The best of the independent comics news articles for September 22nd - 24th, 2013!
"Ghost" returns to Dark Horse as an ongoing series!
With the inevitable loss of their top selling "Star Wars" license following the recent purchase of Lucas Arts by Disney (who also own Marvel Comics), Dark Horse Comics have been taking steps to adjust to the near future where they'll be losing one of their most notable licensed properties, which they've relied on for much of their existence. To this end the company has been taking a cue from Image Comics and others by revamping some of their old superhero franchises. To this end, "Ghost" has seen a return in "Dark Horse Comics Presents" as well as her own mini series, written by Kelley Sue DeConnick ("Captain Marvel").
The four issue mini series has done well for Dark Horse as "Ghost" is back for her first ongoing series since 1998 come November. DeConnick will co-write it alongside Chris Sebela with artist Ryan Sook ("X-Factor") being attached to the project. The series once again follows Elisa Cameron as she uses supernatural powers to battle the forces of evil, often times demonic forces; the hook this time around is she's actually alive, and adjusting to many years off the grid. To this end DeConnick and Sebela are using the gap in time the heroine has seen in real life to the advantage of their narrative.
"Serenity" returns at Dark Horse Comics!
Continuing along the theme of Dark Horse Comics adjusting to life without "Star Wars", the company has seemed to long be friends with franchises originally written and produced by Joss Whedon. The publisher has seen their "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comics sell in droves, which inspired a family of spin off titles. To this end the publisher seems to be continuing along those lines with an ongoing series based around "Firefly".
Written and created by Whedon, "Firefly" aired for one season on "Fox" in 2002 and saw a film, called "Serenity", produced by Universal Studios in 2005. The show and film focused upon the crew of a space ship having adventures in space which starred Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres and Alan Tudyk, among others. Dark Horse Comics has published some short stories revolving around "Firefly", but an ongoing series has been approved and it will feature regular art by Georges Jaunty, who has drawn for "Buffy" comics. Despite the show's middling success in terms of network longevity, it has garnered a large cult following which could signal big sales for Dark Horse Comics.
"The Pretender" returns in comic book form!
For four seasons on NBC (1996-2000), "The Pretender" featured the adventures of Jarod (played by Michael T. Weiss), a child prodigy and genius who is able to flawlessly impersonate anyone in any line of work as he performs missions for the mysterious cabal called "the Centre". Aside for two TV movies on cable network TNT in 2001, the series has been dormant aside for DVD sales and syndication. Now, it has been announced that the series will continue in both novel and comic book form starting next month. Series creators Steven Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle will remain involved, with Jenna Busch set to write "The Pretender: The Centre Chronicles" in comic book form. The series begins with a six issue arc taking place before the start of the TV show to embellish details, before continuing on. With the series nearing a 20th anniversary, the time seems to be ripe for a return as nostalgia remains a commodity in publishing.