It’s a busy month for releases from me, with issues of DC’s Convergence event, as well as John Carter: Warlord of Mars and Skylanders issues. But before any of those hit, two new books out this week. Or, one new book and one older book.

First up is Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #10 from Dark Horse, for which I’ve written a Solomon Kane short story. The art is provided by my friend Richard Clark, who beautifully painted the entire story. The story finds Kane in Africa, and you might pick up a reference or two to some other adventure literature. Kane is probably my favorite Howard character, even beyond Conan, so finally getting to a write a story featuring the grim Puritan avenger was definitely a bucket-list item.

The other book is a collected edition of Deadlands Volume 1: Dead Man’s Hand from IDW. The individual issues collected here feature supernatural Westerns set in the Deadlands game universe by me and Bart Sears; Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Lee Moder; David Gallaher and Steve Ellis; Jeff Mariotte and Brook Turner; and C. Edward Sellner and Ale Aragon. I edited the original issues from Visionary Comics, which were published by Image. This is the first full-size collection of the material.

My story with Bart is one of my favorite single-issue efforts ever, introducing a mute bounty hunter who only communicates via a chalkboard around his neck. I had a great time writing (and editing) these Westerns; I hope it’s not the last time I get a chance to saddle up.