINCE VALIANT STATUE

ReelArt Studios continues its line of comic-book and newspaper-strip characters with another classic character, Prince Valiant. Hal Foster's timeless hero from the days of King Arthur, as sculpted by Joy and Tom Studios, depicts Val in full battle gear charging atop his mighty steed through a marshy glade and seems to have been lifted straight from those early Sunday funnies. The prepainted statue comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity.

11 3/4 inches tall by 15 inches deep by 10 3/4 inches wide, limited to 500, $225, in stores on Sept. 24.

REX MUNDI VOLUME 5: THE VALLEY AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Written by Arvid Nelson, art by Juan Ferreyra.

As Lorraine's bloody crusade rages on, Julien spirals into an abyss of drunken despair. Genevieve has betrayed him, and he has lost hope of ever finding the Holy Grail. But Inquisitor Moricant hasn't given up, and he's hot on Julien's trail! Little does Moricant know the power of the Church is crumbling in the face of the raging war. He isn't as safe as he believes. Meanwhile, the Duke of Lorraine faces disaster upon defeat. His dreams of world domination--and his very life--hang from the slightest thread . . .

200 pages, $17.95, in stores on Nov. 5.

SOLOMON KANE #1

Written by Scott Allie, penciled by Mario Guevara, colored by Dave Stewart, covers by John Cassaday and Joe Kubert.

Robert E. Howard's vengeance-obsessed puritan begins his supernatural adventures in the haunted Black Forest of Germany in this five-issue adaptation of Howard's "The Castle of the Devil." When Solomon Kane stumbles upon the body of a boy hanged from a rickety gallows, he goes after the man responsible--a baron feared by the peasants from miles around. Something far worse than the devilish baron or the terrible, intelligent wolf that prowls the woods lies hidden in the ruined monastery beneath the baron's castle, where a devil-worshipping priest died in chains centuries ago.

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

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL

Written and art by Gilbert Hernandez.

There's a peeping tom prowling the neighborhood. Eyewitness reports vary, but one thing is agreed upon: he wears a devil mask. This is the story of Val Castillo, a promising gymnast with a strange hobby. She is secretly the neighborhood peeping tom. At first she is alone in this, but when a male friend discovers her doings he joins her into a dark journey of spying and making discoveries about their neighbors that may have been better left alone. Especially secrets that threaten all involved. Like Val spying on her own father and stepmother in their bedroom. This snowballs into a journey darker than even the most cynical would care to endure. Collects the six-issue miniseries.

128 pages, black and white, $19.95, in stores on Nov. 5.

STAR WARS: CLONE WARS #1

Written by Henry Gilroy, penciled and cover by Scott Hepburn, inked by Dan Parsons.

Set in the time between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, this new series will focus on the legendary Clone Wars! Some of your favorite Jedi: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Master Yoda, Master Mace Windu, and others, will be joined by a few new faces as they fight to maintain the true spirit of the Republic.

In addition to the lead story, each issue will feature a backup story by one of the artists from the TV series! This new series will be a compliment to Lucasfilm's highly anticipated CGI-animated The Clone Wars movie and television programs!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 10.

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #33

Written by John Jackson Miller, penciled by Dan Parsons, inked by Joe Pimentel, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover by Brian Ching.

"Vindication," part 2 of 4. Padawan Zayne Carrick has come to confront the Jedi who framed him for the murder of his fellow students. Yet he and his former Masters are shocked by an unforeseen revelation--another failed Padawan, believed to be a devoted servant, unveils his own dark intentions! Events are racing to the conclusion of the story that began in issue #1, and the Jedi Order will never be the same after this!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 17.

STAR WARS: LEGACY #28

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

"Vector," part 9 of 12. This issue of Legacy launches the final four-issue chapter of "Vector." This galaxy-changing force has moved through three time periods, beginning over 4,000 years ago. Lasting impressions and repercussions have been left on all the heroes of Star Wars. Now, "Vector" has reached the future of Star Wars and will forever change the lives of Skywalker's descendants!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 24.

STAR WARS: REBELLION VOLUME 3--SMALL VICTORIES

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

Lieutenant Deena Shan is feeling insecure and worthless. After a few nearly disastrous missions with the Rebel Alliance, she is ready to give up, go home, and leave the rebellion to the true heroes.

That is, until Deena becomes part of a "suicide" mission that could hit the Empire where it really hurts! But, when Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia are captured in process, Deena must reconcile herself to complete the mission and save these two figureheads of the Rebellion, and many others--single-handed! Will she succeed, or will this be Deena's last mistake?

96 pages, $12.95, in stores in November.

TRIGUN MAXIMUM VOLUME 13: DOUBLE DUEL

Written and art by Yasuhior Nightow.

The stage is set for the chaotic climax to this nonstop thrill ride! Vash the Stampede has seen a lifetime's worth of fighting, space travel, and gunplay. Now his twelve-volume trek is almost at an end. But after a savage beating, can Vash defeat his foes, keep his friends safe, and save the universe? More of the eyeball-blistering action and interstellar intrigue that you've come to expect await you in Trigun Maximum Volume 13: Double Duel! Trigun Maximum reaches its final chapter!

224 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on Nov. 19.

UMBRELLA ACADEMY UMBRELLA

In conjunction with the second series of The Umbrella Academy, conceived and written by Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance) with interior art byGabriel Bå, we bring you The Umbrella Academy umbrella!

It may be summer now, but in September, when this latest Umbrella Academy product arrives, we'll be unearthing our sweaters and shopping for the latest rain gear. We could not resist creating The Umbrella Academy umbrella. With the Umbrella icon on the four white exterior panels and the logo printed on the interior, this is a striking umbrella: impressive-looking, fun, and useful! Made by top-quality umbrella manufacturer Shed Rain. Shed Rain's umbrellas have a lifetime warranty!

$29.99, in stores on Sept. 24.

USAGI YOJIMBO #114

Written and art by Stan Sakai.

Pursued by an unlikely individual, the rabbit ronin Usagi goes on a hunt for the truth, only to discover something more shocking than he ever imagined! People tend to ignore the homeless and destitute, but not Usagi--especially when he discovers the same beggar in every town to which he travels! Curious, Usagi begins a search to uncover the mendicant's identity. Little does he know, the Neko Ninja Clan is after the beggar as well. Indeed, there is more to this figure than meets the eye, but no one would guess that the mystery leads all the way to the Shogun!

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



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