Sunday, September 16, 2012

COVER SHOTS: The Best From Dark Horse Comics' December 2012 Solicitations

Dark Horse is already granting Christmas wishes for fans, with creator Mike Mignola's return to drawing the interiors of a Hellboy ongoing! Making sure that's not the only tasty treat to tempt stocking filler-up-erer's with, the best hits of their December 2012 range, look like this;


A few artists have done great jobs on Hellboy since Conqueror Worm, but when a creator draws his own creation, there's just something else that clicks into place - as this beauty sure shows!!

Dark Horse says: After saving the world in The Storm and The Fury, but sacrificing himself and Great Britain, Hellboy is dead, cast into Hell, where he finds many familiar faces, and a throne that awaits him. Mike Mignola returns to draw Hellboy's ongoing story. It's a story only Mignola could tell, as more of Hellboy's secrets are at last revealed, in the most bizarre depiction of Hell you've ever seen.

CLOSE CONTENDER: Raymond Swanland - Dark Horse Presents #19

You'd think the Marvel trademark offices would've wrapped 'X' up before anything else huh? Well proving there's room for another franchise to share the letter, X returns - the second comeback from the 90's Comics Greatest World imprint.

Other Dark Horse December 2012 highlights; Steve Niles' horror collides in Criminal Macabre: Final Night - The 30 Days of Night Crossover #1 (of 4), Francesco Francavilla continues his Eisner winning ways with Black Beetle: Night Shift #0, and Darth Vader fronts the new mini Star Wars: Purge - The Tyrant's Fist #1 (of 2).

 What do you think?  Sound off below. For December 2012 solicits from other publishers as they're released click here, or for Dark Horse's full December line-up, follow the jump!


  1. I'm almost as excited by this as I am about Neil Gaiman coming back to write Sandman. Mike's back!!! Not that other artists haven't done well on Hellboy. Sure they have. I mean, you have a looong list of extremely talented names that have worked on Hellboy with a bunch of Eisners to back it up. But there's just something about Mignola's rendering of Hellboy which comes through better. It kind of craggily jumps off the page and wants to grab you and that flashlight you're reading the comic with under your covers. Because let's be honest, that's the best way to read Hellboy. In the dark. Scaring yourself with every bump you imagine hearing just outside your window, or worse, inside the vents travelling down to the basement.

    Gads, I'm creeping myself out just thinking about it. :) Yay!

  2. I completely agree Random! And it's an ongoing! I love it how Mike threw convention to the wind and forged his own style. The way he uses black and plays with positive and negative space to not just draw but design, pputs him ahead of much of the pack in my book. The news he's full-time interior dude again - well that just tickles my fancy no end.

    Infact, on a tangent, I think if I was to have any comic cover blown up on my wall, it would be his cover for the Batman-Hellboy-Starman crossover. That was just all kinds of cool.

  3. That one is right up there with Dave McKean's cover for The Sound of Her Wings for me.