Review – Ether #1

  • Script: Matt Kindt
  • Artist: David Rubin
  • Cover Artist: David Rubin
  • Lettering: David Rubin
  • Editor: Daniel Chabon
  • Publisher: Mike Richardson

Crossing worldly or otherworldly planes of existence is a tricky thing, Boone Dias makes it part of his daily exploration though as readers dive through Ether. The unique tale from Matt Kindt plays with humor and shades of drama as the story follows Boone and his scientific exploits to unravel the mystery of the Ether and at times the crimes and conflicts within.

Issue one drops readers in mid-story, leaving readers straight to the punch as Boone has character traits revealed and starts meeting some of the center cast. Soon the world itself starts to open and develop into the heart of the conflict, Kindt is careful with the balance of Boone and his serious tone and the loose mannerisms of those in Ether and Agartha as each on their own could throw this first experience off. Having a scientist that carries a dry delivery and a disconnected relationship is hard on a story but with characters like Glum it helps with those hurdles.

In this latest trip to the Ether some tragedy and high level foul play are at work and waiting for him, as one who thrives on mysteries and challenges it’s hard for him to pass up the opportunity but just what he’s getting into might be bigger than he ever expected. So far he’s been able to rationalize the world and cases before him, now that he’s stepping into a darker side of the Ether it will be a question if he’s able to keep up that fortune.

The issue sets the stage for many of the characters and the large challenge ahead. As an entry to the series its tightly held and filled with the essentials to build the upcoming issues. The art from David Rubin holds consistent and panels sell to the story key moments and tone the book hopes to set. It’s a different book, not hard sci-fi or pure humor, when looking for a book that’s a mix of both but playful in delivery I’d say this delivers as an interesting read. We’ll just have to see how the story continues to develop from here.

Release date: Out Now

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

Dark Horse Annouces $1 Special On Brian Wood’s First-Issue Reprints Of The Massive And Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT!

In 2010, when Dark Horse launched the One for One program, making the first issue of select titles available for the low cover price of $1, the response was overwhelmingly positive from fans and retailers alike. Now, Dark Horse is making two of the biggest launches of 2012 available for less than the price of a cup of coffee!

Brian Wood’s postapocalyptic, eco-conscious epic The Massive has been a critics’ darling since before the first issue even hit stands. The thought-provoking series has garnered consistent praise issue after issue, and will see its first collection released on March 20, 2013.

Similarly, MIND MGMT, Matt Kindt’s electrifying tale of psychic spies and the journalist who stumbles upon their incredible secrets, is expected to make many critics’ top-ten lists for the year. The first collection is making its way to comic shops on April 3, 2013.

To celebrate, Dark Horse has decided to offer retailers and fans an opportunity to find out what they have been missing with two specially priced first-issue reprints, to be released on April 3, 2013! The Massive #1 will feature an all-new cover designed by series creator Brian Wood, while MIND MGMT will feature a brand-new cover by Matt Kindt!

Look for these special reprints in Diamond’s Previews catalog on January 30, 2013!massivemindmgmt1for1

Dark Horse Comics SDCC 2012 Signing Schedule!

Dark Horse Comics has released their SDCC signing schedule and it’s pretty awesome with a lot of goodness lined up!

DARK HORSE SIGNINGS – BOOTH #2615

 

Wednesday, July 11 

5:30 p.m.—Dragon Age Signing with David Gaider

6:30 p.m.—Orchid Q&A and Signing with Tom Morello and Scott Hepburn *Ticketed by drawing

8:00 p.m.—Mass Effect Signing with John Jackson Miller

 

 

Thursday, July 12 

11:00 a.m.—Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

1:00 p.m. —Angel & Faith Signing with Christos Gage

2:00 p.m.—Fatima Signing with Gilbert Hernandez

3:00 p.m.—Creator-Owned Signing with Eric Powell (The Goon), Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle), Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander (Concrete Park), and Sanford Greene (Rotten Apple)

 4:00 p.m.—Tarzan 100th Anniversary Event with Thomas Yeates, Ron Ely, Joe Jusko, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. President and Archivist

5:00-7:00 p.m.—Whedonverse Meet-up and Costume Contest with Shawna Trpcic, main costume designer on Joss Whedon’s FireflyAngelDoctor Horrible’s Sing-Along BlogDollhouse, and Cabin in the Woods.

 

Friday, July 13 

10:00 a.m.—Usagi Yojimbo Signing with Stan Sakai

See a preview of the upcoming Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin game for smartphones, tablets, and desktops.

11:00 a.m.—Star Wars Signing with Mike Richardson (Crimson Empire), Dave Dorman (Crimson Empire, Darth Maul), Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley (Dark Times), Dave Wilkins (Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison), Dan Parsons (Dawn of the Jedi), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), Michael Atiyeh (colorist), Michael Heisler (letterer) and Tom Taylor (Darth Maul)

12:00 pm.—Valve Signing with Bill Fletcher  (“Cave Johnson”), Laura Dubuk (“Caroline”), Andrew Wilson, Wade Schin, and Arsenio Navarro

12:00 p.m.—Axe Cop Signing with Ethan Nicolle

1:00 p.m.—HellboyB.P.R.D., and Baltimore Signing with Mike Mignola, Cameron Stewart, and Tyler Crook

1:00 p.m.—Age of Reptiles Signing with Ricardo Delgado  

2:00 p.m.—Berserk Signing with Eiko Tanaka (Studio 4C CEO)

2:30 p.m. – Green River Killer Signing with Jeff Jensen

3:00 p.m.– Domo Signing with Domo creator Tsuneo Goda *Ticketed by drawing

3:00 p.m. – Dragon Age Signing with David Gaider

4:00 p.m. – Empowered Signing with Adam Warren

4:00 p.m. – De:Tales Signing with Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon

5:00 p.m.—Creepy and Eerie Signing with Dan Braun, Angelo Torres, and Christopher A. Taylor

5:00 p.m.—Dark Horse Horror Signing with Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre), Eric Powell (The Goon), and Paul Tobin (Colder)

6:00 p.m. – TNT’s Falling Skies Signing with series stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, executive producer Remi Aubuchon and more! *Ticketed by drawing

 

 

Saturday, July 14 

10:00 a.m.—Darksiders Signing with David Slagle and Roger Robinson

10:00 a.m.—Aliens Colonial Marines Signing with Josh Williams

11:00 a.m.—Domo Signing with Domo creator Tsuneo Goda *Ticketed by drawing

12:00 p.m.—Joss Whedon Signing *Ticketed by drawing

1:00 p.m.—Whedonverse Signing with Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Christos Gage, Jane Espenson, and Drew Greenberg

2:00 p.m – Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra Signing with Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ki Hyun Ryu, and Gurihiru Studios artists Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano *Ticketed by drawing

3:00 p.m. – Valve Signing with Bill Fletcher  (“Cave Johnson”), Laura Dubuk (“Caroline”), Andrew Wilson, and Wade Schin

3:00 p.m.—Concrete Park Signing with Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander

4:00 p.m.—Dark Matter Signing with Joseph Mallozzi

4:00 p.m.—Exile to Babylon Signing with Domagoj Mazuran, Matt Savelloni, and Helen Darras

5:00 p.m. – Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

6:00 p.m.—The Goon Signing with creator Eric Powell

 

Sunday, July 15 

10:00 a.m.—Beanworld Signing with Larry Marder

11:00 a.m.—Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

12:00 p.m.—The Guild Signing with Felicia Day *Ticketed by drawing

1:00 p.m.—The Strain Signing with Guillermo del Toro *Ticketed by drawing

2:00 p.m.—Emily the Strange Signing with Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner

3:00 p.m.—Doug Sneyd Signing

 

*Events are subject to change.  Some restrictions apply. 

 

Review – Mind MGMT #1

Story, Art and Cover: Matt Kindt
Alternate Cover: Gilbert Hernandez
Published By: Dark Horse

The issue begins on a plane (flight 815!) where everyone from the pilot to the passengers have no memory. Not just some “what’s my name?” kind of memory loss, we are talking “the pilot doesn’t remember how to fly a plane” type of memory loss. The passengers have no idea how they got on the plane and the flight attendants don’t know why they are there. Essentially, this is a really bad situation. Flash forward two years to the anniversary of “Amnesia Flight 815” when we meet Meru. She’s a writer who has seen better days. She hasn’t written a book in two years but suddenly inspiration strikes. After listening to a news story about flight 815, which is still not understood by anybody, Meru decides her next book will be about the mysterious flight. She sets off to interview the passengers and finds a mysterious “lost” passenger, Henry Lyme. As Meru’s trek begins she learns that the story is much deeper than she thought and danger seems to be around every corner. She is quite unaware of the danger around her until she meets a mysterious stranger who warns her of what’s coming her way! Will Meru get to the bottom of this story before she is silenced forever? Probably, but I think it’s going to be a long, fun ride before she does!

This issue also features a little bonus story that explains some of the origins of Mind MGMT. This bonus story will NOT be included in the trade edition. There are a bunch of secret Easter egg type things in the issue and the first six issues will each have part of a code that, when put together, give you exclusive online content. Even though this is a way to ensure you buy each monthly comic, at least you get a little something extra and I like the creative way it’s being presented! The comic itself is intriguing and very entertaining. It has a lot of depth and if the first issue is anything to judge it by, it looks like it will be an amazing story. Secret societies, mystery, great deep characters, it has everything. This is not a light read though; it seems like it’s going to be very complex and you will really need to pay attention. This is a good thing. It’s not mindless fluff. It’s an actual, honest to goodness story, one that you will need to actually think about! Matt Kindt’s writing is flawless, telling multiple stories simultaneously. The art is also amazing. Meru’s desperation comes across loud and clear. This issue is solid and really sets up where the story is going, I can’t wait to take this ride!

Release Date: May 23rd, 2012

Links: Preview | Order | Order (digital)

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

Review – Mind MGMT Secret Files: The Bear

Story and Art: Matt Kindt
Variant Cover Art: Gilbert Hernandez
Published By: Dark Horse

Mind MGMT is short, but everything is packed in so tightly and concisely that to describe it in a word would be “wow”. The story begins with two women, an older woman telling a younger woman about a sleeper/secret/mole agent named Bear. We are told of Bear’s life, his mission, some of who he works for, his skills and his fate. The story is packed so full of emotion and sentiment that it had me on the verge of tears. The art is perfect and Bear’s robot-like, emotionless face really gives the reader a glimpse into the killing machine that he is. There is an empathy you feel for him though, which is really what gives this comic some of its depth. This is the prequel to the first issue that comes out on May 23rd. The Bear is available to download now for FREE.

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

Review – 3 Story: Secret Files of The Giant Man

Story & Art By: Matt Kindt
Published By: Dark Horse

This issue collects 3 Giant Man stories that were previously published in Myspace Dark Horse Presents. The first story is “The Secret Files of The Giant Man In Paris.” Set in 1965 as told to us by an ambulance driver recounting Craig’s (the Giant Man) visit to the City of Lights. The second story is “The Secret Files of The Giant Man In Egypt” where Craig enjoys all the attractions (as he becomes an attraction himself) the country has to offer and the third and final story is “Giant Man In The Philippines” where Craig visits during war-time.

Each story is short, simple and endearing. There is something about a man 3 stories tall, traveling the world experiencing everything from appendicitis to having the potential to end a war, that is beyond interesting. What’s really cool is that most of the stories are told by others while Craig is just the subject. The dialog is short but somehow descriptive and full of emotion in its simplicity. The art is great and captures the essence of everything and everyone perfectly. I really enjoyed these stories and look forward to enjoying other Giant Man tales!

Release Date: April 18th, 2011

Links: Pre-Order

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