Review – Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and the Bird #2

Writer: Caitlin R. Kiernan

Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson

Colorist: Carlos Badilla

Cover Artist: Greg Ruth

Published by: Darkhorse Comics

After the death of Dancy, Maisie and bird are hanging at the Old live Cemetery in Selma, 23974Alabama, they come across an old lady who bird sees as a potential client to con, with Dancy gone Maisie now has to provide for herself without Dancy and performing mediums is one the ways she does for cash. Things get interesting when we jump to Carson and Hunters trailer the two are clearly psychopaths, like a scene in a horror movie the two of them are covered in blood, the dialog between them is interesting it seems that they have plans for Maisie, hopefully in the upcoming issues we see what exactly what it is.

When Maisie and bird reach the old lady form the cemetery’s house, she begins to setup for the medium, as they begin Brid notices that the old lady has a cat which is a big no no for him/her and con ends up a disaster with bird revealing its self, lady freaks out and calls Maisie a witch and throws the both of them out of her house, knowing that the old lady will spread the word of their con the two of them leave the town.

The issue ends on a cliffhanger when two unknown werewolves track down Hunter and Carson, and begin to what looks like an ambush attack thinking the two are just humans.

Conclusion: Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and the Bird #2 is dark and witty like some of other Dark horse comics, while I haven’t read a lot the previous Alabaster series, I had to do some back tracking to catch up to speed, and as of right now I can’t really say anything bad or good, so I’ll continue to follow this series so can give this series the proper review in deserves.

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Release Date: January 13, 2016

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

Review – Alabaster Wolves #3 of 5

Written By: Caitlín R. Kiernan
Art & Letters: Steve Lieber
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Cover: Greg Ruth

We last saw our favorite albino bad-ass in a bad state and about to die. In this issue Dancy seems like she’s on the losing end when she starts to tangle with that werewolf, or is she? She soon finds help in the form of an unlikely ally and Dancy is trying to figure out why she’s been saved. Things quickly become tense between Dancy and her savior as her new-found “friend” has questions that are expected to be answered. Dancy, in no position to argue because she’s still weak and recovering, obliges and we are given a glimpse into the past. Dancy’s past is just as interesting as her present and her journey leads her to trouble. She, like always, does what she needs to do and she is slowly figuring out what it all means. Now that her Angel (guide) has left her she has the daunting task of doing it all on her own, with maybe a little help from the rude crow!

Caitlín R. Kiernan is flat-out amazing. Her writing style is breathtaking and hands down some of the best I’ve read. Dancy is an amazing character layered with depth and sadness. Steve Lieber’s art is the same as Kiernan’s writing, it is beautiful and brings everything to life in a fantastic way. Each character in this comic is intriguing and the story itself very interesting. From Dancy to the crow everything works impeccably together. If you haven’t checked out this series yet, well, there’s something wrong with you, so go pick it up, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Release Date: June 20th, 2012

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

Review – Alabaster: Wolves #2 of 5

Written By: Caitlìn R. Kiernan
Art and Letters By: Steve Lieber
Colors By: Rachelle Rosenberg
Cover By: Greg Ruth
Published By: Dark Horse

In this issue we find Dancy dealing with the aftermath of her knockdown, drag out werewolf fight. She’s not feeling too well thanks to the chunk the werewolf took out of her arm. Dancy is kind of losing it which may also be partially caused by the high fever and infection that’s a brewin’. She’s in and out of consciousness and to top it all off, that rude bird is back poking at her and stealing her chili. Dancy begins to realize that, without some help, she’s probably going to die so off she goes in search of a drugstore with the rude bird in tow. After finding the supplies she needs Dancy goes in search of a safe place where she can rest and hopefully heal but, in this world, that place doesn’t exist. Even though she’s not looking for it, she finds trouble and a battle ensues that really shows us how badass (even at half health) Dancy really is. But, will this fight be too much for her to take?

This comic is really something special. Everything from start to finish is amazing but I especially love the dialog. Dancy and the blackbirds back and forth dialog is so great and really entertaining. The art is also fabulous. I kept going back to check it out. The muted tones really do a great job setting the tone/mood of the comic. The story itself is really wonderful and really succeeds in keeping the reader engaged. If you haven’t yet, pick it up, you won’t be disappointed!

Release Date: May 9th, 2012

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

Review – Alabaster: Wolves #1 of 5

Written By: Caitlín R. Kiernan
Art & Letters By: Steve Lieber
Colors By: Rachelle Rosenberg
Cover By: Greg Ruth
Variant Cover By: Michael Avon Oeming
Published By: Dark Horse

Dancy Flammarion, a young albino girl, is being directed by an invisible angel and appears to be on a mission to rid the world of various monsters. This issue introduces us to Dancy, our heroine as she waits at a bus stop in what appears to be a dilapidated, abandoned town. As she waits, a bird with a serious attitude appears and they strike up a tenuous conversation. This conversation is our first indication that the world is a little different from what we are used to. We also learn, as a woman appears, that Dancy has quite the reputation, she’s a badass that’s being guided by a higher power! This issue focuses on Dancy and the stranger who we quickly learn wants to kill her. They participate in a battle of wits which finally ends in a battle royale. Will Dancy live to fight another day and if she does will there be consequences for her actions?

This is an amazing story. Dancy has the perfect mix of youth, smarts and the will to survive. I was intrigued from start to finish. There is enough mystery to keep you glued to the page and enough explanation that you don’t feel lost. I loved and was blown away by the art. The cover is amazing. The muted tones really do an excellent job conveying the mood of the story and the strangers slow transformation is fabulous. The dialog is phenomenal and the character development is spot on giving you just enough to want more. The story itself moves at a great pace and builds tension
as it progresses. This is a fantastic read, it’s highly recommended and I can’t wait for the next issue!

Release Date: April 11th, 2012

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

Dark Horse Comics November updates

Dark Horse Comics has been on a roll of as of late, today we have a ton of new release information to pass along though.

First up! Dragon Age the digital comic series, we’re getting a 6 part event starting in February 2012 with issues priced at $0.99 each, quite a steal if they stack up to the quality of the Mass Effect releases so far. Readers will be able to follow Alistair, Isabela, and Varric on their latest adventure to Antiva, a land ruled by some of the deadliest foes they’ll face. More information is coming and we should have a preview sometime in January for the book. In the meantime, check out the current art for the book below.

Next we have a new project to be announced next week by Caitlín R. Kiernan of such fame as The Red Tree, Silk, A is for Alien and more. We only have the teaser art for that as well but the image title leads one to ponder if it’ll be a graphic adaptation of her work Alabaster… Check it out with the Mass Effect art and speculate for yourselves.

What happens when Nate Cosby, Evan Shaner and Rus Wooton walk into a room and start cranking out a comic? We’ll find out in Dark Horse Presents #9 with Buddy Cop and more. For those scratching their heads, Nate and Evan worked on The Storyteller and Rus Wooton is from Walking Dead fame. Expect some epic stories and twists in that issue when it drops in February as well.

Finally, Dark Horse Digital is going into overdrive, catch the release list for this month below. Goon fans can rejoice as they crank up the releases for that series too.

Dark Horse Digital release list (November 2011)

Release Date: 11/02/2011

Trigun vol. 1 & 2

BPRD: 1947 #1-5

BPRD Hell on Earth: Russia #2

Crying Freeman vol. 1 & 2

Hellsing vol. 1-3

Lady Snowblood vol. 1

Lone Wolf and Cub vol. 10

Old Boy vol. 1 & 2

Path of the Assassin vol. 1

Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #3

Star Wars Legacy #13 – 15

Chimichanga

The Goon #26

Star Wars: Crimson Empire III: Lost Empire #1

 

Release Date: 11/09/2011

House of Night #1

Baltimore: The Curse Bells #3

Conan the Cimmerian #13 – 16

Gear School #2

Lady Snowblood vol. 2

Orchid #2

Paradox Entertainment Presents: Kult #4

Serenity: Downtime and Other Half

Star Wars: Empire #1 – 4

Star Wars: Boba Fett: Overkill

The End League #1 – 4

The Goon #27

 

Release Date: 11/16/2011

Mass Effect: Invasion #2

Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest #2

Gigantic #1 – 5

Hellboy: Weird Tales #1-4

Kull: The Cat and the Skull #2

Dark Horse Presents # 5

Samurai Executioner vol. 6

Star Wars: Purge #2

Star Wars: Dark Times #1-5

The Goon #28

The Occultist #1

Fallout: New Vegas

 

Release Date: 11/23/2011

Usagi Yojimbo # 141 (200th Issue)

BPRD: The Ectoplasmic Man

Conan: Road of Kings #10

Groo: Hell on Earth #1-4

Hellsing vol. 4

Path of the Assassin vol. 2 & 3

Rex Mundi: Book Three

Star Wars Adventures: Boba Fett and the Ship of Fear

Star Wars Invasion #0-5

Star Wars: Invasion: Revelations #5

Star Wars: Knight Errant: Deluge #4

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #19-24

The Goon #29

Trigun Maximum vol. 4

 

Release Date: 11/30/2011

Hellboy: House of the Living Dead

Color of Rage

Conan the Cimmerian #17-20

Hellboy: House of the Living Dead

Star Wars Adventures: The Will of Darth Vader

Star Wars Legacy #17-20

The End League #5-9

The Goon #30