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Dark Horse – NEWS WEEK (December 10th, 2018)

In our recap of all the news from Dark Horse this week comes an announcement of a partnership between the book division of Dark Horse and Ubisoft Entertainment, a preview of the HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018, and more. On Tuesday a limited edition version of THE WORLD OF TOM CLANCY’s THE DIVSION hardcover was announced. The 160 page book is limited to 2500 copies and will feature art from the hit video game from Ubisoft. In addition to the art the edition will include a tactical clamshell case, a lithograph, an exclusive cloth poster, and more. The edition will retail for $99.99 USD and is set for release on April 23rd, 2019.
On Wednesday, a preview of the upcoming HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018 was released. The issue will be comprised of 3 different “wintery and chilling tales” from the universe created by Mike Mignola. The one-shot feature contributions from some of creator Mike Mignola’s  past collaborators including Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Tonci Zonjic, Ben Stenbeck, and Dave Stewart. Look for the release on December 12th with 3 different cover versions; main cover from Mignola, as well as a cover from Fábio Moon, and a cover by Gabriel . Also this week we have news of a new mini-series from the team of Jai Nitz, Tom ReillyCrank!, and Ursula Decay. ASTRO HUSTLE is a “sexy space pirate romp inspired by the sci-fi disco era of the late ‘70s“, with the first issue hitting stores on March 6th, 2019. To wrap up the week is an announcement of a new mini-series from Lela Gwenn and Matthew Dow Smith. BAD LUCK CHUCK is a “twisted noir tale full of anti-heroes, smartass outlaws, and oddball villains” which from that description sounds like something I will enjoy when it hits shelves on March 27th, 2019.     Full press release is below. All images courtesy of Dark Horse.

Dark Horse and Ubisoft® Bring Limited Edition of “The World of Tom Clancy’s The Division®” to Fans Worldwide

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 11, 2018)—The World of Tom Clancy’s The Division Limited Edition is the meticulously crafted result of a partnership between Dark Horse books and Ubisoft® Entertainment. Written by Rick Barbra, Dark Horse and Ubisoft will only produce 2,500 copies of this highly-anticipated lore tome. Packed with incisive lore and detailed art, this 160-page hardcover brings readers into the ravaged streets of New York City and Washington D.C. as seen in Ubisoft’s record-breaking video game series. The World of Tom Clancy’s The Division Limited Edition package includes a tactical clamshell case with light-up SHD Tech icon, a gallery-quality lithograph with acetate ECHO overlay, an exclusive cloth poster, and an exclusive dossier cover. This limited edition hardcover retails for $99.99.  Countless lay dead in the aftermath of a catastrophic biological attack. With the infrastructure in ruins and D.C. on the brink of collapse, the agents of the Division are called to action as the only hope to restore order. If the agents fail, the nation will fall. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn all there is to know about the tactical methods, the high-tech tools, and the all-important mission of the Division! The World of Tom Clancy’s The Division Limited Edition goes on sale April 23, 2019, and is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop while supplies last.  The World of Tom Clancy’s The Division regular edition goes on sale March 19, 2019, and is available for pre-order on AmazonBarnes & NobleTFAW, and at your local comic shop.   In addition to The World of Tom Clancy’s The Division, Dark Horse is publishing a three-issue miniseries, Tom Clancy’s The Division: Extremis Malis, set to launch on January 9, 2019. Fans can pre-order a copy at their local comic shop.

‘Tis the season for HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 12, 2018)— ‘ Tis the season, once again, for the HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL…. “There is a long tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas,” said legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. “I love ghost stories more than just about anything and I love that Christmas time of year so I wanted to do my bit to carry on that tradition.” HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018 presents three wintery and chilling tales:
  • In “Happy New Year, Ava Gallucci,” writer Mike Mignola, artist Ben Stenbeck and colorist Dave Stewart team-up for a New Year’s Eve séance gone wrong when Hellboy visits a family’s English home;
  • In “Lost Ones” celebrated cartoonists Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá revisit the acclaimed B.P.R.D.: Vampire; for a haunting, midnight ceremony;
  • And in “The Empty Chair,” acclaimed artist Tonci Zonjic returns to write and draw a Lobster Johnson tale of mobsters, mayhem and murder at the holidays.
“The Hellboy Winter Special 2018 showcases the rarified talents of some of Mignola’s most revered collaborators including Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Tonci Zonjic, Ben Stenbeck, and the inimitable colorist Dave Stewart.”—SYFY “When it comes to holiday comic traditions, few are as clever, exciting, and chilling as the annual Hellboy Winter Special, featuring exceptional creators telling short stories about the titular demon and other characters in the Mignolaverse.”—AV CLUB “Would fit right in with M.R. James, at least until the punching starts.”—NEWSWEEK “Mignola’s sense of devilish humour is ever-present in this short tale and Stenbeck’s mischievous, Mark Davis inspired, Hammer-infused art whispers black life into this gloriously morbid little outing…. “Ba and Moon’s brief, dangerous, beautifully illustrated and blackly funny taleflirts with the premise that, if you go into the woods at the wrong time, you can almost certainly be sure of a nasty surprise, before reining itself in to leave the door open for a future filled with wickedness… “Forged in the late night, fireside tradition and filled with ghost, ghouls, all manner of things from beyond the veil and gritty, period, noir soaked adventure, the Hellboy Winter Special is destined to become one of the most re-read and well-thumbed books that’ll appear this Christmas.”—TRIPWIRE HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018 goes on sale on Wednesday, December 12 with a cover by Mike Mignola, a variant cover by Fábio Moon, and a variant cover by Gabriel Bá.

Dark Horse Invites You on a Slick and Sexy Romp Through the Stars in “Astro Hustle”

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 14, 2018)— Get ready to boogie and hustle as Dark Horse blasts off on a sexy space pirate romp inspired by the sci-fi disco era of the late ‘70s from writer Jai Nitz (Suicide Squad, The Batman Strikes!, Dream Thief)
“When I was a kid, Star Wars came out and it flipped the entertainment world upside down. Suddenly, every studio and TV network wanted a sci-fi show. The other biggest culture craze on the planet was Disco, so the powers that were put them together and you got this super-strange blend of Disco sci-fi. That morphed into an early-80s leg-warmers-and-headbands sci-fi. I have a great affinity for that time period; a lot of those shows and movies are what shaped my creative mind,” says creator Jai Nitz of Astro Hustle which follows Chen Andalou, a cosmic criminal and the black sheep of one of the galaxy’s most prominent families. Chen wakes up sixty years after he was accidentally placed in cryo-stasis to find that his younger brother is now the president of the galaxy. Instead of reforming his dastardly ways, Chen gets back to what he does best: piracy and causing problems! “Astro Hustle has a giltzy Liberace-big-hair-and-bling sci-fi veneer, but Tom Reilly has taken my idea to the next level. He’s bringing depth, mood, and sophisticated sequential storytelling to something that could’ve been very shallow,” says Nitz. “The themes we are touching on– being a black sheep, politics, legacy, expectations of family– are only possible because of Tom’s amazing line art. All of us, me, Tom, Ursula Decay (colorist), and Crank! (letterer) are owner-operators of this project. We all have a stake in the success or failure of the comic and the property. For Tom and Ursula it’s their first published comic work, so Crank and I are doing our best to put our best professional feet forward and lead by example. It’s made for one of the most satisfying books of my career.” Astro Hustle #1 (of four) goes on sale March 6, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. Praise for Astro Hustle: “Witty, yet oddly gritty, ASTRO HUSTLE is a classic hard-edged space opera for today.” –Dave Gibbons, co-creator WATCHMEN “ASTRO HUSTLE masterfully recalls UK comics of yore, boisterous, raucous, sexy and, yes, violent. Lose yourself in the action!” –Nicholas Meyer, writer and director of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN “ASTRO HUSTLE is a comic that somehow manages to merge the best of US bravado with the rollicking, anachronistic hodge-podge of humor and thrills I used to love in the British comic compendium 2000AD!” –Duncan Jones, director of MOON, SOURCE CODE, and MUTE.


Lela Gwenn and Matthew Dow Smith’s “Bad Luck Chuck” Arriving in March 2019
MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 13, 2018)—Some people have all the luck…and others have none! In Bad Luck Chuck, Lela Gwenn and Matthew Dow Smith bring a twisted noir tale full of anti-heroes, smartass outlaws, and oddball villains to comic shops on March 27, 2019. Gwenn (Ladies Night Anthology: Eat It UpHellraiser Bestiary) and Dow Smith (Suicide Squad: Hell to PayX-Files) are joined by colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick (Bedtime GamesBitch Planet) and letterer Frank Cvetkovic (Artful DaggersThe Hero Code).  
Cursed at birth, Charlene “Chuck” Manchester hires out her own bad luck, providing disaster where someone else can profit. She can get you that insurance payout fortune—for a price. But bad luck doesn’t always go as planned, an​d when Chuck gets stuck between a dissatisfied crime boss client​, a cult leader, ​and a dogged insurance-fraud investigator, things get…explosive. Everything that could go wrong does—and only about half of it by accident. She’ll need more than a rabbit’s foot to get through this.
Bad Luck Chuck #1 (of four) goes on sale March 27, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.
Dan Berry
Dan Berry
Dan Berry is a man of mystery, an enigma that flits from convention to convention like a spectre, like a spirit. His interests range far and wide: he cannot be determined, he cannot be defined, he cannot be contained. He's like the wind. He also is a Sagittarius and enjoys a nice Italian.

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