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Snow Angels Volume 1 Goes Back to Press Before RElease with Volume 2 Coming June 2022

Dark Horse will publish Snow Angels Volume 2, collecting the conclusion of the acclaimed limited 10-issue series by writer Jeff Lemire and artist JockSnow Angels Volume 1, collecting issues #1-4 arrives in print in February 2022 and is going back to press for a second printing.

Snow Angels is the first collaboration between the two renowned talents. Together, they have created an epic science fiction adventure story set in a brutal near future where the world is covered in ice.

In Snow Angels, Milliken and Mae have never left The Trench—it’s all they’ve ever known. They were born in The Trench, and they’ll die there, just like all their people do. The two girls, eight and eleven, are a part of The Trenchfolk, a sprawling settlement of people living inside the massive ice walls of a vast, seemingly endless frozen trench carved into the surface of an otherwise icy wasteland. The Trenchfolk survive in this hostile world by following The Three Testaments of The Trench—golden rules repeated like a mantra from birth to death…

  1. YOU MUST NEVER LEAVE THE TRENCH.
  2. THE TRENCH PROVIDES. 
  3. THE TRENCH IS ENDLESS. 

Milli and Mae don’t really know how their people came to live here. No one does, not even their wise and gentle father. On Milliken’s twelfth birthday, their father takes the two girls on an overnight skate down the trench — a coming-of-age ritual to teach them how to fish the frozen river, how to hunt the wild Trenchdogs that wander its frigid banks, and how to give proper thanks to their frozen Gods — The Colden Ones. It’s the trip of a lifetime until the girls push beyond the borders of their humble land and awaken the Trench’s deadly defender…The Snowman!

Snow Angels Volume 1[88 pages / color / on sale February 1, 2022 in bookstores and February 2, 2022 in comic shops / MSRP $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-50672648-9] is one of the latest releases from the Dark Horse Books and comiXology Originals print program. It is available for pre-order now through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local comic shop.

Snow Angels Volume 2[128 pages / color / on sale June 21, 2022 in bookstores and June 22, 2022 in comic shops / MSRP $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-506726496] is one of the latest releases from the Dark Horse Books and comiXology Originals print program.  It is available for pre-order now through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local comic shop.

Review: Joy Operations #1

Joy Operations #1

Writer Brian Michael Bendis bits off way more than he can chew in Joy Operations #1, which was meant to be his big debut for Dark Horse Comics, but it ends up being an incredibly talky, boring, and contained first chapter of a space opera. And it’s a pity because Stephen Byrne’s art is clean, sleek, and perfect for this futuristic world that has been built on the ashes of what is now the United States. The protagonist, Joy, is some kind of skilled bodyguard for Kathryn, who seems to be like the Sheryl Sandberg or Kamala Harris or Hillary Clinton of this new order, but she’s really worst than these girl bosses and could be responsible for the death of humanity. These sentences make it seem like Joy Operations has an intriguing premise, but it really never gets off the ground.

Bendis has written a lot of crime, superhero, and although they’re usually not as compelling, science fiction stories, and he understands that conveying power and movement is one of the strengths of the comics medium. So, he and Byrne kick off Joy Operations #1 with a fight scene between Joy and Kathyrn’s Gerxhart bodyguard, who apparently sees her as a threat. It’s the stereotypical hero vs. hero battle in the first act of a superhero team-up, but with Tron lights and viscosity courtesy of Stephen Byrne’s color palette and design. The fight shows that the relationship between Joy and Kathryn isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but it doesn’t serve a purpose beyond setting up that Joy has some cool as shit skills that I’ve seen in the aforementioned Tron and nearly every piece of fiction involving a virtual reality. Byrne’s approach to fight choreography reminds me a lot of the energy of the Overwatch, which is definitely a compliment. However, until the bitter end of the comic, I don’t have anyone to root for or latch onto in the fight.

Speaking of bitter end, Bendis and Byrne mainly craft the world of Joy Operations through Joy talking to herself with the occasional big spread like when we finally get some details about Kathryn and her impact on this world. Brian Michael Bendis’ profanity-tinged, sarcastic sense of humor that made Jessica Jones and Deena Pilgrim is definitely present in Joy’s character voice even when it’s drowned out by half-baked concepts and in-universe jargon. He and Stephen Byrne run into a wall when Joy really only gets to bounce off the voice in her head. In his previous works, Bendis could make conversations as compelling as fight scenes with the help of great facial acting from his artists. However, Joy has conversations with word balloons, which would be okay in prose, but is snore-worthy in a visual medium like comics.

Stephen Byrne’s sleek vision of the future combined with a hubris-filled foe should have been a slam dunk space opera. However, Joy Operations #1 didn’t immerse me in this new world, but beat me over with walls of text and a POV character whose best moments seemed like retreads of better written Brian Michael Bendis female protagonists. Seriously, where is a text page when you need one? Joy Operations showcases Byrne’s gifts at worldbuilding, action blocking, and facial expressions, but Bendis’ script doesn’t rise up to match his energy so this is definitely a comic worth skipping and a poor start for Jinxworld’s first Dark Horse book.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Stephen Byrne
Letters: Joshua Reed
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 5.8 Recommendation: Pass

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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 week.

American Comics: A History (WW Norton) – Professor Jeremy Dauber takes readers through the history of American comics starting with the Civil War through modern times. It’s 150 years of history.

Black Panther #1 (Marvel) – John Ridley takes over Black Panther and we’re beyond excited.

DC vs. Vampires #2 (DC Comics) – It’s the latest apocalyptic spin with DC superheroes and the first issue was a solid build up with a really good unexpected twist.

Deathstroke Inc. #3 (DC Comics) – The series has been a solid take on the character without him going the “hero” route. He’s the asshole we love to see what he does next.

Harbinger #2 (Valiant) – The first issue was a solid debut that worked well for long-time fans of the characters and a jumping on point for new readers.

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 (Marvel) – With a high-profile debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kate Bishop is getting a new series that should be perfect for new readers.

The History of Science Fiction Vol. 1 (Humanoids) – What will be covered and what will be left out? We want to see what gets the spotlight in this graphic novel that covers the genre from the 1800s to present day.

House of Slaughter #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Something is Killing the Children has been a hit and we’re watching this spin-off series to see if it can repeat the magic.

Hulk #1 (Marvel) – After an epic run, where do things go? We’ll find out soon!

Joy Operations #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Brian Michael Bendis brings his talent to Dark Horse with a new creator-owned series through his Jinxworld imprint.

Serial #8 (Abstract Studio) – The series has been growing on us as Zoe has been getting closer and closer to figuring out what’s going on with the serial killer Jenny and we learn more about Jenny’ motivations.

Task Force Z #2 (DC Comics) – The concept shouldn’t work but the first issue proved it can! Red Hood leads a team of revived “zombie” villains.

Dark Horse to Publish an Errand Boys Collection

Errand Boys by D.J. Kirkbride, Nikos Koutsis, and Frank Cvetkovic is being collected at Dark Horse Comics for the first time ever.      

A runner for a shady errand—and sometimes shifty smuggling—service finds an unexpected partner in his half-human, teenage half-brother! 

In the future, a decent job is tough to find, especially if you’re a hard-worn scoundrel with commitment issues. But there’s one position that’s always open—an errand runner. Jace is a lifelong solo act handling miscellaneous tasks that are often dangerous, and rarely legal, for the most questionable of clients. But when his thirteen-year-old half-human half-brother comes to live with him, he’s got two mouths to feed and this is the only one way he knows how to put money on the table. Between evading the law, running from angry aliens, and jumping off skyscrapers, can Jace survive being a big brother? Navigating to the furthest depths of the solar system, the only thing weirder than the vastness of space is family.

You can outrun monsters, but you can’t outrun duty!

Errand Boys trade paperback will be in comic shops April 13, 2022 and in bookstores April 26, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Errand Boys will retail for $19.99 and it collects Errand Boys #1-#5.

Errand Boys

Dark Horse Uses the Force and (Re)Gains the Star Wars License for All-Ages Comics and Graphic Novels

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Dark Horse Comics has announced a new line of all-ages comics and graphic novels expanding the Star Wars galaxy. Beginning in Spring 2022, fans can expect to experience adventures in every era, from the High Republic through the rise of the First Order, through new and exciting stories that Dark Horse is thrilled to introduce.

Dark Horse Comics has collaborated with Lucasfilm over the course of nearly 30 years on a variety of comics and art books, from Dark Empire in 1991 to The Art of Star Wars Rebels in 2020. Now, Dark Horse is returning to the many worlds of Star Wars with all-new stories for readers of all ages.

“Dark Horse has a rich history publishing Star Wars comics and graphic novels. Star Wars is near and dear to all of our hearts and I’ve been a fan since I saw the original film nineteen times during its original release. I am thrilled that Dark Horse will once again bring new stories to life from this incredible galaxy and I’m not exaggerating when I say we can’t wait to bring these new adventures to fans of every age.” — Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics Founder and CEO 

Dark Horse held the license to Star Wars comics which ended in 2015. That ended a 20 year run and relationship. At that point, comics shifted to Marvel, which is a sister company of Lucasfilm. Both are owned by Disney. After Marvel regained the license, IDW Publishing began to also release comics and graphic novels geared towards younger readers in 2017.

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Scarlet and Torso Get New Collections from Dark Horse

Coming off the recent announcement that Brian Michael Bendis would be bringing his Jinxworld imprint and new comics exclusively to Dark Horse Comics, the expansion of the line continues with brand new collections of two classic Jinxworld titles—Scarlet and Torso!     

Scarlet, written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Alex Maleev is about a young woman pushed to the edge by a world filled by police brutality, government corruption, and unspeakable crimes. After a mysterious murder and a near-death experience, Scarlet Rue wakes from a coma with her world shattered. Fueled by rage, guilt, and her vision of a better future; she takes the fight to her oppressors… and anyone else who gets in her way. Striking back against the corrupt cops who tore her life apart and sparks an uprising in this all too real tale of power, corruption, and lies.

Complete with behind the scenes material, sketches, and design concepts from both Bendis and Maleev, this collection is the definitive omnibus of their fearless political thriller set in the seedy underbelly of Portland, Oregon.

Written by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko and illustrated by Bendis himself, Torso recounts the story of an aging Elliot Ness in his hunt for one of America’s first serial killers: the torso killer!

Cleveland. 1935. Eliot Ness, fresh from his legendary Chicago triumph over Al Capone and associates, set his sights on Cleveland. He went on a crusade that matched, and sometimes even surpassed, his past accomplishments. But dismembered body parts started washing up in a concentrated area of Lake Erie Sound. Headless torsos that left no clues to their identity or reason for death. Elliot Ness and his colorful gang of The Unknowns chased this killer through the underbelly of Cleveland for years. As far as the public was concerned, he was never captured. But what really happened is even more shocking.

This 1999 Eisner Award-winner for Comic Book Excellence is re-designed in this latest edition to the Dark Horse/Jinxworld library!

Scarlet trade paperback will collect all fifteen issues of the entire Scarlet series and will be available everywhere books are sold May 4, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local bookstore. Scarlet will retail for $29.99.

Torso trade paperback will be available everywhere books are sold June 1, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon and at your local bookstore. Torso will retail for $19.99.

Meet the “New Blood” of Overwatch in a New Digital Comic Mini-Series

Dark Horse Comics and Blizzard Entertainment have teamed up once again to bring you new stories from the world of Overwatch! Ray Fawkes pens a script illustrated by Irene Koh, colored by Suzanne Geary and Mariel Rodriguez, and lettered by Deron Bennet. Follow everyone’s favorite wandering gunslinger as he seeks out heroes for Overwatch in Overwatch: New Blood!      

Years after Overwatch has been disbanded, the world finds itself beset by injustice and vulnerable to self-interested powers. With chaos and devastation rife around the globe, Cole Cassidy receives the call to rejoin Overwatch, but memories of its fall still haunt him . . .

Set right after the events of the “Reunion” cinematic, Overwatch: New Blood follows the cowboy on a new journey leading up to the highly anticipated sequel, Overwatch 2.

Overwatch: New Blood is free to read on Dark Horse Digital, ComiXology, and anywhere else you read your digital comics today! The launch of the new series coincides with the brand-new Overwatch in-game event, “Cassidy’s New Blood Challenge.” Be sure to check out both and answer the call!

Overwatch: New Blood
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