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13th SON: WORSE THING WAITING #3 (of 4)
On sale December 13, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Created, written, and drawn by horror virtuoso Kelley Jones (Batman, Deadman, The Dark Horse Book of the Dead, Last Train to Deadsville), The 13th Son tells the story of the world’s ultimate monster hunter—a creature far more horrific and terrible than any of the monsters it hunts! 

The third issue of this nightmarish tale drags readers clawing and screaming through the darkest realms of the Earth, where an all-out monster war is on between the Son and his quarry—every vampire, werewolf, ghoul, and demon on the planet. Meanwhile, the witch who birthed the Son into this world is acting on nefarious designs of her own, which could derail the plans of the Son, and send humanity scurrying from the terrors she seeks to unleash!


Click to enlargeAEON FLUX #4 (of 4)
MIKE KENNEDY (W) and TIMOTHY GREEN II (A)

On sale January 4, FC, 32pg, $2.99

The best-laid plans are those that change. The Monican Rebellion’s scheme to sabotage the Bregnan government’s defoliant cannons must adjust to a shortened timetable, and flat-out destruction seems their quickest and best alternative. But Aeon has other priorities as well, namely finding her mysterious young trainee, Sithandra, and settling matters properly! No one abhors manipulation more than Aeon, and this is a lesson anyone who confronts her will remember for the rest of their short lives…


Click to enlargeALIENS: ORIGINAL SIN NOVEL
MICHAEL JAN FRIEDMAN (W)

Available now!, SC, 300pg, 4 3/16" x 6 3/4", $6.99 

In 1979, science fiction and horror were brought together in director Ridley Scott's classic film Alien. The film follows the crew of a space cargo-ship, the Nostromo, who land on a hostile planet in response to a faint SOS only to discover an abandoned ship with a ravenous alien on board. Alien inspired three movie sequels, and now Aliens: Original Sin expands further on this classic story, bringing back characters like Ripley 8, the clone of Lt. Ellen Ripley, and the android Call. It also sorts out unanswered questions from the movies and raises entirely new ones. Was it just coincidence that the Nostromo happened to pass by the desolate planet? Why was the alien on the crashed ship in the first place? The answers, along with intense action, chilling horror, and even deeper questions await in suspense virtuoso Michael Jan Friedman's Aliens: Original Sin.

• Michael Jan Friedman has developed a huge group of fans with his numerous New York Times bestsellers.


Click to enlargeBERSERK VOLUME 10 TPB
KENTARO MIURA (W/A)

On sale January 25, SC, 240pg, b&w, 5" x 7", $13.95

Warrior supreme Guts has returned, and just in time to save the weakened Band of the Hawk from certain destruction…and to form an intimate bond with the beautiful warrior Casca. But job one is to find a way to free Griffith, the Hawks’ leader, from the dank dungeons and ’round-the-clock tortures of the Hawks’ former benefactor, the King of Midland. But while the flayed and starved Griffith may be in isolation, he is not alone. Horrors beyond imagination await Guts and the Hawks in the catacombs, and those who die may just be the lucky ones!

• Each volume of Berserk comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

• The first seven volumes of Berserk have sold over 125,000 copies!

• 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.


Click to enlargeBILLY THE KID’S OLD TIMEY ODDITIES TPB
ERIC POWELL (W) and KYLE HOTZ (A)

On sale January 11, SC, 104pg, FC, 7" x 10", $13.95

From the Eisner award-winning creator of The Goon comes an over-the-bigtop horror romp pitting outlaw legend Billy the Kid and a band of circus “freaks” against the evil machinations of the nefarious Dr. Frankenstein! 

Penned with deranged glee by Powell and illustrated by fan-favorite horror artist Kyle Hotz (The Agency andThe Hood), Billy The Kid’s Old Timey Oddities starts with Billy the Kid free to roam America, having faked his own death. Free, that is, until Fineas Spoule, AKA. The Human Spider, discovers his secret. Now, afraid of being exposed, Billy finds himself in the service of a caravan of carnival sideshow performers who have unfinished business with a mad scientist none other than Victor Frankenstein himself!

This twisted love child of spaghetti westerns and Hammer horror flicks combines Powell’s humorous fast-paced storytelling and Hotz’s quirky macabre visuals for a story that the whole family will love…if they’re the kind of family that love alligator men and miniature boys fighting monstrous mistakes of science with the help of the fastest gunslinger in the West!

• Written by Eric Powell creator The Goon, recipient of the International Horror Guild Award and multiple Eisner Awards!


Click to enlargeBLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #108: SHORTCUT part 2 (of 5)
HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)

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

Hidden in a fortified prison cell near Edo Castle, Manji endures rough inspections at the hands of Habaki Kagimura’s medical examiners. Oddly enough, despite being imprisoned and tortured, Manji finds some comfort and friendship in a conversation with his cellmate–a simple man with a sad story. Giichi, Mugai-ryü assassin extraordinaire, is also missing, and Hyakurin and Rin consider their next move as they search for their friends. 

Politics, horror, and squabbling, demented surgeons! Hiroaki Samura is pulling our favorite immortal warrior down a very disturbing, bloody pathway … and the twisted fun in this “Shortcut” story arc is just getting started!

FOR MATURE READERS


Click to enlargeBLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE—NIGHT OF THE BEASTS NOVEL
MAMORU OSHII (W)

On sale December 14, SC, 300pg, 5" x 7", $8.95

At Yokota Base in Japan, American soldiers stand guard at the brink of the Vietnam War. Although they fear the enemy outside their base, an even more dangerous enemy waits within—bloodthirsty vampires walk among them. Appearing human, the beasts lurk in secret among the soldiers, waiting for the moment to attack. Saya, a fierce and beautiful vampire hunter, is sent to lead a team of undercover agents whose mission is to decide who is human and who is not, and wipe out the vampires before they can wipe out the base. But even though Saya is a powerful warrior whose skill with her Japanese sword is lethal, her ferocity may not be enough. The first book in a highly successful series of novels from Japan, Blood: The Last Vampire is a startling, fast-paced thriller full of chilling surprises.

• Developed as a multimedia concept, the Saya character from the Blood: The Last Vampire franchise was made into a highly successful PlayStation video game and a series of novels.

• A new weekly animated Blood: The Last Vampire television series is currently in production in Japan. 

• Sure to appeal to fans of vampire adventure stories. Cover art by Katsuya Terada.


Click to enlargeB.P.R.D.: THE BLACK FLAME #5 (of 6)
MIKE MIGNOLA (W), JOHN ARCUDI (W), GUY DAVIS (A), and DAVE STEWART (C)

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

The secret war against the frogs is no longer secret as an ancient monster-god marches across the devastated American heartland. Air Force bombs and missiles are useless against it, so how can the B.P.R.D., on the verge of total collapse, hope to stop it? The answer lies in a dream and in the bottom of a dresser drawer of a man who never existed.


Click to enlargeCONAN #23
KURT BUSIEK (W) and GREG RUTH (A)

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

Kurt Busiek teams up with Greg Ruth for another eye-popping tale spotlighting Conan’s earliest years. 

At the age of ten, Conan already finds boyhood too small to contain his manly strength and ambition. But when disease strikes him and his village, he is left weak and unworthy. Determined to regain his self-respect, he journeys alone to the site of one of Cimmeria’s bloodiest battles—but little does Conan know that vile men hide in the shadows of this place, waiting to prey upon those so foolish as to awaken the fallen warriors from their uneasy sleep.


Click to enlargeCONAN AND THE DEMONS OF KHITAI #3 (of 4)
AKIRA YOSHIDA (W), PAUL LEE (A), and PAT LEE (Cover)

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

King Conan battles an onslaught of monsters unlike any he’s seen in this penultimate issue of the series that pits the King of the Western world against a phantom warrior seeking to crush the Far East beneath his demonic fist. Shinzen was the greatest swordsman in the exotic kingdom of Khitai, until he became warped with dark power and stole the prized mystical blade Hakkiba. Now, Conan, his last remaining comrade, and the elite of the Khitai royal guard must stop Shinzen—no matter how many twisted beasts of unspeakable horror he throws in their way. Also, don’t miss the cover by comic-art marvel Pat Lee!


Click to enlargeCONCRETE VOLUME 3: FRAGILE CREATURE TPB
PAUL CHADWICK (W/A)

On sale January 18, SC, 208pg, b&w, 6" x 9", $12.95

When you’re seven-feet plus of walking, talking stone, you’re bound to draw the media spotlight, especially when you live in Tinseltown. Concrete’s celebrity status is sometimes a pain in the buttress . . . but it does bring the occasional paycheck gig. When the producer of a low-budget science-fiction film approaches Concrete to use his prodigious strength to help save money on the film’s FX budget, the siren call of Hollywood draws Concrete like a moth to a flame . . . a seven-thousand-dollar-a-week flame, that is.

• Concrete is a multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winner.

• The return of Paul Chadwick's award-winning Concrete has ushered in a resurgence of interest in the acclaimed series that Harlan Ellison called “...probably the best comic being published today by anyone, anywhere.” 

• This value-priced volume collects the Eisner Award-winning series Fragile Creature, along with bonus short stories “Litlle Pushes,” “Fire at Twilight,” “Byrdland’s Secret,” “The Artistic Impulse,” “Burning Brightly, Brightly,” “Next Best,” and “The Gray Embrace”


Click to enlargeDRACULA: ASYLUM NOVEL
PAUL WITCOVER (W)

On sale December 14, SC, 300pg, 4 3/16" x 6 3/4", $6.99

Since Bram Stoker first penned Dracula in 1897, this horror classic has been endlessly reinterpreted on stage, screen, and print. Drawing on Universal Pictures’ 1930s rendition of Count Dracula during the Golden Age of horror films, Dracula: Asylum is a bold new turn on a story that has remained a consistent favorite for over one hundred years. 

The book follows the activities at Dr. Seward’s Sanatorium, the location from which Dracula drew several victims before being destroyed by Jonathan Harker in the original story. It is now after World War I and after being gone for years Dracula is suddenly restored to earth. Trapped beneath the grounds of the madhouse, his evil reaches out into the minds of the weak and insane—and as a new crop of victims is harvested, new heroes are needed to battle this impenetrable evil. Dracula: Asylum combines intense horror, psychological tension, and thrilling action to create a successor worthy of the original. 

• The DH Press interpretation of Dracula will bring one of the most durable characters of vampire lore to an established readership of edgy literature. 


Click to enlargeTHE GOON #15
ERIC POWELL (W/A)

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

The war against the Zombie Priest is going well as Goon and his allies have managed to put a strangle-hold on the Priest's supply of fresh corpses for his Zombie legion. But just as things seem to be cooling down on Lonely Street, a mysterious figure arrives on the scene to seek revenge on one of the Goon's best pals, Norton.

Come see why Eric Powell's The Goon won this year's 2005 Eisner Award, not only for Best Humor Publication, but also for Best Ongoing Series. BEST ONGOING SERIES, people! Come on! What's it gonna take?! Read this book, already!!!

• Look for our monthly Goon strip on page 00.

• 2005 Eisner Award-winner for Best Humor Publication and Best Continuing Series!


Click to enlargeGUNGRAVE ANIME MANGA TPB
Based on the anime created by Yasuhiro Nightow and the animation produced by Madhouse

On sale January 18, SC, 160pg, FC, 5" x 7", $14.95

For Brandon Heat, death doesn’t matter. Driven by his need for revenge, he returns from beyond the grave to cripple Millenion, the huge mafia organization that uses undead monsters as its enforcers. His ultimate goal will be to destroy Harry McDowel, the leader of Millenion, and at one time, Brandon’s best friend...

• The Gungrave anime manga comes to you in full color, an adaptation of the popular anime created by the masterminds at Madhouse and creator Yasuhiro Nightow.

• Created by Trigun mastermind, Yasuhiro Nightow, Gungrave began as an animated TV series and has been adapted into a popular video game.


Click to enlargeJINGLE BELLE: THE FIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (one-shot)
PAUL DINI (W), STEPHANIE GLADDEN (A/Cover), and JOSE GARIBALDI (A)

On sale December 14, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Clear the ice! Santa's rebellious daughter returns in this fun-filled winter one-shot courtesy of writer Paul Dini and artists Stephanie Gladden and Jose Garibaldi. In a follow-up to her classic "Mighty Elves" tale, Jingle once again takes to the hockey rink in a battle royal with her snow leopard rival Tashi. It's the war to settle the score, or it will be if the girls can stay out of the penalty box long enough to finish the game. Also, romance comes to the North Pole in a tale of love among the lemmings, and Jing endures yet another "blissful" Christmas Eve in the company of her famous mom and pop. 


KONG, THE 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD™ MOVIE ADAPTATION #1 (of 3)
CHRISTIAN GOSSETT (W) and DUSTIN WEAVER (A)

On sale December 21, FC, 40pg, $3.99

With disgruntled investors after his skin, director Carl Denham has one chance to make the film of his dreams—hire an unknown actress, kidnap his writer, and board a tramp freighter for the South Pacific. And Denham is the only one on board who knows their final destination: a mysterious, storm-shrouded land mass known only as the Island of the Skulls.

There, Denham and his film crew will encounter hostile natives, and actress Ann Darrow will find herself in the grasp of the island’s undisputed lord and master—the mighty Kong!

Based on the eagerly anticipated motion picture by Peter Jackson, this three-issue comics adaptation captures all of the action, all of the romance, and all of the terror of the 8th Wonder of the World!


Click to enlargePENNY ARCADE: 1x 25¢
JERRY HOLKINS (W) and MIKE KRAHULIK (A)

On sale December 7, FC, 24pg, $.25

If you’ve never heard of Penny Arcade, it’s possible you were killed tragically in a snowplow accident and your ghost is haunting the place where you once lived, convinced that you are still alive! Or you may have just missed out on this new invention called “the Internet.” But don’t fear, because Penny Arcade, the most popular web comic ever, is coming to comics shops and bookstores everywhere! The comic for gamers, by gamers is now available to everyone! In celebration of Dark Hore’s January release of Attack of the Bacon Robots, the first Penny Arcade collection, we’re offering readers a twenty-five-cent preview of the book in a twenty-four-page comic!


Click to enlargePERHAPANAUTS #2 (of 4)
TODD DEZAGO (W), CRAIG ROUSSEAU (P), and RICO RENZI (C)

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

Hey, Perhapa-pals! Todd Dezago here. I really don’t want to date myself but, y’know, I can remember a time when there wasn’t any PREVIEWS. No solicitations, no cover image, no three sentence encapsulation that sorta dilutes the thrills of an upcoming story. Back then the only way you knew what your hero was in store for next month was on the last panel of this month’s issue! Like—Next Issue: The Rhino! It was enticing! It was exciting! Don’t get me wrong—I love PREVIEWS—it’s wonderful publication. However, in honor of those bygone days, we here at The Perhapanauts will be using this space to introduce ourselves, preview some awesome artwork, and maybe tell a few jokes. Check back here next month for some of that kind of fun.

Oh, and please check out The Perhapanauts #2 for a comic that’s packed with adventure, chills, and excitement! 

After all, we do it for you.


Click to enlargeREVELATIONS #5 (of 6)
PAUL JENKINS (W), HUMBERTO RAMOS (A), and LEONARDO OLEA (C)

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

Someone wants Detective Charlie Northern dead. Brought to the Vatican to investigate the strange death of the Pope’s most likely successor, Northern has uncovered too much, and now, someone close to him has been murdered. Dark and powerful forces are at work, but Northern doesn’t care anymore. He knows he’s dangerously close to the truth, and nothing short of Hell itself is going to stop him from finding out who or what is out to destroy his life. 

Humberto Ramos' always fantastic artwork takes an amazing turn with this complex and shocking murder mystery.


Click to enlargeSERAPHIC FEATHER VOLUME 6: COLLISION COURSE TPB
TOSHIYA TAKEDA (W) and HIROYUKI UTATANE (A)

On sale January 11, SC, 00pg, b&w, 5 3/4" x 8 1/4", $15.95

A game of power, treachery, and violence plays out over possession of advanced alien technology discovered buried on the Moon. These “Emblem Seeds” can unleash incredible power, but only a few are capable of wielding that power, and those who can are as valuable as the technology itself. Separatist corporate terrorists have hijacked a shuttle to Earth with the intent of kidnapping one such paranormal, Kei Heidemann, but U.N. agents, led by the beautiful and deadly Attim M-Zak, are out to spoil their plot. If the agents fail, not only will Kei fall into enemy hands, but the crippled shuttle will collide with Earth’s orbital elevator, cutting off the moon colonies and setting the stage for the moon’s independence…and potential war with Earth!

• “I found myself getting pulled in more and more with each page.”
–Greg McElhatten, iCOMICS.com

FOR MATURE READERS


Click to enlargeSERENITY TPB
JOSS WHEDON (W), BRETT MATTHEWS (W), WILL CONRAD (A), and ADAM HUGHES (Cover)

On sale January 25, SC, 104pg, FC, 7" x 10", $12.95

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and scribe of Marvel’s Astonishing X-Men, unveils a previously unknown chapter in the lives of his favorite band of space brigands in this comics prequel of the Serenity feature film—the big-budget follow-up to Whedon’s cult-hit TV show Firefly. 

Penned by Whedon and Brett Matthews, who wrote several episodes of Firefly as well as Dark Horse’s final Angel comics series and the animated Chronicles of Riddick feature “Dark Fury,” Serenity follows a ship full of mercenaries, fugitives, and one law-abiding prostitute in their pursuit for fast cash and a little peace along the fringes of space. The ragtag crew of Serenity take on a scavenger mission with the hopes of earning enough dough to disappear for a while. Only too late do they realize the whole gig is orchestrated by an old enemy eager to remake their acquainitance with the help of some covert-operatives known only as the Blue Gloves.

Artist Will Conrad (Marvel’s Elektra and Witches) and colorist Laura Martin (Astonishing X-Men and The Ultimates) paint a rough and wild world of adventure across a strange and dangerous universe, in this not-to-be-missed tale straight from the brain of pop-culture mastermind Joss Whedon!

• Look for the Serenity DVD release in spring 2006!


Click to enlargeSHI: JU-NEN TPB
BILLY TUCCI (W/A) and JC VAUGHN (W)

On sale January 11, SC, 104pg, FC, 7" x 10", $12.95

Ana Ishikawa returns to her native Japan where she desperately tries to avert an all out-war between the secretive sects of the Kyoto and Nara Sohei. And with the Narans on the verge of annihilation, the Kyoto Sohei are about to rub it in—with the encouragement of the Yakuza and with potentially disastrous consequences. Once again, Ana in the guise of Death Incarnate, will take up the naginata and don her grandfather's Kabuki face paint in order to save both cities, even if it means turning to her father's murderer Masahiro Arashi to do so...

• William (Billy) Tucci is the award-winning creator, writer and artist of the graphic series Shi. Through Billy his company, Crusade Fine Arts, Ltd., Shi is printed in six languages, has sold more than four million comic books, and grossed over twenty-five million dollars worldwide.


Click to enlargeSPACE PINCHY: PLEASED TA MEETYA
TONY TAKEZAKI (W/A)

On sale December 21, FC, 48pg, $3.99

Meet Space Pinchy. The last remaining member of the Pinch Tribe, Space Pinchy travels through space in search of the tribe’s lost treasures, everything from dirty magazines to doomsday devices! In her adventures Pinchy utilizes myterious superpowers, a form fitting outfit, and about every innuendo in the book to aid her in her quest. 

It’s a sexy, silly manga in full, digital color from Japan’s very odd Tony Takezaki, and it’s coming to America in a special six-issue series from Dark Horse Comics. 


Click to enlargeSTAR WARS: EMPIRE #40
“The Wrong Side of the War” part 5 (of 5)

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

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

The jig is up! 

The Rebel intelligence operatives inside the Imperial base on Kalist VI have been discovered. Yet, even with their cover blown, this stalwart crew of Alliance heroes is determined to follow through with their mission no matter what the cost! As Imperial forces close in swiftly and mercilessly, will this band of Rebels need to be rescued from their own rescue mission? Find out in this explosive conclusion to “The Wrong Side of the War.”

• Stock up on Star Wars graphic novels, for the Episode III DVD release, with the Dark Horse backlist!


Click to enlargeSTAR WARS: EPISODES I - III SLIPCASED GRAPHIC NOVEL SET
VARIOUS (W/A)

On sale November 16, 352pg, 3 books slipcased, $29.95

The Prequel Trilogy is now complete, and Star Wars fans can now own the entire set of graphic-novel adaptations in one deluxe package!

From Anakin Skywalker’s days as a podracer on Tatooine, to his tragic transformation into the Dark Lord of the Sith, the entire story is here in one slipcased set.

• The slipcase contains: Episode I—The Phantom Menace, Episode II—Attack of the Clones, and Episode III—Revenge of the Sith!


Click to enlargeSTAR WARS: PURGE (one-shot)
JOHN OSTRANDER (W), DOUG WHEATLEY (A), CHRIS CHUCKRY (C), and ADAM HUGHES (Cover)

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

After Order 66, few Jedi dare to venture outside the shadows—rumors of the dark and terrible Darth Vader haunting even their waking moments. Yet, some Jedi find this life of fear unbearable. Now, a small band of Jedi have agreed to meet and discuss what should be done to oppose the Empire and its Sith Lords. However, the Empire is always watching, and Vader himself is eager to confront any Jedi that might bring him closer to the whereabouts of his betrayer, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Prepare for Jedi versus Sith action unlike any seen since the Old Republic in this special one-shot follow-up to Revenge of the Sith!


Click to enlargeSTAR WARS TALES VOLUME 6 TPB
ROB WILLIAMS (W), THOMAS ANDREWS (W), IAN EDGINTON (W), LUCAS MARANGON (W/A), BRANDON BADEAUX (A), CULLY HAMNER (A), MICHEL LACOMBE (A), STEVE PUGH (A), and various

On sale January 25, SC, 232pg, FC, 7" x 10", $19.95

The vastness of the Star Wars galaxy hosts an ever-unfolding mythology, filled with character-driven stories of loss and tragedy, of heroism and redemption. Collected here are ten such tales—thrilling adventures that traverse and illuminate every era in the Star Wars mythos. From the life-affirming lessons of the Force to the moral and emotional fallout that comes with giving oneself over to the ways of the Sith, these exhilarating stories will change the way you see that galaxy far, far away…

• Look for Lucasfilm to make some major announcements regarding the future of Star Wars in early 2006!

• Stories cover every era in the Star Wars timeline, from tales of the Old Republic to adventures in the New Jedi Order.


Click to enlargeSUPER MANGA BLAST! #59
MOHIRO KITOH (W/A), MAKOTO KOBAYASHI (W/A), KENICHI SONODA (W/A), and HIROYUKI UTATANE (A) with TOSHIYA TAKEDA (W)

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

The insanity of Makoto Kobayashi’s first extended What’s Michael? story arc continues, as stranded astronauts face spitting, scratching horrors on the “Planet of the Cats!” Whether you’re performing as a circus freak or imprisoned in a gross “breeding cell,” life’s surely not easy for a human surrounded by thousands of angry, bipedal felines. The Cannon God Exaxxion team finally sits down for dinner! (Then something really disturbing happens.) Shadow Star and Seraphic Feather, now featured in the original right-to-left, Japanese format, both enter new eras. The Seraphic Feather crew is almost ready to return to Earth, and Shiina’s father becomes a Shadow Star detective, edging closer to the secrets of the mysterious Shadow Dragons! Also, SMB!’s entertaining and educational columns, “Sugoi Japan!” and “A Fan’s View,” continue to inspire fans of Japanese culture!

FOR MATURE READERS


Click to enlargeUNIVERSAL MONSTERS: CAVALCADE OF HORROR TPB
DAN JOLLEY (W), DEN BEAUVAIS (W/A), DAN VADO (W), STEVE MONCUSE (W), TONY HARRIS, ART ADAMS (A), JONATHAN D. SMITH (A), TERRY AUSTIN (A), and ERIC POWELL (Cover)

On sale January 11, SC, 208pg, FC, 7" x 10", $19.95

The Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula, the Creature from the Black Lagoon!

Featuring long out-of-print artwork by the white-hot Tony Harris (Ex Machina, Starman) and artist Art Adams (Monkeyman & O'Brien), as well as a brand-new introduction and painted cover by multiple Eisner Award Winner Eric Powell (The Goon), this collection tells the original stories of the Universal Monsters—Frankenstein, the Mummy, Dracula, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

From the 1930s to the 1950s, Universal Studios changed horror cinema forever with its legendary run of monster movies. Since then, these timeless tales of terror and tragedy have enthralled generations of audiences and inspired countless creators of the macabre. Now, read the stories of the Universal Monsters as envisioned by some of comics’ finest talents.


Click to enlargeVAMPIRE HUNTER D VOLUME 3: DEMON DEATHCHASE NOVEL
HIDEYUKI KIKUCHI (W) and YOSHITAKA AMANO (A)

On sale December 14, SC, 300pg, 5" x 7", $8.95

The novel that was the basis for the hit motion picture Vampire Hunter D: Demon Deathchase is available in English for the first time! 

The third volume of the popular Japanese series Vampire Hunter D comes to America in Vampire Hunter D: Demon Deathchase. The vampire hunter known only as D has been hired by a wealthy, dying man to find his daughter, who was kidnapped by the powerful vampire Lord Meierlink. Though humans speak well of Meierlink, the price on his head is too high for D to ignore and he sets out to save her before she can be turned into an undead creature of the night. In the nightmare world of 12090 A.D., finding Meierlink before he reaches the spaceport in the Clayborn States and gets off the planet will be hard enough, but D has more than just Meierlink to worry about. The dying man is taking no chances, and has also enlisted the Marcus family, a renegade clan of four brothers and a sister who don’t care who they kill as long as they get paid. Beautiful illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano complement the post-apocalyptic plot, filled with chilling twists. Co-Published with Digital Manga Publishing.


Click to enlargeWILL EISNER: A SPIRITED LIFE BIOGRAPHY
BOB ANDELMAN (W); with introduction by MICHAEL CHABON

Available Now!, SC, 352pg, b&w spot illustrations and photographs, 6" x 9, $14.95

Will Eisner's greatest legacy may be the graphic novels he championed and created. It is certain that Eisner is an American original who has made more innovations in the field of comics than any other artist, permanently altering the face of American pop culture. This beautifully illustrated biography explores the fascinating life of Eisner, detailing a career that exceeds six decades in which Eisner spearheaded the cause of comics for adult readers and created the first graphic novel, A Contract with God. His influence has been felt by such diverse talents as Jack Kirby and Batman creator Bob Kane. Underground comics legend R. Crumb and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists Jules Feiffer and Art Spiegelman have hailed Eisner's cinematic approach to comics and his enduring character The Spirit. From his childhood to educating Army soldiers to famously turning down a proposal for Superman, Eisner's personal and professional life is told in dramatic detail.

Andelman spent almost three years interviewing Eisner, researching his life and work, and interviewing his friends, family, and the creative talents he inspired over a seventy-year career. Among those who spoke about either their personal experience with Eisner or the way in which he touched their careers were: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Neil Gaiman, Denis Kitchen, Mort Walker, Chris Browne, Joe Kubert, Jim Warren, Roy Thomas, Stan Lee, Dave Sim, Joe Simon, Denny O’Neil, Joe Quesada, Patrick McDonnell, Jules Feiffer, and Neal Adams. This book features never-before published stories about Eisner’s first partner, Jerry Iger, related by his great-nephew, Walt Disney Studio CEO Robert Iger.

Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay which is based in-part on interviews with Eisner, contributes a stirring introduction to Will Eisner: A Spirited Life.


Click to enlargeTHE WOLF MAN: HUNTER’S MOON NOVEL
MICHAEL JAN FRIEDMAN (W)

On sale December 14, SC, 275pg, 4 3/16" x 6 3/4", $6.99

Lawrence Talbot is the son of a family steeped in wealth and power. While on vacation in Europe his life was changed forever when he was bitten by a lycanthrope and cursed to walk the earth for the rest of eternity as an immortal monster driven by rage and an unstoppable hunger for human prey. No longer a man, not fully a beast, Talbot was one of the damned: a werewolf. 

After apparently dying at the hands of his loved ones, Talbot awakes in the back of a car hurtling down a deserted road, evading gunfire from another vehicle in hot pursuit. The driver of his car gets him to safety and informs him the persons following them are from a heretical cult dedicated to the extermination of all those marked by the sign of the Wolf. As Talbot places his trust in the hands of these new friends, an order whose stated mission is to protect werewolves, and learns of the origins of the werewolf curse, he slowly starts to realize that he is actually in more danger than he could imagine and that his saviors have evil intentions all their own for him.

• The Universal Monsters are, as a group and individually, among the most recognizable characters in horror and science fiction history and have a large built-in fan base. 

• Currently, horror is resurging in film with motion pictures such as Brotherhood of the Wolf and the Ginger Snaps series of films proving to be very popular. 


MERCHANDISE

BETTIE PAGE STICKERS
On sale December 7

Bettie in Orange, Die-cut sticker, 4 1/2" x 4 1/4", $2.50
Bettie in Bathing Suit, Die-cut sticker, 4 1/2" x 4 1/4", $2.50

The time has come for new Bettie Page stickers! Our favorite pinup girl makes the perfect centerpiece to our swinging, colorful designs.

We've got a delicious orange Bettie image on a cute star design and Bettie looking absolutely tempting in a bathing suit with an adorable flower background.

Bright and flirty. Get 'em while they're hot!


CLASSIC COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS #5: CONAN

On sale March 15, 5" tall, fully painted, packaged in a litho-printed full-color tin box and included is a vintage-style pinback button, and booklet, limited to 750 pieces, $49.95

Dark Horse’s Classic Comic Book Characters series features characters from a variety of publishers’ books, not just Dark Horse. We are very pleased to present one of the all-time favorite characters, Robert E. Howard’s Conan, as the fifth release in our Classic Comic Book Characters series.

Although Conan first appeared in the pulp magazines of the 1930s, it was his debut as a comic book character in the 1970s that really rekindled interest in the character. The comics series was groundbreaking in many ways, elevating the standard of artwork and pushing the envelope of content with its savage approach to the “sword and sorcery” genre.

Our statue is inspired by that version of Conan, but also recalls the 1940’s sculpting and painting style of “syroco” statues with a result which Craig Yoe describes as “primitive but charming”.

Conan stands 5” tall and is full-painted. Each statuette is 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. 


GUY DAVIS’ THUGSHOTS
On sale January 11

Jimmy “the Pipe,” full-color art on the front, logo on the back, $5.99
No-Nose Dempsey, full-color art on the front, logo on the back, $5.99
Luckless Louie, full-color art on the front, logo on the back, $5.99
Jarcudi “the Shiv,” full-color art on the front, logo on the back, $5.99

Michigan-based artist, Guy Davis has been working on comics since high school. His style is unique, gracing the covers and pages of Dark Horse titles such as B.P.R.D., Grendel, and Aliens, among others. We love his morbidriffic illustrations, so much so, that when Guy presented us with the concept for Thugshots, we couldn’t resist.

Pick from four designs of these pint-sized old-world gangsters…
Jimmy “the Pipe”
No-Nose Dempsey
Luckless Louie
Jarcudi “the Shiv”

Each shot glass has the thug of your choice on front and the “Guy Davis’ Thugshots” logo on the back.

WARNING: The material use as colored decorations on the exterior of this product contains lead and or cadmium, chemicals known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.


KOTOBUKIYA SNOWTROOPER SOFT VINYL MODEL KIT
On sale February 15, 11" tall, consisting of a few easy-to-assemble full-color parts, $99.99

Dark Horse continues its exciting import program of the award-winning Kotobukiya large vinyl Star Wars figures. Consisting of a few easy-to-assemble parts, Snowtrooper stands 11 inches tall. 

A classic film and a classic character, brought to life by the artisans at Kotobukiya. Making their way on the frozen surface of Hoth, the Snowtroopers are fully prepared to bring down the Rebels and destroy their secret base in the process. The battle on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back is unforgettable. The Rebels put up a valiant fight, but at the conclusion, they must flee the base to regroup elsewhere. Darth Vader’s faithful soldiers, the Snowtroopers, prove their strength in battle and make a lasting impression on the viewer. 

Add this memorable character to your collection!


STAR WARS: EMPIRE VOLUME 1—BETRAYAL BOOK AND EXCLUSIVE BUST-UP SET

Available Now, package includes Star Wars: Empire Volume 1—Betrayal trade paperback and an exclusive Darth Vader bust-up, $14.95

Dark Horse has teamed up with Gentle Giant Studios to bring you a Star Wars graphic novel and exclusive bust-up package combination!

Star Wars: Empire Vol. 1—Betrayal is set in the weeks before the events in Star Wars: A New Hope. As the Death Star is readied for its fateful first mission, a power-hungry cabal of Grand Moffs and Imperial Officers embark on a dangerous plan to kill Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader to seize control of the Empire!

In addition to the Star Wars: Empire graphic novel, an exclusive Gentle Giant Darth Vader Bust-Up is included, measuring 2"-3" tall.


STAR WARS INFINITES: A NEW HOPE BOOK AND EXCLUSIVE BUST-UP SET

Available Now, package includes Star Wars: A New Hope trade paperback and an exclusive Stormtrooper bust-upj, $14.95

Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope brings you a Star Wars you never imagined, a Star Wars shattered, a Star Wars where the possibilities are endless!

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... The events and players are very familiar but something isn't quite right. Luke Skywalker valiantly attacks the Death Star, fires his torpedoes—and they miss their mark! Taking off from the end of events in the movie A New Hope, Infinities readers will follow Luke, Han, Leia, Threepio, and Artoo on a journey every bit as action-packed and fantastic as the original Star Wars trilogy only with a different take on the events we know and love so well.

In addition to the Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope graphic novel, an exclusive Gentle Giant Stormtrooper bust-up is included, measuring 2"-3" tall.


VINTAGE KELLOGG'S™ CHARACTER #2: SUGAR POPS PETE™

On sale February 1, comes in a litho-printed full-color tin box and includes a vintage-style button and booklet, limited edition of 500 numbered pieces, $49.95

Having produced nearly 50 “syroco” statues so far in our Classic Comic series based on characters from newspaper strips and comic books, Dark Horse’s new Vintage Kellogg’s™ series features characters from the Kellogg’s archives.

This month, we present the second character in the Vintage Kellogg’s™ Character series, cereal’s western-clad prairie dog, Sugar Pops Pete™. With his catchy jingle: “Kellogg’s Sugar Corn Pops ®, Sugar Pops are Tops!” and sugar-spraying pistol, Sugar Pops Pete ™ made Kellogg’s Sugar Pops ® cereal a hit, and he’d turn any villains sweet along the way.

Our Sugar Pops Pete™ statue was sculpted with flair and grace by Yoe! Studios, in a style that recalls the 1940s sculpting and painting style of “syroco” statues. Each statuette comes packaged in a litho-printed full-color tin box with a vintage-style pinback button and booklet about Sugar Pops Pete™ and Kellogg’s. The statue is available in an extremely limited edition of 500 pieces.


WETA COLLECTIBLES KONG LIMITED-EDITION FINE ART LITHOGRAPH AND MOVIE PROP

On sale October 1, 24" x 36" print has a brass plate affixed, matted and framed, limited to 500 pieces, $600.00

Once in a while, a very special collector’s item appears that promises not only great enjoyment but lasting value and the promise of appreciation as time goes by.

Weta Workshop famous worldwide for their award-winning film production work, through Weta collectibles, is offering you a chance to own a piece of the stunning concept art that set the visual tone of the most anticipated film release of the year, Universal Pictures' December 14th release, King Kong, from three-time Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson .

Created by New Zealand artist “Gus Hunter” this amazing print presents the mighty Kong locked in a life-or-death struggle with a pack of V-Rex dinosaurs in the steamy jungles of Skull Island.

The full-color lithograph is matted and framed in an elegant black flame. It is signed by the artist and also by creative genius Richard Taylor. Each 24” x 36” print has a brass plate affixed, and on each side of this is an actual used shell casing from the blank cartridges fired by the actors during filming. This creates a piece of cinema history rarely made available to the public.

Strictly limited to only 500 copies for worldwide distribution. Subject to allocation.

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