By the editor
Jul 20, 2006 - 9:33
Dark Horse Comics will
announce the following titles at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Individual
announcements will be sent out from the con daily. Additional title information,
release dates, and pricing will be forthcoming via press announcements through
the coming year.
SAMURAI: HEAVEN & EARTH VOL. 2-- _The continuation of this critically acclaimed series from Ron Marz and Luke Ross. Shiro continues his hunt for his lady love Yoshiko. This time his adventures take him to Spain in the company of the slave trader who sold her to the evil Spanish ambassador, Aguilar. ARRIVING IN NOVEMBER 2006.
MAXWELL STRANGEWELL-- _Written and illustrated by the Fillbach brothers, this new graphic novel follows a charming alien with a head injury. His arrival on earth sets an intergalactic struggle in motion. Alien empires want to control him. Space pirates want to sell him. The Man in the Moon wants to kill him. All the while, his new friend Anna Gilmour just wants to help him. ARRIVING IN 2007.
PANTHEON CITY--_ Pantheon City is the first city to be built entirely by machine, thanks to the self-determining programming developed by the Pantheon Corporation, the world's leading technology and robotics -company. Built on an artificial island located off America's Northwest coast, Pantheon City is supposed to herald a grand future, where anyone can make a fresh start. But there's a darker side to this metropolis. Like any city, Pantheon needs a protector. But unlike any other city, Pantheon has built its own. This new five issue mini series features story by Ron Marz, with art by Clement Sauve. ARRIVING IN 2007.
GEAR SCHOOL-- _In the future, Earth's dreams of empire have brought us into conflict with a mysterious and war-like alien race. To fight these aliens, humanity has created giant fighting machines called Gear. Being a Gear driver is the dream of most of society. These drivers aren't born, they are trained at elite military academies at a young age. Gear School features story by Adam Gallardo and art by Nuria Peris. ARRIVING IN 2007.
EMPOWERED-- _Superhero life hits a new low with the story of Empowered, a spandex-wrapped super-girl with body insecurities and unreliable powers. Alongside her "thugalicious" boyfriend and hard-drinking female ninja best friend, Empowered scrapes along as the most bootylicious of the superhero race -- and the one with most heart! _Empowered_ features story and pencils by Adam Warren. ARRIVING IN 2007.
HELLGATE--_ Few video games have enjoyed such a frenetic buzz around their release as the upcoming _Hellgate: London_, and with good reason--they haven't had the awesome talent of former _Diablo_ developers and executives working on an inaugural release!
Ian Edginton, the critically acclaimed author of _Scarlet Traces_ and the recent _War of the Worlds_ webcomic adaptation, teams with _Superman_ and Preacher_ artist Steve Pugh to explore this demon-ravaged metropolis in comics form. ARRIVING OCTOBER 2006.
ABE SAPIEN MINI-SERIES --_This new five-issue mini-series follows this BPRD agent on his first mission without Hellboy. Set in the early eighties, this new series is sure to give new insight into this fascinating character. Features cover s and story by Mike Mignola, with Damn Nation_ artist Jason Alexander handling the interiors. ARRIVING IN 2007.
ROBERT E. HOWARD-- _Dark Horse Comics is pleased to announce that in addition to the critically acclaimed Conan ongoing series, there will be upcoming new and ongoing titles based on classic tales from master storyteller, Robert E. Howard!
HELLBOY ANIMATED--_ Dark Horse announces a new series of digest-sized comics based on this highly anticipated new series. Also announced is a new line of products based on this property including statues, PVC vinyl character sets, stationary and journals, and more to come!
ORIGINAL GRENDEL-- _For twenty-five years, the true origin of Matt Wagner's Eisner award-winning anti-hero Grendel has remained largely
unseen. Until now, these early issues were only available for top dollar prices in online auctions or bag and board collector shops. With new cover art by Wagner himself, _The Original Grendel_ is a must-have for all who count themselves in the legion of Grendel fans and the ultimate starting point for those interested in one of the most influential independent comics of the last quarter century! ARRIVING IN EARLY 2007.
WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO--_ Dark Horse Comics has agreed to produce the comic book based on the winning contestant's character in the SCI FI
Channel's new reality TV show _Who Want to Be a Superhero?_ SCI FI Channel, teamed with Bruce Nash's Nash Entertainment (_Meet My Folks, For Love or Money, Who Wants to Marry My Dad?_) and legendary comic book creator Stan Lee (_Spider-Man_, _Hulk_, _The Fantastic Four_, _X-Men_), will produce a six-episode, one-hour weekly competition reality series that will challenge a lucky few to create their very own superhero. The winner of this six-week competition will walk away with their superhero immortalized in a new comic book created by Stan Lee himself! ARRIVING IN OCTOBER 2006.
UMBRELLA ACADEMY-- _Can the frontman of a popular rock band write comics? One look at _Umbrella Academy_, the new series by Gerard Way of _My Chemical Romance _answers this question with a resounding "yes"! This is the story of seven extraordinary, maladjusted individuals and their plight to protect the planet. When the former team members become aware of a new world ending threat, they must put their personal and inter-personal problems aside and unite the super-group once more to do what they were born to do--save the world. The Umbrella Academy features story by Gerard Way with art by _De: Tales_ co-creator, Gabriel Bá. ARRIVING IN 2007.
300: THE ART OF THE MOVIE-- _This new book will take you behind the
scenes as director Zack Snyder (_Dawn of the Dead_) adapts Frank Miller's 300_ to the silver screen. With 200 pages of production photos, concept art, and much, much more, _300: The Art of the Movie_ is sure to delight Miller fans and movie buffs alike. ARRIVING IN JANUARY 2007.
CITY OF OTHERS--_ Legendary comics artist Bernie Wrightson and hot horror writer Steve Niles are collaborating on a new horror comic for Dark Horse. This new series follows the story of a brutal murderer, a man named Blud who has never known human emotion. Following a mysterious turn of events, Blud becomes transformed into a monster. In this new life, he achieves the humanity he never possessed as a man. ARRIVING IN EARLY 2007.
BADLANDER--_ In legend, the Badlander is a supernatural shrouded in mystery. In reality, it is nothing more than a rotting corpse of a man, dead in more ways than one--a decaying wreck controlled by a devious Old Witch as if he were her puppet. This new four issue series features art and story by Kevin Ferrara. ARRIVING IN 2007.