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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011

ARCHAIA COMICS FOR FEBRUARY

GENETIKS VOL. 1

Written by Richard Marazano, art and cover by Jean-Michel Ponzio.

Following the success of The Killer, Okko and The Secret History, Genetiks is part of the wave of new foreign titles Archaia is bringing over to English-speaking readers! Genetiks is a pharmaceutical company on the cutting edge of biological science. Thomas Hale is one of thousands of employees in the Genetiks labs. Like his colleagues, he had agreed to give a drop of blood to his employers -- a drop of blood that will allow the researchers at the company he works for to decode his entire genome. As the drop of blood is the property of Genetiks, Thomas will become, in effect, the first man to be privately owned by the corporation he works for. Featuring hyper-realistic art, Genetiks is a topical story on the intersection between commerce and biological science, touching on many hot-button issues such as genetic manipulation and the rise of corporate power.

104 pages, $19.95.

JUDGE BAO VOL. 1: JUDGE BAO AND THE JADE PHOENIX

Written by Patrick Marty, art and cover by Chongrui Nie.

First published in France, Judge Bao is China's answer to Sherlock Holmes! To combat the scourge that goes along with great prosperity, Chinese Emperor Ren Zong gives broad magistrate powers to Judge Bao. He becomes a symbol of justice for the people of the land. His aversion to corruption and dedication to justice make him a popular hero, with many enemies. Accompanied by his bodyguard Zhan Zhao, his page Bao Xing, and his assistant and coroner Gongsun, he travels the length and breadth of the Middle Kingdom, crusading against corruption and all forms of injustice. In the first volume, Judeg Bao and the Jade Phoenix, Bao finds himself in a small village where a mother mourns her son, languishing in prison, caught in a complicated love triangle and accused of a murder he says he did not commit. Will Judge Bao find the real murderer?

160 pages, $14.95.

THE SECRET HISTORY: GAMES OF CHANCE

Written by Jean-Pierre Pecau, art and cover by Damien.

In this spin-off miniseries to the series The Secret History, the Arcana, strange decks of cards that first appeared in Sicily during World War II, appear to have the power to alter chance...and a new hand has just been dealt! Pandora, a wild child from New Mexico, has inherited a particularly powerful Arcana deck. The Vane Foundation, responsible for running the Arcana during World War II, offers to teach Pandora how to control her cards, but they're not prepared for her fiercely independent nature. Enter Chance, an ex-marine, ex-professional player, wanted by the Mafia for his ties with Bugsy Siegel. He'll take Pandora under his wing -- unless she's the one taking him under hers. Meanwhile, certain occult forces in Las Vegas, as well as the Sisters of Eternal Torment, seem quite interested in the young girl... An exciting storyline that branches off from The Secret History, set in the 1950s and 1960s! Translated from the original French edition.

248 pages, $34.95.




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