The GeeksverseNEWS | [UPDATED] NYCC Day 1: Dark Horse Comics Announcements

NEWS | [UPDATED] NYCC Day 1: Dark Horse Comics Announcements
Published on Friday, October 11, 2013 by
Dark Horse to launch new titles from David Lapham, Greg Rucka, Zach Whedon, Tommy Lee Edwards, Dan Jolley, Frank Barbiere. ALSO: release dates for EVE: True Stories, EVE: Source, The Adventures of Nilson Groundthumper and Hermy, and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z revealed.
Juice Squeezers and Kid McAlister by David Lapham

From the press release:

David Lapham, the Eisner Award–winning creator of the smash hit Stray Bullets, is writing and drawing his own series again for the first time in five years, on not one, but two new creator-owned titles: Juice Squeezers and Kid McAlister!

juicesqueezersCalled “a perfect start to an addictive new serial” by Newsarama after its run in the Eisner and Harvey Award–winning anthology Dark Horse Presents, Juice Squeezers follows a covert group of tweens who form the main line of defense for the residents of Weeville against an army of giant bugs. The only ones who can fit into the cramped subterranean battlefield, the aptly named Juice Squeezers keep the endless swarm of bugs from overrunning the city. That is, until a new kid moves to town and threatens to awaken a dormant bug population. The exterminators may become the exterminated in this all-ages adventure story!

Hot on the heels of Juice Squeezers, Lapham weaves a western sci-fi tale with Kid McAlister, which follows a fifty-year-old cowboy trapped in the body of a twelve-year-old, as he returns home to Yuma, Arizona, after a long stint on the road. It’s not easy to stay hidden for long when you’re an eternally young “Electric Cowboy” and the best darn bull rider on the circuit. Also, Kid’s the only one who can see the body-snatching aliens taking over the populace, and he’s the only one who can stop them from taking over the world!


Frank Barbiere’s Blackout and The White Suits

BlackoutWriter Frank Barbiere (Divine Intervention, Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray) revealed in an NYCC interview with Newsarama’s Chris Arrant that he will be writing two new miniseries for Dark Horse, based on projects that previously debuted on the publisher’s Eisner Award-winning Dark Horse Presents comics anthology.

Blackout features the eponymous character created by Dark Horse comics founder/president Mike Richardson which debuted in last May’s Dark Horse Presents #24. The miniseries follows directly from the events shown in Dark Horse Presents, and will find protagonist Scott Travers—who possesses the Blackout suit that allows him to “travel through this parallel [‘Blackout’] dimension… [giving him the ability to seemingly] disappear or appear out of nowhere”—dealing with the repercussions of his previous adventures.

The White Suits first appeared in Dark Horse Presents #11 (April 2012), and the upcoming miniseries is described by Barbiere as “a visually arresting action/crime comic” with “a lot of noir influence” which revolves around

… an enigmatic gang of killers known as the White Suits. This gang has a rich and varied history, first appearing in cold war era Russia, and has resurfaced in the present day in New York City where they are slowly taking over criminal territory and slaughtering anyone in their way. Our two lead characters are people who’ve had their lives touched by the Suits and want revenge.

The creator-owned title will be illustrated by Troy Cypress (Blue Estate, Popgun).


Release dates for both titles have yet to be announced.

EVE Online graphic novel and sourcebook creative team and release details announced

From the press release:

CCP Games, the world’s leading independent developer of massively multiplayer games and creators of EVE Online, have partnered with Dark Horse Comics to deliver two amazing books as epic as the online universe from which they are spawned: EVE: True Stories & EVE: Source.

EVEOnlineTrueStoriesEVE: True Stories is CCP’s first graphic novel and features artwork by Alejandro Aragon (Overlook, 28 Days Later), Tomm Coker (Daredevil Noir, Near Death), Federico Dallocchio (Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Suicide Squad), Dave Ross (Star Wars: The Crimson Empire Saga) and Mark McKenna (Star Wars: The Old Republic). Superstar writer Daniel Way (Wolverine: Origins, Deadpool) will be writing the incredible true stories of the EVE: Online universe.

Inspired by actual player-driven events within the universe of EVE Online, EVE: True Stories adapts one of the greatest gaming stories of the last decade: the fall of the player alliance known as the Band of Brothers. In the early hours of February 5, 2009, one spy single-handedly destroyed the dominant Band of Brothers alliance and brought an end to the Great War, one of the larger and most significant player conflicts in the history of EVE Online. The first story arc of EVE: True Stories is a dramatized account of the action, intrigue and skullduggery that dismantled the galaxy-sprawling superpower.

EVEOnlineSourcebookEVE: True Stories comic issue #1 will be available digitally starting February 19, with subsequent issues following on March 5, March 19 and April 2, 2014.  An anthology of all four comics, EVE: True Stories Collection, will go on sale in hardback edition on June 4 in comic shops everywhere.

EVE: Source is a comprehensive sourcebook and visual guide for the immense universe of EVE Online and DUST 514.  Developed in close collaboration with the EVE and DUST 514 creative teams, this beautiful 184-page, full-color hardcover will immerse readers in the history and lore of EVE Online through never-before-released material detailing the settings, stories, races, and factions of the EVE Universe.

EVE: Source will go on sale March 5, 2014.

Greg Rucka’s Veil

The new creator-owned comic from Greg Rucka previously hinted at by the Dark Horse NYCC signing schedule has been revealed at the NYCC ICv2 presentation as Veil, a title the four-time Eisner winner and writer of Queen & Country, Whiteout, Gotham Central, and Lazarus described in a press release as “a very different kind of tale for me, very different in what I’m trying to accomplish, and working with Dark Horse, working with Toni, is a rare opportunity to try to bring this thing to life.”


Veil is a five-issue miniseries and will be illustrated by Toni Fejzula (Ctulhu) and the first issue will be available in digital and print on 05 March 2014.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z video game (for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC) to get tie-in digital comic

From the press release:

Yaiba_NinjaGaidenZDark Horse Comics is thrilled to announce a team-up with famed developers Keiji Inafune and Team Ninja! Fans will be introduced to the world of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z with an all-new digital comic revealing essential pieces of this upcoming game!

The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z digital comic will deliver three exciting vignettes, by writers Tim Seeley and Josh Emmons, with art from Rafael Ortiz.

The three Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z comics will be available for free download from the Dark Horse Digital Store at and through the Dark Horse Comics app (available through iTunes and Google Play).

An all-new, full-color print comic will also be available when the Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z video game arrives in early 2014.

In Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, players will battle fierce zombies as Yaiba, a cyborg ninja who will do anything to get revenge and stay alive. After being cleaved in two, he is brought back to life with cybertechnology. Brandishing his ninja sword and the mecha weapons in his cyborg arm, he slaughters zombies with brutal, over-the-top abandon.

Step into Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, where stunning graphics depict a world gone mad. Hordes of undead can only be stopped by Yaiba’s willingness to use any means necessary to get the job done. Will he kill by turning his cyborg arm into a razor chainsaw for slicing up the undead—or just rip off an opponent’s arms to use as zombie nunchucks? Both possibilities fill Yaiba’s heart with twisted laughter—and the desire to kill more and more zombies!

Dark Horse reveals Serenity: Leaves on the Wind by Zach Whedon and Georges Jeanty

Dark Horse’s long-running #WheresSerenity? social media campaign has finally concluded with the reveal of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, a six-issue miniseries by writer Zach Whedon and artist Georges Jeanty featuring a story that takes place some nine months after the events depicted in the 2005 Serenity film. Nerdist’s Dan Casey has all the details in an exclusive feature.


The first issue of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind is set to hit stores on 29 January 2014.

Pre-Usagi Yojimbo Stan Sakai work to be collected in hardcover

A Stan Sakai comic featuring a sword-wielding leporid is set to get a hardcover collection on 19 March 2014… but it won’t star Sakai’s signature character Usagi Yojimbo. The Adventures of Nilson Groundthumper and Hermy will collect the adventures of Nilson Groundthumper, an early Sakai creation that shares many of similarities with the more popular rabbit ronin. In fact, Usagi Yojimbo was originally envisioned by Sakai as a supporting cast member for the Groundthumper comic. As the writer-artist recounted in a 1996 interview with The Comics Journal:

NilsonGroundthumperandHermyCover… when I first created Usagi he was a secondary character in the Nilson Groundthumper epic. Nilson Groundthumper and Hermy are characters I created before Usagi. I had a definite storyline for them that would take about 1,000 pages; it was a Tolkienesque story where they’d be on a quest and basically the entire story would deal with Nilson’s life: First he’d meet Hermy and then they’d go on to meet Usagi and have adventures. Then it would lead to the death of Nilson and Usagi, until finally it would end with the death of Hermy. Basically, the entire story was about funny animals who were devolving into animals, and a race of goblins who were evolving into humans, and they were out to find out why. So the very first Nilson story, which appeared in Albedo #1, was the first story in the Nilson Groundthumper storyline; it was eight pages, and there was supposed to be 992 pages after that. But I did one Usagi story (in Albedo #2) and I preferred working with Usagi to the others so…what can I say? There are about 2,000 pages of Usagi now.

The Adventures of Nilson Groundthumper and Hermy will feature remastered and colored art as well as a number of bonus features.

Dark Horse digs the ’80s

Two comics projects inspired by the 1980s also got the NYCC Day 1 push. Over at Newsarama, writer Dan Jolley (Bloodhound, Firestorm) talked about his work on Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy, an upcoming miniseries set in 1985, a year after the events of the first Terminator film. The title will feature Jamal Igle (Molly Danger, Firestorm) on pencils and Ray Snyder (Wonder Woman, Starman) on inking duty.


Robot 6’s Kevin Melrose has the details on the upcoming Vandroid miniseries, based on the screenplay of Marvel 1985 and The Question artist Tommy Lee Edwards’ unfinished film tribute to 1980s action movie fare.


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