Dark Horse – News week (January 28th, 2019)

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In our weekly recap of news from Dark Horse, we bring you details on the final installment in Dark Horse’s American Gods saga, as well as details on a classic anime that is the inspiration for a new comic book.

On Monday the first volume of STAR BLAZERS: SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2199 was announced. The title is based on the 1970s anime
SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO which was re-titled as STAR BLAZERS when it made it’s way to the USA.

The 344 page volumes will be adapted by Michio Murakawa, and translated by Zack Davisson. Look for the first volume on July 31st with cover art by Junichiro Tamamori and an afterword from Tim Eldred.

Lastly this week’s news are details on the third and final installment of Dark Horse’s American Gods saga based on the novel by Neil Gaiman.

AMERICAN GODS: THE MOMENT OF THE STORM from P. Craig Russell with art by Scott Hampton will have it’s first issue released on April 17th.

Cover art for the series will be handled by Glen Fabry and Adam Brown with variant covers done by David Mack.

Press releases are below. All artwork courtesy of Dark Horse.

‘Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199’ Volume 1, the Reborn Anime Classic Turned Manga, Arrives at Dark Horse!

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (January 28, 2019)—2199 will be Earth’s final year—unless the voyage of Space Battleship Yamato can succeed, and you can follow their mission as it begins with volume 1 of Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199, coming to Dark Horse July 2019! 

Aliens from the planet Gamilas have devastated the biosphere, determined to reshape our planet into their new home. But an emissary from the distant Iscandar has given humanity the means to defeat them. If the crew of theYamato can battle its way through the Gamilas fleet to reach Iscandar, their technology can heal the Earth—but the odds against them are literally astronomical…

The animated television series Space Battleship Yamato began in Japan in 1974, and eventually became a cultural phenomenon. In 1979, the show arrived in the U.S. as Star Blazers and gained a dedicated new fan following. Now, in the Summer of 2019, manga fans can see the saga reborn in Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199, based on the anime available from Funimation!

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199, adapted to manga by Michio Murakawa (Imaginary Spirit), with covers by Junichiro Tamamori, arrives in a double-sized English omnibus edition. Translated by Zack Davisson (Captain Harlock) and with an afterword by animator and Yamato fan Tim Eldred, each omnibus volume will contain two Japanese volumes’ worth of story in its 344 pages as well as an extensive bonus section featuring Earth and Gamilas spacecraft diagrams!

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Volume 1 goes on sale July 31, 2019 for $19.99 and is available for pre-order at Amazon and your local comic shop.

A STORM IS BREWING, AND NO ONE CAN ESCAPE IT

“American Gods: The Moment of the Storm” brings “American Gods” to its epic finale in April 2019

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (January 29, 2019)—Neil Gaiman’s story of Shadow, Wednesday, and the gods comes to its epic conclusion in American Gods: The Moment of the StormAmerican Gods: The Moment of the Storm is the third and final installment in Dark Horse’s American Gods saga, preceded by American Gods: My Ainsel and American Gods: Shadows

The new and old gods agree to meet in the center of America to exchange the body of the old god’s fallen leader—heading towards an inevitable and potentially catastrophic war in this final arc to the bestselling comic series! 

American Gods, the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula award–winning novel by #1 New York Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Neverwhere, Coraline, The Graveyard Book) has been adapted into a comic series by the incredibly talented writer and artist P. Craig Russell (The Graveyard Book, The Giver), with art and colors by award-winning artist Scott Hampton (Hellboy, Batman). American Gods: The Moment of the Stormfeatures cover art by Glenn Fabry (Creepy Comics, Aliens Vs. Predator: Eternal) and Adam Brown (The Justice League, Aliens), with variant covers for each title by David Mack (Fight Club 2, Jessica Jones, Daredevil). 

American Gods: The Moment of the Storm #1 arrives April 17, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

Praise for American Gods: My Ainsel:

“The careful preservation of the voice of the original series will please Gaiman purists, and Hampton’s atmospheric artwork is outstanding…. This is a suitably epic treatment of a grand saga, with art that brings enough new life to the popular fiction for its many followers to add to their collections–Publishers Weekly

“Bizarre, fantastical, and an adaptation long overdue, American Gods: My Ainsel sustains Gaiman’s story in a new format. This is perfect for anyone who is a fan of the original book or the recent television series.” –Bookriot

Praise for American Gods: Shadows

“By staying true to its source material and retaining Gaiman’s strong narrative voice, AMERICAN GODS #1 presents a stellar example of how to make an adaptation.” –Comicverse

“If you’re excited for the show and want to know what to expect from what looks like it could be the Next Big Thing on TV, make sure to pick this up.” —IGN

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