In this week’s New Release Reviews, from Dark Horse Comics, we’re looking at two comic books written by Jim Shooter, two weird books, and one awesome Hellboy TPB. Titles are scored on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the very best possible. We take the time to read these books so your time isn’t wasted.
Fear Agent #31
Of the four new releases this month, this was the best offering in the single issue category. The artwork was a compliment to the story. Both were dark, violent, and twisted. Yet, somehow they both managed to retain their humanity, unlike the protagonist of the story. It was a heavy tale told in two different eras with common themes of loss and shame. Solid.
Score: 7 out of 10
Messed up is how I’d describe this and it should be obvious to tell from the cover image. For as weird and repugnant I found the story and the characters, something about it harkened back to memories of Heavy Metal magazine. The stories in that series never seemed to translate properly from their European origins. This book, unfortunately, didn’t have that excuse.
The cover is pretty cool. Well drawn. The asylum stuff is disturbing, so I give it props for moving me. Colors were bland, but, at least consistent unlike the characterization of the protagonist who is extremely unsympathetic.
Score: 5 out of 10
Mighty Sampson #4
Wow. Jim Shooter. I remember his Legion of Super-Heroes work as well as the universe he created for Valiant. Trying my lead in, again, I remember when he knew how to write for his audience. Someone needs to tell him that his infantile views on adulthood and relationships are at odds with this mature story-line.