Dark Horse Presents #1

Dark Horse Presents #1

Writer: Paul Chadwick Artist: Paul Chadwick Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: April 20, 2011 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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The legendary, premiere anthology is back! The 80-page spectacular, Dark Horse Presents returns with all-new stories by Neal Adams, Howard Chaykin, and Richard Corben; a new Concrete story by Paul Chadwick, a new Crimson Empire story from the Star Wars universe, and an exclusive sneak peek of Frank Millers highly-anticipated prequel to 300, Xerxes!

The celebration continues with a brand-new, all-color Finder story by Carla Speed McNeil, a prose piece from science fiction legend Harlan Ellison, the return of Michael T. Gilberts Mr. Monster, and much, much more!

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 24, 2011

    I like the short form version of comics, and it's an art form that's almost lost to the industry, so it's great to see Dark Horse getting back to its roots and bringing new life to the genre. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Larry King Apr 26, 2011

    In closing, Dark Horse Presents #1 receives 4.5 Stars, out of 5. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean StellShare this: Apr 23, 2011

    Mr. Monster is electric and Concrete and Blood were pretty hot too. That makes this issue a winner in my book even with its faults. So glad that Dark Horse has brought this back! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 20, 2011

    Like so many anthologies, "Dark Horse Presents" #1 is a big mixture of hits and misses. That said? The hits easily outweigh the misses and the "not quite" entries. If each issue of the new "Dark Horse Presents" has stories by people like Chadwick, McNeil, and Chelsea, I'll keep buying each issue, guaranteed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Apr 23, 2011

    Dark Horse Presents #1 is a mostly solid collection of stories and a promising return of a series that can serve as a platform for readers to discover new talents or get acquainted (or reacquainted) with established ones. This opening issue falls way too heavily on the established talent, but maybe that's for the best to grab readers and keep them coming back. The original Dark Horse Presents gave us comics like Sin City, so it's exciting to see what future classics will debut in the pages of this new series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Apr 23, 2011

    The good thing about this book is that there really is some great content here. Unfortunately, except for the Concrete story, the big-name stuff isnt what works for me. Its the lesser-known creators and more experimental characters that make these 80 pages worth the price. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 2, 2011

    Like most anthologies, though, this is a mixed bag. The Concrete story is a wise choice to open the book. While it's a painfully predictable story, it's also entertaining and demonstrates just how much creator Paul Chadwick has successfully diverged from and experimented with the super-hero genre. The Frank Miller interview and Xerxes teaser were a bit of a letdown; we really don't get all that much here. The Adams piece is shocking with the level of brutality that's depicted, but it's effective. What's offputting about this crime story is his decision to shove an alien-invasion plot into it; the amalgam, at least it stands in this issue, doesn't work. Chaykin's heist story feels a little too familiar, especially when one gets to the scenes of domestic discord - it's nothing we haven't seen from Chaykin before. I was surprised to find that the Star Wars: Crimson Empire III tee-up piece is completely impenetrable. Another misstep with this newly relaunched book is the publication schedu Read Full Review

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