Article first published as Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For December 12, 2012 on Technorati.
Comic book creators spend much of their lives honing their craft
within the world of sequential art. It is a rare event when their work
crosses into other mediums. Usually, this happens when a film or
television company purchases the rights to the creation. Eric Powell, creator of Dark Horse's The Goon, has been trying to get a Goon film off the ground for many years and he's taken a very big step in that direction.
Powell began a Kickstarter
campaign to fund the creation of a story reel. The campaign was wildly
successful, bringing in more than what they needed. Now, production on
the story reel is going to start and hopefully they'll be able to
convince a company to finance the actual film. Dark Horse has nine new
releases and several of them have been films already. 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.
Criminal Macabre : Final Night - The 30 Days Of Night Crossover - Issue 1 (of 4)
What is ridiculously obvious, once printed, makes the reader wonder why
this hasn't happened before. The vampires are amassing for a war against
humanity and only Cal MacDonald stands in their way.
It's the perfect
blend of humor and horror. The artwork is lowfi, but it works for both
Score: 9 out of 10
To Hell You Ride - Issue 1
This issue was an adequate set-up for what's coming but that is all it
is. Set-up. There was a lot of flash-backs and very little to give the
reader something to care about. Artwork and cover are both alright.
Score: 5.5 out of 10
Victories - Issue 5
There has been an underlying story element that has been hinted at and
this issue confirms this element. Unfortunately, this very important
topic is glossed over and discussed in an infantile manner, rendering it
It's possible to argue the hero's decision to rise above revenge was
the most important aspect but the creative team missed a great
opportunity to delve into a painful topic. The ending was a bit vague,
as well, though it seems like these characters might return. The cover
was very literal and the interior artwork is solid.
Score: 6 out of 10
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 - Issue 16
This is a fine issue that brings several long-time characters to the
fore-ground and brings another back to the story. The theme seems to be
affiliations as characters are torn in different directions. The
interior art is excellent and the cover is fine.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
Conan - Issue 11
This series focuses as much on Conan's physical battles as it does his
emotional battles. Since the story exists in his earlier years, he seems
to be having a lot more trouble with the emotional ones. The tale is
incredible, and his passion for Bêlit is immeasurable. The cover is not
the best of this series but the interior continues to be outstanding.
Score: 9 out of 10
The Strain - Issue 9
This is, possibly, the most enjoyable issue of the series. The story is
past the set-up and the protagonists are finally starting to take
charge. They're even starting to gain competent allies. The art works
with the story, even if it wouldn't be enjoyable by itself. The cover is
Score: 8 out of 10
Ex Sanguine - Issue 3
This series is starting to make more sense, even as it takes on a
strange philosophical tone. That back story about the serial killer does
little to garner sympathy and actually is a bit confusing. The interior
artwork is fine and the tattoo cover is kind of cool.
Score: 6 out of 10
The Massive - Issue 7
This issue starts a new arc which reaffirms that every encounter has the
potential for peril, and even the most mundane situations are filled
with tension. Though seven issues in, each character is changing and
it's very obvious with Mary's back story.
A bit too much nautical jargon
at the start doesn't impact this great tale, which is filled with moody
Score: 8.5 out of 10
Orchid - Issue 11
This is the penultimate issue and things have improved from the start of
the series but not enough. Characters are generally one-dimensional and
with unclear motives. The plot has improved but it took too long to get
The cover and interior art are both adequate.
Score: 7 out of 10
New Release Reviews wishes to run a retraction regarding last week's Dark Horse column. In it, we said that Fantagraphics owner and publisher Gary Groth was retiring, based upon information in a Comicbookbin.com
article. An editor's note at the bottom of the article indicated that
this was a fake story, and Groth isn't retiring. New Release Reviews
apologies for the confusion.