Review – House of Night #3

Story: P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast
Script: Kent Dalian
Art: Joëlle Jones& Daniel Krall
Colors: Ryan Hill & Daniel Krall
Cover: Jenny Frison
Published By: Dark Horse

Jenny Frison Cover

The life of a fledgling vampyre is never easy and this issue shows us what these students have to go through. “The People of Faith” is a religious group that believes that the House of Night school is an abomination. The thought is the children are stolen, marked and then cursed and the religious group will not rest until the school is destroyed. As Zoey watches the protest from her bedroom window she sees her parents (stepdad) and little brother. We then see a flashback of the day Zoey was marked and that her family did not support her. As she approaches the protest she reaches out to her brother who screams and jumps back. Understandably this upsets Zoey and she does something that she shouldn’t do! Her actions make her realize that her next Dark Daughters lesson is that of Circe.

This issue of House of Night is he best one so far. I love the Circe/Odysseus lesson and the little bits of humor sprinkled here and there. The dialog is great and the art again is fantastic. I really like that Zoey is a strong girl, even when she falters she admits her mistakes and keeps trying. Very often teenage girls are portrayed as ditsy, weak and mellow-dramatic but that is not the case here. Zoey’s not perfect but she is trying to do her best! This was a fun read and I recommend checking it out.

Release Date: January 11th, 2012

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – The Strain #2

Story: Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Script: David Lapham
Cover & Art: Mike Huddleston
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Clem Robins
Published By: Dark Horse

Mike Huddleston Cover

Issue #2 of The Strain finds the CDC still trying to determine what happened on that doomed flight that only left three survivors and hundreds dead. Something is not right with the dead bodies and everyone is frantically trying to figure out what happened. Nothing is adding up and the higher-ups want answers for the press conference and before the eclipse occurs (which is just hours away). Ephraim is charged with giving the press answers, the only problem, he has none. The three survivors have come to, but they seem to have no recollection of what happened on the plane. A smelly mysterious box has been found on the plane and just as quickly as it was found it disappears. What significance does the box have? What’s going on with the dead bodies and the live ones for that matter? I don’t know but I can’t wait to find out!

This issue is fast paced, eerie and just plain awesome. There is a hectic, scary vibe to it that really draws the reader in. The Strain #2 raises a lot of questions and keeps the reader begging for the answers. The characters are interesting and the dialog is great. The art is superb, Mike Huddleston’s work is fantastic, he captures the gross without making it too over the top, just the right amount of gore. I’m so excited to see where this story is going to go, I can’t wait for the next issue…I’m definitely infected!

Release Date: January 11th, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – The Occultist #3 of 3

Story: Mike Richardson & Tim Seeley
Script: Tim Seeley
Art: Victor Drujiniu
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Steve Morris
Published By: Dark Horse

In the last issue of The Occultist we saw a man who appeared extremely paranoid, going so far as having guests go through a body scanner before being able to enter his home. We soon learned that this man was not at all paranoid, in fact, the precautions he took were not enough. We saw his brutal demise, which is now where the latest installment of The Occultist begins. The cops are investigating the horrendous scene and Rob is off in another dimension. Rob is trying to reason with the bounty hunter that took him and Detective Melendez to this other realm right before they were killed. Just as Rob is making some headway with the bounty hunter he is again sucked back into the previous realm where his girlfriend is being held captive by the big scary monster. There is a lot going on in Rob’s life and he is just beginning to have a clear understanding of how everything works. He has very little time to figure out how to save his girlfriend, himself and for all intents and purposes the world! Will he be able to do it and will the Sword help him?

This is the last issue until Dark Horse Presents #11 and the initial storyline is wrapped up nicely. There will undoubtedly be new questions and adventures when the series returns, some of which have already been introduced in this issue. I enjoyed this 3 part series very much, but maybe it should have been a 4 part series so the wrap-up didn’t feel as rushed (not in terms of content or quality, it just felt hectic). Regardless, it was a fun ride and I will definitely be looking forward to and reading the next installment.

Release Date: January 11th, 2012

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Day 14: The Steam Holiday Sale Encore

Yes it’s the fabled day, the end of the great sale of Steam. But it’s huge and you’re going to love what they just brought out.

Missed Skyrim? No problem. Missed Arkham City? No problem. Check out the list and feel the love.

As you can see, they’re blowing out as much crazy goodness as they can, you have another 3.5 hours to still get the games from yesterday too such as Hitman. Score up while you can, you wont see something remotely like this until the summer sale.

For final objectives, there are none, go out and capture everything you’ve missed!