Heads Up: Dark Horse Comics Previews – September 2012

Being a comic fan can be tough. With so many publishers printing more and more books, canceling titles and starting new ones, it can be daunting when you head to the comic book shop on a Wednesday to know exactly what’s coming out.

The current system of presenting and ordering comics three months ahead of their release as set forth by the sole comics distributor, Diamond Comics, doesn’t make it any easier either. We’re not a fan of that system, we think it’s slowly strangling comics to death, but we realize it’s a harsh reality of how the industry works and we definitely don’t want you to miss out on any of the cool comics being published.

And so, as opposed to regurgitating the list of comics solicited in Previews each month, we present to you some of the highlights of things you probably won’t want to miss out on.

SPOILER WARNING – In order to get people to order comics, the publishers have a funny habit of revealing what’s happening in the books. If you don’t want anything at all to be spoiled, then you’ll probably want to skip this post and take your chances with your pre-orders and/or your shopping.

Damn Frogs

The fourth massive and yet affordable collection of B.P.R.D. will be our sweaty, non-froggy hands this fall, and they look very good on my shelf. They also look very good opened, covered in Guy Davis and Dave Stewart art. This is as good as comics get today. Guaranteed.


Story and cover by Mike Mignola
Story by John Arcudi
Art by Guy Davis
Color by Dave Stewart

On sale Nov 7
FC, 456 pages
HC, 7″ x 10″

A story that began in the first issue of Hellboy concludes with the B.P.R.D. team set to permanently wipe out the subterranean colony of frog monsters. The team tracks down Memnan Saa’s hideout, but soon find themselves in over their heads when old enemies like the Black Flame arrive to lay waste to the world.

Demons and Social Networking


This brings Buffy fans to the end of this arc, and shows the talent of Joss Whedon (still executive producing this series), and how much longevity the series has.


Story by Andrew Chambliss
Art and Variant Cover by Georges Jeanty & Nathan Massengill
Colors by Michelle Madsen
Cover by Phil Noto

On sale Sept 12
FC, 32 pages

Acting as bodyguard for her first-ever client, Buffy has found herself entangled in some nasty demon business with ties to Angel and his time in LA. Through the social network Tincan, some demons have been able to connect to our world, and any attempts to sever that connection will lead Buffy and her client into increasingly dangerous territory.

Cavalcade of Art Continues!

I don’t know if the artists are rotating on purpose, or they just keep moving on, but from Becky Cloonan to James Harren to Vasilis Lolos, Conan’s been pitching a no hitter. And that is how you mix a metaphor!


Story by Brian Wood
Art by Vasilis Lolos
Colors by Dave Stewart
Cover by Massimo Carnevale

On sale Sept 12
FC, 32 pages

At home in Cimmeria, Conan feels a confidence he hasn’t experienced in some time. However, Bêlit is unsure of herself among Conan’s family and clan in this strange, frozen land, a dangerous variable as the two face not only the impostor Conan, but also his vicious army!

You’re the one who’s creepy

I’m not sure what it is. But remember what I said about the B.P.R.D. series up there? Same people.

The Creep #1
Story by John Arcudi
Art by Jonathan Case
Cover by Mike Mignola

On sale Sept 12
FC, 32 pages

A pair of teen suicides raise terrible questions, but can a grim private eye commit himself to a case that is so closely connected to his own haunted past?

More Lobster and Zonzic


Looks like a one-shot from the same folks who brought us the wonderful Burning Hand mini-series.


Story and Variant Cover by Mike Mignola
Story by John Arcudi
Art and Cover by Tonci Zonjic
Colors by Dave Stewart

On sale Sept 19
FC, 32 pages

Hellboy’s favorite gun-blazing vigilante takes justice to the skies this time by getting locked in combat aboard a zeppelin!

About That Lobster

This collects my favorite Hellboy universe mini-series in a long time. If you didn’t listen to me then, listen to me now.


Story and Cover by Mike Mignola
Story by John Arcudi
Art by Tonci Zonjic
Colors by Dave Stewart

On sale Nov 14
FC, 144 pages
TP, 7″ x 10″

When a tribe of dead Indians start scalping the policemen in the city, Hellboy’s crime-fighting hero Lobster Johnson and his allies arrive to take on these foes and their gangster cronies! Collects Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1-#5.

It’s an angry title

Richard Corben is a very good artist. End of story.


Story by Jan Strnad
Art and Cover by Richard Corben

On sale Nov 7
FC, 112 pages
HC, 7″ x 10″

From the creators of Mutant World!
Ragemoor! A living castle, nurtured on pagan blood, harborer to deadly monsters! A fortress possessed of its own will and ability to change itself, with the power to add and destroy rooms and to grow without the help of any human hand. Its servants aren’t human, its origins are Lovecraftian, and its keeper must fend off the castle walls from the terrible race of worm men! Collects the four-issue miniseries.

You want more? Check out Dark Horse’s full list of September solicitations.


  1. I will read (or have read) all of these except the Buffy books. Great stuff!

  2. The Creep looks so good!

  3. Getting Conan & the Lobster Johnson one-shot, will likely try the Creep as well….and the BPRD and Ragemoor trades at a later date:)

  4. I believe The creep is an old character from the earlier run of dark horse presents. Should be cool.

  5. Great to see Tonci will be drawing more Lobster Johnson. Josh, I couldn’t agree more with your assesment of the BPRD books. I’m not familiar with Vasilis Lolos, but Brian Wood’s Conan hasn’t let me down yet. Dark Horse fuckin rules.