Ugh, another “annual.” Sixty-four pages of Dark Horse Presents tends to be a little much.
The American is a little long here–it’s very passive and not at all dramatic. On the other hand, Peterson shows he used to be a lot more interesting of an artist.
The Wacky Squirrel strip from publisher Richardson is dumb.
Davis’s Delia & Celia is a complete bore, big shock. He manages to make a pterodactyl boring.
The longer than usual Bob the Alien just shows with more space Rice does an even better story. It’s funny and touching
The Concrete story is better than usual–Concrete’s jealous over girls–and Chadwick puts in three unanswered questions. Two are crime related, one personal. It works.
Bacchus is great. Campbell gets more into his eight pages than anyone ever has in one of these issues.
As usual, Zone is passable, Race of Scorpions is lame.
The American, My Dinner with the American; story by Mark Verheiden; pencils by Brandon Peterson; inks by Randy Emberlin; lettering by David Jackson. Wacky Squirrel; story by Mike Richardson; art by Jim Bradrick; lettering by David Jackson. Delia & Celia, Down, Down and Down; story, art and lettering by Gary Davis. Bob the Alien, Bob, the alien, Steppin’ Out; story, art and lettering by Rich Rice. Concrete, Visible Breath; story and art by Paul Chadwick; lettering by Bill Spicer. Bacchus, A God and His Dog; story, art and lettering by Eddie Campbell. Zone; story, art and lettering by Michael Kraiger. Race of Scorpions, The Rusty Soldier; story and art by Leopoldo Durañona; lettering by Laura Davis. Edited by Randy Stradley.