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Dark Horse Comics has sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information for titles shipping in Jully 2008.

AWOODV1-HC-COMP-4X6-SOL.jpgACHEWOOD: THE GREAT OUTDOOR FIGHT
Chris Onstad (W/A)

On sale Sept. 10
b&w w/FC, 96 pages
$14.95
HC, 9 1/2″ x 7 3/4

Since 2001, cult comic favorite Achewood has built a six-figure international following. Intelligent, hilarious, and adult but not filthy, it’s the strip you’ll wish you’d discovered as an underappreciated fifteen-year-old. Dark Horse presents the hardbound edition of Achewood’s The Great Outdoor Fight, the story of “Three Days, Three Acres, Three Thousand Men.”

ASTBOYOMV1-CVR-SOL-4x6.jpgASTRO BOY 1 & 2
Osamu Tezuka (W/A)

On sale Sept. 10
b&w, 424 pages
$14.95
TPB, 4 1/2″ x 6 3/4″

Dark Horse proudly presents one of the crown jewels of manga—Astro Boy! Created by the late Osamu Tezuka, a revered animator and cartoonist (who created over 150,000 pages of comics in his career!) considered the Walt Disney of Japan, Astro Boy was the first manga series to be adapted to animation and became a worldwide phenomenon, making Astro Boy the Mickey Mouse of anime—a jet-powered, super-strong, evil-robot-bashing, alien-invasion-smashing Mickey Mouse, that is! Exciting, whimsical, and touching, Astro Boy hearkens back to the classic era of comics and animation, featuring stories that readers young and old will enjoy.

• This special edition combines the first two volumes of the collected Astro Boy, featuring over 400 story pages in one value-priced collection!

An Astro Boy CGI feature film is scheduled for 2009 worldwide release from Warner Bros.

BWOMV1-CVR-SOL-4x6.jpgBARB WIRE OMNIBUS
John Arcudi (W), Chris Warner (W/A/Cover)
Dan Lawlis (A), Mike Manley (A), Ian Akin (A), and Tim Bradstreet (A)

On sale Sept. 10
FC, 320 pages
$24.95
TPB, 6″ x 9″

Steel Harbor is a hell of a town, with the emphasis on hell, an urban wasteland of shuttered factories, decaying neighborhoods, and broken dreams. Crime and street violence are the soup of the day every day, but if you’re a bounty hunter, every day in “Metal City” can be Christmas—assuming you survive, since the worst of the Harbor’s most wanted can fly, summon up tornadoes, or tear cars in half with their bare hands. But a skip’s a skip, and manhunter Barb Wire is the best tracker in the business, and no super-gangster is too tough—as long as there’s a fat price on his, her, or its head. Beautiful as she is lethal, Barb Wire really puts the “drop dead” in drop-dead gorgeous. Her boots may be made for walking, but they kick butt real pretty too.

• Barb Wire Omnibus collects all the original Dark Horse Barb Wire tales, including the never-before-collected Ace of Spades series.

BERSK-25-SOL-CVR-COMP-4X6.jpgBERSERK VOLUME 25
Kentaro Miura (W/A)

On sale Sept. 24
b&w, 208 pages
$13.95
TPB, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″

Guts the Black Swordsman just can’t seem to find a little peace. On his way to the idyllic tranquility of his miniature pal Puck’s homeland of Elfhelm, Guts and his companions, at the behest of a local witch, assist a village beset by a plague of hideous and deadly trolls. Assisted by the witch’s disciple, Schierke, the warrior band manages to turn the tide against the beasts, but when a monstrous ogre hits town, a tide of another kind is needed, a mystic flood to wash the town clean. But when Casca and Farnese are carried away by the flood, they become prisoners in the trolls, den, where a fate far worse than any imaginable death awaits!

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

• A popular anime was inspired by this manga series.

BPRDTW-1-FC-FNL.jpgB.P.R.D.: THE WARNING #1 (of 5)
Mike Mignola (W/Cover), John Arcudi (W)
Guy Davis (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Kevin Nowlan (I)

On sale July 9
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

The team rushes to track down the mysterious gentleman who’s been appearing in Liz’s visions, as a slew of old enemies—from frog creatures, to the Black Flame, to the last remnants of Hyperborea—menace the Bureau from all sides in a catastrophic escalation to Armageddon.

Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi and drawn by Guy Davis, this series immediately follows the events of B.P.R.D.: The Killing Ground.

BUFFY2-16-ALT-FC-WRK.jpgBUFFY2-16-FC-FNL.jpgBUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #16
Joss Whedon (W)
Karl Moline (P), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C)
Jo Chen (Cover), and Georges Jeanty (Cover)

On sale July 2
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

On a hot tip, Buffy and Willow head to Manhattan hoping to unlock the secrets of Buffy’s mysterious scythe, but something goes terribly awry when Buffy suddenly finds herself transported to an unknown world, and into the path of future Slayer Fray.

Buffy creator Joss Whedon teams with his Fray co-creator Karl Moline in “Time of Your Life.” Jo Chen and Georges Jeanty join the team for covers.

• Joss Whedon and Karl Moline reunite!

Fray in Season Eight!

BUFFYTB-SOL-IMG-W_LID-FLAT.jpgBUFFYTB-SOL-IMG.jpgBUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER “CONVERSATIONS WITH DEAD PEOPLE” BOARD

On sale Sept 24
17 5/8″ x 12″ board with pressed board planchette, includes an instruction sheet featuring all-new comic panels
$29.99

What is more conducive to speaking to the spirits than a game board based on the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? In the tradition of the Sunnydale Hellmouth, through which countless entities gained entry, let voices from the other side move the planchette along the board, choosing letters and numbers to answer your queries. Follow in the footsteps of Willow and hone your witchy skills, learning to communicate with the beyond!*

*Game board for entertainment purposes only.

CONANTC-1-FC-FNL.jpgCONAN THE CIMMERIAN #1
Timothy Truman (W)
Tomás Giorello (P), Richard Corben (P/I), José Villarubia (C)
Joe Kubert (Cover), and Frank Cho (Cover)

On sale July 16
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

As hard as it’s been for Conan to return to Cimmeria, things aren’t getting any easier as he nears his goal, and he quickly runs afoul of raiders on the Cimmerian borderlands. One stranger welcomes Conan home with a crack to the head, and another begins to weave a tale about Conan’s grandfather—another Cimmerian who was filled with wanderlust. Conan the Cimmerian continues Dark Horse Comics’ modern revitalization of Robert E. Howard’s most beloved character. This is a great jumping-on point for new readers—and our first look at the creative muscle that will fuel Conan’s adventures throughout 2008!

• Legendary storyteller Joe Kubert contributes a rare variant cover for our first issue!

• The star-studded team of Timothy Truman, Tomás Giorello, José Villarubia, Richard Corben, and Frank Cho launch Conan into a whole new era!

Dark Horse’s acclaimed series surges forth into an exciting new era!

CONANONV6-CVR-SOL-4x6.jpgCONAN VOLUME 6: THE HAND OF NERGAL
Timothy Truman (W)
Tomás Giorello (P), J.D. Mettler (C), José Villarrubia (C)

On sale Sept. 24
FC, 152 pages
$24.95
HC, 7″ x 10″

A mysterious curse lingers, following Conan as he attempts to return to his homeland, and a great darkness looms ahead in the doomed city of Yaralet. This latest collection in Dark Horse’s smart, innovative Conan series finds the cunning Cimmerian chased by both unfinished business from his past and a strange novice magician who seeks to deliver a dire warning to the wandering barbarian. A great evil from Conan’s past moves ever closer while unfathomable terrors awaken and come into view. Conan is, of course, eager to meet both head on!

CMCB666-1-FC+.jpgCRIMINAL MACABRE: CELL BLOCK 666 #1 (of 4)
Steve Niles (W)
Nick Stakal (A), Michelle Madsen (C)
Tim Bradstreet (Cover)

On sale July 30
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

If good intentions pave the road to hell, then Cal McDonald should just get in the handbasket already and buckle up for the ride. He’s no do-gooder—not by far—but he does everything he can to keep supernatural forces of evil from harming humans; and it always comes at a great personal expense, taking everything and everyone he’s ever owned or cared about. Now he’s being set up by the cops and a vengeful D.A. to take the fall for a pile of bad news. There’s no way he’s getting out of this one without serving some time at the graybar hotel. A little time in lock-up would be like a vacation compared to what Cal’s been through lately, but forces both human and monster alike are lining up to make sure Cal’s trip to the slammer is the last trip he ever takes.

CMCALSFM-CVR-COMP-4X6-SOL.jpgCRIMINAL MACABRE: SUPERNATURAL FREAK MACHINE
Steve Niles (W)
Kelley Jones (A)
Michelle Madsen (C), Tim Bradstreet (Cover)

On sale Sept. 10
FC, 120 pages
$17.95
TPB, 7″ x 10″

Escaped mad doctors and possessed muscle cars are all in a day’s work for supernatural investigator Cal McDonald and his undead sidekick Mo’Lock.
When an old enemy Cal sent to prison escapes, his sights are set on exacting cold revenge on the guy who put him there. And it looks like he’ll have to cut through everyone Cal loves to get to him . . . perfect!
Cal knows what he’s up against, and he’s hardly batting an eye. He’s already put this guy away once, and it’s not like prison makes people bitter, right? And besides—things are looking up. He’s even got a new car to brag about—a spiffy 1973 Nova. Too bad the guy who died in the car before Cal bought it has no intention of leaving!

• From the creator of 30 Days of Night!

• Artist Kelley Jones has received acclaim for his work on titles like Aliens, Grendel, and his own creation The Hammer.

FA-23-FC-FNL.jpgFEAR AGENT #23: I AGAINST I part 2 (of 6)
Rick Remender (W)
Tony Moore (A/Cover), and Lee Loughridge (C)

On sale July 30
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Shot in the back and lost on a barren desert world, Heath Huston is on the lam, pursued by a pack of killers. Rescued and brought in by a local mining camp, Heath must choose between protecting his new benefactors from a vicious tyrant and the last chance to return to his life on Earth.

GANTZ-V2-CVR-SOL.jpgGANTZ VOLUME 2
Oku Hiroya (W/A)

On sale Sept. 24
b&w, 224 pages
$12.95
TPB, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/16″

“Your lives are over. What you do with your new lives is up to me!” This was the warning given to a diverse group of citizens that were teleported to an inescapable condo by an ominous black orb calling itself Gantz. Join best friends Kei and Masaru, the sultry Kishimoto, a stray dog, and the rest of the group as they are unleashed on the streets of Tokyo to face a terrifying onion alien! Will the weapons and strange suits given to them by Gantz prove to be a lifesaver or a death sentence? Now the group has to fight for their lives, even though they are all already dead.

• Gantz has been one of the most popular adult manga in recent years with over 175,000 copies sold!

• Dark Horse makes Gantz available in English for the first time with its U.S. debut.

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

GOON-26-FC-FNL.jpgTHE GOON #26
Eric Powell (W/A)
Dave Stewart (C)

On sale July 9
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Buzzard must exploit an inside source to discover what the thing is that calls itself Labrazio, and determine if they’ve any hope of defeating it as the tension between the Goon and Labrazio gangs erupts into an all out war.

Eric Powell’s critically acclaimed series The Goon continues, with Dave Stewart on colors

Issue #26 will feature a top-secret alternate cover by Eric Powell. Order both!

GROOHOE-TPB-4X6-SOL-CVR.jpgGROO: HELL ON EARTH
Mark Evanier (W)
Sergio Aragonés (A)

On sale Sept. 17
FC, 112 pages
$17.95
TPB, 7″ x 10″

Groo is BACK! And, oddly enough, that might not be the biggest disaster looming over the planet. It seems that things are getting hotter everywhere . . . that is, in those places where it isn’t getting colder than ever before! The usual suspects—Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier—once again join forces to bring you a sidesplitting tale of the world’s stupidest barbarian. Unfortunately, there might not be much world left by the end of their story!

HBYCM-1-FC-FNL.jpgHELLBOY: THE CROOKED MAN #1 (of 3)
Mike Mignola (W)
Richard Corben (A/Cover)
Dave Stewart (C)

On sale July 2
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

In 1956, somewhere in the mountains of West Virginia, Hellboy encounters Tom, a man who in his youth sold his soul to a backwoods demon known as the Crooked Man. Together they travel back into the dark heart of the Appalachian mountains to confront that demon and see if Tom’s soul can’t be saved.

The three-issue series reunites Mignola and legendary horror artist Richard Corben (The Bodyssey, Banner, Punisher: The End, Hellboy: Makoma) in a tale of witchcraft rooted in Appalachian folklore.

• Timed to correspond with the cinema release of Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

• Mignola and Corben team up for the first time since Makoma!

Award-winning artist Richard Corben returns to Hellboy!

HBYARTM2-4x6-CVR.jpgHELLBOY II: ART OF THE MOVIE
Guillermo del Toro (W), Mike Mignola (W)
Sergio Sandoval (A), and Francisco Ruiz Velasco (A)

Available now
FC, 224 pages
$24.95
TPB, 8 1/2″ x 11″

The anticipation is ratcheting up for one of this summer’s biggest action-adventure events, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and Dark Horse is taking you behind the scenes! As we delved into the original box-office hit, this 224-page tome likewise presents the most extensive look into the film’s evolution, from early concept art and diary sketches to photos of the final props, sets, and filming. A unique look at filmmaking and the art of graphic novels. Guillermo del Toro and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola once again bring their world-renowned talents to bear on a brand-new chapter in Hellboy’s history—a visual feast only they could produce. Get your sneak peek well before the celluloid hits the screen!

• Guillermo del Toro’s (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) complete screenplay including a deleted scene—is featured in this book and is illustrated with the original storyboards.

• Interviews and commentary from creator Mike Mignola and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro!

HBYGA-MM-SOL-CVR-4X6.jpgHELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY – NOVEL
Robert Greenberger (W)

Available now
SC, 240 pages
$6.99
Novel, 4 3/16″ x 6 3/4″

After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it’s time to call Hellboy.

Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense—pyrotechnic girlfriend Liz Sherman, aquatic empath Abe Sapien, and protoplasmic mystic Johann—the B.P.R.D. will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal. And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds, who’s accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him.

• Dark Horse presents the official prose novelization of the most anticipated sequel of 2008!

HELLBOY T-SHIRTS

On sale June 18

Men’s style t-shirts

Hellboy vs. Octopus
Tan shirt
M-XXL $29.99

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Lobster Johnson logo
Black shirt
M-XXL $29.99

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Son of a…
Black shirt
M-XXL $29.99

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Logo with Bones
Black shirt
M-XXL $29.99

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It’s time to introduce some new t-shirts to the Hellboy fans of the world. Mike Mignola has graciously created four new designs and they are impressive! In typical Mignola fashion, these designs are bold, moody, dramatic, and striking. Each one is unique, so you’ll have to collect all four!

HELM-1-FC-FNL.jpgTHE HELM #1 (of 4)
Jim Hardison (W)
Bart Sears (P)
Randy Elliott (I)

On sale July 16
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries

What if you had a magical superpower and it hated your guts?

Matt Blurdy’s day has gone from crap to worse. Not only did his girlfriend break his heart at work—and in front of all of the video-store patrons—but he just got fired. All that’s left to do is minibike his sorry, thirty-year-old (and freshly unemployed!) butt back home to his mom’s basement and drown his sorrows in a bucket of extra crispy chicken while contemplating where his life went wrong.

On the way home, Matt decides to quiet his aching heart with a brief detour to a garage sale. When an ancient-looking helmet calls to him as “the Chosen One,” exhorting him to don the mantle of the “Valhalladrim,” Matt touches it with trembling fingers—and is jolted by raw magical power. Holy crap! Is he going to be a superhero? Is this why he always felt special even when everyone else thought he was a loser? Then the helm gets a sense of whom it’s dealing with. Suddenly, it changes its tune: “I was mistaken. You are not the chosen one. Good day.”

But for once in his life, Matt’s not taking no for an answer. Not today.

• A high-spirited new spin on the “destiny” genre, teaming artist Bart Sears (Captain America, Batman) with comics newcomer Jim Hardison!

IJTOG-2-FC-FNL.jpgINDIANA JONES AND THE TOMB OF THE GODS #2 (of 4)
Rob Williams (W)
Steve Scott (P)
Michael Atiyeh (C), and Tony Harris (Cover)

On July 30
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

Indiana Jones continues to uncover clues that point to a discovery unlike any other while his enemies attempt to silence him forever in part two of Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods!

For Dr. Henry Jones Jr., impossible odds and death-defying escapes are all in a day’s work, but when rumors of an ancient artifact of unthinkable power prove to be more than simply legend, Hitler’s legions of evil redouble their efforts to destroy the do-good Professor Jones before he foils their ambitions for global domination once again!

Hitch a ride with the world’s greatest archeologist for a journey of maximum excitement!

KCDSV7-4X6-CVR-MOCKUP.jpgTHE KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE VOLUME 7
Eiji Otsuka (W)
Housui Yamazaki (A)

On sale Sept. 3
b&w, 216 pages
$10.95
TPB, 5″ x 7″

Collecting can take over a fan’s life . . . but what if it takes over their death as well? Zombie robot otaku and plastic-surgery disasters are only the latest faces of horror as Kurosagi continues its eternal struggle to turn corpses into cash! Yet with Kuro trapped in a coma and seeing visions of the dark forces battling over him, it’s up to the rest of the gang to survive the grotesque schemes of the Shirosagi pair . . . as dead flesh reaches for the living!

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

• A U.S. live-action film based on The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service is now in development.

MINDSTYLE

On sale July 30

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Castle Statue
Approx. 17″ tall, base is approx. 9″ wide
Limited-edition statue
$274.99

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36th Chamber of Shaolin 12″ Figure – Gordon Liu
12″ tall articulated figure
Limited-edition
$139.99

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36th Chamber of Shaolin 12″ Figure – Lo Lieh
12″ tall articulated figure
Limited-edition
$139.99

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Dark Horse is proud to bring you another offering from Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal series in the form of the castle environment as produced by MINDstyle.

From The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, a classic Shaw Brothers Studio martial-arts film from Hong Kong, come the first two figures in a series of minutely detailed 12″ tall articulated figures by MINDstyle. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is considered by many to be a seminal work in the genre, widely regarded as “one of the greatest martial-arts films of all time.” The main character, San Te, played by Gordon Liu, is an historical figure from the Manchu dynasty.

MPDPV6-CVR-SOL.jpgMPD-PSYCHO VOLUME 6
Eiji Otsuka (W)
Sho-u Tajima (A)

On sale Sept. 3
b&w, 184 pages
$10.95
TPB, 5″ x 7″

Several months after surviving the “Ghost Condo Massacre,” our favorite multiple personality detective—the man we’ve known as Kazuhiko Amamiya—has been missing, possibly under the control of his unhinged, murderous Shinji Nishizono personality. While faithfully waiting for Amamiya to return, Machi Isono is invited to witness an unusual presentation hosted by Japan’s Minister of Justice, who then threatens to shut down Machi’s Criminal Research Lab. While Machi finds herself getting closer and closer to the heart of the Gakuso Society, Detective Sasayama’s career is in trouble. Miwa, Machi’s younger sister, bumps into the downtrodden, bumbling Sasayama right after having eye surgery she takes him shopping, and a strange relationship begins to form.

• Recently named one of Publishers Weekly’s “150 Best Books of the Year.”

• Comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

DHPMS-V1-TPB-CVR-SOL.jpgMYSPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS VOLUME 1
Joss Whedon (W), Gerard Way (W), Mike Mignola (W), Steve Niles (W), Gilbert Hernandez (W), Ron Marz (W), John Arcudi (W), Bob Fingerman (W/A), Fillbäch Bros (W/A)
Gabriel Bá (A), Fábio Moon (A), Guy Davis (A), and Herb Trimpe (A)

On sale Sept. 17
FC, 176 pages
$19.95
TPB, 7″ x 10″

The first six issues of MySpace Dark Horse Presents includes Joss Whedon’s complete rock’n’roll saga Sugarshock!, a fun-filled story about a quirky girl named Dandelion, and her love of music (and hatred of Vikings); Mike Mignola’s haunting holiday tale, lushly illustrated by Guy Davis, “The Christmas Spirit”; a lost Umbrella Academy chapter written by Gerard Way about our favorite curmudgeon, The Kraken; and a four-part story dedicated to Eric Powell’s The Goon. This volume also includes a wide range of established comics talent, and stories from newcomers who saw their professional debut in MySpace Dark Horse Presents.

• Also features the talents of:

Mike Mignola
Gerard Way
Eric Powell
And more!

Features Joss Whedon’s comics creation Sugarshock!

NEMESISV1-CVR-SOL.jpgNEMESIS ARCHIVES VOLUME ONE
Richard E. Hughes (W)
Pete Costanza (A), Chic Stone (A), Kurt Schaffenberger (A)
Scott Shaw (Introduction)

On sale Sept. 24
FC, 264 pages
$59.95
HC, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″

Steve Flint was a crusading private detective—no crime was too small or too big for him to take on, and the criminal underworld quaked in fear at the very mention of his name. But when FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover asked Flint to investigate the Mafia’s connections to sabotage in the race to the moon the crusading detective took on more than he expected and was murdered by the mob.

For most men the story would end there . . . but Steve Flint is sent back from the great Unknown as a spirit empowered by the Grim Reaper, charged with capturing his killers and striking a blow for justice as the ghostly hero Nemesis!

• Unavailable for over forty years!

• Nemesis Archives Volume One collects the complete run!

• Includes covers by legendary Superman and Lois Lane artist Kurt Schaffenberger.

NOYL-FC-SOL.jpgTHE NIGHT OF YOUR LIFE
Jesse Reklaw (W/A)

On sale Sept. 24
b&w, 256 pages
$15.95
HC, 5 3/8″ x 8 3/8″

Cartoonist Jesse Reklaw turns the dreams of strangers into the most insightful, humorous, and clever four-panel comic strips you have ever read in The Night of Your Life.

This hardcover volume captures the sublime pleasure of tumbling through the freewheeling narrative of our sleeping lives. Each strip is an adaptation of the many dreams submitted to Reklaw from all over the world, every one a unique and compelling journey into a landscape to which we all travel but each explore alone.

Sometimes playful, sometimes thought-provoking, but always entertaining, The Night of Your Life is a testament to the ability of comics to illuminate the corridors of the imagination with wit, sincerity, and joy.

• Containing the very best never-before-collected strips from Reklaw’s comic Slow Wave, which appears in alternative newsweeklies with a combined circulation of over 500,000 per week.

NNTS-FC-FNL.jpgNOTHING NICE TO SAY
Mitch Clem (W/A)

On sale Sept. 10
b&w, 128 pages
$9.95
TPB, 7″ x 7″

Punk-rock culture has a rich, longstanding tradition of anger, nihilism, and good old-fashioned suburban teenage angst, and no one is more headstrong and humorless about punk rock than the punks themselves.

Enter Nothing Nice to Say.

Mitch Clem’s Nothing Nice to Say leaves no mohawked, leather-jacket-clad stone unturned in its mission to expose the awesomeness and the absurdity of punk culture. Sometimes esoteric and always hilarious, Nothing Nice is so punk you’ll think the book was bound with safety pins.

• The Nothing Nice to Say website sees about 10,000 hits per day.

POTAV13-CVR-SOL.jpgPATH OF THE ASSASSIN VOLUME 13: HATEFUL BURDEN
Kazuo Koike (W)
Goseki Kojima (A)

On sale Sept. 17
b&w, 304 pages
$9.95
TPB, 4 1/8″ x 6″

In the politics, struggles, and battles that lead to the birth of a nation, sometimes even good people must die at the hands of allies. And now it’s down to only a few warlords of Edo-era Japan. History already tells the story of the victor, but the real guts of Path of the Assassin lie in the characters behind the scenes—the ninja warriors doing the dirty work. Theirs is a story of families and war and intrigue, only far more mysterious and untold.

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

PBF-ALMANACK-6x4-SOL.jpgTHE PERRY BIBLE FELLOWSHIP ALMANACK
Nicholas Gurewitch (W/A)

On sale Sept. 24
FC, 272 pages
$24.95
HC, 11″ x 8 1/2″

This 272-page follow-up to the immensely popular and soon-to-be-out-of-print collection The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories will collect the entirety of Gurewitch’s weekly newspaper print run. Also features bonus “lost” strips, sketches, and an interview by Wondermark’s David Malki.

PFH-4-FC-FNL.jpgPIGEONS FROM HELL #4 (of 4)
Joe R. Lansdale (W)
Nathan Fox (A/Cover)
Dave Stewart (C)

On sale July 30
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

Shaken by strange old Alcebee’s mysterious portents and horrifying stories, Claire and Janet return to the crumbling Blassenville Mansion anyway, to confront the hideous thing that drove them out and possibly killed their friends—and to find a way to put an end to the curse that hangs over the estate.

When Griswell left the Blassenville Mansion those many years ago, he couldn’t have imagined the horrors that would eclipse the ones he saw then—but there’s far more to fear in the darkness of this twisted old house than ominous, shape-shifting shadows and zombies!

Based on the classic horror story by Conan creator Robert E. Howard!

REELART STUDIOS: YANKEE GIRL

On sale July 30
7″ wide x 11.5″ tall
Limited-edition statue
$135.00

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ReelArt Studios presents the long-awaited AC Comics’ Yankee Girl statue. “Karma Madre Tolon”—with those magic words, Lauren Mason becomes Yankee Girl, the Golden Age heroine suspended in time to fight crime anew in the new millennium. Yankee Girl is one of AC Comics, most enduring and endearing heroines and the Black-penciled and Heike-inked art comes to life as sculpted and painted by Joy and Tom Studios.

A perfect compliment to ReelArt Studios’ sold out Blue Bulleteer, Yankee Girl is strictly limited, stands on an art deco base and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

CONANSSV4-SOL-IMG-FNL.jpgTHE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN VOLUME 4
Roy Thomas (W)
Various (A)

On sale Sept. 24
b&w, 500 pages
$19.95
TPB, 7″ x 10″

Editing and charting Conan’s course in the influential Savage Sword of Conan magazine, Roy Thomas led a phenomenal assemblage of talented illustrators boldly through the end of the seventies and into the eighties, unfettered by page counts and the limiting thumb of the Comics Code. Thomas scripted the continuing adventures of Conan, drawing from Robert E. Howard’s original tales—along with other Conan adventures—and working with such esteemed artists as John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Ernie Colon, Klaus Janson, and the amazing Gil Kane! The Savage Sword of Conan brought the world thrilling adaptations of “Sons of the White Wolf,” “The Legions of the Dead,” and “The Treasure of Tranicos.” The real treasure in this massive tome, however, is the sprawling, ambitious adaptation of the Conan the Buccaneer novel by the powerhouse team of Roy Thomas, John Buscema, and Tony DeZuniga! This volume is sure to deliver brutal barbarian violence as well as horrific, chilling surprises.

• This volume collects Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian issues 37 to 48.

THE SPIRIT

On sale Sept 17

The Classic The Spirit PVC Set – with bonus figure!
3 figures plus special fourth bonus figure
Approx. 4.5″ tall
$24.99

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Classic The Spirit Sculpted magnet
Approx. 3″ tall x 2.25″ wide
$7.99

The PVC set features three characters: The Spirit, crusty old Commissioner Dolan, and sultry siren Sand Saref. Sculpted by Tony Cipriano, of course! Tony has really “nailed” Will Eisner’s style in interpreting it as 3-D, and the result is a set of figures that any true Spirit fan will embrace.

But that’s not all! We have created a fourth figure from the classic comics, and are including it as part of the set in specially designed packaging. Who will it be?

Joining the PVC set in our growing classic Spirit line is a sculptural refrigerator magnet. Crafted by Gentle Giant Studios, this fun item will liven up any collector’s refrigerator or bookshelf. Inspired by an unpublished Will Eisner sketch, the image is a nifty throwback to the good old days.

The Spirit feature film is due out January 2009, directed by Frank Miller!

SWKTOR-31-FC-FNL.jpgSTAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #31—TURNABOUT
John Jackson Miller (W)
Alan Robinson (A)
Michael Atiyeh (C/Cover)

On sale July 23
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Zayne Carrick, a fugitive Padawan accused of the murder of his fellow students, is on his way to the authorities in hope of clearing his name, shedding light on the Jedi Masters who framed him, and revealing the covert order to which they belong. But reaching the right people without facing off against his former masters is proving to be more difficult than Zayne imagined! Success is going to require help from every true friend Zayne has garnered in his long quest for justice.

The secret Jedi Covenant is on the brink of exposure!

SWKTORV4-TPB-SOL-CVR.jpgSTAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC VOLUME 4—DAZE OF HATE, KNIGHTS OF SUFFERING
John Jackson Miller (W)
Bong Dazo (P), Dustin Weaver (P)
Dan Parsons (I)
Michael Atiyeh (C)
Colin Wilson (Cover)

On sale Sept. 17
FC, 144 pages
$18.95
TPB, 7″ x 10″

Zayne Carrick joins forces with the same Masters who murdered his fellow Padawan in a desperate attempt to save the galaxy from the Mandalorians!

Arkanian Lord Adasca holds the Republic and the Mandalorians hostage, offering a weapon of unrivaled power to the highest bidder, and not even Zayne and his former Master Lucien Draay can stop Adasca from unleashing unthinkable devastation in pursuit of profit. Then, back on Taris, Zayne finds himself allied with Master Raana Tey in a mission against the marauding Mandalorians—but Tey may be more interested in destroying Zayne than she is in saving the planet!

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

SWLEG-26-FC-FNL.jpgSTAR WARS LEGACY #26
John Ostrander (W)
Jan Duursema (P)
Dan Parsons (I)
Brad Anderson (C)
Omar Francia (Cover)

On sale July 23
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

The Galaxy is in shreds from Darth Krayt’s lesson in obedience. Cade Skywalker has resolved that this Sith Emperor must be stopped, not only to free himself and his friends from being hunted—but to save the Galaxy from further punishment. And he can’t do it alone!

Cade travels to a “secret” Jedi Temple to acquire help from additional Jedi, but his arrival may bring other dangers that do not originate with Darth Krayt . . .

This is the future of Star Wars, the continuation of the story that started in the original trilogy, and none of it has been seen before.

SWREB-15-FC-FNL.jpgSTAR WARS: REBELLION #15—VECTOR part 7 (of 12)
Rob Williams (W)
Dustin Weaver (A)
Wil Glass (C)
Travis Charest (Cover)

On sale July 30
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

The biggest Star Wars event of 2008 has reached the Rebellion era. Now, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewie will have to deal with “Vector” as it crosses their paths and changes the galaxy!

It has been twenty years since Darth Vader’s encounter with the power of the Muur Talisman. As the power of the Rebellion grows, Vader’s thoughts turn to the ancient Sith relic: though he was unable to harness its power, might it be used as a weapon against the enemies of the Empire?

Luke and Leia are walking into a trap, one which may close on both sides!

TUROKSOS-FC-SOL.jpgTUROK: SON OF STONE
Tad Stones (W)

On sale Sept. 24
FC, 88 pages
$14.95
TPB, 5″ x 7″

Prepare for a bloody and action-packed re-imagining of this classic character. Turok: Son of Stone is based on the new blockbuster DVD of the same name, using actual footage from the animated feature!

After a warring tribe falls upon his people, an exiled Turok has to return to save the day. Armed with an enchanted tomahawk, he heads into battle, but the opposition has special weapons of their own; muskets! When Turok is forced to retreat into a mysterious cave he is sent to a lost land filled with dinosaurs! Now in a savage realm with danger behind every corner, Turok will have to unleash the rage within him if he is to ever see his people again.

• From the producer of the highly acclaimed Hellboy: Animated, Tad Stones.

Captures the excitement of the smash DVD hit Turok: Son of Stone!

UY-113-FC-SOL.jpgUSAGI YOJIMBO #113
Stan Sakai (W/A)

On sale July 23
b&w, 24 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

The rabbit ronin Usagi and his bounty-hunting friend Gen pursue a dangerous criminal only to find themselves at odds with their sometimes-ally Stray Dog!

After missing out on the reward for the rogue swordswoman Inazuma, Gen coerces the reluctant Usagi to join him in pursuit of another outlaw. Little do they know that Stray Dog is after the same bounty and determined to get it. One person knows where the outlaw is, and he’s willing to tell, but for a price! Aware he has landed himself in a profitable situation, this scheming individual plays Gen and Stray Dog off each other—leaving Usagi caught in the middle.

VAMPIRE HUNTER D BUST

On sale Nov 19
8.5″ tall
Packaged in a deluxe full color box
$74.99

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Based on the character by Japanese author Hideyuki Kikuchi and visualized in the revered illustrations of Yoshitaka Amano, this original bust of Vampire Hunter D captures the beauty, grace, and cloaked mystery of the futuristic avenger. Possibly immortal, his origin uncertain but twined between vampire and human, he protects his pale skin with flowing hair, cloak, and a distinctive wide-brimmed hat.

Sculptor Tim Bruckner has put much effort into getting this piece just right. As you can see, the time was well spent! He said that bringing Amano’s art forward in three dimensions was “the assignment of a lifetime.”

The Author

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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