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Massive week for Dark Horse: Books shipping Wed., July 25

We've been going along at a pretty steady clip this summer, but this week our Dark Horse cup runneth over with quality floppies. That is just what I need to get through what is the second-worst period of the year: late July through August. It's too hot to do anything outside, everything just kind of slows down, and there's nothing to watch on TV. We forget how fortunate we are to live in a time of widely available air conditioning and quality visual storytelling.

Check out DH's San Diego schedule here. It is extensive, so anybody going should have a great chance to learn something or meet a creator. Pretty much everyone will be there. Highlights include Whedon and Mignola signings and a Dark Horse panel on Friday that should make some news. On to the list:

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #18

This issue concludes the "Nights of Anger" story arc, where we finally get to find out what's going on with Camper. The PR says, in bold type no less, that "Big changes are in store for the Old Republic and it all starts here!" Thanks to the KOTOR games we know what's going to happen in a broad sense, but I can't wait to find out the roles of the characters that John Jackson Miller has developed in the last year and a half. This Lord Adasca guy is proving to be quite a memorable Star Wars villain.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5

This will be the last issue penned by creator Joss Whedon before Brian K. Vaughn comes on board with issue six. Guest pencils by Paul Lee of Conan fame. After getting everything set up in the first arc, Whedon will have some room to play around a bit with this issue, a standalone story about one of the Buffy decoys. Also ships with a one-in-twelve variant cover by Lee.

Fear Agent: The Last Goodbye #2 (of 4)

The origin story of Fear Agent Heath Huston continues. When he last saw Heath, his vacation was interrupted by a three-way interstellar war being waged on Earth. Now it's time to fight back. Viva la resistance!

Grendel: Behold the Devil #0

You can check out this prologue for Matt Wagner's upcoming Grendel eight issue miniseries for only 50 cents. The star is original Grendel Hunter Rose, and the story is told from the perspective of his long-lost journals.

Hellboy: Darkness Calls #4 (of 6)

This mini continues as Hellboy faces off against a "deathless Russian warrior." Should be fun. I don't know how the hardcore Hellboy fans are taking to having someone besides Mike Mignola handle the art chores, but I really like Duncan Fegredo's work here.

Speak of the Devil #1 (of 6)

I don't know quite what to make of this series before I actually check it out. The PR says: "This is the story of Val Castillo, a promising gymnast with a strange hobby. She is secretly the neighborhood peeping Tom." There's something you don't see everyday, with maybe the exception of that issue of Ant-Man where he watched Ms. Marvel get a shower. I will read this with an open mind and no idea of what to expect.

Usagi Yojimbo #104
Usagi Yojimbo Volume 21: The Mother of Mountains HC (limited edition, $59.99)

Berserk Volume 18 TPB
Translucent Volume 1