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positronic
12-09-2012, 04:55 AM
So Dark Horse's version of the classic radio, serial and Fawcett comic book hero made his debut in DHP#18. First off, it needs to be said that if all you're interested in here is Captain Midnight, you're paying $8 for 8 pages of story (plus a stunning Steve Rude painted cover).

That said, this is an interesting beginning for the character. I'm not familiar with the previous work of writer Joshua Williamson, or artist Victor Ibanez, but they've turned in some fine work on this 8-pager. I have to admit I was somewhat leery of the idea of bringing Captain Midnight into the modern world, but as (spoiler) CM's plane flies out of a storm in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle, this becomes kind of a modern twist on the Silver Age revival of Captain America, with all the paranoia and suspicion (all in the name of 'national security' of course) that you'd expect in the modern world. Looking forward to seeing how this plays out in the next 2 issues of DHP, with another short chapter announced as part of Dark Horse's FCBD 2013 offering. More practically-minded consumers will just have to wait until the short chapters from DHP are collected in a #0 issue next year, prior to a miniseries for the good Captain.

Dark Horse has been slowly adding a few things that have gotten my interest. First was Lobster Johnson, then Resident Alien and The Once and Future Tarzan, then Francesco Francavilla's Black Beetle, and the return of Baron & Rude's Nexus. Now I can add Captain Midnight to that list. It's a bit unfortunate that all of these are published in sporadic doses at best, but at least it's something.

Ghornet2
10-14-2013, 08:18 AM
Skyman will be appearing in the next issue of DarkHorse's Captain Midnight's on going series (#4). From the blurb is sounds like he may be an advesary and not a friend.

pulphero
10-14-2013, 01:20 PM
Skyman will be appearing in the next issue of DarkHorse's Captain Midnight's on going series (#4). From the blurb is sounds like he may be an advesary and not a friend.

Ah, the venerable "duped hero" plot-twist. Played agin!

Ghornet2
10-15-2013, 08:08 AM
Oddly enough Captain Midnight has gotten more attention on this board than the DarkHorse board where NO ONE responed to my post. That's just plain weird.

pulphero
10-15-2013, 01:33 PM
I'm a big fan of about a half-dozen Dark Horse titles, but their forum is just "deadworld". Checked it out once or twice, and never bothered going back.

TheRetroVideoGameAddict
10-16-2013, 01:50 PM
I LOVE Captain Midnight from Dark Horse, it's been a stellar series along with the rest of the Project Black Sky titles. I've been reading almost all of DH's superhero line with X, Ghost, The Occultist, Black Beetle, Brain Boy, Catalyst, and the soon to be released Skyman and they've all been stellar! I hate to say it but it almost rivals what I'm reading here with Dynamite....

pulphero
10-16-2013, 10:58 PM
I LOVE Captain Midnight from Dark Horse, it's been a stellar series along with the rest of the Project Black Sky titles. I've been reading almost all of DH's superhero line with X, Ghost, The Occultist, Black Beetle, Brain Boy, Catalyst, and the soon to be released Skyman and they've all been stellar! I hate to say it but it almost rivals what I'm reading here with Dynamite....

Hope they do another Mr. Monster series (he's been appearing in Dark Horse Presents the last few issues, which is sometimes a good indicator). And if they ever do another Nexus series, I'm there for that too. Enjoying the heck out of Black Beetle, Captain Midnight, Brain Boy, Shaolin Cowboy, Resident Alien, and Mister X. They should get Chuck Dixon and do Airboy again.

pulphero
10-18-2013, 01:11 AM
Just found the announcement of Skyman getting his own miniseries. Only it's a different guy than the one that appears in Captain Midnight, AND a different costume. Seems like the connection to the original Golden Age character is getting more and more tenuous.

Historically, Dark Horse hasn't had huge success with superheroes. The longest-running of those series was probably Nexus, although I think John Byrne's Next Men probably ran longer under the Dark Horse banner. Such properties as Aliens, Predator, Terminator, Star Wars, Conan, and Hellboy have always been Dark Horse's major successes and are arguably responsible for the company lasting as long as it has, but of those, only Hellboy is an original Dark Horse creation. X and Ghost are holdovers from their 1990s attempt to launch a superhero line called "Comics Greatest World", Ghost being the one that was best received, and who has had sporadic series released over the last 20 years or so. Personally, I liked Hero Zero, and would like to see him get another shot at a series. I also wouldn't mind seeing the return of Mark Verheiden's The American, one of the earliest DH superheroes. The "Project Black Sky" titles (Captain Midnight, Brain Boy, Skyman) seem to be the only ones that are interrelated and share a common continuity. It's good that Dark Horse is giving a superhero line another major push in the comic marketplace, though.

pulphero
10-21-2013, 12:14 AM
Along with the solicitation for Skyman #1 (Due Jan. 15), Dark Horse's January solicitations has the second volume in their Captain Midnight Archives series (advance-solicited for Mar. 15). Captain Midnight has to be the odd man out in the Dark Horse Archives lineup. Rather than a complete chronological reprinting of his Fawcett Comics series from the 1940s, Volume 2 reprints issues #48, #50, #52-#56, #58-#60, #62, #64, and #66. (And needless to say, Volume 1 didn't cover the first 47 issues.) Seems to me they should have called this "The Best of Golden Age Captain Midnight" (rather than "A Random Sampling of Golden Age Captain Midnight Comics That Were Available To Us", which probably more accurately reflects the true situation, but doesn't fit on the cover or spine easily, and may cause a prospective buyer to hesitate). But I quiibble -- any Golden Age Captain Midnight comics are better than no Golden Age Captain Midnight comics.

My only point there is that I think the word "Archives" should be reserved to indicate a collection that is part of a strictly chronological and complete reprinting of the named character or comic book. I don't mind when they leave out unrelated backup features or other series appearing in anthology titles.

Blinky McQuade
10-24-2013, 12:46 PM
Just found the announcement of Skyman getting his own miniseries. Only it's a different guy than the one that appears in Captain Midnight, AND a different costume. Seems like the connection to the original Golden Age character is getting more and more tenuous.

Historically, Dark Horse hasn't had huge success with superheroes. The longest-running of those series was probably Nexus, although I think John Byrne's Next Men probably ran longer under the Dark Horse banner. Such properties as Aliens, Predator, Terminator, Star Wars, Conan, and Hellboy have always been Dark Horse's major successes and are arguably responsible for the company lasting as long as it has, but of those, only Hellboy is an original Dark Horse creation. X and Ghost are holdovers from their 1990s attempt to launch a superhero line called "Comics Greatest World", Ghost being the one that was best received, and who has had sporadic series released over the last 20 years or so. Personally, I liked Hero Zero, and would like to see him get another shot at a series. I also wouldn't mind seeing the return of Mark Verheiden's The American, one of the earliest DH superheroes. The "Project Black Sky" titles (Captain Midnight, Brain Boy, Skyman) seem to be the only ones that are interrelated and share a common continuity. It's good that Dark Horse is giving a superhero line another major push in the comic marketplace, though.


I especially worry about the future of Dark Horse now that they are going to lose their Star Wars franchise to Marvel/Disney soon. I mainly buy Dark Horse for the Conan and other REH characters. Occasionally, the Hellboy universe, Buffy universe, or Black Beetle will get me to buy more DH. I heard this Catalyst Comix is pretty good. I too would want more Hero Zero (if memory serves me Godzilla/Hero Zero special left the character in mental retirement). Dark Horse does better with the horror lines. Yet, without Star Wars giving them most of their money, I am not sure the rest of the company can help the bottom line. Maybe if they focus on Halo? Reach out for franchises like Stargate? Hey, DE, start negotiating for Conan to come over when Dark Horse starts to falter out of business. Although, I am thoroughly enjoying DH reprint line of Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian trades (in Marvel's Essential or DC's Showcase presents format), so I hope it is not too soon.

pulphero
10-24-2013, 01:56 PM
I especially worry about the future of Dark Horse now that they are going to lose their Star Wars franchise to Marvel/Disney soon. I mainly buy Dark Horse for the Conan and other REH characters. Occasionally, the Hellboy universe, Buffy universe, or Black Beetle will get me to buy more DH. I heard this Catalyst Comix is pretty good. I too would want more Hero Zero (if memory serves me Godzilla/Hero Zero special left the character in mental retirement). Dark Horse does better with the horror lines. Yet, without Star Wars giving them most of their money, I am not sure the rest of the company can help the bottom line. Maybe if they focus on Halo? Reach out for franchises like Stargate? Hey, DE, start negotiating for Conan to come over when Dark Horse starts to falter out of business.

Nonsense. Of COURSE losing Star Wars is a major blow. You may have noticed the company has doubled its SW output in the last 6 months to try to squeeze as much as it can from the venerable franchise in the time remaining on DH's contract. Is SW the only thing keeping the company afloat? Hell no. I had forgotten to mention Buffy, thanks for adding that one, it's also one of their major properties. But they still have Conan and Hellboy, too. As you mentioned, they do a good job with horror titles (still no breakout success on the level of Walking Dead, though). They're the only indy company (not specializing in it) to have a manga line. I also neglected to mention their reprint line of hardcovers (Dark Horse Archives, CREEPY, EERIE, among other things), and their merchandise arm (hey, they can afford the fee to license characters from Marvel, too). Those things generate some cash for them. Let's not forget that Dark Horse is the sole independent company to have a media branch (Dark Horse Entertainment). While not as active as they once were in the 1990s/early 2000s, they are still involved in trying to get things going in Hollywood.

One of the reason you are seeing new titles (including a 'SUPER' line, touted in full-page ads) sprouting up like weeds at DH this year is the impending loss of Star Wars, yes. You admit to being a fan of a few of them yourself. But consider this for a moment - even WITHOUT Star Wars, and before adding any new successful titles to take up the slack, Dark Horse STILL has a much bigger market share than Dynamite Entertainment. Maybe you should save the Hail Marys for Dynamite. As far as I can see, DE still has a ways to go before they can compete with the success Dark Horse has had with things like Buffy, Conan, and Hellboy. That's just monthly comics. And they have nothing much to offer in the areas of high-end hardcover reprints or merchandising, either. Well, they do have the Vampirella Archives, but I'd have to say they're sort of riding the coat-tails of Dark Horse's CREEPY and EERIE Archives, there. Personally, I happen to get 3 or 4 Dynamite comic books to every Dark Horse comic book I buy. Frankly, Dynamite would get even more of my money if they had more of a hardcover line of classic reprints. But you have to be realistic about these things. Certainly my not buying much in the way of DC or Marvel universe comics hasn't hurt them much, and I'm not going to predict them going out of business. Dark Horse's biggest worry now might be that instead of being next behind Image Comics in market share, they might slip behind IDW. Meanwhile, Dynamite has yet to achieve the status of "Premiere Publisher" with Diamond Comics Distributors.

Blinky McQuade
10-24-2013, 02:32 PM
Nonsense. Of COURSE losing Star Wars is a major blow. You may have noticed the company has doubled its SW output in the last 6 months to try to squeeze as much as it can from the venerable franchise in the time remaining on DH's contract. Is SW the only thing keeping the company afloat? Hell no. I had forgotten to mention Buffy, thanks for adding that one, it's also one of their major properties. But they still have Conan and Hellboy, too. As you mentioned, they do a good job with horror titles (still no breakout success on the level of Walking Dead, though). They're the only indy company (not specializing in it) to have a manga line. I also neglected to mention their reprint line of hardcovers (Dark Horse Archives, CREEPY, EERIE, among other things), and their merchandise arm (hey, they can afford the fee to license characters from Marvel, too). Those things generate some cash for them. Let's not forget that Dark Horse is the sole independent company to have a media branch (Dark Horse Entertainment). While not as active as they once were in the 1990s/early 2000s, they are still involved in trying to get things going in Hollywood.

One of the reason you are seeing new titles (including a 'SUPER' line, touted in full-page ads) sprouting up like weeds at DH this year is the impending loss of Star Wars, yes. You admit to being a fan of a few of them yourself. But consider this for a moment - even WITHOUT Star Wars, and before adding any new successful titles to take up the slack, Dark Horse STILL has a much bigger market share than Dynamite Entertainment. Maybe you should save the Hail Marys for Dynamite. As far as I can see, DE still has a ways to go before they can compete with the success Dark Horse has had with things like Buffy, Conan, and Hellboy. That's just monthly comics. And they have nothing much to offer in the areas of high-end hardcover reprints or merchandising, either. Well, they do have the Vampirella Archives, but I'd have to say they're sort of riding the coat-tails of Dark Horse's CREEPY and EERIE Archives, there. Personally, I happen to get 3 or 4 Dynamite comic books to every Dark Horse comic book I buy. Frankly, Dynamite would get even more of my money if they had more of a hardcover line of classic reprints. But you have to be realistic about these things. Certainly my not buying much in the way of DC or Marvel universe comics hasn't hurt them much, and I'm not going to predict them going out of business. Dark Horse's biggest worry now might be that instead of being next behind Image Comics in market share, they might slip behind IDW. Meanwhile, Dynamite has yet to achieve the status of "Premiere Publisher" with Diamond Comics Distributors.

Hopefully, with the Pantha HC, DE will get into that reprint series business. I would love a ROOK collection! I tend to buy more DE now than DC and DH combined. Marvel is about equal to DE. However, I get more value from DE comics--awesome painted covers (reminds me of the Warren Magazine days), good stories, and great art within on a consistent basis.

pulphero
10-24-2013, 11:54 PM
Hopefully, with the Pantha HC, DE will get into that reprint series business. I would love a ROOK collection! I tend to buy more DE now than DC and DH combined. Marvel is about equal to DE. However, I get more value from DE comics--awesome painted covers (reminds me of the Warren Magazine days), good stories, and great art within on a consistent basis.

I really have to agree that overall, Dynamite has boiled the art of covering their books down to a pretty exact science, and has ALL the other publishers beat. And that includes (with very few occasional exceptions) Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and IDW. They really should consider making character-centric sets of trading cards with ALL the main cover artists and variant cover artists represented (leaving out sketch covers and "negative" images that are variations on a single image). I'd kill for a set of Shadow trading cards, Spider trading cards, Green Hornet trading cards, Bionic Man/Bionic Woman trading cards, etc. using Dynamite's cover art. Or if not that, a regular series of art books focusing on Dynamite's regular cover artists. We've already seen The Dynamite Art of Alex Ross, and they've already got an Art of Vampirella book in the works (which I think is overdue now), so why not The Dynamite Art of Joe Jusko, The Dynamite Art of John Cassaday, etc, etc?