Dark Horse – NEWS WEEK (December 3rd, 2018)

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The week in news from Dark Horse was a little light, but what news they did announce was noteworthy nonetheless. 

On Thursday, they released a preview of the first issue of the upcoming HALO: LONE WOLF series. 

The series set in the world of the best selling video game HALO features a creative team of  writer Anne Toole, penciler Kieran McKeown,  inker JL Straw, colorist Dan Jackson, with cover art from Christian Ward! 

Also announced this week was a new four part series from the creative team of writer Magdalene Visaggio, artist Corin Howell, colorist Valentina Pinto, and letterer Zakk Saam. 

CALAMITY KATE is about Kate Strand who moves to Los Angeles to fight monsters including zombies, demons, vampires, and more. 

The first issue goes on sale on February 13th. 

The news for the week ended on a high note with the announcement of a mini-series set in the world of Eisner Award winner for best new series BLACK HAMMER. The mini-series titled BLACK HAMMER ’45 will be set during World War II and see the Black Hammer Squadron take on Nazis, occult threats, and the Ghost Hunter.

The series will see creator Jeff Lemire team up with writer Matt Kindt and artist Ray Fawkes in this four part mini-series that kicks off with the first issue on March 6th, 2019. 

Full press releases for all the news from this week is below. All artwork courtesy of Dark Horse. 

Halo: Lone Wolf #1 | Anne Toole, Kieran McKeown, JL Straw, Dan Jackson, and Christian Ward

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 7, 2018)—Dark Horse is pleased to offer a first look at Halo: Lone Wolf #1 from creators Anne Toole, Kieran McKeown, JL Straw, Dan Jackson, and Christian Ward! 

  • Writer: Anne Toole
  • Penciller: Kieran McKeown
  • Inker: JL Straw
  • Colorist: Dan Jackson
  • Cover Artist: Christian Ward
  • Publication date: January 2, 2019

Sent on a covert mission without the rest of her team, Spartan Linda-058’s skills in infiltration and marksmanship are called upon to end the threat posed by a wanted scientist on a distant planet. With only an ONI AI at her side, Linda must fight through both the dregs of the Covenant and the hostility of a lost human settlement to stop the rogue scientist in his tracks.

OH, THE CALAMITY!

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 7, 2018)—From Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio, breakout artist Corin Howell, colorist Valentina Pinto, and letterer Zakk Saam comes Calamity Kate!Calamity Kate is a modern day adventure of heroes and monsters. Visaggio (Eternity Girl, Kim & Kim), Howell (Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, The Girl in the Bay), Pinto (Dejah Thoris), and Saam (Kim & Kim) join forces to tell the story of Kate Strand as she moves west to hunt monsters. 
Calamity Kate catches up with titular hero Kate Strand after she reboots her destructive life and moves to L.A. to become the superhero she always wanted to be—a gun-toting monster killer. With her latest career change, she faces new challenges, relationships, and competition. Kate is desperate to show she’s worth a damn in a world overrun by zombies, vampires, demons, goblins, and the ultimate monster bounty: The Seven Fabled Beasts of Yore.

The first issue of Calamity Kate (of four) goes on sale February 13, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

MATT KINDT AND RAY FAWKES JOIN THE WORLD OF BLACK HAMMER FOR A WWII EPIC

Black Hammer Takes on Golden Age Superheroes and Nazis in “Black Hammer ‘45”

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 7, 2018)— From the world of Black Hammer comes another exhilarating send up to the superhero genre! Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Essex County, Descender) joins forces with writer Ray Fawkes (One Soul, Batman: Eternal, Constantine) and artist Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Dept. H, Ether) to tell an epic WWII story in the Golden Age of Superheroes shaken up with Lemire’s signature Black Hammer twist. Travel back to 1945, where an elite crew known as the Black Hammer Squadron bands together to combat Nazis, a host of occult threats, and their ultimate aerial nemesis, the Ghost Hunter.


“Matt Kindt and Ray Fawkes are two of my best friends” Says Lemire of uniting with Kindt and Fawkes for Black Hammer ’45. “They also happen to be two of my favourite creative forces on the planet Earth. They idea of unleashing them as a team into the universe of Black Hammer was way too much fun to pass up. What they’ve come up with is unlike anything we have seen in the Black Hammer Universe yet. It’s fun, it’s crazy and it looks amazing.”


“Matt Kindt and Ray Fawkes are two of my best friends” Says Lemire of uniting with Kindt and Fawkes for Black Hammer ’45. “They also happen to be two of my favourite creative forces on the planet Earth. They idea of unleashing them as a team into the universe of Black Hammer was way too much fun to pass up. What they’ve come up with is unlike anything we have seen in the Black Hammer Universe yet. It’s fun, it’s crazy and it looks amazing.”

Black Hammer is the winner of the 2017 Eisner-Award for Best New Series, and Dark Horse is thrilled to continue working with Jeff Lemire and some of the most talented artists in the comics industry to continue to expand the unique and uncanny world of Black Hammer

Black Hammer ‘45: From the World of Black Hammer #1 (of four) goes on sale March 6, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.


Praise for Black Hammer: 

“I didn’t think something could be thrilling and sad at the same time but now there’s Black Hammer proving me wrong. Amazing, just flat-out amazing.”—Patton Oswalt

“Fantastic.”—Scott Snyder (Batman, Wytches)

“I don’t read many comics these days and I can’t remember the last time I read a superhero comic, but I’m loving BLACK HAMMER.”—Mike Mignola

“On my pull list by the time I got to page five.” —Mark Waid (Kingdom Come)

Black Hammer is the maddest, most brilliant comic I’ve read in years.”—Mark Millar (Kick Ass)

“Jeff Lemire’s Black Hammer feels like it’s walking two roads—one honoring the past of superhero comics, and one forging a path into the future of the genre.”—Cullen Bunn (Harrow County)

“Black Hammer feels like a superhero story through an X-Files lens; it’s strange and melancholy and real. The tale evokes an immense world filled with typically deep Lemire-ian themes of isolation, joy and simplicity. I can’t wait to see where he goes from here.” —Charles Soule (Star Wars: Poe Dameron, Letter 44)
 

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