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Dark Horse Comics solicitations for product shipping November, 2001

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Dark Horse Comics solicitations for product shipping November, 2001

AKIRA BOOK 5

by KATSUHIRO OTOMO

In the 21st century, the once-glittering Neo-Tokyo lies in ruins, leveled in minutes by the infinite power of the child psychic giant, Akira. Now a wasteland of rubble and anarchy, the Great Tokyo Empire rises, a ragtag group of zealots and crazies who worship and fear Akira and his mad prime minister, Tetsuo, an angry teen with immense powers of his own – and equally immense twisted ambitions. The planet at large is not taking the threat lying down, however, and the might of the world is ready to take on the Empire, but will technology’s most advanced weaponry be enough to destroy Akira – and is Tetsuo an ever greater threat? The fifth chapter in a sweeping epic of over 2000 pages, Akira 5 is the penultimate act of a mind-blowing graphic-novel masterpiece of awe-inspiring imagination and gut-wrenching power, and the inspiration for the classic Akira animated film.

Sales on Dark Horse’s Akira Volumes #1 and 2 topped 30,000 in the last six months!

MATURE READERS

On sale December 19

SC, 416pg, b&w . . . $27.95

ANCIENT JOE #2 (of 3)

created, written, & illustrated by C. SCOTT MORSE

The surly saga of Ancient Joe continues! Fearing his wife may be residing in Hell as retribution for a trick he played on the devil, Joe hopes to find a medium to communicate with damned souls under El Diablo’s watch. The trick is, a promise from a barroom boxing buddy puts Joe in a back country tenement in Cuba, caught amidst the family squabbles of a strained father/daughter relationship. But is Joe really so far from his goal? Ancient Joe brings the flavor of rum and Cuban cigars to a completely new twist on mythology and sentiment, setting the scene for a unique new hero of our (or any) age. (Dark Horse Maverick title)

On sale November 28

b&w, 24 pg (2 of 3) . . . $3.50

ANGEL #3 (of 4)

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

cover by MEL RUBI

The onslaught continues as the unknown evil that has been menacing Angel and his friends finally reveals itself. Can Angel, Wesley, Cordelia, and Gunn put the pieces together in time or will Angel’s past put an end to their future? This thrilling, new Angel epic is co-written by none other than series creator Joss Whedon and pencilled by Mel Rubi (Witchblade / Aliens / Darkness / Predator: Mindhunter), one of the hottest pencillers in comics.

On sale November 14

FC, 32pg (3 of 4) (Rubi cover) . . . $2.99

FC, 32pg (3 of 4) (Photo cover) . . . $2.99

ANGEL AUTUMNAL TP

by CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN, TOM SNIEGOSKI, ERIC POWELL, CHRISTIAN ZANIER, and ANDY OWENS

Angel searches an abandoned amusement park to rescue a little girl from a vicious gang of kidnappers. But the kidnappers aren’t the only things Angel must contend with – he, the girl, and the thugs have to fight their way past an army of demonic rats! In “Vermin” we find out why Angel has such a dislike for the furry little buggers. Then in “Little Girl Lost,” Angel investigates a series of bizarre deaths caused by spontaneous combustion. He soon links the deaths to a teenage runaway and a demon spellcaster. What’s the connection? Angel better find out or he might be the one in the hot seat.

On sale December 12

SC, 80pg, FC . . . $9.95

HBO: BAND OF BROTHERS ZIPPO® LIGHTER STANDARD AND COLLECTOR’S EDITIONS

Based on the best-selling book, HBO’s epic miniseries Band of Brothers tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Starting with their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942, it recounts the achievements of the elite rifle company, which parachuted into France early on D-Day morning, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and captured Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden. Drawn from hours of interviews with survivors, as well as soldiers’ journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles a unit that took 150 percent casualties and became true American heroes.

In keeping with the historical accuracy of the miniseries, Dark Horse has been working with HBO and the Zippo® company to create this special lighter. This official Band of Brothers Zippo® features the series logo and depicts the look of lighters manufactured in the era of WWII. Black Matte finish with olive green logo on front. Packaged in a printed tin and full-color slipcase.

On sale December 12

Standard edition, black matte finish, olive green logo . . . $39.99

This very special edition of the HBO: Band of Brothers Zippo® Lighter has been designed with the serious collector in mind. The finish is a smooth high-polish chrome; the Band of Brothers logo is engraved into the front surface, and finished with gold inlay. The edition number of each ZippoTM (xxx/750) is also engraved into the back panel. The package is a beautiful Walnut box, also engraved with the Band of Brothers logo.

On sale December 12

Collector’s edition, high-polish chrome, engraved logo w/gold inlay . . . $100.00

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #62: STIGMATA

by HIROAKI SAMURA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

Hyakurin’s gone, and that’s perfect for the recovering Manji. He’s been waiting for a chance to ask Master Sori an important question – where did Sori, a spy for the Shogunate, meet the blonde killer in the first place? And what’s the real story about Hyakurin’s Mugai-ryu assassins? Some curious light is shed at last on this mystery lady.

FOR MATURE READERS

On sale November 14

b&w, 32pg (one-shot) . . . $2.99

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL: THE GATHERING VOL. II TP

by HIROAKI SAMURA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

While the immortal samurai, Manji, has his hands full with a trio of skillful and merciless killers of the renegade Ittö-ryü sword school, Manji’s charge, Rin, prepares to make her way through government checkpoints to leave Edo and find Anotsu Kagehisa – lord of the Ittö-ryü and murderer of her parents – and fulfill her quest of vengeance. Unjustly wanted for murder, Rin must try to pass in disguise, but the checkpoint officers are no fools, and she will not pass without a thorough interrogation – and one slip will mean Rin’s execution!

Winner of Japan’s Media Arts Award and the Will Eisner Comics Industry Award

MATURE READERS

On sale December 19

SC, 216pg, b&w . . . $15.95

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #39: NIGHT OF A THOUSAND VAMPIRES

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

cover by CLIFF RICHARDS

Don’t you hate it when you go to a funeral and unwittingly open an ancient portal to a prison dimension and summon forth a rampaging horde of blood-starved vampires? In this issue, that’s exactly what happens to Buffy! These extra dimensional nasties have got only one thing in mind – dinner. And Sunnydale is on the menu – literally. It’s just one of those days. Written by Tom Fassbender and Jim Pascoe, with art by Cliff Richards and Joe Pimentel.

On sale November 28

FC, 32pg (one-shot) (Richards cover) . . . $2.99

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

Dark Horse’s newest and hottest monthly manga series arrives!

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

by KENICHI SONODA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

The action-packed new ongoing series by Gunsmith Cats creator Kenichi Sonoda is here at last, with a bargain price and super-sized 48-page kickoff issue! It’s a typical school day for Hoichi. He’s skipping class and beating the stuffing out of a bunch of upperclassmen, which makes him about the only person on the whole planet who isn’t glued to the television – today’s the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Space Elevator, a gigantic earth-to-orbit elevator built by those lovable aliens, the Riofaldians, who arrived on Earth ten years ago. Today, the mass media is proud to report, tens of thousands of Riofaldians are working side by side with humanity, as good neighbors on the march to global prosperity. Hoichi’s ultra-rich, ultra-brilliant, and ultra-eccentric grandfather (the author of a loony book claiming the Riofalds are out to take over the Earth) doesn’t agree and this has driven a wedge between him and his equally eccentric grandson. But that – and the history of mankind – is about to change forever! Don’t dare miss the series that’s redefining the giant-robot story for the 21st century – Cannon God EXAXXION!

For both new manga readers and longtime fans of series like Robotech or Gundam Wing!

Nanotechnological battlesuits that make the wearer superhuman, alien invasions, city-smashing giant robots, insanely powerful handguns, cover-to-cover action, and lots of sexy women – alien, human, and android! – make this signature Sonoda with a futuristic punch!

Features a wraparound cover!

MATURE READERS.

On sale November 21

b&w, 48pg (1 of 8) . . . $2.99

CHRIS WARE LUNCH BOX

Remember gym class, being called names, and getting spit on? Well, here’s the “Rusty Brown” lunchpail – the perfect companion for children who are used to dining alone. Decorated with popular images from the new serial beginning in “The ACME Novelty Library” series of picture books and pamphlets, this one is sure to be just the thing to display for a short time, put in a closet, and then eventually throw away. Four color, embossed, and solid metal – so that it really hurts when somebody bigger than you smacks you on the side of the head with it.

On sale January 23

FC, embossed metal . . . $19.99

DHORSE DELUXE T-SHIRTS

TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN T-SHIRTS

Dark Horse is brewing up another batch of fine and funky apparel, this time featuring Shannon Wheeler’s Too Much Coffee Man. He’s iconic, he’s ironic, he’s histrionic, and he wears a giant coffee cup on his head. Support the habit!

On sale November 21

Coffe cup with wings/Plain Tee/White/Adult

M-XL . . . $17.99

XXL . . . $19.99

Skull with coffee cup/Plain Tee/Black/Adult

M-XL . . . $17.99

XXL . . . $19.99

Coffee cup stain/Plain Tee/White/Adult

M-XL . . . $17.99

XXL . . . $19.99

Too Much Coffee Man w/logo/Plain Tee/Ash/Adult

M-XL . . . $17.99

XXL . . . $19.99

DARK HORSE EXTRA #41

This November, you’ll have plenty to be thankful for, including your issue of Dark Horse Extra! Grab a cuppa joe and settle back with the debut of all new Too Much Coffee Man strip from Shannon Wheeler, previewing his forthcoming collection. Gobble up the exciting conclusions of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Faith and SpyBoy! Plus, get the dish on every upcoming Dark Horse November title and the latest news from www.darkhorse.com. Don’t be a turkey – pick up the November Dark Horse Extra!

On sale November 7

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

DIABLO: TALES OF SANCTUARY

by PHIL AMARA, DAVE LAND, and FRANCISCO RUIZ VELASCO;

cover by FRANCISCO RUIZ VELASCO

Grab your sword and follow us as we venture deep into the world of Diablo in Tales of Sanctuary. Collecting three stories of horror, adventure, and action featuring characters and creatures from the hit video game Diablo! Follow the Barbarian Renit and Necromancer Cairo as they search the fabled “Hand of Naz” in order to overcome a demon horde. Meet a Paladin named Hale as he fights an evil that will cause him to question the very nature of his existence. Witness the Druid Azgar as he fights to defend his village and the demons that lie deep within him! Illustrated by master comics artist Francisco Ruiz Battlegods Velasco, Diablo: Tales of Sanctuary will slake your thirst for adventure and leave you crying for more!

On sale November 14

FC, 64pg (one-shot) . . . $5.95

THE DIRTY PAIR STATUE

Genetically enhanced super-babes Kei and Yuri are always in trouble, especially when their adventures are created by American “manga” artist Adam Warren! We have enlisted two great talents- the aforementioned Mr. Warren and the talented folks at Big Chief studios to create the niftiest Dirty Pair collectible yet: a fully-detailed polyresin sculpture. Depicting the dynamite duo in an animated action pose, this prepainted statue will enhance any statue collector or comic fan’s mantlepiece or bookshelf. Measuring approximately 10″ high on a sculpted base, the piece comes packaged in a full-color collector’s box. A black & white sketchbook showing Adam Warren’s roughs is included.

On sale January 30

10″ tall, prepainted . . . $175.00

FUTURAMA HORRIBLE GELATINOUS BLOB SQUISHY TOY

Tough ‘n’ rubbery on the outside, gooey ‘n’ sparkly on the inside, it’s the Horrible Gelatinous Blob, in all his squishably soft glory! One squeeze, and this disturbing toy will ooze its way into your unsuspecting heart. Complete with a terrified Fry floating inside him, H.G. Blob stands a little over 4″ tall, and comes in a most appealing package. More Futurama Fun!

On sale January 23

Futurama Horrible Gelatinous Blob Squishy Toy . . . $9.99

GRENDEL: THE DEVIL INSIDE #3 (of 3)

created & written by MATT WAGNER

illustrated by BERNIE MIREAULT

His spirit corrupted, eyes red with anger, Brian Li Sung is in the clutches of Grendel. It tears at his brain, taking the place of his sense of reason, turning him into a cold-hearted killer. And now the stage manager who once loved the “granddaughter” of Hunter Rose will meet his end. But it won’t come easy. Inspector Wiggins, with his electronic eye and swaggering patience, must pass through a gauntlet of murderous mayhem to face Li Sung in a final shoot-out with only one survivor. Bernie Mireault’s engaging lines and Joe Matt’s inventive colors cement the darkness of Matt Wagner’s winter tragedy. Features an all-new cover painting by Wagner. (Dark Horse Maverick title)

RETAILER ADVISORY: FOR MATURE READERS

on sale November 21

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

GRENDEL: DEVIL’S LEGACY TP

created & written by MATT WAGNER

illustrated by ARNOLD & JACOB PANDER

Fathered by rape and suicide, the daughter of Stacy Palumbo and reluctant heir of a bloody mantle, Christine Spar is a study in seething rage. The author of the definitive account of Grendel’s life, Spar is living the life of a minor celebrity, but that’s all about to change. The very subject which propelled her to success is about to drag her into a dark pit of despair and anger. Soon Spar’s life of metropolitan leisure will be eclipsed by that which sleeps within her, the bitter blade of Grendel and the desire for brutal balance: an eye for an eye, a death for a death. Along the way, she will find tragic love, take many lives, suffer a badly battered body, and take on the old foe of her adoptive grandfather, Hunter Rose. This book features dramatic, ahead-of-its-time art by the Pander Brothers and refreshed colors with a palette of many emotions by Jeromy Cox. Extras include a gallery of Wagner’s brilliant painted covers for the series. (Dark Horse Maverick title)

SPECIAL ADVANCE SOLICITATION

RETAILER ADVISORY: FOR MATURE READERS

on sale December 12

FC, 328 pg . . . $29.95

HELLBOY: THE BONES OF GIANTS ILLUSTRATED NOVEL

created & illustrated by MIKE MIGNOLA

written by CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN

On the frozen shores of Sweden, lightning strikes from a clear sky. The skeleton of a huge man is revealed, its fingers clutched around the handle of an iron hammer. No one who comes to see this marvel from Norse mythology can lift it – no one but Hellboy, who lifts the hammer just in time for lightning to strike again, welding it to his hand and leading him towards a bizarre series of visions and encounters. Chris Golden, author of the popular Hellboy: The Lost Army novel, makes his return to the character in a novel illustrated by Mike Mignola, award-winning creator of Hellboy and production designer of Disney’s summer blockbuster, Atlantis. (Dark Horse Maverick title)

SPECIAL ADVANCE SOLICITATION

On sale December 5

b&w, 200pg . . . . . . . . . . $14.95

JOSS WHEDON’S FRAY #5 (of 8)

by JOSS WHEDON, KARL MOLINE, and ANDY OWENS;

cover by KARL MOLINE

Melaka’s been keeping up the good fight. But, now that she knows the horrible truth about the vampire that’s been stalking her, can she keep it up? No matter what she does, Melaka is not going to like it. Meanwhile, she’s on the run from the thugs and the police. This calls for a very special blend of psychology and extreme violence. More thrills, chills, action, and drama from the critically acclaimed creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon!

On sale November 7

FC, 32pg (5 of 8) . . . $2.99

LONE WOLF AND CUB VOL. 16: THE GATEWAY INTO WINTER TP

by KAZUO KOIKE and GOSEKI KOJIMA;

cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ

The Lone Wolf’s arch-enemy, Yagyu Retsudo, begins to reach the end of his rope, as he sends his only daughter and last child after the blood-storm that is Itto Ogami! Meanwhile, Ogami and Daigoro happen upon another clue about the mysterious Yagyu Letter in a final showdown with the Kurokuwa ninja clan. A desperate Retsudo puts a bounty on Ogami’s head, and two of Japan’s most deadly bounty hunters hunt for the Lone Wolf and his Cub, while a poor woodcutter must decide between the bounty and his life by sheltering Ogami and Daigoro! All this and much more awaits in one of comics’ most legendary series.

Still the best-selling graphic-novel series in the U.S.!

Winner of the Harvey Award for “Best Presentation of Foreign Material”!

At only $9.95 for 320 pages, it’s still one of the best deals in comics!

FOR MATURE READERS

On sale December 26

SC, 320pg, b&w, 4″ x 6″ . . . $9.95

MASAMUNE SHIROW 2002 CALENDAR

We are excited to announce a new special project for American fans of Masamune (Ghost in the Shell, Intron Depot) Shirow. A spectacular 2002 calendar. It is the same high-quality item that Japanese publisher Seishinsha is preparing for release to the Japanese market, but we are translating it into English and including U.S. holidays. 13 stunning full-color illustrations grace the calendar, which is packaged in an imprinted plastic envelope. These calendars were designed and printed especially Dark Horse in Japan and will only be available in a limited quantity.

On sale November 15

FC, 19 3/4″ x 8 1/4″ unfolded . . . $24.99

MONSTERS, INC.

Join a host of spooky yet hardworking monsters as they pop out of closets and try to deliver scares to the children of the world. There’s only one catch though – the Monsters are afraid of the KIDS! When by accident a child ends up in Monsters, Inc. headquarters, mayhem abounds! This graphic adaptation of the Disney/Pixar film Monsters, Inc. is sure to please comics fans and moviegoers as well!

On sale October 31

FC 48pg (one-shot) . . . $4.95

OH MY GODDESS! PART XI #4: MYSTERY CHILD part 2 (of 8)

by KOSUKE FUJISHIMA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

Who is this mystery boy? He’s certainly not human, but even the goddess Belldandy can’t tell if he’s a god, a demon, or something in between. But one thing’s for sure: he’s a wizard at manipulating people; he’s even gotten the hard-bitten Chihiro wrapped around his finger at Whirlwind Motorcycles. So why is it that Keiichi seems to be the only person who seems suspicious? Especially when the little boy asks if he can spend the night – with Belldandy?!

On sale November 7

b&w, 32pg (2 of 8) . . . $2.99

OLIVIA COASTER SET

You’ve seen her art in the pages of Playboy Magazine and in dozens of other publications, on calendars, book covers, limited-edition prints, greeting cards, and movie posters. Dark Horse is pleased to present a beautiful collection of Olivia art in the form of this high-quality coaster set. The set includes 4 full-color, 1/4″ thick, cork-backed coasters, packaged in a very attractive full-color box.

On sale December 5

4 full-color coasters, 1/4″ thick, in full-color box . . . $12.99

OLIVIA MAGNET SET

Dark Horse and Olivia De Berardinis recently had the distinct pleasure of poring over hundreds of Olivia illustrations and paintings, searching for the perfect group of “magnetic” images. This set of four beautiful full-color magnets is the result.

On sale January 16

4 full-color magnets . . . $12.99

OLIVIA ORNAMENT

Last year Dark Horse offered it’s first ornament, of Bettie Page. Our thanks to all of you who have turned it into a year-round success. This year, we are proud to continue our new tradition with our first ornament based on the work of world famous artist Olivia De Berardinis. Inspired by her painting of “scream queen” and glamour pinup Julie Strain, the amazon essence of this sultry beauty has been captured in a 5″ hanging sculpture (hook and eye are removable). We’re very excited, and sure that this Olivia ornament (or mini-statue if you like) will make a striking addition anywhere you care to hang her. Packaged in a full-color box.

On sale December 5

Full color ornament . . . $19.99

OLIVIA ZIPPO® LIGHTER #1

This hot new high-end ZippoTM features a sultry illustration from the collection of internationally renowned glamour artist Olivia De Berardinis. By utilizing the carbon-graphite reproduction process, we are able to present Olivia’s art with all detail and subtlety intact. This ZippoTM comes packaged in a printed tin case, protected with a full-color printed sleeve. This is glamour at its hottest.

On sale January 16

FC, packaged in printed tin case with printed sleeve . . . $39.99

OUTLAW 7 #4 (of 4)

by LOGAN LUBERA and CRAIG YEUNG;

cover by LOGAN LUBERA

Driven against their will to Mana City, our heroes prepare to make a last stand against Artimis Chill and his fearsome horde of Warhulks. As the towering brutes breach the impenetrable city walls, the Outlaws take the battle to the streets. Facing off against Viggen, bounty hunters, demonic surprises, and even Artimis himself, our heroes fight to save not just the city but the whole world in a final climactic battle. Will Bayman Ford’s scant training be enough to stand against the might of Artimis? Even if Chill is defeated, will the Outlaws be able to stop his army of devastating Warhulks without the help of Runecrusher and Kade?

On sale November 28

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

PLANET OF THE APES #3

by IAN EDGINTON, POP MHAN, NORMAN LEE, and GUY MAJOR;

cover by DEREK THOMPSON

Our heroic trio of Esau, Seneca, and Attar take the fight to the savage apes who have been besieging the remote, embattled township. They successfully follow them through the jungle back to their lair, but they’re not prepared for what they find. The savage apes’ home is, in fact, the lost ruins of the first Ape City abandoned centuries ago! While a hidden chapter from the history of the Planet of the Apes has been uncovered, another mystery is discovered: who or what were the Old Gods?

On sale November 7

FC, 32pg (ongoing) (Thompson cover) . . . $2.99

FC, 32pg (ongoing) (Photo cover) . . . $2.99

PLANET OF THE APES LIMITED-EDITION THADE STATUE

From Tim Burton’s summer blockbuster film Planet of the Apes comes Thade. A detailed, fully painted cold-cast statue of the ruthless General of the Ape Army. Portrayed by Tim Roth in the film, Thade is a merciless and cunning warrior fully dedicated to the total ape domination of the planet. The talented team at Gentle Giant Studios has captured a dynamic moment in the life of this great character. This 12″ fully painted polyresin statue brings forward the essence of the new vision for Planet of the Apes. This is a numbered, limited-edition statue, and comes packed in a full-color collectors’ box.

On sale December 5

12″ tall, fully painted, limited edition, packaged in a full-color collectors’ box. . . $150.00

POP-OUT PEOPLET

Futurama! Simpsons!

Dark Horse continues its line of fun Pop-Out PeopleTM!

Pop out each character, put ’em on their bases, and stand em up in front of cool scenery. Arrange these on your desk, dashboard, computer, bookshelf, or wherever you need some fun. Each element is printed on both sides in full color, and each set comes with its own custom 2-sided diorama. Collect ’em all.

On sale November 7

You’d better watch out! Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s bringing lots of punishment for naughty boys and girls! It’s Xmas 3000, and Christmas isn’t quite the same as it used to be. Santa is now a homicidal robot whose programming tells him that everyone’s been naughty, and everyone must be punished severely. Christmas is now Xmas, and the name of the game is stay out of the way! But Fry is determined to find a present for Leela, and must risk life and limb to get it.

Futurama #5: “Xmas Story” episode

FC, pop-out characters . . .$2.99 (each)

Ho, Ho, Ho, Homer! Relive the classic Christmas episode that started it all! Join Marge, Lisa, Bart, Homer, little Maggie, and the rest of the dysfunctional clan as they celebrate the season as only the Simpsons can! Homer moonlights as Santa Claus down at the mall to earn some extra cash, then blows it all at the track on Christmas Eve. Out of time and with no gifts for his family, Homer despairs, but a loser of a greyhound named Santa’s Little Helper makes everyone’s Christmas the best ever!

Simpsons #5: “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” episode

FC, pop-out characters . . .$2.99 (each)

RODRIGO HC

By HERMANN and YVES HUPPEN

European graphic-fiction master Hermann is known throughout the world for his richly detailed painted art, brilliantly executed composition, and dynamic cinematic approach to storytelling, but his awe-inspiring work is not widely available in the United States. Dark Horse, in association with Strip Art Features now brings English-language editions of Hermann’s latest work to American audiences, presented in an oversized graphic album that beautifully showcases his stunning creative skills. Rodrigo is rich period adventure, set in 14th century Spain at a time of social tumult and great political instability, a time of bloody warfare between Christians and Moslems and dark intrigues in the ranks of the Spanish aristocracy. Few works of graphic fiction can match the sheer splendor of Hermann’s vision, and Rodrigo is Hermann at his best!

On sale December 19

HC, 56pg, FC, 10″ x 13″ . . . $16.95

STAR WARS #36: THE STARK HYPERSPACE WAR part 1 (of 4)

by JOHN OSTRANDER, DAVIDÉ FABBRI, and CHRISTIAN DALLA VECCHIA;

cover by JON FOSTER

During a time of conflict, the galaxy’s supply of bacta, used to treat the sick and injured, runs dangerously low making the existing supply highly valuable. The charismatic and bold Iaco Stark brings together a conglomeration of pirates and smugglers to form the Stark Commercial Collective. Their goal: liberate the existing supplies of bacta for the Outer Rim colonies. Intrigue and treachery abound until Senator Valorum arranges to bring in the Jedi to negotiate peace between the Republic, the Trade Federation, and the Stark Collective. Before talks can begin double-crosses are already being planned. But what exactly is the trap and who will fall victim? Don’t miss out on this first issue in a new story arc which tells how Plo Koon became a permanent member of the Jedi Council!

On sale November 28

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

STAR WARS: JANGO FETT TP

by RON MARZ and TOM FOWLER;

cover by TOM FOWLER

A solitary figure, clad in the distinctive armor of a Mandalorian Warrior, cuts through a throng of soldiers, bounty hunters, and cutthroats, unleashing a barrage of blaster fire with graceful, cold-blooded dexterity. This could only be the most notorious assassin in the galaxy: Jango Fett! This Christmas, Dark Horse Comics is giving you something you’ve always wanted, a glimpse of Boba Fett, the most mysterious and beloved of all the Star Wars rogues. First you’ll meet Jango Fett, a bounty hunter and killer for hire who is looking for a lucrative job. When Jango is hired to recover a rare and extremely valuable artifact, he thinks this could be his biggest score. Only one obstacle stands between him and his prize: a beautiful and deadly rival!

The release of Star Wars: Jango Fett marks the first graphic novel appearance of a character from the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Episode II!

On sale December 26

SC, 64pg, FC . . . $5.95

STAR WARS: JEDI QUEST #3 (of 4)

by RYDER WINDHAM, POP MHAN, and NORMAN LEE;

cover by POP MHAN and NORMAN LEE

Captured by Krayn, a ruthless pirate and slave trader, Anakin Skywalker is bound into servitude and thrust into the dangerous spice factories of Nar Shaddaa. Obi-Wan Kenobi prepares to infiltrate Krayn’s operations to rescue his beloved Padawan. Anakin, without his lightsaber, must again fight for freedom and help his fellow slaves. Bridging the events between Episodes I and II, this series continues to expand on the young boy who will one day grow to be Dark Lord of the Sith!

On sale November 14

FC, 32pg (3 of 4) . . . $2.99

STAR WARS : TAG & BINK ARE DEAD #2 (of 2)

by KEVIN RUBIO and LUCAS MARANGON;

cover by LUCAS MARANGON

Tag Greenly and Bink Otauna are dead. The two rebel soldiers chose to disguise themselves as Stormtroopers to escape the icy clutch of death. Eventually they found their way onto the Death Star where they (along with everyone else on the battle station) were blown to smithereens. That’s how issue #1 of Tag and Bink Are Dead ended. So, if they’re dead – how exciting is the second issue going to be?! PLENTY! And it’s HILARIOUS to boot! Make sure not to miss this final chapter in the lives of Tag & Bink! Written by Kevin Rubio (creator of the Internet film sensation Troops and the laugh-riot short stories “A Death Star is Born” and “Force Fiction” from Star Wars Tales) and illustrated by the masterful Lucas Marangon.

On sale November 7

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

SUPERMAN/TARZAN: SONS OF THE JUNGLE #2 (of 3)

by CHUCK DIXON, CARLOS MEGLIA, and DAVE STEWART;

cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS

The paths of Kal-El of the Apes and Lord Greystoke finally converge in the wilds of Kal-El’s jungle kingdom! They can both provide pieces to the puzzles of each others’ destinies, but odd evils are stirring, waiting patiently to reveal themselves and wreak havoc. Our heroes must make the trek to the Lost City of Opar, where they’ll have more action than they can handle. And what will happen when the latest jewel in the crown of the seductive La turns out to be kryptonite?!

On sale November 21

FC, 32pg (2 of 3) . . . $2.99

SUPER MANGA BLAST! #18

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

produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

Club 9 turns up the heat as Haruo sets her favorite cartoonist on fire! But that’s not the only flame she’s lit: after just one day, the country girl is lighting a lot of fires in the hearts of the patrons of Club 9! Things aren’t exactly cooling off in Seraphic Feather either: the flirting between Apep and Fawn is hot, but the battle between the murderous guardian and the good guys is simply relentless! In Shadow Star, Shiina and the shy Akira have to team up to find that cruel shadow dragon-keeper Shiina encountered weeks ago.and they’re getting warmer! In 3×3 Eyes, Pai and Yakumo continue their search in China and end up in serious hot water. And in What’s Michael?, our curious cat is living a life of metropolitan leisure, which has little to do with our “heat” theme, but how far can we drag this concept anyway?

Super Manga Blast! continues to have some of the strongest reorders in all of comics – it’s a series to keep in stock every month!

Five comics for the price of two!

FOR MATURE READERS

On sale November 28

b&w, 128pg . . . $5.99

TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN’S AMUSING MUSINGS

created, written, & illustrated by SHANNON WHEELER

A stalwart of the alternative comics scene, Shannon Wheeler has forged ever forward, wrapping his popular signature character around numerous social, political, and philosophical subjects. From consumer culture to self-confidence to bad media, Too Much Coffee Man wades through the underarm of human existence, centering on those habits we hate to love: liquor, cigarettes, ego, gambling, and, of course, caffeine. Observe Too Much Coffee Man as he encounters reality programming, cognitive dissonance, waifish super-models, infotainment, hot McDonald’s coffee, and haiku. Encapsulating the intellectual café culture of metropolitan America, Too Much Coffee Man does your thinking for you – but the drinking, that’s still your responsibility! (Dark Horse Maverick title)

SPECIAL ADVANCE SOLICITATION

On sale December 12

b&w, 144pg . . . $12.95

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