Image © Caitlín R. Kiernan and Dark Horse Comics, cover art by Greg Ruth.

Kiernan and Steve Lieber’s “Alabaster” is cover featured, and I’m still liking this tale of ghosts and trickery a lot. One technical problem I noticed this time is the resolution of the art is too low, making the lettering look like it’s running together in many places, and a little hard to read. I don’t recall this on previous chapters. It’s less obvious on the art.

Oeming’s “The Victories” is pretty a pretty entertaining approach to superheroes, though so far they aren’t doing well with their terrorist opponent.

I don’t quite follow “Journeymen.” It’s a trickster story with a monster and a box full of important stuff that turns out to be…well, that would spoil it. Some interesting moments, but I’m not quite sure what’s going on, and the captioned internal dialogue is distracting.

I’ve already written about “The Day The Saucers Came” by Neil Gaiman and Paul Chadwick HERE. The story, or poem really, is light weight but entertaining. The art is great. The lettering is my favorite part, the first new lettering by Gaspar Saladino to see print in many years.

I’m continuing to enjoy “Station to Station” by Bechko and Hardman, a tale of science gone very wrong and Lovecraftian monsters.

“Beneath The Ice” is a new serial by Simon Roy and Jason Wordie. Have you ever had one of those dreams where you’re crawling in a tunnel, and it keeps getting smaller and smaller…? Here it is.

The new “X” by Swierczynski and Nguyen is not my cup of tea, an ultra-violent vigilante fighting mob types. The preview ends with this issue.

“Villain House” by Shannon Wheeler is a funny look at two villains in jail for good reason: they’re classic losers locked in co-dependent misery.

“Finder” is appealing to me again, as the delivery man finally meets his employers while stuck in a very dangerous place.

Lots to like this time, highly recommended.

One thought on “And Then I Read: DARK HORSE PRESENTS #21

  1. Clem Robins

    Gaspar’s maybe the only letterer in the history of comics whose presence, in and of itself, makes a book worth buying.

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