Just in time for my birthday, Dark Horse is bringing Amala’s Blade to the pages of Dark Horse Presents on Feb. 22.

The three-part series, starting with Dark Horse Presents #9, is the brainchild of Steve Horton (DC Holiday Special, Superman 80-Page Giant) and Michael Dialynas (Popgun, Trinkets).

Amala’s Blade is the steam punk-with-swords epic that I’ve been dying to tell,” said Horton. How can you not want to pick up a book with that kind of promotion!?

The story follows Amala, who as a child was chosen as the spiritual leader of her country to help prevent war. Well, she up and runs off (think Ang from Avatar, except Amala becomes a kick-ass assassin). Her past, however, keeps interfering with her life now that she’s gotten older. Read on for more from the press release from Dark Horse:

November 1st, MILWAUKIE, OR – Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce a brand new three-part story from Steve Horton (DC Holiday Special, Superman 80-Page Giant) and Michael Dialynas (Popgun, Trinkets) appearing in Dark Horse Presents #9 – Amala’s Blade.

Amala was once chosen as a child to be the spiritual leader for her country, to unite the Purifiers and Modifiers and prevent war. She fled into the night. Twenty years of war later, she makes a living as an assassin, but her past is ever ready to catch up to her. Aboard a massive pirate ship, Amala stalks the fearsome pirate captain Cha’Kooh … but the voices in her head, manifesting as ghosts, keep getting in the way!

Amala’s Blade will be featured in issues #9, #10 & #11 of Dark Horse Presents.

“Amala’s Blade is the steam punk-with-swords epic that I’ve been dying to tell,” says Steve Horton, writer and letterer. “Thanks to the extraordinary and talented artist Michael Dialynas, we’ve brought Amala to life. Thanks to Dark Horse Comics, we’ve found an amazing and supportive publisher for our three-issue run in Dark Horse Presents. This story has heart, sword fighting, sarcasm, revenge, pirates, technologically modified villains, a girl steam punk heroine, and a robotic pirate monkey. What more do you need?” says Horton.

Dark Horse Presents #9 is out February 22nd, 2012!