[Preview] Dark Horse’s Imprint Berger Books Announces Female-Centric Dystopian Take on Dickens’ Classic w/ OLIVIA TWIST

BERGER BOOKS TO PUBLISH A DYSTOPIAN SPIN ON THE DICKENS CLASSIC IN “OLIVIA TWIST”

New Series from Darin Strauss, Adam Dalva, and Emma Vieceli

Dark Horse Comics and Berger Books are pleased to announce the next series in the critically acclaimed imprint, Olivia Twist, a female-centric futuristic fable.

Olivia Twist marks the first time internationally bestselling novelist Darin Strauss (Chang and EngMore Than It Hurts You) will venture into the comics medium. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for his memoir Half a Life, he’s joined by short fiction author Adam Dalva (Tin House, Guernica) as cowriter. Artist Emma Vieceli (Vampire AcademyThe Adventures of Supergirl) and colorist Lee Loughridge (Briggs Land) bring the series to illustrated life. Top women comics artists, Vanesa Del Rey, Tula Lotay, Sana Takeda and Emma Vieceli, create the gorgeous cover art for this reimagining of the classic character.

In a dangerous future London, teenage orphan Olivia Twist joins the Esthers, a rag-tag gang of girl thieves, to save a boy she barely knows. Led by the elegant, queenly Fagin, they steal from the rich inhabitants of Vertical City while battling the illegally-augmented Trads for control of the streets.

But Olivia’s life of newfound friendships in this world of internment camps and dark technology gets even more complicated when she discovers that she has more power and wealth than she’s ever dreamed of. But it comes at an unfathomable cost.

PREVIEW PAGES

The first issue of a four-part miniseries, Olivia Twist goes on sale September 19, 2018,
and will be available for preorder at your local comic shop later this month for $4.99.


About Dark Horse:

For more than thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The MaskGhostX, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon AgeBuffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConan, Tomb RaiderHaloThe Witcher,SerenityGame of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

About Berger Books

Karen Berger, founding editor of Vertigo Comics

Karen Berger has been a powerful force in the comics industry for over 25 years. Beginning her career at DC Comics, her interest in horror led to her becoming instrumental in nurturing Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing and later bringing Neil Gaiman’s work to mass audiences with his seminal series The Sandman. With the success of these titles, mixed with her unique vision, eye for the unusual, and willingness to push the envelope, Karen Berger became the founding editor of DC’s mature-reader imprint Vertigo in 1993. She earned critical acclaim and popular success in her 20 years heading Vertigo with legendary titles such as FablesHellblazerThe Invisibles100 BulletsPreacher, and V for Vendetta. After stepping down from Vertigo in 2012, Karen Berger joined forces with Dark Horse Comics in 2017 to launch her new imprint Berger Books with top talent such as Anthony Bourdain, Ann Nocenti, David Aja, Dave Gibbons, Mat Johnson, Warren Pleece, Paul Pope, and Joel Rose. Berger Books launched in 2018 with inaugural titles Hungry GhostsIncognegro: RenaissanceMata HariThe Seeds, and The Originals: Expanded Edition.

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