Friday, May 18, 2012
Dark Horse Presents Review and Recap
So what did I think? I’ve managed to read the first six issues and… and… it’s all below the break.
I never thought I would see the return of the Howard Chaykin that once was. But Chaykin’s story, Marked Man, is some of the best work he has done in years. I was shocked how much I loved this story. His art is what it is at this point. He only has one male face and his photoshop art doesn’t always work. But the story just clicked in a way his material hasn’t for a long time. It’s a solid premise and he jumped right in introducing characters and setting the stage for obvious conflicts to come.
The Terribly Mediocre:
- Star Wars Crimson Empire. I call this bad because it was a solicit for another series. I understand why it’s done but I don’t have to like it. I am paying for stories that should hopefully end in this book somewhere down the line. It’s like DH stole 5 pages from me.
Except for Adam’s disaster this issue is really solid. Unfortunately, you need the first issue to understand all the stories so a $16 entry fee is a wee bit steep. Other than that, this was the book that really got me hooked into the series.
By this point, the series is really moving right along.
Chaykin's Marked Man has turned into an outstanding piece of noir.
Gilbert's Mr. Monster was just silly but fun.
Corben was Corben.
Robert Love and David Walker introduced a longer running serial "13" which was good too. What really sets this apart is the art style, and sense of composition, which is distinctly different from the other series.
McNeil's Finder continued to add in solid one shots every issue too.
And, after all that, each issue had a stand alone story that was fun filler.
It might be Adam’s Blood but I couldn’t tell you because I stopped reading it.
The Series Verdict:
If you dropped this after the first issue then it's worth your time to go back and find the books. It's an anthology and not everything was great but there's a whole lot of good, above average, and even a couple of very goods in each issue. The series also does a great job of balancing a couple of on-going stories with one shots so there's always something fresh. After a slow start, DHP has really developed into a book you should check out.