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Preview: The Dollhouse Family #1

The Dollhouse Family #1

(W) Mike Carey, Joe Hill (A) Peter Gross, Vince Locke, Dan McDaid (CA) Jessica Dalva
In Shops: Nov 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

On Alice’s sixth birthday, her dying great-aunt sent her the birthday gift she didn’t know she always wanted: a big, beautiful 19th-century dollhouse, complete with a family of antique dolls. In no time at all, the dollhouse isn’t just Alice’s favorite toy…it’s her whole world. And soon, young Alice learns she can enter the house to visit a new group of friends, straight out of a heartwarming children’s novel: the Dollhouse family. But while the Dollhouse family welcome her with open arms, in the real world, her family life is becoming much more complicated…and deep within the Dollhouse’s twisting halls, the black room waits, with an offer to Alice. The house can fix all this, the black room says. All she has to do is say the words…

Longtime collaborators Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Lucifer, The Unwritten) are joined by Vince Locke (The Sandman), to bring their most horrifying vision yet to Hill House Comics-a story that echoes into centuries past, into Alice’s tormented future, and into the beating heart of the madness that makes up our world…literally.

Plus, in chapter two of the “Sea Dogs” backup story written by Joe Hill, spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge’s monstrous scheme is underway as his coerced crew of bloodthirsty colonial lycanthropes prepare to gut the Royal Navy from within!

The Dollhouse Family #1

Preview: Barbarella Vol. 3: Burning Down The House

Barbarella Vol. 3: Burning Down The House

writer: Mike Carey
artist: Kenan Yarar, Jorge Fornes
cover: Kenan Yarar
FC | 120 Pages | Science Fiction | $17.99 | Teen+

Barbarella has been lied to. Worse, she’s been weaponized, and someone’s going to answer for that, for sure. (Well, assuming she survives the judgement of the Esseverine sun-giants, and an armada of a thousand ships…)

Barbarella Vol. 3: Burning Down The House

Joe Hill’s Hill House Comics Gets a Sampler

Best-selling author Joe Hill and DC are full speed ahead on launching the first wave of titles from Hill’s curated Hill House Comics imprint and fans will get their first look at the stories making up this bone-chilling lineup in a new online sampler released today. The sampler includes excerpts from the launch titles Basketful of Heads, written by Joe Hill with art by Leomacs, as well as The Dollhouse Factory, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, plus The Low, Low Woods, written by Carmen Maria Machado with art by Dani.

The sampler also includes previews of two titles scheduled for 2020 – January’s Daphne Byrne, written by Laura Marks with art by legendary artist Kelley Jones and Plunge, a six-issue limited series written by Hill and scheduled for February. Readers will also get their first look at Sea Dogs, also written by Joe Hill with art by Dan McDaid. Sea Dogs is an old-school serialized pulp strip that will appear in every issue of Hill House Comics and takes place on the high seas where a fledgling American government uses werewolves in its fight to gain independence from the British.

Basketful of Heads #1 debuts October 30, followed by The Dollhouse Family #1 on November 13 and The Low, Low Woods on December 18. Daphne Byrne #1 hits retailers on January 8, 2020 and Plunge #1 arrives February 19, 2020.

Hill House Comics Sampler

Joe Hill Will Write and Oversee a Line of Horror Comics for DC Black Label

DC keeps on making news with the latest being that novelist Joe Hill will be returning to his first love and comics. Hill will be overseeing a “pop-up line” of horror comics for the DC line DC Black Label dubbed Hill House Comics. He’ll also be writing a few himself. Hill’s had success in comics, most notably his series Locke & Key with artist Gabriel Rodriguez that’s currently in development for television.

Hill House Comics will initially consist of five limited series:

  • Basketful of Heads, written by Hill and illustrated by Leomacs – In a mansion filled with Viking artifacts exists an ax that has supernatural powers in this “grindhouse Rashomon.”
  • The Dollhouse Family, written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Peter Gross;
  • The Low, Low Woods, written by Carmen Maria Machado and illustrated by Dani;
  • Daphne Byrne, written by Laura Marks and illustrated by Kelley Jones – set in the gaslit 1800s New York the main character discovers a strange, insidious entity within her body.
  • Plunge, written by Hill with an artist to be revealed at a later date – Hill’s riff on John Carpenter’s The Thing.

Each comic will also come with two-page installments of a back-up feature called Sea Dogs, written by Hill. Sea Dogs is set during the American Revolution where American werewolves are set upon an enemy ship to destroy it.

The line-up of creators brings old and new voices to comics. Marks comes from tv and has worked with Hill on the Locke & Key television adaptation.

To kick off the ALA Conference, DC announced it would be “closing” its Vertigo imprint as well as folding in their popular DC Zoom and DC Ink imprints into a new branding of three different lines. It left some wondering DC’s commitment to these types of comics. DC initially calmed those concerns with an announcement of more than 20 graphic novels that would have fallen under the Zoom and Ink imprint.

This latest announcement would have absolutely fallen under the Vertigo imprint. It also answers the question as to what will happen with “pop-up imprints.” DC has a few liked Wonder Comics curated by Brian Michael Bendis, Gerard Way’s line, and the announced line-up of Geoff Johns’ comics.

The first issue of Basketful of Heads will hit stores Oct. 30 and will be followed up in the following months by other books. A Hill House Comics panel will take place at San Diego Comic-Con on July 19.

Check out the covers for the first issues:

About the series:

BASKETFUL OF HEADS

Written by: Joe Hill
Art by: Leomacs
Covers by: Reiko Murakami

The rain lashes the grassy dunes of Brody Island, and seagulls scream above the bay. A slender figure in a raincoat carries a large wicker basket, which looks like it might be full of melons…covered by a bloodstained scrap of the American flag.

This is the story of June Branch, a young woman trapped with four cunning criminals who have snatched her boyfriend for deranged reasons of their own. Now she must fight for her life with the help of an impossible 8th-century Viking axe that can pass through a man’s neck in a single swipe—and leave the severed head still conscious and capable of supernatural speech.

Each disembodied head has a malevolent story of its own to tell, and it isn’t long before June finds herself in a desperate struggle to hack through their lies and manipulations…racing to save the man she loves before time runs out.

BASKETFUL OF HEADS

THE LOW, LOW WOODS

Written by: Carmen Maria Machado
Art by: Dani
Cover by: J.A.W. Cooper

A mysterious plague is afflicting the small mining town of Shudder to Think, Pennsylvania. It strikes seemingly at random, eating away at the memories of those suffering from it. From tales of rabbits with human eyes, to deer women who come to the windows of hungry girls at night, this town is one of those places where strange things are always happening. But no one ever seems to question why…

THE LOW, LOW WOODS is a gruesome coming-of-age body-horror mystery series about two teenage women trying to uncover the truth about the mysterious memory-devouring illness affecting them and the people of the small mining town they call home—and the more they discover, the more disturbing the truth becomes.

THE LOW, LOW WOODS

THE DOLLHOUSE FAMILY

Written by: Mike Carey
Art by: Peter Gross
Covers by: Jessica Dalva

On Alice’s sixth birthday, her dying great-aunt sends her the birthday gift she didn’t know she always wanted: a big, beautiful 19th-century dollhouse, complete with a family of antique dolls. In hardly any time at all, the dollhouse isn’t just Alice’s favorite toy…it’s her whole world.

Soon young Alice learns she can enter the house, to visit a new group of friends, straight out of a heartwarming children’s novel: the Dollhouse family. As the years pass, Alice finds herself visiting their world more frequently, slowly losing track of where reality ends and make-believe begins. What starts as play concludes in an eruption of madness and violence.

Childhood ends—but that little house casts a long shadow over Alice’s adult life. When the world becomes too much for her to bear, Alice finds herself returning to the dollhouse and the little folk within. The house can offer her a shelter from all her sorrows…but only if she gives it what it wants, and god help her if she tries to walk away again…

THE DOLLHOUSE FAMILY

DAPHNE BYRNE

Written by: Laura Marks
Art by: Kelley Jones
Covers by: Piotr Jabłoński

In the gaslit splendor of late 19th-century New York, rage builds inside 14-year-old Daphne. The sudden death of her father has left her alone with her irresponsible, grief-stricken mother—who becomes easy prey for a group of occultists promising to contact her dead husband.

While fighting to disentangle her mother from these charlatans, Daphne begins to sense a strange, insidious presence in her own body…an entity with unspeakable appetites. And as she learns to wield this brutal, terrifying power, she wages a revenge-fueled crusade against the secret underworld that destroyed her life.

DAPHNE BYRNE

PLUNGE

Written by: Joe Hill
Art by: TBD
Covers by: Jeremy Wilson

In 1983 the Derleth disappeared, wiped out in a storm on the edge of the Arctic circle—the world’s most advanced research vessel in the hunt for oil, lost in the aftermath of a tsunami.

Almost 40 years later, the Derleth begins to transmit its distress signal once again, calling in to Alaska’s remote Attu Station from the most forlorn place on earth, a desolate ring island in the icy faraway. A US salvage team made up of experts, scientists, and mercenaries helicopter in just ahead of a storm—and the Russian competition—to find the abandoned wreck hung up on the island shores of the atoll. As a wintry blizzard clamps down, anomalies begin to surface: first the samples of an oil with unlikely properties, and then the sonar readings of a sunken prehistoric civilization just offshore. Still, nothing could prepare the salvage team for the reappearance of the Derleth’s crew from the island cave, no older than they were four decades ago, every one of them struck blind by an inexplicable infection…and yet capable of seeing in new ways, possessed of extraordinary powers and stripped of all but their last vestiges of humanity…

SEA DOGS (backup story)

Written by: Joe Hill

Art by: TBD

The Revolution is screwed.

In 1779 the pathetic American navy is a pile of smoldering wrecks choking the Penobscot River. Imperial Britain has amassed the mightiest fleet the world has ever known, led by the HMS Havoc, a 90-gun second rate that has sunk a forest of French, Spanish and American frigates, sketching a trail of devastation that stretches all the way from St. Kitts to Machias, Maine. The faltering Continental Congress can’t hope to match England’s sea power, and they’re just desperate enough to make a deal with the devil…or even three.

Spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge proposes allowing three lycanthropes to be pressed into British service aboard the Havoc. Three patriotic werewolves might be all it takes to butcher the ship from the inside out and paint the decks red. It’s true, their powers are infernal, their minds are mad and their loyalty can in no way be trusted. And yet what else can a desperate nation do…but let slip the dogs of war?

Preview: Barbarella: Hard Labor Vol. 2 TPB

Barbarella: Hard Labor Vol. 2 TPB

writer: Mike Carey
artists: Kenan Yarar, Donny Hadiwidjaja
cover: Marco D’Alfonso
FC | 128 pages | $17.99 | Mature

COLLECTING ISSUES 5-8

Barbarella’s never ending quest to repair her ship’s regulator and be on her way takes a detour to Falladim, where there’s a rush on for R.U.S.T.-Radically Unstable Space-Time! The rarest and most valuable stuff in the universe, even Barbarella can’t resist its mighty call. But competition brings out the worst in humans and aliens alike, and the Siren of Space is about to see what the worst really is!

Barbarella: Hard Labor Vol. 2 TPB

Preview: Highest House TP

Highest House TP

(W) Mike Carey (A) Peter Gross (CA) Yuko Shimizu
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $24.99

To be born a slave is in fact not a fatality. And facts can be changed. In the country of Ossaniul, there is a fortress that is as disproportionate as it is inaccessible: the Highest House. Its masters, the noble family of Aldercrest, reign over a veritable army of slaves. At the bottom of the ladder, young Moth performs the most thankless tasks and has little hope of living past childhood. Until the day he meets Obsidian, a mysterious prisoner of the House who whispers to him in his sleep. If Moth does what he asks, Obsidian will give him fortune and glory. And there’s every indication that Obsidian can make good on his promises. Will Moth accept the offer?

Through a subtle alternate history, The Highest House takes us to a fictional country reminiscent of the Balkan kingdoms of the 16th century. Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Lucifer, The Unwritten) draw from this context a captivating fantasy narrative that reflects on the human soul, the corrupting power of slavery, and the inequalities of class, all from the different perspectives of the House’s many inhabitants. Both immediate and timeless, Highest House is a multifaceted fantasy sure to stay with readers long after the final page has turned.

From the creators of The Unwritten, twice nominated for a Hugo Award!

Preview: Barbarella #12

Barbarella #12

writer: Mike Carey
artist: Kenan Yarar, Jorge Fornés
covers: Yuko Shimizu (A), Jim Mahfood (B), Scott Morse (C), Eric Shanowar (D), Kenan Yarar (E-Sub)
Yuko Shimizu (RI-Virgin), Scott Morse (RI-B/W), Jim Mahfood (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

“A Place Called Overkill” The event horizon of a black hole is a bad spot to have your ship break down — especially if the breakdown isn’t an accident. But who wants Barbarella dead? And why have they chosen to bury her so very, very deep?

Preview: Barbarella #11

Barbarella #11

writer: Mike Carey
artist: Kenan Yarar
covers: Eric Powell (A), Ryan Browne (B), Kyle Strahm (C), Ediano Silva (D), Kenan Yarar (E-Sub)
Eric Powell (RI-Virgin), Kyle Strahm (RI-B/W),Ryan Browne (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

In the red corner: a titanic space armada with the last word in planet-busting weaponry. And facing them: the Esseverine, a peaceful people with no technology or tools at all. Nothing. Not even a pointy stick. But they do have Barbarella. Place your bets!

Preview: Barbarella Vol. 1: Red Hot Gospel TP

Barbarella Vol. 1: Red Hot Gospel TP

writer: Mike Carey | artist: Kenan Yarar, Jorge Fornes
cover: Kenneth Rocafort
FC | 128 pages | $17.99 | Mature

Earth’s star-crossed daughter is back! When Barbarella wanders into a war zone, the theocratic rulers of Parosia arrest and imprison her. A prison break is brewing, but now that she knows what the Parosians do to their own citizens Barbarella decides to make this fight her own…

Preview: Barbarella #10

Barbarella #10

writer: Mike Carey
artist: Kenan Yarar
covers: Cliff Chiang (A), Aaron Conley (B), Michael Adams Diorama (C), Justine Anderson (D), Kenan Yarar (E-Sub)
Cliff Chiang (RI-Virgin), Aaron Conley (RI-B/W), Justine Anderson (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Barbarella is missing, presumed dead: fallen into Firu Fenzu’s sun, from which there’s no coming back. But the core of this star is a brave new world, where Barbarella will learn how badly she has been betrayed – and where she just might find the allies she needs for an epic comeback.

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