Team Ninja & Dark Horse Comics Brings Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Digital Comic Series

YNGZCC CoverTeam NINJA and Dark Horse Comics today launched the three-part YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z digital comic series, providing insight into the backstory in three revealing vignettes. Yaiba takes a break from slaughtering zombies in the debut issue to tell the tale of how his often bloody sword became to be known as “Heartless” as he recounts the story to Miss Monday. Initially released digitally with anYNGZCC PG 01 all-new full color print comic to be available with the game, as it launches on its newly confirmed North American release date of March 18, 2014, the series is brought to life by Writers Tim Seeley and Josh Emmons, Artist Rafael Ortiz, Colorist Carlos Badilla with special cover art by James Harren. The comic will be available for free download at the Dark Horse Digital Store, www.digital.darkhorse.com, as well as through the Dark Horse Comics app (available through iTunes & Google Play). The comic can be found at: https://digital.darkhorse.com/profile/4128.yaiba-ninja-gaiden-z-1/

 

Dark Horse Launches On Apple’s iBookstore

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With today’s announcement that Dark Horse graphic novels are available on the iBookstore (iTunes.com/DarkHorseComics), Dark Horse is now one of the most widely distributed comics publishers digitally.

Dark Horse digital graphic novels are now available for purchase on the iBookstore, featuring over two hundred top titles, including Mass Effect, Hellboy, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Sin City, and more. Plus, iBooks users can put Star Wars comics on their bookshelf next to all of their favorite Star Wars novels. Through Apple’s iOS devices, readers are guaranteed a comics-reading experience unlike any other.

“I’m thrilled that Dark Horse graphic novels are going to be available on the iBookstore,” said Dark Horse’s director of digital publishing, Mark Bernardi. “Our comics look beautiful on the iPad and iPhone. Look for more and more titles to be added every month.”

 

Dark Horse Digital gives away One Million Free Comics For its Second Anniversary!

 

 

 

 

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Now that the dust has settled on Dark Horse Digital’s incredibly successful two-year-anniversary promotion, the company is pleased to announce that it gave away a million free digital comics!

As part of the celebration of the second year of the company’s digital initiative and proprietary storefront, fifty free single-issue comics were made available for only forty-eight hours. In that time, thousands of fans took advantage of the offer and downloaded their favorite Dark Horse titles, to the tune of a million copies!

“The success of our digital promotion illustrates the growing reach of digital comics, which we believe are an important element in the recent resurgence of physical comic book and graphic novel sales,” said Dark Horse’s president and founder, Mike Richardson.

Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011, and has received incredible support from the continuously growing digital-comics fan base.

Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership by featuring its most popular and best-selling titles, including Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity,Hellboy, Avatar, and Mass Effect, as well as exclusive digital-first series, such as Falling Skies, Prototype 2, and Dragon Age. Dark Horse Digital also provides sales and discounts for its reader base on a weekly basis. It currently offers thousands of comics and continues to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage through both the Google Play and iOS apps.

Dark Horse Digital Celebrates First Year With A anniversary Sale

Dark horse is showing there appreciation to there fans, by having a three day sale on all comics, so if your missing some issues now’s the chance to catch up….

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April 24, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse Digital reaches a new landmark, turning one year old this Friday. To thank our loyal fans, Dark Horse announces an anniversary appreciation discount.

This weekend, Dark Horse Digital is offering 10% off all titles in the web store, with an additional coupon to newsletter subscribers and new subscribers who have signed up by this Thursday. And yes, the coupon stacks with an even greater discount off your order!

The sale starts this Friday (April 27) and ends Sunday (April 29) at midnight PST—so head over to Dark Horse Digital and sign up for the Digital Newsletter to maximize your discount on some incredible comics.

Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011 and has received incredible support from the continuously growing digital-comics fan base.

Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership featuring it’s most popular, best selling titles including Star Wars, Buffy, Serenity, Hellboy, Conan and Mass Effect as well as exclusive digital only comics such as Falling Skies, Prototype 2 & Dragon Age. Dark Horse Digital also provides sales and discounts for its reader base on a weekly basis. We currently offer thousands of comics and are continuing to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both the Android (beta) and iOS apps.

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Review – Dragon Age: The Silent Grove #4 Part 4 of 6

Story: David Gaider
Script: Alexander Freed
Art: Chad Hardin
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Cover: Ramil Sunga and Nick Thornborrow
Published By: Dark Horse

This issue picks up with Alistair, Isabela and Varric getting acquainted with the Witch of The Wilds, Yavana. Alistair, who is familiar with her family lineage, seems justified in his skepticism of her. After reaching an understanding, Yavana gives Alistair what he came for, information on his father, King Maric. He quickly learns that the answers he’s seeking are far more complex than he had ever imagined. Then…all hell breaks loose when an unexpected visitor arrives and attempts to stop Alistair, Isabela and Varric dead in their tracks!

This issue is much better than the last one. The story is interesting and it picks up the pace considerably. There is some action and the relationship that has developed between Alistair, Isabela and Varric is really nice to see. The camaraderie is believable and adds a little something extra to the comic as a whole. As usual, the art is fantastic and the dialog is at its best so far. I can’t wait for the next issue. It seems like the issue will have some focus on Isabela and Varric, which is great because those characters are my favorite part of the comic. This series is right back on track and with only two more issues to go it’s a safe bet that things are about to get super interesting!

Digital Release Date: April 4th, 2012
*Note: Cover art and preview pages are not currently available, we will update when we get a unwatermarked version

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Review – Dragon Age: The Silent Grove #3 Part 3 of 6

Story: David Gaider
Script: Alexander Freed
Art: Chad Hardin
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Cover: Ramil Sunga and Nick Thornborrow
Published By: Dark Horse

In this installment of Dragon Age: The Silent Grove, we find Alistair and his crew on a boat with the mysterious man Alistair broke out of the Crow’s prison. We quickly learn that this man is not his father, King Maric, but his cellmate. Alistair goes to him to get information on the whereabouts of his father. He is told by the man his father was “rescued” by the Witch of The Wilds many years ago. Alistair, unhappy by this news, also learns from the man that King Maric left a message for his children. As Alistair deals with his daddy issues, he asks Isabela for help in locating his now missing father and is compelled to find out if he is dead or alive. Isabela doesn’t hesitate and they head off for the Tellari Swamps. As they continue on their journey it soon becomes clear that the Swamps are not a place anyone wants to go. Will they survive long enough to find what they are looking for?

This issue isn’t my favorite. It progresses the story well enough, but it just feels like it is lacking a little something. The art is great and I really like the cover. I will say though that the ending is very good and shows a lot of promise for action and major story development in the next issue. All in all, it is an entertaining enough read and is definitely necessary to read to stay in the story loop.

Digital Release Date: March 21st, 2012
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Story:★★★☆☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★☆☆ 

Review – Dragon Age: The Silent Grove #2 Part 2 of 6

Story: David Gaider
Script: Alexander Freed
Art: Chad Hardin
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Cover Art: Ramil Sunga and Nick Thornborrow
Published By: Dark Horse

Alistair, Isabela and Varric are still on their long and arduous journey through Antiva, attempting the impossible. Alistair wants to break into the Crows prison, a dark and dank fortress where people are sent to rot away and die, never to be heard from again. Yet, Alistair is determined. To Alistair, this is a rescue mission, so no matter how dangerous or unrealistic this prison break-in is, nothing will stop him, even if he must do it alone. Will Varric and Isabela help him or will it be a suicide solo mission? The most important question is, who is Alistair willing to die for?

This issue is very good. The same humor from the first issue is here with Varric (Varric’s commentary to himself particularly) and Isabela but Alistair also shows a funny, lighter side as well. There is action and nice character development, which is surprising in such a short comic. The writing is great and very concise. No space is wasted and everything said is both important to the story and the characters themselves. The art is dark and really captures the essence and feeling of the story. What I think is really great about this series is that you don’t need to know any Dragon Age mythology or back story to dive right in and really enjoy the comic. This is not an easy task but it’s done expertly here. Luckily, there is only a two-week wait until the next issue and for .99 cents it’s more than worth the price!

Digital Release Date: March 7th, 2012

Note: This series is being released every two weeks digitally for .99 cents and the entire series will be released in book form later in the year!

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Dragon Age: The Silent Grove Part 1 of 6

Story: David Gaider
Script: Alexander Freed
Art: Chad Hardin
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Anthony Palumbo
Published By: Dark Horse

After a decade of terror and civil war the nation of Ferelden, with the help of King Alistair, is attempting to rebuild their beloved nation. However, nothing ever goes as planned and trouble is a-brewin’! This issue begins in Antiva, a city that appears to be none to great. King Alistair has just arrived by boat and he immediately finds trouble. Trouble goes by the name of Isabela and Varric, a pirate and dwarf respectively. Isabela and Varric are Alistair’s companions and guides while he is in Antiva, much to Alistair’s chagrin. Very quickly though, the King learns that having these two by his side will save his life. We learn that Alistair has traveled to Antiva because he has received information about “the crows.” The crows are a group of assassins who apparently have a lot of pull with the noble ruling class. As the ragtag crew enters a building where they believe the information on the crows is stored, they soon see the traps set within the building. After narrowly escaping death (a lot) and meeting Alistair’s source for information the question then becomes can Alistair trust his new “friend”?

Dark Horse is releasing this comic bi-weekly, alternating between this and the new Prototype comic (review coming soon) through digital.darkhorse.com. It is also available through the Dark Horse app. Each digital issue will cost only 99 cents and be 12 pages long. In July, this entire Dragon Age series will be compiled and published in book form. This first issue is pretty awesome. It really tells a good story and adds some humor along the way. The humor was a nice touch because stories like this can often be far too serious, so it was a nice relief. The art is great and the character development is stellar, especially in a such a short comic. For 99 cents you really can’t go wrong, it’s definitely worth it!

Release Date: February 22nd, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆