Dark Horse Preview (week of Feb 8)

This week, Dark Horse has a big week of comics releases. Let’s get right to them!

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BUFFY: SEASON 9 #6 is a more somber issue, dealing with the ramifications of last issue’s big reveal. It also features some fan-favorite characters like Spike and Robin Wood. There’s also some great past-slayer storytelling with Robin talking to Buffy about his late mother, and former vampire slayer, Nikki.

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CONAN: QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST #1 begins the latest adventure of Conan the Barbarian. With story by Brian Wood and art by Becky Cloonan, this is an amazing jumping-on point for people with an interest in the franchise. Do you like Game of Thrones? Get on this comic.

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DARK MATTER #2 reveals the history and mission of the mysterious crew of the ship with a really cool cliffhanger ending. I’d definitely recommend this book and you can easily pick it up with this issue if you can’t find the first.

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LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE BURNING HAND #2 continues the adventures of the pulpy corner of the Hellboy universe. I love the tone of this book, from the writing to the art to the near-monochrome coloring. It’s great at evoking a feeling and this issue is another great piece of the Lobster Johnson story.

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MURKY WORLD is a one-shot comic, collecting the short stories originally printed in Dark Horse Presents. It’s a bit free-form in terms of story, but the art is really terrific. Curious to see if we’ll be getting more adventures of the “Murky World.”

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THE STRAIN #3 adds a strange note of social commentary in the middle of a vampire horror story, but if you’ve liked the previous installments, you won’t be disappointed.

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STAR WARS: AGENT OF THE EMPIRE #3 keeps the espionage action coming with more of the adventures of Jahan Cross and the return of two big-time guest stars from the first issue (let’s just say you’ll want to let the Wookiee win).

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STAR WARS: CRIMSON EMPIRE III #4 is pretty deep in Star Wars mythology, taking place after the original trilogy and involving some of the other expanded universe stuff that took place around it. Maybe not newcomer-friendly. But if you liked previous Crimson Empire installments, this should be right up your alley.

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STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC – WAR #2 keeps moving quickly through the story of Zayne Carrick, a Jedi in the middle of a big war between the Republic and the Mandalorians. There’s a lot of ground covered in this single issue, a really nice respite from the decompressed story-telling you see in many comic books these days.

You can pick up these comics and more at your local comic shop or at Dark Horse Digital!

Thanks to Aub Driver and the fine folks at Dark Horse Comics!

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