NEW KIRKMAN SERIES: Writer Robert Kirkman has announced Outcast, an ongoing series with artist Paul Azaceta, published by Image Comics through Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment.

“This is the first time since The Walking Dead that I’ve done a real-world dramatic take on a horror concept, that’s very exciting,” Kirkman said. “It’s a book about exorcism. It focuses on a guy named Kyle Barnes, who has been plagued by demonic possession his entire life. Now he’d delving deeper into what he’s experiencing. Along the way, he’ll discover a bigger picture here and something that could threaten the entire world, and he’s the key to stopping it.”

BARBARIC CROSSOVER: Dynamite Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics have announced two crossover series, Red Sonja/Conan by Dynamite, and Conan/Red Sonja by Dark Horse, for 2014. Gail Simone and Brian Wood are writing respectively.

Simone, current Red Sonja series writer, said, “It’s only the crossover that readers have been begging to have for over a decade: the two greatest barbarian adventurers ever created in an epic tale of blood, lust, and vengeance. This is the kind of stuff that made me a reader in the first place, and working with Brian Wood and his amazing version of Conan? It’s just a sword-and-sorcery dream come true. It’s sword vs. sword, Cimmerian vs. Hyrkanian, loincloth vs. bikini, and it’ll probably be the most fun you’ll have reading a comic all year.”

Wood, current Conan series writer said, “Conan and Red Sonja together are a genre dream team, and I’m looking forward to not only working with Gail on the story, but creating a crossover story that is epic and huge as these things should be… and something that matters, that’s relevant, and adds something to each character’s rich history.”

DISNEY KINGDOMS: SEEKERS OF THE WEIRD

Marvel Comics has unveiled January’s Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1, the first comic series published under the new Disney Kingdoms banner.

Created in partnership with designers, producers, and creative directors from Walt Disney Imagineering, the Disney Kingdoms line promises new adventures expanding upon lands, attractions, characters, and worlds of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Here’s how the Seekers of the Weird is described:

“Experience the first all-new adventure inspired by Disney’s legendary — but never constructed — Museum of the Weird! Dreamed up by famous Imagineer Rolly Crump in 1965, the Museum of the Weird was home to a collection of mystical curiosities said to have been unearthed from all corners of the globe. Originally conceived as a spooky walk-through attraction connected to the Haunted Mansion, Crump’s innovative designs were left on the drawing board following the passing of Walt Disney….until now!

“When their parents are kidnapped, teens Maxwell and Melody are thrust into a thrilling race through the world’s strangest – and most dangerous museum! Together, they must join forces with their mysterious and swashbuckling uncle as they attempt to rescue their family and save the world from an evil secret society! And they just might discover the truth behind their wild and weird destiny along the way!”

“Disney Kingdoms is the ultimate team-up for fans of Disney and Marvel,” said editor Bill Rosemann. “Working hand-in-hand with the world-famous Walt Disney Imagineers, Marvel’s best and brightest creators will unleash entire worlds inspired by and built around the attractions and characters that you’ve always known — but will experience for the very first time!”

The series is written by Brandon Seifert and drawn by Karl Moline.

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