Kick-Ass, the best-selling comic book series by Mark Millar (creator of Wanted) is set to punch, kick, stab and shoot its way into theaters in April 2010. Kick-Ass: From Strip to Screen is the essential companion to the movie, written by Mark Millar himself. With Millar as your guide, experience how the story of high school student Dave Lizewski (a.k.a. the self-styled costumed crime fighter "Kick-Ass") has been brought to blood-splattered life on the screen. Packed with script extracts, cast interviews, hundreds of movie photos and eye-popping John Romita Jr. art from the original comics! (C: 0-1-2)
SC, 8x11, 176pgs, FC SRP: $19.95
MODESTY BLAISE: DEATH IN SLOW MOTION TP
(W) Peter O'Donnell (A) Neville Colvin
Modesty and Willie race against time to save an old friend and his daughter in a desert, foil a Caribbean drug courier racket while playing Robinson Crusoe, and battle a sinister and deadly assassination bureau! With introductions by creator Peter O'Donnell and an exclusive feature by Eisner-award winning artist Steve Epting, this is a must-have for fans of stylish comic adventures! (C: 0-1-2)
RES. from Previews Vol. XIX #8 (AUG091054)
SC, 104pgs, B&W SRP: $19.95
TANK GIRL: SKIDMARKS #4
(W) Alan Martin (A) Rufus Dayglo
As this wild 'n' wacky cross-continental race hurtles towards the finishing line it ends with not a bang, but with perhaps the most surprising and shocking twist ending in the history of comics! Trust us, the only way you'll see this coming is if you've peeked. (C: 0-1-2)
.hack//CELL is a novel featuring an Edge Punisher (a character class who wields a giant sword) named Midori, who encounters Haseo—aka "Terror of Death", and the main character in .hack//Roots, .hack//G.U., and .hack//GU+.—on his search for Tri-Edge prior to the events of .hack//GU: Rebirth.
SC, 5x7, 192pgs, B&W (1 of 2) $10.99
HANAKO AND THE TELLER OF ALLEGORY VOLUME 1
The "No-mouth Woman," "The Man Under the Bed," and the "Human Faced Fish" are supposedly urban legends. But what few people know is that just at the moment when someone believes them to be true, they become reality and appear before them! Enter Daisuke Asou, a folklore detective who deals with such cases. He calls these fantastic creatures "allegories." What’s a folklore detective to do?
Rating: OT (Older Teen Age 16+) for: Mild Sexuality, Moderate Violence, Moderate Gore
Via the scheming of his new friend Aru, Yukiteru and Yuno share an unexpected date at a free "wedding trial" program. When they get back to Yuno’s house, the room in which Aru expected to find dead bodies has been replaced by a giant hole in the ground. Not only that, but Yuno seems to have willfully tampered with her own memory so that she’s forgotten that Yukiteru ever even visited her!
SC, 5x7, 192pgs, B&W (5 of 8) $10.99
THIS UGLY YET BEAUTIFUL WORLD VOLUME 2
Author: Gainax / Konomini Project
Art By: Ashita Morimi
Rating: M (Mature Age 18+) for: Explicit Sexuality, Sexual Full Body Nudity, Explicit Fanservice
There is darkness looming over our two cute and mysterious girls, Hikari and Akari. Mysterious deaths are happening all around the world and it seems that Akatsuki City is in the center of it all. As the well-endowed Dr. Portman appears and suddenly begins to board at Mari’s house, Akari’s fears only continues to grow. The truth of the strange deaths and Takeru’s body shocks and surprises all. Can love overcome everything? Even if it means going against providence? Shrinkwrapped with Parental Advisory sticker on the front cover.
SC, 5x7, 192pgs, B&W (2 of 3) $12.99
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM ECOLE DU CIEL VOLUME 9
Creator: Haruhiko Mikimoto
Rating: T (Teen Age 13+)
Asuna survives the explosion of her Rick Dias mobile suit and is aided by Jack Baird and other A.E.U.G. pilots risking their lives to hold Erisia off and buy her time to get to Le Cygne. With Hansel (the original test pilot) getting into the cockpit with her, and Sophie providing verbal assistance, she manages to engage the enemy. Even with teamwork it’s going to be tough to defeat them!
SC, 5x7, 192pgs, B&W (9 of 9) $12.99
ALICE IN THE COUNTRY OF HEARTS VOLUME 2
Art By: Hoshino Soumei
Rating: OT (Older Teen Age 16+) for: Mild Sexuality, Mild Violence, Moderate Gore
Alice begins to grow accustomed to the strange world Peter took her to. And everyone wants to get to know Alice better, too. She gets to know the "Ones with Duties" better. She finds out more about the mysteries of the World. One of the biggest mysteries is that the inhabitants have clocks for hearts. When they die, only his or her clock is left. When the clock is repaired by Julius, a new life springs forth from it. This is the reason why the people of the world don’t value their lives. She is told, "There’s always a replacement." But what does this mean for Alice?
SC, 5x7, 192pgs, B&W (2 of 3) $10.99
HARU HANA THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
Creator: Yuana Kazumi
Rating: T (Teen Age 13+) for: Mild Sexuality, Aggression, Mild Fanservice, Tobacco Reference/Use
THE COMPLETE THREE-VOLUME SERIES—COLLECTED HERE IN ONE GORGEOUS VOLUME! Hana Yamada just moved from Osaka and has finally overcome a rather unfortunate condition: she’s allergic to cute boys! But on the very first day of school, things quickly escalate into disaster as she walks in on a boy and girl acting rather sketchy only to find out later that she will have to work with this boy! Hana’s guaranteed to relapse now!
SC, 5x7, 576pgs, B&W (1 of 1) $16.99
ME & MY BROTHERS VOLUME 11
Creator: Hari Tokeino
Rating: T (Teen Age 13+)
The anticipated high scholl athletic meet has begun, and the battle between Kozuka and Masashi is on, each giving it their all to a date with Sakura. Jealous girls, a hilarious race and a sweet moment of victory for… the winner may surprise you!
SC, 5x7, 192pgs, B&W (11 of 11) $10.99
SHINOBI LIFE VOLUME 4
Creator: Shoko Conami
Rating: T (Teen Age 13+) for: Mild Sexuality, Mild Violence, Mild Gore, Mild Fanservice, Tobacco Reference/Use
Hitaki and Iwatsuru try to abduct Beni, but Kagetora saves her and threatens to kill the two of them if they ever harm Beni again. Realizing the danger that Beni is in, Kagetora tells Beni’s father that he will no longer listen to his orders, and instead he will serve Beni alone. Outraged, Beni’s father fires Kagetora, and this spurs Kagetora to run away from the house, taking Beni with him!
SC, 5x7, 192pgs, B&W (4 of 6) $10.99
MARIA HOLIC VOLUME 3
Creator: Minari Endou
Rating: OT (Older Teen Age 16+) for: Mild Sexuality, Non-Sexual Nondescript Nudity, Mild Violence, Mild Gore, Mild Fanservice
During the opening ceremony of the long anticipated annual Festival of the Virgin Mary, a long-kept secret about the reason for the feud between Maria and Ayame is revealed, and a new embarrassing mishap occurs to Ayame!
SC, 5x7, 192pgs, B&W (3 of 4) $10.99
SILVER DIAMOND VOLUME 5: TIES THAT BIND
Creator: Shiho Sugiura
Rating: T (Teen Age 13+) for: Aggression, Mild Gore, Mild Fanservice
Rakan’s anger continues to grow as he realizes the suffering of various people. What gives the Imperial Prince the right to be so selfish! ? The "frontier guards" ask what they can do for the Sanome Prince. The answer is! ? Also, Rakan’s appearance in the world and the Sanome seed that was stolen from Rakan’s yard triggers a new series of events! And what of the beautiful flowers that lie in the fields from Kazuhi’s necklace? What secret do they hold?
The Shinsengumi base is tense and brooding following the mysterious suicide of Yamanami Keisuke. Akesato, his lover, distraught when she learns the news, decides to return to her ninja ways and disappears into the night. Meanwhile, Tetsunosuke has a terrifying run-in with his former friend, Suzu!
SC, 5x7, 192pgs, B&W (3 of 5) $10.99
TAKERU: OPERA SUSANOH SWORD OF THE DEVIL VOLUME 4
Author: Nakashima Kazuki
Art By: Karakara Kemuri
Rating: T (Teen Age 13+) for: Mild Violence, Mild Gore, Slapstick Humor
The forces of the evil Sword of Kusanagi have reached the gates of the kingdom of Amamikado, led by the possessed hero Kumaso. Amamikado’s mighty general Ohiko manages to fend off Kumaso, but is ultimately betrayed and killed by his own king, Otarashi. The wicked king reveals his master plan–to destroy every soul in the land by using the holy sword himself. Before he can, however, Izumo and Oguna arrive, bearing the holy sword of Murakumo. They succeed in purifying the evil taint of Kusanagi, freeing its army of drones, not least of which is Kumaso himself. Now united once more, the three Takerus face down Otarashi and his enormous Doguma creation in a battle for the fate of the world.
SC, 5x7, 192pgs, B&W (4 of 4) $10.99
GOSICK VOLUME 2 POP-FICTION NOVEL
Author: Kazuki Sakuraba
Art By: Hinata Takeda
Kazuya finds a classified ad inviting descendants of the gray wolf to return home to the summer festival. Remembering rumors that Victorique was the gray wolf reborn, he shows her the ad - and she reveals she was charged with murdering the mayor and banished from the village at the age of fifteen, and now she’s come to prove her innocence...
SC, 5x7, 232pgs, B&W (2 of 6) $12.99
THE TWELVE KINGDOMS VOLUME 4: SKIES OF DAWN HC
Author: Fuyumi Ono
In the kingdom of Kei, Youko struggles in her new role as ruler. She’s ashamed that her subjects are disappointed in her weakness, and she suffers greatly. In the kingdom of Hou, young, pampered Shoukei watches her father, the ruler of Hou, slain before her very eyes. And in the kingdom of Sai, Suzu slaves away under a scornful mistress....When these three young women set out on their own journeys to find new happiness, their worlds will collide, and a new door to the future will open!
SC, 5x7, 356pgs, B&W (4 of 7) $19.99
Creator: Sakyou Yozakura
Rating: M (Mature Age 18+)
Yuki Akabane is a very popular nurse at a blood donation clinic and a vampire’s descendant! He enjoys drinking the blood of the pretty women who come to his clinic, but when he tastes the blood of donation-obsessed patient Osamu Mayuzumi, will he ever be able to drink another’s blood again?
SC, 5x7, 164pgs, B&W (1 of 1) $12.99
Creator: Hinako Takanaga
Rating: OT (Older Teen Age 16+)
Nagi has been noticing the stare of a particular student at his part-time job modeling at an art school. Kaji seems friendly enough, but Nagi is afraid to let him know his biggest secret—Nagi is a fledgling drag queen who is saving up for some big changes! Will Kaji accept Nagi for who he is or will Nagi be snubbed once again?
SC, 5x7, 192pgs, B&W (1 of 1) $12.99
TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
WORLD WAR 3 ILLUSTRATED #40: WHAT WE WANT
(E) Seth Tobocman (W/A) Various
The message the American people sent with the 2008 election is clear: after 28 years of right wing dominance in politics, Americans are unhappy with the results. The country is distressed — economically, ecologically, and militarily. WW3 Illustrated is asking that artists do more than just criticize things as they are, and they responded with 120 pages of answers from a variety of today's sharpest comic book artists; alternatives to existing conditions, proposals for progress and ideas for a better world for all.
Magazine, SC, 7x9, 120pgs, B&W SRP: $5.00
STARS OF THE MONTH
THE COMPLETE ESSEX COUNTY
(W/A) Jeff Lemire
Collecting Jeff Lemire's award-winning trilogy — Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories, and The Country Nurse — into a single volume, plus over 50 pages of previously unpublished material, including two new stories. Set in an imaginary version of Jeff Lemire's hometown, the trilogy is an intimate study of a farming community, and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation. With the lush, expressive inking of a cartoonist at the height of his powers, Lemire draws us in and sets us free. Available in Softcover and Hardcover editions.
SOFTCOVER (FEB098164)—SC, 6.5x9, 512pgs SRP: $29.95
VIETNAM JOURNAL BOOK THREE: FROM THE DELTA TO DAK TO TP
(W/A) Don Lomax
The acclaimed series from Don Lomax continues, collecting 4 issues originally published by Apple Comics that have never before been reprinted. A journalist finds that when you enter a war, there is no way to stay as a non-combatant. The original series was picked by Entertainment Weekly as a graphic novel you should own" and recommended by the Military History Book Club.
SC, 136pgs, B&W SRP: $17.99
LUKE MCBAIN #4
(W) David Tischman (A) Kody Chamberlain
Luke McBain just buried his best friend, and his scheming brother is about to sell the family business and destroy the town. McBain's got a shotgun, a couple of knives and handguns, ready to kick some ass and take care of business. But the cops are on the way, and it doesn't look good. It's all been building to this, as Luke McBain makes a final stand for what's right, while those in power stand in his way.
24pgs, FC (4 of 4) SRP: $3.99
AGE OF TV HEROES HC
(W) Jason Hofius, George Khoury
Age of TV Heroes examines the history of the live-action television adventures of everyone’s favorite comic book heroes! This volume features the in-depth stories of the actors and behind-the-scene players that made the classic super-hero television programs we all grew up with. From The Adventures of Superman and Batman to The Tick and Smallville, it’s colorfully presented in vivid detail, lavishly designed with a bevy of color photographs.
RES. from Previews Vol. XVIII #9 (SEP084302)
HC, 192pgs, FC SRP: $39.95
O/A THE ART OF GEORGE TUSKA SC
(W) Dewey Cassell (A) George Tuska
This a comprehensive look at the personal and professional life of George Tuska, including his involvement with the controversial crime comics of the 1950's. Featuring extensive coverage of his definitive work on Iron Man, X-Men, Justice League, Teen Titans, and more. George’s commissioned, original artwork, unpublished artwork, photographs, and a thorough index of his work are also featured.
SC, 8x11, 128pgs, PC SRP: $14.95
TEZUKA'S MW SC
(W/A) Osamu Tezuka
Yuki is a young bank employee, charismatic but devoid of morality. Garai is the guilt-ridden priest who atones for Yuki's sins. Years ago they survived the release of an experimental psychotic drug, called MW, an event the government covered up. Driven by nothing but his desire to inflict evil upon the world, Yuki's salvation can only come from Garai's negotiation of the guilt-ridden torment of their forbidden love, and his responsibility to stop the vicious killer the MW chemical created! (C: 0-1-2)
SC, 6x9, 592pgs, B&W SRP: $19.95
DARKSTALKERS: THE NIGHT WARRIORS #2
(W) Ken Siu-Chong (A) Joe Vriens, Eric Vedder
(C) Alvin Lee [A], Emily Warren [B]
Learn the true origins of demon hunter Donovan, as he battles the ghostly samurai Bishamon. Meanwhile, Morrigan finally confronts Demitri, the vampire lord. Also in this issue, a backup story featuring sexy cat girl Felicia! Note: All 3 Alvin Lee covers for Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors #1, 2 &3 connect to form one massive image!
32pgs, FC $3.95
SILENT MÖBIUS: COMPLETE EDITION VOLUME 3
(W/A/C) Kia Asamiya
The ultimate sci-fi manga continues! Rally Cheyenne, leader and founder of the Attacked Mystification Police, must confront her sister and the secret origin of the organization itself. But when the other agents discover the truth, will the A.M.P. still exist? If you have never read Silent Möbius, you cannot call yourself a true Manga fan!
SC, 6x8, 200pgs, B&W (3 of 15) $14.99
STREET FIGHTER II TURBO #12
(W) Ken Siu-Chong (A/C) Jeffrey ‘Chamba’ Cruz
FINAL ISSUE! It’s the match up you’ve been waiting for since UDON’s very first Street Fighter comic over six years ago - Ryu VS Akuma! Will the murder of Master Gouken be avenged? Will Ryu succumb to the dark power within him? It’s all been building to this!
Note: Covers A & B Connect to form 1 image of the entire Street Fighter II cast.
32pgs, FC $3.95
DOROHEDORO, VOL. 1
By Q Hayashida
In a city so dismal it's known only as "the Hole," a clan of sorcerers have been plucking people off the streets to use as guinea pigs for atrocious "experiments" in the black arts. In a dark alley, Nikaido found Caiman, a man with a reptile head and a bad case of amnesia. To undo the spell, they're hunting and killing the sorcerers in the Hole, hoping that eventually they'll kill the right one. RATING: M
At the age of 21, Nicoletta travels to Rome to find her mother, Olga, who abandoned her long ago. Nicoletta finds her at Casetta dell'Orso, a charming little restaurant owned by Olga's husband. The staff of bespectacled gentlemen welcomes Nicoletta warmly, but Olga's reception is not so pleasant. Olga has never told her husband that she ever had children—and he must never know. RATING: T+
Atom is back, and the fate of the earth is in his hands! Having escaped death's grasp, Atom now has all the answers to the unsolved mysteries around Pluto, Bora and more. RATING: T+
SC, 6x8, 256pgs, B&W $12.99
BLEACH, VOL. 30
By Tite Kubo
Ichigo and his friends are moving ever closer to the center of Hueco Mundo and rescuing Orihime. But their battles against the Arrancars are testing them in ways they never thought possible. RATING: T
SC, 5x7, 192pgs, B&W $9.99
TEGAMI BACHI, VOL. 2
By Hiroyuki Asada
Lag is close to becoming a Letter Bee! On the way to his final interview at the National Postal Service, he found a dingo: Niche, a feral young girl with shocking strength and hair made of golden swords. RATING: T
SC, 5x7, 200pgs, B&W $9.99
RUROUNI KENSHIN VIZBIG EDITION, VOL. 9
By Nobuhiro Watsuki
Yukishiro Enishi's plan to cast Kenshin into a living hell of remorse and regret appears to have succeeded. Holding himself responsible for Kaoru's death, Kenshin has taken up residence in the "Fallen Village," a community of outcastes and untouchables. RATING: T+
SC, 6x9, 776pgs, B&W $17.99
SHAMAN KING, VOL. 27
By Hiroyuki Takei
Sati sends Yoh to train in the strangest place yet: the underworld. But when he arrives he is attacked by Yohken Asakura, an ancestor who defeated Hao in the previous Shaman Fight! RATING: T
SC, 5x7, 200pgs, B&W $9.99
GIN TAMA, VOL. 17
By Hideaki Sorachi
Gin's Top 5 List of Things to Look For When Hiring a Maid:
1. Alien robot head? Attached!
2. King-sized pooper scooper? Check!
3. Mad scientist to keep mechanical maid army running? Check!
4. Main battle tank gassed up? Check!
5. Extra-manly moustache? Check! What?!
SC, 5x7, 200pgs, B&W $9.99
(W/A) Eiichiro Oda
We’re excited to announce the most ambitious manga speed-up we’ve ever done, featuring a most wanted pirate story, One Piece. Starting in January 2010, we will release 30 volumes of One Piece in 6 months — that’s five volumes a month!
* APRIL 2010: Volumes 39-43
* MAY 2010: Volumes 44-48
* JUNE 2010: Volumes 49-53
That’s not all. In the January issue of SHONEN JUMP magazine, we’ll jump ahead of those 30 volumes to the start of the “Impel Down” saga — a bold new storyline and a perfect time to launch into the One Piece manga.
If you’re feeling a little left behind, don’t worry. We’ll get you up to speed in time. Read he Volume 1 manga preview or start your grand adventure by reading the “East Blue” saga and see where it all began at onepiece.viz.com! RATING: T
THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR MANGA! One Piece collectable sticker inside! One of the world's biggest comics, containing the original manga versions of some of the most popular anime ever made! Each issue includes tons of full-color information about toys, TCGs, CCGs, video games and anime, plus amazing manga stories! RATING: T
Magazine, 328pgs, PC $4.99
ARATA: THE LEGEND, VOL. 1
By Yuu Watase
In a world where humans and gods coexist, Arata is the unfortunate successor to the matriarchal Hime Clan--unfortunate because if he's not cross-dressing to hide his gender one minute, he's fleeing for his life the next! RATING: T
SC, 5x7, 208pgs, B&W $9.99
HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER, VOL. 14
By Kenjiro Hata
Nagi has done the one thing no one ever expected from the pampered heiress: gotten a job! RATING: T+
SC, 5x7, 200pgs, B&W $9.99
INUYASHA, VOL. 46
By Rumiko Takahashi
Inuyasha dreams of the day half a century ago when Kikyo, the priestess he once loved and unknowingly betrayed, perished. Then Kagome is forced to watch a vision of the moment the two parted ways. Now the living Kikyo is in desperate danger, and only Kagome can save her! RATING: T+
SC, 5x7, 192pgs, B&W $9.99
SLUM ONLINE (NOVEL)
By Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Reality bites for college freshman Etsuro Sakagami, but on the MMO Versus Town he's a karate master who can handle anything. Who will be his greatest opponent-the seemingly invisible Slasher Jack, or his would-be girlfriend Fumiko?
SC, 5x7, 200pgs, B&W $13.99
THE STORIES OF IBIS (NOVEL)
By Hiroshi Yamamoto
In a world where humans a minority and androids have created their own civilization, a wandering storyteller meets the beautiful android Ibis. She tells him seven stories of human/android interaction in order to reveal the secret behind humanity's fall.