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.