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TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR JUNE

60TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC PEANUTS #2: SNOOPY

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.

In an unprecedented move, United Media is letting Dark Horse 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 sixtieth anniversary limited-edition series of the five main characters. Sculpted by Yoe! Studio. Snoopy is a rare opportunity to secure a genuine collector's item.

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 July 7.

ABE SAPIEN: THE ABYSSAL PLAIN #1

Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, art by Peter Snejbjerg, colored by Bjarne Hansen, covers by Snejbjerg and Dave Johnson.

On one of his first B.P.R.D. operations, agent Abe Sapien leads a naval crew to a sunken Soviet U-boat to retrieve an ancient relic. What he uncovers is a paranormal crime scene, with a tanker full of dead men and secrets that should've remained buried in the deep. The Abyssal Plain explores another early Abe solo adventure, in the spirit of Abe Sapien: The Drowning and Abe Sapien: The Haunted Boy.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on June 30.

ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: THREE WORLD WAR #5

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

Whoever said "War is Hell" didn't know the half of it. The Colonial Marines and their Predator allies look to take the fight to the enemy Predators and the Alien horde they control -- but the daunting numbers of the bug swarm may be more than human and hunter can overcome. Their last hope may lie in the synthetic hands of the android David Sereda, who discovers the enemy's bug hatchery and a secret that may stem the deadly Alien tide -- if he can survive long enough to tell the tale!

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

BERSERK VOLUME 34

Written and art by Kentaro Miura.

Faced with the Kushan emperor's horrific new form, and the bloody swath of destruction and spawning demons he leaves in his wake with every step, the soldiers in Griffith's new Band of the Hawk must assume their true unholy forms to battle the emperor, revealing their true faces to the citizens of Midland. How will these tormented refugees react when they discover that their would-be rescuers are as monstrous as their enemies? And could this titanic confrontation threaten to unleash even greater horrors upon the human world?

240 pages, black and white, $14.99, in stores on August 25.

BETTIE PAGE GIRL OF OUR DREAMS BY DAVE STEVENS STATUE

Sculpted by Kent Melton.

It is no secret that Dark Horse has been having a longtime love affair with pinup icon Bettie Page. She's been a big part of our lives, and we are happy to share her with you. If there is anyone for whom Bettie Page was an equally important figure, it might be the late comics and glamour-art great Dave Stevens. Dave's depiction of Bettie spearheaded the revival of interest in Bettie Page. For this new piece we sculpt one of Dave's best pieces of Bettie art into a statue.

13" tall, limited, numbered edition, $149.99, in stores on August 18.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER MUGS

Buffy and the gang are back. This time they make an appearance on two sure-to-be-coveted eleven-ounce mugs. Both mugs feature classic Season 8 Buffy-comic cover art. You, too, can be a supernatural sleuth, or just drink coffee like one!

Buffy Art Mug, $12.99, in stores on August 18.

Buffy, Willow, and Xander Mug, $12.99, in stores on August 18.

BUZZARD #1

Written by Eric Powell, art by Powell and Kyle Hotz, colored by Dave Stewart, covers by Powell and Richard Corben.

The mysterious man known as Buzzard is lost, wondering what manner of creature he is, following his brutal showdown with the loathsome Zombie Priest in Eric Powell's celebrated Goon Year.

Buzzard leaves home, wandering into the shadowy spirit realm of the forest. A dark path leads to a village living in fear of a bestial race of savages. More animal than man, these creatures hunt the villagers and drag them from their slumber in the depth of night. 

As a bonus, readers will delight in the new Billy the Kid's Old Timey Oddities short stories, which revive 2005 series that paired Eric Powell with artist Kyle Hotz and leads up to the three-issue series launch in September.

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on June 9.

CAGES

Written, art and cover by Dave McKean.

Finally back in print! Best known for his collaborations with Neil Gaiman, McKean defied expectations with his stunning debut as writer and artist in Cages, winner of multiple awards for Best Graphic Album.

Filled with complex characters, intriguing flights of fancy, and all the beautiful visuals you'd expect from the director of MirrorMask, Cages is McKean's magnum opus. It chronicles the intersecting lives of a painter, a writer, and a musician living in the same apartment building, and is a profound rumination on art, God, cats, and the cages we build for ourselves.

Out of print for years, Cages is finally available in an affordable new softcover edition, remastered and newly redesigned, with a new cover by McKean.

496 pages, $29.99, in stores on August 25.

CLASSIC UNCLE SCROOGE SERIES 2 #2: DONALD DUCK "SQUARE EGG"

One of our best-received Syroco-style statuette series ever has been of the characters from Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge stories.

We are going forward with a new series, based on specific cover images by Barks, and our second statue is inspired by one of the most famous stories, "Lost in the Andes," which originally appeared in Four Color Comics #223, published in April 1949. This is one of the best-loved stories in the entire Ducks canon.

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 pin-back button, $49.95, in stores on August 18.

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #23

Written by Timothy Truman, penciled by Tomas Giorello, colored by Jose Villarrubia, cover by Tomas Giorello.

Eluding their torments from Turan, Conan and Olivia seek to hide out on a small island in the Vilayet Sea, but they soon find themselves stalked by an unseen terror in the jungles and threatened by a group of pirates belonging to the Red Brotherhood. A centuries-old curse also haunts the island and threatens the lives of everyone on it! After surviving the massacre at Ilbars Stream and spending the ensuing weeks on the run, Conan still finds himself using his wits and survival knowledge to endure hardship and dangers. Olivia, the lovely former princess of Ophir, was rescued from slavery by Conan last issue -- and she may be in a position to return the favor sooner than she'd like!

"Iron Shadows in the Moon" adaptation part 2 of 4.

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

CREEPY #4

Written and art by various.

Fandom's favorite fright fiend Uncle Creepy is back with another insanity-inducing issue of his hit new Creepy comics! From the darkest corners of the human heart, and from the most demented pockets of the human mind, here comes another smorgasbord of screams to get you through the night. This issue features the second chapter of the most vile revisionist take on World War II imaginable, as writer Dan Braun and Craig Haffner team up with artist Dennis Calero on the mind-bending conclusion of "X-Change." Plus, an all-new Loathsome Lore featuring the fantastically freakish art of The Goon's Eric Powell, as well as brand-new work from Michael Wm. Kaluta, Bill Morrison, the amazing Angelo Torres, and more!

48 pages, black and white, $4.99, in stores on June 23.

DEXTER LIMITED EDITION BUST

Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios.

Dexter Morgan, Miami Metro Police Department blood-spatter analyst, has a double life. When he's not helping the homicide division solve murders, he spends his time hunting and killing bad guys who slip through the justice system.

In bringing the character, brilliantly portrayed by Michael C. Hall, into a sculpture, we wanted to capture both "sides" of everyone's favorite serial killer. With Dexter in his signature henley-style shirt, in front he is examining a blood-spatter slide, but danger lurks hidden behind his back.

7" on base Numbered, limited edition, certificate of authenticity, $69.99, in stores on August 18.

EERIE ARCHIVES VOLUME 5

By various, cover by Frank Frazetta.

Eerie Archives Volume 5 collects five issues of the seminal American horror magazine Eerie into one big, beastly hardcover collection. In the 1960s, publisher Jim Warren blew the competition out of the water and blew the minds of his readers with his magazine-sized horror comics Creepy and Eerie. Dark Horse's lovingly reproduced archives showcase the excellent storytelling and exceptional artwork featured in these magazines by amazing creators like Archie Goodwin, Frank Frazetta, Ken Kelly, and Steve Ditko. Don't miss this creepy, crawly keystone for any horror or comics aficionado's library.

248 pages, black and white, $49.99, in stores on August 18.

FLASH GORDON COMIC BOOK ARCHIVES VOLUME 1

By Paul Norris, Jack Lehti, Frank Thorne and others.

Flash Gordon's classic era in comic books returns in a new archival collection from Dark Horse! Join the handsome and fearless Flash, his clever and capable companion Dale Arden, and eccentric scientist Dr. Zarkov as they face peril and danger in the wild landscapes of the planet Mongo and go head to head with the villainous despot Ming the Merciless! This archival collection, reprinting seven complete comics originally published from 1947 through 1953, makes a fine addition to any comics library. Ray guns, spaceships, and Silver Age storytelling -- it's all here and it's all action!

312 pages, $49.99, in stores on August 25.

GROO: THE HOGS OF HORDER

Written by Mark Evanier, art by Sergio Aragones.

You probably think Groo the Wanderer is the most destructive force in his world. Not so! Even at his most inept, Groo cannot destroy a village faster than the hogs of Horder. Theirs is an evil species that has existed forever and that spreads death and annihilation to this day. They control your mind, they control your body, and worst of all, they control your money. So what happens when Groo comes nose to nose with them? Find out in this latest Groo adventure!

Collects the four-issue miniseries.

120 pages, $17.99, in stores on August 4.

THE HARVEY COMICS TREASURY VOLUME 2

Written by Larz Bourne and Izzy Klein, art by Warren Kremer, Dave Tendlar, Martin Taras and others.

Look out, it's Hot Stuff! Following on the heels of the fabulously successful five-volume Harvey Comics Classics, Dark Horse is proud to present this new series of books, each containing two hundred pages of stunning, full-color reprints from the golden years of Harvey Comics! Hot Stuff, the irascible little devil with a heart of gold, joins his friends Stumbo the Giant and Herman and Katnip in some of the best-loved classic kid comics of all time! Harvey Comics, one of the most successful of the children's comics publishers, created a veritable who's who of comic stars, such as Hot Stuff, Casper, and Richie Rich, plus many more.

200 pages, $14.99, in stores on August 11.

HELLCYON #3

Written and art by Lucas Marangon.

After a nine-month journey through Hellcyon's wild and mysterious landscapes, the five teenage fugitives have forged strong bonds of friendship and learned to work as a unit to avoid the wrath of St. John's death squad. However, as their journey comes to an end, the kids will make a macabre discovery and find themselves caught between the enemy and Hellcyon's insurgent forces!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on June 9.

KING CONAN VOLUME 1

Written by Roy Thomas, art by John Buscema and Ernie Chan.

Conan is king! Join Conan, king of Aquilonia, his queen Zenobia, and their son Conn in this comics adaptation of L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter, and Björn Nyberg's stories "The Witch of the Mists," "Black Sphinx of Nebthu," "Red Moon of Zembabwei," "Shadows in the Skull," and "The Ring of Rakhamon"!

King Conan collects issues #1 through #5 of the early '80s series originally published by Marvel Comics.

 King Conan is based on a series of five short stories by Robert E. Howard, originally published in Weird Tales.

192 pages, $17.99, in stores on August 25.

LITTLE LULU VOLUME 24: THE SPACE DOLLY AND OTHER STORIES

Written by John Stanley, art by Stanley and Irving Tripp.

There's hilarity on every page as Tubby swoons over brand-new character Fifi (a little girl with a French accent and a missing piggybank), Iggy teaches Annie's doll to fly, Alvin makes a new friend, the fellers misunderstand tea parties, a sandcastle contest determines who gets a kiss from Gloria, and Lulu accidentally makes a farce of Father's Day. These stories and more prove time and again that Little Lulu is the funniest funny book of all!

The Space Dolly collects Marge's Little Lulu #118 through #123 in all their original full-color glory.

200 pages, $14.99, in stores on August 25.

MIGHTY SAMSON ARCHIVES VOLUME 1

Written by Otto Binder, art by Frank Thorne and Jack Sparling.

In a radioactive, nuclear-ravaged future, Samson is born into a tribe of peaceful yet desperate people struggling to survive in the desolate city of N'Yark. Surrounded by hungry, wild creatures -- creatively mutated and brought to life by Thorne and subsequent artists -- and the more savage, selfish remnants of humanity, life is precarious at best for the tribe until Samson displays amazing powers. Discovering that young Samson is a mutant himself, his mother trains Samson to value life, and on her deathbed Samson vows "to protect the weak from the powerful, the good from the evil!"

This volume reprints the first seven comic books from the original 1960s Mighty Samson series, with playful and imaginative artwork by Frank Thorne seen in the first five issues!

200 pages, $49.99, in stores on August 25.

MOGWORLD

Written byYahtzee Croshaw.

In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about sixty years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all.

On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds: angry mobs of adventurers, a body falling apart at the seams—and a team of programmers racing a deadline to hammer out the last few bugs in their AI.

350 pages, $7.99, in stores on August 18.

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: CAMPUS APOCALYPSE VOLUME 1

Written and art by Ming Ming.

Dark Horse presents the second manga series in its Neon Genesis Evangelion line, Neon Genesis Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse! Shinji Ikari's parents are gone, and he lives with his legal guardian, Ryoji Kaji, while attending the private NERV Academy. But no one ever told Shinji about its secrets . . . or that he'd find his fellow students Kaworu, Rei, and Asuka out on the streets late at night—fighting with sword, spear, and whip against an enemy that looks very human, but who Kaworu insists are beings called the Angels . . .

192 pages, black and white, $10.99, in stores on August 11.

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 36

Written and art by Kosuke Fujishima.

Ever since a cosmic phone call led five literal young goddesses—Belldandy, Urd, Skuld, and, like occasional vowels, Peorth and Lind—to live in college student Keiichi's residence, his personal life has been turned upside down, sideways, and sometimes even into strange dimensions!

Things go spectacularly wrong (as expected) when Urd's and Skuld's rival schemes to help Megumi through a bad memory end up not only making her forget who she is, but making Keiichi and the goddesses forget who they are! Plus your fan art and letters, and more commentary by Kosuke Fujishima on the early days of the Oh My Goddess! series!

160 pages, black and white, $11.99, in stores on August 25.

PREDATORS #1

Written by Marc Andreyko and David Lapham, penciled by Guilherme Balbi and Gabriel Guzman, inked by Jose Verissimo and Mariano Talbo, colored by Garry Henderson and Michael Atiyeh, cover by Paul Lee.

A team of Navy Seals is in the midst of a firefight when it suddenly goes dark. They awake to find themselves in a new and more deadly environment, stalked by a strange enemy. One by one these special-ops officers are killed by an unseen threat, until only one man remains. All alone in a strange world, he must do what he knows best—survive against all odds.

Robert Rodriguez teams with Dark Horse for an action-packed weekly prequel to his forthcoming Predators film!

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

PREDATORS #2

Written by Marc Andreyko and David Lapham, penciled by Guilherme Balbi and Gabriel Guzman, inked by Jose Verissimo and Mariano Talbo, colored by Garry Henderson and Michael Atiyeh, cover by Paul Lee. The lone Navy Seal finds himself in an uneasy alliance when he discovers another survivor on the planet—but he also learns that here humans are prey, transplanted from Earth to this alien jungle, to be hunted for sport.

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

PREDATORS #3

Written by Marc Andreyko and David Lapham, penciled by Guilherme Balbi and Gabriel Guzman, inked by Jose Verissimo and Mariano Talbo, colored by Garry Henderson and Michael Atiyeh, cover by Paul Lee.

The human alliance strains under the threat of the vicious Predators, an elaborate system of traps, and the impossibility of escape, until the men are locked in their own game of cat and mouse against each other.  David Lapham writes backups featuring Adrien Brody's cold-blooded killer from the film!

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

PREDATORS #4

Written by Marc Andreyko and David Lapham, penciled by Guilherme Balbi and Gabriel Guzman, inked by Jose Verissimo and Mariano Talbo, colored by Garry Henderson and Michael Atiyeh, cover by Paul Lee.

Traps are set off and new Predators enter the fray in the blood-drenched conclusion: the set-up for Robert Rodriguez's reboot of the Predator film series! Next month the story continues in the official movie adaptation written by Paul Tobin, and the film's sequel, written by David Lapham!

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

RETRO-A-GO-GO BUCK ROGERS T-SHIRTS

Dark Horse introduces a stunning line of officially licensed Buck Rogers accessories, produced by our friends at Retro-a-go-go for the modern space traveler! We bring you four stylish Buck Rogers T-shirts, in both men's and women's sizes, to be worn by distinguished and brave fashion explorers!

Buck Rogers Ray Gun T-shirt: Men's M- XL , $21.99; Men's XXL, $22.99; Women's S-XL, $24.99; in stores on Aug. 18.

Buck Rogers Vintage T-shirt: Men's M- XL, $21.99; Men's XXL, $22.99; Women's S- XL, $24.99; in stores on Aug. 18.

Buck Rogers Logo T-shirt: Men's M- XL, $21.99; Men's XXL, $22.99; Women's S- XL, $24.99; in stores on Aug. 18.

Buck Rogers Wilma T-shirt: Women's S-XL; $24.99, in stores on Aug. 18.

SERENITY: FLOAT OUT

Written by Patton Oswalt, art by Patric Reynolds, colored by Dave Stewart, covers by Dave Stewart and Frank Stockton.

Writer/actor/comedian Patton Oswalt brings back one of Firefly's most beloved characters in this special spotlight issue!

Always ready with a brilliant aerial maneuver and a terrible one-liner, Wash was pilot of the Firefly-class ship Serenity in Joss Whedon's cult-classic TV series before being killed in the movie. Float Out includes three brand-new stories of Wash in a series of exciting smuggling raids, each providing a hair-raising escape or daring last-minute rescue! Featuring a cameo that will leave Serenity fans reeling, this special one-shot presents new tales of the Serenity universe's past and tantalizing hints about its future!

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on June 2.

STAR WARS ADVENTURES: THE WILL OF DARTH VADER

Written by Tom Taylor, penciled by Brian Koschak, inked by Dan Parsons, colored by Michael Wiggam, cover by Sean McNally.

Darth Vader is on a mission for the Emperor!

When the Rebellion's hit-and-run attacks on Imperial cargo ships become too audacious to be ignored, Darth Vader is sent in to find the Rebel base and destroy it. But the base, hidden in the center of a constantly shifting asteroid field, cannot be attacked directly.

To reach his target, Vader will have to team up with a recently captured smuggler named Zika -- and dealing with an unwilling, wisecracking partner may be more of a trial for the Dark Lord than the actual mission!

80 pages, $7.99, in store on August 11.

STAR WARS: INVASION -- RESCUES #2

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

New and vital knowledge sends Finn Galfridian with Jacen and Jaina Solo on a mission to the planet of Artorias. Though Finn does not know if his father, Caled, lives, if there is any chance, he must be warned of new dangers. It's a hot and dangerous ride to Artorias, and the occupying Yuuzhan Vong are ready with a toothsome, ravaging welcome . . .

Meanwhile, Kaye and Nina, board their newly acquired Vong ship, embark on their own mission. It's one they can't refuse: rescuing captives held on a dead planet. There is no telling what peril will meet the rescue party . . .

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on June 30.

STAR WARS: LEGACY #49

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

"Extremes," part 2 of 3. The Sith Empire's strike against the Hutt temple on Napdu brings a new ally into the war against the Sith, lending strength to Cade Skywalker's vendetta.

On Korriban, Princess Sia Fel, a prisoner of the Sith, learns a shocking secret about the man she loves.

And, emboldened by their success against the Mon Calamari and the Hutts, the Sith plan an attack against Admiral Gar Stazi and the Galactic Alliance.

There's no stopping the galaxy's descent into all-out war. The end is near!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on June 30.

TROUBLEMAKER BOOK 1

Written by Janet Evanovich and Alex Evanovich, art by Joelle Jones and Benjamin Dewey, inked by Andy Owens, colored by Dan Jackson.

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 Felicia calls for help. Rosa has gone missing, and in order to find her 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.

USAGI YOJIMBO #129

Written and art by Stan Sakai.

Kato, the master swordsman from "A Town Called Hell!" returns! Cheated out of the two hundred gold coins he was promised for staying out of a gang war, Kato has been hunting for Usagi for weeks, believing the "treacherous, long-eared ronin" to have stolen the money from him. However, a gang of cutthroats is after Kato, thinking he already has the fortune. All three meet high in the mountains at Blood Tree Pass.

24 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on June 30.

USAGI YOJIMBO VOLUME 8: SHADES OF DEATH 2ND EDITION

Written and art by Stan Sakai.

In this volume, Usagi teams with his friend Gen, a rhino bounty hunter, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to protect an aging sensei from an evil ninja clan. His travels also take him to a remote village under threat from deadly assassins, where only Usagi stands between their merciless blades and a community's destruction.

This edition of Usagi Yojimbo: Shades of Death features completely remastered artwork and new story notes, highlighting Stan Sakai's exhaustive research into the world of feudal Japan! Features an introduction by acclaimed artist William Stout.

200 pages, black and white, $15.99, in stores on August 25.

USAGI YOJIMBO VOLUME 9: DAISHO 2ND EDITION

Written and art by Stan Sakai.

A samurai's sword is more than his weapon -- it is his soul. As such, he must prove himself worthy of possessing a daisho, a matched pair of swords.

In his years as a warrior, fighting injustice and honing his spiritual and martial skills, Miyamoto Usagi has more than earned his swords. After braving many a battle and surviving tremendous bloodshed, Usagi continues his warrior pilgrimage. This volume finds him the reluctant participant in a duel for blood money, and, later, enraged at the theft of his swords, Usagi pledges a new oath -- to track the leader of a roving band of brigands and retrieve his daisho.

Usagi Yojimbo: Daisho 2nd edition is newly rescanned from Stan Sakai's original art and features new story notes! Includes an introduction by James Robinson.

216 pages, black and white, $15.99, in stores on August 25.

USAGI YOJIMBO VOLUME 10: THE BRINK OF LIFE AND DEATH 2ND EDITION

Written and art by Stan Sakai.

While journeying over mountains, into valleys, through towns and farmlands, and along rugged coasts, searching for harmony, Usagi faces a unique cast of characters: a village of seaweed farmers, an innocent noodle peddler, a demon-possessed woman, a relentless clan of bat ninja, an assassins' guild, a mysterious medicine peddler, and Inazuma, a secretive female samurai. More than once Usagi finds himself in great danger -- but it's all in a day's work when you walk the thin line on the brink of life and death.

Usagi Yojimbo: The Brink of Life and Death 2nd edition features completely remastered art and a look inside Stan Sakai's research and influences with new story notes! Includes an introduction by writer Kurt Busiek.

216 pages, black and white, $15.99, in stores on August 25.

VAMPIRE HUNTER D VOLUME 15: DARK ROAD PART THREE

Written by Hideyuki Kikuchi, art by Yoshitaka Amano.

Vampire Hunter D takes on his greatest challenge yet! The ruthless vampire Noble General Gaskell commands the loyalty of some of the most infamous and deadly vampires in history, and Gaskell has no patience for D's interference, heroic or not! With the odds stacked against him, D must prevail -- or perish.

Features seven gorgeous black-and-white line illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano as well as a color tip-in illustration.

256 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on August 4.

ZERO KILLER

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

The creator of Rex Mundi presents his vision of a shattered alternate future, as brutal gangs struggle for supremacy in a New York City ravaged by nuclear war and catastrophic flooding. All that remains of the once-mighty city are skeletal, irradiated skyscrapers, inhabited by thugs who abide by their own twisted rules. While crime lords vie for power and the amoral paramilitary forces of JOCOM torment survivors of the devastation, one skilled outcast -- the mysterious Zero -- uses his strength and wits to stay a step ahead of everyone. Working for anyone while pledging allegiance to none, Zero is a bounty hunter who hunts the dregs of a ruined society, saving some innocents in the process.

Collects the six-issue miniseries.

160 pages, $16.99, in stores on August 4.



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