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Dark Horse Presents (2011 Series) #3

September 4, 2011

Title: Treatment and other stories

Writers: Dave Gibbons, Robert Love, David Walker, Carla Speed McNeil, Paul Chadwick, Howard Chaykin, Jim Steranko, Patrick Alexander, Richard Corben, Chuck Brown, David Chelsea, Neal Adams, Michael T. Gilbert
Dave Gibbons, Robert Love, Carla Speed McNeil, Paul Chadwick, Howard Chaykin, Jim Steranko, Patrick Alexander, Richard Corben, Sanford Greene, David Chelsea, Neal Adams, Michael T. Gilbert
Angus McKie, Michelle Davies, Diego Simone, Jenn Manley Lee, Bill Mudron, Jesus Aburto, Tyson Hesse, Sanford Greene, Moose Baumann
Thomas Mauer, Ken Bruzenak, Clem Robins, Steve Dutro
Cover Artist:
Dave Gibbons
Mike Richardson
Dark Horse Comics

This is perhaps the best issue yet of the reborn Dark Horse Presents. With a whopping twelve stories, the odds are in your favor that more of them will be good, but this time the only ones that really fall flat are the ones that have been flat since the first issue.

Dave Gibbons steps in with Treatment, an odd commentary on crime fighting and the media, set in a future where cops are TV stars and their deaths in the line of duty are treated as entertainment. I’m kind of sad that this isn’t listed as “chapter one,” as he’s created a very interesting universe that I’d like to revisit. Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder takes a very bizarre turn this issue, and Patrick Alexander’s Indecisive Man is an extremely funny look at the world’s least effective superhero. Michael T. Gilbert’s Mister Monster finishes his battle with Oooak in a goofy, silly way that I think Stan Lee himself would have been very proud of.

In the middle tier, we get new chapters of Number 13, Concrete, Murky World, Rotten Apple and Snow Angel, all of which progress their respective stories or worlds in an interesting, satisfactory way. Jim Steranko also presents the first chapter of Red Tide, an illustrated detective novel. The story is interesting – a poisoned man with 72 hours to live hires a private detective to find his killer in time for him to see the man brought to justice. I like this one quite a lot, and I look forward to reading the rest.

As before, the weak links come from the old masters – Howard Chaykin’s Marked Man continues to be a lifeless, by-the-numbers crime story, and Neal AdamsBlood is a sci-fi story that seems to be wallowing in bizarre ideas at the expense of a comprehensible plot.

But the good far outweighs the bad in this issue, and that’s what you have to hope for in a book like this. Overall, I’m really happy with the work we get here.

Rating: 7/10

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