I contacted Dark Horse Comics a couple of weeks ago and asked if they could provide an update on when (or if) the second volume of Indiana Jones Adventures would be released. The response I got follows.
Thanks for the e mail.
Glad you're enjoying Indy!!!!
Look to the later part of '09 for our second volume of Indy's continuing adventures.
We appreciate your interest in Dark Horse Comics.
Dark Horse Comics, inc.
On Nov 16, 2008, at 12:33 PM, wrote:
I'm very much enjoying what Dark Horse is doing with the Indiana Jones. If anything, I wish you were doing more! Can you tell me if another volume of the Indiana Jones Adventures (the first was by Phillip Gelatt) is in the works?
I'm sure subsequent volumes will be released on a slightly faster basis after Volume 2. I think the year long span between the first two volumes was because Dark Horse wanted to gauge sales of the first volume so didn't implement plans for the second volume until only recently (once strong sales of the first volume showed new volumes would sell well). They're probably allowing time for the creative team to finish work on the second volume (which they probably only recently started), and maybe even start work on a third volume. So, sucks we'll have to wait a year, but my point is, if these IJ Adventures volumes keep selling well, we won't have to wait a year between releases for future volumes.
Unless a successful Mutt Williams spin-off pops up somewhere, it's harder to move away from the formula without people calling foul. "That's not Indiana Jones!" on stuff like the TV series, Crystal Skull and... erm... Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates? And sticking by it risks oversaturation with the character.
Maybe it's why Lucas takes forever to work out the MacGuffins and Ben Burtt (I think) saying he didn't believe they could maintain a TV series with the movie formula, despite the Marvel comics series doing it for three years based on two movies.
Great little book. I read it over summer and loved the storyline, the art and even the little references. I also hope they come out a bit more frequently,maybe every six months. Maybe Dark Horse is having problems with finding something for Indy to go after...
I finally had the chance to read it. I really liked it! Since this is considered children's literature (it was in the kid's section at Chapters) anybody notice they left the swastika in there (not like some toy manufacturers)?
Are they planning to continue this particular story or is there going to be a new story in each issue?
I would love to see a Short Round appearance in these books, as well...He is one of my favorite sidekicks. I think the Marvel Indy Omnibus comes out in Mid February. I own all the original comics, but it would be nice to have them all collected...I remember Shorty appearing in the Marvel comic at some point, and was shown to have been adopted by some "high profile" friends of Willie Scott...