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Mike Richardson, Dark Horse founder and writer of the Eisner-nominated 47 Ronin and Star Wars: Crimson Empire, teams with artist Bruce Zick (Mandala, Thor) to take readers on a fun new thrill ride laden with pop culture and science fiction references!


For one savvy reader who can catch the subtle nods contained within this original graphic novel, Mike Richardson is offering a $1,000 cash prize! Not only that, but he’ll also award the local comic shop of your choice $1,000 worth of Dark Horse comics and graphic novels!

The Atomic Legion is on sale now in comic shops everywhere! Read it thoroughly, and send an e-mail to with your list of the story’s pop culture and science fiction references, and a picture of yourself with the book, before May 31. The first person to correctly identify the most references will be awarded the cash prize!


More about The Atomic Legion:

In a hidden fortress near the North Pole, the greatest heroes of a past age live secluded from the world that rejected them. But when their benefactor—a mysterious scientist known only as the Professor—is kidnapped, it’s up to a young boy to rally the robots, monsters, and superheroes in the fortress to come to the rescue as the Atomic Legion!

About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, 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. 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 Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.


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  1. Samuel Morse on

    I am curious to see if Matthew Peterson takes a swing at this. He seems like he might have a fair shake at it!

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