Friday, October 26, 2012

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing, for 24 October. 2012

Article first published as IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For October 24, 2012 on Technorati.

Not all comic books involve super heroes or have sales at the same level as IDW Publishing. The late, underground creator Harvey Pekar knew this quite well. Best known for his landmark series American Splendor, Pekar never had mass appeal. Even after appearing in the film based upon his comic book which was based upon his life. The people in his home town of Cleveland aren't going to forget him any time soon.

A bronze statue of Pekar was recently unveiled at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System. The library system, also, honored him by creating a limited edition library card with his image. Maybe a creator of one of IDW Publishing's releases this week might be worthy of such awards. 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.

Alan Robert's Killogy - Issue 1

This comic book is wildly bizarre. It's some sort of zombie survival story where the characters are based upon the likenesses of actors Brea Grant and Frank Vincent, as well as musician Marky Ramone.

You may have to look some of them up but you'll probably recognize most of them. Why the creator did this is not clear. Nor is it clear why they are so angry/crazy/cliched. The dialogue is terrible. The artwork is incredibly inconsistent, with very bland coloring.

Score: 3.5 out of 10

Let's Play God - Issue 1

This new series seems to be about a group of musicians being pursued by a serial killer, but this isn't completely clear. It's very much about Hot Topic/Suicide Girls-type characters that are virtually impossible to connect with. The tale is so heavily focused on shocking the reader through perversion and violence, no time is spent developing the characters. There is a short-hand to the dialogue that's confusing. The art is OK.

Score: 5 out of 10

Star Trek : The Next Generation / Doctor Who : Assimilation - Issue 6

This series only took six issues to finally become interesting. The first five issues could have been squeezed into two and this would have been a much more enjoyable experience. The look of this series continue to nail the detail of the characters yet does nothing to expand upon things.

Riker's reaction to one of the Borg seemed sudden, and the Borg's comment about not needing a conference room was brilliant.

 Score: 6.5 out of 10

Cobra - Issue 18

This series has been hammering home how over-matched the Joes are without all the resources they've recently lost. Which is a shame because the previously competent soldiers didn't used to seem buffoonish.

It was nice to see their Russian equivalents. Ronin's back-story was, also, fantastic. Cover and interior is hip and cool.

Score: 8 out of 10

KISS - Issue 5

This continues the story-line of the KISS characters being cosmic avatars fighting a never-ending battle. This time, it involved teenage girls in the roles. This gave the creative team the chance to focus on cheese-cake. Even though it really seems inappropriate given the characters' young ages.

And the story was so bizarre with a twisting, meandering plot line. The KISS references are kind of over the top, much like the dozens of alternate covers, but it probably doesn't matter to the target audience.

Score: 4 out of 10

Battle Beasts - Issue 4

This is an exciting and straight-forward tale that sets up a much bigger story as serious antagonists are introduced. And, it's very nice to see the humans finally showing why they're in this story. Things are mostly serious, but there were a few light moments. The artwork is stylish and solid, though the inking is a bit heavy at parts, and the coloring is very dynamic.

Score: 7 out of 10

Ghostbusters - 100 Page Spooktacular

This is a great collection of stories, perfect for Halloween. Some are self-contained, and others seem serialized though it's not clear when the stories will continue. The writing and art qualities vary story to story. The fourth tale in the issue is the best. It's written by Peter David and it has a nice little focus on Janine. The zombie story is the weakest offering.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

This is a week that could have benefited from some Harvey Pekar. As it stands, this wasn't the best week for IDW. Though, the new issue of Cobra is definitely worth a look. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews for IDW Publishing.