Ryan Thomason

From the Comic Hold: A bunch of comics from Dark Horse

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I’ll just straight up admit it, I find myself giving more attention to the comics that Dark Horse puts out than any other. This past week I read the new Star Wars #4, The Massive #10, Sledgehammer 44 #2 and X #0.


TheMassive_10_CVRThe Massive #10
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Gary Erskine
Publisher: Dark Horse Publishing
Price: $3.50
Release Date: March 27th, 2013

New Artist Gary Erskine brings a definate new feel to the comic. Part of the thing that gets me is when a comic moves over to a new artist when an arc is done. It’s done for some reasons of stuff like time and other commitments. Whatever the reason, I’m going to miss the work Garry Brown has done on the artwork for The Massive so far. I’m giving Gary Erskine a couple of issues before I lay down any serious thoughts, but like I said before sometimes transitioning to new artwork on a story makes it harder to get back into it.

Callum Isreal is in a difficult situation as Captain of the Kapital. With the world falling to shit around them, nationalities and ties back home are starting to get to the crew.

It seems that when you join the Ninth Wave, you made a binding contract of sorts to stay dedicated to the environmental cause. Now that homelands are being torn apart and family members lost and killed. People are itching to get back home and protect their lands.

Cal doesn’t want any of that. But, he can’t have people sneaking off or doing something stupid to just to try and save their families. In a nutshell, this is what this issue is about, who’s loyal to the cause of the Ninth Wave, who’s willing to put everything on the line to find The Massive and figure out what the hell is going on with our planet. Cal is running low on time, with the big reveal about a certain part of his health in this issue. It’s no wonder he basically just aid “Fuck You. Get off the boat if you can’t hack it.”

So, he’s down nearly half his crew.

That should make things start to get interesting around the ship. If you’re not reading this, you should give it a try at least. It’s something fresh, and I love the story that Brian Wood is building. The verdict isn’t out yet on the new Gary for the artwork, but I’m missing Garry Browns stuff to be honest.

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StarWars_4_CVRStar Wars #4
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Carlos D’Anda
Publisher: Dark Horse Publishing
Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 10th, 2013

Another Brian Woods written comic that has been keeping my attention is this one. I normally don’t give a crap about Star Wars other than the movies that I’ve watched maybe a handful of times. I’m just not that invested in Star Wars. This comic though, has gotten me feeling like a kid again wearing down the VHS of The Return of the Jedi.

Oh, and Chewbaca blows the crap out of some Tie Fighters hanging out the top porthole of the Millennium Falcon in a scene that had me giving the Wookie way more respect than the movies ever did. Han is still on his trying to flee from the Imperials that nearly caught him in the deal gone back with a boatload of rebel money to buy top notch equipment. I have a feeling the next issue is going to have some pretty cool dealing with his escape.

Speaking of escape, Princess Leia has herself in a bit of a pickle, her job is twofold. Find a new homebase for the Rebel Alliance and find the spy that is putting a serious crimp in plans. So when her and Wedge are out scouting again, they get surprised by Imperial Cruisers and Tie Fighters (Again). She can’t seem to catch a break.

I’m really liking how more bad ass Leia is within the Star Wars comic run so far than any of her in that slave costume. Seriously, the Star Wars movie needed lots of this Leia who was leading attack fighters and putting Luke in his place as the whiner that he is.

I think that writing dialog for C3PO and R2D2 would be a highlight for me, if it isn’t for Brian Wood (as it showed during the great scene in the data core). How often do you get to write something as iconic as these two robots, one you can understand, the other only the responses from everyone around him that understands beeps and whirls.

Hopefully, Luke stops trying to get nookie while he’s flying around in his fighter to start making more of an impact. Whatever, I know I’ll be back to read the next issue regardless, this comic has done more to rekindle a lost love with Star Wars than the prequels ever did.

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Sledge44_2_CVRSledgehammer 44 #2
Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artist: Jason Latour
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: April 10th, 2013
Price: $3.50


That’s kind of what I wanted to shout toward the end of this issue.

While I wasn’t sure where this was going to be headed after the first issue, I’m glad that it was solid enough to make me check out this second one. I’m already anticipating #3, so that can kinda tell you how much this new comic is starting to grow on me.

Basically, we find out (in a way) just what the suit is all about and that yes, it is in fact a suit. Not a full fledged robot. It’s powers does seem to be able to alter the powers and reality for whoever inhabits the suit, body and soul. Yes. Soul. It’s explained far better in the issue and I really don’t want to ruin it because it does a much better job of selling it that I ever could.

I’m glad that Sledgehammer 44 isn’t a limited issue run. I really want to see where it goes from here now that they’ve gotten the nitty gritty origins and stuff out of the way.

Now, it’s time to just kick some Nazi ass! Really, that’s all we want out of a WW2 themed story anyways, right?

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X_0_CVRX #0
Writer: Duane Swierczynski
Artist: Eric Nguyen
Publisher: Dark Horse Publishing
Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 10th, 2013

Hoooooly Crap.

This is definitely a comic that is a far bit out of my realm of what I like to read.

First off, it’s bloody.

Super bloody. It’s very dark, very gritty, and very interesting. It doesn’t quite have The Punisher vigilante normal dude killing bad guys story. It’s enough that had me going against what I normally would check out and finish it completely. I’m still not sure if I’m going to start reading every issue of X from here on out.

It’s not bad to be honest, it’s just not my cup of tea, but I don’t want to give up on it that easily. Sometimes you just have to give yourself a different type of comic to read to keep you grounded. X has some pretty good writing, and like I said, if you like bad dudes getting sliced, shot and crow-barred in the face by the “hero” then X is right up your alley. I’ll give it a 3 issue test to see if it holds my interest at least.

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