Dark Horse Comics has just announced a series of new projects due out in 2012 for fans of writer-artist Mike Mignola -- which means pretty much every horror comic book fan out there today. Check out the news, as well as the full art for the above image (taken from one of these projects' covers), after the jump.
To start things off, the Horse has announced no fewer than five B.P.R.D. titles next year, promising supernatural thrills a' plenty for fans of Hellboy's former gang. Here's the official announcement...
"First up, in February comes B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Long Death, written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, with art by James Harren (Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest, Heralds). A team is sent to the deadly woods from New World to investigate a new series of disappearances, but they discover more than just the monster responsible, as loyalties are questioned and tensions mount!
"March will see the release of B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Pickens County Horror, written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, with art by Jason Latour (Wolverine, Scalped) and an all-new cover by Becky Cloonan! This chilling two-issue series brings a B.P.R.D. crew into the grips of a backwoods vampire clan hiding out in a Gothic southern home.
"Next, in May comes B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Transformation of J. H. O'Donnell, pairing Mike Mignola with Scott Allie again for the discovery of what drove the Bureau's expert on ancient foes to near madness after a mission with Hellboy twenty-four years earlier. This supernatural thrill ride features art by B.P.R.D. newcomer Max Fiumara (Amazing Spider-Man) and a cover by Becky Cloonan.
"That same month features the return of the regular B.P.R.D. team of Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Tyler Crook, with B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Devil's Engine. The Zinco Corporation again rears its ugly head after a devastating earthquake, pitting Devon and Fenix in an uneasy alliance against bat-faced monsters and the evil empire's other mad-science experiments! Additionally, this new series will feature covers by former Hellboy artist Duncan Fegredo!
"Finally, Cameron Stewart returns to the B.P.R.D. universe in June with B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Exorcism! In this story we learn more about Ashley Strode's evolution as an agent after she meets up with a familiar face for a series of exorcisms in a rural Indiana town. Mike Mignola and Cameron Stewart team up to share writing duties, with pencils by Cameron and covers by Viktor Kalvachev!
"'Let's break some stuff that can't be fixed. Let's turn some corners where there's no going back' said Mike Mignola. 'In both Hellboy and B.P.R.D., we're saying, 'Well, once we do this—once we round this corner—that's it!' It's not like, 'Oh, Batman, different costume.' We're doing stuff where there's no way to fix it. That is the new reality in our world. You're REALLY going to see that in 2012."
Additionally, Dark Horse promises plenty of Mignola variant cover art for its "Year of Monsters". Here are the deets the company has announced...
"Following up on an announcement made at this year's New York Comic Con, Dark Horse unveils the schedule for Mike Mignola's 2012 Year of Monsters program.
"The program kicks off in January with a highly anticipated Lobster Johnson miniseries, The Burning Hand. Following up on the critically acclaimed 2007 series The Iron Prometheus, this new story pits the 1930s vigilante against one of the more terrible villains of the twentieth century.
"These special variant covers will be available to any retailer who orders five or more copies of the standard cover. These are sure to be sought-after items with a broad appeal to fans of Mike Mignola's work, as well as monster fetishists of all types!
"'Mike Mignola got into the comics business with the simple goal of drawing monsters for a living,' said Dark Horse managing editor Scott Allie. 'Mike celebrates 2012 by pitting his greatest characters against his favorite monsters on these special covers, unrelated to the stories inside.'"