Review – The Untold Tales of Dog Mendonça and Pizza Boy One-Shot

Story: Filipe Melo
Art: Juan Cavia
Colors: Santiago Villa
Translation: Raylene Lowe
Letters: Pedro Smedo
Adaption: João Pombeiro and Martin Tejada
Published By: Dark Horse

The stories from Dark Horse Presents are all collected here in one handy-dandy one-shot. The story begins with an introduction to the characters. First up, Pazuul, a 6,000 year old smoking, mute demon, who resembles a cute little girl, next is Eurico a.k.a. Pizza Boy, an intern and Dog’s whipping boy and finally Dog, a humble man who calmly tells us he saved the world…twice. Into the story we go. Flashback to 1898 where we get the origin story of Dog himself, which is a tragic tale of death, misfortune and werewolves! In a story that takes place in a brutal disgusting Nazi concentration camp that has been set up for misfits and “monsters”, the story manages to stay both riveting and goofy, which is not an easy feat with this kind of material. The issue is full of Dog recalling stories from his past which are all awesome and far beyond entertaining!

I had never heard of Dog Mendonça before but I after reading this issue I am a fan. The stories are very sad at times with Dog and Pizza Boy breaking the fourth wall and talking directly to the reader at times. Their promotions of a fictional product and “selling” panels within the comic to make money added a much needed burst of levity. The dialog is excellent, it manages to hit an array of emotions sometimes running the gammit on a single page. Juan Cavias’ art is out of this world, Pazuul’s looks of boredom, irritation and lack of interest are captured expertly. I can not wait to search out more of this series and I suggest you do the same!

Release Date: October 24th, 2012

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

Review – Ghost #1 In The Smoke and Din 1 of 4

Story: Kelly Sue Deconnick
Art: Phil Noto
Letters: Richard Starkings
Cover: Phil Noto
Variant Cover: Alex Ross
Published By: Dark Horse

This issue is told by a woman, a mysterious woman who doesn’t know who she is or why she is here. She does know one thing though, how she came to be here. Two men (isn’t that always the case?) Tommy and Vaughn, stars of the T.V. Show Phantom Finders used a black market contraption to pull this woman into our world. Feeling lost and angry she wants to know who she is. She randomly goes into “ battle mode” and can not control it. She can not take it anymore and demands that Vaughn and Tommy track down the guy they bought the device from, Alexander Smalls, and off they off they go to find answers. Aside from the larger story line is a story that focuses a little bit on Vaughn’s ex, Caroline, who is now in a different relationship but still feels attached to Vaughn, even if it is in just a pity kind of way. I have a feeling Caroline and her new relationship are going to play an important role in the rest of this story, as her boyfriend may not be exactly as he seems!

Ghost is a fascinating story and a really great idea. I love the strong women characters and whether they are good or bad it is refreshing to see powerful women portrayed in this medium. I love some of the questions that the comic raises and it is a really great, enjoyable read. I love the narrative and how it really conveys a sense of sorrow, anger and determination. Phil Noto’s art is as always fantastic and as an added bonus Alex Ross drew the variant cover of this issue. One issue in and this is already a great story and a definite must read!

Release Date: October 24th, 2012

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