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Standouts include Joss Whedon and Fabio Moon’s “Sugarshock,” a story about an intergalactic rock band competing in a Battle of the Bands, and “A Circuit Closed,” by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Richard Lee, about a young girl with a mysterious device she uses to find her “connection.
Ezra Claytan Daniels’ “A Circuit Closed” also struck me as one of the high points of this volume. It’s got elements of wistfulness and drama that really punch this story into greatness. I could see “A Circuit Closed” running in the original Dark Horse Presents at the peak of its game, and it really made me feel like there’s a good chance that MySpace Dark Horse Presents is actually worthy of bringing back the old name.
Ezra Claytan Daniels may not be a name you’re familiar with right now, but it’s one you should get to know. An emerging talent on the comics scene, his self-published series “The Changers” brought him rave reviews, but what’s currently turning heads is his contribution to the second issue of “MySpace Dark Horse Presents,” the revived Dark Horse anthology series available online for free and exclusively through MySpace.
There are some absolute gems, such as Ezra Claytan Daniels’ “A Circuit Closed,” about a child’s journey to find a connection in this world, a soul mate. Much of the story is told as a series of questions (posed by a nameless narrator) and answers (supplied by the child) that are simply, yet powerfully, illustrated. A definite win.
Daniels is able to quite effectively tell a whole story, complete with foreshadowing, climax and a punchy ending, in just ten pages, in large part due to an interesting Q-and-A format narration, although the art is strong enough that if you took the narration away completely, the story would remain the same, although it would naturally be much more vague.
Apparently, the flagship comics anthology series Dark Horse Presents has been reborn in the 21st century as a MySpace page. They’re leading with a funny and enjoyable space romp written by Joss Whedon, for obvious reasons. However, if you click the tag at the top of the page that says, A Circuit Closed by Ezra Claytan Daniels, you’ll find something a little special. Once you’ve read that little gem, you might want to follow the link to Ezra’s website. Good stuff awaits.
There are two stories that stand out for me at this point. One is from Ezra Claytan Daniels, one of Dark Horse’s new talent finds, and his story “A Circuit Closed,” which ran in the second issue. …it’s not what readers might expect, proving the adage that life is full of surprises.