Monday, August 21, 2006

Dark Horse Comics November 2006 Solicitations

APPLESEED HYPERNOTES
SHIROW MASAMUNE (W/A)
Nov. 8
b&w w/FC, 160 pages
$14.95
TPB, 5 3/4" x 8 1/4"

World war Three is over, but for nomad soldier Deunan Knute and her cyborg lover, Briareos, the greatest challenge lies ahead, not in the abandoned cities and DMZs of a post-war battlefield, but on the streets of a new "utopia." Shirow Masamune's visionary Appleseed is widely regarded not only as one of the linchpin works of graphic fiction, but one of the most influential science-fiction stories in recent memory, culminating in the astonishing 2005 animated adaptation. Appleseed Hypernotes, never before collected in America, features an over 80-plus-page Appleseed tale, plus reams of detailed information and art of the characters, machines, and weapons of Appleseed, presented in a non-Westernized, right-to-left reading format, as originally published in Japan.

ARCHENEMIES VOLUME 1: SINNERS AND SAINTS
DREW MELBOURNE (W), YVEL GUICHET (P), JOE RUBINSTEIN (I), and RICK HILTBRUNNER (C)
On sale Jan. 31
FC, 128 pages
$12.95
TPB, 7" x 10"

Thick-headed Ethan has no idea that his roommate, Vincent, is the megalomaniacal Underlord. Self-absorbed Vincent has no clue that Ethan is the stellar-powered Star Fighter. As hero and villain, they're mortal enemies, but as roommates, they REALLY hate each other. Join comicdom's ultimate odd couple as they fight to keep their secrets secret and learn to live together in peace. PLUS: an origin, a power-up, a team-up, a break-up, a breakdown, a betrayal, a helpful fashion tip, sex, violence, vandalism, death, some jokes, young love, a whole lot of lies, and epiphanies all around. (Though not in that order.)

THE ART OF MAKING 300
On sale Jan. 17
FC, 200 pages
$24.95
TPB, 9" x 12"

What does it mean to turn one of the great graphic novels of our time into a major motion picture?

In 1998, Frank Miller shook the comics world with his groundbreaking series 300. Marking Miller's first collaboration with watercolor artist Lynn Varley (Ronin, The Dark Knight Returns) in over a decade, 300 was a gritty reimagining of a battle in which three hundred Spartan soldiers fought to hold back the entire Persian army. The series won three Eisner Awards, including Best Limited Series, Best Writer/Artist (Miller), and Best Colorist (Varley).

The Art of Making 300 takes you behind the scenes as director Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead) adapts 300 to the silver screen. With two hundred pages of production photos, concept art, and much, much more, 300: The Art of the Movie is sure to delight Miller fans and movie buffs alike.

"I knew this wasn't another typical sword-and-sandals movie, or a seven-hour-long lesson in historical accuracy. There are dozens of ways to retell the Battle of Thermopylae, but to adapt the story as presented in 300, I knew this was as much about bringing Frank Miller and Lynn Varley's visual style to life, as it was about the historical event itself." -Grant Freckelton (Visual Effects Designer)

BERSERK VOLUME 15
KENTARO MIURA (W/A)
On sale Jan. 24
b&w, 240 pages
$13.95
TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4"

From his days as a young mercenary to his time as captain of the Band of the Hawks' Raiders, Guts's life has been defined by his ability to fight and his will to win. Now cursed with the Brand of Sacrifice-a sigil that will forever mark him as prey for the damned-and with his companions dead, his lover's mind destroyed, and his one-time commander and friend reborn as a malevolent demon lord, it seems that more than ever Guts must rely upon his instinct to survive. But Hell has many faces, and when what appears to be an innocent country village proves to be a den of tragic secrets, the horror of a fairy tale perverted by pain and hate may prove to be more than Guts can handle!

Created by Kentaro Miura, Berserk is a streaking manga fireball, an epic riot of galvanic action, grotesque horror, and grim humor with an army of fanatic loyalists ready to convert unbelievers or drive them screaming into the wilderness. Speak, hands, for me!

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #119: THE SPARROW NET part 2 (of 4)
HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)
On sale Nov. 8
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

More surprise reunions, as Döa and Isaku run into some high-strung acquaintances on the streets of Edo. Isaku reveals that he's got more going for him than long legs and pretty eyes, and Döa shows that there's more under her hat than a stubborn mind. An action-packed exercise in survival ensues, leaving Rin dumbstruck. Hiroaki Samura's hilarious "Biography" text piece continues, with exclusive pinups-an added bonus found only in this monthly series. This issue also features Stan Shaw's third back cover illustration that will link up with other Blade of the Immortal covers to form an exciting, extended image!

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL VOLUME 16: SHORTCUT
HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)
On sale Dec. 20
b&w w/color, 200 pages
$16.95
TPB, 5 ¾" x 8 1/4"

As Rin frets over her bodyguard Manji's disappearance, she is surprised by the arrival of two traveling warriors, the feisty, headstrong Döa Yoshino and her huge, brutish companion, Isaku Yasono-ökami. Rin quickly regrets her decision to let this strange couple stay with her, but her detective work takes priority when she returns to the stronghold of Habaki Kagamura to search for Manji. Meanwhile, Kagimura's medical examiners begin to test the seemingly immortal Manji, who is imprisoned, chained, and a very unwilling toy in their merciless hands!

Hiroaki Samura's acclaimed Blade of the Immortal has won awards across the globe, including the Eisner Award in America and the prestigious Media Arts Award of Japan. Intense and audacious, Blade takes period samurai action and deftly combines it with a modernist street idiom to create a style and mood like no other work of graphic fiction.

BLESSED THISTLE
STEVE MORRIS (W/A)
On sale Jan. 31
FC, 88 pages
$9.95
TPB, 6" x 9"

A desperate young man breaks into a house and finds its owner awake inside; a school teacher returns from a tropical vacation carrying a disturbing secret; a girl's playground bullying triggers a horrifying event-three separate stories inextricably linked by forces beyond the awareness of their participants.

The winner of Dark Horse's 2004 New Recruits contest, Blessed Thistle heralds the debut of an unsettling new voice in graphic fiction, Steve Morris. Relentless in its questioning, unflinching in its answers, this thinking-man's thriller delves into the heart of suburbia and reveals it to be very dark indeed. Scary and surprising, unexpected and unpretentious, this original graphic novel sheds a terrifying light on a few ordinary people and the simple decisions that change their lives forever.

B.P.R.D.: THE UNIVERSAL MACHINE
MIKE MIGNOLA (W/Cover), JOHN ARCUDI (W), GUY DAVIS (A), and DAVE STEWART (C)
On sale Jan. 17
FC, 144 pages
$17.95
TPB, 7" x 10"

After the catastrophic encounter with the monster-god Katha-Hem, Dr. Kate Corrigan travels to rural France in search of an ancient text that might undo the death of Roger. Back at the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Captain Daimio tells the story of his own death, Johann Kraus confesses a bizarre love triangle arising from one of his séances, Abe recalls a mission with Hellboy during his early days at the B.P.R.D., and Liz reveals a weird tale of the family members she killed while discovering her firestarter powers.

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, with artist Guy Davis and co-writer John Arcudi, unravel a story that will determine the future of the B.P.R.D., while revealing key secrets about their past. This collection includes a sketchbook section that captures Guy Davis's development of the terrors unveiled in The Universal Machine.

CLASSIC PEANUTS CHARACTER #2: LUCY VAN PELT
On sale Dec. 13
5" tall, limited to 1200 pieces, includes booklet and button
$39.95

Charles Schulz's Peanuts has won acclaim as one of the most popular comic strips of all time. Dark Horse Deluxe is joining in the fun by creating a special series of limited-edition statues of vintage Peanuts characters.

Inspired by "syroco" sculptures that were popular in the 1930s and 40s, the ten new statuettes from Dark Horse are designed and manufactured in a style consistent with the earlier figures. Last month we offered the first statue in the series, Charlie Brown, and this month we feature the second statue-bossy, crabby and selfish Lucy Van Pelt. Produced in a limited edition of hand-numbered copies, the figure is fully painted and ready to display. Linus will be the third release, followed by the rest of the gang in a pattern of monthly releases.

CONAN #34
TIMOTHY TRUMAN (W), CARY NORD (P), DAVE STEWART (C), and TONY HARRIS (Cover)
On sale Nov. 15
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Deep in the Zamorian hills, a savage tribe of inbred man-beasts has captured Conan and the beautiful Jiara. Into a dank hall carved from the rocky earth the Cimmerian and his buxom companion must descend to please and entertain the lord of these twisted half-breeds-the abominable Spider King! A monstrous climax to this two-part tale, with bloody consequences for all, told in the Robert E. Howard tradition by the celebrated storytellers Timothy Truman, Cary Nord, and Dave Stewart.

CONAN AND THE SONGS OF THE DEAD #5 (of 5)
JOE R. LANSDALE (W), TIMOTHY TRUMAN (A), and DAVE STEWART (C)
On sale Nov. 29
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

The mad genius of horror and western fiction, writer Joe R. Lansdale, and the twisted visionary artist Timothy Truman bring their unholy alliance to its blood-spattered conclusion with a final issue sure to send shivers down the spines of even the most hardcore Conan fans! An otherworldly abomination shall rend the veil dividing Conan's world from unspeakable terrors beyond as a black-hearted sorcerer's lust for power unleashes an evil that surpasses his control or reckoning. Only the cool head and cold steel of the Cimmerian can save all creation from the slimy, smothering damnation of this unnamable horror.

CONAN LIMITED EDITION ZIPPO LIGHTER
On sale Sept. 13
Limited edition Zippo® lighter with metal emblem, limited to 1,000 pieces
$39.99

We asked the legendary swordsmiths at Marto, in Toledo, Spain, to design us a metal emblem capturing the essence of the Robert E. Howard barbarian. They crafted a unique skull-adorned version of the logo. These have been reproduced, and will be affixed by Zippo at their factory using a unique process that permanently adheres the 3-D emblem to the lighter. Additionally, each lighter will have a serial number engraved right into the lighter, and only 1,000 pieces are being produced for worldwide distribution.

This is a genuine ZippoTM Lighter, made in the USA and guaranteed for a lifetime. Each one comes packaged in a nice tin box, which is enclosed in a custom-printed cardboard sleeve.

DOMINION 4th Edition
SHIROW MASAMUNE (W/A)
On sale Jan. 15
b&w, 224 pages
$15.95
TPB, 8 1/4" x 5 3/4"

Welcome to the future, where the norms are vast bio-constructed cities, air toxic enough to force citizens to wear oxygen masks, and crime so severe that the cops drive tanks! When a mysterious winged girl with the power to cleanse the poisoned air is kidnapped by the villainous Buaku, police mini-tank commander Leona Ozaki, her tank Bonaparte, and her lovesick partner Al must confront the arch-criminal and his catgirl molls-the beautiful and deadly Annapuma and Unipuma-before Buaku's master plan kicks into gear. Buaku has more than money on his mind, and the future fate of humanity hangs in the balance!

Produced by international comics superstar Shirow Masamune, creator of Appleseed and Ghost in the Shell, Dominion is an ecological-dystopian-police procedural adventure/comedy as only Shirow can create! This new edition is published for the first time in America in right-to-left reading format, as originally published in Japan.

DWIGHT T. ALBATROSS'S THE GOON NOIR #2 (of 3)
BRIAN POSEHN (W), JOHN ARCUDI (W), THOMAS SNIEGOSKI (W), ERIC POWELL (P), MARK FARMER (I), TONY MOORE (A) HILARY BARTA (W/A), and KEVIN NOWLAN (A)
On sale Nov. 22
b&w, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together-mass hysteria! It must be the end of days as Dwight T. Albatross takes on his own Goon anthology series!

The first issue brought you the stylings of actor/comedian Patton Oswalt teamed with the legendary Mike Ploog. The second issue follows suit, teaming comedian Brian Posehn (also from Comedy Central's Comedians of Comedy and Mr. Show) with hotshot horror artist and rising-star Tony Moore (The Walking Dead, The Exterminators, Fear Agent) But that's not all! This issue also brings you a hilarious Dean Martin-style celebrity roast of the Goon, written by B.P.R.D.'s own John Arcudi with the sleek and edgy line-work of the great Kevin Nowlan, also a brilliantly dark and funny short from the mind of Hilary Barta. Meanwhile Powell, Sniegoski, and Farmer bring us part two of their three-part serial "Peg Leg Full of Heaven" featuring the Little Unholy Bastards.

EMILY THE STRANGE STAMPS OF DISAPPROVAL SET
On sale Nov. 8
Includes 8 stamps, 2 ink pads (red and black), 20 notecards, 21 envelopes, in a box with magnetic closure
$24.99

Tell the world how you really feel with Emily's strange stamps and notecards!

Includes 8 stamps (Emily, bolt heart, get lost, Emily and crossbones, shut up, Mystery, spiral, and kitty paws), 2 ink pads (red and black), 20 notecards, 21 envelopes, all in a handy box with magnetic closure.

THE ESCAPISTS #5 (of 6)
BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (W), JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER (A), STEVE ROLSTON (A), MATT HOLLINGSWORTH (C), PAUL POPE (Cover, and DAVE STEWART (C)
On sale Nov. 8
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

The Escapists are back, and so is the classic villain, The Saboteur!

Wizard Top Ten writer and multiple Eisner Award-winner Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man; Ex Machina; Runaways) digs into Escapist lore to bring out the ultimate betrayal-Luna Moth, as an agent of the Iron Chain! Is her mind under the Saboteur's control, or is she his willing accomplice? The Escapist is caught in a "good old-fashioned death trap," but his longtime enemy has confiscated the Golden Key-the source of his powers-and has drugged him out of his mind! Now what?! Jason Shawn Alexander (Damn Nation, The Secret) moodily illustrates what may be the Escapist's last adventure.

Back in the real world, artist Steve Rolston (Queen & Country, One Bad Day) joins up with Denny, who is ready to fake a confession for the high-profile publicity stunt that landed him downtown. Add in Case's daring, hang-gliding confrontation in a darkened building, and it leads to the moment all you hopeless romantics have been waiting for!

GHOST IN THE SHELL 1.5: HUMAN-ERROR PROCESSOR #2 (of 6)
SHIROW MASAMUNE (W/A)
On sale Nov. 15
b&w w/FC, 24 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

How do you keep a dead man from being murdered? Business bigwig Hayasaka might be dead, but he keeps turning up walking and talking, and Section 9 agents need to find out whether he's being remotely "puppeted" and whether those pulling the strings-like the mysterious Takoaka of the Institute of Technology-are the same people trying to control access to Pandora, a vast digital treasure trove of information of the most sensitive-and dangerous-nature.

Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor presents for the first time in America the "lost" Ghost in the Shell stories, created by Shirow Masamune after completing work on the original Ghost in the Shell manga and prior to his tour-de-force, Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface, but never collected until now. This deluxe-format issue concludes "Fat Cat," the first of four Ghost in the Shell tales, and is presented in right-to-left reading format, as originally published in Japan.

GREMLINS PVC SETS
On sale Dec. 6
Each set contains three Gremlins PVC figures
$14.99 (each)
Jamface PVC Set
"Rufus" PVC Set
"Gremlin Gus" PVC Set

One of the publishing events of this year is the re-presentation of a long-lost jewel, Roald Dahl's Gremlins. Purchased by Walt Disney in the 1940s, and only published once as a book, Dark Horse is bringing it back in October and also creating new Gremlins stories. Are we excited? You bet!

We have captured the zany mischief of these li'l critters in 3-D. They are whaling away with various implements of destruction, but always with a twinkle in their eyes.

Working with creative teams at both Disney and Gentle Giant Studios, we have brought forward the ultimate representation of the characters from the book. Collect them all.

HELLBOY ANIMATED VOLUME 1: THE BLACK WEDDING DRESS
JIM PASCOE (W), TAD STONES (W), RICK LACY (P), FABIO LAGUNA (P), and JEFF MATSUDA (Cover)
On sale Jan. 31
FC, 80 pages
$6.95
TPB, 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"

Coinciding with the DVD release of the first Hellboy animated film, Hellboy Animated Volume 1: The Black Wedding Dress brings the animated version of the character full circle, to the comics pages, in these two original tales.

In the lead feature, "The Black Wedding," written by Jim Pascoe (Kim Possible, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and drawn by Rick Lacy (Venture Brothers), Liz Sherman is kidnapped by an ancient cult, dragging the entire Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense into a horrifying tale of witchcraft and possession.

Hellboy Animated co-creator Tad Stones and Fabio Laguna (X-Men Unlimited) team up in "Pyramid of Death," in which radio hero Lobster Johnson inspires a young Hellboy to inflict some imaginary justice of his own.

With a cover by Jeff Matsuda (producer/art director of Batman) and a pinup by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, this book is the perfect bridge between the comics and cartoon worlds of the World's Greatest Paranormal Detective.

HELLGATE: LONDON #1 (of 4)
IAN EDGINTON (W), STEVE PUGH (P), and DAN JACKSON (C)
On sale Nov. 8
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

Years have passed and humanity's war against the invading demonic forces continues to rage with no end in sight. Men of arms and magic have sought to bring to an end the reign of hell the demons have brought to the once proud city of London. Humanity's last hope lies in discerning the true nature of an arcane symbol known as the SIGIL. Inscribed somewhere upon the very face of the city, the sigil's focal points are marked by potent artifacts of unearthly energy. If it is to survive, the surviving humans must discover the true nature of the sigil or be damned to oblivion!

KOTOBUKIYA C-3PO & R2-D2 SOFT VINYL MODEL
On sale Dec. 13
12" tall (C-3PO measures about 10.5" and R2-D2 measures almost 6")
$149.99

Dark Horse continues its exciting import program of the award-winning Kotobukiya large vinyl Star Wars figures. Consisting of six easy-to-assemble pieces.

Appearing as they did at the end of A New Hope, Threepio and Artoo stand polished and proud as they witness the Battle of Yavin heroes receive their medals from Princess Leia. This amazing soft-vinyl model kit measures nearly 12" tall, including the base (C-3PO measures about 10.5" and R2-D2 measures almost 6"). This high-quality vinyl model kit will be coveted by Star Wars fans, new and old alike.

THE KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE VOLUME 2
EIJI OHTSUKA (W), HOUSUI YAMAZAKI (A), and BUNPEI YORIFUJI (Cover)
On sale Jan. 24
b&w, 224 pages
$10.95
TPB, 5" x 7"

The Corpse Delivery Service has helped the dead who wanted justice from the living. Now, think about how many living people would like to take vengeance on the dead. What if it were possible? When Sasaki realizes that the latest corpse in their office is the man who murdered her parents years ago, the Kurosagi crew learns of a far darker business than their own, in this intensely disturbing one-volume story.

o Striking cover design by Bunpei Yorifuji makes Kurosagi a standout in a crowded field; Dark Horse has preserved the original graphic elements and even the "brown paper wrapper" feel of the original Japanese book.

THE MESSENGERS
JASON HALL (W), KELLEY JONES (A), and MICHELLE MADSEN (C)
On sale Jan. 3
FC, 80 pages
$6.95
TPB, 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"

An unspeakable secret turns an idyllic North Dakota farm into a living nightmare in The Messengers, the upcoming U.S. debut by Thai filmmakers The Pang Brothers (The Eye). Sam Raimi's production company Ghost House has teamed with Dark Horse Comics to create this unique interpretation. Written by Jason Hall (Beware the Creeper, Pistolwhip) and drawn by Kelley Jones (Conan: Book of Thoth, Batman & Dracula: Red Rain), The Messengers tells the haunting tale of the Solomon family from a whole new perspective, turning the film on its ear and combining the events of the movie with chilling new scenes and details about the mysterious drifter who comes to help a troubled family farm, and the dark secret that he's running from …

MUSEUM OF TERROR VOLUME 3: THE LONG HAIR IN THE ATTIC
JUNJI ITO (W/A)
On sale Jan. 24
b&w, 344 pages
$13.95
TPB, 5" x 7"

Museum of Terror volumes one and two introduced readers to the horrific, beautiful creature Tomie . . . the woman no man could resist. Now Junji Ito, creator and curator of this horrible museum, brings a new type of exhibit to thrill and chill your senses! Chiemi Amano is a beautiful girl with long, flowing hair. She arrives home with a freshly broken heart only to learn that mice have infested the space above her room. As if things couldn't get worse, one of them becomes entangled in her long locks over the course of the night! That's the last straw-she grew her hair out for her ex-boyfriend in the first place, and it's caused her nothing but trouble! But when Eri, her little sister, goes for the scissors . . . Chiemi's hair has other ideas.

This title story is just one of the terrible tales that await readers in this volume. Find out why Junji Ito is Japan's foremost creator of horror manga!


PERHAPANAUTS: SECOND CHANCES #2 (of 4)
TODD DEZAGO (W) and CRAIG ROUSSEAU (A)
On sale Nov. 15
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

In keeping with our tradition of not spilling even the slightest detail of what happens in upcoming issues of the Perhapanauts, we humbly submit the following totally fake listing. Enjoy!

Tonight on The Perhapanauts: Second Chances . . .

Big wakes up in the shower only to find out that the past three issues were all a dream! While on vacation in Las Vegas, Molly and MG accidentally get married by an ordained Elvis. And Choopie becomes attached to a stray dog only to be heartbroken when the owner arrives to claim him. Choopie and the little boy argue over who loves the pooch more, but eventually Choopie does (almost) the right thing and returns the little dog to the boy . . . sans blood.

RED STRING VOLUME 1
GINA BIGGS (W/A)
On sale Jan 10
b&w, 184 pages
$12.95
TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4"

When first-year high school student Miharu Ogawa gets a call from her parents, telling her to come straight home from school, she prepares herself for the worst. After all, the last time her quirky restaurateur parents told her to come straight home she ended up as a contestant on a kiddy game show! But nothing she could ever have imagined could have prepared her for their "great news" . . . Miharu is getting married! How's a spirited and independent teenager who has never even kissed a boy supposed to deal with suddenly having a fiancé she's never even met? And how will her feelings change when she finds out that there are other boys out there vying for her affection, and other girls ready and willing to take away the man she's not even sure she's ready for? With her family, friends, (and enemies!) to cope with, will Miharu even have the time to find out if the handsome, devoted Kazuo Fujiwara is really the man she is meant to be with, the man connected to her by the red string of destiny?

THE RETURN OF THE GREMLINS #2 (of 3)
MIKE RICHARDSON (W) and DEAN YEAGLE (A)
On sale Nov. 29
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

The small town of Middlington is about to be turned upside down! The gremlins face a forced eviction, and they aren't going to go without a fight. And when gremlins fight, cars end up disassembled, front porches disappear, and grown men end up trussed in tiny ropes like overgrown turkeys-which is exactly how the house's owner Gus found himself last issue! But this issue finds him in just as sticky a situation: the gremlins are convinced that Gus is here to save their home, not sell it! And when Gus meets Molly, a young woman who knows about the house's secret, he digs himself into that idea even deeper.

Meanwhile, Mr. Snide and his accomplices plan to scare the living daylights out of Gus in order to convince him to sell the "haunted" house . . . and they're about to get more than they bargained for. Before the day is through, the city will claim the property out from under Gus's feet, those feet will be in jail, and bulldozers will be on the horizon! What's a gremlin to do?!

REX MUNDI VOLUME 2: THE RIVER UNDERGROUND
ARVID NELSON (W), ERIC JOHNSON (A), JEROMY COX (C), and JUAN FERREYRA (Cover)
On sale Jan. 17
FC, 176 pages
$16.95
TPB, 7" x 10"

The most influential clandestine society in the history of the world is uncovered, a powerful man is murdered, and a mysterious ally appears with a thousand-year-old message as Doctor Julien Saunière continues his hunt for the Holy Grail!

From a disgraced order of knights to the secrets of a neoclassic painter, Julien Saunière follows a trail of conspiracy that extends all the way to the walls of Jerusalem during the first crusade. In a Europe where sorcerers stalk the streets and the Catholic Church reigns supreme, Julien pursues a truth that could change the world forever. Powerful forces have dedicated themselves to ensuring he does not succeed.

SAMURAI: HEAVEN AND EARTH VOL. 2 #1 (of 5)
RON MARZ (W), LUKE ROSS (P), and ROB SCHWAGER (C)
On sale Nov. 1
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

The all-star team of writer Ron Marz and artist Luke Ross returns for a sequel to last year's acclaimed series!

The samurai Shiro followed his kidnapped love, Yoshiko, across Asia and Europe, from feudal Japan to Paris and the mirrored halls of Versailles. Reunited only briefly, the lovers were wrenched apart once again by the treachery of a Spanish nobleman determined to possess Yoshiko. Now the Spaniard has fled, with Yoshiko his prisoner, and Shiro pursues, swearing vengeance. Their journey will take them from Spain to the azure waters of the Mediterranean, and finally to the sands of fabled Egypt. Swashbuckling historical epics have never looked so good, thanks to the exquisite artwork of Luke Ross (Jonah Hex).

SOCK MONKEY: THE "INCHES" INCIDENT #2 (of 4)
TONY MILLIONAIRE (W/A)
On sale Nov. 15
b&w, 24 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

Inches the doll was the cutest in the whole house. Loved by everyone, the world was Inches's oyster. Then one day something happened . . . The Sock Monkey and Mr. Crow became concerned for their diminutive friend, but by then it was too late! The truth sent the terrified Sock Monkey and Crow fleeing for their lives! Inches had turned EVIL!

Don't miss out on this thrilling second issue of Tony Millionaire's latest comics masterpiece Sock Monkey: The "Inches" Incident!

SOCK MONKEY ER KOMMT! T-SHIRTS
On sale Nov. 1
Women's style on brown American Apparel t-shirt
M-XL
$19.99
Men's style on chocolate brown t-shirt
M-XL
$17.99
XXL
$19.99

Er Kommt! means "He is coming!" which is exactly what our favorite Sock Monkey is doing . . . making his comic comeback with a new line of stories, created by Tony Millionaire. Our joy for Sock Monkey's return could not be displayed any better than on this bold T-shirt, announcing his return to our comics and product universe! Look out!

STAR WARS: CLONE WARS ADVENTURES VOLUME 7
MATTHEW AND SHAWN FILLBACH (W/A), CHRIS AVELLONE (W), RYAN KAUFMAN (W), JEREMY BARLOW (W), ETHEN BEAVERS (A), and STEWART MCKENNY (A)
On sale Jan. 17
FC, 80 pages
$6.95
TPB, 5 1/4" X 7 1/2"

Explosive action, white-hot lightsaber battles, evil schemes, and heroic sacrifices-it's all here in this fast-paced volume jam-packed with four wickedly awesome all-ages adventures set in the most exciting era of Star Wars! The fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance, the Republic and Confederacy taking their fight from the cold reaches of space to exotic alien worlds. Don't miss the Jedi make history in their selfless fight for justice in this full-throttle collection of stories all told in the same stripped-down stylization as Cartoon Network's micro-series.

STAR WARS: DARK TIMES #2-THE PATH TO NOWHERE part 2 (of 5)
WELLES HARTLEY (W), MICK HARRISON (W), DOUGLAS WHEATLEY (A), and RONDA PATTISON (C)
On sale Nov. 29
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Despite his acceptance of the Sith ways, Darth Vader is shocked to find the Empire-and himself-complicit in an evil he thought he had put behind him . . .

A Separatist freedom fighter deals with the realization that the sacrifice made by his brothers-in-arms has been for nothing-and that their families are paying the price for their resistance…

The crew of a smuggler's ship is forced to take sides in a conflict they have sought to avoid-and which has already changed the course of all their lives…

The dawn of the Empire plunges the galaxy into dark times, and every direction leads to danger!

STAR WARS: EMPIRE VOLUME 7-THE WRONG SIDE OF THE WAR
WELLES HARTLEY (W), DAVIDÉ FABBRI (P), CHRISTIAN DALLA VECCHIA (I), and DAVID MICHAEL BECK (Cover)
On sale Jan. 17
FC, 120 pages
$17.95
TPB, 7" x 10"

Fresh from the killing fields of Jabiim, where the Empire has virtually wiped out the populace of that world, Imperial Lieutenant Janek Sunber is sent to the quiet prison base on Kalist VI. But, unbeknownst to the Empire, the Rebels have designs on Kalist Base both for its desirable fuel supplies, and for the presence of a very important prisoner-one of their own who has already attracted the interest of Darth Vader.

Sunber doesn't know it, but he's on a collision course with an old friend who is with the Rebels, and he finds himself wondering which of them is on the wrong side of the war.

STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #11
JOHN JACKSON MILLER (W), BRIAN CHING (P), MICHAEL ATIYEH (C), and HOON (Cover)
On sale Nov. 29
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

A new two-part story begins as fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick and the crew of the Last Resort devise a plan to nab some much needed cash. On the banking world of Telerath they set their plot into motion unaware the bounty on their heads is about to catch up to them. Yet there's more going on than the schemers or their hunters realize, and when it all blows sky-high an unexpected reunion will throw Zayne's life on the run into question.

o The flagship series of Dark Horse's exciting relaunch of its Star Wars publishing line, celebrating the company's twentieth anniversary.

o Continuing the ongoing monthly series set four thousand years before the rise of the Empire and the fall of Anakin Skywalker (and eight years prior to the events in the Knights of the Old Republic video game).

STAR WARS LEGACY #6
JOHN OSTRANDER (W), JAN DUURSEMA (P), DAN PARSONS (I), BRAD ANDERSON (C), and ADAM HUGHES (Cover)
On sale Nov. 15
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Five generations after Luke Skywalker took up his father's lightsaber, the galaxy is once again imperiled and hope rests on the shoulders of a young man and his connection to the Force.

In this issue, a legacy is revealed, denied, and endangered as Cade Skywalker's friends turn their backs on him, and he finds himself in league with those he thought were his enemies! Decisions must be made, and a hero's burden must be taken up or cast aside. The Jedi, the Sith, and the Empire all want something from Cade Skywalker, and all he wants is to be left alone. But in a galaxy on the brink of war there is no place to hide!

TAMAGOTCHI STATIONERY SET & JOURNAL
On sale Nov. 8
Tamagotchi Stationery Set, 8 letter sheets, 6 envelopes, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4"
$4.99
Tamagotchi Journal, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" spiral bound journal
$9.99

Many may remember when the Tamagotchi phenomenon exploded in popularity in 1996 when Bandai launched the virtual pet. The small egg-shaped virtual pet sold more than 40 million units worldwide. Since 2004, three new versions have been introduced, the most recent being Version 3, which came out January 2006.

Our stationery set and journal feature six cute and colorful Tamagotchi characters: Mametchi, Memetchi, Kuchipatchi, Gozarutchi, Violetchi and Ichigotchi. The stationery set comes with 8 sheets (2 sheets each of 4 different designs), each design featuring a different Tamagotchi. Phrases include cute lines like "you + me = 'true friends'" or "dreams should always be big!"

USAGI YOJIMBO #98
STAN SAKAI (W/A)
On sale Nov. 22
b&w, 24 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

The evil spirit of Jei is back, and Gen and Stray Dog are in big trouble! Internationally acclaimed storyteller Stan Sakai returns to the story of Inazuma, the swordswoman who has been possessed by Jei's demonic spirit. Unaware of this, our two favorite bounty hunters are hot on the trail, competing for the purse on Inazuma's head . . . and unfortunately for them, they've just found her! The rhino's last encounter with the murderous Black Soul left him with a fierce shoulder wound that never fully healed. Will he be an asset to Stray Dog in this fight-or a liability? And will the pair be able to stop quarreling long enough to focus on defeating Inazuma? Find out in "The Return of the Black Soul," this month in Usagi Yojimbo!

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