A lot of people love Dark Horse Comics because they were the first mainstream publisher to support creator-owned material. This means that Dark Horse Comics will always have a special place in the hearts of both fans and creators. This is how it works now: They publish a mix of original stories written by the best people in the business and licensed comics that build on the worlds that have been built up in movies and TV shows, like The Terminator and Stranger Things.
1. B.p.r.d.: Plague Of Frogs
The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, or B.P.R.D., first appeared in Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comics in the ’90s. In 2002, after Hellboy left the Bureau in the wake of his Conqueror Worm storyline, the B.P.R.D. was spun off into its own comic book. When frog creatures and monsters from the Hollow Earth came to attack the United States, the group was their only defense. They were working together to bring about the end of the world.
He left the B.P.R D in 2001, leaving Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman to fight the occult and the frog army. Hollow Earth, The Soul of Venice, and Plague of Frogs are all in Volume 1.
2. Black Hammer
Jeff Lemire, the writer of the main Black Hammer series at Dark Horse, has been working on a whole universe for the series for the last three years. It includes the main series and a lot of spin-off miniseries. The universe is a love letter to the superhero comics that Lemire grew up reading. Dean Ormston, the artist on the book, has a style that looks a little like Mignola’s. It’s a great way to get in on one of the best comic book stories of all time before it’s shown on the big and small screen.
The old superheroes of Spiral City are now living simple lives on a strange farm from which there is no way out. But as they use all of their superpowers to get out of this weird purgatory, a mysterious person is working to get them back into action for one last adventure! #1-13 and the Giant-Sized Annual are in this box.
3. Dept. H
Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT) wrote and painted this undersea sci-fi mystery, and he gives it an otherworldly vibe that makes it very interesting to read. 24 issues of the series that reads like a locked-room puzzle were published by Kindt. It was one of his best works.
In this case, Mia is a special investigator who was hired to find out what might be going on in the deep sea research station. She finds a crime scene that is out of this world, with people who have terrible secrets, strange deep-sea creatures, and a flood coming soon. Volume 1 includes #1 to 6.
In 2018, Dark Horse started releasing inexpensive Hellboy omnibuses that will for the first time put his whole story in chronological order. These omnibuses are very cheap. Volume 1 has over 300 pages of Mike Mignola’s best work and is a must-read for anyone who likes pulpy supernatural stories.
The story moves quickly from Hellboy’s mysterious World War II origin to his 1994 fight with the man who brought him to Earth and the first signs of the frog plague. Hellboy is still with the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and he fights with Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and Roger Homunculus. He also recruits Roger Homunculus into his own ill-fated service with the B.P.R.D. There are five books in this one: Seed of Destruction, Wake the Devil, Wolves of St. August, The Chained Coffin, and Almost Colossus.
5. Harrow County
Dark Horse has had a lot of success recently with Harrow County. The series is written by one of the best horror writers in comics, Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun), and drawn by the amazing Tyler Crook (Bad Blood). It’s a spooky Southern Gothic fairy tale that should appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore’s work.
In the woods near her home, there were always ghosts and monsters. Before her 18th birthday, she learns that these animals and the land itself are part of her. The Library Edition Volume 1 has #1-8 in it.
6. Dark Empire (1991)
Writer: Tom Veitch
Artist: Cam Kennedy
The first Star Wars story Dark Horse made is still one of their best-known. Luke Skywalker’s inevitable fall to the dark side, the return of Boba Fett, and the Emperor’s reincarnation through cloning were the ingredients used to create one of the most successful arcs in the franchise’s history. A mysterious object called a Jedi Holocron could give its owner complete control over their powers. Luke helps the Emperor track down Leia as they try to find it. Luke and the rest of the galaxy could be in danger if Leia didn’t act quickly enough.
7. The Golden Age of the Sith (1996)
Writer: Kevin J. Anderson
Artist: Dario Carrasco, Jr.
In 1993, Dark Horse released Tales of the Jedi, which took us to the most dangerous time in the galaxy far, far away. Tales of the Jedi released a prequel story near the end of its run. It took us to the planet Korriban, where the Sith Lords live and where the Dark Lord Marka Ragnos died. Readers were right away thrust into the power struggle between Naga Sadow and Ludo Kressh, after the death of the Dark Lord. Only a few people in the Sith know that the Galactic Republic is about to be in their way. As a result, this story set off a thousand years of war between the Republic and the Sith Empire. Great place to start reading Star Wars comics.
8. Knights of the Old Republic (2005)
Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artists: Brian Ching, Travel Foreman, Dustin Weaver, Harvey Tolibao, Bong Dazo, Scott Hepburn, Alan Robinson, Dean Zachary, Ron Chan
Between Tales of the Jedi and Knights of the Old Republic, Dark Horse made a series called Knights of the Old Republic. After the Mandalorian war, there was a big split in the Jedi Order, which led to a bloody civil war. This series talks about that. A Jedi Padawan named Zayne Carrick is shown to us. He is thrust into the middle of the storm when he is accused of killing his classmates at the Taris Academy. There are dark things in Knights of the Old Republic, but it also has a lot of lighthearted things in it, like fun and funky things. “It is a must-read!”