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Dark Horse presents the Stranger Things Library Edition Volume 3

Dark Horse Books presents the next Stranger Things Library Edition Volume 3, collecting Stranger Things: The Tomb of Ybwen by Greg Pak, Diego Galindo, Francesco Segala, and Nate Piekos, and Stranger Things: Holiday Specials by Michael Moreci, Chris Roberson, Keith Champagne, Todor Hristov, ABEL, Caio Filipe, Dan Jackson, and Nate Piekos. This oversized hardcover collection will feature cover art by Stranger Things fan-favorite artist, Kyle Lambert.

Stranger Things: The Tomb of Ybwen is set in January 1985 after the Hawkins crew survived a battle with the Mind Flayer. Will and Joyce are reeling from Bob Newby’s death, but Will’s friends have been too busy with their girlfriends to notice him struggling. After Mr. Clarke and Will discover an odd map Bob left in a box of A.V. club memorabilia, Will rallies the gang to investigate—but with a blizzard coming, they’re afraid to follow. But when Will takes off into the freezing wilds alone, they rush to stop him and just as they catch up, they discover that Bob’s map may lead to a real hidden treasure–and that turning back is no longer an option.

Stranger Things: Holiday Specials includes three separate heartwarming and terrifying stories perfect for any season. In the Winter Special, Eleven gets introduced to everyone’s favorite Christmas stories; in the Halloween Special, Will tells the other boys the scariest Hawkins Halloween story ever; and in the Summer Special, officers Powell and Callahan investigate strange events that they’ll be lucky to survive.

Stranger Things Library Edition Volume 3 will be in bookstores October 24, 2023 and in comic shops October 25, 2023. It is now available to pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic shop and indie bookstore. 

Stranger Things Library Edition Volume 3

The Mighty Lands at Image this September

Beloved superhero story The Mighty by Peter J. Tomasi, Keith Champagne, Chris Samnee, and Peter Snejbjerg finds a new publishing home at Image Comics with a new edition landing on shelves this September.

This new edition of The Mighty will feature new cover art by Dave Johnson, collect all twelve issues of the acclaimed series, include three rare eight-page stories, and showcase a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes sketches and scripts.

As the world’s only superhero, Alpha One is a symbol of hope for all mankind…but at what price? While the population is inspired from a distance by their savior, police captain Gabriel Cole gets close enough to discover the mystery behind Alpha One’s public origin—and that his twisted plans to create a utopia are more dangerous than anyone could’ve dreamed!

The Mighty trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1534324282, Diamond Code JUL220125) will be available on Wednesday, September 28 and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 4.

The Mighty

The Heat is On in the Stranger Things Summer Special

This summer, Dark Horse Comics presents the Stranger Things Summer Special One-Shot! Written by Keith Champagne, illustrated by Caio Filipe, colored by Dan Jackson, and lettered by Nate Piekos, the Stranger Things Summer Special arrives just in time for the summer premiere of Stranger Things 4, and features covers by Diego Galindo and Heather Vaughn! Volume I of Stranger Things 4 premieres on Netflix May 27, 2022 followed by Volume II July 1, 2022. 

Officers Powell and Callahan patrol the “mean” streets of Hawkins Indiana with the enthusiasm of two hefty dachshunds pretending to be bloodhounds. Typically, they don’t have to chase down more than the occasional petty theft and teenagers smoking reefer but lately the town has been getting weirder, and while they might not get to the bottom of it, they just might be lucky enough to survive it.

Stranger Things Summer Special One-Shot will be in comic shops July 6, 2022.

  • Stranger Things Summer Special One-Shot

Apex Legends Expands to Comics with Overtime

Writer Jesse Stern is joined by artist Neil Edwards, inker Keith Champagne, and letterer Nate Piekos for the new comic series from the award-winning battle royale videogame Apex Legends in Apex Legends: Overtime beginning June 2, 2021.

Apex Legends is a squad-based battle royale experience where players select from one of 16 Legends – each with their own unique abilities and playstyles – and the last team standing wins. In the comic series, the Legends find themselves pulled together to rescue the city from Mad Scientists, brutal assassins, and the sudden and sinister grip of The Syndicate, a corrupt cabal attempting to “fix” arena outcomes in their favor. Will the Legends hold up to their celebrity status and be the heroes Solace needs?

Apex Legends: Overtime #1 (of four) arrives June 2, 2021, and is available for pre-order.

Apex Legends: Overtime #1

The Inkwell Awards Announces Artists For the Ivan Reis Spotlight Challenge

The non-profit Inkwell Awards, devoted to promoting the art of comic book inking, has released the list of 24 artists participating in its fifth annual Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight. This year’s Challenge features artist Ivan Reis‘ take on DC’s iconic super-team The Justice League from the cover art to DC‘s Man of Steel (2018) as originally inked by Ivan‘s partner Joe Prado. The artwork will be auctioned afterward for fundraising.

The artists (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Gerry Acerno
  • Greg Adams
  • Brian Atkins
  • Keith Champagne
  • Kevin Conrad
  • John Dell
  • Michelle Delecki
  • Anthony Fowler Jr.
  • Scott Hanna
  • Christopher Ivy
  • Jay Leisten
  • Criss Madd
  • Jose Marzen Jr.
  • Mark McKenna
  • Jason Moore
  • Andrew Pepoy
  • Jack Purcell
  • Rodney Ramos
  • Ryusei Sawada (Kubert School 2020 Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship recipient)
  • Mike Sellers
  • Mark Stegbauer
  • LeBeau Underwood
  • Keith Williams
  • Walden Won

According to founder/director Bob Almond, the Spotlight Challenge, which grew out of its more inclusive, original Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge, showcases other contemporary, fan-favorite talents on a more limited scale with veteran published inkers who may or may not have participated in other challenges. The previous four pencilers were Jim Lee, Neal Adams, Erik Larsen, and David Finch.

The Challenge Spotlight furthers the inking advocacy’s dual mission of promoting the artform and educating the public. Blue-lined art files featuring a tightly penciled Ivan Reis Justice League pinup are sent to the artists to finish in ink. Each inked page will be signed by Reis and the inker, and include a certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by Almond. All pages will then be auctioned off at a later date as a fundraiser. Fans will be able to see the difference in the penciled and inked versions to better understand how much inkers contribute to the artform.

Review: Frank N. Stein Private Eye

Frank N. Stein Private Eye

One of my favorite genre mashups is Who Framed Roger Rabbit? It’s a movie that still holds up despite its age. The movie revolved around a washed-up detective who now works as a private eye, played luminously by the late great Bob Hoskins. As a major figure of the cartoon town that borders the town where he works passes away, a cartoon idol, Roger Rabbit, gets framed for his murder.

The movie took everything everyone loved about the Crime Noir genre and mashed it up with the all ages cartoon feature. Essentially, taking the flair of Robert Towne’s Chinatown and the subversive humor of Monsters Inc. Frank N. Stein, Private Eye is another genre mashup in the spirit of that iconic film, but this time with monsters.

We are taken to Monstertown, where Frank N. Stein, the local private eye, whose ex-wife has been a nightmare at the very least to him, as she has been more than unfaithful when they were married. In “Alife in The Night,”, we the dissolution of his marriage and how his line of work can be dangerous for all the reasons no one can see. In “A Strange Visitor,” an alien toddler crash lands into Monstertown, where a human helps take custody. In “A Red-Hot Mess,” Little Red Riding Hood hires Frank to find out who chopped up her grandmother, only to find out who killed her, was not the person everyone thought it was in the first place. In “Riverdale Jumpstreet,” we see frank going undercover in Archie’s Riverdale, where he finds out that Reggie has been behind all the hijinks happening Archie’s friends. In the last story, we get “The Sailor Man,” where Frank finds a nasty love triangle between Popeye, Olive Oil and Pluto.

Overall, the comic is a fun if not cheeky set of stories that aims to both honor and poke fun at all these classic storybook legends. The stories by Keith Champagne are funny and engaging. The art by Dev Madan is diverse and vivid. Altogether, a great collection of stories that will entertain readers and remind them of how amusing mashups can be.

Story: Keith Champagne Art: Dev Madan
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Stranger Things: SIX #1

Stranger Things: SIX #1

Writer: Jody Houser
Penciller: Edgar Salazar
Inker: Keith Champagne
Letterer: Nate Piekos
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Cover Artists: Aleksi Briclot, Kyle Lambert, David Mack, Patrick Satterfield, & Jenny Frison

A teenage girl with precognitive abilities, has struggled through a lifetime of exploitation only to end up the pawn of a government agency that wants to harness her powers for its own ends.

You’ve seen the show Stranger Things, but this is your first glimpse of the strangeness that happened before the series began!

Stranger Things: SIX #1

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

Review: Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 7 My Two Dads

Meet Master Matrix who has a connection to Peter Parker’s parents and might destroy the planet in the future! Not if Deadpool, Spider-Man, Old Man Deadpool, and Old Man Spider-Man have anything to say about it!

Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 7 My Two Dads collects issues #33-40 by Robbie Thompson, Scott Hepburn, Flaviano, Matt Horak, Jim Towe, Sean Parsons, Cam Smith, Livesay, Craig Yeung, Keith Champagne, Ian Herring, Brian Reber, Andrew Crossley, and Jim Campbell.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on December 11! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.



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Preview: Switch: Electricia HC

Switch: Electricia HC

writer: Keith Champagne
artist | cover: Tom Nguyen
FC | 96 pages | Oversized HC: 8.5” x 13” | $19.99 | Teen+


When infamous supervillain Electricia realizes she wants more out of life than evil and mayhem, she adopts a second costumed identity as The Switch and begins fighting crime instead of committing it. But when Electricia’s new life as a superhero brings her full circle against her former villainous allies, the cat-and-mouse-game she’s been playing quickly turns deadly. As her new enemies close in on Electricia, the question becomes not if she’ll survive her career as The Switch… but for how long.

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