Dark Horse press releases Sept comics/Oct trades



The Rogue Squadron flies again in an all new Star Wars miniseries!

Rev up your engines-it’s time for the Rogue Squadron to fly again! It’s an exciting return to the adventures with Luke Skywalker, Wedge Antilles, and the rest of the Rogues on a mission that will define them as heroes not just of the Rebellion, but as heroes for the whole galaxy!

In the wake of the death of the Emperor and the destruction of the Death Star II, a group of Rebel pilots are looking forward to some well-deserved R & R. Instead, they run into a deadly attack by vengeful Imperials that changes the course of all of their lives . . .

“I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to tell a Rogue Squadron tale, especially one set immediately after the destruction of the second Death Star,” commented writer Haden Blackman. “That time period is very rich, allowing for a great deal of conflict and character development as the Rebels transform into the future leaders of the galaxy. I’m especially excited about the opportunity to feature Luke, who is still straddling the line between Rebel Pilot and Commander and Jedi Master. And, of course, being able to tell a story with fan-favorite Wedge Antilles is always rewarding.”

Star Wars: X-Wing – Rogue Leader #1 features the writing talents of Haden Blackman, with dynamic art by Tomas Giorello. It arrives on sale September 21, with a retail price of $2.99.


October is Goon month at Dark Horse!

Special signed hardcover, 25-cent issue, and monthly Previews comic strip keep Zombietown residents happy.

Dark Horse is making October 2005 official “Goon” month, and kicking it off is the release of the hardcover title Fancy Pants. This volume collects the essential stories of the Eisner-Award winning Goon, presenting his life in chronological order for the first time-along with a boxcar-load of extras-all in a handsomely designed (and handsomely priced) signed hardcover. Chronicling the histories of the Zombie Priest, Buzzard, Labrazio, and of course, Goon and Franky, this collection is the perfect introduction to the entire Goon mythos.

Eric Powell personally arranged the stories (spanning three publishers and nearly ten years) so that the life of the Goon could be read as one complete story. This hardcover is a must-have for every serious fan of the Goon, containing a comprehensive cover gallery and a three-page, never-before-seen Buzzard story. What’s more, every volume is signed by Powell himself. Buying this book should be like dodging a brick-a no-brainer!     

“Much like the Godfather saga, we’ve taken the essential Goon stories and put them together for the first time in a linear timeline,” commented Goonfather Eric Powell. “This is an excellent primer for the material that is to come.”

And if the signed hardcover isn’t enough to satisfy your zombie-bashing appetite, Dark Horse is proud to present the original The Goon #1 in a new 25-cent edition that includes a brand-new short story and painted cover by none other than the illustrious Mr. Powell himself. Additionally, a monthly Goon comic strip will appear in the Dark Horse section of the Diamond Previews catalog. This strip will feature an ongoing all-new Goon tale in each installment.

Over the last few years, The Goon has earned both critical and popular acclaim with its tales of a lone thug and his fight against a never-ending onslaught of zombies, giant lizards, and killer robots. For one measly quarter, see why Entertainment Weekly put The Goon on their “Must” list and why Ain’t It Cool News said, “The Goon is a wild ride filled with imagination, intrigue, horror, and laughs.” You know you want to.

The Goon: Fancy Pants hardcover is a direct market exclusive that arrives October 13 with a retail price of $24.95. The Goon 25-cent comic arrives October 13. The Goon monthly comic strip begins in the Dark Horse section of the October Diamond Previews catalog.


Man of mystery and deceit exposed in true life story of Cravan

This is a true story about the most interesting person you’ve never heard of, Arthur Cravan. A major figure in pre-WWI cutting-edge art circles, Cravan was among the greatest mysterious figures of the Twentieth Century. A self-confessed thief, forger, and con artist, he used a roster of assumed names and false identities. He was known, at various times, as a novelist, poet, painter, art critic, lecturer, publisher, and French Boxing Champion. Always a rebellious, restless spirit, this dedicated rule-breaker was a political radical whose friendship with Leon Trotsky earned him the surveillance of the U.S. government-even through his immigration to Mexico with his wife, the poet Mina Loy. In 1918, at the age of thirty-one, the fascinating physical giant vanished without a trace, and-despite several supposed sightings over the years-was never seen again. Is it possible that he became the mysterious, reclusive novelist B. Traven, who wrote The Treasure of the Sierra Madre?

“I’ve been researching Cravan since I stumbled onto him in my college days, no easy task since he made every effort to leave no trace of himself,” commented writer Mike Richardson. “Rick and I are excited about finally telling this amazing story in graphic novel form.”

Cravan features story by Mike Richardson with art by Rick Geary. This hardcover volume arrives October 26 with a retail price of $14.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-291-0


Dark Horse resurrects Colan and Wolfman’s 90s team-up with The Curse of Dracula

In the 1970s, writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan created 70 issues of terrifying tales in the classic Marvel series The Tomb of Dracula. Dark Horse Comics continued their legacy in the late ’90s with the miniseries The Curse of Dracula which presented a classic Dracula, brutal and unrepentantly evil. Collected for the first time, this essential piece of the Colan/Wolfman canon arrives just in time for Halloween.

A mysterious and persuasive figure is moving amongst the circles of San Francisco’s political elite. When Jonathan Van Helsing and his team of vampire hunters come to town investigating a string of grisly murders and stumble into a virtual pit of blood-soaked horrors, they know it’s only a matter of time before they come face to face with the master of the dark!

The Curse of Dracula features the talents of Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan with colors by Dave Stewart. It arrives on sale October 12, with a retail price of $9.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-391-7


Vampire horror smash Damn Nation collected!

“Not your typical vampire story. It’s smarter, and way the hell scarier.”-Vampirella Magazine

“Cover of the Month”- Wizard Magazine

Andrew Cosby and J. Alexander’s haunting vampire epic will be collected for the first time in October. A dark and powerful reinterpretation of the vampire mythos, this is sure to be an essential part of any true horror fan’s graphic novel collection.

The United States’ borders and ports are locked down against a terrible threat. However, the barbed wire and infantries are not positioned to keep an enemy out, but to protect the rest of the world from a vampire plague that’s spread over every inch of the country.
Most of the living have fled the U.S., but a group of scientists remain behind, working on a cure. A military operation is launched from the President’s current offices in the U.S. Embassy in London, to save the potential cure from the encroaching undead-but the real motivations of the military remain in question.

“Damn Nation is a reinterpretation of the classic vampire tale,” commented series writer Andrew Cosby. “My initial goal was simple. I wanted to make the vampire scary again. To do that, I had to strip it down to its essential elements: a bloodthirsty nocturnal predator driven by a single biological imperative to feed. Once that was accomplished, all that was left to do was find a villain. For that, I had to look to the real monster in my story: man.”

The Damn Nation collection features story by Andrew Cosby with art by J. Alexander. It arrives on sale October 12, with a retail price of $12.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-389-5


Oversized hardcover Sin City collections begin with Frank Miller’s Sin City Library Vol. 1

A collector’s dream! Sin City fans the world over are clamoring for oversized archival editions of the legendary noir series from Frank Miller and Dark Horse is rising to the occasion! In the tradition of the EC Library, these deluxe hardcovers measure 9″ x 12″, are printed on high-quality paper stock, and collect each original series along with the color series-covers. The four hardcover volumes of set I are packaged in a handsomely designed slipcase-a long-awaited addition to the bookshelves of discriminating comics fans.

This slipcase holds volumes one through four of Sin City, the hard-boiled stories that started it all! Never before seen at this size, the now-infamous Marv, Dwight, Gail, Miho, Hartigan, Nancy, and the Yellow Bastard will transport you to Sin City and show you the bloody lives they lead … bloody by choice or by circumstance.

” Set I includes Sin City vols. 1-4: The Hard Goodbye, A Dame to Kill For, The Big Fat Kill, and That Yellow Bastard.

Frank Miller’s Sin City Library Vol. 1 features story and art by Frank Miller. It arrives on sale October 26, with a retail price of $150.00

ISBN: 1-59307-421-2


Second Conan collection, Conan: The God in the Bowl and Other Stories, arrives in softcover edition

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.

Award-winning writer Kurt Busiek and artists Cary Nord and Dave Stewart 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

Collecting ongoing Conan issues 9-14, Conan: The God in the Bowl and Other Stories softcover collection features the talents of Kurt Busiek, Cary Nord, Thomas Yeates, and Dave Stewart. It arrives on sale September 28, with a retail price of $15.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-403-4

Mark Millar’s controversial The Chosen collected this fall

Imagine you’re twelve years old and suddenly discover that you are the returned Jesus Christ. You can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk, and perhaps even raise the dead. What do you and your family do knowing that you’re destined to grow up and take part in a conflict that people have been waiting almost two thousand years for? The Chosen has been described in the British press as Spider-Man meets The Book of Revelation. SFX magazine describes it as Harry Potter for Christian fundamentalists.

The Chosen features story by Mark Millar and art by Peter Gross. It arrives on sale October 12, with a retail price of $9.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-213-9


Lose your lunch with six new delightfully offensive and hilarious tales from Bob Fingerman in You Deserved It

Is Bob Fingerman a cynical misanthrope or a disappointed humanitarian? Dare we suggest maybe both? In You Deserved It, the sensitive creator of the acclaimed graphic novel Beg the Question accesses his darker side, serving up this caustic collection of comical cautionary chronicles. What Beg the Question was to sex and romance, You Deserved It is to wanton violence and social wrongness.

From Otis Goes Hollywood, the epic saga of a homicidally puritanical meat packer with dreams of making it big in Hollywood, to Missing Pieces, a yarn about the extracurricular activities of paramedics, to Buying Bologna, about a guy who just really, really loves his luncheon meat, to Yiffy Situation, a fuzzy fable about fornicating Furries, You Deserved It serves up enough yarns to make one hilariously misanthropic sweater, all in living-and dying-color!

“With a Vicodin-addicted misanthrope’s delicate touch, Bob Fingerman has once again demonstrated just how blurry the line is between ‘comic’ and ‘book.’ You Deserved It is rife with his trademark grit, anger, and HUGE-nippled vixens. In its pages are the answers to some of life’s nagging questions, including ‘Will I get sick if I eat that?’ Seriously, if you get off on death, buxom babes, mocking the art-as-commerce world and/or meat- packing plants, then this is the comic for you!*

*if not, I think you may still enjoy it anyway.”- comedian David Cross.

Bob’s previous book, Beg the Question won a Society of Illustrators Silver Medal and was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2002!

You Deserved It features story and art by Bob Fingerman. It arrives on sale October 12, with a retail price of $9.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-390-9


Action figure-sized secret agent battles evil in Will Vinton’s Jack Hightower

Secret agent Jack Hightower was at the height of his career when something BIG happened. Now the world-class uber-operative and infamous ladies man is seeing things from a whole new perspective … a very, very different perspective, to say the least.

Tall, daring, and handsome, Jack had it all-a stellar career and more power and influence than he could shake a supermodel at. But despite it all, Jack longed for one thing that eluded him-the capture of his long-time arch nemesis, Dr. Litigious Savant. On the fateful night when Jack’s dream of cornering the elusive Savant is realized, things go terribly, dreadfully wrong, and Jack gets cut down to size by one of the doctor’s insidious inventions … the size of your average action figure, to be exact.

Will Vinton is the animation pioneer who developed and trademarked the Claymation® process while creating some of the most innovative three-dimensional animation in history. Early in his career, Will won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film for Closed Mondays, a clay animated short. He went on to create, direct, and produce a number of the best-known animated characters in the world including The California Raisins and the Red and Yellow CGI M&Ms while growing Will Vinton Studios into one of the world’s most creative 3D animation companies. Will also produced the television series The PJ’s for The WB as well as Gary and Mike for UPN.

Jack Hightower features story by Will Vinton and Andrew Wiese with art by Fabio Laguna. It arrives on sale October 12, with a retail price of $12.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-392-5


The King of the Jungle and the King of Comics in one mighty collection Tarzan: The Joe Kubert Years Volume 1

Few artists can capture visceral action sequences and the dynamic human form like Joe Kubert. His expressive talents are fully realized in his 1970s Tarzan comics. This beautiful archive collection-with an introduction by Kubert and color restoration based off of Tatjana Wood’s original colors-is a must-have for fans of timeless adventure tales and Joe Kubert’s undeniable intensity and skill. Beginning with this first volume, Dark Horse’s hardcover series reprints Kubert’s entire Tarzan work. Join us on these primal adventures, as Tarzan discovers the pleasures and perils of the African wilds … and the many dangers posed by both man and beast!

Joe Kubert’s Tarzan, Volume One, reprints issues 207 through 214 of the 1970s run, featuring “Origin of the Ape Man” (a bold adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first Tarzan novel), “Jungle Tales of Tarzan,” and other stories inspired by Burroughs’ books-all written and drawn by the legendary Joe Kubert!

Tarzan: The Joe Kubert Years Volume 1 features story and art by Joe Kubert. It arrives on sale October 26, with a retail price of $49.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-404-2


Hellsing fights to save the mortal world from evil in the anime manga Hellsing: Impure Souls

A secret war brews in the night-a war where humanity is only a pawn. The Hellsing Organization deploys in the shadows to protect the mortal world. But now, artificially spawned vampires have appeared, forcing Hellsing to call in their ultimate weapon-the rogue vampire, Alucard!

We present Hellsing: Impure Souls Anime Manga, adapted from the popular anime series, now in book form for your sustained joy and dread.

Hellsing: Impure Souls features the story and art of Kohta Hirano. It arrives on sale October 26, with a retail price of $14.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-393-3

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