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Dark Horse Promotes Daniel Chabon to Senior Editor

Daniel Chabon

Dark Horse has promoted of Daniel Chabon to the role of Senior Editor. Chabon joined the Dark Horse family in 2009 as an assistant editor on Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. He’s an Eisner Award-nominated comic book and graphic novel editor with a master’s degree in book publishing from Portland State University and a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School.

In his many years at Dark Horse, Daniel has brought a stellar collection of titles and creators to the company—including work from Neil Gaiman, Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Margaret Atwood, Dave McKean, William Gibson, James Stokoe, and a host of others—and he continues to reach out to new creators and expand Dark Horse’s horizons. Daniel’s enthusiasm for comics and his love of the medium have enabled him to make important contributions to Dark Horse’s creator-owned comics. 

Dan likes to spend his spare time with Zell, his four-year-old Shiba Inu. She knows the following commands “Sit,” “Stay,” “High five,” and “Don’t eat that!” 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comes to Dark Horse

Dark Horse Comics and Disney are reawakening a classic Disney tale in Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Written by award-winning author Cecil Castellucci with art by Gabriele Bagnoli, Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, this comic retelling revisits the timeless classic of Snow White.

Relive the classic Disney fairy tale through the first-person perspective of Snow White in Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Snow is more than a damsel in distress; she possesses a heart and soul that yearns for knowledge, love, and acceptance. Made to work in her own castle by her wicked stepmother, the Queen, Snow’s world changes the day she meets her prince charming and her jealous stepmother tries to have her killed. Snow flees to the forest to hide and finds sanctuary with a family she never could have expected in the boisterous seven dwarfs. Can her heart still flourish with the shadow of the queen’s hate looming over her, and only the lingering hope of seeing her prince again?

Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs #1 (of three) goes on sale June 16, 2019.

Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs #1

Mike Mignola’s Mr. Higgins Comes Home Gets a Sequel with Artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell

This fall, Dark Horse Comics will publish the original graphic novel Our Encounters with Evil: Adventures of Professor J.T. Meinhardt and His Assistant Mr. Knox, the sequel to the acclaimed graphic novel Mr. Higgins Comes Home created by legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell. In this installment, Professor J.T. Meinhardt and Mr. Knox continue their pursuit of ne’er-do-well creatures of the night. Now, backed by the dauntless vampire hunter Ms. Mary Van Sloan, the heroes pursue vampires, werewolves, and other horrors that even they are hard-put to name or explain. The only thing that’s for certain? The strange truths these adventurers uncover are seldom what they seem. Dark Horse will publish the hardcover graphic novel―created by Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, with story and art by Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, lettering by Clem Robins and a cover by Mike Mignola with Eisner Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart―in comic shops and bookstores in October, ahead of Halloween. 

Like Mr. Higgins Comes Home, the new graphic novel is set outside the Hellboy Universe and features the detailed and stylized art of cartoonist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell.

You can find the hardcover graphic novel in comic shops on October 9 and in bookstores on October 22. This October, fans can grab some garlic and silver bullets, and settle in for an endearingly terrifying tale, chock full of the occult and adventure.

Our Encounters with Evil: Adventures of Professor J.T. Meinhardt and His Assistant Mr. Knox

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Criminal #3

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.

Criminal #3 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics on the market. The current story is a meta look at a certain famous comic convention. How much is true? Well, that’s part of the fun.

Dark Red #1 (AfterShock) – A new series that’s about Vampires in Trump country. The concept sounds really interesting.

Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #1 (IDW Publishing) – D&D is the new hotness, and IDW’s series have been fun for those into the game and world. Solid fantasy that’s always worth checking out.

Grumble #5 (Albatross Funnybooks) – A fun and funny series, one we’ll constantly recommend. While not the best place to start, we’re putting the series on your radar so you can catch up and not miss the awesome.

Incursion #2 (Valiant) – Valiant has been knocking it out of the park and this issue is a great example of that. Just a solid mini-series so far that highlights the quality of this publisher.

Invisible Kingdom #1 (Dark Horse Comics/Berger Books) – G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward team up for this Berger Books debut and that’s all we need to know to get excited to check this one out. A sci-fi religious conspiracy concept is icing on the cake of awesome that is the creative team.

Lazarus Risen #1 (Image Comics) – It’s been a while since we read Lazarus so we’ve forgotten a bunch but the series has always been fantastic and amazing and to be able to get more makes us happy. It’s one of the most well thought out series and worlds in comics.

Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1 (Valiant) – Toyo Harada is one of the best characters in comics so we’re excited he’s getting a series. Is he a villain? Is he a hero? Is he somewhere in between? We can’t wait to see where this goes.

Spider-Man: City at War #1 (Marvel) – Based on the popular video game, Marvel launches a new universe in comics and we’re getting flashbacks to the “Ultimate” years and that’s completely ok.

Spider-Man: Life Story #1 (Marvel) – Chip Zdarksy and Mark Bagley are exploring Peter Parker’s life one decade at a time. This kicks off in the 60s just four years after being bitten. Think a condensed version of this is your life.

ECCC 2019: Matt Wagner’s Grendel Returns to Dark Horse

Grendel Prime searches the stars for a new home for mankind, and Matt Wagner returns to his darkest creation! Dark Horse has announced a new Grendel series from Eisner Award-nominated creator Matt Wagner, joined by colorist Brennan Wagner, and letterer Dave Lanphear.

Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey sees Grendel back in action as he sets off into space to save humanity itself. This new series will see standard issue covers illustrated by Grendel creator Matt Wagner, with a special issue #1 variant illustrated by Eisner Award winner Fábio Moon and variant covers coming for all subsequent issues.

As civilization comes to an end on Earth, the final Grendel Khan gives Grendel Prime a new directive: Find a new home for the human race. But will the deadly and relentless paladin ultimately save humanity . . . or destroy it? Find out in Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey!

Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey #1 (of eight) goes on sale October 2, 2019.

Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey #1

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 3/9

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.


Shean

Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys MARVEL History #1 (Marvel) – In what should be a serious iteration on Marvel History, we get quite a different take on Frank Castle and Ghost Rider. As an older Frank visits himself and just like the title says, destroy every major event in Marvel Universe history. In this all too short debut issue, the creative team happens to find a righteous balance between heartfelt and hilarious. Overall, a book which will instantly remind readers of Deadpool but also blazes their own trail. Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Age of Conan: Belit #1 (Marvel)– In what is not is your normal Pirate story, we get a tale of privilege and betrayal. As we meet Belit, a young lady who longs to be a pirate just like her father once was. Everything changes for her and her father, when some of his old friends come calling on old debts. By issue’s end, she is sold into slavery but finds her way out of captivity only to face an actual sea monster like in her father’s stories. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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House Of Whispers #7 (DC/Vertigo) **– Just when I was about to walk away from this book, writers Nalo Hopkinson and Dan Watters deliver the best issue, by far, to date, part hallucinatory nightmare, part less-than-subtle treatise in favor of veganism, culminating in the surprise return of — that would be telling. Dominike “Domo” Stanton has been solid on the art with this series, even during the last few months when the scripts faltered, and that remains the case here. Everything finally seems to be coming together. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Outer Darkness #5 (image/Skybound)** – If you’re taking a pass on this book, you’re missing out on a lot. John Layman and Afu Chan are creating an occult take on Jack Kirby’s “Captain Victory And The Galactic Rangers” that’s one of the most page-turning — and eye-catching — comics on the stands. In this penultimate issue of their opening arc, a nasty crash is followed by an even-nastier betrayal, and where it goes from here is anybody’s guess. Magnificent comic book storytelling. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Laguardia #4 (Dark Horse/Berger Books)** – Nothing about Nnedi Okrafor and Tana Ford’s series should probably work — there’s no villain, no particular dramatic tension, and most issues are more like diatribes on political points most readers, myself included, already agreed with going in. And yet, anything this earnest, and this gorgeously-illustrated, will always be worth checking out in my view, and they conclude things in typically-clumsy, but equally-heartfelt, style. I’m going to miss this comic, even though not a whole hell of a lot happened in it. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Wonder Twins #2 (DC)** – As always, Mark Russell finds a way to spin a compelling story around a cogent socio-political message, as Zann And Jayna come face-to-face with a new villain, sure — but also with the harsh realities of the private prison system and alcoholism/addiction. Stephen Byrne’s art is solid, if not especially spectacular, but it gets the job done, and that’s plenty good. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Logan

Assassin Nation #1 (Image)– Kyle Starks and Erica Henderson’s new creator owned series Assassin Nation definitely isn’t the deepest comic, but it’s a lot of ultraviolent fun. Like a Tarantino flick without the racial slurs or a Mark Millar comic without the misogyny. Henderson has the ability to make brains oozing out of one’s super hilarious, and her shootouts are well-choreographed and easy to follow. Assassin Nation #1 is a great source of blood, guts, bullets, and well-articulated grids plus there’s a character named Fuck Tarkington. It’s a fantastic guilty pleasure book. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 (Marvel)– Saladin Ahmed, Minkyu Jung, Juan Vlasco, and Ian Herring definitely follow the old Stan Lee adage that every comic is someone’s first in Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1. After an intriguing mega flash-forward, Ahmed and Jung open up with an action scene that shows off her polymorph powers while simultaneously checking in with her current relationships and retelling her origin. It’s been five years since Ms. Marvel first appeared so it’s okay. Jung and Vlasco’s art is a good mix between naturalism and overexaggeration that works when Kamala’s punching werewolf/eagle alien things at the local Circle Q. They can also handle the tough emotional beats like when she has a big conversation with her parents. But Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 isn’t just a “back to basics” issue that strips down Kamala to her essence as Ahmed and Jung throw some sci-fi tinged curveballs around the way. Her journey from flawed, struggling teen hero to Destined One will be fun to watch especially if she gets an actual rogues gallery. Overall: 8.6 Verdict: 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 (**).

ECCC 2019: Dark Horse and 343 Industries Reveal the Halo: UNSC Infinity Ship 18” Replica!

The galaxy just got a whole lot safer with the limited-edition Halo: UNSCInfinity Ship 18” Replica! Built in secret on the outskirts of our solar system at the height of the Human-Covenant War, the UNSC Infinity has become a beacon of hope and exploration in the post-war galaxy. But even with the threat of the Covenant gone, new and dangerous enemies continue to emerge in the Milky Way. There is no better way to protect Earth and her colonies than to bring one of these limited UNSC Infinity ships home!        
Approximately 18” long and made from polyresin, the UNSC Infinity Ship is the latest release in the line of exclusive replicas from the massively popular and critically acclaimed Halo game franchise and Dark Horse Direct!

Limited to a run of 500 and a retail price of $299.99, this beautifully detailed replica is without equal and fully primed to contend with the reemerging Forerunner forces. Take a stand with humanity and pre-order yours today!

HALO UNSC INFINITY SHIP 18" REPLICA
HALO UNSC INFINITY SHIP 18" REPLICA
HALO UNSC INFINITY SHIP 18" REPLICA
HALO UNSC INFINITY SHIP 18" REPLICA

Review: Calamity Kate #1

CALAMITY KATE #1

One of my favorite movies of all time is Shane. The movie portrays a lone gunslinger who comes through a town filled with troubles. That’s something that he seems to not be able to stay away from through the movie. Eventually, it catches up with him with one of the most debated endings of all time, one only the writer of this excellent movie would know. This archetype would be replicated many times throughout the years.

One of those mediums that it seems to feel at home is comics. No one can deny the similarities between Shane and Marvel’s Wolverine. The film was referenced and was a clear inspiration for the film Logan. Another excellent example is Vampire Hunter D, whose story is both tragic and fascinating. He was cursed to kill vampires while attracting a deluge of enemies both vampire and human. In the debut issue of Calamity Kate we find one hero who relocates to restart her life but not without a new set of complications.

We meet Kate, who is a monster hunter and who has recently moved to Los Angles to be near her friends and also for a fresh start. Kate is a monster hunter and must balance the challenges of work, relationships, and competition. The first is a solid and entertaining set up and by issue’s end, as she dredges through another monster hunt, she meets a new monster hunter who looks to be more foe than friend.

Overall, this debut is a funny and exciting new comic which should get everyone to fall in love with these characters and this world. The story by Magdalene Visaggio is amusing and pulse pounding. The art by Corin Howell and Valentina Pinto is gorgeous. Altogether, a great story that imbues fun alongside well developed storytelling.

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Corin Howell and Valentina Pinto
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

ECCC 2019: Pander Brothers’ Triple X Returns as Dissident X

In 1994 the Pander Brothers brought us the political sci-fi thriller graphic novel, Triple X. Now, 25 years later, Triple X has been remastered and rereleased with all new never-before-seen story and art as Dissident X.

In Dissident X, Hans Nobel, a fugitive American journalist with a photographic memory, must escape a 2033 surveillance state after New York City falls under martial law, only to find a new tyrannical conspiracy awaits him in Amsterdam. With nowhere left to run, Hans must choose between the pen or the sword to expose the truth and ignite a revolution. Dissident X takes us on a wild ride into a not-too-distant fictional political dystopia with state-controlled media, mega-corporation domination, and ecological destruction. 

Since 2016, the Eisner Award-nominated Pander Brothers have been busy producing new story, art and colors for this definitive edition of Dissident X that presents not only the original graphic novel—now in full color—but also includes a brand new introductory prequel and finale, completely remastered and redrawn artwork, and a never before seen sketchbook section. 

The 416-page Dissident X TPB goes on sale for $29.99 in comic shops September 4th 2019 and wherever books are sold September 17th.

Dissident X

ECCC 2019: Dark Horse and DC Collide

Dark Horse Comics and DC Publishing present the ultimate superhero crossover event of 2019 in Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of JusticeBlack Hammerco-creator Jeff Lemire and artist Michael Walsh join forces to bring the heroes of Metropolis to the Black Hammer Farm! Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice #1 features covers by Michael Walsh, Andrea Sorrentino with colors by Dave Stewart, Yanick Paquette with colors by Dave Stewart, Yuko Shimizu, and Jeff Lemire with colors by Dave Stewart.

In Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice, a strange man arrives simultaneously on the Black Hammer Farm and in Metropolis. Both worlds are warped as Starro attacks! Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, and more crossover with Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, and the rest of the Black Hammer gang!

The first issue of Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice (of five) goes on sale July 10, 2019.

Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice
Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice
Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice
Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice
Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice
Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice
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