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April 2013 Solicitations: Dark Horse

Skott Jimenez 01/22/2013 Reviews

Now it’s time to look at some of our picks from Dark Horse! These are picked directly from their April Solicitations:

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1 FOR $1: MIND MGMT #1Mind Mgmt
Matt Kindt (W/A/Cover)
On sale Apr 3
FC, 24 pages
$1.00
One-shot
Just in time for the first collection, the sold-out MIND MGMT #1 is back in print—for $1! Now’s your chance to catch up with Matt Kindt’s brilliant tale of lost memories, the Mind Management psychic spy agency, its most infamous defector, and the journalist who uncovers their incredible secrets!
• Try MIND MGMT for just $1!
• Named one of the top ten comics of 2012 by MTV Geek!

One of the reasons I wanted to check this out is because I currently don’t read ANY Dark Horse titles, and they seem indie enough to have some more creative titles. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Mind Mgmt and I actually really enjoy anything dealing with spies and espionage and government cover-ups. So I hope to pick up this title soon! -Tatiana Christian

This month in Mind Mgmt:

MIND MGMT #10Mind MGMT
Matt Kindt (W/A)
On sale Apr 24
FC, 24 pages
$3.99
Ongoing
Only the Futurist can help Lyme and Meru find Mind Management’s hidden training ground, Shangri-la. But how can they track a man who knows their every move before they do?
• From rising star Matt Kindt (Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., 3 Story, Super Spy)!
• Best-reviewed comic of 2012!
“A triumph of character, idea, design, and plot throughout.”—MTV Geek

Also available for just $1:

1 FOR $1: THE MASSIVE #1The Massive
Brian Wood (W/Cover), Kristian Donaldson (A), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Apr 3
FC, 32 pages
$1.00
One-shot
In a post-war, post-Crash, post-disaster, post-everything world, the environmental action trawler Kapital scours the earth’s oceans for its missing sister ship, The Massive, while struggling to redefine its core mission. Captain Callum Israel, a man who dedicated his life to the ocean, now must ask himself—as our planet dies—what it means to be an environmentalist after the world’s already ended.
• It’s the perfect intro to The Massive Volume 1!
• A great buy for new readers!

And speaking of The Massive:

THE MASSIVE #11The Massive
Brian Wood (W), Declan Shalvey (A), Dave Stewart (C), J. P. Leon (Cover)
On sale Apr 24
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Ongoing
Following a mutiny, the crew of the Kapital are in a race against time to catch their increasingly elusive sister ship, The Massive, when a school of aggressive great white sharks cross their path!
“Provocative, original, and fiercely intelligent.”—Comic Book Resources
“Much like DMZ, the glimpses of savagery [in The Massive] are unsettling because this world isn’t as divorced from ours as we’d like it to be.”—IGN

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AMALA’S BLADE #1 (of 4)Amalas BladeAmalasBlade1
Steve Horton (W), Michael Dialynas (A/C/Cover), and Guy Davis (Variant cover)
On sale Apr 24
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
The kingdom of Naamaron is bitterly divided into warring factions: the low-tech Purifiers and the high-tech Modifiers. Both fear the great vizier’s deadliest assassin, Amala. But for all her lethal skills, Amala’s drawing too much attention for the vizier’s taste. So what better way to deal with a troublesome cutthroat than to send her on a suicide mission?
• Nonstop, kickass fun!
• For fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Trigun, and Naruto.

While I’m not a fan of pirates or assassins, the overall hodgepodge of AMALA’S BLADE is hard to overlook. I’m curious about the science fiction aspect (my favorite genre) mingling with steam punk (my least favorite genre) and a whole bunch of other stuff. Looking forward to checking this out. -Tatiana Christian

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Final Arc begins!
ANGEL & FAITH #21Angel & FaithAngel & Faith
Christos Gage (W), Rebekah Isaacs (A/Variant cover), Dan Jackson (C), and Steve Morris (Cover)
On sale Apr 24
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
The time has come for Angel to make good on his promise to resurrect Giles—but at the same time, Season 9’s Big Bads, Pearl and Nash, together with Angel’s own mentor, Whistler, gather the final pieces needed to harness the last magical powers on Earth for their own apocalyptic plan.
• Executive produced by Joss Whedon!
• Angel’s moment of truth!
• Showdown with this season’s Big Bads!
• Distrust and accusations among the heroes!

Season 9 is eventually coming to a head and this has been my favorite book of the bunch. The artwork is consistent (not great but consistent), the storytelling is fantastic, and they even give a slight nod to the IDW series but probably can’t go too far into it since they’re at Dark Horse 100% now. But I would definitely recommend this issue, although if you haven’t read the rest of season 9 pick up a few trades and get caught up first! -Kelly Cassidy

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 #20Buffy Season 9Buffy Season 9
Andrew Chambliss (W), Karl Moline (P), Andy Owens (I), Dexter Vines (I), Michelle Madsen (C), Phil Noto (Cover), and Georges Jeanty (Variant cover)
On sale Apr 10
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
The loss of the world’s magic has finally hit Buffy. Hard. As friends and family continue to fall, Buffy is helpless. . . and Xander is beyond fed up with helplessness—and Buffy! He is so finally ready to do something about it!
• Special guest artist Karl Moline!
• Season 9 continues!
• Xander’s secret revealed!

This issue sounds like the shit hits the fan. Xander has too long been in the background, especially this season. In the series, we saw him lose an eye (to Nathan Fillion, no less) and then his ex-fiancee-who-he-still-loves was killed when the Hellmouth was opening up and the uber-vamps were around. Since then, he’s hooked up with Buffy’s sister (who was formerly a centaur, a giantess, and a Key (check out season 5 for that one)) but it sounds like he’s tired of waiting. The writing team got his persona down perfect for his return the other month – let’s see if that still holds. -Kelly Cassidy

More Buffy:

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SPIKE—A DARK PLACE TPSpike
Victor Gischler (W), Paul Lee (P), Andy Owens (I), Cris Peter (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)
On sale June 5
FC, 136 pages
$18.99
TP, 6 5/8” x 10 3/16”
Fresh from his latest attempt to get Buffy to act on her feelings for him, Spike has fled to the dark side of the moon. His trip leads him to a group of dangerous demons and a rude awakening from his reverie, which in turn leads him on an unexpected adventure to . . . Sunnydale! Collecting Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike—A Dark Place #1–#5.
• Cover by Jo Chen!
• A crucial episode in Season 9!

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STAR WARS #4Star WarsStar Wars
Brian Wood (W), Carlos D’Anda (A), Gabe Eltaeb (C), and Alex Ross (Cover)
On sale Apr 10
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
As Princess Leia’s stealth squadron lays a trap for the spy within their ranks, she soon realizes that the Rebels are ill prepared for the Empire’s zealous pursuit. Meanwhile, Han Solo flees from the Empire through the lower levels of Coruscant, and Luke Skywalker enjoys being grounded with a female friend . . .
• Classic era characters!
• Brian Wood! Alex Ross!
• Ask your retailer about the Alex Ross Star Wars #1 sketch variant!

Brian wood writing Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, and the whole gang from the era of the original movies. And after reading #1, he loves the characters. You cannot beat this. A fan writing for the fans the stories we want to see. Even though I had some issues with the artwork in #1, it’s still leaps ahead of the old Marvel series for artwork so I’ll get it so long as the story is strong. -Kelly Cassidy

More from a Galaxy Far, Far Away:

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS—THE SMUGGLER’S CODE TPStar Wars Clone Wars
Justin Aclin (W), Eduardo Ferrara (A), and Michael Atiyeh (I)
On sale June 26
FC, 80 pages
$7.99
TP, 5 1/4” x 7 1/2”
When he encounters a criminal from his past, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi strikes out, determined to fulfill a promise he made to himself as a young Jedi: to bring in this fugitive on his own! While on the trail, Obi-Wan earns a favor from a local smuggler, but her devotion to working for her own benefit may be more trouble for Obi-Wan than her help is actually worth!
• Fan-favorite Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi stars!

STAR WARS: DARK TIMES—FIRE CARRIER #3 (of 5)Star Wars Dark Times
Randy Stradley (W), Gabriel Guzman (A), Garry Henderson (C), and Douglas Wheatley (Cover)
On sale Apr 3
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
As Jedi Master K’Kruhk and a band of Padawans distance themselves from the Empire’s refugee camp, they discover a deadly secret the local militia is keeping from their Imperial masters!
Now, marked for death by both factions, they must find a place of safety. But how does one escape the dark times?

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER AND THE NINTH ASSASSIN #1 (of 5)Darth Vader
Tim Siedell (W), Stephen Thompson (P), Mark Irwin (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Ariel Olivetti (Cover)
On sale Apr 17
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Eight assassins hired to murder Darth Vader—eight assassins dead. Now the man who enlisted them seeks a ninth assassin. The price? A cost higher than all the credits in his bottomless coffers. But when it comes to avenging his son, no sacrifice is too great to acquire the one man who can kill the Dark Lord of the Sith . . .
• All-new series starring Darth Vader!
• Tim Siedell (@badbanana) has one of Time’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds!

STAR WARS: LEGACY— PRISONER OF THE FLOATING WORLD #2Star Wars Legacy
Corinna Bechko (W), Gabriel Hardman (W/A), Rachelle Rosenberg (C), and Dave Wilkins (Cover)
On sale Apr 24
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
Ania Solo found a lightsaber inside a broken Imperial communications droid. Now she’s being pursued by the local police—and a determined Imperial Knight who is willing to kill to get the weapon!
Fortunately, as a black-market salvage dealer, Ania has made some formidable friends of her own . . .
• The Solo family 138 years after Return of the Jedi!

STAR WARS: LEGACY VOLUME 1 HCStar Wars Legacy
John Ostrander (W), Jan Duursema (W/P), Adam DeKraker (P), Travel Foreman (P), Colin Wilson (A), Dan Parsons (I), Brad Anderson (C), Ronda Pattison (C), and Adam Hughes (Cover)
On sale June 12
FC, 440 pages
$34.99
HC, 6” x 9”
The future of Star Wars and the future of the Skywalkers is told in John Ostrander and Jan Duursema’s acclaimed Star Wars: Legacy. A Sith legion has conquered the Empire, the Jedi have been scattered, and the galaxy is divided. Into this comes Cade Skywalker, heir to the Skywalker legacy . . .
• The heir of the Skywalkers!
• The most popular Star Wars series now in a deluxe hardcover.

STAR WARS: LOST TRIBE OF THE SITH—SPIRAL TPSith
John Jackson Miller (W), Andrea Mutti (P), Pierluigi Baldassini (I), Michael Heisler (C), and Paul Renaud (Cover)
On sale June 19
FC, 120 pages
$18.99
TP, 7” x 10”
An ambitious Sith rebel, Spinner, is about to upset the balance of a lost tribe of Sith. When he is arrested for treason and sent away on a prisoner vessel, thoughts of overcoming his station, destroying the Tribe, and even finding a way to escape into the galaxy lead Spinner to a powerful, long-forgotten weapon. A rival stowaway Sith on that same vessel has her own ideas about the future of the Tribe. They don’t need eradication; they need a new leader—her! Collects Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #1–#5.
• Based on the popular e-books from Del Rey Books!
• From the author of the nationally best-selling novel Knight Errant from Del Rey Books!

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  1. Scorp_Moonopoly 01/23/2013 at 12:01 am

    Try as I might I just can't really get in to Dark Horse, even with the properties they manage.

  2. jeffhillwriter 01/24/2013 at 3:04 am

    The 1 for $1 idea is great. They should do it more often. Maybe a 2 for $2 followup issue for those that do well enough?

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