Monday, November 5, 2012

New Release Reviews For Dark Horse Comics, for 31 October, 2012

Article first published as Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For October 31, 2012 on Technorati.

The entertainment world was rocked, yesterday, by the acquisition of Lucas Films by the Walt Disney Co. for a little over four billion dollars. Disney continued its trend of bringing family entertainment into one place much like it did with its acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel Entertainment. This deal brings such properties as the Star Wars universe as well as Indiana Jones.

Disney wasted no time announcing plans for three new Star Wars movies. It is unclear how this will effect Dark Horse Comics' license for Star Wars comics, including this week's Darth Maul story. 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.

Angel and Faith - Issue 15

There were two stories in this issue and they were both excellent, for different reasons. The first half was about Whistler who was a pivotal character in Angel's existence. Generally allies all this time, everything shifted here, setting up some upcoming stories. This was the more emotional story as it explored some fascinating parallels. The art was alright.

The second story delved into the back story of Pearl and Nash. This story wasn't as engaging as their history was dark and strange. and only nefarious ends were explored. The attempts at sentimentality were just kind of gross. The artwork was fantastic in this tale. The issue's cover was excellent.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

B.P.R.D. - Issue 100

B.P.R.D. always seemed to be a collection of mini-series strung together. Generally speaking, the stories have been excellent with a rotating cast of artists and occasional writers.  The down-side to this has been a bit of confusion for new readers to pick issues up and know where they're at. At least the collected editions were numbered.

That all changes with the newest issue. Though, part three of a five issue arc, this issue was the one-hundredth issue in the series and the creative team have decided to number it that way. This is a pretty good issue for new readers to start with.

The members of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense are having problems. Conflict at home. War with an undead supernatural army in Scotland. And the (possible) return of the organization's greatest foe. Great art. Great covers. Great issue.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Star Wars Darth Maul : Death Sentence - Issue 4

This appears to the be the end of the story-line but it's not clear. Typically, these Star Wars mini-series tend to run five issues, not four. But it seems like there is more tales to come with these Sith brothers.

This issue features a great deal of sacrifice by the Jedi. Though a fair amount of action, they're still pretty boring which is a theme through these comics. The villains are more interesting but psychotic individuals do get boring after a while. The art is fine. The covers are adequate.

Score: 6 out of 10

The Disney acquisition of Lucas Films was big news. Bigger news was two pretty solid comic books from Dark Horse including Angel & Faith and B.P.R.D. Stop on back next week for some New Release Reviews.