Horse Makes Conan King This Fall...
Brains Scream While Nexus The Executioner Returns...
Horse has certainly made itself a hit franchise with Conan.
The barbarian has been enjoying a great resurgence of popularity,
largely due to Dark Horse's careful quality control. And
yet they still manage to do one-off mini-series that maintain
the feel of the main book.
have been set in vague points of Conan's history, but now
they're going where Robert E. Howard always said Conan would
go -- to the throne.
Written by fan-favorite
scribe Akira Yoshida (X-Men/Fantastic Four; Wolverine, Elektra)
with exquisite art by Paul Lee (Detective Comics; Buffy:
The Vampire Slayer), Conan and the Demons of Khitai takes
place many years in the future from the award-winning ongoing
series and marks Conan’s first appearance as King
in Dark Horse’s best-selling comics revival of the
legendary fantasy hero.
When Conan receives
an invitation from the Eastern kingdom of Khitai to open
trade in precious jewels and spices, he decides to travel
into this long-mysterious land. Unbeknonwst to Conan, those
who have requested his company may have far more devious
intentions than trade and beasts unseen by Western eyes
lurk amidst the shadows. Soon King Conan runs afoul of an
evil sorcerer and his demonic retainers in this tale of
silent spectral warriors and ghastly monsters in the Far
the course of my career, I have walked down many paths,
but never did I imagine I would one day travel the road
to Khitai with Conan the Cimmerian!” remarked writer
Akira Yoshida. “Guiding the King of Aquilonia through
these strange Asian lands has been a daunting one. As Robert
E. Howard had written of the mystic land of Khitai, but
never in any great detail, we were all strangers in a strange
land on this journey. But working with editor Scott Allie
and artist Paul Lee has been a pleasure and the adventure
we’ve taken with Conan is one we hope everyone will
be talking about.”
thrilled at the chance to work on such a legendary title,”
commented artist Paul Lee. “This series has given
me a chance to explore a new approach to painted comics.
I am totally excited!”
and the Demons of Khitai is a four-issue miniseries written
by Akira Yoshida with art by Paul Lee and covers by Pat
Lee (Transformers; Darkminds; Warlands). Issue #1 arrives
on sale October 5 with a retail price of $2.99.
Horse has also made plans to bring back one of the best
independent series of the 80s and 90s, Mike Baron and Steve
Rude's Nexus. This project has me already setting some cash
aside, as I missed the early issues of this series. It bopped
around from publisher to publisher, which made its first
run very hard to find. We're all too late to the party,
but thanks to Dark Horse, we can still have the fun.
Eisner Award-winning series that defined the careers of
acclaimed creators Steve Rude and Mike Baron is now presented
in a pristine archival collection that is sure to be an
essential part of any comics connoisseur’s collection.
On the distant
moon of Ylum, an enigmatic man is plagued by nightmares.
He is forced to dream of the past. He dreams of real-life
butchers and tyrants, and what they have done. The year
is 2841, and this man is Nexus, a godlike figure who acts
as judge, jury, and executioner for the vile criminals who
appear in his dreams. He claims to kill in self-defense,
but why? Where do the visions come from, and where did he
get his powers? Though a hero to many, does he have any
real moral code? These are but some of the questions that
reporter Sundra Peale hopes to have answered.
on high-quality paper stock and featuring a newly painted
cover by Steve Rude, Nexus Archives Volume 1 features story
by Mike Baron with art by Steve Rude. Collecting Nexus #1-3
(Capital Comics) and Nexus #1-4 (First Comics) it arrives
on sale November 16 with a retail price of $49.95.
16 will also see the trade collection of Bruce Campbell's
Man with the Screaming Brain, the "director's cut"
version (on paper, anyway) of his
burgeoning cult classic film that Sci Fi will air this
Fall. The trade will retail for $13.95.