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I bet you are all expecting me to complain about the heat again today before getting into the whole comics thing. Well, I didn't want to, but I feel an obligation. I went somewhere this weekend where it was even hotter than it is here, although Memphis is a few hundred miles north of where I live. Friday was the 8th day in a row for it to be over 100 there, and I stayed exclusively in the downtown area, which is concrete as far as the eye can see. This of course made it feel even hotter. I will say that I was doing better than all of the Europeans there for Elvis Week though. They were really struggling, and I saw a lot of red faces and soaked shirts.

In comic news, if you missed snagging a copy of Dark Horse's Free Comic Book Day offering you can view it through the ether here. Umbrella Academy looks very promising. Now on to the Dark Horse comics you will be perusing at the shop today....

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #19

We start a new arc in this issue, but there are still some loose ends and Lord Adasca is still the focal point of the story. He has organized a big meeting on his flagship. My intuition tells me that some sort of disaster will strike at this big meeting. We also get another text cover. Ignore the haters, Dark Horse, keep them coming! The improbably named Bong Dazo handles the pencils this month.

Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 7--Darklighter HC

Whether the name Biggs Darklighter means anything to you is a good indicator of the depth of your Star Wars fandom. It is entirely possible to love the films and to have watched them multiple times without ever wondering about that mustachioed fellow in one of the X-Wings that Luke seems to know. But if you read comics, or have listened to the radio drama, you will have a better idea about Biggs. When you see Biggs's goofy hair and moustache on the cover, you know that he was a character from the first film that died off.

If you want to read up more on the main influence on Tatooine-era Luke, this is your chance. I have actually never read this story, but based on the fact that Paul Chadwick and Doug Wheatley are the creators and the concept is great--Luke's friend goes off to the Academy, becomes disillusioned, and joins the Rebellion--I'm assuming it's worth a purchase. At the time it was published, way back in Star Wars Empire #8-9, 12, and 15, it had an unfortunately erratic appearance schedule that made it hard to follow. No worries here though in hardcover form.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume 2

This second omnibus follows the season one-season three continuity, and it includes the stories Ring of Fire and Stake to the Heart. One is a Johnny Cash song, and one sounds like a Johnny Cash song. 296 pages of full color for $24.95 list.


Akira Club

Even a manga illiterate like me has heard of Akira. This is a kind of bootleg tapes companion to the manga, with "rarely seen alternate art, preliminary drawings, production sketches, and a variety of Akira posters, advertisements, and products, all accompanied by fascinating commentary by the artist himself." 256 full color pages for $30.

Vampire Hunter D Volume 8: Mysterious Journey to the North Sea, Pt. 2

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