Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For April 18, 2012
The Secret Service is awful busy these days. What with the prostitutes and the Ted Nugent. Have no fear, comic fans, as New Release Reviews are here to keep you safe. 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.
Dark Horse Presents - Issue 11
As always, Dark Horse Presents is tricky to review as some of the stories are great and others aren't so much. The Black Beetle is the best all-around tale in this edition with great art and obvious heroes and villains in a throwback to classic pulp stories.
Criminal Macabre is yout typical excellent hard-boiled supernatural with gritty, artwork. Pig is the most unusual of this issue's best stories as it's mostly prose and a very dark story at that. Very depressing but expertly crafted.
The rest of the stories are passable. Even the Occultist and Blood finally have become tolerable. Blood is particularly shocking in it's mediocrity as Neal Adams is a living legend.
Finder continues to vex as it's taking forever to get where it's going. Amala's Blade, also, is taking too long. House Of Fun had a few chuckles but was mostly forgettable and something that should have remained in storage. The Creep was a fine prologue. The White Suits is the tale mostly likely to step up its game.
Score: 7 out of 10
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: The Long Death - Issue 3 (of 3)
A common theme through much of recent B.P.R.D. stories is the word 'sad.' It isn't a negative word within the context of these stories. It's just the world these stories take place in is getting bleaker and bleaker and less of the characters are surviving.
This mini-series concludes with a long period of contemplation, followed by a very long fight. It's bloody, philosophical, and exciting. And sad.
Score: 8 out of 10
Ragemoor - Issue 2
Improving considerably from the prior issue, the reader is presented with a much more engaging protagonist who makes decisions (bad ones) and is willing to accept the consequences and make amends for them. The heroes are engaging and the villains are overwhelming in this Lovecraft-inspired adventure. As always, Corben's artwork is beyond masterful.Continued on the next page