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ECCC: Dark Horse Announces New “Barb Wire” and More

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ECCC: Dark Horse Announces New “Barb Wire” and More

This year’s Emerald City Comicon is a newsworthy one for Dark Horse Comics. Friday evening in Seattle, the publisher made the official announcements of 10 new series, which were unveiled at various online media outlets earlier — including the return of Eric Powell’s “Chimichanga” and Ryan K. Lindsay and Owen Gieni’s “Negative Space,” both first revealed on CBR.

Among Dark Horse’s other ECCC announcements include the return of “Barb Wire,” a character with more than 20 years of history at Dark Horse, and the subject of a reviled 1996 film starring Pamela Anderson. The new “Barb Wire” series is set to debut in July, from the creative team of writer Chris Warner and artist Patrick Olliffe, with a cover to #1 by Adam Hughes.

The coming months will also bring two new series from two veteran illustrators, both taking on writing duties along with art. Scott Kolins, the artist of Dark Horse’s freshly debuted “Past Aways,” is taking on sci-fi series “Adam.3,” slated to debut in August. “Power Cubed,” scheduled to premiere in September, is the latest project from Aaron Lopresti, dubbed a “comical coming-of-age tale in a fantastic sci-fi universe.”

Longtime Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley writes the newly announced, August-debuting series “King Tiger,” illustrated by Doug Wheatley. The official description asks, “A monstrous secret from King Tiger’s past has found the mystic warrior, but can Tiger’s skills and sorcery triumph against an unthinkable supernatural obscenity linked to his own destiny?”

More new concepts from Dark Horse include “Zodiac Starforce” from “Bravest Warriors” veterans Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau, slated to debut in August. The book stars “an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures. . . as long as they can get out of class!”

Writers Zack Keller and Nick Keller team for horror series “Death Head,” scheduled out from Dark Horse in July and illustrated by Joanna Estep. “The Tomorrows,” a speculative future series also scheduled for July, is from writer Curt Pires and drawn by a different artist each issue, starting with Jason Copland. Later in the year, steampunk/alien invasion/vampire/western series “The Steam Man” is targeted for an October release, from co-writers Mark Miller and Joe R. Lansdale, and illustrated by “Sex” artist Piotr Kowalski.

Keep reading CBR all weekend for the latest from Emerald City Comicon!

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