Saturday, November 24, 2012

New Release Reviews For Dark Horse Comics, for 21 November, 2012

Article first published as Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For November 21, 2012 on Technorati.

Dark Horse Comics has been a part of history, recently, with their serialized story Tarzan : The Once And Future Tarzan story that ran in Dark Horse Presents. Tarzan recently celebrated his one-hundredth birthday. Commemorating this milestone, Titan Books released yesterday Tarzan The Centennial Celebration.

The book, written by Scott Tracy Griffin, explores all aspects and medias presenting the king of the jungle. Dark Horse doesn't have any Tarzan comics this week but they've got plenty of other comic books. 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.

Number 13 - Issue 0

This issue collects several installments originally serialized in Dark Horse Presents. It's was a violent tale that had a great look, and stylish design. There may be some upside to this series.

Score: 7 out of 10

Baltimore: The Play
- One Shot

Baltimore was barely in this issue as the story was more about Haigus. It's kind of a nihilistic romance tale. What's great is that the mythology of the world continues to grow. The interior is fine and the cover is stirring.

Score: 7 out of 10

Star Wars Agent Of The Empire: Hard Targets - Issue 2

Excluding a rather horrific history lesson involving Darth Vader, this sure seemed like it was going to be the least exciting Jahan Cross Star Wars story.

And then, pirates showed up making everything alright. Interior art is excellent and the cover is wonderful in a painted movie poster way.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Dark Horse Presents - Issue 18

This is another issue of the long running anthology and it continues to have mixed results. Edger Allen Poe's Shadow is eerie and beautiful. The Secret Order Of Teddy Bears is a blast. Memories Of The Caspain is a sweet memoir. Resident Alien seems to be setting up some cool new stories.

Alabaster has all the excellent points of the series but just dies because of all the interruptions. Crime Does Not Pay looks good but is very clinical. Gamma is equally parts cute and disturbing.

Captain Midnight has an interesting setup but the reactions seem forced. Finder continues to hover right on the border of engaging and angering. UXB is just incomprehensible.

Score: 8 out of 10

The Goon - Issue 43

This is a funny comic about some disturbing stuff. Halloween is not a good holiday for The Goon. The Billy The Kid portion set things up nicely and the back-up was a lot of fun. The interior artwork is amazing, as is the cover.

Score: 8 out of 10

Spike - Issue 4

This wasn't a major plot issue as it focused on two parallel conversations. They were interesting as they dealt with not getting what you want. The Easter Island bit was funny. Interior art was fine and the covers were great.

Score: 7 out of 10
Mind MGMT - Issue 0

This issue reprints several short stories. Even in short form, this comic is still better than most things being published. Each gem is filled with sadness, fear, and paranoia. The layouts are brilliant and the artwork is just about perfect.

Score: 9 out of 10

B.P.R.D. : 1948 - Issue 2 (of 5)

What's great about this mini-series is seeing the early days of B.P.R.D. as there is a certain nonchalant quality about the team members in present day.

In 1948, they didn't have solutions to these problems and science was vital. The interior artwork is excellent and the cover is both disturbing and sexual.

Score: 8 out of 10

A historical milestone for Tarzan and a fantastic week from Dark Horse. Even the the bottom of the pile is still better than a lot of comic books. In particular  is the new issue of Mind MGMT. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.