Monday, November 12, 2012

New Release Reviews For Image Comics, for 7 November, 2012

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

Possibly the greatest mystery in all of comic books may have been solved. Using information provided by Superman publisher DC Entertainment, renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse-Tyson has claimed to have located the location of Superman's home planet of Krypton.  

In order to find the possible home of the Man Of Steel, Tyson worked with The Hayden Planetarium to locate a planet similar to Krypton, located near a red dwarf star in the constellation Corvus which 27.1 light years from Earth. The star can be seen at right ascension 12 hours, 10 minutes, 05.60 seconds, and declination 15 degrees, 04’ 15.66.

This is a perfect example of science being super-heroic. Image Comics knows all about super-heroics as they release six new comic books and one collected edition. 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.

Perhapnaughts: Danger Down Under - Issue 1

The best thing about this issue was the recap of prior stories which was both informative and funny. After that, the story and artwork were average. There were moments that unusual amounts of melodrama that seemed only intended for comedy. Pretty much the whole issue felt like people standing around their headquarters, talking.

Score: 6 out of 10

Epic Kill - Issue 6

The art team seem incapable of drawing wolf-men with their mouths closed. This is similar to the rest of the art which is sort of great and dynamic. And sort of amateurish  and unskilled. A lot of credit should be given to the creator who does all the work. The story is sort of dream like in plotting and how the protagonist never seems to get hurt.

Score: 4.5 out of 10

Nancy In Hell On Earth - Issue 4

This series can best be described as biblical. Biblical levels of violence and pubescent sexuality.It's unclear if the creative team was being ironic or just sexist. The story is baffling and the characters behave in ridiculous ways. This contrasts with strangely sentimental moments. The cover was interesting.

Score: 2 out of 10

Harvest - Issue 4

Awful people doing awful things. That's what this story is all about. Even the hero is a miserable junky who's motives are beyond murky. There is sudden conflict that that doesn't really help the story.  The dialogue is clunky.

The artwork is alright, though the coloring is excellent. The cover is bizarre, and not great. However, it became clear all the prior covers interlock and form a bigger picture.

Score: 4 out of 10

Haunt - Issue 27

The best thing about this series is the artwork. It truly is spectacular, in a gritty way. Lots of detail and style, even if it seems a bit lowfi. The story seems to be what pulls this down. The protagonist is unpleasant and seems crazy.

This mirrors the dialogue which seems overly dramatic and self-referential. The last act of the issue is barely comprehensible and maybe not all that great.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

The Manhattan Projects - Issue 7

This series is a marvel in high-quality. Even the cover design is fantastic. There is no art, yet is still establishes the mood and causes the comic book to pop off the shelves. The characters are vicious and borderline evil, yet it all makes sense. There's a ruthlessness that fits the time and the situation.

Strange, anti-heroes, that were more opportunistic than genius. The internal design is underwhelming, but takes in context, it works just fin.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Danger Club : Volume One - Collected Edition

This is an excellent collected edition from a pretty solid new series.This series has a wicked build of tension involving  a new, yet strangely familiar, group of sidekicks. The threats are off the scale, as is the body count. It's heavy, yet there is a lot of solid character development. Artwork and coloring are outstanding.

Score: 9 out of 10

It was a week of super-news about science and comics. It was, also, a week of average-news from Image Comics. Manhattan Projects and the collected Danger Club are totally worth your time. Nancy In Hell On Earth is not even worth the paper it was printed on. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.