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Viz Communications solicitations for product shipping April, 2002

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COMICS

* Ongoing Monthly Series’

* The Big O, Part 1 #3 – Plotting to get the Big O out of the way once and
for all, Beck enlists the help of a mad scientist who is an expert on the
smallest things in Paradigm City – the lightning bugs that thrive in
Paradigm’s night air. Using their combined genius, Beck turns these tiny
insects into a weapon that is the equal of a 20-story robot! But an
innocent young girl with memories of a better time may become a victim of
the struggle.

* Medabots Part 1 #1 & Part 1 #2 – Currently airing on the Fox Kids network,
Viz will mark the English-language debut of the comic series with two-issue
releases per month. From backyards to playgrounds to stadiums: kids and
their pet robots called Medabots compete against each other in Robattles,
hoping to ultimately earn the title of World Robattle Champion. Medabots
are robots armed with an A.I. and an impressive collection of weaponry ready
to Robattle and win! In fact, the more a Medabot battles, the more powerful
it can become…and the more it stands to lose. Medabots that lose a battle
yield some of their Medaparts to the winner, so every battle counts!

GRAPHIC NOVELS

* Dance Till Tomorrow, Volume 5 – Mr. Tachimi’s plan to set-up Suekichi with
Miyuki is progressing beyond anything he expected, but now he wants her to
take it to the next level. When Miyuki bursts into Suekichi’s apartment to
tell him that she is pregnant, nothing could be more devastating to the
college student especially since Aya showed up just minutes before to tell
him the same thing. Then, faced with pregnancy and his feelings towards
Miyuki, Suekichi decides to marry her. But with Aya and the gang around,
can this possibly be a normal marriage?

* Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President, Book 5 – A labor strike
turns Seattle into the latest political hot seat, and Yamaoka wants to use
the situation to gain valuable electoral votes in November. Can the Senator
make his move before his Republican opponent General Grant? And, as racial
tension continues to grow in the South, so do the number of violent
incidents against Yamaoka! But is he merely the innocent victim he appears
to be? And, in the end, is there more to Yamaoka than his political
platform and campaign promises? The moment of truth arrives when the nation
casts its votes on Election Day.

* Galaxy Express 999, Volume 5 – A dark explosion rips apart the very fabric
of space at Manmuto’s Utopia as Darqueen selfishly destroys the next station
for the Galaxy Express. But is the might of Space Battleship Yamato enough
to seal the black hole caused by this explosion? Then, a giant battleship
that nullifies all its surrounding space attacks the Three-Nine’s next
station, planet Aphrodite. Despite the odds against them, the remaining
Space Knights of Aphrodite decide to make a valiant last stand against the
black ship to attempt Three-Nine’s escape!

* Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Volume 1 – Zeon ace pilot, Commander Char
Aznable, thought he could foil the Federation’s plan to build a mobile suit
by attacking their research base on colony Side 7. He was wrong. With a
prototype already active, the besieged Federation forces strike back using
their new weapon, the mobile suit Gundam, with devastating consequences.
Amidst the fighting, young electronics wizard Amuro Ray is determined not to
let his friends and family die in the crossfire. But what can one boy do to
repel a squad of mobile suit-clad invaders?

* Magical Pokémon Journey, Volume 5: Going Coconuts – Arbok asks Wigglytuff
out on a date like no other – a run around an obstacle course! Can Arbok go
the distance, or will Wigglytuff’s challenge have it making tracks in the
opposite direction? Plus, Hazel and Bulbasaur go to a health spa; Christmas
for the Pokémon; Machamp in love; and more!

* Mobile Suit Gundam 0079, Volume 4 – Amuro and Ranba Ral face off in an
air-to-air mobile suit battle for supremacy and only one can come out alive!
Then, while en route to the gritty Eastern European front, the White Base
encounters one of Zeon’s most deadly teams of mobile suit pilots ­ the
fearsome Black Tri-Stars. Clad in the most advanced enemy mobile suits yet,
can Amuro, Kai and Hayato work together to defeat the Black Tri-Stars so the
White Base may pass?

* Pokémon Adventures, Volume 5: Making Waves – Yellow’s adventures take the
young trainer and Pikachu seaside where they must solve a Pokémon migration
mystery; take on the last remnants of Team Rocket; enter a surfing contest;
battle Lance and his new Pokémon Dragonair; and finally find the secret base
of the ultimate evil group of Pokémon masters, the Elite Four! Yellow has
the help of Blue, Green and the good gym leaders, but will they be enough?

TRADE BOOKS

* Pokémon Gold and Silver Tales – Each book stars a different character,
making the series irresistibly collectible. Written and illustrated in
color by some of Japan’s greatest writers and artists, Pokémon Gold and
Silver Tales is created with the care and attention given to any classic
children’s books and will delight Pokémon-loving kids and parents alike.

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