Magic is gone. Giles is dead--Angel killed him. So are most of the Slayers Buffy spent the last couple of years training and leading against the many monsters and menaces of the world. Some of that was Angel's fault, too. He was working with and sort of possessed by the entity calling itself "Twilight" and for a while there he was moving a bunch of pieces around the board--including Slayers, high-tech vampires, the very fabric of the universe--for his own purposes. Now with Buffy M.I.A., Angel's wracked with new levels of broody guilt. Along comes Faith, the once "bad" Slayer who entered a sort of mentor/partner relationship with Giles in Season 8. She's taken it upon herself to try to guide a pretty much wrecked Angel back to the light--or at least get him out of his room.
That's pretty much the rough outline of where things start in the first issue of Angel & Faith, which marks the full-on return of the vampire with a soul to Dark Horse Comics after the conclusion of "After the Fall" at IDW. Written by Christos Gage with art provided by Rebekah Isaacs, the book plunges headlong into the post-Twilight messiness of Season 8. We picked Mr. Gage's brain about the first issue and he gave us a guided tour into a Buffyverse that was looking a bit grimmer than it did last time we saw it.
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An in-depth interview with the men behind the new Dark Horse imprint where we learn what they have coming down the pipe in 2012 and 2013.
It may have just been pure luck that The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer was on MySpace one day, and discovered the conjoined twin musical act Evelyn Evelyn… Or it may have been fate. Whatever the reason, Palmer – and fellow musical artist Jason Webley – took the duo under their wing, producing albums for them, and touring with them around the country.
Now, for the first time, the story of the twins Eve and Lyn Neville will be told in full, in a new graphic novel being released by Dark Horse. The rather haunting, strange, and at times very darkly funny book is gorgeously illustrated by Cynthia von Buhler, and written by Palmer and Webley – as told to them by the twins. Though it won’t be released until September 21st, we chatted with Palmer about working with the twins on the book, whether there will be a new Evelyn Evelyn album, and what her comic book writing significant other thinks of how frightening it is:
MTV Geek: Let’s talk about Evelyn Evelyn… It’s pretty well known by now, but how did you meet the twins?
Amanda Palmer: We actually found them back in the heyday of MySpace. They friended both of us at the same time and asked if we would listen to their music.
They had a single song up: it was a ukulele cover of a song from Jesus Christ Superstar. We were blown away.
Geek: They’ve had their story told in part, but this graphic novel is really the first time their whole story has come to light… Why was it important to bring it out in the graphic novel format?
AP: It's such an incredibly harrowing story, their childhood, and full of such striking visuals… They performed in a circus and had a very bizarre rotating cast of colorful and unsavory characters filtering in and out of their lives. We thought it would really do the twins' story justice to put it in picture form. Read More...
Well, that’s one way to bring on the apocalypse. Since the creation of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, the writer/artist has been promising the end of the world. With this week’s conclusion to the mini-series The Fury, Mignola brings it on, in spades. Spoilers on, by the way. Read More...
The Hellboy and Axe Cop publisher gets into... classic literature OGNs?
So I covered as much Star Wars stuff as BIONICALLY possible at this year's San Diego Comic-Con 2011. I want to give you all the Star Wars Round Up of what I covered to make sure you didn't miss anything!!!
1. STAR WARS BLU-RAY RELEASE 9.16.11
Need I say more??? Deleted scenes, never seen before footage, you know the drill!!!
2. The Clone Wars Season 4 Premiering this Fall!
Ok I actually saw TWO panels on The Clone Wars, one with Dave Filoni, Joel Aron and Cary Silver discussing the story arcs, new characters like KATEE SACKOFF'S, (OMG) old characters coming back and lots of new clips! The second panel I saw was on the Rendering the Galaxy Far, Far Away: The Digital Art and Light of The Clone Wars. Joel Aron, Dave Filoni and another producer discuss the effects Lucasfilm Animation creates to produce the series.
3. Dark Horse Comics: 20 Years of Star Wars!
The man behind the woman jamming the stakes into vamps' hearts lays out plans for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 at San Diego Comic Con 2011.
Two of the stand out stories from the first two issues of the rebooted Dark Horse Presents are easily David Chelsea’s SNOW ANGEL, and Patrick Alexander’s THE WRAITH. So it was a pleasure talking to the two of them about their work on the book, their process, and what other stories they’ve been digging in the collection. And it will be a pleasure for you to read that chat, I bet, so here we go:
MTV Geek: Just to start off, for both of you, how’d you come to be in Dark Horse Presents?
Patrick Alexander: As I understand it, some malevolent criminal working at Dark Horse printed out a gag strip from my website, and pinned it to the office wall for the unauthorised enjoyment of others. Mike Richardson saw the comic, laughed at it, and contacted me to offer me work. You can see how I've been damaged by this copyright violation.
So on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Woodsy did a day of some Star Wars panels and also got to hang out with my hero Bonnie Burton, the Sr. Editor for www.starwars.com! First I went to the Dark Horse Comics: 20 Years of Star Wars Panel with Randy Stradley and a host of Star Wars guests from comics and more, including:
Mick Harrison (Dark Times)
Scott Allie and Stephane Roux (Jedi -- The Dark Side)
John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant)
Dave Filoni and the Fillbach Brothers (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Timothy Zahn (Choices of One)
Shelly Shapiro (editor-at-large, Del Rey)
They discussed the future of digital comics and gave out a cool poster too:
Check out MTV Geek's Don Hatfield's full coverage on the panel.
The wait is over Star Wars fans -- Lucasfilm and Dark Horse announced on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 that over 50 Star Wars comics are now available via the Dark Horse Digital Store on iPhone, iPad and PC! To make it even better they’re going to give us a couple issues for free. Read More...
We could be wrong about this, but we’re pretty sure this was the panel that fans – by the thousands – waited out for in the blazing hot sun here at San Diego Comic-Con 2011. I mean, that’s what we did. But after several hours, and our skin starting to glow red, peel off, and reveal the lizard underneath, a packed-to-capacity crowd was treated by an appearance by the god of Comic-Con himself, Joss Whedon.
Scott Allie, the Editor of Buffy, Angel, and other titles came the stage right at the top, and mentioned that an eight page Spike story by Jane Espenson would be available for free in stores in August. And then it was time for the hilarious and self deprecating Whedon to take the stage. Whedon talked about the upcoming Buffy Season Nine, which will be more grounded that season eight. “I know most of you have had sex in universal wars, and had sex and created new universes… But I think we can make season nine more universal than that,” joked Whedon. Read More...
Last month Dark Horse announced a new initiative to help out our local comic shops -- the Digital Retailer Exclusive Program. Under the new program local comic shops will hand out redemption codes for exclusive, retailer-only, digital comics that be claimed through Dark Horse Digital.
Well, it’s July 1st and the program is officially underway kicking off with B.P.R.D. Casualties! Over the next 3 months the program will release free, monthly stories from Dark Horse’s most popular titles. Did I mention we get them for free? Read More...
The Goon's back and he ain't puttin' up with no sparkly vampires.
Writer-artist Eric Powell’s The Goon returned to shelves this week with issue number 34. After a little bit of a hiatus for the book (dude explained to us a couple of months back that he’s been busy), so with its return, we thought we'd invite him along for an installment of Creator's Commentary. In his cantankerous interview, Powell talks about vampire baseball, the terror of tween girls, his Hannah Montana game, and we even get around to talking about what's next for the book.
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Here are reviews of some Dark Horse titles that are hitting stands this week!
THE GOON #34
There are very few comic books that make me laugh so consistently as Eric Powell’s superb undead action-comedy The Goon… Which is why it’s such a shame the title has been missing from stands for so long. Lucky you, you dogs, it’s back, and with one of the funniest issues to date. Powell takes on sparkly vampires, tween pop-phenoms, and his regular assortment of disgusting shenanigans without missing a beat.
For those of you new to Goon-dom, it’s pretty simple: there’s a guy called The Goon, he’s big and strong, and protects a town full of half-breeds and ingrates from undead monsters. That’s pretty much it. What makes it so great, beyond Powell’s unique designs that mix cartoon features with rich levels of detail and gorgeous shading, is the town of the book. This is pitch black comedy at its best, from orphans being tortured by the disgusting lady charged with their care, to quite possibly the best, most disgusting ending to a drunken story ever. Read More...
Recently, we announced the partnership of Marvel Comics and Dark Horse Comics to produce classic Marvel characters in D.H.’s Syroco statue line. We had a glimpse of Spider-Man and his collectible tin packaging… and that was it. After an absence, Dark Horse has sent us this info on their latest Sand Diego Comic Con exclusive, a Syroco Spider-Man that shows off Spidey’s alter ego to mimic a classic Steve Ditko pose!
Official Press Release: Read More...