Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Dark Horse Preview Review for October

Lee: A wide range of offerings from DH this month. Maybe they heard us complaining and upped the ante. Could be!
Thomm: The voice of the people has been heard! All two of us.

Aliens: Fast Track To Heaven HC

Liam Sharp (W/A)

FC, 40 pages, $10.99

Beneath the ice of Jupiter's moon, life teems in lightless oceans. But more spectacular discoveries elsewhere in the cosmos have left Europa's research facilities underfunded and ignored, a lonely wayside with an orbital station and a decaying space elevator. When one of the elevators stops midway, the rescue team discovers a deadly cargo that threatens life on Europa and on Earth.

Lee: I’ve always had a soft spot for the Aliens franchise. I wonder when DH is going to put some of these series in a deluxe hc edition. Liam Sharp is an excellent artist and perfectly suited for the material. A little pricey but I bet it will be worth the money.

Thomm: Eleven bucks for 40 pages is quite pricey. I checked out of this franchise after Aliens, so no interest for me.

Brain Boy Archives HC

Herb Castle (W), Gil Kane (A), and Frank Springer (A)

HC, FC, 216 pages, $49.99

A freak accident with an electrical tower affected Matt Price’s brain while he was still in the womb. Ever since, he’s had mysterious powers—telepathy, levitation, and mind control. Naturally, the government recruited him straight out of high school, and now he battles mad dictators and thawed-out dinosaurs as Brain Boy! Review of Brain Boy issue 6 here.

Lee : And this collection proves that we have officially gotten to the point when publishers will reprint just about anything. Let’s see if I can summarize this book. How about “The aliens are ready to conquer Canada, then the world, and only Brain Boy can stop them!” There shouldn’t be any doubt in your mind about the silliness of the stories in this book now. Originally published between 1962 and 1963, these stories are going to be dated at best. Beware art collectors, there are only 32 pgs of Gil Kane artwork. The rest of the book has Frank Springer art, which while acceptable… Springer is no Kane.

Thomm: And yet Jim’s still complaining about stuff from this same era that hasn’t been republished. Funny how the teaser doesn’t mention the government in question is Canadian.

Classic Marvel Characters #3: Iron Man

5 1/2" tall, limited to 1,500 numbered pieces

Packaged in its own tin box, with a pin-back button and character booklet


The 1960s brought a cultural upheaval in music and art, with a host of new icons entering the scene: The Beatles, Andy Warhol, and of course, Marvel Comics, led by a host of characters that redefined modern comic books. Now, these characters will appear just as they did then, in a new line of collectible statuettes from Dark Horse Deluxe. Our third statuette is Iron Man, depicted as he first appeared in Tales of Suspense #39.

Lee: How did DH get the license for this? Is Marvel so greedy that they will license to competitors now? Incredible. Beyond that, the picture makes it look pretty ugly.

Thomm: I’m pretty sure that’s because the original Iron Man armour was pretty ugly.

Milk And Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad HC

Evan Dorkin (W/A)

FC, 240 pages, $19.99
A carton of hate. A wedge of spite. A comic book of idiotic genius. The Eisner Award-winning dairy duo returns in this deluxe hardcover collecting every single stupid Milk and Cheese comic ever made from 1989 to 2010, along with a sh*t-ton of supplemental awesomeness. This has everything you need! Don't judge it—love it! Or else!
Lee: I remember this series having a real cult following but I don’t remember if it’s any good. I assume it will be full of filthy language, violence, and other pointless stuff. Very funny if you like that kind of humor.
Thomm: Is a sh*t-ton a different weight from a regular ton? Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of iron? If it’s at all funny, it’s certainly cheap.

Lee: Definitely a wide range of stuff. And, sad as this sounds, I am interested in Brain Boy. Not $50 interested but if anyone wants to loan me their copy I would really appreciate it.
Thomm: Now who was it that was exposed to radiation in the womb? Milk and Cheese looks like the best bet to me.

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