Saturday, November 3, 2012

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing, for 31 October, 2012

Article first published as IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For October 31, 2012 on Technorati.

Hurricane Sandy came and caused enormous devastation, and now that it is starting to subside, the impact on the US is only beginning to be noticed. One area impacted is the topic this column is about. Comic books. Numerous publishers and creators are located in the greater New York area including Marvel Comics, Valiant Entertainment, comiXology, and DC Comics.

IDW Publishing, though located in Southern California, still will feel the hurricane's effects as super-distributor Diamond Comics Distributors is experiencing delays. Possibly releasing today at comic shops near you are seven new releases by IDW. 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.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Issue 15

This issue was blessed with an outstanding build of threat and tension as a … cousin of the TMNTs reveals itself. The emerging threat was handled quite well, even if the rest of the issue was kind of slow. The dialogue and interior art are adequate. The various covers had varying degrees of quality.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Ghostbusters - Issue 14

This series has the very best Ghostbusters series since the original movie. Much of this is because the story is well written and the artwork is perfect for the tale. What's nice about this issue is that hidden depths are revealed in characters that previously seemed to have only one note. Very impressive issue. A few minor typos marred an otherwise stellar issue.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Godzilla - Issue 6

Giant irradiated monsters rampaging up the coast of California and psychic avatar twins made this one to the more fun issues in this weird series. The story is a bit disjointed but it's still pretty fun, as is the artwork. There is a major mystery happening but it seems like answers will be coming. 

Score: 7 out of 10

Mars Attacks : The Holidays  - One Shot

This may have been the best of the recent  Mars Attacks comics. The several short stories in this issue were oddly fun and moving. There was some nice characterization within historical context.

The Fred Hembeck story was remarkably wonderful. The covers were a blast. Overall it was enjoyable and entertaining.

Score: 8 out of 10

Rocketeer : Cargo Of Doom - Issue 3

The best part of this issue involved The Rocketeer's friends and it was lively and full of emotion. When it involved The Rocketeer and the villains, it became strangely muddled with oddly talkative sequences the deadened the conflict. Even the dinosaur portions resolved themselves oddly. The artwork was fun and the covers were outstanding.

Score: 6 out of 10

30 Days Of Night - Issue 30

There are several degrees of escalation in this issue including the appearance of the oldest vampire and a shout out to the NRA. All the while the FBI is utterly lost with politics and bureaucracy.

The story is fun. The art is low-fi, as is the cover, and it strangely works well.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Transformers : More Than Meets The Eye - Issue 10

The biggest knock on the new crop of Transformers comics if the massive amount of characters and this issue is no different. There are so many to keep track of, it's nearly impossible to hang onto the plot. The jumping back and forth in time doesn't help, either. Still, it has a solid look and fun covers, though the coloring is rather drab.

Score: 6 out of 10

It was a terrible week for the United States given Hurricane Sandy, but it was a decent week from IDW Publishing. Ghostbusters was the best of the issues released. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.