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Dark Horse Delivers Stranger Things and Black Hammer for Free Comic Book Day

Visit your local comic shop May 4, 2019, for Free Comic Book Day! Dark Horse delivers tales from two diverse worlds in their FCBD Gold Offering featuring Netflix’s Stranger Things and a spooky trip into Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Eisner Award-winning series Black Hammer with a cover by Chun Lo

In Stranger Things, writer Jody Houser and artist Ibrahim Moustafa bring the adventuring party back together after Eleven’s disappearance, as Nancy and Steve find a way to lift the spirits of a despondent Mike. Perhaps all it takes is a roll of the dice. Then, in the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series creator Jeff Lemire, guest writer Ray Fawkes, and artist David Rubín, take the reader on an EC-style tour through Madame Dragonfly’s mysterious Cabin of Horrors to witness two groups of brand-new Black Hammer heroes from the past! 

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books free to anyone who comes into their shops.

Dark Horse Stranger Things Free Comic Book Day

BOOM! Studios Announces The Grand Abyss Hotel Original Graphic Novel

BOOM! Studios has announced The Grand Abyss Hotel, a timely original graphic novel set in a world where big business and fake news manage social order until a rebellion breaks out. Arriving in stores May 2019, writer Marcos Prior and Eisner-nominated artist David Rubín weave a politically satirical look at democracy today through the lens of hyper-violence and explosive action.

Imagine a world overrun by big business and “fake news” via the social media machine neoliberalism has become a state religion, while the citizens quietly and then not-so-quietly rebel, giving way to violence on the streets and sowing chaos. A masked vigilante takes on the role of hero to battle politicians, the erosion of democracy, and social media. After the fires burn low and the dust settles, social order returns. Or does it?

The Grand Abyss Hotel will be available for sale on May 29th, 2019 at local comic book shops and June 4th, 2019 at book stores.

Preview: RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #5

RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #5

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Jorge Coelho
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Nimit Malavia
Subscription Cover: David Rubin
Colorist: Doug Garbark
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

The New RoboCops debut here, as Alex Murphy—the original RoboCop—faces his ultimate enemy.

Preview: RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #4

RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #4

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Jorge Coelho
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Nimit Malavia
Subscription Cover: David Rubin
Colorist: Doug Grabark
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

OCP announces their plan to reform the Ruins into a new neighborhood called the Plateau, as well as the devastating methods they plan to use.

Preview: RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #3

RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Jorge Coelho
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Nimit Malavia
Subscription Cover: David Rubín
Colorist: Doug Garbark
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

When Alex Murphy, the original RoboCop, appears to side against OCP, news reports appear that call into question if he’s a risk to the public…and if OCP needs to take drastic measures.

Black Hammer Gets a Library Edition this October

Black Hammer fans will have another opportunity to visit their favorite superhero farm in the Black Hammer Library Edition Volume 1Black Hammer Library Edition Volume 1 collects the first chapter of the highly acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning superhero saga in a deluxe, oversized hardcover format from Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston.

Mysteriously banished from existence by a multiversal event, the old superheroes of Spiral City now lead simple lives on a bizarre farm from which there is no escape! But as they employ all of their super abilities to free themselves from this strange purgatory, a mysterious stranger works to bring them back into action for one last adventure!

This new edition features a beautiful cover by Dean Ormston with colors by Dave Stewart and collects Black Hammer #1-13, the Giant-Sized Annual, sketchbook extras, and more! This tome features art by Dean Ormston, David Rubín, Dustin Nguyen, Emi Lenox, Nate Powell, Matt Kindt, Ray Fawkes, and Michael Allred.

Black Hammer Library Edition Volume 1goes on sale October 24, 2018, and is available for preorder. This new edition is 408-pages and retails for $49.99.

Preview: The Spider King #4 (of 4)

The Spider King #4 (of 4)

Josh Vann (w) • Simone D’Armini (a & cover a) • David Rubin (cover b) • Adrian Bloch (colorist)

Final issue! Hrolf and the clan fight their way through the Spider King’s parasitic horde and attack his fortress in a last-ditch effort to save the Earth. As the Spider King’s destructive influence spreads, Sigrid and Hrolf confront him in a climactic and bloody battle.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

An Early Look at Ether: Copper Golems #1 Out this May

Ether: Copper Golems #1

Matt Kindt (Writer), David Rubín (Artist, Cover Artist), Paul Pope (Variant Cover Artist)

Matt Kindt! David Rubín!

From New York Times bestselling Mind MGMT creator Matt Kindt and Black Hammer‘s David Rubín comes this fantasy adventure about a science-minded hero intent on keeping the balance between Earth and a magic world!

Portals between Earth and the Ether begin to crack open unleashing devastating magical fury on our planet and only adventurer Boone Dias can seal the breaches. In order to put an end to this chaos, Boone recruits a powerful team of mystical beings including a grumpy, spell-writing fairy; a bickering, lavender gorilla; and a bull-headed, motorcycling spell-hacker. These heroes set off on a journey taking the reader through the center of volcanoes, deserts full of living mummies and sphinxes, and a bizarre fairy forest in an effort to save both worlds from complete destruction!

Preview: RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #2

RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Jorge Coelho
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: Nimit Malavia
Subscription Cover: David Rubín
Colorist: Doug Garbark
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

With growing unrest in the Ruins, OCP is encouraging people to report on their neighbors. The Ruins is a powder keg, with OCP handing out the matches.

Underrated: Ether Vol. 1: Death Of The Last Golden Blaze

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: Ether Vol. 1: Death Of The Last Golden Blaze.



ether vol 1.jpgSomehow Ether slipped through my radar back when the first issue was released in November of 2016. It wasn’t until the comic shop I frequent had a copy of the trade paperback on the counter that I noticed it. I asked the clerk what the book was about, and he spent a good twenty minutes selling me on it. He could have saved himself nineteen minutes a forty odd seconds with the words “Matt Kindt wrote it.”

It’s usually a safe bet that anything written by Matt Kindt (and Jeff Lemire, honestly) I am going to try. So what’s Ether about?

Taken from Dark Horse’s website, the blurb for issue one reads: “A science-minded adventurer gets mixed up in the mysteries of a fantasy world in this charming new adventure from an award-winning creative team. Boone Dias is an interdimensional explorer, a scientist from Earth who has stumbled into great responsibility. He’s got an explanation for everything, so of course the Ether’s magical residents turn to him to solve their toughest crimes. But maybe keeping the real and the abstract separate is too big a job for just one man.”

If that sounds cool, well, that’s because it is. Using modern science to explain magic provides a wonderful story idea, but it is the human story beneath the fantastical exterior that will pull you in. Boone Dias is a man who has devoted his life and professional career to the magical place known as Ether, but his scientific background gives him an almost godlike reputation among the less scientifically inclined denizens of the Ether. The driving factor of the plot in the first volume is a murder mystery within the Ether that only Boone seems capable of solving – despite the fantastical elements of the world, there’s a relatablility to the detective work and the process that’s followed. This gives the book a wonderful dichotomy that is further enhanced by David Rubin’s near psychedelic mindfucking attack on your eyes.

Ether is the rare book that exemplifies the comic book medium. It is a murder mystery story, a genre that could, and has been told in a multitude of mediums,  and adds a special dash of comic book magic that makes this ideally suited to the sequential art style of story telling.

There’s a reason Matt Kindt got nominated for an Eisner this year. It wasn’t for this book, but you can get a great feeling for his talent with Ether. It doesn’t hurt that David Rubin is also fantastic.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

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