You have to hand it to Dark Horse Comics for always being prepared for the unexpected and offering one surprise treat after another. Here they go again with “Sacrifice.”
Press release follows:
DARK HORSE TO COLLECT SAM HUMPHRIES AND DALTON ROSE’S SACRIFICE!
THE SELF-PUBLISHED JUGGERNAUT OF 2012 AND 2013 ARRIVES IN A DELUXE HARDCOVER!
MARCH 13, MILWAUKIE, OR–Dark Horse is proud to announce plans to collect Sacrifice, the critically acclaimed self-published comic book epic by Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose, into a deluxe hardcover edition this fall.
Cocreated by writer Sam Humphries (Uncanny X-Force, The Ultimates, Our Love Is Real) and artist Dalton Rose (Phabula, Theremin), Sacrifice is the story of Hector, a young Joy Division fan and epileptic, who is thrust through time and space on a psychedelic journey to the heart of the Aztec Empire. How can a dude from San Diego survive in one of the most bloodthirsty civilizations in human history?
Dark Horse is pleased to collect Sacrifice in a beautiful, permanent hardcover edition, reproducing the complete series and including additional artwork by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Cliff Chiang, Emma Ríos, Paul Azaceta, and Lacey Micallef. The Dark Horse hardcover of Sacrifice will be the first edition of Sacrifice in wide release, available in comic book shops, bookstores, and Amazon on September 3, 2013.
“We could not be more pleased that Sacrifice has found a new home at Dark Horse,” said Sam Humphries. “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,” says Dark Horse Editor in Chief Scott Allie.
Sacrifice was originally self-published as a six-issue limited series and distributed to sixty comic book stores across the US and Canada. Despite tight press runs and limited distribution, Sacrifice took the comic book world by storm, with multiple sellouts, fervent reader demand, and critical acclaim from USA Today, G4, Ain’t It Cool News, ComicsAlliance, Comic Book Resources, and Bleeding Cool.
Sam Humphries’s relationship with Dark Horse goes back long before he broke into the creative side of comics. Humphries, along with Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie and PR director Jeremy Atkins, resurrected the company’s flagship title, Dark Horse Presents, for the social media giant MySpace. Since then, Humphries has made a name for himself as a writer, working on books for Marvel and BOOM! Studios, thanks in part to his successful self-published works. The relationship continues as Dark Horse collects Humphries’s strongest original work yet!
Look for the beautiful hardcover edition of Sacrifice in comic shops everywhere on September 3, or preorder your copy on Amazon today!
“Rest assured, it’s cool . . . If you’re even slightly interested, you should pick it up.”—Ain’t It Cool News
“There’s so much to like about this . . . Strong story, compelling art . . . Really great stuff.”—Blair Butler, G4
“Sacrifice moves in directions that make me unsure of what will happen next, or how it will possibly end. There’s only one thing I know for certain: I want to find out.”—Greg McElhatton, Comic Book Resources
“Sacrifice sees Humphries take a chance on self-publishing a more ambitious and personal narrative . . . Rose combines the illustrative chutzpah of a creator like Geof Darrow with the dainty, horrific line work of Guy Davis and just a smidgen of Charles Burns’ surreal terror.”—ComicsAlliance
“It’s the ecstasy generation plunged into Aztec society, one young man taking a psychedelic trip to the past. A very messy, ugly, and brutal past.”—Rich Johnston, Bleeding Cool
“Aztecs vs. Joy Division fans . . . You haven’t even thought of such a thing. Humphries and Rose have. Listen.”—Kieron Gillen, writer of Phonogram, Uncanny X-Men, and Thor