Saturday, October 20, 2012

New Release Reviews For Dark Horse Comics, For 17 October, 2012

Article first published as Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For October 17, 2012 on Technorati.

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

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.

Score: 6 out of 10

BPRD : 1948 - Issue 1 (of 5)

This is an interesting look at the B.P.R.D.'s past adventures and offers insight into Trevor Bruttenholm. Plus, there is a special appearance from everyone's child of hell. The story is slightly clinical but the rich detail of this world helps overlook this. The artwork is quite solid with expressive detail and some attitude.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Ex Sanguine - Issue 1

This feels like an incomplete comic book. The artwork is interesting, though there is an oddness to faces. The dialogue is not spectacular and character behavior is strange at times. There is suddenness to the reveal of secrets that have little dramatic pacing. It could turn into something but for now it's not quite ready for prime-time.

Score: 5 out of 10

Mind MGMT - Issue 6

It's not clear if this is the final issue in this series or if this is just the end of an arc. What an arc it was. The tale ended up being nearly circular is design though it hints at future deviations. Characters behave and evolve in completely natural ways.

Even the conflict, though, in the end was pointless, it still made sense. And the artwork and design is gorgeous. Very non-traditional but utterly perfectly blended to enhance the story.

Score: 10 out of 10

Star Wars Agent Of The Empire : Hard Targets - Issue 1 (of 5)

This is a great example of how to do Star Wars correctly. You don't need Jedi. You don't need well know characters, even though two appear in this issue. What you need are good stories. And this issue has that in bucket-loads.

This tale is smart and full of betrayals and double-crosses. Even the mysteries and politics work. The cover is fantastic and the interior is alright.

Score: 9 out of 10

There aren't any intellectual property lawsuits this week for Dark Horse Comics. Instead, it's just a great week of new comics. B.P.R.D., Star Wars, and Mind MGMT are all worth your time and money. Stop back next week for my reviews of Dark Horse Comics.  From New Release Reviews ... excelsior!