Cover art: Eric Powell
Varient Cover: Sanford Greene
Comics and Art: Various
Published By: Dark Horse
There is probably something for everyone in this issue of Darkhorse Presents, however, all the stories were not my cup of tea. For the most part the art in all the comics is always good, but some of it is really great and at other times it is just kind of there. I think the order that the stories are put in is very good, you often have an action packed comic followed by a more mundane one which is then followed by a more exciting comic again. In this review I will highlight a couple of the comics that really stood out.
The first story in this anthology is Eric Powell’s Isolation. This is a wonderful opener into the book. After reading it I wanted to keep reading in hopes that the stories that would follow would be just as amazing. This is one of the best comics I have read in a really long time. The art is typical Eric Powell style and it is fabulous. The story is about Jerry the robot, who is sent on a very long mission to scout out a new planet for humans, as Earth is reaching it’s demise. Jerry is dubbed as the hope for humanity. He was built with human like thinking and emotion, both good and bad. As he sets off on his journey he receives presents from people, three in total, all really surmising humanity in general. Useless gifts on this particular type of journey, however one could really imagine these types of gifts being giving in a situation like this. Jerry, decades on the ship, goes through many changes, anger, apathy, despair and finally selfishness. Jerry’s journey within a journey is amazing and in the end you really feel for the decision he ultimately makes. This was a truly great read and highly recommended.
The other standout in the book is Steve Niles’ Criminal Macabre: Die Die My Darling Part 2. I am a sucker for this type of artwork, Christopher Mitten is a fabulous artist and really makes the comic pop and come alive with his work. I am new to Criminal Macabre but everything I have read thus far have been amazing. This story finds Cal with his life in danger (surprise, surprise) and very little time to rectify the situation. Cal does what he needs to do, with an easiness and blasé attitude that really helps to make him such a cool character. He really never worries about much except when he can start drinking again.
Overall, I would recommend this compilation. I think everyone will be able to find at least a few comics that they will like. If you’re lucky maybe you will find something completely new and find a whole new series to read!
Release Date: October 19, 2011