A Hell Of A Lot Of Dark Horse Announcements

We've been giving plaudits to Dynamite for NYCC announcements, and just ran a batch of Image ones, but Dark Horse have been pretty nifty too. Here are just a few…

*Dark Horse is pleased to announce the third installment of the wildly popular Dragon Age series! David Gaider—the lead writer of the Dragon Age games—takes three of the games' most beloved characters on a quest into the realm of nightmares, demons, and magic!

King Alistair, allied with the world's most feared warrior race—the Qunari—the pirate Isabela, and the rogue Varric, brings a battle royal to the evil mage responsible for his father's disappearance!

With scripts by Alexander Freed and art by Chad Hardin, Dragon Age: Until We Sleep is an essential addition to the Dragon Age canon!

* The most anticipated video game of 2013, The Last of Us, comes to print with a comic series and an art book from Dark Horse Comics and Naughty Dog!

The Last of Us: American Dreams will be a four-issue series by The Last of Us lead writer Neil Druckmann, with rising star Faith Erin Hicks (Zombies Calling, Friends with Boys, The Adventures of Superhero Girl) as cowriter and artist.

Ellie, the heroine of The Last of Us, has grown up in a postpandemic world, shuttled between military orphanages in one of the last remaining quarantine zones and resigned to the fact that when she's old enough, she'll be channeled into the army or left to fend for herself—until she meets an older girl determined to find a third way out. American Dreams explores Ellie's backstory and her first steps on the road that led her to her companion Joel.

The first issue of The Last of Us: American Dreams will appear in the spring of 2013.

* Dark Horse Comics is set to publish a Mass Effect digital comic centered on the first hanar Spectre, Blasto, in conjunction with the inaugural N7 Day on November 7th!

Written by lead game writer Mac Walters with art by Omar Francia, Blasto: Eternity is Forever, is sure to be a cult favorite amongst fans of the increasingly popular game series!

Blasto, who is described as having "a lover in every port and a gun in every tentacle," doesn't have time for your solid-waste excretions. On a remote space station overlooking the elcor home world, the lone Spectre puts an end to the nefarious deeds of an outlaw band of mercenaries bent on galactic domination.

The first annual N7 Day will invite fans to celebrate the Mass Effect franchise worldwide, with a coinciding game release of BioWare's best selling smash hit Mass Effect Trilogy.

Blasto: Eternity Is Forever is available exclusively in the Dark Horse Digital store on November 7, 2012!

* Dark Horse Comics is thrilled to announce the next comprehensive collection in its growing stable of collectible art books: Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Volume 1!

Invitingly designed and illustrated with hundreds of pieces of lush art from the creators of the games, this is the definitive guide to BioWare's dark fantasy masterpiece!

For Dragon Age newcomers, this comprehensive volume brings you up to speed on everything you need to know about Dragon Age's regions, religions, monsters, magic, and more!

For dedicated fans, never before have the secrets of BioWare's epic fantasy been revealed so completely and so compellingly. The World of Thedas Volume 1 is filled to the brim with never-before-seen art by the creators of the games!

This dramatic, accessible, beautiful tome illuminates the world from the darkest corners of the Deep Roads to the most illusory reaches of the Fade, taking readers on a journey through one of the most fully realized fantasy universes of our time!

Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Volume 1 is on sale April 3, 2013!

*Dark Horse are to publish an oversized hardcover collecting every Mass Effect comic to date!

Made in close collaboration with the creators of the games, including Mass Effect 2 and 3 lead writer Mac Walters, the Mass Effect comics are tightly integrated and essential chapters of gaming's most acclaimed science fiction epic.

This collection includes all four Mass Effect series—Redemption, Evolution, Invasion, and Homeworlds—as well as the short stories from MySpace Dark Horse Presents, USAToday.com, and the Dark Horse digital store, all annotated by the artists and writers who worked on them, as well as an extensive sketchbook of never-before-seen art. A must-own for any Mass Effect fan!

Mass Effect Library Edition is on sale May 22, 2013!

* Dark Horse Deluxe announces a brand-new phase of collectibles inspired by one of the most highly decorated franchises in the history of games, Mass Effect™. The first collectible to introduce this series is a limited-edition, large-scale replica of the Reaper known as Sovereign, which will be on public display at the Dark Horse booth (#1528) at New York Comic Con. Set for release on June 26, 2013, this premium replica will be offered at a retail price of $349.99.

Fans can preorder the strictly limited, 18.5" tall replica at the BioWare store today! Each piece will be individually numbered and will include an in-game bonus item for Mass Effect 3 multiplayer*!

This craft is the flagship of the rogue Spectre Saren Arterius. Responsible for leading a devastating attack on the Citadel in the original Mass Effect game, Sovereign is an enormous sentient dreadnought larger than two kilometers in length. The Dark Horse re-creation of Sovereign also has a sculpted base depicting a devastated city and planetary surface to convey its huge scale.

The replica will be solicited to the trade in the Dark Horse Deluxe section of the November cover dated issue of Diamond's Previews. While the final edition size has yet to be determined, it is certain less than 1,000 of this high-end collectible will be produced!

*October 12, NEW YORK, NY—Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger teams up with cowriter Mariah Huehner (True Blood, Angel) and rising artist Emily Ivie (The Locked Maze, Rotsterarsil) for a brand-new, full-color miniseries titled Emily and the Strangers, featuring limited variant covers by rock-poster legends!

With the help of her trio of troublemaking cats, Emily is determined to make the most rockin' song the world has ever known and win a legendary haunted guitar . . . but can she do it solo? Only one thing is for sure—what Emily wants, Emily gets . . . sometimes.

Now, Emily and her strange new bandmates are hard at work writing new songs and recording their first album, with big plans for 2013!

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New York, NEW YORK (October 10, 2012) – Award-winning producer and writer, Vivek J. Tiwary, is set to write and produce a feature film adaptation of his upcoming graphic novel, THE FIFTH BEATLE, which chronicles the life of The Beatles little-known manager, Brian Epstein. As Paul McCartney said, "If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian." This groundbreaking project also marks the first time a feature film about the band has ever secured rights to include Beatles songs.

Tiwary has signed a deal with Sony/ATV (who control the Lennon/McCartney music catalog) which gives him unprecedented access to Beatles songs for the film.

The graphic novel, THE FIFTH BEATLE, is being written by Tiwary and drawn by fan-favorite artist Andrew Robinson (STAR WARS, BATMAN, SUPERMAN) with additional contributions by multiple Eisner and Harvey award-winning artist Kyle Baker (PLASTIC MAN, WHY I HATE SATURN, NAT TURNER). It is slated to be published in 2013. Both Robinson and Tiwary will attend the upcoming New York Comic Con from October 10th-14th to present the graphic novel and meet fans. Artwork from the novel will be exclusively displayed online at www.thefifthbeatle.com.

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