It’s another big issue of Presents and a decent one.
Brereton’s The Nocturnals looks real nice and reads well. He introduces a bunch of characters, but the protagonist’s plot is compelling. It’s often very funny.
Schutz has a one page thing (art by Mireault and Bottenberg); it’s okay, if not special.
Hedden and McPhillips have an excellent story with Snipe, about a monster hunter on a talk show. Great art, great script.
Watson’s Skeleton Key is… fine. It’s a page.
On the other hand, Weissman’s Phineas Page is only a page too; it could have been a feature story. Awesome little strip.
Reprinted from Europe, Manoukian and Roucher’s Metalfer starts. Superb art, confusing, kind of dumb story. It might get better.
Strnad and Edwards cover Starship Troopers. Nice art, competent writing for filler.
DeMos and Gillis close with a story a guy obsessed with holes (the shape). It’s quite good.
The Nocturnals, Part Two; story and art by Dan Brereton; lettering by Sean Konot. Last Time I Dreamed; story by Diana Schutz; pencils by Bernie Mireault; inks by Rupert Bottenberg. Snipe, Snipe – Hunter for Hire; story by Rich Hedden; pencils by Hedden; inks and lettering by Mike McPhillips. Kitty, Skeleton Key; story and art by Andi Watson. Phineas Page, The Bookshelf Phantom; story and art by Steven Weissman. Metalfer, Part One, The Horde; story and art by Stan Manoukian and Vince Roucher; lettering by Clem Robins; translated by Benoit Grenier. Starship Troopers, Flashback; story by Jan Strnad; art by Tommy Lee Edwards; lettering by John Workman; edited by Dave Chipps. A Hole in the Head; story by Jeff DeMos; art by Scott Gillis; lettering by Konot; edited by Bob Schreck. Edited by Jamie S. Rich.