FIRST LOOK: "Buffy Season 9," "Ragemoor," "Conan the Barbarian" Covers

Dark Horse has provided CBR with an exclusive First Look at Phil Noto's cover for "Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9" #10, Richard Corben's cover for "Ragemoor" #4 and Massimo Carnevale's cover for "Conan The Barbarian" #5.

Earlier this month, Dark Horse Editor Scott Allie spoke to the long-term goals of "Buffy Season 9," teasing the future developments for the vampire slayer.

"With this current storyline with Buffy discovering her pregnancy, we're exploring a young woman who thought the fate of the world was resting on her shoulders -- and maybe it actually did -- and taking it her story back to human issues but some of the biggest issues anyone can face," Allie told CBR News. "We want to have a good action adventure, pot-boiler, sci-fi story rolling out because that's what 'Buffy' is. But we also really want to make it about her as a young woman -- a human person finding herself and redefining herself. So splitting the focus between what's happening with the zompires and the cops and what's going on with her personally is a tough balancing act, but I think everybody from Joss to [series writer] Andrew [Chambliss] to me and Sierra [Hahn, my assistant] all understand what purpose the whole story is serving."

Check out the covers and solicits below.


Andrew Chambliss (W), Scott Allie (W), Cliff Richards (P), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), Phil Noto (Cover), and Georges Jeanty (Variant cover)

On sale June 13

FC, 32 pages



While Buffy is undertaking an away mission with Spike and Andrew, the SFPD is starting to really feel the effect of the rapid zompire population growth . . . With Buffy out of town, as the only Scoobies in the vicinity, Xander and Dawn have been approached for guidance. Buffy needs to get herself back together and home to SF quick, but facing Slayer Simone and her unexpected ally is going to make it a rough job!

  • Zompires attack the SFPD!
  • Executive produced by Joss Whedon!

RAGEMOOR #4 (of 4)

Jan Strnad (W) and Richard Corben (A/Cover)

On sale June 20

b&w, 32 pages



From the creators of Mutant World!A living castle seeks an heir who will protect its walls with an army of insect men. Will its owner be able to set the hive on fire in time, or will Castle Ragemoor's mad power endure?

  • Strnad and Corben's blood-soaked series comes to a finale!

"Richard Corben, stands among us like an extraterrestrial peak. He has sat in his throne for a long time, above the moving and multi-coloured field of world comics, like an effigy of the leader, a strange monolith, a sublime visitor, a solitary enigma." -Moebius


Brian Wood (W), James Harren (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Massimo Carnevale (Cover)

On sale June 13

FC, 32 pages



Brian Wood and James Harren turn up the intensity in "The Argos Deception" Part 2!

Conan's pirate days may already be over! Captured for his past crimes in Messantia, the Cimmerian faces public execution before a mob baying for his blood. But will he really lose his head-or is it all part of the plan?

  • Brian Wood's (DMZ, Northlanders) red-hot run on Conan continues!
  • Art by rising star James Harren (Nation X, B.P.R.D.)!

"Brian Wood is not a writer that pulls punches." -- Comic Book Resources

"James Harren knows how to dig down deep and channel some fear for his monsters." -- ComicsBulletin

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