Dark Horse Comics – August Releases


Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos bring you an explosive murder mystery in Revelations

From Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos, the best-selling creative team behind Marvel’s Spectacular Spider-Man, comes a sophisticated murder mystery set in the unlikeliest of places-The Vatican.

Charlie Northern may be one of the best detectives in Scotland Yard but that doesn’t keep him from enjoying a night off curled up with a good book of conspiracy theories and a full pack of cigarettes. That is, until an old friend shows up at his door with the news that a high-ranking Vatican official and probable successor to the Pope has mysteriously died. Now, Northern must travel to Rome and seek out the facts in a place legendary for keeping its secrets. There are forces at work in The Holy See that want Northern to fail-forces darker and more ancient than any in his favorite dime-store paperbacks.

“Revelations is a labor of love. It’s a story quite a few years in the making and it is quite honestly one of my favorite books I have ever worked on,” commented series writer Paul Jenkins. “I hope you’ll see that for every twist there is a turn, that nothing is quite what it seems and I hope you’ll agree that the character of Charlie Northern leaps off the page. If you want to know the truth behind the darkest secret of the Catholic Church, if you want to learn new and creative ways to swear at cigarettes, please join us.”

Jenkins continued, “Working with Humberto on this has been a revelation in and of itself – I’ve had the privilege to see the guy’s art on a monthly basis for a couple of years. I never imagined I would see anything like this. He’s a good lad, grade one. Check it out because it is vastly different from anything else he has done and it’s bloody amazing!
Like I said, nothing is quite what it seems. Unless you are God, in which case it’s all completely bleeding obvious.”

Revelations is a six-issue miniseries featuring top-notch writing by Paul Jenkins with stunning art by Humberto Ramos. Issue #1 arrives on sale August 31, with a retail price of $2.99.

Get a sneak peek of this all-new supernatural thriller with a five-page preview only available at www.darkhorse.com!


The B.P.R.D. investigates the bizarre behavior of the frog men in the new B.P.R.D. series, B.P.R.D. The Black Flame.

A bloodbath washes across America as the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense turns its attention back to the plague of frogs. While the Bureau tries to interpret bizarre new behavior from the frog men, a madman from the B.P.R.D.’s secret history returns to take advantage of the mindless monsters.

B.P.R.D. The Black Flame is the first of six issues written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi with art by Guy Davis. Issue #1 arrives on sale August 31 with a retail price of $2.99.


New B.P.R.D. leader exposes government scandalin the B.P.R.D. collection, B.P.R.D.: The Dead.

The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense and their new team leader, a former corpse himself, moves into their new headquarters only to unearth a gigantic long-buried secret involving United States government covert experiments and Nazi scientists.

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola teams with artist Guy Davis and co-writer John Arcudi to carve out a bold new direction for the B.P.R.D., while Abe Sapien, still reeling from the revelation of his former life as a Victorian scientist, meets his long-dead wife in their crumbling home by the sea. This collection includes an extended sketchbook section featuring the otherworldly designs of Guy Davis for the roster of new characters introduced in The Dead. Collecting the five-issue miniseries.

The strangest team book in comics gets weirder with this tale of the walking dead, madness, the Spear of Destiny, and a monstrous gateway to heaven.

B.P.R.D.: The Dead features the writing of Mike Mignola and John Arcudi and the illustrations of Guy Davis. It arrives on sale September 28 with a retail price of $17.95

ISBN: 1-59307-380-1


Carniverous corpses return to feast on the flesh of the living in ZombieWorld: Winter’s Dregs and Other Stories

The end of the world is near. The dead walk the earth and feed on the flesh of the living. The birth of a terrifying new world is at hand. ZombieWorld, the comic-book series that set the standard for comics of the undead is back in a massive trade paperback. Bob Fingerman and Tommy Lee Edwards take us into the darkened subway tunnels of New York, where the rats aren’t the only things that bite, in the critically acclaimed Winter’s Dregs. Kelley Jones spins his own twisted tale of love and the undead in Eat Your Heart Out. A family’s Christmas gathering has a few unexpected arrivals in Gordon Rennie and Gary Erskine’s Home for the Holidays. And the apocalypse proves to be more horrifying than anyone ever imagined in Pat Mills and J. Deadstock’s Tree of Death.

” Collecting the ZombieWorld: Winter’s Dregs four-issue miniseries, Eat Your Heart Out one-shot, Home for the Holidays one-shot, and the Tree of Death four-issue miniseries.

ZombieWorld: Winter’s Dregs And Other Stories features the talents of Bob Fingerman, Kelley Jones, Pat Mills, Gordon Rennie, Tommy Lee Edwards, J. Deadstock, and Gary Erskine. It arrives on sale September 14 with a retail price of $24.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-384-4


The second stunning Conan hardcover arrives with Conan: The God in the Bowl and Other Stories

The critically acclaimed and award-winning creative team behind the runaway-hit revival are back with a brand-new adaptation of one of Conan creator Robert E. Howard’s best-known tales, presented in a beautiful limited hardcover edition.

Award-winning writer Kurt Busiek and artists Cary Nord and Thomas Yeates render the glorious suspense of Howard’s beloved “The God in the Bowl” in all its terrifying detail, as well as introducing not only Conan’s most famed adversary, Thoth-amon, but a new female foil to Conan’s exploits-Janissa the Widowmaker, bound by a pact to a witch who has sinister plans for Conan.

” “Writer Kurt Busiek treats him with the dignified respect due one of the towering figures in fantasy literature … it feels like historians unearthed a vibrant, bloody tapestry. These are, once again, the days of high adventure.”-Entertainment Weekly

” “Conan is an action-packed spectacle, a barbarian blockbuster with a brain, and an epic as intelligent as it is visually stunning.”-Wizard Magazine

Conan: The God in the Bowl and Other Stories is written by Kurt Busiek, and illustrated by Cary Nord and Thomas Yeates. This hardcover collection is a direct market limited exclusive. It arrives on sale September 28 with a retail price of $24.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-403-4


The Devil Chef whips up something wicked in Devil Chef: The Man with the Soft-Serve Brain

From the fiery abyss of Hell’s kitchen-literally!-comes the return of the culinary arts’ diminutive demon, Devil Chef! In his first feature-length story extravaganza, The Man with the Soft-Serve Brain documents Chef’s titanic struggle with his chief rival, Softy (a.k.a. Citizen Cone) of Softy Soft-Serve Ice Cream! It’s fire vs. ice, winner-take-all, with the sweet nectar of fast-food immortality to the winner-and the bitter ashes of drive-thru oblivion for second place! Some say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, while others contend that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but Devil Chef proves once and for all time that a man’s stomach is the road to Hell!

“Devil Chef is an enigma wrapped in a question wrapped in a parenthesis followed by an
apostrophe and wielding a butcher knife,” commented writer Jack Pollock. “I’ve put everything into this book, my heart, my soul, and just a little bit of urine – but that’s Dark Horse’s problem.”

Devil Chef: The Man with the Soft-Serve Brain is written and illustrated by Jack Pollock. It arrives on sale September 14 with a retail price of $6.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-341-0


Dark Horse showcases the talent of the best new comics contenders in New Recruits

Dark Horse asked its readers, “Think you’ve got what it takes to be in comics?”

The response was overwhelming. Now, after receiving hundreds of submissions from all over the world, Dark Horse is proud to present five of the coolest, strangest, and funniest stories from a group of undiscovered and underrated newcomers. There’s no comic anthology out there like this one. Now’s your chance to get in on the new wave of comics contenders who’ve got what it takes!

This collection features: Wild Talents by Ian Culbard. InVictorian London a robot that thinks it is Our Lord God has come to smite the wicked sinners of the world.Victor Mundi and Inspector Chimes, two special agents for Scotland Yard are our only hope! Zombie Killer by Andrew Krahnke. He’s a punk kid, a bully, and petty criminal … He also kills Zombies. The Four Horseman by Nick Smith and Adam Adomowicz.
The Apocalypse is upon us. You, your girlfriend, and your two good-for-nothing best friends have been chosen as the Four Horsemen. Death, War, Famine, and Pestilence … Now the four beings charged with the task of destroying the world struggle to save it and each other from oblivion. Deep Sleep by Rafael da Silveira. A journey into the mind of an artist … An adventure in images, symbols, and puzzles. The Mighty Skullboy Army by Jacob Chabot Skullboy was published previously in the Dark Horse collection Stripsearch and is also featured here.

New Recruits arrives on sale September 14 with a retail price of $12.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-383-6


A legend battles evil for justice in Aranna in Dungeon Siege: The Battle for Aranna

Enter the mystic world of Aranna in Dungeon Siege: The Battle for Aranna.

Based on the upcoming game Dungeon Siege II from Gas Powered Games, The Battle for Aranna tells the thrilling story of two of Aranna’s most influential legends, Zaramoth the Unmaker and Azunai the defender. The magical River of Souls holds the energy used to make magic possible. The evil giant Zaramoth seeks to claim the River for himself. The brave human chieftain Azunai knows that the River’s magic belongs to all of Aranna. When Zaramoth and Azunai finally meet on the battlefield, Aranna will be changed forever!

Dungeon Siege: The Battle for Aranna is written by Paul Alden and features art by Al Rio, Cliff Richards, and Fabiano Neves. It arrives on sale September 7 with a retail price of $6.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-425-5


Steve Kiwus grants a closer look at the evolution of the action figure in Babes, Beasts, and Brawn: Sculpture of the Fantastic

The art of action figures has exploded in recent times, as the simplistic, inelegant pieces of yesterday’s plastic have transformed into complex, dynamic pieces of articulate sculpture, reaching levels of artistic expression unthinkable just a few years ago. Steve Kiwus of Eightball Studios, one of the most in-demand toy sculptors of the era, has now brought together his considerable body of eye-popping work into a collection like none other. Babes, Beasts, and Brawn: Sculpture of the Fantastic is a definitive look into the creation of these powerhouse playthings, with hundreds of stunning color photographs and fascinating insights into Kiwus’ creative process.

” Included is an in-depth how-to section, where Kiwus chronicles his process step-by-step
to aid aspiring professionals!

Babes, Beasts, and Brawn: Sculpture of the Fantastic arrives on sale August 24 with a retail price of $19.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-013-6


From Kazuo Koike, the creator of Lone Wolf and Cub, comes the manga classic Lady Snowblood Volume 1

A story of pure vengeance, Lady Snowblood tells the tale of a daughter born of a singular purpose, to avenge the death of her family at the hands of a gang of thugs, a purpose woven into her soul from the time of her gestation.

Beautifully drafted and full of bloody, sexy action, Lady Snowblood lives up to its title and reputation.

Lady Snowblood Volume 1 is written by Kazuo Koike and is illustrated by Kazuo Kamimura. It arrives on sale September 7 with a retail price of $14.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-385-2

Comics legend Will Eisner lives on in a new biography, Will Eisner: A Spirited Life

Dark Horse’s prose imprint M Press is proud to present a new biography on one of comics’ true legends, Will Eisner. Will Eisner: A Spirited Life is the only authorized and extensively researched biography of Eisner over three years in the making. Chock full of entertaining anecdotes told by the comic industry’s top talents, A Spirited Life pays tribute to a true American original whose legacy will forever be felt not only in comic books and graphic novels but in commercial illustration, fine art, film, television and multimedia.

Pop culture would never have been the same without Will Eisner. Internationally recognized as the founding father of an utterly American medium-comic books-Eisner pioneered this art form in the 1940s, and continued to shape its direction until his passing at 87 in 2005. This personality-driven biography, written by Bob Andelman, explores the fascinating life of Eisner and details a career that stretched across six decades. Eisner spearheaded the cause of comics for adult readers (including 30 years spent producing comics for the U.S. Army and corporate clients such as General Motors and the United Nations) and in 1976 created the first widely accepted graphic novel, A Contract with God.

Eisner influenced some of the world’s greatest comic art talent: Bob Kane (Batman); Jack Kirby (Fantastic Four); Jules Feiffer; Dave Berg (Mad); and Joe Kubert (Tarzan). Eisner also inspired generations of modern artists and writers, including Frank Miller (Sin City), Robert Crumb, Harlan Ellison, Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and Art Spiegelman (Maus).

“As Will’s authorized biographer, I spent the last three years with the artist in his studio and his home, as well as poring through his substantial archives at The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library and interviewing dozens of his colleagues, friends and family,” commented biographer Bob Andelman. “We should all be lucky enough to have left such consistent and positive impressions on so many people for so many years.”

Featuring an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and an appreciation by Neal Adams, Will Eisner: A Spirited Life arrives in stores September 2005 with a retail price of $14.95.

ISBN: 1-59582-011-6

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