On sale now is Dark Horse Presents #8, the latest issue of Dark Horse's prestigious anthology series. Featuring no distracting advertisements, the 80-page book contains material by such reliably entertaining comics creators as: Neal Adams, Andi Watson, Al Gordon, MJ Butler, Beau Smith, Tony Puryear, Geof Darrow, Thomas Yeats, Mark Wheatley, Eduardo Barreto and Tony Puryear. Among the stories in the latest issue are new works by Howard Chaykin, a new chapter of Beasts of Burden by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson, a new B.P.R.D. story following up on the death of Hellboy by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Duncan Fegredo, and the first installment of The Massive, a forthcoming Dark Horse ongoing by Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson.

You can check out a seven-page preview after the cut.The Massive is the story of a group of ecologists who have to adjust to life on a Planet Earth that's been drastically altered by an environmental disaster. Brian Wood spoke with ComicsAlliance about The Massive last December, when he said:

BW: The Massive is at once both a stylistic and tonal followup to DMZ, and representative of a radical new approach in how I'm writing my comics. It was designed, originally, to be a Vertigo book and follow right after DMZ's end and capture that same audience, to give those diehard readers something they would enjoy just as much. That obviously didn't come to pass (conflicts with the new contracts Vertigo was offering, mostly) but the intent is the same. Existing readers of my Vertigo work, The Massive is for you.

The story of The Massive begins in the pages of Dark Horse Presents #8 and will follow later this year in The Massive #1. This issue also concludes Howard Chaykin's "Marked Man" and finds B.P.R.D. agent Kate Corrigan following up on the death of her friend and former colleague, Hellboy.

Dark Horse Presents is available in print in finer comics shops or online in the Dark Horse Digital store. Check out a preview of DHP #7 below.

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