This is the first official New Release Reviews for Dark Horse not written for Technorati. I'm not going to be doing those short newsy intros. They never really flowed for me, and I only did that so there wouldn't be SEO issues. Perhaps I'll do it on occasion if there is something topical.
I'm just trying to work through not having quite such a hard dead-line as I had with Technorati. Even though there wasn't one and there was almost no editorial input. So, without further ado … 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.
Orchid - Issue 12
It's done. This series reached the end of its run. I'm guessing creator Tom Morello had 12 issues in mind and her got there. Unfortunately, his comic books writing skills didn't improve as things went. It started OK and finished that way. Characters never became sympathetic. Their motives were always vague and it was hard to care about them. They would vacillate between crude and proper. Odd.
The artwork was always stylish, but not very skillful. Details were alright but there was never much sense of scale in the art though the same could be said for the story. Things were looking bleak towards the end and then allies suddenly appeared and then left, again. It felt very forced. Mr. Morello may be better served sticking to playing the guitar which he's awesome at.
Score: 5.5 out of 10
Cal MacDonald 30 Days Of Night : Final Night - Issue 2 (of 4)
This was the first time in either series that there was a sexy moment for characters. It was refreshing given how bleak both stories tend to be, Hopefully there will be more of this in the future. It was great up until the black vomit. Ideally that will resolve itself quickly cause it's getting boring.
Plans are starting to be revealed by the bad guys and they are kind of interesting. The villains are lead by a very complicated character and that makes things very exciting. There seem to be a third party involved and that's even more interesting. The art is solid, if low-fi. It may be a bit hard for new readers but it wouldn't be that difficult to catch up.
Score: 9 out of 10
Angel And Faith - Issue 18
The villain finally revealed his plan and boy is it complicated. Like, crazy complicated. Two readings to more or less piece everything together. And then reinforcements are called in by the good-guys for their fairly complicated plan.
Still, fun but more so for long-time fans. Interior artwork is alright and the cover is fantastic.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
Star Wars Agent Of The Empire : Hard Targets - Issue 4 (of 5)
Adventure stories are often measured by the obstacles the heroes face. In this case, that's a bad things because Jahan Cross' enemies are pretty lousy. Things seemed pretty manageable up until the most famous bounty hunter of them all showed up.
The story is still exciting and sexy at moments. The interior art is fine and the cover is excellent.
Score: 8 out of 10