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The Predator Legacy Continues with a New Series From Dark Horse Comics in February

Chris Warner, along with artist Brian Thies, and colorist Wes Dzoiba crafts the next chapter in the Predator Hunters story with Predator Hunters III.

Continuing the story started in the first Predator Hunters series, with story ties that link back to Dark Horse’s first Predator series from 1987, Predator Hunters III kicks off with former drug runner Raphael Herrera’s worst nightmare reborn. After the fateful night when his men were wiped out by an unearthly monster, Herrera joined up with the Predator Hunters team. Now, years later, cartel soldiers are being wiped out in the jungles of Central America, telling Herrera the Predators have returned!

Predator Hunters III #1 (of four) goes on sale February 5, 2020.

Predator Hunters III #1
Predator Hunters III #1 variant

Mike Mignola, Zach Howard, and Dave Stewart Collaborate for the Sequel to the Iconic Story The Crooked Man

Legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, acclaimed artist Zach Howard, award-winning colorist Dave Stewart, and letterer Clem Robbins are collaborating on a sequel to the iconic Hellboy story The Crooked Man. In Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.: The Return of Effie Kolb, years after he banished the infamous backwoods demon known as the Crooked Man, Hellboy returns to Appalachia when a young psychic warns Tom Ferrell of looming danger. But the Crooked Man’s house is no longer empty, and threats both new and old simmer in the Virginia woods. 

Hellboy: The Crooked Man by Mignola and celebrated illustrator Richard Corben was originally published by Dark Horse Comics as a 3-issue mini-series in 2008 and is included in Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories Volume 1.

Dark Horse Comics will publish the debut issue of the thrilling, two-part Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.: The Return of Effie Kolb series on February 19, 2020.

Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.: The Return of Effie Kolb cover
Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.: The Return of Effie Kolb main cover
Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.: The Return of Effie Kolb variant cover
Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.: The Return of Effie Kolb variant cover

Dungeon Raiding for the Greater Good in Raiders

From Daniel Freedman and CROM, comes an original graphic novel about family, freedom, and killing monsters for loot in Raiders.

Marken and Maron, inseparable brothers, are dungeon raiders in a land ruled by corrupt royals and filled with fantastic dangers around every turn. But just as the aging Marken decides that it’s time to give up the raiding life, both brothers find themselves at the wrong end of the powers that be and stumble upon a secret that may unravel the entire political system.

Raiders arrives at comic shops June 10, 2020 and at bookstores June 23, 2020. The 130-page paperback graphic novel is available for pre-order for $19.99.

Raiders

Dark Horse Promotes Vanessa Todd-Holmes to Vice President of Production and Scheduling

Vanessa Todd-Holmes

Dark Horse Comics has promoted Vanessa Todd-Holmes to the role of Vice President of Production and Scheduling. As the new VP of Production and Scheduling, Todd-Holmes will lead the largest team of employees at Dark Horse, including the design, scheduling, routing, and production departments.

A graduate of Oregon State University, Todd-Holmes enhanced the quality of Dark Horse’s deluxe and limited edition books by researching and using new production techniques such as LED lights, sound chips, deluxe materials, as well as, other exciting product components. As the former Director of Print Production, Todd-Holmes explored and established new partnerships with manufacturing facilities from around the world, and streamlined Dark Horse’s production locations across South East Asia and Europe. In addition to her international focus, Todd-Holmes has also worked to produce more projects domestically to help local economies. A champion of more environmentally friendly production practices, Todd-Holmes has also contributed to substantially reduce production costs during her time at Dark Horse.

As the new Vice President of Production and Scheduling, Todd-Holmes hopes to continue to build relationships with facilities around the world while also continuing to expand and improve internal processes at Dark Horse.

Marvel Dips in September 2019 as DC and Image Gain Ground

Spawn #300 took the top spot as the best-selling comics in September 2019 as Marvel lost ground in unit and dollar sales while DC and Image gained it. Diamond Comic Distributors released the sales data for the month showing the top selling products through them.

Overall, comics did better in September 2019 than August 2019. Comics gained in both dollars and units while graphic novels gained in dollars. Together comics and graphic novels made gains in both dollars and units. Toys saw a dip in the double digits after having a previously bullish month.

Compared to September 2018, it was mixed results Comics saw gains in dollars in double digits while units increased as well. Graphic novels took a double digit dive in both dollars and units. Together, comics and graphic novels saw gains. Toys had a mixed month with an increase in dollars but decrease in units.

Compared to the same point last year, comics are up 2.05% in dollars though down 3.29% in units. Graphic Novels are down 4.26% in dollars and 10.04% units. Comics and graphic novels are up 0.25% in dollars and down 3.79% in units. Toys have seen massive gains with a 22.69% increase in dollars and 25.47% in units.

The third quarter in 2019 is up across the board compared to the second this year and the results are mixed though generally positive compared to the third quarter of 2018.

Marvel Comics remained the top publisher in September, taking 38.81% of dollars (-7.34) and 45.51% (-4.45) of units shipped. In second place was DC with a market share of 27.80% (+2.94) and 29.15% (+3.19), respectively. Image Comics ranked third, breaking over ten-percent market share thanks to Spawn and other creator owner projects with a 11.01% dollar share (+4.69) and a 8.32% unit share (+2.06). The top three were followed by Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, and BOOM! Studios, respectively.

Marvel Comics had six of the month’s top ten best-selling comic books. DC had three titles in the top ten. Image had the top selling comic for the month for their one in the top ten.

Among the premier publishers, IDW Publishing’s top book for September was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #98 at #44; BOOM! Studios’ Something Is Killing the Children #1 ranked #57; Dynamite Entertainment’s Vampirella/Red Sonja #1 ranked #101, and Dark Horse Comics’ Black Hammer/Justice League #3 ranked #114.

DC dominated the graphic novel charts with six best-selling titles. Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s Umbrella Academy #3: Hotel Oblivion TP from Dark Horse Comics charted at #2. Image Comics also placed two volumes on the graphic novel chart with Paper Girls Volume 6 TP and Monstress Volume 4 TP.

Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Gallery: Avengers Endgame: Iron Man MK85 PVC Figure, was September’s best-selling figure, with DST charting two other best-sellers, the Marvel Select: Captain Marvel Figure at #5 and the John Wick Select Figure at #10. Mattel’s DC Multiverse 6-Inch Figures: Lobo Wave was the #2 selling toy for the month, while Mezco’s One-12 Collective: Marvel Netflix: The Punisher Figure punched in at #3. DC Collectibles had three toys in the top ten: Batman Black and White by Marc Silvestri Statue (#4), Dark Nights Metal: Batman the Devastator Statue (#7), and DC Essentials: Red Hood Action Figure (#8). Rounding out the top ten at #9 was Funko’s POP! Marvel: Spider-Punk Vinyl Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive.

Prime Books’ The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 Edition was September’s best-selling book, featuring a collection of top stories from renowned Sci-fi/Fantasy authors.

Paizo Publishing’s Pathfinder Core Rulebook (2nd Edition) was September’s best-selling game product and one of Paizo’s eight products among the top ten.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS38.81%45.51%
DC27.80%29.15%
IMAGE COMICS11.01%8.32%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.26%2.27%
IDW PUBLISHING3.08%2.92%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.70%2.02%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.48%2.53%
VIZ MEDIA1.57%0.62%
ONI PRESS0.76%0.63%
ARCHIE COMICS0.65%0.63%
OTHER NON-TOP 107.87%5.42%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
SEPTEMBER 2019 VS. AUGUST 2019
COMICS5.20%9.97%
GRAPHIC NOVELS2.90%-1.98%
TOTAL COMICS/GN4.60%9.12%
TOYS-14.00%-33.26%
SEPTEMBER 2019 VS. SEPTEMBER 2018
COMICS10.87%5.25%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-11.54%-20.44%
TOTAL COMICS/GN4.09%3.13%
TOYS9.99%-17.90%
YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018
COMICS2.05%-3.29%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-4.26%-10.04%
TOTAL COMICS/GN0.25%-3.79%
TOYS22.69%25.47%
QUARTER 3 2019 VS. QUARTER 2 2019
COMICS13.25%8.20%
GRAPHIC NOVELS1.68%3.50%
TOTAL COMICS/GN10.01%7.88%
TOYS29.24%26.14%
QUARTER 3 2019 VS. QUARTER 3 2018
COMICS5.41%0.01%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-7.95%-15.17%
TOTAL COMICS/GN1.59%-1.16%
TOYS19.23%22.45%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS99430142
DC83260109
IMAGE COMICS4219061
DARK HORSE COMICS1921040
IDW PUBLISHING2515040
VIZ MEDIA033033
BOOM! STUDIOS1814032
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT155020
ARCHIE COMICS113014
ONI PRESS4408
OTHER NON-TOP 1012718619332
TOTAL44336919831

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1SPAWN #300$7.99JUN190014-MIMA
2SPIDER-MAN #1$4.99JUL190833-MMAR
3HOUSE OF X #5$4.99JUL190857-MMAR
4POWERS OF X #5$4.99JUL190873-MMAR
5POWERS OF X #4$4.99JUL190865-MMAR
6HOUSE OF X #4$4.99JUL190849-MMAR
7DOOMSDAY CLOCK #11$4.99MAR190507-MDC
8ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #3$4.99JUL190885-MMAR
9DCEASED: A GOOD DAY TO DIE #1$4.99JUL190514-MDC
10HARLEEN #1 (MR)$7.99JUL190510-MDC

 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1SPAWN #300$7.99JUN190014-MIMA
2SPIDER-MAN #1$4.99JUL190833-MMAR
3HOUSE OF X #5$4.99JUL190857-MMAR
4HARLEEN #1 (MR)$7.99JUL190510-MDC
5POWERS OF X #5$4.99JUL190873-MMAR
6POWERS OF X #4$4.99JUL190865-MMAR
7HOUSE OF X #4$4.99JUL190849-MMAR
8DOOMSDAY CLOCK #11$4.99MAR190507-MDC
9ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #3$4.99JUL190885-MMAR
10DCEASED: A GOOD DAY TO DIE #1$4.99JUL190514-MDC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1BATMAN: DAMNED HC (MR)$29.99MAR190571DC
2UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 3: HOTEL OBLIVION TP$19.99MAR190279DAR
3PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 6 TP$14.99JUL190107IMA
4MONSTRESS VOLUME 4 TP (MR)$16.99JUL190105-MIMA
5IMMORTAL HULK VOL. 4: ABOMINATION TP$15.99JUN191051MAR
6HEROES IN CRISIS HC$29.99JUN190600DC
7BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE HC$17.99JUN190574DC
8BATMAN VOL, 10: KNIGHTMARES TP$17.99JUN190562DC
9BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL$16.99MAY190358DC
10THE JOKER: HIS GREATEST JOKES TP$19.99JUN190604DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1BATMAN: DAMNED HC (MR)$29.99MAR190571DC
2UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 3: HOTEL OBLIVION TP$19.99MAR190279DAR
3MONSTRESS VOLUME 4 TP (MR)$16.99JUL190105-MIMA
4MARVEL HORROR OMNIBUS HC$150.00MAR190992MAR
5HEROES IN CRISIS HC$29.99JUN190600DC
6PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 6 TP$14.99JUL190107IMA
7TIMELY’S GREATEST: GOLDEN AGE SUB-MARINER BY EVERETT HC$150.00MAR190993-MMAR
8UMBRELLA ACADEMY LIBRARY EDITION VOL. 1 HC$39.99JUN190309DAR
9BATMAN ETERNAL OMNIBUS HC$125.00JAN190658DC
10SPIDER-MAN BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC$125.00MAR191002MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY 2019 EDITION$19.95NOV188362PRI
2FREE S$$T: THE CHARLES BURNS ZINE COLLECTION HC$19.99JUL191904FAN
3THE DARK CRYSTAL LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99JUL191956GOL
4GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOL. 1 SC$12.99OCT151871ZEN
5FRANK CHO: BALLPOINT BEAUTIES SC$19.95JUN191759FLE
6BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC$44.99MAR172148UDO
7THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL. 144 SC$14.95MAY191887SAN
8MY LITTLE PONY: BEST GIFT EVER PERFECT PINKIE PRESENT LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99JUL191958GOL
9CATS OF THE LOUVRE MANGA HC$29.99JUL192406VIZ
10DOCTOR WHO: RESURRECTION OF THE DALEKS HC$16.99JUL191682BBC


TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS ENDGAME: IRON MAN MK85 PVC FIGUREFEB198521DST
2DC MULTIVERSE 6-INCH FIGURES: LOBO WAVENOV188888MAT
3ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL NETFLIX: THE PUNISHER FIGUREMAR188817MEZ
4BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE BY MARC SILVESTRI STATUEFEB190627DC
5MARVEL SELECT: CAPTAIN MARVEL MOVIE FIGUREJAN192554DST
6DC COMICS CATWOMAN RETURNS BISHOUJO STATUEJAN198158KOT
7DARK NIGHTS METAL: BATMAN THE DEVASTATOR STATUEFEB190623DC
8DC ESSENTIALS: RED HOOD ACTION FIGUREFEB190631DC
9POP! MARVEL: SPIDER-PUNK VINYL FIGURESEP188215FUN
10JOHN WICK SELECT FIGURESEP182329DST

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1PATHFINDER CORE RULEBOOK HC (P2)MAY193227PAI
2PATHFINDER: LOST OMENS WORLD GUIDE HC (P2)MAY193231PAI
3STARFINDER RPG: ALIEN ARCHIVE 3 HCJUN193098PAI
4MARVEL HEROCLIX: X-MEN ANIMATED SERIES DARK PHOENIX BOOSTER BRICKMAY193279NEC
5PATHFINDER BESTIARY HC (P2)MAY193229PAI
6CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HCJUN173357GRE
7PATHFINDER: CORE RULEBOOK HC SPECIAL EDITION (P2)MAY193228PAI
8PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITIONAPR168770PAI
9PATHFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: AGE OF ASHES PART 2 (P2)MAY198358PAI
10PATHFINDER GM SCREEN (P2)MAY193238PAI

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

X-Men #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Absolute Carnage #4 (Marvel) – The event has been going strong and we really want to see where it all goes as it gets bigger and bigger as far as characters involved.

Crazy #1 (Marvel) – Celebrating 80 years of Marvel with this bit of a throwback comic.

Killswitch #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The concept kind of sounds like Minority Report but the idea of clairvoyants looking to escape captivity still sounds interesting enough to check out.

Marked #1 (Image Comics) – A double-sized premiere about a secret order that protects the world by using their tattooed powers.

The Mask: I Pledge Allegiance to the Mask #1 (Dark Horse) – The Mask is back with what sounds like a timely political spin to it.

Metal Men #1 (DC Comics) – The classic characters get a twelve issue miniseries and picks up on Nth Metal and the Dark Multiverse. We’re intrigued.

Once & Future #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora have been killing it with this modern fantasy series. Great action and great characters with an interesting twist.

Robotech Remix #1 (Titan Comics) – The next step in the Robotech franchise. We’re excited to see what Brenden Fletcher does with it!

Something is Killing the Children #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Children dying in towns seems to be a big “genre” now but this series stands out with it’s delivery on the topic. Just a solid mix of mystery and horror.

Superman Smashes the Klan #1 (DC Comics) – We’ve wanted to read this since it was announced. The series is inspired by the famous 1940s radio serial.

Superman: Year One #3 (DC Comics) – Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s take on Superman wraps up and after a gonzo and cringey second issue…

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman Knightfall #1 (DC Comics) – DC launches a new line of comics that takes major DC events and shows us the Dark Multiverse take on them. We’re excited for all of this.

Trees: Three Fates #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue returned us to the world of “Trees” but that aspect seems to not matter as much. Three Fates is more murder mystery than sci-fi weirdness but with a unique setting and solid pacing, it’s a must for those that enjoy that type of story.

X-Men #1 (Marvel) – Dawn of X launches!

NYCC 2019: Stranger Things Returns with Into the Fire in January 2020

Dark Horse Comics and Netflix are expanding the world of Stranger Things in the newest Stranger Things comic series, Stranger Things: Into the Fire!

In 1984, several years after escaping Hawkins, two survivors of Dr. Brenner’s experiments seek out their lost fellow experiment, number Nine, who needs their help now more than ever.

Writer Jody Houser, line artist Ryan Kelly, inker Le Beau Underwood, colorist Triona Farrell, and letterer Nate Piekos, explore the true effects of Dr. Brenner’s meddling experiments in Stranger Things: Into the Fire.

In Stranger Things: Into the Fire, years after escaping Hawkins Lab, two of Dr. Brenner’s former subjects try to return to their live normal lives. When news reaches them that the lab was shut down they go on a harrowing search for Nine, a powerful pyrokinetic, whose shattered psyche threatens to burn them all to ashes if they can’t find her and free her from her own malevolent imagination.

The first issue of Stranger Things: Into the Fire goes on sale January 8, 2020.

Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1
Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1
Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1

NYCC 2019: Peter Milligan and Jesús Hervas Explore a Tomorrow with Only Children

Berger Books has announced an intriguing new story for 2020, Tomorrow– a five-issue comic series by critically acclaimed and legendary writer Peter Milligan, breakout artist Jesús Hervas, and dynamic colorist James Devlin.

When a Russian computer virus jumps the species barrier and wipes out most of the adult population, the world falls precariously into the hands of the next generation.  In the wake of the devastation, musical prodigy Oscar Fuentes is separated from his twin sister Cira. Without the support of each other and stranded on opposite sides of the country, they’re swept into rapidly-evolving networks of gangs. Can Oscar find his way back to Cira… or will they be lost to each other forever, in a dangerous makeshift civilization that is mercilessly replacing the past?

The first issue of Tomorrow goes on sale February 26, 2020.

Tomorrow

Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone Reveal the Hidden Society

Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone, the team behind Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald, are teaming up once more in Hidden Society. Written by Rafael Scavone and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque, Hidden Society invites you to peek into a dark world behind the curtain.

Hidden from ordinary eyes, there is a world alongside our own full of deities, demons, and danger—where magic wins out over science and dark secrets lie in wait. Ulloo, the last wizard from the Hidden Society, enlists the aid of a blind girl and her demon, a young magician, and a cursed bounty hunter in order to stop a group of nihilist warlocks from waking the Society’s greatest nemesis: a primeval force that, unchecked, will scorch the planet bare of all life.

Hidden Society #1 (of four) goes on sale February 26, 2020.

Hidden Society #1

Review: Berserker Unbound #3

Berserker Unbound #3

In Berserker Unbound #3, the warrior known as the Mongrel King, trapped in a modern world with no one but a sympathetic homeless man to keep him company, finds himself confronted by new dangers and old threats from his homeland.

Berserker Unbound #3 is an odd comic. The majority of the issue revolves around the Mongrel King and a homeless man drinking at night in Central Park. Each talks to each other in a language that neither can understand. You would think that this would leave the comic a mess with little progression. The two men essentially have separate conversations with the other, making an assumption as to what the other is saying.

You’d think that this would lead to the comic taking itself in a circle. There’s an oddly endearing feeling to the two men’s dialogue. Jeff Lemire allows a natural flow to the two conversations. It does more to develop the characters than one would expect. The barbarian and the homeless man reveal their vulnerabilities to the audience and themselves. Though because of the language barrier, not to each other.

Berserker Unbound #3 rebounds from the slower pace of the previous issue as the story finds a direction. I’m not going to say “once again” because I don’t think it ever lost its direction. The direction wasn’t as obvious at the end of the second issue as it is at the end of the third. This brings me back to a point I made in last month’s review; that Jeff Lemire is one of the preeminent writers in comics. His ability to twist expectations with the way he commands a story and the dialogue used can be some of the most exciting things in a comic book – when he’s on form.

And holy shit, is he ever on form.

Mike Deodato Jr.‘s artwork captures both the feel of the Silver Age sword and sorcery comics without ever feeling dated. Put simply, this is a gorgeous book. But it’s also more than that; with the characters essentially talking to themselves for the entire issue, what we have, for all intents and purposes, is a silent issue. While the characters can’t understand each other verbally, their body language is plain as day, allowing the Mongrel King and Joe Cobb the communicate visually. Deodato Jr. is able to show his storytelling chops with a powerful scene near the climax of the comic that will hit you with an emotional gut-punch all with barely a handful of words on the page.

It’s a great sequence and one of the many joys that readers of this series will get to experience.

I thoroughly enjoyed this comic, with its mixture of fantasy and the modern world working together in a way that adds a unique twist to a well used trope. I’d expect nothing less from a writer of Lemire’s caliber.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Mike Deodato Jr. Color: Frank Martin
Story: 9.3 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided a FREE copy for review. I’ve added this to my pull list.

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