Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For May 30, 2012

Author: Zachary Hunchar
Published: May 30, 2012 at 5:28 am

Fiction became real this past weekend as a naked man in Florida was shot and killed by police as he chewed another man's face. Witnesses described the naked, face-eater as "growling." Not to be out-done, Dark Horse is offering five new comics and one collected edition that are far tastier than someone's face. 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 10

This issue is a one-off that delves into Giles past and some of his extended family. This is a fun tale with some fantastic interplay between characters. In fact, it's very funny which is much needed given how heavy this series is.

What makes it successful is that it's not just a throw-away. The story provides some nice closure to plot points that haven't been resolved. There are several nice future plotlines set up and it crosses over nicely with Buffy Season 9.

The artwork is a bit moodier than prior issues but it still captures the tone of the story. The layouts are a bit weak, though.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth : The Transformation Of J. H. O'Donnell - One-Shot

The absolute best aspect of this one-shot is the artwork which just oozes with panache. It's very stylized but it's utterly perfect for this tale as it recounts past events.

This little ditty gives some much-needed attention to a supporting cast member who typically gets little page time. It perfectly mixes the magical and the mundane and it even has an appearance by Hellboy which is refreshing.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Mass Effect : Homeworlds - Issue 2 (of 4)

Some alien stories are so great you don't need to know everything possible about their universe to enjoy. This is not one of those stories. Not only is it very alien, but it demands knowledge of the game it's based upon.

Non-fans will be confused by the characters and their actions as well as the dialogue. The art is passable but it's bogged down by an incoherent story. Just not great.

Score: 3.5 out of 10

Star Wars Blood Ties : Boba Fett Is Dead - Issue 2 (of 4)

This is a pretty good mini-series for Star Wars. Most mini-series, in that universe, haven't been very good. This has a solid mystery that is actually going somewhere. It's not quite clear where it is going but that's not really a complaint.

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I've written several comic book series published by Bluewater Comics. My most recent series, JULIET, will be published this summer and I'm adapting the INSANE JANE series for motion picture development. …

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