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Dark horse announces Exclusives for WonderCon 2014

WITCHER #1 CVR VARAs the pop culture world gears up for this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim, CA, Dark Horse announces two special variant covers for this year’s show!

First up, Dark Horse brings an all-new variant cover for a critical hit and fan favorite, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with an exclusive Season Ten first-issue cover by Tomb Raider art director Brian Horton! Limited to 1,000 copies, these are sure to be scarce!

Second is a variant for Angel & Faith Season Ten #1, by Buffy cover LOUADC HC CVR-BCartist Steve Morris! Again, with only 1,000 copies produced, these will go fast!

These two special WonderCon exclusives will retail for $5 and are limited to five per person.

Dark Horse also has three other convention exclusives, produced in limited editions and available while supplies last!

Legendary artist Stan Sakai has done a special cover for the upcoming The Witcher, a canonical tie-in series in the world of the Witcher video games, which have collectively won over 250 awards and sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide! All proceeds from the sale of this limited-edition variant will benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai.

HBYIB HC CON EX CVRArt Baltazar and Franco bring you the characters that sprung from Mike Mignola’s imagination, with an AW YEAH twist, in Itty Bitty Hellboy! A limited-edition hardcover is available at WonderCon for $20, while supplies last!

The Last of Us: American Dreams, from Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl) and Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, collects the comics that are the official lead-in to the game. This limited-edition hardcover will first be available at PAX East this weekend, and then in very limited quantities at WonderCon for $24.99.

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Darkhorse & Bethesda team up for three Art books this May

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We’re pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with Bethesda to create three incredible art books – “The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order”, “The Art of The Evil Within” and “Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives”. Each hardcover book, packed with art and game design details, will retail for $39.99.

The first in the collection, “The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order”, features full-color artwork from MachineGames’ upcoming first-person action-adventure shooter as well as developer commentary from the team. The book spans more than 200 pages and covers all facets of the game’s design, including concept art, character designs, , settings and technology – all of which was inspired by Wolfenstein’s alternate 1960′s setting. Check out sample pages from the book on http://www.bethblog.com.

“The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order” will available in North America at your local comic retailer on May 14th and your favorite bookseller on May 27th.

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“The Art of The Evil Within” and “Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives” follow, with release dates in August and November respectively.

Wolfenstein: The New Order has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information on the game visit: www.wolfenstein.com.

RCCC 2013: Dark Horse Announces Skyman!

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As announced at Rose City Comic Con, Dark Horse will unleash its latest superhero early next year! Joshua Hale Fialkov (Tumor), Eisner nominee and writer of the Emmy-nominated animated film Afro Samurai: Resurrection, is set to pen a brand-new series from the pages of Captain MidnightSkyman!

Skyman is a four-issue miniseries with pencils by Manuel Garcia and inks by Javier Bergantiño Menor (a.k.a. Bit). Issue #1 features regular and variant covers by Freddie Williams II and Dan Scott!

“So honored to be a part of a line of comics that seek to bring back the classic feel of superheroes but in a thoroughly modern way. Plus, working alongside my buddies Josh Williamson and Fred Van Lente is a true treat,” states Fialkov, referring to the writers of Captain Midnight and Brain Boy, two superhero series that are closely entwined withSkyman.

After an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Captain Midnight, a drunken Skyman accidentally kills an innocent man! Turns out he’s not only an overly patriotic zealot; he’s also a dangerous PR nightmare. Needing a new face for their initiative ASAP, the Skyman Program turns to US Air Force Captain Eric Reid: a wounded veteran on the ropes, looking for a new lease on life. Reid must fight off his personal demons to have any chance of surviving the potentially deadly initiation.

When the Skyman Program plummets, Albright Industries brings in a new hero to make it soar!

Catch Skyman’s first appearance in Captain Midnight #4, October 30th!

Skyman #1 is on sale January 15, 2014, in comic shops everywhere!

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Review – Akaneiro #3

Writer: Justin Aclin
Artist: Vasilis Lolos
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Cover Artist: Shu yan
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Akaneiro #3 opens and ends with nonstop action. Basically this issue was nothing but one big battle between the Red hunters and yokai, In the beginning we see Kani, who in the last issue unlocked her full power, fighting against the Ghost Werewolf Clan. With her new found powers kani is surprisingly holding her own against the Wolf demons, The moment shifts when a higher level Wolf demon appears and subdues her, the demon then tells Kani that the Red hunters hunt them down because the produce karma crystals to which they use for profit and personally gain, Kani denies the claim the wolf demon has told her, she then powers up and breaks free of the demons hold and quickly slays him.

Red hunters Mitsuo and Fumiyo make an appearance and help Kani get rid of the other demons. Things once again turn for the worst when the Demon King himself appears, his size alone is frightening, and he towers over Kani and the others, when he attacks you can see the huge power difference between he and the Red hunters and he quickly gets the upper hand with brute strength alone.

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And for second it looks like the end is near for them but out of nowhere the entire clan of Red hunters including Kani’s father show up and joins the fray, At this point we see some pretty cool new characters who display some there abilities, one those characters is the head leader of the Red hunters, this guy fights the Demon King by himself and actually holds his own to point where he knocks the Demon King down to ground so Kani can give him a final attack.

Victory wouldn’t have been possible if the Demon fox that lead Kani into the trap in the 1st issue didn’t betray the Demon King and sided with the Red hunters, the only reason the fox betrayed the Demon king was because he said that the Demon King didn’t respect him. With the Demon king dead it looks as if peace on the horizon for the two clans, so to insure that peace Kani and the Red Hunter leader convinces the Fox Demon to stay and protect the home village, the Fox agrees saying “I have enjoyed being a god so far, if a whole village would like to do so, That sounds fine to me.”

The issue ends with Kani, who after a few months is now a Red hunter and is seen hunting down Yokai with Mitsuo and Fumiyo, Mitsuo comments on how Kani is enjoying herself to which Kani admits she does really love hunting down Yokai and that balance most be maintain no matter what.

Final thoughts: As a final issue Akaneiro #3 was firstrate, it was filled with action form the first page to the last. But it does leave some things to question like, how much of a impact did Kani’s actions effect the world? Instead of elaborating on that Justin Aclin skips that and acts as if nothing or no one was affected by them, which I found kind of a letdown. But besides that it was a nice adaption one worth of praise.

Links: Preview |BuyNow
Release Date: July 31, 2013

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

Review – Akaneiro #2

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Writer: Justin Aclin
Artist: Vasilis Lolos
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Cover Artist: Shu yan
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

The brave young warrior Kani battles a gauntlet of fantastic mythical beasts inspired by Japanese folklore. However, things are not what they seem, and danger lurks where Kani least expects it!

After being tricked by Yokai disguse as a human, Kani is sent to village that has been taking over by two Yokai who place her in a dream like trance, in this dreamlike state she is training to become a Red Hunter and meets up with two unknown Red Hunters who accompany her, At the same time in the real world red hunters Mitsuo and Fumiyo are looking for her since she hasn’t arrive at the village, as they track her they also encounter the yokai fox who mocks them.

Back in Kani Dream state, Kani and the two other red hunters come across a few Yokai who get the best of Kani, Meanwhile Mitsuo and Fumiyo return to Kani Village in hopes of finding her there. They meet up with her father and ask him if he’s seen her, thinking the worst Kani’s father starts to panic. And begins to question the red hunters of Kani whereabouts as well.

The fox appears again starts to mock Mistsuo and Fumiyo again, under the assumption the Yokai has taken her they capture him and ask him where he has hidden Kani. He tells them Kani is in a place that none of them can find her, he then asks if they have heard of the Demon king in Frostrock Mountain and the Ghost Werewolf Clan.

Next we see a member of the Ghost clan Tanaka taking to the Demon king, he says that Kani will and heart is strong and that it will be difficult to complete the task he has given them. The Demon king tells him that killing Kani who hurt the Yokai’s plan of taking over, but if they were to corrupt her by taking something form her maybe then they could succeed.

The issue ends with Kani waking up and confronting her captors, who turn out to be werewolves of the ghost clan, as they attack the unarmed Kani she is pushed to use a new ability that taps into the karma crystals.

Links: Preview |BuyNow
Release Date: June 24, 2013

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

 

Review – Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher #2

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Story: Richard Corben
Art: Richard Corben
Colors: Richard Corben
Cover Art: Richard Corben
Published by: Dark Horse Comic

Richard Corben’s finale installment of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of usher comes to its conclusion in this issue, with the first issue ending with Roderick’s sisters death will something similar happened in this finale?

This issue starts off with Weber and Allen taking the mysterious painting of Roderick sister down to the manors basement, as Roderick says a few creepy things, Weber who is now suspicious of whats going on and remembers what the woman to told him the first day he was there, makes him later return to the basement, he finds a letter form her saying that if anything was to happened to her that he should destroy the painting no matter what.

after opening the coffin and looking at the body Allan realize that the girl was murdered and wasn’t actually dead in the beginning. Allen then confronts Roderick about it with ensures a fight, Allen then grabs the painting and throws it into the fireplace enraged Roderick angrily attacks Allen meanwhile in the basement Roderick’s sister is seen getting out of the coffin and making her way up. As the house starts to crumble Allen and Roderick continue to fight as the house falls apart around them, fight is cut short by Roderick’s sister who starts to regenerate in front of both them, she then grabs Roderick and they both fall to there death’s

Although this story is strongly written  and more creeper then the original by Edgar Allan Poe, it does seem a bit rushed especially this issue even the art work looks rushed, when I read the issue I literally said ” huh”  at the end because of how quickly it ended, but with that said it still looked fantastic even though it was so short

Links: Preview | Buy Now
Release Date:  June 19, 2013

Story:★★★☆☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 
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Review – Akaneiro #1

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Writer: Justin Aclin
Artist: Vasilis Lolos
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Cover Artist: Shu yan
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

From the brilliant imagination of video game auteur American McGee comes a dazzling reenvisioning of Red Riding Hood set in the wondrous world of Japanese folklore! Justin Aclin and Vasilis Lolos take Kani a young woman torn between two cultures on an epic adventure battling devious Yokai for the fate of her world! 

Akanerio was first introduce to us through a action role-playing game that was developed by American McGee’s Spicy Horse company, the game was base heavily on the Little Red Riding Hood tale but in feudal Japan also add a mixture of manga and Japanese folklore.

Issue #1 is basically a origins issue, the main character Kani whose tribe the Ainiu’s live on the island of Yomi, they are a religious tribe that believe in spiritual guidance or direction so it seems, writer Aclin doesn’t really get into detail about them,Then there’s another tribe called the Akane’s they are a warrior tribe that defend the island form “Yokai” demons that also in habit Yomi island. The Akane’s have a elite group of specially trained warriors called the Red Hunters, who are the ones that defend the island.

The two tribes have a history and are both trying to gain the upper hand on one another, The main character Kani whose mother was killed by a Yokai believes the Red Hunters are necessary and that the ways of her people are slow. During a spiritual ceremony a Yokai eludes one the Red hunters and attacks the Ainiu village, Kani who witness the death of her mother begins to attack the demon along with the Red hunter it escaped form. After the demon is killed the elder of the Ainiu’s blames the attack on the Akane’s and the Red Hunters, he declares war against them. But before things can get out of hand Kani suggest that maybe war could be eluded if she was to join the Red Hunters, the other elders agree that just maybe things could be better between the two if she would join the clan, but only if she can pass the test all Akane’s must take before becoming a red hunter.

During her journey to the village of Akane Kani endures the harsh snowy mountains a group demon infected hares that attack her now injury and tired she comes as cross a man standing by two rhodes. After getting directions form the man she continues her journey little did she know is that the man was actually a Yokai disguise as a man and he just sent her in the wrong direction.

Final Thoughts: Akanerio #1 has very solid writing theirs a good amount of exposition throughout the issue, Justin Aclin blends both American and Japanese folklore together quite well the flow and pacing reminds me of a manga one that comes to mind is Inuyasha, if not for the artwork it could maybe pass off as a manga. Now when I say “if not for the artwork” I’m not saying its bad. Artist Vasilis Lolos does a beautiful job on the monster designs each have there own distinct features which is  must when creating beasts who are mutated by demons. While the character designs are good the lack of backgrounds in some panels is unacceptable, Shu yan cover art is amazing if may say.All in all Akaneiro #1 is a good issue and worth following I’m for sure going to keep an eye out for it.

Links: Preview Pre-Order
Release Date: May 22, 2013

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

Review – Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher #1

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Art: Richard Corben
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Cover Art: Richard Corben
Published by: Dark Horse Comic

A sickness resides in the house of Usher. Its history is cursed, its tenants plagued by abominable love, and it’s hallways lined with coffins and the rotted dead.

The Fall of the House of Usher #1 is Richard Corben retailing of the classic Edgar Allan Poe story, Just like the original it tells of Allen ( Narrator in the Original) experiences in the house of usher when he vists an old friend Roderick Usher. Corben stays true to the original by making it dark and creepy, like poe’s adaptation it’s about a man visiting an old friend only to find out that he’s become mentally unstable for example there’s a scene where Roderick has his sister posing nude and maliciously scold’s her the entire time, it’s a tale of obsession and how it effects your mind. While there are some similarities to poe’s version there’s also differences, one them being the fact that Corben combine another one poe’s short story The Oval Portrait which also deals with obsession

For the character design, Corben uses a caricature art style making the characters look almost clay like. His Roderick Usher who has a oversize nose that takes up half his face and big ears to go along with it. Sometimes the artwork is a little inconsistent in some panels Roderick almost looks like Hugo Strange of Batman; the color scheme throughout the comic is dark and smooth with a earth-Tone feel to it.

Final Thoughts: Because I’m unfamiliar with Richard Corben’s recent and past work, I can’t really say if this is his best or worst comic he has done, But I can say that it is a nice adaptation one that Poe fans should give a read.

Links: Preview | Pre-Order
Release Date:  May 15, 2013

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 
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Review – Hellboy – Hellboy in Hell #3 -” A Fight For The Thorne, Winner Takes All”

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Story: Mike Mignola
Art: Mike Mignola
Colors: Dave Stewart
Cover Art: Mike Mignola
Published by: Dark Horse Comic

Since arriving Pandemonium Hellboy has been shown a lot of his family’s legacy, guided by his uncle who explains the responsibility his father had in Pandemonium and the of sacrifices he made in order to keep Hellboy alive and out of the hands of those who wanted the throne.

In the beginning of the issue it is explain to Hellboy that his birth was going to change Pandemonium, just minutes after he was born has father called upon a great power to replace his right hand with The Right Hand Of Doom.  Being afraid of what could happen should hellboy live the other princes of Pandemonium sent angels of Destruction to Wipeout him and his family,  the plan failed due to Hellboy  accidently being sent to earth.

Moments later he is taken to the tomb of his father Azzeal who appears to be trapped in a Iceberg, this is when it gets interesting , Hellboys two older brothers appear and they tell him that how they were waiting for his arrival for some time now they comment on how being with humans has made him soft and he no longer should have the right hand of doom, A fight breaks out between them  with both brothers trying to take his arm, meanwhile his father  who is alive inside the iceberg tomb is watching his sons battle it out,  we find out that Hellboy is his favorite son the one he put all his trust in.

As the battle continues more is reveal about his arm and what power it possesses , his uncle tells them that with the arm and sword of his father , the winner would have control of their fathers army, a army powerful enough to bring down hell or heaven., he also says that the winner will also need someone wise to guide them. The fight takes a shocking turn when there uncle interrupts and takes out one of the brothers, but seconds after he along with the last of hellboys brothers are swallowed by a huge worm like creature called Leviathan came from underneath them.

Finally in the end of the issue Hellboy meets another form his past and is given news that may change the future of not only pandemonium but of his as well.

Finial thoughts: Hellboy In Hell #3 is a really good issue it reveals alot of his past something I was always curious about, What really stands out to me is how well written this arc is, nothing seems rushed you can tell Mike Mignola is taking his time in each issue every panel is well layout and easy to understand the dialog between characters is easy to follow you know who is saying what, the art on the other hand is sometimes inconsistent some characters look familiar to one another at times but it’s not a big deal  its just noticeable, overall this a good issue and one worth picking up!

Release Date: February 06, 2013

Links: Preview | Order

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

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