Dark Horse January 2013 Releases
Here are the Dark Horse Comics January 2013 solicitations.
Lord Asano is goaded into an assault by a corrupt court official in the Shogun’s palace, and then forced to commit seppuku! Learning that Asano was sentenced without a proper investigation, his retainers set in motion a plan to enact revenge on the official whose insults proved too much for Asano to bear.
• By Mike Richardson (Star Wars: Crimson Empire) and Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), in consultation with manga giant Kazuo Koike (Lone Wolf and Cub)!
ADVENTURES INTO THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES VOLUME 2 HC
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!
A demon from Giles’s past is turning innocent Slayers into zombies. Angel and Faith must rally the remaining Slayers if there is any chance to defeat this cunning demon!
• Zombie Slayers raise the stakes!
• Executive produced by Joss Whedon!
• Follows the events of Buffy Season 8!
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!
Devin McKenzie is an insomniac librarian with a knack for solving puzzles. The Answer! is a masked crime fighter with a giant exclamation point on his face. Aside from a penchant for late nights, they share nothing in common… until both become embroiled in a deadly mystery surrounding a sinister motivational speaker!
• Eisner Award-winning creator of Battlepug!
• Superhero mystery with explosive action!
• Written by Dennis Hopeless (Cable and X-Force, Avengers Arena)!
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!
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!
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!
A group of agents enter an abandoned warehouse in Chicago, only to discover the site of a hundred-year-old magical ritual and an old Hyperborean weapon, which leads to shocking revelations about man’s prehistory and the legacy of the Ogdru Hem!
• From the pages of Hellboy!
• Cowritten by Mike Mignola!
Harren excels equally at the epic and the personal." —Comic Book Resources
All signs point to the mysterious element discovered in the desert as the source of the horrific monsters entering our world as Bureau agents hunt down the creature that started this chaos.
• B.P.R.D. meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers!
With a holy father in tow, Billy makes his way back to Dracula’s castle. Ambushed with all his friends fallen, Billy is in a tight spot, but with the help of Saint Columba and a little prayer, he just might save the day—or at least survive it.
• Written by Eisner Award winner Eric Powell!
Black Beetle’s investigation of two local mob bosses is interrupted when a mysterious explosion murders them and a pub full of gangsters—taking out most of Colt City’s organized crime in one fell swoop. Who could pull off such a coup, and what danger might that murderous bomber do to Colt City and Black Beetle?
• New series from Eisner Award winner!
"Francavilla delivers the pulp noir that suits his style perfectly."—Comic Book Resources
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.
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+!
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
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 8 LIBRARY EDITION VOLUME 4 HC
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!
Ripped from the middle of a zompire battle, Buffy finds herself face to face with Illyria and a mystical council in LA. She’s been unwillingly recruited to take down a former enemy while her friends in San Francisco are left in a Buffy-less lurch with dire consequences…
• TV’s Illyria joins the cast of Season 9!
• Executive produced by Joss Whedon!
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: WILLOW—WONDERLAND #3 (of 5)
Jeff Parker (W), Christos Gage (W), Brian Ching (P), Jason Gorder (I), Michelle Madsen (C), David Mack (Cover), and Megan Lara (Variant cover)
On sale Jan 2
FC, 32 pages
Willow has found someone she’s been missing since Earth was cut off from other realms. But her ultimate quest to restore Earth’s magic is flailing… Her search is pulling her one way, her companion another, and a newly encountered society of witches has a completely different idea for the future of Willow.
• Anything could happen to this fan-favorite witch!
• Check out the first chapter of this fan favorite in the Buffyverse Sampler.
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!
THE CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOLUME 23: WELL OF SOULS TP
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.
When the only means of escape is to delve into a world of chaos and monsters… you just might lose your mind.
• From the creative team behind the Falling Skies comic!
• A new horror comic in the vein of Locke & Key and Preacher.
Unable to obtain a cure for the deadly illness afflicting Bêlit and the crew of the Tigress, Conan feels the fear of loss for the first time. With no hope and a broken heart, the Cimmerian is horrified at how appealing he finds Bêlit’s order to abandon the ship and his queen! The haunting conclusion of "The Death"!
• From Brian Wood (The Massive, X-Men) and Declan Shalvey (Dark Avengers)!
• Look for the new Star Wars series from Brian Wood!
CRIME DOES NOT PAY ARCHIVES VOLUME 4 HC
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!
CRIMINAL MACABRE: FINAL NIGHT—THE 30 DAYS OF NIGHT CROSSOVER #2 (of 4)
Steve Niles (W), Christopher Mitten (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Justin Erickson (Cover)
On sale Jan 30
FC, 32 pages
Cal has always wanted the Feds to focus on vampires, and now they are, one in particular—Eben Olemaun, now on a quest to bring mankind to its knees. But the FBI is up to more than tracking down Eben. Will Cal and Alice figure it out before it kills them both?
• Steve Niles’s greatest characters come together in a final showdown.
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #20
Duane Swierczynski (W), Geoffrey Thorne (W), Michael Avon Oeming (W/A/Cover), Peter Hogan (W), Joshua Williamson (W), Ulises Farinas (W/A), Erick Freitas (W), Frank J. Barbiere (W), Gabriel Hardman (W/A), Corinna Bechko (W), Caitlín R. Kiernan (W), Michael T. Gilbert (W/A), Eric Nguyen (A), Todd Harris (A), Steve Parkhouse (A), Victor Ibáñez (A), Luke Radl (A), and Steve Lieber (A)
On sale Jan 23
FC, 80 pages
Michael Avon Oeming’s twisted antiheroes head to the pages of DHP, as a three-issue arc of The Victories begins! Also in this issue, get shanghaied by the premiere of Geoffrey Thorne and Todd Harris’s Journeymen! Plus, the exciting conclusions of Resident Alien, Captain Midnight, Gamma, and White Suits, and all-new X!
• Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Alabaster and Michael Avon Oeming’s The Victories continue!
"Dark Horse’s prestigious anthology series… showcases emerging talent alongside some of the greatest writers, artists and cartoonists comics has to offer, as well as promising new and underground talents."—ComicsAlliance
Eerie returns with two new tales of science gone amok, plus a classic from the dungeon! Mike Allred (iZombie, Madman) embellishes Damon Gentry’s ("The Horror Robber") tale of communication breakdown between us and "Our Friend the Ant," while Brian Clevinger (Atomic Robo) warns of aliens’ most insidious invasion plan yet!
• Mike Allred returns to Dark Horse!
• Presented in glorious, ghoulish black and white!
With the help of her trio of troublemaking cats, Emily is determined to make the most rockin’ song the world has ever known and win a legendary haunted guitar… but can she do it solo? Only one thing is for sure—what Emily wants, Emily gets… sometimes.
• Rock and roll adventures from creator Rob Reger.
• Featuring limited variant covers by rock-poster legends!
The killer’s plans unravel as the FBI agents on the case become more… unhinged. When one agent starts planting evidence it may be the end for this bloody romance… and it looks like the vampire’s the one taking the fall.
• From Hack/Slash’s Tim Seeley!
In Pandemonium, the dead wait for Hellboy to claim his throne, but is he interested…?
Mike Mignola returns to draw Hellboy’s ongoing story for the first time since Conqueror Worm. It’s a story only Mignola could tell, as more of Hellboy’s secrets are revealed.
• Mike Mignola writes and draws Hellboy!
• Death was only the beginning.
"After dying at the end of Hellboy: The Fury, fans have been waiting with much anticipation to find out what happens next. " —Geeks of Doom
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" —TV.com
"Espenson and Bell are re-writing the rule book and drawing bunny ears around the phrase television." —Nerd Bastards
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!
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.
The Kapital stumbles upon a newly declared sovereign nation—a community of hundreds living on oil platforms with dreams of a new utopia. With the world’s governments and economies in shambles, is this new "country" the hope for the future that Callum Israel and Ninth Wave are looking for?
"Provocative, original, and fiercely intelligent in both conception and execution."—Comic Book Resources
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
We’ve learned some of the secrets of Henry Lyme; now get ready to meet the rest of MIND MGMT, beginning with the Ad Man! With the remains of MIND MGMT on Lyme’s tail, the former spy is forced to seek help from other defectors.
• Great jumping-on point!
• One of 2012’s most acclaimed debuts!
• Don’t miss MIND MGMT in Dark Horse Presents #19!
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!
Number 13 struggles to regain his memory and the purpose of his existence, while the manipulative Mother Goose seeks to control his power. She’s not prepared for the forces of the Professor, Number 13’s sinister creator. No one is safe in the battle to control Number 13—a battle that will determine the fate of a future world.
• From the pages of Dark Horse Presents!
For newly recruited R.I.P.D. officer Roy Pulsipher and his senior Puritan partner Crispin Mather, the train that awaits them is their only hope of reaching the City and saving Creation, but climbing aboard means also aligning with a dark enemy and renouncing their very beliefs… forcing a choice that could doom their souls forever!
• Prequel to the upcoming feature film starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges!
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.!
This is Star Wars as you remember it… and as you have never seen it before! We’re taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star—when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!
• Writer Brian Wood (The Massive, Conan the Barbarian).
• Artist Carlos D’Anda (Batman: Arkham City).
• Cover artist Alex Ross!
• Classic era, classic characters, all-new Star Wars!
STAR WARS: AGENT OF THE EMPIRE—HARD TARGETS #4 (of 5)
John Ostrander (W), Davidé Fabbri (P), Christian Dalla Vecchia (I), Wes Dzioba (C), and Stéphane Roux (Cover)
On sale Jan 16
FC, 32 pages
The Imperial Navy has arrived and Agent Cross has been officially told to stand down from his mission overseeing the election of a regent for the young Duke of Serenno. But Cross is not about to allow an innocent boy to be used as a disposable pawn—even if it serves the Empire’s short-term goals.
"This one is the Star Wars book you really check out. Fun and sexy and exciting." —Technorati
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!
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!
STAR WARS: DAWN OF THE JEDI—THE PRISONER OF BOGAN #3 (of 5)
John Ostrander (W), Jan Duursema (P), Dan Parsons (I), Wes Dzioba (C), and David Michael Beck (Cover)
On sale Jan 23
FC, 32 pages
Xesh and Daegen Lok are on a mission to build Forcesabers—a weapon that Lok knows will take him closer to his vision of being leader of the Je’daii.
But the Je’daii Rangers are on the pair’s trail, and this first encounter between the Je’daii and the prisoners of Bogan will carry heavy consequences!
• Origins of the Jedi!
Darth Vader, hand of the new Galactic Empire, must find a new way to dominate the rebellious natives. Simple force won’t work on these people; Vader must carve out the heart of their pride, and fill the hollow that is left behind with fear and obedience to the Empire. But one Jedi blocks the path to power.
• Alexander Freed of The Old Republic writes Darth Vader!
• Vader vs. Jedi!
On the offensive, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his companions arm themselves and head deep below New York City to smoke out the leader of the vampire menace. But before they can enter his lair, they’re paid a deadly visit from the towering beast himself—the Master!
• Soon to be a TV series!
• Adapts the Strain Trilogy from director Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan!
The townsfolk’s chemical efforts to bring snow lead to a horrifying nightmare as mad science mixes with mother nature to release a curse buried for a hundred years in rock—the results will melt flesh from bones in the small Colorado town.
• Written by horror movie icon Lance Henriksen (Millennium, Aliens, Near Dark)!
• Dark Horse horror gets under your skin!
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.
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!
THE UNAUTHORIZED TARZAN HC & LTD. ED. HC
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!
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.
– The Comic Book Critic