Summer comic book news from IDW & Dark Horse

1 APRIL 2015

                                                           Courtesy of IDW

Happy New Comic Day! Let's look into the future and discuss the tantalizing announcements we got from Dark Horse and IDW at ECCC last weekend. Because they're bringing all of the below your way this summer and fall.

From IDW, we have a collection of titles coming out in July:
  • A 4-issue adaptation of The Shrinking Man from CEO Ted Adams. Yes, this is from Richard Matheson's novel where a man shrinks slowly after encountering a mysterious cloud.
  • A 4-part Onyx from IDW chief creative officer Chris Ryall and Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodriguez. A female warrior arrives on Earth to "either save the planet or destroy it." You'll get to see Onyx #0 as a bonus story in some IDW May titles.
  • A miniseries of Godzilla in Hell in which the biggest beast of them all visits the fiery underworld and presumably goes through an SDCC badge sale. The creative team will rotate for all 5 issues.
  • String Divers about “a squad of androids who are shrunken down to complete world-saving missions.” This is also written by Chris Ryall, with artwork by Nelson Daniel.
Not to be outdone, Dark Horse is publishing 10 new series this summer. Each one comes with a vivid description from the Dark Horse site that I feel absolutely must be shared.

  • Barb Wire about a bounty hunter once played by Pamela Anderson in a film. "The hunting is stupid good and the bounties are hella big - if Barb lives long enough to collect!" I feel like that sums it up pretty accurately. Out in July.

  • King Tiger is described as "Blood, death, and fire - the darkest kind of magic” in which Tiger needs to battle "an unthinkable supernatural obscenity." Out in August.
  • Conspiracy thriller Negative Space starts with writer's block, a suicide note and involves a terrible corporation and “ancient underwater creatures who feed off our strongest and most base emotions.” I bet this writer has a fascinating backstory. On sale in July.

  • The Tomorrows kicks off in July and sounds more like a documentary from the future than fiction: "Everything everyone ever posted online has been weaponized against them. The reign of the Corporation is quickly becoming as absolute as it is brutal - unless the Tomorrows can stop it." Curt Pires is the scribe, with a different artist every issue. Out in July.
  • Death Head also comes out in July and will center around a family who go on a camping trip and discover “an abandoned village hiding an ancient evil” and a villain called “The Plague Doctor.” This sounds like it would make an excellent horror movie.

  • Then we have Zodiac Starforce out in August about "an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures - as long as they can get out of class!” Oh, and there are "mean-girl minions." So like a supernatural Pretty Little Liars, I'm guessing.
  • Adam.3, also out in August, has "a futuristic island paradise populated by talking animals and monitored by orbiting control satellites." The talking animals are turned into aliens by actual alien invaders; a battle to save the island ensues. I just realized how much I wish Dali was alive and making comic books. From the brain of Scott Kolins.

  • Power Cubed, which launches in September, is about a kid who gets some “matter-reinterpreting technology" on his 18th birthday. A government agent and a "bumbling Nazi scientist" are involved. Wait, aren't bumbling characters supposed to be lovable?

  • Jumping to October, we’ll have The Steam Man, which brings us an Old West peopled by robots, Martians, killer apes and vampires. Delightfully zany or tired and gimmicky? It probably depends on the execution. Which will come from Mark Miller, Joe Lansdale, and Piotr Kowalski.

  • Toward the end of the year - not exactly summer - we'll get Eric Powell partnering with illustrator Stephanie Buscema for Chimichanga: Sorrow of the World's Worst Face. "Wrinkle's Traveling Circus's most adorable bearded girl and her savory-named beast are back."

And if you didn't hear today, we're also getting two Wonder Woman books this fall - from Jill Thompson and Grant Morrison. Wonder Woman: Earth One will be out in November with pretty art by Yanick Paquette and some of those subversive bondage themes that lurked in old WW comics. Jill Thompson's Wonder Woman: The Very Selfish Princess is out in September. The art in each looks gorgeous.

So many comic books!

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