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Comic Spotlight: Dark Horse Number Ones
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Dark Horse Number Ones
Written by Cullen Bunn, Matt Kindt, Gerard Way, Joelle Jones, Jamie S. Rich, Kurtis Wiebe, Mike Mignola, Jeff Lemire, Brian Wood, Sharlene Kindt, Dave Stewart
Art by Gabriel Ba, Joelle Jones, Dean Ormston, Matt Kindt, Mack Chater, Mindy Lee, Tyler Crook,
Colors by Laura Allred, Dave Stewart, Sharlene Kindt, Lee Loughridge, Leonardo Olea, Andy Cotnam, Tyler Crook
Letters by Tyler Crook, Dave Stewart, Crank!, Todd Klein, Marie Enger, Nate Piekos, Clem Robins
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 29, 2017
Cover Price: $6.00

Okay, first off, if I have to try to convince you to buy a comic that contains eight premiere issues for a measly six bucks then I might just have to reassess what I am doing here.

I have reviewed any number of these titles at different times and I cannot even begin to stress to you how great of a deal this is. Dark Horse Comics continues to amaze me with their marketing strategies. I can think of no better way to test out some new comics than with this compilation. Folks, I present to you Dark Horse Number Ones!

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Comic Review: The Shadow Glass TPB
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The Shadow Glass
Written by Aly Fell
Art by Aly Fell
Letters by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: January 4, 2017
Cover Price: $19.99

I remember when I reviewed the first issue of this series, back in March. I found the premiere issue to be both entertaining and intriguing. Now, after seeing the first six issues brought together in this graphic novel, nothing has changed in my mind. The Shadow Glass is one of my favorite comics of 2016.

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Comic Review: Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and The Bird Hardcover
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Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, And The Bird Hardcover
Written by Caitlin R. Kiernan
Art by Daniel Warren Johnson
Colors by Carlos Badilla
Letters by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by Greg Ruth
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: August 31, 2016
Cover Price: $19.99

It’s not every day that I get to read an introspective comic book that deals with a character experiencing their own personal hell. But leave it to Dark Horse Comics to give me exactly what I didn’t know I needed! Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, And The Bird is a shining example of why I keep coming back to them for unique stories and comics! Please, allow me to elaborate further.

Dancy Flammarion is dead. She knows it and we know it. But apparently death comes in varying degrees of
permanence, as it seems she is being tempted/threatened with life. And though she repeatedly declines, sometimes events can spiral out of our control. Much akin to her tenuous grasp on her sanity.

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Comic Review: The Shadow Glass #1
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The Shadow Glass #1

The Shadow Glass #1
Story and Art by Aly Fell
Letters by Nate Piekos
Cover by Aly Fell
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 23, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Paranormal. Medieval Europe. Cool cover with Cthulhu-like tentacles writhing about. Sure, I’ll read that! It has all the earmarks of being right up my alley. I wanted to say it’s my “jam” but I feel like that would have been a bit too cheesy. And with that particular choice of verbiage, it seems time to segue into presenting you with my thoughts on The Shadow Glass #1.

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Comic Review: The Order Of The Forge #3
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The Order Of The Forge #3
The Order of the Forge #3
Written by Victor Gischler
Illustrated by Tazio Bettin
Color Assisted by Enrica Eren Angiolini
Lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by Juan Ferreyra
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 24, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

In The Order of the Forge #3 by Victor Gischler and Tazio Bettin, young George Washington and his super-powered allies are in a race to stop a madman from taking over the colonies. Will our founding fathers’ newly obtained powers help aid them in the discovery of an ancient Viking secret weapon, or will the weapon fall into the enemy’s hands first?

Going into The Order of the Forge, and after reading its official synopsis, I wasn’t anticipating a highly thought-provoking read; I was expecting entertaining action and a fun, engaging story. I’ll mention that up until this point, Gischler’s comic, while taking many liberties with the history of our nation’s early leaders, has been an enjoyable read. He takes some common knowledge regarding George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Revere, and utilizes them as anchors for the enhanced abilities scenario — which makes for a wild, historical romp; however, the final issue of the mini-series is a bit of a letdown.

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Comic Review: Fight Club 2 #2
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Fight Club 2 #2
Fight Club 2 #2
Written by Chuck Palahniuk
Art by Cameron Stewart
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Nate Piekos
Cover Art by David Mack and Francesco Francavilla
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 24, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

You know that saying “You are your own worst enemy?” Well, no one knows that as well as the guy who’s currently calling himself Sebastian. You might know him from his exploits a decade ago. But this story is unfolding in the newest installment: Fight Club 2 #2. Because if you crack the candy(ass) coating you’ll get a long, dark look at Tyler Durden lurking right below the surface. He is buried inside, right? Hunh, well maybe not.

If you find yourself unfamiliar with Chuck Palahniuk‘s Fight Club then shame on you, there’s really no excuse for that kind of behavior. When we are done here I expect you to go grab a copy and read it. And no, watching the movie does not count. Because as sure as I am sitting here listening to Filter, you NEED to embrace the awesomeness that is Chuck P. So much twisted goodness that you won’t know what to do. But I digress. Let’s chat about this comic, shall we?

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Comic Review: Rat God #5
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Rat God #5
Rat God #5
Written and Illustrated by Richard Corben
Colored by Richard Corben and Beth Corben Reed
Lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by Richard Corben
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 3, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

What a weird and wild ride Rat God has been! In the fifth and final issue of Richard Corben‘s horror mini-series, Clark Elwood risks all to save the woman he loves, in what is surely the strangest installement yet.

Narrated once again by Mag the Hag — a bizarre, omniscient wanderer found in many of Corben’s stories — Clark Elwood finally comes face to face with the Rat God and its worshippers. In a last ditch attempt to save Kito, Clark must fight the crazed religious fanatics and monstrous beasts. And in the end, he’ll uncover an ancient truth that will change his world forever.

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Comic Review: Fight Club 2 #1
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Fight Club 2 #1 review
Fight Club 2 #1
Script by Chuck Palahniuk
Art by Cameron Stewart
Colors by by Dave Stewart
Letters by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by David Mack
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: May 27, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

‘Destiny has a pesky way of catching up’

For a sequel that divided the Space Monkeys, Fight Club 2 #1 is a sucker punch to the face that reminds you why you joined the club in the first place. You know which one. What? We’re all rule breakers here. Author Chuck Palahniuk being the biggest one, who after years of saying there’d never be a sequel to his breakout novel and it’s subsequent film adaptation, has crafted something real special. But with Palahniuk’s sense of humor, this continuation we’ve begged for or bemoaned may lead us to his particular brand of surprises. Like Rant’s momma who baked her meals with shards of glass and nails, Palahniuk makes you chew on every page from the start.

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Comic Review: Deep Gravity TPB
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Deep Gravity review

Deep Gravity
Paperback | Kindle
Story by Mike Richardson
Script by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko
Art by Fernando Baldo
Colors by Nick Filardi
Letters by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover and Chapter Break Art by Gabriel Hardman and Matthew Wilson
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 24, 2015

How exciting would it be to travel to another planet that holds remarkable similarities to our own? But what if you had to take a three-year trip just to get there? Of course, you are in a suspended animation during the journey but still…three years? That gives even the most curious folk pause. Especially when you consider the fact that staying on this new world for too long is deadly. But corporate greed makes the world(s) go ’round, so people still find themselves motivated to go. But for some people it’s not about the money. Deep Gravity gives us a bit of it all in the telling of this tale.

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Comic Review: Veil
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Veil review
Veil
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Greg Rucka
Illustrated by Toni Fejzula
Colored by Toni Fejzula and Aljosa Tomic
Lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by Toni Fejzula
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: January 14, 2015
Cover Price: $19.99

How will one enigmatic woman be able to control her own fate when so many others would choose to use her for personal gain? Veil, by Greg Rucka and Toni Fejzula, is a story shrouded in mystery and corruption that simultaneously displays the good and evil nature of humanity.

I was first introduced to Rucka’s powerful storytelling with Queen and Country, but unfortunately, have not read any of his other works — until now. With Veil, Rucka has managed to create the perfect blend of mystery, horror, and hope in a tale that is as much enchanting as it is heartbreaking. What impresses me the most about this book, is the focus that is placed on the morality of humans — what is the true focus of an individual’s heart? The tough questions and the wonderment of both the titular character and the graphic novel itself, in my mind, help solidify Rucka’s place as a top comics creator.

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