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SDCC 19: Dark Horse talks new projects

From the return of The Mask to a celebration of the art of Doom Eternal, Dark Horse Comics is planning a busy 2019/early 2020.


It was all about what’s new and upcoming at last week’s SDCC for Dark Horse. That’s quite a bit of that too, with some older properties getting revisitations for sequels, and brand new stuff.

One of the biggest pieces of news was about the return of The Mask. A red-hot property in the 90s, The Mask had all but vanished from the landscape until this weekend. The character returns this October.

Dark Horse also continued its incredibly popular lineup of art books with titles based on both Doom Eternal and Cyberpunk 2077. Both are set to see release in 2020.

On top of those, there was also new Hellboy, an Umbrella Academy story, more Black Hammer, The Little Mermaid, and more. Scroll down for the highlights of what’s on the way.

New Elfquest Series Arrives At Dark Horse

Wendy and Richard Pini’s beloved fantasy epic continues with ElfQuest: Stargazer’s Hunt. ElfQuest: Stargazer’s Hunt has a story by ElfQuest co-creators Wendy and Richard Pini, and a script by Wendy Pini. Veteran ElfQuest alumnus Sonny Strait returns at full force as the artist (over layouts by Wendy) and colorist for the new series. 

ElfQuest: Stargazer’s Hunt goes on sale November 13, 2019, and will be available for pre-order at your local comic shop soon. 

Read more about it here!

Go to Hell and Back with the New DOOM Eternal Oversized Artbook

Dark Horse Books and id Software join forces to present The Art of DOOM® Eternal, an oversized, full-color hardcover containing concept art and commentary from the development of DOOM Eternal, the next entry in the iconic first-person shooter series. 

The Art of DOOM Eternal will hit shelves in early 2020, and is available for pre-order on Amazon and at your local comic shop. Be sure to pick up a copy of this oversized, hardcover, 192-page art book for $39.99.

Read the full announcement here!

Ram V’s And Anand R.K.’S Universal Tale Comes To Dark Horse

From rising comic book writer Ram V (ParadisoWar of the Realms: War Scrolls) and rising artist Anand R.K. with colors by Jason Wordie (Dark Horse PresentsGod Country), and Irma Kniivila (Ronin IslandDeadpool), and letters by Aditya Bidikar (Little BirdThese Savage Shores), comes Grafity’s Wall Expanded Edition, a graphic novel telling a universal coming of age story set in the bright and chaotic city of Mumbai now published for the first time for an American audience with a brand new sketchbook section specially included for this expanded edition! 

Grafity’s Wall goes on sale March 18, 2020, and is available for pre-order on Amazon and at your local comic shop. Be sure to pick up this 144-page hardcover graphic novel for $19.99. 

Read the full announcement here!

Spell on Wheels Returns Just in Time for Halloween

Your favorite witches are back on the road as powerhouse creators Kate Leth (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat), Megan Levens (Angel City, Star Wars Adventures), Marissa Louise (Hex Wives, Grumble), and letterer Rachel Deering come together to bring you another chapter in the Spell on Wheels saga, Spell on Wheels: Just to Get to You

Spell on Wheels: Just to Get to You #1(of 5) arrives in comic shops October 9, 2019, and is available for pre-order now at your local comic shop

Read the full announcement here.

Dark Horse Direct And CD Projekt Red Invite You To Go Hunting

Brought to you by the illustrious Rafael Albuquerque, CD PROJEKT RED and Dark Horse Direct are proud to present our first high-end fine art print from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt!. Limited to a run of 500, these Giclée prints are sized at 11″ x 17″, hand numbered, with a gold foil The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt logo and will be sold for $40. 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Giclée Fine Art Print, “The Beast of White Orchard” is available for pre-order exclusively on direct.darkhorse.com and is expected to ship after San Diego Comic-Con 2019. 

Read the full announcement here!

The Mask Returns!

The bestselling comic series that inspired the blockbuster film returns with gruesome hilarity from Christopher Cantwell, the showrunner of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire and writer for the Berger Books series She Could Fly and Everything through Dark Horse Comics, and Joe Golem artist Patric Reynolds, colorist Lee Loughridge, and letterer Nate Piekos. 

The Mask: I Pledge Allegiance to the Mask #1 (of four) goes on sale October 16, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop

Read the full announcement here!

Disney The Little Mermaid’ Arrives in Comic Shops for Its 30th Anniversary

Dark Horse journeys under the sea with upcoming miniseries for fans of all ages, Disney The Little Mermaid! From the writer of Dark Horse’s recent Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cecil Castellucci, artist Zulema Scotto Lavina, and colorist Piky Hamilton, experience the unforgettable tale of Disney’s The Little Mermaid through the inner voice of Ariel herself! 

Disney The Little Mermaid #1 (of 3) arrives in comic shops on October 16, 2019, and is available for preorder now at your local comic shop.

Read the full announcement here!

The World Of Cyberpunk 2077 Earns Lore Book At Dark Horse

Following the success of The Witcher products, Dark Horse and CD Projekt Red are excited to expand their partnership to include Cyberpunk 2077 with a new lore book, The World of Cyberpunk 2077The World of Cyberpunk 2077 is an extensive examination of the rich lore of Cyberpunk 2077. This intricately assembled tome contains everything you need to know about the history, characters, and world of the long-awaited follow-up from the creators of The Witcher video game series. 

The World of Cyberpunk 2077 goes on sale April 21, 2020, and is available for pre-order through Amazon and at local comic shops.This 200-page oversized hardcover retails for $39.99. 

Read the full announcement here!

David Dastmalchian and Lukas Ketner Team Up for “Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter”

In Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter, Jerri Bartman, once a rising TV journalist, has returned to her small Midwest hometown TV station. Demoted to hosting the nightly Creature Feature, Jerri’s professional humiliation is eclipsed by the discovery that her new job comes with a secret, supernatural duty. Her missing predecessor, Count Crowley, was one of the last “Appointed” hunters of monsters. Yes. Monsters. They’re real, and they’re hell-bent on controlling the news and information consumed by humans. 

Prepare to fight your demons (literally) on October 23, 2019, when the first issue of Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter goes on sale. Pre-order a copy at your local comic shop

Read the full announcement here!

Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.: Long Night at Goloski Station By The Creator of Hellboy, the Creator of Barbarian Lord, and Award Winning Colorist Dave Stewart

Timed to Halloween, legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, acclaimed Barbarian Lord creator Matt Smith and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart invite readers to Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.: Long Night at Goloski Station. In this all-new one-shot from Dark Horse Comics, a quiet night at a rundown Russian train station turns into an all-out demon battle for Hellboy when three sinister interlopers pass through.

Dark Horse Comics will publish to Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.: Long Night at Goloski Station on October 30, 2019.

Read the full announcement here!

New “The Umbrella Academy” Products and One-Shot Comic Coming in Late 2019

The world of The Umbrella Academy continues to grow at Dark Horse Comics! From new coffee mugs to keychains to wrapping paper, Dark Horse Comics has the perfect gifts for The Umbrella Academy fans in your life! During the second half of 2019, Dark Horse will release a variety of new and exciting products based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s award-winning universe, including a new one-shot comic featuring the infamous assassins Hazel and Cha Cha.

Read the full announcement here!

Read a Collection of the Best Stories from EC Comics’ Esteemed Library!

Join Dark Horse Comics in celebrating 75 years of EC Comics with a brand-new hardcover collection! Choke Gasp! The Best of 75 Years of EC Comics is a premiere collection of the best stories of EC Comics, curated in a deluxe, 528-page hardcover reprinted in full color! This volume collects stories from EC Comics’ most famous titles, featuring classic stories from the hands of legendary creators Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman, Johnny Craig, Jack Davis, Wally Wood, and more!

Choke Gasp! The Best of 75 Years of EC Comics goes on sale December 04, 2019, and is available for pre-order on Amazon,and at your local comic shop. Be sure to pick up this gorgeous hardcover for $49.99. 

Read the full announcement here!

Perfect Introduction to the “Black Hammer” Universe—Three Complete Issues for One Dollar and Spiral City’s Newest Hero

Dip your toe into the Black Hammer-verse with the Black Hammer 3 for $1 and Skulldigger + Skeleton Boy from Dark Horse Comics! Explore the weird, wonderful, ever-expanding world created by acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire (Berserker Unbound, Ascender) and veteran artist Dean Ormston (Black Hammer, The Sandman).

Black Hammer 3 for $1 goes on sale November 06, 2019, and Skulldigger + Skeleton Boy #1 (of six) goes on sale December 11, 2019. Both are available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

Read the full announcement here!

Christopher Cantwell and Martín Morazzo’s “She Could Fly” in Development at AMC

Berger Books is proud to announce She Could Fly has been optioned for television development by AMC. Based on the comic series created by Christopher Cantwell and Martín Morazzo, She Could Fly marks the first property from the esteemed Berger Books line to be optioned for film or television.  

She Could Fly tells the story of Luna, a disturbed 15-year-old girl who becomes obsessed with an unknown woman who appears in the Chicago sky flying at heights reaching 2,000 feet. Suddenly—the mysterious woman dies in a fiery explosion mid-air. No one knows who she was, how she flew, or why. Will cracking the secrets of the Flying Woman’s inner life lead to the liberation from Luna own troubled mind? The second series of She Could Fly, She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot #5 arrives August 14, 2019, with the collection arriving December 17, 2019.

Read the full announcement here!

New Original Graphic Novel from Mike Richardson and Megan Huang

In honor of our partnership with Vanguard Visionary Associates, Dark Horse Comics is proud to present Jia and the Nian Monster. Based on an ancient Chinese legend, Jia and the Nian Monster blends fantasy, fable, and the invention of gunpowder into a tale of courage and friendship. Written by Dark Horse Comics President and Founder Mike Richardson (47 Ronin, Father’s Day, and The Atomic Legion), and illustrated by artist Megan Huang (Princeless, Double Jumpers), Jia and the NianMonster could be a new children’s classic! 

Jia and the Nian Monster goes on sale in comic shops on March 18, 2020, and in bookstores on March 31, 2020. This 80-page original graphic novel retails for $12.99 and is available for pre-order through Amazon and at local comic shops.

Read the full announcement here.

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Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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