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Dark Horse Digital Cyber Monday Deal!

In anticipation of the infamous holiday shopping weekend, Dark Horse Comics is giving usanother killer deal for Cyber Monday. Dark Horse Digital is offering comics fans 50% off their entire webstore order for 24 hours!

This offer is good for 24 hours beginning at midnight (PST) on Sunday, November 30 ($20 cart minimum). Visit  Digital.DarkHorse.com to take advantage of this amazing web store only offer.

Sign up for the Dark Horse Digital Newsletter by Thanksgiving to get even more discounts. All newsletter subscribers will receive a stackable coupon for an additional 10% off.  That’s up to 60% off all your favorite comic series!

The free Dark Horse Digital comics app is now available worldwide through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both Google Play and iOS apps.

Stop by Dark Horse Digital and get a massive discount on all the Dark Horse comics you could want and more!

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Dark Horse Black Friday!

Dark Horse Comics is rocking Black Friday madness with a very exclusive limited offer for its digital-comics readers.

Feast your eyes on this year’s Black Friday MegaBundles. For one weekend only, you can load up on comics from your favorite creative universes for the crazy-low price of $99.99 each only on Digital.Darkhorse.com!

Star Wars MegaBundles

This year we are giving Star Wars fans two different options! Get 200 digital Star Wars comics or get every Star Wars Omnibus. Purchase these MegaBundles, you should. Too late will it be if you wait!

Whedonverse MegaBundle

Joss Whedon has created some of our favorite worlds to play in. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel & Faith, Serenity, Dollhouse, and even Dr. Horrible are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

Mignolaverse MegaBundle

Dive into creator Mike Mignola’s dark worlds. Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Baltimore, Witchfinder and even Sledgehammer 44 are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

REHverse MegaBundle

Acclaimed writer Robert E. Howard created worlds of adventure. Conan, Kull, and Solomon Kane are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

Project Black Sky MegaBundle

Jump into Dark Horse’s superhero universe, Project Black Sky. Ghost, X, Captain Midnight, Skyman, The Occultist, and Brain Boy are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

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Dark Horse Presents Celebrates its 200th Issue!

Dark Horse Comics will publish the milestone 200th issue of its Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic book anthology Dark Horse Presents in February 2015, featuring the story MASKS by Gillian Flynn, the bestselling novelist of GONE GIRL, with art by Dave Gibbons, the bestselling artist of WATCHMEN recently named the first ever comics laureate. The 200th issue of the celebrated anthology will feature a HELLBOY cover by Gabriel Bá, an APE-X variant cover by THE GOON creator Eric Powell, and stories by some of the biggest names in comics, including legendary HELLBOY creator Mike Mignola, GROO Creators Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones, Alex de Campi, Matt Kindt and Jerry Ordway.

Dark Horse Presents 200 will be go on sale on February 18th, 2015.

The 80-page 200th issue of the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award series will feature:

  • Mike Mignola and Gabriel Bá revisiting Hellboy’s time in Mexico with a follow-up to their classic story THE COFFIN MAN.
  • Fred Van Lente and Miguel Sepulveda delivering a Project Black Sky story about the telepathic cyborg gorilla Ape-X
  • Brendan McCarthy’s DREAM GANG
  • Damon Gentry and Aaron Conley’s SABERTOOTH SWORDSMAN
  • The first chapter of a new GROO tale by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier
  • A mermaid story by Gustavo Duarte (MONSTERS)
  • Alex de Campi and Jerry Ordway’s SEMIAUTOMAGIC
  • Ed Brisson’s MURDER BOOK featuring art from Michael Walsh
  • The first ever U.S. publication of the short story MASKS, which was originally published in the UK’s GUARDIAN newspaper to commemorate the British Library’s exhibition of British comics. The story is the comic book debut for Gillian Flynn, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling writer of GONE GIRL, which is now a major motion picture directed by David Fincher (FIGHT CLUB). She collaborates with artist Dave Gibbons, (WATCHMEN) for a story about mothers… and vigilantes.

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Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Check out the announced sell-outs and new printings this week.

Black Mask Studios

Matt Pizzolo and Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk‘s Godkiller: Walk Among Us #1 has sold out at the distributor level. A second printing will return the debut issues to shelves December 10.

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Not really a sell-out in the normal sense, but a year after the first printing sold out, Dark Horse Comics announces sales of over 500,000 copies of Plants vs. Zombies books! Look for the print collection of the second comic series, Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse, on sale in finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere on January 13, 2015.

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Image Comics

Birthright #2 from writer Joshua Williamson, artist Andrei Bressan, and colorist Adriano Lucas has sold out at the distributor level, and will get a second printing. The second printing can be ordered now, and the third issue arrives December 3.

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Rasputin #1 by Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo has sold out at the distributor level and will return for a second printing. The first issue can be pre-ordered now, and the second issue will arrive November 26.

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Tooth & Claw #1, the new series from writer Kurt Busiek, artist Benjamin Dewey, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer John Roshell has sold out a the distributor level. The comic might still be found at some retail locations.

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Preview: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1

In 2014, Dark Horse Comics has celebrated 20 years of Hellboy by legendary writer/ artist Mike Mignola with Hellboy Day, the publication of the New York Times bestselling Hellboy: The First 20 Years, the paperback release of the highly acclaimed Hellboy in Hell, the trade paperback of the Eisner Award winning Itty Bitty Hellboy, scores of comic books featuring Mignola creations Hellboy, the BPRD and Abe Sapien. And now Dark Horse caps of the year with a story that is 20 years in the making– Hellboy’s very first field mission as a member of the BPRD.

Set in 1952, Hellboy and the BPRD is written by Mignola and John Arcudi and features the art of classic artist Alex Maleev. The series first issue goes on sale on Wednesday, December 3rd.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1 is on sale December 3rd.

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Review: Ghost #9

Ghost 009My first exposure to the character of Ghost was the Project Black Sky Sampler which was released in October.  After reading through the collection of first issues for the main characters in the shared universe, I was only really impressed by Ghost as a character, and so now this was the first chance to read her story monthly since this exposure.  Interestingly enough, this issue bills itself as a great starting point for new readers.  Since my return to regular comic book reading two months ago I have seen this a lot on a lot of issues, as a sort of cheap trick to entice in new readers.  I am not sure if it is the case here, but the story is not overly complicated anyway.  Having read the first issue, it is easy to pick up the gap, even if these are the only two issues that I have read thus far in the series.

Ghost has her memories back, and more.  Now fully comprehending her power she decides to seek out those that she knew in her previous life.  Going to visit her former best friend is an interesting mix of emotions as she is hesitant to expose herself to her after her friend has already grieved her supposed death.  While still working on this though, she sees her friend about to become abducted in a sex slave ring, and without being seen she intervenes.  This is a nice lead-in, not only into her past but also into her future as a superhero and how she plans to use her powers.

The end result is pretty good.  The main character is still being fleshed out in terms of background, but the struggle that she has with her ethics over visiting her friend plus the decision about her new career as a superhero work well to the character development for the series protagonist.  Add in some decent and fun action as she sets out on her first mission as well as a contemporary enough emphasis on her heroics, and the issue ends up fitting together nicely.  As a standalone issue it works by itself, and so it lives up to the claim of being a good starting point, and anyone at all interested in this series that has been putting off reading it might want to start here.

Story: Chris Sebela Art:  Harvey Tolibao
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

Review: Bob Powell’s Complete Cave Girl

cavegirl 1Those reading comics primarily from a modern perspective might think that with the explosion of interest in the independents that it is the first time that the medium of comics has ventured outside of the comfortable confines of superheroes, science-fiction and fantasy.  While there has been an explosion in recent years in the popularity of other genres in the medium, it is really nothing new.  Comic fans in the early years of the medium would have had a harder time finding the superheroes among the myriad of other characters, whether they be from crime, romance, western or adventure comics.  Among one of the sub-genres of comics in earlier years was that of the jungle queen or jungle girl, a version or Tarzan that mixed femininity with a more feral nature.  Bob Powell’s Cave Girl takes a look at a small slice of these stories, collecting all of the artist’s work on this nearly forgotten character.

Although comic book reading is seemingly in a resurgence, those comic readers that are used to only modern comics would be in for a shock when picking up older issues from the silver age or the golden age.  The stories back then were aimed at a completely different audience, looking to get the attention of younger readers, not readers in their teens or adult years.  This made the stories simpler in a sense, with easier plot twists and usually less believable outcomes.  The stories were rarely if ever serialized either, and this made the wrap-ups to plots sometimes maddeningly fast.  Those expecting to pick up this volume and to be entertained by modern standards will be disappointed, as the stories are simplistic and easy and of marginal entertainment value.  Where this volume does succeed is through the introductory essays which put the stories firmly in place within the history of the medium.  By reading them first and then reading the comics, the comic reader will be immersed in a bygone era when people knew who Bob Powell was and when a jungle girl was a completely relevant protagonist to carry a series.

Someone picking this up and simply flipping through the pages will likely miss the point.  A few times in the introductory words it is all but said that the stories themselves are not really worthy of being revisited, more so the art and the genre.  Taken all together the result is different though, as a firm appreciation of a part of the past of the medium is understood.  Those seeking only superheroics out of comics might not find as much here, but those that realize how wide of a spectrum this medium offers will likely be impressed with this anthology, as it reminds that comics are as imaginative as the creative team makes them into.

Story: Gardner Fox Art: Bob Powell
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.

Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

This week it was pretty quiet when it came to announcing sell-outs and new printings. Below is the one that crossed our desk.

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Dark Horse Comics’ first edition of Unofficial Hatsune Mix landed in the New York Times Manga Top 10 list and sold out of bookstores across the nation within the first month of release! The second printing of Unofficial Hatsune Mix will be in comic shops November 19 and in bookstores December 2!

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Humble Bundle Kicks Off Halloween with the Humble Horror Book Bundle

‘Tis the season for terror in this chilling collection of horror books and comics. Humble Bundle has teamed with several of the leading publishers to kick off the Halloween season right with a variety of the most sought after horror books on the market. Customers can pay what they want while supporting charity and satisfying their craving for carnage all at once with the Humble Horror Book Bundle which includes works by such luminaries as Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Joss Whedon, Joe Hill, Max Brooks and many more.

Customers can name their price for Shadowman Vol. 4: Fear, Blood, and Shadows, Song of Kali, The Mocking Dead #1, Houses of the Holy, The Last Zombie, Zombies: The Recent Dead, plus two songs by band-on-the-rise, A Sound of Thunder. Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Buffy Omnibus Vol. 1, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch Vol. 1 & 2, Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, Swan Song and Knights of Sidonia, Humble Bundle’s first ever manga title. Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror, the Eisner award-winning Locke & Key Vol 1: Welcome To Lovecraft and the first two issues of the acclaimed series Afterlife with Archie.

That’s an amazing mix of comics, and a fantastic sampling for folks who enjoy horror, or want to see what various publishers have to offer.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the comic creators and charity. The Humble Horror Book Bundle supports the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund which defends first amendment rights of comic book professionals nationwide.

The Humble Horror Book Bundle runs for two weeks and ends Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

For those who don’t know what it is, Humble Bundle organizes pay-what-you-want plus charity promotions for awesome digital content and puts the power directly in the hands of the consumers, offering them fully-featured titles at prices they set themselves. Consumers pay what they want and decide how to allocate their money between content creators, charity and a humble tip. Humble Bundle also offers the Humble Store, a digital storefront that features great games at great prices with a portion of sales going to select charities. Since the company’s launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has helped empower its community to allocate more than $47 million toward charity to date.

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Victor Santos and Dark Horse’s Polar Heads to the Big Screen

Constantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment are joining forces to bring Polar to the big screen. Based on the popular Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Polar: Came from the Cold by Victor Santos, Constantin Film has pre-emptively purchased the spec, Polar written by Jayson Rothwell.

The adrenaline-pumping action-thriller tells the story of Black Kaiser, a master assassin forced out of retirement when he finds himself the target of a motley crew of new generation hitmen. But Kaiser’s gun-blazing and bloody universe is at odds with the doting and protective relationship he has with the child of one of his former marks. Faced with the ultimate battle for survival, Kaiser must choose between saving his life and saving his soul.

Constantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment are currently out to directors with the aim of shooting Polar in the spring of 2015. Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer will be producing along with Jeremy Bolt as well as Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg. Rothwell is also writing an Untitled Heist Thriller for Thunder Road. He is repped by WME.

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