Wednesday Comic Revews: Dark Horse Presents #1

Wednesday Comic Revews: Dark Horse Presents #1Comics supplied by Holy Goat Comics of Kingston Upon Thames, London. Pop by and say hello.

It's back baby and it's oh so sweet. Concrete's on the cover, like he never went away, that thick outline of his ripping through the bright pink and yellow of the cover.

And so we have Paul Chadwick, Howard Chaykin, Neal Adams, Carla Speed McNeil, Michael T Gilbert, Frank Miller, Harlan Ellison, Richard Corberm, Randy Stradley, Paul Gulacy, David Chelsea and what other comic were you going to buy today? Dark Horse Presents impacts on the stands, just like it did back in the eighties, a mix of old and new, a mix of strips linked to Dark Horse publishng plans and others standing up and saying "this is all I am! Take me!"

Concrete gives old fans a familiar feel of a very ordinary crime with Concrete dropped in the middle of it, becoming something extraordinary, all the time while the backdrop is giving us something very different with his life that leaves so many more questions unasnwered. I can feel the internet about to crank into gear over the last few panels alone.

Howard Chaykin's Marked Man gives us a shiny shiny career criminal's suburban life, a secret identity for a villain, Neal Adam's Blood gets away with not even showing the lead, just giving us a John The Baptist preparing the way. Carla Speed McNeil's gives us a job interview, Frank Miller is bold and bloody without a drop of red and David Chelsea a delightful young girl wish fulfillment religious/superhero strip in Snow Angel.

This is a nugget of comics, mixing nostalgia with the new, it's comforting and surprising, it's a whole world of comics in eighty pages, close and confined.There's the feeling you could tuck yourself up with this and stay here for ages. Sure there are othr comics out there, somewhere, but you're happy here, with Dark Horse Presents. Just like you used to be,

Comics supplied by Holy Goat Comics of Kingston Upon Thames, London.

Wednesday Comic Revews: Dark Horse Presents #1

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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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