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The Orville Sets Off for Adventure in a Comic Set Right Before the Season 2 Finale

The Orville Executive Producer David A. Goodman, artist David Cabeza, and colorist Michael Atiyeh are back at work bringing the world of The Orville to comics with Digressions.

This two-issue “episode” invites you to travel “The Road Not Taken” in this prequel to the season two finale! Follow Ed, Kelly, and the would-have-been crew of the Orville, as they navigate separate lives in an alternate timeline that’s on a collision course with the galaxy-ending Kaylon!

The Orville #1: Digressions Part 1 of 2 goes on sale May 5, 2021.

The Orville #1: Digressions Part 1 of 2

Far Cry Expands into Comics with Far Cry: Rite of Passage

Dark Horse Comics and Ubisoft are teaming up to expand the universe of the hit game series Far Cry into comics with Far Cry: Rite of Passage. Written by Bryan Edward Hill, illustrated by Geraldo Borges, colored by Micheal Atiyeh, and lettered by ComicraftFar Cry: Rite of Passage features covers by artist Matt Taylor!

Bringing in fan-favorite villains, Far Cry: Rite of Passage is a gritty tale of the intricate road that leads to the ascension to power. The story kicks off as President Antón Castillo’s only son, Diego, has just turned thirteen. But this birthday is more than a celebration—it’s a rite of passage. Antón wishes to teach Diego important lessons in leadership and recounts cautionary tales he has heard about the undoing of three legendary men: Vaas Montenegro, a pirate, Pagan Min, a dictator, and Joseph Seed, a preacher.

Far Cry: Rite of Passage #1 (of three) will be in comic shops on May 19, 2021.

Dragon Age Returns to Comics with Dark Fortress

What began in Dragon Age: Deception and continued in Dragon Age: Blue Wraith, concludes in the upcoming Dragon Age: Dark Fortress, arriving March 2021 from returning creators Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Fernando Heinz Furukawa, Michael Atiyeh, and cover artist Sachin Teng!

The next chapter in the world of BioWare’s award-winning dark fantasy RPG begins here!

Deep within enemy territory, the warrior-legend and fan-favorite Fenris and a fearless team of Inquisition agents prepare to assault a fortress said to be unbreakable in a bid to prevent the unthinkable from being unleashed, but will these heroes make it in time?

Dragon Age: Dark Fortress #1 arrives March 31, 2021.

Dragon Age: Dark Fortress #1

Early Review: The Orville #3 – Heroes Part 1

The Orville #3

Light Spoilers to Follow…

Dark Horse transport readers back into space with another two-part adventure featuring the voyages of the starship Orville. In The Orville #3 – Heroes Part 1 the inhabitants of a planet known only as HR 5070 have developed advanced technologies that should be far beyond their grasp. The Okudum should not possess the means to create a quantum reactor, yet after scans clearly show the presence of such a device, the crew of the Orville is sent to investigate.
Each of these Orville stories gives fans background information of certain members of the Orville’s crew. In Heroes, it’s Ensign Talla who’s history is expanded on. She’s an expert on the Okudum and the alien race holds a special place in her heart.

In my opinion, these Orville comics aren’t writer David A. Goodman’s best work. This is the second one I’ve read, and for the second time, I’ve gotten the sense he’s just missing the point of the show. I don’t feel that these Orville comics are a good adaptation of the FOX television show. Created by Seth Macfarlane, the TV show is meant to be part parody and part homage. The episodes are humorous while still maintaining the feel of a classic Star Trek story. I find these Orville comics to not only lack humor, but feel that they’re desperately in need of a joke or two. A lighter tone or more action would certainly improve things.

Without the humor or light-heartedness, these comics feel less like a homage and more like a low-quality rip off of both Star Trek and the Orville show. Goodman just doesn’t do enough to capture the voices of the actors when he writes their comic book counterparts’ dialogue. The dialogue of the characters in the comic reads very generically. The dialogue sounds like it could be spoken by anyone, instead of famous actors. Goodman’s scripts also lack the sophistication and emotional tension of a Star Trek episode. In The Orville #3, the character’s in this comic just sit around and talk. There’s no urgency, seemingly no real threat, and the character interactions seem more like co-workers who are forced to work together and not crewmates who must rely on one another to accomplish the mission. It’s not like Goodman doesn’t have source material to pull from between the Orville show and untold episodes of Star Trek. Instead, he comes up with these bland “space procedurals” where the first part is all set up for the second part, except without any excitement or plot twists that make the reader want to buy part 2 and finish the story.

David Cabeza’s illustrations contain a great amount of detail. He’s just as good at drawing an alien landscape as he is at rendering expressive faces. The small details he includes help distinguish different characters and species of alien from one another and give each one their own unique look. Colorist Michael Atiyeh adds depth to these details through shading and shadow. This adds an element of realism to the expressions and physical forms of the characters. I was also impressed by the accuracy of Cabeza’s drawings of the actors who play the Orville characters on the TV show. Seth MacFarlane’s character is especially well done.

Fans of classic Star Trek or the Orville TV show might find something to like about The Orville #3, but there’s not much in this comic to hook most readers. The story is boring, the plot predictable, and the dialogue flat. The artwork is of good quality but doesn’t offer many impressive visuals. Ninety percent of this comic is just people standing or sitting around talking. Goodman has a plethora of sources to pull inspiration from, yet he gives the reader a drama with no real tension. Hopefully one day, Seth Macfarlane can be convinced to consult and punch up the dialogue or story. Otherwise, I find little that would make someone want to buy any of these The Orville inspired comic books.

Story: David A. Goodman Art: David Cabeza
Colors: Michael Atiyeh Lettering: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Story: 1.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 3.5 Recommendation: Pass

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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The Orville’s Season 2.5 Comes to Dark Horse Comics

The Orville Executive Producer David A. Goodman, artist David Cabeza, and colorist Michael Atiyeh are teaming up once again to bring the world of The Orville back to the printed page in The Orville Season 2.5: Launch Day.

In the same fashion as Season 1.5, these new stories will consist of two, two-issue “episodes” telling stories set between the second and third seasons of Seth McFarlane’s hit television show. The first of these “episodes” starts with  The Orville Season 2.5: Launch Day #1 (of two).

When seemingly hostile Krill ships cross into Union space, the Orville intercepts. Captain Mercer learns they are en route to a planet that left the Union decades ago, under mysterious circumstances. Scans have discovered a moon-sized construct above the planet, and the Krill intend a preemptive strike against the presumed weapon. But is it? 

The Orville Season 2.5: Launch Day #1 (of two) goes on sale June 3, 2020.

The Orville Season 2.5: Launch Day #1

Dragon Age Returns to Comics with Dragon Age: Blue Wraith

Fans of BioWare’s hit fantasy series, Dragon Age, rejoice! Dark Horse Comics is publishing a canonical follow-up comic series to BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition—featuring the beloved character, Fenris.

Bringing Dragon Age: Blue Wraith to life are writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, artist Fernando Heinz Furukawa, and colorist Michael Atiyeh, with covers done by Sachin Teng.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith starts off with the fanatical Qunari seeking to topple the Tevinter mageocracy. Caught in the middle, one powerful young mage’s desperate search for her father brings her face-to-face with a notorious mage hunter—Fenris, the Blue Wraith.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith #1 (of three) goes on sale January 15, 2020.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith #1

Dark Horse Announces Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat

Prolific Aliens writer Brian Wood, artist Werther Dell’Edera, colorist Michael Atiyeh, letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot, and cover artist Tristan Jones are bringing the terror of the xenomorphs to the printed page once again with Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat.

Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat delves into the formative years of the Colonial Marines. Tying into the events of the upcoming Cold Iron Studios video game, this new series introduces Olivia Shipp, leader of a squad of battle-weary Marines who have defied orders to rescue the survivors of a refinery under siege.

Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat #1 (of eight) goes on sale September 18, 2019.

Return to the World of Starcrat this July in Starcraft: Survivors

Writer extraordinaire Jody Houser, artist Gabriel Guzmán, colorist Michael Atiyeh, and letterer Steve Dutro team up to continue the tale started inStarCraft: Scavengers. Based on an original story by Jody Houser and Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft game team, StarCraft: Survivors reveals exciting new territory in the StarCraft universe!

After surviving a murderous dark templar’s rampage, a terran space engineer named Caleb is forced to carry out the protoss’s bidding: he must infiltrate a munitions factory in the Umojan Protectorate and find a mysterious source of power.

StarCraft: Survivors #1 (of four) goes on sale July 24, 2019.

StarCraft: Survivors #1

ECCC 2019: Explore more of The Orville in Comics

The Orville Executive Producer/writer David A. Goodman, artist David Cabeza, and colorist Michael Atiyeh are teaming up to bring all the adventures from the crew of The Orville onto the printed page in The Orville Season 1.5: New Beginnings. These all new adventures will consist of two, two-issue “episodes” bridging the gap between the events of the first season of Seth MacFarlane’s hit television series, and the second season now airing on FOX.

The first of these “episodes” starts with The Orville #1: New Beginnings Part 1 (of two). On their way to a fleet conference, Ed and Gordon investigate a distress signal from a century-old buoy belonging to a Union ship. Back on the Orville, Kelly tries to mediate when Bortus insists on enrolling Topa into school despite him being only a few months old.

The second “episode” begins with The Orville #3: The Word of Avis Part 1 (of two) which sees the Orville intercept a small Union ship en route to the interstellar territory of the easily aggravated Krill. The passengers, originally thought to be a group of xenoanthropologists, turn out to be much, much more interesting and dangerous than the crew of the Orville could’ve imagined.

The Orville #1: New Beginnings Part 1 (of two) goes on sale July 17, 2019.

The Orville #1: New Beginnings Part 1

Tom Clancy’s The Division: Extremis Malis from Dark Horse and Ubisoft this January

Dark Horse Comics and Ubisoft have revealed more information from their upcoming comic series—Tom Clancy’s The Division: Extremis Malis. Dark Horse and Ubisoft tapped writer Christofer Emgård, artist Fernando Baldó, colorist Michael Atiyeh to further explore the world of Tom Clancy’s The Division in Tom Clancy’s The Division: Extremis Malis. The gorgeous Tom Clancy’s The Division: Extremis Malis covers are by J.P. Leon. A must-have for fans of intrigue and tales of survival, this three-issue comic series is the perfect introduction to the post-pandemic world of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, the sequel to Ubisoft’s record-breaking videogame Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Months after a bioweapon attack devastated New York City, the Division agents are the last hope of a United States struggling to hold itself together. During a mission gone horribly wrong, Division Agent Caleb Dunne’s partner is gruesomely killed and Dunne vows to track down the mysterious woman responsible. As he gathers clues to her whereabouts, he uncovers a grave threat to a nation already on the brink of total collapse.

The first issue of Tom Clancy’s The Division: Extremis Malis goes on sale January 9, 2019.

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