Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Dark Horse has released their solicits for January 2010


Ricardo Delgado (W/A) and Jim Campbell (C)

On sale Jan 6
32 pages

Driven from their homeland by plummeting temperatures, massive herbivore herds migrate south in search of a better place to spend the winter months. But when they try to push through an arid wasteland ravaged by drought, they discover not only a vicious environment but also desperate, starving predators—including a frenzied pack of raptors!

Ricardo Delgado—a prolific development and storyboard artist who has worked on such hit films as Men in Black, The Incredibles, WALL-E, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the Matrix series—returns once again to his critically acclaimed, Eisner Award–winning comic series.

“Ricardo Delgado joins the ranks of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Ray Harryhausen in transporting us to a lost world. Bravo, Delgado!”
—John Landis, Filmmaker (An American Werewolf in Paris, Michael Jackson’s Thriller)


Michiyo Hayano (W) and POP (A)

On sale Mar 24
FC, 40 pages
HC, 10 1/8" x 8 1/4"

Lewis Carroll’s universally known story of a little girl who falls down a rabbit hole into a magical wonderland is given a new spin in this lushly illustrated version of the classic tale.

Alice was sitting in a field reading when a white rabbit scampered by. She didn’t know what was odder: that the rabbit was running on its hind legs, wearing a jacket, and carrying a pocket watch, or that it was talking, shouting, “I’m late! I’m late!” From the moment she decided to follow the rabbit into his rabbit hole, Alice was transported to a fantastical place called Wonderland, where anything was possible. All of the familiar characters are here: the Hatter, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, and the wicked Queen of Hearts.

• A new line of children’s storybooks, the POP Wonderland series is rendered in a friendly pastel palette, with engaging art that brings familiar fairy tales to life in a
brand-new way.

• Parents know their children love anime and manga, and the art style in these books will connect with moms and dads looking to get their child a book drawn in a modern style, yet telling a story they can identify with from their own childhoods.


Randy Stradley (W), Rick Leonardi (P), Wes Dzioba (C), and Raymond Swanland (Cover)

On sale Jan 13
FC, 40 pages

A centuries-old interstellar conflict threatens humanity’s very existence as a long-lost Predator clan stakes its claim for galactic dominance, intent on exterminating its rival clan, the selfsame trophy hunters who have plagued Earth’s history and every world they have touched. And if the advanced technology and military precision of this new threat weren’t enough, they have an even more terrifying weapon at their disposal—Aliens, weaponized and under their malefic control. This puts earthmen in the dangerous position of parlaying with the same alien warriors who have relentlessly hunted them, and who better to carry out the negotiations than Machiko Naguchi, the only human known to have spent time alongside the Hunters.

• Features the creative team of original AvP writer Randy Stradley and penciller Rick Leonardi (Cloak and Dagger, Uncanny X-Men, Vigilante), and stunning cover art by Raymond Swanland (Aliens, Predator).

• Ties together story threads introduced in the original AvP series and new Aliens and Predator storylines, setting the stage for the most epic AvP brawl ever imagined!

Celebrating twenty years of terror and excitement!


Juan Díaz Canales (W) and Juanjo Guarnido (A)

On sale Mar 24
FC, 184 pages
HC, 8 3/8" x 10 7/8"

Private investigator John Blacksad is up to his feline ears in mystery, digging into the backstories behind murders, child abductions, and nuclear secrets. Guarnido’s sumptuously painted pages and rich cinematic style bring the world of 1950s America to vibrant life, with Canales weaving in fascinating tales of conspiracy, racial tension, and the “red scare” Communist witch hunts of the time. Guarnido reinvents anthropomorphism in these pages, and industry colleagues no less than Will Eisner, Jim Steranko, and Tim Sale are fans!

Whether John Blacksad is falling for dangerous women or getting beaten to within an inch of his life, his stories are, simply put, unforgettable.

• Dark Horse is very proud to present the first three Blacksad stories in a beautiful hardcover collection, completely relettered to the artist’s specifications and with the latest album, Red Soul, in English for the very first time.

• This internationally acclaimed series has won nearly a dozen prestigious awards—including the Angoulême Comics Festival prizes for Best Series and Best Artwork—and is a three-time Eisner Award nominee.

• Blacksad took Europe by storm in 2000 and sold over 200,000 copies in France alone.

B.P.R.D.: KING OF FEAR #1 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), John Arcudi (W), Guy Davis (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Jan 13
FC, 32 pages

After the defeat of the mystic Memnan Saa, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense—on the outs with the United States government after the bloodstained rescue of Liz Sherman—embarks to the Ural Mountains, the site of B.P.R.D.: Hollow Earth, to put the frog menace to rest once and for all.

Meanwhile, Kate Corrigan heads to Hunte Castle in Austria, where Hellboy killed the Conqueror Worm, on her own rescue mission—to save ectoplasmic special agent Johann Kraus, possessed by the ghost of Lobster Johnson.

Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, and drawn by 2009 Eisner winner Guy Davis, B.P.R.D.: King of Fear wraps up the Scorched Earth trilogy, which started with The Warning and The Black Goddess.

• Guy Davis—2009 Eisner winner for Best Artist!


Joss Whedon (W), Georges Jeanty (P/Cover), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)

On sale Jan 6
FC, 40 pages

After Willow unearths giant Tibetan goddesses to help in the fight against Twilight and his disposable soldiers, the Slayers are forced to retreat when the goddesses go AWOL and attack indiscriminately. Without powers the Slayers are unable to keep up the fight against missile fire, grenade launchers, and tanks. It would seem that all is lost, and Buffy—all alone—must make her last stand on a battlefield covered in the bodies of friends and foes.

Series artist Georges Jeanty reunites with Buffy creator Joss Whedon for this very special Season Eight one-shot.

• Eisner Award-winning series!

Joss Whedon pens issue #31!


Jane Espenson (W), Joss Whedon (W), Georges Jeanty (P), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)

On sale Mar 3
FC, 168 pages
TPB, 7" x 10"

Buffy Season Eight Volume 6 showcases the first retreat of the Slayer legion. Vampires have solid footing at the top of the totem and Slayers have been crushed to the bottom—in short, no one likes Buffy anymore . . . least of all this season’s mysterious Big Bad, Twilight, who is hot on her magical trail!

Now that it’s the world against Slayers, Buffy must find a way to return the status quo to . . . status quo—and keep her girls alive long enough to do it! Enter Oz, the only person/werewolf Buffy knows who is down with the suppression of magic, and can take the Slayer army off of Twilight’s magic-specific radar.

With Oz’s assistance, the Slayers and Wiccans try to become “normal” through meditation and hard labor—although, not everyone sees the advantage of being magicless, namely, Willow, Giles, and Andrew. And they could be right. After all, is a peaceful life for a Slayer even possible?

• Oz appears in Buffy Season Eight!

• Collects issues #26-#30 of the ongoing series.

• The first three volumes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight have combined to sell over 220,000 copies!


Timothy Truman (W/P), Tomás Giorello (P), José Villarrubia (C), and Joseph Michael Linsner (Cover)

On sale Jan 20
FC, 40 pages

Defying Yasmela’s orders, Conan sets himself on a runaway course that will end his time fighting with the combined forces of Amalric’s mercenaries, the Khorajan army, and Julion of Koth’s rebel soldiers. Our newest issue marks a turning point in Conan’s career as a sword for hire, when he and his comrades find themselves without work or direction. An old battle wound threatens the life of Amalric, the leader of the restless mercenaries, and the rekindled affair between Princess Yasmela and Prince Julion continues to enrage Conan—who must take action in order to save face.

This original tale explores events alluded to in Robert E. Howard’s Conan tales, taking place right after Dark Horse’s Black Colossus story arc and building to the birth of Conan’s “Free Companions”!

“Best New Series of 2008” —Wizard magazine

“…writer Tim Truman is a perfect choice to adapt the oeuvre of Robert E. Howards into comics form.” —Comics Buyer's Guide


Brian Ewing (W/A)

On sale Mar 3
FC, 112 pages
HC, 8 1/2" x 11"

Sharp as broken glass, smooth as a polished skull, dark as the other side of the moon—this is the art of Brian Ewing, one of the leading-edge visual voices of graphic pop surrealism and the exploding rock-poster scene. Don’t Hold Your Breath is the first collection of Ewing’s stunning catalog, featuring posters, illustrations, and album covers for Bad Religion, Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, Detective Comics, My Chemical Romance, the Bouncing Souls, Brand New, the Melvins, Warped Tour, the New Yorker, High on Fire, The Strokes, Fall Out Boy, and many more. Plus original art prints, skate decks, shirt designs, zombie masks, and skulls, skulls, skulls! Foreword by Kevin Lyman, creator of the Warped Tour.

• Brian Ewing’s work is well known among rock fans and collectors of the booming rock-poster market.
• Brian’s diverse list of commercial clients includes the Warped Tour, SuicideGirls, Guitar Hero II, Budweiser, Samsung, Kia Motors, Marvel Comics, Guitar World, and many more.


Hiroya Oku (W/A)

On sale Mar 31
b&w, 224 pages
TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4"

Plots are starting to twist in the Gantz storyline! Has Kato disappeared forever? Who is this cute girl Kei’s falling in love with? Does someone on the Internet know the secret of Gantz? And who is this huge fighter roaming the streets of Japan looking for the greatest fighting challenge? Well, the challenge he’s looking for might come from the least likely of physical specimens.

So far, the story of Gantz knows few bounds when it comes to plot twists and a constantly changing cast. When it’s kill or be killed against a universe full of odd and resilient aliens, a lot of characters get killed off quickly. So far the most constant, and consistently evolving, character is Kei, a classic antihero. The question begins to set in . . . if Kei succeeds in fulfilling his contract with Gantz, will he be willing to give up these superhuman powers he’s begun to take for granted?

• Gantz has proven to be one of the most popular adult anime in recent years, with over 190,000 copies sold in the U.S. alone!

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


On sale Jan 20

13" Laptop
Bettie Page Beach
I Heart Dark Horse
Dark Horse Black and White

15" Laptop
Bettie Page Beach
I Heart Dark Horse
Dark Horse Black and White

Bettie Page Blue
Bettie Page Mint
Dark Horse Mignola
I Heart Dark Horse
Dark Horse Black and White

Over the years, Dark Horse has been committed to incorporating art into our everyday lives through prints, T-shirts, mugs, and a variety of other items that help make this world more colorful. Now Dark Horse is proud to collaborate with GelaSkins to bring over twenty new designs to their line of protective skins for laptops and phones.

Our second wave of designs includes the Dark Horse logo and the timeless beauty Bettie Page, the new line of GelaSkins is the perfect way to protect your technology while showing off your signature style.


Mark Evanier (W), Sergio Aragonés (A), and Tom Luth (C)

On sale Jan 27
FC, 32 pages

If you thought things were bad in the land of Groo last month, just wait. This month makes last month look like it warranted a rousing chorus of “Happy Days Are Here Again”! Nothing Groo the Wanderer has ever done with his swords has achieved the unparalleled destruction now wrought by the bankers—an unlikely defeat indeed, and we are just as surprised as you are. This issue will make you tremble with fear and awe!


Mike Mignola (W), Duncan Fegredo (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Mar 10
FC, 192 pages
TPB, 7" x 10"

When ancient giants begin to reawaken in the British Isles, Hellboy is invited to join an ancient band of fellow monster hunters called the Wild Hunt and help bring them down. But an unexpected betrayal sends Hellboy after a quarry far more deadly: the Queen of Blood, first seen in 2007’s best-selling Hellboy: Darkness Calls. This newly reborn evil has her murderous sights set on all of humanity, and the only way Hellboy can stop her is to finally confront the truth about his own dark heritage.

• Mignola reunites with artist Duncan Fegredo for the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Hellboy: Darkness Calls.

• Hellboy: The Wild Hunt collects the entire eight-issue miniseries, along with an extensive sketchbook section from both artists.


Linda Grant (W), David Michelinie (W), Steve Ditko (A), Ricardo Villamonte (A), Bret Blevins (A), and others

On sale Mar 17
FC, 344
TPB, 6" x 9"

The globetrotting hero born of George Lucas’s love for high-adventure 1930s fiction returns! Irreverent archaeologist Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones scours the furthest corners of the planet for priceless artifacts, hungry for knowledge about ancient civilizations and in a constant race to beat grave-robbing thieves to the goods. Though his quick wit, resourcefulness, and dashing good looks have gotten him this far, what happens when his Nazi foes attempt to wake the dead through sorcery? Join Steve Ditko and Linda Grant in this value-priced collection to find out!

• This volume also includes the official comics adaptation of The Last Crusade!

• The first three Dark Horse Indiana Jones Omnibus editions have combined to sell over 50,000 copies!


Mac Walters (W), John Jackson Miller (W), Omar Francia (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Daryl Mandryk (Cover)

On sale Jan 6
FC, 32 pages

Mass Effect 2 lead writer Mac Walters reveals an essential moment in the life of Commander Shepard, the galaxy’s greatest hero, only in Mass Effect: Redemption!

The eagerly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster science-fiction epic that IGN.com named the #1 Xbox 360 game of all time, Mass Effect 2 begins with the disappearance of Commander Shepard. The story of what happens next—exclusive to these comics—will have the commander’s companion Dr. Liara T’Soni undertake a deadly mission of extraordinary importance in the Milky Way’s lawless Terminus Systems.

Scripted by John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic) and drawn by Omar Francia (Star Wars: Legacy), this series is not only an integral part of the Mass Effect universe, it is the must-read comic that every fan of space adventure has been waiting for!

Look for a five-page preview of Mass Effect #1 in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #30 and Star War: Knights of the Old Republic #48!

From the lead writer of the popular video game—Mass Effect 2!


Rafael Grampá (W/A) and Marcus Penna (A)

On sale Mar 3
FC, 80 pages
TPB, 7" x 10"

When the Mesmo Delivery truck rolls into town, a heap of trouble is sure to follow.

Eisner Award-winning artist Rafael Grampá (5, Hellblazer) makes his full-length comics debut with the critically acclaimed graphic novel Mesmo Delivery—a kinetic, bloody romp starring Rufo, an ex-boxer; Sangrecco, an Elvis impersonator; and a ragtag crew of overly confident drunks who pick the wrong delivery men to mess with.

• Mesmo Delivery features an extended sketchbook section from creator Rafael Grampá and pinups from top comics creators Eduardo Risso, Mike Allred, Craig Thompson, Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon! Introduction by Brian Azzarello.

• “I love [Mesmo Delivery] . . . It’s fantastic. [Rafael Grampá is] a major new talent.”—Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Joker)

• “[Mesmo Delivery] showcases the spectacular panache of Grampá’s Grand Guignol linework . . .”—Publishers Weekly


Osamu Takahashi (W/A)

On sale Mar 10
b&w, 192 pages
TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4"

Despite the way “Baka Shinji” makes them boil, Asuka didn’t get her brains out of a gachapon machine, but from her mother, the brilliant but absent Dr. Kyoko Soryu. There could probably be less embarrassing places for a family reunion than at a drunken cherry- blossom-viewing party—but unfortunately, Asuka isn’t picking the occasion!

• Each volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion features bonus color pages, your Evangelion fan art and letters, and special reader giveaways!


Mokona (W/A), CLAMP

On sale Mar 24
FC, 128 pages
TPB, 5 3/4" x 7 1/4"

Here’s an exciting and charming addition to the CLAMP collection of works! CLAMP artist Mokona loves the art of traditional Japanese kimono. In fact, she designs kimono and kimono accessories herself and shares her love in Okimono Kimono, a fun and lavishly illustrated book full of drawings and illustrations, interviews (including an interview with Ami of the J-pop duo Puffy AmiYumi!), and even short manga stories from the CLAMP artists.

Fans of CLAMP will love Okimono Kimono for the personal glimpse of Mokona’s kimono obsession, and people who love the traditional Japanese arts will appreciate the love and detail Mokona puts into her work.

• From the creators of such titles as Clover, Chobits, Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth, and Tsubasa.

• Dark Horse will be publishing Okimono Kimono in English for the first time ever!

• Features an interview with Ami of Puffy AmiYumi.


Mink (W) and Yoshitaka Amano (A)

On sale Mar 31
FC, 160 pages
HC, 10 5/8" x 10 5/8"

Writer and director Christopher “mink” Morrison (Dust) and legendary artist Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D) join forces to craft an unforgettable tale of destiny, danger, and hard-boiled sorcery, featuring over a hundred original paintings by Amano!
In the year 2020, bounty hunter Daniel Legend finds himself tracking a quarry of a different kind: his long-lost sister. Armed only with his wits, his gun, and a mysterious postcard, Daniel makes his way to the heart of the seedy Shinjuku district of Tokyo, where a clash between two underworlds—the criminal and the infernal—threatens the very fabric of reality.
• Shinjuku marks the first totally original project by Yoshitaka Amano for Dark Horse Books.

• Written by filmmaker mink, a rising star from Quentin Tarantino’s A Band Apart production company.


Scott Allie (W), Mario Guevara (P), Juan Ferreyra (C), and Darick Robertson (Cover)
On sale Jan 13
FC, 32 pages

Taking place after the events in Solomon Kane: The Castle of the Devil—but written to stand on its own—this new series delves deep into the horrors scattered throughout Germany’s Black Forest. When Kane comes across gypsies being terrorized by roving bandits, he’s not sure what’s worse—the bandits who wish to rob and rape innocent travelers or the evils that spew forth from the forest, intent on killing every man and woman around! With creature designs by Eisner Award-winning artist Guy Davis, this series uses Robert E. Howard’s “Death’s Black Riders” fragment and the “Rattle of Bones” short story as springboards to launch into a suspenseful and terrifying new excursion with Howard’s troubled Puritan hero.

Dark Horse’s new Solomon Kane series features the return of writer Scott Allie and artist Mario Guevara (The Lone Ranger and Tonto), who are joined by colorist Juan Ferreyra (Rex Mundi) and cover artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan)!

“With art and writing that perfectly captures the pulp weirdness of his birth, Solomon Kane officially becomes the only Puritan I’ve ever been a fan of. Don’t miss out on these weird tales, you’ll regret it.” —Ed Brubaker


Henry Gilroy (W), Steven Melching (W), Brian Koschak (A), Michael E. Wiggam (Cover), and Scott Hepburn (Cover)

On sale Jan 13
FC, 40 pages

Anakin Skywalker is recalled to active duty to deal with a Separatist pilot who has been wreaking havoc on the Republic’s fleets. But Anakin’s chance to prove himself comes at a high price: the enemy ace is a friend.

The costs of war have never been higher, and even Obi-Wan Kenobi’s desperate attempts to find a path to peace may come too late.

• This series is a complement to Lucasfilm’s The Clone Wars TV show!


John Jackson Miller (W), Brian Ching (P), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Benjamin Carré (Cover)

On sale Jan 20
FC, 40 pages

The penultimate chapter of the most epic Knights of the Old Republic story ever told!

It is do or die for former Padawan Zayne Carrick as he desperately tries to save Jarael’s life. He’ll call in favors from the Senate, the Mandalorian Cassus Fett, and Admiral Karath of the Republic Navy—but none can prepare him for what he’s about to face!

STAR WARS: LEGACY #44—MONSTER part 2 (of 4)

John Ostrander (W), Jan Duursema (P), Dan Parsons (I), Brad Anderson (C), and Chris Scalf (Cover)

On sale Jan 27
FC, 40 pages

On the trail of a bounty that is supposed to bring them a cool million credits, Cade Skywalker, Deliah Blue, and Jariah Syn have taken the Mynock to Wayland—the site of Kol Skywalker and the Yuuzhan Vong’s first failure in the Ossus Project. Expecting a blue-milk run, the trio step off their ship to find something completely different . . .

Elsewhere in the galaxy, Moff Morlish Veed relishes his role as regent and Moff Nyna Calixte . . . doesn’t. And Skull Squadron prepares for a blue milk-run of their own!

The “sins” of his father are visited on Cade Skywalker!


John Ostrander (W), Jan Duursema (P), Dan Parsons (I), and Brad Anderson (C)

On sale Mar 3
FC, 104 pages
TPB, 7" x 10"

One hundred and thirty-three years after the death of Darth Vader, the Skywalker line has reached another low point—in the person of the last living heir, Cade Skywalker. Cade has abandoned his Jedi heritage for plans of quick wealth and a pirate’s life. And his actions have attracted all of the wrong kinds of attention.

Tracked by Imperial agents and targeted by Black Sun assassins, Cade is run to ground on Tatooine, where his two most famous ancestors had roots. But even if he can evade those who are trying to kill him, Cade can’t escape the family legacy. Before this adventure is over, Cade will be forced to think about who he is and who he wants to be—helped along by his mother, his half sister, and the ghost of Luke Skywalker!

• This newest volume of Star Wars: Legacy collects issues #37–#41!

• Star Wars: Legacy includes the uncharted future of Star Wars and the Skywalkers!

A return to the planet where it all began—Tatooine!


Gaylord DuBois (W) and Jesse Marsh (A)

On sale Mar10
FC, 240 pages
HC, 6 5/8" x 10 3/16"

In this volume, Tarzan fends off a scientist’s unnaturally sized jungle animals; protects Cathne, “the city of gold,” and its people from Tommy-gun-toting gangsters; outwits treacherous witch doctors and a truck-sized spider; discovers Egyptian ruins; and evades the dinosaurs of the lost land of Pal-ul-don while hunting for their eggs. The familiar faces of Boy, Jane, and Lieutenant Paul D’Arnot—a character fashioned after Jesse Marsh himself—return, and the recurring character Dr. MacWhirtle, a famed and eccentric paleontologist, is introduced for the first time!

• This archive series has been in the works for years, and Dark Horse is pleased to introduce—and reintroduce!—fans and collectors to classic Golden Age adventure stories that have been out of print since their original publication.


Paul S. Newman (W), Alberto Giolitti (A), Ray Bailey (A), Rex Maxon (A), and Giovanni Ticci (A)

On sale Mar 17
FC, 216 pages
HC, 7" x 10"

Having wandered into a strange prehistoric valley, Indian braves Turok and Andar are cut off from their home and their tribe. While they seek a way home, they struggle to survive threatening honkers (dinosaurs!), man-eating plants, flying men who prey on land-dwellers, cavemen, volcanoes, swamps, and more!

• This volume collects issues #25–#29 of the Dell Comics run, and issue #30 (the first of the Gold Key Comics run), of Turok, Son of Stone. These classic adventures have not been seen since the early 1960s!


Dave Land (W) and Matt and Shawn Fillbach (W/A)

On sale Mar 17
FC, 104 pages
TPB, 7" x 10"

Through all of history, on the night of the full moon, the bloodcurdling cries of werewolves have pierced the night sky. For centuries werewolves have had to content themselves with shortened forays of feral change as dictated by the source of their power—the moon! But all that is about to change as three werewolf friends—Ted, Jeff, and Stan—leave Earth and travel to the lunar surface in a quest to become Kings of the Moon! Unfortunately, Moon Patrol captain Maggie Pilgrim has other plans . . . as does the hive of vampires living on the dark side!

• If you’re wondering how in the world werewolves got to the moon, then check out the eight page prologue for the series at myspace.com/darkhorsepresents, issue #21.

• Collects the three-issue miniseries.

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Image Comics makes it way back to Baltimore with its largest lineup of creators ever!

This upcoming weekend the world's greatest creator-owned and operated publisher, Image Comics, makes a big return to the Baltimore Comic Con including their biggest guest list yet and a very special IMAGE UNITED preview book variant available only at the show!

"It's good to be back in Baltimore," Image Comics Chief Operating Officer and IMAGE UNITED writer Robert Kirkman said. "It's one of the biggest conventions out there with a sole focus on comic books. Everybody here at Image Comics is proud to partner up with Baltimore for our biggest convention presence outside of San Diego Comic Con."

Kirkman will take part in two panels at the show including The Image Comics Show on Saturday at 1 PM in the Avengers Mansion room. He will be joined by LIBERTY MEADOWS & 50-GIRLS-50's Frank Cho, GOD COMPLEX & MICE TEMPLAR's Michael Avon Oeming, ELEPHANTMEN's Richard Starkings, UNDERGROUND's Jeff Parker and COWBOY NINJA VIKING's AJ Lieberman. In addition to everyone giving the first look at upcoming comics, Cho will be announcing the finalists to his 50-GIRLS-50 Talent Search.

Sunday brings a very special look at IMAGE UNITED at 1 PM in the Avengers Mansion room with the crossover artists' Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino and writer Robert Kirkman. The panel will make the final exclusive look at the series before its release this November!

Both days will feature a IMAGE UNITED signing events from 3-4 PM at the Image Comics booth with will all creators in attendance signing copies of the Baltimore Comic-Con's IMAGE UNITED PREVIEW variant edition, available at Baltimore Comic-Con's Exclusives booth, #1201.

In addition, the Baltimore Image Island will feature a massive guest list including Mike and Laura Allred (MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS), Ryan Bodeheim (RED MASS FOR MARS), Frank Cho (LIBERTY MEADOWS, 50-GIRLS-50), Jay Faerber (DYNAMO 5), Bryan J.L. Glass (THE MICE TEMPLAR), Greg Horn (THE ART GREG HORN), Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE), Cory Walker (INVINCIBLE), Jason Howard (THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN), Scott Kurtz (PvP), Luna Brothers (THE SWORD), Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN), Tom Scioli (GØDLAND), Ben McCool (CHOKER) and the teams behind the POPGUN anthology and Shadowline.

Image Comics can be found at booth #1501 during The Baltimore Comic Con, Saturday, October 11th and Sunday, October 12th, at the Baltimore Convention Center. For more information, please see http://www.comicon.com/baltimore/.


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DVD News: Shout Factory Holiday Gift Guide!

Check out these three great gifts from Shout! Factory and Hasbro. They are perfect for boys, girls, collectors and kids at heart!

The Transformers: 25th Anniversary “Matrix of Leaderhip” Limited-Edition Collector’s Set includes 16 DVDs, 98 restored episodes, exclusive voice cast reunion, a collectible 60-page book and much more! Witness the digitally restored battles between the heroic AUTOBOTS and the evil DECEPTICONS as the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance. This will be available on October 20, 2009 for $169.99.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero The Complete Series Limited-Edition Collector’s Set includes 17 DVDs, 95 episodes, a collectible book and much more all in a Deluxe Footlocker Case! Witness their fight for freedom as the G.I. JOE team faces off against the venomous COBRA organization and their bid to rule the world. This will be available on November 10, 2009 for $179.99.

My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure has been approved by the Dove foundation for family viewing and includes six sing-alongs, two new animated shorts and four fun activity sheets! Follow Pinkie Pie and all her pony friends on a fun-filled adventure as they discover that friendship can make wishes come true. This will be available on October 13, 2009 for $14.99.

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TV News: Cartoon Network Enterprises Expands Publishing Program for Ben 10 Alien Force

Scholastic to Publish Novelizations, Handbooks and More for Hit Boys Action Series,
While Modern Publishing Renews Deal for Color and Activity Books

Reading just got a lot more action-packed as Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) announced today an expanded publishing program for its leading boys brand, Ben 10 Alien Force. The global licensing and merchandising arm for the television network has signed Scholastic, which will publish a full line of readers, novelizations, handbooks and chapter books for Ben 10 Alien Force. The new publishing program will be launched across all tiers of retail this fall. Scholastic joins Modern Publishing, which recently renewed its deal with CNE for color and activity books based on Ben 10 Alien Force, and Del Ray Manga, an imprint of Random House, for manga and cine-manga that is currently available at retailers nationwide.

“We have had great success with the Ben 10 publishing program thanks to the rich content from the series and expansiveness of the Ben 10 universe,” said Christina Miller, senior vice president of CNE. “As Ben 10 continues to take root as an evergreen brand in the boys action category, having strong programs in place with the right partners will continue to be critical to our ongoing success, and adding Scholastic to our roster is a tremendous opportunity to deepen our publishing product for the brand.”

“We are thrilled to add Ben 10 to our licensed publishing list and to continue our successful relationship with Cartoon Network,” said Debra Dorfman, VP, Publisher for paperbacks, novelty and licensing, Scholastic Trade book publishing. “Ben’s world, complete with aliens, adventure, and mystery, is rich with the best kind of storytelling that Scholastic looks for in a successful book series for young readers.”

As a top-rated Cartoon Network original series for boys, Ben 10 Alien Force continues the Ben 10 saga and picks up the story five years later when 15-year-old Ben Tennyson chooses to once again put on the OMNITRIX and discovers that he can now transform him into 10 brand new aliens. Anchored by a full toy line from Bandai America, the Ben 10 Alien Force product line also includes apparel, interactive, home entertainment, consumer electronics and more.

Created by Man of Action and produced at Cartoon Network Studios, the third season of the Ben 10 Alien Force series recently debuted on Cartoon Network and currently premieres on Friday nights 8:30 a.m. (ET/PT) with replays throughout the week, and the highly-anticipated live action movie, Ben 10 Alien Swarm will debut on the network in November.

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TV News: Cartoon Network to Feature Exclusive Content for Electronic Arts’ MySims™ Agents During Premiere of ALL NEW Season of Star Wars: The Clone Wa

Lucasfilm ’s Breakthrough Animated Series Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Rise of the Bounty Hunters

Premieres Friday, October 2 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

Cartoon Network and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) are coming together once again for the season premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Rise of the Bounty Hunters. Cartoon Network will premiere a full slate of 22 all-new episodes for season two of the critically acclaimed and top-rated CG-animated series from creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm Animation. The special Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiere event on Friday, Oct. 2 will feature all-new back-to-back episodes starting at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

Building on a successful partnership from season one, EA is returning as a sponsor for Star Wars: The Clone Wars highlighting their new game MySims™ Agents within the high profile premiere night. During the special presentation, Cartoon Network will feature an exclusive sneak peek, as well as an insiders’ tip for the Wii™ version of the game. MySims™ Agents will also be featured in co-branded premiere on-air tune-ins on Cartoon Network leading into the programming event. Last season, EA offered viewers a code to help viewers play the new game at the time, SimCity™ Creator.

“Following up on a record-setting first season, we could not be more excited to have EA on board again as our exclusive promotional partner for the second season premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” said John O’Hara, executive vice president and general sales manager of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim Ad Sales and Marketing.

“The partnership is timed perfectly with the release of MySims Agents,” said Aaron Cohen, Sr. Director of Marketing for MySims. “We’re thrilled to be a part of the season premiere of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Rise of the Bounty Hunters.”

In MySims™ Agents for the Wii™ players take on the role of a special agent hired to foil the sinister plans of Morcubus, CEO of the corrupt MorcuCorp. By recruiting different MySims, each with their own special skills, players can build up their very own crime-busting dream team. From tracking footprints and using forensics to picking locks, hacking into computers, following leads, and collecting clues, players must rely on their wits, skills, and trusty gadgets to piece together the clues to solve mysteries. Jump aboard a private jet to reach an ancient temple, a spooky mansion, a seedy industrial section of the city, a sunshine filled beach boardwalk, or an icy mountaintop chalet. Each clue you uncover will lead you closer to the sinister Morcubus. Return from their adventures with cool treasures that can be used to construct and customize your five story headquarters. In MySims Agents on Nintendo DS™, players are agents assigned by their agency to help the mayor stop a notorious thief from stealing an ancient treasure. Along the way players talk to their favorite MySims characters, sharpen their agent skills with 10 different mini-games, and search through underground caverns for clues to the thief’s undoing!

Star Wars: The Clone Wars has emerged as one of the preeminent animated series on television, combining the expansive scope of the Star Wars saga with exciting weekly adventures. During its first season, premiere episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network (Fridays at 9 p.m.) ranked #1 on all TV with boys 6-11. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a thrilling, weekly 30-minute “mini-movie” created by the talented artists at Lucasfilm Animation.

Fierce battles, expanded storylines and ground-breaking animation raise the stakes in Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Rise of the Bounty Hunters. The lives of the Jedi become more complex as secret and forbidden relationships are revealed and a new breed of villain enters to take advantage of the wartime turmoil. Season Two introduces these lawless rogues into the fray along with a host of new characters, locations and creatures. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Star Wars universe, The Clone Wars is bigger, bolder and more intense than ever before!

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Comic Review: Star Trek- Romulans: Schism #2 (IDW Publishing) by Ed Rondo

In technology we trust....

Star Trek- Romulans: Schism #2 continues the high pace cat and mouse game between the Romulan’s/ Klingon’s and the Federation already established in Issue #1. Our Heroine, the former Number one under Captain Christopher Pike, who is now a Commodore and in command of the U.S.S Yorktown, is before the Federation Council in a last ditch effort to try to persuade the council members into finding an alternative method to using the stolen Romulan cloaking technology, in order to bring about a less brutal solution to the escalating crisis near the Neutral zone. Falling upon deaf ears, The Commodore and the crew of the U.S.S Yorktown are dispatched to a Federation listening post along the border of the Neutral Zone, where they will get a chance to see if the technological gamble the Federation has taken will prove effective in preventing war.

Meanwhile on Romulus, the current Praetor embarks on a tour to inspect the newest ship in the Romulan fleet, one that might possibly tip the scales in favor of a Romulan victory over not only the Federation, but the Klingon’s as well. All the while, a fleet of Romulan ships near the Neutral zone finally make their presence known, hoping to force the hand of the Federation into a fully fledged conflict.

If anything, I think the general theme of this issue would be “faith in technology”. The way the Romulans and the Federation are being shown to have bestowed total confidence in each others technological achievements, reminds me of another famous Star Trek TOS episode “A Private Little War”. In that episode the crew of the U.S.S Enterprise discovers the Klingon’s interfering with development of a peaceful race, by providing them with advanced weapons technology, in order for them to defeat their enemy. This soon turns into an arms race, and Captain Kirk must provide the other side with firearms just as equal in order to level the playing field. It’s nice to know that Mr. Byrne is never at a loss at showing how these themes are still as valid today’s as they were 40 years ago.

As usual the artwork is meticulous & exquisite, full of enough details to make any Trek fan giggle like a school girl with glee. The color scheme for me is what sets the tone. It’s spot on for the time this is set in, and invokes a sense of nostalgia each and every time.

However, my only complaint would have to be the following: Does anyone else think it’s about time The Commodore (and former Number One) got a name? I mean it’s fine if this is not addressed here, but if it was, that would be some pretty sweet icing on an already decadent cake.

Writer: John Byrne
Artist: John Byrne

On sale October 7th


Ed Rondo
Senior Critic

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Comic Review: Angel #26 (IDW Publishing) by John H.

You’re an Angel in disguise…

I am a great fan of continuity. I love when certain glimpse is given within stories that wink to the audience saying “let’s see if you guys remember this!” I find that Joss Whedon does this more than any other creator. During the TV run of Buffy and Angel, we the viewers were given many winks and hints to let us in on the big picture, as if we were in fact part of the gang. I believe this is why most of us became such strong fans of the Whedonverse, we were all somehow involved.

The same can be said today in the comic book incarnation of Angel, where constant references to the past and even winks to Buffy are choc-full of brilliance. In Angel # 26, Angel and his brood are basically in hell: no not the Living Hell they have been through for the past several months, another more horrible type of hell...A comic book convention! Now wait and hear me out! This may seem like a bliss filled Paradise for some of us…but it really is a hellhole for them. Cause when you see caricatures of our heroes basically rampaging around, being imitating badly, and then add to that a magic spell which…well all I will say is just think back to the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, around the time of Halloween, and you’ll get a good glimpse at what surprises may be in store.

I found this to be a great light read, with no effect on any of the ongoing stories here. Basically it’s just a little bit of fun, just like old times. The art is the same great style we have been privy to, but when reading, just take a little look away from the main action in this issue, and check out the backgrounds. I will guarantee you’ll see a few nods to other Pop Culture characters and comic book series that will surely please more than a few fan boys out there!

I really loved this one! Hope you will too!

Writer: Brian Lynch
Artist: Stephen Mooney

On sale October 7th


John H
Senior Reviewer

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Toy News: New Images From Hasbro

Hasbro has released images of new upcoming products


· Arcee

· Ejector

· Gears

· Nightbeat

· Robot Replicas – Sideswipe

· Stalker Scorponok

· Swerve


· Aayla Secura

· Clone Trooper Jek

· Cloud City Wing Guiard

· Commander Bly

· Dark Trooper Phase 1

· Hondo Ohnaka

· Jacen Solo

· Jaina Solo

· K’Kruhk

· Shaak Ti

· Spacetrooper

· Star Wars Clone Wars Obi-Wan

· Star Wars – Transformers Crossover Anakin Skywalker to The Twilight

· Star Wars – Transformers Crossover Y-Wing Pilot to Y-Wing


· Wisecracking Spider-Man

· Spider-Man Juggernaut

· Iron Man 2 Hero Mask


· Lava Pod with Volcano-Viper

· Polar Sharc Submarine with Ice Storm

· Storm Shadow Sword and Mask with Ninja Stars

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