Dark horse’s Hogan & Parkhouse Critical Hit Returns With A New Murder Mystery!

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RESIDENT ALIEN: THE DOCTOR IS BACK!

Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse return with their critically acclaimed story of an alien hero named Harry in an epic second series beginning this summer!

Beginning with a #0 issue, this four-issue miniseries takes you deep inside another murder mystery alongside comic’s favorite medical detective.

A straightforward suicide . . . or a murder? At first, undercover alien Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle thinks the local police have this death solved, and then things get personal when one of his only human friends becomes a suspect. Also: The feds figure out that Harry’s hiding in the Pacific Northwest!

Praise for Resident Alien:
“This is an amateur sleuth story like you’ve never seen before and is not to be missed by fans of crime comics.”—Newsarama

“The ultimate stranger, the classic town, Resident Alien takes an old premise a step further and lays the groundwork for a potentially great piece of literature.”—Comics Bulletin

“This is one of those great creative pairings: Hogan and Parkhouse are in sync on Resident Alien and the reader gets to reap the reward of their hard work.”—Comicosity

“I hope that people are checking it out so that it can possibly go on; the premise and the world built are massive. The alien craze of the ’90s may be over, but books like this can easily rejuvenate people’s interest.”—Comic Bastards

Resident Alien: The Suicide Blonde #0 is on shelves August 18th!

Resident Alien: The Suicide Blonde #1 is on sale September 11th in comic stores everywhere!

Review – Batman #0 (New 52)

Writer: Scott Snyder
Pencils: Greg Capullo
Inks: Jonathan Galpon
Colors: FCO Plascencia
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Greg Capullo & FCO Plascencia
Variant Cover: Andy Clarke & FCO Plascencia
Published by: DC Comics

Leaping back in time from issue #12 we have issue #0 of Batman. Will the origins of Bruce be told? Will we relive his past training and frustrations? No. Not really, this is a comic book after all and not a massive graphic novel where they have that kind of page allowance. We see a young Bruce return to the streets where his life was changed forever.

Instead of a dark emotional tale of flashbacks we get something different, a young rich man in the slums working to infiltrate and break down the infestation that haunts it. He is Bruce Wayne and he’s not exactly prepared for the utter mess he’s about to unleash, he gets shot at, punched around chased and he fumbles  like a newbie. But the important part is, he’s the newbie the city needs and he has the determination and massive fists of cash to make this work.

Issue 0 is a bit embarrassing for Bruce but it’s a genuine tale and honestly it helps place some history in this new beginning for Batman. We see classic figures like Gordon and we see the roots of the Bat family start to plant themselves throughout Gotham without feeling like a forced story of the group. He’s daring and eager and attempting to push himself to be as above the cut as possible so no one gets the drop on him, he’s not exactly Batman yet but he’s sure working to get there fast.

For those who thought 12 was too much of a deviation, 0 makes up for that greatly and it doesn’t just leap back into the Owl’s to put in quick story. It’s a human look at a man who wants to change things and will stop at nothing to do it.

Release date: September 12, 2012

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

Review – The Creep #0

Writer: John Arcudi
Art: Jonathan Case
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Frank Miller
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Where do we start with The Creep? If you’ve been following Dark Horse Presents you’ll be aware of the 3 chapter mini series that ran in the pages of the book. If you’re not familiar with it, well today is your lucky day and we’re talking about this unique story all in one shot before the real thing kicks off.

Being a detective is never easy, you’re going through some of the worst cases and examples of humanity or what could be called humanity with a sliver of hope at the other end if you’re lucky. Add into the mix some hormonal issues and a massive frame and all of a sudden life really doesn’t seem nearly as promising. We join Oxel in a rough time of his life, facing down self employment debt, crappy local teens and a visit from his past coming back to dig up all his less cherished memories.

Naturally this is the highlight of the story though, from here we see Oxel take up an assignment that not only stirs up past emotional trauma but some intense psychological issues because of the case itself. It’s one thing to look into a random case that comes across the desk, it’s another when it strikes home and the trail itself has already been tampered with by those seeking the aid. Oxel has his work cut out for him in a domestic drama that looks to span much further than he’d prefer and given the connection he has, there’s no looking back on this one.

The Creep #0 is a good read, for those curious I suggest checking it out but to be aware that even though it spans 3 chapters of work there are only about 26 pages of actual content to read through and then you’re left hanging for more. Who is Oxel? What does his old love interest have to do with all this and why is are the flashback panels so amazing in their retro form?

Jonathan Case does a great job mixing present day and flashbacks together, the sharp contrast paints a solid break between the present day (blue/cool) and the yearning for yesterday (warm) and not only that but the memories are highly stylized presentations giving an almost idealistic representation of those days, the glory years before it all went so wrong. It compliments the pace setup by John Arcudi as the story moves along, bringing Oxel’s emotional struggle to a fuller life. It’ll be a hard wait for The Creep #1 to roll around, until then bask in the almost noir style case that gets unleashed through these pages and try to dig up your own conclusions.

Release Date: August 8, 2012

Links: Preview | Pre-Order

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

Review – Dead Man’s Run #0

Written By: Greg Pak
Illustrated By: Tony Parker
Colored By: Peter Steigerwald
Letters By: Josh Reed
Cover B: Micah Gunnell & Peter Steigerwald
Published By: Aspen Comics

 

Dead Man’s Run gets right down to business.  We meet Captain Romero right away and immediately get some intriguing back story about the maximum security prison, the Andrew Jackson Federal Corrections Facility, he works at.  For all intents and purposes it seems like a relatively normal prison, that is, until an escape attempt occurs.  We find out that the prison has many layers, and  a lot of levels of security clearance.  This begins to make the reader wonder why a normal prison would have such things.  We soon learn that this is not at all a normal prison.  This particular prison has a special realm that is literally Hell and it is “guided by justice”.  It appears that when you are a sinner and you die this is where you go.  We get a glimpse into Hell, and it doesn’t look like anywhere anyone would want to wind up!  Captain Romero, who we learn from some back story, is a balls out, do what you have to do kind of guy, along with that though, sometimes he may have not done the right thing.  He gathers a “troop” and storms Hell.  It seems that this might be his new home for quite some time. Along the way we meet some other interesting characters and it looks as though the story will revolve around them.  The warden, Sam, and Sam’s sister, Juniper.  The story alludes there might be some innocents in Hell as well and
I imagine that freeing these innocents from the imploding/perilous Hell will be a large part of where this story will take us.

Dead Man’s Run definitely peaked my interest.  It does a very good job setting up the story and giving the reader a glimpse into where the story is going.  If there are potentially innocent people (who “convicted” them?) locked up in Hell and how they will get out could be very interesting.  The art and dialog are very good and the comic itself has a lot of potential.

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

 

Hawaii Five-0 Cast at Comic-Con 2010

Hawaii Five-0 is back for the summer on TV, the reboot is set to capture the spirit of Hawaii with the same glamor and allure that the original had. While many panels are keeping tight about who will be present we have the full roster for the panel.

  • Alex Kurtzman
  • Roberto Orci (Star Trek)
  • Peter M. Lenkov (24)
  • Len Wiseman (Underworld)
  • Daniel Dae Kim (Jin on Lost)
  • Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica)

The Panel is set to take place in room 6BCF from 10:15 – 11:15am on Friday July 23rd. The team will be there to talk about the mythology behind the series and the new approach they’ll be taking with the show to keep it alive in today’s market.