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Dark Horse Comics Announces The Steam Man, Death Head, Negative Space, and More

Posted by Debi Moore on March 28, 2015

Emerald City Comic Con is under way this weekend in Seattle, WA; and per usual, Dark Horse announced a slew of new projects – ten to be exact – heading our way later this year. Some are horror (including a series co-written by Joe R. Lansdale and Mark Miller), some are sci-fi, and some are for the younger set. There’s even a new Barb Wire tale ahead!

We’ve included them all here with the most Dread-worthy grouped together at the top.

The Steam Man #1
Mark Miller (W)
Joe R. Lansdale (W)
Piotr Kowalski (A)
On Sale in October
The Old West (but not as we know it): Giant robots that run on steam power are created to take down invading Martians and armies of killer albino apes in an all-out brawl. The Steam Man, a giant metal man operated by a team of monster hunters, seems to have the town protected and the West under control, until a crazed and powerful vampire comes to town to bring forth the apocalypse.

STEAM MAN

Death Head #1
Zack Keller, Nick Keller (W)
Joanna Estep (A)
On Sale in July
When Niles and Justine Burton go camping to get a break from their stressful lives, they expect to find peace… not an abandoned village hiding an ancient evil. In a turn of events ripped straight from a horror movie, a brutal killer wearing a plague doctor’s mask begins hunting Niles, Justine, and their two kids. Who is the Plague Doctor? What does he want? And how will the family survive?

DEATH HEAD

Negative Space #1
Ryan K. Lindsay (W)
Owen Gieni (A)
On Sale in July
When one man’s writer’s block gets in the way of his suicide note, he goes for a walk to clear his head and soon uncovers a century-old conspiracy dedicated to creating and mining the worst lows of human desperation. A corporation has manipulated his life purely so they can farm his suicide note as a sadness artifact that will be packed and shipped to ancient underwater creatures who feed off our strongest and most base emotions. Our hero partners with a cult intent on exposing the corporation, and only a suicide mission can solve the whole mess.

NEGATIVE SPACE

King Tiger #1
Randy Stradley (W)
Doug Wheatley (A)
On Sale in August
Blood, death, and fire—the darkest kind of magic. A monstrous secret from King Tiger’s past has found the mystic warrior, but can Tiger’s skills and sorcery triumph against an unthinkable supernatural obscenity linked to his own destiny? If the Tiger falls, the Dragon will rise!

KING TIGER

The Tomorrows #1
Curt Pires (W)
Jason Copland (A)
On Sale in July
A bold new speculative-fiction comic from the mind of writer Curt Pires, each issue illustrated by a different brilliant artist!

The future: art is illegal. 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. They told you the counterculture was dead. They were wrong. Welcome to the new reality.

TOMORROWS

Adam.3 #1
Scott Kolins (W/A)
On Sale in August
Award-winning writer and artist Scott Kolins (Past Aways, The Flash, The Avengers, Solomon Grundy) premieres Adam.3.

On a futuristic island paradise populated by talking animals and monitored by orbiting control satellites, the peaceful lives of Adam and his wife, Skye, are troubled by growing tension between Adam and his previous son, Beo. The situation goes from bad to worse when an alien invader infects the animals—turning them into aliens themselves. When Beo is captured, Adam must battle his transformed animal friends to save his son—and their island home!

ADAM3

Power Cubed #1
Aaron Lopresti (W/A)
On Sale in September
On his eighteenth birthday, Kenny’s inventor father gives him a phenomenal piece of matter-reinterpreting technology, attracting the attention of a bumbling Nazi scientist and an elite government agent. Aaron Lopresti delivers a comical coming-of-age tale in a fantastic sci-fi universe!

POWER CUBED

Chimichanga: Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face #1
Eric Powell (W)
Stephanie Buscema (A)
On Sale in late 2015
Wrinkle’s Traveling Circus’s most adorable bearded girl and her savory-named beast are back, and there is a new act in store! Come one, come all to the Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face! But beware: Those who look behind the curtain are in for an awful treat, and it’s not just his face we’re talkin’ about!

CHIMICHANGA

Barb Wire #1
Chris Warner (W)
Patrick Olliffe (A)
On Sale in July
Nail-hard tough and drop-dead gorgeous, Barb Wire is the baddest bounty hunter on the mean streets of Steel Harbor, where gangsters can lift bulldozers and leap rusting factories in a single bound. The hunting is stupid good, and the bounties are hella big—if Barb lives long enough to collect!

BARB WIRE

Zodiac Starforce #1
Kevin Panetta (W)
Paulina Ganucheau (A)
On Sale in August
They’re 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! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters—not your typical afterschool activity! But when an evil force from another dimension infects team leader Emma, she must work with her team of magically powered friends to save herself—and the world—from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions!

From Kevin Panetta (Bravest Warriors) and Paulina Ganucheau (TMNT: New Animated Adventures, Bravest Warriors), this super-fun and heartfelt story of growing up and friendship—with plenty of magical-girl fighting action—delivers the most exciting new ensemble cast in comics!

ZODIAC STARFORCE

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BOOM! Studios and Madefire Team to Release Clive Barker’s Next Testament as a Motion Book

Posted by Debi Moore on June 19, 2014

BOOM! Studios and Madefire Team to Release Clive Barker's Next Testament as a Motion BookPrepare to experience the horror of Clive Barker in a whole new format as BOOM! Studios and Madefire team up to release Barker's Next Testament as a motion book. Best of all? Episode 1 is now available for FREE!

BOOM! Studios, an award-winning publisher of comics and graphic novels, and Madefire, a digital storytelling and technology company that provides a platform to artists, writers, and publishers to create a new reading experience called Motion Books, are excited to announce the debut of their first collaboration: CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT EPISODE #1.

Within the 5-star rated Madefire digital comics app, users can experience this comic series by one of the true masters of horror in a terrifying new way as the images jump off the screen and seemingly come to life.

Synopsis:
CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT, which first debuted in print in 2013, is the first original comic series created and written by Clive Barker. Julian Demond, captain of industry, has left behind everything to begin a walkabout—he believes he’s on a mission from God. While in the wasteland, he comes across a figure unlike any other, who calls himself Wick... and claims to be God. Their journey will span the globe, as neither man merely wants to make a mark on the world, but a scar. Clive Barker, with co-writer Mark Miller (CLIVE BARKER’S HELLRAISER), and internationally acclaimed artist Haemi Jang (CLIVE BARKER’S HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW) come together to create the next legendary work in the canon of one of the great horror masters of our era.

“We are proud to be working with Madefire in making CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT available in this immersive, innovative format,” said BOOM! Studios Vice President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “The horror genre has always benefited greatly from the use of sound and movement to enhance the shock and suspense of a scene so CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT was a natural and fitting title to begin our relationship with Madefire. I look forward to working with Madefire to make more of our great titles available as Motion Books.”

“Barker and Miller have written a cinematic epic, and the addition of sound, camera work, and timing only infuses the story with more dread and urgency,” said Liam Sharp, co-founder and CCO of Madefire.

"Madefire did an incredible job adapting the comic to form. It was like reading the book for the very first time, which is insane because I wrote it!” said Mark Miller. “I hope readers find new things to love about the book—I hope it scares them more, intrigues them more, and brings more readers not only to the book itself but to the Madefire platform at large.”

CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT EPISODE #1 MOTION BOOK is available now to experience for free on the Madefire app for iOS or via the Motion Books category on deviantART. You can also click here for immediate access via Madefire.com. Subsequent issues will be available for purchase and roll out on a monthly basis thereafter.

Boom! Studios to Release Clive Barker's Next Testament Issue #1 in May

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Boom! Studios to Release Clive Barker’s Next Testament Issue #1 in May

Posted by The Woman In Black on April 22, 2013

Boom! Studios to Release Clive Barker's Next Testament Issue #1 in MayWord of a new project coming our way from Clive Barker is always cause for celebration, and today we have a look at his Next Testament, set for release in May by Boom! Studios.

From the Press Release:
This May BOOM! Studios is honored to be the home of the first original comic series created and written by Clive Barker himself - CLIVE BARKER'S NEXT TESTAMENT. With interior art by Haemi Jang (HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW) and covers by illustrator Goni Montes, the twelve-issue comic event is a bold new exploration of religious themes as only Barker can deliver.

Julian Demond, captain of industry, has left behind everything to begin a walkabout -- he believes he’s on a mission from God. While in the wasteland, he comes across a figure unlike any other, who calls himself Wick...and claims to be God. Their journey will span the globe, as neither man merely wants to make a mark on the world, but a scar. Created by Clive Barker as an original comic book concept and co-written by Barker with HELLRAISER writing partner Mark Miller, CLIVE BARKER'S NEXT TESTAMENT marks the first time the master of horror has created and written an original comic book series.

“Next Testament is a project that is near and dear to our hearts. It's a story that has been years in the making, and we're thrilled that it's found a home with Boom! Studios," commented Miller. "We promise you something the likes of which you've never seen. Prepare yourselves for a horrific fantasy of Biblical proportions.”

CLIVE BARKER'S NEXT TESTAMENT #1 will arrive in stores on May 29th with a cover by illustrator Goni Montes and carry a retail price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAR130920. The premiere issue will also feature a retailer incentive cover by Ben Oliver (BATWING) and an ultra-rare incentive cover painted and signed by Clive Barker himself!

Boom! Studios to Release Clive Barker's Next Testament Issue #1 in May

Boom! Studios to Release Clive Barker's Next Testament Issue #1 in May

Boom! Studios to Release Clive Barker's Next Testament Issue #1 in May

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Clive Barker and Boom! Comics Launch a New Genesis

Posted by Uncle Creepy on February 13, 2013

Clive Barker and comics books have a very long history of harmonious co-existence. We've seen plenty of Hellraiser, etc., splashed across illustrated pages, but now it's time for something completely different. The genesis of a new property, if you will.

USA Today is reporting that Barker and Boom! Comics have gotten together to launch an exciting comic property called New Genesis. This will be the first original comic created and written by the horror master. Featuring art by Haemi Jang (Hellraiser: The Road Below), the 12-part series is the Old Testament of the Bible in present day, "if God were to come back and tell you how we all got it wrong and what everything really meant," says co-writer Mark Miller.

"We're making something that is a radical re-reading of ancient structures. It does have the word Genesis in the title, after all. That should be a dead giveaway," adds Barker, who brought his Hellraiser franchise to Boom! two years ago. "I love the idea of stories being about great beginnings and terrible endings."

In New Genesis, Julian Demond is a captain of industry who believes he is on a mission to actually discover God and in the wasteland finds Wick, fostering a relationship with this strange man who claims he is actually the Big Man Upstairs and appears to be just as omnipotent.

"He's sort of going back to Earth and seeing everything for the first time, so he's having all these new experiences," says Matt Gagnon, editor-in-chief at Boom! "What's really interesting about his story is how the world reacts to his judgment and seeing the world through his eyes."

"New Genesis is filled with dark fantasy, horror and all the terrible things that happened in the original Genesis," says co-writer Mark Miller.

The protagonists of the story are Julian's son, Tristan, and his fiancée, Elspeth. They embark on their own road trip to stop Wick and reconnect with Julian. This strange religious journey of Julian's is very weird for Tristan "because his father has never been a spiritual man," Miller says. "Only in this new phase of his life does he feel the call to leave his mark upon the world, in a much stronger fashion than he already has."

While much of the story is supernatural in nature with what's happening with Wick and the places he's going and things he's seeing, New Genesis is also very grounded, Gagnon says. "The places the characters are traveling to are real, so the fun of it is seeing those places explored through Wick's POV, whether that's San Francisco or Rome," he says.

"That's one of the things about Clive's writing, he likes to keep things timeless," Miller adds, "so he has included these real-life places that are part of our consciousness and understanding the world. And then he burns them to the ground."

Look for the comic to debut in May.

Clive Barker and Boom! Comics Launch a New Genesis

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