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Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked

FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009



Written by John Arcudi, penciled by Zach Howard, inked by Mark Irwin, colored by Wes Dziova, cover by Raymond Swanland.

Untold trillions of miles from Earth, the planet Chione holds limitless treasures, ancient mysteries . . . and horrors beyond imagination. In the presence of the greatest archaeological discovery in human history, biologist David Sereda's journey of discovery becomes a desperate rescue mission as he plunges alone into a vast, maze-like necropolis to save the life of a woman trapped amidst an infestation of deadly xenomorphs. But when Sereda comes face to face with the madmen who murdered his crew -- and buried him alive -- he begins to doubt his quest as he realizes that for any hope of success in the midst of monsters, Sereda may need to make a deal with devils.

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on Sept. 30.


Written by Steven T. Seagle, art by Tim Sale.

One of the earliest projects from Seagle and Sale returns in a hardcover edition! The Amazon jungle is among the most ancient and biologically diverse places on earth, but it¹s being plundered for its resources and destroyed at a rate of thousands of acres a day. Reporter Malcolm Hilliard travels to this remote land of mystery to investigate the disappearance of an American worker and the subsequent sabotage of a timber company. Once there, Malcolm learns about the local cultures and myths, experiences the dark underside of industrial progress, gets drugged and left to fend for himself in the jungle, and is confronted by the Spirit of the Amazon itself in Seagle and Sale¹s South American Heart of Darkness.

This deluxe twentieth-anniversary hardcover features new colors by Matt Hollingsworth, and a new cover by Tim Sale and Dave Stewart! Collects issues #1-3 of the mini-series.

88 pages, $14.95, in stores on Nov. 11.


Written and art by Larry Marder.

Fifteen years in the making, Remember Here When You Are There! completes the "Springtime" cycle of stories, in which the perfect harmony of the Beanworld is interrupted for the first time. Larry Marder¹s Beanworld is a most peculiar comic book experience, inspired by equal parts Jack Kirby, Native American mythology, Marcel Duchamp, and Robert Crumb. Now, Marder returns to his sui generis creation with the first in a series of original Beanworld graphic novels!

Chock full of characters new and old, this volume sees the Pod'l'pool Cuties learn to fly; Beanish efforts to write a love song; and the long-anticipated return of Heyoka and the Big Fish to the Beanworld!

Features an introduction by Jeff Smith, creator of Bone and RASL.

186 pages, black and white, $19.95, in stores on Nov. 25.


Written by Evan Dorkin, art by Jill Thompson.

When supernatural occurrences sweep the community of Burden Hill, it's up to a heroic gang of cats and dogs to keep residents safe from harm.

A bizarre disturbance leads these four-legged neighbors on a wild-goose chase into the depths of the nearby forest, where loyalties are tested and lives come to an abrupt end.

Dorkin and Thompson first introduced these heroic characters in the anthologies The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, Witchcraft, the Dead, and Monsters. Adventure, mystery, horror and humor thrive on every page of Beasts of Burden -- a comic-book series that will capture readers' hearts and haunt their dreams.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 16.


Written and art by Kentaro Miura.

Guts, the Black Swordsman, joins forces with a most unlikely ally, the fiendish Nosferatu Zodd, in a desperate attempt to defeat the Kushan emperor's malevolent astral form. But Griffith, Guts' former commander and friend reborn as a demonic lord of the Godhand, has plans of his own for the emperor, and for Midland itself. Guts and his companions' only hope is to reach the promised safety of the elf Puck's homeland, Elfhelm, but if Griffith and the emperor turn their attention back to this motley band of travelers, there may be nowhere left for Guts and crew to hide!

232 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on Nov. 25.


Written by Junichi Ohsako, art by Hiroaki Samura.

Rendered immortal by an infusion of mystical worms that can repair any wound, the masterless samurai Manji wanders the hillsides of feudal Japan, his quest to slay one thousand evil people to atone for his past sins. By his side is the young woman Rin, an orphan who seeks vengeance for the murders of her parents.

Driven in a quest for absolution, the two have faced many deadly challenges, both natural and supernatural. But can they survive their greatest battle, against the all-powerful Inugami?

Hiroaki Samura's groundbreaking tale of redemption and magic finds new life in this first novel, featuring six all-new illustrations by Samura.

224 pages, black and white, $10.95, in stores on Nov. 18.


Written and art by Eric Drooker.

Drooker brings his second graphic novel -- the visually bold and politically charged Blood Song: A Silent Ballad -- to Dark Horse in a brand-new second edition!

Consisting mainly of full-page images, spreads, and diptychs, Blood Song is a wordless, full-color tribute to the resilience of the human spirit and the need for that spirit to make itself heard. A young girl travels from her war-torn island to a busy metropolis, from lush jungles to cold concrete and steel, and finds something that eludes most denizens of bustling, noisy, wasteful cities: love.

This second edition of Blood Song includes a new cover and completely rescanned and remastered interiors.

312 pages, black and white, $19.95, in stores on Nov. 25.

B.P.R.D.: 1947 #3

Written by Mike Mignola and Joshua Dysart, art by Fabio Moon and Gabrel Ba, colored by Dave Stewart cover by Mignola.

The newest B.P.R.D. members are thrust into the jaws of a group of unsavory vampires as they search for a missing comrade in the bowels of a dilapidated old chateau.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 9.


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

With Liz gone and their most powerful enemies banding together for a final, catastrophic attack, Abe, Kate, and Johann must determine the price of their souls as they decide where their loyalties lie -- and whether the life of a friend is more valuable than the fate of the world.

B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess collects the second arc of the Scorched Earth trilogy, pulling together threads from the beginning of the series, with a twist that will shake the worlds of B.P.R.D. agents and readers alike.

Collects B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess issues #1-5.

152 pages, $17.95, in stores on Nov. 11.


Written by Jane Espenson, penciled by Georges Jeanty, inked by Andy Owens, colored by Michelle Madsen, covers by Jeanty and Jo Chen.

"Retreat," part 3. This month revisit Team Buffy and her army of Slayers at Oz's temple in the mountains of Tibet. Among the yaks, the Slayers and Wiccan troops attempt to suppress dangerous Magicks through meditation and hard labor. Buffy embraces this new lifestyle, but not everyone is convinced that leaving Magicks behind will solve any problems: among them, a resistant Willow, a doubtful Andrew, and a concerned Giles.

For Buffy, the world has not been so peaceful . . . so honest . . . so full of feeling . . . in a long time -- too bad it's not going to stay that way!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 2.


Written by Mario Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez, art by Gilbert Hernandez.

Truth Takers, mad scientists, organized crime . . . everyone wants a piece of the returned CTZ-RX! And they all get one when the mob makes its move, leaving Citizen Rex disassembled and his parts spread out across our fair city.

24 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on Sept. 9.


Dark Horse is taking the Simpsons, of the modern era's most iconic, if dysfunctional families, and giving them our unique syroco style treatment. We are excited to present the fourth release of the group -- Bart Simpson, the misunderstood trouble maker of the city of Springfield. This statuette perfectly captures him on his signature skateboard.

Packaged in a special litho-printed, full-color tin box with a vintage-style pin-back button and booklet.

Limited edition of 550 numbered pieces, $49.95, in stores on Sept. 23.


We're giving one of the comic-book medium's most revered casts of characters the Syroco-style treatment in this series of statuettes based on Disney's classic Uncle Scrooge comics. Our fourth character in this series is Magica De Spell, who believes that if she could somehow steal Uncle Scrooge's "number one dime" for herself, it would allow her to use her magic spells to get mountains of riches of her own.

Packaged in a special litho-printed, full-color tin box with a vintage-style pin-back button and booklet.

Limited edition of 650 numbered pieces, $49.95, in stores on Oct. 7.


Written by Mark Wheaton and Joshua Hale Fialkov, art by Rahsan Ekedal.

In the dark tradition of Los Angeles noir, The Cleaners is the story of a ragtag team of for-hire trauma-scene cleaners led by ex-surgeon Robert Bellarmine. Contracted with sanitizing some of the nastiest crime and accident scenes in the tri-county LA basin, the team battles against what could only be described as the grim, unknowable face of the supernatural. But by focusing on the scientific explanation, no matter how aberrant or extraordinary, they counteract centuries-old superstition to prove things are seldom what they seem . . .

In Absent Bodies, Bellarmine and his crew take on a series of gruesome tasks starting with a bloodbath that covers an entire neighborhood. This investigation leads them toward uncovering a disturbing mystery involving missing people -- mostly children -- which dates back longer than the history of the city itself.

Collects the four-issue mini-series.

120 pages, $14.95, in stores on Nov. 11.


Written by Timothy Truman and Ben Truman, art by Timothy Truman and Joe Kubert, cover by Joseph Michael Linsner.

After Conan left Cimmeria and entered into a successful career as a brutal mercenary, he became the leader of Princess Yasmela's Khorajan army. In the calm after a successful campaign, Conan quickly tires of his pampered life as the princess's protector and lover. While Joe Kubert shows readers what trouble a restless barbarian can get into on royal palace grounds, Tim Truman takes readers back to the Cimmerian village of Conan's youth -- where a surviving Skrae creature claws its way toward Fialla, Conan's mother.

This standalone story, called "Home for the Hunt," has ties to both the "Cimmeria" story arc from 2008 and the current "Black Colossus" arc!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 23.


Written and art by Carol Swain.

Collecting over thirty short stories by London-based writer/artist Carol Swain, Crossing the Empty Quarter and Other Stories is Swain's first career-spanning retrospective! The "graphic lit" love children of Gabriel García Márquez and Raymond Carver, Swain's comics first appeared in the late 1980s, and she has since contributed to over twenty anthologies across the globe. Her introspective, boldly executed, and visually unique works are peppered with magical realism, autobiography, and tenacious punk attitudes. While Swain's tales cover a wide range of emotions, politics, and societal ills, they are all tied together with an art style that is universally appealing and undeniably unique. Two bran- new color stories, created for this hardcover volume, are featured in a special color section.

200 pages, black and white, $24.95, in stores on Nov. 11.


Written by Rob Reger, art by Buzz Parker.

When Emily awoke on the morning of her thirteenth birthday, for all she knew she was just another teen weirdo. But deep down inside, Emily has always known she was more than just a little strange. Now she has the family heirloom -- a gift of mysterious power from her long-lost Aunt LaRue! -- to prove it. Well, she had it anyway, until a strange, striped creature appeared from a cosmic dimension and stole it from her! Now Emily and her kitty Sabbath are on a crazed pursuit through a wacky land she's never seen before. She's going to recover her heirloom and find out why it was taken from her, if it's the last thing she does!

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on Sept. 30.


Written and art by Hiroya Oku.

Without giving anything away, suffice it to say that this might be the watershed volume of Gantz. It's the end of the great Buddha battle, and it doesn't seem to be going well. In fact, it would be amazing if anyone returned to the locked apartment overlooking Tokyo tower. It's really been the worst fight yet. But there's got to be a gleam of hope somewhere.

Also in this story, meet a few more interesting characters outside of Gantz's hunting party, and it only adds more mystery to the mix.

224 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on Nov. 25.


Written by Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni, art by Gianni and Duncan Fegredo, colored by Dave Stewart and Alex Wald, cover by Mignola.

With the Queen of Blood's legion of followers growing ever larger, it's clear that Hellboy needs to find some powerful allies of his own if he's to have any hope of saving humankind. As luck would have it, it seems one has found him. But this mysterious benefactor‹an ancient sorceress of legendary power and ambition -- has an agenda of her own . . . on behalf of Hellboy's ancestors!

This issue also includes the action-packed conclusion of Gary Gianni's two-part return to The MonsterMen!

Shocking secrets about Hellboy's bloodline revealed!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 9


Written and art by Dean Motter.

Visit Radiant City, designed using the principles of psychetecture to soothe its inhabitants. But something went horribly wrong, and the city instead causes anxiety, insomnia, and madness. As ordinary citizens begin giving in to dementia and a serial killer walks the streets, a desperate City Hall commissions a drastic program of urban demolition, resulting in the deaths of an entire sect of architects. Returning from exile with a mission to recover Radiant City's original blueprints, only one man has a chance of restoring its sanity -- the enigmatic Mister X!

Collects the four-issue miniseries.

120 pages, $14.95, in stores on Nov. 4.


Written by Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma, art by Oeming, colored by Val Staples, covers by Oeming and Eric Powell.

In the midst of a postapocalyptic world, a lone avenging champion named Evelyn Town struggles as she watches civilization collapse around her. Evelyn's lover, Gil, is nowhere to be found and she has failed to save her mother from the cannibals who terrorize the remaining survivors. Evelyn is taken aback by all that has challenged her since accepting the power given to her by the mysterious being known as Word. Will Evelyn's newfound power help to reunite her with Gil? And can Gil survive the hellish world, ruled by a twisted child champion, in which he now finds himself living?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 30.


Written by Henry Gilroy, penciled by Scott Hepburn, inked by Dan Parsons, colored by Michael E. Wiggan, cover by Brian Kalin O'Connell.

Jedi Plo Koon and Kit Fisto have successfully removed one of the obstacles holding back their mission to free the Khormai people. If only they didn't have to deal with a cowardly Captain, who can't seem to keep out of trouble -- and the Separatists' assassin, Asajj Ventress, who is on their trail!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 16.


Written by Henry Gilroy, penciled by Scott Hepburn, Ramon Perez, and Lucas Marangon, inked by Dan Parsons, colored by Michael E. Wiggam.

Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi discover a dastardly plot by Count Dooku -- to enslave the entire city of Kiros and its Togruta population!

Along with Padawan Ahsoka Tano -- a Togruta herself -- Anakin and Obi-Wan accept a mission to liberate the droid-occupied city. But the Togruta have disappeared! Our Jedi's search for the missing citizens leads them to a place in the galaxy where pirates and slavers reign. They must find the Togruta before Count Dooku can carry out his master plan!

144 pages, $9.95, in stores on Nov. 18.


Written by Tom Taylor, art by Colin Wilson, colored by Wes Dzioba, cover by Jo Chen.

The forces of the New Republic, led by Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, are determined to prevent the Yuuzhan Vong from establishing a beachhead on the planet Rychel, but they are not prepared to face the monstrous living weapons of their enemy.

For Finn Galfridian, who has already lost his family and witnessed the enslavement of his own world, this is his first taste of war -- and Luke is afraid it may be the boy's last. When face to face with the alien invaders, will Finn succumb to his anger, or follow Skywalker's orders?

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 2.


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

"Destroyer," part 1 of 2. Despite a disastrous first encounter with the Crucible, Zayne Carrick is still determined to end the brutality they promote in their business. But this time, he plans to break them from the inside out!

Having set himself up to be captured by the slavers, when this former Padawan arrives at the Crucible's training facility, it will be all he can do to survive, let alone focus on learning about their organization. His connection to the Force will give him an unexpected insight -- one that he doesn't necessarily want. And when a past nemesis of his friend Jarael appears, Zayne begins to worry that entering the Crucible may be the biggest mistake of his life!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 16.


Written by John Jackson Miller, art by Brian Ching, Bong Dazo and Dean Zachary, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover by Dan Scott.

Former Padawan -- and former fugitive -- Zayne Carrick is taking his life in a new direction. Along with his con-artist best friend Gryph; the beautiful, bold, and mysterious Jarael; and ex-Mandalorian warrior Rohlan; our bumbling yet lovable hero is ready to embark on the sort of adventures only possible in the Star Wars universe! In "Prophet Motive," it's a long-shot swindle gone wrong; in "Faithful Execution," it's a ghost ship and renegade droids; and in "Dueling Ambitions," it's combat sports and high-speed racing.

144 pages, $18.95, in stores on Nov. 4.


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

"Tatooine," part 4 of 4. On Tatooine, Cade Skywalker has promised to think about what he's becoming, and the choices he's made -- but he didn't say when. And before he'll have time to think, Cade has to get himself and his crew out of reach of the Empire and Black Sun!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 23.


Dark Horse Deluxe continues with new Tim Burton items, and they are sure to fascinate! This month we offer up the pull-tab journal, with an ingenious function to entertain you: the image of Toxic Boy and Stain Boy changes when you pull the tab. Hours of strange is fun provided as Toxic Boy lightens the mood with his handy can of hair spray.

128 pages, $14.99, in stores on Oct. 7.


Written by Paul S. Newman, art by Alberto Giolitti, Ray Bailey, Rex Maxon, Bob Correa, Jack Abel and Vince Alascia.

Trapped in a lost valley, two Indian braves, Turok and Andar, seek a way back home while struggling to survive erupting volcanoes, battling -- and befriending -- tribes of prehistoric cavemen, and being pursued by hungry dinosaurs!

This volume collects issues #19-#24 of the Dell Comics run of Turok, Son of Stone. These classic adventures have not been seen since the early 1960s!

216 pages, $49.95, in stores on Nov. 18.


Written and art by Stan Sakai.

"The Death of Lord Hikiji"! Before wandering the country as a masterless samurai, Usagi served Lord Mifune. But Mifune was killed in battle against the forces of the Dark Lord, Hikiji, leaving Usagi a ronin.

Years later, Usagi meets some old comrades from his days as Mifune's retainer. The bereaved warriors have long been trying to avenge their lord by killing Hikiji, but over the years their numbers have dwindled. Now they have the perfect opportunity, and Usagi is pivotal to their plans.

This issue features the return of a key character!

24 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on Sept. 23.


Written and art by Stan Sakai.

Yokai are the monsters, demons, and spirits of Japanese folklore, such as the shape-changing kitsune, the obakeneko demon cats, and the evil oni ogres. Usagi faces all these and more when a desperate woman begs for his help in finding her kidnapped husband. Tracing the abducted man to an old castle, Usagi finds the ruins haunted by creatures of Japanese legend and discovers that they are amassing for a great raid on the countryside! Fortunately, Usagi is joined by Sasuke the Demon Queller, who is also fighting to prevent the invasion, but things aren't always as they seem, especially when dealing with the supernatural!

The rabbit ronin turns twenty-five, and Dark Horse celebrates with the first-ever Usagi Yojimbo original graphic novel, fully hand-painted, written, and lettered by creator Stan Sakai!

64 pages, $14.95, in stores on Nov. 18.


Written by Mike Mignola, art by Ben Stenbeck, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Mignola.

A long-awaited glimpse into one of the Hellboy universe's greatest enigmas: nineteenth-century occult investigator Edward Grey! The creature's rampage continues as Grey finds himself set against not only a murderous monster, but also London's most powerful occult society: the Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 2.


Written by Arvid Nelson, art by Matt Camp, colored by Dave Stewart.

It's been more than thirty years since H-bombs ravaged New York City, and a mysterious metal briefcase has gone missing in the ruins. The two strongest military organizations still around are in a desperate battle to get that case back. A powerful African prince offers the Big Nuclear Apple's hardest bounty hunter, the mysterious Zero, a free ride to the land of his dreams if he can track it down -- but that means returning to Zero's old stomping grounds, the Twin Towers. Things start going incredibly awry once the exiled Zero starts prowling his former turf. He'll have to face some old enemies -- and some old ghosts -- if he's going to get out alive, with or without the briefcase! A brutal fight to the death, a flaming mountain of marijuana, and a heartwarming reunion await every bad girl and boy in Zero Killer's fifth chapter -- "Nuclear Family"!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 23.

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