I realized, a few pages in to Mike W. Barr and Brad Rader’s Mark story, Rader’s a good artist. He’s at the beginning of his career, but he’s good. He does these Eisner-homage close-ups. Nice stuff. But The Mark looked bad at the start—because the character’s design is ludicrous.
It takes place in a pseudo-Nazi Germany or something. The writing’s generally okay, but the comics’s all about those close-ups.
Dorkin and Thompson finish their Predator story next and, wow, does Thompson get lazy. Dorkin’s script is dumb—his high humor is a dying guy making dumb jokes about being Ford-tough, but the art hammers in the nail.
Naifeh’s good on The Thing story, which really does seem to avoid any previous comic appearances. There’s some excellent writing… too bad it’s lines directly from the movie and not from Martin.
Besides Predator, it’s not bad.
Posted in Dark Horse, Mark, Predator, Thing from Another World
Tagged Ande Parks, Brad Rader, Derek Thompson, Edward Martin III, Evan Dorkin, Mike W. Barr, Moose Baumann, Ted Naifeh
So is Dark Horse Comics where Dark Horse stuck all their licensed properties once Presents’s sales dropped?
The creative teams are mildly interesting. Jim Woodring writing Aliens—nothing happens, it’s an all action story—with Kilian Plunkett on the art? It looks good anyway.
Ted Naifeh pencilling a Thing story? It’s more distinct because Edward Martin III’s script sort of ignores all the other Dark Horse Thing comics. It’s not a bad thing necessarily, but Martin’s a little less creative than one would like.
Then it’s an Evan Dorkin Predator story. It’s kind of funny—a Predator crashes a paint ball competition. But the humor doesn’t carry over to the dialogue; it’s just a funny idea. The Derek Thompson art is trying something different for a Predator story, lots of emotive, elongated faces.
It’s interesting to see these attempts, but none of them are good. Especially not the Aliens.
Posted in Aliens, Dark Horse, Predator, Thing from Another World
Tagged Ande Parks, Derek Thompson, Edward Martin III, Evan Dorkin, Jim Woodring, Kilian Plunkett, Moose Baumann, Ted Naifeh