Sunday, November 18, 2012

New Release Reviews For Dark Horse Comics, for 14 November, 2012

Article first published as Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For November 14, 2012 on Technorati.

The world of physical, paper-based comic book distribution seems to be slowly waning as more and more publishers are moving to digital. DC Entertainment is aggressively pursuing this by simultaneously releasing all its new releases through iTunes, NOOK Store, and the Kindle Store.

Keeping up with the other publishers is Dark Horse Comics which released an app for Android devices that makes all of their library available for sale. The free app launched on November 7th. New Release Reviews is looking at seven new releases available on paper and digital. 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.

Conan - Issue 10

This issue starts in a simple manner, that ends up mirroring the threat the crew faces. No matter how simplistic the tale, the emotion conveyed by the characters is phenomenal.

Passion explodes from the pages as everyone is fully present. The cover is awesome. And some how the interior artwork is even better.

Score: 9 out of 10

The Creep - Issue 3

For a detective story, the mystery seems to be the least important aspect of this story. Most of the focus is on the lead trying to fix a problem he didn't create, even if he blames himself. Most of the characters are either very flat or very rude. The cover is outstanding and the interior is fine.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

Ex Sanguine - Issue 2

The smashing together of sex and violence dominates this series as monsters seem to be developing a romance of sorts. Not solely focus on the bad guys, some time is given to the law-enforcement investigating them.

For as inept as the police seem, the bad guys should get away with things. The cover is strange and the interior is alright.

Score: 6 out of 10

Victories - Issue 4

The underlying mystery of this series grows more and more sinister, yet there is less and less belief that it's real. Someone may be manipulating events but it's not clear who.

Nothing is clear, other than all the characters are generally unpleasant. Next issue is the last of the series. Or of the current storyline. It's not clear. Either way, the readers will be glad answers are finally given. Artwork is the best part of the comic.

Score: 6 out of 10

Billy The Kid's Old Timer Oddities And The Orm Of Loch Ness - Issue 2

The best aspect of the story is the build to the danger, no matter how weak it seems. The cliff-hanger for the prior issue kind of fizzles out which makes this issue's seem less threatening. There is a lot of humor in this story which is helpful, given the characters. The cover has a classic style to it. The interior matches this with layouts and coloring.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 - Issue 15

This is a simple tale, as it finishes introducing new characters into the Buffyverse. It's sweet and has touching moments in this character driven adventure. Buffy's appearance at the end was very surprising as it seems to set more things up. The cover is interesting and the interior artwork is great.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

The Massive - Issue 6

This issue focuses on Mag, the muscle of the team. The back story was natural and it perfectly sums him up. The present story was extremely tense and suddenly exploded into crazy violence. And then it ended just as suddenly. Though, the subterfuge was unexpected. The cover is moody, and atmospheric. Just like the interior artwork.

Score: 8 out of 10

There are a number of ways that you can buy comic books these days.  What's important is that you buy Conan, in any format. Everything else is worth a look. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.