Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For August 8, 2012
Design is a major component of all comic books being published. Art. Covers. Story. Marketing. Not a lot of attention is given to the locations where comics are sold but that trend is changing. A Japanese comic store is being designed with as much attention to details as the comics it sells. Tokyo comic store Tokyo's Tokyo is launching with design that is awe-inspiring.
Dark Horse Comics is just as concerned with design and it can be seen in the seven new releases being offered 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.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 - Issue 12
This issue started off with a very bland cover. One of the weakest, so far. The inside is what we've come to expect from the Buffy universe. For the story, nothing is simple or easily defined. Roles change and betrayal occurs. Heroes emerge in the least likely places. And magic, believed to be gone, can still be created using unexpected devices.
Score: 8 out of 10
Conan - Issue 7
Right off the bat, readers are given a gorgeous cover, which matches the interior artwork stroke by stroke. For as amazing as the artwork is, it pales in comparison to writing which is fantastic.
Though, this issue is a bit of a lull compared to the prior one, it's still pretty awesome. The passion between Conan and Bêlit is scorching. The family drama is fascinating to see play out. Another great issue.
Score: 9 out of 10
The Creep - Issue 0
This issue collects several stories serialized in Dark Horse Presents, and it starts with an amazing cover by Frank Miller. The comic is a less-traditional noir style tale about a deformed gumshoe and a case he's taken. There's a lot of tough talk and things never seem to go as expected. This included the ending which doesn't seem all that happy.
Score: 7 out of 10
The Massive - Issue 3
The interior artwork is much better than the cover as it is cleaner and has more details. Much like the artwork, the story is full of little details. There is a loneliness that the story conveys mixed with tension that is equal parts drama and ideological. The characters are somewhat detached but it's not clear if that is who they are or what they've become in this new horrible world.Continued on the next page