Below you’ll find the solicitations information and cover artwork for all of Dark Horse Comics comic book titles released on December 2, 2015. My personal faves this week are Mystery Girl #1 and This Damned Band #5!
The command ship Helios drifts through deep space on its way to LV-223. They are on a quest to find, perhaps, the origins of life on Earth. With a full crew of scientists, and soldiers, the ship lumbers towards what is supposed to be a desert moon. Much to the crew’s surprise, they land in the middle of a dense rainforest that holds terrors beyond their imagination.
There’s a problem with deep space: it’s boring. Space is huge. It’s hugely, bigly huge. Did you ever take car trips with your family, and drive through the so-called “fly-over states” and learn why they’re fly-over states? Space is one big fly-over state. Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1 is hobbled early on by the vastness in that where there is nothing to do, there is nothing to read about. The story begins near enough to the landing that we meet some of the crew, and figure out what their objective is, but there was still a lot of nothing happening. So, long review short, the beginning bit is tedious.
During a vicious xenomorph outbreak, terraforming engineer Derrick Russell leads a group of survivors onto a rickety mining vessel. They hope to escape the creatures overrunning their colony, but they’ll face horrors both in space and on the strange planet they crash on.
From critically acclaimed writer Chris Roberson and artist Patric Reynolds (Colder), Aliens: Fire And Stone #1 is the first issue in a blockbuster crossover event that ties directly into Ridley Scott’s 2012 film, Prometheus, as well as the Alien and Predator franchises.
Thanks to the fine folks at Dark Horse, we’re giving you a glimpse inside the first issue, which you can view here below. Aliens: Fire And Stone #1 is on sale September 24, 2014 and is available for pre-order now.
Fantasy art and illustration has a beautiful and rich history. From the beautiful and titillating Margaret Brundage covers for Weird Tales through the poster, magazine, and album art of Frank Frazetta to the contemporary work of Marc Silvestri, artists and illustrators have brought color and shape to worlds of wonder. Be they scenes from the past, the future, or lands that never were, art plays an important role in fleshing out description and dialog.
Into this worthy tradition comes artist David Palumbo. Be it the historic flight of the first woman cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, in June 1963; the return of the Cthulhu and the Old Ones to destroy a modern metropolis’ a Victorian image of Jack The Ripper, or creature art for the trading card game Legend Of The Cryptids, Palumbo brings a strong eye for detail, light, and color that immediately draws the eye. Parts of his paintings show detail with clarity, where others are intentionally vague. The figures often suggest a kinetic sense of impending motion that no photograph could properly convey. The faces are caught in expressions of terror, struggle, or bewilderment.