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.hack//G.U.+ Volume 4 by Tatsuya Hamazaki (TokyoPop 01 January 2009 / $9.99) - From back of book: After saving Shino from AIDA and Ovan, Haseo decides he's done with The World... until he receives a letter from Aina, Ovan's little sister and the first of the Lost Ones. Left with no choice, Haseo must embark on one final mission to save those thought lost forever. With a new Head of G.U. on the offensive, Haseo must turn to unexpected allies to complete this daring mission that will change the face of The World forever. (Source: TokyoPop)

Burst Angel - MANGA Volume 2 by Gonzo & Minoru Murao (TokyoPop 13 January 2009 / $9.99) - From back of book: A new home and a new enemy await Meg and Jo in this exicting new volume of Burst Angel.

As the team moves into their new home, Sei and Amy detect a cyborg entering the country. This "Pied Piper" from Jo's past has only one thing on his mind: finding Jo. Sei decides to play matchmaker and set up a duel between Jo and Bunting, but little does she know that Bunting has brought along some "living dead" friends -- 500 of them. (Source: TokyoPop)

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness- Volume 2 by Sasakura Kou (TokyoPop 01 January 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description: While Hector and Isaac battle, they both sense something has changed at Dracula's castle. Apparently Belmondo's armies have defeated Dracula, and peace has been restored across the land. But peace in any land filled with demons is bound to be short lived, and it isn't long before the balance has been tipped again...and this time, it's Hector who has to pay a terrible price. (Source: TokyoPop)

Chibi Vampire Volume 12 by Kagesaki Yuna (TokyoPop 01 January 2009 / $9.99) - From back of book: Karin struggles with her sister growing apart from her as new revelations on why vampires and humans cannot be together are revealed--and it's all a prelude to more trouble that may be on the way. Can Kenta and Karin overcome the forces trying to keep them apart? Will they ever be able to take their love to the next level? And what is the shocking truth that Calera has brought home with her from her birthplace? (Source: TokyoPop)

Elemental Gelade Volume 10 by Mayumi Azuma (TokyoPop 13 January 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description: Rowen and Kuea decide to fight Romble as part of Rowen's determination to avenge Viro, but Kuea's attacks are useless against Romble's darkness attribute Adil Raid. When Gladias appears, everyone breathes a sigh of relief, until they discover what his real purpose is. (Source: TokyoPop)

Fate/stay night Volume 2 by Type-moon (TokyoPop 01 January 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description: After the deathly blow of Berserker, Emiya wakes up with a mysteriously recuperated body. That night, after Emiya took a blow to his stomach to save Saber, Einzbern let the battle go, promising to return again. As Emiya, Saber and Tosaka discuss the course of events, Tosaka warns Emiya of the realities of the Holy Grail War and reminds him that she is also in fact his enemy. (Source: TokyoPop)

Kyo Kara MAOH! Volume 2 (v. 2) by Tomo Takabayashi (TokyoPop 13 January 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description: On the way to the border village with Wolfram, Yuri and the others run into Adalbert, who tries to convince Yuri to join the human side. But it turns out that Adalbert has led the humans to the village to start a disturbance! Will this finally convince Yuri to become Maoh and put a stop to all this fighting? (Source: TokyoPop)

Momo Tama Volume 1 (v. 1) by Chrono Nanae (TokyoPop 13 January 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description: Mythical Japanese hero Momotaro banished the ogres from their island home. Now their modern descendant Kokonose Mutsu is determined to reclaim his family's birthright! Armed only with his dubious exorcist powers, his adorable face, and his enormous ego, the precocious pipsqueak sets out to reconquer the island which has been turned into a military school for demon exterminators. These hardened soldiers are well prepared for any onslaught but can they stop laughing at this ludicrous invader quickly enough to put up a fight? (Source: TokyoPop)

Phantom Dream Volume 1 by Natsuki Takaya (TokyoPop 01 January 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description: Tamaki Otoya is the last in a line of ancient summoners tasked to battle against evil forces that threaten mankind. Burdened by his duty as a summoner, Tamaki has always found strength from his childhood friend Asahi, with whom he has a deep, emotional bond. But one day, Asahi goes missing and reemerges as the descendent of the very group that Tamaki is destined to destroy! Bound by responsibility but torn by love, what will become of this pair of star-crossed lovers? (Source: TokyoPop)

Saiyuki Reload Volume 9 by Minekura Kazuya (TokyoPop 01 January 2009 / $9.99) - Form inside front cover: Ukoku is back and creepier than ever, and it's going to be the Seiten sutra vs. the Muten if Sanzo has his way. Meanwhile, Hazel's past is revealed, along with his own knowledge of Ukoku and the Muten Sutra. Let the exciting showdown begin. (Source: TokyoPop)

Samurai Deeper Kyo Volume 32 by Akimine Kamijyo (TokyoPop 01 January 2009 / $9.99) - From back of book: Akira enters a life-threatening battle against Tokito, one of the Five Elders and heir of the great Muramasa, despite Anthony's warning that he's reached the zenith of his powers with no hopes of furthering his skill. Meanwhile, Benitora puts his life on the line and faces Spade, Tokito's righthand man, in order to give his best friend the best chance against the seemingly undefeatable Elder. But are the two friends in way over their heads? (Source: TokyoPop)

Silver Diamond Volume 3: Switch All On by Sugiura Shiho (TokyoPop 13 January 2009 / $9.99) - From back of book: After capturing the assassin Tohji, Rakan and his two guests return to squabbling over what to eat for dinner. But as they interrogate Tohji, they come to realize that he may not be so different form themselves.

Meanwhile, Chigusa begins to realize that his growing affection for Rakan is starting to overcome his desire to drag Rakan back to the other world as his tool. But what does Rakan want? And what will happen when the dark prince who shares Rakan's face suddenly shows up in this world. (Source: TokyoPop)

StarCraft: Frontline Volume 2 by (TokyoPop 01 January 2009 / $10.99) - Product Description: The brutal...The menacing...The twisted...Confront the vast, renowned world of "StarCraft" inside this collection of mind-blowing adventures. "Heavy Armor, Part 2", the adrenaline-pumping firefight between mentor and protg escalates to a fierce climax. Will the young Viking pilot outwit the man who taught him everything? Or will the teacher remain the undisputed master of heavy armor - and doom a colony? A Ghost Story Sterilized by war, a rocky planet's bounty and dark terrors have remained safely hidden - until a Kel Morian Combine crew catches wind of it hoping to strike big.There's just one problem: the planet seems to be haunted by a 'ghost'. Newsworthy A pro-Dominion reporter lands the scoop of lifetime: an exclusive sit-down with Emperor Arcturus Mengsk following an embedded mission with terran marines. Every good reporter tells both sides of the story, but when she comes face-to-face with atrocity, can she handle the brutal truth, much less report it? Creep Feared by all and understood by none, zerg creep finally comes under the knife in the laboratory of protoss scientists. But instead of shedding light on the bizarre bio-matter, the scientists spiral into a psychologically disturbing and nightmarish struggle against a completely unknown foe. (Source: TokyoPop)

Black Jack, Volume 3 by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical 20 January 2009 / $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)

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