Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Release Reviews For Dark Horse Comics - For 19 December, 2012

Article first published as Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For December 19, 2012 on Technorati.

Dark Horse has a history of comics inspiring films. Recently, Hellboy filmmaker Guillermo del Toro  wrote a vampire novel called The Strain which Dark Horse is adapting into a comic book series.That's not too confusing. Mr. del Toro is currently in the news for a new project.

A trailer has been released for his new film Pacific Rim which opens next year. The film is a loving homage to a genre of film near and dear to his heart. Mainly, Japanese Godzilla style films. Two of the comics reviewed from Dark Horse have characters Mr. del Toro has worked with before. 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

B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth : Return Of The Master - Issue 5

One phrase describes this issue. Holy Hell. The world is crumbling and society has taken a dump. Two enemies were emerging but it's not clear if they're both standing.

The B.P.R.D. is imploding, almost as fast as the rest of the world, however one major hero who had been MIA for a while seems to have returned. And now everyone is waiting Hellboy to come back. Great interior art. Crazy, disturbing cover.

Score: 9.5 out of 10

Empowered - One-Shot Special

Readers are either going to love this series or hate it. You either see it as sexy parody of the medium, or you are disgusted by its demeaning and sexist qualities. Only the title character is not a complete ass, and she's still a doormat. The art is fine, though the B&W to color shift is odd.

Score: 4 out of 10

Rotten Apples - One Shot

This issue collects the story serialized in Dark Horse Presents. It's a fairly straight-forward story about a mercenary trying to recover an artifact. What is kind of cool is the opposition she encounters in all of its Universal Monsters design. Artwork is fine, though composition is a bit off. It's fun and silly and weird.

 Score: 6.5 out of 10

Star Wars Agents Of The Empire : Hard Targets - Issue 3

If Disney had any sense at all, the next series of Star Wars films they make would be about Jahan Cross. He's fantastic. As charming and dangerous as James Bond. Easily the most interesting person in the Star Wars universe.

The conflict in the story is much blander than prior issues but the overall tone is full of sexiness. The cover is great and the interior art is OK.

Score: 8 out of 10

B.P.R.D. 1948 - Issue 3

Trust is something that doesn't come easy for people. Some of that is because it's hard to earn. Given the nature of this universe, distrust can lead to disaster and this was foreshadowed at the beginning of the issue.

Fortunately, much of this issue was about creating bridges between people and other worlds. Not a horrific and scary issue but still solid. The cover was icky.

Score: 8 out of 10

Angel And Faith - Issue 17

This was an alright issue. Sort of an in-between story setting future things up. The big bad is established and some previous characters thought dead sort of return. The best parts are the Giles history stuff.

Really great. Not so great is the mysteries that deliberately is left vague, even to the annoyance of characters. Good cover, great interior.

Score: 7 out of 10



It was an exciting week for Guillermo del Toro fans. It was, also, an exciting week for Dark Horse Comics.  Star Wars and both B.P.R.D. comics were worth your time and money. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.