They say don't judge a book by its cover, but it's also impossible not to be drawn in by the art on Dark Horse's "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" line of comics. With work by Steve Morris, Jenny Frison, David Mack, and Phil Noto, it's also pretty easy to see why the covers would be so attractive. Yet the four don't get nearly as much ink - pun definitely intended - as the interiors. Luckily, we got a chance to chat with all four artists about their process in creating covers for "Buffy," "Angel & Faith," and the upcoming "Spike" and "Willow" mini-series, as well as showing off some upcoming covers from those books:
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Here’s our pick for the best comic this month, and we haven’t even read it yet: DAREDEVIL #17 by Mark Waid, with art by Mike Allred. Already (sorry for the alliteration) one of the best superhero titles on the stands, the addition of Mike Allred for this one-off featuring the stupendous Stilt-Man lifts it into the stratosphere. Not that the regular art team is shabby, given every issue has been stellar so far, but Allred is superb, and we can’t wait to get our grubby mitts on this.
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You guys like dragons, right? Well, get ready for them to almost fly off the page in the brand new Dark Horse graphic novel DRAGON RESURRECTION. What makes this project particularly unique is that its a co-production with a Chinese company - DeZerlin - and the launch of what hopes to be the next, big cross-platform franchise. To find out more from writer Mark Byers, as well as some peeks at the stunning art for the project, read on.

MTV Geek: What's the general pitch for Dragon Resurrection? I hear it's like Jurassic Park meets Mission Impossible...

Mark Byers: Jurassic Park meets Mission: Impossible - great idea! Yeah, actually, that's definitely the flavor - action, adventure, intrigue, with a sci-fi twist. Read More...


Last week, writer Christopher Golden launched the latest tale in the ongoing saga of Baltimore, the former solider who now fights vampires and the undead, while tracking one nasty blood-sucker who murdered his whole family. The two part Dr. Leskovar's Remedy finds the (second) titular character thinking he's found a cure for the vampire plague that's destroying the world... But as we saw with the release of the first issue, he's far from getting it right. We chatted with Golden about this series, working with Mike Mignola, and whether we'll ever see Baltimore cross over with any other Mignola creations:

MTV Geek: At this point, you have more stories about Baltimore in comics form, than in prose... Did you ever think he’d have this lasting comics popularity? And what, if anything, is different about comics Baltimore versus book Baltimore?
 
Christopher Golden:  It's funny, I haven't really thought about it like that.  I've now written sixteen issues of Baltimore (counting the Free Comic Book Day story), although four of those have yet to be published, and I feel like we've just begun.  At this point I feel as if we could do two hundred of them.  Of course that's not likely to happen.  But I haven't ever thought about it in terms of it being popular, even though we were nominated for an Eisner and made the New York Times list.  I've just been grateful that it's sold enough copies that Dark Horse wants to keep going, at least for now.  Read More...

For years, Caitlin R. Kiernan anchored Vertigo's successful comic book spin-off of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, The Dreaming... And then, for over a decade, disappeared from comics. Until now. Her new series, Alabaster: Wolves, based on a character created for her novel Threshold, launches it's third issue from Dark Horse Comics this week. Oh, and it's great.

The series - which has been favorably compared to Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Fear Agent, and more - follows an albino monster hunter named Dancy Flammarion, who may or may not be taking orders from an angel, and may or may not be totally insane. Dark, comedic, and appropriately dream-like, the book has rapidly jetted to the top of our stack each week, and we're eagerly awaiting the next issue as soon as we're done. Read More...

Mike Oeming has some issues. And we're not just talking about the physical issues of his new comic book The Victories, which hits from Dark Horse Comics in August. Nope, the prolific writer/artist also spent a long stint in therapy... And came out the better for it, ready to put his insecurities right on the page. His new dark superhero epic essentially pits his Id against his Ego, but in slightly tighter outfits. We chatted with Oeming about all of this, how the book came together, and also snagged some exclusive art from the project; so read on:

MTV Geek: Mike, to kick it off, what’s the idea of The Victories? I understand that as well as being a superhero story, it’s very personal?

Mike Oeming: I really wanted to do something completely different in the super hero genre. Something that bridges the gap between caped adventures and comics that are about personal experiences. Initially, this came out of about a year of me going to therapy, dealing with my anxiety and panic attacks. I was kind of losing my s**t and didn't know it. I was working a full time at Valve, the video game company while I was still drawing comics full time. I was also having a hard time adjusting to being a bi-coastal father. There was a lot going on at the same time. Read More...

With Prometheus hitting theaters, we’re getting our first look at what may – or may not – be a prequel to Alien; but there’s been prequels, sequels, and most importantly, crossovers with the Xenomorphs running in comic books for years. Here are ten of the best Aliens crossovers ever – in comic books, at least:


10. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Versus Aliens (Sort Of)
The most recent crossover with the Aliens franchise was only official in look, even though it was run by Dark Horse, the company who has the Aliens comic license. In this year’s free comic day book, Buffy found herself in space fighting a Zompire (brain dead vampire) alien bug, which, after it shed its skin, looked a lot like a certain Xenomorph. Unlike the aliens in the movie, though, she was able to beat this Alien with sunlight. If only the regular ones were that easy… Read More...


With Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel & Faith in full swing at Dark Horse Comics, and Spike and Willow mini-series waiting in the wings, we thought this would be a great time to talk with Buffyverse Editor (and writer) Scott Allie about everything Whedony. From the return of a "fan-favorite" character (that would be Kennedy The Vampire Slayer), to the much discussed abortion storyline, to why Season Nine won't end like Season Eight... Read on. Oh, and stay tuned afterwards for some exclusive art from upcoming Buffy books!

MTV Geek: Going into this second wave of the Buffyverse, with the Spike and Willow miniseries on the horizon, what is the state of the Buffyverse right now? What is the mission statement, if you will?

Scott Allie: The mission statement going into this season was to keep it personal, and make all the stories very personal. But we also have some pretty high stakes in a real, magical genre kind of way. So you’ve got Angel - and Faith, to a lesser extent - trying to resurrect Giles in that book, and you’ve got characters wrestling with a plot in Buffy that’s only beginning to emerge. The latest issues have only just started hinting at a bigger picture, at a big magical disaster that might be headed towards us. Read More...

What’s most interesting about Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson’s new scifi series “The Massive” from Dark Horse is how it doesn’t really feel like SciFi at all... Or at least, it feels like SciFi getting back to its roots in speculative fiction, instead of being mired in alien invasions, single environment planets, and the same old. That, in case you can’t tell, is a very, very good thing, and the largest reason to recommend this smartly written, subtle comic book.

In a way, The Massive is almost the opposite of recent Image Comics release Saga. Where that issue thrust you into a bold new world you never imagined, reworking old concepts with ease and immersing you in an exciting conflict that spans the galaxy, The Massive takes place squarely on planet Earth, in a time that feels like it could potentially be tomorrow. Yet if there’s a thread that connects both comics, other than both finding new spins on old SciFi concepts (the intergalactic war for Saga, and environmental disaster for The Massive), its that both books also focus squarely on the people NOT at the center of the conflict. Read More...

We've been big fans of Adam Warren's sexy, funny, and often very poignant superhero series Empowered for a while now. It started almost as a joke - superheroine loses her powers when her costume gets ripped - and has grown into one of the most textured group of characters in comics, including an amazing supporting cast that's just as deep as the lead character. One of those characters, Ninjette - Empowered's best friend - takes center stage in Empowered Vol. 7, which hits from Dark Horse Comics this Wednesday. To find out more about this, the process, and where the series is going, we chatted with creator Adam Warren:

MTV Geek: Let’s talk about this volume of Empowered... Why turn the focus so squarely on Ninjette? What made it time for her turn in the spotlight?

Adam Warren: Well, Ninjette's essentially been a "co-lead character" of the series from the very start, so I had no compunctions about spending a fair chunk of an Empowered volume delineating her ever-intriguing character. In fact, I'd originally planned to devote even more of the volume to Ninjette, as her grueling struggle with the revenge-minded Ayakami ninja clan was initially slated to run for over 100 pages(!) of the book… For good or ill, though, other storytelling responsibilities trimmed down her storyline just a bit.

Geek: It feels like there’s a very slow evolution of the characters in the books, but Ninjette goes through a big one - and starts to force Emp through one too - can you talk about that a bit?

AW: That's definitely true to some degree, especially for Emp, who receives a mildly startling wake-up call about her nature as a superheroine by the end of the volume. Emp, Ninjette, and a handful of Empowered's other main characters are indeed changing and growing, though in a rather incremental fashion. I have to admit, however, that much of Empowered vol.7 dwells on figuring out what makes a few of the characters tick, rather than moving them forward—"evolving" them, if you will—all that quickly. Read More...

What is real in Matt Kindt's Mind MGMT? What caused the amnesia of "Amnesia Flight 815" (Lost reference? Gotta be!) Why were only 2 passengers out of 120--a 7 year-old boy and mystery man Henry Lyme--unaffected by the sudden outbreak of amnesia? Why, I ask. Why? Why? Why?
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The Guild comics – like most licensed properties – are a fascinating thing. You can take a well known property like, say, a Star Wars, or a Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and use the comics to just repeat stories, flesh out the universe, or somewhere in between. And at the same time, there’s a constant need to both shout out to the fans, and make the comics accessible to a newer audience.

That’s a tricky thing to do for any comic book, and something writers in the comics industry struggle with on a daily basis. For something that already has a fanbase more used to another medium (say, web videos), this is, in a way, even trickier. The writers not only need to honor what’s come before, but somehow channel what made the original good, in a more static art form.

For Felicia Day’s Guild series, and the accompanying Dark Horse Comics, the writers and artists (mostly Day, with some collaborators) have taken an approach that definitely leans more towards the established fan of her series, with some notable exceptions, and with varying results. The set up is, each book has been a one-shot focusing on a main character from the titular game playing Guild (with the exception of the initial three issue mini-series, which worked as a prequel to the web series proper). And each book has pulled from a different part of The Guild’s timeline, though mostly working as The Guild: Year One. Read More...

Today, Felicia Day's Geek & Sundry channel - along with Dark Horse Comics - premieres a brand new motion comic based on Mike Mignola's most recent Hellboy storyline, The Fury. And you should definitely go and watch it, particularly if you've never read the book before... But Mignola won't be there with you. As we found out in a spirited conversation with the creator, Mignola prefers to give his blessing on Hellboy products, and then leave them to their own devices. Read More...

MTV Geek is pleased to give you your first look at the cover for Axe Cop: President of the World #2! Soon to be a part of Fox's Animation Domination programming, the hilarious Axe Cop series by 8-year-old Malachai Nicolle and his 31-year-old brother Ethan Nicolle is one you'll not want to miss! Read More...

Are you a fan of Eric Powell's comedy/horror series The Goon? Then good news: Starting with July's issue #40, the title will be going monthly, with all new issues hitting comic book stands for as long as Powell can keep drawing 'em. We checked in with the creator at C2E2, and he told us that, "A lot of the fans are focusing on the trades and collections, and on a bi-monthly schedule we're only producing one a year."
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