Dark Horse Comics Round Up: 8/14/2013

Welcome back to the Dark Horse Comics Round Up where I read all of the comics put out by Dark Horse Comics for a particular day and write about them! The best part is, I’m jumping into this nearly blind so you can see what it’s like for a total newb to try to figure out what’s going on! As always, don’t tell me what I don’t know. That’s cheating.

Star Wars #8

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Ohhh the main Star Wars title! To quote my favorite Star Wars movie, “Wizard!”

Hmm.. not really feeling the cover art here. To kick it off there’s a bit of catch up text, that’s nice for the new reader, however they’d be completely lost if they lived in a cave and didn’t know what Star Wars was all about. This series takes place after the first movie and ends a year after Return of the Jedi. I read all of Marvel’s run, so it’s interesting to see another take on the same era, this time in the hindsight of having all the movies finished as well as tons of expanded universe material to fall back on for visual references.

Anyway, Wedge and Luke are undercover on Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer. All right, this is already completely unbelievable if you want to imagine what the characters were up to when they weren’t in the movies, but as a comic it’s an interesting enough situation. The art is pretty good. Sometimes the faces of the famous actors aren’t dead on, but the level of detail in the ships and technology way than makes up for it.

Leia is piloting an X-Wing. Hard to believe that one of the top leaders of the Rebellion can fly around on her own, but again comics. I really wish I had an action figure in her pilot outfit now. Oh man, there’s a Stormtrooper that is drawn so poorly that I have think it was intentional. Wish I could share the pic with you, but I can’t. It’s part of the rules.

Overall this was an interesting issue. I didn’t exactly know what was going on, yet there was enough action to keep it entertaining. Good stuff.

Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem – #3 of 3

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First off I like the art. The story appears to take place during World War II. There’s some Jews (I feel weird saying that for some reason) hiding out. Nazis are going to attack. Luckily, they have a golem to help defend them. If you don’t know what a golem is, lose your browser and delete any trace of this website in your history and never come back again. Anyway, the golem does some golem stuff and the Nazis do some Nazi stuff. Very good, easy to follow along, even if it is issue 3 or 3.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #24

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Last time I covered a Buffy related comic it was Angel and Faith. Apparently the world is without magic in this too, so the series are in the same universe. Okay, that helps. Apparently Buffy’s sister is in trouble. I forget what her deal was in the series. I remember it being an interesting fake out though. Like Angel, this comic successfully apes the Wheadon sassy dialog style that I have a love hate relationship with. There’s lots of fighting and it sort of makes sense. The ending is a sort of cliff hanger that I won’t spoil, but I will say this: It’s funny how Buffy can kill 10,000 vampires, but then there’s like one every so often she really has trouble with. How is this one any better than the hundreds of others she’s slaughtered, including the big bads?

Halo: Initiation – 1 of 3

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Darkhorse is really pushing this Halo book. Years ago I’d be doing backflips over Halo anything, not any more. I guess I got burned out. So I’m only mildly excited to see this. It appears that the comic takes place after the events of Halo 3, when Master Chief disappeared and the Covenant was destroyed. A dude in a wheelchair says that all the Spartans are missing in action. I find that hard to believe, but I guess that’s what the story dictates! It looks like our hero is going to be an Orbital Drop Ship Trooper. And a lady, no less! Lady soldiers, what will they think of next?

The art was pretty great in this one. The story was exciting enough. Look forward to more.

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #3

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Hot damned that’s a long title. Don’t have any clue as to what this is about. Some anime looking dude all beat up on the cover doesn’t tell me much. The catch up text doesn’t explain much other than there’s some teenage gangs in a desert so… shades of Mad Max? If so, I’m down.

It’s a bit hard to follow along since I don’t know who anyone is. I like the art. Don’t like some of this made up lingo they keep spouting like, “plus ones”. I’ve never been a big fan of fictionalized colloquialisms. There’s some stuff about robots trying to survive. I really like that.

Overall, I think I dig this comic. Check it out!

Resident Alien: The Suicide Blonde – 0 of 3

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Issue 0? How is this possible? I should be looking at a blank screen! Will this madness ever end?! Anyway, this is about an alien on Earth. And he’s in the hospital. Apparently only a few people can see him as an alien or something. The story is told in a non-lineal fashion, so that’s cool. By the time the issue was over, I was in. I want to know what happens next. Mushroom stamp of approval on this one.

X #4

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Oh this guy, he’s a guy that exists in comics right? I think I’ve seen him in old comic catalogs back in the 90s when everything was strange and mysterious. I could be mistaking him for someone else. Anyway… I get the impression he’s kind of like the Punisher and Batman, maybe some Spawn all in one dude. That’s after only reading two pages. SPOILER: So the hero is unmasked and they do one of those fake outs, “It’s been YOU the whole time!” Come on, that’s weak sauce. Anyway, it was an okay issue. I’ll want to read more to really decide if this is for me or not.

  • Chris Piers

    Your Halo review kind of piques my interest.

  • RobotsPJs

    It was good enough to keep reading. It could be really good or bad, just depends on where they take it. Not enough to tell yet. It was far better than the Marvel Halo comic I read years ago.

  • I enjoyed the first three issues of the Star Wars book, its a bit fun if you disregard some of those EU adventures. But yeah, Leia tooling around in the X Wing is a bit much.