Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Release Reviews For Dark Horse Comics, for 17 April, 2013

Welcome back to another edition of New Release Reviews for Dark Horse Comics. It's kind of a slow week from Dark Horse which is fine, given what happened in Boston on Monday. It's sort of hard to get excited for Wednesday Comic Day but we're going to try. Kudos go out to everyone trying to make a difference. Here's a link for a comic book drive for Boston Children's Hospital.

In the interim, here are three new reviews including Star Wars and Conan. As always … 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 - Issue 106

This continues the method of Mike Mignola B.P.R.D. stories with little minis that are full of gut-punches and dire consequences. This is a moody and horrific tale as the world creeps closer to the apocalypse. It focused on one incredibly obstinate operative of the B.P.R.D. trying to save lives including her counterpart in Russia. Chaos and violence erupts all around her as she fights her way into a disturbing place.

The battle itself was a bit confusing given the way it was laid our. The flash-back aspects didn't really help, here. And the Hell interlude was a bit odd and context was somewhat lost. Still, the interior artwork was fantastic. The art team did a great job balancing action and quiet moments. And they manage to handle the horrors of war. The cover is fantastic and just as disturbing as the interior artwork is.

Score: 7.5 out of 10
Star Wars Darth Vader And The Ninth Assassin - Issue 1

This is a new story that focuses on events right after the Clone Wars as the Empire tries to force its will on the out regions and the resistance that it encounters. The story seems to be dealing with consequences of actions as a father wants revenge on Darth Vader for killing his son. Obviously, we know Vader will surprise so there's not much suspense. A lot of violence, though. The interior artwork is solid as is the cover, though both are a bit odd at points.

Score: 6 out of 10

House Of Gold And Bones - Issue 1

Written by Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, this tale focuses on ... something. Honestly, after reading it, it's still not clear what's going on. There is a certain dream-like quality to it that may be the source of the confusion. Really, it just seems to be a weak story. The situation is horrific but it sort of meanders along the way. The interior art has a decent look, even if the artist's skills aren't spectacular. The covers are moody, and disturbing.

Score: 4 out of 10

Conan - Issue 15

This current arc has felt like it was meandering and really wasn't that enjoyable and much of this was because it just didn't make sense as it was told out of sequence. Writer Brian Wood deserves credit for telling this story as he did but it ultimately was unsatisfying. The events that transpired were confusing and motives were strange. It felt very dream-like and it wasn't until this issue when things were revealed that it finally made sense. However, it came so late that no one will care. Perhaps his motive was simply trying to avoid repeating himself.

Which was unnecessary as the important aspects of this tale were more about love and what people will do for it. BĂȘlit, her father, and obviously Conan. Had it been told more linearly, it might have clicked more easily. The cover is dark and violent with alright artwork and coloring. The interior artwork is alright. There is a certain flatness to it with solid landscapes and very few open mouths. The colors are rather muted and the fonts continue to be a mixed bag.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

It was an alright week from Dark Horse. For the most part it wasn't too bad but none of the releases are must-haves. Steer clear of the House Of Gold And Bones, though. Stop on back next week for more New Release Reviews for Dark Horse Comics.