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ECCC 2019: Dark Horse Delivers More Critical Role with Comics, Collections, and Art Books

Dark Horse Comics and Critical Role have announced three new projects set to release in 2019. Based on epic tales from the world of Exandria, these new comics, art books and more will explore this universe in new and original ways! The most popular digital tabletop game in the world, Critical Role is live-streamed every week and set in Exandria. In each episode, veteran voice actor and Game Master Matthew Mercer leads his nerdy ass and wildly entertaining friends (also fellow voice actors!) on a thrill ride of turmoil and adventure. The cast includes Matthew Mercer (Overwatch, Final Fantasy XV, Fallout 4), Travis Willingham (Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, The Legend of Korra), Marisha Ray (Star Wars: Battlefront, Batgirl: Spoiled, Metal Gear: Survive), Taliesin Jaffe (Street Fighter, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV), Ashley Johnson (Blindspot, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teen Titans Go!), Sam Riegel (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, One Punch Man, The Amazing Spiderman), Liam O’Brien (Star Wars Rebels, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Wolverine and the X-Men), and Laura Bailey (Dragon Ball Z, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gears of War 4).

On July 10, 2019, Dark Horse and Critical Role will release Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series II #1, which finds the unlikely heroes of Vox Machina back in action-packed yet absurdly entertaining adventures! The six-issue series will be available through Dark Horse Digital and through retail stores and continues to follow the origin stories of engaging characters, material hinted at but not fully disclosed in the live-stream. From award-nominated writer Jody Houser and first series artist Olivia Samson, with colorist MSASSYK and letterer Ariana Maher comes Critical Role: Vox Machina Originsseries II, the highly anticipated sequel to Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series I. The beautiful first issue cover is by artist Fiona Staples. The series will be collected into a trade paperback collection in summer 2020. 

In Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series II, familiar faces from Critical Role’s smash-hit first campaign return as their escapades in Stilben lead them towards their next adventure—and a dire threat to Grog Strongjaw, the goliath barbarian, when he goes missing in the night. Tracking him down will see the party lose one member, gain another, and reveal parts of Grog’s secret past. But first, his friends have to actually find him.

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series II

Due to popular demand, Dark Horse and Critical Role will also release a trade paperback collection of Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series I on October 15, 2019! Writers Matthew Mercer and Matthew Colville team with artist extraordinaire Olivia Samson and colorist and letterer Chris Northrop to tell the story of how Vox Machina first met. Originally released through Dark Horse Digital, the Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series I paperback collection will be available for fans to purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, critrole.com, and in local comic shops! Featuring a cover by Stjepan Šejić, Critical Role fans can buy this 168-page collection for $19.99. 

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series I

In late 2019, Dark Horse and Critical Role will release Critical Role: The Chronicles of Exandria — The Mighty Nein. With a stunning cover by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio, this gorgeous hardcover art collection contains materials presented chronologically from the first few story arcs of the Mighty Nein campaign. Featuring a wide variety of illustrations from the Critical Role fan community paired with text by cast members Liam O’Brien and Taliesin Jaffe, and art direction from Lauryn Ipsum, this 200-page tome retails for $39.99.

Critical Role: The Chronicles of Exandria -- The Mighty Nein

Review: Star Wars: Age of Republic – Padmé Amidala

Padmé Amidala is on a secret diplomatic mission in this one-shot comic from Jody Houser, Cory Smith, Wilton Santos, Walden Wong, Marc Deering, Java Tartaglia, and Travis Lanham.

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Marvel Comics Review: Spider-Geddon: Covert Ops

Spider-Geddon: Covert Ops combines two Spider-Geddon mini-series in one trade paperback. You get Spider-Force #1-3 and Spider-Girls #1-3 by Priest, Paulo Siqueira, Marcelo Ferreira, Szymon Kudranski, Ibraim Roberson, Oren Junio, Craig Yeung, Roberto Poggi, Guru-eFX, Joe Sabino, Jody Houser Andrés Genolet, Tríona Farrell, Jim Charalampidis, Cris Peter, Jim Campbell, and Joe Caramagna.

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Six Gets the Spotlight in a New Stranger Things Comic Series

Attention Stranger Things fans! Are you curious about the origins of Project MKUltra and Dr. Brenner’s Hawkins Laboratory? Writer Jody Houser, penciller Edgar Salazar, inker Keith Champagne, colorist Triona Farrell, and letterer Nate Piekos are signed on to introduce us to the other subjects trapped in the Hawkins Laboratory in Stranger Things: SIX. Dark Horse and Netflix will release Stranger Things: SIX, the first prequel comic series to the Netflix Original series with covers by Aleksi Bricolt, Kyle Lambert, and David Mack

Stranger Things: SIX follows Francine, a teenage girl with precognition. She’s struggled through a lifetime of exploitation: first by her parents, then by Dr. Brenner of Hawkins Laboratory. Dr. Brenner wants to harness her powers as well as those of the other gifted children that they hold captive at the lab. Wracked by increasingly disturbing visions, she sees an opportunity to change her life. But at what cost?

Stranger Things: SIX #1 (of four) goes on sale May 29, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. Stranger Things Volume 1: The Other Side TPB goes on sale April 30th, 2019. On Saturday, May 4, 2019, fans can visit their local comic shop to pick up a copy of Dark Horse’s Free Comic Book Day Gold 2019 offering, which includes a Stranger Things story!

Stranger Things: SIX #1
Stranger Things: SIX #1
Stranger Things: SIX #1

Preview: Star Wars: Age of Republic – Padme Amidala #1

Star Wars: Age of Republic – Padme Amidala #1

(W) Jody Houser (A) Cory Smith, Wilton Santos (CA) Paolo Rivera
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

A DESPERATE DIPLOMATIC MISSION FOR SENATOR AMIDALA!
• PADMÉ sets out in secret to try to bring a neutral world into the Republic fold.
• Is this a genuine offer of alliance, or another trap for the outspoken Senator?
• And will rejecting the help of the JEDI be a deadly mistake?

Star Wars: Age of Republic - Padme Amidala #1

Preview: Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #5

DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #5

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Rachael Stott
Cover A: Rebekah Isaacs & Dan Jackson
Cover B: Photo by Will Brooks
Cover C: Claudia Ianniciello
Cover D: Blank Sketch
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: March 6, 2019

A new story starts for the Thirteenth Doctor, as her debut season leaves fans hungry for more stories starring the Doctor, Yasmin, Ryan, and Graham! There’s never been a better time to board the TARDIS, with Eisner Award nominee Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Stranger Things, Star Wars, Faith, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows) writing fresh adventures through time and space!

DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #5

Review: Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1

Captain Marvel Braver and Mightier #1

HERO FOR A DAY, HERO FOR A PLANET! It’s CAROL DANVERS Day! Air Force Pilot Carol Danvers is a hero to many…so what could possibly delay her to her own celebration? Only her other job—as Earth’s Mightiest Hero, CAPTAIN MARVEL! Stuck between her duty to her community and her responsibility to the wider world, Carol will have to make a tough decision, and muster all of her power to fend off an invasion force! Don’t miss the excitement of the STRONGEST & MIGHTIEST hero of all in her latest adventure!

Had I realized Jody Houser was writing this, I’d have been a hell of a lot more excited to read this than I initially was. Not that I wasn’t interested in the comic, but rather that Houser is one of those writers who can craft a tale that’s equal parts inspiring, accessible, fun and awesome whilst fitting it into less than 25 pages of a comic book.

If, like me, you’ve got an idea as to who Captain Marvel is without having read too many of her comics, Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1 is a great place to dip your toes into the waters of Marvel’s premier league superhero. If you haven’t got a clue who she is, but want a bit of a primer ahead of the movie coming next month, then you couldn’t get a better comic.

Houser captures the essence of the character within the very first three pages (one of which is a double spread). I realize I said I hadn’t read too many of the characters comics before, which is true, but Houser’s writing makes me feel like Carol Danvers is an old friend I haven’t seen in awhile. That is comic is just two people catching up over a coffee. This effect is partly achieved by also focusing on two highschool reporters waiting for Carol to arrive at a press conference, and through their very organic and natural feeling banter we get a further sense of who Carol Danvers is, and how the world perceives her.

That the dialogue in this comic feels so natural isn’t a surprise to me; Jody Houser is in the top echelon of writers when it comes to dialogue. Her comics are consistently intelligently written with each character’s words feeling very organic – even when used for exposition.

Simone Buonfantino‘s art is many things in this comic, but primarily it is awesome. The incoming space battle at the outset of the issue edges on the One Verses Many cliche, but Buonfantino lays out the pages with aplomb, the depth of space underscoring the threat closer to home, and the one hero standing between Earth and invasion.

Cliche aside, it’s a subtly brilliant underscoring of just how powerful Captain Marvel is.

Returning to Earth, we’re treated to scenes which offset the space battles with various reporters waiting, almost bored, for Carol to return to Earth. The two highschoolers aside, I loved the indication that superheroes have become so common place that waiting for one to arrive at a press conference is a chore. It’s a scene that has echoes of sports reporters waiting for an athlete to show up verses younger reporter/fan-types waiting. Again, a subtle yet crucially indicative moment to the audience as to just who Captain Marvel is, and the role she plays in the Marvel Universe.

And the role she will play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Because let’s face it, unless you’re already a fan of the character, you’re reading this in advance of the movie to get a handle or refresher on the character. It’s what I did. My friends, let me tell you happily that Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1 is ideal for that. You really can’t go wrong with this. It’s easily the best book of the week for me by a country mile.

Story: Jody Houser Art: Simone Buonfantino
Colour Art: Erick Arciniega Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 9.3 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Faith: Dreamside TPB

FAITH: DREAMSIDE TBD

Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by MJ KIM, FRANCIS PORTELA
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE, ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
On sale February 27, 2019

Even before Faith Herbert, AKA Zephyr, gained the power of flight, joined the Harbinger Renegades, and soared through the skies of the Valiant Universe, deep down she was always a hero at heart. But what’s a hero to do in the face of a foe that exists only in nightmares? Face them head-on, of course! To protect the dreams of her teammate, Animalia, Faith must venture into a fantastical new realm the likes of which we’ve never seen…and she’ll need some help from the world’s premiere parapsychologist, Doctor Mirage, to make it back with her subconscious mind still intact!

Uncover the secrets of the Dreamside as writer extraordinaire Jody Houser (FAITH, Stranger Things)and rising star MJ Kim (FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1) continue the adventures of the high-flying icon that Uproxx calls “A joy to read!”

Collecting FAITH: DREAMSIDE #1-4, FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1

FAITH: DREAMSIDE TBD

Preview: Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1

Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1

(W) Jody Houser (A) Simone Buonfantino (CA) Valerio Schiti
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99′

HERO FOR A DAY, HERO FOR A PLANET!

It’s CAROL DANVERS Day! Air Force Pilot Carol Danvers is a hero to many…so what could possibly delay her to her own celebration? Only her other job-as Earth’s Mightiest Hero, CAPTAIN MARVEL! Stuck between her duty to her community and her responsibility to the wider world, Carol will have to make a tough decision, and muster all of her power to fend off an invasion force! Don’t miss the excitement of the STRONGEST & MIGHTIEST hero of all in her latest adventure!

Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1

Preview: Star Wars: Age of Republic – Anakin Skywalker #1

Star Wars: Age of Republic – Anakin Skywalker #1

(W) Jody Houser (A) Cory Smith (CA) Paolo Rivera
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

AN UNTOLD ANAKIN ADVENTURE FROM THE HEART OF THE CLONE WARS!

• A chance to strike a devastating blow to the SEPARATIST cause comes with a high cost.
• Will ANAKIN choose the darker path, or hold true to the CODE OF THE JEDI?
• Guest-starring OBI-WAN KENOBI!

Star Wars: Age of Republic - Anakin Skywalker #1
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