Sunday, November 11, 2012

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing, for 7 November, 2012

Article first published as IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For November 7, 2012 on Technorati.

Arguably, the biggest non-hurricane and presidential election news of the past week concerned the biggest gathering of pop culture and it's home for the near future. The event recently known as Comic-Con International, formerly San Diego Comic-Con, was rumored to be looking for a new home.

Have no fear, true believers. The convention's organizers have signed an extension that will keep the show in San Diego until, at least, 2016. After that, it's anyone's game as cities like Los Angeles and Las Vegas have been competing to be the newest hosts.

IDW Publishing has been to a lot of Comic-Cons as their offices are just north of San Diego, in La Jolla. In celebration, they've released 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.

The Pound : Ghouls Night Out - Issue 3

The introductory recap was very helpful as this series is about more than one group of characters. The issue itself seemed like one giant fight. It wasn't until the last few pages that the plot moved forward. It was a fun story and the characters probably talked more than they should. The interior artwork is alright. The cover seemed to have more symbolism than was clear.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

G.I. Joe - Issue 19

This arc, though exciting has forced credulity upon the reader. It seemed silly that Scarlet would believe Snake Eyes was a traitor. Almost as much that Storm Shadow would think him an ally.

Luckily, this seems to almost be over which is good because now it can focus on the politics which are far more interesting. This was a memorable issue as several Joes become casualties. The art is solid, and the covers underwhelming.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Love And Capes : What To Expect - Issue 4

This issue, like this series, is simply charming. There are lots of fun, humorous aspects like overkill with vandalism investigations and political campaigns. The real joy is the focus on relationships and, though cartoonish, it still rings true. The art is fun and the cover is fantastic.

Score: 9 out of 10

Mars Attacks - Issue 5

This appears to be the end of arc one, and it was a fine ending. Everything changes on both sides of the war, and it seems to make sense. And, it gives hope for the humans. Ultimately, it confirmed who the story was really about. Inside artwork is great and the covers are a lot of fun.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

Star Trek The Next Generation: The Hive - Issue 2

Assuming you're a Star Trek fan, you'll love this story. Non-fans will probably be thrown off by the characters and their places within the story. It does do an excellent job of weaving multiple series together.

Though, the story is a bit jerky in it's flow. The art is much better than all the other Star Trek comic books. And there is a major swerve at play.

Score: 8 out of 10

We can all rest a little easier knowing Comic-Con isn't going anywhere. And that election and hurricane are over. IDW Publishing has one must-read this week in Love And Capes. Everything else is worth taking a look at. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.