Margaret Atwood is the Booker Award winning author of such novels as The Blind Assassin, The Heart Goes Last and The Handmaid’s Tale. She's written almost every for almost every genre in every medium of writing, including short stories, screenplays, novels, poetry and essays. In 2016 she adds graphic novels to that list with Angel Catbird, published by Dark Horse.
Adam Warren's Empowered is one of those series that remains a unique dichotomy. Adam Warren's style lends itself to the hyper-sexualized artwork we've come to expect from super hero comics. Empowered as a character is defined by her propensity to get captured, bound and gagged by super villains. Along the way, Adam Warren has shown Emp to grow into a very confident heroine capable of defending her image and the perception of female super heroes everywhere. The latest special is entirely by Adam Warren, making it unique among the specials that have come out.
Dark Horse has a new series coming in December, Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and The Bird, that has the genre-expanding style you’ve come to expect from one of the top five publishers in the industry. This promises a hard-boiled southern crime drama mixed with a little of the supernatural. Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and
The Paybacks from Dark Horse has all the earmarks of an enjoyable series, with a premise rooted behind the scenes of the suspension of disbelief required by the super-hero genre. How do super-heroes get such cutting-edge technology? The most logical answer is that they need to take out a loan, which means inevitably, someone will be unable to pay back and have to undergo repossession. This series is based in that premise and when the repossession of physical property isn't enough, then indentured servitude as a super-human repo man becomes the next logical step. Once you get past the logic, it seems a little absurd, so naturally humor is the result.
I was hesitant to continue to review Empowered Vol. 9, but Adam Warren has really gone meta with this series. I'll get into the analysis of how it approaches the role of female characters in comics in a bit. First, we all need to recognize that the window dressing of Empowered hides a creator trying to do something more than draw lots of pictures of a scantily clad super-heroine in various states of bondage, despite that being the origin of the series from some 2004 commissions. Since then, Adam Warren has been striving to make the series something more than that.
As I mentioned in our preview of Hellboy In Hell #7, Dark Horse has sent out review copies. Apparently, the effort is to drum up orders for the new story, "The Hounds of Pluto." Yes, I know it's hard to believe that Dark Horse needs to drum up orders for Hellboy, but from the preview pages, this looked to be the type of book that should be promoted in this way. Is it worth the hype, though? Comics don't fare too well with us when they're hyped up a lot by the publisher.
[caption id="attachment_52554" align="alignright" width="150"] The Adam Hughes variant[/caption] Dark Horse is really putting the push behind the relaunch of Barb Wire. Their promotion for retailers to trade in Star Wars #1 variant covers in order to get a rare Adam Hughes variant cover of Barb Wire #1 ends tomorrow. If you are a retailer and still want in on getting a Barb Wire #1 variant, then overnight them bad boys to Dark Horse today, because if they don't arrive by tomorrow, then you're out of luck. Now, if all you know about Barb Wire comes from that movie with Pamela Anderson, then you need to stop, forget that the movie ever happened, and give the character another chance.
TALES TO OFFEND #1 July 1997 With the Reviews of Old Comics, I try to alternate between DC, Marvel and other publishers, It gets a little hard sometimes to find good Independently published comics from before the 2000s. However, since the announcement of Frank Miller returning for a third Dark Knight mini-series, this comic has been sitting on my desk waiting for the opportunity to review it. It's Frank Miller doing politically incorrect material with a tongue-in-cheek treatment of it. SYNOPSIS: Somewhere in the galaxy, there is a dinosaur planet where a female tour guide uses it as a lesson that the dinosaurs lived peacefully and it was mankind that bespoiled nature's beauty. Right as she's making her point, a T-Rex snatches her flying tour car out of the air, devouring the guests on her tour. Even as it bears down on her, she maintains her view of nature's way being right and just.
NECA has provided a new look at the upcoming 25th Anniversary Dark Horse Predator and mini comic. As you can see this item is shaping up nicely. You can check out the image below!
A few weeks ago we got a preview of this comic in our e-mail and I wanted to write this review then, but stuff got in the way, but luckily, enough hype for this issue kept its visibility high and looking toward this Wednesday's arrival in comic shops, I saw this was going to be showing up. So here's our review of Fight Club #1, written by the author of the original novel, which makes it unique among all of the comic book sequels to movies and television shows out there in comic shops.
This week, Dark Horse released a collection of specials from Adam Warren's series Empowered, about a super-heroine known less for her successes and more for her failures, namely her propensity to get tied up by super-villains. Adam Warren has built a entire world of super-heroes around this characters exploits, some by dipping into archetypes and some taking ideas and giving them a humorous twist. The book is definitely for mature readers, Dark Horse recommends ages 16 and up, so be warned that some content is very mature, of a sexual nature, although no explicit nudity is shown and several curse words are censored.