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The Nightmare Factory, Vol. 2 by Thomas Ligotti (Harper Paperbacks 01 September 2008 / $17.99) - Product Description:

The mind-bending universe of horror master Thomas Ligotti awaits in another graphic adaptation of his haunting work. Enter a sphere where bizarre gas station carnivals serve as the first stop on the road to oblivion, a malevolent puppet steals people's identities, a deranged chemist engages in horrific experiments, and nameless beings skulk about in a stone tower, waiting to envelop the unsuspecting into the nebulous reaches of unreality.

Ligotti's world is a thoroughly modern one where both identity and reality are fleeting, and nothing is truly as it appears to be.

Four more of Ligotti's arresting tales are adapted into fine graphic literature by famed creators Stuart Moore, Joe Harris, Vasilis Lolos (The Last Call), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin), Toby Cypress (Killing Girl), and Nick Stakal (Criminal Macabre: My Demon Baby), featuring all-new introductions to each story by Thomas Ligotti.

(Source: Harper Paperbacks)

+ANIMA Volume 9 by Mukai Natsumi (TokyoPop 13 September 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: Cooro and the others find themselves in a town that has just been graced with the presence of an angel, who Cooro realizes right away is a +Anima. But the "angel" doesn't like being discovered and turns the town against Cooro, telling htem he's a messenger of death. When researchers arrive to investigate, will Cooro and friends turn the other cheek for their fellow +Anima? (Source: TokyoPop)

Aria Volume 3 by Kozue Amano (TokyoPop 09 September 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: Spring has arrived on Aqua, marking a full year since Akari began her training. And when the seasons change, it means it's time to race. There's a new trainee Gondolier named Alice, whose natural talent is causing competition even amongst the most experienced undines. But will Akari's pure pleasure in rowing and springtime remind the rest that some races can also be fun? Follow Akari as she chanses the first flowers of the season, follows an old treasure map and gathers roses before the spring floods. (Source: TokyoPop)

Bratz: Super-Bratz by Christine Peymani (TokyoPop 09 September 2008 / $6.99) - From back of book: When best friends Sasha, Yasmin, Cloe and Jade discover that their totally cool talents are actually superpowers, they turn to the Center for Extraordinary Abilities to hone their super-skills. But when they realize that some of their classmates are using their powers to wreak havoc, the girls must work together to save the school. (Source: TokyoPop)

Burst Angel - Volume 1 by Gonzo & Minoru Murao (TokyoPop 09 September 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: Meg and Jo are the team from "Jacks of All Trades," two smoking-hot hired guns who will take on just about any dirty job if the price is right. Jo's the crack-shot, and Meg...well, Meg has a talent for getting abducted. But when these sexy mercenaries are forced to hide out at bully-magnet Takeru's apartment, it's the beginning of an unlikely friendship amidst the flying bullets and foiled kidnappings! Based on the hit anime, this manga's got only one thing hotter than the action--and that's the girls pulling the triggers! (Source: TokyoPop)

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness- Volume 1 by Kou Sasakura (TokyoPop 01 September 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: In the new manga based on the video game, a young boy becomes the focal point of Dracula's war on humanity.

In a small village near the Romanian border, young Ted waits for his father, a mercenary in the war against Count Dracula's demon army. Little does he know he is to become the center of a battle between two of the Count's most powerful generals... (Source: TokyoPop)

Chibi Vampire Volume 10 by Yuna Kagesaki (TokyoPop 11 September 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: For once, Karin's life seems to be going in the right direction. She and Kenta have declared their love for each other, and Karin has finally met another vampire who has a similar blood problem. But will Karin's train of good luck become derailed with the return of her grandmother, Elda Marker? What will Elda do when she finds out Karin's not a normal vampire? It's all inside this delicious volume--in which you'll find out why love between vampires and humans is taboo. (Source: TokyoPop)

Dazzle Volume 9 by Minari Endoh (TokyoPop 09 September 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book; Some tme ago, Serateed sent his daughter, Rahzel, out into the world to test her magical abilities. But now that he's seen her choice of traveling companions, he wants her back home, safe and sound. this may be fore the best given that her sworn protector Alzeid, a man on a mission of vengeance, is proving to be no match for a dangerous railway challenger. That is, until the effects of Kiara's machinations take hold. (Source: TokyoPop)

Gakuen Alice Volume 4 by Tachibana Higuchi (TokyoPop 09 September 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: Young Mikan is the newest student at the mysterious and prestigious Alice Academy, where the most talented and powerful students in the country are united...but for what purpose?

Mikan's daring rescue of Natsume earned her an upgrade to One-Star rank, with all attendant privileges. And just in time, too. For the School Festival is about to begin, and the Special Ability class is using every last trick they've got to create an exciting--and surprising--attraction. (Source: TokyoPop)

GetBackers: Infinity Fortress Volume 1 by Yuya Aoki (TokyoPop 09 September 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: The invincible Ban and Ginji are back, and they're taking us to where it all began... How did the GetBackers originally team up? In GetBackers: Infinity Fortress, begin a mind-blowing journey to the past--and see the early days of Ginji and Ban. Here are the continuing adventures of everyone's favorite retrieval team--leading to the final showdown in the mysterious dark tower known as Infinity Fortress. (Source: TokyoPop)

King of Hell Volume 20 by In-soo Ra (TokyoPop 09 September 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: At the request of the Martial Arts Leader, Majeh and his band of fighters followed the Insane Hounds to the Sa Gok headquarters. But now that they're here, will they be able to battle their way out? Young and Chung Poong are hard pressed to beat a Wolf man and steel-bodied boxer impervious to pain. Meanwhile, Dohwa and Cerberus face a dark cavern of vicious living dolls. And Majeh, with only the simple-minded Crazy Dog and Insane Hounds to help him, must defeat a master of the din. (Source: TokyoPop)

Loveless Volume 8 by Yun Kouga (TokyoPop 01 September 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: Seimei is back. But his words aren't filled with the happiness of a brotherly reunion. Spells blazing, it's Beloved versus Beloved as Nisei and Soubi match up for the battle of a lifetime. Meanwhile, Soubi's past with Ritsu sensei is finally revealed, and Ritsuka will have to decide once and for all where his loyalties lie--with a scarred sacrifice or his mysterious (and malevolent?) older brother... (Source: TokyoPop)

Monochrome Factor Volume 3 by Kaili Sorano (TokyoPop 09 September 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: Akira demands answers, and for once Shirogane semms willing to provide them. He reveals that everything in the light world has a twin in the shadow world. A Shin's counterpart is called a Rei. And as it happens, Akira is Shirogane's counterpart, destining him to become king of the Rei... (Source: TokyoPop)

Princess Ai: Encounters by Courtney Love & Stuart (TokyoPop 01 September 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: The princess of all things rock and roll is mixing it up with all your favorite TOKYOPOP original characters. Be she rocking out all night long with Ein from A Midnight Opera, serenading the Rhysmyth prom crowd, or feeling the mystery beat at The Tarot Café. Ai is traveling the TOKYOPOP universe with the winds of rock beneath her wings. (Source: TokyoPop)

Rave Master Volume 30 by Hiro Mashima (TokyoPop 09 September 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: When Steg's plan to protect the final Mother Dark Bring from Lucia doesn't go exactly according to...well...plan, it becomes more important than ever for the five RAVE stones to be reforged as one. But when Elie taps Resha's memories for clues n just how to do this, the whole gang finds itself in a new pickle--a new pickle that is, in fact, a very old pickle. Fifty-two years old to be exact. Can they experience the history of RAVE's creation without mucking it up and destroying all existence? (Source: TokyoPop)

Samurai Deeper Kyo Volume 30 by Akimine Kamijyo (TokyoPop 09 September 2008 / $9.99) - From inside back cover: What makes a man a samurai? His body, his blade or his spirit?

Kyo makes one final attempt to stop Kyoshiro from taking his body and Yuya away, but Kyoshiro's power and an interference from Hishigi prevent him from doing so. Meanwhile Hotaru, Benitora, AKira and Shinrei are traveling through Tokito's territory, trying to reach the captive Bontenmaru. But Tokito territory is not without risk, and the group soon finds itself at the mercy of Yuan's brother Anthony. (Source: TokyoPop)

Speed Grapher - Volume 1 by Tomozo
based on the story by Gonzo. (TokyoPop 01 September 2008 / $10.99) - From back of book: Smile for the camera, or perish in the glare of its lens...

In the Tokyo of the future, a second Japanese economic bubble has propelled the city into a feeding frenzy of desire. The epitome of this new ethos is the Roppongi Club, an elite society serving Tokyo's most privileged citizens with fantasies beyond their wildest dreams.

Meet Saiga, an intrepid photojournalist intent on infiltrating the Roppongi's shadowy, secret world. But when he gets there, he discovers much more than just a glamorous hostess club--he meets Kagura, a modern goddess whose touch transforms Saiga into the Speed Graher, a man with the supernatural ability to make anything and anyone he photographs explode. And that's just he beginning... (Ages 18+) (Source: TokyoPop)

Welcome to the N.H.K., Volume 8 by Tatsuhiko Takimoto (TokyoPop 01 September 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: Satou vowed to fight the evil organization known as NHK and save the future from eroticism, violence and drugs. Instead, he has become a delusional shut-in and lost the only girl that ever offered him love. Surely, this is rock bottom.

But from the bottom there's nowhere to go but up...and higher. So Yamazaki plants a garden of illegal herbs to inspire a revolutionary otaku uprising. Will it be enough to return Misaki to Satou or Satou to the real world? Can any plot save Mita House and it's hikikomori inhabitants? (Source: TokyoPop)

Afro Samurai Vol 1 by Takashi Okazaki (Tor/Seven Seas 02 September 2008 / $10.99) - Product Description: It's All About Revenge - Nothing Personal.
In the bleak world of the swordsman, it is said that he who becomes the Number 1 samurai shall rule the world. And only Number 2 is allowed to challenge Number 1. Afro Samurai has assumed the mantle of Number 2, seeking vengeance against Number1, a gunman who killed his father years ago. But assassins lurk at every corner, seeking to rob Afro Samurai of the title of Number 2. Can Afro survive long enough to exact his revenge? (Source: Tor/Seven Seas)

Black Jack, Volume 1 by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical 23 September 2008 / $16.95) - Product Description: Black Jack is a mysterious and charismatic young genius surgeon who travels the world performing amazing and impossible medical feats. Though a trained physician, he refuses to accept a medical license due to his hatred and mistrust of the medical community's hypocrisy and corruption. This leads Black Jack to occasional run-ins with the authorities, as well as from gangsters and criminals who approach him for illegal operations.

Black Jack charges exorbitant fees for his services, the proceeds from which he uses to fund environmental projects and to aid victims of crime and corrupt capitalists. But because Black Jack keeps his true motives secret, his ethics are perceived as questionable and he is considered a selfish, uncaring devil. The Black Jack series is told in short stories. Each volume will contain 16-20 stories, each running approximately 20-24 pages in length.

Black Jack is recognized as Osamu Tezuka's third most famous series, after Astro Boy and Kimba, the White Lion. (Source: Vertical)

The Twilight Zone: The After Hours by Rod Serling (Walker Books for Young Readers 16 September 2008 / $9.99) - Product Description: One of most ground-breaking shows in the history of television, The Twilight Zone has become a permanent fixture in pop culture. This new graphic novel series re-imagines the show's most enduring episodes, in all their original uncut glory, originally written by Rod Serling himself, and now adapted for a new generation—a generation that has ridden Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM ride, studied old episodes in school, watched the annual marathons, and paid homage to the show through the many random take-offs that show up in movies and TV shows everywhere.

Submitted for your approval: Marsha White, a dissatisfied shopper with an unusual problem. This is one shopping trip that is marked final sale, return only to the customer service desk—in the Twilight Zone! (see review)

The Twilight Zone: Walking Distance by Rod Serling (Walker Books for Young Readers 16 September 2008 / $16.99) - Product Description: One of most ground-breaking shows in the history of television, The Twilight Zone has become a permanent fixture in pop culture. This new graphic novel series re-imagines the show's most enduring episodes, in all their original uncut glory, originally written by Rod Serling himself, and now adapted for a new generation—a generation that has ridden Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM ride, studied old episodes in school, watched the annual marathons, and paid homage to the show through the many random take-offs that show up in movies and TV shows everywhere.

Destination: Homewood. Step off the beaten path as Martin Sloan takes the journey of a lifetime. Somewhere up the road he's looking for redemption— but he'll find something entirely different. (see review)

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