Prolific writer, filmmaker, and comic creator teams up with Dark Horse Comics to build new worlds for fans
From Hollywood to the best in comics and back again, J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Sense8, Changeling, World War Z, The Amazing Spider-Man, Superman, Thor, and the recently announced Captain America run) is an experienced explorer of the sorts of uncharted territories, unending universes, and heroic adventures that comic fans crave. Joining forces with Dark Horse Comics, Straczynski, a proven powerhouse of storytelling, intends to bring something new and exciting to fans of science fiction, fantasy, and superhero comics.
“I’m very excited to be pairing up with Mike Richardson and Dark Horse for my forthcoming creator-owned work in graphic novels, miniseries and ongoing series,” Straczynski said. “Mike is a stand-up kind of guy, and that philosophy is at the center of his company. Anyone who says ‘Just write what you want’ is my kind of guy.”
And what does Straczynski plan on creating for Dark Horse? “We’re keeping most of those details under wraps for now, but suffice to say it’s a very wide runway. First up will be an international, geopolitical thriller that blends science fiction with the superhero genre in a way we really haven’t seen before. It’s going to be a huge story with massive global and personal stakes. This will be balanced by individual character stories designed to challenge the tropes of the superhero genre, building on what I did with books like Supreme Power, Midnight Nation and Rising Stars and taking it to the next level. Finally, there will be titles in the modern dark fantasy and historical fantasy genres, along the lines of Neil Gaiman’s Chivalry, also from Dark Horse. Stories about strong characters that are challenging and fun, not nihilistic or too terribly dark. To that end, I’m proud to be part of the Dark Horse family of writers, artists, and other ne’er-do-wells.”