Dan Abnett has been writing since the '90s. He’s a good writer. His work on the video game, Alien: Isolation, is really quite good, but for some reason his Life and Death series has felt less than inspired. Even on a basic structural level, it’s been pretty clumsy. The dramatic thrust sort of moves haltingly forward. There’s nothing surprising that occurs and every interesting idea is undercut by characters that aren’t all that interesting.

Dark Horse gives its fans - and anyone interested in taking a glimpse into successful runs in the comic book world - a collection of first issues that will capture your attention. In today’s comic book world, there are an endless number of titles listed online in locations like ComiXology, or in your local comic book shop. When you stop by to take a look, the experience might be overwhelming if you’re uncertain of what you’re looking for. Now, in enters Dark Horse Number Ones 2017 – a collection of eight comic books from different series.

Back again is one of the best and most insane books in Image Comics' current roster, Curse Words. In this world, magic exists, and the magic in this world is mostly done by one guy - Wizord - who is, you guessed it, a wizard of sorts. In previous issues, he's used his totally legit magical powers to do some pretty great things; Wizord turned people platinum, shrank a baseball stadium, and basically impressed the whole world with his wizarding abilities. But during that time, there's been a whole other thing going on with Wizord's home world. There's been some major upheaval in the Hole World, mostly as its leader attempts to destroy Wizord for betraying him in this whole “Destroy the world” bit he has.

Bobbie’s expression was grave. “The Faceless Ones are a new race, or to be precise, a very old race that has been in hiding for a long time.” Bobbie looked uncomfortable even talking about them. “They have begun building their strange machines and terrible devices across the world.  No one knows to which gods, if any, they pray, but the ywield knowledge as to make the University look like a tribe of cavemen.”

Lyndon White’s Kickstarter foldout book, Dracula Concertina, is a stunning, beautifully Gothic collection of illustrations based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel. With just a brief narrative on the back cover, the story emerges across the nine remarkable illustrations. White has created a new and exciting version of Dracula while still maintaining the darkness and horror of the vampire’s evil plight.

March brings with it another excellent issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 11 from the creative team of writer Christos Gage and artist Georges Jeanty. As Buffy and her friends remain at the mercy of the authoritarian policies being enacted by the United States government, our Slayer make a calculated move that aligns her with her captors and increases the enemies around her ten-fold, all with the hope that it will lead to an eventual path to escape.

Thinking later, shooty shooty now.

Ruby cut her toxic friends out of her life in Geek-Girl #3, but it’s hard when you have to attend school with them!  She’s analyzing whether she needs to keep her alter-identity secret when everything with Lightning Storm comes to a head, but the guys who created the power glasses simultaneously are pressuring Ruby to get them back.  Could the timing be any worse?

In Conan the Slayer, Conan has found himself leading a group of warrior Kozaks. So far, the story has dealt with family intrigues on par with something biblical: brother against brother, son against father, and dark demons. In Issue #7, Conan finds himself with his fellow Kozaks crossing the sea. A Conan story wouldn’t be Conan without a little violence – he is “the Slayer” after all – as they come across a ship full of pirates.

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