Sunday, September 16, 2012

New Release Reviews For Dark Horse For 12 September, 2012

Article first published as Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For September 12, 2012 on Technorati.

 It was the kiss heard round the world, recently, for DC Entertainment. Long time super-heroic icons Superman and Wonder Woman lip-locked, not for the first time, but for the first time as a serious couple. The big question on everyone's mind is what does this mean for Lois Lane?

Sales of the issue were significantly high, though retailers are indicating that less regular customers are the ones doing most of the buying. Dark Horse Comics has ten new releases this week that should appeal to even the most casual reader. 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.

The Creep - Issue 1

This continues the tale originally serialized in Dark Horse Presents about an unusual looking private detective looking into a suicide.

The mystery seems to be less important than the emotional journey of the protagonist. The cover is fantastic.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Criminal Macabre : The Iron Spirit - One Shot

This is more of a prose piece, less a comic book, about the sad military history hidden under the streets of Los Angeles. The story is brilliantly paced and, when combined with the beautiful artwork, it creates a haunting tale of honor and regret.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Conan The Barbarian - Issue 8

This run has been fantastic and this issue was the most thoughtful, and realistic of the series. What happens in a relationship when the excitement wears off and all that's left is the truth?

It's a hard story, filled with sadness. There's still hope but there are challenges for Conan and BĂȘlit. Cimmerea is as dangerous as the words unspoken. The cover is lovely and the interior art is fantastic.

Score: 9 out of 10

Star Wars Lost Tribes Of The Sith : Spiral - Issue 2 (of 5)

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Jedi used to be exciting. Then, George Lucas ruined everything but turning Jedi into monks. Boring monks. This issue, at least, benefits from a somewhat interesting back story. However all of the characters are annoying. The cover is cool. The interior art is just OK.

Score: 5 out of 10

The Massive - Issue 4

This series explores the aspects of humanity that don't seem to change, no matter the circumstances. Humans behave badly and there is constant conflict over fuel. The maturity and skill of the creative team conveys the very humanity of the heroes and it's refreshing. The cover and interior art are excellent.

Score: 8 out of 10

The Strain - Issue 8

This series, adapting the novel of the same name, has been all about build. The severity of the threat continues to increase making the horror escalate. This issue brought the severity to the foreground and it's becoming terrifying. But, there is hope, and that's what makes things tolerable. The cover is cool and the interior alright,

Score: 9 out of 10

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 - Issue 13

This is an angsty issue as Buffy continues to fill the role of the martyr. She's given the opportunity to have structure and reward for her actions but she rejects the easy way. She is the embodiment of the hero as she does the right thing, no matter how hard. The cover is OK and the interior art is solid.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Star Wars Knights Errant : Escape - Issue 4

Another example of why Star Wars comics don't work when they focus on Jedi. They're boring. And this issue was overwhelming in the talking. The cover art is not very good. The interior is better but it still doesn't help much.

Score: 3 out of 10

Victories - Issue 2 (of 5)

The artwork on the cover and inside are fantastic. Clever and inventive. The story is strange, filled with violence and sexual themes.

The heroes are barely good people and they're extreme in behavior. There is some mystery with Faustus and that may be the major hook.

Score: 7 out of 10

Orchid - Issue 9

This may be the best issue of Orchid, so far. Mostly because it was light on endless dialogue. This is a talky series. Finally, the creative team gets to some action and it's far more enjoyable as a result. Cover art is solid. Interior is OK.

Score: 7 out of 10

Dark Horse Comics put out plenty of comics that make you want to kiss someone. In particular are The Strain, The Massive, and Conan but steer clear of the Star Wars comics. Stop on back next week for New Release Reviews for Dark Horse Comics.