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HERO TALES story by Jin Zhou Huang, art by Hiromu Arakawa

herotales_1 Legend speaks of seven heroes, each one bearing the power of one of the stars of the Big Dipper. Two of these stars are constantly in conflict, destined to battle and throw the world into chaos… Not that Taitou has ever paid much attention to old stories. Headstrong and defiant, he is the last in his village to complete his coming-of-age ceremony — a fact his sister Laila incessantly teases him about. When he is finally deemed worthy, he is presented with the Kenkaranbu, an ancient sword that can only be drawn by a true hero. As the frustrated Taitou struggles to unsheathe the sword, a mysterious thief appears, making off with the blade and citing the legend of the Big Dipper. The stars have been set in motion, as Taitou sets off after the Kenkaranbu and the truth of his own destiny…

Hiromu Arakawa, creator of Fullmetal Alchemist, brings the legend to life!

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HERO TALES Volume 1
story by Jin Zhou Huang, art by Hiromu Arakawa 

October 2009 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-3116-1 | $10.99 ($12.99) | 176 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

Taitou has ever paid much attention to old stories. Headstrong and defiant, he is the last in his village to complete his coming-of-age ceremony — a fact his sister Laila incessantly teases him about. When he is finally deemed worthy, he is presented with the Kenkaranbu, an ancient sword that can only be drawn by a true hero. As the frustrated Taitou struggles to unsheathe the sword, a mysterious thief appears, making off with the blade and citing the legend of the Big Dipper. The stars have been set in motion, as Taitou sets off after the Kenkaranbu and the truth of his own destiny…

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HERO TALES Volume 2
story by Jin Zhou Huang, art by Hiromu Arakawa 

February 2010 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-3117-8 | $10.99 ($12.99) | 176 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

With the Imperial Army in hot pursuit, Housei leads Taitou and the others on a little detour to the home of his master. But the “mean old devil woman” he had described turns out to be nothing of the sort. Master Kouei is a veritable font of wisdom; in addition to knowing a more covert route into the capital, she is well versed in the legends of the Hokushin-Tenkun. There is much she can teach Taitou as he struggles to control the overwhelming power of his star, but will she have enough time to impart her wisdom before tragedy strikes?

HERO TALES Volume 3
story by Jin Zhou Huang, art by Hiromu Arakawa 

June 2010 | ISBN: 978-0-316-08501-4 | $10.99 ($12.99) | 176 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

Sneaking into the palace and meeting with the emperor has given Taitou renewed hope for the country, but it has also drawn soldiers to Touyuu Temple. As Taitou and the others escape, Ryuushou stays behind to hold off the attackers. His sacrifice buys some time, but they don’t get far before Taitou finds himself face-to-face with Keirou and a contingent of Genrou-Tou soldiers. Though Taitou’s skills have improved, he is still no match for his rival. Once again, someone is left behind as Taitou makes his escape. As the number of victims in Hagun’s wake grows, will Taitou’s resolve falter or will he continue to move forward?

HERO TALES Volume 4
story by Jin Zhou Huang, art by Hiromu Arakawa 

October 2010 | ISBN: 978-0-316-08502-1 | $10.99 ($12.50) | 192 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

Ryuukou’s warning still ringing in his ears, Taitou hurries back to Taizan, only to discover that the Genrou-tou has left his hometown in ruins. Though Taitou is devastated by the loss of his father, the attack has given him a renewed sense of purpose. Unless General Keirou is stopped, countless families and towns will face similar destruction. Meanwhile, back in the capital, Keirou’s plan for seizing power from the emperor is well underway. With Keirou as the new commander in chief and Taigatei in prison, can anything stop the general’s reign of terror?

HERO TALES Volume 5
story by Jin Zhou Huang, art by Hiromu Arakawa 

Coming October 2011 | ISBN: 978-0-316-17819-8 | $11.99 ($12.99) | 256 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

The time is drawing near when Taitou must face the self-proclaimed ruler of the Ken Empire, Keirou — and the avatars of the opposing stars Hagun and Tonrou will decide the fate of the world! Taitou makes his way to the capital with only a handful of friends and Divine Warriors. With Housei gone and Rinmei in no condition to fight, the challenge will be even greater. But help may be found in an unlikely place: Ryuukou’s loyalty strayed once, but he has returned once again to Taitou’s side. There are still hard feelings, but Taitou will need the strength of all his friends if he wants to end Keirou’s reign of terror!

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