Category Archives: Dark Horse


Best of Dark Horse Star Wars

With the news about the Star Wars license moving to Marvel in 2015, I thought I would do a quick post post about some of my favorite Dark Horse releases over the years. There have been twenty years of some great books from them, and you still have plenty of time to pick them up.


Star Wars Thrawn Triology HC

Five years after the fall of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is the first in a new line of Jedi Knights. Han Solo and Princess Leia have married, together assuming many burdens of the New Republic’s government. But across the galaxy lies a dying part of the Empire – all the more dangerous near death – and it has just discovered something that could bring it back to life! The last of the Emperor’s warlords, Admiral Thrawn, is ready to destroy the New Republic – and the odds are stacked heavily against Luke, Leia, and Han!

The Thrawn Trilogy is an adaption of Timonthy Zahn’s best selling novels which came out in the early 90’s. When these novels came out it was a big event, as they were promoted heavily in newspapers, magazines, and other forms of media.  It also helped that they are some of the best Star Wars stories ever written. That is in part because Admiral Thrawn became a fan favorite Villain, and even to this day he has still been mentioned or shown in books, comics, and toys.  Fans have been hoping these would have been the stories for the next films.  That may never happen, but at least we have this great comic adaption . I have read it many times over the last few years, enjoying it more every time.


Dark Empire Trilogy


Star Wars Dark Empire Trilogy

Six years after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi, the battle for the galaxy’s freedom rages on. The Empire has been mysteriously reborn under an unknown leader, wielding a new weapon of great power. Princess Leia and Han Solo struggle to hold together the New Republic while the galaxy’s savior, Luke Skywalker, fights an inner battle as he is drawn to the dark side, just as his father…


This first part of this Trilogy is of major significance for a variety of reasons. It is one of the first Star Wars books Dark Horse published, the first comic to spin directly out of the events of the Thrawn Trilogy, Boba Fett returns, Luke tangles with his Dark Side, we meet the first child of the Solo’s, and a major player from the original movies returns (won’t spoil it). It’s success has paved the way for all the Star Wars comic’s Dark Horse has published after it.

Crimson Empire

Star Wars Crimson Empire Vol 1

Kir Kanos is the last surviving member of the elite Crimson Guard. He’s on the run — and the Empire will stop at nothing to destroy him! The story details an amazing encounter with Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine and reveals at last what happened to the Crimson Guard after the death of the Emperor in Empire’s End! The final battle of the last of the Royal Guards is about to begin — and you have a ringside seat!

Over the years there have been a few books about different parts of the Galactic Empire. However none have been as good as the first part of the Crimson Empire Trilogy. I found Kir Kanos, and the supporting cast to be very interesting characters. I love reading about the internal doings on the Empire,  and I could never tell which way the story would turn next.




Star Wars Legacy Volume 1-3 HC Omnibus

A legion of Sith have conquered what was left of the Empire, the Jedi have been purged-or fled into hiding-and the galaxy is divided. Meet Cade Skywalker, a bounty hunter who doesn’t want anything to do with the Jedi, his famous name, or his legacy . . . But his legacy is determined to follow him as the good guys and the bad guys begin to search for him-as a savior, and as a threat.

Anytime someone asks me what Star Wars Comics to start with, I always point them to Star Wars Legacy. It is the series that everyone recommended to me years back when I wanted to get into SW Comics. It has Jedi, Sith, The Empire, bounty hunters, great action, political intrigue, and everything else you would want from a Star Wars story. It was also one of the longest running stories in SW comics, and had a great finale.



Star Wars Legacy 2 : Volume 1

A new hero is introduced to the Star Wars saga: Ania Solos, the great-great granddaughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa. Ania Solo is just a girl trying to make her way in the galaxy – and have a little adventure along the way! But when she stumbles upon a broken communications droid and a missing lightsaber, a little adventure turns into a whole lot of trouble… for Ania and her friends! Suddenly on the run from local police and a determined Imperial Knight, Ania discovers that one little lightsaber seems to be the center of a much bigger plot, filled with impostors, prisoners, missing planets, and the Sith!

The last on my list is the newest Legacy series written by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Behcko. This is one of the series that will end because of the loss of the license. You do not have to read the original Legacy to enjoy this book, but it does mention a few things from it.  The story of Ania Solo who was just working in a Junk Yard, which led to her getting into Galactic affairs,  has been a lot of fun. Gabriel and Corinna  have come up with a great supporting cast, which I hope will show up in the Marvel books.  I love the way Hardman draws Star Wars, and I hope Marvel gives him that chance again down the road,  because they would be fools not to.


There are many other great Star Wars books that have been published by Dark Horse over the years, but these are a great place to start. By the time you finish these, I am sure Dark Horse will have a few Digital Sales before the clock hits 2015. Enjoy!!!

Dark Horse Collected Editions March 2013 Solicitations

Dark Horse has released their March 2013 solicitations. There’s a lot of great books this month but only one really catches me eye: Star Wars: Wild Space Omnibus Volume 1. This is the sort of collected edition I love. These are hard to find comics and many of them have not seen human eyes since there were first published. Every Star Wars junkie should want to own this book. OK, some of these books are wacked out and a few are probably not that good, but that doesn’t stop this from being a great collection. So much so, it may make my Top 10 of 2013!!!

What are you getting?

Aleksi Briclot (W/A), Michel Koch (W), and Jean-Max Moris (W)
On sale May 15
FC, 184 pages
HC, 9” x 12”
Just in time for the hotly anticipated action puzzler’s release, Dark Horse, Capcom, and Dontnod Entertainment invite fans to explore the intricate, enigmatic dystopia of Remember Me! Guided by the game’s creators, readers will traverse the darkly beautiful avenues and alleyways of 2084 Neo-Paris and examine the complex technology that enables memory hunters to manipulate and remix the innermost secrets of society’s most powerful leaders. Dontnod founder and comics veteran Aleksi Briclot sheds light on the genius that inspired the creation of this alluring, daring, and dangerous new universe!
• Sure to be one of the gaming highlights of 2013!
• Introductions by the game’s creative and art directors!
• Experience the creation of Remember Me’s innovative, arresting visuals!

Andrew Chambliss (W), Jane Espenson (W), Drew Z. Greenberg (W), Georges Jeanty (P), Karl Moline (P), Ben Dewey (P), Nathan Massengill (I), Andy Owens (I), Dexter Vines (I), Michelle Madsen (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)
On sale May 1
FC, 136 pages
TP, 7″ x 10″
In a bold move to give disenfranchised Slayers a meaningful societal role (with pay), Kennedy recruits Buffy to act as bodyguard for high-profile clientele. But unlike the other recruits, Buffy struggles to abandon her Slaying instincts and looks for demony threats where none lie (much to Kennedy’s dismay). So it’s only natural that her first job is to protect a tech mogul who just so happens to be running from demon assassins! Collects Buffy Season 9 #11–#15.
• Executive produced by Joss Whedon!
• Introduces Billy the vampire slayer!
• Guest writers Jane Espenson and Drew Greenberg!

Alan Zelenetz (W), Geof Isherwood (A), Dave Simons (A), Marc Silvestri (P), George Roussos (C), and Michael Kaluta (Cover)
On sale May 8
FC, 208 pages
TP, 7″ x 10″
Blinded by grief and rage, Conan the king has let matters of state fall by the wayside as he mourns the apparent death of his son and heir, Conn. The barbarian king’s erratic behavior and the void of leadership is troubling, but where some see a kingdom on the brink of chaos, others see an opportunity to seize the moment and pull the reins of power from the preoccupied monarch’s hands. Dead hands, that is! Collects Conan the King #21-#25.
• Featuring early work of superstar artist Marc Silvestri.

Steve Niles (W), Eric Powell (W), Christopher Mitten (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Fiona Staples (Cover)
On sale May 8
FC, 144 pages
TP, 7″ x 10″
AN ex-girlfriend-turned-vampire has been plotting Cal’s demise since she was first bitten. But Cal’s not done yet, and rises from the grave! Collects Die, Die, My Darling!, No Peace for Dead Men, They Fight by Night, Criminal Macabre/The Goon: When Freaks Collide, and “Call me Monster”.
• Featuring the crossover with Eric Powell’s The Goon!

Peter Bergting (W/A/Cover)
On sale May 15
FC, 136 pages
TP, 7″ x 10″
In the Old Town of Stockholm, where myths are alive and creatures of folklore haunt the night, an extraordinary young woman named Jennie is caught in the scheme of a cadre of villains who control the means to free the Domovoi—the lethally dangerous, poltergeist-like spirit of the entire city!
• Acclaimed artist and writer Peter Bergting European folklore to this darkly modern fairy tale!
• Myth-tinged adventure in the tradition of Hellboy and B.P.R.D.!

Mark Byers (W), Lin Zhang (W), Lyan Zhang (W), Erfan Fajar (A), Sakti Yuwono (C), Beny Maulana (C), Yenny Laud (C), and Vosa Wang (Cover)
On sale May 15
FC, 128 pages
TP, 7″ x 10″
Discovering the remains of an actual dragon frozen in the mountains of Tibet, Chinese adventurer Jesse Chang sends a DNA sample to her geneticist twin brother Jack, who sets to work unlocking its potential to improve the human genome. But when a rogue American general learns of the discovery and kidnaps Jack, Jesse is forced to use the untested formula on herself, unleashing the ancient powers of the dragon.
• Extended preview available at!
• Script by Emmy-nominated producer Mark Byers!

Gerry Boudreau (W), Bill DuBay (W), Budd Lewis (W), Steve Skeates (W), Bernie Wrightson (W/A), Bruce Belzair (W), Rich Margopoulos (W), Alex Toth (A), Wally Wood (A), Richard Corben (A), Ken Kelley (A/Cover), Sanjulian (A), Joaquin Blazquez (A), Isidro Mones (A), Jose Ortiz (A), Leopold Sanchez (A), Esteban Maroto (A), and Paul Neary (A)
On sale May 22
b&w, 264 pages
HC, 8 3/8” x 10 7/8”
Collecting issues #61-#64 from the midseventies, this terrible tome features dark and dystopian tales from talents like Wally Wood (“Killer Hawk”), Alex Toth (“Daddy and the Pie”), Bernie Wrightson (“Cool Air”), and Richard Corben (“The Butcher”). Revel in the vengeful exploits of favorite recurring characters Dr. Archaeus, Coffin, Exterminator One, the Spook, and others! This deluxe hardcover also includes all original letters columns and color frontispieces, and painted covers by Ken Kelly and Sanjulian.
• New introduction by Tom Neely (The Blot, The Wolf).
• Bernie Wrightson brings to life the disturbing H. P. Lovecraft yarn “Cool Air”!

David Lapham (W), Patric Reynolds (A/Cover), and Matthew Southworth (A)
On sale May 22
FC, 96 pages
TP, 7” x 10”
In 2040, a private military operative of reeducated gang members—the Blackshield Angels—are the only hope of liberating a vital fuel supply from a criminal overlord. Blackshield’s best agent struggles through betrayal, love, and a seemingly unending war zone—Zone 12—to complete his mission through a dangerous world where tattooed warlords reign supreme and giant satellites watch men from above like gods.
• Soon to be a major motion picture.
• By Eisner Award–winning writer David Lapham (The Strain).

Tom DeHaven (W), Dana Marie Andra (W), Gary Panter (W/A), Phil Hester (P), Ande Parks (I), and Charles Burns (Cover)
On sale May 15
b&w, 176 pages
TP, 7″ x 10″
Based on Tom DeHaven’s acclaimed cult novel, one of comics’ most powerful horror stories returns! In DeHaven’s nightmarish America, the survivors of a nuclear blast—twisted by radiation and the contempt of the human population—try to raise money for surgeries any way they can. For brothers Grinner and Flour, that means everything from grotesque traveling sex shows for the normals to the ultimate drug—mutant goldfish eggs! This collection includes the complete series and the covers by Mike Mignola, Charles Burns, and James O’Barr, plus an original prose sequel by DeHaven, and Gary Panter’s adaptation.
• Introduction by Stephen R. Bissette!
• From Phil Hester (The Darkness, Wonder Woman).
• A shocking look at body horror and plastic surgery in a sex obsessed culture!

Gaylord DuBois (W), Russ Manning (A), and Mo Gollub (Cover)
On sale May 1
FC, 192 pages
HC, 7″ x 10″
The son of the jungle lord gets his own title, in spinoff from longtime Tarzan writer Gaylord DuBois and fan-favorite artist Russ Manning! In the first of two volumes collecting Manning’s complete run on the series, Tarzan and Jane’s son Boy takes the name Korak—in the language of the apes, “The Killer”—and, alongside his chimpanzee sidekick Pahkut, begins to carve out his own legend among the creatures of Africa. Collecting Korak, Son of Tarzan #1–#6, from Gold Key!
• Foreword by Steve Rude.

Kazuo Koike (W), Goseki Kojima (A), and Frank Miller (Cover)
On sale May 22
b&w, 712 pages
TP, 5″ x 7″
A samurai epic of staggering proportions, the acclaimed Lone Wolf and Cub begins its second life at Dark Horse Manga with new, larger editions of over 700 pages, value priced. The brilliant storytelling of series creator Kazuo Koike and the groundbreaking cinematic visuals of Goseki Kojima create a graphic-fiction masterpiece of beauty, fury, and thematic power. Collects Lone Wolf and Cub volumes 1-2, and stories from volume 3.
• Covers by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley.
• Eisner and Harvey Award winner.
• Over one million copies sold of the original Dark Horse series!
“Koike and Kojima tell their story masterfully and artfully, portraying a man, a boy, and a country on their journey into Hell.” —Frank Miller

Milo Manara (W/A)
On sale May 8
b&w, 280 pages
HC, 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8″
Giuseppe Bergman is still looking for adventure in all the wrong places: from Africa to the Aegean, Manara’s signature character stars in a film with a vanished director; re-creates the legendary voyage of Ulysses; and babysits a woman whose urge to reenact classic paintings lands her in Dante’s hell! Manara’s artwork and satirical voice are both in top form, and these stories, spanning two decades, are among his funniest, sexiest, and most beautiful! Collects the classic An Author in Search of Six Characters and Dies Irae, along with Bergman’s Odyssey and The Urban Adventures.
• 2012 Eisner and Harvey Award Winner for Best U.S. Edition of International Material!
• Introduction by Paul Pope (THB, Batman: Year 100, Wednesday Comics).

Mac Walters (W), John Jackson Miller (W), Jeremy Barlow (W) Patrick Weekes (W), John Dombrow (W), Sylvia Feketekuty (W), Omar Francia (A), Eduardo Francisco (A), Chris Staggs (A), Garry Brown (A), Jean Diaz (A), and Michael Atiyeh (C)
On sale May 22
FC, 416 pages
HC, 9” x 12”
The series that revolutionized video game comics gets a deluxe treatment. Created in close collaboration with the writers of the games, including Mass Effect 2 and 3 lead writer Mac Walters, the Mass Effect comics are tightly integrated and essential chapters of gaming’s most acclaimed science fiction epic. This collection includes all four Mass Effect series—Redemption, Evolution, Invasion, and Homeworlds—and the short stories from MySpace Dark Horse Presents,, and the Dark Horse digital store.
• Deluxe oversized hardcover collecting every Mass Effect comic to date!
• From the writers of the blockbuster Mass Effect games!
• The most beloved saga in gaming!

Victoria Francés (W/A/Cover)
On sale May 29
FC, 64 pages
TP, 7” x 9”
Renowned artist of the dark fantastic Victoria Francés first made a splash in the US with her dreamy, sensual paintings in the Favole trilogy. Now, Francés returns with a gorgeous storybook for all ages. The tale of little Parisian boy Sasha and his poignant misadventures is at once heartwarming and melancholy, combining a sweetly gothic story with arresting, beautifully painted illustrations.
• The latest work from award-winning Spanish fantasy artist Victoria Francés!
• For fans of gothic romanticism, fairy tales, and magic.

Jeremy Barlow (W), Peter Lenkov (W), Tony Parker (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Dave Wilkins (Cover)
On sale May 1
FC, 104 pages
TP, 7″ x 10″
Just because Roy Pulsipher and Nick Walker are dead, that doesn’t mean their time in law enforcement is over. Roy and Nick are officers in the Rest in Peace Department, sworn to serve the Almighty and protect the living from evil’s foul corruption. Their current case has them chasing a ghostly fanatic determined to undo all of creation—a threat with very personal connections to Roy’s past, stretching back a hundred years. Collecting the four-issue miniseries.
• Prequel to the upcoming film starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges!


Tom Taylor (W), Bruno Redondo (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Dave Dorman (Cover)
On sale May 22
FC, 96 pages
TP, 7” x 10”
Fearsome Sith Lord Darth Maul, rescued and restored after surviving his confrontation with Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace, wreaks havoc through the galaxy with his brother Savage Opress!
When the brothers’ murderous rampage is interrupted by a bounty placed on their heads by Ja’Boag, the duo decides to target him—only to be met by a team of Jedi and Ja’Boag’s own private army! Collects the four-issue miniseries.
• Darth Maul vs. the galaxy!


Mike W. Barr (W), Chris Claremont (W), Archie Goodwin (W), Alan Moore (W), Steve Moore (W), Steve Parkhouse (W), John Stephenson (W), John Wagner (W), Len Wein (W), John Whitman (W), Ryder Windham (W), Adolfo Buylla (A), Dave Cockrum (A), Alan Davis (A), Gene Day (A), Gary Erskine (A), Bill Hughes (A), Carmine Infantino (A), Klaus Janson (A), Glen Johnson (A), Cesar MacSombol (A), Pablo Marcos (A), Steve Mitchell (A), Glen Mullaly (A), Jim Nelson (A), Ron Randall (A), Walt Simonson (A), Ken Steacy (A), John Stokes (A), John Tartaglione (A), Patrick Zircher (A), Laura Allred (C), Howard Bender (C), Perry McNamee (C), Cary Porter (C), Pamela Rambo (C), Marie Severin (C), James Sinclair (C), Ken Steacy (C), Matt Webb (C), and Nel Yomtov (C)
On sale May 29
FC, 480 pages
TP, 6” x 9”
A wild collection of rare Star Wars comics, including Alan Moore’s Marvel UK tales, the three issues from Blackthorne (originally in 3-D), and a slew of stories from toy pack-ins, cereal boxes, and Star Wars Kids and Pizzazz magazines! Collects Star Wars 3-D #1–#3; Star Wars: Devilworlds #1–#2; Star Wars: Death Masque; Star Wars Weekly #60, #94–#99, and #104–#115; Star Wars from Pizzazz #10–#16; The Rebel Thief, X-Wing Marks the Spot, Imperial Spy, and The Gambler’s Quest from Star Wars Kids #1–#15; Star Wars: The Mixed-Up Droid; Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Galoob minicomic; Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Ertl minicomic; and Star Wars: Droids from Apple Jacks.
• A mega-collection of previously uncollected adventures!

Yasuhiro Nightow (W/A)
On sale May 15
b&w, 616 pages
TP, 5″ x 7″
Though a man (plant?) of peace, Vash the Stampede may be the deadliest gunslinger in the Galaxy. But his brother, Knives, may be the deadliest creature in existence. Orchestrating a campaign of terror and destruction, Knives and his plant army are out to turn planet Gunsmoke into just that, and Knives may soon grow too powerful to be stopped—though Vash may die trying!
• Over 600 pages!
• Popular anime series, Cartoon Network Adult Swim mainstay.
• Yasuhiro Nightow’s latest series, Blood Blockade Battlefront, is available from Dark Horse.


Dark Horse Collected Editions February 2013 Solicitations

Dark Horse has released their February 2013 solicitations. The very first thing that I notice here is that there are no classic, hardcover reprints (IE Creepy, Eerie, Crime Does Not Pay, etc.) this month. About the only thing that comes close is the latest Savage Sword Of Conan trade paperback.

I hope you all are picking up the Fear Agent Library Editions! You really can’t go wrong with those.

What are you getting?

John Layman (W), Sam Kieth (A/C/Cover), and John Kalisz (C)
On sale Apr 10
FC, 56 pages
HC, 7″ x 10″
On a distant, frozen world, “artificial persons” are manufactured in discreet seclusion. With formidable new security synthetics coming online, how better to test their mettle than against a hive of deadly xenomorphs? But as Socialization Specialist Jean DuPaul sees her ever-more-human android charges sent to their destruction, she learns that the most savage species in the universe is man. Collects stories from DHP #12-#17.
• Deluxe graphic novella format.
• Written by Eisner and Harvey Award-winner John Layman (Chew, Detective Comics)!
• Sam Kieth’s Arkham Asylum: Madness was a New York Times bestseller!
• Aliens returns to Dark Horse!

Christos Gage (W), Rebekah Isaacs (A), David Lapham (A), Lee Garbett (P), Derek Fridolfs (I), Dan Jackson (C), and Steve Morris (Cover)
On sale Apr 17
FC, 136 pages
TP, 7″ x 10″
Angel’s quest to resurrect Giles has brought an old friend to London—Willow! Tensions run high as these two confront the loss of Giles, but before blood can be shed, Willow has a proposition. She’ll help Angel on his quest if he’ll help her find magic. To do that, she’ll need Connor to get them into Quor’toth, a hell dimension where magic runs deep. Collects issues #11–#15.
• Ties into the events in Buffy Season 9!
• Christos Gage takes Willow to other worlds!

Mi-Kyung Yun (W/A)
On sale Apr 24
b&w, 164 pages
TP, 5 7/8″ x 8 1/4″
Mura—the goddess who’s been trying to separate Habaek and his human bride Soah—forces Habaek into a showdown on Cheong-Yo Mountain, where she’s most powerful. As a civil war erupts in the realms of the gods, the Emperor puts his own devious plan in motion to hurt Habaek and those he loves.
• Each volume of includes four pages of lavish color artwork!
“Dark Horse’s production is as visually beautiful as Yun’s art.” —

John Arcudi (W), Jonathan Case (A), and Tonci Zonjic (Cover)
On sale Apr 24
FC, 136 pages
HC, 6″ x 9″
A young boy puts a gun in his mouth and pulls the trigger. The police don’t care—not about his death or the death of his best friend two months earlier. The dead boy’s mom seeks help from an old flame that’s employed as a detective. Will the detective’s freakish appearance get in the way of uncovering the terrible secrets of these two teenagers? Collects issues #0-#4.
• From the writer of B.P.R.D. and the artist of Green River Killer.
• Additional art by Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, and Ryan Sook.

Steve Niles (W), Ben Templesmith (A), Kelley Jones (A), Casey Jones (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Fiona Staples (Cover)
On sale Apr 10
FC, 560 pages
HC, 6 1/2″ x 9″
In the dark and gritty town of Los Angeles, one man stands between humans and . . . everything else. Cal McDonald, private detective with scotch for blood, investigates the cases that no one else will. Mummies—she-demons, frankenstein creations, and possessed cars. Collects Criminal Macabre: A Cal McDonald Mystery #1-#5, “A Letter from B.S.” from the Dark Horse comic Drawing on Your Nightmares, Love Me Tenderloin, Last Train to Deadsville #1-#4, Criminal Macabre: Supernatural Freak Machine #1-#5, Hairball, and the prose Savage Membrane.
• From the creator of 30 Days of Night.
• Over 500 pages of prose and comics!

The definitive guide!
Ben Gelinas (W), Mike Laidlaw (W), David Gaider (W), various (W), and various (A)
On sale Apr 3
FC, 224 pages
HC, 9″ x 12″
For Dragon Age newcomers, this comprehensive volume brings you up to speed on everything you need to know about the regions, religions, monsters, magic, and more! For dedicated fans, never before have the secrets of BioWare’s epic fantasy been revealed so completely and so compellingly!
• Filled with never-before-seen art by the creators of the games!
• New Dragon Age game coming in 2013!
• From the writers and artists of the Dragon Age games.

Rick Remender (W), Tony Moore (A/Cover), Jerome Opeña (A), Kieron Dwyer (P), John Lucas (I), Lee Loughridge (C), and Michelle Madsen (C)
On sale Apr 27
FC, 480 pages
HC, 8″ x 12 3/16″
The outlook isn’t sunny for Heath Huston or his ensemble of Fear Agents—planet Earth is infested by Feeder aliens, robotic conquerors are manipulating the universe through time travel, and Heath discovers a traitor in their midst! This second volume of the deluxe Fear Agent Library Edition collects issues #17-#32 of the popular series, and also includes Tales of the Fear Agent bonus stories and a massive gallery of covers, sketches, and pin-ups!
• From the writer of Uncanny X-Force, Marvel’s smash hit!
“If there were more comics out there like Fear Agent, I’d buy more comics.” – Eric Powell, The Goon
“Fear Agent is absolutely everything I love about comics in one fantastic package.” – Matt Fraction, Casanova, The Punisher

Hiroya Oku (W/A)
On sale Apr 17
b&w, 232 pages
TP, 5 1/8” x 7 1/16”
A massive unknown flying craft lays waste to the planet’s leading military superpower. Choas reigns. Gantz teams from all over the world gather in Italy only to be overwhelmed and ripped to pieces by endless foes. And just as their destruction seems assured, the Gantz warriors are transferred home and released without explanation from their duty by the Gantz orb. Is this a reward for courageous service or simply an admission that Armageddon is now inevitable?
• Gantz has sold over fifteen million copies in Japan!
• Popular anime series, live-action feature
“Drawn with eye-popping realism, Oku’s scenes range from infanticide to bestiality to painful adolescent awkwardness, raising standard geek fare to a new level of sophistication.” —Entertainment Weekly

Matt Kindt (W/A)
On sale Apr 3
FC, 200 pages
HC, 7” x 10”
Reporting on a commercial flight where everyone aboard lost their memories, a young journalist stumbles onto a much bigger story, the top-secret Mind Management program. Her ensuing journey involves weaponized psychics, hypnotic advertising, talking dolphins, and seemingly immortal pursuers, as she attempts to find the flight’s missing passenger, the man who was MIND MGMT’s greatest success—and its most devastating failure. But in a world where people can rewrite reality itself, can she trust anything she sees? Collects MIND MGMT #1-#6.
“Matt Kindt is the man. Superb series.” —Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

New standalone adventure!
J. P. Kalonji (W/A) and Dan Jackson (C)
On sale Apr 17
b&w, 120 pages
TP, 5″ x 7″
In ancient Japan, a witch named Hannya seeks to use the warrior-monk Ningen’s enlightened body and spirit to resurrect the demon-samurai Atsumori and unleash an era of chaos! After leaving the safety of his temple to protect defenseless commoners, Ningen soon finds that several colorful bounty hunters are on his trail!
• Revisiting the world of 365 Samurai and a Few Bowls of Rice!
• His last book was nominated for a teens wward by YALSA.

Kosuke Fujishima (W/A)
On sale Apr 10
b&w, 168 pages
TP, 5 1/8” x 7 3/16”
As Urd summons her demonic potential to defeat the machine menacing her sister, Skuld stands by with a holdout bomb should things go out of control . . . but they may already be out of control, as Belldandy is forced to play her own last, unexpected card . . . offering Keiichi the chance to cancel their contract!
• Inspired the Ah! My Goddess anime TV series, available from Funimation.
• Each volume of contains fan art, letters, and commentary from the creator.
• Award winning series!

Charles Dixon (W), Larry Yakata (W), Don Kraar (W), Gary Kwapisz (P), Dave Simons (P/I), Andy Kubert (P/I), Ernie Chan (I), and Doug Beekman (Cover)
On sale Apr 3
b&w, 528 pages
TP, 7″ x 10″
As the barbarian mercenary Conan roams the lands of Hyboria, selling his sword to the highest bidder, the siren lure of wine, women, and treasure is often more dangerous than any armed adversary. While Conan’s skills are more than a match for any warrior, avarice is an enemy against which a blade is of little use! Collects Marvel’s Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian #131–#140.
• Over 500 story pages, value priced.
• Features early work of artist Andy Kubert.

John Jackson Miller (W), Marco Castiello (P), Andrea Chella (P), Vincenzo Acunzo (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Benjamin Carré (Cover)
On sale Apr 10
FC, 120 pages
TP, 7″ x 10″
Joining a team hunting for a relic of extraordinary evil, Kerra hopes their search will reveal the truth about her missing parents—before it leads the Sith to a tool of ultimate destruction! But Kerra’s desire to find her lost family is clouding her judgment. If the relic falls into Sith hands, the galaxy is doomed! Collects the five-issue miniseries.
• The sequel to the novel from Del Rey, a New York Times bestseller!
“Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of Kerra Holt, as there is a ton of potential for her character, and Escape has shown there is plenty more to be seen.” —Roqoo Depot

CCL Podcast #340 – When Trades Collide! Conan Essential and Archives

Collected Comics Library Podcast #340
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Every once and a while a set of collected editions get published that makes you scratch your head. Usually it’s because the editor left a comic or two out or there is a blatant misprint. That’s not the case with the Barry Windsor-Smith Conan Archives Volume 1 and 2 from Dark Horse, but there is something amiss. The interiors of these books are just fine. In fact they both contain a comprehensive Foreword from Roy Thomas and there is also a cover gallery of The Conan Saga from the 1980’s. No, here it’s all about the presentation of the outside of the books. You see, one book has a dust jacket, the other does not; one has a bookmark ribbon, the other does not and one book is a tan color while the other is a brownish-red. The foil stamping is all a mis-match, too! Today I go over the problems with these books and how it compares to the more complete Essential Conan Volume 1 from Marvel.

Also on the show I talk about this Superman comic book themed political ad I received in the mail this week. I’m interested in your take on it.

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Dark Horse Collected Editions January 2013 Solicitations

Dark Horse has released their January 2013 solicitations. If you haven’t picked up the Crime Does Not Pay Archives yet, you should. Many of the comics collected here have never seen the light of day since they were first released over 50 years ago. Not only that, but these were the comics that Fredric Wertham and the Senate Subcommittee Hearings into Juvenile Delinquency referred to in 1954.

Another “lost” book would be the Unauthorized Tarzan by Joe Gill and Sam Glanzman (you can never have enough Sam Glanzman). Unless you are a serious collector, just stick with the regular hardcover. I fully expect it to be released as a softcover trade sometime in the future.

What are you getting?

Richard E. Hughes (W), Johnny Craig (P), Edvard Moritz (P/I), Charlie Sultan (P/I), Jon L. Blummer (P/I), John Celardo (P/I), Robert Brice (P/I), Pete Gattuso (P/I), Bob Lubbers (P/I), R. S. Pious (P/I), Pete Riss (P), and Harry Lazarus (I)
On sale Mar 6
FC, 224 pages
HC, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″
Cursed phantoms and enraged apparitions haunt the pages of Adventures into the Unknown!—the first ongoing comics anthology of supernatural horror! Dark Horse’s deluxe hardcover collects issues #5-#8 of this strange series. Featuring Golden Age talents like Jon L. Blummer, Tarzan newspaper strip illustrators Bob Lubbers and John Celardo, and horror legend Johnny Craig.
• Foreword by horror writer Bruce Jones!

Clamp (W/A)
On sale Mar 27
b&w, 480 pages
TP, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″
Misaki and Hikaru are in a desperate fight against Kaede and Blanche! But even getting out of the Layer intact means facing new rivals in the competition ahead… and facing the true, personal meaning of the game for Hikaru… and her so faraway, so close mother.
• The Angelic Layer saga concludes!
• The prequel to the acclaimed Chobits!

Bill Vigoda (A), Irv Novick (A), Bill Woggon (A), and Al Fagaly (A)
On sale Mar 6
FC, 240 pages
HC, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″
Enter another uproarious field trip to Riverdale, USA, where anything can, and usually does, happen! Whether Archie’s causing grief for Pop, getting in trouble with Mr. Weatherbee, scheming with Jughead, or pursuing—and being pursued by—Betty and Veronica, there’s never a dull moment. Collects Archie Comics #26–#28, Pep Comics #62–#64, and Laugh Comics #23–#24.
• Foreword by Michael Uslan, producer of The Dark Knight Rises!

Gene Luen Yang (W), Michael Dante DiMartino (W), Bryan Konietzko (W), and Gurihiru (A/Cover)
On sale Mar 20
FC, 80 pages
TP, 6″ x 9″
For years, fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra have burned with one question—what happened to Fire Lord Zuko’s mother? Finding a clue at last, Zuko enlists the aid of Team Avatar—and the most unlikely ally of all—to help uncover the biggest secret of his life.
• This is the perfect companion to The Legend of Korra!
• The official continuation of Airbender from its creators!
• Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Promise soared to the top of sales charts!

Malachai Nicolle (W), Ethan Nicolle (A/Cover), and Dirk Erik Schulz (C)
On sale Mar 6
FC, 96 pages
TP, 6 5/8″ x 10 13/16″
Axe Cop is now president of the whole world! But a bunch of outer-space bad guys are on their way to Earth, and they’re bringing big trouble with them! Collects the three-issue miniseries.
• Axe Cop will be part of a new Fox Animated television programming block!
• Axe Cop Volume 1 has sold over 12,000 copies!

Hiroaki Samura (W/A)
On sale Mar 13
b&w, 224 pages
TP, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/4″
The vicious battle continues—and a key character meets a grisly end! With the help of some new allies, Manji and Rin may have a fighting chance, but can a wounded and road-weary Magatsu hold his own against an invigorated, freshly armed foe? Hiroaki Samura’s spellbinding masterpiece finds several major story lines finally beginning to dovetail!
• A longtime character meets a violent end!
• This series spawned an anime series, a spinoff novel, and an art book.

CLAMP (W) and Ranmaru Kotone (A)
On sale Mar 6
b&w, 184 pages
TP, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″
Saya Kisaragi is a kindhearted, if somewhat clumsy, student who trains by day to perform standard religious duties at her father’s shrine—but she becomes an unstoppable, monster-slaying swordswoman by night! The saga that began in Blood: The Last Vampire and the Blood+ anime series continues here!
• Based on an original story by CLAMP and the hit anime!
• Produced in coordination with Production I.G, creators of the Blood+ and Blood-C anime.
• Dark Horse has sold over 70,000 copies of previous volumes of Blood+!

Mark Crilley (W/A/Cover)
On sale Mar 27
b&w, 96 pages
TP, 5 1/4″ x 7 1/2″
Brody’s racing against time to uncover the identity of the Penny Murderer before he claims his next victim: Brody’s ex-girlfriend. But he’s also found out that Talia, the ghost who set him on this road to justice, has been lying to him from the start.
• High stakes and intense action!
• Crilley’s YouTube channel has over 600,000 subscribers.
“Crilley is a great storyteller and artist, and both strengths show here…” —Detroit News

Joss Whedon (W), Brad Meltzer (W), Scott Allie (W), Jane Espenson (W), Georges Jeanty (P), Karl Moline (P), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)
On sale Mar 20
FC, 320 pages
HC, 8″ x 12 3/16″
Season 8’s Big Bad is revealed in Buffy and Twilight’s second major encounter. Buffy realizes she is in a fight to save all of humanity. The Slayer reunites with Angel and Spike, searching for the one thing that can save the world, while the Slayer army crumbles and one in their ranks is lost. Collects Season 8 #31–#40 and the Riley one-shot in one value package.
• A New York Times bestseller!
• A great introduction to Buffy in comics!

Joss Whedon (W), Christos Gage (W), Victor Gischler (W), Jeff Parker (W), Georges Jeanty (P), Rebekah Isaacs (P/I), Paul Lee (P), Brian Ching (P), Dexter Vines (I), Andy Owens (I), Jason Gorder (I), Michelle Madsen (C), Dan Jackson (C), Cris Peter (C), and C. L. Bradley (Cover)
On sale Jan 23
FC, 96 pages
Following the success of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Dark Horse launched four separate series for the anticipated Buffy Season 9: Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith are direct follow-ups to Season 8, and both Spike and Willow are spinoffs from those two ongoing series. Collected here are all four #1 issues!
• Four full issues in one value package!
• A great starting point for new readers!

Jim Owsley (Christopher Priest) (W), John Buscema (P), Ernie Chan (P/I), Bob Camp (I), George Roussos (C), and Steven Mellor (C)
On sale Mar 20
FC, 232 pages
TP, 7″ x 10″
Conan and his companions pursue a grand treasure through lands beset by civil war, murderous cults, and demonic horrors. And while the mighty Cimmerian will—and does!—spit in the very face of death itself, he and his comrades discover that not all treasures are of gold and precious gems. Collects Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian #174–#181 and Conan the Barbarian Annual #10.
• Featuring work by Eisner Award Hall of Fame inductee John Buscema.

Dick Wood (W), Lev Gleason (W), Rudy Palais (A), Charles Biro (A), Bob Q. Siegel (A), Richard “Dick” Briefer (A), R. W. Hall (A), Art Gates (A), Art Mann (A), and Alan Mandel (A)
On sale Mar 13
FC, 264 pages
HC, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″
Crime Does Not Pay—the true-crime comic that enjoyed massive circulation throughout the forties and fifties—was a hit with readers. Issues #34-#37 of this visceral, provocative series are now collected into one fine, head-walloping hardcover.
• new foreword by David Lapham (Stray Bullets, The Strain)!
• Set the pace for the violent pre-Code comics era.
• Look for new Crime Does Not Pay in Dark Horse Presents!

Jane Espenson (W), Brad Bell (W), Ron Chan (A/Cover), Natalie Nourigat (A), M. S. Corley (A), Ben Dewey (A), and Tania del Rio (A)
On sale Mar 27
FC, 80 pages
HC, 6″ x 9″
The hit web series Husbands is a comedy about two young men who find themselves legally wed after a drunken Vegas weekend. Unwilling to undermine the hard-fought battle for marriage rights with a public quickie divorce, athlete Brady Kelly and actor Cheeks decide to make a go of it. After all, they were doing okay when they were dating…
• Original stories by web series writers Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time) and Brad Bell (AKA Cheeks)!
• Husbands had half a million viewers in the first month of Season 2!
“Best web comedy of 2011″ —
“Espenson and Bell are re-writing the rule book and drawing bunny ears around the phrase television.” —Nerd Bastards

Hermann (W/A)
On sale Nov 7
FC, 144 pages
HC, 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8″
Nuclear war has reduced the US to a wasteland of racial unrest, civil war, and unfettered violence. The innocent Jeremiah and his friend Kurdy try to find a place to survive in a world populated with looters, savages, and tyrants. These three viciously satirical but humanistic tales bring to life a world of terrifying beauty and staggering cruelty!
• Hermann is internationally revered, and Jeremiah has been translated into 24 languages!

Will Eisner (W/A/Cover)
On sale Mar 6
b&w&sepia, 80 pages
HC, 6 1/2″ x 9 1/4″
Last Day in Vietnam recounts Will Eisner’s own experiences with soldiers engaged not only in the daily hostilities of war but also in larger, more personal combat. Some of the stories in this novel are comical, some heartrending, some frightening, yet all display the incredible insight into humanity characteristic of Eisner’s entire oeuvre.
• Introduction by Matt Fration!
• Printed with special sepia ink and in hardcover for the first time.
• Released to coincide with Will Eisner Week—the annual celebration of Eisner’s life and work.

Brian Wood (W/Cover), Kristian Donaldson (A/Cover), Garry Brown (A), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Mar 20
FC, 176 pages
TP, 7″ x 10″
In this first volume of Brian Wood’s new, sprawling postapocalyptic epic, follow the crew of the Kapital from the flooded remnants of Hong Kong to Unalaska, with stops in Antarctica and Mogadishu, as post-Crash ethics and economics are explored across a broken world. Collecting issues #1–#6 of the series, plus three eight page stories from Dark Horse Presents.
• From New York Times best-selling author Brian Wood!
“I can’t wait to see more of The Massive.”—iFanboy

Mike Baron (W), Steve Rude (P), Eric Shanower (P/I), John Nyberg (I), Rick Bryant (I), and Les Dorscheid (C)
On sale Mar 27
FC, 424 pages
TP, 6″ x 9″
Plagued by nightmares of the horrific misdeeds of his mass-murderer targets, the executioner Nexus chooses a life-threatening procedure to block his tormenting night visions. But though the nightmares cease, the behavior of Nexus becomes increasingly erratic and violent, a dangerous development for a man who wields the power of the stars! Collects Nexus #12–#25.
• Nexus has won six Eisner Awards.
• Look for new Nexus in Dark Horse Presents!

Peter Lenkov (W), Lucas Marangon (P), Randy Emberlin (I), Dave Nestelle (C), and Dave Wilkins (Cover)
On sale Mar 20
FC, 104 pages
TP, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″
Welcome to the Rest In Peace Department—the devoted, yet dead, officers of divine law enforcement. Nick Cruz was gunned down in the line of duty at the height of his personal and professional life. Now he’s traded a hundred years of service to the R.I.P.D. in exchange for a shot at solving his own murder. Collects the original four-issue miniseries.
• The original tale of Nick Cruz and Roy Powell that introduced the wild world of the R.I.P.D.!

Justin Aclin (W), Ben Bates (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), Mike Hawthorne (Cover)
On sale Mar 13
FC, 80 pages
TP, 5 1/4″ x 7 1/2″
On a mission with a Jedi general, one trooper contemplates his own worth as a clone of the great Mandalorian warrior Jango Fett. As mission leads through a booby-trapped, abandoned Jedi Temple, this one clone will discover who he is and also where he came from when the Mandalorian Death Watch suddenly appears!
• Set during season 4 of the animated series!
• Featuring Pre Vizsla and the Death Watch!

Haden Blackman (W), Agustin Alessio (A), and Dave Wilkins (Cover)
On sale Mar 27
FC, 120 pages
HC, 7″ x 10″
A traitorous uprising against the fledgling Galactic Empire leaves Emperor Palpatine close to death. Saving the Emperor—and the Empire—appears to be a lost cause… unless Vader can uncover the secrets of the Jedi Council and locate the mysterious “Ghost Prison.” Collects the five-issue miniseries.
• Written by The Force Unleashed’s Haden Blackman!
• A beautiful, fully painted graphic novel in hardcover with dust jacket!

On sale Mar 13
b&w, 560 pages
TP, 5 3/4″  x 8 1/4″
It’s 1991, the last days of Japan’s bubble economy, and money and elegance run through the streets. So do the currents of darkness beneath them, nourishing evil spirits that only the arts of the onmyoji—Japan’s legendary occultists—can combat. The two most powerful onmyoji are in the unlikely guises of a handsome young veterinarian, Seishiro, and the teenage heir to the ancient Sumeragi clan, Subaru.
• A prequel to the events of CLAMP’s X.
• Book One contains over a dozen pages in full color.
• The anime was released in English by Manga Entertainment.

Yasuhiro Nightow (W/A) and Various (W/A)
On sale Mar 6
b&w, 204 pages
TP, 5″ x 7″
Trigun is back with a heavily armed posse of talented gunslingers! An anthology of Trigun tales, Multiple Bullets features the hard-to-find story “Badlands Rumble” by Trigun creator Yasuhiro Nightow (available previously only with the limited-edition Trigun: Badlands Rumble DVD) plus original Trigun stories from top creators Boichi (Sun-ken Rock), Yusuke Takeyama (Rai the Blade: Rising), Satoshi Mizukami (Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer), Kenji Mitsuyoshi and Koichi Ishikawa’s studio Ark Performance (Mobile Suit Gundam), Akira Sagami (Scramble Happy), humor cartoonist Yuga Takauchi, and Masakazu Ishiguro (And Yet the Town Moves).
• Wildy popular anime series and Cartoon Network Adult Swim mainstay.
• Look for Nightow’s Blood Blockade Battlefront!

Joe Gill (W), Sam J. Glanzman (P/I), Bill Montes (P), and Ernie Bache (I)
On sale Mar 20
FC, 112 pages
HC, 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8″
On sale Mar 20
FC, 112 pages
Ltd. Ed. HC, 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8″
A classic run of Tarzan comics, reprinted for the first time! In the 1960s, believing Tarzan to have fallen into the public domain, Charlton Comics enlisted Joe Gill (Flash Gordon, House of Mystery) and Sam Glanzman (Hercules, Our Army at War) to create a new comics version of the Lord of the Jungle. Only four issues were produced before Charlton was forced to end the series, and much of the original print runs were destroyed. Collects Chalton’s Jungle Tales of Tarzan #1–#4.
• Includes never-before-seen Tarzan comic strips by Glanzman and historical essays by Roger Broughton!
• Also available in a limited edition of 250 copies, featuring a tip-in signed by Glanzman!

Hideyuki Kikuchi (W) and Yoshitaka Amano (A/Cover)
On sale Mar 6
b&w, 160 pages
Novel, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″
When a quartet of robbers leaves a trail of slaughter through a town, the mayor looks to hire a pair of bounty hunters to bring them to justice. But their path is blocked by an army of soldiers! If they want to survive the journey, they must enlist the help of the Vampire Hunter known only as D.
• All-new volume of the bestselling series.
• Seven line illustrations by Final Fantasy designer Yoshitaka Amano.