One of our favorite releases of this year was Dark Horse's The Black Beetle: No Way Out. Written, drawn and colored by Francesco Francavilla, the book was an intravenous injection of all the artist's visual obsessions: pulp, mystery, noir, masked crime-fighters, vintage cinema and graphic design. Necrologue, Francavilla's follow-up to the acclaimed (especially by us) series adds another element to the aesthetic mix: horror.
Kicking off what's sure to be a week of fun Comic-Con announcements from Dark Horse is news that the publisher is bringing to print two distinctly different but similarly Dark Horse-appropriate works from the Web: Pariah and Polar. The former is a science fiction suspense story conceived by veteran film producer and studio executive Aaron Warner that follows a group of teenagers possessed with extreme intelligence as they try to evade a suspicious government. The latter is a gorgeously minimalist spy/revenge piece from cartoonist Victor Santos (Filthy Rich). Both projects are to be collected in new editions that contain additional material not seen on the web -- in the case of Polar, that new material includes an entire script of dialogue that wasn't there before -- 160 pages worth.
I think it's safe to say that we've all read a comic or two where people fight demons or magical monsters, right? It happens a lot, especially if you're into those Dark Horse horror comics like Hellboy. The thing is, all of those fights happen on the monsters' terms, working on the idea that all of that stuff is 100% real. Now, writer Justin Aclin and artist Nicolas Selma are bringing back their story of a team that operates from a more Scoobydoovian foundation: S.H.O.O.T First, the story of a task force that battles myths and monsters with the power of atheism.
High concept books can be a pretty mixed bag. It's one thing to come up with one of those compelling, bizarre premises that grab the reader's attention, but if the substance isn't there to back it up -- or even if it's done in the wrong tone -- they fall flatter than just about anything else you'll find on the shelves. When they work, though, the results can be pretty amazing, and fortunately, Damon Gentry and Aaron Conley's Sabertooth Swordsman is definitely the kind that hits.
A nominee for this year's Eisner Award for Best Anthology (and last year's winner), Dark Horse Presents has been one of ComicsAlliance's favorite titles since it was relaunched in 2011 to continue the classic and influential series' tradition of showcasing emerging talent alongside some of the best established writers, artists and cartoonists mainstream and underground comics has to offer. Each issue comes with quirky, undiluted excursions into the minds of uniquely talented creators, usually with immersive new serials or idiosyncratic short stories but also in the form of recurring, cult favorite characters and properties for which Dark Horse has served as caretaker for many years.
Fans found out about Monkeybrain's plans to partner with Image and IDW for print collections of its ComiXology offerings back in February, and now it seems Dark Horse will join the fray on November 6 with Bandette Vol. 1: Presto!
Not content to illustrate just one alternate cover for he and Shaun Simon, Becky Cloonan and Dan Jackson's The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1, Umbrella Academy scribe and former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has lent his talents to a special Ghost Variant cover. Emblazoned with the mask of Way's own Killjoys alter ego Party Poison, the cover is available today at participating Ghost Variant retailers. You can get up close with Way's latest art after the cut.
What's a superhero to do after the end of the world? That's the basic hook behind Catalyst Comix, a distinctly wild-eyed new Dark Horse miniseries written by Joe Casey (Sex, Gødland, Butcher Baker the Righteous Maker) and split into three distinct serials illustrated by Dan McDaid, Ulises Farinas and Paul Maybury.
As fetishists for both outstanding illustration and high quality collectibles, we're very pleased to learn that Mondo, the preeminent gallery and producer of original screen-printed posters based on film and television properties, has selected The Black Beetle as the subject of its next limited edition exclusive.
The publisher of Hellboy, Creepy Comics, Eerie Comics, To Hell You Ride, Criminal Macabre and more, Dark Horse Comics has always distinguished itself as a comic book company with a serious love for horror. Indeed, the publisher's haunting Ragemoor by Jan Strnad and Richard Corben earned a place on ComicsAlliance's list of the best comics of 2012, as did the year's particularly grim installments of B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, and the cover artwork of Colder #1 was very arguably the most startlingly horrific image to grace comic book stands (or iPads, as the case may be).