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You Should Be Reading “Exiles”!

A super team made up of heroes from alternative realities – what could go wrong? Nothing at all! That’s why today we are looking at one of the strangest groups ever from Marvel Comics, the 2018 version of “Exiles”!

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You Should Be Reading “Spencer & Locke”!

What happens when you take Bill Watterson’s classic comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes” and let them grow up in Frank Miller’s “Sin City”? You get “Spencer and Locke” from Action Lab, and here is why you should be reading it!

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You Should Be Reading “Archie 1941”!

Mark Waid takes your favorite residents of Riverdale back to the 1940’s for this alternate reality take of what could happen if the Archie characters were involved in the real life events of World War 2. It may sound peculiar, but don’t dismiss this riveting title – even if you never cared about Archie comics before! Today, we explain why you should be reading “Archie 1941” from DC Comics!

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“Aliens” graphic novel gets re-release for 30th Anniversary

In 1988, Dark Horse’s Aliens comic debuted, with stunning art by Mark A. Nelson and a script by Mark Verheiden, taking the comics market by storm. For the thirtieth anniversary of the Aliens film, Dark Horse and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are releasing an oversized hardcover edition of the unabridged and unadulterated series!

This must-have collector’s edition delivers 184 pages of original black-and-white art, each panel more horrifying than the last.

In deep space, a salvage crew is attacked by seemingly unstoppable monsters. The marines are called in, but they need someone with experience. Soon Hicks (the horribly scarred survivor from Aliens) and Newt (now almost eighteen) find themselves on a mission to locate and destroy the aliens’ homeworld!

This collection also marks the first major comics work by Mark Verheiden, who went on to write The Mask, Timecop, Battlestar Galactica, Daredevil, and many other films and television shows. Aliens 30th Anniversary: The Original Comics Series (978-1-50670-078-6) is in stores April 26, 2016.

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NYCC 2015: “BIRD BOY” WEB COMIC GETS GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES!

unnamedDark Horse is thrilled to announce Anne Szabla’s widely loved web comic, Bird Boy, will debut in print for the first time in a graphic novel collection titled Bird Boy: The Sword of Mali Mani!

“I’m super excited to be bringing Bird Boy to Dark Horse Comics! Some of the first comics I ever bought and enjoyed were Dark Horse comics, and to become part of that legacy now, alongside some of my favorite fellow creators, is really an honor,” said Szabla.

Bird Boy follows the story of Bali, a ten-year-old boy desperate to prove his worth to his northern tribe despite his small stature. Banned from the ceremony that would make him an adult in the eyes of his people, he takes matters into his own hands. To prove that he is capable of taking care of himself, he sets out into the forbidden forest and stumbles upon a legendary weapon. Bali fights his way across a dangerous land of gods, men, and beasts to keep the sword of Mali Mani, the savior of the sun, from the hands of the terrifying rooks.

Bird Boy: The Sword of Mali Mani is in stores May 18, 2016.

Praise for Anne Szabla’s Bird Boy:

“Stunningly beautiful, strange (in the best way possible), and refreshingly original. Oh, and that little guy is just adorable.”—Mike Mignola (Hellboy)

“I want to climb into this book and pull its covers up over my head.”—Adam Rex (Chu’s Day, The True Meaning of Smekday)

“Anne Szabla’s Bird Boy manages to catch that golden ring of design: something familiar yet somehow brand new. In these days of digital look-alikes, it’s always a treat to find someone with a own voice of their own, and the craft and the courage to use it well!”—Iain McCaig

“Wow! I love it! It looks like a cross between anime and those Saturday morning adventure cartoons. I want to read it now.”—Franco (Aw Yeah Comics!)

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“King Conan” returns for a final battle

Dark Horse Comics announces the return of a fan-favorite Conan creative team: Writer Timothy Truman, artist Tomás Giorello, and colorist José Villarrubia are set to expand on Robert E. Howard’s unfinished “Wolves beyond the Border” tale!

King Conan grows weary of the crown. When an old soldier visits him with talk of a cursed relic and rumors of Pictish tribes preparing a full-scale invasion on Aquilonia’s borders, Conan eagerly embarks on what could be his final adventure!

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King Conan: Wolves beyond the Border #1 (of 4) is in stores December 23, 2015. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop.

Praise for Timothy Truman, Tomás Giorello, and José Villarrubia:

“With both King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel and King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword Truman, Giorello, and Villarrubia have been making some of the greatest Conan adaptations ever made.”—Comics Bulletin

“This comic really makes me remember what it was that originally drew me to the Barbarian. The sense of fun, larger than life gonzo action, imaginative storytelling, and a kind of high fantasy approach that’s grounded in big characters and 80s machismo that’s just infectiously delicious; highly recommended.”—Front Towards Gamer

“This book is dirty, nasty, gritty, and quite possibly the best Conan book Dark Horse Comics has ever put out.”—Newsarama

“King Conan is a triumph of execution, that places worthwhile odds within our hero’s epic quest. Highly recommended.”—Unleash the Fanboy

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Comic Review- “Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm”

Dark Horse Comics is releasing the prequel of all prequels within the Star Wars universe.  John Ostrander and Jan Duursema of Star Wars: Legacy fame return together again to tell the tale of  the Jedi’s beginnings.  In this origin story, we’re introduced to the ancient warrior monks known as the Je’Daii (go figure, huh?). We follow through their trials and sacrifices as they come to reach an understanding of a new mysterious energy. This strange force seemingly called upon them to gather on the planet Tython, in the center of the galaxy to learn how to harness its power as well as the balance between light and dark.

Or so you’re lead to believe when you read the teaser description on Dark Horse’s website. Roughly two thousand years of origin history (and potentially dozens of issues worth of story making material) are explained, in a nutshell, in about eleven pages. From there, the reader is introduced to a few characters, both hero and villain, residing in places familiar to Star Wars fans.

That’s a bit of a letdown. The first six of those eleven pages are dedicated just to the gathering of the very first Je’Daii, which consists more of visuals than reading. Then in another five pages, the reader is handed another two thousand years of civilization creating, heartache, war and loss with Je’Daii holding it all together while becoming more sophisticated in their use of the Force. You’re shown images of families, tyrants and others tied together by these fighting monks, but it’s just passed over as though, in the grand scheme of things, all that is irrelevant.

Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t. It’s the first issue, so it’s difficult to gauge from this point. It’s not just a first issue, but it’s a first issue of an origin story that starts before a ton of other stories in just about every sort of media you can think of. Honestly, with all the bases they cover in just these twenty four pages, if I were to go more into detail, I’d be spoiling a lot for you.

The artwork for this series isn’t terrible, but it’s not likely to be a vocal selling point for this comic. Though it’s easy to follow the story, the page design here is uninspiring. At times, Jan Duursema makes attempts to create dynamic panels, but falls short half heartedly. This is most evident when presented with action sequences. There’s a scuffle at the end of the comic where, no matter how any times I look back to it, I can’t tell what’s going on. It really feels like the characters lost track of the floor and are just floating and flipping around, while trying to understand the concept of space they’re presented with.

The inking isn’t the best either. Dan Parsons’s ink work is used to create many a necessary texture with heavy lights and darks, but there isn’t much of anything as far as proper line weight to express stress, mood or lighting. That task was left upon the colorist, Wes Dzioba. Despite color seeming somewhat redundant with the heavy inking job done on most of these pages, it ties everything together, more so with the backgrounds. The figures, however, feel a bit bland. Still, the artwork isn’t bad. It’s just not award winning, but I should mention that the cover art by Gonzalo Flores is very attractive, as it should be. True, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but this cover would spark the interest of just about any Star Wars fan to pick this book up.

If you are a Star Wars fan, you should definitely pick this one up. The potential is there for a good series. Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm is currently available for pre-order on Dark Horse’s website or you could just wait until it hits the stands on February 15th.

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Comic Review- The Immortal: Demon in the Blood #1

“The Immortal: Demon in the Blood” is a new series by Dark Horse Comics based on the Japanese novel “Ura-Enma.” The story is set in the mid-1800’s in the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate government and follows a disgraced Samurai, Amane Ichinose, who is mortally wounded by his own clan. Ichinose is saved by an old tattoo artist who uses his craft to imbue Ichinose with the spirit of a demon that makes him almost unkillable.

The first striking thing about the inaugural issue of “The Immortal: Demon in the Blood,” and also its greatest strength as a comic, is the construction of the images. While the artwork itself isn’t terribly unique, every panel’s contents are deliberately framed to set the tone and the themes of the story. The penciller  Vicenc Villagrasa conveys which elements of the plot are supernatural by skewing the angles of certain images to make them vaguely unsettling. The panel construction conveys a consistent, creepy vibe in a way that’s refreshingly subtle compared to other recent comics. Continue reading Comic Review- The Immortal: Demon in the Blood #1

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Marvel Comics to Add Download Codes for Free Digital Copies of “Ultimate” Line

According to an exclusive report from Comics Alliance, beginning in January 2012, Marvel Comics will include free digital download codes in every book from their “Ultimate” series.

Beginning with “Ultimate Spider-Man” #6, “Ultimate X-Men” #7, and “Ultimate Ultimates” #7, each comic will be polybagged to protect the code. Peter Phillips, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Marvel Digital, spoke with CA to explain more of the reasoning behind this bold move:
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“DC Universe” MMORPG will be free to play starting November 1

During a live video chat on the DC Universe Facebook page, Sony announced that on November 1, their popular “DC Universe” MMORPG on both PC and the PlayStation 3 will be free to play.

With this free play, new players will have two customizable character slots plus the entire current game’s content at their finger tips to use. Users who have already spent at least $5 the game (basically all current players) will get a “premium” membership, which is a step up from “freemium” and allows for more than two characters, more inventory storage and enhanced social options like trading and sending messages in the game. “Legendary” status will be granted to those who choose to pay $14.99 per month and grant even more access to characters and inventory, all DLC and social options cranked to 11, so-to-speak. Lifetime members are automatically legendary.

However, not everything is completely free. Players will still have the option to pay a monthly fee for “Premium” and “Legendary” tiers of membership. Future expansion packs, additional character slots, and inventory space will also cost extra. For people who have not played the game, this is a good way to lure them in, and it is very tempting. Anyone here plan on giving this free version a try?

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