Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For December 28, 2011
It's the usually quiet release week between Christmas and New Year but Dark Horse has offered up some great "hidden presents." Sit back and let us help you unwrap these little surprises. And don't miss the correction, below. Titles are 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.
Angel & Faith - Issue 5
The first four issue arc ended and and, as typical in the Whedon-verse, the this issue was a stand-alone story with classic, film noir themes. At the story's heart is a warning about the dangers of celebrity as channeled by the always entertaining Harmony Kendall.
The issue is blessed with a beautiful cover and rather excellent artwork that very much conveys the looks of the characters. It's a funny story, though it does suffer from the limitations of one-shots. So, the characters don't really change and the over-all story doesn't move forward.
Score: 7 out of 10
The Goon - Issue 37
Click. That was the sound, in my brain, of the character finally working for me. I never understood The Goon in everything else I had read. Mostly, his stories were violent with a mix of historical humor. A negative for me was that he isn't a hero so it was hard to get behind The Goon.
This issue didn't make him out to be a hero but it did show (briefly) his more complicated nature as he dealt with ideas being grappled with, today. And, in some way, just as violently. It still has humor in it. The pacing to the story is kind of weird but it's uniqueness is strangely appealing.
Score: 8.5 out of 10
The Guild: Zaboo - One-Shot
Felicia Day continues to to tell tales from the MMOPRG world she created for the online series. It is a weird story with a Scott Pilgrim feel, without the coherent storyline. Some of this was cultural, I think, but it still moved things in a strange way. For fans of the web series, this is an important story. For the rest of us, it's not as good as the prior one-shot. Great cover by Evan Dorkin.Continued on the next page