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Dark Horse will publish omnibus editions of The New York Four and The New York Five, by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly, and Demo, by Wood and Becky Cloonan. Editor Sierra Hahn told Publishers Weekly the acquisitions are part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the young-adult market.
Published in 2008 by DC Comics’ short-lived Minx imprint aimed at teen girls, The New York Four centers on four young women who move to New York City to attend New York University. A sequel miniseries, The New York Five, debuted in 2010 from DC’s Vertigo imprint.
Demo, released from November to 2003 to November 2004 by AiT/Planet Lar, was the breakout book for Wood and and Cloonan, who had previously collaborated on Channel Zero: Jennie One. The 12-issue series, which tells self-contained stories about young people with supernatural powers (well, mostly), was most recently collected in 2008 by Vertigo, which later published Wood and Cloonan’s sequel.
“I’m really personally invested in the YA market and have started to acquire more projects for that age range — 10, 12 to 16, 17,” Hahn told PW. “With Dark Horse, we’ve always published YA and we’ve always published kids books, but they’ve never been a prominent part of our line. But I think with big successes like Avatar the Last Airbender and Plants vs. Zombies and things like The Beasts of Burden, we have an opportunity to really show people our line. Going into 2015, I think we’re going to have a lot more young adult books.”
Wood has become a fixture at Dark Horse over the past few years, with Conan the Barbarian, Star Wars and his creator-owned The Massive.
The 300-plus page New York Four omnibus will go on sale Nov. 5 for $20. The Demo collection, which brings together the 12-issue original series and the six-issue sequel, will be released in April.