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IDW Previews – April 23, 2014 – Transformers: RiD, 24 and Full Solicits

It’s kind of like last week — out of all the comics IDW is slated to release tomorrow, two caught my eye, and once again it’s 24 and Transformers.  You can see previews below and the full solicitations on page 2.

First, The Transformers: Robots in Disguise begins “Season 2″ with issue #28.  Written by John Barber with art by Andrew Griffith, this issue finds the Autobots returning to Earth six months after the events of “Dark Cybertron”.  The problem is that they weren’t exactly given a tearful goodbye when they left last time….  This preview happens to feature one of the best damn intros ever, and you can see it below.

Second, leading up to the return of 24 on May 5, IDW is releasing a new mini-series subtitled “Underground” showcasing what happened since we left Jack Bauer at the end of season 8.  I’m guessing that this story won’t be filled with him working at a Build-A-Bear factory….  Issue #1 is written by Ed Brisson with art by Michael Gaydos.

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IDW Previews – April 16, 2014 – Transformers, 24 and More

There are a couple of books that IDW is releasing tomorrow that caught my eye.  First and foremost we have the highly-anticipated Transformers: Windblade #1.  The character of Windblade is fascinating from a behind-the-scenes standpoint alone.  It’s the first character ever created in Transformers with input from all fans.  Last year, Hasbro put up a poll asking what kind of character the fans would want, and lo-and-behold, we have Windblade, a female Transformer that exists in a universe where there aren’t many of her kind.  Not only that, she’s also the only robot around who can speak to Metroplex.  In the aftermath of Dark Cybertron, we find that Metroplex is pretty much the only inhabitable place to live… and it’s up to Windblade and her teammates to keep him that way.

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Dark Horse Previews “Star Wars: Rebel Heist” #1

On April 30, Dark Horse will release the latest in Star Wars comics – Star Wars: Rebel Heist.  As the solicit explains, a young Rebel finds out that his hero Han Solo may not actually be the perfect hero.  Set in the days of the Rebellion, this story is written by Matt Kindt, pencilled by Marco Castiello, inked by Dan Parsons, and colored by Gabe Eltaeb.  Featuring covers by Matt Kindt and Adam Hughes, Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 goes on sale April 30.  See the preview pages below.

Dark Horse to Publish Kickstarter Giants: “Leaving Megalopolis” & “Guns of Shadow Valley”

MARCH 14, MILWAUKIE, OR — Coming to shelves this summer are two of Dark Horse’s hottest new titles, originally funded via Kickstarter: Dave Wachter and James Andrew Clark’s The Guns of Shadow Valley and Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore’s Leaving Megalopolis!

Dave Wachter (Night of 1,000 Wolves, Breath of Bones) and James Andrew Clark (Scar Tissue) began The Guns of Shadow Valley as a webcomic of western adventure and the supernatural. It was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic in 2010 and for the Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work in 2011. Read the exclusive interview on Bloody Disgusting!

Somewhere in Shadow Valley lies a secret that could forever change the frontier. Only a posse of gunmen with special abilities can defend that secret from a tribe of ghostly warriors, an advancing army led by a deranged colonel, and the perils of the valley itself.

Leaving Megalopolis, written by Gail Simone (Tomb Raider, Wonder Woman) and beautifully illustrated by Jim Calafiore (Aquaman), reunites the classic Secret Six creative team, with no holds barred! Read the exclusive interview on Comic Book Resources!

When the caped heroes of the world’s safest city inexplicably turn into homicidal maniacs, no one is safe. The only rational thing to do is to get the hell out of town. If only it were that easy. A small group of terrified survivors make a desperate run for the city limits, chased by unspeakable evil!

The Guns of Shadow Valley is on sale August 13, and Leaving Megalopolis is on shelves September 10. Preorder your copies today!

About Gail Simone
Gail is the multiple award winning writer of WONDER WOMAN, BIRDS OF PREY, DEADPOOL, THE SIMPSONS, and many other classic runs of some of the world’s most popular comics. She has also written for animation, prose and video games. Known for her strong character work and dark humor, this book shows Gail at her most ferocious and untamed.

About Jim Calafiore
Jim has been working in the comics field for over twenty years, and been lucky to work with some great creators. He’s best known for his work on AQUAMAN, EXILES, GOTHAM UNDERGROUND and SECRET SIX.

About David Wachter
Dave has been creating comics since childhood, but his career as an adult began in 2004 when he and writer Jim Clark teamed up for their critically acclaimed self published series Scar Tissue. Following that success, they again collaborated on the epic Western webcomic The Guns of Shadow Valley, which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic and a Harvey Award for Best Online Work. His work for larger comic publishers began in 2010 with Robert Bloch’s That Hellbound Train (penned by Joe and John Lansdale), for IDW Publishing. Dave’s work as a guest artist can also been seen in their Godzilla series, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In 2012 he illustrated the horror fable Night of 1,000 Wolves, also for IDW. That same year brought a nomination for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award in comics. Dave has more comics projects on the way for 2013, including a project with writer Steve Niles titled Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem for Dark Horse Comics, and the return of The Guns of Shadow Valley.

About James Andrew Clark
Jim got his start writing fiction and poetry for various literary magazines, but the mini-series Scar Tissue marked his debut into the world of writing comic books. Jim has also written numerous short stories appearing in such comic books as Hope: The Tsunami Relief Anthology, Memories & Echoes, Leesway, Havoc 21, Somnia: Daydreams and Nightscapes, Pantheon, Varied Scaries, and The Hunger. In 2012 he penned a children’s book called The Jumping Flea Circus. In addition to writing comics he also makes music.

About Dark Horse Comics
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

Dark Horse Debuts Michael Hague’s “Eye of Newt”

EONEWT HC CVRMARCH 13, MILWAUKIE, OR — Magical adventure awaits as legendary illustrator Michael Hague takes readers on a strange and fantastic journey in Eye of Newt.

“Michael has been one of the best known fantasy artists for decades. His work is rich and vibrant and perfect for the comics medium,” said Dark Horse President Mike Richardson. “I have long been a fan of his and I can’t express the excitement we feel here at Dark Horse at his first-ever graphic novel project.”

Gorgeously illustrated in the classic fantasy style, Eye of Newt, a four-part miniseries, is a must for young readers and new fans.

When Newt, a young wizard’s apprentice, embarks on a wonderful and perilous quest, he encounters marvelous creatures of all shapes and sizes and learns a dark secret that could shape his entire destiny!

Praise for Michael Hague:

“A deliciously old-fashioned storybook, delivering just the sort of fantasy Hague is best known for. He pulls out all the stops for this one, using watercolors to present a diverse assortment of winged beasts.”—Publishers Weekly

“Glowing backgrounds and skies, in deep, rich palettes, mark them as Hague’s. For fans of the artist this is another must-have.”—Kirkus Reviews

Eye of Newt #1 is on sale in comic shops June 18. Preorder your copy at your local comics retailer today!

About Michael Hague
Michael Hague is an American illustrator and writer, primarily of children’s fantasy books.
He has illustrated such classics such as The Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit and the stories of Hans Christian Andersen. He is renowned for the intricate and realistic detail he brings to his work, and the rich colors he chooses.
Hague trained at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. His influences are the comics series Prince Valiant and the works of Disney, Japanese printmakers Hiroshige and Hokusai, and turn of the 20th century illustrators Arthur Rackham, W. Heath Robinson, N. C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. Current work includes In the Small, a graphic novel published by Little, Brown and Company.

About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

Dark Horse Preview: ANGEL & FAITH SEASON 10 #1

AngelFaith_01Dark Horse continues the story of Angel and Faith in the debut issue of Angel & Faith: Season 10.  The previous comic season ended with Faith leaving London and Angel staying in Magic Town.  I’m guessing the two will meet up again at some point; otherwise, why would the comic be called “Angel & Faith”?

Victor Gischler and Will Conrad write and draw this comic, which will be released April 2, for $3.50, and joining them are Michelle Madsen on colors and Scott Fisher on cover art.

Dark Horse Comics Preview: “Blackout” #1

Blackout01Dark Horse sent over a preview of their upcoming comic Blackout, which will debut March 26.  This comic features the story of Scott Travers and his special suit, which allows him to move around unseen via a parallel dimension.  The problem is that he has no idea where the suit came from, how it works, or where the person who gave it to him went.  Oh, and he’s got people after him.  Typical.
I like the look of the Blackout suit; think I’ll give this comic a try.  Check out the preview below.
Blackout #1 on sale March 26 for $2.99

Writers: Frank Barbiere and Randy Stradley
Artists: Colin Lorimer and Doug Wheatley
Colorists: Colin Lorimer and Wes Dzioba

Kel McDonald’s “Misfits of Avalon” is Magic Girl Manga With a Twist

KEL McDONALD’S MISFITS OF AVALON
COUNTS DOWN DIGITAL TO PRINT!

Magical-girl manga with an Arthurian twist!

MOAV1 CVR 4x6FEBRUARY 26, MILWAUKIE, OR—Kel McDonald (Sorcery 101Fame and MisfortuneCautionary Fables and Fairy Tales) is bringing her young adult graphic novel series Misfits of Avalon to Dark Horse this fall, and starting today, McDonald will release the book online for free!

McDonald will release her graphic novel digitally on her website, KelMcDonald.com, at the rate of one page a weekday until the release date in bookstores.

“I think part of what makes Misfits of Avalon special is that it is taking the magical-girl genre, which is very focused on the feminine, and combining it with girl characters who don’t entirely fit what we think of as girly,” noted author Kel McDonald.

In Misfits of Avalon, four modern-day, misfit teens are reluctant recruits to save the mystical isle of Avalon. Magically empowered—and chained to the task—by a set of rings and directed in their mission by a tight-lipped talking dog, they must stop the rise of King Arthur. But as they struggle to get used to their powers and each other, they’re faced with an even greater challenge: the discovery that they may not be the good guys in this story . . .

Praise for Kel McDonald:

“When McDonald nails her world and character building, she really nails it.”—io9

McDonald’s long-form, ongoing web comic, Sorcery 101, is about a chain-smoking sorcerer learning magic from a bigot vampire. It’s a mix of comedy and drama, and new material can be seen everyMonday.

Misfits of Avalon is on sale in comic shops everywhere on October 8 and bookstores on October 21!

Read the exclusive interview with Kel McDonald on Publishers Weekly.

About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The MaskGhostTimecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star WarsMass Effect, Buffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConanEVE OnlineHaloSerenityGame of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

Dark Horse Preview: TOMB RAIDER #1

TombRaider01-CoverLara Croft returns to the comic store!  Writer Gail Simone, penciller Nicolás Daniel Selma, inker Juan Gedeon and colorist Michael Atiyeh continue the story where the 2013 video game left off.  This opening issue of the new series from Dark Horse, featuring a cover by Dan Dos Santos, will be available February 26th, and you can see the preview below.

Dark Horse Preview – KING CONAN the CONQUEROR #1

KingConanConq-CovDark Horse has sent over a preview of their upcoming King Conan the Conqueror comic.  In this, the first issue, we see that Conan has been deposed and is living as a fugitive.  He’s not taking this lying down, though; he’s on the hunt for a lost relic and he hopes to regain his throne.  Writer Timothy Truman, artist Tomás Giorello and colorist José Villarrubia bring you this new tale of Conan starting February 26.  See the pages below.