The one type of comic book that I don’t see on shelves enough is anthology series. I can understand most reader’s apprehension for reaching for a book that’s a collection of short stories or serialized chapters of a longer narrative, but I’ll be damned if I don’t speak up and say that it’s an incredibly fun experience. Dark Horse is one of the few publishers to keep walking in this territory and I think it’s working on all levels.
In this edition of Dark Horse Presents we get a wide range of stories from all walks of life. We get a great story featuring a new favorite character amongst readers, Lobster Johnson, and some classic stories featuring characters like Tarzan. For fans of Brain Wood there’s also a chapter of The Massive, which is his new project. I wasn’t completely sure what was going on in the overall scheme of the larger narrative, but the short story was intriguing and kept my attention.
The only drawback I can really see to this whole thing is that there are ten separate stories that you have to invest in. But then I realized that I got something out of this single issue that I don’t normally get from others – time. Most of my singles that I buy every month have been read and put away within ten minutes each, but this was one of those reads where I would read a few stories, set it down, go do something else, then excitedly jump into the next one. It’s almost like having a monthly trade where you get a little piece of multiple stories every time you buy it.
A book that has a long shelf life and a diverse story base is a book that I can get behind. If you’re not a huge fan of anthology series you might want to reconsider and try what Dark Horse is selling monthly. It’s definitely a little pricier than most comics, in fact it’s the price of two Marvel or DC books, but you’re getting a multitude of stories in a single volume. If you love shorter form stories and you’re a fan of what Dark Horse has to offer, this is a book that you should be picking up.