Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For May 23, 2012
Government debt and rampant unemployment were the major topics in Chicago, this past weekend, during the G8 Summit. Not to be outdone, Dark Horse comics is throwing the DH7 with seven brand new comic releases this week. 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 12
A solid offering from Dark Horse Presents, though not the best of the recent run. There are some highlights. Mister X is stylish, and succinct. Nexus is sexy and clever with plenty of humor. The prose piece by Harlan Ellison, with illustrations by Richard Corben, is pithy, garrulous, and magnificent. Sabertooth Vampire is just plain funny.
There are several middle-of-the-road stories. Aliens is gorgeous but indecipherable. Finder looks nice but goes nowhere. Criminal Macabre is dark and violent, but disjointed. The Black Beetle is average with a rather long, quick re-cap.
The weakest offering continues to be The Occultist. The art is OK but the story is strange and there are many continuity issues. House of Fun should go back on the shelf. The Creep is directionless as virtually nothing happens.
Score: 7 out of 10
The Guild: Fawkes - One Shot
This was not the best of these Guild one-shots. The story is a bit incoherent at points as it seems to require the reader to be knowledgeable about both the Guild universe and MMORPGs with their complicated social aspects. There is a major intersection between on-line and real-life that is fascinating.
The art is fine and it has these genuinely funny moments. The best aspect of this story is how much time is spent getting into Fawkes mind. Experiencing how he sees the world and finding out both his human characteristics and repugnant motivations.
Score: 7 out of 10
Mind MGMT - Issue 1
While the cover is arresting, the interior's low-fi artwork still manages to support the mood of the story. Clever layouts take into account the bleed on the edges. There is a weird flow to the start of the story but the mystery builds. The protagonist is complicated and the reader feels her peril as the tale progresses.
Score: 8 out 10
Orchid - Issue 7
Cutting to the chase, this series isn't getting better. The artwork is barely average and the covers are uninspired. It's violent with little return for the action. The talking is overwhelming and bland. No real heroes and cookie-cutter villains.Continued on the next page