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Troy Nixey Combines Horror and Humor in Trout

Writer/artist Troy Nixey known for his masterful, unique approach to art and storytelling is thrilled to bring audiences a hardcover collection of his most beloved character, Trout this spring!

Trout is not like other kids. After many bizarre adventures, Trout has seen more than most adults in his short lifetime. Trout must grapple with the ferocious appetite of a monstrous repressed memory come to life, hell-bent on eating the town. And if that wasn’t enough, when a mysterious and evil puppet show passes through, Trout is the only one able to save the town’s children from the puppeteer’s insidious grasp!

This hardcover volume collects Trout #1-2 previously published by Oni Press in 2001, as well as Trout’s first appearance in Dark Horse Presents #119-123 from 1997 along with a wonderfully weird assortment of never before seen material!

This is a perfect launching point to join Trout on his adventures just before the release of a brand new four issue mini-series coming in spring of 2019 from Troy Nixey, Dave Stewart and Dark Horse Comics.

Trout Volume 1: Bits & Bobs HC goes on sale March 13, 2019.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 10/13

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


 

 

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ss1ShatterStar #1 (Marvel)– In this debut issue, we find a semi retired android Assassin who is more than happy to be passing for another boring human. he just so happens to live in a building with heroes from alternate universes, which should be a setup for a sitcom. Instead, it turns tragic as another assassin takes out most of the building’s tenants with the exception of ShatterStar. By issue’s end, needless to say, our hero comes out of retirement for one last go at revenge.  Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

What If? Peter Parker Became The Punisher #1 ( Marvel)- In a rather dark story we get a Spider-Man who actually Kills. We find Peter Parker punishing criminals across New York as The Punisher while struggling to maintain a social life. He finds a city marred by the Green Goblin, which leads to Gwen Stacey getting kidnapped and Peter killing one last time. By book’s end, as in all good What If? Issues, we get both original characters crossing paths, one that will make the reader ask, the impossible questions. Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Star Wars Solo Adaptation #1 ( Marvel)– I will keep this one sweet and short. This is mostly a serviceable adaptation, but not much for fans to get any new insight into the story. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Borrow

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qa3.jpgThe Quantum Age #3 (Dark Horse)** – A fun, fast-paced issue from Jeff Lemire and Wilfredo Torres that propels the story forward with a fair amount of gusto, gives some great backstory to one of the main characters, and ends on a killer cliffhanger that will have fans of the so-called “Black Hammer Universe” on the edge of their seats waiting for the finale. Nice, crisp art from Torres that has a cool “retro-futurist” feel to it rounds out the package with a good degree of stylish flair. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Wildstorm: Michael Cray #12 (DC/Wildstorm)** – A suitably satisfying conclusion to this 12-parter wraps up the major plots and subplots while ending things on an ominous note that fundamentally changes our perception of the title character. Bryan Hill’s scripting is solid if unspectacular, while N. Steven Harris continues his welcome pattern of improving as an artist with each issue. Competent, but not mind-blowing or anything. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

House Of Whsipers #2 (DC/Vertigo)** – A pretty major step back from the excellent first issue of this series, as Nalo Hopkinson’s story more or less runs in place (the followers of our protagonist/voodoo goddess literally doing the exact same thing they did last time out and somehow hoping for different results) until it gets to its clumsily-executed and frankly less-than-exciting cliffhanger, while artist Dominike “Domo” Stanton turns in a rushed-looking job with none of the detail or rich atmospherics of the previous installment. Oh well. Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass

Hey Kids! Comics! #3 (Image)** – Seemingly out of nowhere, Howard Chaykin is putting out his best comic in a decade or more, and it’s gaining steam as his disparate timelines begin to coalesce into a fairly straightforward plot that’s easy enough to follow. Strong characters, a take-no-prisoners approach to comics history, and typically strong Chaykin art and design work are coming together into something pretty damn special here. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram’s House of Penance Gets a Deluxe Library Edition

With their series House of Penance, Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram wove a macabre tale of guilt, ghosts, and guns, in a fictionalized account of Sarah Winchester’s descent into madness. Now, Dark Horse is releasing a deluxe library edition collecting all six issues of House of Penance in an oversized hardcover format with new cover art, sketchbook extras, and more.

House of Penance is a horrific tale of how fortune brings misfortune, as a grim and determined woman oversees the construction of a house twenty-four hours a day for twenty years mission to wash away the blood curse of her husband’s invention, the Winchester rifle, from claiming her own life and soul.

House of Penance Library Edition HC goes on sale March 27, 2019. This 176-page volume retails for $34.99.

Curt Pires and Antonio Fuso Get Wyrd at Dark Horse

There are some cases that are simply too weird for law enforcement to solve. Enter Pitor Wyrd, an un-aging, invincible detective with a penchant for the strange who steps in to assist…for a fee. Between a botched attempt at recreating a certain US supersolider, a monster roaming the countryside, and a trail of bodies, there is no case too big, too small, or too weird.

Writer Curt Pires oins forces with artist Antonio Fuso for Wyrd, a four-issue comics series that’s James Bond meets The X Files. The series is colored by Stefano Simeone and features variant covers by Jeff Lemire, Rafael Albuquerque, Gabriele Dell’Otto, and Danijel Zezelj.

Wyrd #1 (of four) goes on sale January 30, 2019.

Linda-058’s Solo Mission Begins in Halo: Lone Wolf

For the past five years Dark Horse Comics and 343 Industries have worked together to bring fans exciting and intriguing stories to expand the Halo universe. Now we’re ready to deploy a new mission starring Blue Team’s Spartan Linda-058 in pursuit of a rogue UNSC scientist!

Halo: Lone Wolf follows Spartan Linda-058 alone on a covert mission. Her skills in infiltration and marksmanship make her perfect for the high-stakes mission to end the threat posed by a wanted scientist on a distant planet. With only an ONI assigned AI at her side, Linda must fight through both the dregs of the Covenant and the hostility of a lost human settlement to stop the rogue scientist in his tracks.

The newest entry in the Halo comics franchise is written by Anne Toole with art by Kieran McKeown and JL Straw, colors by Dan Jackson, and covers by Christian Ward.

Halo: Lone Wolf #1 (of four) goes on sale January 2, 2019.

NYCC 2018: Victor Santos Delivers the Fourth and Final Polar Epic

2019 is the year of Polar! Dark Horse announced the next and final installment in the bestselling creator Victor Santos’ epic Polar crime-noir series—Polar Volume 4: The Kaiser Falls. In addition to this epic finale, Dark Horse will also publish Polar Volume 0: The Black Kaiser and the second edition of Polar Volume 1: Came from the Cold.

Polar Volume 4: The Kaiser Falls follows Black Kaiser as he tries to assimilate into retired life in Miami. The indomitable spy’s peaceful retirement is interrupted when a rookie assassin finds Kaiser and challenges him for his crown. His simple life becomes complicated when Kaiser’s housemaid has problems with a local gang and resurfacing to maintain the peace puts him right in the new adversary’s crosshairs. Buckle up, because Black Kaiser’s last ride is going to get rough! This beautiful hardcover edition contains 166 pages of pulse-pounding adventure for $19.99.

Originally published by Planeta-de-Agostini comics, Polar Volume 0: The Black Kaiser finds the Black Kaiser in direct conflict with the nefarious agency known as the Damocles Initiative. This 96-page hardcover collection explores the origins of one of the most feared assassins in the world for $17.99.

Polar Volume 4: The Kaiser Falls goes on sale March 6, 2019. Polar Volume 0: The Black Kaiser also goes on sale March 6, 2018. Dark Horse will also release the second edition of Polar Volume 1: Came from the Cold on January 30, 2019. All three are available for pre-order.

Polar is now a major motion picture set to debut in 2019 on Netflix. The film is co-produced by Constantin Film and Bolt Pictures in association with Dark Horse Entertainment. Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, Polar stars Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, and Matt Lucas. Robert Kulzer, Jeremy Bolt, and Hartley Gorenstein are producing with Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, Martin Moszkowicz, and Mads Mikkelsen signed on as executive producers.

NYCC 2018: The Girl in the Bay from J.M. DeMatteis, Corin Howell, and Berger Books in February 2019

As revealed on the “Berger Books: The Second Wave” panel at New York Comic ConThe Girl in the Bay is the latest addition to the critically acclaimed Berger Books imprint at Dark Horse Comics. Eisner Award-winning writer J.M. DeMatteis and acclaimed artist Corin Howell unite to tell this haunting coming-of-age tale about misbegotten youth, “what could have been,” and the ultimate sacrifice.

In 1969, seventeen-year-old Kathy Sartori was brutally attacked, her body hurled into Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay. Miraculously, she survives, fights her way back to the surface, only to discover that 50 years have passed, and an eerie doppelganger has lived out an entire life in her place. Kathy soon confronts not just this strange double, but the madman who “murdered” her five decades earlier. Will he, and the dark entity that lives inside him, hold the key to Kathy’s missing years? Or will Kathy become a ghost of herself and be forced to live out what remains of her life on the edge of the world that she desperately wants to be a part of?

The first issue of The Girl in the Bay (of four) goes on sale February 6, 2019.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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.

Asgardians of the Galaxy #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun as it brought together an interesting mix of characters together as a team and delivered a nice reveal at the end. Where does it go from there? We’re excited to find out.

Batman/The Maxx #1 (IDW Publising) – Two classic characters are brought together and we’re expecting awesome.

Blackbird #1 (Image Comics) – A secret cabal of magic users exists in Los Angeles and the fact Sam Humphries is writing this new series is a bonus to an awesome idea.

Border Town #2 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – The first issue was a nice mix of Scooby-Doo and the Goonies with a Latinx twist to it all. We’re all in.

Dead Rabbit #1 (Image Comics) – A former stick-up man is back out of retirement. This is the type of noir/crime concept that has us excited to check it out.

Death of the Inhumans #4 (Marvel) – This event has been shaking up the Inhumans and we have no idea where it’s all going.

Death Orb #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – A new apocalyptic series from Ryan Ferrier featuring a character carving a bloody path as he attempts to save his wife and child.

Errand Boys #1 (Image Comics) – An intriguing series about a future where you run errands, possibly illegal, to make a living. A concept we’ve seen in some different ways recently, but this one’s style stands out.

Infinity Wars: Sleepwalker #1 (Marvel) – The classic character is back.

The Long Ranger Vol. 3 #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Mark Russell writing the Lone Ranger. We’re all in for that.

Me the People (Image Comics) – A collection of Pia Guerrera’s recent political cartoons.

Poser #2 (Waxwork Comics) – The first issue was solid horror with a music spin to it all. Just a solid slasher type story perfect for Halloween.

Rainbow Brite #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The classic character is back in comics with Jeremy Whitley writing. Yeah, we’re sold on it.

Secret Coders Vol. 6 Monsters & Modules (First Second) – The series that mixes entertainment with education has a new volume and this is one we’ll always recommend.

Shatterstar #1 (Marvel) – The character is in the spotlight and we want to see where it goes. With a string of solid X character focused miniseries, we’re hoping this one is just as good.

Sparrowhawk #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Teen Victorian fairy fight club! Nuff said.

Superior Octopus #1 (Marvel) – We loved Doc Ock as Spider-Man so we want more!

Typhoid Fever: Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – With the character of Typhoid Mary getting the spotlight in Iron Fist, we want to see where this miniseries takes her.

Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – We love the original series and are so happy this cooky comic about a dysfunctional family with superpowers is back.

The Walking Dead #184 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – The series has been having a resurgence with the introduction of a new community and we’re excited as to where it’s all going.

What If? Spider-Man #1/What If? X-Men #1 (Marvel) – We always loved this alternate history of Marvel comics. Now, to bring back What The!? too.

Wonder Woman/Justice League Dark: Witching Hour #1 (DC Comics) – It feels early for an event but so far DC’s horror focused series has been top notch.

Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 2 (DC Comics) – It’s been a while since we’ve had a standalone graphic novel in this series so each feels like an event and a must to check out.

X-Men: Black – Magneto #1 (Marvel) – Magneto back to being a villain? We can hope!

NYCC 2018: Dark Horse Reveals Their Panels and Signings

Visit Dark Horse Comics at New York Comic Con to meet some of your favorite creators and get your hands on some free swag, such as comics, pins, posters, and more!  Check out their signings and panels too! They’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth. You can find them at booth #1636.

Fans of The Umbrella Academy! Stop by the Dark Horse Comics Booth to check out a special exclusive photo booth activation in partnership with Netflix!

DARK HORSE NYCC SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREEFREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.

Some signings require a wristband for entry, as noted on the schedule. Drawings for wristbands for these events will begin at show opening the day before and the day of each signing. Come to the Dark Horse booth early for the best chance to join these events.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

We have one signing stage, which features art from Hellboy Omnibus Volume 3: The Wild Hunt and Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories Volume 2 by creator Mike Mignola.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4

11:00 AM-11:50 AM:
FEMINA AND FAUNA, HELMETGIRLS: Camilla d’Errico

12:00 PM-12:50 PM:
MODERN FANTASY: Kristen Gudsnuk, Rafer Roberts

HENCHGIRL: Kristen Gudsnuk

THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY: Vivek Tiwary

3:00 PM-3:50 PM:
STRANGER THINGS: Jody Houser, Keith Champagne, Fábio Moon

STARCRAFT: Jody Houser, Andrew R. Robinson

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: Gabriel Bá

TWO BROTHERS, HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES: Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon

4:00 PM-4:50 PM:
AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER–IMBALANCE: Peter Wartman

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER–TEAM AVATAR TALES: Sara Goetter

  • WRISTBAND REQUIRED 
  • LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON 

5:00 PM-5:50 PM:
THE WHISPERING DARK: Christofer Emgård

BROOKLYN BLOOD: Paul Levitz, Tim Hamilton

6:00 PM-6:50 PM:
LIFE BETWEEN PANELS, NANJING, THE BATTLES OF BRIDGET LEE: Ethan Young

TOMB RAIDER, TOMB RAIDER: INFERNO: Phillip Sevy

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

11:00 AM-11:50 AM:
ELFQUEST: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini

12:00 PM-12:50 PM:
XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS AND THE RISE OF ALEXANDER: Frank Miller, Alex Sinclair

XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS AND THE RISE OF ALEXANDER, SIN CITY, 300: Frank Miller

  • WRISTBAND REQUIRED 
  • NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
  • LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON 
  • OTHER RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO

2:00 PM-2:50 PM:
BERGER BOOKS: Joel Rose, Ann Nocenti, Christopher Cantwell, Martín Morazzo, Darin Strauss, Adam Dalva, Karen Berger

3:00 PM-3:50 PM:
BERGER BOOKS: Dave Gibbons, Dean Haspiel, J.M. DeMatteis, Corin Howell, Karen Berger

4:00 PM-4:50 PM:
BLACKWOOD: Evan Dorkin, Veronica Fish, Andy Fish

BEASTS OF BURDEN, DORK, MILK & CHEESE, CALLA CTHULHU: Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer

5:00 PM-5:50 PM:

GO TEAM VENTURE! THE ART AND MAKING OF THE VENTURE BROS.: Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick, Ken Plume

  • WRISTBAND REQUIRED
    NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY.
    SIGNING LIMITED TO 1 PRINT AND/OR 1 COPY OF GO TEAM VENTURE: THE ART AND MAKING OF THE VENTURE BROS HC PER PERSON. NO OTHER ITEMS.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

11:00 AM-11:50 AM:
DREAMWORKS HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: DRAGONVINE, TROLLHUNTERS: TALES OF ARCADIA–THE FELLED: Richard Hamilton

PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Jacob Chabot

12:00 PM-12:50 PM:
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá

  • WRISTBAND REQUIRED 
  • NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
  • LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON 
  • OTHER RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO

1:10 PM-2:10 PM:
HELLBOY: Mike Mignola, David Harbour, Daniel Dae Kim, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane

  • WRISTBAND REQUIRED 
  • NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
  • LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON 
  • OTHER RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO

2:45 PM-3:35 PM:
MINECRAFT VOLUME ONE: Sarah Graley

4:00 PM-4:50 PM:
AMERICAN GODS: David Mack

5:30 PM-6:30 PM:
UNKNOWN 9 ARCHIVES: Jae Lee

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7

11:00 AM-11:50 AM:
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: Todd Nauck

12:00 PM-12:50 PM:
DISNEY RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: Joe Caramagna, Amy Mebberson

DISNEY FROZEN: BREAKING BOUNDARIES: Joe Caramagna

DISNEY / PIXAR THE INCREDIBLES 2 #1: CRISIS IN MID-LIFE! & OTHER STORIES: Landry Q. Walker

1:00 PM-1:50 PM:
ELFQUEST: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini

2:00 PM-2:50 PM:
THE FLUTTER COLLECTION: Jennie Wood, Jeff McComsey, Jeff McClelland

DARK HORSE NYCC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4

2:45 PM–3:45 PM:
THE CYCLE BEGINS ANEW: EXPLORING THE COMIC ELEMENTS OF AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER AND THE LEGEND OF KORRA
(Room 1A24)

Dark Horse and Nickelodeon are excited to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Join Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance artist Peter Wartman, Team Avatar Tales artist Sara Goetter to learn about what’s to come in the ever-expanding world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Plus, fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes!

 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
 
12:30 PM-1:30 PM:
BERGER BOOKS: THE SECOND WAVE 
(Room 1A21)
Berger Books keeps great comics coming in its second wave of new and unusual genre-bending series! Editor Karen Berger (Vertigo founder) is joined by legendary comics writer Ann Nocenti (The Seeds), Get Jiro co-writer, Joel Rose,  (Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts), artist Christopher Cantwell co-creator of AMC’s acclaimed Halt and Catch Fire (She Could Fly), Martín Morazzo of (She Could Fly), best-selling Chang & Eng novelist Darin Strauss (Olivia Twist) and short fiction writer Adam Dalva (Olivia Twist), Dean Haspiel, Emmy Award-winning artist of HBO’s Bored to Death (The Alcoholic), Richard Bruning, Berger Books art director, and renowned comics writer J.M. De Matteis (SpidermanMoonshadow) announcing a brand new series with artist Corin Howell (Ghostbusters)!

5:45 PM-6:45 PM:

JAPAN’S MANGA MAGAZINE: WHERE YOUR MANGA GETS STARTED!

(Anime Fest – Mirai Stage)

Almost every manga Dark Horse has published came from a Japanese magazine; this is also true of the other US manga publishers. These magazines are to manga in Japan what monthly comic books are to comics in the US—they’re the place readers get the story first, before it gets collected as a trade paperback. But since manga gets released in the US straight to trade paperback, we never get to see manga as the original Japanese readers do. Join Carl Horn as he gives fans a tour of the over 20 different Japanese magazines, including what some Dark Horse stories looked like when they were first published, what kind of ads ran in them, what the cover art was like, and more!

7:30 PM–9:30 PM:
NETFLIX & CHILLS
(Main Stage 1D)

The midnight hour is close at hand with Netflix’s Mega Block of chills, thrills, and everything else of the other-worldly variety. Join the casts of Umbrella Academy, The Haunting of Hill House and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as they descend upon New York Comic Con to discuss these highly anticipated new series. Plus, get a first look at The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance before anyone else. The conversations will leave you sleeping with the lights on and texting your friends about the surprises along the way!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6
 
1:45 PM–2:45 PM:
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY INVITES YOU TO CHECK IN TO “HOTEL OBLIVION”                                                (Room 1A06)

After ten years, The Umbrella Academy is back in action! With the new comics series, The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion kicking off and a live action series arriving on Netflix in early 2019, Dark Horse Comics is thrilled to invite fans to a conversation with series creators Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá as we explore the weird, wonderful world of The Umbrella Academy.
 
 
11:00 AM–12:00 PM:
HELLBOY MOVIE PANEL 
(Main Stage 1D)

3:15 PM–4:15 PM:
THIRTY YEARS OF DARK HORSE MANGA 
(Anime Fest – Mirai Stage)

2018 marks Dark Horse’s 30th anniversary of publishing manga! From last year’s Eisner-nominated Wandering Island, to legendary series Lone Wolf and CubBerserk, Blade of the Immortal, Astroboy, and Oh My Goddess!, to contemporary titles such as I Am a Hero, Fate/Zero, Danganronpa, Drifters, and Hatsune Miku, we’re proud to release a wide spectrum of works from Japanese creators. Join Dark Horse editor Carl Horn for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
 
1:30 PM–2:30 PM
GROWING UP WITH COMICS: INTRODUCING YOUNGER READERS TO GRAPHIC STORYTELLING
(Room 1A24)

Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Sarah Graley (Minecraft Volume One), Richard Hamilton (How to Train Your Dragon: Dragonvine), Landry Q. Walker (Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2: Crisis in Mid-Life! & Other Stories), and Peter Wartman (Avatar: The Last Airbender—Imbalance) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!

Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 For August ’18

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Comics not in Diamond’s top 100 sellers for August


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all fantastic, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find four to six comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. The only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 100 for July’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.


 

 

Valiant High #4 (Valiant)
August Sales Rank/Units Sold: 405/2,100
Why You Should Read It:
Do you like Archie Comics? Are you a fan of reimagined superheroes? Then this is a series you’ll want to check out. Obviously familiarity with Valiant will help, but this four issue mini (or the trade) is still enjoyable if you’re new to the company’s comics. And you get a great idea as to who they key characters are if you don’t know, too.

Walt Disney Showcase #6 (IDW)
August Sales Rank/Units Sold: 366/2,693
Why You Should Read It:
Sometimes, you just need a little bit of something different in your comics reading. Especially if you’re more inclined to longer, darker stories the likes of which you don’t get here because it’s Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. Plus the Disney comics are just fun.

Ninja-K #10 (Valiant)
August Sales Rank/Units Sold: 314/3,608
Why You Should Read It: 
Because the standalone (relatively) nature of this story is a great intrduction to the characters within and the nature of the story that’s unfolding. Plus, there’s all the high tech ninja action you could hope for in a comic that also tells a quality story.

Terminator Sector War #1 (Dark Horse)
August Sales Rank/Units Sold: 201/7,626
Why You Should Read It:
Are you a Terminator fan? If you are, then this comic is a must read. Sarah Connor wasn’t the only target of Skynet in the 80’s. There was another target – a police officer – who also gives birth to an important resistance leader.

Multiple Man #3 (Marvel)
August Sales Rank/Units Sold: 144/14,462
Why You Should Read It: 
Because Mathew Rosenberg’s writing is perfectly suited to this style of story. As a five issue miniseries, you may want to wait for the trade at this point, but there’s nothing stopping you from hunting the back issues if you want to experience this story. And you should. Because it’s awesome on multiple levels (see what I did there?).



Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

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