Below you’ll find the solicitations information and cover artwork for all of Dark Horse Comics comic book titles released on December 30, 2015. My personal favorite is Conan The Avenger #21, as it’s a classic work that showcases what it means to be a Cimmerian barbarian.
The Order of the Forge #3 Written by Victor Gischler
Illustrated by Tazio Bettin
Color Assisted by Enrica Eren Angiolini
Lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by Juan Ferreyra Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 24, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99
In The Order of the Forge #3 by Victor Gischler and Tazio Bettin, young George Washington and his super-powered allies are in a race to stop a madman from taking over the colonies. Will our founding fathers’ newly obtained powers help aid them in the discovery of an ancient Viking secret weapon, or will the weapon fall into the enemy’s hands first?
Going into The Order of the Forge, and after reading its official synopsis, I wasn’t anticipating a highly thought-provoking read; I was expecting entertaining action and a fun, engaging story. I’ll mention that up until this point, Gischler’s comic, while taking many liberties with the history of our nation’s early leaders, has been an enjoyable read. He takes some common knowledge regarding George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Revere, and utilizes them as anchors for the enhanced abilities scenario — which makes for a wild, historical romp; however, the final issue of the mini-series is a bit of a letdown.
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.
Colder is a really, really weird comic, and that’s putting it lightly. In a mental institution in Massachusetts during early LSD experiments in the 1940s, a fire breaks out and begins to consume the hallucinating asylum inmates. At the same time, an other-worldly being named Nimble Jack appears out of some kind of wormhole and beings to devour the inmates’ sanity. One inmate in particular who he feeds off is Declan Thomas. However, due to the raging fire, Nimble Jack doesn’t get to finish off Declan as the building collapses. Luckily, Declan survives the incident unscathed; however, his body temperature has dropped significantly and continues to do so throughout the years. Cut to modern day and Declan is living with a nurse named Reece in her home. Reece cares for the man since he has no family and nowhere to go. He is essentially an introvert. He doesn’t say or do anything other than clean and dress himself. After Nimble Jack appears in current day and comes into contact with Reece, Declan announces that he’s been “alive” the entire time and now has something to share with Reece.