Alien 3, the sequel to James Cameron’s wildly successful and influential follow-up film to Ridley Scott’s Alien, entered theaters on May 22 of 1992 with great expectations. To say that those expectations were unfulfilled would be an understatement. First time director David Fincher (who would go on to make some of the greatest films of the past thirty years) did his best with material that he had, but countless re-writes, studio interference, and mismarketing doomed the picture and disappointed fans and critics alike.
Michael Hague is well-known for his classic children’s fantasy books, having illustrated such classics such as The Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit as well as treasuries of mythical creatures such as dragons and fairies. His distinct and realistic style is instantly recognizable and has entertained generations of young fans.
Hague is trying something a little bit different this time around with a much more mature graphic novel steeped in vampire lore entitled Mammon from Dark Horse Comics. We got a chance to discuss his new work and the classic artwork he is known for in the exclusive interview. read more
If you were lucky enough to be in a comic shop in the summer of 1989, amid all of the X-Men and Batman titles on the shelves, was issue one of Dark Horse Comics’ Predator. The comic, released years before the eventual Predator 2, served as a direct sequel to the Schwarzenegger classic, and drew fans in with the now iconic cover by artist Chris Warner.
Fast forward almost thirty years, and Warner has returned once again to the property that made him famous with a sequel to his popular Predator: Hunters mini-series. Warner took some time from his schedule to discuss the original Predator comic book , his news series, as well as what is essential when writing a Predator story. read more
Anyone who has been reading comics for the past 40 years is familiar with name Paul Levitz, especially if you are a fan of DC Comics. Levitz has worked at DC in the capacity of an editor, publisher, and president, but for fans, we know him as the writer responsible for legendary runs on The Justice Society of America and The Legion of Super Heroes.
Even though Levitz is best know for his work in the super hero genre, his most recent graphic novel Brooklyn Blood (published by Dark Horse Comics) is changing this perspective. Set in a gritty, realistic world of procedural dramas, gangland violence, and the supernatural, Brooklyn Blood is a story that fans of horror and crime comics will certainly relish. HNN had the pleasure of speaking with Levitz about his new story, as well as some find reminiscences from the past in this exclusive interview. read more
According to the official press release, Dark Horse Comics will publish three new Mignolaverse titles this fall/winter “…span(ning) the globe and showcas(ing) very different corners of the Mignolaverse — the occult cold war escalates in Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1956; Lobster Johnson’s biggest foe, the Crimson Lotus, is featured in her first ever, eponymous mini-series; and the annual Hellboy Winter Special features festive and supernatural stories from Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck, Tonci Zonjic, Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.” read more
Fans of Ridley Scott’s original Alien film and James Cameron’s Aliens eagerly awaited the release of the third film in the series in 1992, helmed by first time director Davis Fincher. Although Fincher would later be forgiven many times over (Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac) most of those fans walked out of the theater on May 22 of that year disappointed and confused.
What fans did not know at the time that Alien 3 was released was that a script by sci-fi legend William Gibson (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive) had been scraped at the eleventh hour, resulting in a rushed production that took the film in a very different direction. read more
Dark Horse Comics has a long tradition of horror comics and the latest entry into their large library of titles is Nick Keller and Conor Nolan’s Bedtime Games. Just as the first issue in the four part mini-series hits the stands, the creators revealed many of their inspirations for the series as well as how the story came together.
Horror News Network: Why do horror stories lend themselves to tales of adolescence and the transition to adulthood?
Nick Keller: In my opinion, the best horror stories are about the unknown. And for an adolescent, there’s just so much you don’t know at the age. For this book, I wanted to take the horrors of childhood — things that are rarely shown, but most people go through at one point in their lives — and see how it would affect our characters. One of our main leads Owen learns a few months before our story starts that his younger brother has brain cancer. This is awful news at any age, but even worse on the heels of seventeen. No one can be prepared for something like this, but I think it molds a person in their early years. read more
Have you ever wondered what happened to Will Byers during Season One of Stranger Things? Wonder no longer! According to the official press release, Dark Horse Comics and Netflix are teaming up (starting in September of 2018) to produce officially licensed “…comics and young adult graphic novels expanding the world of Hawkins and its many inhabitants.”
Dark Horse President and Founder Mike Richardson stated that “Dark Horse is known for championing stories and storytellers. We are so excited to work with Netflix to bring the world of Stranger Things to comics.” read more
Are you looking to express your fandom by purchasing some new merchandise based on a beloved franchise after the conclusion of Harry Potter Book Night, but before the launch of Star Wars’ May the Fourth extravaganza and Force Friday? Well, Twentieth Century Fox has just the event for you: the third annual Alien Day!
Set for April 26th, 2018 (because “4/26” sounds kind of like “LV-426,” the name of the infamous planet where the crew of the Nostromo encounter the viscous little facehugger), the event will include everything from sale prices on digital purchases of classic Alien movies to an Aliens pinball tournament. Special products will be available from such companies as Dark Horse Comics, Fright Rags, Neca, Funko, Mondo, Mattel, and Diamond Select. read more
Hot on the heels of the second story arc of Dark Horse Comics’ adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods entitled “My Ainsel”, Horror News Network was able to interview series artist Scott Hampton about his work on the project, the challenges in adapting a novel to a comic book, and his previous work with Clive Barker.
Horror News Network: You have worked on a number of projects with Neil Gaiman. How is American Gods different from some of the other projects?
Scott Hampton: American Gods is so dense and textured with so many colorful characters and such an amazing story arc it feels like a singularity to me. read more