Thursday, October 18, 2012

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing, for 17 October, 2012

Article first published as IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For October 17, 2012 on Technorati.

With all the licensed properties recently released by IDW Publishing, they're seeming like the kings of promotion. Not to be outdone, DC Entertainment has partnered with Kia Motors on a new car design. Editor and artist Jim Lee has worked with Kia to design eight new cars based on DC Entertainment characters.

The cars will be unveiled all over the country in the next few months, as a way of promoting their We Can Be Heroes campaign, which is intended to fight hunger. A cause any publisher can get behind including IDW Publishing who are releasing five new comics this week. 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.

Zaucer of Zilk - Issue 1

The creative team begins the issue discussing how they met on 2000 AD and how they wanted to make something that was a homage to 60's psychedelic story-telling. They seem to have nailed this. The story is a little harder to translate into American sensibilities. Think something like Michael Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius. Perhaps without the flair that story had, but with modern tropes.

Where is hits 100% on is in the artwork. This issue is trippy and hallucinogenic. And a color palette unlike anything else in modern comics. The real star of this series is the coloring team. Stunning and bright and vivid.

Score: 8 out of 10

G.I. Joe : A Real American Hero - Issue 183

It felt as though most of this issue focused on the bad guys and there was a great deal of internal conflict. There is a great deal of attention focused on philosophy and history which was really great. And, it makes no bones about the horrors of war. It couldn't help still feel like a transition issue. The art is adequate.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow - Issue 18

Trust is the theme of this issue. Or, more specifically, a lack of trust. No one seems to trust anyone in this comic. Which is very hard when the distrust is occurring within organizations. Some of this makes sense as it deals with ninjas as they don't inspire camaraderie. The story has little bits of action that's very bloody. The art neither helps nor hinders the story.

 Score: 7.5 out of 10

The Cape : 1969 - Issue 4

This issue, unlike the prior issues, requires a familiarity with the original The Cape story-line. Without that, the reader will be lost as this issue suddenly jumps into the future, leaving the primary characters form the first three issues in the dust.

This was an unpleasant series, so far. This issue ratchets that dreadfulness up a few degrees. It's violent and sad. And maybe an ending for this world? It's not clear. The artwork is stylish and moves fairly well, though layouts are a bit muddled.

Score: 5 out of 10

Dungeons and Dragons : Forgotten Realms - Issue 4

Like the prior issue, this story starts off horribly with an utterly unreadable recap of prior issues. The editorial team needs to do a better job of catching this before print. The inside isn't a great endeavor as it's heavily bogged down in the mechanics and mythology of the popular role-playing game.  Even at the expense of story-telling.

There is no clear protagonist and the conflict is indecipherable. Things jump around and characters talk like every person who picks this issue up will easily understand what's happening. It's not easy. And the artwork doesn't really help. It has a certain style to it but it's extremely poor in telling a story. It's sparse in detail and very dark/muted in coloring.

Score: 4 out of 10

There are a lot of heroes this week from IDW Publishing but no comics truly deserving of the cash of all comics fans. Zaucer Of Zilk is the only title even remotely close to a must-ready. Stop on back next week for more New Release Reviews of IDW Publishing.