OMFG Of The Day: ‘The Thing’ Returns To Dark Horse Comics, For Free!

Brace yourself boils and ghouls, Dark Horse Comics has just announced an exclusive digital comic which serves as a prequel to the upcoming, and highly anticipated, film ‘THE THING’! The film doesn’t hit theatres until October 14th, just before Halloween, but to keep you from losing your mind you can read all the digital comics starting today, FOR FREE! The comic will be released in three instalments, beginning today, September 21st, September 28th, and October 5th online and on the Dark Horse mobile app. ‘The Thing: The Northman Nightmare’ tells the origin story of pioneering Norsemen who discover a shape-shifting creature that is hiding in a desolate village with few human survivors. Oh, and it’s written by horror icon, Steve Niles! After the jump you can find out where to get it and all the gooey details. Read on for the skinny…

thethingcover Perhaps we have finally come to the age where we’ll have to suck it up and make the switch to the digital world. The fact that Dark Horse is only releasing it online for free is a big deal. One of the most highly anticipated horror films of the year has a prequel comic, and it’s created by some of the best in this biz. Don’t miss out on this insane opportunity to experience the terror of ‘The Thing’ before the film. Dark Horse released the following with their exclusive announcement:

In December 1991, Dark Horse Comics first published The Thing From Another World #1. In the style of Aliens, Predator and Terminator, Dark Horse Comics picked up where John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film left off. Now, 20 years later, Dark Horse shares a much earlier story about this creature from beneath the ice.

Taking us into frigid Greenland, the comic introduces us to a group of Norsemen who find themselves caught in a game of survival when they discover a terrifying creature. The shape-shifting monster has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. And it hides somewhere in a desolate village with few human survivors, among them a strange group of women…

Said editor Scott Allie: “This property consistently generates much excitement from fans, which made it easy to round up an incredible team for this prequel comic. This is a sincere horror story by guys who know how to knock it out of the park.”

The Thing: The Northman Nightmare is written by Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre), with art by Patric Reynolds (Serenity), colors by Dave Stewart (Hellboy) and a cover by Menton3 (Silent Hill). The Thing: The Northman Nightmare comes to readers as a prequel to Universal Pictures’ upcoming prelude to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name.

“Steve Niles and Dark Horse have done it again, truly an amazing book,” said Menton3. “I am extremely proud to be a small part of it.”

The first eight-page installment of The Thing: The Northman Nightmare can be downloaded digitally from the Dark Horse Digital Comics App or at Dark Horse Digital Comics today FOR FREE!