Dark Horse Comics Debuts Yearlong 30th Anniversary Variant Program

2016 marks 30 years since Dark Horse Comics erupted onto the scene with their very first title, Dark Horse Presents. Since 1986, Dark Horse Presents has won multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards and launched some of comics’ greatest heroes.

This week, Dark Horse is releasing a new variant program which will continue throughout 2016. Every month, one comic will be selected to have a very special 30th Anniversary variant cover paying homage to a specific issue of Dark Horse Presents. Additionally, each issue serves as a perfect jumping-on point for new readers!

30257Now on comic store shelves is the Hellboy Winter Special, which features Mignolaverse debuts by Tim Sale (Captain America: White), Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers), Chris Roberson (iZombie), and Chelsea Cain (Heartsick, One Kick). The Mike Mignola cover artwork is a throwback to the very first issue of Dark Horse Presents (1986).

30679Continuing where the Rise of the Tomb Raider game left off, Lara Croft takes on fresh adventures in a new comic series by Eisner Award–winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer). Hitting stands in February, the stunning variant cover by Joëlle Jones harks back to Dark Horse Presents #9 (1987).

 

30906In March, Dan Abnett begins Predator: Life and Death, the first chapter in a new story cycle involving Predators, Aliens, and the mysterious Engineers from Prometheus! The variant cover, drawn by Dark Horse senior editor Chris Warner, is a return to Warner’s original cover for Dark Horse Prese
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30681And in April, Brian Wood brings his sharp storytelling to Aliens: Defiance, while rising star Tristan Jones draws the scariest xenomorph you’ve seen in years. The variant cover features incredible artwork by originalAliens artist Mark A. Nelson and evokes Dark Horse Presents #40 (1990).

More 30th Anniversary variant covers will be revealed soon, so make sure to head to your local comic shop to pick up these extremely collectible Dark Horse covers!

Curious about Avengers vs X-Men? We have a program guide to help you

AvX is going to shake up Marvel shortly, we were able to put together a guide for the event showcasing top names on both sides and books to watch for. Without wasting any additional time check out the list below and get ready for the battle of the ages as we break down the teams in play for this epic series.

Avengers current team:

  • Red Hulk
  • Captain America
  • Iron Man
  • Luke Cage
  • Spider-Man
  • Black Widow
  • Iron Fist
  • Hawkeye
  • The Thing
  • Spider-Woman
  • Black Panther
  • Dr. Strange

Kickoff issues for Avengers:

  • Avengers #25 | New Avengers #24 | New Avengers #25

X-Men current team / Extinction team:

  • Cyclops
  • Colossus
  • Emma Frost
  • Magneto
  • Hope
  • Magik
  • Storm
  • Danger
  • Namor
  • Psylocke

Kickoff issue for X-Men:

  • Uncanny X-Men #11

Secret Avengers team / First defense:

  • Thor
  • Vision
  • Ms. Marvel
  • War Machine
  • Captain Britain
  • Beast
  • Protector
  • Valkyrie

Kickoff issue for Secret Avengers:

  • Secret Avengers #26

Jean Grey School for Higher Learning:

  • Wolverine
  • Kitty Pride
  • Iceman
  • Rachel Grey
  • Rogue
  • Uncanny X-Force

Kickoff issue for Jean Grey School for Higher Learning:

  • Wolverine & The X-Men #9

Wild card characters

  • Deadpool
  • Cable
  • Hulk
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Nova
  • Quicksilver

From all the preview pages out already from Marvel and Wondercon it’s safe to say this fight will be absolutely epic, Cyclops is digging down for that last fragment that could change the course of mutant kind and the Avengers want to protect the world from the blazes. One has to feel bad for the Secret Avengers being the first line of defense to the Phoenix, with so much power coming their way it’s unlikely they’ll be able to put a strong enough defense against the pure force.

If you really have a lot of time on your hands, Marvel made an additional reading list to get you caught up on everything related to the new arc, all of which are in TPB form so you don’t lose your mind collecting these individually. These are listed in suggested reading order.

  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga
  • Avengers: Disassembled
  • House of M
  • X-Men: Messiah Complex
  • X-Force / Cable: Messiah War
  • X-Men: Second Coming
  • Avengers Vol. 1 (by Brian Michael Bendis)
  • New Avengers Vol. 1 (by Brian Michael Bendis)
  • Uncanny X-Men: The Birth of Generation Hope
  • Avengers: The Children’s Crusade
  • X-Men: Schism
  • Avengers Vs. X-Men: It’s Coming