Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For December 14, 2011
This was a nice, juicy week from Dark Horse Comics. Several story-lines came to a close while others started and/or continued nicely. Each release is scored on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the very best possible. We take the time to read these books so your time isn't wasted.
Baltimore: The Curse Bells - Issue 5 (of 5)
I just don't get it. This series has the trademark Mike Mignola darkness but it's missing the humor that makes it tolerable. And there just seems to be no hero in the story. Baltimore is emotionally void and the Inquisitor is vile. Had they all perished it would have been a more enjoyable ending.
The artwork was fine and I enjoyed the coloring in it's use of reds, purples, and oranges.
Score: 5.5 out of 10
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 - Issue 4
It was an alright issue. Essentially, it was just one big fight. And no one really revealed anything new or changed much. Some characters were strangely passive. Only Detective Dowling distinguished himself from anyone else. And even he was not all that interesting. Lovely cover, though.
Score: 7 out of 10
The Occultist - Issue 2 (of 3)
I just don’t get this series. The story is barely comprehensible and the characters behave haphazardly. The interior artwork is not good. However the cover is gorgeous like the prior issue.
My suggestion is to wait for enough of these mini-series to come out and then buy the issue that just collects all the covers. That would be worth spending money on. Somehow, this issue was worse than last.
Score: 3 out of 10
The Strain - Issue 1
This is the first issue in the adaptation by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan of their novel of the same name. Right off the bat it's a great value at a buck. It has solid artwork and coloring with a fine cover.
Its real strength is the horror of the story which is something del Toro has spent decades mastering. It does everything great horror should do. It builds mood and suspense by thrusting characters you care about it horrible situations. This is the text-book way horror should work in comic books. Fantastic.
Score: 9.5 out of 10
House of Night - Issue 2
I enjoyed this issue but not quite as much as I did the prior issue. A lot of this dealt with the issue of rape, which made this story very dark. Though a very serious issue, it was so prevalent in the story it lessened my recommendation for young teens.Continued on the next page