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Crown Of Horns (Bone) by Jeff Smith (GRAPHIX 01 February 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description: It's full-fledged war as Briar, the rat creatures, and the Pawan army storm the city of Atheia. The Bone cousins, Thorn, and Gran'ma Ben are all there to defend the Valley and stop the return of the Lord of the Locusts. When Thorn goes inside a ghost circle, she hears a voice urging her to seek the Crown of Horns. What follows is another dangerous journey for Thorn and loyal Fone Bone as they race to the sacred grounds of the dragons, searching for the one thing that may save them all. This is the breathtaking conclusion to Jeff Smith's nine-book graphic novel series.

(Source: GRAPHIX)

The Life and Times of Savior #28 by J. M. DeMatteis (IDW 28 February 2009 / $3.99) - Comic Summary: By J.M DeMatteis He is the first, and greatest, super hero: an American legend. But when tragedy forces Savior 28 to question the very beliefs that have guided him for seventy years, his life begins to unravel and his nation turns against him. Join writer J.M. DeMatteis and artist Mike Cavallero on S-28's dizzying journey through seven decades of politics, pop culture and spiritual search-in a miniseries that turns the super hero genre inside out (see review)

Battle Royale Ultimate Edition Volume 5 by Koushun Takami (TokyoPop 10 February 2009 / $24.99) - Product Description: Features color cover art from manga-ka Masayuki Taguchi and weapons details by Eliot R Brown. Volumes thirteen through fifteen in one volume.

One ninth-gradw class, 42 students, marooned on an island and forced to kill or be killed in a government-sanctioned, televised game called The Program. The rules: after three days, only one student can remain alive or they all die. Weapons are handed out and each student is sent out into the field alone--unprepared for the horror that awaits them. Many classmates quickly turn on each other in this twisted battle for survival, but amid the betrayals and rising body count, new friendships are forged and existing love gives new meaning to the phrase, "Till death do we part." (Source: TokyoPop)

Battle Vixens Volume 14 by Yuji Shiozaki (TokyoPop 01 February 2009 / $9.99) - From back of book: The battle for supremacy has begun. Hakufu is primed to face off with Sousou in a fight thousands of years in the making. With a new power at her disposal--the Water Dragon Chi--will it be enough for Hakufu to finally conquer her nemesis? And aside from her adventures, when the final school bell rings, will she flunk as a leader or ace the ass-kicking exam? (Source: TokyoPop)

D.N.Angel Volume 12 by Yukiru Sugisaki (TokyoPop 10 February 2009 / $10.99) - Product Description: In order to rescue Risa, his kidnapped classmate, Daisuke decides to team up with his longtime rival, Satoshi Hiwatari. Will they be up to the challenge against Argentine's dark plot? (Source: TokyoPop)

Element Line Volume 4 by Mamiya Takizaki (TokyoPop 01 February 2009 / $10.99) - From back of book: With Winslaks, Darneshia and Fashim in the human world, the spirits' energy is waning as they attempt to maintain the strength of the Element Line. Meanwhile, Laolyth is in the spirit world, where Laïsea and the others save him or is it possible that, this time, they've gone too far? (Source: TokyoPop)

Gakuen Alice Volume 6 by Tachibana Higuchi (TokyoPop 10 February 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description: 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? A series of mysterious incidents of Alices suddenly losing their powers strikes close to home when Prez's abilities suddenly disappear! As if that isn't bad enough, an encounter with the Anti-Academy organization that appears to be behind the incidents leaves Hotaru sorely wounded. A cure may lie in the past, but first Mikan has to find a secret time warp tunnel, and deal with special Gulliver candy that magically ages you up! (Source: TokyoPop)

King of Hell Volume 22 by In-soo Ra (TokyoPop 01 February 2009 / $9.99) - From back of book: After finding out that Majeh and company had no plans on really fighting each other, the Sa Gok Leader tells Majeh to come find him if he survives his battle with the Sa Gok Minions. Never one to turn down a challenge, Majeh and his crew spring into action as they battle an array of characters including General North, with his body of steel, and a "terrible wench" with a killer feminine touch. Can Majeh and crew come out on top, or have they finally met their match? (Source: TokyoPop)

Orange Crows by James Perry Ii (TokyoPop 01 February 2009 / $10.99) - From back of book: Five years ago, a young witch named Cierra broke the one unforgivable law of the witch society. She attempted to create her own magic. Her unlawful tampering burned down a research room and injured the Mayor's daughter, Cierra's best friend. As punishment, she was exiled to the Wilderness, a barren wasteland crawling with witch-devouring Fairies and the bloodthirsty Forsaken.

After surviving for five ruthless years, her exile has now ended, and she has been ushered back to civilization, only to discover that the world around her has changed dramatically. Will Cierra be able to adjust back to a society that abandoned her? And if her freakish new ability that links her to the terrifying Fairies is discovered, she may not be let off with mere exile this time... (Source: TokyoPop)

Pixie Volume 1 by Mathieu Mariolle (Story) & Aurore (Art) (TokyoPop 10 February 2009 / $12.99) - From back of book: The capricious young prince Ael dreams of thrilling adventures that will take him far beyond the cold, confining walls of his palace. Little does he know that when he meets the young, pretty thief Pixie, he is about to embark on a wild journey that takes him beyond the threshold of darkness--to a kingdom where the most heinous of monsters clash, in a world that spans the limits of reality and fantasy... (see review)

Rave Master Volume 32 by Hiro Mashima (TokyoPop 10 February 2009 / $9.99) - From back of book: Elie and Haru finally beat Lucia's grandfather, Shakuma. But when Lucia finds out about her grandfather's defeat, she summons the Four Demon Kings to start the final phase of destroying the parallel world. Will Elie and Haru be able to complete the Rave sword and stop the apocalypse? It's a race against time as they attempt to harness the power to battle Lucia's mighty army. (Source: TokyoPop)

Rebirth Volume 22 by Woo (TokyoPop 01 February 2009 / $14.99) - From back of book: A RACE AGAINST TIME: Deshwitat continues his training in the Monarch's Room in order to grow strong enough to do battle with the insane God of Light, Kalutida. But will he be ready in time to save the world.

A GATHERING OF HEROES: Meanwhile, Rett and his crew assemble in the highlands of Tibet along with the Order of St. Michael, where they will attempt to buy Deshwitat the time he needs. There they are joined by the most unexpected ally of them all.

A DIABOLICAL ULTIMATUM: With his heart filled with hatred and vengeful to the last, Kalutifa gives Lilith two horrifying options. Either assist him in destroying all of minkind or...kill her son, Grey. (Source: TokyoPop)

TOKKO Volume 3 by Tohru Fujisawa (TokyoPop 01 February 2009 / $10.99) - From back of book: From the outside they see a normal college but inside the campus, the school is buzzing with rumors of demons eating students...

More survivors of the Machida incident are found but are they friend or foe? As the Itio continues his quest for revenge, he faces his greatest challenge yet... (Source: TokyoPop)

Trinity Blood Volume 9 by Kiyo Kyujyo (TokyoPop 03 February 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description: Abel tries and fails to defeat Dietrich, who is in control of Radu's body. But Seth comes to the rescue and incinerates Radu's body. Why? It turns out that Seth and Abel are siblings! Seth wants Abel to stay, but will Abel be able to forgive himself of his past sins and accept this brother's undying love? (Source: TokyoPop)

Hayate X Blade Vol 2 (v. 2) by Shizuru Hayashiya (Tor/Seven Seas 03 February 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description:

A FRIEND IN NEED...

When Hayate first arrived at Tenchi Academy, it was just as a temporary fill-in for her injured twin sister Nagi. Now a student in her own right, Hayate and her new sister-in-arms Ayana, are ready to show their dueling prowess and take the Hoshitori by storm! However, things aren't going quite so well for Hayate's roommate Momoka, who may be thrown out of Tenchi Academy if she doesn't defeat her best-friend Riona's abusive partner Ouka in an officially-sanctioned duel.

Meanwhile, Hayate and Ayana have troubles of their own as they race to save the orphanage where Hayate grew up from a mountain of debt before the yakuza come to collect. Not only that, but as Sports Day approaches, Hayate must learn a vital lesson—that when push comes to shove, even a new friend could turn out to be your worst enemy...

(Source: Tor/Seven Seas)

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