Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For March 21, 2012
Welcome back to New Release Reviews of Dark Horse at Technorati.com. This week debuts a second set of reviews focusing on Image Comics in another column. But don't worry, there are plenty of great releases from Dark Horse. 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.
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth : The Long Death - Issue 2 (of 3)
The cover is rather disturbing but it does prepare you for the story inside which is bubbling over with rage and anger and gore. You nearly drown in suffering. It's an extremely exciting story but it is not fun, at all. It really could use some humor to break the tension. Still, a well written tale.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
Dark Horse Presents - Issue 10
This was an average issue in this series. There were several highlights. One was the continuously entertaining and extremely funny Skultar. Another was the miserable and exciting Criminal Macabre. Both are fairly easy for a new reader to pick up and run with.
Some were solid. The Massive is the last in a series of previews of an environmental adventure. The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne is, once again, sweet and disturbing. And very British.
An odd-ball in all of this was Dead Reliable. Andrew Vachs wrote and Geoff Darrow drew which, normally, would be phenomenal. This was subtle and painful and then, suddenly, bleak and depressing. The prose was moving and the artwork was beyond words.
Disappointing included a new double-shot from Evan Dorkin with new Milk & Cheese and The Murder Family. They should have been left in the nineties. UXB was weird and boring. Finder continues to be unmemorable. Tarzan is clunky. Amala's Blade is just one long, silly fight.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
Ragemoor - Issue 1 (of 4)
Amazingly more bleak and painful than this week's B.P.R.D. offering but in a very Lovecraft style. This dark and sinister tale is presented by the incomparable illustrator Richard Corben. Corben fuses detailed and erotic imagery to enhance the horror that the protagonist experience. The outcome seems inevitable but it should still be a fun ride.Continued on the next page