The Massive (comics)

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The Massive
Cover of The Massive Prologue (Dark Horse Presents #8). Art by Kristian Donaldson.
Publication information
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Schedule Monthly
Publication date 13 June 2012 – 24 December 2014
Creative team
Created by Brian Wood
Written by Brian Wood
Artist(s) Kristian Donaldson
(Dark Horse Presents #8–10, #1–3)
Garry Brown (#4–9, #13–30)
Gary Erskine (#10)
Declan Shalvey (#11)
Danijel Zezelj (#12)
J.P. Leon (covers #2–30)
Colorist(s) Dave Stewart
(Dark Horse Presents #8–10, #1–9, #14–15)
Jordie Bellaire (#10–13, #16–30)

The Massive was an ongoing, monthly comic book series created by Brian Wood and published by Dark Horse Comics. Dave Stewart's work as a colorist in the first nine issues of the series rendered him the Eisner Award for Best Coloring in 2013.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

In a post-war, post-crash, post-disaster, post-everything world, the environmental-action trawler Kapital scours the earth’s oceans for its mysteriously missing sistership, The Massive. Captain Callum Israel, a man who has dedicated his life to the ocean, now must ask himself—as our planet dies—what it means to be an environmentalist after the world’s ended. Callum and his crew will come up against pirates, rebels, murderers, and thieves as they struggle to remain noble toward their cause. Can you save a planet that's already doomed?[2]

Publication history[edit]

The Massive was originally launched in the pages of Dark Horse's comics anthology, Dark Horse Presents in the form of three eight-page short stories in issues 8–10.[3][4][5] These stories were later collected as a digital one-shot, published 22 April 2012.[6] The official launch of the monthly ongoing series came later, beginning in June 2012. In 2015, Dark Horse published a six issue prequel titled The Massive: Ninth Wave, telling the story of the environmental group before the world's eco-crash.[7] The prequel series was later collected in a hardcover library edition published in 2016.[8]

Issues[edit]

Issue Release Date Story Arc Title Artist Cover Colorist Notes Collection Library Edition
February 1, 2012
February 22, 2012
March 21, 2012
Prologue Kristian Donaldson Brian Wood
(Dark Horse Presents #8)
Dave Stewart 8-page shorts appeared in
Dark Horse Presents #8–10
The Massive
Volume 1:
Black Pacific
The Massive
Library Edition
Volume 1
1 June 13, 2012 Landfall Kamchatka Kristian Donaldson
and Brian Wood
Rafael Grampá (variant)
[9][10]
2 July 11, 2012 HK J.P. Leon
Rafael Grampá (variant)
[11][12]
3 August 8, 2012 Unalaska J.P. Leon
Rafael Grampá (variant)
[13][14]
4 September 12, 2012 Black Pacific Mog Garry Brown J.P. Leon [15]
5 October 10, 2012 Antarctica [16]
6 November 14, 2012 Micronesia [17]
7 December 12, 2012 Subcontinental Rig [18] The Massive
Volume 2:
Subcontinental
8 January 23, 2013 Schism [19]
9 February 27, 2013 Sub [20]
10 March 27, 2013 Polaris Breaker Gary Erskine Jordie Bellaire [21]
11 April 24, 2013 Megalodon Declan Shalvey [22]
12 May 22, 2013 Nunatak Danijel Zezelj [23]
13 June 26, 2013 Americana Chokepoint Garry Brown [24] The Massive
Volume 3:
Longship
14 July 24, 2013 Battlegroup [25]
15 August 28, 2013 Oasis [26]
16 October 23, 2013 Longship Pitchblack [27][28] The Massive
Library Edition
Volume 2
17 November 27, 2013 Stormbreak [29]
18 December 18, 2013 Deadlock [30]
19 January 22, 2014 Bloc Satellite [31] The Massive
Volume 4:
Sahara
20 February 26, 2014 Siege [32]
21 March 26, 2014 Security [33]
22 April 23, 2014 Sahara Colonials Danijel Zezelj [34]
23 May 28, 2014 Irregulars [35]
24 June 25, 2014 Crusaders [36]
25 July 30, 2014 Ragnarok One Garry Brown [37] The Massive
Volume 5:
Ragnarok[38]
26 August 27, 2014 Two [39]
27 September 24, 2014 Three [40]
28 October 29, 2014 Four [41]
29 November 26, 2014 Five [42]
30 December 24, 2014 Six [43]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "THE MASSIVE #1 (BRIAN WOOD COVER)". Dark Horse. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dark Horse Presents #8". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dark Horse Presents #9". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Dark Horse Presents #10". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Massive Digital One-Shot". Dark Horse Digital. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Massive: Ninth Wave #1". Dark Horse. Dark Horse. Retrieved 10 March 2018. 
  8. ^ "The Massive: Ninth Wave HC". Dark Horse. Dark Horse. Retrieved 10 March 2018. 
  9. ^ "The Massive #1". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Massive #1 (Variant Cover)". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Massive #2". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Massive #2 (Variant Cover)". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Massive #3". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "The Massive #3 (Variant Cover)". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "The Massive #4". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "The Massive #5". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "The Massive #6". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "The Massive #7". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "The Massive #8". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "The Massive #9". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "The Massive #10". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "The Massive #11". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "The Massive #12". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "The Massive #13". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "The Massive #14". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "The Massive #15". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
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  28. ^ "The Massive #16". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  29. ^ "The Massive #17". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "The Massive #18". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  31. ^ "The Massive #19". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  32. ^ "The Massive #20". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  33. ^ "The Massive #21". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  34. ^ "The Massive #22". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  35. ^ "Brian Wood Twitter status". @brianwood. Retrieved 5 January 2014. [dead link]
  36. ^ "Dark Horse June 2014 solicitations". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  37. ^ "Dark Horse July 2014 solicitations". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  38. ^ "The Massive – Volume 5: Ragnarok". Edelweiss. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  39. ^ "Dark Horse August 2014 solicitations". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  40. ^ "Dark Horse September 2014 solicitations". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  41. ^ "Dark Horse October 2014 solicitations". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  42. ^ "Dark Horse November 2014 solicitations". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  43. ^ "The Massive #30 profile". Dark Horse. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 

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