'Babylon 5' Creator J. Michael Straczynski Signs Deal With Dark Horse Comics (Exclusive)

‘Babylon 5’ Creator J. Michael Straczynski Signs Deal With Dark Horse Comics (Exclusive)

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J. Michael Straczynski is going into business with Dark Horse Comics. Straczynski will pitch various creator-owned works with the publisher that will include graphic novels, miniseries, and ongoing series.

Straczynski is a space veteran of the genre. On TV, he created Babylon 5 and co-created Netflix Sense8 with the Wachowskis. In the comics, he wrote run The Incredible Spider-Man, Superman AND Captain America. And in the feature film space, you’ve worked World War Z, Thor AND Changeling.

According to Straczynski, Dark Horse head Mike Richardson gave him a mandate to write whatever he wants.

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“The first will be an international geopolitical thriller that blends science fiction with the superhero genre in a way we have never seen before. It will be a huge story with huge global and personal stakes,” Straczynski in a statement. “This will be balanced by individual character stories designed to challenge the tropes of the superhero genre, building on what I have done with books like Supreme Power, Midnight Nation AND Rising stars and take it to the next level.

He will also delve into other genres.

“There will be titles in the modern dark fantasy and historical fantasy genres, along the lines of Neil Gaiman Cavalryalso from Dark Horse,” said the scribe. “Strong character stories that are thought-provoking and entertaining, not nihilistic or too terribly dark. Dark Horse.

Richardson added in his statement, “I’ve known Joe and have been a fan of his work for years. He’s had great success as a writer in both comics and television, and I’m very excited that he’s decided to bring his latest creator-owned projects to Dark Horse. We can’t wait to see what he has in store for him, we know it will be something special.”

The announcement comes as an animated film by Straczynski Babylon 5: The road home get ready to screen Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con.