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PREVIEWS #284 (VOL. XXII #5, MAY12)

Previews PUBLICATIONS
PREVIEWS #286

JULY 2012

COVER ART: The latest projects from Dark Horse Comics and DC Comics

Since 1988, previews has been your ultimate source for all of the comics and merchandise to be available from your local comic book shop… revealed up to two months in advance! Hundreds of comics and graphic novels from the best comic publishers; the coolest pop-culture merchandise on Earth; plus previews exclusive items available nowhere else! Now more than ever, previews is there to show the tales, toys and treasures in your future! This July issue features items scheduled to ship in September 2012 and beyond.

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Previews makes it easy for you to order every item in the catalog with this separate order form booklet! This July issue features items scheduled to ship in September 2012 and beyond.

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Each issue of Marvel Previews is a comic book-sized, 120-page, full-color guide and preview to all of Marvel’s upcoming releases — it’s your #1 source for advanced information on Marvel Comics! This July issue features items scheduled to ship in September 2012 and beyond.


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PREVIEWS GRAPHIC NOVEL & TRADE PAPERBACK BACKLIST CATALOG—SUMMER 2012

Featuring an Avatar: The Last Airbender cover from Dark Horse Comics! The PREVIEWS Graphic Novels & Trade Paperback Backlist Catalog for 2012 features hundreds of items — a veritable four-color comic shop filled to capacity with graphic novels, trade paperbacks, manga, books, and more — from Aardvarks to Zombies and everything in between! Every item within these pages is in stock now and available for order from your favorite comic shop. If you’re looking for a reference guide to all available GN’s and TPs — this is it! Comic-size format.

Catalog, 7x10, FC $1.50


COMICS SECTION

PREMIER VENDORS
Dark Horse Comics
AXE COP: PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD #1 (of 3)

Malachai Nicolle (W), Ethan Nicolle (A/Cover), and Dirk Erik Schulz (C)

On sale July 25

FC, 32 pages $3.50 / Miniseries

Axe Cop has been appointed president of the whole world! But what will Axe Cop and his friends do in a world with no bad guys? Look to defeat the bad guys from outer space, of course! Written by 8-year-old Malachai Nicolle and drawn by his 31-year-old brother Ethan Nicolle, Axe Cop is commander in chief of hilarious adventures as only a kid could imagine!

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER—THE PROMISE PART 3 TP

Gene Luen Yang (W), Michael Dante DiMartino (W), Bryan Konietzko (W), and Gurihiru (A/Cover)

On sale Sept 26

FC, 80 pages $10.99

TP, 6" x 9"

Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko bring The Promise to its explosive conclusion!

The Harmony Restoration Movement has failed, and the four nations are plunged back into war! In the midst of the battle, can Aang and Fire Lord Zuko mend the rift between them, or will Aang be forced to take actions that can't be undone?

Written by Eisner winner and National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and drawn by Gurihiru (Thor and the Warriors Four), this is the adventure Avatar fans have been craving!

CONCRETE: THREE UNEASY PIECES

Paul Chadwick (W/A/Cover)

On sale July 18

FC, 24 pages $2.99 / One-shot

One of the medium’s all-time greats is back in this collection of Concrete stories from the relaunched Dark Horse Presents! In three new adventures, the most human of heroes intervenes in a burglary that turns out to be much more, investigates a possible sighting of the aliens who gave him his rocky body, and develops an alternative to the Taser: himself. This issue strikes the perfect balance of inviting stories for new readers and character development for longtime fans!

• Collecting the Concrete stories from Dark Horse Presents #1–#3!


Also Available
CONCRETE VOLUME 2: HEIGHTS TP

JUN050034 $12.95


CONCRETE VOLUME 3: FRAGILE CREATURE TP

OCT050017 $12.95


CONCRETE VOLUME 4: KILLER SMILE TP

DEC050018 $12.95


CONCRETE VOLUME 5: THINK LIKE A MOUNTAIN TP

FEB060054 $12.95


CONCRETE VOLUME 6: STRANGE ARMOR TP

APR060015 $12.95


CONCRETE VOLUME 7: THE HUMAN DILEMMA TP

JAN060076 $12.95


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FATIMA: THE BLOOD SPINNERS #2 (of 4)

Gilbert Hernandez (W/A/Cover)

On sale July 18

b&w, 24 pages $3.99 / Miniseries

Love and Rockets’ Gilbert Hernandez continues his scary and sexy romp through the zombie-infested future! With the irresistible drug “spin” turning more and more people into shambling brain-eaters, the beautiful Fatima finds herself one of the last agents standing against them. But with conspiracy theories running rampant, it’s impossible to tell if she’s on the right side or if her own organization is responsible for unleashing the plague!

MIND MGMT #3

Matt Kindt (W/A/Cover)

On sale July 25

FC, 24 pages $3.99 / Ongoing

As Meru’s investigation of MIND MGMT takes her to China and its “miracle dolphins,” she begins to realize that the clues she’s been following have been intentionally left for her. What do the horrors she’s seen on her journey have to do with a psychic espionage agency dating back to WWI, and why does its most notorious defector, Henry Lyme, want Meru to find him?

• Each issue features bonus MIND MGMT case files!


THE MASSIVE #2

Brian Wood (W), Kristian Donaldson (A), Dave Stewart (C), J. P. Leon (Cover), and Grampá (Variant cover)

On sale July 11

FC, 32 pages $3.50 / Ongoing

Hidden from pirates in the ice and fog of the Bering Sea, the crew of the Kapital weigh the risk of detection against the need to rescue their missing crewmates. Revealed are details about the events of the crash, including the Kapital’s resupply visit to an underwater Hong Kong and the new city that has, literally, grown out of the debris.

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #14

John Layman (W), Kelly Sue DeConnick (W), Carla Speed McNeil (W/A), Dean Motter (W/A), Mike Baron (W), Mark Verheiden (W), Tony Puryear (W/A/Cover), Chad Lambert (W), George Schall (W/A), Rodrigo Alonso (W), Nate Cosby (W), Michael Avon Oeming (W/A), Bo Hampton (W/A), Mike Russell (W/A), Sam Kieth (A), Phil Noto (A), Apri Kusbiantoro (A), Steve Rude (A/Cover), Evan Shaner (A), Robert Tinnell (W), and Mark Nelson (A)

On sale July 18

FC, 104 pages $7.99 / Ongoing

The best-selling anthology just upped the ante! This 104-page flipbook boasts a special Nexus back cover alongside new installments of Aliens, Ghost, and Mister X, and the debut of Michael Avon Oeming’s The Wild Rover!

• Oversized 104-page issue!

MASS EFFECT: HOMEWORLDS #3

Mac Walters (W), John Dombrow (W), Jeremy Barlow (W), Garry Brown (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), Anthony Palumbo (Cover), and Mike Hawthorne (Variant over)

On sale July 25

FC, 32 pages $3.50 / Miniseries

Mass Effect: Homeworlds returns with a brand-new tale of turian Garrus Vakarian, from Garrus’s Mass Effect 3 writer John Dombrow! Garrus has fought valiantly alongside Commander Shepard, but his time away from his home planet Palaven has seen crime and corruption take hold there, a contradiction that becomes clearer as he investigates the murder of a turian on Omega. Cutting to the heart of Homeworlds, Garrus must choose between fighting for the galaxy or protecting his home!
RESIDENT ALIEN #3

Peter Hogan (W) and Steve Parkhouse (A/Cover)

On sale July 25

FC, 32 pages $3.50 / Miniseries

Stranded and living undercover on our planet, the alien now known as Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle races to solve a small-town crime before federal agents close in on him and discover his secret! Biding his time in the sleepy town of Patience, USA, Dr. Harry has masked his existence with a form of alien telepathy. There are those who are resistant to his strange powers, however, and Harry’s time is running out. Someone very close to him is about to blow his cover! Acclaimed creators Peter Hogan (2000 AD, Tom Strong) and Steve Parkhouse (Milkman Murders, Doctor Who) deliver a truly unique sci-fi adventure tale with heart and humor!

STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL—DEATH SENTENCE #1 (of 4)

Tom Taylor (W), Bruno Redondo (P), and Dave Dorman (Cover)

On sale July 25

FC, 32 pages $2.99 / Miniseries

By now the galaxy has learned the terrible truth: Sith Lord Darth Maul still lives. Worse, he has joined forces with his brother Savage Opress!

The Jedi are searching for them and, after Maul and Opress cut a murderous swath through the Outer Rim, so is an army of mercenaries hired by a wealthy mine owner.

Darth Maul has a price on his head, and for him there is only one way to deal with such a problem: go directly to the source!

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER AND THE GHOST PRISON #3 (of 5)

Haden Blackman (W), Agustin Alessio (A), and Dave Wilkins (Cover)

On sale July 18

FC, 32 pages $3.50 / Miniseries

Cadet Tohm, in the company of Darth Vader, Moff Trachta, and the wounded Emperor, has finally reached the mysterious Ghost Prison.

Vader battles the Jedi guard and Trachta wreaks vengeance on a particular prisoner. The Emperor’s condition is stabilized, but they must find a way to combat the uprising back on Coruscant. Vader plans to use the only army available to him—the inmates of the Ghost Prison. But the prisoners have begun to revolt . . .


STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES—BOBA FETT IS DEAD #4 (of 4)

Tom Taylor (W) and Chris Scalf (A/Cover)

On sale July 25

FC, 40 pages $3.50 / Miniseries

The man behind the murder of Boba Fett has sent his army of mercenaries to kill Fett’s ex-wife and child, and Boba’s half-brother Connor Freeman.

But what if Boba Fett isn’t quite as dead as everyone thinks?

Then there might be... Hell. To. Pay.

STAR WARS: KNIGHT ERRANT—ESCAPE #2 (of 5)

John Jackson Miller (W), Marco Castiello (P), Vincenzo Acunzo (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Benjamin Carré (Cover)

On sale July 11

FC, 32 pages $3.50 / Miniseries

Working with a team of Sith reconnaissance troops searching for a powerful relic, Jedi Knight Kerra Holt is getting a firsthand look at the battles between warring Sith lords. Witnessing all the destruction is making her have second thoughts about her mission, but painful memories push her forward, overriding her conscience. Kerra is falling deeper into the world of the Sith—will she be able to climb out?

STAR WARS: CRIMSON EMPIRE III—EMPIRE LOST TP

Mike Richardson (W), Paul Gulacy (P), Michael Bartolo (C), and Dave Dorman (Cover)

On sale Sept 19

FC, 144 pages $19.99

TP, 6 5/8” x 10 3/16”

Kir Kanos, the last surviving member of Emperor Palpatine’s Royal Guard, is ready to settle a score with Luke Skywalker and those others whom he blames for the death of his Emperor. But standing in Kanos’s path is his former adversary and almost love interest Mirith Sinn. And both of them have become pawns in a secret plot by an Imperial cabal!


STAR WARS: THE CRIMSON EMPIRE SAGA HC

Mike Richardson (W), Randy Stradley (W), Paul Gulacy (P), P. Craig Russell (I), Randy Emberlin (I), Dave Stewart (C), Michael Bartolo (C), and Dave Dorman (Cover)

On sale Sept 12

FC, 488 pages $34.99

HC, 6” x 9”

The blood-soaked tale of the last surviving member of Emperor Palpatine’s Royal Guard is now complete in one dust-jacketed hardcover edition! From revenge to redemption, the story of Kir Kanos takes him from the deserts of Yinchorr, to the halls of Imperial power, and to the inner circle of the New Republic. Included are encounters with Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker, and Leia Organa Solo. An epic tale in one epic tome!

THE CHRONICLES OF KING CONAN VOLUME 3 TP

Doug Moench (W), Marc Silvestri (P), Ron Frenz (P), Alan Kupperberg (P), Ricardo Villamonte (I), Ernie Chan (I), George Roussos (C), and John Buscema (Cover)

On sale Sept 12

FC, 208 pages $18.99

TP, 7" x 10"

“Kings are ever plagued by enemies.” The words of the Aquilonian ruler Conan are never more true than when a dark cabal of sorcerers threaten the throne and the lives of the royal family. But even against horrors from beneath the earth, murderous demons from beyond the grave, or ancient baleful gods summoned from dark dimensions, courage, love, and a good sword are formidable proof against evil when wielded by the mighty hand of the barbarian king!

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #6

Brian Wood (W), James Harren (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Massimo Carnevale (Cover)

On sale July 11

FC, 32 pages $3.50 / Ongoing

Brian Wood and James Harren pull out all the stops in the blowout conclusion to “The Argos Deception”!

With Conan loose in Messantia, pirate queen Bêlit and her crew hit the city hard. Messantia’s soldiers think they’re dealing with a simple barbarian, but they’ve just stepped into Bêlit’s trap!


EERIE ARCHIVES VOLUME 11 HC

Richard Margopoulos (W), Steve Skeates (W), Al Milgrom (W), Doug Moench (W), Budd Lewis (W), Gerry Boudreau (W), Sanjulian (A), Ken Kelly (A), Paul Neary (A), Neal Adams (A), Vincente Alcazar (A), Esteban Maroto (A), Tom Sutton (A), and Martin Salvador (A)

On sale Sept 26

b&w, 248 pages $49.99

HC, 8 3/8” x 10 7/8”

Collecting issues #52-#55 of Warren Publishing’s legendary Eerie horror anthology, this deluxe hardcover features the character Hunter—the deadly demon killer of the future—making an explosive debut. Esteban Maroto continues his enchanting tales of Dax the Warrior, and Shreck struggles for survival on a dangerous, irradiated alternate world! A run of breathtaking covers by Sanjulian and Ken Kelly and a do-it-yourself Werewolf! board game top off this fine collection of 1970s horror tales!


Also Available
EERIE ARCHIVES

VOLUME 2 (DEC098044) $49.99

VOLUME 3 (AUG090046) $49.99


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VOLUME 6 (AUG100067) $49.99

VOLUME 7 (DEC108322) $49.99

VOLUME 8 (MAY110040) $49.99

VOLUME 9 (SEP110043) $49.99
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EERIE COMICS #1

David Lapham (W/A), Christopher Taylor (W), Rafa Garres (A), and Jim Pavelec (Cover)

On sale July 4

b&w, 32 pages $2.99 / Ongoing

Uncle Creepy’s been having all the fun in Dark Horse’s revival of classic Warren magazines, so now it’s Cousin Eerie’s turn! The terrifying treasury of sinister sci-fi and fearsome fantasy returns with two all-new stories to thrill and chill, plus a classic reprint! First up is a dose of robotic paranoia from red-hot writer/artist David Lapham, followed by way-too-close encounters from Creepy veteran Christopher Taylor! Your trip to the comics store is about to get a lot more horrifying!

CREEPY COMICS #9

Doug Moench (W), Doselle Young (W), Emily Carroll (W/A), Kelley Jones (A), Dean Ormston (A), and David Palumbo (Cover)

On sale July 4

b&w, 48 pages $4.99 / Ongoing

No rest for the wicked! Uncle Creepy doesn’t need a summer vacation when he can spend the time scuba-diving through comics’ darkest, murkiest waters. In this issue he’s surfaced with a batch of our most fearsome features to date, as Doug Moench and Kelley Jones (Batman: Unseen) continue their tale of Lovecraft insanity, Doselle Young (The Monarchy) delves into the murderous side of parallel universes, Emily Carroll (His Face All Red) brings horror from a spooky kitchen knife, and more, plus a classic reprint from Creepy magazine.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 #11

Andrew Chambliss (W), Georges Jeanty (P/Variant cover), Nathan Massengill (I), Dexter Vines (I), Michelle Madsen (C), and Phil Noto (Cover)

On sale July 11

FC, 32 pages $2.99 / Ongoing

Buffy is trying something new—not Slaying. WHAT?! Enter Kennedy. Slayer. Ex-girlfriend of magicless Willow. Bossy. She’s joined a company that hires Slayers to act as bodyguards for high-profile clients, and Buffy is her most recent recruit. But Buffy is having a little trouble letting go of Slaying. Things that go bump in the night are kinda her forte. Luckily . . . her first client is having some woeful demon trouble that Buffy can’t wait to sink her stake into.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 8 VOLUME 2 LIBRARY EDITION HC

Joss Whedon (W), Drew Goddard (W), Jeph Loeb (W), Georges Jeanty (P), Karl Moline (P), Eric Wight (P), Ethen Beavers (P), Adam Van Wyk (P), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), Lee Loughridge (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)

On sale Sept 12

FC, 320 pages $29.99

HC, 8” x 12 3/16”

The Slayer legion is organized and encountering mega-obstacles, while Twilight’s threatening reach continues to expand. Buffy and her Slayers travel to Tokyo to face a new kind of vampire with powers they’ve only witnessed in Dracula . . . Then, Willow and Buffy head to New York to investigate the secrets behind Buffy’s scythe; ever full of the unexpected, Buffy is transported to a dystopian future where her first chance meeting is with Fray, future Slayer! Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #11–#20.

ANGEL & FAITH #12

Christos Gage (W), Rebekah Isaacs (A/Variant cover), Dan Jackson (C), and Steve Morris (Cover)

On sale July 25

FC, 32 pages $2.99 / Ongoing

Using remnants of magic, Angel, Faith, Willow, and Connor have entered the hell dimension where no one should—or really, could—dare go: Quor-Toth! Willow’s quest to restore magic to Earth was her objective in attempting the impossible; Angel’s objective was . . . something else. And Faith? She’s along to make sure that everyone’s feet stay on the ground, and out of anything they might regret.
ALABASTER #4 (of 5)

Caitlín R. Kiernan (W), Steve Lieber (A), Rachelle Rosenberg (C), and Greg Ruth (Cover)

On sale July 11

FC, 32 pages $3.50 / Miniseries

Award-winning author Caitlín R. Kiernan brings one of her most enduring and popular creations to comics!

In a scant few days, Maisie has gone from werewolf to ghost, and from Dancy’s would-be murderer to her erstwhile ally. Now, finally, Dancy’s enigmatic guide tells her story—and Dancy gets her first real glimpse into the evil infesting the town.


THE STRAIN #6

David Lapham (W), Mike Huddleston (A/Cover), Dan Jackson (C), and E. M. Gist (Cover)

On sale July 11

FC, 32 pages $3.50 / Ongoing

An inexplicable epidemic that’s mutating people into bloodthirsty beasts forces Dr. Ephraim Goodweather to turn to an unlikely source for help. What secrets might be revealed in a pawnshop in Brooklyn? A plague is coming. Is it already too late to save Manhattan from this vampiric menace?

B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: THE DEVIL'S ENGINE #3 (of 3)

Mike Mignola (W/Variant cover), John Arcudi (W), Tyler Crook (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Duncan Fegredo (Cover)

On sale July 18

FC, 32 pages $3.50 / Miniseries

As Zinco’s latest scheme ends in disaster, Fenix and Devon escape the bat-faced monsters and reveal why Abe needed to die.

B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: EXORCISM #2 (of 2)

Mike Mignola (W), Cameron Stewart (W/A), Dave Stewart (C), and Viktor Kalvachev (Cover)

On sale July 25

FC, 32 pages $3.50 / Miniseries

Field agent Ashley Strode attempts to purge a demon from a 100-year-old exorcist, utilizing a deadly rite that sends both of them into a spiritual hell.
BALTIMORE: DR. LESKOVAR'S REMEDY #2 (of 2)

Mike Mignola (W), Christopher Golden (W), Ben Stenbeck (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale July 18

FC, 32 pages $3.50 / Miniseries

As his surgically enhanced monsters attack Lord Baltimore, the crazed doctor reveals a plan to kill all the innocents before the plague of vampires can get them first.
THE GOON #40

Eric Powell (W/A/Cover)

On sale July 25

FC, 32 pages $3.50 / Ongoing

Back in his teenage days when Prohibition was going on, Goon used to hot-rod moonshine past the law for fun and profit. That is, until he ran into a gang of gearhead rockabilly ghouls out for blood!

REX MUNDI OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 TP

Arvid Nelson (W), EricJ (A), Jim Di Bartolo (A), Juan Ferreyra (A/C/Cover), Brian Churilla (A), and Jeromy Cox (C)

On sale Sept 5

FC, 584 pages $24.99

TP, 6” x 9”

Paris, 1933. Europe is still in the grip of feudalism, sorcerers stalk the streets at night, and secret societies vie for power.

When a medieval scroll disappears from a Paris church, Dr. Julien Saunière begins uncovering a series of horrific ritual murders connected to the Catholic Church. His investigation turns into a one-man quest to uncover the deepest secrets of Christianity, a trail of conspiracy that extends all the way to the walls of Jerusalem during the First Crusade. Collects Rex Mundi Volumes #1-3.

CRIMINAL MACABRE: THE IRON SPIRIT HC

Steve Niles (W) and Scott Morse (A/Cover)

On sale Sept 12

FC, 32 pages $19.99

HC, 9" x 12"

A haunted veteran leads monster hunter Cal McDonald to a creepy subterranean military base where mad-science experiments were conducted on US soldiers.

Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) takes his occult detective into a new collector’s format with Eisner winner Scott Morse of Pixar and TR!CKSTER fame!
JOE GOLEM AND THE DROWNING CITY DELUXE HC

Mike Mignola (W/Cover) and Christopher Golden (W)

On sale Sept 26

FC, 256 pages $99.99

HC, 7" x 10"

After a séance gone horribly wrong, strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits abduct the aging psychic Orlov the Conjuror, sending his young assistant Molly McHugh racing through the canals of a submerged Manhattan.

As Molly flees her captors through a sunken city full of scavengers, her one hope comes in the form of two strange men: Simon Church, a Victorian-era detective kept alive by clockwork gears and magic, and his assistant, Joe Golem, whose mysterious past is hinted at in dreams of stone and witches.

• The deluxe limited-edition collection features multiple illustrations, an exclusive print signed by the writers, and a handsome slipcase. Limited to 1, 000 copies.

• Features the previously unpublished in print Joe Golem story “Joe Golem and the Copper Girl.”

RESET #4 (of 4)

Peter Bagge (W/A/Cover)

On sale July 18

b&w, 24 pages $3.50 / Miniseries

With the Reset project’s implementers, lab assistants, and bigwigs all seeming to run amuck in chaos and confusion, Guy Krause is—for once in his life—the man with the plan, by comparison. And his plan? Get the girl, of course! Has being a guinea pig for science really changed Guy all that much? And will his final, horrible moments strapped in the Reset machine break him or totally reinforce his new outlook on life? Peter Bagge, the creator of the acclaimed Hate and Apocalypse Nerd comics, returns with an offbeat, hilarious new series that asks the question “If you could relive your life, would you make a BIGGER mess of it?”




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