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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR AUGUST

1 FOR $1: ALIENS VS. PREDATOR

Written by Randy Stradley, penciled by Phill Norwood, inked by Karl Story, colored by Monika Livingston.

The inhabitants of the colony planet Ryushi are peaceful ranchers -- men and women who lead simple lives. But their lives are tragically shattered as they become part of a "coming of age" ceremony for a race of deadly alien hunters -- the Predators. However, the Predators' prey are not the human inhabitants of Ryushi, but rather something far more dangerous -- Aliens!

28 pages, $1, in stores on August 11

1 FOR $1: SIN CITY: THE HARD GOODBYE

Written and art by Frank Miller.

Sin City is the place -- tough as leather and dry as tinder. Love is the fuel, and Marv has the match . . . not to mention a "condition." He's gunning after Goldie's killer, so it's time to watch this town burn!

28 pages, $1, in stores on August 11.

1 FOR $1: HELLBOY: SEED OF DESTRUCTION

Written by Mike Mignola and John Byrne, art by Mignola, colored by Mark Chiarello.

Hellboy bursts onto the film noir monster detective scene. From his apocalyptic origin in World War II England to the modern-day case of the sole survivor of a doomed Arctic expedition, Hellboy must battle vampire frog creatures and worse in his debut miniseries.

28 pages, $1, in stores on August 18.

1 FOR $1: USAGI YOJIMBO

Written and art by Stan Sakai.

The close of sixteenth-century Japan is regarded as the age of civil wars, as feudal lords fought amongst themselves for land and power. When one leader finally rose above the others and was proclaimed shogun, a peace came upon Japan and the samurai warriors found themselves suddenly unemployed. Many of these ronin turned to banditry to survive; others found work with minor lords. And a small number traveled the musha shugyo -- the warrior pilgrimage -- to hone their spiritual and martial skills. But whether they took the honest road or the crooked path, the ronin all found one common link -- they were generally less than welcome. Such is the tale of Usagi Yojimbo.

28 pages, black and white, $1, in stores on August 18.

1 FOR $1: CONAN

Written by Kurt Busiek, penciled by Cary Nord, colroed by Dave Stewart.

Drawing on the original Robert E. Howard stories, the legend of Conan is brought to vivid life for the modern audience. Decades ahead of its time, Howard's stories can finally get the graphic treatment they deserve in this on going series.

28 pages, $1, in stores on August 25.

1 FOR $1: THE GOON

Written and art by Eric Powell.

The Goon is a hilarious blend of pulpy horror and slapstick comedy following the ongoing misadventures of the man they call the Goon and his spastic sidekick Franky as they battle the legions of the undead!

28 pages, $1, in stores on August 25.

60TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC PEANUTS #4: LINUS

Dark Horse continues its 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.

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 for a special sixtieth anniversary limited-edition series of the five main characters. Sculpted by Yoe! Studio.

Limited to 750 numbered pieces, packaged in its own tin box, with a pin-back button and a character booklet, $49.95, in stores on Oct. 20.

ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: THREE WORLD WAR #6

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

With the enemy Predator clan and their murderous legion of Alien war slaves ready to close the book once and for all on the alliance of Human and Predator, the Colonial Marines and "Hunter" Predators mount a desperate offensive behind enemy lines to unleash the one surprise element that could even the odds and win the day. But humans should never make the mistake that "the enemy of my enemy" can be counted on as a true friend, and with each Hunter packing a fissile self-destruct, could this courageous assault really be nothing more than a nuclear suicide mission? The apocalyptic conclusion to the ultimate battle royal!

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on August 11.

BALTIMORE: THE PLAGUE SHIPS #1

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Christopher Golden (W), Ben Stenbeck (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

Months after a devastating plague ends World War I, Europe is suddenly flooded with deadly vampires. Lord Henry Baltimore, a soldier determined to wipe out the monsters, is on the hunt for the creature responsible for this chaos and his own personal tragedy. What he uncovers is a terror as horrific and frightening as any he's seen on the battlefield. Based on the novel by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on August 4.

B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH -- NEW WORLD #1

Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Guy Davis (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)

Following the global havoc created by the frog war, and with the B.P.R.D. now operating under strict U.N. oversight, our heroes face new horrors. People are once again vanishing from small towns, monsters are roaming in the woods, and a strange new creature arrives to create hell on earth.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on August 11.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: RILEY

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

Acclaimed Buffy television writer Jane Espenson is back with answers to one of the surprising twists she and executive producer Joss Whedon introduced in the hit story arc "Retreat"!

In the midst of the battle, Buffy's former flame, the demon-fighting soldier Riley Finn, seemingly in league with Twilight, was revealed as a double agent working for the Slayer army. Now Espenson and artist Karl Moline (Fray, Willow) uncover the secrets of Riley's recruitment by Buffy, his infiltration of Twilight's inner circle, and what's become of him and his superspy wife, Sam.

This essential one-shot delivers thrilling spy adventure and is filled with major revelations for the story of Buffy Season Eight!

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on August 18.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON EIGHT VOLUME 7: TWILIGHT

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

Buffy Summers and her Slayer army have suffered heavy losses throughout Season Eight and faced scores of threats new and old, but the one mystery connecting it all has been the identity of the Big Bad -- Twilight!

In this penultimate volume of Season Eight, New York Times best-selling novelist and comics writer Brad Meltzer (The Book of Lies, Identity Crisis) joins series artist Georges Jeanty in beginning the buildup to the season finale in the story line that finally reveals the identity of Twilight! In the aftermath of the battle with Twilight's army, Buffy has developed a host of new powers, but when will the other shoe drop, and will it be a cute shoe, or an ugly one? Still reeling from the losses of war, Willow goes looking for missing allies, and discovers a horrifying truth about several of the Slayer army's recent ordeals. Adding to the mayhem is the unexpected return of Angel, in his Season Eight debut!

This volume also features two stories from series creator and executive producer Joss Whedon!

Collects Buffy Season Eight #31–#35, and the Willow one-shot.

168 pages, $16.99, in stores on Oct. 6.

BUZZARD #3

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

With nothing in life to lose, Buzzard takes a bounty from the desperate villagers and heads into battle against a monstrous forest god, culminating in a confrontation that no one would see coming. Eric Powell, multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of The Goon, gives one of his most beloved and mysterious characters, Buzzard, his own highly anticipated three-issue miniseries.

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on August 11.

THE CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOLUME 20: NIGHT OF THE WOLF AND OTHER STORIES

Written by Michael Fleisher, art by John Buscema, Gary Kwapisz, Ernie Chan, Steve Leialoha, Bob Camp and Rudy Nebres.

Conan confronts some of his most difficult challenges yet when he faces down a werewolf who is being protected by the same tribe that it aims to destroy in "Night of the Wolf," and he finds a hidden Cimmerian valley filled with the vestiges of an ancient war in "Vale of Death." The wandering barbarian will also have to keep his wits about him if he is to keep from becoming a statue in a madwoman's collection in "The Cauldron of Doom!"

This volume collects Conan the Barbarian issues #151-#159, now with new colors, all of the original series covers, and a foreword by Ernie Chan complete with a brand new pinup!

200 pages, $18.99, in stores on Oct. 13.

CITIZEN REX

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

Twenty years ago, the most famous, lifelike robot in the world was engulfed in scandal, arrested, and deactivated. Since then, an antirobot movement has developed, while body modification is in and prosthetic limbs have become hot black-market items.

Stories like these are the stock in trade of gossip blogger Sergio Bauntin, whose startling revelations earn him the constant scrutiny of both the mob and the city's mysterious investigators, the Truth Takers. When Sergio catches wind of sightings of the long-missing robot celebrity CTZ-RX-1, all of these interests will collide in violence and intrigue.

This handsome hardcover collection also features a new cover by Gilbert, sketches and behind-the-scenes material from Mario, and a special pinup from third Hernandez brother Jaime (Locas, The Education of Hopey Glass)!

136 pages, black an white, $19.99, in stores on Oct. 27.

CLASSIC UNCLE SCROOGE SERIES 2 #4: HUEY, DEWEY, AND LOUIE

One of Dark Horse's best-received Syroco-style statuette series ever has been of the characters from Carl Barks's Uncle Scrooge stories. We're continuing our line of statues with a new series, based on specific cover images by Barks, and our fourth statue is inspired by the cover to Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #150 (March 1953). 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 Oct. 20.

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #24

Written by Tim Truman, penciled by Tomas Giorello, colored by Jose Villarrubia and Dave Stewart, cover by Cary Nord.

Conan and Olivia have escaped the terrible wrath of the armies of Turan by fleeing to a small island in the vast Vilayet Sea, but it seems that Conan cannot avoid all the enemies that he made as leader of the Kozaki raiders. The small island that he and Olivia have used to put some distance between them and the Turanian military has turned out to be an appealing hiding place for another group of outlaws -- the Red Brotherhood! Traveling only with the beautiful Olivia, and without an army of mercenaries at his back, Conan is no longer protected from their rage. However, they may not be the most dangerous adversaries Conan will have to face if he and Olivia are to get off the island in one piece! Large predators stalk the forest, and there is something much, much worse lurking within the ruins of an ancient civilization. Tim Truman, Tomas Giorello, and Jose Villarrubia continue their adaptation of Robert E. Howard's "Iron Shadows in the Moon."

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on August 18.

CONAN VOLUME 9: FREE COMPANIONS

Written by Timothy Truman, art by Truman, Tomas Giorello and Joe Kubert, colored by Jose Villarrubia.

Kubert's very first sequential Conan work and illustrations by Cary Nord, Justin Sweet, and Joseph Michael Linsner highlight this latest collection of stories from Dark Horse's ongoing Conan the Cimmerian comic-book series. In his short career as a mercenary, young Conan has impressed both Princess Yasmela and military leader Lord Amalric, but an ambitious rogue prince arrives in Khoraja and blindsides Conan out of the comfortable, courtly situation he's found himself in. Not only is Conan's love affair with Yasmela going south, but rebel Prince Julion immediately challenges Conan's headstrong impulses and military plans, causing a rift between the battered-but-proud forces of Khoraja and Amalric's army of colorful mercs.

Collects Conan the Cimmerian #14 and #16-#21.

184 pages, $24.99, in stores on Oct. 20.

CREEPY ARCHIVES VOLUME 8

By various.

Dark Horse's multiple-award-winning archive editions of Creepy have arrived at one of the most compelling and legendary eras of the horror magazine's epic run. Creepy Archives Volume 8 collects issues #37-#40, which herald the beginning of the more psychedelic and strangely spooky stories that came into vile vogue with the onset of the 1970s. This gore-geously designed volume highlights work from amazing artists such as Basil Gogos, Ernie Colón, Vaughn Bodé, Ken Kelly, and others, and stories written by Nicola Cuti, Phil Seuling, Doug Moench, and other great monsterminds!

256 pages, black and white, $49.99, in stores on Oct. 27.

DE:TALES

Written and art by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon.

From the company that introduced American audiences to Brazilian twins Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba (Daytripper, Pixu) comes a new hardcover edition of Dark Horse's out-of-print De:Tales, a collection of the twins' breakthrough short stories!

After three Eisner Awards and a series of acclaimed projects with writers Joss Whedon (Sugarshock), Gerard Way (The Umbrella Academy), Mike Mignola (B.P.R.D.: 1947), and Matt Fraction (Casanova), Moon and Ba are now among the hottest artists in comics. De:Tales is the duo's most personal work to date, presenting their work separately, together, and in tandem -- as the twins trade off on the roles of writing and illustrating, share those roles, or fly solo. Brimming with all the details of human life, their charming tales move from the urban reality of their home in Sčo Paulo to the magical realism of their Latin American background.

Featuring a brand-new cover, Moon and Ba's seminal and sought-after work is finally back in this handsome hardcover packaging, proving once again that they are a talented pair to watch out for.

112 pages, black and white, $19.99, in stores on Oct. 6.

DEXTER COLOR-CHANGING MUG

Feeling murderous in the morning? Get out your Dexter blood-splattered mug and let the caffeine from a hot cup of coffee warm you up and restore your civilized side. This diabolical mug shows the two sides of Dexter: when cold, it is covered with blood, just like a newly discovered Florida crime scene; when hot, the blood disappears, leaving a grinning Dexter, who's in on all your secrets.

11-oz. mug, $14.99, in stores on Sept. 22.

DOCTOR SOLAR, MAN OF THE ATOM #2

Written by Jim Shooter, art and colors by Dennis Calero, cover by Michael Komarck.

Whitmore Pickerel has the power to create living beings out of nothingness, creating new entities designed to suit his own increasingly selfish desires. But now his living, breathing, tremendously powerful creations have turned against him and are pursuing their own agendas. The Man of the Atom fights fiercely to cut short the swath of looting and destruction left in the wake of Glow and Leviathan -- and at the climax of the savage conflict, he does something no hero has done before! Meanwhile, Pickerel's fear of his own creations drives him to conjure a supremely powerful guardian to protect him…but what he accomplishes opens the door to disaster. Enter: Moloch, the Devourer. The Man of the Atom is forced to pit his godlike power against the power of a god!

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on August 25.

DOCTOR SOLAR, MAN OF THE ATOM ARCHIVE VOLUME 1

Paul S. Newman (W), Bob Fujitani (A), Frank Bolle (A), and Richard Powers (A)

When industrial sabotage fouls up an experiment in atomic energy, nuclear physicist Doctor Phillip Solar survives the accident but is forever changed into a living atomic reactor capable of astonishing feats! Now Doctor Solar uses his miraculous, energy-based powers to protect the innocent and to thwart the diabolical machinations of a mysterious supercriminal known only as Nuro. Doctor Solar springs to life in this affordable new edition that collects "Solar's Secret," "The Remote-Control Traitor," "Vanishing Oceans," and other classic stories from the 1960s by comics visionaries Paul S. Newman, Bob Fujitani, and Frank Bolle. These tales are true atomic-age wonders! Fans of Russ Manning, Mac Raboy, and Alex Raymond will be delighted with artist Bob Fujitani's original depiction of this classic hero in all his radioactive glory. This collection also features two rare cover paintings by legendary science-fiction illustrator Richard Powers!

This volume collects issues #1-#7 of the original 1960s comic-book series Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom, including all original series covers and the retouched interiors seen in the Dark Horse Archives hardcover.

216 pages, $19.99, in stores on Oct. 13.

FEAR AGENT #29

Written by Rick Remender, penciled by Mike Hawthorne and Tony Moore, inked by John Lucas, cover by Moore.

"Out of Step," part 2 of 5. The universe was corrupted far too many years ago for Heath Huston to have any hope of reversing the disease -- or so he thinks as he sinks back into the bottle. As the Tetaldians continue to hunt him, Heath uncovers the history of the robot hordes and their secret coconspirators. The odds are stacked higher than ever; his body is aged and broken. Finally presented with one final opportunity for redemption, can the last Fear Agent move past his role in it all and give the bastards a little back? Sure he can. Includes a special Tales of the Fear Agent by legendary creator Hilary Barta!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on August 18.

FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY VOLUME 3: THE BIG FAT KILL 3RD EDITION

Written and art by Frank Miller.

One of Sin City's most fascinatingly conflicted characters, Dwight, returns in The Big Fat Kill, the third volume of Frank Miller's seminal noir comic and the inspiration for one of the segments of the blockbuster Sin City film! This third edition is newly redesigned and features a brand-new cover by Miller -- some of his first comics art in years!

For Dwight, sometimes standing up for his friends means killing a whole lot of people . . . Not for revenge. Not because they deserve it. Not because it'll make the world a better place. There's nothing righteous or noble about it. Dwight's gotta kill them because he needs them dead.

With a new look generating more excitement than ever before, this third edition is the perfect way to attract a whole new generation of readers to Frank Miller's masterpiece!

184 pages, black and white, $19, in stores on Sept. 29.

FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY VOLUME 4: THAT YELLOW BASTARD 3RD EDITION

Written and art by Frank Miller.

Frank Miller changes the game in the fourth volume of his signature crime series, introducing the only truly heroic figure in Sin City's world of vice, Detective Hartigan. A highlight of the series, and the inspiration for one of the segments of the blockbuster Sin City film, That Yellow Bastard returns in a newly redesigned edition, with a brand-new cover by Miller -- some of his first comics art in years!

The worst thing to be in Basin City is an honest cop, but it's Hartigan's last day on the job, and he plans to go out with a bang. Little Nancy Callahan, age eleven, has been kidnapped by a psycho who likes to hear children scream, and Hartigan's going to find her no matter what it takes. No matter who the psycho's daddy is. All the prison time in the world won't change that. Hell of a way to start retirement . . .

With a new look generating more excitement than ever before, this third edition is the perfect way to attract a whole new generation of readers to Frank Miller's masterpiece!

240 pages, black and white, $21, in stores on Oct. 13.

GEAR SCHOOL VOLUME 2

Written by Adam Gallardo, penciled by Nuria Peris, Sergio Sandoval and Estudio Fenix.

In the far future, humanity is caught in an endless war against an alien menace. The struggle is dominated by giant war machines called Gear. Only the best and the brightest are allowed to drive these war machines. The process of elimination begins in junior high.

Teresa Gottlieb is a thirteen-year-old freshman at the most prestigious military academy in the world. A little while ago she saved the school from an alien attack, but at Gear School "a little while ago" is ancient history. Her status as savior of the school isn't cutting her any slack with her teachers, her classmates, or the clique that runs the school.

Now Teresa finds herself caught up in an adventure that has more at stake than the future of the school or even the fate of the planet. It could jeopardize her budding first love!

96 pages, $7.99, in stores on Oct. 6.

TARZAN GELASKINS

Dark Horse collaborates with GelaSkins to bring our best designs to their line of protective and decorative skins for laptops and phones. We've unfortunately overlooked the "Gridley Wave" as a device format for these colorful and useful new items, but you can sure apply Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan to your iPhone or laptop. We have delved into the art archive and selected two images of the lord of the apes. Let the world know that you're an aficionado of the finest in fantastic adventure and art by wearing Tarzan on your modern communication tools.

Tarzan of the Apes, iPhone, $14.95; Tarzan Lost Adventure, iPhone, $14.95; 13" and 15" laptop, $29.95, in stores on Sept. 8.

THE GOON VOLUME 2: MY MURDEROUS CHILDHOOD (AND OTHER GRIEVOUS YARNS) 2ND EDITION

Written by Eric Powell, art by Powell and Kyle Hotz.

The Goon's first Dark Horse adventures are back in a startling new edition, with a gorgeous new cover by Eric Powell and redesigned to match the high-class look of the recent Goon Year paperbacks!

Goon and Franky have been best friends ever since they was tykes. Find out how the two little ankle biters became best pals, and how they muscled their way into the rackets of big-time crime-boss Labrazio. Plus, stories of zombies, hobos, and pie-crazy skunk apes -- horror adventure as you like it!

Collecting issues #1- #4 of the Dark Horse series, plus the eight-page story from Drawing on Your Nightmares, "The Brothers Mud." All-new cover by Goon creator Eric Powell and an introduction by Frank Cho.

128 pages, $15.99, in stores on Oct. 20.

GRANDVILLE MON AMOUR

Written and art by Bryan Talbot.

Convicted psychotic killer and extremist fanatic Edward "Mad Dog" Mastock violently escapes the guillotine's blade in the Tower of London to once again terrorize the Socialist Republic of Britain. But dogging Mastock's bloody footsteps is his longtime adversary and nemesis, Detective Inspector Archie LeBrock, at odds with Scotland Yard and intent on bringing Mastock's horrific murder spree to an end, once and for all. Aided by his friend and colleague Detective Roderick Ratzi, LeBrock follows the trail of carnage to Paris, otherwise known as Grandville, the largest city in a world dominated by the French Empire and the prime target of Mastock's sadistic terrorism. Can LeBrock capture the Mad Dog before he can mete out his final vengeance, or will LeBrock's own quest for redemption be dragged to ground by the demons of his past?

The badger is back! Set three weeks after the finale of Grandville -- Bryan Talbot's critically acclaimed steampunk graphic novel -- Grandville Mon Amour explores an alternate art-nouveau world populated by intelligent animals, a human underclass, robot automatons, and advanced steam technology that power everything from hansom cabs to iron flying machines.

108 pages, $19.99, in stores on Oct. 20.

HELLBOY: THE STORM #2

Written by Mike Mignola, art by Duncan Fegredo, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Mignola.

While Hellboy rages against a deadly soldier of the Queen of Blood, her army grows stronger in preparation for a war of vengeance, in which the end of the world is inevitable.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on August 4.

HELLBOY: MASKS AND MONSTERS

Written by Mike Mignola and James Robinson, art by Mignola, Scott Benefiel and Jason Rodriguez, colored by Pamela Rambo and Matt Hollingsworth.

Hellboy joins forces with Batman and Starman in an adventure that takes them from the rooftops of Gotham to the steamy jungles of the Amazon, to rescue the first Starman, Ted Knight, from a secret Nazi organization that plans to use him to resurrect an elder god. Next, Hellboy travels to Arcadia in search of Ghost, a spectral vigilante caught up in a web of intrigue orchestrated by an ancient mask.

136 pages, $17.99, in stores on Oct. 20.

MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER #1

Written by Jim Shooter, art by Bill Reinhold, colored by Wes Dzioba, cover by Raymond Swanland.

The continent-spanning city of North Am is a miracle of ingenuity and ambition, a technological paradise where "milespires" pierce the clouds and robots perform virtually all labor, freeing humankind to pursue leisure and bliss. But in the shadows of the sun-drenched towers, human mobsters use robot-muscle "thug-bots" to terrorize the citizenry of North Am. Human trafficking, illegal psychoactive substances, violent crime, and corrosive corruption are suddenly epidemic in the glittering utopia, with only the mighty Robot Fighter to stand against them. When a wealthy heiress is kidnapped, Magnus is drawn into the mob's deepest sanctuary, where Magnus faces the fight of his life against the immensely powerful half robot, half man known as Big Guns.

Dark Horse Comics proudly presents the rebirth of one of comics' most iconic heroes, Magnus, Robot Fighter! Reimagined for the twenty-first century by superstar scribe Jim Shooter and illustrated by Bill Reinhold (The Punisher, Wolverine: Origins), Magnus, Robot Fighter #1 joins Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom and the upcoming Turok, Son of Stone in the most exciting launch program of 2010!

Special bonus for this 56-page issue: the very first Magnus story from 1963!

56 pages, $3.50, in stores on August 4.

MYSPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS VOLUME 5

By various.

MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 5 continues to exhibit the greatest comics creators in the biz alongside the newest newbies trying to break in: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight makes another appearance with newly popular vampire Harmony in a tale from one of the series writers, Jane Espenson . . . Conan brings bloodshed and barbarism as only he can with writer and artist Darick Robertson . . . Another Robert E. Howard character, Solomon Kane, gives Eisner Award–winning artist Guy Davis a chance to show us his take on the Puritan warrior . . . Dean Motter's Mister X presents a mystery . . . Matt Kindt's Giant Man continues his saga . . . And then we have the newbies: A sweet story with sweet birdies . . . A scary story with scary birdies . . . A Jekyll and Hyde meet Sherlock Holmes mystery . . . A tragic tale that makes you really feel for all those mythical horrors . . . A crossdimensional superhero anecdote that will make you laugh . . .  You know what? That's not even all of the good stuff jam packed into this volume of modern superdiversity! Don't miss out on MDHP Volume 5!

168 pages, $19.99, in stores on August 4.

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 16

Written and art by Kosuke Fijishima.

Ever since a cosmic phone call brought the literal young goddess Belldandy into college student Keiichi's residence, his personal life has been turned upside down, sideways, and sometimes even into strange dimensions!

After epic mishaps such as Belldandy and Keiichi's hands becoming unable to part, or Skuld's robot Banpei falling in love, what harm could the arrival of a cute young boy at the temple do to its residents . . . the earth . . . the universe? They say when disaster strikes, time seems to slow down . . . The problem is, it's slowing down for everybody . . . for real! Plus a message from creator Kosuke Fujishima, and your fan art and letters!

240 pages, black and white, $11.99, in stores on Oct. 27.

SCARY GODMOTHER

Written and art by Jill Thompson.

It's Halloween night and it's up to Scary Godmother to show one little girl just how much fun spooky can be! Meet Hannah Marie, who, with the help of Scary Godmother, stands up to her mean-spirited cousin Jimmy and her fear of monsters on her first Halloween adventure with the big kids. Later, Hannah joins forces with Orson, the vampire boy, to unravel a mystery near and dear to their hearts. Some of Scary Godmother's closest (and most frightful) pals get in on the fun too, including Bugaboo, the Boozle, and Skully Pettibone.

Four of Thompson's Eisner Award-winning, fully painted children's books are collected here, in their entirety, for the first time (Scary Godmother, Revenge of Jimmy, The Mystery Date, and The Boo Flu). This deluxe edition also features some of the earliest concept designs for this haunting and imaginative series.

192 pages, $24.99, in stores on Oct. 20.

SOLOMON KANE VOLUME 2: DEATH'S BLACK RIDERS

Written by Scott Allie, penciled by Mario Guevara, colored by Juan Ferreyra, cover by Mike Mignola.

Taking place after the events in Solomon Kane: The Castle of the Devil -- but written to stand on its own -- this new tale delves deep into the horrors scattered throughout Germany's Black Forest and adapts two of Robert E. Howard's most beloved Solomon Kane pieces. When Kane comes across gypsies being terrorized by roving bandits, he's not sure what's worse -- the bandits who wish to rob and rape innocent travelers or the evils that spew forth from the forest, intent on killing every man and woman around!

136 pages, $15.99, in stores on Oct. 20.

STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES -- A TALE OF JANGO AND BOBA FETT #1

Written by Tom Taylor, art by Chris Scalf.

Here begins a multigenerational tale of honor and redemption, starring two of the heaviest hitters in the Star Wars galaxy -- the father-and-clone team of Jango and Boba Fett!

Shortly before the start of the Clone Wars, Count Dooku sends Jango Fett on a mission that will affect the course of Boba Fett's life some twenty years later. But for now, neither of them knows what the future holds in store, and besides, they have their schedule filled dodging monsters and fighting bad guys!

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on August 25.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED II

Written byHaden Blackman, art by Omar Francia.

The end of the story in the hugely popular game The Force Unleashed left the Star Wars galaxy poised at the brink of civil war. But before that can happen, the Emperor and his apprentice, Darth Vader, have another plan already in play.

The author of the original game, Haden Blackman, returns with a new story of treachery, deception, and the manipulation of the overwhelming power of the Force. Omar Francia, from Star Wars: Legacy and Mass Effect, is back, providing the amazing art for this original graphic novel based on the upcoming LucasArts game!

88 pages, $10.99, in stores on Oct. 6.

STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC -- THREAT OF PEACE #2

Written by Rob Chestney, art by Alex Sanchez, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover by Benjamin Carre.

A peace treaty has been signed, but the galaxy is still at war! The illusion of true peace has been broken by the Sith's open attack on the Galactic Senate and the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Held to the conditions of the signed treaty, the Jedi struggle to shoulder their losses for the good of the galaxy. On a mission to Balmorra, Jedi Satele Shan, Master Orgus, and Lieutenant Tavus will encounter something that will throw them off their course and make their assignment a lot more complicated!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on August 4.

STAR WARS OMNIBUS: A LONG TIME AGO. . . . VOLUME 2

Written by Archie Goodwin and Chris Claremont, art by Michael Golden, Terry Austin, Al Williamson, Walter Simonson and others.

Collecting the issues #28–#49 and the first king-sized annual from the Marvel Comics Star Wars series that launched in 1977 (the same year as the first film), this second volume of Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago. . . . is a must have for any Star Wars fan! Contains the six-issue adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back!

480 pages, $24.99, in stores on Oct. 13.

UNCLE SILAS: GENETIS

Written and art by David Follett.

Silas Mortimer Mulch is an ecological supergenius, with a laboratory greenhouse holding the keys to countless scientific breakthroughs. But when his niece and nephew, Selena and Tommy, come to visit Silas and find him missing, his organic computer SOFIA tells them that he is lost within the ever-expanding and constantly changing greenhouse. Donning high-tech greenhouse suits, Selena and Tommy must go in after Silas, and are soon confronted with astonishing nanotechnology, fungi that act as hard drives of information about the greenhouse, and plants that can create duplicates of people they encounter.

72 pages, $9.99, in stores on Oct. 13.

USAGI YOJIMBO #131

Written and art by Stan Sakai.

In the aftermath of a brutal gang war, the rabbit ronin and the mercenary swordsman Kato were both lied to about payment by Boss Higa, the ruthless gangster who controls the town called Hell! But on their recent return to town for revenge, they discovered that Higa has built a new gang, and holds the town even more tightly in his grip. Now Usagi and Kato must face a town full of mercenaries and the possibility of a second gang war!

24 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on August 25.



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