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Official Press Release

AEON FLUX #2 of (4)

MIKE KENNEDY (W) and TIMOTHY GREEN II (A)

On sale September 21, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Family ties can prove useful, especially when Aeon Flux is pulling the strings. Though she keeps her secret agent activity hidden from her sister, Una Flux, Aeon is not above using her sister's love-struck infatuation with a government scientist to her advantage. A little intervention and subtle matchmaking and everyone benefits, including Aeon's eager young protégé, Sithandra. While her drawn out acrobatic training may seem to be a complete waste of time, there is much she can learn from Aeon's experience … and vice versa …

o Ties into the upcoming film from MTV/Paramount

THE ART OF COMIC-BOOK INKING 2ND EDITION TPB

GARY MARTIN (W) and VARIOUS (A)

On sale October 26, SC, 192 plus 8 art boards, 8 1/2" x 11", $24.95

Gary Martin's two volumes of The Art of Comic-Book Inking have become the industry-standard manuals for aspiring inkers seeking to take their work to the next level or for working professionals looking to broaden their skills base. Now, these two textbooks have been combined into a single value-priced volume and expanded with new material, including three additional blue-lined art boards featuring pencil art by master comics illustrators Jack Kirby, John Buscema, and Gil Kane. Gain insights into the techniques, tools, and approaches of some of the finest delineators in comics today, including Terry Austin, Mark Farmer, Scott Williams, Alex Garner, and many more. When putting pen or brush to paper, no tool is more helpful than The Art of Comic-Book Inking.

o Includes eight full-sized blue-lined art boards featuring pencil art by some of the top illustrators in the comics industry, present and past, to use for practice and/or to use as samples to show to editors and publishers

o Combines volumes one and two of the acclaimed Art of Comic- Book Inking!

BERSERK VOLUME 9 TPB

KENTARO MIURA (W/A)

On sale October 12, SC, 240pg, b&w, 5" x 7", $13.95

Griffith, charismatic leader of the elite mercenary Band of the Hawk, has seen better days. His fearless champion, Guts, has left the Band, defeating Griffith in personal combat as his ticket out. With his judgment clouded by this unthinkable humiliation, Griffith eases his pain in the arms of the daughter of Midland's king. But the King doesn't take kindly to an employee picking the royal flowers, and the next stop for Griffith is the dungeon and the torture rack! Without Griffith and Guts, the Hawks become easy prey for Midland's army, and the AWOL Guts may be the only answer to the Hawks'-and Griffith's-lethal problems.

o Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

o Created by Kentaro Miura, Berserk is a manic manga massacre, a brute-force free-for-all of action, horror, and grim humor that inspired the wildly popular anime series.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #105: DUET (one-shot)

HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)

On sale September 14, b&w, 32pg, $2.99

The feud between the Ittö-ryü and the Mugai-ryü heats up as Anotsu renews his quest for revenge. Still reeling from the Mugai-ryü surprise attack that wiped out most of his troops, Anotsu rallies his surviving followers and sets a new plan of attack in motion. Manji finally meets with Habaki Kagamura, leader of the shadowy Mugai-ryü, and they sit down to discuss Manji's past, his connection to Habaki, and the kessen-chu bloodworms that grant him immortality. Intrigue and surprises in another tense installment from Hiroaki Samura!

o Winner of Japan's prestigious Media Arts Award and America's own Will Eisner Award.

o FOURTEEN volumes of this modern classic available in the Dark Horse backlist!

FOR MATURE READERS

B.P.R.D.: THE BLACK FLAME #2 (of 6)

MIKE MIGNOLA (W), JOHN ARCUDI (W), GUY DAVIS (P/I), and DAVE STEWART (C)

On sale Septmeber 28, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Abe Sapien tries to settle into a desk job as the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense's war against the frog monsters escalates. But while Roger leads the Bureau's military units from victory to victory, the Nazi head of a major U.S. corporation puts his best scientists to work harnessing the power of the frogmen, and preparing for the return of a bizarre villain from the Bureau's secret past-The Black Flame.

CHOSEN TPB

MARK MILLAR (W) and PETER GROSS (A)

On sale October 12, SC, 72pg, FC, 7" x 10", $9.95

Imagine you're twelve years old and suddenly discover that you are the returned Jesus Christ. You can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk, and perhaps even raise the dead. What do you and your family do, and how does it affect you knowing that you're destined to grow up and take part in a conflict that people have been waiting almost two thousand years for? Chosen has been described in the British press as Spider-Man meets The Book of Revelation. SFX magazine describes it as Harry Potter for Christian fundamentalists.

Chosen is the latest graphic novel in the Millarworld line of books from writer Mark Millar (The Ultimates, Superman: Red Son). Art for Chosen is by acclaimed Vertigo artist Peter Gross.

o Originally published as a monthly comic book, the first issue of Chosen sold out in less than one week!

CLASSIC COMIC BOOK CHARACTER: BONE

On sale October 12, 5" tall, fully-painted, packaged in a litho-printed full-color tin box and included is a vintage-style pinback button, and booklet about the character and his creator, limited to 750 pieces, $49.95

Inspired by the "Syroco" statues of the 1940's, Dark Horse's series of "Classic Comic" statues have been a huge success. Sculpted with flair and grace at Yoe! Studios, nearly 50 statues have been produced thus far, with many selling out.

While the statues in the series were originally based on characters from newspaper strips, in this companion series Dark Horse is instead featuring statues based on comic book characters. We are excited to present one of contemporary graphic literature's most beloved critters, Fone Bone, as the second statue in the Classic Comic Book Character series.

Each statue comes packaged in a special litho-printed full-color tin box with a vintage-style pinback button and booklet about Bone and creator Jeff Smith. The statue is offered in an extremely limited edition of 750 numbered pieces.

CRAVAN HC

MIKE RICHARDSON (W) and RICK GEARY (W/A)

On sale October 26, HC, 72pg, b&w, 6" x 9", $14.95

This is a true story about the most interesting person you've never heard of: Arthur Cravan, major figure in pre-WWI cutting-edge art circles, was among the greatest mysterious figures of the Twentieth Century. A self-confessed thief, forger, and con artist, he used a roster of assumed names and false identities. He was known, at various times, as a novelist, poet, painter, art critic, lecturer, publisher, and French Boxing Champion. Always a rebellious, restless spirit, this dedicated rule-breaker was a political radical whose friendship with Leon Trotsky earned him the surveillance of the U.S. government-even through his immigration to Mexico with his wife, the poet Mina Loy. In 1918, at the age of thirty-one, the fascinating physical giant vanished without a trace, and-despite several supposed sightings over the years-was never seen again. Is it possible that he became the mysterious, reclusive novelist B. Traven, who wrote The Treasure of the Sierra Madre?

o Rick Geary, best known for his acclaimed Treasury of Victorian Murder series, richly illustrates this absorbing true story.

CONAN #20

KURT BUSIEK (W), CARY NORD (P), DAVE STEWART (C), and JOSÉ LADRONN (Cover)

On sale September 21, FC, 32pg, $2.99

The critically acclaimed, best-selling Conan series begins its highly anticipated adaptation of Robert E. Howard's "The Tower of the Elephant," one of the most popular Conan tales of all time.

A bar fight in the City of Thieves yields far more than expected when Conan learns of the fabled and impregnable Tower of the Elephant. Determined to rob it, Conan sets out on a quest that will involve new comrades, sudden death, horrifying creatures, and gruesome unsettling fates for both gods and men.

o "Conan is an action-packed spectacle, a barbarian blockbuster with a brain, and an epic as intelligent as it is visually stunning."-Wizard Magazine

o Cary Nord and Thomas Yeates have been nominated for a 2005 Eisner Award for Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team.

CONAN: THE GOD IN THE BOWL AND OTHER STORIES TPB

KURT BUSIEK (W), CARY NORD (P) , THOMAS YEATES (I), and DAVE STEWART (C)

On sale September 28, SC, 124pg, FC, 7" x 10", $15.95

The critically acclaimed and award-winning creative team behind the runaway hit revival are back with a brand new adaptation of one of Conan creator Robert E. Howard's best-known tales.

Award-winning writer Kurt Busiek and artists Cary Nord and Dave Stewart render the glorious suspense of Howard's beloved "The God in the Bowl" in all its terrifying detail, as well as introducing not only Conan's most famed adversary, Thoth-amon, but a new female foil to Conan's exploits-Janissa, the Widowmaker, bound by a pact to a witch who has sinister plans for Conan.

o "Writer Kurt Busiek treats Conan with the dignified respect due one of the towering figures in fantasy literature … it feels like historians unearthed a vibrant, bloody tapestry. These are, once again, the days of high adventure."-Entertainment Weekly

THE CURSE OF DRACULA TPB

MARV WOLFMAN (W), GENE COLAN (A), and DAVE STEWART (C)

On sale October 12, SC, 80pg, FC, 7" x 10", $9.95

In the 1970s, writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan created seventy issues of terrifying tales in the classic Marvel series The Tomb of Dracula. Now, Wolfman and Colan are together again, offering a fresh take on the most enduring character in horror fiction and catapulting the Lord of the Dead back into comics stardom.

A mysterious and persuasive figure is moving amongst the circles of San Francisco's political elite. When Jonathan Van Helsing and his team of vampire hunters come to town investigating a string of grisly murders and stumble into a virtual pit of blood-soaked horrors, they know it's only a matter of time before they come face to face with the master of the dark!

o To learn more about Marv Wolfman or Gene Colan visit their official websites. www.marvwolfman.com and www.genecolan.com

DAMN NATION TPB

ANDREW COSBY (W) and J. ALEXANDER (A)

On sale October 12, SC, 104pg, FC, 6" x 9", $12.95

From the creator of UPN's Haunted and the Sci-Fi network original series Eureka comes one of the most ambitious and horrifying tales ever committed to the comics page!

Writer Andrew Cosby has imagined a United States shut off from the world by concrete barricades and barbed wire-not because of what might get in, but what might get out. A vampire plague has spread from sea to shining sea and when a small holdout of scientists trapped outside of Buffalo, N.Y. discover a cure, it's up to a Special Ops team from the President's current offices in London to go in and get it. Yet, not everyone in the world wants to see America back in the saddle again …

o The stunning painted artwork of Eisner Award-nominee J. Alexander (Queen and Country) earned the first issue of Damn Nation the honor of Cover of the Month by Wizard Magazine. With Alexander's atmospheric visuals, Cosby crafts a vampire thriller with surprises under every manhole cover and the dark truth that not all monsters fear the sunlight.

DARK HORSE DELUXE STATIONERY SETS AND JOURNALS

On sale November 16

Tara McPherson's Lonely Heart Stationery Set, 8 letter sheets, 6 envelopes, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4", $4.99

Jim Flora Musick Shoppe Stationery Set, 8 letter sheets, 6 envelopes, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4", $4.99

Jim Flora Journal, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" spiral bound journals, 128 pages, $9.99

This month Dark Horse adds two new stationery sets and one new journal to its collection.

Behold the world of Tara McPherson! Tara's characters seem to exude an idealized innocence with a glimpse of hard earned wisdom in their eyes. Her paintings are beautiful, thought-provoking, and mesmerizing. Tara has shown her work in many galleries. She designs posters for bands, does freelance illustration, and her work has graced comic book covers as well. We think she's great, and you will too!

Jim Flora created dozens of diabolic and hallucinatory album cover illustrations in the 1940s and '50s. Featuring angular, beaked-nosed beatnik musicians playing cockeyed, levitating instruments, his work has influenced many of today's popular artists. He used colors and subject matter that now evoke another time in history: '40s and '50s back alley clubs, beat poetry, and jazz musicians playing their hearts out: back when cool was really cool. Dark Horse is very pleased to provide a new platform for Jim's art to be seen.

FAVOLE: STONE TEARS BOOK 1 TPB

VICTORIA FRANCÉS (W/A)

On sale October 12, SC, 48pg, FC, 6 11/16" x 10 1/4", $12.95

Victoria Francés creates in her first book a gothic romantic fantasy reminiscent of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, filled with tales of vampires, magic, and the undying spirit of lovers which reaches across the centuries.

Lushly illustrated, Favole: Stone Tears is the first book in an ongoing series by an emerging new talent in the illustration field.

o Will appeal to fans of lush gothic romantic artists such as Luis Royo.

o A line of stationery and merchandise based on her work is forthcoming from Dark Horse.

o An emerging star in the field of fantasy illustration, Victoria Francés has already established a large following in Europe. She will make her American debut at the 2005 San Diego International ComiCon!

o For a look at the fantastic art of Victoria Francés please go to http://www.artaskagency.com/artists/frances.asp

THE FOG TPB

SCOTT ALLIE (W) and TODD HERMAN (A)

On sale October 26, SC, 88pg, FC, 5 1/4" x 7 1/2", $6.95

This October, John Carpenter brings one of his most original nightmares back to the big screen with a remake of The Fog, starring Smallville's Superboy Tom Welling. Carpenter and director Rupert Wainwright (Stigmata) team with Dark Horse Comics to flesh out the story of doomed travelers and the supernatural devastation of a small coastal town, in this original graphic novel.

Scott Allie, writer of The Devil's Footprints and Star Wars: Empire worked with the director to craft a bizarre story about a Chinese curse and a town plunged into a walking-dead nightmare. A group of Shanghai traders have come to America hoping to escape a string of weird deaths at the claws of unseen monsters. The arrival of a strange yet familiar fog reveals that the curse has found them, but even they don't know what that has to do with a pyromaniac refugee from the Civil War, the disappearance of one of their sons, or the terrible change coming over the Americans in this small seaside town.

o With a cover by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and haunting art by Todd Herman (The Dark Horse Book of the Dead) and Dave Stewart (Conan, Hellboy), this original graphic novel is an essential intro to the new film.

o "This book's a remarkable extension of the story that Debra Hill and I created, true to the terror of the film and the EC Comics that inspired it." -John Carpenter

FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY LIBRARY I HC

FRANK MILLER (W/A/)

On sale October 26, 4 hardcovers w/slipcase, 840pg, b&w w/spot color, 9" x 12", $150.00

A collector's dream! Sin City fans the world over are clamoring for oversized archival editions of the legendary noir series from Frank Miller, and Dark Horse is rising to the occasion! In the tradition of the EC Library, these deluxe hardcovers measure 9" x 12", are printed on high-quality paper stock, and collect each original series along with the color series covers. The four hardcover volumes of set I are packaged in a handsomely designed slipcase-a long-awaited addition to the bookshelves of discriminating comics fans.

This slipcase holds volumes one through four of Sin City, the hard-boiled stories that started it all! Never before seen at this size, the now-infamous Marv, Dwight, Gail, Miho, Hartigan, Nancy, and the Yellow Bastard will transport you to Sin City and show you the bloody lives they lead … bloody by choice or by circumstance.

o Set I includes Sin City vols. 1-4: The Hard Goodbye, A Dame to Kill For, The Big Fat Kill, and That Yellow Bastard.

THE GOON: FANCY PANTS EDITION HC

ERIC POWELL (W/A)

On sale October 12, HC, 184pg, FC, 7" x 10", $24.95

This volume collects the essential stories of the Eisner-Award winning Goon, presenting his life in chronological order for the first time-along with a boxcar-load of extras-all in a handsomely designed (and handsomely priced) signed hardcover. Chronicling the histories of the Zombie Priest, Buzzard, Labrazio, and of course, Goon and Franky, this collection is the perfect introduction to the entire Goon mythos. Eric Powell personally arranged the stories (spanning three publishers and nearly ten years) so that the life of the Goon could be read as one complete story. This hardcover is a must-have for every serious fan of the Goon, containing a comprehensive sketchbook and a three-page, never-before-seen Buzzard story.

o Collecting self published issues #1, #2 and Dark Horse issues #1, #3, #5, and #9.

o Check back next month for more of our Goon month celebration with a 25 cent issue and the begginning of an all-new monthly Goon strip right here in the pages of Previews!

o Signed by creator Eric Powell!

o Copies of The Goon hardcover will be printed to inital orders and is exclusive to the direct market.

THE GOON #14

ERIC POWELL (W/A)

On sale September 21, FC, 32pg, $2.99

It's well known that a nameless man known to some as the Zombie Priest came to the Goon's burg to build a gang from the dead. But why? Who is he? Where did he come from? What are the origins of his mysterious power? Why has he set loose a plague of zombies? Could it be from emotional problems? Was he breastfed for too long? Was he potty trained too quickly? Would he be a nicer fella if a nice lady friend baked him a cake? All this and more revealed in this startling tell-all issue!

o 2004 Eisner nominee for Best Single Issue (or One-shot), Best Continuing Series, Best Humor Publication, and Best Writer/Artist Humor.

o Check back next month for more of our Goon month celebration with a 25 cent issue and the begginning of an all-new monthly Goon strip right here in the pages of Previews!

HELLSING: IMPURE SOULS ANIME MANGATPB

KOHTA HIRANO (W/A)

On sale October 26, SC, 160pg, FC, 5" x 7", $14.95

A secret war brews in the night-a war where humanity is only a pawn. The Hellsing Organization deploys in the shadows to protect the mortal world. But now, artificially spawned vampires have appeared, forcing Hellsing to call in their ultimate weapon-the rogue vampire, Alucard!

We present Hellsing: Impure Souls Anime Manga, adapted from the popular anime series, now in book form for your sustained joy and dread.

o Based on the popular anime and graphic novel series.

o Dark Horse has sold over one-quarter million copies of Hellsing!

HOT STUFF KEYCHAINS

On sale September 14, Hot Stuff "Heart" Keychain, $4.99

On sale September 14, Hot Stuff "Mmmm!" Keychain, $4.99

Hot Stuff returns with more mischief! Imported from France and sculpted of the highest quality by Demons and Merveilles, this Harvey Comics character continues to bring praise from customers. Dark Horse is pleased to offer two new Hot Stuff keychains to our line.

JACK HIGHTOWER TPB

WILL VINTON (W), ANDREW WIESE (W), and FABIO LAGUNA (A)

On sale October 12, SC, 136pg, FC, 7" x 10", $12.95

Secret agent Jack Hightower was at the height of his career when something BIG happened. Now the world-class uber-operative and infamous ladies man is seeing things from a whole new perspective … a very, very different perspective, to say the least.

Tall, daring, and handsome, Jack had it all-a stellar career, beautiful women, and more power and influence than he could shake a supermodel at. But despite it all, Jack longed for one thing that eluded him-the capture of his long-time archnemesis, Dr. Litigious Savant. On the fateful night when Jack's dream of cornering the elusive Savant is realized, things go terribly, dreadfully wrong, and Jack gets cut down to size by one of the doctor's insidious inventions … the size of your average action figure, to be exact.

o Will Vinton is the animation pioneer who developed and trademarked the Claymation® process while creating some of the most innovative three-dimensional animation in history. Early in his career, Will won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film for Closed Mondays, a clay animated short. He went on to create, direct, and produce a number of the best-known animated characters in the world including The California Raisins and the Red and Yellow CGI M&Ms. Will also produced the television series The PJ's for The WB as well as Gary and Mike for UPN.

JINGLE BELLE ORNAMENT

On sale November 16, 4 7/8" tall, fully painted polyresin, packaged in full-color window box, $14.99

Not content to live in the shadow of her dad, Santa Claus, eternal teenager Jingle is constantly craving attention and making trouble. Inspired by Jingle's comic book adventures, we've decided to make an eye-catching ornament in her honor.

With help from Jingle Belle creator Paul Dini and artist extraordinaire Jose Garibaldi, we've designed a fantastic ornament that does the swingin' elf gal justice.

LITTLE LULU: LETTERS TO SANTA TPB

JOHN STANLEY (W) and IRVING TRIPP (A)

On sale October 12, SC, 200pg, b&w, 6" x 9", $9.95

For eight-year-old Lulu Moppet, nothing is impossible-even if the results of her efforts are impossibly imperfect. Need to quell the fury of a rambunctious two-year-old? Lulu's got a hilarious fairy tale brewing in her brain that'll do just the trick. Father needs his best suit taken to the tailor? Lulu can handle it-so long as Pop doesn't mind if she makes a few unplanned-and wholly unpredictable!-stops along the way. Have a wayward ghost in your house who needs a new home? Lulu's your girl!

o "Written and laid out by John Stanley, with finished art by Irving Tripp, these little gems are timeless models of wry humor and unsurpassed comic timing as they explore the foibles of human nature." -Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

o "Little Lulu should not be missed by anyone of any age who enjoys classic cartoon comedy." -Time.com

OH MY GODDESS VOLUME 1 TPB

KOSUKE FUJISHIMA (W/A)

On sale October 12, SC, 192pg, b&w, 5" x 7", $10.95

Alone in his dorm on a Saturday night, Nekomi Tech's Keiichi Morisato dials a wrong number that will change his life forever-reaching the Goddess Technical Help Line. Granted one wish by the charming young goddess Belldandy-a wish for anything in the world-Keiichi wishes she would stay with him always! Complications are bound to ensue from this; the immediate first being the new couple getting tossed out of the dorm-it's males only!

As the hapless student and his mysterious "foreign beauty" ride around looking for a new place to stay-risking the different dangers of seeking shelter with an otaku convinced Belldandy is an imaginary woman, and a Zen priest convinced she's a sinister witch-Keiichi's still got his classes on Monday morning! How is his new "exchange student" companion going to be received on the N.I.T. campus? A little too well for normal life to ever return …

o Dark Horse is proud to present the beginning of Oh My Goddess!-now in the much-requested, affordable, Japanese-reading, right-to-left format!

o Features a beautiful new cover by creator Kosuke Fujishima, plus eight pages of interior manga story in color.

o Oh My Goddess! is the manga that inspired the brand-new anime TV series from Media Blasters.

REVELATIONS #2 (of 6)

PAUL JENKINS (W), HUMBERTO RAMOS (P/Cover), and LEONARDO OLEA (C)

On sale September 28, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Detective Charlie Northern delves deeper into the secret workings of the Vatican as he tries to unravel the strange death of a highly influential cardinal, only to discover that someone is trying to sabotage his investigation. Luckily, Northern finds an ace up his sleeve-lawyer and Vatican insider Lucille Pellicica who has taken an interest in him. Yet, in underground catacombs, ancient rituals are being acted out, hidden in the darkness from Northern's prying eyes.

Don't miss as one of the most original mysteries in comics takes shape at the hands of fan-favorite creative team Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos!

ROCCO VARGAS: WALKING WITH MONSTERS HC

DANIEL TORRES (W/A)

On sale September 7, HC, 48pg, FC, 8 3/4" x 11 3/4", $14.95

Shape-shifting robots! An interstellar conspiracy! Who can be trusted? Rocco Vargas betrayed! In the world of the future, the solar-system's most renowned science-fiction writer is but the alter-ego of the galaxy's greatest adventurer, the suave swashbuckler Rocco Vargas. Coming to the aid of embattled shape-changing "biomecs," Rocco finds himself at the center of mayhem on Mars, with the fate of the mecs-and his own freedom-hanging in the balance. Created by legendary cartoonist Daniel Torres, Rocco Vargas is stylish, rousing graphic fiction that is sure to be all the rage on the most exclusive space stations and off-world colonies.

ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE ORNAMENT SET

On sale November 16, Rocky stands 3" tall, Bullwinkle is 4 7/8" tall, fully painted polyresin, packaged in full-color window box, $19.99

Rocky and Bullwinkle were created by legendary animator Jay Ward, whose brilliant mind spawned The Bullwinkle and Rocky Show, one of animation's zaniest ever. Collector's note: our previous ornament two-packs (Krazy Kat & Ignatz; Heckle & Jeckle) are sold out forever. Will you have this one at regular price, or pay more later?

RON ENGLISH'S RABBBIT SOFT VINYL FIGURE

On sale September 28, 9" tall, soft vinyl figure, packaged in a full color window box, $17.99

Ron English has received widespread recognition upon the inclusion of his subversive art in the film "Super Size Me." Before the film gained popularity, many people may not have been familiar with Ron's colorful, unique style, but they'll probably never forget it. For many of us, who have been following Ron's career since the mid-'90s, his art has made an impact on our senses. Ron has been designing his own billboards, featuring witty and controversial comments on politics and popular culture, and risked arrest everytime he put them up.

His contemporary take on the classics is instantly recognizable: Van Gogh's Starry Night with a well-known hamburger joint in the background, a multi-faced Munch's Scream, and Monet and Kinkade-inspired landscapes, sometimes serving as home to our three-eyed friend, Rabbbit.

We couldn't resist this little creature. With three eyes and ears, two cute noses, and two mouths, his presence will be an adorable and disturbing companion for years to come. He's made of durable soft vinyl, and comes in a full-color window box, with original Ron English art inside and out!

SAMURAI: HEAVEN AND EARTH TPB

RON MARZ (W), LUKE ROSS (A), and JASON KEITH (C)

On sale October 26, SC, 120pg, FC, 6" x 9", $14.95

Beginning in feudal Japan of 1704, Samurai: Heaven & Earth follows Shiro, a lone samurai warrior sworn to be reunited with the love of his life who has been spirited away by his enemies. His pursuit of Yoshiko will carry him farther than he could have imagined --from his native Japan to the sprawling empire of China, across Europe, and finally to Paris itself. There, in the fabled halls of King Louis XIV's Versailles, he must cross blades with the greatest swordsmen ever known if he is to reclaim his love.

Ron Marz and artist Luke Ross, fresh off their triumphant finale on Green Lantern, have turned their skills to a historical epic in the tradition of Lone Wolf and Cub and Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers. Joined by Eisner-nominated colorist Jason Keith, they have produced a lushly illustrated tale of devotion and high adventure.

SAMURAI EXECUTIONER VOLUME 8 TPB

KAZUO KOIKE (W) and GOSEKI KOJIMA (A)

On sale November 30, SC, 304pg, b&w, 4" x 6", $9.95

Spring is a season of rebirth, or new life springing forth, a time of cherished blooming and delightful scents. But for Kubikira Asa, there is no spring delight. The Edo-era samurai crime drama by Lone Wolf and Cub creators Koike and Kojima continues down its path of heinous crime and diligent, bloody justice.

Spring may come to the innocent, but to those condemned to lose their heads to Asa's sword, it will be their last.

o Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

SERENITY #3 (of 3)

JOSS WHEDON (W), BRETT MATTHEWS (W), WILL CONRAD (P), LAURA MARTIN (C), LEINIL YU (Cover), JOSHUA MIDDLETON (Cover), and SEAN PHILLIPS (Cover)

On sale September 7, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Just looking to earn themselves a little bit of peace on the edges of the galaxy, the crew of the ship Serenity have landed themselves in a big, fat trap. Now, it's up to this motley bunch of mercenaries and fugitives to fight their way free from the grips of a nasty bunch of covert-operatives known as the Blue Gloves. Get ready for hot action in the cold reaches of space as Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews deliver the brain-exploding conclusion to this comic prequel of Whedon's Serenity feature-film-the uber-anticipated follow-up to his cult-hit TV show Firefly.

o This final issue features three seperate covers by some of comics hottest artists-Leinil Yu, Joshua Middleton, and Sean Phillips!

SIN CITY PLAYING CARDS

On sale August 17, pack includes 52 plastic coated cards, plus two jokers, $4.99

Comics legend Frank Miller lent his distinctive noir style to a deck of cards that will prove a winner every time! The back of each card features an illustration of Nancy in all her glory, and memorable images from the town without pity decorate each and every card. Pack includes 52 plastic coated cards and two jokers.

STAR WARS: EMPIRE #37

"The Wrong Side of the War" part 2 (of 5)

WELLES HARTLEY (W), DAVIDÉ FABBRI (P), CHRISTIAN DALLA VECCHIA (I), DAVIDÉ FABBRI (C), DAVID MICHAEL BECK (Cover)

On sale September 7, FC, 32pg, $2.99

In his new post as prison guard at the Imperial base on Kalist IV, Lt. Janek Sunber is forced to weigh what he knows he should do against what he can do when he comes up against the corrupt status quo.

But conflict with his fellow officers is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to challenges facing the young lieutenant. Unbeknownst to the Empire, the Rebels have infiltrated the base!

o The return of Lieutenant Janek Sunber (the lead character in "To the Last Man," Empire #16-18)!

STAR WARS: REPUBLIC #81

"The Hidden Enemy" part 1 (of 3)

JOHN OSTRANDER (W), JAN DUURSEMA (P/Cover), DAN PARSONS (I), and BRAD ANDERSON (C)

On sale September 28, FC, 32pg, $2.99

The first issue of a three-part story that begins during the events of Revenge of the Sith, and reveals a battle that was not shown in that film!

The Separatist attack on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyyk demands a strong response from the Republic, and Jedi Masters Luminara Unduli and Quinlan Vos arrive with their clone armies. But there may be more behind the Separatist attack-and more to the Wookiee's defense-than the Jedi know.

Old friends, new enemies, and lots of action!

STAR WARS: X-WING-ROGUE LEADER #1 (of 3)

HADEN BLACKMAN (W), TOMÁS GIORELLO (P), MICHAEL ATIYEH (C), and GARY ERSKINE (Cover)

On sale September 21, FC, 32pg, $2.99

In the wake of the death of the Emperor and the destruction of the Death Star II, a group of Rebel pilots are looking forward to some well-deserved R & R. Instead, they run into a deadly attack by vengeful Imperials that changes the course of all of their lives.

Rev up your engines-it's time for the Rogue Squadron to fly again! Join Luke Skywalker, Wedge Antilles, and the rest of the Rogues on a mission that will define them as heroes not just of the Rebellion, but as heroes for the whole galaxy!

o A return to one of the most requested story lines in Star Wars history!

SUPER MANGA BLAST! #56

MOHIRO KITOH (W/A), MAKOTO KOBAYASHI (W/A), KENICHI SONODA (W/A), and HIROYUKI UTATANE (A) with TOSHIYA TAKEDA (W)

On sale September 28, b&w, 128pg, $5.99

Animals unbound! Makoto Kobayashi presents his first extended What's Michael? story line in a demented, Planet of the Apes-style send-up that pits three astronauts against a world of fickle, feline captors! As things get weirder in Shadow Star, a clandestine Japanese agency takes further steps to secure control over powerful, teenage Dragon Bearers. Androids attack in Cannon God Exaxxion! With the Exaxxion base defenses breached, Kenichi Sonoda's sci-fi heroes face a deadly Riofaldian assault. Seraphic Feather's meta-human heroes have their hands full, with enigmatic aliens, super-powered terrorists, and a lunar shuttle that's falling apart around them!

o A great monthly mix of action, science fiction, romance, drama, fantasy, horror, and humor!

FOR MATURE READERS

The King of the Jungle and the King of Comics in one mighty collection!

TARZAN: THE JOE KUBERT YEARS VOLUME 1 HC

JOE KUBERT (W/A)

On sale October 26, HC, 200pg, FC, 6 1/4" x 10 1/4", $49.95

Few artists can capture visceral action sequences and the dynamic human form like Joe Kubert, and his expressive talents are fully realized in his 1970s Tarzan comics. This beautiful archive collection-with an introduction by Kubert and color restoration based off of Tatjana Wood's original colors-is a must-have for fans of timeless adventure tales and Joe Kubert's undeniable intensity and skill. Beginning with this first volume, Dark Horse's hardcover series reprints Kubert's entire Tarzan work. Join us on these primal adventures, as Tarzan discovers the pleasures and perils of the African wilds … and the many dangers posed by both man and beast! Joe Kubert's Tarzan, Volume One, reprints issues 207 through 214 of the 1970s run, featuring "Origin of the Ape Man" (a bold adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' first Tarzan novel), "Jungle Tales of Tarzan," and other stories inspired by Burroughs' books-all written and drawn by the legendary Joe Kubert!

o Introduction by Joe Kubert!

o A great reference for students of comics art and the human form in action!

o Represents a key period in Kubert's career, when he was juggling roles as Tarzan's editor, writer, and artist.

USAGI YOJIMBO #87

STAN SAKAI (W/A)

On sale September 28, FC, 32pg, $2.99

GOLD! The slaves laboring in Lord Sanada's illegal mine-including rabbit ronin Usagi Yojimbo and Geishu bodyguard Tomoe Ame-finally hit pay dirt. But they are at the mercy of the vicious "blood princess" Noriko, who has something horrible in store for them, and all of the other slaves …

Meanwhile, the young page Motokazu arrives at the "plague-quarantined" village. Even if he discovers Sanada's illicit operation, what can one child do against an army of deadly samurai? Will Geishu Lord Noriyuki act on his misgivings before it is too late?! Find out in part five of "The Treasure of the Mother of Mountains," the latest adventure from world-renowned creator Stan Sakai!

o 2005 Eisner Award nominee for Best Writer/Artist.

o The Art of Usagi Yojimbo has been nominated for Best Publication Design and Best Comics-related Book.

WETA COLLECTIBLES: KONG

Weta Collectibles of New Zealand, a division of Weta Workshop and Dark Horse Comics, Inc. continue Weta's program of licensed consumer products based on Universal Pictures' December 14th release of King Kong.

Kong: Jack & Denham's Ravine Struggle statue, 11.5" long, 9.8" wide, 12.5" tall, fully painted, limited edition, $200.00

Kong: Venatosaur Attack statue, 23.5" long, 8.5" wide, 12.5" tall, fully painted, limited edition, $200.00

Kong: Skull Island Natives statue, 7.8" long, 8.6" wide, 11.8" tall, fully painted, limited edition, $200.00

Kong: Venatosaur Bust, 15.5" long, 6" wide, 17" tall, fully painted, limited edition, $225.00

Kong: Kong Skull, 6" long, 3" wide, 3.5" tall (excluding base), fully painted, limited edition, $30.00

WETA COLLECTIBLES: NARNIA

Weta Collectibles of New Zealand, a division of Weta Workshop and Dark Horse Comics, Inc. continue Weta's program of licensed consumer products based on Disney's December 9th release of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

Narnia: White Witch's Castle Environment statue, TBD, fully painted, limited edition, $150.00

Narnia: General Otmin Statue, 7.5" long, 9" wide, 14" tall, fully painted, limited edition, $150.00

Narnia: Orieus Statue, 11.5" long, 6" wide, 17" tall, fully painted, limited edition, $175.00

Narnia: Satyr Design Maquette, 5.5" long, 7" wide, 12.5" tall, fully painted, limited edition, $150.00

YOU DESERVED IT TPB

BOB FINGERMAN (W/A)

On sale October 12, SC, 88pg, FC, 6" x 9", $9.95

Is Bob Fingerman a cynical misanthrope or a disappointed humanitarian? Dare we suggest maybe both? In You Deserved It, the sensitive creator of the acclaimed graphic novel Beg the Question accesses his darker side, serving up this caustic collection of comical cautionary chronicles. What Beg the Question was to sex and romance, You Deserved It is to wanton violence and social wrongness.

From Otis Goes Hollywood, the epic saga of a homicidally puritanical meat packer with dreams of making it big in Hollywood, to Missing Pieces, a yarn about the extracurricular activities of paramedics, to Buying Bologna, about a guy who just really, really loves his luncheon meat, to Yiffy Situation, a fuzzy fable about fornicating Furries, You Deserved It serves up enough yarns to make one hilariously misanthropic sweater, all in living-and dying-color!

o Bob's previous book, Beg the Question, won a Society of Illustrators Silver Medal and was named one of Booklist's Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2002!

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