Mar 13th 2013 By: Andy Khouri
Dark Horse Comics has announced that it will collect Sacrifice
, the critically acclaimed six-issue miniseries by Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose
, in a deluxe hardcover this September. Following the story of Hector, an epileptic young man with a fondness for post-punk music hurled back in time to play a crucial role in a psychedelic adventure inspired by the Aztec empire, the first five issues of Sacrifice
were self-published by Humphries prior to his rise as one of Marvel Comics' most prolific new writers on such books as Ultimate Comics Ultimates
, John Carter: Gods of Mars
and Uncanny X-Force
. Much of the book's success with readers is also due to the eye-catching, wild artwork of Dalton Rose (not to mention art direction by occasional ComicsAlliance contributor/designer Dylan Todd, and a distinct color palette by Pete Toms), who's since gone on to create the extremely beautiful Phabula
for Monkeybrain Comics. Sacrifice
was also supported by limited edition variant covers by talents like Bryan Lee O'Malley, Cliff Chiang, Emma Ríos, Paul Azaceta, and Lacey Micallef.
Long delayed as a consequence of its creators' own successes on other projects, the final issue of Sacrifice is finally ready to go this month. You can check out an exclusive six-page preview below, along with Dark Horse and Rose's handsome design for the hardcover edition.
"We could not be more pleased that Sacrifice has found a new home at Dark Horse," said Sam Humphries in Dark Horse's official press release. "Their track record for gorgeous print editions is unparalleled, and their respect for comics is unquestioned. How cool is it that a whole new audience will be able to discover Sacrifice with a Dark Horse logo on the front?"
"Sam and Dalton created a phenomenon with Sacrifice, but this is how the story was always meant to be a read -- a nice thick hardcover read dense with Aztec blood, time travel, post-punk psychedelia, seizures, and a totally relatable hero who just might have to participate in some human sacrifices," added Dark Horse Editor in Chief Scott Allie.
Self-published by Humphries and Rose, Sacrifice #6 drops in finer comics shops and digitally on March 20. You can catch up on the first five issues via ComiXology or, it seems, just wait until September for the hardcover. In either case, this six-page preview of the new issue will give you a good idea of why cult audiences and comics industry professionals have been taken in by Sacrifice's at once contemporary and fantastic world.
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