Each month all the major publishers release solicitations of their upcoming books and most sites just put them up and leave it at that. Here at Comic Booked we like to try different things so here is our experiment: We will be posting a selection of advanced solicits from the publishers but instead of leaving it at that, the books we preview will be personally selected by our contributors and we’re going to begin with the March 2013 solicitations from Dark Horse Comics!

If that doesn’t make sense, don’t worry, keep reading and you’ll what what we’re doing. Of course, as I said, this is an experiment and will likely get changed as we move forward.

Comments, suggestions, any kind of feedback is always welcome!

 

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 #19Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Andrew Chambliss (W), Georges Jeanty (P/Variant cover), Dexter Vines (I), Michelle Madsen (C), and Phil Noto (Cover)

On sale Mar 13
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

The Siphon is loose and gathering power after a brutal brawl with Buffy, Illyria, and Koh. But there are biggerBuffy things. More important things. Real terror greets Buffy as soon as she returns to San Francisco, where friends and family await her with troubling news.

• Executive produced by Joss Whedon!
• Season 9 continues!

I’ve been collecting this title since Season 8 launched and I am definitely liking this season better than the last, but the associated books in the family are drawing me in more than this one. That being said, you cannot read the Buffyverse without the Buffy main title, especially since everything eventually wraps up here. -Kelly Cassidy

WillowBUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: WILLOW—WONDERLAND #5 (of 5)
Christos Gage (W), Jeff Parker (W), Brian Ching (P), Jason Gorder (I), Michelle Madsen (C), David Mack (Cover), and Megan Lara (Variant cover)

On sale Mar 6
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

WillowWillow’s search for magic has led her to some strange worlds with mysterious creatures, fantastical spells, lost love, and new friends (as well as enemies). As her journey speeds toward its end, Willow lands within a rather morbid landscape where the greatest evil she’ll have to confront is herself if she’s ever to make it home again.

• Buffy Season 9 continues with Willow’s story!

This is the final issue in the miniseries. It’s a tie-in to Buffy Season 9, so there’s gotta be something going on. The series has focused on Willow attempting to restore magic to the Earth (she is a witch and magic is kind of her thing) so this issue should lead to a conclusion of some kind… but will we see Good Willow or Bad Willow emerge triumphant? We don’t know. -Kelly Cassidy

Also from the Buffyverse:

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 VOLUME 3: GUARDED TBuffy
Andrew Chambliss (W), Jane Espenson (W), Drew Z. Greenberg (W), Georges Jeanty (P), Karl Moline (P), Ben Dewey (P), Nathan Massengill (I), Andy Owens (I), Dexter Vines (I), Michelle Madsen (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)

On sale May 1
FC, 136 pages
$17.99
TP, 7″ x 10″

In a bold move to give disenfranchised Slayers a meaningful societal role (with pay), Kennedy recruits Buffy to act as bodyguard for high-profile clientele. But unlike the other recruits, Buffy struggles to abandon her Slaying instincts and looks for demony threats where none lie (much to Kennedy’s dismay). So it’s only natural that her first job is to protect a tech mogul who just so happens to be running from demon assassins! Collects Buffy Season 9 #11–#15.

• Executive produced by Joss Whedon!
• Introduces Billy the vampire slayer!
• Guest writers Jane Espenson and Drew Greenberg!

HellboyHELLBOY IN HELL #4
Mike Mignola (W/A/Cover) and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Mar 6
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

After a bizarre family reunion, Hellboy can barely process the new information, and the things he’s done, since arriving in Hell. But Mike Mignola has one more revelation before concluding this initial monthly run of the story we’ve been building to since 1994 . . .

• Mike Mignola writes and draws Hellboy!

• Death was only the beginning!

• The bizarre origin of one of Mignola’s most enigmatic characters.

I am picking up this book simply for Mignola’s art, but also since I have picked up the first issue I plan on seeing whether or not the story gets fleshed out for a new Hellboy reader of I get even more lost than I was at the end of issue #1. -Kelly Cassidy