Saturday, October 13, 2012

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing - for 10 October, 2012

Article first published as IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For October 10, 2012 on Technorati.

Recently, New Release Reviews has been covering a new series based upon the acclaimed comic book The Crow, by James O'Barr. This new series has been overseen by O'Barr, but written and drawn by other creators.

IDW Publishing has announced that O'Barr will officially be returning to the character that put him on the map. Coming in December is a new, three-issue miniseries called The Crow : Skinning The Wolves. Jim Terry will be sharing art chores with O'Barr.

There is no Crow comis this week, but IDW Publishing is still releasing five other comics. Titles are scored on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the very best possible. We take the time to read these books so your time isn't wasted.

Transfusion - Issue 1

This is the first issue of a new series by 30 Days Of Night and Criminal Macabre creator Steve Niles. The basic premise of this story is that computers have conquered the world and they're quickly killing the remaining humans off, for lubrication. The only things standing in their way are a group of vampires who want the humans for food.

This is an extremely dark story with no clear heroes. It's rich in atmosphere as all groups do their best to survive. It's a pleasant story and there is little in the way of hope. The artwork, though engaging and stylish, makes it challenging to follow the story. The painting is lovely but ill-suited for narratives.

Score: 7 out of 10

The Pound : Ghouls Night Out - Issue 2

The first issue got a less than stellar review but this one jumps considerably. Part of issue one's problem was that it was so intent on bringing the reader up to speed, it spent no time on story. And, the recap aspect still felt rather muddled. This issue didn't have that.

Though there was a lot of back story to cover, it did it more smoothly and things made more sense. The World War II stuff was a brilliant idea given the story's subject. Plus, there was more humor. And more human moments that grounded things.

Score: 8 out of 10

Transformers : Regeneration One - Issue 84

This series may be the most straight-forward of all the current Transformers comic books. Unfortunately, it's the one that's the hardest to place. It feels as though this is more of a flash-back story as time is sort of lost on characters that are millions of years old. There is a lot of peril to this issue, and it definitely hints at bigger events to come.

The over-all look of this series is fine, and it feels the most most like the old Marvel Comics versions, though humans are a bit rough in look. The covers are solid, as well.

Score: 7 out of 10

Transformers : Robots In Disguise - Issue 10

This is, another, example of painted artwork that gets in the way of story-telling. It's very nice art but it isn't suited for sequential art. Thematically, it's not too far off base as this is a brooding story.

Honestly, it feels very much like a horror tale. Or maybe a mystery. Unfortunately, much of that mystery springs from the non-linear story-telling. And the characters feel oddly passive.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

G.I. Joe - Issue 18

This issue is interesting in how it provides insights into how both the Joes and Cobra operate as their stories collide. The writing gets dinged a bit in how the Joes seem to be over-reacting to a situation, in a way that seems intended to move the story forward. Characters just don't seem to be behaving like they normally would.

The look of the issue is alright. The covered are interesting, but maybe not great. The interior art is fine but there are some unusual compositions. Still, it seems to work for all the story's duplicity.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

The news about The Crow is pretty exciting but IDW Publishing provided some other things that are exciting this week. The Pound : Ghouls Night Out is the best option for your dollar. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.