Dark Horse, a publisher best known for their comic books, continues to expand their prose program with two new ambitious books slated for this summer. "Supernatural Noir" will be edited by the Hugo and Bram Stoker award-winning Ellen Datlow, and feature short stories from such authors as Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Brian Evenson, Nick Mamatas and more. "The Damned Highway: Fear and Loathing In Arkham" teams Mamatas with Bram Stoker award winner Brian Keene on a story that combines Lovecraftian lore with a Hunter S. Thompson flavor.

Read on for more on "Supernatural Noir" and "The Damned Highway: Fear and Loathing In Arkham," on sale June 22 and July 20 respectively.

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Dark Horse Continues to Expand Prose Publishing Program with Two Great New Titles!
FEBRUARY 1ST, MILWAUKIE, OR–On the heels of such successful titles as Mogworld and Lovecraft Unbound, Dark Horse continues to add titles to a growing prose line. Read More...

A new action-packed episode of "Young Justice" will be airing Friday, February 4 at 7 PM on the Cartoon Network, and MTV Geek has photos and clips for you to preview! Here's the episode synopsis:

SUPERBOY’s anger over his non-relationship with SUPERMAN is getting out of control. He refuses to train with BLACK CANARY, and when THE TEAM faces an opponent that even the JUSTICE LEAGUE had trouble defeating, the Boy of Steel goes rogue.

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Aspen Comics releases "Charismagic" #0 next week, a tale about a Las Vegas magician who gets more than he bargained for when long-banished forces of magic come into our reality. You can read a preview for "Charismagic" #0, written by Vince Hernandez and illustrated by Khary Randolph, below -- as well as take a look at an exclusive piece of art!

Read The Preview For "Charismagic" #0 Here

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For nearly fifteen years, Dark Horse Presents was the premiere anthology in the comic book industry. Premiering everything from Paul Chadwick’s Concrete, to Frank Miller’s Sin City, DHP set the industry standard, and put Dark Horse on the map as a publisher. After a brief stint online, and a short break, the comic is back in April – this time in full color, eighty pages long, and featuring… Paul Chadwick and Frank Miller. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

In order to find more about the title’s release, we chatted with Dark House founder Mike Richardson about what to expect from the rebooted comic, why its important to bring it back now, and got some teases about a few surprising favorites that might be coming back with a new look.

MTV Geek: So let's get right into it… In a lot of ways, I feel like this has almost been a signature book of Dark Horse.

Mike Richardson: Well, I think it's probably true in a lot of different senses. I mean, first of all, it's a book that we launched with the company back in 1986. It's a book that was very different then... When we first signed Dark Horse I was told that anthologies don't sell and yet we lasted with 157 issues - and could have continued to last with, or continued on with the series if we had chosen to. It’s also the book from which we launched many of our popular series, from Aliens, to Sin City, and many others… Concrete, Hellboy, to name a few. I mean just a lot of the series that we’ve published started in Dark Horse Presents.

Also, you know, when we try to get in business with a lot of the creators out there in the comic industry, many of them don't have the time, or are under contract to do other series - but can find time or can find exclusions to come and do an 8 page story. So it gives us access to people we might not have access to otherwise, and we were able to build up strong relationship a lot of those people. Read More...

Well, it’s apparently Second-Tier Batman Book Week. If you weren’t looking for any of the major ongoing books, but still wanted to drop some cash, this one’s for you. That’s not to say there isn’t any quality in the week (Batman Beyond is a fun book and any week with Neal Adams can’t be a total bust), but it’s a whole lot of books for not much that really…well…matters.

Batman Beyond #2
As far as ongoing titles are concerned, this is the winner of the week. Last month, the Batman Beyond concept returned from relative obscurity (it was popular in its day, but unfortunately faded into the background quite some time ago) with the debut of a new regular book. Adam Beechen’s first story arc kicked off with a very new reader-friendly story: Terry McGinnis, the Batman of Neo-Gotham, is enjoying some much-deserved downtime with his girlfriend, mother, and brother. Unwittingly, his trip to the mall puts him on a collision course with a disgruntled lab technician who has stolen (and somehow absorbed) the wand of the Matter Master, giving him the power to rearrange reality at an atomic level…but not giving him the ability to control that power very well. As Terry and his loved ones meander through a shopping center, this new Matter Master conducts a running fight with the Justice League of the future (complete with updated analogues to several of the JLA’s key members).

The issue ended with a standoff… not between the rookie supervillain and the League, but between the League and Batman. With his family trapped inside the mall (after Matter Master sealed the entrances behind him), Terry can’t risk having anyone close to him getting caught in the crossfire, ending the issue with a defiant Dark Knight staring down the entire League.

One of the strongest points in this new series is that Beechen strikes a pretty good balance between assuming the reader is already familiar with the concept of the book and trying to make it accessible to new readers. The plot clipped along at a nice pace, managing to avoid that tired old trope of having plot exposition masquerade as dialogue, but still quickly explaining the basic dynamic between the main players.
This month picks up where the previous issue left off, with Terry torn between his desire to rescue his family (and his personal desire to join the Justice League) and his need to follow the orders of his mentor, Bruce Wayne (who, in his role as grizzled old veteran, vehemently opposes Terry’s reliance on a team). You can’t go wrong here, folks.

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Marvel's "Point One" initiative -- designed to serve as starting points for their flagship titles -- begins today with the release of "Invincible Iron Man" #500.1. The Point One program will continue throughout the month of February with the release of "Wolverine" #5.1 and "Amazing Spider-Man" #654.1, and you can look at the covers for all three below; then read on for more details about these $2.99 "gateways" to the current Marvel Universe!

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Boom Studios has some great titles for adults and kids alike hitting the shelves this week! Click the image below for previews.

Irredeemable #22

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Click the images for previews of Dynamite Comics' new releases for February 2.

Kevin Smith's Kato Annual #1

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Marvel Comics released this teaser image of 5 shadowy figures with the caption, "Who Are The Mystery Men?" --

Anybody have any guesses?

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MTV Geek is pleased to give you the exclusive first peek at the Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson horror/comedy "Doc Macabre" #3 from IDW! Check out the preview below, then read on for more details about this ghoulishly clever comic coming out next week!

Read the Preview For "Doc Macabre" #3 Here

Solicitation Info:

DOC MACABRE #3 (of 3)
Steve Niles (w) • Bernie Wrightson (a & a)
After conducting experiments to detect artificial ghost hauntings, Doc Macabre and his robot pal, Lloyd, finally track down the culprit. With solid leads and advice from Dead, She Said’s Coogan and The Ghoul, young Doc Macabre is ready to confront the Swami of Real Estate. Laughs and horrors abound! Features the concluding prose short by Steve Niles, too!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Check out previews of new releases from both Image Comics and Top Cow Productions for Wednesday, February 2!

Witchblade #142

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Click the images to see previews of the new comics that Archaia has hitting the shelves on Wednesday, February 2.

Days Missing: Kestus #3

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Click the images for previews of Dark Horse Comics' new releases for Wednesday, February 2!

Hellboy: The Sleeping and the Dead #2

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What's new from the Riverdale gang this week? Check out some previews for Archie Comics new releases for Wednesday, February 2.

Betty #190

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Check out what Marvel Comics has in store for Wednesday February 2. Click the images for previews.

Amazing Spider-Man #653


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