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Stranger Things Comes to Dark Horse

Dark Horse and Netflix have announced a strange, new partnership of a multi-year publishing line based on the hit Netflix Original series, Stranger Things! Set to debut in September 2018, the officially licensed publishing program will give fans of the beloved show an opportunity to explore the mysterious world of Hawkins, Indiana. Dark Horse will publish a line of comics and young adult graphic novels expanding the world of Hawkins and its many inhabitants.

Award-winning writer Jody Houser, penciller Stefano Martino, inker Keith Champagne, colorist Lauren Affe, and letterer Nate Piekos unite to bring the nostalgia igniting of the Netflix original series to comic shelves in the first installment of Dark Horse’s publishing program.

Stranger Things #1 (of 4-issues) follows Will Byers as he enters a dimension of decay and destruction where he must use his wits and resolve to dodge the pursuit of the Demogorgon and escape the Upside Down. Stranger Things #1 features a cover by artist Aleksi Briclot with three variant covers from Rafael Albuquerque, visual artist Kyle Lambert, and a photo-variant cover designed by Patrick Satterfield and Netflix.

Stranger Things #1 goes on sale September 26, 2018.

Skottie Young abd Aaron Conley Rule the School this September with Bully Wars

I Hate Fairyland and Deadpool writer Skottie Young teams up with artist Aaron Conley for the hilarious, all-new ongoing series Bully Wars.

In Bully Wars, Rufus, the biggest bully in Rottenville since kindergarten, suddenly goes from bully to bullied on the first day of high school. He’s forced to make a shaky pact with his favorite geeks: Spencer and his twin sibling besties, Edith and Ernie. Together they’ll have to find a way to survive the Hunger Games-like contest known simply as the BULLY WARS—where the winner will rule the school!

Bully Wars #1 Cover A by Conley (Diamond Code JUL180096), BULLY WARS #1 Cover B by Young (Diamond Code JUL180097), and Bully Wars #1 Cover C by Brown (Diamond Code JUL180098) hits stores on Wednesday, September 5th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, August 13th.

Dark Horse and CD Projekt Red Present The Witcher Library Edition

The Witcher fans rejoice! Dark Horse and CD Projekt Red are making it easier than ever for The Witcher fans to catch up on the tie-in graphic novels and comics series in The Witcher Library Edition. CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher is a dark fantasy RPG game series with a character-driven, non-linear story set in a gritty and living world. The Witcher games have collectively earned over 800 industry awards and have sold more than 33 million copies worldwide.

The Witcher Library Edition collects issues #1–#5 of the Witcher comic series House of GlassFox ChildrenCurse of Crows, and the Killing Monsters one-shot—and features annotations and a sketchbook section. Multiple Eisner Award-winning writer Paul Tobin pens a fantasy epic of the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, a witcher—one of the few remaining monster hunters. The Witcher Library Editionfeatures story art by Joe Querio, Piotr Kowalski, and Max Bertolini with colors by Carlos Badilla and Brad Simpson and lettering by Nate Piekos. This edition features a bonus sketchbook section and additional art by Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian, Stan Sakai, Duncan Fegredo, Simon Bisley, and a new cover by Mike Mignola. This 440-page tome retails for $49.99.

The Witcher Library Edition goes on sale October 24, 2018.

Beasts of Burden Returns to Dark Horse in August

Dark Horse Comics welcomes fans back to Burden Hill as the one and only Evan Dorkin joins forces with artist Benjamin Dewey and letterer Nate Piekos for a thrilling new series, Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men. Co-created by Dorkin and Jill Thompson, Beasts of Burden has been a staple at Dark Horse since it debuted in 2009 and we are thrilled to bring readers a new story starring Beasts of Burden’s Wise Dogs.

Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men follows the heroic pack of canines known as the Wise Dogs as they take on a series of new horrors and find a link among a variety of seemingly unrelated occult disturbances plaguing Burden Hill and the surrounding areas. Their discovery leads them to mountain village inhabited by a survivalist witch-cult who have uncovered the existence of a “Blood Lure” attracting occult forces, creatures, and many more terrors to Burden Hill!

Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men #1 (of 4) goes on sale August 22, 2018, and is available for preorder at your local comic shop. Issue #1 also offers a variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque.

Sword Daughter, a New Ongoing Comic Series From Dark Horse Comics

This summer, writer Brian Wood, artist Mack Chater and Dark Horse Comics will unleash the new ongoing comic book series Sword Daughter, a Viking revenge saga unlike any other. The co-creators of the acclaimed Briggs Land, along with colorist Jose Villarubia, letterer Nate Piekos, and cover artist Greg Smallwood, are creating a raw and violent story that is a testament to the power of redemption and the resiliency of family, and a visually stunning tribute to samurai cinema.

In Sword Daughter, the Forty Swords arrive at night and, under the cover of darkness, murder an entire village. Only two people survive the slaughter: the infant Elsbeth and her grief-stricken father, Dag. Setting off on a revenge quest that will span the width of Viking Age Europe, they find the key to repairing their damaged relationship lies in the swords they carry.

Each oversized issue of the first story arc of Sword Daughter by Wood, Chater, colorist Jose Villarubia and letterer Nate Piekos features 28 story pages, covers by Greg Smallwood and variant covers by co-creator Chater. Sword Daughter #1 debuts on June 6, 2018.

The Doctor is in for this New Black Hammer Universe Spin-Off

Following the success of Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Eisner Award-winning series Black Hammer and its spinoff series Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, Dark Horse is excited to announce the next installment in the Black Hammer universe, Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost TomorrowsAbe Sapien artist Max Fiumara joins Jeff Lemire in the new four-issue miniseries. Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart and talented letterer Nate Piekos round out this super creative team. Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows will feature variant covers by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire, J.G. Jones, Dustin Nguyen, and Annie Wu.

Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows is a dual-narrative story that chronicles the legacy of the Golden-Age superhero Doctor Star. An aged crime fighter desperately wants to reconnect with his estranged son, who he hoped would one day take the mantle of Doctor Star. Over the course of the story we learn his World War II-era origin, how he got his powers, his exciting astral adventures, the formation of some of Black Hammer’s greatest heroes, and more in this heartbreaking superhero tale about fathers and sons.

The first issue (of four) of Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows goes on sale March 07, 2018.

A Musical Celebration of Bestselling Author Chuck Palahniuk’s New Novella

Bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk has written 14 novels, sold more than 5 million books in the United States, written a New York Times bestselling graphic novel and an acclaimed coloring book and had multiple books adapted for film—and now Palahniuk‘s prose will be inspiring musical performances across the country. This fall, the Bushwick Book Club will present three shows in celebration of and inspired by Palahniuk’s latest book Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color. The novella, featuring colorable illustrations by Steve Morris and Mike Norton, is on sale from Dark Horse Books on November 7 and performances for Legacy will be held in Brooklyn, Portland and Los Angeles in November.

Founded in Brooklyn in 2009, the Bushwick Book Club meets every month and employs the talents of local songwriters and artists who plumb the depths of a chosen literary gem to create that rare and beautiful thing – a new song (or visual art, dance, film or snack).  All songs are then performed at a live show. The Bushwick Book Club now has several branches all over the world, including Portland, LA, Seattle, Malmo, Sweden, Santa Barbara, New Orleans and Toronto, Canada. The Bushwick Book Club Podcast was launched this year.

The New York show will feature performances by BBC Founder, Susan Hwang, Jessie Kilguss, Charlie Nieland, Juliet Garrett, Terry Radigan, Casey Holford, Timothy Dark, Joanna Kelly, Storm Garner, Jennifer Devore and Earl Maneein.

The Portland show will be hosted by Amy Faust of Mike and Amy in the Morning on the Wolf 99.5 and will feature NYC performers, Susan Hwang, Jessie Kilguss, Charlie Nieland, Larry Krone and Portland participants, Mike Danner, Alan Kanning, Ian MacKintosh, Jetty Swart, Matt Schulte and Don Rauf.

The LA show will feature BBC Founder, Susan Hwang and Charlie Nieland as Lusterlit from NYC, BBC L.A. founder, Stacy Rock, Nicole Tourtelot, Justin Remer, writer Deenah Vollmer, Dr. Sherri Canon, Molly White and others to be announced.

Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color is a hardcover book, accompanied by a cover illustrated and colored by Duncan Fegredo and designed by Nate Piekos. Two acclaimed artists provides colorable illustrations throughout the novella: Mike Norton, the creator of the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning webcomic Battlepug, and Steve Morris, who’s best known for his art for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic books.

Dates:

Brooklyn, NY November 7th at Barbès – 356 9th St., Brooklyn, New York (7:30-9pm)

Portland, OR November 11th at the Billy Webb Elk’s Lodge – 6 N Tillamook St, Portland, OR (5-8pm), tickets

Los Angeles, CA November 16th The Last Bookstore – 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Chuck Palahniuk and Joelle Jones Present Salvation

Bestselling writer Chuck Palahniuk’s short stories are provocative and most certainly not for the faint of heart. His public readings are notorious for attracting massive crowds and causing audience members to pass out. And now a new publication pushes Palahniuk’s relationship with his readers even further into unexpected territory. On sale now from Dark Horse Comics, Palahniuk’s adult coloring book debut and second short story collection entitled Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color features eight bizarre tales, each paired with pieces of colorable original black and white art.

Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color is an unprecedented and unique hardcover book featuring nearly 50 illustrations by artists Lee Bermejo, Kirbi Fagan, Duncan Fegredo, Alise Gluskova, Joëlle Jones, Steve Morris, Tony Puryear and Marc Scheff. The book is printed on uncoated white paper stock for ease of coloring and features a colorable author portrait by Fight Club 2 cover artist David Mack, with a cover illustrated and colored by Duncan Fegredo and designed by Nate Piekos. The 8.5 x 11 inch album-sized hardcover book is available in both bookstores and comic shops for $19.99.

To celebrate the book’s publication, Dark Horse Comics is releasing the short story “Salvation,” written by Chuck Palahniuk, with illustrations from Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), about a passenger on the Titanic who finds a surgical solution to the obstacle of “women and children first.”

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Chuck Palahniuk’s Coloring Book Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color this Fall

Its been announced that Chuck Palahniuk will publish Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color, his first ever coloring book for adults, this fall with Dark Horse Books. Bait will be both the coloring book debut and the second short story collection for Palahniuk, author of Lullaby and Fight Club. The book will contain eight bizarre tales, illustrated in detailed black and white by Joëlle Jones, Lee Bermejo, Duncan Fegredo, and more. Each story is paired with pieces of colorable original art, nearly 50 in all. Dark Horse Books will publish Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color as a 8.5 x 11 inch hardcover album, with uncoated and white interior paper stock, accompanied by a cover illustrated and colored by Duncan Fegredo and designed by Nate Piekos.

Palahniuk’s short stories are provocative and not for the faint of heart. (His public readings are notorious for making audience members pass out.) Bait continues in that vein with stories about:

  • A passenger on the Titanic who finds a surgical solution to the obstacle of “women and children first”
  • A Hollywood star, whose fading brand faces a viral (and scatological) internet campaign
  • An animal psychic who coaxes a statement from a fish that witnessed a political assassination
  • Increasingly terrible birthday gifts that place a girl at the center of an extinction-level event

Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color will go on sale in both comic book stores and bookstores on October 26.

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Review: Huck #6

Huck_06-1In the final issue of Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque’s feel good Americana-meets-Cold War era mad scientists tale Huck, there is plenty of punching and hugging as Huck and his mom fight the cyborg creations of Professor Orlov and try to make it back home. The plot sounds like the plot of a cheesy mid-1980s movie, but Millar makes sure the story doesn’t get too dragged down in spycraft and science fiction as he and Albuquerque focus on how Huck is still a good person even though he was originally created to be a bloodhound for a Soviet Union. Albuquerque’s art shows the larger than life nature of both Huck and his mom’s in a riveting hand to hand fight scene ending in a Superman-worthy feat of strength while he and colorist Dave McCaig set Huck #6 apart from most end of arc superhero stories with a beautiful epilogue showing Huck’s return to doing daily good deeds. It’s safe to say that he has a lot to catch up on after last issue’s backstory explosion.

Huck #6 is an example of Rafael Albuquerque’s versatility as an artist. His heavy inked style can work for horror stories like American Vampire along with science fiction stories like and a genre “Venn Diagram” comic like Huck. (Not to mention his less heavy inks on Blue Beetle  back in the mid-2000s.) Albuquerque’s art is close to painting in this comic, but with much more motion and articulation. You can feel the strength behind each punch that Huck throws, and McCaig pours on a conflagration of orange and yellows to show the inhuman beams that Huck’s “brother” pelts him with. But the amount of punishment that Huck takes adds to the feeling of catharsis when he and his mom get the upper hand against their attackers as Albuquerque shows his face wrinkle in anger before cutting to him grabbing his opponent’s fist. Huck is the actual, nicest guy on Earth, but when you mess with his mom, it’s going to be trouble.

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Millar and Albuquerque making Orlov’s goons robots reminds me a lot of the X-Men, Spider-Man, and Justice League cartoons in the late 1990s and early 2000s when the writers and animators would make the bad guys robots to let high powered characters, like Wolverine or Superman, get to let loose without killing. And this is what Huck and his mom do throughout the issue finding the better way to defeat their enemies without going Punisher or Zod neck snap on them. The way that they eventually deal with Orlov is a quite clever use of Huck’s mother’s abilities as she has the more subtle power of persuading people by touching them versus Huck’s feats of strength and tracking ability.

But honestly, the best part of Huck #6 isn’t the final showdown between the heroes and villains even though Albuquerque zooming out and using an entire page to show Huck throwing a lamp post down a crowded highway is pretty spectacular or its cryptic final page cliffhanger. No, what makes Huck a solid comic is its inspirational protagonist, who doesn’t just make speeches about helping people, but does it without pomp and circumstance even though he does have a bit of media attention after one of his neighbors leaked the news about his powers. And the final pages of the issue is Huck just helping people out in various ways between panels of his smiling face and honest eyes. (McCaig gives them a beautiful shade of blue.) It’s a sweet conclusion without being saccharine and a wonderful bookend to his actions in Huck #1.

Huck #6 boasts rich, textured art and colors from Rafael Albuquerque and Dave McCaig and will probably make you smile. (Unless you’re an incurable cynic.) It is up there with Starlight as Mark Millar’s best work in his post-Marvel era, and I look forward to the day it’s made into a film starring Channing Tatum.

Story: Mark Millar Art: Rafael Albuquerque Colors: Dave McCaig Letters: Nate Piekos
Story: 7.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

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