Article first published as Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For January 2, 2013 on Technorati.
New Release Reviews would like to welcome you into 2013. And as last year closed out, big news came out about a certain wall-crawler over at Marvel Comics. Spider-man was dramatically eliminated by Doctor Octopus. This generated much main-stream media attention as pundits and people on the street expressed indignation over his passing.
However, any long term comic book fan with even the simplest memory knows no one seems to die in comics so it's only a matter of time when there are a bunch of stories about the return of Peter Parker. Until
then, Dark Horse has some awesome comic books out 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
Hellboy : In Hell - Issue 2
There is no holding back, now. All kinds of big answers are revealed
and major mysteries have been solved. This is the real deal. It's huge
for all fans of this universe.
The story us fantastic. The artwork is
amazing. Mike Mignola is back in full form and this comic book is out
Score: 10 out of 10
47 Ronin - Issue 2
If ever a classic story could have relevance in this day and age, 47 Ronin
would do that. A sad tale, overflowing with nobility, focuses on the
timeless sense of corruption and the powerful bullying the weak.
the source is foreign to Western readers, its heart is universal. The
cover and and interior artwork are fantastic.
Score: 9 out of 10
Star Wars Purge : The Tyrant's Fist - Issue 2 (of 2)
This mini-series is alright. The weakest part is the story, that
focused on a brief moment in time where Darth Vader grew a bit. Along
the way, it introduced a character that had a lot of potential but ended
up being rather bland. However, the cover was excellent and the
interior artwork was solid.
Score: 6 out of 10
Willow - Issue 3
This is a very introspective and talky issue. Really, no issue of this
series has been very exciting but that doesn't mean there hasn't been
Willow is forced to examine the choices she's making and only
one person seems to have her best interest in mind. The cover is
stunning. The interior art is excellent.
Score: 7 out of 10
Colder - Issue 3
Many, many answers are provided as the leads' back-stories are
revealed. Revelations abound as walls between worlds seem to be
crumbling. The issue's cliffhanger is almost disappointing. The
interior artwork is as magnificent as the cover. Both are detailed and
Score: 7.5 out of 10
Grendel Omnibus Volume Two : The Legacy - Collected Edition
The edition collects the series Devil's Child, Devil's Legacy, The Devil Inside, and Devil Tales. Devil's Child is phenomenally well drawn by Tim Sale with painted coloring. It is a haunting follow-up to the series that started it all.
Devil's Legacy was as memorable for its stylish artwork as how it continues the mythos, and by it's violence. Devil Inside is hip and meditative. Devil Tales has a remarkably inventive look and feel to it.
Score: 9 out of 10
Orchid Volume Two - Collected Edition
This collected edition begins with nuanced cover that represents many
of the themes of the series including violence, sex, oppression, and
misogyny. The collection reads better than the individual issues as more
time is able to be focused the story's commentary. It's a very violent
story but it resonates with significance. The artwork moves things
well and is pretty clear on what's going on.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
Buffy The Vampie Slayer Season Eight Volume Three - Collected Edition
This collection reprints issues from Season Eight. Much like the
current Season Nine, everything is pretty much perfect. The stories flow
naturally from the television show. The humor pops and the dialogue is
spot on. The artwork is excellent and the covers are outstanding.
There's some excellent meta-content with many pop culture references
that skewer the subject.
Score: 8.5 out of 10
It's been one week since the Return Of Peter Parker storyline began and
already Dark Horse has significantly outclassed Marvel's releases.
Whether it was the Buffy The Vampire Slayer content, the Grendel collection, 47 Ronin, or Hellboy, they're having an awesome week. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.