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Click to enlargeBERSERK VOLUME 8 TPB

KENTARO MIURA (W/A)

On sale July 13, SC, 232pg, b&w, 5" x 7", $13.95

The century-spanning war between Midland and Chuder continues unabated. The two warring kingdoms, vying for supremacy, launch headfirst into what will become the final battle. Leading the Midland forces are the Band of the Hawk, lead by the charismatic Griffith, with the fearless Guts as his trusted champion. But should the Hawks triumph again on the battlefield, the war with Chuder may end, but the secret war within Midland may begin as those who seek to rise within the court see the ambitious Griffith as an obstacle to obtaining power. And nothing is more formidable than an enemy unseen!

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

• The first five volumes of Berserk have sold over 100, 000 copies!

FOR MATURE READERS


Click to enlargeBILLY THE KID'S OLD-TIMEY ODDITIES #3 (of 4)

ERIC POWELL (W) and KYLE HOTZ (A)

On sale June 15, FC, 32pg, $2.99

After being attacked by Dr. Frankenstein's monsters, Billy and his companions are taken prisoner and locked in the doctor's dungeon. Over dinner, Dr. Frankenstein explains how eagerly he is awaiting the dissection of and experimentation on such a unique set of subjects. But after exchanging a volley of insults with Billy, Dr. Frankenstein judges him to be of little worth, bemoaning the necessary "petty violences" of Billy's existence. Jeffrey, "the miniature boy," on the other hand, is a perfect surgical specimen for one of the good doctor's "experiments."

Don't miss the third issue of Billy The Kid's Old-Timey Oddities from Goon creator Eric Powell and horror artist extraordinaire, Kyle Hotz!


Click to enlargeBLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #102: TRICKSTER part 4 (of 4)

HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)

On sale June 8, b&w, 32pg, $2.99

The concluding chapter to the "Trickster" story arc! 

The winner of last issue's brutal dogfight between Giichi and Magatsu is revealed! Also, Manji fights for his life after being blinded by a tenacious new foe. Facing an enemy armed with kessen-satsu, the only poison known to damage his immortal blood, Manji is vulnerable, falling apart, and swinging in the dark! Will the vindictive Itto-ryü noose finally close in around Manji's neck? Fans of Hiroaki Samura's entertaining, colorful characters, complex grudge matches, and beautifully brutal swordfights will be delighted with this hard-hitting "Trickster" finale!

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

• Thirteen volumes available in the Dark Horse backlist!

FOR MATURE READERS


Click to enlargeCONAN #17

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

On sale June 22, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Conan's travels take him to the most dangerous place in Zamoria-the infamous City of Thieves! Bruised, angry, and fed up with both men and mysticism, Conan's ready to start handing out a few lessons in ass-kicking-and he finds plenty of contenders willing to take him on. And that's only the beginning of an adventure ranging from bloody back-alleys to the secrets of the universe-with a few sultry, seductive dangers in-between. Cary Nord continues his stirring run of covers, showing one and all why Conan has been a smash success for Dark Horse, and one of Wizard magazine's picks for biggest events of 2004.

• "On some larger level I know what to expect from Conan, but on an issue-by-issue basis I never know what I'm going to get next. Busiek and company have succeeded in blending the enduring strengths of Robert E. Howard's pulp creation and some exquisite comic-book storytelling to create a modern day masterpiece of the form."

-Randy Lander, Thefourthrail.com


CONAN AND THE JEWELS OF GWAHLUR #3 (of 3)

P. CRAIG RUSSELL (W/A) and LOVERN KINDZIERSKI (C)

On sale June 15, FC, 32pg, $2.99

In a story written by Conan creator Robert E. Howard and set later in the character's life, the barbarian must unravel the treacheries of a false goddess and an imposter oracle in a haunted temple where for once it's not Conan doing the decapitations.

P. Craig Russell, one of the most celebrated fantasy artists in the history of comics, makes an indelible mark on the greatest fantasy hero of all time, as this most opulent of Conan's original adventures concludes.


THE CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOLUME 8: THE TOWER OF BLOOD AND OTHER STORIES TPB

ROY THOMAS (W) and JOHN BUSCEMA (A)

On sale July 27, SC, 168pg, FC, 7" x 10", $16.95

In a fantastic world filled with malevolent magicians and dangerous doppelgangers, one man pits his flesh, blood, and steel against an endless tide of enemies-natural and supernatural-that would seek to destroy him. That man is Conan! Whether he's going toe-to-toe against a lumbering beast or taking on a shipload of cut-throats and pirates, Conan's strength, cunning and iron will know no equal. Collecting issues #52-#60 of the original series.

• Presenting more of the celebrated Roy Thomas/John Buscema Conan the Barbarian run. All featuring completely remastered color; all proving once again why Conan is considered the greatest and most savage Fantasy characters of all time.


Click to enlargeCONCRETE VOLUME 1: DEPTHS TPB

PAUL CHADWICK (W/A)

On sale July 27, SC, 208pg, b&w, 6" x 9", $12.95

Part man, part...rock? Over seven feet tall and weighing over a thousand pounds, he is known as Concrete but is in reality the mind of one Ronald Lithgow, trapped inside a shell of stone, a body that allows him to walk unaided on the ocean's floor or survive the crush of a thousand tons of rubble in a collapsed mineshaft...but prevents him from feeling the touch of a human hand. 

These stories of Concrete are as rich and satisfying as any in comics: funny, heartbreaking, and singularly human. Depths, the first in a series of new collections reprinting the classic early Concrete stories along with never-before-collected short stories, includes the Eisner-nominated "Orange Glow" and "Vagabond," Paul Chadwick's autobiographical account of a cross-country hitchiking trip. 

• "...probably the best comic being published today by anyone, anywhere." -Harlan Ellison

• Paul Chadwick's Concrete has won five Eisner Awards and three Harvey Awards.


Click to enlargeGRENDEL: RED, WHITE, & BLACK TPB

MATT WAGNER (W), JILL THOMPSON (A), PHIL NOTO (A), MICHAEL AVON OEMING (A), FAREL DALRYMPLE (A), DARICK ROBERTSON (A), DAN BRERETON (A), STAN SAKAI (A), KELLEY JONES (A), ANDI WATSON (A), JIM MAHFOOD (A), MICHAEL ZULLI (A), PHIL HESTER (A), ANDE PARKS (A), and others

On sale July 27, SC, 200pg, black, white, and red, 7" x 10", $19.95

Dark Horse is proud to present this second Grendel anthology, in the tradition of the multiple Eisner Award-winning Grendel: Black, White, & Red. Each written by the Devil's acclaimed creator, Matt Wagner, these short stories are vignettes of the devious misdeeds of Hunter Rose, the first incarnation of Grendel. The tales are illustrated in stark black, white, and blood red by some of the top talents in comics, including Zander Cannon, Andy Kuhn, Ashley Wood, Tom Fowler, Mike Huddleston, Cliff Chiang, John K. Snyder, and more. Collects the original four-issue miniseries along with three previously uncollected Grendel stories drawn by Matt Wagner himself! 

• The first edition of this trade paperback will feature a new painted cover by Matt Wagner, a matte and spot gloss finish, and cover flaps on the first edition only. 


HELLBOY: THE ISLAND #1 (of 2)

MIKE MIGNOLA (W/A)

On sale June 22, FC, 32pg, $2.99

After more than two years at the bottom of the sea, Hellboy washes up on an island full of sunken ships where he is tempted by singing dead men and stupidly ignores good advice from an ancient enemy. This tale of gods and monsters offers the first revelations about one (or more) of the great secrets of Hellboy's world.

Award-winning creator Mike Mignola presents the long-awaited sequel to 2001's The Third Wish, and the first Hellboy series since the character was pushed into the mainstream by 2004's hit film.


JEFF WAYNE'S MUSICAL VERSION OF THE WAR OF THE WORLDS

On sale April 13 

Jeff Wayne's The War of the World's Baseball Cap, Black w/full-color lettering, $17.99
Jeff Wayne's The War of the World's 11 oz. Coffee Mug, White w/logo, $12.99
Jeff Wayne's The War of the World's 15 oz. Coffee Mug, White w/logo & image, $14.99
Jeff Wayne's The War of the World's Yo-yo, White w/logo, $6.99

On sale May 25, Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds t-shirt/grey/adult
M-XL $17.99
XXL $19.99

In 1978, Jeff Wayne created a musical work based on H.G. Wells' classic science fiction story The War of the Worlds. The album, released by CBS records, achieved international success with over 12 million records sold to date. It has also won two Ivor Novello Awards along with The Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy (the judges included Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Alfred Hitchcock).

The album has spawned a range of successful merchandise over the years, from toys to drinks coasters to video games. In January 2005, Jeff began producing a suite of new projects related to The War of the Worlds. Recently announced is the production of a $48 million CGI-animated musical film and and discussions for additional projects based on the album are also underway. Dark Horse has also launched a new line of merchandise based on this highly successful album.

More information an all the new projects can be found at www.thewaroftheworlds.com.


Click to enlargeClick to enlargeMAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN #2 (of 4) 

BRUCE CAMPBELL (W), DAVID GOODMAN (W), RICK REMENDER (P/cover), HILARY BARTA (I/cover), and HUMBERTO RAMOS (Alt. Cover)

On sale June 15, FC, 32pg, $2.99

The second issue of this film-cum-comics series from Bruce Campbell, star of Evil Dead and Army of Darkness, begins with our square-jawed anti-hero facedown in a ghetto alley, a bullet blown through his head, and ends with a reanimated monster that only this king of B-Movies could bring to life. How he gets there is the whole point in this bizarre romp involving mad scientists, retired KGB, trophy wives, and more scorned women than you can shake a stake at. In this crumbling Eastern European city straight out of a classic Universal horror film, all anyone wants is a way out, and they'll stop at nothing-not murder, not extortion, not organ theft-to get it.


MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN

On sale May 4

Man with the Screaming Brain bust, 7" tall, fully painted, $39.99

Man with the Screaming Brain t-shirt/cover #1/black tee/adult
$17.99 M-XL
$19.99 XXL

Man with the Screaming Brain t-shirt/Mignola cover/black tee/adult
$17.99 M-XL
$19.99 XXL

Man with the Screaming Brain baseball cap, grey cap with yellow & red logo, $17.99

B-movie star and cult icon Bruce Campbell, star of Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Bubba Ho-Tep, and more, has co-written, directed,and starred in this upcoming wacky horror film. The title says it all! Man with the Screaming Brain tells the story of a greedy American businessman who hits on the wrong gypsy girl and lands in the grip of a mad scientist determined to get rich off a twisted double-brain-transplant scheme.

Dark Horse is about to launch a series of comics following the "director's cut" of the story. In honor of this latest extravaganza, we are producing a great Bruce Campbell bust, expertly sculpted by Sam Greenwell, 2 t-shirts, featuring the cover art from the comic books, including art by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and a sporty baseball cap, emblazoned with the Man with the Screaming Brain logo.


MINI FENDER GUITAR COLLECTION

On sale June 22

Produced by SD Toys and exclusively distributed in the United States and Canada by Dark Horse Comics, Inc.

Each 1/6 scale model guitar or bass comes packaged on a blister card with many accessories-including 3 mini picks, strap, shield, transmitter, and guitar stand, $19.99 (each).

Telecaster®
The revolutionary Telecaster guitar wrote the book on mass-produced, solid-body electric- guitar design. Featuring an ash body, adjustable maple neck, two single-coil pickups and a micro-adjustable bridge the Tele® guitar, as it affectionately became known, is one of the most beloved and recorded guitars of all time. Comes in butterscotch blonde.

Stratocaster®
The legendary and venerable Stratocaster guitar took guitar design to a higher level and became the voice of rock 'n' roll. Featuring a comfort-contoured body, three single-coil pickups, and a synchronized tremolo system the Strat® guitar has become the most popular guitar ever built. Comes in black.

Precision Bass®
As one of their most illustrious achievements, the Fender Precision Bass guitar allowed bassists to be heard more clearly than ever before. For the first time, traditional upright bass players could finger notes easily and precisely, thanks to the P Bass® guitar's maple neck and fretted fingerboard. Comes in white.

Jazz Bass®
The Jazz Bass guitar offered bassists more tones than ever before. Featuring two single-coil pickups and complementary tone controls, bassists could "dial-in" virtually any tone imaginable. All this and its ultra-slender maple neck made the J Bass® guitar the world's most popular bass. Comes in 3-color sunburst.


Click to enlargeOH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 21 TPB

KOSUKE FUJISHIMA (W/A)

On sale July 13, SC, 176pg, b&w, 5" x 7", $10.95

Peorth is back! But not back to normal … the appearance of her adorable child form receiving sensitive guffaws and considerate mocking from certain of the less mature goddesses in the household. But while having a new little kid around for Belldandy to try and dress is certainly cute, the sawn-off Fourth Goddess is not amused-especially when she realizes Velsper, the demon who put her into this short situation, is now himself a tiny black kitten who can't change Peorth back-no matter how much she shakes and throttles him! But Velsper does know someone who could…whispering to her the dread name of … Hild! Yes, Hild! Chief of the demon realm! Big shot of the regions below! Why is it no surprise Urd's known her since she was a little girl? In fa-a-a-ct …

• This is it! After ten years, the endearing fan-favorite manga Oh My Goddess! switches to being read in an affordable, right-to-left, authentic Japanese format!


QUIMBY THE MOUSE WOODEN TOY AND BOOK

On sale May 25, Wooden toy, 32pg hardcover book, packaged in a full-color box, $29.99

"Quimby the Mouse" originally found expression within the pages of the periodical The ACME Novelty Library. This wood, wire, cloth and rope approximation of F.C. Ware's creation is now ready to be added to your collection. Packaged in a colorful, hand-designed preprinted cardboard container, including a 32-page hardcover book written and drawn, by Mr. Ware, the whole setup is rounded off with a perfect-scale replica bonus of Quimby the Mouse's long lost love, "Sparky the Cat." Sure to be coveted by collectors and fans alike, place your orders now for this little memento of pre-21st century nostalgia.


Click to enlargeSCARLET TRACES: THE GREAT GAME #1 (of 4) 

IAN EDGINTON (W) and D'ISRAELI (A)

On sale June 29, FC, 32pg, $2.99

After almost four decades of conflict, the British invasion of Mars has ground to a bloody stalemate in the dust of the red planet. 

Launched to fanfares and cheers, the times and mood have changed, as the British Government under the iron hand of Prime Minister Spry struggles to wage a war another world away while keeping its grip on an increasingly troubled and turbulent empire.

Riven with revolt and revolution, the glory that was Great Britain is unraveling at the seams with freedom and free speech brutally sacrificed to maintain order. However, this is nothing compared to what is happening on Mars, and the worst is yet to come!

• This fantastical new miniseries picks up where the critically acclaimed hardcover left off.


SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW SCULPTED PIN

On sale May 11, 3" x 3/4" sculpted pin, packaged in a polybag with backing board, $6.99

In addition to our two ornaments modeled from the ground breaking movie, we now offer a sculpted pin, fashioned after the logo of the diabolical Dr. Totenkopf's robots.

This striking logo is sure to make a statement, with its deco, sci-fi lines and menacing skull.


Click to enlargeSTAR WARS: THE COMICS COMPANION TPB

RYDER WINDHAM (W), DANIEL WALLACE (W), and TSUNEO SANDA (A)

On sale July27, SC, 200pg, FC, 9" x 12", $19.95

Dark Horse presents the definitive guide to Star Wars comics, complete with in-depth coverage all the way through Episode III! Written by Ryder Windham, Star Wars expert, and densely illustrated with both brand-new art and classic images from the comics, this chronological compendium contains everything you need to be the ultimate Star Wars reader in-the-know. Follow Anakin Skywalker's descent into darkness, from his early days as a padawan, to his harrowing Clone Wars battles, up through his transformation and eventual death as Darth Vader. Get complete details on the exploits of Luke and Leia, Han and Chewie, and all the rest of the gang, with thorough rundowns of classic Star Wars tales originally printed decades ago! Spanning over 25,000 years of Star Wars history, from the very beginnings of the Jedi order, no character goes unmentioned and no quadrant goes unmapped. 

• This clear and complete handbook covers everything from Dark Empire to Episode III-the bible for any serious Star Wars comics reader, and anyone looking to become one!


Click to enlargeSTAR WARS: EMPIRE #34
"Sons" part 5 (of 5)

THOMAS ANDREWS (W), ADRIANA MELO (P), MICHAEL ATIYEH (C), and TOMÁS GIORELLO (cover)

On sale June 1, FC, 32pg, $2.99

For the second time, events on Jabiim are coming to disastrous ends because of the presence of a Jedi named Skywalker.

The first time was during the Clone Wars when young Anakin Skywalker was forced to abandon the Loyalist Jabiimi troops to the not-so-tender mercies of the Separatists.
Now, Luke Skywalker, whose presence on the otherwise insignificant planet has attracted the attention of none other than Darth Vader, must decide whether to stay and fight and risk everything, or escape and leave the Jabiimi freedom fighters to face Vader's wrath.
But the choice may not be Luke's alone-and no matter what he decides, 
Vader could end up with another prize that could doom the Rebel fleet!


Click to enlargeSTAR WARS: GENERAL GRIEVOUS #4 (of 4)

CHUCK DIXON (W), RICK LEONARDI (P), MARK PENNINGTON (I), and 
LUCAS MARANGON (C)

On sale June 22, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Flynn Kybo and his fellow Jedi invade Grievous' stronghold on an occupied Ugnaut world while the general deals with the mass escape of his Padawan hostages. 

This is the action-packed climax to this tale of unspeakable evil and calculated revenge. This is the big backstory for the latest addition to the Star Wars rogues' gallery!


Click to enlargeSTAR WARS: REPUBLIC #78
"Into the Unknown" part 1 (of 2)

WELLES HARTLEY (W), DOUG WHEATLEY (A), and CHRISTOPHER CHUCKRY (C), and JOHN GALLAGHER (Cover)

On sale June 29, FC, 32pg, $2.99

In the aftermath of the events in Episode III, Jedi on opposite ends of the galaxy try to come to terms with how their world has changed. On the run, with enemies on every side, it seems that their only hope may be to locate others of their kind and band together for mutual survival.

But what may seem like wisdom could lead to unsuspected consequences, and the path to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant leads only to danger!

Republic embarks on the first step into the "dark times" after Revenge of the Sith!


STAR WARS TALES #24

ROB WILLIAMS (W), LUCAS MARANGON (W/A), BRANDON BADEAUX (A), and various, BRANDON BADEAUX (Cover) and Photo cover

On sale June 8, FC, 64pg, $5.99

Powerful is the dark side of the Force; its corrupting, seductive pull has produced some of the most memorable villains in the Star Wars galaxy. Exploring the moral and emotional fall-out that comes with giving oneself over to the ways of the Sith, this issue features four stories steeped in darkness and danger, spanning nearly every Star Wars era, including the final act of our serialized tale, "Nomad." The truth about wandering Jedi Darca Nyl is at last revealed, but will the end of his journey bring him peace … or even more trouble? The premier Star Wars comics anthology rolls onward.


Click to enlargeSUPER MANGA BLAST! #53

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

One sale June 29, b&w, 128pg, $5.99

Makoto Kobayashi delivers two tales of domestic frustration and feline cohabitation in the world of What's Michael? Kobayashi's romantic comedy, Club 9, nears its end, as Haruo "Hello" Hattori puts on an outrageous performance for a very rich friend. A strange, dangerous game continues in Shadow Star, with Shiina Tamai now the focus of a destructive Shadow Dragon's fury! When Seraphic Feather's meta-human heroes clash with super-powered terrorists, swords swing, bullets fly, and powerful, alien forces begin to stir! Recovering from his last super-robot battle, Hoichi Kano rests at the Cannon God Exaxxion home base, while the Riofaldian invaders and a certain mad scientist plan their next moves.

• Multiple collections available for all Super Manga Blast! titles! Like Cannon God Exaxxion, Club 9, Seraphic Feather, and more!


Click to enlargeUSAGI YOJIMBO #85

STAN SAKAI (W/A)

On sale June 29, b&w, 24pg, $2.99

Master storyteller Stan Sakai continues Usagi Yojimbo, his internationally acclaimed samurai adventure! In this issue, the third installment of "The Treasure of the Mother of Mountains," Tomoe Ame, bodyguard to the Geishu lord, fights for her life in her own province … and with ronin Usagi at her side! Lord Sanada, a malicious and greedy opportunist who is operating an illegal gold mine, set his murderous warriors after Tomoe last issue. And though Lord Noriyuki knows that Tomoe is missing, the jealous Lord Horikawa advises him to do nothing. When Usagi is sentenced to death, will Tomoe turn herself in to save his life? Find out, this month in Usagi Yojimbo!

• Usagi Yojimbo is a 2004 Young Adult Library Services Association award winner.

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