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Dark Horse Comics solicitations for product shipping May, 2002

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Dark Horse Comics solicitations for product shipping May, 2002

THE AMAZING SCREW-ON HEAD

by MIKE MIGNOLA

Yes, even the creator of the world’s greatest supernatural investigator needs a break once in a while, and when Mike Mignola tires (however briefly) of a steady diet of Hellboy, he turns to diversions such as The Amazing Screw-On Head! When Emperor Zombie threatens the safety of all life on Earth, the president enlists the aid of a mechanical head. With Screw-On Head and Mr. Groin on the job, you just know there will be flying machines to be piloted, tombs to be robbed, and weird alien menaces to be thwarted – all that and talking dogs, too! It’s pure mayhem – and pure Mignola!

On sale May 15

FC, 32pg, no ads . . . $2.99

ANGEL: LONG NIGHT’S JOURNEY TP

by BRETT MATTHEWS, JOSS WHEDON, MEL RUBI, and CHRIS DREIER;

cover by MEL RUBI

Angel searches for a kidnapped child and stumbles upon a force of unspeakable evil and unimaginable power. It seems some insidious character has an old bone to pick with L.A.’s resident vampire detective. Now Angel must go toe to toe with some of the toughest monsters around. Artist Mel Rubi takes us from the darkened mean streets of Los Angeles, to the dizzying heights of the city’s skyscrapers, and face to face with some of the strangest, most grotesque, and most unsettlingly seductive creatures Angel has ever faced. Brett Matthews and Angel creator Joss Whedon have retooled and reinvented Angel, giving us a story that is much too big for the small screen. Collecting the four issue mini-series.

On sale June 26

SC, 104pg, FC . . . $12.95

ASTRO BOY VOLUME 4

by OSAMA TEZUKA; translation by FREDERIK L. SCHODT

Standing shoulder to shoulder with comics and animation icons Krazy Kat, Mickey Mouse, and Tin Tin, Osama Tezuka’s Astro Boy remains as fresh today as when the boy robot first appeared nearly fifty years ago. And Tezuka’s Astro Boy original manga are now finally available in America in an English-language edition, produced in collaboration with Studio Proteus and translated by Frederik L. Schodt, well-known to manga readers for his work on Ghost in the Shell. In this volume: Astro fights to free abused robots from a robot theme park that masks a secret weapons factory; Astro and fellow robots are stranded on the moon only to discover a valley full of diamonds…but they are not alone, and the diamonds are not unguarded; Astro becomes trapped in the twentieth century after a child prodigy’s time machine breaks down; and Professor Ochanomizu and Astro Boy are caught up in a movement to overthrow a dictator who has a machine capable of producing human clones…and a force of evil robots to defend it!

On sale June 26

SC, 216pg, b&w, 4 1/2″ x 7″ . . . $9.95

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #68: BEASTS part 3 (of 7)

by HIROAKI SAMURA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

Oh, the horror! We don’t want to reveal storylines or dead characters before an issue prints, so let’s just briefly go over what horrible things are in store for Blade of the Immortal readers. One surprise, no one dies. But someone wishes she was dead, considering the torture she’s being subjected to: bondage, hot water, hanging from the rafters, bamboo beneath the fingernails, hot spikes being driven into legs, and then there’s the standard beatings and humiliation. One wouldn’t guess that these elements might be sales points, but then again, this is Blade of the Immortal, and these aren’t your regular comic-book readers.

FOR MATURE READERS

On sale May 8

b&w, 32pg (3 of 7) . . . $2.99

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL MANJI DELUXE ACTION FIGURE

We are pleased to follow up the smash hit MegaHouse super deluxe 12″ figures of Lone Wolf and Cub with another fantastic release – Manji from Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal. This is the main character from the Eisner Award-Winning saga. The figure comes complete with a hancrafted cloth costume, removable sandals, eight different swords and other samurai weapons that we see in the story. The Manji figure is hyper-articulated and represents the state of the art of both dollmaking and action figure construction. Only 400 of these figures have been created. We are fortunate to have secured 100 of them for our customers.

On sale May 29

12″ tall, packaged in a window box complete with instruction booklet . . . $PI

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL: SECRETS TP

by HIROAKI SAMURA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

Anotsu Kagehisa, murderous leader of the rogue Ittö-ryü, has journeyed to the mountains far from Edo to the romote Shingyötö-ryü dojo under invitation to bring the sword school under his wing. But instead of a warm welcome, Anotsu finds a dojo full of angry young men who don’t want to take orders from an upstart, unless he can proves he’s tougher than the best of them! That sits just fine with Anotsu, who has dedicated his life to putting the killing back into Japan’s formalized sword schools, but Anotsu suspects that something more than proof of his worthiness lies beneath the challenge. Meanwhile, the immortal swordsman, Manji, is recovering from a battle that left him literally cut to pieces. His charge, Rin, is till nowhere to be found, bound for vengeance against Anotsu, but soon his troubles may become a bit more immediate, troubles that even an immortal may not survive! Collecting issues #58-#65 of the ongoing series.

FOR MATURE READERS

On sale June 12

SC, 232pg, b&w . . . $16.95

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #45: DEATH OF BUFFY part 3 (of 3)

by TOM FASSBENDER, JIM PASCOE, CLIFF RICHARDS, and JOE PIMENTEL; cover by BRIAN HORTON and PAUL LEE

Buffy is dead. A horde of lizard-demons plan to resurrect their fallen leader and paint the town blood red. Can Buffy’s friends face the threat without a Slayer to defend them? Willow finds that she can learn a great deal from these reptilian mystics. And if there’s going to be one resurrection, why can’t there be two? This is the slam-bang, “dang, I banged my fang!” conclusion to the Death of Buffy storyline, illustrated by the Cliff Richards & Joe Pimentel, and written by Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe, the conspirators who brought you False Memories, Out of the Woodwork, and the techno-delectable illustrated Buffy novel Creatures of Habit. Don’t miss out on the excitement as Dark Horse lays the groundwork for Buffy’s blockbuster 50th issue!

On sale May 29

FC, 32pg (3 of 3) (Horton/Lee cover) . . . $2.99

FC, 32pg (3 of 3) (Photo cover) . . . $2.99

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: FALSE MEMORIES TP

by TOM FASSBENDER, JIM PASCOE, CLIFF RICHARDS, and JOE PIMENTEL

Remember that time when Buffy’s little sister Dawn first found out that Buffy is the Slayer? And then when Angel almost killed Dawn, because no one had told her that he’d turned evil again? Buffy and the gang all have memories connected to Dawn, and only Buffy and Giles know they’re not real. But there are still a lot of unanswered questions as to how Dawn came into Buffy’s life, and where these memories come from. Now, Dawn has vanished without a trace, and the Scooby gang has no clue where to find her. But Buffy will stop at nothing to find her little sister, even if she has to face off against a cadre of crazed, bloodsucking monks and a former Vampire Slayer turned Slayer Vampire! Collecting issues #35-#38 of the ongoing series.

On sale June 12

SC, 96pg, FC . . . $12.95

CANNON GOD EXAXXION #7: STAGE 1 part 7 (of 8)

by KENICHI SONODA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

Hoichi’s on the run, with an armada of steel-slicing, bone-crunching Riofaldian death machines hot on his tail! Racing to reach the giant robot Exaxxion before the vicious alien Ambassador Shes’ka can put an end to the human uprising – and to Hoichi’s life – all eyes are on the young pilot as he fights his way through one alien threat after another, determined to reach his destination. But even if he does take the controls of Exaxxion, he’s hardly had the training or experience needed to pilot the high tech behemoth. Add that to the fact that the U.N. military is treating Exaxxion like it’s as much of a threat as the Riofaldians, and Earth’s last defense could be over before it’s even begun!

FOR MATURE READERS

On sale April 17

b&w, 24pg (7 of 8) . . . $2.99

DARK HORSE EXTRA #47

It’s going to be one heck of a May Day with this month’s Dark Horse Extra! The festivities begin with a brand new strip from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow & Tara, previewing our new miniseries penned by Tara herself, Amber Benson! Also this month, the conclusion of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo, PLUS an action-packed Star Wars strip!

Speaking of Star Wars, May also marks the release of a “little” film you may have heard of called Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Get in on the Jedi fever with this month’s poster, a sneak peek at our upcoming series Star Wars Infinities – The Empire Strikes Back! All this, plus get the dish on all the May Dark Horse titles and products! Be sure to pick up issue #47 of Dark Horse Extra!

On sale May 1

FC, 4pg, 14-3/4″ x 21-1/2″ folded to 14-3/4″ x 10-3/4″ . . . PI

DHORSE DELUXE STATIONERY EXOTIQUE

Dark Horse is having a helluva good time teaming up with some of today’s finest lowbrow/alternative artists to create a collection of super-cool snail mail stationery sets. Think outside the (e-mail) box as you let your friends know that you care enough to send the very hippest! To see all of the graphics go to www.darkhorse.com/stationery/.

Shag is a product of the sprawling suburbs of Los Angeles, California. He’s intrigued with the commercial art and advertising of the ’50s and ’60s and strives for a tight, clean appearance to his work. Though he considers himself more an illustrator than a “fine artist,” galleries in the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan have hosted solo exhibitions of his art. Shag’s recent ventures in merchandising and prints have been equally successful. Signed, limited-edition products ranging from handbags to Tiki mugs have created some desperation among collectors of his work who are eager to get everything before the editions sell out! http://www.shag-art.com/

Martin Ontiveros creates illustrations and paintings in a flat, silkscreen style. He has illustrated four volumes of Dav Pilkey’s (Captain Underpants, Big Dog and Little Dog) Ricky Ricotta series and recently exhibited in “The Truth Show,” a group art show featuring Martin with notaries Mitch O’Connell, Shepard Fairey, Bwana Spoons, Tim Biskup, Mary Fleener, and others. Think cowboy robots. http://www.thetruthshow.com/ontiveros.html

Lisa Petrucci is obsessed with pin-ups and pop culture. Her paintings are reflective of various interests – from collecting sleazy vintage men’s magazines and watching sexploitation cinema from the ’50s & ’60s, to the toys, dolls, television shows, comics, and collectibles from her childhood. These two seemingly unrelated worlds collide and happily mesh together in her art. Lisa’s work has been exhibited and enjoyed in the US, Canada, UK, and Sweden and has been featured in many diverse publications. http://www.lisapetrucci.com/

Each set includes 8 letter sheets (four different styles), 6 envelopes (4 different styles), and a set of stickers. Packaged as a work of art itself with a printed belly-band all inside a poly bag.

On sale June 19

DH Deluxe Stationary Exotique Set # 1: Shag’s Supersonic . . . $4.99

DH Deluxe Stationary Exotique Set # 2: Shag’s Tiki . . . $4.99

DH Deluxe Stationary Exotique Set # 3: Martin’s Cowbot n’ Cactus . . . $4.99

DH Deluxe Stationary Exotique Set # 4: Lisa Petruccia’s Kick-Ass Kuties . . . $4.99

DHORSE DELUXE T-SHIRTSBLADE OF THE IMMORTAL SHIRTS

One thousand lives must pass through the blade of Manji before he can be released from this world. And one thousand washes will never fade the beauty of these shirts inspired by Hiroaki Samuras’s graphic masterpiece – Blade of the Immortal. These are the first fully licensed Blade shirts ever available in the United States, the wait is over!

On sale May 22

Anotsu, Manji, & Rin/Plain tee/white

M-XL . . . $17.99

XXL . . . $19.99

Manji & Rin/Plain tee/black

M-XL . . . $17.99

XXL . . . $19.99

LONE WOLF 2100 #1 (of 4)

by MIKE KENNEDY and FRANCISCO RUIZ VELASCO;

cover by FRANCISCO RUIZ VELASCO

It’s a hundred years from now and the world is coming apart. A deadly manmade virus known as the War Spore is spreading, its debilitating effects are felt by man and android alike. Whole populations have become refugees; barred at every border. Human-like android emulation constructs called EmCons, suspected of intentionally releasing the virus, are in revolt. Only a few places on earth remain safe havens from the Spore.

Hiding among the displaced hordes are a man named Itto and a young girl, Daisy. She is the daughter of a renowned scientist who was working on a cure for the virus. He was her father’s bodyguard, but now his accused murderer. They’re on the run from the operatives of the Cygnat Owari Corporation, men – and machines – who will stop at nothing to kill the man and retrieve the girl. Whether Daisy is an infectious carrier of the virus, as the corporation claims, or something more, as Itto believes, escape is but the first step on their journey, the final destination of which is vengeance.

Part homage, and partly a re-imagining of the original Lone Wolf and Cub manga, this special project is being done in association with MegaHouse (the authorized licensors of Lone Wolf and Cub), and under the watchful eye of Kazuo Koike, the writer and co-creator of Lone Wolf and Cub.

On sale May 22

FC, 32pg (1 of 4) . . . $2.99

LONE WOLF AND CUB VOL. 22: HEAVEN AND EARTH TP

by KAZUO KOIKE and GOSEKI KOJIMA; cover by GOSEKI KOJIMA

Rain. Poison. Explosives. Vengeance. It’s a deadly combination that forms a volatile mixture of deceit, betrayal, and hate as the final showdown between Lone Wolf assassin Ogami Itto and his nemesis Retsudo begins. While the torrential rains continue to pound Edo, the fiery Retsudo and his bloodthirsty Yagyu army rush along the banks of the swelling Hatcho River, racing to beat a load of explosives that’s traveling down the other side, heading right into the hands of the vengeful samurai Ogami. Meanwhile, the cunning poisoner Abeno sees his chance to destroy both sides as they run headlong on their collision course – he’s going flood all of Edo! Forced to put their battle aside, Ogami and Retsudo find themselves fighting side by side to save all of Edo from the floods, while Ogami’s little son Daigoro wanders alone, fighting for his life and searching for his father! It’s a deluge of evil, and it threatens to wash away all that stands in its path!

. Every story in each new volume of Lone Wolf and Cub is being presented to American readers for the first time!

. A true roller coaster ride all the way to the finish!

FOR MATURE READERS

On sale June 26

SC, 288pg, b&w, 4″ x 6″.$9.95

MURDER MYSTERIES HARDCOVER

original short story created & written by NEIL GAIMAN

adaptation created and illustrated by P. CRAIG RUSSELL

One of the most celebrated writers in the history of comics teams up once again with one of the industry’s most accomplished artists! For the first time in nine years, since the award-winning 50th issue of Sandman, Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell once again venture into the world of myth and angels. Constructing and maintaining all of heaven and earth is an immense task, which God has divided up amongst the various ranks and stations of angels. As with any such huge effort, there are bound to be casualties. This unique passion play sheds light on the hands behind creation, as well as one lonely man in Los Angeles who gets to hear the whole story of a most unspeakable crime: a murder in paradise! P. Craig Russell adapts Neil Gaiman’s poignant short story with the subtlety and grace which earned him two Eisner Awards last year for his work on Dark Horse’s Ring of the Nibelung series. The reunion of these two legendary comics creators is a guaranteed masterpiece.

On sale June 12

HC, 7″ x 10″, 64pg, FC . . . $13.95

OH MY GODDESS! PART XI #10: MYSTERY CHILD part 8 (of 8)

by KOSUKE FUJISHIMA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

Time is running out! In this last chapter of “Mystery Child,” it looks like no one can stop the young demon boy from achieving his goal. Time as we know it could cease to exist on Earth, and even the beautiful Belldandy and precocious Peorth are helpless against this demon who has turned the two back into toddlers. And Keiichi, well, he’s always helpless. Things are looking pretty grim for planet Earth, but maybe, just maybe Belldandy can break through the powers of this mystery demon child, regardless of her newfound youth. Don’t miss the exciting and charming final chapter of “Mystery Child.” I mean, considering how cute Bell and Peorth are as little girls, it doesn’t seem like an option anyway!

Huge 48 page issue!

On sale May 1

b&w, 48pg (8 of 8) . . . $3.99

OH MY GODDESS!: WRONG NUMBER TP

by KOSUKE FUJISHIMA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

At long last, the “lost” Oh Mh Goddess” stories are collected for the first time, in this new, remastered first volume of the popular manga series, the first of three new volumes that restore the complete Oh My Goddess storyline and fill in early details of this delightful, funny, and exciting tale of college student Keiichi Morisato, who accidentally dials the Goddess Technical Helpline and is delivered the living, breathing, literal goddess Belldandy…and one wish. When he jokingly asks for Belldandy to stay with him forever, he gets his wish, and one hilarious headache after another as Keiichi and his Goddess-out-of-water adjust to the inevitable clash of the Spiritual Plane and the Material World. Also includes material from the previously published 1-555-Goddess.

On sale June 5

SC, 160pg, b&w, 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 . . . $13.95

SPYBOY SPECIAL (one-shot)

by PETER DAVID, POP MHAN, NORMAN LEE, CLEM ROBINS, GUY MAJOR, and others;

cover by FRANCISCO RUIZ VELASCO

Hot on the heels of their crossover adventure of a lifetime, SpyBoy, Bombshell, and SpyGirl go from the frying pan into the…well, you know. It’s a far-flung story you never thought you’d see! After a mission gone wrong, Bombshell awakens from a coma ten years into the future. She discovers that Alex Fleming – once known as SpyBoy – is married to Yukio (SpyGirl) and is heading up the deadliest spy organization in history. Only Bombshell has a hope of stopping him, except.is any of it real? Or has Bombshell been brainwashed into a “House of Games” style plot that could spell the end of a perfectly innocent young hero? The whole SpyBoy gang returns, headed by super-scribe Peter David and fan-favorite Pop Mhan! Francisco Ruiz Velasco (Battle Gods) joins the team, bringing his cool style to the cover of this double-size one-shot! This foray into fun also includes some extra surprises and pin-ups!

On sale May 15

FC, 48pg (one-shot) . . . $4.99

CLASSIC STAR WARS: A LONG TIME AGO… VOLUME 1 TP

by ROY THOMAS, HOWARD CHAYKIN, STEVE LEIALOHA, FRANK SPRINGER, TOM PALMER, DONALD F. GLUT, ALAN KUPERBERG, ARCHIE GOODWIN, CARMINE INFANTINO, and TERRY AUSTIN

Dark Horse Comics is proud to present Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… featuring classic Star Wars stories not seen in over twenty years! Originally printed by Marvel Comics, these stories have been recolored and are sure to please Star Wars fans both new and old. Volume 1 contains stories from the original Marvel run like the riveting classics “Eight for Aduba-3,” “Star Search,” and the smash hit of June 1978 “Doomworld!”

. Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago Volume 1 is the first book in a new 8-volume series that will collect every story ever told in the original Marvel Star Wars comic-book series.

On sale June 5

SC, 336pg, FC . . . $29.95

STAR WARS #42: RITE OF PASSAGE part 1 (of 4)

by JOHN OSTRANDER, JAN DUURSEMA, RAY KRYSSING, and DAVE MCCAIG; cover by JAN DUURSEMA & DAVE MCCAIG

A crisis within the government of the planet Ryloth necessitates a Jedi mediator. Master Tholme is dispatched along with the Twi’lek Jedi, Aayla Secura for a visit to the planet of her birth. While Tholme negotiates with those in the seats of power, Aayla goes undercover as a slave – getting a taste of what her life might have been like had she stayed on Ryloth, and discovers a conspiracy that could topple the government and sever Ryloth’s ties to the Republic! Aayla is on the cusp of graduating from Padawan learner to a full-fledged Jedi Knight, but stopping the evil plot may be a test beyond her abilities!

On sale May 15

FC, 32pg (1 of 4) . . . $2.99

STAR WARS: EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES #3 and #4

by HENRY GILROY, JAN DUURSEMA, RAY KRYSSING, and DAVE MCCAIG;

covers by TSUNEO SANDA

Dark Horse Comics proudly continues the comics adaptation of the long-awaited second Episode of the Star Wars saga. Adapted for comics by Henry Gilroy from an original screenplay by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales, this series tells of a young Jedi coming of age, forbidden love, and a threat that has been a decade in the planning.

Artfully illustrated by Jan Duursema and Ray Kryssing, this four-issue series is a must for the serious Star Wars collector.

On sale May 1

Issue #3, FC, 48pg (Sanda cover) . . . $3.99

Issue #3, FC, 48pg (Photo cover) . . . $3.99

On sale May 8

Issue #4, FC, 48pg (Sanda cover) . . . $3.99

Issue #4, FC, 48pg (Photo cover) . . . $3.99

STAR WARS: JANGO FETT – OPEN SEASONS #2 (of 4)

by HADEN BLACKMAN, RAMON F. BACHS, and RAUL FERNANDEZ;

cover by RAMON F. BACHS

A young Jango Fett finds himself trapped behind enemy lines in the second issue of “Open Seasons,” a limited series revealing the history of this notorious bounty hunter. Hounded by the evil Death Watch, Fett and his crew must charge headlong into one of their most dangerous missions, and not everyone is coming home…

On sale May 22

FC, 32pg (2 of 4) . . . $2.99

SUPER MANGA BLAST! #22

by MOHIRO KITOH, MAKOTO KOBAYASHI, YUZO TAKADA, and HIROYUKI UTATANE & YO MORIMOTO; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

Dark Horse continues to provide manga fans with the freshest and finest every month – and this month is no exception! Club 9 continues to charm, Haruo’s date with the dashing and dangerous TV newscaster Tokugawa goes horribly awry! Over in 3×3 Eyes, Yakumo and Pai have a plan that will stem the forces of evil that grow ever closer around them. But overconfidence could be their downfall! Meanwhile, in What’s Michael?, the inquisitive tabby Michael discovers that making peace with the new baby in the house will not only be difficult – it might be the death of him! The intrigue continues in Shadow Star, as the police maintain their stakeout on Akira, only to run into a very aggressive little dragon with ideas of his own. Rounding out the bunch is Seraphic Feather. While the UN assault team continues to roll through more of Apep’s underground facility, Rix and Apep have another battle of electricity and disembodiment!

FOR MATURE READERS

On sale May 29

b&w, 128pg . . . $5.99

SUPERMAN/ALIENS II: GODWAR #1 (of 4)

by CHUCK DIXON, JON BOGDANOVE, and KEVIN NOWLAN;

cover BY JON BOGDANOVE and KEVIN NOWLAN

Superman faces the eternal ferocity of Aliens again in this explosive four-part series! Darkseid is bad enough, with his forces of Parademons and loyal henchmen on Apokolips, but, when a ship carrying the Alien brood crashes into his domain, will he finally find the key to creating a relentless, indestructible army? On a visit to New Genesis, Superman is welcomed by the New Gods, including Orion and Highfather. A warning predicts that a horror will soon visit New Genesis. Will even the might of the Man of Steel, combined with scores of super-powered beings, be enough to stop Darkseid’s new hordes? An all-star creative team brings the now-classic Aliens to life with a superhero twist and they’ll have you screaming for the next issue!

On sale May 1

FC, 32pg (1 of 4) . . . $2.99

SUPERMAN/TARZAN: SONS OF THE JUNGLE TP

by CHUCK DIXON and CARLOS MEGLIA;

cover by JASON PEARSON

A tiny space-pod rocketing from a doomed, little-known world crash-lands in mysterious East Africa, interrupting a vicious mutiny off the jungle coast. Who would know that this single anomalous event would disrupt the known course of time and space? It sets the lives of two legendary comic-book heroes – Superman and Tarzan – on very different paths. Orphaned Kal-El, last survivor of Krypton, is now the one raised by apes to become the mighty Lord of the Jungle. John Greystoke, heir to fortune and privilege, now becomes an adventuring wastrel draped in luxury, but not fulfillment. Fate will draw these men together in unexpected ways at the mythical lost city of Opar. Each man will face great danger, and discover his true destiny! Both heroes will be changed forever.if they survive! Collecting the four issue mini-series.

On sale June 5

SC, 80pg, FC . . . $9.95

THE TENTH: NIGHTWALKERS #2 (of 4)

by TONY DANIEL and ROMANO

Victor DeLeon and his Special Ops unit target the incubation chambers for what will become the new breed of Darkk Warriors to carry on Rhazes Darkk’s bidding to re-inhabit Earth! But as Victor and company close in, a strange new beast decides this is the creepiest time to pick them off one by one. Meanwhile, rogue-Russian-built cyborg, Adrenalynn has aborted her mission to kill Esperanza after learning of Darkk’s new plans for a new monster empire. But will Espy and Adrenalynn arrive in time to save Victor’s life? Or will they inadvertantly set the wheels in motion for a new global takeover? Find out in issue two of The Tenth: Nightwalker.

On sale May 8

FC, 32pg (Cover A) . . . $2.99

FC, 32pg (Cover B) . . . $2.99

THE TENTH: NO SWEETS AFTER DARK TP

by TONY DANIEL, BEAU SMITH, SALEEM CRAWFORD, and BATT

Esperanza del Toro has never been what you would call a “normal” girl. Her psychic powers have branded her as a freak all her life – leading her to a companionship with an ex-CIA agent who has been mutated into a powerful, blood-drinking monster known as the Tenth, and pitting the two of them against an ever-growing army of enemies even stranger than themselves. In this sequel to last year’s The Tenth: Blackout, Esperanza and the Tenth face new adversaries and old, and Espy finds her psychic link with the Tenth severed – perhaps forever – leaving them both alone and at the mercy of their foes!

On sale June 19

SC, 96pg, FC . . . $9.95

TONY MILLIONAIRE’S DRINKY CROW PVC

Dook! Dook! Dook! Drinky Crow comes to life! This 6 inch miracle of plastic comes with a bottle of booze and interchangeable eyes. Abducted from the Maakies strip by Tony Millionaire, Drinky Crow is the perfect companion for all your debauched activities. The bottle fits nicely into The Crow’s beak, that he may suck easily on the fountain of despair. When he’s done, pop in the “drunken” eyes, for a realistic feeling! Set him on a shelf in a dark room, get drunk, and see how depressed you can get staring at him!

On sale July 24

6″ PVC figure, packaged in full-color window box . . . $19.99

TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN LUNCH BOX

Awash in a sea of caffeine, adrift on a tin of titanic proportion, and pressed against the belly of life, our hero Too Much Coffee Man awaits his fate. His creator, Shannon Wheeler, illustrated this lunchbox with the sole purpose of intervening into the fate of mankind. “Release him unto this world so that the people may rejoice,” and so it was, and so it will be. The Too Much Coffee Man lunch box awaits you.

On sale August 28

FC, embossed metal lunch box, 8″ x 7″ x 3 3/4″ . . . $19.99

THE TOWERS OF BOIS-MAURY VOL. I: BABETTE HC

by HERMANN

Sir Aymar, a knight of great skill and deep honor, journeys the countryside of Middle Age Europe, displaced from his own lands, fighting for his chance to return home and reclaim the towers that are “the tallest and most beautiful in all the land.” While visiting a friendly lord, Aymar becomes entangled in a matter of court intrigue, a twisted knot of murder and deceit that threatens to destroy old friendships and innocent lives – even when truth and honor prevail. Hermann, international comics superstar and creator of Jeremiah, Bernard Prince, Comanche, Blood Ties, and Rodrigo, is one of comics most skilled and versatile storytellers, a master of light, shadow, composition, and character. Few creators of graphic fiction are capable of producing such a sweeping, ambitious work that succeeds so gloriously on so many levels. The Towers of Bois-Maury is Hermann’s masterwork, a series of vast scope, breathtaking imagery, and emotional intensity and is another essential Venture graphic album, produced in a beautiful laminated hardcover English-language edition in association with Strip Art Features

“Hermann…one of the finest and most daring artists in European comics.”- Moebius

FOR MATURE READERS.

On sale May 8

HC, 48pg, FC, 9″ x 12″ . . . $14.95

THE TOWERS OF BOIS-MAURY VOL. II: ELOISE DE MONTGRI HC

by HERMANN with FRAYMOND

Displaced feudal lord Sir Aymar is again drawn into conflict in a land not his own. A group of cutthroat brigands – led by a bestial false shepherd in ghastly ram’s garb – has pillaged and burned the Castle De Caulx, with only the lord’s young son escaping alive. Rallying the local peasants and the mysterious and lovely Eloise De Montgri, a crossbow wielding stranger from a far land, and calling upon the honor of the wandering Aymar, the young heir commands a desperate final confrontation with the murderous outlaws, a struggle that will not only decide the fate of a people, but will unearth painful secrets locked within the heart of the troubled Eloise. The second volume of Hermann’s monumental Towers of Bois-Maury series, Eloise De Montgi is a riveting historical drama of beauty and horror, another unforgettable Venture graphic album, produced in a gorgeous laminated hardcover English-language edition in association with Strip Art Features.

“The Towers of Bois-Maury contains sequences of such uncanny sophistication that their accessibility is a delight.”- The Comics Journal

FOR MATURE READERS.

On sale May 22

HC, 48pg, FC, 9″ x 12″ . . . $14.95

USAGI YOJIMBO #57

by STAN SAKAI

The time has come for Usagi’s former sensei, Katsuichi, to take part in a duel with the dangerous swordsman Koji. As he and his small band of travelers make their way to meet Koji at the Kitanoji Temple, they soon come across a tiny village being terrorized by a gang of renegade ronin. Now Katsuichi must choose – ignore the villagers’ plight and maintain his course, or stay and fight, risking to forfeit the duel altogether. Either path puts his honor on the line!

On sale May 29

b&w, 24pg . . . $2.99

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