By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
Solicitations have begun through Diamond Distribution for Dark Horse Comics‘ How to Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir. This volume goes on sale Feb 15, 2017, but for retailers (comic book shops), they can officially take in orders and the details are in for what to expect. Value-priced at an MSRP of $10.99, there will be 80 pages of goodness to admire. The trade paperback measures 6×9 inches.
Picking up just after the events in How to Train Your Dragon 2, Hiccup, Astrid and company are called upon to assist the people of an earthquake-plagued island. But their lives are imperiled by a madman and an incredible new dragon who even Toothless — the alpha dragon — may not be able to control!
Dean DeBlois and Richard Hamilton are the writers of this comic book tie-in to the upcoming 2018 film. This detail makes owning this volume quintessential for teases in what’s to come in Dreamworks product. For this HTTYD fan, while much of this news has been out for a while now, to see a tease in the advance order catalogue of what’s to come is a first look at the art.
The material presented makes me anxious to read this work. I really like the art style of Doug Wheatley and Wes Dzioba. It’s a far better look when compared to the material released by Titan Books. As okay at that material is, I suspect those earlier releases suffered from delays because of shifting licenses and from staff artists who did not really care about getting the final product out on time.
Because Dark Horse’s upcoming release is an official continuation of the cinematic tale, their product is timed to keep interest alive when toy sales are non-existent and Netflix’s Dragons: Race to the Edge is becoming stagnant. The next batch of episodes should be coming soon.
I shall update this article as soon as proper digital images are offered in Dark Horse Comic’s press releases. For now, a snapshot of one of the panels will have to do: