I remember picking up my first issue of Spawn when it came out, at a comic and card shop where the image section was sandwiched at the end of the DC and Marvel area right next to the signed sports pictures. It was a good day and yet it was also almost 20 years ago since the debut, this June McFarlane steps back into the lead role to drop cover art on Spawn #220 to celebrate the anniversary and act as cover author for the rest of 2012.
Variant covers will also be available for the issue, currently known are these versions.
Original Spawn 220 (Todd McFarlane cover) Cover A
Savage Spawn Variant (Eric Larsen tribute cover) Cover B
Youngblood Variant (Rob Liefeld tribute cover) Cover C
Collectors Special (Szymon Kudranski cover) – Dedication based on Spawn #1 (limited to 2500 copies)
If you’re really up for getting all these variants and the black and white versions of A, B and C then you should give some attention over to the April issue of Previews so you’ll be covered come June 6th.
McFarlane also had some words to say on this special event for Spawn
“Early in my career one of the things I looked forward to after I finished the interiors on a book, was to sit back and try and come up with a single image that would catch the fan’s attention,” said McFarlane. “I had a pretty decent run with some of the Hulk, Spider-Man, and Spawn covers, and I’m going to come back and see if I can draw a few covers that will intrigue everybody.”
So you downloaded the 1.2 patch for Skyrim or Steam shoveled it down your PC’s throat and now your resistance is gone and Dragons are moonwalking in the sky. Instead of waiting on Bethesda to get a patch approved and out for the masses you can skip all that nonsense and grab the SKSE mod by an independent team to fix this and get your game playable. We love Bethesda but seriously, releasing a game breaking patch is a hell of a thing.
Dark Horse Comics has been on a roll of as of late, today we have a ton of new release information to pass along though.
First up! Dragon Age the digital comic series, we’re getting a 6 part event starting in February 2012 with issues priced at $0.99 each, quite a steal if they stack up to the quality of the Mass Effect releases so far. Readers will be able to follow Alistair, Isabela, and Varric on their latest adventure to Antiva, a land ruled by some of the deadliest foes they’ll face. More information is coming and we should have a preview sometime in January for the book. In the meantime, check out the current art for the book below.
Next we have a new project to be announced next week by Caitlín R. Kiernan of such fame as The Red Tree, Silk, A is for Alien and more. We only have the teaser art for that as well but the image title leads one to ponder if it’ll be a graphic adaptation of her work Alabaster… Check it out with the Mass Effect art and speculate for yourselves.
What happens when Nate Cosby, Evan Shaner and Rus Wooton walk into a room and start cranking out a comic? We’ll find out in Dark Horse Presents #9 with Buddy Cop and more. For those scratching their heads, Nate and Evan worked on The Storyteller and Rus Wooton is from Walking Dead fame. Expect some epic stories and twists in that issue when it drops in February as well.
Finally, Dark Horse Digital is going into overdrive, catch the release list for this month below. Goon fans can rejoice as they crank up the releases for that series too.
Dark Horse Digital release list (November 2011)
Release Date: 11/02/2011
Trigun vol. 1 & 2
BPRD: 1947 #1-5
BPRD Hell on Earth: Russia #2
Crying Freeman vol. 1 & 2
Hellsing vol. 1-3
Lady Snowblood vol. 1
Lone Wolf and Cub vol. 10
Old Boy vol. 1 & 2
Path of the Assassin vol. 1
Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #3
Star Wars Legacy #13 – 15
The Goon #26
Star Wars: Crimson Empire III: Lost Empire #1
Release Date: 11/09/2011
House of Night #1
Baltimore: The Curse Bells #3
Conan the Cimmerian #13 – 16
Gear School #2
Lady Snowblood vol. 2
Paradox Entertainment Presents: Kult #4
Serenity: Downtime and Other Half
Star Wars: Empire #1 – 4
Star Wars: Boba Fett: Overkill
The End League #1 – 4
The Goon #27
Release Date: 11/16/2011
Mass Effect: Invasion #2
Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest #2
Gigantic #1 – 5
Hellboy: Weird Tales #1-4
Kull: The Cat and the Skull #2
Dark Horse Presents # 5
Samurai Executioner vol. 6
Star Wars: Purge #2
Star Wars: Dark Times #1-5
The Goon #28
The Occultist #1
Fallout: New Vegas
Release Date: 11/23/2011
Usagi Yojimbo # 141 (200th Issue)
BPRD: The Ectoplasmic Man
Conan: Road of Kings #10
Groo: Hell on Earth #1-4
Hellsing vol. 4
Path of the Assassin vol. 2 & 3
Rex Mundi: Book Three
Star Wars Adventures: Boba Fett and the Ship of Fear
Today RPG fans can go wild, Bioware brings official confirmation that Dragon Age 2 will be coming in March of 2011 to the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The latest story will take players into the role of Hawke a Blight survivor and hero set to transform the world.
Details are vague on the changes to the game for the sequel, noting only that the game will deliver the same epic story and a new bar for action. The key of course is that they still wish to keep original fans happy and familiar with the sequel instead of jumping beyond the target. New combat systems, improved graphics and storytelling are just some of the foundations to be focused on.
Dragon Age 2 thrusts players into the role of Hawke, a penniless refugee who rises to power to become the single most important character in the world of Dragon Age. Known to be a survivor of the Blight and the Champion of Kirkwall, the legend around Hawke’s rise to power is shrouded in myth and rumor. Featuring an all-new story spanning 10 years, players will help tell that tale by making tough moral choices, gathering the deadliest of allies, amassing fame and fortune, and sealing their place in history. The way you play will write the story of how the world is changed forever.
Nintendo loves to throw a party, this Saturday at the Nintendo World store in Rockefeller Plaza the company will hold a launch party for Dragon Quest IX on the Nintendo DS. The event will run July 10th from 1-4pm and feature test stations to play, treats from a Dragon Quest ice cream truck and mini-games. Those fortunate enough will also be able to meet with Yuji Horii the creator of the Dragon Quest series although he will only sign 30 copies of the game (2 per customer).
Dragon Quest IX is set to launch on July 11th for those who are unable to attend the event.