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Francesco Francavilla’s ‘The Black Beetle’ Returns This Fall With ‘Necrologue’
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Francesco Francavilla The Black Beetle Necrologue

Francesco Francavilla‘s The Black Beetle comic book series will return this Fall with a new horror tale, the miniseries The Black Beetle: Necrologue.

The Black Beetle first came to Dark Horse in 2012 with a 24-page story called “Night Shift” in Dark Horse Dark Horse Presents #11. From there, the masked pulp hero of Colt City got his first limited solo series, the four-issue The Black Beetle: No Way Out, launched in January 2013. The Black Beetle: Volume 1: No Way Out, the hardcover collecting all four issues plus the “Night Shift” story, will be released in October and is available now for pre-order.

The Black Beetle: Necrologue #1, which will be released on October 23, 2013, is now available for pre-order online.

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Comic Review: The Black Beetle: No Way Out #4
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The Black Beetle: No Way Out #4The Black Beetle: No Way Out #4
Story & Art by Francesco Francavilla
Lettering by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by Francesco Francavilla
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 12, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

The Black Beetle #4 is the EPIC conclusion to the first miniseries for Francesco Francavilla‘s creation. I’m very happy to say, it measures up to the previous three issues.

Writer and artist Francesco Francavilla wraps up this excellent miniseries with more of the same – excellence. I have to tell you, even though I’ve been reading this character for four issues, it really feels like I’m very familiar with The Beetle and his universe. It’s like when you read a comic that you haven’t read in years and a wave of nostalgia comes rushing back. While I won’t spoil it, this issue is full of really shocking resolutions to the mysteries that have been running in the book, and, of course, leaves the door open for The Black Beetle’s next miniseries.

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Comic Review: The Black Beetle: No Way Out #2
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The Black Beetle: No Way Out #2The Black Beetle: No Way Out #2
Story & Art by Francesco Francavilla
Lettering by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by Francesco Francavilla
Editor: Jim Gibbons
Designers: Justine Couch & Francesco Francavilla
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: February 20, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

The Black Beetle #2 is pretty much the same as issue #0 and #1 – AWESOME!!! I’m not sure when it became hip to do pulp characters, but I’m very grateful that it did. It is because of this that we’re getting some of the best comics that have been published in years, and this book is no exception to that rule.

First, let’s talk about Francesco Francavilla the writer. First off, you can tell that this is a total labor of love by Francavilla, and it shows in every way possible. The story is well told, and fits right into the world of the pulpy era of days long gone by. I don’t know what it is about that era, but Francavilla writes it like he actually lived through it. This issue is pretty much all action and it’s fast paced, intense, and gives you a real sense of danger for the character. Also, there’s an actual SUPER VILLAIN in this issue. Not just some gangster in a suit and fedora. Another nice touch by Francavilla.

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Comic Review: The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1
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The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1
Written by Francesco Francavilla
Art by Francesco Francavilla
Cover by Francesco Francavilla
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: January 16, 2013
Cover Price: $3.50

I know it’s pretty early in the game, but I’m willing to bet that The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1 is going to be nominated for at LEAST one Eisner award. This is one of the best comics that I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time. And I can’t see any of the following issues declining in quality at all.

Francesco Francavilla crafts an absolutely perfect take of an old time pulp hero. He’s one with flaws. I don’t mean he’s crazy of drunk or a pervert flawed; I mean that’s he’s not the perfect hero flawed. He falls, he misjudges things, he’s not like Batman who can hit a man on a motorcycle from 100 yards away with a gas pellet. He’s got a neat array of gadgets and toys that help him fight crime, but he’s not a perfect super hero…yet. This is a great mix of crime noir drama mixed with pulp hero action. The only thing missing? A secret identity. That was touched upon in the Black Beetle #0 issue, but not much. It’s a very interesting turn on the genre. Most of the pulp books feature heroes with millionaire (this IS the 30s & 40s) playboy secret ids, but here, there’s none of that, and honestly, I found myself not missing it. Again, this is a GREAT crime/mystery/thriller. Very well written with a great plot.

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Exclusive: First Look At 8 Upcoming Covers From Dark Horse Comics
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We’re back again with an exclusive first look at a bunch of covers courtesy of our friends at Dark Horse comics. First we have the regular cover for Amalia’s Blade #1 by Michael Dialynas as well as a variant cover by Guy Davis. Then we’ve got two series that wrap up in April with their fourth issues — The Answer! #4 by Mike Norton and The Black Beetle: No Way Out #4 by Francesco Francavilla.

Then we’ve got covers for four collections hitting stores in June. Check out The Victories, Volume 1 by Michael Avon Oeming, collecting the five issue superhero/sci-fi adventure miniseries. Next we have the first volume of The Original Daredevil Archives collecting the first four issues of the golden age classic. Then there’s Forbidden World Archives, Volume 2, collecting the weird and wonderful anthology of science fiction and supernatural fantasy. Finally, there’s the next in the long line of Dark Horse’s Creepy Archives, Volume 16 featuring work by Alex Toth, Wally Wood, Neal Adams, Bernie Wrightson, and Richard Corben.

All this and more can be had, and all you have to do is pre-order them with your friendly neighborhood comic book dispenser.

Now, check these covers out right here after the jump.

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Comic Review: The Black Beetle: Night Shift #0
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The Black Beetle: Night Shift #0The Black Beetle: Night Shift #0
Written by Francesco Francavilla
Art by Francesco Francavilla
Cover by Francesco Fracavilla
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: December 19, 2012
Cover Price: $2.99

The Black Beetle: Night Shift #0 is all set up and all AWESOME! Let’s be honest, there’s plenty of pulp heroes running around these days, but The Black Beetle is all sorts of fun. No downbeat, depressing, down on humanity story here, just some fantastic action and adventure!

Writer Francesco Francavilla really surprises me by turning out a really good comic book. NO, not the art, that’s a given, what I was impressed so much by was the story. This seems like a story that Francavilla’s had cooking for a while and one that he was desperate to tell, because you, the reader, can plainly feel the love and hard work that he put into every single page, panel, and line of dialogue. Everything is well thought out and it combines the 1940’s spirit of high adventure with the mystery man/superhero genre. There’s also a FEW running mysteries throughout the issue, which makes it that much more enjoyable to read. This issue is definitely a page-turner and by the end you won’t be able to wait for the next issue!

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Exclusive: First Look At Four Upcoming Covers From Dark Horse Comics
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Dark Horse Comics has provided Geeks of Doom with an exclusive first look at a handful of comics that they have set for March and one collection set for May, and let me tell you, they’re all awesome.

First up from these comics is the heavily praised Mind MGMT #9 from writer/artist Matt Kindt whose watercolored cover gets across a nice moment in a violent world, while also showing a hint of musical influence. I’m interested. I haven’t been picking up this comic in single issues, but based on what I’m hearing about this comic, it’s one I’m dying to read. Another comic coming in March is The Black Beetle: No Way Out #3 (of 4) by Francesco Francavilla, who is a creator whose artwork is just simply amazing and unique in the modern comics world. If you read this comic’s run in Dark Horse Presents, you know what to expect, which should also tell you that you don’t want to miss it. Also available is the new mini-series The Answer! #3 (of 4) by Mike Norton and Dennis Hopeless with cover art from Mark Englert. I’m not too familiar with the premise of The Answer!, but if it’s what it seems, I want my hands all over this comic. It appears to be a fresh and interesting take on detective based superhero comics with death traps, and if you know me, you know I love death traps. The creators are rad and the premise is strong, so this is a comic to keep your eyes on. And then, in May comes the 13th Archive edition of Eerie, a 264-page collection that features work from Wally Wood, Bernie Wrightson, Budd Lewis, Richard Corben and many, many more. If you haven’t been picking up these archives of the classic horror anthology, it’s never too late, so get on that.

Anyway, now that all the talk is out of the way, let’s take a look at all these great covers after the jump!

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Exclusive: First Look At Five Upcoming Covers From Dark Horse Comics
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It’s cover preview time again with a five spot of covers from our friends at Dark Horse comics. Here is an exclusive first look at the covers for five books that will be released in February and April. Out in February is the issue #2 of Francesco Francavilla’s The Black Beetle (can’t wait for this series to come out!) Then in April we’ve got The Creep by John Arcudi (B.P.R.D., The Mask) and Jonathan Case (Green River Killer) with a cover by Tonci Zonjic.

Also in April are three volumes from Dark Horse’s manga line; Bride of the Water God volume 13, Oh My Goddess! volume 44 (I can’t believe this series has been going on for that long), and Gantz volume 27. Be sure to pre-order these and all the other fine books from Dark Horse comics.

Click on the images below for full-sized versions. Enjoy the covers!

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Francesco Francavilla’s Black Beetle Coming To Dark Horse
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Black Beetle

Dark Horse Comics announced yesterday that Francesco Francavilla‘s pulp-inspired The Black Beetle will be making its way into the pages of Dark Horse Presents.

Dark Horse Presents has been a great way for creators to showcase their creator-owned work, so it makes perfect sense that Dark Horse approached Francavilla to bring his pulp-noir hero of Colt City to the anthology comic series.

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