James Stokoe is doing an ‘Aliens’ comic

Dark Horse announces two new projects due out in time for next April’s “Aliens Day 2017.”

In space, no one can hear you scream … with excitement. Dark Horse announced today that James Stokoe, creator of Orc Stain and Wonton Soup, will write and draw a four-issue Aliens series.

Per the press release, Aliens: Dead Orbit finds Wascylewsk, an engineering officer, trapped in a space station after a horrific accident. Wascylewsk is forced to use all available tools—a timer, a utility kit, and his wits—to survive an attack from the deadliest creature known to man. The first issue will feature a variant cover by Geof Darrow and goes on sale next April.

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Cats & crime: Meet ‘Spencer & Locke,’ coming next year from Action Lab

David Pepose and Jorge Santiago Jr. team up for a gritty crime story — with imaginary friends.

If you ever wondered what happened to Calvin, Hobbes and their friend Susie, well … David Pepose and Jorge Santiago Jr. have an idea, and it isn’t exactly pleasant.

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Archie’s ‘Riverdale’ TV show gets a comic

The TV adaptation of the Archie comics is, naturally, getting its own comic — Riverdale, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Alitha Martinez, arrives as a one-shot next year, followed by an ongoing series.

Per the press release, Aguirre-Sacasa will be joined by “the members of the show’s writers’ room” in creating the comic. Archie and his pals, of course, are no strangers to comic books, and star in about 1,500 different continuities already — one where he got married, one where he (spoiler alert) died, one where he’s written by Mark Waid, one where he fights zombies, one where he’s a punk rocker and hangs with the Ramones, and one where he fights sharks, just to name a few. The X-Men got nothing on Archie and the gang.

Press release and promo artwork below …

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Kindt, Powell, Nguyen and more join Lemire on ‘Black Hammer’ annual

Dark Horse Comics will publish “Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual” in January.

Black Hammer, Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s comic about superheroes stuck outside their realities after a multiversal crisis, will get the annual treatment next year.

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Ray-Anthony Height and Vito Delsante reunite for the return of Midnight Tiger

Announced at the recent Long Beach Comic-Con, artist Ray-Anthony Height and writer Vito Delsante revealed that the two will be teaming up to bring back Height’s superhero creation Midnight Tiger. The character’s comic book series was initially self-published before attracting the attention of Action Lab Entertainment, resulting in the publication of three issues in 2014.

Height and Delsante previously worked together on the Actionverse mini-series, which brought together a number of Action Lab’s creator-owned superhero series into one big collaborative story, including Height’s Midnight Tiger and Delsante’s Stray.

I reached out to both creators to find out more about the upcoming return of Midnight Tiger.

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Joss Whedon’s ‘Angel’ returns for another ‘season’ at Dark Horse

Buffy’s ex returns next year in a new series by Corinna Bechko, Geraldo Borges and Michelle Madsen.

Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff Angel will return to comics in January for Angel Season 11, by writer Corinna Bechko and artists Geraldo Borges and Michelle Madsen.

Published by Dark Horse Comics and following this summer’s announcement that Buffy would also return for an 11th “season,” the new series “finds Angel being tormented by memories of his past,” the press release states. “His visions link his dark past to a Big Bad coming in the future. The goddess Illyria intervenes and assists Angel as he discovers that it might be possible to change the future by traveling back in time to change the past.”

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Nilsen’s ‘God and the Devil at War in the Garden’ back in print

Award-winning comics creator Anders Nilson (Big Questions, The End, Poetry is Useless) has a new website, and with its launch comes news that his God and the Devil at War in the Garden short-story collection is available again.

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Bunn, Kambadais dig up ‘Grave Lilies’ at Z2 Comics

Artist George Kambadais (The Double Life Of Miranda Turner) and writer Cullen Bunn (pretty much everything) have teamed up for a new creator-owned, sci-fi, super-powered mystery titled Grave Lilies. Published by Z2 Comics, the first issue is due out in December.

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How much ‘old’ does DC Comics need?

How much “old” do you need?

That question was more hypothetical back in the spring, before DC’s “Rebirth” initiative started quantifying it. “Rebirth” was as direct a response to the New 52 as the publisher has ever given, even bringing back specific characters from the old days to help the healing process along. “Rebirth” also up-ended the normal relaunch paradigm, which seeks to streamline a character’s presentation so as to keep what works and discard what doesn’t. By contrast, “Rebirth” took the position that the status quo generally needed fixing, and specifically could use a healthy dose of what had come before.

Regardless of its inelegance, though, the New 52’s streamlining had to come from somewhere. The old regime had been in place for at least 25 years, ever since the great cosmic streamlining of Crisis On Infinite Earths. Back then, the question of “how much old” related to what the character could do without. Today, it seems like the question is what the character needs to have put back.

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