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I Will Make Miracles by Susie Morgenstern (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books 04 March 2008 / $18.95) - Book Description: With paintings reminiscent of Maurice Sendak, and a lyrical text that is concrete enough for elementary kids to grasp, Susie Morgenstern and Jiang Hong Chen tackle the question: What will you do when you grow up? Their little boy wants to make miracles: He would cure the sick, feed the hungry, jail the bad guys, and fill the world up with people who care and share. The story ends with a twist, bringing a very ambitious group of wishes back down to earth. (see review)

Dark Wraith of Shannara by Terry Brooks
Adapted by: Robert Place Napton (Del Rey 25 March 2008 / $13.95) - From publicity material: Dark Wraith of Shannara is a new, never-before-published story adapted in graphic form.

The story takes place after the events of The Wishsong of Shannara -- a quest full of magic and challenge. (see review)

Fantasy Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 15 by Mary Shelley (Eureka Productions 01 March 2008 / $11.95) - Product Description: Fantasy Classics presents Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," adapted by Rod Lott and Skot Olsen, with a prologue illustrated by Mark A. Nelson. Plus H.P. Lovecraft's epic fantasy "The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath," by Ben Avery and Leong Wan Kok, and "Oz" author L. Frank Baum's "The Glass Dog," by Antonella Caputo and Brad Teare. Also Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Rappaccini's Daughter," adapted by Lance Tooks, and poems by fantasy masters Clark Ashton Smith and Lord Dunsany, illustrated by Rachel Masilamani. With a dramatic cover painting by Skot Olsen. (see review)

Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death by Laurell K. Hamilton & Jonathon Green (Marvel Comics 12 March 2008 / $19.99) - Product Description: Anita Blake's adventures began with the novel Guilty Pleasures, where the vampires of the St. Louis area tried to recruit the veteran vampire hunter to help them solve a peculiar mystery. But there were many mysteries about Anita Blake's past that were left unanswered...until now. Laurell K. Hamilton and Jonathon Green have finally released the official prequel to the long-running novel series, written exclusively for comics, and featuring the adventures of a younger Anita Blake as she teams up with popular characters Edward and Jean-Claude for a vampire hunt fans will absolutely love sinking their teeth into. It's the perfect story for old and new fans alike! Collecting Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death #1-2, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures Handbook (Parental Advisory) (see review)

The Third Volume 1 by Ryo Hoshino (TokyoPop 11 March 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Many years after a devastating war that killed 80% of the population, Earth is now being watched by a group of beings known as The Third, named for the third red eye on their forehead that can access various computer systems. Navigating this barren, apocalyptic landscape is Honoka, a jill-of-all-trades who uses her powerful third blue eye to detect life forces in battle as she attempts to keep her friends from The Third's deadly grasp. The prequel to the action-packed anime takes us to a time before Hanoka is known as the formidable but graceful Sword Dancer, to the beginning of her quest to save the world, to a time when she scarcely understands the powers with which she has been blessed... (Source: TokyoPop)

Andromeda Stories, Volume 3 by Keiko Takemiya (Ryu Mitsuse) (Vertical 04 March 2008 / $11.95) - Book Description: In this final chapter of the epic outer space series, King Ithaca and the entire government of the Cosmoralian Empire have been transformed into cyborg minions of a machine army determined to destroy all indigenous biological life. The King's wife, Queen Lilia, and her son, the rightful Cosmoralian heir, Prince Jimsa, have become refugees in their own dominion, along with a band of resistance fighters, The Murats. The resistance effort is led by a healer known simply as "The Old Man", who explains that the future of humanity rests in the messianic destiny of their leader incarnate, who will be known unto them by a red dragon-shaped birthmark. Meanwhile. knowledge surfaces that Prince Jimsa's twin sister, Affle, who bears this birthmark, survived despite being ordered to death at birth by the Cosmoralian Empire because it was believed royal twins would presage doom. (Source: Vertical)

The Guin Saga Manga: The Seven Magi, Volume 3 by Kaoru Kurimoto (Vertical 04 March 2008 / $12.95) - Book Description: The twenty-five-million bestselling Japanese heroic fantasy goes manga!

Never has a story been more suited to the form than the pulse-pounding saga of the leopard-masked warrior, who cannot remember his past.

In this first manga series, King Guin must battle a plague made manifest and controlled by seven magi. But even if our hero vanquishes the Black Plague, how will he ever hope to defeat seven powerful magicians?

Hold onto your seats! (Ages 16 and up) (Source: Vertical)

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