Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For December 12, 2012

Author: Zachary Hunchar
Published: December 12, 2012 at 5:47 am

Comic book creators spend much of their lives honing their craft within the world of sequential art. It is a rare event when their work crosses into other mediums. Usually, this happens when a film or television company purchases the rights to the creation. Eric Powell, creator of Dark Horse's The Goon, has been trying to get a Goon film off the ground for many years and he's taken a very big step in that direction.

Powell began a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of a story reel.  The campaign was wildly successful, bringing in more than what they needed. Now, production on the story reel is going to start and hopefully they'll be able to convince a company to finance the actual film. Dark Horse has nine new releases and several of them have been films already. 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.

Criminal Macabre : Final Night - The 30 Days Of Night Crossover - Issue 1 (of 4)

What is ridiculously obvious, once printed, makes the reader wonder why this hasn't happened before. The vampires are amassing for a war against humanity and only Cal MacDonald stands in their way. It's the perfect blend of humor and horror. The artwork is lowfi, but it works for both these series.

Score: 9 out of 10

To Hell You Ride - Issue 1

This issue was an adequate set-up for what's coming but that is all it is. Set-up. There was a lot of flash-backs and very little to give the reader something to care about. Artwork and cover are both alright.

Score: 5.5 out of 10

Victories - Issue 5

There has been an underlying story element that has been hinted at and this issue confirms this element. Unfortunately, this very important topic is glossed over and discussed in an infantile manner, rendering it almost meaningless.

It's possible to argue the hero's decision to rise above revenge was the most important aspect but the creative team missed a great opportunity to delve into a painful topic. The ending was a bit vague, as well, though it seems like these characters might return. The cover was very literal and the interior artwork is solid.

Score: 6 out of 10

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 - Issue 16

This is a fine issue that brings several long-time characters to the fore-ground and brings another back to the story. The theme seems to be affiliations as characters are torn in different directions. The interior art is excellent and the cover is fine.

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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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