Dark Horse Press – Dec Comics/Jan Trades

Non stop Jedi versus Sith action in post Revenge of the Sith one-shot Star Wars: Purge

After Order 66, few Jedi dare to venture outside the shadows-rumors of the dark and terrible Darth Vader haunting even their waking moments. Yet, some Jedi find this life of fear unbearable. Now, a small band of Jedi have agreed to meet and discuss what should be done to oppose the Empire and its Sith Lords. However, the Empire is always watching, and Vader himself is eager to confront any Jedi that might bring him closer to the whereabouts of his betrayer, Obi-Wan Kenobi.

“Purge features a raw Darth Vader. It hasn’t been that long since he’s put on the armor and there’s still something of Anakin Skywalker in there, something of his rage,” commented writer John Ostrander. “He isn’t as proficient with this armor or his powers as he will become-and he’s up against Jedi who can see him coming. To survive-to win-Vader must purge himself of the man he was to become the dark legend he is destined to be. Assume nothing.”

Star Wars: Purge features the talents of John Ostrander, Doug Wheatley and Chris Chuckry. It arrives on sale December 28 with a retail price of $2.99.


Clear the Ice! Paul Dini’s Jingle Belle is back in Jingle Belle: The Fight Before Christmas

Santa’s rebellious daughter returns in this fun-filled winter one-shot courtesy of writer Paul Dini and artists Stephanie Gladden and Jose Garibaldi. In a follow-up to her classic “Mighty Elves” tale, Jingle once again takes to the hockey rink in a battle royal with her snow leopard rival Tashi. It’s the war to settle the score, or it will be if the girls can stay out of the penalty box long enough to finish the game. Also, romance comes to the North Pole in a tale of love among the lemmings, and Jing endures yet another “blissful” Christmas Eve in the company of her famous mom and pop.

Jingle Belle: The Fight Before Christmas features story by Paul Dini with art by Stephanie Gladden and Jose Garibaldi. It arrives on sale December 14 with a retail price of $2.99.


From the twisted mind of creator Tony Takezaki comes the silly and sexy new manga series Space Pinchy

Meet Space Pinchy. The last remaining member of the Pinch Tribe, Space Pinchy travels through space in search of the tribe’s lost treasures, everything from dirty magazines to doomsday devices! In her adventures Pinchy utilizes mysterious superpowers, a form fitting outfit, and about every innuendo in the book to aid her in her quest.

It’s a sexy, silly manga in full, digital color from Japan’s very odd Tony Takezaki, and it’s coming to America in a special six-issue series from Dark Horse Comics.
Space Pinchy features story and art by Tony Takezaki. Issue #1 arrives on sale December 21 with a retail price of $2.99.


Joss Whedon’s smash hit comic series Serenity collected for first time!

-“Mission accomplished. Whedon and writer Brett Matthews turn in an exciting action-packed script with plenty of Whedon-esque character interaction. Serenity captures all of the magic of Firefly without missing a beat.” (Chud.com)) 0

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and scribe of Marvel’s Astonishing X-Men, unveils a previously unknown chapter in the lives of his favorite band of space brigands in this comics prequel of the Serenity feature film-the big-budget follow-up to Whedon’s cult-hit TV show Firefly.

Penned by Whedon and Brett Matthews, who wrote several episodes of Firefly as well as Dark Horse’s final Angel comics series and the animated Chronicles of Riddick feature “Dark Fury,” Serenity follows a ship full of mercenaries, fugitives, and one law-abiding prostitute in their pursuit for fast cash and a little peace along the fringes of space. The ragtag crew of Serenity take on a scavenger mission with the hopes of earning enough dough to disappear for a while. Only too late do they realize the whole gig is orchestrated by an old enemy eager to remake their acquaintance with the help of some covert-operatives known only as the Blue Gloves.

Artist Will Conrad (Marvel’s Elektra and Witches) and colorist Laura Martin (Astonishing X-Men and The Ultimates) paint a rough and wild world of adventure across a strange and dangerous universe, in this not-to-be-missed tale straight from the brain of pop-culture mastermind Joss Whedon!

Look for the Serenity DVD release in spring 2006!

The Serenity trade collection features the talents of Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews and Will Conrad. It arrives on sale January 25 with a retail price of $12.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-449-2


Rare and award winning Concrete stores collected in third volume

Dark Horse is pleased to present the latest volume of its collections of classic and rare Concrete stories with Concrete Volume 3: Fragile Creature.

When you’re seven-feet plus of walking, talking stone, you’re bound to draw the media spotlight, especially when you live in Tinseltown. Concrete’s celebrity status is sometimes a pain in the buttress… but it does bring the occasional paycheck gig. When the producer of a low-budget science-fiction film approaches Concrete to use his prodigious strength to help save money on the film’s FX budget, the siren call of Hollywood draws Concrete like a moth to a flame…a seven-thousand-dollar-a-week flame, that is.

This value-priced volume collects the Eisner Award-winning series Fragile Creature, along with bonus short stories “Litlle Pushes,” “Fire at Twilight,” “Byrdland’s Secret,” “The Artistic Impulse,” “Burning Brightly, Brightly,” “Next Best,” and “The Gray Embrace.”

Written and drawn by Paul Chadwick, Concrete Volume 3: Fragile Creature arrives on sale January 18 with a retail price of $12.95.

Tony Harris, Art Adams, Eric Powell, and more featured in the collection of classic Universal Monster tales in Universal Monsters: Cavalcade of Horror

Featuring long out-of-print artwork by the white-hot Tony Harris (Ex Machina, Starman) and artist Art Adams (Monkeyman & O’Brien), as well as a brand-new introduction and painted cover by multiple Eisner Award Winner Eric Powell (The Goon), this collection tells the original stories of the Universal Monsters-Frankenstein, the Mummy, Dracula, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

From the 1930s to the 1950s, Universal Studios changed horror cinema forever with its legendary run of monster movies. Since then, these timeless tales of terror and tragedy have enthralled generations of audiences and inspired countless creators of the macabre. Now, read the stories of the Universal Monsters as envisioned by some of comics’ finest talents.

Universal Monsters: Cavalcade of Horror features the talents of Dan Jolley, Den Beauvais, Dan Vado, Steve Moncuse, Tony Harris, Art Adams, Jonathan Smith and Terry Austin. It arrives on sale January 11 with a retail price of $19.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-431-X


The Goon’s Eric Powell tells a twisted tale of circus freaks in the Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities trade collection

From the Eisner award-winning creator of The Goon comes an over-the-bigtop horror romp pitting outlaw legend Billy the Kid and a band of circus “freaks” against the evil machinations of the nefarious Dr. Frankenstein!

Penned with deranged glee by Powell and illustrated by fan-favorite horror artist Kyle Hotz (The Agency and The Hood), Billy The Kid’s Old Timey Oddities starts with Billy the Kid free to roam America, having faked his own death. Free, that is, until Fineas Spoule, a.k.a. The Human Spider, discovers his secret. Now, afraid of being exposed, Billy finds himself in the service of a caravan of carnival sideshow performers who have unfinished business with a mad scientist none other than Victor Frankenstein himself!

This twisted love child of spaghetti westerns and Hammer horror flicks combines Powell’s humorous fast-paced storytelling and Hotz’s quirky macabre visuals for a story that the whole family will love…if they’re the kind of family that love alligator men and miniature boys fighting monstrous mistakes of science with the help of the fastest gunslinger in the West!

Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities features story by Eric Powell with art by Kyle Hotz. It arrives on sale January 11 with a retail price of $13.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-448-4


From Trigun creator Yasuhiro Nightow comes Gungrave Anime Manga

An adaptation of the popular anime created by the masterminds at Madhouse and creator Yasuhiro Nightow, the Gungrave Anime Manga comes to you in a full color graphic novel format for the first time ever!

For Brandon Heat, death doesn’t matter. Driven by his need for revenge, he returns from beyond the grave to cripple Millenion, the huge mafia organization that uses undead monsters as its enforcers. His ultimate goal will be to destroy Harry McDowel, the leader of Millenion, and at one time, Brandon’s best friend.

Created by Trigun mastermind, Yasuhiro Nightow, Gungrave began as an animated TV series and has been adapted into a popular video game.

Gungrave Anime Manga is based on the anime created by Yasuhiro Nightow and the animation produced by Madhouse. It arrives on sale January 18 with a retail price of $14.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-378-X


Billy Tucci’s return to his classic character collected with Shi: Ju-Nen trade papeback

Billy Tucci’s returned last year to his ever popular title Shi, creating a brand new series to the delight of comic fans everywhere. Through his company, Crusade Fine Arts, Ltd., Shi is printed in six languages, has sold more than four million comic books, and grossed over twenty-five million dollars worldwide.

Ana Ishikawa returns to her native Japan where she desperately tries to avert an all out-war between the secretive sects of the Kyoto and Nara Sohei. And with the Narans on the verge of annihilation, the Kyoto Sohei are about to rub it in-with the encouragement of the Yakuza and with potentially disastrous consequences. Once again, Ana in the guise of Death Incarnate, will take up the naginata and don her grandfather’s Kabuki face paint in order to save both cities, even if it means turning to her father’s murderer Masahiro Arashi to do so…

Collecting the four issue seires, the Shi: Ju-Nen collection features story by Billy Tucci and JC Vaughn with art by Billy Tucci. It arrives sale January 11 with a retail price of 12.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-451-4


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