SDCC 2014: Dark Horse Announces 12 New Series
I'm still digging through all the announcements from San Diego Comic-Con last week. There were a lot of them and many of them were quite awesome. Dark Horse Comics alone announced twelve new creator-owned series including some sequels to popular existing franchises. There is a huge amount of talent involved with these new books. I've combed through the announcements to collect the horror titles just for you. Check them out below!
First up is a book that I'm very excited about: Colder: The Bad Seed. The creative team of Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra return to further explore the life of Declan Thomas. Now that the psychotic Nimble Jack has been defeated, Declan's powers continue to develop, providing him with a strange connection with the nature of insanity. Unfortunately, the malevolent Swivel aims to pick up where Nimble Jack left off. Colder was my favorite comic of 2013 so I can't wait to see what Tobin and Ferreyra have in store for the sequel. Ferreyra's artwork was breathtaking, showcasing what is most likely the best visual representation of madness. The first issue of Colder: The Bad Seed hits stores on October 22nd, 2014.
Next up is Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. This shouldn't be that surprising considering how popular Hellboy is. Even though he's dead he's still popping up in comics. Fortunately he has a pretty illustrious history that has not yet been fully explored. Mike Mignola and John Arcudi helm the new book featuring a young Hellboy sent to investigate a series of bizarre murders in a Brazilian village as his first mission. Joined by a small group of agents, Red uncovers something terrible in the shadows of a sixteenth-century Portuguese fortress. The best part? The book is illustrated by Alex Maleev! Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. is slated for release on December 3rd, 2014.
Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich centers on a typical American family in the suburbs. Things seem perfectly normal except for the small fact that Mom is a professional assassin. The premise sounds very similar to Garth Ennis' Jennifer Blood, but maybe a bit more satirical. Jones will also be handling the art duties for the book. Lady Killer will debut on January 7th, 2015.
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Bill Morrison takes us to the carnival in Dead Vengeance. Illustrated by Stéphane Roux, the comic takes place in 1940 and looks at a phony body on exhibit at a sideshow. It suddenly springs to life and walks away. It turns out he's not a fake. Instead, he's John Doe, a radio commentator and archenemy of Detroit's notorious Purple Gang. So why did he disappear in 1930? Why did the mayor, the mob, and the cops all want him dead? How did he end up in that exhibit? Find out on January 21st, 2015 when Dead Vengeance is released.
Take a trip through time and space with EI8HT from Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson. The comic takes place in the Meld, an inhospitable dimension in time. A chrononaut named Joshua has found himself trapped there with no memory or feedback from the team of scientists that sent him there. He can only count on his heart and a stranger's voice to guide him to his destiny. I hope it's not the Planet of the Apes. EI8HT is set for release in February 2015.
Next up is Neverboy from writer Shaun Simon and artist Tyler Jenkins. The title character is an abandoned imaginary friend that wants the real world. Meanwhile, Julian Drag is a struggling artist that wants the imaginary one. When Neverboy's drugs wear off, the surreal hangover he's been running from sets in. A trip down the rabbit hole is just what Julian has been looking for. When the two of them meet, the real and imaginary worlds collide in total chaos. Each will have to face who they are in order to put things right again. Is this a twisted version of Drop Dead Fred? Neverboy will debut on March 4th, 2015.
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Harrow County will serve as yet another reminder of why I don't go camping. Written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Tyler Crook, the comic showcases a forest of pines, briar thistles, and sweet-smelling scuppermong that is easy to get lost in. Once you do, you'll never find your way back. Seventeen year old Emmy has always felt a bit lost, but she's never felt alone. That could have something to do with the fact that she was born on the very day that a hateful witch was put to a violent death. The woods surrounding Emmy's home are filled with ghosts, goblins, and the restless dead, all of them whispering to her, promising her great power. Harrow County is slated for release on April 8th, 2015.
Back in the sequel land is the next adventures of Dancy Flammarion in Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and the Bird. As with Hellboy, death isn't the end of a character's story. Just because Dancy died in Alabaster: Grimmer Tales, it doesn't mean that new tales can't be told. One year after her death, her seraph comes to collect her from a hell of her own creation. A new evil haunts the American South in the form of murderous twins who command a legion of ghouls. Dancy must once again face down demons both physically and within her own shattered mind. Caitlin R. Kiernan will be writing the book with Joëlle Jones providing the artwork. Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird will debut on May 20th, 2015.
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Finally, we have what was probably the strangest announcement of Dark Horse's bunch and perhaps of SDCC entirely. Author Chuck Palahniuk will be writing a sequel to Fight Club. Entitled simply Fight Club 2, the comic will be a 10 issue series illustrated by Cameron Stewart. It picks up ten years after the original book ended with the unnamed protagonist married to Marla Singer with a 9 year old son named Junior. Unfortunately, he's proving to be just a poor father as his own had been. Meanwhile, Palahniuk promises that we'll receive some more information on Tyler Durden's true origins. The first issue of Fight Club 2 will debut in May 2015.
So out of all of these announcements from Dark Horse, which one are you most looking forward to? You have some time until some of these see the light of day, but they sound pretty cool.
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