Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For October 17, 2012
The business of comic books continues to grow bigger and bigger. Case in point, Stan Lee Media has sued Marvel Entertainment over earnings based upon characters created by Stan Lee. To be clear, Stan Lee is not part of the law-suit, nor is her part of Stan Lee Media.
In 1998, Marvel filed for bankruptcy and ended their formal relationship with Lee. In exchange for not having to pay him salary, Marvel returned the rights to his creation to him. Stan Lee Media is claiming he then transferred the rights to them. Lee claims he assigned them to Marvel Enterprises, which became Marvel Entertainment, which was bought by Disney.
The law-suit is worth more than five billion dollars so it's kind of a big deal. Dark Horse is a big deal, as well. They've got six new 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.
Billy The Kid's Old Timey Oddities And The Orm Of Loch Ness - Issue 1 (of 4)
This new miniseries is written by the creator of The Goon and it has most of the same qualities. What's missing is heart. This is a strange thought as The Goon isn't a hero in the truest sense but more often than not, he does the right thing. There don't seem to be any heroes in this story.
The most interesting thing about this is the story about what the Loch Ness Monster might be. The artwork is imaginative and inventive but not overly helpful in moving the story forward. The covers are pretty damn cool.
Score: 7 out of 10
Victories - Issue 3
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This is a disturbing comic book. It's starts with the cover which ties into some history revealed in this issue. It continues with violence, addiction, and painful pasts. Something awful happened to the protagonist and it's not clear what it is, but it looms on the periphery. The team banter is a bit odd. The artwork is fantastic and this series isn't for younger readers.