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
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
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
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.