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Alien and Predator Find a New Home with Marvel

Dark Horse continues to shed properties as it has been revealed today that the Alien, Predator, and Alien vs. Predator franchises have a new home for comics with Marvel. The leading comic publisher has been leaning more heavily into outside properties beginning with Star Wars, Conan, then a partnership with Games Workshop, and now Alien and Predator. The new comic series will feature new and classic characters from Earth and beyond to explore never-before-seen corners of both the Alien and Predator universes starting in 2021. The deal includes “comics,” “collections,” and “reprints.”

It should be noted that Star Wars, Alien, and Predator are all properties under Marvel’s parent company Disney. Disney acquired Alien and Predator when they purchased 20th Century Fox. Conan and Star Wars also have a long history of being published by Marvel previously. Star Wars, Conan, Alien, and Predator comics had all been published by Dark Horse before moving to Marvel. Dark Horse also lost the Buffy the Vampire property in 2018 to BOOM!.

While creative teams and titles haven’t been announced, two teaser images by David Finch have been released. Expect more news at the virtual San Diego Comic-Con later this month.

(via IGN)

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It’s Wednesday and it’s new comic book day! There’s new comics on the shelves at comic shops but there’s also new comics on the digital shelves as well. There’s over 100 comics for you to choose from. There’s something for every from Marvel, AfterShock, Ahoy, Albatross Funnybooks, IDW, Image, manga and more! You can get the full list here or check out what you can get by publisher below!

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Hellboy’s Mike Mignola and Dark Horse Founder Mike Richardson Comment on the Recent Scott Allie Revelations. Rinse. Repeat.

Earlier this week, new revelations came out about the behavior of comic editor/writer Scott Allie including harassment, retaliation, and emotional abuse towards others in the industry. This is beyond the documented 2015 assault on a comic creator that happened at San Diego Comic-Con.

Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola and comic publisher Dark Horse were quick to distance themselves from Allie stating they would no longer be working with him. But, both Mignola and Dark Horse continued to work with Allie after 2015 despite his admission of the assault and concerns from staff, some of who have come public with raising concerns with management. It wasn’t until 2017 that Allie “left” Dark Horse though he continued to edit their top titles including Hellboy, which he would later pen some issues in that universe, and on Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy. He continued to work with the company on a freelance basis and his role became even MORE PROMINENT after 2015 as he began to write issues. Despite Allie’s reputation for abuse, he was still chosen to provide “oversight” on the Image benefit anthology after the Las Vegas shootings. He was replaced after the outcry.

The protection of Allie went beyond Mignola and Richardson and is a prime example of the industry unwillingness to put action to words.

While Dark Horse quickly made a statement that echoed their 2015 statement, yesterday, the company founder Mike Richardson spoke up.

As has been pointed up by so many, Richardson’s statement rings hollow. In 2015, he stated among other things:

Dark Horse agrees 100% with the EEOC Guidelines.

So are we to take his statement above that Dark Horse HASN’T been doing what’s legally required like no retaliation and zero tolerance? If Dark Horse, and Richardson, agreed with guidelines in 2015, what have they done in the five years since?

They “rehired” Allie as a freelancer.

Mike Mignola expounded upon his short Tweet from the day the news broke in a post entitled “I Believe and Completely Support Shawna Gore”:

About Scott Allie—

Scott was my second editor on the Hellboy series at Dark Horse. He was only meant to be my temporary editor, just for the one comic (THE CORPSE) and a more senior editor was supposed to take over after that. But, as the story goes, he saved me from making a rather big mistake on that one comic and I requested that he stay on as my regular editor, and we ended up working together for something close to 25 years.

From the earliest days I heard stories of his drunken behavior at conventions—stupid stuff like jumping fully clothed into fountains. It was joked about and I was not aware that there was anything at all more serious going on.

The drunken incident in 2015 made it clear that there was a much more serious problem that needed to be dealt with. I spoke to him about it. Others spoke to him about it. He agreed that the drinking was a problem and we were all led to believe he was getting help for that. And to the best of my knowledge he DID get help for the drinking problem. 

Around this time I started to hear rumors of other past incidents—alcohol-fueled behavior that seemed limited to drunken, juvenile pranks. There was nothing specific and I never heard the names of any specific persons involved in these other incidents. I continued to write these off as just more of his stupid drunken episodes. I became aware that some people did not like working with Scott. While our working relationship had always been good I know his editorial style could be aggressive and off-putting and I honestly believed this, coupled with the past drinking problem, was the reason for the trouble. The truth of course is that after a very long and very productive working relationship I did not want to believe there was anything more to these stories. I was blind because I wanted to be blind and that’s on me and it’s something I have to live with.

After the news about Cameron Stewart and Warren Ellis broke last week, Scott’s name started to bubble up on social media again. Until yesterday I had never heard about Scott’s assault of Shawna. I wish I had known.  I understand there are many reasons why no one would approach me with something like that—the shame and embarrassment of course and, sadly the perception that Scott and I were good friends. Had I heard any of what I’ve heard in the last 24 hours I would have severed all contact with Scott Allie at once.

But where there is smoke there is almost always fire and after a while there was so much smoke—clearly I had to finally take a hard look at the situation, had to contact some friends and associates, people who had been close to Scott and find out what had really been going on—and I was horrified but what I started to hear. I wish I had asked this questions much sooner. After so many years I wanted to give Scott the benefit of the doubt—as the son of an alcoholic I wanted to blame the booze. I was fooling myself and I will regret that forever. My heart goes out to all his victims. And Shawna—I have known Shawna almost as long as Scott and have always considered her a good friend– and now to discover that she has been living with this all these years — I am heartbroken. And of course I am furious at Scott and at myself for not realizing what was going on so much sooner.

I’m writing this now because I need to address Scott’s victims. Their stories need to be heard. They need to be believed.

Comics need to do better. We all need to be more accountable. All companies need to have responsive HR departments. Companies need to recommend training about what to do when they hear about assault, harassment, or inappropriate behavior from co-workers or colleagues.

As a creator I need to do better, I need to set a better example, both in the stories I tell and the people I choose to tell them with.  

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As many have said, Mignola is part of the reason that Allie was allowed to stay around and his behavior was excused. There was a fear that if Allie was fired, Mignola would leave and Dark Horse would struggle. In other words, dollars mattered more than lives. Artist Amy Reeder spoke up to say exactly this:

You were the reason he still had a job, they feared repercussions from you. Maybe he manipulated you, I don’t know. All I heard is, they couldn’t fire him because it’d cause Mignola to leave and the entire company would fold. It was tough to hear that about a fellow creator.

Allie’s behavior wasn’t a secret, it was known to the point that Dark Horse made jokes about it publicly calling him “Bitey.”

Former employees have spoken up:Former editor Jim Gibbons Tweeted: 

Scott Allie is far and away the most despicable, abusive, and awful person I’ve ever worked with. The amount of trauma he’s caused the people who have worked with him is extreme.

Another former staffer wrote that:

Scott Allie’s continued abuse of staff was an open secret employees were actively discouraged from speaking about at Dark Horse. While head of editorial, he was not allowed to have women in his office w/his door closed bc he repeatedly shouted or otherwise harassed staff to tears.

Regular Hellboy colorist Dave Stewart has spoken out:

I am with @ShawnaGore. Scott Allie is and was a manipulator and liar. I stopped working with him a couple years ago when I found he was a predator using alcoholism as a cover for his bad actions. I found that out by digging around and asking questions.

Former Hellboy creator John Arcudi has some of the most damning statements. Not only does he mention learning of Shawna’s assault in 2017 but telling Mignola which then would go on to employ Allie until this past week:

Former Hellboy collaborator Guy Davis would indicate the toxicity of the Hellboy team went well beyond Allie:

regarding DarkHorse/BPRD~ I quit the series in 2011 because of the toxic behavior of Allie, Mignola, Arcudi and cut all contact. In 2015 with news of Allie’s assaults and DH “response”, I cancelled The Marquis HC from DH (which never had a contract for them to solicit)

To clarify my leaving BPRD in 2011, that was due to a toxic work environment with the team. I had no knowledge of Scott’s harassments until announced in 2015

The above shows there’s a rot that has infested Dark Horse for almost a decade (at least) and gone unchecked. Excuses are made and basic legal requirements not followed. What’s to believe that 2020 is any different than 2017 or 2015? Actions speak louder than words and in the five years since our initial reporting, all we’ve got is words.


If you are a U.S.-based victim of sexual assault in need of help, contact RAINN at 800-656-4673 to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

Dark Horse Releases a Statement Regarding Scott Allie. Rinse. Repeat. (Update)

With new accusations levied against Scott Allie, Dark Horse has released a statement that they will no longer be working with Allie.

Dark Horse Allie Statement 2020

They went on to Tweet:

It is critical that employees feel safe, secure and supported in the workplace. They should feel safe in making these inexcusable actions known without fear of reprisal. Dark Horse Comics will dedicate itself to ensuring that this will not ever happen again within our company.

Does that sound familiar? It’s similar to what they said in 2015 when earlier accusations over assault were levied against Allie.

Dark Horse is committed to ensuring and maintaining a positive, safe, and respectful environment for its employees, creators, and fans and we expect all who represent our company to behave in a professional manner. Disciplinary actions are handled internally at the company and we do not comment on them publicly.

Dark Horse Founder Mike Richardson stated:

I applaud Ms. Asselin’s Intentions in dealing with sexual harassment in the comics industry.

I also want to make one thing very clear: Dark Horse as a company, and myself as an individual, take the kinds of inexcusable incidents reported by Ms. Asselin very seriously—doubly so when it involves one of our employees. In cases such as these, we have been proactive in our response, with a variety of professional services involved, all with the goal of changing behavior. Additionally, a number of internal responses are acted upon, including termination if such behavior continues. Under no circumstance is any individual “harbored.” In this particular case, action was taken immediately, though we did not, and cannot, perform a public flogging, as some might wish.

Secondly, there is no “us-against-them” attitude here. I have an open door policy and every employee, no matter where she/he sits in the company, is invited to come in to my office with any complaint or observation, at any time. I restate this policy constantly. I won’t go into the assumptions made here that are just untrue, because my intent is not to undermine the purpose of her piece, but no one here has ever turned a “blind eye” to these behaviors, not in this case, not in any case. With regard to sexual harassment, it is simply not tolerated. Dark Horse agrees 100% with the EEOC Guidelines.

Ms. Asselin turns her eye toward me. I have never met or talked with Ms. Asselin. If she knew me, she would learn that I am extremely sensitive on this subject, being the father of three daughters and having experienced first hand the effects of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. I have fought against that harassment, not just in a social environment, but also within our own publishing schedule. I have also fought for gender equality in our school system and championed social and racial diversity both in and out of Dark Horse, activities I am still involved with. Her assumption that my longevity somehow “embeds” within me an attitude of inappropriate permissiveness is not only wrong, it is insulting.

I agree that harassment of any kind, routine or not, is unacceptable. It always has been. We at Dark Horse will renew our efforts to make sure that our company is never again mentioned with regard to this type of occurrence. As quoted in the article, our goal has always been to provide a positive, safe, and respectful environment for its employees, creators, and fans.

– Mike Richardson

But, five years later, here we are with Allie up until today working with Dark Horse on books even after the previous revelation. Actions speak louder than words and so far, in our eyes, Dark Horse has failed that test. The publisher needs to come forward with what internal changes have been made to ensure something like this never happens again.

Update: Dark Horse Founder Mike Richardson has released a statement laying out concrete steps the company is going to take. Keep in mind, “no tolerance” is legally required and retaliation is also illegal at a federal level. Dark Horse has announced they are complying with the law.

Comic Creator Scott Allie is Again Named in a Sexual Assault

Shawna Gore has come forward with a story of how she was “assaulted, harassed, and retaliated” against by, at the time, fellow Dark Horse employee Scott Allie.

Gore talks about behavior that occurred over a 14 year period that went unchecked. Shawna’s story includes physical assault, workplace harassment, sexual harassment, retaliation, and more.

You can read her full story below (WARNING: Triggering):

This isn’t the first news about Scott Allie’s behavior. In 2015 we ran the story about Allie assaulting two people at San Diego Comic-Con while was the Editor-in-Chief of Dark Horse Comics. It goes on to recount that Allie’s behavior was known with the company joking about Allie on their website and beyond. Dark Horse refused to act on the behavior according to employees at the time.

Allie eventually left the company but has found work in recent years, often with Dark Horse series. He has worked on Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy and worked with Mike Mignola on some of his Hellboy Comics co-writing. Mignola has spoken up Tweeting:

I believe Shawna Gore.

Given what I have read today, I will be discontinuing working with Scott Allie.

Dark Horse retweeted Mignola stating stating the below and no mention of the people assaulted by their former employee:

Dark Horse supports Mike Mignola and this decision.

More to come.

There are far more stories to come from many more brave individuals about too many individuals in the industry. It’s beyond time the industry stopped Tweeting and making empty statements and actually acted upon their currently empty rhetoric.

Cyberpunk 2077 is Coming to Comics

Immerse yourself in the world of CD PROJEKT RED’s highly anticipated new game with the new comic mini-series Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team from writer Cullen Bunn, artist Miguel Valderrama, colorist Jason Wordie and letterer Frank Cvetkovic beginning September 2020!

Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team welcomes you into a world a deceit, greed, and desolation. Nadia, a citizen of Night City and the sole survivor of a failed rescue mission for the Trauma Team International corporation. After she agrees to continue work for an upcoming extraction mission, Nadia and her new team find themselves in an even more dangerous and life-threatening situation. Soon they’ll discover Trauma Team is not what it seems.

Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #1 (of 4) arrives September 9, 2020 and can be pre-ordered from your local comic shop. To fill your Night City needs in the meantime, The World of Cyberpunk 2077, the comprehensive Cyberpunk 2077 art book, arrives July 28, 2020. Pre-order now wherever books are sold.

Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #1

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Gets a Library Edition from Dark Horse

Experience the stories of the adventuring party known as Vox Machina before the smash-hit show Critical Role started! Writers Matt Mercer, Matthew Colville, and Jody Houser, along with artist Olivia Samson, colorists Chris Northrop and MSASSYK, and letterer Ariana Maher bring to life Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Library Edition – Series I and II Collection.

 What do a flirtatious bard, a clueless barbarian, a naïve druid, a pair of stealthy twins, a holy cleric, and a vengeful gunslinger all have in common? They’re not sure either, but one day they’ll become the heroes known as Vox Machina! Follow the main characters from the smash-hit series Critical Role as they team up for the first time, facing cults and curses in the revelation of their origins and the path that will lead them to glory…eventually.

Fans of the celebrated series Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins won’t want to miss this stunning, oversized hardcover collection!

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Library Edition – Series I and II Collection collects Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Vol 1 and Vol 2. It will be in comic shops on November 11, 2020 and in bookstores on November 24, 2020. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop. This 320-page oversized library edition will retail for $39.99.

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Library Edition - Series I and II Collection

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Canopus #3

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. It’s the third week of new comics after the shutdown and that also means the return of Marvel!

A Man Among Ye #1 (Image Comics/Top Cow Productions) – A high seas adventure in the waning days of piracy when the best pirates were… women? A new comic series focused on these two very real individuals. We’re intrigued by the mix of entertainment and history.

Against Hope (Dark Horse Comics) – Victor Santos is a creator whose work we’re excited for. A tale of revenge where Nazis are the target and we’re here for their bloody demise.

Canopus #3 (Scout Comics) – Dave Chisholm’s sci-fi series will absolutely be making it on to numerous “best of” lists at the end of the year. Helen learns the truth behind the mission amping up her urgency to return home.

Tiananmen 1989

Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 (DC Comics) – The next chapter in DC’s meta-story where the Dark Multiverse has bled over and reality is twisted and heroes are desperate for survival.

Panorama (Dark Horse Comics) – Michel Fiffe’s Copra is fantastic and we want to see what he’d do with a body-horror romance.

Perramus: The City and Oblivion (Fantagraphics) – In English for the first time, Alberto Breccia’s graphic novel following a political dissident on the run. It was created during Argentina’s military dictatorship.

Tiananmen 1989 (IDW Publishing) – Follow the story of China’s infamous June Fourth Incident-otherwise known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre-from the first-hand account of a young sociology teacher who witnessed it all.

Wynd #1 (BOOM! Studios) – This series was to be released as a graphic novel but is now being released as individual issues. Magic is punishable by death so a young boy must keep his true identity a secret.

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Giant Robot Hellboy Comes to Hellboy: The Board Game for Charity and More New Expansions

Mantic Games has announced it is working with Dark Horse Comics and visionary comic creator Mike Mignola to help raise money for charity with the release of Giant Robot Hellboy–a new playable character for Hellboy: The Board Game. What’s more, players of Hellboy: The Board Game will soon be able to create their own missions with the release of the B.P.R.D. Archives expansion.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Mike Mignola has been entertaining fans with new illustrations nearly each day. These range from characters from the Mignolaverse to icons in popular culture. However, one of the most eye-catching was Giant Robot Hellboy–a massive mechanical version of Hellboy. 

Each limited-edition Giant Robot Hellboy will be handmade in resin by the team at Mantic Games. It will be a new playable character that can be used to play Hellboy: The Board Game in solo mode. After all, a huge robot isn’t likely to need a great deal of help dispatching the forces of evil
For each Giant Robot Hellboy sold, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen–the same charity Mike Mignola has been raising money for with his charity auctions during the COVID-19 outbreak. World Central Kitchen has served more than 10 million meals to students, families in need, seniors, and frontline healthcare heroes in North America and Spain during the pandemic.

  • Giant Robot Hellboy

The limited-edition Giant Robot Hellboy is available to pre-order now for $44.99. The miniature will be available to order throughout June and is expected to start shipping in late July, depending upon demand.

B.P.R.D. Archives expansion

But that’s not the only Hellboy: The Board Game news. Later this month Mantic Games will be releasing the B.P.R.D. Archives expansion. This allows players to create their own missions for Hellboy: The Board Game by selecting their own Case File cards, adding new minions, and choosing what terrifying boss the team will face in the dramatic final confrontation. The B.P.R.D. Archives, along with Baba Yaga and Hecate boss expansions, will be launching in stores this June.

The B.P.R.D. Archives expansion comes with

  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic werewolves
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic wolves
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic witches
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic killer birds
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic harpies
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic bat swarms
  • CASE FILE CONSTRUCTOR CARDS
  • 1 Rules card
  • 6 Environment cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Investigation cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Threat cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Objective cards + 1 title card
  • 6 Twist cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Showdown cards + 1 title card
  • 1 Confrontation card + 1 title cards
  • 5 Enemy Cards
  • 10 Deck of Doom cards
  • 3 Unexpected Threat cards
Hellboy Hecate

The Hecate monster booster is an expansion that brings the evil  Hecate to your adventures. The expansion includes:

  • 1 x pre-assembled plastic Hecate
  • 1 x Unexpected Threat card
  • 1 x Hellboy enemy card
  • 2 x Boss Behaviour cards
  • 1 x Case File Confrontation Card
Hellboy Baba Yaga

Hecate is joined by Baba Yaga, another monster booster also available for the game that adds the cunning Baba Yaga to your adventures. Baba Yaga comes with:

  • 1 x pre-assembled plastic Baba Yaga
  • 1 x Unexpected Threat card
  • 1 x Baba Yaga enemy card
  • 2 x Boss Behaviour cards
  • 2 x Confrontation Case File card

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