Digga D’s Dark Horse Saddle Up: Abe Sapien, Halo, and Star Wars!

Digga D   January 8, 2014   Comments Off on Digga D’s Dark Horse Saddle Up: Abe Sapien, Halo, and Star Wars!

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Howdy, folks! It’s time to saddle up and ride that Dark Horse once again, with some comic reviews from our pal Digga D! There’s not a ton of releases this week, so savor every moment!

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Abe Sapien #9

Story: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
Art: Max Fiumara

Abe Sapien; To the Last Man starts out with Mr. Spapien investigating a car crash where the person behind the wheel is obviously pretty damm hurt. His investigation brings him to town where he begins hearing reports of horses liquifying and then little egg-like blobs growing in their place. Of course the only thing that can cure blighted ground like that is a good heaping helping of fiery napalm! There’s a few more creepy crawlies around the corners of this book and a couple other interesting turns of events.

This book is great. Max Fiumara’s art is amazing. It looks nothing like any other Mignola book out there. His delicate and meticulous line work reminds me of Frank Quietly. The story, is also fantastic. Yeah, it certainly has the Mignola stamp, but it’s need to see Abe Sapien get to a scene before the chaos comes reigning down. There’s a lot of really great things happening with this book, and if you can’t find number one for a dollar, then go ahead and get this one. It’s the first one of three and gives you a good feel of the rest of the books.

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Halo: Escalation #2

Script: Chris Schlerf
Pencils: Sergio Ariño

Halo is obviously one of Dark Horse’s money books. They know that kids want to read the Halo just like the one that’s supposed to be for adults on the Xbox. I’ve never played Halo, and this book doesn’t make me feel like I’m missing anything. Maybe some of these things might mean something to someone that has played the game, but as someone that hasn’t, things like advertisements in the middle of a dark horse book for their own product become glaring examples of what Dark Horse thinks of this book. Most of Dark Horses’s titles allow the reader to experiencing the book without being bothered with ads until after the experience is over… not Halo. They’re going to try and get you to buy just about anything they release or is Halo related right smack dab in the middle of the “action.” Speaking of action, if that’s all you care about, this book is probably for you. I could barely keep reading because everything just started blending together as dynamic scenes of people jumping with weapons lost any punch when I was 15. This book isn’t for me… but if you’re 14 and love action, slam a Mountain Dew Code Red© bro and snap into a Slim Jim© and get ready for wall to wall action!!

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The Shaolin Cowboy #4

Art and Story Geoff Darrow

Last month, I complained that once again it was the same exact thing as the month before with a chainsaw massacre of zombies. This issue, though sans-chainsaws was more monk kills zombies a lot. However, instead of every page being a splash page, there were cool enough design elements going on that made it feel more fresh than before. Some great gory kills also made this one neat… like ripping a face off a zombie. That’s kinda cool. If the non-stop carnage wheel of the last couple issues bored you, this one, for the most part, won’t change your mind. However, the last couple pages were some shocking pages, if I do say so myself. No spoilers, but HOLY CRAP!? If you haven’t picked up any of this run, maybe don’t start here. If you do… well… ok. But, I wouldn’t. Ah what the heck, if you like it, then you can always buy the rest.

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Star Wars #13

Script: Brian Wood
Pencils: Facundo Percio

In a welcome breath of fresh air, this Star Wars comic was a real treat. This comic, instead of being an action packed romp focuses on a lowly Imperial pilot who, Vader along with a handful of elite Stormtroopers board her ship and make her fly on a couple secret missions. Not wanting disobey Captain Chokeslam, she does what she is bid. There are some really well crafted moments in here. You get a chance to see how awesome Vader can be without even much action. Also, a part that I loved, that never really occurred to me before, but Obi’ Wan’s ghost can taunt Vader?! That’s awesome. Oh man, would I love to read more of that. I don’t think there’s anything spoilerific about saying that, but it did give me a chuckle.

Like I said, I really dug this Star Wars comic. For a guy that doesn’t really get into the comics based on that franchise, this really hit everything that I like in comics. If you’ve been looking for a Star Wars book that focuses on the micro and not just throwing cool looking aliens and old favorites on top of cool vehicles or monsters and want to read a good Star Wars book, this one is for you. The art fit well with the mood of the book, but the well crafted “woman’s point of view” was well done. This was one of the best Star Wars books I’ve read… period. I hope Brian Wood’s work on this series keeps going like this issue.


About Digga D

Dark Horse comics has always meant cutting edge adult comics to me. From when I was in fifth grade, rifling through the “mature readers” sections of comic stores and finding Geof Darrow and Frank Miller’s “Hard Boiled” comics I realized that this is what comic books could be. Bringing home issues of Grendel and Aliens and jumping right into a story that I may not get, I knew I loved the concepts and to this day, I think Dark Horse is still pushing the boundaries in the comic book field. With one of my favorite contemporary comics like The Goon, Dark Horse still gives me pause in local comic shops and at least take a look at what they’re doing, just like I did many years ago. I am super excited to read and review this publisher’s comics for Robots Pajamas!