Friday, October 19, 2012

New Release Reviews For Image Comics, for 17 October, 2012

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

Comic books continue to be a big business as monthly tracking reports for September 2012 are in. DC Comics dominated the charts with their Zero Issue promotion. Thirty-eight of the top one-hundred new releases were Zero Issue books. Image Comics had the twenty-fourth highest selling comic with the new issue of The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead continues to dominate all sorts of charts including the ratings for the Season Three premiere from this past weekend. The highly anticipated premiere debuted with nearly eleven-millions viewers, which was bigger than any fall premiere this year including network shows. 

It's possible that the next break-out hit from Image Comics might have been released this week, which includes eight new releases. 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.

Glory - Issue 29

When reading this wonderfully excellent series, it's easy to forget it was created by Rob Liefeld and there are several reasons for this. The first is that the writing is outstanding. Sure, the action aspects are a bit over the top but the tale is thoughtful and mature, yet it still manages to seem playful.

It's very intriguing the way character ages are handled. All the while there is a pervasive feeling of sadness on the edges and borders. The artwork is just as complicated as the writing and cannot be quickly dismissed given it's nature. This is a strange, and wonderful comic that should be forgiven for its origins.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

It Girl And The Atomics - Issue 3

It Girl And The Atomics is all about fun. It's a fun story. And the artwork? Fun. What it isn't is a conventional comic. The characters are, mostly, rather odd. They tend to do things that are kind of weird. That's part of their charm, spraining forth from Mike Allred, the creator of the wild and crazy comic Mad Man. It even has a sexy cover from the creator.

Score: 7 out of 10

No Place Like Home - Issue 5
Hot Topic?

This series seems like it's made for a very specific type of fan. Essentially, readers who are into updating of nostalgic stories and who shop at Hot Topic. It starts right there on the front cover and carries through-out this violent, profane, and vulgar story that refreshes a very popular movie.

It's a tough sell for new readers as there is nothing appealing about the characters' actions besides a voyeuristic undertone. There's way too much mystery, and too little resolution to those mysteries.

Score: 3.5 out of 10

Shinku - Issue 5

This issue was extremely exciting but it really felt like is was nearly just one long fight. Motives are not clear for either side of the conflict and new readers will be confused. It has a fine look to the art and the coloring pops. It's not clear if the over-all story is supposed to have a degree overt sexuality or not.

Score: 6 out of 10

Chew issue 29
Chew - Issue 29

This is a fun and weird comic book about people who have super-eating abilities that work for the FDA. That's about all you need to know and it's great because a new reader can still enjoy the issue.

In particular, the little jokes in the back-ground are a hoot. It might be a bit much for younger readers, but everyone else should be reading it.

Score: 9 out of 10


The Activity  - Issue 9

This is a fairly exciting comic book that shows how knowledgeable the creative team is about the military. Unfortunately, the readers probably won't connect with all of that given how jargon-heavy the story is. Much of the story is about politics and espionage and it comes off more cold and clinical than moving. The artwork is solid at telling this story.

Score: 7 out of 10

Savage Dragon - Issue 182

There is a great deal of strain in the pages of Savage Dragon. There is enormous family strain as almost all the conflict revolved around relations between parents and children. This strain carries over into the conflict as there is almost no humor. The strain continues for the reader as it demands prior knowledge of past stories to hang on. At least the artwork is exciting and the cliff-hanger is stunning.

Score: 7 out of 10

Darkness - Issue 107

This first half of this issue was fairly interesting as the doppleganger Darkness finally ran into its match. Once the fighting stops, the dialogue pretty much kills all momentum. Characters are just props and they seem one-dimensional. The artwork is solid to look at but it seems more edgy than useful and the coloring is just flat.

Score: 6 out of 10

It was a big week for The Walking Dead on television and last month in stores. And it was a pretty good week for Image Comics at the comic shops. Chew and Glory are definitely worth your time and money. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews for Image Comics.