There’s a lot to like in here: 80 pages of content split amongst ten stories, or parts of stories, with a good mix of stories that have been running for a while and those that are just starting out or one-shots. There’s a good variety in flavor, too, from the dark and atmospheric (“City of Roses”) to the screwball fantasy (“Buddy Cops”) to the reflectively autobiographical (“Dead Air”). I liked everything I read, though some less than others, but I’ll admit that some stories were hurt by my being a dozen chapters behind and having no idea what was going on. But then, if I liked every story in the book equally, then the anthology would’ve been missing its mark.
I will not judge the writing or art in this book as a whole since so many different creators contributed. But, it is a magnificently put together package, and I found plenty I liked, and liked in a different way than other things in the same issue. Nothing feels wasted or too redundant, though Dark Horse Presents clearly has a certain kind of audience in mind.
Dark Horse Presents is easy to recommend. Any pull list ought to have a solid anthology on it, and this one’s as solid as they come.