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13TH SON: WORSE THING WAITING #4 (of 4)
KELLEY JONES (W/A)

On sale January 25, FC, 32pg, $2.99

It's an all-out war at the Monsters' Graveyard as the 13th Son faces off against thousands of horrifying creatures in this fateful fourth issue of Kelley Jones' latest horror masterwork!

With every corpse he adds to the pile of dead monsters he's hunted, the 13th Son is one step closer to achieving his goal of making way for the ultimate monster-his very own 13th Son-to walk the Earth. But the hunter is now the hunted, as the Earth's remaining monsters converge for a surprise attack to stop the Son and seek revenge for the legions of monsters he's killed along the way. Get ready for the biggest all-monster war ever depicted on the pages of a comic book!

Click to enlargeTHE ART OF USAGI YOJIMBO TPB
STAN SAKAI (W/A)

On sale February 22, SC, 200pg, b&w w/FC, 9" x 12", $29.95

In the tradition of the celebrated collections The Art of Sin City and The Art of Hellboy, Dark Horse is proud to showcase the work of multi award-winning creator Stan Sakai in The Art of Usagi Yojimbo, offered in a softcover format for the first time. The sold-out hardcover edition, timed to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the creation of Sakai's signature character, Usagi Yojimbo, was met with an overwhelming response from thousands of fans around the world. This softcover edition will be printed on the same high-quality paper stock and will feature scores of never-before-seen pieces, a long out-of-print twelve-page primer illustrating how Stan creates each of his Usagi stories, forty-eight full-color pages of Stan's beautiful painted artwork, and more. Additionally, some of the biggest names in comics pay tribute to their favorite rabbit ronin in a fantastic gallery section, with pinups by Frank Miller, Geof Darrow, Jeff Smith, Sergio Aragonés, and Matt Wagner, among others! 

• The Art of Usagi Yojimbo HC was nominated for Eisner Awards in the categories of Best Publication Design and Best Comics-Related Book while selling out in less than six months!

Click to enlargeBLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #109: SHORTCUT part 3 (of 5)
HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)

On sale January 11, b&w, 32pg, $2.99

Drugged and helpless, Manji's unconscious body is a bloody plaything in the hands of two demented medical examiners! Working for Habaki Kagimura, Burando and Mozen are determined to tap into the secrets of the kessen-chu, the mystical bloodworms that heal Manji's wounds and grant him near-immortality. As Mozen decides to take a direct, heavy-handed approach, the competitive, backstabbing Burando waits gleefully in the wings with katana and scalpel at the ready. Horror, politics, and squabbling surgeons, as Hiroaki Samura takes his award-winning samurai epic down a disturbing, gory pathway.

FOR MATURE READERS

Click to enlargeBLADE OF THE IMMORTAL VOLUME 15: TRICKSTER TPB
HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)

On sale February 15, SC, 224pg, b&w, 5 3/4" x 8 1/4", $16.95

Kidnapped and bound by three Itto-ryü warriors, Rin is unable to warn her bodyguard Manji, the immortal swordsman, that he's heading into a trap. To make matters worse, the Itto-ryü possess a large dose of kessen-satsu, the only poison known to damage Manji's blood and severely cripple his regenerative abilities. And is Mugai-ryü assassin Giichi following Manji in order to help rescue Rin … or will he just stick around long enough to finish off any survivors?

• "Blade of the Immortal's image of pre-modern Japan might be filled with anachronism, but it is also gifted with loving detail and interesting perspective." - VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
FOR MATURE READERS

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

On sale January 25, FC, 32pg, $2.99

The frog plague explodes as the Black Flame's plan comes to a blazing conclusion. The B.P.R.D., shattered by recent events, marshals its remaining forces, and Liz Sherman puts together all the bits of information she's gathered from dreams and visions to play her apocalyptic role.

Click to enlargeCONAN #24
KURT BUSIEK (W), CARY NORD (P), DAVE STEWART (C), and TONY HARRIS (Cover)

On sale January 18, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Eisner-award-nominated artist Cary Nord and Eisner-Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart return to Conan to launch a brand-new story arc by Kurt Busiek building up to the adaptation of Robert E. Howard's original Conan yarn, "The Hall of the Dead."

Fresh from his triumphs in the City of Thieves with a willing, wanton wench at his side, Conan's out for the good life-drinking, debauchery, and a nighttime looting spree so unrestrained that even the crowned heads of Zamora are displeased. All this attention-getting sets a rogue as wily as Conan on his tail, and if that wasn't enough, the Cimmerian's ways might just place him on the business end of an entire army.

• A perfect jumping-on point for new readers, featuring a new stage in Conan's life!

• Wizard Book of the Month-March 2005!

• Cover by Eisner-award winner Tony Harris, white-hot artist of Ex Machina!

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

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

The ultimate battle begins as King Conan crosses blades with the demonic swordsman who has been terrorizing the kingdom of Khitai from his haunted monastery. While these two warriors engage in mortal combat, an even greater evil reveals itself, a darkness that threatens to consume first the Far East, and then the world, unless Conan can make the necessary sacrifice to end its reign of misery. Superstar artist Pat Lee provides the cover for this final installment of the tale that explores King Conan's travels to the exotic eastern lands of Khitai.

Click to enlargeEDEN: IT'S AN ENDLESS WORLD! VOLUME 2 TPB
HIROKI ENDO (W/A)

On sale February 1, SC, 208pg, b&w, 5" x 7", $12.95

Graphic, cyberpunk, and philosophical, Eden is a place where endearing heroes face a constant struggle for survival and violent surprises wait around every corner! After a large portion of humanity is wiped out by a brutal, new virus, an organization known as the Propator seeks to wrest control of the world from the United Nations. Elijah, a young survivor with immunity to the virus, crosses paths with a group of supposed freedom fighters. His companion, an artificially intelligent combat robot named Cherubim, is appropriated and reprogrammed, and Elijah is pulled into a world of relentless peril and intrigue! Cybernetic enhancements! Extreme violence! This breathtaking ride is just getting started!

• From the pages of Afternoon, the same manga anthology that brought us Blade of the Immortal and Oh My Goddess!

• Often compared to Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira in both artistic execution and storytelling scope, Hiroki Endo's deep and beautiful Eden series is finally available in English!

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

FOR MATURE READERS

Click to enlargeEMILY THE STRANGE #3: THE DARK ISSUE
COSMIC DEBRIS (W/A)

On sale March 22, b&w w/red, 48pg, $7.95

In the third issue of Dark Horse's hottest new series, Emily ushers readers through forty-eight pages of weird, kooky, and hilarious stories all focused on the dark.

To most people, journeying to "the dark side" might seem like a bad thing. But to Emily, the dark side is the perfect place to go on all sorts of wild adventures with her posse of black kitties. Join Emily, Mystery, Sabbath, Nee Chee, and Miles as they journey to the dark side of the moon, meet photogenic monsters in the dark room, and explain exactly why there are some very good reasons to be afraid of the dark!

• Emily the Strange is the star of a best-selling line of merchandise and fashion accessories from the creative brain trust known as Cosmic Debris.

• The first issue of the Emily the Strange comic sold out instantly, going back for a second printing!

• Each issue of Emily includes an especially strange bonus-sticker pages, a poster, a punch in the nose. You never know with Emily!

Click to enlargeTHE GOON VOLUME 4: VIRTUE AND THE GRIM CONSEQUENCES THEREOF TPB
ERIC POWELL (W/A)

On sale February 8, SC, 144pg, FC, 7" x 10", $16.95

Giant man-eating eyeballs from another dimension, mad scientists, rampaging killer robots, and the Ghost of Christmas Past-nothing out of the ordinary in the world of the Goon. Come take a traipse down Lonely Street with Goon and his pals as they defend their burg from all manner of monstrous disasters and ghouls in The Goon: Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof. This volume collects five magically dark and delightfully hilarious tales of chaos and daring-do, following the exploits of the man known only as The Goon as he fights his way through a horde of killer robots and even creatures from another dimension to help save his sometimes friend and ally Dr. Hieronymous Alloy from a mysterious disease. But there are plenty of bumps along the way, ultimately landing the Goon in Cade's Island Penitentiary, proving once more that no good deed goes unpunished. Collecting issues #9-#13 of the bimonthly Goon serieis.

• The issues collected in this brilliant edition helped Eric Powell's The Goon win the 2005 Eisner Awards for Best Humor Publication and Best Ongoing Series. See why Wizard Magazine says "There's simply no reason not to read it."

• The Goon won two 2004 Eisner Awards for Best Continuing Series and Best Humor Publication!

Click to enlargeH. G. WELLS' THE WAR OF THE WOLRDS HC
IAN EDGINTON (W) and D'ISRAELI (A)

On sale March 22, HC, 72pg, FC, 7" x 10", $14.95

From the pen of legendary science fiction author and futurist, H. G. Wells ... 

Dark Horse Comics is proud to present Ian Edginton and D'Israeli's adaptation of the most famous science fiction novel of all time-The War of the Worlds!

In the closing years of the nineteenth century, the genteel tranquility of Victorian England is shattered by the arrival of an invasion force from the red planet-Mars! Methodical and merciless, the Martians are intent on nothing less than the conquest and subjugation of the human race.

Told from the point of view of an ordinary man caught up in the carnage and chaos, we witness firsthand how the then-greatest empire in the world is brought to its knees by the Martians' cool alien intellect and the implacable heat ray!

• This 72-page graphic novel has been adapted and abridged from the original novel by writer Ian Edginton and artist D'Israeli-the creative team behind Scarlet Traces, the critically acclaimed sequel to Wells' novel and the eagerly anticipated series Scarlet Traces: The Great Game.

KONG: 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD MOVIE ADAPTATION #2 (of 3)
CHRISTIAN GOSSETT (W) and DUSTIN WEAVER (A)

On sale January 25, FC, 40pg, $3.99

Filmmaker Carl Denham and his crew battle against a growing onslaught of terrors from a world long thought lost in their desperate but determined mission to rescue actress Ann Darrow from the dark heart of the Island of the Skull. Little do they know that nothing they face, be it savage islanders or bloodthirsty dinosaurs, will prepare them for the revelation of the mighty wonder in whose clutches Ann truly remains-King 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 enlargeLITTLE LULU: LATE FOR SCHOOL TPB
JOHN STANLEY (W/A) and IRVING TRIPP (A)

On sale February 8, SC, 200pg, b&w, 6" x 9", $9.95

Long hailed as one of the best (and funniest) comic books ever published, Little Lulu is once again a reading staple for kids of all ages thanks to these new collections of the classic material! 

Whether she's spinning the tallest tale of her life to sooth the savage neighbor tot Alvin, hatching schemes to invite both friends AND enemies to her birthday party, or winning prizes in a ski-jump contest she hasn't even entered, Little Lulu's adorable antics will leave you breathless with laughing and eager to keep reading!

• Long heralded as one of the best comic books ever published for readers of all ages, Little Lulu is back! For years, fans and collectors have scrambled to find the rare original issues of these comic-book gems, but thanks to Dark Horse Books, the hilarious adventures of sassy "Little Lulu" Moppet are now readily accessible to new readers, diehard fans, and kids of all ages!

Click to enlargeMICHAEL CHABON PRESENTS THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF THE ESCAPIST #9
BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (W), HOWARD CHAYKIN (W), STUART MOORE (W), JASON ALEXANDER (A), JED DOUGHERTY (A), PHIL WINSLADE (A), BRIAN BOLLAND (Cover), and more!

On sale January 11, FC, 80pg, $8.95

For the first time in the illustrious illustrated history of Michael Chabon Presents The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, the mysterious Luna Moth takes center stage! Kicking it off is a stunning image of our heroine by regular cover artist Brian Bolland.

Writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways) returns with the second installment of their ongoing feature "The Escapists"! This chapter also introduces rising star Jason Alexander (Damn Nation, Tales of the Vampires) as a new regular contributor to the feature!

Next, Luna Moth takes her faithful readers on a mind-bending tour of "The Library of Consciousness" as curated by the good Messrs. Howard Chaykin and hot new artist Jed Dougherty. Decades worth of Luna Moth incarnations materialize and battle over a malicious sprite, but why?

Also in this issue, Stuart Moore and Phil Winslade present their own version of the Adams/O'Neil "relevant comics" of the 1970s with "Union City Blues." Fitting neatly into the Sunshine Comics era of the Escapist series, our blue-suited hero appears in this story of Nixon, unions, and a thinly disguised gonzo journalist.

Don't miss this notable ninth installment of the award-winning quarterly anthology!

Click to enlargeNEXUS ARCHIVES VOLUME 2 HC
MIKE BARON (W) and STEVE RUDE (A)

On sale February 22, HC, 216pg, FC, 7" x 10 1/2", $49.95

In this second volume of the acclaimed and multiple Eisner Award-winning series, reluctant vigilante Nexus-AKA Horatio Hellpop-sets out with the gregarious warrior Judah Maccabee for a drinking man's tour of the galaxy. They are soon waylaid when Judah, well past the legal blood-alcohol limit for operating a spacecraft, gets the pair sucked into a black hole! But instead of meeting their untimely end, they meet … the Badger?! Meanwhile, back on the moon Ylum, the plot thickens with mysterious ruins, a coerced presidential election, and Ursula X. X. Imada's relentless espionage. The last thing this refugee population needs while Nexus is out of commission is the reappearance of mass murderer Claudius the Slaver, and guess who's coming for dinner! 

• Printed on high-quality paper stock, and features a new painted cover by Steve Rude.

• Collects issues #5 and #6 of Nexus Volume 2 from Capital Comics and issues #7 through #11 of Nexus Volume 2 from First Comics.

Click to enlargeOH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 2 TPB
KOSUKE FUJISHIMA (W/A)

On sale February 8, SC, 192pg, b&w w/color, 5" x 7", $10.95

Now that Keiichi and the goddess in his life are the hot item on campus, they find themselves constantly putting out fires! First, to raise money for the N.I.T. Motor Club, they get roped into posing nude together for a life drawing class-even though, as Keiichi's sister correctly guesses, they haven't even kissed yet! Then his "buddies" in the club stake Bell-chan as the wager in a funnybike race-but Keiichi has trouble seeing the humor when it starts coming apart at high speed! After all this, Keiichi just wants to relax and watch some home video … except this video introduces (literally) a second goddess into his life-Belldandy's "sophisticated" older sister, Urd!

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

• Volume 2 features a beautiful new cover by creator Kosuke Fujishima, plus eight pages of interior manga story in color-not available in the original English edition! A bonus back section keeps the U.S. Oh My Goddess! fan tradition alive with readers' letters and notes on this classic series.

Click to enlargePERHAPANAUTS #3 (of 4)
TODD DEZAGO (W), CRAIG ROUSSEAU (A), and RICO RENZI (C)

On sale January 25, FC, 32pg, $2.99

In our continuing effort to NOT tell you what happens in upcoming issues, today we field a letter from one of our avid readers.

Dear Perhapa-dudes,
Since the chupacabra originally comes out of Latin-American folklore, shouldn't Choopie speak with an outrageous Mexican accent like Speedy Gonzales? "He like my seester, I theenk." It would be so much funnier like that.
Your numero uno amigo,
Davy Glasmer
Dengen's Creek, Iowa

Dear Davy,
Good question. But no.While the legend of the goatsucker does have its origins in Central American culture, Choopie was just a blood-sucking beast when he was first captured. It wasn't until he was exposed to the Evolvo-Ray that Choopie began to develop basic language skills. He was then exposed to countless hours of American television.
That's where he learned to talk.

Thanks for writing and don't forget to order The Perhapanauts #3. It will be much better than this solicit. And it'll have pictures.

Sincerely,
Todd and Craig

Click to enlargePREDATOR: FOREVER MIDNIGHT NOVEL
JOHN SHIRLEY (W)

On sale February 8, SC, 250pg, 4 3/16" x 6 3/4", $6.99

The year is 2117,A.D. Humanity has seized the stars, using reverse-engineered alien technology to explore the far reaches of space. For a hundred years the Predators, sadistic extraterrestrial hunters, have been a dim memory. For a hundred years, we've been safe. 

That ends now. 

Cast in daylight for years at a time, the almost eternally lit jungle planet known as Midnight is the home to more than a thousand colonists, explorers building a haven on a new world. But the settlers aren't alone. The Predators have been on this planet all along. When the ravenous creatures attack an arriving spacecraft and capture the settlers as both slaves and prey for their hunt, terraforming the planet takes a back seat to a new fight for survival.

• Perfect for the worldwide Predator audience, which has made the films top box office earners since 1987 and the books bestsellers in bookstores since 1992.

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

On sale January 25, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Detective Charlie Northern's investigation into the suspicious death of the Pope's successor comes to its shocking conclusion, rocking Northern's faith, and lack thereof, to its very core. The dark rituals of a blasphemous cult operating beneath the Vatican are brought into the light, and Cardinal Toscianni's role in these events, which have threatened the heart of the Church, proves to be anything but expected. Learn how and why one unexplained death set off a string of homicides leading straight to Northern in this surprising final installment to Jenkins and Ramos' superlative occult murder mystery.

Click to enlargeSAMURAI EXECUTIONER VOLUME 10 TPB
KAZUO KOIKE (W) and GOSEKI KOJIMA (A)

On sale March 22, SC, 224pg, b&w, 4" x 6", $9.95

It's the final volume of Samurai Executioner, and like the previous nine volumes, the last is a combination of life's varying tides of good fortune and ill circumstance. 

The woman who once stole the weapons of samurai cops is becoming a cop herself. It's a story of gender struggles in a time long past. All the while, criminals keep losing their heads to Asa the decapitator. But one criminal might leave something behind that could hurt our favorite protagonist. 

• Drafted by the creators of Lone Wolf and Cub, Dark Horse Comics has been proud to present this beautiful and individual series of samurai-era, crime-and-punishment drama.

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

FOR MATURE READERS

Click to enlargeSCARY BOOK VOLUME 1: SHADOWS TPB
UMEZU KAZUO (W/A)

On sale February 8, SC, 232pg, b&w, 5" x 7", $14.95

The spine-chilling influence of Japanese horror cinema has taken hold in Western audiences with hit films like The Ring that are based on Japanese films adapted from classic manga stories. And the master of horror manga is Umezu Kazuo-known as the "Stephen King of Japan," with several of his stories being adapted to film-and Dark Horse Manga is proud to bring his Scary Book horror anthology to Western readers for the first time. This first volume, Reflections, presents two feature-length tales of terror. In "Mirror," a narcissistic girl's reflection begins to take mean-spirited command of her life; and in "Demon's Revenge," a sadistic samurai master bent on seeking retribution for his son's injuries finds the tables of vengeance turned against him. Find out what Japanese readers have known for many years: you haven't been scared until you've been scared by Umezu Kazuo!

• Scary Book creator, Umezu Kazuo, is known as the "Stephen King of Japan," with several of his stories being adapted to film.

Click to enlargeSPACE PINCHY: SURROUNDED BY ROBOTS!
TONY TAKEZAKI (W/A)

On sale January 18, FC, 52pg, $3.99

The crazy, sexy, and relentless Space Pinchy is back!

The last of the Pinch tribe, Pinchy travels through the stars in search of treasures left behind by her ancestors, and it's never an easy hunt. But one thing is for certain, it's always hilarious. 

From the crazy manga mind of Tony Takezaki, Space Pinchy is a frenetic series of sexy high jinks, rendered in beautiful, 3D, curvy color. Join Pinchy and her naughty alien companion, Audrey Q as they somehow escape the most dire and ridiculous consquences Takezaki can think up!

FOR MATURE READERS

Click to enlargeSTAR WARS: EMPIRE VOLUME 5 TPB
JEREMY BARLOW (W), RON MARZ (W), BRANDON BADEAUX (P), JEFF JOHNSON (P), JOE CORRONEY (P), ADRIANA MELO (P), NICOLA SCOTT (P), and MICHAEL ATIYEH (Color)

On sale February 22, SC, 120pg, FC, 7" x 10", $14.95

Luke Skywalker fights side-by-side with a shipwrecked veteran from the Clone Wars, Han Solo's flirtations with an old flame land him in the fire, and BoShek (the galaxy's second-coolest smuggler) attracts a whole lotta blaster fire from Rebels and Imperials alike in this collection featuring some of the most unexpected stories in the era of the Empire! Whether it's BoShek transporting an innocent-enough looking girl, Han making a supply run for the resource-strapped Alliance, or Luke flying escort for a Rebel Intelligence team on a supposedly deserted planet, these adventures may start as routine missions, but their endings are anything but predictable! 

• These classic era tales of the original trilogy's hottest stars are not to be missed!

Click to enlargeSTAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #1 
JOHN JACKSON MILLER (W), BRIAN CHING (P), MICHAEL ATIYEH (C), and TRAVIS CHAREST (Cover)

On sale January 25, FC, 32pg, $2.99

On the planet Taris, a young Padawan named Zayne has been framed for a heinous and brutal crime against the Jedi order. Suddenly a wanted fugitive and on the run from his Jedi Masters, Zayne is forced to ally himself with the under-city's criminals, con artists, and petty thieves he'd previously vowed to bring to justice. Staying alive is the first order of business and if he's ever to clear his name, Zayne must make this new alliance work … providing he survives the experience.

• To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, Dark Horse is completely relaunching its Star Wars publishing line. This series is the first of many new titles to come.

• A new ongoing monthly series written by John Jackson Miller (Iron Man) and illustrated by Brian Ching (Star Wars Obsession), set eight thousand years before the rise of the Empire and the fall of Anakin Skywalker (and four years prior to the events in the Knights of the Old Republic video game).

• A great starting point for anyone interested in following the Star Wars saga beyond the films.

• Cover by fan-favorite artist Travis Charest (WildC.A.T.S., WildC.A.T.S/X-Men)!

Click to enlargeTARZAN: THE JOE KUBERT YEARS VOLUME 2 HC
JOE KUBERT (W/A)

On sale February 22, HC, 208pg, FC, 6 1/4" x 10 1/4", $49.95

A stunning, five-part adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Return of Tarzan highlights this archival collection, which reprints Joe Kubert's Tarzan comics, issues 215 through 224. With color restoration based off of Tatjana Wood's original colors, this beautiful hardcover is a must-have for fans of pulse-pounding adventure tales and students of the graphic narrative. Writing, drawing, and editing a monthly Tarzan comic-book series in the 1970s, Joe Kubert was able to illustrate the adventures of his childhood hero and produce some of the most engaging pages of his career. Tarzan: The Joe Kubert Years Volume 2, also includes "Death is My Brother," "The Renegades," "The Black Queen," and other dynamic stories inspired by Burroughs' classic books.

• Reprinting Tarzan issues #215-#224 (originally published by DC Comics)

• Introduction by Joe Kubert!

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

Click to enlargeTRIGUN MAXIMUM VOLUME 8: SILENT RUIN TPB
YASUHIRO NIGHTOW (W/A)

On sale February 1, SC, 224pg, b&w, 5" x 7", $9.95

Okay, now this is just getting scary. Knives has imprisoned Vash, and now he's going around gathering plants. By plants, I don't mean green things growing out of the ground, but instead those angelic, humanoid, powerful plant-beings that make it possible for humans to live on the planet Gunsmoke. Vash and Knives are themselves a form of plant, and have the same power, but what will Knives do with this huge power supply? Meanwhile, things are looking pretty tough for Wolfwood. And speaking of Nick, this volume contains a special spin-off chapter based on our favorite preacher-slash-gunslinger. Learn a little more about the man in the suit with the confessional helmet!

• Presented in a fashion directly approved by Nightow himself, Trigun Maximum is so authentic that ... well, it can hardly be more so. Includes facetious inner cover art and Nightow's hilarious back page commentary, as always.

• Co-published with Digital Manga Publications.

Click to enlargeUSAGI YOJIMBO #90
STAN SAKAI (W/A)

On sale January 25, b&w, 24pg, $2.99

Master cartoonist Stan Sakai digs into a ghost story in this issue of Usagi Yojimbo! Shortly after escaping their enslavement at the territory's edge, Usagi and the Geishu bodyguard Tomoe return to Lord Noriyuki's castle only to be greeted by a savage murder. The victim was a member of a trade delegation sent by Lord Kojima, and all evidence implicates a maid who died ten years ago! Unless Tomoe and the long-eared ronin can solve this mystery, treaty negotiations will dissolve completely … and another throat may be clawed out. What is the dark story behind the ghost of Geishu Castle? The hauntings begin in this first half of a two-part story, "The Ghost in the Well"!

Usagi Yojimbo was nominated for four Eisner Awards in 2005, including Best Writer/Artist for Sakai! 

MERCHANDISE

CLASSIC COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS #6: GROO

On sale April 6, 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 550 pieces, $49.95

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

While the statues in the original series were based on characters from newspaper strips, in this companion series Dark Horse is instead featuring statues based on comic book characters. Dark Horse is excited to present the sixth statue in the series, everyone's favorite boneheaded barbarian, Groo.

Creator Sergio Aragonés worked with the sculptor on this syroco, providing detailed references of Groo. Each statue comes packaged in a special litho-printed full-color tin box with a vintage-style pinback button and booklet about Groo and Aragonés. The statue is offered in an extremely limited edition of 550 numbered pieces.

CONAN: THOTH-AMON BUST
On sale January 12, 7" high, this limited-edition piece is packaged in deluxe full-color box, $49.99

One of the strongest (in every way) characters of heroic fiction is back with a vengeance- Conan! One of Conan's most exotic adversaries is the Stygian mystic warrior Thoth-amon. Shaman of a mystic, pagan snake cult, this gaunt yet formidable foe is steeped in a strange reptilian evil.

Sculptor Jeffery Scott, well-known for his long tenure at Gentle Giant Studios, has captured the true essence of Conan and his fantastic foes and companions. Exacting in its detail and ornamentation, this piece brings forward a sculptural interpretation of the wizardly serpent-priest that delivers the goods. And then some.

Approximately 7" high, this limited edition piece is packaged in deluxe full-color box.

KELLOGG'S

On sale March 1

Vintage Kellogg's™ Character #3: Smaxey the Seal™ 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 

On sale March 15

Vintage Kellogg's™ Tin Sign: Sweet Eatin' Carnival, 17" x 11", printed on .35mm tin, $14.99 
Vintage Kellogg's™ Tin Sign: Fruit Loops, 17" x 11", printed on .35mm tin, $14.99


With 2006 marking the 100th anniversary of Kellogg Company, Dark Horse has been having a great time looking through vintage imagery pulled from the Kellogg's™ archives for product ideas! 

This month, we are pleased to present Smaxey the Seal™ as the third statue in our Vintage Kellogg's™ Character Series. Dark Horse has won wide acclaim for its successful series of Classic Comic Character statues, inspired by the syroco statues of the 1940s and sculpted by Yoe! Studios. Our Smaxey the Seal™ statue is inspired by images of Smaxey™ from the Kellogg's archives, but also recalls the look of 1940s sculpting and painting, a style Craig Yoe describes as "primitive but charming." 

Each statue comes in a litho-printed full-color tin box and includes a vintage-style button and booklet about Smaxey the Seal™ and Kellogg. The statue is available in a limited edition of 500 numbered pieces. 

Our Vintage Kelloggs™ tin signs Sweet Eatin' Carnival and Fruit Loops®-add retro fun to any room. Sweet Eatin' Carnival features four vintage characters parading across the sign with their cereal boxes. Our Fruit Loops® sign is based on a 1963 Kellogg's Fruit Loops® advertisement-back when Toucan Sam™ was teaching kids "Toucan Talk." 

ROMAN DIRGE'S LENORE
On sale January 25

Lenore Stationery Set, 8 letter sheets, 6 envelopes, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4", $4.99

Lenore Journal, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" spiral bound journal, 128 pages, $9.99

Lenore Zippo® Lighter, chrome lighter with full color image, $29.99

Oh Lenore! We tried to trap her in a little box, but she escaped and left her dead little image on a whole slew of items. First she ran amok amongst the paper products, leaving a trail of stationery and journal pages in her wake; next she nearly set the photo copier on fire, trying to paste her photo on a Zippo® lighter! Help us convince Lenore to move on to a different department, by buying all these great new additions to our Lenore line.

WETA COLLECTIBLES ZORRO STATUE

On sale Spring 2006, 22" tall, fully painted, numbered, and limited to 2,500 pieces, $350.00

A legend of the action genre, the masked avenger Zorro has captured the imagination of generations of movie fans. Soon to grace the silver screen in another major motion picture, this beautiful work of art has been handcrafted by the talented artisans at New Zealand's Weta Collectibles.

One of the defining images of the Zorro series, this piece depicts Don Alejandro rearing up on his steed, Tornado, before charging into battle. A difficult, but perfect pose, this statue captures the very essence of The Legend of Zorro.

A must-have for the serious collector, measuring approximately 22" high, this hand-painted, individually numbered statue is an instant classic. No detail has been overlooked in the sculpting process-fringes, embroidery, the tack and saddle all combine for a stunning finished piece. 

Strictly limited to 2,500 pieces for worldwide distribution and packaged in a handsome full-color collector's box, this is one collectible you won't want to miss out on!

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