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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2010

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR MAY

60TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC PEANUTS: CHARLIE BROWN

Welcome to what promises to be a yearlong celebration of Charles Schulz's masterpiece, Peanuts! Peanuts premiered on October 2, 1950, in eight newspapers. As we all know, it grew to become probably the most popular comic strip ever. We were lucky enough to be able to give the cast the Syroco-style treatment previously.

In an unprecedented move, United Media is letting us go back to the original look of the characters from 1950, which was considerably different than today's look, and sculpt statues in a special 60th anniversary limited-edition series of the five main characters. Sculpted by Yoe! Studio.

Limited to 950 numbered pieces, packaged in its own tin box, with a pin-back button and a character booklet, $49.95, in stores on June 2.

AGE OF REPTILES: THE JOURNEY #4

Written and art by Ricardo Delgado, colored by Jim Campbell.

Will our intrepid pack of herbivores finally find a safe haven to wait out the winter months, or will the carnivores that have been stalking the beleaguered herd finally take the last of them down? Find out in this final issue of Age of Reptiles: The Journey!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 5.

ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: THREE WORLD WAR #4

Written by Randy Stradley, penciled by Rick Leonardi, inked by Mark Pennington, colored by Wes Dziboa, cover by Raymond Swanland.

This time it's war! The forces of the shaky alliance between the "hunter" Predators and Colonial Marines hits the beachhead established on the former colony world of Caparis VII by the enemy Predator clan and the Alien warriors under their control. No quarter is asked, and none is given as the Marines and the Hunters intend to destroy their foes, and the Aliens and their Predator masters are fighting for their lives. But as the attack unfolds, Machiko Noguchi suspects that the allies have made a fateful blunder -- and no one in command will listen to her warning!

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 19.

B.P.R.D.: KING OF FEAR #5

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

Sixteen years after its first appearance in Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, is the frog menace over at last? A rogue mission to the center of the earth leaves the B.P.R.D. with a lot to answer for -- and uncertain fates for their most terrifying enemies -- as the longest-running plot in the Hellboy line wraps up.

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

B.P.R.D.: 1947

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

After the discovery of a trainload of Nazi officers drained of blood, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense learns that there are things far more ancient and dangerous than they could have imagined in this direct sequel to B.P.R.D.: 1946. Broom enlists an already damaged crew to lead an investigation that may be doomed before it can begin, climaxing in a witches' Sabbath, a vampire massacre, and an exorcism.

1,160 pages, $17.99, in stores on July 21.

BRODY'S GHOST BOOK 1

Written and art by Mark Crilley.

Brody hoped it was just a hallucination. But no, the teenaged ghostly girl who'd come face to face with him in the middle of a busy city street was all too real. And now she was back, telling him she needed his help in hunting down a dangerous killer, and that he must undergo training from the spirit of a centuries-old samurai to unlock his hidden supernatural powers. Thirteen-time Eisner nominee Mark Crilley joins Dark Horse to launch his most original and action-packed saga to date in Brody's Ghost, the first in a six-volume limited series.

96 pages, black and white, $6.99, in stores on July 7.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #35

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

Brad Meltzer concludes his blockbuster run on Buffy Season Eight! After last issue's climactic encounter between Buffy and the unmasked Twilight, the Slayer army's entire mission has been altered and the true nature of the threat they face has been revealed. Everyone is in place to confront the Big Bad once and for all as Buffy's most epic season races toward the final arc, written by Joss Whedon!

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

CARDCAPTOR SAKURA OMNIBUS VOLUME 1

Written and art by Clamp.

Fourth grader Sakura Kinomoto finds a strange book in her father's library -- a book made by the wizard Clow to store dangerous spirits sealed within a set of magical cards. But when Sakura opens it up, there is nothing left inside but Kero-chan, the book's cute little guardian beast . . . who informs Sakura that since the Clow cards seem to have escaped while he was asleep, it's now her job to capture them!

576 pages, black and white, $19.99, in stores on July 14.

CLASSIC UNCLE SCROOGE SERIES 2 #1: KLONDIKE

One of our best-received Syroco-style statuette series ever has been of the characters from Carl Barks's Uncle Scrooge stories. We are going forward with a new series, based on specific cover images by Barks, and starting with one of the most famous of all Scrooge as depicted on "Back to the Klondike." Other will feature Scrooge, Donald Duck, and the nephews. The Uncle Scrooge series depicts the characters as they were originally presented in the comics. Sculpted by Yoe! Studio.

Limited to 950 numbered pieces, packaged in a full-color, litho-printed tin box, with a character booklet and a vintage-style pinback button, $49.95, in store on July 14.

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #22

Written by Timothy Truman, art by Tomas Giorello, colored by Jose Villarrubia, cover by Cary Nord.

A new arc opens, and our next Robert E. Howard story adaptation begins! With Conan barely having enough time to get his brain and body in gear after surviving the Ilbars Massacre, he comes across Shah Amurath in the wetlands near the Vilayet Sea. After running into the shah and a fugitive slave, Conan embarks on his next quest: laying low on a remote island until the military heat in the region is off of him. However, the gods tend to enjoy putting Conan in precarious situations, and our beloved barbarian is soon enmeshed in pirate politics and a centuries-old mystery! Just how did those huge iron statues get to this island in the Vilayet Sea, what happens to the island at night, and what strange beast is stalking Conan and his new friend, Olivia?

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

CONAN: THE SPEAR AND OTHER STORIES

Written by Timothy Truman, art by Paul Lee, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Cary Nord.

Collecting all of the Conan and Conan the Cimmerian comic-book collaborations between acclaimed storyteller Timothy Truman and veteran artist Paul Lee, Conan: The Spear and Other Stories is a tribute to Robert E. Howard's tenacious King Conan. Beleaguered by attempts at his crown and sickened by political maneuverings, Conan is the sort of king who takes matters into his own bloody hands. Collects the Conan Free Comic Book Day 2006 story; Conan #35, #36, and #40; and Conan the Cimmerian #15.

120 pages, $14.99, in stores on July 7.

DEVIL #4

Written and art by Torajiro Kishi and Madhouse Studios.

Humanity is on the brink of extinction. Or so the Devils would have you believe. A freakish virus is infecting people, "evolving" them into vampire-like Devils, who see themselves as the new apex of the earth's food chain. One of these Devils, the recently turned Nishioka, is on a mission. If he succeeds, he could free the most dangerous threat to humanity -- the beautiful and vicious Mariko. But is Nishioka's love for Mariko a strength, or the key to his undoing?

24 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 19.

GANTZ VOLUME 12

Written and art by Hiroya Oku.

Dinosaurs, terrorism, and blood -- Gantz doesn't let up one bit as it climbs into its second "season" of cryptic, frenetic, sexy, and violent storytelling. This time, there's a guy who's a fanatic about the Gantz phenomenon, to the point where he tries to get himself inserted into the alien-hunting game. The question is: will he succeed? The only way to be part of the Gantz universe is to die first. How far is one man willing to go in order to join Kei in pursuit of this temporary role as a universal god-cop? And once you're there, how do you kill all those dinosaurs? Confusing? The answers are in Gantz Volume 12.

224 pages, black and white, $12.99, in stores on July 28.

THE GOON: FANCY PANTS EDITION VOLUME 3 -- GOON YEAR

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

This volume contains all of Eric Powell's stories from "Goon Year: The Return of Labrazio" in a signed limited-edition hardcover. The town on the edge of Horse-Eater's Wood is permeated by all manner of dark things -- hatred, fear, unhappiness, demons, and the undead (to name a few) -- brought on by a curse that has festered within the forest for many years. The death of one of the Goon's closest allies is revealed as the work of the dead mobster Labrazio, returned to wreak havoc and destruction upon the Goon and those who stand by him. The Goon and Franky must fight back against Labrazio's undead hordes in this touching story of demonic kitties, zombie burlesque, and animal love (there's a sentence you never thought you'd read).

This edition also includes an exclusive Eric Powell illustration, individually signed by Powell! Collects The Goon #20–#31.

272 pages, $34.99, in stores on July 7.

THE GUILD #3

Written by Felicia Day, art by Jim Rugg, colored by Dan Jackson, covers by Rugg and Juan Ferreyra.

Day ( concludes her hilarious origin story of the Knights of Good, the stars of her web series! Cyd Sherman has finally assembled her in-game team: Vork, Bladezz, Zaboo, Clara, Tinkerballa, and her own character, Codex, but is the guild ready for its first quest? With her boyfriend pushing her away for a bandmate and her therapist only confusing matters, Cyd decides it's time to find out, and pushes for the guild to join a major tournament. Leading directly into the web series, this prequel has all the touching humor and insight of Day's cult sensation, and is a great read for Guild fans new and old!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 26.

HELLBOY IN MEXICO (OR, A DRUNKEN BLUR)

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

During the 1950s, Hellboy caravans across Mexico with a trio of vampire-killing luchadores, finding the undead; evil turkeys; a terrible bat god; and a little too much tequila. Arriving just in time for Cinco de Mayo this issue features a variant cover, in Spanish, by Mike Mignola.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 5.

HELLCYON #2

Written and art by Lucas Marangon.

Halcyon is a savage, unpredictable, brutal place. For decades the settlers of this aberrant moon have lived and worked like slaves, but now a new generation has decided that it's time for independence.

As chaos reigns in the streets of Port Progress, Bliss, Lucia, Mani, Izquierdo, and Nika -- the last survivors of the students' massacre -- manage to escape the capital city of Halcyon. But soon they find themselves face to face with the raging fury of the moon itself. Out of supplies, the five teens must decide whether to surrender or become a team and fight back!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 12.

THE KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE VOLUME 11

Written by Eiji Otsuka, art by Housui Yamazaki.

Paint it black! Designer Bunpei Yorifuji darkens the iconic cover design in honor of the sinister Class Cutter in Kurosagi's longest story since volume 2, inspired by one of the most infamous Japanese crimes of recent years. Can a girl who committed a brutal murder in grade school ever truly return to society . . . and why does Sasayama insist on dragging the Corpse Delivery Service into it?

232 pages, black and white, $10.99, in stores on July 28.

NEXUS ARCHIVES VOLUME 11

Written by Mike Baron, penciled by Mark Heike, Hugh Haynes, John K. Snyder III and Luke McDonnell, colored by Les Dorscheid.

Saved from certain death by Sundra's shrewd business dealings, current Nexus Stan Korivitsky attempts to pick up where he left off: creating the University of Ylum and pursuing a relationship with Sonia, a former mole within the Elvonic Order. However, when the latter attachment is violently severed, Stan throws himself into his Nexus work with such brutal and indiscriminate fervor that even Ylum is forced to cut ties! Enter the Bad Brains, twisted Head-like beings who are all too willing to provide Stan fusionkasting powers in exchange for him enacting their vengeance. Meanwhile, a well-kept secret of the long-absent Merk is uncovered, the antitechnology god Elvon imperils Ylum, and Horatio's extended soul-searching travels come to a surprising conclusion.

232 pages, $49.99, in stores on July 14.

STAR WARS: INVASION -- RESCUES #1

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

The Yuuzhan Vong invasion spreads death and destruction across the galaxy, leaving behind ravaged worlds with little hope of survival . . . Artorias, the homeworld of the Galfridian family lay in the path of the Yuuzhan Vong armada—and now, though separated, Finn, Kaye, Nina, and Caled work to fight the invaders with the hope that one day they will again be together on their peaceful planet.

Finn studies at the Jedi temple with Luke Skywalker and the grown Jedi children of Han Solo and Princess Leia! Kaye and Nina use a Yuuzhan Vong slave ship to attack their former captors! Caled raises forces on Artorias -- not knowing the danger from one of his trusted allies!

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

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC VOLUME 9 -- DEMON

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

Zayne and his con-artist partner Gryph are finally learning the truth about their fierce friend Jarael and the strange Mandalorian deserter Rohlan. Deception has been company to the foursome since Zayne's life as a fugitive banded them together. As they have adventured across the galaxy, light has shone on each of their pasts. Yet for one of Zayne's companions, a resurfacing past brings deadly peril -- and he'll have to call in every favor he can if he hopes to save the day! Collects issues #47-#50 of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

96 pages, $16.99, in stores on July 7.

STAR WARS: LEGACY #48

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

True to his vow, Cade Skywalker is making war on the Sith, determined to be a one-Jedi army of vengeance. But no man can be everywhere at once, and when Princess Marasiah Fel is captured and taken to the Sith stronghold on Korriban, Cade is not the only one to take action. The galaxy is teetering on the brink of all-out war, and this might just be the issue that tips it over the edge!

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

STAR WARS: LEGACY VOLUME 9 -- MONSTER

Written by John Ostrander, penciled by Jan Duursema and Dave Ross, inked by Dan Parsons, colored by Brad Anderson and Jesus Aburto.

Wayland is a once-fertile world transformed by alien biotechnology into a monstrous living nightmare. The planet was the scene of Kol Skywalker's worst failure and his son Cade's first brush with death. Now Cade and his friends have been lured back to Wayland, where a deadly secret festers -- and a life-changing decision waits for Cade. Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a chance for peace erupts into a three-way battle between the Jedi, the Sith, and Roan Fel's Imperial Knights! Collects Legacy issues #42-46.

128 pages, $17.99, in stores on July 21.

TARZAN ARCHIVES: THE JESSE MARSH YEARS VOLUME 6

Written by Gaylord DuBois, art by Jesse Marsh.

Rediscover a legendary team-up in adventure comics, collected for the first time! Former Walt Disney Studios artist Jesse Marsh illustrated these inventive stories from Gaylord DuBois for a full nineteen years, expanding the mythology of Edgar Rice Burroughs' world-renowned character in the process.

The first tales of Tarzan of the Apes ever to be told in comics form, this collaboration was read by millions and has proved an enduring vision of the iconic jungle man. After nearly sixty years, these stories of rip-roaring adventure and good clean fun are as charming and entertaining as ever. Collects Tarzan issues #28-#32 and Tarzan's Jungle Annual #1, from 1952.

248 pages, $49.99, in stores on July 28.

THE TERMINATOR #3

Written by Zack Whedon, penciled by Andy MacDonald, colored by Dan Jackson, cover by Massimo Carnevale.

The first story arc in Dark Horse's thrilling reimagining of the Terminator franchise reaches its stunning climax! All the fighting Kyle Reese has lived through has led to this moment, the most important of his life. On the precipice of the mission that will send Kyle to his fate in 1984, his friend Ben has discovered something in 2029 that makes Kyle's trip a life-changing moment for Ben as well. Will the future be rewritten once again, and can Ben do anything to help prevent Judgment Day?

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 26.

THUN'DA, KING OF THE CONGO ARCHIVE

Written by Frank Frazetta and Gardner Fox, art by Frazetta and Bob Powell.

Frank Frazetta is widely renowned as one of the greatest fantasy illustrators of all time. But he didn't hone his skills in study at the fabled galleries of Paris or Milan; his legendary talents flourished as he worked for hire during the Golden Age of comics!

In the early 1950s, Frazetta set up shop at bustling comics publisher Magazine Enterprises, contributing beautiful cover illustrations and comics pages. There, he also created his first mighty adventurer: the lost-world-jungle hero Thun'da! Though Frazetta left Magazine Enterprises shortly after the first issue of Thun'da was released, and the series was ultimately short lived despite the talented care of collaborators Gardner Fox and Bob Powell, to this day the Thun'da, King of the Congo comics series is held in high regard both as an exciting adventure title and as the only comics series ever to include a cover-to-cover, all-Frazetta issue!

Collecting all six issues of Thun'da, King of the Congo, as well as the Thun'da backup stories that appeared in Cave Girl and Africa: Thrilling Land of Mystery.

224 pages, $49.99, in stores on July 7.

TRIAD: GHOST 12" FIGURE

One of the most popular Dark Horse characters is surely Ghost. Introduced in Comics' Greatest World in 1993, Ghost won her own title and continued for many issues, drawn by some of the industry's best artists. The tale of Elisa Cameron and her search for the truth surrounding her apparent death struck a chord with readers, and we are happy to see her returning from her natural state of unbeing into our physical plane with this lovingly detailed 12" articulated figure produced by Triad Toys. Triad has paid attention to every detail: from her fatal .45s, her fitted gloves, her flowing white cape and cowl, and her luxurious, realistic hair. This is the ultimate Ghost collector's item.

$99.99, in stores on July 14.   

TROUBLEMAKER BOOK 1

Written by Janet Evanovich and Alex Evanovich, art by Joelle Jones.

Alex Barnaby and Sam Hooker are back together and fighting crime the only way they know how -- by leaving a trail of chaos, panic, and disorder. Alex, an auto mechanic and spotter for racecar driver Sam Hooker, is drawn to trouble like a giant palmetto bug to a day-old taco. Unfortunately, she's also drawn to Hooker in the same fashion. There's no steering clear of trouble or Hooker when friends Rosa and Felicia call for help. A man has gone missing, and in order to find him Barnaby and Hooker will have to go deep into the underbelly of Miami and southern Florida, surviving Petro Voodoo, explosions, gift-wrapped body parts, a deadly swamp chase, and Hooker's mom.

112 pages, $17.99, in stores on July 20.

TUROK, SON OF STONE ARCHIVES VOLUME 6

Written by Paul S. Newman, art by Alberto Giolitti.

Lost in a strange jungle world where dinosaurs and cavemen from earth's prehistoric past thrive, Indian braves Turok and Andar are cut off from their home and their tribe. As they search for a way home, the wonders of the land challenge their survival and plans for escape: incredible illusions, monster gods, tropical storms, wars between tribes of cavemen, tree-dwelling monkey men, swamp dwellers, and more!

This volume collects #31–35 and #37 of Turok, Son of Stone from the Gold Key Comics run (1962–1976). These classic adventures have not been seen since the early 1960s! Issue #36 is a reprint of the Dell Comics issue #14 of Turok, Son of Stone, previously collected in Turok, Son of Stone Archives Volume 3.

216 pages, $49.99, in stores on July 14.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY POCKET WATCH AND STATUE SET

For the discerning Umbrella Academy fan and collector, introducing a distinguished pocket watch, featuring artwork from the wildly popular The Umbrella Academy, paired with a 5.5" statuette of 00.05, also known as The Boy, whose character is often seen glancing at a similar timepiece in the saga of his reluctant superhero family.

Encapsulating the designs and stylistic ideas of Umbrella Academy writer Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá, Dark Horse has created a high-end watch. Measuring 2.18" in diameter, this state-of-the-art timepiece combines with a sturdy 12" chain so you can carry your watch in style. The watch comes in a deluxe faux-leather, velveteen-lined box with a numbered metal certificate of authenticity. A sleek outer sleeve, designed by Gabriel Bá, holds it all together in one classy, modern package.

The statuette is a limited edition in its own right, and the two items together make an unusual but oddly fitting and well-executed package -- which, come to think of it, is just like The Umbrella Academy itself. 

Limited to 500, numbered with a certificate of authenticity, $129.99, in stores on July 14.

USAGI YOJIMBO VOLUME 24: RETURN OF THE BLACK SOUL

For years, as Miyamoto Usagi has wandered the countryside, an unseen, malevolent entity has been tracing his steps. Thought dead since the events of Grasscutter, the demon Jei -- the Black Soul -- has been inhabiting the body of the swordswoman Inazuma, intent on destroying the evil he claims to see in Usagi!

Meanwhile, Boss Bakuchi, shamed by his inability to avenge his son's death, doubles the bounty on the killer -- Inazuma. The money brings out scores of bounty hunters, unaware that they are merely a flock of sparrows intent on bringing down an eagle.

The hunt for Inazuma also draws Usagi, hunters Gen and Stray Dog, and a mysterious stranger named Isamu, each with his own motive. As the threat of the Black Soul reemerges, this epic storyline reveals at last the true origin of Jei!

Collecting "Sparrows," the dramatic return of the demon Jei, and "The Darkness and the Soul," Jei's long-awaited origin, plus the Usagi short from Free Comic Book Day 2009. Introduction by Charles Solomon of the Los Angeles Times. The hardcover with dust jacket includes a signed and numbered tip-in, limited to 350 copies.

Trade paperback, 192 pages, black and white, $16.99, in stores on July 14.

Hardcover, 192 pages, black and white, $59.99, in stores on July 28.



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