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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR JANUARY

365 SAMURAI BOOK AND FIGURE SET

J. P. Kalonji wields a clean, street-informed style to deliver a tale that glistens with blood and drama, yet is ultimately uplifting. Nearly four hundred pages long, this graphic novel employs full-page panels to tell the story of an Edo-era swordsman's quest for survival and enlightenment.

The Dark Horse collection of this work has been one of its most well received. Now Dark Horse presents a deluxe package that includes the text of this edition of the graphic novel (nearly 400 pages) in French. The package includes a separate translation booklet, which presents the text in six different languages: English, French, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish. Also included is the 5" figure, fourteen art postcards by Kalonji, and an assortment of 12 art stickers.

5" tall figure, hardcover book, $75, in stores on Dec. 29.

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

Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, art by Guy Davis, colored by Dave Stewart, covers by Davis and Ryan Sook.

As Texas goes to Hell, a group of homeless outcasts--led by a young woman who appears to have second sight--evade volcanic eruptions, mass hysteria, and man-eating monsters. When the B.P.R.D. take notice of this, the results turn out to be deadly.

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

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #40

Written by Joss Whedon, pencils by Georges Jeanty, inks bt Andy Owens, colored by Michelle Madsen, covers by Jo Chen and Jeanty.

Final issue. "Last Gleaming," art 5 of 5. Season Eight has at last brought Buffy the long way home, and betrayal comes in the shape of the closest, most unexpected individual of all. Reeling from their losses, the Scoobies will never be the same again.

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

THE CHRONICLES OF KULL VOLUME 4: THE BLOOD OF KINGS AND OTHER STORIES

Written by Alan Zelenetz, Doug Moench Bruce Jones and April Campbell art by John Buscema, John Bolton and others, cover by Bolton.

When Kull the Conqueror was relaunched in 1982, the finest fantasy artists and writers were assembled to bring all of Kull's barbaric rage to a new generation of fans! The legendary John Buscema and John Bolton lend their pencils to acclaimed writers Bruce Jones and Doug Moench's epic tales of precataclysm warfare and political intrigue. This volume collects four giant, forty-eight-page Kull stories, including "Eye of the Tigress," about an ambitious warrior woman with a tiger's strength and ties to Kull's past; "The Blood of Kings," which tells of an Atlantean invasion of Valusian soil, and more!

The Chronicles of Kull Volume 4: The Blood of Kings and Other Stories reprints Kull the Conqueror Volume 2 #1 and #2, and Kull the Conqueror Volume 3 #1 and #2 with their original colors digitally remastered and restored!

216 pages, $18.99, in stores on March 9.

CLASSIC ARCHIE CHARACTER #4: JUGHEAD

The fourth character statuette in the series of five is Jughead. The offbeat, eccentric pal of Archie, Jughead is self-confident and never worries about what others think of the way he acts or dresses. Jughead is seen by some as an outcast, because he doesn't follow the pack. However, his true friends, Archie and Betty, understand him and love him for who he is.

5" tall, limited to 550 numbered pieces, packaged in its own tin box, with a pin-back button and character booklet, $49.95.

THE COMICS: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF COMIC STRIP ART

Written by Jerry Robinson, art by Walt Kelly, Winsor McCay, Milt Caniff, Hal Foster and others.

From Jerry Robinson, legendary creator of the Joker, seventy-year veteran of the comics industry, and prominent figure in monthly books, daily strips, and comics journalism, comes a comprehensive history of the truly American art form! The Comics is a fully reworked and updated edition of the 1974 classic that chronicles the origins and evolution of comic strips, from prior to the Yellow Kid through today, and highlights the game-changing contributions of such creative luminaries as Milton Caniff, Walt Kelly, Hal Foster, and Winsor McCay, among countless others. A fascinating resource of enduring excellence for fans of the art form, historians, and casual readers alike, this edition has been extensively revisited by Robinson and tells the stories behind the newsprint page.

400 pages, $39.99, in stores on March 23.

CONAN: ROAD OF KINGS #2

Written by Roy Thomas, penciled by Mike Hawthorne, inked by John Lucas, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Doug Wheatley.

Being a warrior on the road of kings will only get you so far; you'll also need plenty of gold to keep you going. Luckily, Conan is skilled at separating the wealthy from their spare treasure! But when he discovers a pit of gold, he may have met his match in the form of a tentacled horror intent on killing any intruders! Written by Roy Thomas and illustrated by Mike Hawthorne and John Lucas, part 2 of Conan: Road of Kings is a thrill ride Conan fans won't want to miss!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Jan. 19.

CREEPY ARCHIVES VOLUME 9

Written and art by various.

The latest volume in Dark Horse's award-winning Creepy Archives hardcover run will shake, rattle, and obliterate your sanity, as the stories from issues #42-#45 of Warren Publishing's landmark horror series arrive as perfect antidotes to seasonal melancholy. In the early 1970s, comic-book legends like Bruce Jones, Gardner Fox, Richard Corben, Dave Cockrum, and Mike Ploog conspired to bring readers wonderfully mixed anthologies of terror and suspense! This volume also features a cover by celebrated fantasy and horror illustrator Sanjulian and a brand-new foreword by comic-book historian and writer Richard Arndt.

256 pages, black and white, $49.99, in stores on March 16.

DOCTOR SOLAR, MAN OF THE ATOM VOLUME 2

Written by Paul S. Newman, art by Frank Bolle and George Wilson.

Physicist Phillip Solar survives a nuclear accident that forever changes his life by transforming the very molecules in his body! Absorbing a dangerous amount of atomic radiation, Doctor Solar finds himself endowed with incredible powers over matter and energy. In the classic 1960s stories created by Paul S. Newman and Frank Bolle and reprinted in this volume, Solar finds his mysterious powers changing and evolving, faces threats to those close to him, and continues to fight the deadly, world-threatening machinations of the archcriminal Nuro! When dangers and disasters threaten the innocent, Doctor Solar flies into action!

This volume collects issues #8 to #14 of the original 1960s comic-book series Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom, including all original series covers, a bonus "Science of Solar" section, and retouched interiors. Foreword by modern Doctor Solar writer Jim Shooter!

216 pages, $19.99, in stores on March 23.

DOMO ROCKS JOURNAL

The latest and greatest Domo Journal features Domo shredding on his new guitar. Think that you can rock as hard as Domo? It is highly doubtful, but your friend Domo is always easy to share your deepest thoughts, your to-do list, or best sketches with.

128 pages, 6" x 9", $9.99, in stores on March 9.

THE FINDER LIBRARY VOLUME 1

Written and art by Carla Speed McNeil.

Lose yourself in a world beyond your wildest dreams… Since 1996, Finder has set the bar for science-fiction storytelling, with a lush, intricate world and compelling characters. Now, Dark Horse is proud to present the first four story arcs of Carla Speed McNeil's groundbreaking series in a single, affordably priced volume! Follow enigmatic hero Jaeger through a "glorious, catholic pileup of high-tech SF, fannish fantasy, and street-level culture clash" (Village Voice), and discover the lush world and compelling characters that have carved Finder a permanent place in the pantheon of independent comics. This first of two Finder Library volumes collects the story arcs Sin Eater, King of Cats and Talisman.

Introduction by Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics).

616 pages, black and white, $24.99, in stores on March 16.

GANTZ VOLUME 16

Written and art by Hiroya Oku.

It's hard to tell who the heroes and villains are in Gantz these days. Some members of the alien-hunting team are trying to kill protagonist Kei's girlfriend, and it's possible he might not be able to stop them! Plus, Kei finds out about a very powerful secret related to his achieving the one-hundred-point goal.

224 pages, black and white, $12.99, in stores on March 16.

GIANT SIZE LITTLE LULU VOLUME 3

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

Using the original Saturday Evening Post gag panels as a jumping-off point, John Stanley created an entire world around mischievous Lulu Moppet. With a cast of characters each as individual and charming as Lulu herself, and with an endless reserve of new twists on his simple setup, Stanley made Little Lulu into one of the all-time classics of American comics!

This volume sees Stanley and artistic collaborator Irving Tripp continue taking their work to new levels, making each of the fifteen complete issues collected inside sharper and funnier than the last. Whether Lulu is making trouble with her friend Annie, spinning tales to quiet her neighbor Alvin, or in a battle of wits with Tubby, Stanley and Tripp provide a bellyful of laughs every time!

712 pages, black and white, $24.99, in stores on March 23.

HELLBOY: THE SLEEPING AND THE DEAD #1

Written by Mike Mignola, art by Scott Hamption, colored by Dave Stewart, covers by Mignola and Hampton.

While chasing a giant bat through the forest, Hellboy meets an old man with insider knowledge of the coming vampire apocalypse.

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

IPHONE 4 GELASKINS

Dark Horse and GelaSkins bring you the latest in the world of technology decoration: the iPhone 4 GelaSkin. We've taken our six most popular designs (currently offered in iphone, 13" laptop, and 15" laptop) and added the most in-demand style: iPhone 4.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy, Hellboy: Enigma, Hellboy: Library, Tim Burton: Pin Cushion Queen, Tim Burton: Toxic Boy and Stain Boy, The Umbrella Academy: Vanya.

$14.95, in stores on Dec. 22. $14.95

JOHN CARTER OF MARS: WARLOARD OF MARS

Written by Marv Wolfman and Chris Claremont, art by Gil Kane, Walt Simonson, Frank Miller, Sal Buscema and others.

The greatest hero of two worlds, spacefaring adventurer John Carter of Mars, returns! Marvel at these classic tales of danger and daring as John Carter battles deadly opponents, warring civilizations, and a host of Barsoomian beasts, and see for yourself why Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter has been one of fandom's favorite sci-fi characters for nine decades!

632 pages, black and white, $29.99, in stores on March 2.

KULL: THE HATE WITCH #3

Written by David Lapham, penciled by Gabriel Guzman, inked by Mariano Taibo, colored by Dan Jackson, covers by Tom Fleming and Fabio Cobiaco.

The brutal Sea Mountain Tribe have not forgotten the day that Kull violated their traditions and disgraced Atlantis in the eyes of their gods, and they will not rest until his bones have been picked clean by the carrion of the jungle! Kull is chased through the beautiful and perilous jungle foliage and precarious snow-capped mountains of his former home--Atlantis!

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

LAST KISS

We've all seen a retro picture juxtaposed with a modern caption, but few have done it as effectively as the comics industry's own John Lustig with his Last Kiss panel. First seen in the pages of Comics Buyer's Guide, this material is as giftware-friendly as anything we've seen. Great for comics fans and as general gift items, we invite you to wax witty with John and his cartoon cohorts. If you want a little attitude with your accoutrements, you needn't look any further.

Coffee Mug, 11 oz. mug, $12.99, in stores in April.

Sticky Note Book, six sticky note designs, $8.95, in stores in April.

Metal Case, 3" x 4", $19.99, in stores in April.

LET ME IN: CROSSROADS #2

Written by Marc Andreyko, art by Patric Reynolds, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Sean Phillips.

A vampire's life is a difficult and dangerous business, and it's hard to get by without trusted allies who can clean up after your dirty work. But Abby's long-suffering companion is reaching his breaking point, and resentment and jealousy will tear them apart--if the men who are coming after them don't destroy them first.

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on Jan. 12.

MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER #5

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

The year is 4000 CE, twenty-one years since the first uprising of sapient Q-ROBs was crushed. A new rebel leader has arisen--Jocko, a Q-ROB engineer with a burning vendetta against Magnus and especially Leeja Clane.

40 pages, $3.50, in stoers on Jan. 26.

MASS EFFECT: EVOLUTION #1

Written by Mac Walters and John Jackson Mille, art by Omar Francia, colored by Michael Atiyeh, covers by Massimo Carnevale and Joe Quinones. Mass Effect 2 Lead Writer Mac Walters reveals the origin of our galaxy's most mysterious powerbroker--The Illusive Man! The series chronicles humanity's first deadly days on the galactic stage and uncovers the pivotal role The Illusive Man played in it all! Available only in comics, this essential piece of Mass Effect canon offers new insights for existing fans, while the focus on humanity's first steps into the wider Mass Effect universe provides a riveting story of action and intrigue for sci-fi readers of all stripes! 

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Jan. 19.

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: CAMPUS APOCALYPSE VOLUME 3

Written and art by Mingming.

Accompanied by his high-strung "frenemy" Asuka Langley, Shinji sets out to locate Misato Katsuragi. On a journey through the underground tunnel beneath the school abbey, Shinji sees something that shouldn't–couldn't--exist! Suddenly, before his eyes, the sinister role played by Shinji's father Gendo in the whole conspiracy becomes shockingly clear!

184 pages, black and white, $19.99, in stores on March 30.

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: THE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT VOLUME 8

Written and art by Osamu Takahashi.

Take me out to the brawl game! Gendo's latest scheme for fatherly bonding should have seen another draft before putting baseball bats in the hands of his employees. Then, a mysterious hack into the MAGI system brings out all the brilliant mothers in force: not only Shinji's and Asuka's, but also the system's creator . . . Ritsuko's mom, Naoko Akagi!

184 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on March 9.

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER AND THE LOST COMMAND #1

Written by Haden Blackman, penciled by Rick Leonardi, inked by Dan Green, colored by Wes Dzioba and Tsuneo Sanda, cover by Douglas Wheatley.

Still haunted by the events in Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader must set aside his past and put his future on hold for a mission to the mysterious Ghost Nebula to locate--and if possible, rescue--a missing Imperial expeditionary force. But what seems a perfect opportunity to lose himself in his duty is complicated by two factors: he is paired with a willful yet highly competent co-commander, and the officer they are being sent to locate is the son of Vader's rising nemesis, Moff Tarkin.

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

STAR WARS: INVASION #6

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

"Rescues," part 6 of 6. The rescues have all been attempted, and the rescuers--Finn Galfridian and his sister Kaye--have learned fateful lessons about the Yuuzhan Vong invaders.

But Finn has also learned a secret about his mother and received clues about the mystery surrounding him. Finn knows that someday he must go back to the fight to free his homeworld from the invaders, as well as return to Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy and complete his Jedi training. But first he has a mission that he must complete in order to complete himself . . .

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

STAR WARS: KNIGHT ERRANT #4

Written by John Jackson Miller, penciled by Ivan Rodriguez, inked by Belardino Brabo and Marcio Loezer, colored by , Michael Atiyeh, cover by Joe Quinones.

"Aflame," part 4 of 5. Jedi Kerra Holt prevented the destruction of the mining colony of Chelloa . . . but she also began a Sith-on-Sith war, and the colony is in the middle!

Complete annihilation has not come to the planet of Chelloa by the hand of Sith Lord Odion, but a war between him and his rival brother, Lord Daiman, might not leave much of the planet for either of them to rule. It's up to Kerra to find the advantage in the rivalry between the two Sith.

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 12.

STAR WARS: LEGACY--WAR #2

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

It's all-out war as the Sith Empire unleashes its forces--and its secret weapons--on the rest of the galaxy. As Emperor-in-Exile Roan Fel loses ground against the Sith, he plots to use the enemy's own devices against them--regardless of the cost in innocent lives.

Meanwhile, Cade Skywalker has a plan to draw out Darth Krayt for a showdown, a Sith spy within Fel's ranks is revealed, and Fel's own spy meets her fate!

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

STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC VOLUME 1--BLOOD OF THE EMPIRE

Written by Alexander Freed, penciled by Dave Ross, inked by Mark McKenna, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover by Benjamin Carre.

After hundreds of years, the Sith Empire has returned to the galaxy, determined to crush the Republic that sent them into exile. For young Sith Teneb Kel, it is his only chance to rise above his lowly beginnings as a slave and prove his worth to the Dark Council. Yet their mission for him is unexpected. He will not hunt Jedi, but rather a fellow Sith--the Emperor's apprentice!

The release of The Old Republic promises to be a Star Wars event of the highest order, a game-changing moment that will mobilize legions of fans to explore a never-before-seen piece of the Star Wars mythology!

96 pages, $15.99, in stores on March 2.

TARZAN: THE JESSE MARSH YEARS VOLUME 8

Written by Gaylord DuBois, art by Jesse Marsh.

The collections of this landmark golden age series continue! In this volume, Tarzan befriends the peace-loving "stork men" of the Great Swamp and fends off the area's fierce, lizard-riding cannibals while keeping the precarious situation between rival cities New Cathne and New Athne calm. Featuring such recurring characters as Chief Buto, the brave Waziri warriors, Dr. Mervin and his daughter Yolanda, and Jane and Boy, these issues also include appearances from Argus, Goliath, Jo-rah, D'Arnot, and the lost Roman legion, and introduce a man-eating tree, Africa's fearsome "spotted death," and the giant otters Nip and Tuck!

Reprinting Dell's Tarzan #39-#43, from 1952 and 1953, for the first time.

224 pages, $49.99, in stores on March 2.

TUROK, SON OF STONE #3

Written by Jim Shooter, art by Eduardo Francisco, colored by Jose Villarrubia, cover by Raymond Swanland.

They cut out your still-beating heart and offer it up to the gods before your dying eyes to keep the sun rising. Thus do the Aztecs serve their faith. The Shorn Ones--the deadliest, most fearless warriors ever to walk the Earth--drag Turok's young friend Andar and the beautiful Aasta to the sacrificial altar, where Maxtla, the Aztec god-king, raises the obsidian dagger. Only Turok can save them--one man alone against a thousand!

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on Jan. 5.

YOUR HIGHNESS

Written by Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley, penciled by Sean Phillips, inked by Paul Peart, cover by Phillips.

Danny McBride writes the prequel to the upcoming blockbuster from Universal, Your Highness! Prince Fabious is the pride of his kingdom--his exploits are the stuff of legend. To keep the kingdom of Mourne safe from the vicious wizard Leezar's minions he will have to slay a rampaging Cyclops, which has already destroyed a village! In the meantime, Prince Thadeous, Fabious' brother, and royal embarrassment, embarks on a diplomatic mission to the Dwarf Kingdom. All he needs to secure peace with the dwarves is obtain a simple signature. But when Thadeous decides to partake in the Dwarf Kingdom's kind herb and show them who the life of the party is, he may be the spark that sets off a war and be its first casualty!

These stories lead directly up to the events at the beginning of Your Highness, the movie!

48 pages, $7.99, in stores on March 2.




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