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Dark Horse’s Phoenix Con “Archie Vs. Predator” Variant

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Betty and Veronica battle the Predator on this Archie Vs. Predator #1 Phoenix Con Variant,

Betty and Veronica Get Their Groove Back…
Dark Horse Comics continues the mash-up mayhem with an exclusive edition of Archie Versus Predator #1 available to attendees at next week’s Phoenix ComicCon. Artist Darick Robertson‘s action packed scene pits Betty and Veronica against the other worldly hunter instead of each other for a change.

This variant is limited to 500 copies, maximum 5 to a customer, for $5.00 each and will be available at the Dark Horse convention booth #7052. Check below for specific sales and signing times.

Dark Horse will also offer plenty of neat swag and FREE artist signings, including Archie Versus Predator and Grindhouse‘s Alexi De Campi.

Just in case you were wondering, this ain’t your grandma’s Archie Comic as you can see from the bloody issue #2 splash page (slupt page?) below.

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Just released Dark Horse “Archie Versus Predator” #2 opens with a bloody bang.

PHOENIX CONVENTION DARK HORSE SIGNING SCHEDULE
All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available. Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

THURSDAY, MAY 28
5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR, GRINDHOUSE: Alex de Campi
Archie vs. Predator #1 Phoenix Comicon exclusive variant cover by Darick Robertson available for purchase.

7:00 p.m.–7:50 p.m. MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

FRIDAY, MAY 29
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. THIS DAMNED BAND: Paul Cornell, Tony Parker

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. TWO BROTHERS, DE:TALES, PIXU, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. EI8HT, X, B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: Rafael Albuquerque

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. GRINDHOUSE, ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR: Alex de Campi
Archie vs. Predator #1 Phoenix Comicon exclusive variant cover by Darick Robertson available for purchase.

SATURDAY, MAY 30
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. TWO BROTHERS, DE:TALES, PIXU, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR, GRINDHOUSE: Alex de Campi
Archie vs. Predator #1 Phoenix Comicon exclusive variant cover by Darick Robertson available for purchase.

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. MASS EFFECT, X: Tony Parker

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. THIS DAMNED BAND: Paul Cornell, Tony Parker

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. EI8HT, X, B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: Rafael Albuquerque

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

SUNDAY, MAY 31
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. THIS DAMNED BAND: Paul Cornell, Tony Parker

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. EI8HT, X, B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: Rafael Albuquerque

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. GRINDHOUSE, ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR: Alex de Campi
Archie vs. Predator #1 Phoenix Comicon exclusive variant cover by Darick Robertson available for purchase.

Nacht, Nacht. Who’s There? Mezco’s Exclusive Walpurgis LDD

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San Diego Comic Con exclusive, Walpurgis joins Mezco Toyz Living Dead Doll ranks.

Our friends at Mezco Toyz have just released a look at their exclusive San Diego ComicCon 2015 (SDCC) Living Dead Doll. From behind her mask Wicked Walpurgis will invade your dreams leaving bloody footprints on your brain.

Germanic Panic…
Previously available only in Germany where Walpurgis Nacht (also known as Witches Night) is celebrated on April 30, Walpurgis is now being offered in this limited edition “re-imagining.” You can add her to your Living Dead Doll collection whether or not you’re attending the convention. Mezco will open preorders on Monday May 18th at Mezco Walpurgis Pre-Order. Items are expected to ship the week of July 6, 2015.

All photographs courtesy of Mezco Toyz.

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“You will preorder.” Unmasked Walpurgis casts a spell on you.


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It Ain’t The Addams Family: “Penny Dreadful” Returns

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All in the Family – The cast of Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” will soon find themselves immortalized as Tonner fashion dolls.

Mysterious and Spooky…
The Showtime series Penny Dreadful returns for a second season this Sunday, May 3. Though I think the show was greeted with some apprehension from genre fans it quickly became a must watch even for jaded “monster kids” like myself.

Though I was hoping for the best, I was honestly expecting an Entourage styled “monster rally” similar to the glib spin on the Pre-Raphaelite artists perpetrated by BBC’s Desperate Romantics (2010). Fortunately creator John Logan treats the characters with reverence and has spun up a plot line that can satisfy both novice and knowledgable viewer. I personally liken it to the mis-en-scene of Coppola’s Dracula (1992) honored with outstanding performances from its cast. If you’ve avoided viewing so far I’d suggest that a binge watch to catch up is worth the effort and time.

Your House is a Museum…
Aside from a couple of Mego styled figures from Entertainment Earth‘s Biff Bang Pow, the series seems to have gotten past merchandisers on it’s first round. That will be remedied by a barrage of offerings this spring. Collectors can expect trading cards from Cryptozoic Entertainment, calendars, posters, tarot cards, refrigerator magnets, and other branded products are all in the works.

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Some of Hot Topic’s “Penny Dreadful” inspired line.

So Get A Witch’s Shawl On…
As announced by Jackie Breyer’s Total Licensing Report, CBC Consumer Products with gothic glam purveyors Hot Topic will be featuring a ton of women’s togs based around the series’ dark flavor. Expect Hot Topic’s shopping mall store windows to be adorned with Penny Dreadful themed displays in late May when the line debuts for sale. The designs appear to be quite wearable beyond their show based novelty. Presale is already available on the Hot Topic website.

Neat, Sweet, Petite…
Much to my glee, the fine folks of the Tonner Doll Company will be creating high end fashion dolls of the lead characters. The easy-on-the-eyes cast should translate well to doll-land, with actress Eva Green in particular seemingly created to be portrayed in this medium. Based on the company’s prior work with licenses like DC Comics, Gone With the Wind, Avatar, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and The Big Bang Theory, I expect these will be exceptional renditions.

Mo’ M.O.D.O.K.S., Mo’ Battle – “Secret Wars: Battleworld” #1

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James Stokoe’s variant cover for Marvel’s “Secret Wars: Battleworld” #1

One-Two Punch…
Marvel Comics has just announced a new Secret Wars title to launch on May 20, 2015. Secret Wars: Battleworld #1 will be a limited series of 4-issues. This advance look promises pages packed with epic art in every panel and a multitude of heroes and villains in outre combinations and situations across Marvel’s blistering Battleworld.
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“Secret Wars: Battleword” drops in May 2015. Here’s Paco Medina’s heroic cover for issue 1.

Tale of Two Battles…
Each issue will feature two distinct stories. Issue 1 is created by writers Josh Williamson and Ed Brisson, with art by Mike Henderson and Scott Hepburn. We’ll see the conjuring of Dr. Strange pack an extra punch when he melds his ethereal talents with the earthly power of The Punisher, and they’ll be a sky jamming mess of M.O.D.O.K. as Mr. Big Head enlists all the M.O.D.O.K.’s ever to do his bidding.

Enjoy the previews and grab a copy of the premiere issue from your local comic dealer when it hits the stands.

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“Secret Wars: Battleworld” action figure variant cover by James Tyler Christopher


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Harrowing Experience: Dark Horse Horror/Fantasy Series

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Dark Horse Comics “Harrow County” will have you crawling out of your skin.

What It Is…
With no spoilers given, I can say that Dark Horse Comics’ newest horror fantasy called Harrow County is like tucking into a good Ray Bradbury tale. It’s a coming of age story about rural farm girl Emmy and a community with some secrets.

The opening pages, worthy of Mario Bava’s Black Sunday, immediately draw us in as “healer” Hester Beck loses her life at the hands of the titular town’s folks. Her dying words threaten that there will to be hell to pay and her murderers can only wait for the other shoe to drop.

County Crows…
Harrow County is an excellent pairing of prose and art that truly compliment each other. Cullen Bunn’s (Deadpool) script is thoroughly attentive to sense and natural surroundings (“Her earliest memories were those of the taste of freshly turned earth and the bleating of goats.”) as well as the progress of the narrative. The work is peppered with colloquialisms like “haints” (ghosts) and “snake doctors” (dragon flies) that ground us in the locale. There is also a one page strip “Tales of Harrow County,” drawn by Owen Gieni, that gives us an additional glimpse of the supernatural events plaguing the residents.

Tyler Crook’s (B.R.P.D.) renderings of Emmy and her circumscribed world are embellished with a palette of watercolor washes of muted autumnal green and burnt orange. The children’s book look of the art balances the descriptive gravity of the text and makes the gorier visuals all the more impactful.

Issue #1 is a fine set-up for this new ongoing series with just enough of a creepy cliff-hanger to make you wait breathlessly for answers. Look for it at your favorite comic shoppe on May 13th.