I don’t understand why we don’t have more anthology comics out there. Comics grew up on anthologies. Some of the most prominent characters in comics appeared first in anthologies. I do like regular ongoings, too, don’t get me wrong, but a good anthology allows creators to try small, wild stuff and allows readers to try out a bunch of creators.
Dark Horse Presents #16 is a sterling example of what an anthology comic ought to be.
The eponymous character in Ghost has been around for a bit – nearly twenty years – and this issue marks the beginning of a new monthly series featuring the character. This zero issue collects a three-part story originally serialized in Dark Horse Presents #13-15 earlier in the year.
I always have a good deal of fun with Super Dinosaur. Kirkman's all-ages series about a kid and his genetically-altered T-rex best friend and their struggles against various villainous forces is good for both its lighthearted action adventure and, for me, its nostalgia factor. As a child of the '80s and '90s, I grew up on cartoons that originated the tradition to which Super Dinosaur belongs – though the comic is a little less restrained by censors and stuff.
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Nick Sax is a great detective turned hitman. If popular crime fiction is any way to judge, that must happen to most detectives eventually. Despite its name, Happy! is very much the opposite: a bleak, brutal, cynical tale of mobsters and mayhem, and for all that the setup is formulaic and it doesn't thrive. I think maybe because the script is written from the "criminals curse every other word they say for no particular reason" school of dialogue.