Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: 20th November 2013
Dark Horse Presents is stuffed full of interesting wee stories which range from daft cartoons to bleak post-apocalyptic narratives. Whether you are starting a new story or being chucked into the middle of an existing title – you will be treated to a great selection of characters, themes, settings, art and writing styles.
I had no idea what was going on in a few of these stories (which would usually piss me off) but it is part of the experience here. There are enough stories starting off at #1 so it’s never a problem. The variety is delightful. Finishing a story about the fall of the Roman Empire’s last stronghold in Egypt you’re suddenly watching a Private Investigator chase a thief through the noir inspired Integer City before ending up in an enchanted forest where a sword wielding bunny looks out for his bear like friend – it’s fantastic. This is all in the first 30 pages (there are over 80) and there is no break.
I particularly liked Monstrous. Earth has been invaded (I presume) by a species known as the Lacerti – an army of juiced up monsters. Three years after the attack, the extermination is in full swing and we get to watch these monsters methodically hunt down the remaining pockets of humanity. There is more to it but I’ll shut up. I’m going to keep an eye out for this one.
It’s a tricky comic to review and I could go through every single one of the 10 stories on offer but, since each chapter is only ten pages long, I worry about even mentioning them. This could go against BCP’s spoiler free nature. Quality wise – it’s a mixed bag of 6, 7 and perhaps even an 8 out of 10 but put them all together and it becomes an experience.
Review By: James McQueen