Dark Horse Comics - New Release Reviews For December 21, 2011
Happy winter solstice to all of you comic book fans. It's the shortest day of the year but there is plenty of new releases to help you hold off the chill air. 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.
Dark Horse Presents - Issue 7
Dark Horse Presents continues to be a great value given the amount of good stories found within its pages and the lack of ads. No surprise the gems of this issue are the new Hellboy story and the awesome little Usagi Yojimbo short. Both are fantastic stories by absolute masters at their craft.
A rather clever and bizarre first part of a story that is called Skultar chapter 1 debuted. This is ironic as I'm not sure how it should still be called Skultar after this story. No idea where it is going but there is a lot of meta humor that made me laugh out loud. And, it contains some pretty pictures by Doug Wheatley.
The new Skeleton Key and Dog Nendonca stories are OK. Not as ambitious as The Speaker story was which had tender emotion mixed with some daring philosophical themes. I'm depressingly ambivalent to Finder. And I hope Marked Man gets somewhere, soon, as even the wicked Howard Chaykin is loosing me. Concrete Park chapter 1 was trying to be better than it came across but it just didnt' click given it's choppy narrative and one-dimensional characters.
Blood is terrible. Skip this chapter. Skip the whole story.
Score: 8.5 out of 10
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Russia - Issue 4 (of 5)
The newest issue of B.P.R.D. H.o.E.:R. (sorry, I just wanted to see what that would look like as a giant acronym) is very much like the prior issues. Bleak. Humorless. Much like Mother Russia, comrade.
Several questions are answered but you sure don't feel good about those answers. The strangest aspect of the story is that Kate Corrigan is freaked out that Johann Kraus might have been killed in a missile strike. Even though he just survived a nuclear blast. Odd.Continued on the next page