It’s a strong week for Dark Horse Comics. Also, things get overtly political thanks to Devil’s Due, and a quartet of characters rise (or shrink) to the occasion in a new miniseries.
Giant-Man #1 (Marvel Entertainment)
(w) Leah Williams (a) Marco Castiello
I was so excited to first hear about this series, only to then be disappointed to know that it’d be a 3-issue miniseries tying into War of the Realms. But then I was excited again to see it bring together four different size-changing characters – Scott Lang, Erik Josten, Raz Malhotra, and Tom Foster. Maybe it should have been called Giant-Men, but regardless I’m eager to see where Leah Williams and Marco Castiello take this eclectic group of heroes.
Joe Golem: Occult Detective – The Conjurors #1 (Dark Horse)
(w) Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden (a) Peter Bergting (c) Michelle Madsen
Though Dark Horse has taken its lumps over the past couple of years, there’s nothing quite like a new story set in the Mignolaverse, especially when it comes to the supernatural noir of a Joe Golem story. Being an adaptation of a prose novel by Mignola and Golden, most of the attention should be placed on Peter Berting and Michelle Madsen’s artwork.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force #1 (Devil’s Due Publishing)
(w) Dean Haspiel, Pat Shand, Shawn Depasquale, Josh Blaylock (a) Jill Thompson & Hoyt Silva
No doubt this one-shot special will make the collective heads of conservative media and the #comicsgate crowd explode. Though I can’t say the inevitable backlash from those people will be a good thing, I’m glad this book exists. I’m not expecting much in terms of quality, as these real-life politics comics are rarely good. However, the talent behind this particular issue cannot be ignored. Dean Haspiel and Jill Thompson are two of the industry’s best, and for their presence alone this is worth checking out.
Sword Daughter: Folded Metal HC (Dark Horse)
(w) Brian Wood (a) Mack Chater (c) Jose Villarrubia
The solicits for this graphic novel series says it’s inspired by Lone Wolf and Cub. Though it may not reach the same level of cultural influence as that manga series, it does possess similarities with regard to storytelling and artistic craft. Hopefully, the trend continues in this series’ second volume.