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Dark Horse Direct and Bioware Celebrate N7 Day with New Mass Effect Releases

Dark Horse Direct is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of BioWare this N7 Day with a new line of high-end Mass Effect products including a fine-art Mass Effect character print portfolio, an Alliance Normandy SR-1 ship replica, and a set of Mass Effect emblem bookends!

Limited to just 250 units, the Mass Effect Character Prints Portfolio features the artwork of Matt Taylor showcasing a main character from an iconic Dark Horse Comics series: Liara T’Soni from Mass Effect: Redemption, The Illusive Man from Mass Effect: Evolution, Aria T’Loak from Mass Effect: Invasion, and Garrus Vakarian from Mass Effect: Foundation! As an added bonus, every purchase of the Mass Effect Character Prints Portfolio will include a digital comics redemption code for the 784-page Mass Effect: The Complete Comics on Dark Horse Digital!

Mass Effect Character Prints Portfolio

Dark Horse Direct and BioWare are also celebrating with a 14” long, 5.6” wide Alliance Normandy SR-1 Replica! Perched upon a pocked moon terrain base, this starship is made with polyresin by the masters at Gentle Giants Studios. Limited to a run of 500 units, be sure to pre-order yours today!

Alliance Normandy SR-1 Replica

And finally, limited to just 1,000 units, you can show off your love for Mass Effect with this set of iconic Paragon & Renegade Bookends from Dark Horse Direct! Each piece of this set stands at 8.5” tall and 4.25” wide, and together make the perfect addition for organizing your Mass Effect collection!

Paragon & Renegade Bookends

The Mass Effect Character Prints Portfolio will begin shipping to customers in December 2020 – January 2021 and will retail for $125.00. The Alliance Normandy SR-1 Replica will retail for $249.99 and is expected to begin shipping in late 2021. The Paragon & Renegade Bookends will begin to ship in Summer 2021 and will retail at $99.99. All are available only from Dark Horse Direct.

The Art of the Mass Effect Trilogy Gets an Expanded Edition

Expanded with many never before seen artwork, The Art of the Mass Effect Trilogy: Expanded Edition delves deeper than ever into the sci-fi saga that changed video games forever.

Contains extensive new material from the DLCs for all three games—including the award-winning “Lair of the Shadow Broker” from Mass Effect 2 and the fan-favorite “Citadel” from Mass Effect 3.

Experience the evolution of the aliens, planets, ships, and technology that define this iconic science fiction universe, as the developers who brought the BioWare™ masterpiece to life take you from the earliest design sketches through to the meticulous final renders.

Brimming with concept art and commentary, this expanded edition is the ultimate companion to one of the greatest series in the history of gaming!

The Art of the Mass Effect Trilogy: Expanded Edition will be available everywhere books are sold on February 24, 2021 and will retail for $39.99.

The Art of the Mass Effect Trilogy: Expanded Edition

Celebrate 25 Years of BioWare With Two New Books From Dark Horse

Dark Horse Comics and BioWare present Bioware: Stories and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development and Dragon Age: The First Five Graphic Novels.

From the BioWare’s isometric role-playing roots to its intense space operas and living worlds, chart the legendary game studio’s first 25 years in this massive retrospective. See what it took to make games in those wild early days. Pore over details of secret, cancelled projects. Discover the genesis of beloved characters and games. Includes never-before-seen art and photos anchored by candid stories from developers past and present. Bioware: Stories and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development hardcover will retail for $39.99.

Return to the world of Dragon Age! In BioWare’s epic fantasy world of Thedas, there are those who are willing to sacrifice their humanity for wealth and power, and those who will die to protect innocent people from them. Empires approach open conflict, assassins lurk in every shadow, and dark forces aim to throw the land into chaos. Heroes will arise from the most unlikely of places to face the darkness approaching. Dragon Age: The First Five Graphic Novels collects Dragon Age: The Silent GroveDragon Age: Those Who SpeakDragon Age: Until We SleepDragon Age: Magekiller, and Dragon Age: Knight Errant. This paperback collection is a must have for Dragon Age fans everywhere and will retail for $29.99.

Bioware: Stories and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development will be available everywhere October 13, 2020. Dragon Age: The First Five Graphic Novels will be available everywhere October 27, 2020.

The Mass Effect: Cerberus Normandy SR-2 Replica is Now Available for Pre-Order

Dark Horse Direct and BioWare have revealed the Mass Effect: Cerberus Normandy SR-2 Replica! With only 1,000 Mass Effect: Cerberus Normandy SR-2 replicas made, this limited-edition collectible is the perfect addition to any fans collection!

They’ve spent the last year perfecting Commander Shepard’s personal ship. The Mass Effect: Cerberus Normandy SR-2 Replica is the first to survive a journey through the Omega 4 Relay to fight the Collectors. Crafted by the artisans at Gentle Giant Studios, this unrivaled vessel is 18 inches long, 9 inches wide, and 7 inches tall.

The Mass Effect: Cerberus Normandy SR-2 Replica retails for $249.99, is available for pre-order, and expected to ship in summer 2020.

Dragon Age Returns to Comics with Dragon Age: Blue Wraith

Fans of BioWare’s hit fantasy series, Dragon Age, rejoice! Dark Horse Comics is publishing a canonical follow-up comic series to BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition—featuring the beloved character, Fenris.

Bringing Dragon Age: Blue Wraith to life are writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, artist Fernando Heinz Furukawa, and colorist Michael Atiyeh, with covers done by Sachin Teng.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith starts off with the fanatical Qunari seeking to topple the Tevinter mageocracy. Caught in the middle, one powerful young mage’s desperate search for her father brings her face-to-face with a notorious mage hunter—Fenris, the Blue Wraith.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith #1 (of three) goes on sale January 15, 2020.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith #1

The Art of Anthem Gets a Deluxe Limited Edition from Dark Horse and Bioware

Fresh off announcing the upcoming Anthem comics series, Dark Horse has announced the continued expansion of their Anthem publishing partnership with BioWare to include a limited edition The Art of Anthem hardcover volume.

The Art of Anthem Limited Edition features hundreds of pieces of artwork with developer commentary detailing the creation of BioWare’s groundbreaking new game. Our expertly-designed limited edition volume features a die-cut clamshell case, a gallery-quality art print, an exclusive cover, and a metallic-printed and embossed miniature replica of an ancient Fort Tarsis mural, making it an essential addition to any hardcore gamer’s collection!

The Art of Anthem Limited Edition HC goes on sale March 26, 2019, and is available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic shop. This gorgeous 160-page hardcover volume retails for $79.99.

The Art of Anthem HC goes on sale March 26, 2019 and retails for $39.99.

Mass Effect Joins Dark Horse Direct

Dark Horse Direct and BioWare have revealed the Mass Effect: Andromeda Tempest Ship 18” Replica! Survey the terrain of your residence or workplace with this fully realized replica proudly displayed on your gaming console table, bookshelf, or desk. With only 500 Mass Effect: Andromeda Tempest replicas made, this immaculate collectible will be the envy of all your gaming companions!

Approximately 18” long and made from polyresin, the Mass Effect: Andromeda Tempest is the latest release in exclusive replicas from the massively popular BioWare game franchise and Dark Horse Direct. Positioned atop an alien planet terrain base, it comes complete with an ND1 Nomad all-terrain vehicle, ready to scout the unknown worlds ahead.

The Mass Effect: Andromeda Tempest Ship 18” Replica retails for $249.99, and is available for pre-order. Orders will ship in Summer 2019.

Dragon Age: Deception this October

BioWare’s bestselling fantasy franchise continues in a new Dragon Age comics series from Dark Horse Comics this October with writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, artist Fernando Heinz Furukawa, colorist Michael Atiyeh, and cover artist Sachin Teng returning for Dragon Age: Deception!

Dragon Age: Deception follows the twisted tale of a con artist in Tevinter. Olivia Pryde, a failed actress turned successful con artist has come to the city of Ventus with a new target: the head of a wealthy house named Calix Qintara. But as Olivia gets closer to Calix, she realizes that he is not exactly who he says he is. And soon realizes that she is in too deep, and that they may no longer be playing her game.

Dragon Age: Deception #1 (of three) goes on sale October 10, 2018.

For more Dragon Age stories from Dark Horse, look for Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown July 31, 2018Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne Deluxe Edition September 18, 2018Dragon Age: The Calling Deluxe Edition October 17, 2018.

Review: Dragon Age: Magekiller #2

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“A deed not done…”

Welcome back, when we last left our hunters Marius and Tessa they were stuck between a rock and a hard place in the domain of the powerful Archon Radonis. At this moment they have two choices, complete the mission for Archon Radonis or perish.

Marius, every defiant seems to like these odds but his partner talks some sense in to him quickly. Realizing they were tricked, but don’t really have a choice they decide to hear him out. Archon Radonis names the targets he wishes dealt with and gives them a quick background on each. The targets are part of a secret society called the Venatori and they covet vast power.

Once Marius agreed, he knew this would be no easy task. For each one of these targets are very skilled in the magic arts. Even though they are Magekillers, this would be their most difficult challenge to see through.

Over the course of the next six weeks, Marius and Tessa took their respective targets out one by one, each one presenting an increasing level of challenge. Finally they brought themselves to the fourth and final target. The final one was a woman who lay on a massage table completely unarmed and vulnerable. Marius figured this ought not be too hard to complete, but as he got closer he was taken aback by what he saw: the face of a dear old friend. Not just a friend, but a lover.

The woman, Calpernia is both elated and saddened by Marius. She knows what his presence at this moment means. “Are you going to do it?” she asks Marius. Not even a moment to think, he declines. He cannot take the life of a woman he loved. Calpernia is relieved.

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At this moment Tessa walks in while Calpernia and Marius are in strong embrace and she is not so keen on the decision. Though Marius feels he made the right one, he is reminded he may have now doomed them all…

Overall: This issue moved a lot faster than the first, that being said I enjoyed it more. I really love the duo of Marius and Tessa. They seem to have a sibling rivalry like quality to their relationship. I hope no romantic entanglements are in their future as I really enjoy their banter and dialogue. There is even a funny piece of internal dialogue where Tessa thinks to herself “I didn’t even think he knew how to kiss.” Also the artwork by Carmen Carnero seems even better than last time. She appears to have strayed from the ultra video game style displayed in the the inaugural issue to a more balanced style, which I feel works just as well. She is definitely a talent on the rise to lookout for. I am certainly still enjoying the story too, but being written by scribe extraordinaire: Greg Rucka, I shouldn’t be the least bit surprised. I’m very curious to see where this all leads and wondering if there is a big twist waiting in the wings, such as Marius or Tessa are mages themselves. Guess I will have to wait another month and see. So great issue and “If you’re looking for a comic to tickle your fantasy bone, this is it.” I’m unplugging for now and keep those consoles warm till next time folks!

Story: Greg Rucka Art: Carmen Carnero
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Score: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Greg Rucka to Craft Dragon Age: Magekiller in December

This December, Greg Rucka enters the world of Thedas for an all-new chapter in Dark Horse Comics and BioWare’s Dragon Age comics.

Running parallel to the events of the award-winning Dragon Age: Inquisition video game from BioWare and Electronic Arts, Dragon Age: Magekiller introduces two new characters to Dragon Age lore: Tessa and Marius are mercenary partners, eliminating those who use blood magic to hurt others, but when a powerful patron employs them, they realize this next job may be their last…

Illustrated by Carmen Carnero with covers by Sachin Teng, Dragon Age: Magekiller is the beginning of a new adventure in the world of Thedas and an essential addition to the Dragon Age canon.

Dragon Age: Magekiller #1
Greg Rucka (W), Carmen Carnero (A), Sachin Teng (Cover)
$3.99
On sale Dec. 16; FOC Nov. 23

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