Dark Horse Announces March 2012 Manga Release Schedule

"Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service" Returns - More Buffy, Mass Effect, Star Wars and Conan Too

Dark Horse Comics has sent out their solicitation information for comics to be released in January 2012 and graphic novels to be released in March. It's a sparse month for manga, with their heavy hitters absent. No CLAMP, Gantz, Oh! My Goddess, or Evangelion. What the release list does have is a new volume of the superlatively smart horror manga Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, the first since September, 2010.

 

Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, follows a group of five graduates of a Buddhist college who, finding themselves without job prospects, attempt to run a business of finding dead bodies and returning the corpses to where they need to be.  This might be karmically rewarding, but it's about as non-lucrative financially as it sounds.

 

 

While illustrator Housui Yamazaki renders some truly unsettling depictions of dead bodies, Kurosagi writer Eiji Otsuka is a particularly interesting figure. 

 

From Baka Updates summary of Kurosagi writer Eiji Otsuka's background

Social anthropologist and novelist. Graduated from college with degree in anthropology, women's folklore, human sacrifice and post-war manga. In addition to his work with manga he is a critic, essayist, and author of several successful non-fiction books on Japanese popular and “otaku” sub-cultures. One of his first animation script works was Maho no Rouge Lipstick, an adult lolicon OVA. Otsuka was the editor for the bishojo lolicon manga series Petit Apple Pie.

In the 80s, Otsuka was editor-in-chief of MANGA BURIKKO, a leading women's manga magazine where he pioneered research on the “otaku” sub-culture in modern Japan. In 1988 he published "Manga no Koro" (The Structure of Comics), a serious study of Japanese comics and their social significance. Also as critic, Otsuka Eiji, summarized the case of the Japanese red army's 1972 murders as a conflict between the masculine and the feminine principles as they were both embodied by women and against women (Otsuka,1994)

 

Chances are very high that it's unlikely to be picked up, but Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service was optioned for a Hollywood remake.

 

KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE VOLUME 12 TP

Eiji Otsuka (W), Housui Yamazaki (A), and Bunpei Yorifuji (Cover)

On sale Mar 28
b&w, 224 pages
$11.99
TP, 5" x 7"

Two bodies found in the woods—one not quite departed, the other horribly mutilated—lead the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service to investigate a private online community. The virtual world offers you the chance to do all kinds of things in simulation that you couldn't do in life . . . but are you sure everyone playing is still alive?

 

 

Other Dark Horse release listings include

ANGEL & FAITH #6
Christos Gage (W), Rebekah Isaacs (A/Variant cover), Dan Jackson (C), and Steve Morris (Cover)
On sale Jan 25
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
 

AXE COP VOLUME 3 TP
Malachai Nicolle (W) and Ethan Nicolle (A)
On sale Mar 28
FC, 120 pages
$14.99
TP, 7" x 10"


B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: RUSSIA #5 (of 5)
Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Tyler Crook (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Dave Johnson (Cover)
On sale Jan 25
32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries


B.P.R.D.: PLAGUE OF FROGS VOLUME 1 TP
Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Christopher Golden (W), Geoff Johns (W), Michael Avon Oeming (W/A), Guy Davis (A), Ryan Sook (A), Dave Stewart (C), and others
On sale Mar 28
FC, 408 pages
$24.99
TP, 7" x 10"


BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 #5
Andrew Chambliss (W), Karl Moline (P), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), Georges Jeanty (Variant cover), and Steve Morris (Cover)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

 

BUNNY IN THE MOON: THE ART OF TARA MCPHERSON VOLUME 3 HC
Tara McPherson (W/A)
On sale Mar 14
FC, 112 pages
$23.99
HC, 8 1/2" x 11"


THE CHRONICLES OF KULL VOLUME 5: DEAD MEN OF THE DEEP AND OTHER STORIES TP
Alan Zelenetz (W), John Buscema (P), Bill Sienkiewicz (P), Charles Vess (P), John Bolton (P), John Beatty (I), Klaus Janson (I/C), Marie Severin (I/C), and others
On sale Mar 14
FC, 256 pages
$18.99
TP, 7" x 10"


THE COMPLEAT TERMINAL CITY TP
Dean Motter (W), Michael Lark (A), and Mark Chiarello (Cover)
On sale Mar 21
FC, 368 pages
$24.99
TP, 6” x 9”


CONAN: ROAD OF KINGS #12
Roy Thomas (W), Mike Hawthorne (P), John Lucas (I), Dan Jackson (C), and Aleksi Briclot (Cover)
On sale Jan 18
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Ongoing

 
CREEPY #7
Joe R. Lansdale (W), Keith Lansdale (W), Bill Morrison (W), Dan Braun (W), and Sanjulian (Cover)
On sale Jan 18
FC, 48 pages
$4.99
Ongoing


CRIME DOES NOT PAY ARCHIVES VOLUME 1 HC
Various (W/A)
On sale Mar 28
FC, 272 pages
$49.99
HC, 6 5/8" x 10 3/16"


DARK HORSE PRESENTS #8
John Arcudi (W), Brian Wood (W/Variant cover), Howard Chaykin (W/A), Neal Adams (W/A), Andi Watson (W/A), Al Gordon (W), MJ Butler (W), Beau Smith (W), Duncan Fegredo (A/Cover), Geof Darrow (A), Kristian Donaldson (A/Variant cover), Thomas Yeates (A), Mark Wheatley (A), Eduardo Barreto (A)
On sale Jan 18
FC, 80 pages
$7.99
Ongoing


DARK MATTER #1 (of 4)
Joseph Mallozzi (W), Paul Mullie (W), Garry Brown (A/Cover), and Ryan Hill (C)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries


DOCTOR SPEKTOR ARCHIVES VOLUME 4 HC
Donald Glut (W) and Jesse Santos (A)
On sale Mar 21
FC, 176 pages
$49.99
HC, 7" x 10"


DRAGON AGE II: FLEMETH DRAGON STATUE
On sale Apr 25
Statue is 4.5” tall and 12” from wing tip to wing tip
$49.99
 

HOUSE OF NIGHT #3 (of 5)
Kent Dalian (W), P. C. Cast (W), Kristen Cast (W), Joelle Jones (A), Daniel Krall (A), Ryan Hill (C), and Jenny Frison (Cover)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries


THE IMMORTAL: DEMON IN THE BLOOD #2 (of 4)
Ian Edginton (W), Vicenç Villagrasa (P), José Luis Río (I/C), and Long Vo (Cover)
On sale Jan 25
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries


KING CONAN: THE PHOENIX ON THE SWORD #1 (of 4)
Tim Truman (W), Tomás Giorello (A), José Villarrubia (C), Andrew Robinson (Cover), and Gerald Parel (Variant cover)
On sale Jan 25
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries


KULL: THE CAT AND THE SKULL #4 (of 4)
David Lapham (W), Gabriel Guzman (P), Garry Henderson (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
 

LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE BURNING HAND #1 (of 5)
Mike Mignola (W/Variant cover), John Arcudi (W), Tonci Zonjic (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Dave Johnson (Cover)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries


MASS EFFECT: INVASION #4 (of 4)
Mac Walters (W), John Jackson Miller (W), Omar Francia (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), Massimo Carnevale (Cover), and Paul Renaud (Variant cover)
On sale Jan 18
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries


MASS EFFECT EMBROIDERED PATCHES

On sale Mar 14
Mass Effect: N7 Logo Embroidered Patch
$4.99

Mass Effect: Paragon Embroidered Patch
$4.99

Mass Effect: Renegade Embroidered Patch
$4.99

Mass Effect: System Alliance Embroidered Patch
$4.99


MARVEL CLASSIC CHARACTER—FANTASTIC FOUR #3: HUMAN TORCH
On sale Feb 29
5 1/4" tall, limited to 1,000 numbered pieces
Packaged in its own tin box, with a pin-back button and character booklet


MIGHTY SAMSON: JUDGMENT TP
Jim Shooter (W), Patrick Olliffe (A), Mark Irwin (I), Dan Jackson (C), and Raymond Swanland (Cover)
On sale Mar 21
FC, 96 pages
$15.99
TP, 7" x 10"



THE MONSTERMEN AND OTHER SCARY STORIES HC
Gary Gianni (W/A)
On sale Mar 21
b&w, 168 pages
$24.99
HC, 8 3/8" x 11"


THE OCCULTIST #3 (of 3)
Tim Seeley (W), Victor Drujiniu (P), Andrew Dalhouse (C), and Steve Morris (Cover)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries


ORCHID #4
Tom Morello (W), Scott Hepburn (A), Dan Jackson (C), and Massimo Carnevale (Cover)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Ongoing


ROBERT E. HOWARD’S SAVAGE SWORD #4
Various (W/A)
On sale Mar 28
FC, 80 pages
$7.99
Ongoing


STAR WARS: AGENT OF THE EMPIRE—IRON ECLIPSE #2 (of 5)
John Ostrander (W), Stéphane Roux (P/Cover), Julien Hugonnard-Bert (I), and Karine Boccanfuso (C)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries


STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS—THE ENEMY WITHIN TP
Jeremy Barlow (W), Brian Koschak (A/Cover), and Mae Hao (C)
On sale Mar 21
FC, 80 pages
$7.99
TP, 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"


STAR WARS: CRIMSON EMPIRE III—EMPIRE LOST #4 (of 6)
Mike Richardson (W), Paul Gulacy (A), Michael Bartolo (C), and Dave Dorman (Cover)
On sale Jan 25
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries


STAR WARS: JEDI VOLUME 1—THE DARK SIDE TP
Scott Allie (W), Mahmud Asrar (A), Paul Mounts (C), and Stéphane Roux (Cover)
On sale Mar 14
FC, 120 pages
$18.99
TP, 7" x 10"


STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC—WAR #1 (of 5)
John Jackson Miller (W), Andrea Mutti (P), Gigi Baldassini (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), Benjamin Carré (Cover), and Dave Wilkins (Variant cover)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Miniseries


THE STRAIN #2 (of 12)
David Lapham (W), Mike Huddleston (A/Cover), and Dan Jackson (C)
On sale Jan 11
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Ongoing


USAGI YOJIMBO #143
Stan Sakai (W/A)
On sale Jan 25
b&w, 24 pages
$3.50
Ongoing

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