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Dark Horse Comics Announces “The End Of An Era”

It’s not often that I will copy a full press release here on PiercingMetal.com but in this case I wanted to get you the full scoop on this recent development over at Dark Horse Comics. This has been rebroadcast with their press office permission. Please read on.

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“The End of an Era

All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades.

For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy. Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, essentially treating those films as though they were our own. Star Wars has been the crown jewel of this approach. We began chasing the title as far back as 1989, and with the launch of Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s Dark Empire, a new era in comics was born. I’m not ashamed to admit that we were Star Wars geeks, and we have been determined to spare neither effort nor expense in the pursuit of excellence.

It is ironic that this announcement comes at a time when Dark Horse is experiencing its most successful year ever. For obvious reasons, we have prepared for this eventuality by finding new and exciting projects to place on our schedule for 2015 and beyond. Will they take the place of Star Wars? That’s a tall order, but we will do our best to make that happen. In the meantime, 2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still.

Mike Richardson”

About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Geof Darrow, Guillermo Del Toro and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties such as The Mask, Ghost, Captain Midnight, and X. Its successful line of comics, books, and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Halo, Serenity, The Legend of Zelda, Game of Thrones and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Well, as much as this stinks as news it was bound to happen with Disney owning Marvel Comics as well. At least we have a bevy of quality tales in trade paperback editions to enjoy from this awesome company and believe me if you have not yet looked into them you will be able to fill an entire shelf or two in your bookcase. Despite this loss of a great license I should stress how many other awesome things are available from Dark Horse and I am speaking more than just your regular comic books so do please click their website below and have a look around. You will thank me later for sure.

Official Website: http://www.darkhorse.com

Marvel Now! Onsale In January 2014

Marvel Comics has been delivering their “Marvel Now!” initiative for just over a year now and I wanted to take a moment to share with you readers some of the brand new first issues that we shall be seeing in January. Clearly there is some exciting stuff heading our way.

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DC Comics Presents: “Villains Month”: Week Four Issues

We’ve finally arrived at Week Four of the DC Comics month long initiative known as “VILLAINS Week” and for those who might just be joining us, this is a series of one-shot issues that spotlight some of the most nefarious denizens in the DC Universe. To see the past posts about the topic just click HERE to be brought up to speed. Now let’s get down to business with these issues that hit the racks on September 25th. The premise and art come from the proper publicity channels but my closing editorial is all me. Here we go.

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“Action Comics” #23.4 – Metallo

ACTION COMICS #23.4: METALLO – Before he became Metal-Zero, John Corben had two great loves: his country and Lois Lane. Awakening from a coma after the events of ACTION COMICS #8, Corben finds himself betrayed by both—and now his Kryptonite heart beats only for revenge! And when he joins up with the Secret Society, there’s no limit to the destruction he can cause!

Written by SHOLLY FISCH; Art by WILL CONRAD; 3-D motion cover by AARON KUDER
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DC Comics Presents: “Villains Month”: Week Three Issues

As I’ve reported over the past two weeks, the September DC Comics initiative is known as VILLAINS MONTH and if you’ve not been paying attention, you’ll want to see what’s come out already by clicking on THIS LINK. In a nutshell, there are numerous One-Shots being released this month in place of the regularly running titles and each of them feature the most sinister villains that the DC Universe has. The press copy and images come from their publicity resources but I will close out with some editorial. Let’s take a look.

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“Action Comics” #23.3 – Lex Luthor

ACTION COMICS #23.3: LEX LUTHOR – Evil genius, sadistic businessman, sociopathic inmate—Lex Luthor is all this and more. Now released from prison, there is nothing to stop Luthor from getting his way…not even Superman!

Written by CHARLES SOULE; Art by RAYMUND BERMUDEZ; 3-D motion cover by AARON KUDER
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DC Comics Presents: “Villains Month”: Week Two Issues

As previously discussed, the BIG EVENT across the DC Comics titles is “Villains Month” and I’ve already showcased the first weeks batch of titles in a post that you can review HERE in the event that you are just now joining us. Below you will find the “Week Two” titles images along with some light premise and the creative teams involved. These issues will all hit the stands on September 11th. Let’s go.

“Action Comics” #23.2 – Zod

ACTION COMICS #23.2: ZOD – General Zod storms into The New 52! Witness the origin of this genocidal maniac, and learn how far he will go to destroy those who oppose him!

Written by GREG PAK; Art by KEN LASHLEY; 3-D motion cover by GENE HA
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