When it comes to comic book adaptations of major horror and sci-fi film and television properties, there is no writer in the industry more prominent than Jody Houser. After adapting such hit franchises as Star Wars, The X-Files, Orphan Black, and Halo, the writer has recently turned her attention towards the expanded universe of Stranger Things. Horror News Network sat down with Houser at the Dark Horse Comics booth at New York Comic Con 2019 to learn more about her writing process and her creative decisions when crafting the graphic novel world of Stranger Things.
The original home of the Alien vs. Predator series (predating any film version) will be welcoming more hungry xenomorphs, cagey predators, and terrified humans to Dark Horse Comics latest entry this December: Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood.
According to the official press release, Thicker Than Blood is written by Jeremy Barlow (Star Wars: Darth Maul, Kult), illustrated by Doug Wheatly (Star Wars: Dark Times, Conan: Road of Kings), and lettered by Michael Heisler (Halo: Escalation, Aliens: Dust To Dust). The first issue will also feature a cover by gaming artist Chun Lo. read more
According to the official press release, Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out “…starts when supernatural detective Cal McDonald, found wandering the streets as a disheveled vagrant, is ripped from his self-imposed retirement to resume his monster-killing career. But Cal is reluctant to return to the fray. What has the hard-bitten investigator so shaken? It’s a long story that begins with a beautiful woman who happens to be a vampire…and ends with a bang.”
Niles is excited to return to the character, and he has “… been writing Cal McDonald since I was in my 20’s and to this day he is the most fun to write. I couldn’t be happier to see him come back with Gyula Nemeth doing the art. I think fans of Cal will be pleasantly surprised and hopefully a little horrified.” read more
According to the official Dark Horse Comics press release, the innovative comic publisher has just signed an exclusive agreement with Netflix, giving the streaming giant “…a first look at its IP for both film and TV and has started exploring future projects.
In recent history, Netflix and Dark Horse collaborated on the adaptation of Gabriel Ba and Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy, (which was recently renewed for a second season) as well as Jonas Åkerlund’s webcomic-turned-graphic novel-turned-feature-film Polar. read more
The entry into the horror genre usually happens at a young age, even if we are unaware of the dark path that we are embarking on. Whether it is watching classic Scooby Doo episodes, taking your first doom buggy ride through Disney’s Haunted Mansion, or finding a tattered copy of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark at your school library, the seed has been planted for the journey.
Children in the 1940’s and 50’s, found their way into horror stories through the numerous comic anthologies from EC Comics (which would go on to inspire many other forms of the horror anthology tale in film and television), before being targeted by civic groups and disappearing for a brief time. Luckily, these four color scares became even more popular (and infamous) over the years, allowing other fans and creators to pick up the torch and place it firmly on the dungeon wall. read more
If you are looking for urban supernatural horror this spring, Dark Horse Comics Last Stop on the Red Line is sure to check all of the boxes. Writer Paul Maybury and artist Sam Lofti were able to speak to HNN about their upcoming series (in the middle of putting some finishing touches on the first issues of their new series) and they discussed the origins of the project, the importance of the setting of their tale (Boston), and the difficult balancing act between crime drama and horror.
Horror News Network: What was the genesis of Last Stop on the Red Line? read more
Last summer, HNN shared an exclusive interview with Bedtime Games creators Nick Keller (Death Head) and Conor Nolan (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Giants) in advance of the debut of their new series (which you can read here).
Following in the same tradition, HNN would like to share some exclusive character design sketch pieces from the just released Dark Horse Comics graphic novel collection. Keller, Nolan, and Kelly Fitzpatrick’s (Shade the Changing Girl) series features three high school friends who make the foolish choice to explore the mysterious origins of their school. As you can imagine, what they find is something far worse than an AP exam cheating scandal, in the form of the nightmarish Mr. Bedtime (and no, there is no truth to the rumor that Mr. Bedtime will be succeeding Jeremy Singer as President of the College Board). read more
Isabellae (according to the official press release) takes place in feudal Japan where “…Isabellae Ashiwara, the young daughter of an Irish witch and a samurai master, roams the countryside with her father’s ghost at her side, earning her living as a highly-skilled bounty hunter while searching for her long-lost sister, Siuko. After seven years of searching, the time has come for Isabellae to take charge of her destiny once and for all and face her haunting past.”
The genre bending title will collect the first three French volumes in one hardcover English language edition. The collection goes on sale on August 7, 2019 at finer bookstores and comic book shops everywhere. read more
For those who love horror comics and war comics in equal parts, Christofer Emgard and Tomas Aira’s The Whispering Dark is a potent mixture of both genres, beguiling the senses with stark images of modern warfare, as well as a foreboding supernatural presence lurking just outside of the conflicts of men. Writer Christofer Emgard took some time away from his work on the series to discuss his impressive new series, as well as how to balance both horror and war elements to tell a story that satisfies fans of both genres. read more
There are two thing that you can count on during the holiday season: there will always be left-over fruitcake and the arrival of a jolly, red faced, barrel-chested icon. I am of course talking about Hellboy and his annual Winter Special.
This year’s 2018 collection contains three seasonal tales featuring a classic Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck collaboration about a New Year’s Eve seance gone wrong, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba’s return to B.P.R.D.: Vampire with a new story entitled “Lost Ones”, and “The Empty Chair” starring Lobster Johnson by Tonci Zonjic. read more