Dark Horse Comics Presents is a new anthology series from Dark Horse Comics. It is an 80-page almost full color comic book priced at $7.99. With eleven different features inside there is something for everybody with big name comic book creators tackling some great new and old concepts. Part 1 will cover the first half issue number 1 and here is a look at the features inside.
Concrete with story and art by Paul Chadwick
There is no background on the monster-man Concrete. A great looking character but nothing to tell the reader why he looks the way he does, but it is not needed for this story. He is different in appearance but in all other aspects seems to be a normal human in a normal world. The story is built on Concrete a samaritan getting involved in the stopping of a crime. The crime has its nuances and an outcome that gets more interesting once the crime is stopped. By all accounts Concrete is not a hero, just a good person that does some pretty cool stuff. The art of the strip is excellent and definitely entertaining.
Marked Man with story and art by Howard Chaykin
This is the beginning of the story of a San Diego criminal low life, Mark LaFarge. He leads a double-life between his life of crime and a terrible home life with his family. The reader has to question why he would continue with the family when the home life is so miserable or maybe LaFarge simply enjoys the constant bickering with his wife. The life of crime is where the excitement and fulfillment in LaFarge’s life seems to be. In his own words he is a very happy man. The story introduces the reader to the main character but this story has only begun and will develop more as the series progresses. Even though it is short the story is worth reading for the gritty and energetic art of Chaykin.
Blood Part 1 story and art by Neal Adams
It is tough to determine what this story is about from the opening splash to the strange twist in the last few pages. Adams uses the rambling of a severely beaten madman to tell his story and in that may be where the story comes off the tracks. How can one follow the ramblings of a crazy person? He rambles about Blood but who or what is Blood? The art is grisly and not very pleasant. There is definitely more to this story that will be revealed in subsequent chapters but for now the introduction was not gratifying.
Finder: Third World Chapter 1 by Carla Speed McNeil
Mr. Ayers is the focus of the first chapter in “Third World” and he is someone who has worked some rather odd and unsatisfying jobs in his past. The story is a different kind of set-up for the future of this series since there is no real assumption one can make as to where it might go. From his past Mr. Ayers appears to be a jack of many different unsavory trades and McNeil manages, in short order, to make you care about him. He is a likeable person if only for his perseverance and his desire to be happy. The story ends with some comedy and leaves the reader wanting more.
Mr. Monster and Oooak! Story and art by Michael Gilbert
A nod to the classic 1950s monster books of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and is a solid, complete story. There is not a lot of character depth or quirky story twists just a straightforward tale of a hero, who is full of himself, and his sidekick that comes up with all the wrong solutions against an unstoppable villain. The art is a lot of fun and the pages are packed with action and color. It is a nice compliment to the darker tone of the other stories in this collection.
This concludes part 1 of the review. Please click here for part two.
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