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Dark Horse Comics’ February 2017 Solicitations

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Dark Horse Comics’ February 2017 Solicitations

Dark Horse has provided CBR News with covers and solicit information for products shipping January, 2016. When you’re through checking out these solicitations, be sure to visit CBR’s Indie Comics Forum and discuss these Dark Horse releases with fellow readers.

Dark Horse Solicitations – Last Six Months

Aliens: Defiance #10

  • Brian Wood (W), Stephen Thompson (A), Dan Jackson (C), and Stephanie Hans (Cover)
  • On sale Feb 22
  • FC, 32 pages
  • $3.99
  • Ongoing
  • An attack on the Europa by space pirates leaves Zula, Davis, and Hollis on a barely functional ship. They now must return to Earth, where the Weyland-Yutani corporation is waiting and ready to put an end to their rogue mission.


Aliens: The Original Comics Series Volume 2 HC

  • Mark Verheiden (W), Den Beauvais (A/Cover), and Sam Kieth (A)
  • On sale Apr 12
  • b&w, 224 pages
  • $39.99
  • HC, 8” x 12”
  • Long before Alien3 was even a glint in director David Fincher’s eye, Dark Horse Comics was already crafting a terrifying post-Aliens continuity for Ripley, Hicks, and Newt.
  • These are the original stories that took the comics market by storm in a prestige collection of the unabridged and unadulterated series. Collects Aliens: Nightmare Asylum #1–#4 and Aliens: Female War #1–#4.


Aliens: Life and Death TP

  • Dan Abnett (W), Moritat (A), Rain Beredo (C), and David Palumbo (Cover)
  • On sale Apr 12
  • FC, 96 pages
  • $14.99
  • TP, 7” x 10”
  • Barely escaping from a world overrun with Aliens, a squad of Colonial Marines discover that one of their number is still planetside—a prisoner in an Alien hive.
    I t’s time to man up, gear up, and head back to the Alien-infested planet. The marines leave no man or woman behind! Collects Aliens: Life and Death issues #1-#4.


Alien vs. Predator: Life and Death #3 (of 4)

  • Dan Abnett (W), Brian Thies (A), Rain Beredo (C), and David Palumbo (Cover)
  • On sale Feb 22
  • FC, 32 pages
  • $3.99
  • Miniseries
  • The Alien hordes descend in a desperate attempt to repossess their fetus queen from the escaping Colonial Marines. Even with the help of the Predator clan, survival for the humans doesn’t look likely.
  • The birth of the queen means death to the squad!


Angel Season 11 #2

  • Corinna Bechko (W), Geraldo Borges (A), Michelle Madsen (C), Scott Fischer (Cover), and Jeff Dekal (Variant cover)
  • On sale Feb 15
  • FC, 32 pages
  • $3.99
  • Ongoing
  • Having seen a terrible vision with connections to his past, Angel is taken back in time by the goddess Illyria and finds himself in Illyria’s ancient past—by mistake. When she discovers when they are—in the middle of a battle between her past self and another god—Illyria’s not ready to leave without attempting to change what had been . . .
  • Writer Corinna Bechko (Lara Croft, Star Wars) brings you the vampire Angel in his own series!



Avatar: The Last Airbender—North and South Part Three TP

  • Gene Luen Yang (W), Michael Dante DiMartino (W), Bryan Konietzko (W), and Gurihiru (A/Cover)
  • On sale Apr 26
  • FC, 80 pages
  • $10.99
  • TP, 6” x 9”
  • Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei arrive in the Southern Water Tribe amid protests against Gilak’s imprisonment. While the leaders hold council to solidify Malina and Hakoda’s unification plans, Gilak breaks free and leads a powerful rebellion! In the face of these two opposing tribes, Katara will have to make peace with her nostalgia and distrust to save the home she loves from being permanently torn apart.
  • The official continuation of Airbender from its creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko!


Baltimore: The Red Kingdom #1 (of 5)

  • Mike Mignola (W), Christopher Golden (W), Peter Bergting (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Ben Stenbeck (Cover)
  • On sale Feb 1
  • FC, 32 pages

  • Miniseries
  • Lord Baltimore is missing. The Red King—evil incarnate—is taking over the world. Baltimore’s team has been driven apart, with some of them dying on the frontlines while others are in hiding.
  • Since the day he set out for revenge on the vampire who killed his family, Baltimore’s fight has gotten bigger than he’d ever imagined, but what role will he take as evil finally threatens to consume the world?

  • “Baltimore has been a wild ride, but things are clearly not over yet.”—All-Comic


Blade of the Immortal Omnibus Volume 2 TP

  • Hiroaki Samura (W/A/Cover)
  • On sale Apr 5
  • b&w, 536 pages
  • $19.99
  • TP, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/4″
  • Rin continues her quest across Japan to avenge the murder of her parents, joined by Manji—her seemingly immortal protector. The eccentric, bloodthirsty Ittö-ryü sword school tries to carve a path to Edo Castle, led by the hated Anotsu as they obliterate all rival schools along the way. The deadly Mugai-ryü has formed, though—with the sole purpose of destroying Anotsu’s clan! Collects volumes 4, 5, and 6.
  • Three volumes in one for $19.99!


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #4

  • Christos Gage (W), Georges Jeanty (P/Variant cover), Dexter Vines (I), Dan Jackson (C), and Steve Morris (Cover)
  • On sale Feb 15
  • FC, 32 pages
  • $3.99
  • Ongoing
  • Now living in the Safe Zone, Buffy, Willow, and Spike are making do while sharing space with so many other magical folk. Unfortunately, with natural enemies living together and low blood rations for the vampires, time will tell how safe things will remain in the “Safe” Zone . . .
  • Special guest artist Georges Jeanty (Buffy Seasons 8–9) returns for Season 11!
  • Catch “deleted scenes” on the variant covers!



Call of Duty: Zombies #3 (of 6)

  • Justin Jordan (W), Jonathan Wayshak (A), Dan Jackson (C), and Simon Bisley (Cover
  • On sale Feb 15
  • FC, 32 pages
  • $3.99
  • Miniseries
  • When an AI security system tries to destroy the Tranzit crew, Marlton must use his tech skills to outwit the digital defenses. Misty reminds him that he can’t survive on his own: it’s going to take more than know-how and smarts to get everyone out alive. The group decide to take a chance on escaping from the zombie-infested apocalyptic wasteland, not knowing if their desperate attempt will work or where it could take them.


Caravaggio Volume 1: The Palette and the Sword HC

  • Milo Manara (W/A/Cover)
  • On sale Apr 12
  • FC, 64 pages
  • $19.99
  • HC, 8” x 10”
  • Comics master Milo Manara returns to Dark Horse with his newest work, Caravaggio Volume 1: The Palette and the Sword! Chronicling the painter’s early years in Rome and the pleasures and troubles he finds there, this seminal work is Manara’s love letter to Caravaggio, one of the most revered and influential artists in history.
  • Translated and published in English for the first time!


Chimichanga: The Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face! HC

  • Eric Powell (W) and Stephanie Buscema (A/Cover)
  • On sale Apr 26
  • FC, 112 pages
  • $14.99
  • HC, 6” x 9”
  • Joining artist Stephanie Buscema, Eric Powell returns to his all-ages creation, Chimichanga, the story of a bizarre monster and the little bearded girl who guides him through life in the sideshow. Now they’ve met another misfit—a boy so ugly he hides behind the world’s longest bangs! He is hunted and on the run—can he find peace and even happiness at the carnival? Collects Chimichanga: The Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face! #1-#4.


Conan the Slayer #8

  • Cullen Bunn (W), Sergio Dávila (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Admira Wijaya (Cover)
  • On sale Feb 22
  • FC, 32 pages
  • $3.99
  • Ongoing
  • Superstar writer Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, Uncanny X-Men) and artist Sergio Dávila (Red Sonja, Swords of Sorrow) continue their adaptation of “The Devil in Iron!” In his new position as chief of the Kozaks, Conan must parley with a fierce enemy lord, Jehungir Agha. But Agha wants the Cimmerian dead, so he’s planning a lethal trap that begins with a beautiful woman . . .


Conan the Slayer Volume 1: Blood in His Wake TP

  • Cullen Bunn (W), Sergio Dávila (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Lee Bermejo (Cover)
  • On sale Apr 26
  • FC, 152 pages
  • $19.99
  • TP, 7” x 10”
  • Alone, on the brink of death, and with nothing but his sword, Conan of Cimmeria finds refuge in a camp of Kozaki raiders. As Conan’s wounds heal, he gains acceptance into the clan . . . only to discover that mortal danger is closer than ever. Penned by Cullen Bunn (Harrow County) and with art by Sergio Dávila (Red Sonja), this volume collects issues #1–#6 of Conan the Slayer!
  • “A strong story with fierce imagery. Long may this Conan make his way.” —SciFiPulse


Conan Omnibus Volume 2: City of Thieves TP

  • Kurt Busiek (W), Mike Mignola (W), Timothy Truman (W), Cary Nord (P), Michael Wm. Kaluta (P), Tomás Giorello (P), Dave Stewart (C), Richard Isanove (C), and Tony Harris (Cover)
  • On sale Apr 19
  • FC, 472 pages
  • $24.99
  • TP, 7” x 10”
  • Showcasing the conclusion of writer Kurt Busiek and artist Cary Nord’s groundbreaking work on the series, plus the inaugurations of fan favorites Timothy Truman and Tomás Giorello, this volume includes adaptations of “The Tower of the Elephant,” “The Hall of the Dead,” and “Rogues in the House.”
  • Features the conclusion of the legendary run by Eisner Award winners Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord!
  • Special guest appearances by Michael Wm. Kaluta and Mike Mignola!


Eisner and Harvey award winner!

Dark Horse Presents #31

  • Paul Levitz (W), Carla Speed McNeil (W/A/Cover), Kaare Andrews (W), Dean Haspiel (W/A), John Nadeau (W/A), Dan Jolley (W), Francesco Francavilla (W/A), Tim Hamilton (A), and Troy Nixey (A)
  • On sale Feb 15
  • FC, 48 pages
  • $4.99
  • Ongoing
  • This month’s Dark Horse Presents offering is an issue with plenty of exciting conclusions! Dean Haspiel’s The Red Hook, Dan Jolley and John Nadeau’s Murder Society, Francesco Francavilla’s The Black Beetle, and Kaare Andrews, Troy Nixey, and Dave McCaig’s The Black Sinister all come to a close.
  • Continuing this month are Paul Levitz and Tim Hamilton’s paranormal crime drama Brooklyn Blood and Carla Speed McNeil’s aboriginal sci-fi Finder.
  • 48 pages for just $4.99!
  • Featuring Francesco Francavilla’s Black Beetle!
  • “Dark Horse Presents . . . is a must-read for any and all comic book fans, both casual and hardcore.” —


Dead Inside #3 (of 5)

  • John Arcudi (W), Toni Fejzula (A), André May (C), and Dave Johnson (Cover)
  • On sale Feb 15
  • FC, 32 pages
  • $3.99
  • Miniseries
  • Detective Linda Caruso has been focusing on the crime scene itself: a brutal murder inside the Mariposa County Jail. But as she keeps asking questions that no one wants to answer, she learns that what’s been happening outside those heavily guarded walls is a crucial piece of the puzzle.


Dept. H #11

  • Matt Kindt (W/A/Cover) and Sharlene Kindt (C)
  • On sale Feb 15
  • FC, 28 pages
  • $3.99
  • Ongoing
  • Mia knew there was a traitor in the Dept. H base when she descended to the bottom of the ocean to solve her father’s murder. As the coincidences and accidents pile up, she can’t deny that traitor is sabotaging her investigation. Now Mia’s only chance at saving her own life, and the lives of her friends, is to solve the murder and figure out who among them is willing to die to keep their crime a secret.
  • “Kindt has developed into one of the most exciting and original talents in the business.” —Los Angeles Times


Features a foreword by Rob Zombie!

The EC Archives: The Haunt of Fear Volume 4 HC

  • Bill Gaines (W), Al Feldstein (W/A), Otto Binder (W), Carl Wessler (W), Graham Ingels (A/Cover), George Evans (A), Jack Kamen (A), Jack Davis (A), Reed Crandall (A), and Carlos Badilla (C)
  • On sale Apr 12
  • FC, 216 pages
  • $49.99
  • HC, 8” x 11”
  • Delight in fright! This fourth volume of the EC Comics horror classic The Haunt of Fear collects a gruesome medly of unforgettable frights! Featuring art from the legendary talents of Bill Gaines, Al Feldstein, Graham Ingels, George Evans, Jack Kamen, Jack Davis, and Reed Crandall, this volume collects The Haunt of Fear #19–#24.


Empowered and the Soldier of Love #1 (of 3)

  • Adam Warren (W) and Karla Diaz (A/Cover)
  • On sale Feb 8
  • FC, 36 pages
  • $3.99
  • Miniseries
  • Love is tearing apart costumed crimefighter Empowered’s city, as the unearthly powers of an embittered “International Magical Girl of Mystery” covertly inflame the superheroic community’s burning passions. But even if a befuddled Emp can puzzle out her shadowy foe’s schemes, can she hope to prevail against the Soldier of Love?   
  • 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of Empowered!
  • Story by series creator Adam Warren!
  • Art by web comic superstar Karla Diaz!
  • 26 full-color story pages!
  • Over 150,000 Empowered graphic novels in print!
  • “Empowered stands as one of the great modern superhero comics.” —View From the Gutters


Ether #4 (of 5)

  • Matt Kindt (W) and David Rubín (A/Cover)
  • On sale Feb 15
  • FC, 32 pages
  • $3.99
  • Miniseries
  • Twelve-year-old Hazel loves spending summers at her grandmother’s house. Granny’s magical stories of adventure in the Ether are unlike the stories and fairy tales Hazel finds at the library. And then, one summer, Hazel gets a little too curious and discovers the source of those stories. When she falls through a well into a magical dimension, she learns that there’s a dark side to the Ether that her Granny never told her about.


Game of Thrones: Dragon Egg Shot Glass Set

  • On sale June 7
  • Set of three
  • $14.99
  • Firewater, anyone? As fans of HBO’s adaptation of Game of Thrones know, Daenerys’s three dragon “children” pack some heat. What better vessel for you and your guests when you do the same?
  • Boxed as a set in a color package. There is one for each dragon egg: Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion.


Halo: UNSC Spirit of Fire Ship Replica

  • On sale Feb 15
  • 8” replica with base included
  • $49.99
  • The Spirit of Fire is a heavily upgraded Phoenix-class colonial support vessel, tasked with deploying ground troops and prefabricated firebase facilities in support of UNSC expeditionary operations. Cavernous cargo bays that once held prefabricated schools and atmosphere processors now hold mobile armories and Pelican dropships. Its modular factory system was upgraded and retooled to produce the latest military hardware, and sensors that once assessed planets for pioneers are now turned to detecting hidden enemy forces.


Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea HC

  • Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Gary Gianni (W/A), and Dave Stewart (C)
  • On sale Apr 19
  • FC, 56 pages
  • $14.99
  • HC, 7” x 10”
  • Hellboy sets sail from the wreckage of a deserted island only to cross paths with a ghost ship. Taken captive by the phantom crew that plans to sell him to the circus, Hellboy is dragged along by a captain who will stop at nothing in pursuit of a powerful sea creature. Following the events of Hellboy: The Island, Gary Gianni draws Hellboy in a brand-new graphic novel.
  • Original hardcover graphic novel!


I Am a Hero Omnibus Volume 3 TP

  • Kengo Hanazawa (W/A/Cover)
  • On sale Apr 5
  • FC, 424 pages
  • $19.99
  • TP, 5 1/8” x 7 1/4″
  • One quick, deadly bite could change everything for Hideo and young Hiromi as they head out of the forest they’ve been hiding in and return to civilization. They soon realize that populated areas—even shrines—are just as dangerous as the haunted woods they’ve left! Collects two original Japanese volumes into one huge Dark Horse edition!
  • Two volumes in one for $19.99!
  • A worldwide best-selling series—finally in English!


Neon Genesis Evangelion—The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Omnibus Volume 3 TP

  • Osamu Takahashi (W/A)
  • On sale Apr 5
  • b&w, 552 pages
  • $19.99
  • TP, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″ 
  • In Book Three, Shinji, Rei, and Asuka at last begin to train as a team for real combat, weapons in hand . . . stalking a giant gelatinous creature with a spherical “core” they must take out. If this kind of mission sounds strangely familiar, you’re right—but if things go as usual, it’s poor Shinji who’ll get called the slimeball! And even as the lab deals with the fallout of the Jet Alone affair, can they stand the stress of a relaxing game of company baseball with Gendo . . .? Collects volumes 7-9.
  • Contains bonus color pages!


Resident Alien Volume 4: The Man with No Name TP

  • Peter Hogan (W) and Steve Parkhouse (A/Cover)
  • On sale Apr 19
  • FC, 104 pages
  • $14.99
  • TP, 7” x 10”
  • A stranded alien explorer hides in plain sight, posing as a doctor in Patience, Washington. After he accidentally exposes himself to investigators who are on his trail, a mysterious arsonist and a stubborn federal agent arrive in town to heat things up! Peter Hogan (2000 AD, Tom Strong) and Steve Parkhouse (Milkman Murders, Doctor Who) continue their unique, acclaimed science-fiction/murder-mystery series! Collects the four-issue miniseries.


Secret Sneyd: The Unpublished Cartoons of Doug Sneyd HC

  • Doug Sneyd (W/A/Cover), Jim Foster (W), Chris Kemp (W), Jenny Klein (W), Paul Marshman (W), Rex F. May (W), Pudge McDivitt (W), and Lucas Zehner (W)
  • On sale Apr 5
  • FC, 280 pages
  • $14.99
  • HC, 5” x 6 1/2″
  • Veteran artist Doug Sneyd presents a collection of unpublished cartoon concepts created throughout his career with Playboy magazine. This novelty book is packed from end to end with one-liners and pretty girls—funny, charming, and risqué jokes, each one full of all the life and expression that only a master artist can impart with a few strokes of the pen and brush!
  • Over 200 original cartoons!
  • Foreword by cartoonist Arnold Roth (The New Yorker, TIME, and Sports Illustrated).


Serenity: No Power in the ’Verse #5 (of 6)

  • Chris Roberson (W), Georges Jeanty (P/Variant cover), Karl Story (I), Wes Dzioba (C), and Dan Dos Santos (Cover)
  • On sale Feb 22
  • FC, 32 pages
  • $3.99
  • Miniseries
  • Time is running out for Mal and the crew of the Serenity. River and Iris are being held captive by the Operative Kalista, who fully intends to use their talents for the Alliance once again. If the crew can’t prevent Kalista from taking the girls off world, there’s no telling where or when they’ll find them again!



Slayer: Repentless #2 (of 3)

  • Jon Schnepp (W), Guiu Vilanova (A), Mauricio Wallace (C), and Glenn Fabry with Adam Brown (Cover)
  • On sale Feb 22
  • FC, 32 pages
  • $4.99
  • Miniseries
  • In as expansion on the shocking Slayer: Repentless video trilogy, former neo-Nazi Wyatt returns the body of his murdered love to her family. But his brother, the merciless leader the of hate group The Cause, plans to teach Wyatt what happens to race traitors . . . a lesson written in blood!
    vStory based on the Slayer videos written and directed by B. J. McDonnell (Hatchet III).

  • Script by director/producer Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse, The Venture Bros., The Death of “Superman Lives”).


From the writer of Shade the Changing Girl!

Soupy Leaves Home TP

  • Cecil Castellucci (W) and Jose Pimienta (A/Cover)
  • On sale Apr 19
  • FC, 208 pages
  • $14.99
  • TP, 6” x 9”
  • Pearl Plankette ran away from her home to escape an abusive father and an unhappy future. Disguised and reborn as a boy named Soupy, she hitches her star to an unlikely hobo, and they begin their journey from the cold heartbreak of their eastern homes toward the sunny promise of California in this train-hopping, Depression-era coming-of-age tale.
  • From Shuster Award-winning and Eisner-nominated writer Cecil Castellucci!
  • An original graphic novel!
  • Perfect for younger readers!


Spell on Wheels #5 (of 5)

  • Kate Leth (W), Megan Levens (A), Marissa Louise (C), and Joe Quinones (Cover)
  • On sale Feb 15
  • FC, 32 pages
  • $3.99
  • Miniseries
  • The witches head out to recover the last of their magical possessions, but they soon discover they’re in a fight for their lives and the bad guy is not who they expected!
  • “It’s an interesting brew of a cup full of Charmed, a pinch of Buffy, and a dash of Supernatural—that should please fans of supernatural comics—with a Nancy Drew twist.” —Outright Geekery


The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed #1 (of 5)

  • Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Paul Grist (A/Cover), and Bill Crabtree (C)
  • On sale Feb 22
  • FC, 32 pages
  • $3.99
  • Miniseries
  • In 1944 Hellboy was conjured in a ceremony meant to give Hitler the ultimate occult weapon. Fortunately, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm was there to witness, and to guide Hellboy to become the greatest paranormal detective in the world.  But Bruttenholm wasn’t the only witness to Hellboy’s arrival. A visitor was there, sent to kill the Beast that had been prophesied to kill us all. What the visitor saw, and why he stayed his hand, leads to the most mysterious Hellboy spinoff yet …
  • Paul Grist (Kane, Jack Staff) joins the Mignolaverse!


Witchfinder Volume 4: City of the Dead TP

  • Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Ben Stenbeck (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Julian Totino Tedesco (Cover)
  • On sale Apr 19
  • FC, 144 pages
  • $19.99
  • TP, 7” x 10”
  • Flesheating corpses and an ancient temple discovered beneath London lead authorities to call upon Edward Grey, Queen Victoria’s official occult investigator. But the sinister Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra also has interests in the underground ruins. When they ask for Grey’s help, he has to wonder if the threat is great enough to team up with a secret society he’s sworn to destroy. Collects Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1-#5.


World of Tanks TP

  • Garth Ennis (W), Carlos Ezquerra (A), P. J. Holden (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Isaac Hannaford (Cover)
  • On sale Apr 19
  • FC, 120 pages
  • $16.99
  • TP, 7” x 10”
  • Garth Ennis (Preacher, Hellblazer) joins Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog), P. J. Holden (2000 AD) to create a tense war story inspired by the massively popular (over 110 million players!) online game World of Tanks. An untested British crew inadvertently commands an unconventional Cromwell tank into France while hunted by a hardened German Panzer unit. Collects the five-issue miniseries.
  • “Gaming fans will likely want to play World of Tanks as soon as theyre done reading it. As for the comic book, this is realism at its finest and a sure bet for your pull list.” —All-Comic


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