The FBI gets psychic in Fierce!

It’s 1983 and the FBI are very interested in speaking with eight year old Jonathan Fierce. He had recently described a terrible crime…a crime that occurred two days after he described it! Twenty years later and he is now one of the FBI’s most powerful secret weapons. Unfortunately things are not going so smooth for Fierce; a powerful crime syndicate wants him dead and the FBI wants him behind bars!

Fierce has become a key player in stopping crimes before they happen, but unfortunately his abilities aren’t perfect. Tragedy occurs when his abilities fail him and his comrades, the elite strike force known as the Razor, are killed. Now Fierce is on the run and his only allies are the voices of his slain comrades. Channeling the special abilities of his former teammates, he will descend into the depths of the Jamaican underworld on a mission of redemption and vengeance.

“We’ve always wanted to craft a big-budget summer action thriller and we thank Dark Horse for giving us the opportunity to do that on paper,” commented series writer Jeremy Love. “With Robert Love’s stylized pencils, Jeff Wasson’s bold inks and Chip Zdarsky’s eye popping color, and enough action, suspense and explosions to make Michael Bay jealous, who needs ILM?”

Fierce is a four-issue series featuring the writing of Jeremy Love and art by Robert Love. It arrives on sale July 14 with a retail price of $2.99


From the creators of Lone Wolf and Cub comes Samurai Executioner!

Dark Horse Comics published the landmark in graphic fiction, Lone Wolf and Cub, in its entirety for the first time in America. An epic samurai adventure of staggering proportions-over 8000 pages-Lone Wolf and Cub (Kozure Okami in Japan) is acknowledged worldwide for the brilliant writing of series creator Kazuo Koike and the groundbreaking cinematic visuals of the late Goseki Kojima. Together they created unforgettable imagery of stark beauty, kinetic fury, and visceral thematic power that influenced a generation of visual storytellers both in Japan and in the West.

Now Dark Horse once again brings another masterpiece from this proficient team- Samurai Executioner. Before Koike and Kojima created the unforgettable Lone Wolf and Cub character Itto Ogami, they brought to like Kubikiri Asa, better known to Lone Wolf and Cub readers as Decapitator Asaemon. In the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Decapitator Asaemon, equal in ability to Itto, was known as the bearer of the sword Onibocho and was the man in charge of testing weapons for the shogun. The Samurai Executioner series is based on the Decapitator, chronicling his like before his fateful duel with Lone Wolf.

“For the past fifteen years Dark Horse Comics has been a leader in bringing the highest quality manga to the world,” commented Dark Horse President Mike Richardson. “We are proud to present another masterwork from the creators of the greatest manga saga ever, Lone Wolf and Cub. Fans of that series, and fans of manga in general, will revel in this early work from Koike and Kojima.”

Samurai Executioner volume one (of ten) arrives in stores July 14 with a retail price of $9.95. It will be presented in the Lone Wolf and Cub 4″ x 6″ format. (ISBN 1-59307-207-4)


Neil Gaiman brings you Creatures of the Night

From the New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman comes a brand new hardcover collection, featuring two magical and disturbing stories lushly adapted to comics by veteran painter Michael Zulli (The Last Temptation). Newly rewritten by Gaiman for this graphic novel, these two ominous stories from the author’s award-winning prose, Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions, feature animals and people not being quite what they seem. In The Price, a black cat like a small panther arrives at a country home and is soon beset by mysterious and vicious wounds. What is he fighting every night that could do this, and why does he persist? The Daughter of Owls recounts an eerie old tale of a foundling girl who was left-with an owl pellet-as a newborn on the steps of the Dymton Church. She was soon cloistered away in a local convent, but by her fourteenth year word of her beauty had spread-and those who would prey upon her faced unforeseen consequences.

Creatures of the Night features the writing talents of Neil Gaiman with art by Michael Zulli. It arrives on sale July 4 with a retail price of $12.95. (ISBN 1-56971-936-5)


Long out of print Alex Maleev and James Vance Crow collection, Flesh & Blood comes to Dark Horse!

One of the most haunting and compelling comic stories ever told has been resurrected by Dark Horse! People once believed that when a person dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead, although sometimes, something so terrible happens that a sadness is carried with it and the soul cannot rest. And sometimes-just sometimes-the crow can bring that soul back to make the wrong things right.

In the midst of a rural land-rights struggle, federal conservation officer Iris Shaw is murdered in a bombing by a rag-tag band of right-wing activists. Little do her killers know that Iris wasn’t their only victim and now, with the help of the Crow, Iris must exact vengeance not only for her own death but also that of her unborn baby. Raised from her grave and armed with cold-blooded hatred and a few deadly weapons, Iris hunts down her killers one by one.

The Crow: Flesh & Blood, written by James Vance with art by Alex Maleev, arrives on sale July 28 with a retail price of $9.95. (ISBN 1-59307-125-6)


Top talent packs Michael Chabon Presents…The Amazing Adventures of The Escapist #3

In this third issue, critically acclaimed writer Brian Vaughan (Y-The Last Man) pens the captivating story, “To Reign in Hell,” told in classic 1940s style, and former Swamp Thing artist Roger Petersen richly illustrates this spotlight on Big Al. Marv Wolfman writes “Heil and Fear Well,” a story in the infamous EC horror style With art by veteran cartoonist Joe Staton and indie stalwart Bob Sikoryak, this tale of nefarious post-war Nazis shocks and chills. Finally, the mysterious powers of Luna Moth may be up for grabs … is our favorite mild-mannered librarian worthy of them? Kevin McCarthy and Dean Haspiel serve up a tribute to Jack Kirby’s 1960s Marvel work in “The Trial of Judy Dark.” Don’t miss out on this thrilling third issue of the quarterly anthology Michael Chabon Presents… The Amazing Adventures of The Escapist, edited by the dynamic duo of Schutz and Chabon!

Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart re-create the original Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay cover to Amazing Midget Radio Comics #1.

Michael Chabon Presents… The Amazing Adventures of The Escapist #3 arrives on sale July 14 with a retail price of $8.95.

This volume features the talents of: Brian K. Vaughan (W), Marv Wolfman (W), Kevin Mccarthy (W), Roger Petersen (A), Joe Staton (A), Dean Haspiel (A), Bob Sikoryak (A), Mike Mignola (Cover), and more!


Joe Casey takes a trip to the dark side with Milkman Murders

The most horrific of all Dark Horse’s new brand of horror comics comes from the mind of Joe Casey-mainstream superstar (Superman, X-Men, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes) and visionary, alternative voice (WildC.A.T.S. Version 3.0, Automatic Kafka)-and Steve Parkhouse, who exposed the absurd side of British suburban life in his collaboration with Alan Moore on The Bojeffries Saga, and later took on global madness in Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles. Now the two turn their attention to the depraved American suburb, where a forlorn housewife faces facts about the American Dream. The unraveling of her hopes leads to unprecedented terror, heralded by a demonic vision from some twisted parody of a Norman Rockwell image as painted by serial-killing folk-artist John Wayne Gacy-The Milkman.

“Writing horror allows a creator to tap into his own inner demons, so I dug back into my own experiences growing up in the ‘burbs,” commented writer Joe Casey. “Milkman Murders is what I came back with!”

“Milkman Murders is one of the craziest books we’ve published in a long time,” remarked editor Scott Allie. ” It’s dark. Really dark. It says something ugly about our culture, something worth saying, but if you take it with a sense of humor, there’s sort of an uplifting edge to it. I think Joe’s working some stuff out!”

Milkman Murders features the writing talents of Joe Casey with art by Steve Parkhouse. Issue #1 (of four) arrives on sale July 7 with a retail price of $2.99

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