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Frankenstein: New World launches a new chapter in the Hellboy Universe!

Legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, bestselling novelist and comics writer Christopher Golden, comics writer Thomas Sniegoski, artist Peter Bergting, colorist Michelle Madsen, and longtime Hellboy letterer Clem Robins are returning to the Hellboy universe for Frankenstein: New World, an all-new four-part miniseries from Dark Horse Comics.

Frankenstein: New World features the return of Mignola’s take on the Frankenstein monster with the first story to be set chronologically after the conclusion of B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know, which had concluded the epic story of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. Mignola will illustrate a variant cover for issue #1, colored by award-winning colorist Dave Stewart.

Safely tucked away inside the hollow earth where humanity survived after Ragna Rok, precocious young Lilja receives visions of a new darkness taking root on the surface. Defying her elders, Lilja awakens the timeless oracle––once known as Frankenstein––to investigate the warnings and, perhaps, even explore the new world above.

Frankenstein: New World #1 comes to comic shops on August 3, 2022.

Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon take us to the horror of the Festival

New York Times bestselling horror authors Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon weave a new tale of terror in the horror novella Festival, from Dark Horse Books. This hardcover edition will include a cover and illustrations by Peter Bergting.

The Valhalla music festival commemorates a long-ago Viking slaughter, but when strange things start to happen it seems the massacre may be far from over. When festival-goers begin to disappear, and musicians find themselves playing mysterious and ancient songs as if possessed, the fans have to figure out what’s going on before the festival site’s haunting past comes back for blood.

The Festival hardcover will be available at comic stores October 12, 2022 and in bookstores October 25, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Festival will retail for $19.99. 

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Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola, Novelist Christopher Golden, and Artist Peter Bergting Present Tales From The Outerverse

The legendary creator of Hellboy, Mike Mignola, is reuniting with Christopher Golden, artist Peter Bergting, and colorist Michelle Madsen for three all-new comic book stories. These three new titles—Cojacaru the SkinnerImogen of the Wyrding Way, and The Golem Walks Among Us!—present three standalone “Tales from the Outerverse,” which will expand the fan-favorite world of Baltimore and Joe Golem, as well as upcoming series Lady Baltimorein unexpected and unusual ways. In these stories, the mythical hero Cojacaru the Skinner returns from the grave, the powerful Wyrder Imogen pursues her foes, and the legendary Golem awakens…

The release of the new “Tales from the Outerverse” titles will follow the publication of the eagerly anticipated new series Lady Baltimore: The Witch Queens, which debuts from Dark Horse Comics on March 24, 2021. That series follows the adventures of the woman who was once Sofia Valk, who must embrace the title of Lady Baltimore as witches, monsters, and Nazis march through Europe.

About The Tales From The Outerverse Titles  

Cojacaru the Skinner Two-Issue Series. Issue 1 debuts on April 21, 2021

Cojacaru the Skinner, the strange and enigmatic bane of Eastern European witches, has been dead many years. But from a bloodied French town in the throes of World War II, a plea for help carries across the winds of time. A desperate band of resistance soldiers and their white witch allies rest their fate in the hands of Cojacaru’s ghost. And when she answers their call, it will be heard near and far. 

Called forth from beyond the grave to fight witches once again, Cojacaru the Skinner wreaks her havoc on the witches of the Hexenkorps. But with their evil buoyed by the violence of the Nazis and the supernatural presence of the Outer Dark, the ghostly warrior will have to depend on a ragtag group of white witches and resistance soldiers to back her up. It will prove to be a desperate fight indeed. 

This is the story of Cojacaru the Skinner, once a small girl named Crina who befriended a witch-hunting golem. It is a story of horror, desperation, and, ultimately, hope. 

Imogen of the Wyrding Way One-Shot debuts on June 23, 2021

While on a mission in Denmark with her fellow Wyrders, Imogen hears some odd news: hundreds of refugees fleeing the spread of Nazism are traveling into the nearby forest, and never returning. Helping a young man find his refugee family will bring Imogen face-to-face with some of the worst that war can inflict upon those in need–and make her ask the difficult question of what she’s really fighting for.  

The Golem Walks Among Us! Two-Issue Series. Issue 1 debuts on August 4, 2021

The Golem has a long memory….

After being awakened from his long sleep in a shrine in Eastern Europe, Josef the Golem aids in the fight against the witches that once again terrorize humanity. Deployed to a small village where a cult has taken root, Josef encounters not only witches but an old enemy who remembers him well…and is out for vengeance! 

Brought to a small fishing village to fight a cult, Josef the Golem finds himself face-to-face with one of his oldest enemies from centuries of fighting witches. And when the fight comes to a head, the ultimate question will be whether fighting witches or saving humanity is really at the heart of the Golem’s purpose. 

Artist Peter Bergting has created a dazzling triptych for the variant covers of Cojacaru the Skinner #1, the Imogen of the Wyrding Way one-shot, and The Golem Walks Among Us! #1.

Dark Horse Comics Reveals an All-New Baltimore story from Baltimore Omnibus 2

The second Baltimore Omnibus from Dark Horse Comics features an all-new eight-page story by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, featuring art by Ben Stenbeck, colors by Dave Stewart, and lettering by Clem Robins. The never-before-published story features the adventures of a giant ape.

In addition to the new story, the second Baltimore Omnibus collects Baltimore: The Witch of Harju #1-#3, Baltimore: The Wolf and the Apostle #1-#2, Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King #1-#5, Baltimore: Empty Graves #1-#5, and Baltimore: The Red Kingdom #1-#5.

Finally armed with the identity of the being responsible for the vampire plague, Baltimore and his band of allies take on the evil around them with a new fervor. Enemies old and new, desperate battles, and strange horror await the reader as they follow Baltimore toward his ultimate destiny.

From writers Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, with art by Ben Stenbeck and Peter Bergting comes the culmination of the Baltimore series, published for the first time in an omnibus format. Baltimore Omnibus 2 is available in bookstores as of April 7, 2020.

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Folklords #1 Gets a Third Printing Before Release

BOOM! Studios has announced that Folklords #1, the premiere issue of a new original series from Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt and acclaimed artist Matt Smith, has sold out of its fast-tracked second printing at the distributor level before its on-sale date of November 13, 2019.

In order to meet the overwhelming demand from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has fast-tracked Folklords #1 Third Printing Variant to arrive in comic shops on December 4, 2019. This third printing will feature an all-new cover by artist Peter Bergting. Quantities will be limited and allocations may occur.  

In a world of magic and monsters, Ansel is an outsider haunted by visions of well-pressed suits and modern technology. When it comes time for him to declare his Quest on his 18th birthday, Ansel decides to seek out a legend that is only spoken in hushed whispers—the Folklords—hoping they can explain his visions…but looking for the Folklords is expressly forbidden, and going on a rogue quest is punishable by death. What will Ansel risk to find answers to the questions and visions that have set him apart his entire life? 

Print copies of Folklords #1 First Printing will be available for sale on November 13, 2019 and Folklords #1 Second Printing on November 27, 2019.

Folklords #1 Third Printing Variant

The Award-Winning We’ll Soon Be Home Again Presents the Testimonies of Six Holocaust Survivors

Originally published by Natur & Kultur in Sweden in 2018, Dark Horse’s We’ll Soon Be Home Again is a translation of the award-winning Swedish comic by writer Jessica Bab Bonde and artist Peter Bergting.

In We’ll Soon Be Home Again, the testimonies of six Holocaust survivors are presented in comics form. All of them were children then, and are still alive to tell what happened to them and their families. How they survived. What they lost—and how you keep on living, despite it all. Using the first-person point of view allows the stories to get under your skin as survivors describe their persecutions in the Ghetto, the de-humanization and the starvation in the concentration camps, and the industrial-scale mass murder taking place in the extermination camps.

When right-wing extremism and antisemitism are being evoked once again, We’ll Soon Be Home Again is the alarm-bell needed to remind us never to forget the horrors of the Holocaust. The 104-page We’ll Soon Be Home Again goes on sale in comic shops on March 25, 2020 and in bookstores on April 7, 2020.

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Joe Golem is Dead in Joe Golem: Occult Detective – The Conjurors #1

Joe Golem is dead. Or is he? Simon Church is fading fast in the city above and Molly is held captive by Dr. Cocteau’s gas-men below, but something stirs in the tunnels. How much of the golem is still in the man, or the man in the golem? And can either be enough to stop Dr. Cocteau once he has the artifact he seeks?

Joe Golem: Occult Detective – The Conjurors adapts Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden‘s acclaimed prose novel, with art by Peter Bergting, colors by Michelle Madsen and covers by David Palumbo. Issue 1 is from Dark Horse Comics on sale May 15, 2019.

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Dark Horse Ventures Into “The Dark North”

Dark Horse and Charles Wood Publishing AB are excited to terrify more readers with The Dark North! Originally crowdfunded for publication in 2016, this illustrated prose-art book fusion features five unique tales ranging from Norse mythology to apocalyptic science fiction to fantasy.

Writer Martin Dunelind composes The Dark North’s five enthralling tales. The Dark North showcases artwork by Scandinavia’s leading illustrators and concept artists—including Peter Bergting, Henrik Pettersson, Joakim Ericsson, Magnus Olsson, and Lukas Thelin. Lukas Thelin also creates the beautiful cover. With a foreword by author and filmmaker Clive Barker, this anthology is sure to delight and terrify any horror fan in equal measure.

The Dark North goes on sale September 27, 2017.

Mignola and Christopher Golden Conclude the Baltimore Saga in 2017

In 2017, Mike Mignola, the legendary creator of Hellboy and New York Times bestselling novelist Christopher Golden will reunite for the epic conclusion to Baltimore with Baltimore: The Red Kingdom, a five part comic book series from Dark Horse Comics co-written by Mignola and Golden, with art by award-winning children’s book illustrator Peter Bergting, colors by Michelle Madsen and stunning covers by Ben Stenbeck.

In Baltimore: The Red Kingdom, Lord Baltimore is missing. The Red King—evil incarnate—is taking over the world. Baltimore’s team has been driven apart, with some of them dying on the frontlines, while others are in hiding. Since the day he set out for revenge on the vampire who killed his family, Baltimore’s fight has gotten bigger than he’d ever imagined, but what role will he take as evil finally threatens to consume the world?

The first issue of Baltimore: The Red Kingdom goes on sale from Dark Horse Comics on February 1, 2017.

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Review: Baltimore: Empty Graves #5

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After the Blood-Red Witch disappears with Baltimore, Sofia and the others must fend off her followers while Rose and Kidd follow a new lead to find the witch and save Baltimore.

All things must end, for other things to begin. Even as the Red King enters this world, all seems lost. Yet Baltimore learns a powerful secret, but the price is high. I’m curious to see how writers Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden continue this in the next story arc, given the ending of this issue.

Dark, gory, action packed, and violent is the best way to describe the art by Peter Bergting. I will admit the Red King entering this world is a sight to behold and Bergting nails it. The artist leaves a slightly haunting impression as the vessel of Red king brings destruction in his wake.

As usual, a “Mignola” is as fantastic to look at for the art is it is entertaining to read.

Story: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden Art: Peter Bergting
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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