Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For March 14, 2012

Author: Zachary Hunchar
Published: March 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Welcome to the St. Patrick's Day edition of New Release Reviews. The luck of the Irish is with you this week as there are nine new comics in shops and one digital edition. 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.

Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand - Issue 3 (of 5)

This is a transition issue that will probably be better when it's read as part of the Trade Paper-back. It's mostly one big chase and fight scene. However, this was easily the most exciting issue.

The artwork is gorgeous and there is some wicked humor about class-warfare that mirrors contemporary politics. Not quite as good as the prior two issues but still pretty good.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Buffy The Vampire Slayer : Season 9 - Issue 7

Right off the bat, the cover sets the tone of this issue with a great Saturday Evening Post image. The domesticity theme carries through the story as profoundly personal and moving confessions are made. There is a major revelation that completely changes the prior major revelation. Minor quibble is that the action in the story suffered, a bit, at the hands of the art.

Score: 9 out of 10

House of Night - Issue 5

The artwork in this issue is as fantastic as the prior issues have been. The writing is a little below par but still very good. This issue's lesson is wrapped around an excellent mythological take. The personal tragedy that bookends the lesson is weak, as the consequences aren't significant. Still, an excellent read, especially for female readers.

Score: 8 out of 10

Conan The Barbarian : Queen Of The Black Coast - Issue 2

This issue had Bêlit which made it good. It also had mostly fighting which gets kind of dull. It was exciting and funny. It's biggest variable is the artwork which is very unique.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword - Issue 4

Overall, this issue is alright. The artwork in Brule didn't help the lack of story. The Senora Kid was action packed and well drawn. The Conan take was disturbing. Kull had a poetic quality but just meandered.

The Thing On The Roof was the best story. It had a very HP Lovecraft feel which would make sense as they were friends and colleagues. This story was a bit more obvious than Lovecraft's work but it was still fun.

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