Review – Mass Effect: Homeworlds #1 of 4 – Hell On Earth

Script: Mac Walters
Art: Eduardo Francisco
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Cover: Anthony Palumbo
Alternate Cover: Mike Hawthorne
Letters: Michael Heisler
Published By: Dark Horse

The next installment into the Mass Effect universe takes place in 2186, days after Earth’s Reaper invasion. Life on Earth, as well as life on other planets are moving en mass to the Citadel in hopes of finding a safe haven. We soon see James Vega and quickly learn some of his back story including his tumultuous relationship with his dad and how that impacts James who is trying to make a better life for himself. His father seems to be standing in his way and James’ loyalty to his dad is making it hard for him to move on. His dad knows exactly what he is doing to James and doesn’t seem to care. After making some tough decisions and with some help and advice from his Uncle Emilio, James takes control and changes his life forever.

Mass Effect: Homeworlds is a four-part series that will focus on one character per issue. Each issue will be written by the writer who wrote the character in the game. I like this format, it gives the reader some insight into the stories of these characters. The dialog was good and the story itself was compelling. The art, like all the previous Mass Effect comics is great. This was a very good, interesting read and I’m excited to see which character is up next!

Release Date: April 25th, 2012

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

Review – B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth – The Pickens Country Horror #2

Story: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
Art: Jason Latour
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover Art: Becky Cloonan and Dave Stewart
Variant Cover: Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Peters and Vaughn left us hanging as fog, vampires and the undead rise up in what was set to be a routine investigation. As trouble strikes they’re put out of the game and taken to a safe house in the middle of it all, the owner of which is a vampire conspiracy theorist researching a possible invasion scenario. Part 2 starts up without hesitation, the fog is thick and the crosses are all over with something lurking in the background, Vaughn is quiet but worried about Peters and we step into the mess from there.

Pickens Country Horror is a relentless book, even with all the experience Vaughn has the story proves once again that he’s only seen a fraction of the horrors possible in the outbreaks so far. His confidence no matter how high is knocked down as the situation with the fog and the mushrooms grows worse, it’s a bad time to be an agent of the B.P.R.D. on this mission. Unfortunately as a mini series we’re whisked through the rest of the development including the history on the vampire group at work locally and their history. It’s not to say this has been a bad installment but the closure on it really shakes the foundation as a newer reader to the series, I can only hope this isn’t the end of this arc and that it spins into something more. One thing that Mike Mignola does without trouble is develop character attachment and #2 is where you really wish this wasn’t the case because of how much whiplash fills the pages of the story.

If you’re a fan of B.P.R.D. this is a must have to your collection for the series, you have vampires, crazy supernatural fog and a crazy man telling you his end of the world conspiracy theory. If you’re a new reader, it might be a bit of rough ride to get into even if it does have a very interesting story, it just has a really rough closure that could throw off those new to the series even if the 2 issues are excellent reads. The art from Jason Latour is great, the expressions and body language don’t drop the experience while reading through it, even when going to supernatural levels the experience holds the reader in and even brings a bit of paranoia, with Dave Stewart assisting in color it’s really an immersion experience.

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Release date: April 25, 2012

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

B.P.R.D. kicks off 2nd Twitter chat next week

Are you a B.P.R.D. fan, would you like to get into a large group chat with fellow fans and Dark Horse team members next week? Check out Twitter on March 29th using the #BPRD hash tag to kick off the fan chat at 4PM Pacific. Fans will share their fellow agents, moments and storylines with each other but more specifically it will be a chance to give input on The Pickens Country Horror which we reviewed last week.

To keep yourself in the loop don’t forget to add @theBPRD and check #BPRD often for updates. You might find yourself walking off with a digital copy of The Long Death #2 for joining the fun. (Requires 3 tweets using the hashtag #BPRD)

 

Review – B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth – The Pickens Country Horror #1

Story: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
Art: Jason Latour
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover Art: Becky Cloonan and Dave Stewart
Variant Cover: Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

You never know what can happen in the B.P.R.D. world, you know even less when you throw in mysterious fog and crazy people in toxic areas of the south. The Pickens Country Horror is a side story bringing in toxic lands and hazards to the B.P.R.D. crew,  Peters and Vaughn travel down South to find out about missing humans but the story twists into something more and then it keeps twisting until reaching sufficient levels of crazy and potential doom.

We get a glimpse of a country family sensitive to light and with a unique guest residing with them, their background gets even worse as the younger ones explore the wilderness they stumble upon the undead. While Peters and Vaughn see this as a waste of time for specimen gathering it’s just the start of a 200-year-old mess waiting to unearth itself in the midst of absolute chaos already hitting the globe. Vampires, supernatural gas, paranoid conspiracy authors and more are packed into this 2 part series and there’s some health drama for good measure.

Fans of the series will no doubt have a good fast paced run through this wild chase with the duo, the speed and detail of the story makes it easy to see this arc wrapping up nicely in issue 2 or opening a solid gateway from there. The art is simple but dark, the colors are slightly muted and the gestures convey the energy of each moment allowing readers to draw their own scenes in their mind. When going into details like the Professors house it goes into even more eerie feelings as the walls scattered with crosses tell the paranoia and possibly justified fears and theories held within the house.

Release date: March 28, 2012

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