NOS4A2 gets a cover, Abe Sapien gets a ‘Dark and Terrible’ series

Just...awesome.

Just…awesome.

I shy away from doing “news” posts here because, let’s face it, by the time I’ve read something I consider newsworthy it’s likely been splashed across a dozen or more websites that do “news” far better – and faster – than I can hope to. Still, every now and then something really cool catches my eye and I just want to share it…

Today, two cool things caught my eye.

One, Subterranean Press has unveiled the cover of their limited edition of Joe Hill’s upcoming novel NOS4A2. It’s painted by Hill’s Locke & Key partner-in-awesome Gabriel Rodriguez, and it’s stunning. Subterranean is planning two editions: a limited of 750 signed and numbered copies, oversized, with a novella (“Wraith”) that was cut from the book’s manuscript, an alternate ending, and more illustrations by Rodriguez; and a lettered edition that’s already sold out, so it’s not even worth mentioning that it comes with custom-made autopsy bone mallet (a device that apparently figures heavily into the book’s plot) because we can’t order one anyway. $125 for the limited edition is steep for one book in my corner of the world, but the temptation is growing.

Cover art for ABE SAPIEN: THE DARK AND THE TERRIBLE #1, as seen originally at Robot 6/Comic Book Resources.

Cover art for ABE SAPIEN: THE DARK AND THE TERRIBLE #1, as seen originally at Robot 6/Comic Book Resources.

Two, Dark Horse Comics has announced that 2013 will see longtime Hellboy partner Abe Sapien get his own ongoing series, The Dark and the Terrible. Titles don’t get much more foreboding than that, and considering Mike Mignola had no qualms about killing Hellboy, it’s likely the upcoming years aren’t going to be a walk in the park for Abe. I’m not even going to try and summarize what’s been going on in Mignola’s ever-shifting universe as of late – suffice to say Hellboy is, literally, in Hell, and Abe is mutating, and all sorts of beasts and creatures have overrun the Earth. I’m contemplating a larger writing project about the Hellboy series for later this year, but for now I’m in an almost hopeless game of catch up. Thankfully, Dark Horse continues to let Mignola and his crew run wild, so there’s lots of good stuff ahead.

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