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Each week, we take a look at the new first issues from Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, Image, and Valiant Comics and share our thoughts to let you know what we think you should pick up. Dark Horse is the only publisher bringing new first issues to the table this time, but unfortunately, the offerings could use a little work. 

This week, Geoff Deen and Joe Kach review Order of the Forge #1 and Resident Alien: The Sam Hain Mystery #0. 

 

ORDER OF THE FORGE #1

Order of the Forge #1 (Dark Horse)

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(W) Victor Gischler (A) Tazio Bettin (CA) Juan Ferreyra

A young George Washington and a magic ax? Womanizing Ben Franklin? Scamming Paul Revere? If you ever wanted to see these fictional portrayals of the founding fathers then look no further, Order of the Forge by Victor Gischler and Tazio Bettin has you covered. This book is ... odd. That is honestly the best way to describe it, it is not bad ... just odd. The three young men are portrayed as lost, rebellious youths escaping the responsibilities of their families; and while that is an interesting and new look to such well-known characters, their voices feel out of time. Modern vernacular and cursing seems so out of place, even for this fantastical slant of these characters. At the end of our first issue, George Washington is hacking off the limbs of street criminals with a magic ax- an ax imbued with these powers from a Northwest Native American totem pole that was apparently hiding out on the Washington estate in Virginia? Read that sentence again, and if it seems as silly to you as it does to me then this might be a title to pass on.  (Geoff)

 

RESIDENT ALIEN #0

Resident Alien: The Sam Hain Mystery #0 (Dark Horse)-

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(W) Peter Hogan (A/CA) Steve Parkhouse 

This comic is a bit of an odd duck.  It's not only a collection of some short stories from Dark Horse Presents, it's also a follow up to the previous Resident Alien mini-series, Suicide Blonde.  Which, you will probably want to read before diving into this. The Sam Hain Mystery #0 sets up the next chapter of the saga of undercover alien Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle. I liked the set-up: a benevolent alien crash lands on Earth, does what he can to get by under the radar (doesn't always work) and helps solve some mysteries while he's at it. A bit like the classic Martian Manhunter stuff. And I dug the art, which is both subtle and stylized and captures all the characters well. But, I found myself totally lost after the first few pages (which would have been the first chapter in DHP). I kept going back to see if I had missed something. Events seemed to have been skipped over and then mentioned after-the-fact. And then it sort of just ended pretty abruptly, and I was still confused about the lead and how he fits in with his cast of side characters. It was solid enough to get me somewhat interested in checking out Suicide Blonde and then seeing if I want to come back here for more. But I wouldn't say this is a good jumping on point for new readers. (Joe)

 

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