Dark Horse Presents New Fraction, Vacchs And ‘Buffy’ In Milestone 25th Issue [Extended Preview]
By Andy Khouri
A nominee for this year’s Eisner Award for Best Anthology (and last year’s winner), Dark Horse Presents has been one of ComicsAlliance’s favorite titles since it was relaunched in 2011 to continue the classic and influential series’ tradition of showcasing emerging talent alongside some of the best established writers, artists and cartoonists mainstream and underground comics has to offer. Each issue comes with quirky, undiluted excursions into the minds of uniquely talented creators, usually with immersive new serials or idiosyncratic short stories but also in the form of recurring, cult favorite characters and properties for which Dark Horse has served as caretaker for many years.
On sale this week is the 25th issue of DHP, which the publisher has stuffed with 80 pages of new material including the first Dark Horse work by Matt Fraction, who offers a trippy time-travel story with mind-bending artwork by Christian Ward. DHP #25 also features the start of a new Buffy The Vampire Slayer serial by longtime Buffy writer Jane Espenson and artists Karl Moline & Andy Owens; and “Underground,” a violent new serial conceived by authorAndrew Vachss. And of course new episodes of Fred Van Lente and Freddie Williams II’s sixties superhero revival“Brain Boy”; Ron Randall’s cyberpunk “Trekker,” Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s political space opera “Nexus”; Dan Jolley and Leonard Kirk’s resurrected DC project “Bloodhound”; and more.
Dark Horse Presents #25 goes on sale tomorrow (Wednesday, June 19), but below you’ll get an extended preview of the auspicious issue that includes never-before-seen pages.
Check out the preview on ComicsAlliance!
Hey, uh, no joke, but that my name is on a book alongside Jane Espenson’s and Andrew Vachss and Baron and Rude and and and and, and that little Horsey head, is kind of a big deal for me.
Anyway I hope you dig the story. Christian Ward is a mad genius and I look forward to working with him to add permanent creases in the spacetime continuum in what you humans call “the foochur”