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The “DOC’s” Top Of The Comic Book Pile for October 24th, 2012


The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley


( A weekly quick pick of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER! )


I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, be sure to add these five titles to your list of goodies! Forget that “apple a day” nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription to good health starts with these top five books of the week!


1.  Tharg’s Creepy Chronicles (GN):  A collaboration by some of the greatest British creators from the outstanding 2000 A.D. series of books, Tharg’s, has some of the most outrageous, terrifying and spellbinding tales you will read this Halloween season! From hilarity to nauseousness, this graphic novel has it all — including a tale from my personal fave – Mark Millar!






2.  Lady Death #19:  The character that started the “bad girl” craze back in the nineties, Brian Pulido’s Lady Death has been churning out ghastly and gorgeous tales for over two decades! As the blood begins to congeal on the ground around her, Lady Death is left pondering just exactly where she belongs after the war in Hell has ceased. Do you stay with the evil you know or find out how evil you can be yourself?








3.  Revival #4:  This awesome take on the modern “zombie” tale has become a fan favorite and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon! As the “revived” begin to lose control of what little sanity they still have left, can the world survive a group of undead that just won’t die? What could be creepier on Halloween than an undead grandma that pulls out her own teeth and feeds them to cats? I’ll tell ya — NOTHING!








4.  Ghost #1: She’s back again! But, can you really keep a good ghost down? Another nineties female lead character, but there is nothing “bad” about this one — just badass! A gun toting apparition that seeks vengeance, this limited series is all about possession and what it means to disappear into someone else. Plus, what better villain to have in your book than the Devil himself! Awesome!








5.  Hack/Slash #19:  This perverse book about a girl that must destroy all forms of evil in the world, including her own mother, is the perfect Halloween B horror flick that you can peruse anywhere! Sultry and sadistic, it is the epitome of the modern slasher film about the sexy lead character that has to fight her way through all odds to survive!

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Review: Dark Horse Presents #15

Dark Horse Comics has been putting out a very diverse set of stories in its Dark Horse Presents title since it launched over a year ago. Readers can get long ongoing stories like this month’s installment of Aliens: Inhuman Condition by John Layman and Sam Kieth, or short one page stories like Ride of the Sabertooth Vampire by Mike Russell. Its diversity is a positive thing in most cases, but sometimes the monthly chapters are a bit hard to get into.

Readers won’t be completely lost, but due to the fact that only eight pages of the longer stories are shown, and most of them are told in captions to move the story along faster than just images. It doesn’t make the stories impossible to read, but it does put more effort on the reader to figure out what’s going on. It’s a fun challenge to new readers, but could be something that would put them off.

But this collection as a whole was very entertaining. The stories that stood out the most were Ghost: Resurrection Mary by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Noto, Aliens: Inhuman Condition, and Buddy Cops by Nate Cosby and Evan Shaner.

Ghost: Resurrection Mary has a great back and forth between the main characters and an intriguing supernatural plot. The artwork by Noto really stands out, and the entire set of dialogue feels thought out and genuine.

Aliens: Inhuman Condition is a look at the life of some of the artificial humans created by Weyland Yutani Corporation and their unjust treatment. It features a female main character, like most of the Alien franchise, and gives fans a glimpse of what it would have been like if the movies explored more of the android section of the universe.

Buddy Cops was just flat out fun. It had a very cartoony style and was incredibly funny. It had some of the elements of Green Lantern and Nova, with a mixture of what it would be like if Robocop was a strict by-the-book 1970s robot. It could definitely merit its own series if Dark Horse gave it a chance.

Overall this issue of Dark Horse Presents wasn’t the best that’s been released, but it still has some great stories that are worth the cover price.

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