Writer Ed Brisson, artist Luca Casalanguida, and colorist Dee Cunniffe bring a new psychological and philosophical mystery to BOOM! Studios in The Displaced, coming February 2024.
The city of Oshawa, Ontario and its 170,000 residents have vanished without a trace.
No one remembers it even existed.
As the survivors of the incident start to become forgotten as well, they must seek each other out if they hope to have any chance of surviving in a world where no one believes they ever existed at all.
The Displaced #1 will be available in comic shops February 14, 2024.
Dark Horse Comics will bring Retroverse, the horror sci-fi series written by Cullen Bunnand illustrated by John Bivens, Blood Oath, the dark vampire crime story co-written by novelist Rob Hart and acclaimed writer Alex Segura with art by Joe Eisma, and Curt Pires’ dense, action-packed political thriller New America with art by Luca Casalanguida to print for the first time in 2024.
Written by Cullen Bunn Art by John Bivens
· After a wild, drunken party, 19-year-old Kacy wakes up in an alternate universe—one where she has been dead for thirteen years. She must navigate the heartbreaking waters of a world that seems to have turned out much better without her in it. And she must do so while wielding newly-discovered terrifying abilities against alien horrors.
Retroverse [152 pages / color / MSRP $22.99/$29.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-506737225 / on sale February 6, 2024 bookstores and February 7, 2024 comic shops / Dark Horse Books]is available for pre-order through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and your local comic shop.Retroverse was first released as a 5-issue series from Comixology Originals and is available to read digitally at aAmazon.com/comixology.
Written by Rob Hart and Alex Segura Art by Joe Eisma
It’s 1922 in New York. The peak of Prohibition. Hazel Crenshaw just wants to be left alone, to tend to her farm, to care for her younger sister, and to run her business. But her business is inescapably tangled up with the New York gangs that will eventually coalesce into the mafia, and a new, unknown partner. When the Crenshaw farm is attacked, Hazel must not only defend her home, she must cope with the realization that her flirtation with the other side of the law might also put her in the crosshairs of something else—something much more sinister…
Blood Oath [152 pages / color / MSRP $22.99/$29.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-506737157 / on sale February 20, 2024 bookstores and February 21, 2024 comic shops / Dark Horse Books] is available for pre-order through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and your local comic shop.Blood Oath was first released as a five issue series from Comixology Originals and is available to read digitally at amazon.com/comixology.
New America Vol. 1
Written by Curt Pires Art by Luca Casalanguida
New America Vol. 1 follows the formation of a secessionist state within America and the trials and tribulations both personal and political of the people leading and living in this newly emergent country.
New America [152 pages / color / MSRP $22.99/$29.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-506737201 / on sale March 5, 2024 bookstores and March 6, 2024 comic shops / Dark Horse Books] is available for pre-order through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and your local comic shop.New America was first released as a four issue series from Comixology Originals and is available to read digitally at amazon.com/comixology.
The JFK assassination holds a very strange place in conspiracy theory history. It’s perhaps one of the most documented cases of its kind, a lot of it owed to the official story that came out of the Warren Commission, the group responsible for investigating the killing of the President on November 22nd, 1963. The commission’s conclusion placed the blame entirely on a single individual, a man named Lee Harvey Oswald. He was a US marine that had at one point defected to the Soviet Union and that, according to his wife Marina, had serious delusions of grandeur. The report couldn’t pin down the motive behind the shooting, though. For the express purposes of the official story, Oswald took that information to the grave.
Christopher Cantwell and Luca Casalanguida’s comic Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body exhumes Oswald’s body, quite literally, to question that narrative and entertain other possible versions of the truth to try and make sense of the absurdity behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It goes the way of the neo-Western to do so, a mix of Western genre conventions and noir beats with arthouse sensibilities sprinkled throughout (though this last ingredient is less present in Cantwell and Casalanguida’s comic).
The comic follows a makeshift posse composed of a bank robber, a car thief, a Civil Rights protester, and a failed G-man put together by the combined element of the mafia and a secret government operative that tasks them with kidnapping a man that is the spitting image of Lee Harvey Oswald.
It’s immediately apparent that, for readers who possess at least a passing knowledge of the conspiracy, the task represents a crucial piece in the assassination’s design and that the group of archetypal losers chosen for it are going to play a part that might shorten their life expectancy considerably. Of course, Oswald is a nobody in this part of the story, so the posse underestimates the mission’s importance by thinking they’re just working towards a generous retirement plant.
While the story is accessible, though it doesn’t make any promises to hold the reader’s hand, those who’ve seen a documentary or two on the assassination will catch on quicker to the mysteries of Oswald’s place in it. I’d even suggest watching Oliver Stone’s JFK(1991) to get a primer on the conspiracy and all the theories that surround it, especially on the enigma of Oswald’s multiple sightings in gun ranges all over the US and even Mexico within impossible timeframes. It’s a fascinating story.
What sets Cantwell and Casalanguida’s comic apart from the countless books, movies, and even video games that deal in JFK’s killing in Dallas, at Dealy Plaza to be exact, is how expertly it adapts Western/cowboy movie elements to that history without sacrificing the highly unsettling aspects of a hushed political assassination in the process.
The haphazard group of criminals that gets forced into the giant conspiracy in Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body is burdened by the same moral complications of countless other cowboy characters that feature in American Westerns. They are guided by the promise of financial security to last them a lifetime, they seem hardened but are then unsure of the ethics behind the tasks they’ve been given, and then they question their actions in the grander scheme to reach a conclusion that might end in the kind of bloodshed that’s predicated on the principle of “doing the right thing.”
Without spoiling too much, the story essentially becomes an examination of flawed but regular people who go up against certain interests knowing their chances of success were already low from the moment they accepted the job. The noir elements come up in Cantwell and Casalanguida’s decision to shroud the main characters under the veil of secrecy, to the point where they’re seen as cogs in a machine much bigger and important than just the four of them. They the unlucky victims of history, obscure footnotes that’ll only be relevant to a very select few that already didn’t care much about them to begin with.
Then comes the matter of Oswald’s actual body, the one that was buried in Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery under a lonely grave marker adorned with his last name and nothing else. Just who is buried there if not the real Oswald? This question might as well be same one made about the bird statue’s value in The Maltese Falcon (1941) or what was inside the case that John Travolta and Samuel Jackson were after in Pulp Fiction (1994). In essence, Oswald’s corpse is the forbidden object that often becomes the source of everyone’s troubles and misfortunes once they’ve been hired to retrieve it.
The combination of all these elements result in a truly absurd and compelling piece of storytelling that puts proverbial cowboys in an environment where shadow agencies deceive common criminals into committing national tragedies. The posse at the center of Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body, though, doesn’t fight a greedy landowner or a dirty politician. They instead fight a corrupt system hoping to make a dent in it rather than tearing it all down. They know not to deceive themselves with the prospect of a happy ending. In the end, and to Cantwell and Casalanguida’s credit, it was a matter of placing cowboy-like criminals in front of people they’ve been all too familiar with: bad men with bad ideas and the means to execute them.
written by Curt Pires with art by Luca Casalanguida Purchase
Calm Like A Bomb
Following the shocking revelations at the end of chapter one, Wyatt is dispatched to help locate a missing person within the heart of New America. As he investigates he discovers things that call into question the moral fiber of the people closest to him, and the nature of New America itself.
TO START ANEW. TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE, THE FOUNDATION OF SOMETHING MORE. A NEW AMERICA.
Follows the formation of a Secessionist state within America, New America, and the trials and tribulations both personal and political of the people leading and living in this newly emergent country.
THE WEST WING meets SICARIO meets THE WIRE in this dense and action packed political thriller created by Curt Pires (Youth, Wyrd) and Luca Casalanguida (James Bond, Scout’s Honor). A TECC CONTENT production.
(W) Christopher Cantwell (A/CA) Luca Casalanguida In Shops: Aug 24, 2022 SRP: $17.99
Where is Lee Harvey Oswald’s body?
The Kennedy assassination is a rat’s nest of conspiracy theories: mafia involvement, a second gunman, a government cover-up… but the most important one may just be the idea that the body in Oswald’s grave is not actually Lee Harvey.
Meet the ragtag group of “useful idiots” unwittingly brought together to clean up the crime of the century – a wannabe cowboy from Wisconsin, a Buddy Holly-idolizing (former) car thief, a world-weary Civil Rights activist ready for revolution, and a failed G-Man who still acts the part .
Eisner Award-nominated writer, producer, and director Christopher Cantwell (Iron Man, The United States of Captain America) and artist Luca Casalanguida (Lost Soldiers, Scout’s Honor) deliver an off-kilter crime thriller set in the shadows of history’s greatest conspiracy!
Collects Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body #1-5.