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
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!