Sunday, November 18, 2012

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing, for 14 November, 2012

Article first published as IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For November 14, 2012 on Technorati.

Licensed properties are a major source of content for IDW Publishing. This week they have releases involving Star Trek, Doctor Who, G.I. Joe, and the video game Borderlands. Other publishers are taking on less natural properties, such as Marvel Comics and the NBA. Two recent projects highlight this.

In October, Marvel launched a comic book based upon Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James, which you can read here.  Another project was recently announced to help hype the Brooklyn Nets recent move, and not without some controversy. IDW Publishing has several new releases, this week, including three licensed properties.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.

Locke And Key: Omega - Issue 1 (of 6)

The end is near, as is apparent with the story-line's name. This kicks off the final six issue arc of the series. It starts with a nice recap, and then spends a great deal of time focusing on the characters. This is probably done so it will hurt more when they meet their untimely fates.

Hurt is the key word, as everyone is revealing hurts that have lingered a long time. It's a sad story, with a horrible situation. The covers have a great look and they match the interior. An excellent horror comic book.

Score: 9 out of 10

Borderlands: Origins - Issue 1

This is a comic book based upon the popular video game, of the same name. This story seems to be back-story for one of the characters in the game. The creative team does a fine job creating connections between the reader and the characters, even if there is an abruptness to the story. It's violent, yet it has warm moments. The artwork is workman-like and it had nice colors.

Score: 7 out of 10

Chasing The Dead  - Issue 1

This is an adaptation of a novel by Joe Schreiber and it seems to be paced like a novel. It focuses very heavily on one character dealing with a possible serial killer. The story starts with a flash-back that was strange and disturbing, possibly a memory.

The lead's actions aren't clear and it suffers as a result of the serialized story. Still, there is something solid in here including a very reasonable reaction to a horrific situation. Cover and interior artwork are pretty good.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

G.I.Joe : A Real American Hero - Issue 184

For an action comic, there were some surprisingly dull moments. Still, the hostage rescue was exciting, even if the motives didn't make much sense. Allegiances seem to be fluid in this series. The bomb-deactivation sequence was interesting and informative. Covers are OK and the interior art was solid.

Score: 7 out of 10

Star Trek : The Next Generation / Doctor Who : Assimilation2 - Issue 7 (of 8)

There are two Star Trek comic books currently dealing with the Borg, and this may be the better of the two. Though it seems like there is a lot of stranding around and talking in character. Still, the plot is the more engaging of the two series.

The artwork continues to underwhelm as the creative team is more concerned with capturing the look of the actors, and less with enhancing the story.

Score: 7 out of 10


It was a big week for licensed properties and IDW Publishing.  However, the best release was the creator owned property Locke And Key which everyone should purchase. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.