With the exception of perhaps Marvel, Dark Horse Comics may have been the publisher that broke the most news about its upcoming books at New York Comic-Con this year. That includes new stories from Eric Powell and Sergio Aragonés, the latest adventures from the Eisner-winning Itty Bitty team, prestige collections of Kabuki and Pistolwhip, brand new horror tales from some of the masters of the form, and much more.
Here's a roundup of what to look out for from Dark Horse in the coming months.
The Witcher: Fox Children
No, this is not a series about the Fox Network's now-defunct Fox Kids Saturday morning lineup. It's the publisher's second mini-series based on the video game franchise The Witcher, about a dangerous trip on a ship of fools.
Paul Tobin is writing the series, with art by Joe Querio. It kicks off on April 15.
The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of creator Eric Powell's hard-fighting character, this miniseries promises "major consequences for the Goon and his supporting cast."
The series starts February 4.
Art duo the Pander Brothers, known for their series Exquisite Corpse, offer up this graphic novel about a human/vampire couple who take down criminals to keep the spark in their relationship going.
Girlfiend comes out April 1.
Itty Bitty Comics: Grimmiss Island
The Tiny Titans team of Art Baltazar and Franco is back in the world of Itty Bitty with this four-issue miniseries about a skull-headed hero taking on a volcano goddess.
Grimmiss Island hits on March 11.
Twenty years after the series started, Dark Horse is releasing the entire run of creator David Mack's Kabuki in oversized library editions.
The first collection, which contains the first two volumes, comes in at 400 pages and retails for $39.99. It goes on sale July 8.
Resident Alien: The Sam Hain Mystery
Writer Peter Hogan and artist Steve Parkhouse deliver the third series about a mystery-solving alien making his way as a doctor in the Pacific Northwest. This mini is about a murderer who appears to be hiding in plain sight, under an alias.
The series starts April 29 with a #0 issue.
Writer/artist Richard Corben channels H.P. Lovecraft in this story of mutated, grotesque creatures inhabiting the woods outside the town of Arkham.
The series starts February 4.
This 2001 crime/mystery series by Matt Kindt (Mind Mgmt) and Jason Hall (Beware the Creeper) will be introduced to a whole new audience with a first-ever hardcover collection.
The Complete Pistolwhip is out April 15.
This new series from writer/artist Dean Motter is "both Christmas story and murder mystery." The twist is that the investigator, Mister X, is also the creator of Radiant City.
The first issue will be in stores February 25.
The team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier is back to tell more comedic stories about the wandering adventurer and his dog, Rufferto. Each month, Groo will meet someone new, and it's up to him to decide whether it's a friend or an enemy.
Stan Sakai will letter the series and Tom Luth will provide colors. Issue #1 will be released January 21.