Yes, eys, everyone may be talking comics out in January 2017. But Dark Horse have already moved onto February!
In The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed, legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, iZombie co-creator Chris Roberson and Jack Staff creator Paul Grist will spotlight mysterious aliens and probe into a pivotal moment in Hellboy's past for a surprising tale that harkens back to the character's first ever appearance. This 5 issue comic book series will be teased in a story in the forthcoming Hellboy: Winter Special 2017 on January 25th, before the first issue of The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed debuts on February 22, 2017
"In Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, readers were given a brief glimpse of a crew of strange looking aliens monitoring the supernatural doings on Earth from way out in space. We later learned that one of those aliens had been sent to Earth to kill him in 1944, but chose to spare him at the last moment," said Chris Roberson. "In The Visitor, we explore who those aliens are, why that assassin was sent to kill Hellboy, and just what he was doing in all of the years in between."
Joining co-writers Mignola and Roberson, and colorist Bill Crabtree, is cartoonist Paul Grist who will be making his Mignolaverse debut.
"I remember when I first read Hellboy: The Conqueror Worm," said Grist. "Halfway through Mike Mignola throws in this character who has been tracking Hellboy ever since he arrived on Earth, who then promptly dies and is dismissed by Hellboy in a single sentence. And I thought NO! You can't do that! There has to be more to this guy's life than that! And it turns out there was. And I'd like to thank Mike for asking me to help tell that story now."
"The Visitor is the story of a stranger in a strange land," Roberson added. "Stranded on Earth for more than half a century, an alien assassin observes humanity's capacity both for compassion and for destruction. We see history unfold through his eyes, just as the experience of living among humans changes who he is."
Dark Horse Comics will publish the first issue of The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed, on February 22, 2017.
While Chris Roberson just can't wait – and with and his collaborator Dennis Culver are pleased to announce their comic EDISON REX will now be available to new readers as a free webcomic while a Patreon funds the creation of the character's further adventures.
EDISON REX, the story of the world's greatest villain who appoints himself defender of Earth after defeating the world's greatest hero, was launched as a digital-first series through Monkeybrain Comics on ComiXology in July 2012, assisted by Stephen Downer on colors, John J. Hill on letters, and Dylan Todd on design.
Now, four years after the series debuted, it is being relaunched as a free webcomic hosted by Hiveworks at www.edisonrex.net. The full series to date will be serialized on the site, with updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then will be continuing with all new material. In addition, the creators will be offering exclusive Patron-Only content at www.patreon.com/edisonrex, including early access to upcoming issues, behind the scenes looks at works in progress, annotations, commentary, and a shirt-of-the-month from the team's Threadless Artist Shop, edisonrex.threadless.com/.