Image Comics set to release Dark Fang: Volume 1 paperback in May

This May, Image Comics will release the collected paperback of the series Dark Fang, by writer Miles Gunter (B.P.R.D.) and artist Kelsey Shannon (Bastard Samurai). Dark Fang, Volume 1: Earth Calling will have issues #1-5 of the new sci-fi, environmental horror series.

The story:

“Valla has a vested interest in the survival of humankind. After all, humans are her primary food source. When the ocean-dwelling vampire finds her aquatic paradise destroyed by a dark liquid plague, Valla takes to the surface in search of answers. What she finds is a world on the brink of ecological disaster, and a civilization powerless to stop it. If Valla wants to keep eating, she’ll have to take down the fossil fuel industries.”

Dark Fang, Volume 1: Earth Calling arrives in comic book stores on Wednesday, May 9th.

Dark Horse Comics sets Black Hammer: Age of Doom down for 2018

Dark Horse Comics has announced the return of writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dean Ormston’s creator-owned Black Hammer superhero saga, with a new ongoing series, Black Hammer: Age of Doom, coming in 2018. The new ongoing series will continue to chronicle the adventures of the forgotten champions of Spiral City, following the events of the cliffhanger ending of issue thirteen of Black Hammer.

“One thing Black Hammer has always done is comment on the history of superhero comics and we live in a world where superhero universes seem to be rebooted, relaunched, and rebirthed every year,” said Lemire. “It felt like we needed to play around with that idea, but put a Black Hammer spin on it. So, starting in April, Dean, Dave Stewart, Todd Klein, and I will continue the story and the mystery of Black Hammer farm in Black Hammer: Age of Doom! It’s a new series, but everything you love will stay intact and we’ll deliver the next chapter in the story of Golden Gail, Abraham Slam, Barbalien and the rest of the gang.”

“Black Hammer ends with a major, game-changing revelation,” said Ormston. “Readers are super keen to find out how our heroes are stuck on the farm and more answers, twists, and turns are coming in Black Hammer: Age of Doom.”

Meanwhile, the Black Hammer universe will spin off with a few mini-series, featuring the work of different artists. On October 18, Dark Horse Comics will lift off Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, written by Lemire and illustrated by artist David Rubín (Ether). The highly anticipated four-issue series follows Lucy Weber—the daughter of the Black Hammer and an investigative reporter for the Global Planet—as she uncovers the dark secret origins of some of her father’s greatest foes.

“Black Hammer has grown beyond what Dean Ormston and I could ever have hoped for,” said Lemire. “We’ve fallen in love with the world of Black Hammer and the characters that live there and we have a lot of stories left to tell. This ending is just the beginning.”

Each issue of the new Black Hammer ongoing series will be featuring a variant cover by an acclaimed artist, starting with the first issue variant cover by Skottie Young (I Hate Fairyland) and an issue 2 variant cover by Fábio Moon (Two Brothers) with a homage to Frank Miller’s icon Batman: The Dark Knight Returns cover.

Black Hammer: Age of Doom arrives sometime in the month of April 2018.

Here is that Skottie Young variant cover:

IDW, Burger Records set to release The Scooter Chronicles: A Southern California Modyssey

IDW Publishing and Burger Records, Southern California record label/store will publish The Scooter Chronicles: A Southern California Modyssey, Shahriar’s Fouladi’s upcoming novella exploring an unsung and oft-unexplored sliver of SoCal history.

Meet Tommy Daniels, a 1980s teen who comes from a poor family and lives in a bland, rich Southern California beach town, working part time as a delivery boy for a pharmacy. Though he doesn’t exactly fit in—particularly given his love of Mod culture—Tommy’s life is looking good: He is about to start college, is days away from going “all the way” with his girlfriend, and has almost enough money to buy the perfect scooter. But that’s when things go horribly awry.

Hunted by a reclusive old rock star, haunted by a menacing police officer, indoctrinated into a cult, and accompanied by swine while catching a ride in a pickup; Tommy’s epic, comic journey is filled with a cast of colorful characters, set to the soundtrack of Tommy’s Mod mixtape.

Feeding off the music from the Mod movement, extras for the collection include “It’s a Way of Life,” an essay about the Mod revival in 1980s Southern California by Bart Mendoza, lead singer of the band Manual Scan, noted music journalist, and a prime player in the San Diego Mod scene. Plus a selection of color images capturing prime Mod moments from 1980s California, as well as celebrated artist Ralph Cosentino’s cover for Dr. Harvey’s Victor the Vespa, the fictional book written by a character in the story.

“Burger is excited to delve deeper into the book publishing world with the release of The Scooter Chronicles!” said Sean Bohrman, co-founder of Burger Records. “Since we have such an affinity for the Paisley Underground musical movement of the early 80s and Mod culture in general, we thought this book would be a good fit for us and our audience. It’s a story about a scrapper named Tommy who is willing to do anything to take his life into his own hands and that’s something we can get behind, being the scrappers that we are!”

The Scooter Chronicles: A Southern California Modyssey will be available from IDW Publishing and Burger Records on March 20, 2018, at $19.99.

Viz announces new 4 manga title acquisitions for 2018 release

Viz Media recently announced the addition of new manga properties this past weekend during its panel at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.

New titles to be published in print and digital under the Shonen Jump imprint include:

BLACK TORCH, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Summer 2018
Jiro Azuma is descended from of a long line of shinobi, and he also can talk to animals. Although he may appear rough and tumble, his compassionate side emerges when it comes to furry critters. But Jiro’s soft spot for animals gets him in major trouble when a suspicious stray cat fuses with him, granting him exceptional power but also dragging him into humanity’s hidden battle against powerful, menacing spirits.

DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018
Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a demon slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty demons. For young Tanjiro, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality.

KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Late Spring 2018
Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane are two geniuses who stand atop their prestigious academy’s student council, making them the elite among elite. But it’s lonely at the top and each has fallen for the other. There’s just one huge problem standing in the way of lovey-dovey bliss – they’re both too prideful to be the first to confess their romantic feelings and in doing so become the “loser” in the competition of love! And so begins their daily schemes to force the other to confess first!

DEAD DEAD DEMONS DEDEDEDE DESTRUCTION, Vol. 1
Rated ‘M’ for Mature · Debuts Spring 2018
Three years ago the aliens invaded Tokyo. Nothing is ever the same. But after a while, even impending doom starts feeling ordinary. The Japanese Self Defense Forces are still looking for a way to combat the looming alien threat, but so far conventional weapons have had no effect on the mothership. Maybe it’s time to try something unconventional. Meanwhile, Kadode Koyama is in high school. She and her best friend avidly track the aliens’ movements on social media and less enthusiastically study for college entrance exams. When the end of the world is overhead, you learn to take things one step at a time.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future, visit viz.com for more info and updates.