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Preview: Bloodborne #3

Bloodborne #3

Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Color: Brad Simpson, Kevin Enhart
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Cover A: Piotr Kowalski
Cover B: Game variant
Editor: Tom Williams
Design: Wilfried Tshikana-Ekutshu
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: April 25, 2018

Written by Image Comics superstar Ales Kot, with artwork by Piotr Kowalski! Awakening in an ancient city plagued by a twisted endemic – Where horrific beasts stalk the shadows and the streets run slick with the blood of the damned – a nameless hunter embarks on a dangerous quest in search of paleblood…

Preview: Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #4 (of 4)

Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #4 (of 4)

Writer: Cynthia von Buhler
Art: Cynthia von Buhler
Letterer: Simon Bowland
CVR A Dean Haspiel
CVR B Cynthia von Buhler
Editor: Tom Williams
Consulting Editor: Charles Ardai
Designer: Dan Bura
Publisher: Titan Comics
Imprint: Hard Case Crime
32pp, $3.99, On sale: April 11, 2018

FINAL ISSUE!

Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini is based on bizarre facts and mysterious questions regarding Harry Houdini’s death on October 31, 1926. Visit the evidence page at MinkyWoodcock.com to see the news clippings, photographs, letters, telegrams, court documents and autopsy reports which formed the basis of this series.

Preview: Assassins Creed Origins #2 (of 4)

Assassins Creed Origins #2 (OF 4)

Story Concept: Anne Toole, Anthony Del Col
Writer: Anthony Del Col
Story Consultant: Ann Lemay
Artist: PJ Kaiowa
Colorist: Dijjo Lima
Letterer: Comicraft
CVR A PJ Kaiowa
CVR B Toni Infante
Editor: Tom Williams
Senior Editor: Andrew James
Publisher: Titan Comics
32pp, $3.99, On sale: April 11, 2018

Egypt — the turbulent final years of the Ptoelemaic period.

Succeeding in their mission of vengeance, Bayek of Siwa and his wife Aya eliminated those responsible for the death of their son. But their quest for retribution led them to uncover the secretive Order of the Ancients, and its plans to control all of Egypt and beyond.

Aware of the magnitude of the threat the Order poses towards the freedom of all people, Bayek and Aya parted ways to dedicate their lives towards building a brotherhood to resist the power of the Order.

Known as the Hidden Ones, they work from the shadows to assassinate those who would seek to control the free will of the people.

With the city of Rome as her new base of operations, Aya has already enlisted the help of a number of like-minded individuals to her cause, including the senators Brutus and Cassius. But by assassinating the power-hungry dictator Julius Caesar in the hopes of freeing the city, Aya and her new allies may have plunged Rome into even further turmoil…

Preview: Sea of Thieves #2

Sea of Thieves #2

Story: Jeremy Whitley
Art: Rhoald Marcellius
Color: Sakti Yuwono
Letterer: Jaka Ady
Editor: Tom Williams
CVR A Rhoald Marcellius
CVR B Game Variant
Publisher: Titan Comics
32pp, $3.99, On sale: April 11, 2018

WELCOME TO THE SEA OF THIEVES

Brimming with drama, doubloons and untold skulduggery, the Sea of Thieves is a strange and treacherous stretch of ocean where swarthy scallywags the world over ock to test their might and mettle.

Join us on a tale of danger and discovery as we follow the legend of two of the hardiest crews ever to brave its turbulent waters. Who will be the rst to claim the treasure that awaits them… and who will be the first to walk the plank?

Preview: Sea of Thieves #1

SEA OF THIEVES #1

Writer: Jeremy Whitley
Artist: Rhoald Marcellius
Color: Sakti Yuwono
Letterer: Jaka Ady
Editor: Tom Williams
Senior Designer: Andrew Leung
Cover A: Rhoald Marcellius
Cover B: Game Art
Cover C: José Carlos Silva
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, $3.99, On sale: March 14, 2018

WELCOME TO THE SEA OF THIEVES!

Brimming with drama, doubloons and untold skulduggery, the Sea of Thieves is a strange and treacherous stretch of ocean where swarthy scallywags the world over flock to test their might and mettle.

Join us on a tale of danger and discovery as we follow the legend of two of the hardiest crews ever to brave its turbulent waters. Who will be the first to claim the treasure that awaits them… and who will be the first to walk the plank?

Review: Dark Horse Presents #26

22732As usual, Dark Horse provides tales of intrigue, terror, fear, fun, and excitement in the latest edition of the everything-and-anything anthology Dark Horse Presents #26. This series is a keystone in Dark Horse’s publishing career, as it draws together all of the elements that have made Dark Horse a fantastic company highly deserving of its spot as the third largest comic book seller in America. More so, it was Dark Horse’s main title starting in 1986, cancelled in 2000, and then revived on MySpace (of all places) between 2007 and 2010, with the current volume restarting in print in April 2011.

This month’s issue features eleven stories, some of them in on-going series that have been featured previously in DHP (e.g. the Trekker, Underground, Nexus, Alabaster), some that are debuts for new DHP series (Nosferatu Wars, Juice Squeezers), others that are one-shots, and a Buffy tie-in by television series writer Espenson. Plus, it continues the “Crime Does not Pay” series, which was the title of a famous 1950s comics series.

There’s just too much to review, so I’m only going to focus on my two favorite picks from Dark Horse Presents #26, “Nosferatu Wars” and “Steggy Wilmot and Spimps,” though my rating reflects the book as a whole. And don’t let my selections deter you from thinking there’s other incredible stories in this volume, because believe me, there are.

“Nosferatu Wars” was my favorite of the stories, a tale of vampires during the Black Plague which had my mind turning to Boccaccio’s Decameron (sorry, obscure), and which has a rather limited narrative. It’s written by Steve Niles, a horror master and current writer of Dark Horse’s Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem (not a horror story), and I was surprised to find that “Nosferatu Wars” reads like a hastily put together, cheesy tale of haute societe vampires, despite its definite narrative hook.

The highly realistic art of mMnton3 reminds one of the trompe-l’oeil style popularized in comics by Neal Adams in the 1960s, and has the ring of the fantastic work by Philip S. Tan on the early Savage Hawkman New 52 books (before that run got pretty bad and waned into nonexistence). But comparisons of Menton3’s art to others don’t do Menton3 any justice, as “Nosferatu Wars” has a nature all its own, unique and complex and lively and dead all at the same time.

Just as appealing, but much weirder…significantly so, is Patrick Alexander’s “Steggy Wilmot and Spimps,” which is a pointlessly hilarious and absurd day in the life of an extremely rich billionaire with a sad pig, an ugly butler, and a desire to write a newspaper. In just four pages, Alexander manages to astound and confuse with his out-of-this-world potato-head cast. I really don’t have a clue what’s going on with this story, and I imagine it’s like a rich British man on LSD, but I certainly hope we get more of Alexander’s “Steggy Wilmot and Spimps” weirdness. It’s just gotta happen, right?

Despite being an anthology—and one might fear that some bad eggs could slip in—editor Mike Richardson has ensured a batch of high-quality comics, which run the gamut of realistic horror to funny strip to classic sci-fi. While Dark Horse Presents #26 isn’t for everyone, I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in sampling the diverse possibilities of graphic narratives, as well as those who are fans of the genres or writers/artists featured in this issue. DHP certainly delivers.

Story: Ron Randall, Steve Niles, Andrew Vachss, Mike Richardson, David Lapham, Mike Baron, Patrick Alexander, Jane Espenson, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Frank Bariere, Dara Naraghi  Art: Ron Randall, Menton3, Dominic Reardon, David Lapham, Steve Rude, Patrick Alexander, Patric Reynolds, Karl Moline, Andy Owens, Steve Lieber, Micah Kaneshiro, Tom Williams
Story: 8  Art: 8  Overall: 8  Recommendation: Read