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On Monday of this past week, Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in for a
second time, as the 44th President of the United States of America. In
part of his inauguration speech, he spent time talking about the civil
rights of gay and lesbian American citizens. This was the first time any
president has brought this up at an inauguration.
On the coat-tails of this historic event, last week the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced the nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. In there was a category for Outstanding Comic Book. Dark Horse Comics has one of the nominees for Buffy The Vampire Slayer for introducing the first gay slayer.
to Dark Horse for being part of this historic time in gay rights. In
the interim, they've got five new comics 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.
Answer - Issue 1
new series suffers from the worst sin which is characters the reader
won't care about.The protagonist is boring, and the violence is more
weird than it is exciting. The plot hints at bigger things but gives the
reader little motivation to stick with it.
The interior artwork makes
this comic seem as though it should be published by Image. The cover is
Score: 5.5 out of 10
Dark Horse Presents - Issue 20
This is another issue of Dark Horse's long-running anthology series. Several stories fall into the good category. Resident Alien: Suicide Blonde has an interesting story and the characters are solid. Captain Midnight's modern stuff is dull while the WWII stuff a lot of fun. Alabaster : Boxcar Tales is a bit lighter than past stories while there still is horror underneath. Gamma is a weird, strange story with an interesting look.
In the middle ground you have Journeymen which has an alright look but confusing story and dialogue. Station To Station does a poor job of making the reader care about the characters as it is a very odd situation. Victories takes an interesting view on heroes and history and science, but still feels empty.
Two stories fall into the bad category. X is just a lot of pointless violence involving very bland characters, who the reader won't care about. Finder continues to have an excellent look that is full of skill, yet it is sunk by an utterly impenetrable story.
Score: 8 out of 10
The Massive - Issue 8
issue was a bit different than all the prior stories. There are a
number of sub-plots going on and it never really seemed to find the
traction felt in prior issues. The stand-off between leaders was choppy,
and a bit odd. It seems to be building to something bigger, but it
takes very disjointed paths to get there.
Betrayal seems to be the theme
of this issue. The starting recap takes on a poetic tone, and sets the
standard by which all other recaps should be judged. The interior art is
very good and the cover is fantastic.
Score: 8 out of 10
Mind MGMT - Issue 7
creative team manages to skillfully handle four different story-lines
running through this issue. The way they're handled is very impressive,
though it's not entirely clear how this will be different from the
original arc. It's not a complaint but more of a question because it
seems very similar in theme.
Additionally, it's starting to seem like
Meru has powers of her own. Maybe. Nothing is truly clear in a series
about mind control. The interior artwork and design is outstanding. The
cover is amazing.
Score: 9 out of 10
Spike - Issue 5
appears to be the end of this (mini?) series, which is a shame as it
was a fun change of pace for this fan-favorite. Even better was the new
characters including the succubus who could be a great supporting
However, it ends with Spike being pulled back into the usual
which is a bit disappointing. It was an alright ending, of sorts. The
art is fine and the covers are a lot of fun.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
Though there was no Buffy The Vampire Slayer this week, plenty of releases from Dark Horse are deserving of awards including Mind MGMT and The Massive. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.