Dark Horse Presents #25 Review Continued

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Van Lente’s writing for the last installment of “Brain Boy” is ever so slightly disjointed, but he hints at a much broader world for us to explore in the ongoing series the final page promises us is coming this fall. Freddie Williams II doesn’t get to draw quite as many psychic effects this time, but when he does, he’s much more purposeful in how he goes about it.

“Trekker: The Train to Avalon Bay” continues, but unfortunately I just can’t get invested. The writing is fine, and Randall’s art is very good (if you’re a fan of comics from the ’90s, you’ll definitely like it) but it’s just not for me.

“King’s Road: The Long Way Home” has an odd installment this week. The story doesn’t end, but it’s insinuated that it will transfer into a series of it’s own, although no indication is given of when. As it is, the talking dog is explained in an amusing fashion, and Tyler is briefly snatched by a giant demon vulture, which, strangely, we don’t actually see until several pages later.

The focus of “Crime Does Not Pay: City of Roses” shifts to other characters this month, although the themes of corruption persist. The story and art improve significantly over previous installments, but the dialogue is stiff and tired in places.

“Nexus: Into the Past” continues with some great, 70s-inspired art, although I have to wonder what this chapter has to contribute to the story overall.

Fifteen year old Emma T Capps delivers a promising story with “The Chapel Chronicles.” It’s light, easy-going, and understated, but for all that the double twist is surprisingly amusing.

“Bloodhound: Plain Sight” comes to a phenomenal, nail-biting end. Leonard Kirk’s art is brilliant, particularly the sprays of blood and the handling of the semi-invisible baddie. I’m confused about Clev’s prison status at the end, but I suppose that’s not the most important story element.

Finally, Micah Kaneshiro’s art for “Blackout” continues to dazzle. I actually really like the heavy outlining of the characters, which makes them stand out. Frank Barbiere’s story gets even more intriguing: the ending caught me off guard, but reminded me how much we still don’t know about this world.

While relatively weak compared to previous issues, Dark Horse Presents #25 is nevertheless an enjoyable read, and I encourage you to pick it up without hesitation.


Zac is still struggling to nail down the format for anthology reviews. This will definitely not be it.