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Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum team for a new Creator-Owned series!

From Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum, the showrunners behind the hit Hulu series Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., comes their first creator-owned series Minor Threats. Featuring superstar artist Scott Hepburn, with colors by Ian Herring, and letters by Nate PiekosMinor Threats is a genre-bending crime drama about superheroes and villains and the last gasp of the colorful innocent days of the silver and bronze era of comics before they are dragged into the grit-soaked modern times.      

It’s hard out there for a supervillain. Not the world conquerors, chaos engines, or arch-nemeses… but the little guys, the career criminals. The ones who put on uniforms, knock over jewelry stores, and get tied to telephone poles before the hero swings off to face the actual big bad. Times are tough for costumed crooks… and they’re about to get much worse. The psychotic Stickman has done the unthinkable and murdered Kid Dusk, sidekick to Twilight City’s premier crime-fighter, The Insomniac. The Insomniac’s teammates, The Continuum, are tearing Twilight apart, turning it into a terrifying police state–desperate to capture the Stickman and stop the Insomniac from “crossing that final line” in which he may never come back from. Caught in the middle are the small-time c-list villains, finding it impossible to pull jobs or even walk down the street without being harassed by these heroes. With a bounty on the Stickman’s head, former villain Playtime decides to put together a ragtag team of equally disgruntled supervillains to take down the Stickman and kill him themselves. Leading her on a dark journey into the criminal underbelly she’s tried so hard to escape.

Minor Threats #1 (of four) will be in comic shops August 24, 2022. Minor Threats will have a standard cover by Scott Hepburn, a special foil variant of the standard cover, and a variant by Hellboy’s Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart!

EVE Online: Capsuleer Chronicles collects four comics in one hardcover!

Dark Horse Books is pleased to announce EVE Online: Capsuleer Chronicles, based on the online multiplayer role-playing game, EVE Online. This hardcover will collect all four digital comics written by Sam Maggs and Melissa Grey, penciled by Kieran McKeown, inked by Dexter Vines, colored by Sebastian Cheng, lettered by Nate Piekos, with cover art created by Jeremy Wilson.

A new threat has come to the New Eden star cluster, an ancient and ruthless civilization, demanding all factions either submit to conversion or die. Despite their differences in loyalties, four capsuleers battle tooth and nail to save each other and all of New Eden, hoping to buy just enough time for reinforcements to arrive.

This isn’t just a book about epic space battles, exploding starships and an apocalyptic invasion. It’s about the people who are brave enough to keep fighting when they are outgunned, who pick themselves up every time they get knocked down, and are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect everything they love.

The EVE Online: Capsuleer Chronicles hardcover will be available at comic stores November 23, 2022 and in bookstores December 6, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. EVE Online: Capsuleer Chronicles will retail for $24.99.

EVE Online: Capsuleer Chronicles

Review: Twig #1

Twig #1

When I first discovered Skottie Young, it was due to his cute takes on superheroes. From there, that “cute take” turned into twisted takes on cuteness. The same “awe” style but with a humor about it all that betrayed the innocent look. Which is why I was so very intrigued by Twig #1. The comic’s description describes it as a “Bone-esque” adventure. So, going in, I wondered if this was really a comic geared towards kids or if there would be some subversive aspect to its kid-friendly look?

Written by Young, Twig #1 introduces us to an intriguing world that has a Jim Henson quality about it. Twig and Splat are friends and Twig is starting a new job. It has something to do with a quest and a jewel but all of that is kind of muddled as we’re thrown into a cute and awe-shucks world. Everyone seems rather nice with animals, plants, and even mountains given life and personalities that make it all very magical.

Twig’s mission is to take a red jewel/egg thing to The Pathsayer to find out what it is and then be sent on a further adventures. Of course things don’t go as planned setting up something grander. Where is it all going? I’m not quite sure but the setup so far feels like something young readers into fantasy would enjoy. The issue is, it’s a monthly comic and by the end, you immediately want to read more. In a reality where a lot of stories like this are released as graphic novel volumes, the monthly floppy release of Twig #1 works against it a bit.

The art is provided by Kyle Strahm and it’s fantastic. With color by Jean-Francois Beaulieu and lettering by Nate Piekos, the comic pops in vibrant colors and creatures and characters you want to squeeze and hug. It’s very Jim Henson in the design and look and that’s absolutely meant as a compliment. If someone told me they were behind all of the designs, I wouldn’t be surprised. The characters and look very much hit the nostalgia button and create a sense of wonder as we get to see more and more of the world. The art does a fantastic job of balancing grand scenes with more intimate interactions.

Twig #1 is a cute and fun start to the series. The designs are fantastic and while opening feels a bit short, it’s definitely enough to get readers to want to come back. Again, my issue is that it’s a monthly release. The opening hints to me this might have been a stronger read as either a graphic novel or extended/oversized issues. We’ll see if that plays out but it’s a world I want to explore more of with creatures I want to hug and hang out with.

Story: Skottie Young Art: Kyle Strahm
Color: Jean-Francois Beaulieu Letterer: Nate Piekos
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

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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

It’s the Last Days of Black Hammer

Critically acclaimed and Eisner-award winning writer Jeff Lemire, along with artist Stefano Simeone and letterer Nate Piekos are embarking on the next epic tale from the Black Hammer Universe in The Last Days of Black Hammer!     

Acting as a prequel to the events of the Black Hammer Universe, The Last Days of Black Hammer details the heroics of Joe Weber—the original hero known as Black Hammer—at the height of his power, along with the rest of the main Black Hammer heroes like Golden Gail, Abraham Slam, and Barbalien in the final days leading up the their cataclysmic battle with the cosmic villain Anti-God!

The Last Days of Black Hammer is a 110-page graphic novel that will be collected by Dark Horse Comics after the series is complete.

The Last Days of Black Hammer

Stranger Things Returns to Comics with Stranger Things: Kamchatka

From writer Michael Moreci, artist Todor Hristov, colorist Dan Jackson, and letterer Nate Piekos, presented by Dark Horse Comics, comes a new Stranger Things comic series, Stranger Things: Kamchatka!

A Russian scientist is kidnapped by Soviet troops, leaving nothing for his two teenage children but a mysterious case and a whole lot of questions. While their father is dragooned into weaponizing a monster brought back from the US, the two teenagers embark on a harrowing and perilous journey to find him, with help from an unlikely ally: an old but extremely deadly former KGB spy.

Ahead of the mid-2022 release of Stranger Things Season Four on Netflix, Stranger Things: Kamchatka #1 will be in comic shops March 23, 2022.

Review: Cloaked #1

Cloaked #1

Out of nowhere a vigilante appeared to strike fear into criminals. A mix between Batman and the Punisher, the “hero” took on crime in a “major American metropolis” and then disappeared. Twenty-five years later one of the richest people in the world has hired a former police officer, now detective, to try to figure out who the mystery hero really was. Cloaked #1 is an interesting start to the series that sets up an intriguing mystery that mixes noir/detective style with spandex.

Written by Mike Richarson, Cloaked #1 feels a bit like a throwback to 1990s Dark Horse when series like Hellboy and X were just starting out. There’s a “get back to the roots” aspect about it that’s intriguing in its execution and look. The concept of the series is pretty simple, unmask a hero who disappeared but the comic takes that and mixes it with a look and style that’s much more like the recent renaissance of detective comics that have launched in the past decade.

Roger “Jake” Stevens is the detective at the center of the story and his character is rooted in the genre, strereotypes, and clichés. He’s a former police officer. He’s slightly crooked and doesn’t follow rules. He grew up a troubled youth. Then there’s the relationship issues including an affair. It’s almost like check list for the genre was used when creating the character. It’s not a bad thing and in some ways makes getting into the series a bit easier. It’s familiar and allows the reader to just sit back and enjoy the concept without having to really focus too much on the character specifics. We generally know who Jake is since we’ve seen this character so many times in the past.

Part of the throwback charm to Cloaked #1 is the art by Jordi Armengol. Joined by Nate Piekos on lettering, the comic looks like it would have fit right in with the Dark Horse Legend imprint. It also has a certain look to it that has it have a vibe similar to the modern detective comics that have been made popular by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and others. Interestingly, I think the art actually stands out most in the action scenes featuring the former superhero and has me wanting to see a series of that character with Armengol on art. There’s some issues, a sidekick’s forehead looks a little weird and out of proportion, but overall, there’s a solid match of the art to the style of story.

Cloaked #1 is a debut with a lot of potential. The comic ends in an interesting place and it’s easy to make some guesses as to where it will go from here. Hopefully, the series delivers more than my current suspicions but its mix of spandex and detective stories is an interesting one that creates a read that’s just slightly different than what else is on the shelf.

Story: Mike Richardson Art: Jordi Armengol
Color: Jordi Armengol Lettering: Nate Piekos
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Dark Horse Comics to Continue its Partnership with EVE Online and launches Capsuleer Chronicles in DEcember

In 2014, Dark Horse Comics and CCP Games brought to life new stories from the world of EVE Online for fans across the globe to enjoy. Now, Dark Horse is pleased to continue that partnership with EVE Online: Capsuleer Chronicles, a new four-issue miniseries from the universe of EVE, launching digitally on December 1, 2021.

Creators Melissa Grey, Sam Maggs, Dexter Vines, Kieran McKeown, Sebastian Cheng, and Nate Piekos explore never-before-seen stories from EVE Online featuring explosions, space battles, dying, and being reborn—again and again and again! 

A new threat has come to their star cluster, an ancient and inhuman civilization demanding New Eden’s empires either submit to conversion or die. Despite their differences in loyalties, these four capsuleers battle tooth and nail to save each other and all of New Eden, hoping to buy just enough time for reinforcements to arrive. 

EVE Online: Capsuleer Chronicles #1 of 4 arrives December 1, 2021.

EVE Online: Capsuleer Chronicles #1

Review: The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering

The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering says it all in the title, if you want to learn about comic book lettering, this is a must get.

by: Nate Piekos

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There’s a Mystery in the Hills of Hawkins, Indiana with Stranger Things: Tomb of Ybwen

The frights and delights of Hawkins, Indiana return to comics with the upcoming Stranger Things: Tomb of Ybwen miniseries arriving September 2021! Writer Greg Pak returns, along with artist Diego Galindo, colorist Francesco Segala, and letterer Nate Piekos.

It’s January 1985. The Hawkins crew survived their battle with the terrible Mind Flayer, but Will is still reeling from the recent death of Bob Newby. Will’s friends have been too busy with their girlfriends to notice how much he is struggling. However, Will finds a way to bring the team back together again when he and Mr. Clarke discover a mysterious map Bob left in a box of old nerdy memorabilia. Will rallies the crew to investigate and they find more than they could have imagined. Stranger Things: Tomb of Ybwen explores grief and friendship all while capturing the Stranger Things’ sense of adventure.

Stranger Things: Tomb of Ybwen #1 (of four) arrives September 29, 2021 and is available for pre-order now through your local comic shop. Along with the main cover by Marc Aspinall, fans can pick up variants by Kyle Lambert, Diego Galindo, and Irvin Rodriguez.

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