Previews of Dark Horse Comics that will be published January 2007.
Written and art by Katsuhiro Otomo.
Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic manga, Akira, is considered by many to be the finest work of graphic fiction ever created, a work of astonishing power and visionary scope, and possessing a level of illustration skill unmatched in the annals of the medium. Now available for the first time in an English-language edition, Akira Club is an essential companion to Akira, a dazzling collection of Otomo’s mind-blowing visions, including over one hundred title-page illustrations created for the original serialization but not included with the published collections of Akira. The book also features rarely seen alternate art, preliminary drawings, production sketches, and a variety of Akira posters, advertisements, and products, all accompanied by fascinating commentary by the artist himself. No Akira enthusiast, manga fan, or devotee of fantasy and science-fiction illustration should be without Akira Club.
256 pages, $29.95, in stores on March 7.
BANYA: THE EXPLOSIVE DELIVERY MAN VOLUME 3
Written and art by Kim Young-Oh.
The cunning and intrepid Banya faces his greatest challenge yet! The unstoppable delivery man finds himself in the middle of a mysterious dispute at the heart of a sacred templetrapped between devout warrior-priests and the vicious, ruthless Torren! But Banya pledges allegiance to no religion or country, only to the motto of the Gaya Desert Post Office: “Fast. Precise. Secure.” Banya’s certainly no stranger to mayhem, and he proudly asserts, ³There isn’t a delivery I can’t make!² This time, however, have he and his young cohort Kong bitten off more than they can chew? Kim Young-Oh’s latest action-packed romp is filled with tense battles, horrific villains and monsters, and perfectly timed comedic moments.
184 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on March 14.
BERSERK VOLUME 16
Written and art by Kentaro Miuta.
Warrior supreme Guts has been marked for sacrifice to the armies of the damned, and now he has the blood of a village of possessed children on his hands, a horde of elf-demons straight out of a fairy-tale fever dream. But now Guts must deal with the Queen of the Elves herself, and though she may be cute as a button, she has hideous power and lethal intent, and in her wake, no one lives happily ever after!
240 pages, black and white, $13.95, in stores on March 28.
BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #121
Written and art by Hiroaki Samura.
“The Sparrow Net,” part 4 of 4. Crazy little Döa may have the quickest temper out of all the Ittö-ryü warriors, but this tigress turns into a kitten when she thinks she’s lost her beloved Isaku forever. Downstream from their quick, puzzling battle with Edo policemen, Döa and Rin rest for a moment and ponder their next move. Rin finds her relationship with Döa taking an odd turn, and a long journey is about to begin for both of them. Samura finally gives some hints regarding Döa’s past before returning us to Manji’s cell and the sick experiments being performed by Kagimura’s new doctor!
32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 10.
CLASSIC DC CHARACTER #1: SUPERMAN
In an exciting collaboration, Dark Horse Comics and DC Direct, DC Comics’ action figure and collectible company, are teaming to create a new series of vintage-style statuettes featuring four of DC Comics’ best-known characters. Modeled after products that were popular in the 1930s and 1940s, the four new statuettes being produced by Dark Horse are designed and manufactured consistently with earlier “syroco” style figure. Each statuette is packaged in a litho-printed full-color tin box and includes a vintage-style pinback button, and booklet about the character.
5 inches tall, limited to 2,000, $49.99, in stores on March 7.
CLASSIC PEANUTS CHARACTER #4: SCHROEDER
Inspired by ³syroco² sculptures that were popular in the 1930s and 40s, the 10 new statuettes from Dark Horse are designed and manufactured in a style consistent with the earlier figures. This month we feature the fourth statue‹Schroeder. Produced in a limited edition of hand-numbered copies, the figure is fully painted and ready to display. Pigpen will be the fifth release, followed by the rest of the gang in a pattern of monthly releases. Each hand-numbered statuette comes carefully packaged in a custom-tooled, full-color, litho-printed tin box. Also included is a small booklet about each character and a vintage-style pinback button of the character.
5 inches tall, limited to 1,200 pieces, includes booklet and button, $39.95, in stores on March 14.
Written by Timothy Truman, penciled by Paul Lee, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Tony Harris.
“Crom curse Picts and Prophets!” King Conan has traced the treachery to its source: a dark Prophet who has rallied the Picts to arms. Now, the Cimmerian must place his life in the hands of a mysterious Pictish witch as he ventures into the depths of the ocean to find the only weapon that can stop the Prophet.
Conan artist Cary Nord catches his breath as seasoned Conan veteran Paul Lee (Demons of Khitai) joins regular writer Tim Truman to spin this tantalizing tale of mystery, magic, and mayhem, set during Conan’s reign as king of Aquilonia.
32 pages $2.99, in stores on Jan. 17.
CONAN AND THE MIDNIGHT GOD #1
Written by Joshua Dysart, penciled by Tone Rodriguez, colored by Michele Madsen, cover by Jason Alexander.
Conan has won the throne of Aquilonia and the hand of the beautiful Zenobia. With a kingdom to rule and an heir on the way, will the Cimmerian finally put up his sword for good?
Don’t bet on it.
When his bride and country are attacked by a sinister Stygian sorcerer, Conan strikes back at Stygia with all his might — and the might of Aquilonia — in a move that threatens to throw all Hyboria into chaos!
The reunion of Violent Messiahs creators Joshua Dysart and Tone Rodriguez, Conan and the Midnight God #1 opens an exciting new chapter in the adventures of the barbarian king.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 3.
THE COURAGEOUS PRINCESS
Written and art by Rod Espinosa.
Once upon a time, a greedy dragon kidnapped a beloved princess . . . but if you think she just waited around for some charming prince to rescue her, you’re in for a surprise!
Princess Mabelrose may not be the fairest of the land, but she has enough brains and bravery to fend for herself in a fantasy world of danger and adventure! From a mighty dragon with an army of trolls, to a tyrant tiger king, Mabelrose meets each challenge with courage and pluck, her bravery winning her the help and friendship of many of the people, creatures, and magical beings she encounters in her quest to find her way home.
240 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on March 7.
CRIMINAL MACABRE: TWO RED EYES #2
Written by Steve Niles, art by Kyle Hotz, colored by Michelle Madsen, cover by Tim Bradstreet.
A hospital bed might seem like a nice, safe place for an injured man to be, but not if he’s Cal McDonald. As if it weren’t bad enough that Cal was hospitalized after being on the receiving end of an extreme case of police brutality — now he’s enduring an even more surreal horror, one known commonly to drug addicts as “withdrawal.” Cal’s body may be healing but the nightmare visions the withdrawal brings threaten to tear what remains of his sanity to shreds. And when Cal finally does make it to the other side of this ordeal, he wakes up only to discover that the world’s deepest, oldest evil — the vampire Nosferatu — came calling and took Cal’s ex Sabrina with him!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 24.
CRIMINAL MACABRE: SUPERNATURAL FREAK MACHINE
Written by Steve Niles, art by Kelley Jones, cover by Tim Bradstreet.
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!
120 pages, $17.95, in stores on April 7.
CRYING FREEMAN VOLUME 5
Written by Kazuo Koike, art by Ryoichi Ikegami.
Once a humble ceramics artist, the infamous assassin known as Crying Freeman has risen in power to become the head of the 108 Dragons, the most powerful criminal organization on earth. But power has its price, and there is no end to the number of rival groups gunning for 108 Dragons’s turf — and for Freeman’s head. Faced with an army of kidnappers and a host of assassins, each more deadly than the last, how long can Freeman’s luck hold out? Will the Dragons be torn apart by warring rivals or poisoned by betrayal from within? Will Freeman’s sensitive, compassionate heart be the Dragons’s redemption or their downfall? Can Freeman and his loved ones survive the painful realities that come with living in a world of vicious gangland warfare? All questions will be answered in this, the final volume of Crying Freeman!
384 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on March 14.
DIARY OF INDIGNITIES
Written by Patrick Hughes.
A hilarious account of life’s daily disappointments and victories, as told by blogger Patrick Hughes. From reminiscing about being a teen in the ’70s to chronicling another family Christmas with Jello shots, Hughes has the right amount of candor, wit, and perversity for these vignettes to really pack a punch.
Diary of Indignities first came to public notice on the popular blog Bad News Hughes , where thousands of readers are flabbergasted, disgusted, and amused every day by Hughes’s whimsical stories of soul-melting shame. The indignities generated by the author’s uncanny life and talent for personal failure include more than your average share of embarrassment, heartbreak, carefree violence, booze, bodily injury, hypochondria, inappropriate nudity, painful rashes, neuroses, colonoscopy procedures, and unpleasant smells, and are all totally true. Well, except for the bits that are really obviously just kind of made up. Most people can tell the difference.
$14.95, in stores on March 21.
DWIGHT T. ALBATROSS’S THE GOON NOIR #3
By Thomas Lennon, Arvid Nelson, Scott Allie, Thomas Sniegoski, Eric Powell, Mark Farmer, Guy Davis, Humberto Ramos, Roger Langridge and Todd Herman.
The final issue of this anthology miniseries goes out with a bang as comics and Hollywood stars alike unite for one last romp through the world of Eric Powell’s The Goon.
The issue begins with the return of Powell’s pal, co-creator of the Comedy Central hit show Reno: 911! Thomas Lennon to the comics scene, teamed up with B.P.R.D. artist-extraordinaire Guy Davis! Further stories come from Arvid Nelson, creator of Dark Horse’s newest horror title Rex Mundi, along side Humberto Ramos, hot off the heels of his debut on Marvel’s Wolverine and co-creator of the Dark Horse miniseries Revelations; as well as a very special appearance by British indie artist Roger Langridge, creator of the critically acclaimed Fred the Clown! And as a special bonus, Dark Horse’s own intrepid editor Scott Allie also brings to life his own little corner of The Goon universe with the help of Jefferson Street Studio-mate Todd Herman, as they examine the life of one of the book’s most underrated heroes, Willy Nagel.
32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 24.
FAFHRD AND THE GRAY MOUSER
Written by Howard Chaykin, art by Mike Mignola.
Since their first appearance in 1939, Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser have ranked among the most beloved characters in fantasy. Their rollicking adventures in the fantastic land of Nehwon have influenced the work of some of the best in modern fantasy, including Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett, and countless others.
Chaykin and Mignola’s four-issue adaptation of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, long out-of-print, is collected here in a graphic novel for the first time, with new cover art from Mignola.
Dark Horse Comics will be collecting the hard-to-find Lankhmar comics adapations, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, written by Howard Chaykin with art by Mike Mignola! DH Press will be publishing all eight books in the influential Lankhmar series and Dark Horse Entertainment is developing the property as a major motion picture.
200 pages, $14.95, in stores on March 14.
GHOST IN THE SHELL 1.5: HUMAN-ERROR PROCESSOR #4
Written and art by Shirow Masamune.
Top cybercrime agent Motoko Kusanagi has returned — or has she? Well, whoever “Motoko” is — or isn’t — she’s back on the job with Batou, protecting a comatose key witness from assassination, a killing designed to end the investigation of a case involving lethally defective micro machines. But the bad guys don’t only have little machines, they also have great big combat mecha perfectly capable of taking apart the hospital — not to mention Matoko and Batou — to terminate the target!
24 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 17.
GREMLIN WITH PIPE STATUE
One of the publishing events of this or any other year is the re-presentation of a long-lost jewel, Roald Dahl’s Gremlins. Purchased by Disney in the 1940s, and only published once as a book, Dark Horse brought the book back in October and has also been creating new Gremlins stories.
Now Dark Horse, working closely with the creative talents at Disney Consumer Products and Gentle Giant Studios, has been crafting an ambitious program of toys, dolls, and other collectibles based on Gremlins.
This month, Dark Horse offers the Gremlin with Pipe statue — taken directly from the pages of the Gremlins book! Made of polyresin, this is the first Gremlins statue we have produced, but more will follow. No expense has been spared to create the most animated, detailed, and mischievous interpretation possible!
3.5 inches tall, $44.99, in stores on March 15.
GUNSMITH CATS: BURST VOLUME 1
Written and art by Kenichi Sonoda.
Rally Vincent and Minnie-May Hopkins are two regular American girls. Regular American girls who own a gun shop, and might have dabbled in prostituion, respectively. And who happen to be a crack shot and an explosives expert, respectively.
These might be odd skills for American girls, but these two happen to be Chicago’s top bounty hunters. Rally can shoot the trigger off a gun from a good distance, and May generally wreaks havoc with explosions and cuteness. And together, with some very useful friends and associates, they make up the Gunsmith Cats.
“Burst” finds our ladies back at work, back in action, and . . . back in trouble. Now presented in the favored Japanese, right-to-left fomat, Gunsmith Cats: “Burst” aims to please.
192 pages, black and white, $10.95, in stores on March 21.
HEART OF EMPIRE: THE LEGACY OF LUTHER ARKWRIGHT 2ND EDITION
Written and art by Bryan Talbot.
In a future alternate-reality Earth — one existence in a swirling maelstrom of parallel worlds — a vicious totalitarian British Empire reigns supreme. But in Rome, the dying Pope sets into motion a dark plan to place the throne of Britannica under papal control — by any means necessary. And while such temporal machinations threaten the world’s political and social stability, a monstrous force is building across the multiverse, and a countdown begins to almost certain dimensional apocalypse! Luther Arkwright has saved a universe before, but with an infinity of universes threatened with annihilation, all of Arkwright’s preternatural talents are needed. If only Arkwright weren’t dead…
296 pages, $27.95, in stores on March 2.
Two limited-edition mini-busts: Hellboy and Abe. This fierce version of Hellboy is unlike any we’ve made before, and our aquatic friend Abe is looking thoughtful as usual.
Dark Horse has also been busy designing a spectacular stationery set and a journal. Each piece reflects the sketch art of the animation plus the action and moody themes of the cartoons.
Busts, 7 inches, $39.99, in stores on Feb. 14.
Stationery set, 8 letter sheets, 6 envelopes, $4.99, in stores on Jan. 17.
Journal, $9.99, in stores on Jan. 17.
HELLGATE: LONDON #3
Written by Ian Edginton, penciled by Steve Pugh, colored by Dan Jackson, cover by Aleksi Briclot.
Betrayed by the traitor Wyvern, the search party of Jessica Sumerisle, Saul Petrus, and the mysterious Seeker Jane was attacked on an abandoned London Underground platform and had their blood-won prize abducted by demons. The desperate team now must venture into the rotten heart of London, infested by gruesome hellbeasts, to reclaim their last hope for survival. This ancient tome, the Harbour of Knowledge, may be the key to driving all of Hell’s loathsome creatures back from the face of the Earth . . . but have they judged a book by its cover?
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 10.
IT RHYMES WITH LUST
Written by Arnold Drake and Leslie Waller, art by Matt Baker.
In 1950, writers Arnold Drake and Leslie Waller, both attending college on the G.I. Bill, envisioned a sophisticated, novel-length comic tailored to their peers. Collaborating with comics art master Matt Baker, known for singularly defining the genre of “good girl art” on titles such as Phantom Lady, they crafted a film-noir inspired masterwork of romance, intrigue, and moral relativity. When cynical newspaperman Hal Weber reunites with old flame Rust Masson, he finds the beguiling widow of a mining magnate willing to do anything to undermine the local political machine — her only opponent for total control of Copper City!
This painstakingly restored replica volume includes a new introduction by writer Arnold Drake providing a first-hand history of the graphic novel. Before winning the Bill Finger Award for lifetime achievement in comics writing, before creating Deadman, or writing Doom Patrol and X-Men, Drake helped bring the original “picture novel” to life, a true milestone in the history of comics!
112 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on Feb. 28.
ORION 2ND EDITION
Written and art by Shirow Masamune.
In the mighty Yamata Empire, magic and technology are one and the same. Now, the Empire is preparing its ultimate feat of psycho-science: the destruction of all the negative karma in the galaxy! But will this mystical purification be the salvation of humanity — or the trigger of its ultimate destruction? Only one being can save the Empire from its folly: Susano, the God of Destruction. Wild, arrogant, and homicidal, Susano has come to teach the world the true nature of power!
Shirow Masamune, creator of Appleseed, Dominion, Intron Depot, and Ghost in the Shell, has earned a huge worldwide following with his unique, eclectic, and visually stunning blend of science-fiction and fantasy. Orion is Shirow at his wildest, and is now for the first time in America published in right-to-left reading format, as originally published in Japan. Plus a variety of great bonus features: art gallery, Orion glossary, and notes on the text composed by Shirow himself!
280 pages, black and white, $17.95, in stores on Feb. 14.
OUTER ORBIT #2
Written by Zach Howard, Sean Murphy and Hans Rodionoff, art by Howard and Murphy, colored by Charlie Kirchoff.
What do you get when you mix two down-and-out space-idiots, an angry space-sexpot, a priceless space-idol, and a herd of murderous, revenge-seeking space-zealots? How would we know‹we asked you! See Quinn and Krunk try to entertain the trigger-happy 3-Dog and his faithful cohorts with their butt-clenching tale of high adventure. See Quinn finally sort out his relationship with the irresistible Neoki with the simple aid of a breaching bomb. See Krunk tackle the awesome task of figuring out what his mom wants for Mother’s Day (what do you get a lady who wears a welding mask to the hair salon?), but figures out how to cure his insomnia — with a brick!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 17.
THE PERHAPANAUTS: SECOND CHANCES #4
Written by Todd Dezago, art by Craig Rosseau.
In this issue — everything happens!
24 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 24.
PREDATOR: FLESH AND BLOOD
Written by Michael Jan Friedman and Robert Greenberger.
Humans have all but destroyed the Earth, creating an opportunity for unscrupulous moneymakers to take advantage of the destruction. One family, the Ciejek clan, have made their fortune exploiting Earth’s misfortunes. But with power comes corruption. The members of the Ciejek clan are at each other’s throats, enlisting the help of the fearsome Predators to settle the score . . . When the Predators arrive, however, the brutality the warriors unleash is far beyond what the Ciejek family could have imagined.
250 pages, $6.99, in stores on March 7.
REIKO THE ZOMBIE SHOP VOLUME 6
Written and art by Rei Mikamoto.
The rip and slash horror action gets nastier in this installment of Reiko the Zombie Shop! This time Reiko faces off against a cabal of new superzombies brought together by a mysterious new necromancer, a young man with the power to rob Reiko of her ³gift² and who may be the greatest threat she’s ever faced!
192 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on March 14.
THE RETURN OF THE GREMLINS #3
Written by Mike Richardson, art by Dean Yeagle.
Poor Gus will never look at England the same way again. He arrived from the States only days ago in order to sell a house willed to him by his grandfather. Seemed simple enough! But since then he’s been beset by mysterious hauntings, accosted by real-estate thugs, tied up, roped into saving Gremlin creatures from eviction, and literally knocked off his feet by Molly, a lovely young librarian with a black belt. To top it all off he’s landed in jail, and his house is about to be bulldozed! What he needs now is a brilliant plan . . . and hundreds of tiny friends up for uncontrollable mischief. Hold on to your hats, everybody — the Gremlins are going to fight back in the only way they know how!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 31.
SAMURAI: HEAVEN AND EARTH VOLUME 2 #3
Written by Ron Marz, art by Luke Ross, colored by Rob Schwager. The samurai Shiro has crossed continents and the Mediterranean Sea in order to be reunited with his love, Yoshiko. Now he finds himself searching Egypt’s crowded bazaars and empty sands for her. But unknown to Shiro, Yoshiko has been taken to the desert stronghold of a powerful warlord and locked away in his harem. And her only hope of escape may well be the villainous Spaniard, Don Miguel.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 10.
SATSUMA GISHIDEN VOLUME 3
Written and art by Hiroshi Hirata.
On sale Mar. 21
Water is a force to be reckoned with. It can break metal in an instant, or over time. And it surely can shatter a society crippled by politics and fear. This is the story of Edo-era Japan, of a nation divided by social strata and infighting. A few bold samurai must force many disparate and poor regions to sacrifice their very lives for the future in order to hold back the nation’s raging rivers. In this original tale of blood, guts, brutality, and anger, the history of Japan unfolds in true period drama.
264 pages, black and white, $14.95, in store on March 21.
SOCK MONKEY: THE INCHES INCIDENT #3
Written and art by Tony Millionaire.
In this thrilling third chapter of the adventure we find the Sock Monkey and Mr. Crow drifting out to sea with the Captain at the helm of a floating piano. All is far from well, though! On the horizon they spot the terrifying dolly, “Inches,” sailing after them with a large and dangerous-looking cannon pointed straight at them. High-seas horror is the inescapable order of the day in the latest chapter.
24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 18.
STAR WARS: 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION VOLUME 1 — THE FREEDON NADD UPRISING
Written by Tom Veitch, art by Tony Atkins and Denis Rodier, colored by Suzanne Bourdages, cover by Dave Dorman.
The planet Onderon, almost four thousand years before the Battle of Yavin and the events in A New Hope: Freedon Nadd is dead, but his dark spirit lives on, and it has been used to abduct Jedi Master Arca! Nomi Sunrider and Ulic Qel-Droma lead the mission to free their Master, but not before the evil King Ommin spreads the seeds of Sith evil to a new generation . . .
Out of print for a decade, this deluxe hardcover limited-edition of The Freedon Nadd Uprising kicks off Dark Horse’s year-long celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of Star Wars!
Each month, the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection series will bring readers a limited-edition hardcover of the best of Dark Horse’s Star Wars graphic novels. Available only through Direct Market retail outlets, each volume’s print run is limited to initial orders and will not be reprinted.
56 pages, $16.95, in stores on March 14.
STAR WARS: BOBA FETT — MAN WITH A MISSION
Written by Thomas Andrews, Ron Marz, John Ostrander and John Wagner, art by Cam Kennedy, Adriana Melo, Francisco Ruiz Velasco and Tsuneo Sanda.
The greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy faces four of his most dangerous missions in this volume of hard-to-find Boba Fett adventures! Whether it’s taking on an Imperial ship designed to wipe out entire alien species or battling amidst a vicious civil war fueled by both the Rebellion and the Empire, entering an abandoned Star Destroyer seeking a mysterious prize or settling a dispute between an Imperial outpost and the local leadership, there’s no job too deadly for the man in the Mandalorian armor — if the price is right!
104 pages, $12.95, in stores on March 14.
STAR WARS: DARK TIMES #4
Written by Welles Hartley and Mick Harrison, art by Douglas Wheatley, colored by Ronda Pattison.
“The Path to Nowhere,” part 4 of 5. How many bad deeds can be justified by one good deed? In order to help his friend Bomo Greenbark, Jedi Dass Jennir has been forced into a series of questionable actions — and none is more potentially destructive than the one he now contemplates.
Or is this the true genius of Palpatine’s evil? The Jedi, their status destroyed and their order broken, must now become outlaws and lawbreakers in order to do what was once considered their duty.
The dark times have barely begun, and already Dass Jennir is so engulfed in darkness, he wonders if he will ever find his way back!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 31.
STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #13
Written by John Jackson Miller, penciled by Dustin Weaver, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover by Brian Ching.
A perfect jumping-on point for new readers, the wildest space adventure in the Old Republic begins a new story arc featuring stolen starships, killer droids, and the debut of a dangerous villain!
When fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick and his small-time con artist cohort Gryph part ways with their friends on the Last Resort, the odd couple sets out to score a new ship. Soon enough, the two find that helping themselves to something they can’t afford carries a much higher price than they bargained for! Meanwhile, a sinister power from across the galaxy begins hunting the Last Resort, determined to stop at nothing until the ship’s owners are within his grasp!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 31.
STAR WARS: LEGACY #8
Written by John Ostrander, art by Adam DeKraker, colored by Brad Anderson.
The first issue of Legacy revealed the facts of the attack on the Jedi Academy on Ossus and of the betrayal of Emperor Roan Fel by Darth Krayt and the Sith. Now it is time to learn of the machinations and of the secret alliances behind those actions.
Grand Moff Nyna Calixte supervises intelligence gathering for the Empire. Darth Maladi does the same for the Sith. Together they could form an unbeatable team, able to sway the course of a galaxy. That is, if they don’t destroy one another first!
From the ambush of the Galactic Alliance’s fleet to Roan Fel’s narrow escape from assassination, the true story of the Sith overthrow of the Empire can at last be told!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Jan. 10.
USAGI YOJIMBO #100
Written and art by Stan Sakai, with special guests Sergio Aragones, Guy Davis, Mark Evanier, Rick Geary, Frank Miller, Jamie S. Rich, Mike Richardson, Scott Shaw, Jeff Smith and Andi Watson.
Stan Sakai’s biggest admirers — who also happen to be some of the hottest names in comics — come together to celebrate one hundred issues of Usagi Yojimbo at Dark Horse!
Featuring eight extra story pages for a total of 32, Usagi Yojimbo #100 is structured as a good-natured roast of both Usagi and Stan, kicking off with an opening by publisher Mike Richardson and artist Rick Geary before launching into unforgettable contributions from Frank Miller, Jeff Smith, Sergio Aragonés, Guy Davis, Mark Evanier, Scott Shaw, Jamie S. Rich, and Andi Watson — not to mention Stan Sakai himself!
This extra-special issue is the ultimate introduction to the world of the rabbit ronin and his inimitable creator, a perfect entry point for anyone who ever wondered why the adventures of this long-eared hero have been among the most acclaimed all-ages comics for over two decades!
32 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on Jan. 31.